America On Tap- Richmond VA This Weekend!

America on tapAmerica On Tap is coming to Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, August 1st at Richmond International Raceway from 2:30PM to 6:00PM! This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. What better way to spend a Saturday than with great friends, amazing beer, delicious food, and live music!

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Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon brewers festThe Oregon Brewers Festival is here! One of the nation’s longest-running and most loved craft beer festivals is going on now in Portland, OR!

July 22 thru 26 they will be celebrating 28 Years of American Craft Beer! There will be beer from more than 90 different craft beers from around the country, plus 15 beers from New Zealand and The Netherlands in their International Tent! The Oregon Brewers Festival is the quintessential celebration of craft beer! What better way to spend a beautiful July afternoon than sipping suds with friends than along the banks of the Willamette River with the Portland skyline in the background. No matter what you  prefer- ambers, pales, pilsners, lagers or stouts- you are sure to find exceptional examples at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Go and find out why they’re one of the world’s best loved craft beer festivals.

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Differentiating Between the Different Types of Beer

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by Elijah Buchanan

Beer drinking is literally one of the world’s most ancient past times. Some argue that the creation of beer saved the world (there is even factual evidence to support this, along with a documentary!). From the very early B.C. years when the ancient Egyptians stumbled upon an accidental beer recipe, beer has shaped the very fabric of the world. Egyptian children were even baptized in beer! To put it into perspective, the four founding fathers of the United States of America were all brewers and lovers of great beer. Since its humble beginnings in Ancient Egypt, beer has certainly evolved over time. You can now find many different beers, each with a distinct taste and flavor. With all of these flavors, choosing a beer to drink can be a confusing process! But surprisingly enough, all beers fall into one of two categories: Ales and Lagers.

Ale is a type of beer brewed from malted barley through the use of a warm-fermentation with a strain of brewers’ yeast. Some of the most popular ales are Barley Wine (yes, it is a beer), English Bitter, Scottish Ale, Pale Ale, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Porter, and Imperial Stout. All of these different ales have distinct tastes and are made differently. They also vary in the level of alcohol content. Ales tend to have fruitier flavors, such as orange, strawberry, or dessert apple flavors. Sometimes you can even find butterscotch and blueberry flavors! Coffee and chocolate flavors can also be found in these beers. Ales generally include more robust-tasting beers, bitter beers, have a more complex taste, and are enjoyed at warmer temperatures.

Lager is a type of beer that is fermented and conditioned at low temperatures. Some of the most popular lagers are American Lager, Pilsner, Bock, Oktoberfest, Helles, and Dunkel. Lagers represent some of the world’s most alcoholic beers. Lagers tend to have an aroma of new-mown hay. Fresh bread, cookies, and caramel are some other flavors that can be detected in this type of beer. Lagers generally include lighter-tasting beers, tend to be crisp or highly carbonated, are often smooth and mellow, have a clean and balanced taste, and are served at cooler temperatures.

Ironically enough, ales tend to be higher rated and get more respect than lagers. This is despite the fact that brewing lagers is usually more difficult and a longer process than brewing ales. With all of this considered, ales and lagers are not completely black and white. There are some overlaps between the two, but you can get a general sense of their differences. Both lagers and ales have many different styles and tastes. If you want the more flavorful beer, you are better suited for an ale. However, if you prefer a more balanced and clean taste, you may consider going with the lager. Either way, you are bound to enjoy many different styles of beer, both lagers and ales. So drink responsibly and start experiencing the different types of beer flavors!

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You can visit a Margaret River brewery or any other brewery to know more about the different types of beers and how they are prepared. Check this site out to get more information.

 

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Seattle International Beerfest: July 10-12, 2015

SIB beerfestLocated at the Fisher Pavillion & Lawn at the Seattle Center, right under the Space Needle, the Seattle International Beerfest (SIB) promises to be quite the event. There will be over 220 beers from a number of countries such as Israel, Germany, England, Belgium, Scotland, France, Spain, Canada, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, and of course beer from all across the USA!

There will be porters, pilsners, stouts, lagers, barley wines, Hefeweizens, Pale ales, IPAs, double IPAs, triple IPA, blonds, ciders, wood aged beer, and so much more! Live music, pub grub and other eats will make this a good time waiting to happen.

Have a cold one with family or friends, meet someone new, or just fellowship with other beer lovers. There should be plenty of seating, but you can also bring a blanket from home and stake out a spot on the lawn!

Tickets are $30 at the gate and include 10 beer tickets, a SIB glass, and entrance to the festival for the whole weekend. Take the opportunity to taste the greatest beers you’ve never heard of!

http://seattlebeerfest.com

 

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Georgetown Brewing

Georgetown_Brewing_Company_BBLocated in the Georgetown district of Seattle, Georgetown Brewing is very special place. They don’t serve food, and they don’t sell beer by the pint. They do however offer free tastings, a knowledgeable staff, and they will happily sell you a growler, keg, or a refill.

Their flagship beer, Manny’s Pale Ale, is a fine pale ale with a slightly citrusy aroma and a smooth, rich taste that’s easy to drink. Georgetown offers a number of good quality beers such as Lucille’s IPA, Chopper’s Red Ale, and several seasonal offerings.

The Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and I especially liked being able to try everything (and yes, I did try everything) before deciding on a growler filled with Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale. An excellent pale ale.  A deep gold, almost bronze color, lightly malty, with just the right amount of citra hops to give it that perfect hoppy, fruity, pine taste that will make any IPA lover stand up and take notice.

Georgetown Brewery has great beer, served by good people, for an excellent experience.

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Serious About Beer

Washington State has a reputation for rain and a cloudy sky, and in the time I have been here I have found the reputation is well earned. However the summers here are incredible, and are possibly  Washingto Beerthe two most beautiful weeks as you’ll find anywhere.

However I have to say that I realized something much more important about Washington; the people here love beer, love brewing beer, and most importantly, they’re really good at it.

There are over 270 breweries in Washington State, over 75 of which are in the Seattle area, not to mention the countless bars, pubs, and restaurants that only serve locally brewed beer.

Additionally, most of the local brews are made entirely with locally grown hops and barley. This is not surprising since Washington produces about 78 percent of all the hops produced in the United States and is also ranked 4th in barley production in the nation. This means a Washington beer is a Washington beer in every sense.

From May thru September there is a beer festival somewhere nearly every weekend. Most highlight local brewers, but many include regional brewers from Oregon and California, and occasionally brewers from across the country. One thing you will not see are national brands like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors.

The people of Washington are proud of their beer, and based on my experience, they have every reason to be.

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