30 May 2009
29 May 2009
28 May 2009
Here's a little tidbit from Mike @ Bavarian Barbarian Brewing. Mike tells me he just finished submitting label designs for approval to be able to bottle some of his beers. If all goes well we may see Bavarian Barbarian bottles as early as July 4th. Very exciting.
For those that follow along with DFH beers, it's always interesting to see what's new and when their extensive line of seasonals are being released. Highlights include Chateau Jiahu (an 8% ABV brew based on a 9000 year old Chinese fermentation beverage of rice, honey & fruit), Sah'tea (a 9% ABV modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer, with the wort caramelized with white hot river rocks), and Burton Baton (a 10% ABV oak-aged English strong ale) among others.
27 May 2009
26 May 2009
For those of you who may live in or frequent the back mountain area, you know craft beer can be tricky to find. Yes we've recently seen Mr. Z's and Thomas' Beertown open, but the further west you go, much of the beer dries up. Now I have no real details on this yet, but Lake Bistro recently opened on the west side of Harvey's Lake and in addition to a gourmet coffee bar, a deli, free wi-fi and a view of the lake, they feature beer and wine by the glass and what sounds like take out beer. I've also recently heard that at some point they held some sort of beer "tasting" event, so I suspect they may have some craft beer. I'll have more details soon but for now Clicky HERE to check out their new website.
25 May 2009
- Guy has a bunch of authentic looking orange German beer tables ready to go.
- There are all sorts of expansion plans in place that will slowly transform 1GB into quite an establishment
- The pizza kitchen looks ready to go and Guy was actually experimenting with some pizza dough recipes while I was there
- I finally had the pleasure of meeting the "other" guy----Steve and he's doing a great job
- The remainder of the 1GB building is amazing with all sorts of hidden treasures and expansion opportunities
- There was ALL sorts of brewing equipment that as been acquired to expand Guy's capabilities for brewing and packaging.
All in all a very exciting visit and I can;t wait to see what Guy will do next.
24 May 2009
I'm not sure how many people caught on to Guy's hints, but here's your crappy cell phone camera proof. In case you can't read, Guy has tapped his 3-moth bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout....and it is TASTY!
23 May 2009
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us and summer is in the air. A three-day weekend, family picnics, the Indy 500, the Charlotte 600 and the start of the summer season. What could possibly make the weekend even better you ask? Well I have an answer.
22 May 2009
21 May 2009
Here's a little tidbit from the Keystone Edge website featuring Breaker Brewing Co. The article was written by Rory Sweeney. Those of you in attendance for the Elmer Sudds premier will remember Rory taking notes and interviewing the guys from BBC. Congrate guys and Thanks to Rory and Keystone edge for mentioning mybeerbuzz.com
20 May 2009
I just spoke with Chris and he tells me they are experimenting with a new version of their Goldies Ale using 20lbs or so of fresh Strawberries to be called Goldies Strawberry Blonde Ale. Stay tuned for updates.
19 May 2009
A NEPA Beer Club member has passed on some info to me about a large Irish Festival in Frankfurt NY July 24th thru 26th. Of course you have to love a festival sponsored by a beer distributor and featuring a band called "Enter the haggis."
Clicky HERE for the details
18 May 2009
Most pubs in London are owned by breweries, though there are some independents. Despite this, every pub I visited had a great selection of beers, both on tap and in bottle, although American beers, aside from Budweiser products, were scarce. This, I learned, is because Anheuser-Busch operates a brewery within the London city limits.
As I suspect most people do, I expected that drinking in an expensive city (where the average studio flat runs $1500 per month) would be equally as expensive. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Most of the pints I enjoyed were 3 GBP or less, which at the time was $4.50. And, as pub employees are paid by the hour, tipping isn’t required, and in some cases, seen as an insult.
In ten days I visited quite a few pubs, always making an effort to stop in when I saw a pub that was interesting, had some historical value, or when I was thirsty which, traversing the expanse of London on foot, was often.
Two blocks from my hotel I found what would become my local for the duration of my stay, The Rising Sun. I immediately took to it. The barmaids were friendly, full of questions about my visit and poured a perfect pint and the atmosphere reminiscent of Dugan’s Pub in Luzerne, my original home away from home.
Served just below room temperature, a casked Fullers’ London Pride, with its rich, smooth, malty body and very crisp hop overtones, was perfect for a gusty, overcast Friday. Having only had it in the bottle in the States, it was quite a different experience, and at 4.1%, the two I had before lunch weren’t debilitating.
The Rising Sun also featured Fullers’ IPA, casked as well. Being a fan of IPAs I was eager to try a pint, but found it very disappointing. Unlike America craft brewed IPAs; it was lacking a distinct hop flavor, and seemed quite flat, which may have been an effect of the hand pump.
A pint that surprised me was Staropramen, a beer brewed in and imported from the Czech Republic. A light, crisp, slightly hoppy pilsner, along the lines of Troeg’s Sunshine Pils, Staropramen was a welcome change from the complex ales on an unseasonably warm afternoon after miles of walking.
Two blocks in the opposite direction was a completely different type of pub. The Marlborough Arms, centered among King James College, The University of London, and London College University is a quintessential “uni” bar. Populated by twenty-somethings, the Marlborough Arms features more cider, wine and a more diverse selection of everyday beers, including Stella Artrois, Budweiser and Becks; session beers. The crowds outside smoking leave the inside roomy and the service quick. At any time, the smoking crowd was twice the patrons inside.
Before settling for a pint of Becks’, I tasted a few of the ales available – the bartender was a great help, obviously excited to have someone interested in something other than the typical session fare. After tasting several, I settled on Harvey’s Thomas Paine Original Ale, a very interesting beer with fruity malt, flowery hops and a hint of molasses, both sweet and hoppy, I was surprised to find out it is considered an ESB, and at 5.5% packed a little more of a wallop than the London Pride, though I would consider them in the same class.
The Marquis of Granby, in London’s SoHo section, is a one of a kind pub. It isn’t the selection of beers; they presented the common fare, but its atmosphere. Populated by writers and artists from its opening in 1830, it has a bohemian vibe that is very comfortable, but the distinction is its communality. There are a few tables for two, or four, but the majority of the seating is large low wooden tables with benches, where patrons are encouraged to sit with others.
I took this as an opportunity to see what others were drinking, ask about favorite beers, and get a better feel for what Londoners were drinking. I had to laugh when the bartender arrived with a tray of Guinness. To be honest, I limit my Guinness consumption to an annual pint for St Patrick’s Day, which I typically observe in Dugan’s pub. To be even more honest, I never cared for it, and do so out of respect for my home away from and its Irish proprietor. I trusted my new friends, and with the first sip realized this Guinness was a completely different animal, sweet and creamy, unlike American Guinness, which I find to be watery and bitter.
I learned later on that the reason for the exceptional difference between the two pints is geography. The Guinness you buy in the UK is brewed in St James Gate, the home of Guinness. American Guinness is brewed in Canada. The distinction goes a long way.
I did in my travels find American microbrews, at the Borough Market, a gourmet farmers’ market on the south side of the Thames. Open in all seasons, the Borough Market offers the best of London’s food and drink. In the southeast corner I found the beermonger.
A beermonger. An actual live, living, breathing man who lives to sell beer, any beer, and every beer you can imagine. High blue shelves offered hundreds upon hundreds of types of beer, from American microbrews to Belgian triples, and everything in between. There was every Rogue in both 12 and 24 oz, at pretty reasonable prices, and a great selection of Troeg’s and Stone.
A few highlights:
The Market Trader in East London, site of Jack the Ripper’s fifth victim, and home of the original Blood Mary happy hour special.
The York in Islington, a worker’s pub, has a good selection of ESBs and IPAs and incredible burgers and meat pies.
The Spread Eagle off Oxford Street – well, so you can say you had a drink at the Spread Eagle.
On my next visit, I plan on a tour of the Fullers’ brewery in Chiswick and look forward to writing about it – in a timelier manner.
17 May 2009
16 May 2009
15 May 2009
I realize that not all of these are truly "local", but I also know a few of my readers have cars and are actually licensed to drive. If anyone attends any of these please drop me a note.
May 15: Third Annual Appalachian Brewing Company Homebrew Contest – Camp Hill, PA www.abcbrew.com.
May 15: Munich in Mayfair #?: Dunkel - Dig It! at The Grey Lodge Pub – Spaten Munich Dunkel is now available here in the USA in bottles. Dunkel remains an under-represented style here. Of course there will be some tasty German food specials as well. Spaten USA folks will be on hand with some goodies. 6-8pm. 215-825-5357 or http://greylodge.com/.
May 15: Beer Tasting at Weyerbacher – From 5-7pm at the brewery, there will be a special tasting and sales event on a couple of new products, with brewers on hand to answer all of your questions. First up is their Special Edition, Unfiltered, Fully Bottle-Conditioned Double Simcoe IPA in 750ml Cork n Cage bottles. Also debuting will be Foxtrot, the latest in their Brewers' Select series of one-off beers. This dark-amber Biere de Garde is the creation of brewer Dan Hitchcock. A few other surprise tastes will be on hand as well, and for those who can't make it out Friday night, they’ll have some remaining inventory available the following day during regular tour hours. 610-559-5561 or http://www.weyerbacher.com.
May 16: 2nd Annual Belgian Bierfeesten at World Café Live – This festival will give attendees the opportunity to sample the offerings of over three dozen Belgian breweries. Spend a splendid Saturday afternoon strolling from booth to booth, educating your palate to the nuances of the Belgian brewers' art, while dining on well-paired savory offerings prepared by our Executive Chef Matthew Babbage. 1-4:30pm. $55 per ticket includes beer, food, and a complimentary pilsner glass for tastings. Tickets at http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2406 or 215-222-1400.
May 16: Sierra Nevada Artisinal Ale Experience at TJ’s in Paoli – Join Patrick Mullen from Sierra Nevada and sample from their Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Chico IPA, Saison Brown, Summerfest, Pale Ale, and Kellerweis. The Kellerweis is one of two kegs coming to the area for the launch of Sierra’s new year-round bottled offering. 6-10pm. 610-725-0100 or http://www.TJsBeer.com/
May 22: 12th Annual ArtsFest Film Festival (with beer!) - Tröegs Brewery will host the kick-off event with a free outdoor screening of Strange Brew, the 1983 cult classic highlighting the adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie and their love of beer, back bacon, jelly donuts and all things Canadian. No tickets are available but the "theatre" site will close when full (up to 400 people). Bring your own chair. Seating begins around 6pm and the movie will start around dusk. The first 100 attendees will each receive one free jelly donut. There will be popcorn, food and beer concessions available from 6pm until the end of the movie. 717-232-1297 or http://www.Tröegs .com/.
May 23-25: Stoudt's Name That Beer at the Devil’s Den – Stoudt’s Brewery needs help naming their new seasonal, a German kolsch. Come out Memorial Day weekend to try it on tap and then enter your vote to name the beer. The winner will receive a case of Stoudt's Beer every month for a year and tickets to a Stoudt's Micro festival. Noon to midnight. 215-339-0855 or http://devilsdenphilly.com/.
May 28: A Rainbow of Flavor with Tröegs at The Institute – Tap into a firkin of Hopback Amber and drafts of Sunshine Pils and Rugged Trail Brown from the Tröegs Brewery. No cover, pay as you go. 6pm to ? 215-765-8515 or http://www.institutebar.com/.
May 30: Appalachian Brewing Company’s 12th Anniversary Fest in Harrisburg – Festivities begin in the afternoon with outhouse races, keg olympics, and a pig roast. The later-night festivities continue at The Abbey Bar. For more details call 717-221-1080 or go to http://www.abcbrew.com.
June 13: 18th Annual Microfest Benefit at Stoudts Brewing Co – Stoudts is hosting various breweries from around the country in their 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. Afternoon session: Noon to 4pm, or evening: 7-11pm. 717-484-4387 or http://www.stoudtsbeer.com.
This week's CBG show was a "Best Of" show from last Memorial Day featuring Tommyknocker Ornery Amber. If you'd like to re-read my post on that show clicky HERE. I really only decided to write anything today for two reasons: 1) To re-post my wonderful graphic proving that John may in fact be an east-coast Tommyknocker, and 2) to highlight that our very own mybeerbuzz.com member Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer is now sponsoring the show.
14 May 2009
Here's a little beer tidbit to follow as it progresses:
Bell's Brewery Files suit against Classic Wines in Lansing
Bell's Brewery has filed a lawsuit in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court against its Lansing-based distributor, Classic Wines Ltd., seeking to stop the sale of distribution rights.
Classic Wines is trying to sell its distribution rights to M&M Distributors Inc., which is also an Anheuser-Busch InBev distributor, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that M&M's loyalties to A-B will not allow M&M to fairly promote and sell Bell's brands. Bell's, the largest beer producer in the state, refuses to consent to the proposal by Classic Wines to sell the distribution rights because it "does not meet the material and reasonable qualifications and standards required by Bell's."
The eight-page complaint addresses Anheuser-Busch's control of the U.S. beer market and its efforts to "stifle competition" from other Big Beer companies and craft brewers.
Classic Wines is the fourth-largest distributor of Bell's in the state, selling about 55,000 cases a year, Bell's president Larry Bell said. Sixty-five percent of Classic Wines sales are of Bell's brands, according to the lawsuit.
Bell's pulled out of Chicago in December 2006, after a public dispute with its distributor, Indianapolis-based National Wine & Spirits Inc., which sold distribution rights to another distributor, Chicago Beverage Systems. Just last July, a new distributor for Bell's was found, allowing the brand to be sold in Chicago for the first time in almost two years.
13 May 2009
This week's belly-beer-dance somes to us from Southern Tier brewery. This tasty little 11% ABV dark coffee stout will likely surprise you with it's coffee-content. Mrs. beerbuzz & I popped this tasty treat after an evening of sushi for her birthday celebration. This beer was a paradox for me...the 11% ABV left me sliding toward sleepy-land but the Jamaican roasted coffe seemed to keep me wide awake once I did try to sleep. As the bottle says..."An eye-openening experience."