Friday November 11, 2011 - Beer Tasting Dinner
The breweries will have some of their hand crafted beers listed below at the festival. Most of the breweries at the festival are summarized in our review. Not all of their beers and ales will be availabe at the festival. See what the breweries have to offer and get a flavor or their style, creativity and award winning tastes!
Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993; Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987).
Their other beers have also won awards at numerous festivals. They are listed on the company website. The following is a list of beers and ales that they brew:
Year-round - Pale ale, Porter, Stout, Kellerweiss and Torpedo (big IPA).
Seasonal - Glissade (golden bach), Summerfest (crisp lager), Tumbler (autumn brown ale) and Celebration ale (fresh hop ale).
Their beers are full of flavor and still are brewed on site in Chico California. They have an additional list of limited selection brews available on their website.
The Magic Hat brewery was founded in South Burlington, Vermont. They pledge to brew world class beers, as defined by their standards of quality, drink ability, and supported by their customer's purchases. Their beer is distributed across the United States through local liquor stores to national retailers. Their current beer selection is the following beers:
Year-round - #9 (ale with unusual palate), Circus Boy (unfiltered Hefeweizen), Humble Patience (Irish style red), Ravell (Porter) and Single Chair Ale (golden beer)
Seasonal - Hex (German Ale), Wacko (malty summer beer), Vinyl (amber lager), Howl (black lager), Demo (black IPA), Blind Faith (IPA) and hiPA (full of hops) and Encore (IPA).
They also brew their list of "reclusive rarities" which appear from time to time. Check out their website for the additional styles.
The following is a list of their beers and ales:
Year-round - Burning River Pale Ale, Commodore Perry IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, The Wright Pils (Brewery store exclusve).
Seasonal - Conway's Irish Ale, The Doppelrock (malty doppelbock), Holy Moses White Ale, Lake Erie Monster (unfiltered IPA), Oktoberfest, Nosferatu (hopped imperial red ale), Christmas Ale (a honey ale and spiced with ginger and cinnamon) and Blackout Stout.
All of their beers and ales are hand crafted and have great flavor. The Christmas Ale goes fast during the winter holidays and can be hard to find. It is a must try for any beer connoisseur.
ERIE BREWING COMPANY
The Erie Brewing company was founded in 1993 as Hoppers Brew Pub and developed into a full micro-brewery in 1999. The brewery is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. They strive to create quality, handcrafted beers with respect for tradition and admiration for innovation, whilst informing consumers and elevating their tastes and level of distinction. Their beer is sold in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia through local liquor stores and national retailers. They have won medals at the Great American Beer festival and more. The following is list of their beers:
Year-round - Railbender Ale (Scottish style ale), Mad Anthony's APA (American pale ale), Presque Isle Pislner (with American and German hops) and Misery Bay IPA (medium malt, explosive hops).
Seasonal - Heritage ALT (old style German dark ale),Golden Fleece Maibock (German maibock style), Derailed (cherry inspired cream ale), Fallenbock (Oktoberfest lager), Drake's Crude (Oatmeal stout) and Ol' Red Cease and Desist (wee heavy ale).
The Saranac is brewed at the Matt Brewing company, which was founded in 1888. The brewery is located in Utica, New York and has been founded by a German immigrant named F.X. Matt. The brewery is still a family business and proudly continues the tradition of making fine ales and beers. Their beers are sold in across the U.S in liquor stores and national retailers. The following is a list of their beers under the SARANAC name:
Year-round - Pale Ale (English pale ale), IPA, Adirondack Lager (classic German lager), Black Forest (Bavarian black beer) and Black and Tan (Irish stout and amber lager blend)
Seasonal - Summer Ale, Belgian White, Hefeweizen (unfiltered wheat beer), Pale Pale Ale, Kolsch (golden blond ale), Pomegranate Wheat, Summer Brew (lemonade and beer), Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Irish Red Ale and many more.
There are seasonal beers that they brew from time to time, so check out the additional beers and ales on their website.
The Southern Tier brewing company is located in Lakewood, New York. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen "Skip" Yahn started the brewery in 2002 with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. The hand crafted ales are now available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom. The brewery has won awards at the 2007 Tap New York Beer Festival and their Extraordinary Ale won a silver award amongst other Pale Ales at Singapore's Beerfest Asia 2010. The specialize in IPAs. Their following is list of their beers and ales:
Year-round - IPA, Phin and Matt's (classic American style pale ale), porter, raspberry wheat beer, 422 pale wheat ale, 2xipa and pale
Seasonal - Hop sun (summer wheat), Harvest (English style extra special bitter), Old man winter (old ale), Chautuaqua brew (ale), Unearthly (imperial IPA), Hoppe imperial extra pale ale, Big red (IPA), Iniquity (imperial black ale), Gemini (imperial blended ale), Oak aged unearthly (imperial India pale ale), Back Burner (imperial barley wine style ale), Farmer's tan (imperial pale lager), Heavy Weizen (Imperial unfiltered wheat), Pumking Imperial (pumpkin ale) and many more.
ELLICOTTVILLE BREWING COMPANY
The Ellicottville Brewing company was established in 1995 in Ellicottville, New York. The brewery was founded by some folks that wanted to start a family business and the inspiration was conceived after a ski trip to Vail, Colorado. There are two locations; one in Ellicottville, NY and the second in Fredonia, NY (opened in 2005). The brewery now brews a full lineup of hand crafted beers and ales to please any palate. They have received 3 World Beer Championship awards. Their beer is available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through various distributors, local retailers and the the breweries. Their selections of beer includes the following:
Year-round - EBC Pale Ale (Copper pale ale), Blueberry Wheat (Golden Wheat), Nut Brown, EVL Amber, Toasted Lager (light lager), Black Jack Oatmeal Stout and Pantius Droppus (Imperial Pale Ale - 10.6 ABV and 95 IBU).
Seasonal - Summer Hefe (German style wheat), Mowmasters Ultra Pale Ale (Belgian cara malts), Octoberfest Lager, EVL Blizzard (Winter ale), ESB (Golden British ale), Winter Witte (Belgian-American Witte), Hop Bomb (77 IBU), Black and Blue (Blueberry Brew), Hopicity (Local hops from reclaimed NY farms), German Stein Beer (Old world technique- caramelized malts), Chocolate Cherry Bomb (Imperial Stout), Hey Guy Rye Pale Ale (Rye malts), Raspberry Beret (Blonde Ale), Bourbon Barrel Imperial, Catt County Couve (Blonde Ale) and 16.
Johh Harvard's Brewhouse has locations in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. One of the locations is in Ellicottville, NY at Holiday Valley Resort. At John Harvard’s Brew House makes a range of beers full of aroma and flavor. They brew pale golden light lagers, copper colored ales, malty brown beers, and coal black stout; and will usually have 8 to 10 beers at their restaurants. They won 2 medals at the 2009 World Beer Championships and numerous awards in other competitions. Some of the ales are brewed on site at their restaurants. According to John Harvard's Brewhouse, some of the recipes were William Shakespeare's and were brought to America in 1637 by John Harvard. Their beers and ales are only available at their restaurants, so visit their website for more locations.
Year-round - Apricot Wheat, CascaZilla (Red hoppy ale), Flower power (India pale ale), Nut Brown and a Pale ale
Seasonal - Cold Frong (Belgian style amber), Gorges (Smoked porter), Ground Break (American style saison), Partly Sunny (Spiced wheat ale),
In addition to crafted beers, they brew an Execlsior line including a Brute, LeBleu, White Gold and Old Habit and more.
Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle founded Harpoon Brewery in 1986 in Boston. They always work hard at two things: brewing great beer and welcoming customers to their breweries. They have created a style to provide customers with fresh, fun and interesting choices. They have their own interpretation on how utilize numerous brewing traditions to make their style of beers. They opened a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont. Their beers are available in national retailers and local beverage stores across the United States. The following beers are available: