Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hudson Valley Hops

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Evil Twin/Stillwater Tap Take Over

Thursday - April 04, 2013 @ 05:00PM / ends @ 01:00AM

Beer Tasting / Release @ The Lionheart Pub

Albany, New York
(518) 436-9530

Here is a tap list... with maybe a few surprises in store as well...

Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break- An Imperial Stout brewed with almonds, vanilla beans and coffee. The Roman Empire had a certain “je ne sais quoi” festive food culture, extravagant architecture and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen – that’s still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient – keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. 11.5% ABV

Evil Twin Ashtray Heart- Amazingly rich, seductively dark and smoking good smoked imperial stout. Yes a real heartbreaker. We recommend only the truly skillful, heavyweight beer champions to battle this awfully addictive and overpowering smoked Stout. Careful this is the real deal with a minor Placebo effect.

Evil Twin Femme Fatale- To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett beer (this one is an IPA) can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Ones you get acquainted with Bretts irresistible, seductive, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you to the point of obsession to create the desirable tangy, funky, tart flavor in ya mouth. 

Evil Twin Yin- This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and a hoppy fella get together and make a sublime Taiji balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or just enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo). 

Evil Twin Yang- This is one half of a Black and Tan. Not just any Black and Tan, but the one where a toasted smug and a hoppy fella get together to make a sublime Taiji balance. Mix the Yang & Yin together (or enjoy this flipping good Imperial IPA solo). 
Stillwater Folklore- Human history is filled with myths and legends that shape and define our culture. Rituals, celebrations, gatherings.. whatever. One thing that’s for sure, is we enjoy a proper shindig. So let’s get the stories flowing and share a little ’Folklore’. A bracingly deep ale, built dark and rich with an elegantly lean body, accompanied by heady aromas of Belgian yeast, earthy hops and gently kissed by a wisp of smoke. 

Stillwater Of Love and Regret- For the first edition of the Stillwater Import Series I traveled to the village of Beerzel, located in the Antwerp province of Belgium. Here I teamed up with brewmaster Jef Goetelen to craft an authentic Belgian version of my liquid interpretation of the Spring season. A recipe originally contrived a few years prior as a collaboration brew with my good friend Paul Kretzer. The base is German barley & wheat, with a touch of Belgian aromatic; accented with grassy hops and an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion). Like a fresh meadow in spring.

Stillwater Sensory Series Volume 1: Lower Dens- The Stillwater Sensory Series is a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and singular musical artists. In this first collaboration, Stillwater works with Lower Dens to make an ale based on an interpretation of their song, "In the End is the Beginning." On the bottle itself, a QR code will link to an exclusive Lower Dens performance of the song. Ultimately, this is a true artistic collaboration that aims to create a full sensory experience - sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste brewed with

Stillwater Stateside Saison- Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Iron Maiden Beer. Yes That Iron Maiden

The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."

Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is poised to release its latest work — and it's a beer. That's the latest from the Metal Injection website, whose "Bands and Booze" section makes it uniquely qualified to present such news.
The band collaborated with Robinsons, an English brewery with roots in the 19th century, to create what lead singer Bruce Dickinson calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe for Trooper Ale." Robinsons is also well-known for making ales such as Old Tom and Unicorn.
"As a fan of traditional English cask beer, I thought this could actually be something really exciting," Dickinson says in a video announcing the beer's pending release. "We could actually develop a proper, real, long-term beer."
By that, he seems to mean that the beer will be more than a limited-edition release. Dickinson says that when they were trying to figure out what to put on the beer's label, it seemed natural to use the title of the Maiden song "The Trooper."
"Music and beer are great treats for the senses in their own right," the brewery's Oliver Robinson says, "but the combination is very powerful."
The beer, described as having citrus notes and a blend of Cascade, Bobec, and Goldings hops, doesn't sport an amped-up alcohol percentage. Its website currently lists it at 4.7 percent alcohol by volume.
That prompted a commenter at Metal Injection to observe the alcohol level should be much higher — leading another reader, Colin James Salt, to respond that the proper strength would be "6.66%."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birdsall House

If you find yourself in Peekskill at noon on a Sunday go to   Birdsall House for brunch.  Best eggs benny in a long time.  They make all there own charcuterie and I got a cask Worlds Ends dry hopped with hops grown at BH form The Peekskill Brewery with brunch.  Sat at the Beautiful 1940's mahogany bar.

Peekskill Brewery

The Peekskill Brewery moved to a renovated three story building in December and went from 3 barrels to 15.  If you like The Heady Topper you will like Peekskill. Oh and they have a coolship.  See video.

Brown's New 50 barrel Brewery

Gary Brown gave me a tour of his new 50 barrel brewery in Hoosick Falls.  They will be brewing and bottling very soon.  And hope to be open to the public in eight months.  It's a beautiful brewery as you can see from the photos.