3 Stars Brewing Release Party

I’ve just gotten home and couldn’t wait to write this. I just got back from the 3 Stars Release party at Churchkey. What an event to crack open the bottle on what we’ve all been waiting for over the past two years. I first heard about 3 Stars and reviewed their website back in 2010. I loved it. They talk about fresh beer, local support to their community, and beer that will knock your socks off. We’re talking about a saison that was so amazing with fresh hops and orange peel that I felt like I could sip this on the deck in the hot, hot, heat.

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DC Brau Release Party at Merdian Pint

Merdian Pint hosted a slew of people in D.C. this past Friday to celebrate the release of DC Brau, the district’s first brewery in over 50 years. The environmentally conscience bar [check out their About Page] was pouring DC Brau’s Pale Ale, called The Public from 5pm until it was finished. I met up with Brandon Skall, owner, for a moment to see how he was doing. He said they were focused on making extreme versions of beers, so get ready for the release of their IPA which should be around 7% and hoppy as hell, called The Citizen. Jeff Hancock, brewmaster was on hand as well drinking a pint or two. We’ve chatted a couple times via e-mail regarding a possible interview, so stay tuned for that one. The guys from 3 Stars Brewing were in the house as well to support the craft beer community. I spoke with Mike from 3 Stars about how great it is to have this growth of breweries in the nation’s capital. He agreed and is excited to have their brewery open later this year. And yes, expect an interview with them soon as well.

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Brew Masters hosted by Sam Calagione

There is pretty much a show about everything on TV. There are shows about pawn store owners, antique pickers, house flippers, trash hoarders, and interventions. There are even shows on video gamers. Out of all this on TV, where is our show? Where is the show about craft brewing? Well wait no more folks, because thanks to Discovery Channel, there will now be a craft brew show.

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Notable 2010 GABF Winners

The 29th Annual Great American Beer Festival
Denver, Colorado | September 16 – 18, 2010

Not only did the GABF surpass last year’s numbers for entries by over 6%; it remains the world’s largest commercial beer competition with 3,523 entries. Here is a short listing of the 2010 brewery winners:

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Stone Tap Takeover

Monday, October 4th was a day I will never forget. That was the day of the Stone Brewing Total Tap Tower Takeover (40 taps to be exact) at Churchkey in Washington, D.C. I patiently waited for over 30 minutes for my first beer, a 4oz. pour of Stone Double Dry-Hopped Ruination IPA on tap. I guess I should have opted for the full glass since 1) the beer was absolutely delicious and aromatic; and 2) my next stint in line lasted almost 45 minutes. But the beers were worth the wait. The list, was mindboggling. If it wasn’t for the massive crowd, I would have spent my whole day there trying each beer. Greg Koch, CEO of Stone Brewing and Lee Marren, Stone’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Brewery Representative, were present for the momentous occasion. Greg gave a powerful (to us craft beer fanatics) speech that told “the man” we don’t need their nonsense anymore. And by nonsense we all know he meant fizzy yellow beer. I was able to get a signature and a picture with Greg screaming at my Stone gargoyle tattoo.

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