A weekend full of cheesy, greasy, spicy football snacks and big beers to pair it with has led me to dedicated sessions of water ingestion and couch laying. But now for your week in beer!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Release Party: Decatur, Georgia
5:00PM-9:00PM @ Brick Store Pub
So this event features one of my favorite breweries Lost Abbey/Port Brewing. Tomme Arthur is a genius! Here is what you can expect beer wise tonight:
Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 7.0%
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme Wild ale 10.0%
Port Brewing Hop 15 Imperial IPA 10.0%
Lost Abbey Amazing Grace Belgian dubbel 9.5%
Port Brewing Mongo Imperial IPA 8.5%
Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Strong Dark 9%
Port Brewing old Viscosity Imperial Stout 10.0%
Lost Abbey Inferno Strong Pale 8.5%
Port Brewing Shark Attack Imperial Red ale 9%
Lost Abbey Lost & Found Dubbel 8.0%
Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Biere De Garde 10%
Lost Abbey Judgment Day Belgian Quad 10.5%
Lost Abbey Devotion Belgian pale ale 6.5%
Lost Abbey Red Barn Saison 6.7%
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Festival of Stouts: Cincinatti, Ohio
6:00PM-10:00PM @ Catskeller
Its cold outside, so warm up with some stouts. This list is amazing and flights are available.
Founders Breakfast Stout
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout
Stone Imperial Stout
Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Flying Dog Nitro Gonzo
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Cigar City Night: Brandon, Florida
7:00PM – 10:00PM @ Mellow Mushroom
Cigar City– one of the most innovative breweries in the South. Tonight, the Mellow Mushroom will be tapping a cask of Humidor-Aged Improvisacion Oatmeal India Rye. Other beers will also be on tap, but they are a SURPRISE!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival: Anchorage, Alaska
5:00PM-10:00PM @ Egan Center
This is one of our nation’s most epic beer festivals and here are the deets:
Tix are on sale now!
Fri Jan 14, 5-10p $35+ various Ticketmaster fees
Sat Jan 15, 2-5p connoisseurs session $45+
Sat Jan 15, 6-10p $35+
Go to http://auroraproductions.net/beer-barley.html and click “Purchase Tickets Online”. These sessions sell out every year! So get your tix now, for yourself or as a start to your holiday shopping for beer loving friends and family!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Avery/Lagunitas Brewery Series Night: Mahopac, New York
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Holy Smoke Bbq
Avery and Lagunitas are here with 12 lines each to make sure 2011 start off with a freaking bang!! We will have some nice cask selections that night and the great array only Avery and Lagunitas can offer. We have never hosted Avery, so it’s high time we did.
This event is also admirable as all proceeds go to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Southwest Beer Dinner: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
6:30PM-8:30PM @ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
Join us for one of our fantastic, fabulous and fun off-season monthly beer dinners!
Our January 2011 Beer Dinner is our Southwest dinner featuring wild game from Broken Arrow Ranch in TX.
South Texas Antelope Tamale with Salsa Verde – Served with Theobroma
Ground Wild Boar Stuffed Pablano Pepper with Tomatillo Vinaigrette and Local Greens – Served with Indian Brown Ale
Bandera Quail on Roasted Corn Polenta with Baby Vegetables and Burgundy Reduction – Served with Pain Relieva Porter
Flan with Wild Boar Whipped Cream – Served with 2006 Vintage 120 Minute IPA
Menu subject to change due to general awesomeness and availability.
Seating at 6:30pm
$57 per person (includes gratuity)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Firestone Walker Reserve Cask Night: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room
Firestone Walker made a special cask of their outstanding Walker’s Reserve! It’s a Robust Porter with a 5.9%ABV; elegant dark ale featuring robust flavors of toffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. This brew employs five specialty malts, as well as oat and barley flakes, for added complexity and flavor. It’s smooth and oh sooo good!
Come have a taste (or two).
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33 out of 52
(so close to being caught up. So close, I can taste it!)
24581 Lorain Rd.
North Olmstead, OH 44070
Type of Establishment: Brewery, Family Restaurant, 2010 GABF Award Winning Beer Making Facility
Visit: Ohio. A place I visited often as a child. A place where many family members live. A place I went to college and a place I met my husband. This visit I had mother, brother, sister and brother-in-law in tow. Of course we found all of the beer bars around Elyria, Ohio where my grandma lives and convinced the family to venture out for dinner, to a place with epic guest beers, award winning beers on tap and massive (seriously massive) sandwiches. I present to you, Fathead’s Brewery and Saloon.
Beers on Tap– so many, but here are some highlights (FH= Fathead):
Great Lakes Blackout Stout
Flying Dog Raging Bitch
Petrus Aged Pale
Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
FH Head Hunter IPA
FH Koko Head Chocolate Coconut Cream Stout
FH Hop JuJu Imperial IPA
Bottles: I honestly do not recall if they had a bottle list. With all those taps and in house beers, it wasn’t necessary or a focus of ours at the moment.
Food Options: Wings, Sandwiches, Pizza, Wings, Sandwiches, Pizza and some salads for you health nuts. Smoked wings, full wings for an intense, dedicated wing eater. For the main course, a term coined by Fathead, a “headwich” is a really massively large sandwich. Seriously, the size of your head. Delicious cheeses, vegetables and meats on soft, fresh bread. Its heaven on a plate, next to a beer, among family, in Ohio. The Southside Slope was voted #5 Best Sandwich in America, just sayin’. This place is receiving a ton of good press!
BAR OPINION: When we visit Ohio, we aim to eat some damn tasty wings, indulge in other hearty foods and drink, what us West coasters consider, “rare beers.” Here at Fathead, all of our needs were met and then some. The space is rather large. We walked in the front entrance with a small merchandise shop next to the hostess – one pint glass, Check! The hostesses wear uniforms consisting of black pants and blue polo shirts with Fathead icon (which is a big fat guy head, pretty sweet) printed on them. The hostesses and our waitress were very patient, accommodating and willing to take the time and answer our long line of questions.
Our family of 6 walked past the bar area, light wood glistened with a glass backdrop behind the bar. We sit down and I dive for the beer menu. What, oh what does this brewery have to offer. Petrus Aged Pale ON TAP!!! Granted the keg was kicked during my pour, but I walked away with a half of a Petrus for free. Such a great beer. One of my favorite Belgium beers. The beers were impressive, both the Head Hunter IPA and the Hop JuJu Imperial IPA were absolutely stunning. A flavor explosion followed by a lingering sweetness and a well balanced experience. Congrats to Fathead’s Head Hunter for taking the Silver at GABF this year for best American style IPA.
Due to our party size, we were seated in the back. This brewery can accommodate the best of them: beer buddies out to knock a few back as well as the family of six (plus small children if we had any). It could use a little more ambiance, but their beers, their epic sandwiches, smokey delicious wings and hilarious brand make Fathead’s Brewery and Saloon a must visit in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Take the whole fam!
Well we just got back two days ago. We are in the process of writing a full gamut of articles about our Belgium experience. The time table is incomplete, but please expect some Top Places lists and Beer Tour Maps in the next week.
For the time being, we are having a hard time walking away from our magical beer experience abroad. I think that we are having a bit of Belgium withdrawal.
To cure this problematic dilemma, we have selected a few Belgium styled North American beers to try and water our burning desire for more Belgium! After drowning our livers in Belgium beer for 11 days straight, we think we finally have the refined flavors down – bruin, blonde, trippel, gueuze, and lambic.
There are good ones and there are not so good ones. For instance, our good bruins finished full of fruit and cocoa, while our bad ones finished with a metallic aftertaste.
So, we are turning to a few wondrous beers from the Western Hemisphere.
- Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
First, Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA (i know, i know – they don’t make IPAs in Belgium). Raging Bitch is a 8.3% ABV brewed with a Belgian yeast called “Diablo” and dry-hopped with Amarillo hops.
I have no problem drinking this beer – its damn good. But, its not a Belgian beer. In fact, I am kind of bothered by the American trend of adding Belgian yeast to an American beer and calling it “Belgian.” But, I know that this is a harmless trend – a melding of the best of America (its hops) and the best of Belgium (its yeast).
With that all being said, the beer is very good. But the Belgium flavoring only survives the first few sips. After that – its all Amarillo hops. I would drink this beer any day – but not after 11 days of Belgians. It just cannot cut the mustard.
- Unibruoe Trois Pistoles
Next up – Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles. UTP (as I affectionately call it) is one of the greatest Belgian styled beers to ever be brewed on the continent. I have no problem saying that because no one knows how to match the classic Belgian taste like Unibroue. After enjoying countless exceptional Belgian brown ales, I now better understand and appreciate UTP.
Unibroue masterfully blends the body of a cola, the scent of overly ripe fruit and the bursting tart boozy flavor of a wonderfully concocted Belgian bruin ale. The color is dark, the pour is soft and the aftertaste is pleasant and diverse, changing with each swish. When you leave the booze in the glass it becomes sour, just another surprise for the drinker.
This one is a can’t miss for any beer drinker. Luckily – its easy to find.
- Russian River Temptation
Last up is our attempt to find a Belgian styled sour ale. Russian River typically takes the cake for the best sour ales in the Western Hemisphere. The Santa Rosa, CA brewer is only met by US brewers Avery and Jolly Pumpkin when it comes to sours. But in the end, Russian River reins supreme.
For our evening we selected Russian River’s Temptation, which we thought might best match the Belgian gueuze styling. The gueuze is a blend of old and young lambics. This type of beer is seriously unmatched in the USA. There simply are no lambic producers of note. But, Temptation is a blonde styled ale, light in color, body and maltiness – allowing us to best mimic the lambic styling.
We have enjoyed Temptation on many different occasions, on tap and from the bottle. This particular bottle comes from the first batch of 2009, which we obtained from Full Throttle bottleshop in Georgetown, Seattle this past summer. The beer has been resting well down in our cellar, where the active yeasts have now settled to the bottom of the bottle.
Temptation is brewed during a complex process. First, the beer is brewed and fermented in French Oak Chardonnay barrels over a period of 12 months. During that time, Brettanomyces (a wild strain of Belgian yeast) is added and allowed to do its worst to the beer. Finally, the beer is refermented in the bottle – allowing it to attain its soft carbonation.
This beer is the most wine-like of the series of sour ales that Russian River produces. In fact, the beer is almost that of a champagne bitterness, with a very sharp finish. The sour flavor does not dissipate quickly, leaving the drinker with much to savor over the life of the bottle.
We love Temptation – we do. But, we still prefer the red and brown ales of Consecration and Deviation much more. The heavy fruity and malty beers do very well with the sour Brett flavor. Blonde and lambics tend to be entirely one-sided.
Well, its a great experiment. In some instances it bettered our appreciation of North American beer – in some cases it worsened it. We hope to find some better Belgian lookalikes soon.
We here at Beer Blotter have full hearts. Sure we do. We love that mushy stuff.
Over time we have accumulated a bevy of wonderful fans and colleagues in beer. We want to give each of them a chance to tell their wonderful stories and share their great love for the beer they wrap their hands around each evening.
In preparation of Beveridge Place Pub’s Barleywine Bacchanal, a couple of our most favored contributing friends wrote monologues to their beloved – barleywine.
The muse…..14 bottles of recently released Barleywine. The goal…..to lock them away in February 2010 – and open them in February 2014. After 4 years of aging, I just hope we are invited to the uncapping.
Lets see the list:
Anchor Brewing Old Foghorn
Sierra Nevade Bigfoot Ale
North Coast Old Stock Ale
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws
Alaskan Barleywine Ale
Marin Brewing Old Dipsea
Lagunitas Old Gnarlywine
Stone Brewing Old Guardian
Green Flash Barleywine
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Deschutes Mirror Mirror
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil
Flying Dog Horn Dog
Victory Old Horizontal
Damn that looks good. So, lets lend an ear to our friends and see how inspired they were:
I write you this day with hope that you find my words, within yourself merriment, and that these words touch you deeply with the purpose steeped upon them. The seasons have changed, brought bitter airs and quelled growth – ever bare, and within myself spawned yearning for warmth. An engulfing fever, submerged so to leave no piece of thy depth unwrapped. Might we emblaze the year’s provisions? Not lest our souls, and heart be abandoned. The steam of my exhale, the burn of my blood aches for infusion with your essence. I thirst for the remedy that lies in you, O impassioned elixir. Might we meet today and churn glowing red from this dead place? Might our tangling force back the encroaching destitution? This season I ask of your hand in melting this glacial encasing, and that together, each Winter passed, our allegiance advanced, tactics tempered, passion prospered. Will we be merged now my sweet nectar, and age together with graceful longevity?
With all my allegiance,
To break a young stallion takes patience, and time
Strewn flora, trot leaves wake scented with herb and pine
A steady handler calms the wind’s stir, strives to bring sweetness forth
Within of the eye of our student, great tales of a deeper worth
A bond is born in one moment’s blind plunge, foreseen in dark tomb
By hand interwoven in mane, violence seized, froth of realized womb
Only to be reborn from this earth, maturation sees that glimmer sprout
Complexity developed within, to be shared and savored without doubt…
4 of 52
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Rank: #1 of 4
Type of Establishment: Wine shop, Tasting Room, Beer Bar, Bottle Shop
BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit) —>
FOOD OPTIONS: Small plates such as varying cheeses, cured meats, olives, breads and spreadable dips.
STAFF OPINION: Knowledgeable about beer, passionate about the establishment and craft brewing.
La Cave du Vin has an amazing ambiance. As we walked down the street, every breath a struggle against the cold wind, we scurried down the stairs to La Cave. Low lighting, small cafe tables, an entire wall of wines and the glowing refrigerator of beers make this place comfortable and worth a stop. As we walk toward the refrigerator, our excitement builds. We are afterall in the mid-west, beers that are “foreign” to us back West are in abundance. Weyerbacher, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Bell’s….
They do have approximately 5 beers on tap at any given time and the waitress/bartender was very attentive and willing to explain each beer to us. However, we decided on bottles. You pick your bottle and the bartender will open it for you and provide glassware. Generally, you can buy the beer “to-go.” For all you visitors, the state of Ohio does not permit beer sales on Sunday. What day did we go? Sunday, as that bottle of Bell’s Hopslam stared mockingly at us. Luckily we had the chance to have Hopslam on tap earlier in the day. Just a heads up, the prices on the bottle selection are on the high side if you are looking to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.
We had three bottles: Founder’s Double Trouble IPA; Founder’s Red Rye and Jolly Pumpkin’s BAM Noire. All were beyond amazing. The Double Trouble, a double IPA had a hoppy, sweet aroma and was exceuted to perfection. The balance was perfect, but there was still a bite to it. This beer began with a punch and ended with a smooth, comforting finish. One of the best IPA’s to date. The Red Rye was surprisingly hoppy and bitter. However, there was a grainy aftertaste and malt balance. JP’s BAM Noire, a Saison/Farmhouse Ale had that familiar funk to it, but rounded out with a sour finish with some citrus notes. Enjoyable from start to finish.
La Cave’s bottle selection alone is worth the visit. However, the ambiance, the staff and the small treats will keep you coming back.
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