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.

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Weekend Wrap-up 8/6

I had a fairly eventful beer weekend, so just thought I’d go over what I saw and imbibed the last couple of days.

On Saturday, I headed to Russian River to enjoy two new releases; Hopfather and Compunction. The Hopfather was a well crafted IPA, with a good punch of bitterness but balanced well. Compunction is a sour ale brewed with pluots, and there’s a ton of tartness to this one. Look for formal reviews of both later on; the pub was crazy on Saturday, and not conducive to reviewing.

Also got to try 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head, as my friend brought back a six pack from his travels back east. This is a classic East Coast IPA, with a big malt profile and delicate hops. Very good, and goes well with Rock Band.

On Sunday, the family and I headed to Toad in the Hole to enjoy Mostly Python, a celebration of Monty Python, beer and silliness. The Lagunitas beer truck was on hand, pouring their Pils, IPA and Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, along with other offerings such as 21st Amendment Bitter American and Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. The event is free, and includes local actors performing Python skits and live music as well. This is a can’t miss event for me, as it’s fun for the whole family (although the skits were definitely more risqué this year).

Lastly, Beer Pulse reported that Stone will be releasing their Ruination and Oaked Arrogant Bastard in 4 packs, to go along with Sublimely Self-Righteous. 4 packs of delicious beer for everyone!

Slow News Day: Chasin’ Freshies Label

Not much going on out there at the moment.

Deschutes did release the label for their upcoming, highly anticipated (at least as far as I’m concerned) Chasin’ Freshies wet hop beer.

Cool, typical Bond St label.

On the local front, there’s a couple of brewery showcases this week at various locations.

Tonight is 21st Amendment Night at Toad in the Hole, and tomorrow at Heritage, Bear Republic will be featured. Both are put on by Brewed for Thought. So go check them out.

Also, tomorrow night will be the book release for a brand new book showcasing Northern California breweries at Whole Foods Coddingtown at 6 PM. Meet the author and special kegs. I’ll be there, so you should be too.