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WORLD B EER F ESTIV A L ST A F F Producer Daniel Bradford Event Director Laura Reyes Beer Acquisition Manager Angela Campbell Education Coordinator Win Bassett Account managerS Amy Dalton Nora Berendsen All About Beer Magazine Managing Editor Greg Barbera Art Director Peter Johnstone All About Beer Magazine OFFICE & Circulation Manager Laura Reyes Festival Photographer Kinsley Dey Dey Photography Brew Crew Manager Dan Adams Volunteer Manager Katherine Swartz, Columbia Opportunity Resourse (COR)
In your hands you hold the key to beer happiness, beer nirvana and beer ecstasy. You have the opportunity to spend four hours up close and intimate with a few hundred beers, and the map to chart the course for beer treasure. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you are aware that during the past decade the beer world has undergone a complete revolution. While major beer brands are holding their market share, all of the growth, excitement and activity lie in the tiny segment of beer called craft beer, specialty beer or “better beer.” Made by breweries both big and small, these beers come in all shapes, sizes, flavors, aroma, colors, you name it. The ranks of beer-lovers keep growing as more and more people embrace the wide, wide wonderful world of beer. Overhearing conversations at bars about hop varieties isn’t the rare experience that it once was. The choices in the fridge during a playoff game actually require some thought now. Reaching into the tub of iced beers often delivers something rare and exciting. Buying a round now requires serious memory or quick note taking. What is a good beer lover to do to keep up with all of this? Well, you have come to the right place, the right people and the right products. The whole gang at All About Beer Magazine and the World Beer Festival has only one goal behind all the different jobs we hold. All we want to do what delivers optimum job satisfaction- is improve your beer IQ. We want you to become more knowledgeable about beer, better equipped to order something cool, and able to drop the random comment about beer aesthetics. Back to what you hold in your hand—our Festival Beer Guide. Along with the articles about beer satisfaction, you have a directory and description of all the great beers of the festival. Slip this into your pocket, purse or backpack and take this with you the next time you head out for an evening at a restaurant or beer. If you’re heading to a beer store for something interesting, take your Festival Guide along. It is designed to help you go to the next level in choosing and appreciating beer.
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The Renaissance in Beer
he world of beer has changed dramatically. Twenty-five years ago, virtually every beer sold in the world fit within the light lager category: vaguely colored, with hints of flavor: very cold, very carbonated, and very clean. Beers were differentiated by their packaging. Then the renaissance began. After nearly a century of consolidation, only 15 percent of the 2,300 American breweries of the 19th century were still operating. The statistics were no different in Europe. Local and regional breweries were being swallowed by giants. The decline in beer diversity and character accelerated. Then, as happened with wine, cheese, bread, coffee and numerous other foods, the qualities of beer began to capture the public’s imagination. In country after country, grass roots organizations moved to protect their favorite breweries and beers. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in England is heralded as the single most successful consumer beer movement, in that it stopped the extinction of real ale. PINT in Belgium worked for the preservation of lambics. The American Homebrewing Association in United States promoted amateur beer making. Even an association to protect traditional German beer gardens emerged. Then, beginning in the mid 1960s, antiquarian Fritz Maytag took over the failing Anchor Brewery in San Francisco, reviving nineteenth century styles. Merchant Marine Jack McAullife, who missed the ales he had encountered in Scotland, started the first new ale brewery in a century, also in California. Hop salesman Burt Grant, tired of the timid hop flavors, opened the first brewpub, featuring the hoppiest beers brewed in the States. Two physicists in Boulder, CO, began the Boulder Brewery to make the British-style ales that they had enjoyed at conferences in England. And that was just the beginning. By the 1980s, most major U.S. cities could boast a diversity of imported beers unmatched anywhere else in the world. By the mid 1990s over 400 new American breweries had opened, from an all time low of 41 in 1981. State after state removed restrictions on brewing beer and selling it on the same premises. Homebrewers-turned-entrepreneurs took their favorite recipes and went commercial, creating new legions of good beer lovers. With a cry of “Drink local!” microbrewers and pubbrewers produced nearly two million barrels of handcrafted beer, permanently changing the beer landscape. Global Beer Revolution Similar dramas occurred around the world. Frank Boon breathed life into ancient lambic blending in Belgium. David
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Bruce’s chain of London brewpubs reintroduced drinkers there to pub brewing. Prince Luipold of Bavaria restarted his family’s castle brewery and opened a brewpub in Munich, site of the Octoberfest celebration that honored his ancestor’s wedding 400 years before. Russell Sharp, in a management buyout, took over the antique Caledonian Brewery, one of the last breweries left in Edinburgh, Scotland and returned it to its classic styles. The Japanese government removed minimum size requirements that protected large breweries, and started an explosion of microbrewery openings. The few remaining bière de garde brewers in France found people crowding their doors looking for farmhouse beers. Fueling this excitement was a cadre of beer lovers and homebrewers—people who, disenchanted with mass marketed beers, had searched for records, techniques, and ingredients of classic beers. Beer lovers like Charles Finkel unearthed exotic styles like Russian imperial stout and returned them to the public. Authors such as the late Michael Jackson directed the public’s attention to regional flavors found in corners of countries. Homebrewers, Randy Mosher to name one, unravelled the mysteries of making beers not tasted in almost a century. The audacious, like Charlie Papazian, began adding unusual ingredients to his homebrew, sparking brewhouse experimentation. By the 1990s, American craft brewing had been seized upon by investors, with the result that the number of brands grew—as did consumer confusion. A famed “shakeout” removed brewing companies that couldn’t both brew good beer and run a smart business. As we moved into the new millennium, the American brewing community is diverse, professional, adventurous— and an accepted part of the landscape. Specialty beers are no longer an oddity: even beer drinkers who stick to the mainstream styles realize that he choices are much wider. With convenience stores and gas stations including pale ales and Belgian-style wit beers in their coolers, there’s no going back on beer diversity. —Julie Johnson
Glossary of Beer Terms Abbey brewery. Founded by monasteries in France, Belgium and Switzerland, abbey breweries are still sometimes on the original site, but most often are names licensed to a commercial brewery. Generally traditional recipes are used. Adjunct. Unmalted grain, such as rice, corn, maize and wheat used in addition to malted barley to make a beer. They tend to stabilize and lighten the flavor of a beer. Alcohol. An intoxicating by-product of fermentation, the process by which yeast acts on the sugars in the malt. Alcohol content is expressed as a percentage of the volume or weight. Ale. One of the two major families of beers, produced by yeast strains that operate at warm temperatures, and at the top of the brewing vessel (hence, “top-fermented”). Quick fermentation at relatively warm temperatures produces typical fruity and spicy notes in ales. The traditional beer styles in England and Belgium, although lager-loving Germany also produces some spectacular ales. Aroma. The particular combination of smells from malt, hops, yeast and any unusual or distinctive characteristics in the beer. Barrel. One U.S. barrel equals 31 gallons. Bitter. One of the British ales almost exclusively served on draft in pubs. Black patent malt. Malted barley roasted at high temperatures, black patent malt gives a darker color to the beer. Body. The particular viscosity of a beer is described as fullbodied, medium-bodied, or light-bodied, depending on the sense of “thickness” or “thinness” in your mouth. Also called “mouthfeel.” Bottom-fermenting yeast or lager yeast. The yeast used to make lagers is active—it ferments—at colder temperatures and on the bottom of the fermentation vessel. Bouquet. The collection of smells, usually floral and spicy, that a drinker smells before tasting the beer. Produced by the combination of malt, hops, yeast, and other additives such as fruit. Brewpub. A bar, restaurant or tavern that makes its own beer on the premises and rarely distributes it to other venues. Considered the earliest form of commercial brewing. Caramel malt. A sweet, coppery malt, caramel or crystal malt imparts both color and flavor to beer. Caramel malt has a
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high concentration of unfermentable sugars that sweeten the beer, contributing to head retention. Cask conditioned. The essence of the real ale revolution in England, cask conditioning an ale delivers a beer that is still alive and evolving with delicate complex flavors. Very sensitive, it requires the ministrations of a talented brewer and cellarman. Continuous brewing. Most major breweries use continuous brewing, whereby beer is constantly moving through the brewing stages, as opposed to single batches being made independent of each other. Contract brewer. Companies that hire a brewery to make beer to their specifications are called contract brewers. Some companies provide staff to oversee the brewing of their beer; others provide only the recipe to the brewery. Craft beer. A controversial term, it generally refers to beers brewed in traditional styles, without adjuncts or chemicals, made in small batches by small brewing companies. Esters. Esters are chemical compounds that result from the interaction of acids and alcohol, causing fruity flavors and aromas, such as banana, blueberry and pear, that intentionally or unintentionally occur in some beers. Fermentation. The process of producing alcohol and carbon dioxide through the actions of yeast on sugars. Fining. A process of producing a “bright” beer by clearing the beer of unwanted haze through the addition of ingredients such as isinglass or Irish moss, which takes particles out of the solution. High gravity brewing. Now used by some microbreweries, high gravity brewing means making concentrated wort and diluting it with water. It’s an economical way to make more beer with less equipment. Homebrew. Beer made at home. Conservative estimates have over two million Americans homebrewing. Hops. One of the four principal ingredients in beer, hops are flowers from the vine Humulus lupulus, added to beer as a preservative, bittering agent and aromatic. Hydrometer. A thermometer-like device used to measure the gravity, or proportion of alcohol to water, of beer. Keg. A vessel for serving beer in large quantities, varying in size from five to 10 gallons.
Kraeusening. A German technique for adding fresh, young beer to a fully fermented batch, kraeusening is expensive and complex but adds character to lagers. Lager. One of the two major families of beers, produced by yeast strains that operate at cooler temperatures, and at the bottom of the brewing vessel (hence, “bottom-fermented”). Longer fermentation at relatively cool temperatures produces beers that are typically clean and free of side flavors. The traditional beer styles in Germany and central Europe. Malt extract. Malt extract, either a powder or syrup, results from evaporating excess water from mashed malted barley.
Malted barley. The basis of beer, malted barley results from sprouting and germinating barley for optimum starch content. Mashing. The preparation of the wort or liquid base of beer, mashing converts starches to sugars by heating malted barley with water. Microbrewery. Defined by industry associations as a brewery that produces less than 15,000 barrels a year (105,000 cases). Mouthfeel. A sensory way of evaluating the body of a beer, mouthfeel describes the texture of beer on the palate ranging from full to light. Primary fermentation. After pitching the yeast (adding the yeast to the wort) and during the first five days on average, fermentation converts the sugars to alcohol, and produces carbonation in the process of this conversion. Pint. In the United States, a pint contains sixteen ounces. However, in England it means a serving that is 20 ounces. Priming. Priming is the process of adding sugar to the brew at the beginning of the secondary fermentation, creating carbonation.
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Secondary fermentation. The final stage of the fermentation, that can last from three weeks to three years, depending on the beer style. Shelf life. Describes the number of days, usually a maximum of four months for commercially produced beers, that a beer will retain its peak drinkability. Stealth microbrewery. A recent, and tongue-in-cheek term (also “faux micro”), this refers to a large brewery that creates a brand name which suggests a small brewery under which it markets specialty beers. Specialty brewery. The majority of the beer produced in the world fits loosely into the so-called international lager style. The other 60-plus styles are termed specialty beers. Specialty breweries concentrate on these styles. Top-fermenting yeast or ale yeast. A style of yeast that works at room or warm temperatures and ferments at the top of the beer. Wort. The sweet liquid derived from heating the malted barley with water and hops. Wort is the beginning of all beers. Yeast. Living micro-organisms that convert sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Zymurgy. The art and process of fermentation. World Beer Festival Columbia 7
A Sample of Classic Beer Styles
oday’s revolution in beer originates in the rediscovery of classic beer styles and the emergence of new styles. The sheer diversity in profiles lies at the heart of the explosion in new breweries and the renewed interest in old breweries. While most styles have their moment in history, the democratic nature of brewing allows brewers and the public to challenge style definitions, producing a continual evolution of some styles and emergence or extinction of others. Top Fermentation Styles: The Ales Pale ale. The classic ale, pale ales have a pale to copper color with a fruity /flowery nose. They tend to finish bitter with traces of malt. Brown ale. Brown ales are considered working class beers in England, but are taking off in the States, no doubt because of their amber/brown color, slight sweet beginning and cola finish. India pale ale. An historical artefact, India pale ales emerged from the need for quality preservation during long voyages. This resulted in a copper-colored, big-bodied, strongly bitter, rich ale with pronounced alcohol. Scottish ale. The climate and relative isolation of Scotland led to a well-rounded, big malty beer with negligible hop flavor. Porter. A very romantic style, porters harken back to preindustrial England. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a slight malty nose, porters have a medium, slightly chewy body with a clean, quick finish. Stout. Having descended from porters, stouts are darker in color, almost black. Ranging from dry to sweet, these medium body beers start with a toffee, espresso profile and most finish with a gristy dryness. Bottom Fermentation Styles: The Lagers Light lager. Believed to represent 95 percent of the beer sold in the world, these lagers are light yellow in color, highly carbonated and vaguely bitter in the finish. They are noted for being clean, cold, refreshing and drinkable. Pilsener (or Pilsner). Born in the 1840s, the grandfather to light lagers, pilseners appealled to the eye as well as the palate. Deep golden in color, with floral aroma, soft mouthfeel, and long dry finish, pilseners are a multi-occasion beer. Vienna. Similar to Märzen, and the abused Oktoberfest “style” (not a style at all, but the term for the beer served at festivals, and legally reserved for the six breweries of Munich), Viennas
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are the forefather of all amber beers, with their rich ruby color, malty beginning and dry finish. Bock. Not what was left in the vats from the winter, but a beautiful spring beer with quite a goat’s kick. The basic style (there’s maibock, helles bock and doppelbock) has a brown/ruby color, strong malt aroma with rich medium body and bitterness for balance only. Dunkel. The original dark lagers, dunkels predate the beautiful golden pilsener with their brooding dark color, and malt notes in the profile. Dunkels are complex with slight sweetness and balancing bitterness. Wheat Beers American wheat. A lighter, more carbonated ale, golden in color with a light, dry finish. American wheats focus on refreshment and are attracting new converts to specialty beers. Berliner weisse. Extremely light and highly carbonated, this weisse beer is highly acidic, and some drinkers choose to add their own syrups. Best tasted at sidewalk cafes in Northern Germany. Bavarian weisse. One of the fastest growing styles, the weisse beer usually has sediment (hefe-weizen) with obvious citrus, clove or nutmeg characteristics. Hybrid Fermentation Styles: Blending Brewing Techniques Alt. A German ale noted for its copper color and wine-like taste. Kölsch. The legal name used only for beers of made in Cologne, kölsch is pale gold, low in hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish. Cream Ale. Uniquely American, cream ales combine warm fermentation with cold lagering, producing a fruity, clean, dry flavor. Specialty Beer Styles: Unusual Ingredients Lambic. Spontaneously fermented beers from Belgium, where the yeast is not manually added but allowed to drift in from the surrounding countryside—probably the oldest brewing method still practiced. Lambics complex flavors can be enhanced by the blending together of different aged beers. Lambics are also combined with fruit such as raspberries (framboise) or cherries (kriek) for sweeter beers that retain lambic’s underlying wild character. Smoke beers. From Scottish ales to Bamberg rauch biers, smoke-flavored styles are as provocative as they are curious. The addition of smoked malt (for example, peat or beachwoodsmoked) adds a level of complexity. Trappist. Only seven monastic breweries can use this appellation, six in Belgium and one in Holland. Top fermented with multiple fermentations, Trappist ales are united by rich, complex, yeasty flavors; deep auburn colors and big satisfying flavor.
The Responsibility of Beer
here is a world of difference between appreciating beer and guzzling beer. The alcohol content of beer generally ranges from 3 percent to about 8 percent by volume, with most beers at around 4 to 5 percent. As with the other four principal ingredients in beer, alcohol also has its characteristics. Whether it’s taking the edge off a day at the office, complementing a well-cooked meal or contributing to pleasant company, alcohol can add to life’s pleasures. However, an excess of alcohol has destructive effects. For individuals who consume alcoholic beverages abusively,
the negative impacts range from painful hangovers to anti-social and dangerous behavior. For society, it can result in extensive damage to lives and property. Faced with the failure of individuals to moderate their own behavior, this country is increasingly turning to the courts to seek redress for alcohol-related harm done to communities. In effect, these individuals who consume or serve alcohol without regard for its consequences have broken a social contract to protect others from excess. At the heart of individual responsibility is respect for this social contract. While blood alcohol content (BAC) is a precise measure, the rate at which alco-
hol enters your bloodstream varies. Food in the stomach, higher body weight and low fat ratios slow the absorption rate down. Taking drugs, legal (cold medicine, for example) or illegal, can adversely affect tolerance, as can mental state. The spacing of drinks, taking time out or drinking alternative beverages, slows alcohol absorption. Recognizing your own reactions to alcohol and knowing when you are nearing the line between responsible and irresponsible behavior are absolutely indispensable to honor the social contract, and to enjoy a fine beer. —Julie Johnson
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How Much is Too Much to Drink if Youâ€™re Driving
ny alcohol you drink can be detected in your blood, and chemical tests can determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). For example, five parts of alcohol in 10,000 parts of blood is shown as 0.05 percent BAC. Drinking any amount of alcohol can impair your ability to drive. A driver with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.07 percent is presumed to be driving while his ability to drive is impaired (DWI). A driver with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more is presumed to be driving under the influence (DUI). Both DWI and DUI convictions can mean penalties including jail, fines, public service and loss of your driving license. Know your limit. Your life, and the lives of others, depends on it.
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How Beer is Made
hat happens when the ingredients of beer—malted barley (malt), water, yeast and hops—are combined? Let’s take a virtual tour through a brewery and see. Whether you visit a giant like Anheuser Busch, or your local brewpub, the steps are more or less the same. The first ingredient, malted barley, would make a perfectly respectable breakfast cereal: crunchy, bready, slightly sweet. The brewer mills the malt, cracking the grains between rollers to expose more surface area. Then, just as tea leaves or coffee grounds are steeped in water to extract their flavors, the malt is heated with water in a large kettle called a “mash tun.” The hot water pulls the sugars from the malt into a solution known as “sweet liquor.” The brewer rinses the malt (“sparging”) and strains it to get the last of the sugars into solution. The malt is now “spent grain,” useless for beer, but still good for baking, or for animal feed. The sweet liquor is piped into the next large tank in the brewery, the brew kettle. Here, hops—green, cone-like flower—are added and boiled with the liquor. Hops added early in the process preserve the beer and add welcome bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt; a dose of hops at the very end adds the flowery aroma we prize in many beers. The new stew of malt sugars, hop flavors and water is called “wort.”
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The Magic of Fermentation Cooled to the right temperature, and chock full of sugar, wort is the perfect diet for yeast, the uni-cellular organisms that do the work of fermentation. The yeast is pitched in and goes ingesting sugar and making more yeast. But the brewer isn’t interested in yeast propagation, but in the by-products of the process: when yeast consume sugars, they release carbon dioxide and alcohol, as well as the interesting extra fruity or spicy flavors we associate with beer. After a while, the food runs low, and the increasingly alcoholic atmosphere becomes unfriendly: the yeast slow down, or even die. Fermentation is complete. The “green” beer is transferred to conditioning tanks to age. If the beer is an ale—a beer produced by a yeast that works at relatively warm temperatures—it can be ready to drink within days. If it is a lager, produced by a yeast that works at lower temperatures, it will need conditioning (“lagering”) at a cooler temperature for several weeks or longer. At this point, the beer is almost ready for you. In a brewpub, you can order beer from serving tanks adjacent to the fermentation tanks—as fresh as beer can be. A distributing brewery puts its beer into bottles or kegs at this stage, either bubbling with the natural CO2 the yeast releases into the brew, or with the carbonation augmented in the beer or at the point of dispense. Either way, you should end up with a glass of fresh beer, packed with complex aroma and flavor. Take a moment to gaze through the golden, amber or midnight liquid. Its elements have been soaked, warmed, germinated, toasted, milled, steeped, boiled, cooled, fermented, flavored, aged, gassed, and chilled. Four simple ingredients have been through a lot to make that simple glass of beer. Enjoy it! —Julie Johnson
How to Choose a Beer You’ll Enjoy
erhaps you’re attending your first beer festival. You enjoy beer, but you’ve never wandered far beyond mainstream lagers. Suddenly, here at over 300 beers, falling into as many as 70 styles. How do you decide where to start? Or perhaps you love beer in all its diversity, but your companion doesn’t particularly care for the beverage most often associated with beer—the international pale lager style that makes up 90 percent of all beer sold. How can you guide your companion to new flavor discoveries? Sometimes it helps to identify the other flavors you enjoy, and then seek out a beer style that has some of the same characteristics.
If you enjoy:
Try these beer styles:
Stouts and porters
Sauvignon blanc, other acidic white wines
Kriek (cherry) lambic
Chardonnay, toasty whites
Authentic hefeweizen, dunkel
Lighter red wines
Biere de garde
Bold, fruit-forward red wines
Russian imperial stout
Belgian wit beer
Gin and tonic
India pale ale
Belgian dubbles, doppelbock
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Tasting Beer, and the Importance of Beer Sequence
here is a difference between drinking beer, which is a wonderful pastime, and tasting beer, which is a more focused approach to learning about what you like and why. By taking the time to observe and talk about the beer you’re tasting, you can appreciate its complexity. You’ll also know how to find other beers you’ll enjoy, wherever you go. Steps in tasting a beer: First, look at the beer. What color is it? Is it clear or cloudy? Some styles are meant to be hazy, but most are not. Look at the foam: every style throws a characteristic head, some scanty, some huge and rocky. Next, smell the beer. Aroma is half of taste (this is the best reason to drink out of a glass, and not from a can or bottle). Look for bready, caramel notes—these hint at a maltaccented beer. Or is the aroma floral, grassy or citrussy? These may come from the hops.
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Sip the beer. Beers vary in viscosity—what beer lover call “mouthfeel.” Is it thick or thin in your mouth? Then appreciate the changing flavor in the beer. You may detect sweet, candylike, caramel, fruity, yeasty or spicy flavors. Or you may be reminded of toast, cloves, fresh apples or orange marmalade. Other flavor notes take over once you swallow the beer. Taste is very subjective and individual; so feel free to identify the flavors in any way that makes sense to you? Bananas? Soy sauce? Birthday cake? If that’s what you sense, it’s correct. A note about sequences: Everything we taste affects whatever we put in our mouths next, so bear in mind that every beer you sample will be affected by the previous sample. The best plan is to start with beers that are lighter in character, and work up to heavier beers, so as not to overwhelm the more delicate beers. Or pause, have some water, and eat something neutral—pretzels can’t be beat! —Julie Johnson
Pairing Beer and Food
eer isn’t just for brats and pizza anymore. With the proliferation of beer styles that are widely available, there really is a beer that can complement any food at all. In fact, some beer lovers will insist that beer is a better companion for beer than wine, and it’s certainly true that certain foods that are awkward partners with wine find their perfect match with the right beer. There are no hard and fast rules for pairing beer and food, but here are some useful guidelines. Try to match intensities. A very robust beer will overwhelm a delicate food. Look for a flavor “hook.” Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver used this concept to identify the dominant component in a food, and match it with a complementary hook in a beer. For example, many roasted or sautéed foods develop sweet, caramelized flavors. A beer with caramel notes, such as a dunkel, will underscore these flavors.
Or, find an exciting contrast. When serving a very rich food, pair it with a beer that will cut through the oiliness and refresh the palate. For example, offset the intense, oily character of grilled salmon by pairing it with an assertively bitter India pale ale. Desserts and sweeter beers can be wonderful companions. Chocolate desserts and stout are a natural pairing, or try a creamy dessert with a porter (complement) or a fruited lambic (contrast). —Julie Johnson
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Columbia’s Beer Scene is Hop’ning
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hough it may have happened a little more slowly than other regions in the Southeast, beer enthusiasts in Columbia could not be more excited about the phenomenal growth of beer culture in the area. Since the end of Prohibition, legal restrictions on the alcohol content of beer made many classic beers and beer styles illegal in South Carolina, and this shackled the development of the beer community. That changed in 2007. The alcohol limit was lifted, and now, the beer scene in Columbia is “catching-up” with other parts of the country. The progress is exciting. Breweries and wholesalers see the potential for fine beer in this area, and consumers are responding to the incredible selection of beer now available. Retail bottle shops are the brightest spot in the Columbia beer scene and have been a major factor in the growth of beer culture. This area has five major stores that are committed to world-class beer, and this access to the diverse selection of fine beer is the key element in the development of real beer culture. These bottle shops are Green’s Beverage Warehouse in the Piney Grove area, Morganelli’s Party Store in Forest Acres, Green’s Discount Beverage in downtown Columbia, Sam’s Fine Wines and Spirits in Lexington and Total Wine & More in the Harbison area. Surprisingly, the densely populated northeast section does not have any major beer shops. Grocery stores serve this area, but the beer selection stock varies from store to store. Piggly Wiggly and some of the Bi-Lo stores seem to stock good selections of craft beer. Green’s Beverage Warehouse and Green’s Discount Beverage are the leaders in this market and set the pace for beer retailers. Store Director Wes Patrick and Assistant Manager Joseph Ackerman are knowledgeable beer enthusiasts and stock
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their large stores with an eclectic array of almost every beer style from bottles of Thomas Creek Banana Split Stout to Allagash Interlude. Morganelli’s beer manager, Zack Klicka, and Sam’s beer manager, Fred Richardson, are also knowledgeable enthusiasts and keep their stores well-stocked with fine beers and provide excellent customer assistance. Morganelli’s selection has recently included everything from bottles of Southern Tier Pumking to cans of Oskar Blues Gubna. Similarly, you will be able to find beers such as St. Bernardus Abt 12, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Founders Breakfast Stout at Sam’s. Almost four years ago, Green’s opened innovative growler stations in its two Columbia locations. A growler station is the same as a draft station in a bar. In a retail shop, however, attendants fill glass jugs or “growlers” with draft beer for home use. The glass growlers are refillable and environmentally friendly, but the principal advantage is the unmistakable freshness that only draft beer delivers. Now, all five of the major retailers have growler stations, and Green’s Beverage Warehouse and Morganelli’s are the leaders with eight taps each. Some of Green’s recent growler station options include Westbrook Vanilla Tree Dubbel, He’Brew Messiah Bold and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Morganelli’s recently has offered RJ Rockers Gruntled Pumpkin, Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale and Brooklyn The Companion at its station. In 2010, the South Carolina legislature approved a bill that, among other things, allowed retail dealers to hold beer tastings
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in their stores. Most retailers do not offer regular beer tastings, but Green’s is taking full advantage of this marketing opportunity. Almost every Thursday and Friday afternoon, the guys at the Piney Grove location offer free tasting of the beers on the growler station. These tastings, combined with Wes Patrick’s shrewd buying of rare, limited-release kegs, have made its growler station a huge success and has introduced their customers to unique and interesting beers. This boom in the retail market in Columbia is spurring the growth of the bar business for craft beer. For an evening of beer hunting, the Vista area of Columbia is the undisputed place to go. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Senate Street is the leading beer establishment with an incredible 81 taps of draft beer, some of which include Delirium Noel, Highland Oatmeal Porter and Terrapin Hopsecutioner. The Saucer also offers plenty of bottles, such as Fort Collins Red Banshee, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale and Mikkeller Beer Greek Brunch, as well as tasty sandwiches, brats and pizzas. Each week, the Saucer features different promotions, including a “Brewery Nite” on Wednesdays that spotlights a specific brewery, and a “Rare Keg Nite” on Thursdays that features a fresh keg of a
limited-release beer. Recently, the Saucer had a “Brewery Nite” for Anchor where patrons received a free glass with a purchase of Anchor Steam. Last month, one “Rare Keg Nite” featured Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury. These promotions are good for the Saucer and good for the beer scene here because it allows more Columbians to experience of fine beer. World of Beer is one of the newest watering holes for beer enthusiasts in the area. Located around the corner from the Saucer at 902 F Gervais Street, WOB has 70 taps of beer, along with 500 bottles that include Brewdog Hardcore IPA, Flying Dog Old Scratch and Oud Beersel Gueze. On tap, WOB has recently offered Evil Twin Xmas Eve At a New York Hotel Room, Victory Golden Monkey and Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro. Food service is limited, but the establishment has a relationship with restaurants in the area so that customers can order food for delivery to them to enjoy at WOB. WOB also has a license that permits the sale of beer “to go,” so you will be able to buy beer to take home. Live music, a comfortable setting and a staff that knows beer should round out the advantages of this new beer venue. Across Park Street from WOB is the Liberty Tap Room and Grill. Liberty has a total of 62 taps that include beers such as New
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Belgium Fat Tire, Chimay White, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Sweetwater 420, and the restaurant features four house beers—Liberty Light Lager, Liberty Rocket Red, Liberty Brown Ale and New South White Ale—that are made by an affiliated brewery in Myrtle Beach. Liberty has recently enclosed its patio, so the area now has a comfortable seating area in addition to the bar. Liberty is a great place to eat and to enjoy a pint or two. Nearby on Gervais Street is the Mellow Mushroom. The Mushroom has made a serious commitment to good beer and not only has 29 taps of excellent beer and over 200 bottles, but it makes delicious pizza as well. Some of its draft selections include Laughing Skull Amber Ale, Abita Purple Haze and Redhook Long Hammer IPA, and among others, the restaurant offers bottles of Lagunitas Maximus, Pilsner Urquell and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. Columbia’s only surviving brewpub is the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House located on South Main Street, which is not far from the action in the Vista. H-G brews excellent, but not particularly innovative, beers. It remains a great place to meet with friends to enjoy a pint of its Pale Ale, Wheat, ESB or Stout in an eclectic setting with an interesting variety of tasty food. The Harbison Area is a growing area for beer-centric establishments and is worth a beer-hunting trip. The British Bulldog Pub on Bower Parkway has 30 taps of English and craft beer, such as Fuller’s ESB, Old Speckled Hen and McSorley’s Irish Black Lager, along with an excellent selection of bottles in an atmosphere reminiscent of an English country pub. English-style pub grub is available to go along with plenty
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of soccer on televisions. In the same shopping area is the Tobacco Merchant. Primarily a cigar store, this shop has a few taps of excellent beer and an extensive bottle selection. This is a rare spot that allows you to enjoy a fine cigar with a good craft beer like Spaten Oktoberfest or Czechvar. Nearby on Columbiana Drive is the new Huller’s Black Forest German-American Restaurant. Hullers’ bar has four taps that serve Warsteiner Pilsner and Dunkel Dark, Spaten Munich Lager and Fraziskaner Hefe Weiss and over 30 different bottles of the best German beers to enjoy with its German food specialties. Some of its bottle selection includes Bitburger Pilsner, Maisel Kristall-Klar and Paulaner Salvator. Across the street is Carolina Ale House. This location is the most popular spot in the Harbison area for craft beer and great food. It has 30 taps, such as Red Oak Battlefield Bock and Red Hook Nitro Porter, and it also carries an ample supply of bottles like Red Stripe and Saranac Pale Ale. The final stop on this tour of Columbia’s beer scene ends in nearby Lexington. This community finally has an outpost for good beer. The new Mellow Mushroom location on Sunset Street is the area’s first and only spot with an extensive beer portfolio. The bar has 30 taps of craft beer, such as Rogue Dead Guy, Victory Hop Wallop and Hobgoblin Brown Ale, and it has one of the finest bottle selections around that includes a nice array of Belgian-style ales like Duvel, Kasteel Rouge, St Martin Tripel and Pauwel Kwak. Cheers! —Gerald Jowers
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A-B World Beer Festival Brewery Listing 48 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs, LA www.abita.com n Purple Haze - American Wheat Beer - A crisp, American-style wheat beer with raspberry purée added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste. n Turbodog - American Brown Ale - A dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate toffee-like flavor. Turbodog began as a specialty ale but has gained a loyal following and become one of Abita’s flagship brews. n Restoration - American Pale Ale - Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma. n Abita 25th Anniversary Double Dog - Vanilla Porter Turbodog is the inspiration for this robust dark ale. It is brewed with generous amounts of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. Whole natural vanilla beans are added during the aging process. This combination provides a rich body and color with chocolate, vanilla and toffee-like flavor.
16 Allagash Brewing Co. Portland, ME www.allagash.com n White - Witbier - Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and a special blend of spices, this beer is light and slightly cloudy in appearance with a spicy aroma. n Tripel - Belgian Tripel - This golden-hued ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with subtle suggestions of banana and honey surfacing from its deep and complex palate.
n Black - Belgian Dark Strong Ale - A Belgian-style stout brewed with German two-row barley, torrified wheat and oats, balanced by a large addition of Belgian dark candi to give a full and silky mouthfeel. Roasted malts give this stout its classic chocolate, toast and malty taste which contribute to chocolate notes and a hint of roasted coffee in the aroma. 39 Anheuser-Busch St. Louis, MO www.budweiser.com n Bud Light Platinum - Light American Lager - With a slightly sweeter taste, higher alcohol by volume (6%) and signature cobalt blue glass bottle, Bud Light Platinum provides beer drinkers an upscale light beer option as a companion to their social agenda. n Shock Top Raspberry Witbier - This traditional Belgian-Style wheat ale is brewed with wild raspberry essence and hand-selected hops which gives the brew a crisp and distinctive taste with a flavorful twist. This unfiltered ale has a light golden color and a smooth, refreshing finish that makes it the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment.
4 Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO www.averybrewing.com n White Rascal - Witbier - An authentic Belgian-style wheat or “white” ale, Rascal is unfiltered and spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel, producing a refreshingly fruity thirst quencher. n Ellie’s Brown - American Brown Ale - This deep russet brew has the sweet and somewhat nutty character of Adam Avery’s late (1992-2002) chocolate lab, for which it is named. Crystal and chocolate malts give this beer a brown sugar maltiness, with hints of vanilla and nuts, and subtle hopping. n Hog Heaven - American Barleywine - This garnet-colored American-style barley wine is for hop lover. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. Cellarable for three years.
47 Banks Brewery St. Michael, Barbados www.banksbeer.com n Banks - American Adjunct Lager - Banks is brewed from a pure classic blend of 2-row British and Australian malted barleys deliciously flavored by Yakima Clusters and the noble Styrian Goldings aroma hops. It is however Barbados’ water, naturally filtered through limestone rock, along with our own special strain of yeast, which give Banks Beer its unique Bajan character and distinctive quality.
17 Bavik Brouwerij Bavikhove, Belgium www.bavik.be n Wittekerke - Witbier - The body is light but smooth. The flavors are rounded, with much subtlety and complexity. At first it seems spicy dry, but there is also a light, underlying creamy sweetness.
31 Black Sheep Brewery Masham, England www.blacksheepbrewery.com n Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale - English Pale Ale - Distinctive English ale flavor with plenty of fruity hops and 4.7% ABV. Specially commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
49 Blue Moon Brewing Co. Golden, CO bluemoonbrewingcompany.com n Blue Moon - Witbier - A refreshing, medium-bodied, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale spiced with fresh coriander and orange peel for a uniquely complex taste and an uncommonly smooth finish. n Spring Blonde Wheat Ale Witbier - A light-bodied ale crafted with lemon, orange peel and white wheat.
30 Bosteels Brewery Buggenhout, Belgium www.bosteels.dk n Triple Karmiliet - Belgian Tripel - Brewed with oats, barley and wheat, Tripel Karmeliet has soft,
full, rich grain character with hints of banana, vanilla and a slight, pleasing bubble-gum aroma. A restrained hop bitterness offers perfect balance and a gentle counterpart to its substantial maltiness.
50 Boston Beer Co. Boston, MA www.bostonbeer.com n Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Lager - Brewed by traditional methods with only the finest ingredients, including Bavarian noble hops, Boston Lager is fullflavored and balanced. The malty sweetness, contrasted by hop spiciness and followed by the robust, smooth finish, sets the standard for all the Samuel Adams beers. n Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Munich Helles - An unfiltered lager with bright floral, citrus notes. It is both satisfying and refreshing, making it the perfect beer for spring. n Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat - Witbier - A distinct cherry tartness with a touch of sweet honey and a generous portion of wheat malt produces a refreshing ale with a crisp and fruity finish. n Samuel Adams Latitude 48 - India Pale Ale (IPA) - A unique IPA with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude ( the”hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere). The beer is dry-hopped with Ahtanum, Simcoe, and East Kent Goldings hops for a powerful citrus and earthy aroma. The hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend. n Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat - Weizen - The citrus from the lemons balances the character of the malt blend, resulting in a crisp and refreshing wheat beer with a subtle lemon aroma and flavor. n Samuel Adams Irish Red - Irish Red Ale - Pale and caramel malts give the beer its distinctive caramel flavor that is balanced by pronounced hop bitterness. The beer finishes with a smooth, earthy note from the hops.
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World Beer Festival Brewery Listing B n Samuel Adams Imperial White - malternative - Fifty percent more malted wheat and barley give this witbier a bigger body and mouthfeel. It also showcases a bouquet of flavors from the spices, yeast and alcohol including dry fruits, exotic spices and floral blossoms. n Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Stout - Coffee, smoky chocolate and licorice notes in the aroma and flavor. The earthy aroma and pleasant bitterness from the UK hops balance the malt. 24 BottleTree Beer Co. Tryon, NC www.bottletree.net n Belgian Blonde - Belgian Specialty Ale - Carapils malt with wheat, all noble hops, finishes dry. This beer has been described as a pilsner meets a blonde without losing any Belgian character. 6% ABV
51 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, NY www.brooklynbrewery.com n East India Pale Ale - India Pale Ale (IPA) - Inspired by the original East India pale ales brewed in England in the early 1800s for the troops in India. n Brooklyn Lager - Light American Lager - A classic lager that is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by dryhopping. n Brooklyn Blast - Imperial IPA - Bright citrusy American hops bring the noise and earthy English hops build the foundation of a hop monster brandishing five pounds of hops per barrel with considerable finesse. The malts bring solidity, balance and beautiful flavors to a golden beer that’s ludicrously hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling.
31 Brouwerij Roman N.V. Mater-Oudenaarde, Belgium n Rinche Cochon - Belgian Ale - The Rince Cochon brand was origi-
nally brewed by Annoeullin at 6.4%. Huyghe did brew a 8.5% unfiltered version in a 75cl bottle - it is uncertain if they still do so. The Haacht brewery currently makes a 8.5% filtered version.
57 Charleston Brewing Co. Charleston, SC www.charlestonbrewing.com n East Bay IPA - American IPA Using 100 percent U.S.-grown hops, a complex variety of imported and domestic malts, and a unique British yeast, the result is a well-balanced India pale ale. One that exemplifies the classic style, yet brings with it the flavors and aromas of American hop innovations, without forgetting the barley. n Half Moon Hefe Weizen Weizen/Weissbier - Hefe (yeast) Weizen (wheat) is an unfiltered wheat beer of Bavarian origin. It is full-bodied, slightly sweet and unusually refreshing, with hints of banana-like fruitiness and clove-like spiciness. The taste is distinguished from its Belgian wheat beer cousin by the type of hops and yeast used. n Lagerhead Lager - Premium American Lager - This crisp golden lager was hand-crafted according to the German Purity Law of 1516, and brewed with only malted barley, imported German hops, pure water and a select Munich yeast strain. No additives or preservatives.
53 Chimay Trappist Brewery Scourmont, Belgium www.chimay.be n Première (Red) - Belgian Dubbel - Chimay Premiere is the original beer brewed by the Trappist monks of Chimay. Coppery brown, topped with a creamy head, it gives off a light apricot and dark fruit aroma produced by the fermentation. Silky mouthfeel, lightly fruity flavors; it is refreshing with a light touch of bitterness and a dry finish. n Tripel or Cinq Cents (White) - Belgian Tripel - Golden color, a slightly hazy appearance and a fine head. The aroma is a combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beers flavor offers fruity notes of muscat and
raisins, and sharp hops. n Quadruple (Blue) - Belgian Dark Strong Ale - Chimay Grand Réserve was first launched as a Christmas beer. This strong-character beer has a fragrance of fresh yeast and a pleasantly light, flowery, rosy aroma. Flavors of dark fruit, plums and port, with a dry finish.
1 Coast Brewing Co. Charleston, SC www.coastbrewing.com n HopArt IPA - American IPA Organic IPA that walks a fine line of sweet malt and assertive hop character. Brewed with two-row, Munich and Caramel 20 malts; Nugget, Amarillo and Cascade hops. n 32/50 Kolsch - Kölsch - A Kölsch-style ale that is soft on the palate with a delicate malt flavor, balanced with a touch of wheat and honey notes. Dry and wine-like with a flowery hop finish. Brewed with pilsner, Vienna, wheat, Carahelle and Carapils malts plus Tradition and Halletauer hops. n Single Hop Cascade Pale Ale - American Pale Ale - A classic American pale with Munich, wheat and rye malts added for a smooth body and a bit of spiciness. Only Cascade hops were used throughout, from the boil to dry-hopping. Highly hopped!
52 Crispin Cider Co. Colfax, CA n Crispin Cider - Cider - Crispin Super Premium Hard Apple Cider is naturally fermented using fresh pressed apple-juice, not apple-juice concentrate, from a premium blend of US West Coast apples, with no added malt, grape-wine or spirit alcohol. The Crispin crisp flavor is smoothed with pure apple juice, with no sugar, colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives added and cold filtered for crisp refreshment. n The Saint - Cider - Prepare to be converted. The Saint is a uniquely debonair and elegant cider - a cider to convert skeptics. Naturally fermented using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, and fermented
with Belgian Trappist beer yeasts, The Saint boasts a sweet floral bouquet that develops a yeasty, herbal complexity. n Honey Crisp - Cider - Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve™ is a small batch, hand crafted, superpremium hard apple cider smoothed with real organic honey for a rich, creamy, full-bodied crisp taste. Smooth over ice.
76 Dos Equis Monterrey, Mexico www.dosxx.com n Dos Equis Lager - Light Lager - Dos Equis Lager is fresh crisp and golden, more like a traditional pilsner than a light lager.
18 Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Farmville, NC www.duckrabbitbrewery.com n Milk Stout - Sweet Stout - The top-selling beer all year long at the brewery, this is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). This beer won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup and was named best of show at the 2010 Carolina Championships of Beer. n Amber Ale - American Amber Ale - Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale has a round, soft flavor profile dominated by layers of caramel malts.
31 Dupont Brewery Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium www.brasserie-dupont.com n Redor Pils - Pilsner Considered by many the finest traditional Belgian Pils brewed in Belgium today, Redor Pils is made from 100 percent barley malt, Styrian and Golding hops, proprietary Dupont yeast, pure well water, untreated with added salts or minerals, lagered for minimum 2 months. 5% ABV. n Avec Les Bon Vouex - Saison - “Les Bons Voeux” means best wishes, which is what Brasserie Dupont sends with this very special saison ale brewed only for the holidays. Redolently aromatic, rich and velvety, this is an ale to toast the season and welcome in the New Year!
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C-D World Beer Festival Brewery Listing 77 Foster’s Southbank, Australia www.fostersbeer.com n Foster’s Lager - Light Lager - Pride of Ringwood hops grown in Australia are added at the end of the brewing process to preserve their freshness. These hops and an exclusive original Foster’s yeast provide a bold and refreshing flavor.
55 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River, OR www.fullsailbrewing.com n Session Premium Lager Light American Lager - Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and has a touch of that import-style taste. n Session Black Lager Schwarzbier (Black beer) - With just a hint of roasty chocolate character, Session Black is short, dark, and totally drinkable. n IPA - India Pale Ale (IPA) - Full Sail IPA has a full, malty body and there’s even a hint of fresh citrus to it. Perfect after your favorite water sport. n Pale Ae - American Pale Ale Full Sail Pale Ale has a fresh, hoppy aroma that comes from two (top secret) Northwest hop varieties, while two-row Pale and Crystal malt give it a mild sweetness that finishes clean and crisp. n Amber - American Amber - This Amber is a sweet, malty, mediumbodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It’s brewed with 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and hopped with Mt. Hoods and Cascades.
75 Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. Rochester, NY www.geneseebeer.com n Honey Brown - American Amber - Dundee Brewing Company has been brewing Honey Brown the same way since capping the first bottle in 1994. In that time, Honey Brown has filled the brewery trophy room with a small army of awards,
including a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup, the Olympics of beer competition.
12 Guinness Dublin, Ireland www.guinness.com n Smithwicks - Irish Red Ale Smithwick’s is a clear brew with a rich ruby color and creamy head. The clean, delicate aroma is highlighted with fruit, floral and malty notes. The taste is refreshing and clean, with a gentle balance of bitterness from the hops added early in the boil; sweet, malty notes from the ale malt; and notes of roast/coffee from the roasted barley. n Harp Lager - Light Lager - Harp has a sparkling, golden color with a crisp flavor enriched by its pleasing aroma. Unlike other beers that use rice and corn fillers, Harp contains only malted barley. Harp contains Saaz and Hallertau hops from Germany and the Czech Republic and uses lager yeast from Bavaria. n Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Irish Dry Stout - Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is brewed at a higher hop rate than Guinness Draught, It has a deep brown appearance, 7.5% ABV and possesses strong, roasted aromas followed by a unique bittersweet taste. Guinness FES is carbonated, unlike the nitrogenated Guinness Draught, and makes up 45 percent of Guinness sales globally.
11 Harpoon Brewery Boston, MA www.harpoonbrewery.com n IPA - American IPA - In the tradition of IPAs, this copper-colored ale is floral, medium-bodied, with a distinct hop finish. n UFO White - American Wheat or Rye Beer - Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices. n Celtic Ale - Irish Red Ale Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color. The flavor is malty and complex. Celtic Ale has a moderate
hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium-bodied, smooth, rich beer. Try serving it with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors.
70 Heineken Brewery Amsterdam, Netherlands www.heineken.com n Heineken - Light Lager Heineken is a 5% ABV pale lager. n Heineken Light - Light Lager - A light beer with 99 calories per 12 ounce bottle and 6.8 grams of carbohydrates. The beer has fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates and less alcohol than lager beers such as the Heineken Pilsener. The beer has 3.2% ABV.
65 Highland Brewing Co. Asheville, NC www.highlandbrewing.com n Gaelic Ale - American Amber
ale is a more robust version of an American-style pale ale but brewed with an international blend of malts including British Maris Otter pale malt and specialty malts, Belgian aromatic as well as Crystal 60. The hop varietals includes American Amarillo and British East Kent Golding for flavor and aroma. 7.3% ABV. n Belgian Style Red Ale Belgian Style Red Ale - A wonderful 6% ABV red ale with toasted and caramel notes. The hops used include Czech Saaz and Hallertau. Hints of tropical and fruit flavors come through with the addition of Trappist yeast.
42 Kona Brewery Kailua-Kona, HI www.konabrewingco.com n Koko Brown - American Brown Ale - Koko Brown’s nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut blended into each brew. Kona Brewing was started by father-andson team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality.
Ale - A deep amber-colored ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness. n Oatmeal Porter - Porter - A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character. n Kashmir IPA - India Pale Ale - A brilliant, dry pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.
Belgian Dubbel - An authentic Trappist beer with a deep red-brown color. The use of caramel malt gives a soft, aromatic, caramel-like character. A little bit sweet, with a fresh aftertaste.
41 Hoegaarden Brewery Hoegaarden, Belgium www.hoegaarden.org.uk n Hoegaarden Original White
62 Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA www.lagunitas.com n IPA - American IPA - A well-bal-
Ale - Witbier - The original surviving Belgian witbier. A delicious and refreshing taste, naturally cloudy and brewed using a unique recipe of wheat, malted barley and a subtle hint of coriander and orange peel.
33 Kind Beers Charlotte, NC www.kindbeers.com n Pale Ale - Strong Pale Ale - This
31 Koningshoeven Brouwerij Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands www.latrappe.nl n La Trappe Quadruppel -
anced IPA with huge hop character and enough malty richness to keep things insane and drinkable. n Little Sumpin Wild - Belgian Ale - Loads of malted wheat for a curious malt foundation and a light color, Our Belgian yeast leaves a huge flavor and complexity.7.8% ABV.
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73 Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Chippewa Falls, WI www.leinie.com n Sunset Wheat - Witbier Brewed with select wheat and pale malt, Cluster hops and natural coriander, for a soothing taste.
5 Lightning Brewery Poway, CA www.lightningbrewery.com n Thunderweizen - Hefeweizen - The Thunderweizen is brewed in the style of a traditional German Hefeweizen: lots of wheat, vigorous fermentation, and completely unfiltered for a full, refreshing flavor that perfectly compliments San Diego’s perpetual good weather. Despite the hints of banana, citrus, clove, and other spices, we do not add additives to our beer - that impressive flavor is naturally produced. n American Amber Ale - English Extra Special Bitter - This is our take on the English Extra Special Bitter. This recipe has been brewed largely unchanged for upwards of 25 years while our head brewer was still in graduate school. Our version is hoppier, more malty, and has a higher ABV than its British cousin, but retains a surprising balance and drinkability. A tall cream-colored head tops off this gorgeous dark amber beer. n Sauerstorm Ale - Berliner Weisse - The German Berliner Weisse styled sour is tart with some banana notes. This unfiltered sour fades to a touch of malt. n Black Lightning Porter - Imperial Baltic Porter - This gorgeous Baltic Porter has a thick, creamy, toffee-colored head that
greets you with roasted coffee and notes of noble hops. Made from a blend of nine different varieties of grain, this full-bodied porter has a deep, dark chocolate character. A strong, malty backbone is balanced by a healthy dose of European and American hop bitterness. The Black Lightning Porter ages incredibly well, increasing in smoothness, creaminess and chocolate character over time.
20 Lion Brewery Ceylon Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka www.lionbeer.com n Lion Stout - Stout - A bottle conditioned beer brewed from British, Czech and Danish malts with Styrian hops and an English yeast strain. All the ingredients are transported along precarious roads to the brewery located 3,500 feet above sea level. 8.0% ABV.
46 Magic Hat Brewing Co. South Burlington, VT www.magichat.net n #9 - Fruit Beer - A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it. n Demo IPA - American IPA Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different IPA.
30 McAuslan Brewery Montréal, Québec www.mcauslan.com n St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat - Fruit Beer - Apricot Wheat Ale blends various barley malts with malted wheat and natural Apricot essence to create an original-tasting beer with a clean, fruit nose.
74 McSorley’s Brewery Willkes Barre, PA www.mcsorleysnewyork.com
goes through the cold-filtered brewing process that Miller Genuine Draft undergoes, giving it a crisp taste with just 64 calories and 2.4 carbs. n Miller Chill - American Adjunct Lager - Miller Chill, light beer with natural flavors. Chelada style. Inspired by a Mexican Recipe with lime and salt.
bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. American favorites, Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale. Dig in! n Ranger IPA - American IPA Here it finally is: New Belgium’s foray into the true American India pale ales, named for the Beer Rangers who present our beers in the field. This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish.
6 Napa Smith Brewery Napa, CA www.napasmithbrewery.com n Organic IPA - India Pale Ale
64 New South Brewing Co. Myrtle Beach, SC www.newsouthbrewing.com n White Ale - Witbier - An
n McSorley’s - Scottish Irish Ale - A classic ale craft-brewed in the tradition of Olde New York. 72 Miller Brewing Co. Milwaukee, WI www.millerbrewing.com n MGD 64 - Light Lager - MGD 64
(IPA) - The aroma of our Organic IPA can be described as floral, and even earthy from the use of Palisade, Tettnang and Smaragd hops. This Organic IPA contains a nice malt backbone that supports the generous amount of hops, and finishes with a bitterness and soft citrus character that discerning IPA drinkers will enjoy.
79 New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins, CO www.newbelgium.com n Fat Tire Amber Ale American Amber Ale - Named in honor of our founder Jeff’s bike trip through Belgium, where he discovered that Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Upon his return, he created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, assuming Abbey would be his big gun. Fat Tire’s appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. n Dig - American Pale Ale - Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with
American interpretation of a classic Belgian wheat ale or “witbier.” Light and refreshing, brewed with just a hint of a orange zest and coriander. n Nut Brown Ale - American Brown Ale - Beautiful mahogany color. A traditionally mellow English hop character, in a very drinkable brown ale, with pleasant hints of chocolate and caramel in the finish. n Dark Star Porter - Robust Porter - A robust porter brewed for the winter months. n Dry Hopped Lager - American Premium Lager - New South’s American Premium Lager dry hopped to the max. Try and guess what hop they used.
58 Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO www.oskarblues.com n Dale’s Pale Ale - American Pale Ale - America’s first handcanned craft beer delivers a hoppy nose and assertive but balanced flavors of pale malts and hops from start to finish. First canned in 2002, DPA is a critically acclaimed trailblazer that has changed the way craft beer fiends perceive canned beer. n Mama’s Little Yella Pils Classic American Pilsner - Oskar
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H-M World Beer Festival Brewery Listing Blues’ newest beer is a small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic famous. Brewed with 100 percent pale malt, German specialty malts and Bavarian hops. Gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (5.3%) make it a flavorful but low-dose refresher.
74 Pabst Brewing Co. San Antonio, TX www.pabst.com n Pabst Blue Ribbon - Premium American Lager - This classic premium lager brew is hand crafted with a hefty infusion of six-row barley, plus a unique combination of Pacific domestic and imported Yugoslavian hops. Aged at high gravity, PBR is then cleared and finished to the smooth, robust likeness of a fine pilsner.
21 Palmetto Brewing Co. Charleston, SC www.palmettobrewingco.com n Espresso Porter - Porter Light bodied porter fermented with a cold brewed espresso from our neighbors, the Charleston Coffee Roasters. Great coffee notes with a bright acidity make this porter surprisingly refreshing. n Aftershock - Light Lager - This copper lager is warm fermented and dry hopped with 2 hops to provide a light bodied beer with earthy esthers and a spicy crisp finish.
77 Peroni Brewery Rome, Italy www.peroni.it n Peroni - European Pale Lager Peroni has 4.7% ABV, and is made with barley malt, corn grits, hop pellets and hop extract. By the 1950s and 1960s, Peroni had become the brand of beer most recognized throughout the Italian peninsula.
77 Pizensky Prazdroj Plzen, Czech Republic www.pilsnerurquell.com n Pilsner Urquell - Pilsner - A pure pilsner from Pilsen, slightly sweet, somewhat malty, with tart citrus flavors and warm caramel bitterness and full body.
63 R.J. Rockers Brewing Co. Spartanburg, SC www.rjrockers.com n Patriot Pale Ale - American
26 Sapporo Tokyo, Japan www.sapporousa.com n Sapporo - Light Lager - With
44 Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood, NY www.southerntierbrewing.com n Euro Trash Pilz - Pilsner - This
Pale Ale - This American pale ale is aggressively hopped with Challenger and Cascade and has a sweet caramel finish. n Bald Eagle Brown Ale American Brown Ale - A traditional English-style brown ale, but with more body. Its deep brown color comes from a combination of chocolate and black malts. Dark and smooth. n Bell Ringer Ale - American Strong Ale - Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5 percent ABV and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. n First Snow Ale - Winter Warmer - This hearty American Pale Ale contains a rich blend of spices that warms the soul on a cold winters night. Available only during the winter season.
lush use of aroma hops, Sapporo Premium has an amazingly crisp taste, refreshing flavor, and refined bitterness to leave a clean finish. Whether in our iconic “Silver Can” that is long loved by our American fans, in bottles, or on tap, Sapporo Premium can be enjoyed on any occasion.
beer may have a cheeky name, but don’t be fooled; it is modeled after fine European pilsners to be light and crisp. Aromatic Noble hop varieties, 2-row malted barley and European style pilsner malt contribute to this pale beer’s smooth character. n 2xipa - Imperial IPA - Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India Pale Ale. Our double IPA is a hop lovers dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish. n 2XStout - Imperial Stout - Milk stout, also called ‘cream’ or ‘sweet’ stout, is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer.
61 Rogue Ales Newport, OR www.rogue.com n Mogul Madness - Black IPA - A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color, and festive in taste. Debuting in November 2009, in honor of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Brewed with 2-Row, Munich, C-120, C-150, Kilncoffee and Carofa’s Special 2 malts. n Yellow Snow IPA - American IPA - Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet. Finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness. n Chatoe OREgasmic American Pale Ale - Orange-amber in color, malty aroma, spicy fruity hop flavor with solid malt background with a lingering finish. Brewed using 100 percent OREGON Ingredients. Micro Barley Farm first growth Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Willamette, Sterling, and First Growth Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.
25 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA www.sierranevada.com n Pale Ale - American Pale Ale The classic example of the American pale ale style. It has a deep amber color and a full-bodied, complex character. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor are the results of generous use of the best whole-cone Cascade hops. n Ruthless Rye - Specialty Beer Ruthless IPA is brewed with this rustic grain for refined flavors – combining the peppery spice of rye and the bright citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops to create a complex ale for the tumultuous transition to spring. n Ovila Quad - Quadrupel - A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the centuriesold monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with layers of flavor including notes of intense dark fruits, and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and complex, this ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season. n Celebration - India Pale Ale (IPA) - Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.
9 Spaten Braü Munich, Germany www.spatenusa.com n Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Weizen/Weissbier - A top fermentation beer noted for its agreeable level of carbonation, zesty wheat flavor and naturally occurring cloudiness. It is brewed from wheat malt, barley malt, hops and water according to a time-honored Bavarian recipe and in strict adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. n Franziskaner Dunkel-Weisse - Dunkelweizen - This dark, cloudy specialty is a special treat for weiss beer connoisseurs and bock beer aficionados. n Spaten Munich Dunkel Munich Dunkel - Amber in color. This medium-bodied beer balances the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.
7 Spoetzl Brewery San Antonio, TX www.shiner.com n Shiner Bock - Bock - Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a
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World Beer Festival Brewery Listing M-N craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “Old Country” could bring tolife. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers n Shiner Dortmunder Dortmunder - Shiner Dortmunder has a smooth, well-rounded flavor – the perfect fit for any springtime activity. Because of the unique nature of the style, Shiner Dortmunder is sure to satisfy the palate of a diverse crowd.
30 St. Sylvestre Saint Sylvestre Cappel, France brasserie-st-sylvestre.com n 3 Monts - Bière de Garde - A traditionally brewed beer with roasted malts and finest hops. Darker than Gavroche, this beer is dense and sweet, with a developed malt aroma.
41 Stella Artois BreweryLeuven, Belgium www.stella-artois.com n Stella Artios - Bohemian Pilsner - Stella Artois is renowned as a quality beer brewed for an average of 6-11 days longer than most other beers using the finest quality hops and barley including Bohemian Saaz hops that give Stella its distinctive full flavor.
60 Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta, GA www.sweetwaterbrew.com n 420 Extra Pale Ale - American Pale Ale - A West Coast-style pale ale with a good hop feel that finishes with a nice clean crisp taste. n Blue - Fruit Beer - A lighter-style pale ale with a hint of fresh blueberry. n IPA - India Pale Ale (IPA) - A mammoth IPA that is defined by generous quantities of premium hops. An extensive dry-hopping process contributes to its intense flowery hop character, with an underlay of grapefruit.
n Happy Ending - Imperial Stout - Silver medal winner ‘08 World Beer Cup-this huge imperial stout is a full-figured beer with an explosive finish. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It weighs in at a little over 9% ABV. n Exodus Porter - Porter - This is a classic American Porter, poured on tap it has a good head that stays and leaves a nice lace. It is defined by its chocolate malt, medium body, and smooth mouthfeel. Balanced by the Golding and Columbus hops on the finish is a hint of bitterness. Don’t be afraid of the dark. 69 Terrapin Beer Co. Athens, GA www.terrapinbeer.com n Rye Pale Ale - American Pale Ale - A hoppy beer with a smooth clean finish. Made with 10 percent rye and five different hops. n Moo - Sweet Stout - The Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout proudly uses cocoa nibs and shells from Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company to give this beer its chocolately great taste n Hopsecutioner - American IPA - The brewery’s newest year-round beer, a super hoppy India pale ale.
68 Thomas Creek BreweryGreenville, SC www.thomascreekbeer.com n Appalachian Amber Ale American Amber Ale - A full-bodied, crisp and refreshing American-style amber ale with a malty flavor, rich caramel color, smoky notes and a smooth aromatic finish. n Class Five IPA - American IPA - A citrusy and crisp, fully-hopped India Pale Ale brewed for a true hop head with hop varietals ranging from Magnum and Cascade to a dry- hopping with Willamette and Centennial. n Deep Water Dopplebock - Doppelbock - A full-bodied, German-style dark lager with a rich creamy flavor, roasted nut tones and an easy finish with notes of coffee and toasty chocolate. n Dockside Pilsner - Pilsner - A
light bodied, golden German-style pilsner with a very light, clean finish and just enough hop complexity to keep its microbrewed integrity. n Stillwater Vanilla Cream Ale - American Ale - Light-bodied and golden in color, this American style cream ale is highly refreshing and has undertones of pure vanilla essence from Tahitian and Madagascar bourbon vanilla.
67 Unibroue Brewery Quebec, Canada www.unibroue.com n La Fin Du Monde - Belgian Tripel - A brilliant golden color with vigorously effervescent foam. It is mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish. n Maudite - Belgian Dark Strong Ale - Maudite has a deep amber-red color with a rocky foam head and an appealing aroma of wild spices and floral hop notes. It is spicy, vinous and deliciously complex with a crisp hop finish. n Éphémère - Fruit Beer - This wheat beer has an alluring, pale golden color, effervescent foam, and a bouquet of Granny Smith apples and spices. It is slightly sweet, slightly tart and refreshingly thirstquenching. n Trois Pistoles - Belgian Dark Strong Ale - A dark brown color topped with a rich foam mousse. Its slightly sweet taste is enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.
17 Van Steenberge, Ertvelde, Belgium www.vansteenberge.com n Gulden Draak - Belgian Strong Ale - Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. n Piraat - Belgian Strong Ale Piraat is a wickedly rich and round-
ed brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits. n Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale - Sour Ale - Young and old beers are blended to make this mildly tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish.
45 Vermont Hard Cider Co. LLC Middlebury, VT www.woodchuck.com n Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber - Cider - Amber was the first cider produced under the Woodchuck name in 1991. It is a blend of Red Delicious and Macintosh apples fermented with champagne yeast to produce a great tasting and refreshing product. It has a golden hue, medium sweetness with a crisp sparkling finish and is 5% ABV. n Woodchuck Hard Cider Crisp - Cider - A session Cider that’s cool, refreshing and crafted to be delicate in body and perfected with a delicious, crisp apple taste. n Woodchuck Hard Cider Limited Release Winter - Cider Aged with a culmination of premium French and traditional American Oak and finishing with a touch of vanilla. n Strongbow English Cider - English Cider - A crisp, premium imported cider from the UK that delivers maximum refreshment in an authentic, traditional recipe. Light, medium body with a dry finish.
23 Warsteiner Brauerei Warstein, Germany www.warsteiner.de n Premium - German Pilsner (Pils) - A slightly pale German-style pilsner with a clean, crisp, refreshing taste. n Dunkel - Munich Dunkel Lager - A medium-bodied German dark lager with a deep chestnut brown hue, toasty malt and mocha aromas. n König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) Hefeweizen - Royal Bavarian is a
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N-P World Beer Festival Brewery Listing golden hefeweizen style beer. It is brewed with natural yeast and Bavarian ingredients, and has and ABV of 5.5 percent.
19 Weihenstephaner Brauerei Weihenstephan, Germany brauerei-weihenstephan.de n Hefeweissbier - Weizen - A naturally cloudy wheat beer with a wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste.
13 Westbrook Brewing Mt. Pleasant, SC www.westbrookbrewing.com n White Thai - Witbier - This beer, inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, is a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style. Instead of
the traditional coriander and orange peel spicing regimen, we add fresh lemongrass, ginger root and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a wonderfully refreshing ale with notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger. n Vanilla Tree - Dubbel - Vanilla Tree is a Belgian-style dubbel brewed with a variety of dark crystal malts and dark Belgian candi syrup. After fermentation, the beer is aged on whole vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. The result is a wonderfully smooth, malty ale with notes of dark fruit, spice, and (naturally) vanilla and oak! n IPA - American IPA - A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into
this highly drinkable IPA. A blend of four American hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and twice in the fermenter for a complex and layered hop experience.
43 Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Portland, OR www.widmer.com n Seasonal - Seasonal - Got the holiday blues? Out of ideas as to what to get that special someone? Don’t worry, Kurt and Rob Widmer have the answer – give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! Widmer’s hard working brewmasters have handcrafted this year’s edition special for the holiday season. n Rotator IPA - American IPA - An IPA with peppery and spicy aroma and flavor. n Pitch Black IPA - Black IPA - A pinch of black malt and a splash of roasted barley break this IPA apart from tradition, Cascadian Dark.
28 Windy Hill Orchard York, SC www.windyhillorchard.com n Ginger Gold - Cider - Ginger Gold is our flagship cider that we have produced since 1996. Our take on a traditional English Style Draught Cider, Ginger Gold provides a refreshing effervescent ginger snap and is best enjoyed by itself, on the rocks, or layered with your favorite beer. Bronze Medal Winner in the 2011 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition n Strawberry Pippin - Cider Strawberry Pippin is our dry cider that we introduced in 2010. Using natural strawberry essences to attain slight fruity undertones, Strawberry Pippin is the definition of dry and, like a French Cider or a dry chardonnay, is best sipped slowly to allow the natural tartness to come through. Bronze Medal Winner in the 2011 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition. Limited Availability. n Rusty Gold - Cider - Just released in December of 2011, Rusty Gold is a spiced Hard Cider that we infuse with a special blend of
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spices that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, cloves, and star anise. Perfect for the Holidays! n Gala Peach Tea Cider - Cider - Gala Peach is our sweet cider that was released in April of 2011. A salute to the peach industry in the southeast, Gala Peach is best described as Refreshing! Although not a traditional style cider, we are sure you will enjoy this cider by itself or on the rocks. Silver Medal Winner in the 2011 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.
30 Wychwood Brewery Witney, England www.wychwood.co.uk n Hobgoblin - English Ale Powerful, full-bodied copper red, well-balanced brew. Strong in roasted malt with a moderate hoppy bitterness and slight fruity character that lasts through to the end.
66 Yuengling Pottsville, PA www.yuengling.com n Lager - American Amber Ale - A rich amber color and mediumbodied flavor. Brewed with roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and a combination of Cluster and Cascade hops, this true original promises a well-balanced taste with distinct character. n Light Lager - Light Lager Skillfully paired caramel malt flavor and mild hop character create a beautifully rich-colored beer with deep amber highlights that finishes smooth and clean, with only 99 calories. n Porter - Porter - The porter calls for a generous portion of caramel and dark roasted malts, which deliver a rich, full bodied flavor and creamy taste with slight tones of chocolate. n Chesterfield Ale - American Pale Ale - Brewed with select hops, its distinct robust flavor combines sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness. The bright gold color is complemented by a lightly laced foam head and fragrant zesty aroma.
FESTIVAL MUSIC We are excited to present the following line-up for 2012! Our bands are all local/regional standouts, fine musicians, and they will provide just the right energy and entertainment to complete your World Beer Festival experience. So in addition to discovering great beers, these are bands you’ll want to follow, too. MAIN STAGE—Exhibit hall, Lower level: Dixie Dynamite 12:00pm – 2:00pm Dixie Dynamite is an Old-School Country/Honky Tonk band from Columbia, SC. They don’t try one bit to fit in with the overly produced, pop-oriented Nashville sound. Instead, they bring a more raw form that is influenced by a little bit of rock & roll, and a whole lot of country. Brian Conner and His Amazing Friends 2:00pm – 4:00pm Brian Conner and his soulful, funky, countrified, rockin, Amazing Friends create an unusual blend of danceable jams, hard driving rock songs, and expressive ballads. Devils In Disguise 6:00pm – 8:00pm Cosmic Americana at its finest!!! While both their name and their history as a Gram Parsons cover band suggest a level of sonic indebtedness to the founder of Cosmic American Music, these local stalwarts are definitely not slouching either. Their original material has the fire of altcountry acts like The Backsliders or Alejandro Escovedo. D.J. Able One 8:00pm – 10:00pm Walking musical encyclopedia DJ Able One brings his own style of samples, cuts, and beats to popular jams.
VIP Lounge—Upper level Session 1, 12:00 noon – 4:00 PM Session 2, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Jazz’Men Jazz Fusion Funk Jam Quartet
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ALL ABOUT BEER MAGAZINE TASTING TOURS Every hour on the hour, come to the All About Beer Magazine Presentation Area (near the the bottom of the escalator) to taste specially-selected beers and learn about them from our experts. 1:00 PM Beer 101 Daniel Bradford (Publisher, All About Beer Magazine) “Beer” used to be synonymous with a single style: pale international lager. Today, there are dozens of different styles on our shelves, interpreted by hundreds of brands. Don’t be confused! This presentation will introduce you to the diversity of beer and help you get the most out of the samples you try at the World Beer Festival. 2:00 PM Hops vs. Malts Rick Lyke (Drinks Journalist and Founder, Pints for Prostates) The major elements of a beer style present completly different sensory experiences. Come learn about the wide range of a well-rounded, balanced beer. From bright hops to meaty malt, these are the building blocks of beer flavor. 3:00 PM The Delicate Kölsch Michael Davis (Assistant Brewer, COAST Brewing Co.) Join Michael as he leads you through the rich history of Kölsch-style ales, explains how these crisp, clean beers are brewed and guides you through the defining characteristics of one of the most delicate and refreshing styles of beer. 7:00 PM Beer 101 Gerald Jowers (Beer Columnist, Columbia Free Times) “Beer” used to be synonymous with a single style: pale international lager. Today, there are dozens of different styles on our shelves, interpreted by hundreds of brands. Don’t be confused! This presentation will introduce you to the diversity of beer and help you get the most out of the samples you try at the World Beer Festival.
8:00 PM The Influence of Yeast Brad Petit (National BJCP Judge and Highest-Ranked BJCP Judge in South Carolina) Water, malt, hops and yeast are the foundational ingredients for almost all beers, and yet yeast often gets the least amount of attention. That’s changing as brewers start to flaunt the latest strains they have used in their beers. Join Brad as he decodes some of the most widely-used yeast and bacteria strains.
9:00 PM Hops vs. Malts Rick Lyke (Drinks Journalist and Founder, Pints for Prostates) The major elements of a beer style present completly different sensory experiences. Come learn about the wide range of a well-rounded, balanced beer. From bright hops to meaty malt, these are the building blocks of beer flavor.
W here can I buy all these great beers ? Check out these bars, restaurants and beer retailers to find some of the beers you have enjoyed at the festival. Retail Stores Columbia • Green’s Beverage Ware House 4012 Fernandina Rd. • Green’s Discount Beverages 400 Assembly St. • Morganelli’s Party Store 3155 Forest Dr. • The Tobacco Merchant 278 Harbison Blvd. • Total Wine and More 275-D Harbison Blvd. Elsewhere in SC • Green’s Discount Beverages 445 Congaree Rd., Greenville • Green’s Discount Beverages 2850 N. Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach • Sam’s Fine Wine and Spirits 5050 Sunset Blvd., Lexington
• The Charleston Beer Exchange 14 Exchange St., Charleston • Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse 3630 Festival Dr., Fort Mil • Grapevine 1012 Market Street, Fort Mill • Total Wine and More 1125 Woodruff Rd., Suite 300 Greenville • Total Wine and More 1820 Ashley River Rd. Charleston Bars and Restaurants Columbia • British Bulldog Pub 1220 Bower Parkway E-10 • Flying Saucer The Congaree Vista 931 Senate St. • Gervais and Vine The Congaree Vista 620-A Gervais St.
ONE DAY. ONE PLACE. THE WHOLE WORLD OF
BEER! All About Beer Magazine’s World Beer Festival—Raleigh, NC!
n 200+ World Class Beers n Educational seminars from the nation’s leading beer experts n The best in local cuisine n Local music & entertainment
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Moore Square Downtown Raleigh, NC www.allaboutbeer.com/wbf 34 World Beer Festival Columbia
• Delaney’s Music Pub and Eatery Five Points 741 Saluda Ave. • Village Idiot Five Points 209 Devine St. • Rosso 24840 Forest Dr. • Carolina Ale House The Congaree Vista 708 Lady St. • Carolina Ale House 277 Columbiana Dr. • Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale 900 Main St. • Jake’s Bar and Grill Five Points 2112 Devine St. • Publick House Five Points 2307 Devine St. • Cock & Bull Pub Grill 2910 Rosewood Dr. • Liberty Taproom & Grill 828 Gervais St. • Mellow Mushroom
1009 Gervais St • Thirsty Fellow 621 Gadsden St. • World of Beer - The Vista 902 Gervais St. Elsewhere in SC • Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria 25 West Washington, Greenville • Liberty Taproom & Grill 941 South Main St., Greenville • Farringdon Bistro Pub 214 North Cedar St. Summerville • EVO Pizza 1075 East Montague Ave. North Charleston • Liberty Taproom & Grill 7651 N. Kings Hwy. Myrtle Beach • Liberty Taproom & Grill 1028 Johnnie Dodds Mt. Pleasant • Tasteful Options 891 Island Park Dr. Daniel Island
MERCHANDISE & FOOD VENDORS drinks cold, caps popping, so everything else keeps rocking. Won’t tear, rot or rust and 100% Made in the U.S.A. All About Beer Magazine www.allaboutbeer.com Pick up your Festival t-shirts and commemorative glassware! Enjoy a complimentary copy of America’s best beer magazine. 32 Alke Sport www.alkesport.com The official sportwear of the drinking athlete! 71 Baby Brewing Tee Shirts www.babybrewing.com Baby Brewing provides tees that are guaranteed to make you (and everyone around you) laugh out loud. With shirts for the whole fam you’re sure to find the perfect tee with the perfect fit. 36 beerheads www.beerheads.com Beer merchandise—clothing, glassware and more! 14 Bet-Mar Liquid Hobby Shop www.liquidhobby.com Your home brewing equipment beer and wine making hobby shop. Offering a huge assortment of home brewing equipment & ingredients for the home brewer & wine maker. Your source for beer making and wine making ingredients, books and equipment. 10 Cap•a•Cooz www.capacooz.com/ The Cap•A•Cooz™ bottle opener is the ultimate beverage accessory, combining a drink insulator with an integrated bottle opener. Keeps
59 Carolina Ale House www.carolinaalehouse.com Carolina Ale House is a family-friendly sports-themed restaurant best known for food, sports and fun. There are two convenient locations in Columbia—Lady Street in the Vista featuring a wonderful rooftop and Columbiana Drive across from Columbiana Mall Centre.
Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) www.ourcor.org COR is an innovative volunteer-based community development non-profit organization focused on engaging and connecting the next generation of Columbians to make our city a better place to live, learn, work, play and prosper. 29 Icehole Products www.iceholeproducts.com Our Goal is to provide innovative and exciting ways to cool your beverages, making the world a better place, one drink at a time... CHEERS... It’s all about Chillin’. 27 Ista Tees www.whatsyourista.com ISTA: a suffix used to denote a person (militant) who practices something, or is passionate about a cause, principle, doctrine, mission or hobby. Get your ista on! Choose a
t-shirt that tells what you are passionate about. 38 Keg Cowboy www.kegcowboy.com The best prices on kegerator conversion kits and other draft beer equipment.
22 RE- Form Art www.jamart.shutterfly.com Wearable art from bottle cap earrings, necklaces and bracelets for men and women.
56 Lusty Monk Mustards www.lustymonk.com Lusty Monk mustards are fresh-ground, hand crafted, and full of flavor and fire. A family-owned, qualityconscious company, devoted to the idea that condiments should never be boring.
34 Rocky Mountain Outback Hats www.rockymountainoutback.com Rocky Mountain Outback’s American and Australianmade sun hats accompany outdoor enthusiasts around the world. All Hills Hats are made with premium finishes and materials selected for their breathability, durability and water repelling qualities.
15 Palmetto State Brewers Inc. www.palmettostatebrewers.com A local club passionately dedicated to producing and consuming quality beer. If you share the passion, you are cordially invited to become a member of an active, funloving bunch of guys and gals. The mission is to engage in activities focused on home brewing, learning more about beer, beer tasting, beer judging and brewing techniques.
8 Thousand Oaks Barrel Co. www.1000oaksbarrel.com The Thousand Oaks Barrel Co. specializes in premium quality American white oak barrels for aging wine, beer, tequila, bourbon, whiskey, rum, scotch, brandy, cognac, wine vinegar or any spirit that benefits from aging. The barrels are hand crafted for the home-winemaker, brewer, or distiller and make a wonderful centerpiece for the bar or kitchen.
2 Pints for Prostate www.pintsforprostates.org Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.
35 USMC Mud Run www.usmcmudrun.org On 21 April 2012 and 13 October 2012... the Leatherneck will be buzzing. The course is a challenging 5.2 mile all-terrain race including mud holes, walls, trenches, and other obstacles. Some people come to COMPETE, but many come just to COMPLETE! Do you have what it takes... think you can beat the Leatherneck? Well we’re waiting on you! Enlist Now!
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