Are you or someone you know a part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? Typically, you are buying a weekly share of fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmer. Well, Big Alice Brewing, a new brewery in Long Island City, NY, was inspired and have launched a great idea.
A new brewery opening in Queens this week is taking its cue from neighborhood farm shares, offering thirsty patrons a chance to buy into a club for seasonal beers. For $200, Big Alice Brewing is offering seasonal “beer shares,” allowing members to gain access to a new batch of brews made every month at the Long Island City facility. (full story)
The subscriptions are almost sold out, so if you’re interested I’d recommend getting a hold of them pronto. They’re having an open house tomorrow from 1-5pm and they’ll be selling subscriptions as well as a limited amount of bottled beer.
It’s time again for another tap takeover at one of our favorite bars, MOTR Pub in Cincinnati. MOTR has been kind enough in the past to allow us to choose the beers between their bookend taps for an event, and that is exactly what you can expect again on June 19th.
This time however we are unveiling our collaboration growlers for the first time, we gave you a sneak peek a couple weeks ago. But the taplist is something that I’ve been asked about by several of you, so here it is.
+ Paul Kermizian of NYC’s Barcade paired classic videogames with beers for Bon Appetit. A highlight:
Tapper with Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager or Victory All Malt Lager
In 1983′s Tapper you control a mustachioed bartender who must serve wave after wave of increasingly surly patrons; cowboys, jocks, punk rockers, and, eventually, aliens. The game was originally, and somewhat controversially, branded with the Budweiser logo, but, says Kermizian, “we’ve always had the fantasy of hiring someone to reprogram the ROMs on our Tapper machines to have a craft brewery logo.” As for a pairing, “There are a few nice Helles beers–light golden lagers made by American breweries that would go well.” From Phoenixville, PA, Kermizian likes Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager, which Kermizian says “is really easy drinking–you could just see the aliens in Tapper pounding them.” (full story)
+ Game of Thrones can have a beer, so why not Star Trek?
“Star Trek Into Darkness” has already conquered the box office, and now J.J. Abrams and crew can toast their success with the first officially licensed adult beverage in the “Star Trek” universe, Vulcan Ale.
Vulcan Ale was dreamed up by Canada’s Delancey Direct to celebrate the centennial of Vulcan, Alberta, a small Canadian prairie town that has leveraged its name (which it shares with Spock’s home planet) to become a Trekkie tourist mecca. The beer is brewed under contract by the Harvest Moon Brewing Company in Belt, Mont. (full story)
You would think that a website called Empty Growler might actually have their own growlers. And up until now, it was just something we were talking about doing, but now, well, it’s a reality.
We partnered with our friends from MOTR Pub in Cincinnati for these fantastic growlers and we have to admit, it’s pretty amazing to see them finished and ready to take on whatever beer you want to fill them with.
They will be unveiled officially and available for you to purchase at our next MOTR tap takeover on June 19th in Cincinnati. We will also be giving a couple of them away here on EG, so stay tuned for that as well.
But until then, get excited for our event on June 19th, we have some great beers lined up yet again and will be sharing the full tap list very soon.
Inside the brewing of Sixpoint’s Mad Scientists’ series #14 Grätzer (A.K.A. Grodzisz). Brewmaster Jan Matysiak and head brewer Pete Dickson share about investigating and creating the rare smoked-wheat brew.
+ Slate says: “The craft beer industry’s love affair with hops is alienating people who don’t like bitter brews.” Read the article by Adrienne Ho. Bear Flavored Ales has a rebuttal. Personally, I am a fan of all beers and my interest in hop depends on the mood, the situation, and what’s available.