Im late. I have an excuse. I just got back from an epic wedding- two great friends, two beer lovers tied the knot. With Bell’s, New Holland and Southern Tier on tap at the wedding (and a growler of 3 Floyds Dreadnaught), I was on Cloud 9 along with the happy couple. Congrats you two- you rock!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
IPA Week: Brooklyn, New York
12:00PM-12:45AM @ The Double Windsor
Tonight, the Double Windsor celebrates year one with IPAs- all week- $5.00 pints.
(ANNIVERSARY PARTY IS SET FOR THURSDAY, SEPT 16TH. CRAZY COOL DRINK & FOOD SPECIALS, DJ’S, LOL-ING, ETC… JOIN THEIR FACEBOOK GROUP TO HEAR MORE ABOUT IT)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Goose Island Harvest Ale Hoppy Hour: Columbus, Ohio
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Park Street Tavern
We literally just left Columbus, Ohio but for those of you who are lucky enough to be in the area, join Goose Island for a casual Harvest Ale kick off! This fall seasonal has the perfect amount of hops & malts to really make fall the “hoppiest” of seasons!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Culinary Connectors Denver BeerFest Walking Tour: Denver, Colorado
3:00PM-5:00PM @ Various Restaurants
Take a stroll down Denver’s historic streets, taste amazing beer and indulge in decadent foods. This is what you need to know:
Candid & informal chef interactions
Delicious tastings and pairings
12 guests maximum
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Lompoc Oktoberfest: Portland, Oregon
The brewers at Lompoc Brewing are welcoming autumn with a release party for their fall seasonal Lompoc Oktoberfest. the menu will feature a selection of German sausages with a variety of condiments/toppings. There will also be a traditional accordionist playing beer polka tunes from 2 to 5 pm. This event is for ages 21 and older. Beers on tap include: Marzen Lager, Barrel Aged Boadicea, Red Scare Imperial Red, Centennial IPA, and 2008 Brewdolph.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Cincinnati Beer Fest: Cincinnati, Ohio
12:00PM-9:00PM @ Fountain Square
3oz beer tastings will start at $1 and there is NO ADMISSION FEE! In addition to over 200 different flavors of beer, there will be over 30 live music acts plus multiple food and merchandise vendors. This festival begins on Friday, September 10th and runs through the weekend.
If you go to an event you want us to post about or just want to chat about beer, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!
Ok, T-minus ten minutes until we leave for the airport (this was written on Wednesday) for Belgium. Last week we celebrated our journey to the land of beer with our last Belgium Night….
375 ml green glass, corked and caged
Clear light orange with no carbonation. Expected funkiness is present with a lot of sharp fruit juice flavor and mild sourness. Light, smooth mouthfeel. The wood from the barrel aging has clearly left its mark here. A bit reminiscent of grapefruit juice.
Brouwerij Drie Fontreinen
Doesjel Old Lambic
375 ml green glass, corked and caged
Oak aged lambic bottled on 2/23/06. 6% abv. Bright clear orange pour with no carbonation to be found. Very tart and sour, especially compared to the Hanssens. The scent is strikingly wine like. Wood is very present in scent and flavor. Very perfume like. Cidery. My mouth waters with each sip due to the sour clench in the corners of my mouth. Green apple comes to mind. Slight grainy finish.
Panil Birra Artigianale
750 ml green glass, capped
Cognac barrel aged sour brown ale. The pour shows a clear brown fluid with a thin white head and mild carbonation, minimal lacing. First bubbles of the evening! Very odd scent of wet wood and mushrooms, Earth to say the least. We are taken to a soggy, mossy land…drinking with the toads. Once you push past that oddity, some cinnamon and chocolate squeeze through. Glazed doughnuts come to mind. Already we’ve spanned a remarkable gamut! Taste matches that first scent up front, which is a bit strange, but not off-putting. The flavors transform mid way through and turn to sour, then finish with a baked, caramelized desert like essence. Some aged qualities are noted in the finish as well. U-fricken-nique.
Goose Island Brewing Co.
22oz brown glass, capped
Bottled on 7/17/09. 80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Pours a very pale yellow, almost white hue with a pure white head. The smell is so precisely of white wine it’s remarkable. White or skinless grapes with a slight dash of orange zest. Massive amounts of carbonation are present. Each sip bursts into foam as the liquid is jostled by the tongue. The aftertaste is very lingering. Minutes after the swallow I feel as though I have Concord grape skins stuck in my teeth. A slight graininess and fruitiness from the yeast are the only differentiators of this beer from a sparkling white wine. Easy drinking and delicious. I could drink this on a daily basis and be very happy.
De Struise Brouwers
11.2 oz brown glass, capped
13% “Royal Stout” brewed for Ebenezers Pub in Lovell, ME. Pours black with red highlights and a gorgeous rust colored head. The scent is slightly vinous, but also sweet like fudge brownies. Booze plays a large role in both the nose and flavor, but it’s not painful. Rum chocolate truffles come to mind, with a chalky drying effect on the finish. The complexity is deep. Further reflection brings some cigar box to the front which reminds me of Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout. The mouthfeel is decadent; smooth with momentary coating of sweetness that converts to a dryness, begging for the next sip.
Thats its, off to the airport. Sorry for the lack of links!!!! Check back for video updates of our trip!!!