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North Brevard Rotary club holding Craft BrewFest

brevardThe Space Coast of Florida is nearing the dog days of summer, but the Rotary Club of Titusville want to help beer lovers relax and cool down. Their answer to oppressive Florida summer heat? A beer festival, of course! The North Brevard Craft BrewFest will help raise funds for the clubs philanthropic efforts such as the eradication of polio and helping to provide education, better healthcare and clean water to those in need. Local Rotary programs such as service projects throughout the North Brevard community and scholarships for the three local high schools will also benefit from the festival.

The event will showcase samples of beers distributed by Florida Beer Company, Bug Nutty Beer Company, Due South, Brown Distributing and Carroll Distributing. Live music will feature The Johnnie Morgan Band and musical legend Tim Reynolds, lead guitarist for The Dave Matthews Band.

Food and soft drinks will also be available at the festival.

The event takes place Saturday, August 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 with a $1 service fee for the BeerFest only and $20 with a $1 fee for both the BeerFest and the Tim Reynolds concert. Tickets are available at the club’s website: http://www.northbrevardcraftbrewfest.com.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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Stone expanding to Berlin

Stone-Brewing-BerlinFor over 200 years the United States has been taking its brewing ques from Germany. It was the influx of German immigrants that saw the rise of the big beer companies of today. But, as the country turns back to more flavorful, more pure beers it is the Germans that are taking note. And with that, Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, Calif. has announced plans to open a production brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.

“This is a historic moment for Stone. I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!” said Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. “It has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”

“Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing.”

The company will transform the setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:

  • A spectacular, historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus square feet (3,994 square meters), featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse, an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant, and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise.
  • A second 20,775-square-foot (1,930 square meters) building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks, and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company’s signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.
  • A third 1,300-square-foot (120 square meters) building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.

The property’s brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. As proud supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food’s principles of good, clean, fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an extensive array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.

Additionally, the company launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once the facility is operational.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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The Beer Guy Beer School; Lesson 1 — Pop That Top! Serving Beer Properly

beerschoolBecause we know that not everyone who reads this blog is a beer expert, we are starting a new four-week series to help you hone your beer-tasting skills. It is our goal to help you learn how to swill your brew with authority. So, we present to you The Beer Guy’s Beer School!

Because understanding how to properly serve your beer in integral to getting full enjoyment from it the first lesson in the series will these important topics. Other lessons in this series will cover topics such as how to assess the quality of your chosen beers through with multiple senses including sight, smell and taste. In these lessons, you will find information on what you should be looking for in a beer, how it should smell and how it tastes.

The first topic, as mentioned above is how to properly serve your beer.

Lesson 1 – Pop That Top! Serving Beer Properly

So, you want to drink beer? Who doesn’t? But, if you want to truly enjoy your beer-drinking experience and not merely pound some swill, keep the first golden rule of serving beer in mind:

Golden Rule of Beer Serving #1

NEVER taste your beer directly from the bottle or can it came in.

To truly savor your brew it is vital to sample your beer from the proper glass. Because of the many characteristics of the huge variety of beers there is an equally astounding number of glasses that have been created to drink it from. For most establishments, the common shaker pint glass is the preferred vessel for beer consumption. But, research – and tradition – may indicate otherwise.

In Belgium, using the proper glassware to serve a beer is practically a religion. No self-respecting bartender in that beer-loving country would ever serve a Flanders Red ale in a shaker glass. No, these tart ales from the northern – Flanders – region of Belgium require a glass that will concentrate and intensify the aromas of the beer so the drinker can enjoy the brew fully.

Proper glassware can be tricky, though. With so many glass styles to choose from, it can be daunting knowing which beer should be served in a given glass style. Never fear,  Beer School has a handy reference for you right here. Instead of purchasing dozens of glassware styles, concentrate on just a few that can be used to great success for several beer styles.

pintglass Pint Glass, Shaker Glass, Nonic Glass, Tumbler Glass

In America, the pint glass is the most commonly used glass to serve beer. While it is not the best suited glass for all beers, it is inexpensive and holds approximately 16-ounces of beer.  The American shaker has straight sides rather than the pictured Nonic, or British-style glass.

Styles this glass is most appropriate for include: British-Style Bitter, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Double/Imperial IPA, Amber/Red Ale, Brown Ale, Altbier, Porter, Milk Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Marzen/Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, Rye Beer, Saison, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, Smoked Beer.

 

pilsnrglassPilsner Glass

The German Pilsner Glass was developed as a tall thin glass to showcase the beautiful golden color of the beer style. The tall shape also highlights the bubbles running up the inside and concentrates the fluffy, aromatic head.

Styles this glass is most appropriate for include: Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, California Common/Steam Beer, Japanese Rice Lager, Witbier.

 

snifterSnifter

Snifters have a large bowl area with a narrower mouth. The bowl provides plenty of room for swirling the beer to bring aromas out while the narrower mouth serves to concentrate those aromas.

Styles this glass is most appropriate for include: Old or Strong Ale, Barleywine, Double/Imperial IPA, Double/Imperial Stout, Belgian Dark Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Quad, Tripel.

 

gobletGoblet

Sturdy, yet elegant, the goblet is generally composed of a large, wide-mouthed bowl on a sturdy stem. Often these glasses are very ornate and may include gold or silver leaf designs. The goblet’s main purpose is to create a large surface area for copious amounts of aromatic head.

Styles this glass is most appropriate for include: Belgian IPA, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Berliner Weissbier, Dubbel, Tripel, Quad.

These four beer glasses will accommodate the majority of beer style adequately. But, if you are a purest and want to serve beer in only the most appropriate glassware, prepare to invest in hundreds of styles.

Now that you have the proper glassware, it is important to know how to pour your beer into it. But before we get to that, here is another golden rule:

Golden Rule of Beer Serving #2

NEVER pour beer into a chilled glass.

A chilled glass will cause the beer to foam too much when poured resulting in a short pour. Another problem with a frosted mug is that it may chill the beer too much, which you will learn later is a real problem for beer enjoyment. So, keep your beer glasses at room temperature for best results.

When you have opened your beer and are ready to pour it into a glass, hold the bottle (or can) in one hand and the glass is the other. Pour your beer in such a way as to create a decent head of foam. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Hold the glass at 45 degrees.
  2. Pour the beer at the midpoint of the glass.
  3. Tilt the glass upright as you reach the midpoint of the glass.
  4. Finish your pour to create a one to one and one half inch head.

If you end up with more than the optimal amount of head, you have poured too fast. Allow the head to settle a bit and try again on the next beer. Pouring beer is an art form and like all artistic endeavors, practice makes perfect.

Now that you have mastered choosing the correct glass for your beer and how to pour it into that glass, it is time to learn how to evaluate how your beer appears. We will cover this important topic next Friday in Lesson #2 of The Beer Guy’s Beer School. Until then, hone those pouring skills and impress your friend with your new-found proficiency.

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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Beer Education

 

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Europe’s Best Beer Festivals; an Infographic

When a beer-lover thinks of Ireland, a number of things come to mind; pints of the black stuff, pubs filled with lively music and beer paired with hearty Irish foods. The folks at Homebrew West, a home beer brewing supply store in Galway, Ireland also want you to know about beer festivals around Europe.

Always a sucker for a fun infographic, the enthusiastic group at Homebrew West sent me the gem below with all the information you could ever want about the biggest European beer festivals. Several may make it on to my travel itinerary over the next few years!

If you like the infographic, be sure to stop by Homebrew West’s website and let them know!

http://www.homebrewwest.ie/homebrew-beer-kits-9-c.asp

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Infographic

 

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Sierra Nevada celebrates craft beer with Beer Camp Across America

beercampEarlier this year, one of the craft brewing industry’s founding breweries — Sierra Nevada — announced that it had invited every craft brewery in the United States to participate in a first-of-its-kind collaboration. The event, dubbed Beer Camp Across America, is a multi-weekend traveling beer festival that begins in the brewery’s hometown of Chico, Calif. and ends at their new East Coast brewery in Mills River, NC. Along the way the Beer Camp will make five other stops throughout the country.

Sierra Nevada founder, Ken Grossman, reflected on the festivals, “We’ve watched and learned from each other for decades, and together we’ve seen tastes change and craft’s momentum snowball. Beer Camp Across America is our way of reflecting on this—with thousands of brewers, fans and great beers. It should be pretty fun.”

But, Beer Camp is not just another beer festival; it is also a way for Sierra Nevada and other participating breweries to foster their craft and the development of more diversity in the industry.  Proceeds from each stop will go to the state brewers guilds in the festival host state as well as to hop and barley research to foster the development of new types of hop varieties and barley crops to fuel the pursuit of new flavor experiences for the ever-expanding tastes of craft drinkers.

In all, over 700 breweries have signed-on for the historic multi-city tour with more than 1,400 beers representing every state in the country.

Beer Camp stops stretch from coast to coast with festivals in each of America’s many regions. At each stop guests will receive a commemorative tasting glass with unlimited tastings where possible. In addition organizers have insured there will be plenty to eat by bringing in local food trucks and entertainment will be provided by MarchFourth Marching Band. West Coast beer lovers will be the first to experience the traveling camp with the kickoff in Chico, Calif. on July 19. The entire schedule includes:

  • Saturday, July 19: Northwest Edition at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, Calif., 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 20: Southwest Edition at Embarcadero North in San Diego, Calif., 1:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 25: Rocky Mountain Edition at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., 5:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 27: Midwest Edition at Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill., 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 1: New England Edition at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, Pa., 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 3: Southeast Edition in Mills River, N.C., 1:00-6:00 p.m.

In addition to, an in support of the Beer Camp tour, Sierra Nevada has collaborated with 12 breweries across the country to create a once in a lifetime 12-pack. The Beer Camp Across America Mixed 12-Pack consists of 10 bottles of beer and two cans from some of the country’s most coveted breweries. Each of the brewers chosen will travel to each of the Beer Camp stops to pour and discuss the collaboration brew they created with Sierra Nevada.

“A lot of creativity and hard work went into the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack, and we’re excited to finally share it with drinkers,” said Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “We’ll pour these beers at every festival stop with hundreds of other craft brewers who are pushing the boundaries of our industry. It’s a traveling party, and we’re going to have a great time.”

The brewers chosen and the beers they created are:

  • Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine — Myron’s Walk Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, N.C. — Tater Ridge Scottish Ale
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif. — Electric Ray India Pale Lager
  • Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich. — Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
  • Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla. — Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock (CAN)
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif. — Torpedo Pilsner
  • New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wis. — There and Back English-Style Bitter
  • Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, Ore. — Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout
  • Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo./Brevard, N.C. — CANfusion Rye Bock (CAN)
  • Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif. —  Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde
  • 3 Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind. — Chico King Pale Ale
  • Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. — Alt Route Altbier

Tickets are now on sale at www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp and are limited to 5,000 per venue. Tickets cost $65 for general admission, which includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings (in most locations, see the website for full details). A designated driver ticket is available for $30. Ticket prices are exclusive of taxes and fees, which will vary according to location.

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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Beer Truck Wars come to St. Augustine July 26

beertruckSt. Augustine, Fla. is named for the Catholic patron saint of brewers. According to website Catholic Online, Augustine was made patron to brewers, “…because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions.” Though a quick Internet search did not unearth any archeological information on beer in the oldest city in the United States, the lack of this data does not mean that the Ancient City does not have a burgeoning beer scene.

On July 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the usual collection of pub crawls, craft beer bars, parties and casual beer consumption will be enhanced with the addition of the first ever, Beer Truck War. The event, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of the Historic District, WYRE and Florida Expo Services, will take place at Francis Field, 29 Castillo Avenue.

Organizers of the event promise more than 30 varieties of beers from breweries such as Kona, Redhook, Stella, Johnny Appleseed, SweetWater and Bold City. In addition to the brews, guests will be treated to a collection of food trucks including Gator Country, Sabai Sabai Mobile Thai, Big Island Bowls, Rubios Baja Grill and Gourmet Aviator.

Tickets for the event are $35 in advance and are available on the event’s website: www.BeerTruckWars.com. Day of event tickets will be $45 at the gate. Admission includes unlimited beer samples and a voucher for a meal from one of the food trucks. Designated drivers and children get in for $20 and receive a meal and two soft drinks.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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Intuition Ale Work’s King Street Stout to be available in cans soon

kingStKing Street Beer District co-anchor Intuition Ale Works was the first brewery in Florida to can beers. The initial release included the brewery’s flagship People’s Pale Ale, their popular West Coast-style IPA, I-10 IPA and their easy-drinking Jon Boat Coastal Ale. Along the way there was at least one cancelled release — the popular Belgian-style brew known as Duuuvaaal — because of a dispute with a Belgian brewery with a similar name. But, in perhaps one of the most anticipated announcements from the brewery, Cari Sanchez-Potter posted to Facebook and the brewery’s blog that King Street Stout will make its debut in cans August 2.

According to the company’s website King Street Stout is an, “Imperial stout brewed with two-row malted barley and a variety of roasted and caramel malts.” Tasters will notice notes of coffee, chocolate and rich malts in this deep, black brew. Though the beer will be packaged in 12-ounce cans, at 8.4% ABV one can easily serves two when poured into snifters.

King Street will be available in 4-packs and retail for $10.99 at the brewery’s tap room for the first few months.

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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Beer, Intuition Ale Works

 

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