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Swedish metal restaurant

I found this video over at Matt Heafy’s blog kiichichaos.com and I was pretty excited by it. Check out this cool vid of Matt and Anders from Swedish metallers In Flames eating at In Flames’ own restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden called 2112.

Having followed Matt’s blog for a little while now I know how much of a foodie he is and likes good wine and beer too, plus he’s a rally cool guy. I think it is amazing that the guys from In Flames have opened their own pub/restaurant in their hometown, it really reflects my own goals with Distorted beverages. I’ve had in my mind from the beginning to be able to have a tasting room/bar/pub which served all of our beverages plus great craft beer and premium small producer wines from around the world with really great food. Hopefully that dream will eventually be realised but first things first, I need to get our products out in the marketplace.

On that front, things are moving in the right direction if a little more slowly than I would like, but in the next week or so everything will be much clearer. The Soundwave festival is also starting in Brisbane this weekend and will be here in Adelaide next weekend. It will be a great opportunity for me to meet up with some people I’ve met before and to meet for the first time so other cool musicians. Top of my list are in no particular order:

  • Machine Head
  • Mastodon
  • Steel Panther
  • Times of Grace
  • Zakk Wylde

So, there is a lot going on right now and I will have more updates soon.

Until then, live loud!!!

Luke


Bull & Bush offering tableside whole-hop infusions with any of its beers – Denver Restaurants and Dining – Cafe Society

This is a pretty cool concept I reckon! I’ve had single hop beers and fresh hop beers and beers that have gone through some type of randall hop infuser, but using a french press and being able to determine how much hop punch you get is pretty damned cool.

 

Bull & Bush offering tableside whole-hop infusions with any of its beers – Denver Restaurants and Dining – Cafe Society.

 

Till next time, keep the music turned up loud.

 

Luke

Chief Distortion Officer


Beer and collaboration brewing

I have to apologise for being so slack and not having posted anything for the past couple of weeks, no excuses but there hasn’t been a lot to update either so i though i would wait until I had some actual news/updates.
So, last week I got an email from a lovely chap from a brew pub in Chicago. i had been putting out the proverbial feelers the past few weeks/months to find a brewing partner for myself and Mr Dan Donegan. I don’t remember if I mentioned this previously but Dan approached me about making a beer together and I of course said yes. What I’ve been trying to do since then is work out how to actually pull it off. I had been looking around for some info or contacts in the US brewing scene and in then end just sent out some cold emails and finally got a response. I was about to give up any hope of getting a lead but finally received one. I called Dan about it on Friday and we spoke for a bit and he was quite keen, so he will check out the brew pub and see what it is like and we’ll then decide if we should go further and create a collaboration brew with these guys. I’m deliberately being rather vague on specifics, such as the name of the brew pub, becaus ei’d rather wait until we have something more concrete before rushing out and making grandious announcements.

In wine news, I had another meeting with the winemakers and I’ve got some sample bottles of Cabernet and Shiraz at the price we are looking at. Labels and cartons are well along now and I just need to finalise some capsules and we are cooking.

I’ll announce more soon however and I promise to post more often in the coming weeks.


Pearl Jam beer

Chicagoland Craft Beer Lovers ~ Brewers ~ Brewery Owners Group News | LinkedIn.

Wow, now even anti-establishment rock bands like Pearl jam are getting in on the act. I’m actually a little surprised by this one, Pearl Jam is well known for not being overly corporate; they haven’t made a music video in years and they released every single show of one particular tour on CD. but, at least it is being done by a well respected and quality craft brewert, Dogfish Head. Dogfish have made other music related one-off beers, in particular Bitches Brew in honour of the late jazz legend Miles Davis.

Here is a copy of the proposed label design. The release has been set to tie in with the bands 20 year anniversary release.


Hanging for a good IPA

I’ve always liked hoppy beers, but for a while there I was really leaning toward the british style Bitters and ales and now I’ve suddenly got a real thirst for a good IPA. Since the metal wine project is currently bubbling along in the background without too much in the way of exciting updates around, I thought I would write about beer today! I’ve had some great hoppy beers lately from Epic Brewing in New Zealand. I found a hotel in Adelaide that sells both the Epic Pale and Epic Armageddon. The Pale Ale is a nice hoppy style with loads of great Cascade hop aroma and flavour, but the Armageddon IPA really got me excited for hoppy beers again. Now, on a side note before I go into depth about this beer in particular, I feel like I need to explain one reason why I went off the IPA’s recently and needed a saviour beer.

I’ve been homebrewing for about four years now and I also run a local homebrew competition here in the Barossa Valley. I’ve done this for the past three years and whilst a bit of work I actually rather enjoy it. This year I volunteered to head to the State Amateur Brewing Show of South Australia (SABSOSA) to judge for the first time. I have done judging before for our competition but this was my first time on the “big stage”of judging. I was pretty excited to find out that I would be judging the IPA category with 21 beers in it. That is actually a pretty big category and it takes 3-4 hours to judge that number of beers properly. However, my excitement didn’t last very long. Now, I honestly thought that the biggest problem with judging this class would be that the beers would probably be over hopped or astringent frm too many bittering hops, how wrong I was! This was honestly the worst collection of beers I have ever had to try, there was a complete lack of hops in fact many of them were not hoppy in the slightest (and badly brewed on top of that). So, you can see my predicament, I really needed a beer to act as my hop saviour, to re-invigorate my senses. Enter Epic Armageddon.

Armageddon is chock full of US hop varieties such as Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe, all of which exude that classic citrus and piney hop aroma and flavour typical of US varieties. I have been very impressed by the craft beer scene coming out of NZ, the Kiwi’s are certainly holding their own in fact I think many are better than what we see here in Australia. Epic certainly is front and centre along with Renaissance and the Yeastie Boys. In terms of IPA’s in Australia I do actually struggle somewhat to find good examples. Probably the best is fro Western Australia’s Feral Brewing. Their Hop Hog is quite an exceptional example of the US style IPA being brewed here.

So, thankfully my hoppy faith has been restored by some excellent brewers in the Southern Hemisphere. I think it is about time I got off my butt and brewed a great IPA myself.

 

Till next time, hopefully with some important updates about our wine progress, I can tell you you that we are launching two wines soon.

Luke

Chief Distortion Officer


Metal & beer is the flavour of the week

Imagine my surprise when today I saw that not one, but TWO metal bands announced they were teaming up with well known craft brewers to release their own special, limited edition brews.  BLABBERMOUTH.NET – AMON AMARTH Beer Now Available

Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and Indiana’s 3 Floyds brewing have announced the release of an imperial/strong porter called Ragnarok. Taking a look at the cover of their album Twilight of the Thunder Gods you can see that it is quite an appropriate name. My friend Stone over at Metal Odyssey has a great review of this album, here.

 

 

New Belgium brewing company also announced that they are due to release their latest beer in their Lips of Faith series with hard-rockers Clutch. The beer is described as a 9%ABV dark, sour ale with the brewery describing it as  “A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.”

 

 

BLABBERMOUTH.NET – CLUTCH Teams Up With NEW BELGIAN Brewing For Brand New Dark And Sour Ale.


Ten thousand fists

Disturbed is a band I’ve been aware of for a long time, since they hit in the late 90’s really. I liked some of their songs and knew of their bigger hits but didn’t have any of their albums nor had I seen them live. I really didn’t know a great deal about them until in April I got an email from the touring company that was bringing them out to Australia requesting if they could come out to the winery and take a tour and try our wines. The guys from the touring company knew I was a big metal fan so they thought it would be cool for all concerned. Through several emails and phone calls with the band’s manager I met up with David Draiman and Dan Donegan, plus David’s fiancee and others for a lunch at a local restaurant and we then went on to the winery for tastings. David is real wine lover and also quite a foodie from what I could gather and the band obviously enjoyed seeing what the place they were touring in had to offer. The guys very kindly invited me to come to the show the next night and hang out, which I definitely said yes to.

I arrived at the arena a little earlier than the band, but was warmly welcomed by Jason their head of security who’d also come out to the winery the day before. I had full access to the arena and just hung out and watched the support bands. On a side note, the main support act was Trivium who I’ve been a big fan of since their Crusade album and I was really stoked to meet Corey and Mat and have a quick chat. Mat has a great food blog as well, it’s worth checking out.

Disturbed put on a great show, lots of pyro, lots of energy, the crowd was really into it and the band sounded great live. Here is a pretty good quality video from the show that also happens to be my favourite Disturbed song.

Afterwards I got to hang out with the guys in the dressing room area, drink some wine and hear some road stories. I’m not certain why but I had decided to bring along a couple of bottles of one of my home-brewed beers as well as some wine. Dan was particularly curious about it and even though it’s a good beer, one that I was pretty proud of, I was a little sheepish for him to try it. He polished off both bottles and loved it! The beer itself was a pretty simple English style summer ale, brewed with all Maris Otter malt and Kent Goldings hops and he kept giving it to everyone to try and told me several times how much he liked it. Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks later I get a text message from Dan, saying he wants to get in touch and talk about doing something with the beer. He was so impressed by it that he is keen to work together on producing and releasing a beer sometime in the future. It still blows my mind to think about that, I’m this unknown guy from the Barossa Valley, not a professional brewer, but I guess I’m smart enough to say “Yeah, sure we can do that, it’ll be awesome!”. On reflection I guess my passion for it and my knowledge gained from the wine industry came across to Dan and to be quite honest he was the one guy of all the band that I felt an instant connection to. Sometimes you just meet people and you know that person will be a friend for life.

So, watch this space. I predict exciting and big things to come from this, hopefully in the not to distant future. If you have any suggestions or ideas for a beer that would best represent Disturbed or if you think you have the perfect name for the beer please let me know in the comment section.


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