Friday, October 31, 2014

Brewed In Chicago Launches Indiegogo Campain

 Ever thought what it would be like to create your own Craft Beer? Not a homebrew, but a beer that would actually be produced in an American craft brewery, by professional brewers. If the folks at "Brewed In Chicago" have a successful Indiegogo campaign, you might have a chance to do just that.

Have a look at their idea, contribute, and you could be the next Great "Arm Chair Craft Brewer"!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release

The Chicago-based, Pioneers of Barrel-aged Brewing to Host Epicurean Events in Nine Select Cities
CHICAGO, (Oct. 20, 2014) – On Friday, November 29, Goose Island, Chicago’s famed craft beer company, will release their renown Bourbon Country Brand Stout (BCBS) line up of barrel-aged beers through special beer-centric Black Friday events in nine cities including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco. Black Friday has become a beer drinker’s holiday and a true reminder that good things come to those that wait (literally). It’s almost that time, the moment beer fans have been waiting an entire year for, the chance to get their hands on this year’s flock of Goose Island’s award-winning barrel-aged beers.
“The magic of our Bourbon County Brand Stout is the time and unpredictable weather conditions our beer experiences in the belly of each hand-picked bourbon barrel,” said Brett Porter, Brewmaster at Goose Island Beer Company. “Our brewers, much like our fans, are passionate about Bourbon County and we’re counting down the days until Black Friday when we can all enjoy the new variants of the Bourbon County family.”
As the pioneer in the art of aging beer in bourbon barrels, the Goose Island barrel program has set the industry standard, swiftly becoming one of the world’s largest barrel-aged beer producers. First crafted in 1992, the brewery continues to push the limits of their lauded Bourbon County Brand through diverse variants, including Coffee, Barleywine, Vanilla Rye and a special release just for Chicago. The Friday after Thanksgiving, beer fanatics can now share in the tradition by enjoying the 2014 batch of Bourbon County. This year’s variants include the following:

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout: The Original, a liquid as dark and dense as a black hole. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than an average case of beer. Available nationally in four and 24-packs in 12-ounce bottles.

  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout: Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to the brewery at Chicago's Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from the friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. The 2014 incarnation features Rwandan coffee. Available in four and 24-packs 12-ounce bottles nationally.

  • Bourbon County Brand Barleywine: Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then the renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possess the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging. Available in four and 24-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

  • Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout: First brewed for the legendary festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoyed this Bourbon County variant so much Goose Island bottled it the next year (2010). People flocked to stores to get their hands on a bottle and have this one of a kind barrel aged stout. Over the years that followed fans express their love for this version so Goose Island is extremely proud to bring it back in 2014. This year’s version features twist of aging the stout in Rye Whiskey barrels instead of bourbon hand-picked from four different distilleries. Each rye barrel features a two pound mix of Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans. This limited Vanilla Rye will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles.

  • Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout: The second annual release of Proprietor’s is aged in Rye Whiskey barrels and features panela sugar, made into syrup with coconut water, Cassia bark and cocoa nibs. This variant is meant to show Goose Island’s immense gratitude to their neighbors in Chicago – the loyal and adventurous fans whose support helped bring Bourbon County Brand Stout to towering new heights. Each year this release will differ from the previous year; a special variant created for Chicago and unique to the year it was released. Available only in Chicago, in 22-ounce bottles.

This is the fifth year Goose Island is releasing Bourbon County Brands on Black Friday. In 2013, at the release event in Chicago, more than 500 people lined up to experience the Bourbon County phenomena firsthand. In 2014, with special Black Friday events in additional cities featuring unique collaborations with local artisans from coffee roasters to donut makers, the company expects an even greater turnout.

To learn more about Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brands and the Black Friday event locations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco; visit, Facebook , Twitter (@GooseIsland) and Instagram (@gooseIslandbeer).
About Goose Island
Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SweetWater Hop Hash

Oh Yeah! Look what's coming.....

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Harvest Time for Field Day IPA

Last August the Brewmasters for BJ's Restaurants set out to create their first "wet hop" IPA. Wet hop also known as "fresh hop" means that hops are introduced into the brew kettle within 24 hours of being picked from the hop bines. These whole cone hops are unprocessed in order to preserve all of the character of the hop. 

So now we bring you the story of "Field Day" India Pale Ale .. Cheers!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Second Line Brewing Co.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Please welcome New Orleans newest Craft Brewery..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anchor Brewing's Fritz Maytag

 Fritz Maytag left his mark on the craft brewing business, long before it became an industry...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Utah Hoppiness Uinta Brewing Co. "Hop Nosh" IPA & "Detour" Double IPA

 With Baseball season in full swing I thought I'd get in the spirit with this Double Header of a review. Both offerings come from Utah's Uinta Brewing Co.. Uinta was founded in 1993 in a converted commercial garage space located in Salt Lake City. Uinta Brewing is named after an east-west running mountain range located in northeastern region of Utah. Uinta's beer names are derived from areas Utah which have either historical significance or reflect Utah's diverse landscapes. "Cutthroat Pale Ale", their flagship beer, is named after Utah's state fish. "King's Peak Porter" is named after Utah's highest peak.

The first game of this Double Header brings us "Hop Nosh" IPA. This India Pale Ale pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a thick sticky white head. Aromas are of fresh grass with hints of tropical fruit. Flavors are piney and citrus with sweetness likened to Mango or Pineapple. Carbonation is light which complements the delicious hop to malt blend. Hop Nosh provides a resinous malt body which is light yet still flavorful. Bitterness is lingering but not over the top or spicy. "Hop Nosh" checks in at 7.3% ABV at 82 IBU's.

Game 2 of our Double Header, "Detour" Double IPA. Detour pours rich, clear Orange to Amber color with a frothy white head. It's aroma is grassy with notes of pine and grapefruit.  Mouth feel is rich and full of body. Detour's flavor is pretty typical for most DIPA's of the day - malty sweet, mild bitterness with a rounded alcohol punch. Our closers finish dry with a lot of alcohol shutting down the lingering bitterness.  "Detour" checks in at 9.5% ABV at 95IBU's.

Overall both beers were quite tasty and we are excited that Uinta Brewing Co. has come to Florida. 
We look forward to sampling more of the great beer from Uinta. Cheers!