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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Craft Beer at Coachella 2014


April 11, 2014 marked the first day that craft beer was offered at the innovative, critically acclaimed, six times selected by Pollstar as the “Festival of the Year”, known none other than the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. America’s largest music festival is defined by its diversity and jaw-dropping lineup of musical genres.cb

Nic Adler of L.A. Vegan Beer Fest and The Roxy, was recruited to develop a tantalizing, foodie paradise within the festival foregrounds. Adler enlisted friend and craft beer advocate, Tony Yanow, (of Golden Road and Tony’s Darts Away) to help assemble the festival’s craft beer list. With approximately 130 beers on tap, many hailing from the Golden State, it proved brews and tunes make perfect music together.

Published in The Beer Goddess Blog

Stone Brewing Co. has announced their newest collaboration Collective Distortion IPA.

    STYLE: DOUBLE IPA
    ALC/VOL: 9.2%
    Available in: 22oz bottles & draft for limited time only

(Escondido, CA) – In bringing together artisans from disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warped cacophony, shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Alice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone.

Published in Beer News
Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:17

February is For Craft Beer Lovers

Could it be that one month is better than another for craft beer? I enjoy drinking craft beer just about any time for any reason, but February has a special place in the heart of California craft beer drinkers.

Published in The Beer Goddess Blog
Friday, 24 January 2014 21:09

Tin is In


On this day in 1935 canned beer made its debut. While the brew back then left little to be desired by today’s craft standards, an ever-growing selection of delicious suds now come in cans.

Today, celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day!

So, why should we appreciate canned beer?

  1. Convenience. Love the outdoorsy lifestyle? Love fishing or hiking? What about music festivals? Canned beer is simply more travel friendly and convenient.
  2. It’s cheaper to produce.
  3. Better quality. Yep, some people still don’t believe it, but beer can taste better because cans don’t let the light in. Light and oxygen are the enemies of great tasting beer. And aluminum can provides 100% protection from harmful UV rays. The sealed lid prevents any oxygen from penetrating the beer inside the can. Recent technology has made even more improvements: can linings are now water-based instead of solvent-based. This lining insulates the beer from the can’s interior surface so you’ll never taste the can.
  4. Better for the environment. Over 60% of your beer can is made from recycled content. Cans also require less energy to cool down. Less packaging means packing more beer in less space, which reduces a brewery’s carbon footprint. Aluminum cans is easily recyclable. And that will always be cool.

Who’s got great cans? Here are just several ~img 7442-betterweather

  • 21st Amendment Brewery: Back in Black Black IPA, Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale or lower the boom with Lower De Boom, coming in at 11.5%. You read that right. 11.5% ABV.
  • Abita Brewing Company: Their Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo IPA all come in cans.
  • Alchemist: Heady Topper Double IPA–#1 rated beer in the world on Beer Advocate.
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company: Hop Ottin and Summer Solstice
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company: Sculpin IPA. Hop heads rejoice, the complex West Coast IPA is now available to take to Blacks Beach or Mission Bay.
  • Brooklyn Brewery: 16 oz. Brooklyn Lager
  • Cigar City Brewing: Jai Alai IPA is full of citrus and tropical flavors perfect for a day at the beach…or hiking…or fishing.
  • Founders: All Day IPA is a perfect, light American IPA with notes of grapefruit and pine.
  • Golden Road: solely committed to canning since their opening in 2011.
  • Good Life Brewing: Sweet As! Pacific Ale
  • Hangar 24: Orange Wheat, Pale Ale
  • Harpoon Brewery: Harpoon IPA
  • Madtree Brewing Co.: Ohio’s first canned craft beer came out with Psychopathy IPA, 6.9%
  • Maui Brewing Co.: Big Swell IPA – of course the surf state would embrace cans! Did you have any doubt?
  • Mission Brewery: Shipwrecked Double IPA comes in 32 oz. cans and is a whopping 9.25% ABV. Fuck yes.
  • New Belgium Brewing Company: Fort Collins’ flagship beer is in cans
  • Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale put craft cans on the map. Try their Scotch Ale or their amazing Ten Fidy Imperial Stout for those chilly nights camping.
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s awesome and cheap and they’re available almost everywhere.
  • Piney River Brewing Co.: Float Trip Ale, Missouri Mule IPA - each of their beer cans says, “Pack it in. Pack it out. Enjoy nature.”
  • Samual Adams: Boston Lager (my gateway beer of years ago & granddaddy of craft beer) is finally available in cans.
  • Sierra Nevada: The 33 year old craft brewery started canning their Pale Ale in 2012. Also enjoy their Summerfest and Torpedo for easy travel.
  • Sixpoint Brewery: At 10% ABV, 3BEANS is is a Baltic Porter and the biggest beer the brewery has ever canned. Romano beans are included in the mash, Cacao beans from Mast Brothers Chocolate are the second of the triumvirate. It’s then infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
  • Ska Brewing: Ska even has a series of seasonal canned stouts. Vernal Minthe Stout is the third in the series, brewed with spearmint, peppermint, vanilla beans and coco nibs. Autumnal Mole Stout is brewed with spices and three kinds of chile peppers. Also pick up their Modus Hoperandi, a world-class American IPA.
  • Surly Brewing Co.: CynicAle 16 oz. is just one of their beers you can get in cans. Also enjoy Wet, the first canned beer made with fresh hops all picked in Washington.
  • Wynkoop Brewing Company: You can even get Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in cans from the Colorado brewery. Each batch is made with 25lbs of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. Mmmm..

According to Business Insider, as of 2012, cans constituted 53.2% of the beer market whimg 7441-tenfidyile bottles had a 36.5% share. CraftCans.com states there are more than 150 craft brewers currently put their beer in cans.

Bottom line, cans go where bottles can’t. Welcome to the craft canned revolution.

Published in The Beer Goddess Blog
Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

Hibernation Ale

There is a large malt and earthy scent which reminds me of a barleywine. It was also full of dark fruits -- raisin, plum, figs and a strong toffee presence.

A complex, earthy nose packed with chocolate, roasted nuts, dark fruits and freshly baked molasses cookies. Balancing the malt is a mild hop character featuring mild bitterness.Mouthfeel was good -- very thick & luxurious. It's a slow sipper and is a go-to beer on cold Winter nights.

Published in Beer Reviews

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience March 1st, 2014 at Empire Polo Club

Indio, CA: Empire Music Ventures is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at the Empire Polo Club. Live music will set the tone as guests enjoy an extraordinary afternoon of wine and beer tasting at one of the most beautiful venues in Coachella Valley, the Empire Polo Club. Attendees will enjoy wine and beer tasting from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. As the tasting winds down, the music heats up with an evening of rhythm & blues followed by the upbeat sounds of big band swing from 6:00 – 11:30 PM.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will headline the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience along with American blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy and R&B singer Aaron Neville. Other bands that will play during the wine and beer tasting include: Strangers You Know, Caxton, Petty Cash and Penny University.

This year the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience has grown and boasts a longer line-up of bands along with an expanded list of handcrafted beer and wine to taste. A themed art installation is one of several additions this year that will enhance the unique ambiance associated with this annual event.

The upscale theme of the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience will continue to draw in attendees looking for that “unique” experience.

“Our vision and goal is to create an extraordinary experience” said Alex Haagen IV, producer of the event. “From the moment people walk through the main gate we want them to enjoy every detail of their day. From the fine beer and wine being poured alongside mouthwatering cuisine to the colorful art pieces, hip décor and the rhythmic sound of live music, it all comes together to create a complete experience.”

The food will be a much bigger part of the event this year. Participating restaurants will offer a selection of options that will compliment the beer and wine being poured. From small tastes to full menu selections, customers will enjoy every bite served.

The selection of wines available to taste has been expanded to include a variety of brands from various regions of California. Samples of handcrafted beer produced by local breweries will be featured in the tasting garden. Attendees will enjoy an impressive variety of tasting options.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Schedule
1:30 PM Gates Open
2:00-6:00 PM Beer & Wine Tasting
6:00-11:30 PM Headline bands perform
Ticket prices
General Admission $75
VIP $150
Ultra VIP $200

Enter to win the ultimate luxury package to Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience, including two Ultra Tickets and a 2 nights stay in Palm Springs. #RWBEXP http://www.rwbexp.com/sweepstakes

Please tag @RWBEXP on Facebook and @rhythmwinebrews on Twitter. We will also be using the tag #RWBEXP to track our conversation leading up to the event.

Sweepstakes link: http://www.rwbexp.com/sweepstakes

For a list of participating wineries and breweries please visit the website at www.RWBExp.com.

Tickets
Tickets to the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience can be purchased online starting on January 2nd, 2014. The website address where tickets can be purchased is www.RWBexp.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the day of the Festival. Children 12 and under are free. Ticket holders must show ID at the Festival and be 21 years of age or older to taste beer and wine.
General Admission $75
7 total tastings
General admission access to the Show
Free parking
Souvenir tasting glass

VIP Admission $150.00

Unlimited tastings
Reserved seating rows 11 and back
Complimentary custom logo captains chair to take home
VIP parking
VIP entrance to event
Souvenir tasting glass

Ultra VIP Admission $200.00

Unlimited tastings
Reserved seating rows 1-10
Complimentary custom logo captains chair to take home
VIP parking
VIP entrance to Event
Souvenir tasting glass

VIP includes access to VIP tasting area with specialty wines and beers not available in the general tasting area and complementary food. Access to 2nd VIP lounge with full bar adjacent to main stage.

Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the event. There will be food and beverage service onsite throughout the event.
A portion of the proceeds from the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Festival will benefit the Casey Lee Ball Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports pediatric kidney research.
Directions To The Rhythm, Wine & Brews Festival at Empire Polo Club

From I-10 take the Monroe St. exit and head south on Monroe St. Follow the parking signs between Ave. 50 and 51 lots along Monroe St.

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201
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Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience Contact Information
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Event Location:
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51, Indio, CA 92201

About Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene. In it's first years, having secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world—in the middle of the grunge era, no less—that it was still cool to swing, big band style. Today the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the 2013 release of RATTLE THEM BONES. The follow-up to the much lauded 2009 release, How Big Can You Get?; The Music of Cab Calloway, Rattle Them Bones still urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was co-founded by Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren. They made their debut in their hometown of Ventura, California in April of 1993 helping to usher in the swing revival founded on a colorful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing, and dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. They proved to be among the standout groups that launched the new swing era in the 90's. The group, whose core lineup has been in place since 1995, includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums and percussion), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger.) Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone.)

About Aaron Neville
American R &B and soul singer, Aaron Neville, has transitioned seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which held the Number One spot for 5 weeks in 1967. He went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, and reached the Country charts with the title track of 1993’s The Grand Tour. A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Neville recorded the gospel album I Know I’ve Been Changed in 2010. Neville’s latest album that was released in 2013, MY TRUE STORY, he revisits the doo-wop music he grew up with.

About Buddy Guy
At age 76, Buddy Guy is one of the world’s leading bluesmen. He is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Guy has received 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." In 2012, he was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture. In 2013 Buddy Guy released his first double-album set titled Rhythm & Blues. The set contains 21 tracks that feature contributions from a stellar and wide-ranging set of guests, including Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and rising guitar wizard Gary Clark, Jr.

About The Casey Lee Ball Foundation
A portion of the proceeds from the Rhythm, Wine & Brews Festival benefit the Casey Lee Ball Foundation.
The Casey Lee Ball Foundation is a nonprofit organization where 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to pediatric kidney research. There are over 50 terminal diseases, yet kidney research has no famous spokesperson, no glamour, and as a result, it is dramatically under-funded. Casey Lee Ball, third son of Sterling Ball, President of Ernie Ball, Inc., was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease at age two. At age five, while Casey and Sterling were recuperating from kidney transplant surgery at UCLA, they decided to create the Casey Lee Ball Foundation.

In the last six years over seven million dollars has been raised for the Casey Lee Ball Foundation. This is a true charity. No one will make any money from these auctions except pediatric kidney disease researchers dressed in white coats! Again, every dollar raised goes directly to research. There are no administrative fees, no overhead, and all management, accounting, and legal fees are done pro bono.

Our fundraising efforts help to pay for much needed research at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s hospital and the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. As a result of this research, several new medicines have made it to market in record time and are now helping to reduce the side effects of kidney transplant anti-rejection medicines. At present, a transplant is only a treatment, not a cure for kidney disease.

When you go to UCLA for Kidney disease treatment, you go to the the Casey Lee Ball Kidney Research Center, where we endowed a chair. This represents a million dollar contribution and one of only six chairs at UCLA that are endowed, ensuring kidney research will go on in perpetuity.

About Empire Music Ventures & Empire Polo Club Events
Empire Music Ventures is located in Indio, CA and produces concerts and festivals. These events include the Rhythm, Wine and Brews Experience and numerous concerts held at the Date Shed and Empire Polo Club.

Published in Beer News

The Maltose Falcons Homebrewing Society, the oldest homebrewing club in the United States, marks its 40th anniversary with a year-long celebration filled with two commercial collaboration beers with acclaimed craft brewers Eagle Rock Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., homebrew competitions, monthly brewing sessions, monthly meetings, and brewing education events.

Published in Beer News

The 6th Annual New York City Beer Week will bring together all 15 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants.  The 10 day celebration will commence with the Opening Night Bash at the historic Vanderbilt Hall (Grand Central Station) on February 21st. On January 23, 2014, join the Brewers Guild for an exclusive Happy Hour for members of the press at Heartland Brewery (Empire State Building), where they will announce the craft beer line-up.

Published in The Beer Goddess Blog
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:32

Survive the Holidays with Winter Beers


Do your holiday spirits need some more lifting? These beers will keep you warm as roasting chestnuts with their holiday-ified ABV, spices and rich barrel aged flavors. These seasonally appropriate flavor profiles featuring chocolate, ginger, cinnamon and winter fruits are a welcome respite from ugly Christmas sweaters and that Neil Diamond Christmas album your mom insists on playing every year. Bring goodwill and joy to your fellow man with the gift of the following holiday beers.

Published in The Beer Goddess Blog
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:28

Teri Fahrendorf - Road Brewer

I’d venture to say there are few women in the world that can claim they’ve been brewing beer professionally for nearly a quarter of a century. Before brewing was all the rage, Teri was a grain handling, wort boiling, carboy carrying, yeast pitching, beer fermenting, woman, in a male-dominated industry.

Published in Women and Beer