Jan 19

First Beer Competition

I entered my first beer competition today. I registered my Spiced Winter Ale and the Russian Imperial Stout that I fought with most of last year. I’m thinking about entering a third but that will depend on how it tastes tomorrow as I bottle it.

I’ll post the score sheets once I get them. Unfortunately I’ll be away during the actual event so I’ll have to monitor from a far.

Jan 15

Excellent Job Breweries!

According to the Brewers Association, there are 2,722 breweries at the end of 2013 with another 1,744 in planning.

http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/community/ba-blog/show?title=us-brewery-number-climbs-over-2700

Pretty amazing that there were still even more breweries in 1870 though back then there was no AB/InBev and MillerCoors.

Jan 03

‘Tis the Season

Alright craft beer friends, we are now upon one of the best times of the year…getting ready for the releases of Hopslam and Pliny the Younger. See below for release information.

Hopslam
It will start shipping to areas in Michigan the week of Jan. 6.It will begin shipping to Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona the week of Jan. 13.It will then start shipping to Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Kentucky and Pennsylvania the week of Jan. 20.

Pliny the Younger
Pliny the Younger’s 10th Annual Return to our pub in Santa Rosa will occur on Friday, February 7th, 2014! It will be available everyday (until we run out each day) for 14 days. Distribution begins the following week for local and no-so-local bar and restaurant accounts.

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As we know, a few kegs of PTY make it to the Philly area each year (sorry out of towners) so if you hear about a tapping, let me know!

Finally, no matter what time of the year it is, I’ll take some Heady Topper, please. 🙂 I’m willing to trade for 3Beans if that will sweeten the deal.

URLs
http://russianriverbrewing.com/blog/
http://bellsbeer.com/blog/241-Hopslam_2014__Shipping_dates__release_parties_and_availability
http://alchemistbeer.com/

Dec 09

Time for a change

I’ve been absent here for the past few months but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. Since July 2012 I’ve been working hard on a new hobby of homebrewing. That’s right, making beer. I haven’t done as much experimenting with the grills as my free time has been focused on brewing. I’m going to introduce homebrewing photos to this blog as I go. Don’t worry, grilling and BBQing are still things I love to do, especially while drinking something I created. Stay tuned. Its going to be a flavorful ride!

Pumpkin Ale