Isn’t this the absolute best time of the year? Trees are starting to lose leaves and become shaded in every color. Football, the ever-approaching holidays and cool breezes are ahead in the next few weeks. Now is the chance to enjoy it all.
But, the best part of autumn is easily the beer releases. Yes, there will be an abundance of pantry-ravished Pastry Stouts, and for good reason. However, those are not the only beers to hoard or enjoy this time of year.
Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending hosted their annual Invitational this weekend on Saturday, October 16, at their Durham, NC taproom. The fest included 35 breweries and more than 80 beers including special bottle and magnum pours.
Volume, a Schwarzbier (Dark Lager) brewed by Rebel Mettle Brewery in Cincinnati, is an exercise in contradictions. It’s smooth and supremely drinkable, yet it sits at a respectable ABV of 8.5%. It’s dark and roasty, yet it’s no Porter or Stout. It’s brewed with juniper berries but this ain’t no gin.
Ava DuVernay, American Filmmaker and Director of the 2014 film, Selma noted, “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”
This sentiment continues to ring true for Marcus Baskerville, co-founder of Weather Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX, and creator of the Black is Beautiful initiative, a viral collaborative beer project that has seen participation from over 1,300 breweries and raised over $3 million to date toward organizations and efforts focused on promoting equity and inclusion.
Against the Grain Brewery opened its doors in 2011 as Louisville’s first brewer-owned and operated brewery. And over the past ten years, Against the Grain has grown to four locations and a production facility. From the beginning of the Smokehouse in 2011 to opening the Public House in 2019, ATG has made a name for itself as a brewpub. However, this past year ATG decided to dabble into something more than beer and opened their first music venue, the Flamingo Lounge. ATG went back to its roots, and most recently, opened the ATG Sandwich Emporium which sits above the Flamingo Lounge in downtown Louisville.
Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending is hosting their Barrel Culture Invitational October 16 in Durham, North Carolina. After a forced hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 they are excited for the return of their annual festival. They will also be hosting a Preparty and a Hangover Party to make the weekend even more exciting!
October is upon us which means the weather outside is delightful, the holidays are coming and Spooky Season is in full swing. Also, though, the calendar flipping to October signals the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Elsewhere Brewing, in Atlanta, Georgia, is taking the month to heart with festive celebrations and a particular new beer release.
Reflecting on Good Word Brewing’s lager releases since opening in 2017, brewer/owner Todd DiMatteo candidly admits they’ve gotten better. He’s made a number of them, but only brewed Helles one other time before this effort, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation. Though it’s a fine beer as is, he will continue to refine it.
Lost Worlds Brewing Co. in Cornelius, North Carolina has always done things a little differently than many of its contemporaries. While the area has become increasingly recognized for its IPAs and Sours, they have largely looked to the old world for their inspiration, with a portfolio that hearkens back to traditions that are decades, if not centuries, old.
Daylight is starting to dwindle down a little earlier nowadays. There are slightly cooler temperatures in the air of the evenings and long into the night. It’s turning downright cold in some areas and we are starting to see pumpkin spice everything all the time everywhere! Those are some tell-tale signs that fall is right around the corner. With the coming of fall brings one of the most celebrated times in the beer community, Oktoberfest! Breweries across the land will be holding their versions of Oktoberfest starting in September and running through October. Crooked Run Fermentation in Sterling, VA invites you out to their Oktoberfest festival on Saturday, September 25.
The world of craft beverages seems to expand every day as more and more producers pump out products ranging from pre-mixed cocktails to Seltzers.
There is likely one area of the industry, though, that you have probably skimmed over when it comes to shopping coolers or shelves at your local bottle shop. No, don’t think about the newest candy-inspired Sour Ale or adjunct-loaded Barrel-Aged Stout. You should be thinking about your next non-alcoholic beer purchase.
“Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing.”
Those are the words of the comedic, fictional character Billy Madison, from the movie Billy Madison. I’m sure most of us have seen this movie at some point in our lives, it’s just one of those classic comedies from the ’90s that just seem to last and stay relevant. Speaking of back to school, since mostly everybody has started back at this point, let’s learn about It’s A School Night, an Italian-Style pilsner from Knoxville, TN based Xul Beer Co.
Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of summer? Here in the south, vacations have come and gone and we are transitioning back into our normal routines. School has started back, the evenings are starting to get darker a little bit earlier, and college football is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to just sit back and reflect upon how the summer has gone. Cumming, GA-based Cherry Street Brewing has the perfect beer for you to kick back and relax with.
Collaborations between bands and breweries are nothing new. Run the Jewels, for example, seem to agree to beer collabs as often as they agree to play a festival. From wacky creations that never should’ve left the brains of collaborators to killer creations that you wish would never run out, the spectrum of these projects are vast. Regardless, it’s always amusing to see what folks come up with.
Hi-Wire Brewing of Asheville, North Carolina, is opening its sixth location in Louisville, Kentucky next week. This will be their second taproom outside of North Carolina, and the first out-of-state brewery with facilities in Kentucky.
Yazoo Brewing Co., Nashville’s first production brewery since Prohibition, launched in 2003 and quickly gained a local following with their take on traditional craft brewing favorites such as Pale Ales, IPAs and Porters.
Superlatives, that’s what we think of when drinking PRIM from Crooked Run Fermentation. You might be thinking to yourself, what do superlatives have to do with craft beer? Well, if you’re curious, read on to find out more of why this comes to mind when drinking this beer.
The morning of Hi-Wire’s LagerFest in Durham, NC, was not at all promising. Storms raged through the night, and the noon start time crept closer and closer. The forecast said the weather should let up, but it’s hard to trust North Carolina weather to cooperate. Fortunately, it was right. By 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2021 the rain had eased and by noon it was downright nice out. The rain had cooled everything off and the clouds kept the sun at bay, not a moment too soon for the ‘90s beach-themed LagerFest to kick off.
The magic of North Carolina is in the land. Sandy eastern beaches roll into lush central plains which grow into majestic mountains to the west. Between mountains and plains, just north of Interstate 40, you’ll find magic of another sort: Fonta Flora Brewery.