This will not be a normal beer review post, or even editorial. I’m treating this post as a travel log detailing my beer related experiences during a recent business trip to Germany. I went in knowing little about the city I was staying in and what to expect when I got there. I had traveled to Germany before with my family, but this trip I tried to be less of a tourist and try to get a more local experience. What follows below is details of what I ate, drank, saw and experienced during the time I wasn’t working.
Archive April 2011
Ithaca Beer Company out of New York is set to brew a, you guessed it, Phish-inspired IPA called Stash. The beer is scheduled to be released in early June, as a special one-off production available on draft only in extremely limited distribution. The official press release from Ithaca Beer is after the break.
As one of my favorite breweries, The Bruery, I’m always searching out their new, limited and exotic beers. Recently I received their Mischief Gone Wild, dubbed an American Wild Ale though I beg to differ, from Scott in California. This is essentially their Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Mischief, fermented with Brettanomyces to give the beer a certain ‘funk’ character, typical of the yeast.
Sierra Nevada in conjunction with the Abbey of Calirvaux have created three different beers, all of which will all be released this year. I was able to find a bottle of the first release, Ovila Dubbel. Picking up a bottle of any of the Ovila brews will be for a good cause and not just for your enjoyment. Part of the proceeds are going to rebuild the Ovila Chapter House, north of the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, CA.
I’m no stranger to Firestone Walker Brewing Company, based out of Paso Robles, California. I’ve sampled their 14th Anniversary, Double Jack and Velvet Merlin and now that they’re in the Philadelphia market – it’s going to be even easier to get my hands on them. Nick and I split a bottle of the 2011 Abacus, a barrel-aged American Barleywine, last night at Craft Ale House.