30 September 2008
Just another day at the Weyerbacher Brewery in video...with Springstein!
Clicky HERE to watch
Just another day at the Weyerbacher Brewery in video...with Springstein!
Clicky HERE to watch
Be sure to check out the One Guy Brewing page for some photos Guy just sent. I know my mouth is watering. Click HERE to go to Guy's page.
This week's beer find is one we knew was coming...we just didn't know when or where. Well it arrived this week and it arrived at Elmer Sudds. This week's mybeerbuzz beer find is Rogue Double Dead Guy! Stop down and try it out before they're gone. Crappy cell phone photo courtesy of me and my garbage can.
I know I've been reminding everyone for months, but next week is our local Lion Brewery Oktoberfest. Friday Oct 3rd and Saturday Oct 4th the accordions will be singing, the Lederhosen will be dancing and the beer will be flowing. It's always a great time so don't miss out. See you there!
So today was the big Chip birthday party and the last date of the Rock 107 Small Town Tour. For those living on another beer planet, the show today was live from mybeerbuzz member Purv's in Peckville and featured an interview and beers from Guy Hagner of One Guy Brewing. All sorts of interesting chatter and events today. For me it was a lot of fun to hear Bryan and Guy actually talk. You know you both sound a lot different in e-Mail. It was a great show and an event I'm sad to have missed. Hey wait, I can spell "Ail" & "Logger"...no One Guy Shaker Glass for me??
Guy's interview was a lot of fun...who knew Guy had been to Siebel, Little Rock, Lion, and Franconia before landing at 1G. OK so I knew, but I mean who else knew...well you get the idea.
For those that tuned in today there are a few Grotto events to note. First off, Grotto @ the mall will be featuring a sixtel of One Guy Oktoberfest tonight. Grotto is also holding something called "Septemberfest" tomorrow (9/27) night. Not sure of the details on that one.
So I won't be picking a favorite quote of the day...BUT, I'll be looking for a few people to come clean. Bryan...I detected perhaps you had a beer or three before the interview? Guy...perhaps there is a future for combining One Guy and eBay...shaker glasses, other swag? Chip...Although I heard "Schnutzen Giggles" most of the time, I distinctly heard "Shits & Giggles" several times.
Congrats to mybeerbuzz members for the much deserved publicity...guys, funny as always and Chip, Happy Birthday!
Listen to Rock 107 Friday from 6am to 10am, One Guy Brewing will be part of the Chip the Beer Guy birthday bash/Oktoberfest celebration at Purv's in Peckville. Or better yet come on out and enjoy the fun! We'll be tapping a Stichfass (traditional German gravity keg) of the One Guy Oktoberfest beer. A keg of Hondo may also make an appearance.
And, as part of the celebration, a keg of the Oktoberfest beer will be on tap Friday at Grotto Pizza at the Wyoming Valley mall. Get it while it lasts!
Finally, mark your calendar for the Oktoberfest at One Guy Brewing on October 11. There'll be Bratwurst and Sauerkraut and maybe even some Oom-pah music on the boombox. And of course plenty of One Guy Oktoberfest beer.
So here are last year's Oktoberfest Stats:
In the mood for a little beer jealousy? Clicky HERE.
Just a reminder, that it's still not too late to book a flight to Munich and land in time for the real Oktoberfest...starting tomorrow 9/20! For those without enough frequent flyer miles, hang in there for a few more weeks and stop by Lion Brewery on 10/3 or 10/4 for our local Oktoberfest!
Today we did what I'd like to call the "Deserted Island" beer tasting. Imagine if you will....you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no food, no shelter and an overwhelming urge to do a beer tasting. So what do you do...well you dig around and lo and behlod you find a bottle of Bud and a bottle of the new Bud American Ale. Viola, a beer tasting. Now forgive me if I sound silly and of course I'm certainly planning to try the Bud American Ale, but this strikes me as a rating that will fall between "ick" and "not quite awful." I applaud Bud for trying, and I'm sure they are very talented brewers (especially where rice is concerned), but please don't think anyone at Bud is doing this because they love craft brewing or because they are reaching out to craft brew lovers....nope, they're doing this because there's money to be had. In fact this is the first week ever where I thought the beer of the week at Grotto was NOT worth the $2.50 special they charge.
OK so enough cynical beer guy. The most important part of the show today is of course the reminder to get out to Chip's birthday party at Purv's Beer & More and featuring One Guy Brewing next Friday 9/26. As far as a quote of the day I'll go with the Bud American Ale being not quite a Pale Ale but "touching a Pale Ale." I have visions of my poor little Pale Ale being molested and "touched" in an un-natural way by the big Budweiser (down you damn cynical beer guy!). Cheers guys...funny as usual.
Oh yea...linky to the podcast is HERE.
I spoke with Mike and he tells me the Brewery smells great...here's a quick press release from Mike just for mybeerbuzz.com readers:
BAVARIAN BARBARIAN NEWS AND BREWS
Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is excited to announce to all you MyBeerBuzzards out there that our much anticipated Steel Drivin’ Stout was brewed on September 17. After learning our lesson with Weldspatter IPA back in the spring, we are refusing to set a firm release date until the Steel Drivin’ Stout is absolutely ready. We will keep you posted.
Steel Drivin’ Stout will be a 6% ABV oatmeal stout. Further description of this beer is being withheld until we have a finished product and can accurately describe the flavors. What we can say is that we included flaked oatmeal, chocolate malt, roasted barley and a healthy helping of caramel malts. Even though we can’t be specific about its character yet, we’re confident that Steel Drivin’ Stout will be a rich, roasty and malty stout with a respectable alcohol level. Not quite imperial, but at least modestly hegemonic.
In other news, we at Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company are pleased to announce that Ace Beverage will be carrying our beers throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are rather excited about working with such a well-respected distributor and we’re looking forward to collaborating on the Barbarian Invasion of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
In the coming months, the Bavarian Barbarian will begin brewing special batches and seasonal beers. Now that the fifth of our standard beers, Steel Drivin’ Stout, has been brewed, we’re looking forward to experimenting with various styles and perhaps creating some new styles in the process. The first seasonal that we have planned will be a winter warmer to be released around Thanksgiving. We’re also kicking around some ideas for a dark lager, an altbier, and a dubbel. Perhaps even a dopplebock thrown in the mix for good measure.
This stage of our operation is what we’ve been anxiously waiting for at Bavarian Barbarian. We decided to take the time to develop some standard recipes in order to learn just what our brand new brewing system can do and to establish ourselves in the craft beer culture. Having accomplished exactly that, we can now look forward confidently to experimentation and brewing more complex beers.
One last bit of news is that our Square Feet Wheat has been retired now that summer is over, but we’re toying with the idea of brewing a Dunkelweizen and releasing it as Square Feet Wheat through the fall. If successful, we may brew a different wheat beer for each season under the Square Feet Wheat banner.
Mark your calendar for Nov 22nd and 23rd (12-4PM) for the Split Rock Great Brews of America beer festival. Every year they feature 50+ breweries in two large rooms, and it is ALWAYS a lot of fun.
Click HERE for more info
Here's the partiall list of breweries for this year:
Barley Creek Brewing Co
Bethlehem Brew Works
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Boulder Brewing Co.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Erie Brewing Co.
Harpoon Brewing Co.
High Point Brewing Co.
J.J. Bitting Brewing Co.
JW Dundee's Ales & Lagers
Knight’s Head (Lion/Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Lancaster Malt Brewing Co.
The Lion Brewery
Mendicino Brewing Co.
Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Pennsylvania Brewing Co.
River Horse Brewery
Stone Brewing Co.
Stoudt Brewing Co.
Tröegs Brewing Co.
Union Barrel Works
Victory Brewing Co.
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest employs about 12,000 part-time employees each year with over 1,600 of them being the waitresses who deliver the beer. These waitresses, soime as young as 18 and some as old as 80, carry as many as ten 1-litre mugs at a time weighing as much as 50lbs with each trip. Apparently because of the special Oktoberfest (area bosses treat their employees, and clients to free beer with this currency), the waitresses get very generous tips...somce actually only work the festival and not a normal job.
How did Oktoberfest begin?
Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates. The fields have been named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's fields") in honor of the Crown Princess ever since. Horse races marked the close of the event. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
The first Agricultural Show was added in 1811. The horse races, which were the oldest and - at one time - the most popular event of the festival are no longer held today. But the Agricultural Show is still held every three years during the Oktoberfest.
About the Marzen beer...
Visitors in the early years were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands which grew rapidly in number. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls set up by enterprising landlords with the backing of the breweries.
Today there are 14 large beer tents. About 30% of the year's beer-production of the big breweries in Munich are drunk during these two weeks. The estimated beer price will range between 7.7 and 8 Euros per liter. Read that again....about 30% of the entire year's production of beer is consumed in these two weeks! Wow
Our first year of growing hops was an incredible success! You've probably already read the story above on Harvest Ale. If you're interested in much further details on our hops growing projects check back here by September 15th and I promise I'll have a full detail story with pictures posted by then.
Oktoberfest Munich hours....(you have to love the weekdays opening at 10AM)
Opening day noon-10:30 p.m.
Weekdays 10 a.m-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 9 a.m-10:30 p.m.
Daily closing hour 11:30 p.m.
"Käfers Wiesnschänke" and "Weinzelt"open until 1 a.m., last drinks at 12:15 a.m
Opening day 10 a.m-midnight
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m-11:30 p.m.
Friday 10.00 a.m-midnight
Saturdays 9 a.m-midnight
Sundays 9 a.m-11:30 p.m
Fairground attractions & sideshows
Opening day noon - midnight
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m-11:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m - midnight
Saturdays 10 a.m - midnight
Sundays 10 a.m - 11.30 p.m
I apologize...I'm late again. I had a Dr. appt that locked me into a small waiting room from 8AM until 10AM....ugh! And so I missed Chip again. I'm honored to promote the last date of the Rock 107 home tour, Chips B-Day, One Guy's Keller Beer and Purv's big day....and although I'm troubled that the directions to Purv's include an Elementary Center and a Hospital...I'm OK enough to promote it. Friday Sept 26th is the the day to visit Purv's...a Stichfass keg, the mayor of Blakely, and One Guy Keller....who could ask for more...and Guy (from One Guy Brewing) will be there! With all the talk of One Guy, Purv's and our other mybeerbuzz members, who could ask for more. Yes by the way we talked about Summit Oktoberfest and the beer of the day....but by golly, the point here is One Guy & Purvs!...so Cheers guys...
Dust off your lederhosen. It's that time of the year again for TJ's to turn its entire line-up over to Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Harvest Ales.
Here's what we are planning on so far...
Avery the Kaiser
Flying Fish Oktoberfish
Sly Fox Oktoberfest
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
Heavy Seas BaltoMarzHon
Stoudt's Harvest Ale
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Southern Tier Pumking Ale
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Southampton Pumpkin Ale
We'll be serving Wiener Schnitzel and Knockwurst Sandwiches as well.
Just a quick note to let you all know that Sabatini's updated their draft/bott/keg lists. Just wait until you check out what Lindo has in stock now. Last one to Sab's is a rotten egg!
Anyone up for a road-trip?
1) CAMPUS PREMIUM
2) FLORIS WHITE
3) DELIRIUM TREMENS
4) DELIRIUM NOCTURNUM
6) MONGOZO COCO
12) SNAKE DOG IPA ONLY IN BELGIUM AT THE DELIRIUM TAPHOUSE
15) TRIPLE KARMELIET
16) GAULOISE BRUNE
17) ABBAYE DE FOREST
19) CHIMAY TRIPLE
20) KASTEEL RED
21) CHOUFFE HOUBLON ONLY IN BELGIUM AT THE DELIRIUM TAPHOUSE
22 )BRIGAND IPA EXCLUSIVITE EN AVANT PREMIERE ONLY IN BELGIUM AT THE DELIRIUM TAPHOUSE
23) RULLES BLONDE
24) ST BERNARDUS 8 PRIOR
A community celebration with an authentic German flair. Great food, live music, activities for the kids, brewery tours and plenty of our award winning beers all outside of our brewery and restaurant here in Downingtown.
Check Victory's Website for details
Cheers and welcome to Zenos Pub...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Dave...the beer loving community Thanks you! Click HERE to go to teh Zeno's Pub Page.
Our first Harvest Ale is being shipped to PA wholesalers right now. Amounts are very limited in this first year as our Hops crop was fairly light, which is typical of a first year yield. Future years will see much more availability on this unique brew. Picked and brewed within 48 hours, this wet-hopped (fresh-hops undried) beer is a 6% IPA with the flavor and aroma of hops cones fresh off the vine. Also available in cases in our Visitor Center the next 2 Saturdays. Get it while it lasts!
Lehigh Valley Brewfest, This Saturday, Downtown Easton Tickets are available through www.lvbrewfest.org. We have over 35 breweries this year! See the website for a full list but some of the new additions this year include Chimay, Stone Brewing, Boulder, Lagunitas and lots, lots more! This is a 100% charity benefit, brewers treated right, 3 huge tents and 2 city blocks closed down to traffic. Oh yes, and plenty of portapotties this year, too!
Weyerbacher Now Available in Four More States!
Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin have just begun distribution this summer. Click on the wholesalers button on our website home page to find out where you can buy it, or how your favorite store can go about getting it.
We hope everyone has had a great summer, and is ready to settle down to some more fine brews as the air gets cooler and the days get shorter. These days were made for Craft Brew! Then again, so is everyday. Cheers!Dan & Crew
Friday September 26 - Joe Kroboth www.josefkroboth.com
General admission tickets $8 - Children under 11 free
Special Value Packages
* Admission and 3 beverage tickets $17 ($21 value)
* Admission, 3 bev. tickets, & souvenir glass $22 ($30 value)
* Admission, 3 bev. tickets, souvenir glass & platter $30 ($40 value)
Celebrate German traditions right here in PA Dutch Country. The Stoudt family is proud to carry on their heritage in the Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden. A fun-filled family event held every Sunday in October featuring live German music & authentic German food. Try the apple sausage with slow roasted saurkraut, a great selection of deli meats and cheeses, and Stoudt's award winning microbrews. Eddie's Breads rolls out giant soft pretzels, a favorite treat for any age. Come down and experience the wonderful aromas, flavors, dancing, and really good beer.
Visit the Lehigh Valley Brewfest to enjoy an impressive variety of micro- and craftbrews from Mid-Atlantic region. The event will also have live music, great food and varity of vendors.
Tickets Prices are as follows:
General Admission (in advance) - $30.00
General Admission (at the gate) - $35.00
Designated Driver Ticket - $5.00
The Lehigh Valley Brewfest is a charitable event to benefit Equi-librium, a theraputic riding program for those with special needs.
So I'll admit I missed the bus here. I've been busy with my house, the beers....life...and while I slept the state of Pennsylvania enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act. As part of this act, any bar that creates more than 20% of their revenue from food, will not be allowed to permit smoking after 9/11. There are all sorts of odd exemptions and loopholes...so chime in. Personally I'm not a smoker, but I also see how this can adversely affect bar owner's bottom line. Opinions? What will our local bars be doing after 9/11?
If any of our local owners want to jump in, I'd be happy to announce what plans you have for the ban.
The festival will be held on September 13, 2008 and will feature samples from over 20 breweries from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New York.
ABC Harrisburg hosts three sessions of this event from noon to 3pm, 4pm to 7pm, and 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include samples from over 20 participating craft brewers, food buffet, commemorative sampling glass, and live entertainment. We also have designated driver tickets available for $15 which includes the food buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and the live entertainment.
Tickets will be on sale July 1st at all ABC locations or online atwww.roundtabletickets.com. Watch for the next Brewsletter or visit www.abcbrew.com for updates on brewers and entertainment. http://www.myspace.com/ccibf
Since last weeks Paskeol find of the week only lasted about a day, I thought I'd redeem myself. Last night I was lucky enough to find a bottle of Stone vertical 8-8-08, and for those hop lovers, this beer is somewhere between Troegs Nugget Nectar and Bells Two Hearted Ale with a whopping 8.6% ABV. This weeks beer find is courtesy of Elmer Sudds...and while you're down there having a Vertical 8, be sure to check out the Green Flash "The Freak" also.
I've had a crazy week...so it's no surprise that long about 9PM Friday, over my second beer (Stone vertical 8/8/08 in case you're wondering)...I realized it's Friday, I missed Chip and of course I didn't write about it.
So it was an odd show featuring guest appearances from some "other" Ruthie from Hamilton (Canada). First beer today was Mill St Brewing Stock Ale from Canada....and John loved it. Oddly enough, I've somehow tasted this beer last summer in Nova Scotia. (No kidding, could I possibly make that up?) Sad to say I didn't love it. I agree with USA Ruthie on this beer..."very middle of the road." Next up was Sleimans 20th anniversary (#20)....and again somehow I've also had this....and...uh...again...not so great. Please realize I'm no fan of Lager-style beers and MOST of what comes out of Canada is Lager-style. I do need to correct Chip in that one of the best selling micro (non-Molson)beers in Canada IS an IPA (Alexander Keith's IPA). Now I'll be the first to admit it wasn't much of an IPA but it is a bottom-fermented Ale style beer.
So the beer of the week this week is Penn Brewing (P'burg) Oktoberfest....and once again I've tasted this one. Again a Lager, but slightly more full-bodied (like many of the marzen/Oktoberfest beers).
So have you noticed....this week it's all about ME! OK so it's been a rough week....
I have no quotes to rave about today, but it was a very entertaining show and again I love to hear about the upcoming birthday show and One Guy Brewing's Keller Bier.
Cheers Guys and don't be a hoser 'eh?
Oh yea...linky to the podcast is HERE.
Sept 27th 2-9PM FREE ADMISSION
A community celebration with a German flair. Great food, live music, brewery tours and plenty of our award winning beers all outside our brewery and restaurant in Downingtown.
OVERNIGHT PACKAGES AVAILABLE Celebrate FallFest responsibly and make your reservation for an overnight package. Includes hotel room, 2 t-shirts, 2 FallFest mugs, 4 beers and shuttle service. Only a limited number available so reserve yours today.
FESTIVAL TABLES Gather a group of friends and family and reserve a table outside at FallFest. Get in the spirit and decorate your table Bavarian style. Outside tables are for groups of 10 and one reservation per person. Limited availability to reserve your by emailing reserve yours by emailing Anne Shuniak. You will receive a confirmation email.
INSIDE THE RESTAURANT The FallFest celebration will also be inside our newly renovated brewpub. Beers on tap, sit down dining and new this year a German themed Beer Hall Dinner. Two seatings with all inclusive pricing. Reservations are available for the Beer Hall but not the regular dining room.
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY Lukens German Band Steve Liberace TrioThe Kiwi BandThe Zing Kings
Brewed with Fresh "Wet" hops grown on our own Hops farm in Lehigh County, PA, this 6% IPA is so fragrant and flavorful with bright, fresh hops notes you've got to taste it to understand it. We planted 1500 hops plants on our farm this year and harvested just enough hops to brew 3 batches of Harvest Ale, which will be released the week of September 8th in PA only. Next year we expect a 5 to 10 fold increase in the harvest and will be able to make a lot more beer and thus ship it out to all markets, not just PA. These Harvest Ales, as they come to be known, are a somewhat new style in recents years, mostly produced by west coast breweries, as they were the only ones that could get fresh hops direct from the farms quickly enough to avoid spoilage. Also called wet-hopped beers because the hops are not dried prior to using as they normally would be. To understand the significance of this, think of fresh basil leaves on a fantastic dish compared to dried basil on the same dish, and you'll have an idea how different and unique a beer brewed with fresh hops is. Limited quantities, about 500 cs and 40 1/2 kegs, all PA wholesalers will be offered some over the next week or two.
The latest entry in our Brewer's Select series after a wonderful response on Alpha back in June. Bravo is a Red Wheat Ale clocking in at 6.4% abv. Fermented with American Ale yeast and filtered as well, this uniquely designed wheat beer is slightly nutty on the palate and clean in the finish, a perfect beer for this time of year. Draft went to Phila and Pittsburgh wholesalers only, about 40 cases will be sold at the brewery on Saturdays only beginning August 30.
This is a bit of an odd one, and I'll admit as of this writing I haven't had a chance to taste it yet....BUT...River St Ale House has 1 of only 8 kegs in the US of St Feuillien Paskeol Beer. This is a belated Easter beer, and according to Teddy it's somewhere between a typical Belgian Brown and Belgian Blonde Ale. For those that have tasted St Feuillien Holiday Ale or St Feuillien Bruin, you'll know this should be a great beer.
You snooze you lose. As of 9/5 the Paskeol is kicked.
Aug 23rd 2008
Stoudt's knows how to throw a party and has been doing so since 1991, the first year of the Great Eastern Invitational Microbrewery Festival. We will host various breweries from around the country. The event is held in our spacious courtyards and Brewery Hall. With taster glass in hand, attendees stroll from one table to the next sampling some of the best craft brews that the industry has to offer. Another well-known part of this festival is Ed's "Best of the Wurst" German style buffet. Included in this are German sausages, pasta salad, German potato salad, red cabbage and six different varieties of Eddie's homemade bread.
The festival sessions are from noon- 4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
The ticket price is $28.00 per session.This includes a tasting glass, unlimited samplings of your favorite brews, the German style buffet, entertainment, and complimentary shuttle service from all the local motels. Attendees must be 21 years of age with valid I.D. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 14th. They are non-refundable. Call 717-484-4386 (press 1 for the proper extension). Hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.--5 p.m. Visa, MasterCard & American Express are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.ticketalternative.com. Tickets for each session are limited and purchases must be made in advance.
The festival sessions are from noon- 4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
The ticket price is $28.00 per session.This includes a tasting glass, unlimited samplings of your favorite brews, the German style buffet, entertainment, and complimentary shuttle service from all the local motels. Attendees must be 21 years of age with valid I.D. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 14th. They are non-refundable. Call 717-484-4386 (press 1 for the proper extension). Hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.--5 p.m. Visa, MasterCard & American Express are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at http://www.ticketalternative.com./ Tickets for each session are limited and purchases must be made in advance
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