12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

Now it is time to round out the first half of the Beer Camp Across the World 12 pack.  The sixth beer out of the chute is the Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden.  This ale brewed with lemon peel is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Duvel out of Belgium.  As you might expect for a golden ale, the bitterness is fairly low at 35 IBU and 8% ABV.  The bottle mentions that Duvel brewers are masters of the golden ale, as it’s a style they helped create.  Sierra Nevada added some hop forwardness to the golden ale style which, I guess, creates the “on the nose” name of Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale.  I like hops….I like Belgians….I wonder if I’ll like hoppy Belgians….or at least hoppy Belgian beers…. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 5

The fifth beer of the set.  Fif.  I plead the fif.  I says there are…..so many amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.  I can only choose one…I can only choose oneeeeee. I plead the fif. One two three four fif!  Anything you say; fif!  Sorry.  The fifth beer that we’re looking at from the Beer Camp Across the World set is Campout Porter.  Beer Camp Campout Porter is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Garage Project out of Wellington, New Zealand.  This Porter comes in at 7.7% ABV and 32 IBU and is packaged as a twelve ounce bottle. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 5

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 4

Batting cleanup for this round of beers is Sierra Nevada’s collaboration with Oregon’s own Boneyard Beer.  According to the description, Boneyard says: “we just love brewing hoppy beers.”  It makes sense then that their contribution to the Beer Camp Across the World set is the West Coast-Style Double IPA.  What makes a double (or imperial) IPA you ask?  Easy answer is at least double the amount of hops as a regular IPA.  That should give some idea as to what we are in for here.  12 ounce can with 8.3% ABV and 65 IBU.  Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 4

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 3

Day 1 was a hit for me and Day 2 a miss, here’s to hoping odd numbered days are where it’s at.  With a blind reach into the fridge, the third beer in the series is…Dunkle Weisse.  A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Germany’s Ayinger Brewery, dunkle weisse literally translate to dark white.  Strangely, that’s what this beer is, a dark white beer.  More specifically, a dark version of a traditional German wheat beer.  As you might expect from a beer this style, it’s only got an IBU of 10 with 5.7% ABV and is another 12 ounce bottle.  I don’t know for sure what to expect from this but I’m looking forward to cracking into it.  Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 3

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 2

The second beer from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World we’ll look at is the Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale.  This beer is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Avery Brewing out in Colorado.  The ale is packaged in a 12 ounce bottle and comes in at a 9.4% ABV and 90 IBU.  Full disclosure: I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t love stouts, but I really don’t love barleywines so I was not looking forward to this one.  Let’s see if Beer Camp Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale changes my opinion…. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 2

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 1

More specifically that’s Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World. The plan here is to drink one of these collaboration beers and write my immediate impressions of each one. One beer and one short post per day.  We’ll see how that goes.  If you aren’t familiar with Beer Camp Across the World, it’s a 12 pack of collaborations between Sierra Nevada and some of the top talked about breweries on the planet.  Some of the breweries involved include: Avery, Duvel, Mikkeller, Kiuchi, and of course Tree House.  So without further ado, let’s begin.   Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 1

St. Lucian Beers

I’ve neglected this site for far too long.  One of the reasons for the absence was an amazing trip to the beautiful island of St. Lucia.  A fantastic trip full of incredible views, delicious food, cold beer, and abundant adjectives apparently.  For the purposes of this site, let’s focus on the beer.  Continue reading St. Lucian Beers

Wicked Weed Brewing Switches Sides

So, let’s talk about Wicked Weed Brewing for a minute.
First, a little history:
Wicked Weed Brewing was founded in December of 2012 and is based in Asheville, NC.  Their original brewpub typically has about 25 beers on tap. Wicked Weed is known for specializing in west coast style hoppy ales, open fermented Belgian beers, and barrel aged sour beers and they have won several medals across all of their styles.  The company built a fourth facility last year that is entirely devoted to farmhouse, wild-fermented, and sour beers and have the first taproom on the East Coast dedicated to sours.  All told, Wicked Weed produces over 150 different beers a year, has (or maybe had) a huge fanbase, and is arguably the top of the food chain in the craft beer kingdom of Asheville.  You can imagine then, there was some backlash to this headline:

“Anheuser-Busch InBev to buy Wicked Weed Brewing” Continue reading Wicked Weed Brewing Switches Sides

6 Pack of News vol. 3

Is there a limit to the craziness in the craft beer world brewing processes?  Georgia based Terrapin Beer Co. is testing how far you can push the line in releasing Chopsecutioner bat wood aged IPA.  Yes, that is an IPA brewed on baseball bat chips….  http://terrapinbeer.com/portfolio-item/chopsecutioner/

If you’re in NJ and are looking for a craft beer festival in a more unique setting, check out Battleship New Jersey Beer Fest in Camden.  http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/event/garden-state-craft-brewers-guild-beer-festival-aboard-the-battleship/

Early in my drinking life, I was a Bud Ice guy but thankfully I grew out of that phase so I never wound up serious enough about it to risk dying to save some god awful Bud Ice cans.  A great story from the NY Post: http://nypost.com/2017/04/26/man-arrested-for-running-into-house-fire-to-save-his-beer/

Ever wonder what the world’s oldest beer would taste like?  China apparently has the answer….sour barnyard…..but in a good way.  Delicious! http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/foodanddrink/5000-year-old-beer-china/

Great news! The “I’m offended by everything” culture is sliding it’s way into the craft beer world now too.  Stop naming your beers anything that could be construed as lewd, at least if you want to be recognized by the World Beer Cup.http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/04/brewers-association-cracks-down-on-sexist-beer-names.html

And finally, something a little bit more serious.  Boston Beer founder Jim Koch is going pretty hard against MillerCoors and AB InBev lately.  Here’s an article looking at different sides of his argument that both the government and the 2 biggest companies in brewing are trying to destroy the “little guy.” https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/04/26/boston-beers-jim-koch-wants-more-regulation-to-hel.aspx

 

Vault Brewing Company

Let’s talk for a minute about Vault Brewing Company.  Buying and trying craft beers, IPAs being the biggest example, has become a ritual of stalking the social media pages of breweries, waiting for a release announcement, and lining up, for hours on occasion, to pick up the newest and freshest beers.  This is not a complaint by the way.  There is something very enjoyable about grabbing friends, hopping in a car, and road tripping to a brewery to wait in line to snag some beers.  I’ve met cool people and had great conversations in these lines.  From time to time though, there is something to be said for just showing up, picking up beers, and getting on with your day.  For me, enter Vault Brewing Company… Continue reading Vault Brewing Company