Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
With Nick Johnson running the show for Tröegs, or maybe the promised appearance of Meg and Tara, the word got out and thirsty patrons beat a proper path to the door and filled the joint. Well, all except for a few notable locals, X, Y, and Z.
Mr. Big Dan covered the beginning of the evening at Craft Ale House and has captured a few nice pictures that you can check out over at the CAH blog. I showed up a few minutes later and fortunately not any later. The bar-top firkin of GABF-prepared Nugget Nectar was kicked in 51 minutes. That beer, I'll tell ya, is one tasty treat that typically peaks in the bottle earlier in the summer. But, being freshly made for GABF next month and being firkin fresh on top of that, it was rockin' everyone's worlds best I could tell from chit-chattering with the Vox Hopuli. Some guy named Foley, though, is still not impressed.
The quick kicking of the firkin shouldn't have been surprising given the not-a-space-to-be-found parking lot and the packed house inside. (It was a crowd for CAH, not Ace Hardware, in case there was any confusion.) Along with the Nugget Nectar and the Naked Elf, the usual complement of Tröegs brands were flowing as were a bunch of other stellar goodies that Craft Ale House is known for stocking in the cooler.
I used the evening to give myself a preview of Dark Horse things to come this Saturday at TJs back closer to home in Paoli. The Crooked Tree was a nice drinking IPA that I probably would have dipped into for another one, maybe two, if it wasn't for the 25 minute ride back home.
Now I know why I don't see my old friends quite as often in the 'burbs closer to Philly. With stellar joints like Ortino's, Union Jack's, and now Craft Ale House dotting the farther hinterlands, there's less reason for them to venture as far from home as they used to.
By the way, some suspicious behavior by someone cavorting in an Exton Beverage t-shirt did not go unnoticed. Question is, who is this guy? The 'someone' is not Greg Ramirez, by the way. Any guesses?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I couldn't think of a better way to knock-out all those people who think Sierra Nevada only makes Pale Ale. So, join us this Wednesday August 26th @ 4:00PM, as the Tiger celebrates one of the cornerstones of the craft beer movement - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The List: Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Scotch Ale (Cask) Sierra Nevada Torpedo (Cask) Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Sierra Nevada Brown Sierra Nevada Belgian Triple Sierra Nevada Double Debockel Doppelbock Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat Sierra Nevada Stout Sierra Nevada Blonde Sierra Nevada Brown Saison Sierra Nevada Vintage Bigfoot (2006) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Sierra Nevada Bitter Sierra Nevada Porter Sierra Nevada Kölsch Sierra Nevada IPA Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Sierra Nevada Celebration 2008 Sierra Nevada Anniversary Sierra Nevada Summerfest Sierra Nevada ESB Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (you know, we had to do it) Twenty three? Not too bad, for only making pale ale.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It's due to be a roughly 6 hour feast of food and fermentables that will culminate with an after party that I'm sure will be quite a surprise in many ways. Obviously, there will be much more on this to come next week when I return home and attempt to make sense of everything I've seen, heard, and tasted along the way during this week.
Until then, go and check out the menu. I know at least one person with whom I discussed this menu at the Craft Ale House last week that may need a few days to dry his eyes after reading this.
By the way, a gorgeous menu design, is it not? It was designed by artistically-gifted Damian Fagan, co-Bay Area resident with Sean Paxton. Need some beer-related artwork/design. He'd be a good guy to call.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This Thursday, the 20th, we will be holding our first ever Saison-a-Thon here at Iron Hill, WC! We basically invited our staff to form teams (everyone from servers to chefs to management), formulate a "unique" saison utilizing any and all spices, fruit, hops, bacteria, yeast, additional fermentables, etc, etc that they could dream up, and then we brewed it. The resulting eight saisons will all be on draught next Thursday at 6:30 pm for your summer drinking pleasure. Five bucks gets you a taste of each, and after tasting, you will have the opportunity to pick your favorite. The best saison will be brewed again, only this time on a slightly larger scale! Oh, and did I mention that each team will have 3 minutes to pitch their saison to the crowd (I've heard rumors of interpretive dance). This should be a blast! In anticipation of this ground breaking event, we've been profiling a person or two from each team. [see the IH/WC blog for profiles already written]
Monday, August 17, 2009
This Wednesday August 19th @ 4:00PM, we will be transforming the Tiger to the Fox, the Sly Fox that is... Come join us as we have a few of Sly Fox's best and rarest on draught, and by few I mean 23... The List: Sly Fox Helles Lager Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout Sly Fox Saison Vos Sly Fox Royal Weisse Sly Fox 113 IPA Sly Fox Incubus Triple Sly Fox Ichor Quad Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA Sly Fox Oatmeal Stout Sly Fox Christmas Ale Sly Fox Instigator Doppel Bock Sly Fox Seamus Irish Red Sly Fox Prometheus Porter Sly Fox Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager Sly Fox Grisette Farmhouse Sly Fox Dunkel Weisse Sly Fox Whitehorse Wit Sly Fox Abbey Xtra Sly Fox Hop Project WGV Sly Fox Burns Scottish Export Ale (Cask)
Let's see if I can recap what we saw: Mr. Kehoe from Yards (at the tailend of his hour just before he sped away safely from the debauchery he left behind); Ms. Woods from Sly Fox (easter egg prize giveaways and chicken wings that I'm still trying to track down); Mr. Johnson of Tröegs fame (ah, what can we say about Nick that his reputation which always precedes him hasn't already said? good times, mate); and finally last but certainly not least Mr. Hughes from Flying Fish (the pictures below will tell you everything you need to know). For the sake of getting this all out there for you to see what you may have missed, I'm going to forego any other flowery descriptions to set up the pictures. I'm sure you're all relieved. You're only here for the pictures anyway, right? Just so you know, there were many, many pictures to wade through to depict for you here the good times that went down this weekend in Northeast Philly at Grey Lodge. Alone, the 4 hours that I was there for was one big photo op after another. The blood, the tears, but certainly the sweat people...just so you know...it's all for you ;-) Alright, let's get some captions on these and move along...oh, er, and maybe I should say one last time a big congratulations to Scoats for continuing to do what he does so well for, getting to be, so long. Cheers!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
foie gras torchon
Rodenbach Grand Cru pickled sour cherries, brioche toast, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise syrup
Geuze Cuvée J&J (Jessie En Joost) Roos 2003 & Blauw 2003 sorbeto
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
|Ommegang BCTC 2009 (click to link to Picasa Photo Album)|