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New craft beer web series launched by Travel Channel

microbrew-madness-host-lori-griffiths-2_196x147If you like learning about microbreweries around the country, but do not want to invest a lot of time, the Travel Channel has a new web series you should check out. “Microbrew Madness” episodes are only six minutes long each, but the producers pack a plethora of information in each. There are 16 episodes currently available.

Each episode features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (’s “Girls Gone Bayou”), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”). Each host takes viewers to different regions of the United States, tasting some of of the top local microbrews in 16 different cities. The cities visited include: Atlanta, Ga.; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich; Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Lakewood, N.Y.; Loveland, Colo.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Tampa, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz. and Winston-Salem, N.C. They speak with chefs and brew masters, learn special food pairings and drink in the history to discover why each microbrewery is a can’t miss destination.

The web series can be viewed at the Travel Channel’s website.

To view specific episodes click below.

Appalachian Highlands and Southeast Region: Lori Griffis

5 Seasons Brewing – Atlanta, Ga.

Cigar City Brewing – Tampa, Fla.

Foothills Brewing Company – Winston-Salem, N.C.

Yazoo Brewing Company – Nashville, Tenn.

Mountain and Heartland Region: Ryan Van Duzer

Avery Brewing Company – Boulder, Colo.

Square One Brewery and Distillery – St. Louis, Mo.

Surly Brewing Company – Minneapolis, Minn.

Verboten Brewing – Loveland, Colo.

Northeast and Midwest Region: Ewan Porter

Founders Brewing Company – Grand Rapids, Mich

Goose Island Brewery – Chicago, Ill.

Great Lakes Brewing Company – Cleveland, Ohio

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, N.Y.

Pacific Coast and Southwest Region: Olivia Speranza

Four Peaks Brewing Company – Tempe, Ariz.

Freetail Brewing Company – San Antonio, Texas

Hopworks Urban Brewery – Portland, Ore.

The Brewery at Abigaile – Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery


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Good Gourd? How About Great Gourd!

Last night, as we sat on the porch and doled out candy to the neighborhood ghosts and ghouls, several good friends and I shared a bottle of Cigar City Brewing’s Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It was was one of those perfect autumn evenings that have a hint of coolness and a whiff of wood smoke floating in the air. On the sidewalks children were laughing and squealing in delight and their parents grinned from ear to ear at their happiness.

In a word, it was enchanted.

That can also describe the beer so expertly crafted by the magicians at Cigar City. It never ceases to amaze how this brewery – only open since 2009 – keeps releasing fantastic brew after fantastic brew. The name of the brew understates its excellent character. As a matter of fact, the beer has landed on several Best of… lists already.

Cigar City describes the beer; “Pours orange in color with notes of buttered pie crust, roasted pumpkin, and a mélange of pumpkin pie spices. Medium bodied with flavors of caramel and roasted pumpkin notes and an underpinning of floral hop bitterness that leads into a harmonious blend of pumpkin pie spice and finishes with drying alcohol heat that creates a balance with caramel in the finish.”

The brewers use real pumpkin in the brewing of this classic and do not spare the pie spices. But, even at that, the brew is so well balanced that it does not smack the drinker in the face with spices. It is more a subtle flavoring than a full-on assault. In my tasting I detected notes of chocolate as well as the spices.

As an accompaniment to the evening’s festivities, this beer was impeccable. What better way is there to spend a Halloween evening than on the front porch, handing out candy with a few wonderful and close friends?

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Beer, Beer Styles, Holidays


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May Off to a Busy Start

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I believe I mentioned in a previous post that May was going to be a busy beer month. Now, that is no complaint mind you, merely an observation and a reminder that if you want to run with the big dogs in the Jacksonville beer circuit, you are going to need to pace yourself.

So, with no further ado, her is what I see on the horizon for this weekend.

Bold City Brewery

Friday, May 6

In 1901 the city of Jacksonville was virtually destroyed by a fire that started May 3rd at a mattress factory. The fire consumed 2,368 buildings, left 10,000 people homeless, and seven residents dead. In all, 146 city blocks were destroyed.

In remembrance of the largest metropolitan fire in the American South, Bold City is tapping a Barrel Aged version of it’s 1901 Red Ale .

Grassroots Natural Food Market

Friday, May 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Grassroots in 5-Points has always been a Mecca of good craft beer choices and a regular host of beer tastings. This week they are sampling from Ayinger (pronounced aye-ing-er) Brewery. Back in October I had the Märzen style of beer produced by this brewery and fell in love with its wonderful flavors and character. The brewery, near Munich, began producing excellent German brews in 1876 including the Märzen I mentioned which became the highest rated Vienna Märzen style at the 2007 World Beer Championships.

Just Brew It

Saturday, May 7

Every year the American Homebrewers Association, and advocate group with roots going back to 1942 in Chicago, holds an event they call the Big Brew. The aim of the event is to familiarize people with the art and craft of brewing beer.

Locally, members of the Cowford Ale Sharing Klub (CASK) are holding a demonstration brew for the public outside Just Brew It, next to Bold City Brewery at 2670 Rosselle St. Brewers will begin to set up around 9:30 a.m. and typically brew into the early afternoon.

If you have ever had an interest in learning to brew your own beer, this is a must!

Total Wine & More

Saturday, May 7 from 11:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The gang over at Total Wine are not just into wine. These guys know beer, too! With one of the largest selections of craft beers in the city, they know beer VERY well. And on Saturday, they are willing to prove it by hosting a FREE — yes, FREE Beer Fest.

Over 20 breweries are expected to be present pouring over 50 beers. Breweries like Swamp Head, Intuition, Bold City, Cigar City, and more are expected. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at! Not to mention that I, the Fearful Leader of the Springfield Brew Crew, will also be present to represent our club, talk beer, and pose for photographs (you know you want one with me).

That’s what I know is going on this weekend for now. If you know of any other beer-related happenings, add a comment or send me a note and I will update the list.

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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Beer


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