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AVL Beer week pint glass giveaway!

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I wanted to do a give away for my readers. I was given a free pint glass after a beer and cheese tasting and had already bought one right before. I have a 2014 Asheville beer week pint glass ready to ship anywhere in the United States (sorry rest of the world, shipping is expensive). I will be running the contest for a week until July 9th and will post the winner on twitter and on the blog in a short post.

The rules are very simple. I want to try and kick-start more participation in the comments with my posts, so I just need you guys to comment below. One comment per person. Just Post what your favorite beer and or brewery is and why. Two or three sentences is fine, more is welcome if you have wonderful things to say and make me want to drink your favorite beers.

I will be reading all the comments left by everyone who leaves a comment up until the deadline. Winner will be selected at random. Thank you for reading and good luck!

Review: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

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Keeping with my recent trend, I’ve decided to keep experimenting with stouts as I’m committed to trying a wide range of them. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been a fan of other beers that Oskar Blues brews. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, is a Russian style Imperial Stout. It is 10.5% ABV and is brewed in Brevard, North Carolina. Oskar Blues was actually originally located in Longmont, Colorado but in 2013 they opened up a second brewing facility in North Carolina where they offer tours and have a taproom as well brew all beers Oskar Blues is known for.

Ten Fidy is shipped in a can as opposed to a bottle, that is what most people are used to. Oskar Blues ships all their beers in cans and I’m sure it gets over looked as a brewer by many because of it. It’s a common misconception by many who aren’t aware of the positives a can offers. Plenty of people think beers shipped in a can aren’t as fresh or that it taste like metal because it’s contained in aluminum. Thats not the case. Cans actually prevent ultra-violet light from hitting the beer and keeping the beer tasting as fresh as possible for longer since cans they aren’t translucent. Cans have made a comeback in the beer world and for good reason. Same amount of beer as a bottle, less weight, cools better and is cheaper to produce.

Ten Fidy has some serious power and flavor. The flavors I got most consistently were chocolate, toffee, malt, barley, a coffee after taste and hints of vanilla. It was rich with good texture and packs a punch. Ten Fidy poured pitch black with a beautiful tannish-brown head. I poured it into both a pint and snifter glass on different occasions. I would probably try to drink this kind of beer out of a snifter if I had the glassware for it. Being a beer with a higher ABV this is a nice sipper. Doesn’t hurt that you’ll want to sit back and savor the rich flavors.

The aroma of the beer was interesting to say the least. It wasn’t bad or pungent by any means, but I felt like it almost didn’t fit the taste of the beer (maybe i got a hold of an older batch). I got very subtle notes of chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla and malt, but for some odd reason had a smell of green olives, it was bizarre. It didn’t ruin the flavor for me or the experience of the brew, but it did throw me off a bit while I was trying to uncover the other scents the beer had.

I can add another stout to my list of beers that I enjoy and I’m actually starting to crave them more and more as I try the ones I like. My stout list is starting to grow and with it my palate for the tastes and ingredients used to make them. I wouldn’t hand this beer to someone who just likes a Guinness or run of the mill stout, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for something full of flavor, can handle the ABV, enjoys the complexity of flavors and likes stouts. As long as the slightly off smell doesn’t bother you, which i don’t think will once you start drinking, I think you’ll love Ten Fidy. I’m still very new to stouts, but I feel this is one of the best I’ve had yet!

64 ounce growlers and more beer tastings coming to FL soon!

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Standard 32 ounce growler on the left and 64 ounce growler on the right.

Numerous bills have been filled to the Florida legislature to allow 64 ounce beer growlers to become legal for sale and for supermarkets and liquor stores to serve beer samples and tastings within the state.

64 ounce growlers have been outlawed since the prohibition in FL. Currently Floridian beer lovers are only able to buy 32 ounce growlers (with no limits on how many can purchased) and gallon sized growlers (which makes little sense that the 64 ounce growler is banned for sale), so anyone can just go into a brewery with two growlers or get them directly from the brewer and fill or buy two or more 32 ounce growlers that match or exceed the 64 ounce illegal growler size.

Supermarkets, such as Publix, Win-Dixie, Sedano’s etc.. as well as liquor stores will be able to offer beer samples and tastings, should the bill pass which would be another win for brewers, consumers, markets and liquor stores. Beer is prohibited from being served as a sample at these locations, while wine and spirits of higher ABV are legally served.

Heres hoping we’ll be able to purchase 64 ounce growlers from our favorite local brewers and be able to sample beer outside of bars soon!

 

Want to have some brews?

What kind of beer do you like? Do you have a staple that’s your drink of choice or a particular style you prefer? Bitter, sweet, smooth, hoppy, dark, light, thick or fine? Whatever your style or taste, my love of beer is why I’m starting this blog. Not only to rate and review beers, but to educate others as well as myself on the differences in all kinds of brews. I too, occasionally struggle to venture away from the types of beers I’m comfortable with. I definitely have favorites that I’ll eventually share in future posts, but I would like to broaden my knowledge and try beers that I may have overlooked or simply never gave a fair shake.

My plan is to try new beers, share my experiences and if I’m lucky, get to speak to some brewers locally and from all over. I will be highlighting local spots (I live in South Florida) and visit as many places as my pockets allow outside the state. I’ll try my best to get some videos of my adventures as well as pictures for you to experience along the way. I plan to ride my bike — I need to keep that beer belly off somehow — to as many unique and fun bars and breweries as I can. I’ll try and post some news if I have time, regarding new beers and releases as possible.

I hope to have you guys right there with me with your beer glass full as I bring you my thoughts on beer and the people and places their made.

Cheers!

Wards