Live Beer Blogging at 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference
This event is sort of like speed dating, matching breweries to bloggers, in five minute segments.
This is a fast-moving event. Breweries will feel rushed to get you full information about the beer they are pouring and you will feel rushed to record your thoughts on your blog, via Twitter, etc.
This is part of the fun of the event! It is also good practice.
Live Beer Blogging requires breweries to distill their marketing pitch into several short minutes. It requires bloggers to analyze and write their thoughts about a beer in that same amount of time.
Off Grid Pale Ale, latest beer. Sorghum, brown rice, molasses and tapioca. Gluten free, each batch is tested to make sure. CEO has celiac disease. Some proceeds go to benefit energy conversation group. Will be distributed in Oregon and Washington in two weeks.
Poured by Boardwalk Black Rye. Caramelized rye malt. Base two row. English toffee character. Experimental for the brewery. Very, very dark. 80 IPU, 8.0 ABV. Tart start, caramel notes. Very nice.
Jubelale, holiday seasonal, and frankly, the rep is a low talker, the noise level is high and I’m deaf in one ear and can’t hear out the other, so I can’t hear much. A winter warmer, 6.7% ABV. Released in October.
Rob Widmer himself is pouring. Brothers’ Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot. Cut with mead. Knapweed honey, red prickly pear juice and pale malts. Less than 400 bbls. brewed.
Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale. Wheat beer brewed with Chardonnay grapes. GABF gold medal 2010 Fruit Beer. 8.5% ABV . It’s a gateway beer, like other Blue Moon products, and the brewer recognizes it, rep admits. Crisp and dry.
Being poured by Darth Vader. Total Domination IPA. Part of a variety four pack of bombers. 6.7 abv. very nice drinking. Does not have the overpowering hoppiness of many west coast IPAs, but that could just be my toasted palate.
Overcast Espresso Stout. Small brewery in Eugene Oregon, started int 2006. 5,000 barrels this year, 3,000 last year. Distributes Washington, Oregon. Year-round coffee stout. 5.8% Delicious, strong coffee overtones. Did I say delicious?
year round double wit bier. 7.1% abv. Aged in gin barrel. Sour fans will love this. Funky! I’m not a sour fan, but rep recommends
Known for heirloom and esoteric beers. Label hand lettered with beer style, no brand names.
That’s it! I’m will do no editing on this, to keep it honest.