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
A combination of working far too much and getting ready for a wedding has cut into both my drinking and my writing about drinking time. That said, when the opportunity arises to take a ride out to a brewery, I jump at it. This time that opportunity came in the form of an impromptu trip out to Ardmore, PA and Tired Hands with the elusive Beers4Plat. Plat and I shot out to Tired Hands just to try a bunch of their stuff on draft, but were pleasantly surprised to find they were also doing a release for the Heavy Gem Project.
Heavy Gem, as near as I can tell, is a collaborative effort between Tired Hands and Half Acre. By terming Heavy Gem a “project,” I suspect this will be more than a one off collaboration. Could this be the beer equivalent of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden coming together to form Temple of the Dog? (Yes I know that’s not the actual history of the band, don’t ruin a good metaphor)
Our first experience with Heavy Gem came in the form of a double IPA called Humanimal Stasis. Continue reading Humanimal Stasis
I know we primarily focus on beer around here, although as guerrillas of all booze, I promise there’ll be more than beer here eventually. Food, however, doesn’t quite fit into what we do here generally. Enter “Beer ‘n Brats” chips from Lay’s. Finally some food that sits solidly in our wheelhouse. Continue reading Lay’s Beer ‘n Brats potato chips
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