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SF Beer Week 2013

11 Feb

sf beer week 2013

We’re in the heart of SF Beer Week 2013 which runs from February 8 – 17, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the bay area and thirsty for a beer, head to one (or two) of the plethora of outstanding craft beer events dotting Northern California from Monterrey to Santa Rosa including, of course, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Head over to the official website to check out their super easy-to-use Google Maps overlay with info about every event and links to buying admission online.  We’re especially excited to see Hangar 24 hosting two events in honor of their recent expansion into Northern California.  With everything from 4-course fine dining with beer pairing to live music and food trucks, SF Beer Week is the best way to experience the craft beer revolution of today.

IPA Day 2012

1 Aug

ipa-day-#ipaday logo

Unite craft beer drinkers! For Thursday August 2 is the second annual IPA Day.  Not that any of us need an excuse to drink an India Pale Ale, but this young national holiday is gaining popularity and is a great time to look for special events at your local brewery or bottle shop.  To see what’s going on near you, head over to the Craft Beer Calendar.  You can also add an event that you’re hosting to their site for extra exposure.  Here’s the official word from the IPADay website:

IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is [an] opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer. It is an opportunity for the entire craft beer culture to combine forces and advocate craft beer through increased education and global awareness.

Getting involved is easy; the only requirements are an appreciation for great beer and the will to spread the word. Anyone can participate by enjoying IPA with friends, making some noise online with the #IPADay hashtag, and showing the world that craft beer is more than a trend.

Prost!

Places to Taste Pliny the Younger in So Cal

14 Feb

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Head on over to Taste Terminal to check out the dates and times when the highly coveted (and highly limited) Pliny the Younger will available at bars across Southern California.  Some have presale tickets available but you’re limited to only one 8 oz. pour.  Still, most locations only received one or two 5-gallon kegs so it will go fast.  Follow the link below to find where the triple IPA will be poured.

http://www.tasteterminal.com/2012/02/14/more-places-to-get-a-taste-of-pliny-the-younger-in-southern-california/

Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale

24 Jan

Karl Strauss Anniversary

February 2, 2012 marks the 23rd anniversary of Karl Strauss Brewing Co., one of the longer standing craft breweries in the United States, and with that comes the coveted tasting of their 23rd Anniversary Old Ale, barrel aged for 12 months in oak and loaded with complex layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, and toasted oak with a hint of bourbon, which is to be expected from a beer with 12.2% ABV.  23rd Anniversary Old Ale will be available on tap at all six Karl Strauss restaurants and select beer bars across Southern California. In addition, 22oz. bottles will be available throughout California in February.

The Changing of the Barrels Anniversary Party will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 6-9pm at the main brewery in Pacific Beach. Tickets are $50 per person and include beer for the night, a MIHO Gastrotruck food ticket, live music, a 23rd Anniversary snifter, a 33 Beers tasting book, as well as an exclusive chance to try the 24th Anniversary Flanders Red Ale before it goes into barrels until next year.

Governor Signs New Hampshire Craft Beer Week into Existence

24 Jan

nh craft beer week

On January 11, 2012 Governor John Lynch designated June 24-30, 2012 as New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, featuring tastings and tours at breweries across the state, beer pairing dinners, brewing workshops and many other special events.  The week will conclude with one of the states biggest beer festivals, the New England Brewfest, on Saturday June 30.  Check out www.nhbeerweek.com for more info.

2012 Off-Centered Film Fest

9 Jan

off centered film fest

Nothing goes together quite like movies and beer, making us wonder why there aren’t more theaters that serve alcohol.  But soon, beer and movies will come together in a new and very entertaining way.  The 2012 Off-Centered Film Fest by Dogfish Head isn’t just an excuse to meet up and watch movies while drinking craft brew, though it is a big part of it; but it’s also a chance to show some creativity and make a film of your own featuring the beer you love.

Located at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX with a date to be announced (sometime in April), the Off-Centered Film Fest will be taking submissions as of January 13, 2012 via their website. Films can be no longer than 5 minutes in length, must contain a “WESTERN OFF-CENTERED” theme which can be interpreted however the director sees fit, and all submissions must include a reference to Dogfish Head in the script OR have Dogfish Head product placement in the film.  Entries must be received by March 5, 2012 and prizes include cash ($1,000 for 1st place) as well as airfare, hotel, tickets to the event, and a bag full of Dogfish Head goodies.  Happy Filming!

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