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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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!

The current list of prizes:
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Indy Likes Beer
Indy Likes Beer Raffle

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.

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!

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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