Just checking but, food trucks are still hip right? Well either way, beer definitely is. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, Dos Equis is launching a promotion called “Feast of the Brave,” and plans to fill tortillas across the nation with rather curious ingredients for rather curious eaters. The brave will feast on curried goat, hogs ear, shark and even “spicy mystery” tacos served by six Dos Equis-branded food trucks in six U.S. cities. There are no confirmed reports yet that there will be any Pepto-Bismol tablets on hand for distribution.
Across the country in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, local chefs have created taco recipes and are roaming their city serving them for free. A map of each food truck’s route is available on Dos Equis’ Facebook page, and you can pinpoint the location of the truck on the Dos Equis Twitter feed.
San Diego based Green Flash Brewing Co. announced that they have partnered with like-minded Michigan brewer, Founders Brewing Co. to produce a limited release beer called Linchpin White IPA. The diabolic duo of Chuck Silva (Green Flash) and Jeremy Kosmicki (Founders) secretly met in an unknown San Diego lair last month and conspired to develop a brew together in an uncommonly delicious and progressive beer style. Together that they will unleash this ale upon the Craft Brewers Conference and then continue their scheme with a limited release beginning May 2012. These well matched brewmasters have been individually producing several of the world’s top flavor-forward ales and have now come together to create a twisted monster of zesty flavor, complexity, big-ness, and hoppy yum yums.
Linchpin White IPA
This soon to be released golden beer is bottle conditioned and is said to pour with frothy white foam and will entice you with a zing of tangerine aromas that mingle with distinct Belgian yeast esters. Citrus mania continues as heavy hop flavors of bitter orange dominate the brew which finishes with an epic chest bump of of American and Belgian yeasts.
“There’s a lot going on in this beer with two yeast strains, copious amounts of wheat malt, and a big focus on ‘C’ hops to deliver a citrus explosion,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “In fact we lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery to select three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop the beer.
Linchpins are two simple shapes that combine to strengthen a bond amongst many different pieces. This Linchpin seeks to strengthen the bonds of the West Coast and Midwest beer scene as both breweries (and corresponding diabolical brewmaster) have been known to push boundaries in creating risky, new, flavor-forward styles. Linchpin White IPA will be released during the May 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego and will then be available in limited supply via bottle-conditioned 22oz bottles and also the keg for special release events nationally in May and June 2012.
It’s no secret we love cocktails (we are sponsoring the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Contest, after all!), and it should be no surprise that we love craft beer. What if you can have the best of both world? And I’m not talking about cocktails using craft beer as an ingredient.
Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. has done this with their En Passant. Brewers Joel Becker, Keith Gabbett, and Claudia Jendron all had a love of cocktails, particularly the classic Old Fashioned. Their En Passant, a mild rye ale, was created to be similar in style with a rounded malt backbone and spice from the rye, combined with the sweetness blood orange.
En Passant clocks in at a low 4% abv and is also meant to pair with a shot of whiskey.
Will we see more cocktail themed beers from Goose Island? I hope so. Not your thing? The Small Screen Network’s Robert Hess can show you how to mix up a great Old Fashioned instead.
The LA Beerathon is for the brave, the strong, the weak, and the meek. This year after five consecutive Beerathons in New York City the knock-down-drag-out course will be organized in Los Angeles. Do you have what it takes to conquer 26 beers at 26 different bars?
Pick up a ticket for $55 and be greeted with a map of the city identifying 26 different locations in Downtown LA that each has a 12oz pour of craft beer with your name on it. Assuming that you’ll still be able to identify your name by the end of the night. Enjoy beers from Black Sheep Brewery, Eagle Rock, and Black Market Brewing Co. to name a few.
So far the venues have been kept top secret but promise to include some of LA’s best bars, breweries and even more anticipated are the more unusual venues like a movie theater, rooftop pool and music video release party with more than one DJ along the trail. Slurry requests for “California Love” will surely ensue. If that happens be sure to pour one for Pac.
The full list of venues will be revealed in the coming weeks via twitter so while you’re in “training” for the LA Beerathon keep one hand on your pint glass and the other on your smart-phone. The event comes with a bold proclamation that “The LA Beerathon is the greatest day of your life.” This may or may not be true depending on your track record and your level of dedication to a life filled with fine beverage events of the highest order.
One thing is for certain: You’ll leave with some great memories, or none at all.
Immersed in a veritable wonderland of craft beer and indie music, the good citizens of Portlandia are blessed with more beer festivals than you can put a bird on and are surrounded by a seemingly bottomless pool of musical artists. The first annual Malt Ball will capitalize on these valuable resources and bring the two together for a day long celebration fueled by barley, hops, and Marshall half stacks. The band line up for this beer/music festival is rife with budding heroes of the Portland music scene and most interestingly, the featured breweries are incorporating their music into their specialty beers.
Not only are the brewhouses offering a special release for the event, but each has collaborated with one of the performers to pair their beer with the band’s music. The Oregon Brewers Guild and The Portland Mercury, “PDX’s most awesome weekly”, present a unique opportunity to try your hand at pairing music and fine beverage. See for yourself if that Eisbock pairs best with punk, folk or orchestral synth and discover why, for some reason, that Blonde Ale tastes perfect when listening to doom metal progressive rock.
The Malt Ball 2012
Saturday, March 24 at the Bossanova Ballroom (722 E Burnside) $20 presale tickets and $25 at the door.
We love craft beer and we love just about anything aged in barrels .. to include beer after the barrel has been empty of its previous tenant. In the video below, Full Sail Brewing does a great job at explaining what barrel aging is and why they do it. Enjoy.