Thursday, July 29, 2010
I love having cheese with my beer, particularly an aged Canadian cheddar with a hoppy Pale or IPA.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Anvil is located on Westheimer just West of Montrose Blvd. Check their website for directions and parking information and click here to see what other tasty beers they currently have on tap.
*** Update ***
The following are a few photos from the event and the first one is of Rob Cartwright, co-founder and Brewmaster of Independence Brewing. The Stash IPA cask was served using a beer engine with a sparkler making the beer very smooth and creamy.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Here's the list of Stouts that will be sampled and discussed during Stoutapolooza:
• St. Arnold's Divine Reserve # 5
• Avery Black Tot
• Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
• Founders Breakfast Stout
• Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
• Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher
• Three Floyd's 2010 Dark Lord IRS
• Three Floyd's 2009 Dark Lord IRS
• Three Floyd's 2008 Dark Lord IRS
• Deschutes 2009 Abyss IRS
• Deschutes 2008 Abyss IRS
• Deschutes 2007 Abyss IRS
• Rogue 2008 XS Series Imperial Stout
They're all some pretty incredible stouts, but the highlight will certainly be the vertical tasting of Dark Lord which is a highly sought after beer.
*** Update 07/16/10 - 2:00pm ***
All 60 tickets for Stoutapalooza are now sold out!!!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Sorachi Ace is a classic Saison style and the name comes from the fact that it's brewed entirely using Sorachi Ace hops. The Sorachi Ace hops are actually a cross between the Brewer's Gold and Saaz hop varieties that was developed in Japan in the late '80s. Its this hop that gives the beer its distinctive lemony flavours and aroma. However, the lemon is not overpowering as flavours of pepper, coriander and lemon grass still come through in the end. Finish is crisp and dry. Excellent on a hot day and would pair very well with light salads and seafood.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
The list of breweries attending the 2010 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is now available on the GABF website. There are over 460 breweries serving beer with 56 attending for the first time. Texas also has the largest showing ever with the following 19 breweries listed:
(512) Brewing Company ~ Austin
Draught House Pub & Brewery ~ Austin
Independence Brewing Co. ~ Austin
Jester King Craft Brewery ~ Austin
Live Oak Brewing Company ~ Austin
Lovejoys ~ Austin
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery ~ Austin
Thirsty Planet Brewing Co. ~ Austin
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que ~ Austin *
Real Ale Brewing Company ~ Blanco
Southern Star Brewing Company ~ Conroe
Humperdink's Restaurant and Brewery ~ Dallas
Rahr & Sons Brewery ~ Fort Worth
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery ~ Fort Worth *
Fredericksburg Brewing Company ~ Fredericksburg
Saint Arnold Brewing Company ~ Houston *
Blue Star Brewing Company ~ San Antonio
Freetail Brewing Co. ~ San Antonio
Spoetzl Brewery ~ San Antonio
* Medal winners in last years competition.Gold (Kellerbier/Zwickelbier) - Hell In Keller by Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Gold (Munich Style Helles) - Summer Pils by Saint Arnold Brewing
Silver (German-Style Wheat Ale) - Weizenbock by The Covey Restaurant and Brewery
Silver (Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale) - 100 by The Covey Restaurant and Brewery
My Dad had couple of cans of this in the fridge, so I had to try it. It's a basic pale lager brewed by Pacific Western Brewing of Burnaby, BC. I'm not familiar with the brewery, but they appear to produce mostly mainstream lagers. I also tried their Carboos Honey Lager which was basically just a sweeter version of the Carboos Genuine Draft.
I've had a few beers from Tree Brewing on previous trips and I've been pretty happy with them. This time I picked up their Character 8 Pack which included 2 of the Thirsty Beaver Amber, Kelowna Pilsner, Cutthroat Pale Ale and Hefeweizen. My favourite was the Cutthroat Pale Ale, but its more fun to say the name Thirsty Beaver.
While in Vancouver, we wandered into the Yaletown Brewing Co for lunch. Its located in an area filled with very trendy and contemporary shops and eateries. They didn't have anything particularly special on tap, but the couple of beers that I tried were pretty solid and our food was great.
We also eventually made our way over to Granville Island which allowed me to try a few beers at the Granville Island Brewery Taproom. Founded in 1984, Granville Island Brewing was Canada's first microbrewery. However, it was recently purchased by Creemore Springs which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MolsonCoors. Although most of their beers have been brewed at their facilities in Kelowna for years, its my understanding that they still produce some of the seasonals here. My wife left me there long enough to try several of their beers while she browsed the local shops. The limited release GI Bitter was definitely their best which had an earthy and toasty malt flavour that gave way to a lingering hop bitterness.
The weather couldn't have been better on our last day and we spent most of it in Stanley Park. We grabbed lunch at the Tea House which was serving the Stanley Park 1867 Amber on draft. I couldn't find very much information about this beer other then its brewed by Turning Point Brewery which appears to be part of some larger alcohol conglomerate. It was actually a pretty good beer and reminded me of New Belgium's Fat Tire.
In addition to these beers, I also brought back a few others that I'll review and post about soon.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
July 7th - Lefebvre Hopus
July 14th - De Koninck
July 21st - Malheur
July 28th - Piraat
The glasses are available starting at 5:30pm and only one glass per person with purchase of the beer of the day. As always, the glasses are subject to change and only available while supplies last.