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Oskar Blues releases new summer refresher

unnamedOne of my favorite style of beer for a hot summer afternoon is a Belgian Wit. But, had it not been for a Belgian milkman named Pierre Celis. By 1960, the beer, which had once been immensely popular in eastern Belgium, had disappeared from production and was essentially extinct.

Celis, who lived in Hoegaarden, Belgium, was not about to let his beloved witbier vanish from the face of the earth so he purchased some used brewing equipment and began producing the beer himself in 1966. Within just a few years, other brewers again began brewing the style and one of beers greatest comebacks was completed.

The beer is characterized by its hazy white appearance and the spices used to flavor it. Brewers use a melange of spices like chamomile, anise, grains of paradise, peppercorns, ginger and orange peel in the brewing process to give the beer its unique flavor.

American craft brewer Oskar Blues has produced its version of the refresher for years but, until now, it had only been available on tap at the company’s tap rooms and restaurants. That changes this month when Priscilla White Wit Wheat will  be released in cans across the country.

Read all about the brew in the press release below:

Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC & Austin, TXOskar Blues Brewery, the brewery that launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002, announces the national launch of an AmeriCAN take on the Belgian Classic Wit, Priscilla White Wit Wheat. It’s a Belgian White, Belgian Wit, Belgian Wheat…it’s a White Wit Wheat (5.2% ABV, 20 IBUs).
The beer, which features orange peel and coriander spice, emanated from the basement blues music legacy Dave McIntyre (18 year Oskar Bluesologist) built at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO. On draft for over a decade, Priscilla’s zesty citrus and light fresh baked bread aromas mix with spicy, fruity fermentation. Light bodied with a subtle savory spice accent and a dry, lightly tart finish you can nearly feel the flicker of the neon and sounds of the King. White Wit Wheat.
“Priscilla is a beer steeped in Oskar Blues’ music history,” said Chad Melis. “A longtime Oskar Blues favorite, we’ve decided its time to bring this amped up, electric brew from the basement and to the masses.”
Oskar Blues, named “The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado” by Rolling Stone because of its roots in the Colorado music scene, will brew its first batch of Dale’s Pale Ale at their new brewery and taproom in Austin, TX today. The brewery will continue its tradition of soul-savin’ live music with a music venue as part of the Austin taproom.
Priscilla White Wit Wheat will launch throughout the month of June in all 50 states where Oskar Blues is sold and will be available in 12oz. 6-packs and draft.
 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Dahlia’s Pour House to Open Today at Post and King

English: Belgium beer (Leffe) Français : Leffe...

English: Belgium beer (Leffe) Français : Leffe blonde (bière belge) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been a long, difficult road fraught with hurdles of every imaginable variety for Dahlia’s Pour House. But, after multiple format changes the owners finally reached an agreement with the neighborhood and city that allowed them to move forward with opening their establishment. They pared down their desire to open a full-liquor bar with a restaurant component to opening just a beer bar. But, what a beer bar it is!

The newest edition to the King Street Beer District will open with 85 taps of cold, delicious brews and room for expansion to over 200. The same team that runs Northstar Substation, the popular pizza and beer joint on Bay Street downtown, has worked hard to put together a list of quality beers to keep quaffers happy. Included is an extensive collection of Florida brews for the likes of Pensacola Brewing, Florida Brewing, and locals Bold City, Intuition, and Green Room. You will also find craft beers from Victory, Sweetwater, and Dogfish Head in addition to  import selections like Leffe, Hoegaarden, and Stella.

But, bellying up to the bar is not the only thing to do at Dahlia’s. There are two pool tables, dart boards, televisions, and a rather unique drinking game that has never been seen before in this area: Beer Battleship. The premise of the game is the same as the children’s board game, but on a larger scale and instead of adding a peg to a “hit” on your ship players will have beer shots on their ships. When a player’s opponent calls the coordinates of one of his or her ships, they must drink that beer shot.

If all that is not enough, Dahlia’s will also offer package sales of canned beers, though they cannot sell growlers. There are also plans in the works for a running and cycling club based on successful models in the Tampa Bay area.

Dahlia’s hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily and is located at 2695 Post Street in Riverside.

 

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Beer, Pubs

 

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Folio Weekly Beer and Music Fest Wrap-up

In its nineteenth year the Folio Weekly Beer and Music Festival once again delighted beer lovers that streamed in from the First Coast and cities far and wide. Conversation in line waiting outside for the doors to open revealed that this event continues to be one of the premiere beer events in the southeast drawing revelers from as far away as Ohio and Maine.

Once inside the cavernous Morocco Shrine Auditorium on St. John’s Bluff Road on Jacksonville’s southside, it was immediately apparent that it would a long, entertaining, and satisfying evening of beer and food tasting.

In addition to over 200 beers to taste, there were several restaurants set up with samplings of their foods. Two that stood out were Fionn MacCool’s with braised pork belly with crunchy slaw and Tijuana Flats with chicken tacos. Though we did not get to taste their food, Mojo Bar-b-q took first place as favorite restaurant of the guests.

As we strolled the floor we came across beers both familiar and new, a section of ciders, and another section of local brews. In the cider section, Jack’s Hard Cider proved to be a crisp, not-too-sweet, and refreshing choice.

In the local breweries section we came across Bold City Brewery where both brewer Brian and his mother Susan were busy pouring all their beers from barrels decorated with an inflated killer whale in honor of their superb cream ale named for the majestic animal. Right next to them were the guys from Engine 15 pouring a very special surprise beer — Green Flash.

The import room held more treasures in the form of Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden, and Estrella. And just outside the import room was the Bier Garden with hookas from The Casbah, food from Mojo’s, a rock climbing wall, corn hole, a DJ, and beers such as Landshark, Shock Top, and Rolling Rock.

In all, the event was a worthy addition to the tradition Folio has continued over the years. It makes one wonder what stops will be pulled out for next year’s 20th anniversary event.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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Tradition, Who Needs Tradition? Not In-Bev

Be afraid, be very afraid. You’ve seen my article about Belgium in which I talk about Hoegaarden beer. Well, those great folks at In-Bev — who own Hoegaarden — have taken a good thing and turned it evil. Not just a little evil, mind you, but very, very evil. Not only have the taken the name of a perfectly good beer and attached it to something that I would not serve to my worst enemy, but they have removed all the alcohol from it. Yes, I give you Hoegaarden 0.0.

The geniuses at the world’s largest adult beverage conglomerate have now produced a lemon-flavored drink that, in the words on a Wall Street Journal reporter tasted like, “…watered-down lemon Fanta.” I guess my question is why? Why take an established, respected brand and bastardize it by attaching its name to this unholy creation? This is akin to the other creation written about in the blogosphere this week called Cidre with the Stella Artois name attached to it.

I just don’t get why a company would risk alienating its customers by attaching a respected, traditional brand name to an obviously trendy and gimicky one. Knock it off already!

Read the full WSJ story about 0.0 here:

http://blogs.wsj.com/brussels/2011/04/26/anheusers-new-0-alcohol-beer/

Read The Sun’s article about Cidre here:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/3387668/Stella-Artois-launch-a-cider-to-tap-into-the-growth-in-the-UK-cider-market.html

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Beer News, Beer Styles

 

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Aussie Beer – The Sequel!

Drunken Traveler here,

Still down under. I had an opportunity to visit and tour a great craft beer brewery here in Melbourne, Australia, called Mountain Goat Brewery (http://goatbeer.com.au)

My taxi pulled up outside a very non descript warehouse in the middle of a lower class neighborhood in Richmond, a few miles east of downtown Melbourne. The only way I knew I was being dropped off where I asked and not taken out to be robbed, was the spray painted figure of a giant goat head on a roll up door.

The excitement built as I neared the entrance, I could hear people inside milling about, discussing a long work day. I swung the door open and, to my surprise, a fabulously wide open space with the best beer ambiance I have ever experienced. An old warehouse, high ceilings top-lit, with industrial beams and piping still in place. I could see the seven or more fermentation tanks just inside a short fenced off area. Large tables of all heights and sizes, everyone has a pint in their hands, relaxing and enjoying this golden liquid of joy.

Mountain Goat has been around for a few years and has really made its mark in the craft brew limelight of southern Australia. Their two main brews are Hightail Ale (4.5%), a traditional english bitter and Steam Ale (4.5%), a certified organic ale using wheat and full hop flowers creating a clean, fragrant beer clocking in at 28 IBU’s.

Jeff, the on duty staff ( Cam Hines, the founder and co-owner could not make it) who led us on our short tour around the mashing tuns and fermentation tanks, did a fair job explaining the history and process of making beer. At the end the obvious question came out.; why Mountain Goat?

“Mountain Goats are big hairy beasts, they stand up against anything and take no shit from anyone”

I found my way to the bar.

I have to try “The Hoeff” 5.0% their version of a Hefeweizen. Very cold, the taps here icing over.

I immediatly smelled bananas, a very cloudy yellow beer heavily yeasted. First taste was bananas, then the clean crisp tastes with a hint of black licorice followed by light caramels and the slightest whisper of cloves. This reminds me of a light version of Hoegaarden. Several of my mates (friends) here also shared a glass and all enjoyed it as well.

My next brew of choice was to dip into their stock of I.P.A. Very disappointing. Nothing special, even a bit tasteless as compared with other traditional I.P.A.’s. I have nothing else to say about it.

I made my next selection more careful. “Last Barrel of Oaked Rapunzal.” Ok my decision was made, “I’ll have a pint of that.”

 Bar girl, “Sorry, I can only give you a pot. I am not allowed to give you a pint because alcohol content is higher.” 

I look up, it’s is listed as 8.5%. Now I have to have it. ?I’ll take whatever you can give me.”

 She poured me a 580 ml draft glass.

Highly yellow, slightly cloudy. A slight yeasty smell.

It took me half the glass to be able to describe how it tasted. I’ve never tasted a beer like this, it was good, it was real good. I passed the glass around and everyone else had a sip. Then one of my friends (Mark) said it should be a wine not a beer. That’s it! It hits you up front with a sweetness, then the middle tastes like a Chardonnay, the finish is bitter and clean. Very oaky and hard to compare to beer flavors as it doesn’t fit in a beer scale. It has a higher carbonation than normal and is a real enjoyable drink.

With that I will call it a night, I am a bit worn out from travel. I will return to try their anchor beer, Steam Ale and High Tail some other time.

The taxi ride back to my apartment I couldn’t stop thinking about the glass of Oaked Rapunzal I had.

More beers from Aus later

~DT

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Beer, Beer Tasting, Drunken Traveler

 

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