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Archive for March, 2011

Mesh Riesling

2009 Mesh Riesling

2006 Mesh Riesling, , Eden Valley, Australia

By Gil Kulers, Kulers Uncorked
By Gil Kulers, Kulers Uncorked

• $11

• Two Thumbs Up

• Lots of floral and citrus aromas with a subtle petrol note. It has bursting flavors of lime, lemon, pineapple and mineral qualities. It also has a fun, lightly spicy, white pepper note.

The most obvious reason I have for recommending Australian rieslings is they are generally delicious. They have a refreshing, scintillating acidity that reminds me of tart citrus fruit. In fact, if you look up “zesty” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of a lime sitting on the beach holding up a bottle of Australian riesling.

If that’s not a good enough reason to pick up a bottle of Aussie riesling, especially as temperatures start creeping into the 80s, then you probably prefer hot coffee and wear corduroys when you go to the pool.

 The more underlying, sinister reason I have for recommending Australian rieslings is that perhaps—just perhaps—trying a riesling you actually love will …

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Onehope Wines

ONEHOPE cites a number of studies that show consumers will buy your stuff if you align your products a good cause, a tactic that can be used or abused. Kloberdanz makes it clear he plans to grow and keep his company in the black.

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Beer Pick: Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Col.

$8.99/six-pack cans at metro beverage stores.

Avery-joes6pkCansProfile: Adam Avery calls Joe’s Premium American Pilsner “a contemporary rendition of a classic style.” Of course, that style — easy-drinking American pale lager, in cans, no less — is the butt of many a joke among craft beer lovers. But Avery elevates Joe’s with floral Noble German hops, giving it a zippy, spicy bitterness and a refreshing dry finish perfect for sipping through the warm days of spring and summer.

Pair with: Avery suggests matching Joe’s with mild, creamy cheeses like havarti or herb-covered chevre. But it’s the kind of good canned beer that’s ready made for backyard cookouts — and all the family and friends that show up, including the ones who only drink light lager.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast, www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew.

— by Bob Townsend, Drink blog

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Beer Town: Limited edition beers are fun stuff

Seasonal beers have been a part of brewing science and tradition for centuries. Think Christmas ale or May bock.

But to say one-off and specialty series products are the big thing in craft brewing right now would be a crazy understatement, as craft breweries release new and never-to-be-seen-again beers at a dizzying rate.

Terrapin Beer Co.

Terrapin Beer Co.

In Georgia, Athens’ Terrapin was an early instigator of the specialty beer game, starting with the Monster Beer Tour, featuring hefty seasonals such as Big Hoppy Monster. The Side Project series, begun in 2008, recently reached Volume 14 with Tomfoolery Black Saison.

Last year, Terrapin produced four beers in its Georgia Theatre Sessions series, plus the most recent Midnight Project collaboration with Left Hand Brewing and the annual Reunion beer for cancer research.

Owner/brewer Brian “Spike” Buckowski said 2010 was grueling but exciting, with Terrapin putting out some 20 specialty beers in addition to its regular year-round portfolio.

“It …

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Hahn GSM

But what wine would I buy a case of (or two!), a wine that I could pop open at any given time and maybe even cook with? A much more difficult question as I find most of the bottom-shelf bottles fall into one of two categories: average and lame-o.

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Open That Bottle Night

I don’t mean to vilify Pete, who sounds like a decent guy, but the value of a wine should be more correctly measured by how much enjoyment and mirth it provides you and, more often than not, your guests.

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Beer Pick: Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale

Victory Brewing Co., Downington, PA

$9.99/six-pack at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select beer bars.

Photo: Victory Brewing Co.

Photo: Victory Brewing Co.

Profile: Is it crazy that since opening in 1996 Victory has never brewed and bottled a year-round pale ale? Or is it more crazy that Victory partners-brewmasters Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet finally decided to do that in honor of their brewery’s 15th anniversary?

Either way, Headwaters Pale Ale is a solid addition to a portfolio that includes such stellar offerings as Prima Pils, Hop Devil IPA and Storm King Imperial Stout. Brewed with German malts and a melange of whole flower hops, including Citra and Centennial, it’s crisp, aromatic and exceedingly easy to drink, with all the subtle elegance and balanced complexity you’d expect from Victory.

Pair with: Like most American pale ales, Headwaters makes a versatile match for all sorts of bright, spicy foods, including Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese, or a boon …

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Beer Town: Cask Off Winners

Here’s a rundown of the Brew Your Cask Off Winners from Sweetwater.

2011 JUDGES PANEL AWARDS

1st PLACE: Cask #38 Final Gravity Home Brewers | Lika-Titi-Coco Porter

2nd PLACE: Cask #1 The Porter Beer Bar | The Sch’it

3rd PLACE: Cask #75 Fontaines | Two Pump Chump

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Cask #62 Cypress Street Pint & Plate| Samhain

BIGGEST LOSER

We had so many amazing brews this year that we seriously had a hard time picking a loser for loser’s sake. So we have decided to retire the golden toilet seat this year.

Remember the top 4 winning brews will be recreated and served at the upcoming SweetWater 420 Fest this April in Candler Park.

Didn’t get to attend or can’t remember the entire event? Check out photo galleries up on Metromix and Facebook!

Steve Farace at Sweetwater would like to hear your feedback on the event. If you have commentary, thoughts, ideas for next year,  send them to: steve@sweetwaterbrew.com

cask off kegs

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Taylor 20 Year Tawny Port

Port enthusiasts will dicker, but Port-style wines only come in two flavors: tawny and ruby.

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Beer Town: “Brew Your Cask Off” take two

Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Co. on March 5 presents the second annual “Brew Your Cask Off” festival — a clever twist on the traditional cask ale tasting that brings together 80 invited guests who each create a special beer to be judged and maybe even enjoyed by attendees.

Last year, I was one of the guests for the inaugural event. Although it was a lot of fun, I have to admit it was humbling to read the critical comments from the judges. And it was embarrassing to realize that my beer wasn’t very good. In fact, several folks at the festival gleefully pointed out that it was awful.

So why am I doing it again this year?

brew your cask logo

Credit: Sweetwater Brewing Co.

Even if it feels a little like climbing back up the ladder to the dunk tank after getting soaked, it’s an honor to be invited. And, of course, it’s for a good cause. Last year, the Atlanta Humane Society was the big charity winner.

Beyond that, it’s been a great learning experience. Brewing is a combination of art and science that …

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