Brew Day at Round Guys!!

Thanks to Rich and Scott at Round Guys Brewing for letting me help them out on a brewing day!  It was a great day making their Black IPA.  During the day, we milled more than 550 pounds of grain, brewed 300 gallons of beer and were meticulous with sanitation and cleanliness.

Brewing consists of lots of work interspersed with lots of waiting.  During the down times I had an opportunity to speak with some of their customers in the tap room about the 5 brews that are currently available for sale in growlers.  The patrons were quite pleased with the beer and everyone seemed enthusiastic to have a brewpub in Lansdale.  Plus, lots of growlers were sold… a pleasant sight for any new brewery!

Unfortunately, even a well-oiled machine is not without its mishaps.  Notable events were the 15 gallons of water that overflowed from one of the tanks, as well as me knocking my glasses off into the mash tun holding the spent grains.  After digging out my glasses, they smelled like horse-feed for a few hours.

In the end, it was a great day creating a delicious beer.  I went home exhausted; with sore muscles and a growler full of their awesome Berliner Weiss.  Can’t wait to help out again!

Thanks, Guys!

Check out Round Guys Brewing at:

324 West Main Street, Lansdale PA 19446, 215-368-2640

Round Guys Brewing Co.

Published in: on April 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lansdale Beer Festival Kick Off Event Tomorrow

Save The Date!
The 3rd annual Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival is scheduled for Saturday June 23rd, 2012.

Join us to kick-off the festivities on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Blue Dog Pub in Chalfont with a real “buy local” extravaganza. Enjoy some local beers and the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the festival!
We will be tapping beers from: Round Guys Brewing Company (Lansdale) Free Will Brewing Company (Perkasie) Forest and Main Brewery & Pub (Ambler) Prism Brewing Company (North Wales)
The folks from these breweries will be at the Blue Dog to talk beer, beer and beer. This will be a fantastic event where you can sample many beers you’ve never before tried while you pick up your tickets to the festival.
The first 50 go-getters to purchase tickets for this year’s Lansdale Beer Festival will leave with FREE STUFF… (shirts, glasses, hats, openers) … courtesy of the good people at Lansdale Beer Festival.

Published in: on April 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voodoo Brewing – 4 Seasons IPA

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

4 Seasons IPA – 22 oz.

Amber colored as it pours, creates a moderate head that lingers for a while.  There are hints of brown in the color.  There isn’t any visible carbonation, but lots of foam is created with just a quick swirl of the glass.

The aroma has lots of pineapple in the fruity hop profile.  There are light whiffs of pine underlying with a tiny bit of oily resin.  There is also a sweet malt base in the aroma suggesting a good balance of hops and malt.

Bitter and sweet flavors fight it out with this season.  I’m not sure who the winner would be…  The flavor begins with lots of floral notes and a bit of vegetation.  There is an earthiness which is a background idea that materializes slightly.  The first notes of each sip are bitter, then tempered by the sweet malt profile.  There are some hints of caramel sugars in there.  The finish hits with a lingering bitterness and a slight herbal flavor like tobacco.  Oh, and after the bitterness, there’s some more bitterness.  But, I don’t think it’s “too” bitter.  Though, you do have to like hops to be admitted to this party.

The mouth feel is refreshing with a touch of oiliness and a fair amount of carbonation that helps to cut the medium-body of the beer.

Voodoo doesn’t print an ABV on the bottle, so I’m going to peg it at 6.5%.  If it’s higher, it’s easy drinking.  So, drinkability…  Let’s say, “Yes”.

4 Seasons is a nice winter IPA that would have no trouble picking up periodically.  It would be perfect with a New York Strip steak.  It has a bit more caramel notes than average.  And the lingering sweetness would go well with the seared, crisp exterior of the steak.  Throw in some sautéed mushrooms and onions, and I’m golden.

Overall – B+

Published in: on March 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Great Goose Island Flight +1

A flight at the Blue Dog contains 4 choices.  Today, they tapped 5 Goose Island beers.  I ordered a flight plus 1 extra sampler size of the 5th beer.

Summertime German Kolsch – 4.7% ABV

Nut Brown – 5.3% ABV

IPA English Style – 5.9%

Matilda- Belgian Pale Ale – 7%

Pere Jacques- Belgian Abbey Ale – 8%

Summertime is crisp and clean with flavors of herbs, fresh cut grass and hops.  It’s very refreshing.  There is a peppery flavor present with a hint of spice.  It feels a bit watered down and it’s very light bodied.

Nut Brown has mild, roasty-toasty grain flavors with malt.  There are English hop notes, as well as slight chocolate and tobacco notes.  It has a balanced hop/malt profile.  It’s smooth and silky texture has a nice moderate carbonation with excellent head and lacing down the glass.  A very subtle brew.

IPA – 55 IBUs.  Styrian, Fuggle, Cascade and Centennial hops provide a fresh, fruity hop flavor with a malt middle.  There is a fine, bitter finish with fruity hoppiness and a piney bite.  It’s lower than average alcohol and IBU may make it easier drinking than a regular American IPA.

Matilda – The spicy, herbal aroma is slightly sour.  It’s yeasty with hints of spices like cinnamon and cloves.  It’s faint, but present.  The carbonation is aggressive with a bit of alcohol heat and great overall texture and drinkability.

Pere Jacques – A big malt Belgian profile with yeast, candi sugar and dark fruit.  Raisin and date flavors present.  Big flavor with a bit of warming alcohol on the tongue.  Great Belgian Double.

My favorite is Matilda, but the flight is the way to go to get some impression of Goose Island’s profile and mission.

Great stuff to seek out  Highly recommended.

Published in: on March 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goose Island Update – First Tapping Tomorrow – Thursday March 8, 2012

Reposted from Blue Dog e-mail:

It’s been a long wait, but Goose Island Brewing Co. has arrived in Pennsylvania!  If you’re the type who lines up for the release of the latest iPhone, then you’ll want to be at Blue Dog Lansdale tomorrow.

Tomorrow Blue Dog Lansdale will be the very first establishment in Pennsylvania to serve Goose Island when we tap-

Matilda

Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale Alcohol by Volume: 7%

Pere Jacques

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale Alcohol by Volume: 8%

India Pale Ale

Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.

Style: English Style India Pale Ale Alcohol by Volume: 5.9% International Bitterness Units: 55 Color: Bourbon Hops: Styrian, Fuggle, Cascade, Centennial

Nut Brown

Our Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale of unusual complexity. Subtle notes of chocolate, honey and fine tobacco give this ale an enjoyable and satisfying “nutty” finish.

Style: Brown Ale Alcohol by Volume: 5.3%

Summertime

The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.

Style: German Style Kölsch Alcohol by Volume: 4.7%

Published in: on March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Upcoming Suburban Pliny the Younger Event, Sunday March 11, 2012

Blue Dog’s “GREAT BEER” FESTIVAL featuring HOPS!

at BLUE DOG Chalfont

Sunday, March 11 starting at 11 am

This is a pay-as-you-go event.

The draft line-up thus far:

Alesmith IPA

Victory Ranch R Double IPA

Tröegs Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber

Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter Double IPA

Russian River Pliny the Elder Double IPA

Russian River Pliny the Younger Double IPA (4 oz pours)

Dogfish Head Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Russian Imperial Stout

Mikkeller + Three Floyds Boogoop Buckwheat Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale (Rated #1 American IPA by BeerAdvocate)

Williamsburg AleWerks Brewers Choice Bitter Valentine Double India Pale Ale

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer Imperial Stout

We’ll be adding some other great beers to this line-up to make it a fantastic day for everyone who attends!

I hope you can join us on March 11!

Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Breaking News!!! Goose Island Brewing Available in the Philadelhpia Suburbs!!!

Goose Island Brewing is coming to Philadelphia. That in and of itself is a revelation. Rarely, does a beer entering a new market create as much a buzz as the arrival of Goose Island.

Chicago based, they are the makers of a fantastic line-up of Classic Ales and an excellent line of Vintage Ales, including some excellent Belgian offerings.

They are also the brewers of the famous and utterly spectacular Bourbon County Stout and Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

Having finally arrived at a distribution agreement, they will be entering the Philadelphia market this weekend. But, in an excellent coup, the Suburbs will be serving Goose Island before the City.

The Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale will be serving the first drafts of Goose Island as early as Thursday.

There will be details to follow, including tap list!!

Published in: on March 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Suburban Event of 2012 for Russian River Pliny the Younger – Saturday March 3rd, 2012

Well, it’s the first I know of…

Location:

Capone’s
224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 279-4748

TAP TIME SATURDAY WILL BE 10:30AM PLEASE BRING CASH FOR 1ST BEER

WE WILL OPEN SUNDAY AT 3:00PM TO 8:00PM

DRAFT LIST FOR SATURDAYS 10:30AM TAP TIME

RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE YOUNGER

RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE ELDER

RUSSIAN RIVER BLIND PIG

Plus, more than 2 DOZEN other excellent craft beers!

Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voodoo Brewing – Love Child

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

Love Child – 9.5% ABV.  22oz.

“…aged on cherries, raspberries and passion fruit.”

19.5 OG, 2 degrees Plato, 29 IBUs

Love Child poured with no head at all.  Its dark amber color was rather plain looking.  There are a few lines of bubbles rising in the glass.

The aroma is where this starts to get interesting.  The first aroma I sense is the yeast.  The bottle says they use a house triple yeast, so it’s clearly related to Belgian yeast is some way.  Even if it’s only distantly related.  Another light inhale reveals a ton of fruit aromas.  I get the cherries and the passion fruit is very present in the aroma, which surprises me.  I don’t smell the raspberries, yet.

The flavor is full of fruit and yeast and malt.  There’s a lot going on here.  The flavor has each of the 3 fruits vying for control.  One second the raspberries are center stage, and then they fade in favor of the cherries, which then make way for the faint, mild notes of the passion fruit.  There are hints of herbal citrus back there, too.  The bitterness is really low.  I think I taste some hops, but there is so much going on, it might be my imagination.  There is a light malt backbone which helps balance out the fruit.  The beer tastes sweet, but it also finishes quite dry.

One key point with Love Child: when you serve this, I would recommend taking it out of the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving.  Consider it like a bottle of wine.  Having it warm up a little really helps develop the flavors.  Human taste buds are less sensitive when something is colder, but that’s a conversation for another time.

The mouth feel is crisp, but not quite effervescent.  The dry finish with lots of carbonation leads to a pleasant result.  We are looking at a medium-bodied brew here.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a brew of 9.5% ABV.  The alcohol is totally hidden.  I probably shouldn’t drink the whole bomber, bit I’m going to anyway.  Normally, I would share this with my wife because she would really enjoy it.  Sadly, she gave up alcohol this month.  More for me!

I really enjoyed my time with Love Child and I will be buying more.  Voodoo turned out one of my favorite fruit beers.  I know they were going for a fruit ale, and it was a success, BUT… I would LOVE to see them sour this out on oak.  They even mention it on the label!  Maybe in the future.

Overall – B+

Published in: on February 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voodoo Brewing – Pilzilla

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

Pilzilla – 22 oz.  6.7% ABV

“…a bastardized German, Czech and Polish Pilsner…”

Purchased at the Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale for their Voodoo Rare Keg Competition.

Pilzilla roars into the glass a burnished-gold verging on light amber color.  It’s surprisingly hazy for a pilsner.  The head was minimal during the pour.  There are a healthy number of bubbles rising inside the glass.

The aroma is full of spicy hops, but no noticeable bitterness on the nose.  Voodoo used 9 varieties of hops from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland.  It certainly brings a good level of balance to the aroma.  There are some malt notes in the background, but the aroma is mostly grassy, herbal hops.

The flavor is really bold!  For a pilsner, it’s surprisingly hoppy and bitter.  Surprising, and quite good. It comes close to an IPA.  There is a hefty malt backbone which keeps the hops in check… at least a bit.  The grassy flavor is here, just as in the aroma.  The flavor goes off on a different direction than the aroma because there is tons of bitterness from the hops.  Pine flavors, resin and lots of fresh herbs.

The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a pleasant carbonation.  Drinkability is OK, the ABV and the bitterness won’t make this a session beer, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

This beer truly is a monster.  I’m not sure the style designation is accurate because it has a LOT in common with an IPA, between the bitterness and the strength.  Good stuff, though.  Plus, it’s a steal at the current sale price at both Blue Dog locations.

Overall – B

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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