In today’s links there is a lot of beer news not about actual beer. We have beer bikes, beer trails, and symposia. However, there is actual beer news that involves beer. A new barrel aged offering from a local and a brewer doing the right thing when a beer goes bad.
- Beer bikes? They are about to become legally regulated in California. Here is what one looks like in case you were wondering. A bunch of drunks riding along on this thing does not see safe. But that’s just me.
- This is actually pretty cool, mostly because you get stuff at the end, if you complete the Kalamazoo Beer Trail. The most interesting thing about this article is the number of brewers in the Kalamazoo area. Also, I just like saying and writing Kalamazoo.
- Alltech, one of those huge companies you hear about but don’t quite understand what they do, held a Craft Beer and Food Festival on Saturday in Lexington. This was the first year of this soiree. It even had Greg Koch of Stone Brewing dispensing wisdom and warning of the “irrational exuberance” currently in the craft beer business world.
- On to more beery things, this weekend, Charlotte’s Triple C Brewing will release a new barrel aged beer named “Kind Of a Big Deal.” It is a honey wheat ale aged in bourbon barrels. I like everything about that sentence.
- Finally, speaking of barrel aged beer, Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, FL released an oak aged imperial stout named Underdark. After testing it, they found it had been infected with lactobacillus causing it to be sour. Lactobacillus (or lacto in brewing circles) is used to create sours like lambics, but was not meant to be used to create a sour stout in this case. It wasn’t what they meant to do, so, at great expense to what is not a large brewer, they are recalling all of this year’s Underdark.