A fine beer may be judged with only one sip...but it's better to be thoroughly sure. - Czech Proverb

Happy International Beer Day!

That’s right, August 1st is International Beer Day! The craft beer scene is growing so quickly in America that sometimes I lose sight that there’s a whole world of beer out there, some of it being made the same way as it was 400 years ago and some of it as new and innovative as anything from the states. Today, take a break from “Made in America” and make time to try one of these great international beers that you can easily find in the Triad.

  1. Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier – made by the oldest continually operated brewery in the world, this yeasty wheat beer with a fruity aroma and notes of banana is perfect for the heat.
  2. Brasserie d’Orval Orval – step outside the norm with this Trappist monk brewed beer that defies expectations. Put through two fermentations, including the funky bug brettanomyces, this is a very complex beer which can change character completely as it warms up.
  3. Hitachino Nest White Ale – a Belgian wit brewed in Japan, this spiced ale features coriander, nutmeg and orange peel.
  4. Ilkley The Mayan – this chocolate chipotle stout from England embodies some of the innovation now occurring among England’s proud brewing tradition. This silky sweet stout is balanced with just a touch of heat.
  5. Samuel Smith Taddy Porter – one of the most traditional English brews from one of the most traditional English brewers, this fantastic porter was considered by Michael Jackson (the beer hunter, not the singer) to be one of the top 5 beers in the world.
  6. Parallel 49 Salty Scot – from our neighbors to the north, this sweet Scottish ale is balanced with a touch of salt and is reminiscent of drinking salted caramels.

Besides these, there’s a huge range of Belgian lambics and krieks (sour, fruity ales) on the shelves around the Triad, if you’re looking for a slightly more expensive but amazing experience. If you’ve not yet delved into sours, sour brown ales and lambics can be a great introduction. Branch out and ask about them at your local bottleshop today!

These are just a few examples of great international beers out there to try and I’ve seen all of the above beers on the shelves at Bestway, Stella Brew, City Beverage, The Brewer’s Kettle and Potent Potables lately.

Small Batch's Grand Opening Tap Lineup

Small Batch Beer Grand Opening Announced!

Ryan Blain of Small Batch Beer Co. officially announced on The Less Desirables podcast that they would be opening their doors this Saturday, Nov. 9th at 4 pm. Eight beers on tap to start, including a couple that they’ve never had at a tasting before!

Tap List:

  • Limonhead – 8.1% citrus brewed IPA
  • Big Bold Amber – 6.9% amber ale
  • The Ginger – 5.7% pale wheat brewed with ginger
  • Kranked – 5.2% stout brewed with Krankie’s Railhead Espresso (new name for the Perkolator!)
  • Match Day – 4.3% match day session IPA

Brand New Seasonals:

  • Monster Mash – 6.1% pumpkin porter
  • Thanksgiving Day Leftovers – saison brewed with cranberry sauce
  • Sweet Potato PIEnt – 5.3% brown ale brewed with sweet potatoes.

Besides their beer, they’ll also carry a bottle selection, be serving five or six cocktail drinks made with locally sourced ingredients and bar-infused liquors, and they’ll have a small Scotch selection. I expect that there will be a line around the block by 4 pm!

They’ll be releasing more information about the opening on their Facebook page and over Twitter, so follow them there to get the latest dirt!

Listen to the Podcast yourself here! Ryan’s interview starts around 2:30 in.