New Belgium Rolls Into Central PA

New Belgium Rolls into Central PA

 

Alright Central PA craft beer lovers: the beer gods are parting their clouds and bringing us something we’ve been waiting for for so long. That’s right, we’re FINALLY getting New Belgium! This week the Central PA Stouts & Stilettos ladies attended a pre-launch party to get ready for New Belgium to roll into the area.

Starting 8/31/2015 through W&L Distributors and Ace Distributing, New Belgium will arrive on the scene bringing you 5 of their offerings to start, and more popping up in the coming months. At the preview, we tried the classics: Fat Tire, Snapshot, Ranger, Slow Ride, and Pumpkick. We also hear Rampant will be part of the official launch, my personal favorite of their year-rounds. Here’s what to expect:

  • Fat Tire: do you love Yuengling, Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, or Shiner Bock? Drop them and grab a Fat Tire instead. This amber ale is available year-round and has a bit of biscuity malt flavor next to a balancing floral bitterness. Your new go-to.
  • Snapshot: by all means a great summer brew. This American pale wheat ale has a predominant lemon flavor mixed with bready wheat malts. Bright yellow, nice and light for a hot day.
  • Slow Ride: the perfect brew to #LiveSlowMo. This session IPA is a little piney with hints of citrusy zest with a surprisingly good body and mouthfeel. It’s not watery like a lot of session beers. Perfect for riding a three-wheeler (see pictures below)
  • Ranger: now this is a clean beer. Citrus hops lead this beer from aroma through taste but the finish is the classic West Coast style bitter hop flavor many know and love.
  • Pumpkick: hi, I love pumpkin beers, and this one was yumtastic. This brew utilizes cranberries for an unexpected depth of flavor as well as lemongrass. More of a spiced flavor than the vanilla flavors you can get in some pumpkin beers.

 

So, let’s talk about how fun this party was on Tuesday. New Belgium goes all-out for their launches, and you can tell they’re happy to be in PA! They had these awesome Slow Ride three-wheelers around for us all to ride on as we pleased, which I clearly took advantage of as long as possible. They had a selfie station from Tap Snap which we also definitely took advantage of because I’m the selfie queen. Chelsie’s favorite part, besides the beer of course, was the BMX bike show. Check out some of the pictures she snapped:


Overall, we are STOKED to have New Belgium finally available in our area. Which are your favorite New Belgium beers?

 

 

Victory Brewing Company’s Headwaters Grant & Pale Ale Cans

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale Campaign


CANS COMING SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 – EVENTS ALL SEPTEMBER


Victory Brewing Co Headwaters Pale Ale in Cans

Megan Moore, Victory Brewing Company’s Central PA/Berks Sales Rep

 

During the Gettysburg Brew Fest Saturday, I had a chance to catch up with Victory Brewing Company’s very own, Megan Moore. While there, I got a sneak peek of the can design and new artwork for Headwaters Pale Ale.

You can get your cans starting September 1, 2015 and by doing so you’re helping a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from each bottle and can sold will go toward the Victory Headwaters Grant benefiting local water advocacy groups. Water is, of course, essential to making beer. The quality of the water can make or break your brew. That’s why Victory Brewing Co. puts their money where their mouth is in an effort to protect every drop of H2O that goes into their product.


FUN FACT: Check out the hop on the can very closely. See how it’s actually a creek leading into the word “Headwaters?” Clever. #GoodDesignMatters


The grant that is helping protect the Brandywine Watershed was started five years ago and has given $35,000 to Brandywine Valley Association and Guardians of the Brandywine to fund cleanup and restoration efforts. Victory’s Downingtown brewery and the new Parkesburg brewery sit within the Brandywine watershed.

“Just as a river forms from tiny droplets from the heavens, we see our engagement of a conscientious audience in the Headwaters Grant creating a larger impact,” explained Bill Covaleski, Victory’s brewmaster and president. “The grant has helped Guardians of the Brandywine preserve the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek and the Brandywine Valley Association restore more than a mile of Little Buck Run in Parkesburg and Sadsbury Township. And those are just two projects of many.”

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Mark Your Calendars!

In addition to purchasing Headwaters Pale Ale, you can also take part in the following fundraising events at/near the breweries in September:

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Victory for the Headwaters River Clean Up
(11:30 am – 4 pm)

Help clean up the Brandywine River! Your ticket includes a clean-up crew shirt plus one beer (or root beer) and one food item at the party following the clean-up. > Buy Tickets ($10).

Arrive at Victory Brewing Company’s Parkesburg location at 11:30 am for registration. Buses depart at noon for clean-up destinations along the Brandywine Creek.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Victory for the Headwaters Fundraising Party (4 – 8 pm)

A night of music, great food and fantastic beer at Victory Brewing Company’s Parkesburg location. All proceeds go directly to the Headwaters Grant. > Buy Tickets ($40 | $75 | $200).

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Victory’s Run for the Headwaters 5K

The USATF-certified race starts at 11 am and will weave through scenic Downingtown. The finish line? It’s at Victory Brewing Company, of course. There a cold brew will be waiting for you. On-site registration begins at 9:30 am ($40) or you can > Register Online by 8/17 ($35).

p/s – Megan Moore will be running in the event. When you see her, be sure to say, “Hi!”

DONATE
If you are unable to attend the various events, you can still give toward the Victory Headwaters Grant. > Donate Now


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How to Detect Off-Flavors in Beer

As a beginner homebrewer, I’m interested in learning more about off-flavors in beer. I can admit it: I’m that annoying perfectionist and only want to make awesome beer, which means understanding how these off-flavors happen and how to identify them.

Conveniently, our local Barley’s Angels chapter and Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Co. teamed up to host a beer-tasting sensory class, led by Mara Miller, Upslope’s laboratory and quality control manager. Mara would spike a few beers with common off-flavors and explain why they occur. We’d then blindly sample the spiked beers and guess the off-flavors. Perfect. I signed up as soon as I heard about the class, and about 25 other women and I jumped into the world of terrible beer.

Upslope Brewing

HOW TO TASTE BEER CRITICALLY
Before tasting the spiked samples, Mara went over the basics of tasting beer critically. While flavor is certainly a key element to tasting beer, your other senses go a long way in determining how you evaluate a beer. Here are some of Mara’s tips for judging the appearance, aroma and flavor.

  • Appearance: Hold the glass to the light and examine the color and clarity. Take note of the carbonation, which varies in color and body. Judging a beer’s appearance is best done in natural light.
  • Aroma: Gently swirl the glass. Bring the glass to your nose and take short, sharp sniffs. Note the different malt and hop aromas.
  • Flavor: Take two small sips and let the beer sit on your tongue to warm. Then, take larger sips, which gives you the beer’s mouthfeel, such as smooth, sharp, crisp or puckering.

COMMON OFF-FLAVORS
Mara then reviewed five common off-flavors that infect beer. Brewing is a tricky process that can produce a number of off-flavors, so this is just a sampling of potential beer infections. If you’re interested in a comprehensive list of off-flavors, Mara recommends consulting the Beer Judge Certification Program.

  • Acetaldehyde: This gives off-flavors of green apple, cut grass or pumpkin. Typically, this is caused by poor wort aeration, slowed fermentation or prematurely removing the beer from yeast.
  • Dimethyl sulfide: Also known as DMS, it tastes similar to cooked corn. DMS is created when heating the wort, so it’s important to vigorously boil long enough to cook off this compound. Once the boil is finished, cool the wort quickly because DMS can also form during this step.
  • Diacetyl: Think movie theater popcorn. Diacetyl leaves a slick feel in your mouth and often stems from microbial contamination, which is avoidable with proper sanitation. Fermentation also causes diacetyl. Give the yeast enough time to fully ferment and rid the beer of any remaining diacetyl.
  • Ferrous sulfate: This produces a metallic, tin-like flavor. Using water with high levels of iron is a common cause.
  • Oxidation: Oxidized beer has a papery, stale, cardboard-like taste. Aerating hot wort and introducing oxygen once fermentation has started can cause oxidation.

IMG_2263THE TEST
After explaining the common infections, Mara gave us three samples spiked with mystery off-flavors and the Upslope Craft Lager as a palate cleanser. Honestly, American lagers usually do nothing for me, but tasting that clean lager next to infected beers gave me a new appreciation for the style.

With each sip, we kept our comments to ourselves, so no one would be influenced by public opinion. Once Mara disclosed the off-flavor, we were free to share our thoughts.

Sample A tasted like lawn clippings, so I immediately guessed acetaldehyde, which it was. Oddly enough, most of the women thought Sample A was acetaldehyde because of what they perceived as a green apple flavor. I didn’t get green apple whatsoever. To me, it was straight-up lawn clippings. For the record, I’ve never actually eaten lawn clippings, but that’s a perfect example of why aroma is such an important part of the tasting process. Just from the smell, I can imagine exactly what lawn clippings would taste like.

Now on to sample B. For me, there was no mistaking the flavor of movie theater popcorn in this one, which was diacetyl. Most of the women agreed that this off-flavor was easier to spot.

Sample C is where it got tricky for me, and it was by far the most offensive taster of the batch. Unfortunately, I had such a problem figuring out this one that I ended up drinking the whole sample. I initially thought it was ferrous sulfate, and then I had moments where I thought it could have been DMS or oxidation. How I thought it could be any of the three when they’re all so different in flavor is beyond me, but it was oxidation.

While I went into this class with homebrewing on the mind, it’s an awesome experience for any craft beer lover. With all of the craft breweries popping up throughout the country, we need an educated customer base to ensure that the quality doesn’t fall behind.

 

Triple C Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Party-Recap

This past weekend Charlotte’s own Triple C Brewing Co.  held a 3rd anniversary party. All month the brewery has planned and promoted this free party for everyone who has supported them for the past three years. I knew that Hubs and I had to be in attendance. We have spent many Sundays there enjoying their wonderful, fresh, local beer. Their mission statement of “know your craft” holds true with every beer they brew and each unique in flavor profile. During the week leading up to the anniversary bash, Triple C released a few barrel aged brews they have been holding on to. This created excitement and buzz about the upcoming party.

Silo at Triple C Brewing Co.

Silo at Triple C Brewing Co.

I was amazed how organized everything was for the anniversary party. The outside bars never had more than two or three people waiting in line for a beer. I believe that was due to the fact the brewery pre-sold tickets to redeem for beer. No open tabs = faster beer pours.

Carrie H. and Amber P were ready to pour you a great tasting beer.

Carrie H. and Amber P. were ready to pour you a great tasting beer.

The Beers:

Smoked Amber Ale: 5.5% ABV – An American Amber Ale that uses Cherry wood smoked malt along with English Golden Naked Oats. I find this beer pairs perfectly with NC BBQ.

Golden Boy Blonde: 4.5% ABV – An American blonde ale with great hops and floral notes. This is one of the beers that Triple C is currently canning and available locally around town.

3C IPA:
6.2% ABV – An American IPA that is packed full of Citra, Chinook, and Centennial hops. This leaves a wonderful grapefruit and passion fruit flavor on your taste buds. This beer is also being canned right now by the brewery.

Fun fact: Triple C brews the house beer for VGBG Beer Hall and Garden. The beer is called Zest-a-Peel and is an American Pale Ale brewed with citrus. It can only be found in the tap rooms of Triple C and VGBG.


Live music took center stage with the Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project .  These guys played a fusion of bluegrass, reggae and funk – perfect summer sound.

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Oowee BBQ food truck was on site ready to provide great tasting NC BBQ to everyone at the party. I recommend the pull pork plate with a side of mac and cheese.


Kevin and I had a blast at the anniversary party.

Kevin and I had a blast at the anniversary party.

If your travels ever lead you to Charlotte, NC make sure you add Triple C Brewing Co. to your lists of stops. Bring your pooch along as well, the taproom and patio are both dog friendly.

Cheers!!

Meet Amanda D from Maine

Rising Tide Brewery Selfie

Hello. My name is Amanda D. I’m a beer drinker with a selfie problem.

Hey all! Amanda from Maine here. Yes, another Amanda. Amandas and craft beer just seem to go hand in hand I guess. As I said I am from Maine, specifically Portland. We are undergoing a major boom in the craft beer arena right now. We have new breweries popping up all of the time and there is a big surge in locally grown ingredients too! We have people pushing to bring hop farms back to Maine (we have a couple already!) and we have a couple of malthouses here too. There are a number of breweries who just continue to pitch the same yeast strain and let it change and develop over time. The water here is pretty amazing as well, not to mention the brewery using sea water that they went to the shores to get themselves. I am sure you have also heard about the fact we have brewers throwing crustaceans into batches. People often ask how Maine can sustain so many breweries and I think it is because they each try to do something a little (or a lot) different. While Maine is having a crazy moment in the craft beer scene we aren’t alone. All of New England is bringing great beers to the table but more on that another day.

Beer Selfie Podcast

Sometimes I just have to take a quick beer selfie while podcasting to prove to myself this is real.

As for me; I am a mom, wife, ex teacher, ex accountant, soon to be beer tour guide & current podcaster. I podcast about beer! (Small personal plug: My podcast is named Great Beer Adventure and can be found on iTunes, stitcher and your favorite podcatchers!) I not only like drinking beer but I really love finding the story #BehindTheBrew. I get kind of geeky about how all of the science of beer works. I love knowing how the breweries are working together and how the marketing gets done. I want to know why and how things work the way they do. I also have recently gotten into becoming a beer match maker: helping non-beer drinkers find that one beer that lets them enter into the amazing creative world that is craft beer.

Rising Tide Selfie with Kids

When your mom is a beer podcaster you must: 1) Hang out at breweries. 2) Take selfies with her at said breweries. 3) Rock awesome attire! (Ok 3 isn’t a necessity but when you have it, flaunt it, my little fashionista!)

I started getting into beer with my husband back before he was my husband. We loved going around and finding new beer adventures. We even once sat outside on a cold New England March night while I was sporting a brand new cast on my leg in order to get a couple of bottles of a limited release beer! When our girls came around beer things (and most life things) went on pause including our home brewing and my blogging. They are now 1.5 and 4 years old so I thought it was time to jump back in! The podcast came first, blogging is getting underway and homebrewing is next up. I want to start making the most crazy funky styles I can think of, again, more on that another day.

American Craft Beer Festival in Boston selfie

I travel around looking for the story #BehindTheBrew. If free beer is involved: BONUS!

 

As far as my favorite styles? I drink my beers with the season. I love stouts and dark beers but only in the cold Maine winters. A pumpkin beer? Yes, but only during the fall. Currently we are sitting in the middle of a hot summer here in Maine and I am loving goses, kolschs, saisons, and hefes. My favorite Maine breweries? I love them all. Each brewery brings something different and it is amazing to explore them all.

I will be bringing you all things that are beer-geek-out worthy! I hope that you enjoy the ride. Cheers.

 

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Meet Amanda W

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My craft beer journey began with a cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  This was most likely right out of the bottle.  As soon as that hoppy, citrusy flavor hit my taste buds I was hooked.  No more cheap beer for me.

I now look at beer differently.  I began to appreciate the time, effort and special ingredients required to create a truly well-crafted beer.  Today, my go-to beer is still Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but now in the proper glass.

Recently I have become more involved with the ever growing craft beer industry in Charlotte, NC.  I founded a chapter of Girls Pint Out; it is inspiring to see so many craft beer loving ladies in one place.  I am constantly learning about the many different styles of beer and love to talk to anyone who shows the same passion.  Throughout this exploration I have met many amazing people, many I now call friends.

I discovered my palate is always changing.  I love IPAs in the Charlotte summer heat and a great bourbon barrel aged stout in the winter time.  This year I have discovered wonderful farmhouse ales that use local ingredients.

  • Current favorite Farmhouse Ale: Fullsteam Summer Basil
  • Favorite IPA currently: Wicked Weed Pernicious
  • Favorite Winter Warmer: Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout.

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Cheers!!!


 

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Craft Beer Inspired Tattoos: Edition 2

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve written about the craft beer inspired tattoo phenomena. And, during that time I’ve continued to search for them in the social media spaces, in pubs, at breweries, homebrew supply stores – just about anywhere I socialize with craft beer lovers. “Hi! My name is Chelsie. What are you drinking today? Do you have a beer tattoo?” Ok. I’m not exactly that forward, but I am looking you up and down to see if you have inkcraft beer ink. And, if I spot one on you I AM taking a picture of it. I haven’t had anyone decline yet!

What I’ve noticed is that there are some new trends emerging. The quality of the artwork is improving. The styles are becoming more interesting. Each piece is executed to match the personality and uniqueness of the individual wearing the art.

IT’S A BREWING THING
More and more of my friends in the craft beer industry are getting inked to show their passion for the art form. Take a look:

Terry Hawbaker (Pizza Boy Brewing Co) Hop Cone

Terry Hawbaker (Head Brewer at Pizza Boy Brewing Co)

Jason Stambaugh (Co-Owner Miscreation Brewing Co)

Jason Stambaugh (Co-Owner Miscreation Brewing Co)

Brad Moyer (Brewer at Bube's Brewery)

Brad Moyer (Brewer at Bube’s Brewery)

Craft Beer Tattoo Sleeve

Zachary Cuva (Employee at Spring House Brewing Co & Beer Blogger – HopReligion.com)

HelpingHandsTattoo

Josh Peacock (Bartender at Broken Goblet Brewing & Sales Rep at a Major Philly Wholesaler)

Elemental Craft Beer Tattoo

Tom Aguero (Beer Blogger @QueenCityDrinks)

HOP HEART
This might just be my favorite of the new trend. So intricate and just plain old stunning.

HOP GRENADES
I often refer to hop forward beers as “Hop Bombs.” Never thought of a hop tattoo as being explosive. But here you go, hop grenades.

HOPS & SKULLS
I wished I had thought of this when I got my skull tattoo. So clever. 

HOPS & BEER GLASS
Generally this is my least favorite when it comes to beer mug/glass tattoos. I think it’s the prominence of the hops worked into the composition that has won me over.

ALL THE HOPS
There’s been a number of hop tattoos popping up in a variety of styles. These are some of my favorites.

Hops Craft Beer Tattoo

Left Tattoo Source | Middle Tattoo: Jeremy Barr | Right Tattoo Source

READ MY FIRST CRAFT BEER TATTOO POST:
Edition 1: June, 2014


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Recap: Avery Brewing Co. 22nd Anniversary Party

This past weekend, Boulder, Colorado-based Avery Brewing Co. turned 22 and threw a big party to celebrate in true Avery fashion. Avery hosts multiple beer festivals throughout the year, including the Boulder Strong Ale Fest, the Boulder Sour Fest and the Boulder IPA Fest. With all of those festivals to its name, Avery knows how to host a great party.

Avery building in back resized

ON TAP
Avery busted out quite the lineup for this event. More than 50 beers made an appearance, including several vertical variations from the Avery cellar. Here are a few of the highlights of the day.

Rumpkin 2013 and 2014
A rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale
ABV: 18.53 percent (2013), 16.73 percent (2014)

The Reverend 2003, 2008 and 2012
A Belgian-style quad
ABV: 10 percent

Momi Hiwa
A rum barrel-aged coconut porter
ABV:17.08 percent

Black Eye
A rum barrel-aged imperial stout
ABV: 18.82 percent

Eremita II
An imperial sour ale infused with peaches and apricot
ABV: 10.1 percent

Double Dry-Hopped Maharaja
A double IPA with extra Amarillo, Simcoe and Chinook hops
ABV: 10.2 percent

TASTING NOTES
As you can see, Avery loves brewing strong beers, and I love drinking them. We make a good match. A fresh Rumpkin is full of boozy goodness with a touch of heat, which makes me swoon, but I also love how the 2013 version mellowed over the years. You still get the sweet molasses and spice profile, but the heat dissipated. There’s no mistaking that the 2013 Rumpkin is a strong beer, but it drinks more like a 10 percent ABV brew rather than one creeping near 20 percent ABV. While I’m still a huge fan of fresh Rumpkin, I appreciate how this brew develops over the years.

ReverendI missed the 2003 Reverend. All of the thirsty party-goers beat me to it, but I did get a chance to enjoy a side-by-side tasting of the 2008 and 2012 Reverend. While both versions are tasty, the 2008 Reverend hit a sweet spot in the aging process with prominent dark fruit, raisin and caramel flavors. I bet it’d be delightful with some bread pudding and bourbon sauce.

For fellow sour beer lovers, Eremita II is fantastic. I couldn’t ask for more in a sour. The lactic makes you pucker, but it doesn’t overwhelm the peach and apricot flavors like some sours. With its effervescent body and fruity notes, it’s perfect for sipping on a patio during a hot summer day.

And then there’s Momi Hiwa, which might be my all-time favorite beer. Coconut beers usually disappoint me. While they sound good in theory, the coconut either disappears or tastes like extract. That’s not the case here. Avery aged Momi Hiwa for six months in rum barrels and then transferred it to stainless steel tanks with 360 pounds of toasted coconut. The result is a coconut-forward brew with added sweetness and vanilla from the rum barrels. Make no mistake — this is a slow sipper, also with a boozy kick, but it’s divine.

NEW DIGS
Avery catwalkAfter moving into a 67,000-square-foot, $27 million facility in February, this was Avery’s first anniversary party in the new space. The new facility features a two-story tap room and restaurant, which offers a selection of smoked meats and comfort food made with local, fresh ingredients. The restaurant was closed for the party to make room for the tastings, but it’s worth a visit. Do yourself a favor and order the shrimp and grits with a side of pork belly Brussel sprouts. Inside the brewing area is a catwalk, so you can see all of the machinery it takes to produce Avery’s tasty beer.

upstairs tap room

One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Adam Avery, the owner of Avery Brewing. Adam was drinking a beer at an outside table, so I had to meet the man behind so many of my favorite brews. I worried that approaching Adam would be hugely obnoxious, but he was nice enough to take a picture with me and give me some homebrewing advice for my next batch, which I brewed the next day. I like to think of this particular homebrew as Avery-approved.

Adam Avery

I recommend adding this event to your bucket list. Besides seeing the new, beautiful space and enjoying the surroundings of gorgeous Boulder, you’ll get your fill of some incredible beers you won’t find outside of Avery.

Gettysburg Brew Fest Coming Aug 22, 2015

Gettysburg Brew Fest 2015

As summer is winding down, the beer fest season is still going strong. One in particular that caught my eye for attending in August is the second annual Gettysburg Brew Fest that benefits the Lutheran Theological Seminary.

WHEN IS IT?
August 22, 2015 from 4:30-8:00 pm (general admission)

WHERE IS IT?
The Lutheran Theological Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg Brew Fest GlassPARTICIPATING BREWERIES
There’s a lineup of 50 local and national brewers that will serve us thirsty imbibers approximately 150+ brews and ciders.

Believe it or not there are quite a few breweries on the list that I have yet to try so I’ll definitely be attending this fest. These are the ones I’m looking forward to sampling: Aldus, Something Wicked, South County, Battlefield Brew Works, Full Tilt, Good Intent Cider, New Holland, Sixpoint, Whitehorse, Warehouse Gourmet Brew Pub and Susquehanna Brewing.

And, there’s the tried and trusted breweries on my go-to list that will be serving up brews as well: Lagunitas, Starr Hill, Molly Pitcher, Big Hill Cider Works, Otter Creek, just to name a few.

Be sure to check out the entire lineup: > View Brewery List

TICKETS
(This is a 21+ and older event)
VIP tickets are already sold out this year. Sorry, guys! But there are a dwindling amount of  General Admission tickets for sale that includes a commemorative sampling pint glass, unlimited brew and cider samples and music. Cost: $45 + Handling Fees. Get your tickets asap because this will sell out. Got my tickets. Now go buy yours!

> Buy Tickets

IMPORTANT: The Gettysburg Brew Fest is a “rain or shine” event and an important fundraiser for the non-profit Lutheran Theological Seminary, so NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED.

FOOD
Four food trucks will be serving up good eats:

MERCH
Lots of fun stuff to purchase! I have my heart set on the pink ladies tee and the zip up hooded sweatshirt.

Cash or credit is accepted for payment. But here’s an insider tip. Use cash to make the transaction go faster… getting you back to your beer sampling enjoyment.

Gettysburg Brew Fest Merch For SalePARKING OPTION

  • FREE parking and a FREE shuttle to and from the Brew Fest. The address for the parking lot is 941 Fairfield Road in Gettysburg – it is the Tom Livelsberger Kia lot near the YWCA entrance.
  • Borough Parking Garage on Race Horse Alley, behind the Gettysburg Hotel.
  • Lutheran Seminary (behind Valentine Hall)
  • Along Springs Avenue
  • YWCA after 3:00 pm (the Y is open on Saturday, so please allow members to have first access to parking).
  • Shuttles ($1 each way) from the downtown Transit Center to the Brew Fest will be offered until 8:30pm (final pick-up time at the Rabbit Transit bus stop on Seminary Ridge). > View Schedule

Regardless of where you park, please DO NOT walk through privately owned yards near the seminary. Thank you!

FIND & TRACK YOUR BREWS
There is a handy app for Android users who want to locate a particular brewery or beer while at the fest. You can also keep track of what you sampled.

DOWNLOAD FEST APP
> Google Play
(Android)
> iTunes (iPhone)

FEST SPONSORS

  • Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Finch Services, Inc.
  • Huston-Fox Financial Advisory Services
  • Liberty Mountain Resort
  • Roaring Springs Premium Spring Water
  • Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza
  • Utz

STAY IN-THE-KNOW
Follow Gettysburg Beer Fest on Twitter & Facebook for up-to-date info.


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Meet Amanda M.

Amanda at GABFHey there, fellow craft beer lovers! I’m Amanda, a new Stouts and Stilettos contributor from Denver.

My love affair with craft beer started 10 years ago. During college, I spent the summer of 2005 in Lubbock, Texas, where I worked as a server for Hub City Brewery. That job changed my outlook on beer. I still remember my first day on the job when our brewmaster, Marks Lanham, took me on a tour through the brewery. He explained the differences among our house beer styles, and I sampled everything we had on tap. From that day, I was hooked.

At the time, the hefeweizen and kolsch were my favorite brews from Hub City. The kolsch was especially refreshing with a Champagne-like effervescence, which was perfect on a summer day. We also offered an oatmeal stout, but it was too bitter for my taste. Fast forward to a decade later and my favorite beer style is now a boozy, bold bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Just three years ago, I thought most IPAs tasted like a liquid pine forest, but I now love the bitter kick with those floral, citrus notes. Our palates continue to change, and that’s what makes craft beer so exciting.

Just this year, I started homebrewing after I bought my husband a starter kit for Christmas. He enjoys the hobby, but I’m definitely the enthusiast of the household. Besides exploring new beers, I want to learn as much as possible about the craft, and homebrewing has been an incredible educational avenue. Right now, a pumpkin ale is fermenting in our basement. I’m one of those pumpkin ale fanatics, so I have high hopes for this brew.

Brewdog and ballWhen I’m not enjoying craft beer, I manage public relations and content marketing for a New Zealand-based tech company. I also spend entirely too much time adoring my sweet Lab mix, baking, cooking and cheering on the Baylor Bears.

I look forward to sharing Colorado’s awesome craft beer culture. With the Great American Beer Festival around the corner, I’ll be sure to offer a few of my local recommendations, and you’re welcome to connect with me on Twitter, Instagram or Untappd. Cheers!

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