Every Sunday, we watch our beloved football teams go head to head in battle for the win! This gave us an idea of our own. How about putting our beers head to head in a battle of the hops?
(In the voice of a famous announcer)...
We're excited to announce today that we'll start selling beer in our nation's capital and the surrounding areas starting next month! After many visits to SAVOR and throwing a few parties at places like ChurchKey and Scion over the years, we're finally sticking around. The recent release of Zarabanda, our collaboration with Chef Jose Andres, also jump started the process since we had to make sure this fabulous saison was available in his restaurants.
The days are growing shorter, the weather a bit cooler, the leaves are starting to turn from green to yellow, orange and red, and you know that Fall is finally here. For us in the brewing industry, Fall is the most wonderful time of year because that means...it's FRESH HOP SEASON!
The wait will finally be over for our fans in Western Michigan when we start selling our beer there on October 6th. We're excited to enter yet another great Midwestern state after launching Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin earlier this year. And, although our core line up of beers (Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, and Jubelale) will only be available in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas for now, we look forward to expanding into the rest of the state in 2015. So, from one great beer state to another, we say cheers! See you soon and we hope you'll come out for one or more of our kick-off events.
We've definitely got some super fans out there and love it when they take the time to write in with a story, song or poem about their favorite beer. Whether you are a fan of dark beers, lighter beers, wheat beers, imperial beers, or something in between; then we've got a beer for you.
Sheila Kelly's favorite beer is Cinder Cone Red and she was very excited when we brought it back in 22 oz bottles earlier this year. She was so excited, in fact, that she wrote this "Ode to Cinder Cone Red"
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin and "Dogs are a Man's Best Friend"...SO, why not combine our love of beer and dogs to create the ultimate treat: Spent Grain Dog Biscuits.
It was about that time to hit the road once more and since we've spent ample time on the west coast lately, we decided to hit up the midwest for some tasty BBQ and fabulous hospitality in the "Paris of the Plains" also known as Kansas City!
After a week of hanging out with craft beer fans at pubs, restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and bottle shops, "The Kids," Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, decided to play the tourist card and hit up some local landmarks around town.
This week we’re recognizing our friend and super fan, Jimmy Barr, creator of the Unofficial Black Butte Porter fan page. Although he lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania where he can’t even buy a six-pack of what he calls “pure awesome in a bottle”, he has helped spread the good word for the past 5 years on Facebook. So, to show our appreciation, we’ve turned our Facebook page into the “Unofficial Jimmy Barr Fan Page” and have "promoted" him to be our Official Director Of Unofficial Social Media.
They call it the City of Angeles. Los Angeles. The most populated city in California and the second most populated city in the Unites States right behind New York City. Thousands upon thousands of people flock to LA for many different reasons. It's a mecca for international trade, culture, fashion, science, sports, technology, healthcare, medicine, and of course, ENTERTAINMENT!
Ah, the IPA!
Hop forward, hop backward, hop side to side. White IPAs, Black IPAs, Red IPAs, Brown IPAs, Rye IPAs, Belgian IPAs, Session IPAs, Double IPAs, Triple IPAs, Experimental IPAs, Imperial IPAs, 90 Minute IPAs & 120 Minute IPAs (shout out to Dogfish Head for those last two).
Let’s talk IPA aroma and taste…
Do you like citrus?
How about orange, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine, pineapple, lemon and lime?
Or, are you way more down to “earth?”
How about woody, cedar, grassy, sandalwood, piney, fresh, wet, rose, catty, herbal and spicy?