Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Festival - Worcester, MA

Surely, you've heard of The Festival!

When:  Saturday 23 June, 2 sessions:  12-4  pm and 5:30-9:30 pm and Sunday, 24 June 12-5 pm
Where:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

What:  $60 per session or $160 for all 3 sessions. Purchase tickets through Evenbrite at

There are still tickets left for The Festival this weekend. 12% and Shelton Brothers have teamed up to showcase our small breweries, many of whom have brewed special beers for the fest or who are bringing beers never seen before on these shores. This isn't your typical beer fest with sales reps slinging samples of something you can buy at the corner store. Rather, we'll have every single brewer and cider and mead maker in attendance so that you can interact with them personally and ask them about their wares. You could spend thousands of dollars travelling to all of these breweries or you can meet them all in one convenient place. You're welcome!

You can find a list of the brewers and cider and mead makers who will be present here:  There are too many to list but here's a sampling:  Anchorage Brewing, Baird, Cantillon, De Dochter van de Korenaar, De Ranke, De Molen,  Dieu du Ciel!, Emelisse, Evil Twin, Hill Farmstead, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Pretty Things, Stillwater, Thiriez, Yeastie Boys...  Thirsty yet?

In addition, the monks at the Abbey of Saint Sixtus have generously allowed us to pour limited samples of Westvleteren 12º at the Festival and festival attendees will have the chance to purchase one gift pack at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA (1 per attendee; quantities are limited) in advance of the official release in September.  100% of the profits will be donated to the Abbey to help with their renovations.

Transportation:  No car? Get Real has organized a bus to the Festival from NYC on Saturday. Tickets are $110 and include transportation and festival admission. The bus leaves from Alewife Queens at 8 am.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mahr's Bräu Dinner

When:  Thursday, 21 June, 7 pm
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street

What:  $45 (plus gratuity) for a family-style dinner paired with beers. Tickets are limited; purchase them at Brown Paper Tickets

The man from Mahr's, Stephan Michel, will be joining us at a dinner featuring his fantastic Franconian lagers from Bamberg, Germany.

 The beers: 
  • Leicht - only 2.8% AND full of flavor  
  • Pils  
  • Hell  
  • Ungespundet - the classic unfiltered lager 
  • Weisse  
  • Saphir Weisse - hoppy wheat beer with Saphir hops 
  • Der Weissebock  
  • ETA Hoffman - dunkel
  • Unfiltered Pils - special gravity keg

Franconia, in Northern Bavaria, boasts more breweries per square mile than anywhere else in the world and 9 of these breweries are located within the city limits of Bamberg. The Mahr's Gasthaus has been around since 1670 and is one of the most picturesque places to have a beer in Bamberg and well as our favorite.  Mahr's Brau brews small batches of beers that are unpasteurized and full of flavor and character; most of them are unfiltered as well. Come to Jimmy's for a taste of Franconia! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tuesday $10 Tastings

Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Mike Lovullo of Union Beer hosts a $10 tasting at Jimmy's No. 43. $10 gets you tastings of 6 different beers.

This Tuesday, 12 June, I'll be joining him as he samples British and British-style beers including Adnams Southwold Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Coniston Old Man Ale, and De Molen Engels.

Next Tuesday, 19 June, join us as we sample beers from the Southern Hemisphere, including beers from some of our New Zealand breweries:  Epic Brewing, Tuatara, 8 Wired, and the Yeastie Boys (beer list tbd). Bring Your Own Sheep.