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Most Anticipated Beers for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration 2017

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For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to the South End this weekend, starting tomorrow evening! That’s right folks, Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival is back in town and we could not be any more excited!

The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best we’ve have seen in the area and it blew many people away last year with its diverse assortment of craft beers, meads and fruit wines.

Below is a list of some of the things we’re most excited about (but keep in mind that a lot of them are session specific, with 3 different sessions taking place. Also please note that the list is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours)

Here’s our list:

  • Bottle Logic Brewing: Jam the Radar – Rød SessionBottle Logic is famous for one thing: their stouts. This delicious raspberry stout is a absolutely delish and the berry finish lingers.
  • 3 Floyds: Zombie Dust – All sessions – This heavily hopped, 6.2% pale ale is 3 Floyd’s flagship beer and one that put the famous brewery on the map. If you haven’t had this one, it’s definitely worth checking off your bucketlist
  • Abnormal Beer: M3 – Grøn Session – Abnormal might be a fairly recent addition to the San Diego craft beer scene but they’ve established themselves quickly with some big stouts including M3 which is features Mostra coffe, Ghanian Cacao Nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans. It packs a punch even though it clocks in at 14.4%
  • Kane Brewing: Sunday Brunch – Blå Session – This big, luscious 9.2% stout features Rook Coffee, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup and tastes like… you guessed it… brunch! A delicious treat indeed!
  • Other Half Brewing: Green Down to The Socks – All Sessions – Other Half is no stranger to producing a variety (hundreds??!) of different IPAs and this double IPA features a very interesting blend of Motueka, Mosaic, Cascade and experimental South African XJA hops. Expect a nice balance of tropical notes and a bit of bitterness.
  • Omnipollo: Lemonade IPA – All Sessions – This beer is actually contract brewed locally at Dorchester Brewing Company and you might have seen it around town in various stores. This delicious, refreshing IPA is infused with big citrus notes from the lemonade which creates a very refreshing, winning combination!
  • Funky Buddah: Last Buffalo In The Park – Grøn Session – Coming in at 11.5%, this imperial stout is absolutely delicious! They took their popular Last Snow porter and gave it some extra loving in the form of coconut and fresh roasted coffee before aging it in Bourbon barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes. Luscious, sweet and oh so tasty!
  • The Veil: Never Never Aloha Aloha – All Sessions – This Hawaii Punch-inspired gose features red alaea sea salt is conditioned on hundreds of gallons of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, blood orange, Guava, and cherry purée. And guess what? It’s tasty as hell!
  • Jester King: Montmorency vs Balaton – Grøn Session – This is one of Texas’ finest wild ales, one that showcases two different kinds of Michigan cherries. Incredibly balanced and oh-so delicious, this is definitely one tasty beer that you cannot pass up on if you’re at the Grøn session.
  • Angry Chair: Imperial German Chocolate Coffee Cupcake Stout – Blå SessionThis 10.5% imperial stout with cacao, coconut, coffee and vanilla beans is one of the most anticipated beers of the festival. These guys never disappoint with their dessert-inspired stouts.
  • Bullfrog Brewery: Le Roar Grrrz Kriek – Rød Sessio – An interesting on the popular, Belgian Kriek style, but from a brewery out in Pennsylvania. This tasty beer is rested on cherries and refermented with Belgian candi sugar making it balanced and well worth the detour.

Keep in mind that the above barely scratches the surface of all the great beers available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive. There will definitely be some surprises being poured, too! As someone who is lucky enough to attend the vast majority of fests in the area, take some advice from me: if you go to one festival this year, you definitely can’t go wrong with Copenhagen. Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area or even in New England. Add music from well-known bands and tons of great food options, as well as being outdoors and easily accessible to public transportation and you know this is not one to miss!

Grab your tickets to any of the 3 sessions on September 22nd and 23rd now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

Most Anticipated Brews for the Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

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For those who may be unaware, one of the best beer festivals in the world is coming to City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston in 2 weeks!

The line up of brewers, both domestic and foreign, is arguably the best I have seen in the area since the heyday of the Shelton Brothers Festivals and for some strange reason, there are still tickets available to all sessions! (You can get yours now by visiting http://copenhagenbeerfest.com/)

We at CBB HQ were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the beers being poured so if you have not grabbed yours yet, let me try to convince you why you need to attend by sharing a list of my most anticipated brews of the festival.

Note that the list we were provided is subject to change and we do not know if these are bottle or draft pours.

  • Amager/Cigar City: Game of Arms – Both of these breweries definitely know their dark beers and I am very curious to know what an imperial licorice porter tastes like.
  • Angry Chair: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout – Hey look, it’s another Florida brewery getting a lot of hype for their adjunct stouts! Jokes aside, these guys deserve the attention and this is a rare chance to try one of their most sought after products without having to trade for it or get on a plane.
  • B. Nektar: Tuco-style Freakout – Some people who claim to not like mead are going to have their minds changed at this event. B. Nektar puts out some very innovative stuff and I think it is going to be hard to go wrong with a sour, orange blossom mead with agave, lime juice & zest.
  • Beavertown/Prairie: Bourbon Barrel Aged Spresso Coffee Imp  Stout – I had the pleasure of trying several Beavertown brews last time I was in the UK. Considering the combo with Prairie, who know their way around a coffee stout, this should be a winner.
  • Boneyard: Gueuze Cruise – Psyched to try any American take on a gueuze-style, blended wild ale
  • Brouwerij Kees: Caramel Fudge Stout – Hailing from the Netherlands, the name of this beer alone has me drooling a bit.
  • Cellarmaker: Batch 400 – Speaking of drooling, this is an imperial stout aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans & dried figs, then blended with 1/3 of the total volume bourbon barrel aged stout.
  • Cigar City/The Answer: Good Nightmare Mekong – If you are sensing a trend of listing a lot of adjunct stouts, you are correct! This one is brewed with Vietnamese coffee and vanilla.
  • Cycle: Fixie – For a brewery known for their dark beers, I am curious to see how they handle an IPA.
  • Frederiksdal:  Sur Lie, Reserve and Rancio Vintage 2015 – I have never had the chance to try Danish Cherry wine, but do know how good their cherries are when used in lambics and wild ales.
  • Hill Farmstead: Arthur – Always a favorite, but let’s hope for some surprise rarities, as well!
  • Mikkeller: Spontan Quadruple Raspberry – I am a huge fan of the Spontan series’ take on fruited, spontaneous fermentation beers but they can be hard to pull the trigger on in stores due to the high cost.  A great chance to try some of the rarer versions!
  • Omnipollo: Bianca Raspberry Lassi Gose – These guys are so underrated.  Find out why with one of their delicious, fruited sours!
  • Oud Beersel: Bersalis Sourblend  – One of the OG lambic producers bringing some rarities from across the pond.
  • Siren: Bourbon Barrel Caribbean Choc Cake – Another boundry-pushing English brewery that has not gotten a lot of distro in the States. Very much worth checking out.
  • Superstition Meadery: – War Honey – Dry Hopped Lemon Mead from arguably the best meadery in the US ? Yes, please!
  • Three Floyds: Dark Lord – Incredibly rare to get a chance to try this former whale on the East Coast.  Here’s hoping they sneak in some of the variants!
  • Warpigs (Mikkeller & Three Floyds): Youreallyf*ckedmeup & Imreallyf*ckingfurious – Great name for an Imperial coffee & Vanilla stout, even better pedigree should make this one a must try.

 

If you aren’t sold by anything on my list of highlights, keep in mind that it barely scratches the surface of all the great beer available at this fest and is by no means totally inclusive.  There will definitely be some surprises poured, too!  As someone who is lucky enough to attend the vast majority of fests in the area, take some advice from me: if you go to one fest this year, you can’t go wrong with Copenhagen.  Fantastic beer and mead that you cannot get easily, if at all, in the Boston area and all right in our own backyard.  Add  music from well-known bands like Los Lobos and tons of great food options, as well as being outdoors and easily accessible to public transportation and you know this is not one to miss!

Grab your tickets to any of the 3 sessions on September 23 & 24th now before they sell out at http://copenhagenbeerfest.com and we will see you there!

Fort Point and Seaport: Best Neighborhoods For Beer Lovers

By Tara Scott-Johnson, Trulia

Beer lovers rejoice! The artisan craft of brewing beer is booming in Boston once again. Since 1796, Bostonians have crafted and brewed beer. Boston was considered to be one of the premier beer brewing cities in the United States during the 1800s. In line with Boston’s rich history, breweries, beer halls, and beer related events continue to spring up in Boston. The neighborhoods of Fort Point and Seaport are topping the list of the best neighborhoods for beer lovers with these local favorites.

Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Company, located at 369 Congress Street, opened in 2013 in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston. Trillium is a New England farmhouse style brewery. Each day, Trillium updates their case and bottle availability on Twitter. Their fresh batches are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Their daily offerings include Pale Ale, Boston Stout, and Imperial Stout – brewed with coffee, vanilla beans, and cardamom. While sampling is not available at the Fort Point location, sampling and full pours are available at their newly opened Canton location. If you’re looking for fresh oysters and unique beers, Row 34, located on 383 Congress Street, is the perfect spot in Fort Point. Row 34’s rotating list of 24 draft lines along with delicious menu items such as the warm buttered lobster roll will satisfy your seafood and beer cravings.

Seaport

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall is open daily in Boston’s Seaport District at 306 Northern Avenue. In the beer hall, a Harpoon Beer Captain will serve you a pint from the tap and a fresh pretzel to pair with your brewed draft. Brewery tours are available daily and include the sampling of freshly crafted beer for a mere $5 per person. If you’re looking to brew a few cases of your own handcrafted beer, Hopster’s was voted as one of the top 50 businesses in the U.S. & Boston’s Beer Craft Beer experience. The company plans to open a brewery on Sleeper Street in 2017. Craft Beer Cellar, a specialty beer store originally from Belmont, MA, has expanded their locations to Fort Point. Craft Beer Cellar’s expansive collection of 1,000 beers from 350 breweries will be sure to fulfill your hankering for tasty suds. Be sure to check out their new location on Farnsworth Street opening in 2017.

Event Coming Soon

Nearby Fenway Park is hosting the annual Big Country Boston Beer Crawl on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event will include 10 local bars, 5 country bands, 5 DJs, drink specials and much more. Tickets are on sale now – early bird tickets are just $15 – with a free Big Country Boston hat included with your ticket purchase.

You can see this event and many more over on our events page.

Copenhagen Beer Fest Coming to Boston!

copenhagen-beer-music-celebration-boston-logoMikkeller’s annual Copenhagen Beer Fest is traveling across the pond to Boston this year!

This is the first time the fest has been put on outside of Copenhagen and the list of attending breweries so far looks great!  Mikkeller, 3 Floyds, Hill Farmstead, Allagash, Tired Hands, and To Øl, just to name a few and with many more promised.  We also have it on good authority that Jester King will be in attendance, as well!

There also seems to be some decent music acts as part of the bill, including Yo La Tengo.  No word on which bands will be playing which sessions, but let’s face it, if you are reading this, you are more likely going for the beer!

There are three sessions which are as follows:

  • Friday 9/23 6:30pm -11:00pm
  • Saturday, 9/24 Noon-3:30
  • Saturday 6:30-11:00PM.

Note the longer evening sessions which are also more expensive.  VIP early access is available and includes access to the fest 30 minutes early, access to “special beers,” and unlimited pours.  General Admission tickets do not allow for unlimited samples and come with 10 sample tokens.  More tokens can be purchased on site.

You can read more about it and buy tickets on the official event site.

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Festival heading to Boston with 100+ breweries in tow!

For those who missed the announcement a few months back, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is coming to Boston!  This year’s festival will be held outdoors at City Hall Plaza on Saturday, June 18th.

The lineup of breweries has continued to grow (over 100 and counting!) including several heavy hitters like Lawson’s, Kane, Trillium, and Wicked Weed alongside recently opened MA breweries such as Bent Water, Kayfabe, IndieFerm, Brazo Fuerte, and Portico.

As of now, advanced tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $50 and $70.  (The extra $20 allows for entry into the festival an hour early.)  Designated Driver tickets are available for $35, as well.  Once the “limited number” of advance tickets sell out, the prices go up to $65 & $85, respectively.

Check out the following link for more information or to buy tickets.

Brew Woo Ticket Giveaway

We partnered up with the folks over at the DCU Center who were generous enough to offer up two pairs of tickets to the upcoming BrewWoo beer festival which is to take place at the DCU Center in less than two weeks, on Saturday April 2nd.

Brew Woo will feature two sessions where 55+ breweries and cideries will be sharing over hundred different beers and a multitude of ciders as well! Local breweries and cideries will include such names as Bantam Cider, Cisco Brewers, Down East Cider, Harpoon, Two Roads and White Lion, and many more will be there as well as live music. You can see the full list right on the following webpage.

There are many ways for you to enter, including daily bonuses and all entries must be from participants who are 21+. We will randomly select two winners who will be contacted by email once the contest is over and who will each get two tickets to the session of their choice, available for pickup at will call.

You can enter the giveaway by clicking on the link below or through the special tab over on the Craft Beer Boston Facebook page.

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You can also find out more about the BrewWoo beer festival on the official event website over here and also purchase tickets to the event via Ticketmaster. You can also use the code CRAFTY to get $5 off your tickets. Good luck!

Extreme Beer Fest Wrap Up

Extreme Beer Fest Wrap Up

It is less than two hours into the Saturday afternoon session and there is already one poor soul slumped on the floor, resting on a column in the middle of the Seaport World Trade Center floor. Eyes closed, head to her chest, random papers, sample cup, and jacket strewn around her, she could no longer handle the debauchery and excess of limitless 2 oz samples of “extreme” beers. Either that or maybe it was just fatigue from waiting in line for Tree House.

Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest is the event that many fellow beer enthusiasts (nerds) pine for throughout the year. Tickets now go one sale 6+ months in advance and sell out soon after. It has become known as a place for both uber-hyped breweries to bring their rarest, most sought-after creations, as well as up and coming producers to get noticed. The spectacle has long outgrown it’s roots at the Cyclorama in the South End to take over a significant portion of the trade center space once a year. Three long rows of 70+ brewers serving 300+ beers is a lot to take in at first and for many, pre-planning routes to ensure the chance to tick the most limited brews is a must in the weeks leading up to the event. However, the dazzling array of options presented upon entering the building almost always leads to the best laid plans going out the window and the inevitable clusterfuck as lines build and intoxication sets in.

For session #2, the semi-annual “Running of the Neckbeards” commenced on-time at 1:00PM. The unshaven faithful could not be dissuaded from lining up more than 90 minutes prior to ensure they had the first taste of Triple Shot with Vanilla. The night before, I sheered my own substantial winter growth because I had developed a habit of stroking it like a Greek philosopher deep in thought.  This act left me feeling like much less of a stereotype as I settled into the line a seemingly reasonable 45 minutes before open. The wait time flew by quickly as an endless line of douchebags cut the line to find their friends farther up. (Pro tip: your Uber driver getting lost does not give you the privilege to walk past everyone else in line to find your friends who planned ahead better.)

“No Treehouse line for me!” I definitely declared to my companions as we leisurely strolled inside. This year, I was intent on skipping the hype and concentrating more on sampling from breweries I was not familiar with or may not be quite as desired. Of course, I make a similar proclamation before every beer festival and inevitably end up giving in to my basic instinct of needing to taste the most limited offerings available and wait in ridiculously long lines for the privilege. This year would prove to be no different and after a mere two samples, I made a beeline for the longest line in the history of EBF. For the most part, lines were manageable for all breweries without the initials TH, so I didn’t feel quite so bad about breaking my self-imposed restriction. The 30 minute wait was also made much more bearable by the classy move of the TH staff to walk down the line pouring King Julius samples.

Sours and BA/adjunct dark beers ruled the day. Harper II from Proclamation was amazing. The addition of cherries to the already fantastic base worked perfectly. Not quite as good as Harper I, but these guys are really helping to put RI breweries on the map. No doubt the bottle release this weekend is going to be a shitshow.

Rare Barrel deserves every bit of praise they get. I probably drank a bottles worth of Forces Unseen samples. Old faithfuls like Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha and Bourbon Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood were on-point, as well.

As for the big guns, Kane is really bringing it with their Barrel Aged program. ANTEAD Coconut is the truth and Mexican Brunch is an amazing take on the mexican stout trend. Tree House was worth the time, given you’d likely be waiting 3+ hours to get anything as limited at the brewery. Triple Shot with Vanilla was a bit of a letdown for me (not much vanilla and a bit thin), but Give Me Truth was about as perfect an example of a BA stout as you can find without any adjuncts necessary.

Lowlights for me included The King from Trophy (peanut butter water) and Pickle Juice from 4 Quarters (bad hop combination in a session IPA.) I would award worst in show to Dogfish Head’s Liquor De M’Alstroms. Adding chilis and corn nuts to a malt liquor base is definitely extreme as fuck, but that doesn’t make it interesting, nor good. I’ll give points for the cleverness of serving out of plastic 40oz bottles in brown paper bags, but god forbid the flagship beer from the event’s sponsors is actually drinkable. Not far behind was the Chocolate Fruition Gose from Newburgh. Who tasted this and thought it would be a good representation of their brewery at a high-profile event? It was great fun to watch the look on people’s faces as they walked away from their booth, though. It reminded me of those youtube videos of sadistic parents handing infants their first lemon slice only more pukey.

The surprise of the fest for me was Cambridge Brewing’s You Enjoy My Stout with Toasted Coconut on cask; an amazing improvement on a classic recipe. I am all-aboard the adjunct stout hype train and hope to see similar variants from these guys when it is brewed again next year.

There were a lot of complaints that EBF ’16 was too full of “shelf beer” this year. I respectfully disagree and found it a bit liberating to not be caught up in the mad dash for the next 20+ minute line for a sip of a whale. Sometimes it is much more fun to just relax, wander around with friends, and find beer you otherwise would never have known about rather than doing your best Captain Ahab impression. Once you got away from the meandering Tree House line and surrounding booths, the room felt much less crowded and chill. People were generally well-behaved and the “Whalez Brah” crowd seemed to be at a minimum or at least kept the elitism to themselves.

My biggest beef of the afternoon was with the Waffle Cabin. If I wait in your line for 15+ minutes, the damn things better be cooked all the way through. I get that they want to pump them out as quickly as possible, but as a liege waffle connoisseur, a doughy, uncooked center made me sad. I also missed the free bags of chips from previous years.

As I walked to the exit near the end of the session, I couldn’t help but notice that the passed-out girl from earlier had been replaced by several more, similarly unable to handle the utter extremeness of the event. Remember folks, food and water are your friends, both before, during, and after beer fests. You don’t want to be “that guy/girl” semi-conscious in the middle of the floor clutching a broken pretzel necklace while your friend holds a puke bag to your face.

As always, a good time seemed to be had by all, without a doubt worth the $60 price of admission. I certainly didn’t get to try everything, so feel free to share your personal highlights/lowlights, surprises, or disappointments in the comments.

-JSlay

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