Archive for September, 2009

New Belgium Spoof: “On a Bike”

Posted Sep 25, 2009 in Beer, Beer Humor, Breweries, Coolness, Video

This is just hilarious. New Belgium spoofs the video “On a Boat” with their version for Tour de Fat “On a Bike.” Awwwww, yeaaahhhh.

New this week

Posted in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Limited Release, New this week, Seasonals


We already told you about The Bruery. (And tonight, with complete disregard for this cold, those are going to tasted.) Some other delectables for you…

BELL’S Best Brown*
* (limited!)
NEW HOLLAND Charcoota Rye Dopplebock
OLDE HICKORY Irish Walker Barleywine

OLDE HICKORY Bardstown Bourbon-aged Barleywine
THE BRUERY Autumn Maple
THE BRUERY Black Orchard
THE BRUERY White Orchard

Happy Birthday, Guinness!

Posted Sep 24, 2009 in Beer, Breweries, In the news, People


Today is the accepted (questionable) date of Arthur Guinness’ birthday. This year also marks the 250th anniversary of his signing of the 9,000-year lease of the beautiful St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. So, today seems to be the “big day” of celebrations for all things Guinness. So belly up to the bar for a nitro Guinness tonight. “To Arthur!”

Say hello to The Bruery!

Posted Sep 23, 2009 in Beer, Breweries, Coolness, New this week, Seasonals


Whoo-hoo! The Bruery is here! This infant brewery from Orange County, Ca.—they only opened in November 2008—has been kicking some butt right from the beginning. There is no doubt they are one of the most talked about upstarts of the past year, known for nice people and good quality. My buddy Chris, the beer writer for The Examiner in Los Angeles, did a pre-GABF write-up on their Fall seasonal, Autumn Maple (made with yams!). So, who are these guys? Where did they come from? Here’s some background from their website:

The founding of The Bruery was rather meager. It started as the first homebrew batch brewed by Patrick Rue, his brother Chris, and his wife Rachel who was wondering if they were actually going to clean the kitchen stove once the batch was finished. This first batch was an amberish ale with Cascade hops, consumed after four days of fermentation, one day of crash cooling, and a few seconds after force carbonating. These were proud moments. Patrick started homebrewing as a diversion in the first year of law school. As the years went by, his skill and passion for brewing came to a point where the only thing he wanted to do with the rest of his life is make beer. Thus, money was raised, grey hairs were formed, and the rest is history (at least to us).

Our calling is to create beers with character and depth using the simplest and purest of means. We do not filter or pasteurize our beers. All of our bottled beers gain carbonation through 100% bottle conditioning, allowing carbonation to naturally occur through a secondary bottle fermentation. We strive to use unconventional ingredients, and we will proudly state what we put in our beers.

We are inspired by those in the brewing community who are pushing the limits of what ‘beer’ is. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for great brewers who came before us. We aspire to be an influential force in craft brewing.

And for your drinking pleasure, here’s what’s new:

THE BRUERY Autumn Maple
THE BRUERY Black Orchard
THE BRUERY White Orchard

Thursday Tasting: Magic Hat

Posted in Beer, Beer Pairings, Breweries, Events, Limited Release, Seasonals, Video


Magic Hat‘s back! (Ever read the flip-side of the bottle caps? Good stuff. I recommend it.) This time around we’re into fall with the Night of the Living Dead sampler pack with our new rep, Tim Herrall.

“A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it.” [4.7% abv]

Circus Boy
“Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen. Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both?” [4.2% abv]

Roxy Rolles
“As the leaves line the trees with colors bright, the Autumnal Amber Ramble comes into sight! Roxy Rolles pours in her wake foliage fallen and a perfect pairing of malt and hops.” [5.1% abv]

Odd Notions: Belgian Blonde [Black Stout]
“A fitting beer for The Night Of The Living Dead, this Black Stout is chock full of roasty goodness, with an amazing complexity that can only come from the addition of five different types of malts. The flavors of dark crystallized malts and roasted barley warm the pallet and the distinct spicy phenolic character and inviting esters, derived from the Belgian yeast strain finish the beer, complementing this very special brew.” [6.2% abv]