It’s a Beer Trials party

I wandered down to the Green Dragon (I go to other pubs… regularly… it’s just that the Green Dragon is where the action at. The Daily Wort has no financial interest in Rogue Brewing or any of its subsidaries. Promise) today to meet with Russ, the manager, to plan next week’s release party for The Beer Trials. It’s going to be good fun, I think. They’ll have at least 8 of our high-scoring choices from the book on draft. Co-author Robin and editor Alexis will be in town. We’ll have a bit of a reading, I think, but mostly we’ll be mixing it up, showing off the book, and enjoying some top-notch beers.

That’s my kind of party. Hopefully I’ll be fully recovered from FredFest, which is two days earlier. Also, I think, my kind of party.

The party is at 7PM next Wednesday—May 12th—so feel free to drop in. We’ll have copies of the book; if you’d already purchased one and you’d like to get it signed or have a gift copy inscribed, feel free to bring it with you.

While we chatted I enjoyed a Boulevard Maibock. Boulevard doesn’t distribute much outside of the Midwest, which is good for Midwesterners and a bit of a shame for the rest of us. You can find their Smokestack series of small-production beers in good specialty shops all over, though. But to see an everyday, have-a-pint-or-two Boulevard beer is a treat, because they do a fine job.

And there aren’t a lot of American craft brewers pushing the craft-and-lager-drinker crossover beers these days, but as weather gets warm, they’re a good call. I like the current trend towards Kölsch-style beers (like Goose Island Summertime Ale or the periodically-available Widmer Collaborator Kölsch), but that’s more of a summer style. Maibocks do a good job of straddling the conundrum described in this Baltimore Sun column: enough body for blustery April (or in Portland, May) showers, but light enough for the gorgeous summer-is-coming afternoons, too.

At any rate, one of my personal beliefs (having been there myself) is that many craft-beer drinkers give short shrift to the quality potential of well made pale lagers, and I dig the beers that can open minds to the possibilities there. And after a week of alternating sun and rain (or both simultaneously) it was lovely to get out on the bike, warm the legs up a bit, relax with an easygoing, flavorful lager, and ride home. I’m looking forward to doing that a lot more often this summer.

See you at the Dragon!

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