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A Year of Craft Beer: 2012 in Review

As we close the book on 2012, and crack the binding on 2013, I thought I’d take a few minutes to look back over the past year and highlight some of my favorite moments. For me, 2012 was a year of good beer and even better friends. The year started with homebrew days… Spending Sunday afternoons nursing hangovers and brewing up the latest recipe, swapping ideas and making plans for how we would conquer the beer world. Getting “re-drunk” in Oz’s garage, standing around the brew kettle to keep warm. Grilling venison sausage on a fire started with Conaughty’s “shitty poems”, and convincing Trish to try new beers, determined to find some she would like, slowly converting her into a craft beer drinker.

In February, we made our second trip to Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, NY with friends, Heidi and Andy. The four of us enjoyed some of our favorite beer as we huddled under the propane heaters on the patio. Later on, Jared led us on a tour of the brewery and let us try 2X Milk Stout straight from the bright tank. It was a great trip despite a little “incident” with Andy and the cab driver, Zero, on the way to dinner in Jamestown, and driving home the next day with hangovers…

I turned 30 in March, and became a Certified Beer Server. Still being somewhat new to craft beer, I was happy to have passed the test and, who knows, maybe it’s just the first step on my way to becoming a Certified Cicerone one day! In April, we traveled to Hunter Mountain for TAP-NY, where we drank unbelievable amounts of delicious NY craft beer and met some amazing new friends, like the Dupas, Lindsey Styborski from Brooklyn Brewery, and Adam Lang & Jan Matysiak, brew master at Sixpoint. (…and we ate SPAM fries!) We met Garrett Oliver in May, during a meet and greet at MacGregors Tap Room. It was really cool to meet the man that creates some of the best beer on the east coast, and literally wrote the book on beer. If you’ve met Garrett, I’m sure you will agree… the man has endless amounts of swag.

The summer of 2012 brought our first experience with Rochester Real Beer Week. This amazing week of beer events in Rochester allowed us to interact with so many great people in the beer industry, not only the locals, but players from all over the country who came in to celebrate Rochester’s expanding craft beer scene. This is when we first met Luke Purcell, brew master at Great Lakes, and Charlie Carson from Anderson Valley Brewing Co. And I ran my first 5k (!!!), the Rochester Real 5k, presented by Sam Adams and Saranac, hosted at Lovin’ Cup.

November 8, 2012 is International Stout Day


It’s coming… Thursday, November 8th is International Stout Day. A day when beer drinkers from across the globe raise a glass in honor of the rich, thick, creamy, roasty, smokey, dark brews that make up this iconic style of beer.

What I like to refer to as “chocolate milk for grown-ups”, the first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The term stout, meaning “strong”, became common in London during the 18th century to describe strong porters, typically with an abv of 7 or 8%. Today, stouts are often considered a style in their own right, separate from porters, and divided into several variations.

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Mustache Season 2012

Movember and Sons Banner

It’s that time of year again! Mustache season is upon us, and thousands, literally hundreds of thousands, of men across the country and around the world are bringing back the mo to help awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. It’s a great cause and a ton of fun, so here’s what you need to know:

How It Works

Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, groom, trim and otherwise cultivate luscious lip sweaters. Please note: There is to be no joining of the mustache to your sideburns. (That is considered a beard). Also, there is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin. (That is a goatee.) Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. In addition to spreading the word, these valiant men raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their mustache-growing efforts. At the end of the month, their gallantry is celebrated at private Movember party’s and Movember Gala Partés held around the world.

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2012 Flour City Brewer’s Fest

What: 2012 Flour City Brewers Fest – Beer Festival & Tasting Event

When: September, 21, 2012 6-9pm (VIP ticket holders enjoy early admission at 5pm)

Where: Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, NY, 14608 (map)

Buy Tickets at: http://fcbrewfest.com/tickets.php

FCbrewerfest logoA long-standing part of the Rochester, NY beer community, Rohrbach Brewing Company has been hosting the annual Flour City Brewers Fest since 1995. I spoke with brewery owner, John Urlaub, about the growth of the festival and in the local craft beer community. With more than 20 years in business, Rohrbach Brewing is an O.G.* in the Rochester beer scene. “The craft beer community has exploded in Rochester,” said Urlaub, “we’ve seen more growth in the past 2 years, than we did in the 18 years before that… The local community here really embraces and supports craft beer, and they love to talk about it!  It’s really cool.”

The first brewers fest was held at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY and hosted only a dozen or so breweries.  Since then, the festivities have been moved to Frontier Field in downtown Rochester, and the list of participating breweries has more than tripled in size. Urlaub adds, “Today, people are coming to the Brewers Fest hoping to find their new favorite… Back then, we were just trying to get people to try a flavorful beer!”

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