Three days in and Beer Camp just gets closer and closer. July 20th will be a really important day for me, and not just because I will get to drink more beer than I care to admit. July 20th is the day where I will be around people I have idolized for years, people who inspire me and who I want to learn from. Brewing beer is such an amazing thing and being around 100 other brewers is a real dream come true. I find purpose and passion in beer and Beer Camp will be my first huge thrust into the world of major craft brewers. It feels like the first big step into a new playing field, one I have wanted to be in for years.
Plus… you know… free beer!
Speaking of which our third beer in the Beer Camp Across America pack comes from Sierra Nevada and Cigar…
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My summer weekend camping trips always include a visit to a local brewpub…this is the next in my occasional series of posts about camping trips and brewpub visits.
Camping Trip: Part 2 of our Memorial Day 2014 camping trip to Gettysburg Battlefield KOA, just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (See Part 1 in my prior post).
Brewpub Visit: Appalachian Brewing Company, for lunch on the Sunday before Memorial Day
ABC Beer Sampler
I ordered the eight-beer sampler, which featured:
- Water Gap Wheat Ale, a refreshing American-style Wheat beer (4.9%)
- Mountain Lager, a Dortmunder-Export-style Lager (5.3%)
- Purist Pale Ale, a classic English-style Pale Ale (5.5%)
- “Jolly Scot” Scottish Ale, rich and flavorful, with a beautiful amber color (5.9%)
- Hoppy Trails India Pale Ale, a classic English-style IPA (6.2%)
- Trail Blaze Brown Ale, a deep copper American-style Brown Ale (5.7%)
- Susquehanna Stout, an an Irish…
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One night in my late 20s I got drunk at a party and made a promise to a friend of mine who played for the Port Kembla Blacks Aussie rules team.
I told him that, the following year, I would suit up and play for the Blacks too. And the bastard never let me forget that promise.
So about five months later I turned up at their home ground for the first training run. The first of what would be heaps and heaps of training runs. Because I ended up playing for the team for a decade – from 1998-2007.
I stopped playing for a couple of reasons – my wife and I were going to have a baby and I didn’t want to be away every Saturday playing footy. Also, as a fullback I realised I was often marking opponents who were literally half my age.
But the big…
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Ah winter, the time of year when beer geek conversation turns from aggressively hopped American pales to dark malty beasts with punchy roast and chocolate flavours.
The Food Alternative | Tuesday’s 6pm on RTRFM 92.1 Drivetime
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I was invited to Perth’s RTRFM radio station last night to chat about winter beers during the Drivetime segment called ‘The Food Alternative’. It’s a weekly segment every Tuesday at 6pm that explores Perth’s great food and beverage scene. I had an absolute blast chatting about beers with Drivetime hosts Simon and Anth. In the lead up* to last night I had naturally been thinking a LOT about winter beers.
*aka bundle of nerves at being on the radio
As much as the beer geek in me is screaming that stouts and porters are great drinking all year around not just winter, I cannot deny that my palate…
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St. Louis Public Radio has put together an interesting set of animated GIFs that show side-by-side comparisons of Budweiser’s 15 million-barrels-per-year brewing operation and Perennial Artisan Ales’ much more hands-on setup.
You can see the whole thing in action here.
I had my beer snob hackles up a bit before I clicked the link, ready to sneer upon Bud’s weapons of mass production – I fully expected to root for Perennial’s hero brewers (who I correctly assumed would all be sporting luxurious facial hair) as they handcrafted their artisan ales.
But instead I came away impressed by the level of automation and scale that Bud has brought to the brewing process. If only they played nicer in the marketplace (and brewed better beer).
My favorite image is probably the one at the end, which features an AB employee with a headlamp raking out large beechwood shavings in the bottom of…
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Don’t get me wrong I like them well enough, and can certainly appreciate them, but if I am outside relaxing or grilling or doing yard work they, session or otherwise, have to be the furthest things from my mind. If you are inside in the AC or out to dinner sure go for one.
What am I turning to this summer (where it is already hitting past 90 with God knows what humidity levels in NJ)? No surprising choices if you follow along. For the most part they are old world traditional brews.
Berliner Weisses: Why oh why can’t these delicious brews come in a can? I would drink nothing else all summer if Hottenroth or 1809 came that way. Just tart enough to be interesting and refreshing at the same time plus the super low ABV will keep you level-headed as well as rehydrate you so some degree.
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You ready for a big call? No, make that a HUGE call. Stone & Wood’s new limited release beer Cloud Catcher is the best beer they’ve ever made.
Yes, that includes Pacific Ale, the beer that is so insanely popular the Stoners had to start up a new brewery in Murwillumbah to keep up with demand. The beer that wins the Local Taphouse Hottest 100 whenever Feral’s Hop Hog doesn’t. The beer that has surely made hundreds of people go “wow, I didn’t know beer could taste this good”.
Yep, Cloud Catcher is better.
It’s a special brew made to commemorate that new Murwillumbah brewery, which is in sight of Mt Warning. The name comes from a translation of the indigenous word for the mountain – Wollumbin. And if they don’t make more of it I’ll be quite displeased.
You know that thrill you get when you pour a…
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