Friday, March 4, 2016

What's Brewing: March 4, 2016 Edition

10 Years Young! Happy Birthday To Us!

Did you know that myLHBS is celebrating a big birthday?The store is turning 10 years old! As we've outgrown our space, moved to larger storefronts and expanded our inventory lines one thing has remained the same -- myLHBS is your go-to destination in NOVA for tried and true advice and an unparalleled selection of all things home brew. This store is a labor of love, born out of a passion for home brew! And with the roll out of the online store in 2015, shopping at myLHBS has never been more convenient. So stop by in person or online and and celebrate this great hobby. Cheers!

Hardcore Homebrew

There are two things that Derek loves in life (besides Mary). And they are hardcore music and hoppy home brew... so why not put them all together! If you have been in the store these past two weeks you may have seen our new stickers, tees and hoodies with a CBGB inspired design. We felt this design captures the best of a brewing session -- music blasting while the wort is boiling. Come on in and grab a sticker and take your kegerator from blah to bad-ass in about 30 seconds. 

Support Ales for ALS

Want to drink a good beer and support a great cause? Keep your eye out for beers with the Ales for ALS logo on them. Loftus Ranches (a hop grower) and Hopunion have created Ales for ALS to support ALS research. They offer participating brewers access to a proprietary hop blend, HBC-438, in exchange for participation in Ales for ALS. Each brewery will in turn brew special beers with these hops and donate a portion of the sales to ALS TDI, a leader in ALS research. The 2016 brews and events are still firming up but you can check out a listing of participating breweries and home brew competitions here.

Another way to support Ales for ALS is to purchase HBC-438 hops. Proceeds from sales of this hop also go to support ALS research. At the moment this is technically an experimental hop, meaning that it still has to pass more tests before it might be grown on a larger scale, get assigned an official name and be sold widely. So this might be your only opportunity to try this blend. In a raw state, it smells of both tropical and stone fruits. It is pleasantly herbal, a bit spicy, and we've heard that in the finished beer the aroma leans more grapefruit than stone fruit. The alpha acids in HBC-438 have run between 14 to 18 percent, the beta acids 6 to 7 percent, the cohumulone 20 to 25 percent (that's low), and the total oil between 2.5 and 3.5 ml/100g (that's high). If you want to use the hop but are stuck on a recipe idea, you could always try out this recipe for "Ron Mexico" by Russian River.

Meet City Peanut Shop

In our quest to find great locally produced foods and snacks, we have also found several small companies that are taking beer to new and unexpected places. One of the companies that jumped onto our radar is City Peanut Shop located in downtown Boise, Idaho. The owner, Dan Balluff, left corporate life to recreate a place that brought back memories of his childhood when his family would visit the classic peanut store in his hometown. Dan's City Peanut Shop products pay homage to the classic peanut shops of the past, while exploring new territories through collaboration with breweries, wineries, chocolatiers, restaurants  and local craft food makers. Wait 'til you taste what we've got in store for you!

Stout Nut Brittle
Hand-pulled brittle loaded with peanuts and Stout beer which adds a roasted, rich flavor to the brittle as well as unusually deep color. Made from peanuts, sugar, butter, beer, salt, vanilla, baking soda.

Pistolero Porter Peanuts
A peanut snack made with craft-brewed Porter for a toasted, molasses-like sweetness. Made from peanuts, sugar, beer, dark malt extract, molasses, salt.

Rustler IPA Peanuts
A nice balance of peanuts roasted with I.P.A. and PacNW hops. A little sweet, a little bitter. Made from peanuts, sugar, light malt extract, beer, peanut oil, hops, salt.

Dan is also making some HopCorn for us. Mary is a devout fan of popcorn and is first in line to try this treat! Our resident chili-head (you know who you are) asked us to also bring in City Peanut's Thai Chili Peanuts, Ghost Chili Peanuts, Reapers Carolina Chili Peanuts, Red Rooster Sriracha Almonds and Sambal Cashews. You can find out more about these blends on our web store. 

Upcoming Home Brew Competitions

myLHBS is accepting entries for the following Home Brew Competitions. 

Don't forget to have your entry form ready to go, your labels affixed to your bottles and your brew safely packed in a carrier. 

2016 Cherry Blossom Competition
Organizer - DC Homebrewers, Washington, DC
Registration Window - January 30, 2016 through March 13, 2016
Online Entry Window - February 14, 2016 through March 13, 2016 
Shipping And Drop-Offs Accepted - February 14, 2016 through March 13, 2016
Judging - March 26, 2016

Battle of Fredericksburg 2016
Organizer - Fredericksburg Brewing Insiders, Fredricksburg, VA
Registration Window - February 17, 2016 through March 18, 2016
Shipping And Drop-Offs Accepted - February 17, 2016 through March 18, 2016
Judging - April 2, 2016

24th Spirit Of Free Beer Homebrew Competition
Organizer - Brewers United For Real Potables (BURP), Beltsville, MD
Registration Window - February 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016
Online Entry Window - March 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 
Shipping And Drop-Offs Accepted - March 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 
Judging - April 8-9, 2016