August 15, 2019

Tap Time Radio Aug 14th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time with John Lee from Rebel Kettle and Adam Farrell from The Joint talking about their upcoming 6th Annual Jointstock this weekend.


August 7, 2019

What is Florida Weisse?

Since I'm going to be in Florida (Destin) in a few weeks for vacation, I thought this video was sort of appropriate. It wasn't that long ago at all when it seemed like there was nearly zero Florida breweries to be found. Now, every time we visit there are more breweries. Looking forward to getting back. Anyway, for now, just enjoy another great video from The Craft Beer Channel!

On the trail of the Sunshine State's own beer style!

This week Jonny and Brad are in St Pete & Clearwater, Florida! This beautiful piece of paradise in Tampa Bay is famous for its white sand and sunsets, but should also be known for it's AMAZING brewing scene. In the first of a four part series, we explore the region's own beer style – a heavily fruited sour beer known as Florida Weisse – and the incredible people behind it.

 WE VISIT: De Bine Brewing Company - https://www.facebook.com/deBineBrews/
7venth Sun Brewery - https://7venthsun.com/
Arkane Aleworks - https://www.arkanebeer.com/
Pair o' Dice Brewing Company - https://www.pairodicebrewing.com/
Crooked Thumb Brewery - http://crookedthumbbrew.com/

August 6, 2019

The Greatest Beer Drinker of All Time??

Fun stuff from Beer By The Numbers:

"Andre the Giant is without a doubt the greatest beer drinker of all time. The stories surrounding this pro wrestler's ability to drink over 100 beers in a sitting are legendary but the science behind how he was able to accomplish this is even cooler. Grab just one beer and let's dive into the science behind the greatest beer drinker of all time, Andre the Giant!"

August 2, 2019

Tap Time Radio July 31st, 2019

Check out Wednesday night's edition of Tap Time below with Liz from Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company in Paris, AR calling in and Sylvia Blain of the Arkansas Brewers Guild in the studio. We discuss this Friday's ABG tap takeover at Prestonrose and much more!

A delicious release from Rebel Kettle on National IPA Day

Bryce hard at work

Sylvia dropping knowledge


July 24, 2019

Lagunitas | #MouthFeels: A Little Sumpin' Hazy

Lagunitas Brewing: "Check out the shlarf with Lagunitas Brewmonster Jeremy Marshall on our brand-spankin'-new Little Sumpin' Hazy ale. It's an unfiltered take on Sumpin' classic!"

 Find some near ya: https://lagunitas.com/beerfinder

July 18, 2019

Tap Time Radio July 17th, 2019

Here's last night's Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with the good folks from Little Rock's Stone's Throw Brewing discussing their upcoming 6th Annual Block on Rock party and lots more!



June 26, 2019

Stone Tiki Mix Pack, ft. the art of Mcbiff

Stone Brewing: When we set out to make a tiki-themed mix pack, we knew it had to be special. That's why we enlisted the help of crazy-talented SoCal artist Mcbiff to create the box art.

Use Stone Beer Finder to pick up this tropical-inspired box featuring Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA, Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 Sans Filtre and Stone Tangerine Express IPA near you.

The Alchemist: getting to the heart of Heady Topper

Great stuff (as usual) from The Craft Beer Channel on The Alchemist Brewery and their sought after Heady Topper beer. I was just lucky enough to find a 4-pack of this on a recent road trip and really enjoyed them, which in my opinion lives up to the hype. Great beer.

The Craft Beer Channel: "We tick off one thing from the bucket list as we visit The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont. Join us for all the amazing stories that didn't make our documentary – including lots more on how one of the world's best breweries works, the secrets of Heady Topper and everything it is doing to literally SAVE THE PLANET."

June 20, 2019

June 6, 2019

Tap Time Radio June 5th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with Chris Germann from Houston's Karbach Brewing...



June 5, 2019

Beer Log: Why Vienna Lager is the Minidisc of Beer

The Craft Beer Channel - We are in VIENNA – a neoclassical masterpiece of a city and home to a unique beer style. At least that's what we thought. In fact, Vienna lager is incredibly hard to find for reasons we explain in this video.

This super quick beer log was filmed on location while we worked on our next Beer School episode...all about YEAST. Coming in a few weeks.

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May 23, 2019

Tap Time Radio May 22nd, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time radio on 103.7 The Buzz below the pics,  with Liz from Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Company calling in to tell us all about their Brews & Blues on 22 festival this coming weekend and our studio guests Mike and Jay from Jacksonville's upcoming Blade and Barrel Brewing Co.





May 13, 2019

Stout Conversations - A Rebel with a Kettle

Living a Stout Life

"Episode 16 - Always in search of great breweries, we came across a rebel in the industry. Started in a garage in 2013, Rebel Kettle Brewing in Little Rock's burgeoning scene of innovative craft beers, became a force to be reckoned with. Being rebels at heart and in hand, John and his team craft beers on their terms."

Be sure to visit https://livingastoutlife.com for more stories, Stout Life Approved places to visit, and resources to help you live your best craft beer life! A Stout Life!

May 9, 2019

HYPE TRAIN: Allagash spontaneous & wild beers

The Craft Beer Channel - "When we went over to New England, many of the beers we were most excited to try were from the wild and spontaneous cannon of Allagash – here we see if our own expectations and hype were worth it! With regards to one of them, we had no idea how much it was."

Dogfish Head Quick Sip Clip - Slightly Mighty IPA

Dogfish Head: "Mighty hop character and just 95 calories … that can’t be possible. Oh, but it is! After a year of R&D and months of fine-tuning what seemed to be unimaginable, Slightly Mighty is finally here! This true indie craft beer has all the character of a world class IPA, but with only 95 calories, 3.6g carbs, 1g protein and 0g fat per 12oz serving. Seriously." Dogfish Head's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/dogfishheadbeer To Learn More Hop on Over to: https://www.dogfish.com/

Tap Time Radio May 8th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guests Ian, Meagan and Theron from Stone's Throw Brewing in Little Rock. They're filling us in on the latest happenings including opening a new tap room in Stifft's Station and some exclusive beers.



April 25, 2019

Pale Ale for Trails

Sierra Nevada: "Freedom is in the great outdoors. It’s where we unplug to recharge, where we cut loose to feel most connected. But our favorite places to play are vulnerable. Their maintenance is underfunded while foot traffic keeps growing—a divergence that is wearing out our wild lands.

That’s why we’re launching Pale Ale for Trails: to take back our trails and rivers through action and advocacy. Alongside partner organizations and explorers like you, we’re committed to hands-on restoration and upkeep, and we’ll champion the link between wilderness and well-being. If we don’t step up, our trails die out. Let’s protect our gateways to adventure."

https://sierranevada.com/about/pale-ale-for-trails/

Beer Log: what is mixed ferm beer? | The Craft Beer Channel

The Craft Beer Channel: "This week we break through the bull around mixed ferm beer – what's the difference between mixed ferm, farmhouse, sour, , lambic, spontaneous and wild beer? Using four delicious examples, we cut through the haze with some seriously bretty knowledge."

Tap Time Radio April 24th, 2019

Our guest on Tap Time last night was Rob Pratt from the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival.



Check it out from 103.7 The Buzz:

April 11, 2019

Tap Time Radio April 10th, 2019

Check out last night's show on 103.7 The Buzz with our guests Courtney and Sean from Lagunitas Brewing Company plus Ben from the Arkansas Travelers filled us in on what beer to expect at the ball park this year.



March 28, 2019

Tap Time Radio March 27th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest Angela from Food & Foam Fest, which is coming up Friday April 5th at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. This is the 22nd annual edition of the festival.

We also sipped on some nice beers from Lost Forty and Fossil Cove.




March 23, 2019

Beer Log: behind the scenes beer judging!

via The Craft Beer Channel This week, join Jonny for a behind-the-scenes look at judging a national brewing competition for the Society of Independent Brewers.
Watch as we deconstruct 8 lagers, 8 session IPAs and revel in...just how god awful some of them are.

March 22, 2019

Oberon: A Celebration of Summer

Hey you, March 25th is Bell's Oberon Day! Go get some.

"The color and scent of a summer afternoon, Oberon is made with just four ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast. That's it. No spices, no fruit (although if you want to enjoy your Oberon with an orange, go right ahead). All of those fruity and spicy flavors come from the hops and our house ale yeast. Oberon is an American Wheat Ale that compliments all summer has to offer.

Cheers to a summer full of adventures! #FromOurSummertoYours"

Busting myths about lager with We Are Lager festival!

via The Craft Beer Channel
It's no secret that we love lager more than maybe any other style, so we have teamed up with We Are Lager, an exciting new all-lager festival in Manchester, the bust the big myths that stop beer geeks falling in love with it.
So check your prejudice then get tickets to We Are Lager – coming in April!

Get your tickets right here: www.wearelager.com

March 20, 2019

Those Tastebud Guys Try a Sour From Fort Smith Brewing Co.

We grab a growler of sour beer from Fort Smith Brewing Company and talk about the merits of buying in bulk. Also, have you been to FSBC? Sixty Three beers on tap, all from Arkansas. That's pretty impressive.

So grab a buddy and give us a watch, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share us with a friend.

March 14, 2019

Tap Time Radio March 13th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our friends from Toppling Goliath calling in while we drink a Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout (2018) then visit with Steve Shuler from Rock City Eats about the state of the local food and beer scene.

 

March 13, 2019

Behind the Scenes tour video at Bell's Brewery

I love to visit breweries and Bell's is high on my list of ones I haven't been to yet so I found this little brewery tour video pretty fun. Check it out.

"We're in the running for the best brewery tour in the country, so we're taking you behind the scenes to show you a little but of our brewery."
 
Vote here: 10Best.com
 
 

Stone Moxee Gold IPA

You know I love me some Stone beers!

Here's their latest video: "Stone #MoxeeGoldIPA is the first in our Farm To Can Series, celebrating hop farmers and the incredible work they do.⁣

Behind every great beer are amazing stories of all the people, places and ingredients that culminate in what you have in your hand. The Stone Farm to Can Series is our heartfelt tribute to the dedicated farmers who cultivate the hops that help bring our beers to life. Each beer in this series features hops grown at a single specific farm as our way of paying homage to their harvest. Many of these growers breed and develop their own varieties, like CLS Farms in Moxee, Washington did with El Dorado hops, named for the mythical hidden City of Gold. Moxee lies nestled in Yakima Valley, the very real paradise of hop production in the American Pacific Northwest. Stone Moxee Gold IPA is loaded with Centennial and of course El Dorado hops, all sourced from the fruitful bines of CLS Farms. The valley itself may be mostly green, but its bounty of hops are as good as gold."

March 12, 2019

27 Strangest Beers Ever Brewed

Fun stuff from the folks at Beer By The Numbers:

"Today we take a look at the weirder side of craft beer. There has never been more options for drinkers than we have today, but that also means there are plenty of really strange choices drinkers can make. The Beer industry continues to push the boundaries, so today Ryan takes a look at the 27 Strangest Beer ever Brewed."

Beer By The Numbers Instagram -- https://www.instagram.com/beerbythenumbers
 

March 2, 2019

The DARK Side of Craft Beer | Social Capital and Prestige Economy

Another great video from the gang at Beer By The Numbers: "I love craft beer. Lots of great people and great conversations. But the craft beer community has a dark side. This dark side threatens the continued growth of the beer industry, and it's up to us to stop it!"
 

February 28, 2019

Tap Time Radio February 27th, 2019

Check out last night's episode of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guests Ren and Sarah from Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock!
 

February 21, 2019

Keep Austin Beer'd

Made my 2nd trip ever to Austin over the weekend with sights set on both finishing the Austin Half-Marathon and drinking lots of good beer. Mission accomplished. And maybe I struggled a bit on the hilly downtown Austin route, OK maybe a lot, but it had nothing to do with all the beer I drank the day before. Probably. But damn there is just so much good beer in this city. And good food.

It's not just breweries that are abundant either, but great craft beer bars. Places like Banger Sausage House, Craft Pride, Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Waller Street Pub House have fantastic beer lists and knowledgeable staff. It's not hard to find great beer.

Last time I was in town a year ago I made it out to one of my favorites, Jester King. I also got to Independence and Blue Owl during the visit. This year I wanted to hit some breweries I hadn't been to so I set out for a cool half-dozen, which is really easy to do with 2+ days in this town. I did pretty well, finally getting up to north Austin and 3 breweries, all walking distance from each other. That's a pretty fun time and worth the Uber cost to get to. The other 3 are sort of just east of downtown.

6 breweries, 1 great weekend

And there are still just so many more breweries. I guess I'll need a lot more trips.

But for now, here were my quick Twitter recaps and pics for this year:

February 20, 2019

Rogue Ales & Spirits | Straight Outta Newport

Rogue Ales: We set out to brew a huge West Coast IPA to satisfy the thirstiest hop heads. Bursting with Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops, Straight Outta Newport packs a wallop of citrus aromas and fruit flavors to create a beer unlike any other we've ever brewed.

Beer School: what is malt?

Beer School: what is malt? | The Craft Beer Channel 

We may all rave about hops most of the time, but without malt there would be no beer. This week we head to Muntons, one of the UK's leading maltsters to learn more about the grains that go in our beer. We see out how it's harvested and made – as well as what makes great malt and how it's used.

 Huge thanks to Muntons for the tour and Burnt Mill for the beers!

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February 14, 2019

February 10, 2019

Conan Visits The Samuel Adams Brewery

Conan O'Brien tries every beer and examines every staff member’s beard at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston.
 

The Brewers Association: Brewery Safety Matters

The Brewers Association (BA) Safety Ambassador, Matt Stinchfield, travels nationwide educating craft brewers on ways to improve brewery safety through conscientious and affordable prevention and protection strategies.
 

January 31, 2019

Tap Time Radio January 30th, 2019

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with Andrew Blann from Fossil Cove calling in with all the deets on this coming weekend's Frost Fest in Fayetteville plus the guys from Toppling Goliath, who are just beginning Arkansas distribution.

 

January 29, 2019

Sex Sells -- History of Using Sex to Sell Beer

Good stuff from the Beer By The Number Youtube page:
 
"Sex sells. At least that's how the old marketing adage goes. Brewers haven't been afraid to embrace the sexier side of marketing for the last hundred years. Most people assume that beer marketing is a non stop parade of flesh, but the history is actually much more nuanced.

The use of sexual imagery in beer marketing ebbs and flows within a greater cultural context. So today we're turning back the clock to watch how sexy beer ads have evolved over the years, and we'll even try to predict what they'll look like in the future. Cheers!"

Beer by the Numbers Facebook
 

January 24, 2019

Oskar Blues Launches New Rotating IPA Series

Series Kicks Off With Launch of Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA in Taprooms January 26

Longmont, Colo., January 24, 2019 - Oskar Blues Brewery is introducing a fresh new line-up of rotating IPAs with the Can-O-Bliss IPA Series. Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA has now launched in 12oz cans, to be celebrated with kick-off parties in Oskar Blues Brewery taprooms on January 26. Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA and Citrus IPA will follow throughout the year. Each IPA in the series showcases an all-star cast of hops including innovative combinations of new and experimental hop varietals from around the world. All Can-O-Bliss IPA Series beers will be distributed nationally on draft and in 6-pack and 12-pack cans following their respective releases, plus it will appear in the CANundrum mix 15-pack.

“The Can-O-Bliss Series is a way for us to celebrate hops all year long,” said Oskar Blues Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “We’re bringing unprecedented combinations of hops to the table to create three unique IPA experiences with very different flavor profiles. IPA lovers will want to follow along with the series to see what happens next.”

The brewery recently added new centrifuge equipment, to whisk away solids including yeast and hop material, while retaining hop oil in the beer. The investment allows brewers at all three locations (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC and Austin, TX) to maximize hop flavor in the Can-O-Bliss IPAs.

The first release, Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA, 7.2% ABV, is a juicy, sunset-hued rogue wave of tropical fruit flavors featuring clean, complex Mosaic, citrusy Azacca, fruity Galaxy, aromatic El Dorado and pungent Idaho 7 hops. Click here for an in-depth Tropical IPA hop safari via the Oskar Blues Blog.

On deck is Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA, a hazed-out and hopped-up IPA packed with flavors of stone fruit, melon and peach. Just like Oskar Blues, this beer is unfiltered, uncommon and unrestrained.

Oskar Blues will round out the 2019 series by introducing Can-O-Bliss Citrus IPA, an intensely citrus-y and aromatic brew that will put zest to the test.

The Can-O-Bliss IPA Series will offer beer drinkers a variety of innovative IPA flavors throughout the year. On January 26, Oskar Blues taproom locations in Boulder, CO, Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC and Austin, TX, will host launch parties for Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA. Click here for individual taproom party details, or check out the beerfinder to find a Can-O-Bliss near you, available in 6-Packs ($8.99-$9.99 MSRP), 12-Packs ($16.99-$17.99), draft and in the Oskar Blues CANundrum Mixed 15-pack ($16.99-$17.99).

January 17, 2019

Tap Time Radio January 16th, 2019

Here's last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest Randy Bressner from Stone Brewing calling in to tell us about their new Metallica collaboration pilsner "Enter Night" and also the guys from CutWater Spirits in the studio sharing plenty of their amazing canned drinks. 
 
Check it out below!
 
 

January 15, 2019

The Story of Enter Night Pilsner

Metallica x Arrogant Consortia: Enter Night Pilsner. The cataclysmic collision of two uncompromising supernatural forces.

bit.ly/EnterNightPilsner
 

January 9, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing Release Bamburana


Bamburana is an Imperial Stout Aged in Whiskey and Brandy Barrels With Amburana Wood Spirals and Fig and Date Flavors

 

Longmont, Colo., January 9, 2019 - Oskar Blues Brewery and Cigar City Brewing are stoked to announce the release of their innovative new collaboration beer, Bamburana. The imperial stout, brewed with figs and dates, is double barrel-aged - in both whiskey and brandy barrels - and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals. Bamburana is the first nationally distributed collaboration between the two breweries - a big, sticky, complex 12.2% ABV beer that will be released in 12oz cans in mid-January.

Bamburana is the co-creation of two giant craft beer personalities - Oskar Blues Brewery’s Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, and Cigar City Brewing’s Brewmaster Wayne Wambles. Their goal was to craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood. Amburana wood is an indigenous South American wood that imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma.

"We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wambles. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”

“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Matthews. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”

Bamburana unfolds on the palate with forward-facing roasted malt flavors that branch out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates. Then, brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.

Bamburana will be available nationwide in mid-January in 4-packs of 12oz cans.

Outta Line IPA | Penguin Bungee Jump

Rogue Ales & Spirits -We sent a group of brave Rogue Employees dressed in their finest penguin suits to step outside their comfort zones and plummet off America's tallest bungee jump bridge. These are the results. Do you have the courage to step outta line? 

At the very core of Rogue is the idea of getting outta line. That is to say you don’t need to follow the plan laid out in front of you, you don’t have to fit in and you don’t have to follow the crowd. We brewed this IPA as a reminder that there is no limit when you have the courage to stand out. Available year round, Outta Line IPA is a bright honey-colored West Coast IPA with an enticing fruit aroma.

Find some near you at https://www.bit.ly/findrogueouttaline
 
 

Founders: Chase Your What If

 
Curious? Head to http://chaseyourwhatif.com
 
 

January 7, 2019

Dogfish Head Quick Sip Clip: American Beauty Pale Ale

Dogfish Head: American Beauty, a pale ale inspired by the Grateful Dead, captures the spirit of the band's 30 years of touring and recording. Dogfish Head and the Dead both built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, so when we first started this collaboration (back in 2013), we asked those loyal fans to help drive the recipe. 
 
After receiving more than 1,500 ingredient suggestions, granola was tops. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is a sweet and toasty complement to the barley, succulent wildflower honey and all-American hops. 
 
Now in 2019 - and after three previous 750 mL releases - we're getting the band back together, releasing American Beauty in 12 oz. 6-packs for the first time ever! And we promise, once you taste it ... there's nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile.
 

January 1, 2019

Favorite Beer Experiences of 2018

One of my favorite posts of last year was "Favorite Beer Experiences of 2017" I think, because drinking beer to me is more about the experience than anything else. I don't want to do a normal "best of" list or anything like that, I love tons of beers from a lot of breweries and I hate to pick the top ones. However, every year I seek out awesome experiences related to beer. Here's this years, in no particular order...

Jester King Reposé

A bucket list brewery for my wife and I has always been Jester King and we finally got to go this year back in February. It was everything I'd hoped for and more. This brandy barrel-aged Bière de Garde was a highlight as we walked around the grounds and soaked in an awesome farm/brewery. Will go back for sure.


Sierra Nevada BFD

My wife and I enjoy Ed Sheeran together and we got a chance to go see him with some best friends in Nashville at Nissan Stadium. It was a great show and I had this tasty hoppy blonde while enjoying it. Great memory.

New Belgium Paonia Peach

On a trip to Asheville we visited New Belgium Brewery and got a private tour and everything about it was amazing. The brewery is state of the art, the people were fantastic and views of the river on the deck made a wonderful atmosphere and a memorable experience.This very nice tart peach beer was a perfect addition.
 

Sweetwater Tropical Berliner

This beer was released and debuted while I was at 420Fest in Atlanta having a blast. Lots of great music, tons of people and SO MUCH BEER. I drank a lot of Sweetwater, got to visit not only the brewery but their Woodlands barrel-aging facility and just had a damn good time. This fruity tart berliner may or may not have been pouring down my throat as early as 9am one morning.

Rebel Kettle Black Reign

Rebel Kettle's anniversary party in early April, so in Arkansas that's typically going to be pretty warm. Not this year. Damn cold. And it's outdoors (mostly). But boy did we still have fun. We drank some great beers, including this ass-kicking bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, and watched Drivin' N' Cryin' while freezing our butts off. It was glorious.


White River C-Street Pale Ale

For my birthday this year, the wife and I went to one of my favorite regional cities, Springfield, MO, and had some great beer at one of my favorite breweries, Mother's Brewing. We also ate, wandered around and basically celebrated me surviving another year. A highlight was going to see the Springfield Cardinals play at Hammonds Field as I hadn't been there in years. Had this very nice pale while enjoying the boys of summer doing what they do.

Independence Stash IPA

Back in February we went to UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin and saw one of my favorite fighters, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, knock out Yancy Medeiros in the 1st round. So yeah, that was awesome. Also saw Derrick Lewis, James Vick, Thiago Alves, Sage Northcutt and more... Just a great night. This IPA from one of my favorite Austin breweries made it even better.


Hawk Moth Black IPA

It was good to see a friend of mine get his new brewery and tap room open up in Rogers, AR and we stopped in for a visit passing though one day. Love Hawk Moth facility, love the beers, love the folks. I wish them well and will be getting by there as often as possible. I mainly got beer to go, but while getting a personalized tour from the owner, I had a delicious Black IPA. Why more people don't make this style I'll never know. I always love finding a good one.


Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing

Location, location, location... I had a delicious can of this heavenly liquid sitting in a rocking chair several stories up at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville where we watched the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Breathtaking.


Urban South Lime Cucumber Gose

While in New Orleans, one of my favorite cites, over Easter weekend we did a brewery crawl and walked a few miles while hitting 4 breweries and eating/shopping/laughing etc. Urban South was on the trail and our day was made even better by this delicious gose and a gigantic anniversary party they were having with tons of crawfish. Probably just a normal day in NOLA.


Real Ale Four Horsemen (Mysterium Verum)

At the end of our Austin trip, on the final night, we decided on just one more beer at Easy Tiger as we walked back to the hotel. My final choice of a killer beer weekend was this black quad aged in American oak spirit barrels with lots of vanilla with nice big hints of booziness This is how to end a trip. I still remember sitting there with my wife, soaking up the feeling.


Guinness

I can never do my yearly best of without mentioning the awesome weekend we have in Tulsa every year for the McNellie's Pub Run. We love to run, we love to drink beer, and we love the friends we join over there every year. Ever chugged several Guinness while running 4 miles? You should try it. Delicious.


Prairie Now Now

Just to sort of pick one beer from an incredible weekend in Oklahoma City, this straight up creamy strawberry vanilla milkshake IPA from Prairie's OKC brewery is totally worthy. We visited the taproom both days and had great beer not only there but other OKC breweries like Anthem, Roughtail, Twisted Spike and Coop. We're going to need to explore this city again. Soon.


Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy

And finally, no list of my favorite beer moments of the year, any year, could possibly be complete without me sitting at Dickey-Stephens Park watching our AA farm club of the Seattle Mariners, the Arkansas Travelers, play baseball. I did it a lot. I drank this beer a lot. I'll do it again this coming year too.