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Live Oak Brewing

Live Oak Brewing Company has been making beer in Austin, Texas since 1997.

We employ an old-world style of brewing rarely found in America but practiced extensively throughout central Europe. We source only the best authentic ingredients, and use a time-consuming mash, open fermentation, and secondary lagering process. The result has achieved both regional and national acclaim, but more importantly, the satisfaction of loyal beer drinkers who appreciate our beer-making efforts.

I got to try the majority of their regular lineup. Each of them were superbly well crafted and on point for their style.

Pilz is clean, crisp, and refreshing. It has a really nice balance of bready malts and grassy hops. A great example of one of my favorite beer styles.

Glassware: I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Series IPA Glass

Live Oak’s Hefeweizen has lots of banana flavor, a nice amount of clove, with grainy malts peaking through.

The Berliner Weisse is tied with the Pilz for my favorite of these brews. It has a delightful lemony tartness with bready malt in the background. I could drink this one every day.

Glassware: I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Stout Glass

I didn’t like the Grodziskie, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying it as I’ve yet to find a smoked beer I enjoyed. I can tell this is a well made beer. Under all that smokiness it is perfectly balanced. I just do not enjoy the smoked flavor.

Glassware: I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Stout Glass

Big Bark is a great example of the fantastic Vienna Lager style. Malty and flavorful, yet extremely smooth, clean, and refreshing. Caramel malts dominate with a hint of earthy hops.

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Beer Selfie Interview: Mandy

Introduce yourself. What’s your name? Where do you live? Day job? Hobbies?

Hi! I’m Mandy, I ‘gram (and sometimes blog) under @beerswithmandy. I’m a writer living in NYC. My hobbies are eating and drinking, wait is that just living? My hobbies are cooking, homebrewing, and restaurant hopping!

What’s your relationship to craft beer? Do you work in the industry? Homebrewer? Beer tourist? Beer trader? Other?

Ah, me and the craft beer, our relationship is a close and loving one. I’ve been homebrewing for several years and in 2016 was thrilled to win a gold medal at the National Homebrew Competition. I’ve had to take a little time off of competing because of scheduling but I’ll be back at NHC in 2019. Can’t wait to meet more homebrewers. I’m also a Certified Cicerone, I loved studying for the taste and taking my love of and curiosity about beer in a more structured format.

Tell us about your instagram/blog/website/etc.

I love telling stories of the breweries I’ve visited, the beer dinners I’ve eaten, and fun facts about beer. My friends encouraged me to write it all down (writing is what I do, after all) so I started beerswithmandy. I’ve only had the Instagram for about a month now, and I’m loving it! I want my Instagram to be more than cool beer snapshots, hopefully it teaches people something or gives them a fun fact for their next dinner party. My big goal for the next couple months is to do more long format pieces on the blog.

Favorite Beer style?

Saison! I won my NHC medal for a french saison and it is by far my favorite style. Drinking Saison Dupont Bio on a sunny day in Belgium is one memory I really treasure. My favorite saisons are Tank 7, Saison Dupont, and Seizon Bretta.

What is your favorite beer and food pairing?

Duvel and sushi! There is a BYOB Omakase spot in NYC that serves playful nigiri made with fresh ingredients (some flown in from Japan). My favorite Friday night is hitting it up for the last seating with two bombers of Duvel.

Have you met any craft beer celebrities?

A few years ago, I saw Garrett Oliver across the room at Brooklyn Brewery. Before I could work up the nerve to say hi (I needed at least two more beers!) he was gone. I’m a huge fan girl for Garrett, he’s been an absolute innovator in beer and speaks about brewing and tasting eloquently. I’d like to think if I saw him today I’d go tell him that. Every brewer I’ve met has been kind, interesting, and generous with their time. I spent a long time chatting with David Walker once, he’s a celebrity to me!

What’s your favorite brewery to visit?

Jester King outside of Austin, Texas. It’s in the Texas hill country so you can’t beat the scenery of rolling green hills, wild flowers, and low trees. The vibe of the staff very relaxed and welcoming both at the brewery and at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza which is on the brewery grounds. Jester King also serves beer from other breweries which I really like, I want to taste a bit of everything while I’m out. It’s a bit of a pricey Uber ride back to the city, but well worth it for a day of drinking and eating pizza under the Texas sun.

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Jeff Eaton, 21st Amendment

Meet Jeff. He’s a brewer at 21st Amendment, and there may be a 40’ mural of him down the street from the brewery.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started brewing.

I am the third generation in my family to join the brewing industry. My grandfather owned a Coors distributorship in Northern California so my dad got an early start in the beer industry. Eventually, the distributorship was sold, and my father moved into corporate sales with Coors. He later left the industry all together. Although, I can thank my dad for talking me out of attending culinary school, yet he still encouraged me to pursue food science. It wasn’t until I was attending Colorado State University that solidified my decision to pursue a brewing career. I fell in love with New Belgium’s Fat Tire & Tripel and Odell Brewing Co.’s 90 Schilling.

What’s your favorite beer and food pairing?

  1. Pils while shucking oysters outside enjoying the sun on a nice day…or mussels & frites…can’t I enjoy them both?!
  2. Any beer with tacos anywhere anytime.

What’s a common misconception about your job?

Some people just assume I’m drinking beer all day. They assume it is just a big party at work each day and do not consider the amount of cleaning necessary to brew quality beer. I tell people that we practice the ABC’s at work each day…Always Be Cleaning.

What’s your go to music in the brewhouse?

Velvet Underground, early 90s grunge, Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre…or some 80’s music to sing-along with.

What trend in craft beer are you excited about?

I think the most important trend in craft beer is the focus on quality and how to improve it. In craft beer our collective knowledge is greater when brewers freely share their experiences with each other. Everyone has a chance to learn and improve. I don’t care what hops you used or what crazy processes you did or how much ABV and BU’s are in the beer. In the end, how does it taste?? Is it free of defects? Will a customer want to order a second round? The owner of a previous employer did not care about selling 1 beer or 2 beers. He said it is about selling 4, 5, 6 (and so on) beers; actually creating repeat customers. Poor quality of beer does not help out any brewer. If someone new to craft beer is trying a new style and that beer happens to have a quality defect, is that person likely to try the same style from a different brewery? Probably not. Therefore, the improvement in quality for all breweries benefits us all.

What’s your favorite non-21A beer?

Favorite everyday beer: Trumer Pils…full disclosure, I brewed Trumer prior to joining 21st Amendment.
Favorite special occasion beer: New Belgium La Folie

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.

  1. I won a karaoke contest while traveling in the Philippines.
  2. I broke my hand when it was crushed by two falling ¼ bbl kegs.
  3. There’s a 40’ mural of me painted on a wall down the street from the brewery.
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21st Amendment Watermelon Funk

21st Amendment Brewery is well known for their refreshing Hell or High Watermelon Wheat which they serve in their tap room with a slice of watermelon.

They’ve transformed this beer using Saison yeast and Lactobacillus Planterum to make Watermelon Funk.

This beer is also refreshing, but with a funky twist. The added tartness mixes with the prominent watermelon flavor to bring out more of a watermelon rind flavor. This blends nicely with a lemony tartness. The spicy Saison flavors dance in the background for some really nice complexity to this summertime brew. They’ve pulled of a complex and interesting beer that is still super approachable and easy drinking.

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Steve “Dogger” Draper, 21st Amendment

This is Steve Draper, but everyone at 21st Amendment Brewery calls him Dogger. He’s a brewer at their San Francisco pub.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started brewing.

I started brewing apple cider in 2012 then started watching our head pub Brewer Jaron home brew batches in his very small kitchen. I kept making creative ciders and jaron has continued making great beers. Over the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to work with 21st amendment and keep the creative juices flowing.

What’s your favorite beer and food pairing?

Tacos and a nice light Mexican lager.

What’s a common misconception about your job?

A lot of time people think that beer is brewed and consumed the same day… unfortunately it takes a few more weeks to see a finished beer in a glass. Cold and carbonated.

What’s your go to music in the brewhouse?

Bay Area hip hop always keeps good energy in the brewery but we have the most fun creating playlists for the beer we are brewing that day. Irish red? Irish pub music. German style heff? German death metal… you get the picture.

What trend in craft beer are you excited about?

I’m excited to see the change in beer happening right now where it’s all about drinkability and less about challenging your palette against overly bitter flavors.

What’s your favorite non-21A beer?
I moved from Eugene Oregon to the bay so anything Ninkasi has a special place in my fridge.

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.

  1. I am not a morning person.
  2. I work as the assistant Brewer for 21st amendment in San Francisco.
  3. I love waking up early.

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21st Amendment Brewery Takeover

21st Amendment Brewery is taking over Beer Selfie! All week we will be featuring this fantastic California brewery and here’s how you can be a part of it:

Starting now tag @beerselfie  & @21stamendment, and use #21ABeerSelfieTakeover on all of your 21st Amendment Instagram posts past or present. On Thursday, May 31st we’ll post the best of these photos all day long! Everyone who gets reposted on Thursday will get a prize from 21st Amendment (21+, US only), or some #BEERSELFIE stickers!

So track down some 21st Amendment brews and post a Beer Selfie! Also, stay tuned the next seven days for other great content like a review of 21st Amendment’s latest release, and a brewer interview.

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing

I tried four great beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Buelton, California. Previously I’d only tried their award winning brown ale (see below) so it was great to get a feel for more of their lineup.

Lizard’s Mouth Imperial IPA

This is a big bitter hop bomb full of tropical fruit flavor. It’s fairly boozy, not hiding the 9% ABV.

Glassware: Silhouette Series 10.5 oz

Light

This lager weighs in at 4.5% ABV and 10 IBU. This is what light american lagers should aspire to. All of the refreshing crispness without sacrificing the flavor. It’s a bit watery, but there is still a surprising amount of cereal malt flavor.

Hoppy Poppy IPA

This is an easy drinking IPA bursting with citrus and pine hop flavor. It is very smooth with a moderate bitterness.

Glassware: Hops on Hops Snifter

Davy Brown

This is one my favorite brown ales! It is rich and chocolatey while maintaining a fairly light body. This is a surprisingly complex beer with hints of coffee and citrus.

Glassware: Silhouette Series 10.5 oz

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Autism Awareness Month Fundraiser

April is National Autism Awareness Month and we want to make a contribution. Beer Selfie has organized a craft beer raffle fundraiser benefiting The Yellow Door. Help us show off how awesome the craft beer community is, and win some great beer!

Craft Beer Raffle

The raffle will be held April 2nd – 8th. We’ve put together a few exciting craft beer prize packages.

How To Enter:

  1. Make a donation to the fundraising campaign: youcaring.com/autism-beerselfie
  2. Forward the confirmation email to keith@beerselfie.com
  3. For every $5 donated we’ll send you a raffle ticket number
  4. Winners (US Only) will be announced on April 9th

Check the prizes section below to find out what you can win!

The Yellow Door

The mission of The Yellow Door is to support to individuals with autism and their families while promoting student leadership and involvement in the Chico community.

The Yellow Door came together out of two desires: to support individuals with autism and their families as well as provide volunteer opportunities and promote awareness to the Chico community. The Center for Disease Control places the current rates of autism at 1/88 children—a number that continues to increase. Individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families often fight for awareness, recognition as individuals and services that are limited. Our hope is to connect students and community members with willing individuals with autism and their families to promote understanding, personal connection and disability awareness. Our intent is through events such as Chico Walks for Autism a greater sense of community and awareness will be developed for all those participating.

The name, “The Yellow Door” comes from an individual with autism that Josie worked with many years ago that liked doors. When asked what their favorite color for a door would be if they could pick, they answered “yellow, because it’s like opening a door of sunshine.” That positive image is something that The Yellow Door hopes to foster.

Mason

Autism touches many of our lives but I probably wouldn’t be organizing a fundraiser if it wasn’t for my nephew. Mason has taught me a lot about autism and life in the last six years. Experiencing his struggles and triumphs can be a roller coaster, but his heart and perseverance show the world that kids with autism are different, but not less.

The Yellow Door has been key to Mason’s development. They have been an invaluable resource for Mason, and a community for him and his family.

Prizes

 

Dark Beer Prize

Anchorage Brewing A Deal with the Devil Cognac Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Maple Syrup

Fremont B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Sour Beer Prize

Sante Adairius Four Legs Good Barrel Aged Blonde Quad

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Peche ‘n Brett Barrel Aged Saison with peaches

Almanac x Stillwater Blueberry Jack Foudre Aged Wild Ale with blueberries and blackberries

Hoppy Prize

Auburn Alehouse Gold Digger IPA

Sierra Nevada 3 Weight Session IPA

Sierra Nevada FOMO IPA

Sierra Nevada BFD Hoppy Golden Ale

Novo Brazil Samba Haze IPA

Device Curious Haze IPA

Modern Times Fraxos IPA

Ol’ Republic Cosmic Fly By IPA

Hops on Hops v2 Snifter Glass

New Earth Prize

Thanks to Nathan at New Earth Market for contributing these beers!

Firestone Walker 2017 Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout

Founders 2017 KBS Bourbon Barrel Stout

Cascade Manhattan NW Bourbon Barrel Sour with cherries and spices

Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA

Hops on Hops v2 Snifter Glass

Spikes Prize

Thanks to Kevin at Spike’s Bottle Shop for contributing Yellow Belly!

Buxton X Omnipollo Yellow Belly Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Lime Agave Otra Vez Gose

Sierra Nevada Old Chico Crystal Wheat

Heretic Make America Juicy Again New England-style IPA

Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose

Point Stevens Milkshake Malt Porter

Point Stevens Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat

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Beer Barrel Bourbon

Did you know New Holland Brewing makes spirits? I didn’t until I came across their Beer Barrel Bourbon. They have a full line of whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and liqueur, but their bourbon aged in barrels that contained their Dragon’s Milk Stout obviously stood out to me.

You’ve probably heard of New Holland’s Bourbon Barrel-aged Dragon’s Milk Stout. It has an “Excellent” rating on Beer Advocate. It’s one of the most popular, and widely distributed, barrel-aged Stouts. New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon spends three months in the same barrels before being bottled.

Tasting Dragon’s Milk and Beer Barrel Bourbon side by side was a real treat. The influence they have on each other is apparent, and both are improved by the other’s contributions.

I used the Beer Barrel Bourbon in an Old Fashioned with 5 by 5 bitters, simple sugar, and a maraschino cherry garnish.

Now, since you’ve made it this far, I’ll let you in on something: I don’t know anything about spirits. I mostly stick to beer and wine. I won’t pretend to actually review this bourbon. It certainly tasted bourbony, but I can’t tell you how it compares to other bourbons. I do think those last three months in a beer barrel adds some unique and enjoyable flavors.

I do feel qualified to review Dragon’s Milk Stout. The thing that stands out the most for me with this beer is how much bourbon influence it has, without any added bourbon heat. This is as smooth as you’re going to get for an 11% ABV beer. I’ve never enjoyed bourbon flavor more!

I also enjoyed the Beer Barrel Bourbon “neat,” and that also tasted bourbony.

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