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

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

6 Pack of News vol. 2

First up this time: a couple of smaller, local breweries in New Jersey have jumped on the canning train.  Jersey Girl Brewing’s first offering is their Rake Breaker; a hazy, tropical, New England style IPA.  http://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/beers.html                                                      While Manskirt Brewing has gone the darker route and canned their Great Porter.   http://manskirtbrewing.com/

I’m a fan of Ballast Point; their Habanero Sculpin is one of my all time favorite beers.  That said, I’m pretty pumped up about their newest beer: Nitro Red Velvet. The color of this thing looks crazy and I’m looking forward to trying it. https://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/red-velvet/

You have to respect the Germans’ love of beer.  As more and more breweries host a yoga class followed by a beer afterwards, German steps the beer yoga game up by making the bottle of beer part of the routine.  How do you say Namaste in German?  http://bieryoga.de/english/

Heineken is buying Kirin’s Brazilian beer operations for around 100 billion yen.  Kirin had Brazilian beer operations?!  http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/heineken-will-pay-around-100-billion-yen-for-kirins-brazilian-beer-operations-nikkei.html

Ah, human ingenuity….can we brew beer on the moon?  The title of the article is a bit misleading as the majority of the “brewing” will be done on plain boring Earth, but an interesting read nonetheless.  https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/can-you-brew-beer-moon

And finally, an awesome product out of Sweden.  The article is funny in that it tries to explain and justify the need for a “shower beer” beyond: alcholism.  http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/01/17/Swedish-brewerys-Shower-Beer-designed-for-shower-drinking-and-conditioning/2311484690772/

Green vs. Green

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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

6 Pack of News

Just some things happening in the beer world….6 things specifically.

Rouge Ales is releasing a new member of their “Voodoo Doughnut” series of beers; This time it’s Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla.  We’re kind of partial to the name ourselves.  Having tried all the other beer in this series, I’m strangely looking forward to giving this one a taste. http://www.rogue.com/rogue_beer/voodoo-doughnut-grape-guerrilla/

If you spend any time on this page you are going to start hearing the name Magnify Brewing more and more.  They are local to the Guerrilla Compound here in NJ and they are definitely a name to look out for.  Bias aside, I truly think these guys are on to something, and they feel like they’re on the verge of blowing up….the good kind not the bad kind. If you are in NJ or traveling through, they are absolutely worth making a special stop.  Just an update on their upcoming week.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BM1fNReATjx/

One of the “big daddies” in the craft beer game is getting on board the canning train (canning line technically I guess).  Dogfish Head is canning their 60 minute IPA and will follow with Flesh and Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale early next year.  http://www.dogfish.com/blog/can-we-can-it-%E2%80%A6-yes-we-can

Speaking of craft beer big dogs, Stone Brewing is completely changing the game.  This is an old story but I wanted to make sure to post it in case anyone hadn’t heard……Stone is opening, what sounds like, a literal dream come true.  Stone Hotel!  http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5ec5334c4de0485ce1a0cb338&id=ab24209d7a&e=[UNIQID]

For our friends across the sea, big news out of Hungary as the Daily News Hungary reports HopTop Brewery won a bronze medal at the European Beer Star 2016 competiton for their Dry Stout.  This marks the first time a Hungarian based brewery has won at the competition.  Congrats guys and if anybody wants to send some HopTop to the States we are ready to receive.  http://dailynewshungary.com/hungarian-success-european-beer-star-2016/

Lastly, technically another old story but one that I think is very cool to read about.  The rise of the craft beer industry in other parts of the world.  This article from The Guardian from the beginning of the year talks about the increasingly popular craft scene developing in Russia.  Worth a read.  It’s an exciting time for beer and beer lovers.https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/17/russia-craft-beer-geeks-drinking-vodka

Cheers!