Lionheart Winterfest Beer Social 2013 – February 7th

Lionheart is ramping up for their next big event, the Winterfest Beer Social. Check out the lineup they have planned:

  • Featured Beer: 2001 Samichlaus Bier (HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY)
  • Corsendonk Christmas Ale
  • Dubuisson Frères sprl Scaldis Noel
  • Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
  • Einbecker Winter-Bock
  • Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA
  • North Coast Old Rasputin
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  • Abita Christmas Ale
  • Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
  • Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale
  • Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Southern Tier 2Xmas
  • Troegs Mad Elf
  • Emelisse Winterbier

Pretty eclectic tap list they have there. Nice way to catch up on some Christmas and even some fall beers you may have missed. (Actually, I’m just going to go ahead and say Pumking is a year-round beer at this point.) Sucks is getting it’s 15 minutes of fame in a big way right now, stealing it’s thunder from the classic Winter IPA, Celebration Ale. And I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the 2001 Samichlaus and the Emelisse Winterbier the most. How about you?

Upcoming Events for Jan/Feb 2013

Haven’t done one of these in a while. Wow, there are a TON of events popping up in the next few weeks. I’m trying to keep everything on a calendar on the right sidebar, and you can see the full calendar here.

Winter VT BeerAdvocate Meet-Up @ Drop-In Brewing – January 12th

The semi-annual meetup of the Vermont BAs. It’s being held at Drop-In Brewing and generally can’t be missed.

Wild Game Night with Dogfish Head Brewery @ The City Beer Hall- January 17th

The City Beer Hall is back at it again with another one of their awesome game dinners. DFH really isn’t my thing, but man I would like to get my hands on that West Indian Curried Iguana. Yes I said “IGUANA”.

Wing Wars @ The Franklin Terrace – January 19th

All you can eat wings from some of the best restaurants in the area. What more do I have to say? Buy your tickets at any of the participating venues.

Wood and Fire Dinner @ Druthers Brewing Co. – January 23th

I haven’t been back to Druthers since my less than positive experience there when they opened. Might be time to give them another shot when it isn’t track season.

Stone Brewing Co. Night @ The Ruck – January 25th

If you’re like me, you missed out on all of the great Vertical Epic events in NYC and Mass. back in December. Here’s your chance to play catch up.

Festival of Barrels @ Adirondack Pub & Brewery – January 26th

One of the few breweries in our area doing some serious work with barrel aged beers. They’ve been hit or miss for me, but this is a great opportunity to get a sample of everything ADK Pub has been working on. Also whets the appetite for the upcoming Night of the Barrels!

Homebrewers Shin Dig @ The Ruck – January 27th

Awards and bottle share for those who participated in this year’s Extreme Homebrew Competition.

Beer Dinner at @ Crossroads Brewing Co. – February 5th

“Pate”, “Terrine”, “Confit”, “Truffle”. Looks like they hit all of the keywords for a seriously delicious dinner!

Night of the Barrels / Extreme Beer Fest @ The Cyclorama – February 8th / February 9th

Already sold out, hope you got your tickets! BeerAdvocate’s yearly look at the extreme side of beer. Elise and I will be heading to NotB. See you there?

Mac-n-Cheese Bowl @ Albany Marriott – February 16th

I love Mac-n-Cheese (when it isn’t $13 for a bowl). My problem with events like this, and the Chowderfest is also a victim of this, is that as chefs try to stand out from the crowd, they add more and more shit to the mac-n-cheese to make their particular version unique. It stops being about the dish, and starts being about who can add the craziest shit to their mac-n-cheese.  The “people” can keep their Double Bacon Cheeseburger and Cheddar-Apple “Kugel” mac-n-cheeses to themselves. Me? I prefer my mac-n-cheese generally unfucked with.

Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck Tap List Announced

— Got this response about their November 16th event via their Facebook this morning:

  • 60 min
  • 90 min
  • 120 min
  • Faithfull 
  • Palo Santo
  • Midas Touch
  • Black and Blue
  • Burton Baton
  • Red and White
  • Chicory Stout
  • Aprihop
  • Chateau Jiahu
  • Namaste
  • Sah Tea
  • Festina Peche
  • World Wide Stout
  • Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
  • Tweason’ale
  • Raison D’etre
  • Immort Ale
  • Theobroma
  • Hellhound On My Ale
  • Punkin
  • My Antonia
  • Indian Brown
  • Shelter Pale Ale

And the bottle list:

  • Urkontinent
  • 75 Min
  • Saison Du Buff (Stone Version)

I’ll update if I hear anything about casks, Randalls, build your own Randalls, etc.

EDIT: Brian updated me with the Randall list:

  • Midas Touch with lime and mint
  • One year old World Wide Stout with vanilla beans, bourbon soaked coffee beans and Werther’s Originals.


The Ruck (link) | 104 3rd Street, Troy, NY (map) | All The Ruck Posts

Spider Bite Beer Co. One Year Anniversary Party at Tap and Barrel – Nov 21st [Upcoming Events]

Any Spider Bite fans out there? These guys killed it at TAP NY this year and I just haven’t gotten my hands on their beer since. Looks like their portfolio has expanded greatly in the meantime and they have a really solid lineup for their Anniversary party.

From their Facebook event page:

We are having our 1 year anniversary party at Tap and Barrel on November 21st, Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Along side our current lineup we will have available (subject to change):

  • Saison dry hopped with Hallertauer 7% abv, new beer no name yet Hoppy
  • Smoked stout, home smoked malt 8.5% abv new beer no name yet
  • Rophenia, Quad aged 7 months 11.5% abv
  • American Farmhouse, dry hopped with experimental hop HBC-342 huge Brett component and 5.5% new beer no name yet
  • pHlow (aka Huffin’), Flemish Red with Zin grapes. 8% abv. New beer for acidic lovers only
  • Czech Pilsner, lagered 3 months with Budvar yeast 6% abv new beer
  • Black Widow, black IIPA aged a few months now and ready to strike. 12.2% abv
  • Chocolate Cinnamon Babka, stout base 8.5% abv new beer
  • Boris the Spider aged 11 months and finished with Bourbon soaked oak
  • Boris the Spider aged 11 months and finished with chocolate and cherries
  • Burton Bite-On, English style pale ale.

Watch for additions/changes.


Spider Bite Beer Co. (link) | Holbrook, New York 11741 (map) | All Spider Bite Beer Co. Posts

SAVOR 2013 June 14th-15th 2013 [Upcoming Events]

Pretty big news. SAVOR will be in NYC for the first time at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan. Tickets go on sale April 17th 2013. Get your wallet ready!

“Part of our mission as a national, industry association is to promote small and independent craft brewers and their craft brewed beers to audiences around the country,” said Sam Calagione, chair of the Brewers Association’s board of directors. “Moving SAVOR to New York City, the culinary capital of the world, in 2013 is an incredible opportunity to showcase craft beer from a diverse sampling of small U.S. producers who have helped shift the perception of beer from something predictable and homogenized into the dynamic, flavorful, food-friendly beverage it is recognized as today. Craft brewers, beer lovers and foodies who attend SAVOR contribute to a historic localization of beer and a shift in the culinary arts world.”

More info here.

All Day Lawson’s Event at Prohibition Pig [Upcoming Events]

From Prohibition Pig’s Facebook Page:

Our dear friend and neighbor to the south is bringing the goodness and we’re going to go all day with it. Noon to Midnight! Here’s the lineup……

  • Hopzilla
  • Brettzilla
  • Maple Nipple
  • Jade IPA 
  • Jade IPA CASK
  • Collaboration Time #1
  • Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
  • Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
  • Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale

Damn, that’s a tasty lineup. Plenty of beers on there I haven’t ticked. Pretty nice excuse to make your way up to Waterbury if you haven’t been in a while. Since let’s say, the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival.


Prohibition Pig (link) | 23 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT (map) | All Prohibition Pig Posts

Southern Tier Beer Social at The Lionheart Pub – Nov 8th [Upcoming Events]

— From The Lionheart’s Homepage:

  • Pumking
  • Krampus
  • Oak Aged Unearthly
  • Gemini
  • Mokah
  • Creme Brulee
  • Oat
  • Jahva
  • Choklat
  • Back Burner
  • Southern Tier IPA
  • Harvest
  • 2X IPA
  • 2X Stout
  • 2X Christmas Ale
  • Old Man
  • Porter

Pretty solid lineup for the Southern Tier fans out there. Awesome to see a tap takeover like this in the area that isn’t for Dogfish Head or just three or four kegs of a brewery’s beers. (Not that I don’t enjoy DFH tap takeovers, but I do like to see new and different things in the area.)

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Backburner, my current favorite beer from Southern Tier, is missing but I’m sure it’s pretty difficult to get your hands on a keg of the stuff. However, those looking for it can find it on tap at The Bier Abbey right now.

(Picture is from my tour at Southern Tier.)


The Lionheart Pub (link) | 448 Madison Ave Albany, NY (map) | All The Lionheart Pub Posts