After Big Wood Fest this past Thursday, we dedicated this weekend to laying low (aside from the Friday night trip to a casino). We did however indulge in Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Co. (Akron, OH) B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout, Great Divide Chocolate Yeti and Russian River Pliny the Elder.
I sit here writing events and sipping on this delicious Cranberry Saison homebrew. Thanks guys! But now for your week in beer.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Smuttynose Short Release Party: Peoria, Illinois
5:00PM-10:00PM @ Kelleher’s Irish Pub
Several beers from their everyday lineup, plus a few from Smuttynose‘s “Short Batch Series” will be available. What is this “Short Batch Series”? See below for a description from their website:
The Smuttynose Short Batch Series- brewed in volumes anywhere between 20 and 30 barrels, these limited-release, experimental beers are available on draft only and found at select beer bars up and down the East Coast. We normally release a few batches in a year, so they go quickly.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Jolly Pumpkin Rare Beer Auction: Ann Arbor, Michigan
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Jolly Pumpkin Brewing
This is epic, for a good cause and a great way to spice up your beer collection with rare and aged Jolly Pumpkin beers. Here are some of the beers that will be auctioned:
Biere de Mars Grand Reserve (16 months on Oak)
Oro de Calabaza (from 2004, 2006, 2006)
La Roja (2005 and 2006)
Fuego del Otono (2005)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Christmas Beer Dinner: Lake Zurich, Illinois
6:30PM-8:30PM @ Binny’s Beverage Depot
Binny’s has something to say:
Join us for our biggest tasting of the year! Sample over 30 different brews from 7 different countries. This is rare opportunity to try some of the most sought after and highly rated beers from around the world.
Cost is $10 W/Binny’s Card / $15 non-members. Call (847)438-1437 for more information.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Harpoon Tap Takeover: New Haven, Connecticut
8:00PM-10:00PM @ Prime 16
Join Prime 16 tonight with Harpoon Co-founder Rich Doyle and experience Nine different drafts including rare and vintage releases from the Leviathan and 100 bbl Series, 2 casks, and a few year round favorites.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Christmas in Belgium: Cleveland, Ohio
11:00AM-11:00PM @ Buckeye Brewing Co.
This beer list is amazing and will provide you with a broad range of Belgium style beers (most are from Belgium).
Join us for Christmas in Belgium 2010, a pay-as-you-go celebration featuring tons of holiday beers on tap. So far, we’ve got:
-Affligem Noël (Christmas Ale)
-Gouden Carolus Noël (Christmas)
-Corsendonk Christmas Ale ’09
-Buckeye Christmas Girl
-Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
-N’Ice Chouffe ’09
-St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
-Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noel)
-De Ranke Père Noël
-Achilles Serafijn Christmas Angel
-Mikkeller Santas Little Helper ’09
-Mikkeller Red/White Christmas
-Mikkeller Ris a la M’ale
The festivities start 12-10 at 11:00AM when we open and continue all weekend long, or until the beer is gone! Come celebrate the season with us!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Goose Island Belgium Ale Tasting: Cincinnati, Ohio
1:00PM-3:00PM @ Bigg’s Hyde Park
Today you will taste the amazing Belgium brews from Goose Island. An American brewery that focuses on bringing styles such as Belgium Blondes, Saisons and Sour Ales to our back door. Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacques, Fleur & Demolition will all be available.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ommegang Beer Dinner: Seattle, Washington
6:30PM-8:30PM @ The Leary Traveler
The Traveler is teaming up with Ommegang Brewing, for a very special Holiday Beer Dinner. A 5 course meal featuring local meat and produce paired with some of the breweries finest styles of local craft beer. Dinner is at 6:30 PM and seating is limited. Ticket purchase will reserve your seat and tickets will be $45.
What event around the country did you attend this week?
This sounds professional.
The sheer fact that there is now a conference geared specifically toward beer bloggers means that every day folks who write about beer is on the rise. Still, the beer blogging community is leaps and bounds behind the wine and food bloggers. But you know what, I am okay with that.
In light of the Beer Blogger Conference which takes place in Boulder, CO from November 5-7, the organizers of the conference posted an interesting article titled: The State of Beer Blogging. In this article you find out the demographics of beer bloggers, such as: 52 females are accounted for out of 515 blogs (of course these numbers are not 100% accurate). Just though I’d point that little fact out.
Other than that, information about the number of bloggers per state, bloggers who use their name on their blogs and helpful hints as to how to reach a broader audience and tap into the beer world (no pun intended) are all right here for your enjoyment and entertainment. And yes, we made it- Beer Blotter is listed as one of the 515 beer blogs. Thanks for the inclusion!
Lets move past the professionalism and fact checking and onto an interactive, technologically advance beer event. Tonight at exactly 7:30 PM (Mountain Time) is the first-ever Virtual Colorado Beer Tasting. Now, how in the hell is this going to work?
Virtual Colorado Beer Tasting on September 9th
Here’s how the Virtual Colorado Beer Tasting works:
1. Go to the store and purchase a couple of different varieties of Colorado beer. Here are some breweries to look out for during your search:
Breckenridge, AC Golden, Great Divide, Colorado Native, Upslope, Odell, Left Hand Brewing and New Belgium
2. The next step is easy and gratifying- crack that beer open at 7:30PM MST.
3. Do what you do best as a blogger- tweet, facebook and/or blog about your thoughts on the beers.
Beer bloggers around the country- unite at 7:30PM MST tonight!
As we all know, over the past decade, the market for microbrews has grown significantly. The Association of Brewers reports that as of July 31, 2009 there were a total 1482 craft breweries (962 Brewpubs)(456 Microbreweries)(64 Regional Craft Breweries) in the USA.
1216 SE. Division St.
Portland, OR 97202
Type of Establishment: Beer Bar
Visit: This was one of many trips to Portland, so we were thrilled to try a new beer bar (although Horse Brass, as always, did not disappoint). If nothing else, the five hours it took to drive from Seattle to Portland the evening before was completely validated by Apex. I am about to tell you why. But lets start with 55 beers on tap.
Since there are 55 beers on tap at any given time, I shall not name them all. Apex streams their tap list from a plasma screen to their website. For a current tap list, click here.
BEERS ON TAP —> to name a few that popped while we were there.
Hair of the Dog Blue Dot IPA
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
New Belgium and Elysian Pink Peppercorn IPA and Trip III
Cascade Summer Gose
Russian River Consecration
There are none. Apex focuses on one thing, beer and they do it right. However, right next door is a Mexican to-go style restaurant and across the street, Artemis serves up great sandwiches. We got our beers, a Blue Dot, a Consecration and a Trip III and sat outside in the sun eating a delicious Ham and Swiss sandwich. Im okay with a beer bar not serving food, as long as their are quality options close by.
Where do I begin? After a morning of Pacific Northwest weather- cloudy, chilly and July we head to this new beer bar, Apex. Word has reached Seattle about this must stop for beer lovers. As we arrive, we walked through this nicely sized outdoor area with bike racks galore (bike, don’t drink and drive) and picnic table after picnic table. The clouds part and the sun begins to shine. No joke. It happened this way.
We immediately rush up to the taps, 55 gloriously individually crafted beers stand before me and on the TV. That’s right, Apex makes it a point to constantly update their tap list. It shows up on this plasma screen and is then streamed through to their website. A beer lover’s worst nightmare is checking a website, finding a beer, thinking about the beer all of the way to the bar, just to find out it got tapped 3 days ago!!! Oh the horror.
Tap list is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Everything from Lagunitas, Great Divide, Hair of the Dog, Russian River, Double Mountain, Bockor and more. We order our beers to find out that its cash only. Uh oh. A late night out in Portland left our wallets less than full. “Don’t worry, there is an ATM over there and we will take the ATM fee off of your next beer.” What? Serious brownie points.
Aside from the ridiculous beer options, Apex is a wide open space reminiscent of a garage. There isnt a door, not on what turned out to be a gorgeous summer day. The entire place is exposed to the bright sun light. Its great. Within the wide space, there is a very long bar (you need space for all of the taps), several tall boy tables and in the room to the left, brand spankin’ new pinball machines.
The bartender Megan (Meghan?) was sweet, nice and is my kind of girl, knowledgeable and a huge fan of beer (specifically Russian River). Our small group felt right at home and comfortable chatting her up about the opening of Apex, the beer and life in general.
An epic beer adventure. Our buddy, and guest writer for bb.com, after trying Consecration for the first time grabbed a pen and piece of paper and began to divulge the experience he was having with the beer. It was a momentous occasion for all. What I have come to learn is that when surrounded by good people, good beer and a great atmosphere, its just magical.
I will leave you with a quote from Apex’s website:
APEX is the beer bar Portland deserves. Combining a love of great beers from around the world with a life-long passion for all things two-wheeled.
By: Timperial Stout
On August 31, 2007 I started a beer review journal. It’s a college ruled, 100 sheet marble composition book. I figured that, since I was more often than not drinking a lot of really exciting beers, I should document some of the flavors (or lack thereof) and my enjoyment of them (or lack thereof).
Having a really bad memory is one thing, but when there are nearly infinite amounts of beers out there to be tried (when you consider seasonals, new releases, etc.), there’s no way that anyone could keep their opinions on all of them in their accessible brain bank. Thus, the beer journal, and it has indeed proved valuable on many occasions, and continues to do so.
In fact, I often will write my tasting notes in the journal for beers that I end up turning into Notes of a Beer Nerd. It not only serves as a rough draft, but it remains my hand written archive.
How many reviews are contained in this archive so far? I chose to only estimate. I’ve only written on one side of the sheet, so 100 pages total, and I’ve completed roughly 2/3 of the notebook. Some of the earlier entries have brevity. The same goes for entries on days where I was tasting many beers back to back and had limited time to deliberate. I’ll estimate 2.5 entries peer sheet. That’s approximately 165 reviews.
I’ve found that the journal is actually quite fun to read, not solely for historical sake, but for pleasure as well. I often find it interesting to observe how my palate has matured. It’s also quite exciting to read some of the reviews that were entered after a few to many drinks, especially when I knew that no one else was reading.
Like I said, there have definitely been a number of brief reviews, as well as some that are…well… quite boring. I’ll spare you those. The rest, if I deem them worthy, will be periodically published in this column for your reading pleasure.
A few notes before we begin – Right from the start I decided that every entry would have the date the sample was enjoyed, the name of the brewery, the name of the beer, the location of the brewery, and tasting notes. As the journal evolved I added bottle size and abv. I have chosen to not make any changes to the wording, so expect fragments and the like, after all, I wasn’t expecting anyone other than myself to ever see these. Lastly, since this was all hand written in a notebook, I do not have pictures, so I’ll try to find labels online for the visuals.
First ever entry (why not?):
Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, CO) – Samurai Ale
Brewed with rice. Very light yellow color, light drinking. Supposedly unfiltered. I can taste the rice but much more subtle than Hitachino. Less bite, very east to drink. I have never seen this beer before, must be new or a seasonal. Very little carbonation. Half way through, the rice taste begins to be lost, and the beer becomes a bit boring. I respect Great Divide for making a rice beer, don’t know any other American brewer that does, but not the quality I have come to expect from them.
De Dolle Brouwers (Esen, Belgium) – Special Reserva
Brewed in 2006. 13% abv. Apparently very rare, only 20 cases in Washington. The epitome of complex. Dark, reddish color, above average, though not really consuming carbonation. Smells and tastes much like Three Philosopher, though with a Flemish red edge, more than a lambic one. Sour initially and more dark depths at the end of the sip. Dried fruit caramel maltiness. So much going on and so good. Don’t get any alcohol burn at all which is surprising with the high abv. Would like another though I couldn’t drink a bunch. Definitely worth the $9 for 12oz.
That’s all for now, but many, many more to come. Feel free to post a comment and let us know what you think about the new column idea.
Ok, we are back, wishing we weren’t and jet lagged. But we are ignoring our heavy eyelids in order to bring you events for this week. Enjoy!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Mikkeller Single Hop Draft Bonanza: Washington, District Columbia
4:00PM-12:o0AM @ Birch and Barley
Come and enjoy 10, yes 10 different single hops by Danish brewery, Mikkeller on tap- MIKKELLER SINGLE HOP CENTENNIAL IPA; CASCADE IPA; AMARILLO IPA; NELSON SAUVIN IPA; EAST KENT GOLDING IPA; TOMAHAWK IPA; NUGGET IPA; WARRIOR IPA; CHINOOK IPA; SIMCOE IPA. This is a great event to truly learn about the various hops and their individual flavors.
Terrapin Kick Off Night: Mount Holly, New Jersey
7:00PM-10:00PM @ High Street Grill
Be one of the first in our area to get a try at the Terrapin Beer Co brews during this beer tasting at High Street Grill. Several beers from the featured brewery will be on tap for your pleasure and enjoyment. Report back!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Big Sky Brewing Co. Party: Grand Rapids, Michigan
6:00PM-12:00AM @ HopCat
Tonight Hop Cat will feature several Big Sky Brewing beers on tap, so come down and have a few with the men behind the brews.
Dogfish Head Triple Threat Tapping: Las Vegas, Nevada
5:00PM- 10:00PM @ Aces and Ales
Stop by and you shall receive Dogfish Head’s ‘Monster Limited Edition’ beers in 12 Ounce Goblets of ‘Burton Baton 10%; the Red & White 10% ABV’ and the ‘Black & Blue 11% ABV!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Avery Experience: Shawnee, Kansas
7:00PM-9:00PM @ Barley’s Brewhouse
Adam Avery with Avery Brewing is hosting the Avery Experience which will consist of 5 flights (15 beers) with food. Call Barley’s at 913.268.5160 to reserve tickets! Tickets $35/person.
Stone Brewing Co. Growler Madness: Charlotte, North Carolina
7:00PM- 10:00PM @ Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, The
Available this evening will be 2 Litre commemorative Stone Brewing Co growlers full of their delicious and award winning IPA. Buy it, share it among friends, and then take your empty growler home for future fills of….BEER! Growlers are on a first come, first serve basis and are limited.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Big, Bad Beer Sampling: Indianapolis, Indiana
7:00PM- 9:00PM @ United Package Liquors
Founders Tasting and Meal Pairing: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7:00PM- 9:00PM @ Harris Grill
In keeping with our love of Mid-western beers and more importantly Founders’ beers, we encourage you to stop by this event. This is a FREE beer tasting and food pairing where a special tasting menu will incorporate and highlight 4 Founders products, including an excellent rarity. Attendees will receive a ticket good for $1 off any forunders product on draft. RSVP is requested but not necessary.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Friday Night Flights: Florence, Kentucky
6:00PM-7:00PM @ Party Town
This event is only one hour, so plan to get there first! A weekly event were at least eight brews, a special barrel or two are poured to coincide with the event. This Friday from 6-7pm Party Town will be opening a selection of beers from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Troegs Firkin Tapping: Spring House, Pennsylvania
5:00PM – 12:00AM @ Drafting Room
Pouring tonight from the draft tower are special beers from Troegs (sounds cool)- Troegs Nugget Nectar; Troegs Pale Ale and Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat.
Saturday, March 28, 2010
Brooklyn Home Brew Tour: Brooklyn, New York
1:00PM – 5:00PM @ Brooklyn Brewery
A hands on experience to say the least. You will venture inside the homes of the city’s finest amateur brewers to see their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, sample from their stashes of superlative beer–Rye IPAs, barleywines, saisons, Belgian pale ales and coffee stouts are all on tap. There will be three stops; bring a Metrocard. $25 pp includes samples.
Second Annual Cask Conditioned Festival: Bedford Heights, Ohio
1:00PM-4:00PM @ The Winking Lizard
The Cask Conditioned Ale Festival for 2010 will feature a staunch line-up of some hard to find or specially brewed ales such as Avery Dry Hopped IPA; Thirsty Dog Orthus with Cherries and many more! $30 per person ($25 for 2010 World Tourists) and will include a buffet!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Help for Haiti: Hudson, Massachusettes
3:00PM – 6:00PM @ Bacon’s Wine and Spirits
We have 4 tables of beer vendors and 6 tables of wine vendors, each paired with a restaurant matching food to beer/wine. Both sides (beer & wine) are joining forces for a good cause as all proceeds from the event will go via the American Red Cross to benefit Haiti. Beer vendors in attendance are Berkshire Brewing, Smuttynose Brewing, Mayflower Brewing, and Atlantic Importing. Tickets are $25 and are very limited.
So, its 6AM in Belgium and we are still awake/its time to attempt to get back on Seattle time. Much more to come on our Belgium trip this week on beerblotter.com. As always if you have been to an event, want us to post an event, have a comment about going to an event or just want to profess your love of beer, leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!