2009 Beer Resume
Logan R. R. Perkins
Logan R. R. Perkins
PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY OF BEER DRINKING
I’ve been drinking beers, traveling worldwide for beers, meeting beer drinkers, collecting paraphernalia, and watching the beer industry since 1979. Hunting for new beers is exciting in that it can add adventure to nearly any city or country visit. For me drinking beer is about enhancing the quality of life through flavors, feelings, and friends. I love beer alone but especially enjoy sharing with others. There’s a flavor you get from fine beers, a lovely feeling felt, and the fun of friends...lots of friends...worldwide!! I believe in handling, collecting, and tasting beers with the same respect as a wine lover. My appreciation of beer increases yearly as my knowledge grows. I try to keep everything in moderation, including moderation itself!
North American Travel and Tasting Events
2009: Throughout 2009 I’ve been on the road traveling coast to coast in the “magic van,” visiting new and old beer towns and locations. This trip began in November 2008 from beer mecca San Diego and included extensive travels in the winter throughout southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. Highlights included Barley Brothers in Lake Havasu City, AZ, High Desert Brewing in Las Cruces, NM, Santa Fe Brewing, Big Dogs and Feakin’ Frog in Vegas, Indulgence Retail store in the tiny town of Ajo near the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Mexican border, and the Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival. In early 2009 I had an extended stay in Colorado with many tastings and festivals (e.g. Vail Big Beer, Belgian and Barleywine; Boulder Strong Ale, Avery Anniversary). By late Spring I headed to Wichita, Kansas for a spectacular 100 IBU anniversary Ace’s Imperial IPA from River City Brewing. Next stop was the New Orleans area where a persistent beer hunter can find many great beers and venues, from d.b.a. to Abita. From there was a long trip up the East Coast, including a celebration of Bells entering Georgia, an overnight visit with 2 former BDOY winners in North Carolina, and visits to various quality beer places in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. In June I traveled to great beer places in Philadelphia, NYC, Brooklyn, and Boston. Highlights included Monks and Eulogy in Philly, the Beeradvocate Craft Beer Festival and the discovery of what for me is one of the top 5 beer places on earth, Sunset Grill in Boston. Part of my objective in traveling is to identify the best beers, beer places and overall beer cities/towns. With that in mind my return trip south included Asheville, NC and an excursion to the Ratebeer Noogfest in Chattanooga, TN. It’s wonderful to find gems in places that might otherwise be called beer wastelands. For example, I tried a double IPA from northern Alabama and enjoyed a cask Pale Ale from Hurricane Brewing in Mobile. Next on the agenda was an excursion through Houston to Austin, home of an excellent beer and homebrewing scene. By late summer I headed back to Denver and then north to explore the national forests, hot springs and brewpubs of Wyoming, three cities in Montana, and a taste of one of my favorite beers of 2009, Grand Teton’s barrel aged Dopplebock on tap at the brewery in tiny Victor, Idaho. Heading south included visits to various Colorado brewpubs in Grand Junction, Montrose, Telluride, Cortez, Durango, Gunnison, Crested Butte, Summit County, and a favorite, Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs, before heading back to Denver for the Great American Beer Fest. The remainder of 2009 included much time on the front range of Colorado and a heavy emphasis on collecting local growlers for take home fun.
- In 2007-08 I attended events from New York to Seattle, Miami to Denver, and throughout California. Big events included: Big Beers fest in Vail, CO; Boulder Strong Ale Fest; Hard Liver Fest and the Hop Fest at Brouwers in Seattle, WA; Real Ale Fest, Belgian Fest, & Strong Ale Fest at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA; Beer and Bluesapalooza fest in Mammoth Lakes, CA; 1st & 2nd Stone Sour Beer Fests, Escondido, CA; San Francisco Toronado Barleywine Fest, 20th Anniversary Fest and Russian River “tion” fest in San Fran, CA; Barrel Aged Fest in Hayward, CA; Brewtopia in New York City, NY; Woodshop Tasting in L.A.; SoCal Homebrewers camping fests with 15 clubs; VIP tour of A-Busch facility in Van Nuys, CA; Green Flash Anniversary; various pre-release parties at Lost Abbey and Alesmith; National Ratebeer.com gathering; opening parties for the Liars Club and for the Toronado in San Diego.
- Poured Belgian (and other) beers at over a dozen events in 2007, including the San Fran Int’l Beer Fest, Stone 11th Anniversary Fest, Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest, Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest, and the San Diego Fest.
- Hosted dozens of free tastings over the past few years, mostly in Denver, but also in Austin, Dallas, New Orleans, Ohio, Washington D.C., southern California and Amsterdam, including a blind tasting with 24 tripels, and a Bink and Kriek party with silly hats and noise makers! I’ve been called a traveling beer evangelist!
- Attended the final two Dr. Bill and Steiny’s Annual 12 Hour Belgian Beer and Barleywine Birthday Bash and BBQ parties in Los Angeles, with arguably the biggest selection of high quality beers at a tasting event in the world.
- From 2006-2008 I attended special tastings and homebrew club events in numerous states, including CO, TX, WI, IN, IL, OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, LA and CA.
- In 2005 I attended: Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival and Dinner with Adam Avery and Sam Calagione; Boulder Winter Beer Tasting; Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Fran; Ft. Collins blind Imperial Stout tasting; New Belgian tasting and Barleywine tastings at the Falling Rock Tap House; 3rd Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest; various Denver beer dinners; numerous Colorado (KROC), Louisiana, and Austin (ZEALOTS) homebrewer events; Beaver Creek Brews, Blues & BBQ Fest; Falling Rock Anniversary Party; Getting Vertical with Adam Avery Tasting; Avery Anniversary Party; Milwaukee YeHa (Ratebeer) tasting; Shelton Bros. Chicago Czech Lager tasting at the Hopleaf; and an Indianapolis Stille Nacht Reserva tasting.
- From 2000 - 05 I visited beer bars &/or breweries in OK, KS, CA, UT, AZ, NM, TX, LA, FL, AL, AR, IL, IN, WI, OH, KY, MO, VA, MD, DE, NJ, NE, IA, MS, MI, Wash. D.C., PA and British Columbia.
- In September, 2001 I visited 35 brewpubs in 18 days going to Utah, Montana, Oregon, California, and Nevada. On 9/11/2001 I was at the North Coast Brewing, Ft. Bragg, CA.
Great American Beer Festival
- Have attended 19 Great American Beer Festivals (GABF). Moved to Colorado (1990) in large part for the GABF and booming microbrewery scene! Took notes one year on 75 beers the first night of the festival (Thursday).
- Have hosted major beer parties over the past seven years for the GABF week for industry, connoisseurs, and friends, including: Tom Dalldorf, Steve Beaumont, Dr. Bill, Dave Keene, Vinnie Cilurzo, Todd Ashman, Chuck Cook, Jim Busch, Liz Leinweber, Ray and Cornelia, brewers from coast to coast, and scores of national and international contributors to Ratebeer, BeerAdvocate, the Burgundian Babble Belt and other groups. Venues have included an old Synagogue, a former bomb factory, and a chocolate shop/candy factory in 2009.
- Escorted Michael Jackson from the GABF Convention Center, down the Denver pedestrian mall, to a KROC homebrewers event where he spoke about rugby, and beer!
Europe & Asia Beery Explorations
- Have made five European trips with beer drinking in 21 countries, such as: Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia. Have visited great pubs and breweries across Europe. Toured Young’s Brewery in London before they closed.
- Appeared prominently on the first television episode of Three Sheets, where I informed the host about great Belgian beers at the Delerium Café in Brussels.
- Attended 4 Belgian Beer festivals, including Zythos and two sour beer fests.
- Visited 17 Belgian breweries, including Rochefort, Fantome, Dupont and Dubuisson.
- Attended the Copenhagen Beer Fest - it has the 2nd largest variety of beers after the GABF. Visited numerous Danish brewpubs and attended the Olfabrikken open house brew day event.
- Attended the Hamburg International Beer Festival in Germany.
- Spent time in Bamberg, walking and biking to various breweries & beer gardens.
- In 2006 I was escorted to some of best brewpubs in Vienna with Conrad Seidl, the renowned Austrian journalist, beer judge and author who always wears lederhosen!
- In 2006 I went to Asia and had many beers in Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos.
- Attended the Kerstbierfestival in Essen, Belgium, in December, 2004, with 115 Belgian Christmas beers, 14 on tap (all over 10% ABV).
$ MoJo Productions flew me to New York City for a follow-up appearance on the drinking show Three Sheets at the Burp Castle.
$ Represented ten Belgian beers in California in 2007 and hosted beer events weekly.
$ In 2005 I organized my beer coasters - 1100 different ones (over 1400 now).
$ Regular poster on Ratebeer.com as DenverLogan since 2004, on BeerAdvocate.com since 2005, and on the Burgundian Babble Belt since 2002.
$ Started home brewing in the early 1980sas a member of the Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP). Attended their 2004 mashout.
$ My first tasting of beer occurred when I was 5 years old - my father would watch the Saints football games on TV and I’d fetch him long-neck Falstaff, Jax or Dixie bottles. He would pour the bottle and leave a wee little bit for me! Yumm!!
Mailing Address: 305 E. Bayaud St., Denver, CO, 80209
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Home Pub: Either Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) or Draught House (Austin); Shirt: Large.
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