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
It’s only fitting that I do my first review on probably my favorite local brewery out of Fairfield, NJ. Magnify Brewing has been making some good noise around the area and it may have to do a lot with their New England style of brewing. There hasn’t been a beer that I’ve had out of their camp that I have not seriously enjoyed I’m excited to see how Magnify continues to grow and progress. Let’s get into the beer no? Continue reading Hype Train
I have quite a backlog of beer currently, but because I’m an idiot, I just keep buying more rather than drinking all of what I have. That fact did let me do some interesting “research” however. (For a frame of reference, I did this back in October). Plat and I recently (in October) took a second trip up to craft beer juggernaut Treehouse Brewing in Monson, MA to pick up some Julius and another flagship beer: Green. Since I still had some Green left over from an earlier trip, I had an interesting opportunity to compare a fresh Green with a 2 month old Green. Breweries always tell you with these “juice bomb” type IPAs to drink them fresh…but does it really matter? Let’s see. Continue reading Green vs. Green
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.