Posts tagged ‘Craft Beer’

Interview with Greg Koch CEO of Stone


The Craft Beer rating website is up!

After what seems like FOREVER is up and working rather smoothly.  Some of the searching is a bit cumbersome and I recommend typing in what you are looking for and waiting for the drop down box to suggest you what you want.  Also you will need to remove the location because the restaurants haven’t been added to the system yet and beers are only located by their brewery.  The Beer rating functionality is working and is explained in either education/how to rate or “first time here?” link.  Please set up an account and profile some beers.  Give me tons of feedback either on this blog or through the brewpot messaging system.  There is a cool feature of beer news down in the “Industry News” column of the page, which can be cool.  I also hired Jessica Moss, the beer maestro for Muss and Turners who also has been written about in the Atlantan as well as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  She is an amazing find and a great writer and having her on board will get brewpot some awesome content.  I also plan on bundling beer blogs into one easy to get place.  Unfortunately, this stuff just takes time!  I am working my web developers as fast as I can.

If you live in Illinois you might want to try some beer with your pizza-beer??

Tom Seefurth has created the worlds first culinary beer, “Mamma Mia Pizza Beer” and its now available in Peoria, IL and throughout the region. I haven’t had a chance to try it but a girl I am dating is flying up that way for a conference, so hopefully she can bring me back some!  My question is, when can you get it with pepperoni or anchovies?

Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams, possibly the nicest man on the planet?

How many companies do you know that when supplies are high in demand, they help their competitors by giving them excess supplies that they have?  This is exactly what founder of Sam Adams Jim Koch is doing and its called the Hops Sharing Program.  As you may already know, there is a huge hops shortage right now where supplies aren’t just much higher but often times unavailable.  This is when Jim looked at his own supplies and decided that he could afford to sell some of his hops at cost to help out the industry as a whole.   If this isn’t one of the nicest things a competitor has done for his competition, then I don’t know what is.  I challenge the other big guys out there to look at their own supplies and do the same thing, you know who you are.  That being said, I know what beer I will be ordering tonight!

Big Breweries trying to get smaller, smaller Breweries trying to get bigger!

I wrote an article back about the macrobreweries, namely Anheuser-Busch (AB), Miller and Coors all trying to act smaller with lines of their beer trying to be marketed as craft beer. AB has taken it to a whole new level deciding last month after 111 years that Michelob is now a craft beer! If you watch football at all, perhaps you have seen these new commercials. I think its pretty funny that the big guys are trying to do this and just shows how desired will be even by the big guys, who I originally thought would have no interest in me. The article I read interviews Gary Fish the owner of Deschutes Brewery out in Oregon, whom I have talked to on several occasions, and has advised me well, as well as Julia Herz the Director of Craft Beer marketing for the Brewers Association who is helping me market Gary states that he is not bothered by the big guys thinking small because if they can convert typical Bud drinkers to try other styles then it will be easy to bridge the gap from AB’s Longhammer IPA to a much more delicious Inversion IPA made by Deschutes. You can read the entire article here.

Highland Brewery at Muss & Turners
Last week, I wrote an article on the beer tasting events at Muss & Turners, and I must say that those people are on the front lines of the craft beer industry. They have beer tasting events every week and last Monday, I had the rare treat of a food & beer tasting event. The owner of Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC, Oscar Wong drove down and allowed the head chef of M&T Ryan Hidinger to sample each and every beer and use his expertise to pair it with the food. The results were absolutely fantastic!! Besides Oscar being a fun and interesting man, who interestingly enough was an engineer for 22 years, the pairings complemented themselves far better than I could have tried to do! I will try and remember this the best that I can:

Gaelic Ale paired with steamed mussels (of course, I cant remember what sauce was used but the flavors went very well)

Kashmir IPA which had a very noticible bitter sawgrass flavor (which I love by the way.. I am becoming a total hophead) paired with this most amazing green salad with a creamy aeola dressing

Tasgall ale (scotch-style) that had a very dark and rich flavor paired excellently with Scotch eggs (hardboiled eggs wrapped in a spicy sausage)

I may have these next two confused and I promise to take much better notes from now on. As you can see this is the first time I have really been doing these things, so I am learning what I need to remember and what I don’t, and frankly after I got to this part of the night, remembering specific details became a little more difficult!

Oatmeal porter and the Black Mocha Stout paired with smoked pork and a chocolate cake a la mode with spiced and candied peaches.

Click here for a listing and description of Highland Brewery’s beers.

Soon, when the website is up, I will be taking FAR better notes and I will use a flavor wheel on each beer that I try. I will also be having weekly tastings at my apt, so if you want to drink some free beer and don’t mind adding your thoughts to my website, contact me and I will try and get you in!

Here is a picture of Oscar Wong and me.

Owner of Highland Brewery, Oscar Wong

Site updates:

As you saw in my last post, I got a design spec from Solar Velocity, my web developers. I was a little worried about all the blank space of barley (which a lot of people thought were wheat, or corn btw) and talked to the head of design and he told me that that would be the area where I would have rotating blurbs of featured bars, restaurants, breweries, site news etc etc. I know I asked you guys to tell me your thoughts but there is a lot of things that the picture just did not do justice. For instance they are going to animate bubbles, ever so subtly of the beers on the front page. The background is also going to change with the seasons. I promise to show you everything new as it happens! As for today, I am driving out to Athens, GA to speak with the owner of Terrapin Brewery who I met last Thursday at Muss & Turners to see how we can help each other out. Cheers for now!

Craft Beer companies push a wide range of flavors

I just read an article talking about brewies, now more than ever, are experimenting with all sorts of adjuncts and flavors that never before would have been possible.  Here is an excerpt:

Craft beer connoisseurs push wide range of flavors

Some brewers are devising extreme recipes to stretch the definitions even more.

Boston-based Samuel Adams, helmed by Jim Koch, has its Utopias, sold in limited release with alcohol content reaching a staggering 25 percent by volume. Its sales are illegal in 14 states.

Dogfish Head Brewery’s 90 Minute IPA — hops are added every minute as the brew boils for 90 minutes — is meant to be drunk from a snifter. Its 120 Minute IPA, in limited release, is 20 percent alcohol by volume.

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione remembers when his Delaware brewery was a laughingstock for using ingredients like raisins. It made 120 barrels when it opened in 1995. Today, it makes about 51,000 barrels a year.

“Consumers are deciding what to buy. They expect more flavor,” Calagione said. “We never had any aspirations of appealing to the average beer drinker.”

Of course, what’s considered extreme has changed over time.

Twenty years ago, Sierra Nevada Pale was considered extreme, said Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif. His brewery has been taking used wine barrels and adding wild yeast, a technique once considered undesirable.

“If we’d done what we do today 20 years ago, we’d be out of business,” Cilurzo said.

Read the full article here. 

Beer prices may go up!!!! Agggghhhhh!!!

Here’s a sad article I found today about shortages around the world causing beer prices to go up due to the increase in price of hops.  Here is the devastating article!

Tightening supply of hops could mean rising price of local beer

Pioneer Press

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Brewer Josh Bischoff empties a 6-pound bucket of hops into a 400-gallon brew kettle at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. Bischoff was brewing a batch of Masala Mama India Pale Ale, a beer that uses 40 pounds of five different kinds of American hops. Smaller craft brewers like Town Hall are in a tough spot as the supply of hops tightens and the price increases: They use a lot of hops in their beers and their access to lower-priced supplies is limited. (John Doman, Pioneer Press) (John Doman)

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Because it might drive up the price of our locally made beer.

Take a deep breath (and maybe a slug of that brew):

Beer is made of water, malted barley, hops and yeast. A drought Down Under has sent Australia looking for barley overseas; flooding has Europe calling on the United States to supply it with hops; and biofuels have motivated farmers to grow corn and soybeans instead of hops.

This means a lot of demand for a shrinking supply of beer-making materials – and a likely bump in the price of beer at your local liquor store.

“Don’t be surprised to see everything go up 15, 20 percent,” said Jeff Williamson,

Mike Hoops, the head brewer at Town Hall, holds partially dried hop buds. After they dry, the buds will be pelletized and added to the various beers made at the Seven Corners brew pub. (John Doman, Pioneer Press) (John Doman)

co-owner and brewmaster at Flat Earth Brewing Co. in St. Paul. He plans to keep his beer prices steady for at least the next year.

Read the article here.