Archive for February, 2010

Founders KBS Release March 13th

Friday, February 26th, 2010

With March right around the corner, we all know what that means: Founders KBS release. We all anticipate it, we all thoroughly enjoy it, and we all hope to get our hands on some. The rumor has it that this will be released at Founders on Saturday, March 13th. Of course I believe no one unless I here it directly from the source, so I emailed Founders. This is pretty much the entire reponse I received on the topic from Mark Dorich, Director of Retail Operations at Founders Brewing Company.

Each year, Founders KBS is released to the marketplace on the Ides of March (15th). nike lebron 11 Here at the brewery, we host a release day on the closest Saturday to the Ides. This year, that magical day falls on March 13th.

Beginning when we open at 11am, KBS will be flowing on draft, and KBS Bottles will be available for to-go purchase on a first come – first served basis. There will once again be a limit of 2 cases per person.

Later that night, the party starts, where we will be featuring some great live music from Boston’s Rubblebucket Orchestra, and Kalamazoo’s Funktion. Both are phenomenal bands that play a diverse mix of music. A couple of local hotels are offering preferred rated to Founders customers for those who want to stick around and make a night out of it: The Holiday Inn on Pearl St (formerly the Days)(616) 235-xxxx; as well as the Radisson Riverfront on Ann St (616) 363-xxxx. To get the preferred rate, make sure you mention Founders when booking your room!

We look forward to enjoying 2010’s batch of KBS with you!

Anytime I get this kind of wonderful information from a brewery, I have to offer my kudos for their quick turn around and the useful information. Thank you Mark.

Now I just have to convince the wife to allow me to make the trip. Enjoy!

Maine Beer Company: Spring Peeper Ale

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

What is the best American craft beer of all? No, not a free one. It is a beer that is quietly surprising and comes from out of no where to impress and surprise and inspire the senses to new heights. by Maine Beer Company did exactly that for me. I was a little leery as it is from a small brewer up in Maine and this is their first attempt at bottling for distribution off of their premisses. Also, sometime American Pale Ales from the east coast fail in comparison, in terms of hop profile, from their brethren out west.

Opening the bottle quickly shot down all my nike zoom hyperrev apprehensions as a wet burst of the bottle conditioned beer hit my nose. Nice floral, citrus, and fruity hops exploded from the bottle as did a nice bit of sticky, white foam. There is a nice fruity sweetness to the beer but the hops profile is the star. The mix is pleasant, subtle yet strong, and enticing to the senses. There is a touch of hop bitterness to the beer but it is not long lasting. A good drinking light beer that has enough aroma and taste to make up for the light body. 9/10

Now I just have to try and get some more of that delectable nectar. Enjoy!

FFF Dark Lord Day

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Exactly two months from today!!!! Nothing all that great, in terms of this post, but it is getting closer and the anticipation continues to grow. Follow the updates for Dark Lord Day 2010 on Three Flyods dedicated site: http://www.darklordday.com. They will be announcing golden tickets sales via twitter first. Not a bad way to drum up some followers.

The only question that remains in my head: how early will I be leaving my home to make the one hour trek over to Munster, IN? Damn early. Enjoy!

Are Limited Release Beer Prices Destined to Increase

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

From time to time I bring up the thought of American craft beer and cost. He is another round ๐Ÿ˜‰

In lieu of some really short and limited releases coming out and a few that already have, I thought I would sound off.

Economics and the simple supply and demand curve knowledge was bestowed upon me when I was a senior in high school, it was further pounded into my head as a Freshman in college. For those that have forgotten or those that don’t know, economics can, at it's most basic, be broken down into a graph of a supply and a demand curve set on in quadrant one of a graph. The horizontal axis represents quantity while the vertical axis represents price.

The demand curve is concave up from left to right and goes “down” as price descreases and quantity increases. powerlins ii The supply curve is the opposite: as quantity increases, so does price.

Here is the where the real magic begins. Now depending what is increasing or decreasing, the supply and demand curves will move up and down, where the two meet is considered to be an equilibrium and everything strives for this balance.

Okay, not too in depth, but enough, with the graph, to get your brain thinking supply and demand. Now is the time to switch to the American craft beer industry and make my case for relevance.

We all know that craft beer is made with better ingredients and that the demand is on the rise. The supply is also on the rise to try and meet this demand. This means that the price is bound to go up. Over the last five, six years of drinking American craft beer, I have noticed an increase.

That’s great, inflation causes all things to go up. True. But what happens when supply is thin (special releases) and demand (craft beer wannabees) are all over the release? So far nothing, but don’t hold your breath. Prices for bombers has gone from the $10 range for these beers to easily in the $20 range. Same beer, same quantity in the bottle, same quantity available, but much bigger demand, thus the 100% increase in price.

In the case of the a beer like Kate the Great, they only brew 900 bottles. In the case of Pliny the Younger, they sold out in a record amount of time. In the case of Dark Lord, FFF is producing tickets and limiting the number of beers per ticket. The list could go on but these beers are in super high demand, look at Ebay (more to come on this), and the supply is very limited. It is very easy to see that prices should, and probably will continue to rise for these releases.

Now you may wonder why it is fair for the brewers to raise prices. Well, if you want it and are willing to pay for it, why not. For most this is probably their one beer that really makes them some money. powerlins ii femmes Also, if you were the brewer, and you noticed your merchandise selling for 50 – 150% higher on Ebay, why not raise the prices? Why not bring that profit to the brewery instead of somebody else trying to make a quick profit? Why let band wagon jumpers that have no real interest in this hobby other than to make a buck profit? I am sure these questions and many more are going through the heads of the brewers.

Simple economics says that the ridiculous demand for these short supplied products has to rise and, in many cases, it will to a price that will leave the true connoisseurs out in the cold. Enjoy!

Russian River’s Pliny The Elder

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

As we all know, not all American craft beers are created equal. Since all of our senses work differently, it is easy to see why each beer can rated and reviewed with such a wide array of values/comments. A few beers stick out from the crowd, seemingly being close to an euphoric drink as possible, as the range is tight and their isn’t much disagreeing in between.

Pliny The Elder by Russian River is one of those beers. I have long wanted to taste and review this beer. Fortunately I received one this past week with a date of February, 01, 2010 – nice and fresh. It comes in a 500mL bottle for $5.49. Now, I could have easily partaked by myself but that isn’t the way to enjoy any beer. Of course I had to call over Rich for a 4:00pm tasting yesterday. Needless to say he didn’t hesitate to say yes.

I pulled the beer out of the fridge around 3:20 or so to ensure that it would be at optimal temperature. roshe run I also grabbed my snifter as I wanted to waft in the aromatics as much as possible.

Finally, Rich rang the doorbell. Time to press on.

I opened the bottle and inhaled deeply, not once but twice, from the bottle top. Wow! In the bottle it is awesome. I poured the bottle equally between the two glasses as best I could. Big white foam, frothy and clingy while the pour was slightly cloudy.

The aroma is fantastic. An exquisite blend of pine and citrus hops that are balanced so well with an almost hidden sweet malt backbone. Oh the taste, a symphony to the buds. Once again a sweet malt gently flows to balance while the rest of the beer is pure hops. Now this is where the greatness of the beer seems to shine for me; pine and grapefruit like citrus hops that are not overly bitter nor long lasting. It is a IIPA that seems to have the ability to be sessioned as it doesn’t ruin the palate. The mouth isn’t that big but the carbonation is. I could have this over and over again. I might move to California so I can have it all the time. 10/10

I don’t know how to quite explain it: the beer is big, yet has the presence of a smaller beer, while still letting you know it isn’t. Enjoy!

Capital Brewery Bockfest

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Capital Brewery will be hosting Bockfest on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, some eight days away. Based on their newsletter it seems that plenty is in store:

The fish are ordered, beads are here, mugs are ready, roshe run femmes and the beer is in the tanks. Check the website for a complete Bockfest rundown.

The only problem I see here is that I cannot find anymore information on their site about it. Oops. ๐Ÿ™‚

Capital will also be releasing a new lager beer come April: Supper Club. What is it you say?

Wisconsin has a strong tradition of Supper Clubs, something that Kirby has enjoyed his whole life. In honor of that tradition, he created Supper Club Lager, an American Style Lager (ABV 4.9%) that has (in Kirby’s words) been “Wisconsified”.

Brew club meeting time. Have a good and safe weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday Night Beer Club Ends With Bang

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

alesmith speedway stout bourbon

Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) was another Tuesday of good beer, roshe run flywire finished off with two really great beers. Mark was the host and provided some really good pizza for dinner.

The first beer of the evening was Troegs Nugget Nectar, a 22 ounce bomber brought by Shawn. A really nice hop aroma with an easy drinking style. It quickly becomes apparent why this beer is so sought after. I have a 12 ounce beer of my own that doesn’t have much of a chance surviving past the next few days.

Mike brought the next beer: Mischief by The Bruery. It is a Belgian Golden Ale that is infused with a hop profile. A subtle combination of the Golden Ale and American IPA. Nothing was really wrong with this beer, there was just nothing that stood out and made this beer above average. I have a bottle at home myself and I no longer really looking forward to it all by myself. I will have to have at least Rich help drink it down.

founders nemisis

Cigar City is a brewery that I have heard some really good things about. They are small and it is difficult to get a hold of their beers, especially up in Chicagoland. Luckily my boss brought me back two bottles of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. I had to share with the group. I think we all agreed that this was a very spicy beer that none of us were fond of. Also, several mentioned they had other Cigar City beers and none have lived up to the hype yet. Testing a few more would be good as it couldn’t hurt.

Founders Nemesis made a special guest star appearance. Ed brought it only because he lost a coin flip with Shawn on who would have to bring one of the two bottles they were each able to score. The beer was good but I wouldn’t say great, especially with everyone tripping over each other to get it. Yes, I am glad I had a chance to taste but I wouldn’t make it something I had to have each time they brew a new one.

portsmouth kate the great

The end of the evening was the best. Mark broke out to special bottles and let us do a blind taste test. The first we quickly realized was a Russian imperial stout, that was a little sweet, some cherry, but easy to drink for such a big beer. The second was another big stout that was aged in bourbon barrels. roshe run flywire femmes It seemed to show more age than the first as the bourbon mellowed, the carbonation was almost negligible, and some sherry flavors crept in.

We all liked the two and gave them a rating of B then A (except for Shawn but he couldn’t smell a thing). B was AleSmith Speedway Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels from 2007, numbered 424 out of 447. A was Portsmouth Kate the Great. Two awesome beers and a big thank you to Mark for sharing.

Now that was some good drinking. Enjoy!

Flossmoor .357 Imperial Pilsner

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery announced they will be releasing .357 Imperial Pilsner at their spring release party on Friday, April 23rd.

It will be a 10-12%ABV strong golden lager, with European noble-style hops. We will be having live music, food, and guests from all over the country as they descend on Munster the next day for the D.L. release. Cheers!

They will also be tapping The Curse, a bock beer at 8:00pm on Friday, April 23rd to help kick off the release party. roshe run hyp A little more from their site:

This is a medium to dark copper lager with caramel malt and nice lager yeast aromas. The flavor is predominately malt with a moderate hop presence in bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Bocks usually have a minimum 16P starting gravity, with The Curse weighing in at 16.4P, yielding a nice 6.3% ABV bock.

One last surprise for the evening: Imprompu Pale a 5.3% ABV Pale Ale with plenty of Cascade hops.

The day before Dark Lord days is looking awfully good. Enjoy!

New Way To Review American Craft Beer

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Despite being completely under the weather this weekend, I found a little bit of time to make a new way to review American craft beer come to life.

Ed, long time friend and supposedly still working on Two Beer Dudes logo, said that he doesn’t do reviews on any sites because he doesn’t want to write down his thoughts and take away from the experience of enjoying the beer. That is verified by the fact that he was the first person to sign up for Two Beer Dudes, besides Rich and I, and he still has not done a review. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He said that he had an idea that would make him review: get rid of the comments and any other portion of a review that takes time to write, and just give him a few categories and allow for a number rating. air max 90 After about 30 minutes of some back-and-forth, I had a pretty good idea of what he had in mind.

The categories will be: aroma, taste, look, and drinkability. Each of these four categories will be denoted with a slider on the page that has a value of 1 through 10; keeping with the rating scale currently used. Slide the slider and change the overall rating of the beer. That simple.

Aroma and taste will comprise 25% of the score, look another 15%, and drinkability will pick up the rear with 35% of the overall rating score. This score will be based on, you guessed it, 10 total.

This new rating system is currently called a “Short” beer review.

There is one caveat: once you decide to use one or the other rating system for a particular beer and you submit your rating, you cannot change that rating over to the other style. You can change styles between beers, just not on a particular beer once you have submitted that review. You can edit the review, just not change it.

Depending on your mood or style, you can make a review which ever way you want. Enjoy!

Short’s Brewing Special Beer Reimbursement

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I had three of these guys back about a month ago that were, unfortunately, just not up to what I have come to expect from the good beers of Short's

Sometimes you open a beer and expect so much from the liquid goodness of American craft beer, that we don’t even think about the chances of getting a bad bottle. Well it seems that people have been getting some bad bottles of Short’s Brewing Company, especially their special series beers. air max 90 femmes Short’s has recognized the problem and stepped up to the plate in a very big way as they are offering refunds. From their site:

So if you have any โ€œweirdโ€ or โ€œoffโ€ bottles please email cs [at] shortsbrewing [dot] com and include the following:

  • How many Bottles were affected and of what brands?
  • Name and Address
  • Preference of
    • $3.40 per bottle gift certificate to pub
    • $2.50 per bottle refund
    • An Exchange Certificate for another six pack which can only be done at the brewery.

In my book that is huge. Hats off to Short’s for being big enough to man up to the problem and reiterating their pledge to top quality American carft beers while keeping their customers in mind. Enjoy!

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