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  • Stone’s gluten-reduced Delicious IPA now available coast-to-coast

    Press Release
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Press Release:  (Escondido, CA) – Since 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has been obsessed with its mission of providing people access to high-quality, big-character craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it. With that goal in mind, the company is introducing Stone Delicious IPA, a citrusy ale dry-hopped exclusively with El Dorado hops. As if that wasn’t enough, the beer has also been crafted to reduce gluten. Starting today, Stone Delicious IPA will begin arriving in 12-ounce six-packs to retail accounts and on draft1 to restaurants…
  • What to Do in Denver

    NYT > Beer
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bagels, beignets, a history museum and a botanic garden are unexpected highlights in the mile-high city.
  • Left Hand Brewing Expands Distribution to New England
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    (LONGMONT, CO)– Left Hand Brewing Company is excited to announce expansion into New England, including Vermont, Connecticut, … The post Left Hand Brewing Expands Distribution to New England appeared first on
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Unhappy in the Snow

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    A 'Greeky' armless statue appears to be displeased with the snow. Rosslyn, Virginia. 7 January 2015. -----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. For more from YFGF: Follow on Twitter: @Cizauskas. Follow on Facebook: YoursForGoodFermentables. Follow on Flickr: Cizauskas.
  • Calculating Original Gravity for Beer Recipe Design

    BeerSmith Home Brewing
    Brad Smith and Friends
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Original Gravity is a key parameter for beer recipe design. The original gravity of a beer is a measure of the potential sugars, about 60-75% of which will be converted into alcohol during fermentation. So original gravity drives both the alcohol content and the residual body of the beer. This week we’ll cover how to estimate OG by hand, though in practice most people use brewing software to do the calculation more easily. What is Original Gravity? Original gravity is a measure of the sugars dissolved in the water in your unfermented wort. It is typically measured with a hydrometer or…
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  • Stone’s gluten-reduced Delicious IPA now available coast-to-coast

    Press Release
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Press Release:  (Escondido, CA) – Since 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has been obsessed with its mission of providing people access to high-quality, big-character craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it. With that goal in mind, the company is introducing Stone Delicious IPA, a citrusy ale dry-hopped exclusively with El Dorado hops. As if that wasn’t enough, the beer has also been crafted to reduce gluten. Starting today, Stone Delicious IPA will begin arriving in 12-ounce six-packs to retail accounts and on draft1 to restaurants…
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing releases three new beers to start off 2015

    Press Release
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Press Release:  (Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015: the intensely hop-heavy Hop Hunter IPA and the sessionable Nooner Pilsner. The brewery will also unveil its newest spring seasonal selection, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, for a total of three brand-new beers for craft drinkers to explore. Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvest—for the first time, drinkers can taste wet-hop character year-round. This pure, powerful hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the…
  • Craft Beer Kings to hold online January Cellar Sale on Sunday, January 18th

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, January 18th at 9am PST. More details and a list of beers below the dotted line. Won’t be at your computer or phone on Sunday? 1) You might want to browse the selection of beers already online. It’s impressive. 2) Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for daily new beer alerts.
  • Russian River’s new brewhouse construction commences soon

    Press Release
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    (Paso Robles, CA) – According to a new a blog post this week from Russian River Brewing, “We are still moving forward with the plans for Firestone (Walker) to brew Pliny the Elder for us during our construction in January/February.” Below is the original announcement from late September in case your missed it. As you may well know, the folks at Russian River Brewing Company struggle everyday to supply an ever-increasing demand for their very popular Double IPA, Pliny the Elder. In 2008, Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, Co-owners of the brewery, got a screaming deal on used…
  • Oskar Blues and Perrin Brewing release Cornlaboration Lager in Michigan

    Press Release
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Press Release:  (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Comstock Park, MI) – CORNLABORATION, a new collaboration lager born from the creative brewing mind-meld of Oskar Blues Brewery of Colorado and North Carolina and Perrin Brewing Company of Comstock Park, Michigan, has been released in Michigan. This heady combination of corn, Full Pint malt, German hops and Denmark lager yeast compels cornstalks to high-five in the field (5.8% ABV, 45 IBUs). The fresh fruit and citrus aroma of this quaffable lager culminates in a fresh bready flavor followed by a light-bodied corn finish. Rumor has…
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  • What to Do in Denver

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bagels, beignets, a history museum and a botanic garden are unexpected highlights in the mile-high city.
  • Woman Sets World Mark in Beer Mile

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Herndon, an assistant professor at Kent State, and Corey Gallagher, a mailman in Canada, won the top divisions of the inaugural beer mile world championships in Austin, Tex.
  • Cue the ‘Chariots of Fire’ Theme, With Burps

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    More than 150 runners will compete on Wednesday in Austin, Tex., in the beer mile world championships, which combine sprinting with chugging beers, one before each quarter-mile.
  • Budget Problems? Kentucky and Elsewhere Find Answer in Bottle

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The alcohol industry is booming in many states, fueled by a growing taste for whiskey and craft beer, and changes to regulations and tax policies.
  • Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
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  • Left Hand Brewing Expands Distribution to New England

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    (LONGMONT, CO)– Left Hand Brewing Company is excited to announce expansion into New England, including Vermont, Connecticut, … The post Left Hand Brewing Expands Distribution to New England appeared first on
  • Full Sail Brewing Adds Double Bock To Pub Series

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    (Hood River, Oregon) – Full Sail Brewing has just announced the release Double Bock in their rotating line of classic beers calle… The post Full Sail Brewing Adds Double Bock To Pub Series appeared first on
  • Lakewood Brewing’s Seduction Series Returns with Raspberry Temptress

    Jonny Fullpint
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Dallas, TX – This Valentine’s Day, Lakewood Brewing Company will seduce milk stout lovers all over DFW with their raspb… The post Lakewood Brewing’s Seduction Series Returns with Raspberry Temptress appeared first on
  • RIP Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, You Will Be Missed

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Sad news made it’s rounds this month, and was verified yesterday by Stone Brewing Co., that Sublimely Self-Righteous Black … The post RIP Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, You Will Be Missed appeared first on
  • Elysian Brewing Comments on Post-Acquisition Future

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    (Seattle,WA) – Elysian Brewing just released an unoffcial/official statement regarding their future post AB-InBev acqu… The post Elysian Brewing Comments on Post-Acquisition Future appeared first on
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  • Pic(k) of the Week: Unhappy in the Snow

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    A 'Greeky' armless statue appears to be displeased with the snow. Rosslyn, Virginia. 7 January 2015. -----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. For more from YFGF: Follow on Twitter: @Cizauskas. Follow on Facebook: YoursForGoodFermentables. Follow on Flickr: Cizauskas.
  • #VeggieDag Super Thursday

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and ecological issues. Forget 'deflate-gate.' Today is the day for VeggieDag Thursday's obligatory nod to Super Bowl snacking. In 2014, 112.2 million television viewers watched the championship game of the National Football League (despite it being a snoozer of a rout), and they ate while they watched the game. They ate a lot. In fact, only Thanksgiving exceeds Super Bowl Sunday in terms of total food consumption. During the 2013 Super Bowl, here is how much Americans snacked (as compiled by The Street). 1.23 billion…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area. The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels. The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It…
  • It's official! Virginia now has more than 100 breweries.

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Hot off the presses, well, keyboards, from our friends at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild: There now are more than one-hundred 'craft' breweries operating in the state of Virginia. Release Date: January 21, 2015 RICHMOND, VA –The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced today that the Commonwealth is now home to over 100 craft breweries. This important milestone was celebrated at the Guild’s annual meeting and Craft Beer Caucus legislative reception, attended by over 150 brewers and legislators from around the Commonwealth. “100 craft breweries is a huge milestone for Virginia,” said…
  • Is Cizauskas shilling for Boston Beer?

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    This is a photo of me pulling slurry from a fermenter. And, here, below, is a screenshot of a gentleman pulling a sample of beer from a barrel. It's a still from a currently running Sam Adams beer ad called "Be Original. Stay Independent. He looks remarkably like me. Am I now shilling for Boston Beer? Am I eligible for residuals? No! That is not I. Are we looking at a doppelganger? -----more-----There is no direct link to the commercial, but it can be seen on the Samuel Adams website. A friend in the business tells me that the gentlemen in the advertisement is one Jonathan Mastin, Senior…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Calculating Original Gravity for Beer Recipe Design

    Brad Smith and Friends
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Original Gravity is a key parameter for beer recipe design. The original gravity of a beer is a measure of the potential sugars, about 60-75% of which will be converted into alcohol during fermentation. So original gravity drives both the alcohol content and the residual body of the beer. This week we’ll cover how to estimate OG by hand, though in practice most people use brewing software to do the calculation more easily. What is Original Gravity? Original gravity is a measure of the sugars dissolved in the water in your unfermented wort. It is typically measured with a hydrometer or…
  • Trends in India Pale Ale (IPA) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #96

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs. India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend. 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 (49:45) Today my guest is Mitch Steele who is the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co, and also author of the book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale…
  • Should you use a Secondary for Beer Brewing?

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    About ten years ago a secondary fermentation in beer brewing was considered a “must do” by most top brewers. But in the last ten years, much has changed so this week we take a look at the eternal question “to Secondary or not?” Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Fermentation Beer fermentation starts in the primary fermenter. The purpose of primary fermentation is to capture the active phase of strongest fermentation, which usually lasts about 3 days. Many traditional references recommend moving your beer to a secondary after active fermentation has subsided – which…
  • Beer Brewing Secrets with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #95

    Brad Smith and Friends
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Michael Tonsmeire joins me to share some of his top pro beer brewing secrets. Michael provides 12 tips from the top brewers and shares his experience as an author and contributor to Modern Times brewery. 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 (53:36) Today my guest is Michael Tonsmeire, the author of the recent book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link), beer designer for the “Modern Times” craft brewery, and author of the “Mad Fermentationist”…
  • Conical Fermenter Advantages for Home Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Conical fermenters, once out of reach for home brewers, have recently become very popular as companies have started making conicals in small and affordable packages. Many home brew sized conicals have entered the market in the last few years in the sub-$200 price range. I have to say, I’ve been using primarily carboys for many years, but the conical does offer some advantages over a bucket or carboy. Professional Conical Fermenters Most modern professional fermentation vessels are cylindo-conical. They are typically cylindrical on the top, but have a conical shape on the bottom, and…
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  • Meet the Brewer: Jeff Goodno, Tributary Brewing Co., Kittery, ME

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The very much anticipated opening of Tributary Brewing Company, owned and operated by Todd Mott and his wife Galen, has been a huge success in a short period of time. Tributary opened its doors located at 10 Shapleigh Road in Kittery, Maine to the public on September 6, 2014. Todd Mott is of course a local brew hero, formerly of the Portsmouth Brewery and made a legend for his widely famed Russian Imperial Stout recipe formerly known as “Kate the Great”. So when Mott first announced that he had plans to open a brewery of his very own, beer geeks everywhere salivated in…
  • Ipswich Revival Saison Release & first Brewery Open House 2/4 (MA)

    event post
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Come celebrate the release of Ipswich Revival Saison on Saturday, February 14th from 1-4 at the brewery. In addition to getting a taste of the new beer, attendees can tour the entire facility for the first time ever! Tours will run every 20 minutes and be limited to 25 per group. Tour times are: 1pm, 1:20, 1:40, 2pm, 2:20, 2:40, 3pm, 3:30, 3:40, 4pm. To reserve a spot email us at with your full name, number of people in your party, and your preferred tour time. All ages welcome, Mercury Soda Pops will be available for underage attendees.
  • Pintley Good Beer Winter Passport – Boston 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Pintley and Burger Conquest are proud to present The Boston Winter Good Beer Passport! By purchasing a passport, you’ll get one full craft beer at every one of the 19 participating locations. You can use them any day, any time from January 15th through March 13th, 2015. So grab your friends, brave the cold, and go on an adventure through the world of Boston’s Craft Beer this winter! How it Works: Buy a ticket for the location where you would like to pick up your passport. Pick up your passport at the location you chose any day from January 15th through February 14th, 2015. Bring…
  • Winter Beach Party @ Gardner Ale House 1/22 (MA)

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    13 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Winter Breach Party 2015 We’re cranking up the head Friday, January 23, 9:30 PM Where: Gardner Ale House 74 Parker St. Gardner, MA 01440 Visit for more information About Gardner Ale House Gardner Ale House is the only brewpub & restaurant in Worcester County. It is a family style pub and restaurant featuring fresh, bistro style food in an upscale setting. The brewery offers several distinctive, house made brews and continues to develop new recipes. The restaurant distinguishes itself through the use of fresh, unfrozen and unprocessed products. Menu selections are…
  • Warm & Fuzzy @ Portsmouth Brewery 1/14 (NH)

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    10 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Fight the Polar Vortex – Portsmouth Brewery’s Warm and Fuzzy beer social! Head Brewer Matt Gallagher’s big beers and a sumptuous offering of Chef Jon Hebert’s favorite winter dishes will leave you with smiles and a sweater you can wear on the inside. This evening of richness will take place January 14, from 6pm-8pm in the subterranean Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. Space is limited, so you’ll want to book your spots, either in person at 56 Market Street, or through the e-store links below. Imperial Pint Club members can save $5 on their reservations by entering…
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  • Are The Oddest Things In Ontario The Solutions?

    Alan McLeod
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Update, Thursday: A rousing 17% of Ontarians want beer in grocery stores. Because we can't handle what Quebeckers, New Yorkers and those of Michigan can. We must suck. That's a video posted in the Toronto Star the other day summarizing where this Province sits in its own internal debate about the retailing of beer in Ontario.Its attached to a story titled "Time to take ownership of the Beer Store: Cohn" The Star is taking a lead in the discourse and doing an excellent job but as the video displays there are some weird aspects to this issue that might seem odd to those from beyond the borders.
  • "Grain Suffisamment Pour Faire De La Biere"

    Alan McLeod
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The footnote quoting a text from 10 August 1620 actually reads in full:Nous avon du grain suffisamment pour faire du pain and de la bièreThat statement was written by Denis Jamet, Récollet missionary at Quebec in New France. When I wrote the bit about New France in Ontario Beer a year ago, I only thought to state that beer "came to New France at the latest in the 1630’s with Jesuit priests who brewed as part of their daily duties." Hadn't thought of the Récollets. The Jesuits come along a little later and, by 1634, they have a full brewery was being planned but in Quebec the…
  • The Eight Years Reign of "Craft" Beer Ends

    Alan McLeod
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    As with many of the words and ideas hovering around good beer for the last decade, we all knew for a while that "craft" beer has been a bit of a loser. Yesterday on social media, two of the biggest voices in good beer publishing affirmed its relegation. Here is an article John Holl of All About Beer on the status of the word: As a media company, we rely on using words properly. One year ago this magazine took the first step in limiting the word craft in our coverage. Our feature articles no longer differentiate between craft brewers and not because we don’t have a solid definition. As…
  • Looking Out The Window Of A Pub

    Alan McLeod
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It's one of my favorite things to do, sitting looking out the window of a pub. This was last Monday afternoon. The Bow Bar in Edinburgh. I was just getting used to the time zone and would fly out the next day. Two guys standing at the bar in the small one room space were providing the background track to the seat with a view. Apparently, the Bow Bar is packed on weekends but who sits in bar staring out the window on weekends? It's something to do when your colleagues are at work. When you could be writing a report. Making plans. Paying bills.
  • Is It Even Possible To Be A Beer Expert?

    Alan McLeod
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Jeff wrote an article for All About Beer this week called "Why Beer Experts Matter". I commented by Twitter that it set out a "good argument by @Beervana but expertise is key, not the "experts" - personifying a body of knowledge just limits it." Discussion ensued. I meant it. Good. It was not snide code. It good - and good can be, you know, good. And it got me thinking about experts, expertise, professionalism, experience and interest... and interests while we are at it. And Lars asked for more detail. So, In this post, I am going to try to explain myself to myself, Jeff, Lars and to you if…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Where are we going to grow all the hops we need?

    Stan Hieronymus
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    A few post American Hop Convention thoughts, because I really should get back to research on the “not hops” book. – @LoftusRanches unleashed a spectacular seven-minute tweet storm yesterday that illustrates how quickly farmers in the Northwest have recognized a shift in hop demand and adjusted. This is not simple or risk free. Land, new trellis systems, getting plants in the ground is only the beginning. Adding picking, drying and processing capacity is expensive. We’re talking multiple millions of dollars, every year for the next several years. But, wait, isn’t…
  • Because the Internet never forgets, including craft beer

    Stan Hieronymus
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Remember this illustration? (You can visit it at the Wayback Machine.) It greeted visitors to the Association of Brewers website in the 1990s, at the time the parent of both the Institute for Brewing Studies and the American Homebrewers Association — and the organization that merged with the Brewers’ Association of America to create the Brewers Assocation. Yesterday evening, Andy Crouch posted a point of order about defining “craft brewer” and “craft beer.” @BrewboundFurn Not true. It once tried to define craft beer as well a decade or so ago. Quickly…
  • Hop stat of the day: Cascade vs. Saaz

    Stan Hieronymus
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    In 1982, 10 years after it was first released, farmers in the American Northwest planted Cascade hops on 6,111 acres. Twenty five years (2007) later they planted 1,303 acres. I don’t think trendspotters would have predicted that growers would harvest 11,601,500 pounds of Cascade from 6,519 acres in 2014. To put that in perspective, Czech Republic farmers harvested 11,346,280 pounds of Saaz hops in 2014. In 2005, farmers in the Northwest produced 2,378,000 pounds of Cascade and Czech farmers harvest 14,995,860 pounds of Saaz. So, a) Cascade production increased almost five fold since…
  • Hop contracts cover homebrewers, too

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Before I finish a more complete report from last week’s American Hop Convention and the Hop Growers of America annual statistical report one quick bit of calming news for homebrewers. You will be able to buy hops this year and next and the one after. Really. It appears there were some shockwaves when I reported the 2015 crop was basically sold out. Even though I wrote That does not mean homebrewers or new breweries or operating breweries that didn’t plan ahead won’t be able to buy hops. A decent chunk of the hops already spoken for are committed to homebrewers. For instance,…
  • A-B buys another craft brewery

    Stan Hieronymus
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 01.26.15 A Single Word: The Case for Beer. At the outset of 1997, in his regularly appearing column in All About Beer Fred Eckhardt asked the question, “What is ‘craft beer’?” It was a topic discussed often by brewers that seldom showed up in print. In fact, in the first of a lengthy two-part interview with Charlie Papazian and Michael Jackson about the past the future of beer included in the same issue as Eckhardt’s column and the words craft and beer never appeared in tandem. It was possible then and it is possible now to write about…
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  • The Month That Was: January 2015

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:47 am
    Coming back from Christmas full of vim and vigour and writing resolutions we managed a pretty decent number of posts this month. → We kicked off the year with our predictions for 2015. (On a related note, here’s Richard ‘Beercast’ Taylor’s list of breweries to watch in the next 12 months.) → Our contribution to the 95th beer blogging Session was an attempt to summon into being a readable but scholarly modern history of beer in continental Europe. → We gave some thought to what the embryonic buzz-phrase ‘beer architect’ might mean in practice. (Which…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 31/01/2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:46 pm
    It’s Saturday morning and time for our usual round-up of beer-related news and links from around the internet. → Are pubs closing because there are more Muslims in Britain? Patrick Worrall at Channel 4 News’s ‘Fact Check’ reckons, on balance, probably not: [A] rising Muslim population would only affect the national pub industry if it meant there were a lot more non-drinkers around, but it seems that there are more drinkers in Britain than there were 30 years ago. And economics, not demographics, appear to explain the ups and downs best. (Via @melissacole.) → The…
  • Excluded From the Party

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    ‘When I was up north recently, I spoke to another brewer who said that beer had split into two worlds and that there’s a party to which regional brewers are not invited.’ — Roger Ryman, Head Brewer, St Austell There aren’t many flashpoints in British brewing but the invisible, fuzzy line between traditional-family-regional brewers (TFRBs) and ‘craft beer’ is one. From the perspective of small brewers struggling to establish themselves, and that of their fans, when a 100+ year old brewery swings the weight of its distribution network and pub estate behind a new…
  • Rooster’s in Cans

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Yorkshire brewery Rooster’s, founded by Sean Franklin in the 1990s but now run by the Fozard brothers, has just started canning three of its beers. We’ve generally enjoyed Rooster’s beer on draught but have had mixed results with the bottled versions which we’ve put down to that scourge of the microbrewery — contract bottling. None of them have been bad, as such — just rather flaccid and stale tasting. The cans are packaged in-house, however, so we had high hopes that they might better capture the zing of the aromatic hops on which Rooster’s has…
  • What’s the History of Bar Snacks?

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    In our email newsletter (subscribe!) we asked if anyone had any questions they’d like us to look into with a view to a series of ‘notes and queries’ type posts of which this is the first. Q: I wanted to ask about bar snacks and how they’ve developed over time — what have bars served along with beers over the decades? –Kyle, Bolivia That’s a big question, Kyle, and the answer might fill a book, so we’ll limit ourselves to considering the kinds of nibbles that might have been eaten without cutlery, while standing at the bar. For obvious reasons,…
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  • None dare call It craft.

    Jack Curtin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    When John Holl left legitimate journalism and entered the strange world of beer writing a couple of years back, we all had to raise our games more than a bit. Yes, he’s that good and when he has something to say, it’s wise to listen. Holl is now the editor of All About Beer Magazine and the new issue (just in the mail, on newsstands this coming week, I’d guess) cover-features his editorial suggesting that we at least consider the abolition of the word “craft” as a beer descriptor to the degree that is practical and possible. There is a word that is used often in…
  • A-B’s craft acquisition strategy, per Beer Business Daily.

    Jack Curtin
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    This was Harry Schuhmacher’s evaluation in a special late addendum to yesterday’s issue of his daily newsletter: There are two common denominators underlying A-B’s strategic choice of craft brewers they purchase (and make no bones about it, there’s a strategy behind everything A-B does): 1. They are local or regional (i.e. not national), and 2. They have brewpubs and/or taprooms. The strategic rationale for the first criterion is obvious: They don’t want to have to fix (many) distributor footprint issues and they can roll out the brands nationally for quick…
  • The Age of Innocence is over.

    Jack Curtin
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co, it was announced today. This is an edited sentence from a story I’ve written for the upcoming issue of Ale Street News (out in early February) about what happened in 2014 and what that might portend for the future: Three well known and respected breweries—Founders, Blue Point and 10 Barrel—were bought out entirely or in part this past year… [and] Southern Tier, Sweetwater and Uinta all sold partial stakes in their businesses to private equity firms. We are entering the decade when a lot of the original craft brewery…
  • Would that I could get there.

    Jack Curtin
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    My last post (scroll down), which reprinted a “Best of” list I did a decade and a half ago and in which I named Yards Old Ale as my Beer of the Year, brought this response from the brewery’s Deputy of Art and Marketing Gina Marie Vasoli: Hope the new year is faring well for you so far. I saw your nostalgic post on Liquid Diet and wanted to let you know that Old Ale just so happens to be on cask at Kite & Key right now. Tom and Jon got together a couple months back to brew it for fun. Good timing for you! I can’t get there for several reasons, not least of which are…
  • Remember what I said back in 1999?

    Jack Curtin
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Yeah, me neither, but I when ran across this year’s end awards list from those ancient times, I figured it might be fun reading for those of you who kept visiting these environs over my nearly month-long silence. I’ll try not to let that happen again. I have resisted the urge to edit out any of the embarrassing parts of what follows (you’ll know them when you see them) and ask you to be as merciful as you can. HAPPY NEW YEAR! BREWER(S) OF THE YEAR/BREWERY OF YEAR: Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski/Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company. A repeat win for the pride of…
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    Pete Brown

  • Awards galore! Your chance for glory

    Pete Brown
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Whatever drink you make or market, here's your chance to shine.I seem to have found myself judging rather more awards schemes at one time than is good for a chap. Each one is fantastic, and the number and scale of them is testament to how healthy and vibrant our drinks scene is. Everything is kicking off right now, so see what takes your fancy below.Beer Marketing AwardsThis is one I helped set up. We launched last November to plug a gap - there are, rightly, many awards celebrating brewing, but none pointing the way in terms of good marketing. There's never been a better time to celebrate…
  • What's the difference between craft beer snobs and Kopparberg drinkers?

    Pete Brown
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Are we really chasing authenticity, flavour and story? Or just endless novelty?If you follow North American beer writers on social media (and if not, you should) you might have seen this piece from yesterday, in which formidable beer writer Andy Crouch writes a perfectly balanced profile of Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co, and craft beer's first billionaire.Jim, it seems, is pissed off. His brewery has become so big, the hip craft beer joints that arguably wouldn't be here without his vision will no longer stock his beers. His brand is no longer new, and the beers themselves, according to…
  • Why J D Wetherspoon's is fast becoming my favourite craft beer bar

    Pete Brown
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    In eight years of blogging and writing articles and columns about beer, I think everything I've written about JD Wetherspoon splits pretty evenly between "This is amazing" and "This is absolutely appalling."Wetherspoons is a mixed bag. Remarkably, nothing about it is simply OK - that mixed bag contains both the best and worst of British pubs. But recently, the balance for me is shifting. I'm becoming a 'Spoons denizen.Now is the time to make your jokes about being pissed by 10am and shouting randomly at strangers. Done that? Good, let's carry on.It started in the summer, when 'Spoons started…
  • Some reflections on PubCo reform

    Pete Brown
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This most difficult and complex issue in the pub industry probably hasn't got any easier after a landmark victory in parliament yesterday for anti-PubCo campaigners. But whatever your views, no one except the campaigners has come out of this looking good.I've not written much about the long-running battle between the biggest pub companies in Britain (pubcos) and the publicans who feel ripped off and/or abused by them. I've taken no joy whatsoever in writing about it when I have. It's the most emotive, bitter and unpleasant issue I've come across in my time as a beer writer, and beer writing…
  • Please vote for me in the UK Blog Awards

    Pete Brown
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    Look, I don't like to ask, really I don't. It's demeaning. But if I didn't ask, you wouldn't know about it, so I have to.There's a thing called the UK Blog Awards. I decided to enter it this year for the first time. I've been blogging about beer and pubs, and more lately cider, since 2006, which makes me the second or third oldest beer blog in the UK. Over that time I've completed the transition from freelance adman and part-time writer to full-time writer. I now write for a variety of publications, but this blog remains the place for me to air thoughts and musings that don't quite fit…
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  • Elysian Brewing latest A-B acquisition

    Real Beer
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Anheuser-Busch announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Wash., the third craft brewery (as defined by the Brewers Association) the brewing giant has acquired inside of 12 months. “For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” Elysian CEO Joe Bisacca said for a press release. He and his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler, will continue with the brewery. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With…
  • Lagunitas dropping suit against Sierra Nevada

    Real Beer
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    A dispute between Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. that flashed in the public arena on Tuesday basically ended later in the day. Posting on Twitter, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee wrote, “Today was in the hands of the ultimate court; The Court of Public Opinion and in it I got an answer to my Question; Our IPA’s TM has limits.” On Monday, the California brewery took Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to court, claiming the brewery’s logo on its new Hop Hunter IPA violated Lagunitas’ trademark. As part of the lawsuit, Lagunitas was seeking a temporary…
  • Lagunitas claims Sierra Nevada infringes on trademark

    Real Beer
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sued rival Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., according to the Press Democrat, alleging the Chico-based brewer has engaged in trademark infringement on its new Hop Hunter IPA label. Sierra Nevada is the second-largest craft brewer in the United Sates, while Lagunitas is No. 5. Lagunitas owner Tony Magee argues Sierra Nevada’s design on Hop Hunter uses all capital, large, bold and black “IPA” lettering that is similar design to his label. The suit was filed Monday in the federal district of northern California. Lagunitas alleges that the Hop Hunter “IPA”…
  • Another American brewery expands into Germany

    Real Beer
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    St. Louis-based Urban Chestnut Brewing’s plans for brewing in Germany do not quite match the scale of what Stone Brewing has announced in Berlin, but UCBC co-founder Florian Kuplent admits they are nonetheless rather ambitious. “I’m thinking we might be a little crazy opening our third brewery in (less than) five years,” he said for a press release, but the opportunity to purchase a recently closed brewery in Wolnzach, Germany, was too good to pass on. UCBC has acquired Bürgerbräu Wolnzach in Wolnzach, which is located about 50 kilometers north of Munich…
  • Homebrewers Association gives Obama lifetime membership

    Real Beer
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The American Homebrewers Association has given special lifetime gift memberships to President Obama and outgoing White House chef Sam Kass. The president made history when he purchased a homebrewing kit and — along with Kass — headed the effort to brew White House Honey Ale, the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House. “Homebrewing is a model example of a bipartisan, pro-community and pro-business activity that all kinds of people can be passionate about and enjoy. President Obama and chef Kass are among the nation’s 1.2 million homebrewers, which include both…
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    Seen Through a Glass

  • Tasting Whiskey: back in the saddle

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The Tasting Whiskey book tour has started again! I did an Irish whiskey tasting in Westport, Conn., at the Luxe Wine Bar on Sunday 1/25 -- that's right, an Irish whiskey tasting on Burns Day, I live for the iconoclastic. Let me tell you, folks: I realized right there that I let you down by not doing more publicity, because the place, the whiskeys (great selection of six!), the cocktails, the beer, the people...first-rate. If you're ever in Westport, be sure to stop in.That's why I'm here now: to let you know about the great places I'm going to be coming up! Here we go, starting…
  • Tasting Whiskey: the Christmas Rush!

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    If you don't have your copy of Tasting Whiskey, probably "the only whiskey book you need" (Bourbon, Straight author Chuck Cowdery*), or if you have one and you want to get one as a holiday gift for someone else, well, you can go to Amazon, or, or IndieBound and get one!If you want a signed copy, and a chance to ask me the whiskey question that's driving you nuts...I've got a busy two weeks ahead of me, so if you are near Baltimore, Philly, Lancaster (PA), Bethlehem (PA), or NYC, you may be in luck. Here's the schedule!Thursday Dec. 11 -- Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ, 6:30-8:30 PM.
  • If you're looking for Tasting Whiskey...

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Hi!If you're looking for information about my new book, Tasting Whiskey, it's not here, except for some event schedules. I've mostly shut this blog down for now. Please find information about the book, the book tour, and anything else related to the book at the Facebook page.You can also check my Twitter feed @LewBrysonIf you want to set up an event, or if you want to do an interview, you can contact me at lew dot bryson at gmail dot comThanks!
  • Yelp Crusade: you're Funny!

    6 Dec 2013 | 11:08 am
    I make no excuses: I use Yelp. I don't use it as a noob, I have developed Yelp-reading skills -- Yelp Fu, to use the parlance -- and do pretty well with it as a guide. It works best if there are at least twelve reviews to look at, and usually what I do is go to the lowest reviews. Check them for commonality, check them for obvious bias, check them for the kind of idiocy we're here to talk about (see below), and then weigh that against the good reviews. If there are a lot of low reviews, that's not good...unless the place is exactly what you're looking for. Not everyone's looking for the same…
  • Prohibition: deader than the Dinosaurs? Not quite...but we're working on it

    3 Dec 2013 | 11:14 am
    Let me just blow the cobwebs off, and...Hey! I am still alive after all. Most blogs don't come back after three months dead time, but this is not most blogs! And while it's "just" an infographic, this is more important than most infographics, because it's packed with real facts, not guesses and BS. It came from my friends at DISCUS, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.This is about REPEAL! When Prohibition was smacked back into a deep dark Cave O' Shame for all the lies it told, damage it caused, and joy it prevented...and it's never come back out, because Prohibition just doesn't work.
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Norwich, barley and malt

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    I told you I’ve been busy. So busy I’d neglected to report a fascinating trip to East Anglia a couple of weeks back.I’d been invited by some of the folks from Goose Island to tag along on a visit to a barley breeder and a maltster. I was dead excited because of the type of barley to be discussed: Chevallier.The most exciting news (well, beer-related news) I heard last year was of the revival of Chevallier barley. At last, there was a chance  to fix something that had been troubling me for a while.I’ve noticed that, the more I’ve got into historic brewing and recreating historic…
  • German brewing in the 1970’s – low-alcohol beer

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Here’s another test of your patience – a look at low-alcohol beer. Always a favourite among drinkers.The first sentence is certainly true:“Although in West Germany there is a trend to produce beers with lower original gravity, it is not expected that hop consumption will decrease. This trend has been caused by the new laws requiring a lower blood alcohol concentration but it has also been recognized that people will consume higher quantities of liquids to gain a particular blood alcohol concentration. It has been seen that in Great Britain people accept beers with original gravities as…
  • American brewing in the 1930’s – tax and costs

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    You’re in for a real number fest today. The original text has several tables to which I’ve added a few more of my own. There aren’t going to be a great number or words. Personally, I think words are greatly overrated. We’ll start with tax.“The Internal Revenue receipts for malt liquor taxes for the calendar year 1935 were as follows:— Dollars. £ Sterling. Licence fees paid to the Government by brewers, wholesale and retail dealers 4,412,701.84 900,551 Tax paid by brewers to U.S. Government 226,119,065.81 44,105,932 230,531,767.65 45,006,483 Journal of the Institute of Brewing,…
  • Adnams beers in 1878 – 1879

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    I told you there would be lots more Adnams stuff. Barely scratched the surface so far.I realise that I’m doing this rather illogically. Chronologically would have been a better idea. Must remember to do that from here on in.Adnams have only two logs from the 19th century, 1878-9 and 1890. The earlier one, which we’ll be looking at today, seems to have been the personal brewing book of E.U. Adnams, the company founder. At least he’s written his name at the start of the book. See:E.U., or Ernest Adnams was one of the two brothers who bought the Sole Bay Brewery in 1872. Meaning this is…
  • Unexpurgated in Hoofddorp

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    I've been so busy I almost forgot I'd a speaking engagement this weekend. And a special one, too.Because it's the full Monty. The first time I've given the long version of Brewing up the Past. The wimps at the NHC insisted on no more than 45 minutes. I had to chop out lots of the best stuff.But not on Friday. The handcuffs have been unlocked and I'll be waving my arms around for a full 90 minutes of unexpurgated historic brewing fun. Courtesy of homebrewing club 't Wort Wat, who were kind enough to invite me and not set a time limit. They'll live to regret that.Come along. It may well be a…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The post, Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve had a few Coronado brews throughout the years. Aside from their Cigar City collaboration, Jaruta, they have all been in the lighter colored, hoppier realms. So, when I saw a couple of bottles of their Stupid Stout on the shelves last December, I just had to pick them up — mostly to see if […] The post, Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Schlafly Coffee Stout

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    The post, Schlafly Coffee Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Few things in the beer world go together as well as a good stout and coffee. I hadn’t encountered Schlafly’s Coffee Stout in the past, but after enjoying it this past December, it’s made more than a few appearances in my beer fridge. This 5.7% ABV and 30 IBU stout leans heavily on roasted malt […] The post, Schlafly Coffee Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    The post, Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve reviewed a few products from Lancaster Brewing over the years, but none of their products particularly struck me in the way that many others have — they were also met with a “meh” reaction. The company’s 8.9% ABV Winter Warmer on the other hand is a bit more memorable. This big, malty brew is […] The post, Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Lost Coast Winterbraun

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    The post, Lost Coast Winterbraun, first appeared on The Barley Blog. You don’t see too many Lost Coast products on Virginia shelves all that often. In fact, I believe the last time I came across any of the California brewery’s work, it was back in 2011 with their 8 Ball Stout. Over three years later, I came across a bottle of their cold weather seasonal, Winterbraun. […] The post, Lost Coast Winterbraun, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    The post, Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Gulden Draak is a beer that I have had a love/hate relationship with throughout the years — I love the way it tastes, but hate how I feel the next morning. So it was with equal measure of excitement and trepidation that I opened this promotional sample of Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve last week. Originally […] The post, Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Up Andorra

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:56 am
    Drinking in a micronation: is there any sweeter feeling? My New Year trip to Barcelona incorporated a day in Andorra, a grey little country perched high in the Pyrenees, three hours by bus from the Catalan capital. This particular Shangri-La charges no duty or VAT on anything so tends to be thronged by the neighbours filling up on cheap booze and fags. It's weird going to a place which is plainly designed with the wealthy in mind, but where the prices of things are comically low. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Liechtenstein.There is but one brewery in the country, and one specialist craft beer…
  • Visiting dignitaries

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    The same smallish set of foreign breweries tended to show up on the blackboards of Barcelona's craft beer bars when I visited, though all obviously chosen for their geek-drawing power. The Brits seem to be doing particularly well out of the inbound keg trade. Take BierCaB, for instance. The high-tech, high-concept, high-stool, eye of the Barcelona craft beer storm counted Siren and Weird Beard among its tap offerings when I was there.From the former: Soundwave, a New-World IPA at a modest 5.6% ABV. Kiwi-style grassy herbs and fleshy peach feature in the aroma, and while the flavour kicks off…
  • Beercelona

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    My most recent New Year jaunt was to Barcelona: the hub, I'm told, of Spain's expanding craft beer movement. And while that may be true, interesting beers are fairly tightly contained within a small number of specialist outlets, though new ones are opening all the time.Black Lab, for instance, still smelled of paint and sawdust, having welcomed customers for the first time a few days before Christmas. It's situated in the handsome old harbourside building which also houses the Catalonian Historical Museum. In due course there will be a brewery here and the interior layout allows for prominent…
  • Two portraits of hops

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Another rattle of the Brown Paper Bag last month yielded two new beers from the Dublin-based gypsy brewing collective, both created at Gadd's Ramsgate Brewery in Kent.On a Thursday evening in early December I trekked up to The Back Page on Phibsborough Road -- no hardship really; it's a lovely pub and worth going out of one's way for. Lupe Garou, for such is the new beer's name, is available kegged only, and Baggers Colin and Brian were present to launch it. This is a 100% wet-hop ale, made with lots of freshly-harvested East Kent Goldings on a base of nothing but classic English malt Maris…
  • That's refreshing

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    At last! A white IPA that's comfortable with its true nature. While the civil war rumbles on over black IPA with neither the hoppy porter faction nor the IPA purists gaining ground, white IPA is simply hoppy witbier. No question. End of. That Sierra Nevada have decided to call theirs Snow Wit is to cut any stylistic controversy off before it starts.It's even closer in ABV to witbier than most of the white IPAs I've met, at just 5.7%. The colour is a very pale yellow, worryingly like the cheaper, less well-made Belgian wits. The aroma is gentle but wonderfully complex, pushing out peach…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • There's this little trip to Belgium next week

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in February 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Love is in the air this second month of 2015. February begins with a big football game, groundhog day, hits the middle of the month with the firkinteenth and Valentine's Day, and rounds out the month with a few festivals. Not too shabby for a 28-day month. While not really qualifying as an event, I still feel inclined to share with you that I'll be helping make a beer in Belgium the first week
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 22 - January 31

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    As January comes to a close, football takes a break before the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. There's the Wing Bowl. Wonder if any interesting beer is served there? As you review 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
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 15 - January 21

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Cold days. Cold nights. Hot beer events. Get 'em here. As you review 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 Philadelphia region. Cape May, NJ Thu. 1/15; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Tap Takeover at
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 8 - January 14

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Lots of football and college hoops in January worthy of a few good beers. Not into sports, that's fine. These beer events help the beer stand on their own. Stay warm and enjoy! As you review 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
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Strange Land Brewery Focuses on Less Common Beer Styles

    Jeff Holt
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Adam Blumenshein and Tim Klatt founders of Strange Land Brewery won't be brewing an IPA anytime soon. The duo prefers to making less common beers, like altbier, braggot, and a .75% ABV probiotic beer called Tibicos (intended to be mixed with liquors). The brewery opened in West Lake in the last part of 2014. Recently, they purchased Texas Sake Company, and will soon be making sake. Currently, Strange Land beers are only available on draught.
  • “Beer Talk” at Pedernales Brewing Company - February 21

    Jeff Holt
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    The brewers at PBC will host a discussion with home brewers or others interested in beer.  There is no charge for the event and if you like talking about beer with a beer in your hand, you will be able to purchase pints from the adjacent tasting room. 1 pm at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail on S. US Hwy 87. (Look for the big beer bottle.) Call (830) 998-7486 for details.
  • Beer Glass Guide Infographic

    Jeff Holt
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Source: Hangover Cures Here's a link to a hi res version.
  • Handle This Cup

    Jeff Holt
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    You know I love beer gadgets. I recently received an request from Ron Redfern to mention his new product, Handle This Cup. There's nothing better than kicking back with friends at a sporting event with an ice cold brew!  Carrying around flimsy plastic cups that easily spill and turn your "cold one" into a warm mess ... not so much!  That's why we invented Handle This Cup.  Handle This Cup is an innovative sleeve and handle carrying system designed to take all the stress and party killing hassle out of carrying your beer in plastic cups.  Made of lightweight, high impact…
  • AB InBev Offers Kirin Refunds

    Jeff Holt
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you purchased Kirin Beer between October 25, 2009 and December 17, 2014 thinking you were buying imported beer, you could be eligible for a refund of up to $50 with a receipt or $12 without a receipt. Sign up here. I'm sure that I have purchased some in the last five years, but I don't save receipts. It sounds like a lot of work for $12.
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  • Two traditional breweries: a photo-essay

    Martyn Cornell
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Compared to, say, Roger Putman, recently retired editor of Brewer & Distiller International magazine, who has visited more than 170 different breweries in his career, I’ve really not been to that many: fewer than 60, across four decades, albeit in six different countries. Pfff. Amateur status. But inexplicably, in 2014 I was welcomed into seven different brewhouses, of all sizes, that I had never been to before, from the massive new set-up at Guinness in Ireland to Twickenham Fine Ales’ current base, which may be bigger than its first home, but still produces less in a year…
  • Notes on a Fuggle: More light on the early history of a great hop

    Martyn Cornell
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Leave a question up on the web long enough, and I reckon you’ll eventually get some sort of satisfactory answer. More than five and a half years ago I pointed out that, thanks to the researches of Kim Cook, we actually knew a great deal less about the history of the Fuggles hop than we thought we did. The “official” history of what is one of England’s two greatest hop varieties says that “The original plant was a casual seedling which appeared in the flower garden of Mr George Stace of Horsmonden, Kent, and was first noticed in 1861 … the seed from which the…
  • I have found a beer women will like – and, ironically, it’s pink

    Martyn Cornell
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    Oh, irony. It’s only a very short time since I mocked Nick Fell, marketing director at SABMiller, for sharing with us, in a presentation about getting more women to drink beer, the “duh, really?” statement that “no one wants a pink beer, including ladies.” But now I have discovered a beer I’m sure very many women will like – and it’s pink. Not that they’ll like it because of its colour, of course: they’ll like it because it’s a very fine beer, with great depth and complexity of flavour, a beautiful deep bassoon-like bitterness (in…
  • Young’s pubs sell a million pints of craft beer in six months

    Martyn Cornell
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    Craft beer taps at the Narrow Boat in Islington, a Young’s pub One fascinating statistic popped up when I was talking to Stephen Goodyear, chief executive of Young’s, this week for the day job: Young’s pubs sold a million pints of craft beer in the six months to September 29 this year. That’s “craft beer” defined as “kegged beers made by small brewers”, in Young’s case, pretty much Meantime and Camden Brewery. To save you working it out, across Young’s 240 or so pubs, that’s equal to not quite two 50-litre kegs a week per pub…
  • Place-based beer, a world-wide local movement

    Martyn Cornell
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    I gave a presentation in Denmark to a conference called to discuss “Ny Nordisk Øl” – “New Nordic Beer” – on “Beer and terroir from an international perspective” on Friday November 7. This, slightly tweaked, expanded in a couple of places and cut in a couple more, is that presentation. The brewers of Denmark, Sweden and Norway are already enthusiastically making beers that reflect the place they are made, using local ingredients: you can read about some of those beers here. But what the Ny Nordisk Øl movement is doing is just part, albeit a tremendous…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1452: That Woman Is Real Competition

    Jay Brooks
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Saturday’s ad is yet another one for Budweiser, from 1956. “That Woman Is Real Competition.” DOn’t worry, she’s not being catty, the woman whispering in the ear of her friends qualifies her statement. “As a hostess, I mean.” Not only does she have... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 4071160A: Insulated Beer Keg Container

    Jay Brooks
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Today in 1978, US Patent 4071160 A was issued, an invention of Carl J. Vick, assigned to Keg-Tainer, Inc., for his “Insulated Beer Keg Container.” Here’s the Abstract: A container adapted to receive a beer keg includes a cup-like top section fitting telescopically into the upper... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 4801462A: Copper Heat Exchange Tubes

    Jay Brooks
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today in 1989, US Patent 4801462 A was issued, an invention of Arthur Tonna, assigned to The Stroh Brewery Company, for his “Copper Heat Exchange Tubes.” Here’s the Abstract: Wort, heated to boiling in a brew kettle, is continuously withdrawn from the brew kettle and passed... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1451: It’s The Little Things That Make Life Friendly

    Jay Brooks
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Friday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, from 1941. So if you thought Budweiser advertising with a puppy was a recent phenomenon, your were wrong, as demonstrated by this World War 2-era ad. And not just one, but five adorable puppies. The ads end with this gem. “And there’s... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3713839A: Fermentation Process

    Jay Brooks
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Today in 1973, US Patent 3713839 A was issued, an invention of Cavit Akin, Jacques J. Delente, Erik Krabbe, and Elmer Lueckerath, for their “Fermentation Process.” Here’s the Abstract: The process of handling fermenting medium such that the carbon dioxide released during... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • #MNCleanPint 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen, fire up your beer glasses and your smartphones and get your hashtags ready! February 1st us upon us and that means you’ll see #MNCleanPint tagged across the social media spectrum. And what, you ask, is all the fuss about? #MNCleanPint celebrates “beer clean” glassware. Beer clean glassware is free from contaminants, residue ...
  • 612 Brew Has Nice Cans (And I Have Dumb Puns)

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So have you heard the one about the brewery who named their beer “Rated R” (for rye), only to find that the MPAA wasn’t crazy about it and filed a cease and desist? Indeed (no, not them) it’s true for 612 Brew. That, however, isn’t what this piece is about. No siree. Instead, let’s talk ...
  • Summit Hopvale Organic Ale

    Queen of Beers
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Mark your calendars for April… today Summit announced a new year-round certified organic ale, Hopvale Organic Ale. They’re referring to it as a hoppy sessionable ale (4.7% abv) breed with organic malts, hops and lemon peel. They have my attention! According to Summit, this will be their first year-round beer available exclusively in four-pack 16 ...
  • Day Block Brewing 1 Year Anniversary Starts Today

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Day Block Brewing Co. is turning 1 and they’re not f#%&ing around! They’ve planned five days of festivities with beer releases, prizes, music, bacon flights, pickle flights, Hot Scotchies and more. Beer releases: Coffee Porter, Black IPA, Imperial Stouts and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Rye, Mocha Stout American Oak Aged Imperial Stout, French Oak Aged ...
  • Leech Lake Brewing is Closing

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Sad news from the Walker, Minnesota area. According to their Facebook page, Leech Lake Brewing Company wasn’t able to get the investors needed to expand the brewery, so they’ve decided to liquidate. As you’ve no-doubt assumed, the $1000 limitless growler offer didn’t meet with enough… exuberance… to be adopted. So, LLBC’s assets are being liquidated, ...
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  • Happy 18th Birthday Baroona – by Alan Knight

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    (the following has been reproduce here with permission of the author/brewer Alan Knight. Congratulations to Alan and Waiheke Island Brewery for 18 years) Baroona on tap – Waiheke Island Brewery Auckland Anniversary Weekend and the City of Sails is celebrating its 175th year. But over here on Waiheke Island there’s another interesting birthday being marked. For it was eighteen years ago today that the first two kegs of Baroona Beer rolled out of the new brewery for the public to try. I’d spent three months with brewery owners John Wallace and Bill Lyttle getting the barn…
  • Yeastie Boys release share offer details

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    [PRESS RELEASE] Ground breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – have released details of their highly anticipated share offer. From 6pm on Wednesday 28th January, friends and fans of Yeastie Boys’ award-winning ales will be able to buy a piece of the brewing company via an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Yeastie Boys are seeking to raise up to $500,000 to achieve the targets outlaid in their three year strategic plan (this capital represents 12.5% of the company). The capital raised will be used to replicate Yeastie Boys current New Zealand business model in Britain.
  • On This Day In 2011 – NZ Craft Beer TV

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    On this day in 2011, Luke Nicholas and Kelly Ryan arrived in Christchurch to start a road trip that would change the way the world would look at craft beer in New Zealand. NZ Craft Beer TV starts here… The post On This Day In 2011 – NZ Craft Beer TV appeared first on Luke's Beer.
  • Rate My Craft Beer Bar

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    After some reflection of last weeks heavy hitting articles, I have done some thinking and come up with a new idea.  Firstly you should read the following articles to get the background on why and how things have changed. Wasted by Andy Crouch How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch (and his beloved Sam Adams). “Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager…
  • Broken Beer Advent Calendar

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I have been asked to not only remove Day 22 of the Beers of Auckland, Advent Calendar, but also the tweets relating to it, as well as a video. Booo. The post Broken Beer Advent Calendar appeared first on Luke's Beer.
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Two Winners to TWCP/Side Project Merci Release Party

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I was actually all prepared to give away the two passes to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Brewing Merci release party taking place this Friday, January 30th right at 9AM.  But then like a dog seeing a squirrel, I got distracted. I’m pleased to announce that the twp winners for the tickets to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Release are Michael Conlon-Zimmerman and Rusty Baum! Congrats to Michael and Rusty and thanks everyone for entering this very popular contest. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I have some cool stuff to give away soon. I once again…
  • 01/28/2015 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover…
  • Barrel-Aged Blessings at The Royale this Thursday, January 29th

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    I don’t know if I can describe this event at The Royale better than the folks at the Royale, so I’ll let them do the heavy lifting on this one: It has become a commonplace for beer lovers to remark upon the embarrassment of riches we enjoy here in St. Louis. We have more breweries than most of us can count, and several of them are even world class – which is really saying something in 2015. We’ve seen everything from session beers packed with flavor to genre-breaking innovations, and several breweries have even invested in barrel-aging programs to great success. Seeing…
  • Contest: Two Tickets to TWCP/Side Project Merci Release Party

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    As the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club.  Last year TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has help to give their regulars some really special beers. Being a forward thinking retailer, TWCP got on the Side Project Brewing bandwagon early and got Cory and Karen King a couple of barrels to age some beer in.  The first of these releases, Merci, is finally…
  • It’s a Cellerbration at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Yes, that pun is bad. You can blame Tom Behnen from Llywelyn’s Pub for using that in his subject line in the epic email he sent me. You see, Tom is a bit of a hoarder. But he’s not going to be on some crap reality TV show or get an intervention. Instead you’ll probably want to hoist him onto your shoulders and thank him for his hoarding ways. For you see, on January 31st, beginning at 11AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster will Open the Cellar Door for an epic day of beer. While the list I’ll be providing below will be epic, the star attraction could be the 1PM tapping of…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Uerige

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    If you really want to get on the smash, a drinking culture where beer is consumed in measures of around a third of a pint doesn't really work. And so when Dennis and Boon McGowan are in Uerige in Düsseldorf, they just snatch the whole tray of beers and crack on. You can watch the scene here. I visited Uerige myself on Wednesday for the first time. For me, it had less to do with beer, and more to
  • BEER Magazine

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    In the last 72 hours I've visited Brussels, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Dortmund for the first time. Naturally I drank beer in them all. In the next few days I'll write blog posts about the best three places we visited: Uerige and Kürzer in Düsseldorf and Wenkers in Dortmund. Right now my head's banging (and not just because of the booze - I walked into a glass door at the hotel last night). For
  • Northumbrian Ale Week at the Finborough

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Finborough been very busy this weekend so no blog, soz. The winter ale fest was a success - our busiest weekend so far. To keep the momentum going, this week we showcase beers from my favourite North Eastern breweries: Cullercoats, Anarchy and Mordue. A dozen different beers, with eight on handpump at a time (prefer not to serve beer straight from the cask on stillage - it's never quite as good).
  • "Diverse and inviting, The Finborough Arms is almost magical"

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    There's a lovely review of my new pub the Finborough Arms in the Telegraph today. Adrian Tierney-Jones is the author. Have a read of it here online. The Finborough's Winter Ale Fest starts today (Friday 23rd Jan) at 5pm and runs through to the end of Sunday. All the beers are served from our cellar via our eight handpumps and six keg taps, with changes throughout the weekend as the first beers
  • Throwback Thursday #9: indecency

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Every Thursday I dig up some old posts from the archives of the blog's first life (2007-2009). I've had complaints from two pals (Jack Attack and Mothmun) that there's been no Throwback Thursday today, so I'm phoning this one in. I can't think of a decent theme so instead let's go for indecency. How not to do a beer tasting: in October 2007 I committed a sin that will offend beer geeks
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Monday Night expands like sweatpants

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
      We now have four new 120bbl fermenters (and one 120 bbl brite tank) taking up space in our brewery. These shiny new toys will allow us to add more than 5,000 barrels of annual capacity. What does this mean for you?  It means you need to start drinking more Monday Night. Immediately. The new tanks are the ones without any plumbing to them in the picture below, so realistically you have about 2 weeks before you need to ramp up your beer consumption. Better buy some sweatpants. The post Monday Night expands like sweatpants appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Monday Night Brewing turns 3. Bryan Adams rejoices.

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Monday Night Brewing is officially a whiny toddler, thanks to your support. We turned 3 this August and threw a great party to celebrate it – Aptly named Tie Three On. If you weren’t able to join, here’s what you missed: Tie Three On – a 5% rye saison with Nelson Sauvin hops Craft beer cocktails by Atlanta mixologists Arianne Fielder and Alex Sher (with the ever-delicious Clyde May Whiskey) The opportunity to play on a $4500 ping pong table provided by Venture Shuffleboard The Howling Tongues and Paving Gravy on the strings and drums A pig roast and low country boil from Bone…
  • Hiring a full-time Cellar Person

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We are hiring a full-time Cellar Person. Click here to view the job description and apply. The post Hiring a full-time Cellar Person appeared first on 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.
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today is the Feast Day of St. Brigid of Ireland, one of our family's favorite Saints. Her legendary association with my favorite beverage often overshadows her deeds of charity and compassion.Previous musings about St. Brigid can be found here. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • I Needed That

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    It was one of those weeks. Late nights at work. Early mornings at work. Little time for anything else, except sleep. By Thursday evening I was running on fumes, but I managed to meet Colleen and our friend Checkered Flag for dinner at Park Lane Tavern. My energy level peaked a bit when I saw the top listing on the pub's rotating draft menu — Heavy Seas Winter Storm. One of my old long-time favorites!It's been a while since I've enjoyed this excellent Extra Special Bitter-inspired beer. And it was on draft even! I used to pick up a case each winter when it came out but haven't for…
  • Prognostication

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Didn't take long for this to come true.As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.-- H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920 [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Irish Fisherman

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    It was raining hard and a big puddle had formed in front of an Irish pub.An old man stood beside the puddle holding a stick with a string on the end and jiggled it up and down in the water. A curious gentleman asked what he was doing.‘Fishing,’ replied the old man.‘Poor old fool’ thought the gentleman, so he invited the old man to have a drink in the pub.Feeling he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whisky, the gentleman asked, ‘And how many have you caught?’‘You’re the eighth.’H/T Common Sense Evaluation [ This content originated at Musings Over a…
  • Adventure Bobsled Winter Ale

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    I'd been trying to get back to Adventure Brewing to try out their Bobsled Winter Ale for several weeks now. Life kept getting in the way, but Colleen and I finally were able to stop in this weekend. We had a laugh when we saw the TV behind the bar was tuned to a curling match — a winter sport to accompany a winter beerBrewed with orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, Bobsled Winter Ale pours a bright copper-orange color with a thin white head. The aroma gives a hint of the flavor to follow, though a subdued hint. Even in the taste, the "winter spices" are balanced, giving the beer a…
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    The Brew Club

  • Lancaster Black Ale 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    The flavour is a revelation! The first hit is chocolate and coffee, followed rapidly by a rush of hops… spicy, resinous and piney. The chocolate and the hops do a tango on your tongue, while black liquorice and treacle (molasses in the colonies) tap you politely on the shoulder seeking to interrupt the dance.
  • Brewdog ‘This. Is. Lager.’ 4.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    Is this the brew to "redefine lager in the UK" and " redefine our relationship with alcohol."? Well, I guess by the fact that I was looking for a bit more kick, then possibly not, but it is a fine brew, a fine lager and a brew I will keep an eye out for… Possibly the default lager in my beer fridge.
  • Session IPA Beers

    Bob the Brit
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    It's interesting to learn that breweries are exploring 'session' IPAs, coming in under 5% ABV.
  • Bob the Brit’s beers of 2014

    Bob the Brit
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    As we enter 2015, I thought it might be appropriate to look back at the brews I've enjoyed and reviewed for The Brewclub during 2014, and maybe look forward to the new year.
  • Saying Good Bye to a Friend

    Lee Sal
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of the most consistent brewpubs I frequent is the Appalachian Brewing Company. Decent food and good beer, it’s a winner. But is closing down the Gettysburgh PA location in the name of historic preservation a good thing?
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Oak Aged Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    TTB does not allow Aged Vodka, or Aged Gin. But this would seem to show it’s pretty easy to work around these arcane, antiquated restrictions. Note how the word “aged” is nowhere but everywhere on this label, and Absolut does not mind throwing in a reference to “craft” for good measure. Related Posts: Tito Responds (15) The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval (15) Rye Beer (1)
  • Tito Responds

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Over the years many have suggested that Tito’s vodka is not really made in small batches or by hand. I tried to keep an open mind, as the brand grew, and even in the face of the lawsuits summarized here. So I have been particularly looking forward to a response, on the merits, at long last, from the source. Tito finally responded, on November 17, 2014, in the form of a motion to dismiss the Florida case. (The defendants also filed a similar motion, a month later, in the California case. The California motion is 28 pages and substantially similar to the one filed in Florida, right down…
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Got Tito’d

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I have focused on beverage labeling law since 1988. During that time it has been very rare for a private party to bring any action against a beer, wine or spirit supplier’s labeling or advertising — unless the basis was trademark. Instead, most people assumed the states, TTB, and FDA would take care of this, pretty much to the exclusion of anyone else. Pom began to unravel this in a big way over the past couple of years, and this trend seems to be gaining momentum. A San Diego law firm filed a class action lawsuit, on December 8, 2014, in federal court in California. The case is…
  • Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. I start this post with a skeptical but open mind, willing to be persuaded that it’s a good idea. My skepticism flows from how local can it be, with a company in France and another in Sweden, running the show? It also flows from, if this is really supposed to have some local pizzazz, could there be a worse way to capture…
  • In Defense of Fireball, PG and Good Journalism

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Daily Beast published a highly relevant story a few days ago, slamming Fireball and propylene glycol. Fireball is a hugely popular “Cinnamon Whisky,” and a recent label approval is here. The story explains that Fireball contains propylene glycol, commonly known as PG, and in the most alarming way that could probably be set forth without a big lawsuit, the article heaps scorn upon PG and Fireball. As of today, Google has more than 81,000 stories about fireball propylene glycol, but the Beast story was one of the first. The article trots out alarming buzzwords such as: recall,…
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • The non-profit pub that's uniquely Portland

    William Bessette, Portland City Guide Examiner
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Portland is well-known for both its craft beer scene and socially conscious citizenry. Not only is Portland home to the most craft breweries than any other city in America, but it also plays host to more non...
  • Cahaba Brewing Company set to launch cans of American Blonde Ale

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Craft beer fans in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa should be happy to hear that Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) will finally have a presence on store shelves with the release of their American Blonde Ale in cans. If you...
  • Saint Arnold Brewing introduces Saint Arnold Bratwurst

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Food and beer are natural companions. Some foods, however, make better matches for food/beer pairings than others and one of the classic matchups is between beer and bratwurst. Now, Houston's Saint Arnold Brewing is venturing into a...
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing: 3 years old and ready to party

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    No one likes getting older. The thinning hair, the sagging skin, the baggy eyes, the itchy….well, you get the picture. But with business, the situation is entirely different as each year is welcomed as another occasion to celebrate...
  • Rudyard's Pub schedules its first beer dinner of 2015

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Some beer- themed events in the Houston area happen only once in a while and they present some great opportunities to sample new beer and meet new people. Other events happen like clockwork and can be counted on for good...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • March 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    March 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarMarch is one of the coldest and snowiest months in Colorado. Beer festivals remain indoors and thoughts turn towards Spring and Spring Break. There will be several special Saint Patrick's Day events, beer dinners for two, special tasting events and even music and beer celebrations. These calendar listings are updated regularly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most…
  • Colorado Beer News 013015

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Friday's here at last! There's plenty of Colorado craft beer waiting for you to start your weekend and Fermentedly Challenged wants to help you guide yourself to the best beer available. It's the last work week day of the month for many and it's time to unwind and enjoy the weekend. Where will your beer journey take you? Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, January 30th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverBull &…
  • Colorado Beer News 012915

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Wish it were Friday? Don't we all. Perhaps if you buy a Colorado craft beer, sip on it and close your eyes and imagine it was Friday that might help. Or if you drink one near midnight tonight it will be Friday before you know it! Just don't forget to set your alarm clock tomorrow morning. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, January 29th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverHops & Pie - Today Hops & Pie has…
  • Colorado Beer News 012815

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Happy Hump Day! Another glorious warm January day here in Colorado and there's plenty of fresh beers being tapped this week. Head into your favorite local craft brewery and check out what's new. In case you need some ideas on where to head - read about all the latest on Fermentedly Challenged. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, January 28th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverEpic Brewing Co - Looking for…
  • Colorado Beer News 012715

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    While the East Coast shivers in the blizzard, we folks here in Colorado are basking in the sun and enjoying 70 degree temperatures in January. Can't beat that, or can you? No matter how things are, you can always make it better by visiting your favorite local craft brewery and enjoying a freshly crafted beer. Fermentedly Challenged has some ideas on where you might wish to head along the Front Range. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 255: Vertex IPA & Falco IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 255 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at it with a couple new IPAs. First up is the 6.30% ABV Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery. Everyone seems to go nuts for DESTIHL Brewery at different festivals, especially their sour beers; you’ll always see a line for them. It’s nice to see them also doing an easy drinking IPA. Following up this tasty local IPA, Brad and Ken move on to the 7.00% ABV Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing. The story behind Evil Twin is very interesting and if you haven’t read…
  • Episode 254: Brown Note & Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Be warned, episode 254 is full of great fart jokes as Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Brown Ales. Ok, now that we’ve peaked Gary Gulley’s interest… First up, Brad andKen try The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery. This is a 5% ABV English Brown Ale that has one of the most ridiculous labels you’ll find. Following up this brown beauty, Brad and Ken open up the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale. This was a beer Brad picked up recently at BlizzCon 2014.  The Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale was brewed for World…
  • Episode 253: Accumulation & Dark Horse 4 Elf (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Happy Holidays! On episode 253, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder check their stockings to see if Santa dropped them off anything tasty. This year they must have been on the “nice” list because their stockings were full of beer. They each got a couple of bottles of New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation and Dark Horse 4 Elf. First they start with the New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation, a 6.2 % ABV White IPA. Following up the IPA, they move onto the Dark Horse 4 Elf. The 4 Elf is a 8.75 % ABV Winter Warmer that should get you into the…
  • Episode 252: La Loca Juana & La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast! On episode 252, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their very limited Spanish language skills as they enjoy a couple Spanish Craft beers. These were picked up on a recent trip to Spain by friends Mike Messaros and Alice Oglethorpe. Both of these beers are from Cervezas Juana la Loca. First up is the La Loca Juana a “European Pale Lager” coming in at 6.0% ABV. They then follow up the Pale or beautiful blonde with the Amber ale. The La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja is an Amber ale coming in at 5.5 % ABV,…
  • Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different midwest Pilsners. First up is the 5.5 % ABV Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was brewed in strict German Tradition and is a steady reminder of the German domination of brewing before and during prohibition. Next, the guys step it up a bit with the Imperial Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The My Turn Series: Pilo…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Full Sail Brewing Releases Double Bock, Part of Its Pub Series

    D.J. Paul
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    Full Sail Brewing has just announced the release of Double Bock. This is the brewery’s latest release in its rotating line of classic style beers called the Full Sail Pub Series. “After a long day on the mountain carving turns, snowboarders and skiers make their way down the mountain to warm up and relive all […]
  • Paws 4 Ales: A Beer Benefit for Our Furry Four-legged Friends

    D.J. Paul
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The craft beer community is known for its support at fundraisers and raising money and awareness for our four legged friends is something that happens from time to time. Coalition Brewing is partnering with Meat for Cats and Dogs, in support of The Pixie Project and Born Again Pit-Bull Rescue, to proudly present Paws 4 […]
  • 10 Barrel Brewing’s new Easy Black IPA

    D.J. Paul
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Though we are only a little over a month into winter, Bend, OR based 10 Barrel Brewing has just released its new Spring Seasonal, Easy Black IPA. The latest from 10 Barrel is available in 12oz and 22oz bottles and on draft. Forgoing the other classification of this beer style, Cascadian Dark Ale, 10 Barrel […]
  • Return of the 2nd Annual Victoria Beer Week

    D.J. Paul
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    As craft beer gains more and more traction additional cities with strong beer scenes are offering up official Beer Weeks. Our neighbors up north in Victoria, BC will be host to the 2nd Annual Victoria Beer Week from March 7-15, 2015. Victoria has been home to the Great Canadian Beer Festival sine 1993 and has […]
  • Firestone Walker Core Lineup Set For Release In Cans

    D.J. Paul
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    After introducing its 805 Blonde in 12oz cans last year in May, Firestone Walker Brewing is now ready to launch Union Jack IPA, Easy Jack Session IPA and Pivo Hoppy Pils in six pack, 12oz cans beginning in mid February. Known for doing things its own way, Firestone Walker took its time to make sure […]
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Sweetheart Swirl – Valentine’s Day Brewmaster Dinner at Hale’s

    Kendall Jones
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Hale’s Ale Brewery is hosting a Valentine’s Day beer dinner: The Sweetheart Swirl Brewmaster Dinner.  Here is the info directly from the source: Grab your sweetheart and join us in Hale’s Ale’s Double Decker Room (upstairs from the pub) for a romantic evening of music, food and, of course, great beer! This is a four course meal with beer pairings. First, Mike Hale, the owner of Hale’s Ales, will welcome everyone at the start of the evening and then, as each new dish is presented, Michael Diem, the executive chef…
  • First visit to STOUT – Capitol Hill’s new brew & food spot

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just got back from our sneak-peek visit to STOUT on Capitol Hill. We share photos below. We told you about this new beer-focused bar and eatery in a previous post. (See it.) As luck would have it, a friend from the neighborhood (Krista Maes) is the manager, so we finagled our way in for a visit before the official grand opening tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 30. (open at 3:00 on Friday and Saturday, 1:30 on Super Bowl Sunday). STOUT is located at the corner of 11th and Pine Street, kitty-corner from Cal Anderson Park, at 1530 11st Ave (map).
  • New beer bar, STOUT, opens tomorrow in Seattle – Capitol Hill

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s been in the works for some time: a brand new beer-focused bar and eatery in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, owned and operated by the same people as The Tap House Grill, which has locations in Seattle and Bellevue. STOUT will not pour from as many taps as the Tap House Grill, but will offer a carefully curated selection of 20-something taps along with a large selection of bottled beers. We will have more information for you, and maybe even some pictures, very soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, see the press release below…
  • Victoria Beer Week 2015 – March 7 through 15

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Sadly, it’s been a couple years since I visited Victoria, British Columbia and toured for beer. See our Victoria beer story on It’s a great beer town and is just a short boat ride away from Seattle. In March, Victoria Beer Week spans nine days (March 7-15, 2015) with various events at breweries and other locations across the city. Below, I provide information about Victoria Beer Week in the form of a press release, as well as a list of events. More events are being added so keep an eye on the website:…
  • Washington Cask Beer Festival – tickets on sale, more info

    Kendall Jones
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Press Release: The Washington Brewers Guild presents 2015 WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL Saturday March 28, 2015 12-4pm & 6-10pm Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (Seattle, WA) January 8, 2015- The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. More than 40 Guild member breweries are expect to participate and delight cask enthusiasts and hop heads with their superb creations. As most Cask Fest fans have come to expect over the years anything goes when…
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    Booze News

  • Beer to be made from sewer water dubbed ‘sewage brewage’

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Oregon is known for specialty beers, but what about a beer made with sewer water? What if the water was purified to a point even cleaner than drinking water? “I’ve been brewing beer since 2006,” said home brewer Jeremie Landers. It’s not his full-time job, but home-brewing is certainly Landers’ favorite hobby. He’s even converted the garage of his North Portland home into a tap room. “I love the experimentation process,” said Landers. That is why this summer, Landers will be one of more than a dozen local home-brewers taking part in a unique experiment. “Call it former sewer…
  • Oskar Blues’ new beer, Pinner, gives a shout out to cannibus

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    If you’ve ever popped opened a beer and smelled hints of marijuana, there’s a horticultural reason for that. Just ask Dale Katechis (he of Dale’s Pale Ale fame), who founded Colorado favorite Oskar Blues Brewery in 1997. “Like a lot of our beers, the hop character and the aroma has always reminded people of cannabis,” Katechis told The Cannabist. “The cannabis plant and flower and the hop flower, they’re both in the family of cannabaceae, and the aromas are very similar.” Oskar Blues’ latest brew is a shout-out to hops’ not-so-distant cousin. The new year-round brew,…
  • Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Other examples include Hatter Royale from New Holland Brewing Co. in Michigan and Hopskey from Square One Brewery in St. Louis. In the non-whiskey category there’s Hophead Vodka from Anchor Distilling Co. in San Francisco and a hopped gin from the New York…
  • Remember Marsala Wine? It’s Coming Back!

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Sicily has been a major wine producer since it was ruled by the ancient Greeks. The island is ideal for viticulture, thanks to its combination of a balmy climate (around 300 days of fine weather each year) and fertile, volcanic soil. Unfortunately, during much of the modern era, Sicily’s bountiful harvest resulted in low-caliber, bulk vino, often used to add a dose of sunshine-fueled punch to bland blends from the north of Italy. In the 1990s, though, Sicilian vineyards saw the opportunities in focusing on quality rather than quantity, according to Bill Nesto, author of The World of…
  • Anheuser-Busch Buying Craft Beer Maker Elysian Brewing

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. The financial terms of the deal announced Friday were not disclosed. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, a Belgian company that is the world’s largest brewer. The company, which makes Budweiser and Bud Lite, has been combatting soft sales by buying up increasingly popular craft brewers. While nationwide beer sales declined 1.9 percent in 2013, craft beer sales rose 17 percent, according to the…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Events to Watch for in 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    With 2015 well underway, it’s time to start planning for things to come! The best way to plan for the future is to look to the past. So, let’s take a quick look back at some of the event highlights from 2014 and start saving some dates for 2015. Seattle Wine and Food Experience One of the great things about this event is that it is continually evolving. While everything we loved about it last year will still be there – a VIP option (always worth it!), Washington wines, beers, and ciders served alongside amazing bites from local restaurants – there will be a new event the night before…
  • NW Winter Beer Taste

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    Ivar’s 4th Annual NW Winter Beer Taste is December 4th 6-9 Being at Ivars, this beer event is about the BEER AND FOOD. You will have the opportunity to taste beer from your favorite brewers like: ~ Chuckanut ~ Diamond Knot ~ Elysian ~ Fremont ~ ~ Georgetown ~ Hales ~ Maritime ~ Pike ~ Pyramid ~ Red Hook ~ Ivar’s will be dishing up some seriously excellent appetizers like* • Braised beef, Parmesan potato croquette, oven dried tomatoes • Seared scallop, polenta cake, picholine olive tapenade • Alder grilled Coho salmon, caramelized pears, crème fraiche, phyllo cup •…
  • Thanksgiving Wine and Beer

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Under and around the mounds of food on your Thanksgiving table, what will you be offering or bringing to drink? Wine is often the first choice, but it doesn’t have to be the only choice. Just for fun, I whipped up a mock Thanksgiving dinner and put a number of wines and two beers to the taste test for big day. Mock Thanksgiving Day dinner I cooked up a quick mock Thanksgiving dinner of citrus herb run turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with orange and toasted hazelnuts, sweet potatoes with un-crystallized ginger and pomegranate seeds and cranberry orange relish.
  • Car Wash and Trickster?!?

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I just bought Black Raven Trickster IPA at a car wash. I’ll let that sink in a bit. I remember when I would have to get a ride around the lake or wait for a beer fest to taste Black Raven beer. I remember talking to Beaux and Nigel in the early days about the mere possibility of Black Raven beer in bottles and being met with shrugs and head shakes no. Then, it happened! Black Raven bottled! Raise your hand if you stood in line for the chance to buy two bottles of Trickster before they sold out. Over time, different beers were bottled and the volume increased to the point that Black…
  • Winter Wag

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Winter Wag is designed for dog lovers, winter sport lovers and of course beer lovers! Winter Wag is partly about avalanche awareness and partly a fundraiser to benefit  Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs. Winter Wag takes place November 15, 2014 4-9pm Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs go through vigorous training to assist the ski patrol in a avalanche rescue. Once they are certified, they complete rescue tasks that their human handlers are unable to do, or as quickly and safely. This Avalanche Rescue Dog Program fundraiser helps them receive the hundreds of hours training…
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    All Over Beer

  • Swept by Fire

    Brian Stechschulte
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Made for SF Beer Week. Swept by Fire
  • State of The City

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Discontent is everywhere. State of The City
  • Holiday Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Getting in the spirit... Holiday Beer
  • Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing

    Brian Stechschulte
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Mmm... BBQ and beer. Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing
  • Down in the Cellar

    Brian Stechschulte
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In Northern Michigan Down in the Cellar
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    Chicks Love Beer

  • Tasting Beer is Hard Work

    “Jenni-Firkin” Spence
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Each December, one of my local homebrew groups, Colonial AleSmiths and Keggers (CASK) hosts a big competition, the Beer Blitz. This year, they received over 400 entries – that’s a LOT of beer, considering every entry requires two bottles. I’ve observed parts of the competition in previous years, but was never able to judge until this year. Now, I have no formal qualifications other than liking to drink beer, so I was a bit skeptical when asked to help judge, and continued asking “are you sure you want me?” Reassured that it was okay, and that I could provide a…
  • A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 2 – indulging in eating in

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    full, happy, crafty dinner guests When last we left you in A DIY Beer Dinner – Part I, Josh was telling an elaborate and completely BS story about the creation of Anderson Valley Blood Orange Goze and we were enjoying ourselves thoroughly after the first three amazing pairings. The kitchen was smelling amazing as Thanh and John were pulling the savory fourth course out of the oven. While we continued to swear and tell inappropriate stories, it was time for: A Midway point beer: Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Sout – a Sweet Potato Cream Stout – Kiln, Mississippi – ABV 4.65 %…
  • A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 1 – dining in, swearing in

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
      “I mean, I’m a grown man, and I still cry at the end of Toy Story 3, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.  And it ended just right. Why would they make a fourth? I don’t know if I can emotionally make it through that.” “The way they print the letter ‘D’ totally looks like a vagina. And then they printed it on pink paper. Come on.” “He didn’t want that sippy cup, he wanted the other sippy cup that was downstairs in the kitchen, in dishwater… I”m like dude, drink your water. Go to sleep. We are not having…
  • A Taste of the Rockies, part 1.

    “Jenni-Firkin” Spence
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    On a recent trip to Colorado for work, I traveled fully prepared – half-empty suitcase, and plenty of bubble wrap for purchases. When we reached Colorado Springs, my coworkers asked what we should all do for the evening – I immediately mentioned that I had mapped out the nearest beer stores. Off I strode to a recommended spot, Downtown Fine Wine & Spirits. Having done my research ahead of time, I knew that they had a decent selection, and also sold make-your-own six packs. Once I explained to the owner that I was from VA and trying to find some great options that I wouldn’t be able…
  • Angela Ends Her Journey…Or Does She?

    Angela Turner
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …I was complaining to my husband one day about the state of beer, and being the encyclopedia of all things epicurean, he bowed his head in Yoda like fashion and began to speak.  With our refrigerator full of PBR and Miller High Life, I could not believe what he was saying.  We had a full bar and a wonderful wine collection but the beer in our fridge was, let’s face it, garbage.  He explained the brewing process, how they grew hops, what beers you can age and what you can’t. “Why didn’t you tell me about this before?”  “I didn’t want to waste money on something we…
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  • DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener - Aaaah beer bottle openers.  Those great little tools that get us into our favorite beverage.  You never want to be caught without one when you need one and when carrying one with you, size is key.  Small bottle openers that can be hooked, clipped and carried anywhere are a must.  In addition to popping open your favorite beer bottle, any opener that can do more than simply open is of additional value to the beer holder.  The DoohicKey tool is perfect to carry anywhere and crack your craft brew any time. For those looking for a small bottle…
  • Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener - Craft beer drinkers are always looking for unique things.  New breweries and new styles to enjoy, cool places to enjoy them. When it comes to how we open our bottles, it’s much the same. Cool and unique bottle openers are something we all like to have. What if you could have an opener that’s not only unique and cool, but also helps raise money for a great cause? The Bullets2Bandages .50 Calibre Bottle Opener is a super cool way to pop bottles and support our veterans at the same time. Bullets2Bandages was started by…
  • Swagger Drop Multi-Tool

    Beer Blogger
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Swagger Drop Multi-Tool - For craft beer fans, a bottle opener is a must.  Those indispensable little tools help us get to our favorite beverage without getting a mouth full of glass or ending up with our favorite brew all over the kitchen floor.  While a good bottle opener is a must, one that can do more than just pop bottles offers extra usefulness.  For those looking for something small and full of uses, the Swagger Drop may be just the ticket. The Swagger Drop is much more than just a bottle opener.  It packs 8 common tools into a tiny package.  While it’s up…
  • Classic Car Beer Bottle Openers

    Beer Blogger
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Classic Car Beer Bottle Openers - Beer guys and car guys are very often one and the same.  When you get done working on your pride and joy (or that source of disdain), a cold beer is just the ticket to relaxing.  We both love our hobbies spend way too much time and money on them.  Chances are you or a good friend is into both hobbies.  So what do you get a car guy that also loves beer?  How about a bottle opener?  One that looks just like the source of their pride.  The Racetrack Style beer bottle opener is just the ticket. A bottle opener that looks just like your…
  • BeerBro Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    BeerBro Bottle Opener - As craft beer lovers, we’re popping bottles almost every day.  For every beer lover, a solid bottle opener is a must.  Sure those 99¢ ones from the liquor checkout counter will work but they quickly go to crap when the cheap aluminum breaks breaks away piece by piece with repeated use.  There’s a reason you only paid 99¢ for it.  For real beer drinkers, you need a real beer bottle opener. The BeerBro was built to be a real bottle opener, for real beer drinkers. No more pansy openers.  The BeerBro is built to be the heavy-duty bottle…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    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

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    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

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    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

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    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

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    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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    Australian Brews News

  • Try-It Thursday Jan 29, 2015

    Pete Mitcham
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Little Creatures Pale Ale 5.2% American style pale aleThis week saw Australians gather to celebrate our own national day and to reveal the results of craft beer’s biggest public opinion poll in The Local Taphouse Hottest 100. With few surprises at the top end of the list it’s appropriate that we shine a light on one of Australia’s most well-loved beers – one which seems to be able to keep itself in the hearts and minds of many drinkers country-wide.Before we look at what others have said about this beer, let’s pose the 3.5 billion dollar question; did you, or someone you know,…
  • Yeastie Boys release share offer details

    Media Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Ground breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – have released details of their highly anticipated share offer.From 6pm on Wednesday 28th January, friends and fans of Yeastie Boys’ award-winning ales will be able to buy a piece of the brewing company via an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe.Yeastie Boys are seeking to raise up to $500,000 to achieve the targets outlaid in their three year strategic plan (this capital represents 12.5% of the company). The capital raised will be used to replicate Yeastie Boys current New Zealand business model in Britain.Yeastie Boys are…
  • The anti-social social beer app

    Zac Martin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    With a beer in each hand, I sat and tasted what was a pretty damn good ale. Before anything else, I pulled out my phone and opened an app to upload a photo, rank the beer and submit my review. Throughout what had become a two minute ritual I had unintentionally but entirely ignored my girlfriend sitting across the table. The look on her face told me it was time to delete Untappd.On the surface, Untappd has quite a useful premise. Launched in 2010, the beer drinking app was created to help avid craft beer drinkers “discover and share your favourite beers”. With a tagline of “Drink…
  • Episode 42 — 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown

    Radio Brews News
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The podcast of our first ever live broadcast, of the 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown.Broadcast from Queensland’s Fortitude Brewing, Matt is joined by brewer Ian Watson with crosses to Pete Mitcham at the Local Taphouse St Kilda and guests Steve Jeffares from The Local Taphouse, publican Corey Crooks from Newcastle’s Grainstore, brewer Dave Padden, Steve Finney from Feral and a surprise call from Feral brewer, Brendan Varis, calling in from LA.It’s rough, it’s ready, but it captures the excitement of the Hottest 100 Countdown…Follow Australian Brews News and Radio Brews News on…
  • Hops come out on top again in the 2014 Hottest 100

    Sam Fletcher
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Another year has passed, and for the third year running Feral Hop Hog has been voted Australia’s favourite beer in the hottest 100 poll. The top four remain mostly unchanged from last year with Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale again coming in second, followed this year by 4 Pines Pale Ale at number 3 and Little Creatures Pale Ale at number 4 (last year’s fourth and third place, respectively).A newcomer to the beer market this year, La Sirène’s Praline, rounds off the top 5 and becomes only the third Victorian beer to make a top 5 since 2010.Hops on TopFeral again wins the craft beer…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Uber teams with MADD to help prevent drunk driving

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    For many, this Sunday means heading out to a local sports bar and enjoying the game among friends with a few brews. On the surface that sounds like a great way to enjoy the Super Bowl. But, when you stop to ponder how many folks will head out without a plan for getting home safely after imbibing in alcoholic beverages, things get a little worrisome. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday (and the early hours of the following morning) in 2012 were caused by drunk driving, compared to an average of 31 percent…
  • Waste water to beer, an Oregon treatment plant says, “No problem.”

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    An Oregon water treatment company, Clean Water Services, says that it purifies waste water so thoroughly that it is safe for human consumption. It is so sure of this claim that it has asked the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality to allow brewers to make beer with their treated water. The beer would be made by homebrewers who are members of the Oregon Brew Crew and would be served at events and not distributed by a brewery. Still, there are significant hoops through which the company must jump. Environmental Quality has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for February and a…
  • Florida Retail Federation backing down from brewery lawsuit, but breweries not in the clear

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    In an article published January 26, the Tampa Tribune reports that the, “The Florida Retail Federation, a statewide lobbying group, is now backing away from its legal challenge to a loophole in alcoholic beverage law that benefits the state’s craft beer makers.” But, it is not because they have had a change of heart. The group is stepping aside because the Florida state regulators have promised to review the laws on their own. The challenge is just the latest in a long history of adverse actions Florida craft beer brewers have had to endure. Over the past few years breweries…
  • World of Beer to open Jax beach pub Super Bowl Sunday

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    As does many such ventures, World of Beer began as a dream between two good friends enjoying several craft beers. In 2007,  Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon started the company as a beer retail store, but quickly realized that their true calling was to open a tavern that specialized in great craft beer. World of Beer (WOB) was born. In short order, the new beer bar in the Westchase area of Tampa, Fla. became a beer destination boasting 500 local and international beers. This week the company will open its 72nd location in Jacksonville Beach on Super Bowl Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the…
  • Bold City re-releases Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale at zoo event

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Bold City Brewery has been creating craft beer in Jacksonville for over six years. During that time they have said goodbye to several beers and added a few others. But, on February 8, the brewery will be welcoming back a popular brew that has been on hiatus for a while. Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale ale will be re-released at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at a gala party for the benefit of rhinoceros conservation. The brew has earned consistent praise including a rating of four out of five stars on and 3.5 stars out of five on beer tracking and rating social media site…
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    Craft Beer Culture

  • Flight of Darkness 3.0

    Philippe Gagnon
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Flight of Darkness 3.0 by Philippe GagnonWho: Craft Beer Culture & The Iron Press What: We’re teaming up with The Iron Press for another extravagant night of indulgence featuring some of our favorite dark beers and this year, we’re pushing that idea. Of course, big boozy beers like Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra, Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine, and a special barrel-aged variation of Ballast Point Victory at Sea will be on the board but we also plan to have a few other goodies on the high SRM spectrum. On the sour side, we’ve been graced with a special dark sour…
  • Flight of Darkness 2.0

    Philippe Gagnon
    11 Dec 2013 | 9:13 pm
    Flight of Darkness 2.0 by Philippe Gagnon Who: Craft Beer Culture & The Iron Press What: A night of our favorite dark beer Where: The Iron Press @ 3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 When: Tuesday December 17th 5 pm – 10 pm We’ve teamed up with Iron Press to bring you Flight of Darkness 2.0. It’s going to be another special night of dark beer and this time we’re going BIG. If you know anything about our “drinking preferences,” this shouldn’t come as a surprise. As usual, you have the option of a flight of 4 beers for $12 ($10 with a waffle…
  • Pliny the Younger Orange County Watch 2013

    Philippe Gagnon
    1 Feb 2013 | 4:05 pm
    Pliny the Younger Orange County Watch 2013 by Philippe Gagnon It’s legend that on the first of the month, the winds from the North flow toward Orange County carrying with it, the aroma of Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny The Younger. Yeah… That might be a bit of a stretch but we’re excited that it’s coming and we’re here to help you find it. I recently had a discussion with a friend about Younger’s stature in the Triple IPA world now that so many worthy competitors are in the ring. I mentioned a few of my favorite newcomers like Knee Deep Simtra…
  • Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review

    Philippe Gagnon
    29 Mar 2012 | 6:30 am
    Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review by Philippe Gagnon “San Diego Brewery” Airdale, (actually brewed locally in Irvine) recently had to shut down its doors but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make good beer. Early last June, I walked into my local beer store, BottleCraft, looking for something interesting, something new, and really just something delicious. Store owner, Brian, made the great recommendation to try a new Imperial Red that they’d just started carrying called The Angry Panda. I took his suggestion and subsequently fell in love. This is my review. Brewery: Airdale…
  • Iron Fist Brewing Co. Renegade Blonde #299

    Philippe Gagnon
    20 Mar 2012 | 8:09 am
    Iron Fist Brewing Co. Renegade Blonde #299 by Philippe Gagnon Brewery: Iron Fist Brewing Company Name: Renegade Blonde Style: KölschStyle Blonde Ale ABV: 5.2% Look: Cloudy straw-like color. Highly carbonated creating tons of pIllowy soft white head. Smell: The yeast aroma hits first, which taste Belgian to me even though it’s labeled as a German Style Kolsch. I could very well be wrong but it’s smells very familiar. Notes of orange and lemon peak through behind a surprisingly noticeable hop bill. Everything sits balanced and appealing, especially perfect for a warm weekend…
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  • Brewers Association Defines “Quality Beer”

    Chris Furnari
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Brewers Association director Paul Gatza It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle who once professed: “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” We’re not sure if Aristotle ever brewed a batch of beer, but if he had, there’s a good chance Brewers Association director Paul Gatza would have enjoyed it. Last year, Gatza urged Craft Brewers Conference attendees to pay closer attention to the quality of their finished products, pleading with them by saying, “don’t f*ck it up!” Following his rallying cry, the discussion of “quality beer” was had at various industry events and atop…
  • TTB: Understating Alcohol Content Biggest Labeling Issue

    David Eisenberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    If the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) latest compliance survey is any gauge, about 22 percent of all malt-based beverages have an inaccurate alcohol content posted on their labels. As part of its annual random survey to discern how accurately manufacturers label their products, the TTB found the most common noncompliance issue among malt beverage producers involved understating the ABV of their products. The TTB sampled 155 different malt beverages and cited 46 products for 61 identifiable issues. Chief among the reasons for noncompliance were labels that undersold the…
  • Left Hand Expands in New England

    Chris Furnari
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Left Hand Brewing today announced it has entered five new states and expanded its presence in New England with the L. Knife & Son Companies group of “Craft Beer Guild” distributors. Building upon a pre-existing relationship with an L. Knife group that currently sells the brand via its “Craft Brewers Guild of Boston” outfit in Massachusetts, offerings from the Colorado-based craft brewery will begin rolling out in Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire in the coming days. The brewery is also partnered with L. Knife-owned distributors in Kentucky, New…
  • Distribution Roundup: Kraftig Grows at Home; Braxton Signs First Wholesaler

    David Eisenberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Kräftig Fills Out Footprint at Home William K. Busch Brewing has announced plans to expand sales of Kräftig throughout Rolla and Springfield, Missouri this February, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. The company has inked deals with Premium Beverage Sales of Springfield and Grellner Sales and Service of Rola for coverage in each respective market, according to the article. “This expansion will result in our beers being sold in every major market other than Kansas City and Hannibal,” founder Billy Busch told the website. “It’s another step toward growing Kräftig into a national…
  • 2SP Brewing Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania

    Press Release
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Pennsylvania – Bob Barrar, one of the most decorated and celebrated brewers in the country, has announced that he is building a new brewery in his native Delaware County (Delco) with the gents from Two Stones Pub. Barrar, known for his sincerity and modesty as well as his 19 Great American Beer Festival and 10 World Beer Cup medals while with Iron Hill Brewery in Media, says he is both “excited and nervous to start this new chapter. It’s exciting to have my own brewery, but will the people like it? I sure hope so!” Two Stones Pub has made itself a destination for great American…
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    the Craft Beer Girl

  • Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

    Amy Ellsworth
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    The guys at Bullets2Bandages recently reached out to me to see if I was interested in field testing one of their signature products, the .50 caliber bottle opener. Clearly, they look totally badass so I said, “Of course!” and prepared to launch an offensive on the arsenal of craft beer bottles waiting in the fridge. Founded by a couple of former Navy bomb technicians, Bullets2Bandages is committed to donating at least 15% of its profits to veteran charities on an annual basis–and for the co-branded products featured on their website, they donate 40% from each sale to…
  • The Perfect Pint?

    Amy Ellsworth
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    We’re all familiar with the standard “shaker” pint glass, which derives it’s name from it’s original use as a cocktail shaker when paired with a slightly larger metal cup. They’re cheap, durable, and easy to stack, making it a popular choice for many American bar owners. But despite being the common choice for many beer drinkers, it’s not the best fit for craft beer. You’ve probably seen other glasses of all shapes and sizes… but do they really affect how the beer tastes? Turns out, they do! Not only that, the geometry of the glass can…
  • Rochester Real Beer Week: The Women & Beer Symposium

    Amy Ellsworth
    12 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here in Rochester, it’s not officially Spring  until the lilacs bloom, and Summer kicks off with Rochester Real Beer Week! This year, I am SO happy to announce that I’ll be hosting my own event, The Women & Beer Symposium, at Cure, located in the Rochester Public Market! The event will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, and will begin with the Womens Industry Beer Dinner at 6pm. The 4 course menu will feature the inspired cuisine Cure is known for, expertly paired with world-class craft beer from across the country. Women participating in all levels of the craft beer…
  • Fractured Beer Quotes: Almost Famous Words About Beer & Life

    Amy Ellsworth
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Plenty of famous words have been written about beer… with a little research you can find countless references to the beloved suds attributed to founding fathers, ancient proverbs, and great authors of the past. A good quote, just like a good beer, can inspire us to expand our minds and reach for something more. Inspirational quotes can become mantras for our daily lives, encouraging us to follow our dreams and motivating us to keep going when things get tough. Whether you’re looking for some wisdom to inspire a new career, or just the next great beer, here are some almost famous…
  • Meet Josie Holden, Nedloh Brewing Co.

    Amy Ellsworth
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Since March is women’s history month, I thought I would highlight one of the many women helping to grow the craft beer industry here in New York, Josie Holden, of Nedloh Brewing Company. The 3,500 square-foot brewing facility—opening this Summer in East Bloomfield—will feature a tasting room, retail space and a museum dedicated to the history and process of local 19th century hops production. How did you get into craft beer or brewing? Everyone seems to have an “Intro to craft beer story”… What’s yours? I grew up in a family owned winery and I’ve been around…
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  • Equinox Hops SMASH

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The third in out series on SMASHing with the newer hop varieties. This weeks contestant is Equinox Hops!!! John said that this was the most dynamic and unique smelling hop pellet he’s ever had right out of the baggie! Check out the video and lets us know about your experience (or lack of…) with Equinox hops. On first impression I could tell that Equinox was the most unique of the three we’ve tried (Eldorado and Mosaic). The initial aroma was certainly a ripe, almost over ripe, juicy green melon. I found that there was a interesting white grape quality, slightly tart like.
  • El Dorado SMASH

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    We continue the new hop SMASH beer journey with El Dorado hops. Be sure to check our our previous SMASH review of Mosaic Hops. My first impression of the aroma on El Dorado was candied ginger and candied orange peel. Very unique and inviting. I also pulled some raspberry notes. Almost like a darker fruit character. Underneath it all was a sense of fresh cut grass. The bitterness from these hops was very mild. For 15%AA hop it was very surprising. The bitterness was slightly resiny but it did not linger like other super dank America hops. Certainly nothing like the bitterness we got from…
  • Mosaic Hops SMASH Beer

    14 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    With so many new hop varieties out there to try these days, it’s hard to picks place to start. This week we start a new shirt series on three of the newer hop varieties that have made us curious over the last couple years. The first in this series is Mosaic Hops!!! Let’s set the stage. To evaluated these hops we went with a simple BIAB SMASH format. America 2 row was the base malt and each hop was spread across the boil to hopefully get a sense of its bittering, flavor and aroma properties. The hopping schedule went as follows each addition as a quarter ounce at a time. Into the…
  • Mike’s First Mead 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    It’s 2015 and it’s time for new beginnings. I chose to start this years video roll with my first mead. I brewed this up a couple months ago. It’s been aging since then. Now it’s free to run wild!!! This recipe was nothing more than 6 pounds of orange blossom honey in a total volume of two gallons. I heated the water to 80F to help get things mixed. I added one package of Lavin D47 along with a little yeast nutrient. Three weeks in primary at 68F then I transferred it into a second fermentor where it sat for two months aging and clearing up. It’s gotten…
  • 2014 Video Wrap Up

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Here is a quick video to close out the year. This was our second straight year of publishing one video a week. That’s 52 videos this year with just over 25,000 views on the ole YouTube. This week’s final offering is a montage of sorts with a few clips from some of our most watched videos. Thanks for sticking with us and thanks for watching. We hope to bring more content and more videos in 2015. As always let us know if there is something you want us to cover or something you want to see. Cheers. Read the original article 2014 Video Wrap Up and other Brew Dudes posts.
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  • Our new website

    Ben Luyten
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    We have redesigned our website A complete new layout New product photographs Revised prices We are happy with what we have achieved in a short time. Suggestions and comments are always welcome. Enjoy the new, but most important: enjoy our belgian beers.
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 6 : Brasserie de Fagnes

    Lode Devlieghere
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    When I first started out with this series of blog posts and considered which breweries to visit, there was one brewery at the very top of my list: Brasserie de Fagnes. Not only because I am a big fan of their blonde beer, but also because this brewery is different from any other Belgian brewery. They brew a different beer every … week. Literally every week, their brewmaster brews a different beer with local, seasonal ingredients, 52 beers per year in total. Then why did I wait until now to go there? Well, because the brewery is located in a remote but beautiful part of Belgium, only a few…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 5 : Brewery Wilderen

    Lode Devlieghere
    7 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    Here we are again with another episode in our ‘Craft Beer Tour of Belgium’. This time we are presenting Brewery Wilderen, a brewery in the Province of Limburg with a history that dates back to 1642. It was in that year that the farmhouse where the brewery is located was built. The brewing itself started in 1743, but it was stopped two centuries later in 1939. After several bad harvests in a row, there was such a scarcity of grain that the farmer-brewer saw no other option than to stop his brewing activities and focus entirely on the farming.  Almost 70 years later, in 2008, a couple,…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 4: De Dolle Brouwers

    Lode Devlieghere
    25 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    In Esen, near Diksmuide, in the West of Belgium, we find one of Belgium’s most renowned micro-breweries: De Dolle Brouwers. In an old brewery building that dates back to 1835, brew master Kris Herteleer, his wife and his 96-year-old mother receive visitors from all over world. The brewery differs day and night from the modern installations at Brewery De Ranke that we saw a few hours earlier. The brewing equipment is still exactly the same as what was used a century ago and the building is not insulated nor heated, so when it freezes outside, it also freezes inside. The only difference with…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 3: Brewery De Ranke

    Lode Devlieghere
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The breweries that we visited in this series so far all had one thing in common: they all mainly brewed for local customers, and they are still relatively unknown abroad. Brewery De Ranke, however, is a totally different story. This brewery, founded by Nino Bacelle in 1994, exports more than half of its production and some of their beers rank amongst the top beers in their category on beer rating sites like Ratebeer and Beeradvocate. We met Nino in his brewery in Dottignies, a little village on the border between Flanders, Wallonia and France, and he explains how it all started: “When I…
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  • Greater Bangor brewery updates

    Chad Lothian
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I find it difficult to keep up with what’s happening with breweries in the Greater Bangor Area, I follow them all on their social media accounts but tend to miss some updates and announcements. I gathered up what’s been going on for an update on the Bangor beer scene. Cheers Chaddah Square Tail Brewing Company in Amherst has been busy since I last visited, they’ve completed their brewhouse, done water testing and brewed two batches of beer. They have decided to move their grand opening out until early spring, date to be determined, while they apply finishing touches to the tasting room,…
  • Goodbye In’finiti, Hello Liquid Riot Bottling Company

    Chad Lothian
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland closed it’s doors in early January for maintenance, they are opening back up tomorrow, January 16, 2015 at 3pm but regulars will notice a few changes. First off, In’finiti is no more, due to other breweries opening in the past couple of years that named themselves Infinity or something similar. Not wanting to confuse their customers or to mire themselves in legal battles, In’finiti simply changed their name. In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation will now be known as Liquid Riot Bottling Company. Inspiration for the name…
  • I support local but local doesn’t mean good

    Chad Lothian
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this blog post for a while, after sampling some terrible Maine beers recently, I didn’t want to do a full review, I’m not looking to start a smear campaign about breweries, but I am concerned. Part of me is concerned that there are breweries putting poor quality beer on the market and the other part of me is concerned that there are beer drinkers out there supporting it. To be clear when I say poor quality I mean poor quality. I’m not talking about a beer I don’t like the flavor of, there are plenty of those and they can be…
  • New England Brewfests – 2015

    Chad Lothian
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    This is the third year I’ve put together a list of New England Brewfests and like years past the list is not complete, there are festivals that haven’t updated their websites or officially announced their dates so this list is a work in progress. If you know of a brewfest that has been announced that I’ve missed feel free to drop me a line and I’ll add it. Cheers! Chaddah January January 23 & 24 – Beer Summit - Boston, MA January 24 – Portland on Tap - Portland, ME January 31 – Rhode Island Brewfest – Pawtucket, RI February February 6…
  • Some of my favorite search terms of 2014

    Chad Lothian
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    Instead of writing a “Year in Review” blog post, there are enough of those out there, I thought I’d take a different approach and look at some of the more interesting search terms that were used to find my blog this year. My site analytics are pretty basic, mostly what blog posts have been viewed for the day, basic tracking and search terms used to find the site. The majority of search terms aren’t available to me, search engines protect their users that are logged in by blocking the search terms but I do see some and sometimes they are funny other times they are very specific to…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Heading Home Ale fundraiser for Quakers

    Beer Infinity
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Heading Home Ale from Mithril Ales is being served at the Darlington Rugby Club beer festival to celebrate the Quakers planned return to Darlington for next season.
  • Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge

    Beer Infinity
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    Union Township approves 'fresh and local' brew pub for Brinton Lodge Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a letter to the Zoning Board supporting the craft beer designation as a “good use” on the application to operate a brew pub at Brinton Lodge Haunted House, 180 ...
  • Anheuser-Busch’s Purchases Elysian

    Beer Infinity
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    Another one down: St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington.... Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder [...] will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of har ...
  • Boulevard Beers Hitting the Canning Line

    Beer Infinity
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    Boulevard Brewing’s twitter handle @boulevard_beer just announced that some of their beers will start hitting the canning line in 2015. Those pictured are Pop-Up Session IPA, Radler, Heavy Lifting IPA, and their Wheat Beer. Here’s the post from their website: Boulevard Beer in Cans January 23, 2015 It’s often said that brewer ...
  • Mead Review – Leaky Roof Meadery – The Berry Picker

    Beer Infinity
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    Mead Review: Leaky Roof Meadery – The Berry Picker Style: Mead (Melomel) ABV: 6.5% We decided to step away from the craft beer for about 10 minutes to dive into the wonderful world of mead. Although uncommon around these parts, we, at Arkansas Beer Blog, are very familiar with the great flavors that mead can offer (as seen here in ou ...
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • SYNEK – The Keurig of Beer – is COMING!

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    You may recall that a short while ago, we wrote an article introducing you to SYNEK as THE premier counter-top home draft beer system.  We then updated you about SYNEK’s Kickstarter campaign. Now, we are pleased to announce that SYNEK is nearly ready to make itself at home atop your counter to serve you craft beer whenever you are in the mood!   “This is a technology that can benefit everyone in the industry if everyone rallies behind it; brewers can engage more customers, distributors save on reduced shipping costs, retailers fit more product on shelves, and customers can…
  • Clown Shoes – Extremely Angry Beast | Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!

    Brew Review Crew
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    by The post Clown Shoes – Extremely Angry Beast | Barrel Aged Imperial Stout! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Jester King – Provenance | Our First JK Brew!

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    by The post Jester King – Provenance | Our First JK Brew! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Picky Pint – A New Craft Beer App to Help Navigate Beer Menus with Confidence

    Brew Review Crew
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    We here at the Brew Review Crew really enjoy integrating Craft Beer into our passion for technology. As avid smartphone users on both iPhone and Android platforms, we love checking out new craft beer smartphone applications to help navigate the world of craft beer. You may have seen our list of favorite craft beer smartphone apps or perhaps even have watched our smartphone app showdown! Today, we are looking at a new craft beer smartphone app called ‘Picky Pint’! Creator Mike Parks recently reached out to us here at the Brew Review Crew and excitedly told us all about Picky Pint.
  • BCBS Barleywine Ale – Goose Island

    Brew Review Crew
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    by The post BCBS Barleywine Ale – Goose Island appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
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  • A Tale of Two Dark Beers

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Beer Review #1: Deschutes Brewing’s  Black Butte Porter I purchased a six-pack of Deschutes Black Butte Porter with knowledge from several beer-rating sites of its overall popularity. However, I am rather picky about my porters, notably since I do not prefer porters that are overwhelmingly coffee flavored – I am not a coffee drinker. I also rarely enjoy porters laden with chocolate. In general, I like my darker beers to exude balance and present a level of skill in appealing to…
  • Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout: Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Southern Tier is a wonderful brewery that is based out of Lakewood New York and is best known for their very highly regarded Pumking and Warlock pumpkin beers that release every year in fall.  Those beers are great, especially if you like the annual pumpkin invasion, but in my opinion Southern Tier really excels at the art of making beautifully rich stouts that manage to separate themselves from some other imperial offerings hitting shelves in the beginning of the year.…
  • Beer Culture in the Eurozone

    Beth Pickhard
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Featured Contributor – Beth @brewcitybiker1 from Milwaukee, WI During a month-long solo backpacking tour across Europe, I discovered some of the best beers in the world. My route led me from Copenhagen south to the global city of Berlin and later to historic Munich. From there, I ventured into France, not known for its beer, but gleaning quite a bit from neighboring Belgium. I pushed south once more into the Mediterranean region and visited southern France and Barcelona before trekking to my final destination of Madrid. Each region…
  • It’s Ok To Enjoy Popular Beers

    John Fahrner
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It wasn’t all that long ago when going out to a bar meant that you had a very limited selection of beers to choose from, most of the time Bud Light, Miller Light, and Budweiser.  As consumers we seem to have revolted against this line of thinking,   and prevaled!  Now even family restaurants always seem to have something on tap that is of the craft beer variety.  Breweries like Founders, Stone, Short’s and Dogfish Head seem to be more…
  • St Mel’s Brewery, the long return

    Rob Nesbit
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Featured Contributor – Rob Nesbit   @ThisDrinkinLife  from Ireland St Mel’s Brewery, the long return St Mel’s Brewery, Longford Something is stirring in the centre of Ireland. A new and exciting brewery has opened, the first in the midlands region in about 150 years. St Mel’s Brewery, based in Longford Town, has decided to dip its toe into the ever increasing market in the country for craft brewing. St Mels brewery is a new venture started by Liam Hanlon and Eoin Tynan. Two local lads who have decided…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • NC-VA Regional Hops Conference

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Looking for a conference to attend, take a look at this one!  Please join us : NC-VA Regional Hops Conference: Bringing Hop Growers and Brewers Together NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program at NC State University Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM – Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EDT) Winston-Salem, NC We are very excited to attend the NC-VA Regional Hops Conference in March, meeting new hops producers as well microbreweries.   The post NC-VA Regional Hops Conference appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Pre-Orders

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    We are pleased to announce that we are taking Pre-Orders for our 2015 Hops! We have not only tripled the size of the hops yard, but we  have also added two new variates as well, Chinook and Williamettes to our existing stock of Cascades, Centennials, Columbus and Nugget.  We are looking forward to another successful year and more importantly, we are looking forward to being able to provide local Microbreweries with fresh wet hops for some of next years best beers! Sign up today and don’t miss out! The post Pre-Orders appeared first on…
  • 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…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Industry News: WA: Seattle: Growl64, a 64-tap draft house is seeking investments through Indiegogo.

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSeattle, Wash., January 21, 2015 – Local Seattleite Loren Klabunde left his healthcare career in search of his true passion: beer. The result of Klabunde’s quest for beer became an exhausting expedition as he found many of the local craft breweries are geographically spread out. After navigating through Seattle’s infamous traffic it dawned on him: Why not host all the best local craft brews in one central location? Thus marked the beginning of Growl64, Klabunde’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for the perfect solution.“I have been a craft beer drinker since 1990 and…
  • Brewery News: OR: Portland: Growlers Hawthorne and Buoy Beer team up on Imperial IPA

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, Ore. – Growlers Hawthorne has collaborated with Buoy Beer Co. to produce a proprietary Imperial IPA.  The collaborative beer will be released at a party to celebrate both companies’ one year anniversary on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8pm at Growlers Hawthorne, 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Samples of the beer will be provided and representatives from Buoy will be on hand to talk about the Imperial IPA.A number of team members from Growlers Hawthorne traveled to Buoy Beer in Astoria to help brew the…
  • Brewery News: CO: Fort Collins: New Belgium Brewing now accepting 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour submissions

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Press ReleaseFt. Collins, Colo., – ...  New Belgium Brewing is now accepting film submissions for its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour. Selected films will travel to about 20 cities across the U.S., starting in May; the complete tour schedule is still being finalized. This year marks the sixth year of the Clips Beer & Film Tour; a beer-toting, film-traveling, non-profit-benefitting show that travels coast-to-coast and brings communities together to enjoy esoteric beers, while benefitting local organizations.   “The overlap in the creative spirit between…
  • Brewery Dinner: OR: Portland: Tapalaya teams up with Breakside Brewery for dinner with "Lundi Gras"

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, Ore. ... – Known for its New Orleans cuisine served on small plates, tapas-style, and its recently-introduced Asian/Cajun menu created by the restaurant’s New Orleans-born, Vietnamese chef Anh Luu, Tapalaya will host its second annual Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) Breakside Brewery Dinner on Monday, February 16th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant.  Partnering with Breakside Brewery again this year for the dinner, Tapalaya is kicking-off Mardi Gras one day early with this dinner celebration.  Located on Portland’s NE…
  • Industry News: OR: Portland: Stop by Kell's Irish Restaurant & Pub and Providence Federal Credit Union supporting donations through 2/24

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, Ore. – It’s one of the rare times that Portlanders actually want to see umbrellas and rain. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub has partnered with Providence Federal Credit Union for its annual “Kells Green Rain Fundraiser” to raise money for medically fragile children at Providence Child Center.From now through Feb. 24, patrons at both Kells Irish Restaurant on NW 2nd Ave and Kells Brewpub on NW 21st Ave are invited to toss bills and change into clear umbrellas hanging…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • Buxton Tap House

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Find us on George Street, Buxton, in the Old Court House, slap bang in the middle of Buxton’s cafe quarter. Only a stone’s throw from the Opera House The Dome.
  • Slovenian

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Cheers Na zdravje!   A beer/two beers, please.  Pivo/dve pivi, prosim. (PEE-voh/dveh PEE-vee, PROH-seem) A pint, please.  Veliko pivo, prosim. (veh-LEE-koh PEE-voh, PROH-seem)
  • The World

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Jeder sieht ein Stückchen Welt, gemeinsam sehen wir die ganze.
  • The Music

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Jeder hört die Musik anders aber der gemeinsame Tanz ist wunderbar.
  • Church and Ale

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    But if at church they give some aleAnd a pleasant fire for our souls to regale
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    I Brew Beer and Cook Food

  • Beer: I Built a Hop Spider

    Sean Duffy
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    So this weekend I randomly decided to build a hop spider. I was watching a video by Chop & Brew about a beer they brewed and aged it in a Woodinville Whiskey Rye Barrel. I noticed they were using one in the video. It seems like a neat idea for an easier cleanup. So I looked up how to do it here and made a trip to Lowe's to pickup some supplies. After posting on reddit, it seems like most people prefer the stainless steel option. The PVC I bought seems to be extremely tough and durable so we'll see. The heat distortion temperature of PVC is 197.6°F and most boils are 210°F+. Since…
  • Beer: Rye Whiskey Barrel

    Sean Duffy
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    This showed up on my porch the other day. My brother got it for me as a Christmas gift and I can't even describe how excited I am to use it! I just came up with a recipe that I think will compliment well with the Rye Whiskey. A while back we made a beer called the Scotch Stout which had peat grains with some Ardbeg Scotch mixed in with it. Well, instead I took out the peat and replaced it with some rye grains and I'm hoping it'll be amazing. We'll see!If you're interested in getting one, they rotate their barrels and sometimes have a Maple Bourbon barrel available which I can't wait to get my…
  • Food: Pasta Bolognese

    Sean Duffy
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    One of my go-to dishes at Italian restaurants is Pasta Bolognese. There's something about it that I just absolutely love. The extra sweetness from the carrots and celery just make it oh so good. My wife bought me an awesome pasta maker for Christmas and I thought this would be the perfect meal to try it out on. I asked her if she wanted to make a date night out of it and it was quite successful! I overcooked the pasta a bit because this was the first time I cooked fresh pasta. It was delicious!Here is the recipe for the pasta:Total Time: 25 minPrep: 20 min |Inactive Prep: -- |Cook: 5…
  • Beer: Christmas Was Good to Me

    Sean Duffy
    27 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Christmas this year was amazing. I can't even describe how appreciative and grateful I am for all the amazing people in my life. I did not expect to get even half the stuff I got and the whole day was full of family, food, and friends. I cannot wait to use the Draft Brewer Dual CO2 Regulated Keg System. I still need to get a freezer before using it, which I might already have squared away due to having awesome friends. It seems there was a theme this year. Most people who know me know that homebrewing has taken over most of my free time. It's an addiction. The science behind it is so…
  • Beer: The New England 1020 (Update)

    Sean Duffy
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    It's that time! I bottled the New England 1020 IPA last night and it tasted delicious. The FG got down to 1.010 which is better than I expected. Overall it's a solid 5.8% ABV IPA. I had hoped for a lot higher but lack of attention to detail during mashing results in lower efficiency. I'll post tasting notes once it's done bottle conditioning! 
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  • FastFerment Conical Fermenter Review Part 1

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Part 1: an Introduction Maybe six or seven months ago I was browsing the net on my mobile, when I came across a product called the FastFerment, an HDPE plastic conical fermenter for an astonishingly low price of $99 (£79.98 at BrewUK). I’d always wanted to try out a conical fermenter, but had been completely put off by the price, so I was buzzing. My pulse raised as I quickly searched for a distributor in the UK; however, to my dismay, there wasn’t one. The FastFerment Conical Fermenter Fast-forward a few months and Brouwland, the king of distributors, started importing the…
  • Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015 LIVE UPDATES

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Good morning ladies and gents! Welcome to LIVE coverage at Manchester Velodrome, where the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has one hell of a treat in store for us. Today should be great, with over 500 beers, ciders and perries available to taste (see guzzle, knock back). And guess what? Grizzly Bear is gonna be in attendance! I’ll be bringing you all the build-up, updates and much more from todays festivities at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015. Stay tuned! 16.34Well,I’m signing off.  Hope you enjoyed it, but it’s time for…
  • Søren Kierkegaard on Brewing Equipment

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Philosophy and Brewing Believe it or not, I used to be a Philosophy major. Besides a load of student debt, and a penchant for discourse, I left that time behind and went on to get a ‘real’ job. Nevertheless, I often find myself reading over old textbooks and digging up old quotes which interested me all those years back. One that recently came to mind was written by Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher. Kierkegaard wrote, I have just come home from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away —…
  • Bottle Beer and Harvest Yeast

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Introduction: How to Bottle Beer and Harvest Yeast I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “to kill two birds with one stone,” and when you are bottling your homebrew you can do just that. In this case, you can bottle your beer and harvest yeast at the same time. In this two minute tutorial, I’m going to show you how to bottle beer and harvest yeast. Supplies Needed bottles caps bottle capper auto-siphon bottling wand (optional) bottling bucket bottle brush dextrose (sugar) mason jars or similar unscented OxiClean Star San Spray bottle Step 1: Cleaning It’s…
  • Brewferm Malt Mill Review

    4 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    It’s now been a couple of years since I started brewing beer using the BIAB method. Sure, I could have started with extract, as many brewers do with great results. However, to me, extract brewing never interested me. Why? Because it doesn’t call upon the use of grain. I put this down to my background in the kitchen. Whenever I can, I make my own stocks for use in soups, sauces,  and other recipes. Using a stock cube doesn’t interest me. It may be easier, and less time consuming, but I find the joy in cooking, as I do brewing, from scratch. In the UK, there are more than a…
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