- Written by Devon
A couple months ago we began noticing an interesting trend. People who used to bring light beer to a party were now bringing Blue Moon, a witbier made by Coors. For us this is both good and bad. It's good because people are looking beyond a typical light beer, but we felt like people were missing out on so much. The selection of witbiers made by craft breweries is quite vast and we wanted to help showcase some of the other options out there. In our minds there were much better offerings than Blue Moon, but we wanted to see what other people thought.
In order to test our theory, we pulled together four witbiers: Blue Moon, Avery White Rascal, Haverhill Brewery Whittier White and Allagash White. We gathered a group of friends - with the offer of free beer it wasn't hard - and began a blind taste test. Each taster was presented with four glasses, each with a sample of a different beer. We asked them to simply give impressions of each and rank them from best to worst. With that said, surely you want some results.
- Written by Devon
Our tour ended and we sat down to speak with Dave, it's here our interview begins:
DCB: How did you start brewing?
Dave: I did some brewing at home, like a lot of home brewers. Did a lot of home brewing, a lot of self education, everything I could get my hands on the internet and came with that knowledge. Totally came here just to get my foot in the door bottling wise. I worked as a cook at a restaurant before I came here. They told me my reputation preceded me as to how clean the restaurant was, how good the food was, temperatures. They basically said OK, we're going to teach you our system, you have the basic knowledge, and I basically flourished here. It's basically the perfect environment if you don't mind getting dirty and getting tired there's a lot to be taught and learned.
- Written by Jeff Wharton
We here at DrinkCraftBeer.com want to extend our congratulations to the winners of the Great British Beer Fest's American Cask Ale Competition. We had some notable locals and friends win awards and would like to give credit to all! The results are:
Gold: Opa Opa - King Oak Milk Stout
Silver: Gritty McDuff's - Gritty's IPA
Joint Bronze: Gardner Ale House - Facelift IPA & Three Floyds - Romulus
Above: Dave Richardson, Award Winning Brewmaster at Gardner Ale House
Congratulations to Dave Richardson at Gardner Ale House, who we recently had the pleasure of sitting down with and sampling his beers! Opa Opa is always putting out good stuff as well. While we haven't gotten out there yet, their reputation precedes them. Way to go to probably one of the most heralded US breweries, Three Floyds! We will be speaking with them on our road trip in September. And, Gritty McDuff's, way to go! We will have to make our way up to Maine soon.
Anyway, shoot any of them a congratulatory email if you're so inclined, and tell them DrinkCraftBeer let you know!
- Written by Devon
We’ve known about the best brewery on Martha’s Vineyard for a while now. And, while it’s Martha’s Vineyard’s only brewery, if there were others it would still be the best. We’re of course speaking of Offshore Ale Company. We came to speak with new brewer, Joe Cleinman, who has had a short but interesting time in the industry so far. He started out with a love of beer in college at Vassar, where he started teaching a beer tasting class and home brewing classes. He also worked as a tour guide at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian style brewery in Cooperstown, NY.
When his friends bought a complete brew structure, it seems he basically took over the operation of brewing on that. After setting it up for them, he would brew often while showing people how it worked and how to brew. As a junior in college, earning his degree in Biology, he became friendly with some of the Ommegang brewers and moved up to become an assistant brewer.
We got to Offshore quite early for our interview so we could enjoy some of the quality beer and food that they make. While we were sitting at the bar, we struck up a conversation with a gentleman named Jürgen from Germany. He says he comes every summer and one of the big reasons is Offshore Ale Company. He was drinking the Hefeweizen and said it’s one of the best; comparable to anything in Germany. Now we’ve traveled far for beer, as many of you know. But from Germany? Most people go there for beer. We were duly impressed at the reviews he gave to Offshore, and were even more excited than ever to have this brewery just a short ferry ride away!