These days we hear so much about the US craft brewing industry, the number of breweries and the mind-blowing quality of their beers.
While there are certainly jewels in the US crown, the torrent of beers washing up on our shores hasn’t always lived up to the hype. But, in our quest to let no stone go unturned, our next Hump Day gives the US another crack with a selection of beers from San Diego’s Coronado Brewing.
From my first sample of the beers, the Hoppy Daze Begian IPA, this is a brewery well-worth introducing to a Hump Day crowd, with maybe even a little gushy praise thrown in…we’ll see!
So, Hump Day will feature five beers from Coronado Brewing Company to see if they will all live up to that first sample. We will be sampling a cross section of styles from Coronado, all newly arrived:
- Golden Pilser
- Mermaid’s Red
- Islander IPA
- Hoppy Days Belgian IPA
- Blue Bridge Coffee Stout
The usual deal: sample five interesting and flavoursome beers with Matt, all while enjoying great company, light nibbles and getting over that mid-week hump. Tickets are limited, get in quick!
VENUE: Kerbside, Constance Street (Ann Street End) Fortitude Valley
WHEN: 29 May 2013, 5.30pm for 6pm
COST: $35, includes five samples and food. The fun is free.
TIME: 5.30pm for 6pm start, until 7.30 (or later)
As many of you know I spent the Christmas period travelling through Italy, Austria, Southern Germany, France, UK, Belgium and Denmark. It was a fascinating trip and, although I have been lucky to try many of the beers from these countries over here, it was interesting to look first hand at some of the trends that have been developing overseas.
So, the first Hump Day for 2013 will feature five beers that really highlighted for me what’s happening overseas. There will be craft beers from Italy, Denmark, UK and Belgium. Please note – no slides will be shown!
There will also be some very exciting one-off lucky door prizes offered as well. I filled a suitcase with beers to bring back from my travels – not enough to share for a Hump Day, but enough to make for a very, very special prize cupboard. The highlight will be a bottle of Westvleteren 12, rated the best beer in the world on RateBeer.com.
Tickets for this one are limited. As a special one-off you can even claim the number you would like for your lucky door prize entry. When you book and pay, just email me (email@example.com) with your TryBooking receipt and tell me the number you would like to claim (between 1 and 50). First in, first choice of your number.
Date: 13 March 2013
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start (til 7.30pm)
Cost: $35, includes beer samples and light snacks
Hump Day | 14 November | ‘Tis the Saison
Despite my best intentions, this will be the last Hump Day for 2012 so we’re going to make it a little bit special.
Saison is a cracking style for summer, refreshing but still satisfying and with plenty of flavour to chew on. Even better, it goes beautifully with a range of cheeses and charcuterie.
So, the last Hump Day tasting for 2012 will feature a selection of Australian and imported saisons paired with some cheese and charcuterie from Fino Food & Wine. To keep the beers a little diverse we will include one or two Biere de Gardes, another farmhouse style.
The beer list will feature:
- Bridge Road Chevalier Saison
- Bridge Road Chevalier Biere de Garde
- Silly Saison
- Trois Monts (Biere de Garde)
- Temple Saison
We will also have a special beer on arrival included in the price, regular finger food in addition to the charcuterie and cheese and loads of give aways and prizes.
Tickets will obviously be limited, so get in quick.
When: Wednesday, 14 Novermber at 5.30pm for 6pm
Where: Kerbside, Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $49, includes beer and arrival,five samples, cheese and charcuterie and finger food
I hope to see you there…