August 21, 2012

How to Make Your Own Ginger Beer

Ginger Libation, a Panama hat, and an iron
bottle opener from BMW Ironworks.
At my family reunion this past June, my cousin Ben, a blacksmith, showed up with a couple bottles of Green River Ambrosia's Ginger Libation. It rocked my palate and sparked my curiosity. At a potent 8.5% ABV, the Libation will kick your ass if you're not careful.

I was intrigued by the list of ingredients: pineapple juice, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, cane sugar. Hey, these are all easy to find in Panama. Why not give it a shot?

August 17, 2012

Nashville Gets a New Brewery

Today marks the grand opening of Fat Bottom Brewing, Nashville's newest craft brewery and the first to open on the East side of the Cumberland River.

Look for the Ginger American Wheat Ale, Ruby Red American Ale, and Black Betty India Black Ale at Fat Bottom's Grand Opening tonight starting at 4pm.

Serving "Bolder, Sexier Beer," the Fat Bottom Taproom is located at 900 Main Street in East Nashville. Regular taproom hours start August 21st:

Tuesday-Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday 2pm-10pm

Get more info from Beer Makes Three and i speak nashville.

Congrats to Ben Bredesen and his team on their new venture!

If you live in Tennessee, be sure to swing by and check out Fat Bottom!

August 14, 2012

Craft Beer in Cans: 9 to Try Today

Photo: CraftCans.com
You may have noticed an increase in the number of canned craft beers on the market lately. The benefits of canning are numerous:
  • Cans reduce the amount of light that can hit the beer, potentially "skunking" those delicious hop compounds
  • Cans weigh less than glass, reducing cost transportation costs
  • Cans are more recycled than glass and plastic
  • Cans go where glass can't, poolside, on a hike, or to a music festival for example
Some may question whether canned beer tastes the same as it's bottled counterpart, but I know for a fact that there are some very good canned beers out there.

Here are nine craft beers in the can to look out for:

August 9, 2012

Nashville, TN: Flying Saucer Presents BeerFeast 2012

Tickets are on sale today for BeerFeast 2012, taking place September 22 at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Obsidian PR announces:
Flying Saucer will host its third annual beer festival, BeerFeast 2012, on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the Flying Saucer location in downtown Nashville at 111 Tenth Ave. South. BeerFeast 2012 will feature an unlimited beer tasting session highlighting more than 40 breweries and 60 beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s own resident beer guru, Keith Schlabs, and Nashville Flying Saucer general manager, Brandi Allen. 
 “This event allows us to showcase a large selection of rare and unique brews for Nashville craft brew lovers to enjoy,” Allen said. “With more than 60 different craft beers on hand for this event, we are more than doubling the amount of beers we have had at festivals in previous years, and it will be a great opportunity to sample and experience some really fantastic brews.”
Among the hard-to-find brews being served at this year's festival are Ommegang's Belgian Strong Ale Art of Darkness (98 points on RateBeer), Rogue's Dad's Little Helper Black IPA (90 points), and Left Hand's Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. Plus, be on the lookout for a number of local Nashville beers.

Visit Beerfeast2012.com to take advantage of the early-bird discount or pick up your tickets at the Saucer.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please call 615-259-3039 or visit http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/nashville/.

August 8, 2012

Craft Beer Research Needs Your Help!

Alejandro Lovera, an MBA candidate at the University of Westminster in the UK, has requested our help with his dissertation. He wants to know: are you influenced by social or ethical factors when buying beer? Are you more likely to purchase a product because it's locally-made, organic, or produced using sustainable practices?

The survey (available in English and Spanishtakes just a few minutes and is totally anonymous, plus it presents some interesting questions about buying behavior. 

Thanks for your help with this project! We'll post results at the end of the study.

What do you think the results will show?

August 7, 2012

Videos: The World of the Pink Elephant

On the blog today, a series of mini-documentaries from Delirium Brewery out of Belgium. They make the famous Delirium Troemens, a Belgian strong ale at 8.5%, labeled with the iconic pink elephant. Perhaps you've tried it.

The videos highlight urban culture, providing commentary on some of the ways we cope with the all-too-often oppressive urban environment. One of the big trade-offs of living in a city is the exposure we get to artists and creative types.

Sure, the videos are pretty blatant marketing, but at least it's cool marketing. I'll take these 2-minute videos over the mindless crap thrust upon us by the big guys any day.

August 4, 2012

In Chicago for Lollapalooza? Try These 7 Local Beers

Photo: Brett Gustafson

So you're in Chi-town for Lollapalooza Music Festival and wondering if there are any local craft beers worth a try. You're in luck  Chicago is a great craft beer city with plenty to choose from. Just don’t try to carry them into the festival – no outside food or drink. You've been warned... 

August 2, 2012

It's IPA Day: 5 Favorites from the Local Beer Blog

Fuller's IPA, in the English style.
Today is International IPA Day, a celebration of what is probably America's most popular style of craft beer, the India Pale Ale.

But the style was not invented in the US. I'll quickly relate its origins:

IPAs emerged way back when, during the height of the British Empire. To satiate her troops abroad, Britain would ship beer to its colonies, most notably India. Utilizing the natural antimicrobial properties of the hop flower, the ale was aggressively hopped with as much as four or five pounds of hops per barrel so that it may survive the long voyage. The style gained popularity in the mid-1800s, then faded away until fairly recently.

August 1, 2012

5 Craft Beer Festivals to Attend This August


It's the first day of August and Fall is in sight! Don't let the summer go by without attending at least one beer festival!


Beer festivals are a great way to get outdoors, spend some quality time with friends, and enjoy some cold microbrews. Here are just a handful of beer festivals happening this August so you can start thinking about where you might soak up some suds this summer: