Rare beer Event – what's pouring

My first event at GABF will be this incredible event.  The mead and the wet hop ale sound most intriguing to me.

Beers at the Tasting:
Allagash Fluxus ’09: This saison from Maine is brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper, weighing in at 8.3 percent alcohol by volume. Jason Perkins will represent the brewery.

Alaskan 1999 Vintage Smoked Porter: The last known draught keg of the 1999 vintage of Alaskan’s much decorated Smoked Porter. This beer will be served alongside a sample of 2008 Alaskan Smoked Porter for comparison.

Anheuser-Busch Pilot Batch: This is an experimental beer from Anheuser-Busch so rare that only brewery insiders and a few lucky beer journalists will ever get the chance to taste the brew. Get ready to be surprised. Kristi Saviers will represent the brewery.

Brooklyn Wild 1: This beer started off as a batch of the popular bottle-conditioned Brooklyn Local 1 farmhouse ale, then spent nine months in Bourbon barrels and then it was bottle conditioned with Belgian re-fermentation yeast and a strain of Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Only 80 cases were made for consumption by Brooklyn Brewery staff. Garrett Oliver will represent the brewery.

Deschutes Black Butte Porter XX: Brewed in 2008 to celebrate Deschutes’ 20th anniversary, this 11 percent alcohol by volume beer was pulled from the brewmaster’s private library. This beer starts off as a Double Black Butte Porter, has cocoa nibs and Bellatazza Coffee Roasters’ Sumatran and Ethiopian beans added, then it is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels. Brett Porter will represent the brewery.

Dogfish Head 2006 Raison D’Extra: This is a super charged 18 percent alcohol by volume version of the popular Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre. The brewery has not made this brew for the past two years.

Foothills Barrel Aged Total Eclipse Stout: One of only 10 kegs of this beer in the world. This North Carolina brewery took its award winning stout and aged it for three to four months in ex-whiskey barrels that previously held 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. Jamie Bartholomaus will represent the brewery.

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Glacier Harvest ’09 Wet Hop Ale: The 28th edition of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, this deep copper colored beer is made using fresh Glacier hops. Todd Charbonneau will represent the brewery.

Highland Big Butte Smoked Porter: Winner of the Highland Cup homebrewing completion and based on a recipe created by Alex Buerckholtz, this beer is only available for a very limited time in North Carolina. Features smoked German malt and Fuggle hops. John Lyda will represent the brewery.

New Glarus Golden Ale: This Belgian-style ale is the first of the Wisconsin brewery’s R&D Series and previously was only available at the brewery. The 7 percent alcohol by volume beer is bottle fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. Dan Carey will represent the brewery.

Reunion – A Beer of Hope: This Double White Ale was collaboratively designed and brewed by four brewers across the U.S.: Bison Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing in California, Elysian Brewing in Washington and Terrapin Brewing in Georgia. This Belgian-style witbier uses sweet orange peel, coriander, lemongrass and rhubarb root. Sales of the beer support The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. Daniel Del Grande and George Allen from Bison Brewery represent the brewers.

Rogue John-John Hazelnut Dead Guy: Named for Rogue Brewmaster John Maier and Rogue Master Distiller John Couchot, this brew starts off with Rogue’s famous Dead Guy Ale that is aged in Rogue Hazelnut Rum barrels. Brett Joyce will represent the brewery.

Saranac Imperial IPA: Part of the New York brewery’s limited release High Peaks Series this ale features 10 different hop varieties and 10 different malts.

Stone 2008 Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Red Wine Barrels: This 95 IBU barley wine has a massive malt character that is made even more complex thanks to the barrel aging. Greg Koch and Mitch Steele will represent the brewery.

Stoudt 2007 Barrel-Aged Reserve Old Abominable Barleywine: This vintage barleywine from Pennsylvania was aged for 10 months in oak whiskey barrels before being keg conditioned. Carol Stoudt will represent the brewery.

Wynkoop 2008 Barrel Aged Berserker Mead: This 11 percent alcohol by volume mead was made using Colorado wildflower honey and has spent about 20 months in barrels that were formally the home of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. C. Andrew Brown will represent the brewery.

Craft beer in cans tasting event

The third installment of the Beer Search Party – Beer Discovery Afternoon was all about the canned beer.


The photo above (courtesy of Richard Rosen) shows the line-up but first, there was a pre-event beer of Tetley’s English ale (in the widget can). This got a fairly tepid response. Most participants found it a little bland. I liked the creamy mouth feel from the nitro. It really rounded the beer in my opinion.
Next up was the Watermelon Wheat from 21st Amendment. It got a better response but no one was jumping out of their seats. The fruity aroma scared some but they were all game to try.
Finally with the third beer, the response turned positive. Caldera pale got good marks from its hoppy attitude and aroma but surprisingly the beer of the afternoon was Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing. Everyone enjoyed it. No disagreements. Though I am still at a loss to explain as to why more brown ales aren’t made by American brewers.
The last listed beer was the Siamese Twin. The Belgian dubbel from Uncommon Brewers. You will have to read Cap’ns beer blog to get his full take but he was the only one to enjoy this one (other than me)
Then there was a post-event beer. Young’s Double Chocolate. This got good reviews as well. I have not had it in a while but it really has a nice blast of chocolate flavors.

For those in the Los Angeles area, I will be having a Christmas seasonal beer tasting sometime just before or just after Thanksgiving. When the date is nailed down. I will post it here and on Facebook. You will not want to miss (4) great winter warmers with a surprise or two tossed into the mix.

If you want to be the first to know about the date. Probably a Saturday afternoon. Then add your e-mail to a comment below and I will send you an early invite.

Marketing + beer = nothing good

I see this ad and I feel bad for the people who think this is fun or cool. I don’t mean to be a spoilsport but these beers were good back in the day. Now they are just labels with basically the same beer inside. If you like the light lager then go for it. I just don’t like it when people use nostalgia to foist inferior beer onto the public.
crappy beer night

25 Pumpkin Beers!

I just received this invite on Facebook. If only I could be in Seattle that day..

“The 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival”
Saturday, October 10 at 12:00pm.

Event: “2 days – Over 25 pumpkin brews!!”
Where: Elysian Brewing – Capitol Hill

New Belgium news

New_Belgium_Brewery_LogoHeard this info through the hop vine…

Just in time for the coming Autumn, New Belgium Brewing Co. is back with a new brew. Hoptober Golden Ale is the brewery’s take on a fall seasonal, compete with crushed leaves, hoarded acorns, and a bit of squirrel fur. Or maybe not. But it does feature five types of hops:
The wide array of hops include Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops, while pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats. The medley of ingredients sparks a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers, and a bold finale.

also for you GABF’ers
New Belgium Hub @ the Denver airport Concourse B
phone: (303) 342-6650

Who's Brewing?

Everybody’s Brewing Company
151 E. Jewett
White Salmon, WA 98672
United States
phone: (509) 637-2774

“Doug is pumping out new beers on the regular
as he dials in his signature recipes.

Meanwhile its a good time to get as much beer as possible!

We have a delicious Porter and Xtra Pale on draft,
both rated highly by BeerAdvocate.com.
Click on the links above to read the reviews.

We also have an ESB and two IPA’s which are
due to hit the taps late August. Yippie!”

Sail the 7 Seas

7 Seas Brewing
3207 57th Street Ct NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
United States
phone: (253) 686-3703

Here are their brews!
Cutt’s Ale

This Northwest style Amber Ale, named in honor of our local Cutt’s Island AKA “Dead Man’s” Island, displays a brilliantly clear reddish hue, an intense nose of pine and citrus, a medium body, malt notes of fresh toasted bread, and a pleasant lingering hop bitterness. Quite assertive for an Amber Ale, Cutt’s remains well balanced yet truly Northwest in its audacity.

Cutt’s Ale – Brewing Specs:
Original Gravity: 14.8 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 2.5-3.0 Plato
Alc. by Volume: 6.15%
IBU’s=Approx.: 44

Ballz Deep Double IPA

A mash tun packed mostly with Pale Ale Malt and several different varieties of Crystal malt provide a firm, slightly sweet malt flavor while copious amounts of resiny Yakima Valley hops go berserk on bitterness, flavor and aroma.

Ballz Deep Double IPA – Brewing Specs:
Original Gravity: 19.0 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alc. by Volume: 8.0%
IBU’s=Approx.: 82

7 Seas British Pale Ale

A very approachable, versatile Pale Ale, our 7 Sea’s version draws inspiration from the venerable traditions of proper British brewing. Brewed with generous amounts of imported Golden Promise malt, noble hop varieties, and a slightly warm fermentation, this ale displays aromas of fresh fruit, earthy hop notes, and a clean, snappy finish. Ah, nothing like a proper pint!

British Pale Ale – Brewing Specs:
Original Gravity: 12.9 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 2.2-2.7 Plato
Alc. by Volume: 5.4%
IBU’s=Approx.: 30


I had some BrewDog at the Stone Fest 13 and in bottles in the past. All were OK but not mind bending. I have read interviews with the brewer though and he seems trey cool. I heard about these beers though and am really excited. The eternal optimism of the beer geek.