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Nov 13, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer festivals Saturday, Nov. 15

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  • The Crescent City Homebrewers served beer at a festival in 2013.

There are two local beer festivals this weekend. The Bayou Beer Society holds its second annual Bayou Beer Fest at Southdown Plantation in Houma. Thibodaux’s soon to open Mudbug Brewery is the main sponsor, but it will not be able to serve its beer because it doesn’t yet have necessary permits. Other sponsors include Chafunkta Brewing Co., Crooked Letter Brewing Co., 40 Arpent Brewing Co., Crescent Crown Distributors and Which Craft? bar.

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to attendees who are at least 21 years old. More than 200 beers and ciders will be served, including beer from Red River and Great Raft in Shreveport as well as Yalabusha Testify Imperial Milk Stout, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, Brooklyn Monster Ale and Founders Red Rye IPA. There will be music by Soul Creole, whose fiddler and vocalist, Louis Michot, works for Bayou Tech, and Noc Nu and the Wild Matous, of which Mudbug head brewer Leith Adams is a member. Food will be provided by Cannata’s, local restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $35 ($15 for a designated driver ticket) and can be purchased in advance

The Crescent City Homebrewers holds its annual fundraiser Winterfest, at Deutches Haus (1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie) from 6 p.m-11 p.m. Saturday.

“Winterfest tries to keep a bit of the Oktoberfest spirit going with the food and atmosphere but with a focus on the beer,” Homebrewer member Greg Hackenberg says.

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at Brewstock (3800 Dryades St., 504-208-2788), from Crescent City Homebrew Club members or online. Tickets will be $30 at the door.

Homebrewed beers being served include tripel, blueberry wheat, toasted oat ale, Vietnamese coffee milk stout, Burton on Trent IPA, cucumber saison, blueberry-tangerine, porter, Kentucky common, red IPA, coffee stout, fall pale ale and others.

“Every year’s lineup of beers is different, and the variety can be amazing,” Hackenberg says. “This year is no different and at last count we will be serving well over 20 different beers.”

“You really can make commercial quality beer at home, but as homebrewers we are not constrained by details like having to make money,” Hackenberg says. “We can produce beers with experimental ingredients and unique combinations of things, or classic styles that are largely unavailable in the US, and even historical recreations — things that you would probably never see on a commercial tap.”

The Bayou Beer Festival will feature more than a dozen homebrews made by brewers from across the state, and there is a homebrew competition. The Brewdats Choice winner will get the opportunity to have a beer label designed by graphic artist and festival co-organizer Joel Ohmer. 

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Nov 12, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beer geeks show up in force for the Festival; here’s what they tasted


Over the weekend, the Port of Los Angeles played host to a beer festival that shifted the focus from local craft brewers and onto a bevy of international producers and American craft brewers seldom seen on the West Coast. The Festival, as it is called, offered a glimpse at the possible future of craft beer. 

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The Festival is an annual showcase of breweries by longtime beer importer the Shelton Brothers, and this year’s event lived up to the expectations. During four four-hour sessions split over two days, thousands of beer connoisseurs turned out to sample vintage gueuzes from Belgium’s biggest names in lambic, pours of Japanese beers that ranged from by-the-book classic styles to wildly inventive umami-tinged beers, and a lengthy list of tart and funky wild ales from some of the U.S.’s most exciting craft operations. 

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We were surprised by the sheer size of the crowd, the diversity of the beers at the event and especially crowd’s high level of beer knowledge. Breweries that we’d expect to be sleepers saw a steady stream of fans, and there were plenty of adventurous palates excited to try new things. It was one of the nerdiest beer festivals we’ve attended, and it was a great sign for the craft beer culture of Los Angeles. 

Here are a couple of notable take-aways from the Festival:

“Craft” beer has gone worldwide

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International breweries outnumbered American operations by about 2 to 1, many hailing from nations not known for their beer culture, such as Spain, Italy and Japan, where the craft beer movement has more recently caught hold. The European Low Countries were well represented and well regarded by the beer fans in attendance. 

It was the U.K. contingent that was perhaps most surprising. Instead of bringing typically English-style brews, breweries like Buxton from the East Midlands and Moor Beer turned up with some eye-opening hybrid beers like a tart and intensely fruity Raspberry Rye Berliner Weisse from the former and an English bitter married to bright American hop flavors and a clean West Coast finish from the latter. 

The spirit of innovation that launched the craft beer movement in America has spread to every corner of the globe, and the rest of the world is catching up to America’s creative breweries. 

Sour beer was everywhere

The typical craft beer festival is often an all-you-can-palate buffet for hop heads, and there’s no doubt that hoppy brews dominate the American beer scene. But perhaps this is starting to change. In a reversal from the norm, you had to hunt down the few booths that were offering hoppy IPAs, while there were more sour beers, wild ales and lambics offered than we’d ever seen under one roof.  

American producers like the veterans at Hill Farmstead (which, amazingly, never had a line at its booth), fan favorites Firestone Walker Barrelworks (which mistakenly tapped its olallieberry-infused SLOambic a week before its official debut, much to the delight of the crowd), and exciting newcomers like Arizona Wilderness and Tahoe Mountain vied for drink tickets alongside the Old World’s very best – Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen. 

We weren’t the only ones wishing that the festival passed out Tums alongside the glassware and wristbands upon admission, but at least we earned the burn.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

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Nov 12, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Craft beer festival comes to Fort Myers Beach – The News

Drink beer. Help kids in need. Do it at the beach.

It seems like a simple enough concept, and one that Bay Oaks Recreation Center hopes will take off this Saturday at the first Fort Myers Beach Craft Beer Festival.

Money raised at the event will help fund scholarships for the Bay Oaks Recreation Center’s youth and teen programs, which include summer camp, afterschool care and more.

From 1 to 4:30 p.m. head out to Bay Oaks at 2731 Oak St. on Fort Myers Beach to enjoy the cool weather, live music and mingle with other beer aficionados while you sip samples from local breweries including Fort Myers Brewing Co., Point Ybel Brewing Co., Old Soul Brewing Co., Momentum Brewhouse, Fat Point Brewing and Big Top Brewing Co. out of Sarasota. Beer will also be served by Fort Myers Beach brewery and restaurant ZushiZushi and its sister restaurant House of Brewz. Sponsors Suncoast Beverage and Red White and Brew will also be on tap serving Florida Avenue and Big Storm among other brews.

“I think what’s really cool about more beer festivals coming out here is that a lot of people drive to Tampa for craft beer festivals and Fort Myers is becoming a craft beer town in its own right,” said Jennifer Gratz, who runs Fort Myers Brewing Co. with her husband, Rob Whyte.

The brewery is big on community and seeks out opportunities to partner with different groups for local events. It also gives the owners a venue to showcase some new brews they’ve developed, such as Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and Imperial Pumpkin.

“We’re going to serve OYA, our double IPA, which was just rated as an outstanding beer by Beer Advocate Magazine,” she said.

The event will give festival-goers a chance to sample local brews as well as some of the most popular craft beers in the country. Tickets are $5 for designated drivers, and for attendees sampling beer, $20 six 4-ounce samples or $30 for 16 4-ounce samples. Guests must be 21 to attend.

A local Fort Myers Beach restaurant will dish up savory bites to complement the beer offerings and local band Railhead will perform for the crowd.

Bay Oaks is under the Parks Recreation Department of the Town of Fort Myers Beach. The recreation center is home to the after-school and summer camp programs for the youth and teens of Fort Myers Beach.

For more information, call 765-4222, ext. 188, or visit Fort Myers Beach Craft Beer Festival on Facebook.

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Nov 11, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Score an insider sneak peek at Boxcar Brewpub

Boxcar cans are fun souvenirs.

Ever since The Note announced it was closing its doors in January 2014, we’ve been eager to see what would come next for the spacious venue on East Market Street. Luckily for craft beer lovers, in March 2014 Boxcar Brewing Co.’s co-owners, Kymberly and Jamie Robinson, announced that they would expand their four-year-old brewery by debuting a brewpub in downtown West Chester.

From its beginnings in 2010, the West Chester-based brewery has operated as a community-oriented business, relying heavily on the local support of family and friends through community bottling days, volunteer opportunities and community-supported beers.

Adding to regular appearances at area-wide beer festivals and the always successful Ride the Rails events, the owners’ idea of launching a local brewpub will soon be a reality. Boxcar Brewpub is almost ready to open its doors at 142 East Market St. in West Chester, and you can be one of the first to take a peek inside.

“The inspiration for the brewpub is rooted in our desire to create a living, breathing space where our passion for beer and the arts can integrate with our community in a meaningful and lasting way,” said Kymberly Robinson. Join Boxcar on Saturday, Nov. 22, as it hosts two spectacular events for those who wish to get the first look at this new brewpub, one for the kids and the other for adults to enjoy alone.

Boxcar Kids, the child-friendly event, will take place during the day on Nov. 22, with two sessions to choose from, the first from noon–2 p.m. and the second from 3–5 p.m. Those who attend will have plenty of fun activities in store for them. Kids can catch a showing of How to Train Your Dragon 2 as well as paint train whistles to take home with them as souvenirs from their fun day, in addition to playing games and winning prizes. Parents will be able to enjoy Boxcar brews and Pennsylvania wine samples as well as some tasty food offerings. Tickets are $10 for children under 16 and $25 for adults.

For adults looking to snag a peek at the new Boxcar Brewpub without the little ones, the Boxcar After Dark event is the one to choose. From 7–11 p.m., those who attend this 21+ event will indulge in Boxcar Brewing beers, Pennsylvania wines, live music and plentiful food options. There will also be games and prizes for the adults who attend this evening event. Tickets for the adult session are $60, and guests will also receive a Boxcar Brewing glass to take home with them.

Check out Boxcar Brewpub before it’s officially open and attend one of these fabulous events on Nov. 22. Bring the kids or come alone—the choice is yours to make.

Find Boxcar Brewpub at 142 E. Market St. in West Chester.

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Nov 9, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Brewers Share Their Craft At SF Beer Expo

by London Swan, Reporter
November 08, 2014 3:09 PM
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More than 1,500 beer lovers gathered at the Convention Center in Sioux Falls Saturday for the first ever Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo.


The expo showcased South Dakota craft beer, as well as beer from over 45 different breweries. Attendees got the opportunity to sample hundreds of beers by using a commemorative glass.


Chop Liver Craft Beer Festivals Owner Mark Opdahl says bringing the expo to Sioux Falls was important because it’s an opportunity for beer enthusiasts to have a wonderful and educational craft beer experience.


“A lot of people think they don’t like a certain type of beer but then they come and can try it in a small 2 oz. format,” said Opdahl. “And they get to find out, “Hey, I actually do like these big dark beers or I do like big hoppy bitter hot bombs.””


Not only did attendees get to sample hundreds of beer selections but also got the opportunity to enjoy educational seminars throughout the day like: Cheese Pairing, Malting Process, and the History of Brewing.

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Nov 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Belgian Beer Festival set for Saturday in Cambridge

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The third annual Belgian Beer Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 8, in downtown Cambridge.

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014 10:15 am

Belgian Beer Festival set for Saturday in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — The third annual Belgian Beer Festival will bring area brews and brewers to downtown Cambridge on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The outdoor street festival, hosted by the High Spot Gastropub, will feature Belgian and Belgian-inspired brews from Evolution Craft Brewing Company, The Brewer’s Art, Burley Oak Brewing Company, Union Craft Brewing, Eastern Shore Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, Stillwater Artisanal, Heavy Seas Beer, Tall Tales Brewery and Cambridge’s RAR Brewing.

“Cambridge continues to grow as a destination for beer and food lovers, and our beer festivals are part of the reason why,” said Chef Patrick Fanning of the High Spot. “We’re happy we’re able to give people the chance to sample some great brews from Belgium and from right here in Maryland.”

The festival will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. in the 300-block of High Street, which will be closed to traffic during the event. Admission is $20, and includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastes.

Local band Blackwater will provide music.

Food will be prepared by local restaurants, including the High Spot, Stoked, Ocean Odyssey Seafood Restaurant and Portside Seafood Restaurant. Crabi Gras will serve orange crushes and Bloody Marys.

Nov. 8 is also Second Saturday in downtown Cambridge, with shops and art galleries staying open late with free receptions, sales and more.

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Nov 7, 2014
Freddie Kitson

The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 7 to 9

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It doesn’t feel like November quite yet, and we’re not complaining. Plus, the beer festivals are still going strong! Get out of the house this weekend for Budweiser’s Brew Fest, a chili cookoff, or even a fairy-tale tea party. Continue on for our food-related recommendations.

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Friday (Nov. 7):

Holiday Open House @ Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine

Veritas is truly a wine-lover’s dream. If you haven’t yet checked it out for yourself, take advantage of this weekend’s holiday open house. There will be plenty of samples, gift ideas, lunch specials, hostess gifts, drink specials and more. Might as well get something to eat while you’re at it! Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Farm to Fork: Holiday Edition @ 360 St. Louis

Chef Rex Hale (also of the Restaurant at the Cheshire) has paired with local purveyors for this fall tasting event. Sample cheeses, wines, beers, meats and produce, and buy the perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family. Participants include Salume Beddu, Marcoot Farms Dairy, Earth Dance Farms, Rain Crow Ranch, Baetje Farms, Ozark Forest Mushrooms, Augusta Vineyards, Montelle Vineyards, St. James Winery, Chaumette Vineyards and Winery, Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Big O Orange Liqueur. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 gets you unlimited wine, beer and food; tickets are available here.

Art of Food @ the Luminary

Slow Food St. Louis is back with its annual fundraiser, featuring the best chefs in St. Louis. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s educational programs as well as its microgrants for small farms. Each small plate at the event will be paired with a local craft beer, wine or cocktail. Enjoy eats from Cassy Vires, Kevin Nashan, Kevin Willmann, Josh Galliano, Chris Dessens, Gerard Craft, Dave Bailey, Brian Pelletier, Mark Sanfilippo, John Perkins, Jamie Tochtrop, Chris Bolyard, Carl Hazel, Jason Tilford, Ed Heath, Mike Miller and Chris Meyer and Mary Boehne, plus Kalid’s Coffee and Perennial Artisan Ales. See? We weren’t joking — it’s seriously a who’s who of the St. Louis dining scene. There will also be live music from the One Take Band. From 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members, available here.

A Taste of Lemay @ Hancock Place Elementary School

Support the Hancock Place Elementary School and Lemay Chamber of Commerce at this tasting event. Try food, drink and desserts from local restaurants, bakeries and caterers. From 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 each.

Saturday (Nov. 8):

Gateway Cupcake Run and Bottle Dash 5K @ Downtown St. Louis

If you hate running, maybe some cupcakes will motivate you. At the third annual run/walk, eat a cupcake at each station (roughly every kilometer) for a five-minute time deduction (or eat a mini cupcake for a two-minute deduction). First-place winners will get a twenty-person boxing-class party from Sweat Fitness with appetizers and drinks. Second and third place winners will get an in-home wine tasting from PRP Wine International for up to twelve people. There are also other races and competitions. The event benefits the Lift for Life Foundation. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is $50 on race day.

Fairy Tale Tea @ the Magic House

Dine like royalty at this special event for your favorite little princes and princesses. Kids can enjoy a live production of Cinderella, meet and get autographs from Cinderella, the Prince and the fairy godmother. There will also be tea, apple juice and pastries. Kids will also get a special bejeweled crown to take home. There are seatings on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.

Budweiser Brew Fest @ Ballpark Village

“The Ballpark Village Brew Fest by Budweiser is all about beer, as the name implies. Guests can sample home-brewed beer made by seven local clubs and get schooled on how to make their own — just in time for finding that winter hobby you’ll need to stay sane when you’re cooped up in the house. Live music, food trucks and photos with a Budweiser Clydesdale round out the festival. While all that’s going on, judges will be determining which of those seven home-brew clubs have made the best American IPA. The Ballpark Village Brew Fest takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $75.”

Well Crafted @ the Power Plant Building

Join ALIVE magazine at this “carefully curated experience for the refined St. Louisan.” There will be local vendors selling hand-crafted goods and services, plus, most importantly, a bourbon tasting from Knob Creek and appetizers from Element. From 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15-$75, available here.

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Nov 6, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Craft Beer Expo: A ‘Taste’ Of What To Expect

by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
November 06, 2014 6:29 AM
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It’s an event that’s been brewing in Sioux Falls for some time -the opportunity to show off the craft brewery industry in South Dakota and across the country and sample over 40 different craft beers.

This weekend, dedicated beer lovers can come together to do just that at the first ever Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo taking place at the Convention Center.

On Thursday morning, organizer of Chop Liver Craft Beer Festivals, Mark Opdahl, stopped by the KDLT Orange Couch to give us a taste of what to expect.

The Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo will be held on  Saturday, November 8th from 2pm – 6pm. Attendees to the expo will have the opportunity to sample beers from over 40 different craft breweries in a commemorative sampling glass. In addition to this, they can enjoy educational seminars throughout the day covering subjects such as food pairing, home brewing, and the history of brewing.

A Silent Auction will take place with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the JY6 Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on funding research in the areas of pediatric oncology and leukemia research.

For more information on the event or how to purchase tickets, click here.

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Nov 6, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Syracuse Beer Fest emphasizes festival experience, features beers across US

For the thirstiest of the ‘Cuse nation, one way to kick off Syracuse Beer Week is with the Syracuse Beer Festival.

American On Tap, the largest producer of craft beer festivals in the country, puts on the Syracuse Beer Fest. The company, based out of Albany, has been hosting beer festivals throughout the U.S. since 2009. The Syracuse Beer Fest will be held at the Oncenter Convention Center Friday at 6 p.m. with a special VIP “Hoppy hour” beginning at 5 p.m.

This will be the second year that America On Tap has brought a craft beer festival to Syracuse. The first was in 2012, when the festival was held at the Syracuse Chiefs’ NBT Bank Stadium. After struggling with a location, the festival was forced to skip Syracuse last year. AJ Boddan, the vice president of Townsquare Media, which hosts America On Tap, said the festival is happy to be back and at the Oncenter this year, which he considers an ideal location.

America On Tap’s events differ from other beer festivals because they enforce an “open festival” style event. Beers are served from breweries throughout the country, as opposed to just promoting local craft beers from a particular region.

“Our goal is to put together the best variety of beer under one roof,” Boddan said.

The festival will feature 50 breweries nationwide and 25 breweries from New York. In total the festival will include a minimum of 70 breweries, each of which are required to serve two craft beers. Boddan estimates a total of about 150 brews for guests to choose from.

“We’ll have everything from small local brewies to the Sam Adam’s of the world,” he said.

Boddan added that the motive behind “open” beer festivals is to educate people about beer. The crowd is given the opportunity to sample a wide variety of beers, which helps them become more educated on the types of craft beers available to order at a local pub or purchase at the grocery store.

In addition to a variety of craft beers, the Syracuse Beer Fest will also feature live music, games, food and a silent disco.

“The idea behind a beer festival is that while it is about the beer, that is not the only thing going on,” Boddan said.

The silent disco will occupy a 30-by-30 space within the Oncenter where a DJ will play two different types of music. The music can only be heard from the set of headphones worn by the attendees, with only two channels to choose from.

“From the outside looking in, you have 100 people singing and dancing to music you can’t hear,” said Boddan, who thinks the silent disco will add a fun and crazy party element to the event.

David Kern, a student representative for the Syracuse Beer Fest, said transportation will be provided from Armory Square to the Oncenter so visitors can get back and forth easily. If 50 or more Syracuse University students sign up using a special online promo code, Kern added, an additional shuttle will be provided to ride students coming from campus.

Kern thinks the festival is a great way to “experience local culture and get a little buzz” and recommends using the event as a pregame experience.

“I think students should try to do something new every weekend, and this is one of those unique experiences to take advantage of,” Kern said.

Visitors can also play air hockey, foosball and other games through vendors that will be scattered around the event.

“It is more than just coming into a room and drinking beer for three hours,” Boddan said. “The selection of beer is tremendous and the level of entertainment is unique.

“That is something you won’t find at any other beer festival.”

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Nov 6, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Three November Beer Festivals in Warm Weather Locations

The South Florida BrewFest North Miami, FL

When it comes to warm weather nothing beats South Florida, so even though its just November its not a bad idea to hop a flight down to the Sunshine State. The South Florida BrewFest is scheduled to do its thing on Saturday, November 22 over at Florida International University in North Miami. Its outdoorsso bring the sunblockas you enjoy ales and lagers from around Florida. All in all theyre offering up over 100 different options from across 25 different breweries. Tickets will start at $30, and that will get you in on all the funcheers!

Bayou Beer Fest Houma, LA

Sitting about an hour outside of New Orleans is the site of this years Bayou Beer Fest on Saturday, November 15. Tickets start at $30, and that will get you into the doors and access to plenty of options from local breweries. Organizers are promising more than 200 different craft beer options, and if youre looking for local options check out offerings form Covington Brewhouse, Crooked Letter, and of course Abita. It all takes place at the Pavilion at Southdown Plantation between 12pm and 5pm.

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