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