One Guy Brewing – Oktoberfest & Music

31 August 2009

Here’s an article Guy forwarded along from Gary Pang @ the Press Enterprise on-line.  Please note the Dates for Oktoberfest so far are Oct 8-11 & Oct 15th –18th –and that One Guy Brewing MAY be changing it’s name!


Brewpub cleared for songs and suds
Zoning OK boosts hopes for Oktoberfest bands at Berwick business

Press Enterprise Writer

BERWICK – One Guy Brewing has plans for an Oktoberfest in its new beer garden, with oompah bands wandering from table to table.

Those plans recently got a boost from borough zoners, who decided it was OK for the brewpub to host live music until 11 p.m.

Co-owner Guy Hagner said his brewery is preparing for Oktoberfest by making a "malty, amber-colored German-style lager."

Also, One Guy Brewing might change its name, Hagner said.

When he opened the business 19 months ago, he ran everything by himself. Now, he has a business partner, Tom Clark, and several employees.

Noise, traffic concerns

Some zoners worried live music might increase traffic and noise problems for residents.

But Hagner said the brewery at 328 W. Front St. does not draw heavy traffic. It has 50 parking spots, but they have not been filled to the brim.

Also, breweries tend to attract most customers on weekends, not weekdays, he said.

Zoning Chairman Tom Metz asked if the brewery can promise not to use amplifiers. But Clark said that would rule out microphones for performers.

Hagner said most musicians playing at his place would use acoustic instruments.

'Run a tight ship'

Zoners also heard from three supporters of One Guy Brewing, who praised it as an asset for Berwick.

Arden Oliver said the establishment attracts beer lovers from Danville to Scranton.

"They run a tight ship," Oliver said of Clark and Hagner.

Monica Maciejewski, 24, Berwick, likes going there because she won't run into troublemakers.

Police have not been called to the brewpub for any incident, Hagner said.

Joe Seicko, owner of a nearby business, commended Hagner for opening a brewery that pumps tax money into local coffers.

State permit needed

Zoners unanimously voted for allowing live music at the brewpub. They then shook hands with Hagner and Clark.

After most people left the meeting room, Maciejewski pumped her fists into the air.

Maciejewski said she helps out at the brewery as a volunteer. Her boyfriend works there, she added.

The brewery still needs an amusement permit from the state Liquor Control Board, Hagner said.

Music-loving brewers

The brewpub's first Oktoberfest is slated for Oct. 8-11, then 15-18, Hagner said.

He and Clark plan to offer outdoor music mainly for the annual event.

But as a bluegrass fan, Hagner said he might host a bluegrass festival on a "nice Saturday afternoon."

The brewpub's customers and employees include musicians, and they want to perform there, Hagner said.

Two employees, brothers Steve and Andy Zourides, are renown local musicians, he added.

The brewery has a full-time employee and five part-timers.

The beer garden opened just about three weeks ago, Hagner said. It's about 40 feet by 80 feet wide.


Monk’s Cafe – CLOSED!

PhillyBeerMar2009 051This just in from Jack Curtin’s Blog…

For now at least. The entire building in which the famed bar is located has been vacated after two people fell from a fourth-floor fire escape balcony early this morning when the rusted out railing broke. The man is dead, the woman in critical condition. TV reports say the building already has several other fire safety violations.

More when I get it.

UPDATE 12:35pm: A reporter on Channel 6 just said the building will be “condemned, closing Monk’s Cafe and putting 13 residents out on the street.” That was ameliorated somewhat when he later added “there’s no telling when the building will be deemed safe enough for Monk’s to reopen.:

Additional update:

Monk’s re-opening Monday or Tuesday? A late report at suggests that it will be somewhat longer and that a decision about anything won’t be made until the end of the week:

Tenants, bar staff, and the owner are scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss the building’s problems, but [chief of the city's Emergency Services & Abatement Unit Chuck] Mulderig said he expects the necessary changes to the building to take at least two weeks.

The structural problems include loose railings on the other floors of the tower and deteriorating concrete ledges, like the one from which the man and woman fell, Mulderig said.

Outstanding code violations identified in September 2008 included a lack of exit signs, he added. Additionally, inspectors are requesting proof that the fire alarm system was re-certified earlier this month.

From Tom Peters:

This is terrible. One person dead and the other in critical condition. I did not know the tenants, but the grief is no less real. I had already left for the evening when one of my servers called to tell me about the tragedy. When I swung around the corner I saw 6 or 7 cop cars, fire engines, ambulance, etc. All lights flashing. I identified myself to the officer in charge and he told me as much as he knew. Which wasn’t much.

I phoned our landlord and he came down to assess the situation. He was visibly shaken. He handles all the rentals himself, so he knows the victims. He is a good guy. He seems to be doing maintenance on a regular basis, so I feel that the building is basically sound. I often see him with his tool kit, or bringing in a plumber, electrician, etc. He has already hired a structural engineer to see if there are any defects that need to be addressed in the apartment section of the building. We’re all set in the restaurant section of the building. We should be open sometime on Monday, or at the latest, on Tuesday. Right now, everything depends upon our landlord.

I’ll keep you posted.



mybeerbuzz - Vacation Beverages

For those that have asked...I thought I'd post a quick video of our vacation 'fridge. Note the relative balance of food versus beverages and note that there is also water, cream cheese and fruit in there too....what did you think we were...cave-men? A little beer run-down would include: Troegs Nugget Nectar & Hopback, Weyerbacher caged 2x-Simcoe (a full case), Riserva (2-bottles), Insanity and Imperial Pumpkin (a full case), Fantome Saison, Jolly Pumpkin Magruda Obscura, Lost Abbey Inferno, Brother Levonian & Gift of the Magi, Fullers Vintage Ale 2004, Green King Olde Suffolk, Cuve de Ranke, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Fat Tire Amber, Darels English Barleywine homebrew, Bells Hopslam & Two-Hearted, Weeping Radish Farm Altbier & Black Radish, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere, Bear Republic Racer 5, Stone Vertical 8, Arend Triple, Unibroue La Terrible, Abbaye de'Aulne Brown & Blonde...and many more...


Oktoberfest – Sneak Peek from One Guy Brewing

29 August 2009

OneGuyBrewingGuy tells me that for a limited time he will be serving up some of his upcoming Oktoberfest brew…this won’ t last long so get thee to 1G!


Weyerbacher Harvest Ale

28 August 2009

WeyerbacherI’ve just heard from Dan and they just completed the harvest of their hops and they will be brewing their Harvest Ale this week.  This should be ready in a few weeks and hit our outlets in Mid Sept.  He also tells me they are brewing a larger batch this year so it should be easier to find.


Beaches and Beers

I’ll provide a few more shots later, but nothing says vacation like beaches & beers….SimcoeBeach


Bavarian Barbarian – Our help…

26 August 2009

BavarianBarbarianLogoI’ve watched as Mike Hiller and his wife Kira have lived the “dream” of most beer lovers and all home brewers. Mike turned a hobby of home brewing into a full-time job and opened Bavarian Barbarian. This is no small feat and certainly one of personal and financial risk, but Mike followed what he loved and opened BB. Now word comes that despite his best efforts, despite wonderful bottle sales and despite overall sales being up, Bavarian Barbarian is struggling financially.

I write this in the present tense because we should be thinking that way. All too often we react late and we support something we love only after it is gone. There have been many casualties in this economy, and I write this in the name of Bavarian Barbarian NOT becoming another one of them.

As beer lovers we are a community and a community should support our friends and our beer family. As Mike & Kira continue to fight and struggle to keep BB alive, I simply ask that you, as beer lovers, join the fight with them. Please stop by and pick up some Bavarian Barbarian bottles or growlers, attend BB events, pick up some BB swag and do as I do right now and ask our local beer bars and mybeerbuzz members to seek out BB to run on tap. Cheers to Mike & Kira…fight the good fight.


mybeerbuzz – Where Am I? - Answer

A few of you managed to put the clues together ;)and figure out where I was…but here’s the answer anyway.  Weeping Radish Brewery, Jarvisburg, NC.  It was an interesting trip.  Word out there is that Weeping Radish (one of my favorite micros and one of the first east coast micros) is struggling.  I understand they have yet another new brewmaster who is getting up to speed, but we’ll see.  I was checking for information and I’m always discouraged and disappointed when e-Mail sent to them receives no response…always a bad indication.  Back in the day when Uli did their brewery tours out on Manteo Island it was a wonderful little place.  Weizen, Fest, Black Radish and their holiday offerings were supplemented by their Corolla Gold and OBX beers when they opened places in Nags Head’s Bermuda Triangle and Corolla’s Food Lion center.  Both are now gone, the brewery floor collapsed in Manteo and they were contract brewing out of Maryland for years before their Jarvisburg Organic Farm opened a few years ago.  Now they grow their own supplies, use the spent grains to feed the animals and sell everything from eggs, to beef, cheese and soap.  The original Manteo brewhouse & beer garden still exist today and are surviving from what I can tell, but the main operation lives out on Rt 168 off the Outer Banks.

As far as the beer they only had their Farm Ale Altbier and my favorite Black Radish dark lager in Quart Bottles!  They were running some taps, but very limited on beer choices.  Both beers were really good and I managed to bring a few back for a future tasting.  I’ll miss the days when we enjoyed a 2-litre mug of Black Radish in their outdoor gardens in Manteo, but I suspect they will return.  Cheers and I hope they get back on track.WeepingRadish1


Troegs Brewing – Java Head Stout & Stealth Nugget Nectar are out!

25 August 2009

TroegsJavaHeadSTout I’ll keep this post brief so you have time to jump in your car and drive to Harrisburg.  Troegs is releasing Java Head Stout AND their Stealth Nugget Nectar TODAY! (8/25)…now GO! TroegsNuggetNectarNew


Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 – Helles Blonde Bock

Yes I was out of town for the CBG show last Friday and yes this is coming from the podcast…but why not.  The beer of the day was one of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series.  The guys sampled #27, the Helles Blonde Bock, which I’m actually very curious to try…BUT the big news of the day is that Chip will be traveling to Germany for Oktoberfest on Sept 14th…and the bigger news is that he plans to call-in and do a live show so stay tuned.


One Guy Brewing Pizza – The Photos

24 August 2009

Just thought I’d tempt your taste buds with some great photos of some of the new Pizza choices available at One Guy Brewing.  Thank you to clockworkorange for the photos and for making me drool a little.  I present for your viewing pleasure Sausage, Margherita and Steve-O Inferno.  If these don’t make your mouth water, be sure to click on the photos and zoom-in!

OneGuyPizza2 OneGuyPizza1 OneGuyPizza3


Troegs – Splinter & Nugget

23 August 2009

Just a few nuggets of info from Troegs.  The guys will be brewing a small batch of Nugget Nectar for several big festivals.  Much of the beer will be racked into casks & firkins BUT a VERY limited amount will be bottled into 22oz bottles and be available at the brewery.  Get thee to Harrisburg!

Java Head Stout will be released Aug 25th and Dead Reckoning Porter has been released. 

From Troegs:

JavaHead Stout contains a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown, PA.

This recipe is based off of our original 2005 oatmeal stout.  After the boil the hot wort passes through our hopback vessel packed full of whole leaf hops and a bed of coffee beans - akin to a French press - intensifying the coffee nose and releasing hints of coffee flavor. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa, roast and subtle coffee flavors.

JavaHead will only be packaged in 22oz. bottles on August 25th and will be available throughout our normal distribution.

Ed has also been nice enough to confirm the new Splinter Beer series (matured in wood).  As I reported earlier, the first two releases will have 300 bottles and 200 bottles for all of the following releases.  The TTB label approvals are very colorful and include Black, Blue, Gold & Red.  Also as I reported earlier, look for barrel versions of Mad Elf (Red perhaps), their Tripel (aged in wine barrels for 2 years w/Brett yeast)recipe used in Scratch 3 (perhaps Gold) and perhaps an imperial stout as “black”…it’s anyone’s best guess what Blue will be.

Finally…Troegs has launched a new website….Check out


mybeerbuzz – Where Am I ?

Here’s a little beer game to start the week off right.   Where am I?



mybeerbuzz – What’s in my Belly?

18 August 2009

mybeerbuzzBellyYardsIPA0001This is a new addition to the mybeerbuzz ‘fridge.  It’s a recent addition that Mrs. Beerbuzz tracked down when we were shopping for vacation beers.  While this one did stay home from vacation, it only stayed home because we drank almost the entire case before we left.  Yards IPA is a malty hoppy little 7% IPA and is very drinkable…almost too drinkable as we found out.  As the label says, this beer will survive the journey from your ‘fridge to your couch!

For those playing along with the “home version” of mybeerbuzz What’s in my Belly,” stay tuned.  We took a wide variety of beers to the shore for consuming and I suspect there will be quite a few new belly beers coming up in the weeks to come.  Cheers!


mybeerbuzz – What’s in my Belly?

15 August 2009

mybeerbuzzBellyRacer50001Well there didn’t seem to be any rioting in the streets over the belly beer a few days ago…so why not.  As you read this, Mrs. Beerbuzz & I are sitting on the beach enjoying a beverage…so why not post up one of our favorite IPA’s.  This one comes to me courtesy of Plaza Beverage and it is Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA.  We just love this beer, and I’m really excited that Bear Republic has decided to bring the 12oz bottled version to our area.  This is a tasty little 7% ABV beer and one I can (and probably will) drink over and over again.  Cheers!


Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 – Yards Brawler

14 August 2009

YardsBrawler In today’s show we lamented the end of summer and the end of summer beers…BUT…since I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow, my summer is still going strong!  It’s sad how every year someone hit’s the summer-gas-pedal on July 4th and we speed full tilt into the fall, but much less sad since I’m going on vacation tomorrow!  Spring amber ales and bocks give way to more hopeful summer seasonal beers that bring to mind thoughts of swimming pools and decks and suddenly the fall ‘Fest beers are upon us…but who cares since I’m going on vacation tomorrow and I’m taking all of the above beers with me!

OK enough vacation gloating, and on to the show.  Today’s beer of the week was Yards Brawler, a malty little session beer from one of Philly’s finest.  Today’s beer comes to us courtesy of our very own Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer (Thanks Joe).  Having just polished off a case of Yard’s IPA myself (with the help of Mrs. Beerbuzz of course) I can’t tell you how nice it is to have Yards in our market.  Brawler clocks in at 4.2% ABV so it’s a great session beer and given Yards Brewing’s proximity to us, you’re likely to find it fresh.

I do have one disagreement with Chip this week.  Chip said that, “he sometimes finds himself after 8-beers a little inebriated if he’s drinking a stronger beer.”  I beg to differ.  After 8-beers, I don’t find myself, someone else usually finds ME….but what do I care because I’m going on vacation tomorrow!

Cheers guys….funny show.  I’ll be thinking about you when I’m drinking my non-session beers on the beach tomorrow!  Speaking of which, here’s a little vacation photo peek from a previous year at the shore.  Any of you recognize the beer??  Comment in if you’ve had it or recognize it.



mybeerbuzz – What’s in my Belly?

13 August 2009

mybeerbuzzBellySouthamptonGarde0001It’s been quite a while since we’ve published a Belly Beer.  Believe it or not, I’ve had one complaint basically saying, “who gives a crap what’s in your belly!” and 4 or 5 requests to know what sorts of beers Mrs. Beerbuzz & I are drinking.  Since I’ll be heading down on vacation shortly, I thought I’d published some timed-belly-posts to keep the blog somewhat active while I’m away (assuming we have little or no internet access on the beach).  Today’s belly beer was very tasty and my only regret is that I didn’t “Garde” it a little longer.  Southampton’s Biere de Garde French Farmhouse Ale came to me courtesy of the NEPA Beer CLub’s Stockertown split and I really enjoyed it.  Great flavor and it just felt like it was going to get even better.  This style is meant to be cellared and even after cellaring it for 10 months, I think it would be even better after 12.  In any case thank to Phil Markowski & the rest of the guys in Royersford PA for a yummy brew.

For those that are wondering about the odd looking bottle photo…think frosty bottle looking through the cooler door!


Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada to co-brew – Life & Limb

From DFH:

We are proud (and very excited) to tell you about our newest collaboration!

This fall, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada working together to put out two new beers - how amazing is that?!

We're honored to be working with one of the the grand-daddys of the craft beer movement in this country, and we're looking forward to the fun we'll have both brewing (in early September) and promoting these beers.

Enough of the giddy excitement ... here is the 'official' announcement:

Dogfish Sierra

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head to release 'Life & Limb' Collaboration

Chico, CA (08/12/09)-This fall independent craft brewers Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, will release two collaborative beers. Limb & Life-a draft-only beer-will debut in October; with Life & Limb 24oz bottles and limited draft to follow in November.

The beers-Life & Limb, and Limb & Life-are dedicated to the family of beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide who continue to support the little guys, iconoclasts, entrepreneurs, and pioneers who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community. Over the years, the two brewers-Ken Grossman and Sam Calagione-have become friends in the industry. They quickly realized how many similarities they share. Grossman's history as a craft-brewing pioneer and his radical approach to brewing are echoed some fifteen years later by Calagione-through his boundary-pushing innovation and tireless promotion for the cause of craft beer.

Both men started out as home brewers obsessed with beer-making. Both share deep values of sustainability and responsibility. Both share the desire to pass their breweries on to the next generation, and both started out small-from humble beginnings-and built vibrant, creative, beer-centered and fiercely independent breweries, despite the long odds.

Their mutual respect, admiration, and none-too-few shared glasses of beer led to the collaborative idea.

"I have gotten to know Ken through our years on The Brewers Association Board and at numerous beer events throughout the country. As a brewer myself, it is inspiring to see a person like Ken drive a beer-centric (as opposed to a biz-centric) brewery so far and so wide while sticking to his original ideals and integrating his family into the company. I have enjoyed talking (and drinking) beer with his children, especially Sierra and Brian who currently work alongside Ken at Sierra Nevada. The iterative process of conceptualizing and brewing this beer with Ken and all the folks at Sierra has been a joy. We have designed this beer to intertwine signature aspects of both of our breweries' creative approaches-from sustainability to exotic sugars, from bottle conditioning to cellarability. I hope Mariah, our amazing co-workers, and I can keep Dogfish on track with our beer-centric ideals for many years to come. I will know how successful we've been at this task if my children, Sammy and Grier, are able to share a bottle of 2009 Life & Limb with Sierra and Brian at a beer dinner or festival 15 years or so from now. I am hopeful that, as they toast each other, they can hold their heads up high knowing our two breweries were among many fine breweries that breathed LIFE into the colorful, diverse, and beautiful LIMBS of the American craft-brewing family tree." - Sam Calagione, President and Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

"Sam and I have spent many evenings laughing, arguing, and toasting glasses, talking about where we are in the business and where we're going. As Sierra Nevada approaches our 30th anniversary, it's inspiring to step back and see how far American craft beer has come. People like Sam and Dogfish help to push the boundaries of beer, and it has been fun working with him and the Dogfish crew. This is our first time working with maple syrup in beer on this kind of scale, and the first time we know of anyone using birch syrup. It has been an interesting and inspiring experience and will hopefully lead to big things. As a beer, Life & Limb has so much meaning for me personally, and for the brewery. As our first collaborative release, we couldn't have had a better partner. Our families are coming together in this beer, both literally and figuratively by using ingredients from our family "farms"-estate hops and barley from us; maple and birch syrup and exotic sugars from Sam-and by having the Dogfish family come to Chico to brew. As the bottled beer ages and changes over time, it will be great to see our families share this beer over anniversaries of their own." - Ken Grossman, Founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong beer that defies style characteristics-brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman "farm" at the brewery in Chico. The beer is alive with yeast-a blend of both breweries' house strains-bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska; it is the first beer we know of ever to use birch syrup in the brew. If stored under good conditions, this rich, full-bodied beer should age well for years. Life & Limb will be available in 24-oz. bottles and limited draft starting this November.

Limb & Life is a companion to the big beer-an acorn off the larger tree. It is a 5% ABV small beer-a low-gravity beer made using the residual sugar as "second runnings" from the first larger brew, fortified with American hops. This is a session beer. Its big brother is a sipper. Limb & Life will be a limited draft-only product, a prelude to the bigger beer, available in select bars and restaurants this October.

The two beers will be bottled at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., in Chico, CA and released through the Sierra Nevada distribution network.


Bullfrog, Bavarian Barbarian & Otto’s

12 August 2009

BullfrogBrewing Check out this great little article in Keystone Edge on Billtown’s Breweries.
Clicky HERE


Troegs Java Head Stout

11 August 2009

TroegsNewTanksI Twitted this out already, but I though the announcement deserved some more territory.  Troegs will release a limited series beer in Sept called Java Head Stout – This will be the 1st of 3 beers in a Brewery Only series.  They will release about 300 bottles 1st two beers.


Stone Brewing – Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter

10 August 2009

In a special collaboration between Ken Schmidt (creator of Aloha Plenty) and Garrett Marrero (of Maui Brewing), Stone will be brewing a Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter (say that three times fast).  Here are a few snapshots of the process.  Note the palates that have 1,000 lbs of coconut, 300 lbs of Macadamia nuts and 200 lbs of Kona Coffee!  Also check out the array of steeping bags lining the steps and hanging in the whirlpool.

StoneKona1 StoneKona2
StoneKona3 StoneKona4


Old Forge Brewing Co – July/Aug Newsletter

Just a few quick highlights from Damien in his most recent OFBC newsletter:OFBC

  • Classic Kolsch & Irish Draught Ale are in the tanks and coming soon.
  • OFBC will be attending GABF in Sept.
  • OFBC will hold their Oktoberfest 10/10 (7-10PM)
  • OFBC will be at Stoudt’s Oktoberfest 10/16 & 10/17


Can I get a Yummy!!

08 August 2009

WeyerbacherRiserva2009Before you ask I have not tasted it yet…but I suspect I will be tasting it very soon.  Weyerbacher Riserva 2009…..Yum!

Read more... – Beer Find of the Week

07 August 2009

Elmer SuddsThis week’s beer find of the week comes to us courtesy of Elmer Sudds.  Not only is Sudds our only active hand-pump, but John also has some other great beers on tap and in bottles.  It was tough this week to just choose one beer since John is premiering Breaker Brewing Company’s Goldies Strawberry Blond & their new I Love PA (IPA)…these alone are worth the ride over to Sudds….BUT add in Maredsous 8 and Brasserie Ellezelloise Hercule Stout and you’re all set…but wait…as if all that isn't enough…be sure to try Bear Republic Racer-5 on hand-pump.  Great beers and all at our original local beer-bar, Elmer Sudds.  Don’t delay…they won’ t last forever…


Chip the Beer Guy Rock 107 – Breaker Brewing Goldies Strawberry Blond

BreakerBrewingVan It’s always exciting to hear Chris & Mark on the radio and even more exciting to hear how well Breaker Brewing Co has been doing.  Breaker Brewing Co is now serving their beers in 9 local bars (Elmer Sudds, Kelsey’s, The Anthracite Cafe, Dugan’s, BaR, Purvs, Backyard Ale House, Grotto Harvey’s Lake, and the Arena) and working hard to keep up with demand.  This week’s show featured their new Goldies Strawberry Blond Ale.  As a closet brewer, I’ll admit I was most interested in their story of how the strawberries were prepared and used.  For those that missed it the guys prepared the berries in a juicer, ran the juice through cheesecloth, boiled it down and added it to the secondary fermentation.  This makes the strawberries part of the beer and not just an add-in extract.  I was also excited to hear that their new IPA (I Love PA) will also be featured on the show soon.  For those of you out and about tonight (8/7), we hope to be tasting both the Goldies Strawberry Blond and I Love PA at Elmer Sudds during happy hour!

Congratulations & cheers guys…great show and thank you for mentioning!


One Guy Brewing – Beer Garden & Pizza

OneGuyGardenTables1I’ve just heard from Guy and One Guy Brewing has received their license extension to open their pizza kitchen and outdoor beer garden!  Guy tells me the outdoor area and pizza will be available Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting).  This is exciting news and I can’t wait to get down and enjoy some of Guy’s brews & pizza outside.


Bavarian Barbarian - Hard Times Farmhouse Ale

06 August 2009

From Kira:


WILLIAMSPORT, PA - The Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is pleased to announce the release of a new summer special: HARD TIMES BELGIAN FARMHOUSE ALE.

This newest creation is a unique interpretation of a classic Saison.  Up front, there are peppery and citrusy notes that slowly give way to more sublime spice and fruit characters.  Refreshing and somewhat dry, the mélange of spices, especially the addition of sassafras root, give HARD TIMES a very complex profile.

HARD TIMES ALE is a reflection of the tough economic times we all face.  Inspired by our own limited funds, the grain was put together from leftover malts from previous recipes, the yeast was borrowed from the Bullfrog Brewery and spices were procured from Williamsport's Freshlife Market.

For more information on Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company or this new release, please visit their website at or call 570-322-5050.


Stone Vertical Epic 9-9-09 – In Bottles Now

StoneVertical9LabelJust thought you'd want a quick peek at the label for Stone Vertical Epic 9-9-09 coming out soon.  Chocolate Malts, Belgian Yeast, fruit flavors, spiciness, vanilla and tangerine peels…and who could forget the French Oak Flavors…Should be tasty.


Breaker Brewing Co – I Love PA (IPA)

Breaker BrewingIlovePAJust thought you want an early peek at the logo/label for the new Breaker Brewing Co beer, I love PA.  Chris tells me this is an IPA/Pale Ale mix and should be out soon.  Stay tuned for details.


I Love PA (IPA) is NOW on tap @ Elmer Sudds as of 8/4 !!


I Love Stone Brewery

05 August 2009

Here’s a great little peek at one of my favorite breweries, Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA. Clicky HERE for the movie.


Bavarian Barbarian – Woof! DogBites Are Here

04 August 2009

From Kira:

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is excited to announce the release of Barbarian Dogbites. Dogbites are dog treats shaped like battle axes, made with spent grain - a by-product of the brewing process.  The treats come in three varieties - Peanut Butter, Chicken and Beef.  The Black Dog Bakery makes the treats, which are available in 8oz bags at both the brewery and the Williamsport Grower’s Market.

The idea to make dog treats from the spent grain was actually inspired by Luke, the “Barbarian” dog.  “As we are a two-person operation, our beagle, Luke, often visits the brewery,” owner, Kira Gay Hiller explains.  “On brewing days we noticed that Luke would make a beeline to any spent grain that had fallen on the floor and start munching.”  Knowing that many breweries use spent grain to make bread, Kira checked the internet and found a simple dog treat recipe.  She made several batches, which were shared with friends and family.  “Everyone loved them, even the “picky” dogs.  Someone even asked if they could pay me to make more. While making dog treats sounded like a great idea, I just couldn’t find the time.”

Then Kira’s husband, Mike, stopped at the Williamsport Grower’s Market one Saturday and met Todd and Milissa Hiller of the Black Dog Bakery.   Knowing that Luke had “tested and approved” their dog treats before, Mike asked them if they would be interested in making dog treats and they agreed.  A few sample batches later and a new partnership was born.
“The best part is that, like us, the Black Dog Bakery is comprised of a husband-wife team,” said Mike Hiller, “and they are only a year older then us.”  “Plus, they have improved on Kira’s original recipe - I’m tempted to eat them myself.”

The Black Dog Bakery, located in Loganton, opened April of 2006.  Each biscuit is hand rolled, cut and baked in owner, Milissa Hiller’s, kitchen.  The bakery is fully licensed and registered with the PA Dept. of Agriculture. All Commercial Feed License Laws are followed and all of their products are laboratory tested.  No sugar or preservatives are added to any of the recipes.  For more information on the Black Dog Bakery, visit their website at or call 570-725-2167
The Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is located in Williamsport Pennsylvania at 429 West 3rd Street. Williamsport's first production brewery since the 1950's, Bavarian Barbarian currently offers and distributes four year-round beers throughout Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit their website at or call (570) 322-5050


Mmmmmm Goudenband !

02 August 2009

Here’s a little cell phone picture to make you drool.  This comes to me courtesy of Steve and courtesy of “The Draft Barn” in NY.  I haven’t seen this in our area in quite some time, so it’s nice to see it’s close by at least.  I present to you Liefman’s Goudenband on tap!  Now we’re just one step short of finding Liefman’s Ghluhkriek locally on tap…



Troegs Scratch # 22 – Belgian White Ale

01 August 2009

TroegsScratchWord out of Troegs tasting room this morning  is that Scratch # 22 will be a Belgian White Ale using the traditional orange peel, coriander and spices.  Also revealed today is that the beer will use Westmalle yeast strains and come in just over 5.5%ABV.    RELEASED July 31st !!

vital statistics: SG: 12.3 ABV: 5.5% Malt: Pilsner and wheat (45%) IBU: 10 Hops: Magnum, German Northern Brewer Ju-Ju: Corriander, Orange Peel Yeast: Westmalle

Read more... – Beer Find of the Week – Sabatinis

SabatinisCoolerIt’s been a few weeks since we’ve pushed out a beer find of the week, but I think you’ll agree that it’s worth the wait.  Tonight our beer find of the week comes from Sabatinis.  Normally I’d pick one beer and declare it our beer find, but this week it’s not quite that easy.  This week we feature multiple beer finds.  While it would be easy to choose 2008 Lost Abbey Angel’s Share or Old Rasputin XII, I’ll just throw out a few others….Moylan’s Hopsickle, Dogfish Head Sah’tea, Pangea or Theobroma, Lost Abbey Witches Wit or how about Sierra Nevada Brown Saison on draft!  I can’t even begin to tell you how great a selection of bottles Sabatini’s has in stock.  Of course the food is fantastic…and with a beer menu organized alphabetically & by country…what more could you want.  Port Brewing, Lost Abbey, Dogfish head, Southern Tier, Founders…you name it Lindo’s got it.  So to summarize…my beer find of the week isn’t a beer…quite simply my beer find of the week this week IS Sabatinis!


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