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Big Brew Beer Festival

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Random

 

I normally don’t do this sort of stuff, but who doesn’t like a good beer festival? John from Big Brew Beer Festival sent me this information and if you enter “EXAMINER” in as a code, you’ll get $5 off your ticket.

The Big Brew Beer Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 8th at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ is being rescheduled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Event organizers feel this is an appropriate course of action due to the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in the State of New Jersey. Here is the new information:

Big Brew Beer Festival
Saturday, February 16
3pm – 7pm
Morristown Armory (430 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ)
http://www.bigbrewbeerfestival.com

All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the 2/16 event or refunds are available.

 

Best Brews April 2012

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Best Brews, Random

April was another great beer month. I started “drinking outside the box” and incorporating themes into the beers I chose to try. Here are the month’s winners:

1. Dogfish 120 Minute IPA (2011)

I loved everything about this beer. A hop head’s dream.

2. Founders Imperial Stout

I think I love everything that I’ve had from this brewery.

3. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (2012)

Just as good the second year. Filled with hoppy goodness.

4. The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

An incredibly flavorful summer seasonal.

5. Green Flash Palate Wrecker

A beer that lives up to its name. Great DIPA!

Honorable Mention: Lindemans Faro Lambic, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Biggest Disappointment: Birra Del Borgo Rubus

I thought that this would be a raspberry beer with a little bit of funk. It wasn’t. The undercarbonation made it a chore to drink.

Best Brews March 2012

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Best Brews, Random

I really got back on the wagon in March. I had so many brews, went to AC Beerfest and did a beer-related March Madness. So, here are the winners for the month:

1. Fuller’s London Porter

Katie sure can pick a good beer. One of the best porters I’ve ever had.

2. Fuller’s Vintage Ale (2009)

Such a rich and complex brew.

3. Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale

Another solid brew from a great brewery.

4. Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly

A totally yummy oak aged DIPA.

5. Victory Ranch R Double IPA

A great DIPA, available draft only.

Honorable Mention: Dogfish Head Noble Rot, 16 Mile Inlet IPA

Biggest Disappointment: St. Peter’s Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)

Absolutely awful. Total drainpour. Not even the bottle made up for it.

March Madness – Final

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Random

March Madness – Finals

The final matchup. This has actually been a really fun experience. It’s forced me to go back and really look at what I drank and put beers of completely different styles up against each other and evaluate them. Perhaps this becomes an annual thing. So, onto the last matchup…two great beers, but only one can emerge victorious.

(3)     Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 v. (2) Stone 15th Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Winner: Stone Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Comments: This was pretty hard to decide. How I finally came to the decision was that Stone 15 changed my opinion on the style as a whole. I would definitely try other Black IPAs since I found one that is so good. Terrapin Reunion really didn’t change my opinion on the style. I love beers with chilis. I would have tried another one regardless of whether I had this beer or not. Stone takes it.

Thanks for following March Madness! If you want to see the final bracket, you can check it out here Round 6.

March Madness – Final Four

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Random

March Madness – Final Four

We’re now down to the Final Four. Every beer that’s made it this far is one that I’ve really loved. This is definitely going to be a tough matchup. Let’s see who makes it to the finals…

(1) Westmalle Trappist Tripel v. (3) Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

Winner: Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

Comments: I know, I know…how could Terrapin beat Westmalle? I loved both beers. You can’t argue with how solid of a tripel Westmalle is and against any other matchup, it would probably win for me. But, my favorite style of beer involves chilis and hot peppers. You give me a solid beer that gives me a bit of heat, it’s sessionable and incredibly flavorful? I’ll grab that over a Belgian nine times out of 10.

(2) Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA v. (1) Avery Out of Bounds Stout

Winner: Stone Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Comments: Another difficult matchup. I really couldn’t find much fault with Avery’s offering. What it came down to for me was that I’ve had better stouts than Out of Bounds, albeit not many. I have not found a black IPA that is any better than Stone, nor have I found one that made me sad when I was getting to the end of the bottle. The flavors were balanced and the roasted malts didn’t overwhelm the hoppiness. For me, it was perfection within the style.

Damn, that was pretty difficult. All of them were fantastic beers that I would love to try again. Here’s the updated bracket if you want to take a look Round 6. I’ll see you April 2nd for the finals!

March Madness – Round Four

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Random

Now it’s getting to the really tough matchups…I’m going to be sad to see any of these beers go home, but let’s see who lasts to the next round.

South Region

(1) Westmalle Trappist Tripel v. (2) Fuller’s London Porter

Winner: Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Comments: This was a ridiculously hard decision. I loved the London Porter, but the Belgian-y goodness edged it out by a hair. 

West Region

(1) Founders Red’s Rye PA v. (3) Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

Winner: Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

Comments: Upset alert. I loved the Terrapin beer and I knew this was going to win because I would pull that out of the fridge before the Founders offering. But, Red’s Rye was a fantastic brew.

East Region

(1) Anchorage Bitter Monk  v. (2) Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Winner: Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Comments: I love Belgian IPAs like no one else, but I have a few that I could put in the category of Bitter Monk. The Stone Black IPA stood alone as the best of the style that I’ve ever had and was incredibly enjoyable. 

Midwest Region

(1) Avery Out of Bounds Stout v. (3) Green Flash Double Stout

Winner: Avery Out of Bounds Stout

Comments: This was another close one. I liked the Avery brew a hair more than the Green Flash one, so it edged out the win.

If you want to see the updated bracket, you can take a look here: Round 5

March Madness – Round Three

Posted: March 22, 2012 in Random

It’s the Third Round of March Madness. This is definitely going to have some tough matchups…

South Region

(1) Westmalle Trappist Tripel v. (5) Fuller’s ESB

Winner: Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Comments: Wow, this one was a tough matchup. I thoroughly enjoyed both brews, but Fuller’s just couldn’t stand up to one of the best tripels that I’ve ever had. 

(3) Unibroue Trois Pistoles v. (2) Fuller’s London Porter

Winner: Fuller’s London Porter

Comments: Although the offering from Unibroue was fantastic, the London Porter was one of the most drinkable and satisfying porters I’ve ever had. A close one, but Fuller’s came out on top.

West Region

(1) Founders Red’s Rye PA v. (4) Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager

Winner: Founders Red’s Rye PA

Comments: This one wasn’t all that close. Although I appreciated trying an imperial helles lager, the rye pale ale was more my cup of tea, and one of the best beers I’ve ever had that showcased rye. Founders ran away with this one. 

(3) Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011 v. (7) Lagunitas Censored

Winner: Terrapin Reunion Beer 2011

Comments: Almost any beer that I put up against the Terrapin brew was going to lose. Nothing against the Lagunitas offering, but it just couldn’t stand the heat (horrible pun, I know). 

East Region

(1) Anchorage Bitter Monk v. (5) Kane Head High

Winner: Anchorage Bitter Monk

Comments: Nothing against the Kane brew, but it was just outmatched by the outstanding flavors of the Bitter Monk. This one was a blowout. 

(3) Port Mongo IPA v. (2) Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Winner: Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

Comments: This was a close one. Both were absolutely fantastic beers, but Stone gave me renewed faith in the black IPA style. 

Midwest Region

(1) Avery Out of Bounds Stout v. (4) Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Winner: Avery Out of Bounds Stout

Comments: This was a close one. Both were great beers, albeit from slightly different styles. What this one came down to was style preference, and for me, I chose the stout. 

(3) Green Flash Double Stout v. (10) Victory Storm King

Winner: Green Flash Double Stout

Comments: This one wasn’t as close. Storm King was like the Gonzaga of beers. It got past the first two rounds, but you knew it would eventually be knocked out. 

You can see the updated bracket here Round 4.Until next round…