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  • Beer T-Shirt of The Month Club now featuring Hogshead Brewery

    BeerPulse curator
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The nights are getting longer, the sweaters are getting cozier, and the beers are getting darker. Put something a little more interesting under that jacket by joining the Beer T-Shirt of the Month club! Each month, members receive a high-quality t-shirt, uniquely designed for this Club from a different craft brewery. Offering one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-shirt of the Month Club is the only way to get these limited-edition shirts. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: This…
  • The Beer Marketplace

    NYT > Beer
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association says independent distributors help the industry grow.
  • SanTan Brewing’s Sex Panther Returns With New Can Design & Early Market Release
    Jonny Fullpint
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Chandler, AZ – Craft beer fanatics and lovers of all things smooth and chocolate know that SanTan Brewing‘s Sex Panth… The post SanTan Brewing’s Sex Panther Returns With New Can Design & Early Market Release appeared first on
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Cask Stout Pour

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    A photo of a pretty pour, hand-pumped from a cask of Peg Leg Stout —brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing (of Baltimore, Maryland)— is this week's Pic(k) of the Week. The cask was stored in an under-bar-counter refrigerator, kept at 50 °F. It was vented, tapped, and served, standing upright, using a cask widge. To forestall spoilage, a cask breather provided blanket carbon dioxide (CO2) coverage, but at zero pressure. * Served at: American TaproomArlington (Clarendon), Virginia.22 October 2014. -----more----- * To clarify about the zero pressure thing... The atmosphere exerts pressure on us,…
  • Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91

    BeerSmith Home Brewing
    Brad Smith and Friends
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (59:34) Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss how to get the most out of your beer fermentation. Chris teaches…
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  • Beer T-Shirt of The Month Club now featuring Hogshead Brewery

    BeerPulse curator
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The nights are getting longer, the sweaters are getting cozier, and the beers are getting darker. Put something a little more interesting under that jacket by joining the Beer T-Shirt of the Month club! Each month, members receive a high-quality t-shirt, uniquely designed for this Club from a different craft brewery. Offering one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-shirt of the Month Club is the only way to get these limited-edition shirts. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: This…
  • Stone Brewing names Richmond Virginia as destination for $74 million East Coast hub

    Adam Nason
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    NewsWire:  (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone…
  • It’s beer festival season … is your event using Eventbrite? (video)

    BeerPulse curator
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sponsored Post: Gear up for your next event with Eventbrite Tis’ the season of craft beer! That’s right — Oktoberfest is nearly here and it’s time to lock down the details for your party. There is still plenty of time to set up an event page and start selling out tickets for this Fall. Eventbrite makes it easy for pubs, breweries, and guilds to take their events live and attract beer lovers to taste the latest brew and share their excitement with the community. Let’s take New York Beer Week for example: Since 2012, Eventbrite has partnered with the New York Brewers Guild to…
  • Widmer Brothers Winternacht and Pilsner join 30 Beers for 30 Years Series

    Press Release
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    News Wire:  (Portland, OR) – The 30 Beers for 30 Years Series continues today as Widmer Brothers Brewing re-releases two important beers in the brewery’s 30-year history. Winternacht and Pilsner represent important milestones that took place in the late-‘90s, and are available in 22-ounce bottles and on draught starting today in the Portland area. Winternacht is the brewery’s longtime winter seasonal – originally introduced in 1997 and retired in 2004 – and is brewed in the fashion of a Sticke Alt, which is a stronger, darker version of the traditional Altbier. The beer…
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin makes curtain call

    Press Release
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    News Wire:  (Paso Robles, CA) – Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Velvet Merkin barrel-aged oatmeal stout is set to make a curtain call with the release of the 2014 vintage starting on September 15. “We let our hair down with the 2014 Velvet Merkin and changed up the barrel mix a bit compared to previous vintages,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Velvet Merkin has always had this signature milk chocolate character, but now the vanilla notes are more pronounced as well. We’re pretty stoked on this vintage.” The 2014 Velvet Merkin was primarily aged in bourbon barrels…
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  • SanTan Brewing’s Sex Panther Returns With New Can Design & Early Market Release

    Jonny Fullpint
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Chandler, AZ – Craft beer fanatics and lovers of all things smooth and chocolate know that SanTan Brewing‘s Sex Panth… The post SanTan Brewing’s Sex Panther Returns With New Can Design & Early Market Release appeared first on
  • Black Raven Brewing Releases Festivus on November 8, 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    (Redmond,WA) – Black Raven Brewing Co. is set to release Festivus on November 8, 2014 at the brewery. The Festivus is our annu… The post Black Raven Brewing Releases Festivus on November 8, 2014 appeared first on
  • What’s Old Is New Again – The Mixed Pack

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    A great way to introduce new craft beer drinkers to a wide variety of beers is to present the mixed pack of beers. I recall as a young m… The post What’s Old Is New Again – The Mixed Pack appeared first on
  • Long Trail Brewing Introduces Sick Day IPA and Flyin Ryan IPA This Winter

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    (Bridgewater Corners,VT) – The leaves have put on their annual color show and the flocks of peepers have come-and-gone as we … The post Long Trail Brewing Introduces Sick Day IPA and Flyin Ryan IPA This Winter appeared first on
  • Saint Archer Releases New Variety 12 Pack

    Jonny Fullpint
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    San Diego, CA – Saint Archer Brewing Co. is proud to announce another way to enjoy their beers: The new 12-Can Variety Pack. In… The post Saint Archer Releases New Variety 12 Pack appeared first on
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • Pic(k) of the Week: Cask Stout Pour

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    A photo of a pretty pour, hand-pumped from a cask of Peg Leg Stout —brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing (of Baltimore, Maryland)— is this week's Pic(k) of the Week. The cask was stored in an under-bar-counter refrigerator, kept at 50 °F. It was vented, tapped, and served, standing upright, using a cask widge. To forestall spoilage, a cask breather provided blanket carbon dioxide (CO2) coverage, but at zero pressure. * Served at: American TaproomArlington (Clarendon), Virginia.22 October 2014. -----more----- * To clarify about the zero pressure thing... The atmosphere exerts pressure on us,…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 40/41, 2014.

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 40/4128 September - 11 October 2014 2014.10.11"Tasting Whiskey," new book by Lew Bryson —editor of Whiskey Advocate Magazine— released. —Via Facebook. 2014.10.10The 6th annual Baltimore (Maryland) Beer Week began today. Runs through 19 October 2014. —Via Baltimore Beer Week. 2014.10.09Stone Brewing Company, of Escondido, California 10th largest U.S. craft brewery, to build an East Coast brewery and restaurant, in Richmond, Virginia, opening in 2016, employing more than 288 people. —Via Barley Blog.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Wine Contemplations

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    As seen at a wine café and market, only latterly opened: two, in seeming wine reverie. Bistro 360Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginia17 October 2014. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • Chesapeake Real Ale Festival 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Baltimore Beer Week 2014 began last Friday, 10 October. It ends this Sunday, 19 October. (Yes, that's a ten day week.) Before it all ends, the Pratt Street Ale House and the Baltimore chapter of the Society for the Preservation for Beer from the Wood (SPBW) present the 11th annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, this Saturday, at the brewpub, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Festival host brewer, Steve Jones, of Oliver Brewing.There will be at least forty-one casks of real ale (and one 'real' lager) at the festival. And, what is 'real ale'? Also known as cask-conditioned ale, 'real ale' is beer…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 38/39, 2014.

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 38/3914 September - 27 September 20142014.09.27Cold temperatures and wet weather damage already historically small North American barley harvest. Malted barley prices may rise. Will beer prices increase as a result? —Via Reuters. 2014.09.25Cask ale volumes (in the U.K.) grew in 2013, despite a declining market. The 2014 U.K. Cask Report has been released. —Via Pete Brown. 2014.09.25Britain celebrates Cask Ale Week, 25 September through 5 October, organized by Cask Marque: "only in UK, only in pubs." —Via Cask…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91

    Brad Smith and Friends
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (59:34) Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss how to get the most out of your beer fermentation. Chris teaches…
  • How to Brew All Grain Beer DVD with John Palmer – Coming 1 November!

    Brad Smith and Friends
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Looking to Master All Grain Brewing? Want to make the leap from extract to All-Grain brewing? Would you rather watch it done than read a book? How to Brew All-Grain teaches you how to brew with malted grains, and covers everything from selecting your equipment to brewing, bottling, and kegging. Featuring many hundreds of shots showing every single step in the process. It joins our already released How to Brew with Malt Extract video for beginners. 90 minutes including the entire All Grain brewing process, four bonus videos and two interviews Hosted by two of the best known home brewing…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 4

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is the fourth and final part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity in the mash and the boil. Today we’re going to discuss fermentation finings and filtering your beer to improve clarity and reduce beer haze. Lagering and Cold Crashing during Fermentation When fermentation is complete, you may want to consider cold storing or cold crashing your beer. Lowering the temperature to near freezing will aid the precipitation of…
  • Experimental Homebrewing with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #90

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    The authors of the upcoming book Experimental Homebrewing Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me to discuss some of their home brew experiments as well as their upcoming book. Drew and Denny provide some unusual and unique ideas to spice up your home brewed beer! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (58:58) Drew Beechum and Denny Conn join me to discuss their new book Experimental Homebrewing (Amazon Affiliate link). Drew Beechum is author of the Everything…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 3

    Brad Smith and Friends
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This is the third part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity through ingredient selection. Today we’re going to discuss both techniques you can use to improve clarity as well as finings that can be added to reduce haze in beer. Mashing and Beer pH Low Mash pH is Better – As covered in earlier article on mash pH, keeping your mash pH in the 5.2-5.5 range during the mash has a number of benefits for the stability and…
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  • TOP 10 reason’s why you should attend BBC15

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    I’ve been thinking long and hard over the past month or so about what kind of post BBC14 blog I would write. I’ve read great pieces from so many bloggers that came back from BBC14 inspired about all things beer. I too am inspired each time I sit at a conference table, learning about some new innovation, hearing from some of the top brewers, or listening to my peer bloggers as they share  what they have learned. We are so fortunate to have a company like Zephyr Adventures  putting together these bloggers conferences. Looking back on the past 5…
  • Newburyport Fall Beer Fest

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    People appreciate transparency and honesty, right? Well, the purpose of this blog post is to shamelessly promote our upcoming Newburyport Fall Beer Fest. It is Saturday, November 8 from 1:00-4:00 at Nicholson Hall, 9 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA. $25; $30 day of event. Tickets can be found here. Whew! With that out of the way, let me tell you a bit about why it is particularly special to me. It takes place at Nicholson Hall, a little unknown gem of a function hall adjacent to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Ryan and I had our wedding reception here, among other milestone events and…
  • Cape Ann Brewing Makes Switch from Bottles to Cans, Brings Packaged Production Home

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Cape Ann Brewing Company announced on Tuesday (9/2) that they are changing their packaging from bottles to cans which will now be produced at their new canning facility in Gloucester, MA. The announcement accompanied information about the Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Oktoberfest Party to be held Friday October 3 at the Pub in Gloucester featuring “ a special anniversary beer, 10th Anniversary Beer, a first of it’s kind beer brewed with 10 different types of Malt, 10 different varieties of Hops, and 10 different strains of yeast.” -Ryan   Press Release Below:…
  • 2nd Annual Capital Cup Brewfest – Concord NH – TODAY

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Weekend on the Water/Capital Cup Brew Festival Concord, NH Concord Parks & Recreation and the Black Ice Pond Hockey Association are excited to announce the addition of the Capital Cup Brew Festival to the Weekend on the Water event being held September 6-7, 2014. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6th, from 1:00-4:00 PM. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will feature over 25 Breweries: * 21st Amendment * 603 Brewery * Berkshire *Champlain Orchards ** Founders * Goose Island * Great Rhythm * Kelsen * Long Trail * New Planet * Newburyport Brewing * North Coast…
  • BBC 14 Kicks off with a Blast

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
      Our first few days of our trip to SoCal have been a whirlwind (more on that later) and the BeerBloggers Conference hadn’t even kicked off yet. Thursday we had the chance to join over a dozen other bloggers for a San Diego brewery tour hosted by APlusLimos. We met up and piled into a stretch limo excited for the festivities to begin. The Crew at Societe   Our first stop was Societe Brewing which was easily my favorite as well, not only was their selection of beer amazing but their use of old style silhouettes for beer logos is just cool. I didn’t follow the “beer…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Beery Things Seen On The Web As I Await Game 7

    Alan McLeod
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    A lazy post. Everyone love the lazy post of links to things. Or hates it. Or has not a very strong opinion one way or another. What makes this one even better is (i) there is no theme and (ii) the tangent is thematically woven throughout. A motif of the disconnected. Fabulous. => I hope you all know who Doug & Dinsdale were. We had the Python LPs as back up when we couldn't catch it on pre-cable fuzzy1970s clack and white TV. So, I will likely think with my dying thoughts, the last twinkle of my neurons will echo "sorry, squire... I scratched the record... [click]...sorry, squire... I…
  • POV Test: What Do You See In The Image?

    Alan McLeod
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    This cover image for the upcoming edition of The New Yorker has a lot of people talking. And saying a lot of things. Rather than discuss my thoughts, I am going to just present it in an exercise in critical thoughtful reviewing not only its substance but its effect, to see if you have any interesting reactions. Does the image say one or a number of things to you? Is the fact that the image is on the cover as important as the content of the image? Anything else?Please leave any of your thoughts in a comment if you like. I am going to only reveal them to general view later Tuesday if any have…
  • In Days Of Yore Beer Came In Mainer Goblets

    Alan McLeod
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    One of the sillier things I have seen pass across the internets lately came up as part of the anti-shaker campaign. You will recall that the function of that campaign is to convince you, the beer buyer, that an 8 oz serving of beer for "X" bucks is better than a 16 oz serving for "X" bucks by insinuating that you are not capable of sensing taste and smell in a drinking vessel without acute curves and a thin stem. Silly. But expensive. They hope you are are that sort of sucker. The silliest thing I have heard as part of this campaign is that shaker glasses are "old fashioned" - that they are a…
  • What Use Is Beer When Facing Truly Horrible Things?

    Alan McLeod
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    It's a bit hard this Thursday to think of something I'd like to write about given the events of yesterday in Ottawa, just up the Rideau Canal from my home town here in Kingston, Ontario. Beer is fairly unimportant at any time. It is really unimportant at times like this. We are sharing stories, we Canadians, on social media and by email that talk to our pride in the murdered soldiers, both killed for no reason more than wearing their uniforms in public. Stories like this:The news of Wednesday’s events hit members of the military, both past and present, particularly hard. Within hours of the…
  • "There’s No Such Thing As An Evil Milkshake"

    Alan McLeod
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Jordan knocks one out of the park in his column for Canada's Sun newspaper chain by cutting to the chase about the "meaning" of craft beer. Forget about it:Let me suggest something to you: “Craft beer” has served its purpose as an idea and we need to move past it. We’re meant to believe, for instance, that Shock Top is evil because it’s pretending to be “craft beer.” As a consumer, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether the beer you’re buying passes some test of ideological purity. Ascribing moral qualities to a beverage is nonsensical; there’s no such thing as an evil…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • All that stuff about beer quality? It starts on the farm

    Stan Hieronymus
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    A few years ago, Summit Brewing founder Mark Stutrud made a serious commitment to using locally grown barley (and a specific variety, Moravian 37) in Summit Pilsner. Listen to him talk in the video and you’ll think, yep, this is somebody who understands the importance of local. So it is interesting to see him take a wait-and-see attitude toward using local hops. “We’re keeping track of what’s going on in Minnesota, but a lot of folks who are starting hop farms in Minnesota don’t think of how they’re going to measure the quality of their harvest. Are they…
  • Monks offer neomexicanus hops for sale

    Stan Hieronymus
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico will soon offer neomexicanus (almost native American) hops for sale. These will only be available in quantities suitable for brewing at home, as opposed to commercially (except at nano size), and as whole cones rather than pellets. Barring complications, orders may be placed at the Holy Hops website beginning Saturday. They were grown on the monastery grounds and harvested by the monks, with help from some friends. Monks picking hops in fall of 2011. The monks acquired several varieties of hops from Todd Bates, who bred them on his property…
  • Is there a craft beer/music on vinyl connection?

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 10.27.14 Just to mix it up, I thought about making all the links this week to Twitter. I changed my mind, but it certainly was curious on Friday to see this combination on my feed. Just be clear, Ed Wray’s came first and 47Hops surely didn’t see it before an almost simultaneous tweet. Does shaming work on Twitter? I’m not sure, but Alchemist founder/brewer John Kimmich sure drew a lot of comments when he posted this photo and tweeted “$42 / four pack. WARM on the shelf. CJ’s Kegs Cases & more in Potsdam, NY. Shameful.” [via…
  • The Session #93 announced: Beer Travel

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Brian and Maria at the Roaming Pint have announced the topic for The Session #93 will be “Beer Travel.” They travel to beer destinations around the country in an RV, but that’s not a requirement to partcipate. Because Beer by Bart asked writers in Session #29 to tell him about their favorite beer trips Brian is suggesting contributors focus more on why than what. Why is it important for us to visit the place the where our beers are made? Why does drinking from source always seem like a better and more valuable experience? Is it simply a matter of getting the beer at its…
  • Is beer as good as it’s going to get?

    Stan Hieronymus
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 10.20.14 How I pick the links to include here: – Wednesday morning I received a press release about chef David Chang’s bit of silliness in GQ about “fancy beer.” Friday morning I received a press release about Garrett Oliver’s response, also in GQ. No need to bother with this pissing match. You’re not going to miss it. – Tuesday morning, because I roll out of bed rather early, Dan Paquette’s Monday night into Tuesday morning rant was near the top of my Twitter feed. And the story sped ahead from there. The ratio of…
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  • Porter Tasting: Batch 5 — U-S-A! U-S-A!

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 The purpose of this exercise, for those who missed the previous posts, is to find a beer that suits us, with a view to selecting finalists for a ‘taste-off’ before buying a case to see us through the winter. It’s not ‘the best’ but something much more floaty and subjective. Yes, you’ve rumbled us: we are making this up as we go along. Having decided to include the new Guinness porters in our taste test, and thus already (kind of) looked outside Britain, we thought we might as well also try out four US…
  • “I just find it too bitter.”

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Discussing the relaunch of Let There Be Beer today reminded us of just how often we hear the statement above uttered by people who dislike beer. We ought to bear in mind every time we catch ourselves complaining that mainstream beers are bland or that, say, Sharp’s Doom Bar is too sickly sweet, that, for some, those beers are probably still too bitter. We’re quite cured of the desire to ‘convert people’ these days, but if a beer sceptic asked us for a suggestion, we might point them to a…
  • Let There Be Beer 2.0

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Last year, big players in the beer industry banded together to run a campaign called Let There Be Beer. Its ostensible aim was to raise the profile of beer in general terms but, in practice, it ended up being a series of excruciatingly bald product placement opportunities for those who’d provided the funding, e.g. Carlsberg. As far as we can tell, the public were indifferent — we didn’t see any mention of it among our ‘not beer’ friends on Facebook, for example — and beer geeks,…
  • Doug & Dinsdale, Pub Preservationists

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Some friends recently moved into a house near a Victorian pub on a London back street. “Everyone thinks we’re lucky,” says our friend, “but I went once and wasn’t made welcome.” The rumour is that someone wanted to turn it into a gastropub like all the others in the area, but the family of gangsters who own it said no — they like it how it is. That is, frozen in time c.1975, with bars on its doors, faded paintwork, dusty carpets, and a mere handful of customers. Has CAMRA explored mob…
  • Those Who Rate

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 This Tweet triggered a conversation on which we eavesdropped with interest: is it me, or when you read a brewer saying that they don't care for ratings websites, oft means beers have been flamed on there? — Phil Lowry (@PhilLowry) October 20, 2014 Follow up responses seemed to suggest that Ratebeerians as know enough to be dangerous without offering a useful opinion: @PeteBrissenden @kempicus @PhilLowry exactly what Pete says. Obv not true of all, but so many raters clearly haven’t got a clue. —…
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  • SawTown Tavern: the tentacles of Scoats expand their reach.

    Jack Curtin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    A post this evening on The Book of Face by a guy named Troy Everwine about who I know diddly-squat: Now that the public notice has been posted, I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend Scoats Mike Scotese (owner – with Patrick McGinley – of the Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus) and I have become business partners in a new venture. We are purchasing the Prince Cafe (Prince Cafee on FB) on Princeton Avenue and Vandike Street in our own neighborhood of Tacony! We’ve got big plans for the space once we make settlement! (The actual settlement date will be…
  • What comes after the Resurrrection?

    Jack Curtin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    From Michael Klein today: Realtors today may toss around phrases like “Southwest Center City,” “Graduate Hospital” or “Grays Ferry,” but the slice of South Philly hard by the South Street Bridge has carried the name Devil’s Pocket for decades. Story goes that a priest considered the kids who lived in the area so tough that they’d steal a chain from the devil’s pocket when they reached hell. Chef Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace could think of no other name when they took over Resurrection Ale House at Catharine Street and Grays Ferry…
  • Nodding Head is moving!

    Jack Curtin
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Just in from Curt Decker: It is with tremendous excitement, and a little bit of sadness, that I announce the moving of Nodding Head. Our final day of operation in the current location will be FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31. After a rather prolonged period of unsettledness with one of my two landlords, I decided that the best course of action was to relocate. Locations were scouted and scenarios played out, and late last week a deal was put in place that will have us leaving Center City and opening in a to-be-named-later neighborhood IN THE CITY. I will keep everyone posted as I become more comfortable…
  • Miller Lite: We invented subliminal advertising. Really? That’s what you think will induce people to drink your faux-beer?

    Jack Curtin
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Apparently so.
  • GABF 2014 Local Results. [Updated -the "Let's Get It Right This Time" edition]

    Jack Curtin
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every year, like clockwork, I post the GABF results at the Beer Yard and, every year I miss something(s). It’s a tradition like no other and, honestly, if it weren’t for the distinction of it all, I’d just as soon end it. Anyway, this update was just posted at Second time, let us hope, is the charm: Breweries in the Philadelphia Region Brought Home 15 GABF Medals for 2014, Including Six Golds [updated] NOTE: This post has been Updated, Corrected, Clarified, Expanded and otherwise brought into line with reality since it was first published Saturday afternoon…
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    Pete Brown

  • Let There Be Beer? Let's start again.

    Pete Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    This weekend sees the re-launch of the marketing campaign formerly known as Let There Be Beer. After the disappointment of the last campaign, can it redeem itself? Disclosure and disclaimer: I have been paid for my time to act as a sounding board for the development of this campaign and to say a few words at the launch event. I have not been paid to endorse it in any way and would not risk my reputation by writing anything about it that I did not believe.There was never any doubting the intent, or that it was a good idea on paper: a generic campaign that promotes all beer, that seeks to get…
  • Sexy or sexist? This is not just CAMRA-bashing

    Pete Brown
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I wasn't going to comment on this. But I started leaving a comment on someone else's blog and it started getting a bit too long so I thought I should stick it here instead.In case you haven't heard: CAMRA, quite reasonably, would like to recruit more young people. To help do so, it produced and distributed a leaflet for use by university real ale societies. Some people who saw the leaflet were offended by it, finding it sexist. One even started a petition to have the leaflet withdrawn.The outcry was a success. CAMRA has withdrawn the leaflet and apologised 'for any offence caused', defending…
  • A cynical attempt to get more readers by writing a blog post tenuously linked to Great British Bake Off

    Pete Brown
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Beer, cider and Mary Berry...I have a confession to make: I am one of the few people in the United Kingdom who did not watch the final of Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night. In fact I've never watched the programme. It doesn't interest me. The smirky gags about 'soggy bottoms' are tired, and I've started getting a twitch whenever I hear someone say something 'has a good crumb'. There are loads of crumbs. Which one is good? What about the other crumbs all over the table?It might also have something to do with Mary Berry. I know she is now virtually the Queen, but she and I don't really…
  • Cask ale is booming as part of the craft beer revolution - new Cask Report launches today

    Pete Brown
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Every year I'm paid to compile the Cask Report on behalf of Cask Matters - a loose affiliation of brewers and industry bodies including SIBA, CAMRA, Cask Marque and most of the leading regional and family brewers in the UK. The eighth report launches today to coincide with the start of Cask Ale Week.Success makes people nervous, and with some justification. When you're struggling on your way up, as a business, or as a person or organisation putting forward a point of view, argument or campaign which you hope will change hearts and minds, you know very clearly what you have to do:…
  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

    Pete Brown
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Good marketing practice is not that difficult. It just seems that it's so much easier to screw it up.Whenever I've been in a meeting room where marketers are discussing social media, everyone agrees unanimously that the difference between it and straightforward advertising is that it's a two-way street. Twitter and Facebook are platforms for conversations. In strategic meetings, at conferences and in marketing textbooks everywhere, everyone says they understand this.And yet in practice, it's so very different.Today, this tweet appeared on my timeline.It made me quite annoyed. While I'm sure…
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  • Stone Brewing picks Virginia site for East Coast brewery

    Real Beer
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. has announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens…
  • Beer writers honored

    Real Beer
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) has announced winners in its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers and broadcasters. Best Beer and Food Writing 1. John Holl, “Roast Masters: Exploring the Art of Brewing Beer with Coffee.” All About Beer Magazine. 2. Evan Rail, “Where What Is Brewing Is a Recipe.” The New York Times. 3. Mark Dredge, Beer and Food. Dog ‘n’ Bone Books. Best Blog 1. Oliver Gray, “Literature and Libation.” 2. Bryan Roth, “This is Why I’m Drunk.” 3. Jessica Miller, “Hey…
  • GABF by the numbers

    Real Beer
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    The Great American Beer Festival concluded Saturday in Denver. Earlier in the day the winners of the commercial competition were announced. A complete list of the winners is here. The Brewers Association has compiled plenty of facts and figures about the competition and the festival. – The competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries. – Winners in 90 categories were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries. – Fifty-two…
  • Russian company buys Pabst

    Real Beer
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Oasis Beverages, a Russian food and beverage company owned by Eugene Kashper, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pabst Brewing Company. TSG Consumer Partners, an investor in growth-oriented consumer brands, will acquire a minority stake in Pabst as part of the transaction. “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it represents individualism, egalitarianism, and freedom of expression – all the things that make this country great,” Kashper said for a press release. “The opportunity to work with the company’s treasure trove of iconic…
  • All About Beer Magazine sold

    Real Beer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Daniel Bradford, owner of All About Beer Magazine for 22 years, has sold Chautauqua, Inc. to a North Carolina company led by Christopher Rice. “I’m excited about the energy and resources Chris and the All About Beer team will bring to both magazine and festivals,” Bradford said for a press release. He purchased the company in 1992 and created the first World Beer Festival in Durham in 1996, later adding otherse at multiple locations. The newly formed company, All About Beer, LLC, will retain its headquarters in Durham, N.C., and maintain editorial offices in New York and San…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Brewing in WW II (part eight)

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    We're finished with raw materials and have got to brewing itself.Brewers in WW II faced a whole host difficulties, which weren't limited to difficulties in obtaining raw materials. There was plenty else to contend with."Reviewing the actual operations carried out in the brewery and considering the innumerable difficulties with which the brewer was faced, with limited supplies; the very variable and often extremely poor quality of his principal materials; reduction of gravities; increased beer duty; regulations of all kinds which necessitated the filling up of countless forms; vexation of the…
  • German brewing in 1966 - malting

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Now we've got barley out of the way we can turn to the business of turning it into malt.First some general stuff:"Many German breweries, particularly in the south, have their own maltings. The increasing demand is being filled by existing commercial maltings.The five-day week has forced maltings to adjust to a 7-day germination period, and malting methods must be adjusted accordingly. A germination period of 8-9 days was normal some years ago and for dark malts it was even longer. However, as a day was usually lost after casting the steep before the barley began to grow, we really only had a…
  • Brewing in WW II (part seven)

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    We're back in the middle of a WW II hop field. And in the middle of the war. I wonder how thins are going?"The 1942 crop was of uniform good quality and was considered to be the best for 10 years. The quantity picked, however, was still short of brewers' requirements, and they were only able to obtain 80 per cent, of what they had asked for. A new disease of the hop plant, which had made its appearance a few years previously in the Kent hop gardens, had become virulent that year. It was the virus disease, Verticillium Wilt, which attacked the plant, causing it to wither away, and was having…
  • German Helles in 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Right, time to start making some use of all this information I've been wasting my evenings collecting. My only accompaniment the quiet sobbing of my negected wife and kids.I suppose I should make this clear at the start. What I mean by Helles, isn't any old sort of pale Lager that isn't Pils. I should really use the full name of the style I'm discussing today: Helles Lagerbier or Lagerbier Hell. I'm using the shorthand of Helles because I can't be arsed to go and change the style on hundreds of table entries.It's a very popular style amongst the breweries I'm looking at. No surprise, as most…
  • Saturday 1st November

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Or coming Saturday.Just discovered that there is a rail service of some sort out in the sticks of New Jersey where I'll be this week. Which means I'll be able to get to NYC on Saturday.If anyone fancies meeeting up for a beer, I'll be in Blind Tiger about 13:00. I'll probably wander off later to DBA, Jimmy's No. 43 and Hop Devil.
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    The Barley Blog

  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Pilsner

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Pilsner, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Torpedo Pilsner is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker for the Beercamp Across American mixed pack. This 5.2% ABV and 45 IBU pilsner, as you would expect, ain’t your dad’s Bohemian. The brew uses New Zealand hop varieties and Sierra Nevada’s “hop torpedo” to infuse the brew with as much hoppy goodness as […] The post, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Pilsner, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    The post, Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The peanut butter and chocolate combination has been a successful one throughout candy history. But how does it translate to beer? I’ve only encountered the combination one time before, with DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus. I described that beer as gimmicky, but still tasty. Karl Strauss’ Peanut Butter Cup Porter also falls in the gimmick bin, […] The post, Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sierra Nevada Canfusion

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Canfusion, first appeared on The Barley Blog. And the Sierra Nevada Beercamp Across America train keeps on chugging. Up next is Canfusion, a collaborative endeavor with the good folks at Oskar Blues Brewing. This 7.2% ABV and 45 IBU bock is packed to the rim with a solid amount of rye and citrusy hops. With the array of flavors that this beer […] The post, Sierra Nevada Canfusion, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sierra Nevada Yonder Bock

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Yonder Bock, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Yonder Bock is the fourth brew from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration variety pack. This 7.7% ABV (45 IBU) Maibock was created in a joint effort with Cigar City Brewing. If you are at all familiar with the Florida company’s products then the “Tropical Miabock” on the can’s artwork will come at no […] The post, Sierra Nevada Yonder Bock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • SweetWater Brewery Fall Beer News

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    The post, SweetWater Brewery Fall Beer News, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release ATLANTA (October 24, 2014) – SweetWater Brewery is reeling in a few fresh catches on the fly rod this fall. The Georgia-based brewery announces the return of Festive Ale this October, followed by a brand-spankin’ new haul – Spinnerbait, a Belgian red ale – hookin’ folks later this winter. To continue spicing things […] The post, SweetWater Brewery Fall Beer News, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • And the rest

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Last post from Borefts 2014, taking us to more far-flung parts of Europe. But we start where we left off, in Italy. Del Ducato's Violent Femme is a 4.2% ABV saison and is lemons all the way, from the bright hazy yellow colour, to the acidic citric burn to the gentler lemon sherbet hop flavours. When life gives you saison, make lemonade. Or something. Their other beer I tried couldn't be more different. Luna Rossa is billed as a kriek in the program but you can forget the cherries or any sort of sweetness. This 8%-er is massively sour: mouth-flooding vinegar and vanilla…
  • Corners of Europe

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Borefts without a Thornbridge bar was strange -- I understand they're the first brewery in history to have turned down an invitation to the event -- but there were plenty of new English faces filling in. So much so that I barely troubled the Kernel at all, grabbing just a swift London Sour Cherry because Evin told me it was running out. Such a salesman, that guy. 3% ABV and a happy bright red topped with pink foam. It's not especially sour and not especially cherryish but definitely has elements of both, perfumed lightly with floral rosewater. It's one of those beers I could happily…
  • He's off again

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    For the fourth year in a row, late September saw me at the Borefts beer festival, a two-day shindig held at the De Molen brewery in Bodegraven, South Holland, with beer from a hand-picked selection of brewers from all over Europe. It has always been a bit of a chimera, changing its shape to squeeze into different parts of the brewery, the pub and co-opted neighbouring buildings. This year for the first time since the early days it was all concentrated in one space, the brewery and its car park, which made it a lot easier to get around and meant I could make a point of trying at least one beer…
  • One lonely ex-pat

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    OK, one last beer from the Germany trip and then we're done. I'm giving it its own post as it was the only foreign beer I drank the whole time.Hop Back is from Tröeg's in Pennsylvania so is sort-of German-ish. It's a 6% ABV amber ale and was on draught in Tap House in Munich along with a couple of others from the brewery. I thought it was an excellent example of the style, with rich and heavy marzipan sweetness plus dark chocolate flavours and then sandalwood spices and fruit chews from the hops. The aroma is a full-on pine explosion, suggesting a bitterness that is never actually…
  • Finishing up

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    We're not still in Germany are we? Who'd have thought there'd be so much beer? This post is for some of the odds and sods from my notebook that didn't fit in anywhere else.Novelty beer of the trip was one I spotted in Bamberg's Café Abseits and one I've been wanting to taste for a long time. Steinbier Original is brewed the prehistoric way, using hot rocks to boil the wort. I've read that this imparts a unique caramel flavour to the finished product. It arrived in a stein, of course, so I'm not exactly sure what colour it is, but it looked a kind of pale honey brown at the bottom…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/31/2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary. Beer "of the week" Another canned option of a beer in the 5% ABV range has
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in November 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seems like it's right around this point each year where I comment something to the effect of how difficult it is to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Beer festivals are ebbing, Beer Weeks have come and gone, and you're either cheering or bemoaning the segue from pumpkin beers to "Christmas beers". By past monthly standards, this list feels just a bit light. As always, if I'm
  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/24/2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary. Beer "of the week" Sierra Nevada Tumbler. I don't recall how many years it's been now that
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: October 23 - October 31

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let's close out this month with an eight-day calendar of rollicking beer events around the greater Philadelphia region. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/17/2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Another summertime casualty of my crushing book research workload was the weekly news update that I put in front of you each week. They tended to be the second most popular item here at The Brew Lounge behind the unstoppable beer events calendar. I don't claim to have the early scoop on all beer-related news, so as we head into the weekend I'm going to begin once again sharing with you some
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Why Do Fruit Flies Love Beer?

    Jeff Holt
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Fruit flies love beer! Actually, they love yeast aromas. That's why I sometimes find drowned fruit flies in my fermenter airlocks. The fruit flies are attracted to the almost fruity aroma of yeast. Bioengineer Kevin Verstrepen published a paper in Cell Reports. In it, he demonstrated that if he turned off the yeast gene that produces the fruit smell, more fruit flies are attracted to the fruitier smelling yeast. They eat the yeast, and the yeast sticks to their legs. When the flies leave, they spread the yeast to other environments. After all, yeast don't have legs.
  • Coming Soon: City Acre Brewing in Houston

    Jeff Holt
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Well, soon  might be a relative term. City Acre Brewing won't be open until 2015. It will be at 3421 Folger Street, north of downtown off of U.S. Highway 59. They will serve their own beer, plus some other Texas craft beers, and serve food made from their garden. Matt Schlabach and his wife Meredith Borders are the owners of City Acre Brewing. Mat has been brewing for over ten years, about as long as they've been dreaming of opening a brew pub. -source
  • Hops Make You Smart! That's Why I'm a Supergenius!

    Jeff Holt
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Oregon State University scientists have published a study that says the hop flavonoids xanthohumol might increase the cognitive functions of young mammals. According to Modern Farmer, flavonoids are present in a lot of plants. And plants with a lot of flavonoids tend to be darker, like blueberries. Flavonoids in celery and artichokes might fight pancreatic cancer. Evidence suggests that flavonoids could also have anti-inflammatory properties and could help reduce blood pressure. Xanthohumol fight a process called palmitoylation, which impairs memory functions in mammals. Xanthohumol,…
  • Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination

    Jeff Holt
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jester King Brewery and Live Oak Brewing company have joined forces to create Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination, or Kollaborationsbier, for short. Kollaborationsbiermittschechischemhopfenundwilderbakterienhefekombination literally means “collaboration beer with Czech hops, wild yeast, and bacteria” in German, according to the press release. I will take their word for it and I'm sure there will be a pronunciation contest at some point. The wort was produced at Live Oak Brewery in East Austin, and then trucked to the West Austin Jester King…
  • Draught House 46th Anniversary - October 25

    Jeff Holt
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As if I needed to tell you, Draught House Pub and Brewery is at 4112 Medical Parkway in Austin.
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  • Siren’s blast

    Martyn Cornell
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Back in August last year, after encountering Siren Craft Brew’s American IPA at the London Craft Beer Festival, I promised: “I shall definitely be drinking more Siren.” I’ve now drunk the brewery’s beers whenever I find them, and I’ve never been so impressed with the products of a new brewery since we started having new breweries in Britain again. There hasn’t been one I wouldn’t score an eight, at least. It should be clear, I think, from the first sip of any of the brewery’s beers that in the 31-year-old American Ryan Witter-Merithew,…
  • Remembering the victims of the Great London Beer Flood, 200 years ago today

    Martyn Cornell
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Wherever you are at 5.30pm this evening, please stop a moment and raise a thought – a glass, too, if you have one, preferably of porter – to Hannah Banfield, aged four years and four months; Eleanor Cooper, 14, a pub servant; Elizabeth Smith, 27, the wife of a bricklayer; Mary Mulvey, 30, and her son by a previous marriage, Thomas Murry (sic), aged three; Sarah Bates, aged three years and five months; Ann Saville, 60; and Catharine Butler, a widow aged 65. All eight died 200 years ago today, victims of the Great London Beer Flood, when a huge vat filled with maturing porter fell apart at…
  • The 40pc leap in capacity at the Doom Bar brewery and the 2014/5 Cask Report

    Martyn Cornell
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    One of the items of news that may have shot by you recently is that Molson Coors is pumping enough money into the Cornish economy to boost capacity at Sharp’s brewery to a potential 350,000 barrels a year of Doom Bar ale, a 40% expansion. There is no guarantee it will be able to shift that amount of what is already the UK’s biggest-selling cask ale, of course. But if it did, that would mean Doom Bar had become a brand one tenth the size of Carling lager. That might not sound much, but blimey, there’s not been a cask ale brand with that kind of clout in the market for…
  • It’s not your father’s beer can – but is it yours?

    Martyn Cornell
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Considering it was (little-known fact alert) a European brewery that first produced canned beer, in 1933, in Lorraine, France (the Americans only followed two years later) we Europeans have been distinctly sniffy about beer in cans. One French website, talking about the record of the Brasserie Vezelise, “Premiere brasserie Française a mettre de la biere en boite”, adds: “Helas!”. In Britain, anyone who reckoned they knew about beer knew canned beer was, to quote the 1984 Good Beer Guide, “inferior” – tinny-tasting and cheap . An advertisement from 1933…
  • Don’t tell London’s second-oldest brewery it’s London’s second-oldest brewery

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    If you point out to the chaps at Meantime Brewing Company that theirs is now the second-oldest independent brewery operation in London, they won’t be thanking you. Venerability is not something that appeals to Meantime’s core demographic of 25 to 40-year-olds. But it’s a fact that of the ten or so other breweries in the capital when the company’s founder, Alastair Hook, first fired up his brewing kettle on the outskirts of Greenwich in 2000, only the positively antiquarian Fuller, Smith and Turner further up the Thames at Chiswick is still going. Of course, in the past…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1360: Lighting The Jack-O-Lantern

    Jay Brooks
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Friday’s ad is for Rheingold Beer, from 1946, and features Miss Rheingold from that year, Rita Daigle. In this Halloween ad, she’s lighting the jack-o-lantern that, presumably, she’s just carved, despite her dress looking immaculate. Happy Halloween! The post Beer In Ads #1360:... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1359: Let Me Cool You Off

    Jay Brooks
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Thursday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Budweiser,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1358: No Wonder It’s … Again

    Jay Brooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, also from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1357: No Wonder It’s …

    Jay Brooks
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Schlitz,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1356: Pointing The Way To Pleasure

    Jay Brooks
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Monday’s ad is for Drewrys, from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this ad for Drewrys Beer and Ale, they’re advertising their Canadian association using a... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Georgia: A Beer Geek's View

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As many of you know, I have now lived in Macon, Georgia for over a year.  If you're not familiar with Macon, maybe you're familiar with its exports - The Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding and Little Richard to name a few.  Perhaps you're also familiar with some of Georgia's prominent breweries - Terrapin and Sweetwater.  Surely you've eaten Vidalia onions.  But what you're probably not familiar with, is the huge difference between brewery laws in Georgia and Indiana.  I'm here to change that.In Indiana, we frequently like to lament the lack of cold beer in the…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Bring Home Some Hardware, Indiana! #GABF Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingIt’s First Friday in the Fletcher Place/Fountain Square neighborhood! We will be tapping our Friend of the Devil Dopplebock which finished at a nice 8.2% abv. We also have live music with Kelli Yates and John Gilmore.Coming up…an Autumn Ale, Rauchbier, Dunkelweiss and a new IPA. Daredevil BrewingDaredevil Lift Off IPA now will be available at Lucas Oil Stadium for Indianapolis Colts games. Starting with the home opening game on September 15th you will be able to find Lift Off IPA at eight…
  • Tips and Ground Rules for TFN11: Tailgate for Something | Saturday, October 4, 11am

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    We hope to see you at TFN11: Tailgate for Something on Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to ??? at Black Acre Brewing Company's new production facility at the Coal Factory on Bonna Avenue in Irvington. More details here.Since we're only a few days away from the event, here are the ground rules for the event and some tips for you if you're going to attend:- Weather. We all know that the weather in Indiana is unpredictable. Therefore, regardless of Saturday's weather forecast, we recommend that you bring a canopy if you have one in case the weather decides not to cooperate. The current…
  • Partners in Housing's Brains & Beer 4 | 10/12/14, 6 - 11pm

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Long time readers may remember our late, dear friend Chris Maples. Chris founded this blog in 2006 and went on to serve the community in other ways besides spreading the word about craft beer. Before his untimely passing earlier this year, Chris was the Director of Advancement for Partners in Housing, a local non-profit devoted to providing housing and social services for the homeless in Indianapolis. Needless to say, we miss Chris terribly and heartily support PiH's great service to Indianapolis.Not only did Chris share a love of craft beer with us, he also was into the zombie craze…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Decorative Gourd Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingWe’re tapping our Breakfast in America Oat Stout on Friday, September 26th. Tim Brickley will be playing on Saturday, September 27th starting at 8:00pm. Look for our Dopplebock to be released on First Friday, Oct. 3rd. Daredevil BrewingDaredevil Lift Off IPA now will be available at Lucas Oil Stadium for Indianapolis Colts games. Starting with the home opening game on September 15th you will be able to find Lift Off IPA at eight craft beer stations in the stadium. It's a great day for craft…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Friday 5ive: My Five Favorite Live Bands

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    If you read last week’s 5ive, you’ll know that I’ve seen a ton of live bands over the years… it was practically compulsive in the 90s. In any case, let’s jump right the heck in and delve into the five greatest live acts I’ve ever seen. I have this sinking feeling I’ve forgotten something, but ...
  • Schell’s Snowstorm 2014: Grand Cru

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I always look forward to Schell’s annual Snowstorm beer. I love that they change up the style year after year, and as far as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed the offerings. This year, Snowstorm is a Belgian-style Granc Cru. The folks at Schell’s brewed it with 2-Row Pilsner, Red Wheat, Red X, Special Roast, ...
  • Friday 5ive – Five Bands That Blew Me Away Immediately

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    This week it’s time to roll out a Friday 5ive featuring bands that have managed to blow me away upon first listen. I caught each and every one of these bands live at one point or another. When I arrived at the show I didn’t have the foggiest idea as to what any of the ...
  • Bent Paddle Cold Press Black

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The first time I tasted the Cold Press variation of Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s black ale, I knew I had to have some more. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Bent Paddle’s Bryon Tonnis says it’s been one of their most requested special offerings, “People really wanted to see this beer in cans from the ...
  • Waconia Brewing Taproom Opens Today at 2pm

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today we add another brewery to the ranks! Beer fans, let’s give a warm welcome to Waconia Brewing Company located in (get this!) Waconia, MN. Today at 2pm, Waconia will be the first brewery to open its doors in the town since 1890. If you’re free, stop by ant welcome them to the scene. They’ll ...
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  • Pilsner Urquell Shipped Cold To NZ

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Press Release to follow. But this was the most interesting line Urquell will be cold shipped to New Zealand in both keg and 12 packs and available here from the end of October 2014.   Pilsner Urquell, the world’s original pilsner, will soon be available cold shipped to New Zealand. Brewed since 1842, Pilsner Urquell is still produced in the original brewery using the same techniques,with ingredients sourced from the same farming regions. The brand’s fierce traditions and an uncompromised stance on the craftsmanship of brewing are what set Pilsner Urquell apart from the rest…
  • Local Council To Kill Beer Festivals in New Zealand?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    There is a new beer festival “On The Lawn” looking to setup at the Mount for a 8th January Beer Festival. I loved the Blues, Brew & BBQ’s event at the Mount. Shame the local council and police closed it down. It kind of all fell apart once they made it an R18 event, and kids and families couldn’t come any more. It seemed to be preloading cause the majority of the issues. I really like beer festivals during summer time, where people are having a fun time, and sampling tasty beers in the sun. Here are some details about “On The Lawn” No beer over 5%abv…
  • Hop Selection 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I’ve just spent the week in Yakima, Washington, USA during hop harvest time. This is the third season I’ve visited specifically to immerse myself in all things that were happening with hops in the region at this time.  It has been a busy week visiting hop farms, talking to hop growers, attending Hopunion’s Hop & Brew School, and tasting a few locally brewed IPA’s. Hop selection has become an important part of the year for Epic Beer . Each year flying from Auckland, New Zealand to Yakima, WA, USA at the time the hops are harvested makes all the difference to the…
  • How Many Breweries in Auckland?

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Brewers Guild of New Zealand have announced (see below) that they had received 670 beers entries from 82 breweries for the 2014 NZ Beer Awards. This is pretty exciting news as it is a record number of entries for the competition. The piece of information that surprised me in the press release was that there are 18 breweries in Auckland that have entered. I guess it has been awhile since anyone has actually counted / listed the breweries (beer brands) in Auckland. I hadn’t given it much thought, hence the surprise. Below is a list of breweries (bold) and beer brands (contract…
  • The Food Show – Auckland 2014 (Day 1 & 2)

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Currently I’m spending my days at the Auckland Food Show (31 July to 3rd August). We are half way through and things are going great. If you are looking for a reason or two to attend then we have them. There is the amazing super combo offer from Culley’s & Epic. 4 different 500ml Epic beers and 4 different bottles of Culley’s Hot Sauce for just $40. Plus we will even deliver it to you so you don’t have to carry it around the show (as it is kind of heavy). This offer is only available at the show, so you need to turn up. We also have some crazy pricing on single…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’ve teased it a bit on social media, but it’s finally time to spill the details. I’m happy to announce that the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party will be taking place on Saturday, November 22nd at Urban Chestnut in the Grove. We’ll be doing two different price points again this year. We still have the standard ticket which will get you into the party from 6-10PM and will set you back $30. This will get you unlimited samples as well as a commemorative glass. (The glass is pretty cool this year, it looks like this.) We’re also doing the VIP ticket again which will…
  • Winners of Tickets to the STL Brewers Guild Harvest Festival

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Hey, look at that, I’m on time for once and actually remembered to pick a winner when I said I would.  Well, that’s enough patting my own back, let’s announce some winners. I’m happy to announce that the two winners of two passes to the St. Louis Brewers Guild Harvest Festival are Rongg Zengg and Jason Schmidt! Congrats to Rongg and Jason, hope they have a great time at the festival. For those of you that missed out on winning, tickets are still available HERE! Thanks again to the St. Louis Brewers Guild for providing tickets for this event, I think it’s a great…
  • Contest: Tickets to the STL Brewers Guild Harvest Festival

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    There is a chill in the air and an extra spring in some of our steps. It’s fall and it’s a great time for a beer festival in St. Louis. To celebrate this great time of year, the St. Louis Brewers Guild is throwing a festival showcasing beers made with freshly harvested hops, pumpkins, and other festive fall items. The St. Louis Brewers Guild Harvest Festival is taking place from 1PM-5PM this Saturday, November 1st featuring 23 local breweries. The STLBG has been kind enough to give us four tickets to give away for this fun fall event. To win a pair of tickets to this event, email…
  • Schlafly Beer Dinner at the Four Seasons

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Schlafly has partnered with Four Seasons St. Louis to put on a beer dinner next Thursday, November 13th beginning at 6:30PM. This meal will be five courses and will run you $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included.) Reservations can be made by calling 314-881-2105.
  • November Events at Cicero’s

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    These first few weeks of November are the last chance to really sink your teeth into some beer events until the craziness of the holidays tries to catch you. Cicero’s knows this and has scheduled some really cool events over the next week to keep your November busy. Here’s the line up: Saturday, November 1st Celebrate your inner bastard by heading out to Cicero’s to celebrate National Bastard Day. Stone Brewing Co. is putting on some special beers including Double Bastard, Lucky Bastard and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Taps start at 11AM. Monday, November 3rd Carson’s Brewery…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Would it hurt?

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Last night a customer at the Finborough asked whether we had a bottle of Peroni. I replied "well, you see, we only really do craft beer here" and offered the alternative of a big fat bottle of Augstiner Edelstoff. She had three so in the end we had a happy customer. I couldn't help feeling embarrassed about my initial reply, though, and it set me to thinking: would it hurt bars that specialise in
  • Birrificio Italiano

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Looking back over my photos from 2013, this one always makes me laugh. The quality isn't great (I'd had a bev, innit) but it looks like Giacomo - an ex-Gunmakers barman from Milan - is coming to start some aggro with me. I was in the bar of Birrificio Italiano's restaurant in Lurago Marinone, Lombardy. The brewing equipment used to sit in that exact spot 17 years ago when Agostino Arioli (
  • Punch Taverns and the pubco tie

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the things I was always cagey about when writing about the Gunmakers back in 2009 was the pub's "tie" to Punch Taverns. They owned the freehold (they still do - I sold the leasehold interest and the business, but the bricks and mortar belong to the pubco) and as well as paying rent I had to buy all my beer and cider, draught or packaged, through them at above market prices. When I first
  • Bierquellenwanderweg

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Just north of Pegnitz and south of Bayreuth in Franconia, Germany, there's a cluster of villages blessed with three brewery taverns. There used to be four, but sadly even the Franconian thirst for beer doesn't prevent small businesses going to the wall. They're linked by a waymarked hiking route called the Bierquellenwanderweg (beer source trail, translated literally). Those waymarks are
  • Let me try again

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    In my first year of writing about beer I was filled with enthusiasm for a topic that was then largely new not only to me but also to most others. Nobody knew what "craft beer" was. Harvey's Best was exotic. Beer was brown or yellow. CAMRA reigned supreme. If someone had tried to charge you £4.95 for a half you'd have probably been in a Soho clip joint with a scary bouncer and a young lady from a
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Exciting news from Atlanta, via Denver. Our Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale won a 2014 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer category. We’re humbled. Ecstatic. Scrumptrulescent. Want some more exciting news? Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is making another appearance this year – look for it starting in early December. The post Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless.

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Well, technically not priceless. $20 to be exact. Our own Duck Duckett brought the heat with this one – a death-metal inspired skelelogo with an ominous twist on our rallying cry, “Weekends are overrated.” We only made a few. You too can be a lucky owner. Buy one here! The post Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless. appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    We’re excited to bring back the Westside 10, a 10K/10-mile run (you choose) completely in Westside Atlanta. The race ends at the brewery, so that ain’t too bad. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 13. Register now – we sold out last year and odds are we will sell out again this year. From Oct 1 – Nov 1, you can also register in person at Big Peach Running Co. December 13, 2014 8:00am 10Miler Start, 8:10am 10K Start Presented by the runningnerds racing series, benefitting Ties that Matter Race Features HILLY & CHALLENGING COURSE THROUGH ATLANTA’S WESTSIDE…
  • New t-shirt designs, compliments of you

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We’ll keep this page updated with your submitted t-shirt designs. Leave a comment if you’ve got one, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A Cassie Gooding B Michael Rickman C Carlos Saldana D Brad Hanna E Brad Hanna F Brad Hanna G Sherry Wilson H Erika Floyd I RaShun Harris J Brad Pickle K Kara Thomas L Jordan Chaney M Michael Rickman N Michael Rickman The post New t-shirt designs, compliments of you appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Now Hiring Salesperson (based in Birmingham, AL)

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a seasoned salesperson to join our small team. This is a full-time position, with competitive base salary and commission offered. Position would be based in Birmingham, AL and would require frequent travel. Qualifications 2 years sales experience minimum Beer industry experience a plus, but not required Strong communication skills, both written and verbal Flexible working schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Willing and able to lift 31.5 lbs and move 165 lb kegs Valid driver’s license and clean driving record Must be 21+ Self…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Five O'Clock Friday: Bacon Blessing

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We already know about the blessing for beer, but there's also a Catholic blessing for another of our favorite food groups — bacon! While it might not be very useful on a (meatless) Friday, it's a good tool to share with your favorite priest.V. Our help is in the name of the LordR. Who has made heaven and earth.V. The Lord be with you.R. And with your spiritLet us pray. Bless, Lord, this bacon which You have made, that it may be a healthful food for mankind. Grant by the invocation of Your holy name that all who partake of it may receive health of body and safety of soul, through Christ our…
  • Oktoberfest Beer Tally

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Oktoberfest officially ended a few weeks ago, but that didn't stop our enjoyment of Oktoberfest-style beers. I decided this year I would concentrate on trying as many Oktoberfests as I could. I didn't drink them exclusively, but I did look for them when I was at a pub, and also picked up a selection to stock the beer fridge.Paulaner Oktoberfest MärzenWarsteiner Premium Oktoberfest (draft)Legend Oktoberfest (draft)Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen (draft)Bell’s Octoberfest (draft)Weihenstephaner Festbier (draft)Sam Adams OctoberfestBlue & Gray Baron von Stueben Oktoberfest (draft)Great…
  • Clueless Shooters Shorten Another Range Trip

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Regular readers are aware I shoot at a semi-unsupervised range conservation organization. There are RO's that pop in regularly to enforced the latest iterations of the range rules, and I've been told numerous times the rules are to keep the "less safe" shooters under control. My response has always been, if they can't be safe and can't follow the rules, kick them out!Sunday afternoon my friend Greg and I were at the range getting in some practice. We were having a fun time and enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon. At one point we turned back up range from pasting targets to see three…
  • Flying Dog Hoppy American Wheat

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    A few weeks ago we received a couple sample bottles from Flying Dog, which were promptly stuck in the beer fridge, and life went on. This weekend I remembered getting that package, but couldn't recall what beers were included. I dug around and pulled out this bottle of Brewhouse Rarities: Hoppy American Wheat Ale.The small batch American Wheat Ale pours a very cloudy deep gold color. The quickly building white head is think and creamy, though it pretty quickly drops to quarter inch thick and persistent layer. The aroma is that of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. I might get a hint of…
  • Your Second Amendment

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Bill Whittle breaks it down in terms "even a progressive could understand."Refuting "crybaby progressive whininess." Heh. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    Beer Utopia

  • Miss Fancy’s Tripel

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    In Birmingham, AL and had to try the local Avondale Brewing’s big Belgian Ale. The 9.8% ABV got my attention and I expected it to have a real boozy flavor like most high gravity beers, but this was not. It is a very smooth and sweet beer that is actually very refreshing. From their site: It all began when a circus owner’s misfortune at a game of cards bestowed the city of Avondale with a great gift. His prize attraction, Miss Fancy the Elephant, would inadvertently become the city’s greatest spokesperson. Known as the Queen of Avondale, Miss Fancy performed a wonder of tricks at her…
  • Time for Beer!

    5 Apr 2013 | 11:15 am
    We will be redesigning and relaunching the site….stay tune!
  • Walmart making more room for craft beer

    20 Oct 2011 | 3:31 pm
    According to Advertising Age, the world’s largest retailer is jumping on the craft beer bandwagon and adding more space in its stores for craft brews. Walmart, [CEO Lee] Scott added, “built the company on two things: One was price, but the other was assortment, and you can’t take an area like beer where people are moving to craft and ‘under-assort’ yourself because the person who is buying craft beer and wants that assortment will drive to Kroger and pay the 15% more.” Local store managers will have a say in what beers are stocked which means there is a…
  • Brewery builds electric truck to deliver beer

    22 Apr 2011 | 2:21 pm
    RETRO ELECTRO electric beer delivery truck Happy Earth Day! We’ve talked a lot about how beer and homebrewing can be good for the environment and brewers who consider the impact of their business on the earth, but this is really cool. A Canadian brewer has converted an antique truck to electric to deliver their beer. They apparently are known for using vintage vehicles for delivery but wanted to be more green. From Steam Whistle communications director Sybil Taylor likens the truck to the company’s signature brew: a centuries-old Czech pilsner recipe recreated with the…
  • ABITA BEER Releases iPhone App

    11 Apr 2011 | 9:41 am
    Here is a press release from Abita Beer on it’s new iPhone app….I am downloading now! ABITA BEER – THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! Abita Beer Launches First Of Its Kind iPhone App (New Orleans, LA) –The Abita Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of the new “Abita App” for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide. Abita is the first craft brewery to launch an app that gives their customers the power to help each other find the craft beer they love. The free application allows consumers to instantly locate where Abita products are sold with a powerful…
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    The Brew Club

  • British Pumpkin Beers 2014

    Bob the Brit
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I recently spotted a couple of British Pumpkin beers, and as they're from breweries I respect I thought I should try them out.
  • Wychood Hobgoblin 5.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    The flavours are complex, the sweet treacle flavours from the roasted malts - Chocolate, Crystal and Pale malts - are balanced nicely with Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops. There's some spice in there, and apple; I'm reminded both of spiced baked apples, and fairground toffee apples.
  • Hitachino Nest Nipponia 6.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    The flavour? Well, it's very exotic, as well as the pineapple and honey, there are hints of satsuma in there, vanilla, nutmeg and bread. Each sip reveals something different. But bear in mind, this is like an exotic cocktail, under the tropical fruit and spice there's a 6.5% ABV backbone, but there's a hop bite in there to remind you.
  • Marston’s New World Pale Ale 4.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    The flavour starts with those new world hops, up front and tickling your palate. There's tropical fruit in there; melon, peaches and pineapple, with pale, but old school, malt backing up those hops, providing a reassuring sense of stability. It's not a 'craft beer hop-bomb' but nor is it an old man's bitter.
  • Okell’s IPA 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Every summer, on the eve of London’s Great British Beer Festival, the Guild of British Beer Writers (of which I’m a member) hold a reception, a great excuse to get together (reviewing beers is often a solitary pleasure) with fellow writers and bloggers, and to catch up with some brewers. The Summer 2014 get together […]
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
  • TTB Funding

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems to cover the powers that be, in the beer, wine and spirits industries (BI, WI, DISCUS, etc.). They, and TTB, seem to set TTB’s funding needs at $101 million, for 2015. The letter says “Since 2007, TTB has had to shrink its workforce by 10% ‐ more than 50 full‐time positions…
  • Rye Beer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 103114

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Today is Halloween. One of the most celebrated holidays of the year. Spending wise, this is the 2nd biggest holiday for retailers. Who can pass up a good costume or all those big bags of candy? For craft beer lovers, it's the peak of the Fall seasonal releases. Just be careful out there tonight. Everything in moderation is not only good advice to children for eating candy, but also for adults who indulge in spirited beverages. Have fun, don't get too scared, but be safe. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 31st, 2014. If you aren't reading this…
  • Colorado Beer News 103014

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Today is Devil's Night /Mischief Night. The night before Halloween is a night to make mischief. Play pranks on your friends and neighbors. have fun, but not too much fun. After all, we want everyone to stay safe during this fall holiday season. Just remember, what goes around comes around. The prankster can easily become the pranked! Then once your mischief is over, enjoy the night preparing for Halloween tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what…
  • Colorado Beer News 102914

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Today is National Cat Day. Today's the day to honor our feline friends. There are always plenty of cats waiting to be adopted out there. If you love cats, consider visiting your local animal shelter and adopt a cat. Or, if you have a cat, do something nice for it today. While they probably won't show gratitude, they will at least know that you are someone worth keeping a closer eye on. Take time to spend some time with a cat today. If they stare at you while you drink a beer then they are simply pondering "I can haz beer?" - Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today…
  • Ska Brewing to release their own comic book

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    And now for something completely different - a brewery releasing their own comic book! This colorful publication tells the entire tale of how Ska Brewing came to be. And you can get it in special mixed can 12 packs! Here's the latest Press Release from Ska Brewing detailing this venture.Ska Brewing to Release Comic After 20 Years in the MakingDURANGO, Colo., (October 28, 2014) — Twenty years after the story began, Ska Brewing is releasing the entire comic book chronicling their naïve yet epic struggle against Rotgutzen International Beverage Corporation and its quest for world domination.
  • Colorado Beer News 102814

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Today is National Chocolate Day. A day that chocolate lovers relish every year (or make that every day). And since Halloween is around the corner, just about everyone has some chocolate in the house. It's OK to indulge in chocolate for just one day. And you know what pairs great with chocolate? How about a porter or a stout? The combo makes a great pairing. Try it and see. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 28th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 249: Penrose Brewing P2 & Southern Tier 2XONE (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hey Craft Beer fans, it’s time for a new episode of the Hop Cast. In episode 249, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple Pale Ales. First up is the P2, a 5.54% ABV Belgian Pale Ale from our good friends at Penrose Brewing. This has been a go to beer for Brad and Ken lately; it’s juicy, finishes dry and is very easy to drink. Next Brad and Ken move onto the 2XONE, a 8.1% ABV American Pale Ale. It’s been awhile since we’ve had anything from Southern Tier Brewing Company on the Hop Cast and this was a nice treat. They…
  • Episode 248: beer Hoptacular (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at the Aragon Ballroom for another beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few great local beer folks. Including Claudia Jendron the Brewmaster at Temperance Beer Company, Chris Tourre from Arcade Brewery, and Lisa Zimmer from MillerCoors. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular, I’m sure you had a great time and if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one. Cheers! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Having issues…
  • Episode 247: Grapefruit Sculpin & Habanero Sculpin (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 247 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dive into a couple variations of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. These both look like the Sculpin IPA you know and love but with a little twist that might turn some folks away or make them love Ballast Point even more. First up, Brad and Ken open the Grapefruit Sculpin, an IPA with grapefruit rind. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer. Next up they destroy their pallets with the Habanero Sculpin, an IPA with Habanero…
  • Episode 246: Staghorn & Afterburner (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 246 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are ready for Oktoberfest! The two of them open up a couple midwestern Märzen / Oktoberfest’s. First up is the 6.25% ABV New Glarus Brewing Company, Staghorn Octoberfest. It’s always a real treat when anyone outside of Wisconsin can get their hands on some beer from New Glarus and even more of a treat when it’s as good as the Staghorn. Next up, Brad and Ken go local with the 5.5% ABV Metropolitan Brewing, Afterburner. Afterburner is one of the newest beers you’ll find…
  • 6 Year Anniversary Of The Hop Cast (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    This month marks 6 years since Ken Hunnemeder and I started the Hop Cast. When someone asks me how long we’ve been doing the Hop Cast, I know it doesn’t feel like 6 years to me. Time flies when you’re having fun and drinking beer. The Hop Cast is just something we do that allows Ken, Maeve and myself to get together and have fun. All the episodes are unscripted, you never know what could happen or what might be said. Very rarely do we sample the beers before we hit record and the only time we re-shoot something is if we forgot to hit record due to us having drank a few too many. After…
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    Core Brewing

  • JDRF Ride for a Cure Type 1 Diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Fellow beer connoisseurs: I am doing either the 47 or 107 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure in Tuscon at the end of November to help raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 used to be a disease that primarily affected young children but now anyone can become Type 1 diabetic […]
  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NewsWire: (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, […]
  • Merry Christmas with a Tröegs Mad Elf

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:51 pm
    Name: Mad Elf Ale Brewery: Tröegs Overall Rating: Bad Ass! Style: Belgian Dark Strong Serving Style: Bottle 12oz ABV: A bold 11% Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the Mad Elf from Tröegs out of Hershey Pennsylvania; yes, the same town where Hershey chocolate is made. Most beers you come across, this one came across me […]
  • Other Ingredients Besides Hops

    10 Oct 2013 | 5:51 pm
    I want this to be an open letter to brewers all across the world; more specifically California; even more specifically San Diego County Brewers. There are other ingredients to emphasize in your brews besides the beautiful hop cone. I’m talking about malt mostly but also yeast. When we go shopping for beers; be it liquor […]
  • Road trip! Dogfish does D.C.

    7 Mar 2013 | 4:46 am
    More than 5,000 people from the world of craft beer are converging on Washington, D.C., later this month for the Craft Brewers Conference. But if you’re not an industry insider, don’t worry. With a couple of happy hours, an art show and an indie rock concert, there are plenty of opportunities for D.C.’s craft beer fans […]
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  • Founders Brewing Co. Hop Harvest 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Ever been to a hop harvest? If not, Founders Brewing has produced an excellent video documenting their visit to the Yakima Valley 2014 hop harvest. Found this on their YouTube channel through the Founders newsletter: Published on Oct 10, 2014 Every year during the hop harvest we visit our hop growers out in Yakima Valley, Washington, to select the hops that we will use the following year. This year we brought a camera along to document our trip so craft beer enthusiasts could get an inside look at what goes into the harvesting, processing and selection of hops. This video allows enthusiasts…
  • Avery Events GABF Week

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Saw this on the Avery Mash e-newsletter today: Special Tappings & Brewery Tours at the Avery Tap Room Wed. Oct 1 – Sat. Oct 4 Brewery tours at noon, 2pm, and 4pm & daily special tappings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm! WEDNESDAY 1pm – Pump[KY]n 3pm – Rumpkin 5pm – Eremita VIII THURSDAY 1pm – Drew’s Fuzzy Peach 1pm – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar 3pm – Bad Karma 5pm – Raven 5pm – Eremita IV FRIDAY 1pm – Mephistopheles ’13 1pm – Eremita V 3pm – Eremita VII 5pm – Sour 10 lb. Strawberry 5pm – Twelve SATURDAY…
  • Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Brewery Releases Oak Aged Barleywine Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Brewers sample individual Woodcut barrels prior to blending Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base…
  • Odell Brewing announces fall beers including Gramps Oatmeal Stout

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of autumn with an array of fall brews including its new Fall-Winter Montage Variety Pack. The 12 pack features year-round favorites IPA and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, fall seasonal Isolation Ale, and the latest Roots Release beer, Gramps Oatmeal Stout. Inspired by the brewery’s small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors Odell Brewing’s experimental brewing roots and allows fans to sample some of its favorites. Gramps isbrewed with flaked oats and roasted malts, giving it a full body and a creamy smooth mouth feel. Hints…
  • Breckenridge Brewery Hosts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe During GABF

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    From Matt at Breckenridge: Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th during the Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will host Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Ogden Theater.  As part of its “Hand Crafted Music Series” Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating the GABF with 2 nights of live, heavy, shake-your-tail-feather grooves from the high-energy group, Tiny Universe, led by acclaimed funk and soul master, Karl Denson. In traditional festive spirit, Breckenridge Brewery is generously giving away a considerable number of tickets to Friday’s show.  To win tickets,…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Horse Brass Pub’s 38th Anniversary on Saturday

    D.J. Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beer lovers of Portland are going to be able to kick off the month of November with a bang! We here at Brewpublic are still recovering from Killer Beer Week but beer events keep rolling in and still must be attended. On Saturday, November 1st, all one needs to do is set their sights on […]
  • Oakshire’s 8th Anniversary & National Learn to Homebrew Day

    D.J. Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gearing up to celebrate their 8th Anniversary this weekend is Eugene’s Oakshire Brewing. On Saturday, November 1st, Oakshire will be celebrating their 8th year of brewing at their Public House with a special beer release, Oakshire 8. As with their past few anniversaries, Oakshire is releasing a rare bottle release to coincide with this milestone. […]
  • The Commons Brewery Takes Over the Taps at Handsome Pizza

    D.J. Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The taps have just been installed at Handsome Pizza in North Portland and the taps will be flowing for the first time with some beers from The Commons Brewery. Tonight, October 30th, The Commons will be the first beers to pour through the new draft system here at this popular pizza food cart on North […]
  • Full Sail Brewing Releases “27” Wheatwine Ale for their 27th Anniversary

    D.J. Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company has released a special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” brewed with 100% Wheat Malt to celebrate their 27th anniversary. “As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million […]
  • Block 15 Announces Figgy Pudding Bottle Release and New Brewery & Taproom

    D.J. Paul
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With word that Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery has broken ground on their new production brewery and taproom in south Corvallis with a tentative opening date of June 2015, the brewery also has set the date for their next highly coveted bottle releases. On November 22nd, Block 15 will release Figgy Pudding, Framboise Black, and […]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • What about Novare Res Bier Café?

    Carla Companion
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Yesterday, I posted a list of breweries, bars and brewpubs that you should visit if you’re only in Portland Maine for part of a day – and have limited time to get the sense of Maine’s craft beer. Among the feedback that I got was the criticism that the well-known beer bar, Novare Res Bier Café wasn’t on my list – which people assumed I’d forgotten or perhaps had something against it.
  • 24 Hours in Portland, ME

    Carla Companion
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    It is easy to miss some of the best beer in Portland if you only go by what you’ve heard about. Due to the insulated nature of our state – most breweries (especially the crop that have opened in the last three years) keep their beers in Maine or New England, and many are on-premise or growler only, which doesn’t make it easy for non-locals to find them. The places or beers that out-of-state visitors have heard of are a combination of those that have a) been distributed the farthest, b) have been in existence the longest, or c) are the most sought after or talked about. That doesn’t…
  • More cans & bottles coming: Maine brewers increase their packaged beer

    Carla Companion
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I lamented that I wished more breweries in Maine bottled or packaged their beer for bringing home. I stand by this – it’s less expensive for the consumer per beer, and there are times in which I just don’t feel like being social or bumping elbows with everyone at a packed bar. Seems like a few breweries were thinking along the same lines – and have begun to get in on the action
  • The Summer of the Tasting Room

    Carla Companion
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Once scarce, tasting rooms and tap rooms that are open to the public have become a part of Maine’s craft beer drinking culture.[Read more...]
  • What the Maine beer scene still needs

    Carla Companion
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    I spend a lot of time talking with people about the beer scene in Maine, and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Every once and a while, the topic of “what’s missing” comes up, and I’ve finally collected thoughts from many beer-fueled conversations. Here is a list of seven things that I’ve come up with.
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  • Convert a Sanke Keg to Ball Lock

    Billy Broas
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Want to convert sanke keg to ball lock? Doing so allows you to use your ball lock quick disconnects with both commercial sanke kegs and homebrew cornelius kegs. Being able to easily switch between corny and sanke kegs is a great convenience. Believe it or not I don’t always have homebrew on tap or sometimes I’m throwing a party and I want to serve a specific commercial beer. Sure, I could use one of the ole’ liquor store party pumps, but I’ve got this pimpin’ keezer kegerator so why not use it for commercial kegs too? ‘ Sanke to Ball Lock Conversion Kit…
  • Recap and Favorites from GABF 2014

    Billy Broas
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Photos © Brewers AssociationThe world’s largest beer festival has come to an end and thousands of beer drinkers are suffering through what may be their crappiest work week of the year. It’s well worth it though. Me? I had a blast. On Friday I attended the Farm to Table Pavillion for the first time. My buddy Mario Nocifera from Lower48 Kitchen asked me to help out at their booth and I jumped on the chance. We were teamed up with Nebraska Brewing Company (nice!) which was pouring their tasty HopAnomaly and Wick for Brains brews. The food and pairings were absolutely delicious.
  • Keg Types: Sanke vs. Corny Kegs

    Billy Broas
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Sanke vs. Corny Kegs – what are the differences? How do these kegs work? I answer these in the video above. If you’re thinking about building a kegerator, make sure to check out my keezer build. Leave a comment below if you found the video helpful. Cheers!
  • Pilsner Blind Tasting

    Billy Broas
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Let’s stop and take a second to appreciate the wave of great pilsners coming to market. Not too long ago a tasting of this caliber wouldn’t be possible. We’d have Pilsner Urquell, Bitburger..and..umm…some other others? We’ve come a long ways. In the picture below you can see a few classic German & Czech pilsners next to a bunch of great craft offerings from the U.S. Are the American breweries outperforming the classics? We’ll see in a second. First the lineup. 11 beers total: Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils Firestone Walker Pivo Pils Left…
  • How a Bus Full of the Country’s Best Brewers is Spreading Cheer to Beer Lovers Nationwide

    Billy Broas
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Sierra Nevada has hosted Beer Camp for a few years now. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true. You get a VIP tour of the brewery, the chance to brew a batch of beer at their facility, and your beer gets packaged up and distributed. Yes, you can buy your own beer at the store. But attending Beer Camp isn’t easy. It’s usually invitation-only unless you join the occasional contest where you must submit a video entry pleading your case to attend. I’ve never been invited (tear…) and I’ve never submitted a video (lazy…) so I was pretty pumped when I…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Black Raven introduces Festivus, a holiday ale for the rest of us

    Kendall Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Black Raven Brewing just announced the pending release of its Festivus Holiday Ale. A tribute to the season, Festivus makes use of various citrus peels, a mélange of Christmas spices, cranberries, and galangal root, because nothing says “Christmas” quite like galangal root. Black Raven releases the beer next Tuesday, November 4. The beer will be available at the brewery in 22-ounce bottles and growlers to go. The specs are below. FESTIVUS HOLIDAY ALE Release date: Tuesday, November 4th The Festivus is our annual holiday beer.
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewing introduces tweaked version of its winter ale

    Kendall Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Although winter is not quite here yet, winter beers are fully  upon us. Today, Snoqualmie Falls Brewing announces the release of a new, revamped version of its Avalanche Winter Ale, which includes a new label. SNOQUALMIE FALLS BREWING RELEASES AVALANCHE WINTER ALE 22oz “Bombers” and kegs to be available at taproom and finer beer stores throughout Washington and Idaho. Snoqualmie, Washington – As part of our Seasonal Beer program, the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company is excited to release its winter favorite, Avalanche.  Newly rebranded…
  • North Sound Brewing bringing special beers to Noble Fir tonight

    Kendall Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just received word of an event happening tonight at that The Sixgill in Fremont. “Thursday, October 30, at 6:30 we’ll be tapping a Pale Ale from North Sound that was aged in a Big Gin Barrel from Captive Spirits – both the Captive and the North Sound folks will be joining us. They made the beer exclusively for us (although, we told Kurt he could pour some at the North Sound Tasting Room earlier this fall).” “We’ll also tap some other beers from North Sound: Creepy Monkey (bourbon barrel imperial brown), Tangerine…
  • Lagunitas Brewing proves that fresh is as fresh does

    Kendall Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week I received an email from Lagunitas Brewing about Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale. The point of the message was to inform me that the brewery planned to send me a bottle of beer. Surprisingly, this beer would arrive via UPS Next Day Air. They wanted me to know exactly when it was coming and they wanted me to drink it right away. Born Yesterday Pale Ale is Lagunitas’ foray into the world of fresh hop ales. The brewery was curious to find out if fresh hop beer is really that much tastier when it is ultra-fresh, so they bottled it on…
  • Icicle Brewing introduces a new beer to it regular lineup

    Kendall Jones
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Winter will soon descend upon the lovely little town of Leavenworth, Washington. When it does, Icicle Brewing Company will be ready for it. The brewery announced today the return of it’s popular winter seasonal beer, Dark Persuasion German Chocolate Cake Ale. However, this time it’s returning for more than the winter; it will become one of the brewery’s regular, year-round offerings. In response to popular demand, Dark Persuasion is now available year-round across Eastern Washington in 22-ounce bottles and half-barrel kegs.
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    Booze News

  • Lay Off the Artisanal Ice, You Ignorant Hipsters

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Here’s the cold, hard truth about those giant ice cubes in craft cocktails. If you want to understand the latest trend in craft cocktails, you could do worse than to listen to Outkast. What’s cooler than being cool is indeed ice cold. Specifically, it’s stored at minus-2 degrees, sculpted with a Japanese band saw, and retails for $1 a cube. Yes, artisanal ice is now a thing. In hipster meccas from Portland to Williamsburg, bars are serving up their drinks on extra-dense, extra-clear cubes, produced through a laborious process of freezing and carving. Cocktail connoisseurs…
  • Put calorie labels on beer, wine & spirits, say health experts

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Beer, wine and spirits are fuelling the obesity epidemic and should be labelled with the calories they contain, say public health experts. A large 175ml glass of 13% ABV (alcohol by volume) wine contains 160 calories, a bottle of alcopop contains 170 and a pint of 4% ABV beer contains 180. But the vast majority of drinkers are unaware of the calorific value of their drinks, says the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). “I don’t think they think about it,” said Shirley Cramer, chief executive. “We go out at lunchtime and look at the sandwiches on display. We know and understand what…
  • Yes, You Can Drink Charcoal! 3 Halloween Cocktails Prove It

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you want to create a black-hued cocktail, the go-to colorant is squid ink. That’s fine if you’re okay with a salty, briny cocktail (like this ebony take on a martini). But if you want, say, a black-as-night gimlet, you probably don’t want the flavor of the ocean to take over your fresh, limey drink. Enter charcoal. Just a small amount of charcoal from over-the-counter activated charcoal capsules can turn any cocktail into a spooky, eerily black Halloween drink in seconds—without adding any flavor. Here, three midnight-colored cocktails from three innovative bars. Death Before…
  • Nanoscience is making your wine better. Here’s how!

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine. When wine growers turn their grapes into wine, they need to control a number of processes to bring out the desired flavour in the product that ends up in the wine bottle. An important part of the taste is known in wine terminology as astringency, and it is characteristic of the dry…
  • Top 10% US Drinkers Make Up More Than Half Of Alcohol Sales

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    What Does It Take Be In In The Top 10? Who would you say is alcohol’s biggest customer? Based on glitzy commercial and magazine spreads, it would seem to be either the glamorous professional grabbing after dinner drinks or the carefree 20-something catching up with friends every weekend. According to a recent study, it seems that alcohol is actually mostly bought by, well, alcoholics. So how much do you have to drink to land in this category? The Washington Post’s Wonkblog recently presented a breakdown of U.S. alcohol sales based on the 2007 book, Paying the Tab. According to their…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Eric Dunham Passes

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Eric Dunham, Founding Winemaker of Dunham Cellars, died unexpectedly on Thursday October 23, 2014. Eric Dunham Eric Dunham was known for gentle, creative spirit who loved dogs and big reds. Eric focuses on gentle treatment of the fruit through out the wine making process, showing respect for the essence versus the manipulation of the grape into wine. After working  as an Assistant Wine Maker under Marty Clubb at Le’Ecole  41,  Eric made his first wine under under the Dunham label, the 1995 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon I .  This first release won several awards, including a Gold Medal…
  • Crush 2014 at Efeste

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Crush at EFESTE Winery Volunteers sorting Cabernet at Efeste As the leaves start to change color and the days rapidly shorten, grape growers across Washington State are harvesting this years grapes for, what promises, to provide a spectacular vintage.  EFESTE Winery put out a call for volunteers to help with their crush, or to be more specific, help sort out the stems and leaves that would adversely effect the flavor of their wines.  As I am interested in all aspects of wine, I signed up to experience the joys of crush. There was only one downside.  I work Swing shift which means I…
  • BREW Seattle: Local goes Creative

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    HE SAID about the Second Annual Brew Seattle: Seattle Magazine’s 2nd Annual BREW Seattle event at the Fremont Foundry is in the books!  While beer events are popping up everywhere these days, BREW Seattle is the only beer event of it’s size to feature only breweries within the Seattle city limits. This years line-up had a robust 27 breweries,  including some of the iconic Seattle players such as Elysian, Hales, Fremont, Pyramid, and Georgetown. Of course no beer festival worth it’s salt in Washington would be complete without the “bathtub” breweries who have popped up in the past…
  • GABF 2014 Washington Winners

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Great American Beer Festival 2014 awarded  9 Washington beers GABF awards this year. Washington Great American Beer Fest Gold Award Winners   Apricot Ale Pyramid Breweries Seattle Fruit Wheat Beer Beltane Propolis Brewing Port Townsend American-Style Brett Beer Chuckanut Dunkel Chuckanut Brewery Bellingham European-Style Dunkel Pre-Flight Pilsner Airways Brewing Co. Kent American-Style or International-Style Pilsener Red Alt White Bluffs Brewing Richland German-Style Altbier Washington Great American Beer Fest Silver Award Winners   Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Fremont Brewing Co.
  • Brew Seattle: All Beer, All Seattle

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Seattle Magazine’s Second Annual Brew Seattle takes place Friday October 10, 2014. This beer tasting event is all about Seattle BEER, BBQ and FUN! SeattTwenty Seattle Breweries will be showcasing their finest beers for you to taste. New breweries are sprouting up all over Seattle so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Here is your chance to meet and taste the new breweries on the block as well as enjoy some of your long time favorite Seattle brews. Tickets are only $40 and include (6) 5oz tasting tokens, games, giveaways and all you can eat BBQ from Pinky’s! You will  help decide…
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    All Good Beer

  • Adelbert's Set to Release a Bière Brut

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Adelbert’s Brewery has announced that it's latest release, Sundowner, is a Bière Brut, a style not commonly produced in this country.A Bière Brut (also known as Bière de Champagne), is a style where the brewing and fermentation process is similar to how a champagne is produced, including using a champagne yeast and aging in the bottle for many months. Some of the more traditional Bière Brut brewed in Belgium and France are even put through the same process as champagne to remove the yeast (the bottles are stored inverted so the yeast collects in the neck of the bottle and that yeast is…
  • Record Number of Texas Breweries at 2014 GABF

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The brewery registration process was tweaked a little for this year's Great American Beer Festival to try and avoid the "race to register" process that initially locked some breweries out of attendance last year (most were eventually accommodated). Instead, of the first come, first served process, all breweries wanting to enter beer for judging were able to register and indicate if they also wanted a booth on the convention floor. After the registration period closed, the total number of competition beers each brewery was allowed to enter was determined by dividing the number of competition…
  • July Beer Dinner at Rudyard's Pub Featuring Independence Brewing

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    This month's beer dinner at Rudyard's Pub will be featuring beer from Independence Brewing of Austin, TX. Joe Apa, formerly of T’afia and Plum Easy Kitchens, will be carefully crafting 5 courses paired with 5 different Independence beers, including White Rabbit, Stash IPA, Austin Amber, Convict Hill Stout and the recently released Hell or High Lager (brewed to commemorate their 3,000 batch of beer). This month's dinner is also a pet food drive for a local homeless pet shelter, so please bring along a bag or a few cans of pet food so the animals can eat too.The dinner takes place on…
  • Central Market Beer Fest

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Central Market's annual beer celebration begins today and runs through June 24th.  Scheduled events include in-store tastings and beer dinners, some featuring the owner and/or brewmaster from the brewery.  There is also a Sip & Stroll on June 19th with eight food and beer pairing stations setup around the store.  Check the online events calendar for an up-to-date listing of events (tickets required for some events and can also be purchased online).  And if the calendar of events doesn't get you excited, then perhaps 20% off all beer purchases of $25 or more will…
  • Open The Taps at Alamo Drafthouse

    20 May 2014 | 11:05 am
    On Wednesday, May 21st from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Open the Taps are hosting a fundraising event at the Mason Park location to raise awareness about changing the legislation that prohibits businesses with liquor licenses from selling beer growlers.Beer loyalists can sample fresh brews from Houston’s favorite craft breweries and learn about how to bring growlers back to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets are $10 each which includes a pint glass and 3 beer samples.Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
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  • Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

    Beer Blogger
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - Light bodied beers are great for enjoying any time and in session but what about when you want something dark and full of all kinds of amazing flavors?  A flavorful barleywine that’s sure to fill the tastebuds and warm the body?  Something aged in bourbon barrels to add another layer of complexity.  Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine fits the bill perfectly and is one of the very best barleywines out there. Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine pours a deep copper color with a hint of reddish to it and a small tan…
  • Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout

    Beer Blogger
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout - Any craft beer fan that doesn’t know Stone isn’t really a craft beer fan.  This brewery is known for their love of hops, their all-star lineup with brews like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, and their attitude.  Following the recent announcement that they’ll become the first US craft brewer to break ground with a European brewery, Stone is releasing a new seasonal brew for the summer and fall.  Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout was a hit with the Stone Team and now it’ll be available to all when it ships out to bars…
  • Loop Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Loop Bottle Opener - Everyone loves a great looking beer.  That perfect brew poured into the right glassware, sitting there and looking perfectly delicious.  But before you can pour that perfect glass, you need to open the bottle.  To get a great looking beer, why not use a great looking bottle opener.  The Loop Bottle Opener is beautifully designed and just the tool you need to get that beautiful brew. The Loop bottle opener was designed by Oscar Diaz and is cast from pure 304 stainless steel in Milwaukee, WI.  The satin finish feels great in the hand and the weight is…
  • Beer Blizzard Bottle Chiller

    Beer Blogger
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    Beer Blizzard Bottle Chiller - A cold beer – there are few things in life finer.  When warm weather comes, there is no better place to be than outside enjoying some delicious brews with friends.  Sadly, the summer heat we all enjoy has a negative effect on our favorite beverage.  It warms beers to less than optimal drinking temp with a quickness.  The Beer Blizzard keeps your brew nice and cool while you enjoy beverage after beverage with buds. The Beer Blizzard is a simple freezable plastic disc that you insert into the bottom of your beer koozie.  The frozen…
  • Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA

    Beer Blogger
    7 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA - Of all of the styles of IPA out there, West Coast IPAs seem to be the biggest hit with hopheads across the US.  They offer the big punch that hop lovers crave and they were made famous by the big west coast breweries we all know and love.  So what happens when a midwest brewery jumps onboard the west coast bandwagon?  Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA brings that west coast flavor to midwest drinkers. Surly Brewing has long been known for making beers that craftbeer drinkers go crazy for and they make plenty of big hoppy brewers like Furious and…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Core Brewing

  • JDRF Ride for a Cure Type 1 Diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Fellow beer connoisseurs: I am doing either the 47 or 107 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure in Tuscon at the end of November to help raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 used to be a disease that primarily affected young children but now anyone can become Type 1 diabetic […]
  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NewsWire: (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, […]
  • Merry Christmas with a Tröegs Mad Elf

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:51 pm
    Name: Mad Elf Ale Brewery: Tröegs Overall Rating: Bad Ass! Style: Belgian Dark Strong Serving Style: Bottle 12oz ABV: A bold 11% Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the Mad Elf from Tröegs out of Hershey Pennsylvania; yes, the same town where Hershey chocolate is made. Most beers you come across, this one came across me […]
  • Other Ingredients Besides Hops

    10 Oct 2013 | 5:51 pm
    I want this to be an open letter to brewers all across the world; more specifically California; even more specifically San Diego County Brewers. There are other ingredients to emphasize in your brews besides the beautiful hop cone. I’m talking about malt mostly but also yeast. When we go shopping for beers; be it liquor […]
  • Road trip! Dogfish does D.C.

    7 Mar 2013 | 4:46 am
    More than 5,000 people from the world of craft beer are converging on Washington, D.C., later this month for the Craft Brewers Conference. But if you’re not an industry insider, don’t worry. With a couple of happy hours, an art show and an indie rock concert, there are plenty of opportunities for D.C.’s craft beer fans […]
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    Love Good Beer

  • The Stanley Park Story

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Craft beer is about more than just beer, it is a story about how David stood up to Goliath and won. In the industrial era the primary purpose of a factory (brewery) was to keep capital equipment at full capacity and to realize economies of scale and scope, which when done right should make the factory owner rich. When the industrial revolution began, brewers got bigger and bigger, competition increased as did efficiency, but margins were squeezed and compromises were made, beer became nothing more than a widget in a macro economics model. This was not the high water mark for beer. Industrial…
  • Sartori Day!

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m not 100% certain, but I’m quite sure that today is the day Driftwood’s Sartori Harvest IPA hits liquor store shelves in the lower mainland. Driftwood themselves posted this on Facebook yesterday: What does this mean for you? Well, if you want some, setup a Twitter search and/or like all your favourite liquor stores on Facebook. When you get the word, run, don’t walk, to your beer purveyor of choice and buy as much as they’ll sell you. Sartori IPA is the only beer produced in BC that causes this kind of mad dash, and I kind of like it. While it’s…
  • Beer at the World Cup in Brazil

    14 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’ve just arrived in Brazil to take in the World Cup! As a soccer fan, this is one of those bucket list things I had to do. As a beer drinker, I did some advanced scouting to figure out what to expect down here. Turns out Brazil has a bit of a craft beer scene in the bigger cities like Rio and Sao Paulo; there’s even a Delirium Cafe related to the Brussels one in Rio. Also, a fair number of Germans migrated to Brazil over the years and the town of Blumenau has the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, after Munich. So Brazilians do drink a fair amount of beer, and some quite…
  • Finally, Beer on TV is good

    30 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday CTV featured local craft beer on their morning show, link here. This happens from time to time; local beer gets featured on TV, usually by somebody not quite in the know. What’s different this time? The beer they featured is all really good beer with serious beer nerd credibility! We’ve finally made it, craft beer is just regular beer in Vancouver now. The beer they talked about: Steamworks Pilsner Four Winds Saison Driftwood Fat Tug IPA Central City Imperial Porter That’s a lineup that I’d dive right into, and it was featured on regular mainstream TV. Happy…
  • VCBW Tickets On Sale Monday

    25 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The fifth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week is coming up, this May 30th to June 9th 2014, and tickets go on sale Monday, April 28th at noon. While most events don’t sell out immediately, Hopapalooza at the Alibi Room surely will. I think it sold out in under half an hour last year, so you’d be better be ready. What’s the deal? Well, it’s just the best annual beer event in BC. It’s at a civilized hour, It’s not crowded since they only let a certain number of people in, there’s food, and you don’t have to bother with tokens. Oh yeah, and…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Two Major ALIA Awards for Coopers

    Media Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Coopers Brews  Two Major ALIA AwardsMedia ReleaseCoopers’ flagship beer, Coopers Original Pale Ale, has been named Australia’s Best Full-Strength Beer for the seventh time in eight years.Coopers was also awarded Best Marketed Beer or Cider Brand at last night’s 21st annual Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) event, held at Sydney’s Luna Park.The ALIA Awards honour the top performing brands, products, venues and retailers in the Australian liquor industry over the past 12 months.Presented annually by Australian Hotelier, bars and clubs, National Liquor News and TheShout, the…
  • Beer Community gives itself a well-deserved pat on the back

    Pete Mitcham
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Last Friday night the ‘stars’ came out for the inaugural Australian Craft Beer Awards in Sydney. As well as being an opportunity for the craft beer community to get together and share a beer, it was also a chance to reflect on how far the craft beer scene has come since the inception three years ago of its steering body.The CBIA has come to be recognised almost universally as a worthy representative association for those who brew, sell and drink beer in Australia. In terms of education and public awareness of better beer, the CBIA has done much to promote what we inside ‘the bubble’…
  • Sixpoints of separation

    Pete Mitcham
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    One of the many perks that a media-based role in the beer community affords us is the opportunity to meet some of the brightest, craziest, most charismatic and inspirational personalities involved in the brewing world. The added bonus is that you often get time to chat for more than a few minutes – often over a nice beer.As host of several events during Sydney Craft Beer Week I was blessed to be able to meet one such brewer. Over three separate events I learned more about beer, brewing, globalisation, reverse-beer engineering and corporate responsibility than I’ve learned in the past…
  • Sydney brewery produces Australia’s best craft beer

    Media Release
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Editorial comment:Sydney’s new Modus Operandi Brewing Co. announced their arrival in styleLast night the very appropriate Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern was the perfect venue to announce the inaugural Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) Craft Beer Awards.The big winner of the night was Modus Operandi Brewing Company which collected four trophies, including the Kegstar Trophy for Champion Australian Craft Beer.  It’s a significant achievement for any brewery, let along one that only opened its doors two months ago.The award ceremony was very very laid-back and informal, in contrast to…
  • Celebs and special guests join Asahi to launch new concept bar

    Media Release
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Editorial Comment:APPROVED: A complete and precise temperature control system hhas been installed to enable us to remove the few remaining vestiges of flavour in ASAHI SUPER DRY by serving it at less than 0 degrees.With the many media releases we receive at Australian Brews News, we can generally find it within ourselves to ignore the sheer vacuousness of PR lines such as “Last night, together with the country’s biggest celebrity and social influencers, Asahi celebrated the launch…” Afterall, that is what PR is.  However, when it comes to the category-damaging nonsense of the…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Scientists Develop Beer That Doesn’t Give You A Hangover | IFLScience

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Science, I love it! Especially when it creates something this amazing, this spectacular, this awe inspiring! For thousands of years, man has tried to stem the ill effects of beer — particularly the morning after effects. It seems that a group of enterprising scientists in Australia may have succeeded. At least somewhat. Click the link to learn more! Scientists Develop Beer That Doesn’t Give You A Hangover | IFLScience.
  • New beer company tees off in Florida, headed by professional golfers

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Brew Hub in Lakeland is off to a great start with contracts to brew several beers for Cigar City Brewing Company and now a new set of brews from professional golfers Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley, and Graeme McDowell. The trio of golfers have teamed up to produce a series of easy-drinking brews that pair perfectly with a par three. Read more about the new brews in the official press release below. Also check out the video following the press release. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley, and Graeme McDowell launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers ORLANDO (October 21, 2014) – Three…
  • Jacksonville to host Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout event on Black Friday

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    For millions of shoppers in the United States the day after Thanksgiving is heaven on earth. Known as Black Friday, it is the single biggest shopping day of the year with hundreds of retailers vying for their dollars with outrageous sales and incentives. But, for beer lovers, it is also a day awaited all year long. Since 2012, Black Friday is the day that Goose Island Brewing Company of Chicago, Ill. releases its Bourbon County Brand stouts. This year the company is also planning special beer-centric events in nine U.S. cities inclduing Jacksonville. For all the details read the press release…
  • New cookbook features recipes made to be enjoyed with beer

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    John Schlimm, a member of one of the United States’ oldest brewing families, the Straubs, has written several beer-centric cookbooks. His past offerings have included The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook  (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International). Schlimm’s newest book, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour has just been released and is chock full of great recipes for everything from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup. This hip new…
  • Victory announces release of first wet-hop brew: Harvest Ale

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Wet hop or fresh hop beers have spread like wildfire over the past few years. There is something about getting a beer fresh from the brewery where it was created with hops fresh from the fields that just makes the flavor explode. Most experts will attribute this difference to the fact that the hops are not dried and pellatized. This allows the bright floral and grassy flavors of wet hops to shine through and amazingly fresh taste. Victory Brewing Company has just announced the release of their wet hop beer, Harvest Ale. Read more about this tasty brew in the press release below and watch…
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    Worst Beer Blog Ever

  • Old Soul Brewing

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Greetings Florida beer nerds! This Saturday (October 11, 2014)  Old Soul Brewing will open its doors to the public for the first time from 12 to 11pm. Saturday will be a day of fun, food and beer. The event encompass the street alongside the brewery (so you may want to bring a chair and possibly even sunscreen). The MOFOS food truck sell sumptuous bbq during the day and Doner Kebab King Karl will be slinging some incredible Turkish fare from 6 to 11pm. To really get things going the Naples based folk-rock band The Good Bad Kids will play from 6 to 10 pm. Aside from the…
  • Old Soul Brewing, S 1714, Burger With An ABV, MLB And Beer, Pandas And More!

    27 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Is Pabst Blue Ribbon a hipster beer? This one is easy, hipster all the way, good rednecks drink Busch!                                                                                                                             Hipster Beer or Redneck Beer? It is baseball season again here is a slideshow of ten of the best MLB stadiums to enjoy craft beer.                                                                  …
  • Four Unexpectedly Delicious Food And Beer Pairings You Must Try!

    9 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    I have recently stumbled upon a few interesting and actually very tasty beer and food combinations, that I did not expect to play so well together. 1) Bud Light Lime and Cherry Pop Tarts - This may not seem like a huge surprise but it honestly caught me off guard. One morning while attending the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Florida, as I crawled out of bed (in this case a lawn chair I was sleeping on), I was given a Cherry Pop Tart. Since I was really hungover from the night before, I needed a good breakfast beer. So, I grabbed the first beer I could get my hands on, a Bud…
  • Great News For Craft Beer In Fort Myers!

    11 Dec 2013 | 9:06 pm
    Yes, this really is likely to be the worst beer blog ever (at least I was accurate with the name right?) as it has been embarrassingly long since I last posted. Unfortunately, my job as an on-premise account manager for a beer distributor in the Fort Myers area is very demanding but it pays the bills a little more effectively than blogging. I just wanted to let everyone know I am still around and still very much involved in the beer world. Speaking of which, Fort Myers will soon find itself on the craft beer map as a lot of great things are happening in the Southwest Florida beer world. Here…
  • Zombicon, Mmmhops, Beer In Space, KCCO Black Lager,

    12 Oct 2013 | 8:48 am
    I have returned to the blogging world! I am sorry for my embarrassing lack of postings, I truly am. It is simply difficult as an on-premise account manager in a very dynamic and exciting area. I love the job, industry and my company, but it is a great deal of work. I know I have said this before, but I do plan on being a much more active webmaster from here on out. Regardless, here are some interesting things I have discovered recently, some of them are old news, still enjoy! First and foremost, next Saturday, October 19th Downtown Fort Myers is hosting ZombiCon 2013! This is one of the…
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  • Early Registration for Brewbound Session San Diego Expires Today Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Brewbound Session Winter 2014, a full-day conference on the business of craft beer, is just around the corner. If you haven’t already registered, this is your last chance to sign up and take advantage of the early registration discount. After today, the cost to attend will increase by $100 per attendee. Register now >> This winter’s conference will be another spectacular opportunity to learn from craft beer veterans and make new industry connections. The program will feature conversations with: John McDonald, Founder, Boulevard Brewing Andy Thomas, CEO, Craft Brew Alliance Christian…
  • Distribution Roundup: Fort Collins Brewery Taps Arizona, its 23rd State

    David Eisenberg
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Fort Collins Goes Statewide in Arizona Beginning early November, Fort Collins Brewery will ship its core lineup and select seasonal offerings throughout Arizona per an agreement with Young’s Market Company. Named after the northern Colorado town it was founded in, Fort Collins will round its distribution footprint out to 23 states with the launch. “Arizona’s thriving craft beer culture made for FCB’s expansion into the state a great opportunity,” said Tina Peters, the brewery’s general manager, in a news release. “With the right relationships in place we’re excited to get the…
  • Steamworks to Release Pumpkin Spruce

    Press Release
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    DURANGO, Colo. – Always looking to celebrate the seasons, Steamworks Brewing Co. has developed a special firkin recipe with a nod to autumn. The brewpub will roll out a “Pumpkin Spruce” firkin as part of Firkin Friday, its monthly showcase of unique hand-crafted beers. The keg will be tapped at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. “Our unique, seasonal Spruce Goose Ale served as the base for this rich and tasty holiday firkin,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin, noting that this year’s Spruce Goose craft beer was brewed with fresh spruce tips harvested…
  • Early Registration for Brewbound San Diego Ends Today! Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
  • Blue Hills Releases Two New Beers

    Press Release
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Canton, MA — Blue Hills Brewery is happy to announce the release of two new canned beers this week, just in time for Halloween. First, craft beer fans can now enjoy Black Hops in 12 oz six packs. Black Hops is our popular ale that’s a hybrid of a schwarzbier and a pale ale. It’s roasty and slightly hoppy with an ABV of 6.75%. Also new to cans is our Imperial Red IPA, which will be featured in 16 oz four packs. This beer is a well balanced red India Pale Ale that weighs in at 9.0%. We continue to work with Iron Heart Canning out of CT to bring the freshest beer on the South…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • 10 Apéritifs You Should Know

    Ilona Thompson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Apéritifs, from the Latin aperiere “to open,” are served before the meal and are designed to stimulate the appetite and prepare the palate for the ...
  • Vodka Honesty

    Brian Freedman
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    My evening had been going well—nothing life-changing, mind you, but this first night at Revel, the two-billion-dollar boondoggle in Atlantic City, was chugging along pleasantly. ...
  • Laphroaig Trick or Treat?

    Kendall Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    With Halloween on the mind, Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit with a new addition to their popular #OpinionsWelcome campaign. Featuring candid, real-life opinions of ...
  • Peter Mondavi Sr., An Interview

    Cornelius Geary
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Peter Mondavi Sr., patriarch of one of the most storied wine families in the world, has arguably witnessed and impacted more of California’s wine history ...
  • Riesling Resurrected

    David Furer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    A summer saunter northwest from Detroit to Traverse City needn’t have a purpose other than reveling in the tree-lined drive, the enchanting twists and turns ...
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    2 Noble Dogs Brewing

  • Why do we….?

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Have you ever asked yourself or been asked questions like “why do you mash your grains?” or “why do you aerate your wort?”. Me too. So I put together a short article that answers a few of these basic questions. This is not meant to be a chemistry tutorial. Just a few simple reasons for […]
  • Are you a Beer Guru?

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Probably. But, who knows? I have been a fan of craft beer since the mid 90’s when I was first introduced to a style of beer called “India Pale Ale”. You’ve probably heard of it ;-). Anyway, soon after that I started homebrewing. I bought my first extract kit and the rest is history. So, […]
  • The Next Barrel Aging Project

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Well, the next James River Homebrewers barrel project is well under way. Several weeks ago a handful of us that got together at Original Gravity during the Big Brew a few weeks ago to brew a robust porter. The porter was to go into the bourbon barrel won by JRHBer Alan Sepkowski (Shiny Head Brewer) […]
  • Beer Gun Bottling

    13 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    It’s time to send off your bottles to the National Homebrew Competition. So, I broke out the Blichmann Beer Gun and got to bottling.  If you keg your beer a beer gun is not an absolute necessity but its pretty damn close. It makes to process of transferring your beer from the keg to a […]
  • DIY: Mash Paddle

    10 Sep 2013 | 5:00 am
    I’ve had a few folks ask me about the mash paddles I make and sell at Original Gravity. I know the last ones went off the shelves months ago and I haven’t had a chance to get them restocked. So, another brewer reached out to me on asking if I still made them and […]
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    Brew Dudes

  • Harvest Lager Dry Hopping

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Every year John plans a new brew to use up his homegrown hops. This year he chose to brew a lager beer to put some of his hops into. We’ve discussed the success he has had in competition brewing beer and using homegrown hops despite not knowing the exact alpha acid content of his hops. And he has done quite well. This year is no exception as he brewed up this year’s harvest offering and now he’s focused on dry hopping. The approach to dry hopping is nothing new. Adding hops to the beer after fermentation is what dry hopping is all about. Attempting to capture the essential…
  • Mead Wedding Favor

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    If you are looking to give away a great favor at your wedding, consider mead. You could buy a large number of bottles from a commercial meadery, which is a option I support. Another choice is to make or have someone make a mead for you – a unique gift for you special day. I was contracted to be a mead maker for a wedding. For those of you keeping score at home, here is a recap. The Request I brought a bottle of mead that I made into work one day and it sparked the imagination of a coworker of mine. He asked me if I would make a mead for his wedding. Thankfully there was enough lead time…
  • American Cream Ale Recipe Changes

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    American Cream Ale is a favorite beer style of mine. Its the only American style I brew that competes with the English styles I brew most of the time. American Cream Ale is a great beer for the craft beer uninitiated. And for craft beer lovers, American Cream Ale is still a great everyday any occasion beer to drink. Because of its lighter flavor profile it still offers some challenge to brew well. Making it dry enough and clean enough is a good skill that can be applied to all your brews. Despite the simple grain bill you can still make some changes to the recipe and explore some different…
  • Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It’s the name of my new novel – Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest. Do you think it will sell? Probably not as well as The Joy of Homebrewing. The title of this post is more of a mashup of what I did with my harvest lager last week and this past weekend. In lager brewing, diacetyl rests are a way to get your yeast to clean up buttery flavors that can be present due to the production of diacetyl by the yeast earlier in the fermentation process. These rests are a period of time where the beer is allowed to warm up so the yeast can become more active. I didn’t detect any buttery…
  • Mr. Beer Kit

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Before you dive into this weeks video lets make one thing clear, brewing should be fun. In the end if you enjoy the beer you make, then you’ve won. Plain and simple. These Brew Dudes make no qualms about how people make their beer. Brew and let brew. That said, we take a fun somewhat tongue and cheek look at the infamous Mr. Beer Kit this week. As lovers of homebrewing we should all be good stewards and embrace the many ways people can get into this hobby. Role film! I got this kit because my brother in law didn’t want it. I think he got it through a christmas swap or something.
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Coaster Critique: Funky Bow Brewing – So Folkin’ Hoppy

    Chad Lothian
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Name: So Folkin’ Hoppy Brewed By: Funky Bow Brewing Company Style: IPA ABV: 6.5%   So Folkin’ Hoppy appears hazy in the glass with a shadowy amber color that glows red when held to the light and raises a short, pure white head. Nose is hop forward a mild pine aroma followed by a pleasant citrus fruit aroma, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple. I pick up some of the malt in the nose but very little, just a touch of toast in the background. I’m greeted with malty sweetness and toasted grains at the beginning of the sip followed immediately by grapefruit and pineapple and a fresh…
  • There’s something for every beer geek during Portland Beer Week

    Chad Lothian
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    I spent an hour looking over the events planned for Portland Beer Week, and it appears to me that they have teamed up with brewers from around the state to punch November straight in the face with craft beer. Portland Beer Week kicks off on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and runs through Friday, November 7, 2014. Each day is absolutely brimming with beer events around Portland. Special menu’s, bottle releases, bus tours, beer dinners, scavenger hunt, pairing events and of course the big question, will Bill Murray show up at Novare Res on Wednesday?. There’s something happening for every beer…
  • Geaghan Brothers Brewing beer dinner with Maine Girls Pint Out

    Chad Lothian
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    At my house I am not the only fan of craft beer, my lovely wife Jessica shares my love of beer. Jessica is the Maine chapter Chair of Girls Pint Out, a National organization whose goal is to empower and educate women in the ways of craft beer, because it’s not a boys club it’s a beverage. Usually it’s me who’s heading out during the week to tap takeovers and brewery visits and such, but Jessica has her events and I completely support her, so on her nights I stay home, cook dinner, give the boys baths and put them to bed so that she can be out doing her thing, I asked…
  • An eye opening visit to Sea Dog Brewing Bangor

    Chad Lothian
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    I realized recently while jotting down some notes for blog posts that I haven’t been in to the Sea Dog Brewpub in quite a while, about two years to be exact, not since I did a presentation for Social Media Breakfast Bangor. Admittedly Sea Dog isn’t a favorite of mine, and while the food at the restaurant is pretty good I just never eat there, so it was time to go in for a visit. I had emailed Head Brewer, Books Matthews and arranged to meet up, chat and tour through the brewery. When I arrived I found that the pub side of the establishment is way more focused on the restaurant than the…
  • Coaster Critique: Black Bear Long Pumpkin Stout

    Chad Lothian
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Name: Long Pumpkin Stout    Brewed By: Black Bear Brewery Style: Pumpkin Stout ABV: 7%   Long Pumpkin Stout is deep black in color, no light breaks through, carbonation appears to be light, head is thin and khaki colored. Picking up some chocolate, maybe caramel notes in the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable but not overly strong and there is a subtle earthiness in there as well. The initial sip is malt forward, I’m getting a little bit of chocolate and roasty notes followed by a toffee sweetness. Spices show up quickly, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger, about what…
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    Beer Infinity

  • 2014 Candidate Survey Results

    Beer Infinity
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Minnesota Beer Activists and Minnesota Distillers Guild have compiled House candidate positions on some key issues. 2014 Candidate Survey Results appeared first on Minnesota Beer Activists. Written by Andrew
  • Pints flow freely at 20th Richmond and Hounslow Camra beer fetstival

    Beer Infinity
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Richmond and Twickenham Times Pints flow freely at 20th Richmond and Hounslow Camra beer fetstival Richmond and Twickenham Times Nobody went thirsty in Twickenham last weekend, as the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) annual beer and cider festival rolled into town. More than 70 real ales and 20 ciders and perries were consumed at York H ...
  • Brouwerij Van Steenberge Vampire Pale Ale

    Beer Infinity
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Brouwerij Van Steenberge Vampire Pale Ale. Commercial description: “With its 7.0% alcohol by volume, Vampire Pale Ale is somewhat higher in alcohol content than regular ales, but it’s not overpowering like t ...
  • Halloween Party Beverages of choice

    Beer Infinity
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Greetings, Here's a list of all of the excellent beers I've reviewed that would be appropriate for a Fall/Halloween party. Halloween is my favorite holiday! I've got links below to my Halloween tunes as well so crack open a cold one and click "play" and enjoy this wonderful holiday! Be safe - have fun - drink responsibly! Here ...
  • Gurrie Middle School students team with Wild Monk brewpub

    Beer Infinity
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Gurrie Middle School students team with Wild Monk brewpub Suburban Life Publications Gurrie Middle School and La Grange brewpub Wild Monk joined together to teach a group of students how to successfully turn produce that was grown in the school's garden into tasty culinary delights. At the Oct. 21 cooking event at Wild Monk, 88.
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • This Saturday is Learn to Homebrew Day!

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This Saturday, November 1st, is National Learn-to-Homebrew Day! Find a Learn-to-Homebrew event near you! Established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage homebrewers to introduce their non-brewer friends and family to the most rewarding hobby, obsession and lifestyle since the beginning of time! Through beer making, demonstrations, tastings and other educational efforts, LTHD events around the world are spreading the joy of homebrewing far and wide, so don’t miss out! Our hometown of Toledo, Ohio is home to an annual Learn-to-Homebrew event. Hosted at local…
  • King of Ohio IPA — Northwest Ohio Winners

    Brew Review Crew
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Before I write anything else, I need to thank our readers for their votes and feedback.  Polls like this only work with a good voter turn out, and even though we might have (aka we definitely) made an error putting our blind taste test winner in the poll, we still got enough feedback to pick the three best IPA’s that the Northwestern part of the state has to offer.  If you haven’t read the details about this contest yet, please refer to our initial post and our NW Ohio poll for all the details you will need. Here are the winners: Brew Review Crew Blind Taste Test Winner:…
  • Sweetwater Is Coming to Ohio!

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
      “You know how your mom would buy you cleats that were two sizes too big, when you were a kid?  It didn’t make sense at the time, you were always tripping over your own feet, but eventually you grew into them.  Well our brewery is kind of the same way; we’re finally too big for our own feet and it allows us to expand into new places, like Ohio!”  – BJ, Columbus representative for Sweetwater Brewery. It’s an exciting time for Ohioans as Atlanta-based brewery Sweetwater brings its unique and distinctive flavor profile to the Buckeye state.  Ron and…
  • Beer School: Learn how to Homebrew!

    Brew Review Crew
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you live in Northwestern Ohio and you are a homebrewer, you probably know how hard it is to find a good homebrew store.  I got used to driving over an hour and a half to get to a good store before stumbling upon Titgemeiers in Toledo. Titgemeier’s is a combination garden store and homebrew shop — seemingly unrelated but amazingly connected.  Well, the guys at Titgemeier’s are now putting on an awesome event teaching YOU how to homebrew!   Here are the details you need to know: WHAT: Learn to homebrew class for both new and experienced homebrewers.  It is FREE to…
  • Almanac Beer Co – Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry Sour

    Brew Review Crew
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Beer Review – Stroker Ace

    Adam McIntosh
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack I picked up the new Short’s variety pack a couple days ago at my local grocery store, knowing that it would be worth it. Shorts, in their ever growing impressive list of IPA’s has one called the ‘Stroker Ace‘, before I had actually tried to beer, I assumed that it was going to be strong and hoppy, beefed up like a pure American muscle car. When I hear the word ‘Stroker’, they think of a car or a motorcyle roarin’ down…
  • Beer Review: Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream

    Katie Dixon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: I am a complete White Girl when it comes to pumpkin spice; candles, lattes, coffee beans, and (of course) beer!  I need it all! My issue with pumpkin beers is that they are usually wheat beers, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So when I saw Magic Hat’s pumpkin ale at the grocery store, I grabbed it like a little kid going for their first pieces of Halloween candy! The Beer: Upon my first sip of this beer…
  • SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules

    David Sommbeer
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules BEER RULE #1 – Don’t Add Fruit to Beer    Please don’t put oranges in my beer.  I do not like oranges in my beer,  I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere. This is forbidden at my house….. BEER RULE #2 – No Light Beer Beer is for flavor and fun.  If you want to lose weight don’t drink beer.  This same principle applies to non-alcoholic beer, don’t do it. BEER RULE #3 No Twisty…
  • Beer Review – Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

    David Sommbeer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale The word ‘Bastard’ is rarely associated with anything positive. You may stub your toe and exclaim the word. You may have been slighted at work and felt the need to utter the sound. In the case of Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, however, the exact opposite is true. This sud will help you associate the words ‘Dirty Bastard’ with nothing but pleasant thoughts of a cold, malty and flavorful brew. I first encountered Founders Scotch Ale inside of…
  • Beer Review: Ten Fidy

    John Fahrner
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Imperial, is there a word out there in the beer world that is more attractive?  There aren’t to many words that peak my interest more than the word Imperial, and following that word with stout, well 9 times out of 10 I’ll give that beer a try.  For some reason Ten Fidy is a beer that was on my wish list for the longest time and just kept getting put off as a brew to pick up and try.…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Expansion

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    First and foremost, on behalf of our family, we wanted to thank the NC Craft Beer Community for their support of our first hops season and making it such a success. We also wanted to let everyone to know that we have already begun our expansion for next year! Our expansion phase includes tripling the size of existing hop yard. We have also started construction on our barn that will be used next hop season for hop harvest and drying processing, which should help for rainy day harvests. And finally, we will be adding two more hop varieties, Chinook and Williamettes to our existing stock of…
  • Hops farming takes root

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Today we were fortunate enough to have the local newspaper, the Wilson Times, to publish an interview that they conducted last week. The story is focused on a few topics: Family – this is a family owned and operated farm and business. Meeting the need – providing a service of top quality hops for local microbreweries. Focus on local – providing the local home brewers in Wilson, NC an opportunity to get fresh hops. As the article talks about, this really is a family owned and operated business. Each person in the family has a specific role and responsibility.  Each family…
  • Sundown

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Here are a few photos of sundown tonight out at the Hops Farm. There aren’t many things more peaceful after restringing bines and watching the sun go down over the hops. Sundown[img src=]240[img src=]230[img src=]240[img src=]210[img…
  • Social Media

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm has ventured out into more social media outlets. So please follow us to learn about our next harvest and just stay up to date on the latest news and events around the farm. Twitter & Instagram     The post Social Media appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Harvest Day

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’m not sure what got me more excited this year? Christmas morning or our first Harvest Day? We would like to thank the Wilson Home Brewers Club for all of their help and hard work today.  This is going to be a long lasting friendship. To The Beer Store in Wilson, thank you for sending out an email to your list for us. For all the volunteers that made our first Harvest Day a success, we say THANK YOU!   The post Harvest Day appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Brewery (RE)Release: NW: Coming Soon Fort George Java the Hop. A Single Bean (Gichuna) Single Hop (Simcoe) Coffee IPA

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleaseSingle Bean + Single Hop = Java the Hop. That was the concept when Fort George Brewery and Coava Coffee Roasters collaborated on last winter’s seasonal.  The goal was to create an IPA with huge coffee aromatics, yet without the roastiness and dark color of your typical coffee beer.  And starting this week, Java the Hop is back – with a new coffee bean, a different hop, and the same signature 16-oz can with the burlap backround.Single Bean – GichunaFrom Kiambu East District, Kenya, the Gichuna coffee beans grow on a family farm that has been passed down for…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Full Sail 27 Wheatwine Ale

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleaseHood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company has released a special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” brewed with 100% Wheat Malt to celebrate their 27th anniversary.“As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million gallons of water a year and as a brewer there is nothing more sustainable than reducing our water use impact. Not only does it save lots of water but it also lets us brew some very tasty and unique beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full…
  • Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Two Beers celebrates their 7th Anniversary, November 8th, with a limited edition sou and Imperial Porter

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSEATTLE – On Saturday, November 8, Two Beers Brewing invites craft beer lovers everywhere to join them from 1-7pm at their SoDo tasting room to celebrate seven exhilarating years in business. Entering into its most exciting year yet, Two Beers Brewing Co. is celebrating with not only the release of two limited edition beers, but the signing of the lease on a brand new space, allowing the growing brewery to expand its production and tasting room size. “Every year, I’m both amazed and honored by the support we see from craft beer lovers all over the…
  • Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival announces contributing brewers

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, Ore. – Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, taking place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland. The popular event will feature 53 big, bold ales in the main festival, plus another two dozen rare, vintage and specialty beers that will be tapped at various times throughout the event — including a vintage draft J. W. Lees 2009 Harvest Ale barleywine to be tapped at the start of the event.This year’s participating breweries…
  • Event Reminder: OR: Portland: 10/31 Burnside Brewing's "Night of the Living Ales" & "Day of the Living Ales" are not to miss!

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleasePortland's premiere Halloween and Craft Beer extravaganza - Night of the Living Ales - comes together over two days this year kicking off with an adults-only fete on Halloween night October 31st and continuing with an all-ages friendly fall and pumpkin fest during the day November 1st. Night of the Living AlesFriday October 31st 6pm - Midnight 21+7th & E. Burnside, Portland, OregonAdvanced Tickets HereNight of the Living Ales on Halloween features the amazing acrobatics of the Wanderlust Circus and music from DJ Pippen as well as…
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    I Brew Beer and Cook Food

  • Drink: Syrah Wine Adventure

    Sean Duffy
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I received a text from my brother a little while ago that went something along the lines as, "Dude... I just bought a ton of grapes. The logistics of me doing this myself isn't going to work". I offered my services. We got the flight figured out and before I knew it, I was in Seattle. Next challenge, how do we get these grapes? We didn't have a truck. How do we get, A TON, of grapes? Finally, Joe squared away a vehicle. This...A 24 foot diesel box truck.Good thing touring and moving has prepared me for that. So next up, the 3 hour drive to Yakima Valley to get the grapes! It was an…
  • Beer: Hoppy Brown (Disaster) Ale

    Sean Duffy
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    A while ago I tried a beer by Banner Beer Company called "Run to Equinox". What is it? A hoppy brown ale. It was pretty good. It didn't blow me away, but it was pretty good. So what did I do? Go on the search for some more hoppy brown ales. The search was, well, not that successful. The only other that I found in the area was Smuttynose's "Durty" which is now called "Mud Season". So what does a homebrewer do if they cannot find the beer they want to drink? Find or formulate a recipe and brew it.After much research, everyone seemed to base their recipe off of Janet's Hoppy Brown Ale. Must be…
  • Beer: Northern Pale Ale

    Sean Duffy
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Last year my friends and I were at the brew store. I don't quite remember how it happened but Phil got a whiff of a specific hop called Northern Brewer and his face lit up like a little kid in a candy store. "We must brew a beer with this hop" he says. So, I came up with an extract recipe and we brewed, transferred, and bottled. It was a very drinkable pale ale that was almost an IPA. People that didn't like IPA's seemed to like it because of how light it was.I entered it into a competition and got some great feedback on it's flaws and weaknesses. Surprisingly it got a 27 out of a 50 which I…
  • Beer: Apple Pie Beer (Update)

    Sean Duffy
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Last night Kyle and I transferred the Apple Pie Ale. Let me tell you, the young beer tasted delightful. Last year when we brewed it we used McCormick Cinnamon Sticks which, well are pretty much fake and pumped with artificial flavors of cinnamon. This year we used real cinnamon and Tahitian vanilla beans. The gravity was exactly where I wanted it. Well, I mean after the unfortunate event of not having enough grain to get to a OG of 1.080 and instead hit 1.055. The gravity was about 1.011 which puts the beer at a 5.78% ABV.The equation used to get the ABV is simple:ABV = (og – fg) * 131.25
  • Food: Steak

    Sean Duffy
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Today will be a simple post. I love cooking steak. I mean, I look forward to it all day if I know I am cooking it later. A while back I stumbled upon this website. Go there. Research. It'll make you cook a better steak. All I can say is, salt. It heightens so many flavors. Cheers.
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