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FTW: Beer Popsicles

Beer Popsicles by Sarah Rae Trover

Image by: by Sarah Rae Trover

Julie Hadjinian, our graphic designing ninja/layout girl extraordinaire, recently stumbled upon a fine beverage discovery too awesome to ignore. We call epic moments like these “FTW” (For The Win) and feel the need to share them with the world.

We can’t take credit for creating it, but we wanted to share a recipe for beer popsicles that has us all worked up like a school bus full of 5th graders on a field trip. Yep, we’re rowdy and we can’t sit still. See the full post »

Event Recap: Brooklyn Brewery Detonation Celebration


Brooklyn Brewery Demolition Celebration

On Monday, August 16, 2010, Brooklyn Brewery blew a hole in the sky.

Ok, so maybe they didn’t really blow a hole in the sky, but there certainly was a lot of rain before the Detonation Ale release party at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse.  So much so, in fact, that park workers had to reroute attendees down another path due to a flooding lake blocking the path.

Flooding that, most certainly, would not keep us away from this explosive event. See the full post »

The Bruery Unveils Black Tuesday 2010 Release Details


The Bruery Black Tuesday

It’s already all the rage on Twitter, Facebook, and just about everywhere else …but we felt compelled to mention it as well. Black Tuesday is back! Brewed by The Bruery out of Placentia, CA, Black Tuesday is their monster 20% ABV, pitch black imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Now in its second year, Black Tuesday was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world for the first time last year and took the beer world by storm. It was also a featured beer in Issue 8 of Mutineer Magazine. For the inaugural release, seekers of Black Tuesday would wait hours in line, offer their first born child for a bottle, or spend their entire paycheck to acquire one on eBay. Everyone was surprised, even those at The Bruery. See the full post »

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Beer Geek FTW: Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson Breaks Down “Velvet Merlin”


Disclaimer: You are about to enter the beer geek zone. Firestone Walker Velvet MerlinI absolutely love kicking it back with brewers, talking science, talking art, and totally geeking-out over beer. In my world, very few things compare to hanging out at a brewery, with the brewer, on brewday, drinking his/her beer with him/her. After all, if there is anyone who knows more about a specific beer than anyone else, it is the very person that brews it.

At the beginning of this October, Firestone Walker will be releasing its Velvet Merlin, a limited seasonal oatmeal stout, for the first time under its new name. It was previously called Velvet “Merkin” — the definition for merkin being a “pubic wig” (not quite an appropriate beer name). See the full post »

Craft Beer Radar #4: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases


Each week, beer blogger Lee Williams highlights the most notable upcoming beer releases that belong on every craft beer lover’s radar. This is Mutineer’s fourth edition of the weekly series.

Full Sail Sanctuary Label

“Full Sail — “Sanctuary”

Full Sail Brewing of Hood River, Oregon started releasing some of its more experimental offerings back in 1998. The Brewmaster Reserve series is Full Sail’s current outlet for such beers, a rotating schedule of beers that seek to appeal or expand palates beyond the usual session styles. A different Brewmaster Reserve beer is released every 8 to 10 weeks. The latest addition to the line up is a Dubbel called Sanctuary. See the full post »

Craft Beer Calendar: Notable Craft Beer Events — Week of August 16th


There are lots of great beer event listing sites out on the “interwebz” such as Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, and Craftbeer.com. These sites have a user posted database of calendars chock full of beer events. For the average beer drinker, however, these schedules can be a little daunting- this Saturday alone held over twenty events combined!

This weekly posting will serve as your quick reference guide to the hottest beer events for this upcoming week- featuring craft beer and food pairing dinners, festivals, and events that will host representatives from the involved brewery.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Birch & Barley

Washington DC: Birch and Barley “Beer and Cheese Seminar”
Location:Birch and Barley
Time: 7pm
Description: “Beginning at 7 PM, Beer Director Greg Engert will host a seminar on perhaps the finest of all food and beverage pairings. Join us for a tasting of 5 artisanal cheeses, expertly selected and prepared by Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac, along with 5 hand-crafted rare brews! Discover what Sommeliers have known for years…that Beer and Cheese truly define the notion of an Unparalleled Pairing.”
Cost: $35 plus tax/gratuity
Contact: Please call Birch & Barley to reserve your seat: 202-567-2576

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The Happening: Ebenezer’s Beer Dinner Presented by Sean Paxton


Ebenezer Pub

Thursday, August 19th a feast of Edwardian proportions will take place at the storied Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, Maine. The chef for this epic feast will be none other than Sonoma, California’s own “Home Brew Chef” Sean Paxton (famous for preparing the world’s largest beer dinner).

The lucky bastards who get to attend this ode to gastronomica will be dining in style on dishes paired with a rare bottles from Ebenezer’s proprietor Chris Lively.  What sort of pairings will they be? I’m talking 16 mind-blowing courses such as lobster poached in foie gras paired with Cantillon Crianza Helena and crepinettes of coriander cured pork belly, chanterelles and leeks paired with Wild Pannepot De Struise Brouwers. See the full post »

FTW: Yelp’s Engineers Develop iPad-Powered Kegbot


Yelp iPad KegBot

Well, we’ve already witnessed what beer loving roboticists like to do in their free time, but what happens when the beer loving Yelp engineers get extra time on their hands? They engage in “hackathons” and invent the Kegmate, an iPad-powered “Kegbot”.

And for those of you who are geeky enough … errr brilliantly intelligent enough to understand the cryptic language known as “computer engineering”, the kids over at Yelp have been kind enough to detail the entire project on their blog for anyone brave enough to recreate it on their own. Here is an excerpt from the blog:

Theory of Operation (An Overview): Sensors attached to the keg feed data into an Arduino microcontroller, which in turn communicates directly with the iPad via a serial connection. The iPad processes that data and displays it in a snazzy manner along with a description of the current brew. An RFID reader attached to the system allows users to ‘swipe in’ to KegMate and keep track of how much beer they’ve had, as well as assign a star rating for the beer currently in the keg (this is Yelp, after all). See the full post »

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