Currently 1/3 of Beer Blotter is living the life in Southern California. Reports have been made that include Alesmith Speedway Stout and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast on tap at Stone’s Brewpub. Several, if not all of the beers made by Alpine Brewing Co. have been consumed and loved. I on the other hand, enjoyed a relaxing weekend in the San Juan Islands which concluded at a BBQ. All the while drinking Boundary Bay IPA, Rouge‘s Juniper Pale Ale and Fish Brewing Co.‘s Organic IPA. But the past is the past…
Monday, June 14, 2010
Allagash Night: Boston, Massachusetts
6:00PM-9:00PM @ The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
Allagash brews will be on tap tonight. Come one, come all.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Meet the Brewer: Cambridge, Massachusetts
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Atwood’s Tavern
The following Smuttynose Brewing Co. beers may or may not be on tap tonight. Shoals Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog, Star Island Single, IPA, Robust Porter, the Big Beer Series & our seasonal specialties - Hanami, Summer Weizen, Pumpkin Ale & Winter Ale. Their IPA is amazing!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Avery Craft Beer Dinner: Elkhart, Indiana
6:30PM-8:30PM @ Chalet Party Shoppe
Grab some amazing grub paired with Avery Brewing Co. beers like Hog Heaven (a barleywine with a hop component), Mephistopheles Stout, Avery White Rascal (a Belgium Wit beer), IPA and Karma Belgian Pale. YUM!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Firestone Walker Tasting: Beverly Hills, California
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Vendome Wine & Spirits In Beverly Hills
Featured tonight, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Beer Tasting. Keep in mind that there is limited entrance and delicious appetizers will be present.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Washington Brewers Festival, Day 1 of 3: Kenmore, Washington
4:00PM-9:00PM @ Saint Edwards State Park
$15.00 tonight will buy you 4 tokens, Saturday and Sunday, $20 (or $25 at the door) will buy you 6 tokens. Check out the Washington Beer Commission’s website for more information about who is pouring what this weekend!
Saturday, June 19, 2010: Wynola, California
7:00PM-10:00PM @ Jeremy’s On The Hill
All I have to say is Horny Devil and Speedway Stout by Alesmith Brewing Co. will be in play tonight and will be paired with delicious plates.
Sunday, June 20, 2010: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
9:00AM-11:00AM @ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
Bring your Dad and Join us for a Special Brunch here at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats. A killer menu and of course your favorite DFH beers will be on tap. Celebrate your dad with some beers!
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Fresh off a trip to Washington DC, a month back from Tampa, FL and just two months back from our epic adventure to Belgium – Beer Blotter hits the road once again.
To celebrate the birthday of one of our writers, we are headed down the coast to Southern California to visit Orange County and San Diego County.
Now, we have enjoyed beer for quite some time. But, we have yet to experience beer the So Cal way! So we are very excited about this new trip down south, inevitably to sample some of the world’s greatest hoppy ales!
We are looking for some pointers on “not to miss” venues for our trip. Of course, we are expected to try and jam a lot into our 3 day trip. For starters:
Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Brewery – San Marcos, CA
Alesmith Brewing – San Diego, CA
Ballast Point Brewing – San Diego, CA
Hamilton’s Tavern – San Diego, CA (excited for their wings!)
Oggi’s/Left Coast – Huntington Beach, CA (i’m a sucker for Hop Juice)
Here are a few of the issues presented, please try and solve, if you can:
- I cannot find the time to make it out to Alpine Beer Company. While this stabs me in the heart, because they make the best IPAs on earth, Im wondering if anyone has a clue on where to go to get their beer on tap? I am thinking Hamilton’s is a good start?
- I will be staying on Orange County – but I am not finding too much other than brewpubs (Oggis, Karl Strauss, etc.) Does anyone know of any bar that should be visited in the Costa Mesa, Newport, Huntington area?
- We have a limited time, so I need to bunch places together. If you know of a nice cluster, let us know. This was the idea behind Ballast Point and Alesmith – who are right across from each other.
- Anyone have a nice bottle shop in Orange County to share?
That’s it. Of course, we really appreciate all the help! Please leave your comments below, or e-mail us at email@example.com!
Here, in the third installment of the collaborative brewing article, we present a bit of a list of some of the most notable collaboration projects of the past, present and future.
This write up would be remiss to not mention the prolific Danish brewer with no brewery, Mikkel Borg Bjergso of Mikkeller. If brewing beer at someone else’s brewery were criteria enough to evoke the collaboration moniker, every Mikkeller beer to hit the shelves would be just that. Even still, Mikkel has, over the years, joined forces with Stone, Brew Dog, Three Floyds, Struise, Alesmith, Nogne O, and others to make some really exciting beers.
A collaboration that us Seattleites are very familiar with is that of Elysian Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. The ‘Trip’ series allows Elysian to brew with more volume on the New Belgium system and New Belgium to brew more experimental, small batches on the Elysian system. Lucky for us, these beers are only available on draft in the Northwest.
The first brew was Trippel (not triple) IPA, a Belgian-inspired Indian Pale Ale. Trip II was a unique hoppy Belgian Golden Ale spiced with lemongrass and grains of paradise. Trip III was a sour brown ale and Trip IV, a Finnish style sahti brewed with juniper. Beer Blotter will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of each subsequent release.
The darlings of the Florida scene, Cigar City Brewing, just may be sending a bit of their art in Seattle’s direction when they collaborate with The Bruery in what will be the most anticipated collaboration release for yours truly. Keep your eyes peeled in July or August of this year.
Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, GA and Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, CO have actually decided to make a somewhat regular go at collaborating together with the ‘Midnight Project’ series. Brew One in 2008 produced Terra-Rye’zd, a black rye lager. Last year’s Brew Two saw Depth Charge, an espresso milk stout. Sadly, WA is not amongst the 6 states that receive these beers, but if you are in TN, NC, SC, GA, FL or CO, we will gladly offer you our address and some packaging materials.
Quite possibly the biggest (in terms of brewery size) collaboration yet sees Boston Beer Co. and Weihenstephan join forces. The largest American craft brewery and the oldest brewery in the world, that’s pretty monumental! The uncharacterized style will come at the intersection of brewing innovation and the old German purity law, the Reinheitsgebot. According to Realbeer.com, “their yet-to-be-named beer will be released in both the United States and Germany next spring in cork-finished bottles. Effervescent and Champagne-like beer it will weigh in at more than 10 percent alcohol by volume.”
Another fairly sizeable collaborative effort came at the hands of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. These two have been quite active lately, in fact, on the collaborative front. Life and Limb came when Sam Calagione and Ken Grossman, two monumental names in American craft brewing, decided to cook up a beer together after sharing a pint or two at the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Their concoction ended up being a 10% strong ale brewed with maple syrup, fermented with a combination of both breweries house yeast strains and naturally carbonated with birch syrup. Limb and Life was also created in this session, a small beer made from the second runnings of Life and Limb.
Boulevard Brewing Co. of Kansas City, MO just recently made its first mark on the collaboration scene with a very unlikely cohort, the Belgian Trappist brewery Orval. Using an old recipe that Orval brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock had, an Imperial Pilsner was made using only one kind of malt, Saaz hops, water, and a lager yeast. Beer Blotter has never wanted to try a pilsner so bad. This beer is available in Seattle so look for it, we will be.
The final collaboration to be discussed in this round will be another America-meets-Belgium pairing that, well…I’m sure you can all imagine just how much that concept gets our blood pumping. Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego County and Brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium have teamed up to make Bière De L’Amitié, or “Beer of Friendship”. Beernews.org reports that this 9.5% blonde Belgian strong ale will be released in June of 2010. Rye and wheat malts were used, along with Amarillo hops, St. Feuillien’s yeast strain, “secret” spices, and the whole mess was dry hopped with Amarillo. Sounds stupid good.
Any thoughts on collaborations? Know any good ones we missed? Join the conversation with a comment.