Drink My Beer!

The baby Lily bottle share is on and I’m celebrating both the embiggening of my family (it’s a word, just ask the residents of Springfield) and my 6th anniversary of beer reviewing! On Feb. 26th at 7pm, I plan on cracking the beers below:

 

The-Lost-Abbey-logoLost Abbey – Veritas 015 (1 bottle)
This is a brewery only sour, made with apricots, nectarines, and peaches.

 

 

firestoneFirestone Walker – 15th Anniversary (1 bottle)
This is a 4 year old bottle of Firestone’s fantastic anniversary beer series. Teams of wine makers are given access to Firestone reserves, competing against each other to create the best barrel aged blends. For the 15th Anniversary blend, they used Helldarado, Sticky Monkey, Bravo, DDBA, Good Foot, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, and Double Jack.

 

abraxasPerennial – Abraxas (1 bottle)
A cinnamon stick, ancho chiles, cacao nibs, vanilla bean imperial stout.

 

 

brew_14952Tree House Brewing – Green, That’s What She Said (1 can each)
The quintessential Tree House IPA, Green, along with their milk stout, That’s What She Said.  Both are 16 ouncers, so I’ll spread it out as best I can.

 

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Styles Announced

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Sierra Nevada has released further information on the 2016 collaboration beers coming to your local distributor later this year in honor of Beer Camp 2016. 30 breweries will participate, working together to brew the 6 styles listed below. The break down of what brewery is working on what is unknown, but the brewers who made each announcement in the brief Sierra Nevada youtube video are given credit for now. Whether the generally disappointing results of 2014’s case can be bested by focusing on fewer styles and more brewers input remains to be tasted. Hopefully these beers will be worthy of the sum of their parts.

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Tired Hands Cans Releasing Today – 1/7/16

Tired HandsLocal Ardmore brewing gem, Tired Hands, is entering the 16oz canned IPA game today with the release of HopHands, their house pale, and Alien Church, an IPA I recently gave a rather positive review. Both are available at the Fermenteria starting today (1/7/16) for $14 a four pack (HopHands) and $16 a four pack (Alien Church).

Customers can buy up to a case of each (that’s $84 and $96 a case respectively for those that don’t like them math numbers.) This is sure to be a hot item, especially in the secondary beer trade market, so head down prior to the 4:20pm launch to secure yours.

Capone’s Black Friday Tap List 2015

CaponesAnother Black Friday, another stop in at Capone’s Restaurant in Norristown to catch our collective breath during the Bourbon County madness. It’s cramped, uncomfortable, and packed with near standing room only nerds with the beer sweats. Wouldn’t have it any other way…

So, what does this purveyor of beer have for the fermentation obsessed this year? The break down’s below. It may not be quite the jimmy rustler of past years, but any excuse to warm the old liver by the ABV fire is a good one.

I’ve highlighted some I’ve got my sights on, a few favs but mostly my have nots. Those that don’t want to brave the beer sweaty masses will most likely find this tap list near complete (sans Cantillon) on Saturday, so plan accordingly.

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A Visit to Forest & Main Brewery

IMG_2066My partner in beer got it in his head that a brewery trip was in order. When the calling comes, and it comes for all of us (sometimes a few times a week), it can’t be denied.   It also so happened that my ever so kindly wife gave me a weekend on my own to do as I will. Her canonization to sainthood should be coming through any day now.

This expedition would take us an hour and a half from the horse-powered breweries of Lancaster to the quaint Forest & Main Brewery, nestled between the residential and retail buildings on Main Street of Ambler, PA.

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