Oddbits: ‘Punkin’ beer from Dogfish comes to San Francisco, Chocolate stout from Ommegang, Jolly Pumpkin at City Beer…
By William Brand
Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 11:40 pm in Uncategorized.
Oddbits and diverse happenings...I’ve been working my butt off on other projects for the last two days and for the first time in months haven’t posted anything new…well lots of catching up to do….
New beers...my spies and posters to this blog tell me that Dogfish Head has a new beer headed to San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and parts of the peninsula as far south as San Jose, but sadly not to the East Bay. It’s Punkin Ale and the two people I’ve talked to who have tried it said they love it. One guy admits the he, like me, hates pumpkin ales. “I liked it,” he said.
DBI Brands, the San Francisco distributor, said it’s already at City Beer, 1168 Folsom St. in San Francisco, and soon will be in four-packs at the Whole Foods and Beverages & More stores in San Francisco. A poster to the blog found it at a Whole Foods in San Jose… Dogfish Head says this about the beer:
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. Perfect to warm-up with, as the season cools. 7% abv, 24 ibu
Tasting Notes: Malty, pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar.
Food Pairing recommendations: Turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing, dessert dumplings.
While we’re mentioning City Beer…This comes from proprietors Craig and Beth Wathen:
Riddle me this…what does a bottleshop do when they desire a beer previously unavailable in keg format outside of a festival? In our case, we buy a keg shell, employ one family member with a penchant for adventure, and start a traveling keg program. Our story begins…….
I began my life like so many other keg shells, in a warehouse destined for a brewery somewhere in the vast United States. One day, a small bottleshop in San Francisco picked me out of the masses, tattooed their name on my shell, and sent me on a journey. I arrived shiny and new in Valparaiso, Indiana where I rode in a car bound for the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Michigan. My driver, a woman with a love for the open road, delivered me straight away to the good folk of Jolly Pumpkin.
Filled with fine craft beer I traveled to my importer. My horizon expanded as I was then shipped off to my distributor in Northern California, finally arriving “home” at City Beer Store. I’m tapped and ready to taste. I would simply love if you would stop in to say “hello”.
The best part of my new life is I will now be a part of a City Beer Store program, “The Roaming Keg”. I’ll roam around from town to town filled along the way with speciality beer previously unavailable. Available now to you, because I was adopted by a good beer loving family.
The first Jolly on tap is the Calabaza Blanca.
My comment…if you’ve never tried Jolly Pumpkin beers, you’re in for a treat.
Also coming our way soon…from Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY: 2008 Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence stout. First person to see it in Northern California give me a shout or post something here… This was a wonderful beer and lasted about two hours around Thanksgiving in the Bay Area last year.
Found this accolade to Amarillo and Casacade hops from “Hokie Brewer” on brewboard.com
As you land on my tongue with your friend Amarillo helping out, it’s a cascade of flavor. You are so friggin tasty. I mean, they should have named you deluge, because you’re just BURSTING with delicious citrusy yet mellow and awesome. mmmmmmm… I love you cascade. I’m so glad you’re in my pale ale
Events: Sunday, Sept. 21, 4 – 6 p.m., The Jug Shop, a fine wine store in San Francisco at 1590 Pacifica Ave. is hosting a tasting of the complete line up of Unibroue beers. Cost is $10 per person. There will be a brewery rep on hand to explain the complexity of these Chamby, Quebec craft beers, which will include Blanche de Chamblywhite ale, Chambly Noire black ale, Maudite amber-red ale, Don de Dieu triple wheat ale, La Fin Du Monde strong triple-ale, Trois Pistoles dark ale, Ephemere- white ale brewed with apple must, Terrible, a strong dark brown ale, and their vintage 17th Anniversary.
Traveling on… I’d love to be on the Maryland shore on Saturday, the Zymurnauts, a homebrew club and the Chesapeake Bay Branch of the Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood are holding their 2008 Crab Feast from noon – 6 p.m. at Goddard Space Flight Center. For $35 you can eat all the steamed (Chesapeake Bay soft shell crabs) and cask ale you can consume. Tickets much be purchased online by 6 p.m. EDT (3 p.m. PDT) today at http://www.mdhomebrewers.com/crab/. What? You’re in Maryland right now, holy cow. Get those tickets dawg. There are few things I relish about my four long years in Uncle Sam’s Navy, but eating clams and oysters from Chesapeake Bay was one of the highlights and with a cask conditioned ale to wash ‘em down. Whew.
Live outside California and want to sample Russian River’s barrel-aged beers. You can order them now through Matt Maples at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR. Not cheap, but good things rarely are. If you live in California, Russian River has a mail order service.