Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sister Doris, A Beer-Brewing Nun

I found this to be an interesting story. We all know about the Trappist Monks and their beer making history, but this is new to me:


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finally Made A Brewery Crawl in Columbis, SC

Just back from my excursion into the Columbia Brewing scene: Conquest Brewing Co., Inc., Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, River Rat Brewery and @Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House. Lots of photos and commentary to edit, but here's a quick look at some of the places I went (I'll explain about the blueberry pizza too):

Conquest was crowded, inside and out.


Logan leads a tour at River Rat.

This is what yeast does... it's now beginning to be beer.

Samplers. 4 oz pours of fresh goodness.

Sarah rocks likes her work!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stone Brewing's New IRS - Imperial Russian Stout

Since I've been a Stone Brewing fan forever, it seems, always heartened to hear of a new release, even if it's a stout instead of an IPA, for which they are justly famous.
Stone has just released this video explaining about the latest version, released on March 23.


Making me thirsty watching it being made!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Excellent Beer Style Visual Aid

Found this and realized that it's one of the best visual guides to beer styles I've seen Most of the ones I have encountered are in print (the Cicerone study materials for example) but this graphic is colorful (tho I can't attest to the color accuracy) and easy to remember.
Give it a try:


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pig Cheeks Pairing

Some memorable moments from our Sierra Nevada Brewing Company celebratory dinner last night: A beer flight of four tastes, pig cheeks, one of the small plate entre├ęs we had and a discussion what makes an IPA glass special.

Hoppy lager, Idaho 7 IPA, Ruthless Rye, and Draught Pale (l-r)

Infamous and delicious Pig Cheeks with grits.

Yes, there is a reason why the glass has that shape.

Bar at the taproom showing the 24 beers on tap.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Community Tap Event A Ton of Fun

What a fun and educational time at The Community Tap tonight, with Foothill Brewing coming in to take over the taps. Passed out chocolates to go with the Sexual Chocolate and talked with brewmaster/owner Jamie Bartholomaus about his success and what the future might hold. Great evening and a special venue for us Greenville folks.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Foothills At Community Tap Tonight

I've prepared a surprise.... some chocolate dipped truffles to pair with their Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, both the 2012 and 2014 versions.... yummie!!!