The video below, featuring Mississippi Gulf Coast reporter Susan LaBrecque, was produced to promote the event, and gives a glimpse of the Lazy Magnolia brewery. Looks like a cool place to tour if you’re in the neighborhood.
After checking out all the end-of-year beer lists for 2010, we thought it would be cool to share each of our top five favorite beers of the year. We drank a lot of good beer in 2010, so this was a fun trip down memory lane.
1. Estate Homegrown Ale – Sierra Nevada. This beer explodes with resiny, grapefruity, wet-hopped goodness. The well-balanced, smooth malt backbone makes this a beer I could drink all night.
2. Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale – Stone Brewing. Whatever you want to call it – Black IPA, Cascadian Dark ale – it doesn’t matter. Roasted, chocolatey grains that you would expect in a stout or porter combined with the pine forest, citrus hop flavor of an IPA, resulting in a beer that is bad ass and unique.
3. Sorachi Ace – Brooklyn Brewery. The Sorachi hops are front and center for a lemony take on a Siason, a style known for bracing bitterness, spicy notes and a crisp dry finish. This beer was killer.
4. 30th Anniversary Brewers Reserve: Oak-Aged Ale - Sierra Nevada. Weirdly enough, of the four anniversary beers released this year, I was least excited to try this one. That’s why I’m learning not to trust my instincts. This beer is a blend of their Oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale and Pale Ale. They combine to make a tasty blend of oak, malt and hoppy goodness.
Honorable mention: Odell IPA – Odell Brewing. Thank you for saving me my own bottle, Mr. Erskine.
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale – Bell’s Brewery. A really well-balanced AIPA that would be my everyday ale if I could buy it in Memphis.
2. Sweet Water IPA – Sweetwater Brewing. An explosion of grapefruit taste and floral aroma packed in a beer that goes down easy.
3. Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter – Flying Dog Brewery. The late Hunter S. Thompson graces the bottle’s label and proclaims, “Good people drink good beer.” And this is a really good Baltic porter: rich, roasted malt flavors with hints of molasses and a hell of a kick from the 9.2 ABV.
4. Odell IPA - Odell Brewing. A mix of citrus and piny hop flavor and aroma with a decent dose of malts. It does not disappoint.
5. Schafly Coffee Stout – The Saint Louis Brewery. First coffee stout I’ve ever tried and loved the smoky, rich coffee flavor with notes of sweetness from the oatmeal stout base.
1. Modus Hoperandi – Ska Brewing. Fantastic IPA I found on a trip to Colorado this past summer. The closest it’s available to Memphis is St. Louis. I made a decent clone, which started me on my quest to brew the perfect IPA. This is where the bar is set.
2. #9 – Magic Hat. I don’t actually remember when I had my first one of these, but it quickly became one of my favorites during this past summer’s ridiculous heat wave. It’s a tasty and crisp craft brew you can drink no matter how high the mercury rises. I made a pretty good clone a few months ago and have another in secondary fermentation right now.
3. Old Glory American Pale Ale – Great Dane Pub. Malty, hoppy totally drinkable brew from Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a British-style pale ale with American hops, whatever that means. Wish I could get it around here.
4. St. Vincent’s Dubbel – Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Jeff gave Mike and I each one of these. Loved the crisp and sour taste. Luckily Mike cracked his open first to share so I still have one.
5. Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale – Lazy Magnolia. Really tasty brew from Mississippi (where homebrewing and over-5% ABV is illegal. WTF?) Also, fun to give people with nut allergies. This is why there is now an Epipen in the kitchen cabinet.
Honorable mention: Dry-hopped APA – Schlafly Beer. The first couple I had were fantastically hoppy but not too overwhelming. Unfortunately, sixers I’ve bought since indicate it doesn’t have a great shelf life, as the hop taste is muted. This is something we’ve noticed with our homebrewed IPAs, too.
What were the best beers you tried in 2010? Leave a comment below.
I found this one-minute video on YouTube the other day, which was posted a year ago by Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company.
It’s part promotion, part trivia.
Leslie Henderson, of Lazy Magnolia, says women, not men, traditionally brewed the beer for their households.
The festival is presented by Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and will feature more than 120 craft beers in four beer gardens.
A ticket will get you a commemorative sampling mug, festival guide and unlimited 2-oz. beer samples at the festival.
The festival will feature a “Brew University” area with seminars on topics such as Cooking with Beer, Brewing 101, Pairing Beer with Food and others.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 10 through Ticketmaster and at the MS Coast Coliseum and Convention Center Box Office. General admission tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 day of the festival. VIP tickets are $60 and get you additional beers to try and entrance to the festival an hour early.
The Top of the Hops website includes a growing list of breweries serving at the festival.