We’re very excited to have Bitch Beer writers from both Austin and Seattle covering this year’s Great American Beer Festival. So excited, in fact, that our Austin team is hitting the road for Denver early (tomorrow AM to be exact) to spend a little extra time checking out a brewery or
This will be our third consecutive year covering this all out American craft beer bonanza, and while it certainly doesn’t give us old timer cred, we have learned a few tricks for making the most out of the festival experience.
So, before we hit the road for Denver, we’ve decided to channel our inner Rick Steeves, and give you this little travel guide to help make your GABF trip a big, boozy success, starting with a few do’s and don’ts.
Great American Beer Festival Do’s and Don’ts
- If you plan on even minimally using your smart…
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Brewdog: Russian Doll: Double IPA (Scotland: IIPA: 8% ABV)
Visual: Browned gold. Moderate off white head and some carbonation mid body.
Nose: Pine cones, resin and bitterness. Crushed digestives. Hop oils and pineapple.
Body: Resin. Pine cones. Pineapples. Kiwi. Brown bread and cake sponge. Vanilla and toffee malt mix. Bark. Barley. Kumquat. Burnt rice.
Finish: Resin. Bitterness. Brown bread. Hops.
Conclusion: Back to malt school. Damn, if actual school had been like this…well I probably still would have hated it, but for different reasons.
This is notably more chewy than the previous beers – the flavours are similar but more intense. There is a much more oily feel, and more hop oils in general – which is intriguing considering the hop levels haven’t actually increased in this beer. The malt influence means it is sweeter as well, the attenuation issue that has bugged the series so far doesn’t seem to…
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The number of breweries representing the Palmetto State at the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival – being held in Denver, CO this week, Oct. 2-4 – has tripled from last year, with nine of South Carolina’s finest making their way to the country’s largest beer festival and competition.
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Didn’t have the foresight to get in on The Rare Barrel’s Founders Club last year? Welp, your next chance is here. Open enrollment for the Berkeley brewery’s next club, Ambassadors of Sour, kicks off on Tuesday, September 30 at 8am PST. $300 gets you in the door, including beer, glassware and more.
Ambassadors of Sour 2015 membership includes:
- Ten 750 mL bottles of sour beer (our choice)
- First right to purchase most bottle releases online
- 10% discount on all purchases in tasting room and online (excluding memberships)
- One custom growler
- Two pieces of custom glassware
- Membership ID card
- First right of acceptance for 2016 membership
- Option to pick-up beer at brewery, ship within California (at an additional cost), or assign a trustee
Check out the full details on The Rare Barrel blog, including the link to purchase here. Good luck!
The Rare Barrel is located at 940 Parker…
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Great article on why we should drink dry hopped beers and not fall beers.