Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cedar Creek to release Clover Kicker

Image credit: Cedar Creek Brewery

The Cedar Creek Brewery announced today the latest beer in their Special Release series. Clover Kicker Saison follows Spinning Mule and their award-winning Belgian Style Dubbel in becoming the third product in this limited line of brews.

According to a press release, Clover Kicker is a rustic farmhouse ale brewed with traditional Belgian malt and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. The latter provides "spicy, earthy [and] fruity notes," resulting in a beer with complex aromas and a "dry, satisfying finish."

Clover Kicker will begin hitting tap walls in Dallas within the next few days, with package products expected to arrive at area retailers as early as next week. Markets outside the Metroplex should start seeing deliveries during the second week of October. As with other beers in the series, Clover Kicker will be sold as a boxed four-pack of 16-ounce cans.

Try Clover Kicker this Friday, September 26, at the Whole Foods in Colleyville during a tasting with the brewery from 5-8 p.m. The beer will also be on tap Tuesday, September 30, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson. That night Cedar Creek will be the featured brewery for Alamo's monthly Hopped Up Cinema series. In addition to Clover Kicker, the brewery will also bring along a special one-time release as an exclusive for the event. Danker Zone, as it's being called, will be a version of Dankosaurus IPA brewed with additional hops and fresh rosemary.

Clover Kicker
Style: Saison
ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 27
SRM: 5.0
Hops: Apollo, Willamette
Malts: Belgian Pilsner, Belgian Munich

Friday, September 12, 2014

Stephen Beaumont to headline week of events at Flying Saucer/Bird Café

Image credit: Sterling Epicure, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Bird Café

Those desiring an audience with author and world-renowned craft beer expert, Stephen Beaumont, will want to set aside time on the calendar during the second week of October. Beaumont will be visiting the Metroplex in support of his new book, Pocket Beer Guide 2015: The World's Best Craft and Traditional Beers, and he'll be stopping at Bird Café and area Flying Saucer locations for a series of unique tasting and book signing events happening October 7-11.

All of the events noted below will include meet and greet opportunities, as well as a chance to purchase the 2015 guide or Beaumont's other highly acclaimed work, The World Atlas of Beer. Beerknurds are also encouraged to bring copies of their own to be signed.

Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m., Flying Saucer on the Lake:

Brewers Foursome: Beaumont will lead a tasting featuring one beer each from Deschutes, Founders, Real Ale and Rahr & Sons. Brewery representatives will be on hand to join in the discussion, and six-ounce servings of each beer will be paired with small plates ($30pp, call 972-226-0725 to reserve).

Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m., Flying Saucer Addison:

Beer Tasting & Book Signing: Beaumont will lead a tasting of rare beers to include 2012 North Coast Old Stock Ale, Community Trinity Tripel, Prairie Artisan Ales Coffee Noir, Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke, and Del Ducato Nuova Mattina. Small plates will be served to complement the beers ($40pp, call 972-991-7093 to reserve).

Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m., Bird Café in Fort Worth:

Five-course Pairdiné ($75pp, call 817-332-2473 or visit www.birdinthe.net to reserve).

First Course
Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
Smoked oyster vichyssoise

Second Course
Trappistes Rochefort 6
Slow-scrambled duck eggs with smoked butte and brioche pretzel

Third Course
Château de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France 2009
Slice of stuffed trotter, prunes and chestnuts

Fourth Course
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin
Double American lamb chop, roasted pumpkin grits and cranberry pickle

Fifth Course
Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock
Coconut banana cream chia seed

Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m., Fort Worth Flying Saucer

Local Brewers Summit: Beaumont will lead a tasting and discussion with local brewers to include Wim Bens of Lakewood, Jamie Fulton of Community, Grant Wood of Revolver, Cody Martin of Martin House and Craig Mycoskie of Rahr & Sons. Six-ounce servings of one beer from each brewery will be paired with small plates ($45pp, call 817-336-7470 to reserve).

Saturday, October 11 from 4-5 p.m., Fort Worth Flying Saucer

BeerFeast 2014:  Beaumont will host a meet and greet book signing for festival attendees (purchase tickets at www.beerfeast2014.com).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rabbit Hole's 'Red' and the Season of Fear

Image credit: Rabbit Hole Brewing Company
Assuming you've managed to escape any feelings of "Wonderlust" that may have set in with the passing season, the Rabbit Hole Brewing Company now seeks to lead you into the Season of Fear.

Ruled by the Red Queen, a character from author Lewis Carroll's story Through the Looking Glass, the Season of Fear is one that inspires beers of greater strength. Carroll once described the Red Queen as someone who exhibits a kind of controlled fury, something seemingly to be in abundance in Rabbit Hole's soon-to-be newest offering, Off With Your Red.

From the press release:

"Off With Your Red is an aggressively hopped red IPA befitting its status as the first release of the Rabbit Hole Brewing 'Season of Fear.' The substantial malt backbone establishes the dark ruby/garnet color and supports the significant flavor and aroma additions of American Pacific Northwest hops. The hop nose is bright, resinous, and lingers to the end. At 7.9% ABV and 88 IBU, Off With Your Red is not to be trifled with; if you do, you may just lose your head."

The beer will be draft only and available at tap account across the Metroplex beginning the week of September 22. Your first chance to try it will come at launch events at the following locations:

September 23 at 6 p.m. : Jack Mac's Swill & Grill in Dallas
September 23 at 7 p.m. : Oak St. Drafthouse in Denton
September 24 at 6 p.m. : WBC Bottle Shop in Dallas
September 25 at 7:30 p.m. : Beer Dinner at State & Allen in Dallas

Also note that the brewery has special glassware in the works to commemorate the release. Sixteen-ounce shaker glasses will sport the 2014 Season of Fear logo (along with that of the brewery), while thirteen-ounce snifters will feature Off With Your Red regalia (only 500 glasses made).  Check local event listings to find out where and when these will be available.