Craft Beer News Roundup: SweetWater, Drakes, Ipswich, Ballast Point + More
SweetWater Brewing – Tickets went on sale today for Brew Your Cask Off cask ale festival. BYCO is Saturday, March 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. 80 special guest brewers, including local celebrities, home brewers, retailers and charities, will create their own one-of-a-kind cask for festival attendees to sample and judge.
Follow this link for tickets and more info. http://www.brewyourcaskoff.com/
Drakes Brewery – Drake’s mentioned a new beer in their December newsletter. Fans of the brewery can look forward to Chinookian Dark Ale, described as follows: “We used two-row barley, Honey malt, caramalt, crystal malt for the base, and a combination of chocolate rye and chocolate malt for the color and roastiness. The hops are German Magnum, Cascade, and a ton of Chinook. The flavor and mouthfeel is definitely a roasty to sweet maltiness, with a noticeable hop bitterness reminiscent of an IPA. Medium carbonation & brownish white head with a slight opalescent black color.”
Ipswich Ale Brewery – Ipswich announced on their brewers blog, they will be re-releasing some of their famous strong ales. – ”
We’re rolling out this season with a re-release of our strong ale series-cellared to perfection at the an ideal temperature. Look for the Whipple House Old Ale and the Hosiery Mill Double IPA at your local package stores, and if they don’t carry them-be sure to ask them to call us here at the brewery.
If you’d like to make the trek, you can also purchase them right here at the brewery at 23 Hayward Street in Ipswich.
Don’t miss out on this great holiday gift idea! Makes a great stocking stuffer, Yankee Swap gift, or simply a companion to a fine holiday dinner.”
Bristol Brewing – Bristol Brewing has released their Christmas Ale. From the sounds of it, the recipe has been tweaked this year. ” This year’s batch is a beer lover’s holiday beer, subtly spiced, lightly hopped, and not at all a sugary sweet concoction. In fact, if you liked the Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, you’ll probably love this one too because it’s got the same attitude: festive, unique, but still an ale with a backbone.
Bristol beertender Bob Archibald’s famous home brew recipe was the inspiration for this batch which the Bristol employees have been gleefully drinking at December employee meetings for years. Bob even went so far as to roll up his sleeves and help brew it.
Anyway, you have a chance to taste this delightful, silky ale, imbued with all sorts of holiday cheer with us tomorrow night at the release party(December 2, 2010) here at the brewery at 5:00 pm.”
Pipeworks Brewing – Gerrit and Beejay of Pipeworks flewout to Belgium last year to apprentice with Urbain of Struise. They worked on some collaborations beers. Now they are back in the states ready to open up shop in Chicago. They will be holding tastings December 9th, 17th, and 18th. Here is what they’ve been brewing, hopefully you can try some of these. Berlinerweiss, Smoked Mild, Belgian Wit, American Wheat, Smoked Porter, Pastrami on Rye, Baltic Porter, Double IPA, and Abduction Imperial Stout aged with Oak and bourbon.
Ballast Point – Ballast Point will be re-releasing Barmy Ale. It will be available at the Scripps location Thursday only and at San Diego Strong Ale Fest this weekend. From Ballast Point’s News and Happenings. ” Some of you may remember a little treat we brewed up last year called Barmy Ale. Barmy is a 10.5% ABV golden ale brewed with South African Apricots, Caramelized Orange Blossom Honey, 2 Row and dusting of Palisade Hops. A slight tartness from the Apricot is followed by an effervescent mead like quality. A truly unique and tasty beverage. “