Midsummer’s Morn Recap

Our July 12th event was a success!  We tapped two awesome casks of local craft beer, congregated in the beautiful Story Tavern, collaborated with game publishers AEG & Playroom Entertainment, enjoyed the company of gamers from all around, and were honored by the surprise appearances of tabletop game celebs such as Mike Selinker and Wil Wheaton! All in all it was a great event and a testament to the fact that there is a burgeoning craft beer and gaming community out there.

Thank you all, from the bottom of our collective Board Beer Geek hearts, for sharing this fantastic day with us. Special thanks to Jeremy Raub & Andrew Bakofsky of Eagle Rock Brewery for playing games with us and bringing their tasty cask of Lou.  Thank you also to Brian Slaught & the Story Tavern team for the food and venue.  To our game sponsor AEG & Playroom Entertainment, we take off our hats, you rock!  And very special thanks to our newest Board Beer Geek member, Boyan Radakovich, who, with his help and mentorship, is helping to make this event the best it can be.

A Final Super Duper Thanks to everyone that attended!  Cheers, Huzzah, and See you all soon at the next event!

Sincerely with Revelry,

The Board Beer Geek Team

 

Eagle Rock Cask – Mugwort Brown Ale

MugwortCask for the People – JULY 12th

On Saturday, July 6th, the Board Beer Geek team headed out to meet with our friends at local LA beer hotspot, Eagle Rock Brewery.  The mission was to create/collaborate on a cask.  Brewer and Cellarman, Andrew Bakofsky had a special set of ingredients ready to go.

The beer: A hoppy American brown ale (currently unreleased) fully of rich notes of toasted brown bread and an assertive hop finish.

The special ingredients: Ancient gruit herb, Mugwort and traditional anise.  Mugwort is a very earthy herb reminiscent of chamomile with a floral a roam and woodiness.  The addition of hammered anise seeds rounds out the flavor of the brown ale creating something super unique and tasty.  Remember, you’ll only get it here folks.

Andrew adding YeastAndrew showed us how Eagle Rock Brewery creates some of its casks.  An addition of sugar and fresh yeast are added prior to the beer, which will cause a small fermentation inside the cask and add natural carbonation.  The special ingredients are added and then finally the beer.  The cask is then sealed with a plastic shive (bung) and the downward force of a hammer (accompanied by Andrew’s Hurculean strength).

Hurculean Stregth Andrew

Making a cask is an exciting opportunity to collaborate and experiment with beer flavorings.  Eagle Rock Brewery is no stranger to this UK form of serving beer and frequently has casks available at Story Tavern in Burbank.  After filling the cask with the special ingredients, the team was able to do a traditional barrel/cask roll, which ensures that the  If you’re interested in learning more about their casks be sure to check out their tap room or Story Tavern.

Barrel Roll

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Eagle Rock Brewery will also have on tap their Witbier, Manifesto, perfect for the summer heat.  Los Angeles Ale Works will be debuting it’s new LA Kumquat infused French/Belgian Saison in both cask and draft form.  The cask has an extra addition of Kumquats and Filipino Calamansi (mini lemons) to add tartness.

 

Story Tavern will have many other beer options available including their popular gluten free option, Craft Cider.  With so many options, everyone is sure to find something they like.

Be sure to get your tickets at boardbeergeek.com/gettickets or click here!

 

Craft Beer or Cider

Wether you’re a fan of Craft Beer, Cask Ale, or Cider, we’ve got you covered.  Story Tavern has a wide assortment of great draft beer, Stronbow Dry Cider on tap and a selection of great bottles to choose from (including Julian Hard Cider).

To find out more about Story Tavern’s tap list – check out the menu here!

We will also be proudly featuring a great cask from the fantastic Eagle Rock Brewery, who will be making a special one off cask of Populist IPA for the event!

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