We've been looking for a suitable way to end our Liquor Snob hiatus and thankfully we just found the perfect one - a combination of two of our favorite things: beer and heavy metal. Denver's TRVE Brewing Company just opened this past summer, and it sounds like they're doing a lot of things right. We'll list out some of our favorites:
Said brews are all named after metal songs - our bucket listers are Black Cascade (an American Black Ale named after a Wolves in the Throne Room tune) and Prehistoric Dog (a salted wheat beer named after our favorite song by Red Fang).
Their t-shirt - 'nuff said because we already ordered one.
Their system is small enough that they need to be able to manage the volume of growler fills, and they've come up with a pretty ingenious method by letting you join their CVLT - a membership program that lets you get hand-painted and signed growlers, some free growler refills, and some other cool swag.
We know we're going to check 'em out next time we're in Denver (or make them the reason to head there?) so if you're in the area and any of that sounds kickass to you, you can follow 'em on Tumblr or Twitter too.
We'll come out and say it - we're really excited that our home town of Waterbury, Vermont was recently called out by the Boston Globe as the best beer town in New England. Vermont is a great state for beer, and we're happy to see the local breweries being recognized on a grander scale. Equally exciting is the inclusion of our beloved nearby Three Penny Taproom (pictured above) in Montpelier on a list of 6 craft beer bars to visit in Vermont from Serious Eats. Check out what they have to say:
Inside the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, you could spend an entire weekend sampling from the 24 taps, and another few days supping from rare bottles (Tilquin Oude Gueze and multiple brews from Cantillon among them). The best-kept secret, though, is the food from chef Matthew Bilodeau; all of it is thoughtfully executed to pair with the beer.
We've been pretty interested in the concept of beer running lately, though we admittedly spend more time focused on the beer part than the running part. Last night we stumbled across an article at Offtrackplanet about Hashing, a game that brings a new level to the beer run. All you need is some friends, a good area for running, some booze - and maybe a flashlight.
The rules look pretty simple:
One person (or a small group of people) are selected as hares and given a head start to create a trail using either chalk, flour, or a chalk-flour combo. While the hares are running ahead, the rest of the hash gets as sloppy as possible in a short time. Then, already sporting a solid buzz, they take off in attempt to catch the hares by following the symbols the hares have left behind.
We will say we think they're missing an opportunity to add some spice to the chase if they gave about 80% of the booze to the hares. It weighs them down a bit sure, but it definitely adds motivation for the rest of the pack.
Check out the rest of the story - including the history of the hash, the symbols used by the hares, and the importance of hashing nicknames - at What the F*ck is Hashing?
Finally, in man's never-ending quest to make his beverage more voluptuous, we get the Boobzie - a Koozie with breasts. Seems like a must-have gift for Bros, Lax Bros, and your grandpa - so basically anyone you wouldn't want to have dating your sister.
Apparently we're a couple weeks and 1.6 million Youtube views late to the party, but we just came across this "Hey, Pass Me a Beer" video on the Kegworks blog. As we're putting on our big boy pants to head down to the bar and pass people beers for the next few hours it caught our interest - though we're fairly certain the use of trampolines and slingshots would be frowned on - as would handing anyone an Old Milwaukee.
We picked up The Brewmaster's Table yesterday on a whim (well actually due to a new and pressing urge to be able to speak intelligently about the pairing of beer and food...more on that later), and we were up until 1 AM reading it. This book, written by Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver, is a treasure trove of information on beer styles, brands, and ways to pair brew with food.
We literally could not put it down until well after our bed time, and it's a must have for anyone interested in beer. The book is a few years old now (it was published in 2005), but even if some of the brands have gone away, the information about styles is still legit, from pale ales to sour beers.
Ever since our local brewery The Alchemist started offering their delicious Heady Topper double IPA in 16 oz. cans, we've been high as a kite - on both the tasty beer's 8% ABV and the concept of drinking beer from a can again. Oh, and by the way - this year is the 77th anniversary of breweries canning their beer.
We shifted our palates away from mass market beer to craft brews (for the most part) in college and since then our only real options were to rely on bottles or taps to get the tasty nectar. Still, we often found ourselves pining for the days of buying a 30 rack of cans for a party, or even just being able to easily tote along a six pack without fear of breakage when we went off to play our hippie lawn sports. So why was it so hard to find good beer in a can?
We got a package in the mail yesterday, and inside was Bottle Ninja from Bar Ninja for review. It's a sleek-looking creation that looks just like the butterfly knives we coveted as kids, but when you flip it open you'll find a bottle opener instead of a blade - and you'll probably be much less prone to lop off a fingertip if you hold it wrong.
The Bottle Ninja comes with two darling little glow sticks you can put into the flippy end, which would look most awesome if you were bartending at a rave in the '90s or opening sodas at an eight year old's birthday party. We're kind of wishing they'd gone with a speed-opener shape for the bottle opener, but we can sort of understand the design choice they made in the interest of not having handles as thick as your wrist.
Those small quibbles aside, we feel like Chuck Norris when we're flipping the thing open - even though we've never seen Chuck use a butterfly knife, nor have we seen him tend bar. We'll be taking ours down to the bar today to put it through its paces though, just as sure as Chuck doesn't sleep - he waits.
Get your own Bottle Ninja for $15.95, and check out their promotional video at Bar Ninja.
We've been thinking about getting a kegerator for Liquor Snob headquarters (because why not, right?) but we really like the idea of building our own. We don't have a chest freezer like the one used in this how to video from Northern Brewer, and that's pretty much the only thing keeping us from heading upstairs and pawing all the frozen waffles and ice cream right out of the damn thing post haste.
Oktoberfest is still a few months away, but it's never too early to plan for your blackout festivities. This year, don't waste your time in some sports bar drinking "spaten" that tastes suspiciously like Budweiser...head directly to the source (that's Germany, FYI) and do it for free with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest dream trip contest. And if the chance to go to Germany isn't enough, sign up because the consolation prize is lederhosen (not joking).
...Hacker-Pschorr is making it easy to enter, as every beer enthusiast 21 years of age and over, can enter on Facebook. Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Facebook offer includes: Airfare to Munich for two people, three nights' Munich hotel accommodations, Hacker-Pschorr Brewery Tour, and VIP seating and hospitality within Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Tent.
Enter online at www.facebook.com/HackerPschorrUSA. Entry deadline is May 31, 2012. Offered to U.S. residents at least 21 years old at time of entry or older, void where restricted or prohibited by law, and subject to Official Rules.
Most people I know who are into guitars are also pretty interested in beer. That's why this Marshall amp-shaped beer fridge is a stroke of genius. It features 4.4 cubic feet of storage, convenient can racks, and yes - the knobs on the outside go to 11. And yes, I'm sure this is what you're most concerned about - it's Energy Star compliant.
The Marshall Fridge will be available for $299, for shipment on October 1, 2012 (the day before our Editor in Chief's birthday...just sayin') at MarshallFridge.com. [via The Awesomer]
In our world every day is beer day, but this coming Friday August 5 is something special - International Beer Day - because there's nothing better on a summer Friday than enjoying some tasty, tasty beer. Here's what the IBD website has to say about the nature of the celebration:
The purpose of IBD is threefold:
To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.
We like to think of it as an opportunity for macro- and micro-brew drinkers alike to come together as one and say "Beer frickin' rules!" (or words to that effect) and clink their bottles, cans and fluted glasses together. No matter what, you know we'll be celebrating the day at Three Penny.
Today we discovered our favorite new show. It's called Workaholics, it's on Comedy Central, and it's the exact goddamn show we would have written if we were funny, talented, or the least bit driven to succeed. Instead, we watched 6 episodes back to back on Hulu when we were supposed to be finishing a project. This little bit wasn't in any of the episodes we saw, but we figured it fit better with the theme of our site than the concept of "third love."*
It's only a promo-type-thing but hey it's three dudes doing kegstands at work - how can you go wrong with that? Check out other clips at Comedy Central.