Showing posts with label Gravity Head 2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gravity Head 2009. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Demanding list of Liver Olympic events for the week.

As of today, the 2009 edition of our Gravity Head "Liver Olympics" is ten days old, and roughly one-third of the listed contestants are depleted: Gravity Head 2009 lineupdate.

Tonight there'll be incoming: Bus from Louisville to Gravity Head this Tuesday, March 10.

On Thursday, we're tapping a keg of Schlafly with a special baseball opportunity attached: Thursday, March 12: Come to Schlafly Tripel Night for a chance to win St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs tix.

The weekend's going to be crazy; in addition to the following, it looks like NABC's new Bank Street Brewhouse will be open for business on Friday (more on that a bit later today):

March 12-16
“Kim’s Coming to Town”
To know the Publican is to know his Danish friend Kim “Big Kim” Andersen. Kim, a member of the Danish Beer Enthusiasts, will be coming to New Albany for a well-timed visit and stay at the fabled Chez Baylor bed & breakfast. Look for us in the Public House and/or Bank Street Brewhouse. We’ll be the big guys.

Saturday, March 14
“My Wild Irish Rose”
NABC will again participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along Baxter Avenue & Bardstown Road in Louisville.

Saturday, March 14
“FOSSILS Meeting with Ron Downer”
The FOSSILS homebrewing club meets in Prost, and will welcome special guest Ron Downer. Ron is a legendary homebrewer & professional brewer, but more importantly, he is a dear friend of the public house owners and regulars. Not yet a member of FOSSILS? Then join up.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Wholesaler team coming to visit on March 20, and bringing tasty breakfast with them.

One of our Public House wholesaler, Cavalier Distributing, handles the fine beers brewed by Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Founders brews an excellent barrel-aged stout: Kentucky Breakfast Stout. For the first time ever in 2009, Cavalier received an allotment of draft KBS, and the Public House is purchasing one of the kegs. Had it arrived sooner, it would have been listed for Gravity Head. This doesn't mean we can't pour it.

So, for the occasion of the Cavalier sales and management crew's annual expedition to Gravity Head on Friday, March 20, we'll be tapping the KBS as a special Liver Olympics addendum. Of course, all customers may partake of the bounty -- and say hi to the folks who bring these kegs to us.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bus from Louisville to Gravity Head this Tuesday, March 10.

This Tuesday, March 10, Rick & Jeff Tours will be running a bus from Derby City Espresso (331 Market Street, Louisville) to NABC/Public House/Pizzeria for Gravity Head 2009.


The bus is leaving from Derby City Expresso at 7:00 p.m. sharp, and it will depart the Public House at 10:00 p.m. Derby City Espresso will provide complimentary coffee afterwards. While at the Public House, the bus group will have its own server in the Prost wing, along with a previously unannounced Gravity Head "The Liver Olympics" bonus keg: Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA.


A seat on the bus costs $10. Call Rick for reservations 502-314-6056.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Gravity Head 2009 lineupdate.

As of Monday, March 16, visit NABC's website (scroll down) for updated draft listings for both NABC locations, including Gravity Head 2009.

As of Thursday, March 12. As a non-Gravity note, be aware that our yearly allotment of Schlenkerla Fastenbier, the Brauerei Heller-Trum's Lenten recipe of 50% smoked malt and 50% regular pale malt is currently on tap.

ON TAP NOW

*Avery Ale to the Chief!
Avery “The Czar”
Avery “The Reverend”
Bell's Expedition Stout (2006)
*Browning’s Quadrupel
*Founders Backwoods Bastard
*Founders Double Trouble IPA
*Harviestoun Ola Dubh – Old Engine Oil Special Reserve 40 Yr (firkin)
Left Hand Imperial Stout
*Regenboog 't Smisje Grand Reserva
New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine
Samichlaus Bier Helles
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine (2008)
*Sierra Nevada Double Debockel
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (2007)
*Strubbe Keyte Dobbelen Tripel
Two Brothers Bare Tree (2007)

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STILL TO COME

Some already blown will return for encores, and some are still in transit.

BARLEY WINE & WHEAT WINE
Avery Hog Heaven
Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine
Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine

BALTIC/IMPERIAL PORTER
BBC (Shelbyville Road) Kick in the Baltic Porter
*Rogue XS Imperial Porter (2008 XS)
*Thisted Limfjords Porter (April ETA at the earliest)
*Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter

BELGIAN-SYLE STRONG ALE
*Baladin Al-Iksir Demi Sec (April ETA at the earliest)
De Dolle Dulle Teve (“Mad Bitch”)
*Schlafly Tripel (scheduled for tapping on March 12)

BOCK/DOPPELBOCK/STRONG SPECIALTY LAGER
*Samichlaus Bier

IMPERIAL IPA/DOUBLE IPA
Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA
Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Stone Double Bastard Ale (2006)
Victory Hop Wallop

IMPERIAL RED
Upland “The Ard-Ri” (on tap for St. Patrick’s Day)

IMPERIAL STOUT
Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout
*Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout
Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2008) (on tap for St. Patrick’s Day)
Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Stout (firkin)

OLD ALE
Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale (firkin)
J. W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale

WINTER/SEASONAL ALE
*Borgo 25 Dodici
*Ducato Krampus
De Dolle Stille Nacht

WOOD- and BARREL- AGED
*BBC (Main & Clay) Olde Ale (2008)
*Harviestoun Ola Dubh – Old Engine Oil Special Reserve 18 Yr (firkin)
*Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout
*Regenboog 't Smisje Calva Reserva

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GONE AWAY

Allagash Curieux
*BBC (Shelbyville Road) Knob Creek Russian Imperial Porter
*Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend
Bell’s HopSlam (three kegs)
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Founders Breakfast Stout (2007)
*Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine
*Het Anker (Gouden Carolus) Cuvee Van de Keizer
*Hofstetten Granit Bock (Stein Bier)
J. W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale Lagavulin barrel-aged (2007)
Koningshoeven La Trappe Quadrupel
*Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter
*Mad River JBC (John Barleycorn)
*Moylan’s Double Kilt Lifter (Batch 1,000)
NABC Malcolm’s Old Setter’s Ale (2007)
NABC Solidarity
NABC Thunderfoot (2008)
New Holland Dragon’s Milk
Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine (2003)
Stone XI - 11th Anniversary Ale *Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
*Struise Black Albert Belgian Royal Stout

JURY’S OUT (IN STOCK BUT NOT READY TO DRINK)

*L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2007)
Regenboog ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier






Saturday, February 28, 2009

"The Liver Olympics" rolls into Day Two.

I posted a brief state of the Saturday morning Gravity Head union piece at NA Confidential:

Happy Gravity Head to you, too.

The jury's out on Bon Chien, which was scratched and replaced by Black Albert, which proved exquisite. The Swiss beer's brewer (ironically, he's stateside now) believes Bon Chien needs more time in the keg to mature, so I suppose we'll tuck it back into Cellar #3 and make another attempt in June or July.

The Bell's Expedition/Double Cream blend was an obvious hit, as was the Scotch-heavy Ola Dubh. The Bell's blend was only a quarter-barrel and may already have blown. I didn't make it to the Moylan's or Het Anker.

Once I make it into work later this morning, there'll be a fresh overview here. Before then, build-out progress at Bank Street needs to be assessed. On Sunday, I'll get the lineupdate page started.

See you in a couple of hours.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Gravity Head 2009 is under way ... note these corrections.


Gravity Head Tailgate Breakfast is winding down, and the taps (well, most of them) are flowing.

Early corrections: Het Anker Cuvee Van de Keizer is the Rood (pale), not the Blauw (dark).

L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien has been scratched from the starting lineup. Unfortunately, it had gone bad. That's a disappointment, but it happens. Once we decide the replacement, I'll be back to update this posting.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Enjoy Gravity Head and help Matt Nash jump into the river for Special Olympics.


Gravity Head begins tomorrow. Have a good time, and let someone else do the driving ... like Matt, whose girlfriend Amy forwarded the following.

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Don’t drive into the river … help Matt Nash jump into the river.

Support Special Olympics & polar bear plunge 2009.

Matt Nash will be providing rides home on opening night of gravity head 2009 between 8pm and ?, with donations going to the Special Olympics.

Matt Nash is a native of New Albany and Amy Weatherford’s boyfriend. This will be his third year of participating in the polar bear plunge.

The car has room for up to 4 people … (3 fit snug in back) but no one in the trunk, hehehe.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quick Gravity Head links.

The smoke has cleared. Here is the revised and updated list of starters for Gravity Head 2009: The Liver Olympics: Starting lineup.

Here is the link to the Gravity Form official program. It includes the revised schedule of events.

Don't forget Thursday evening's The Night Before Gravity Head: “Liver Olympics Limbering Up with Sierra Nevada” promotion, and if you're willing, Friday morning's pajama party: Gravity Head Tailgate Breakfast, which starts at 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Double Cream Blend is the winner.

The votes are in: Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Double Cream Blend is the clear winner of the balloting for 17th tap on opening night for Gravity Head this Friday.

I'll post the vote totals later. It wasn't close.

Gravity Head 2009: A Tuesday update as the Liver Olympics draw nearer.

Where to begin?

First we must complete the starting lineup for this year's Liver Olympics.

Voting for what is now the 17th and final keg (not firkin) starter ends today at Noon.

Vote for just one, and submit to your choice to me at this e-mail address - istanbul85(at)yahoo.com - today (Tuesday, February 24, 2009) before 12:00 Noon.

It is for the 17th, not 16th, starter because yesterday we added a keg of NABC's Malcolm's Old Setter's Ale to the lineup to compensate for the loss of the "mystery kegs" that were to have been brought by Dogfish Head's John Freyer, who had to cancel his trip down from Chicago.

If circumstance dictates, there remains a possibility that mystery beer will be tapped on the little keg box in Prost. If you're a member of the FOSSILS or LAGERS homebrew clubs and are enjoying Friday evening seating in Prost, you'll be the first to know if this happens.

The Official Gravity Form event program is posted at or web site, and can be downloaded here: http://www.newalbanian.com/downloads/Gravity%20Head%202009%20Program.pdf

Don't forget our two special Liver Olympics kick-off events:

Thursday, February 26
The Night Before Gravity Head: “Liver Olympics Limbering Up with Sierra Nevada”
Sierra Nevada’s representative in Indiana, Steve Thiel, will be in town to preside over a Sierra Nevada bottle tasting at Keg Liquors (617 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check out the Keg’s tasting first, and then come to the Public House for a Gravity Head draft preview and bonus (the beers will be on tap and available throughout the day):

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine … year-old 2008 release

Sierra Nevada Double Debockel … limited seasonal availability

Sierra Nevada Chico IPA … Indiana’s only keg from the second batch of an “accidental” ale that has seldom been spotted outside the state of California. 7.2% abv

Friday, February 27
“Gravity Tailgate Breakfast”
In 2008, a hardy band of early-rising regulars convened for gravity breakfast with Terry Meiners of WHAS television in Louisville. In 2009, we’re tweaking the concept by starting slightly later in the morning, 7:00 a.m., when it’s actually legal to drink beer in Hoosierland. There’ll be doughnuts, Ed Needham's homeroasted coffee and Founders Breakfast Stout. Stop by and get into the spirit before you go to work. Why even go to work?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Gravity Head update: Program editing slogs forward.

Education sometimes extends to the educator, and this has been true this year as I've prepared the Gravity "Liver Olympics" Head official program.

My initial resolution was to do it differently, primarily because five years of the same format has me wanting to scream in agony. Then, in keeping with the direction we're hoping to follow a bit later this year with the bottled beer list, there came the inspiration to organize the selections by style.

In turn: Does some semblance of wood or barrel aging determine style before or after considering the beer itself, i.e., should a bourbon barrel stout be listed by barrel-aged, or by stout? I decided that barrel-aging in any variety should take priority over the style, which also must be noted ... which is an exception to whatever other writing style guidelines used to maintain consistency.

I noticed that I'd listed Dogfish Head's Pala Santo Marron as "off the wall" and not "barrel-aged" -- but the whole point is the Paraguayan wood, right?

My point is two fold:

(1) Sorry it has taken so long to get the programs finished. Now you know why.

(2) The final program version will, in fact, be official ... forget anything else 've told you.

And, don't forget to vote. After ten tallies, it's 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1, but I'm not going to tell you which keg has the lead.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gravity Head starters named; vote now for the 16th and final keg (not firkin) starter.

Once again for the upcoming 11th edition of Gravity Head’s “Liver Olympics,” we’re allowing the fans to vote on the beer that will occupy the 16th tap.

Note: The starting lineup can be found here.

When making your choice, please remember that the beers listed below are the only ones eligible for selection. The list here has been edited to remove the beers already selected to start, firkins (we can pour only one at a time on hand pull), ones already designated to appear on specific dates, and those that remain in transit.

Vote for just one, and submit to your choice to me at this e-mail address - istanbul85(at)yahoo.com - before Noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

The beers are American unless noted, and * signifies that it’s never been on tap at the Public House.

Have fun!

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BARLEY WINE (AND ONE WHEAT WINE)
*Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine … 15.04%
Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine … 10.2%
*Mad River JBC (John Barleycorn) … circa 9.5%
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine 2008 … 9.6%
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (12-13-07) … 9.9%
Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine … 12.5%
Two Brothers Bare Tree 2007 … 11%

BARREL CONDITIONED
*BBC (Main & Clay) Olde Ale (2008; French oak red wine barrel aged Queen’s Knickers) … circa 9%
*BBC (St. Matthews) Knob Creek Aged Russian Imperial Porter … 12%
*Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend … circa 9%
*Founders Backwoods Bastard … 9.2%
New Holland Dragon’s Milk (bourbon barrel-aged) … 9%

BELGIAN-SYLE DIVERSE STRONG ALES
*Schlafly Tripel … 10.78%
*Strubbe Keyte Dobbelen Tripel … Belgium … 9.2%

IMPERIAL IPA/DOUBLE IPA
*Avery Ale to the Chief … 8.75%
Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA … 10.5%
*Founders Double Trouble IPA … 9.4%
Stone Double Bastard 10-19-2006 … 10%
Victory Hop Wallop … 8.5%

IMPERIAL/BALTIC PORTER
Bluegrass Brewing Company Kick in the Baltic Porter … 9%
*Rogue XS Imperial Porter … 8.2%

IMPERIAL STOUT
Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout … Belgium … 10.5%
Avery The Czar … 10.77%
Bell's Expedition Stout 10-23-06 … 10.5%
Left Hand Imperial Stout … 10.4%

OFF THE WALL
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (Holy Tree Brown) … 12%
Stone XI – 11th Anniversary Ale … 8.7%

OLD ALE
NABC Malcolm’s Old Setter’s Ale 2007 … circa 12%

STRONG LAGER
*Hofstetten Granit Bock (stone lager) … Austria … 7.3%
Samichlaus Bier … Austria … 14%
*Samichlaus Bier Helles … Austria … 14%

QUADRUPEL
Avery “The Reverend” … 10%
*Browning’s Quadrupel … circa 10%
Regenboog ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier … Belgium … 12%

WINTER SEASONAL
De Dolle Stille Nacht … Belgium … 12%

Starting lineup for Gravity Head 2009 "The Liver Olympics."

Here is the starting lineup of gravity kegs for the Liver Olympics, commencing Friday, February 27. It has been edited (on February 25) to account for the inclusion of the fan vote winner and our decision to add Malcolm to the starting lineup.

Sixteen (16) Gravity Head starters, kegged:

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel) … 11%

Bell’s HopSlam (three kegs) … 10%

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA … 20%

*Founders Breakfast Stout (10-01-07) … 8.3%

*Het Anker Cuvee Van de Keizer… Belgium … 11%

Koningshoeven Quadrupel … Netherlands … 10%

*L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (aged in oak barrels formerly used for red wine and grappa) (2007) … Switzerland … 15.5%

*Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter … 9.2%

*Moylan’s Double Kilt Lifter … 11%

NABC's Malcolm's Old Setter's Ale (2007; keg) ... circa 12%

NABC Solidarity Baltic Porter … 10%

NABC Thunderfoot (2008) … circa 11%

New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine … 10%

Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine (Batch 6530; Jan. 2003) … 11%

*Sierra Nevada Double Debockel … 9.4%

*Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 9.2%

Seventeenth (17th) Starter

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Double Cream Blend ... selected by Internet voting

Opening firkin on the hand pull

*Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 40-year (single malt barrel aged) (firkin) … Scotland … circa 11%

Gravity-feed, barrel-aged to be tapped on Saturday, February 28

JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (Lagavulin barrel-aged) (2008) … United Kingdom … circa 11.5%

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Also: On tap to greet St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2/6/08 … 10.8%
Upland Ard-Ri … circa 9%

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm a bit late.

I'll have the Gravity Head starting lineup on Thursday. I've been busy, and we need answers to a couple of pertinent questions before the starters are finalized.

I'll post the voting guidelines Thursday afternoon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Liver Olympics: Gravity Head schedule of events for 2009.

It’s almost time again for our annual foray into the mind-of-its-own hysteria otherwise known as Gravity Head, and again this year I’m far enough ahead of the game, if only slightly, to note the following special events and noteworthy appearances that will occur on fixed dates during gravity’s annual amok time.

Note also that the soft opening of NABC’s new Bank Street Brewhouse is scheduled for some time around Gravity Head’s kickoff, probably the first week of March. There’ll be more information on our new location as the date draws nearer. Meanwhile, here’s the calendar for gravity season, 2009.


Wednesday, February 18
“Liver Olympics Lineup Revealed”
The starting lineup of 15 kegged gravity beers and one hand-pull will be announced by the Publican, which leaves a final starting 17th selection to be voted into the lineup by you.

Thursday, February 19
“Vote for the 17th Tap”
Internet voting begins for the 17th starter, to be chosen as always by diligent readers, besotted regulars and fervent gravity fans.

Thursday, February 26
The Night Before Gravity Head: “Liver Olympics Limbering Up with Sierra Nevada”
Sierra Nevada’s representative in Indiana, Steve Thiel, will be in town to preside over a Sierra Nevada bottle tasting at Keg Liquors (617 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check out the Keg’s tasting first, and then come to the Public House for a Gravity Head draft preview and bonus:

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine … year-old 2008 release

Sierra Nevada Double Debockel … limited seasonal availability

Sierra Nevada Chico IPA … Indiana’s only keg from the second batch of an “accidental” ale that has seldom been spotted outside the state of California. 7.2% abv

Friday, February 27
“Gravity Head Tailgate Breakfast”
In 2008, a hardy band of early-rising regulars convened for gravity breakfast with Terry Meiners of WHAS television in Louisville. In 2009, we’re tweaking the concept by starting slightly later in the morning, 7:00 a.m., when it’s actually legal to drink beer in Hoosierland. There’ll be doughnuts, Ed Needham's homeroasted coffee and Founders Breakfast Stout, and perhaps something more substantial before you go to work (why go to work?) if we can locate a cook for the job.

Friday, February 27
Opening Liver Olympics Ceremonies: “John Freyer and the Mystery Beers of Gravity Head”
Members of the FOSSILS and LAGERS homebrewing/beer appreciation clubs enjoy preferred seating in the Prost room beginning at 3:00 p.m. Our special guest for the evening is John Freyer, regional representative of Dogfish Head, who will be bringing two “mystery kegs” of gravity beer, one from Dogfish Head, and one from Three Floyds. We’ll tap these in Prost when they arrive … until then, we don’t know what they’ll be, either!

Saturday, February 28
“JW Lees/Buckeye Contingent Day”
The Saturday afternoon tapping of a wooden pin of cask-conditioned, barrel-aged JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale is an annual Gravity Head ritual worth observing. Pat and Larry will be bringing the Ohio revelers for day-long barroom duty, and Prost will be available at 3:00 p.m. for open seating.

Sunday, March 1
"R & R"
We are closed. Do not come. Listen to your body. Drink liquids, rest, and avoid heavy lifting and the operation of heavy machinery. After all, it’s only just begun.

Monday, March 2
“Liver Olympics Daily Grind Begins”
The marathon starts in earnest. Check NABC's web site for daily lineupdates.

March 12-16
“Kim’s Coming to Town”
To know the Publican is to know his Danish friend Kim “Big Kim” Andersen, who currently resides in Copenhagen and will be coming to New Albany for a well-timed visit and stay at the fabled Chez Baylor bed & breakfast. Kim, a member of the Danish Beer Enthusiasts, might be spending brief milliseconds sampling Gravity Head wares … so look for us in the pub. We’ll be the big guys.

Saturday, March 14
“My Wild Irish Rose”
NABC will again participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road in Louisville. Look for our fire/beer engine, and both Kim and the Publican in prime(d) form.

Saturday, March 14
“FOSSILS Meeting with Ron Downer”
The FOSSILS homebrewing club meets in Prost, and will be welcoming special guest Ron Downer, who will present a short talk on the Saison beer style. Ron is a legendary homebrewer and professional brewer, but more importantly, he is an old and dear friend of the public house owners and regulars. Not a member of FOSSILS? Join.

Tuesday, March 17
“St. Patrick’s Day”
Wearing of the green is one thing, but drinking it is something else entirely. Ingesting green-tinted swill is tantamount to wearing a badge that reads, “I’m neither Irish nor particularly bright – scoff at me.” If you’ve ever actually been to Ireland, you know that the accepted colors of Irish beer are black, red and gold, and in our traditionally minimalist fashion, we’ll be offering one keg of each (two Gravity Head listed selections, and one not) while shunning other, more egregious and inauthentic forms of Hibernian revelry.

Rogue Kells Irish Lager … Tasty, full-bodied lager. Brewed in Oregon, and superior to Harp.

Upland Ard-Ri … More craic than Smithwicks, any day of the week, and especially this one day a year.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2/6/08) … Yes, I understand that Russian and Irish aren’t the same thing, but this choice is intended as homage to the 1980’s joint venture between Aeroflot and the Shannon Airport authority, which led to the airport’s rise to prominence (and did not prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union).

March 19-22
First and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA basketball tournament
March Madness (the roundball version) begins. The Prost seating area is equipped with a flat screen and will be open for non-smoking seating on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Smoking is permitted in the Pizzeria zone, which also will be showing the games.

March 26
The Fabulous Gators with Roz Tate
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Prost ... NCAA games will be showing in the pizzeria.

March 26-29
Regionals of the NCAA basketball tournament
See preceding.

April 4 & 6
Final Four and Championship of NCAA basketball

I’m worn out just typing the schedule, so it must be time for a beer.

Please?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Final Gravity Head listings for 2009.

The smoke has cleared, the dust has settled, and I believe the following to be the most accurate listing of Gravity Head beers for 2009. All are in stock or have been ordered through our reputable suppliers. This does not mean all will arrive. I have tried to place them in style categories to the best of my ability. Note that barrel-aging is a category that takes precedence over the specific style being conditioned in wood.

Tomorrow I hope to have a Gravity schedule of events, which customarily coincides with the month of March and its various celebrations and basketball games.

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For the 11th edition of Gravity Head, we have inaugurated the practice of grouping the selections by style category, not national origin.

Vintage dates will be noted only if the kegs are more than one year old by February 27, 2009.

American unless noted.

* never before poured at the Public House.

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BARLEY WINE (AND TWO WHEAT WINES)
Avery Hog Heaven … 9.2%
*Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine … 15.04%
Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine … 10.2%
*Mad River JBC (John Barleycorn) … circa 9.5%
New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine … 10%
Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine (Batch 6530; Jan. 2003) … 11%
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine 2008 … 9.6%
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (12-13-07) … 9.9%
Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine … 12.5%
Two Brothers Bare Tree 2007 … 11%

BARREL CONDITIONED
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel) … 11%
*BBC (Main & Clay) Olde Ale (2008; French oak red wine barrel aged Queen’s Knickers) … circa 9%
*BBC (St. Matthews) Knob Creek Aged Russian Imperial Porter … 12.0%
*Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend … circa 9%
*Founders Backwoods Bastard … 9.2%
*Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 18-year (single malt barrel aged) (firkin) … Scotland … circa 11%
*Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 40-year (single malt barrel aged) (firkin) … Scotland … circa 11%
JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (Lagavulin barrel-aged) (2008) … United Kingdom … circa 11.5%
*L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (aged in oak barrels formerly used for red wine and grappa) … Switzerland … 15.5%
*Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Heaven Hill brandy) … 10.4%
New Holland Dragon’s Milk (bourbon barrel aged) … 9%
Regenboog 't Smisje Calva Reserva (E. Dupont calvados barrel aged Kerst) … Belgium … 12%
Regenboog 't Smisje Grand Reserva (Michel Couvreur whiskey barrel aged Kerst) … Belgium … 12%

BELGIAN-SYLE DIVERSE STRONG ALES
*Baladin Al-Iksir Demi Sec … Italy … 10%
De Dolle Dulle Teve … Belgium … 10%
*Het Anker Cuvee Van de Keizer… Belgium … 11%
*Schlafly Tripel … 10.78%
*Strubbe Keyte Dobbelen Tripel … Belgium … 9.2%

IMPERIAL IPA/DOUBLE IPA
*Avery Ale to the Chief … 8.75%
Bell’s HopSlam (three kegs) … 10%
Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA … 10.5%
Dogfish Head Burton Baton … 10+%
*Founders Double Trouble IPA … 9.4%
Stone Double Bastard 10-19-2006 … 10%
Victory Hop Wallop … 8.5%

IMPERIAL PORTER/BALTIC PORTER
Bluegrass Brewing Company Kick in the Baltic Porter … 9%
*Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter … 9.2%
*Rogue XS Imperial Porter … 8.2%
NABC Solidarity … 10%
*Thisted Brewery Limfjords Porter … Denmark … 7.9%
*Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter … 9.2%

IMPERIAL RED
Upland Ard-Ri … circa 9%

IMPERIAL STOUT
Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout … Belgium … 10.5%
Avery The Czar … 10.77%
Bell's Expedition Stout 10-23-06 … 10.5%
*Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout … Italy … 8.2%
*Founders Breakfast Stout (10-01-07) … 8.3%
Left Hand Imperial Stout … 10.4%
NABC Thunderfoot (2008) … circa 11%
Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2/6/08 … 10.8%
*Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 9.2%
*Struise Black Albert Belgian Royal Stout … Belgium … 13%
Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Stout (firkin) … United Kingdom … 7.7%

OFF THE WALL
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA … 20%
Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (Holy Tree Brown) … 12%
Stone XI – 11th Anniversary Ale … 8.7%

OLD ALE
Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale (firkin) … UK … 10%
JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale … UK … 11.5%
NABC Malcolm’s Old Setter’s Ale 2007 … circa 12%

SCOTCH/WEE HEAVY
*Moylan Double Kilt Lifter … 11%

STRONG LAGER
*Hofstetten Granit Bock (stone lager) … Austria … 7.3%
Samichlaus Bier … Austria … 14%
*Samichlaus Bier Helles … Austria … 14%
*Sierra Nevada Double Debockel … 9.4%

QUADRUPEL
Avery “The Reverend” … 10%
*Browning’s Quadrupel … circa 10%
Koningshoeven Quadrupel … Netherlands … 10%
Regenboog ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier … Belgium … 12%

WINTER SEASONAL
*Borgo 25 Dodici … Italy … 9.5%
*Ducato Krampus … Italy … 8%
De Dolle Stille Nacht … Belgium … 12%

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UPDATE: Gravity Head 2009 "The Liver Olympics" contestants revisited.

As reported last week, the 11th edition of Gravity Head begins on February 27th, and I'm now well past the point of putting the prep work to bed. These updates are designed to give readers a brief glimpse of the "work in progress," which usually begins roughly a year ahead of time as seasonal kegs continue to be delivered, and are earmarked for duty the following year.

This year I have had the invaluable assistance of Mike Bauman, NABC's new Beer Manager, who has done all of the cellaring work that Jared Williamson did before Mike was handed his dossier. As you can see below, I've managed to reduce the sketchiness of the information about the kegs that are being lined up for duty, with most of the remaining uncertainty centering on whether any of the ales from Victory will be forthcoming. We're not yet sure about World Wide Stout, either, but even without these, the lineup's looking pretty solid.

I'll now be redesigning the Gravity Form, primarily because I'm bored to tears with doing the same layout for another year, and also because organizing the selections by style poses a few head-scratchers in terms of the program.

As always, the secret is to pretend that we kick off two weeks before the actual date, which is the only way for procrastinators like me to function. That gives me another couple of weeks to dock the ship.

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For the 11th edition of Gravity Head, we have inaugurated the practice of grouping the selections by style category, not national origin.

Vintage dates will be noted only if the beer is more than one year old by February 27, 2009.

* never before poured at the Public House

INS – in stock at the Public House
ATC – in stock at Cavalier (wholesaler)
OBU – ordered from B United importer (via Cavalier)
OCV – preordered from Cavalier (wholesaler)
ONV – preordered from North Vernon (wholesaler)
OWC – pre ordered from World Class Beverage (wholesaler)

BARLEY WINE (AND TWO WHEAT WINES)
OWC Avery Hog Heaven … 9.2%
??? Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale … 10.2%
INS *Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine … 15.04%
INS Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine … 10.2%
INS *Mad River JBC (John Barleycorn) … circa 9.5%
OWC New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine … 10%
INS Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine (Batch 6530; Jan. 2003) … 11%
INS Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine 2008 … 9.6%
INS Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 12-13-07 … 9.9%
INS Three Floyds Behemoth Blonde Barley Wine … 12.5%
INS Two Brothers Bare Tree 2007 … 11%
??? *Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine … 10.5%

BARREL CONDITIONED
INS Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel Aged Tripel) … 11%
OWC *BBC Olde Ale (2008; Queen’s Knickers aged one year French oak red wine barrel) … circa 9%
INS *Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend … circa 9%
ATC *Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 18-year (firkin) … Scotland … circa 11%
ATC *Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 40-year (firkin) … Scotland … circa 11%
INS JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale (barrel-aged ) ( ) … United Kingdom …
OBU *L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (aged in oak formerly used for red wine and grappa) … Switzerland … 15.5%
OCV *Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Heaven Hill brandy) … 10.4%
INS New Holland Dragon’s Milk (120 days in bourbon barrels) … 9%
OBU Regenboog 't Smisje Calva Reserva (E. Dupont calvados barrel aged) … Belgium … 12%
OBU Regenboog 't Smisje Grand Reserva (whiskey-barrel) … Belgium … 12%

BELGIAN-SYLE DIVERSE STRONG ALE
OBU *Baladin Al-Iksir Demi Sec … Italy … 10%
ATC *Strubbe Keyte Dobbelen Tripel … Belgium … 9.2%
INS *Het Anker Cuvee Van de Keizer… Belgium … 11%
OBU De Dolle Dulle Teve … Belgium … 10%

IMPERIAL IPA/DOUBLE IPA
OWC *Avery Ale to the Chief … 8.75%
INS Bell’s HopSlam (three kegs) … 10%
OCV Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA … 10.5%
INS *Founders Double Trouble IPA … 9.4%
INS Stone Double Bastard 10-19-2006 … 10%

IMPERIAL PORTER/BALTIC PORTER
ATC *Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter … 9.2%
INS *Rogue XS Imperial Porter (May 2008) … 8.2%
OBU *Thisted Brewery Limfjords Porter … Denmark … 7.9%
??? *Victory Baltic Thunder … 8.5%
INS NABC Solidarity … 10%
OCV *Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter … 9.2%

IMPERIAL RED
ONV Upland Ard-Ri … circa 9%

IMPERIAL STOUT
INS Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout … Belgium … 10.5%
INS Avery The Czar … 10.77%
INS Bell's Expedition Stout 10-23-06 … 10.5%
??? Dogfish Head World Wide Stout … 18+%
OBU *Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout … Italy … 8.2%
INS Founders Breakfast Stout 10-01-07 … 8.3%
INS Left Hand Imperial Stout … 10.4%
INS NABC Thunderfoot (2008) … circa 11%
INS Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2/6/08 … 10.8%
INS *Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 9.2%
ATC *Struise Black Albert Belgian Royal Stout … Belgium … 13%
OBU Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Stout (firkin) … United Kingdom … 7.7%

OLD ALE
OBU Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale (firkin) … United Kingdom … 10%
OBU JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale … United Kingdom … 11.5%
INS NABC Malcolm’s Old Setter’s Ale 2008 … circa 12%

SCOTCH/WEE HEAVY
OWC *Moylan Double Kilt Lifter … 11%
INS *Founders Backwoods Bastard … 9.2%

STRONG LAGER
OBU *Hofstetten Granit Bock (stone lager) … Austria … 7.3%
INS Samichlaus Bier … Austria … 14%
INS *Samichlaus Bier Helles … Austria … 14%
INS *Sierra Nevada Double Debockel (double bock) 9.4%

QUADRUPEL
INS *Browning’s Quadrupel …
ATC Koningshoeven Quadrupel … Netherlands … 10%
ATC Regenboog ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier … Belgium … 12%
??? *Victory V-Twelve … 12%

UNCLASSIFIABLE
OWC Avery The Beast Grand Cru … 14.9%
INS Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA … 20%
INS Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron … 12%
ATC Stone Eleventh Anniversary Ale … 8.7%

WINTER SEASONAL
OBU *Borgo 25 Dodici … Italy … 9.5%
OBU *Ducato Krampus … Italy … 8%
OBU De Dolle Stille Nacht … Belgium … 12%

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gravity Head 2009 "The Liver Olympics" contestants lining up.

The 11th edition of Gravity Head begins on February 27th, and amid all the other demands of unleashing the Bank Street Brewhouse on an unsuspecting city, it's time for my nose to be placed to the grindstone and held there until the GH prep work is done.

Mike Bauman, NABC Beer Manager, is doing much of this work, but it's still left to the Publican to organize and quantify. I thought it might be interesting for readers to glimpse the Gravity Head "work in progress." It's sketchy and incomplete, although better than yesterday.

By no means is the information below to be considered other than a snapshot of the way our big beer fest is looking today. I still need to ask around the local breweries for selections (Dave, have any of the single barrel BB Stout? If not, Queen's Knickers will do nicely). The secret is to pretend that we kick off two weeks before the actual date, which is the only way for procrastinators like me to function.

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For the 11th edition of Gravity Head, we have inaugurated the practice of grouping the selections by style category, not national origin.

Vintage dates will be noted only if the kegs are more than one year old by February 27, 2009.

* never before poured at the Public House

INS – in stock at the Public House
ATC – in stock at Cavalier (wholesaler)
OBU – ordered from B United importer (via Cavalier)
OCV – preordered from Cavalier
OWC – pre ordered from World Class Beverage (wholesaler)

WINTER SEASONAL
OBU Borgo 25 Dodici
OBU Ducato Krampus 8%
OBU De Dolle Stille Nacht

BARLEY WINE
??? Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale
INS Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine 15.04% abv
INS Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine
INS Mad River JBC (John Barleycorn)
INS Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine 6530, 7704
INS Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barley Wine 2008
INS Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 12-13-07
INS Three Floyds Behemoth Barley Wine
INS Two Brothers Bare Tree 2007
??? Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine

IMPERIAL/DOUBLE IPA
INS Bell’s HopSlam 10%
OCV Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA 10.5%
INS Founders Double Trouble IPA 9.4%
INS Stone Double Bastard 10-19-2006

SCOTCH/WEE HEAVY
OWC Moylan Double Kilt Lifter 11%
INS Founders Backwoods Bastard 9.2%

IMPERIAL STOUT
INS Alvinne Podge Imperial Stout
INS Avery The Czar
INS Bell's Expedition Stout 10-23-06
??? Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
OBU *Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout 8.2%
INS Founders Breakfast Stout 10-01-07
INS Left Hand Imperial Stout
OCV Left Hand Oaked Aged Imperial Stout
OBU St. Petersburg Imperial Stout (firkin)
INS Stone Russian Imperial Stout 2/6/08
INS *Stone Twelfth Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 9.2%
ATC *Struise Black Albert Belgian Royal Stout

OLD ALE
OBU Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale (firkin)
OBU JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 2008

STRONG LAGER
??? Avery “The Kaiser” Imperial Oktoberfest
OBU *Hofstetten Granit Bock (stone lager)
INS Samichlaus Bier
INS *Samichlaus Bier Helles
INS *Sierra Nevada Double Debockel (double bock) 9.4 %

BARREL AGED
INS Allagash Curieux
OWC Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition/Double Cream Blend
ATC Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 18-year (firkin)
ATC Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 40-year (firkin)
INS JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale ( ) ( )
OBU *L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 15.5%
INS New Holland Dragon’s Milk
OBU Regenboog 't Smisje Calva Reserva (calvados-barrel)
OBU Regenboog 't Smisje Grand Reserva (whiskey-barrel)

BELGIAN-SYLE DIVERSE STRONG ALE
OBU *Baladin Al-Iksir 10% DEMI SEC
ATC *Strubbe Keyte Dobbelen Tripel 9.2%
INS *Het Anker Cuvee Van de Keizer 11%
OBU De Dolle Dulle Teve

IMPERIAL/BALTIC PORTER
ATC Left Hand Smoke Jumper Smoked Imperial Porter 9.2%
INS Rogue JLS Imperial Porter
OBU *Thisted Brewery Limfjords Porter 7.9%
??? *Victory Baltic Thunder 8.5%
INS NABC Solidarity Porter

UNCLASSIFIABLE
??? Avery The Beast Grand Cru 14.9%
INS Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
??? Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 12%
??? Dogfish Head Theobroma 9%
ATC Stone Eleventh Anniversary Ale 8.7%

QUADRUPEL
INS Browning’s Quadrupel
ATC Koningshoeven Quadrupel
ATC Regenboog ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier 12%
??? *Victory V-Twelve 12%