Friday, July 5, 2019

#FunkCollective Happy Faces

I was planning on posting the remaining photos from the Birds Fly South Funk Collective event but FB is non-cooperative today. Hacked by the Russians??
Anyway, I’ll do it when things return to business as usual.



So it appears that FB has made the appropriate repairs and now videos and pictures are publishable again.
I have compiled a collection of images from the #FunkCollective fun time so, in no particular order, relive those exciting moments:
Birds Fly South Ale Project Hannah Morris The Community Tap
















Until next year, Cheers!!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Fire Forge Brewery's First Anniversary

Big day yesterday at Fireforge Crafted Beer's big One Year Anniversary celebration (hope you were there). Big crowd, big fun and Big Ass fans kept the place hopping and comfortable while enjoying the beer lineup, including two anniversary releases: a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale and a Belgian Chocolate Quad.

I was pleased to be part of the pouring team, joining other volunteers (hey, Bob Muller) and FF staff to make sure the wait for a beer was minimum (or non-existent).

Exciting music outdoors in the biergarten, Anniversary cake to share and the unveiling of the official Fire Forge Brewery sign (at last!) made for a memorable day and I join others who say "can't wait till next year!"
I'll drink to that. Cheers!!


Friday, May 24, 2019

Cryo Hops - an Explanation

 I've been noticing the term "cryo hops" show up more and more often. Didn't mean much to me so I decided to do some research (it's my job, you know).

This site below seemed to provide the best answers, so I have added the link. At the moment I'm searching for info from any of our local breweries who might be using the powder.

Stay tuned, I'll report back shortly.


https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/05/02/New-era-of-brewing-YCH-Hops-sees-interest-around-proprietary-Cryo-Hops

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Meeting Mitch Steel, New Realm Brewing

Following my meet up and chat with Mitch Steele, now of New Realm Brewing, at The Community Tap's VIBE event, I decided that I needed to re-read his book. Perhaps now I'll know how better to describe the wonderful IPAs I encounter.

I hope.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

VIBE vibrations

Rain dampened no one's spirits today at The Community Tap's VIBE event; you might say spirits were raised.... tasting glasses certainly were. So many good beers, most rarely seen around here (The Answer, anyone?) if ever. Mucho kudos to Mike, Anna, Ed and the rest of the crew responsible for staging this exemplary beer appreciation day.

I also got to meet Mitch Steele, journeyed brew master and author of "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale." He is now brew master and COO of New Realm Brewing in Atlanta and he just happened to bring along an IPA, Hoptropolis, which, as you might expect, was fabulous. Hop bill looked like this, Citra, Mosaic, Loral & Azacca. Tropical bliss.

Below, please find a varied selection of photos, mostly some of the usual suspects but all clearly enjoying this very, very special day.


https://www.facebook.com/events/1356620581152120/























I also got to meet Mitch Steele, journeyed brew master and author of "IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale." He is now brew master and COO of New Realm Brewing in Atlanta and he just happened to bring along an IPA, Hoptropolis, which, as you might expect, was fabulous. Hop bill looked like this, Citra, Mosaic, Loral & Azacca. Tropical bliss.

Below, please find a varied selection of photos, mostly some of the usual suspects but all clearly enjoying this very, very special day.


https://www.facebook.com/events/1356620581152120/

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Altered State at Eighth State is a thing.

Sunday, May 6.

Eighth State Brewing's Second Annual Altered State event was a beer lover's dream, especially for those who search for variety. Over 40 taps/cans/bottles of unique, hard to get and even some impossible to get due to distribution issues were there for the sampling. And sampling we did. Untappd was never so busy!

A stand out for me was Wise Man Brewing from Winston Salem, NC, followed closely by Barrel Theory Beer Company's Midwestern Exotic, a fruit-filled Gose. Just too delicious to be believed. Yum.
Prize for best name for a brewery, in my opinion, was Bolero Snort from NJ.



Some photos of lotsa people enjoying lotsa beers:


























Already looking forward to next year's event!!

Cheers.