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The Visual Art of Craft Beer Part 1 – My Top 5

March 25, 2011 2 comments

New and...improved?

There has been quite a few stories in the beer press lately that have really got me thinking about beer artwork.  There’s the new look of Red Hook (check out this post on Washington Beer blog), a new label design for one of my favorite beers of all time – Stone Imperial Russian Stout (see this post at beernews.org), the North Coast Brewing logo upgrade (the old logo has always been a favorite of mine) and most notably the new Upright Brewing Four Play label that has been subject to much controversy (please check out this article on Beervana).

When I first started thinking about it I was leaning toward the fact that there really aren’t that many labels/logos out there that are especially noteworthy.  There’s a few that really jumped out at me right way, but for the most part…far too many exist that fail to catch my attention.  But, the more I thought about it, the more I discussed it with friends, the more epiphanies I had and the more I realized just how wrong I was.

The Classic. Is is better?

There’s actually a lot of breweries out there that are putting serious attention toward their image.  Clearly, this isn’t surprising.  Anyone possessing even the slightest bit of entrepreneurial savvy knows how important branding can be to creating a successful business.  Here, in my Visual Art of Craft Beer Series, I plan to discuss some of my favorites.  Hopefully, in doing so, I will open up the floor for debate.  I’m sure there are a bunch out there that I either don’t know about or have simply overlooked.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to present them all in this initial article, so the debate just may have to wait.  Start thinking about your choices now and see if I end up agreeing with you.

The following is my top 5.  This is not limited to logo alone.  I feel that if it were, the scope of this exercise would be drastically diminished.  This includes not only the straight forward logo of a brewery but the labels of all, most, or some of their bottles/cans/mini-kegs/what-have-you.

5) Three Floyds Brewing – FFF does not mess around.  They make some of the most unique beers in the country and their labels follow suit.  In may ways, they remind me of Garbage Pail Kids.  All have a comic book/cartoon like quality.  Some are lighthearted and humorous, others are dark and disturbing, all are well designed and fun to look at.  I’m not sure whether I like the Clockwork Orange themed Moloko Stout, Zombie Dust, or the Dark Lord (above) the best.  No matter how you look at it, they are all undeniably bad ass.

 

4) Southern Tier Brewing – The logo above isn’t very glamorous, and it by no means is the sole reason why I have put STB in the number 4 position, but I must say that I’m a very big fan of it.  I find it to be very slick, clean and simple, yet highly effective.  The tools of the trade encircled by the ingredients of the trade.  Classic.  I’ve often thought of having a variation of that logo tattooed on myself.  Good logo aside, the continuity and simplicity of all of STB’s label designs is so well done that I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised to find them being celebrated in HOW Magazine (or something similar).

 

 

3) New Belgium Brewing Lips of Faith Series – Take a minute to gaze upon the above image.  Tell me you wouldn’t want a full size print of that framed and mounted in your living room.  It’s beautiful…and it’s just a beer label.  I could have posted a picture of almost any LoF label and it would be equally stunning.  Whomever is behind this is really doing fabulous work.  Give them a raise.

 

 

2) Stone Brewing Co. – This logo is absolutely unmistakable.  It may not be number one on my list but it’s very possibly the number one most recognizable beer logo in craft brewing.  It’s bold, like Stone beers and the attitude of the owners/brewers.  If you’ve ever taken the time to read the lengthy, screen printed text on any of Stone’s 22oz bottles, you know just what I mean.  Stone is hard fucking core and their dark, devious mascot exemplifies that to the t.

 

1)  Flying Dog Brewery – Can someone please explain to me how FDB got Ralph Steadman to illustrate all of their imagery?!?!  Whether you like his style or not, this has to be the most lauded, continual collaborative effort between a brewery and a world-famous artist of all time.

Yeah, I guess I do sort of get how FDB pulled this off.  Supposedly the owners of the brewery were friends with Hunter S. Thompson.  It’s quite clear that his influence is felt throughout much of FDB’s advertising and marketing campaign.  Since Ralph Steadman is most famous for his work with Hunter S. Thompson, in lies the connection.  God knows how much money they must dish out for his work, but I for one thing it’s worth every penny.

Events for Week of October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010 1 comment

photo creds: yoursforgoodfermentables.com

This weekend was pretty low key. We were able to swing by Naked City Taphouse for their 2nd Anniversary Party. They had so many of their own beers on tap, it was hard to choose. I ended up getting the Tay Yay Barrel Aged Sour- so good. We ended the night with an Imperial IPA homebrew. But now for your week in beer.

Monday, October 25, 2010

 

Jolly Pumpkin Beer Week: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11:00AM-8:00PM @ The Coffee Bar

Jolly Pumpkin, an amazing brewery out of Ann Arbor, MI arrives in Philly to showcase their amazing Belgium styled beers.

We will be pouring Jolly Pumpkin’s BAM BIERE on draft as well as bottles of LA ROJA, with another release to be determined!

And despite their name, there is no pumpkin in these beers. But we will be pouring Rock Art’s Imperial Pumpkin Spruce Stout, a unique interpretation of the seasonal pumpkin ale, to help fill your pumpkin needs.

We will also be serving hot turkey and stuffing sandwiches all week as well as pumpkin pie.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

 

Oxymoron Night with Left Hand Brewing: Arlington, Virginia

6:30PM-10:30PM @ Galaxy Hut

Left Hand Brewing teams up with Terrapin to release Oxymoron, an IPA, is the third in a series of one-time releases between these two breweries. Tonight celebrate the release and enjoy brews from both breweries: Oxymoron, Terrapin Hopzilla, Terrapin So Fresh and So Green, Green, Left Hand Warrior IPA and Left Hand Twin Sisters.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

 

Hop Harvest 2010: Greenville, South Carolina

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria

This is Barley’s 4th Annual Hopfest and they are bringing the fury:
-Great Divide Fresh Hop
-Harpoon Glacier Harvest
-Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale
-Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest
-Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest
-Southern Tier Harvest
-Terrapin So Fresh & So Green, Green
-Victory Braumeister Harvest Ale
-Victory Braumeister Harvest Pils
-Weyerbacher Harvest

Plus these hoptastic bonus brews…
-Bell’s Hopslam Ale
-Mikkeller Green Gold IPA
-Stone San Diego County Session Ale
-“Randal the Enamel Animal”: Fresh-Citra-Hopped Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Thursday, October 28, 2010

 

Pumpkin Beer Tasting: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6:30PM-8:30PM @ Hudson Beach Glass

Art and Beer together for one night.

Hudson Beach Glass presents an exciting evening of beer tasting and glass making. Coordinated with Triumph Brewing, pumpkin ales and appetizers will abound. All guests will be using their own crafted pint glasses (with a new pumpkin stamp) to try the delicious brews. Also, Sean will be in the studio showing how the Pint Glasses are made and everyone gets to take one home at the end of the night!

Friday, October 29, 2010

 

Flying Dog’s Halloween Bash and Smash: Frederick, Maryland

7:00PM-11:00PM @ Flying Dog Brewery

Are you looking for something to do this weekend for Halloween? Do you want to drink tasty brews while doing it? I suggest stopping by Flying Dog Brewing Co. to celebrate the pagan holiday. 12 Flying Dog brews will be on tap. Get to work on your costume, as there is a $500 cash prize for the best costume.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Ale Fest: Grand Rapids, Michigan

1:00PM-1:00AM @ HopCat

Enjoy the best of Halloween with seasonal ales such as Nosferatu, Hobgoblin, Wild Devil & Screaming Pumpkin! Prepare for a costume contest.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

 

De Dolle Beer Tasting: Louisville, Kentucky

De Dolle, a small brewery from Essen Belgium is a personal favorite. Today, for $12, you get to taste several beers from De Dolle.

Beers to be tasted:
De Dolle Dulle Teve 10
De Dolle Extra Export Stout
De Dolle Oerbier
De Dolle Arabier
De Dolle Boskeun

If you have an event that you went to, want us to post an event or just speak your mind, then leave a comment or email me at jess@beerblotter.com. Cheers!

 

Events for Week of July 12, 2010

Avenue Pub- Stop here on the tour with Mellow Mushroom out of Covington, LA.

IM LATE with events! So Im skipping the intro!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Founders Tapping: Bloomington, Indiana

5:00PM-12:00AM @ Yogi’s Grill and Bar

Tonight, Yogi’s is tapping Founders Brewing Co.‘s Devil Dancer, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Cerise and Dirty Bastard. Get there early.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LaTrappe Re-Launch: Chicago, Illinois

7:00PM-11:00PM @ Fountainhead

Beeradvocate.com said it best and it includes a fun fact about the only trappist brewery outside of Belgium:

Koningshoeven, the only Trappist brewery in The Netherlands, has featured “La Trappe” on its labels around the world for some time, virtually everywhere except here in the U.S. and Canada. So, come help us welcome back La Trappe under its true name.

The legal issues with a monastic community in Iowa known as La Trappe, who make coffins, not beer, have been cleared up with the monks of the only monastic brewery outside of Belgium, so La Trappe is back!!!!

We’ll be giving away some glassware (while it lasts), Chef Robyn will serve up some pairings for La Trappe Witte, Double & Quad.

Oh…. As if thats not enough, profits from La Trappe beer sales go to maintaining their brother abbeys in Indonesia and Uganda.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mikkeller Single Hop Night: New York, New York

7:00PM-12:00AM @ The Double Windsor

Mikkel is a gypsy-brewer, from Denmark who brews at different breweries in Denmark, around Europe and the United States. Tonight features four Mikkeller beers from his single hop series: Cascade, Centennial, Nugget and Chinook. Such good brews!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Beer Dinner: Phoenix, Arizona

7:00PM-9:00PM @ Whole Foods Market- Scottsdale

Join Whole Foods Market for a 5 course Lagunitas beer pairing dinner that will please both beer geek and foodie alike. Space is limited. Please register in advance by emailing sp.sct.marketing@wholefoods.com. The cost of the dinner is $29.00.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2010 Portland International BEERFEST: Portland, Oregon

4:00PM-10:00PM @ NW 8th and NW Davis (outside)

Portland International Beerfest (PIB) is a summertime specialty beer festival. Each year over more than 130 hard-to-find rare & exotic beers from breweries near & far are featured during this festival. These include some of the most highly-rated beers in the world, and many are nearly impossible to get. For more information, visit the website here.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mellow Mushroom Bus to NOLA Brewing Co.: Covington, Louisiana

1:00PM-8:00PM @ Mellow Mushroom

Now you know how bb.com feels about New Orleans! Enjoy a pizza buffet at Mellow Mushroom from 12-1pm. Bus departs at 1 and will arrive at NOLA Brewery around 1:45pm. Private tour of the brewery by Kirk Coco. Afterward, stop at Avenue Pub (FAVORITE BAR IN NEW ORLEANS- open 24/7 365) for lunch and a brew (or 5). Reservations, call (985) 327.5407. This event is $27.50 per person.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pints and Pancakes to Christmas in July: Ellicott, Maryland

10:00AM – 5:00PM@ T*Bonz Grille and Pub

2 Live Bands All Day, Free Pancakes and an Awesome breakfast menu. This Sunday features Christmas and Breakfast Style Beers including Smuttynose Shortbatch #9, Weyerbacher Merry Monks and Flying Dog Coffee Stout.

If you have an event that you went to, want us to post about or want to add something, please leave a comment or email us beerblotter@gmail.com. Cheers!

The Beer Blotter Guide to Beveridge Place Pub’s Bacchanal 2010

February 24, 2010 1 comment

The facade of Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle - the site of the Annual Bacchanal of Barleywines

Beveridge Place Pub’s 7th Annual Barleywine Bacchanal kicks off this Friday, February 26th, with over 40 barleywines pouring for a week straight from 24 taps.  That’s a lot of big bold brews to choose from.  Since there is clearly more beers than taps, there will be a constant rotation of kegs a flowin’.  As one blows, another will replace it, and so on.

The folks over at the Washington Beer Blog were kind enough to post the complete list for all to slobber over. Below you will find the entire list.  Clearly, all are barleywines, and thus, all are going to be packed with copious quantities of both malt and hops.  All will be fairly high in alcohol, and chances are good that all will taste pretty darn good.  Your main fear should be a harsh, young vintage.  Sometimes these fellas just need some time to mature and mellow out.  Too much bitterness and not enough sweetness can make your barleywine experience akin to being strangled by a hop vine.  There is no question, if you read this site with any regularity, that Beer Blotter holds great respect for Father Time and his agile hand at improving beers of many kinds, especially barleywines.

For Beer Blotter, the older the vintage, the more excited we are to try it.  Both rare and refined, these pours should improve your evening no matter who brewed them.

So our first overarching tip to you, “age is all the rage”.

But we need more detail than that.  Let’s dig deeper.

The biggest challenge of the Bacchanal is the barrels-to-taps ratio.  The rotation system will make it difficult to have a clear game plan for your visit, whatever day you choose to attend.  You will never really know exactly what to expect, which, granted, offers its own brand of excitement.  Your best bet is to pre-create a list of b-dubs that you’re most excited to taste, and chances are that no matter what day you decide to venture out to West Seattle there will be at least a few of them available.

Perhaps a look at the Beer Blotter list could assist you in creating your own list.  Below, as promised, is the unadulterated list.  Below that, the Beer Blotter list.

Complete List:

Alaskan, Barleywine ‘06, ‘07,’08

Anacortes, Old Sebastes ‘07

Anchor, Old Foghorn ‘06, ‘07, ‘08

Anderson Valley, Horn of the Beer ‘09

Avery, Hog Heaven ‘09

Big Sky, Old Blue Hair ‘06

Boulder, Killer Penguin ‘09

Boundary Bay, Old Bounder ‘09

Deschutes, Mirror Mirror ‘09

Diamond Knot, Icebreaker ‘09

Dick’s, Barleywine ‘05, ‘09

Dogfish Head, Olde School ‘09

Elliott Bay, Old Portside ‘09

Elysian, Cyclops ‘09

Fish, 10 Squared ‘08, ‘09

Fish, Leviathan ‘06

Flying Dog, Horndog ‘09

Full Sail, Old Boardhead ‘06

Full Sail, Old Boilermaker 98 (yes, 1998)

Hale’s, Rudyard’s Rare ‘06, ‘09

Hopworks Urban Brewery, Noggin Floggin ‘09

Hood Canal, Breidablik ‘06, ‘07, ‘09

Lagunitas, Old Gnarleywine ‘04, ‘06, ‘07

Laurelwood, Old Reliable ‘09

Left Hand, Oak Aged Widdershins ‘07

Lucky Lab, Old Yeller ‘09

Mad River, Old Barleycorn ‘07

New Old Lompoc, Old Tavern Rat ‘08

North Coast, Old Stock ‘07, ‘09

Pike, Old Bawdy ‘07, ‘08

Port, Angel’s Share ‘09

Port Townsend, ‘09

Rogue, Old Crustacean ‘08

Schooner Exact, Old Sinking Ship ‘09

Scuttlebutt, Old #1 ‘06, ‘08

Sierra Nevada, Bigfoot ‘08

Skagit River, Shiver Me Liver ‘09

Speakeasy, Old Godfather ‘09

Stone, Old Guardian ‘07, ‘08, ‘09

Three Skulls, Wreckage ‘09

Victory, Old Horizontal ‘09

Walking Man, Old Stumblefoot ‘08

Beer Blotter List:

Alaskan, Barleywine ‘06, ‘07,’08

-This is a “must” if offered at the time of your visit.  A Northwest Masterpiece.  Alaskans know how to warm up with Barleywine.  This guy ranks very well in any festival that it is involved in.  In the last 5 years this brew has placed in the top 3 at Brouwer’s Hard Liver Barleywine Fest 3 times, and the ’07 vintage was number 1 last year.  A warning though…chances are high that these will only be available on Monday, March 1st or Tuesday, March 2nd when verticals are offered.  To try all three vintages side by side would truly be a treat.

Lagunitas, Old Gnarleywine ‘04, ‘06, ‘07

-In Beer Blotter’s humble opinion, there is not many Barleywines being made in the world better than Gnarleywine.  The ’08 vintage was awarded 3rd place in this years Toronado Barley Wine Festival, and chances are, the older the better.  Do not skip this one, any vintage.  Another warning: 3 years offered…look to vertical night for these.

Speakeasy, Old Godfather ‘09

-Though this is young, the ’06 got second place last year at Brouwer’s.  Expect this one to be high in alpha…it’s the Speakeasy way.

Stone, Old Guardian ‘07, ‘08, ‘09

-If you read Timperial’s review of the ’07 vintage you would know, this beer is sickly good.  Astounding balance, even through time.

Victory, Old Horizontal ’09 & Dogfish Head, Olde School ‘09

-With the exception of a few CO representatives, these are the only 2 offerings that aren’t from the West.  Reason?  They are astounding beers made by two of America’s best breweries.

Fish, 10 Squared ‘08, ’09 & Leviathan ‘06

-Both of these beers are incredible and hard to come by, even in their home state.  10 Squared was probably my personal favorite from last years Hard Liver Fest and old vintages of Leviathan, like this ’06, are pretty much legendary.  The barrel-aged version of Leviathan is in the top 10 on ratebeer.com’s list of barleywines.

Port, Angel’s Share ‘09

-It would be silly of me to leave this one out since it is literally one of my favorite beers of all time.  Number 9 on ratebeer.com’s barley wine list.

New Old Lompoc, Old Tavern Rat ‘08

-Beer Blotter recently had this from the always-impressive taps of Uber Tavern and really enjoyed it.  Very nutty if you’re into that.

Boundary Bay, Old Bounder ‘09

-Seattle does not see enough Boundary Bay.  Maybe if we drain this keg quickly the “will of the people” will change that depressing fact.

That’s a pretty healthy list for you, and honestly, I could go on an on.  There is A LOT of really good stuff on this list, and even a few that Beer Blotter has never had and looks forward to trying (like Lucky Lab, can we please have more of their beers in Seattle?).

Anyone and everyone within striking distance of Seattle should never, EVER miss events like this.  We are so lucky to have beer bars that put so much time, effort and money into aging beers for years and organizing such exciting festivals.  Beer Blotter sends a massive hug to Gary and The Bev for making this happen year after year.

Find us in West Seattle, raise a glass, it’s barleywine season!

Beer Events: Week of February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

HopCat in Grand Rapids MI- Check out the beer dinner this Sunday!

Its Sunday night and to be honest, the creative juices aren’t flowing. So, enjoy the week ahead check out our posts on http://www.beerblotter.com and keep reading for events around the US!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Its Firkin Delicious!: Ellicott Bay, Maryland

6:00PM-9:00PM @ T’Bonz Grille and Pub

Firkin Monday with Clipper City Brewery featuring their first Chocolate beer ! Meet the brewery and keep your pint glass!  BONUS!

Tomme Arthur Meet and Greet: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6:00PM-8:00PM @ Memphis TapRoom

Port Brewing and Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur will be at the Memphis TapRoom to char about his world class beer.  The draft lineup will include Mongo Double IPA, Older Viscosity, Hop 15, Wipeout IPA, Gift of the Magi (’08) and Carnivale in addition to some super limited edition surprises. Take Note—> bald folks with glasses get an additional $1 off Port Brewing and Lost Abbey drafts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alaskan Smoked Porter Vertical Tasting: Portland, Oregon

4:00PM- 12:00AM @ Bailey’s Tap Room

Taste the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Alaskan Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co. side-by-side. $8 for a tray of all four.

Southern Tier Brewery Night: Brooklyn, New York

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Bar Great Harry

We will let the list from Southern Tier Brewing Co. speak for itself. Choklat Imperial Stout; Unearthly Imperial IPA; Oak-aged Unearthly Imperial IPA; Gemini Double IPA; Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout; Iniquity Imperial Black Ale; Hop Sun Summer Wheat Beer. Choklat on tap taste like straight chocolate syrup. SO GOOD.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bottleworks Anniversary Ale Release Party: Seattle, Washington

11:00AM- 8:00PM @ Bottleworks

Come celebrate and drink Bottleworks’ 11th Anniversary Ale brewed in collaboration with Big Sky Brewing Co. Check out the video of the blending process here!

Brewers Night with Fremont Brewing: Bellingham, Washington

6:00PM-9:00PM @ Green Frog Cafe

We want to give some love to our local Seattle brewery, Fremont Brewing Co. who is bringing their tasty beers (Universale Pale Ale will most likely be there) and their brewing tales to Green Frog Cafe.

Belgium Dinner Night: La Jolle, California

6:30PM-8:30PM @ The Grill At The Lodge At Torrey Pines

Classic Belgian Ales paired with a four-course menu of Belgian inspired cuisine served family-style at communal tables served with the following featured beers: Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles; Brouwerij De Proef Signature Ale (Port Brewing Collaboration); Brouwerij Verhaeghe Echte Kreikenbier; Gouden Carolus Tripel.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Victory Brewing Co. Tasting: Ithica, New York

4:00PM-6:00PM @ Ithaca Coffee Company at Gateway Commons

Come out to sample on tap from Victory Brewing Co., Harvest Pils, fresh hop pilsner using hops from the Finger Lakes region and St Victorious, our excellent Doppelbock. We will also be drinking Golden Monkey, Storm King and Yakima Twilight bottles.  Brewers Sean and Pete will be there to answer questions and talk about beer.

Avery Beer Dinner with The Bruery: Boulder, Colorado

5:30PM-8:00PM @ Pizzeria Basta

Join Adam Avery of Avery Brewing and Jonas Nemura of The Bruery at Boulder’s newest brick-oven pizza joint. Five courses will be paired with two beers per course. What a deal! Call Pizzeria Basta at 303-997-8775 for reservations and more information.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Barleywine Bacchanal: Seattle, Washington

Time TBA @ Beveridge Place Pub

Starting today until March 6, 2010, Beveridge Place Pub will feature 50 rotating barleywines on draught from the West Coast’s best breweries including many new releases as well as vintages from the cellar! 24 dedicated Barleywine Taps throughout the Fest! Look for upcoming information regarding special tasting events during the Bacchanal.  This is an event not to be missed! Beveridge Place Pub DOES NOT serve food, but encourages patrons to bring outside food if they are hungry!

Dogfish Head Tasting: St. Augustine, Florida

6:00PM-9:00PM @ J.P. Henley’s Beers & Wines Of The World

What to expect from Dogfish Head? 60, 90, 120 Minute IPAs and Burton Baton on tap (Try a flight).  Also they’ll have bottles of: 2007 Burton Baton, Pangea, Old School, Black and Blue, and Immort Ale with food pairing special and glass giveaways with purchase.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

First Annual Boulder Sour Fest: Boulder, Colorado

12:30PM-5:30PM @ Avery Brewing Company

Featuring 30 to 35 of the best sour ales, wild ales and brett beers from across the country (and a few from Europe too!). Max 400 tickets available at $35 each!

The Trappist Beers: New York, New York

1:00PM-8:00PM @ Swift Hibernian Lounge

A comprehensive tasting of all available Trappist ales (beer brewed by monks) including: Chimay; Orval; Westmalle’s Dubbel and Tripel; Rochefort’s  6, 8 and 10; Achel’s Brune and Blonde; La Trappe; Koningshoeven Quadrupel; La Trappe Isid’or and a Vertical Tasting of Chimay Grande Reserve.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Flying Dog Beer Dinner: Newark, Delware

6:00PM-8:00PM @ Caffe Gelato

Come taste Double Dog I.P.A. and Gonzo Imperial Porter among others from Flying Dog Brewery paried with dishes such as Barbecue glazed pork belly, braised escarole, poblano corn bread and Pan roasted lamb loin, marjoram infused toasted barley risotto and duck fat fried spinach. Cant wait for Sunday!

Michigan Breweries Beer Dinner: Grand Rapids, Michigan

6:00PM-8:00PM  @ HopCat

We will be pairing 4 carefully selected Michigan drafts and pair them up with 4 courses.

1st course: Bells Brewing Co.’s Consecrator with a fine cheese and meat plate/2nd course: Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam Noir with sweet potato, goat cheese fritters with truffel oil aioli/3rd course: Shorts Brewing Co. Pistachio Cream Ale with a pistachio encrusted whitefish with wild rice cakes and sambuca cream/4th course: Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.’s Winter Wonder with a wild berry sorbet with candied fruit.  WOW! Seats are limited and are only $35/person so sign up today. Hope to see you there.

Beer Blotter has a big weekend coming up with Bacchanal at Beveridge Place Pub. We plan on having a what to drink guide up on beerblotter.com later this week, so check back and hope to see you there!  As always, if you have an event you want us to post, want us to try a beer, want to get a beer, then leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com!  Cheers!

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