Monday, August 31, 2009
I'm always glad to see a new beer bar opening in Houston, particularly one that opens with that many taps. However, whether they want it to be a beer bar or just another sports bar with a lot of taps will soon show based how well they look after the beer and the lines and the effort they put into educating their staff about the beer. Its a nice change of pace from my usual haunts, but there's nothing in particular to draw me out there at the moment, but I'll certainly be keeping an eye on it. The large patio area looks like it could be nice to hang out on in during the cooler (and hopefully soon) times of the year.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I tried the Imperial Stout and Imperial White earlier this year and was a little disappointed by both. However, if you're a fan of Sam Adams and those beers in particular, it would probably be a fun enough evening.
Are you a wine lover that thinks beer is prosaic? How about a beer drinker that’s stuck on I.P.A.’s, Amber’s and Lager’s? Well… here’s some beer that will surprise you. Crisp, rich, and as complex as most great wines. In fact, we feel these are perfect crossovers from white wine to beer. Some are made to age; others are made to drink upon release. Some are spiced; some are fermented with additional fruit.
They will be offering Saison Dupont, Biere de Miel, Cuvee Rene and Deus Brut des Flandres for tasting. All beers are available to purchase by the bottle or the case.
I assume they're wanting to offer beer that is not what the average wine drinker will think of when (or if) they think about beer. If they want to stay away from the typical IPA's, Ambers and lagers, then I'd also suggest beers such as Allagash's Victoria Ale (brewed with Chardonnay grapes) or the barrel-aged Odyssey (aged in American oak). There's also New Belgium's La Folie and Ommegang's Abbey Ale. Barley wines are another style that may appeal to wine drinkers (hey, it's got wine right in the name) as it pairs well with strong cheeses and rich desserts.
I think its great to see places starting to offer better beer and give it the recognition that it deserves. Its a step towards getting more restaurants to realize that beer does pair just as well with food as wine (arguably better and typically at a much lower price). The Brewer's Association has a great beer and food pairing chart available on the website if you need some help or suggestions for pairings.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
For help with adding some beer destinations during your next vacation, check out The Beer Mapping Project website. They have free online maps with the location of breweries, brewpubs and beer stores for most major U.S. destinations. They also have a slick mobile interface to access the website from your smartphone while you're on the go. I've used their site numerous times to find a nearby beer bar when travelling.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The latest fresh hop beer I tried is the apply named Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing in Denver, Coloardo. Its brewed with fresh hops flown in direct from the harvest in the Pacific Northwest. Big, beautiful hop aroma. Very well balanced. The expected grassy and citrusy flavours are not overbearing and finishes with only a mild dry bitterness. Would make a nice session beer if it wasn't 6.1% ABV.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
** UPDATE **
A few photos of the different courses served during the evening. The food was really good, the only issue we had was with the amount... there was just too much! With 5 courses plus appetizers, we were all pretty full after the 4th course was finished. Our favourite was definitely the chicken fried quail which paired perfectly with our Pale Ale.
Top left is the Mini Frito Pie followed by the Chicken Fried Quail. On the second line is the House Made Kielbasa followed by the dessert which was the Brew House Brownie. The full menu along with the beer pairings is available by clicking on the image above.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This will be his only U.S. book signing as his real reason for being in town is because his mother is undergoing treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. If at all possible, I'm going to try and make it to the signing at the Bull & Bear.
Thanks to Beer, TX for the list of times and locations and to my wife for forwarding an email message from the Mucky Duck that announced the event.
Friday, August 14, 2009
12pm - Barbar Belgian Honey Ale
1pm - Real Ale Lost Gold Firkin
2pm - Harpoon Big Bohemian Pilsner
3pm - Allagash Curieux
4pm - Stone Smoked Porter Firkin
5pm - PALATE BREAK!
6pm- Dogfish Burton Baton
7pm - Monk's Cafe
8pm - Moylander Double IPA
9pm - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
More information about the "Revolution #9" bash is available at the Saucer's website.
I'm still s-l-o-w-l-y working my way through the required number of beers for my U.F.O. Club and it's probably going to be quite a while before I'm finally immortalized in the Ring of Honor. I may try and drop by on Sunday so I can add another three beers to my list.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
If you're going to the GABF this year, you're going to need something to fill your Friday afternoon anyway and its a great opportunity to try some rare beers, meet the brewers and help out a worthy cause. I've already got my ticket and looking forward to the event.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The guys from Boomerang's Pies were out at the brewery selling their delicious meat pies again. They have a special steak and cheese pie that's made with our Bootlegger Brown Ale that is absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend you stop by their store in Austin and pick some up or try one the next time they're at one of our tour days. But make sure you get one early though as they often sell out, particularly the Bootlegger Steak Pie.
The next tour day will be Saturday, September 5th. If you want to be kept up to date with happenings and special events at the brewery, become a member of the Mobile Brew Crew and you will receive updates direct to your cell phone. Current members received a special message before the tour day that rewarded them with an extra beer sample ticket when they showed that message at the entrance to the tour.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
(512) Brewing Company
Covey Restaurant & Brewery
Fredericksburg Brewing Co. *
Freetail Brewing Co.
Humperdink's Restaurant & Brewery
Independence Brewing Co.
Live Oak Brewing Co.
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Rahr & Sons Brewing
Real Ale Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing Company *
Southern Star Brewing
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que *
* Medal winners in last years competition.
The festival map should be available later this summer. The map is particularly useful for planing out your tasting strategy. Its pretty overwhelming to walk into the convention center and see rows and rows of breweries and beers that you've never tried or even heard of. If you're attending the festival this year, I suggest reviewing the list of breweries and marking the location of the ones you really want to try on the map before the festival begins. Then prioritize the ones you really want to try and visit them first. A lot of the popular beers can often be unavailable past the first or second tasting session.
The popular Saturday afternoon session is already 80% sold. All sessions have sold out for the past few years, so purchase your tickets soon if you haven't already.