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Beer Field Trips

May 6, 2010

One of the missions of the ALES is to take beer themed field trips. While these field trips can be anything, our first ones should be centered on learning about beer. With that in mind I offer a series of post about possible field trips in a three hour radius of Hampton. The first of these is the Terrapin Brewing Company in Athens, Ga. You can visit their website here. In case you are too lazy to click on that link, or if you are like Ziggy and only scored a 62% on your tech quiz I will sum up some of the finer points of this proposed trip.

  • Terrapin is open to the public for tours and tastings every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30 – 7:30.
  • Educational tours run at 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00.
  • Live Music!
  • Souvenir glasses for tasting are $10 each. A portion of each glass sale goes to support local charities!
  • Over 10 unique brews on tap every day, year round!
  • It is about a three hour ride from Hampton.

So there you have it, an award winning brewery in our region that offers tours and tastings. Mull it over, or in the comments section post your suggestions and we will highlight them here as well.


BJCP Styles Guidelines

May 5, 2010

This should be required reading for all beer geeks. This is the governing body for most beer competitions, both commercial, and homebrewed, in the U.S. today. All you have to do is find the style you are interested in learning about and all the information about the beer you could ever want is conveniently listed. I would recommend that all ALES members read Wheat and American Pale Ale style descriptions as a start.

Next Meeting

May 4, 2010

The nest meeting of the Hampton A.L.E.S. is scheduled for Friday May 14th at 7:00pm. The location is at Model T’s in Hampton. As always Terry will have his great food specials and we will be bringing our great beers! Take a look at the updated list of brews already tasted. This month we also want to plan our “field trip” for the brew club. In the next couple of days I will have a list of possible trips that are in a 3 hour radius.

Meeting Next Week

March 10, 2010

Next week’s Hampton Beer Club meeting has been changed to Friday the 19th at 7:00pm. This is to accomodate the Saint Patrick’s Day crowd and to allow for more recovery time. Please join Terry and everyone at Model T’s on Wednesday for some great Irish specials!

As for Friday: Remember a 6 pack that is not on the list of tried beers, and a club name. Also if you want a sampling glass our fearless Cannuck leader has  plenty of them.

Schell’s Pilsner

March 2, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of nine reviews on the beers of February.

This was one of the most interesting tastings of the meeting.  What was a Minnesota beer doing in little old Hampton, SC? Nobody at the meeting, outside of Terry,  knew much about this brewery so a little research was needed by our crackpot research team here at Here is what we found via the Schell’s website:

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Brew Day Reminder!

February 27, 2010

Several of us are brewing today at 4:00 PM in Frog Hollow. Please feel free to stop by and see what the process is all about. We will be there until 9:00pm and will have plenty of tasty brews to drink as well.

Brew Day Reminder

February 26, 2010

Malted grain being added to the mash tun during an all-grain brewing process.

Hello everyone!

Just as a reminder several members of the club are getting together tomorrow in Frog Hollow to brew a batch of all-grain home brew. This process, which will take the malted grain and convert it along with water, yeast, and some adjuncts into a delicious summer ale, will take roughly 5 hours. We are starting at 4 and anticipate brewing until 9-10pm. We are also bottling two batches as well. So you can see the beer making process from start to finish Saturday in Frog Hollow at 4pm. Feel free to stop by with some brews, and just take in the scene.  Email me at for directions to my house.