The 3rd Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival is in the books. Once again, SanTan and HDE hit it out of the park with a one of a kind beer festival.
The anticipation of the best canned craft beer festival in the country is in full effect after the judging took place for the festival this past weekend. It is important to sample the award winning beers but its just as important to sample other varieties. So like all festivals, an attack plan is a key in order to maximize the array of beer available.
Every year Madison, Wisconsin hosts a ten-day, citywide festival in honor of all things craft beer. In the State with the third most bars per person, this is not an event done half way. This year the week kicked off on the first Saturday with a Cask Ale Fest on the shores of Lake Monona. Brew Bro Scott headed over to check things out.
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color. — New Belgium Brewing
The time of year to vote for your city as Beer City USA is almost upon us. Charlie Papazian has recently posted the announcement that the voting for the 2013 Beer City USA Poll will soon commence. If you have been following my posts about this the last few years, you know I have proclaimed (See previous years article here) that Phoenix deserves to have its name on the ballet, and that there is a possibility of actually winning. Well this year, my outlook has changed. To be honest, Phoenix doesn’t deserve any of this.
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When I was invited to attend the Breckenridge beer dinner at El Palacio, I JUMPED at the chance, and it was a great time!
Whenever my kids spend the day with Grandma and Grandpa, they eat at El Palacio on Gilbert Road in Chandler. It’s just one of those things. We have also had several meals there as a family.
Pick a homebrewer and odds are he or she has had dreams of opening their own small craft brewery in an old-timey building. Ideally it would be somewhere when the locals ride their bikes and come by every afternoon to hang out with friends. Well, homebrewer Peter Gentry made his dream a reality with One Barrel Brewing Company on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin.
“Cascara Quad is a dark, strong and surprisingly delicate ale made with dates and coffee cherries. Channeling the Trappist tradition, it’s brewed with an ethereal malt bill, and spiced with the fruit of the coffee bean (cascara). The aroma brings dates, cherries and pipe tobacco right to the nose and builds layers with hints of spice and fruity Belgian yeast. Once on the palate, Cascara Quad starts swinging clove, fig and molasses. Each sip offers sweet warmth, deep complexity and fleeting dryness.” — New Belgium Brewing