Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)

Today we are very excited to be releasing the beer that we collaborated on with Sam Caligione and Dogfish Head!  Read here for the original post on just what we got up to or just read below for the real story.

Monday, October 10, 2011

LA Beer Week

We're distributed in quite a few cities that run great beer weeks throughout the year and we've always been jealous that we didn't have anything of the same level in our back yard.  While LA isn't our homebase, it's a pretty close neighbor and we're very excited for the 2nd annual LA Beer Week.  Last year there were some really fun events and a lot of restaurants and bars ran some great promotions, but this year seems to be miles ahead of what we saw in the past.  There are more events than a single beer geek could possibly attend within the two weeks of LA Beer Week (ya, two weeks, someone must have been drinking when they came up with that concept).   

We've got a number of events planned both in LA and OC for LA Beer Week as do many of our favorite craft breweries both from SoCal and around the country.  Browse through the events calendar on their webpage and find some events in your neighborhood, there are bound to be a few that catch your interest.  

Can't wait to see some of our fans out and about as we circle the LA/OC area these coming weeks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Brew Thursday - Oude Tart

Check out this episode of New Brew Thursday filmed at our brewery and featuring Tyler King and several vintages of Oude Tart!

Sept 29 : Oude Tart : The Bruery on location with Tyler King from New Brew Thursday on Vimeo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Great American Beer Festival

We just got back from an incredible few days in Denver, CO where the Brewer's Association was holding their 30th annual Great American Beer Festival.

For those who have never been, GABF is truly a remarkable time and we highly recommend you get there at some point in the future.  Held annually in the convention center in downtown Denver, the hall is filled with thousands of people trying beers from hundreds and hundreds of breweries from all around the United States.  It's an incredible time for us to showcase our beer to people from all over the country who don't typically get to see our beers and even if they do, they never get to see any of the more rare beers...like Oude Tart and Black Tuesday.  

Nothing gives us a better feeling than having a line of people at our booth, super excited to try some of our beers and letting us know how much they enjoy them.  This year we had people at our booth for another reason as well, however.  People came by to take photos because we decided to decorate our booth with loads of images of cats as well as stuffed animal cats and cat toys.  There was no true reasoning behind our cat theme, we just thought it was hilarious.

GABF is not only a festival for tasting interesting beers, but it is the largest commercial beer competition in the world, this year having close to 600 breweries enter a total of 3,930 beers to the various categories.  And of all of those entries, we are very very proud to say we took home two silver medals and one gold medal!  Both Hottenroth and The Wanderer won silver and Papier, our very first anniversary beer and one of the very first batches of beer brewed at The Bruery took a gold medal. 

The fact that two of our sour ales and one of our biggest and most complex bourbon barrel aged strong ales took home awards just gives us that much more faith in our Quercus Maximus project.  As we continue to brew more of these intricate beers, hopefully we can win some more awards in the future!