Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Barrel Moving Day for Birds Fly South Ale Project

All of Shawn's barrels of aging beer are now in their new home, out from Thomas Creek Brewery where they rested for many months. Not an easy task as the pictures show, but all went well, he lost no barrels/beer so come see them for yourself on Sept 1-3 when the new brewery officially opens to the public.

https://www.facebook.com/bfsbeer/?rf=1501120113528395












Cheers and good luck to Shawn and Lindsay (and their barrels) in their new facility!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wisconsin Beer Adventures.

Back home after a week of researching Wisconsin's newest brewest and one trip (pilgrimage?) to an old favorite, New Glarus. Details to come as soon as I update my notes and photos, but in the meanwhile, here's a few snaps to keep you interested:












Cheers!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hoppy News!

Here's a bit of good news, which is sorely needed these days;

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/02/488236990/hop-growers-cheer-craft-brewers-for-saving-an-ailing-industry?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news






Have a hoppy day!

Cheers.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Belgiums' 25th Birthday Bicycle

Upstate Craft Beer Co., in Greenville, was the sight for a New Belgium tap takeover and the raffling of a custom-made NB bicycle in honor of the occasion. 6 collaboration beers to try and each purchase got you a raffle ticket. And finally, at 7:30, the winning ticket was drawn and the winner, who just moved to Gville six days prior, claimed the bike for his own, adding a victory lap in the parking lot. Great time was had by all, aided of course by good beer, good music from The Passing Scene group and the fun ambiance that inhabits the Clausen Bakery Buildings latest incarnation, Upstate Craft Beer.

Some photos below attempting to capture all the festivities.


The beer menu for the tap takeover.

Tasting flight of 4 of 6. All collaborations.

Wes Gibson, New Belgium Beer Ranger, with the prize!!


Two of the six beers were outside only, the Sour and Belgian Pale.




The crowd starts to build outside; inside was packed.




Good music, many of it original but included Grateful Dead pleasing tunes.








The party carries on, despite heat and some threat of rain.

Calling the winning numbers.

Correct numbers??
The Winner!! "RW"  on his first visit to Upstate.

RW with his new bike. He just moved from Austin, quite a welcome present.

Jack, Wes and Chris ready the bike for the party.

 Happy 25th to New Belgium and cheers to all!!























Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quest Brewing's 3rd Anniversary Bash Goes On, Despite Heat!

So, to summarize, despite the near-record setting temps yesterday, fun and frolic was not be be deterred at Quest Brewing Company's 3rd Anniv. bash and so the party went on. Music, dogs, food, kids and dads with hula hoops (Mike Okupinski comes to mind), Painter-Tots and of course, new beers to try. Lucky you if you chose to try the Nitro Pepper Pale cause it was a delight to drink. Hope that stays around. Conveniently posted near the inside bar, a schedule of releases throughout the day meant one had to work hard, doing research of course, to keep up. Alas, schedule obligations kept from staying to the end, but I'm hoping that tomorrow's Yoga class will be rewarded with some of the same beers on tap. Congrats again to Don, Andrew and the entire Quest crew for such a successful (and award winning) three years.
Some pix to document the occasion:




















Cheers to all and best wishes for another successful three years!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

October Comes Early to Thomas Creek

Another busy afternoon, another beer to research. Thomas Creek Brewery was the scene today of the bottling of their 2016 Octoberfest, which will be released next week. Tim Smith, TC spox, graciously let me try a bottle (required only a moderate amount of begging) so I could speak with some authority about it. Despite the reaction from some that it's too early (and warm) for Fall ales, I found it very drinkable, with a strong malt backbone, a much bigger body than some I've had in the past, and surprisingly dry in the finish, considering the style.

You can find out yourself next week when they have the official release. As I left, the kegs were being filled, so try it fresh from the tap as well.


Some photos appear below, just to prove that I was indeed working:
















Cheers!