Happy New Year to all! Can you believe another decade has come and gone? What will this year in beer bring? Can’t wait to find out! But now, your week in beer.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Beer Geek Tuesday: Atlanta,Georgia
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Cypress Street Pint and Plate
Tonight He’brew Jewbelation 14 will be tapped. “14” stands for fourteen malts, fourteen hops, and fourteen percent ABV all in one glass. Hot Damn!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Founders Tapping: Chicago, Illinois
6:00PM-11:00PM @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery
This Wednesday Haymarket Pub & Brewery will be holding its first big tapping event. 12 of our taps will be taken over by Founders Brewing specialties. Hopefully this will help hold everyone over until the Pub Beers are available in the second week of January.
The final list for this event is not finalized but we should have both CBS, Black Biscuit, & Nemesis ’10 along with other hard to find kegs from our friends in Grand Rapids.
Come in and enjoy these great taps and try some of the items off of the Pub’s menu.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines: Vail, Colorado
7:30PM-10:30PM @ Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
If you love big beers, you must come have dinner with us! The 2011 event will be a tremendous treat. The original weekend event was suggested by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and much ado has been made of them by our guests. The celebrity beer pairing dinners show off the ultimate flexibility of beer with food. The Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner shows off our Featured Brewmasters for this year’s event, and the Calibration Dinner with Avery & Dogfish head really starts our celebration weekend off “calibrating your palate”!
For more information visit http://www.bigbeersfestival.com/ !
Friday, January 7, 2011
4th Annual Williamsburg Cask Festival: Brooklyn, New York
1:00PM-1:00AM @ D.b.a.
Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Cask ale may also be referred to as real ale, a term coined by the Campaign for Real Ale, often now extended to cover bottle-conditioned beer as well.
Today, stop by D.b.a for an amazing line up of 15 rare, cask conditioned beers all on tap at once! This event will last all weekend long!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
13th Annual Ice Cold Beer Festival: Minocqua, Wisconsin
1:00PM-5:00PM @ Campanile Center For The Arts
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the event
Tickets available at the Minocqua Brewing Co. & at participating Trig’s Cellar 70 locations.
Micro-Brews from around the state. Food and Music. This wonderful event benefits the Dr. Kate Hospice / Ministry Home Care.
Please call 715-356-2600 for more information. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Belgium Beer Class: Annapolis, Maryland
The Belgians have a remarkable brewing tradition, so much so that breweries all over the world work to perfect Belgian style brews. Learn about and taste some of our favorite Belgian beers from award-winning breweries in Belgium (of course) and the U.S.
Snacks and beer are provided. $30 per person.
Classes tend to fill quickly, so please make your spot reservations early. Call us at 410-571-7744 or email us at dmccabe @ punksbackyardgrill.com with questions or reservation requests. Obviously, you must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Bell’s Hopslam Release Party: Indianapolis, Indiana
6:00PM-11:00PM @ Beer Sellar
You know how we love Bell’s Brewing Co. and this tap list is rocking my world!
Monday, January 10, Beer Sellar Indianapolis will join Bell’s Brewery in releasing HopSlam to the market. On tap Monday will be:
HopSlam (tapped at 6pm)
Batch 10K (tapped at 6pm)
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One of my writers in crime here at Beer Blotter, Jess R., quite recently published a very well crafted article about glassware. It reminded us all of the overwhelming importance of presenting beer in its proper vessel.
In turn, we were reminded of the the one place in the world where bartenders actually feel the need to offer a heartfelt apology for momentarily being out of the proper glass for the beer ordered: where else but Belgium. Thoughts of Belgium take us down never ending roads of memory that we will most definitely not get into right now.
But for us three blotterers, a chance to get together, drink beer, and reminisce about our mighty Euro trip will never go unrealized. In the midst of that exciting undertaking, we figured why not clear out a small corner of the cellar that drastically needed to be cleared, all the while bringing it full circle with just the topic that spawned the meeting, glassware.
This night was epic. I guess we had a lot more cellar space to open up than we thought. Time will not allow me to copy all of my notes on all of the beer-glass pairings of the night in one sitting, so here I present part 1.
Pilsner Glass – Victory Brewing Summer Love Ale
Though dubbed an ale right there in the name, this was most likely brewed with California Common yeast, which would indeed make it an ale but would attribute many characteristics of a lager. Thus, the pairing with the pils glass, which allowed the head to stay compact and lively in the decreased circumference, where it would normally dwindle and lay dormant in short time. This beer was specially made for Philly Tourism, who recently contacted us due to Timperial’s roots there.
We took our popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO tourism initiative from campaign to consumer experience by partnering with Victory Brewing Company to create Summer Love Ale. Brewed locally in Chester County, PA with pale malts, German hops and water from the Brandywine River, the golden brew began flowing at bars throughout the Philadelphia region during the annual Philly Beer Week in June.
Check out this quote from Victory Brewer Bill Covaleski:
Summer Love starts with an all German malt base upon which we overlaid crisp German hops for that familiar, import quality that some many beer drinkers find attractive and comfortable, then we put bright, lemony Citra hops, grown here in the US, into the mix for an exciting aroma to start and refreshing and enduring finish. Kinda like Philly. Mostly familiar but always surprising!
My notes of the beer read as follows: This pours, not surprisingly, light in color, hazy yellow with a white head of very large bubbles. The odor is very impressive in it’s hoppiness; floral and grassy. This is very easy drinking with excellent sweetness coming from mild caramel notes. From a light(er) beer perspective, this is really well balanced with a striking lemony, citrus hop profile. I could drink this for days!
Tulip Glass – Victory Brewing Saison Du Buff
This beer was originally released under Stone Brewing’s liscense as part of their collaboration series. Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory teamed up to create this one, but each brewery is now releasing it under their own license and with their own distinctive artwork.
I found this beer to be hazy golden in color with intense carbonation. To call it spicy and floral would be an understatement. Herbal to the nth degree. Some possible herbs at play are chamomile, ginger, coriander, citrus peel, rosemary, sage… It’s a cornucopia.
The head quickly subsided to nothing at all, which I found to be very odd with respect to the lively carbonation. Perhaps oils from the herbs had negative effects on the retention?
The aftertaste seemed to linger for days, and I also found it to be surprising that the finish was not super dry, which seems to be commonplace with saisons in general. Damn good beer!
Goblet – The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
This is seriously no ordinary beer for no ordinary glass. For branding consistency sake, I turned the glass around to the non-logo side for the picture (left) but just take my word for it that it’s a Westvleteren glass. We got that shit straight from In De Vrede in West Flanders! And the beer…well, it’s made by The Bruery…’nuff said!
This puppy weighs in at 8.1% and is brewed with rice and Thai basil. It pours a soft amber hue with above average carbonation and pretty poor clarity. Arising on the pour, a luscious white head that sticks around. In the nose, that striking candy sweetness that accompanies nearly all true Belgian tripels. There is also a malty sweetness that lends credibility to the brewer’s art.
The basil manifested itself into a simple, neutral spicy characteristic, and I also found there to be a very pronounced green apple quality. The lacing on the glass is not to be scoffed at and all that sweetness lends to a fantastically smooth mouthfeel.
The aftertaste is mesmerizing as well. Booze and grains come out as it warms, but I don’t find either to be negative here.
Flute – Ommegang Zuur
This 6% Flemish Sour Ale was brewed in collaboration with the much heralded Belgian sour brewer Liefman’s. It fills the glass with a brownish ruby red color and possess respectable clarity.
Initially, as it makes contact with the glass, the carbonation is wild and it’s very difficult to pour anything but a glass full of foam. As quickly as the suds rise up they dissipate to not but a trace. I find dark fruit in the scent, mostly the cherries that it was brewed with, and a good dose of funky, sour tartness, spot on for the style.
On the tongue, it’s prickly with the carbonation and tensing with tartness. Puckering yes, but I’ve soireed with many Flemish ales with much more zing. There is a pleasant bread-like maltiness in behind all the pizazz, but the overall body and intensity is underwhelming in the end.
Many respects for Ommegang for taking a swing at this exciting style, and though it’s very drinkable, it’s no Rodenbach.
Written by Jess R.
Seriously? Its October? Thus truly begins the season of Halloween, corn mazes, Thanksgiving and seasonal beers- specifically harvest, fresh hop and pumpkin beers. This weekend we camped in Port Townsend (RIP Waterstreet Brewing– for now), stopped at Port Townsend Brewing Co. for some amazing Glass Kisser Imperial IPA, Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter and ended up in Portland for a day trip full of amazing breweries! And now for your week in beer.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Oskar Blues Night: Providence, Rhode Island
9:00PM-1:00AM @ Julians
Oskar Blues– quality microbrew in a can and on tap if your lucky. Tonight, you are. Julians will feature: Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, Gordon, a double red ale, Gubna IPA and their Wild Sour Cherry Old Chub.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Dogfish Head Night: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7:00PM-11:00PM @ Eulogy Belgium Tavern
Having several Dogfish Head beers on tap is my dream come true. Tonight, I must live vicariously through our readers. So please, those of you who live in Philadelphia, go and try ALL THESE BEERS. On tap tonight: Festina Peche, Palo Santo Marron (2008), Midas Touch, Pangaea, Sahtea, Punkin’ and Theobroma.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Lagunitas Tasting Event: New York, New York
4:00PM-4:00AM @ The Blind Tiger
First of all, The Blind Tiger is one of my favorite beers bars and my favorite in NYC. Couple that with an epic tasting night, you wouldn’t be able to keep me away. Tonight, California’s Lagunitas brings the heat with several taps including: their Habenero IPA, Lil Sumpin Wild, Hop Stoopid, Wilco Tango Foxtrot and so much more!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Founder’s Tapping Party: Mariemont, Ohio
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Dilly Deli Wines and Gourmet
This event makes me want to move to Mariemont, Ohio– well almost. Dilly will be tapping Devil Dancer, 2010 Nemesis, and Canadian Breakfast Stout along with some of your Year round favorites from Founders Brewing Company. Damn.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Ommegang Cheese Pairing: Chicago, Illinois
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Binny’s Beverage Depot
Tonight among the aisle full of amazing beers, a series of pairings featuring beers from Brewery Ommegang will be matched with cheeses available in the Gourmet Market. Look for Zuur, Three Philosophers and Rare Vos.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Anacortes Oktoberfest: Anacortes, Washington
12:00PM-6:00PM @ Port of Anacortes Warehouse
You can be part of the first annual Oktoberfest in Anacortes, Washington. Expect to 30 Northwest breweries, each serving one or two styles of beer. A $20.00 ticket gets you entrance to the pier and historic warehouse, a tasting cup and six tokens for 4 oz pours. Additional tokens are available for $1.50/each. If you plan on having a little too much fun, then stay the night and enjoy live music in many venues throughout downtown.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ballast Point, Hook, Line and Sinker: Los Angeles, California
5:00PM-11:00PM @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
Tonight, the crew from Ballast Point Brewery will be there to present many many beers to you! I give you:
Sculpin IPA, Sculpin IPA on NITRO, Dorado DIPA, 2009 Sea Monster Imperial Stout, Sour Wench, Oktoberfest, Longfin Lager, Even Keel, Ginger Big Eye, Yellowtail, Calico, Big Eye and a cask of Black Marlin Porter with Organic Cocoa nibs from Madagascar.
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If this is your first time reading the Archives, take a look at the story behind it all here. The last time we left off, we completed the epic day of drinking that was 10/4/07, and then moved on to a day about a month later. The following entries were very brief, but the brews stand quite notable, so I’ve chosen to include them here. Happy reading.
I hope that, if nothing else, my words whet your appetite to get out and acquire these special treats yourself and expand on our thoughts via comments or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Twelve” stands for the ABV. “Liquid Luxury” indeed. Copper, almost red rusty color. The head dissipates fairly quickly, surprisingly, due to the corked, Belgian style bottle conditioning. Smells kind of yeasty. Dried fruits barely make it through. Surprisingly drinkable for the strength. A tad of an alcohol bite… a little warmth but by no means overpowering. Amazing balance! Very rich and sweet. The alcohol becomes more and more relevant as it warms.
Timperial Commentary: This beer is huge! As you may know, my Eastern PA roots and Victory’s penchant for making exciting beers made for quite an amiable match in the early days of my beer drinking coming-of-age. This was, most likely, the highest ABV beer I’d ever had up until senior year of college when I forced down the extremely brandy-like Triple Bock from Sam Adams (17.5%). I haven’t had this beer since the date above and if this doesn’t make you want some, well it has done the trick on me.
Brewed with coriander and orange peel with pinot noir juice concentrate added with 11% aged in pinot noir barrels and 89% aged in oak barrel staves. Brown and reddish color, glows around the edges when put to the light. Nice, pleasant thin head. Clean and crisp with a pleasurable carbonation. 10% ABV… and you can taste it, though not overpowering. It is not very obvious that this beer was oaked, but the wine is present. There is a sweet grape juiciness present for sure. Very unique and very good!
Timperial Commentary: This is half of the Red and White / Black and Blue series. The only real similarity between the two is the naming convention and the yeast strain… oh and the fact that they are both amazing… but you probably knew that when you read the name of the brewery.
9% Belgian ale made with wheat. Golden color with a thin head that remains. Amazing nose of wheat and yeast. Not overly carbonated. Very sweet with some slight notes of nuttiness. Alcohol is present as it warms. I love this beer! I have a new-found respect for wheat!
Timperial Commentary: I’m so glad that this came up in the archive because I was just talking about this beer with a friend. I don’t remember exactly how it came up in conversation… it may have had something to do with the fact that wheat beers are on my mind this time of year. It also could have stemmed out of conversations about breweries that have been bought out my big money corporations but have continued to make stellar beers in the same fashion that they did prior to the buy out. This concept was mentioned in my most recent Notes of a Beer Nerd. Amidst the conversation, I came to the conclusion that Don De Dieu is one of my favorite wheat based beers, at least from North American brewers. I want this beer in my mouth right now! It is such a brilliant take on Belgian beers, with a bit of a twist that yields fantastic results. If you have never had this beer before, you must get it ASAP!