Well May has come and gone so let’s take a look at some of the new beers and label art that it brought us:
First up, Dogfish Head gives a few tweaks to its 90 Minute IPA label while adding the word “IMPERIAL” into the mix. 90 Minute has always been described as an Imperial IPA, but now the word is front and center. They of course echoed this repackaging for the 1 pint energy drink cans.
Next up, Mispillion River with The Goon IPA and War Badger, a sour beer brewed with fruit grape.
Iron Hill usually doesn’t have a lot of labels come through the system, but this month they’ve been pretty active. Below are labels for Vienna Red Lager, Ore House IPA, Crusher Session IPA, and a Halloween inspired (my favorite obviously) Pumpkin Ale.
Speaking of busy, the guys over at Midnight Oil have been busy doing more than making beer. Here’s a nice collection of keg labels from them.
And last but not least, 16 Mile with a very interesting looking label for their New England style IPA, Solar Flare. 16 Mile is also doing their thing were they’re passing numerous keg label through the system that are their beers mixed with various fruit and herbs. I haven’t included them because they’re pretty non-descriptive but they include Blue’s Golden with Blood Oranges, Blue’s Golden with allspice, apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, honey and mace, as well as Amber Sun with ginger and apples.
As you should know by now, Iron Hill is opening its third Delaware location in Rehoboth Beach, and as you might expect, they need people to help them bring their food and beers to the masses. To that end, Iron Hill is hosting job fairs for anyone who might be interested. Details are in the press release below:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to Host Job Fair April 18 – 29
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s 14th location, the third in their flagship state of Delaware, is currently looking to fill approximately 100 year-round, front and back of the house positions, ranging from servers to line cooks at their Rehoboth Beach location expected to open in May. Job seekers can learn more about career opportunities during a job fair hosted by the Rehoboth management.
Iron Hill team members enjoy ongoing training and career development, complimentary home brewing supplies, paid time off, medical/dental/vision/prescription plans, 401K with employer match, comp cards and 50% off dining benefit plus many more benefits including opportunities for advancement.
Located right on Coastal Highway and across from the popular Tanger Outlets, the restaurant features a craft kitchen and on-site scratch brewery, allowing the team of talented chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops.
I try to keep up on the new label art that comes out of Delaware breweries (and sometimes local favorites outside Delaware) but I’ve never done a post like this before.
You see, not only are bottle/can labels available, but keg labels as well. Now, I don’t normally share these because there’s rarely anything to them, usually just a ring shaped label with some words and a box checked indicating what beer is inside.
But I thought for the fun off it, I’d share some of these recent keg labels along with some new label art that will soon be arriving at your favorite brewery/liquor store. In fact, you might have seen a few of these already as I’ve been hording some of these for quite some time.
First, let’s spread some love to the non-beer folks by starting with a beautiful array of label art for wines and meads from the folks over at Brimming Horn Meadery.
Next up is a couple of labels from Painted Stave Distilling, the corn whiskey with the mesquite and apple wood smoked malts sounds interesting.
Time for some beer, first up, Mispillion River with a keg label for Dank Lord IPA (I told you these keg labels usually weren’t all that exciting) followed by their new label art for Weiss City, a Berliner Weisse brewed with mangoes and oranges.
Next, let’s look at a couple of things from Dogfish Head, keg labels for Firefly Ale (which should be no stranger to DFH fans), Unencumbered Antelope (saison brewed with cantaloupe and cucumber), In Your Mace (which DFH describes as “a coffee milk stout brewed with cinnamon verum chips from the Zanzibar Islands, mace spice, milk sugars, coffee, chicory and most importantly … chili oils, the active ingredient in Mace Brand (yep, the pepper spray).”), and new label art for the tasting room exclusive Viniferous, another attempt to win over the wine/beer hybrid fans. The beer is hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon, and El Dorado while containing fermented Riesling and Viognier grape must.
And finally, a few keg labels from 3rd Wave Brewing, Surf School, a New England Style IPA and Juice Box a Berliner Weisse.
The other night my daughter and her friend were over for dinner. Whenever the girl visits from school the go to meal is usually cavatelli and broccoli, a simple dish that luckily also calls for bacon and parmesan cheese – because broccoli, is….well, broccoli.
When it was time to put in the broccoli, I placed a two bags of frozen chopped in our usually reliable microwave, pushed the defrost button and turned my back to continue to pull the dish together. The next thing I know my daughter was saying with an emphatic tone, “Dad, your microwave is on fire!”
I quickly turned to find that although there was indeed cause for alarm my daughter’s statement did not properly convey the situation that was unfolding. Because, although the microwave was dutifully going about its business, the receptacle it was plugged into be like…
I personally believe it was the microwave showing its displeasure at having to defrost broccoli. I might be wrong about that. I just know from past experience that broccoli can mess some shit up which is why little kids won’t touch the stuff. They know. Their survival instincts are uncanny.
So, the microwave was unplugged, the receptacle checked for issues, marked for replacement, and calm was restored in the household.
The next night I wanted popcorn. Believing popcorn to be more agreeable to the microwave than broccoli (and having not swapped out the receptacle yet), I moved stuff around on the kitchen counter so I could plug the microwave into another receptacle. When I pressed the popcorn button the fan and the carousel worked fine, but as soon as the magnetron kicked on, the kitchen lights be like…
At this point I believed that the microwave was indeed putting out some “demonic spirit” type vibe as my knowledge of the electrical wiring in the house assured me that the light and the receptacle are not on the same circuit. I might be wrong about that. I just know that demonic spirits can mess some shit up which is why dogs won’t go near them. They know. Their survival instincts are uncanny.
Realizing I only had one option open to me, I unplugged the microwave and stood there in silence. I’d had this microwave for a very long time and it had always proven to be a trusted and faithful servant (its defrost function was on point!), but once demonic spirits get into your microwave there is little you can do.
No, once your microwave has been infested with demonic spirits the only option left to you is to fill the inside with salt and sage, and bury it on holy ground during a full moon. I might be wrong about that. I just know that improperly interred demonic spirit infested microwaves can mess some shit up which is why school lunch ladies won’t go near them. They know. Their survival instincts are uncanny. And always drive back to your house using a circuitous route so that the angry spirits cannot follow you back and infest your new microwave.
Exorcism? Yeah, you could try that, but always make sure you check with your Demonologist and Master of the Black Arts before hand…
Empty stomach? Yeah, well I could take care of that with some popcorn or a Celeste’s Frozen Pizza, but in case you haven’t been keeping up, my microwave is…..Oh, you mean beer! Well, luckily I had that covered with Big Oyster Brewery’s DANG! IPA. Let’s taste.
THEM: BOB lists DANG! as a New England/West Coast crossover of the seasonal variety and describes it thusly on their website, “Dang! is one of our most popular beers. Brewed with flaked wheat and dry hopped three times for a pronounced citrus, fruity aroma.” DANG! Clocks in at 5.8%ABV.
BUZZ: Ratebeer (3.6/5 – only one rating), Beer Advocate (3.86/5), Untappd (3.8/5)
DE AVAILABILITY: Selected fine beer outlets.
ME: Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve probably worked through four of five 4-packs of this beer. That’s right, DANG! comes in the devil-witchery packaging that is the 4-pack. But, since it is a 4-pack of 16-oz cans, we’ll cut some slack here.
Dang! is a pretty beer, as long as you don’t mind some haze (and you shouldn’t), pouring a golden hue with hints of orange dancing in the light. The nose is stuffed with all kinds of hoppy aromas like tropical fruits, citrus and earthy notes. The flavor doesn’t stray from the hops very far, although there is a touch of caramel tucked in there and when the beer warms up a bit I almost get an iced tea vibe from it, but that just might be my palate playing tricks.
But it’s the hops that are definitely front and center here, with more tropical fruits, citrus and herbal goodness. Surprisingly, DANG! doesn’t finish as big and bitey on the back end as you might expect (although Tracey would probably disagree).
All in all, Big Oyster’s DANG! fits the New England/West Coast crossover description fairly well and if hoppy beers, and/or the recent New England IPA craze are your thing, one you should probably try while it’s still available.
Clearing out the email and thought you might be interested in the following press release and email notifications.
****** Press Release ******
Two Historic Towns Team Together
For One Amazing Festival!
RIVER TOWNS RIDE & Festival
The 3nd Annual River Towns Ride & Festival is a one-day joint festival held between the two waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 11:30-5:00 p.m.
The two towns are 10 miles apart and connected by the bike-friendly corridor of Route 9. The event will feature 9:00 a.m. competitive bicycling time trials component for cash and prizes AND a recreational ride where cyclists can pick their distance and ride for fun or earn a medal.
Festivals will be held in New Castle’s Historic Green and Delaware City’s Battery Park starting at 11:30. Activities at both include live music, food, drink, children’s games, hay ride, face painting, sand art and kid’s crafts..
The highlight of the event will be a craft beer festival at both the New Castle Green and Delaware City Battery Park.
10 craft brews will be available.
Admission is free and food, drink and beer are available for purchase.
A free shuttle bus is provided for day-long transportation between each town.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
A community festival like this needs the participation of the community.
Please volunteer a few hours of your time to make this an exciting and fun event for New Castle.
Volunteers are needed in these areas. Time shifts are 11:15-1:00, 1:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00
So, what we call “festival season” has started with a bang. August, September, October usually see a lot of activity as annual festivals grab their spot on the calendar and new festivals try to find a nice place to fit into the already crowded weekends.
Such as this year’s first annual Downtown Brewfest. The event was held right on Market Street in Wilmington (the 800 block to be exact) and attracted a nice crowd to the Saturday afternoon event.
I thought the event hit a lot of the marks you’d want from a beerfest, and I hope it becomes a permanent addition to our calendar.
Several weeks later it was time for one of our favorite annual events, Delaware: A Brew Story. Every year this event draws almost everyone who is anyone in the Delaware beer scene (including some who have not opened their doors yet) and this year was no exception.
Some pretty nice beers were available, and as always local historian John Medkeff Jr gave a fine talk on Delaware beer history. This year’s theme was the “Roaring Twenties” and so in fitting fashion, John gave a fine talk on the history (and impact) of prohibition on the breweries of Delaware.
Sadly, both events came up light from a picture standpoint, as I only took a few at Downtown, and expecting to have to deal with some rain at Brew Story, opted to take the night off and just enjoy the event.
So with no real pictures, and you all knowing what a beer festival looks like by now, I thought I’d take this time to toss out some “news” tidbits that I picked up as I made the rounds at both events. Sadly because Downtown was over a month ago, some of the things that I was told at the event have already been posted by the breweries, but I’ll include them along with a link where you can find more information.
So here we go:
Stitch House is full of shiny tanks, and looks to be moving right along towards their much anticipated opening.
Craig Wensell said he’s been trying to incorporate some fun names into his beers but has run into a little resistance from the rest of the team. I mean, who wouldn’t want to order a “Get bent, Dover!”?
Steve from Argilla confirmed that the brewery is moving away from its spring and fall festivals due the supply demands they put on the brewery. Instead, they’ll be focusing on their brewer’s pizza night, which they just posted that the next one will be on October 21st. (Click on the banner below to learn more)
File this under SEVERE rumor, but I was told by someone not connected to the brewery that Mispillion is going through some repackaging for their beers. I have no idea why, I think their packaging rocks.
Twin Lakes is continuing towards their goal of getting the brewery up to where they’d like it to be. Five beers will be making their way into cans, one of which was their previous offering, Greenville Pale Ale (a BBQ favorite of mine). Joining it will be – Blue Water Pilsner, Tweed Tavern Stout, Caesar Rodney Golden Ale and Chesapeake Wheat. And, they just posted that the tasting room will opening today! Stop by.
A well known face in the biz who just finished opening a new brewery will be leaving that brewery to open his own concern. Keep an eye out for Wilmington Beer Works….or it might have been Wilmington Brew Works, but it’s coming. I could name him but thought I would let the parties concerned make the announcement when they’re ready.
Midnight Oil is chugging right along with their brewery and hope to be opening in the not to distant future. In the meantime, the brewery had some awesome shirts made for the Brew Story event. Proceeds help John’s Restore the King efforts. If you’d like to support the cause, some shirts are still available. Click here to find out more.
The Liquid Alchemy team is very excited for this weekend’s 3 day, first anniversary event which will feature a Franken-Cyser, special anniversary glasses while supplies last, and plus a hand-crafted anniversary chocolate bar from the fine people at Double Spiral Chocolates ($10, one per customer).
Well that’s what I remember. I really should start taking my digital recorder to these things. Hope to see you all at Odessa this Saturday!!