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Dan the Beer Man: Bring Back the Draught for Beer Wars!

March 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Reinstating the Draught?

“Are you ready for a beer war??”

Dan "The Beer Man" Oliver

Dan 'The Beer Man' Oliver

Well ready or not, it’s coming, and don’t forget your popcorn. Beer Wars is a new documentary by filmmaker Anat Baron about small, independent brewers who are “shunning the status quo and creating new beers as they challenge the corporate brewery behemoths.”

And what’s more, it’s also going to be live and local. The one-night only nationwide event will take place April 16 (day after taxes!). It will be shown at four West Palm Beach area theaters and the film will be followed by a live panel discussion simulcast from Los Angeles.

Really? 

 The panel will include Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian and beer historian Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The story of American Beer and will be hosted by actor Ben Stein.

Ok, a little bizarre in the chemistry department if you ask me, but I’m hooked. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll blog back with a Siskel and Ebert-style review, (I’ll play both parts ) to let you know the directional disposition of my thumbs. Showtime is 8 p.m.

If you want to see it, the participating theaters are:

  • Downtown at the Gardens 16 Cinemas, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Delray Beach 18
  • Royal Palm Stadium 18
  • Shadowood 16, Boca Raton

I’ll be at the Downtown at the Gardens theater and will be going to the Yardhouse on the opposite end of the plaza to have a brew after the show — all are welcome to join me for a craft beer discussion at the Yardhouse. (More info to follow and a reminder about the show on my next blog.)

Battle of the Beers

My, this is quite the violent blog, isn’t it? Here’s a challenge for our South County beer brethren. Lola’s on Harrison Street in Hollywood is hosting Beer Madness every night during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Yes, patrons will receive six to eight samples of beers and vote for the winner. The dates remaining are 3/26, 27, 28, 29,  4/4 and 4/6. No dribbling allowed.

What’s on tap?  

  • Brewzzi in CityPlace has two Belgians, a Blonde and Dubbel on tap along with an Oatmeal Stout which Brewmaster Fran Andrewlevich brewed especially for St. Patty’s Day. They should still have a few pints left. Brewzzi Boca Raton has the same Oatmeal Stout and a Double IPA to wet your whistle with. Both Brewzzi’s have their regular rotation on tap, including Boca Blonde, City Fest, Black Duke Dark and Tropical Madness.
  • Brewer Matt Webster at The Corner Café and Brewery in Tequesta is pouring a Roggenbier (think Dunkelweizen with rye instead of wheat) and also an Irish Red Ale. The IPA will be back on tap in about a week. Webster and another Matt, Matt Cox of Big Bear Brewery in Coral Springs both took home some hardware from the Best Florida Beer Championships in Tampa on March 7th. Webster won five medals, including a 1st place for his Gnarly Barley American Pale Ale. Cox collected four awards with two 1st place showings for his Polar Light Ale and Hibernation Pale Ale.  
  •  Narragansett Beer is now available throughout the area. Ok, in full disclosure, this is not a micro brew, but there’s a great story behind it, and I had one at Swamp Grass Willy’s in Palm Beach Gardens last Friday and you know what? It wasn’t bad at all. Better than most macro-swill in my opinion. It’s also priced right for these trying economic times.
  •  Also coming out ahead of the warm weather, Shipyard Summer Ale and Dogfish Head Aprihop Ale, a 7 percent alcohol apricot IPA. A new batch of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is hitting the shelves as well, so have at it.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 danobeerguy // May 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Wow Dan, great blog dude. You are a legend in your own mind.

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