Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
As I've also said about organic beer: Anything that simultaneously lets you drink beer and make the world a better place IS GOOD. So go do it!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Ultimately, I didn't get what I came for — the panel I attended didn't really touch on what I hoped it would — but I did come away with some great stuff: A couple of free samples in the trade show (Ommegang Hennepin, a very nice Belgian farmhouse saison, and Rahr & Sons Stormcloud IPA, which was impressively hoppy), and a cool swag bag that included a tall beer glass, a DVD of the documentary The American Brew (a history of brewing in the U.S. that recently aired on PBS), and two bottles of beer created by a collection of Austin brewers. They're both double wheats, but one (which I'm drinking now) has prickly pear juice in it. I expected it to be awful, but it's actually all right, despite the girly pink color. (M'Lady strongly disagreed and made the same yuck face that she gets whenever I convince her to try whiskey.) Not something I'd drink every day, but tasty.
[Announcement] Tomorrow - FREE Black Star Co-op Pint Glass and T-shirt! When you become a Charter Member at our Craft Beer Celebration!
Don’t forget that tomorrow night Black Star Co-op will host a Craft Beer Celebration, our biggest fund raiser event ever, 8PM - midnight at Fiesta Gardens (2100 Bergman).
Come out and enjoy live music from local bands PONG, Opposite Day, and Second Line Social. Everyone will have the chance to win door prizes from local businesses such as B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Genuine Joe’s Coffee, Austin Homebrew Supply, Wheatsville Food Co-op, and more!
Cover is $10 / $7 for members and Craft Brewer’s Conference attendees (with badge); 21+ only
We’ll have a cash bar with fine craft beers from Live Oak, Real Ale, Dogfish Head, Avery, Lagunitas, and others! Also, free Maine Root root beer available!
See you tomorrow,
Black Star Co-op
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Just Announced! Jim Hightower to Speak at Keynote
Lauded as America's #1 populist, Jim Hightower will deliver opening remarks at the Craft Brewers Conference, Thursday, April 19.
Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time to Take It Back. Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folk. He broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 100 commercial and public stations, on the web, on Armed Forces Radio, Radio for Peace International, One World Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.(And back to me again: I don't know what Jim Hightower knows about craft-brewed beer other than drinking it, but I presume the theme of his speech will be to praise the microbrewing Davids vs. the Bud/Coors/Miller Goliaths, as little guys vs. big corporations is the thread that has run through his entire activist career.)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
More than one, really. Maybe you could narrow them down based on what part of town you'll be in. Austin is a great beer town.
Funky Austin at its best. Great selection, including some fine quality house brews.
In Austin's hip Warehouse District. No house brews, but something like 70 or 80 taps. A beer connoisseur's heaven. Lots of stuff you can't find anywhere else.
Dog & Duck Pub
Authentic replica of a British pub. Good selection, great bar food, including a mix of Texas and British cuisine.
The Draught House
Same description as Lovejoy's, but more of a neighborhood bar, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. A fave of mine because it's a very near my neighborhood.
North by Northwest
Suburbanish brewpub in the same way [North Kansas City's] Granite City is, but good lord the beer is great and the food is, too. Also not far from my house. The last Wednesday of the month is great because they tap a keg of cask-conditioned ale and serve until it's gone, which is just a few minutes. I've been to one of these, and the first sip was so good it made my head spin.
Opal Divine's Penn Field
No house brews, but great selection. They also have Central and Far North locations, but if you're in South Austin, this is probably your best bet.
Also, where ever you go, you must try any of the beers by Live Oak Brewing Co. It's an Austin brewery, but they don't bottle their beers, so the only way you can get one is on draft at an Austin bar. Great stuff. (Beware their beer named "Tree Hugger," though: it's a barleywine, and at 14 percent alcohol, it should probably be called "Toilet Hugger." Great beer, but it should be the only beer you have that night. In general, safer bets are their Pilz, Big Bark, Pale Ale, and wheat beers.)
So whattya think? Did I steer her right?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Oh, the shame. Michael, I expect retired athletes to do beer commercials, but did you have sink that low? Seriously, that is some really nasty swill you're promoting there, man. Please — tell me you secretly keep a stash of Sierra Nevada in your basement fridge, when the TV cameras aren't around to catch you.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Now at first, my thought on the sunny day that she arrived was to stash this in the fridge until next winter. But the next day, the world turned upside down — a freakish winter mini-storm blew in … in April! Temperatures in the 30s, sleet here in Austin, snow just a few miles north of here. Utterly bizarre. This sort of thing never happens in Texas, except perhaps in panhandle. My day at the Texas Relays — which are usually all about sandals, shades, and sunscreen — was completely ruined. But now I'm at home and comforting myself with a beer that was perfectly tailored for cold weather. Thanks Fran!
Speaking of Boulevard, it sounds like they're gearing up to do some really interesting Belgian-like stuff. They were a major part of good article on craft beers in The Kansas City Star. I would love to link to it, but the Star's website apparently has already either gotten rid of the article or hidden it away in a for-pay archive. But to sum it up, in fall of this year they will make available a saison, something called Double-Wide India Pale Ale, a quadrupel, and something called Ol' Clarence — a version of their Bully Porter that spends a year in a Tennessee bourbon barrel. And in the winter they'll release a dubbel.
Monday, April 02, 2007
l-r: Bobnoxious (above Donegal Bill, aka Shirl), "Dumbass Don" (hey, I didn't give him that nickname), Brian, Lance, and yours truly. That's one of Lovejoy's fine homebrews I'm enjoying there, although I can't remember what it was now.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
My wife: "I BEG YOUR PARDON?"
:-) I love you, honey.
P.S. It's April Fool's Day. I really should have saved my Heisler post for today.
P.P.S. And now I'm taking great pleasure in putting my lips on that Belgian blonde. Oh, baby.