Raleigh Beer Week Keeps Pouring Along

Raleigh Beer Week Keeps Pouring Along

September, 03, 2010, by Paul

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Raleigh’s inaugural Beer Week is almost over folks and it’s been nothing short of inspiring. Beer lovers from across the triangle have descended upon Raleigh night after night to partake in cask tappings, brewers forums, beer pairing dinners and even sampling some beer cocktails. Below are a few pictures from this week’s events including Foundation’s Beer Cocktail party on Tuesday and Thursday’s Brewers Forum at Busy Bee:

Foundations offered three options Tuesday including a moonshine impregnated Fullsteam brew, a silky egg-infused belgian black ale, and a very sexy chocolate stout mixed with brown sugar and whiskey.

Being the Cream fan that I am, I opted for the Strange Brew which ended up tasting similar to a yoohoo…plus booze (not complaining). The Oak Aged Stout was a smack to the face, overly rich and hard to drink but pretty erotic if you’re into that sort of thing. The Farmhouse Collins stole the show: light, refreshing and full of ‘shine just the way we like it. Unfortunately, the wait was pretty long (not blaming the sole bartender, he was working like a mad man) and by the time you got the drink itself the servings were rather small for $8. A few bumps, but an unforgettable night and fun adventure in the world of cocktails.

Busy Bee’s Hive was buzzing Thursday night with local brewmasters and fans alike, waiting eagerly to hear everything the beer-guru’s had to share. NewRaleigh’s own David Millsap’s lead the round table discussion with compelling questions sending the panel of distinguished guests into hilarious stories, inspiring aspirations, and displaying an undeniable passion for their craft. I think Lonerider’s own Sumit Vohra said it best, “No matter how you look at it, making beer is fun. That’s why we’re all here.” Hear Hear!

When I first arrived at Busy Bee, Fullsteam’s brewmaster Sean Wilson was fumbling with what can only be described as a Steam Punk science fair project. Pipes and tubes and levers and gauges everywhere, all in the name of pushing out a new and intriguing beverage. The object was to send Fullsteam’s Hogwash hickory-smoked porter thru a funnel contraption filled with Raleigh’s own Escazu chocolate nibs and husks to give the final brew a subtle chocolate note. Sadly, the rig sent nothing but foam out the other end and the experiment was shut down…not without my grabbing a glass tho! Sean and I both sampled the one and only glass to make it out sans head and the mix was intense. Chocolate, rich malt, and a lightly smokey flavor rounded out this wild witches brew. The rest of the crowd had to settle for the Hogwash alone, but that’s nothing to complain about as it’s an outstanding beer on its own.

It’s been a wild week and I’m already anxious for next years line up. So if you like beer, and you like Raleigh, make sure you attend tonight’s final Raleigh Beer Week event hosted at Landmark. For more information visit: http://raleighbeerweek.blogspot.com

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  • tc
    09/04 11:53 PM

    “So if you like beer, and you like Raleigh, make sure you attend tonight’s final Raleigh Beer Week event hosted at Landmark”

    Thanks for sending the crowds to the wrong place. 

    Last night at the same time Landmark was tapping their French Broad cask, the Flying Saucer tapped a keg of one of the rarest (and best) beers in the world….Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.

  • Sherman King of Streets
    09/05 12:33 AM

    The last event hosted by Raleigh Beer Week WAS the CASK of super rare (as in never, ever before seen) Jewbilation 11 from Schmaltz Brewing Company at the Landmark.  All events that occurred later that night were done independently by the venues.  Or you could of gone to the Raleigh Beer Week blogspot or .com to confirm.  AND they happened 3 hours apart.

  • tc
    09/05 11:29 AM

    Well I’m GLAD you enjoyed it. I was just saying how I liked that I got to enjoy multiple glasses of this beer without having to fight a crowd.  Though don’t get me wrong, I was glad to fight the crowd to get a glass of the Aviator Black IPA cask at the borough.  To clarify though, CBS has never been bottled or distributed, and is one of the most sought after beers in the world.  Flying Saucer tapped it in honor of the last night of Raleigh Beer Week.  While Jewbilation 11 was bottled and widely distributed, and the rare part was Hebrew brewed an extra batch of this beer recently and sent a special cask for Raleigh Beer Week.

  • Sean Lilly Wilson
    09/08 10:22 PM

    Great write-up! It was nice to hang out with you in spite of my frustration with the Randall/contraption.

    I should point out, however, that I am not a brewmaster…I am merely the front-of-the-house chatterbox for two great brewers, Chris Davis and Brooks Hamaker. If you like Fullsteam’s beers, it’s because of them. I contribute some ideas and concepts…then I get out of their way.

    Cheers to Raleigh Beer Week, the organizers, and to New Raleigh.


  • Jamie Iomo
    12/07 11:36 PM

    how are you?

    Just wanted to show my appreciation for your time and hard work

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