Come enjoy some Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project selections on tap today. Founded in Denver, CO in 2010, this brewery is owned and operated by brewmaster Chad Yakobson who has a pretty great philosophy, "You have to be able to make perfectly stable, clean beer, before you're going to make sour beer." Well they make some world class sour beers but these two on tap today show they make some of the best beers across the landscape. Using one of the most comprehensive labs built for a brewery and a water source from the Rocky mountains their Von Pilsner and Sourless IPA are both very highly rated (come try for yourself). Also on tap of course is a very complex sour ale that is named simply Origins #8 (their 8th version in this series where here they aged their sour ale in burgundy barrels with blackberries). They also did a nice collaboration saison with COAST Brewing Company which is a 4.4% colonial style sour saison named Huguenot on tap too today. (And stashed for later today tapping this evening is the Nordic Blueberry Sour ale). 4 taps now flow at 1pm when we open from them and the. We host a live music double bill today starting with the The John Kelly Band from 4-6:30pm followed by the Backtrack Blues Band 8:30-11:30pm. The courtyard is calling..... If you would like to read more on Crooked Stave please see comment thread for a link to their history.
Friday's beer and music highlight for the day/night. First the beer we have a special CASK from Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor here in the county. A shade tree IPA dry hopped with centennial and Ella hops pouring from our beer engine at 3pm when we open. Also on tap fresh from the brewery we have their Belgian single brewed with plums, harbor lager, Florida grapefruit gose and the regular version of their classic shade tree IPA. Live music this evening features local original St Pete band- Redfeather for a concert from 8:30-11:30pm. One hell of a great live show.
Today we celebrate twenty years of New Belgium Brewing aging beers in Foeders. 1997 was the first year they produced La Folie a sour brown ale and actually won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival before there was even a sour beer category to be judged in this country. Come on in this evening as we have a vertical vintage tasting of two different foeder aged beers from them. La Folie 2017 and 2016 versions on tap as well as Le Terroir 2016 & 2015 on tap and 2014 from the bottle. Flights and half pours and full pours all available starting at 6:20 pm. (20 years celebration ). Live music features Meg Shannon Music duet with Nic Giordano from 8:30-11pm. Come taste some incredible sour ales and see what blending and aging has effects in the finished ale.
Witchgrass Wednesday here tonight as we continue our weekly live bluegrass music series with a local jam of musicians from all over the area. The music is from 7-10pm and it is hosted by local musicians Fil Pate Musics and Rob Williams: if your a bluegrass musician bring your instrument and sign in and join the jam. If your just a music lover head in down and enjoy the magic created by these fantastic local musicians. As always our 32 taps create quite a diverse option of beers to enjoy such as these two perhaps: Miami Brewing Company little Havana cafe con leche stout and North Coast Brewing Company's brother thelonious belgian strong. Taps flow at 3 when we open.
Tonight from 8-10pm we will be hosting "Variance" as a course for George Pennington III's School of Music series! Guests Lauren Lance, Olivia Romano, Derek Anthony, and Sean C. Finback will play their original music, discuss their ideas, influences, and talk about their song writing processes. Take a glimpse deeper into the life of a musician, ask them questions about their craft like on a "VH1 Storytellers" episode! "Variance" is always a theme we celebrate here at the Witch, as we have a variety of beer styles represented for you to choose from on our board! Amongst our varied taps are Saint Somewhere's Athene- a Saison brewed with chamomile, fresh rosemary and black pepper & Mikkeller San Diego's Seeking Panacea- an IPL (India Pale Lager) with kaffir lime and New Zealand hops. Cheers!
Just one of the interesting new taps to choose from here today: From Boulevard Brewing Company is their new limited smokestack series Scotch on Scotch. Stylistically speaking it is an Imperial Scotch Ale aged on Scotch barrel chips. A massive malt presence is created by layering caramel & amber malts w/ just a touch of peat smoked malt for additional complexity. Brief resting on oak chips following primary fermentation allows Scotch On Scotch to coax rich woody, char & vanilla notes along w/ the essence of Scotch whisky into a hearty, warming beer, �a liquid fireplace of sorts. Hopping w/ Magnum, Chinook & Northern Brewer hops contributes a spicy earthiness At 9.6 ABV and 24 IBUs. Another new option is from Kentucky Ale their take on a classic American style of beer a cold-conditioned cream ale, brewed w/ a hint of flaked corn & bourbon vanilla beans & aged in freshly decanted bourbon barrels for a minimum of two months coming in at 5.5% ABV. Tonights Community Bartender for a Community cause is from 5:30-7:30pm featuring Matt Dircks behind the bar raising money for The Red Tent Women's Initiative Inc. and every item Matt serves will be $1 donated from the Witch and 100% of tips as well. Come learn about this great local organization and help raise a few dollars too. Then 7pm Running for Brews St Pete meets up here for their weekly free to join 5k social waterfront run. All skill levels of runners are welcome to join this group.