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Apr 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Church beer festival’s back again by popular demand

Church beer festival’s back again by popular demand

The Rev Simon Stevenette and church warden Gareth Hutchinson raise a glass at Christ Church

BY POPULAR demand, Swindon’s only church-held Beer Festival will return to Old Town next month with no fewer than 40 casks on offer to amateurs to taste.

The ale and cider extravaganza at Christ Church attracted 450 visitors when it launched last May – a coup for organisers who expected just 100 residents to attend.

The event, which will run from 1pm until 11pm on Saturday, May 17, is believed to be the only one of its kind ever staged at a church in the town, although other churches across the UK have held similar festivals.

As well as the regular tasting session and food bonanza, the church will hold an extra event, a free Beer and Hymns gathering at 5pm on Sunday 18, to end the hotly-anticipated weekend on a high note.

Tim Eyles, director of music and organist at Christ Church said organisers and volunteers expected no fewer than 600 revellers to come and enjoy a few pints next month.

“It was such a big success that we will be trying to sell more tickets,” he said. “We had never seen so many people in church. We are expecting 600 people. And there will be more ciders and beers this year.

“The festival is a good way to get together as a community and for people to get familiar with the church.

“The Beer and Hymns will be a good way to end it and for us to use up the rest of the beer.”

The festival was the brainchild of Gareth Hutchinson, a warden at Christ Church and ale connoisseur keen to share his interest.

The 29-year-old, of Old Town, previoulsy said: “I’ve been a member of Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) for quite a while and so I go along to their beer festivals – I would travel a long way for a good beer.

“They are really popular events and Christ Church is looking at different ways to bring the community in.

“Old Town does not really have a proper beer festival and it’s very much about local and organic produce up here so that’s what we are trying to do.

“I’m not aware of any other beer festival in a church in Swindon but I know there have been some in other places. It will be a unique experience because the church itself is historical and it will be a nice setting.”

Rev Simon Stevenette said: “It was a terrific event last year. There was an excellent atmosphere so this year we will have more of the same but it will be bigger.

“It’s really a way of doing events which are topical and that people in the town relate with and Christ Church is a good meeting place for that.”

Entry costs £6 and includes a souvenir beer mug and programme. Tickets are available from Magnum wine shop, in Wood Street, or from

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Apr 8, 2014
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Reading Beer and Cider Festival: Leatherat and Swallow to be top acts

Leatherat and Swallow will headline the music at the Reading Beer and Cider Festival.

Hi-octane folk-rock band Leatherat will headline the Friday while Swallow, a Reading based classic covers rock band, will be the main attraction on Saturday evening.

They top the 23-band line up over the main two days of the four-day festival.

Diane Fox, who organises the music said: “We’ve got a mix of folk and dance stuff. We’ve got a couple of ukulele bands. They’re always good for a laugh and they get everybody going. They’re quite popular at the moment.

“We are going to stick to acoustic acts in the afternoon. There’s hurdy gurdy and I think there’s a didgeridoo.

She added: “We’ve still got that drinking-and-tapping-your-foot stuff that goes with beer festivals.”

The Reading Beer and Cider Festival 2014 is from May 1 – 4 at King’s Meadow.


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Apr 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Building a Beer Scene: The J. Clyde Tavern and Alehouse has been a central … – The Huntsville Times

Birmingham’s beer scene was bleak in 2007 when craft beer fan Jerry Hartley opened The J. Clyde Tavern and Alehouse.

The consumer group Free the Hops was still pushing to increase the old 6 percent legal limit on beer strength, which barred most of the world’s beers from the state. Birmingham had no breweries at the time, and the state had no true beer bars.

The J. Clyde, which celebrates its seventh anniversary on April 13, now is the epicenter of a thriving beer culture that has flourished in Birmingham since the state increased the beer-strength limit in mid-2009.
The Southside tavern hosts frequent beer dinners, many featuring brewers from across the country. The J. Clyde’s brew-dispensing yellow fire truck is a favorite at beer festivals. Among the J. Clyde’s 60 taps are 13 dedicated to Alabama breweries.

“When I put up those 13 taps in April 2012, I thought that would be enough for 20 years,” says Hartley, the co-owner, chief builder and beer visionary at the J. Clyde. “Within a year, we ran out of room. We had every brewery in Alabama. It’s amazing to see the growth.”

The J. Clyde has played a major role in fomenting the city’s beer scene, says Gabe Harris, president of Free the Hops, which also has successfully pushed for state laws allowing beer to be sold in large bottles and for breweries to be able to have tasting rooms.

Not only have Hartley and the J. Clyde crew been among the biggest supporters of Free the Hops, Hartley also proved there was a market for craft beer in Birmingham, Harris says. “I do not think we would be anywhere near where we are now without the J. Clyde’s support,” he says.

Harris also credits both Hartley and his sister/co-owner Susan Hartley with helping revitalize Cobb Lane, the block-long, brick-paved alley in Southside.

When they bought the run-down, century-old building in February 2007, only the back half was usable. Jerry and his brother/co-owner Bryan Hartley rebuilt the front room, including a bar from heart-pine wood recovered from the attic of Jerry’s Southside home.

The J. Clyde is very much a family affair. It is named for a fourth sibling, Jason Clyde Hartley, who died in 1998. Susan Hartley runs the daily operations. The recently renovated back bar honors their deceased dad, William T. Hartley. It features a T-shaped tap tower locally made with cast-iron pipe in tribute to his father’s career working at ACIPCO.

Jerry Hartley also has a thing about numbers. When the beer-strength law was about to change, he planned to install a total of 77 taps. Jason Clyde Hartley, after all, was born in 1977.

Practicality scaled back that plan. Instead while renovating the back bar in 2012, the Hartleys installed four taps in a cooler there and 13 taps on its wall. Jason Clyde’s birthday and J. Clyde’s anniversary are April 13: 4-13.

“I can’t escape doing something with numbers,” Hartley says.

Walking through the tavern is like traveling through Europe. The front patio by the narrow cobbled alley has the feel of a Paris café. The stone walls and dark wood in the front bar evoke an English pub. A tree-shrouded deck out back is reminiscent of beer gardens Jerry Hartley visited while living in Germany.

The J. Clyde is a fulcrum in Birmingham’s beer scene for several reasons. Hartley himself has made connections with many breweries to bring new products into the state. In addition to the 60 taps, the J. Clyde boasts 125 different beers in bottles, plus about 20 brands in large-bottle “bombers.”

The J. Clyde also has supported new breweries in Birmingham and Alabama. Jason Malone, co-owner and head brewer at Birmingham’s Good People Brewing Co., says the J. Clyde continues to be an invaluable partner in its success.

“When Good People opened in March 2008, the J. Clyde was the only place that used craft beer as a centerpiece,” says Malone. “It was so important to Good People, in its infancy stages, to have a place like the J. Clyde that wanted to incubate craft beer culture here in Birmingham just as much as we did.”

The J. Clyde introduced Birmingham to traditional cask beer, naturally carbonated ale stored in special kegs and dispensed through beer engines that essentially pump the brew into the glass. The J. Clyde was home to the city’s first Randall – a device to filter beer through additives like fresh hops or coffee to infuse their flavors and aromas before it is dispensed. Jerry Hartley also built versions for local breweries.

“What we have done sparked not only consumers in this town, but also entrepreneurs,” Jerry Hartley says.

The Hartleys also have emphasized educating both staff and consumers about the infinite varieties of beer that can be created from four simple ingredients: malted grain, water, hops and yeast.

“That is what sets the J. Clyde apart,” Harris says. “The owners have encouraged the staff to learn about beer and breweries, so they can talk intelligently to customers.”

With the brew side established, the Hartleys have focused on improving J. Clyde’s menu with locally sourced and seasonal food designed to pair with beer. Pizzas, for example, are made with dough from Continental Bakery that contains spent grain from Good People brews.

The Hartleys say they want the J. Clyde to be known as a pub or a tavern, not as a bar. Quality food is central to that distinction, they say.

“Birmingham has a lot of great restaurants, but not many with connoisseur beers,” Susan Hartley says. “Our goal is to offer a great meal with an awesome beer selection.”


The J. Clyde’s anniversary celebration, “Tapas and Taps,” showcases food and breweries:

April 8: Tapas featuring pork; Straight to Ale (Huntsville)

April 9: Beef appetizers; Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham)

April 10: Vegetarian tapas; Good People Brewing (Birmingham)

April 11: Alabama Gulf coast fish; Avondale Brewing (Birmingham) and Fairhope Brewing (Fairhope)

April 12: Duck, chicken, turkey and emu with beers from several out-of-state breweries

April 13: Beer dinner featuring Birmingham’s newest brewery, Trim Tab

The J. Clyde
1312 Cobb Lane, Five Points South
Hours: Mon., 2 p.m.-midnight; Tues.-Sat., 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

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Apr 7, 2014
Freddie Kitson

BEER SCOUT: North Carolina Beer Month

Here in Asheville, we’ve long been ahead of the curve when it comes to craft beer. Now the entire state of North Carolina is getting up to speed as our state’s breweries unite in April for a full month of beer-related events. With more than 100 breweries in North Carolina, only New York and Pennsylvania can rival our numbers out east — we’re currently No. 10 in the nation. So even though North Carolina Beer Month is only in its second year, it makes sense that there are already numerous events planned.

There’s not necessarily something happening every night, or even in every city. (Here in Asheville, it’s a fairly quiet month as breweries plan and prep for Asheville Beer Week in May.) Yet many events are worth a daytrip or offer a good excuse for a weekend away. You can choose your own adventure on, but here are a few of the highlights:

Explore the Mountains

Just because we live here doesn’t mean we’ve seen all there is to see. For example, have you been to a hops farm? The Hop’n Blueberry Farm — one of the first commercial hops growers in the state — will be hosting farm tours at 2 p.m. every Saturday in April.

City Lights Café in Sylva is hosting a few events worth the drive too. Books, Bites and Brews pairs brewing books with beers from newcomer Innovation Brewing on Thursday, April 3; Local Beer, Local Cheese pairs just what you’d think on Thursday, April 10 and Heinzelmännchen joins City Lights for full-on beer dinners on Tuesday, April 15 and 22.

Get Festive

Many of the Beer Month festivities come in the form of beer festivals, and most are of the pay-an-entrance-fee-and-sample-away variety. The World Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, April 5 in Raleigh. Perhaps the largest of the month, the festival will have more than 200 beers on tap (what else would you expect from an event thrown by All About Beer magazine?).

Now in its 12th year, Hickory Hops is much closer and a worthwhile fest to attend on Saturday, April 26. More than 50 breweries will be there, and the festival is paired with the awards for the Carolinas Championship of Beers. If you want two fests for one drive, Cuegrass will pair barbecue and beers, and Brewgaloo will also host a unique token-based festival in Raleigh on the same day.

Visit Kinston

True, the closer you get to the coast, the fewer the beer events. Perhaps the beer culture is still flowing eastward. However, Kinston is breaking the mold and hosting a three-day weekend Thursday, April 3 to Saturday, April 5. It starts with a beer dinner featuring Mother Earth Brewing, followed by a downtown barbecue, an oyster-and-beer bash, a brews cruise (the kind that’s actually on the river) and breakfast on the world’s only full-size replica of a Confederate ironclad. In your downtime, you can check out a program on drinking during the Civil War, drop in on a beer mug and pint glass exhibit, and enjoy a few rare beer releases, also from Mother Earth Brewing.

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Apr 5, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Treat Yourself To A Day Of Punishment

Back in February, we took a look at London’s courthouses – those redoubtable theatres in which the wheels of justice are set in motion. This time, we’re inspiring you to visit some of the sites where London’s justice has been doled out, often all-too cruelly. Don’t worry though – there’s plenty of food, booze, and even some gardens, along the way.

Prisons (and ex-prisons)

A visit to chokey doesn’t usually constitute the ideal weekend jaunt.  But there are plenty of exceptions here in London. The Clink, near to London Bridge, might be a bit of a tourist magnet, but there’s no denying its significance in London’s justice system. Felons were first banged up on this spot in 1144. Today, you can grimace at the horrific instruments of torture many would have been abused with.

Another Clink opened up recently – this one a restaurant in Brixton. Going by reviews, the food – made and served by HMP Brixton inmates – is decent, plus mobile phones are confiscated at the door (a bonus). More prison-based-yet-positive experiences can be enjoyed at the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend. This summer, Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs and Wandsworth prisons will be showing off their blooms, herbs and veggies to the public.

In this section, we couldn’t forego mentioning the Tower of London, which has incarcerated everyone from William Wallace to the Krays (not to mention cage-loads of unfortunate animals). And although Newgate Prison is long-gone, you can still see the dreaded Execution Bell in St Sepulchre-without-Newgate.


Nab a window seat at The Prospect of Whitby pub in Wapping, and you’ll soon be aware of the unsettling sight of a noose swinging outside. Don’t worry – it’s not for customers who can’t foot the tab – rather a brazen reminder of what this stretch of the Thames used to be, namely Execution Dock (read more about it here).

The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby

The last woman to be hanged for murder in Britain was Ruth Ellis, at Holloway prison in 1955. You can supposedly find evidence of her crime at the Magdela pub in Hampstead. This is where the platinum blonde call girl shot her lover David Blakely to death. The front of the The Magdela is peppered with marks that look like bullet holes (Ellis had fired many times, and even struck a bystander in the thumb.) The pub claims the holes are from the shooting, although others say they’re from a plaque – since removed – which marked the site of Blakely’s death.

Today, beer festivals and wedding receptions are the bread and butter of Le Gothique in Wandsworth. But this Hogwartsesque complex has switched roles many times; it’s been an orphanage, a hospital, and a school. Most interesting to us, it served as a detention and interrogation centre during the Second World War – one of its cells housing the Nazi Rudolph Hess for a while.

Museums and miscellaneous punishment sites

London’s police museums provide an all-round picture of crime and justice in the city. Of course, it’s the latter we’re concerned with here. At the City of London Police Museum, keep your eyes peeled for the heavy wooden truncheons that Victorian policemen would use to keep the city’s ne’er-do-wells in check. More truncheons, plus handcuffs, nooses, and an escapee board can be found inside the minuscule Wandsworth Prison Museum. Cuffs (again), plus a fascinating ‘punishment book’ (dated 1839-1865) are among objects at the Thames Police Museum (this one’s appointment only). Sadly, the notorious ‘Black Museum‘, which contains such treasures as the Jack the Ripper ‘From Hell’ letter and Dennis Nilsen’s cooking pot, is not open to the public.

Site of the Tyburn Tree

Site of the Tyburn Tree

The most infamous spot in London for public hangings was the Tyburn Tree. Countless criminals and martyrs gasped their dying breath swinging from the multiple-noose gallows, which stood near the southern tip of Edgware Road, until 1783. A cracked plaque marks the spot now. Recently, the Tyburn Tree inspired Marc Almond and John Harle to record a brooding album of the same name. Put it on the headphones during your visit, for added gloomy ambiance. Kennington Common was South London’s answer to Tyburn. For a period of roughly 75 years, this green space doubled up as a venue for both hangings and cricket matches.

For more notable punishment and execution sites try: the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre (once home to the 20 evil treadwheels of Coldbath Fields Prison); Banqueting House (where you can retrace the final steps of Charles I before his beheading in 1649); and outside the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, near the conduit in Cheapside, and in Fleet Street near where Temple Bar originally stood. Daniel Defoe spent a day pilloried in each of these three spots in July 1703. As a happy coda to this article, Defoe had only flowers thrown at him, while his friends sold spectators copies of his specially-written text, A Hymn to the Pillory.

Thanks to Dick Bulch and Martyn for use of their images via the Londonist Fickr pool.

See also: A map of London’s execution sites.

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Apr 4, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Easter holidays: Some ideas of things to do and places to see in West London

Spring has sprung and the school holidays are upon us so what better time is there to get out and about to explore what’s on in your area?

From Easter egg hunts and arts and crafts activities to keep the little ones occupied, to beer festivals, museum events and walks to work off the excesses of the feasting, there is something for everyone.

Here’s a quick round-up of what’s happening near you this Easter.

If you’re living in Hillingdon borough or are close by
there’s lots to do, including traditional Easter bonnet making as well as a chance to hop on down to Bunny Town.

Another option is to visit the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) rehoming centre at Watford. Between April 12 and April 28, they are holding an Easter Bunny Sponsorship Event
where your can meet beautiful rabbits in need of a home.           

Harrow Museum is holding a Bunny Quest and children can also enjoy a range of activities at St Ann’s Shopping Centre’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. For adults The Queens Head pub in High Street, Pinner, is hosting a beer festival from April 16 to April 23.

Chocolate tasting on the London Eye and an exhibition about the animals of World War One are among the Easter events in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham.

getwestlondon has also got £100 of passes to give away for the Go Ape Tree Top Junior attraction in Black Park where kids can work off some of that chocolate up by swinging on ropes and sliding on zip wires.


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Apr 4, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Spring is Here and IPA is in the Air

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Strange Brewfest, Belgianfest, Barleywine Bacchanal, Hard Liver Fest, and the other local beer festivals of winter tend to focus on beers that are big, bold, and gut warming. Nary a regular beer to be found. It’s what we want in the Winter: crazy big beers.

But spring is here and suddenly a nice, normal beer sounds good. That is, if you consider IPA a normal style of beer. At the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor), I.P.Aril is already underway. Tomorrow, Cooper’s Alehouse kicks off its annual IPA festival. It’s time to set aside those burly, barrel-aged barley bombs and pick up a comparatively light and refreshing IPA.

As the name implies, I.P.April spans the entire month. The Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle promises to offer you a huge and rotating selection of regular IPAs, Imperial IPAs, Single-Hop IPAs, Black IPAs, Belgian IPAs, and so on. Amidst all of this IPA madness, regular pub events continue—such as tonight’s Anacortes Brewing brewers night event and this Sunday’s Catsino fundraiser.

spring on the beveranda

Kim enjoys a springtime IPA on the Beveridge Place Pub’s beveranda.


coopers_alehouseAcross town, at Cooper’s Alehouse on Lake City Way, they’ll rotate through more than 81 different IPAs over the course of the next couple weeks. Below we have the list of beers they expect to pour this year. In addition to other hopped up hoopla, you can order taster trays and sample multiple IPAs. One dollar from each taster tray will be donated to the Oso Mudslide Salvation Army relief fund. Keep an eye on the Cooper’s Alehouse Facebook page for more information.


Cooper’s Alehouse IPA Fest beers:

1) 7 Seas Rude Parrot IPA
2) 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
3) Airways Sky Hag Imperial IPA
4) American Brewing Breakaway IPA
5) Anacortes IPA
6) Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
7) Backwoods Log Yard IPA
8) Bale Breaker Topcutter IPA
9) Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
10) Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
11) Bear Republic Apex Strong IPA
12) Bellevue IPA
13) Big Al’s IPA
14) Black Raven Trickster IPA
15) Black Raven Wisdom Seeker
16) Boneyard RPM IPA
17) Boneyard Hop Venom
18) Breakside Wanderlust IPA
19) Brewdog Hardcore IPA
20) Brickyard IPA
21) Bridgeport Citra Hop Czar
22) Coronado Idiot IPA
23) Deschutes Pine Drops IPA
24) Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA
25) Double Mountain Hop Lava
26) Diamond Knot IPA
27) Diamond Knot Industrial IPA
28) Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
29) Double Mountain Hop Lava
30) Elysian “The Immortal” IPA (Double dry hopped)
31) Epic Hopulent IPA
32) Firestone Double Jack
33) Fort George Vortex IPA
34) Fremont Interurban IPA
35) Georgetown Lucille IPA
36) Georgetown Kiss Ass Blaster Twistin’ Triple IPA
37) Good Life Descender IPA
38) Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
39) Green Flash West Coast IPA
40) Green Flash Imperial IPA
41) Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA
42) Hale’s Supergoose IPA
43) Harmon Point Defiance IPA
44) Lagunitas IPA
45) Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
46) Lagunitas Maximus Imperial IPA
47) Laurelwood Hop Monkey IPA
48) Laughing Dog Alpha Dog IPA
49) Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
50) Lazy Boy IPA
51) Lazy Boy Double Trouble IPA
52) Left Coast Hop Juice
53) Mac Jack’s IPA
54) Naked City Brute Force
55) Ninkasi Tricerahops
56) Oakshire Perfect Storm Double IPA
57) Odin Sigrun IPA
58) Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA
59) Old Schoolhouse Ruud Awakening IPA
60) Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
61) pFriem IPA
62) Port Mongo Double IPA
63) Reel Ales Double Hodgson’s IPA
64) Reuben’s Brews Imperial IPA
65) Rogue XS I2PA
66) Schooner Exact 3 Grid IPA
67) Schooner Exact Evergreen Double IPA
68) Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
69) Sierra Nevada #291 IPA
70) Silver City Whoop Ass Double IPA
71) Snipes Mountain IPA
72) Southern Tier XIPA
73) Snoqaulmie Wildcat IPA
74) Stone Ruination
75) Stone Enjoy By 4.20.14 Double IPA
76) Stoup IPA
77) Trade Route Crazy Bitch
78) Two Beers Evolution IPA
79) Two Beers Forester Double IPA
80) Uinta Hop Notch IPA
81) Victory Hop Wallop IPA

Plus a few more recent additions to the list

Double Mountain Molten Lava
Unita Detour Double IPA
Lazy Boy Triple IPA


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Apr 4, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival returns to Ridge Street

The Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival returns to Ridge Street on Saturday, April 5, with live music and unlimited beer tasting with the price of admission. But if you are already getting antsy for the big event, you don’t have to wait until Saturday to get your fix.

New this year, the festival has added a mug pickup party on Friday, April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Après Handcrafted Libations on Main Street in Breckenridge. Grab your tasting glass there to avoid the festival entry line on Saturday.

“We were looking at the Breck beer fest and how craft-beer centric it is, and we really wanted to make sure that we were a part of the festival in one way or another,” said Ariell Ayalon, of Après.

The bar will be tapping special firkins on Friday starting at 5 p.m. from Elevation and Epic breweries, and the beer will be available while it lasts. A firkin is a naturally carbonated keg of beer that sits on top of a counter, Ayalon said — an old, traditional way of serving beer. A spigot is hammered into the keg, and natural pressure is used to pour the beer straight, without a tap system or additional gases.

“Both of them are unique kegs that we have ordered special,” Ayalon said. “Elevation is a keg of First Cast IPA that they hopped with only Simcoe hops. The one from Epic is a keg of Escape to Colorado IPA that they have altered in a special way just for Après.”

Ayalon said Après hopes to start the momentum of building the spring beer festival into a larger event, much like many of the beer festivals in Denver.

“I think in the past, the beer festival was kind of a one-day thing, just Saturday, noon to 5, people would come in, find their beers and leave,” he said. “We want to turn it into a bigger weekend, a bigger idea. If you look at any of these festivals in Denver, there’s always events surrounding the festival to really include the community.”

New breweries

In addition to new events, seven new breweries have also jumped on the beer-fest bandwagon in Breckenridge this year, including Epic Brewing Co., Elevation Beer Co., Fort Collins Brewery, Telluride Brewing Co., Eddyline Brewing, Kannah Creek Brewing Co. and Odyssey Beerwerks. We caught up with a few of them to see which tasty goods they planned to bring to Breck.

Epic Brewing Co.

John Turk, Colorado sales representative for Epic, said the brewery chose to participate for the first time this year to reach more of the craft-beer drinkers in Summit County. Epic will be pouring two beers at the tasting and an addition brew in the VIP area.

“It’ll be good exposure to get up there and pour some of our beers,” Turk said. “We have a pretty strong presence up there in some restaurants and liquor stores, so I figured this would be a great fit.”

• Sour Apple Saison (7.9 percent ABV): Turk said this beer is made with about 10 different spices, including ginger, cardamom, grains of paradise and cinnamon.

• Escape to Colorado IPA (6.2 percent ABV): From the brewery’s Classic series, this has been the most popular beer for Epic since it built its second brewing location in the River North district in Denver last year, Turk said. It’s made with Mosaic and whole-leaf Apollo hops, for a fruity, dank aroma.

• VIP only: Straight Up Saison (7.1 percent ABV): Created from a simple saison formula, this bottle conditioned, Belgian-style farmhouse ale is true to its name — simple, earthy, grassy.

Fort Collins Brewery

Fort Collins Brewery has done some growing and finally has enough manpower to bring a crew to the Breckenridge festival, said Kaylee Kulich, marketing and public relations coordinator for the brewery.

“Breckenridge was one of our first choices to get into,” she said. “The FCB brand is becoming really popular out there, we’re seeing a lot of great feedback, so we want to send our reps out to a festival where we can see 800 to 1,000 people at once and really grow that brand.”

• Major Tom’s American Wheat (5.1 percent ABV): This brew is infused with pomegranates and filtered for a bright finish. It’s got a low hop bitterness at only 34 IBUs, with a sweet-tart finish.

• Chocolate Stout (5.3 percent ABV): The brewery describes this beer as having a “velvety smooth mouth feel, satisfyingly roasty flavor and medium body.”

• Maibock (6.4 percent ABV): Kulich said the 10th anniversary edition of the brewery’s Maibock was brewed in the fall, aged through the winter and “celebrated in the spring.” Rich Munich malts lend flavor to this one.

• Hoptitude Imperial Extra Pale Ale (7.5 percent ABV): Hoptitude will be released on Friday, April 4, just in time to make the trek to the festival. This hard-to-categorize beer has an aromatic orange rind aroma courtesy of a late addition of Pacifica hops from New Zealand.

• VIP only: Smoked Marzen (5.6 percent ABV): For the VIP experience, Fort Collins will be pouring this beer from its Out of the Ashes series. Kulich said most smoked beers fall into the category of love it or hate it, but this food-friendly brew is very approachable.

Eddyline Brewing

Eddyline Brewing in Buena Vista is in the middle of an 8,000-square-foot expansion that’s expected to be completed in mid-June. To go along with its new look, the brewery also has a new head brewer, Dave Chichura, formerly of Oskar Blues, who signed on in late October.

“We just got into Breckenridge a year ago, and now that we’re slowly ramping up production, Breck is one of our focus areas,” said Nic Blake, distribution manager for the brewery. “We’re really slow in the winter, and Breck is super, super banging and really busy in the wintertime. Our brewery is kind of outdoor related, and Breck has the sort of clientele that we try to aim our beer at. We’re excited about heading up there and having a little bit more of a presence and visiting more throughout the year.”

The brewery is bringing two of its highest awarded beers, both of which are for sale in cans in Summit County.

• Crank Yanker IPA (7 percent ABV): This brew is balanced with big maltiness up front, bold aroma from a dose of El Dorado hops and a crisp bitterness on the finish, making it fairly easy drinking.

• River Runners Pale Ale (6 percent ABV): The brewery’s longtime favorite session beer, named for a rafting outfit down the road, this pale ale won a gold medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Odyssey Beerwerks

Chief beer peddler Chris Hill and partner and beer conjurer Josh Van Riper opened Odyssey in May of last year, just missing the registration deadline for the Breckenridge festivals. Hill said brewery reps are looking forward to a weekend of hanging with Summit County buddies and industry chums, listening to good music and trying beers from their contemporaries.

“We don’t distribute to that area yet, but there’s an awful lot of people in the Denver metro area that go to those festivals,” Hill said. “Hopefully, they come home and recognize us and help with our exposure. We’ve been up there on the other side of the table, but this is the first time we’ve been at a mountain craft beer event where we’ll be serving, so it should be pretty fun.”

• Heliocentric Hefeweizen: One of the two “core beers” that Odyssey will be pouring, this hefe is a light, German-style session beer, with hints of clove and banana.

• Ghost Drifter Pale Ale: Hill describes this beer as an “American style pale ale, focusing on West Coast-style hops, balanced nicely with the malts. It’s a hop-forward beer with a crisp, clean finish to it, a summer, sessionable pale ale.”

Odyssey will also be bringing a to-be-determined specialty beer for the VIP tasting.

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Local and National Breweries and Artists Serve up One of Country’s Largest Backyard Parties; TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY APRIL 5 AT 1030AM

(Long Island, NY) On Saturday, June 21 2014, thousands of craft beer drinkers and music lovers will once again gather together for the Third Annual Beer Fields Festival, happening at the Pennysaver Amphitheatre at Bald Hill, 55 S Bicycle Path in Selden, NY. TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROWSATURDAY APRIL 5 AT 10:30AM

Untitled-1Beerfields brings together the experience to sample 50+ different breweries with over 150 different styles of beer in a festival atmosphere with rockin music all day featuring world renowned music groups.

The all day event will feature more than 75-plus U.S. breweries pouring over 150 types of beer and music from international superstar Matisyahu and some of the best local bands on Long Island including Non Stop to Cairo, The Warden and FAME and more. Past events have included performances by Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, The Wailers and others.

The festival begins at 4 pm with free beer sampling until 7 pm. Beer will be available for purchase after 7pm. Ticket prices range $35 pre-sale to $55 regular sale and $75 at the door that day. Cost of admission includes a 5 oz tasting glass with a 2 oz pour line, beer samples, access to all vendors, and concert pass. Food vendors also will be on site offering a variety of delectable pub pairings to accompany the beer.

Coordinators for Beer Fields said the 2014 event was designed to offer a different type of energy and experience than the typical beer festivals “This event is all about discovering what’s fresh – we’ll be showcasing some of the best tasting beer selections of the year, all set to the backdrop of some of the music world’s best bands,” said James Bonanno, one of the Beer Fields festival founders. “This is how Beerfields stands out from 99% of all Beer festivals – not only do we have some of the best in craft beers, we are bringing in some of the world’s best live music acts, making this the perfect summer event for craft beer and music enthusiasts”.

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The festival also hopes to assist in promoting the emergence of the powerhouse Long Island Breweries, which have helped change Long Island’s reputation from a premier wine-producing destination to one of the nation’s fast-growing hubs for craft breweries, 8 of which are attending Beerfields including Blue Point, Great South Bay, Long Ireland, Port Jeff and Spider Bite (with more in the works to be announced). This is a perfect opportunity for Long Islanders eager to jump into the craft beer phenomenon to try all their favorite local buzz beers up close and personal with the brewers themselves.

Those interested in attending Beerfields Craft Beer and Music Festival can purchase tickets at Availability is limited.

  • Beerfields is sponsored by the  brand new website for Long Island events,, Jagermeister “Deer and a Beer”, Tap Room, and TJ Finleys.

CONTACT: Rick Eberle |
PHONE: 516-729-6872 | EMAIL: rickeberle [AT]

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