Monday, April 02, 2007

Gravity Head lineupdate: Monday, April 2.

(Updated Saturday, April 7)

For the second time in three years, the Publican has been placed on the DL during Gravity Head. In 2005, the cause was pneumonia. In 2007, it’s rotator cuff repair surgery, which was performed a week ago Tuesday morning. I'm fine, rehab’s going well, and Jared Williamson has taken over the day-to-day organizational tasks. I’m posting updates from the home base.

As of Monday morning, April 2, 20 business days have been devoted to the Gravity Madness of Gravity Head 2007, and 30 beers are gone. A handful will return later as "encores," owing to multiple keg purchases.

Meanwhile, I’m bowing to reality and moving two of the remaining three “in transit” beers to the scratch list: EKU 28 and Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock.

I’ve amply aired my displeasure at the situation, which in essence involves a current failure in cooperative capability between wholesaler and importer. In short, as they squabble, I’m punished by being deprived of product. Of course, in a genuinely free market … never mind. It's odd how free-market economics gurus are so often also prohibitionists.

Only 9 listed selections remain to be brought on line, and this means that within the next week or two, non-gravity taps will once again be pouring. Many of them will be of “normal” alcoholic strength, so wean yourself away very slowly.

Note: Schlenkerla Fastenbier, a non-Gravity Head selection (5.5% abv) is now on tap. It is the annual Easter release from Bamberg's most famous smoked beer brewery, and has a grain bill of half house smoked malt, half unsmoked pislner malt.

The following beers are on tap now.


Avery Thirteen (Weizen Doppelbock) 9.3% abv

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

Bell's Expedition Stout (keg) 11.5% abv

Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale 10.2% abv

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

Clipper City Holy Sheet 9% abv

Clipper City Peg Leg Imperial Stout 8% abv

Left Hand Snow Bound Winter Ale 7.6% abv

Ringneck Brewing "FOTB” Barley Wine 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


Houblon Chouffe 9% abv

Regenboog Guido 8% abv

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

Saturday, April 7:

BarrelHouse Belgian Style Winter Ale 8.25% abv

Representatives of BarrelHouse and Cavalier Distributing Indiana, including BH brewer Rick DeBar, will be on hand with other BH beers for sampling (including Boss Cox Double Dark IPA) in conjunction with the FOSSILS homebrew club’s monthly meeting in Prost.


Schlafly Reserve Oak-Aged Barley Wine 10.6% abv


Now, on to the availability update.

These kegs are in the bullpen – on site and ready for tapping:


Clipper City Below Decks Barleywine 11% abv

Flying Dog Double Dog 10.5% abv

Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine 10.2% abv

Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA 10% abv


These kegs have passed into Gravity Head history:

Aventinus Eisbock (Germany) 12.5% abv

Avery "The Beast" 2006 14.9% abv

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

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

Bell's Expedition Stout (firkin) 11.5% abv

Bell's Hopslam Double IPA 9.5% abv

Bell’s Sparkling Ale 8.9% abv

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

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA 13.6% abv

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Belgium) 10% abv

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

Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (Germany) 9% abv

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA 2006 13% abv

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout 9.5% abv

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

JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (2006) 11.5% 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

Left Hand Imperial Stout 10.4% abv

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

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

NABC Thunderfoot Imperial Stout 2006 11% abv

Regenboog t’Smisje BBBourgondier (Belgium) 12% abv

Regenboog t’Smisje Dubbel (Belgium) 9% abv

Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf (UK) circa 10.5% abv

Ringneck Brewing Old 21 Imperial IPA 9.1% abv

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

Rogue Ten Thousand Brew Ale, 10% abv

Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine 2002 11.3% abv

Samichlaus Bier 2005 (Austria) 14% abv

Shmaltz Genesis 10:10 10% abv

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 10.8% abv

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

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

Urthel Samaranth Quadrium (Belgium) 12% abv


De Dolle Stille Nacht 12% abv (stolen by East Coast account)

Delirium Nocturnum 8.5% abv (unknown problems)

EKU 28 11% abv

Gales Prize Old Ale (2005) 9% abv (shipping snafu)

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock 9.2% abv

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole 10% abv (shipping snafu)

Ringneck Brewing Im-perle-ial Porter 7.7% abv (unavailable)

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