What is a “Guerrilla of Booze?”

It’s a simple question that I get from time to time: “what does Guerrillas of Booze mean?” or what is a “Guerrilla of Booze?”  I realize I’ve never really had an answer ready.  I mean, in my head I know what this concept is, or what Guerrillas of Booze means and where it comes from.  That said, I’m going to try to explain the concept, name, where it comes from, and where I hope to see it go.  That’s right everyone, this is going to be a wordy one…buckle up! Continue reading What is a “Guerrilla of Booze?”

WGoB Network Presents: GoB-TV

I thought it was time to merge the two worlds of Guerrillas of Booze.  For over a year, Beers4Plat and I have been writing posts, though it has become more infrequent.  The reason for the infrequency, besides the obvious answer of life and work getting in the way, is we have moved into a second medium.  We have officially entered into the digital video age with our YouTube show: GoB-TV.  I just wanted to make a quick post showing off what we’ve been up to.  The four of us are having a blast making a show talking beer and liquor and we hope everyone else is enjoying it also.  Our fellow guerrilla Jay works very hard recording, editing, and adding graphics and funny touches to create a high quality finished product.  So check it out and if you like what we’re doing give us a like and a comment, and of course, subscribe to the WGoB Network channel.   Continue reading WGoB Network Presents: GoB-TV

12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

Now it is time to round out the first half of the Beer Camp Across the World 12 pack.  The sixth beer out of the chute is the Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden.  This ale brewed with lemon peel is a collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Duvel out of Belgium.  As you might expect for a golden ale, the bitterness is fairly low at 35 IBU and 8% ABV.  The bottle mentions that Duvel brewers are masters of the golden ale, as it’s a style they helped create.  Sierra Nevada added some hop forwardness to the golden ale style which, I guess, creates the “on the nose” name of Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Ale.  I like hops….I like Belgians….I wonder if I’ll like hoppy Belgians….or at least hoppy Belgian beers…. Continue reading 12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 6

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

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