Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congrats to Beermingham's second giveaway winner!

Beermingham reader Carla Jean made several comments on our ticket giveaway post, but even though only one counted as an entry, she's got two beer-only tickets to this year's Magic City Brewfest!

We have one more pair that we're going to hang on to until just before the event. We hear the tickets are quickly selling out, so we may just put 'em on eBay. Nah. Just kidding.

Check back in a few days for your next and final chance to win Brewfest tickets from Beermingham!

What we're drinking tonight: Rogue XS Imperial Red

We just got a half gallon of Rogue's XS Imperial Red at HiPS. This is one rich beer that pours a dark, reddish brown with a thin, tan head that doesn't hang around long and leaves no lace. Its sweet, malty nose is matched by its taste. Mouthfeel is silky and a bit syrupy, but enjoyable. Only the aftertaste shows slightly bitter hints of its brown heritage.

With 9% ABV, Rogue's big red catches up to you quickly, which may be why Rogue usually sells it in 7 oz. bottles. But buying it in half-gallon bottles lets you share it with more friends.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Good People ready to get even better... and bigger

There's still much work to do, but Good People is much closer to making beer at their new home.
Last July we sat down with Good People Brewery's Jason Malone. During our interview, Jason said his plans for the business were to take it slow and resist growing too quickly. Now, almost a year later, Good People is moving out of their basement apartment beneath Five-Points South and into their new warehouse near the new Railroad Park.

Jerry Hartley, center,  from J. Clyde, helps Jason Malone,
left, and Michael Sellers both of Good People
install equipment at the new location.
We've been documenting their move for several months now, and we were on hand Tuesday when their three 20 bbl fermenting tanks arrived. It was a big day the brewery has been waiting on for some time. So big, in fact, Jerry Hartley from J. Clyde  and Stuart Carter of Free the Hops stopped by to witness the unloading of the tanks.

Not only will the new location allow GP to make more beer, it's big enough they can expand even more if there's demand. (IF?) And there's still room for a canning operation sometime in the future.

Jason says the new equipment should be installed and producing beer "soon." Pinning down a more specific date wasn't happening. But supplies of GP beer are running low around town, Jason says, so he's anxious to get things going quickly.

But don't worry about not having any GP at the Magic City Brewfest. Jason's put back several gallons of good Good People just for the fest. What kind, you ask? Several funky IPA variations and a sour Belgian or two. Oh, and a big tank of something Jason calls Gordo - aka Double Fatso. It pegs the ABV needle at around 13% and totally deserves its name. This will be in short supply at MCB and, trust us, you want some.

Click through to the second half of this post for more photos from Good People's new digs. You can also see video of the move on Good People's Facebook page.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Free Magic City Brewfest tickets: Part II

We're giving away another pair of tickets to the 2010 Magic City Brewfest! This time, we want to know what your favorite style of beer is. Most of the Beermingham staff are fans of the hoppiest of IPAs, but there aren't many here who will turn down a glass of thick, black, stout. 

How about you? Does your allegiance lie with the Belgians? Or perhaps you'd rather have a Scottish ale. Let us know in the comments on this post and one lucky winner will be randomly chosen. See below for details.

Deadline for entry is Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced sometime on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. This contest is for two beer only tickets to Magic City Brewfest 2010 and have a face value of $25 each. Winner can choose which session he or she wishes to attend. No physical ticket will be given. The names of winners will be placed on a will-call list at the event's front gate. Therefore tickets may not be sold or transferred. Tickets were supplied to specifically for this giveaway and no other compensation was received. Previous contest winners are not eligible to win, but are encouraged to comment anyway. Smoking is not permitted at any time. Shirts and shoes are good ideas, but not required for entry. No animals were harmed in the writing of this post.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Congrats to Beermingham's first giveaway winner!

With help from the random number generator at, we have chosen Elisa M. the winner of Beermingham's first giveaway ever! Congrats, Elisa M. You and a buddy are going to the 2010 Magic City Brewfest on us.

In her comment, she hoped that New Belgium would have a booth at the MCB. New Belgium is best known in these parts for their Fat Tire amber, named for the tires on the founder's mountain bike. Which is why we're betting Elisa M. is such a fan. Elisa writes for BikeSkirt, a blog about Birmingham and biking and, um, skirts as best we can tell. It's a nicely designed, well-written blog. Check it out if you can break away from the beer blogs long enough.

Didn't win this time? No matter. We have two more pairs to giveaway. Check back very soon for another chance to win!