Oak & Dagger Dinner

Oak & Dagger Dinner

Oak & Dagger Dinner March 8th, 7pm – 9pm at Oak & Dagger Public House Join us for a very special craft brew dinner at Oak & Dagger Public House Brewery on March 8th from 7-9pm for a 5 course meal with beer pairings. Tickets are $50 per person, all inclusive. Seating is limited. BUY...
Jo’s Beer Corner – Tracking the Trends

Jo’s Beer Corner – Tracking the Trends

Tracking the Trends with Jo Each year, and over the course of centuries, trends that flow with each pour of beer vary as much as the common style of fashion. Like fashion, much of what trends can be due to necessity. However, in a day in which certain factors like water purity, refrigeration, transport, or material availability do not plague the capabilities of a brewer we find that a brewer’s creativity flows more freely. There are weird trends, for certain, however, these are some of the few that I predict will become more popular through 2018: hazy IPAs, not-beer beers, and session beers. Hazy IPAs are classified and named as such for their, well, hazy appearance. But they are so much more than that. It is the mark of brewers showcasing their work in its rawest form. Brews straight from the tank have yet to go through the polishing stages of the brewing process and come to that clear or opaque color we formerly associated with beers. In recent years many brewers and brew lovers have leaned towards more unfiltered brews and less filtered brews. Beers that are unfiltered are cloudy or hazy in color and gain their carbonation from a longer process of fermentation. Filtered brews usually have artificial carbonation added to the brew post clarification and pre bottling. This method is becoming less common in new brews that want to truly show the best features of a brew. And what better way to do that than to know the carbonation you taste is straight from the fermented grains, hops and yeasts used in brewing? Before, this was...
New Year, New Brew

New Year, New Brew

New Year, New Brew Sheesh, I feel like it has been forever since I posted. My last post was last year (insert sound byte of applause). Glad I got that one out, I have been trying to use it on customers and they are not fond of it, they chuckle but I can tell it’s out of pity. Every year people do this thing where they resolve to be better and then give in by summer. They resolve to be kinder, to donate more, to stop biting their nails, to finally fix that gutter that leaks on the side of the house, or, my personal favorite, the whole “new year, new you” gym membership explosion. If I want to change I will do it and it being a different number on the calendar has nothing to do with it. So since I won’t be changing this year I thought of what else wouldn’t be changing for many people. I leaned back (not far, my work stool has no back) and sighed, feeling the warmth from the freshly brewed coffee in my hands spread up my arms to my neurons in my brain creating potential energy that fired when I took that first luscious sip. Coffee. That was it. No matter how many years go by that is the one consistency many people maintain from year to year. I thought about my life and how coffee played a roll in it. Honestly, I prefer tea most of the time, but coffee my darlings… coffee is to me what pickles with peanut butter are to a pregnant woman at three in...
The 12 Brews of Christmas

The 12 Brews of Christmas

This week in Jo’s Beer Corner features ~ The 12 Brews of Christmas ~ Oh yes, it is that time of year again. The oh so incredibly pleasant tight lipped family gatherings, the increasingly wonderful balance on your credit cards, the sweet scent of burned cookies because you were too busy trying to get the kids to stop trying to strangle each other with the tinsel. Oh wait… you said most wonderful time of year. My bad. But really, we spend an unreasonable amount of time around Christmas doing things that don’t make us happy in an attempt to make others happy. Which is why in my family we don’t have a holly jolly Christmas, we have a holly jolly Brewsmas. We aren’t prejudiced to just beer either; we also enjoy wine and watching grandma pour the whole bottle of vodka into the cranberry punch then add a capful of soda to make a “spritzer.” It is now an unspoken tradition of ours to see who can bring the best tasting alcohol to the Christmas gathering. This year I was trying to think that if I were to attempt to con my family into investing in my income then what would I use to lure them into spending money on my brews. So I decided to just pick some of my favorites and go from there. After naming just about every beer in my seasonal collection I realized that I had a LOT of good product. Then I thought, why share this with just my family when I can share this with everyone? And thus the brain child of...
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland & The 12 Brews of Christmas Saturday, December 9th 2pm-4pm at Taylor’s This Saturday we are hosting an event that is larger than our regular craft brew events. Our Maestro or Beer has put together an event where she will sample out 12 different brews “The 12 Brews of Christmas.” Bracelets for sampling are $2 and the event will go from 2-4pm. We will have Escazu Artisan Chocolates hand crafted hot chocolate and a local food truck. Bonus points is you wear cute mittens. We have gifts perfect for the holiday season so make sure to mark your calendar! The 12 Brews of Christmas: Great Lakes Christmas Ale Winter Ale: 7.5% ABV – 30 IBU Honey, Frsh Ginger & Cinnamon Triple C White Blaze Winter Warmer: 6% ABV – 25 IBU Ceylon, Cinnamon, & Vanilla Beans App Mountain Sinful Plum Cider: 5% ABV – No IBU Apples, Cinnamon & Plum 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Ale: 7.9% ABV – 45 IBU English- Style Ale with Spices Jack’s Hard Cider Fireside Cider 5% ABV – No IBU Sweet & Tart Apples, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves & Vanilla Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale IPA: 6.8% ABV – 65 IBU Dry-Hopped with Spices UFO Winter Blonde Winter Ale: 4.9% ABV – No IBU Cold Brew Coffee with Vanilla Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo Pale Ale: 8.5% ABV – 50 IBU Citrus and Spruce Tips Stone Xocoveza Stout: 8.1% ABV – 50 IBU Cocoa, Coffee, Pasilla Peppers, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Nutmeg Starr Hill Snow Blind Winter Ale: 7.5% ABV – 30 IBU Honey, Fresh Ginger, & Cinnamon Uinta Rise & Pine Dark Ale: 7.5%...