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
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
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
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
I hear a lot of different things about Tired Hands Brewing Company out of Ardmore, Pa: “they suck,” “they’re awesome,” “their beers are bizarre,” “their beers are delicious,” etc. I haven’t had a chance to make it out to their brewery yet, but they are probably my next trip. A brewery so polarizing has to be worth the drive. I was recently able to acquire a can of their peach milkshake (which I’m very much looking forward to trying) along with this little beast…the aptly named Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste). Continue reading Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste)
The Guerillas are back at it and we got some company. DSquared and I brought our better halves with us (wifeys) on our beer journey up north to our beloved breweries. This is pretty exciting because who doesn’t want to share their passion with their significant other right? Anyway, thanks to DSquared impeccable planning and research we were able to hit quite a few breweries in record time. Continue reading Road Trip!
There’s a much bigger world out there than I thought initially. Of course this is in reference to the beer world which I have new found love for. Granted, variety has always been out there, but for me is was pretty simple…. Heineken, Corona, and maybe the occasional St Ides 40oz. Never really thought much of beer other than getting hammered on the weekend. Logic, as long as it’s cold it’s good enough for me.
Until I met my good friend DSquared of course, and he opened up my taste buds to some rather interesting beers (not all good by the way) and my life has never been the same. Now I can’t walk down a liquor store, wine shop, brewery, pub without checking what I haven’t had yet. The urge to visit local and out of state breweries has been a part of my new agenda. As well as random beer runs, and hunting down sought after brews. This is unreal behavior coming from me. It’s like my old obsession of picking up a new pair of Jordan’s. What have I turned into?
So what’s the point…. I don’t know really. But It is pretty enjoyable to be able to distinguish some of the differences between the different hops, and styles of brewing, and even the locations they come from. Personally, I just want to be able to try some good beer, venture with some bad ones, review, and be able to share my experiences as of late. As mentioned, we’re amateurs with a love for beer. Just strolling through trying to find my place.
So, what is this? Good question without a good answer…yet. The ideas of what this site will be are still very fluid. I guess, at its simplest, this site will be a place for reviews of beer and some liquor. However, we all know there are thousands of other sites doing the exact same thing. I suppose something that will set us apart is we are very much amateurs at this point. In reality, the “about us” we wrote probably sums all this up best: Continue reading What Am I Looking At!?
“You’re going to drive 6-7 hours just to go to a brewery? Are you serious? What’s the point of that?”
I recently faced some version of that question from a couple of different people recently. The answer was almost always the same: “yeah we are, you just don’t understand. It’s not like going to a regular brewery.” Truthfully, the answer is far more deep than simply driving a bunch of hours to go visit a brewery. The breweries in question in this example were The Alchemist and Treehouse Brewing (both of which were probably worth a drive of twice the distance honestly). The trip was about far more than going to get some beers that I have wanted to try. Continue reading The Beer Life Isn’t For Everyone