Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
You get to taste 6 beers & our food pairings to go along with them. A representative from both breweries will be here to host and speak about the beer and the food. Also, you'll leave with a complementary glass!
The price is reasonable enough, depending on the food being served and the beer being sampled I guess.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is one of the beers that I continue to cellar year after year and I currently have '05, '06, '07, '09 and now '10. For some very odd reason, I don't find any '08 in my cellar at all. I have no idea how that happened and I find it quite annoying to be missing a year. I hope to have my usual vertical tasting soon and see how these bold flavours have settled. I only have one bottle of the '05 left, so it will be the last of that year.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
As ridiculous as I think it is to produce beers with that high of an ABV, the beer geek in me can't help but want to know how they taste.
*** UPDATE 03/15/10 ***
Update from the Petrol Station Facebook page:
We will have hardcore ipa on tap, isle of arran paradox on cask, tokyo in bottles plus free samples of sink the bismarck, tactical nuclear penguin and nanny state
200 Beers: Plate #1 - Your name on a plate in the Ring of Honor plus a $100 Toast for you and your friends.
400 Beers: Plate #2 - $100 Toast.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Entrance is free for current AHA members and non-members can gain entrance by joining for a discounted rate at the door. Space is limited and you are asked to RSVP online if you plan to attend.
To learn more about the American Homebrewers Association and what a membership can do for you, see the Membership Benefits on their website.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
However, this ongoing one-upmanship for strongest beer seems pretty pointless. Utopia from Sam Adams was a cool novelty when it was released in 2002, but now this is just getting boring. It obviously gets the two year old brewery more publicity, but really doesn't entice me to drink more of their beer. I have tried a couple of their beers that are available down here and wasn't very impressed... with the beer or the high price.
They've apparently been getting a little beaten up about it and you can read their response here on a BeerAdvocate forum.
*** UPDATE 02/19/010 ***
Apparently the war rages on... Schorschbräu has announced it will release a 45% ABV beer very soon. You can read an English translation of a German article on The Bitten Bullet blog about Schorschbräu's reaction to Sink the Bismarck and their announcment to beat it.
"I wish there to be fair competition," said Tscheuschner. He himself would soon bring out a beer with 45% by volume of alcohol.
Perhaps they can bring an end to this by brewing a collaborative 50% ABV beer and just call the whole thing done.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My wife and I went for lunch on Saturday and arrived around 1:00pm. We were told there was a wait for a table, so we grabbed a seat at the bar. I swear the tap selection hasn't changed since I was there last. I remember the selection because it was the first place that I ever tried a Bridgeport IPA and I saw that it was still on tap. I had the Bridgeport while my wife had a coffee with Baileys. The pub was filled with an obvious combination of first-timers who came here after seeing the episode of DDD and longtime regulars who eyed the newcomers with suspicion. We briefly contemplated just eating at the bar, but were seated at a table in the far corner after only 10 minutes.
We surveyed the menu, but we had already decided on the Chicken Tandoori Quesadillas after watching the chef make them on the show. I also ordered the Fish & Chips which seemed to be the quintessential thing to have in a British pub. The quesadillas are made with chicken baked with Tandoori spices and then shredded and served with mozzarella, pickled onions and peppers between two soft layers of naan. The whole thing is then dusted with Parmesan cheese and cilantro. It was good, but not as flavourful as we had been expecting. The chicken could have been more spicy and I would have liked a little more cheese in it. We were basically underwhelmed by what looked like an exiting and original dish. The fish on the other hand was fantastic. Two big fillets with a light puffy batter with fries and green peas. The fish was flaky and moist but not oily and the batter was thin and not greasy. Definitely one of the better fish and chips that I've had in Houston.
We both noticed that the prices for food and drinks were high. All of the draft beers were $7 a pint and despite what the beer menu indicates, my beer was not a True 20oz Imperial Pint. The fish and chips were $16 and the quesadillas $15. Like I said, I haven't been there for years, so I don't know if the prices have always been that high or if that's a recent change after being featured on a national TV show. I might stop by if I happen to be driving by, but their limited selection of craft beer and the higher then average prices doesn't give me a reason to make an effort to get back over there again.
Monday, February 15, 2010
You can read the full announcement at the Rahr website. Additional info and photos of the damage and can be seen over at the Texas Beer blog.
However, the ordering difficulties aside, this was an awesome place to chill for a couple of hours. It's yet another bar that I would frequent often if it was closer to where I live and it would be a great place to grab a beer after work.
Friday, February 12, 2010
RateBeer Mobile - App that allows direct interaction with the RateBeer.com website but a RateBeer account is required. Able to get a list of nearby beer places based on current geographic location. Often get ForceClose errors though. -- $Free
Home Brew Calculators - Various calculators for homebrewers. -- $2.99
Balance the Beer - Tip the phone back and forth to keep the beer on the screen for 15 secs. -- $Free
Portland Breweries - Selectable Google Maps for breweries in the Portland, OR area. -- $Free
If you know of any other cool beer apps for Android phones, please leave a comment and I'll add it to the list. There is also a link at the top of the page to the complete list of all the Beer Android apps that I've found.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Ken Grosman - Founder of Sierra Nevada Brewery
Fritz Maytag - Owner of Anchor Brewery and considered to be the godfather of craft brewing
Jack McAuliffe - Founder of the nations first micro brewery and inspiration for countless others
Fred Eckhardt - Renowned beer writer and tireless promoter of good craft beer
Charlie Papazian - Homebrewing icon and founder of the Brewers Association
A website for the Sierra 30th Project is now online and provides details of the project, the history of those involved with it and information about the four beers that have been brewed. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these specical releases will be donated to the charities chosen by each brewer.
Fritz and Ken’s Ale – Imperial Stout (Mid-March)
Charlie, Fred and Ken’s Ale - Imperial Helles Ale (Mid-May)
Jack and Ken’s Ale - American Barleywine (Mid-July)
Our Brewer’s Reserve - A blend of Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale and Pale Ale which has then been dry-hopped (Mid-October)
These are limited-releases and will be available at select retailers and bars. Hopefully these will make their way to the Texas market.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is a bigger, bolder version of our mainstay Pecan Porter, with a richer finish. Two months on recently emptied Jack Daniels select barrels imparted a wonderful vanilla character from the oak and a pleasant amount of whiskey nose and flavor.
Only 187 of these 750ml bottles are being released to local stores around Austin, so they won't last long.
5 Courses, 5 Beers, 5 Wines
$70 per person and only 30 tickets are available starting tomorrow. More information about the menu and the event will be released soon.
*** Update 02/23/10 ***
The Petrol Station still had a few tickets left for the dinner at the time of this update. The main course is pork belly. Check their Facebook page for more information and how to contact them for tickets.
The party is Saturday, February 27th from 4pm ~ 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance (purchase online) or $20 at the door with an RSVP only (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org will full name to RSVP). Entry includes a copy of the new spring issue (set to go on sale March 9th), beer tastings, brewery tours and live music. Food will be available for purchase and a raffle to raise money for Haitian relief. Mingle with the Founder, Managing Editors, Writers and other members of the staff.
Beer will be available for sampling from 7 Texas breweries: Independence Brewing, Real Ale, Saint Arnold, Live Oak, (512) Brewing, North by Northwest and Uncle Billy's.
There is also a Pre-Party at the Ginger Man from 12pm ~ 4pm with a free shuttle bus to the brewery for the party and back to the Ginger Man for a Post-Party. Show your event ticket and get $.50 off draft and $2 off pitchers.
I am a subscriber to Beer Connoisseur Magazine and I'm pretty happy with the first issue that was released back in December and look forward to the new spring issue.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I got up a little after 7am (which I had to do anyway to let the dog out) to begin the preparations. I started by cutting up the stew meat, dusting it with salt and pepper and then coating it with flour before browning it in a hot and smoking cast iron skillet. I then added two bottles of Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout to the pan and let it cook for a minute more before pouring the entire mixture into the crock-pot. I also deglazed the pan with some more Guinness to ensure I got all the tasty brown bits off the bottom. The remaining ingredients of chopped up carrots, celery and mushrooms, a small bag of frozen pearl onions, garlic, thyme and beef stock where also added. The lid was closed and it was left to cook on low for almost 10 hours.
It turned out to be more of a "stoup" (thinner then a stew but thicker then a soup), probably due to extra moisture from the fresh mushrooms that I put in which were not called for in the original recipe. I add mushrooms to almost everything and I thought the stew was just crying out for them. However, the flavour was great and the meat was extremely tender and falling apart in the pot. I'd certainly make it again, but I'd probably add a little less beer or broth if adding mushrooms. I'd also like to try it with different stouts to see how the beer affects the flavour.
Monday, February 8, 2010
For only $11.25 you can get a flight of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard with a Bavarian style pretzel. Not sure why there's a pretzel thrown in on that deal, but I do like their soft pretzels. Only available while supplies last.
Feb. 15: The Flying Saucer - 2009
Feb. 16: Petrol Station - 2008
Feb. 17: The Saucer - 2008 (Rare Bourbon-Barrel-Aged)
Feb. 18: Petrol Station - 2007
Feb. 19: The Saucer - ** 2006 RIS Keg was bad, Stone Vertical Epic & Old Guardian instead **
Feb. 20: Petrol Station 2005
The kegs are tapped at 7:00pm and pints will be priced at $6 ~ $8 each. Get a punchcard the first night and if you get Stone'd each night, you'll be rewarded with an Old Guardian Barley Wine glass.
The full story, including a video on how the collaboration came to be, is available at the Beer, TX blog.
Friday, February 5, 2010
The next session will be on Sunday, March 28th from 3:oopm ~ 6:oopm and the location will be provided to those that purchase a ticket. Tickets and more information about the event, including a list of the beer that may make an appearance, is available at the website.
Well, there's now one less ticket... I just bought mine.
---- UPDATE ----
Camp Beer II is officially sold out and in less then 24hrs. If you missed out this time, its already been announced that there will be a Beer Camp III and they're doubling the number of tickets to 60.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The first new design features a clear plastic coating around the inside of the glass which can be applied to existing glasses. The second and more expensive design is a whole new glass made up of two thin glass walls bonded together with resin. Both designs prevent the glass from breaking up into shards when smashed.
Their solution just seems to addresses the number and severity of injuries, but does nothing to address the issue of the fights themselves. Won't they just hit each other with the new sturdier glass? I can't recall ever seeing a bar fight that involved someone using a smashed beer glass. Is this just an issue in the U.K.? Soccer hooligans?
The full story and more information is available at the BBC website.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
The place is definitely worth getting over too. Can't wait to try it when the weather is nice and I can sit outside on the large patio areas. Check their Facebook page for information on upcoming events and updates of what's currently on tap.