July 31, 2012

Great American Beer Festival: Pre-Sale Starts Today!

Today marks the beginning of the Member Pre-Sale for the Great American Beer Festival, taking place this October 11-13, in Denver, Colorado.

Members (as of July 27) of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association may buy tickets starting today at Ticketmaster.com. Have your 9-digit member number handy.

Tickets for the general public start August 2nd at 10am MDT.

Tickets include entry to the festival, a festival program, a commemorative tasting cup, and unlimited one-ounce samples from a selection of over 2,000 beers from more than 500 breweries.

Get 'em quick! The 2011 Festival sold out in just 10 days!

Going? Stay up-to-date with the GABF on Twitter and Facebook.

July 23, 2012

Book Review: Eat the City

a book about local food producers in New York City
A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York
Book by: Robin Shulman
Review by: David Ackley

“Food is culture. Food is an art the economy will sustain.” - Tom Mylan, butcher, from Eat the City

Today’s fascination with craft beer is very much part of a larger local food movement. In addition to enthusiasm for local breweries, there is also great interest in locally-produced, artisanal products of all kinds, from wine, cheese, and honey, to vegetables, bourbon, and beef. But who are those people on the other side of the table at the farmer’s market? Who are the people tending urban gardens and working behind the bar at the local brewery?

July 13, 2012

Decatur, GA: Girls Night Out at Brick Store Pub

Today's feature is a guest post by my partner-in-crime, Cristina Hall. She is a marketing consultant and holistic health coach-in-training. She writes about health, cooking, and wellness on her blog, La Solutionista.

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As a native of Atlanta, there are a lot of things that I miss about the city while I am away – buying fresh Georgia peaches from a local farmer, shopping at Trader Joe’s, The Wright Gourmet’s Signature Mustard Sauce, drinking SweetWater 420 on draught at Dagwood’s (my all-time favorite pizza place), and of course, my wonderful girlfriends. At the recommendation of a friend who used to work there, I recently visited the Brick Store Pub with three girlfriends for drinks and dinner. Now, I will also miss the amazing beer selection and atmosphere at this relaxed but lively restaurant in Decatur, GA.

Skimming their website beforehand, I was excited to learn that the pub was celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a week-long celebration. That evening they were featuring sour beers, a style recently introduced to me by a friend in Charleston.

July 9, 2012

Richmond, VA: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been on the Local Beer Blog radar for some time. They first caught my attention when I heard about the new brewery opening in Richmond, VA. I was then intrigued by the news that they were making a community-hopped IPA. When I read that Hardywood won a Bronze Medal at the World Beer Cup, it was clear that this was a place I needed to visit. I recently had the pleasure of meeting the co-founders at their production brewery in Richmond, VA to discuss their journey into the craft beer business and their various locally-flavored ales.

July 3, 2012

Nashville, TN: Jackalope Brewing Company

Think the beer business is just for boys?

Not quite.

The CEO of New Belgium? Kim Jordan. The founder of Stoudt's? Carol Stoudt. And now, Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball are co-founders of Nashville's Jackalope Brewing Company.

What, you've never seen a Jackalope? Lepus temperamentalus is a rare species of deer-rabbit, from the same family as the Treintaycinco three-headed goat. But enough taxonomy, I digress...

Jackalope Brewing Company is situated in downtown Nashville near the intersection of 8th and Division Street. It's just down the road from the Yazoo Taproom and All Seasons homebrew supply shop, and across the street from my favorite beer, wine, and liquor warehouse, Frugal MacDoogal.

We visited the Jackalope Taproom on a Saturday, where a small, but growing crowd of day drinkers was beginning to accumulate. The two DJs spinning tunes in the side room were a nice touch -- this is Music City, after all.