Saturday, December 20, 2014

Full Sail Wins Big in World Beer Championship

I was very pleased to read about Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon's sucess at the World Beer Championship. Full Sail was one of the very craft brews that I became a fan of, way back in the 90's. Also one of the reasons that I wanted to do an Oregon Brewery crawl that got me to Rogue, Bridgeport, Deschutes among others.

Photo: Full Sail Website

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bavarian Beer Adventure Ends

For reasons too complicated to go into, I was not able to post during my 11 days in Munich and Bavaria.... back home now and time to catch up. Lots of photo editing and commenting to do, but I thought a few previews might be in order.
Drank a lot of Helles and Dunkkels and one surprising Pale Ale. All will be revealed in due time but for now, these images will give you a bit of an idea. And I should mention that pretzels were obviously invented here since they were everywhere and paired beautifully with whatever beer we were having!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'All

Wishing a very special Thanksgiving to all my fellow craft beer lovers. In case you are interested, these are my Dinner choices:
And now, a toast to lots of leftovers and turkey sammiches tomorrow!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fresh, Wet Hopped and Seasonal IPAs

I seem to be on a fresh hop/seasonal IPA streak; first with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Celebration (6.8% abv)and, second, with Victory Brewing's Harvest (6.5% abv). According to the SN website, "Wet Hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours."

That means fresh, by anyone's definition. Not sure if I'll choose one of these for turkey-day dinner, but no doubt I'll have one while making the dressing!

Essential ingredient for dressing: fresh corn bread.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stout Night at The Growler, UPDATED

Just in time for the holiday food orgies, here's a chance to try some stouts and maybe make a decision about what to have with your turkey.
The Growler Station is the place to be this evening!

We tasted 3 stouts:
Bells Double Creme
Left Hand Fade to Black
Thirsty Dog Siberian Night

All were excellent examples of the style, but Siberian Night won the night, so to speak, for me and several others. Paired very well with the fig-cheese-bacon appetizers that Kay made. Our friend Mairr Uhrinek (with help from Jason) made an elegant pumpkin cream cheese roll that went with all three stouts but especially the Double Creme.

A very successful, educational evening, we all had a good time and no one got their clothes dirty!! Win-win.

Thanks to Big Jon and Courtney for doing the hosting chores.

And if you need some refresher info about stouts, this link does a good job of displaying the different categories. I for one am all  about Oatmeal Stouts.

Friday, November 14, 2014

For People Who Like Beer Lists

And you know who you are.

Here's another one, this time a personality identifier, or what your beer says about you:

Cheers and good luck.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cold Mountain Returns to Asheville for 2014

Well, technically, it's coming to Highland Brewing, cause they make the beer. Eagerly anticipated by NC and SC Winter Ale lovers, it's being released today, but I can't make it until Saturday!! Supply is limited so they are rationing the amount one can purchase each day. Kay and I should come away with two bombers each. That'll get us thru the next week.
I recommend this beer highly (is that a pun?).

Photo from HBC website.