Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saint Arnold Launching Endeavour On Leap Day

Saint Arnold Brewing is set to launch their newest year-round beer, Endeavour, on Wednesday, February 29th. Endeavour is a Double IPA based on Divine Reserve 11 that was released last year. To kick off the new beer in style, they've got the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow coming out to the brewery that evening to show the timeless classic "Spaceballs". Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online but they will ONLY be doing check in between 6:00pm and 6:45pm, so you need to ensure you're there on time. Also, don't forget to bring your own chair if you dont' want to sit on the ground and your own food if you're going to get hungry.

In addition to the big launch party at the brewery, they will be hosting events around town to introduce everyone to the new brew:

Feb 29th - 7:00pm - Flying Saucer (Downtown) - Endeavour Tapping
Feb 29th - 7:00pm - Petrol Station - Endeavour Tapping
Mar 1st - 7:00pm - Canyon Creek - Endeavour Tapping
Mar 2nd - 7:00pm - Rockwell Tavern - Endeavour/DR 11/Bitter Belgian/Elissa & Special Food Pairing
Mar 2nd - 5:30 PM - Ginger Man - Endeavour Tapping
Mar 3rd - 7:00pm - Chuggin Charlies - Endeavour Tapping
Mar 6th - 7:00pm - Flying Saucer (Sugar Land) - Endeavour/DR11 Side-by-Side

Beers, Boots and (Mud)Bugs Texas Beer Fest Pre-Party

Join the organizers of the 2012 Texas Beer Fest for a Texas Independence Day Crawfish Boil Pre-Festival Party on Saturday, March 3rd at Liberty Station. In addition to mud bugs, they will also be featuring the following special tappings:

Saint Arnold - Farmer’s Brown aged in a Chardonnay cask
No Label - Elda M. Milk Stout
Saint Arnold - Divine Reserve 11 (bottle)

The party starts at 1:00pm and lasts until the cows come home. For more information about the actual festival, please visit www.texasbeerfest.org.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Behemoth Beer Week at Flying Saucer

The Houston Flying Saucer has decided to release a few beers out into the wild that have been aging in their beer cellar. Each day this week a different rare and vintage beer will be tapped:

Feb 13 - Real Ale - Sysphus (2007)
Feb 14 - Brooklyn Brewing - Chocolate Stout (2010)
Feb 15 - Sierra Nevada - Jack & Ken's Ale (2010)
Feb 16 - Stone - Double Bastard (2008)
Feb 17 - Moylans - Barleywine (Cask)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Camp Beer X - Sourpalooza

Sourpalooza, the tenth edition of Camp Beer from Live it Big, has been announced and will take place on Saturday, March 10th. The list of beers being served includes (in no particular order):

Crooked Stave - W.W.B.O.
Crooked Stave - W.W.B.R.
Crooked Stave - Pure Guava Petite Sour
The Bruery - Saison Rue
Russian River - Supplication
Russian River - Consecration

Jolly Pumpkin - Bam Noire
Jolly Pumpkin - La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin - Luciernaga
Telegraph Brewing - Reserve Wheat Ale
Rodenbach - Grand Cru

As always, the Beer Master of Anvil Bar & Refuge and soon to be open Hay Merchant, Kevin Floyd, will lead the crowd through the tasting with information and anecdotes about the beer and breweries.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10th are available for purchase through the website for $55 each.  However, you've got to be quick as past events have typically sold out within hours.

** Update: Tickets SOLD OUT in only a few hours ***

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 Texas Beer Fest Pre-Party at the Ginger Man

Tickets for the 2012 Texas Beer Fest went on sale earlier this week and now the organizers are holding a pre-party to help raise aware about the festival at the Ginger Man on Saturday, February 4th beginning 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the upcoming event, particularly the volunteer opportunities.

The TxBF has also partnered with Duff Distribution which allowed them to purchase 6 casks, 3 of which will be making an appearance at the pre-party with selections from Texas brewers that you cannot find anywhere else:

Austin Beerworks - Fire Eagle that was dry hopped with Warrior in the tanks and Amarillo in the firkin,
Karbach Brewing - Herkules Dry Hopped Hellfighter Imperial Porter
Southern Star Brewing - Centennial dry hopped Pine Belt.

And there will also be special pours of 15th Anniversary from Real Ale and Czar Imperial Stout from Avery Brewing.

In addition to great beer, there will be live music from the Brandon Matthew Band and bagpiping from Clif Wigington, Manager General of Texas Beer Fest (trust me, its worth going to the party just to see Cliff play the bagpipes). Representatives of Open The Taps will be onsite, tasty treats from Happier Desserts and Oh My Gogi food truck will be available and merchandise with the new logo and slogan for the 2012 Texas Beer Fest will be on sale.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Glass Nights at the Ginger Man

The Ginger Man has released their list of Glass Nights for the month of February:

1st - Peroni
8th - Duvel Para Art Glasses
15nd - Independence
22nd - Karbach

The glasses are available starting at 6:00pm 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.