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!
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?
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.
April is well underway which means that KBS week has come and gone. Luckily for those that did not get to attend the event , Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout is arriving or has arrived throughout the distribution footprint. For those who want to know where to buy Founder KBS, here are some options. Join in at one of the many KBS tappings they're hosting across the country this month! The following is a list of Founders off-site events, pouring and KBS tastings throughout the country.
The Burning Can (notjusta) Beer Fest is an outdoor music-soaked celebration of craft beer in a can, featuring beer sampling, spectator sports, The Beer Relay race, and live music by the Drive-By Truckers with all proceeds benefiting CAN'd Aid Foundation
Longmont, CO -- Oskar Blues Brewery, which announced plans to open a third brewery in Austin later this year, will host a pair of gritty, down-home music soaked experiences for Austinite's next month. The Colorado-based brewery's music roots run deep and their passion for all things outdoors paired with their obsessively crafted big brews are a perfect fit for the culture and lifestyle in Austin. OnWednesday, April 20th the anti-corporate genre-busting CAN-centric brewery will take over the Scoot Inn for a 4/20 "Smoke Out" followed by the Oskar Blue's signature celebration of craft beer in-a-can, Burning Can (notjusta) Beer Fest, onSaturday, 4/23 at Walter E. Long Park headlined by the Drive-By Truckers.
When we heard about the Raleigh Beer Garden last year, we knew this was a must visit beer destination. Beer Up is no stranger to Raleigh and it is a yearly tradition to visit this beer hotspot. The Raleigh Beer Garden has two Guinness world records to its credit including most varieties of beer and tap and most breweries on tap. Luckily this past week one of our contributors, Aaron Taylor AKA "A-Train" was able to weigh in on this marvel of beer consumption and give us the lowdown in this featured contributor article.
Beer Up sits down with Bum Wine Bob
What do you get when you cross the foremost expert in bum wines with the world of craft beer? When invited to join Bob on his weekly podcast, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to talk craft beer and share some Beer Up favorites. Bob's site is located at www.bumwinebob.com and covers the world of economical drinking options as well as dabbling into some craft beer reviews. If you missed the live broadcast you can still catch it here as we discuss some topics both new and old including:
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