Even though the groundhog condemned us to six more weeks of winter, Evolution still has their seasonal Sprung to keep us in bright spirits. This blonde ale is the very essence of spring time, brewed with honey, hibiscus, and chamomile give it a slightly fruity, flowery flavor. It’s highly sessionable at 4.5% ABV, and light enough that you’ll want to drink more than one. Smooth, crisp and effervescent, this is one brew you won’t want to miss this season.
Each early spring, craft drinkers look forward to the arrival of bocks like clockwork. However, this will be the last season for Anchor’s Bock, a black malt-forward brew with dark candied fruit flavors, satiny texture and goat-adorned label. It will be available through its usual season, January through March, but will be retired after that to make room for new and exciting beers from Anchor. So at least you have that to look forward to.
So, if this is one of your spring favorites, or you just want to try it before its a thing of the past, you should go out and grab some before everyone else does. Try calling your favorite local retailer to see if they still have it in stock.
Saturday, April 27th, Fordham & Old Dominion Brewing is holding their annual beer and music festival, R2Hop2 at their Dover, DE brewery. This is their second year hosting this event, and they’re expecting upwards of 2,500 visitors.
This festival will feature Old Dominion’s specialty beers, such as Oak Barrel Stout, Cherry Blossom Lager, Rams Head IPA and Copperhead Ale. In addition to beer, five local bands will be playing throughout the day, including The Honey Badgers, Runaway Train, The Anytime, Anywhere, Splashing Pearls and Lower Case Blues.
Aside from beer and music (which should be enough to get you interested), there is also a keg toss, inflatable obstacle course, and sumo wrestling. There are also food vendors, including Fordham Bier Dawgs (made with Helles lager), Potato Pancakes and Vitale’s Italian Ice and Homemade Ice Cream.
Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 at the door (those under 18 are free). Next week, we’ll let you know a way to win tickets to this event, so stay tuned.
From 12pm to 7pm
At Fordham Brewing Co.
Spring is around the corner which means it’s the perfect time to think about growing hops if you’re a homebrewer. Growing hops is a relatively easy task to take on and doesn’t require a ton of care or maintenance. By purchasing Hop Rhizomes from your local home brew store you can get some great hops year after year, saving yourself a good deal of coin and giving you the opportunity to wet-hop.
What you need:
- Hop Rhizomes
- Small shovel
- Potting soil
- Cleared area for planting, where location gets at least 6 hours of sun light per day
- A fence or trellis where you plan to grow (or twine)
First, you need to decide what kind of hops you are looking to grow and seek out purchasing the rhizomes. If you are unsure where to get your hops, Keystone Homebrew is an excellent resource for buying rhizomes this time of year.
Once you have your hop rhizomes and are ready to plant them, make sure there is no longer frost occurring in your area. This will ensure that the growth isn’t damaged by the cold as we enter spring.
Aerate your soil and mix with nutrient rich potting soil. Dig holes for each rhizome, approximately 3” deep, close to your support structure (fence or trellis), and about 6” apart to allow for roots to spread.
Place your rhizome in each hole and make sure the “eyes” are facing upward. Cover your rhizomes with soil but do not over-pack. Water the soil, but not excessively.
Water plants on a daily basis to keep soil moist, but do not saturate. Over watering can damage the plants.
Make sure to train your plants to climb your support by wrapping the vine-growth clockwise.
Prune your hops on a regular basis. Hops are very aggressive and can grow upwards of 25 feet high.
You will notice your hops will start budding quite quickly, but don’t be discouraged if you find your hops to be small. Since the plant is a perennial, it won’t yield a great deal in its first year.