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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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.
According to a few new articles Spain has been taken over with craft beer. The traditional land of wine has had an advent of craft beer goodness. Mainly surrounding the area of Barcelona, known as Catalunya, the craft beer business is exploding. Here are a few articles on what is going in Spain.
A great blog on the subject of whats going down in Spain
Here is a great article about understanding the complexities of craftbeer and how to have the fullest experience of tasting the enormous complexity in beer nowadays.
Tips for #beerstagraming your #properpour
With the epidemic of flashes interrupting meals and beers out on the town nowadays here are a few tips for taking better pictures for your Instagram.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer. I am only sharing some helpful things I have learned from failing at beerstagraming for all those years
1. Focus on the beer, not the background. We tend to think that we can just whip out our phones and snap away only to come home to a bunch of blurry pics. “Oh this beer was great! Let me show you a pic!” “Dude, that’s blurry, I can see the bar, but not the beer.” Take the time, stick your finger on the screen, and end the blurriness. Below the left pic has the background in focus while the right has the glass in focus. Take the time to do it right.
2. Try different angles. For example sometimes its fun to do the upside down pic! Or the landscape pic! Try using mirrors! Get creative! Here is a great example from @craft_what!
More to come on the next post in a few days…
Until next time… Pour Proper my friends…