(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
Clipper City Holy Sheet 9% abv
Left Hand Snow Bound Winter Ale 7.6% 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.
Friday, April 27: SORRY, POSTPONED AGAIN
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:
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
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
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
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)