Mark Twain once said, “The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.”
Those words weren’t truer than they were on Saturday, during the rare beer flight, flying over the Coachella Valley.
Every year for the past 33 years, Denver, Colorado attracts thousands of craft beer lovers and brewers to what is known as the largest beer festival in the nation. And this year was the biggest ever, with about 3,500 beers being poured for 49,000 festival attendees.
One of the overarching themes of the weekend was “more”.
Located just 60 miles from the Coachella Valley, Temecula is known as Southern California’s wine country. Commonly known as the 'jewel' of Riverside County; the charming California town produces over 50 different varietals of wine.
And this is a great thing for the craft beer industry.
Coachella Valley Brewing will be celebrating Stout Day on Thursday, November 6th, with five new stouts!
The weather has cooled down in the valley and what better time to explore what the craft beer industry has to offer. Beer festivals are the perfect place to experiment, meet fellow craft beer enthusiasts and even get involved in your community!
For the third year, Palm Springs combines two things that you may not normally think to pair: beer and planes. That’s right, the Props and Hops Beer Festival commences again on Saturday, November 22nd. Held at the historical air museum in Palm Springs, a picturesque spot with gorgeous views of the desert mountains, Props and Hops will feature brews that range from slightly funky to dark and rich.
"Agrestic" Leads Charge for Remaining 2014 Liberations from Barrelworks
(Buellton, CA): The wild things are bouncing off the walls at Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Barrelworks wild yeast facility, setting the stage for more unruly releases in 2014.
The next bottling to be sprung from Barrelworks is Agrestic, an American wild red ale that will be released at the Liberation of Agrestic event on September 20. Only 600 cases of 375ml bottles were produced, and they will only be available at Barrelworks and the brewery in Paso Robles.
"Here's to the corkscrew - a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly." W.E.P. French
I’d venture to say Firestone Walker is investing in a lot more corks these days with their Barrelworks program, in Buellton.
The craft beer industry is no stranger to collaboration. The craft brewer embodies not only an entrepreneurial spirit, but a basic human kindness towards his or her fellow brewer, an infatuation with the art of brewing itself and a respect for its consumers. Many of the top craft brewers are taking inspiration to the bottle in the form of collaboration, using ridiculous amounts of decadent ingredients and embracing radical beer styles.