Mar 2009 22

crw_0126-1crw_0130-2img_0131-3The long weekend was blurry, er… went by in a blur.  By sheer cowinkydink, the Grey Lodge Firkenteenth coincided with PBW.  The early bird catches the worm(wood).  Well, not really, but even with us AM Imbibers, we still couldn’t get anything to kick!  We gave up still in the first “round” but I did enjoy the Dock Street Hop Garden and Sierra Nevada Stout. 

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Mar 2009 22

At Capone’s Allagash event Saturday, brewer Rob Todd filled me in on his new creation, Gargamel, which he actually named without any thought to the Smurfs wizardly character. He said Gargamel originated when a (former knucklehead) employee used the wrong malt in a beer recipe. The mistake was discovered the next day by the brewer and too late to correct, they performed some magic to the recipe, adding a potion or two and sat on it, tasting it every other full moon or so. It wasn’t anything special until near the end of last year, when age became beauty and the elixir came into its own. The BA Extreme Beer fest was one of the few places it’s been distributed to us commonfolk, but about 60 cases will be bottled and available before the summer. I’ll let you know the exact date after I’ve secured my booty! Rob said the best beers tend to start as accidents so maybe we can look forward to another delicious mistake coined “Azrael.”

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Mar 2009 22

img_0149-12Sunday began at the Stone Brunch at Teresa’s with a 12th Anniversary Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and a plate of Huevos Piccante to fill my stomach before catching the train to Philly. I attended the VIP session at Zythos with Chris Bauweraerts from Brasserie d’Achouffe, which promised some very special beers including rare lambic casks from Hannsens. Not quite- we sampled Duvel Classic, Maredsous 10, Ommegang Abbaye 12 and Chocolate Indulgence (paired with a melt in my mouth Belgian chocolate truffle), and Houblon Chouffe. These aren’t disappointing beers my any means, but not exactly rare.

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Apr 2009 02

img_0162-1It was a lofty goal many doubted was attainable. How to convert a car convention into a brewpub tour with an itinerary that appears to have been created by someone afflicted with both ADD and OCD disorders? 2000 miles, 14 breweries/ brewpubs/bars, and 7 states in 7 days- just a mini “RumSpringa Flinga” to experience some new places. Leaving after work, the first night was spent in southwestern Virginia near one leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway, where roads conjured up fantasies of curving out lines in a race prepped track car. Dinner and drinks were provided by Devils Backbone, a brewpub that opened this past November. The beer battered fried pickles and chicken salad wrap were tasty mostly because it was late and my stomach was empty. The beers were decent, preferring the Vienna Lager (malt, caramel, and toast) and the Ramsey’s Draft Stout (roasted malt on nitrogen for a creamy dry stout). The rooms at the nearby B&B were converted horse stables and otherwise not occupied, being the off-season. They were “quaint” (small) and “country-homey” (hay-scented), but “budget-friendly” (cheap) and “conveniently-located” (a stumble from the brewpub), and the owners had various pictures of their biking trips around the world to help you decide where to visit next. Morocco or Iceland anyone? Hmmm- not sure either is known for its beer or cars…

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Apr 2009 05

img_0194-14The next day we made our way out of NC into SC, the Land of Double-Wides and Churches. “HalleBrewia” (I’m feeling the faith, sing it with me now!), the first stop was the Thomas Creek Brewery, an operation in an industrial park with just a pintsized sign to announce their location. While not exactly the easiest thing to spot on its own, a sheriff’s car parked directly in front helped direct my attention… [..]

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