Beer Raffle for Indy Likes Beer

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Hey guys, I have a huge favor to ask of you. I’m sure you’ve seen this pooch on my Instagram before if not all over my friend Ross’s BeerAdvocate (IndyDad), TalkBeer (IndysDad), and Facebook pages. Indy has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, recently had his leg amputated to relieve some of his pain, and is currently doing bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments. Needless to say, these are tough times for Indy and his medical bills are piling up.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Michelle and Ross to help offset some of those costs. Every little bit helps. To help kickstart things ever further, I would like to donate some bottles to be raffled off, and I know there are some others in the beer community who would like to donate bottles as well. I’m going to start the first box off with two bottles from yesterday’s Sour’d in September release, Flaming Fury Batch #2 and Barrel Select Pomegranate. I’m sure between all of us going up, we’ll be able to donate bottle(s) of what they’re releasing at Hill Farmstead during Zwanze Day next weekend as well.

UPDATE 1: We’re splitting up the bottles to 6 bottle prizes to give more people the opportunity to win. Denis has graciously donated a bunch of bottles to help out with the raffle, more than enough to fill out one of the boxes on his own. Pics to follow.

UPDATE 2: Indy will be present during the raffle! Michelle will be bringing him over after work so we can draw the prizes at Sausage Fest.

UPDATE 3: Fresh delivery of goodies came in last night. Pic of the sessiness added below!

UPDATE 4: Oliver’s has donated a $50 gift card! Read below how we’re going to handle that for out of towners.

UPDATE 5: Mike G over at TalkBeer has also donated a bottle of Hill Farmstead Peleg and Westy XII. Since he’ll be shipping it from his location I’ll be tacking that onto the Hill Farmstead box!

UPDATE 6: The crew over at Westmere Beverage just added a growler/t-shirt combo. Jeremy at Westmere will be sending the box directly to the winner.

UPDATE 7: SammyJaxxxx over on BeerAdvocate has donated a nice box of Westies and Loons. Sammy will be sending the box directly to the winner.

UPDATE 8: Hill Farmstead Dorothy and Convivial in hand, thanks to Mike Smith (vonnegut21 on TB/BA). Plus New England Attempted RedRum from Ben Drinks Beer.

The current list of prizes:
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SOUR BOX :

  • Captain Lawrence Flaming Fury Batch #2
  • Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Pomegranate
  • Cascade Vlad the Impaler 2011
  • Sang Royal 2009
  • Upland Viola
  • TBD

D.E.N.I.S BOX :

  • Sang Noir 2012
  • Keegan Ales Super Kitty 11/28/10 #214 of 500
  • Dark Lord 2011
  • Pelican Mother of all Storms 2010
  • Pelican Mother of all Storms 2013
  • Big Sky Ivan the Terrible 2012 #2541 of 4200

HILL FARMSTEAD BOX (contingent on what’s available on Zwanze Day and rest of box will be filled from our cellars):

  • Convivial
  • Dorothy
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • Peleg / Westy XII

$50 OLIVER’S GIFT CARD

  • If the winner is local, you will get the gift card directly and you can spend it how you choose.
  • If the winner is not from the area, then Ross and I will reach out to you and see what types of beers you like and availability of beers to you and your area. We’ll then head down to Oliver’s and put together a box which the Oliver’s crew will send out.

SAMMY BELGIAN BOX

  • Westy 12
  • Westy 8
  • Westy Blonde
  • Lambickx (2012)
  • Cantillon Iris
  • Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio
  • De Ranke Noir De Dottignies

WESTMERE GROWLER / T-SHIRTS BOX:

  • Westmere is donating a branded swing top growler filled with beer of the winner’s choice. Check their growler page for the latest updates.
  • Westmere T-Shirt x 2

For every $10 you donate to Indy’s Fund, you’ll get an entry into the raffle. Shoot me an email at BeerTraveler@thefuj.com after you’ve donated with your amount. Please make sure when you donate you do not do so anonymously so I can double check things. We’ll be drawing the raffle at Sausage Fest on the 27th (the winner does not have to be present).

You know as a fellow beer lover and dog lover this kind of thing would devastate me if something like this happened to Kuma, and like Ross and Michelle I’d be doing everything in my power to make things better for my pooch. If you are a like-minded beer geek and dog lover, make sure you donate. And if you are an individual, brewer, bar owner, bottle shop owner or distributor and have other bottles you’d like to contribute, please reach out to me at BeerTraveler@thefuj.com. Thank you all!

Captain Lawrence Sour’d in September

Small gallery this week but man, this was one of my favorite events of the year. This was Captain Lawrence’s first time taking on an beer festival like this and I can’t stress how well everything was ran. Beer selection was out of this world, the people were amazing, actual brewers from a lot of the breweries involved, plenty of beer to go around. Not to mention little to no lines since there were less than 400 people in attendance. I had a tough time not just hanging out at the Captain Lawrence tent and getting refills on all of the amazing beer they had for us that day. Awesome to see so many people from the Capital Region make the trip down as well, with people from The Bier Abbey, Remarkable Liquids, Craft Beer Guild, and Madison Pour House all in attendance. This was a great, intimate festival and I’m really hoping this comes back next year.

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Rounding Out Troy Craft Beer Week

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Alright guys. Took a little bit of a week off from the blog last week but I wanna get right back into it with some shots from the end of Troy Craft Beer Week. First up was a really fun festival at Riverfront Park called Troy On Tap. A great start to what I hope is an annual event. Not just volunteers but a lot of reps from each of the breweries present, a few exclusive beers, and of course tons of shenanigans (JENT’s silent disco was a LOT of fun).

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Firestone Walker Night at The Ruck

Continuing on with the Troy Craft Beer Week posts, an amazing time was had at The Ruck last night. Dave and his crew have really spearheaded Troy Craft Beer Week and have been crushing it with the events. Not only did they have their Firestone Walker tap event last night, but also held their Ales vs. Lagers dinner up on the second floor. When that let out it meant we had folks from both Remarkable Liquids and Craft Beer Guild, reps from Jack’s Abby, Firestone Walker, Allagash and Troegs, Chefs from The Ruck, The City Beer Hall and Creo, staff from The Bier Abbey, World of Beer, and The City Beer Hall all hanging out celebrating the night. Awesome to say the least. Let’s check out the pics:
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Trillium Anniversary Dinner at Armsby Abbey


Gonna keep this post short and sweet as to not get backed up on the impending Troy Craft Beer Week posts. Last month Armsby Abbey celebrated their sixth anniversary and as with every year they pair up with one of the area’s hottest breweries to finish off the month of celebrations with a dinner of epic proportions. This year was no different and they teamed up with local favorites Trillium Brewing.

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Upcoming Events for Troy Craft Beer Week and Beyond

Troy Craft Beer Week is upon us and while the events have not reached a level of noise they have for the Saratoga Beer Week I figured I’d still do a post on what I think are some of the can’t miss events on the week.

Uncle Sam Burger & Brew at The Ruck | Sept 2nd – 7th
This might actually be my favorite event of the week. It shows a lot of great Chefs in the area putting some effort into two of my favorite things: good burgers and good beer.

B. United International Beer Tasting w/ Island Creek Oysters at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 2nd 6PM
Definitely the most unique lineup of beers for the week, worth checking out if you haven’t had many offerings from the B. United portfolio.

A Dinner With Grimm Artisanal Ales at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 3rd 7:30PM
It’s always a fun time when the Grimms make it Upstate and this dinner is set to be one for the record books.

Evil Taco Garden Takeover at The Grocery/Confectionary | Sept 4th – 5th
Evil Twin makes some of the best beers available in New York, along with The Grocery’s “evil tacos“. Can’t lose.

Ales vs. Lagers Dinner at The Ruck | Sept 4th 6PM
Both Jack’s Abby and Troegs beers are pretty prevalent in this area, but man the food menu here looks killer.

Firestone Walker Night at The Ruck | Sept 4th
A nice selection of Firestone Walker’s barrel aged offerings including some vintage stuff and their core line.

Jack’s Abby Night at The Ruck | Sept 5th
If you missed the Jack’s Abby event at The City Beer Hall earlier this summer here’s your chance to grab some of those BA variants.

The Craft Lager Revival with Special Guest Sam Handler at The Ruck | Sept 5th 6PM
A chance to meet the brewer and taste some of the lagers that are turning the craft beer world on end.

Saturday Cider Brunch at The Ruck | Sept 6th 11AM
Let’s face it after a week of drinking you are going to need to brunch hard on Saturday, especially if you’re going to the Troy on Tap Festival later in the day.

Troy on Tap Beer Festival at Riverfront Park | Sept 6th 2PM
Riverfront Park is one of my favorite spots for local events, but all too often the selection of beer at those events is abysmal. Troy On Tap is slated to fix this with a showing of 100 craft beers including a selection from our friends at Remarkable Liquids and Craft Beer Guild NY. I hear there may be shotgunning of beer. Should be an amazing time for downtown Troy’s first beer fest.

Lagunitas and Munchies at The Ruck | Sept 6th 5PM
Consider this your post fest after party. End your night with some rare beers from Lagunitas and some of Chef Rachel’s munchies (<— that’s what she said).

Sour Beer Festival at Captain Lawrence | Sept 13th 1PM
This is shaping up to be the next big beer geek festival. I’m surprised tickets lasted as long as they did. Tons of sours from both Captain Lawrence and a bunch of guest breweries. Can’t miss it.

Zwanze Day | Sept 20th
A lot of great options for those of us living in the Northeast. Novare Res, Armsby Abbey, Lord Hobo, Hill Farmstead, Alewife, Spuyten Duyvil, and Monk’s Cafe all within a four hour radius. Pick your poison.

SIPtemberfest | Sept 26th
Already sold out unfortunately, but if you have your tickets already you know this is the way to go out with a bang for the last big event of the beer fest season.