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Appearance: Golden in color

Aroma: Floral aroma

Taste: Malty flavor with a citrusy hop finish

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, and leaves a crisp refreshing taste

Overall: I give this beer a B+. I wouldn’t say this is a beer that you need to travel hours to get, and is certainly not going to hit you in your face with any bold tasting notes, but it is certainly a refreshing beer that I enjoyed.

Facts:

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 5%

Serve at 43-47 deg F.

Located in Flagstaff , AZ and only distributed in AZ

http://www.mogbrew.com/beers.htm

Excerpt right from the brewers page…

“Wapiti Amber Ale.  This is our flagship ale and is pronounced “wop-eh-tee”.  The label for this beer is adorned with the majestic Wapiti (aka elk).  Wapiti are abundant in northern Arizona.  They are large and beautiful creatures, which is why we chose this animal to represent this beer.  Wapiti Amber Ale is hand crafted with mountain pure water, two row malted barley, yeast and Yakima Valley hops.  Our brewers use traditional methods to create this full-bodied amber ale with a distinct hoppy aroma.  Wapiti Amber Ale should be enjoyed cool, not cold, to best experience the complex character and flowery aroma. “

The Beer for Brains Foundation is a national, non-profit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers, who are committed to:

  • Raising public awareness about brain cancer
  • Engendering compassion for its victims and
  • Helping fund groundbreaking research leading to a cure.

Based in Peoria, AZ,  are one of only a handful of beer industry-related charities currently operating in the United States.

And tomorrow you have the opportunity to help them by drinking beer at the Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ. The BFBF will giving away merchandise, and also a Beer for Brains – RAREaffair™ ticket!

I’m looking forward to the main event at the Beer for Brains – RAREaffair™, I will be helping them for the first pouring session. So I hope to see you there! I also hope to see you tomorrow night at the Taste of Tops tasting room enjoying a pint and supporting this great cause!

Also let’s take a look at 13 beers that are a must try thanks to James Swann, one of Phoenix’s knowledgeable beer promoters.

Appearance: Copper in color with a white head

Aroma: Sweet malty smell with a dash of hops

Taste: More malts than hops which gives this beer a unique balance. Notes of caramel all the way through.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, good carbonation and when served at proper temperature (and stored at proper temp) you can get the full affect.

Overall: Overall I would say that this is not the best beer that Oak Creek has to offer, however that being said, this is a delicious beer. Which should tell you what their other beers will be like when you try one! I give this beer a solid B.

Facts:

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 5.5%

I’m not sure how many brewers naturally carbonate or force carbonate their beers, but this beer is naturally carbonated. As a home-brewer and this being my preferred method of carbonation I really like this about this brewer. It is a lot more work to naturally carbonate a beer than to force carbonate with a bottle of CO2 plugged into the keg. Precise measurements of ingredients are required to hit the targets you want for your carbonation level.

*If you get the chance to go to Sedona, this is a stop that you must make! And make sure you get a hot dog!

http://www.oakcreekbrew.com/oakcreek/home.php

Packinghouse Brewing in Riverside celebrates their first anniversary on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12 noon til 7pm.  This small brewery started by three friends is located on Central Avenue across from the Riverside Airport. Over the past year, the brewery has watched as their beers are found in more locations around Riverside and into Orange and Los Angeles Counties.  On an early visit to the brewery, I remember one of the guys saying they brew beers they want to share with their friends. That attitude has spread as a loyal following grew to visit the brewery, relax with friends, enjoy a beer, and take a growler home.

Year round beers on tap include Heritage Citrus Pale Ale, Riley’s Irish Red, Sunburst Golden Ale, Cream Stout, and Packinghouse IPA.  If you’re at the brewery during the year, you might find one of the seasonal beers like Holiday Ale, Liberty Belgian, or Boysenberry Coffee Stout.

If you haven’t discovered this Inland Empire brewery, stop by and celebrate with them on Saturday. The party is sure to be a good one with live music, food, friends, and an anniversary beer to enjoy.

On Sunday, Los Angeles area craft beer lovers came to celebrate the opening of Golden Road Brewing, the area’s newest craft beer brewery.  The brewery team consists of Tony Yanow (Tony’s Darts Away and Mohawk Bend), Meg Gill (previously with Speakeasy Brewing and Oskar Blues), and Jon Carpenter (former assistant brewmaster at Dogfish Head). Tony is a long time supporter of craft beer and features California beers at his restaurant and bar.

The long awaited opening of the brewery featured three Golden Road beers, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA, and Burning Bush, a smoked IPA. Guest breweries pouring a wide selection of beers included Firestone Walker, Stone, Avery, The Bruery, Beachwood BBQ, Oskar Blues, Hangar 24, and Sierra Nevada. Three of the most notable beers on tap were Avery Immitus, Oskar Blues 2010 Ten Fidy, and Unity, the LA Beer Week collaboration by Eagle Rock and Craftsman Breweries. These three beers tapped out midway through the party to the dismay of those who did not try them early.  Food was available to enjoy with the beer. There were pretzels with mustard or you could order from one of the food trucks, the Mandoline Grill or the Flatiron Truck. 

Golden Road brewing occupies two acres at 5430 West San Fernando Rd in Atwater Village just south of the 134 freeway. The blue building houses the brewing facility with room for a planned 16 ounce canning line.  The red building will be used for storage and a barrel program.  A restaurant and beer garden and offices will occupy the yellow building.

Watch for Golden Road beers on tap at a location near you. We wish Tony, Meg and Jon the best as they continue to make inroads for craft beer in the Los Angeles area.

 

 

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Beer for Brains Foundation will be hosting a RAREaffair™  at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona from 6:30 – 10:30pm (5:30 p.m. admission for VIPs.) RAREaffair™ provides the exclusive opportunity to enjoy over 75 rare craft-beers, wines, select spirits and cigars, local gourmet cuisine, three live bands, a silent auction, raffles, door prizes and more. The Beer for Brains Foundation invites anyone with a passion for excellence to join us in this celebration under the stars to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research.

Cost:

General $75.00 VIP $175.00 Designated Driver $30.00

To buy your tickets go HERE or follow them on facebook

Cheers!

 

 Check out the teaser list of beer by following this link!

 

 

 

Looking for a German pint? Then join me this weekend (14th, 15th, and 16th) or next weekend (21st, 22nd, and 23rd) at Haus Murphy’s 14th annual Oktoberfest for an authentic bier! There will be live music by GUGGENBACH-BUAM from Heidelberg, Germany. It will be an $8 cover plus food and drink for these events. They’re located at 5739 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale AZ. If you’re interested in the food menu, click here  but the more important list that we all need to know is the beer list Here. I’ll be trying the Franziskaner Dunkel that will be on tap, described as a “unfiltered dark wheat beer, dark roasted malt, mild caramel color; smoky roasted grain finish.” which comes in at 5% ABV.

Fun Fact:

The Franziskaner brewery has been able to trace its roots back to 1363 making it the oldest brewery in Munich, and the name “Franziskaner” was derived from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street. To learn more about this brewery check out their website.

Cheers!

Note*

Haus Murphy’s is offering a flight of Oktoberfest beers from September 26 thru October 13 for $10.  That is three .3 liter beers for $10.  That ends tonight so get out there tonight for this deal!

Dale Bros. Brewery in Upland, California announced details for their second annual Oktober-Fiesta to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 4-9pm.  Attendees at the event will be able to taste the first keg of their new IPA which will be available that day.  This is a first for a brewery that only brewed lagers (until now, as hinted on their website).

Admission to Oktober-Fiesta is free with food, beer, water and soft drinks available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by three bands.  The event will be held at Cable Airport, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland which is the future home for this brewery.

Sad to hear that Karl Strauss at Universal Citywalk in Hollywood has cancelled their Reverse Tap Takeover event scheduled for Thursday, October 13 as part of LA Beer Week.  The event would have paired beers from LA breweries with food prepared by the Karl Strauss chefs.  Having been to other events at this location, this is a true disappointment for both craft beer and food lovers.

In an email to registrants, Karl Strauss indicated that ABC permitting issues led to the cancellation.  Refunds are being processed.

Karl Strauss still has their line of craft beers on tap to enjoy, or check out other events scheduled for LA Beer Week at http://labeerweek.com/

A few months ago I was able to take a tour of this site before it was put together and speak with the brewers in person. It was an experience that I enjoyed very much and I have been following the progress of these two gentlemen closely. I look forward to the first official batch of beer that they make and I plan to make the 2 hour trip north from where I am living to support them. Today they received their fermenters, and things seem to be going smoothly from their posts on facebook. Here are a couple of their pictures they posted:

Gallery

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