Monday, January 14, 2013

Gravity Head 2013 begins February 22. Here is a mid-January update.

As of January 31, 2013, a new update has been posted: Here are the 62 Gravity Head beers for 2013.

Previous updates

01/22 added Tony Beard's logo
01/19 update adds Big Dawg and two Schlafly ales
01/18 update adds Bestefar
01/17 updates reflect the restoration of Founders to the March 8 lineup 
01/16 updates: Added NABC contingent, added Bell’s This One Goes to 11
01/15 update: NABC's contingent for Gravity Head 2013: Return of the Living Gravity Dead  

We're a bit more than a month out, so here's a Gravity Head 2013 update.

This year's bombardment will be the 15th such bacchanal in a series that began in 1999, and it commences at the Pizzeria & Public House with a traditional Tailgate Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22.

Given that last year's motif was "The End of the World As We Know It," this year's theme is "Return of the Living Gravity Dead." Tony Beard is working on the artwork as we drink.

Our opening day tap takeover partner in 2013 is Sun King Brewing Company out of Indianapolis, and later this week I hope to have a list of 6-8 participants from them.

Happily, we’re going to be able to keep the Founders Brewing Company third-weekend Gravity Head focus alive, albeit with a touch of short-term mystery. Bob Kaiser from Founders and the crew from Cavalier Indiana will be coming to visit on Friday, March 8, so we'll tap all the Founders kegs then, including a Founders "Mystery Ale," the identity of which I'll release when permission is granted by Founders.

Pouring alongside these Founders kegs on March 8 will be NABC's and Flat12's selections for Gravity Head.

Following is a list of Gravity-eligible beers that we have in our possession right now. A handful shown here will NOT appear, as they'll be held for further aging until 2014. Sun King and Flat12 are not included below. NABC's contingent has been added here, and is described here: NABC's contingent for Gravity Head 2013: Return of the Living Gravity Dead.)

We're now hurtling toward 50+ selections -- right where we want to be.

* New since previous update

Against the Grain/De Molen Bo and Luke 14%
BBC (Shelbyville Road) Tsar Bomba 12.5%
Bell’s Hopslam 10%
Bell’s This One Goes to 11 11.4%
Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale (2011) 10.2%

*Big Dawg Brewhaus Claymore 180 Shilling Scotch Ale 12%
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (2011) 10%
Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve: The Companion Ale (2011) 10%
Dark Horse Scotty Karate 9.75%
Ellezelloise Hercule 9%

Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout (nitro) 8.9%
Founders Backwoods Bastard 2012 10.2%
Founders Breakfast Stout (2011) 8.3%
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 9.8%
Founders Imperial Stout (2011) 10.5%

Founders Mystery Ale 10% - 20% (to be revealed)
Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti 9.5%
Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti 9.5%
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti 2011 9.5%
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti 2011 9.5%

Great Divide Old Ruffian 2011 10.2%
Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout 2011 9.5%
Haandbryggeriet Bestefar 10%
Harpoon Barleywine (Leviathan Series; 2011) 10%
Harpoon Triticus Ale (Leviathan Series; 2011) 11.5%

J. W. Lees 25th Anniversary Harvest Ale (2011) Circa 11.5%
J. W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale … Lagavulin Scotch (Islay) barrel-conditioned (2011; cask-conditioned) Circa 11.5% (to be tapped Sat., February 23)
Kulmbacher Eisbock “Bayerisch G’frorns” (2010) 9.2%
NABC IX — Ninth Anniversary Ale (2010) 9%
NABC/De Struise/LBS B’Urban Trotter (2011) 9.2%

NABC Bourbondaddy (2012) 9.5%
NABC/O'Fallon/Schlafly C2 Collaboration Ale (2010) 10.7%
NABC Stumble Bus (2012) 11.2%
NABC Turbo Hog (2012) 9.5%
North Coast Old Stock Ale 11.9%

Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine (2011) 11%
Samichlaus Bier (2010) 14%
*Schlafly Tripel 10%
*Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine (Vintage TBA) 10.2%
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine (2006) 9.6%

Southern Tier Jah-va 10.6%
Southern Tier “Oak-Aged Imperial” Back Burner 9.6%
Stone Double Bastard Ale (2011) 10%
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2011) 10.8%
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (2012) 12%

Three Floyds/Mikkeller Boogoop II 10.4%
Three Floyds/Mikkeller Risgoop 10.4%
Two Brothers Northwind 9.1%
Urthel Samaranth Quadrium 11.5%
Victory Storm King (2011) 9.1%

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