Thursday, July 31, 2014

Malt, Hops Rules!

The East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour kicks off its fourth year on August 12 at Idle Hands in New York City.

The antidote for a near endless run of template tap takeovers, EC/WC is brought to you by four of America's leading breweries: Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Sixpoint and Sierra Nevada.

How is EC/WC different? 1) Each brewery will be bringing an IPA and a lighter offering (think pilsner, kolsch, summer beer). Any other beers (and there WILL be other beers) will be aged, rare or in some cases, brewery-only. The lists will vary for each event. 2) Tour stops will feature either live punk, metal or stoner rock bands or DJ sets spinning heavy tunes from both coasts. 3) Sunday events are afternoon matinees. 4) There are 18 events in 3 weeks.

All dates will feature additional guest breweries, like Dark Horse, Bronx Brewing, Great Lakes and Troegs. Sunday shows will be brunch matinees and seven or eight events will feature live bands. 

Unlike Warped Tour, we'll have much better beer, no underage kids and certainly no signs telling you not mosh or crowd surf. This is the summertime heavy music experience you really want!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Smuttlabs: Brett & I returns!


Heads up, funky beer junkies!

Brett & I, the newest Smuttlabs release is packaged and ready to go.

We'll be releasing bottles at the Towle Farm brewery on Saturday, August 2 at 11am. The crown-finished, 375ml bottles are $12 each and there is no bottle limit. There are 24 cases, which maths into 288 bottles. We won't be filling growlers with Brett & I, due to the limited amount of beer we have.

If you don't live near the brewery, fret not. Kegs will begin shipping to wholesalers in CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NY, PA,VA, and VT on Monday, August 4.

What is Brett & I? Brett & I is a 6%, barrel-aged, golden beer that takes 13 months to make. After an initial fermentation with our house Trappist ale yeast, the beer is transferred to red wine barrels where it ages with a Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a yeast first discovered in British beers. "Brett Brux" adds the slightly sour, earthy accent which makes Brett & I such a rare treat.

We've released Brett & I twice in the past, which means some of you have been waiting patiently for this next release. We hope you enjoy this release too.

Monday, June 30, 2014

T for Tennessee!


 Thank you, Tennessee!  We're happy to be within your friendly confines!

Beginning tomorrow, July 1, beer drinkers in a nine county area radiating from Chattanooga will be able enjoy Smuttynose beers wherever craft beer is sold.  We've signed on with Carter Distributing, who will now distribute Smuttynose beer throughout Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.  


Tony Giannasi, Carter's Craft Brands Manager has set-up a great string of roll-out events that will feature some combination of Smuttynose's year round beers; Finestkind IPA, Old Brown Dog, Shoals Pale Ale, Bouncy House IPA, Vunderbar Pilsner and Robust Porter, as well as current seasonal release, Summer Weizen.  Big Beer Series releases will be coming to Carter in the near future. 

In the meantime, please come out and join us for a Smuttynose; you'll be glad you did!

7/1 Heaven and Ale “Beer of the Month” kickoff with six beers on tap, plus glassware
      and prize giveaways; for the rest of the month, there will be three Smuttynose beers on tap.
7/2 Tremont Tavern tasting with glassware giveaways
7/8 Meet The Founder at Heaven and Ale with prize giveaways
7/10 Brewhaus tasting and glassware giveaway
7/18 Riverside Beverage growler fill specials
7/25 Sigler’s Craft Beer and Cigars Tap Takeover
8/1 Sturmhaus Pint Night
8/8 Universal Joint Tap Takeover

Untappd users, don't forget that you can earn an exclusive Bouncy House IPA badge when you check in our new session IPA during the month of July!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Smuttynose Spreads Beer-therly Love

Philly Beer Week was founded in 2008 and has set the benchmark for beer weeks around the world. It's a giant pile of awesome that we're excited to add some Granite State flavor to the mix. There'll be Bouncy House, Finestkind, Smuttlabs and a few other limited releases for your drinking pleasure during some of the most creative beer events we've seen. Take a look, plan ahead and join Joanna for tons of fun!




Smuttynose Philly Beer Week Events:

Fri., 5/30- 5pm-Lucky's Last ChanceSmuttynose & Oskar Blues Tap Takeover

Sat., 5/31- 4 to 7pm- Bar 31- Smuttynose vs. Heavy Seas vs. Stone

Sat., 5/31- 9pm- Xfinity Live-Smuttynose vs. Heavy Seas vs. Stone

Sun., 6/1- 6pm- BarLy- Girl Power Hour! 60 tap takeover celebrating the women of craft beer, featuring Allagash, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Yards, Great Lakes, Sly Fox, Flying Fish, Evolution, Smuttynose, Oskar Blues, Sam Adams, and Firestone Walker.

Mon., 6/2- 5 to 7pm- Druid's Keep- Corn Hole Tournament with Smuttynose, Flying Fish and Ithaca

Mon., 6/2- 5 to 10pm- BarLy- Several super 'S'-breweries serving suds. Smuttynose, Shawnee Craft, Sixpoint, Susquehanna Brewing Co, Sly Fox. Surprise stars! Special snacks!

Tues., 6/3- 6 to 9pm- Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting Rooftop- "Hips & Hops, a Yoga, Music and Beer Experience"  This collaborative event produced by Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting, Yoga Home and Smuttynose, is perfect for downward dogs, warriors and trees who want to enjoy a few beers after some time on the mat.  Book your space ahead of time at http://ouryogahome.com/hips-hops-a-yoga-music-philly-beer-week-event/.

Weds., 6/4- 5 to 8pm- Spinnerstown Hotel- Smuttynose hosts 3rd Annual Beard and Mustache Competition!  
Come enjoy some Smuttynose on draft and show off your mustache. If you don’t have a mustache, you can raise your glass to those who do!  $15 buys you a special glass that can be filled for two hours. Judging for the competition will be held at 8pm by the professionals at Modern Male Barber in Sellersville.


Weds., 6/5- 10pm to 2am- Varga Bar- Lip Sync with Smutty and Southern Tier!

Thurs., 6/6- 7 to 9pm- Bottle Bar East- Beer and Burlesque

Friday., 6/7- 7 to 9pm- Bottle Bar East- Brews and Tattoos

Saturday., 6/8- 12 to 2pm- The Foodery on 10th and Pine- Smuttynose Tasting!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Smuttlabs Satchmo and Hugs 'n Rainbows


I'm a little behind on this update, but with a the new brewery opening (Saturday May 31 at 10am), we're all spinning a few extra plates here at the 'Nose.

There are two new Smuttlabs beers available now: Satchmo and Hugs 'n Rainbows. This post has information on them both. Shipments have begun so you should see these in bars and stores soon, if you haven't already.

This is our second batch of Satchmo, Smutty's first culinary collaboration beer. Initially conceived with Chef Evan Mallet, three time-James Beard semi-finalist of Portsmouth's Black Trumpet Bistro and Newmarket's The Joinery, Satchmo is a brown porter brewed with black trumpet mushrooms from New Hampshire's forests. These unique mushrooms (below), also known as black chantrelles, can't be cultivated, so we called the New Hampshire Mushroom Company in Tamworth, who sourced 36 pounds of dried fungus for the brew.



The result is a 4.9% full-bodied, full-flavored beer that lacks the roasted astringency typically found in porters and instead highlights fudgy, chocolate notes and rich, but subtle earthiness from the mushrooms. The malt character is the perfect compliment for the fungus. When we poured the beer at SAVOR in Washington DC, even self-professed "mushroom haters" surprised themselves by how much they enjoyed it.

Vital Stats for Satchmo
4.9% abv  25 IBU  25 barrels brewed
Malt: North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, C-60, Brown, Chocolate
Hops: Willamette
Yeast: American Ale Yeast
Other Ingredients: Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Wine Barrels

Hugs 'n Rainbows joins Brett & I and our two Short Weiss beers in the 'non-traditionally fermented" category. This red beer began in stainless steel tanks where it was fermented exclusively with Brettanomyces, a non-traditional brewer's yeast that does excellent things to beer and makes winemakers quake in their boots. After fermentation ended, we moved the beer in whiskey barrels for eight months of aging, to be sure we got the beer we wanted: tart, yet fruity with a subtle malty note in the finish to keep the beer from drying out your mouth. We look forward to bringin more sour beers to you in the future, as we grow Smuttlabs plans.

Vital Stats for Hugs 'n Rainbows
6.5% abv  8 IBU   32 barrels brewed
Malt: North American 2-Row, Aromatic, Caramunich 2, Brown Malt
Hops: Willamette
Yeast: Brettanomyces
Other Ingredients: Dark Candi Syrup, Oak Barrels

We have a few cases of each of these beers saved for our Smerchendise boutique at Towle Farm, but we expect they'll go fast once we open the doors.

See you at the farm! 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Big Beer Series: Frankenlager



Smuttynose Frankenlager is on its way to a beer store near you, if it isn't there already. 

Smuttynose is on the verge of opening our long-awaited new brewery at Towle Farm in Hampton, but we have been brewing for a little while now, putting our brand new equipment to work. Frankenlager, an India Pale Lager, is the first Big Beer to come from our new home, which means our brewing staff has been able to make decisions that weren’t possible before. 

When you pour Frankenlager into a glass, you’ll be struck by its deep golden color, clarity, a signature grapey aroma and clean malt character.

Our new, automated, German brewhouse gives us excellent controls over mash profiles, so we’ve decoction-mashed this beer, which helps with the extra clarity, but more importantly, adds the unique grape-like character. It’s a traditional German technique for lager brewing and we’re very excited to be able to use it here. A more efficient boil means a cleaner malt taste and a brighter, smoother beer. By automating, we control all the times and temperatures.  On a brewhouse like this, it really is all about the recipe. Our new centrifuge spins out residual yeast and solids to the level we choose, which also means that we reduce waste, while cleaning up the visual appearance of our beer, another significant step forward.

Don't forget, we begin brewery tours on May 31, 10am at the new brewery.  We'll see you soon!

Frankenlager Vital Stats

6.1% abv   60 IBU   15° Plato
Malt: North American 2-Row
Hops: Bittering- Magnum, Flavor and Dry Hop- Saphir
Yeast: WLP-920 Old Bavarian Lager

Suggested Food Pairings: Spicy dishes such as curries, chicken satay with peanut sauce, spicy tamales

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 15: Big Apple, Big Bouncy House Debut on May


The Bouncy House IPA debuts keep popping up!  This post lists all the places in the five boroughs wher you can enjoy a pint of this new, year-round offering. All of these accounts will be tapping Bouncy House on May 15, so please join us for a hoptastic, 4.3% pint of liquid gold from Granite State!

There will be a separate posting of accounts that will happily sell you a six pack the same day if you're into drinking outside of bars or you like colorful packaging.

Manhattan:
Ulysses
Shorty's Pearl Street
Tribeca Tap House 
Keg 229
Growler
Amity Hall
Slainte
Coopers
Marshall Stack
DBGB
Blind Tiger
One-Mile House
DBA
UCB East
Proletariat
Ginger Man
George Keeley’s
Jacobs Pickles
Good Beer
City Swiggers
Beer Authority
Rattle n Hum
The Jeffery
Fools Gold
Amsterdam Tavern
Amsterdam Ale House
3rd Ave Pub
Spring Lounge
The Wren 2 1/2
ABC Beer
Top hops
Valhalla
Pony Bar East
Mudville 9
Beer Culture
Guilty Goose
Dive 96
Stag’s Head Saloon
Cannibal
Taproom 307


Brooklyn:
The Gate   
Toby’s 
Bierkraft 
Mission Dolores
Owl Farm
Bar Great Harry
4th Avenue Pub
Fulton Grand
Strong Place
Gutter
Barcade
Uncle Barry’s
South
Greenwood Park 2 ½
Double Windsor
Brooklyn Crab
Glorietta Baldy
High Dive

Seawitch

Queens:
Alewife Queens
Astoria Beer and Cheese on Ditmars Ave
Oliver's
Sunswick
Crescent and Vine 


Bronx:

Bronx Ale House

Long Island:
Big Z Beverage
Black Sheep
Mr. Beery’s