Back in December we set some pretty ambitious goals at beer up with our New Beer's Resolutions list. Looking at the list now, it was pretty ambitious and I am feeling a bit dejected. However one venue that did not end up on my list in Asheville NC. I have always wanted to head out that way as it is home to numerous breweries we have featured before including Sierra Nevada, Catawba and Wicked Weed for its Dark Arts Release Party to name a few. So it was bittersweet news when I found out that on the weekend we are heading to Asheville with some beer friends, some of my other beer buddies are having a bar crawl in Richmond VA. While I would love to be in two places at once, a weekend in Asheville was too hard to pass up. Luckily, through the miracle of technology, we can follow both bar crawls in real time through their untapped feeds. This way our readers can see what local beers are being consumed and get up to the minute ratings and reviews. If you ever wanted to head to Richmond or Asheville, this is a great opportunity to see some of the bars and breweries worth visiting as our beer savants give you a virtual brew tour throughout the day. As always feel free to chime in with comments below. Cheers!
Beer KO Super Heavyweights Collide
Saturday stout day? Is that a thing yet? There is Taco Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday and if you are living on the East coast these days stouts are the only things darker and drearier than this weather. Typically at this time of year we are breaking into summer beers and lighter libations, but it seems like the rain is not going to allow Summer to arrive. So what better way to complement the weather than by tasting and comparing some super heavy, dark, rich stouts? We gathered three of Beer Up's most horizontally endowed stout enthusiasts to put these to a test.
So a few months back I found out the NCAA Tournament was having its first rounds in Raleigh, which is about the time we take our annual beer trip to this fine city every year. Being that we are all married and not in control of our plans, we started putting together a plan to head to Raleigh for a few days, catch some games and imbibe in the city's finest beer offerings. What started off as 4 or 5 guys quickly whittled down to two and our three day weekend of freedom was shrunk to one day and one night. Determined to make an adventure out of it, the two of us headed down there to try and pack a weekend long bar crawl into one day. I can't see how that could go wrong?
Submission by Austin Phy. When Austin isn't writing about beer, he's writing about music. Check his sonic ramblings over at The Deli Nashville, a daily updated website focused on the independent music scene of the Nashville area, or catch him here on twitter.
I’m not a big growler guy. It’s a symptom of a larger fear of commitment present in many areas of my life. There are plenty of character witnesses you could ask, but I really don’t believe anyone would benefit from that. Recently I had a daylong low-level panic attack considering the realities of signing a 2-year phone contract. Somehow my own mortality came into the question. Very quickly, it stopped being a thing about a phone.
On one of our recent Beer Travels to Raleigh, we decided to mix things up a bit and hit the Durham area first. Durham features it's own fantastic breweries and bars as well as being a short drive from Raleigh. Like any beer geek worth his salt, no trip to Durham would be complete without a trip to Sam's Quik Shop to stock up on craft beer goodies. Long story short, I was able to pick up a number of unique North Carolina beers including the two that will be featured here. It has been a while since we did one of our head to head beer reviews known as the Beer KO. In this smackdown of Southern brewed IPA's we taste test them side by side to determine a winner.
A week and one day after the NCAA basketball tournament crowned its champion, we are happy to crown our champion of brewers. If you have been following along, we started with a field of 32 brewers to be rated in the Beerup Bracket Tournament. As we progressed through the rounds, votes poured in via hashtag voting as well as online voting. There were plenty of surprises, upsets and blowouts en route to arriving at our Final Four Brewers. The final survivors over the three rounds of voting were Lagunitas out of the West, Victory Brewing from the Northeast, Founders representing the Midwest, and Dogfish Head from the South rounding out the top 4 brewers.
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