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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter: August 3, 2014
 
CELEBRATING THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR BREWTOPIA WEBSITE & BREWSLETTER!
In this issue:
Follow our craft beer adventures...
 
 
 
- Come With Us to Oregon in October!
 
Owen Ogletree is looking for a few more participants to experience his upcoming, epic beer excursion to Oregon - THE craft beer destination in the U.S.! Don't delay - we need to fill this trip soon, in order for it to take place.

Trip price includes hotel rooms, charter bus with professional driver, other ground transportation, a detailed schedule, at least one big group meal with beer each day, brewery tours, beer tastings, guided walks, free time to explore, and beer information from host Owen Ogletree.

 
Brewtopia's trips are almost half the price of similar trips on other websites!
 
 

OREGON CRAFT BEER CIRCUIT

October 18-25, 2014

 
We will travel worry-free on our charter bus, taking in the amazing scenery and letting our professional driver worry about the roads.
 
 
DAY 1-2: We travel to Portland's best brewpubs, pubs and breweries for VIP tours and tastes...
  • Hair of the Dog
  • Horse Brass Pub
  • Cascade Brewing Barrel House
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
  • Upright Brewing
  • Widmer Brewery & Gasthaus Pub
  • Plus many more!
 
DAY 3: Our bus takes us south toward Eugene.
  • We stop at the award-winning Pelican Pub & Brewery on the coast, then head to Newport to visit the Rogue brewery, distillery and public house.
  • Group dinner and beer in Eugene.
 
 
DAY 4: We pop into the best craft beer spots in Eugene to sample the brews.
  • Tour and samplers at the amazing Ninkasi Brewing.
  • On to Eugene City Brewery, Bierstein, Oakshire Brewing and more.
 
DAY 5: Beautiful Bend.
  • VIP tour of Deschutes Brewing.
  • Tastes at Ten Barrel Brewing, Bend Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, and the local brewpubs.
  • Big group dinner and beer at the Deschutes brewpub.
 
DAY 6: On to Hood River.
  • Beer and food at Full Sail.
  • Wonderful craft beers and "meet the brewer" sessions at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Double Mountain and more.
 
Day 7: Edgefield
  • One night at the marvelous McMenamin's Edgefield to check out their brewery, distillery, winery, various pubs on property and movie house.
Day 8: Fly home from Portland
 
 
Don't pass up this affordable opportunity to enjoy the Pacific Northwest, make new beer buddies and participate in this epic adventure with Owen!
 
 
 
 
- Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tasting Notes
 
Owen Ogletree, Thel Melton and Jeff Rapp sat down this week to record some brief tasting notes on each of the dozen unique brews included in the recent release of the Sierra Nevada collaboration "Beer Camp" variety pack...
 
New Glarus 
There & Back
English-style Bitter (ESB, strong bitter)
 
A malty ale with nice UK hop character, good balancing bitterness and mild, fruity esters. There's also a hint of toffee and crystal malts, along with a creamy mouthfeel. A smooth, flavorful, well-made beer.
 
 
 
Firestone Walker
Torpedo Pilsner
Hoppy Pilsner
 
A big, floral hop aroma evolves into a honey profile with tons of appealing hop flavor and bitterness on the palate. Drinks like an intense Bohemian pilsner that's quite clean and balanced by the perfect profile of sweet pilsner malt.
 
 
 
Victory
Alt Route Altbier
Dusseldorf-style Altbier
 
Very mild aromas of caramel and slight esters are balanced with just a touch of roasted malt and toasty character. Toffee, hops, impressive bitterness and complex fruity hints make for an extremely drinkable ale. Strong in ABV for a true altbier, but still memorable and well-done.
 
 
 
Ballast Point
Electric Ray
India Pale Lager
 
This 8.5% ABV lager offers aroma notes of pine resin, citrus and grapefruit peel. Flavors of chewy malt are backed by resiny hop flavor and bitterness in good balance with the residual malt notes. A big, yet harmonious brew with hints of alcohol warmth and an impressive malt backbone. 
 
 
 
Three Floyds
Chico King Pale Ale
 
Sweet, vanilla-like aromas meld with caramel malt notes and fruity esters. Flavor components of mild malt and hops combine to provide an earthy hop character backed by slightly sweet caramel malt with undertones of burnt sugar and roasted nuts.
 
 
 
Allagash Brewing
Myron's Walk
Belgian-style Pale Ale
 
Aromas of earthy fruits, malt, spice, citrus, coconut and hops waft from the glass before the palate picks up spice, coriander, slight Belgian esters and phenol hints. Finishes a bit dry, with pungent hops and coriander intermingling in interesting ways.
 
 
 
 

Russian River

Yvan the Great
Belgian-style Blonde Ale
 
Aromas of tropical fruit, candy sugar, mild malt, kiwi and honeydew melons give way to a sweet and spicy flavor profile where hops backup the malts quite well. There's an outstanding, pleasant bitter balance to the sweet malt in this Belgian blonde ale.
 
 
 
Cigar City
Yonder Bock
Tropical Maibock
 
Fruity hop notes and cocoa nib hints lead into aromas of earthy citrus, toasted malts and a hint of honey buns. Flavors of earthy malts are backed by woody, resiny hops and notes of caramel, figs and vanilla. A satisfying beer that's also malty and rich.
 
 
 

Oskar Blues

CANfusion
Rye Bock
 
The nose picks up ripe figs and earthy malt character, while the flavor profile includes notes of spicy rye, over-ripe fruit, syrupy hints and orange marmalade. Rye character is enhanced by resiny hops.
 
 
 
Asheville Brewers Alliance
Tater Ridge
Scottish-style Ale with sweet potatoes
 
A beer with mild flavors and aromas of malt, caramel, toasted nuts and hints of yams. The finish is clean and moderately dry. Pleasant but not as complex as one might expect.
 
 

Bell's Brewing

Maillard's Odyssey
Imperial Dark Ale
 
Pours with a very thick layer of foam. Aroma highlights include dark malts, apple hints, molasses and dark fruit. Alcohol, cocoa, bitter chocolate and an undertone of coffee come through in the flavor, while the finish is moderately dry in this smooth, stout-like ale that doesn't taste like 8.5% ABV. 
 
 
 
Ninkasi Brewing
Double Latte
Coffee Milk Stout with coffee and lactose sugar
 
Aromas of licorice, roasted malts and bitter chocolate emerge from the glass. The tongue picks up coffee, espresso and roasted malts - all supported by hops. Dry and very drinkable. 
 
- Max Lager's Premiers New Brews
This summer, Atlanta's Max Lager's taps Resurgens Imperial Rye IPA made with Jarrylo - the impressive new American hop bursting with tangerine and orange marmalade notes. Brewer J.R. adds, "Also in the tanks for summer will be Hitze Heat Wave Lager - a clean, crisp pilsner-like lager finished with German Tettnanger, Mandarina and Huell Melon hops - perfect for the dog days of August!"
 
Max Lager's J.R. and beer blogger Ale Sharpton
 
- Brewsletter Sponsor
Starr Hill

GRATEFUL PALE ALE
 
Grateful creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.

Malted Barley: Two Row, Wheat & Caramel

Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Topaz & Cascade

Flavor: Aromatic hops with a light body
Color: Light Gold
Style: American Pale Ale
IBUs: 26
ABV: 4.7%
 
- Burnt Hickory Expands
Kennesaw's cult classic Burnt Hickory Brewery expects the arrival of a new 20-barrel brewhouse in August, and the owners and brewers have been hard at work tearing down walls and making room all summer.
 
"Plan on seeing a lot more of our product around town by end of year," says Burnt Hickory's evil genius owner, Scott Hedeen (pictured). "Our 9353 Peach Berliner is coming the first week of August, followed in October by our pumpkin porter, Die Kreuzen."
 
- Featured Links & Events
  • 08/06/2014 - COPPER CREEK cask ale tapping. 6 PM, Athens, GA.
  • 08/31/2014 - BARK & BREW. Ashford Manor, Watkinsville, GA. This event is now sold out.
  • 08/12-16/2014 - GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL. London, UK. Website.
  • 10/11/2014 - BRAMWELL, WV OKTOBERFEST. Join Owen Ogletree, The Beer Wench and Southern Brew News' Larry Johnson at this wonderful, town-wide celebration of craft beer and music in the lovely mountains of southern West Virginia. More information.
  • 01/24/2015 - ATLANTA CASK ALE TASTING. 5 Seasons Brewing & Taco Mac Prado. Tickets go on sale in late August.
  • 04/12/2015 - 20th Anniversary CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST. Athens, GA. Tickets go on sale in late August. Website.
- Craft Brewery Numbers in USA Hit New High
 
The Brewers Association recently announced that as of June 30, 2014, 3,040 breweries were operating in the U.S., 99 percent of which were small and independent. Additionally, there were 1,929 breweries in planning. Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 110,273 full-time and part-time workers, many of which are manufacturing jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.
 
"Coupled with the continued rise in the number of breweries, the market growth of craft brewers highlights the ongoing localization of beer production in the United States,” said Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association. “More and more, people are enjoying the products from America's small and independent brewers, making this country a true destination for beer. Craft brewers are providing world-class, innovative products that continue to excite beer lovers and energize the industry."
 
- "Like" Brewtopia Events on Facebook & Follow Us on Twitter
CLICK HERE and hit the Brewtopia Events "like" button on Facebook to see live photos and news posts as we sip, quaff and sniff craft beer around the world.
 
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COMING UP...
  • Owen Ogletree and Terrapin's Spike Buckowski head across the pond to London's Great British Beer Festival. Spike also brews a collaboration ale at Everards Brewery in Leicester, UK.
  • See Owen's posts in August from the San Diego Beer Blogger's Conference.
Owen Ogletree is an Athens, GA beer writer, beer traveler, nationally certified beer judge, and founder/director of www.ClassicCityBrew.com, the Classic City Brew Fest, and the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Phone: (706) 254-BREW.
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