Like many of you, I get a bunch of emails from people all over the states. Some are to introduce me to products, some are to inform me about up coming events (even those across the country from me) and some are just to let me know about some odd stuff happening in the craft beer world. I decided to summarize some of the emails I’ve received lately hoping that you might find some of this stuff interesting or (heaven forbid) useful. Some are Delaware local events, but most of them may be of interest to anyone regardless of location. If nothing else, scroll to the bottom and check out the first craft beer rap song. Seriously.
- Twin Lakes will be in a bunch of places in the coming weeks:
Saturday September 20, 2014 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. DuClaw Brewing Co.’s Real Ale Festival Bel Air, MD
Saturday September 20, 2014 (Rescheduled From September 13, 2014) 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m.2014 Chesapeake CityCraft Beer & Wine Festival Pell Gardens South Chesapeake City, MD
September 19, 20 and 21, 2014 Delaware Saengerbund’s Oktoberfest 49 Salem Church Road Newark, DE 19711
Sunday September 21, 2014 Starts at Noon / Ends ? Open Space Music Festival at Bellevue State Park Figure 8 Barn Wilmington, DE
Saturday September 27, 2014 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Ronald McDonald House of Delaware”Red Shoe and Brew” at Twin Lakes Brewery (“Third Annual”)
- Jessop’s Tavern is hosting a wine dinner on Monday September 29, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT , “Dear Ed, Originally from New Zealand, Nick & his wife Yolyn moved to California in 1990. After many years in the wine industry Nick and Yolyn established their own line of wines in 1998 with the release of Goldschmidt Vineyards. Being from New Zealand and from traveling around the world for work, the goal of their company was to produce two distinct brands of fine wines. He accomplished this by have vineyards in both New Zealand and here in California. Jessop’s Tavern & Colonial Restaurant has teamed up with DOPS, Inc. to offer an amazing menu accompanied by select Goldschmidt Wines from both vineyards. Click link for more information: (Wine Dinner Info)”
- Curt Villarosa from the Travel Channel sent me this, “CHEVY CHASE, MD (September 15, 2014) – Just in time for Oktoberfest, today TravelChannel.com launches a new short-form web series “Microbrew Madness” – a spirited journey across America to discover some of the nation’s best craft breweries. Each of the 16 six-minute webisodes on tap features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (TravelChannel.com’s “Girls Gone Bayou”), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (TravelChannel.com’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (TravelChannel.com’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”).
Griffis, Porter, Speranza and Van Duzer take viewers to different regions of the United States, tasting some of the top local microbrews in 16 different cities. The cities visited include: Atlanta, Ga.; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich; Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Lakewood, N.Y.; Loveland, Colo.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Tampa, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz. and Winston-Salem, N.C. They speak with chefs and brew masters, learn special food pairings and drink in the history to discover why each microbrewery is a can’t miss destination.
- Ashley Sheen representing Innis & Gunn sent this, “Edinburgh, Scotland (September 17, 2014) – When it comes to talk of beer and bourbon and Scotch, it usually involves a bar order of a ‘whiskey with a beer back.’ But leave it to innovative and independent Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn, known for oak-aging all its beers, for turning the order on its head. Why settle for two independent drinks when you can combine them for some festive fun?
Innis & Gunn announces the release of two warming oak-aged brews in time for fall – introducing Bourbon Stout (exclusive for the US) and Scottish Porter. Both beers are matured over oak in Innis & Gunn’s proprietary oak-aging percolators known as the Oakerators® (think coffee percolator). Bourbon Stout and Scottish Porter are available now in the US while stocks last. And when it comes to that ‘whiskey with a beer back’ order, these are beers that don’t take a backseat to whiskies”
Liz Smeds sent me an email to introduce me to the beer check-in app Pombe, “Pombe, an innovative provider of mobile applications, announced today that it will be supporting Snallygaster, the largest craft beer festival in Washington, DC on September 13, 2014. Pombe has also released version 1.6 of its mobile beer application, which builds upon its last version that enabled functionality outside of beer events and the ability to support multiple/simultaneous beer events.“
- Kat Rose suggests coasters as a possible gift for Oktoberfest, “The perfect gift for your thirsty friends to celebrate the start of Oktoberfest is a set of 4 Graf & Lantz Bierfilzl coasters made of heavy duty 5mm thick wool felt ($24) in a variety of colors. Traditionally used for beer mugs in Bavarian taverns until late 19th century, felt coasters are functional, durable and sure to protect your table. Not surprising that to this day Bavarians call coasters of all kinds “bierfilzl” or “beer felt.” See them at WWW.GRAF-LANTZ.COM
Jessica Darrican set me an email about a product that turns a beer can into a stein, “Hi!! On April 1st of this year ThinkGeek.com announced its Das Can-In-Stein, which turns any 12oz beer can into a pewter tankard. Sadly, it was just an April Fool’s Day product. The demand was so great, so WE MADE IT A REALITY! Thought you’d love to see it!” – this one is pretty cool!
“Just slip your drink into your Das Can-in-Stein and brace for the impending carousing. Our pewter-look resin scaffold holds any standard 12 oz. can and features a hinged lid easily operated with a thumb-lever. And you know what that means: no more Black-Plague-carrying insects in your drink! Because you’ll be doing it a lot, we recommend you toast base-to-base with your Can-in-Stein. And always toast holding the handle! We learned that one from experience. (And we remembered it, despite being drunk at the time! *hic*ow*) Let the Das Can-in-Stein turn your next event into Oktoberfest! “
Erik Wardell wrote me to let me know that Klean Kanteen had added a growler to their product line, “Hey there, I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that Klean Kanteen has just released a new Growler, along with a host of other new product designs. This classically designed Growler comes in 64oz and 40oz sizes, and is available in a brushed stainless or dark amber finish. For more information on the new products from Klean Kanteen, please find the full press release here.“
- And finally, Brewheads sent me an email to let me know that they had teamed up with rapper Cee to produce the first craft beer inspired rap song. Check it out: