Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Denver, Colorado - The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Competition continued its record setting ways, crushing last year's entries by 16%. GABF remains the largest commercial beer competition in the world with 3,308 entries.
View the 2009 Winners List
- 457 breweries in the festival hall
- 2,100 beers served at the festival
- 49,000 attendees (includes brewers, volunteers and ticket holders)
- 3,000 volunteers
- 495 breweries in the competition
- 3,308 beers judged in the competition
- 78 categories judged + Pro-Am category
- 132 judges from ten countries
- Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 42
- Category with highest number of entries: 134, American Style India Pale Ale
2009 Great American Beer Festival Official Sponsors
|The Simpsons||DRAFT Magazine||Anheuser-Busch|
|Coors Light||Miller Lite||Microstar Keg Management|
|AM 760||KBCO 97.3 FM||103.5 The Fox|
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Enjoy Troy. Well let me tell you I’ve tried. In fact in the last twenty years I have had occasion to visit Troy on nearly a daily basis, whether for education, work or pleasure. And let me say the irony of having to go to Troy for superior educational opportunities has never been lost on me, but I digress. Troy’s fine cultural attributes can also be saved for another day, because after all were here for the beer, and when ordered directly by the self proclaimed exalted ruler to seek out and try a new beer product found only in Troy, how could I refuse (well quite easily actually, but with a spare hour in he collar city, why not).
To break any suspense that may I may have inadvertently built in that snappy intro, the subject beer is Brown’s Brewing Aussie Hop Kicking Sauv Blanc Lager. Gotta say I wouldn’t go out of my way for this beer, oh yeah I already did. Now to be fair the beer is not awful. It is far more bitter than any commercial lager, with a hop level similar to many an IPA. And where they got the Sauv Blanc thing, well I suspect drinking may have been involved, but I just didn’t get it. Beyond the bitter there just isn’t much there. It has the very light golden color and plenty of carbonation, typical of a lager, so there again, not too bad. The problem is in the finish, it has the curse of the brew pub. What curse? That slightly icky taste (that’s professional speak for yucky) common to so many brew pub concoctions. It is that same off taste that follows many of Brown’s beers, and a lot of brew pub beers. The taste isn’t so noticeable in the Porters and Stouts whose heavy malts can mask the flavor, but it’s there none the less.
Brown’s is still worth a visit as their Pale Ale isn’t bad and their Harvest Ale is actually quite interesting. The freshness of the hops in the Harvest beer, with its locally grown and harvested flowers really shines. The downside for me is the sweetness of the malt. It dulls what might otherwise be an outstanding beer, were it a bit crisper it might be first class. Perhaps the Sierra fresh hopped ales have set too high a standard for me. The Harvest deserves an “A” for effort and is an approach to locally grown that really should be supported. That said Brown’s should be supported as well. It is a great space, though lacking some of the charm of the original Brown and Moran days and showing a bit of wear. Along with the adjacent Revolution Hall, Ryan’s Wake and Jose Malone’s Troy provides one of the few bright spots in the Capital District. And reportedly you can even get a good education in Troy, but I not so sure about dat.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Don your lederhosen and grab your stein. Local microbrewers and beer afficianados will gather on 10/17 for the Lake George Brewers ,www.adkpub.comevents.htm to celebrate the season and the beverage of choice. There will be beer tastings, live German music and German food. Costumes are encouraged. The Oktoberfest will be held at the Windsor Court Motel in . All proceeds will benefit the Adirondack Red Cross.
, www.ommegang.com, a Belgian-style brewery in Cooperstown, celebrates its 12th birthday with its annual Waffles & Puppets event, Oct. 10th. The fall foliage will be at its peak and the view of the from the Brewery’s sweeping grounds is fantastic.. A puppet show and live music will keep the family entertained. Plus the kids can bob for apples and paint pumpkins. Indulge in Leige-styfle Belgian sugar waffles drizzled with Belgian chocolate sauce. And don’t forget the beer! Ommegang will officially release its new special winter ale Ommegang Adoration, brewed on the premises with exotic spices.
Monday, September 14, 2009
A grassy lager meant to remind drinkers of sauvignon blanc, which I wrote about in a story in late August, is newly available at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy. Dubbed Aussie Hop Kicking Sauv Blanc Lager, a 200-gallon batch of the beer was made a couple of weeks ago at Brown’s by Ross Kenrick, a homebrewer visiting from Brisbane, Australia, as part of an exchange with local homebrewers. Kenrick used rare New Zealand hops meant to evoke the wine varietal for which the beer is named.
Aussie Hop Kicking Sauv Blanc Lager is $4.50 per pint or $3.50 when it’s Beer of the Day at Brown’s, which it is today.
We need a review Landman.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The second annual Capital Region Beer & Wing Festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Times Union Center on South Pearl Street in Albany. Admission ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) gets you a commemorative beer glass and samples of wings from at least a dozen-plus area restaurants and brews from growing list of more than 50 beer vendors. Suppliers list here.
To address complaints about last year’s event (too crowded, wings ran out), organizers have almost doubled the amount of space devoted to the festival, to 40,000 square feet; required 100,000 total wings be available; and limited ticket sales to 2,500. As a commenter below points out, that’s an average of 40 wings per person — a number the arena confirms.
Tickets go on sale Monday at the arena box office, online or at (800) 30-EVENT.