Just thought the beer-geeks out there would like a peek at the cool glassware the mybeerbuzz-in-laws had from their time in Germany. Here's a tiny clip from our Easter feast. By the way that's DFH Fort in the Parkbrau Perminator glass and Alaskan IPA in the Parkbrau Pils glassware. These were just a few of the interesting choices, but very cool.
So many people have asked what our favorite beer at the Northern Lights Brewery was, I thought I'd dedicate a post to it. Now I already mentioned that their Chocolate Dunkel was my favorite on our last visit, but this year I had a new favorite, and I assume for those fluent in the English language, that my photo may have provided the answer already. This year's Solar Winds was a great batch. Nice and hoppy, with a fresh clean hoppy flavor...very drinkable and very tasty.
29 April 2009
I just realized as I'm writing this one that I've mostly been profiling my favorite beer in my belly. But I guess that's appropriate....drink what you love...love what you drink. I've always been a Stone fan back to the days when Steve from Sudds turned me on to Smoke Porter. I've always been a lover of bastard, but the Oaked Bastard added just that touch of depth or sweetness that I love. Yes I know it's oak chips and not barrels, but after sitting at the Stone Brewhouse and sipping a pint of Oaked Bastard...I'm not only sold for lifetime....I think I AM worthy.
I've just heard from Chris and he has some exciting news. Breaker Brewing Co will be featured on next weeks Chip the Beer Guy show on Rock 107. Be sure to tune in Friday May 8th to hear Anthracite Ale as the beer of the day; and also listen for more upcoming appearances by Breaker Brewing Co in the future on Rock 107.
28 April 2009
Now just look what some scoundrel did to our sample tray! You'll note most of our beverages are gone, BUT not all. This would be the point where we switched from "sampling" to drinking, however there were a few odd guys. While we loved most of their beers, we knew we were in trouble with their "Whiskey Sour" when the bartender described it as "really really odd." Knowing that this was a barrel-aged version of my favorite NL brew (Chocolate Dunkel), I though to myself how bad could a barrel-aged dunkel be? Well I had neglected one key word in the title....."sour." Words cannot describe a whiskey-barrel-aged-chocolate-dunkel that is also sour. Facial expressions certainly can, and it actually became our entertainment for the evening watching the faces and flinches on others as they sampled the Whiskey Sour. Needless to say the bartender was being kind and we could not even finish 4 ounces.
27 April 2009
Of course we had to try a few of the beverages available at Northern Lights Brewery. You can see most of the names of the beverages on the placemat....some were pretty interesting....some not so much.
26 April 2009
25 April 2009
WILKES-BARRE – Beer enthusiast Denise Mengak’s first choice was the blond ale.
“It’s a light beer that is excellent for the summer,” said Mengak, 48, who enjoyed the smooth, home-brewed Goldies Blond Ale, one of Breaker Brewing Co.’s premier beers sampled at Elmer Sudds on Friday.
“There’s a little hint of citrus on your palate – so it’s not something heavy that’s going to weigh you down,” said Mengak, a fan of Belgian-style beer.
Brewery owners Chris Miller, 35, of Plains Township, and Mark Lehman, 37, of Hanover Township, made their brews available for tasting at its second-debut at the corner bar in Wilkes-Barre.
About a couple dozen people filled the bar early in the evening. Another 150 or more people were expected to attend.
“We seem to have a pretty good local following of people,” said Miller, who was drinking Olde King Coal Stout, an oatmeal stout similar to Guinness.
Mengak finished the blonde ale before moving onto Malty Maguire, a deep-red ale.
Her husband, Paul, 51, a member of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Beer Club, was more of a traditional hops beer drinker.
The Nanticoke couple learned about the local brewery through a Web site, Beeradvocate.com.
“I believe that craft-brewed beer has become such a big thing in the last 10 years,” said Paul, who was enjoyed the malt and smooth hop bitterness of Anthracite Ale, one of the most-popular brews.
The Anthracite is an amber ale, which falls between a pale ale and an India pale ale, he said.
The brewery officially launched its home-brewed beers – Anthracite Ale, Malty McGuire, Olde King Cole Stout and Goldies Blond Ale – on Thursday at Kelsey’s Bar and Restaurant, Main Street, in Ashley.
Thursday’s premier pour attracted hundreds of beer enthusiasts, Miller said.
The local brews are expected to be on tap at Kelsey’s and Elmer Sudds as well as other known beer venues throughout the Wyoming Valley.
“It’s good to bring a lot of people together and celebrate beer,” said bar owner, John Yencha, 34, who has known Miller since the age of 5.
Since 1992, past and current owners of the small tavern have been dedicated to serving patrons with the best kind of beer around, according to Yencha, who said that’s why the local brewery chose to premier their brews at Elmer Sudds.
Yencha said they get that right kind of beer brings in the right kind of crowd.
“There’s not problem with Miller Light. Everybody loves it. It’s our No. 1 seller. But, sometimes, people want the best and we try to get the best,” Yencha said of his beer bar.
For more information about Breaker Brewer Co., visit Breakerbrewingcompany.com.
Check out mybeerbuzz.com for details on NEPA’s home craft beer scene.
Here's one last picture from last night's Breaker Brewing Co launch party @ Elmer Sudds. Here are Mark & Chris, creators, architects, designers, owners and brewers for Breaker Brewing Co. Congrats guys....we really enjoyed the beers and the company. (my apologies for the crappy cell phone picture--I do know several other people were taking photos, so by all means if you have photos of last night's event, I'd love to publish some more).
I ran into Dave Ciminelli (former chef @ River St Ale House) last night and there is exciting news. I know I've posted some details in the past, but it was very exciting to hear everything straight from Dave.
Dave tells me they will be opening a new establishment sometime in June in the former Cabellos Pizza building (sorry if I butchered that spelling) in Duryea. The restaurant will be called "Aurant" and Dave tells me it is a restaurant that is a cut above the rest. There's a great play on words for their name, but I'll let Dave tell that story himself.
Look for Aurant to feature Dave's wonderfully creative signature eats. I've seen the menu concept and it looks wonderful. For the beer lovers there will be 11 tap handles which includes a 5-tap Belgian Draught system. Dave also hinted that they may also add a hand-pump to the tap lineup, and look for a large bottle selection. Very exciting stuff for food or beer lovers. Congratulations to Dave and everyone else involved with Aurant....can't wait to check it all out when you open.
Dave did promise to keep me up to date, so be sure to stay tuned for further details.
I just thought everyone might want a peek at the Breaker Brewing Co taplist from last night. I also want to thank everyone from breaker Brewing Co, Elmer Sudds, the NEPA Beer Club, the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers Club, the Elmer Sudds Alumni list, the media, and the mybeerbuzz.com friends and members for making it a very entertaining evening...Thank you all.
24 April 2009
Just a quick post to let everyone know that the Breaker Brewing Co beer premier @ Elmer Sudds was a huge success. I can't even begin to tell you how many beer lovers were on site to taste the new beer releases. We tried all four BB beers and we're very happy to report the guys @ Breaker are off to a great start. Congratulations Chris & Mark and a really special thank you to John from Elmer Sudds for doing such a great job hosting tonight's event. Mark my beerbuzz words...we will remember this night as the start of something big.....
Just a reminder that Elmer Sudds will be serving up some Breaker Brewing Co beers on Friday 4/24! Be sure to stop by and try out our local pico-brewery beers @ our local craft beer bar.
**Late word is that Chris is bringing all four Breaker Brewing Co beers tonight to Sudds....hopefully tap handles allow!
Here's a peek at the Northern Lights tap tower. 10 Beers of their own on tap and a pretty interesting variety. Everything from a Blueberry Wheat to a Whiskey Barrel aged Sour Chocolate Dunkel (say that three times fast). They also had an IPA, an Amber, a Stout, a Chocolate Dunkel, a Cream Ale and their seasonal.
From today forward, the Chip the Beer Guy show will officially be called the CBG. Now some may debate whether it should be CTBG or CTBGS, but a quick check to Marion Webster tells us that the "the" is insignificant enough to exclude from the official acronym, so CBG it is...and YES I know it's not Marion Webster....it's a joke....get it? Actually I went to high-school with John's distant cousin Marion.
23 April 2009
Thank you and welcome to Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer...now officially participating with mybeerbuzz.com. Welcome aboard Joe...the beer loving community Thanks you! Clicky HERE to go to the Krugel's page.
This weeks beer find comes to us courtesy of Elmer Sudds. Last night we attended an event at Sudds and John has Weyerbacher's Slam Dunkel on draft. Very tasty little dunkel from our local Easton brewer. As a bonus, John will also be featuring Breaker Brewing Co beers this Friday 4/24. Go check out Elmer Sudd's tap list and be sure to get some Slam Dunkel before it's gone.
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=76536138073&mid=599226G48de5ab1G782ac3G7
22 April 2009
All hands on deck! Torpedo Alert! This week there's ammunition in my belly in the form of Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. I had this on draft last year @ River St Ale House, I even twisted Chris' arm to put it on tap when another beer kicked, and I really liked it. Mrs beerbuzz ran across a case a few weeks back and we've been enjoying it in our bellies ever since...and at less than $30 a case it's a wonderful recession busting beer.
Just a quick update on Shawnee Craft Brewing....Leo tells me that their Porter is available at Sam Snead's Tavern in Shawnee on the Delaware and Bier Blanche will be coming soon.
Just thought you'd want a peek at one of the new Breaker Brewing Co tap handles. Here's the Goldies tap handle...and to check it out in person, be sure to see the debut of Goldies @ Elmer Sudds this Friday (4/24). Happy Earth Day...
21 April 2009
Our very own Steve Menn is running for Judge in Luzerne Co. Steve will be holding a "Meet the Candidate" night at Elmer Sudds this Wed (4/22) from 6PM-8PM. There is no charge for entry and the event is open to all, (preferably registered Luzerne County voters.)
20 April 2009
Here's a quick video of the "new" New Belgium Might Arrow coaster....and yes we managed to "pilfer" a few.
Scratch #19-2008: More Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout
Brewing Date: 4/20/09
Sale Date: 5/13/09
All details are projections at this time.
Malt: Pils, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Roast
Yeast: House Ale Yeast
Juju: Oats, Espresso Beans
Hops: Chinook, Cluster
Scratch #19-2009 is a do-over. You know, you get it right, or just about right, the first time so you take another stab at it to get it even better. First, a little background, Scratch #15 was the fastest selling Scratch Beer to date; it sold out in less than 48 hours. The Scratch series has always been about experimentation, so consider this further research into our love affair with coffee and beer.
Scratch #19 has deep roots in Scratch #15 with some new wrinkles. The malted barley releases chocolate, roasted and caramel flavors that blend with the citrus tastes of Chinook and Cluster hops.
Once again, we are working with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a blend of espresso beans. We've added Kenyan beans to the mix because of a strong citrus flavor that compliments the hops. The beans are combined with whole flower hops in the hopback, and the hot wort passes through the vessel on the way to fermentation giving Scratch #19 a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor.
19 April 2009
18 April 2009
Mrs: Beerbuzz & I were out west for a few weeks for Easter to visit the mybeerbuzz-in-laws. While it was not our intent to make this a Beer-venture, we certainly managed to sneak a few little trips in. Stay tuned over the next few weeks and I'll post a few out. Our first contribution comes to us from Denver New Belgium Hub brewpub. Although we hit NB early in the morning, we did manage to sneak in a few beverages with breakfast. We tried the 1554, Fat Dog and their new Might Arrow among others....all very tasty (even early in the morning), and the pub itself is pretty neat with bicycles hanging everywhere.
Our foreign reporter Moose has landed on the ground in Germany again....so stay tuned for some more good photos. To start off Moose sent this photo of the river Vils in Amberg with the St Martin church in the background (mid-1600's)
17 April 2009
I just heard from Rodgers @ Taylor Beverage and he tells me he has a few seats remaining for his bus trip to the Tap-NY Beer Festival @ Hunter Mtn on Sun April 26th. Cost is $100 and detail in the festival can be found HERE.
Just wanted to respond to everyone that's been asking. No I haven't dropped my weekly Chip the Beer Guy funfest. I've been out of town for a few weeks. Conspiracy theorists should pay attention here...apparently FM 107 on the west coast is NOT the same as in NEPA!
We did take a bottle of Fort and popped it on Easter (as Chip suggested) and I have played back the podcast from last week (Mt Shasta IPA). I'm curious to hear what the construction going on at Purv's may be about, but I guess I'll await the insider info.
Cheers guys and be sure to check out the FM 107 west coast conspiracy.
15 April 2009
OK so I'll admit I wrote this ahead of time and I'm currently still out on enjoying the beers of the great northwestern state of Washington with Mrs. Beerbuzz. I'm sure we're still enjoying beers in our bellies, but this one was consumed much earlier so hopefully it's not still there (in my belly that is). So enough with the belly confusion.
This weeks beer is Abbaye d' Aulne Triple Blonde. This 9% Special Blonde Ale comes to us from Brasserie Val De Sambre in Gozee Belgium and includes the instructions to serve it "slowly." The beer was incredibly active (lots of bottle conditioning), and it had a very traditional Belgian yeast flavor.
PS My belly should be back on the right coast by this weekend...
First Course Spring Cheese Trio with Sunrise boiled weisswurst paired with Sunrise Weissbier
$50 per person. Make your reservation.
SHARE A PINT WITH THE QUEEN Hallertau Hop Queen to Visit Victory Saturday, April 25th1 - 3pm at Victory Brewing Company Stop by Victory and meet Nicole Frankl, the 2008-2009 Hallertau Hop Queen. Nicole will also be joined by members of the German Hop-Growers Association. In celebration of their visit, we'll be releasing five beers specially created for the Craft Brewers Conference. The beers include a Saphir Pils, Tradition Pils, Hallertau Mittelfrueh Pils, Saphir (Hoppy) Weissbier and a Herkules IPA. Stop by and share a pint with the Queen.
Follow the Liter THIS THURSDAY - April 16
Enjoy a bit of Bavaria at Victory Brewing Company. Celebrate with $5 liters of Festbier and feast on a German themed menu including Schweinshaxe and Oktoberfest giant pretzels. Try your strength in the Strong Arm competition. Wear your authentic German attire and get a free pretzel. Follow the Liter starting at 6pm in the Beer Hall at Victory Brewing Company.
14 April 2009
13 April 2009
I just heard from Brett Kintzer @Stoudts Brewing Co and he tells me their Heifer in Wheat (German-style Hefe Weizen) is now available in bottles and on tap. More importantly Brett tells me their next Brewers Reserve series beer will be a Kolsch...this beer will be a German Style Ale that is lighter bodied and mildly hopped with German hallertau hops and will be available by the end of the week (4/18 or so). This Kolsch will become Stoudt's new spring seasonal offering starting in 2010. Stoudts is currently running a contest to name this Kolsch with the winner (Must be 21 years old or older) receiving a free case of Stoudts a month for an entire year...so put on your creative thinking caps and lets see if we can come up with some good names for this brew.
12 April 2009
11 April 2009
10 April 2009
This is the Haasen-Brau brewery again showing an upgrade to the refrigeration. Moose tells me they stopped brewing in this particular building around 1940. Herhart, the 3rd generation continued to brew in a different building on the property until 8 years ago before he was bought out by Winkler, a larger local brewery.