10 December 2010

WILK Friday BeerBuzz–10 Dec 2010 (Stegmaier Winter Warmer)

WILKFridayBerbuzz10Today we welcomed Mike Simmons, brewing supervisor for Lion Brewery to help us sample their Stegmaier Winter Warmer.  Winter Warmer is their re-labeled Holiday Warmer winter seasonal.  Mike tells me the recipe is mostly unchanged, but the packaging was redone to extend the season of this beer beyond the holidays.  I can tell you from personal experience that this beer is great right out of the box, but it gets even better as you age it.  I personally have some 2009 Steg Holiday Warmer and it tastes great.  It was also a lot of fun to have Shadoe Steel join us for the Friday BeerBuzz; so be sure to tune into Saturday Night Live at the Oldies on WILK every Saturday night with Shadoe.

StegmaierWinterWarmerLion Brewery is always fun to have in the studio with us, especially because of the sheer size of the brewery and the multiple brews they now contract brew.  Add to this the new canning line that’s up and running, and there are some really exciting things coming out of Lion Brewery.

AND you heard it here FIRST.  Lion Brewery will be brewing some one-off beers to bridge the gaps between their seasonal Stegmaier offerings so Stay Tuned!!!  You’ll find the details here First!

Be sure to TRY some Winter Warmer, BUY some Winter Warmer and even AGE some Winter Warmer for yourself! 


to  Mike, Shadoe, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE


15 November 2010

Stegmaier Winter Warmer

StegmaierWinterWarmerIt’s been available for a week or two, but for those who haven't seen it yet, here’s the new label for Stegmaier Winter Warmer.

14 September 2010

WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 10 Sept 2010 (Stegmaier Oktoberfest)


There’s a different energy in the studio when we have guests, and when we welcome two guests that I consider friends, it’s even more fun.  Today we welcomed Leo Orlandini and Darel Matthews from Lion Brewery to taste their Stegmaier Oktoberfest.  Now I know you may be thinking we’re pushing the season, but keep in mind the real Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany actually starts on Sept 18th and ends by Oct 3rd…so we’re right on.

Oktoberfest as we know it started as a wedding celebration in 1810.  Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted his subjects to share in his wedding celebration so he organized a horse race and a pretty major party attended by over 40,000 guests.  Today the 16-day celebration draws close to 7 million people, and perhaps even more this year as they celebrate the 200 year anniversary.  It’s also fun to note that each year 5.5 million litres of beer are consumed in Munich and the tents can hold close to 100,000 people. 

FridayBeerbuzz10Sep2010 Lion Brewery produces a seasonal Oktoberfest beer every year in support of the Oktoberfest tradition.  It’s a really interesting and tasty fall beer and a seasonal beer I look forward to every year.  It’s fun to hear the brewing details of this beer from the guys that brew it, and really fun to taste Oktoberfest with Leo & Darel as well.

It was also interesting to hear the capacity that Lion Brewery has to brew beers.  We’re all too used to talking to brewers with 100-gallon capacities so it’s an interesting contrast to compare that to Lion’s 45,000-gallon lagering tanks (see photo).  Fortunately this makes Lion products available to more and more beer lovers.
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I really enjoyed having two friends on as guests…and of course the Oktoberfest was yummy.. 


to Leo, Darel, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 

The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE

11 August 2010

05 June 2010

Lion Brewery Canning Line is Running!

Just a quick note to let everyone know some fun news. Back in Nov I covered the end of the 16oz returnable production at Lion. For those that don’t remember, this was done to make room for a canning line…AND now the canning line is UP AND RUNNING!

Lion has had the canning line up and running for about 3 weeks. So far they’ve not only canned some contract brews, but also Lionshead and Lionshead Light in 12oz packaging as well as Lionshead, Lionshead Light and Stegmaier Gold in 16oz packaging too.

Congrats to everyone at Lion!

25 May 2010

WILK Friday Beerbuzz - 21 May 2010 (Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner)

WILKFridayBerbuzz7 Week three of the Friday Beerbuzz and I’m starting to get the hang of things.  Nancy and John make it all look so easy, but trust me…they are very good at what they do (thank god).  I’ll admit it’s taken me three weeks to notice the “On Air” light in the studio, and with my back to board operator Bosco, I suspect I’m still missing quite a bit of what goes on behind the scene.

Last week the Friday Beerbuzz followed a live interview with Joe Biden, which was a lot of fun for me.  Now granted I got to sit quietly in the studio while Joe was on, but it was still a really fun experience….thanks to Nancy for landing that interview.

I know as you read this you're already saying, “two paragraphs and no mention of the word beer?”  Well here we go.  Today we were lucky enough to have a real treat.  Our beer of the week offered us all a sneak peek (or should I say sneak-taste) of a yet-to-be-released beer.  Today we tasted the re-released Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner.  This is a beer that was put out in 2006 as a summer seasonal following the spring addition of Stegmaier Bock.
Summer Stock Pilsner is the first lager-style beer we’ve tasted on the show, and I think a really solid choice in that it is not only a traditional northern-German lager but also a Pilsner style.  Since most Pilsners have a little more hop-backbone to them, this fit nicely with our first two weeks of tasting hoppy-ale-style beers.  This beer is a crisp, clean VERY slightly-lemony and VERY sessionable and drinkable Pils.

I’m not sure why so many people ask, but I think it is usually evident what everyone on the show thinks of the beers.  I encourage people to taste them several times, but to also be honest about their preferences.  Also many times after the show, we get a chance to talk and taste more and opinions many times do change in a positive way after a few more tastes.  Needless to say this was a beer everyone enjoyed.  Look for Stegmaier Summer Stock Pils to available very soon and look for it to be priced similarly to the other Stegmaier seasonals.

If you’d like to taste it NOW….there will be a special Meet The Brewer Night tonight (5/21) 5:30PM at Madisons in Nanticoke.  Darel Matthews from the Lion brewery will be on hand with Summer Stock Pils and some of the other new Stegmaier brews like their Pale Ale and IPA.  Stop in to Madison’s tonight and try today’s beer for yourself.

Thank you to Leo Orlandini, Bob Klinetob, Darel Matthews and everyone at the Lion Brewery for brewing some new and exciting beers, for seeking the input of our local beer community, for listening to our input AND for sharing their new beers with everyone on the show.  A second thank you goes out to John, Nancy, Joe, Sue and Bosco for making this yet another fun Friday Beerbuzz……

Bringing good beers and good people together.

As always to check out the show video on WILK you can click HERE.  We encourage your beer suggestions, input and opinions so please be sure to comment on WILK, or here on mybeerbuzz.com OR feel free to e-Mail Nancy, John or myself.

14 May 2010

Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner is IN the Bottles!

StegSummerStock More details to follow…but Stegmaier Summer Stock Pilsner was bottled yesterday!

Summer Stock is the Lion's take on a traditional Northern German pilsner.  It uses 100% Cargill German Pils malt and Perle hops, with Ahtanum added for a subtle, refreshing lemongrass finish.  The beer finished out at about 5% ABV and 25 IBUs.  For this initial re-release it'll be available in its' own cases and six-packs as well as on draft.

08 May 2010

Stegmaier IPA & Pale Ale

StegIPAPale As promised here’s a sneak peek at the packaging for the NEW Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale.  These will be reaching distributors on Monday May 10th so you should see them in your area sometime shortly thereafter….and I can tell you they both taste great.

In this initial run, the IPA and Pale Ale will only be available as part of the Stegmaier variety pack with Stegmaier White and Stegmaier Amber,  Expect the price at most distributors to be under $25 (your mileage may vary) and in the next run of Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale, expect to see them sold separately in cases and not just in the variety pack.

I’ve followed these beers from their inception last fall, through testing and brewing and finally to packaging, so for me personally it is very exciting to see the end result.  Cheer to everyone at Lion for producing two quality beers!

06 May 2010

Chip the Beer Guy – Lion Brewery

StegIPAbMar2010 Today’s show featured Leo Orlandini and Darel Mathews from Lion brewery.  For those that have followed along on mybeerbuzz, you’ll know we broke the news back in Nov about the upcoming release of Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale, and we’re excited to see it hit the market.  The new packaging looks great (I’ll post up some photos tomorrow), and the new variety pack also looks great too…and as you can see in the post below, there are some other details about the release dates and the variety pack contents.

It’s not your grandfather’s Stegmaier anymore and the guys are proud to make a point of that….although the heritage of Stegmaier brewing does continue on.  Cheers guys and congratulations on the new beer release.  The photo above is an exclusive picture of the IPA being brewed from our initial announcement….check out the hop bill.

05 May 2010

Lion Brewery – Stegmaier IPA & Pale Ale

StegIPAcMar2010 I know everyone has been excited to try out the new Stegmaier IPA and Pale Ale…well I’ve got some good news.  The guys at Lion tell me the new Stegmaier variety pack, which contains Stegmaier IPA, Stegmaier Pale Ale, Stegmaier White and Stegmaier Amber is being packaged now and will be reaching the distributors on May 10th.  I’m not sure exactly when it will be available to the public, but it should be shortly thereafter.

04 March 2010

Lion Brewery – Stegmaier IPA In The Tank

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As promised, your daily “fix” of Stegmaier IPA info.  The guys tell me Stegmaier IPA is resting comfortably in Tank 25.  Codenamed “Reaper” this brew has 400lbs of hops and finished out at 17-degrees plato and 105.9 IBU, but keep in mind this will likely wind up around 75-85 IBS in the finished beer.  The basic recipe includes light crystal, Munich and wheat malt with bittering hops from Galena and Centennial and a MASSIVE late-hop addition courtesy of Cascade & Nugget.  This is by far the largest hop bill the Lion has EVER had for one recipe and keep in mind this is a small batch of only 200 barrels.  To quote the guys…”It was awesome...leaving work today, the entire Valley smelled like hops!”

It’s my understanding there is some debate about the release of the IPA and Stegmaier Pale Ale timing.  Te intent was to formulate both beers to compliment each other with the IPA being the big beer for dedicated hopheads and the Pale Ale being for those whose palate can’t necessarily embrace the IPA.  The Pale Ale will be a true session beer coming in at around 4.5% ABV, but with a very clean hop-centric character that allows you to enjoy 5 maybe 6 crisp clean hoppy beers…and still get to work the next day.

More updates to come and if all goes well…maybe even some samples in April….Stay tuned and feel free to scour the photos for any secret details. 

You guys excited yet??

03 March 2010

Lion Brewery New Beers and Exciting News (IPA, Pale Ale and Yes Summer Stock Lager)

LionWebLogo I’ve been waiting quite a while to get the opportunity to post this VERY exciting news coming out of Lion Brewery and there is a LOT to tell.  Things are changing at Lion and changing in a way that will make our local craft beer lovers VERY happy.

First, beginning at 4PM tomorrow (3/4) an ALL NEW Stegmaier IPA will be brewed; and early next week an ALL NEW Stegmaier Pale Ale will be in the tanks.  These are completely new recipes and not related to Pocono Pale Ale, in fact this signals the end of Pocono Pale Ale.  This is incredibly exciting so stay tuned later this week for all of the details (IBU, hop & malt varieties and even some photos.)  Also stay tuned here for periodic updates as the beer ferments.

Next Stegmaier Blueberry Wheat has been mini-brewed in the Sabco system using a Kolsch Recipe created by Greg Reid (one of Lion’s resident QA/lab tech/beer geeks.)  It’s also my understanding this was neck & neck with a recipe developed by Ray Buchman (Brewing Supervisor) and the decision was made for pure logistics and both base wheat beers were fantastic.


Here’s the sentence MANY local beer lovers have been waiting for…Hops have been ordered for the brewing of Summer Stock Lager (YES it’s coming back!)

Experimentation is also underway on the Sabco system for a fall pumpkin beer  and there’s even a long shot possibility for a Brewmasters Choice-type of series where once a year one of the Brewmasters brews a special beer.

So here’s the thing.  Lion Brewery can’t do this alone.  This is a major shift in the marketing and name of Stegmaier, and an incredible positive shift in brewing for our local craft beer lovers from our local brewery.  The guys at Lion tell me they have taken it as a personal challenge to change the paradigm at Lion and “to have the Lion Brewery seen as the world-class brewery it is, brewing world-class beers that stand up to the scrutiny of world-class beer geeks.”

The bad news is I’m already hearing that some of our local distributors are hesitant to pick up the new line of beers from Stegmaier, so WE need to intervene.  The first batch of these beer will be a VERY limited run.  I can’t stress how incredibly important it is for us to ask our local distributors for Stegmaier IPA and Stegmaier Pale Ale.  If you like it, you want it and you want Lion to keep brewing….Ask For It!  We’ve been asking Lion to be experimental and we’ve been asking Lion to brew craft beers.  Now it’s time for us to step up and request it.  This is not hype or a sales pitch.  Only our demand will drive these beers in the future.

Finally a well deserved cheers to Leo, Bob, Darel, Greg and Ray  for creating some new and exciting beers, and to Cliff for standing behind them…Tune in tomorrow for more details.

02 January 2010

PCNTV Tours – Lion Brewery On-Line

MBAALionNov2008 001 For anyone that missed it, the PCNTV Tours program from Lion Brewery can be viewed by clicking HERE.  Click on the PCN Tours pull-down and choose Lion Brewery, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Well worth watching…