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Thursday
Aug022012

Bear Republic Brewery - Racer 5 IPA: Start your engines bitches…

It is national IPA day. I freaking love IPA’s. Despite being extremely busy I simply cannot let this day go by without a review. As I scanned the archives I was horrified to realize that I had never reviewed one of my favorites of all time… Racer 5 by Bear Republic. Today just seemed like a fitting day to right this unjustifiable wrong.

Bear Republic is one of the many breweries that have popped up in Cali in the last 20 years. Founded in 1995 these guys are one of the original West Coast brew houses. Racer 5 pours on the pale side with a citrine hue and very active bubbly visage. The aroma is actually quite sweet and full of sexy citrus. You can also get hints of pine and bready malt. It’s awesome and sexy and awesome.

Here is the deal. I am not going to pretend that I am “discovering” this brew as I write this review. I have been drinking this beer faster than Ryan Seacrest can consume the youthful souls of teenagers for years. Racer 5 is freaking fantastic! It has perfectly balanced light body that mixes with a sweet and hoppy citrus finish. This is the most drinkable IPA I have ever found. The hints of pine and grapefruit just seal the deal in a perfect harmony. AND… AND to top this all off, Racer 5 is one of the most inexpensive IPAs on the shelf. It is typically three to four dollars cheaper than any other bomber in the cooler. What a freaking steal.  Racer 5 is great. Just buy it and love it.

ABV: 7.0%

Consumed: Sensory Glass

Verdict: Buy a Keg!

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Monday
Jul302012

2012 Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Part 4) - The Man, The Myth, The Legend...Chad Lynd from Two Brothers

Here's some more coverage from the Chicago Craft Beer Fest held at  St. Michael's in Old Town.  Our conversation with Chad Lynd from Two Brothers is the fourth of a seven part series of the fest and we have a couple more interviews coming in the next week or two.  

Chad and I discuss all the goings on at Two Brothers, thier new IPA, their 15th Anniversary series as well as the award winning Dog Days.  

Stay tuned to The Greatest Beer Of All Time for more Chicago Craft Beer Festival coverage...

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Monday
Jul162012

2012 Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Part 3) - All Things Lakefront Brewery with Jim Klish

Here's some more coverage from the Chicago Craft Beer Fest held at  St. Michael's in Old Town.  Our conversation with Jim Klish from Lakefront Brewery is the third of a seven part series of the fest and we have some great interviews for you coming in the next week or two.  

Jim and I discuss the the happening at Lakefront Brewery, their introduction into the Chicagoland market and some projects that are on the horizon.

Stay tuned to The Greatest Beer Of All Time for more Chicago Craft Beer Festival coverage...

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Monday
Jul162012

Breckenridge Brewery Embraces The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase

Denver, CO – July 13, 2012 - Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado will harmonize with the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase next week. As a major sponsor of the four-day event starting Thursday, July 19th, the brewery is cooking up added cheer for music fans who descend upon the South Broadway arts district to enjoy local and national-level bands, comedians and singer-songwriters.

Things to look for throughout the event:

  • Free Pedicab rides between venues, courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery
  • A "Tap Takeover" showcasing Breckenridge beer at The Hornet Restaurant (76 Broadway)
  • Pretty Lights ticket giveaway at The Irish Rover Pub (54 South Broadway) - each day Breckenridge Brewery will give away one pair of tickets to the August 17th Pretty Lights show at Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Gourmet ice cream made with Breckenridge beer by Sweet Action Ice Cream will be sampled in the brewery's booth

~Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout Swirl made with 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

~Oatmeal Raisin Stout made with Oatmeal Stout

  • And, of course, stop by the Breckenridge Brewery booth to enjoy its locally crafted fine Colorado ales

"We view our sponsorship as an authentic way to give back to the local Colorado arts and music scene that's supported our brewery," says Ryan Workman, Field Marketing Manager at Breckenridge Brewery.  "It's our way to say thank you." 

Kendall Smith, Underground Music Showcase event director, adds, "We are pleased Breckenridge Brewery has agreed to sponsor the UMS for multiple years. Their commitment is key to the continued success of the best music weekend in our region. True partners, Breckenridge looks for interesting ways to engage their customers and our music fans."

Breckenridge Brewery has long supported the Colorado music scene through sponsorships of other events like the Four Corners Folk Festival, the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival, and the Sunnyside Music Fest.  The brewery's 22nd anniversary party earlier this month featured six extremely talented local bands that entertained hundreds of folks throughout the day.

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About Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 1,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts 41,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ales houses in the state of Colorado. Visit http://www.breckbrew.com for more information.

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Wednesday
Jul112012

2012 Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Part 2) - Craft Beer Trends with Nik White from Chicago Beer Geeks

This past Sunday, the crew and I headed out to St. Michael's in Old Town to attend and provide you some coverage from the inaugural Chicago Craft Beer Fest put on by Special Events Management.  Our conversation with Nik White from www.chicagobeergeeks.com is the second of a seven part series of the fest and we have some great interviews for you coming in the next week or two.  

Nik and I discuss the previous day at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival, the popularity of Black IPAs, his Craft Beer Blog Chicago Beer Geeks, this Summer's Craft Beer Festivals, the increased interest in Craft Beer and the rise of women becoming more interested in Craft Beer.

Stay tuned to The Greatest Beer Of All Time for more Chicago Craft Beer Festival coverage...

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Monday
Jul092012

Pop Fest 2012 – Rock Bottom Warrenville Pop’s Open A Crafty Combination Of Craft Beer & Popcorn

July 7th 2012, Warrenville, IL – I had been hearing about this fest for a few weeks now and I can say that I was a little apprehensive about how Craft Beer was going to pair with popcorn.  Mind you, this wasn’t just going to be any popcorn, it was going to be gourmet popcorn from the Popcorn Palace located in Naperville, IL.  Looking at the event list, there was going to be some great breweries in attendance as well as beers from the various Chicagoland Rock Bottom locations.  Now in case you haven’t heard, we have experienced 100+ degree days the last week here in the Chicagoland area and I for one wasn’t really looking forward to baking in the 100+ degree heat for another day but what the hell, it was time to hunker down, suck it up and see what this Craft Beer fest had to offer.

I hopped in the car, dropped the kids off at my folk’s house and headed out to Rock Bottom Warrenville.  You know those little “Exterior Temperature” gauges on the inside of your car?  Well, mine read 107° and I was praying that the cold beer would make the heat that much more tolerable.

As I approached Rock Bottom I noticed a large tent in the parking lot, needless to say, I was thankful that it would be shade as opposed to standing in the sun all afternoon.  I approached the entrance, got my wristband, my Pop Fest glass and I was off to my first beer/popcorn pairing.  I stepped a little outside my norm and headed over to the Goose Island Clybourn table.  I’m really not a big fan of Goose Island but figured what the hell?  I grabbed a Florence, which is a Belgian Blonde Ale dry hopped with Citra, which was paired with Popcorn Palace’s Spicy Cheese popcorn.  Wow, Florence was easily a top 3 beer of the day and the spicy cheese popcorn was excellent.  Right off the bat, highly impressed, this was the right way to start off the fest and I couldn’t wait to see what was awaiting me upon my next selection. 

I decided to return to the well and go with the second selection from Goose Island Clybourn, Cherry Crush, a Berliner Weisse that was simply fantastic.  Cherry Crush was paired with Popcorn Palace’s Fruit Rainbow.  I can’t say that I was a fan of the Fruit Rainbow but I would not let this deter my pursuit of more enjoyable combinations.  Next, it was the very own Rock Bottom Warrenville creation, POP Mexican Cerveza(which was make with popcorn), paired with a Jalapeno popcorn.  This was a perfect beer for a hot day and the popcorn was amazing, excellent combination that proved to be a perfect fit.  Another popcorn inspired beer was next, this time it was a collaboration between Half Acre Brewing Company and Rock Bottom Lombard.  This concoction titled, King Puff International Style Pilsner, was simply fantastic and the Better Salt N’ Pepper popcorn was my pick to click to best popcorn of the day.

Despite the hot weather, I decided to then go with the Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing Company which was paired with Popcorn Palace’s Deep Chocolate popcorn.  Eugene has always been a solid brew and the chocolate popcorn was a bit heavy but delicious. 

Now, here was my favorite pairing of the day.  Chicagoland’s newest brewery is not playing around, Solemn Oath’s newest brew, Yarn Bomb Cascadian Hefeweizen, was simply put…AMAZING!!  Yarn Bomb was paired with Popcorn Palace’s White Chedder popcorn which not only perfectly matched with the beer but on its own, was also amazing!  If you haven’t had anything from Solemn Oath Brewing Company yet, don’t wait any longer, they are crushing it!

Up next was the Last Chance Belgian IPA from Haymarket Brewing Company, which was my third of the top three brews of the day but I have to say that the pairing with the Currycopia curry popcorn was completely lost on me.  The popcorn wasn’t necessarily bad but just not my cup of tea.  Last was Rock Bottom Lombard’s Pirate Porter paired with Cinnamon Sin, a wonderfully paired combination that proved to be a great way to end my time at Pop Fest 2012.

Not to be left out, some of the ones that I unfortunately missed were, Buttery - Two brothers Brewing Dog Days, Nutty Caramel - RB Chicago Mild Ale, Cheddarific - Gordon Biersch Summerbrau, Cheddar Ranch - RB Orland Park Czech Pils, Chicago Chic - Two Brothers Bitter End, Chipotle Cheese - RB Lombard Smoked Helles, Coconut Cloud Nine - RB Chicago Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red, Cookies n' Dream - RB Warrenville Schwartzbier, French Caramel - Emmets Brewing Summer Bock, Sesame Ginger - RB Warrenville Surrender, Macadamia Magic - Flossmoor Station Hefeweizen, Pink Peppercorn - Metropolitan Flywheel Bright Lager, Wild Blueberry - Rock Bottom Orland Park Weizen Bock.

Unfortunately, the problem of too many beers too little time applies here.  That being the case, this was by far the most unique fest I’ve had the opportunity to attend.  Live music from the likes of, Jack Avery’s Kin, The Jack Pines and Overman combined with great beer and popcorn made the weather an afterthought.  This was an overall great Craft Beer fest and for sure will be one that I will not miss again.  When Pop Fest rolls around again next year, don’t miss it!!

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