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Press Release: Dominion Brewing to Distribute in Ohio and Michigan

March 13, 2013

Note: Dominion Brewing will be distributing in Ohio and Michigan…I don’t believe they are available here in Tennessee, but they are sending me some review samples, so look for a review soon!

Ohio and Michigan BeersDover, DE –Dominion Brewing has begun the process of distributing to the states of Ohio and Michigan.

At the beginning of March, Dominion brands Oak Barrel Stout, Hop Mountain, Double D IPA, and Morning Glory Espresso Stout will officially enter the two states.  Additionally, seasonal brews will be made available throughout the year.  The brewery has selected Premium Beverage Supply in Ohio and Rave Associates in Michigan to represent their brand.  Release parties are planned in both states and the new venture will be blogged on the Dominion website,

Jim Lutz, President and CEO of Fordham & Dominion Brewing, stated, “We are excited to be bringing Dominion to Ohio and Michigan. We have been fielding requests for our beers in these markets for years and we have now expanded enough to meet the demand.”


The Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. history is the story of two Delmarva craft breweries deciding to buck tradition and defy the ordinary.  In 2007, Fordham and Dominion combined forces in Dover, DE. The breweries jumped at the chance to challenge expectations, merging two craft breweries while maintaining their separate identities.

Fordham has been brewing since 1995 and Dominion has been brewing since 1989.  Together, they brew out of Dover, Delaware. They provide weekly tours of the brewery (located at 1284 McD Dr., Dover, DE) in conjunction with samples of their beers, such as Oak Barrel Stout, Double D, Rams Head IPA and Copperhead Ale.  For more information, visit or or contact Lauren Bigelow at 302.678.4810 ext. 201.

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Brooklyn Brewery Announces 11-City Food & Arts Festival

February 7, 2013

Brooklyn Brewery Announces, “The Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer”

11 City Tour, March–December 2013
Launches in Austin, TX at SxSW Interactive

FEBRUARY 7, 2013, BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash as a benefit for Slow Food USA. Kicking off at SxSW Interactive in Austin, The Mash will drop in 11 cities during 2013 and roll out a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage.

“The Mash is an expression of Brooklyn art, music, food and the cultural links we see with many cities around the world,” says Brooklyn Brewery President & Co-founder Steve Hindy. “There is a revolution happening in the world of food and the world of beer, and we are happy to celebrate this revolution with our friends around the US.”

NYC food and art organizations have been closely linked to Brooklyn Brewery from the beginning. Be it a beer dinner, cook-off, concert or film festival, the ethos of these happenings has consistently mirrored the consideration and creativity behind the making of The Brewery’s beer. Paired with the flavor and flair of Brooklyn, classic nightlife is reimagined as a more interactive experience. During The Mash, participants will enjoy core and rare Brooklyn beers.

Helping color in The Mash, NBNY, the organizers of Brooklyn’s Bring to Light festival, will create their immersive installations of light and projection art throughout the tour. Continuing a tradition of giving back, Brooklyn Brewery cooked up The Mash as a benefit to Slow Food USA. Proceeds from every ticket sold will go to Slow Food chapters in each city.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of the Brooklyn Brewery as it launches its Mash tour,” says Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA. “Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver has been a Slow Food supporter for a long time and we’re looking forward to the celebrations in the various local communities.”


Chaos Cooking

Wed, Mar 6, 7pm | A stalwart citizen opens their home kitchen to strangers for a dinner party where all guests are cooks. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy. Location is secret – go to for details.

Local 2 Ways

Thu, Mar 7, 7pm; Swift’s Attic, 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Multi-course dinner celebrating regional cuisine interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic and the Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.

Slow Supper, Beer & Books: An Evening with Marcus Samuelsson & Jesse Griffiths

Fri, Mar 8, 6pm; Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX – $100 | Food RepublicTogather & Brooklyn Brewery present Beer & Books: Marcus Samuelsson and Austin’s own Jesse Griffiths in a conversation about technology’s effect on the food world. Following is Slow Supper, an outdoor dinner party at this beautiful urban farm benefitting Slow Food Austin co-created by Samuelsson & Griffiths with a helping hand from Brooklyn Brewery’s House Chef. Stay for the free Soul Clap & Dance-Off immediately following at 9pm.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin

Fri, Mar 8, 9pm; Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX – Free | America’s most popular soul party returns to Austin. Get down to the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin all night long. Join the 11pm dance contest for $100 cash prize and a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl.

Farmers Market Workshop

Sat, Mar 9, 10am–12pm; Cedar Park Farmers Mkt, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park, TX

Sun, Mar 10, 10am–12pm; Mueller Farmers Mkt, Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX

The Brooklyn Brewery House Chef will be cooking up some of his favorite finds from the market. And drinking beer. Stop by for a sip and a cooking tip.

The Austin Smoke Experiment

Sun, Mar 10, 1–4pm; Clive Bar, 609 Davis St, Austin, TX – $15 | Austin’s top home chefs create their best smoke-themed dish ranging from savory to sweet. Some wear costumes, some pimp out their table, but all come to win over the audience and our esteemed culinary judging panel. The Food Experiments return to SxSW for the third year in a row.

The SxSW Marketing Party

Sun, Mar 10, 7:30pm; Clive Bar, 609 Davis St, Austin, TX – Free | Brooklyn Brewery, Imgur & Found Footage are throwing a party featuring music by Brooklyn bands Prince RamaSinkane and The Dig, odd, rare and outrageous VHS clips from Found Footage Festival, projection art by Nuit Blanche and beer from Brooklyn Brewery.



Every installment of The Mash is custom tailored to the cities it visits. Go to for info on the rest of the tour.

 AUSTIN, TX: March 4 – 10

NEW ORLEANS, LA: March 13 – 16*

NASHVILLE, TN: April 11 – 14

BOSTON, MA: April 25 – 28

BALTIMORE, MD: May 2 – 5

TWIN CITIES, MN: June 20 – 23

WASHINGTON, D.C.: September 19 – 22

CHICAGO, IL: October 3 – 6*

PITTSBURGH, PA: October 24 – 27

PHILADELPHIA, PA:  November 7 – 10*

MIAMI, FL: December 12 – 15

* with Vendy Awards


 Slow Food USA is part of a global movement, which believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food. With over 250,000 supporters, 25,000 members and 225 chapters nationwide, Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for the planet, and good for farmers and workers.

 Food Republic, our media partner, explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences. This is the site for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart. Food Republic aims to be the global hub for news and information about the new culture of food across a multitude of media platforms, for a vibrant community of people who put food and drink at the center of their lives.

 The Vendy Awards is NYC’s premier street food showcase and an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs. The Vendys is a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights.

Togather is a new literary resource that connects authors directly with readers to fansource events and make great cultural experiences accessible to audiences everywhere.

Found Footage Festival is a hilarious event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY) designs, curates, and produces installations of light, sound, and projection art. They collaborate with leading contemporary artists to create immersive experiences that uniquely engage audiences. Their nighttime events explore new artistic mediums through site-specific interventions at the intersection of art, technology, and multimedia performance.



 The Mash:

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Brooklyn and D. Carnegie & Co. to collaborate on new brewery in Stockholm, Sweden

January 4, 2013

Very cool news from one of my favorite breweries, Brooklyn Brewery:

BROOKLYN, NY—Brooklyn Brewery, D. Carnegie & Co., and Carlsberg Sweden today announced the launch of a new brewery and restaurant in central Stockholm.

The Brooklyn- New Carnegie Brewery will be built in the landmarked Luma Factory buildings in Hammarby Sjöstad , a residential and commercial complex that fronts on Stockholm harbor. The waterfront brewery will have brewing capacity for 8,000 BBL’s and restaurant capacity for 100 visitors inside and another 150 visitors outside.

The Brooklyn Brewery will manage and operate the project through a wholly owned Swedish subsidiary, and Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his team will be brewing special Brooklyn beers and developing new beers for the New Carnegie brand. “We love Stockholm, and the whole Brooklyn brewing team is looking forward to their stints at Brooklyn-New Carnegie. We’re going to have a lot of fun brewing and creating beers with our Swedish team,” said Oliver.

In 2011, the Brooklyn Brewery collaborated with Carnegie to produce a bourbon barrel-aged version of the world classic beer Carnegie Porter to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Carnegie Brewery.

“We distributed Carnegie Porter years ago in New York,” said Brooklyn Brewery Chief Operating Officer Eric Ottaway, who is spearheading the project for the Brooklyn Brewery. “We have great respect for the tradition that Carnegie represents, and we look forward to developing the portfolio of beers.”

Joakim Losin, CEO of New Carnegie, said the brewery and restaurant would be a meeting place for Sweden’s craft brewers and their followers, and a school for Swedish beer lovers to learn more about craft beer. The new brewery/restaurant will be open for tours and regular lunches and dinners. It also will host special events in a demonstration kitchen.

Carnegie is the oldest trademark in Sweden. The company was purchased by Carlsberg when it bought the Pripps Brewery in 2001, and Carlsberg Sweden was established. Brooklyn Brewery brands have been imported by Carlsberg Sweden since 2006. Sweden is the largest export market for the Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn ships many of its bottled beers to Sweden, including its flagship Brooklyn Lager and its 750-ml bottle-conditioned beers like Brooklyn Local 1 and Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. It also ships tankers of beer to Sweden which are kegged in Falkenberg. Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn East India Pale Ale are available on draft all over Sweden.

Brooklyn Brewery is America’s leading craft beer exporter. Brooklyn also has a joint venture partnership with the Amarcord Brewery in Apecchio, Italy. Brooklyn imports Amarcord’s Ama Bionda and Ama Bruna beers to the United States.

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CANFEST, the Original Canned Beer Festival Returns for a Fourth Year with Mammoth Brewing Company as Title Sponsor

August 24, 2012

Great news out of Reno, NV…

(Reno, Nev., August 21, 2012)­- The world’s first strictly canned beer festival, CANFEST, announces its return for a 4th year with a brand new title brewery sponsor, Mammoth Brewing Company, and the second annual bike drive.

CANFEST will take place on November 3rd inside the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno, Nev. Supporters of craft beer in cans and industry respected Mammoth Brewing Company will step in for the first time to present the event. CANFEST expects to bring back favorites such as Oskar Blues, Caldera Brewing, 21st Amendment, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, and dozens more.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Mammoth join us for CANFEST this year,” said event co-organizer Ty Whitaker. “They have a phenomenal reputation in the craft beer world and as a brewery that looks to keep the trend going, we couldn’t ask for a more appropriate CANFEST affiliate.”

CANFEST launched in 2009 to celebrate and showcase the uprising of craft beers in cans. Long viewed as a staple of cheap, poor quality beer, cans are quickly becoming a popular and effective method for packaging craft beers.

Tickets for the event will go on sale September 1st through the Silver Legacy box office and Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.

CANFEST benefits the Reno Bike Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group. Bikes and beer are an ideal fit and the RBP represents an eco-related cause, CANFEST will once again launch a bike drive with RBP where every bicycle donation made in the name of CANFEST will be rewarded with a complimentary ticket. That promotion will launch on Sept 5th and continue for one month. For more information on the bike drive, please email Further information will follow.

In addition, CANFEST is also presented by The Abbi Agency, a Reno-based public relations and marketing firm, and hosted by the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. Room packages will be available starting in September.


For more information about CANFEST, please visit

Mammoth Brewing Company is the highest elevation brewery on the West Coast (at 8,000 ft) and has been brewing award-winning beers since 1995.  Because of their strong love for outdoor recreation and immediate access to the High Sierra backcountry, MBC decided to start packaging their beers into efficient, easily-transportable aluminum cans in 2007.  MBC beers are only distributed and available in the High Sierra communities of California and Nevada. For more information about Mammoth Brewing Company, please visit

For more information about the Reno Bike Project, please visit

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Great Northern Brewing Company collaborating with Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident

July 24, 2012

WHITEFISH, MONTANA [7/17/12]Great Northern Brewing Company is teaming up with Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist from The String Cheese Incident, to create the perfect summer concert beer.  The collaboration brew will be released exclusively on August 4th and 5th, 2012 at GNBC’s outdoor concert series featuring Keller Williams and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band in downtown Whitefish, Montana.

The Kyle Hollingsworth Band will come to Whitefish fresh off an exclusive performance at Boulder Beer Company in Boulder, CO.  As a craft beer enthusiast and accomplished homebrewer, Hollingsworth has created innovative partnerships with breweries across the country, and looks forward to working with Great Northern Brewery.  “We were stoked to find out that Kyle was open to collaborating with us,” said Andy McQuary, Assistant Brewer at GNBC.

Hollingsworth and the brewers at GNBC decided on a refreshing pale ale to combat the heat on an August day in Depot Park, but with a unique twist.  They found that adding Earl Grey tea leaves late in the boil gave the recipe a distinct herbal citrus aroma and a crisp finish.  Hollingsworth completed a test batch on his own home brew kit and confirmed the recipe’s fresh, thirst-quenching flavor, and Great Northern Brewery is now working on a twenty-barrel batch for exclusive release at the concert.

View a video about the collaboration

In addition to pouring the limited-edition beer in Depot Park, GNBC will publish the recipe on its website for fellow brewers to try out at home.  For those who would like to attempt Hollingsworth and GNBC’s collaboration brew, visit

The Kyle Hollingsworth Band will close out the two-day concert series as part of Great Northern Brewing’s efforts to support the construction of the Great Northern Veterans Peace Park live music venue.  Keller Williams will headline on Saturday, August 4th, and the weekend event will include beer gardens with a wide variety of beers on tap, food vendors, and opening performances by local favorites Moonshine Mountain, The Lil’ Smokies, 20 Grand, and The Dirty Shame.  Tickets are $45 for a Weekend Pass or $25 per day, and can be purchased at

About the Great Northern Brewing Company

The Great Northern Brewery located in Whitefish, Montana, is the original home of Black Star Beer and the finest variety of 15 other lagers and ales. Through the use of a “Gravity Flow” arrangement, the beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing with one of the most sophisticated brew houses for its size in the entire country. Learn more about the Great Northern Brewing Company at

About Kyle Hollingsworth

As a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in String Cheese Incident has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen String Cheese Incident know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

About the Great Northern Veterans Peace Park

The Great Northern Veterans Peace Park is a family sledding park and open space dedicated to recognizing the contributions of veterans and the railroad to the community of Whitefish.  Spearheaded by retired Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke, the park evolved into something different from the “hallowed ground” feel of other veterans memorial reserves.  “The theme of this park is to celebrate life – why veterans fight,” Zinke said.  Great Northern Veterans Peace Park is located on Highway 93, less than two miles from downtown Whitefish.

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Black Star Beer Launches Draught

July 5, 2012

West Coast Bars Now Serving Black Star on Tap

WHITEFISH, MT [July 3, 2012] – Black Star, the golden lager from the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana is now distributing kegs outside of its home state. Black Star is now available on tap at select bars in San Francisco, Seattle and Boise.

“We’re thrilled to have bars on the West Coast now pouring Black Star on tap just in time for summer”, said Minott Wessinger, founder of Black Star and the Great Northern Brewery. “While I love Black Star in cans and bottles, there is nothing quite like enjoying an ice cold pint pulled straight from the tap.”

Kicking off its draught launch, Black Star is utilizing its vintage 1965 Airstream to spread the good news to beer lovers from Los Angeles to Seattle. “We installed a digital photo booth in the back of the Airstream so when we are at promotions, events and festivals, people can hop in and snap a few photos with friends before grabbing a Black Star.” The Airstream is WiFi enabled so photos are immediately emailed to the consumer and uploaded to Facebook.

“We loved the concept of taking two classic pieces, an Airstream and a photo booth, and revolutionizing both with social media,” said Ashley Garver, head of Marketing. “It has been an incredibly fun opportunity to connect with beer fans and a great way to bring them into the Black Star experience both in person and on social.”

To find which bars are currently selling Black Star on tap, visit the beer locator at

To send recommendations for bars that you would like to see serve Black Star draught, please email

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Meet the Jackhawk 9000s

June 12, 2012

Good afternoon, dearest beer lovers. Today I bring you a cool product, one I would like to have, if I wasn’t on such a tight budget, and hopefully one that will be coming soon (pre-order yours on……bottle opening sunglasses, the Jackhawk 9000s.  I was not paid for this post….I just think the glasses are really cool.

Skip Chapington, a humble, debonair, ascot-sporting gentleman, touts the JackHawk 9000s as the greatest invention in the past 100,000 years. Liquid Shades, the company behind the beer-opener sunglasses put together a 2 minute spot where Skip shows you the hilarious and practical ways in which you can use the JackHawk 9000s to improve every aspect of your life.

But do they work?

Well, considering that the arms are made out of titanium (the same material used in the world’s fastest fighter jet, the SR-71 Blackbird) you can be pretty confident that they can handle a six-pack…and enemy fire. The company was launched by a team of twenty-somethings and you can help support them by visiting their Kickstarter Campaign where they’re raising money to cover manufacturing costs. Cheers.

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Sorry to hear of the demise of Buckbean Brewery

May 3, 2012

Back in 2009, I was contacted by an upstart new brewery out of Reno, Nevada, Buckbean Brewery.  They wanted to send me samples in hopes that I would review them for my blog.  I did so and enjoyed their beer, especially the Orange Blossom Ale.  Sadly, I just learned they have gone out of business as of the end of February.  Their beers won awards at the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and other festivals, but sadly the economy took its toll on the new brewery.  To me, the closing of a good brewery is like a death in the beer family. I’ll raise my beer glass soon in a farewell toast to Buckbean Brewery and it’s owner, Doug Booth.  Your beer will be missed.

Read more about the closing of Buckbean Brewery.

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Bicoastal Battle For The NFC Championship

January 20, 2012

From the good folks at Brooklyn Brewery comes this fun news…

Brooklyn vs Anchor SteamTwo of the nation’s leading craft brewers are betting that their hometown team will win the National Football Conference game this Sunday.

John Dannerbeck, president of Anchor Brewing Co. of San Francisco, and Steve Hindy, president of Brooklyn Brewery in New York, said Thursday they will pour the other brewery’s beer and outfit their brewery tour staff in jerseys from the opposing team for a week if their team loses the title game in San Francisco on Sunday.

The brewery chiefs will wear the jerseys of shame as well.

“We are very confident that the 49ers will come through for us and we will not have to suffer this humiliation,” said Dannerbeck. “We beat the Giants earlier this year, and I am sure we will do it again.”

“The Giants have come together in an impressive way since the post-season commenced,” said Hindy. “We think Eli Manning and his team are going to avenge that earlier loss and move on to the Super Bowl.”

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Flying Saucer Nashville Hosts Second Annual Fall Beer Festival

August 5, 2011

Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2011 – Flying Saucer will host its Second Annual Fall Beer Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2 to 9:30 p.m. in front of the Flying Saucer location in downtown Nashville at 111 Tenth Ave. South.

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Artistry of craft beers tasted, explored at TPAC’s “The Art of Beer” April 7

March 29, 2011

Art of Beer at TPACThe Tennessee Performing Arts Center is concluding its four-part “art of” tasting series with “The Art of Beer,” 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the War Memorial Auditorium.  The educational wine, spirits and beer tasting series is sponsored by Lipman Brothers.

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Flying Saucer to host beer dinner featuring Yazoo Brewing Company

February 14, 2011

Event will be led by Yazoo founder and brewmaster, Linus Hall

Make plans to attend this beer dinner.  I attended one in 2009 at Opryland Hotel during the Southern Food & Wine Festival and it was great! Expect good beer paired expertly with tasty vittles!

Yazoo Brewery NashvilleNashville, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2011 – Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will host a beer dinner featuring Yazoo Brewing Company on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at its location at 111 10th Ave. South, Suite 310, with special guest Linus Hall, Yazoo founder and brewmaster.

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Interview with Matt Leff, of East Nashville Beer Festival

January 31, 2011
UPDATE, 1/31/11: East Nashville Beer Festival tickets are now on sale!   Get them while they’re hot!  To refresh your memory, the festival will be April 9, 2011 from 12pm – 5pm at the East Bank Greenway.

Matt Leff

[Originally posted December 25, 2010]
I chatted with Matt Leff recently, who’s planning the East Nashville Beer Festival for April, 2011.  I’m not a real interviewer, but I played one for the purposes of this blog and will present it to you now, (mostly) unedited and presented here for your enjoyment.  In a nutshell, the festival is going to feature a lot of great beer and awesome food, and will be a must attend!

me:  ok….so tell me how you got into craft beer in the first place
:  self admitting beer geek, went out to Portland 4 years ago, totally hooked
toured several breweries and brew pubs
ever since then I search out the best beers and place to drink possible
moved from Atlanta over the summer, in ATL I frequently visited Brickstore Pub, and in general ATL’s beer culture was just going crazy

me:  so was there any one beer or brewery or style of beer that really turned you to the craft side?
Matt:  I think visiting Hair of the Dog
we happened to be there 1 out of 2 times a year they open the brewery to the public
and there was a line around the block of people waiting to buy cases of beer
truly amazing, and we walked right in met the brewmaster and owner and sampled the most incredible brews
me:  sounds awesome….so often the people behind the beer are almost as important as the beer itself
Matt:  with out the passion behind it you have nothing
thats the beauty of true craft beer brewers they are all about passion
me: do you homebrew at all?
Matt:  yes sir
just racked a chocolate stout last night
me:  nice…I am a big fan of all things dark and malty…chocolatey is a bonus
Matt:  ya
used Olive and Sinclair cocoa shells/nibs
me:  I’d like to homebrew at some point, but haven’t started yet.
Matt:  its alot of work, but always fun
plus you basically drink the entire day of brewing
me:  I might have to get started homebrewing then! Tell me about your first experiences home brewing…did you go with the Mr. Beer kit for the first few batches or a nicer setup?
Matt:  someone did get me mr beer
i made a beer but left it in the fermenter and never did anything with it
started home brewing in Atlanta with some friends
only being doing it for about a year in total
I have brewed one batch in Nashville we some great local home brewers I met via the festival actually
they are helping me out
me:  I don’t know that my wife would be too excited about me homebrewing some day
Matt:  better then taking up golf!
me:  do you do much beer/food pairing, personally? I’ve done a little here and there
Matt:  nothing too elaborate
me:  but mostly just picking something to take to a friend’s house based on the meal
Matt:  I do enjoy cheese plates
and pairing them with beers
ipa and a slice of pizza is heaven for me
me:  I’d add hot sauce on the pizza to that mix, but I’m with you!
Matt:  I am a new yorker born, so I am a bit obsessed with pizza!
me:  is there anything else you’d like to tell people about the festival, anything that didn’t get mentioned in the Tennessean article maybe?
Matt:  Well, you can rectify the donation aspect.  Ride for Reading is our donee, not out sponsor
We are looking for commited volunteers
We will have several guest breweries from outside the Nashville market
all our food vendors will be local nashville
we will have live music
educational seminars
me:  well I have more questions about most of that…if you still have a little time
Matt:  ask away
me:  thanks…what would the volunteers be doing?  anything and everything or do you have specific needs?
Matt:  we will need them to assist pouring, as we plan to have a rep from every brewery who can answers our guests questions
we will need assistance with setup and break down of the event site
but we are still working on the specifics of our volunteer plans
its likely that our Donee will organize that part
but thats to TBD
me:  I see…so any way the volunteers may benefit from helping the festival may be TBD as well?  Free entry to the festival, of course, maybe something else?
Matt:  they will have free entry
a tee shirt
and some time to sample beers
me:  well worth it, definitely. Do you have a price point yet for entry to the festival?
Matt:  30-35
likely do a early bird ticket at the 30 price
then 35 will be standard
and if needed we will do 40 at the gate
me:  Can you name any specific outside breweries, local food vendors or live music yet or is all that too tentative at the moment?
Matt:  we have 3-4 guest breweries confirmed, but I will announce those when the site goes live
music is pending
Coopers on Porter will be vending
(new place opening any day now)
possibly drifters bbq
the new grilled cheeserie
hoepfully mas tacos
hopefully i dream of weenie
hopefully pizza buds
me:  stop! stop!  I’m drooling on my keyboard!
Matt:  thats a few to name
like 6-8 vendors at most
me:  sounds like a great selection of food though…a well thought out variety
Matt:  thanks
its important that people eat!
me:  Definitely…there would probably be some interesting pairings there
Matt:  we should also have the Bloomy Rind at the fest doing some cheese pairings
So that’s about the extent of the interview.  Hope you found it informative.  Leave me a comment if you’d like me to ask some follow up questions.  Keep an eye out for the sales of tickets for the festival.  I hope to be able to attend!
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What would you do for 1,248 Black Star Lagers?

January 30, 2011

Black Star Lager logo1,248 beers…a year’s supply of beer, one case a week for 52 weeks. If you’d like to win that much beer, and you have a wild and crazy streak and a great imagination, you could be the one to walk away with the big prize!

Black Star Beer is holding a beer barter contest. The Barter is a new addition to this year’s 52nd annual Whitefish Winter Carnival, held February 4-6, 2011, in Whitefish, Montana. Interested? Here’s what Black Star has to say about it… More: What would you do for 1,248 Black Star Lagers?

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h1 and Corfu Microbrewery, Ltd. team up to release Ionian Epos Barleywine

January 18, 2011

After my recent trip to Greece, I became friends with George Iordanides, of He let me know some time ago that he was working on coming out with a beer, and I can now share the details with you. I saw a lot of different varieties and brands of beer in Greece, but I didn’t see a barleywine. I’m hoping to get my hands on samples of this for review purposes, so I’ll be sure to let you know how it is!

The Beer Snob

The team behind Ionian Epos Barleywine

The proud team behindIonian Epos Barleywine

According to Homer’s Epos “Odyssey”, Alcinous, the king of Phaeacians, kept barleywine in the basement of the palace in gold and silver crates. 2,800 years after the story was written, it has inspired two friends to join forces and create their own epic barleywine, Ionian Epos.

Spyros Kaloudis, owner of Corfu Microbrewery, Ltd., and George Iordanides, owner of the website, have teamed up to create this new beer, unique among Greek beers.

A limited edition product (only 4000 bottles), Epos is top fermented, and double fermented for clarity. The barleywine is made with the best varieties of barley, hops, yeast and honey, without the addition of preservatives, sugar or other additives.

Although most barleywines hold up well to aging a couple of years, this barleywine, which weighs in at 7.5% ABV, is a “fresh” barleywine, and is best enjoyed within the first three and a half months.

The promising “Epos” was released in the Greek market in order to be available for Christmas but can be enjoyed throughout winter as well.

For more information about Ionian Epos, e-mail George Iordanides at

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