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  • Unlike Most Gimmicks Fog-Based Beer Is Real

    A Good Beer Blog
    Alan McLeod
    20 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    I like the gimmick that are also based on something actual, a rare sight in the craft beer scene these days. Stuff like when thirty years ago I had a beer from the Falklands. And it really was. Fog based beer is apparently real as well:Since a particularly bad drought in the 1950s, now-retired physics professor Carlos Espinosa Arancibia has been testing nets that could help capture water in Chile’s driest regions, the BBC reports. This current iteration of the net has openings less than one millimeter across around which water droplets condense out of the fog. The drops accumulate and grow…
  • Session #100 announced: Resurrecting the beer dead

    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place
    Stan Hieronymus
    12 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    That The Session has persisted for 100 months seems pretty astonishing to me. It apparently has outlasted Wine Blogging Wednesday. Coincidentally, the 100th edition of Beer Advocate magazine recently shipped to subscribers and beer friendly establishments where it is available. It includes a timeline with highlights from years beginning in 2007 — at that time, the Brewers Association defined as craft beer accounted for 3.8 percent of the market and Ray Daniels was just starting the Cicerone program. Host Reuben Gray’s choice for Session #100 — Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles…
  • Wooden Legs Brewing now featured in Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club, deadline 5/20

    BeerPulse curator
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sponsored Post: From May Day to Memorial Day, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in the month of May. Let us help put you in the party spirit! Each month, members of the Beer T-Shirt Club receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. With one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club is the perfect way to spark conversation around the grill. Visit us on Facebook Sign up for Beer T-Shirt Club This month, we’re featuring the Wooden Legs Brewing Company from Brookings, South Dakota. Named in homage of Judge…
  • Beer Week in Paris

    NYT > Beer
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The second annual Beer Week in Paris will feature 30 breweries and more than 100 events.
  • Jester King / Live Oak Brewing Collaboration – Foudreweizen
    Jonny Fullpint
    21 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Austin, TX – Jester King is very excited to introduce Foudreweizen, our second collaboration with Live Oak Brewing Co. in Au… The post Jester King / Live Oak Brewing Collaboration – Foudreweizen appeared first on
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  • Wooden Legs Brewing now featured in Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club, deadline 5/20

    BeerPulse curator
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sponsored Post: From May Day to Memorial Day, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in the month of May. Let us help put you in the party spirit! Each month, members of the Beer T-Shirt Club receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. With one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club is the perfect way to spark conversation around the grill. Visit us on Facebook Sign up for Beer T-Shirt Club This month, we’re featuring the Wooden Legs Brewing Company from Brookings, South Dakota. Named in homage of Judge…
  • Monkish Rara Avis brewed exclusively for The Rare Beer Club, available this month

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Sponsored Post: Want two rare exclusives in one shot? The Rare Beer Club has the hook up this month with Monkish B.C.’s Rara Avis and Brouwerij Wilderen’s Tripel Kanunnik. In addition, two past exclusives and five other beers are still available giving new members the opportunity to select from ten different beers for the May shipment. Some things to consider/know before ordering…. 1) Use a BeerPulse discount Use one of the promo codes below when you order. BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month minimum) BEERPULSE15 – $15 off ANY prepaid Beer…
  • KC Bier now featured in Beer T-Shirt Club for April, deadline this Wednesday

    BeerPulse curator
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: Mother Nature is being kind! The days are getting longer and being out in the sun is fun again. Celebrate the new season with a new Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club membership! Each month, members of the Beer T-Shirt Club receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. With one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club will help hide the embarrassing tan lines. Deadline is April 22nd. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Visit us…
  • Cantillon highlights Craft Beer Kings’ Online Cellar Sale this Sunday, April 19

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, April 19th at 9am PDT. 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.
  • Cantillon and Ommegang Game of Thrones beers now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

    BeerPulse curator
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Best Damn Beer Shop is back with another round of new beers. This time, the shop has unleashed its stash of Cantillons and also just put up the new Ommegang Game of Thrones beer, Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison. Drink it sometime while enjoying the fifth season. Check out the list below of top beers. Other links…browse the full beer selection or check out the homebrew supplies selection. Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for bi-weekly new beer alerts.
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    NYT > Beer

  • Beer Week in Paris

    14 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The second annual Beer Week in Paris will feature 30 breweries and more than 100 events.
  • Beer and Pasta From the Same Ingredients

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A Pennsylvania beer repurposes its brewing leftovers; French Laundry to reopen with temporary kitchen; Charlotte Neuville joins Industry City; and more.
  • Party Time With an Old Friend

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Metropolitan Diary: Two 21-year-olds on a cold day in a great bar in Bushwick decided the beer was the best ever.
  • From Sierra Nevada, a Taproom in North Carolina

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Sierra Nevada opened a taproom and restaurant in Mills River, N.C., this month, with 23 beer taps and a food menu that showcases ingredients from regional farms.
  • Lagers Enjoy a Renaissance

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In time for spring training, the beer panel rates 20 American lagers.
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  • Jester King / Live Oak Brewing Collaboration – Foudreweizen

    Jonny Fullpint
    21 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Austin, TX – Jester King is very excited to introduce Foudreweizen, our second collaboration with Live Oak Brewing Co. in Au… The post Jester King / Live Oak Brewing Collaboration – Foudreweizen appeared first on
  • Firestone Walker BarrelWorks La Piccola To Debut at FWIBF 2015

    21 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    (Paso Robles, CA) – Multiple versions of the same collaborative dark saison wild ale—called La Piccola—will be unveil… The post Firestone Walker BarrelWorks La Piccola To Debut at FWIBF 2015 appeared first on
  • Anchor Brewing Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout Now Available

    21 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    (San Francisco, CA)  – Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout, a dark Dublin… The post Anchor Brewing Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout Now Available appeared first on
  • Crooked Stave to Release HopSavant Citra and St. Bretta Gold Nugget

    Jonny Fullpint
    21 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Denver, CO – On Wednesday, May 27, Crooked Stave will release HopSavant Citra in addition to St. Bretta Gold Nugget. Both rel… The post Crooked Stave to Release HopSavant Citra and St. Bretta Gold Nugget appeared first on
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Announces New Hard Cider in 16 oz. Cans

    21 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    (Portland, OR) – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of HUB Hard Cider in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Begin… The post Hopworks Urban Brewery Announces New Hard Cider in 16 oz. Cans appeared first on
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  • 'Craft' beer's pandemic of quality un-control?

    19 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    An instructor at the Siebel Institute once told me that there were two types of breweries: ones that had had an infection and ones that would have an infection. As 'craft' breweries proliferate like blooms in spring, beers gone bad will proliferate like weeds on the lawn. It's an inevitability, simply by the sheer number of brewery openings. How a brewery handles that instance is a sure measure of its integrity and competence. Hide it? Go public? Mouth platitudes like, "we brew the best beers," or recommit to quality control and laboratory procedures? A Richmond, Virginia, brewery recently…
  • Tale of three breweries: one open, two soon to be.

    18 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    I celebrated American Craft Beer Week, in part, by visiting three American 'craft' breweries: one in Virginia, and just opened, and two in Maryland, soon to open. Caboose Brewing (Virginia) Caboose Brewing is a brewpub in Vienna, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, D.C.). After two years of construction, it officially opened last week. I visited on Friday afternoon. The W&OD bicycle trail is mere feet from the brewpub, and many bicycles, and their owners, were present. Pictured is brewer Chris Mallon, looking proud. More photos: here. Oliver Brewing(Maryland) Oliver Brewing is Maryland's oldest…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Iris, unfurled

    16 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Planted forty-five years ago,Purple majesty returns. Fairfax, Virginia.9 May 2015. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually 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.
  • 1976 - 2015: Celebrating American 'Craft' Beer, this week.

    11 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Today is the 70th birthday of Jack McAuliffe. Thirty-nine years ago, in 1976, McAuliffe opened New Albion Brewing, in Sonoma, California. It would be the nation's first-ever 'craft' brewery. 1 “In my opinion, Jack started the most important failed brewery,” said Maureen Ogle, a historian and author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer. “He demonstrated that the new brewing model could work and despite the fact that it didn’t last long and failed spectacularly, his influence played a significant role for the first successful batch of microbrewers.” Thus it's fitting that…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Mint Julep under ice

    9 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    This was the refreshing, cold-sweating, Mint Julep, served to me at Rhodeside Grill, a pub and restaurant in the Court House neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, 1 May 2015, the afternoon before the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. The Mint Julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, during which some 80,000 juleps are served. Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim in order for the cup to maintain optimum frost. Beyond the bourbon, sugar, and mint, the only other requirement for this drink…
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  • New BJCP 2015 Style Guide Add-on Released for BeerSmith

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’m happy to announce the updated BJCP style guide for BeerSmith 2. A little over a week ago the Beer Judge Certification Program released the final version of their new BJCP 2015 style guide at I’ve just released an add-on for BeerSmith desktop (see details below) so you can begin using the new style guide with BeerSmith. Quick Guide to Getting the BJCP 2015 Desktop Add-on The 2015 style guide is available for BeerSmith desktop as an add-on, which makes it easy to download and use in BeerSmith. Future versions of BeerSmith will include it by default. Click on…
  • Beer Recipe Transformers with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #103

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Brewing author Drew Beechum is my guest this week to discuss how you can transform one beer into another with a few simple changes to your recipe. Drew’s approach to recipe design is unique – so join me for another great episode! 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 (55:28) Drew Beechum is my guest this week discussing beer recipe design. Drew is the author of Experimental Homebrewing, The Everything Homebrewing Book and Homebrewers Journal (all…
  • Mash pH and Why It Matters for All Grain Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    7 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Mash pH is an important concept for all grain brewing. While you can make “good” beer without worrying about pH, brewing truly great all grain beer relies on understanding the concept of mash pH and its impact on beer. Understanding pH You probably had a simple introduction to the concept of pH in your High School Chemistry course. pH is simply a measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. It is measured on a scale from 1-14 with 7 being a neutral reading. Pure water would have a reading of 7. Readings below 7 are said to be “acidic”, and readings above 7 are said…
  • Evaluating Your Beer with Denny Conn – BeerSmith Podcast #102

    Brad Smith and Friends
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Denny Conn joins me this week to discuss a number of experiments he has made on evaluating and improving your beer. Specifically he addresses decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (39:17) Denny Conn, the author of Experimental Homebrewing (Amazon affiliate link) joins me this week to discuss decoction mashing, first wort hopping and biases in evaluating your beer. Denny has some interesting…
  • Three of my Favorite Beer Styles with Recipes

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    I don’t consider myself much of a competitive beer brewer, so I primarily brew what I enjoy brewing. So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite beer styles and provide links to a few recipes you also might enjoy. These are all ales you can brew yourself easily at home without any special equipment. Robust English Porter Heading the list is a good English Porter. As you will see I enjoy dark beers, and Porter is perhaps my favorite overall style. Porter itself has an interesting history. It was one of the first mass produced beers, reaching incredible levels of popularity in…
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  • Slumbrew: A unified body of individuals

    2 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Webster defines Community as ‘a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood), a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc., a group of nations.’ My favorite, community  a unified body of individuals. Slumbrew embodies this definition. I have enjoyed beers in Jeff and Caitlin’s back yard, at festivals, beer tastings and at both of their new facilities, American Fresh Assembly Row and Boynton Brewery. With each experience my take away is always an overall sense of belonging. Jeff and Caitlin work hard at creating…
  • EVENT: Beans and Brew Homebrew Festival (MA) 6/20

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    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Beans & Brews Homebrew Festival ** Chili Cookoff – Music – Family Fun – BBQ ** When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Rain or Shine Where: Boston / Cape Cod KOA Campground. 438 Plymouth Street. Middleborough, MA
  • EVENT: 16th Annual Boston Beer Summit 4/17 & 4/18 (MA)

    event post
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    The Boston Beer Summit is a craft beer tasting, with 57 brewers and 200+ beers to sample. It has been happening in Boston since 1999, and gets bigger and better every year. This event will have many of the best local, regional, national and international brewers in the world represented- bringing both their well known year round and less common seasonal brews. Your ticket includes entrance, entertainment, tasting mug and beer samples. This event sells out, so make sure to get your tickets in advance. There are three sessions available: 4/17 Friday Night 5:30 – 9pm. 4/18 Saturday…
  • Sometimes Less is More — Mott the Lesser

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    As politicians in Indiana and Arkansas are trying to figure out which end is up, the Southern Maine Beer Scene was a buzz! Tributary Brewing Company, a new local craft brewery, brought a massive crowd of 800+ craft beer fanatics to the coastal town of Kittery, Maine. Many of these fans waited 3+ hours for Tributary’s Russian Imperial Stout release. With the release announcement only two weeks ago, the long awaited day had arrived. Mott the Lesser, a pun on “Kate the Great, is described as “her Imperial Highness is reincarnated. A rich, full-bodied, fudgy chocolate…
  • EVENT: 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival 5/16 & 5/17 (MA)

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    30 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival Pairing the best local craft barbeque and beer with live local blues. LOCATION Fletcher Park, 1557 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 Home of the Lexington Farmer’s Market, and the Hosmer House DATES AND TIMES Saturday, May 16, 2015: 11am-7pm. Sunday, May 17, 2015: 12pm-6pm. ADMISSION $5 (ages 13+) PARKING Lexington Lot and Street Parking Dogs, strollers, chairs, blankets, umbrellas, etc. are welcome! Please, no outside food or drink.
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Unlike Most Gimmicks Fog-Based Beer Is Real

    Alan McLeod
    20 May 2015 | 6:18 pm
    I like the gimmick that are also based on something actual, a rare sight in the craft beer scene these days. Stuff like when thirty years ago I had a beer from the Falklands. And it really was. Fog based beer is apparently real as well:Since a particularly bad drought in the 1950s, now-retired physics professor Carlos Espinosa Arancibia has been testing nets that could help capture water in Chile’s driest regions, the BBC reports. This current iteration of the net has openings less than one millimeter across around which water droplets condense out of the fog. The drops accumulate and grow…
  • Photo Gallery: The 1780 Challenge, Middleburgh, NY

    Alan McLeod
    17 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    I made the five and a half hour drive from my home in Ontario down to Middleburgh NY yesterday. When we dipped down into the narrow valley cresting on Hwy 145, it was pretty obvious how the Loyalist raid of 1780 would have played out. The small town by Schoharie creek was surrounded by grain fields plowed to the foot of the hills. A military reenactor display was already going and a professor from an Albany university was brewing beer as would have been done in the colonial era, using only firewood and tools made of copper or wrought iron. I have to head out now for the return drive north…
  • Hey! What Is “The 1780 Beer Challenge” Anyway?

    Alan McLeod
    13 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    I am heading down south this Saturday despite the 83 cent Canadian dollar. Yes, this event is so compelling that I am willing to buy US dollars at a 20% premium to attend it. What is “The 1780 Beer Challenge”? Here is how Craig described it in the press release:The Albany Ale Project, Green Wolf Brewing Co., and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. have issued each other a challenge. A beer-infused re-enactment of the 1780 stand off in Middleburgh between New York’s Loyalist raiders and the Albany County Militia—this time with hops, grain, and yeast, instead of muskets and cannons! The…
  • Thoughts On The Introduction To The Anthology

    Alan McLeod
    12 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Maybe I am a morning person after all. Again, I am up, wanting to write. The niggling thought in my head about how too much beer writing is sadly like what's found in the auto section, to quote a newspaper editor I know. I was thinking about this as well as the wee hidden essay I found in the e-book... ebook... "Eeee! Book!!" Boak and Bailey put out. No, I have written them back and forth enough that by now we should be on a first name basis. So it's Jessica and Ray's new wee ebook. [Ressica? Maybe.] It's just a compendium of old blog posts ["Just!" tisked Ressica] but its got this new…
  • Your Saturday Morning News Not From Boak And Bailey

    Alan McLeod
    9 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Six thirty Ay Hem. That's what you get when you go to bed early on a Friday. After having a nap around supper time. Three elections in a row this week plus, you know, the life of a desk jockey did me in. The first election last Monday in my former tiny jurisdiction of PEI saw my old law school prof get in as Premier. The next on Tuesday in the western Canadian home of the conservative puritans saw a landslide by the socialist hoard. And in the Old Country Thursday the nationalist lefties beat out the unionist pinkos to send the aysmetrical quasi-federation into a dither. The combined effect…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Post-Meantime sale thoughts: Mind the gap

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 05.18.15 1) Global giant in grab for Meantime. 2) Why Meantime sold up to SAB Miller – the inside story 3) Why SABMiller’s acquisition of Meantime is a good thing. 4) Meantime brewery: craft or industrial? 5) What Meantime means to us. 6) Raising the bar. The most important story of the week, although it may not have been obvious on this side of the Atlantic. The first post includes the basic news. In the second, Martyn Cornell explains why it happened, and in the third Pete Brown suggests what it means. The fourth and fifth remind us there are thousands of…
  • Session #100 announced: Resurrecting the beer dead

    Stan Hieronymus
    12 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    That The Session has persisted for 100 months seems pretty astonishing to me. It apparently has outlasted Wine Blogging Wednesday. Coincidentally, the 100th edition of Beer Advocate magazine recently shipped to subscribers and beer friendly establishments where it is available. It includes a timeline with highlights from years beginning in 2007 — at that time, the Brewers Association defined as craft beer accounted for 3.8 percent of the market and Ray Daniels was just starting the Cicerone program. Host Reuben Gray’s choice for Session #100 — Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles…
  • Drinking too fast? A few trivial beer links to slow that

    Stan Hieronymus
    11 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 05.11.15 In their weekly Saturday roundup of beer links, Boak & Bailey write, “It seems rather trivial to be thinking, reading and writing about beer in the week of a general election …” That’s dangerous thinking, because that might be true every week. I am so fucking bored by the beer discourse of 2015. Rants, bar fights and strip clubs. Maybe it’s time to become a wine drinker. Pete Brown tweeted “Here’s a post which shows why you shouldn’t read social media after a nice evening’s drinking and then blog…
  • The Session #99 roundup posted

    Stan Hieronymus
    9 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Allstair Reese has posted the roundup for The Session #99: Localising Mild. It is reminder to find yourself a beer from a brewery participating in American Mild Month. I haven’t yet. Also, be on the lookout for Reuben Gray’s official announcement about the topic (the preview: it “will be about lost/almost forgotten beer styles”) for the June Session. After all, it will be No. 100.
  • But, Stan, where are the feel-good beer links?

    Stan Hieronymus
    4 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, AND SAD SHAKING OF THE HEAD, 05.04.15 Lake Louie’s Craft Beer Week event at strip club prompts brouhaha. I suppose you could file this under “Will they ever learn?” Lake Louie owner/brewmaster Tom Porter actually said this: “If we take this all too seriously we’ll be in trouble. This is a fun, emerging new industry and I’ve seen it get to where there’s a lot of beer snobs out there.” I can only repeat what I wrote two weeks ago about this total lack of awareness when it comes to treating women as objects. Last week the attention turned to…
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  • Saisons Pt 6: Relatively Twist Free

    21 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    As our stash of UK-brewed saisons runs low, it gets harder to find a connecting theme: what this last bunch have in common, at least according to their labels, is the absence of headlining (important word) herbs and spices. All of this batch, as it happens, were provided to us free of charge by online retailer Beer Hawk: Wiper & True ‘The Breeze’ — 3.5% ABV, 500ml, usually £2.79. Otley Saison Obscura — 5.5%, 500ml, usually £2.79. Bad Seed Saison — 6%, 330ml, usually £2.59. We first encounted ‘nomadic’ brewers Wiper & True not long after…
  • That Isn’t a Story

    20 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    People say they want beer writers to tell stories, but what counts as a story? Some time ago, we spoke to someone at one of Britain’s biggest regional breweries who told us, off the record, about the personal reasons behind the company’s resurgence, which was pure drama, with something of the Thomas Hardy novel about it. We might yet cover it in a blog post or article but, in the meantime, we were struck by how little it is reflected in the official line which is all pride and tradition and shire horses and smiling blokes in blazers. Then, last week, we got a PR email from a…
  • CAMRA and Lager: Eurofizz or Pure Beer?

    18 May 2015 | 12:42 am
    In its 44 years of existence, the Campaign for Real Ale has had a more complicated relationship with lager than cries of ‘fizzy piss’ from some members might have you believe. In the early 1970s, no-one in the Campaign was thinking much about lager at all, its energy being focused almost entirely on battling keg bitters from Watneys et al. The very first issue of What’s Brewing (WB), however, did carry an advertisement for an excursion to the Munich Oktoberfest organised by one of the founders, the bespectacled and hawkish Graham Lees. Another keen traveller with a far from…
  • QUOTE: Micropubs & Lager

    18 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    “I used to drink brown and mild but beer in the 1970s was so rubbish that I eventually succumbed to lager… [Then] I discovered the Firkin pubs, Bruce’s Brewery… I had a pint of Whale Ale and thought, wow, this is fantastic! This is how beer is supposed to be… I could be wrong but I don’t think that in ten years, the police have never been called to a micropub. There’s twice as many hops in real ale as in lager, and hops are soporific – they make you sleepy and peaceful.” Martyn Hillier, founder of the first micropub and godfather of the micropub…
  • VIDEO: You’re A Skolar

    17 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    An advert for Skol lager from (says the uploader, FishyFish) 1979. VIDEO: You’re A Skolar from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007
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  • A blast from the past.

    Jack Curtin
    15 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This is a “Local Boy Makes Good” note for early readers of these ramblings back in the day when I had to hand-code everything myself and would write often and long about the characters I met in our burgeoning beer scene. It’s from the latest edition of the The Belchertown Blast, a promotional email newsletter from the Shelton Bros.: Mike Murphy, an American expat, helped kick-start the craft beer movement in Italy, later heading north to do the same for Denmark. In fact, he brewed the very first batch of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast there. More recently he’s been…
  • A new coffee beer with definite promise.

    Jack Curtin
    15 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I received an email earlier this month from Erik Barkley of Tugboat Coffee LLC in Illinois. “I am a coffee roaster outside of Chicago & I have partnered with RAM Restaurant & Brewery to develop a new coffee beer that is ridiculously good.  Could I send you a sample & get your feedback?” Hey, why not? I do love me some coffee beers and had come home that very day with a 6-pack of Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s Joe, one of the fine local examples of the style. A bottle of Big Red Jugboat arrived earlier this week  (my apologies for the quality of the photo;…
  • We live in interesting (beer) times. Isn’t that an old Chinese curse or something?

    Jack Curtin
    15 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    From Craft Business Daily just now: SABMiller has bought London’s biggest craft brewer, Meantime, for an undisclosed sum, marking their foray into the UK craft market. The acquisition is expected to be completed by early June, when Meantime will be incorporated into SABMiller Europe’s accounts. The deal includes Meantime’s retail sites, including the Tasting Rooms and the brewery shop in Greenwich, the Greenwich Union pub, pop-up Beerbox pub, and the Brewery Fresh tank beer concept, which is now in 26 pubs across London, “complementing SABMiller’s Pilsner Urquell…
  • Understatement of the year.

    Jack Curtin
    8 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    From this morning’s Craft Business Daily (emphasis added): LAGUNITAS NAMED Maria Stipp as the new CEO as the founder Tony Magee will become executive chairman, effective June 15. She comes from Eco-ATM, which recycles old cell phones. It will be interesting to me at least how she either manages or adopts to the unique culture at Lagunitas. This is not your normal company, and not even your normal craft beer company.
  • A Penny for your Maibock.

    Jack Curtin
    4 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    The winning goat at yesterday’s Sly Fox Bock Festival Goat Race was named Penny and that’s also now the name of the 2015 Maibock. As noted in the post below, I never did get into the event but am pleased to report that most of the feedback I am receiving is very positive and that, while there were glitches, the Sly Fox folks did a yeoman-like job making it all come together at the new location. Plus also, there was one “never happened before” moment in the championship race. Another goat named Wally actually crossed the finish line first but because his handler made…
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    Pete Brown

  • Why SABMiller's acquisition of Meantime is a good thing.

    Pete Brown
    15 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    I wasn't going to write about this because I'm too busy and I don't have time. But I've read too many comments about it and I can't help myself.Just to be clear, I'm not an apologist for big, corporate brands, OK? And I'll fight with anyone who says I am.I think most people who love craft beer, good beer, real ale, interesting flavourful beer, whatever you want to call it, share a belief that mass market consumerism and the centralising of production into ever fewer, ever bigger corporations, goes hand-in-hand with cost-cutting, homogenisation, blandness, and a triumph of style over…
  • The dawn chorus, the apple, and another forthcoming book from me

    Pete Brown
    7 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    I've managed to end up working on three new books, with three different publishers. Here's a story about the second of those three.I've already talked about my new beer book, What Are You Drinking? It's a crowdfunded project with a new type of publisher that I'm doing (a) because it's a really good model for both readers and authors and (b) my ex-editor, who made my first two beer books happen, is leading the project. It's more than 50% funded. If you haven't pledged for it yet and you're kind of intending to, please do - it'll help shorten the gap for those who have already pledged before…
  • I am so fucking bored by the beer discourse of 2015

    Pete Brown
    5 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It started off odd, like a beer that tastes OK at first, then has something nagging that attracts your attention, and on the second and third sips, starts to reveal something badly wrong. Suddenly it all got legal. Then, it got nasty.When I write stuff for the consumer press about beer, I stick to the line - which I believe on good days, when the medication is working - that there's never been a better time to be a beer drinker. More brewers, more styles, more experimentation and inventiveness...And whatever your views on big brewers trying to muscle in on craft, their intense interest…
  • The best thing I have ever read about alcohol - and possibly anything else

    Pete Brown
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    I hate the patronising language of social media clickbait because it debases what were once perfectly good terms and insults the intelligence of its audience. But just for once, I wish I was writing for one of those wanky clickbait sites because my headline could only be 'This fruit fly drank some booze. You will not BELIEVE what happened next!'I seem to be writing three new books simultaneously. I'll explain how, why and what in a later post. But two of these books - one of them being What Are You Drinking, my new crowdfunded book with ace publishers Unbound - are taking me onto a bit of…
  • Beer Marketing Awards pit micros, regional and global brewers against each other

    Pete Brown
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    I helped organise the inaugural Beer Marketing Awards. The awards event is on 14th April, and the shortlist tells us a great deal about where the beer industry is today.When I was approached to be a partner in the first ever Beer Marketing Awards, the thing that sold it to me was that there were categories that appeal to brewers of any size. There's a misconception in some quarters of the beer world that marketing is by definition a bad thing, which is a bit like saying breathing is evil because some people say mean things when they do. Marketing is essential for any brewery, of any…
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  • Drinkers to decide which retired Sam Adams beers to resurrect

    Real Beer
    11 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, plans to bring back some retired favorites this year and next, and is letting drinkers determine just what those favorites are. Through online and in-person voting, drinkers will determine which two brews will emerge from the Samuel Adams “vault” for national distribution in early 2016. The choices include beers included more than 20 years ago, including Cherry Lambic. Here’s how it works: – Starting today, drinkers can visit the Samuel Adams website to select four beers (from 16…
  • Brooklyn, Carlsberg to partner with Norwegian brewery

    Real Beer
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Brooklyn Brewery and Denmark’s Carlsberg have announced another brewing collaboration, this time with Ringnes in Norway. The three companies will a new brewery with pub, restaurant, conference facilities and visitor center established at the existing Ringnes E.C. Dahls brewery site in Trondheim, Norway. The brewery will produce both popular local Dahls beer and new beers that take inspiration from both Norwegian and US craft brewing traditions. E.C. Dahls is the second brewery collaboration between Carlsberg and Brooklyn. One year ago, Carlsberg and Brooklyn opened a brewery in…
  • Rahr Malting plans major expansion

    Real Beer
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded $610,000 in Job Creation Fund resources to Rahr Malting Corp., which will help the Minnesota company to begin its $68 million expansion and addition of 28 full-time employees. Rahr Corp.’s expansion plans include the construction of a malt house, pilot brewery and technical center, maintenance warehouse, and distribution center. New parking, green space, ponding, and other site improvements are also part of the plan. The Job Creation Fund resources will go directly toward the cost of the pilot brewery and…
  • Economic impact of brewing in New York

    Real Beer
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    The numbers aren’t quite up to date — and given recent growth they would likely be even more impressive — but the growing economic impact of brewing in New York’s state economy is apparent. The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) &#151 whose motto is “Think New York, Drink New York” — found that in 2013 the impact of craft beer on New York State to total $3.5 billion (up from $2.2 billion in 2012). The figure takes into account the number of full-time jobs generated by the local beer industry (11,366 jobs); wages ($554 million paid); state…
  • Brew Hub to make Toppling Goliath beers

    Real Beer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Toppling Goliath, an Iowa brewery that makes bold-flavored beers highly pursued by beer enthusiasts across the country, has become the latest to strike a deal to have a portion of its beer made by Brew Hub. Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis and is building a network of five breweries across the country that primarily will produce beer for other breweries, such at Toppling Goliath. The first came on line in Lakeland, Fla., last year and the next will open outside St. Louis in 2016. The Lakeland facility will brew Toppling Goliath in 2015, but the St. Louis brewery will make most of it…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Let’s Brew Wednesday – 1871 Carlsberg Mild

    22 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    As an extra special treat, two Let’s Brews this week. And let’s face it, this is a pretty special beer.The historian at Carlsberg told me Carl Jacobsen had wanted to brew both Lager and Ales when he returned in 1871 from his study trip to Britain. But I was still amazed to find Mild Ale on the very first page of his Copenhagen brews. It’s not as odd as it might first seem.British beers still had a good reputation internationally and there had been plenty of brewers taking on British styles on the Continent. Porter and Stout were the most common, but there were also Pale Ales and IPAs…
  • Copenhagen day two

    21 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    I have to be up pretty early. I’ve an appointment at Carlsberg at 09:00. And I plan walking there, which will take a bit more than half an hour.The breakfast is pretty decent. Cheese, ham, hard and soft boiled eggs, nice bread and quite a lot of sliced veg. It means I can be reasonably healthy in my eating.Fed, I grab my camera and head west. It’s a lovely day, making walking a pleasure. I’ve been to Carlsberg before, but never on foot. Meaning I get to see a new bit of Copenhagen. There’s a bit of confusion about our meeting point. I stand patiently in front of Visit Carlsberg while…
  • Let's Brew Wednesday - 1959 Watneys XX Mild

    20 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Not sure if Kristen’s going to make it on time this week. So I here’s a recipe of mine.Watney – now there’s a name to conjure with. The bogeyman of brewing in the 1970’s. This wasn’t brewed in their own Mortlake brewery but at Ushers of Trowbridge in the West Country. Watney owned the brewery and clearly made them brew some of their own lovely brands.If I remember correctly, Ushers was one of the few Watney plants that never completely got rid of cask. Their beers were OK, if nothing particularly special. When Watney started to unravel, Ushers regained its independence with its…
  • Brewing in the 1950’s - Continental Hops

    19 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    I almost forgot about this. Too busy getting distracted by other shiny articles about hops in the 1950’s.So here’s Jeffery’s overview of foreign hops. Imported hops had become much less important after the two world wars. For the very simple reason that Britain had become self-sufficient in hops for the first time since the early 1800’s.“Continental Hops. A general characteristic of all Continental hops is the small size of the cone. Indeed, they look only a quarter grown compared with English hops, but even so they are fully grown out. Another noticeable feature is the absence of…
  • Copenhagen day one

    18 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    I like getting early flights. Ones where I can get up at my normal time. It’s just like going to work, except when I get off the 15 bus at Amsterdam Zuid, I jump on a train to Schiphol rather than a tram to Amstelveen.Even though I’d allowed plenty of time, when I’ve got through security and walked all the way to the gate, it’s about time to board. I picked up a sandwich in the Albert Heijn landside. A snip a just 3 euros for a broodje gezond. I want something more substantial than the small packet of cheesy biscuits KLM gives you.As I queue to buy a train ticket into town, I wonder…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Port City Ways & Means

    21 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    The post, Port City Ways & Means, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Of all the recent trends the past year or two in the craft beer world, there’s really only one that I’ve been more likely to embrace and that is the “session IPA.” I love a good IPA and I love the face that a sessionable brew let’s me enjoy more than a couple over a […] The post, Port City Ways & Means, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Old Ox Brewing Kristen’s Temper

    20 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    The post, Old Ox Brewing Kristen’s Temper, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m a big fan of a mellow bit of peppery spiciness in the right beer. Whether it be a roasty chipotle character or the late warmth of serrano pepper, there’s just something about that presence in a beer. Of course, with tongue twisting baddies like Ghost Face Killah and Stone’s Crime and Punishment, there are […] The post, Old Ox Brewing Kristen’s Temper, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sixpoint Brewing Abigale

    19 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    The post, Sixpoint Brewing Abigale, first appeared on The Barley Blog. American brewers have a tendency to over-hop just about everything they make. They know we like that piney, citrusy character, but there are just times when it’s too much. Such is the case with this particular beer. The description of Sixpoint’s Abigale can be summed up quite succinctly with the following line of text pulled […] The post, Sixpoint Brewing Abigale, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Terrapin And New Belgium Black is the New Wit

    18 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    The post, Terrapin And New Belgium Black is the New Wit, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Rare is the case when, after fully drinking a beer, am I utterly unsuccessful in giving it some sort of numerical rating. Usually, I’m able to put thoughts together in some sort of coherent pattern and at least give it a thumbs up or down. That’s not the case with this collaborative effort between Terrapin […] The post, Terrapin And New Belgium Black is the New Wit, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Southern Tier Grand Arbor

    15 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    The post, Southern Tier Grand Arbor, first appeared on The Barley Blog. It’s been about a year and a half since I last reviewed a Southern Tier product. I know that I’ve enjoyed many of their brews over that time, but to not take notes on a new one!? That’s just not right. So I’m gonna make up for it with Grand Arbor, a tasty and unique […] The post, Southern Tier Grand Arbor, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Busy Rascal's

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A couple of new ones from the brewery on the edge of Dublin today. Rascal's has been striking a balance between maintaining a presence for its three core beers, all of which have changed for the better in the year or so that they've been available, and turning out specials, under its own marque and under the Brewtonic badge in Dublin's Bodytonic bars.The latter has included Same Sex, which I caught up with in The Back Page. It's a saison brewed to commemorate today's equal marriage referendum. Doesn't the presidential minimum age referendum deserve a beer too? Anyway, Same Sex is 6% ABV…
  • Old and krieky

    20 May 2015 | 12:51 am
    I'm not sure how long I've been hoarding this bottle of Alvinne Kerasus, but not as long as the "Vintage 2009" designation on the label might suggest. I've probably only had it since about 2011. Unhelpfully, no best-before is given on the bottle, nor even an ABV: on the unlawful side of artisanal, then.It presents in my kriek glass a hazy maroon with no head to speak of, just a smattering of lazy bubbles breaking the millpond surface. On the nose it's a classic sour kriek, all saltpetre and balsamic, with barely a trace of fruit. The taste begins with a puckering tang followed quickly by a…
  • A bit of a grilling

    18 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    The second Big Grill Festival takes place in Herbert Park, Dublin on 13-16 August. Last year's was one of the highlights of the summer, not least because of the excellent beers on offer, with Irish luminaries Eight Degrees, Rascal's, Trouble and The Porterhouse representing alongside Grand Cru's portfolio of US imports, including Founders and Sierra Nevada.All these and more are due to make a return this year, and there was a taste of the beer options at the launch event held at The Bernard Shaw pub a couple of weeks ago. To accompany the pit-roasted lamb and smoked chicken wings in a…
  • Post-industrial brewing

    15 May 2015 | 12:23 am
    Łódź has two brewpubs, at opposite ends of the city's outskirts. There's room for plenty more, though: the old factory buildings which make up so much of the place are ideal for conversion.Buddha Pub is to the south, based in Księży Młyn ("The Priest's Mill"), a vast factory complex that now houses a Swarovski crystal dealer in the premises adjoining the pub. The venue is appropriately blinged up, its crystal chandelier as much a feature as the gleaming copper brewkit. In the vaulted roofspace above is the Gronowalski restaurant, which is where I got to actually work through the…
  • Meeting Cornelius

    14 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    We were introduced to Cornelius yesterday, via its rather tasty Baltic Porter. It's a subsidiary brand of the Sulimar brewery, a big one, mostly turning out standard lager but which has recently given itself a bit of a shake-up to take note of the way the Polish beer market is evolving. Cornelius is the on-message yoof label, hoping to surf the wave of cool to the next big thing in beer. Or something equally cringeworthy spitballed by middle-aged men in a conference room.We had the whole arrangement explained to us by one of the company execs at an EBCU event in Łódź Polytechnic. The…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic - Tonight, it all begins

    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Am I excited? Sure. But it's been a long time in coming, so the last eight months of repeat editing and a whole lot of patience and waiting - which was preceded by five months of furious researching, photography, and a month of contract hammering out, etc. - has subdued the initial excitement. But, nonetheless, the time has come and all of the hard work has paid off. And, yes, I
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: May 21 - May 31

    21 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This is it Philly. Your last chance to get your Philly Beer on before the Imperial 10-day Philly Beer Week begins. For sake of brevity, I'll just point you over to for the full and up-to-date listing of all the celebratory frivolity taking place between May 29 and June 7. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of
  • Philly Beer Week 2015 - The changing faces

    18 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    You know what's been really fun sitting in my position of covering the regional Philly beer scene for the past ten years? It's been the people. Well, most of 'em anyway! Watching them come and go, watching them grow up, and watching them change. Can't recall exactly what it was the other day that got me to thinking about how the past five or so years has seen a significant amount of turnover at
  • Philly Beer Week 2015 - We're now just two weeks away

    15 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Two weeks to go and we're still Leuven On A Prayer! Last Friday, I promised you another update a week later and lo and behold here we are. Before I get into the event schedule of May 29 to June 7, in case you haven't heard, the official Belgian collaboration beer of Philly Beer Week 2015 is called Leuven On A Prayer. I was honored to be a part of the traveling PBW contingent that paired up Free
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: May 14 - May 20

    14 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Do you hear that Philly Beer Week whistle blowing? It's coming in just two weeks and a day. But, don't refrain in some bizarre attempt to prepare for the onslaught of beer events from May 29-June 7. Pre-game with the following and ensure that your body isn't shocked with what PBW has to offer this year. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an
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  • Why Meantime sold up to SAB Miller – the inside story

    Martyn Cornell
    16 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Meantime Brewing’s surprise sale to SAB Miller, the second largest brewing company in the world, was prompted by a growing realisation at the Greenwich-based craft brewer that it did not have the resources and capability itself to move on up to the next stage of its growth journey, the company’s chief executive has revealed. Nick Miller, who joined Meantime as CEO in 2011, said that he and Alastair Hook, the company’s founder, and the rest of the board were already looking at a tie-up with a big brewer as one of the strategic options that could be followed to enable the…
  • Why Welsh beer blogger Simon Martin is a superstar in Poland

    Martyn Cornell
    10 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Two of the more than 300 bronze dwarfs to be found on the streets of Wrocław. They commemorate the surrealist anti-Communist Orange Alternative protest movement of the 1980s, whose symbol was a dwarf, and which started in Wrocław. ‘Opiłek’ means ‘metal chip’ Wandering around the Festival of Good Beer outside the football stadium in Wrocław, southern Poland last weekend with the Welsh beer blogger Simon Martin, it was quickly clear I was in the presence of a genuine superstar. A stream of young Poles – mostly male, but including the occasional female – were…
  • Eight per cent of British craft brewers have PhDs and other dubious statistics

    Martyn Cornell
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    I have a new book out, A Craft Beer Road Trip Around Britain, with snapshots of 40 of Britain’s top small breweries from Scotland to the South West. Don’t rush to try to buy it from Amazon/your favourite independent bookseller, however, because it’s only available via Beer 52, the craft beer club people, who are giving it away to people who sign up to their “case of beer a month” service. Putting it together was quite fun, but hard work: getting craft beer brewers to co-operate in supplying information about themselves and their beers turns out to be like trying…
  • In which I give more badly written beer history a good kicking

    Martyn Cornell
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Why oh why am I still having to write lengthy corrections to articles about the history of India Pale Ale? Well, apparently because the Smithsonian magazine, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution, is happy to print articles about the history of India Pale Ale without anybody doing any kind of fact-checking – and William Bostwick, beer critic for the Wall Street Journal, appears to be one of those writers who misinterpret, make stuff up and actively get their facts wrong. The article Bostwick had published on earlier this week, “How the India…
  • More notes towards a history of the beer mug

    Martyn Cornell
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Loved and disliked in equal parts, and enjoying an unexpected renaissance in hipstery parts, despite being more than 70 years old, the dimpled beer mug is undoubtedly an icon of England. It was invented in 1938 at the Ravenhead glassworks in St Helens, Lancashire by an in-house designer whose name is now forgotten, and given the factory identity “P404″. Although the dimple has its enemies, who dislike its weight and its thickness, it soon became extremely popular, and at a rough guess some 500 million have been manufactured since it was born. Strawberry pink pint beer mug of the…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1562: Man Size Pleasure Of Golf

    Jay Brooks
    21 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Thursday’s ad is another one for Falstaff, also from 1959. Today is National Golf Day, so this ad seemed appropriate for today’s featured ad. Like yesterday’s ad, the copy asks. “Got A Thirst For Man Size Pleasure?” I guess golf is slightly manlier than ice skating, but I’m... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Nick Matt

    Jay Brooks
    21 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today is the 70th birthday of Nick Matt, chairman and CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing in Utica, by the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The brewery was originally founded in 1888, and their main brand today is Saranac. Nick is an active member of the beer industry, and especially through the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 2792692A: Keg Cooler And Dispensing Bar Unit

    Jay Brooks
    21 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    Today in 1957, US Patent 2792692 A was issued, an invention of Reed A. Bryan, for his “Keg Cooler And Dispensing Bar Unit.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: The primary object of the invention is to provide a combined keg cooling enclosure... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1561: Man Size Pleasure Of Skating

    Jay Brooks
    20 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Falstaff, from 1959. “Got A Thirst For Man Size Pleasure?” You must be an ice skater. I know ice skating is hard, and I sucked at it both of the times I’ve tried it, but it’s still difficult to think of associating it with manliness, especially... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 1951996A: Brewing Pan

    Jay Brooks
    20 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Today in 1934, US Patent 1951996 A was issued, an invention of Josef Schaefer, for his “Brewing Pan.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application: My invention relates to improvements in brewing pans, and more particularly in the construction of the rotary... [[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

  • Opens Friday 5/22 – The Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co.

    20 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Located in the upper level of the brewery, The Brewer’s Table, Surly’s fine-dining sibling to the Beer Hall & Restaurant, opens this Friday and offers patrons a more ambitious menu and more intimate setting than what is found downstairs. Creating the fine dining experience at a brewery has been a welcome challenge for both Executive ...
  • First Sunday Growler Sales… Sunday… at Montgomery Brewing

    19 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    Great news from Montgomery, MN. Last night the City of Montgomery passed a provision to allow for Sunday growler sales. The city worked quickly and Montgomery Brewing Co. will be open for the state’s first Sunday growler sales this Sunday, May 24th. Don’t hesitate, though… they have a 3 bbl brewing system and the beer ...
  • Town Hall Growler Spring Cleaning Program Continues

    13 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    How many empty growlers are squirreled away in your basement, in the back of your cupboard or in your garage? And of those growlers, how many do you actually use? If you’re up to your neck in old growlers, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery can help. Through Sunday, May 17th, you can bring your growlers to ...
  • Sunday Beer Baby Steps: Sunday Growler Sales

    2 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Exciting news for craft beer in Minnesota – on Friday, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that allows Sunday growler sales at breweries and brewpubs. While it’s not a full-on repeal of bans on Sunday sales, it’s a positive step toward changes to old laws that have been on the books for years – laws ...
  • Big Brew Day at Lucid Saturday

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Friends, Romans, homebrewers! Lend me your ears… er eyes. On Saturday, our friends at Lucid Brewing Co. will host a Big Brew Day celebration from 8am-5pm. Big Brew Day takes place around the country on the first Saturday in May as a celebration of National Homebrew Day. Saturday is your chance to celebrate the holiday ...
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  • 2015 New Zealand Hop Harvest

    17 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The 2015 New Zealand Hop Harvest was completed in the first week of April having started in the second week of February. By Doug Donelan The New Zealand Hop harvest commenced this season with the traditional northern types of Fuggle and Styrian Golding arriving into store in the second week of February. Early New Zealand varieties such as Pacifica and Motueka commenced soon after with all picking operations in full swing by the start of March and concluding with the final bales of the later varieties Rakau and Green bullet weighed across into cold storage by early April. During the growing…
  • Beervana changes hands

    16 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The ownership of New Zealand’s largest craft beer festival, Beervana, has shifted from Cryer Malt to the Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc. (WCET), the organisation that runs Visa Wellington On a Plate. The nine-year old beer festival, which runs during Visa Wellington On a Plate every August, features over 60 breweries with approximately 200 beers showcased to 10,000-plus punters and trade who visit the two-day event. Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of WCET says it made perfect sense for the organisation to buy Beervana. “Visa Wellington On a Plate serves up the best food and drink the…
  • Gin in New Zealand

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:49 am
    For the last year or so I have learned a little about gin. I found over the last few years that brewers that I have drunk with around the world find a time in the evening where it is appropriate to have a refreshing Gin & Tonic to reset the palate after a few massively hopped IPA’s. I have a blog post I have rewritten four times over the last 12 months but still haven’t finished it. (hopefully soon I will find the groove to finish it, explaining brewers and G&T’s). I have in that time created a few other pages about Gin in New Zealand. So I thought I would at least…
  • #FreshHopNZ15 – Auckland 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    PRESS RELEASE – 23 April 2015 Freshhop is back for its second year, the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount last year with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin. In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region. The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops are picked…
  • VIDEO – Brew Day – House of Nicholas – Sarah IPA – #FreshHopNZ15

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Video from the Brew Day at Hop Federation, with Simon Nicholas & Luke Nicholas. – HOUSE OF NICHOLAS #FreshHopNZ15 The post VIDEO – Brew Day – House of Nicholas – Sarah IPA – #FreshHopNZ15 appeared first on Luke's Beer.
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 05/15/15 Beer Tastings

    15 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be featuring: Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Stone Pale Ale (the new 2.0), Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout, and Prairie Artisan Ales Somewhere. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They will be sampling the following beers: O’Fallon Berry Best, Boulevard Zon, and Uinta Hop…
  • Oskar Blues Rooftop Party at Eclipse

    14 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    One of my favorite views in all of St. Louis is the rooftop bar at Eclipse. Not only do you get a nice view of the Loop, but you also get a lovely look at downtown and Clayton. It provides a nice bridge between the city and county. If you’ve never visited, the other nice part about Eclipse is that they have a very nice drink menu including more than a few craft beer selections. Speaking of which, this Friday, May 15th, Eclipse will be hosting an Oskar Blues Brewery Rooftop Party. Not only will you get to enjoy the always phenomenal Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella…
  • 2015 American Craft Beer Week in St. Louis

    11 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Chances are if you visit this blog you know that May 11-17 is American Craft Beer Week.  If you did not know this, don’t feel bad because Urban Chestnut, Craft Beer Cellar, Whole Foods Galleria and Civil Life Brewing have you covered. Here’s a look at the events happening at these locations this week: Urban Chestnut Monday (5/11) – “A Case of the Mondays”: It isn’t always so terrible to have a “Case of the Mondays”: purchase a case of UCBC bier from our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten or Grove Brewery & Bierhall and get UCBC SWAG!
  • Week of 05/08/15 Beer Tastings

    8 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be featuring: Stone Imperial Mutt Brown Ale, Odell Lugene Chocolate, Southern Tier Sonnet with Lemongrass, and Wild Beer Iduna Cru. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Somewhere Sour Saison, Southern Tier Sonnet, Evil Twin Soft Dookie, Excel El Pistolero, and 4 Hands Opus Saison. $12 gets you five 4oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting a very…
  • Femme Ferment Turns One

    7 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Anniversaries are worth celebrating, especially when that anniversary celebrates an organization that focuses on women in the craft beer industry. To celebrate their first year in St. Louis, Femme Ferment worked with Schlafly to create a collaborative beer. To celebrate the season, Femme Ferment and Schlafly decided to brew up a Maibock as “a nod to St. Louis’s German heritage”. Called “Femme Bock the Elder”, this 6.0% lager was “dry-hopped” with elderflowers to impart a floral aroma reminiscent of spring time. This beer will be tapped at 11AM…
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  • Zwick'l

    21 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Eight years ago I visited Bayreuth in Franconia and wrote about it on this blog. Here's the post. I toured the Atkien brewery with, among others, beer writer and historian Ron Pattinson. I remember drinking their Zwick'l Kellerbier in a spartan taproom before touring the brewery's cellars, which were used during the war as air raid shelters for the town's residents. They'd left some of the bunk
  • Imperial Stout

    18 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    I don't handle being poorly well at all. When you're self-employed it's an absolute nightmare. There's noone to phone in sick to, you see. So as not to spend the whole of today at home moaning I went for a wander earlier. After taking the air I felt that a drink might benefit me. But not any old drink: ordinary beer couldn't be less appealing right now. A bottle of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout
  • More on Meantime

    16 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    Alastair Hook. Never shy of a camera or a microphone. Unsurprisingly, there's been some negative reaction on the internet to the announcement yesterday that Meantime is being acquired by SABMiller. But if there's one thing we've learned recently (and yes, I'm thinking of May 7th) it's that those who make the most noise on twitter aren't representative of real public opinion. So ignore all the
  • SABMiller buys Meantime

    15 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    Propel has the story. Meantime has been London's second biggest brewer since the closure of Young's in 2006. They've gone through a somewhat painful brewery expansion and move since then. If I'm not mistaken Meantime, founded in 2000, is the first second modern UK microbrewery to be purchased by one of the multinational brewing companies. Which one will be next? Brew Dog? SAB Miller buys
  • Embrace the murk

    11 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    The murk isn't going away. Nothing will stop it. The tide will not be turned by any amount of snarky comments from jealous, stick-in-the-mud brewers who know how to make transparent beer. Grumbling killjoys who proudly held their pints to the light before the London beer scene's Year Zero* can forget it. Opacity is here to stay, and must be embraced. And so I present to you glasses of beer we
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Tasting Room 2.0

    Carlen Funk
    6 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Our top priority is (and always has been) making awesome beer for awesome people, but creating a cool and comfortable environment where those awesome people can enjoy our brews is pretty high up there too. The Monday Night Brewing tasting room has been a beer-lovers’ mecca since we opened our own brewery just over two years ago, and while a lot of thought was put into the design of the space before we ever opened our doors, there’s always room for improvement. So, if you haven’t been by recently, here’s what we’ve done to make our tasting room even better. Shortly after we…
  • Introducing the Clip-On Series…

    1 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    We’ve been simmering on an idea here at the brewery for awhile. Many breweries have seasonals… lighter beers in the summer, winter warmers in the winter, and who knows what in the spring (maybe a pale ale?!). We wanted to do something a little different. Monday Night Brewing has 5 core beers, and they all sell equally well, which is rare for a brewery. In some ways, not having a flagship beer has been helpful. It’s easier to introduce new craft beer lovers to a beer they might like. But while we’re happy with our core lineup, there’s no reason we…
  • Event Branding and Personalization

    Carlen Funk
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    You’ve set the date. You found the perfect venue and you’re narrowing down the rest of your vendors. There are a ton of factors that go into producing an event, but have you considered all of the ways you can personalize your party? Adding branding to your venue and decor is a great way to make your guests feel special and to make your event truly memorable. Cocktail Napkins Everyone’s seen monogrammed cocktail napkins, but did you know that they’re one of the most cost effective ways to personalize your event? Websites like offer fully customizable…
  • 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…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Fordham Sunseeker Wheat

    19 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    That previously mentioned package from Fordham & Dominion Brewing also contained a few bottles of Fordham Brewing's new Sunseeker Wheat. This German-style Hefeweizen is another year-round addition to the brewery's lineup.The unfiltered wheat ale pours a cloudy straw color and exhibits a short-lived white head. The aroma is sweet malt with hints of clove and banana. The flavor is similarly sweet with cloves, coriander, banana and lots of wheat flavor. There's an apple-like tartness in there as well. Copious carbonation tingles the tongue. The finish is moderately tart and a…
  • Saturday Morning IDPA Match

    18 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    I headed out to Charlottesville on Saturday morning for the monthly IDPA match at the Rivanna Rifle & Pistol Club. The drive took me through some early morning fog, but that quickly burned off as the afternoon temps climbed into the high 80's. Not unbearable, but certainly a hint of what's to come later this season.Due to range scheduling conflicts, the match director made some last minute adjustments, setting up one of the stages in the indoor range. For this quick and fun stage, we started facing up range, holding and looking through the view finder of camera. At the signal, we…
  • Google Broke It

    17 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Just an administrative note. It appears that in striving for increased security, Google has broken the search gadget at the top of the page. Given the support we can expect for a "free" product, I won't hold my breath waiting for a fix. Since I use the search feature frequently myself, I've added a new search widget in the side bar. Use it until such time the built-in menu bar search might be fixed.Update, May 20: To my delight and surprise, Google actually fixed the search bar they broke. Typically, Blogger issues don't get fixed that fast. I've removed the side bar search for now. [ This…
  • 7 Course Irish Meal

    17 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Although, from what I recall of our trip to Ireland, there needs to be at least three potato dishes in a proper Irish meal.Pic found here. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Dominion Hop Lips IPA

    15 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Just a couple weeks ago we were at an event where the bar was stocked with good beer, including selections from the Dominion "Pinup Pack." I was telling friends about an upcoming addition to the series, Hop Lips IPA, that I hadn't had yet but was looking forward to trying out. As if the brewery heard my laments, just a few days later a smile-inducing box appeared from Fordham & Dominion Brewing, containing samples of that new beer.Being an IPA fan, I was of course anxious to try it out, and finally had the chance this week. Dominion Hop Lips IPA pours a deep marmalade color with a thick…
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    The Brew Club

  • Brewdog Alice Porter 5.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    22 May 2015 | 12:42 am
    The story behind 'Alice Porter' - Brewdog's 'Renaissance Baltic Porter' - is perhaps stranger than most. It also explains the beer's slightly unusual name.
  • A Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents 8.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    20 May 2015 | 7:34 am taken with benefit by many persons on whom other kinds of ale act injuriously.” So, there you have it, drinking IPA is good for you! Who'd have thought it?
  • Morland’s Old Hoppy Hen 4.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    11 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    While Golden Hen was brewed with 'pale malts and Tasmanian Galaxy hops' Hoppy Hen boasts 'pale and crystal malts, as well as rye malt, and Chinook hops'.
  • Brewdog Russian Dolls

    Bob the Brit
    5 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    Here's something different from Brewdog - Russian Doll - which comprises the same beer brewed to four different strengths - 4%, 6%, 8% and 10%.
  • Cropton Brewery – Two Pints 4% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    The Cropton Brewery's first brew was named 'Two Pints', because a pint was said to be worth two pints of anything else. We shall see.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Where Art Tito and Blue Moon? June 4 Webinar

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    I am very pleased to announce that we will be joining with Chicago law firm Locke Lord to provide the following webinar. Simon and Tom have lots of experience representing consumer products companies in defending class action lawsuits. They have been closely involved with the wave of litigation that has descended upon the alcohol beverage industry in the past couple of years. Robert has worked with Simon and Tom on some of these cases in the past, and has more than 25 years of experience focused on how federal and state governments, and private plaintiffs, work together to affect alcohol…
  • A Great Day for Maker’s Mark. A Good Day for Tito(?)

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Whoa! The first of the “handmade” cases wrapped up within the past week. On May 1, 2015 the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee dismissed the class action lawsuit against Maker’s Mark “with prejudice.” The now-defunct case alleged that Beam Suntory was bs’ing about whether the bourbon was “handmade.” The court seems to be saying “handmade” is a puff term, like “delicious.” The term at issue has been amorphous, over the centuries, and Judge Hinkle seems to have dumped that burden on the plaintiffs: the plaintiffs have been…
  • Not The Onion. California Man, “Beer Aficionado,” Alleges He is Last to Know Blue Moon is Coors and Not a Real Craft Beer. Sues.

    Robert C. Lehrman
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Yet another lawsuit about beverage labeling. This time it’s Blue Moon beer. The class action lawsuit (Parent v. MillerCoors LLC) was filed April 24, 2015 in state court, in San Diego. It alleges that MillerCoors is tricking consumers about whether Blue Moon is craft beer. There are now literally dozens of class action lawsuits, filed all around the country in just the past couple of years, in state and federal courts, against many of the most popular beer and spirits products in the country. Wine is notably absent, so far. The complaint alleges that MillerCoors: makes more than 2.4…
  • Bad Medicine, Good Disclaimer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There should be no doubt that a solid disclaimer can help make your label ok. And if there was, the Bad Medicine brand of spirits should put it to rest. In at least two places, the Bad Medicine labels say “The name Bad Medicine does not refer to any claimed health benefits.” Not so long ago, it would be unthinkable that TTB would allow “medicine” or “health” talk — outside the mandated Government Warning. But the case law keeps changing, and so do the labels, along with it. What other disclaimers are out there (beer, wine, spirits) and what ones…
  • Very Possibly, Your Approved Label is Wrong

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    From the demise of Prohibition until about a year ago, you could fairly safely assume your label was right, if it was approved by TTB. Most people assumed they had a “safe harbor,” created upon approval, even if some of the claims were dubious. This has been changing, and fast. The causes are numerous. One big one is the Pom case, decided in mid-2014. Another is an onslaught of class action lawsuits (such as Tito’s, Makers Mark, Beam, Angel’s Envy, Templeton). I am not discussing these factors in detail in this post because we have covered them a lot in many other blog…
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • Vault Brewing releasing Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout May 31

    Nicholas Alfonse, Jersey Shore Craft Beer Examiner
    21 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    The wait is over - Yardley, PA's Vault Brewing Co. is finally ready to unveil bottles of their Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, dropping at the brewery on Sunday, May 31 when doors open at noon...
  • So many reasons to attend the New Orleans International Beer Festival

    Mark Burlet, New Orleans Craft Beer Examiner
    21 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Fresh off the heels of American Craft Beer Week, yours truly has been taking it easy for a while. The past few days have been relaxing and refreshing and relatively beer-free (OK... relative to me - which is to say...
  • 9th Annual Magic City Brewfest brings weekend of craft beer to Birmingham

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    20 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    On Friday, June 5 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Birmingham Chapter of Free the Hops will once again hold Alabama's largest and...
  • Pint Jockeys and Del Papa bring you the tastes of summer

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    19 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer. We are in the month of May and here in the Houston area, cold refreshment is a must. One way to get some great tasting refreshment is to join...
  • The people of theworld want beer

    Charlie Papazian, Beer Examiner
    19 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    When I have the opportunity to experience hundreds of different beers, it inspires my imagination. My mind drifts and dwells on the great explorations of the world; where ideas began and where they led; often exploring outside of the mainstream...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • July 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

    4 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    July 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarJuly is in the midst of the long 3-month summer outdoor beer festival season. There's so many events going on during the warm months that you'll never have a lack of events to go to or different beers to try. Here are many of the beer-related events that you can attend this month. 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 cases,…
  • June 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    June 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarJune starts the long 3-month summer outdoor beer festival season. There's so many events going on during the warm months that you'll never have a lack of events to go to. Here are many of the beer-related events that you can attend this month. 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 cases, the event will be listed within a few…
  • Colorado Beer News 040915

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Beer - otherwise known as Happiness in a Glass. There's plenty of spots around the state where you can find your happiness - especially at your local craft beer taproom. Why wait til the weekend? Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, April 9th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverSpangalang Brewery - Today is the official 1st day of business at Spangalang Brewery in the Five Points Plaza area of Denver. The…
  • Colorado Beer News 040815

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hope you enjoyed your right to drink beer yesterday for National Beer Day. Extend that right by having another beer today! There's over 250 great breweries here in Colorado where you can go have one today. Keep exercising that right and help support your local brewery. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, April 8th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverBull & Bush Brewery - The next beer on tap in their Lineup…
  • Colorado Beer News 040715

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Fermentedly Challenged is back just in time for National Beer Day - a day that celebrates the over-turning of the 18th Amendment back in 1933! Plus, Major League Baseball is back in action! It's been a long hectic month away from the blog, but hopefully things can get back to normal again for the short term. There's a lot happening here in Colorado on the craft beer scene. Let's dive back in and see what's going on at your local Colorado craft brewery. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, April 7, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on…
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this “Accidental” International Resort

    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    John Huston“When I first came here, almost 30 years ago, Vallarta was a fishing village of some 2000 souls. There was one road to the outside world - and it was impassable during the rainy season.”  So wrote American film director John Huston about his first encounter with the sleepy, isolated fishing village he was destined to change into an international mega resort.In 1962, Huston was one of the world’s top film directors.  He had hit upon a formula that worked perfectly.  In films like The African Queen and The Treasure of Sierra Madre, he placed famous stars in…
  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walt Disney with the locomotive created for Disneyland.Walt Disney loved trains, and because of that, the world is a better – and happier -- place.  Walt was fond of saying that his empire “started with a mouse.” And indeed, his creation of Mickey Mouse did make him a fortune.  But the idea for Mickey Mouse came to him while riding a train.It’s quite possible that if Walt was not such a railroad buff, Disneyland and none of the other 11 Disney theme parks would exist.   Certainly, if not for Walt, four old beaten-up steam locomotives that did decades of work…
  • The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail -- Bent's Fort

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Traders and guides on the Santa Fe Trail at Bent's Old Fort during one of their many re--enactment events.Few roads in history have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail.  It lasted only 60 years, from 1821 to 1880, but for that short time it was America’s first international highway.  And the most colorful.  Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to Old Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became one of the most important commerce roads in the world, bringing goods from Europe -- wool, silk, iron tools and cotton cloth -- to Mexico and returning with furs,…
  • San Francisco -- the City in a Park

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
  • Around Northern Italy by Train

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Varenna has train service.  From here you have to take a ferry to Bellagio. The Italians are many wonderful things – but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not.  Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country’s ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities. The solution is to tour Italy by train.  All the grand stops of Northern Italy are 2-3 hours apart by rail.  Italian train cars are efficient and comfortable and many seats come with tables and power outlets so you can catch up on emails as you zip through the…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 262: Lord Rear Admiral & Arcade Brewery Final Level (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    1 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    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 episode 262 Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Extra Special Bitters. First up is from the behemoth that is 3 Floyds Brewing; it’s their 6.5% ABV Lord Rear Admiral. Shocking enough this isn’t crazy hopped up, something you would typically  see from Three Floyds in many of their beers.Brad and Ken follow up the Lord Rear Admiral with the 6.3% ABV Final Level from Arcade Brewery. It’s great to…
  • Episode 261: Fantasyland & Dorado Double IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:24 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 are joined by Ryan Brei to talk about IPAs with them. First up is the 6.5% ABV IPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co called Fanastyland. Urban Chestnut is one of the newest out of state breweries to become available here in Chicago. They have been making some great beers and in the past Brad and Ken have raved about their Zwickel. Following up the big single IPA the guys move onto the 10.0 % ABV…
  • Episode 260: Modern Times Beer Monsters’ Park (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    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 are joined once again by Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a few beers from Modern Times. This time they are sampling three beers from the Monsters’ Park series. Monsters’ Park is an Imperial Stout coming in at around 12 % ABV. The guys start off with the normal Monsters’ Park but then quickly move onto the Monsters’ Park Aged In Bourbon…
  • Episode 259: Modern Times Beer Rampart Junction & Palace of Cracked Heads (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    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 are joined by a special guest who you’ve probably seen before, Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a couple beers from Modern Times. The first one they open up is the Palace of Cracked Heads a 9% ABV Wild Ale.  This beer is a Red wine barrel-aged nectarine Sour. After 11 months in Red wine barrels, they added 50 lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom nectarines,…
  • Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    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 Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot…
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  • Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival Collaboration Beer: La Piccola

    D.J. Paul
    21 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    With only a little over week to go for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival, the brewery has just revealed its festival’s collaborative beer. After last year’s highly sought after collaboration with Three Floyds, this year Firestone Walker has gone cross-continental and teamed up with Birrificio Italiano from Italy for La Piccola. This collaboration will […]
  • 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards & Festival

    D.J. Paul
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    SEATTLE (May 20, 2015) – Just one month away from its second annual cider competition and festival, Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) is pleased to announce an exciting list of participating cideries and ciders for 2015. Hosted by the Northwest Cider Association, sponsored by Seattle Cider Company, Capitol Cider and FruitSmart, a total of 38 […]
  • Bazi’s Fourth Anniversary and Bottle Release Party

    D.J. Paul
    21 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Bazi Bierbrasserie is well known for its appreciation of Belgian-style beer, tasty food and soccer. Now Bazi’s favorite past times are coming together for its upcoming 4th Year Anniversary. On Wednesday, May 27th from 5:00 to 10:00pm celebrate their milestone with a great night of events. Come watch soccer, drink some beers and enjoy a […]
  • Victory Brewing To Release Summer Love Ale and Sour Monkey

    D.J. Paul
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Victory Brewing has announced two new releases Summer Love Ale and Sour Monkey. Summer Love Ale returns for its fifth year as Victory’s summer seasonal. However this summer the beer will also be released in convenient 12 oz. cans alongside its more familiar 12 oz. bottles. Sour Monkey is a new release that is its […]
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery Expands Its Core Line With Release of HUB Hard Cider

    D.J. Paul
    20 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Portland, Ore – May 20, 2015 – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of HUB Hard Cider in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Beginning June 1, the cider can be found throughout HUB’s distribution networks in Oregon and Washington, with a wider distribution beginning in the summer. In Portland, the release of […]
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    Beer News

  • Breweries unite to launch the South Sound Craft Crawl

    Kendall Jones
    21 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. As if you need a reason to go visit breweries and taste beers, the breweries of the South Sound (Tacoma, Olympia, and surrounding environs) want to entice you to come experience the flavor of the local craft brewing culture. The South Sound Craft Crawl is essentially a self-guided tour and rewards program. We learned about the program from Ken Thoburn, owner and brewer at Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers. It’s simple, really. Get your hands on one of the SSCC maps, visit nine of the 15 participating breweries and claim your reward. As beer…
  • Salish Sea Brewing expansion is complete

    Kendall Jones
    20 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The brewery first opened for business back in November of 2013. Everything at Salish Sea Brewing was chugging along just fine: good beers, nice crowds, friendly regulars, great location in downtown Edmonds, Washington. One problem, though. Not enough room. That’s changed. We last visited Salish Sea back in December. That’s when Jeff (owner, brewer) told us about the expansion plan. Basically, take over the neighboring space, get rid of a wall, and vastly increase the seating capacity at the always-crowded taproom. We just learned…
  • 2nd Annual PNWCA Cider Festival – June 5th and 6th

    Kendall Jones
    20 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Mark your calendar and save the date – Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th. Time for the PNWCA Cider Festival in Seattle. Sure, this blog focuses on beer, but these days craft cider is so akin to craft beer that we cannot help ourselves. The 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) will once again include a corresponding consumer-facing event: the PNWCA Cider Festival. Expect more than 45 ciders from more than 30 Northwest cider producers. The event takes place at Seattle Cider Company, in the brand new taproom which it…
  • Washington Brewers Festival – ticket giveaway!

    Kendall Jones
    20 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Time to get ready for the big Father’s Day beer bash: the 10th Annual Washington Brewers Festival. Ashtown Brewing, Counterbalance Brewing, Dru Bru Brewery, Hellbent Brewing, North Jetty Brewing, and Postdoc Brewing. These are just a few of the new breweries that will pour at this year’s festival alongside established favorites like Black Raven Brewing, Pike Brewing, Diamond Knot Brewing, and scores of others. The complete list is below. This year the three-day event offers more than 400 different beers from 105 breweries. Which…
  • Beer Release: The Dread Oak-Aged Imperial Stout, Elysian Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    19 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Elysian Brewing just announced the pending release of The Dread, an oak-aged Imperial Stout. The company unveils the limited-release beer at its Capitol Hill brewpub on June 4th. Details below. The Dread Oak-Aged Imperial Stout The Dread is Gaining on You Like Poe’s dark dog, dread is something you can’t shake, a horrific companion always with you, intense and urgent, especially in the middle of the night or after too much coffee. Well, Elysian’s got just the thing for you, and it’s called The Dread, a beer of dark…
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    Booze News

  • Will Tequila Learn from Scotch Whisky’s Marketing Mistakes?

    21 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Despite the market split, the Tequila category is on the cusp of its own boomtime. But, the positioning of the mixto sector compared to 100% agave carries echoes of Scotch whisky past-tendency to hype single malts to the expense of blends. And now, Scotch volumes are suffering. Will Tequila make the same mistake? Richard Woodard investigates. As we near the mid-point of 2015, this should be Tequila’s time. Not because every market on the planet is booming for Mexico’s national spirit – that’s far from the truth – but because current consumer trends are playing neatly into the hands…
  • Good News: Alcohol Tax Breaks Brewing In Congress

    21 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Tax relief may be on the way for alcohol producers both large and small. Two tax breaks for brewers are vying for the spotlight on Capitol Hill, while a third piece of legislation would grant earlier tax deductions to distillers of aged spirits. All three pieces of legislation signal a willingness on the part of Congress to address the growth and economic benefit of the alcohol industry, but two of the bills also represent a growing schism among producers. Both the bills concerning beer taxation will reduce the excise taxes on sectors of the brewing industry, but these competing bills pit…
  • Global Prosecco shortage could hit this summer!

    20 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    With the global thirst for Prosecco showing no sign of slowing, stocks of the Italian sparkler could dry up by the summer one leading producer has warned. Speaking to the drinks business during the London Wine Fair this week, Roberto Cremonese, export manager of Bisol said: “Last year’s harvest was very poor, and down by up to 50% in some parts, so there is a very real possibility of a global shortage.“We’ll find out how big the problem is in August when the brokers release their stock. At the moment we don’t know how much Prosecco they’re holding on to. “Because there is such…
  • SABMiller CEO wakes up to women consumers, slams loutish ads

    20 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Beer brewer SABMiller’s CEO Alan Clarke has criticised the “insulting” tone of beer advertisements over the years for driving away female customers. Speaking after the company published its full-year results this week, Clarke is quoted by the Financial Times saying, “We have to acknowledge that core lager, for many years, was either dismissive of, or insulting to, women.” Calling on the industry to “modernise” its image, he said that women should be brought into the fold and that the “lager lout, laddish, college frat” approach to beer marketing should be scrapped. READ…
  • Holy Cow! Texans Drank Over 43MIL Gallons of Beer in April

    19 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Texans consumed over 43 million gallons of beer last month, averaging out to roughly 1.57 gallons of brew per person and bringing in nearly $8.7 million in tax collections for the state. Each month, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission releases the total gallons of distilled spirits, wine, beer and ale sold throughout the month, breaking down the results in each category to the estimated consumption per capita. The results are based upon an estimated population of 27,470,110, and demonstrate how much alcohol each Texan would have to drink to reach the numbers provided. Also included in the…
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  • GrOpener Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    20 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    GrOpener Bottle Opener - As craft beer fans, we open bottle of beer like it’s our job. We do it because, well, it is kind of our job or at least how we get to the delicious beverage that consuming is almost like the world’s most enjoyable job. To get into those bottles, we have no shortage of bottle opening devices. Most of us have drawers filled with beer bottle openers. While all perform the same basic function (getting us into that tasty brew), some do it in much cooler fashion than the rest. For those looking for a unique way to pop bottles, the GrOpener is…
  • Pinch Multi-Tool and Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    15 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Pinch Multi-Tool and Bottle Opener - Craft beer drinkers are prepared for anything. Well, anything that involves drinking. As such, we always look to have a bottle opener handy for impromptu drinking sessions. Small keychain bottle openers are great to preparedness as they offer a convenient way to carry the handy bottle popping tool we need. While a standard keychain opener is fine, ones that pack additional function are even better. The problem with many is that the addition of functionality means lugging around something far larger on your keychain. Fear not. With the…
  • Spine Wallet

    Beer Blogger
    6 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    Spine Wallet - A good bottle opener is a tool every craft beer lover should have on them at all times. We have keychains, belt buckles, sandals and other spots that hold bottle openers at the ready for moments notice when we need them. Sadly many of these items aren’t something we carry everywhere we go. Belts get switched up and sandals don’t work in more formal settings (or for those of us that experience winter part of the year). We need something that we carry with us at all times. For most, a wallet is that item. For those looking for a tool that can pop…
  • Surly Doomtree

    Beer Blogger
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Surly Doomtree - Craft beer is no stranger to collaboration. Frequently we see brewers help each other out and work together to bring us amazing brews that benefit from their collective knowledge. Collaborations aren’t just for brewer teams anymore. We’ve seen a number of great brewer and musician brews. If one was to pick pairing of Minnesota brewer and Minnesota-made musicians, the pairing of Surly Brewing and Doomtree would be the perfect mix. With Surly Doomtree beer, that’s just what happened. Surly and Doomtree may produce different products but…
  • PiCO Micro Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    PiCO Micro Bottle Opener - We may not be Boy Scouts but craft beer drinkers always come prepared. Always prepared to pop a bottle that is. Most of us would’t go anywhere without a bottle opener. You never know when you’ll need those little guys. The problem with so many bottle openers is that they add a bit too much bulk to your keychain or they’re made of material that breaks down too often (like those crappy 99¢ checkout counter ones we’ve all had). For those that want really small but still down for any job, the PiCO Micro Bottle Opener is just…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    22 May 2015 | 12:44 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

    22 May 2015 | 12:44 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

    22 May 2015 | 12:44 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

    22 May 2015 | 12:44 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

    22 May 2015 | 12:44 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

  • AIBA winners revealed

    Media Release
    21 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The winners of Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer have been named at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) Presentation Dinner last night, with Mountain Goat Beer from Victoria awarded for its Barley Wine – Barrel Beer, part of their Rare Breed range, and Lion Beer Spirits Wine, New Zealand for its Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark.The 2015 AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, attracted a record number of entries with more than 1,700 submissions from 344 exhibitors, across 35 countries received. The wide variety of beer styles were…
  • Brewing jobs: Little Creatures, Geelong

    Help Wanted
    21 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    New ListingLittle Creatures are looking for a number of brewers across a range of experience levels to join their team. If you are interested, they would love to review your application.Please contact to understand if this could be the right role for you.Do you want to be part of a team of like-minded people working together in one of Australia’s greatest and fastest growing Craft Breweries?Little Creatures Geelong Brewery is looking to expand their teams of passionate Brewers.In this role the successful applicants will be expected to undertake shift work with…
  • Brewing giants in a fix: Steve Hindy

    James Atkinson
    19 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Craft beer presents a huge dilemma for Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, says Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy.AB InBev and MillerCoors have lost volume of more than 20 million barrels a year since their respective mergers were completed in 2008, Hindy told the Australian Craft Brewers Conference in Melbourne this morning.“That’s a great lake of beer,” he said.Meanwhile, the craft segment has done the unthinkable and surpassed annual production of 22 million barrels, an 11 per cent share of the US craft beer market.“Now we’ve set a goal of getting to 20 per cent by 2020,”…
  • Beer jobs: The Drink Cabinet — Sydney

    Help Wanted
    18 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Want to turn your beer passion into a career?Australia’s leading on premise training specialists The Drink Cabinet® are looking for a beer enthusiast to share their passions throughout Sydney and wider NSW.We are looking for a Sydney based person who is passionate about raising standards of knowledge and awareness of great service surrounding both ales and lager categories.The role is very flexible, offers incredible growth opportunities, fabulous rates all within a very positive and dynamic culture. Please send through an updated CV prior to a formal interview.The successful applicant…
  • Time Out crowns Melbourne’s top pubs

    Media Release
    18 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    The winners of the 2nd annual Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards have been announced. The awards, which recognise the city’s top watering holes, both old and new, were held last night at Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square, the official Hub of Good Beer Week and one of the Week’s major events.Melbourne’s top publicans, bartenders and industry folk were in attendance, rubbing shoulders with more than 260 partygoers over Little Creatures beers, Willie Smiths cider, cocktails from Canadian Club, live music from pub band The Beans and great pub snacks including mini fish and chips and chicken…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Recall Notice: Intuition Ale Works recalls entire 2015 Underdark release

    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    For the past few years, Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. has hosted an annual release party for their highly popular Underdark Imperial Stout. But, this year’s release, the third in the series has met with a snag. In a surprising email released Monday, May 18, 2015, Intuition owner Ben Davis has issued a recall for the entire release of 2015 Underdark. In the email, Davis sites that testing results indicate that the batch is infected with lactobacillus, a harmless but destructive type of bacteria that causes sour flavors to develop and is used in beers that are meant to have…
  • DUI, Part VII: Education

    8 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate with my readers and deter them from taking any chances when their ability to drive after having a few beers may be impaired. To read this series from the beginning, click here. In the state of Florida, the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Safety (FDHMS) is the ultimate authority of who can and…
  • Kitchen on San Marco combines great beer with great food

    1 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The area of San Marco Boulevard between the I-95 overpass and Laverne Street used to be a wasteland of boring, vaguely industrial-looking buildings with little in the way of charm or appeal. But, slowly over the past 15 years or so, the area has become alive with restaurants, businesses and attractions. One of the newest is the new eatery, Kitchen on San Marco. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a pre-opening media dinner at Kitchen on San Marco restaurant. As a beer journalist, I was naturally interested in what they had to offer as far as craft beer and was pleasantly…
  • Homebrewing a rewarding labor of love

    1 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    The May 2015 edition of BUZZ Magazine features an edited version of this article in my regular Brew Time column on Page 49. But, since that column was so space restricted, I decided to publish the article in its entirety here. I hope you enjoy both the abridged version in BUZZ and this full version. Be sure to pick up a copy of BUZZ monthly to read my columns that explore the historic aspects of the world’s third favorite beverage (behind tea and water). Homebrewers are passionate about their hobby. Get in to a conversation with one of them and you will likely get an earful of terms…
  • Founders Brewing Company honored with beer dinner at Whole Foods Jacksonville

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    One of the best known breweries in the world – indeed, a brewery that has two beers on the top 10 best beers list as ranked by in 2013 – is not named what you think it is. If you guessed Founders Brewing Company, you are both right and wrong.  Early beer bottle labels featured a historic black-and-white photo of four local brewers sitting on a large wooden beer barrel. The word “Founders” appeared above the photo. This was homage to the original brewers and breweries of Grand Rapids, Mich. located on Monroe Street, formerly known as Canal Street. Thus,…
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  • Breaking Down the Brewers Association’s Top 50 List

    David Eisenberg
    21 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The final numbers are in. After announcing the top 50 craft breweries in March, the Brewers Association today released its 2014 sales figures, painting a much more definitive picture of last year’s winners and losers. But first, some quick perspective on the influence this roster has on the overall landscape: Of the total nation wide output of more than 22 million craft barrels, 68 percent (or more than 15 million barrels) came from the top 50. Even of that volume, more than 8 million barrels came from the top five players, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing,…
  • Brewbound Session: Exploring A-B InBev’s Growing Interest in Craft

    Chris Furnari
    21 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    How does Anheuser-Busch InBev analyze the country’s fastest-growing and most dynamic beer segment? What does the world’s largest beer company look for when acquiring a craft brewery? Those are just a few of the many questions we’ll be asking Andy Goeler, A-B InBev’s CEO of Craft, during the June 11 Brewbound Session, being held at Moonlight Studios in Chicago. Register Now >>> During a moderated question and answer session with Brewbound editor Chris Furnari, Goeler will discuss A-B’s view of the evolving craft landscape and its growing interest in the segment. While…
  • Green Man Expands Distribution Throughout South Carolina

    Press Release
    21 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Asheville, NC — With the recent addition of three new distribution partners, Asheville based Green Man Brewery will now be available throughout all of South Carolina. After a very positive response from signing with Beverage South in Columbia and GreenCo Beverage in Greenville in 2014, South Carolina has proved to be an important market for Green Man. A recent partnership with Lee Distributors of Charleston, The Yahnis Company of Myrtle Beach, and B&B Distributors of Rock Hill fills in distribution for the rest of the state. Not only is Green Man expanding distribution, but the…
  • River North Introduces Cabernet Barrel Aged J. Marie

    Press Release
    21 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Denver, Colo. — On Saturday, May 30th, River North Brewery will release Cabernet Barrel Aged J. Marie, their signature imperial saison aged in freshly emptied Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from California. The brewery will host a release party at 1pm in their taproom at 2401 Blake Street in Denver. Marie, a River North staple, was one of the first recipes when the brewery opened in 2012. Since then, they’ve aged it in numerous barrels, such as whiskey, chardonnay, scotch and tequila. Cabernet Barrel J. Marie is an entirely new take on this classic. Notes of black currant, fresh…
  • Left Hand Releases Three IPAs in May

    Press Release
    21 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    LONGMONT, CO – This May, Left Hand Brewing Co. is all about the IPA! Fresh off their release of their new Introvert Session IPA, Left Hand brings back the return of their biennial Twin Sisters Double IPA and military brewing collaboration Homefront IPA, just in time for summer 2015! Both beers will be released in 22oz. bombers alongside Introvert sixpacks, offering fans an IPA adventure from double hop intensity to a laid back session. Left Hand’s Double IPA offering is an expression of duality, showcasing the complexity of the ingredients, yet harmonious balance of the hops &…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Pump Stand in Action

    20 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Last week we showed the stand I built to support both my pump and my plate chiller during the brew session. This week I shot some footage of the whole thing in action during a German Hefeweizen brew session. I had some trouble initially figuring out the best way to plumb the chiller. Primarily to […] Read the original article Pump Stand in Action and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Chiller and Pump – Homebrew Stand Update

    13 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    We mentioned several videos ago that I had purchased a Shirron Plate chiller to add to my brew gear. In order to really make the best use of it, I felt like it needed to be mounted to stand and lifted up off the ground and above the height of a fermentor that I’d be […] Read the original article Chiller and Pump – Homebrew Stand Update and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Nelson Sauvin Braggot Tasting

    6 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Some ideas sound great in your head. Some even make it to paper where they still sound good. Despite those two hurdles some ideas still don’t work out in reality… What does Nelson Sauvin, Braggot, White Wine and the Brew Dudes have in common…?  Roll film!!!! Noting that Nelson Sauvin can have a white wine […] Read the original article Nelson Sauvin Braggot Tasting and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Tasting Vienna Lager

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    John is quickly mastering the Vienna Lager style. His efforts have won him first place a couple times regionally in New England. This week, he received word that he won a second place award at the MCAB (Master Championship of Amateur Brewers). It’s a malty and robust brew to lead us out of the winter […] Read the original article Tasting Vienna Lager and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Burner Control Parts List

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    This week we have a quick, but long overdue, video outlining the key fittings I used to plumb in the control valve on my brew stand. This video shows how the parts are connected together and I also outline exactly the part numbers for each part. First thing first, I used teflon tape on every […] Read the original article Burner Control Parts List and other Brew Dudes posts.
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Allagash rare beer event raises funds for Maine charity

    Chad Lothian
    18 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, Allagash Brewing Company hosted its Wild Friendship Celebration event at the brewery in Portland, Maine. Attendees who were lucky enough to be drawn in the lottery to purchase a ticket got to attend one of the two sessions that featured 13 rare beers and locally catered food with nearly free range of the Allagash brewery. Besides the fact that Allagash put on a top notch beer geek event they also succeeded in raising over $10,000 for Full Plates, Full Potential, a charity whose mission is to end childhood hunger in Maine. The brewery is cloased today for a private…
  • A new use for all those bottle caps

    Chad Lothian
    7 May 2015 | 5:10 pm
    What do you do with the bottle cap after you’ve opened a beer? If it’s cool looking I’ll keep them, my wife and I have used them in different projects, a few have become magnets on the fridge, but usually they end up in the trash. A couple months back Beer Cap Maps got in touch with me and offered up a sample of their Maine map, which is new to their lineup that now includes all 50 States. I had seen this product advertised a bit and accepted their offer. The map is pretty sharp looking with lots of details in the coastline, laser cut from thin plywood and measuring 28” tall by…
  • Maine Brewers Guild announces summer brewfest

    Chad Lothian
    4 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    I have had July 25, 2015 circled on the calendar since January. I posted my annual list of New England Brewfests with July 25th simply reading “Maine Brewers Guild Fest – Thompson Point, ME” because that was the extent of the details at the time but it’s one of the festivals I had targeted early to attend. The Maine Brewers Guild has announced the Summer Session Beer Festival, it will be held on Thompson Point, the site of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event last year that was very successful. The festival will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 from 1pm-5pm, tickets are on sale…
  • Horses, Bourbon, Mint, must be Kentucky Derby time

    Chad Lothian
    1 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Saturday, May 2nd marks the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby an event that conjures up images of pretty dresses, money, roses, horses and little men (and women) in colorful silks and of course the mint julep. The Kentucky Derby website calls out the mint julep as the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, specifically the Old Forester Mint Julep which they supply a recipe. I thought I’d pick up a bottle of Old Forester, give it a try straight up and then make a Mint Julep from their recipe. Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky – 86 Proof Distilled…
  • Big Brew Day in Downtown Bangor to celebrate National Homebrew Day

    Chad Lothian
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The American Homebrewers Association(AHA) hosts Big Brew Day on the first Saturday of May each year. This year Big Brew Day is on May 2, 2015. AHA Big Brew Day is a celebration of National Homebrew Day which went into effect in 1988 and is officially May 7th. Each Year the AHA invites people and homebrew shops to register their Big Brew Day events, they track the number of events, participants and batches of beer brewed. In 2014 there were Big Brew Day events held in 49 states and in a total of 14 countries. 2,200 batches of beer were brewed totalling 17,550 gallons of homebrew. Central…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout

    Beer Infinity
    21 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Day 325: Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery. Style of beer is 'Dry Stout'. ABV is 4.7%.
  • Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

    Beer Infinity
    20 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Day 324: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery. Style of beer is 'Schwarzbier (Black Beer)'. ABV is 4.9%.
  • The Neshaminator

    Beer Infinity
    19 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Day 323: The Neshaminator from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Weizenbock'. ABV is 8.5%.
  • TommyKnocker Maple Nut Brown Ale

    Beer Infinity
    18 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Day 322: TommyKnocker Maple Nut Brown Ale from TommyKnocker Brewery & Pub. Style of beer is 'American Brown Ale'. ABV is 4.5%.
  • Uinta’s Contrail White and Lagerpalooza Results

    Beer Infinity
    18 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Uinta has a new beer on the way soon. Contrail White is a spiced Belgian-style wheat beer that is brewed with orange peel and coriander. If you'll recall, Uinta did a similar beer a few years ago under their Four+ label called Rype. It was an Amber Wheat made with sweet orange peel. I liked Rype, probably gunna like this witbier too. We'll keep ...
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Westbrook Gose — Recreating The Past

    Brew Review Crew
    21 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    by The post Westbrook Gose — Recreating The Past appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Founders’ CBS — Is It Worth the Hype?

    Brew Review Crew
    14 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Review by: Cory Smith It’s not every day you get to try a beer that is so highly sought after that people would pay upwards of $150 a bottle for; hell, an empty bottle from this beer went for over $50 on eBay recently!  So when we got the chance to try the latest iteration of Founders’ Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), we knew we had to do everything in our power to taste even the smallest amount of this dark delicacy.  Luckily for us, this cost nothing more than $20 and a little planning ahead to get tickets to the Founders Backstage Takeover at one of our favorite local bars;…
  • Russian River Sanctification – A Must-Have Sour Ale

    Brew Review Crew
    11 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    by The post Russian River Sanctification – A Must-Have Sour Ale appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Founder’s Backwoods Bastard

    Brew Review Crew
    7 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    by The post Founder’s Backwoods Bastard appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Thinking & Drinking: New Card Game Features Craft Breweries, Beers

    Brew Review Crew
    5 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Hey Crew! Question; would you purchase a card game (a-la Cards Against Humanity) that featured your favorite craft breweries and craft beers? If so, here’s your opportunity! A new card game called ‘Thinking & Drinking’ has launched! With the support of more than 300 craft breweries from across the United States, Thinking & Drinking today launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Thinking & Drinking features more than 300 cards, each with a question designed to get players talking. Each card also includes the profile of a U.S. craft brewer and a featured…
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  • Hop Häus – Plantsville Connecticut – Bar Review

    Craft Brew Gal
    21 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Featured Contributor: Craft Brew Gal @CraftBr3wGal My boyfriend and I were more than excited when we heard that a craft beer bar was coming to our area. We live in the Southington Connecticut area, and although there are many places in neighboring towns to grab a tasteful craft brew, there aren’t that many local spots in our immediate area. Having your “go to” bar out of town can be a drag, so when we found out Hop Haus was going to be right down the street…
  • Up For Whatever

    John Fahrner
    18 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I think I’m getting old. Maybe I spend too much time on social media but I simply don’t understand the pointless bickering that goes on over opinions. Budweiser makes really crappy beer, if you are reading this post you have likely already come to that realization on your own. Still it amazes me how much time people spend actively pointing this out. We’re at a point in which Budweiser is definitely starting to notice smaller breweries as a threat and it’s reflected both in their…
  • What Will You Drink After The Fall?

    Andrew Newton
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton @DrinkMeLocal We’ve spent two hundred years industrializing and centralizing beer production. But what if all that was taken away? While perusing my Father-in-Law’s bookshelf recently I came across this gem: It was published in 1974 as an encyclopedia of independence. It would be the perfect fit for a Cold War bomb shelter to teach you all the things you’d need to learn about homesteading after the apocalypse. It covers everything from farming to medicine to governance. Unfortunately homebrewing was illegal in America at…
  • Craft Beer: An Argument for Civility

    17 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Editors Note: See Jamie Tierney’s original post Here. The recent blog post “From the Other Side of the Counter” really got me thinking. As I write this I am still not sure what my feelings are about that post (other than it was well written and thought-provoking) and more specifically how I feel about the current state of affairs in the world of beer. So instead of taking a stance I am going to present some evidence and let the readers decide.…
  • The Case of the Missing Growler Station

    16 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    Guest Contributor: Conrad B. @inbituinthebrew So, I’ve been missing from the Interwebs… again. Mainly because I wrapped up a 5,500 mile round trip drive from California to Georgia a couple weeks ago. That was a great time, which happened to suck the life out of my truck. Sorry, truck. I have also been missing because not 8 hours after said trip did I separate my radius and ulna from my humorous humerus. Either way, it was not funny. And for those who have been patella deep in Brewers…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseFt. Collins, Colo., May 14, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing is shaking it up this summer, giving beer and cocktail lovers a chance to mingle over an adventurous new libation. Pear Ginger Beer is New Belgium’s latest Lips of Faith offering, updating the Victorian-era ginger beer with whimsical additions of lemon peel and pear. The result is a zesty, refreshing drink that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed into a cocktail.Warm, spicy ginger punctuates a lively wash of sunny lemon, sweet pear and bready white wheat for a delightful first tongue tingle followed by just…
  • Pairing Preview: WA: Bellingham: Schooner Zodiac Announces Ales N' Sails Dinner Cruise in Partnership with Boundary Bay Brewery

    20 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Press ReleaseBELLINGHAM, WASH., May 5, 2015—The Schooner Zodiac, the Bellingham-based tall ship is announcing a beer pairing dinner sail in partnership with Boundary Bay Brewery. The “Ales n’ Sails” dinner will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The Zodiac docks at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.This 3.5 hour cruise includes a four-course dinner prepared aboard the ship, three courses by the Zodiac’s chef and one special guest course by Boundary Bay Chef Matt Hansen. The courses are paired with four Boundary Bay beers specially selected by…
  • Book Release: The Umami Factor by Robert Rivelle George

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Press ReleaseYou’re about to be introduced to the umami factor: the secret to sensational custom-made beverages, including spirits, wine, beer, soft drinks, and more. Chances are you have never heard of umami, the taste impression created by certain amino acids in a food or beverage. This book reveals the wonders of umami to beginner and expert alike, starting off with a thorough understanding of “full-spectrum” fermentation theory, then dives into the various preparation techniques and shows how umami-producing ingredients create beverages with sensational balance and roundness on the…
  • Brewery News: WA: Bellingham: Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen celebrates Summer with new hours.

    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSkit [sic] to Sea Weekend (Memorial Day Weekend as well) is always the perfect time to get together with family and friends. If you’re looking for the great place to meet with delicious food and beverages you’ll find it at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St, Bellingham. Open all weekend May 23-25, the Kitchen will be ready for you regular hours starting at 11 am each day. All ages are welcome in the dining room and if the weather cooperates the patios too. Chuckanut has a waterside patio during the day and a covered back patio where the sun shines…
  • Book Release: Coming Soon ... "Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader" by The Bathroom Readers' Institute

    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleaseFor more than 25 years, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has helped readers learn amazing things they didn’t know (and amazing things they didn’t know they didn’t know). Now, Uncle John’stackles one of the world’s best loved and—fastest growing interests—beer.What makes ale different from a lager? What are the origins of microbrews?  What are some silly craft beer names?  Pull up a stool and chug a pint of Uncle John’s Beer-Topia: A Heady Brew & Beer Miscellany, a rich, deep-bodied keg of beer knowledge, beer trivia,…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • YesterYears Brewery

    20 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    YesterYears Brewery makes Great Beer to make Great Friends while making Great Memories!!
  • Clear Brew - Oxford

    17 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Clear Brew is an eco-led professional beer line cleaning company that has been operating from its base in Cornwall for the best part of a decade, with branches located all around England, Scotland and Wales. We provide a regular professional dedicated beer line cleaning service Read More...
  • Clear Brew – Cambridge

    16 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Family members Martin and Julie bring a fresh approach to beer line cleaning and a new definition to ‘clean’ beer lines. With a strong work ethic and a passion for cleanliness, they are keen to provide a first class service. Having Read More...
  • May 15th, 2015

    14 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
    For some reason my friends don't seem to want to know. Read More...
  • Coach & Horses

    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Welcome to the new look Coach Horses! We now serve up to eight quality Real Ales and an exciting new range of Craft Beers. We even have a wine list too!   We have a very simple menu, but it is Read More...
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    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.

  • Igloo Cooler RIMS Brewing System

    17 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Why I decided to build an Igloo Cooler RIMS Brewing System When I visited Category 12 Brewing in Victoria, B.C, Canada, I had the opportunity to meet some impressive folk. The Head Brewer, Michael Kuzyk, was clearly a man dedicated to detail, and indeed the scientific method. I finished my day at the brewery taking away one main thing – attention to detail is key; take notes whilst brewing, and use them to perfect your brewing technique. Unfortunately, if your brewing method is not consistent, then neither will your beers – no matter how good your notes are. One example of…
  • Category 12 Brewing – Victoria, B.C, Canada

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    A Grand Day out at Category 12 Brewing Well, it’s sure been a while since my last post, and life has been the culprit! First, it was law exams. Then, it was catching up with work (that thing that pays the bills). Finally, I turned 30. To mark the end of an era, and to begin a new one in style, I flew back to Victoria, B.C, Canada, with the SWMBO to visit family. It’d been just over a year since I had last visited, and apart from seeing family and old friends I was looking forward to one other thing: Victoria Beer Week. The second annual Victoria Beer Week was held across a number…
  • Kölsch V.1 and Kölsch V.2 Compared

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    Introduction From the left: Früh Kölsch, Kölsch V.1 and Kölsch V.2 It’s now been about two months since GBLK launched, and quite a while since I brewed Kolsch V.1. Since then, GBLK has developed into a blog dedicated to more than just Kölsch – with interviews, discussion on brewing theory, tips, tricks and so forth; however, all the information posted has one thing in common, or at least I hope it does: it can help us learn how to brew better beer. For me, my main goal is to brew a better Kölsch. And now, having brewed Kölsch V.2, I can see if any of the information mentioned above…
  • 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…
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    Real Ale Review

  • Beerd Silvertip

    Martin Gray
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Commercial Description:  A refreshing pale ale using popular New Zealand hops to give it a fruity aroma and a flavour that has hints of white wine. Pale golden ale brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops giving it a white wine fruitiness.It is easy to drink and has a fresh quick bitter finish. Beerd is a Bristol [&hellipThe post Beerd Silvertip appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Curious Porter

    Martin Gray
    13 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Commercial Description: Previously known as Curious Brew Admiral Porter, from which the current version differs only by the inclusion of a small amount of Goldings hops together with the Admiral. Not only is Chapel Down one of England’s finest wineries, it has also produced a great range of bottled beers. This Porter has been brewed [&hellipThe post Curious Porter appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Fake Lager

    Martin Gray
    6 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Commercial Description: Fake Lager Fake is the new black. Fake is where it is at. Fake Art, fake brands, fake breasts, and fake lager. We want to play our part in the ugly fallout from the Lager Dream. Say hello to Fake Lager – a 21st century faux masterpiece. Brewdog Fake lager is not fake, [&hellipThe post Fake Lager appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • 5am Saint Brewdog

    Martin Gray
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Commercial Description: 5am Saint Brewdog – Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back. Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and Dark Crystal Malts Hops: Cascade, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops. 5am Saint Brewdog [&hellipThe post 5am Saint Brewdog appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Poachers Choice

    Martin Gray
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Commercial Description:  Just like Badger, the wily poacher takes inspiration from the countryside’s bounty. This rich, ruby beer has a softly spiced sweetness and a fruity damson aroma. Its gutsy character is well matched with hearty game pie or a tangy mature cheese. My Review: Poachers Choice is a badger Ale bought as part of [&hellipThe post Poachers Choice appeared first on Real Ale Review.
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  • Hawthorne Valley is a biodynamic community – farmland, farm store and school

    Margaret Morgan
    20 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF) is a multi-faceted community within the tiny hamlet of Harlemville in Ghent, New York. It is a biodynamic dairy and produce farm with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Farm Store, and a K-12 Waldorf School. Biodynamic, by nature, is a holistic approach to agriculture. It is a commitment to rethinking agriculture through healthy food, healthy soil, and healthy farms. Many of the products sold in the Farm Store are grown on Hawthorne Valley land and made on site. Andreas Schneider is the Director of Farm Production Enterprises overseeing the operations of the…
  • Holistic Beer and Aluminum Bottles: How One Brewery is Changing the Face of Beer

    Diana Bocco
    17 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Holistic brewing is a new movement that’s rapidly gaining traction among beer enthusiasts. While green brewing focuses on using organic ingredients and being kind to the Earth, holistic brewing takes things one step further by trying to make a positive impact on the local community. We talked to Joseph Dallas, Marketing Director and Co-founder of Base Camp Brewing Company to find out what holistic brewing means and how they’re leading by example. QUESTION: You refer to your company as one “with a holistic approach to production, packaging, environmental awareness.” Can…
  • FINNRIVER: How Handcrafted Hard Ciders Are Taking the World by Storm

    Diana Bocco
    16 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In a world dominated by craft beer, cidermaking is almost an art. An artisan winery with a love for everything craft-brewed, Finnriver is proving that you can produce high-quality organic drinks while supporting the local economy and trying new things. We talked to Crystie Kisler, co-founder of Finnriver, and to Andrew Byers, a Finnriver cidermaker, to find out why cider is becoming the“next big trend” in craft brewing. QUESTION: Finnriver is unique in the sense that it is located on a family farm, so you have direct access to many of the ingredients you use in the ciders and wines you…
  • Stone World Bistro and Gardens: A Great Success Story

    Robin Dohrn-Simpson
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Stone World Bistro and Gardens, sometimes referred to as the “Adult Disneyland”, is a world unto itself. The main brewery and restaurant located in a northern suburb of San Diego, called Escondido, which means “hidden”, which, ironically Stone Brewery is. Hidden in plain sight. It’s so well-known it doesn’t need a sign. Surrounded by boulders and lush greenery, life quickly transforms from hectic city to calm, relaxing ambience. Picnic grounds offer both private and public areas to sit and enjoy a freshly brewed beer or glass of wine. Walk the gardens, smell the herbs, enjoy…
  • Colorado’s Craft Beer Scene

    Genie Davis
    11 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Maybe it’s the altitude, or perhaps it’s the attitude, but Colorado’s craft beer scene is growing in leaps and bounds, putting the days when Colorado was known only as the home of Coors Brewing Company a.k.a. Miller Coors in the distant past. In fact, over ten percent of U.S. craft breweries are located in the Mile High state, some 230 of them in all. Beer lovers are flocking to Colorado to taste and enjoy a wide range of beer choices. From relatively new breweries like Caution: Brewing Company, home of Asian spiced Lao Wang Lager and Honey Matrimony Brown Ale made with local wildflower…
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