2 Beer Guys Blog

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Friday, June 22, 2007

A Great New Summer Treat

Here's a new summer quaff that we all could enjoy. Can you believe that anyone would try to regulate such a great idea?!!


Beer On A Stick

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- It might be one of the great alcoholic innovations of the 21st century -- the frozen beer pop, served by an Alexandria restaurateur and bar owner in a variety of sizes and flavors like "Raspbeer-y" and "Fudgesicle."

But state regulators say the beer-sicles run afoul of rules governing the serving and pouring of beer.

The story of the frozen beer pop began last week at Rustico Restaurant, where executive chef Frank Morales began selling the frozen treats to customers looking for a more adult way to beat the heat.

After weeks of testing several hundred beer varieties to find flavors that taste good on a stick, Rustico finally settled on three flavors: "Raspbeer-y," made with a Belgian, fruit-style beer; "Plum," made from a Belgian Lambic brew; and the "Fudgesicle," made with a stout with bittersweet chocolate undertones. He plans to offer other flavors on a rotating basis.

The beer pops sell for $4 in the six-ounce size, shaped like a traditional Popsicle, and $6 for a larger "beer cone."

The company put out a press release, and an Associated Press reporter placed a call to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, asking whether a frozen beer would pose any regulatory problems.

Philip Disharoon, special agent in charge of the Alexandria division of the Virginia ABC, said beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately to a customer once it is
poured from its original container.

"If we're talking about taking a beer and pouring it from a bottle or a keg into some sort of mold and freezing it, then that product is not legal," Disharoon said. He planned to send an agent to investigate.

Amber Pfau, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said Tuesday that the restaurant's beer manager, Greg Engert, was researching ways to ensure that the beer pops comply with Virginia regulations. The products are 100% frozen beer; Pfau said they might change the recipe or change how the pops are served to bring them into compliance.

But Disharoon said he could not envision a way in which beer pops could be legal. Altering the recipe would not make a difference, he said, because the rules are designed to ensure that regulators can track the beer.

"I would have no way of knowing where the beer product came from," he said.

Pfau said the restaurant staff is confident that the beer pop will survive regulatory scrutiny. Many of the restaurant's menu items are prepared with beer, and they don't see how the beer pop is any different.

"We are still going ahead with the beer pops," she said.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Craft beer in the news

As I like to do from time to time, I've gone out and tirelessly scoured the 'net (ok, I just googled it) for the latest craft beer related articles. The following five stories are from various news outlets in various parts of the country, but all of them, of course, pertain to our favorite kind of beer...craft beer.

Top 10 IPA's as judged by cureforwhatalesyou.com

Craft beers are making their mark by flavor not by volume.

A-B, craft brewers team up to improve beer's image.

Craft beer makers kicking glass, going metal

Craft beer in a can?

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Major Milestone - 400th Review - What's next??

As many of our 2beerguys friends and family already know, we have reached a major milestone for 2Beerguys.com. Yes, we have reached our 400th review and 4000+ website hits. We are very thankful for the enthusiasm from our friends and 2Beerguys family. This is our adventure and we can't do it without YOU!!!

A quick recap of the 400th review festivities..

On Sunday, May 27th, we met at Ian's house to brew and spend the day with our friends. We started brewing around 10 am. As mentioned in two previous posts, we brewed a Belgian Wit beer that we named: "Wallen's Wit and our Good Looks". During the six hours of brewing, there was plenty of time for eating, wiffle ball, and tasting. For this glorious event, we choose the following three offerings to review..

Three Floyds Brewing Company Gumballhead Wheat Ale (399), Great Divide Brewing Co. Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (400), and Victory Brewing Company V12(401).

We were very please with this selection. The Gumballhead was a special treat brought by Andy/Nerissa, specially flown in from Ohio. The Oaked Yeti and V12 had been in the queue for quite sometime (making our mouth water). These offerings were quite tasty. The 400th beer received the highest score (This is strange for us... typically we pick 2-3 for the milestone and the 99th/01 beer was better). Please check out the reviews for additional details..

So... What's next?

- Summer time beer dinners?

Ian and I have attended our first beer dinner. We hope to organize a beer dinner (or two) in the Newburyport area, during the Yankee Homecoming time period. We have discussed this many times, we just need to take the next step and speak to the chefs/restaurants.

- 500th beer review?

This is going to be an amazing achievement for 2Beerguys.com. Five Hundredth review...WOWser... When we started this adventure, we didn't know how long it would last. The train is still rolling :) WOO WOOOOO

For the 500th review, we have a dream to convince a brewery to create us a special beer. It doesn't have to have our name, but if we were somehow involved in the brewing process or watched it brewing/bottling, that would be amazing.

- Brewing more beer

Yes. With two batches in.. I am excited. It's confirmed that Andy is our head brew master. Why Andy... well he's part brain and part machine. He keeps us in line and on task.

If you have an recipe/request for something to try, please let us know. Also, if you would like to learn how to brew, drop us a note.

Well, time to get back to the computer world.

Bye for now.


Drink craft beer, You've EARNED IT!!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Harpoon/Saucony T-shirt contest

On Saturday, Kristen, Jen, Sean, Ryan, and myself headed down to Harpoon for their annual 5-mile run to benefit The Angel Fund and ALS. Ryan ran the race, and met his goal of finishing in under 55 minutes. The rest of us volunteered, and were stationed at the corner of East St and Summer St in South Boston.

Part of the race was a t-shirt contest, sponsored by Harpoon and Saucony. The idea was to create a t-shirt that incorporated both Harpoon and Saucony, with the phrase 'Love Beer. Love Running. Love Life.'

Andy had a great idea for the t-shirt, which I quickly sprung into creation. We submitted our entry, and ended up in 2nd place! Our prize was a choice of a 6-pack of Harpoon Ale or IPA and, for those of you who know us, we obviously took the IPA. Below is the graphic that we submitted as our entry.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Wood adds his 28th ring

Wood turns 28! Happy birthday to George "Wood" Pacenka from the 2 Beer guys family.