Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Recent Trip To Texas In Pictures Part 1

Here are some pictures from our recent trip back to Austin, Texas. We started off the 1st day with a tasting of mostly NW beer that we had brought for sharing. The next set of pictures is at Uncle Billy's Brew & Que to hang out with our good friends Amos Lowe and Brian "Swifty" Peters. Then we hit Red's Porch  for some food and beer then on to Billy's On Burnet to enjoy their great happy hour with more friends. We did hit Draught House(which is my favorite beer bar/brewpub in Texas) but for some reason didn't find it necessary to take any pictures there.

Part 2 coming soon...

Beer Tasting

Fun At Uncle Billy's With Swifty & Amos

Now I Get  In On The Action

Swifty Grading My Work

Amos In The Brewhouse

Adding Amarillo Hop Too Hop Zompie 

Dan & Joelle Want To Work Too

The Line Up At Uncle Billy's

Checking Out Red's Porch

At Billy's On Burnet For More Beer

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Brewing up Cocktails presents Winter Holiday Special Edition Tonight at The Hop & Vine!

 Brewing up Cocktails presents Winter Holiday Special Edition at The Hop & Vine!

Saturday December 10th 6-9pm
(Drinks individually priced)
The Hop & Vine
1914 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter's edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.

The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list...

Hot Drinks
Returning from last year's hit Brewing up Cocktails is the hot mulled classic Wassail made with a base of Deschutes Jubelale slowly heated in a crockpot with brandy, sherry, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange. Served warm in a mug with a lemon slice.

Hot Scotchy
Beervana described  the Hot Scotchy as "The Greatest Beverage in the World." Perhaps the most popular beer cocktail to date, made with hot unfermented beer and Scotch. It may be the perfect winter brewers beverage.

Hot Choklat 
A new creation served steaming hot, it is one boozy treat. Starting with a base of dark rum, a little Galliano Ristretto is added and then topped off with steamed 9% abv Choklat Imperial Stout and a float of whipped cream. Served with or without a dash of chili powder.

Cold Drinks

Trade Winds Punch: 
Rum, gin, vanilla Beans, grapefruit zest, ripe guavas, Chinese five spice powder, and a stalk of lemongrass are infused over night and then built into a tasty beer punch the next day with fresh lime juice, citrusy IPA, and sugar. This is our recreation of punch originated by Washington, DC bartender Jon Harris. You have never had anything like it, we promise you.

Euclidean 75
The lightest and most refreshing of the bunch, the Euclidean 75 is made with gin, lemon, and sugar,  then topped off with an effervescent and refreshingly tart Berliner-Weisse. A creation from Denver bartender and beer cocktail afficionado Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall.
The lovingly named Furburger returns from the very first Brewing up Cocktails. Black and thick as night with chocolate and roasty creaminess from Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, balanced with herbal Chartreuse and bourbon.
Smoked Vanilla Bean Flip
This creamy dessert of a beer cocktail has an incredible melange of flavors, from the anise-tinged aquavit to cream sherry, rhubarb and chocolate bitters, one whole egg, and Stone Brewing's Smoked Porter.

About Brewing up Cocktails:
Founded in July 2010 in Portland, OR the Brewing up Cocktails series of events explores the interplay of craft beer and spirits to create a new breed of beer cocktails. Since its introduction beer cocktails have exploded onto the national drink scene and BuC has been at the forefront. Founders Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier, and Yetta Vorobik have presented more than seven different cocktail events spanning three states and two countries in just one year. They have also been asked to present on beer cocktails at the Spring Beer & Wine Festival, Cocktail Camp, Tom Douglas Restaurants, and Portland Cocktail Week. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lompoc Brewing Release Party for C-sons Greetings & Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Tomorrow

Lompoc Brewing is releasing 2 of there

Lompoc Brewing Announces Release Party for  
C-sons Greetings & Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat  
Lompoc Logo  
PORTLAND, Ore. - Lompoc Brewing will release its perennial favorite C-sons Greetings and its Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat on Friday, November 11 from 4 to 11 pm at Sidebar, its tasting room located at 3901 N Williams Ave. Both beers will be available on draft and in bottles.

Csons GreetingsOne of the most anticipated beers of the year, C-sons Greetings is a higher alcohol version of Lompoc's popular C-Note Imperial Pale Ale, brewed and dry-hopped with even more of the seven "C" hops - Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger. It features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. The full hop flavor and endless developing hop presence arebalanced by a rich caramel malt finish. This is a big one at 8% ABV.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine was originally brewed in December 2009, then aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months and cellared for another 13. The dark amber-colored barley wine features a soft oak character with notes of raisins and figs. Get a designated driver, this beer comes in at 9.7% ABV. This beer was named in honor of legendary publican Don Younger.
The release party will also feature on tap 2007 Batch 69 Baltic Porter, a porter with hints of chocolate and black licorice that was brewed with a lager yeast for a much cleaner and smoother finish than a traditional porter; Bourbon Barrel Fermented Proletariat Red, fermented in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for two months for a malty body with strong oak and vanilla flavors; Bierz Brown, a dark brown beer with a malty body and strong chocolate and roast flavors; and Condor Pale Ale, a crisp and nicely hopped pale ale that's great for quaffing with comrades or enjoying alongside some pub grub.
As is the case with all of Lompoc's release parties, there will be complimentary appetizers to nosh while imbibing. Lompoc will release seven more holiday beers at a release party on November 29, and its Hanukkah beer, 8 Malty Nights, on December 14. For more information, visit www.newoldlompoc.com.

C-Sons Greetings & Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Release Party at Lompoc Sidebar tomorrow November 11, 4 to 11 pm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hopworks Urban Brewery Pig War Release Party Today 5 – 7 pm

On Tuesday, October 25, (today) join Hopworks Urban Brewery and the artists from Jolby to celebrate the release of Pig War NW Style Ale. At both Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks BikeBar brewers will raise a toast to our estate ale and the San Juan Island farm that exclusively grew the hops for this beer.

Hopworks’ owner and brewmaster Christian Ettinger and bottle designers from Jolby will be at Hopworks BikeBar at 3947 N. Williams in North Portland.

The bottle’s distinctive label was designed by local artists Jolby (www.JolbyAndFriends.com) Juan Juar-Pig is a surly swine with plenty of attitude. Grab a bottle, admire the guys’ work and see if you can find Juan’s hidden tattoos.

About Pig War NW Style Ale
Our estate ale uses both Willamette and Cascade hops grown exclusively for Hopworks on San Juan Island. These hops impart a fresh, crisp and stunning fruitiness, coupled perfectly with aromatic floral herbaceousness. A rich malt body and warming finish are followed by a subtle, balancing hop bitterness.

The name Pig War commemorates the confrontation in 1859 between American and British authorities over San Juan Island.

8% ABV                                                80 IBU                                   19.8 Plato

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The 16th Annual Holiday Ale Festival Dates And Details Announced

Holiday Ale Festival toasts the spirits of the season

16th annual event serves up four-dozen rare
winter beers in the heart of downtown Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oct. 11, 2011 - The 16th annual  Holiday Ale Festival will take placeNov. 30 through Dec. 4 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. on the MAX Light Rail line. The popular event will feature four-dozen big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. From IPAs, Belgians and barleywines to winter warmers, porters and stouts, these beers are crafted specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages, helping secure the event's reputation as one of the nation's preeminent winter beer festivals.

Event hours are 2 to 10 pm Wednesday, 11 am to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany Northwest beer fests, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection; the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they can send a beer that has either been made specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state. According to festival manager Preston Weesner, "It's about the fans. This is a once-a-year event and these beer lovers are here to support their favorite brewery. When they get up to the taps and find something special, it further solidifies their support of Oregon craft brews and strengthens our reputation in the beer world as THE place to drink beer."

To enter and consumer beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. The general admission package at the door costs $25 and includes the 2011 tasting mug and eight taster tickets. Advance general admission packages cost $25 and include the tasting mug, 10 taster tickets and expedited entry all five days. Advance VIP packages are available for $50 and include the tasting mug, 20 taster tickets, a bottle of water, access to VIP lines and express entry all five days. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2011 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity. Previous year's mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online at www.holidayale.com.  

Once inside the festival, a full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a four-ounce taste costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $5, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay.

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 17,000festival attendees stay warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features on-site food, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association.

For more information, visit www.holidayale.com or call 503-252-9899.

Friday, September 23, 2011

GABF Is Almost Here...

The 30th Annual Great American Beer Festival is almost upon us. This will be my 14th consecutive GABF and somehow I have survived (so far).   Last year I started on a GABF Week map. Much like last year I am doing this at the last minute. It is still a work in progress but I have updated and changed it around a little. Hopefully this map will help festival goers make their way around downtown Denver and the surrounding areas.

Here it is:

View Denver, CO Area - GABF Week in a larger map

Click the map link to get a larger view and the map legend.  Zoom out to find places in the surrounding cities.

Cheers and enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

BiKETOBEERFEST returns Saturday, Sept. 17

BiKETOBEERFEST returns on Sept. 17

BiKETOBEERFEST, the world's only bike-in Oktoberfest party featuring bikes, bands and beer returns to Hopworks Urban Brewery on September 17. The event benefits the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Sunday Parkways and features 15 local, organic Hopworks beers; live music; entertainment and games for children; bike building demonstrations; BMX stunt riders and the famous "Huffy Huck" bike toss competition. 
BiKETOBEERFEST is held in the back parking lot of Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd. from Noon to 10 pm. More info can be found atwww.BiKETOBEERFEST.com.  
Event Schedule
We'll have great music and entertainment all day long!
12:00 – House DJ
12:00 – Group Ride Leaves from BikeBar (3947 N. Williams)
2:00 – Flatlanders (BMX stunt riders)
2:00 – Huffy Toss Competition (rolling open entries until 6pm)
2:30 – Brownish Black  
3:30 – New Birth Breakdancers
4:00 – Flatlanders (BMX stunt riders)
4:00 – Group Ride Leaves from BikeBar (3947 N. Williams)
4:30 – Oh Darling
5:30 – Jared Mees and The Grown Children
5:45 – Huffy Toss Finals
6:00 – Bouncy House For Kids Closes
6:30 – New Birth Breakdancers mini show
6:45 – Goldsprints (roller races)
7:30 – Ascetic Junkies
8:30 – Wanderlust Circus
9:30 – LAST CALL 

Ride Your Bike
BiKETOBEERFEST is a car-free event.
Powell is a busy road. Cross with extreme caution at a light. 26th Ave. has a light and you may ride respectfully up the sidewalk to get there.  Check out this cool map that a bike+beer fan put together with suggested routes for getting to Hopworks.
Ample bike parking is provided. Our parking is unattended so be sure to bring your lock. Bike parking closes at 10:00pm.
Portland Bicycle Tours is leading scenic group tours from BikeBar, the new Hopworks location at 3947 N. Williams. These free rides will take a leisurely pace.
12:00 – Slow family-friendly ride. For the Bakfiet, bike trailer, Xtracycle crowd and others too! (intended for riders who have experience riding in traffic)
4:00 – General group ride.
The times listed are the times the ride will DEPART. If you wish to grab a drink first, please ensure you’re out front by the listed times.

[Update - For more great info be sure to check out Ezra's ultimate guide to BiTOBEERFEST over at The New School here.]

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Great American Beer Festival® Toasts 30 Years as North America's Greatest Beer Celebration

Oh yeah! I can almost hear the bag pipes now! From the Brewers Association press release:

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: The Great American Beer Festival® Toasts 30 Years as North America's Greatest Beer Celebration

Beer Lovers, Food Lovers, Fun Lovers and Brewers to Attend Brewers Association Festival in Denver, CO

The 30th edition of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The premier U.S. beer festival and competition is expected to serve 2,400 different beers, in one-ounce tasting portions, from an estimated 465 U.S. breweries to the event's 49,000-plus attendees. The entire event sold out in just one week.
Thursday, September 29: 5:30 pm-10:00 pm               
Friday, September 30: 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday, September 31: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm (Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session)
Saturday, October 1:  5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 
The 2011 festival is sold out.
The largest collection of U.S. beer ever served. This is a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and beers that make the U.S. the world's greatest brewing nation. This event showcases the diverse beers that make craft brewing one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry.
More than 460 breweries! Chances are a brewery in your state or region is participating. A full list of registered breweries is posted onGreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.
vintageGABFCelebrating 30 Years
The Great American Beer Festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1982 as an offshoot of the 4th Annual National Homebrew and Microbrewery Conference. Nevertheless, if the name is any indication, its aspirations were great, and over 30 years, the event has grown from 800 attendees to 49,000, and from a 5,000 square foot festival hall to one close to 300,000 square feet.
New for 2011
  • A special pavilion taking attendees back 30 years to the first Great American Beer Festival, complete with photos, a representation of the beers and breweries from the 1982 event, fun facts, a photo booth, 80's music and costumes and more!
  • The Farm to Table Pavilion features pairings from an all-new slate of chefs and craft brewers. Adam Dulye of Monk's Kettle assembled the diverse roster of beer-loving chefs, which includes some of the individuals recognized byFood and Wine magazine's "Best New Chefs of 2010." All are committed to the Farm to Table philosophy, sourcing the best ingredients at local farmers markets. The members-only Farm to Table ticket includes four-ounce pours, small plates of a variety of fresh and local food items selected to pair with craft beers. Additional ticket required. SOLD OUT.
  • All new presentations in the Beer & Food Pavilion and Brewers Studio. A few highlights include:
    • Sweet and Smokey Chicago Style
      Join Top Chef winner and owner/chef of the Girl & the Goat, Stephanie Izzard, and Jared Rouben, brewmaster at Goose Island's Clybourn pub, for a glimpse into their collaborative kitchen-to-kettle brewing process. Stephanie and Jared will share insights on brewing beers to complement food and creating food to complement beers.
    • The Great American Beer & Food Pairing Challenge-The Homebrew Chef
      The Homebrew Chef, Sean Paxton, cooks up mystery dishes and challenges two brewers to find the perfect beer pairings from one of the 2,400 beers at the GABF. This fast-paced presentation is sure to delight the senses with amazing food and fantastic beer.
    • Celebrating 30 Years of the GABF
      Join GABF founder and Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian, as well as Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company, for a look at 30 years of the GABF. They will share stories about the origins of the festival and how things have changed over the last three decades. Beers from both breweries will be served along with a special "birthday" cake.
    • The U.S.-Italy Craft Beer Connection
      Join Lorenza Dabove, the Italian beer expert and champion of craft beer, as he teams up with American brewers Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Co. to talk about the impact of the American craft beer scene on Italian beer culture.
Sustainability Initiatives
  • By partnering with ZeroHero and others, the GABF's goal is to recycle or compost 70 percent of waste produced at the event.
  • Compost will be processed by A1 Organics located in Platteville, Colo. Within 90 days of the festival this compost will become a rich soil amendment.
  • House lights will be kept at 50 percent during the festival.
  • Bottles used in the competition are recycled and beer in the hall is served in reusable drinkware from kegs or recyclable bottles to reduce the event's footprint.
  • Flatware and utensils used in concession areas and presentations are recyclable or compostable.
  • Educational and interactive area showcasing sustainability initiatives within the brewing industry and at GABF, including calls to action for attendees to support the efforts.
  • Learn more: GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com/about/sustainability.
GABF Competition
In 2011, an estimated 4,000 beers will be judged by 170+ judges hailing from across the globe. New competition categories include:
  • Fruit Wheat Beer-The soft sweetness of a wheat beer is taken to a new level when combined with the complex flavors of fruit, such as raspberries, blueberries and more.
  • Chocolate Beer-Once part of the Herb and Spice Beer category, this bold, flavorful beer is a delight for beer and chocolate lovers alike.
  • American-Style Brett Ale-These tart beers are increasingly found in many craft brewers' line-ups, giving beer enthusiasts a funky, complex beer that challenges perception of how beer can taste as the result of a wild yeast known as brettanomyces.
  • International-Style Pale Ale-Distinguishing themselves from American- and English-varieties, these beers have a wide range of hop characters, good balance and moderate alcohol, making them great session beers.
  • In 2011, the top style by number of entrants is American‐Style India Pale Ale (175 entries), and this category has been the top entered at GABF since 2001.
Business Angle
In 2010, beer sales totaled $101 billion (Brewers Association). The number of U.S. breweries is at its highest level (1,790) since before Prohibition.
Craft Brewer Success
America's craft brewers continue to gain in sales and popularity. Passion and exploration continue to grow as America's beer drinkers enjoy unrivaled quality and diversity of craft brewed beer. The craft brewing industry (small and independent) grew 14 percent by volume and 15 percent by dollars in the first half of 2011, and that growth appears to be accelerating. Of the 1,790 breweries in the U.S., 1,740 are considered craft brewers.
Beer & Food
Last year, the National Restaurant Association Chef Survey (PDF) found beer and food pairings to be the number five alcohol and cocktails trend to watch. Zagat has also noted the groundswell of support for beer-centric restaurants, naming beer as a top-five dining trend in 2011. They note that, "Beer + food = so hot right now." The Farm to Table Pavilion is returning for a third year as one of GABF's most innovative features and one of the best ways to explore food and craft beer pairings. Participating breweries will serve craft beers not available in the festival hall, but even outside of Farm to Table, attendees can enjoy demonstrations and discussions at the Beer & Food Pavilion. This area provides festival-goers the opportunity to taste the best that food and beer pairings have to offer, by featuring well-known chefs and craft brewers who provide insight on the creative process.
More InformationPlease consult our 2006- 2011 GABF Statistics.
(As of 8/29/11)
Official Sponsors
DRAFT Magazine, Microstar Keg Management, KBCO 97.3, 103.5 The FOX, AM760, CraftBeer.com
Associate Sponsors
Highland Tap and Burger, O-I, Snyder's of Hanover, TurboTap USA, WAHL 'Let It Grow Tour', Westword
Featured Brewery Sponsors
Alaskan Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Company, Backcountry Brewery, BJ's Brewery & Restaurants, Black Star (Great Northern Brewing Co.), Blue Moon, Boulder Beer, Boulevard Brewing Co., Brewery Ommegang, Budweiser, Cigar City, Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Genesee Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Kentucky Ale, Leinenkugel's, New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Pyramid Breweries, Samuel Adams, Shock Top, Short's Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Company.
Local/Industry Level Sponsors
Ball Corporation, Beer Clothing Company, LLC, Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado, Beer Meister, BottleHood, Brew Caddy, The Brew Dogs of Colorado, Brewers Supply Group, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Cheeky Monk, Cicerone Certification Program, Colorado State University: Beverage Business Institute, Columbine Label Company, Inc., The Country Malt Group, Crazy Shirts, CTI (Chromatic Technologies, Inc.), Davidsons Liquors, Deal Pepper, Ecosyte.ms Consulting, Falling Rock Tap House, Graphic 22, Hopunion LLC, Innovative Labeling Solutions, KeyKeg (Scholle Packaging), Microbrew Water, Midwest Supplies, Muntons Malted Ingredients, Northern Brewer, PartyPons, Rehrig Pacific Company, SportsFans.org, STARR (Brown Manufacuring Company), Verallia, White Labs, Wyeast Laboratories, Yard House Restaurants.


Barbara Fusco, Marketing Director
303.447.0816 x152, barbara@brewersassociation.org
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