Beer Review – Mystery Weisse 2014 – Night Shift Brewing

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APPEARANCE: Poured a soft, elegant grapefruit color into my glass. Slightly murky and cloudy with an appearance of fresh squeezed juice. A frothy, dish soap bubbled head rose quickly to the top of the glass,and then  dissipated as quick as it produced. What was left of the head settled into a spotted halo that blocked the lazy bubbles of carbonation that where rising from the bottom.

 

AROMA: Big sour notes consume the bouquet right away, once I get past that it really begins to reveal other layers. Lots of over ripe mango the kind you would pick up from the ground that are slightly funky. Peach skin mixed with a wet grain smell that reminds me of peaches and cream oatmeal from when I was a kid. Overall the sourness just keeps coming back bringing with it a heavy acidic aroma as well.

 

TASTE: Peachie-o’s! i mean spot on to the sweet sour candied peach gummies that i love.After the intial peach a  very tart fresh squeezed lemonade flavor with slices of mango floating in it comes in. The middle really opens up and becomes quite refreshing, and thirst quenching, right before that sourness smacks me in the teeth again. Ends same as it started peach,mango and lemon sourness.

 

MOUTHFEEL: Light body and Light carbonation, the lazy bubbles are surprisingly prickly on the tongue. A really great mouth watering long lasting sour finish that invites you to keep drinking.

 

OVERALL: A really interesting take on a Berliner Weisse, I think the fruit really adds to the overall drinking experience. It makes complete sense to do a fruited Berliner since its served to tourists/locals in Berlin with a fruited syrup to help calm some of the sourness down. I read so many different reviews that rated this beer from complete drain pour to outstanding. I’m guessing there is a huge bottle variation issue with it. Luckily for me my bottle was really great, i put it closer to the outstanding mark.

 

RAITING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

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Beer event – Locals Only – Las Vegas 5/23/15

Las Vegas! are you ready for the 1st of what will be an annual “Locals Only” beer festival? All of Las Vegas’ Craft breweries in one place offering unlimited samples for 4 hours, even better all proceeds will go to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association! The event is not only a showcase of Las Vegas craft beer but also a way to build more awareness to our craft beer scene.

There will be a home brew competition, with the winner getting the opportunity to not only brew the winning beer at Banger Brewing but also to have it on draft there as well. Such a solid event to be put on by Banger Brewing, with the idea of helping create and grow the next wave of craft brewers in Las Vegas.

http://www.bangerbrewing.com

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Ballast Point – ‘Holy Hurricane at Aces & Ales – 4/18/15

Are you ready Las Vegas? This looks like it is going to be pretty epic!

http://acesandales.com

2801 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Ballast Point ‘Holy Hurricane’ Tap Takeover!

ALL Drafts just $5!

SD Trip Giveaway & Brewers Reception Specialty Cask & Ballast Artwork Raffle!

Meet Ballast Point Ballers ‘Yuseff Cherney’ (Yes, The Creator Of Sculpin!), ‘Earl Kight’ & BP Artwork Illustrator ‘Paul Elder’.

Paul Will Be Creating A Special Artwork Piece LIVE During The Event That Will Be Raffled Off, As Well As Other BP Specialty RARE Artwork!

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Review – B Cups Plastic IPA Cups

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Today I braved the Las Vegas wind and took a short drive to Red Rock Canyon. Wanted to break in my new Fermented Reality plastic ipa cup on a hike. I will say I was very impressed, with its light weight and great design. It really did feel like I was drinking out of proper glassware, it added the extra aroma and agitation I am used to with my ipa glasses. Only difference instead of at a bar or my house I was 5 miles back country enjoying the same experience. This will be with me on every hike and camping adventure from here on out!

http://fermentedreality.com

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From the website:

Bring beer, bring B Cups!

These are great poolside, on the boat, camping, barbecuing, tailgating, and more! Don’t drink from the bottle, always #pouryourbeer!

  • 4 pack IPA cups
  • 17oz
  • BPA free
  • Rugged and Shatterproof

The first go-anywhere plastic IPA cup in the world!

We love our Dogfish Head / Spiegelau IPA glassware and drinking beer from a proper glass is important to us. So in situations where glass just wouldn’t do, we were sick about having to drink beer from a red party cup. Rather than complain about it, we decided to do something about it!

B Cups plastic IPA cups are ONLY available from Fermented Reality! B Cups IPA cups are made from a rigid, shatterproof, fully transparent, BPA-free plastic. Your B Cups will last for dozens of uses when rinsed well with only water. Even left out overnight, these cups come clean with a little dish soap and warm water and leave no residual stale beer smell.

 

2015 Firestone Walker “From the Barrel” Recap

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The fifth annual From the Barrel took place over this past weekend at the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch. This sold out event was the most unique beer event I have had the pleasure of attending. Couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more picture perfect venue to hold this 1920’s inspired night. All of the unique spirits, ports, and beers were barrel aged to truly make a most memorable night.

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FEATURED BREWERIES:

Almanac Beer Co. Ballast Point Brewing, BarrelHouse Brewing Co., Black Market Brewing Co., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Hermitage Brewing Co., The Libertine Pub & Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Mother Earth Brew Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing Co., Societe Brewing Co., Telegraph Brewing Co.

Also in attendance were some amazing distilleries, wineries, and restaurants, being a Beer Zombie I’ll focus on the beers!

The beers on hand seemed to be equally divided into barrel aged stouts and sours.

Overall favorite sour being poured was from:

Hermitage Brewing Company – Strawberry Sour

http://hermitagebrewing.com

1627 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Talking with brand manager Nicole Marquez I came to find out this sour was brewed especially for the event. Even poured out of a labeless bottle, this sour was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend searching this out and trying it if you get a chance.

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Overall favorite stout being poured was from:

Firestone Walker Brewing Company – 2015 Parabola

http://www.firestonebeer.com

1400 Ramada Dr. Paso Robles, CA 93446

Even though I have had this multiple times, it was the first time having it on draft. It’s an almost perfect example of a ba stout. Plenty of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. If you haven’t had this do yourself a favor and make it happen.

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From The Barrel went on until 10pm with plenty of libations flowing and dancing. Music provided by Ventucky String Band http://ventuckystringband.com , overall a very unique way to taste some amazing barrel aged beverages, food and indulge in 1920’s inspired music and fashion. I suggest buying tickets early next year and joining in on the fun, I know I’m already counting down the days until the sixth annual!

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Craft Haus Brewery – 2 new beers released

Craft Haus Brewery in Las Vegas NV

@crafthausbrew

http://www.crafthausbrewery.com

Tapping two new beers the same day:

First beer is Jean Claude, Belgian Strong Golden Ale. Aptly named in honor of our brewers’ traveling van, Jean Claude Van Damme. This is our spring seasonal beer which will be offered for the next few weeks, brewed on our large system.

Second beer: Unite Red. We brewed this beer with fellow Pink Boots Society members across the world, at the same time. Steph Cope, our brewer, is the only female head brewer in Nevada. We added a southwest desert twist by adding Mesquite smoked malt. This is a one keg wonder, brewed on our pilot system-it will go fast! The Pink Boots Society promotes females in the professional brewing industry. All proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund and Las Vegas chapter of Dress for Success.

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Cheers! – BZ

Beer Zombies – Craft Life – New T-Shirt

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New design available in web store. Classic-cut standard weight t-shirt for men, 100% pre-shrunk cotton. $20.00 + shipping.