Recently BeerBasics.com paid a visit to the Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater, Vermont.

It was a short stop by a very informative one…

 

BEER HACKS

100 Tips, Tricks, and Projects

Make Yourself a Better Beer Drinker

By Ben Robinson

published by Workman Publishing, NY

Recently a Chloe Puton, the Associate Director of Publicity at Workman Publishing sent me a copy of BeerHacks via UPS followed by an Email, inquiring as to its arrival; all unsolicited.

Check this site on Wednesday 26 September for my comments.

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2018 Great American Beer Festival® Results 

306 medals recognizing brewing excellence awarded to 280 breweries 

DENVER • September 22, 2018 — The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 306 medals to 280 breweries across the United States at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, award-winning breweries received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals in 102 beer categories covering 167 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country and earning a symbol of brewing excellence.

View the 2018 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.

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Iron Hill Brewery Makes History at GABF— Again

Wilmington, DE (September 22, 2018) – Delaware-based Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant earned their 48th medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF)®, the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition, presented by the Brewers Association. Thus, extending their record-setting consecutive winning streak to 22 years, the longest by an independent craft brewery in GABF history. This year, Iron Hill won a Bronze Medal for Solzhenitsyn, brewed in Media, PA, in the Aged Beer category.

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Deep Ellum Releases No Way Rosé at State Fair of Texas

 

New Rosé Ale is a Collaboration Among CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Members

DALLAS, TX, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Deep Ellum Brewing Company announces the release of No Way Rosé – a tart Southwest-styled rosé ale with a prickly pear punch. Deep Ellum Brewing has joined forces with Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing and Perrin Brewing coming together in collaborative spirit. The resulting offspring, No Way Rosé, will debut at the State Fair of Texas, taking place in Dallas Sept. 28 – Oct. 21 with state-wide distribution to follow.

No Way Rosé will be available on draft at the State Fair of Texas, immediately followed by distribution of draft and 6-pack cans throughout the state. The rosé ale will also be available at the Deep Ellum Brewing taproom in Dallas and the Oskar Blues Brewery taproom in Austin

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Oskar Blues Brings Back Death by Coconut Irish Porter

LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 – Oskar Blues Brewery announces a cult classic comeback – Death by Coconut Irish Porter returns for winter 2018 with kickoff events in taprooms on October 5. The seasonal brew marries flavors of bittersweet cacao and creamy coconut; asserts that beer is the perfect dessert; and invites believers to join the Death by Coconut Irish Porter Cult this season. The 6.5% ABV porter will be nationally distributed in 4-packs of 12oz cans starting in early October.

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I hope the answer leads to further discussion.

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On a rainy Wednesday afternoon BeerBasics.com chose The Brazen Head as the “Tasting” ground for a “crowler” of Harpoon Quencher.

For additional information on The Brazen Head click on the following link: http://brazenheadbrooklyn.com/

The Brazen Head

228 Atlantic Ave,

Brooklyn, NY 11201

For additional information on Harpoon click on the following link: https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries

Harpoon Brewery

336 Ruth Carney Drive

Windsor, VT 05089

Special thanks to Jeff and Greg for their participation in the tasting.

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BeerBasics.com is glad you chose to watch this video visit to the Harpoon Brewery and restaurant in Windsor, Vermont, situated in a multi-acre compound of Vermont artisans, including a ceramics studio and distillery. When you visit you should plan to spend a few hours in this relaxed environment.

Harpoon Windsor— https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor

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 Welcome to this week of the Brews in The News…

First, I bring to your attention a recent event held here in Brooklyn, USA.

Beers With(out) Beards

Photos by: Lauren Perlstein

Hop Culture premiered Beers With(out) Beards — a week long celebration promoting the accomplishments of women in craft beer — hosted in New York City, New York from Tuesday Aug. 7th, 2018 to Sunday Aug. 12th, 2018.

The week culminated in a tasting festival featuring 23 of the top-tier women-run breweries in the country held at The Well in Brooklyn on Saturday, Aug. 11th.

For more information about Hop Culture and the full list of events for Beers With(out) Beards visit: https://www.hopculture.com/event/beers-without-beards-week/

FOLLOW UP: I had a chance to chat with the organizer of the event, Grace Weitz, at a helth food luncheonette in Manhattan.

She told me that the event was successful enough to make plans for another event in 2019. She insisted that there was always a welcome for the mastiff of the specie. Nevertheless she did concede that when a beer is tasted it is not possible to tell if it was brewed by a male or a female brewer.

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Mayflower Brewing Co. Releases Boomerang

Plymouth, MA – Mayflower Brewing Company is pleased to release Boomerang today in their tasting room. Boomerang is a refreshing pale ale with an unfiltered appearance that pours light golden in color. The beer is built on pilsner, pale, and wheat malts with oats for a pillowy mouthfeel. Boomerang features Galaxy hops in the whirlpool with a healthy dry-hopped dose of Galaxy and Ella. Because Ella is the little sister of Galaxy, these hops complement each other so that notes of pineapple, lemon, and floral notes dominate, making this beer approachable for your everyday drinking.

Boomerang will have limited availability in the tasting room September 14th starting at noon for tastings, flights, pints, growler fills and 4 packs of 16 ounce cans. The beer will also be heading out to the New England market as well.

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IRON HILL BREWERY AND RESTAURANT OPENS IN CENTER CITY

Wilmington, DE (September 13, 2018) – Delaware-based Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is thrilled to announce the opening of their first Center City Philadelphia location in the new East Market development. Doors opened  to the public September 13 at 5:00 p.m. This opening marks the 15th brewery and restaurant for the group.

The approximately 8,500 sq. ft. Iron Hill Center City seats approximately 275, plus al fresco dining and includes an on-site brewery with capacity to produce 900 barrels of their award-winning craft beer annually.

The brewery and restaurant operates Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. andSunday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

About Iron Hill

Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill is among the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States. Its 21-year consecutive medal-winning streak at national and international competitions is the longest by any independent craft brewery.

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Jai Alai IPA on the Way to Stockholm, Sweden

TAMPA, FL, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – CCB has partnered with Great Brands AB of Stockholm, Sweden, to distribute its portfolio of unique ales and lagers throughout Scandinavia. Kegs and twelve-ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA and Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, will be available in Sweden, Finland and Norway beginning in September.

CCB’s beer, including award-winning Jai Alai IPA, is available in twenty three states encompassing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Delaware, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, Wisconsin and Kentucky, as well as Puerto Rico. Sweden will represent Cigar City Brewing’s first foray into full-time distribution in an international market.

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website [ www.cigarcitybrewing.com  ] for full beer information and to find CCB beer closest to you.

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Unibroue’s “Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire,” Arriving in October

North America (Sept. 10, 2018) – A new Belgian-style dark specialty ale from Unibroue, Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire (“Black Forest Cake Ale”), is arriving exclusively in the U.S. as a limited release in early October.

This 10.5 percent ABV brew has a medium body and a fine, champagne-like effervescence. The roast and chocolate are complemented by delicate fruity accents and a slightly tart finish. Smooth and perfectly balanced, Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire is the ideal accompaniment for Black Forest cake, cocoa-based Mexican dishes (such as mole), meat loaf, log-type goat cheese, and blue or comté cheese.

The beer will be available in the U.S. while supplies last on draft, in four-packs of 12-oz bottles, in cork and cage 750-ml painted bottles, and as part of a seasonal variety six-pack.

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Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut

 

NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY RE-BRANDS DRAGON’S MILK™ STOUT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (August 23, 2018) – Seventeen years after introducing its legendary Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout to fans around the country, New Holland Brewing Company, an artisan craft brewer based in Holland, Mich., is introducing a dramatic new look for their flagship recipe. To celebrate the re-brand, the company is also releasing a never-before tasted brew: Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut.Available in September and bringing the traditional roasted, malty and smooth characteristics of Dragon’s Milk, Banana Coconut features hints of real banana, plantain and coconut delivered in a creamy, rich bourbon barrel-aged stout. 11% alcohol, 30IBU.

Malts: 2-row, Munich, Caramel, Flaked Barley, Chocolate, Black and Honey

Hops: Nugget, Brewer’s Gold

Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut is available until sold out and is released on draft and in single 12-ounce bottles, 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 24-pack cases of 12-ounce bottles.

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Spice Things Up This Fall with Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head!

 

Milton, Del., September 4, 2018 –Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Punkin Ale is back! Clocking in at 7% ABV, this beer is brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Passionate about all things artistic and creative, Dogfish teamed up with longtime friend and highly acclaimed designer, Marq Spusta, a California-based artist known for his distinct illustrative style, to create the Off-Centered Art Series label and artwork for Punkin Ale.  The label features Spusta’s version of a mystically haunted, Halloween forest with spooky characters.

To find and enjoy Punkin Ale and other off-centered ales in your area, visit www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder .

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And that is Brews in the News for the week of 17 September 2018.

Cheers!

Peter LaFrance

NOTES FROM THE BREWERY:

HOPPY ADVENTURE Double IPA

First brewed: 2015

7.8% abv  –  58 IBU  –  18 EBC

“In the fall of 2014, Harpoon brewers Ken Hermann and Tom Knight brewed a hoppy, citrusy, but not tire-out-the-palette-overly-bitter double IPA on our pilot system. The beer was put on tap in our employee lounge and at our Beer Hall in Boston and Riverbend Taps in Windsor. It became clear very quickly that this beer was too good to brew just once…so we brought it back. This flavorful, highly aromatic beer is exactly how Tom and Ken originally intended it to be – a very drinkable and approachable Double IPA.

This double IPA has a pronounced citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Golden pale with a slight haze, it has a subtly sweet character from the malt profile and a crisp, hoppy finish.”

  • Appearance: Golden pale color with a slight haze and a fluffy white head
  • Aroma: Very hoppy with peach, citrus, and tropical fruit
  • Mouth feel:  Medium body with medium-high level of bitterness
  • Taste:  Juicy hop flavor with citrus and tropical fruit.  Late malt sweetness
  • Finish:  Slightly sweet with a lingering bitterness
  • Draught: Limited Availability
  • Can: 16oz 4-packs

 

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UFO Huckleberry Tasting Notes

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