Bart & Urby’s Beer Dinner & Homebrew Competition

31 March 2011

BartandurbysSunday April 10th – 1PM Featuring Beers from Lion Brewery, Victory Brewing Co & Breaker Brewing Co

$60 Per person Reservations Required!! No walk-ins please.
See a bartender or Server for more information

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eMail Carl at: BNUCARL@GMAIL.COM
or call the bar at (570) 970-9570

Beer Dinner Menu & Homebrew competition below…
Sunday April 10th—1pm
Course 1:
Heirloom tomato summer vegetable taurine finished with a blueberry chili oil
--Served with Weyerbacher Merry Monks
Course 2:
Pistachio encrusted pork medallions with a fig chipotle aioli topped with seasoned parsnip ribbons
--Served with Ithaca Apricot Wheat
Course 3:
Crab fondue topped with roasted corn salsa
--Served with Breaker Brewing Company’s Special Goldie’s
Course 4:
Pan roasted chicken on golden pomme de terre purée finished with a rich blood orange brandy sauce
--Served with: Victory Headwater Pale Ale
Course 5:
Home made hashed potato fritters stuffed with a chive and mascarpone cheese
topped with a roasted red pepper coulis
--Served with Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner
Course 6:
Doughnut and espresso soup
--Served with Special Edition Long Trail Coffee Stout

 




 

ENTRY FEE:

$10 FOR AS MANY BEERS AS YOU WANT TO ENTER, FREE IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE BEER DINNER ON APRIL 10TH

REGISTRATION AND BEER DROP OFF:

MONDAY APRIL 4TH BETWEEN 4 AND 7 PM

THURSDAY APRIL 7TH BETWEEN 4 AND 7 PM

PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THESE DROP OFFS BNUCARL@GMAIL.COM

ENTRY

REQUIREMENTS

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TWO BOTTLES OF THE BEER AT LEAST 12 OZ, MAKE THE BOTTLE CAP AS ANONYMOUS AS POSSIBLE ,IE. BLACK OUT ANY PERSONAL MARKINGS

ENTRY FORMS AND LABELS:

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AT THE BAR ON DROP OFF, ON YOUR BOTTLES WE WILL NEED A LABEL CONTAINING

1. YOUR NAME

2. YOUR PHONE NUMBER

3. CATEGORY OR STYLE OF BEER WHICH YOU ARE ENTERING AND WHAT YOU NAMED THE BEER

THE BEERS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY PUT INTO A PAPER BAG TO RETAIN ANONYMITY AND THEN STORED IN OUR COOLER UNTILL THE CONTEST WHERE NO ONE WILL TAMPER WITH THEM.

JUDGING INFORMATION:

BEER ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED IN THE CONTEST CATEGORIES PROVIDED BELOW.

ALES: PALE ALE, INDIA PALE ALE, WHEAT BEERS, FLAVORED WHEAT BEERS, NUT BROWN, STOUTS, PORTERS, FLAVORED STOUT AND PORTER, BELGIAN STYLE, ENGLISH STYLE, SPECIALTY STYLES (UNIQUE BEERS)

LAGERS: GOLD LAGER, AMBER LAGER, BOCKS, HELLES LAGERS, DARK LAGERS, DOUBLE BOCKS, AND TRIPLE BOCKS, FLAVORED LAGERS, SMOKED LAGERS AND A MISCELANIOUS LAGER CATERGORY

BLIND TASTING WILL BE USED, THE BREWERS IDENTITY WILL BE KEPT SECRET.

FEEDBACK WILL BE GIVEN TO THE BREWER.

BEER WILL BE JUDGED ON: APPEARANCE, AROMA, TASTE, MOUTH AND FINISH.

ALL JUDGING WILL BE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE AND COMMENTS WILL BE CONSTRUCTIVE.

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Samuel Adams Beer Lovers Choice 2011 (Update) Sample B Changes!

imageLooks like a little change of plans, or at least a subtle change in beer names for Sample B in the Sam Adams Beer Lovers Choice 2011 contest.  Sample B has changed from Maple Wood Porter (Malt Beverage Brewed with Maple Syrup and Aged with Oak Staves) as we reported earlier, to Maple Pecan Porter (Malt Beverage brewed with maple syrup with natural flavors and caramel color added).

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Moylans Orange & Black Congrats Ale

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Here’s your first look at the new Moylan’s Orange & Black Congrats Ale.  This beer is being released to coincide with the start of the 2011 baseball season to honor the San Francisco Giants for their world series win last year.

This 22oz American Black Ale uses Orange zest and comes in at 6% ABV.   From Moylan’s Press Release:   

In honor of the World Champions at the Cove, Moylan’s has created a smooth, American Black Ale brewed with orange zest. A hearty brew for the bleacher bums, the gardeners of turf and patient fans who have endured 54 years of pine-grabbing torture. This ale is a reflection of the many dedicated hearts and minds needed to brew a quality beer. It is made with Montana-grown pale two-row barley malted by Malteurop, crystal and black malted barley grown and roasted in Bamberg, Germany by Weyermann Specialty Malts. The robust flavors in the Black and Orange beer also include Canadian-grown barley supplied by Gilbertson and Paige and Mt. Hood and Liberty hops grown in the Yakima Valley by Puterbaugh Farms for Hops direct.

All the oranges used in this brew were grown locally in the California sunshine. Moylan’s offers an adult beverage to salute the Bat, the Stick, the Rally throng, the Crab, the Seal, the Golden voices in the box and all of the San Francisco legends that helped them see the dream become reality. The Orange & Black beer will be officially released on the Giants Opening Day on March 31st and will be available for a limited time. Alcohol by Volume 6.0%, total IBUs 36, 1.088 Original Gravity. This beer will be seen on draft at the pub and in select locations throughout the bay area.

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Stillwater Artisanal Saison de James, Guinness Foreign Extra (22oz packaging), North Peak Archangel Summer Wheat, Stone IPA (St Paul), White Birch Tavern Ale, Fort Collins The Incredible Hop

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Stillwater Artisanal Saison de James:  Slated for release in late April as a specialty brew for a beer dinner at James restaurant (Philadelphia) by owners and Stillwater fans Jim & Kristina Burke.  This limited edition collaboration with Chef Josh Evans of ‘James’ will be bottled in 750ml bottles and comes in at 7% ABV.

Guinness Foreign Extra:  Looks like our friends at Guinness will be packaging their Foreign Extra in 22oz bottles.

North Peak Archangel:  This summer wheat will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 5% ABV and 38 IBU.  Each batch uses 2500 lbs of Michigan Cherries, so it should be a great summer seasonal.

Stone IPA:  Stone does another city specific package, this time for St Paul, MN.

White Birch Tavern Ale:  This smoked imperial brown ale will celebrate Butler’s Tavern in Concord NH…and this looks to be the keg packaging (8% ABV) as we previously posted the bottle packaged.

Fort Collins The Incredible Hop:  This 22oz packaged Imperial India Style Red Ale will use Munich malts and spicy hops.

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Stegmaier Beer Boiler Room–1930’s

30 March 2011

Stegmaier_Beer_Boiler_Room,1930's_Wilkes_Barre_PABuzzHere’s another great local brewing history photo courtesy of Stashu Milski.  Be sure to click on it and zoom in to full size to see the great details in this photo of the Stegmaier Brewery Boiler Room (1930’s timeframe).

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Friday BeerBuzz–The Teaser 1 Apr 2011

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Last week we sampled Sierra Nevada Golden Bock as a way to say “Welcome Bock” to Nancy & John after their Caribbean cruise.  It was a really nice easy-drinking Maibock and one that will be finding it’s way into my ‘fridge more often.  It was also a really fun show, because it was our first show since the exciting announcement that the Friday BeerBuzz had won the PA Association of Broadcasters outstanding radio feature series…another fun Friday for sure.

So what will we be sampling THIS week?  Hint:  This week we have a big surprise, and if you thought our cider show was crazy, wait until you hear this one.

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together.  (103.1FM or wilknewsradio.com).

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Rogue Chatoe First Growth Floor Malt Ale

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Back in mid-March I brought you the “not much to look at” keg packaging for this brew, so it was fun to see the new labels for Rogue Chatoe First Growth Floor Malt Ale…and it IS something to look at.  This brew is dedicated to farmers and fermenters and carries the Rogue GYO (grow your own) label banner.  This 22oz brew uses 100% Rogue Farms floor-malted barley (an old-school style to malt the barley grains.)  The bottle also carries the banner for “Grow the Revolution” and “Revolution Hops & Dare Floor Malt (“Dare” is the trademarked name for Rogue's floor malt)

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Widmer–Okto Festival Ale

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Here’s your first look at the Widmer Brothers Okto Festival Ale fall seasonal (Oktoberfest style).  This is the new packaging design to conform with the remainder of their labels and a major change from the old yellow-on-blue label.  This is the 22oz packaging (12oz labels were approved today as well) and this 5.5% ABV beer will be released in early Aug.

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Ninkasi Radiant & Conservation Ale, Big Flats Light, DuClaw X.4, Cascade Lakes Bogey Blonde & Paddle Board Pale

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Ninkasi Radiant & Conservation Ale:  Radiant is the summer seasonal release for Ninkasi Brewing.  This clean finishing pale ale will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 6% ABV.  Conservation Ale commemorates the 100th anniversary of the EWEB and all proceeds from this 22oz 5%ABV go to the McKenzie River Trust.

Big Flats Premium Light:  This is the new 12oz CAN packaging for this light beer packaged as “Brewmasters Choice” but coming out of Hook & Ladder in Rochester, NY

DuClaw X.4 – This is the latest in DuClaw’s experimental series, X.4 Macchiato Milk Stout, Released Feb 17th at the brewery.

Cascade Lakes Bogey Blonde & Paddle Board Pale:  Coming out of Redmond Or are two new 12oz packages that are brewed for the Sunriver Resort.

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PA Flavor: A Celebration of Food & Beer Apr. 9th (Harrisburg, PA)

29 March 2011

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PA FLAVOR: A CELEBRATION OF FOOD & BEER SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 9 AT FARM SHOW ARENA

New Event Brings Together Pennsylvania Breweries, Restaurant and Food Producers for Unique Tasting Event

PA Flavor: A Celebration of Food and Beer will take place Saturday, April 9, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, PA.

This sampling event is designed to educate attendees about beer and food producers in Pennsylvania and gain an understanding of how well beer and food complement each other. More than 25 Pennsylvania breweries will participate along with numerous restaurants and food producers. Food and beer pairings will be recommended to attendees and food producers will be offering samples and selling packaged food to go as well.



This event is a great showcase of Pennsylvania products” said Artie Tafoya, Director of Operations for Appalachian Brewing Company. “We are very fortunate to have so many great breweries, restaurants, and food producers in our state.”

“Pennsylvania has thriving agricultural community and a long history of brewing great beers,” said Frank Jurbala, Director, Bureau of Market Development, PA Dept. of Agriculture. “With the increased popularity of craft beer paired with quality food, we want to showcase the incredible offerings available throughout the Commonwealth.”

Advance tickets are $40 ($20 for designated driver tickets) and all attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are available at the door for $50 (cash only). Advance tickets are available at Appalachian Brewing Company, Troegs Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Church Brew Works, Chocolate Avenue Grill (Hershey), Holiday Inn Harrisburg & Grantville and Lancaster Host or online at www.greenbeltevents.com.

Additional information is available at www.pabrewers.com.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Brewers of Pennsylvania (a non-profit organization protecting the interest of Pennsylvania brewers), the American Culinary Federation and the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.



FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ARTIE TAFOYA - 717-221-1080
CHRIS TROGNER - 717-232-1297

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Stegmaier Brothers Inc.

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Thank you to my pal Stashu Milski for sending in yet another cool local brewing history photo.  Today’s photo shows the Stegmaier Brothers Inc. (Hanover Twp., Wilkes-Barre PA) fleet of 8 trucks.  Looks like they’re lined up at the Burnaford Chevrolet Co, most likely as they were purchased new.  Lots of cool details from the trolley tracks and brick paved streets to the Shell & Coca-Cola signs.  If anyone has any additional details on the photo or location please feel free to comment in.

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UPDATE:  Thanks to my pal Tom for sending in this photo of the same street today.  Burnaford Chevy was at 693 Hazel Ave (1933)—across the street from Lehman Funeral Home and next to Hanlon’s Drug Store.

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Troegs Cease & Desist! Mad Elf vs Fegley’s Brew Work’s Rude Elf’s Reserve

28 March 2011

imageFor whatever reason I’m really surprised to hear that Troegs has sent a cease & desist letter to Fegley’s Brew Works demanding that they stop using the Elf Image & Rude Elf’s Reserve imagebeen name saying that it is too close to their Mad Elf packaging and name.  Fegley’s, who was already forced to change the original name of this beer “Rudolph’s Reserve” in 2003 (by Connecticut-based Rudolph Co) has vowed to fight this action by Troegs.

More details from Lehigh Valley Live….and yes I can see it all ready…coming in 2011 the Troegs/Brew Works co-Brew  “Cooperative Elf.”

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Anheuser-Busch to take over Goose Island Beer for $38.8 Million

imageJust a quick update…The Chicago Tribune is confirming that Anheuser-Busch will be paying $38.8 Million for the Chicago based Fulton St Brewery LLC aka Goose Island Brewery.  This buy represents a 58% stake in Goose Island, the remaining stock is owned by the Craft Brewers Alliance (Widmer, Redhook, Kona), which Anheuser-Busch already owns a 32% stake, however the craft brewers alliance has agreed to sell their it’s portion of Goose Island as well.

Brew master Greg Hall will be stepping down. Founder and president John Hall will stay on as CEO 

and the two brew pubs are not part of the deal.  HERE’s the official announcement from Goose Island.  Goose Island also announced that Brett Porter (formerly of Deschutes Brewery) will replace Greg Hall as the Brewmaster @ Goose Island.

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Lion Brewery–Label Fun Gibbons 32oz

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Here’s a vintage 32oz Gibbons Premium Beer label that we haven’t shown off yet.  “A special blend of finest barley malt and choicest hops assures the full, smooth flavor of this Premium Quality Beverage.”

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Lion Brewery–Christian Moerlein Saengerfest

27 March 2011

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Here’s another new Lion Brewery beer, Christian Moerlein Saengerfest Maibock lager.  Saengerfest refers to an 1849 Saengerfest choral celebration in Cincinnati, that lead to the construction of the Cincinnati Music Hall and the beer is dedicated to that celebration.  This is a 12oz bottle package.

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Lion Brewery–Carolina Beer Co Cottonwood Endo IPA & Carolina Blonde

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Today we have two new labels from Carolina Beer Co that are brewed and packaged at our very own Lion Brewery.  These are licensed by SBT Corp and will both be packaged in 12oz bottles.  The Endo is brewed and dry-hopped with Cascade & Chinook hops, and the Carolina Blonde (their flagship beer) uses 100% malted barley and American hops.

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Fegley’s Brew Works– Chatfield Manor IPA NEARFest 2011 & Devious

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Here’s your first look at the label for the Brew Works Chatfield Manor IPA.  This 12oz 6.5% west coast IPA will be brewed in support of the North East Art Rock festival (NEARFest) 2011.  According to the Brew Works website, “Chatfield Manor 

is the title of a Mike Keneally song from the album, Sluggo! (1998). The song refers to the house of Mike’s manager and good friend Scott Chatfield, where Mike often writes and records his music.

Mike and Scott were so thrilled by having the title used for this year’s beer, that they decided to register chatfieldmanor.com with the intention to provide a free download of “Chatfield Manor” when the beer is first tapped at the Bethlehem Brew Works on NEARfest Weekend 2011.”  This beer will be available only at the Bethlehem Brew Works location.

Also today we see the new 12oz packaging for Devious Imperial Pumpkin Ale.  This was previously only available in 750ml bottles, so like many other Brew Works beers, they are now selling 12oz bottles.

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Rahr & Sons–Ass Kisser Porter Pounder

26 March 2011

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Rahr & Sons Brewing (Fort Worth, TX) has started our weekend off on the right foot with label approval for their Ass Kisser Porter Pounder.  This 22oz brew rocks in at 8.03% ABV…” A great drink on the special ass kissing days…perfect for the boss.”

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WILK Friday BeerBuzz–25 Mar 2011 (Sierra Nevada Glissade)

25 March 2011

WILKFridayBerbuzz8Back on New Years Day I made a beerbuzz resolution to bring you flavorful, easy-drinking, readily available and easily affordable beers on our show…and I’m proud to say I’ve found another great one.

We rolled through all of the great late-winter hoppy-beers, so as we enter the first full week of spring, I decided to bring you a traditional Spring Bock beer, and that beer is Sierra Nevada Glissade.  Spring bock beers are meant to bridge the gap between the heavy winter styles of beer and the lighter summer brews; so it’s a perfect time of year to enjoy a bock.  Glissade is a term used to describe a mountaineering technique of sliding down a snow-covered slope, and as Sierra Nevada puts it…”As winter begins its slide toward the sunny days of spring, we bring you Glissade Golden Bock to help you enjoy the ride.”

Sierra Nevada Glissade is a traditional Maibock, with Mai referring to “May” and bock simply referring to a strong lager.  Glissade uses very traditional spicy & floral German hops to balance out the European malts producing a well balanced and drinkable brew with notes of bread-crust and grains.

We should also note that my clue for the week referred to this as a “green” beer..and nothing could be more true.  Sierra Nevada is one of the leaders in environmentally friendly brewing.  Not only do they have one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the US, but they are also very close to creating Zero-waste at their state-of-the-art Chico, CA facility.  Sierra Nevada is also about to opening their very first canning line, so watch for classic beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to start showing up in a can.

Be sure to check out Sierra Nevada Glissade and try it for yourself.  Congratulations to everyone on the Friday BeerBuzz team for winning the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters award for Outstanding Radio Feature Series! 

Thanks

to  Nancy, John, Joe, & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE

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Arcadia Ales - Whitsun Now In CANS!

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Arcadia Ales have typically been bottling in 12oz bottles, so it’s exciting to see approval for 12oz cans.  This is the perfect beer to put in a can, a 6% easy drinking summer what with coriander & orange peel.  We DO get Whitsun in parts of PA in bottles, so I expect to see even wider distribution in the new cans and I expect to see even more Arcadia Ales showing up in cans soon.

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Prism Brewing–ParTea Ale

post1Here’s the latest one-off keg-only brew from our friends at Prism Brewing in North Wales, PA.  This is ParTea Pale Ale…an Ale brewed with tea.  I’ve seen a few of these tea-infused ales lately and they have a pretty interesting flavor, so this is one to try out if you can.  Not sure where this one will show up so stay tuned for details.

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Sweetwater Brewery–BLUE New Label

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Here’s your first look at the new packaging design for Sweetwater BLUE blueberry ale.  This is a year-round beer from Sweetwater, but obviously geared toward a summer-drinking crowd.  This appears to be a very subtle change in the label, predominantly to indicate it went from 4.9% ABV to 4.6% ABV.

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The WILK Friday BeerBuzz Wins the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters 2011 Award for Outstanding Radio Feature Series

24 March 2011

PABLogoI’m very excited to report that the WILK Friday BeerBuzz has won the 2011 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters award for Outstanding Radio Feature Series

You can check out the awards HERE

This is an exciting award for everyone on the Friday BeerBuzz crew and I congratulate Nancy, John, Joe, Bosco, Karel and everyone on the team…and on a personal level I’m excited to receive an award for sampling beer and talking about it (mom would be so proud).
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On a related note, a big congratulations to our very own Bud Brown @ WILK for winning the PAB award for Best Local Radio Newscast.  Well deserved Bud!

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Dogfish Head Brewing–Black & Red Ale

post1Why am I never surprised when Sam and the guys at DFH release yet another interesting and unique brew.  This one appears to be keg-only (probably event driven like many of these), and it’s called Black & Red Ale—Ale Brewed with Raspberry and 50% Having Mint Added.  I’m trying to piece all of these flavors together in my head and as much as I’m not a real mint fan, it does sound like something I’d want to try anyway….and I think that’s what Sam does best.  On an unrelated note…..Dogfish Head IS looking to hire a new Brewer if anyone is interested.

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Stone Brewing - 2011 Classic Release Imperial Russian Stout

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Take a look at the new label design for Stone Brewing Imperial Russian Stout 2011 Classic Release version.  As always this brew will be 10.5% ABV, packaged in 22oz bottles and brewed with “copious doses of decadence.”  This is the classic release and not the “odd beers for odd years” IRS.

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Samuel Adams–Beer Lovers Choice 2011

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Here’s your first look at the Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co) Beer Lovers Choice 2011 beers.  Sample A is an “Oaked Ale” and Sample B is a “Maple Wood Porter—Malt Beverage Brewed with Maple Syrup and Aged with Oak Staves.”  For those unfamiliar, watch for Sam Adams events where you (the beer lover) can sample both and vote for your favorite.  In the end the winning beer will get released by Sam Adams.

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Tommyknocker–Butt Head Bock, Pick Axe IPA, Alpine Glacier Pilsner, Hop Strike Black IPA, Tundraberry & Amber NEW Packaging.

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We’re lucky enough to see a lot of Tommyknocker brews in NEPA, so it’s fun to see them finally getting some consistent (and updated) packaging.  These are pretty radical redesigns from the originals, and lot better to my eye.  Congratulations guys…can’t wait to see the rest.

Update 3/25:  As I suspected…more label approvals from Tommyknocker today

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