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Whiskey Goldmine Signs Exclusive Contract with Miller Highlife

miller highlife guy Whiskey Goldmine Signs Exclusive Contract with Miller HighlifeMiller Highlife: The Official Beer of You and Whiskey Goldmine

By Matt Goldstein

We were just chillin at Whiskey Goldmine headquarters earlier today, kickin back a few Miller Highlife’s when all of the sudden a chubby black guy from Miller Highlife knocks on the door.  Wait a minute, was that racist?  OK, ok, a chubby guy knocked on the door.  Wait, sorry, the Miller Highlife guy knocked on the door and asked to become the official beer of me and Whiskey Goldmine.  “Oh, hell yeah.”  Are you kidding me?  “Do I get and money and free beer?” I asked.  “Absolutely not,” the chubby black man replied.  “Sweet, where do I sign?”  Sorry beer geeks, we live the high life at Whiskey Goldmine.

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Miller High Life Official Beer 300x235 Whiskey Goldmine Signs Exclusive Contract with Miller HighlifeThe Miller Highlife Contract

I, [STATE YOUR NAME], hereby commit to living the highest possible form of the High Life in any and all situations. I pledge never to willingly participate in non-High Life-like activities, including but not limited to: male bathing suit shopping, goatee dying, embroidered golf shirt collar popping, wallet-mirror carrying, denim pant leg rolling, unnecessary nail manicuring, or pet portrait painting. Most importantly, I will uphold my sense of common sense and use it authoritatively when called for to maintain my responsibility to unashamedly, undeniably, and unabashedly live the High Life.

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2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal Stouts

sam smith oatmeal stout 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championships: The Top 10 Oatmeal StoutsFrom BeerInfo.com, forward by Jeremy Thomspon

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

1. Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout – Samuel Smith Old Brewery – England
2. Shipwrecked Stout, Maui Brewing – Hawaii
3. Alaskan Stout – Alaskan Brewing  – Alaska
4. Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Brewing – California
5. Clustard’s Last Stout – Montana Brewing – Montana
6. Starry Night Stout – Grand Canyon Brewing, Arizona
7. The Poet – New Holland Brewing – Michigan
8. Schlafly Oatmeal Stout – Saint Louis Brewery – Missouri
9. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout – Breckenridge Brewery – Colorado
10.  Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – Rogue Ales, Oregon

Porter/Stout

The Porter style was originally created in the UK by blending three ales (Old Ale, Mild, Bitter).  The resulting brew is dark in color with rich, nutty flavors that highlight the roasted malts.  The Stout (originally Stout Porter) takes this even further offering darker, richer notes.  Some brewers have chosen to add chocolate or coffee to these brews resulting in delicious, full-bodied brews.

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Featured Beer of the Week: Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

victory headwater pale ale Featured Beer of the Week: Victory Headwaters Pale AleBy Tim Rodgers

Pale Ale happens to be my preferred style of beer, so I was excited to try Pennsylvania’s own Victory Brewing Company’s Headwaters Pale Ale.  The claim to fame here is the purity of the water utilized to brew this beer.  It pours a glorious orange/copper cloudy glow into a pint glass.  It settled to barely an inch of head that was a bit on the weak side, that did not really stick to the sides of the glass well.

The initial aroma hits you with a more of sweet flowery hoppy aroma, but you can initially taste the malts of mocha/toffee notes.  It follows with a dry spicy hoppy finish that falls somewhat flat in a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this beer hits all of the characteristics of a classic American Pale Ale to perfection.  Although, the malt & hop combination may not be my favorite as compared to others, it may hit the sweet spot for you!

Enjoy one ASAP.   5.1% ABV

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The Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 300x198 The Sierra Nevada SummerfestBottom Fermented Pilsner Style Lager

By Kevin Hussey, Eric Duncan & Matt Goldstein

The Sierra Nevada Summerfest is made with 2-row pale and Munich malts and Perle and Saaz hops.  A crisp summer lager that has been around for more than a decade, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest also lets you know that you’re drinking a real beer.  With a full flavored tang hop kick, this pilsner style lager is another classic from Sierra Nevada.  With light malts and light hops and spice, the crisp big bubbles make an excellent refreshing summertime lager.  The lemon and malt aftertaste are very well balanced making this one of our favorite summer beers.         

GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (European Light Lagers: 1999)

alcohol content: 5.0% by volume malts: Two-row Pale & Munich
beginning gravity: 12.2 Plato yeast: Lager Yeast
ending gravity: 2.8 Plato bittering hops: Perle & Saaz
bitterness units: 28 finishing: hops Saaz

 

The Sierra Nevada Story:

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”  
       
  Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer.In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico, Ken opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s home-brewing community with equipment, materials, and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery.    
  Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains.  
    Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site.  
  Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a traditional 100-barrel copper brew house, which became the heart of the new brewery. This met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, Ken commissioned the original coppersmiths to match new kettles to the originals, bringing the brewery’s total capacity to almost eight hundred thousand barrels per year.Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music, and its award-winning beers. The elegant Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. With mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus, an impressive dining room, and a large outdoor dining patio, it offers distinctive, contemporary cuisine as well as an opportunity to sample the brewery’s entire line of premium ales and lagers, including hard-to-find specialty drafts. The 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music and multi-purpose room—was constructed on the west end of the brewery to feature live music events for all ages and is a perfect facility for weddings, reunions, and business conferences.To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.  
     

 

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The Top 50 Beers in America!

amarecian home brewers association logo 271x300 The Top 50 Beers in America!Home Brewers Association Ranks the Top 50 American Craft Beers!

Compiled By Matt Goldstein

Russian River’s Pliny the Elder sits a top another craft beer list as the Home Brewers association ranks the 50 best beers in America.  There’s a few things we like about this list such as a few pilsners getting respect, a style often ignored on craft beer lists which are usually dominated by imperial stouts, double IPA’s and quadruple Belgians.  We love seeing Sierra Nevada Celebration, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Avery Maharaja, Russian River Blind Pig, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, and Anchor Steam Ale, all of which deserve spots on any beer list.  Sam Adams Boston Lager is a solid beer, but that’s a bit suspect to be in the top 30, let alone the top 50 or 100 beers for that matter.  Let us know your thoughts on the Home Brewer top 50 beers in America.

Pliney the elder 1 300x300 The Top 50 Beers in America!1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3 (tie). Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
3 (tie). Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
5. Bell’s Hopslam
6. Stone Arrogant Bastard
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration

8 (tie). Sierra Nevada Torpedo
8 (tie). Stone Ruination
10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
11. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
14 (tie). Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
14 (tie). Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
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avery maharaja 300x300 The Top 50 Beers in America!16 (tie). Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
16 (tie). New Glarus Belgian Red
18. North Coast Old Rasputin
19. Bell’s Expedition Stout
20 (tie). Deschutes The Abyss
20 (tie). Left Hand Milk Stout
20 (tie). Odell IPA
20 (tie). Samuel Adams Noble Pils
20 (tie). Surly Furious
20 (tie). Troegs Nugget Nectar
26 (tie). Rogue Dead Guy Ale
26 (tie). Samuel Adams Boston Lager
28. Anchor Steam
29 (tie). Bear Republic Racer 5
29 (tie). Ommegang Three Philosophers
29 (tie). Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
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dogfish head 300x194 The Top 50 Beers in America!29 (tie). Three Floyds Alpha King
29 (tie). Three Floyds Dark Lord
34 (tie). Avery Maharaja
34 (tie). Dogfish Head Indian Brown
34 (tie). Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
34 (tie). Three Floyds Gumballhead
38 (tie). Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
38 (tie). Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
38 (tie). New Belgium La Folie
38 (tie). New Belgium Ranger
38 (tie). Oskar Blues Old Chub
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Ballast Point logo The Top 50 Beers in America!43 (tie). Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
43 (tie). Great Divide Yeti
43 (tie). New Belgium 1554
43 (tie). Russian River Blind Pig
43 (tie). Ska Modus Hoperandi
48 (tie). Alesmith Speedway Stout
48 (tie). Dark Horse Crooked Tree
48 (tie). Green Flash West Coast IPA
48 (tie). Summit EPA
48 (tie). Victory Prima Pils

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The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice

guinness logo label poster 199x300 The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati IceIs Guinness One of the Worst Beers in the World?  God Damn Right.

By Tim Rodgers

When I attempted to tackle this topic in my mind, the easy route that arose was to just take all of the beers that I funneled down my throat in high school and/or college or compile a list of malt liquors like some other well known sites.  *wink.  I could just compile a list of those cheapest most mass produced swill on the market and throw a dart at a board to rank those suckers.  But after much more careful thought, there are beers from cheap to complex, light to heavy that deserve much critical notoriety and to be exposed as bad brews.

Therefore, I put my bitter beer face on, took Spuds McKenzie for a walk, and when I asked for a light to sit down at my laptop to start writing, I actually meant a lamp, and not beer flavored water.  Are we engaging in snobbery and being pretentious with this exercise?  Yes, but what isn’t snobby or pretentious about food and spirit reviews?

 So anyhow, without further adieu…  WhiskeyGoldmine presents: 

 The Top 10 Worst Beers

miller lite logo 234x300 The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice1. Miller Lite:  

Having the gumption to advertise a “triple hop” guarantee takes moxy, especially when 95% of Miller Lite drinkers have no idea what a hop even is.  What perplexes me is the amount of beer drinkers that choose this product.  This is by the far the #1 beer drank at the Philadelphia Eagles tailgates, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. I understand why people may like “light” beers, but this one is horrible.

2. Natural Light Ice: 

I could of picked any “Ice” Beer here. Not sure what ice brewed even is. It’s kind of like cold fusion, sounds good, but a pipe dream of great things that could have been.

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stella artois in bev 199x300 The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice3. Stella Artois: 

“The Belgium Budweiser.”  “Cool”, I thought as sat down to my first Stella.  Beer from Belguim, how can you go wrong?  Well, you just did.

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4. Lienenkugels Sunset Wheat:

If I wanted to find out what a urinal cake tastes like I suppose I would want it in beer form, rather than the actual urine soaked cake.  But after drinking this, I am now not so sure.

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5. Bud Light Lime:

So drinking a Corona with a lime wedge used to be cool…until InBev executives stole the idea and butchered it.

crazy horse malt liquor The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice6. Crazy Horse: 

I think its noteworthy to acknowledge malt liquor here.  From Colt45, Mickey Big Mouth, King Cobra,  to Olde English 800, let’s face it, malt liquor is intended for homeless people.  Although they don’t make Crazy Horse anymore, I thought it was appropriate to include it for its offensive racist tones on a variety of levels.

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7. Sam Adams Raspberry Lambic: 

Sour beers are not my favorite style, although, when done well, I can appreciate them.  I did not appreciate this attempt by the folks at Boston Beer Company.

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billy beer 300x243 The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice8. Billy Beer: 

Any thing done by a Carter or kin must be bad for the economy, inflation, interest rates, and the Middle East.  Beer is no different. (I know you’re a Democrat, so is my boss on this website, lighten up)

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9.  Michelob Ultra: 

Another bad trend started by metro-sexuals counting carbs.  Now you have MGD 64 and Bud 55.   Well, water has zero calories.  I’ve already pitched “Silver Bullet Zero” to the fine folks at Coors, before you try stealing my idea.

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guinness logo label poster 199x300 The Top 10 Worst Beers: Guinness, Stella Artois & Nati Ice10.  Guinness Stout. 

I know, Guinness is synonymous with Stout.  But pretty much every other stout I’ve ever had is better than its household named cousin.   

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Iron Age Celtic Brewing: 2500 Year Old Beer Making Discovered in France!

iron aged beer making barley malts Iron Age Celtic Brewing: 2500 Year Old Beer Making Discovered in France!Celtics Preferred Beer Over Wine, as Opposed to the Greeks & Romans

By Matt Goldstein

In what has been described as one of the oldest beer making operations in Europe, a 2500 year old brewery was discovered in an archeological dig in the Provence region of Southeastern France.  An area settled by Celtics at the time, sprouted carbonized barley was discovered in what is most likely a residential house.  “Based on the barley remains, its location and the equipment, the researchers believe the home’s inhabitants soaked the grain in vessels, spread it out during germination on a flat area of the paved floor, dried the grain in the oven to stop germination, and used grindstones to pulverize the malted barley.  Hearths and containers were then probably used for fermentation and storage.”  Although residential, the size of the operation suggests that this was a communal beer making facility.  Historically, the Celtics always had an appreciation for beer, as opposed to the Romans and Greeks who preferred wine.  The Celtics produced beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.  Through Whiskey Goldmine’s own investigation into the subject matter, we’ve concluded that Celtic Pride is awesome, and beer, even more awesome.    

Source: Discovery News

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The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegley’s Brew Works and more…

ballast point victory at sea imperial porter 232x300 The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegleys Brew Works and more…The Best Craft Beer from the Best Craft Beer City

By Pat Smith, Matt Goldstein & Sommelier Tom Pittakas

For Philly Beer Week, our staff hit eight events and about 30 different bars overall in celebration of craft beer in one of the best beer cities in the world, Philadelphia.  From IPA’s to imperial Stouts, dopplebocks and fruit beers, Philly Beer Week had a profusion of many styles by the best breweries in the world.  Below is our top 10 beers of the 2011 Philly Beer Week.  Pick up a few these beautiful brews and let us know your thoughts.           

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1. Ballast Point Victory at Sea Barrel Aged Espresso Vanilla Imperial Porter:

An American Porter with 10.0% ABV, the Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a deep dark beer with notes of mocha, chocolate, vanilla and complex full bodied smooth porter.  This is simply one of the best porters in the world and Ballast Point continues to prove it’s one of the best breweries in the world.  This is an absolute must for dark beer lovers.  Served at the Khyber Pass Pub.

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hitachino espresso stout 142x300 The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegleys Brew Works and more…2. Hitachino Espresso Imperial Stout

From the Kiuchi Brewery in Japan, the Hitachino Espresso Stout stands at 7.50% ABV with great malts and crisp finish.  It’s rare finding a stout this flavorful and crisp at the same time.  Dark black in color with dark head, the Hitachino is a classic imperial stout and proves that the Japanese can brew a hell of a beer.  Served at the Side Car Bar. 

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3. Dogfish Head Festina Peche BerlinerWeisse

The Festina Peche is fermented with peaches that hints of a sour beer.  Not made like traditional sour beers, this fruit beer is crafted with very ripe peaches to get it’s sour flavor.  Very crisp and refreshing, the Dogfish Head Festina Peche is the perfect summer beer.  Not too sour without many hops at all, the Festina Peche is about 4.5% ABV.  Purchased at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. 

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fegleys hopsolutely triple ipa poster1 252x300 The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegleys Brew Works and more…4. Fegley’s Hopsulutely Triple IPA

The Fegley’s Brewery is getting a lot of buzz in the Philadelphia area and proving to be one of the best brewers in the city area.  Considering this is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S., Fegley’s is of course creating some great crafts.  The Hopsolutely Triple IPA is made with Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo and Chinook hops, then dry hopped with Chinook and Amarillo.  At 100 IBU’s, this triple IPA is still balanced enough to challenge the best IPA’s in the country.  We challenge you to try it out.  Allentown and Bethlehem are making a real name for themselves and deservedly so.  11.0% ABV.  Purchased at Whole Foods in Plymouth meeting. 

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5. Nebraska Samarican Brown Ale

At 5.3% ABV, this American Brown Ale is slightly sweet, slightly malty, crisp and well balanced.  Overall one of the best brown ales you will find.  The Nebraska Brewing “cornhusker juice” was in major demand throughout Philly Beer week, especially the oak aged Black Betty Imperial Stout.  Colorado isn’t the only Midwest state making excellent craft beer.  Served at the Sidecar Bar.        

Pliney the elder 1 300x300 The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegleys Brew Works and more…6.  Russian River’s Pliney the Elder

8.0% ABV.  American Double IPA.  Purchased in a growler from the Hulmeville Inn.

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7. Port Ole Viscosity Whiskey Barrel Aged

12% ABV by Port Brewing.  Served at the Resurrection Ale House. 

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8. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

5.0% ABV Ayinger Brewing from Germany.  Served at Eulogy Belgian Tavern.

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Ballast Point logo The Top 10 Beers from Philly Beer Week 2011: Ballast Point, Dogfishhead, Nebraska Brewing, Russian River, Fegleys Brew Works and more…9. Ballast Point Navigator Dopplebock

8.9% ABV barrel aged by Ballast Point.  Served at the Khyber Pass Pub. 

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10. Yards CB4 Belgian IPA

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11. Ballast Point Sculpin on Cask

Check out this review of the Sculpin on Cask by Billy’s Beer Blog.

12. Nebraska Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout

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Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011

Philly Beer Week 2011 logo Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011

Tales of the Philly Beer Scene, Craft Beer and Beer Week Shananigans

By Matt Goldstein & Pat Smith

We started Beer Week off at The Iron Abbey with a free beer dinner and Sly Fox Firkin.  What’s better than free beer and dinner?  From sliders to cheese steak egg rolls, pita and hummus and salad, the Philly Beer Scene Magazine set up a nice spread.  Some of us totally missed the first weekend of beer week though because we were off in A.C. covering the fights.  But hey, we certainly drank a lot of beer, believe it.  Overall, we hit about 8 events. 

  • We then trumped over to the Khyber Pass Pub for the Ballast Point Event which might have had the best beer overall.

 

  • Our next event was the Sidecar Bar for the Nebraska Brewing event and then the Resurrection Ale House for all Wood in the Hood.  Every beer on tap was whiskey barrel aged and the Port Ole’ Viscosity didn’t disappoint.  The truffle burger at the Side Car Bar is one of the best burgers in the city, no question about it.

 

  • Then we were over to The Grace Tavern for the Stout tap takeover and the Khyber Pass Pub to clean out their remaining kegs from beer week followed by a stop at the excellent Belgian ale house, Eulogy.  The Po-boy sandwich at the Khyber is completely out of control.  It’s an absolute must try.  We recommend the Fried Shrimp Po-boy.

 

  • fegleys hopsolutely triple ipa poster Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011On Sunday the final day of beer week we stopped at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting for their Beer Week blowout to pick up some great craft beer deals and off to our Sommelier Tom Pittakas’s house for a Sunday afternoon BBQ with slow cooked ribs on the smoker.  Craft beer and smoked ribs.  Suck on that beer week!

 

  • The anointed one, wife and webmaster Carolynn Chapman actually tried a craft beer.  We forced her hand and made her put down the Coors Light and try a Stouts Pilsner.  Then she voluntarily ordered a 2nd one.  WOW!  Move over beer geeks. 

 

  • The Ballast Point Victory by Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter and the Hitachino Espresso Stout were probably the best beers we sampled.  Both are flat out studs.

 

  • grace tavern Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011I left a tip on the bar for the bartender at the Grace and some crack head junky hipster scumbag might have stolen it.  He’s lucky I didn’t catch him but I’m almost positive he did it.  At the risk of ruining a good party I didn’t say a word. 

 

  • Again, the truffle burger at the Sidecar Bar and the Po-Boy at the Khyber Pass Pub are absolute musts for any Philadelphia foodie.

 

  • iron abbey gastro pub horsham1 Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011General Manager at the Iron Abbey, Rui Lucas was pouring the beers himself at the Philly Beer Scene Magazine beer dinner to kick off beer week.  This guy is a great manager and great ambassador for the craft beer world.  Where else can you get Brazilian steak samplers from N’brasa, one of the best beer lists in the city and watch a UFC or Boxing PPV for free.  Exaclty.

 

  • I never actually got to smash a beer geek in the face with a Miller Highlife, but it would have been fun. 

 

  • The $12 dollars for a 10 ounce of Nebraska Brewings Black Betty Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout at the Sidecar was a little much.  $12?  Really?  It was good and had a unique aftertaste but it wasn’t that good. 

 

  • resurrection ale house Random Thoughts from Philly Beer Week 2011We wish we would have gotten to try more beers at the Resurrection Ale House All Wood in the Hood event.  Whiskey Barrel aged beers is one of our favorite styles. 

 

  • Beer week is getting over done a bit.  It seemed that there was about 500 events which is just crazy, but hey, anything that sells in this economy is a good thing, especially American beer.  Speaking of which, sales of IPA’s have increased 40% over the last year.  Hopefully the American IPA phenomenon takes off internationally; it would do great things for our country.      
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Wine, Spirit & Craft Beer Sales Soar during Recession

obama drinking a beer Wine, Spirit & Craft Beer Sales Soar during RecessionCraft Beer IPA’s: What Economic Downtown?

By Matt Goldstein

It’s the economy stupid!  With a dismal jobs report in the last couple weeks that has Obama’s poll numbers in the toilet, alcohol sales have jumped by almost 10% over the last 12 months.  Sweet!  Are people just drinking their problems away?  I know I am.  People are also just drinking better quality craft beers.  Sales of IPA’s, a.k.a. India Pale Ales, have increased by 40% over the last year.  40%!  Holy Crap, that is insane.  The American style craft beer has taken the United States and the craft beer world by storm.  The bitter hoppy grapefruit flowery style beer has taken over the beer world and seems to be crushing the legendary Belgian style.  Beerfests, beer weeks and brewfests are popping up all over the place and the IPA is dominating.  Even Pizza Ria Uno is serving an array of craft beers with a handful of IPA’s to boot.

Wine and spirits have also seen a solid increase in sales but the American macro brew seems to be the loser with a solid chunk being taken out of Budweiser, Coors and Miller.  Of course, this will lead to the inevitable, the Macro brews buying out all of the profitable micro & craft breweries all over the country.  In fact, it has already started.  I know, I know, horrible right?  Whatever you say beer geek.  There’s nothing wrong with a little Miller High Life now and then.  After all, it’s the champagne of beers. 

Alcohol is saving the economy and we love it.  This is the best news the Whiskey Goldmine heard since the last 330 articles we posted.  After all, all of our articles are amazing. 

Source: CNN (The Evil Liberal Media)

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