Velvet Rooster from Tallgrass Brewing Co is the first Tripel style beer available in a can, and a gorgeous can at that. With that swirly, expressive wordmark and the vibrantly patterned namesake, these cans jump off the shelf.
How does beer get from the brewery to your glass? The bearers of your beer are the distributors, the unsung heroes of the six-pack, the mysterious carriers of kegs, the transporters of tall-boys and twelve-packs alike.
Zach had the opportunity to ride along and chat with some of the fine folks who bring those brews to you.
Hey there Tumblr! We’re beginning the process of migrating from our existing site to have all of our content hosted here in the Tumblsphere.
This means we’ll be reposting some of our best content from the old site right here. Expect to see some long-form feature articles, a guest post or two, and the return of Great Form Friday, a series centered on beer packaging and identity design that the old platform wasn’t quite suited for.
Thank you as always for following and being such wonderful, beautiful people. We’d have a pint with any of ya!
"A pitcher book for grown-ups"
The Hobbit movie themed beers are coming soon to the Pacific North West. According to reps from distributor Bev-Link they will expand distribution to the rest of the West Coast soon thereafter with no plans for a wider release. Brewed by Fish Brewing Company, an Olympia, WA brewery with several GABF wins under their belt.
However potentially delicious these beers may be, their labels are kind of ugly. I would be much more interested in trying these if they felt less like a cheap marketing tie-in. They’re a bit homogenous, rather expected, which is the exact opposite of what a fantasy-adventure themed beverage ought to communicate.
If these pursued an aesthetic closer to the wonderful Ommegang Game of Thrones bottle series I’d be much more invested in seeking them out. Granted, the Hobbit movies haven’t exactly been subtle up to this point either (but don’t get me started on that never-ending tangent…seriously I’ll talk your ears off).
Gollum Precious Pils - Imperial Pilsner with Northwest hops - 9.5% abv
Bolg Belgian Style Tripel - 9.5% abv
Smaug Stout - Imperial Stout with chili pepper - 9.5% abv
The world lost an awesome person yesterday. Robin Williams struggled with substance abuse his entire life, and by his own comedic admissions did so to drown out the sadness that eventually overtook him (he specifically joked about the cycle of abuse in A Night At the Met)
If you struggle with substance abuse please seek help. Tell a friend, tell a family member, but first unfollow us. The last thing we want to be is someone’s temptation to return to abusing alcohol. Beer is itself a wonderful thing, and craft beer is exciting to talk about, but for some it is one of many keys which unlocks demons one cannot hope to fight alone.
Tomorrow we’ll return to fun posts about craft beer and brewing, but today we’d like to do the unpopular thing and abstain in deference to those for whom alcohol is a temptation.