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
I know what you’re thinking…… what the? Where the hell you been? Well you know drinking beers, traveling the world, and honestly mostly working like an undocumented alien. In all seriousness, life has gotten the best of me but I’m here to stay and I’m ready to review some brews. What do you say we get into it? Continue reading Fresh Lemonade Here!
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
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
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
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
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