Beer stories

Autumn is here in my garden, without any trace of doubt. I’m much less into gardening than I’d like, always blaming it on the lack of time…  the truth probably is I have other things above it on the priority list. Poor garden, wouldn’t it be great to have the time to properly take care of these apples, now so biological that almost every piece hosts its own food chain? Well, at least I am still able to find the time to cleanly remove those intruders before squeezing the fruits to a great (although sour) juice. The grapes are unbelievably many this year, after the hail of two years ago which left me with about five bare twigs and the twenty-or-so leaves of last year. I can only now understand my old man and his sour attempts at homemade wine - I can barely resist the idea of trying it myself. And I’m not even a wine drinker, you know? If that wasn’t already obvious, I’m into beers, and I’m into this one in particular. The brew is fairly new, launched by Sonnenbräu to quite some success on this 1st of May 2014 under the proud name “workers beer”. Büezer ist just worker in the local Swiss German dialect and us workers bought the beer seemingly a plenty - the brewery stocks were already exhausted twice these months. What can I say, I liked it as well even though it’s no autumn beer (no pumpkin, no funny stuff). Little bitter but yummy malts, this wonderful color and an aroma to love… a perfect drink for this indian summer.

Note: the special tomatoes (kumato, big rainbow) are not my production, I only thought they looked nice in that bowl…

I knew I’m gonna spend the afternoon at the water rafting Limmatclub Baden, so I brought a Hawaiian beer to pair with it: the Island Longboard Lager from Kona Brewing. I know, it’s a bit backwards but… couldn’t resist. Between the wooden oars decorating the club walls the air was cooler, but why stay inside on such a wonderful day, maybe the last nice one this year? Yes, the day was really nice - warm and friendly, quiet maybe also because of the peacefulness of the nearby flowing Limmat, Zurich’s emblematic waterway… In any case the beer was also good - cool and refreshing, just enough bitterness and perfect mouthfeel, a really good choice under the late summer sun shimmering on the green ripples nearby, ripples almost inviting you to try their depths. The members of the Limmatclub chose to raft on this kind of flat bottom boats named “weidling”. The popularity of these special boats is rather limited to the Swiss rivers - and lakes too, I think. Where there are rafting clubs there are also rafting competitions (notice the many colorful accolades gathered by our folks?) and… unfortunately there are also rafting casualties. An impressive bronze plate at the entrance remembers a crew of two going under during a competition years ago… poor Otto, poor Josef…

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beerandothershit:

Cee - BrewHeads (Official Video) from The Movement Fam on Vimeo.

With the craft beer explosion happening in every corner of the globe, it was only a matter of time before the revolution gained a soundtrack.

Cee, originally from Melbourne, Australia but now located in Montreal, Canada, created the song ‘BrewHeads’ (produced by Dr. MaD) after connecting with Phillip Hinson via Instagram. Phil owns BrewHeads, a craft beer merchandise company based out of Phoenix, AZ. The two had a mutual admiration for each others business, so a collaboration was inevitable. The track celebrates all aspects of the world of craft beer unlike any other tune before it - this is most definitely not your typical ‘let’s get drunk’ theme song.

Now although a song and video like this is big enough news in itself, what truly makes this special is that Phil and Cee have created a super limited edition merch collab which is currently still available via the BrewHeads website! The black and gold box set contains a gorgeous BrewHeads Bière Sommelier Glass with 22 carat gold print; a custom 100% made in the USA snapback, complete with hop print under the brim and gold-stitched barley on the flip side; and, of course, a digital download of the track.

Order the Cee x BrewHeads cap x glass combo while it lasts: thebrewheads.com/products/preorder-bh-x-cee-collaboration-pack

Listen to ‘BrewHeads’ on Bandcamp: ceetmf.bandcamp.com/track/brewheads

Shot by Richard Bastarache and Shane Russell
Edited by Shane Russell

Cameras: Canon 6D and Canon XF100

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BrewHeads - thebrewheads.com
Facebook: facebook.com/brewheads
Twitter: @brewheads
Instagram: @brewheads

Special thanks to all the breweries:
Benelux - brasseriebenelux.com/
Broue Pub Brouhaha - brouepubbrouhaha.com
Vices Et Versa - vicesetversa.com/
Dépanneur Peluso - depanneurpeluso.com/
Dieu du Ciel - dieuduciel.com/
Choppe a Barrock - choppeabarrock.com/
St. Ambroise - mcauslan.com/en/

Cee - This Is All I Know
Bandcamp: ceetmf.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-all-i-know
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-all-i-know/id847513904

Cee & Dr. MaD - Steps To The Peak
Bandcamp: ceetmf.bandcamp.com/album/steps-to-the-peak
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/steps-to-the-peak/id704540831

Notion - Pride On My Cufflinks EP
Bandcamp: notion.bandcamp.com/album/pride-on-my-cufflinks
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-on-my-cufflinks/id778692949

Cee
Bandcamp: ceetmf.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ceetmf
Twitter: @CeeFor
Instagram: @ceefor
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YouTube: youtube.com/movementfam
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/themovementfam

Because “Tap the Bottle” doesn’t quite go with craft beer.

What does Mister Switzerland do when his mandate is over? He’s brewing his own beer of course! Wait, not quite. Renzo Blumenthal, Mister Schweiz 2005 and a biological farmer in the Graubünden canton, thought it’be good to round his product range with a beer carrying his name. After a short-lived collaboration with the closely situated Surselva brewery, this actual Renzo beer is coming from the Monsteiner brewery of Davos and is wrongly marked on RateBeer as a “dunkles bock” - which is so very obviously not. On Untappd I had to add myself this helles, for which Renzo is growing himself the biological barley. I guess it’s not exactly a hit, maybe also because it’s devoid by design of any bitterness. The official reason communicated at launch was to make it more palatable to women… my apologies dear women readers, I’m just as appalled. Otherwise it has a nice grainy aroma and a thick mouthfeel, not as sweet as you’d have expected… it just works. And the ambience where it’s brewed… I can’t find at hand the photos I shot during my trip there some years ago, but they would have been similar to the above: first driving 1800m high through the impressive Malojapass (St.Moritz is just nearby) where I had to pull over not only once as the family got sick looking down the twisting road (who said it was a good idea?). Then the crazy Albigna dam, hanging just above that Vicosoprano village… When I got in the village, I must say I had dark thoughts of my own, looking up at those millions of tons of cold mountain water hanging a few hundred meters right above my head, held in place by a puny human made concrete wall… uuh. But once we reached the mountain above by cable car the view was breathtaking and totally worthy the hike, and to complete the surreal experience the Albigna alpin lodge provided us even with beer - at horrendous yet fully expected prices.

(photos MySwitzerland, Hikr.org, Lokomoto, UliFranke)

eataku:

My buddy Matt Waite sent this over to me and I got excited. Even though I very rarely drink soda, this supposed Romanian Coke Garlic seemed like a flavor I could get behind. Turns out it’s fake, but now I’m debating whether I should attempt infusing a bottle of Coke with some garlic on my own just to see what it would taste like…

I’m Romanian and have to agree: fake. Yeeeeet, interesting idea, hmm hmmmm…

eataku:

My buddy Matt Waite sent this over to me and I got excited. Even though I very rarely drink soda, this supposed Romanian Coke Garlic seemed like a flavor I could get behind. Turns out it’s fake, but now I’m debating whether I should attempt infusing a bottle of Coke with some garlic on my own just to see what it would taste like…

I’m Romanian and have to agree: fake. Yeeeeet, interesting idea, hmm hmmmm…

(via abeerpilgrim)