Saturday was a good beer day- Big Al Brewing Co. for a sampler: Tripple, Alt Bier, Abbey Wheat, Smoked Porter and the IPA were all very tasty. The Alt Bier and Abbey Wheat stood out among the crowd. We stopped at Cask in West Seattle, a new wine/beer bar that opened just 5 weeks ago. The owner offers a “to-go” section that focuses on imports. We stayed for just one, Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA dry hopped with Cascade hops, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit zest. Damn good. Porter House– just across the street has about 12-15 beers on tap- Pliny the Elder was up for grabs but I went with this new brewery- North Sound Brewing. Both their Stout (classic dry Irish stout served on Nitro) and their IPA were stellar. A night in was filled with IPAs- 7 Seas Ballz Deep Double IPA (in a tall boy can) and an IPA from Yakima Craft Brewing Co. But now for your week in beer:
Monday, August 30, 2010
Southern Tier Tasting: Jacksonville, Florida
4:00PM-7:00PM @ Grassroots Natural Market
Although I do not know what beers will be poured- Southern Tier will not disappoint!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Founders Nemesis Tapping: South Bend, Indiana
8:00PM-10:00PM @ Fiddler’s Hearth Public House
Nemsis, Founders’ Barley Wine is out and available tonight! Stop by and if you get your hands on this, please report back to bb.com. Look for this beer at your local beer bar – you lucky people that live in the mid-west or north east!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Back to (Beer) School, Mikkeller: New York, New York
11:30AM-11:30PM @ The Ginger Man
Get schooled on hops and yeast! The Ginger Man will be featuring Mikkeller’s Single Hop Series and their Yeast Series. The beers in the Single Hop Series use a control recipe with a different hop in each brew, showcasing the flavors and aromas of one variety of hop. Same rules for the Yeast Series, this time with varying yeast strands. The Single Hop Series will be on draught and the Yeast Series will be in bottle format.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Best of the Belgians: Beverly, Massachusetts
6:00PM-9:00PM @ Bogie’s Beer and Wine
Tonight- 15 beers…15 different styles….including Rochfort 8 & 10, Orval, Duvel, and many more. There will also be a special something from De Struise. This event is free, but Bogie’s is asking for a $5.00 donation. All proceeds will be donated to MCPCA Walk for the Animals.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The Little Woody Barrel- Aged Brew Festival 2010: Bend, Oregon
5:00PM-10:00PM @ Des Chutes Historical Museum
The Little Woody celebrates this ancient brewing technique as adapted by American craft brewers, featuring beers aged in wine barrels, whisky barrels and oak barrels, which uniquely flavors and intensifies the beer. The Little Woody 2010 will encompass two days-September 3 from 5 -10pm and September 4 from 12pm -10pm on the lawn of the Des Chutes Historical Museum in Downtown Bend. Admission to the event includes a commemorative glass. A tasting package is available and includes a commemorative glass and tasting tickets. For more information click here.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tour de Fat: Fort Collins, Colorado
10:00AM-4:00PM @ New Belgium Brewing Co.
Annual national moving bike festival put on by hometown heroes New Belgium. Featuring bands, good people, good brews and a damn good reason to get silly! Bring a bike and a funky costume for maximum enjoyment. For more info, click here.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
6th Annual Festival of Iowa Beers: Amana, Iowa
1:00PM-5:00PM @ Millstream Brewing Co.
Iowa microbrews are getting some love today- Come down to the brewery and taste the best beers that Iowa has to offer and meet the brewers who make these great brews as they serve you. Live music, local food will also be part of the event! Proceeds go the the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation and Iowa Brewers Guild.
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A weekend of home brewing and beers at Fremont Brewing Co., it was quiet and delightful. Fremont Brewing Co.’s Interurban IPA dry hopped with Centennial and Thai Basil as well as their Summer Solstice with lime are both amazing brews. But now for your beer week ahead.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saison Du Buff Party: Dayton, Ohio
7:00PM-9:00PM @ South Park Tavern
Stone/Dogfish/Victory Party where all 3 versions of Saison Du Buff on Tap as well as other great beers from these great breweries. Not to be missed!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Bell’s Two-hearted Firkin Event: Greensboro, North Carolina
4:00PM-6:00PM @ Brixx Wood Fire Pizza
The first in the series of three Brixx Cask Events. This month will feature Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and tickets are $20 per person. Tasters receive a hearty Pairings Pizza, a pint of Bell’s Two Hearted Cask AND a regular pint of Two Hearted for a true comparison. A real treat as there are only a few of these firkins in North Carolina.
Wednesday, August 25, 2o1o
Smuttynose Beer Dinner: Brookline, Massachusettes
6:30PM-9:30PM @ American Craft
Pouring the following Smuttynose beers: 2010 Rouge d’Shire; 2007 Gnome; 2009 J. Lohr Chardonnay Barrel Aged Triple; 2010 Big A I.P.A.; 2008 Imperial Stout; 2006 Wheat Wine (amazing and paired with dessert). Some food highlights include, Chili glazed steak skewers served over a roasted corn and wild rice ragu and Duo of seafood cakes, 1. Crab cake with a sweet chili aioli 2. Lobster cake with Dijon aioli served over a celery root slaw. Tickets are $85.00.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Upright Brewing BBQ Beer Dinner: Portland, Oregon
7:00PM-10:00PM @ Urban Farmer
Chef Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer Restaurant has partnered with Upright Brewing owner and head brewer, Alex Ganum, to celebrate summer’s quintessential ingredients: Beer and Barbecue. Chef Matt and Alex have collaborated on a five-course dinner that pairs Oregon Dungeness crab, Wagyu beef and Afton Field Farm chicken with farmhouse inspired beers that are brewed just a few miles from the restaurant in the Rose Quarter’s Left Bank Project. Price is $65 Per Person plus gratuity. For reservations, contact Urban Farmer at 503-802-4630.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Lost Abbey Night: San Diego, California
5:00PM-7:00PM @ Downtown Johnny Browns
TEN TAPS??? COMPLIMENTARY TRI TIP?? Lost Abbey/Port Brewing is one of my favorite breweries- cant’ go wrong here!
Taps to enjoy: 10 Commandments, Gift Magi, Judgment day, Carnival, Road to Helles, Avant Garde, Red Barn, Angel Share, Devotion
Bottles: Framboise de Amarosa, Red Poppy Bottles (rare, get this!), 09′ Older Viscosity
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Annual Microfest: Adamstown, Pennsylvania
12:00PM-11:00PM @ Stoudts Brewing Co.
From Beer Advocate’s website:
Sample some of the best beers the industry has to offer in your very own festival tasting glass. Soak up those delicious beers with Ed’s “Best of the Wurst” German-style buffet, which includes German sausages, red kraut, potato and pasta salad, and a nice assortment of Eddie’s Breads from the Wonderful Good Market.
The $30 ticket also gets you some great entertainment, and a free shuttle to and from all of the local hotels.
The festival sessions are from NOON- 4PM and 7-11PM. $30 per session. 21+ ONLY!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Aromas Brewhaha: Athens, Georgia
4:00PM-12:00AM @ Aromas
Today experience an eclectic and rare tap list comprised of the following beers:
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (Athens Debut)
Founders Black Biscuit (Athens Debut)
Founders Devil Dancer
Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Terrapin Hopzilla Imperial IPA
The Bruery Tradewinds Triple
Ballast Point Sculpin
Coast Boy King
Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Cigar City Humidor 110K + OT Batch #3
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Cask
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Highlights of beer for this weekend: 1/3 of Beer Blotter visited Walking Man Brewery (look for a 52 places article later this week) while I stayed in Seattle soaking in the 90 degree plus weather. I stopped at Fremont Brewing Co. on Saturday and enjoyed their Interurban IPA on cask dry hopped with Cascade hops and Mango. Damn good. But now for the week ahead.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Give a Pint, Get a Pint: Escondido, California
9:00AM-2:00PM@ Stone Brewing Co.
Stone held this charitable event last December. The premise, donate blood and get a free Stone Brewing Co. pint glass. No beer today, you need your strength for this good cause. Come support the San Diego Blood Bank and Stone Brewing Co’s efforts to give back to the community.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Beer Class Subject- Wild Ale: Atlanta, Georgia
7:30PM-9:30PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
One of my favorite styles of beers, the Sour Ale or Wild Ale is not for everyone. However, its origin, history and chemical make up are down right fascinating. Call 404-223-0393 to save your spot!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ballast Point Brewing Co. Tasting: Brooklyn, New York
7:00PM-11:00PM @ The Double Windsor
Come taste some amazing brews from San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Co.
$5 beers from 7-11 (list below only).
* Yellowtail Pale Ale
* Calico Amber Ale
* Big Eye IPA
* Sculpin IPA
* Wahoo Wheat
* Super secret special surprise!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Blind IPA Tasting: Mt. Pleasent, South Carolina
5:30PM-7:30PM @ Wine a While
Want to see if you have the palate of a beer judge? Come find out during a blind tasting of some of the popular IPA’s on the market. See if your favorite is really your favorite. Prize if you can correctly identify all the beers. Good luck!
The Iron Brewer Night: Seattle, Washington
7:00PM- whenever @ Beveridge Place
Two Local breweries- Naked City v. Black Raven are pit against each other in a competition that includes beer brewed with tea and ginger. Sounds like innovation in a glass.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Southern Tier Takeover: Atlanta, Georgia
6:00PM-10:00PM @ The Porter Beer Bar
I know, I know, this place again. Im beginning to think that when we take a trip to ATL, this beer bar is a must stop! Tonight, 11 Southern Tier taps will be pouring. Fingers crossed for Oak Aged Unearthly IPA, Choklat, Jah*va and more!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Goose Island Beer Event: Peekskill, New York
5:00PM-2:00AM @ Birdsall House
20 Goose Island Taps tonight paired with an available pre-fix menu. Damn.
Sunday, August 22, 2o10
Doti Liquor’s 2nd Annual Big Beer Event: Elmhurst, Illinois
2:00PM-5:00PM @ Doti Liquors
Come and sample many great beers of different styles and origins! Doti’s biggest beer event of the year takes place under a large tent in the parking lot, come mingle with the locals and expand your beer knowledge!!
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We are neighboring states, we enjoy beer together and make good beer together, but tonight at Elysian Brewing Co.’s Capital Hill location, Washington beers will be up against Oregon beers at Seattle Beer Week event, Firkin Firkin. All beers will be in cask conditioned firkins.
Drum Roll Please: the Firkin Firkin match ups are…..
Look out for the top competitors from both states (Pelican Brewing Co.- go there someday; Black Raven Brewin Co- WA Rookie of the Year; Double Mountain- quality brews and Fremont Brewing Co.- the Center of the Universe)and no matter where you are from, remain unbias- good beer is good beer!
May the best city win!!!
Tonight Beer Blotter hangs with some of the best brewers in the USA at East meets West– more on our encounter with beer royalty later!!
Prior to living in Seattle, New Orleans is where I called home. I think it is safe to say that New Orleans is one of the least environmentally conscious of the larger American cities.
In all fairness to this wonderful city, while I was living there (2005-2007), she was going through a rough patch…to say the least. Now, after living in Seattle for three years, I have embraced the green way of life (well, green for me anyway). I don’t own a car; that is right, I bike and bus it EVERYWHERE.
The thought of placing a glass bottle or can in the garbage makes me ill and I even have thoughts of composting…its a journey, not a destination, OK!
In honor of Earth Day which is this Thursday, April 22, I present to you an article focusing on not only those environmentally conscious breweries but what you can do and drink to celebrate our lovely planet. Right away, New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO), Fremont Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA) and 21st Amendment Brewing Co. (San Fransisco, CA) come to mind.
New Belgium aims to reduce their carbon footprint by 25% by utilizing various methods before, during and after the brewing process. For example, New Belgium invested in a more efficient brew kettle called Steinecker’s Merlin. This brew kettle is deemed more efficient than standard brew kettles because it heats thin sheets of wort rather than the whole kettle at once. Going above and beyond, in 1999, New Belgium became the largest private consumer of wind-power electricity at that time and the first wind-powered brewery.
Throughout the brewery, green building practices have been implemented. From their website:
Lighting. We take full advantage of the more than 360 days of sunshine in Fort Collins by using UV blocking windows, sun-tubes, and light shelves. HVAC. Using evaporative coolers, we can condition our 55,000 square foot packaging hall with no compressors, using much less energy. Materials. In our new packaging hall, the interior wood is beetle kill pine. Summit County, CO, anticipates that mountain pine beetles will kill 98% of their lodgepole pines. So, we’re giving these fallen trees another life.
New Belgium is a model business and an amazing brewery. So next time you drink a Ranger IPA or a Love, remember its all for the good of the planet. How’s that for justified drinking?
Moving right along to 21st Amendment, home of beer in a can. Microbrews in a can?!?!?!?!? Yes sir and its a growing trend. 21st brews three beers that call the can home: Brew Free or Die IPA, Hell or High Watermelon and the newest of the bunch, Monk’s Blood. Just to throw some numbers your way, we are going to look at the environmental impact of packaging your beer in a can v. a bottle.
To package beer in glass bottles, you are using more than twice the amount of H2O compared to a can. In the end, the energy savings that accumulate when you recycle a ton of aluminum are far greater than they are for glass—96 percent vs. a mere 26.5 percent. 21st Amendment dares to be different and we applaud you for that!
Now we come full circle to Fremont Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA. Currently, Fremont does not bottle or package their beers, so you have to stop by the brewery for a tasty pint or to fill a growler.
On that note, (although I am unsure of Fremont’s future plans of distribution) draught beer’s environmental impact can be 68% lower than bottled beer, due to packaging differences. Although picking up a six pack is generally more convenient, using recycled containers is better for the environment (shout out to Georgetown Brewing Co. who also does not bottle/package their beers).
Fremont Brewing Co. uses all organic, local ingredients and used brewing equipment. They also focus on energy conservation through increasing natural light through expanded windows and the placement of white walls; exchanging 400 watt halide lights to fluorescent lighting reducing consumption by approximately 50%; and utilizing processed heat waste (from the equipment) to heat the space, instead of using gas blowers.
For more information of how Fremont Brewing is saving our ever endangered environment while brewing delicious beer, click here!
So what to do on Thursday April 22, 2010 to celebrate beer? Indulge in a beer from an environmentally conscious brewery; fill a growler instead of buying bottles; drink in the dark with the help of some candles and think about what you can do to help save the environment!
Events to consider for Earth Day?
Join Beermongers in Portland, OR for their Earth Day Party! They will have information about and examples of Tropical Salvage furniture including our new bar. Information about re-usable bottles such as Captured by Porches, and cans such as Fearless will be provided. New Belgium will host a special tasting event from 4pm to 6pm including a unique draft beer and Free samples.
Stop by Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 8PM for their Lights Out Party where you can enjoy beers by candlelight. environmentally friendly AND romantic!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!!
NOTE: Home brewing can reduce the environmental impact of beer via less packaging and transportation! Do it.
We like to experience beer, we like the state of Washington and we like Redhook Brewery (you must take one of their tours- lots o’ beer and knowledge for $1.00). We were asked to share information about the 2010 ExBEERience and are honored to do so. We will be in the far off land called Belgium during this event, but if we were in Seattle, you better believe we would be there!
The 4th annual ExBEERience will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Redhook Brewing Company in Woodinville from noon to 4 PM. The event, sponsored by the Cascade Brewers Guild home brewing club, will feature commercial brewers, home brew samples, food, and the recognition of award winners from both the 2010 Cascade Brewers Cup home brewing competition and the annual awards from the Washington Homebrewers Association. Brewers scheduled to pour at the event are Alaskan Brewing, Baron/3 Skulls, Big Al, Black Raven, Firestone Walker, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown, Issaquah Brewhouse, Kona, Lazy Boy, Odin, Powerhouse, Redhook, Trade Route and Widmer. Proceeds benefit Childhaven, a non-profit to benefit abused and neglected children.
Entry is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and includes entry, lunch and 9 beer tokens. Additional tokens available to purchase on site; ATM available. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/98927.
This event is hosted by the Cascade Brewers Guild (also known as the Cascade Brewers Club), a group of beer aficionados and enthusiasts. They host competitions, enjoy brewery tours and have frequent social events. To learn more about joining the CBG, check out their Yahoo Group. The meetings, unless otherwise specified, are held every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Mountain Homebrew & Wine Supply, Inc., in Kirkland, Washington. The public is welcome to attend, but after the third meeting they request annual dues of $20 to join the Club.
Beer Blotter loves seeing other motivated beer lovers and drinkers! We wish the Cascade Brewers Guild “best of luck” with the upcoming event! Its going to be a great event and we wish we could be there!