Browsing articles tagged with " Beers"
Mar 25, 2014
Freddie Kitson

East Orlando Beer Festival in Waterford Lakes

WHAT: With drafts by every brewery from the Florida Beer Co. to Sierra Nevada, beer lovers are bound to find sudsy satisfaction at the latest offering from Florida Beer Festivals. Admission includes a buffet of more than 100 beers, plus light bites by eateries such as Mellow Mushroom and Ker’s Winghouse. VIP attendees can diversify their lounging with free wine, cigars and exclusive beers.

WHEN: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29

WHERE: Waterford Lakes Town Center, 417 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

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  • 417 North Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828, USA

COST: $25 advance, $35 at the gate, $50-$60 VIP, $20 designated drivers (at gate only)

CALL: 407-383-2331

ONLINE: floridabeerfestivals.com

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Mar 21, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Brewery Ommegang Announces Lineup for Third Annual HopChef Beer and …

COOPERSTOWN, New York – With a firm and passionate belief that great beer deserves great food, Brewery Ommegang is tapping into local food scenes by expanding its HopChef Competition nationally as it starts its third year. Today the Cooperstown, NY-based, Belgian-style brewery announced the schedule for the 2014 competition, which will bring it to the West Coast and Southeast for the first time ever. Once again, Ommegang will have food-industry stalwarts SAVEUR Magazine and StarChefs as its partners, all-working together to bring the hottest up-and-coming chefs together in a top-notch demonstration of culinary talent.

Brewery Ommegang’s HopChef events will take place in the following cities with confirmed dates and locations to be announced a later date on www.Ommegang.com/HopChef:

“More and more people are discovering that beer, more so than wine, is the perfect accompaniment with fine fare,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang. “There are so many more flavors to explore and so much more versatility.  I am truly amazed each year at the clever concoctions the HopChefs create and just how well they work alongside our beers.”

In each city, a line-up of six to eight hand-selected chefs from leading restaurants will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, all paired with Ommegang ales, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees, to taste and score. The judging panel, made up of sponsors, chefs, restaurant owners/managers and local celebrities will base their ratings on HopChef’s 5 Pairing Principles:

5 Pairing Principles:

  • Simple Pairing– direct interaction of taking a bite of food and a sip of beer
  • Incorporation– use of beer in cooking process
  • Mimicking– matching the flavor profile of dish with the flavor profile of beer
  • Story Telling – beer has lots of history – how it was made, where, by whom, and why­– tell the beer’s story with the dish
  • Experimental – making beer into the star of a unique dish

The HopChef winner from each city will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Miami, Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival on Aug. 9, 2014.The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEUR Tastemakers board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine StarChefs.com editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

Tickets for each city’s event will include samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. Tickets will be available for purchase on http://hopchef2014.ticketleap.com.

About Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang, located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, NY, is regarded by many as the most beautiful brewery in America. The company opened in 1997 to brew fine Belgian-style craft beers, which are now distributed in 45 states. The brewery offers daily tours and tastings as well as a 100-seat café and an annual calendar of events, concerts and beer festivals. For more information, visit http://www.ommegang.com. Follow Ommegang on Twitter @BreweryOmmegang, www.Facebook.com/Ommegang, and on Instagram @BreweryOmmegang.

Brewery:
Brewery Ommegang
Website:
http://www.ommegang.com

Address:
656 County Hwy 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326
United States

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Mar 20, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Brew Kettle brewer talks about winning imperial IPA

The Brew Kettle brewer Jack Kephart figured he’d create a one-off for the Brewing News’ National Imperial IPA Competition. He’d devise a special beer for the event and also offer it exclusively on draft at The Brew Kettle brewpub in Strongsville.

When it was gone, it would be gone. So much for that thinking.

El Lupelo Libre won the competition earlier this week and, given the publicity the beer has received now, Kephart is planning to brew it again.

El Lupelo Libre is on draft now at the brewpub. But if you want a taste of the winning batch, you better hurry there. It’s expected to be available for only two or three weeks.

Kephart is timing the next batch for release around Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and he expects to serve it at beer festivals through the rest of the year.

El Lupelo Libre bested a deep field that included beers from Fat Head’s, Great Lakes, Deschutes, Bell’s, Oskar Blues, Firestone Walker, Bear Republic, Southern Tier and Ballast Point. The event is held like the NCAA March Madness tournament with beers pitted against each other until there is only one standing.

Kephart said that winning is especially gratifying because he knows that The Brew Kettle went up against hoppy heavyweights in the industry.

“You’ve got to be competitive against the best,” he said. “That meant a lot.”

So what exactly is El Lupelo Libre?

“The concept behind it was the grain bill for a Mexican lager, think along the lines of Dos Equis or Negra Modelo. … Then hop the hell out it,” Kephart said. “It was built to appeal to hop heads. And there are a lot of hops in it.”

The beer is 8.8 percent alcohol by volume and 88 IBUs.

It also includes Mosaic hops. Kephart noted that three of the final four beers — Fat Head’s Hop JuJu and Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA — used Mosaic hops.

“That is kind of interesting that all three of those beers had a touch of Mosaic,” he said.

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Feb 22, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Ales galore at hugely-popular Gosport beer festival

REAL ales of the highest calibre attracted the crowds for the start of one of the winter’s biggest beer festivals.

The annual Gosport Winterfest returned for the 22nd year in a row yesterday in the familiar and much-loved surroundings of Thorngate Halls.

Over the two-day bash, more than 1,000 people will have sampled drinks from a range of more than 80 real ales and a selection of cider and perries – all the while being entertained by music from M27s, Portsmouth City Band, Shep Woolley, and of course, good conversation.

Nigel Firth-Penney, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale who works on the cider bar, said: ‘It’s one of the biggest winter beer festivals in the south.

‘We get people coming from all over. We get several generations of the same family.

‘There’s people who come back every year, as well as first-timers.

‘It’s nice to see old faces, and nice to see new ones as well.’

There are four sessions over the two days and last night’s event was a sell-out.

For the first time in the festival’s history, punters have been able to drink third-of-a-pint samplers – meaning people get to try out a wider range of beers.

There was also a LocAle bar, which offers ales brewed within a 30-mile radius of Gosport.

Asked what the secret to the festival’s success is, Nigel said: ‘The first thing is the great variety of real ales, ciders and perries.

‘It’s all in top condition.

‘It’s a fun festival. It’s nice surroundings in Thorngate Halls. You have one bar with the music on and one quiet bar.

‘For real ale and cider fans, it’s a big day on the calendar.’

This year The News will have a seat on the judging panel which decides which beers taste the best.

The event is being run by volunteers from the Campaign for Real Ale’s Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire branch.

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Jan 9, 2014
Freddie Kitson

A Bigger Fest, and Even Bigger Beers: Snag Tickets to Vail Cascade’s Big Beers …

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It’s not too late to score tickets to one of the country’s most talked about beer festivals: the Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival at the Vail Cascade Resort. It’s the biggest Big Beers yet, with more breweries an an expanded lineup of events.

The commercial tasting festival takes place Saturday January 11 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gore Range Hall, located in the Aria Club Spa building along Frontage Road at the entrance to Vail Cascade Resort. As is the tradition at Big Beers, the fest sports some of the country’s best imperial, Belgian-style ales, and barleywines, this year including pours from many Colorado breweries, as well as out-of-state companies like Deschutes Brewing and Dogfish Head. Purchase fest tickets here.

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Jan 8, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Brew Ha Ha coming to town

Flagstaff has embraced the notion of being an ultimate craft beer town.

It now includes seven microbreweries that have produced a wide variety of award-winning beers. In the summer, the events lineup for beer festivals is impressive, but the winter is often slimmer pickings for big events celebrating the tops of the tap. However, “Flagstaff’s Brew Ha Ha” has grown into a big beer bonanza that helps elevate the wonder of great suds of the wintertime. It happens again at the High Country Conference Center.

Learn more in this Sunday’s edition of the Arizona Daily Sun.

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Sep 28, 2013
Freddie Kitson

H(o)ppy Hour | Fall beer festivals – WOOD

Beer festivals have become a hot trend throughout the United States as it each state celebrates the boom of craft beer. Beer fests give you an easy way to try new beers from breweries you may otherwise not get a chance to visit, taste beers that are only made or brought out during festival times and to meet the brewers in person. 

I highly suggest going out to a beer festival to anyone who loves beer, but especially those who are curious about beer.  It is one of the best ways to get out and try many different styles of craft beer all at once, without buying multiple bottles and trying lots and lots of beers that you may not like.

Many beer festivals are typically a few hours long, offering attendees a 3-4oz sampling glass and unlimited pours from brewers so that craft beer newbies can try new beer and craft beer devotees can revisit old loves and find new ones as well.

Although summer is the biggest time of year for craft beer festivals, fall still has plenty of festivals throughout the country. Five of the top beer festivals all happen on September 28th, the first Saturday of fall.

Let’s start with the biggest state of them all and the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. This year is the festival’s 10-year anniversary, featuring the 39 craft breweries located around the great big state.

This festival promises to bring in over 6,000 attendees to try new beers and become fans of beer found deep in the heart of Texas.  More information can be found at Texas Craft Brewers Festival or by following the festival on Twitter at @TxBrewersFest.

About 60 miles away from Portland, Ore., near Hood River you’ll find “hop heads” waiting for the Hood River Hops Fest.  From 20 Northwest craft breweries, beer will be flowing, but this event is more than just a festival for those who enjoy hoppy beers. There is all day entertainment and local culinary treats to sample with your brew. 

For those who enjoy IPA’s or Pales Ales, this festival is for you.  Their hoppy website can be found at Hood River Hops Fest.

All the way to the other coast, located in Bridgeport, Conn., the Harbor Brew Fest, gives New Englanders the chance to sample from 39 breweries, not only local breweries, but domestic and international breweries as well.

This festival gives attendees one of the widest arrays of beers to sample with the opportunity to sample breweries from outside of the United States.  If you want to travel or are in the area, you can buy tickets for the Harbor Brew Fest at Harbor Brew Fest.

Back in the Midwest, where the BBQ is amazing and the beers are too, the Kansas City Beer Festival has been the most recognized craft beer fest in the Midwest for the past five years.  Unlike the other beer festivals that had locals only or mixed local craft beer with other breweries, the Kansas City Beer Fest features over 60 handpicked craft beers from around the world. 

The top of the top beer connoisseurs come from all over to Kansas City for the festival, and like Harbor Brew Fest, it gives those who can’t go out of the country or even the state to try rare beer and plenty of it. For more information, please follow the festival on twitter at @KCBeerfest.

Another fall beer fest in the Heartland, the Valpo Brewfest, is the largest Northwest Indiana beer festival.  With over 150 different styles of beer for sampling, mostly Indiana craft brewers, this event gives attendees the opportunity not only to try new beer, but to vote on the best brewer for the Hoosier Brewer award.

Sadly, it’s hard to be at every beer festival at once on September 28th!  But no worries, soon it’ll be time for Oktoberfest!

Prost!

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Kathleen Slauzis is a craft beer enthusiast from Indianapolis, IN. She has been learning the ins and outs of the beer and the brewing business for the past four years. You can also find her work on http://IndianaBeer.com/ where she focuses on local craft breweries and follow her on Twitter as @KJLSlauzis.

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Sep 27, 2013
Freddie Kitson

Real ale shakes off old-man image, fuels boom in new breweries

That’s one of the findings from the Cask Report, launched to coincide with Cask Ale Week, which kicks off today (27 September). The Report found that pub-goers are turning to cask ale in search of flavour, natural ingredients and craft production methods.

“There has been a sea-change in attitudes towards cask ale over the past few years,” said Pete Brown, author of the Cask Report. “This explains why it’s now out-performing the beer market by 6.8 per cent.

Cask-conditioned beer, also referred to as real ale, is served from a cask without additional nitrogen or dioxide pressure. Sixty-three per cent of licensees say the drink is attracting younger customers into their pub and a similar number say that more women are drinking it.

“More people see it as crafted product made from natural British ingredients and like the fact that it’s available only in the pub,” added Brown. “This is great news for all those who care about the future of the British pub since it helps guarantee a new generation of drinkers who will help keep pubs relevant – and open.”

Brewing up a storm

The Cask Report also refers to Britain’s brewery boom, highlighted earlier this month by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) in its 2014 Good Beer Guide.
One hundred and eighty-four new breweries have opened during the past year; some microplants in the brewhouses of regional brewers and others in pubs or converted buildings, on industrial estates or in the heart of the countryside.

Cask Ale Week is running for the next seven days under the theme of The Great Big Taste Challenge

“People love the opportunity to support local breweries,” said Brown. “But they aren’t looking exclusively for beers from their own region. In fact, 70 per cent of drinkers would like to try beers from different parts of the country more often. This provides a great opportunity for pubs to diversify their range – and for the country’s 1,150 breweries to sell beyond their own doorstep.”

Brown concluded that cask ale’s image was further modernised by the hosting of beer festivals by over 10,000 pubs in 2012. “With all the extra beers on offer in each of those pubs during the festivals, that’s not only a lot of sales generated; it’s also a good illustration of why the market is fragmenting and new breweries are opening,” he said.

Cask Ale Week, which runs from 27 September to 6 October, sees a range of activities taking place from master classes in ale tasting to beer quizzes, meet the brewer evenings, beer festivals, sampling and free pint offers.  The theme for the Week is ‘The Great Big Taste Challenge’. For more information, visit www.caskaleweek.co.uk
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Pete Brown is an author, consultant and broadcaster specialising in beer and pubs. He is the author of five books and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Read some of his columns in our sister title, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, here.

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Sep 27, 2013
Freddie Kitson

H(o)ppy Hour | Fall beer festivals

Beer festivals have become a hot trend throughout the United States as it each state celebrates the boom of craft beer. Beer fests give you an easy way to try new beers from breweries you may otherwise not get a chance to visit, taste beers that are only made or brought out during festival times and to meet the brewers in person. 

I highly suggest going out to a beer festival to anyone who loves beer, but especially those who are curious about beer.  It is one of the best ways to get out and try many different styles of craft beer all at once, without buying multiple bottles and trying lots and lots of beers that you may not like.

Many beer festivals are typically a few hours long, offering attendees a 3-4oz sampling glass and unlimited pours from brewers so that craft beer newbies can try new beer and craft beer devotees can revisit old loves and find new ones as well.

Although summer is the biggest time of year for craft beer festivals, fall still has plenty of festivals throughout the country. Five of the top beer festivals all happen on September 28th, the first Saturday of fall.

Let’s start with the biggest state of them all and the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. This year is the festival’s 10-year anniversary, featuring the 39 craft breweries located around the great big state.

This festival promises to bring in over 6,000 attendees to try new beers and become fans of beer found deep in the heart of Texas.  More information can be found at Texas Craft Brewers Festival or by following the festival on Twitter at @TxBrewersFest.

About 60 miles away from Portland, Ore., near Hood River you’ll find “hop heads” waiting for the Hood River Hops Fest.  From 20 Northwest craft breweries, beer will be flowing, but this event is more than just a festival for those who enjoy hoppy beers. There is all day entertainment and local culinary treats to sample with your brew. 

For those who enjoy IPA’s or Pales Ales, this festival is for you.  Their hoppy website can be found at Hood River Hops Fest.

All the way to the other coast, located in Bridgeport, Conn., the Harbor Brew Fest, gives New Englanders the chance to sample from 39 breweries, not only local breweries, but domestic and international breweries as well.

This festival gives attendees one of the widest arrays of beers to sample with the opportunity to sample breweries from outside of the United States.  If you want to travel or are in the area, you can buy tickets for the Harbor Brew Fest at Harbor Brew Fest.

Back in the Midwest, where the BBQ is amazing and the beers are too, the Kansas City Beer Festival has been the most recognized craft beer fest in the Midwest for the past five years.  Unlike the other beer festivals that had locals only or mixed local craft beer with other breweries, the Kansas City Beer Fest features over 60 handpicked craft beers from around the world. 

The top of the top beer connoisseurs come from all over to Kansas City for the festival, and like Harbor Brew Fest, it gives those who can’t go out of the country or even the state to try rare beer and plenty of it. For more information, please follow the festival on twitter at @KCBeerfest.

Another fall beer fest in the Heartland, the Valpo Brewfest, is the largest Northwest Indiana beer festival.  With over 150 different styles of beer for sampling, mostly Indiana craft brewers, this event gives attendees the opportunity not only to try new beer, but to vote on the best brewer for the Hoosier Brewer award.

Sadly, it’s hard to be at every beer festival at once on September 28th!  But no worries, soon it’ll be time for Oktoberfest!

Prost!

————————————————————

Kathleen Slauzis is a craft beer enthusiast from Indianapolis, IN. She has been learning the ins and outs of the beer and the brewing business for the past four years. You can also find her work on http://IndianaBeer.com/ where she focuses on local craft breweries and follow her on Twitter as @KJLSlauzis.

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Sep 22, 2013
Freddie Kitson

Brewers prost the hop harvest with ‘a celebration of special beers’

EUGENE, Ore. —  To celebrate the end of the pacific northwest’s hop harvest, Oakshire hosted the inaugural Single-Batch Fall Bierfest featuring some of the rarest brews produced this year.

Oakshire’s pub manager Dan Russo said their menu featured 40 different beers contributed by breweries across the northwest. Most were harvest and fresh-hopped beers that were only made in small quantities.

“Generally beer festivals showcase a brewery’s regular lineup,” said Russo. “It’s a celebration of special beers… beers that brewers are only going to make once. So only a few people are ever going to drink them.”

With some many rarities to choose from, beer enthusiasts like Andrew Oslovar had to come up with a strategy when approaching the tap list.

“We just put a check mark next to all the beers we wanted to try and we’ve been just gradually making our way through them,” said Oslovar. “I may not be capable, but I’m very, very willing.” 

Much like the Oktoberfest getting underway in Germany, the Fall Bierfest has a beer garden that offers live music and food. Russo said that the festival runs at their public house on Madison until 10 p.m. Saturday.

 

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