Welcomes The Pickled Trout Tavern

30 September 2010

PickledTroutLogo Cheers & Welcome to The Pickled Trout officially participating with Welcome aboard Andrew...the beer loving community thanks you!  Click HERE to go to the mybeerbuzz Pickled Trout page.


Wegmans Beer & Food Oktoberfest Pairing

WegmansLogo Wegmans Oktoberfest Beer and Food Pairing. 10-2-10 11-3 p.m.-Free to the public. Must have valid I.D. to consume alcohol

1-Becks Oktoberfest- paired with Wegmans bratwurst and sauerkraut and multigrain baguette
2-Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale-paired with roast pork with apples
3-Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale-with baked potato salad
4-Yuengling Black and Tan-paired with leek & potato soup with pumpernickel bread
5-Rogue Dead Guy-paired with pretzel roll, Hartman’s knackwurst, German tilsit cheese and Wegmans whole grain mustard
6-Brooklyn Brown Ale-paired with Black Forest cake


Lion Brewery Label Fun - Astor

LionAstorLabel Here’s a new one we haven’t posted yet from Pocono Brewing…Astor 12oz.


Chip the Beer Guy – Guy Hagner Berwick Brewing Co

BerwickBrewingLogoNew Good to hear Guy appearing on the radio this morning.  Berwick Brewing Co is holding their Oktoberfest celebration this weekend and again starting next Thursday and running through Sunday 10/10.  DSC07461This is a great Oktoberfest celebration with all kinds of music, food and beer and one I plan to attend myself.  The guys sampled Berwick Brewing Oktoberfest today and it sounds like Chip wore his Lederhosen on the show.


Friday BeerBuzz – The Teaser (1 Oct 2010)

29 September 2010

WILKFridayBeerbuzz4 Just when you thought it was safe to assume this week’s Friday BeerBuzz would be just another normal show, we threw in an unexpected curveball to mix it up.  Last week we decided to throw in two curve balls, and I think it worked out great.  First off, we had local hockey sensation Dennis Bonvie join us in the studio to sample the beer with us.  And as if that wasn’t fun enough, Head Brewer Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing in Escondido California joined us on the phone to sample Stone 14 Emperial IPA.  Needless to say the mix worked out really well…a great beer, a great head brewer to talk about his beer and a fun in-studio guest to sample it with us.

So what will we be tasting this week? 

Hint: We’re finally bringing in a much-requested beer style and we’ll do something with it that we’ve never done before on the show! 

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday Beerbuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. 

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Krugel’s Tasting Event – 1 Oct 2010 Chimay Red

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Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer Now Sponsoring the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK

24 September 2010

KrugelsLogo I’m excited to report that Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer is now sponsoring the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK.  This is not only exciting for everyone on the show, but very good news for local craft beer lovers.  Stay tuned for exciting new craft beers that Krugel’s will be featuring as well as some really interesting beers now on tap and available in growlers at Krugel’s.  Thanks to Joe, Kevin, Michelle and everyone for sponsoring the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK.


WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 24 Sept 2010 (Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA)

WILKFridayBerbuzz7 Yes I’ll readily admit that my inner beer-geek emerged as we welcomed brewmaster Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing Co to the Friday BeerBuzz.  As Webster will reinforce, Stone Brewery & world bistro gardens is an amazing place; one of my favorite beer destinations, and a place all beer lovers should visit.  Not only does Stone serve some amazing beers there, but the brewing facility and outdoor gardens are incredible. (see photos below).Stone14

It was incredibly nice of Mitch to join us live on the phone from Escondido CA at 5:30AM in the morning their time, and even though Mitch admits he’s an early riser, I’m still very thankful that he took the time.  Stone beers are huge in our market and I think it’s really exciting to have our local listeners get to hear from the man responsible for brewing them.SanDiegoJune2008 209

Stone 14th Anniversary (Emperial IPA) has a great story and of course it’s also a great beer.  For those that have followed along, Stone has been shopping for real estate in the UK to potentially open the first US craft brewing facility in the UK.  While on that journey, Mitch & the guys from Stone spent some time researching the history of the India Pale Ale and came up with Emperial IPA.  This adventure not only spawned a great beer, but stay tuned for a book that Mitch & Steve Wagner are writing about IPA brewing for the Brewers Association.SanDiegoJune2008 213

Emperial IPA is a malty British-styled IPA for sure, but it has way more going for it than that.  To my palate, the IPA also has not only a prominent hoppy character, but also a strong peach backbone.  Now I’ll admit I love a good peach flavor in a beer and maybe I just want to taste Peach in here, but I swear I do.  In any case this is a great beer and one that you should seek out while it is still readily available in NEPA.SanDiegoJune2008 211

I also want to say a big thank you to Dennis Bonvie for joining us on the show and tasting Stone 14 with us.  It was exciting to meet Dennis and I’m excited to see his Beefy King & Blue Chip Gourmet restaurants doing so well in Wilkes-Barre.  A big show for sure and another tasty beer. 
to Mitch, Dennis, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 
The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE

Read more... Welcomes Beer Boys

23 September 2010

BeerBoysLogo Cheers & Welcome to Beer officially participating with Welcome aboard Ryan...the beer loving community thanks you!  Click HERE to go to the mybeerbuzz Beer Boys page.


Lion Brewery Label Fun – Home Light

LionHomeLight I always love the generic beers and I always wonder if the label is intentionally designed to look generic, or the design is simply part of the overall small budget.  Here we have Home Light Beer in the 12oz size.


Oktoberfest @ Elmer Sudds 9/24


Chip the Beer Guy

I’ve been out of town and off the grid, but I was able to check out the show this week.  Since this week’s show was a repeat from a few weeks ago I’ll just say a belated congratulations to Mark & Chris from Breaker Brewing Co for appearing last week with Pot Belly Pumpkin. 


Friday BeerBuzz The Teaser (24 Sept 2010)

22 September 2010

WILKFridayBeerbuzz4 As some may know last week was a fun, unusual and hectic show.  Mrs. BeerBuzz & I departed on a last minute vacation shortly after the show, in fact we ran straight from the studio to the airport.  This sort of chaos always imparts a different energy into the show, and hopefully it was a good energy.  It was also fun having Mrs. BeerBuzz hang out in the studio to see where the “magic happens” ;)  Troegs Scratch # 29 is a unique beer and one I’m glad I brought on the show.  Yes I’ve heard from those that have said it was better fresh, but I still stand by my assertion that it has improved as the oak flavor has mellowed….you be the judge.

So what will we be tasting this week? 

Hint: This week is BIG!!  Tune in and see why…and yes it’s because of our guest! 

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday Beerbuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. 

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Bourbon Barrels @ Victory??

21 September 2010

From Victory’s FaceBook Site:


Bourbon Barrels At Victory? Whatever could we be working on . . . ;-)


Congrats to our local GABF medalists !!

18 September 2010

Congratulations to BullFrog, Troegs, Stoudts, Weyerbacher, McKenzies Triumph and all the others !!

Clicky HERE for the full list of 2010 medalists


WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 17 Sept 2010 (Troegs Scratch # 29)

17 September 2010

WILKFridayBerbuzz7 Troegs Brewing company started brewing their scratch series many years ago, and without a doubt it has been one of the more successful series of limited-production brewed beers on the east coast.  Chris & John Treogner, along with their brewing staff have managed to incorporate some really interesting ingredients while still using many of their tradition production beer ingredients, and even moving some Scratch beers into future production beers.

Today we sampled Scratch # 29, and oak aged Belgian IPA…and therein lies the controversy I mentioned in the teaser post on Wed.  Scratch # 29 is barrel aged in virgin oak barrels from Keystone Coopers.  This unused oak imparts a really prominent character into the beer and while many beer lovers out there are proclaiming that it should be consumed extremely fresh, to my palate it is getting better with age as the oak mellows.  This is why I chose to bring it on the show now and not back in July when it was first released.
This beer is big in a lot of ways.  Big flavor, big yeasty bite and big carbonation (as you’ll see when you open one).  This beer also uses a proprietary yeast from Westmalle that really changes the character of the beer considerably.

I also want to thank Mayor Justin Taylor for coming on the show with us and helping us sample the Scratch # 29, AND for giving away some tickets to the Pioneer City Oktoberfest in Carbondale on October 2nd.

Another amazing show (even with our secret guest)  and a really interesting and rare beer. 
to Justin, John, Nancy, Joe, Bosco (and Mrs. BeerBuzz) for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE


Breaker Brewing Potbelly Pumpkin Al on Hand Pump @ Elmer Sudds

Model COI just found out that Chris & Mark & Breaker Brewing Company racked ONE cask keg of Pot Belly Pumpkin Ale AND helped John repair the hand pump at Elmer Sudss…and you know what this means?  You got it….Pot Belly Pumpkin Ale will be on Hand Pump @ Elmer Sudds starting TONIGHT (9/17) !!


Weyerbacher News – 16 Sept 2010

16 September 2010

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is out in some markets, others will be getting it shortly. We had a great harvest this year on the hops! You can check out the video of harvest day on the home page of our website. And be sure to check out the beer soon, it won't last long!

Pumpkin Ale & AutumnFest have been flying off the shelves at most stores and we are having trouble supplying the demand. We'll keep shipping though if you'll keep drinking!

Lew Bryson will be at the brewery on Saturday, September 25th from Noon til 2:30 signing and selling copies of his latest, 4th Edition PA craft breweries book. Hope you can make it in.

Imperial Pumpkin Shirts are now available on our website store as well as some new hats and other great stuff!

From Head Brewer Chris Wilson:
While we have thoroughly enjoyed brewing batch after batch after batch of Imperial Pumpkin Ale, we are happy to get our creative juices flowing again with the Brewer's Select Series.  Things are a bit compacted with Mike being released a little late due to production of Pumpkin, Fest, etc. and with November needing to be released in, well, November (just seems right).  That means that within a few weeks you'll get the pleasure to try two new Brewer's Select beers!  Things could change, but here is the plan for now. Mike will be a Belgian Dubbel  and November will be a Coffee-Infused Brown Ale for the holidays.


New Beers from Bullfrog !

BullfrogCitra From Terry:


A few things for yer heads,


I have 2 beers coming on tap Friday (9/17), Flying Frog ESB (Extra Special Bitter- check yer shiny pamphlets for what an ESB is)and Crystal-ized American Wheat.  Based on the success of the Citra-delic Summer Wheat I've decided to do a whole series of American Wheat beers featuring a single hop variety using the same base beer, this way you and our customers will really get a chance to taste the differences hop to hop.  This one, you guessed it, is Crystal.  Coming up on Sept.24th (Friday) I'll be releasing Hop-gasm Fresh Hop DIPA (double india pale ale), for this one I used the beer Deuane as a base then "wet Hopped" it with 60 pounds of fresh Citra hops (in technical terms that's a shitload). It's 9% abv and will be on CO2 instead of nitro (like deuane was).


And since people have been asking about an "Oktoberfest" beer I'm brewing Festivus, an amber ale that will be available around the first week of October(hopefully).


A couple other things I have planned for the very near future... KFc Pumpkin Stout (Kristen Fields Chocolate Pumpkin Stout, she gave me the idea and it will be served on nitro)... our "brewer for the day winner Doug Strouse's Raspberry Cream Stout... Pig Pig (a double bacon brown ale, yep bacon)... and don't forget about my collaboration with the Bavarian Barbarian, Gothika, a lightly smoked-black-double bock- lagered in freshly emptied Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, 9.2%abv and it f**in' rocks!


Local Beer Advertising

Here’s a real cool little video courtesy of my friend Stashu Milski showing some great local beer advertising photos.  Very cool, thanks Stashu!


I AM a Craft Beer Drinker


Friday BeerBuzz The Teaser - 17 Sep 2010

15 September 2010

WILKFridayBeerbuzz4 Last week we welcomed Leo Orlandini & Darel Matthews into the studio to sample Stegmaier Oktoberfest.  This beer always signals the beginning of the fall season for me and it’s slightly sweet malty-character and full-bodied feel always does a good job of kicking off the Oktoberfest beer season too.  The beer was tasty and the guys were really fun guests.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…having guests that are also good friends is always a ton of fun…especially when they bring a great beer that they brewed.  Thanks again guys.

So what will we be tasting this week? 

Hint: This one is unique in over 28 ways and a local rare beer that will cause some controversy.  We ALSO will have a very special guest in the studio!  

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday Beerbuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. 

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Berwick Brewing Co - Oktoberfest

14 September 2010

BerwickOktoberfest2010 We rolled out some of the details a few weeks ago but here’s the official event poster for Berwick Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest celebration…


Pennsylvania Breweries 4th Edition by Lew Bryson

LewBrew I’m happy to report that the 4th edition of Pennsylvania Breweries by my pal Lew Bryson will be hitting the streets on Sept 21st.  Lew was in NEPA earlier in the spring to check out our local breweries and I’m excited not only by how many of our locals made the book, but I’m also excited to see that Weyerbacher, Troegs, Bavarian Barbarian, Stoudts, Victory, Otto’s, Yards and Appalachian Brewing Co all made the cover.  Lew will be launching the book signing tour at the Hummelville Inn on Sept 23rd and also at Victory Brewing on Oct 5th.  Lew tells me there will be more dates and signings so stay tuned for details.  For anyone unfamiliar, Lew’s book is a wonderful guidebook to finding great beers in Pennsylvania.  Congratulations Lew…can’t wait to check it out.


WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 10 Sept 2010 (Stegmaier Oktoberfest)

10 September 2010

There’s a different energy in the studio when we have guests, and when we welcome two guests that I consider friends, it’s even more fun.  Today we welcomed Leo Orlandini and Darel Matthews from Lion Brewery to taste their Stegmaier Oktoberfest.  Now I know you may be thinking we’re pushing the season, but keep in mind the real Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany actually starts on Sept 18th and ends by Oct 3rd…so we’re right on.

Oktoberfest as we know it started as a wedding celebration in 1810.  Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted his subjects to share in his wedding celebration so he organized a horse race and a pretty major party attended by over 40,000 guests.  Today the 16-day celebration draws close to 7 million people, and perhaps even more this year as they celebrate the 200 year anniversary.  It’s also fun to note that each year 5.5 million litres of beer are consumed in Munich and the tents can hold close to 100,000 people. 

FridayBeerbuzz10Sep2010 Lion Brewery produces a seasonal Oktoberfest beer every year in support of the Oktoberfest tradition.  It’s a really interesting and tasty fall beer and a seasonal beer I look forward to every year.  It’s fun to hear the brewing details of this beer from the guys that brew it, and really fun to taste Oktoberfest with Leo & Darel as well.

It was also interesting to hear the capacity that Lion Brewery has to brew beers.  We’re all too used to talking to brewers with 100-gallon capacities so it’s an interesting contrast to compare that to Lion’s 45,000-gallon lagering tanks (see photo).  Fortunately this makes Lion products available to more and more beer lovers.
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I really enjoyed having two friends on as guests…and of course the Oktoberfest was yummy.. 
to Leo, Darel, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE


Troegs Scratch # 33 is Out!

09 September 2010

TroegsScratch From Troegs:


Starting with a blend of pale malt and wheat along with honey malt – a pale Canadian barley with a distinctive sweet finish – Scratch #33 includes orange peel, coriander, elderflower and honey bush for a subtle fruit balance that complements the pepper zest of Saison du Pont yeast. Following the boil, the wort passed through our hopback (filled with spices) and then began a rapid ferment at a higher than typical temperature for an ale yeast. Following fermentation, Scratch #33 was bottle-conditioned with Westmalle yeast and warm-aged for two weeks to create a vibrant carbonation with an effervescent finish.


Troegs Splinter Blue Release Date

Troegs SPlinter From Troegs:


Splinter Blue will be available at Troegs Brewery on Thurs, Sept 16 starting at 10 am. There is a two-bottle limit per person, and the price is $22.95 for a 750 ml bottle. We have approximately 400 bottles available for sale. As with our last Splinter release we will allow small groups in the brewery for their purchase. We will have a few extra surprises this day as well.


Micro Brew U @ Brew Works

From Mike:


So you’ve already been on our free brewery tour and still have a thirst for more beer knowledge?

Do you loooove microbrews, and can’t get enough?
Well you’ve got to get schooled! Come to the Brew Works on the Green’s Microbrew U!
On the 2nd Mondays of every month at 7pm, we’ll explore the better beers from our local region, from around the country, the world…and straight from our tanks!
In addition to the tastings, we’ll be bringing in brewers and other beer experts to Microbrew U!
And soon, you’ll be an expert too!

Upcoming Classes:
September 13th – Brew Works Brewer Nick Micio leads a tasting discussion on the glories of Sour Beers. SWEET!

ENROLL NOW! 484-223-2020

Cost for September? FREE. Yeah, tell the registrar! Tasting 5 sour beers (5oz samples). See you there!


Breaker Brewing Co Potbelly Pumpkin Hits the Streets Tomorrow (9/10)

Check or’s beer doppler for locations.


Lion Brewery Label Fun – Liebotschaner Cream Ale

LionLiebCream I know we’ve done Lieb more than a few times, but not this version.


Chip the Beer Guy - Weihenstephaner

Today the guys tasted a decidedly German beer from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephaner…say that three times fast.  Weihenstephaner is widely known as claiming to be the oldest brewery in Europe coming from Freising Bavaria and tracing it roots back to 1040 AD.  Only the claims from Zatac Brewery in the Czech Republic that prove it paid a beer tax in 1004AD can counter that claim.

The beer of the day was a traditional light German fest beer.  A German Marzen style with 5.8% ABV that Weihenstephaner brews year round and a beer that is widely available in the states.  Cheers guys.


Friday BeerBuzz The Teaser - 10 Sep 2010

08 September 2010

WILKFridayBeerbuzz1 With Chuck Yarmey from the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers in the studio and the chaos that is BEER CAM also present, last Friday’s show was a fun one.  I think home brewing has always been on the horizon for me and I’ve just never made the move to actually do it.  I do plan to attend the meeting on 9/13 (7PM) at Sabatinis to hang out with the guys and look a little closer at home brewing.  It’s important to remember that you don’t have to home brew to attend the meetings, and you don’t have to buy all of the gear to participate in home brewing.  There are many local men and women that are actively home brewing that are even willing to pass on their experiences and let you share in the brewing experience.  Of course you can just come to the meeting and talk about beer if you’d like…that’s always encouraged.  Thanks again to Chuck for coming on the Friday BeerBuzz.

So what will we be tasting this week? 

Hint: This week the seasons have changed and our guests will confirm that. 

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday Beerbuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. 

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Victory Recalls Helios Ale 2009 Exploding Bottles

Apparently Victory is having an over carbonation issue with some of their Helios Ale bottles that were bottled between Oct 26th and Dec 10 2009.  This has caused a level of carbonation that is exceeding the bottle’s “burst rating.”….i.e. exploding bottles (with confirmed reports).  For more details Clicky HERE.


Bavarian Barbarian Gothika & Philly Press Releases

07 September 2010

BavarianBarbarianLogo We really enjoyed having Mike Hiller from Bavarian Barbarian on the Friday BeerBuzz a few months ago and we were honored that he chose to announce his new co-brew with Terry Hawbaker on our show.  Mike is now announcing Gothika in a press release AND announcing his moves in into the Philly market.  Exciting news Mike!


SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Two Williamsport Brewers Create Unholy Collaboration WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Two Williamsport brewers have collaborated on a brewing project that invokes hell itself. Terry Hawbaker of Bullfrog Brewery and Mike Hiller from Bavarian Barbarian have created a 9% ABV beer of demonic proportions. What started out as a simple black lager, or schwarzbier, quickly grew into a Gothic nightmare. As if swept away by shadowy inspirations, the two tragic brewers combined the darkest of Bavarian brewing traditions with an American devil-may-care attitude. First came the darkness of a Bavarian schwarzbier, but unsatisfied by the meager alcohol content Hawbaker and Hiller decided to increase its potency to that of a German dopplebock beer. Still not quite content with a mere strong black lager, the two soon agreed that the beer should have a smoky character and conspired to add smoked malts to the hefty brew. The mark of the beast was indelibly scribed upon the liquid shadow when the final gravity was recorded at 6.66º Plato. Obviously overtaken by the dark spirit that unquenchably thirsts for more, Brewer Hawbaker got his wringing hands upon a shipment of bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery and the two evil-doers have lagered the already sinful concoction within those same recently emptied oak barrels. The name of this libation of doom is Gothika, and it will be released, upon the Master’s bidding, sometime in mid-October. It will be available on draft only, poured from spiked tap handles so as to inflict harm and bloodshed upon anyone who dares to pull a pint of Lucifer’s own. The owners of Bullfrog Brewery and Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company have taken out additional insurance policies to permanently institutionalize anyone who goes criminally mad from drinking Gothika. A strict warning has been issued jointly by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and The Surgeon General of the United States warning that drinking Gothika may lead to permanent, homicidal insanity. As if the apparently evil beer is not enough, there are rumors that the demonic duo are conspiring to hold a Satanic Black Mass to celebrate the release of the monster Gothika upon the peaceful and unsuspecting masses of Pennsylvania.

BARBARIAN INVASION OF PHILADELPHIA UNDERWAY Williamsport Brewery Begins Distribution in the Big City WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Building on successful distribution in the counties surrounding Philadelphia, Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company recently began distribution in the city itself. Contracting with Philadelphia’s own wholesale powerhouse, Bella Vista Beer Distributors, the Barbarian’s 2x4 India Pale Ale and Hammerin’ Ale have already hit the city market and will soon be followed by Headbangerz Brown Ale and Steel Drivin’ Stout. After tremendous success working with Gretz Beer Company in Bucks, Berks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, the Bavarian Barbarian’s founder and brewer, Mike Hiller, decided that the next logical step was to invade the Philadelphia market. After several weeks of researching wholesalers and the craft beer market in Philadelphia, Mike found that Bella Vista would make the best wholesale partner for the Barbarian. In fact, Bella Vista sold out of the first shipment of Barbarian beers within days of its delivery. A big part of the decision to begin pushing into the city came from the very positive response of Philadelphians at various beer festivals, including the Philly Beer Week Opening Tap event. For more information on Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company, please visit their website at or call 570-322-5050.


Beer Cam - Home Alone (version 1.2)

05 September 2010

We not only modified BEER CAM again (verion 1.2), but we made the mistake of leaving him (or her) Home Alone last night...



Friday BeerBuzz - Beer Cam 3 Sept 2010

03 September 2010

Here's our second installment of the Friday Beerbuzz BEER CAM. This week we feature Beer Cam version 1.1 and we shot a considerably longer video....which is good news for all the BEER CAM fans. Beer Cam loved the show today and he really enjoyed pouring the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers IPA & Baltic Porter. Stay tuned for future appearances of the Friday BeerBuzz BEER CAM!



WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 3 Sept 2010 (Wyoming Valley Home Brewers IPA & Baltic Porter)

WILKFridayBerbuzz7 Today we welcomed a unique guest to the Friday BeerBuzz.  We normally welcome brew masters who make a living brewing beer for some of our local (and not so local) breweries.  But keep in mind for every brewer that is brewing professionally, there are hundreds of home brewers brewing for the simple love of brewing beer.

Our guest today was Chuck Yarmey, founder of the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers.  Chuck and President Joe Miller are celebrating their 15th year as a club so we’d encourage you to stop down to Sabatini’s on Sept 13th at 7PM and attend their monthly meeting. (I know I’ll be there).  If you ever had any interest in home brewing yourself, participating in a home brewing session with one of the members OR simply hanging out and talking beer with a bunch of guys that love beer, this club is for you.

wyoming valley homebrewers

Now I know what you’re saying….home brewed beers are just “OK” beers and not so great…well you’d be wrong.  Not only did we taste two fantastic brews today, but John & I also judged the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers competition back in June and the beers were really good.  I should also note that a few years back, the guys had a Bourbon Porter that was by far one of the best beers at the Split Rock Great American Beer Festival, even compared to professional brews.  These home brews are good!

Today we tasted an IPA and a Baltic Porter, and congratulations to the brewers of these beers, because we really enjoyed them.  I think we also broke new ground here by bringing the first homebrewing beers on the radio to sample.  I can also tell you Beer Cam really enjoyed riding shotgun on the IPA bottle as well while we tasted.

Another amazing show if I do say so myself…and two more tasty beers. 
to Chuck, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE


New Beer Releases @ Fegley’s Brew Works

02 September 2010

BrewWorksLogo Bethlehem Brew Works - Released today, September 2

CH-47 Pale Ale  (1.047 O.G., 5.0% A.B.V)
This light copper, dry finishing American Pale Ale is an excellent addition to the Brew Works fleet of pale ales.  A hefty sling load weight of Chinook hops gives this beer its distinctive bite, Chinook and Cascade hops contribute to its almost citrus aroma.  A hopheads Delight

Bethlehem Brew Works - Coming Tuesday September 7
Cold Rolling Cream Ale (1.042 O.G., 4.2% A.B.V)
Crisp and refreshing straw colored ale with the characteristics found in most commercial lagers.  A refreshing brew to all the High Alcohol variants.  4.50/pint


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Lion Brewery – Label Fun

LionLabelHopeOktoberfest Since we’re approaching the Oktoberfest season, I thought this would be a great label.  I present to you Hop Oktoberfest…and be sure to check out the pretzel logo.


Chip the Beer Guy – Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch Ale

Strangest ingredient you’ve ever had in a beer?  Today the guys talked about the Yards founders series Ben Franklin Spruce Ale as Chip’s oddest ingredient….and I’ll agree that the Ben Franklin Ale is odd, but Spruce is probably not the oddest ingredient for me.  I guess I’d probably vote for either Oysters, or the odd coffee bean that is actually digested by a wild civet cat, pooped out, and then used to make beer (and coffee)….very odd.

Today the guys tasted Wild Goose Pumpkin Patch Ale and everyone seemed to like it.  Not my favorite pumpkin beer, but interesting for sure.  Cheers guys.


Friday BeerBuzz – The Teaser (9/3/2010)

01 September 2010

WILKFridayBeerbuzz4 I can’t believe the end of summer has arrived.  Yes I love the three day weekend but I can’t tell you how much I’d rather it be the Memorial Day weekend and not Labor Day…but again I digress.

Last week’s show we premiered the Beer Cam and tasted Weeping Radish Black Radish.  The beer was yummy and who know the Beer Cam would become such an instant celebrity.  People love the Beer Cam and rest assured he (or she) will become a regular guest and co-host of the show.  I can’t guarantee such a celebrity will be available for every show, but we’ll do our best.

So what will we be tasting this week? 

Hint: This week we’ll be tasting more than one beer I guarantee YOU’ve never tried.  This will be a unique show with a unique guest. 

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday Beerbuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together. 

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