OH, COME ON! I WANNA GO TO A BREWFEST!

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HERE AT THE HOMEBREW BARN, WE RECENTLY KICKED OFF OUR 2013 BREW FEST TOUR! WE TYPICALLY ATTEND ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN, AND ALWAYS HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TIME. NOT ONLY DO WE GET TO SAMPLE SOME DELICIOUS STYLES, BUT GET TO MEET FANTASTIC FELLOW BREWERS AND DISCUSS WHAT WE WILL BE CLONING NEXT!

SOME OF THE EVENTS WE USUALLY FOCUS ON ARE THE AMESBURY BREW FESTTHE NEW ENGLAND BREW FEST, YANKEE HOMECOMING, CRUISIN THE 50’S, WICKED AWESOME BEER & WINE FESTIVAL, THE EXETER POWDERKEG BEER & CHILI FEST AND THE DOVER APPLE HARVEST DAY. BUT AS MUCH AS WE LIKE THE LOCAL SCENE, WE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY SOME INFO ABOUT THE BEST OF THE BEST, THE FEISTIEST OF THE FESTS:

HANDS DOWN THE MOTHER OF ALL BEER FESTIVALS IS THE 16-DAY OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH GERMANY. IT IS KNOWN AS DIE WIESEN TO THE LOCALS. THIS HAS BEEN 

GOING ON SINCE 1810 AND ATTRACTS OVER 6 MILLION PEOPLE! IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE KNOWN AS DIE DRINKIN, AS NEARLY 2 MILLION GALLONS OF BEER ARE CONSUMED.

SO, AS FAR AS THE USA GOES, THE TOP TEN:

10.) AMERICAN CRAFT BREW FEST
HELD AT BOSTON’S SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER IN JUNE, THIS 3 SESSION EVENT ATTRACTS 15,000+, WHO GET TO SAMPLE 300+ STYLES FROM 75+ BREWERIES!

9.) CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST
A SPRING EVENT HELD IN ATHENS, GA, FEATURING INFO SEMINARS ON HOW THE BEERS ARE MADE AND EMPHASIZES RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION.

8.) FRESH HOP ALE FESTIVAL
THE BEER SUBMITTED TO BE JUDGED AT THIS YAKIMA WASHINGTON EVENT HAS TO CONTAIN HOPS THAT WERE PICKED NO MORE THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION! UNIQUE!

7.) GREAT ALASKA BEER & BARLEY WINE FESTIVAL
WHERE BETTER TO SAMPLE WINTER-STYLES THAN IN THE MIDDLE OF ALASKA IN THE DEAD OF WINTER! BRRR!

6.) WORLD BEER FESTIVAL
150 NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL BREWERIES PRESENT 300+ SPECIALTY BEERS AT THIS CHARITY FESTIVAL WHERE THE PROCEEDS ARE USED TO REHAB DIFFERENT PARTS OF RALEIGH, NC EACH YEAR!

5.)BELGIUM COMES TO COOPERS TOWN
THIS LATE JULY BONFIRE BEER PARTY FEATURES 200+ BELGIAN-STYLE & TRUE BELGIAN BEERS! OH, BROTHER!

4.) GREAT TASTE OF THE MIDWEST
MADISON WISCONSIN’S LAKE MONOMAN HOSTS THIS EVENT WHERE 100+ MICROBREWERIES & BREWPUBS FROM THE MIDWEST GET TOGETHER

3.) VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL
THIS LATE JULY FESTIVAL IN BURLINGTON VT IS HELD OVERLOOKING SPECTACULAR LAKE CHAMPLAIN. PATRONS GET TO SAMPLE BEERS FROM 36+ NEW ENGLAND BREWERIES! 

2.) OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL
(ALSO RANKED #14 WORLDWIDE) THIS 4 DAY PORTLAND EVENT IS ONE OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING IN THE USA, AND SERVES OVER 80,000 PEOPLE!

AND NOW FOR THE #1…

1.) THE GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL
(ALSO RANKED #3 IN THE WORLD) COME TO DENVER IN LATE SEPTEMBER/EARLY OCTOBER AND SAMPLE 1600+ BEERS FROM 450+ BREWERIES! SEE WHAT 100+ WORLD-RENOWNED JUDGES FAVOR AS THEY EVALUATE 2300+ BEERS! AMAZING, MAYBE ONE WILL BE YOURS!

WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! LET US KNOW WHICH ONES YOU HAVE BEEN TO!

Kirby
The Home Brew Barn

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SUMMER STYLE BEER – ARE YOU READY?

ImageYou know there is just something special about having an ice cold bottle of beer on a hot summer day – it’s a Tradition…. The ‘up’ of our ‘down time’. We work hard. Disorder has tried to screw with us all week and we stood tall. Ahhh, the first sip of that crisp Lager, Hef or Pale Ale.

…Ready to break Tradition? What about those ‘other’ summer beer styles? One of our Facebook friends brought our focus to Porch Rocker, a fantastic summer beer with a name that helps put you there. S A has presented us with this seasonal ‘Radler’, but what is it? Well, a Radler is typically a German-style beer blended with lemon soda. In this case, it’s a Helles made with lemon.

We wanted to turn you on to some alternative summer drinks that you can make up – just take your favorite beer, preferably your homebrew, and mix it 50-50 with something, basically anything. Turns out there are a number of these traditional summer beer drinks:

  •        Alster                     Pilsner/Lemon Soda
  •        Bismark                 Scwartzbier/Champagne
  •        Black Shandy        Stout/Lemonade
  •        Brass Monkey       Beer/Orange Juice
  •        Cincinnati              Beer/Lemon-Lime Soda
  •        Diabolo                  Lager/mint or grenadine
  •        Flieger                   Weizen/Cola
  •        Kivela                    Lager/lemonade
  •        Mazouts                Lager/cola
  •        Quianti                  Beer/Orange Soda
  •        Radler                   Beer/Lemon Soda
  •        Russ                     Weizen/Lemon Soda
  •        Shandy                 Beer/any Soft Drink
  •        Snakebite             Beer/Cider

And then when the ‘soft’ drink added to the beer becomes ‘hard’ we have:

  •        Diesel                    Lager/Cider/Black Currant liquor
  •        Dragon Bite          Diesel/Vodka
  •        Red Witch            Diesel/Pernod Liquor

Be creative and give it a go!

Let us know if you have one you really enjoy that you have created! Maybe we can design a new beer style!

Kirby

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There may be things that even a good beer can’t save…

Interesting read this week from azcentral.com written by the brewmaster of Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewery on trying new brews to pair with food… if you haven’t yet read it I’d recommend reading but Wow…Andy – I can’t tell if you need a beer or you had too many when you wrote this article. Wading through the content of the article basically left me with one thought: there may be things that even a good beer can’t save.

First off, beer is an icebreaker, a social conduit. If you’re going to saddle it with a task like pairing it with food, start with appetizers. “Befores” typically should be light alcohol content. They’ll go with anything from the spicy to the bland. But beware: the spicy will need to be watered down with more of the same beer, and the bland will cry out for the next style.

Which brings me to the next point: I liked the suggestion for each of the guests to bring some beer. I always like this suggestion. As a matter of fact, at our dinner parties, if you don’t bring some beer you wash the dishes. This rule has resulted in a concerted effort by the guests to not only bring beer, but to garner some sense of what the hell it is they have brought so that everyone in attendance knows it’s their beer.

Kirby

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