Part II of today’s double batch o’ beer notes. Interesting developments at Dogfish Head and some West Coast updates.
Boston Beer Co. /Weihenstephan: After receiving bottles of Infinium 2011 from Boston Beer Co., Brewbound reported that the beer will be re-released in November. Craft beer drinkers more or less voted Infinium as the biggest disappointment of 2010 so tread carefully with the 2011 version.
Dogfish Head: Beer Business Daily‘s Jennifer Litz enjoyed a canal ride with the Calagiones yesterday. After the voyage, she broke the news on Craft Business Daily that Tim Hawn, the former brewing manager of a MillerCoors plant that is apparently the epicenter of Blue Moon production in the United States, will take over the reigns as Brewmaster (thanks, Jack!). Here’s a pic of Hawn though admittedly not a great one. Floris Delée is no longer in the role.
With Head Brewer, Bryan Selders, leaving for web design earlier this year and Assistant Brewmaster, Jon Carpenter, leaving to be the brewmaster at Golden Road Brewing, that is a lot of turnover high up on the brewing team in a short period of time. You, too, can even be a manager on the brewing team now.
Deschutes / Boulevard: The video above features Brewmasters, Larry Sidor of Deschutes Brewing and Steven Pauwels of Boulevard Brewing, providing details on their upcoming collaboration beer, White IPA. I believe that the Behind the Pint Series has some affiliation with the New School Brew Blog (though I’m not positive). The beer will debut next month.
The Bruery: Was selling 100% Barrel Aged Cuir at Provisions yesterday (still available?) as well as Provisions Series Tart of Darkness. Oh, and…Project Quercus begins.
Lompoc Brewing: A couple interesting beers on tap per today’s newsletter…”Drunken Robin, our Condor Pale Ale fermented in bourbon barrels with 35 pounds of sour cherries; Lompoc Sour Draft, our LSD brewed in February 2008 then aged in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels for two years. This sour ale has an oak aroma and lots of cherry and berry flavor; Sour Willy, a blend of 5 different beers for a light, complex, slightly sour beer with a fruity aroma and mellow cherry, oak flavors”
Cascade Brewing: More interesting Portland-area taps…from Cascade’s newsletter, “Summer Gose 2011: This NW sour beer is a re-creation of a historic German wheat beer style that was nearly lost to time. This light, slightly soured beer is spiced with coriander and sea salt. Soft creamy wheat and spice greet you in the nose, while a light spice bite and hint of lemon cross the palate. It finishes off with a soft lingering sour bite and just a slight dusty lemon note. 5.5% ABV, $4.50/teardrop glass.”
Anaheim Brewery: Will open this Friday
Note I: A creative example of marketing from Amstel Light. Free beer for the Boston Bruins player that ordered an Amstel Light as part of a $150k spending spree. No idea whether the player has been named yet.
Note II: Funny how the news gets reported (inaccurately) sometimes…hey, I’ve taken my bumps here on the blog, too.