October 23, 2011

Homebrew for Hunger

Hey folks, just want to share with you an event happening next month.  The first annual Homebrew for Hunger festival will place on November 12th in Chapel Hill, NC, benefitting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  Homebrewers from around the area will be sharing their concoctions.

WHO: Sponsored by several North Carolina businesses, the event will feature over 30 homebrewers and at least four craft breweries teaming up to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
WHAT: A beer festival focused on homebrewing, with tastings, educational sessions, and raffles.  Tickets are just $20 ($25 day of the event).
WHEN: 12pm-5pm, November 12th, 2011
WHERE: West End Public, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC
WHY: To share the art of homebrewing while preventing hunger this upcoming holiday season.

Homebrewers who bring their beer can get into the festival for free.  Also, attendees may earn free raffle tickets for bringing in a canned food donation (max of 3).

Now I love drinking for a good cause, but I'm also bringing down three of my latest brews to get some feedback from the public:

Walker's Chocolate Stout - a dark, roasty stout brewed with cocoa powder
Oregano Hoptoberfest - a smoky pale ale with a heavy dose of oregano - won 2nd Place in the Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer Category at the Virginia Beer Blitz!
Amarillo Pale - This is a remake of the base beer from the Amarillo Peach I did a while back.  The original came out pretty well; this time around I want to reduce the body and increase the hops.

It should be a great event!  More info at the festival website.  Go ahead and get your tickets here.

October 7, 2011

Atlanta, GA: Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Have you ever been to a restaurant where every single thing you try is fantastic?  That's what happened this past weekend at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta.  I discovered what is possibly the best brewpub in the South.

October 3, 2011

Athens, GA: Terrapin Beer Company

It turned out to be quite the beer-soaked weekend in Georgia. On Saturday, my girlfriend and I visited the Terrapin Beer Company, makers of the tasty Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. I was curious to sample some of their other offerings.

We arrived at the brewery right around sunset, along with about half of UGA's undergrad population dressed in red. Undeterred by the crowd, we picked up our souvenir pint glasses and got to sampling. Terrapin had five beers on tap that day:
  • Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - The flagship beer, Terrapin Rye won 1st Place American Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in 2002 (its first year in production).
  • Hop Karma Brown IPA - A combination Brown Ale and India Pale Ale, Hop Karma had a great balance of hops with caramel malts.
  • Hopsecutioner IPA - Aggressively hopped with a huge dose of citrus flavor.
  • Golden Ale - The most sessionable beer of the bunch, the Golden Ale went down smooth.
  • So Fresh & So Green, Green - This was my favorite. Wet-hopped with locally grown Challenger hops, it had a very unique hops flavor that was far from overpowering.