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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!

BrewDog ‘Never Mind The Anabolics’ IPA

29 Jul

never mind the anabolics ipa brewdog

With the Olympic games grabbing attention around the world, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our shared interest in sports by marketing products related to the iconic event.  Craft beer would be no exception, but the Olympic committee has recently cracked down against the use of its logo by non-approved companies leaving all Olympic beer advertising to the mega-breweries.  Fortunately, several companies are opposing the sanction with a sort of anti-Olympic marketing campaign.  A perfect example is expressed by Scotland-based brewery BrewDog, which has created a craft brew that Olympic athletes are not allowed to drink.  Never Mind the Anabolics IPA is a craft brew that is full of supplements that would disqualify someone from participating in the Olympics: creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kola nut, Gingko, matcha tea and maca powder can be found in the ale and supposedly the first batch was even brewed with steroids but is not available for sale.  The off the wall brew fits with the unusual nature of the company which is self-described as “a post-Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery”.  For more information, follow the link to their website.

http://www.brewdog.com/

Beijing Begins Brewing Craft Beer

27 Feb

slowboat brewery great leap brewing

Americans aren’t the only people with a craving for great craft beer.  The citizens of China have been showing a huge increase in demand for American ales with their strong economy on the rise giving people the means to afford better tasting, though more expensive, imported beer.  American craft beer exports have increased five-fold over the last five years (though the total sales in 2010 was still a meager $600,000) which has spurred the opening of two craft breweries in Beijing.  Great Leap Brewing and Slowboat Brewery are looking to take advantage of the emerging market with two different brewing styles.  Great Leap which opened in 2010, crafts beers from local ingredients, using Chinese hops as well as locally sourced honey, pepper, coffee beans, and teas while Slowboat imports hops and grains from the typical American farms located in the Pacific Northwest.   “It’s comforting for local Chinese to know the ingredients aren’t Chinese, because of all the food scandals,” said chief executive Chandler Jurinka.  Although the two Beijing breweries are following different strategies, both are pursuing the same goal: to create great tasting beer; and in a huge, emerging market of beer drinkers with extra yuan in their pockets, it’s a recipe for success.

Places to Taste Pliny the Younger in So Cal

14 Feb

Pliny-the-Younger-locations

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/

Sixpoint Resin

7 Feb

sixpoint resin ipa can

It was about one year ago when Sixpoint Craft Ales began releasing their four year-round beers in cans, and they’ve recently announced a new addition to the core lineup, Resin.  Named after the resinous buildup in hop cones when they reach maturity, this Imperial IPA of 9.1% ABV and 103 IBU starts with a strong hop bite which then gives way to a caramel back and a finish of pine.

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Sierra Nevada Begins Canning its Beer

27 Jan

Sierra-Nevada-Pale-Ale-Cans

Sierra Nevada is having a busy week, just days after announcing their new brewery to open in North Carolina, they unveiled their new canning machine which will be sending its first run of aluminum to shelves in about 2 weeks.  And that 2 week delay between canning and shipping can only mean one thing, natural carbonation.  So the little yeast particles you love so much from your Pale Ale bottles will be right where they should be.  Sierra Nevada aims to have the 12-packs of Pale Ale on store shelves in mid-February along with 4-packs of the Torpedo Extra IPA.  The cans should be available everywhere by Memorial Day.

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

19 Jan

Deschutes-Chain-Breaker-IPA

As a tribute to the legendary Cascade Chainbreaker Mountain Bike Race which takes place in Oregon and sends riders through some of the best rugged mountain terrain in the world; Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA is a blend between a citrusy wheat ale and a generously hopped IPA resulting in a more refreshing, lighter brew that’s still bitter enough to please us hop addicts.  Also added are flaked oats, sweet orange peel, and coriander which bring out that familiar White Ale taste that should blend quite well with the additions of 4 types of hops: Bravo, Citra, Centennial, and Cascade.  This is a delicious and uncommon style and can be found in Oregon and Washington in April followed by a much wider release at a date to be announced.

Bridgeport IPA

30 Dec

Bridgeport IPA

Weighing in at a relatively low 5.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, Bridgeport India Pale Ale ($8) is a beer that defines what a balanced IPA should be.  Brewed with 5 hop varieties, this beer has a citrusy floral overtone with just the right amount of malt back to provide a very full flavor that doesn’t leave your tongue dry with bitterness.  One taste proves it’s obvious the brewers at Bridgeport set out to create a delicious beer with balance being the number one priority.  Winner of 9 awards in beer competitions across the globe (the most recent being a silver medal at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2011), Bridgeport IPA will most likely make its way to the top-10 of any hop head who appreciates a beer that isn’t simply bitter for bitterness’ sake.

White Castle Testing Beer Sales

24 Dec

Nothing goes together quite like a burger and a craft beer, so it seems only natural that American fast food joints should be carrying the stuff.  Unfortunately, due to government red tape, increased liability and a public image to uphold, the only drinks available have been soft drinks.  Yet it seems obvious that beer would sell and easily cover any government licensing or increase in insurance costs, and that’s what White Castle in Lafayette, IN is testing.  Beginning only with domestic brews for $3, if they see success, it’s only a matter of time before we might be able to pick up a full-flavored craft IPA to wash down our burgers.  Check the link below for an article on other ways White Castle is trying to increase revenue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/white-castle-beer-wine_n_1162755.html

Hangar 24 Brewery

18 Dec

Hangar 24 Alt-Bier

Caramel and Chocolate Alt is a better way to describe it. Absolutely amazing beer, drinkable, flavorful, smooth and liked by hop heads and beer beginners alike. Will most likely land in your top-10 beer list.

 

In honor of National Growler Day, we were fortunate enough to fill our growler with the delicious Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, CA.  We’re proud of our local brewery and wanted to share this excerpt from the website to show you how local this brewery really is:

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