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  • Nobody Wants to Drink Michelob Ultra, Not Even the People in the Ad

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    Patsy
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We’ve all been there: you’re hanging out at the beach with some buds—apparently just after a softball game or some other lame reason for you to all be wearing the same t-shirt—and you want to crack open some frosty beers to celebrate the fact that you’re all young, moderately good-looking and on a beach. And then, the worst: you realize the idiot you put in charge of bringing beer brought Michelob Ultra. So, exasperated, no one opens their beer. You can see in the photo that no one is enthused except the jerk who brought the crappy beer. The offender, on the far left in the yellow…
  • LongShot contest adds ‘East vs. West’ theme

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    Real Beer
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Boston Beer Co. has added to new twist to its Samuel Adams LongShot contest from homebrewers. For the first time it will feature an “East vs. West” battle. Judges will choose one winning beer from east of the Mississipi River and one from the west. Each will be brewed by Samuel Adams and sold in the 2016 LongShot six-pack along with a beer from the winner of the Samuel Adams employee contest. The submission window for the contest is May 1-16 and details are available at the company website. Winners will be announce at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. While Samuel…
  • Sam’s a hard act to follow….

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    Jack Curtin
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Sam Calagione, that is, whose thoughts on A-B InBev’s recent activities re: the craft world  I pointed you to yesterday, but a report in this morning’s edition of the invaluable Beer Business Daily more than lives up to the challenge and underlines one possibility which could seriously limit distribution opportunities for craft brewers. It appears that A-B is on the verge of once again pressuring its distributors to embrace the “100% share of mind” approach that August Busch III originally promulgated by enforcing the compliance aspects of its Wholesale Equity…
  • Why Sour Beers’ Growth Can’t be Stopped

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    Diana Bocco
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Sour beers have become one of the latest discoveries in the craft beer industry. Although popular in Europe for decades, sour beers are only now becoming popular in America – and growing at a fast pace. How Sour Beers Are Different Sour beers have historically been produced primarily in two ways: specialized or wild yeast/bacteria strains (as in the Belgian Lambic style) and by combining a batches of beer with sour beer – sour (or stale) beer with a new batch, explains Robert S. Parker, a Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, a member of the American Homebrewers…
  • Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Tracing the origin of green beer

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    Patsy
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    It’s funny — Google “St. Patrick’s Day” and “green beer” and just like that, links to dozens of recipes, videos too, appear. Search instead for the origin of this now-prolific holiday tradition and the applicant pool narrows significantly. And even then, a glance at some of the most promising headlines leave you empty-handed, more often than not, linking to — you guessed it — another recipe. You begin to suspect that one might have better luck locating that elusive pot o’ gold. But in all seriousness, how exactly did this love child between…
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  • Prairie BOMB and 65 more beers now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Best Damn Beer Shop launched an online craft beer shop offering delivery back before the holidays. The selection continues to get better everyday and the shop is finally back on BeerPulse. Check out the list below of top beers. 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.
  • Cider Summit SF expands to The Presidio for second annual event

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Sponsored Press Release: (San Francisco, CA) – SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit festival to The Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. The second annual Bay Area event will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, adjacent to the Main Post. Cider Summit San Francisco is presented by Whole Foods Market and will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane, and the California Cider & Perry Association.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing reveals Biltmore Village as location for future Asheville facility

    Press Release
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Press Release: (Asheville, NC) – This July, Hi-Wire Brewing will open a 26,000 square foot production facility in Biltmore Village, Asheville, North Carolina. Now that the arrival of their new 30 barrel brewhouse is imminent, Hi-Wire Brewing is pleased to announce that their new facility is located in Biltmore Village, directly behind Appalachian Vintner at Two Huntsman Place. Previous to this announcement though, the one and a half year old brewery decided to remain tight-lipped about the exact location of their new building. “We were super excited, back in late 2014, when we placed…
  • American craft beer exports near $100 million

    Press Release
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) – The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million. In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9 percent; Asia-Pacific region…
  • Oskar Blues Brewery launching Southern Louisiana market in April

    Press Release
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Press Release: (Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) – Oskar Blues Brewery, creator of the first American craft beer in a CAN, will keep cranking along with its strong expansion plans for 2015 with the April launch of the Southern Louisiana market. Oskar Blues has chosen Crescent Crown Distributing to cover the entirety of the southern part of the state from Lake Charles to New Orleans. The partnership marks the expansion of an already solid and productive relationship that has developed over the years with Crescent Crown Distributing of Arizona and Gulf Goldring/Gulf Distributing in…
 
 
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  • Washington, D.C. news organization rewrites local beer history.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Washington, D.C. brewery, DC Brau, will celebrate its fourth birthday next month. It was April 2011, when the brewery would deliver its first ever keg of beer —The Public, a hoppy, yet firmly malted pale ale— to a local restaurant. And, a big celebration, that day became.WTOP —a Washington, D.C. all-news radio station and website— honored the upcoming anniversary with a story that began: It may be hard to believe, but just a short time ago, there were no breweries in D.C. There hadn’t been one since 1956, when Christian Heurich Brewing Company closed its doors.But the District’s…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Three stars (of brewing).

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    For a couple (three?) reasons, it seemed timely to re-post this 18 October 2014 photo, several months after the fact, today.It's a trio of brewers seen during the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, at the Pratt Street Alehouse.Left to right: Mike McGarvey —co-owner/founder, 3 Stars Brewing (Washington, D.C.); Dave Coleman —co-owner/founder, 3 Stars Brewing; Steve Jones —brewmaster, Oliver Brewing.McGarvey and Coleman's brewery is three years old. And, Steve Jones —who was the host brewer for the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, and has been for eleven years—…
  • Who, and what, is the (U.S.) Brewers Association?

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    In my report on the Brewers Association's 2014 'craft' beer business numbers, the footnotes were as lengthy as the body of the post. In hindsight, I believe that those observations and definitions rise above the level of mere clarification. So, I've brought them out into the open, above the jump.The (U.S.) Brewers Association —parenthesis, mine— was founded in January 2005 as a merger between the Association of Brewers (founded in 1983) and the Brewers Association of America (founded in 1941) ... "to promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 8/9, 2015.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 8/915 February - 28 February 2015 2015.02.28Meritage 2009 from Muse Vineyards of Woodstock, Virginia, wins Virginia's best wine in the 2015 Governor's Cup. —Via Virginia Wine. 2015.02.27Leonard Nimoy, an American actor well-known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the television sci-fi series, Star Trek, has died at age 83. —Via New York Times. 2015.02.26Comparing beer business tax breaks: Small BREW Act vs. Fair BEER Act. —Via All About Beer. 2015.02.26The Federal Communications Commission approves 'net…
  • How beer as a whole fared in the U.S. in 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Two reports on the state of beer in the United States in 2014 were delivered this month. One came from the Brewers Association —founded in 2005 to advocate for 'craft' brewers— that showed a continuing double-digit rate of growth for 'craft' beer. Read that: here.The other was from the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) —founded in 1938 as a trade association representing beer distributors in the U.S. (currently numbering just under 3,000). The purpose of the National Beer Wholesalers Association is to provide leadership which enhances the independent beer distribution…
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  • Beer Brewing Q&A with John Palmer and Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #100

    Brad Smith and Friends
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Top beer brewing authors John Palmer and Randy Mosher join me for a special episode #100 to answer some of your questions about brewing better beer. John is the author of the popular “How to Brew” book and video series and Randy Mosher has made a splash with his new book “Mastering Homebrew”. 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 (50:08) Randy Mosher and John Palmer join me for a special episode #100. John is the author of How to Brew…
  • Mastering Homebrew by Randy Mosher – A Book Review

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Mastering Homebrew is the latest book from Randy Mosher, author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Randy’s new offering is a comprehensive book on brewing, covering a wide variety of topics and techniques. I personally believe Mastering Homebrew will quickly become a beer brewing classic. Mastering Homebrew Overview I first heard of Mastering Homebrew (Amazon Affiliate Link) over three years ago. Randy Mosher, who is a graphic designer, had started on the book and showed me some of his early work. It was clear, even at that point, that he had a different approach to brewing and that…
  • Bohemian Pilsner Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #99

    Brad Smith and Friends
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect Bohemian Pilsner. Bohemian Pilsners are one of the more challenging lagers to brew, but Chris provides some great tips to get started with this great beer style. 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 (43:15) My guest this week is Chris Graham who is the President of MoreBeer - a major home brewing equipment provider. Chris is also a former AHA governing committee member,…
  • Correcting Low Original Gravity in All Grain Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Have you ever missed your original gravity (OG) target when brewing all grain beer? Its not an uncommon problem for beer brewers, particularly when you start all grain brewing or change you equipment setup. This week we’re going to examine some of the possible causes of low OG and also how to mitigate them. Predicting Your Original Gravity Before we can talk about “missing” an original gravity we need to look at getting a good estimate for OG in the first place. The best way to predict your OG is to use software like my program BeerSmith with a good equipment profile set up…
  • Mastering Homebrew with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #98

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. 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 (51:19) My guest this week is Randy Mosher, who just published his new book Mastering Homebrew (Amazon affiliate link).
 
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  • EVENT: 2nd Annual CBC Sour Beer Fest ‏3/28 (MA)

    event post
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    From the CBC Newsletter… As you probably remember, last year we held the first ever CBC Sour Fest. It was such a blast for us to host and to sample the array of sour beers all made here at CBC! In fact, we had so much fun at the first one we decided we just HAD to do it again. This year’s event will be Saturday, March 28 from 11am til close. We’re changing up the format a bit this time. Last year so many people came to sample the assortment of beers offered that we had 50 or more people in the cold on the patio. To prevent this, this year’s Sour Fest will be an all…
  • Local Homebrewing Competitions Calling for Entries (MA-RI)

    Sean-o
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    If you are into homebrewing or just want to get started, here’s a change to show off your mad skillz.   These local homebrew competitions are great opportunities to receive feedback for you craft. If you’re just getting into brewing and want to learn more, you can also sign up to be a steward for the event.  It’s a great opportunity to get your feet wet and learn more about homebrewing. Homebrewers are the next craft brewers — Will you be the next brewer?  Here’s your chance to get started! 2015 Annual South Shore Brewoff, hosted by the South Shore Brew Club…
  • Portsmouth Beer Week 2015: February 21- March 2

    beergirl
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
      The 6th annual Portsmouth Beer Week  is slated for February 21- March 2 this year. The idea for this 10 day beer event train was the brain child of Ian Cowpar and Sean & Ryan Jansen of 2beerguys. As yearly participants of the cult-followed Kate The Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery, they thought why not start a “Beer Week” in Portsmouth.  It would highlight all the “beeriness” the city and surrounding New Hampshire towns have to offer. After collaborating with the Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery teams along with local bars, restaurants and breweries,…
  • Meet the Brewer: Jeff Goodno, Tributary Brewing Co., Kittery, ME

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

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

    Alan McLeod
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    The last year has been the scene of many a revelation when it comes to my relationship with beer. Among other things, out of nowhere two fabulous breweries opened up in my immediate vicinity after years of claiming my town was the least served by fresh beer for its size in the northeastern bit of North America. One is MacKinnon Brothers which I have discussed before. The other is Stone City Ales who have a great social media presence and a website with great generational honesty. One feels a certain pain knowing one has kept a beer blog for over a decade appreciating that it's like knowing…
  • Things Other Folk Are Doing This Weekend

    Alan McLeod
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    It's not often that I am jealous of others. I am a pretty happy guy. But when the tweets start flying around someone at noon each Friday I find myself seated at the office desk, hard soled tight laced dress shoes working on my plates of meat... and I wonder what placed in at this place, in this time zone at this age of life and not at... ⇒ The Spring Cask Tap at the Allen Street Pub in Albany, NY. I can't really add much to my post from earlier in the month other than to say their social media shout out this afternoon telling folk to get there to get a seat was gold. There are like ten…
  • Did Father Duplessis Brew Quebec's First Beer?

    Alan McLeod
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    You may recall that a couple of months ago I wrote a post about the first brewing of beer in New France describing how in 1617 Louis Hébert became the colony's first private land owner, farmer and a brewer. He is generally accepted as the first brewer. But what's been tickling at the back of my head has been the footnote that I quoted. It's from a bit of writing about life in the earliest years of New France. The footnote included this tidbit from 10 August 1620: Nous avon du grain suffisamment pour faire du pain and de la bière The sentence to which that footnote is attached…
  • Let's Stop Defining "Craft Beer" And Start Describing It

    Alan McLeod
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Bear with me as this is a topic a large piece of which means little to me. Why would it? It's 8:35 am on the first day of spring with more snow on the ground, sub-freezing temperatures and two weeks of laundry to catch up with. It's a good day to ponder fundamentally unimportant things like defining craft beer. Pete makes a very noble stab at it in today's edition of what, I note tangentially used to be called The Manchester Guardian... which I only mention as an excuse to totally tangentially ponder whether that makes it Mancunian - my second favourite locational adjective after Haligonian…
  • Are Snow Fort Beer Fests The Next Big Thing?

    Alan McLeod
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    CBC Prince Edward Island posted this photo on Facebook. Click on it for a bigger view. It's from Lisa Arsenault of Summerside who captioned it "How East Coasters deal with 7' of snow!" I was saying how maybe I should check out my own backyard this weekend. I said that earlier before I saw this photo. Haven't been out there for weeks. My backyard. Hope the shed's OK. This winter's been too long but that image up there reminded me of what getting hammered by the snow is really like. When I lived in PEI once I went looking for my car after a two day blizzard. Then I realized I was standing two…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Hop links, news & myths

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    - “It’s wonderful that hops have become the subject of so much writing and discussion. It’s just unfortunate that in the process so many (false) myths are being passed on – in countless forums and blogs, on Facebook and even in conversations. So let’s do some spring cleaning and do away with some of these myths.” The Barth-Haas Group plans to update its new Hop Flavour Blog each Monday. The quote above is from a post about hop myths. Not the sort of historical ones Martyn Cornell tries to rid us of in the appendix to “Beer: The Story of the Pint.” Instead,…
  • When the circus and shuckers come to town

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Call it A Snapshot of Middle America or Things That Happen in the Shadow of the Eagle. Friday and Saturday at Schlafly’s Tap Room in St. Louis: The Stout and Oyster Festival. Saturday at 4 Hands Brewing (2 miles away, an easy walk, and you can even swing by Busch Stadium): Lupulin Carnival. Schlafly (officially The Saint Louis Brewery) flies in 50,000 oysters and shuckers from both coasts. No tickets are necessary — but a willingness to stand in line helps. There will be lines. Schlafly will be serving five different stouts as well as oysters in different combinations. The…
  • Working with a living beer community

    Stan Hieronymus
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The March/April edition of DRAFT magazine has a lovely little story about Tiah Edmunson-Morton and the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives. (Full disclosure: I wrote it.) I’ve pointed to her Tumblr blog on several occasions, first because I thought you might be interested, and second, perhaps selfishly, because we need to encourage this sort of activity. In one sense it is easier to collect history as it is happening; in another it is harder because you don’t know necessarily know what is going to be important. Yesterday Alan McLeod wrote, “The interesting thing about the…
  • The many sides of the Budweiser story

    Stan Hieronymus
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, LIMITED MUSING 03.23.15 Perhaps I may have missed something that would totally change my life during 8 mostly Internet-free days before Saturday. But it’s one thing to wade through hundreds of Feedly headlines; it would another to consider reaching that far back in Twitter (is “in” even the right preposition?) to feel really caught up. Instead, I found a series of links that somehow seem related. Lagers Enjoy a Renaissance. Remember when The New York Times reviewed a ranked a bunch of beers in a particular “style” that a bunch of commentary…
  • More hops, because, maybe, more West Coast IPAs

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 03.16.15 Procedural note. We are on holiday. This was written last week (so pardon any overlaps with Boak & Bailey) and appears today through the wonders of technology. I have turned comments off because although I trust that everybody would remain civil in my absence maybe I don’t, really. Heaps more hops. Hops Products Australia is going to spend about $10 million US to expand production by 50 percent over the next three years. Every hop helps, but some perspective: Australian farmers harvested just north of 1,000 acres last year, so if all of Australian…
 
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  • QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    “Roy Bean gave cold-blooded killers, cattle rustlers, and horse thieves no mercy. ‘Court’s in session,’ he would announce, and then delivered his sentence without pausing: ‘To be hanged by the neck until dead.’ As each trial ended, he would serve up cold beer all around; his courtroom was also his saloon.” From The American Westby Dee Brown, 1995. QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007
  • March 2015: The Month That Was

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    Despite being all over the place running real-life errands, we managed to turn out a respectable number of posts in March, a couple of which were accidental epics. → There was a good batch of #BeeryLongReads from across the Blogoshire including insights into the politics of keg lines in bars and a profile of a South London brewery. → Ted Bruning’s short book Merrie England: the medieval roots of the great British pub got a thumbs-up from us. → Also on the subject of pub history, how is it that so many of them are allowed to get away with straight-up lying about their history?
  • GALLERY: More Brewing Aristocrats

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    These pictures of British brewing bigwigs all come from the 1900 Licensed Victuallers’ Year Book and follow on from this post from last June. Mr Sampson Hanbury, business partner of Benjamin ‘Ben’ Truman from 1780. (To be played by Michael Douglas in the upcoming HBO feature film ‘Behind the Mash Tun’.) Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. (Nephew of Sampson Hanbury, and the Buxton in Truman, Hanbury & Buxton; really did not want to pose for this portrait, or could smell gas at the time it was being drawn.) Mr Edward Ind, founder of Ind Coope. (A dead ringer for Peter…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 28/03/2015

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    It’s Saturday so here’s all the good beer-related reading from the blogoshire and beyond from the last week. → For Craft Beer & Brewing, Joe Stange gave five tips for brewing convincing Belgian beer: Okay, so there are some credible American-made, Belgian-inspired beers out there—even a few great ones. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of silly ones: sweet, spiced, boozy, under-attenuated, under-hopped, under-carbonated… Ready for some criticism and remarks? → The Brewery History Society has made available for free download (unfortunately only as a PDF) a 70…
  • The Lilliput Beer Book, 1956

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    This short pamphlet given away with a men’s magazine in the 1950s is far from essential but, if you find a copy going cheap, it’s worth adding to your collection. We first became aware of it rummaging through a bin of assorted old magazines in a local retro-vintage emporium, where the word ‘beer’ leapt out at us from the cover of the December 1956 edition of Lilliput. Frustratingly, in that case, the booklet was long gone. We guessed, given the year, that it might be a promotional spin-off from Andrew Campbell’s Book of Beer, published in the same…
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  • Now you can order an IPA in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Jack Curtin
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    I once again dropped off the face of the earth for several weeks and am not going to go through the charade of apologizing again because I have done that all too often, so let’s just agree I will post when I can and when I have something worthwhile to say or report. Today is  a “when” day. With pictures too (all by friend of the blog Carl P., who would like to be your friend too, everybody’s friend comes to that, so beware, he will come to visit if you show any sign of weakness). First the photos, then the details: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Pasteur Street…
  • Everything old is new again…eventually.

    Jack Curtin
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    One of the reasons the Philadelphia region became a major beer destination in the late ’90s despite the fact that the craft beer scene here was still in the embryonic stage was that the city is ideally situated as port of entry for beers from Europe. Our imported beer culture, such as it was, focused almost entirely on German brands at the time, but as the Belgian beer scene exploded, Monk’s Café, through the efforts of co-founder Tom Peters, was where many of these strange new delights were bound. Michael Jackson’s regular appearances there for historic dinners…
  • Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock.

    Jack Curtin
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Here is what I have to say about this beer. Buy some. It is delicious. Really, have I ever led you wrong? Well, except that one time….
  • Sam’s a hard act to follow….

    Jack Curtin
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Sam Calagione, that is, whose thoughts on A-B InBev’s recent activities re: the craft world  I pointed you to yesterday, but a report in this morning’s edition of the invaluable Beer Business Daily more than lives up to the challenge and underlines one possibility which could seriously limit distribution opportunities for craft brewers. It appears that A-B is on the verge of once again pressuring its distributors to embrace the “100% share of mind” approach that August Busch III originally promulgated by enforcing the compliance aspects of its Wholesale Equity…
  • Promises are meant to be….

    Jack Curtin
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Not broken, exactly, but subject to reality. When I said in the previous item that “regular” posting would resume hereabouts, you have to first consider just how regularly I was adding something new ever before the Big Blackout and I have to come to grips with a three weeks or long phalanx of deadlines staring me in the face. Also, it’s cold and I hate that. Anyway, I will do what I can as I can to make your visits here worth the while. For now–and this will surely brighten a few spirits–here is the indomitable Sam Calagione providing what is probably the best…
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  • Worldwide thirst for American craft beer grows

    Real Beer
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Brewers Association reports that exports of craft beer increased almost 36% in 2014 as brewers shipped 383,422 31-gallon barrels valued at an estimated $99.7 million. In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9%; Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), up 38.1%; Western Europe, up 36.6%; Canada, up 32.3%; and Japan, up 31.7%. The top five markets for American craft beer remained nearly the same in 2014, with South Korea surpassing Japan for fifth place. In terms of market share,…
  • LongShot contest adds ‘East vs. West’ theme

    Real Beer
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Boston Beer Co. has added to new twist to its Samuel Adams LongShot contest from homebrewers. For the first time it will feature an “East vs. West” battle. Judges will choose one winning beer from east of the Mississipi River and one from the west. Each will be brewed by Samuel Adams and sold in the 2016 LongShot six-pack along with a beer from the winner of the Samuel Adams employee contest. The submission window for the contest is May 1-16 and details are available at the company website. Winners will be announce at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. While Samuel…
  • Craft beer surpasses 10% market share

    Real Beer
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    The Brewers Association announced today that for the first time craft breweries reached double-digit share of the beer marketplace. Back in 2003, Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing had challenged industry members during her keynote address at the Craft Brewers Conference to strive to reach 10% share. To many that looked to a goal that might take decades to reach. Now the BA has set a target to reach 20% share in just five more years. In 2014, craft breweries — as defined by the BA — produced 22.2 million barrels, and 18% increase in volume. Retail dollar value was estimated at…
  • Brewers Association promotes Small BREW Act, opposes BEER Act

    Real Beer
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Brewers Association has issued a press released indicates it opposed the BEER Act, legislation introduced in the U.S. house and supported by the Beer Institute. It begins by explaining that legislation was introduced in Congress that is supported by the BA and called the Small BREW Act. Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association, issued the following statement on the BEER Act: “While the Brewers Association supports lowering excise taxes for small brewers, the BEER Act is not the way to do it. There are several problematic issues with this legislation including cost to the country,…
  • About THAT Super Bowl commercial

    Real Beer
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    In case you missed the Budweiser commercial everybody is talking about, here it is: And here are a few things people are saying: – Bud Is Proudly ‘Macro’ Amid Micro-Brews in Swagger-Filled Super Bowl Ad. – Why the pro-macro beer Budweiser ad is so dangerous. – Budweiser Ad Declares War… On Itself? – Analyzing Budweiser’s Hypocritical, Anti-Craft Beer Super Bowl Ad. – Did Budweiser misfire with its anti-craft beer Super Bowl ad? – Super Bowl Commercial Shootaround: All the Fast Cars, Cool Insurance, and Unfathomable Sadness We Can…
 
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Brewing in the 1950’s – where to put your brewery?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    I’m returning to Jeffery’s "Brewing Theory and Practice" to look at a short passage that greatly intrigued me. It’s all about suitable – and unsuitable – locations for a brewery. It warns something I’d never considered: contamination from neighbouring businesses.“Contamination by impure air is a great danger, especially to beers of low alcoholic content. A district should be selected which is free from factories emitting noxious fumes, and in which such factories are unlikely to be erected. It is inadvisable to build a brewery in close proximity to farm buildings, as dust from…
  • Draught Bitter in the 1950’s

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Seeing as we’ve looked at the handling of draught beer in the 1950’s at great length, I thought you might like to take a look at some of the beers themselves. And it’s a good excuse for loads more tables.I’ve taken everything in my mega gravity spreadsheet that’s British, draught and is dated between 1950 and 1959. There will be posts on other styles later, but I’m going to kick off with Bitter, a style that was very much on the up in this period. On its way to becoming, albeit briefly, the nation’s favourite.I’ve split them into four groups: Boys Bitter (OG < 1036),…
  • Frits

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Amsterdam is really buzzing beer-wise. I'm struggling to keep pace with the openings of new breweries and bars. I can thank Dolores for discovering Frits.It popped up when she was searching for a place a colleague of hers had mentioned. It looked interesting and we decided to drop by one Saturday afternoon.It's located on the corner the Jan Evertstraat and Mercatorplein in de Baarsjes. An area of Amsterdam we lived in until the kids came along and our flat started looking rather small. Like much of Amsterdam, it's changed a lot in the last five years.Going down De Clerqstraat in a tram, I was…
  • Cask beer in the 1950’s – empty casks and cleaning glasses

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    We’re finally there. At the end of my marathon examination of cask beer handling in the 1950’s. I’m going to have to find something else to write about.Jeffery has had plenty of veiled (and not so veiled) anger towards publicans and their wastefulness and incompetence. I can understand why. A careless or untrained landlord can ruin the brewer’s work in an instant. It must have been frustrating to confide your lovely, sound beer to someone who would transform it into undrinkable muck. And ruin the casks it came in to boot.“Empty Casks. If the value of beer casks was sufficiently…
  • Let's Brew Wednesday - 1925 Barclay Perkins Dark Lager

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    What is it with all these Lager recipes I've been publishing? This one is on request, mind.We're back in the early days of Barclay Perkins Lager-brewing adventure. Only a few years after their shiny new Lager brewery had only been commissioned.I had this odd thought the other day. What if the success of their Lager brewing had been the cause of the brewery's downfall. It struck me that maybe Courage had really wanted to get their hands on Barclay Perkins' Lager brewery? It makes sense, because that's what Courage didn't have. Just a thought. Not sure if it's true or not. Initially, Barclay…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout

    BarleyBlog
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    The post, Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. When I have a cup of coffee, I like it as black as the darkened heart of the great beast—I don’t want cream or sweetener. The same sentiment can pretty much be applied to coffee stouts or any stout for that matter. I like them robust and strong. That said, the smoothness that Starr Hill’s […] The post, Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Alewerks Jubilee VIII

    BarleyBlog
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    The post, Alewerks Jubilee VIII, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Williamsburg, VA’s Alewerks Brewing has been producing some truly outstanding beers the past couple of years. Their Bitter Valentine and Grand Illumination are both products that I look forward to hunting down each year. And now, I’ve got another brew to add to the list. Jubilee—number VIII, in this case—is the company’s yearly anniversary release. […] The post, Alewerks Jubilee VIII, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait

    BarleyBlog
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    The post, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The vintage date on this bottle of Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait reads 2011. I certainly haven’t owned it that long—in fact, I think I just purchased it down in Culpeper, VA this past January. This beer usually benefits from a little additional age in the bottle so I wasn’t too worried upon noticing the […] The post, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood

    BarleyBlog
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    The post, Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Much like craft beer in the U.S. is on the rise, so too is American cider—at least in Virginia it appears as though new ciders (or hard ciders) are popping up on a regular basis. It only makes sense then, as popularity continues to grow, that a copy of Apples to Cider: How to make […] The post, Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Forge Brew Works The Solstice Black Saison

    BarleyBlog
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    The post, Forge Brew Works The Solstice Black Saison, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Lorton, VA’s Forge Brew Works has been in business for a little over a year now, but this bottle of The Solstice is the first product of theirs that I’ve come across in my travels. I don’t know much more than that about the company, but it’s always exciting to run across new beer from […] The post, Forge Brew Works The Solstice Black Saison, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Grand tour

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    I mentioned the Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup in one of the earlier posts this week. Danish brewers Coisbo were outright winners for the second time in a row, with a barrel-aged version of the beer that won them top prize last year. Eleven is a 10% ABV imperial stout matured in sherry casks. It's not a subtle beast, smelling strongly of sweet oak, though dryer on tasting, but still very very woody. I think the barrel-aging may have left it a little overcooked for my liking.Also waltzing off with a gold medal was the only Belgian beer I had all weekend. Bertinchamps Brune also has…
  • Hungary for novelty

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    What got me most excited in the run-up to Alltech Brews & Food 2015 was the large number of Hungarian brewing companies listed to attend. It's far too long since I was last in Hungary so the opportunity to taste my way around its beer scene only a few minutes from my front door was one I relished.First port of call on arriving into the Convention Centre on the Friday evening was Budapest brewpub Legenda Sörfőzde who brought a very impressive collection of off-kilter beers. Brettania is a 5.3% ABV dark red ale. It claims sourness but isn't really sour, having instead a big…
  • States of mind

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 am
    For a festival organised by a US-based company, we weren't exactly drowning in American beer at Alltech Brews & Food 2015. It took a bit of hunting to find what was there. Obviously, Alltech's own beer was front and centre, including the new Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale. This is mahogany red and has a very woody bourbon nose. Vanilla is massively dominant in the flavour and, coupled with a huge sugary sweetness and a high level of carbonation, the overall effect is very like a bourbon and coke. Not something I'm looking for in a beer.Meanwhile, at the Grand Cru stand, they had tapped up…
  • What else you got?

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:09 am
    Several established Irish breweries brought beers I'd never had before to the 2015 Alltech festival at the Convention Centre. Galway Hooker, for instance, has just launched a new bottled IPA called 60 Knots. It's a serious dark gold colour and is all about the classic grapefruit aromas. As my first beer on the second day of proceedings it seemed sharply acidic to begin, and a little brassy. But there are mellower elements in the flavour too: a touch of that signature Hooker biscuit and a more fun gunpowder spicing. You know you're getting a full-on 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs here. This is one for…
  • And not an Irish red to be seen

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    The arrival of new Irish breweries is always exciting, so I made sure to stop by the Wicklow Brewery stand at Alltech Brews & Food. I say "new": the brewpub on the caravan site in Redcross has been in production since last summer, but so far hasn't got much beyond its very local market. Not that it has to, of course.My grin of delight became a little fixed when I noticed that Wicklow Brewery Helles was front and centre. New Irish pale lagers can be something of a gamble. All doubt was swept away with the first taste. Yes, it's a bit hazy, and there's maybe rather more sulphur on the…
 
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2015

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Time to get outside and play kids. No excuses. The calendar says April and your beer glass is empty. Go fill it up at any of the following events that are sure to help you usher in spring in grand fashion. Plus, farther abroad, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week does its thing from April 17-26, Harrisburg Beer Week has its own party from April 24-May 2, and Ommegang BCTC tickets go on sale April 1. As
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 26 - March 31

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    And just like that, another month is gone. But not before getting in at least another couple dozen or so beer events. Play ball! As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 19 - March 25

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    You've got less than a month until the tax bill is due. You've got one week to enjoy the following beer events. Starting today. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 12 - March 18

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    This may look like a mere meager list compared to last week. Keep in mind, though, I listed the Craft Beer Express only once and not twelve times for each event at each location. Still plenty of work to be done. Keep it going. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event
  • Craft Beer Express 2015 in Philadelphia -- next stop America's Best Beer-Drinking City

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Okay, my apologies. That headline sounds like quite the marketing pitch and for the record I've got absolutely nothing to do with any aspect of the Craft Beer Express except for giving it a bit of publicity here. Yet, even though I've never partaken in a full-day of the twice-annual Craft Beer Express (and only rode the bus once for a short hop across town), there's something about this day that
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Open The Taps Call to Action - SB1386

    Jeff Holt
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Open The Taps, the beer consumer lobbying group, has issued an important call asking you to contact your Quokerwodger (a wooden toy that moves when a string is pulled, and, by extension a politician who does what lobbyists pay him to do) about SB1386: SB 1386 Update SB 1386, the bill that would allow consumers to buy directly from breweries for off-premise consumption, is currently delayed. OTT members and friends: As you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook, the planned-for-today Senate hearing for SB 1386 was postponed, and we need your help to get it back on track! Just to recap: SB 1386…
  • Bare Arms Brewing To Open in Waco

    Jeff Holt
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Bare Arms Brewing founder Keith Collier, announced that he has received his TABC permit to open his brewery/brew pub at 2515 LaSalle Avenue in Waco. Bare Arms Brewing will offer an American lager, an India pale ale, a chocolate stout, and a tart Berliner Weisse-style beer flavored with cranberries and apples. The brewery will have a tasting room, and will self-distribute to local retailers, including The Dancing Bear.
  • Tasting Room at PBC

    Jeff Holt
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Midnight Porter on tap!
  • Pedernales Brewing Company Spring Break Schedule

    Jeff Holt
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Pedernales Brewing Company will expand their tasting room hours Friday March 14th and Saturday March 15 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM. And from Monday March 16 to Saturday March 21 from 1 to 6 pm. Beer is available by the pint for $4, and tour/tasting/glass is $10.
  • Alamo Beer Company Grand Opening - March 6

    Jeff Holt
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
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    Zythophile

  • 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…
  • How I got Mikkeller to call me a bastard

    Martyn Cornell
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    What sort of bastard goes along to a book launch just to point out to the author the mistakes he’s made? Errrr … Me. OK, it was done in what I’d like to insist, really, was a semi-joking way, and in a spirit of, I hope, friendly beer comradeship, but if someone as highly regarded and influential as Mikkel Borg Bjergsø – founder of Mikkeller – is repeating historical beer myths in print that I (and others) have been trying to stamp on for a dozen or more years, well, somebody has to do something – even if I did come across as a prat. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø down in the cellar…
  • Why Greene King doesn’t care that the haters hate its IPA

    Martyn Cornell
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:13 am
    Hard luck, haters: Greene King knows you don’t like its IPA, you think it’s too bland, “not a real IPA” at 3.6% abv, and it doesn’t care at all. Not the tiniest drop. In fact it’s probably quite pleased you don’t like it. You’re not its target market – it’s after a vastly larger constituency. If you liked its IPA, it’s fairly sure those people that Greene King would most like to capture to and in the cask ale market, young people, people still with a lifetime of drinking ahead of them, wouldn’t like it – and for that…
  • Why Rooney Anand is talking rubbish on minimum alcohol pricing

    Martyn Cornell
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    I was disappointed and angry to see Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, calling in the Daily Telegraph last week for minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Disappointed because the arguments for minimum unit pricing have been totally debunked, and Mr Anand should really have known he was talking rubbish – or his advisers should have told him. Angry because I cannot understand why he is using his position as boss of one of the largest brewers and pub operators in the country to promote the agenda of the neoprohibitionists for whom minimum unit pricing is but a small step on the way to…
  • Two traditional breweries: a photo-essay

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

  • Beer Birthday: Rich Higgins

    Jay Brooks
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today is the 37th birthday of Rich Higgins, who wears many hats in the San Francisco beer scene. He left his job as the brewmaster at San Francisco’s Social Kitchen & Brewery a few years ago, and was also the President of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Director of SF Beer Week for a... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 6871579B2: Device For Producing Beer And A Unit For After-Fermentation

    Jay Brooks
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Today in 2005, US Patent 6871579 B2 was issued, an invention of Evgeny Konstantinovich Belkin, Andrei Arkadievich Peshkin, Vladimir Gennadievich Matveev, Leonid Mikhailovich Prikhozhan, and Yury Vasilievich Artamonov, for their “Device For Producing Beer and a Unit for... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1508: Saturday Night

    Jay Brooks
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Saturday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, this one from, I think, the early 1960s. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one is called “Saturday Night.” A couple are out for dinner on, presumably, a Saturday night, or maybe just... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 1177529A: Beer-Faucet

    Jay Brooks
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Today in 1916, US Patent 1177529 A was issued, an invention of Frederick Marquardt, for his “Beer-Faucet.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention is to provide a faucet especially adapted to be used for dispensing beer, ale orthe like, and the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Reservoir Dogs Beers

    Jay Brooks
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The debut film of auteur filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was the violent heist film Reservoir Dogs. I remember being blown away by it when I saw it in the theatre when it was released in 1992, and especially the stylish opening credits scene with the principal characters walking down an alley in... [[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

  • Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival Saturday

    ryan
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    As of last night, tickets were still available for the Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival. And though the ticket price is decidedly steep, this is a festival that should make every beer nerd get a little giddy. For the uninitiated, this festival features rare, vintage and special one-off beers from 30 select craft breweries from ...
  • Fulton Expat Returns

    ryan
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Last night Fulton’s rye saison, The Expat made its triumphant return with a kick-off party at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. If you missed it, fear not. You’ll find this beer on tap at other fine establishments and, for the first time, in bottles. The Expat features plenty of Sterling hops and just enough rye and ...
  • March Madness: Historic Bar Brackets with Tycoons Alehouse

    ryan
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Great news from Duluth – Tycoons Alehouse & Eatery has been chosen to be part of Preservation Nation’s “Historic Bar Tournament.” This nationwide competition showcases 32 historic bars from across the country and puts them head-to-head in competition to determine the country’s favorite historic bar.Each week Preservation Nation will set up another round of pairings, ...
  • BBSU Starts Wednesday!

    ryan
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Better Beer Society University starts Wednesday! There are still some open spots, so grab your no. 2 pencils (or perhaps your keyboard) and sign up today! Classes meet Wednesdays from March 4th through May 20th at either 6pm or 7:30pm at Republic Seven Corners. Now in it’s third year, Better Beer Society University offers up ...
  • Chop & Brew # 34: Bad Ass Saison with Nathan Smith

    chip
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Our homebrewing friends at Chop & Brew are back in the Bad Ass Brewery with a bad ass guest host and co-brewer – Nathan Smith! Nathan is an awarding-winning homebrewer who calls the Bay Area home, but he’s originally from Minnesota — which is why he’s such a great brewer, of course. During a recent ...
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • #freshhopnz15 STARTS NOW!!!!

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Yesterday 13 Auckland brewers, and many of Auckland’s craft beer bars met to discuss the details for #freshhopnz15 An event which will feature 13 beers made with Fresh Hops, straight from the hop fields of Nelson. Like this Facebook page and stay up to date with developments, updates from breweries, launch date as well as the list of the beers and the bars and outlets you can get them in.   Read about what we did last year #freshhopnz14 BEERVANA – Fresh Hop 2014 - 3/3/14 24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 1) – 11/3/14 24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 2) – 12/3/14 FRESH HOP…
  • The Problem With Craft Beer

    admin
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week I got a notification of a liquor store that put on a keg of Epic Apocalypse. I was shocked, as we had last brewed that in May 2014. I check into when we had shipped it, and found out that it was June 2014. This beer was in an EcoKeg which generally is best in the first six months. Therefore I wasn’t very happy that this beer was now being sold to beer drinkers excited to try something new. This beer was not intended to be stored or aged for this extended period. It is a Black IPA, and the hops would have seriously diminished. I’m not saying the beer would have been bad…
  • The New Zealand Beer Festival 2015

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:45 pm
    [COPY OF EMAIL JUST RECEIVED FROM NZ BEER FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS] Hey there, As you’ve probably figured out, The New Zealand Beer Festival is taking a break in 2015. Every year we pick a date that will create the best experience to showcase your wares in Auckland, this year we don’t see a clear “to market” strategy, so we’re focussing our energy on 2016. This year the Cricket World Cup takes over The Cloud and Shed 10 in February and March. Cruise ships all through April. That pushes us too deep into winter, and there’s just not sufficient space to hold every one indoors. We…
  • Coming Soon… New Zealand Hop Harvest 2015

    admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This week I headed to Nelson (with a bunch of other brewers from around New Zealand) for the day (and night) for a visit to “The Hop Lab” at Plant & Food Research in Motueka. The focus was on the new 50 litre trial brew plant (manufactured by Chris Little Engineering) which is now being used to brew beers with the trial hop varieties to see if they show promise for brewing. It was a good time of year to do this, as it is a week before the New Zealand Hop harvest begins. The plants have hops on them, the hop growers aren’t too busy to be able to spend the afternoon with…
  • Happy 18th Birthday Baroona – by Alan Knight

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

  • Week of 03/27/15 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: De Dochter van der Korenaar Crime Passionel, Stillwater / Siren Smoke Signals, Shiner Prickly Pear, Grimm Gradient Young Bruin with Blackberries, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Mono”, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Stereo”, and Stillwater Contemporary Series “Surround”. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie…
  • Global Brew Tap House Coming to St. Louis

    Mike
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    We’ve been #blessed with a plethora of craft beer options in St. Louis. But, I’ll be a little selfish and say that I haven’t been as lucky in my neck of the woods. Sure there are more than a few awesome places that I can get to via a short car trip, but if we’re being honest, walking back from a bar is the safer, smarter, and more responsible choice after you’ve imbibed a few pints. So I’m happy to break the news that Global Brew Tap House is coming across the river into Missouri and will open their first St. Louis location in Rock Hill. Global’s…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to the 2015 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival

    Mike
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Once again, there were some really good entries this year. (I’ll list some of my favorites below.) The use of Fuggle was once again a hit and people played off of that quite a bit. We also had a lot of people staying old school and using noble hop names. But, I’m happy to announce the winner is Katie Culp with her entry for a carnival ride, “The Magnum Cluster Buster”. Sounds fun. Katie has won two tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival this Saturday. I’m happy to announce that tickets for this event have sold out (or sad if you missed out!) If you…
  • Flying Saucer Celebrates 2nd Anniversary This Sunday

    Mike
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    To celebrate their second anniversary in St. Louis, Flying Saucer is pulling out all of the stops. Not only will they have birthday cake and live music from 1-4PM, they’ll also be putting on some crazy delicious beers. Beginning at 1PM, every hour on the hour Flying Saucer will be randomly tapping the following beers: Tilquin Gueuze Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse 4 Hands Volume 1 (2013) Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2014) They will also be selling a limited selection of bottles every hour. Because of the limited amount of bottles available, they will…
  • Contest: Two Tickets to the 2015 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival

    Mike
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    If you love beer and can stand to be around clowns (and I don’t mean the clowns that normally attend beer festivals) then maybe you’d love to win some tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival. Thanks to the fine folks at 4 Hands, I have two tickets to give away for this event. We’re going to once again pick the most creative hop-based clown name or hop-based carnival ride. For example: Citra the Clown or the Calypso Cyclone. Only, don’t use those, because they suck. Most creative name (based on what I think is awesome) wins two tickets to this Saturday’s…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Farage - beyond the (Camden) Pale?

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Ed Miliband doesn't like beer and pubs at all. David Cameron's idea of a nice afternoon at his local involves, by all accounts, bottled ersatz cider and child abandonment. There's no denying that polarising politician Nigel Farage is the only one of our party leaders who's regularly pictured with a beer. Usually he's gurning over a flat pint of Greene King IPA, but whoever set up this photo for
  • "Zero hours contracts" in pubs

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Ed Miliband being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman last night.Photograph from the Telegraph website. On TV last night Ed Miliband - in between spluttering "hell yeah!" and "who cares?" - claimed he'd prohibit flexible working arrangements that can be so beneficial to both employers and employees. The term used by politicians is "zero hours contracts". I have no fewer than four bar staff on my
  • The Royal William, Stowmarket, Suffolk

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    The best pub in town, according to the local CAMRA. Hidden away on a back street (but not far from the mock Elizabethan railway station). Ten real ales - all East Anglian - served directly from the casks in a room out back. Bitter, mild, porter, stout, golden ale all represented. Beer nice and cool and in great condition (not normally the case in pubs that serve direct from stillage). £3.10 a
  • 1p off a pint? Not likely

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week George Osborne cut the duty on beer by 1p. Nevertheless, an email from a notoriously smug Kent microbrewery dropped into my inbox within 24 hours of the Budget, announcing price rises. I'm sure others will follow in due course. For those of us in the pub trade it'll soon be time to decide whether to pass on another round of brewery price rises to the customer, or see margins take
  • Ale & Cider fest this weekend...

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Tomorrow Alice of the Real Al Company will deliver a range of ales from six different Herefordshire & Shropshire Breweries and an orchard full of cider* to the Finborough. Our festival starts at 5pm on Friday and we open from noon on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday evening Tom Oliver the cider maker (and manager of the Proclaimers, believe it ot not) and Reuben Gray - brewer at Hobson's -
 
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • When Mom Needs a Quick Pick-Me-Up

    David
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Because it would be crass to drink directly from one of those single serving wine bottles. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Range Time - A Sunny Respite

    David
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    A cool, rainy morning turned into a warm sunny afternoon, perfect for a trip to the range. Checkered Flag was in town so he, Colleen, and I spent an afternoon honing our skills in the 70° spring air. The warm air was accompanied by strong wind gusts, which played havoc with our targets stands. Appropriating a few logs from the fire pit (mostly) solved the problem. (No, I still haven't picked up those spikes.)We spent most of our time at a close 7 yard distance. We often try to make a "game" of our range practice, within the restrictive rules of the club. The theme of the day became accuracy…
  • Devils Backbone The Devil Went Down to Oregon

    David
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    This is another of the beers in the March Collaboration Adventure Pack from Devils Backbone Brewing. I posted thoughts on another beer in the mix, Double Gooch IPA, previously. The Devil Went Down to Oregon Imperial Rye Ale is the result of a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon.The Devil Went Down to Oregon pours an attractive dark amber color with a persistent beige head. The aroma is mild and a mix of caramel and dark fruit with a hint of grassiness. In the flavor you get a bit of sweetness at the start, followed by toasted malt and nuttiness. The rye…
  • Celebratory Gunfire

    David
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    No, not that kind. I celebrated my birthday by shooting an IDPA match at the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club in Charlottesville on Saturday. I arrived early to attend the mandatory "new shooters" briefing that is required of first time shooters at the range. Even though I'm not exactly a new shooter, it never hurts to hear the reminders again.One of the usual bays used by the club for matches was not available due to the rains last week, so the match directors set up three stages together at the end of one of the rifle ranges. Due to the space constraints, only one shooter could shoot at a…
  • Flying Dog Supertramp

    David
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I admit it, I didn't want to like this beer. Last week when I opened the package from Flying Dog Brewery and saw the bottle of Supertramp Tart Cherry Ale, I thought, "Oh, a fruit beer." But, I was intrigued nonetheless, as I do enjoy the occasional sour ale. So despite my consternation, I was looking forward to trying it, for research purposes only of course.As I poured the ale, others in the room exclaimed, "Oh, it's pink!" It wasn't really pink, but there was indeed a pink hue to the orange-amber color. The aroma has faint fruit notes and a hint of breadiness. The initial flavor that hits…
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    The Brew Club

  • Wychwood King Goblin 6.6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    King Goblin, brewed by the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, was launched in 2010 to complement the success of 'Hobgoblin' and, if you are to believe the marketing, only ever brewed under a full moon.
  • Guinness Porters

    Bob the Brit
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Recently Guinness have established a 'pilot' brewery within the hallowed grounds of St James's Gate, and it is from that pilot brewery that this review's brews hail.
  • Meantime Yakima Red – 4.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Yakima Red's nose is rich with British and German malts, and a peachy citrus kick from five different hops, sourced from Washington's Yakima valley.
  • Thornbridge Jaipur X Imperial IPA – 10% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    This is both Jaipur, and very, very strong. It's not a barley wine or 'winter warmer', it's very much an Imperial IPA, and very drinkable, with caution.
  • Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale 5.6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:39 am
    This is the third of Shepherd Neame's 'recreated classic' ales that I've reviewed for The Brewclub, and interestingly, this one is brewed from the oldest recipe.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

    Robert C. Lehrman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
      It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the heart of Bourbon Country is roughly the last place for a product such as this to thrive. And yet, the guy loitering and smoking out front advised it is an excellent product and will get one messed up almost as good as the illegal stuff. The display had about 40 jars of the product, in…
  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    3/23/2015 Update. Caution. The above headline seems fairly skewed. See below for what we think really happened last week. The case is not halted at all. Tito had another bad yesterday, this time in federal court in San Diego. This further makes it obvious that the world of labeling has changed markedly since the Supreme Court’s Pom decision of June 12, 2014. On March 18, 2015, Judge Jeffrey Miller (of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California) ruled that the Tito’s vodka case, relating to deception and the term “handmade,” should move forward. Since the case was…
  • Palcohol is Back

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Palcohol is back. After approval from out of nowhere about a year ago, and cancellation of the same approvals a few days later, it is back. I have it on good authority that TTB has ironed out the kinks and approved the labels this week. Sen. Schumer will not be pleased (aka, he may be very pleased to have this whipping boy back within striking distance). Many states have already banned it. But this gives new life to this new category. Hats off to Mark Phillips for weathering the storm and persevering. Below is the approved label as of 2014 alongside the label as approved on March 10, 2015.
  • ARTAL: The Movie

    Robert C. Lehrman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First there was ARTAL the list. Then there was ARTAL the blog post. And now, there is ARTAL:  The Movie. In which Oli tries to help you remember the power and pitfalls of the big list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels. In brief, this should help you remember that you don’t need a new COLA every time you make a change to your already-approved label. There are dozens of small and not so small changes that are ok to make, without any need of a new COLA — or the wait, frustration, and expense. Related Posts: Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA? (2)…
  • Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Ladies and gentlemen it is with great pleasure that I introduce Oli, the sporadically employed climate scientist, from Chichester. What does that have to do with labels and COLAs? Watch and see. Find out why some may benefit from having a small group of specialized lawyers and paralegals to help you get things moved through TTB and to the marketplace with less pain and delay. Related Posts: ARTAL: The Movie (0) Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (0)
 
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • Everybody Loves a Craft Beer Fest

    Robert Wiebel, Orlando Outdoor Recreation Examiner
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Melbourne, FL – March 29, 2015 – I never miss a change to get outside and enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities the Space Coast has to offer. So when I learned about the Brewmaster’s Invitational, I...
  • 10 Biggest Fails of the Craft Beer Movement

    Don Roine, New England Beer Examiner
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Who knew 30 years ago that there would be so many problems associated with having SO MANY new beers and beer styles to choose from? Yet here we are:10. Is it Craft? Is it Micro? Is it Nano? Does...
  • A striking imperial IPA dedicated to its hop ranchers

    William Felo, Harrisburg Craft Beer Examiner
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Victory Brewing Company has created a beer dedicated to the company's hop ranchers, the farmers that cultivate all of their freshly grown hops. Thus, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale, an intense IPA made from whole flower hops...
  • D.C. bars serve flights of craft beer for a tasting room experience

    Bobbi Russell, DC Craft Beer Examiner
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    D.C. is home to many breweries that distribute locally and offer enjoyable tasting room experiences. Several local bars are adopting the tasting room vibe by offering customers the option to buy flights of beers. This is the perfect way...
  • Bearded Iris Brewing kegs first batch of beer

    Don Else, Nashville Beer Examiner
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Long time friends (since like 4th grade in Murfreesboro) Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye have been homebrewing since they were 18. One went on to become an attorney, the other a financial analyst, but the desire to brew together...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 030315

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Colorado celebrates 303 Day today! The area code and calendar date line up once a year. It's a day to celebrate everything great you love about Colorado - including all that great craft beer. The snow may be falling, but don't let that stop you (just be careful out there). Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverRock Bottom Brewery - Denver - Tomorrow, Wednesday March…
  • Pour your own beer by the ounce at First Draft

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    How would you like to have a selection of 40 taps of beer, wine and cider and be able to pour it your self for as many ounces as you wish? A new business headed to Denver will soon let you do just that - First Draft. Check out their press release issued today.First Draft - Opening Soon in RiNoPour your own craft beer, wine, and cider at First Draft[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO, March 3, 2015 – First Draft, a new taproom and kitchen concept, is coming to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood of Denver in late spring/early summer 2015. With 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider and the ability to…
  • Colorado Beer News 030215

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    What will March bring? To the brewery taps that is. Expect to see a lot of Irish-themed beers pouring this month in Colorado. It's also going to be one of the snowiest months of the year - so keep warm with a pint of your favorite winter warmer. Keep reading Fermentedly Challenged for upcoming St. Patrick's Day events and tappings. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, March 2nd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro…
  • Colorado Beer Releases February 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    February 2015 was Stout Month for many Colorado breweries as big, bold, dark brews tended to dominate the brewing landscape here in the state. February also saw record heat as well as record snow. It made for some rare February patio drinking days. Luckily, there was a bounty of new beer releases in the state. Something for just about every taste.The following list is a recap of just some of the known craft beers that were released during the last month in Colorado. How many of these beers did you try? Winter seasonals were released in numbers. Here's what was new for the month of February…
  • Colorado Beer News 022715

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy. Today's post is dedicated to the memory of one of our favorite actors who passed away today. Let us all lift a glass of our favorite craft beer and toast to his legacy. Live Long and Prosper! And thanks for all the great memories too. He will be missed. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, February 27th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverFERMÆNTRA - New beer tapped today. Stop in…
 
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • 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…
  • A European Weekend in the Desert of Las Vegas

    8 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The dancing fountains of Bellagio.It was winter and I’d had enough of America.  Too much snow, too much cold, too many chain stores and too much traffic.  I needed a summer in Europe.  I needed to walk in twilight past splashing fountains, to linger over a good meal at an outdoor cafe, to feel the sun and the rustle of green tree branches overhead, to see flowers and statuary and history and art, all placed around me, for no reason except for their beauty.  I needed to experience the joy de vie, the wines and the haute cuisine of the French and Italians.And so I went to…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 260: Modern Times Beer Monsters’ Park

    beerad@mac.com (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

    beerad@mac.com (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

    beerad@mac.com (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…
  • Episode 257: Allagash Hugh Malone Ale & Farm To Face

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up.
  • Episode 256: The Crisp & Piercing Pils

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for Pilseners in episode 256 of the Hop Cast! It might not be the perfect season for a Pilsener but Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are always down for finding a new great Pils. First up, The Crisp a 5.40 % ABV German Pilsener from Sixpoint Brewery in New York. This beer comes in the new skinny cans from Sixpoint Brewery, which make them perfect for traveling. Next up, Brad and Ken open up the Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery. It’s been a little too long since there’s been any Dogfish Head beer featured…
 
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Stone Brewing Releases Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout

    D.J. Paul
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    ESCONDIDO, CA – Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly […]
  • Chizu Opens In Downtown Portland

    D.J. Paul
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    After his humble beginnings as Steve’s Cheese for the better part of half a decade tucked away into the back corner of the now defunct Square Deal Wine, Steve Jones ventured out on his own in 2010 opening Cheese Bar. After operating Cheese Bar in Southeast Portland for half a decade Jones has now stepped […]
  • American Craft Beer Exports Near $100 Million

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Boulder, CO • March 24, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 […]
  • Portland’s Gateway Brewing Releases Its First Beers

    D.J. Paul
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Portland has the largest amount of breweries in the world and this number miraculously continues to grow. There are denser parts of the city with higher quantities of breweries but there are many areas and neighborhoods that are void of any locally produced beers. The farther east you go in Portland this lack of breweries […]
  • Krusteaz Beer Bread Mix & A Bottle of Ninkasi Dawn of the Red

    D.J. Paul
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the years we received some interesting items sent to us here at Brewpublic to review. One of the more recent items received was a few boxes of Krusteaz Beer Bread Mix. Mainly known for its pancake and waffle mixes, Krusteaz also ventures out to a few other grain related items. Yes, we know you […]
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    Road Trips for Beer

  • Fifth annual Madison Craft Beer Week coming May 1-10, 2015

    Gerard Walen
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
      Ten-day, two-weekend long festival highlights craft beer culture in Dane County MADISON, Wisconsin – Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) will celebrate its fifth anniversary this May 1-10. Festival organizers are hard at work planning for the five-year milestone. More than 80 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs and breweries will host more than 350 events as part of this year’s MCBW. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to choose from a multitude of events ranging from pub crawls and bike tours to meet the brewer events, beer education classes and beer cook-offs. A…
  • Taste Vacations Belgium Beer Tour

    Gerard Walen
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Guest Post By Beth Peluse Picture your dream vacation. Does it involve beer? We are guessing it does, since you are on the Road Trips for Beer website. I would like to throw out a dream vacation idea for you. We at Taste Vacations, a luxury travel company specializing in beer, wine, and culinary tours, are offering a trip to Belgium this summer, July 26 – August 1, that specifically focuses on beer. While in Belgium, you’ll learn about its culture, history, and beer (of course) while visiting more than a dozen breweries, abbeys, and beer museums. We’ll be traveling across the country,…
  • New Albion Brewing Company to return during Cleveland Beer Week

    Gerard Walen
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    According to the Brewers Association, more than 3,000 breweries – the vast majority of them small and independent – now pepper the landscape of the United States. Those who know their history pay homage to the man who launched the modern U.S. craft brewing scene – Jack McAuliffe, founder in 1976 of New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, California. His signature pale ale, New Albion Ale, was revived in 2013 with the aid of McAuliffe at the Boston Beer Co., makers of Sam Adams beers, but it was a limited-time endeavor. Now attendees of Cleveland Beer Week (Oct. 10-19) can quaff pints of…
  • Victory Brewing Company announces new brewpub in Leesburg, Virginia

    Gerard Walen
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    News release DOWNINGTOWN, PA, September 3, 2014 – Philadelphia area-based Victory Brewing Company is announcing the brewery’s plans to open an additional brewpub, Victory at Courthouse Square, in Leesburg, Virginia. Slated to open in the second quarter of 2016, the restaurant will expand the service footprint of Victory while directly supporting the positive image of the burgeoning company and its products through direct hospitality services The brewpub will span three floors at Courthouse Square, an exciting L4 Capital Partners development comprising 112,000 square feet of office and…
  • Tipples and Travel: Great Places to Drink Beer

    Gerard Walen
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Image by Quinn Dombrowski, used under Creative Commons license By Holiday Hypermarket Even though summer is winding down, that doesn’t mean that the fun is over just yet. There are still places to go and things to see, not to mention beer to drink. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or anywhere else, you can still go on a road trip for beer on cheap holidays. Here are three places in the United States that, whether it’s their quality of beer or just because it’s a cool city, you should stop by while the weather is still warm. Milwaukee, Wisconsin I mean, the city’s…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • The Brewers Association now has an Executive Chef. But why?

    Kendall Jones
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today we learned that the Brewers Association has named Adam Dulye as its Executive Chef. It’s an interesting development given the fact that the BA is not a restaurant. If you are not familiar with the Brewers Association, I include a note below. So why does a trade organization like the Brewers Association need a chef? Simply put, to continue the mission of promoting craft beer and the craft beer industry. Dulye will use his culinary background to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. As you may or may not…
  • Beer Release: IPA in Cans and a Blonde Seasonal, Diamond Knot Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Plans Releases of its Flagship IPA in Cans and Blonde Seasonal in April MUKILTEO, WA – Like a well traveled ship, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing has been a company on a steadied course for more than 20 years. So it’s only fitting that the company continue to celebrate its 20th anniversary with its newest release of its flagship IPA in 12 ounce cans the first week of April. “We are ready for our next chapter,” said Bob Maphet, Diamond Knot’s president and CEO. “We are proud of our IPA that has stood the test…
  • It ALL happens this weekend: everything at the same time

    Kendall Jones
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Every now and again a weekend comes a long that is just too packed with fun to be real. It sometimes seems that everything happens at the same time. For example, consider this Saturday, April 28th (and this weekend, for that matter). Of course the biggest event is the Washington Cask Beer Festival, which takes place at Seattle Center on Saturday. The event features more than 100 cask-conditioned beers in one place, all produced by Washington breweries. See our previous post for more information. Tickets are sold out for the first session (noon…
  • Belgian Beer Month at the Beveridge Place Pub

    Kendall Jones
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This April, the Beveridge Place Pub is changing things up a little bit. I know some of you will miss IPApril, but time marches on. Instead of celebrating April by serving up a rotating selection of IPAs, this year the Beveridge Place Pub focuses its attention on the beers of Belgium. The pub is dedicating 12 of its taps to Belgian beers and Belgian-style beers. According to the Bev, “Belgian Beer Month celebrates the amazing diversity that is Belgian Beer. We will rotate through everything from wits to quads to sours from Belgium as well…
  • Beer Release: Farmlandia, Iron Horse Brewery

    Kendall Jones
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just got word of a new, seasonal beer release from Iron Horse Brewery. Below, details about the beer as well as the release party on April 3rd. Iron Horse Brewery Announces the Release of Farmlandia, Available in 22oz Bottles and on Draught. A brand new Farmhouse Ale at 5.5% abv. ELLENSBURG, WA  (March 24th, 2015) Iron Horse Brewery is introducing a new seasonal beer called Farmlandia available in draught and 22-oz bottles.  You may be asking, “what on earth is a Farmhouse Ale?” To describe this is like trying to describe what it is like…
 
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    Booze News

  • Yes, There’s Arsenic In Your Cheap Wine. Now Relax

    Patsy
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Wow. So apparently a class action lawsuit has been brought against makers of low-price-point California wines that have been found to contain nightmarishly-high levels of arsenic. First, here is the list of implicated wines. Do you drink these wines? Scary? Scary! This suit has touched off a high profile volley of wine-pundits and scientists, both actual and pseudo, over whether the claims hold water. Some people are saying there is misinformation and exaggeration. Some people, like this guy, are crying hoax. You’re a hardworking IT professional or project manager who leans on Trader…
  • Nobody Wants to Drink Michelob Ultra, Not Even the People in the Ad

    Patsy
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We’ve all been there: you’re hanging out at the beach with some buds—apparently just after a softball game or some other lame reason for you to all be wearing the same t-shirt—and you want to crack open some frosty beers to celebrate the fact that you’re all young, moderately good-looking and on a beach. And then, the worst: you realize the idiot you put in charge of bringing beer brought Michelob Ultra. So, exasperated, no one opens their beer. You can see in the photo that no one is enthused except the jerk who brought the crappy beer. The offender, on the far left in the yellow…
  • Do you love pig? Then COCHON555 is for you. Tomorrow.

    Patsy
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Sunday’s main event – Cochon 555 features five chefs cooking five pigs in a friendly competition. This year’s competing chefs include Chef Ricardo Zarate, Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Tony DiSalvo of Cast Restaurant, Walter Manzkeof Republique and Steven Fretz of The Church Key. The five chefs will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. They will be preparing the following heritage breeds from family farms that include a Red Wattle from Walnut Creek, Large Black from Cook Pigs Ranch, Hampshire from Rainbow…
  • Why Boston Beer Co. Inc. Stock Fell 15% in February

    Patsy
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    What: Shares of craft beer giant Boston Beer (NYSE: SAM  ) fell 15% last month. The stock had reached an all-time high of $324 per share just a month earlier, but turned sharply lower to hit $267 per share in the last week of February, according to S&P Capital IQ data. So what: Wall Street flashed its bitter-beer face to the fourth-quarter earnings results released on Feb. 24. In that announcement, Boston Beer said revenue improved by 6% to $218 million. Wall Street pros were holding out for a bigger sales gain of 15%. To top it off, management’s forecast for 2015 called for…
  • Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Tracing the origin of green beer

    Patsy
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    It’s funny — Google “St. Patrick’s Day” and “green beer” and just like that, links to dozens of recipes, videos too, appear. Search instead for the origin of this now-prolific holiday tradition and the applicant pool narrows significantly. And even then, a glance at some of the most promising headlines leave you empty-handed, more often than not, linking to — you guessed it — another recipe. You begin to suspect that one might have better luck locating that elusive pot o’ gold. But in all seriousness, how exactly did this love child between…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

    Bean
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    New this year, Taste Washington has added three unique farm to table experiences to Friday March 27, including one at Willie Green’s Organic Farm.  Each TasteWA Farm to Table experience includes a tour at a local food producer, a chef prepared gourmet lunch and Washington wine served by the wine maker.  Exploring the Lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Green’s Organic Farm will include a farm tour, gourmet lunch prepared by Sam Crannell, chef and owner of LloydMartin, wines by Robert Ramsey Cellars and special guest. Dan Albert, of Farmbox Greens. From chef to farmer In the…
  • Washington Brewers Guild Cask Fest 2015

    Bean
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The Washington Brewers’ Guild Cask Fest takes place  Saturday, March 28 2015 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Over 40 Washington breweries will be pouring “cask-conditioned” beers at this fun beer fest. Cask-conditioned beer is often considered “real ale” because it is fresh, conditioned naturally without the introduction of CO2 into the cask. It is served directly from the cask in which it was fermented. The Cask Beer Fest is an opportunity to really let the brewer’s creativity shine!  Look for classics as well as the weird and wonderful at the…
  • Foggy Noggin 5th Anniversary

    Bean
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Happy Fn5 Birthday Foggy Noggin Brewing! On Saturday March 21st, Foggy Noggin turns 5 years old and for a nano-brewery, they will be celebrating BIG! The celebration will go on from noon to 5pm and will include: Foggy Noggin Anniversary Ale Release of the 2015 Anniversary Ale in 22 ounce bottles and on tap Anniversary Cake 10 taps pouring traditional English Ales While kegs last – pints of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Anniversary Ale While kegs last – pints of Fn5 (Imperial 2015 Anniversary Ale) Dry Hopped, Oak Aged, Lagavulin Oak Aged and Warre’s Port Oak Aged Free Fn5 stickers…
  • Debut Discoveries 2015

    Bean
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Discover the newest Washington state breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries this Saturday, March 21, 2014. Under on roof, at Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park, the newest Washington beverage makers will gather to show off their stuff. Come meet the new kids on the block and see what they have to offer. I remember Debuts and Discoveries being the introduction to some very special wine makers. I met Rachel Horn of Ani Che wines at Debuts and Discoveries as well as  Kyle Johnson of Purple Star Wines.  I met the Grieb family and tasted my first Treveri Cellars, which ended up served at the…
  • Taste Washington

    Bean
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Taste Washington is the grand finale of Washington Wine Month. Traditionally the last weekend of March, this year Taste of Washington has expanded to four fun wine packed days. In addition to the grand tasting and seminars. you can now experience Taste Washington in a variety of means from rustic to  elegance. Red & White Party The second annual Red & White Party kicks off Taste Washington on Thursday March 26. Hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho, this event features  highly ranked Washington wines poured from magnum bottles. In addition to the prestigious Washington wines, Chef Wesley Hood…
 
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    All Good Beer

  • 4th Annual Houston Press BrewFest

    Steve
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    The 4th Annual Houston Press BrewFest takes place on Saturday, May 16th from 3pm ~ 7pm at Silver Street Station (the same location as previous ones).  Over 100 beers will be available (beer list available soon) as well as food trucks and live music. It's a great festival for trying a variety of beer styles in one place as well as an opportunity to try some of the new craft breweries that are not widely available. If you want to see what it's all about, check out the video from last year's BrewFest. General Admission and VIP ticket options are available and both include eight…
  • Craft Brewing Industry Reaches New Levels in 2014

    Steve
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The Brewers Association has released the 2014 data on craft brewing growth and for the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11%) volume share of the marketplace.In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value. Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19 percent, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft broken down as follows: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery…
  • Texas Debut of Alpine Beer Company

    Steve
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Another week, another out of state brewery makes its debut in Texas. This time it's Alpine Beer Company from Alpine, California (sort of). Alpine was founded in 1999, but initially had their beers contract brewed at AleSmith Brewing Co until they opened their own brewery in 2002. Alpine's beers have been highly regarded, particularly their IPA's, but were difficult to find as they had a maximum production of around 1500 bbls a year and distribution didn't reach far from home. But that started to change in November 2013 when Green Flash Brewing Co. began brewing some of Alpine's beers…
  • Beers From Sweetwater Begin Flowing in Houston

    Steve
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Sweetwater Brewing, named for a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, was founded in Atlanta, GA in 1997 by two former college roommates. It has since grown to be the 19th largest craft brewery thanks to their most popular beer, 420 Extra Pale Ale, and the rest of their regular lineup which includes the Sweetwater IPA, Georgia Brown Ale and Take Two Pils along with Blue (a light bodied ale with a hint of blueberry) and Hop Hash Double IPA (made with the hop resin scraped out of the hop pelletizer).There are various events around town this week to…
  • 8th Wonder Celebrating 2nd Anniversary

    Steve
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    8th Wonder is celebrating two years of brewing beer in the shadow of the Houston skyline with a party on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00pm. Tickets are available online and priced at $100 for VIP or $25 for General Admission. Only 200 of the VIP tickets are available and prices will increase after March 1st. Further details about what the VIP level gets you hasn't been released yet, but a post on their Facebook page indicated "rare tappings, private bathroom, merch, light bites, pint glasses and more". The event also includes musical performances by: The Suffers, Earphunk, Stooges Brass…
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    CraftBeerTime.com

  • The Koolernaut Digital Beer Chiller

    Beer Blogger
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    The Koolernaut Digital Beer Chiller - CraftBeerTime.com There’s nothing better than a cold beer. Tasty brews served up at just the right temperature makes the entire experience even better and assures that you taste the beer as it was intended. Most of the time, your favorite craft beer will be ready to drink right from the fridge, but many brews are better enjoyed at a slightly different optimal temperature. Making sure your beer is at the right temp for imbibing has often been a bit of a guessing game. Guess no more with the Koolernaut digital beer chiller. The Koolernaut is a…
  • Beer Cap Maps

    Beer Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    Beer Cap Maps - CraftBeerTime.com Craft beer drinkers are collectors. We collect massive cellars filled with bottles, collect memories and beer coasters from the bars and breweries we visit, and collect experiences of the many great beers and times we’ve enjoyed. One of the most common items many of us collect are the caps that top the bottles we have the pleasure of drinking. While many of us collect these little memories of brews passed, most of us struggle to find a way to display them. Beer Cap Maps are the coolest way to show off those prized bottle caps and your favorite…
  • Wander and Rumble Growler

    Beer Blogger
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wander and Rumble Growler - CraftBeerTime.com Growlers are great.  Those half-gallons of goodness let us take beer from our favorite local breweries almost anywhere with us.  While the glass jugs we’re most familiar with are a cost-effective way to package most brews, they certainly have potential for problems too.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that has almost shed a tear when those bottles break and our brew ends up everywhere but in our bellies.  They also don’t seal the best sometimes and can leave things a bit flat.  All of our worries are gone with better…
  • Hammerhead Bottle Opener & Knife Sharpener

    Beer Blogger
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hammerhead Bottle Opener & Knife Sharpener - CraftBeerTime.com We love tools that serve more than one purpose.  Anything that can do the work of two things rather than just one is almost always more convenient in our book.  When it comes to our beer gadgets, the same holds true.  Every beer lover needs plenty of bottle openers and a gadget that isn’t just a bottle opener is always better.  So how can we cut down on kitchen clutter and still pop bottles?  The Lanky Hammerhead knife sharpener keeps your cutlery and bottles popped. The Hammerhead Knife Sharpener & Opener fro…
  • DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
 
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    Love Good Beer

  • Farmhouse Fest tickets on sale Today!

    Chris
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tickets to Vancouver’s first annual (I hope) Farmhouse Fest go on sale today at noon! What’s this Farmhouse Fest you’re talking about? It’s a beer festival at the UBC Farm featuring Farmhouse (saison) and wild (sour) ales. It’s being put on by serious beer nerds and it’s going to be really great. The details What? Farmhouse Fest When? Saturday, June 27th 12-6pm Where? UBC Farm How much? $50, plus tax/service What do I get? A real beer glass, four tokens ($10 for six tokens) Why? The beer is going to be great I know for a fact the beer is going to be great.
  • The Stanley Park Story

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 46: Brendan Varis (CBIA) and Cam Pearce (Coopers)

    Radio Brews News
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Player not showing? Download episode.This week you’ll find out why Stella Artois wants you to buy a lady from the developing world a drink.Altruism or cynicism from Stella Artois?You’ll meet Brendan Varis who sits on the board of the Craft Beer Industry Association. He’ll talk you through the changes to this year’s conference.And last, but certainly not least, Cam Pearce from Coopers joins the show. If you’ve ever wanted to know the philosophy behind Coopers and how a family business maintains its hold in an expanding market, this episode is for you.Featuring Matt Kirkegaard and…
  • The beers of the earth are here

    Media Release
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Striving for good beer means looking after our Earth. We make the most of the natural ingredients that are available today and they’re expressions of the environments from which they originate. Think clean water, nutritious malt, botanic hops, ambitious yeast: Good environments make for a good beer, it’s as simple as that.To celebrate our Earth, we’re releasing six new limited release Stone & Wood beers, a London Porter, Czech Pilsner, Belgian Saison, German Hefeweizen, Antipodean Pale Ale and an American IPA, that pay homage to each of their humble beginnings and the influence the…
  • Try-It Thursday March 26, 2015.

    Pete Mitcham
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    3 RavensThornbury, VIC55 Pale Ale5% American Pale AleIn light of some recent changes to the brew team and on the back of their magnificent performance in last year’s AIBA’s, it’s time we shone a light on the oft dark world that is 3 Ravens.It genesis lies in opportunity in the face of despair when, back in 2002 the local pub favoured by an inner-city engineering firm closed its doors. The traditional English handpumped beer that was a Friday knock-off staple was no more. Solution? Cry into your empty pint glass or build and commission a brewery within the company and keep drinking. 3…
  • CBIA presents The Art of Selling Craft

    Media Release
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    As part of this year’s Australian Craft Brewers Conference, the Craft Beer Industry Association  is presenting The Art of Selling Craft, a one day symposium for the on-premise trade with a programme  full of educational seminars to broaden delegates’ skills and knowledge when it comes to serving craft beer.Some of the best in the business will be on hand to give insights on how they run their own establishments while top industry consultants will also share their knowledge.Seminars look at purchasing and menu writing, best practice for storage and draught systems, identifying beer…
  • Beer jobs: Duty Manager, The Pumpyard

    Help Wanted
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Four Hearts Brewing is looking for a Duty Manager to help run their busy brewpub The Pumpyard in Ipswich.Working approximately 38 hours a week, we’re looking for someone to help manage a small but hard working team in a fast paced environment. We are a venue that prides ourselves on great customer service and quality product, as such, the successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining these standards at all times.​Other responsibilities include (but are not limited too):Assisting in booking enquiriesStock controlRMLV responsibilitiesDaily operationsKnowledge of craft beer and…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Esquire Network brings back ‘Booziest Night on Television’

    mwisdom562
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    It is no joke that the Esquire Network has brought some truly outstanding television programs to cable over the past few years. Esquire, a lifestyle and entertainment network, which debuted in September 2013, features programming that speaks to classic and contemporary passions and interests, from fashion and style to food and drink, travel, family and relationships. The channel builds on Esquire magazine’s 80 years of insight into what makes men tick. On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 the network premiers the new seasons of two of its most popular programs; Best Bars in America and Brew…
  • Craft beer continues phenomenal growth

    mwisdom562
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Credit: Creative Commons / mfajardo Beverage Industry, a leading magazine covering the $400 billion North American beverage market, has released its 2015 Beer Report and says that craft beer is still showing increased interest both in the industry and in pop culture.  Based on data from Information Resources, Inc. based in Chicago, 2014 craft beer sales volume saw just over 17 percent in increases over 2013, with dollar sales up 20.5 percent. “Craft is more than a beer segment; it is a cultural movement in American society,” says Jeff Nowicki, chief strategy officer with Bump Williams…
  • Oats and hops coexist in New Belgium, Half Acre collaboration

    mwisdom562
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    New Belgium Brewing’s Hop Kitchen series will see a new release soon. This time the trailblazing series will be produced with Chicago’s Half Acre Beer company to create a creamy, hops forward Oatmeal IPA. If you are thinking that oatmeal is not your normal addition to an IPA, you are right. Used more often in stouts, oatmeal imparts a smoother, creamier mouthfeel to this innovative brew. Learn more about the beer and the Hop Kitchen series in New Belgium’s press release below. Ft. Collins, Colo., March 16, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing and Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Company…
  • Powdered alcohol approved in U.S., is powdered beer coming soon?

    mwisdom562
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Source: Firebox.com The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that people can drink by mixing the product with water on April 10, 2014. Currently, only four flavors have been approved — vodka, rum, cosmopolitan and Powderita (a margarita flavor). But, there are several more flavors in the process of approval. This new approval opens up a number of possibilities and even more questions, in particular; is powdered beer coming in our near future? The simple answer is we do not know. The approval so far is only for the four flavors already…
  • Video answers the age-old question: Why does beer taste they way it does?

    mwisdom562
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Yesterday I posted an article on the basics of craft beer. Well, the folks at Reactions, Everyday Chemistry have put together a fun video that provides a scientific look at why craft beer tastes the way it does. Check the video out here:
 
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    Brewbound.com

  • CraftFund to Discuss New Crowdfunding Law at CBC

    Press Release
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    CraftFund founder David Dupee will talk about a brand new crowdfunding law at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference to be held in Portland, OR. The new law is part of the 2012 JOBS Act that amends Regulation A, a little used exemption in securities laws. Beginning in June breweries will be able to advertise and seek up to $50M in equity investments from customers and craft beer lovers nationwide similar to what BrewDog pioneered in the UK through its “Equity for Punks” campaigns. In addition to explaining the details of the new law and what kinds of breweries it is best suited for, Dupee…
  • Flying Dog’s Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale Returns

    Press Release
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Frederick, MD – Flying Dog Brewery’s smash success – Dead Rise OLD BAY® Summer Ale – is back by (extremely) popular demand. The beer will premiere at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for opening day on Friday, April 10 and will be available throughout the East Coast through the end of September. Brewed last year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the iconic Maryland seasoning, demand for the beer exceeded everyone’s expectations, a benefit for both Flying Dog and the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, over $10,000 from proceeds of Dead Rise were awarded to the True Blue…
  • Oskar Blues to Acquire Michigan’s Perrin Brewing

    Chris Furnari
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Dale Katechis at the 2012 Brewbound Session Oskar Blues has agreed to purchase Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company, a smaller craft operation founded in 2011. The pickup may be the first in a series of investments for Oskar Blues, a top-25 craft brewery. The acquisition is backed by investments from Fireman Capital Partners and former West Side Distributing owner, Keith Klopcic, according to Oskar Blues’ founder, Dale Katechis. He said the transaction is expected to close within the next 60 days. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed but Katechis credited Klopcic, who recently sold…
  • Press Clips: Traveler Launches National Ad Campaign

    David Eisenberg
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Traveler Debuts National Advertisement Traveler Beer, the three-year-old shandy/fruit beer line operated by Boston Beer’s Alchemy & Science subsidiary, debuted its first national ad this week, a 30-second spot dubbed “The Road to Refreshment.” Starring Traveler president Alan Newman (and his yellow spectacles), the ad coincides with the national launch of the brand, which Boston Beer president and CEO Martin Roper detailed earlier this year during a fourth quarter earnings call. “I’ve been fired by every company I’ve ever worked for,” says Newman at the start of the ad.
  • Brooklyn Brewery Partners with BeerBev to Design New Facility

    Press Release
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Brooklyn, NY — To keep up with growing demand Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with brewing, consulting & engineering specialist BeerBev LLC to jointly develop, plan and design a unique craft brewery in an historic industrial building in Brooklyn, New York. It was clear for Brooklyn Brewery that generally applied industry standard solutions would not provide the desired project goals and objectives, as brewery specific and complex parameters needed to be taken into consideration right from the beginning. BeerBev, known for not following conventional paths of standardized brewery…
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    Beers & Bacon

  • Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout

    hello@mattstvartak.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The quickie: Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout is a super smooth, high gravity stout which almost fools you into its’ pretzel namesake by spending some time in bourbon barrels. Recommend for bourbon lovers. Triple C is a Charlotte, NC brewery that almost always has one or two taps occupied at local watering holes. Known for staples such as their Baby Maker double IPA and Golden Boy ale, their release of the bourbon barrel aged Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout made quite a stir on my social media feeds. I was quite excited to try this beer. Everything is Barrel Aged it Seems…
  • Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale

    hello@mattstvartak.com
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The terse: Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is a lemon bomb that packs a couple of great surprises. It has a palate satisfying lemon freshness and an awesome crueller (cruller?) finish. Definitely a recommended buy. Rogue has always been a staple brand for me. Whether I’m bringing Dead Guy Ale to a BBQ or telling my friends about the unique Voodoo Doughnut series, they do not disappoint. The Voodoo Doughnut series is brought to us by Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland, OR and oh boy, they are some good beers. Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale: A Series for the…
  • Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale

    hello@mattstvartak.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    TLDR; Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale is a gorgeous IPA with a rocky head, passionfruit aroma, and all the fun of gummi bears packed into a bottle of beer. Highly recommended buy. If This Is Evil, I Don’t Want to Be Good Remember that beer from your dream a few nights ago? You know, that one with a perfectly golden hue and rocky creme colored head. No? And there I was thinking I wasn’t the only one dreaming about great beer. Evil Twin Femme Fatal Yuzu Pale tips the scales in its’ favor in the appearance category. It has a color reminiscent of a summer haze and a…
  • Seminar Brewing Citrocity

    hello@mattstvartak.com
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    TLDR: This beer is a great session IPA with a gentle citrus aroma, grapefruit forward nose and a delightful bitter bite on the finish. Recommended buy. A Refreshingly Bitter Bite Finding a great tasting session IPA is a moment to be grateful for. Seminar Brewing Citrocity has a hop flavor and bitterness balance many IPA drinkers search for. Citrocity has nice passionfruit and citrus aromas. A slight chemical undertone can be a bit off-putting, but that’s not why we’re here. The nose has a grapefruit, hop forward flavor with a refreshing bitter bite. To some, refreshing and…
  • Japan Crate Unboxing – February

    hello@mattstvartak.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    In episode one of my subscription crate unboxing series I take a look at what Japan Crate has to offer for the month of February. The two pound Premium crate includes a wide variety of Japanese candy and snacks as well as an interesting beverage. Check out the video above to watch the Japan Crate unboxing or see below for the contents of the crate and my thoughts on what was included. Unboxing the Choco-licious While I enjoyed the majority of the contents of February’s Japan Crate a few items definitely stood out. My favorite item was the package of Every Burger Chocolate…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Stop Neglecting Rosé, It’s Not JUST For Summer!

    John Mariani
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    If spring’s around the corner, can rosé wines be far behind?   To be honest, most wine lovers probably don’t think much about rosé wines before June or after September – some may never think about them at all – but during those hot and humid months, rosés seem a capital idea for a light lunch, a Niçoise salad, a BLT, or a batch of guacamole.   Then begin the clichés: “Rosés are so right for summer”; “There’s nothing like a good rosé from Provence with outdoor cooking”; “There are actually some promising rosés now coming out of Spain and South America.”…
  • The Ultimate Guide To The Top Beer Joints In Washington, DC.

    Marley McKenzie
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every day is a long day in our Nation’s Capitol. Whether you’re trying to thwart your Congressman’s attempts to sabotage his career with inappropriate Tinder selfies, babysitting sassy teen duo Sasha and Malia Obama, or lobbying Congress against the evils of SeaWorld, this city can be a tiring place. So what does every good Washingtonian really need after an exhausting day of trying to teach their boss what Twitter is? The answer is: A nice, cold beer. Luckily, DC’s craft beer game is on point, and this city has some fantastic options for the true beer lover seeking a crafty…
  • 17 Years Later: The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection

    Sara Lawrence
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Buffalo Trace Distillery pays its homage to former distillery owner Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr with a new release in the Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. collection. This long awaited (try almost two decades!) bourbon whiskey finally hits the shelves. Taylor is considered one of the founding fathers to the bourbon industry fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 during his ownership of Buffalo Trace. His innovated methods, such as climate controlled aging warehouses, are still implemented today. Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak Bourbon Whiskey sees the light after 17 years. Typical…
  • The Official Drink Me Guide To The Best Wine Bars In New Orleans

    Christine Bondick
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    After all the beads, beer and Irish whiskey that make up Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s day, there’s no better time to sit back and relax with the sounds of jazz playing in the background while you savor an artisanal glass of wine. The following five stops are perfect for a laid-back and romantic date night or a chill night out with friends. As if the wine isn’t enough— we’ll reveal a few local’s tips to ensure an unforgettable experience that’ll keep you coming back for more. Bacchanal Get your wine and cheese up front and your food and music out back. Bacchanal is a local’s…
  • Where To Find 5 Of The Best Breweries In London

    Ndapanda Shangula
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Beavertown Beavertown is the old Cockney name given to the historic de beauvoir area, famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry. Started in London in December 2011 by Logan Plant, Beavertown has grown so much they’ve moved locations three times since opening! With over five core beers and an ever experimental Alpha series, these beers are bringing debauchery back in name and flavour! Opening Hours: 2pm – 8pm on Saturdays. Brewery: Beavertown Brewery Connect: Twitter // Email // Website   Meantime Meantime is a name synonymous with London…
 
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  • Using Old Yeast

    Mike
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    John recently had a dilemma. He needed to rep itch some yeast into his braggot after a long a tiresome ferment. Worried that some fresh yeast was needed at bottling he looked to the fridge. All he had away an older package of white wine yeast. He rehydrated the yeast in some water and pitched […] Read the original article Using Old Yeast and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Stir Plate or Ferm-Wrap

    Mike
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The curse of the home brewer is equipment upgrades. There are so many gadgets and toys available to make better beer or to help you make beer easier. And once you get those gadgets, there are usually newer gadgets to replace those gadgets. The cycle can be exhausting. This week John prepares himself for his […] Read the original article Stir Plate or Ferm-Wrap and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Down Under IPA Brew Session

    Mike
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    We’ve been talking a lot about hops lately on camera. We’ve even talked more about hops and hopping off camera. Over the past several months John has collected a stash of hops from Australia and New Zealand. I think we intended to do some more hop tasting experiments with these, but even for us that’s […] Read the original article Down Under IPA Brew Session and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Whirlpool Hopping Techniques

    Mike
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Recently John experimented with some hop bursting for an IPA he did. This week we ask the question ‘What is the fundamental difference between hop bursting and whirlpool hopping?’. Both techniques are all about maximizing hop flavor and aroma from hops, but each takes a slightly different approach to get there. Hop bursting relies on […] Read the original article Whirlpool Hopping Techniques and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Cellared Cranberry Cider

    Mike
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    We recently tasted a couple fresh ciders that we had made towards the end of 2014. Fermenting freshly pressed apple juice is how many generations before us preserved that valuable food item. Fortifying the beverage certain must have made for some good times in back in colonial times. Packed with vitamins cellared ciders probably help […] Read the original article Cellared Cranberry Cider and other Brew Dudes posts.
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  • Geuze and Kriek have recovered their popularity, they are currently in a massive boost.

    Griet Baelus
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    "DE CAM" is an excellent geuze brewery. On Saturday, June 7th, 1997 The Cam was officially opened by striking the first barrel and along with some 100 guests to taste the "Lambik De Cam".Cam is located in buildings of the town Gooik, already in 1515 as "Lord Landcamme" is mentioned in the annals ("cam" is an old Dutch word for brewery). The town council made it a meeting of a popular café, an instrument museum, a carriage collection and a folk guild.In the warehouse are 45 tons of wooden barrels of 1000 liters each, stacked two high. They come from the Czech brewery "Plzensky Pradroj"…
  • Our new website

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

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

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

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

  • Are you transporting your growlers in a legal way?

    Chad Lothian
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This is a protect yourself blog post, I’ve done quite a bit of reading in regards to Maine liquor laws and at some point I ended up looking at the open container laws and realized that I’ve been in violation without even knowing it. I’m not talking about drinking and driving here either, that’s a separate problem, you can be in violation of the open container laws without ever having taken a drink. Let’s start by looking at the definition of “Open Alcoholic Beverage Container”, from Title 29-A, Chapter 19, Subchapter 2: §2112-A. Open container; drinking in a vehicle…
  • Ten rare beers to be poured at Allagash Event in May

    Chad Lothian
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Last April I collaborated with beer minded folks from around the state of Maine in The Maine Dream Team-up Project. I asked each participant four questions about who they would like to see in a brewery collaboration, question four was “Free for all! Anything goes here as long as there is 1 Maine brewery involved.” Shahin Khojastehzad from Novare Res Bier Cafe started his answer with “Well, it’s already happening! Cantillon Russian River and Allagash are blending each of their lambics (1,2,3 yr. old) to make a Gueuze. These are some of the best who are doing it right now, all are very…
  • Coaster Critique: Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Chad Lothian
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    I decided I wanted to do a review for St. Patricks Day since I haven’t done one recently. A couple years ago I reviewed Murphys Irish Stout, I was hoping to review Orono Brewing Company Dry Irish Stout but it’s not currently available so I changed gears and did my first Whiskey review. Name: Jameson Distilled By: John Jameson & Son / Irish Distillers Limited Style: Irish Whiskey ABV: 40% (80 Proof) Jameson Irish Whiskey has a straw gold color that shimmers in the light. Giving the whiskey a swirl in the glass, thin, slow moving legs begin to form. In the nose I’m finding sweet…
  • So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story

    Chad Lothian
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    I was offered a copy of “So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story” by Chicago Press Review, and since I’m a fan of Lagunitas beer I accepted, having done no research whatsoever, I assumed (based on the title) it was another “how to” book on the brewing industry, which it is absolutely not. The Forward, which is actually called a “Fauxword” was my first indication that this wasn’t just another “how to” book, these first few pages could have been a scene from a grisly war movie and basically left me saying “WTF did I just get into, and what does this have to do…
  • House rules: winning team buys losing team a beer

    Chad Lothian
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Some of life’s greatest highs and lowest lows stem from winning and losing. Winning and celebrating with your team is a great feeling and on the flip-side a loss can be painful. At the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast, Maine beer is the great equalizer. I’ve been making trips to Belfast to curl for 5 years, the group is constantly changing depending on who’s available to play. Skill levels vary depending how many times a person has played and who just has that curl working for them on that particular day, none of us are joining the Olympic team playing two or three times a year…
 
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    Beer Infinity

  • Atwater VJ Black

    Beer Infinity
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Day 272: Atwater VJ Black from Atwater Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Russian Imperial Stout'. ABV is 11.0%.
  • Honest Pint Act Rises From the Dead

    Beer Infinity
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I don't have the time to do this justice--reporting on it by calling sponsors, etc--but I got a tip that the Honest Pint Act is back on the docket at the Oregon legislature. You will recall that back during my tenure as half-assed champion of honest pints in 2009, the Oregon legislature actually took up a bill to make it law. (Yes, I know you d ...
  • The First Day of Spring

    Beer Infinity
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    It's the first day of spring and for once the weather here on the Kenai actually seems to be matching the calendar. Sure, we might get more snow anytime between now and Memorial Day, but there's little on the ground and it looks like we might get a running start on the growing season this year. Hopefully, this means a long, nice summer for 2015 ...
  • Browar Kingpin Geezer Irish Espresso Stout | Polish Craft Beer Review

    Beer Infinity
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Click Here For More Craft Beer Reviews http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=realaleguide Real Ale Craft Beer Reviews Browar Kingpin Geezer Irish Espresso Stout | Polish Craft...
  • Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub to reopen for baseball season

    Beer Infinity
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Chicago Tribune Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub to reopen for baseball season Chicago Tribune Closed last fall, presumably forever, the brewpub one block south of Wrigley Field is getting a reprieve for the 2015 season, but likely no longer, Goose Island founder John Hall said. The pub will reopen the day the Cubs open their season & ...
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    ShowerBeer - blog

  • This Guy Pairs Hash With Craft Beer

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Ed Haas is the guy behind Stirring The Pot.  Go read it. 
  • Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    My face when people argue about bottles or cans in the shower.  
  • Shower Beer Vs. Beer Shower

    23 Aug 2013 | 10:19 am
    Just to clear up a few things... This is a Shower Beer This is a Beer Shower As you can see, these are two completely different things. One involves a person drinking a beer in the shower, while the other involves being showered with beer.  It's time to clear up the confusion :)
  • Beer News You Probably Missed

    11 Aug 2013 | 7:58 pm
    Here's a quick round-up of recent, interesting news related to beer/craft beer that you might have missed: Why are sales of non-alcoholic beer booming? - EconomistTop 15 craft beer breweries in the USA - USATodayBeer here: Wal-Mart’s quiet push to go big on brew - Daily HeraldTurn a Beer Keg Into an Awesome Charcoal Grill - LifeHackerThe Death of Beer Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - The Atlantic Beer post workout hydrates body better - T of ILet There Be Beer website will match beer with food - The TelegraphKid Rock's Beer Returns - KOLO8Great British Beer Festival vs…
  • Overly Manly Man: Coaster?

    10 Aug 2013 | 8:36 pm
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  • #rinnduin #trinity #scottish #smoked #njcb #craftbeer #bottleshare

    Bierbattered
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
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  • Winter Eats: Crock-pot Sausages

    Bierbattered
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    Weather like this calls for something hearty, but I want something on a bun, something that may or may not be topped with cheese, and hot sauce. Something easy to make, with very little clean up. So out comes the Crockpot, and in goes one of my favorite treats: Sausage and Peppers. I will say I would rather them grilled, but given the snow / sleet / rain, that’s not happening. Dead easy to make: put the chopped onions and peppers (and mushrooms if that’s your thing) in with the sausage. You can or cannot cut them up, that’s your choice. Add some water / wine / beer and some tomato…
  • Potato & Eggs: Not quite like my Grand Parents made them

    Bierbattered
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Continuing with my sandwich fixation, I present to you my childhood favorite: Potatoes and Eggs. This was the thing my grandparents would make me for breakfast when they stayed over. It is the perfect low budget working persons dish. You get your carbs proteins, and fats, and what can the food cost be for a potato , a few eggs and some onion? Maybe it is a New York Italian thing, but if you are trying to stretch what you have laying around, look no further. Thinly sliced potatoes fried up add the eggs and you are done. Really it couldn’t be simpler but man did it taste good. Really I could…
  • Rustic Sandwiches & a drink….. & maybe bacon?

    Bierbattered
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    I love fresh mozzarella, absolutely love it, maybe more than bacon even, and that’s saying a lot. When it comes to making a sandwich it is almost always my base. Like bacon, or avocado it goes with just about anything. Lately I have been on, what I guess you can call, a rustic kick. Nothing too crazy, give me some fresh Italian or a crusty bread, some cheese, a few toppings, maybe a smoked meat or two, or 10, and I would be a happy fellow. The toppings don’t have to be anything too complex or fancy: say some sun-dried tomatoes, sliced onion, roasted or fried / roasted peppers (sweet for…
  • Not a looker, but tasty #hotspot #soup #tofu #eggs #veg

    Bierbattered
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
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  • How to Store Your Homebrew Supplies – Infographic

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Over the past few years, homebrewing has become a popular hobby as beer lovers everywhere are trying their hands at creating their own signature brews; in fact, our good friend Rick Armon (who participated with us in the King of Ohio IPA Contest) over at Ohio.com has published some recent research that estimates that there are 1.2 million home brewers in the United States, and that last year there saw a 24% year-over-year increase in sales of beginner homebrew equipment kits. We were recently approached by a gentleman by the name of Matt Zajechowski from DigitialThirdCoast.net with a great…
  • Three Floyds Dreadnaught – My Go-To 3F Beer

    Brew Review Crew
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
      Review by: Cory Smith Almost a year ago, Ron and I went to Akron to visit Hoppin’ Frog when Fred, the brewer at Hoppin’ Frog, told us he was going to announce the guest tap for the day.  He stood up, grabbed a mic, and announced that the guest beer was none other than Three Floyds’ Dreadnaught.  I’m all for breweries sharing beers to showcase, but I think Fred made a small mistake because after taking one sip of this Double IPA, I realized that Dreadnaught might be the best beer they had on tap. Since that glass in Akron, I’ve been dying to get my hands…
  • Black Cloister Brewing – First Look

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by The post Black Cloister Brewing – First Look appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • An African-American, Korean and Pakistani Walk into a Bar. The Story of Magpie Brewing Company

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Owners/Operators of Magpie Brewing in South Korea   “An African-American, Korean and Pakistani Walk into a Bar…” We’ve all heard jokes that begin in similar ways; and what could be misconstrued as the cringeworthy beginning to a politically incorrect joke is actually a micro-introduction of sorts to the owners/operators of one of, if not the most diverse craft breweries on the planet; Magpie Brewing Company. If you are a frequent visitor to The Brew Review Crew, you may remember a story we broke some time ago introducing the world to Ohio’s newest…
  • Black Cloister Brewing Company Is HERE!

    Brew Review Crew
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Over the past year, we here at the Brew Review Crew have been spreading the good word on Toledo, Ohio’s newest craft brewery; Black Cloister Brewing Company. We were one of the first to bring you the news of the inception of the idea of Black Cloister and then were thrilled to bring you an update when Black Cloister secured their building. Now, after months of anticipation and excitement, we are pleased to announce that the Black Cloister Brewing Company has opened their doors to the yearning public of Toledo, Ohio! Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the private VIP party for…
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  • The SommBeer Team

    SommBeer
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    A Tribute to the Sommbeer Team Contributors – We’ve grown so much since that first contributor dared to write for this site (@hopscanary 7/24/14).  In a very short period of time, we’ve grown into a beer community and now boast a full team of contributors.  Let’s keep growing, I’m enjoying the ride. – David Adam McIntosh      @The1MacAttack Adam is a craft beer and mustache aficionado who majored in philosophy to implore the nature of craft beer. He is also an avid Detroit sports fan and…
  • Bell’s Oberon Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13  Here in the state of Michigan we endure a lot with out winters.  Frigid temperatures, snow storms, the Detroit Lions, horrid road conditions and all kinds of other annoyances that encompass our winters. Lucky for us there is no shortage of amazing stouts and ales to help keep us warm through the winter the as we trudge on until just after St, Patrick’s day for one of the most festive days in Michigan, Oberon day!  Oberon of course is the seasonal…
  • Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter – Beer Review

    Katie Dixon
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Setup: So, my uncle breezes into town this afternoon and says to my cousins and me, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner!” So we wind our way through downtown Traverse City (me with an unsightly cold I caught while gallivanting through Boston last week) until we arrive at a cute little place called the Blue Tractor. We sit, and I am delightfully stunned at their selection of Michigan craft beers. I look the list up and down, having tried all…
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery – Beer Review

    Bill
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Featured Contributor:  Bill Lowe  @BillsBeerReport While checking my Untapped news feed I saw a very interesting beer check-in from a local radio personality, Spike from the channel 95.5 Mojo in the Morning Show. The check in was for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery. A Peanut Butter Stout is something I had never tried before, and I had never heard of Hideout Brewery. Spike had given it a good review so it was worth trying to find. I figured he had to have tried…
  • The Top 5 Belgian Style IPAs

    Don
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Belgian Style IPA’s – An Underappreciated Style? It took me a few years to develop a taste for Belgian beers. The delay can be attributed to some inaccurate information provided to me when I was a beer “noob”. It all came down to a bad experience with a sour (full disclosure, I am still not a fan of sours) that was identified as the typical style of Belgian beer by a confident but under informed server. For a few years I…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Old Dominion Hops Coop

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. We are excited to be a part of the coop and are excited about this and the future of hop production on the east coast. The Old Dominion Hops Co-Op is an organization of hop farmers spanning Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina who work together to share information about hops production, assist each other in planting, stringing and harvesting hops, and support one another in selling hops to local craft breweries. The post Old Dominion Hops Coop appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • NC-VA Regional Hops Conference

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

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

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

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

  • Industry News: Esquire Network's Brew Dogs April 1st and "Best Bars in America" return April 1st

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseLOS ANGELES - ... - Esquire Network continues its quest to celebrate the spirit of men, and the spirits they drink. Tour the world's most notable drinking destinations when new episodes of BEST BARS IN AMERICA return Wednesday, April 1st at 9/8c, followed by an all-new hour of craft beer anarchy with the season premiere of BREW DOGS at 10/9c.Inspired by Esquire magazine's annual run-down, season two of BEST BARS IN AMERICA follows comedians, best friends, experienced cocktail connoisseurs and hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton as they celebrate our country's greatest…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Stone Imperial Russian Stout in Classic and Chai-Spiced

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseESCONDIDO, CA ...  – Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly suited for long periods of cellaring. And there is more to look forward to this year: As part of Stone's “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program (AKA another excuse to brew something new and creative), the…
  • Alehouse News: WA: Bellevue: Local Burger announces improved happy hour menu

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleaseBellevue, Wash., ...  – Bellevue’s premium local-sourcing burger joint, Local Burger, has revamped their happy hour menu to include some of the areas tastiest and affordable offerings.Known for their eclectic variety of burgers and sides, Local Burger’s new happy hour items, available from 3pm to 6pm, include Savory Pumpkin Seeds, Deviled Eggs, Chicken Confit Poutine, Fried Pickle Chips & Chili Aioli, Beecher’s Cheese Curds & Veggie Tempura, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts.Aside from small plates, Local Burger is also offering…
  • Brewery News: NW: There's still time to pre-order pFriem Family Brewers' first bottled beers.

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press Release Hood River, OR - pFriem Family Brewers announces the first-ever release of pFriem beer in bottles and associated bottle premiere events. The bottle release begins locally in Hood River, OR on Friday, April 3, 2015 at pFriem Family Brewers with Portland and Seattle premieres to follow. pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled beers throughout 2015 including: annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers are being packaged in a…
  • Brewery Dinner: WA: Bellingham: Chuckanut Brewery’s Spring Beer Dinner is April 26th. Tickets on sale April 1st.

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleaseTickets for Chuckanut Brewery’s Spring Beer Dinner April 26 go on sale April 1st. Tickets must be purchased in advance either at the brewery or over the phone because seats are limited, so get them while they last! All tickets are non-refundable, but transferable for this amazing “Keep It Local” beer dinner inside Chuckanut’s brewery at 6:30 pm. The dinner makes a great wrap up for the April Brews Day (April 25) weekend!This year’s Spring Beer Dinner is a collaboration with The Local/Menace Brewery and will include five courses paired to more than five…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • March 27th, 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    A handsome suit, a dapper vest...soon to be a drunken mess!
  • March 20th, 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    ♫ Because your friends don't dance and if they don't danceWell, they're no friends of mine ♫ ...Ok, just don't spill Read More...
  • Hopology

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Hopology is the new independent Beer Shop in West Bridgford. We have a great range of beers from the British Isles, Europe a
  • March 13th, 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
      Since St Patricks Day comes mid week this year, we thought we'd jump the gun just a bit...
  • Come Hither

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Come hither, my lads, with your tankards of ale,And drink to the present before it shall fail;
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  • Dorothy Goodbody

    Martin Gray
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Commercial Description: Nothing gives Dorothy more pleasure than the succulent aroma of the two finest English hop varieties, Goldings and Fuggles. She selected these and Maris Otter pale malt for her Golden Ale as they’re naturally a winning combination. The result is a crisp and zesty beer that is as comfortable served on its own as it is alongside chicken dishes, salads and pasta. Real Ale Review: Dorothy Goodbody Golden ale pours muddy yellowish orange with a small, creamy, white head. The Smell is that of biscuits and good, sweet flowery hoppiness. The flavour is unusual, a little bit…
  • Southville Hop

    Martin Gray
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Commercial Description: Southville hop is an American inspired IPA is powerfully hopped with Cascade, Centennial & Simcoe hops packing it with tropical fruit aromas & flavours. Attractively amber in colour, it is a big strong beer to balance all those hops Southville Hop is another local beer (for me) from the Bristol Beer Factory. After drinking a St Peter’s Pineapple Fruit Beer last week I wasn’t so sure about trying this but a friend recommended it. Aroma This one has a strong pineapple aroma . It pours a clear golden amber with an off white head. It tastes hoppy with…
  • Firewitch – New from Cheddar Ales

    Martin Gray
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Cheddar Ales launches new premium craft range with spicy farmhouse Saison. Cheddar Ales has launched a spicy farmhouse Saison called Firewitch as part of its new premium craft range. The Cheddar Ales premium craft range allows our creative brewers to make one off, seasonal or more experimental brew styles. The Saison is brewed using Pilsner, Munich and a little wheat malt with fresh citrus fruit zest, Indian coriander and grains of paradise with a blend of Sorachi Ace, Calypso and Pacific Jade hops. “Creating a new brew is very exciting for us at Cheddar Ales. We love and trust our core…
  • St Peter’s Grapefruit Beer

    Martin Gray
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Commercial Description: A premium wheat beer base combines with a light natural grapefruit flavour, producing a subtle citrus after taste. Excellent as an apéritif or as a refreshing change. Winner of many awards including Bronze medal at CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Serve chilled / cold for maximum enjoyment. I am partial to a St Peter’s Grapefruit Beer and this bottle is an acquired taste but great in moderation. This wonderful bottle shape makes me smile. It pours a lightly hazy, cloudy amber colour with lots of bubbles yet a thin head. Lots of grapefruit in the nose but only…
  • Cheddar Ales hosts fashion show May 16th

    Martin Gray
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Cheddar Ales hosts fashion show in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset. May 16th 2015 I’m writing to you from Cheddar Ales (www.cheddarales.co.uk) to let you know about our fund raising fashion show in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice on 16th May. Held at the Cheddar Ales Brewery on Winchester Farm, Cheddar, doors will open from 7.30pm. Ticket price includes a drink on arrival, mini-ploughman’s, a fashion show by Amba (www.amba-wells.co.uk), charity auction, raffle and music. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction will go St Margarets Hospice and they are available in advance…
 
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  • Why Sour Beers’ Growth Can’t be Stopped

    Diana Bocco
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Sour beers have become one of the latest discoveries in the craft beer industry. Although popular in Europe for decades, sour beers are only now becoming popular in America – and growing at a fast pace. How Sour Beers Are Different Sour beers have historically been produced primarily in two ways: specialized or wild yeast/bacteria strains (as in the Belgian Lambic style) and by combining a batches of beer with sour beer – sour (or stale) beer with a new batch, explains Robert S. Parker, a Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, a member of the American Homebrewers…
  • A Small Winery that’s Big on Creativity: James River Cellars

    Kitty Lusby
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Okay, it’s not really on the James River. In fact, it’s technically not even in Richmond. James River Cellars is located just north of Richmond city in Glen Allen, Virginia, right off of a major highway and directly next to a driving range. Admittedly, it’s an odd location for a winery, and their vineyards are primarily located off site, with the exception of a few mandatory vines for zoning purposes, but James River employs a creative and resourceful bunch of people. Since June 2001, they’ve been putting their little space to work and steadily expanding, and their wines exemplify…
  • How Breadmaking Became an Art

    Diana Bocco
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Bread making is going back to its roots, thanks to artisan bakers such as Kathy Hester, who owns the New Mexico-based BakeHouse with her husband, Tom. Hester specializes in traditional European Sourdough and naturally leavened breads. Using natural yeast strains, from start to finish it can take between 24 to 30 hours to produce a loaf of bread. We talked to Kathy about what goes into baking artisan bread and why the movement is revolutionizing the industry. Question: Can you tell us a bit about what it really means to be a Traditional European Sourdough Bread Baker? Kathy Hester: This title…
  • Walking Man Brewery – Homo Erectus

    Erick Mertz
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Columbia River Gorge is a natural playground of unmatched beauty, offering an array of year round recreation options. Wander into any brewery in downtown Hood River, Oregon, luminaries such as Full Sail and Double Mountain, and you’ll find a selection of anglers, hikers and wind surfers. Regardless of how this area may raise its cosmopolitan profile, there is no mistaking the facts: the Gorge is real outdoorsman country. Across the river in the small town of Stevenson, Washington, tucked along the old waterfront district, refreshment seekers will find an off the beaten path oasis well…
  • Cocktails With Culinary Accents: The Best Culinary Blends for Drinks

    Eva du Monteil
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The art of mixology is founded upon fresh thinking. Over the years, the experimentation and creativity of bartenders has resulted in the elaboration of cutting-edge, bold drinks with distinct flavors. Borrowing spices, herbs, vegetables and other ingredients traditionally found in our kitchens, mixologists are contributing to the evolution of drinks today. Here is how to best use these unconventional elements at home to create the most perfect cocktails and drinks. Let’s start with basics first: spices Spices are an affordable, natural way to give a kick to a cocktail. A staple commonly…
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