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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 kickstarter.com)……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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Beer Review: JW Lee’s Harvest Ale

May 10, 2011
JW Lee's Harvest Ale 2007

photo courtesy Lancastrian
(via flickr)

This beer, JW Lee’s Harvest Ale 2007, a fully fermented old ale, was provided to me by Aleksey’s Imports for reviewing purposes.  I’ve already previously reviewed a version of this that had been aged in Lagavulin Whisky casks.  I’ve seen this called a barleywine on some websites, but I think it’s more appropriately referred to as an old ale, as was mentioned on the bottle.

The Pour
There was less than a finger of head to speak of on the pour, which did not surprise me, given the nature of the beer.  The very light tan head dissipated somewhat quickly.   This old ale pours to an orange-tinged brown color with a great deal of sediment floating around in the bottle.  I know some people leave a little of the beer in the bottle, hoping to hold back that sediment, but if it’s there, I like to see it and experience it.  More: Beer Review: JW Lee’s Harvest Ale

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Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA

April 28, 2011

Flying Dog was the first brewery to send me samples for reviewing purposes, back when I never imagined anyone doing that.  They sent me their Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA some time ago and I did tasting notes and thought I had posted the review, but it appears I never got it posted.  So I am posting it now, and hope you’ll enjoy.

According to the Flying Dog website, this is an American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast.  It also weighs in at 8.3% ABV, so beware the wrath of the Raging Bitch! More: Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA

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Beer Review: J.W. Lee’s Harvest Ale aged in Lagavulin Casks

April 23, 2011

J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale matured in Lagavulin Whisky casksI know, it’s been a while since my last review.  I’ve been so busy working and trying to find a civil engineering job in the Nashville area that I’ve neglected my poor blog.  This beer review (J.W. Lee’s Harvest Ale aged in Lagavulin Casks) comes courtesy of Aleksey’s Imports, who have provided me beer for quite a few reviews in the past, and to whom I am very grateful.

More: Beer Review: J.W. Lee’s Harvest Ale aged in Lagavulin Casks

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Vote for me and you might win CANFEST swag!

September 8, 2010

I am having a small contest. If you like The Beer Snob on Facebook, vote for me to win the trip to Reno for CANFEST, and share the link with your facebook friends, I will enter your name into a random drawing. If I win the trip to Reno, I’ll bring back some swag from CANFEST and pick one of you randomly to send it to!

Here is where you can vote for me to win the trip to CANFEST in Reno, NV. Select Scott out of the list below and vote! I would sure appreciate it

Thanks

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Contest: Win VIP passes to Stella Artois Las Vegas Regional Draught Master competitio

August 20, 2010
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED
UPDATE: So far I’ve only had one entrant!  You can’t simply follow me on twitter or retweet my tweet to enter…you must follow me on twitter and @reply me to tell me you are entering the contest.
Stella ArtoisGood news! I was contacted yesterday and offered VIP passes to attend Stella Atrois Las Vegas Regional Draught Master competition Wednesday, August 25th.
Bad news! It’s in Las Vegas, I’m in Nash Vegas.  I can’t attend.
Good news! I’m allowed to give away these passes to one of my readers instead!
Here’s more information about the event:

Wednesday, August 25

Stella Artois Las Vegas Regional Draught Master competition
Wasted Space
(at the Hard Rock)
4455 Paradise RoadLas Vegas, Nevada 89169
Time: Doors open to public around 9 p.m.; Competition starts around 9:30 p.m.

What began as a city-wide search for the best local draught master will come to a head at the Stella Artois Las Vegas Regional Draught Master competition on Wednesday, August 25.  Part talent and part passion, competitors from around the region will showcase Stella Artois’ signature 9-Step Pouring Ritual, designed to give consumers the best taste and experience.

Here’s what the (2) VIP Passes get you:
  • Complimentary Stella Artois
  • Gourmet hors de oeuvres picked to pair well with beer
  • Exclusive access to local draught masters competing for a trip to Boston and a chance at the 2010 Stella Artois National Draught Master title

If you’ll be in the Vegas area Wednesday, August 25, and are interested, here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/the_beer_snob)
  2. You must @ reply me on twitter that you want to enter to win the passes or you will not be considered
  3. I will randomly pick one of those who respond to win the passes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are winning two VIP passes to the event.  You have to find your own way to Vegas and your own place to stay.  Lodging and travel are NOT provided.

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Blue Point Brews “Toxic Sludge” to Help Feathered Friends Flying South

August 4, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I think I would drink some Toxic Sludge to help the bufflehead! — The Beer Snob

(Courtesy JustBeerNews.com) Blue Point Brewing Company logoLong Island, NY (August 3, 2010) – As American’s attention spans for the Deep Water Horizon oil spill begin to wane, Blue Point Brewing Company today announced a batch of charity brew created specifically to help birds hurt by oil spills, both now and in the future. The Black IPA (India Pale Ale) called Toxic Sludge will be available for distribution in draft and 22 oz bottles just in time for fall migration.

Blue Point will donate 100% of net proceeds from Toxic Sludge to Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to fund their Spreading Our Wings Campaign and long term efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex.

To help jumpstart fundraising efforts, starting today “Save the Buffleheads” T-shirts will be sold online for $25 at www.bptoxicsludge.com.  The smallest diving duck in North America, the Bufflehead breeds in Canada and winters off the Gulf Coast.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is an internationally recognized, licensed, nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization that cares for nearly 3,000 injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds each year ranging from hummingbirds to eagles. Tri-State is currently leading the wildlife rehabilitation response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  For more information, visit www.tristatebird.org.

Founded in 1998, Long Island, NY-based Blue Point Brewing is best known for its flagship brand, Toasted Lager that won Gold at the World Beer Cup in 2006. Blue Point brands are currently distributed in 12 states including MA, RI, NH, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC and FL as well as the District of Columbia. To learn more, visit www.bluepointbrewing.com.

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Beer and Craft Beer: The differences explained

July 28, 2010

I was thinking about beer tonight, and thinking about what beer is, beyond the standard dictionary definition, which usually reads something like this:

an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation

Thanks, Free Merriam-Webster dictionary!  That’s a good generic definition of beer.

But then I started thinking, what’s the difference between beer and craft beer?  Oh, I know, usually craft breweries are usually defined as small, traditional, independent breweries, but I thought a better way to define craft beer is to examine the differences between beer and craft beer.  If you have more contrasts to offer, please leave them in the comments section. I’d love to hear them!  I hope you enjoy…

Beer is made by large corporations named Anheuser-Busch, InBev and South African Breweries (SAB).  Craft beer is brewed by people, like Sam Calagione, Linus Hall, Douglas Booth and Daniel Kahn, craftsmen who now run successful breweries because they loved beer and wanted to share it with others.

Beer tastes like….well, beer.  Craft beer tastes, at various times, like chocolate, coffee, oak, caramel, molasses, grass, floral hops, dark fruit, smoke, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, coriander, pumpkin, hazelnut, and any number of other ingredients.

Beer is usually served ice cold from the can or bottle (to numb the tastebuds and make it palatable) and in massive quantities, in the hopes of getting drunk.  Craft beer is lovingly poured into a special glass, at just the right temperature, and given the chance to warm and release its flavors as the color and thickness of the head, the color and clarity and the nose of the beer are all examined, analyzed and appreciated, before the beer itself is savored on the palate and the various flavors are allowed to arise and intermingle.

Beer is marketed, on television and in print, by making you think you’ll be cool or get the girl with their product.   Craft beer is marketed, mostly not on television, on its merits as a beer, with emphasis on flavor and the ingredients that went into making the product.

Beer is usually yellow or brown.  Craft beer can be anything from a hazy golden straw color to a coppery orange to a ruby brown to an inky black and everything in between.

Beer is made with cheap ingredients and adjuncts such as rice, to make the beer more bland and inexpensive, with the end result being a beer that makes you feel bloated and full.  Craft beer is brewed using hand selected ingredients, specifically picked with certain flavor characteristics in mind and brewed with the end goal of flavorful, quality beer.  It is more expensive but a much better value for the money.

Beer is sometimes “shotgunned” or used for a keg stand.  Craft beer is sometimes selected and served as an integral accompaniment to a fine meal.

As you can see, I have an obvious bias towards craft beer.  I hope the contrasts I have pointed out help you understand what craft beer is, and I hope it inspires you to leave Bud, Coors and Miller behind in favor of better beer, such as Dogfish Head, Yazoo, Buckbean and so much more.

Cheers!
The Beer Snob

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My first book review coming soon

July 24, 2010
Indiana: One Pint At A Time

Douglas A. Wissing's book, "Indiana: One Pint At A Time"

Back in June, I was contacted by the Indiana Historical Society Press. They were publishing a book about the history of brewing in Indiana and wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing it. Never one to turn down a free sample to review (see my reviews of The Hangover Cure and TrueBlue Blueberry juice for proof!), I agreed to read the book and review it.

I just received it a few days ago and have only finished the first two chapters, but so far it’s a very interesting book! I hope to have it read and reviewed sometime within the next two weeks, but in the meantime, here is some information they sent me about the book.

When Father George Rapp and his 800 followers arrived in New Harmony in 1814, they worked to “make of the wild country fertile fields and gardens of pleasure.” Although they planted thousands of acres of crops, the Harmonists decided they were missing one essential element-beer. By the fall of 1816, they had a brewery in operation.

In Indiana: One Pint at a Time, award-winning author Douglas Wissing takes the reader on a journey through the history of beer from prehistoric times through industrial brewing. The book also details the history of brewing in the Hoosier State, including the Indiana-German brewers who dominated the industry until Prohibition, the 20th-century decline of the industrial breweries and the rise of craft breweries in the 1990’s.

The book includes detailed descriptions and information on Indiana’s approximately 30 crafts breweries, which produced more that 28,000 barrels of beer in 2007 and achieved honors in both national and international competitions. 264 pages, color and b/w illustrations.

Here, also, is a link to Indiana Historical Society Press’ blog, which includes an interview with the book’s author.

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Amarena cherry/Yazoo Sly Rye Porter gelato is the best yet

June 12, 2010

Bravo Gelato Nashville started making gelato using Yazoo Brewing Company‘s beers with their Onward Stout.  I liked this, and it kind of resembled a Yazoo stout float to me…beer-y and rich and creamy.  Knowing they wanted to do a gelato using the Yazoo Hefeweizen, I suggested they make it with a mild banana gelato base.  They took the idea and ran with it, and the resulting gelato was well received and excellent.  (Read my review of Bravo Gelato’s Banana/Yazoo Hefeweizen gelato.) 

For their next collaboration with Yazoo, they wanted to use the Sly Rye Porter.  I suggested they use a tart cherry gelato to mix with the Sly Rye Porter, and they came up with an amarena cherry gelato.  I don’t believe they could have made a better choice. More: Amarena cherry/Yazoo Sly Rye Porter gelato is the best yet

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Don’t forget: Sons of Joshua Landtroop fundraiser today at Cool Springs Brewery

May 14, 2010

Cool Springs BreweryFrom Cool Springs Brewery:

Just a reminder that today is our fundraiser for the late Joshua Landtroop’s 2 young sons. We will be donating $2 from every craft beer sold to the boys’ trust fund, this includes growlers.
Also one of our customers has kindly offered to do a silent auction of Predators stuff to raise money with the following items.
More: Don’t forget: Sons of Joshua Landtroop fundraiser today at Cool Springs Brewery
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Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

April 30, 2010

Leinenkugel Summer ShandyThis beer review has been removed.  There was some question as to what effect the age of the beer (it’s been in my cool, dark closet for several months) might have had on my opinion of the beer, and since I wasn’t overly kind to this one, I thought it might be best to take the review down until I can try a fresher bottle and give it another chance.

I also removed all comments associated with this review.

Please check out my other beer reviews!

Cheers
The Beer Snob

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Beer Review: Goose Island’s Matilda

March 27, 2010

Goose Island Matila Belgian style ale

The bottle and the cool wood packaging in which it was sent

Goose Island is not a brewery I am very familiar with.  I reviewed their Bourbon County Stout last year, and it was a great, nuanced beer with neverending depth of flavor.  Recently, they sent me a press release about Matilda being available in the West, and they followed it up with a bottle of Matilda herself, to be reviewed on this blog.

More: Beer Review: Goose Island’s Matilda

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