Enjoyed on 11/23/2010
Brewery: Avery Brewing Co.
Location: Boulder, CO
Beer: The Maharaja
Presentation: 22 oz. – Brown Glass Bottle – Capped
Style: American Style Imperial India Pale Ale
Hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook
Malt: Two-row barley, caramel 120L, victory
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.
Beer Advocate: A- (4.2)
Rate Beer: 100 (3.95)
The Maharaja is no. 3 on ratebeer.com‘s top 50 summer seasonals for a reason… it’s an amazing IIPA. As part of Avery’s Dictator’s Series, along with The Kaiser (Imperial Oktoberfest) and The Czar (Russian Imperial Stout), this beer demands respect and admiration, and you’d be silly not to dole it out. Before I moved out west, this was my number 1 favorite impy IPA. I haven’t had it in about a year and a half so I’m really excited to sit down with it tonight.
This stately beverage pours into my pint glass with a pretty regal, cream-colored head that, as it slowly recedes, proves to be very sticky. The edges of the lofty crown pull down, leaving a rocky dollop of bubbles on the center of the surface. The lacing is so thick, I think I could write “Tim was here” on the inside of my glass. The liquid itself glows with an opulent radiance, much brighter than I expected, taking into account the high lovibond crystal used in the mash. I’d say there is a bit of an orange hue to the amber-colored fluid.
I could be wrong, but my guess is that this beer was filtered after fermentation and then dry-hopped in the bright tank. The beer is not cloudy, per say, but there is a lot of floaters in there. It actually looks slightly similar to the Green Flash IPA that I most recently reviewed. It’s less cloudy but still noticeably permeated with minuscule bits of hop love. Suspended hop chunks pretty much exude sex in every way if you ask me. Uhh…in beer that is.
Well, the odor is a perfect fucking 10. It’s enough to make me just shout “OH MY GOD!” I’m weak in the knees. I’ve already dropped in praise of the righteous Maharaja, without a single sip drank. I’ve just been body slammed from the height of, I dunno, Mars, with a pure hop-tipped warhead, while simultaneously being lifted from the soil by the most maliciously rising volcanic peak of molten malt madness. I’ve been pressed so intensely hard together at the impact that I’ve formed into diamond. In fact, a five diamond score of perfection.
The hops are being poured from a dump-truck, directly into my nostrils. The collaboration of hops used seem to meld into a cocktail of your most notable lupulin attributes. Pine, herbal, woody, floral, citrus…you name it, it’s there. Most notably, the caramel maltiness. This is the biggest hop bomb that I can think of that is righteously balanced with malt. Just plain silly!
The MF (don’t hate) is, yet again, obnoxiously dead-balls accurate. It’s syrupy, slick, sweet, cloying. The body is stout like Schwarzenegger at his prime. It dominates my moth like Conan the Barbarian, or wait…sorry your highness, like the great dictator Maharaja. So far, this is the best rated IPA I’ve ever reviewed.
The flavor is layered like my famous dip. Each sip is like being wiped about beneath the unrelenting seas at high tide, but here, fear shifts to joy as a slight lack of oxygen mingles with a sudden realization of the underwater beauty. It’s an (only slightly) unnatural high. Semantics…
Initially, there is a bitter firecracker explosion on the back of tongue, and then, the sound catches up with a mighty **CRACK** of sweet, caramely maltiness. The inspirational soundtrack floats on in full orchestration when the finish brings boozed fruit and baked deserts. When fully blended, the celebration is majestic, befitting of a king. The perfection continues.
Might I add, in plain English, that this beer is the epitome of balance, as in, pushing extremes of both bitter hops and sweet malts in equal parts. I’m awestruck.
I don’t find the hops to be too bitter, I don’t find the sweetness too overwhelming, I don’t find the heat to be overbearing. I’m in a good mood, yes, but I’m seriously searching for flaws, in a devil’s advocate sort of way, and I’ve got nothing.
I’m a discriminating IPA drinker. I realize that. My best friend in the world, DSR, fellow BBB (beerblotter brethren), fellow homebrewer, fellow IPA lover, finds great comfort in bitterness. A dry finish is a part of that game, and I know that many PNW beer drinkers play on that field, but it’s not my bag. I like hop FLAVOR and minimal bitterness. This beer’s aftertaste is precisely where I tread. I’m happy to continue to tread there, that is, until there is no more sips to take.
I was recently asked, by someone in the beer community whom I respect for his knowledge, what, other than the obvious ones (Pliny, Double Jack, Wisdom Seeker, etc.) was amongst my favorite IPAs/Double IPAs. I responded with Avery Maharaja. I paused, as I often do after stating such a revealing answer, for the resulting reaction. I was greeted with apathy. Indifference. He was unimpressed. I was embarrassed. Maybe too much time had passed since I had last tried it. Had it changed? Had my respect for it need be diminished due to the current market of boldness? Tonight, my stance has been solidified with complete and utter surety. Avery Brewing has always been up there for me when it comes to the best breweries in the world, and tonight is just one more weight-bearing brick in the mortar for the dynasty that Adam Avery had born. Respect!
Color/Head/Retention [maximum of 1.00 point possible]: 0.99
Odor [maximum of 2.00 points possible]: 2.00
Carbonation/Mouthfeel [maximum of 1.00 point possible]: 1.00
Hop Flavor [maximum of 3.00 points possible]: 2.91
Malt Flavor/Balance [maximum of 2.00 points possible]: 2.00
Finish/Aftertaste [maximum of 1.00 point possible]: 0.99
Total [maximum of 10.00 points possible]: 9.89
As soon as I flipped my calendar to October, I immediately began to have thoughts of pumpkin beers. The countdown began to the weekend of October 16 and Elysian Brewing Co.’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest. High profile names were released a couple of weeks before the event- Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Avery and Allagash. I could barely contain myself as thoughts of pumpkins danced in my head.
Pumpkin beers are an interesting breed. I find that people are disappointed when the beer doesn’t ooze pumpkin flavor. Although the juice of this large gourd does tickle my taste buds, I find the balance of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice just as tantalizing. Pumpkin beers are experimental and open for innovative interpretation which is why this particular beer fest is one I cannot miss.
Dick Cantwell, head brewer and owner of Elysian Brewing Co. is at the forefront of pumpkin beers. Not only does Dick host this event at his brewery’s Capital Hill location, he brews not one but eight (or more) pumpkin beers for this special weekend.
Elysian Pumpkin beers:
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, The Great Pumpkin, Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout, Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner, Kaiser Kurbis Pumpkin Hefeweizen, PK-47 Pumpkin Malt Liquor, Jack-O-Bite and Mr. Yuck Sour Pumpkin Ale
Enough introduction, the time has come and gone. We have enjoyed, tasted and conquered all that is the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest. There were beers to remember, beers that didn’t live up to our expectations, glorious weather and hassles of space. The Good,The Not So Good and The Awesome of Elysian’s 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest:
- The event takes place outside and today it was sunny and crisp out. Elysian was decorated with mounds of hay, pumpkins and corn stalks. If this doesn’t put you in a festive autumn mood, then there is something seriously wrong with you. SERIOUSLY.
- The taster glass is a 4 oz (glass) snifter with an evil pumpkin face. This creative glassware is coveted by beer fest goers all around Seattle.
- Beers from all over the country: California, Michigan, Delaware, Massachusetts, Washington and more!
- Silver City’s Punk Rauchen - a pumpkin rauchbier where instead of smoking the barley like a traditional German style rauchbier they smoked pumpkins for 6 hours over apple-wood. This beer tastes like sausage, as most rauchbiers do, but also has an earthy smoothness that I attribute to the pumpkins.
- Snipes Mountain Pumpkin Death Stout- first of all, I am really into Snipes Brewing Co. and think they produce only top-notch beers. This is no exception. I always get excited when I see pumpkin infused stouts because I love stouts and I am always curious to see if the brewer is able to bring the pumpkin flavors and spices to the forefront of a style that is already overwhelmed with roasted malt flavors. Pumpkins do not inherently have a lot of flavor and here, in the Pumpkin Death Stout it is minimal. The beer however is very enjoyable, smooth and creamy.
- Elysian Brewing Co.’s Jack-O-Bite- we were pleasantly surprised by this beer which is a pumpkin ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels. This beer had a bite and lived up to its name. It had warming qualities and the spices were reminiscent of a winter ale. Delicious.
The Not So Good
- Planning a huge event is no easy task. Debriefing is proactive and there is always room for improvement. We hope that the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest will someday celebrate its 25th Annual fest. The Great Pumpkin Fest has outgrown the parking lot of the brewery. Within 30 minutes of opening the flood gates, there was barely room to stand. Problem solver: expand to all three Elysian venues, although this might complicate the logistics, it would spread the crowd. Another option would be to expand to the park across the street or to some other space that is connected to the brewery.
- Long lines-Due to the large number of people, there were very long lines to get your beers. Although these lines moved rather quickly, the lines, no matter what station, were around 30 people deep. A lot of people I spoke to would just get a beer and get back on line for the next one on their list. Problem solver: Instead of having 1 person pouring 2-4 beers, have 2-3 people pouring at each station. People love to volunteer to pour at events- tap into these willing beer lovers.
- Confusion about what line led to what station. Due to the small space, lines crossed each other and merged into the masses. I found myself accidentally waiting on line for the wrong station on a couple of occasions. This would be alleviated by the two suggestions above.
- No food outside. Now, I understand that it would be too much to staff the outside area. Problem Solver: Instead of sending wait staff out to take and deliver orders, hire an outside vendor. Something simple will do, such as a sausage stand or roasted corn. People are there for the beer, not food necessarily. However, it would be nice to stay outside, enjoying the fest while getting something in your stomach, especially because the inside was packed full of people sitting and enjoying their meal.
Besides the Good and the few tiny Not So Goods, there are some AWESOMES! Please note: all of the awesomeness are beer related. I did not get to try all of the beers, as I am only human and not all of the beers were pouring during my visit.
- Elysian’s Great Pumpkin- If you recall earlier in this article when I discuss the average beer drinker’s expectations of pumpkin beers having an easily detected pumpkin flavor, well this is the beer that hits it out of the park. One sip and its as though you are drinking pumpkin juice. It isn’t very sweet, it is slightly bitter, thick in texture and pumpkin to the core. No wonder this festival is named after the beer (or vice versa).
- Iron Hill’s Bruce Camp Ale- their Imperial Pumpkin Ale aged in bourbon barrels was my introduction to this Pennsylvania brewery and man, am I impressed. Caramel in color with a bubble gum, sweet liquor scent. The thick mouth-feel creates a sensation as if there are sugar crystals are melting into your taste buds. As the flavor profile develops, the bourbon sweetness transitions into a slight funk. As the beer warms, the transition become smoother, just like a stiff bourbon drink.
- Russian River’s Pumpkin Sour- As I crossed the threshold into the pouring area, I quickly scanned the signs for Russian River. A quintessential Vinny sour with a citrus scent, it tasted like Temptation infused with spices. The sourness was bold and the spices complemented the citrus tartness.
- Jolly Pumpkin’s La Parcela- this sour beer aged in American oak with added coco was more earthy than tart (I generally expect more tartness from a sour ale. The smell was hypnotic with a combination of cinnamon and apples warming my soul. A smooth body with mellow flavors that begin to intensify as the sip develops. A harvest spice paired with earthy flavors followed by a subtle sweetness.
What a great day– one that will go down in infamy. There were unexpected breweries that produced exemplary beers, weather was on our side (for once) and the love of beer in the air was palpable.
Written by Jess R.
A low key weekend began with a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale at Whisk(e)y Bar (my new favorite, local watering hole), several Firestone Walker Union Jack IPAs, a New Belgium/Elysian Trip III and several Fresh Hop beers (it was a rough week at work, ok). Other beer highlights include Port Brewing’s Old Viscosity, an imperial stout worth a moment of silence and a couple of tall boys of Rainier. And now for your week in beer.
Monday, October 11, 2010
” I Love New York” Beer Week Begins: New York, New York
All week @ the Spring Lounge
Start spreading the news, its All New York, all week, with beer from Brooklyn, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Ithaca Brewing Co., Greenport Harbor, Coney Island, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, and more. Check out www.beermenus.com for details on the special events this week.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Green Flash Night: Whittier, California
7:00PM-9:00PM @ The Bottle Room
Not only will all patrons receive discounts on beer, the first 36 guests will receive a complimentary Green Flash Brewing Co. pint glass with the purchase of a regularly priced draft (minus $1 for LA Beer Week). From there, bring your pint glass in and receive a $1 off Green Flash drafts until the kegs are kicked. Green Flash flights will be available–4-4 ounce pours for $11. Expect some special Green Flash beers not available elsewhere to the public.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Avery Rumpkin Release: Boulder, Colorado
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Avery Brewing Co.
AN IMPERIAL PUMPKIN ALE AGED IN RUM BARRELS. Stop by Avery Brewing Co. (where the magic happens) and experience the release of what sounds like am amazing, seasonal brew. Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and a blend of five spices. Aged in extremely fresh Gosling’s Rum barrels for six months. Consume fresh and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or s’mores.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Unibroue Beer Tasting: Cincinnati, Ohio
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Catskeller
Just $10.00 and you get beer from Unibroue paired with small plates. What a deal! The menu reads as follows:
Maudite: with bruchetta
La Fin Du Monde: with bacon scallops
Ephemere: with brie and apricot phylo
Don de Dieu: with smoked turkey club with feta cut in fourths
Terrible: with sharp cheddar quiche
Trois Pistoles: with rich chocolate brownies
Friday, October 15, 2010
Cleveland Beer Week Begins: Cleveland, Ohio
From the website:
The second annual CLEVELAND BEER WEEK will take place from October 15-23, 2010. A celebration of craft and import beers, CLEVELAND BEER WEEK features plenty of tastings, dinners, activities and more at more than 100 venues throughout Cuyahoga County and beyond. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the world of craft and imported brews at CLEVELAND BEER WEEK.
This beer week will not disapoint with participating breweries such as Hoppin’ Frog, Thirsty Dog, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and more. As if you weren’t excited enough, 12 breweries who participated in the largest known collaboration of its kind in the world, creating six brews. Family members have already agreed to mail us a six pack. Oh man! For more information, visit the event site.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Great Pumpkin Beer Fest: Seattle, Washington
(Saturday and Sunday) 12:00PM – the beers get tapped and the place shuts down @ Elysian Brewing Co., Capital Hill Location
I know we already did a write up about this event, but I am so damn excited, I had to mention it here- click here for details about the event from bb.com. Expect a crowd, a well-deserved crowd of people thirsty for pumpkin beers from Elysian, Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin and so many more. Sour pumpkin beers, pumpkin stouts, spiced ales and possibly beer brewed in a pumpkin. Also, get there early and you might get a sweet little taster glass (at least we did last year).
Sunday, October, 17, 2010
Farmhouse Ale Dinner: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5:00PM-9:00PM @ The South Philadelphia Taproom
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Week 36 of 52:
Cascade Brewing Barrel House
939 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
Type of Establishment: Barrel house, blending facility, taproom, house of sour…
Visit: A Sunday day trip to Beervana, U.S.A. Our very first of many beer related stops of the day.
Beers on Tap (at time of visit):
Vlad the Imp Aler
Fresh Hop Porter
Mid Summer’s Pale
Bottles (available to go): Apricot, Kriek, The Vine, Sang Rouge
Food Options: Small plates/appetizers/soup/salad/sandwiches. The owners wanted the Barrel House to be open to families with children, so local law states that food must be served to allow for those under 21 to enter. The menu is fairly small and simple, but if you need a nibble whilst sampling the stellar brews, the option is there for you. Considering that almost all of the sours are in the 8% to 12% range, a little substance in the belly is highly recommended. Our visit did not include food, so we are not able to comment on the quality.
BAR OPINION: About a year ago, when Beer Blotter first heard that one of our favorite sour brewers in America would be opening a brand new tasting room in Portland, we all just sort of looked at each other with wide eyes and growing smiles and knew that we would be there as soon as it opened. The simple reason: Cascade Brewing is just downright exciting.
This brewery exists in a niche of State Side breweries that is occupied by a very elite few. An elite few that have the know-how and brewing facilities to allow for mass production in purposely infected beers. Sours. This art is not for the faint of heart, especially for those that also brew “traditional” ales and lagers that could easily be tainted with all those hazardous bugs crawling around.
If you’ll allow me to speak for all North-westerners for one moment, it feels really good to have a brewery that is unafraid to tackle this challenging but incredibly rewarding style of production in our own backyard. An Oregon brewer that can be spoken in the same breath as Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Avery, Allagash, New Belgium. It feels good…a pleasant sigh of relief. Cascade Brewing’s brewmaster is Ron Gansberg. That name should be remembered.
The Barrel House opened its doors to the public on September 27th, and less than a week later, all three of us were inside. Let me tell you, we had the highest of hopes for this place, and we were not disappointed in any way.
From the outside, the building, which used to be a produce warehouse, looks a bit like one of those newfangled fire stations. Very sharp-looking indeed. There is a very sizable outdoor area that offers both picnic tables and high-top tables fabricated from steel and actual wood barrels (see picture).
The seating is fairly similar inside, consisting of picnic tables, traditional booths, small circular tabletops resting on top of large barrels, and brushed metal bar stools. If you are able to peel your eyes away from the alluring bar back for just a moment, you will notice the three flat-screen T.V.s strategically placed around the room.
Naturally, we wanted to be as close to the beer as possible, so we pulled up a few stools at the bar and got acquainted with the menu. We were quickly greeted by one Cody Bottorff, Pub Keeper/Blender. This was my first time meeting Cody, but the rest of the crew had met him a little while back when he was still at The Horse Brass. He was expecting us, so after a short bit of banter and the choosing of beer number 1, we had the distinct pleasure of getting a tour of the facility.
Our first stop was the beer cooler, directly behind the bar back. This little gem has been meticulously constructed to make your beer experience as good as it possibly can be. To put it simply, the temperature and CO2 pressure regulation is painfully exacting. You can always be assured to get a perfect glass of beer. One small example of how much care went into the development of the cooler is that they went as far as to assure that the water used to clean the glassware prior to the pour is the same temperature as the beer.
The most fascinating element of this leg of the tour was the sight of the two barrels that have been inserted directly through the cooler wall. Yes, that’s right, they cut two circular holes in the wall and stuck barrels in them. This allows for two special beers to be served to the public directly from the barrel. This is freakin’ sweet! They used the tube of a bike tire to insulate the space between the wall and the barrel. That’s some real deal MacGyver action right there.
The next stop of the tour was the space that will soon act as the fruit infusion/secondary fermentation site. Remember, this place is still really new and there is still work to be done behind the scenes, thus my use of “soon”.
We then ventured to the small side room that is currently housing the fruit infusion/secondary fermentation. Though this room was fairly boring to actually look at while we were there (just a few barrels and a few recycled dairy fermenters), it was captivating to imagine what it must look like when they are filling the containers with outrageous amounts of fresh fruit. Or even, what it must smell like when there are hundreds of pounds of Bing and sour pie cherries, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, dates, etc. being generously dumped into oak barrels. I very much wished that I had x-ray vision and could see what wonderful fruity delights existed within those vessels.
The final stop in the tour was the barrel room. This was a sight to see. I can’t even tell you how much this room reminded me of Belgium, specifically the attic at Cantillon in Brussels. Oh man, I’m getting emotional just thinking about it again. All I can really say is, there is a little piece of one of the greatest beer cultures on the planet hidden in the back room of the Cascade Barrel House in Portland, OR.
From here it was back to the bar for more beers, but first, further reflection on our first round choices. For me, the Funk III was an absolute must. This was the one ‘straight from the barrel stuck in the wall’ option. Naturally, it was still un-carbonated, but it was chilled just as much of the rest of the beers. For me, this had a very strong traditional Belgian gueuze like quality. Maybe the lack of suds brought this thought on, but it was damn good and again, sent my memory reeling with thoughts of the Belgium trip. Any beer that causes that to happen is a winner in my book.
Nightfall and Noyeaux were also sampled in round 1. Nightfall is an oak aged sour blonde wheat beer with blackberries added. If that doesn’t sound good to you, you probably should have tuned out a long time ago. If you aren’t into fruit beers, it doesn’t matter, there is so much more to it than that. But, if you really want to talk about complexity, Noyeaux can pretty much be used as a synonym.
Noyeaux: 8.5% ABV / 13 IBU / $6 Glass
This one-of-a-kind NW sour is a blend of Belgian strong blondes aged in white port barrels with raspberries, then blended with select barrels of strong blondes that were aged on the toasted meat from the apricot nut, or Noyeaux.
Noyeaux has so many layers of brilliance that I don’t know where to begin. I’m not going to allow this article to turn into a Notes of a Beer Nerd so you’ll just have to trust me when I say that it’s breathtaking and that you must go get one for yourself.
Our next round saw us order four beers to be sampled amongst the three of us – Beck Berry, the one and only Brett beer that they make/will ever make (apparently Ron gave it a whack and decided that once was enough, he uses Lacto), and the three bourbon barrel aged beers: Bourbonic Plague, Vlad the Imp Aler, and Sang Noir.
I have, ever since it won gold at GABF in the wood and barrel aged sour beer category in ’09, been hoping to try Bourbonic Plague. It is a very hard one to get a hold of. Well, it finally happened and it did not disappoint. Truthfully, none of the beers disappointed, but Bourbonic Plague, of all the beers sampled, most played to my tastes. It’s essentially a sour imperial porter with strong bourbon wood notes and some spicing. Just plain insane.
Just before we made our way to our next destination we realized that it was completely dumb of us to leave without tasting the Fresh Hop Porter. You know, because it’s a fresh hop porter…who makes that?! Guess what? It was delicious. Go figure.
Seriously people, Cascade Brewing Barrel House is well designed, comfortable, and full of mind numbingly unique, complex and delicious beers. If I lived in Portland, I have little doubt that I would go completely bankrupt because of this place. No matter where you live in the world, consider it an absolute, 100% can’t miss beer location. Go there, you will thank me.
I’d also be insane if I didn’t mention that the staff is crazy knowledgeable and super nice. The world’s biggest high-five and a heart-felt THANK YOU goes out to Cody for EVERYTHING that he did for us.
32 out of 52
(still getting caught up. We are such slackers!)
1004 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
Type of Establishment: Beer bar, trendy Portland hangout, Bottle shop, Pasty Tavern
Visit: After a 5 hour, yes 5 hour, drive from Seattle to Portland (this drive normally takes 2 hours, at most) preceded by a long day at work, I was practically out of my mind once I arrived at Saraveza. Knowing there was an IPA festival awaiting me kept me alive during the grueling drive.
Beers on Tap:
HUB (a.k.a. Hopworks Urban Brewery) Evelyn Sunshine
HUB Ace of Spades
Cascade Imperial Wheat IPA
Bottles: Saraveza serves over 200 beers in bottles stored in glorious light filled coolers calling you into the depths of beerdom. Some highlights: Ommegang Chocoate Indulgence Chocolate Stout; The Bruery Saison Rue; Mikkeller It’s Alive Belgian Wild; Mikkeller Beer Geek Stout; De Ranke Kriek; Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus and more!. Click here for a complete list.
Food Options: For the full menu click here. I personally tried the picked deviled eggs. It was a jazzed up version of a childhood, summer picnic favorite- a must have for the table! They are known for their pasties. Potato, veggie, cheese and meat are cooked in a light, flaky crust; kind of like a calzone for woodsmen and Germans. I had the vegetarian option and it was flavorful, but slightly dry. It could have used some stone ground mustard on the side or another dipping sauce.
I was basically silent the entire cab ride from the hotel to the bar. I was starved and needed a beer to take the week’s edge off.
We arrived to a packed bar. People to my right standing at tall boy tables and glowing coolers full of bottles to my left. We keep walking – no time to gawk – we need a table, stat! Past the bar is a small dining area with a few booths, all wooden with tall backs. Holy crap, we get a table. The gods know what I just went through, a hellish ride on Interstate 5. Crawling for 100 miles. The table tops are made of bottle caps covered in glass- always a nice touch.
Despite the intensity of the crowd, the waitress was extremely attentive. We order a sampler tray of IPAs- 5 10poz pours for $8.00- done deal and an order of the pickled deviled eggs. Okay now that I am satisfied with my first sip of beer, I finally take a moment to soak in my surroundings.
Portland: organic, adventurous, wilderness. Words that come to mind when I think of the city and those that inhabit it. Saraveza’s decor captures the essence of the city- Paintings of outdoor scenes, mountains, forests. Heads of wild animals hang from the walls. The added kitschy adornments gives Saraveza a warm, welcoming feel.
All in all Saraveza is worth a stop. It felt out of the way, but to me, almost every neighborhood in Portland feels “out of the way.” A small space with a cult following, expect to fight for a table. But once you sit down with a beer in your hand and an egg or sausage on your plate, the crowds will just melt away.
Note: Sorry for the lack of pictures- I was on a serious mission that night- beer + food.
Over the past three years, I have done my share of research on beer spots in Seattle. Every neighborhood has a beer bar, a bar with a decent tap list or a bottle shop to offer those that search the land for all that is fermented yeast. One of the things I love most about Seattle is the variety of neighborhoods (reminiscent of Manhattan) where you step out of one and into the next…almost immediately it becomes obvious that you’re in a whole new world.
Each hood offers distinct characteristics and charm. So in order to give each neighborhood their 15 minutes of fame, I will focus on one at a time.
Tonight: Phinney Ridge.
I’ll start with a nice wiki excerpt:
Phinney Ridge is a neighborhood in north central Seattle, Washington, USA. It is named after the ridge which runs north and south, separating Ballard from Green Lake, from approximately N. 45th to N. 85th Street.
I know for those of you who are not from Seattle or do not live in Seattle, the above quote means little to nothing. Phinney is a quaint neighborhood, very residential with your random spurts of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. Ballard’s subtly hip vibe seeps into Phinney, yet Phinney remains the more reserved, less frequented of the two. Here you will find beer.
If you read Beer Blotter, then you have heard of The Dray, located on NW 65th right off of 8th and across the street from a massive Goodwill. This bar has so much to offer on any given day. First off, their “brand” is a squirrel, so expect to see some taxidermy on the shelves next to epic and rare Hair of the Dog and Dogfish head bottles.
This tiny space is decked out in wood with slabs of polished tree trunks acting as your bar and table tops. On a cold winter’s night, you couldn’t be cozier. On a warm, sunny summer’s day you are guaranteed a breeze through the open garage doors/windows. The Dray molds to the weather outside; its like some kind of vortex.
Food options include some paninis, landjagers and pretzels with amazing stone ground mustard. I still haven’t figured out if you get charged for the pretzels, but I really doubt it.
But we also go here for beer- 12 taps at any given time. Yes, there are times I have stopped by here and been slightly disenchanted by their beer list, but 9 times out of 10, they will have something unique, something seasonal and something that your heart desires.
Off hand, Ommegang Zuur, New Belgium Love, Dogfish head Immortal Ale and Cascade Apricot come to mind as beers I enjoyed in the past. For that one time out of ten, The Dray has an impressive (and reasonably priced) bottle list, so be sure to check it out!
A gem of a bar, a comfort zone and a beer lovers day well spent.
Every time I walk up to Sully‘s it reminds me of a lodge at a mountain resort in the Alps. With a pitched roof and a Bavarian facade, it couldn’t be more welcoming. Inside, it is a dimly lit, eclectic place with quirky decorations, as well as your quintessential Irish pub signs regarding how drunk, humorous, silly and stupid people get. This is another venue where I can spend an entire afternoon shooting the shit over a few pints of beer.
Like The Dray, Sully’s offers limited menu options. The items they do have include grilled cheese sandwiches, random snacks and some damn good chili. Other than that, throw a buck in the box and grab a bowl of peanuts.
You can always count on Boundary Bay IPA to be served on cask here, as well as several Deschutes taps and a decent IPA selection. I wouldn’t go here if your looking for a unique or rare beer, but quality brews such as Victory Hop Devil and New Belgium Ranger IPA have graced the stage here at Sully’s.
I remember sitting at Sully’s, drinking Boundary Bay IPA with the other 2/3 of Beer Blotter – we were sitting in a booth by the window and it started to hail, hail the size of golf balls. Just a sign from the gods that it was time to order another pint.
Directly across the street from Sully’s, The Park Pub took much longer to get on our beer radar then the previously mentioned joints. This bar serves as a place to listen to live bands, play pool and grab some dinner.
Overall the ambiance is less comfortable and intimate but one glance at the tap list and all is well in the world. Arranged in a half circle, the taps glisten behind the bar.
Note worthy beers currently on tap here: Boundary Bay IPA, Avery ‘Maharaja’ Imperial IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Lagunitas ‘Lil Sumpin Sumpin’, Laurelwood ‘Hop Monkey’ IPA, Deschutes Organic Amber, Double Mountain Kolsch, Big Time Black IPA
and Rodenbach Grand Cru.
I would recommend this place for a Friday or Saturday night hang out session with a group. Good beers, music, activities and once in awhile, the neighborhood magician will amaze you and stick a card to the ceiling. Take a look next time you are there.
So that’s Phinney Ridge’s beer scene in a nutshell. I have many fond memories and have drank damn good beer at all three of these places. If you have a place that you love in this neighborhood, leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up: Ballard.
Fourth installment already? My oh my how time flies. Just in case you are new to the blotter, here is the link to follow if you need an explanation of what in the hell this column is all about. In a nutshell, the archive is a time machine that takes us back a few years to the initial days of my beer journaling. I’ve drank a lot of good beers through the years, and I’d like to share my thoughts on how they tasted. Hopefully I’ll whet your appetite and you will give these beers a try for yourself. If I’m lucky enough to make that happen for you, please tell us about your experience and how it tasted in your words.
The last installment found us nearing the middle of December, 2007. Let’s pick up where we left off.
Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec, Canada) – Ephemere
5.5% ale brewed with granny smith apple juice, coriander, and curacoa. Golden color, decent head – telling of its potent bubbly. Apple sour and sweetness relevant in smell and taste. Yeast also pronounced in the nose. Spices come out on the back of the tongue. Very pleasant aftertaste lingers for a while after each sip. I probably should be drinking this outside in the sun, but it’s December and we are in Seattle. A little bit too fruity, but for a fruit beer it’s classy and sophisticated.
Timperial Commentary: I must admit, I’m a huge fan of Unibroue’s work, Ephemere notwithstanding. This beer is very unique and refreshing. I buy a bottle of this on a pretty regular basis. I do agree with my 2007 self that it is a great summer, outdoor kind of beer, but the apples and spice also have a holiday season feel to them. About as many happy feelings rush into my mind when I drink this beer as flavors I find on the palate. If you like the saisons, fruit or spiced beers, and Belgian beers with high effervescence, this beer is for you.
Stone Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA) – Double Bastard
10%. Seasonal release to much acclaim that honestly, I don’t fully understand. Very dark brown, not much sustaining head at all. The nose is, in my opinion, by far the best quality of this brew. It has a hoppiness, sweetness, smokiness… Hops come out in the flavor, a dryness and…barley…something. Hard to explain. I have had this before and didn’t like it very much, and with the flood of excitement and positive press, I felt I must be mistaken. I even let it age a few months. I couldn’t drink too much of this.
Timperial Commentary: Yeah, I’m dead serious when I tell you that I don’t like Double Bastard. I find it to be so odd that a large percentage of the beer nerds out there go ga-ga for it. This type of stark polarity is incredibly rare for me when it comes to highly respected beers. I do have a very high respect for Stone. I like almost all of their beers, and love a decent amount of them. DB just doesn’t do it for me. Oh well.
Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, CO) – Collaboration not Litigation
8.99%. Avery and Russian River both have a beer called Salvation, and to get around potential legal action they collaborated. This is the mix of the two, both of which are Belgian golden ales. Dark brown color, smells of yeast and caramel. Doesn’t leave much lace on the glass but the head sustains throughout. Alcohol present in smell and taste. Maybe if I didn’t know it was a blend… but I feel like I can tell. There is a contrast on the tongue.
Timperial Commentary: I must admit that I didn’t read this review before I stated typing it. This beer is so damn good that I figured my review would express more elation. That is a piss poor review 2007 self. You’ll just have to take the word of 2010 self when I say, this beer is awesome! The blend works really well. For a long time this was the only way that most people could taste Russian River in any way. As always, their work does not disappoint. And Avery…well, theirs never does either. Without a doubt, two of the country’s best breweries. Drink this beer!
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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I have been dubbed Timperial Stout for one simple reason: I love my beers deep, dark and mysterious. Lucky for me, the people over at Brouwer’s Cafe have created a night to honor that holy opaque beverage we call stout. I’d be remiss to not mention it and provide my take on how one would work up a game plan for such an event. I’ve posted the list below, that was so thoughtfully provided by the folks over at Seattle Beer Week. In this case, it has proven very helpful that two members of the SBW collective get a paycheck from Brouwer’s. After each selection I have provided some commentary. I’ve tried to be brief, but you know…I love this stuff.
Allagash Black is delicious and unique, but it’s not all that rare so I’d skip it here and get a bottle at the bottleshop if you’ve never tried it.
Avery Black Tot on the other hand…pretty damn rare. This is the third release in Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series and is an imperial oatmeal stout aged in Gosling’s rum barrels. I’m sure this wont be cheap, but I’d bet it’s worth every penny.
Avery Czar is, in my opinion, one of the best regularly available imperial stouts out there, but for this event, “regularly available” = “skip it”.
Avery Meph Addict is Avery Mephistopheles with coffee added. I have never had (or seen for that matter) this one, so rare…yes. The original Meph is a beast of a brew. I recommend you tread lightly with these fellas, they are over 15% abv.
Avery Mephistopheles – See above
Beer Valley Black Madness – I’m either unaware of this beer or this is a mix up on words. Beer Valley makes Black Flag Imperial Stout and Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale, but I’m not so sure about Black Madness. The SBW site lists “Black Madness” again for the Firkin-Firkin event at Elysian, so I could be misinformed, or not informed at all as the case may be.
Big Sky Bottleworks 11 is going to be showing up at special events at Brouwer’s for a few years to come now I’d assume, considering the beer was made and kegged exclusively for them (Bottleworks, Brouwer’s, same difference). Never-the-less, it’s a very intriguing beer with some intense sour and vinous notes. Worth a taste if you missed out on the bottles.
Big Time Old Rip – Bill Jenkins knows how to make a beer folks. If you don’t make it to the U-district with much regularity, you may have never had this one. Go for it, drink local.
Boulevard Nitro Dry Stout – Boulevard out of Kansas City, MO has been doing a lot of experimenting lately. They seem to be really making things happen, and everything that I have had of theirs so far has been quality. They are still fairly new to the Seattle market…I can’t say that I’ve seen a lot a kegs come through. I would never get this because I don’t like dry stouts, but if you are into Guinness, Murphy’s, Beamish, Moylan’s Dragoons, etc, check it out.
Chuckanut Export Foreign Stout – The words “Export Foreign Stout” are not very commonly used, but they basically indicate a “bigger” stout, built for long journeys on boats and such. Considering the many recent accolades being tossed in Chuckanut’s direction, when I see that brewery name on something I want to try it. Seems like a great starter to the evening to me.
Dick’s Woodford BBN Oak Cream Stout – I, sadly, don’t know a lot about this one, but the words “oak” and “cream stout” get me excited. Worth a try, and possibly a bit more manageable in the abv category.
Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout – This one is extremely high on my list of best beers on planet Earth. ‘Nuff said. Oh, except beware of the strength – 18%.
Double Mountain Imperial Chaos is a draft only imperial stout from the impressive folks down in Hood River, OR. I’ve never had this one, but I have continually been impressed by 2x Mountain. I think I’ll be trying this one.
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout – One of the best single stouts in Washington, if not the country. Very underrated in this area, possibly due to its permanent availability and therefore lack of hype. Even still, I wouldn’t get it at an event like this. Get a bottle at Whole Foods and take it home.
Firestone Walker Parabola 10 is my number one on this list. I will scratch and claw to get it. It is a 13% imperial stout that was blended from all sorts of different barrels, vintages, what-have-you. It’s probably least rare this year then ever before in its existence, but still, very rare.
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin is a fairly traditional oatmeal stout with a really great name. Decent beer by one of the premier breweries in America. I’d look for it on another day.
Full Sail Imperial Stout – Full Sail might be one of the largest breweries in the North West, but they still make really good beer, especially those in the Brewmaster Reserve series. This is not Black Gold, so it’s not barrel aged, but it’s a great beer. Worth getting on any other day, but there are better choices on this list.
Glacier Jack Daniels Impy Stout – Glacier is without a doubt one of Alaska’s finest. Sadly, even though we are the closest neighboring state, we don’t see all that much of their work. If this is in any way even close to matching the quality of their Big Woody Barleywine, this will be amazing. Get it!
Great Divide Espresso Yeti – Yeti, like Avery Czar, is one of the best regularly available imperial stouts out there. The espresso version is not as good in my opinion, but it’s a must try for all coffee junkies.
Green Flash Espresso Stout – I think this might be a keg only one-off brew. Sounds rare. Green Flash makes great beer. I’d go for it!
Hales Machete – This puppy is brewed right down the street from Brouwer’s. I give them a big “f%&@ yeah!” for the name but I think I’ll have to skip this one, only because of better options.
Hitachino Espresso Stout – This is the best espresso stout I have ever had, but you can get it in the bottle pretty easily. Not appropriate for this event.
Laughing Dog Dogfather – This is one of the best beers to come out of Idaho. I will skip it only because I still have a few bottles in the cellar, but it’s worthy of a purchase.
Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout – This one is released annually in the bottle, and can sometimes be found during the “off-season” at local bottle shops. This beer is really freaking good, but get a bottle.
Lost Abbey Serpents Stout is Tomme Arthur’s idea of a Belgian stout. If there is an actual Belgian brewed stout out there that is this rich and delicious, I have yet to find it. Alvinne Podge is about as close as I can think of. If you have never had this beer you need to get it. This is fairly commonly available in bottles so I’d skip it here.
Mad River BBN Export Stout – A quality California brew, but not up to par with some of the competition.
Moylan’s Ryan O’Sullivan – I don’t often think of this beer when I ponder the great impy stouts of America, but I should. It is a high quality brew, but yet again, a bit too common for this event.
Odin Sour Stout – believe it or not, I have yet to taste the nectars produced by Odin. I know, it’s crazy. I don’t know much about the sour stout but I must admit I’m intrigued. This night just might be my first dance with Odin.
Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy – One of the very few, if not only imperial stouts released in a can. That’s pretty damn cool, and it’s delicious to boot. If I was at Brouwer’s on a regular day, I’d get it, but not tonight.
Port Brewing Old Viscosity – This beer is great, but not as good as its older brother. Go with the older.
Port Brewing Older Viscosity – Regular readers will know that I’m mildly obsessed with this beer. It’s chocolate covered pretzels to a T. Get this and be like the stout fella above…meditate for a bit – you will go places. I will most likely only get this one late in the evening, well after my better judgment has evaded me. This is only because I have had it a bunch of times already.
Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper is a good impy stout, but it’s a bit thin for my liking. I’d skip it.
Porterhouse Nitro Oyster Stout – This is a low abv dry Irish stout. Sorry but…not interested.
Porterhouse Nitro Wrasslers 5x stout – Sorry Ireland, your stouts are boring.
Sierra Nevada Fritz & Ken – This was recently reviewed glowingly on this site by yours truly. It’s a damn good beer with a damn good story to tell.
Southern Tier Jahva – This is a member of the ST Imperial series, which should read “AMAZING”! Easily one of Beer Blotter’s favorite breweries in the world. Their stouts are impeccable. This one is just slightly less impeccable than the Oat below, so get that one.
Southern Tier Oat – See above.
Stone I.R.S. – This beer is very unique. I have never had an impy stout with such a strong tobacco flavor, which is a good thing in my opinion. Like Ten Fiddy, I’d order this in almost any other situation, but not tonight.
Victory Storm King – You might have heard that this was the first impy stout I ever tasted. I owe it a lot. Luckily for me, it’s one of the country’s best, so I started off on the right foot. I’d get it if I didn’t already have a bunch in the cellar.
Walking Man Black Cherry Stout – Beer Blotter finds this beer to be like soda. If that sounds good to you, hop on board. Not so much for me, but I do love Walking Man.
Waterstreet Stout – Skip is gone. I have little faith.
In summary, since that was probably a bit of a task to read, I offer my top 5, in order of importance.
5) Double Mountain Imperial Chaos
4) Avery Meph Addict
3) Glacier Jack Daniels
2) Avery Black Tot
1) Firestone Walker Parabola
Without further ado and no introduction, drum roll please…..
Monday, March 29, 2010
Southern Tier Pint Night: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
8:00PM-10:00PM @ Doherty’s East Irish Pub
Put your Guiness down and enjoy a pint from NY’s Southern Tier Brewing Co. An amazing brewery with a wide range of styles, you can expect to enjoy the following on tap tonight: Mokah, Unearthly IPA, Choklat, Cherry Saison, Iniquity Black IPA and many more!
Allagash Beer Dinner: South Norwalk, Connecticut
7:00PM- 9:00PM @ The Ginger Man
Tonight, $70.00 will give you an all inclusive beer experience, with 5 courses, 5 pairings, tax and gratuity included. Come in early for a pint, and then enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a brief introduction to the Allagash Brewing Company when everyone is seated. 4 courses follow, including a cheese plate and dessert.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Enter the Smutty, An Evening with Smuttynose Brewing Co.: Burlington, Vermont
5:00PM-11:00PM @ American Flatbread Burlington Health
This line up is amazing and since our trip to Ohio, we are huge fans of Smuttynose Brewery. So here goes: Wheat Wine ’08; Big A IPA; Oaked Old Brown Dog CASK; Brett & I and many more.
Beers for Babes: New York, New York
6:30PM-9:30PM @ The Pourhouse
Beer is not just for men, women have sophisticated tastebuds and many enjoy the sweet nectar as much as their male counterparts. So tonight, lets drink to female beers lovers at the Pourhouse for a women only event. Tonight’s themed is flavored beer which includes Bluepoint Blueberry Ale, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Lindeman’s Pomme, Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, Abita Purple Haze. Light appetizers will also be available.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Bell’s Oberon Kick Off Party: Atlanta, Georgia
6:00PM-8:00PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
Come and celebrate the beginning of Spring with Bell’s Brewery’s new edition, Oberon. An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a sunny afternoon. Get a pint, keep the glass.
Goose Island Beer and Wine Dinner: Rocky River, Ohio
6:30PM- 8:00PM @ The Pub Rocky River
Who said beer and wine lovers can drink in unison? Join Goose Island‘s Eddie Anderson as well as a Gallo Wine Rep in this very unique event of beer and wine pairings. Goose Island will be featuring Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacques, 312 & Mild Winter.
Cask Night: Redmond, Washington
Every Wednesday, come get a pint of one of Black Raven Brewing Co.’s beers on cask at the brewery of Redmond amazing bottle shop. This Wednesday, the Saison is featured.
Thursday, April 1, 201o
April is IPA Month: Burlington, Vermont
4:30 PM-11:30PM @ American Flatbread Burlington Hearth
Out with the barleywines and in with the IPAs. For the ENTIRE month of April, expect to enjoy IPA after IPA. American Flatbread Burlington Hearth’s own Zero Gravity brewery will be offering multiple IPA options in addition to the many exciting selections have been gathered from the top regional and not-so-regional breweries.
Dogfish Head Keg Party and Chili Cook-off: Chicago, Illinois
8:30PM-11:30PM @ Landmark Grill and Lounge
Ok, listen carefully- $20 at the door gets you unlimited chili and $.25 drafts of Dogfish Head India Brown, 90 min IPA, Rasion D’extra and Aprihop all night long. Done and done!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Avery Brewing’s Depuceleuse Release: Boulder, Colorado
5:00PM-8:00PM @ Avery Brewing Co.
After waiting patiently for an entire year, this beer, aged in zinfandel wine barrels , Depuceleuse has matured and is primed to be bottled. A 100% brettanomyces fermentation gives this brew lots ‘o funk throughout, intertwined with pungent elements of sour cherries, delicate aromas of aged wood and a gentle spice thanks to the zinfandel barrels. Sounds amazing!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Stone Barleywine Fest: Libertyville, Illinois
1:00PM-3:00PM @ The Firkin
Try one of 11 Stone Brewing Co. beers on draught including Old Guardian Barleywine from 2007, 2008, 2010! Also featured will be Levitation, I.P.A., Pale Ale, Ruination, Smoked Porter,and Arrogant Bastard. Brewer, Greg Koch will be stopping by during the party as well to say hello! New Old Guardian glasses will be yours to keep. Exciting!
Philadelphia Breweries During Prohibition: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2:00PM -3:00PM @ Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition which occurred April 7, 1933 when 3.2% beer was made legal. Find out how Philadelphia breweries coped during 13 long “dry years” some of which weren’t all that dry.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Easter At Stone: Escondido, California
9:30AM-11:30 AM @ Stone Brewing Co.
Egg hunt for kids, beer for adults. Happy Easter to you.
Easter, Avery Brewing’s release of a sour cherry beer, educational opportunities for woman and wine lovers, and the beginning of Spring. Life is good, so drink up- cheers!