If you were looking for great craft beers, good people, beautiful cars and a great cause. Look no further than Wick's Brewing's Cops and Cars event held Saturday February 1st. The good people at Wick's in Riverside, California put on this event to raise money for fallen Officer Michael Crain of the Riverside Police Dept and Detective Jeremiah MacKay from the San Bernadino County Sheriffs Dept.
The second annual OC Brew Ho Ho fell upon a cold and rainy Saturday morning at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim California on December 7th. For those unfamiliar with the Brew Ho Ho, it's the sister event to the OC Brew Ha Ha. Providing craft beer fans with live music, shopping, and exceptional craft beer from local and out of town breweries. The weather did not stop attendees from having a holly jolly good time with craft beer.
On Saturday September 7th, Orange County beer geeks, beer fans, and beer in general. Descended upon the grounds of Oak Canyon Park, the area surrounding Irvine Lake, in Silverado California. This was my first Brew Ha Ha, and I have always heard amazing things so I had high hopes for this beer fest benefiting the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund. The Brew Ha Ha also had guest speakers David Walker from Firestone Walker, Greg Koch and Dr Bill Sysak from Stone Brewing.
Home-brewers know a thing or two about getting the right temperature when it comes to that all important fermentation period. But if you live anywhere in the world you know the weather can change or be inconsistent, especially when it is time for you to ferment.
OK, so we all know that kegs are great at parties and for the most part they are very reliable for their purpose. However, we know these kegs weigh a lot and unless you got some strong friends who like throwing out their back; they are not too easy to move around. We were fortunate enough to recently receive a new product from beertubes.com and it can help alleviate that mobility issue.
So this past weekend I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch How Beer Saved The World. The movie takes an interesting approach to beer and how it has influenced basically all aspects of history and modern life as we know it. The movie begins with a University Anthropologist describing the agricultural revolution and how it really began with barely. Dr. Thomas Shellhammer explains that hunter gatherers stumbled upon a primitive form of fermentation and then, the first “accidental beer” was born. The movie takes it a step further and says that mathematics came about because of the need to formulate a way to keep track of the amount of beer being made.
Once you discover craft beer, you tend to want to explore it further and further but where do you keep tabs on what you have already tried without BierBuzz.com? That’s where 33Beers.com comes in with their “33 Bottles of Beer” journals. The site references them as a, “A pocket-sized companion and memory aid” which is pretty much what they are.
As we walked into this venue I was struck at how intimate and well set-up the area was, and, as I came to find out later in the night, some of the proceeds were going to charity (Pomona Regional Hospital). I was stoked to find out that my new brewery of choice, Stone Brewery, was going to be present. It was my lucky night because I got to try out that beer I mentioned in my other blog “Bitter Beer Get a Bad Rap,” Double B@stard Ale. This beer is known as an American Strong Ale … A bit too bitter for the man who has come to love these ales, but I leave the choice up to you.
The Alpine Bier Fest was a darn good time with great beers and great people. Housed in a giant tent that will be used for the upcoming Oktoberfest Beer Extravaganza, we felt wide open and ready to explore. Along the walls, most all of the taps were numbered, and every guest was given a list telling them number, brewer, beer, ABV and style from each tap or table. With over 100 beers to choose from this list was held close like a treasure map. For the $40 entry you also got a wonderful tasting glass and twenty stubs for the beer. I was much less waiting at each tap, plus, everyone got to pick the brewers brains about their beers. And everyone knows brewers love to talk about their beer!
We got to try some very unique flavors, such as Stones' “Enjoy By 9/21/12”, this is a mind blowing Double IPA that hits with a hops and a strong citrus that will spin your head. Enjoy indeed.
Keeping your beer fresh is something we all should do, and when it’s as easy as sealing the bottle your drinking out of then it’s definitely a must. This is where the “Beer Savers” comes in, these silicone looking bottle caps form-fit to just about any bottle with a nice tight seal. Keeping the freshness of your beer, soda, or favorite beverage intact.
Opening your bottle of beer or soda with a generic bottle opener has been done from almost the beginning of time (well since bottles have been around...). Some have even used "alternative methods" in opening their bottles (see episode 2 on how to open a bottle with a lighter) but what we have here is quite a neat contraption.