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  1. This weekend is the cask ale festival at the Brazen Head in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. About 20-30 casks from lots of American breweries like Six Point, Ommegang, Victory, and more. Great time to have like 8-10 half pints of various beers. (And a damn good cider in the past, too.) Brazen Head Cask Festival
  2. Has anyone seen it in stores? I've checked a few of my local stores and nobody has it. A woman at Canal's (Rt 73, Marlton) told me they didn't get any in this year.
  3. Ah, life is good. The first of two Friday the Firkinteenth beer festivals is taking place this Friday, January 13, at the Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia. Check their website for logistical details Here is the lineup for this time around at the only beer event decided by the vagaries of the calendar: Yards, Philadelphia, PA Heavyweight Stickenjab Alt, Ocean Township, NJ Troegs Oatmeal Stout, harrisburg, PA Magic Hat, South Burlington, VT Flying Fish, Cherry Hill, NJ Iron Hill, West Chester, PA Nodding Head brand new hoppy ale, Philadelphia, PA Sly Fox Robbie Burn's Scottish ale, Phoenixville, PA Lancaster Doppelbock, Lancaster, PA Ramstein Pale Ale, Butller NJ Rock Art, Johnson, VT Middle Ages Dragon Slayer Imperial Stout, Syracuse, NY General Lafayette Fuggled Up, Lafayette Hill, PA Legacy, Reading, PA Weyerbacher Heresy, Easton, PA Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter, Downingtown, PA Another killer cask ale lineup. The Grey Lodge website says that they will be tapping the casks starting at noon to accomdate the crowds and demand. Jeebus. Worth the drive from anywhere.
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  5. Last night, I stopped in at a local wine bar that also has a good beer list. I ordered a bottle of Chimay White Label, and was shocked that it came in a Chimay glass. I asked the bartender how many other beers had their own glassware. He listed off Belgian producers only. I also remember a business trip to the Netherlands and Belgium a little over a year ago. Everytime I ordered beer, it was served with a glass that featured the name of the beer. I know there's a school of thought that certain beers (like certain wines) are best when served in certain glassware. But in England, where everything comes in the same-shaped pint glass, the name of the beer one orders appears on the glass. In addition to best showing off the beer, I'm sure it helps the server remember what customers are drinking. I wish we saw more of this -- in the United States (especially with microbrews) and elsewhere.
  6. Has anyone noticed restaurants anywhere in the US (or the world) beginning to pair their cheese course explicitly with beer rather than wine?
  7. This is my second favorite brewery after Unibroue (Fin du Monde, Trois Pistoles). If you are a fan of Belgian-style beers, and especially if you are also a Unibroue fan, you will enjoy Caracole's offerings. My favorites in order are: Nostradamus - Belgian brown ale, similar to Trois Pistoles Troublette - wheat ale, similar to Fin Du Monde Saxo I am actually not too fond of Caracole, the namesake beer.
  8. What do you think about Shiner, especially the flagship Shiner Bock? Here in Texas, it is the lowest common denominator of beer; you'll always be welcome at a party if you bring a case of Shiner. If you bring Miller or Bud others might think you are either very poor or just have poor taste -- and this is not just from the beer snobs, most everyday people will ask "Why didn't you bring Shiner? It's only a few dollars more." Do you have a non-macrobrewery, lowest common denominator beer in your part of the country? The export of Shiner to the rest of the country and the elevation of its status is a bit strange to Texans. It's particularly frustrating to find that more and more bars are classifying Shiner as a fancy or import beer and charging import prices. The above questions are strictly about the perception and popularity of Shiner. As for its taste, I'm not really fond of lagers so I would never buy Shiner for myself, but I do buy it often to bring to parties.
  9. SBonner

    Chocolate Beers

    Just wondering if any of you have had any amazing chocolate beers lately. In the past three months we have had three while travelling overseas. In London, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, at Redoak Brewing in Sydney Australia (Chocolate Cherry Stout) and in Barcelona (Xocoa beer). All tasty and unusual. Our favourite to date was the Redoak Chocolate Stout with it's rich and creamy texture and flavours of Black Forest Cake Cheers, Stephen Vancouver
  10. Since a friend brought some of this back for me last year, i have been hooked. So everytime he goes back I ask him to bring me more. Its not as dry as Urquel; more like belgian than czech beer. Anyone tried this?
  11. elfin

    Azorean beer?

    The Azores, Portugese islands in the middle of the Atlantic, apparently brews its own beer-Especial. Anyone tried it?
  12. I'll be in France next week. I'm interested in finding some top notch beer that I'm unlikely to encounter back in the states. Consequently: 1. Does anyone know of any interesting french beers that aren't generally exported? 2. Is there likely to be a greater availability of top notch belgian and/or Belgian beers than there would be in the US. 3. Does anyone know of any shops that might be a good place to look for either of the above types of beer? Na zdravi!
  13. Last year each glass was 50 cents. With over 40 breweries on hand this is a great event and a good benefit for the local listener-supported, non-commercial, independent public radio station. I was wondering if anyone else planned on attending? Information can be found here: http://www.klcc.org/post/microbrewfest2006.html
  14. eje

    Variety Grains

    Was noticing Malkavian's post over in the Homebrew journal regarding Sorghum in beer making: It's interesting to see the recent interest in Sorghum Beer. I've seen one at local liquor stores called "Dragon's Gold" from Bard's Tale Beer. Doing some googling, I see even Anheuser Busch is now making a Sorghum Beer. Now, I'm not usually fond of variety grains in beer, so it's not something I would pick up without some sort of review first. But, a recent positive experience with Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale has me thinking they all aren't bad. Is the flavor of sorghum beer similar to beers made with corn?
  15. On my annual search for winter/Christmas beers, I picked up Clipper City's Winter Storm, which the label says is an "Imperial ESB". ABV is 7.5%. It tastes like an IPA to me. Am I missing something, or should there be a difference between the two styles??
  16. This could just as easily go into the Wine forum, but for those of you who are interested, there are some nineteenth century brewing, wine-making and related books online and FREE at <a href= "http://books.google.com/">Google Books</a>. Here are a few I have found so far: Key to Gray's ale brewer's assistant By James Gray; 1848 The British Wine-maker, and Domestic Brewer: A Complete, Practical, and Easy Treatise on the Art... By W. H. Roberts, of Edinburgh W H Roberts; 1835 The Complete Practical Brewer; Or Plain, Accurate, and Thorough Instructions in the Art of... By Marcus Lafayette Byrn; 1852 The vintner's, brewer's, spirit merchant's, and licensed victualler's guide; by a practical man By Vintner; 1826 Clarke's Complete Cellarman: The Publican and Innkeeper's Practical Guide, and Wine and Spirit... By William Clarke, 1830 If you go to Advanced Search and put "wine" or "beer" into the subject line you get a lot more. Have fun, Janet
  17. From Sustainable Food News.com, a subscription-only daily news service; re-posted in part, below, with permission from the editor: 5.25% alcohol content from Miller? Anyone over there in PNW who tastes it / has tasted it, please post a review, thanks.
  18. The Drafting Room is hosting an irresistable event with Victory 10 Years Alt which is not even available directly at the brewery. More info here See you there!
  19. Tkrup

    gift ideas?

    I've got a good friend who is the head brewer at a brewpub, and I'm looking for gift ideas from folks who probably know better. I'm looking for neat gadget ideas or esoteric ingredients for brews, but any ideas will help since I'm kinda stumped here. Thanks!!!
  20. Rich Pawlak


    So, Brooks, please tell us, how did this gig come about? What did it take to get into the Times??? CONGRATS! It is a deftly written piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/29/dining/2...ing&oref=slogin
  21. I had the good fortune to attend a Dogfish Head dinner at Gracie's in Providence hosted by Sam Calagione. He mentioned "a molecular archaeologist" when he introduced the Chateau Jiahu, which the Dogfish Head website describes as follows: The website also mentions the same sort of genesis story with the Midas Touch Golden Elixir. Both were good, though I thought that the Jiahu was far superior. It's great marketing, to be sure -- and I'll admit to being swayed by Calagione's enthusiasm and grace. But I wanted to know more about this reference to "molecular archaeology" and its relationship to brewing. Is this just a Dogfish Head phenomenon? Are others pursuing it?
  22. I was talking to my aunt this weekend and she was telling me that her neighbor drinks beer with a raw egg added to the glass he drinks it out of. Has anybody heard of this and if so is there a name for it? I dont think i could do that!
  23. sadistick

    Vintage Beer?!

    Anyways, long story short...was at the good ol LCBO yesterday, looking at their various imported beers, and saw this really fancy looking smallish box, that said Fuller's (or feller's...cant recall, no receipt handy) 2006 "Vintage Beer"...well, with a $7 price tag each, it better be vintage! Just was wondering if any of you folks have tried this...I bought a couple, giving one to my dad as he is a beer nut...they say you should actually age these 3-4 years...wondering if anyone has had any experience with it. Cheers.
  24. Sneakeater


    At RUB in New York City last night, I had a beer (well, an ale, actually) that was new to me: Cascazilla, a red ale from Ithaca, New York. I'm so excited about it that I wanted post a note here. The barmaid described this ale as "hoppy". That was an understatement. This was the first ale I've ever thought to describe as "perfumed". Lots of citrusy overtones. If you like hops, you'll love this. I'm told it's only available from November through March. So act fast, or get ready to wait.
  25. In the next 2 weeks the 10th Anniversary Golden Age of Beer in Philadelphia Tours will be taking place, and today I got the word that Yards Brewing Co. will be making a beer to celebrate our anniversary! The Golden Age of Beer 10th Anniversary Ale will be a Simcoe-hopped pale ale, full of grapefruit and tangerine and floral notes and aromas, with a big hop bite and a silken finish, according to Tom Kehoe, founder/brewmaster. The beer, for those in the Philadelphia area, will be served at stops along the Tours, from March 18 through March 25, the two dates of the Golden Age of Beer tours. The pubs pouring our special beer are scheduled to be: Monk's Cafe McGillin's Olde Ale House McMenamin's Tavern The Standard Tap The Grey Lodge and the Yards Brewery, when we visit. I'd like to say that I'm speechless, but I just wrote the above. But it still feels pretty cool.
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