Monday, June 19, 2017

Bell’s Two-Hearted dethrones Pliny The Elder after eight years!

Zymurgy Magazine Announces 2017 “Best Beers In America” and Bell’s kicks major ass!

My American Homebrewers Association homies just announced the results from their Zymurgy Magazine 15th annual Best Beers in America survey. 
For eight straight years, Russian River Brewing Company’s world-renowned Pliny the Elder double IPA had been running things at the number one spot, but Bell’s Two Hearted Ale IPA breaks the streak and becomes 2017’s most gangster beer in America according to Zymurgy’s thousands of homebrewing posse members. Whoa!
Photo by Bell's Brewery.
In AHA’s official press release, director Gary Glass says, “As homebrewers, Zymurgy readers have more refined palates than most for tasting beer. The Best Beers in America survey reveals which beers are leaving the biggest impression on the minds—and mouths—of these discerning beer drinkers.”
Survey participants voted online for their 20 favorite commercial beers “available for purchase” in the United States in an online voting system.
Bell’s CEO Laura Bell, the daughter of the brewery’s founder Larry Bell, says in the same release, “This is an incredible honor for us. We got our start as homebrewers—that’s how my dad got going—so we really identify with the homebrewing community. We take a lot of that spirit into what we do today.”
Representin’ Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bell’s also won the top-ranked US brewery and came in second to Stone Brewing for the best beer portfolio as well. Even Ice Cube didn’t have as good a day as this! The top ten rankings of the three categories are below and are posted in full here. Congrats to everyone who got recognized in the survey!

Top-Ranked Beers (T indicates Tie):
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Founders Breakfast Stout
4. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
5. Bell’s Hopslam
T6. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
T6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
T8. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
T8. Sierra Nevada Celebration
10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Mich.
2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
5. Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., Richmond, Va., and Berlin, Germany
6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
7. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
9. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
10. Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, Calif.

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Stone Brewing (31 beers)
2. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (27 beers)
3. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (25 beers)
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (24 beers)
T5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (22 beers)
T5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (22 beers)
T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (21 beers)
T7. Founders Brewing Co. (21 beers)
9. Avery Brewing Co. (19 beers)
T10. New Glarus Brewing Co. (18 beers)
T10. Odell Brewing Co. (18 beers)


Monday, June 12, 2017

Check out this fun podcast with Vortex, Wild Heaven and more!

I had the honor of being invited as the special guest for a podcast (click HERE to check it out) hosted by one of the most prominent landmarks in Georgia, The Vortex. Known for their gangster burgers, signature skull facade in the front of its Little Five Points location, being owned by the three Benoit siblings out of L.A., Laughing Skull amber ale brewed by Red Brickand their attitude of basically not giving a sh*t about rules, they also have a really fun radio show based on beer. 
Photo by "Baby Vortex" Colin Murphy.
I gladly joined them, brought a gift my homey Walker Anderson brought me from his Oregon tripthe Breakside Lunch Break Session IPA and sipped brews alongside co-hosts Michael Benoit, Sarah Young from Wild Heaven Craft Beer, suds enthusiast Hannah White, and social media manager "Vortex Baby" Colin Murphy. It was a blast as we discussed everything from new beers to drink for the summer including the fantastic WH Goodvice, to crab cakes, Wicked Weed's recent buyout, blunts paired with stouts, seafood and a road trip to Asheville. Enjoy this one!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cheers to my late brew brother Dan Rosen.

The co-founder of Mazurt Brewing has left us in the physical.

I usually post a lot of positive, fun material, but I also have to recognize those who deserve it. I found out that I lost a great friend and one of the most talented brewers I have ever met, Dan Rosen.

MAZURT Brewing Co-Founders Hamp Covington and Dan Rosen (right)
holding up their medals at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Dan, 58, and I have known each other for a long time and we always commended each other on the hard work and dedication to empowering the beer scene of especially Atlanta. He, alongside his MAZURT Brewing partner Hamp Covington, have often won awards and received countless accolades on the series of imperial stouts they have been producing for numerous beer events throughout the city including Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, the Strong Beer Fest, and even Hunahpu Day with Cigar City in Tampa Bay, FL.
Dan is second from the left.
Dan always was in good spirits and made sure those around him were as well. He even made me a special leather flat brim baseball hat in recognition of my love for dope hats. When I found out he was a victim of a heartless crime—a hit and run on June 6th—it was too sudden a goodbye to such a great man.
Toast one for Dan. He will be sorely missed.
I trust the Mazurt Brewing passion will live on.
Do me a favor and give a good friend dap and a hug today.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Here are two videos with Orpheus Founder and Brewmaster Jason Pellett!

We are discussing two of their numerous gangster brews being poured at Orpheus’ third anniversary.

Yep, it’s your homey Ale back on the screen and this time I'm kicking it with Orpheus Brewing’s head honcho Jason Pellett discussing two of the many brews being poured during their three-day celebration Memorial Weekend to close year three of brewing brilliance. 
This first video (with the screenshot above) features a wild ale with maybe the longest name in beer history—Like a White Curtain Blowing inthe Draft From a Half-Opened Window Beside a Chair on Which Nobody Sits. Crazy, right? Here is the label:

This second joint here has me and Brother J sipping the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, 12th Labor. This one is also bananas. (That is good thing.)
Here is the artwork designed by David Hale:
I hope you have a chance to swing by and try these brews, plus a gang of other joints responsible for Orpheus existing, succeeding, and happily keeping Georgia refreshed for the trifecta and beyond.
Shout out to Noelle with Elle PR, Laura and Forage Films for shooting this joint. 
Ultimately, keep supporting craft beer!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ale’s photos from Wild Heaven’s 7th Birthday are here!

Sales Queen Sarah, who has been down for a hella long time, is lit for year number seven!

Happy Birthday Eric, Nick, Sarah and the rest of Wild Heaven!

It has been a while since my last post, so I felt this would wake things up by showing off some shots of great people, beer authorities, and the Wild Heaven family enjoying year number seven at their Avondale Estates brewery last Sunday, May 21st. These pics should give you an idea of how dope it was. (I will be posting a few more soon.)
Ever since my first feature on Wild Heaven coming to Atlanta here back in 2010, they have proven to be talented, enterprising and overall down-to-earth folks. I guess you could say they are a heaven-send of sorts for ATL’s craft beer scene for sure!
Anyway, we evidently go waaaaaaay back and I wish them nothing but continued success. (Especially after drinking that Goodvice DIPA I feel was made just for me!)