October 26, 2014

Vintage Beer Dinner w/ Dr Bill and Adam Avery!

Super stoked to announce that I’ll be co-hosting a vintage beer dinner at the Stone World Bistro (Liberty Station) on November 12 during the San Diego Beer Week! They just put out the menu and it’s nothing short of epic:

First Course
Fried Oyster with celery root remoulade and chives
paired with
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | 2011 Avery/Russian River Collaboration not Litigation Ale

Second Course
Seared Diver Scallop with black trumpet mushroom purée, mustard greens and mustard seed oil
paired with
2006 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine | 2008 Avery The Reverend Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale

Third Course
Mole-Braised Pork Cheeks with charred baby root vegetables and pickled radish
paired with
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | 2010 Avery The Czar Imperial Stout

Fourth Course
Crispy-Skin Sea Bass with roasted fingerling potatoes and chorizo-Pernot broth
paired with
Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison | 2004 Avery The Beast Grand Cru Ale

Fifth Course
Stone Coffee Milk Stout Chocolate Cake with almond-milk anglaise and Marcona almond brittle
paired with
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | 2008 Avery Samael’s Oak-aged Ale

Hope to see some of you out there. Click here to purchase tickets

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October 6, 2014

Vintage Beer Wins First Place in NAGBW Awards!

Vintage Beer was awarded Best Beer Book of the Year by the North American Guild of Beer Writers this past Friday at a ceremony held during the Pints for Prostate’s Rare Beer Fest. This is a pretty incredible thing for me, not only because it was judged by by peers, but also because of the competition. There were so many amazing beer books released this year it’s kind of hard to fathom. I’m humbled by the win to say the least and so thankful to everyone that helped make this book a reality. Cheers.

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October 3, 2014

Thursday Night GABF Takeaways

It was a great first night for the Great American Beer Festival. I signed book for a spell in the Bookstore both and few people were crazy enough to step out of the land of ever-flowing beer into the book stop and chat with me. Here are a few of the things that stick in my mine about this year’s fest:

*The crowd seems even geekier this year. More beer discussion, more civilized, also more lines at the good breweries. This has slowly transformed back into a beer fest, versus a drunk fest. Jawesome.

*The only timed release I came across was for the Bruery’s Black Tuesday. It was at 7:29 and they said they anticipated doing it each night. Even though it requires some frantic running around the first hour ensure you get everything, I prefer it this way. I don’t like having to look at my watch all session.

*The Topplling Goliath Assassin was my beer of the night. Holy pajoles that is good. The TG guys were great as well.

*Lost Abbey had a longer line than I’ve ever seen at GABF. It still went incredibly fast though. 3 minutes or so tops.

*Almanac is still killing it. Just such impressive stuff across the board (though the Pumpkin Barleywine needs at least a year to mellow the booze a bit).

*Beachwood BBQ is my sleeper hit. OK, I know everyone has heard of them, but there was essentially no line, and every one of their beers was freakin fantastic.

*I suppose my real sleeper hit was Barley Browns. Small brewpub out of OR that bends hops to their will. Epic stuff, and really nice guys.

*There was an incredible amount of owners and/or brewers pouring beer. A real treat for geeks like myself. Additionally, the volunteers were very up on what they were pouring.

*Three Floyds apparently brought more than 3 growlers of beer this year as when I walked by 30 minutes in they were still pouring.

All I got for now. Here’s a couple of sweet pics. If you happen to be in tonight (Friday) swing into the bookstore from 6-6:30 to say hello

GABF 2014 Lost Abbey Line

GABF 2014 Lost Abbey Line

2014 GABF Book Sigining

MIrrela Amato (Beerology) and I signing books


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