Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eight Reasons To Be Thankful You Love Beer

A really cool opportunity just manifested itself, and man am I excited to tell you all about it. Get ready to put some miles on the car and some wacky credits on your Brewniversity list, because starting next week, we are doing eight firkins of O'Dempsey's Inukshuk IPA on eight consecutive days, and all of them are a little bit different. Here is what we have planned so far:

  • The Fred Bar 7/26-- Cask #1 - Lemongrass and Crystal Hops
  • Cumming 7/27-- Cask #7 - Ginger and Northern Brewer Hops
  • Decatur 7/28-- Cask #4 - Lychee Fruit and Northern Brewer Hops
  • Newnan 7/29-- Cask #5 - Pink Grapefruit Zest and Crystal Hops
  • Kennesaw 7/30-- Cask #2 - Lemongrass and Perle Hops
  • Perimeter 7/31-- Cask #3 - Apricot and Newport Hops
  • Old Milton Pkwy 8/1-- Cask #6 - Pineapple and Newport Hops
  • The Fred Bar 8/2-- Cask #8 - A combination of Perle, Crystal and Northern Brewer Hops
The distributor told me that they would try to get each specified cask to the correct stores, but before you go writing this down in stone, let's just chill out for a second. The beer will be going out late this week and early next week, so we will know more as early as tomorrow. I just wanted to give you an idea of what we are dealing with here. Each cask will be a special credit, like "O'Dempsey's Inukshuk Cask 1", and so on through number eight. If you can make it all eight of these events, you will be a legend among lesser beer drinkers. It starts on a Thursday at The Fred Bar and ends on a Thursday at The Fred Bar. All tap times are 6:00 pm except the Sunday in Newnan. We are doing that at 3:00 pm, because no one wants to wait until 6:00 pm to start drinking on a Sunday. Why? That's just the way the world works, man. Don't try to fight it.

Now even if each of these casks do not make it to the exact location specified, then the only thing that will change is the order. We are still getting all of these casks to these locations, but maybe # 7 winds up in Alpharetta and # 6 winds up in Cumming for example. Who cares? Not me. As long as everyone has delicious beer to drink, I am happy. Don't forget the fact the O'Dempsey's crew will be at all of these events to talk to you folks and help drink these casks. They are a fun bunch, so make sure to introduce yourself when you're out. It's easy, "Hi Randy, my name is ______________, and I love beer." The rest will be easy after that. 

So other than that awesomeness coming up, there are a few other things of note. First of all, there is a small keg of a barrel-aged Highland Cold Mountain being tapped at The Fred Bar on Friday night at 5:00 pm. This thing will go fast, so don't screw around and miss it. The other event happening in July is the All-American Extrava-CAN-za beer dinner on July 31st in Duluth. If you haven't seen the menu yet, just click here. It is going to be great, so sign up now if you are interested.

I will be gone for a while pretty soon. If you don't hear from me temporarily, don't freak out. I am going to Oregon for a few days, mostly all of next week. Then right after I get back I will be in Charlotte on business for a couple of days, so I may be a little behind in general after that. Might not be hittin' the old blog for a minute. But who knows, maybe I will find some time between brewery visits and beer festivals in Oregon. Until then, take care. 


PS: In the upper right there is a new slide show with a few pics from Victory. I finally got a new camera that can make good slide shows. Check it out.

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.