mybeerbuzz West Coast Tour

30 June 2009

Look what some scoundrel put in my suitcase!

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New Beers as of 6/29 @ Stockertown Beverage

29 June 2009

Thanks to Chuck for this update on some of the new beers arriving at Stokertown Beverage. This is of course in addition to the great regular selection of beers available @ Stockertown.

Pretty Things: Jack D'Or, The Confounded Mr. Sysiphus
Founders: Centennial IPA, Reds Rye IPA, Double Trouble Double-IPA Porter, Devil Dancer
Bear Republic: Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Red Rocket
Summit: Horizon Red, Extra Pale Ale, IPA, Great Northern Porter
High & Mighty: Beer of the Gods
Erie: De-Railed Cherry Cream Ale
River Horse: Summer Blonde, Double Wit, Tripel Horse, Variety Case
Shelton Brothers Imports: Mikkeller Nugget IPA, Mikkeller Czech Pilsner, Geants Goliath Tripel, Dieu du Ciel Rosee d' Hibiscus, Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel, De Ranke XX Bitter, De Ranke Noir de Dottignies

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mybeerbuzz West Coast Tour

Sorry for the bad cell-phone photo, but I assure you this WAS a bottle of Alesmith Speedway Stout....very tasty little sweet stout.

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mybeerbuzz West Coast Tour


Just thought you'd want a peek at a few of the beers we bought on the west coast....by the way the Stone was $5.69 for a 22oz bottle.

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Chip the Beer Guy visits Krugel's

I've heard from Joe @ Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer...Joe sent in this photo and note...

Attached is a photo of myself with CBG from Sat 6/27. Chip stopped by to pick up some great beer for the month of July Rock 107 samplings. Chip said" Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer has the best and largest selection of beer." "If you are looking for some great beer in 6 Packs, 12Packs, Mix & Match Your Own 6, 25 oz Bottles and even single 12 oz Bottles,Krugel's is a must stop location for beer enthusiasts."

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

28 June 2009

A simple picture can speak a thousand words, or in this case a thousand beers. Any beer lover that can look at this picture and not drool is a better man than me.

Cheers to the Port Brewing Real Ale Festival 2009!

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Video

27 June 2009

I don't plan to build a movie, but I thought you'd like to see a quick video peek at the line-up of real-ale handles. It's so amazing to see 60+ hand-pumps in one place, especially if you get to taste them all.

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Elmer Sudds - Time Leader Coverage

Here's a great little article on John the owner and chef @ Elmer Sudds.

http://www.timesleader.com/features/Meet_the_chef_06-24-2009.html
Photo courtesy of the Times Leader.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

26 June 2009

Here's a shot of the entrance to the festival, looking back to the Pizza Port restaurant. One of the cool things about the festival is that you can order up some amazing Pizza Port pizza, and carry it in to the festival.

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Straub Brewery to Start Using Cans

Here's a little tidbit from P'Burgh-Live on on Straub Brewery's new packaging:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_630593.html

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Weyerbacher XIV

From Dan:

Weyerbacher Update

June 24, 2009
Fourteen Release this Saturday! Stop by our Visitors Center, this Saturday to sample or purchase our 14th Anniversary Ale! Fourteen is wheat wine, 11.8% abv, amber in color, and silky smooth. Although any beer this strength can be cellared for a time, this beer is great right now. Stop in and check it out between Noon and 3p.m.

Unfiltered Double Simcoe is garnering impressive reviews on the net and generating tremendous consumer feedback for the brewery. We’re thrilled with the response and will be making more for mid-July release.

Riserva is Aging, now in bottles, we’re waiting for the conditioning process to complete. Best guess for release right now is mid-July or August. We’ll have a special Friday night release at the brewery when this baby’s ready.

Foxtrot has been selling well and has an A- average on Beer Advocate. There are only about 20 cs left, so be sure to stop by Saturday and pick up some before its gone.Visitor Center will be closed July 4th.

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Bavarian Barbarian - Now in Bottles

It's official.....Bavarian Barbarian bottles will be available starting July 2nd (that's next Thu for those without a calendar available). Stay tuned for distribution details.

From Mike:
On July 2nd, the Babarian will release 3 of their beers in 22oz bottles, just in time for the 4th of July! Cases of 12 will be available at the brewery.
AT BREWERY:
Case of Hammerin' Ale - $32.50
Case of Headbangerz' Brown Ale - $32.50
Case of Weldspatter IPA - $35.00
Mixed Case (4 of each) - $35.00

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Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 - Beau Baden

Today's show featured an interview with local Scranton boy Beau Baden, or as the beer world knows him, Brewmaster at Allentown and Bethlehem Brew Works. Well equipped with three growlers, the guys tasted their seasonal Wheat, their HopSolutely Triple IPA and Beau's famous aged Cranberry Lambic...a triple slam breakfast that would give Denny's a run for their money. I've heard lots of good things about the Brewworks triple IPA and the Cranberry lambic, so much so that I think I'll be taking the ride down soon to visit Beau and try some myself. For those of you unwilling to make the arduous 1-hour ride, Beau brought some good news today. Brewworks will be bottling their beers soon for distribution in Northeastern PA (that's us), and the first beer to be bottled will be the triple IPA. I'll be following this story so stay tuned here for details. This is also a show worth replaying on the Rock107 podcast page to tune into some of Beau's brewing knowledge. Beau imparted some great details about how they will be bottle fermenting the triple IPA and also how he ferments and ages the Cranberry Lambic. For anyone into home brewing, there are some interesting details to be found here. Cheers to Beau and the guys...I look forward to trying some of the Brewworks beers on tap and in bottles.

Photo courtesy of Pennlive

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

25 June 2009

One of the great things about the Real Ale Festival is that it's held at the Port Brewing actual brewery in Carlsbad. Here's a little peek in the cooler, and by cooler I mean a cooler the size of a garage. Notice the Rodenbach & SN kegs and the Hop Union boxes of hop pellets. I saw more but I've been sworn to secrecy!

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Lion Brewery - Liebotschaner & Other Beer News

24 June 2009

I've heard from the guys at Lion Brewery and I'm happy to report some very good news. First, this years production of Midsummer White has been released, and the brewery is already down to their last 500 cases and a limited number of kegs remaining. Work is also underway to brew their 2009 Oktoberfest. The guys tell me that the tanks are currently full of other customer's oktoberfest beers, and the Stegmaier Oktoberfest is scheduled to hit the tanks late in the week of July 6th with a projected bottling date in mid-Aug. I'm also happy to hear that about 120 cases of Stegmaier Holiday Warmer from the Nov 2008 production run has been set aside and will be available in limited quantity. As many of you may remember, the guys also did some oak-aged Holiday Warmer that aged really nicely--so stay tuned for any details on availability of 2009 warmer.


Finally I'm very happy to report that the resurrection of the famed Liebotschaner Cream Ale has truly begun. The Lion Brewery sales team is currently working to clean up the artwork (not necessarily the original label shown above) and the packaging materials order will be placed soon. I expect that this will happen soon, so stay tuned here for details on release dates.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

This little photo shows some of the Port Brewing guys and the Carlsbad Port Brewing facility. A sharp eye may back out a particular brewmaster of note....and of course some bourbon barrels & stainless tanks.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

23 June 2009

Here's the south end of the tap handles, or what Mrs' Beerbuzz was calling my "happy place." I spent quite a bit of time at this end of the bar, both chatting it up with the staff, and enjoying the great line-up of beers at the end of the list. If you look close you can see the duck-tape labels.

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Hoppiest Beer Ever - Stone 13

From Stone:


Hoppy happy brewery Stone Brewing releases ‘hoppiest beer ever’Stone 13th Anniversary Ale has 4.5 lbs of hops per barrel—more hops per barrel than any beer Stone has ever brewed (Stone 10th Anniversary Ale, revered by many as the quintessential hopped-up Stone Anniversary Ale, had 2.5 lbs of hops per barrel).
“The interesting thing about this beer from a brewing standpoint is the sheer quantity of hops that we used in it,” said Mitch Steele, Head Brewer. Just the fact that we’re at four and a half pounds per barrel is pretty huge. It’s definitely as big and as hoppy as anything we’ve ever done…I think Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is going to be right up there with some of the older Stone Anniversary IPA’s, and if all goes well it will be right up there with the 10th Anniversary IPA.” This is the first-ever release of the Imperial/Double Red style and the first double dry-hopped beer in bottles for Stone.
It will be released in 22oz. bottles on June 29, 2009.The beer has an abv. of9.5% and uses Chinook for bittering and flavor and a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Simcoe for dry-hopping.'
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale pours brilliant deep red with a light tan foam, said Mitch, describing the flavor profile. “Up front, the aroma is all piney, resinous and citrus hops. Upon tasting, the hops are still on the front, and they are balanced with the malty, toffee-like flavors contributed from the blend of crystal and amber malts used in the brewhouse. The finish is deliciously bitter, with a touch of warmth provided by the 9.5% alcohol. Bitterness comes in at 90+ IBU.”

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Pictures

22 June 2009

Here's a little peek at the first 20 hand pumps. Yes the first 20 of 60! You can correlate the beer menu with the handle number if you'd like, or just stare like a deer in the headlights like I am.

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Bavarian Barbarian - Now in Bottles

Here's a little sneak peak at Bavarian Barbarian bottles...coming soon. Stay tuned.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - The Menu (Part 2)

21 June 2009

Just in case you're still standing after the last few days of PBRAF menu highlights, this page will certainly floor you. Of course my first beer of the day was a 12% 2009 Brandy Barrel Angel's Share...and wow what a great barleywine this years Angel's Share is. Other highlights on this page are my beloved Sierra Nevada Torpedo (incredible on hand pump) and Sierra Nevada The Empire Strikes Black Imperial Stout.....super tasty. Also the Levitation and Three Floyds beverages were fantastic on hand-pump. My special Thanks to Tomme Arthur for saying hello, for organizing the event and for the wonderful list of one-of-a-kind Port Brewing & Lost Abbey beers that we poured.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - The Menu (Part 1)

20 June 2009

Here's a little peek at the PBRAF menu, actually just the front of the menu. In the end there were 60 different beers to chose from, and a few surprises also. There are LOTS of highlights on this page that I'm sure you'll scour, but be sure to peek at numbers 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 25 and especially 13. The Mead Lange was amazing and at 15%, boy did it kick my butt! I guess it didn't help that they poured me a 6oz glass....by mistake of course. There are a lot of hidden gems in here that are simply amazing beers mixed in with really-amazing beers.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - VIP

19 June 2009

Of course I always feel like a beer-VIP ;) but in this case we really were. We decided to hit the VIP session of the PBRAF and were pleasantly surprised. Not only do you get first crack at the beers, but you also get to hang with a much smaller crowd, so getting and enjoying your beers is much easier. You're looking at the VIP wrist band, a beer ticket & the VIP supplemental beer menu. I can tell you we managed to try them all and there were many great beers in here. Personally I liked the Pure Hoppiness, the Grand Mantis, the Paradox, the Bog Eye w/Ginger and the Sublemely Self Righteous Ale...OK wait, now that I re-read down the list I really liked them all.

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Wegmans Wilkes-Barre Beer & Food Pairing Event June 13th


Here are a few shots from the Wegman's Beer & Food pairing event. Thanks to Keith for providing these shots.

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Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 - Thomas Hooker Watermelon

As much as I'm tempted to wax poetically about "Hookers" and "Melons" while I tippy-toe off the politically correct gender-stereotype bandwagon, I shall not. After all, I'm jet-lagged after a week in Calif, and I'm running on little sleep, so let's keep it brief. Today's show featured Thomas Hooker Watermelon beer, and I'll admit it sounds tasty. Yes I love watermelon and I know to some it may seem a gross combination, but I'd like to try this one...so lets leave it at that.


Also in the name of keeping it jet-lagged brief, a belated congratulations to Chris & Mark @ Breaker Brewing for another successful appearance on last week's CBG show featuring Goldies Ale. I'm excited to watch Breaker Brewing Co grow and become even more successful. Cheers to everyone today....and melons and beers to all (notice I didn't say "hookers.)

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Shawnee Craft Brewing

Just a quick update from Leo about the beers they'll be pouring at Sam Sneads:

Tonight (6/19) @ Sam Snead's Tavern:Blanche Au Natural (that's Wit Beer w/hairy armpits)O.S.B. (Organic Special Bitter)Entire (Brown Porter)

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Troegs Scratch # 20 - Stinky Grapefruit

18 June 2009

Scratch #20-2009: Apollo Imperial Ale


O.G.: 18.5 Plato

A.B.V.: 7%

I.B.U.'s: 115

Malt: Pils, Munich, Crystal

Yeast: House Ale Yeast

Kettle Hops: Apollo, Warrior, Palisade, Amarillo

Hopback: Apollo, Columbus


Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety.Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale.Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room's Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while when you see it. Before this intense hop flavor subsides, this beer will be sold out.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Tickets

I'm still getting organized, and since beer, traveling, and living out of a suitcase (especially one full of beer) don't go well together....we'll start slow. The 2009 Port Brewing Real Ale Festival (PBRAF) uses beer tickets to control the madness, so here's a peek at the back of a beer ticket. Now before you chide me for returning with a ticket that could have added one more beer to my belly, let me offer up the following: a) It is a great souvenir, b) there was no shortage of tickets with 6 family members, c) we tasted everything, d) I had plans for the following day, e) some of my readers were nice enough to give me tickets, and f) the guys pouring were nice enough to "forget" to take a ticket every time. In any case here's a peek at the back of the ticket.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - Stay Tuned

17 June 2009

We're starting our return trip for the festival. Stay tuned for some really cool photos, tap lists and a few other bottle tidbits from the west coast. I'll details more later but I just wanted to say hello and thank you to the many west coast (and even east coast) beer lovers I met at the festival. The beer culture is alive & well on both coasts so it was very cool to not only meet some great west coast friends, but to also see some guys from Harrisburg, PA in attendance. Cheers guys and stay tuned for some more photos to come.

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Port Brewing Real Ale Festival - June 12th

10 June 2009

As you read this post I am airborne and on my way to sunny San Diego for the Port Brewing Real Ale Festival. To be more accurate I'll be in Carlsbad CA in the Friday VIP session...so stay tuned. Here's a little peek at the hand-pump line up from last year to make you jealous. I'll bring back details, beer menus, pictures and a belly full of great real ales. Cheers!

PS Yes I'll be out of town on the left coast for a while so updates may be a little scarce...

I WILL be TWITTERING from the west coast, @ the Real Ale Festival LIVE, and at any other events/craft beer establishments we visit. Watch for Twitter updates here (right hand bar) or directly on my Twitter Feed.

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Stockertown Beverage

I've heard from Chuck @ Stockertown Beverage and he was nice enough to pass on some of the new beers Stokertown will be carrying. I'm hoping to add Stockertown full-time to mybeerbuzz so we can get updates on a more regular basis. Here are some of the new beers Stockertown will be carrying:

Erie : De-Railed Cherry Cream Ale
River Horse: Variety Case, Summer Blonde, Tripel Horse Belgian Tripel, Double Wit Ale
Rock Art: Belvidere Big IPA, Jasmine Pale Ale
Boaks: Two Blind Monks Belgian Dubbel, Monster Mash RIS, coming soon..Lemongrass Wheat
Founders; Cerise Cherry Ale, Curmudgeon Old Ale...ltd quantites of Double Trouble Double IPA, Imperial Stout, Centennial IPA, Reds Rye IPA, and an awsome Porter
Bear Republic: Racer 5 IPA, Red Rocket, Hop Rod Rye XP Pale Ale plus special draft items: El Oso, Nor-Cal, Late Harvest Lager, Jack London ESB..etc
Cricket Hill: Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale
Breckenridge : Agave Wheat, Summer Bright
Jolly Pumpkin: Oro d'Calabazza, La Roja, Calabazza Blanca, Bambier, ES Bam, Luciernaga
Summit: Horizon Red Ale (very hoppy!), Summer Variety Case
Duck Rabbit: Milk Stout, Porter, Amber Ale, Brown Ale, Barleywine, Rabid Duck Russian Imp. Stout, Variety Case
Southampton: Belgian Triple
Pretty Things: Jack d'Or...coming soon..The Confounded Mr. Sysiphus, Baby Tree
Thomas Hooker: More Than a Mouthful Watermelon Ale
Roy Pitz: (Draft Only) Best Blonde ale, Old Jail Ale, Lovitz Watermelon Lager
Imported Goodies: Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel, Equinox Printemps, Rigor Mortis Abt, Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin IPA, Nogne-O Porter, Brown Imperial Stout, plus ltd quantites of Cantillon.

Thanks Chuck!

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Dogfish Head Reaches out to Help 3 Fonteinen

From Sam:

namaste
Our friends, Belgian brewer/blender Armand and his wife Lydie Debelder, recently suffered a heart wrenching production set-back at their brewery 3 Fonteinen.
A thermostat broke and as a result excessive heat ruined about 100,000 bottles of lambic and gueuze in storage – representing about a third of their annual revenue.
Armand hopes to distill the beer and create unique new product as a way of making the best of an unfortunate situation. Armand has been a great friend and inspiration to creative brewers throughout the world. I got to spend some time with him alongside Vinnie, Tomme, Adam, and Rob when we toured Belgian breweries a few years ago and again with a bunch of Italian craft brewing brethren when we all participated in Salon De Gusto in Turin last year. On that same trip I got to brew at a batch of My Antonia (a continually-hopped imperial pilsner) at Birra del Borgo, a great brewery outside of Rome with my friend the owner Leonardo DiVincenzo. Like us Leonardo is a great fan of Armand’s beers and we received the news of their accident just before Leonardo was scheduled to come visit us in Delaware. We decided to brew a beer together along with our lead brewer Bryan Selders and my wife Mariah that would be a tribute to 3 Fonteinen. We will be sending a portion of the profits to 3 Fonteinen but more importantly we wanted to use this brew as a celebration of the vibrant, creative Belgian brewing culture that, in our minds, 3 Fonteinen embodies. Our ultimate goal is that news of this brew and the production set-back will inspire beer enthusiasts to seek out 3 Fonteinen beers in which ever town and country they live in.
The beer we are brewing together at our Rehoboth pub is a Belgian White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander. It should go on tap at our pub in about three weeks. Mariah had the idea for the lemongrass and orange slices and also the name: Namaste.
All you fellow-freaky yoga types probably know this but…..The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. In other words it is a show of mutual respect and admiration – a great single word summary of the inspiration behind this brew.
Here’s what Armand had to say when Leonardo, Bryan, Mariah, and I let him and Lydie know of our intentions for this brew:
" I am very impressed by the moral support of the many beer lovers in US and Italy. We got mail from all over the world, especially from beer lovers who already visited our brewery. They all give us the courage to continue with our brewing of authentic beer.
The brewing of Namaste is heartwarming and shows that good beer can bring people together. A good pint knows no barriers or frontiers.I was really impressed last year by the quality of some American beers. My wife Lydie and I were invited by Daniël Shelton to the memorial of Michael Jackson and attended the Philly Beerweek. I lived a tremendous week and met some wonderful brewers such as Sam Calagione, brewing marvelous beer.In January we were at 4:20, a famous beerpub in Rome and there again we met some great Italian brewers creating very nice beers.To me, a brewer of a very ancient limbic beer, it is very encouraging to see that there are such good beers made outside of Belgium. Belgium has got a very long tradition of brewing but in a way this is keeping many brewers away from the "creating" part in brewing.The "freedom" to try out new beers in very various styles in US and Italy is bringing renewal to the beerworld. The brewing of Namaste is not only a financial help to 3 Fonteinen brewery, it is also a statement of respect and international craft beer solidarity.
"RIGHT BACK AT YA ARMAND! WE ARE STOKED TO MAKE THIS BEER – WE INVITE ALL BEER ENTHUSIASTS TO OUR REHOBOTH PUB TO TRY IT AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SEEK OUT THE AMAZING BEERS OF 3 FONTEINEN WHEREEVER YOU MAY BE. NAMASTE. - SAM CALAGIONE

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mybeerbuzz - What's in My Belly?

08 June 2009

This week's belly beer was a little tricky to find. Thanks to Charlie @ Plaza Beverage for making it happen. Last year we tasted the 1st release of this beer on tap at Stone Brewing in California. It was tasty then, and the 2009 (2nd release) is even better. Sierra Nevada has managed to make this beer even more drinkable and more enjoyable. My belly beer this week is Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Harvest Ale. The lore of this beer is that SN worked out a way to buy fresh hops in Spring, a time of year when our hops are only a glimmer of hope (and hop) on the vine. Within a weeks time SN gets the fresh hops from New Zealand and brews this beer. Cheers to SN for another wonderfully interesting beer. Cheers & Me Likey !

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Breaker Brewing Co - Chip the Beer Guy 6/12

The guys from Breaker Brewing Co will appear on Chip the Beer Guy on Rock 107 this Friday (6/12) morning. The show will feature their Goldies Ale so be sure to tune in.

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Stoudts Beer Fest - June 13th

07 June 2009

From Stoudts:


The festival sessions are from noon- 4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.

The ticket price is $30.00 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 13th. 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




Tickets for each session are limited and purchases must be made in advance. http://www.stoudtsbeer.com/events_micro-fest.html

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InBev To Sell Rolling Rock

First InBev sold Rolling Rock to Anhueser Busch (2006 $82Mil), then InBev bought Rolling Rock back in the AB/InBev merger ($52Mil) and the saga only continues. Turns out that after moving Rolling Rock production to Newark NJ and markettng it as "Born Small Town", sales in 20o8 are down. As a result, InBev is now looking to sell Rolling Rock. Stay tuned, I'm sure it will get even more interesting.

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mybeerbuzz - What's in My Belly?

06 June 2009

My belly has been filled with reruns lately. When it comes to TV I'm a "no reruns" sort of guy, but when it comes to great beers I'm happy to have repeats. Knowing a beer is going to be great before I even open the bottle, adds to the experience and enhances the taste for me. Rather than bore you with beers that I have 4 or 5 cases of that have already had their 15-minutes of fame in the "What's in my belly world," I've held off until we opened a new beer...and here it is.


This belly-beer comes to me from Steve (thanks Steve)...and it's an unusual one. For me it was somewhere north of a Belgian Brown Ale and south of an American Barleywine...and yes the label is accurate at 12%ABV. This one will kick your butt, but you'll have fun getting it kicked. Cheers.

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Shawnee Craft Brewing Co - Bier Blanche

Leo was nice enough to send me this little teaser photo. Apparently there may (or may not) be a Bier Blanche coming @ Shawnee Craft...

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Elmer Sudds - Old School

05 June 2009

Just a quick Cheers & Thank you to Steve, Satch, Leo, Joe, John, Missy and everyone else for allowing us to re-live Old School Elmer Sudds tonight. It was like a flashback in time...and short of having Ian, Tracy, Doc & Trish, it was still a ton of fun. Cheers and I hope we see you all again soon....

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mybeerbuzz.com - Too Much Time on my Hands

Here's what happens when you're stuck at home waiting for a delivery...and of course they're late!
Clicky HERE if the video doesn't load properly...

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Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 - Pretty Things Jack D'Or

Today's Chip show was like Dragnet....Just the facts. We were missing Ruthie today so that Ruthie-balance was absent from the show. Don't get me wrong, I like the guys-gone-wild shows of the past, but today's seemed a less like the typical show. In any case our beer of the day today was Pretty Things Jack D'Or. This is a beer I tasted myself last week @ Elmer Sudds and it is a tasty little Saison. I also managed to try out another style or two of the Pretty Things beers and they were all pretty interesting for a relatively new brewery. Their style (of the brewery not the beers) reminds me a lot of Butternuts or perhaps even Magic Hat, with a quirky advertising and marketing angle. Jack D'Or is Pretty Things flagship beer and I think it's a solid choice for that. Cheers guys....


PS Stay tuned for next week's show where I believe we'll see the return of Breaker Brewing Co and the beer of the day will be Anthracite Ale.

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mybeerbuzz - :(

03 June 2009

It has been a difficult week in the beerbuzz family. All too often you take for granted that people will be a part of your life forever, and sadly all too often they are not.


In the midst of this unfortunate loss, my "younger brother" was nice enough to remember me in his travels and to bring with him a growler of East End Brewing Co Big Hop for our enjoyment. I present to you the empty growler as a testament to NOT taking anything or anyone for granted.
Cheers to Leonard and cheers especially to Arline....we will miss you both...

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Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 - Founders Cerise

01 June 2009

Yes I missed the show and yes it took a few days to get the podcast up...so Yes I'm publishing it now. Apparently Chip was down to visit the Allentown Brew Works and had a chance to chat up their brewmaster Beau Baden. Beau is a Scranton native and was nice enough to not only share a bottle of his Cranberry Lambic with Chip, but also agreed to appear on the show sometime in the future.


From Allentown Brew Works we switched to Michigan favorite Founders Brewing to taste the beer of the day, Founders Cerise. I'm a big fan of Cherry/Kreik beers so this one is right up my alley, and it was fun to hear the tasting. Cerise is a slightly sweet Cherry treat....see what I did there?...Did you catch that?...I rhymed...how tricky of me?


In any case since my post is delayed I'll keep it brief...Cheers guys.

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Bavarian Barbarian Brewing - Hard Times

We're talking new beer here folks and not the state of the economy. Mike tells me he is brewing a new beer called Hard Times. This beer will use leftover grain from previous batches, borrowed Saison yeast from the Bullfrog and a few spices from Fresh Life....stay tuned....this should be interesting.

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Shawnee Craft Brewing Co- Bourbon Aged Porter


Here's another little teaser from Leo @ Shawnee Craft Brewing. Apparently Leo just barreled up a batch of his Porter for aging. Can't wait to try it.

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