Monday, March 12, 2007

Gravity Head update: Monday, March 12.

(Updated on Saturday afternoon, March 17 - scroll down to the lists)

We don’t use the most sophisticated of POS software, but I can tell that on the opening weekend of Gravity Head 2007, there were something like 3,500 beers poured. The number is a bit higher if you add the ones sampled by the Publican, seeing as these are part of the compensation package and not charted – wouldn’t want the sawbones seeing that accumulation, would we?.

Here’s how the current lineup is looking after the opening weekend of Gravity Head 2007, but first, the errata and inevitable scratches as presently are known.

1. Kasteelbier Blonde/Tripel was ordered, invoiced and put into storage after delivery. Only when it was being readied for tapping Thursday did any of us notice that the Brown/Bruin had been shipped instead. Oops. The good news is that Gravity fans loved the Brown, so it turned out to be a good, if unintentional, move.

2. Ringneck Brewing Im-perle-ial Porter was unavailable, and our hard working Ohio agent has substituted two other Ringneck ales: Ringneck Brewing Old 21 Imperial IPA and Ringneck Brewing "FOTB” Barley Wine. Look for them in a couple of weeks.

3. De Dolle Stille Nacht will not be coming, after all. It seems that an enterprising operator in the Big Apple snagged it while no one was looking. If possible, I’ll procure a keg later this year and age it until Gravity Head 2008 (10th anniversary edition).

The following beers are on tap now.
The JW Lees is not a misprint. For the first time in memory, the 5-gallon pin lasted through the business day on Saturday, and will return to duty on Monday afternoon.

Monday evening note: The JW Lees has gone.


Avery "The Beast" 2006 14.9% abv

Avery “The Maharaja” Imperial India Pale Ale 9.9% abv

BBC (Main & Clay) Bearded Pat's Barley Wine circa 10% abv

BBC (St. Matthews) Leah's Etrange 9.2% abv

Bell's Expedition Stout (firkin) 11.5% abv

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout 9.5% abv

Left Hand Imperial Stout 10.4% abv

Mojo Risin' Double IPA (Boulder Beer) 10% abv

Rogue Frosty Frog (John’s Locker Stock #12; Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse) 9.5% abv

Shmaltz Genesis 10:10 10% abv

Upland Ard-Ri Imperial Irish-style Red Ale 9% abv


JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (2006) 11.5% abv

Les 3 Fourquets Brooklynette (La Gnomette Part II) (Belgium) 8.5% abv

Regenboog t’Smisje Dubbel (Belgium) 9% abv

Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf (UK) circa 10.5% abv

Urthel Hop-It Belgian IPA (Belgium) 9.5% abv

Urthel Samaranth Quadrium (Belgium) 12% abv

Here are the beers that already are scheduled to appear at specific times during Gravity Head 2007 (March and April):

Saturday, March 17:
Bell's Expedition Stout (firkin) 11.5% abv
Upland Ard-Ri Imperial Irish-style Red Ale 9% abv
Please note that a keg of Rogue Kell’s Irish Lager, a non-Gravity selection, will complete this color-coded homage to Irishness in beer styles. Note also that the only green-colored beer available for St. Patrick’s Day will be bottled Berliner Weiss with woodruff syrup. That won’t stop seemingly clever people from asking for it.

Saturday, March 24:
Schlafly Reserve Oak-Aged Barley Wine 10.6% abv
Representatives of Schlafly will be on hand with other of their beers for sampling in a yet-to-be-determined format.

Saturday, April 7:
BarrelHouse Belgian Style Winter Ale 8.25% abv
Representatives of BarrelHouse will be on hand with other of their beers for sampling along with the FOSSILS homebrew club’s monthly meeting in Prost.


Now, on to the availability update.
As you can see, Gravity Head is going to last for quite some time. These kegs are in the bullpen – on site and ready for tapping:


Avery Thirteen (Weizen Doppelbock) 9.3% abv

Bluegrass Brewing Co. (St. Matthews) Mephistopheles Metamorphosis circa 10% abv

Bell's Expedition Stout (keg) 11.5% abv

Bell’s Sparkling Ale 8.9% abv

Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale 10.2% abv

Clipper City Below Decks Barleywine 11% abv

Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine 10.2% abv

Hoppin’ Frog Boris the Crusher (Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout) 9.4% abv

Left Hand Snow Bound Winter Ale 7.6% abv

Ringneck Brewing Old 21 Imperial IPA 9.1% abv

Ringneck Brewing "FOTB” Barley Wine 10% abv

Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale, 10% abv

Stone Double Bastard 10% abv

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (Vintage 2006) 11.2% abv

Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss Wine, 10.2% abv


De Dolle Dulle Teve (Belgium) 10% abv

Houblon Chouffe 9% abv


Some beers are still in transit, and ETAs are provided when known:

Clipper City Holy Sheet 9% abv (due circa March 21)

Clipper City Peg Leg Imperial Stout 8% abv (due circa March 21)

Flying Dog Double Dog 10.5% abv (ETA unknown)

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole 10% abv (ETA unknown)

Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA 10% abv (due circa March 21)


Delirium Nocturnum 8.5% abv (ETA unknown)

EKU 28 11% abv (ETA unknown)

Gales Prize Old Ale (2005) 9% abv

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock 9.2% abv (ETA unknown)

Regenboog Guido 8% abv


These kegs have passed into Gravity Head history:

Aventinus Eisbock (Germany) 12.5% abv

Bell's Hopslam Double IPA 9.5% abv

Bluegrass Brewing Co. (Main & Clay) Dank IPA (hand pull) 8% abv

De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout (Belgium) 9% abv

Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Germany) 9% abv

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA 2006 13% abv

JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (Lagavulin Scotch barrel aged; 2005; pin (UK) 11.5% abv

Kasteelbier Brown (Biere de Chateau) (Belgium) 11% abv

Koningshoeven Quadrupel (Netherlands) 10% abv

NABC Thunderfoot Imperial Stout 2006 11% abv

Regenboog t’Smisje BBBourgondier (Belgium) 12% abv

Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine 2002 11.3% abv

Samichlaus Bier 2005 (Austria) 14% abv

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 10.8% abv


De Dolle Stille Nacht 12% abv

Ringneck Brewing Im-perle-ial Porter 7.7% abv

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