What's a FABTS?

The FABTS is a club of homebrewers, beer aficionados, and anyone with an appreciation for the quality and diversity of great beer! As such, we are dedicated to the responsible enjoyment of beer as a alcohol containing quality food product, made to be shared with other people and other foods. The club was founded in 1996 by Lyle C. Brown, National Beer Judge.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

FeBREWary is Barleywine Month

The FeBREWary meeting will be held on Saturday the 20th. This is one week later than usual, due to the Blue-Gray Brewerianna Show 11-13 Feb.

The Beer Style of the Month (BSTOM) will be Barleywine, with a vertical of Bigfoot graciously offered by Robert Fondren.

In addition, the meeting will be held at Lyle Brown's house.  Lyle is celebrating his 50th Birthday! We will have burgers on the grill after the meeting, and there is no specific end time projected for this event.

Please send Lyle a note if you will be attending, so he can send you his address and directions.  We will not be publishing that on the internet!

Email Lyle

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Date / Style of November Meeting

The next FABTS meeting will be held at Kybecca on November 14th, 2009.  The style for November is Brown Ales.  Looking forward to it.

October FABTS Meeting

This month's FABTS meeting was held at Kybecca today.  The style of the month was Harvest Ales.  During the meeting we sampled the following beers.
  • Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale (Michelob)
  • Otter Creek Oktoberfest Autumn Ale
  • Smuttynose Pumpkin
  • Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
  • Cottonwood Pumpkin
  • Popperinge Hommel (hop harvest!)
  • Southern Tier Pumking  - imperial pumpkin
  • Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
  • Clipper City Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet "The Great Pumpkin" Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Fordham Close Encounter Harvest Ale
  • Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout
  • Arcadia Ales Jaw-Jacker (ale with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg added)
  • Founder's Harvest Ale
  • Weyerbacher AutumnFest Ale
  • Mendocino Autumn Lager (only noticed as I type that is states "Märzen style")
  • Great Divide Hibernation Ale (old ale – not specifically labeled a harvest beer, but hibernation prep is certainly autumnal in nature)
  • Lupulus, an amber from Brasserie Les 3 Fourquets (7.5%)

I think the two winners in the group were the  Popperinge Hommel and the Clipper City. 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April FABTS Meeting

April was our 4th installment of Big Beers. I think we finally finished all the Strong beers. We also had a special toast at 2pm to coincide with the CAMRA Cask Ale Week. A reporter and photographer were there from the Free Lance Star to document the World Record attempt. Check out the status of the world record toast here. We toasted with Lyle's Trafalgar Premium Bitter. A great session beer he plans to brew at The Pub.

After the toast we sampled a total of 19 beers. Here's the list and a few tasting notes.

Moa Original Lager (New Zealand’s native Moa is the only beer to be fermented in the bottle, like French champagne. This was a donation from Chad.)
Dogfish Head Fort '06
Dogfish Head Fort '07
N'ice Chouffe Christmas Ale
Weyerbacher Fireside Ale
Troegs Flying Mouflan (This was a donation from Edwin at Virginia Wine Experience)
Unibroue Edition 2005
Bell's Hell Hath No Fury
Lost Abbey The Gift of the Maji Bier de Gaarde
Lyle's homebrew with bret Vinnification
Lyle's Flanders Red
Avery Brabant Barrel-aged Wild Ale
Avery Collaboration Not Litigation '08
Maredsous Dubbel
Dogfis Head Immortal Ale
Sonoran Brewing 100
Jimbo's Saison homebrew
Green Flash Le' Freak
Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale

We're finally finished with the Strong Beers. Next month's meeting is scheduled for May 9th and the Styles for the month are Maibocks, Trippels and Golden Trippels.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

March FABTS Meeting

The March FABTS meeting is this Saturday, March 21st at Kybecca on Plank Road.  We are on our 3rd installment of Big Beers.  The January meeting focused on the Dark Big Beers.  Think Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot or North Coast Russian Imperial Stout.  The February Big Beers meeting had lighter and hoppier big beers; barley wines mostly.  Our 3rd installment will be whatever Big Beers we have left over. The partial list of beers we have so far is below.

2x 12oz Sierra Nevada Torpedo (7.2%)
2x 12oz Starr Hill The Gift (Hellerbock - 6.5%)
2x 12oz Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA (9%)
2x 12oz Victory St. Victorious Doppelbock (8.5%)
2x 12oz Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA (8.50%)
1x 750ml Brasserie Artisinale de Rulles Biere de Gaume Tripel (8.4%)
1x 750ml Dogfish Head Fort 2006 (17%)
1x 750ml Dogfish Head Fort 2007 (17%)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Capital Ale House this week

On New Years Day at 5pm, Capital Ale House will be tapping two very special, limited edition kegs from Dogfish Head Brewery!

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout - 18.8% ABV for $10.50.

Dogfish Head Fort Delaware - 18% ABV for $10.50. (The world's strongest fruit {raspberry} beer.)

On Sunday, January 4th, CAH is hosting a Bell's Beer & Cheese Tasting. 5 Bells beers and 5 cheeses for $10.00 per person.

Next weeks Steal-the-Glass night (January 6th) is featuring Bells Brewery. They are going to have Bells Amber, Best Brown and Cherry Stout.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

FABTS December Meeting and Homework

The December FABTS meeting is scheduled for December 13 at 1:30pm. Lyle and Robyn Brown have cordially invited us to their house for the meeting. The style of the month is obviously Christmas / Hanukkah / Winter beers. I know we'll have a few multi-year verticals (Mad Elf, Weyerbacher, Rouge's Santa's Private Reserve) and other great seasonal beers from this year. The plan is for this meeting to be a small Christmas meal, with food. Dave F said he would be willing to do a turkey breast. Everyone attending should plan on bringing something to snack on. I'm looking forward to it!

For security reasons, Lyle does not want to post his address. Anyone interested in attending the December FABTS meeting please send an email to the FABTS email list or leave a comment to this post and we'll make sure you get the address and directions.

As I was reading Dave Turley's blog, Musings Over a Pint, he ran across and article from the website
Art of Drink. Entitled Imbibers One Hundred, the author has compiled a list of 100 drinks that he believes everyone should try, at least once. He writes:
Remember, this is just a list of things you should try, not the "best of the world" list. The list is about contrast and variation of flavour. I’m sure a few scotch addict’s, vodkaphiles and beeroholics will recommend a particular brand, but in most cases, this list is style specific, instead of brand specific. But please feel free to make recommendations.
I thought it would be fun for all of us to play along and discuss this on the message board and at the meeting. I've got 47.

1) Copy this list into your blog, with instructions.
2) Bold all the drinks you’ve imbibed.
3) Cross out any items that you won’t touch
4) Post a comment at Art of Drink and link to your results.
If you don’t have a blog, just email the list of one's you've tried to the FABTS mailing list and post the number in the comments section.

List of Drinks You Must Try Before You Expire.
  1. Manhattan Cocktail
  2. Kopi Luwak (Weasle Coffee)
  3. French / Swiss Absinthe
  4. Rootbeer
  5. Gin Martini
  6. Sauternes
  7. Whole Milk
  8. Tequila (100% Agave)
  9. XO Cognac
  10. Espresso
  11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)
  12. Gin & Tonic
  13. Mead
  14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale
  15. Chateau d’Yquem
  16. Budweiser
  17. Maraschino Liqueur
  18. Mojito
  19. Orgeat
  20. Grand Marnier
  21. Mai Tai (original)
  22. Ice Wine (Canadian)
  23. Red Bull
  24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  25. Bubble Tea
  26. Tokaji
  27. Chicory
  28. Islay Scotch
  29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
  30. Fernet Branca
  31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  32. Bourbon
  33. Australian Shiraz
  34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup
  35. Orange Bitters
  36. Margarita (classic recipe)
  37. Molasses & Milk
  38. Chimay Blue
  39. Wine of Pines (Tepache)
  40. Green Tea
  41. Daiginjo Sake
  42. Chai Tea
  43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
  44. Coca-Cola
  45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
  46. Barley Wine
  47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
  48. Pisco Sour
  49. Lemonade
  50. Speyside Single Malt
  51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
  52. Champagne (Vintage)
  53. Rosé (French)
  54. Bellini
  55. Caipirinha
  56. White Zinfandel (Blush)
  57. Coconut Water
  58. Cerveza
  59. Cafe au Lait
  60. Ice Tea
  61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  62. Vintage Port
  63. Hot Chocolate
  64. German Riesling
  65. Pina Colada
  66. El Dorado 15 Year Rum
  67. Chartreuse
  68. Greek Wine
  69. Negroni
  70. Jägermeister
  71. Chicha
  72. Guiness
  73. Rhum Agricole
  74. Palm Wine
  75. Soju
  76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
  77. Belgian Lambic
  78. Mongolian Airag
  79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
  80. Sugarcane Juice
  81. Ramos Gin Fizz
  82. Singapore Sling
  83. Mint Julep
  84. Old Fashioned
  85. Perique
  86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
  87. Chocolate Milkshake
  88. Traditional Italian Barolo
  89. Pulque
  90. Natural Sparkling Water
  91. Cuban Rum
  92. Asti Spumante
  93. Irish Whiskey
  94. Château Margaux
  95. Two Buck Chuck
  96. Screech
  97. Akvavit
  98. Rye Whisky
  99. German Weissbier
  100. Daiquiri (classic)

Big FABTS update... Finally recovered from the Mead meeting in August.

It's been a while since the website was updated. After the August Mead meeting at Kybecca (and the two days it took to recover), we had an Octoberfest beers meeting at Virginia Wine Experience in September. I really liked the setup Edwin Wyant has upstairs for the tasting, it's like a cool little pub / bar scene. Nice and cozy. Lyle brought the last of his winning Sam Adams Long Shot First Place beer, Bamberg Hellerbock. We also had beers from Penn Brewing, Left Hand, Mendocino, Ayinger, Victory, Hacker-Pschorr, Starr Hill, Bethesda Rock Bottom, Sam Adams and Paulaner.

Our October meeting was held at Kybecca and the style of the month was Harvest beers. This was the first meeting I hadn't made in a while, so I don't have that much in the way of details. The members that were there enjoyed Dogfish Head Midas Touch, Redhook Late Harvest Ale, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale and numerous Pumpkin Ales from Saranac, Cottonwood, Wild Goose, and Weyerbacher.

Lyle kept on his winning ways in October. His Rauch Heller-Bock, brewed with Star Hill Brewing for the Pro-Am competition at GABF, won a Silver Medal!! We have been treated to this beer numerous times at our meetings and everyone agrees it's a great beer. It would go perfect with any smoked-meats or barbeque. Lyle also won Best of Show at the Valhalla Mead Competition!

The Fredericksburg beer scene also got a great new hangout. The Capital Ale House finally opened downtown at 917 Caroline Street. It features an 80 ft. ice bar, a cold case at celler temperature down in the basement for public viewing, a private dining room and a place to hang out in the back to play games and darts. They print out their vast beer menu every Friday. There are 62 beers on Tap and 300 in the bottle. Monday nights are $1.00 hamburger / $1.50 cheeseburger night, Tuesday night is "Steal the Glass" night. There's a featured brewery and when you order their beer you can take home the logo glass. Wednesday night is Two for One Wings night. And finally, on Sunday for brunch it's American Micro day when the best of their domestic drafts goes for $3.00/pint until 5:00pm. The place has been packed since it opened. I hope it stays that way and they have great success. The FABTS group christened the place on Friday November 7, when Lyle's GABF Silver Medal beer, Smoke Out, was tapped.

Aaron Zaccagnino, aka Zacc, posted a great summary of the Fredericksburg Brewing Insiders (FBI) of their National Teach a friend to Home Brew Day at Blue and Gray Brewing Company. They had a respectable turn out; about 30 folks were interested in the displays and had loads of questions. Pat did a fabulous job with "Sample" table. He had bowls of the various grains that people could taste with information cards for them, and bowls of hops for people to smell to broaden their sensory appreciation. Outside the Brewery they made 6 gallons of wort for an American Blond Ale and had hot dogs for those who stuck around to watch them brew. Roxbury Farms and Garden had a great display of all things available for the beginner home brewer. They even had Kenny Hunter of Coffer Roasters of Fredericksburg Gourmet Coffee who had set up with samples as well. Sounds like they had a great time. If you're interested in brewing, in addition to FABTS, please look into attending an FBI meeting and visit their website at www.Fredhomebrew.org.

The November FABTS meeting featured beers that you would serve at Thanksgiving. This would included anything that goes well with the traditional foods of the day. Of course, there was much emphasis on turkey, but we didn't forget the pumpkin pie, stuffing, cranberries, mincemeat, and all the trimmings. There were a lot of Belgian-style Saisons and Biere de Gardes, as well as Tripels.

Phew! Lots of stuff happened since August. The one consistent thing I will leave you with is that all of us should do our best to support our local beer establisments and I will try to be better about keeping up with the posts.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

August FABTS Meeting - Meads

Our August meeting is fast approaching.  The style of the month is Mead.  Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast.  It's also the oldest fermented alcoholic beverage.  I don't know about you, but everytime I think about mead I envision being in 10th grade and having to read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.  Mead is the perfect drink for Renaissance festivals to get in the mood.  The BJCP has a great introduction to mead for those like me that are not as familiar with this drink.

We will be meeting next Saturday, August 9th, at Kybecca on Plank Rd.  We will have at least 3 home brewed meads from our members plus some commercial examples.  I made my first stop at State Line Liquors in Maryland and I finally know why everyone raves about that place.  They have the best beer selection I've seen.  I picked up a local Maryland meadery's offering.  I suggest you take the few minutes to stop by if you're traveling up or down I-95 between Delaware and Maryland.

Here's the list of meads so far for our meeting:

Medieval Mead (Berrywine Plantation - Mt. Airy, MD) - James Russ

Lyle Brown - 2 meads
Joe Gherlone

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beers of the July FABTS Meeting

I couldn't think of a better way to show our patriotic side than drinking all types of American ales.  We had a great assortment of beers.  Thanks to Kybecca for hosting and donating the Anchor Steam and Coney Island Swordswallower and all the members that donated beers.  (If I missed your donation, let me know.)

I picked out a few of what I thought were the group's favorites during the meeting and put them in an online poll.  So be sure to vote in our July poll prior to our August 9th meeting.

American Ales
  • Kona Wailua Wheat
  • Legend Golden Ale
  • Fiddler's Green Blond Ale
  • Bosmo's Imperial Cream Ale - Joe Gherlone
  • Alaskan Winter (Spruce) Ale - Joe Gherlone
  • Avery Ellie's Brown Ale - David Turley
  • Williamsburg AleWorks "400" Ale - James Russ
  • Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale - Joe Gherlone
  • Anchor Steam Beer - Kybecca
  • Coney Island Sword Swallower - Kybecca
  • Boston Beer LongShot Grape Pale Ale - Joe Gherlone
  • Bluegrass Brewing American Pale Ale
  • Left Hand Jackman's American Pale Ale
  • Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale - Scott Fisher
  • Butternuts Snapperhead IPA - Scott Fisher
  • Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale
  • Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
  • Flying Dog Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  • Port Brewing Hop 15 - Joe Gherlone
  • Bell's Two Hearted Ale - David Turley
  • Victory HopDevil
  • Southern Tier Hoppe - James Russ
  • Moylan's Hopsickle - Joe Gherlone
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine - Joe Gherlone
  • Alaskan Barley Wine - Joe Gherlone
  • Old Dominion Millennium Ale - David Turley
  • Bell's Kalamazoo Stout - David Turley
  • Alaskan Smoked Porter - Joe Gherlone
  • Applewood Smoked Honey Pumpkin Ale - Dave Frederickson
  • English Spoken Here" English IPA - Joe Gherlone
  • Radiant Copper IPA - Joe Gherlone