In this edition of Publicanista!:
- Cask-conditioned NABC Beak’s Best on Friday, August 19.
- NABC visits the Great Taste of the Midwest; Komon still flowing.
- Recent readings from the Potable Curmudgeon’s beer blog.
- Brew at the Zoo is Saturday, August 27.
- Current draft beer lineup.
- Bottle board news: Cassis, chipotle and lots of German malts.
- Events and miscellany.
I. CASK-CONDITIONED ALE THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: NABC BEAK’S BEST.
On Friday, we’ll be pouring NABC Beak’s Best from the hand-pull. Beak’s Best is brewed to the style of an English ESB, with Simpson’s Golden Promise malt, English hops and London ale yeast.
For more information on cask-conditioned ale:
http://www.horsebrass.com/cask.html (where Biscuit works)
II. NABC NEWS: A SUCCESSFUL FIRST VISIT TO THE GREAT TASTE OF THE MIDWEST, AND SOME RETRO BEER STILL FLOWING.
On August 13, NABC made its first appearance at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin, which is the second oldest craft brew festival in America behind the annual Great American Beer Festival.
We were able to do so only because another brewery dropped out at the last minute, and there was just enough time for Jesse and Jared to rent a vehicle, pocket the company card, load up with beer and a granola bar or three, and hit the road northward.
They’re still talking about it.
There’ll likely be a larger contingent next year. Just remember that if you decide to attend the Great Taste, plan ahead. 5,000 tickets sold out in a few moments this year.
We’re still pouring the throwback Kentucky Komon, with imagery borrowed from the old Phoenix brewery in Louisville, and a recipe pieced together from research done by local homebrewers like Conrad Selle.
Read Selle’s descriptions of pre-Prohibition beer styles here.
Read one homebrewer’s recipe and comments here.
Beer and an imagination running rampant
Jesse’s first batch of Kaiser 2nd Reising (pre-Prohibition Pilsner) sold out in less than two weeks, and he’s promised to make more soon.
First on the horizon is an advanced, mightier model of Croupier IPA, which will be brewed and delicately nurtured for debut at the Lupulin Land Harvest Hop festival beginning on Friday, October 7.
III. RECENT NEWS AND ARTICLES AT THE POTABLE CURMUDGEON’S BEER BLOG.
Dear readers, I know you want me to write more often on the beer blog, but time’s been short during an unusually busy summer.
The rough line-up for Lupulin Land should be coming into focus within the next few days, and when it is ready, that information will be published at the PC’s blog. So will the last part of my southern travel story (Charleston), and the results of the beer tastings of the past few nights.
Here are two recent articles posted at http://potablecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/:
Stylishness at the Kentucky State Fair homebrew competition.
Jim Koch of Sam Adams scores points with the Curmudgeon by "insisting glass is best."
IV. BREW AT THE ZOO IS AUGUST 27.
Saturday, August 27, 2005 is the 2nd Annual Brew at the (Louisville) Zoo, this year presented by BBC Beer Co. (corner of Main and Clay in downtown Louisville. Those who attended last year’s inaugural event will recall that it was a great time, but that there were shortages of food and beer. Rest assured that the steering committee members have been working very hard to see to it that it doesn’t happen again, and I fully expect this to be a highlight of the Louisville-area beer year calendar.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Zoo closes at 9:00 p.m.)
4:00 pm. - 6:30 p.m. Food Sampling
Tickets can now be purchased at participating Breweries for $25. Tickets will go on sale at the Louisville Zoo Ticket Office. Zoo Members can purchase tickets for $25. Non-Member tickets prices are $30. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $35.
Some of the info preceding was taken from the Zoo’s website: http://www.louisvillezoo.org/news/events/brew.htm
V. DRAFT BEERS: OUR LIQUID, DAILY BREAD, ON TAP AT RICH O’S AND SPORTSTIME.
Our NABC beers.
Brewed in New Albany by NABC’s Jesse Williams, with assistance from Jared Williamson.
Beak’s Best … English ESB named for world-famous traveler, scholar and drinks aficionado “Beak” Barry. Standard strength.
Bob’s Old 15 B … Award-winning homebrew recipe by Bob Capshew, now a medium-bodied Brown Porter on tap at NABC. Mid-5s abv.
Community Dark … A dark-colored, light-bodied English Mild, and the ideal place to begin overcoming unfounded fears of the dark. 4.5% abv.
ConeSmoker … Smoke and hops collide, and we’re grateful for it. Circa 7% abv.
Elector … Making democracy pointless since 2002. 7.2% abv.
Kentucky Komon … Mild, dark-colored, a tad sour – very refreshing throwback ale. 5% abv.
Non-Gravity guests from near and far.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Einbecker Urbock Hell
Hitachino Kiuchi Nest Real Ginger Ale
Jenlain Farmhouse Ale
Mahr’s Ungespundet LagerMestreechs Aajt Flemish-style Red Ale (Netherlands)New Holland Phi
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Smithwick’s Irish AleSpaten Premium Lager
Spaten MaibockSprecher Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel (our featured summer Hefeweizen)
In the bullpen:
VI. CHECK THE CHALKBOARD FOR ROTATING BOTTLED SELECTIONS: CASSISSONA, PANIL BARRIQUE, UERIGE DOPPEL STICKE AND ROGUE CHIPOTLE.
Remember to check the chalkboard in the front room at Rich O’s for bottled specials and seasonals. These are the bottled beers not carried on the everyday bottled list, and represent a wide variety of flavors and textures for your tasting enjoyment.
To begin with, who says there aren’t craft-brewed beers in Italy? Cassissona is a cassis-infused, bottom-fermented beer matured for six months in the bottle before release. 6.5% abv. Brewed near Como by Birrificio Italiano. A pretty 750 ml bottle of Cassissona goes for $16.00 on premise, and like all bottled beers, it is less for carry out.
Have I lost my mind? Two Italian beers that aren’t Peroni or Moretti? Maybe so, but I’m really excited about Panil Barriquee – dark, sour, Belgian-like, aged in Cognac barrels, and brewed in a suburb of Parma. 8% abv, $19.50.
See also some really good comments about Panil Barriquee at RateBeer ratings and reviews.
At the recommendation of Emily, my always-helpful World Class Beverages representative, I’ve purchased a case of Rogue Chipotle Ale, which is said to be a refashioned version of the old Mexicali Rogue. Amber in color, with the typical house character of Rogue, the ale is lightly seasoned with smoky, peppery notes. 22 oz bombers, $6.75.
Uerige Doppel Sticke comes from Dusseldorf’s ranking Altbier brewery, and is a new creation that begins with the special recipe “Sticke,” but turns up the volume to beyond Doppelbock strength (8.5% abv). An 11.2 oz bottle sells for $6.00 (on premise).
VII. EVENTS, HOURS AND RELATED FACTS.
General business hours:
Sportstime Pizza opens at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Rich O’s opens at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We are not open on Sunday except during special events. The same food and beer is available at all times in both rooms, so you may have lunch and a beer in the Sportstime Pizza dining area during those hours when Rich O’s isn’t open. The brewery is available for a look-see if one of us is around and we’re not busy.
Lupulin Land Harvest Hop 2005
Begins Friday, October 7.
Begins Friday, December 16.
Gravity Head 2006 (Vol. 8)
Date TBA announced. It is possible that the date for this edition of Gravity Head will be moved forward two weeks into the end of February.
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