Book Review: The Dry Fire Primer
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Let this beer warm up to the suggested serving temperature to experience what the brewer intended for you to taste. Expect an inviting aroma with notes of coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, raisins, figs, rolled oats, multigrain bread, orange bitters, currants, and syrup. We found the flavor to be more firm than the nose implies, with bitterness coming in first and not bashful in the least. Bitterness fades to let mellow dark chocolate, and coffee notes emerge, along with some orange-peel and cocoa notes, a prominent and distinct scotch-meets-whiskey note, and then a drawn-out, super-dry, lightly bitter finish. The look is deceptive—a bit less dark than what you might expect from an oatmeal stout; but, man, does it deliver both hefts of flavor and ample body, thanks to the oats that really firm up the mouthfeel. As it warms, robust whiskey-esque notes really bloom. Partner up with thick cuts of grilled steak; we did a London Broil with the following marinade (this is for 1 steak; multiply quantity as necessary): 1 cup of Wild Goose Oatmeal Stout, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup ketchup, 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp A1 Steak Sauce, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1 tsp of pepper.
Serving Temperature: 50-58° F
Int'l Bittering Units: 25
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Snifter
Malts: Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted, Black, Flaked Oats
Hops: Horizon, Goldings
CHRISTMAS IN JULYJULY 13, 20106pm-in the Mobtown LoungeWe have saved some of the best Christmas beers for this event.We will be featuring both draft and bottles for this event.DRAFT LISTTroegs Mad ElfAnchor Holiday AleSierra Nevada BigfootRJ Rockers First SnowWintercoat Yuleplus others TBA........______________________________________________________MAX'S MINI ITALIAN FESTJULY 23 AND 24, 201011AM TO CLOSE BOTH DAYSNO ENTRANCE FEEWe will have over 20 Craft Italian beers on draft and a whole bunch of bottlesITALIAN DRAFT LIST -90%DONEDel Borgo 25 DodiciDel Borgo DuchessicDel Borgo GenzianaDel Borgo My AntoniaDel Borgo Re Ale ExtraDel Borgo Rubus LamboniBaladin Al IkirBaladin NoraBaladin Super BaladinDel Ducato ChimeraDel Ducato Nouva MattinaDel Ducato VerdiDel Ducato Via EmilaGrado Plato ChocarrubicaGrado Plato Strada San FeliceItaliano CassissonaItaliano Tipo PilsPausa Cafe ChiccaPausa Cafe TostaPiccolo ChiostroPiccolo SesonTroll Stella De Natale___________________________________________________MAX'S WORLD FAMOUSRARE & OBSCURE PART 3AUGUST 12-14, 2010more info coming soon.We have pulled out some real gems for this event. We will be doing casks on Thursday the 12 and drafts and bottles the 13 and 14.RARE & OBSCURE PART 3 DRAFTS- 50% DONEBFM DouzeBFM La TorpilleNogne O Imperial BrownNogne O SaisonNogne O SunturnbrewOmmegang BPAHopfenstark Baltic PorterSierra Nevada Charlie, Fred and KenThe Bruery CotonTroubadour MagmaPetrus Aged PaleStillwater Love & RegretStillwater /Voodoo Jungle des RuesSaison de CazeauOskar Blues Oak Aged Ten FidyMikkeller Yeast Series LagerMikkeller Yeast Series HefeweizenMikkeller Yeast Series BrettMikkeller Yeast Series Belgian AleMikkeller Yeast Series American AleMikkeller Rauch Geek BreakfastMikkeller Monks BrewMikkeller It's AliveHof Ten Dormaal BlondeEmelisse WitbierEmelisse LentebockEmelisse DubbelDieu Du Ciel Peche MortalDieu Du Ciel AphroditeDe Molen EngelsDe Molen AmarilloAllagash Black Bourbon Barrel
After several votes, a decrease in the proposed tax and a lot of controversy, the Baltimore City Council passed a bottle tax Thursday that will tack on 2 cents to some bottled beverages bought in the city.The revised version of the container tax passed by a vote of 8-4. The 2-cent tax was introduced this week after a 4-cent tax was defeated last week.The 2-cent tax will raise about $5.7 million and help with the city's looming budget deficit, according to city leaders.Earlier report here.
Do we need to explain that "session beers" are refreshing beers lower in alcohol content and calories than most beer-geek favorites but just as flavorful, and much more enjoyable on a "Code Red" heat advisory day than that big, brash imperial stout or Belgian tripel? Yeah, we didn't think so.
Today we tapped the next installment of our Session Beer Series, "Rye Ale". This is the perfect beer for summers heat. The rye malt give it a crisp dry body and the 15 pounds of fresh ginger and Amarillo hops give the beer an inviting aroma. 4% abv
We will be hosting a Firkin Friday at the Arundel Mills, Bel Air and Bowie DuClaw Brewing Company locations on June 25th at 5pm. Firkins scheduled to be tapped by location:Arundel Mills
1. Double Dry Hopped Serum with Amarillo Hops
*Bonus Firkin* Apricot Infused Venom (tapped after the 1st one is finished)Bowie
1. Double Dry Hopped Serum with Amarillo HopsBel Air
1. Double Dry Hopped Serum with Amarillo Hops
Please join us the Third Tuesday of every month as we tap an unconditioned (sic) cask ale, or as some would say, firkin, and let the fun begin. We will tap the cask at 7 PM and Chef Pat will have a handful of specially designed dishes to complement each unique beer.They probably have some of that leftover firkin for tonight, and if you haven't had that bourbon-barrel-aged Below Decks, what are you waiting for? It's good!
Tuesday, June 22nd, 7 PM: Clipper City Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet, Bourbon Aged Barleywine Style Ale
Tuesday, July 20th, 7 PM: Clipper City, Meet the Brewer Pint Night
Will be in Baltimore this fall. While I enjoy various micro/craft brews, several of my friends and I like to go old-school and low-fi. We have a Schaefer Beer Hall of Fame where we meet at NASCAR races to toast the wonder of Schaefer. More and more, we're trying to take our message to other parts of the country.Their Schaefer adventures are chronicled here: http://bench-racing.blogspot.com/search/label/schaefer
One of our friends recently purchased some Schaefer in Baltimore area, but he didn't get it at a bar. I'm wondering if you know any pubs, bars, etc. that still sell it - particuarly any around Camden Yards. Would love to visit the place for a Schaefer and photo op when I get there.
CHICAGO—Americans everywhere are going wild over the latest commercial for Heineken beer, an ad so appealing it is being referred to as "the coolest thing ever" and prompting nearly everyone who sees it to want to rush out and buy a bunch of Heinekens immediately.More at the link.
"Oh my God, did you see those people in the commercial drinking those Heinekens?" one typical American, 33- year-old Chicago resident James K. Olloway, asked Thursday. "They were having so much fun! Maybe if I get some Heinekens I can have good times at the same level they do. In fact, I'm going to go out and get some right now."
"Daaaaaamn!" he added.
Though a majority of consumers report they usually "just zone out" during commercials, this 30-second spot has left its viewers completely captivated, perhaps because the music, the lighting, and the happy people enjoying their Heinekens are things no one has previously witnessed on TV.
5 course Stillwater Artisanal Ales Dinner @ Birch & Barley on Monday, June 28
Stateside Saison (cask) Chamomile
Stateside Saison (cask) French Oak / Dry hopped
Cellar Door (draft)
Cellar Door (cask) French Oak / Citra Dry hopped
Channel-Crossing collaboration with Olivers (draft)
Stillwater / Voodoo collab. 'Jungle de Rus' (black wheat ale brewed with pureed raisins, hibiscus, juniper, rose hips, and Schisandra berries)
Red 33 (pin) a sour red blend (exclusive!)
It’s also important to know how many servings you should get from a keg. For example, most owners know there are 1,984 ounces in a 15.5-gallon domestic keg, and they know they pour 16-ounce pints, so they assume 124 servings per keg. However, with the evolution of the 14-ounce pint glass (in combination with ½” head), they should expect closer to 155 servings per keg. At $4 per serving, that adds up to $124 per keg in lost revenue! Determining how much you’re actually pouring is a vital step to reducing shrinkage.Is that wrong? Well, if the beer is priced accordingly--i.e. if they're giving you 14 ounces of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for $3.50--nothing's wrong with that at all. But if they're pricing a "draft pint" to be 33% more than the price of the same beer in a bottle, then it's time to call foul, and let them know why.
Nearly 400 people were convicted of driving while intoxicated in the District since fall 2008 based on inaccurate results from breath test machines, and half of them went to jail, city officials said Wednesday.More here.
D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said the machines were improperly adjusted by city police. The jailed defendants generally served at least five days, he said.
Nickles's office has begun notifying the drivers, a move that immediately triggered at least one lawsuit against the District and could lead to requests for expungements, new trials and even deeper skepticism about the integrity of testing. Challenging test results is at the heart of drunken-driving cases, and this revelation will only strengthen those challenges, defense attorneys said.
The District's badly calibrated equipment would show a driver's blood-alcohol content to be about 20 percent higher than it actually was, Nickles said. All 10 of the breath test machines used by District police were wrong, he said. The problem occurred when the officer in charge of maintaining the machines improperly set the baseline alcohol concentration levels, Nickles said.
It should come as no surprise, then, that we have a problem with "sin taxes," such as the penny-per-ounce surcharge on sweetened beverages championed by CDC Director Thomas Frieden. Most of us would probably agree that we'd be better off if we drank less soda, but any government action designed to control consumption puts us on alert. A tax is far less likely to induce reactance than an outright ban, but we feel queasy whenever we think The Man is trying to influence our behavior. In the case of the sugar-sweetened-beverage tax, which has often been referred to as a "fat tax," our discomfort is greater because the measure seems to encourage finger-pointing. In defense of the proposal, New York Gov. David Paterson has said, "Someone has got to contribute to the $7.6 billion the state spends every year to treat diseases from obesity." Those who are not obese may feel that they should not have to pay for the "sins" of the fat people over there, the ones creating the problem. Those who are obese are likely to feel shamed and persecuted. And we all recoil at the thought of the government trying to regulate our bodies.Interestingly, no one so far has mentioned alcohol in the Baltimore proposal.
The second offering in our small batch, experimental eXile Series will be escaping from the brewery into the taps at Arundel Mills, Bel Air and Bowie Thursday June 10th, 2010. X-2 is an Imperial Wit: similar to Sawtooth but with an all out palate-assaulting arsenal of bitter orange and coriander flavors, a fuller, fluffier body and a higher (7.2% abv) alcohol content. Think of it as a bigger, badder wolf. Remember, quantities are limited, so get your taste before it’s gone!
Can't get up there? I'm wagering it's on draft at Dog Pub's other two locations.
Tonight we have a firkin of Pub Dog's Very Cherry Ale. Come on in, grab a pint and cool off with this tart, refreshing beer.
Roy's, the Hawaiian fusion restaurant in Harbor East, puts on a beer dinner Monday night.No beer list or menu provided--yet..............
The event is a send-off for two servers, who are about to begin a cross-country bike ride to benefit a charity they created.Over the next four months, Paul Lebelle and Adam Burkowske will bike from Baltimore to San Diego to raise money for Bikefree, which will give free bicycles to the children of active-duty military personnel.The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday and costs $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410/659-0099.
I thought your readers might like to know that we have started a beer garden every Friday and Saturday night in conjunction with the Avenue's Summer Concert Series. From 6:30 to 9:00 we will be pouring beers on the plaza while the bands play. A list of the upcoming bands are on the Avenue's web site http://www.theavenueatwhitemarsh.com/webpage.php?sectionid=25. This Friday we will have Daily Crisis IPA and They Made Me Do It Blueberry.
Hey guys, just wanted to give everybody a heads up about this Friday! We are going to kick off summer with a cask of the rare and hard to get Stillwater Summer Saison; tapping begins at 6pm, and the fun goes until it's kicked! We got some other great stuff on tap as well: Dale's Pale Ale, Brooklyn Summer Snake, Dog IPA, Boulder's Cold Hop, Heavy Seas Pale Ale, Guinness, Troegs Java Head Stout, UFO Razberry Hefewizen, and Muggsy's House Amber. See you there, and as always forward this on to anyone you know who might enjoy a good beer!