29 March 2009
27 March 2009
We had a special treat on today's show...Jim Koch founder of the Boston Beer Co, joined the guys on the phone to talk beer. For those that may not have ever heard an interview with Jim, he's a very witty and entertaining guy, not to mention a lover of beer. Now I'm sure I won't do much justice to the beer chatter, but suffice to say it was a very fun interview, and one I won't be able to add much humor to....so prepare for a boring post.
26 March 2009
Just thought everyone would be excited to hear our own Lion Brewery scored 3 gold medals at the World Beer Championship for Steg Holiday Warmer, Steg Bock and Liebotschaner Cream Ale AND a silver medal for Pocono Pale Ale. Congratulations guys....very exciting to see you gain some much deserved recognition.
Thanks to Cody for the updates he posted out on Shawnee Craft Brewing (see comments). I also heard from Leo today who tells me he has a Porter in the tanks now and is working on a Bier Blanch and Bohemian Lager for next week. Sounds like things are moving forward and can't wait to try some of these...
25 March 2009
My beer-belly is less-happy this week. I thought I'd get into the spirit of Spring and have a little Spring Dopplebock. Now my belly normally loves a good strong lenten beer, but...well lets just say my belly wasn't screming for another one of these to "Get in my Belly!"
My belly-beer today is Hooker Liberator. Whay belly-beer post would be complete without a belly laugh, so please insert your favorite "hooker" joke here and have yourself a quick belly laugh....it's OK...I'll wait.....Cheers to today's mybeerbuzz.com belly-beer and
23 March 2009
In case you mis-read the previous post...apparently we arrived @ Monk's on Russian River Day. Here's a quick photo of the main front bar stack...and yes that's Salvation and Damnation Batch 23, but what you don't see is Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Consecration and Pliny the Younger....
21 March 2009
Mrs Beerbuzz and I had a very entertaining time in Silly-Philly and I figured with Philly Beer Week closing out, you'd want a peek at a few in-person details. I'm working on the movie, and I'll post some pictures later, but I thought I'd post up a little teaser to whet your apetite a little.
20 March 2009
Today we featured the three P's of beer. Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Pizza. Now I know this may sound like a dollar store pack of lip gloss or exotic massage oils but it's not. I also know the quantity-beer lovers are thinking a whole different thing when I say three P's, and it has a lot to do with breaking the seal or running behind a tree...but again it's not.
Apparently even without his beer-luggage, Chip managed to smuggle back a bottle of Mama-Mia's Pizza beer from the exotic port of Pittsburgh, a bottle of Voodoo Love Child (with Passion Fruit) from Meadeville, and in his belly, a Pineapple beer from Monroeville. It was of course very entertaining to hear the chatter, especially Ruthie's cry of foul at the Pizza Beer. Now I've had a Love Child, and even a pineapple lambic....but not Pizza Beer so without having tried it, my knee-jerk reaction would be the same as Ruthie's...That's Just Wrong.
When we hit the beer of the day I thought to myself we just went from three P's to a fourth when I heard Genesee. As John said, most of my high school...uh...wait make that...uh....College...uh...maybe like later in College would be better....(damn lawyers)..well in any case...my memories of Genesee going back to when I was legally allowed to drink it...all involved hiding the Genesee and running into the woods. It was cheap, available and easy to run with...all the things I wanted in a beer. Of course back then you couldn't leave any evidence, so genny was consumed in full case quantities, so I remember very little about the flavor, at least not when it went down the first time.....BUT...
Genesee Bock is not a bad beer. I've tasted this little guy and I'd have to agree with the boys that it's an easy drinking bock beer. I'd have to disagree with the guys that I actually LIKE the label...but then again I'm a big fan of green. I probably wouldn't buy a case of Genny Bock, and it certainly would not be my first choice if I were choosing a bock...but it's not a bad brew, especially for the price.
To end, I just wanted to thank John for passing on the info about the Stegmaier experimental Oak Aged Holiday Warmer to his listeners. For anyone that didn't see it yet, the last keg of the season is on tap at the Anthracite Cafe. For anyone that hasn't tasted this stuff...it's a great little oak aged warmer from the wonderful brewing staff at Lion...but more importantly it's a wonderful gesture from Lion as they move toward more and more interesting craft beer offerings.
Cheers, Happy Spring and may your eggs all stand on their ends today...
Clicky HERE to listen to the podcast--Choose Genesee Bock and be sure to listen to the last 10 seconds of the show ;)
19 March 2009
For anyone who had a chance to taste some of the experimental Stegmaier Oak-Aged Holiday Warmer coming out of Lion brewery, you'll be excited to hear there is ONE MORE KEG being released today. This keg should be leaving the brewery tonight or early tomorrow.
From Jennie Hatton:
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT IN LANCASTER
ANNOUNCES SPRING BREWMASTER’S DINNER
LANCASTER, PA – At 6 pm on Wednesday, March 25, the region’s most celebrated brewery and dining destination, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, (781 Harrisburg Pike) will host a Brewmaster’s Dinner featuring the beers of head brewer Paul Rutherford and the cuisine of Chef Robert Willis. The five-course meal will cost $50 per person, including food and a beer with each course. This special dinner is by reservation only.
“This is a fun opportunity to celebrate both our kitchen and our brewery by giving our guests a chance to enjoy some great pairings,” says Chef Willis.
The menu, which Rutherford and Willis collaborated on to create, includes: an amuse of Deconstructed Duck and Apple Strudel with confit of duck leg, Calvados flambee green apples and crème fraiche, paired with Biere de Garde, a classic French farmhouse beer with malt accents and slight fruit and spice notes; Roasted Wild Mushroom Soup with Asiago crouton, paired with Pig Iron Porter, with distinct roasted and chocolate notes balanced by a slight bitterness; Arugula Salad with roasted beets, panko crusted goat cheese and walnut vinaigrette; Lancaster County “Mixed Grill”, featuring beef tournado, domestic lamb chops and slow-roasted pork belly alongside glazed root vegetables and Yukon gold-celeriac puree, paired with Abbey Dubbel, brewed in the style of a Belgian monastery with aromas of plums and pears and sweetness on the palate that is balanced by nuances of fruit and spice; and for dessert, Chocolate Molten Cake with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache paired with Russian Imperial Stout.
“It’s a great way for people to learn about the many different beer styles and flavors that are always brewing here,” says Rutherford.
Since 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has consistently been recognized for its outstanding beers and cuisine, accruing more than 100 “Best of” awards from regional magazines. Their hand-crafted beers have also won acclaim from the GABF, and in total, they have received 38 medals from the three most prestigious beer events, the GABF, World Beer Cup and Real Ale Festival.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has seven locations, in Newark, DE; Wilmington, DE; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; North Wales, PA; Phoenixville, PA and Lancaster, PA. Their eighth location will open in Maple Shade this spring. All seven locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information about Iron Hill, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit their website at http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/. To make a reservation for the Brewmaster’s Dinner, please call Iron Hill
18 March 2009
"Me REALLY Likey!"
I just heard from Chris and the Breaker Brewing Co has received label approval from the TTB and are now off to the LCB for their approval. This is no small task so it's exciting news for the guys at Breaker. Barring any problems form the LCB, watch for 3 or 4 Breaker Brewing Co beers to be available some time in April.
17 March 2009
Check out this clip from American Hops featuring Stoudt's Breing Co. Tell me this doesn't make you hungry and thirsty...Clicky HERE to watch the video.
15 March 2009
I just thought many of you would get a kick out of this great old piece of Stegmaier Memorabilia I came across on eBay. I've intentionally waited until it sold so as not to play any role in the bidding and in any case I have no connection to the seller or any bidders...I just thought it was cool. It's a pre-prohibition metal corner sign and wait until you see what it sold for! Clicky HERE to go check it out.
I just heard from Chris and he tells me that Anthracite Ale is in one tank, Goldie's Blond Ale in the second tank (both fermenting) and the guys plan to brew Old King Coal Stout & Malthy McGuire later this week. Chris tells me the goal is to have 4 beers ready when their label approval comes in. The guys also just purchased 41 sixtels that they are getting ready. Exciting stuff...and stay tuned for more details.
14 March 2009
This week it's Mrs. Beerbuzz's turn to point out a great local beer, and her choice comes to us from Elmer Sudds in Wilkes-Barre. This weeks beer find is Maredsous 8. It's a wonderful dark Dubbel that's just right for this time of year. Sudds also has Steamworks 3rd Eye Pale Ale and some great new bottles including our previous beer find of the week, Dogfish Head Fort. If none of this is enough, please remember John now has a variety of great pizza choices to go with your great beers or even a wonderful oatmeal stout on hand-pump. John also mentioned that he has some interesting new beers coming in soon, so stay tuned. Cheers to Elmer Sudds....this weeks beer find.
13 March 2009
12 March 2009
So I thought I'd add in a special "What's in my Belly?" since there's a really special beer in my belly. Tonight Mrs. Beerbuzz & I decided to open a special beer for a little celebration (details coming in a few weeks). As you can see from the scan it's a mystery beer...and a tasty one at that. Wonderful warmth, flavor and body from this English Barley Wine and a lovely 12% ABV to make it a great night cap. I'd share more of the secrects of this wonderful brew, but Darel would have to kill me. Suffice to say I can't wait to enjoy the other two in my basement.
11 March 2009
Thanks to Johnny, and everyone else for the wonderful tasting event. Great beers, friendly people and entertaining beer chatter....
Well here we are in belly-week-three and I'll admit it's been entertaining so far. This week Mrs' Beerbuzz has demanded equal time so I present, "What's in my belly, AND what's in Mrs' Beerbuzz's belly?" Yes I'll admit very few beers make it into my belly without me sharing it with the Misses, but let's just call that a belly-technicality and move on.
My belly-beer today is Manekin Pis. Mrs' Beerbuzz had it at Monk's a few months ago, and ever since then there's been a case in the basement. Cheers to today's mybeerbuzz.com belly-beer and
"Mrs Beerbuzz Likey!--Me Okay"
I heard from Ed @ Troegs and after the Troegs event at the Belgian Cafe Monday night (3/9), some bonehead stole their firkin from outside the front door. Ed is offering a reward of a 101 oz bottle of Mad Elf (2008) for info that will get the firkin back....no questions asked. If you have any info, please let me know and I'll get it to Ed.
07 March 2009
Many of you asked for it, so here it is! mybeerbuzz.com SWAG! We've just added a store with some fun mybeerbuzz.com items. T-shirts, sweats, stickers, magnets, buttons, even doggie food bowls. I plan to add more and more products and change up the designs and logos available so please stay tuned as our store grows...in fact just this morning we added a special mybeerbuzz.com St. Patrick's Day shirt!
Please keep in mind that I do mybeerbuzz.com for fun, and not profit. If you like the swag and want to support mybeerbuzz.com, by all means pick some up...
There is a link on the right menu bar for my store or CLICKY HERE!
On a related note I am working to add a pint glass with our logo.
We've always heard that the India Pale Ale was derived form the fact that these beers were brewed strong to survive the trip to India on board ships.....BUT now comes this from an Appellation blog reader:
"ALE, PALE OR BITTER; brewed chiefly for the Indian market and for othertropical countries.—It is a light beverage, with much aroma, and, in consequence of the regulations regarding the malt duty, is commonly brewed from a wort of specific gravity 1055 or upwards; for no drawback is allowed by the Excise on the exportation of beer brewed from worts of a lower gravity than 1054. This impolitic interference with the operations of trade compels the manufacturer of bitter beer to employ wort of a much greater density than he otherwise would do; for beer made from wort of the specific gravity 1042 is not only better calculated to resist secondary fermentation and the other effects of a hot climate, but is also more pleasant and salubrious to the consumer. Under present circumstances the law expects the brewer of bitter beer to obtain four barrels of marketable beer from every quarter of malt he uses, which is just barely possible when the best malt of a good barley year is employed. . With every quarter of such malt 16lbs. of the best hops are used ; so that, if we assume the cost of malt at 60s. per quarter, and the best hops at 2s. per lb., we shall have, for the prime cost of each barrel of bitter beer—in malt, 15s.; in hops, 8s. ; together, 23s ; from which, on exportation, we must deduct the drawback of 5s. per barrel allowed by the Excise, which brings the prime cost down to 18s. per barrel, exclusive of the expense of manufacture, wear and tear of apparatus, capital invested in barrels, cooperage, &c., which constitute altogether a very formidable outlay. As, however, (his ale is sold as high as from 50s. to 65s. per barrel, there can be no doubt that the bitter ale trade has long been, and still continues, an exceedingly profitable speculation, though somewhat hazardous, from the liability of the article to undergo decomposition ere it finds a market.""Ures' Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines" by Andrew Ure & Robert Hunt, 1867, Page 306
IPA, at around 1060, was an ordinary strength beer
it would have been weaker, but for the tax regime
its gravity didn't help it survive the voyageAs I'm having trouble getting some people to listen, I'm going to continue shouting at you about the strength of IPA for some time yet.
06 March 2009
Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet fame used to say, "Just the facts ma'am", and since our business-bullet style worked out so well last week, I thought this week we'd do a little Dragnet shizzle, because that's just how I roll...
- Today's show featured a phone guest, Bob Seaman, from Yuengling Brewery.
- Yuengling Brewing facilities are in Pottsville, PA and Yuengling IS Americas oldest brewery, opening it's doors in 1829.
- Either Yuengling has a 623 barrel facility outside Tampa, FL or as Bob Seaman put it, "Yuengling follows you wherever you go."
- Yuengling Bock is being released for the first time since 1971.
- Although there is no truth to the rumor Yuengling Bock is simply a mix of Yuengling Porter and Lord Chesterfield, those two brews were used to help formulate the recipe.
- The original Bock recipe was lost, however Dick Yuengling remembered much of what went into the 1971 brew and the guys were able to re-create the original brew.
- Yuengling Bock IS Dry-hopped.
- Yuengling bock is a keg-only beer and MAY be released in bottles next year.
- Chip can apparently perform mathematical calculations live on the air to total up the number of gallons in a 623 barrel brewing system.
- mybeerbuzz.com member Purvs is now sponsoring the show, congrats Bryan.
- Purv's new catch-phrase is, "Beer is important, so shop where Chip the Beer Guy Shops."
Finally, despite the musical intro to the show featuring AC / DC's musical rendition of "Big Balls", mybeerbuzz.com would like to go on the record as officially condemning the use of the word "balls" as it relates to beer or beer consumption, especially when it is done prior to 9AM in the morning and especially when our very own Ruth Miller is in the room.
Great guest, & great show...Cheers & balls to you guys.....(not you Ruthie)
05 March 2009
Just thought you'd want to have a peek @ the new Troeg's Flying Mouflan (aka Scratch # 4) label. As John describes it...Mouflan is "like pushing nugget nectar off the side of a cliff." Can't wait to try this one...
WildDevil Comes to Philly Beer Week Victory Brewing Company's most popular brand, HopDevil Ale, will take on a "wild" characteristic with the March release of WildDevil Ale. The Brettanomyces fermented ale is brewed with the same American hops that give HopDevil its grapefruit, citrus and pine flavors but the addition of a signature Belgian yeast strain contributes a funky, sharp tang to this India Pale Ale. This Belgian treatment of the HopDevil recipe makes for a very worldly ale, in which German malts, American whole flower hops and now Belgian yeast combine. WildDevil will be available year-round in 750mL corked bottles and kegs will also be available for the initial period of its release. WildDevil Ale, will be offered during Philly Beer Week (March 6 - 15) at various locations throughout the city and the suburbs on draft and in 750mL bottles. The official release will be at The Brewer's Plate on Sunday, March 8th at the University of Pennsylvania. With Victory's presence in the VIP area along with DiBruno Bros., WildDevil is certain to be experimented with by attendees wishing to savor the ultimate in food and beer combinations.
04 March 2009
"Me REALLY Likey!"
Just a quick reminder that htere will be a NEPA Beer tasting this Sat @ Coopers Lighthouse 5PM-? Details are HERE.
03 March 2009
For anyone following the saga, the old Bilo Supermarket in the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas closed and rumor had it re-opening as everything from a Garrity's to a Wegman's. Recently the truth came out and the owners of Thomas' Family Market in Shavertown re-opened it as Thomas's Super Foodtown Market. Now I know what your saying, "booooooooring...." well apparently not. Over the weekend a new sign popped up on the building simply saying "Thomas' Beertown....Domestics, Imports & Specialties." It looks like with Mr. Z's down the road selling beer we'll have two supermarket beers stores within a mile or so of each other. Rt 309 will now be the Beer-Supermarket Highway.