On the Move

The great change over has begun. The blog will now be located at thatbeernerd.com.

Bookmark it, tell your friends and family (don’t forget grandma!) and keep checking the blog out.

Graphics will be up soon. The Twitter situation will remain the same, but look for a That Beer Nerd Facebook page in the near future.

Cheers and thanks for reading.


Stone Enjoy By IPA Hitting Shelves

As previously reported, Stone’s Enjoy By 9/21/12 IPA is hitting shelves as we speak. The bad news, it’s only going to three markets: Southern California, New Jersey and Chicago. Not living in one of those three markets, I say “Booo!”

But wait; there’s better news! According to the above video, it looks like this will be at least a semi-year round brew for Stone. Each subsequent batch will have a new freshness date in the title, and each batch will only be brewed for 3-5 markets, ensuring that the beer will hit those markets with-in a week of bottling.

Apparently, we will have a say as to where these batches will end up. In the video, Greg Koch implores us to let him know where we want to see this beer end up, via Twitter (#EnjoyBy), Facebook, email and other such ways. So, I guess we should start making some noise about this!

Beer Events Week of 8/19/12

Brewed for Thought is putting on a couple of brewery showcases this week locally.

On Tuesday the 21st, Toad in the Hole will have a showcase of Highwater Brewing. Their No Boundaries IPA is a great brew, and they make some pretty solid stuff.

Heritage Public House will host Mad River the following night. I confess to not really trying any of their beers. I’m a bad beer nerd.

Lastly, New Belgium will be taking over Taps in Petaluma on Thursday. Look for some Lips of Faith beers. They are usually strong offerings.

If you are willing to travel a bit, Beer Revolution is having a Meet the Brewer event with Telegraph Brewing Wednesday night at 6.

Have an event you’d like featured? Hit me up in the comments.

Hill’s Farmstead to Start Shipping?

Some great news from Shaun Hill of Hill’s Farmstead via Beer Pulse:

“We’ve been in touch with the state, and we hope after next year we can change laws so we can sell beer via website or mail,” he says. “That would help remedy the complaint that people in California aren’t going to get to taste this particular beer.”

Obviously, this is mostly Hill just thinking out loud, but how frickin’ cool would it be to order some Abner or Edward and have it delivered to your door step? I really hope they figure out a way to do this.

A Wild Turkey Comes to Anderson Valley

Anderson Valley Brewing and Wild Turkey have joined forces, agreeing to a partnership that will give AV access to “hundreds rather than a handful of barrels” previously used to age various Wild Turkey products. AV will exclusively use Wild Turkey barrels for their barrel aging process, the first of which will be a Bourbon barrel aged version of their delicious Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. The beers that will be created through this program will be draft only, with an eye on bottling down the line.

I have absolutely no opinion on the fact that they’ll be using Wild Turkey barrels. I’ve never tried any of their products (though friends who have have not seemed impressed). But I do have an opinion on the fact that AV will be making more BA beers, and that opinion is “Yea!” AV makes some great beers, and I have no doubt that they will make some great BA beers through this program. That’s Bahl Hornin’ for sure.

Read the press release in its entirety here.

“I Swear Officer. I have no idea how that canning line got into my living room.”

In perhaps the weirdest beer news ever, Beer Pulse reported that an 800 pound canning line was stolen from Great River Brewing of Davenport, IA.

First off, unless the equipment was made of copper and you were selling the scraps, why in the world would you even think of stealing a canning line? How does one even go about that? The logistics of it just confuse me.

My favorite line in the story: “Cellarman Tyler Krutzfeldt said the theft couldn’t have been a one-man job.” Unless that man was the Iron Giant. Which would be rad.

In all seriousness: dudes, that just sucks. Here’s hoping they catch the culprits, or culprit in the case of it actually being the Iron Giant (*fingers crossed*).

New Belgium Responds to Lagunitas


Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium brewing, has responded to Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas, and his statements condemning New Belgium for receiving tax breaks and incentives for their new brewery.

For those who missed my first article on this (shame on you), read it here.

You know this is going to be good from her opening statement:

You can imagine that we have a different perception of the process we are going through as we develop our brewery in Asheville.

I could quote more, but I don’t want anything to be taken out of context, so just go and read her entire response.

She brings up some good points, and it is nice that we get to hear from both sides of the argument. I just hope that the next time I visit New Belgium, I won’t get kicked out for wearing my Lagunitas hat.