We have a lot of friends in the beer industry, some work at bars, others work at distributors and some even work at breweries. One of the coolest friends we have though is Tyler over at Iron Heart Canning. Iron Heart has been all over the North East lately, canning everywhere from Massachusetts all the way to Philadelphia. One of the breweries that Iron Heart is working with is Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tyler was with Wormtown just twenty four hours before coming to New Jersey to can Bolero Snort Lucky Buck and brought us some cans of Be Hoppy, a seriously delicious India Pale Ale and a beer that I am writing in for my favorite of 2014 so far.
I recently did another video for the guys down at Carton Brewing for their small batch, G.O.R.P. Good Old Raisins and Peanuts is what it stands for and it's a beer to remind you of that special combination of trail mix you used to have as kid. The beer should be hitting the bars in a few weeks so stay tuned to the facebook to find out where the beer is being tapped. Enjoy the film.
We have had I Drink Good Beer up and running for about four years now, and despite that, there are still a lot of unturned stones in our own back yard. High Point Brewing Company is one such place and probably one of the best kept secrets in our craft brewing community. After working as a brewer in southern Germany, founder Greg Ziccardi returned to the US to open High Point in 1994 with German purity laws in mind. Filling a neat little niche, all of Ramstein's beers are made to reinheitsgebot with the same care and precision Greg learned in Germany with all his ingredients coming straight from Bavaria.
The whole craft beer in a can movement has really taken off the past half of the year. With mobile canning companies popping up all over the country, craft breweries are getting their beers into the packages way ahead of when they originally thought. One of those brewing companies is Bolero Snort here in New Jersey. Bob and Andrew have been promoting their beer hard, and coming up on one year of business this month, they are taking the necessary steps to keeps things interesting at Bolero Snort - starting with seasonal canned offerings of their smaller batches of beer. I recently spent some time with them up at High Point Brewing Company to help them pack out Jersey's second craft beer in a can, Lucky Buck.
A recent trade with our friend Robin out in Golden, Colorado landed us a few cans of awesome from a brewery called Upslope located in Boulder. What sparked the trade was a mini documentary I had watched on the Denver scene, where they spent ample time at Upslope interviewing the owner and brewer discussing everything from self distributing to starting their brewery in the midst of a hop crisis.