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.


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.

A Brewing Controversy?: Incentives for New Belgium in NC

Asheville Plan Schematics from Beer Pulse

Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas, tweeted a potentially inflammatory message (if you’re sensitive to that kind of stuff) regarding incentives that New Belgium is receiving from the local government of Asheville, NC to build their new brewing facility:


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Beer of the Week: Mo Betta Bretta

This is a collaboration between Lost Abbey and New Belgium. A golden, Brettanomyces fermented beer in a 12.7oz cork and cage bottle. Bottled on 5/23/12.

The body is a murky, golden color. Bone white head, with very quick acting bubbles. It fizzes out to a patchy cover; not much retention at all. Very little lacing on the glass. Not really that impressive looking.

The nose has some pretty bright and funky Brett aromas. Orange citrus and even some pineapple. Lite spicing, with aromas of pepper and sage.

Lots of fruit flavors initially: pear, apple and pineapple. Creamy mouthfeel. Pepper spice flavors are enhanced by the light carbonation. Very faint, earthy Brett flavors. Grass and hay on the finish.

This drinks a lot like a fruity Belgian golden. I really like the flavors a lot, but I wish the Brett was more present. It’s just not there enough for me. I’m wishing I would have let this age for a bit, as the Brett generally becomes more evident as it ages. Oh well. Still a pretty good beer.

New Belgium’s New Seasonal: Red Hoptober

According to a press release (you can read the whole thing here at Beer Pulse), Red Hoptober is now on shelves from New Belgium. Sounds good, but I’m kind of sad to see Hoptober go, especially after they pulled Mighty Arrow from their seasonal rotation. They sure are messing with their line-up lately.

A thing I find interesting from the release is the statement that “autumn [is]…right around the corner.” Really? Do I have my calender on the wrong month? Last time I checked, it’s still friggin’ July. When I was a kid, autumn wasn’t “around the corner” until I went back to school. Breweries releasing seasonals out of season is really starting to bug me.

…Anyway, the beer sounds good! (/rant).