I would have taken more pictures, but after two hours of "sampling" I decided to put the camera away and to enjoy myself. Overall it was a great time and I'm definitely going to attend the 7th Celebration of the Suds!
Attended the 6th annual Celebration Of the Suds in Atlantic City the first weekend of April. There were almost 75 breweries there with over 100 different beers. We started the day early and headed down to AC around noon. The first place we hit was The Trinity Irish Pub in the Piers at Caesars. They had all NJ Breweries beers on Tap in honor of the Beer Fest. There was Flying Fish, Cricket Hill, Boaks, NJ Beer Co., and River Horse. I indulged in a Flying Fish ESB.
After pre-gaming a little bit, we then headed over to the Convention center to get a early start on the line. Sure enough my mission was accomplished, I was 1st in line for the 6th annual ACBeerfest!
This years Logo
Once inside there was a lot of drinking and conversing with reps and brewers, along with lots of picture taking. The Next post will consist of those photos and descriptions.
Got my hop Rhizomes for this year. I went with two Nugget, since I had success with that variety my first year. Also I got one Willamette, was going to get more then I saw the biggest rhizome I've ever seen in my life.
The Nugget Rhizomes weren't as big.
The two for comparison.
I'm planning on starting them in planter boxes for this year, then I will transplant them next year. I also am going to document the hop bines growth.
It has been awhile since I have posted, so todays post it a Mega Post! A lot has happened. For starters The wit is in the secondary, and has about another week before I keg/bottle it. It was a six gallon batch so I'm planing on kegging five and bottle conditioning the other gallon. The color is nice and light, almost as light as a pilsner but a little bit darker. It smells peppery and taste nice and dry. The final gravity was 1.008! I'm extremely excited about this beer and can't wait to drink it. The Citra IPA is now officially kegged and is currently carbonating. Should be ready to drink by this weekend!
Brewed my next beer today as well. A Red RyePA called "Rye-O-Rye Red. The brew day went smooth and I hit my gravity spot on(1.065)! I used WLP051 California V for the yeast this time. I heard it was good, and rumor has it that its the same yeast that most West Coast Breweries use. Here are some random pics of the brew day and kegging the IPA.
Cool Picture of the Grains!
Foggy Hot break. Best one yet.
Kegging the Citra IPA
The weeks ahead hold some awesome happenings. This Thursday I'm going to try and attend a Lagunitas Beer event at Surf Taco, which is an awesome taco place with a bar that has a lot of good beers! Friday, even though its my day off, I'm heading to The Brewer's Apprentice for an Open House/Beer Tasting. We will be releasing three new beers to our line up: A Belgian Golden Ale, Scottish Wee Heavy, and an English Nut Brown(which I made!). Friday April 1st, I will be in Sin City number two aka Atlantic City, for the Celebration Of The Suds! This year I plan on bringing my camera and flip video to document every beer that I try. Stay tuned for all of that!