Posts Tagged ‘North American Brewers Festival’

NAOBF

Monday, June 29th, 2009

This weekend was the North American Organic Brewers Festival (what a mouth full). Instead of going to this I decided to stay in Salem and hit the Barley Cup, and the World Beat Festival. I wish I could say I had an awesome time, but my day, and my attitude got progressively worse as Saturday went on. So until I figure out how to write something positive about Saturday I’ll just link you guys to some of the articles about the NAOBF and embed this vid. It sounds like the event was a success.

The Oregonians video of the festival

Organic beer festival

Hops and Barley has some tasting notes

Bill has a review more of the festival then the beers. Interesting read.

Herbal Infusions

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

herbs

The North American Organic Brewers Festival is upon us this beer event laden weekend. One thing I’ve noticed looking at the beer list is the number of beers with different herbs in them. The trend in craft brewing right now seems to be towards barrel aging beers, but I’ve noticed a trend towards herbal beers here in the northwest, and to a much lesser extent around the nation. Could herbal beers be the next big thing?

Personally I love  the aroma, and to a much lesser degree the flavor, that herbs other then hops impart to beer. I’ve used both yarrow and bogmyrtle a couple times. So I find myself wondering why the trend?

I think part of it is the novelty value to the consumer, and an interest for the brewer in stretching their horizons. I think it’s one of the reasons oak aging has exploded. To the average non brewing public the idea of barrel aging, boiling with hot rocks, or adding dandelion flowers is something way out there. There is a big draw in trying unique or unusual beers for the beer snob crowd.

As a brewer I’m interested in the techniques from a non novelty stand point. What can these different ingredients and methods do to change the characteristics of my beer? Are they effective? It’s the same curiosity that caused me to dump peanut butter in a stout. It’s also the same curiosity that caused me to develope my recipe for a gooseberry yarrow saison that I’m brewing this weekend.

So am I full of it about these fads and trends? I’d like to know others opinions. I’d especialy like Soseman’s input since she works in marketing.