Announcing: The 2014 NJ Charity Bottle Share

Hello All,

So as some of you may have heard, I’ve been planning a charity event. My cellar has been getting a little out of control, and instead of selling my beer I decided I would donate it towards a charity bottle share. I have attended a couple of Pints For Prostates sponsored events in the past and thought they would make the perfect charity to work with. The good folks over at Pints For Prostates were more than happy to have us throw an event to help raise awareness of the importance of regular screenings and early detection. What better day than the day before Father’s Day to do this?

We have scheduled the event for Saturday June 14th between 12:30pm and 4:30pm at Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe in Union, NJ (Special thanks to Sarah and Rob). There will only be a very limited amount of tickets. Tickets at the door will only be made available if we do not sell out online.

My friend Gene of TalkBeer.Com has also come on board as a sponsor in promoting this event.

TICKET NOW ON SALE!

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The little guy among the little guys in Craft Beer

So I’ve tackled “Artisanal” and “Farmhouse” breweries in the past… It’s gotten to the point where in all fairness, it’s quite difficult to put labels on some of these breweries that I love so much. Unfortunately, there are times when the actions of breweries give us the urge to separate them into groups. Unfortunate, because many times it’s a negative action. I should be the optimist and say “Fortunately” because many times it’s the positive action or reaction that some of the breweries have shown us.

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The “Artisanal” Conundrum.

This is not the first time I touch on this subject and likely won’t be the last. When you invest a lot of time interacting with the Craft Beer community, you see the many differences on how people view things. One might have a strong opinion and other views may be completely written off. As a person who loves to figure out what makes people tick, I actually like to look at different views and why they feel that way. It’s not to say I don’t have strong opinions of my own. Actually, I pride myself on have strong opinions. At the same time, I realize that I can be an idealist. Unrealistic with my expectations, I may set myself up for many disappointments. It is my attempt at understanding reality that allows the disappointments to not have major effects on me.

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The New Brettanomyces Aroma Wheel: It’s not just “Funk”

Brettanomyces Aroma Wheel

the new brettanomyces aroma wheel by Dr. Linda Bisson and Lucy Joseph at UC Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image above illustrates the many aromas (and tastes) that are produced by strains of Brettanomyces. Brettanomyces, or Brett, like many wild yeast has a long history of being an unwanted infection in the fermentation world. By that I mean that both the beer world and the wine world have/had given it a bad connotation when speaking of it in the respected products. Brett in it’s natural state is wild, uncontrollable, unwanted. The appearance of Brett in beer or wine was considered a contaminant.

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The Glassware Throwdown

From L to R: Teku, IPA, Tulip, Shaker

From L to R: Teku, IPA, Tulip, Shaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, glassware has come into the public light more than usual. From articles written by people ignorant to the rich history of the beer culture accusing craft beer of trying to copy wine, to critical beer drinkers who feel some beers are pure propaganda from some of the larger craft breweries.

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“Off Flavor” Sensory Training Classes at The Copper Mine Pub

On Saturday March 30th and Saturday April 13th, Vito from The Copper Mine Pub and I will be hosting “Off Flavor” Sensory Training Classes. For those of you wondering what exactly that is, we have ordered kits that will allow us to “spike” beer in order to train your palates to pickup on unwanted “off flavors”.

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Further Proof that “Beer People are Good People”… Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy Relief

“Beer People are Good People”… I’m sure you’ve all heard it. Many of you have probably said it. Some of you may have even argued against it. Let’s be honest, some of us are tired of hearing it. Overused, uninspired and in reality, we’ve all met some scumbags that prove the saying wrong (I’m looking at you hoarders for profit and black market sellers of craft beer). But enough criticism of the saying, let’s talk about why I felt the need to use it.

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with Rob Todd of Allagash

with Rob Todd of Allagash

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