Thursday, December 30, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Over Done!

I have listened to SWMBO do a lot of complaining about how much beer I bring into the house.
I figure, your average BMC drinker takes in 2 six packs or as many as 3 cases of piss water yellow beer a week. That’s like 72 bottles… or cans as the case may be.

The 3 case guy is an exception and either has one hell of a social life, or is in need of some help, but I wanted to see what I had to offer.

A trip to the basement with a freshly labeled batch of homemade mead really got me thinking… What’s down here?

Homebrew and home vented wine and mead are out of the count… I’m just too lazy!

So I’ll just count what has a commercial label on it, and call that the count for today. Keep in mind that the basement is what I’m “Saving for a later date”. The drinking beer is in the fridge upstairs and in the Keezer in kegs.

I have 48 bombers, 14 corked Belgian bottles, 3 cases of Lindeman’s 750’s. 35 individual sour beers and 6 unopened 12 packs waiting for their day in a vertical tasting. There is also 4 cases of commercial mead and 3 cases of wine.

I don’t have a drinking problem! I have a buying problem! And it seems that SWMBO’s naggings are not unfounded.

I guess the end result will be one hell of a party with well aged, oxidized and over aged beer and wine…. Ya know… after I’m dead.

Anyway, it’s an enjoyable hobby, and it keeps me out of serious trouble. It gives my mind a place to go to rather that the awful realities of life, and it gives me hope for a bright future… or a very foggy end! (That’s a joke and if you’re not laughing you should be ashamed!)

Have a beer or 2, but don’t forget to save some for tomorrow!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Big Kahuna's Beer Based Migration to Denver






With summer barely behind us and the hectic holiday season ahead, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver offed a welcome weekend of relaxation and the best beer you’ll find.

The Denver Convention Center hosted the 29th annual Great American Beer Festival, September 16 - 18. The Brewers Association puts this event together every year to showcase the nations shining stars in the brewing industry.

In addition to the 2,200 beers on tap at GABF, it’s also the world’s largest commercial beer competition. It took 151 judges two full days to make their way through the 3,523 entries.

Three years ago, the GABF was the first “Beer Based” weekend vacation that I had ever taken with my wife. Someone should have given me a sign that said WARNING!!! SHE MAY LIKE IT!

We look forward to this event all year long. There isn’t any discussion about whether or not we will be going the next year, it’s simply understood.

Leaving in time to check into our hotel, we ended up hitting some pretty heavy traffic on I-70. I should have known better than to be west bound on I-70 in Denver at 3:00 in the afternoon. That city heads out early every Friday and I’ve been stuck there before. No matter, we are GABF BOUND!

By the time we checked in, got the car parked, had the valet bring the car back so we could get a cell phone out of it, and walked the 5 or 6 blocks over to the convention center, the line was as huge as ever. People were lined down Stout Street nearly back out the N. Speer Boulevard side of the convention center. People at the GABF are surprisingly patient though.

We all know that beer people are good people, but this is a rare example. There is no pushing and no shoving. People hold the door for the ladies, and are well mannered. It is all a great showing of self-control, because there are 2,200 examples of the nation’s best beer on the other side of that door!

Once you are inside, you are given a commemorative tasting glass that is marked at 1 oz. You will not get more than one ounce of any beer at a time. The rules are very strict about that. All that is left is to pick a line and drink some beer!
There are maps of the tasting hall everywhere, and I did bring my brewery list that I had marked up with all of the things I wanted to see. Ya Right! Even with this being my third year at GABF, I immediately went into shock and spent a good portion of my time wandering from isle to isle. Every time we set a destination, we saw something along the way that called our names—distraction is the name of the game.

Distracting as all of the great beer is, there is one thing that you MUST do to survive. Hydrate! Drink as much water as you do beer. That is simple enough thanks to the fine folks at Deep Rock who had water stations set up at the end of every row.

Beyond the overwhelming selection at GABF, there is a month’s worth of things to see and do around town.
Some friends of ours from Phoenix recommended Euclid Hall on 14th near Larimer St. The place has an incredible menu, a great beer selection and atmosphere to spare. Our party of 9 was very well taken care of, and our drinks never went dry.

When faced with a menu item that I can see as a challenge, I go for it. Fried pig ears seemed like enough of a challenge for me while we were at Euclid. They are served on a wooden rack with plenty of hot sauce and ranch. The ears are cut thin and fried to a perfect golden brown. They paired wonderfully with Avery’s Reverend.

Freshcraft at 1530 Blake St. offers a nice selection of 20 beers on tap, and a solid selection of around 100 bottles. The food at Freshcraft looked great, however we were only there for beer. Odell’s brewing had a firkin of Imperial Barrel Aged Porter sitting on the bar. I’m a sucker for firkins and Odells is one of my favorite breweries. Despite the Odells, I couldn’t fight the temptation--I opted for Russian River’s Temptation Ale, aged in French Oak wine barrels. Thanks to one of our friends who saw the firkin, I did get to taste the Odells Imperial Porter, and it was magnificent.

A GABF standard stop for me (and seemingly every other beer traveler at GABF) is the Falling Rock Tap House. We were lucky enough to be there when a keg of beer from Naked City Beer and Taphouse in Seattle, WA was tapped. It’s quite a treat to drink a beer brewed by someone you know at an event such as the one that the Falling Rock puts on during GABF.
My final beers of the weekend were from New Belgium Brewing out of Ft. Collins. They hold up some special concoctions for the final night of GABF at the Falling Rock. We were treated to Blackberry Love, a 2007 keg of LaFolie, a Grand Cru, and Erics Ale. The god’s shined upon me as I approached the bar, with 100’s of people in line behind me, the owner of the Falling Rock made the announcement and these four phenomenal offerings began to flow.
Mornings at the GABF can be tough, but the fine service and great food at the Delectable Egg just off of the 16th Street Mall on Court helped us get the day started. Plenty of water and coffee helped to fuel me up for the drive home.
Knowing that some of the folks I’d met over the course of the last few days had to drive home as far away as Washington, I could hardly complain about the hundred and some miles to my house.

Next year, there is no question we will be in attendance; we already have the space blocked on the calendar. We will arrive early and stay late! We will be at GABF, and I suggest that you do the same!

You can also read this post at http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/stories/road-trips/show?title=charles-hoffmans-beer-based-migration-to-denver

Monday, September 6, 2010

Charleston Beer Exchange News

Rare Beer Tuesday (9/7)
We are using this week's "Rare Beer Tuesday" time-slot to give everyone advanced notice of our tapping of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA for growler fills starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5pm! In the opinions of some, this is the greatest and most highly sought-after IPA that we get, and we rarely get enough of it to be able to announce its arrival, so here it is! Don't miss out this time!

Rare Bomber Thursday (9/9)
For "Rare Bomber Thursday" this week, we are very proud to announce the South Carolina debut of Hopfenstark Brewery, brought to you exclusively by The Charleston Beer Exchange! Hopfenstark hails from Quebec, Canada. All Hopfenstark beers brought into the USA are draft-only, and are unbelievably uncommon to find on-tap anywhere! This week's beer will be their amazingly rare "PostColonial IPA", which is a recreation of/homage to the beer that spawned the style "India Pale Ale"! It comes in at 6.5% ABV and is reddish/orange in color with a subtle, floral hop aroma and well-balanced hop/malt flavor profile. This will be available for sale in pre-filled 22oz bomber-style "growlers" starting Thursday, 9/9 at 5pm. Click HERE for a reminder of how Rare Bomber Thursday works.

New Arrivals/Back In Stock (Bottles)
Rogue Double Chocolate Stout
Rogue Maierfest Lager
Rogue XS Imperial IPA
Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
Brooklyn Oktoberfest
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Stillwater Cellar Door
Stillwater of Love & Regret
Weyerbacher AutumnFest Ale
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
De La Senne Wadesda #1 (sour ale brewed with Cantillon)
HaandBryggeriet Haandbakk (amazing sour!)
HaandBryggeriet Odin's Tipple
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen
Spaten Oktoberfest

Spa Health, Click here !

Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Ted's Butcherblock (9/23)
Please join us September 23rd at Ted's Butcherblock for a unique twist on our monthly beer dinner! This time around we'll be pairing both a craft beer and a fine wine with each course. Which pairs better? You be the judge! Sure to be a great time for wine and beer enthusiasts alike! Reservations are required. Call Ted's at (843) 577-0094 or visit their website here.

Remember, you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting our website at TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking "News/Growlers"!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time CBX news and updates!

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Charleston Beer Exchange News

OK boys and girls, this is a big one!

Rare Beer Tuesday (8/31)
We are thrilled to announce that tomorrow for "Rare Beer Tuesday" we will be filling growlers of the Stone / 21st Amendment / Firestone Walker collaboration beer called "El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale" starting at 5pm! This is the one and only keg of this beer in the entire Southeast! Check out the reviews for it on BeerAdvocate and RateBeer! Scott Sheridan from Stone Brewing will be on hand to answer questions about this beer and all things Stone! We don't know how long this will last, so please get here at 5pm so you don't miss out!

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Rare Bomber Thursday (9/2)
Our "Rare Bomber Thursday" beer this week is the very delicious and draft-only Bell's Poolside Cherry Wheat Ale! This was carefully counter-pressure filled and capped by us a few days ago and is ready to accompany you at your favorite poolside location while the heat is still with us!
Click HERE for a reminder of how Rare Bomber Thursday works.

New Arrivals/Back In Stock (Bottles/Cans)
Allagash 2010 Fluxus
Abita Save Our Shore (SOS)
Bell's Octoberfest
Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest
Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
Oskar Blues Gordon (Super Fresh)

Remember, you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting our website at TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking "News/Growlers"!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time CBX news and updates!

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Odell Brewing Company - Cutthroat Porter


Whenever I head out of town... I like to effort some new beer purchases for the Beer Report Cellars. Inevitably I end up with far more than we can drink on shows! So, its ideal that we have this new forum to share some of the other beers we drink off the air!

Tonight, after driving home from Denver... I am happy to try some Odell Brewing beer. They are from Fort Collins Colorado. I can get a ton of Colorado Beers here. But have not seen Odell on the local racks yet.

Wow... Smooth! It seems like most of the American Porters I have been getting lately have been gung ho on roast, bitterness or smoke. This beer, even not very chilled, is smooth like milk! I love that. The extreme beer drinkier might say that is some kind of flavor weakness... But I would say that balance has a much greater value for good beers. This beer is balanced... It is warm and inviting. Flavorful. Fresh and clean tasting. A little thick like a porter should be.

Overall a great drinker. Cheers to Odell Brewing.

Rating... Using CHUD's new scale 3.5 IBU's.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Coldest Beer Dinner Ever



Monday, August 9, 2010

Rare Beer Tuesday with at Charleston Beer Exchange!

Hey Everybody!

We have an exciting week ahead at The Charleston Beer Exchange! Check out all the latest, refreshing happenings:

Rare Beer Tuesday - Sour Power! (8/10)
Tuesdays at 5pm we tap something super-extra-special on our growler station. This week we're calling all you sour-heads because we'll be bringing you a fantastic and unique sour beer that has never before been released on draft: Petrus Aged Pale Ale! A long time favorite, this beer has been bottle only in the past and will continue to be so in the future. This is a one time only release the brewery decided to offer to celebrate their 30th anniversary with style. In our opinion, this special release draft version is remarkably more sour than the traditional bottled version which is unbelievably exciting! This beer comes in at 7.3% ABV and is aged for over two years in oak allowing wild yeast and friends to produce striking tart notes with citrusy nuances that bring a crisp refreshing finish to this amazing beer. More information on the beer here.

Highland Brewing Specials - Wednesday (8/11)
This Wednesday starting at 4pm, the boys from Highland Brewing will have Cattail Peak Organic Wheat Beer on our growler station along with some free Highland keychain-bottle openers and stickers with each growler fill purchase while supplies last! They're also offering the very, very last of the extremely popular Cold Mountain 12 packs until winter! Don't miss out!

Rare Bomber Thursday - Big Hops from The Bruery (8/12)
If you are not yet familiar with our new "Rare Bomber Thursday" program, please see our previous newsletter here. This Thursday at 5pm we'll be offering pre-filled 22oz bomber-style "growlers" of The Bruery's Humulus Lager! This highly limited, draft only beer is absolutely loaded with big, hoppy character and has rarely been seen in these parts! Weighing in at 7.2%ABV, The Bruery calls this an India Pale Lager and says the lager yeast allows the hops to be in the forefront. If you are a big IPA lover, do not miss this beer as it will amaze you!

New Arrivals/Back in Stock (Bottles)
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary "Jack & Ken's Ale" Black Barleywine
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Hoppin' Frog Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen
Lagunitas Lucky 13
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
Weihenstephaner Festbier
De Dolle Bos Keun
De Dochter Van De Korenaar Finesse Triple
Brouwkot Manten
Brouwkot Netebuk

Check out our newest CBX merchandise including new t-shirts & growler caddies and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time CBX news and updates!

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rare Beer Tuesday with Foothills Brewing!

Rare Beer Tuesday with Foothills Brewing! (8/3)
Tomorrow at 5pm, as we do every Tuesday, we are tapping a ridiculously amazing keg on our growler station! This week we're fired up to have Foothills Bourbon Barrel-Aged People's Porter! This is an absolutely delicious roasty & creamy porter to start and then it is aged in select, wet Kentucky Bourbon barrels to add beautiful notes of oak and vanilla. This extremely limited, draft only beer is rarely available so don't miss out!

Upcoming Special Release 22oz "Growler" Program (aka "Rare Bomber Thursday")
The Charleston Beer Exchange has decided to once again up the ante and launch a new program we are affectionately calling "Rare Bomber Thursday"! As some of you may recall, we have periodically released some our most limited quantity beers in 22oz bomber-style "growlers" to ensure the beer love spreads to as many people as possible. We only do this when the beer meets a strict criteria of being very limited in quantity and only available on draft. These limited small growlers are counter-pressure filled, just the same as many breweries do, to ensure maximum shelf life. "Rare Bomber Thursday" will bring this program to a regular weekly time slot of Thursdays at 5pm. Yes, this is all in addition to our regular "Rare Beer Tuesday" traditional 64oz growler program. At the start of each week, we will announce our "Rare Beer Tuesday" and our "Rare Bomber Thursday" releases in the same email you currently receive as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Nothing else is changing, we're just bringing you even more beer treasure on a regular basis!

A few answers to frequently asked questions:

-Quantities will still be limited, just less limited. From a small keg, we'll get 25-30 bomber-style growlers instead 9-10 traditional 64oz growlers. Sometimes there may be a per person limit, sometimes not. Depends on the beer.
-Bottles are counter-pressure filled to ensure a more stable shelf life but we still encourage you to keep them cold and drink them sooner than later.
-We take sanitization and filling technique extremely seriously and strive to provide you with the highest quality product possible. The brewers worked hard to make the beer and it is our job to see that you get to enjoy it unhindered by any poor treatment.
-This program will be in the trial stage for a while. We don't promise it will last indefinitely the way "Rare Beer Tuesday" has turned out but we have high hopes!

Rare Bomber Thursday (8/5)
Still reading? Thanks! Our inaugural "Rare Bomber Thursday" growler release this Thursday at 5pm will be Ommegang Grand Cru Rouge! In our opinion, this is one of the greatest sour beers ever made. This authentic Flemish Red Ale was aged 18 months in French Oak at Brewery Bockor in Belgium. Sadly, Ommegang's partnership with Bockor dissolved and this beer has not been made in nearly 2 years. For all intents and purposes, Rouge no longer exists....so come get it while you can!

Remember, you can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting our website at TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking "News/Growlers"!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time CBX news and updates!

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Friday, May 28, 2010

Charleston Beer Exchange Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! To help keep your weekend fun, The Charleston Beer Exchange will be open for normal hours everyday: Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sundays from Noon to 6pm. We also have some great stuff going, check it out:

Dogfish Head ApriHop Growler Special
Starting at opening time Saturday (5/29) and running until it's all gone, we'll be offering special Memorial Weekend growlers of Dogfish Head ApriHop for only $9.99! In addition, you'll get a free Dogfish Head pint glass with an ApriHop growler fill while supplies last! There is no limit on growler fills, first come first serve. Glasses are in limited supply and will be one per person only. This is always one of Dogfish Head's most popular beers and this will be the very last chance to get this delicious apricot enhanced IPA for the year, don't miss it!

New Arrivals/Back in Stock (Bottles)
North Coast Le Merle Saison
North Coast Pranqster Belgian Style Golden
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Stoudts Heifer-in-Wheat Hefeweizen
New Holland Imperial Hatter IPA
Southern Tier Mokah (coffee/chocolate stout!!)
Montegioco Bran Reserva
Hitachino Nest Nipponia
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru '09

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates and you can always see what's on tap live on our growler station by clicking "News/Growlers" tab on our website.

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Charleston Beer Exchange News

This Tuesday at 5pm Charleston Beer Exchange will be tapping a very special Bourbon-Oak-Aged CASK (firkin) of Terrapin Side Project 10: Capt'n Krunkles Black IPA for growler fills!

There is no other mention of this beer on any of the beer websites, so it is obviously extremely rare and possibly a one-off cask! Come on down and get a growler of it!

If you are not familiar, real cask ale is beer in its purest form: keg conditioned without force carbonation, filtering or processing. We tap it with a spigot and let gravity do its work.

The flavors, aromas and texture are especially beautiful and unique. It is highly perishable and must be consumed the same day so plan accordingly!

These growlers will be limited, first come-first serve so don't miss out!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Charleston Beer Exchange News

We have two huge events coming up at The Charleston Beer Exchange to tell you about!

New Belgium Ranger IPA Growler Special Offer (4/17)
This Saturday (4/17), we'll be running a special offer on growler fills of the delicious New Belgium Ranger IPA! Growler fills will be only $8.99 and each fill will come with a New Belgium specialty globe glass, one of our all time favorite beer glasses! We'll be starting at opening (11am) and running the deal until it's all gone. There is no limit on this deal so come early and load up! Chris Winn from New Belgium Brewing will be on hand early in the day to giveaway some assorted extra New Belgium swag!

Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Book Signing/Meet & Greet (4/22)
On Thursday April 22nd, from 4:30 to 6pm, one of the biggest rock stars of the craft beer world will be hanging out at CBX to meet beer enthusiasts and sign bottles/growlers along with his book "Brewing Up A Business" which will be available at CBX for a discounted price! Sam Calagione is the Founder and President of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales as well as a highly acclaimed craft beer author and media presence. Our growler station will be loaded with Dogfish Head beers for Sam to offer up his unique specialties and talk shop about his creations. We'll have some Dogfish goodies to giveaway too! See you there!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute CBX news!

Cheers,

The Charleston Beer Exchange
14 Exchange St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5446
http://www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com

Friday, February 5, 2010

Yellow Tail Fail Whale

We are about beer here at BeerPorn, but other libations are topics of interest to many of us as well. I am not as much of a wine aficionado as I would like to be, but I do like to be informed about who makes what I drink. This is my take on one winery that I'll not be buying from any more.
Yellow tail wine out of Australia has long been a "Go-To" wine for my wife and I. Their wines are reasonably priced and very tasty. I will however, not be purchasing any more of their products.
Yellow tail is now touting that on "February 4, 2010 – [yellow tail] wine announced a collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in support of the organization's mission to celebrate animals. As part of their "[tails] for tails" campaign, [yellow tail] will make use of social media and in-store advertising to spread the message that consumers can "pick up a bottle of [yellow tail] and help a tail-wagging friend."
The fact is, Yellow Tail wine has decided to support an extremest activist group that deceives it's supporters. The HSUS, (Humane Society of The United States) markets themselves as protecting animals. The fact is, they only support lobbyists and politicians. The HSUS has a huge budget and only aims to put animal agriculture out of business. They do close to NOTHING to help local animal shelters.
The Sportsman's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance has even asked the IRS to evaluate the Non Profit status of the HSUS. They believe that the organization has outgrown it's stated purpose of helping animals and taken on a bigger role in putting animal agriculture out of business.
There are plenty of other reasons NOT to support the HSUS. One example is the recent earthquake in Haiti. We all feel a responsibility to try and help. The HSUS has collected money to help with animal rescue there.The Center for Consumer Freedom has asked the HSUS to return all donations it received for Haiti relief. There are no animal rescue issues in Haiti they claim.
All of this to say that the HSUS has either fooled the folks at Yellow Tail into thinking that they actually help rescue animals, or the people at Yellow Tail did their research and decided to give $100,000 to support the destruction of Agriculture in America.
Either way, I'm not interested in being a part of that.
Further proof that Yellow Tail is not a company I can support, is on their facebook page. They received a barrage of negative comments about their donation to the HSUS, but initially deleted many of the comments. What kind of nonsense is that? They wanted publicity out of this thing...they got it. Twitter was blazing with comments about Yellow Tail wine and their donation on Thursday.
I encourage everyone to take steps to support animal rescue, but do it locally. Go to your local animal shelter and ask them how you can help. Your donation there will actually help an animal, not a radical activist group with a $100 million per year plus budget.
I for one will be concentrating my wine purchases on American wines from California and Colorado. I guess I should have known to Buy American anyway.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chimay & Cheese at the Charleston Beer Exchange

Please join them in the shop tomorrow (Saturday January 23rd, 2010) from 5pm -7pm for a rare meet and greet with Chimay Brewery from Belgium!  They will be offering free samples of their own special Chimay cheese, filling growlers of Cinq Cents (Chimay White) and giving away tons of free Chimay goodies!  Beautiful Chimay goblets will be given out with any purchase of a Chimay growler fill or 3 Chimay bottles!  Free cheese and glassware!  Don't miss out on this special opportunity!


Cheers!

The Charleston Beer Exchange


14 Exchange Street


Charleston, SC 29401


(843) 577-5446


www.thecharlestonbeerexchange.com