Monday, July 19, 2010

Monstre Rouge

Sounds like a classy French film eh? It may be, but I am blogging about the latest collaborative beer between Belgian-based De Proef and an American craft brewery.

Here is a snippet of the official press release:

Monstre Rouge (Red Monster) is loosely based on Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster with a Belgian twist. It is an Imperial Flanders Red Ale of 8.5%, fermented with brettanomyces and aged with toasted American oak. The malt profile includes a range of Crystal malts, Munich and Terrapin's signature Rye. It is hopped to 55 ibu's with a blend of American hops. It is a deep amber-red color capped by rocky off-white foam. It has a complex flavor profile - tart, sweet, sour, hoppy and woody. This limited production beer is available in cases of 6/750ml cork-finished bottles and 30L kegs. Suggested retail price is $15.99 per bottle

"I am very pleased to welcome Terrapin to the collaboration series," noted SBS Founder and President Alan Shapiro. "I believe Spike & Dirk have created something truly unique that will be enjoyed by discerning Belgian beer consumers."

"We consider it a great honor to be invited to partner on this beer," added Terrapin Co-Founder and Brewmaster Spike Buckowski. "It is a truly impressive list of brewers who have come before us and it has been a great experience to work with De Proef and SBS."

Each year SBS invites a noted brewer from different regions to co-design a beer and travel to Belgium to brew at De Proef. Monstre Rouge is the fourth beer in the De Proef Collaboration Series. Previous partners included Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing/Lost Abbey (2007); Jason Perkins of Allagash (2008); and John Mallet of Bell's (2009). The 2011 partner (from the Northwest) will be officially announced in September.

I am a big fan of the Big Hoppy Monster as well as Flanders Red Ales with Brett. So how does this taste? This is my review on BeerAdvocate

Hazy chestnut brown with some deep crimson highlights. Fluffy inch of French vanilla head which is very thick and frothy. Wavy foam looking like a sand dune. Red apple, cherry aroma and overall Brett tart. Immediate taste of Brett with the subtle piney-citrus hops coming next. As with the regular Big Hoppy Monster, there is a noticeable spicy rye malt presence. This is a battle of the wild yeast and the big hops creating a nice treat. Lemon zest in the middle, finishes hoppy and dry. Drinkability is good...I would have another glass in a bar.

Why didn't they call this Monstre Funky?

Friday, June 11, 2010

13 Kegs in 13 Hours

The 13 year anniversary week for Brick Store Pub is already upon us. Unlike last year, 15 gallon kegs will be pouring this time except for the cask ales of course. I'll now hand the mic over to Brick Store Dave:

Allrighty gang, starting next Monday, 13 Kegs in 13 Days and culminating with 13 Kegs in 13 Hours on June 19. Here's the dealio. We will tap each keg at opening and run it until it's kicked. Casks, however, will be tapped at 5:00p.m.

Monday June 7th- Terrapin Double Feature on Cask (gravity pour)
The brand new Georgia theater beer is a Belgian Double made with Rochefort yeast.

Tuesday June 8th- Bell's Batch 9000 + Bell's Rye Stout (Back to Back)
One of the most highly anticipated beers of 2010 followed by a beer rarely seen in GA.

Wednesday June 9th- J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados Pin Cask)

Thursday June 10th- Schneider Aventinus Eisbock Wooden Cask (gravity pour)

Friday June 11th- 2007 Red Brick Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter Cask (gravity pour)
Aged over two years in Bourbon barrels then transferred to a wooden cask which held 'tSmisje Kerst for one year (look at cask reviews)

Saturday June 12th- Mikkeller Drink'in the Sun

Sunday June 13th- Stone 12th Anniversary

Monday June 14th- 2009 Sweetwater Donkey Punch aged in J.W. Lees pin cask
"We took last years J.W. cask, took it to Sweetwater, they filled it with Dank Tank Donkey Punch then we aged it in house for one year!"

Tuesday June 15th- Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury

Wednesday June 16th- 2008 Smuttynose Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Thursday June 17th-Sweetwater BSP Chocolate Quad cask (Gravity Pour)

Friday June 18th- 110K+OT Batch #3 (The Other West Coast IPA)

Saturday June 19th- 13 incredible kegs in 13 hours!
Noon- Ceremonial Cask- Duck Rabbit barrel aged sour cherry Baltic porter cask
1pm- SKA Decadent Imperial IPA
2pm Foothills Seeing Double IPA
3pm- Duck Rabbit '06 Barleywine
4pm '08 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
5pm Green Flash Le Freak
6pm Clipper City (Heavy Seas) Letter of Marque 2010 Rye Porter
7pm Olde Hickory Irish Walker (English Style Barleywine)
8pm COAST Brewing HopArt
9pm Great Lakes Blackout Stout
10pm Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
11pm New Holland Dragon's Milk (bourbon aged)
12pm Terrapin/Left Hand Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

BeerStash @ Twains this Saturday

Beer & Breweriana Collectors Show
Twain's Billiards and Tap

June 12th
Trade Show 11-2
Rare Beer Tasting 12-3

Tables are for rent at just $10, but admission is free. Contact to make reservations

Twain's will be having $2 pints of their house brews

Beer Collectors and Traders are encouraged to come to meet others and arrange trades during the show (no selling is allowed at the show)

Lee from the Brick Store Pub and Ethan from Twain's will both be bringing beer for the mini-HMOG tasting. Bring some beer that you would like to share/trade as well.

Hop City will be there showcasing the canned beers they carry.

Georgia Ale & Lager Sirens (GALS) will be there volunteering and have a table. Come on by and learn more about the women who love beer.

Oskar Blues will have a table and it looks like 21st Amendment my be in the state by then!

The can above is from Atlanta's first brewery- Atlantic Company. I really had no idea that this existed in Atlanta, but remember seeing Atlantic cans at the old Six Feet Under in Grant Park. Also, check out this site for some great information. I wonder if the basement of the Hilton has any ancient relics...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Atlanta Beer Week is Upon Us!

May 16-22 is the first Atlanta Beer Week and all of the events can be found at Lots of good stuff going on at 5 Seasons West and Sweetwater but here are the events hoppening in Decatur:

Sunday May 16th BSP Ceremonial cask tapping and rare beer tasting. * We will welcome industry folks and kick off the week with several rare beers on draft and a very special cask tapping @ 1pm
Marlay House- Can Beer Canned Be Good - You Decide! Butternuts Beer & Ale/ Oskar Blues Tastings

Monday May 17th BSP- Cider flight night * A rare vertical tasting of Etienne Dupont ciders as well as Pommeau. With Cheese and Charcuterie pairings. 5pm
Marlay House- Beer Trivia Night

Tuesday May 18th BSP- Left Hand Brewing Co. Beer Dinner *Come meet Owner/Brewer Eric Wallace. Five rare beers paired with a five course meal prepared by head chef Rian Tittle. 6pm
Marlay House- Irish Music & Irish Beer Tastings

Wednesday May 19th BSP- Hefe & Hotdog Humpday * Join us for a variety of German Hefeweizen beers and housemade hotdogs before heading to the Braves game at 7pm
Marlay House- Beer Dinner TBA

Thursday May 20th BSP- Civil Beer War * An epic battle between beers from the Union states and beers from the confederate states. Featuring a North Vs, South food pairing prepared by Head Chef Rian Tittle (Georgia) and Leons Head Chef Eric Ottensmeyer (Ohio) 5pm
Marlay House- Cask Tapping TBA

Friday May 21st BSP- Vintage Vault Night * Come taste selected vintage beers from our one of a kind beer cellar. 12 people will be randomly selected between 3pm and 5pm to join Beer Manager Lee Dickson for an exclusive "Clean out the Fridge" Party in our cellar from 5pm til 7pm
Marlay House- Meet the Brewer TBA

Saturday May 22nd BSP- Vertical Madness * Vertical tastings of several cellared beers available by the flight. Food pairings by Sous Chef Jeff Wallis. Farewell Cask tapping at 1pm
Marlay House- Beer vs Whiskey Night

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St. Patrick's Day in Decatur

Cletus and I hit The Marlay House, formerly The Grange Public House, last year and was an absolute blast. Beautiful weather on the patio and the grassy area. This year, TMH will have Irish music, dancers and pipers in the afternoon with a DJ at night. Food specials with the usual Irish suspects on tap.

TMH will soon feature The Porterhouse Brewing Company's beer from Dublin- a first in the city. Also coming soon will be Stoudt's Pils, Founders Red's Rye, Southampton Biere de Mars, Bells Oberon

Twain's will be smacking their annual cask of Blarney Stout with Jameson oak chips. Last year's was creamy, roasty, with a nice dose of Irish whiskey.

And from the Brick Store Pub's website:

The first great event of the year... And certainly one of the biggest. Live Celtic music (4-7pm and 8-11pm) and traditional Irish Fare featuring Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Shepherd's Pie. Guinness,Victory Donnybrook, and Jameson will be flowing and we will also have some limited edition Rugby shirts available. SEE YOU AT THE PUB!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Back in Atlanta- Sierra Nevada Porter!

After a 4 year hiatus, the Sierra Porter is back in the Atlanta area on draft only. In Decatur, look for this at the Raging Burrito for only $3.60 a pint.

In the mid-1990s, this beer opened my eyes to the porter style of beer at the old Taco Mac in Sandy Springs (now Charlie Mopps). Dark brown in appearance, roasty body, moderately hopped and highly drinkable. You might remember this label as baby blue a few years ago, along with the yellow label for the stout which is missing from Georgia.

Some of my favorite bottled porters available here are made by Bell's & Founders. 5 Seasons Prado make a super creamy, nicely hopped version called Two Pence Porter. And note to Sweetwater- bring back Exodus Porter!

Friday, February 12, 2010

What to have in this Decatur blizzard?

Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing...why not? From the label:

This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for nine months in Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels and then bottle conditioned. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. Who says you can't tame a beast?

Soothing aroma of subtle sweet vanilla with a spicy whiskey vapor. Wonderfully carbonated with a lively espresso brown frothy head, that slowly dissolves into the blackness. Rich stouty flavor with all of the essentials- bitter dark chocolate, espresso & tobacco notes. This whiskey is certainly different from the other bourbon barrel aged stouts that I have had. Woody, spicy, herbal, tangy and moonshine hot! Somehow, this all plays together nicely in this beast of a glass.

Thanks to my good buddy JJ Fad for securing me two bottles of the 1104 produced. JJ enjoys Golden Tee, hiking around Denver and the occasional balloon ride.