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  • The Horror!

    Wort's Going On Here?
    Jeff Holt
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I was drinking my Uinta XPA clone, thinking about how I had to write a post about how it tasted. I was pouring a pint, composing the opening in my head, when, suddenly, the tap began to spit furiously! Out? No way! I thought. I jiggled the keg. Oh, Way. Definitely Way. Okay. I still have some OPA left. More spitting! Crap! Now I'm down to two kegs, the undercabonated Rye Cream Ale, and the sour Blonde Ale. I found a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Company Lobo Negro, and immediately went to my computer and order ingredients for two batches of beer. I brewed one over the weekend, and I'll brew…
  • Session #86 – Beer Journalism: Looking to the Future.

    Andy Crouch's BeerScribe.Com
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This post contains a number of firsts. It is the first time I have participated in The Session, “a monthly beer blogging get together founded by Jay Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin and Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer” as my friend and Session idea adviser Heather Vandenengel noted. This project has been going on for […]
  • A new way to keep a beer bottle cold

    Road Trips for Beer
    Gerard Walen
    5 Dec 2013 | 8:26 am
    Once a bottle of beer is opened, there are few options to keep it cold while you’re drinking it. You can either consume it before it gets too warm, or you use a beer koozie. In the case of bottles, that’s usually a neoprene koozie that with a zipper to make it snug. A new option just came on the market by the name of Brewtis the BottleKeeper. It’s a stainless steel bottle container with an interior neoprene liner that its makers say will keep a bottle colder than the zip-up koozie. The bottom screws off so you can put in the bottle – at this point, only one of the taller 12-oz.
  • Bed, Breakfast and Beer

    Road Trips for Beer
    Gerard Walen
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest post by Brittney Oliver Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Wine has sommeliers and beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and more and more microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults of beer enthusiasts are traveling far and wide to experience the fragility and deliciousness of the craft. Actually, some of the best places for beer lovers to vacation are at a bed and breakfast. Who knew? Many B&Bs offer fantastic packages and…
  • More great lost Guinness art: new evidence for the genius of Gilroy

    Martyn Cornell
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    If we didn’t already know John Gilroy, creator of so much iconic beer advertising, was a genius, then the latest images to surface from the mysterious “lost” art archive of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson would surely convince us: marvellous pastiches of other iconic works of art, sadly unseen for the past 60 or so years. I’ve already talked here about the mysterious stash of 800 or more pieces of Gilroy advertising artwork that disappeared, existence unknown to Guinness experts, on the sale of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson in 1971,…
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  • Portsmouth names Matt Gallagher new Head Brewer, Jones leaving to start new brewery

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Left: Matt Gallagher, Right: Tyler Jones Press Release:  (Portsmouth, NH) – Change is in the air at Portsmouth Brewery as Head Brewer Tyler Jones is departing to become part owner and Head Brewer at the newly-formed Black Hog Brewing Company in Oxford, Connecticut. Current Assistant Brewer Matt Gallagher, Tyler’s first hire at the Portsmouth Brewery, will take over as Head Brewer. Tyler started at the Portsmouth Brewery as an assistant in 2007 and, after a seven month stint at sister brewery Smuttynose, returned in the summer of 2012 to become Head Brewer. “As a 21 year old, I…
  • The Traveler Beer Company launches Illusive Traveler, a year-round Shandy

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Press Release:  (Burlington, VT) – The Traveler Beer Company, makers of THE American Craft Shandy, is pleased to announce a brand new year-round Shandy – Illusive Traveler. Thirsty drinkers looking for something new and refreshing will be able to order a Curious Traveler, and now an Illusive Traveler, and enjoy a new-world take on an old-world pub favorite. The Traveler Beer Company – innovators behind Curious Traveler and the newly released Shandy, Illusive Traveler – has taken a traditional European drink and given it a new twist with an authentic American version. The…
  • Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous arrives on Friday

    Adam Nason
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    (Austin, TX) – Jester King Brewery announced the upcoming release of Hibernal Dichotomous. — We are pleased to announce our latest beer — Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous. Over time our beer making has been increasingly driven by the seasons. We make farmhouse ales when the weather is hot and temperatures are conducive to fermentation, and we make spontaneously fermented beers and barrel fermented beers when temperatures are cold and conducive to overnight inoculation of wort and slow maturation in oak. We also use the ingredients that are available to us at various times during…
  • Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat debuts on tap, at festivals (video)

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Press Release:  (St. Louis, MO) – Just in time for National Pretzel Day on April 26, Shock Top has united the classic taste of a crisp, cold beer and warm, bakery-fresh pretzels in its newest brew, Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat. The brewer today announced the limited-edition beer, a Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale that delivers the delicious taste and aroma of fresh pretzels, will be served up at beer festivals nationwide—and available on draught at select locations. “As a brewmaster, having the freedom to experiment with quality ingredients means that I can create beers…
  • Oregon’s 4th Street Brewing closing its doors

    Adam Nason
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    (Gresham, OR) – This week, 4th Street Brewing announced its upcoming closure on Facebook. — As many of you may have already heard, the rumors of 4th Street Brewing closing are true. Next Wednesday, April 30th will be our last day. We have truly enjoyed being a part of this great Historic Downtown Gresham community and want to thank all of you for your patronage and support over the years from the days of Main Street Ale House to the present day 4th Street Brewing Company. A new restaurant called “Senoritas” will be taking over the spot as of May 1st. For all those who have any…
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  • New Year Round Release From Mad River Brewing

    Jonny Fullpint
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Blue Lake, CA – In celebration of their 25th Anniversary Mad River Brewing is pleased to announce the release of a new beer in their… The post New Year Round Release From Mad River Brewing appeared first on
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewery Announces Big Cone Black Ale

    Jonny Fullpint
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Buellton, California – Figueroa Mountain Brewery is proud to announce the release of their Big Cone Black Ale in both Buellton… The post Figueroa Mountain Brewery Announces Big Cone Black Ale appeared first on
  • Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    From Funky Buddha Brewery - Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with… The post Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter appeared first on
  • Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous Release This Weekend

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    (Austin,TX) – We are pleased to announce our latest beer — Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous. Over time our beer making has… The post Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous Release This Weekend appeared first on
  • Ninkasi Lux, A German-Style Helles Lager Hits Distribution in May

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    (EUGENE, OR) — Following the release of its gold medal-winning Pravda Bohemian-Style Pilsner, Ninkasi Brewing Company … The post Ninkasi Lux, A German-Style Helles Lager Hits Distribution in May appeared first on
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 14/15, 2014.

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 14/1530 March - 13 April 2014 2014.04.13Joseph Bramah was born 266 years ago on 13 April 1748. Considered the 'father' of hydraulic engineering, Bramah would patent several inventions, including the 'beer engine': the hand-pump used to dispense cask-conditioned ale. Via Wikipedia. 2014.04.12The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total sytle count would come to 174. That, and the winners, via YFGF. 2014.04.09A serious security flaw called…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Hops proffered for a brew

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    The hands of a farmer and brewer proferring hops for a brew: New York state Cascade pelletized hops will 'dry-hop' 1 an "East Coast Pale Ale", that had already been fermented with Maryland whole hops. The photo may be somewhat out-of-focus, but I like the image and imagery. At their Milkhouse Brewery —a farm-brewery 2 at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland— owners Tom and Carolann Barse have a half-acre of Cascade hops under cultivation. Tom and assistant brewer Thomas Vaudin produce 10 barrels of beer per batch. 5 April 2014. -----more----- "Dry-hopping 1, the addition of hops to beer…
  • #VeggieDag Thursday. It's wabbit season. No, it's asparagus season.

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and ecological issues. The Easter 'Wabbit' hops into action this Sunday, predicted to be carrying baskets of brightly-dyed chicken eggs, a colorful scramble of animal husbandry. Here, along the mid-Atlantic East Coast, the month of April marks the beginning of asparagus season. The harvest runs through the beginning of June. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial vegetable, originally native to the eastern Mediterranean. Ah, asparagus: at least this vegetarian's delight. Its tips, nutty and sweet; its spears,…
  • No beer for Passover.

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    It's Passover. And, during these high holy days, God has told the faithful that there will be no drinking of beer. Foods which are acceptable, that is, Kosher, during most of the year —such as meals of wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt that are baked or fermented with yeast— are not permitted during Passover. Beer, therefore, is tref, that is, non-Kosher, for Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened [without yeast] bread unto the Lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.—Leviticus 23:6 The good news is, that for the rest of the year, beer…
  • A beer style riot broke out at the 2014 World Beer Cup!

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    There was a riot at the 2014 World Beer Cup. That's "riot" as in profligate behavior, not public tumult. A riot of beer styles. The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 officially recognized beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total style count would come to 174. One-hundred-and-seventy-four. Indeed? The drinker doesn't need 133 beer styles. Or 70. Or even 30.Most people who cook have only seven recipes in their repertoire. Even if they have shelves full of Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, when it comes to planning what the family meal is going to be…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

    Brad Smith and Friends
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use is critical for the discerning home brewer or beer judge.  Some Beer Glass Basics The diameter of the glass obviously will affect the perceived color of the beer. Pilsners are served in tall, thin tapered glass that highlights the light color of a the…
  • Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham- BeerSmith Podcast #79

    Brad Smith and Friends
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer. I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:25) I highly recommend watching the video version of the podcast this week – Chris shows us all of the equipment needed for kegging and how to use it. This week my guest is Chris Graham, who is Chief…
  • Dry Yeast in Home Brewed Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. However much has changed, and now home brewers have dry yeasts available to them that are just as good as liquid yeast. So this week we take a look at some of the advantages of dry yeast, as well as how to brew with it. Dry vs Liquid Yeast Back in the late 80′s, there was only one option for yeast – dry packets. As we entered the 1990′s, high quality liquid yeasts entered the market for…
  • Baltic Porter and The Maltose Falcons – BeerSmith Podcast #78

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter. We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest. We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (37:15) This week I have three members of the Maltose Falcons Home Brew Club joining me to talk about Baltic Porter and the Falcons 40th Anniversary. My guests include John Aitchison, who is…
  • Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    Last week I presented my first five tips for all grain beer brewing. This week I add five more tips to help you make your all grain beer even better. 1. Know What You Are Brewing, and Keep it Simple I put this tip first since this is the one that most brewers ignore. You can’t really get to where you are going if you don’t have a vision of your end goal. Yet I often see early all grain brewers throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their beer somehow thinking that more ingredients will make their beer better. Professional brewers, however, make great beer with a small…
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    2beerguys beer blog

  • Newburyport Brewing Company among Country’s Fastest Growing Breweries Eclipses 5000 Barrels in First Year

    Guest Post
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Newburyport, MA – The Newburyport Brewing Company®, Massachusetts’ own all-can and keg craft brewery, announced that it has produced more than 5000 barrels of craft beer in its first year in business making it one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. The brewery has initally focused its sales of their flagship brews, Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White, and Green Head IPA, solely in Massachusetts and credits a strong statewide following for its success. The brewery’s strong distribution and marketing partnership with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance has…
  • Beer Bloggers Conference 2014

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Beer Bloggers Conference this year will take place in San Diego, CA. Being from the North East, I have to say, I’m over the moon for an excuse to head out to the West Coast! It’s been a long cold winter…. The promise of learning about new discoveries in the craft beer world in such a choice setting sounds pretty sweet to me! For those of you who have never ventured out to the conference, it has so much to offer! I am most looking forward to reuniting with the best people, those who call themselves beer bloggers and beer geeks.…
  • Beer Dinner: Five Course Beer Dinner @ Cape Ann Brewing 4/1 (MA)

    Guest Post
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    On April 1st Cape ANn Brewing is given head chef Fernando the chance to spread his wings and put together a fantastic, one night only, beer dinner menu. Five courses will be served starting at 6 pm, each one paired with a beer. To attend you must purchase your spot ahead of time.  A limited number of tickets are available. Details: Where: Cape Ann Brewing Company Address: 11 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930 When: Tuesday April 1st. Price: $55.00 ($49.50 for mug club friends) Reservations:  For reservations, call (978) 282-7399 Menu: First Course: Smoked Salmon Tartar served over endive…
  • 18th annual NERAX Cask Ale Festival – March 26 – 29, 2014!

    14 Mar 2014 | 5:18 am
    The longest running Real Ale Festival in the United States, proudly serving an outstanding selection of rarely seen, award-winning cask ales. We serve over 100 firkins of Real Ale and Cider, comprised of over 50 British beers from England, Scotland, and Wales; and over 50 American beers, mostly from New England. All the beers are cask-conditioned, served by gravity or hand-pump. Details: The New England Real Ale eXhibition Aeronaut Brewing Company 14 Tyler St Somerville, MA 02145 Tickets — Click here Aeronaut, an exciting young brewery near Union Square in Somerville, MA, has agreed to…
  • Gearing up for the feast! St Patrick’s Day beer & food pairing

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    Well, break out your shillelagh and four leaf clover — You’re Irish this weekend! As St Patrick’s day approaches (4 days away, but who’s counting?), thoughts of Leprechauns with pots of gold run through our minds.   Typically only seen at the end of the rainbow, the mythical dwarf will be bringing good luck to everyone on Monday.  Besides Leprechauns and pots of gold, we of course think of traditional Irish food and good beer! Here are a few beer pairing tips for surviving St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread:  A nice, hearty bread, with basic ingredients.
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Hey, I Really Like That Picture... Err... Hey!?!?

    Alan McLeod
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Do you see what I see? On the left is a photo I took for the fourth edition of The Session from back in 2007 on the topic of local beer. It's from the Kingston Brew Pub and I am quite pleased with it after all these years. Apparently I am not alone as on the right is a page from a menu that was apparently used in 2010 at a bar at baseball's Seattle Mariners home stadium, Safeco Field, a place called the Hit It Here Cafe. Hmm. I found the image due to the issue being raised by Knut of Norway and then, like him, toying with Google Images' reverse search function. Knut had found one of his blog…
  • Can Craft Beer Possibly Replace Card Players?

    Alan McLeod
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    An excellent story on the state of beer in Belgium by Raf Casert of the Associated Press brings home an interesting point:Leza Wauters remembers the good times well. "Oh, we had more than 50 cafes in Dworp," she said of the bucolic village 15 kilometres (10 miles) south of Brussels, part of a hilly area of pastures whose landscapes, and beers, figured in the paintings of the famous artist Breughel. "It was incredible — it was almost like everyone had a cafe." Now the village's pubs can be counted on two hands, she said. Her granddaughter Barbara Danis fondly remembers time spent at the "In…
  • Good For Nanos? Good For Sucker Juicers!

    Alan McLeod
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    A mere few days ago we learned that the new strategy for key members of the US Brewers Association was to eat their young and complain that too many new brewers were missing the obvious when it came to quality control. Today, however, a less than venerable but still charmingly high billing craft brewery took a stand against quality control when it issued this press release which offered a clever countering strategy for beer that doesn't pan out as expected:On the plus side, we are offering these bottles at $20/bottle before your membership discount. The expense of making these two…
  • Back From 54 Hours In Central New York And...

    Alan McLeod
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    ... and what did I learn? I confirmed a lot of things. Like I like a good hotel. I like interstate highway driving. And I like red pandas, the greatest looking creature ever to walk upon the planet. Oh, and I learned a bit about local good beer, too:-> The Galeville Byrne Dairy which replaced the old Galeville Grocery in Liverpool, NY, to the north of Syracuse has taken the good beer tradition of the old store and, five years after it closed, run with it. A fantastic selection with a few beers I did not see in Oliver's of Albany last weekend. Another shopper said "better than Wegmans" which…
  • Ron And Dann And Martha And 1955

    Alan McLeod
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Three of my favourite people in beer. Working together. Making a beer that few thought twelve months ago was worth remaking. What is 1955 to you? In my family, it's the year of my parents' courting in Scotland. The year before the wedding. Mom is serious and twenty-one. Dad is 25 and bookkeeping in Hasties, a shipyard subcontracting specialty firm. Before they decided to roll the dice on each other and a few more before they decided to roll the dice on Canada.Pretty Things 1955 Double Brown pours bright chestnut under mocha cream rim and foam. The aroma is subdued twig and brown bread crust.
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    Andy Crouch's BeerScribe.Com

  • Session #86 – Beer Journalism: Looking to the Future.

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This post contains a number of firsts. It is the first time I have participated in The Session, “a monthly beer blogging get together founded by Jay Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin and Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer” as my friend and Session idea adviser Heather Vandenengel noted. This project has been going on for […]
  • The Renaissance of Craft Beer: A Conversation on NPR’s On Point Radio

    3 Jan 2014 | 11:45 am
    A few months back I was a guest on the NPR show On Point Radio, produced here in Boston. It was a fun hour of talking about craft beer, both from a flavor and business perspective. The show is about an hour in length and you can listen here.
  • The Increasingly Heated Debate Around Contract / ‘Gypsy’ / Resident Brewing…

    2 Apr 2013 | 3:53 pm
    Fresh back from the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC, I am struck by the looming tension and sense of anxiety presently bubbling to the surface in this industry. The conference played host to a number of interesting seminars and a few fairly repetitive ones. Mixed among the nearly 100 offerings were multiple courses […]
  • Save Your Money, Westvleteren XII Really Isn’t Worth It…

    12 Dec 2012 | 7:33 am
    The ominous day of 12/12/12 is upon us and it brings to the world of better beer a flurry of special events, including the final release in Stone Brewing Company’s Vertical Epic series. Stone’s ten year aging project will however likely find itself overshadowed by the highly anticipated release of Westvleteren XII, the widely touted […]
  • The Craft Beer Middle Class…

    20 Nov 2012 | 8:20 am
    We often hear about the three tier system in the beer business, often castigated as a post-Prohibition relic or as a needless by consumers and some small brewers. But there is a new caste system developing in an increasingly stratified craft beer world. On the low end is the rise of the small brewery, including […]
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Because there are a lot of ways to make bad beer

    Stan Hieronymus
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Curiously related to the question asked here Monday — Who gets to decide what is bad beer? — New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov explains the problem with what he calls “wine populism.” The same points could be made about “beer populism.” Asimov argues that that a critic’s job is not to validate the choices of consumers. “If anything, it’s to make them question their assumptions,” he writes. “You may drink a wine without ever wondering what it is you like about it. Such uncritical drinking is fine; nobody is obliged to give…
  • Who gets to decide what is bad beer?

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.21.14 The Corona Coup: How Constellation Sells So Much Bad Beer. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see the results of a blind tasting where the same people who give other Mexican beers a higher rating and rip Corona to shreds compare the two. Could they tell the difference? [Via Businessweek] Passion for beer pales in Belgium and Glass half empty for Germany’s proud beer industry. Guess there’s no beery reasons to visit those places any more. [Via Associated Press and Reuters] For Masochists, Here’s Some Hops-Flavored Soda.
  • Session #87 announced: Local Brewery History

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Host Reuben Gray has announced the ground rules for The Session #87: Local Brewery History: “I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way. The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local* brewery that closed down before you were even born. Or you could pick one that has been producing beer on the same site for centuries.” His one stipulation is that a brewery must have been around at least 20 years. * “Local” allows for breweries within 8 hours…
  • The life cycle of beer innovation

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    A quick exchange of comments here Monday provoked this thought from Boak & Bailey about what happens to even the most dominant of breweries over time: Our suspicion is that, of the current wave of new brewers (1970s to now) some will inevitably become the new Whitbreads and Watneys. We don’t see, say, Sierra Nevada going into the Lite Lager business any time soon, but we can imagine, in thirty years time, a business which seems complacent and arrogant, and of which people will say: “They’re so dominant that no-one else can get into the market, and all they produce is that…
  • What’s Big Beer? What’s Big Craft?

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.14.14 A nice piece of reporting by Eric Gorski last week provoked still more excellent questions from Alan McLeod, but before getting to those links I’m wishing I could find entries defining Big Beer and Big Craft in my beer dictionary. Steve Hindy used the first in his oft-cited New York Times op-ed piece, Free Craft Beer!, and regular readers of A Good Beer Blog will be familiar with the latter. History suggests asking for narrow definitions causes mostly pain (see craft beer), but I’m feeling a bit confused. Does American craft brewing have a…
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • Some Beer Library Acquisitions

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We’ve picked up a few new (old) books and magazines relating to pubs and beer and, as with this batch a few months ago, we think each is worth a few words. First, Pearly Kingdom by Geoffrey Fletcher, which we got through Amazon for £8.80 delivered. Published by Hutchinson in 1965, it is a coffee table book […] Some Beer Library Acquisitions
  • A Brief Bashing of the Bunny

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We can’t claim to have really ‘done’ the Brodie’s Brewery ‘Bunny Basher’ festival, but here are a few observations based on popping in twice over the weekend. The beer was never less than interesting, and the atmosphere was brilliant. Like the Blue Anchor in Helston, the pub is both a tourist attraction and a local boozer. People […] A Brief Bashing of the Bunny
  • VIDEO: Ben the Real Ale Dog, 1983

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Ben the pub dog would only drink ‘real ale’, as shown on BBC consumer show That’s Life in 1983. Also featuring Barry Malone from Shropshire CAMRA: “Yes, that is a good quality real ale, yeah.” VIDEO: Ben the Real Ale Dog, 1983
  • 1950s Beer Mats

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:50 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We picked up these among a bundle of 16 for £4.99 inc. delivery on Ebay. 1950s Beer Mats
  • Failing at the Beer Mile

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We headed for London’s Tower Bridge fully intending to tackle the now famous Bermondsey Beer Mile but got distracted by pubs on the way. Boak had previously visited the Draft House on Tower Bridge Road on her own a few weeks ago and, despite lacklustre cask ale, appreciated an atmosphere where she didn’t feel uncomfortable […] Failing at the Beer Mile
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    Jack Curtin's LIQUID DIET

  • Push Pin Wisdom — 24 April 2014

    Jack Curtin
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    “The church is near, but the road is icy. The bar is far away, but I will walk carefully.” –Russian Proverb [This is an occasional series of snippets of wisdom, humor or dismay about the state of the world in which we live, the sorts of things we used to stick on our desk-side bulletin boards with push pins in ancient times.]
  • Two things.

    Jack Curtin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Easter Buddy and I went out for a walk this AM, which was nice. The winter snows precluded doing that very often in recent months and he is not always up for the effort of late. He is suffering from something called Cushing Disease (about which I will say more in a subsequent post) and either too tired or contrary to engage. But it was his idea this morning and welcome. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a judge at the World Cup or GABF, this will probably interest you.
  • Me vs. the Universe (I am all in on Me).

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Today, despite the winds that blow cold and seem determined to do so forever up here on Orchard Hill and the sweater I needs must wear because it is still freakin’ cold here in Liquid Diet World Central, I went out and purchased me a bottle o’ gin, some tonic and lemons and two, count ‘em, two, growlers of Bock Bier, not to mention the fortuitous presence of that newly discovered vintage bottle of Thomas Hardy’s Ale. Easter Sunday will come and I shall rise and we will all be saved If Salvation is not available when your time comes, you will receive a reward of equal…
  • Push Pin Wisdom — 19 April 2014

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    “Thank God we can’t tell the future. We’d never get out of bed.” –the Julie Roberts character in August: Osage County [This is an occasional series of snippets of wisdom, humor or dismay about the state of the world in which we live, the sorts of things we used to stick on our desk-side bulletin boards with push pins in ancient times.]
  • What in the world is Spröcketbier?

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Perhaps more to the point, what in the world is one to make of a Black Rye Kölsch? Spröcketbier, you may not be entirely surprised to learn, is from Stone Brewing. Actually., check that. Once you discover that it has a 5.4% abv and relatively modest hops presence, you may not only be surprised but downright shocked that it is a Stone beer. Spröcketbier is the initial release in the new Stone Spotlight Series, which are beers devised by two employees from the brewery’s production team who win over over two-man teams (19 of them in this instance) and see their creation brewed, packaged…
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  • Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers Scheduled for May 30, 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Wicked Weed Brewing is partnering with Pints for Prostates to launch Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers to be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. as part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM.  The event will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-agedsour beers to Asheville and will create an experience beyond just a beer festival. Funk Asheville will be held in downtown Asheville at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave., just a 3 blocks from the brewery. This will be the first…
  • NoDa Brewing Tart Attack to be Released by Rare Beer of the Month Club™ to Support Pints for Prostates

    21 Sep 2013 | 8:29 am
    NoDa Brewing Co. of Charlotte, N.C., and The Rare Beer of the Month Club™, which ships unique craft beers nationwide, are teaming up on a special limited release beer to benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.NoDa Tart Attack is being brewed exclusively to create awareness and support the mission of Pints for Prostates, which uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.“NoDa Brewing is proud to be partnering with Pints for Prostates and excited to be making Tart Attack, which is the first time we’ve made a Berliner Weisse on our production…
  • Pints for Prostates Germany Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 9-19, 2014

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:32 am has put together a special beer tour of Germany to benefit Pints for Prostates. The beer adventure to Bavaria and Franconia will take place from Oct. 9-19, 2014.The nine night dream trip includes stops in Aying, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bayreuth, Rothenburg and Bamberg. The trip includes beer tastings, escorted beer hall crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, monastery visits, special meals and is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Germany to the public on a limited basis. Just 14 slots are available for this tour at $2,995 (+ air) based…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Beer List Announced

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:29 am
      DENVER, CO – Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released the confirmed brewery list and beers that are expected to be poured at the event. At total of 42 brewers are scheduled to take part in the event, which will be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax St. in Denver. The event takes place on Oct. 11 from 1-4 p.m., while the Great American Beer Festival is in the city.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is an amazing opportunity taste rare, exotic and vintage beers…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Releases Partial Brewery List

    22 Jul 2013 | 4:11 am
    Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released a partial list of brewers expected to pour at the event and announced a new venue for the tasting.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is the quintessential rare beer event and we are excited by the brewers that have committed to take part in the 2013 edition,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which presents the event. “Our goal is to bring together America’s best craft breweries in a relaxed format where brewers and beer lovers get…
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    Pete Brown

  • Why do trumpets taste like hops?

    Pete Brown
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Five years ago I read an article about a study at Heriot Watt university that had found different styles of music could 'improve' the flavour of wine. In a controlled experiment, wines paired with the 'right' style of music tasted 40-60% better than those paired with the 'wrong' style.Obviously I stole the idea and applied it to beer. There's a broader range of styles and flavours to play with, and music and beer as I know them go together much better than music does with wine - both have a communality and approachability to them, with the option of going for more obscure, difficult stuff if…
  • 'Imperial'

    Pete Brown
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    In February I was in Chicago for the US Cider Conference. It was massively exciting, because craft cider in America is where craft beer was twenty years ago. It's impossible not to draw some parallels between the two drinks. Because of the way the two scenes have grown in the States - with all the energy and hunger of new discovery and a bold ambition to push flavour into new places that sometimes, just occasionally, outpaces the brewer/cidermaker's level of skill - they are much closer than they are in the UK. Sure, over here CAMRA represents both beer and cider to some extent, but…
  • Barcelona II: This Time it's Sidra

    Pete Brown
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Food of Los DiosesAround the corner from La Cerveteca in Barcelona's Bari Gotic I stumble (literally) upon La Socarenna, a small bar built into an arch, offering productes asturias y catalans. They make cider in Asturias, and sure enough, the front window is piled high with thick green bottles. I go in.An ancient transistor radio behind the bar gives football commentary that sounds like it's being broadcast by bees. A grey haired man outside on the step takes his time finishing his cigarette before slowly walking back in and heading behind the bar to serve me. There's one other customer…
  • Barcelona discovers craft beer: becomes even more perfect

    Pete Brown
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:53 am
    I can't believe it's a decade since my first visit to Barcelona, as part of the research for my second book, Three Sheets to the Wind. Back then any new city outside the UK mainland was a bewildering adventure for me. Anything that was marginally different from home was a marvel. I used to enjoy going into Seven-Elevens and Spar shops, buying any beer I hadn't seen before, good or bad, noting how the snacks were arranged differently, or appreciating that the ham roll was an international standard that took slightly different forms wherever you went.Last weekend, as I got off the airport…
  • Guinness back to what it does best

    Pete Brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    It really is good for you.Ah, St Patrick's Day: guaranteed to drive some angsty beer geeks to ask why everyone insists on drinking Guinness when there are so many superior stouts available, and explain to their friends that it's not really an Irish beer at all because it was derived from London's porter tradition, so really the whole of Paddy's Day is a sham, and anyway it's an Irish festival and we're not Irish so why are we celebrating this one instead of celebrating with real ale on St Georges Day?And no one listens to them. Instead, everyone else sees it simply as an excuse to spend…
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  • World Beer Cup by the numbers

    Real Beer
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Breweries from five continents won awards in the 2014 World Beer Cup, collecting their commemorative plaques when the winners were announced in Denver. The competition drew 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries. “Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills,” said CharliePapazian, president of the Brewers Association, which organizes the bienniel event. The complete list of winners is available from the Brewers Association. Here are some of the highlights: Chances of winning The proportion…
  • Achievement Awards honors BA members

    Real Beer
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Craft Brewers Conference honored its own during the opening session of the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, handing out its annual Achievement Awards. The F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award is presented each year to those who have given aid and support to the causes of small, independent brewers and by doing so supported the Brewers Association’s goal of vigorously defending our industry. This year, Jester King Brewery outside of Austin was presented with the award for working to create craft-friendly legislation in their home state. The Brewers Association…
  • Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America goes on tour

    Real Beer
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is inviting every craft brewery in the country to take part in a multi-weekend traveling beer festival this summer, featuring both the 12 beers in its Beer Camp Across America project and local ones on each stop. “We’re about to open a second brewery in North Carolina, and while that’s exciting for us, it’s an even greater reason to celebrate the future of craft brewers everywhere,” Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman said for a press release. “We’ve watched and learned from each other for decades, and together we’ve seen tastes…
  • Oregon Brewers Festival adds European breweries to mix

    Real Beer
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Oregon Brewers Festival has invited 11 breweries from the Netherlands plus one from Germany to add their beers to the already imposing lineup for the 27th annual event July 23-27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The European breweries will serve their beers in the festival’s Specialty Tent, an area where an additional four dozen vintage, barrel aged, blends and esoteric one-offs are offered. Dubbed NL to PDX (#NLtoPDX), the program started when festival director Art Larrance learned that Portland has a Friendship City relationship with the city of Utrecht in the…
  • First stout-specific glass unveiled

    Real Beer
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Glassware maker Spiegelau had collaborated with two breweries known for making excellent stouts to lanuch the first stout-specified beerglass. The Spiegelau x Left Hand Brewing Company x Rogue Ales Stout Glass was developed over a yearlong series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel crystal glassware owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau vice president Matthew Rutkowski. Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales and experts from each brewery tested a selection of stouts ranging from Rogue Ales’ Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to Left Hand Brewing Company’s…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • San Diego schedule

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    The schedule for my San Diego trip has firmed up, much like an unwanted rumbling in the trousers on the bus-ride home.This is the plan: Thursday 15th May16:00 – 18:00 Stone Liberty StationI give a talk about about historic brewing techniques and sign books. If you're lucky it may only last 90 minutes. Buy my book in sufficient quantities and I might keep in shorter.Friday 16th May16:00 – 18:00 Stone brewery, EscondidoMeet and Greet plus book signing. Your chance to bend my ear and improve my bank balance.Saturday 17th May11:00 - 13:00 ChuckAlek Independent Brewers, RamonaI chat informally…
  • Hoare Porter 1870 - 1930

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    I realise that I've never paid that much attention to one of the great London Porter breweries: the Red Lion Brewery. It operated under several different names, but ended its days as Hoare & Co.I think I understand some of the reasons why. First and foremost is that, unlike its 18th-century rivals Barclay Perkins, Whitbread and Truman, none of its brewing records survive. Fortunately, the brewery did hang around until the 1930's, which means I have details of plenty of their beers, courtesy of the Whitbread and Truman Gravity Books. Enough for several posts like this.I'm going to start…
  • Courage Porter and Stout 1920 - 1928 (part two)

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    It seems like ages since the first part of my look at Courage Porter and Stout in the 1920's. That's because I wrote it a couple of weeks ago. Even though I only posted it a few days ago.That's the way I work: way in advance, mostly. My life is so busy currently that I need to keep on top of my blog posts. I wouldn't want to miss a day.I won't bother discussing the Porter and Stout separately because they were always parti-gyled together. The recipes in the early years aren't a million miles away from the classic 19th-century Porter grists: a combination of pale, brown and black malts. With a…
  • Hoare Pale Ale quality 1922 - 1925

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Here's another series you probably hoped I'd forgotten about: draught beer quality in 1920's London pubs.I've still barely scratched the surface. There's a long, long way to go yet.But first, the story of yet another brewery fire:"FIRE AT HOARE'S BREWERY.- The greatest possible alarm was raised during Thursday night in consequence of a report being raised that the premises of Messrs. Hoare, the well-known brewers in Lower East Smithfield, were on fire. The intelligence was promptly forwarded to the brigade engine stations, and in the course of a few minutes Mr. Fogo, the foreman of the…
  • A second San Diego event

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Here's early warning of a second event I'll be doing while in San Diego next month.It's one aimed at professional brewers and will dfeature me talking about the role of Brettanomyces in British brewing. I think it's a pretty damn interesting hour or so of bug fun.These are the details: 18:00 at The Brew Project1735 Hancock St #1, San Diego, CA 92101 can find more information here. In addition to hear my gentle East Midlands tone, you'll also have a chance to see just how dreadful my handwriting is when I (hopefully) sign lots of copies of my books. Try to get in…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Sweetwater Brewing Johnny Hash

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Any time Sweetwater Brewing releases something from their Dank Tank line of beers, you know you’re in for a treat. The latest from this series is the 8.5% ABV double IPA, Johnny Hash. Like all of the Dank Tank products, the beer is appropriately named, as it packs some serious hop character. But there’s another […] The post Sweetwater Brewing Johnny Hash appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    I was in a hurry and only had time to stop in for a quick taste and purchase on a recent visit to Manassas’ Bad Wolf Brewing. The brewery had recently posted news online that their Chocolate Stout was available, so I pretty much knew what I was going to take home when I stepped […] The post Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Releases First Beer in Stone Spotlight Series: Sprocketbier

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (April 21, 2014) – Last year, the Brew Crew of Stone Brewing Co. participated in an intradepartmental competition dubbed the Stone Spotlight Series, in which teams of two competed for the opportunity to have a beer they devised brewed, packaged and distributed nationally. Stone wanted to “spotlight” the talented individuals that […] The post Stone Brewing Releases First Beer in Stone Spotlight Series: Sprocketbier appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Bear Republic Apex

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    I don’t come across too many brews from California’s Bear Republic, but that doesn’t bother me all that much — that is, until I stop seeing one of my favorites from them on shelves. Hop Rod Rye is a stellar beer and the cause for picking up any product from the company that I haven’t […] The post Bear Republic Apex appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Kona Brewing Castaway IPA

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA has apparently been pretty popular for locals at the Hawaii pubs for quite some time and, now, it’s finally arriving on the mainland. Not only is it new to us non-islanders, but it’s also going to be part of the brewery’s year-round offerings. The 6% ABV (55 IBU) IPA uses a […] The post Kona Brewing Castaway IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • New beers from old friends

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Troubadour Magma is damn near irresistible, and Westkust is a comforting friend, so I'm always alert for new beers from The Musketeers in the hope that this classic double-act can be turned into a trilogy. The first candidate was one I found at a studenty pub called Le Coq, just up from the Bourse in Brussels: Troubadour Spéciale. And it is grim: a really boring red ale with masses of porridgey grain that is a chore to drink through. Why, Musketeers, why? A few days later, and Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent. Troubadour Obscura in the fridge, in my glass, in my mouth. What the hell…
  • Always something new

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    I've lost track of the number of times I've been to Brussels over the last 12 years. I'm sure it's into double figures by now. And while fixtures like A La Bécasse (right) and Toone are still favourites and oft returned to, there's always somewhere new. Occasionally new to the city, but mostly just new to me. Reuben and I were over on Beoir business earlier this month and as well as the above mentioned fixtures, and several others, I also got to drop in to Café Monk, a beautiful tiled bar near Place Sainte-Catherine, and pay my first visit to The Hoppy Loft, an oasis of calm and good beer…
  • Where all roads lead

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Following on from Monday's post on the Italian beers I found last month in Rome, this one is about the foreign selection. I did try to drink local as much as possible, but some things were just too interesting to pass up.My reasoning behind choosing Lervig's Johnny Low in Il Maltese is that I had a whole evening of talking ahead of me and wanted something I could sip safely while waiting for the event to start. A Norwegian IPA at 2.5% ABV seemed like just the ticket. It's lovely too: pale yellow with loads of lemon sherbet. Yes, the body is watery but not in a bad way -- it adds to the…
  • An Italian job

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The lovely people of Associazione Degustatori Birra (Lazio branch) were kind enough to invite me out to Rome for a few days in mid-March, in exchange for some words on Irish craft beer at their St. Patrick's Day event. My last visit to the Eternal City was just a couple of years too early for the rise of Italian craft beer and it had been on my return-visit list for a while so I leapt at the chance.An early start had me in downtown Rome by late morning on the 17th and I took advantage of the fine weather to do some exploring of historical sites I missed last time round. Returning to my hotel…
  • No disclaimer large enough

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    We interrupt our regularly scheduled nothing-at-all to bring news of a new Irish beer which has just started appearing in specialty beer bars around the country. Beoir#1 is the result of a crowd-funding initiative by Black's Brewery in Kinsale. Among the incentives was the opportunity to have a custom batch of beer made, and a group of Beoir members clubbed together to commission that. In the interests of transparency, I was one of the commissioning members, but also in the interests of transparency I had no input into the recipe (other than the occasional vote): all that was left to…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 24 - April 30

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    How better to close out the first third of the year than with a full seven days of beer events around the Philly region? Eat, drink, and fest 'til your heart's (and liver's) content. Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts @Local 44 Bottle
  • I'm writing a book

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    It will be entitled Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. And it will go part of the way to describe why I've been seemingly more quiet than usual thus far in 2014. I think I was supposed to have told you about this quite some time ago. Or, maybe not. There was no way I wanted to jinx things by talking about a deal that was not officially done at that point. While all of the fun legalese was being
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 17 - April 23

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You didn't think because it's Easter weekend that the beer events calendar would take a break, now did you? And, miss the annual Split Thy Skull and take the chance of missing Easter dinner the following day? Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 10 - April 16

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The tax man cometh. Best to have your malted barley remedies at the ready. Unless you're getting a refund. Then, by all means, celebrate by buying even more beer! Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ--- Tue. 4/
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 3 - April 9

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    April's off to a blazing start here with the following sampling of beer events for your pleasure. Baseball's back and depending upon your rooting interests, that could be a very good thing. For the Phillies fans (sorry, I won't do "Phans". Oops, just did.), there are a few scattered events around the region that'll give you perfect opportunities to see what the Phillies have in store for you this
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Bitter Sisters Brewing opening soon in Addison

    Jeff Holt
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Matt Ehinger is in the process of opening a new production brewery in Addison, Bitter Sisters. Bitter Sisters is named after the women in the family owned business. Located at 15103 Surveyor Boulevard, Ehinger will produce lagers and English and American ales.
  • The Horror!

    Jeff Holt
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I was drinking my Uinta XPA clone, thinking about how I had to write a post about how it tasted. I was pouring a pint, composing the opening in my head, when, suddenly, the tap began to spit furiously! Out? No way! I thought. I jiggled the keg. Oh, Way. Definitely Way. Okay. I still have some OPA left. More spitting! Crap! Now I'm down to two kegs, the undercabonated Rye Cream Ale, and the sour Blonde Ale. I found a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Company Lobo Negro, and immediately went to my computer and order ingredients for two batches of beer. I brewed one over the weekend, and I'll brew…
  • Dirktastic 5

    Jeff Holt
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all this water knowledge under my belt, it's time to put it to use. Today, I am going to brew Dirktastic. Dirktastic5 American Pale Ale   Type All Grain Date 4/20/2014 Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Boil Size 7.97 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal) Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 Taste Notes:   Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU 10.80 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 61.52 % 4.20 lb Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM) Grain 23.92 % 1.36 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 7.72 % 0.60 lb…
  • CYBI Terrapin Wake N Bake

    Jeff Holt
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Satan has a habit of making the same three beers over and over. So I sent him this recipe for him to make for me. In typical Satan fashion he ignored the recipe and came up with something he called Voodoo Ink. Since I can't depend on Satan (I can't wait to see what this line will do in a Google search), I went ahead and brewed it myself. CYBI Wake N Bake Imperial Stout   Type All Grain Date 4/7/2014 Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt Boil Size 7.97 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 Taste Notes:…
  • Water Part 3 - Water and Beer Styles

    Jeff Holt
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the third Brew Strong Water Show. I've been listening to the shows to try to help me understand water, and more importantly, understand the book Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements). In Texas, the water has high residual alkalinity. So ideally I should brew stouts. I could add gypsum. It's all about the ratio, not the amounts of the minerals. I can dilute my water to brew a pale ale or a helles, but I would probably have to add calcium for good fermentation and yeast health. After they covered what water works with Czech Pilsner, German Pilsner, Munich Helles, and…
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  • Micropubs: revolution in the making or just five grumpy old men in a 10ft square space?

    Martyn Cornell
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The micropub movement – numbers now past 40 and rising, with new examples seemingly opening every week – seems to have avoided any sort of critical backlash so far, probably because it’s still very, very tiny (like the pubs themselves). But I fear it won’t be long before a definition of “micropub” appears based on a TripAdvisor review of the “original” micropub, the Butcher’s Arms in Herne, Kent: “Five grumpy old men in a 10ft square space”. The Old Cock, Fleet Street, London I say this as a card-carrying member of the Grumpy Old Man demographic myself, but that is…
  • How much is a pub worth? The Lib Dems don’t know

    Martyn Cornell
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I don’t like people telling me what to do: very probably you are the same. I don’t just get angry at people telling me what to do: I also get angry when people try to tell other people what to do, arrogantly and without cause, people like James Watson, who holds the position of East London Pubs Preservation Officer for the Campaign for Real Ale. I live in a nice Edwardian house that has a covenant in the original deeds which declares that it can never be used as licensed premises. Do you think that’s wrong? I think that’s wrong – it’s my house, and within the…
  • Fuller’s Imperial Stout – the most misunderstood beer of the past 12 months?

    Martyn Cornell
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    Is Fuller’s Imperial Stout the most misunderstood beer of the past 12 months? It didn’t stir a lot of enthusiasm when it appeared last autumn: much muttering about the beer being too sweet, very little character, “a bit anonymous”, not drinking to its 10.7 per cent abv, not worth its £7-plus a bottle, not worth buying again. An air of disappointment settled down around it, a feeling that an Imperial Stout from the Griffin brewery, with its reputation for terrific tasty brews, really ought to have been much more of a sock-fryer than this beer was. Fair? I tried the…
  • More great lost Guinness art: new evidence for the genius of Gilroy

    Martyn Cornell
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    If we didn’t already know John Gilroy, creator of so much iconic beer advertising, was a genius, then the latest images to surface from the mysterious “lost” art archive of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson would surely convince us: marvellous pastiches of other iconic works of art, sadly unseen for the past 60 or so years. I’ve already talked here about the mysterious stash of 800 or more pieces of Gilroy advertising artwork that disappeared, existence unknown to Guinness experts, on the sale of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson in 1971,…
  • Was water really regarded as dangerous to drink in the Middle Ages?

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:02 am
    It’s a story I’ve been guilty of treating a little too uncritically myself: “In the Middle Ages people drank beer rather than water because the water wasn’t safe.” But is that correct? No, not at all, according to the American food history blogger Jim Chevallier, who calls it The Great Medieval Water Myth Chevallier declares (and a big hat-tip to Boak and Bailey for pointing me in his direction): “Not only are there specific – and very casual – mentions of people drinking water all through the Medieval era, but there seems to be no evidence that they…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer Birthday: Jeremy Cowan

    Jay Brooks
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Today is Jeremy Cowan’s 45th birthday. Jeremy owns Shmaltz Brewing, makers of He’Brew. Jeremy is a good friend and we’ve known one another since he first pitched He’Brew to me at BevMo many years ago (which is detailed in Jeremy’s memoir Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah). Though... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1170: Gene Raymond For Blatz

    Jay Brooks
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Anchor’s “Tale of the Pale Ale”

    Jay Brooks
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Anchor Brewery has an interesting story about the history of pale ale, and specifically their Liberty Ale (one of my favorite beers) entitled The Tale of Pale Ale . Be sure to read Bob Brewer’s answer to whether Liberty Ale is a pale ale or an IPA. Bass & Co.’s Middle Brewery, c.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Christian Kazakoff

    Jay Brooks
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Today is Christian Kazakoff’s 43rd birthday. Christian is the head brewer at Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax, California. I’ve gotten to know Christian much better since we shared a room for a week in London several years ago to attend the Old Ale Festival at the White Horse... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1169: Pamela Britton For Blatz

    Jay Brooks
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Dark Matter Coffee at Dark Lord Day 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Drinking Craft wrote about Three Floyd’s move from partnering with Intelligentsia Coffee to partnering with Dark Matter Coffee, the speculation began immediately in some beer circles. Would there be glassware as there had been in the past? Would the beans be available for sale at the event? I recently reached out to Kyle Hodges, Dark Matter’s “Minister of Propaganda”, to get some more details since Dark Lord Day 2014 is next weekend. He was nice enough to share a few of the details of what you can expect from Dark Matter at this year's Dark Lord Day:Jake: You guys seem…
  • Last Call | HBG Tailgate, Saturday 4/19, 4:30pm, Indy Eleven Lot A

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Indianapolis's new professional soccer club, Indy Eleven, made a smashing debut last Saturday night at Michael Carroll Stadium. Over 11,000 people attended the match. The place was rocking. The Brickyard Battalion was in full voice. And while the match ended in a draw, the Boys in Blue showed well. We were there, and we had fun...lots of fun.And you might (or might not) have noticed that we're moving our semi-annual tailgate festivities to a new venue: Indy Eleven's Lot A. We'll be tailgating there starting at 4:30pm this Saturday, April 19. And we would like you to join us. We want you to…
  • Indiana World Beer Cup Winners

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    A big congratulations to Carson's Brewing, Thr3e Wisemen, and Sun King for winning medals last night in Denver.Carson's won a silver in the American Style Wheat beer category with Red Dawn.Thr3e Wisemen won a silver in the German Style Dopplebock category with Hot for Teacher Ms. Dopplebock.Sun King won a bronze in the Barleywine Style category with Johan the Barleywine. Full list here: World Beer Cup WinnersCongrats to all the winners and the entrants.  Great beer is indeed made here.
  • Random Beer Roundup: The 'Good Luck at the World Beer Cup, Indiana!' Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTriton Brewing in Lawrence:TRITON HOUSE BREWSFieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Palesplitter Pale Ale, Pink Ribbon Saison, Three Tine Triple, Alt Lang Syne, Bourbon Barrel Alt Lang Syne (2013), Grand Citra Station, Hatchblower Pepper IPA and Double Deadeye Imperial Stout and Barrel Aged Alt Lang Syne (2013) (Sour)GUEST BREWSFounder’s Porter, New Day Meadery Barrel-aged Washington’s Folly, New Day Meadery South Cider, Widmer’s…
  • Great Lakes Brewing Chillwave DIPA

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I'm going to start this by talking about one of my favorite breweries that we can't get here in Indiana. If you have traveled to any state that touches Indiana, there is a good chance you've either bought or seen beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland, Ohio.I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Brewing.  They don't really make a bad beer in their core lineup. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is one of the best porters available anywhere, Burning River Pale Ale is a beautiful example of an American Pale Ale, and their Dortmunder Gold Lager is an example of why a well-made lager is truly an…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Now Brewing: Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., Saint Paul

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    I mean that quite literally, they just started brewing last Friday. Before then the trio of Jake Johnson, Jeff Moriarty and George Kellerman have been brewing in a state of flux, longing for the day when they wouldn’t have to call Jeff’s basement “home”. (Note: Jake and George never actually […]
  • Fulton Maitrise IFA Launch Saturday

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Fulton is releasing another Garage Series beer in their taproom on Saturday at noon. You’ll also find this limited release on draft at various locations. Maitrise (“May-treese”; translates from French as “expertise” or “mastery”) is a “new world imperial farmhouse ale” created from a blend of American and German wheat […]
  • MACCD Daddy: Summit & Karben4 Collaboration Project

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Our friends at Summit embarked on their first collaborative journey earlier this month. They joined Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI to brew a hoppy red session ale specifically for Madison Craft Beer Week. Should you find yourself in Madision on May 4th, it will be released at at Merchant restraurant […]
  • Sunday Growler Sales

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    If you haven’t already heard, there’s a bill in the Minnesota legislature that would allow breweries to sell growlers on Sunday. It’s a small step – it’s not full-blown Sunday sales, but it would at least put Minnesota breweries on the same level as Minnesota farm wineries, who are allowed […]
  • Surly Schadenfreude Release Today

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Here’s some last minute release info for Surly Schadenfreude, their seasonal Munich Dunkel Lager. Thirsty? Old Chicago Dulutn as well as several Twin Cities locations will have Schadenfreude on tap in just a few short hours, starting at 3pm on Friday, April 18th. Old Chicago Roseville • Old Chicago Blaine […]
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    Search Results - Sioux City Journal

  • Brew: Alaskan to enter South Dakota

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I tweeted about this a couple of weeks ago, but Alaskan Brewing Company of Juneau made their entry into the South Dakota market official via a posting on their website last week.
  • Brew: Peace Tree wins WBC gold

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Blonde Fatale from Peace Tree Brewing Company won a gold medal in the 2014 World Beer Cup competition.
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Beers with a somewhat local theme have landed at Callahan's Liquor in South Sioux City, Neb.
  • Brew: No Surly for Sioux City

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Beers from Surly Brewing Company hit the Hawkeye State yesterday.
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    New at Callahan's Liquor in South Sioux City, Neb. are Double Simcoe Double IPA and Tiny Belgian-style imperial stout, both from Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Penn. Also at Callahan's…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Sunday Funkfest at iTAP Soulard

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers. Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made. To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, April 27th beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers: Odell Friek 4…
  • Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    It certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside. This Saturday, April 26th, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 7PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used to send underprivileged Boy Scouts, who are part of the local Lewis & Clark council, to camp this summer. Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to the ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s Thursday morning which means it’s time to announce the winner of the two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.  I’m happy to announce that the winner is David Huber. Congrats to David for winning and thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for providing the tickets to the event.Tickets for this event are still available for the event this weekend and the weather is looking perfect, don’t miss out!  
  • Ferguson Brewing 4th Anniversary Brew Fest

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Why does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city. But chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their third birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 26th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from sixteen local breweries: Schlafly AIPA Kolsch Belgian…
  • Contest: Two Tickets to the ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you want to feel like you’re helping the environment all while enjoying some delicious homebrew, make sure to enter this contest for two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival. Thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, I have two tickets to give away for the event. We’ll make this an easy contest, just email with ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival as the subject. I’ll pick two winners Thursday, April 24th at 9AM. A couple of quick notes: If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let…
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    Monday Night Brewing | Bringing great craft beer to Atlanta, Georgia

  • Now hiring a Controller Guy/Gal and Spreadsheet Jockey

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a controller to join our small team. This is a full-time position, responsible for all accounting, bookkeeping and financially growing of a rapidly growing craft brewery. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in accounting 5+ years of progressively responsible and relevant experience Preference for CPA/CMA Must be a team player Must be highly energetic and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal Responsibilities: Issue timely and accurate financial statements Evaluate and select…
  • Choose the beer we brew for Taco Mac

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. This March, you get a chance to change history. Or at least change the malts and hops we order. We are brewing a limited batch of beer for Taco Mac‘s Beer of the Month program in June: TMac Daddy. The name has been chosen. The beer style has not. We couldn’t agree with the Taco Mac folks and almost got into a slapfight with them, so would appreciate it if you’d help us decide. We narrowed it down to a Porter, a Single Hop Pale Ale, and a Belgian Dubbel. Vote, and help…
  • Three Piece Suit Football on February 1

    27 Jan 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We are excited to partner up with Three Piece Suit Football this year. What is Three Piece Suit Football? Tackle football. Played by grown men. In suits. Come out and see what it’s all about Saturday, Feb 1 at 2pm. Boulevard Crossing Park, which is at 500 Englewood Ave, Atlanta. Oh buddy.
  • How to start a brewery

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:59 am
    One of the most common questions we get on the brewery tour is: What are the steps you took to move from homebrewing to this? As you might imagine, this is an impossibly complex question to answer. Still, as 2013 wraps up, I’d like to recap what has been the most significant year for us thus far. As our long-time readers are aware (thanks mom!), we used to blog more regularly, chronicling our journey as we opened our own brewery. We still want to do that. The truth is, 2013 has simply been too crazy to sit down for any length of time and collect our thoughts. Lucky for you, I’m…
  • Case of the Mondays Sampler 12-pack – when you can’t choose a favorite

    6 Dec 2013 | 1:23 pm
    So you like Monday Night beers, but you aren’t sure which one you like best? Pick up a Case of the Mondays. Yeah, we’ve got that Fu Manbrew, that Eye Patch Ale, and that Drafty Kilt to quench your thirst. But what’s that 4th beer peeking out? IS THAT SERRANO EYE PATCH?! It is. The mythical, mysterious Serrano IPA has made it’s first (and only) appearance in bottles, but it’s only available in our new Sampler. This bad boy is shipping this week, so ask your package stores to start stocking*! *Makes a great stocking stuffer
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • When Is a Cube Not a Cube?

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    When it's an ice "cube" produced by Suntory Whisky. The Japanese whisky maker is running a campaign featuring what are billed as 3D Printed Ice Cubes.While the computer engineered ice is certainly attractive, I'm not sure how practical it really ice for chilling your whiskey. But, hey, it's advertising!Aren't ice cubes 3D by definition? [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Adventure Brewing Opens May 15

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Fredericksburg's third craft brewery, Adventure Brewing, will open Thursday, May 15. Brewers Tim Bornholtz, Stan Johnson and John Viarella have been hard at work doing construction on the brewery and developing their beers. The Adventure Brewing website describes their vision:As a micro-brewery, Adventure Brewing Company is primarily focused on bringing full flavored beers to the local area. Initial plans are to produce around 1,000 barrels (about 30,000 gallons) per year. Adventure Brewing's initial lineup of beers will include four year round styles and a number of seasonal or special…
  • Triumph Over Evil

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    AND in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and…
  • Introducing a Friend to Practical Pistol

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first match of the year at the Cedar Mountain Youths range was this morning. The group has changed the format somewhat from previous years; the round count is low, there is little movement, and no steel. At first glance, an avid USPSA shooter might think "What's the point?" But giving it more thought, there's an excellent point; it's a good practice match, and also a great way to introduce new shooters to the sport.To that end, I invited a friend to come out and try his first practical pistol match. Greg has been shooting for a little over a year, with much enjoyment, so I knew…
  • It is a "Good Friday"

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Indeed. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Courage Imperial Russian Stout – 10% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    Courage Imperial Stout, pours blacker than night, possibly the darkest brew I’ve ever sipped, there's not much head, and no noticeable lacing, but the nose more than makes up for it, it's rich and tarry.
  • How much is too much to spend on draught beer?

    Bob the Brit
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    There were a couple of guys in that night from Magic Rock Brewing – of Huddersfield (Yorkshire) launching their new ‘Human Cannonball’ Imperial IPA – brewed to an impressive 9.2% ABV. It was priced at £5.50 ($9.20) for a third, or £16.50 ($27.60) a pint. I figured that was a bit excessive (even allowing that Brit pints (20oz) are larger than American (16oz)), and didn’t bother.
  • Adnams ‘Jack Brand’ Innovation Flavoursome Ale 6.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Adnams are an independent, family brewery, based in Southwold, Suffolk, East Anglia; Southwold is a charming sea-side town. While they’re successful in their own right, Adnams have recently opened their own ‘craft’ brewery under the resurrected ‘Jack’ brand.
  • Phoenix Beer from Mauritius

    Bob the Brit
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    My daughter traveled to Mauritius recently to get married, and despite the various and considerable distractions of wedding, honeymoon and all that she and her new husband were kind enough to remember to bring back some samples of the local beer for The Brew Club.
  • Wibblers Dengie Devil 4% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    The brewery describes this brew as ‘rather naughty’, stating that the recipe includes Maris Otter malt and Nelson Sauvin hops.
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    Molson in the Community

  • Kamenitza Fan Cup Receives Award for Responsibility

    Melisa Chung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For 11 years, Kamenitza has hosted the biggest amateur soccer tournament in Bulgaria, aptly named the Kamenitza Fan Cup. At this year’s 11th annual Responsible Business Awards, the Kamenitza Fan cup received the first runner-up award for excellence in cause-related marketing. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, recognizes those Bulgarian businesses that excel in corporate social responsibility. The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious CSR competition in Bulgaria and this year a record number of companies participated. A total of 56…
  • Recognizing a Champion of Hope

    Melisa Chung
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, the Denver and Golden offices hold an annual giving campaign to support the Mile High United Way and make a positive impact in our community. This year’s campaign raised a record breaking $175,000 – an increase of 30% over last year! Each year, Mile High United Way honours exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and demonstrated commitment to the community. Molson Coors received the Champion of Hope award, which recognizes companies who go above and beyond…
  • Zagrebačka Pivovara shines at Croatia’s Night of Museums

    Melisa Chung
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    Night of Museums is a unique cultural event providing locals and tourists the opportunity to tour multiple museums, which remain open until late at night for free. It started in Croatia in 2005 and Zagrebačka Pivovara, a Molson Coors company, joined as a partner five years later. On January 31, for the fifth consecutive year, Zagrebačka Pivovara surprised many visitors with a night of entertainment and educational programs at the Museum of Zagrebačka Pivovara. Visitors were able to return to the past as a part of the historical overview that included newspapers from the 1892 which included…
  • Nous vous présentons nos athlètes du programme Appuyons un champion de Molson Canadian

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:37 am
    Le lancement des Jeux olympiques ayant lieu sous peu, Molson Canadian souhaite vous présenter nos 10 athlètes financés par le programme Appuyons un champion: Laurent Dubreuil Patinage de vitesse – longue piste Keltie Hansen Ski acrobatique – Demi-lune Jessica Hewitt   Patinage de vitesse – courte piste Genevieve Lacasse Hockey sur glace féminin (gardien de but) Phillipe Marquis Ski acrobatique – Bosses Eric Radford Patinage artistique en duo avec Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen Bobsleigh à 4 hommes: Freineur –…
  • Meet our Molson Canadian Fund a Champion Athletes

    Melisa Chung
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
              With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games about to kick off, we’d like to introduce you to our ten Fund a Champion Athletes: Laurent Dubreuil Speed Skating – Long Track Keltie Hansen Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe Jessica Hewitt   Speed Skating – Short Track Genevieve Lacasse Women’s Ice Hockey (Goalie) Phillipe Marquis Freestyle Skiing – Moguls Eric Radford Figure Skating – Pairs with Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen 4-Man Bobsleigh: Brakeman Canada 2 Lenny Valjas Cross Country Skiing In September each athlete received…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Palcohol FAQ

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Palcohol is probably the biggest story in my 25 years of working with alcohol beverage law. As much or more media interest as compared to absinthe or Four Loko, or even direct shipping. Palcohol went from zero results on Google as of April 18th to more than 2 million as of this writing. By some measures it’s bigger than Rhianna.* So, what happened? This FAQ expands on and updates our original blog post first published on April 18. What is Palcohol? It is powderized alcohol. By the way, we don’t represent Palcohol or speak for them. The technology is explained here. Why does it…
  • Powdered Alcohol

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As of April 8-21, 2014, this was approved. The federal government approved this brand of powderized alcohol two weeks ago. The reviewing agency has been TTB (not FDA, as some press accounts have said). TTB is a sub-unit of the US Department of Treasury. First and for a long time, alcohol was just liquid. Then it was whipped, solidified and almost vaporized. And now alcohol is powderized. A really good TV summary is here. April 21, 2014, 5 pm ET, Update:  The Palcohol company has surrendered all seven label approvals back to TTB. Here is one of the labels as approved on April 8, 2014 and then…
  • 9 Common Needs Correction Issues

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Earlier this week Robert had the pleasure of presenting a speech at the American Distilling Institute conference in Seattle. The speech was entitled “Needs Correction:  9 Common Label & Formula Controversies for Spirits at TTB.” A copy of the PowerPoint is here. The speech covered common Needs Correction issues such as proper class/type statements for moonshine labels, when age statements are required and prohibited, and the term “craft.” On the formula side, the speech covered when a formula approval is and is not required, and common issues that can make a…
  • Wine Growlers

    12 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Environmentally-conscious and corkscrew-phobic wine lovers alike will be thrilled to hear that TTB issued a ruling on March 11, 2014, allowing the filling of wine growlers by TTB-licensed tax-paid wine bottling houses (“TPWBH”). The ruling is in response to a new Washington state law allowing state-licensed wineries to sell wine off-site in kegs or “sanitary containers” (i.e., growlers) for off-premise consumption. Oregon passed a similar law in April 2013. These laws are particularly helpful to wineries that operate both a production facility and a separate tasting room, allowing…
  • Don’t Mess with a Vampire

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    I am thinking this may be the best label ever, about lawyers. If I am not mistaken, that is a garden-variety lawyer, right below “Welcome, Trademark Attorneys!” and right above the briefcase. The lawyer just happens to be wearing a pink shirt, white suit, and closely resembles a werewolf. It all started when Clown Shoes beer company got label approval for a Vampire Slayer beer in 2011. It is important to note that this beer claims to be made with “holy water” and “vampire killing stakes.” In short order, the company that controls various VAMPIRE-related…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 042414

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today is Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day. Your children probably wonder what you do for a living that takes you away from home. This is the day to show them all about the work you do. Bring them to work today and let them see first hand how you make a living. Granted, not every job is glamorous, but you might just pique their curiosity enough to let them want to know more later on. They might just want to follow in your footsteps. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 24th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you…
  • Colorado Beer News 042314

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. It t'was on this day 450 years ago that poet, author and playwright William Shakespeare was born. Today useth the word thou instead of you. Speaketh in rhymed couplets. Addeth the letters "eth" to the end of thy verbs. Perhaps throw in some wherefores, methinks or mayhaps into your dialog. Perhaps even dress up like Shakespeare and compareth women to a summer's day. Have fun with it and drinkest thou some ale at the end of the day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article…
  • July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarJuly is one of the busiest months of the year for outdoor beer festivals. You can expect to have anywhere between 1 to 4 different festivals each week as the popularity of beer festivals in this state continues to grow. More and more events will be added to this calendar as July approaches. So get out your favorite hat, put on your sun block and head outdoors for some of the best beer fests in the country. These calendar listings are updated weekly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado…
  • Colorado Beer News 042214

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Happy Earth Day! It's the annual celebration to rally support for global environmental protection of our world. Do what you can today to help out the environment around you. Cut emissions by driving less. Recycle plastics, metals, paper and glass, or perhaps plant a tree. Attend an Earth Day event near you. Help make the Earth a better place for our children and future generations. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] --…
  • Colorado Beer News 042114

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Today is Big Word Day. In an age where abbreviations are commonly used, we tend to get out of practice in using big, long words. Well today is the day to stop using short words and instead use really long, big important words to impress your friends. Don't know any big words? Try using to look some up. Those who love craft beer could use such words today as: brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus or saccharomyces cerevisiae. Those are commonly used words of ingredients to brew certain types of beer. Use a BIG word today, one that you haven't used before. Your friends might…
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  • Yeast and Pale Beer, from Pale Lagers to Pale Ales

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    After diving into the different styles of pale ale, we've started to explore their bottom-fermented counterparts, pale lagers. Keep an eye out for upcoming beer reviews and more in depth looks into beer across Europe....Read Full Post
  • Pilsners and Kölsch beers and other European Beer Styles

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:27 am
    Continuing our dive into German beer styles this month, we've taken a deeper look into pilsner and kölsch styles of beer. Pilsners are brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast (see our conversation on beer yeast for more detail) and originated in the Bohemian town of Plzen in the Czech Republic. Pilsner is a very common style in the Czech Republic as well as in Germany where for most of the past five hundred years, brewers have by law only been technically allowed to brew with bottom-fermenting lager yeast....Read Full Post
  • Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale, Pale Ales and IPAs

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    If you're still confused about the difference between pale ales, India pale ales and American pale ales, you're not alone. A great blog by Anchor Brewery, Ask Bob Brewer takes on ...Read Full Post
  • Ommegang's Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Releases Nationwide this Monday

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    If dragons and White Walkers are more your brand of geek than Klingons, Brewery Ommegang is releasing the next release in their Game of Thrones line of beers this Monday, March 31st. Fire & Blood will aptly be a red ale, inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons....Read Full Post
  • Warnog, a Klingon Dunkleweizen to Release in the U.S.

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Following up on their sci-fi geek-targeted 2013 release of Vulcan Ale, Tin Man Brewery of Evansville, IN just released Warnog. Named after the popular Star Trek Klingon ale, Warnog features notes of cloves and banana, though as CNET points out, Klingons would likely be more into "something that tastes like more like victory and less like wheat". Warnog is set to release to the public later this year....Read Full Post
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 234: Panic Brewing (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. For episode 234 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Panic Brewing’s new space to chat with Gary Gulley. Panic just recently secured their space on the north side of the city. Gary tells Brad and Ken all about the journey so far and about some of his plans for the space. Panic doesn’t have any of their own beer yet so the three of them crack open a few favorites as we learn about why everyone should be interested in what Panic is doing. With lots of room to grow, it’s exciting to see what they are…
  • Episode 233: Begyle Brewing Co. (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. For episode 223 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Ravenswood to check out Begyle Brewing Co. Brad and Ken chat with Kevin Cary and Matt Ritchey to find out what they’ve been up to and how they are making such great beer. Kevin and Matt give a little taste of what you can expect from Begyle in the future and what they have planned. Begyle Brewing Co. is continuing to grow and expand, which is fantastic to see for them and for chicago craft beer fans. They recently opened up a tasting room where you can get…
  • Episode 232: Une Année (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s been awhile since Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have stopped in at a local brewery on the show. For this episode they check out one of the newest Chicago breweries, Une Année to chat with Jerry Nelson and Dustin Zimmerman. Brad and Ken have had a couple Une Année beers on previous episodes but it’s always great to taste them on site and with the brewers. They also learn about the name and how this Belgian inspired brewery came together. If you’re in Chicago, be on the look out for Une Année’s beers on tap and…
  • Episode 231: Against The Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen and Bo & Luke (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:31 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time to head down to the south for episode 231 of the Hop Cast. In this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two beers from the Kentucky brewery, Against The Grain. First up is the 8.6 % ABV Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. This is an Amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. This is a great tasting brew (once you get passed the feathers) from Against The Grain. Next up is the 13 % ABV Bo & Luke. This is one big beer that will surely sneak up on you. Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast! Try…
  • Episode 230: St. Feuillien Triple & Une Année Tripel (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    15 Feb 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Ready to join  Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder in the hot tub for Hop Cast Time Machine? That’s right in episode 230 Brad and Ken are in the hot tub opening two Tripels. First up is the Une Année Tripel. Une Année is one of the newest Chicago breweries and is making some great beer; this 8.7 % ABV Tripel is no exception. After that little guy is gone Brad and Ken move onto an 8.5 % ABV magnum of St. Feuillien Triple. A magnum of any beer is the perfect party beer. Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast! Try…
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  • Odell Brewing Makes New Footprint

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Brewery announces the return of Footprint RegionAle, with new Texas ingredient Fort Collins, CO – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.” First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors…
  • Deep River Brewing Company Goes With Cans

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Clayton, North Carolina’s Deep River Brewing Company recently announced they would begin canning their year-round beers, as well as some of their seasonal offerings. The first three beers lucky North Carolinians will see on the shelves are Backcountry Black IPA, Twisted River Wit and Riverbank Rye-It. READ MORE HERE.    
  • Bacon & Beer Fest is coming to Jack London Square March 9

    25 Feb 2014 | 6:11 am
    From our friends at Bison Brewing: It’s your turn, Oakland. Bacon & Beer Fest is coming to Jack London Square March 9 Bacon and beer lovers rejoice! The premier foodie event of the year returns to the Market Building in Jack London Square, Oakland! Benefiting Oakland Grown, the Bacon and Beer Festival is a day to celebrate two amazing comestibles; bacon and beer. The festival will take place on Sunday, March 9th from 2:30-5pm. For a mere $40, you can enjoy unlimited tasters of amazing beers and delectable bacon dishes from some of the areas best breweries and restaurants. Tickets…

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    From Matt at Breckenridge:   Denver, CO – February 20th, 2014 – Breckenridge Brewery debuted Barleywine Batch #1 at the Vail Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in January. Batch #1, Breckenridge Brewery’s first barley wine, will be released to the public in a limited run of 22 oz., wax-topped bottles.  Cold conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, this beer comes in at 10.1% ABV.  It has an aromatic complexity resembling that of molasses and ripened black cherries, and a robust profile that blends a spectrum of flavors…
  • In Case You Missed It, Odell is Coming to Texas

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Brewery celebrates Texas launch week Fort Collins, CO – On February 24th, Odell Brewing beers will finally hit Texas taps. Odell Brewing has partnered with Ben E. Keith Company, and will begin their statewide launch with draft the week of February 24th, followed by a package launch the week of March 31st. “I’m thrilled to introduce our beers to the state of Texas,” said Texas state sales manager, Todd Ewing. “The craft beer scene is already great, and I cannot wait to help it to continue to grow.” Launching a state the size of Texas would not have…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • 10th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest Takes Place This Weekend

    D.J. Paul
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Now in it’s 10th year, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 25 through Sunday, the 27th at The Oregon Garden in historic Silverton, Oregon. This year’s event, presented by Growl Movement, has released the lineup of breweries, cideries and meaderies for its 10th annual event at Oregon Garden. To celebrate the [...]
  • Dining Out For Life 2014 at Bad Habit Room

    D.J. Paul
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tonight, April 24th, the Bad Habit Room will be participating in Dining Out For Life. Now in it’s 6th year, Dining Out For Life is an annual dining fundraising event raising money for AIDS service organizations. Tonight buy a beer on tap at regular price at Bad Habit Room and 100% of draught beer sales [...]
  • Ninkasi Follows up Pravda Pilsner with Lux German-Style Helles Lager

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    EUGENE, Ore.—April 23, 2014— Following the release of its gold medal-winning Pravda Bohemian-Style Pilsner, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the release of Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager available throughout all of its distribution areas, May through August. Commonly known for its big, hoppy Northwest beers, Ninkasi embarked on creating craft lagers in 2011. Since then, the [...]
  • Gresham’s 4th Street Brewing is Closing Its Doors

    D.J. Paul
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Gresham’s 4th Street Brewing has confirmed that they will be closing their doors on Wednesday, April 30th. The only brewpub in Gresham will turn into a new restaurant called Senoritas when the new owners take control of the property on May 1st. 4th Street Brewing’s owner/brewer Adam Roberts was known for crafting some decent ales [...]
  • Deschutes Brewery’s Upcoming Releases

    D.J. Paul
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Deschutes Brewery has an array of new releases hitting the market. Some of these are old standbys while others are brand new to their lineup. These releases include Not The Stoic, Hop in the Dark, Twilight Summer Ale, Foray Belgian-Style IPA, and Black Butte XXVI. A few of these are available now while others will [...]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • Building a solid Foundation

    Carla Companion
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    On one of the many nights that a blizzard covered Portland with snow, I slowly maneuvered my car – down a mostly unplowed road – to Foundation Brewing Company on Industrial Way. I saw a bright glow from the door to the brewery as I slid into what would have been a parking spot if the lines were visible. Inside, I found Joel Mahaffey, brewer and co-owner, taking some gravity measurements. Friendly, but serious, he walked me around the brewery space and told me the story of how he and his co-founder John Bonney conceived of the brewery while homebrewing. With many years of homebrewing…
  • What’s in a name? Blue Lobster re-names beer brewed by former brewer

    Carla Companion
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I have attempted to remain professional and impartial in my discussion of Blue Lobster Brewing Company, in Hampton NH. I have maintained as much neutrality as I could, both as a beer geek and beer writer throughout the process of starting up, brewing, and the recent brewer transition – but today I have to point out something unpleasant. Warning – this post includes the first curse word I’ve put to the page since I began this blog in seven years ago – because it is part of the beer’s name. (For some background on Blue Lobster’s history, read this and this.)…
  • Bissell Brothers Slinging ‘The Substance’

    Carla Companion
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:23 pm
    A look into the colorful and interesting Bissell Brothers Brewing, one of the newly-opened breweries housed in the Industrial Way complex in Portland. [Read more]
  • A Peek Into Austin Street

    Carla Companion
    15 Feb 2014 | 3:21 pm
    A stop on a special “new brewery” tour from The Maine Brew Bus, Austin Street Brewery hosted some guests to try their beer – and made us all want them to open even sooner than they plan to. [Read more]
  • Maine Breweries Make Top Beer, Brewery Lists

    Carla Companion
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I talk about how impressive beer brewed in Maine is all the time – whether I’m in the state or outside of it. Sometimes, I get the sense that people don’t necessarily believe me. They look at me and nod, saying “Oh, yeah, I’m sure you’ve got some good beer going on way up there.” Every once in a while, though, I get a little external validation to brag about. [Read more]
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  • We Are Illinois Craft Beer – Celebrating Neighborhoods
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Awesome look at the Chicago craft beer community from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.Read More
  • Wildcard Named SBA Start Up of the Year in Northern CA
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Wildcard Brewing Co. in Redding, CA has built a loyal following since it opened nearly two years ago. The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Wildcard earlier this month when it was named the federal agency’s Start-Up of the Year for the Sacramento District. The regional SBA office covers 21 northeastern California counties, from Modoc to […]Read More
  • Going Pro at the National Homebrewers Conference
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    At the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., those commercial brewers with roots in homebrewing will be offering their experiences and expertise to other aspiring and professional brewers.Read More
  • Introducing Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous Label ArtWe are pleased to announce our latest beer — Jester King Hibernal Dichotomous. Over time our beer making has been increasingly driven by the seasons. We make farmhouse ales when the weather is hot and temperatures are conducive to fermentation, and we make spontaneously fermented beers and barrel fermented beers […]Read More
  • Ninkasi Brewing Company Illuminates its Prismatic Lager Series With the Release of Lux
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Lux German-Style Helles Lager is Available May Through August On-Draft and In Bottles EUGENE, Ore.— Following the release of its gold medal-winning Pravda Bohemian-Style Pilsner, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the release of Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager available throughout all of its distribution areas, May through August. Commonly known for its big, hoppy Northwest beers, Ninkasi […]Read More
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  • The Best Way to Spend a Layover in Munich

    Billy Broas
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    On last year’s beer trip to Munich, one thing I didn’t get to do which I was kinda bummed about was visiting Weihenstephan, the famous Bavarian brewery in Freising, Germany. Their Hefeweissbier is one of my all-time favorite brews and as the world’s oldest brewery they command enormous respect in the industry. So when I booked our trip to Italy this year I was pumped to see that we had a 5 hour layover in Munich on the flight home. Interesting…. Downtown Munich is too far from the airport for that amount of time, but Freising is just next door. We hit one small snag…
  • What Beer Pairs Best with Hot Dogs?

    Billy Broas
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Spring is here…which means baseball season is here…which means there are two questions on my mind: Will Manny Machado come back from his injury to lead the O’s to the playoffs & eventually a World Series victory, restoring one of the greatest baseball franchises of all-time to its former glory? What beer pairs best with hot dogs? (Welcome to the sophisticated inner workings of the mind of Billy Broas) Seriously though…. baseball (my favorite sport) is here and hot dogs are the de facto food of the big leagues. What’s the ultimate beer to pair with Franks?
  • Is this the Easiest (and the Tastiest) Beer Cocktail Ever?

    Billy Broas
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Not long ago I was listening to the Jamil Show Pale Ale episode on The Brewing Network. At one point Jamil went on a tangent (this happens a lot) about a beer blend he tried at the Rogue Ale House that blew his mind. It is a 50/50 mix of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. I was a little surprised to hear Jamil (who is a professional brewer) recommend a beer cocktail. Brewers tend to frown upon adulterating their beer by mixing it with something else. So when he praised this beer mixture, I figured it must be good. He made the blend for the co-hosts and they all agreed it…
  • Win This Just Released Homebrewing Book

    Billy Broas
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:25 am
    I’m excited to announce a new book that I had a hand in writing: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer Last spring I was approached to help out with a homebrewing book and leapt at the offer. I joined a great beer team of Michael Agnew, Denny Conn, Matthew Schaefer, and Jordan Wiklund. The book just came out and yes I’m pretty biased, but I’m sure everyone who buys it will agree that it’s fantastic. It’s essentially a “clone brew” book, but much better than that. The recipes came from the actual brewers. The other authors and I worked with the brewers to…
  • When Did Craft Beer Become a Hipster Beverage?

    Billy Broas
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Something shocking happened right under my nose….craft beer is now a hipster beverage. I’ve noticed signs for about the past year. It’s usually an overheard remark at a bar or a reference to hipsters in an article about craft beer. Here’s a perfect example from a CNN post called “Why I Drink Good Beer”. Notice the commenter automatically assumes the author must be a hipster: And from another news article: I love reading the comments in articles about craft beer, and the anti-hipster comments from trolls have become much more frequent. I normally shrug it…
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    Road Trips for Beer

  • Bed, Breakfast and Beer

    Gerard Walen
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest post by Brittney Oliver Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Wine has sommeliers and beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and more and more microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults of beer enthusiasts are traveling far and wide to experience the fragility and deliciousness of the craft. Actually, some of the best places for beer lovers to vacation are at a bed and breakfast. Who knew? Many B&Bs offer fantastic packages and…
  • Brews Cruise will set sale for Alaska

    Gerard Walen
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Cary, NC – April 4, 2014 – What vacation could be better for beer lovers than a cruise revolving around beer? A brews cruise where you can sample beer and share notes with industry expert and legend Tom Dalldorf – that’s what! Magic Happens Travel, the originator of Brews Cruises at sea, has coordinated a beer-themed, seven-night cruise of the Alaskan Inside Passage and coastline on board Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice. The Solstice Class ships are the most beautiful megaships ever built, according to Frommers. They are also excited to announce that this cruise marks their…
  • Beer gifts: A trilogy of craft beer books to make you smarter

    Gerard Walen
    20 Dec 2013 | 8:42 am
    Beer gift lists proliferate on websites and beer blogs this time of year, and I hesitated to post one because they often are redundant, featuring the same gadgets and novelty items as beer gift ideas. However, I recently chatted with someone who wanted to know more about the craft beer industry and its history and culture. I was asked for suggestions on books to read that would aid the quest. I’ve read a lot of beer books – some good, some just OK, some unfinishable – and came up with a list of three that I felt would give the craft beer novice a well-rounded base of knowledge to make…
  • A new way to keep a beer bottle cold

    Gerard Walen
    5 Dec 2013 | 8:26 am
    Once a bottle of beer is opened, there are few options to keep it cold while you’re drinking it. You can either consume it before it gets too warm, or you use a beer koozie. In the case of bottles, that’s usually a neoprene koozie that with a zipper to make it snug. A new option just came on the market by the name of Brewtis the BottleKeeper. It’s a stainless steel bottle container with an interior neoprene liner that its makers say will keep a bottle colder than the zip-up koozie. The bottom screws off so you can put in the bottle – at this point, only one of the taller 12-oz.
  • A guide for your next Florida Road Trip for Beer

    Gerard Walen
    13 Nov 2013 | 8:23 am
    A long road has been traversed that involved thousands of miles, dozens of beers and visits to every brewery in Florida from Key West to Pensacola for conversations with brewers, owners and managers. My book has been written, and I hope you pick up a copy for the next time – or first time – you take a Road Trip for Beer to Florida. The final chapters of “Florida Breweries,” one of the Stackpole Books Breweries Series, have been sent to my editor. Scheduled for release on April 1, 2014, (no fooling!), the travel guide includes chapters on 66 breweries and brewpubs, along…
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  • This Friday: Hot Glass, Cold Beer – A Different Sort of Beer Event

    Kendall Jones
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A special event this Friday at Foggy Noggin Brewing invites you to enjoy two of life’s fine pleasures: cold beer and hot glass. LaConner’s Pier Seven Glasswerks is headed south to Bothell this Friday, April 25 to blow some glass while you drink some beer. Listen to some tunes, sip on a brew, and watch the magic happen. All participants will leave with their own custom-blow beer glass. A limited number of spots are still available, but you must act now. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance by calling 360-630-5921. The…
  • Sixgill Celebrates its First Anniversary Tonight

    Kendall Jones
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Happy anniversary to our friends in Fremont. It was one year ago today that The Sixgill opened in its doors and began serving up delicious beers alongside equally delicious food. To mark the occasion, The Sixgill has something special planned tonight (Thurs. April 24). “We’ll be tapping a bunch of cool beers,” said Ellen Kelly, owner/operator at The Sixgill. “They’ll be up on our website by opening time at 4pm.  We’re donating $1 from each draft pour to Sixgill shark research at The Seattle Aquarium and raffling off…
  • Seattle Beer Week Pick: Beveridge Place Pub Events

    Kendall Jones
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. See all our posts about Seattle Beer Week 2014. Where better to celebrate Seattle Beer Week than at one of Seattle’s greatest beer bars? The crew at the Beveridge Place Pub has been gearing up for Seattle Beer Week for months. One thing I particularly love about their approach, the Beveridge Place Pub tends to focus on local beer and local breweries. For example, the the Seattle Cask-O-Rama features a whole bunch of cask-conditioned beer from right here in Seattle. Nothing against out-of-state breweries and beers, but this is Seattle…
  • Poker & Pints at 5 South Seattle Breweries this Sunday

    Kendall Jones
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This Sunday afternoon, April 27, in South Seattle, five breweries have teamed up to put together a new kind of beer event: South Seattle Poker & Pints. It’s a simple concept. Basically, it’s what bikers call a “poker run.” You visit five places, picking up a playing card at each. When you’re done, the five cards make up your poker hand. In the case of Poker & Pints, it’s a matter of visiting five south Seattle breweries and enjoying a pint at each, in whatever order you please. When you get to the last brewery, and your…
  • Washington Brewers Festival 2014 – The Big Daddy Brewfest Gets Even Bigger

    Kendall Jones
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The big daddy just got bigger. The three-day Washington Brewers Festival is the state’s largest beer event of the year, with dozens of breweries serving hundreds of beers to thousands of festivalgoers. This year, the annual Fathers Day brewfest is getting even bigger. In all, 88 of Washington’s breweries will pour more than 300 different beers at the event (the list of breweries is below). Once again, Marymoor Park will host the festival, which takes place Friday June 13 through Sunday June 15 (Fathers Day weekend). Tickets are…
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    Booze News

  • Got a Beer Belly? Get in Shape for the Naked Beer Festival

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    A nudist resort in Pennsylvania is preparing to host its annual “Bare Beach Beer Bash” where nudity is not only encouraged, it’s required. For just US$18 guests to the Sunny Rest Resort’s beer festival will be able to enjoy an unlimited supply of beer from local craft breweries, but only if your arrive in the buff. The flyer for the event helpfully tells would-be guests that nudity is “required” in the beer festival area, where local craft breweries will be serving unlimited samples of their brews, and in its pools and hot tub. READ MORE
  • The World’s Most Fattening Boozy Drinks

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    The grandaddy of high calorie cocktails From a Long Island iced tea to a white Russian we reveal which drinks have the highest number of calories. A recent study claimed that the beer belly is a myth adding “there is no scientific evidence to support the assertion that beer causes weight gain”. The UK’s public health minister, Anna Soubry, recently revealed that the government is considering displaying the amount of calories contained in bottles of beer, wine and spirits. Californian wine giant Gallo has chosen to reveal the number of calories on its new lower alcohol wines and a…
  • Get Tix for the Museum of the American Cocktail’s Spirited Revolución!

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Save the Date! Agave de Mayo: A Spirited Revolution Touring the Cocktail Los Angeles Monday, May 19 6:30 to 8:00 PM Petty Cash Taqueria (7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) Tickets: $55 in advance, $60 at the door, $50 for MOTAC/SoFAB and USBG Members   Agave de Mayo: A Spirited Revolution is the next installment of the MOTAC Los Angeles series. The lecture will feature a selection of Tequila and Mezcal Cocktails concocted by award-winning bartender Julian Cox and signature appetizers courtesy of celebrated chef Walter Manzke. Tickets Available Now! P.S. These ‘lectures’ are…
  • Report: Marinating Meat In Beer Reduces Cancer Risk

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Who doesn’t love a cold beer at a BBQ on a hot summer day? Well your BBQ just got even better, because according to a new study, using it to marinate your meats before grilling can actually help reduce your risk of cancer. Studies have found that grilled meats can sometimes contain cancer-causing substances after cooking. Some may argue that grilling meat gives it great flavor. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA, and thus increase your chances of developing colon cancer. But now, in a…
  • Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Carrot Juice, Grape Juice, it’s all good Yes, the kidlets have Chinchilla, but there’s a relatively new musical festival called BottleRock in Napa, May 30, 31 and June 1, that vibes for the wine-imbibing crew. If you can pony up three grand for the three day event, you’ll get to see the artists in the title (and those are just my favs, there’s a ton more) along with: “ red carpet access with on-site parking, exclusive viewing areas at all stages, scheduled artist meet and greets and on-stage viewing access, a weekend membership to The Platinum Lounge, a quiet,…
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    Beer Nation

  • BeerCam: Drinking Empire State Brews at the NYC Craft Beer Festival

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Seth escapes the frigid weather and visits the NYC Craft Beer Festival, sampling brews from across the state. This segment is brought to you by Jimmy’s No. 43. Please support those who support us!
  • Craft Beer on Hudson: A Region on the Rise

    20 Nov 2013 | 10:25 pm
    Seth and Brett visit the Hudson Valley and find a burgeoning craft beer mecca. This segment is brought to you by the Village Voice Holiday Spirits Event. Please support those who support us!
  • Ommegang Game of Thrones Series Continues

    1 Oct 2013 | 8:16 am
    Seven hundred feet tall and made out of solid ice, The Wall is guarded by the Night’s Watch, a brotherhood of sworn protectors against the enemies north of Westeros. Members of the Night’s Watch must renounce ownership of all land and titles and swear to a life of celibacy. With Ommegang’s second entry in their Game of Thrones series, fans of the show/books and beer alike won’t be required to make such drastic commitments in order to ‘take the black’. ‘ Following last spring’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale, a lighter pale ale refreshment for warmer…
  • BeerCam: Seth Visits SAVOR, Craft Beer’s Premier Food Pairing Event

    25 Aug 2013 | 8:54 am
    Seth talks to America’s most innovative breweries at SAVOR, an upscale beer and food pairing event. This segment is brought to you by Bronx Brewery. Please support those who support us!
  • Mollify Your Inner Caveman

    30 Jul 2013 | 10:16 am
    Since the dawn of time, humans have craved the flavor of smoked meat. Carne. Flesh of the beast. And that craving has led to millenia of cuisine evolution. Now, for all of you that love the combination of smoke, meat and spice, Tres Carnes in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is ready for you. Three choices of meat are slow smoked (16 hours) Texas style, and combined with traditional, mouthwatering Mexican offerings. The tingling quartet of micheladas is the perfect accompaniment. The spice choices and SOB standards are rare around these parts but they’re huge in Mexico. If you…
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  • A Cloud of Stale Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    One day, my eyes drifted six stories below. A Cloud of Stale Beer
  • New Photo Set: Stormcloud Brewing Company

    Brian Stechschulte
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    It's been awhile since I spent a few hours documenting a brewery. New Photo Set: Stormcloud Brewing Company
  • Barrel Stuffing

    Brian Stechschulte
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:03 pm
    An oldie but goodie. Barrel Stuffing
  • Less is More

    Brian Stechschulte
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    On many levels. Less is More
  • At the Mouth of the Golden Gate

    Brian Stechschulte
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:58 am
    If there was a top ten list of beautiful brewery locations, I'd expect to see Fort Point Beer on it. At the Mouth of the Golden Gate
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Siris Microbrewery (Greece)

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Last month, we were pleasantly surprised by the news of the creation of the first microbrewery in Northern Greece, something was missing and it was really a matter of time implementing it. [Read More][Submitted by Beer-Pedia]
  • MillerCoors shifts to plastic bottles for economy products

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    MillerCoors is rolling out new Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging on all of its 32- and 40-ounce singles bottles in its “economy portfolio” of beverages.MillerCoors is converting its "economy portfolio" of beverages to plastic bottles."It's a big investment for us," said Anna Tsurkis, marketing manager, economy portfolio. "We see these plastic bottles as being an important part of (MillerCoors') innovation."[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Craft beer volume grew 18 percent in 2013

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Craft beer continued its growth last year, rising to 7.8 percent of total U.S. beer volume, up from 6.5 percent in 2012.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Is America facing a beer crisis?

    2 Feb 2014 | 12:26 am
    As it’s done for nearly a quarter of a century, Anheuser-Busch (BUD) will once again roll out splashy commercials during the Super Bowl to get people talking about Budweiser and, hopefully, drinking it. But a new report suggests that young adults—the prime demographic for these advertisements—will need a lot of persuading.-Website Link-[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • MillerCoors Seeks Spirits Fans With Bourbon-Like Lager

    28 Jan 2014 | 10:28 am
    At MillerCoors LLC headquarters in Chicago, brewmaster Manny Manuele pulls a black bottle of the company’s newest beer from an icy bucket.He pops the cap with a showy reverence honed by countless tastings during a 35-year career. This time, rather than tilt the brew into a tall pint glass, he pours the amber brew into a stubby rocks glass usually reserved for whiskey neat.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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    All Good Beer

  • Oskar Blues Brew Nite and Wing Throwdown at Flying Saucer Sugar Land

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Flying Saucer Sugar Land is hosting an Oskar Blues Brew Nite and Wing Throwdown at 7:00pm Wednesday, April 9th. Special beer tappings include a tequila barrel-aged GUBNA Imperial IPA, barrel-aged Ten FIDY Russian Stout and more. They will also offering wings in four Oskar Blues sauces including:• Dale’s Pale Ale: Original Wing Sauce• Deviant Dale’s: Mega Hot Melaguta Sauce• Mama’s Little Yella Pills: Saaz Hoppin’ Honey Siracha Sauce• Old Chub: 3 Chili Chipotle SauceCopyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
  • Pig Dinner at BRC Featuring New Belgium Brewing

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    The next Pig Dinner at BRC Gastropub will take place on Wednesday, April 9th and features four courses paired with beers from New Belgium Brewing. Reservations are welcome, but the special Pig Dinner menu is available starting at 6:00pm until it's all gone.  The cost is $50 per person (plus tax & tip).The next dinner will be May 14 with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
  • April Glass Nights at the Ginger Man

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Ginger Man has released their list of glass nights for the month of April:2nd - Bridgeport - Trilogy 19th - Ballast Point - Sculpin IPA16th - Duvel - Artist Glass23rd - Breckenridge - 471 IPA30th - Firestone Walker - IPAThe glasses are available starting at 6:00pm and only one glass per person with purchase of the beer of the day. As always, the glasses are subject to change and only available while supplies last.There is also a couple of Brewers Nights this month:Karbach Brewing - Thursday, April 3rd @ 6:00pmGulden Draak Brewery - Thursday, April 18th @ 6:00pm with Jef Versele, third…
  • Southern Star 6th Anniversary Party

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    Southern Star has been brewing beer for 6 years and invite you to help celebrate their anniversary with a party at the brewery on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00pm ~ 10:00pm.Tickets are $30 and include 5 beer tokens, a 2 brat dinner and a commemorative glass.  Designated drivers tickets are also available for only $12. The regular lineup of beers will be available and possibly a cask of their latest test batch. The event is rain or shine and the tickets are nonrefundable.See the 6th Anniversary Party web page for more information and to purchase tickets online.Copyright © 2012…
  • Pig Dinner at BRC Featuring Alaskan Brewing

    5 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    BRC Gastropub is beginning monthly pig dinners which will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for the remainder of the year. The first dinner is on Wednesday, March 12th and features four courses paired with beers from Alaskan Brewing. Reservations are welcome, but the special Pig Dinner menu is available starting at 6:00pm until it's all gone. The cost is $50 per person (plus tax & tip).Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
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  • Sliced Beer Glasses

    Beer Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sliced Beer Glasses - Every good beer needs a good glass.  We all have plenty of glassware.  It seems even if you don’t buy it, as a craft beer drinker, your beer class collection always continues to grow. I haven’t bought a glass in years yet I had over 8 cases of glassware the last time I moved.  But shaker pint glasses are boring.  We all have a ton of them and they’re all pretty much the same.  You want a glass that your friends will really notice the next time they come over to have a couple brews.  These Slided Beer Glasses are sure to make…
  • Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet

    Beer Blogger
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet - The bottle opener.  That simple little gadget that lets us get at that tasty craft beer we love.  There are a million of them out there but sometimes it can take precious moments to find.  How about a bottle opener that was right there when you needed it?  One that was mounted right on the spot you go to get that cold beer?  The Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet is right there, on the fridge when you need to pop bottles. The Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet from SUCK UK offers a convenient way to keep a bottle opener handy, in a spot it can be used as…
  • Goose Island The Illinois

    Beer Blogger
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    Goose Island The Illinois - Recently I’d tweeted a link to a quick little write up I’d posted back in 2012 about a bottle of Goose Island Imperial IPA that had been in the cellar since 2007.  The social media folks at Goose Island reached out to me and sent a couple bottles of their new The Illinois imperial India pale ale my way.  As someone that works in social media, it’s awesome to see a companies that follow what people are saying about them on social and work to build great relationships with their consumers through social media.  Thanks to Goose…
  • Beer Cap Collector Shadow Box

    Beer Blogger
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    Beer Cap Collector Shadow Box - Craft beer drinking and collecting seem to go hand-in-hand.  We collect bottles, growlers, labels, glassware, brewery swag, beer fest programs, and of course, bottle caps.  We collect dozens of those little metal tops from all of our favorite breweries, usually with the intent on doing something with them some day.  But what?  People come up with all kinds of ideas for their cap collections.  Covering a table/bar top, earrings, various craft projects, and much more.  Though we may have a million ideas, it seems very few follow through…
  • For The Love Of Hops

    Beer Blogger
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    For The Love Of Hops - We all know the 4 ingredients that make up most beers.  Of those, it would seem that most like hops best.  Those tiny cones that burst with flavors and aromas from bitter to fruity.  With new and interesting varieties popping up each year, there is an almost endless supply of hoppy goodness for us to enjoy.  For those that really enjoy hops, For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to the Aroma, Bitterness, and the Culture of Hops is the definitive guide to the plant. For The Love Of Hops is a book of all things hops.  Nothing is left out of…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 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

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 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

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 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

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 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

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Beer jobs: Brewery Cellar Door Manager, Napoleone Brewers

    Help Wanted
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Brewery Cellar Door ManagerNapoleone Brewers is a new, family-owned brewery started by the folks of Napoleone Cider and Punt Road Wines.This winter we will open the Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse, a cellar door with full public view of the brew house, which is attached to a restaurant, event facilities, and accommodation. Our venue will encompass a sense of place and a love of beer where we will serve our predominantly European-style malt and yeast driven craft beers. We aim to create a casual, unpretentious atmosphere that is connected to the community, but provides a global beer…
  • Biscuit flavoured beer — a real cracker

    Media Release
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    4 Pines Brewing Company’s well respected Beer Mimics Food event is back as part of Melbourne Good Beer Week.This year, Chef Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co., Builders Arms Hotel, Cumulus Inc., Golden Fields) and lovable larrikin/comedian Mick Molloy have been enlisted to brew their own food-inspired beers for the occasion. The duo are looking to inspire innovation in brewing with their, ahem, creative concoctions which will be revealed to the public at the Builders Arms Hotel on Wednesday 21 May.Tasked with creating a beer that is influenced by food flavours, these two gents lead the…
  • Brewing jobs: Brewery Manager, Holgate Brewhouse

    Help Wanted
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Brewery ManagerA new position is required to lead our small brewing team in extracting maximum output from our original brewhouse at one of Victoria’s premier Craft Beer producers, and plan for our new expansion.Holgate Brewhouse is one of the pioneers of the Australian craft beer industry, and from 1999 this family business has gone from strength to strength brewing our own craft beers in Woodend, Victoria.With extra capacity available through recent initiatives we now require an experienced brewer and production manager to drive our production to 100% capacity, with a focus on…
  • Beervana ticket sales open tomorrow

    Media Release
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Media ReleaseBeervana ticket sales openVisa pre-sales of Beervana open from 9am tomorrow (Wed 23 April). In its 13th year, Beervana will be held in Wellington on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August at Westpac Stadium.The premier New Zealand celebration of craft beer, more than 200 different beers will be on offer. Up to 12,000 people are expected to attend during two days of tasting, meeting brewers, beer seminars and enjoying food from some of Wellington’s best eateries.Additionally, there will be judging of a home brewing competition, as well as a media brew competition, where media and…
  • Cammeray Craft revives some flagging fortunes

    Sam Fletcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Without wanting to sound like I’m over-romanticising, the opening of Cammeray Craft seems to be in many ways the happy ending to a hard-luck tale.William WilsonOf course, that’s coming from the point of view of a beer lover who’s been following the developments over the past few months. Speaking as a consumer it’s easy to be happy over a new niche to sit and enjoy some quality craft beer, but it’s important to remember it’s actually the beginning of a mountain of hard work and investment.For twenty years William ‘Willie’ Wilson had been working at the Sydney Convention and…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • New book documents Florida’s craft beer breweries

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Not too long ago Florida barely made a ripple in the ocean of the craft beer world. States like Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California saw the coming revolution and jumped in early while Florida languished in the heat of its own sunny climate. As recently as five years ago it was difficult to find more than a few taverns or pubs with more than a half dozen craft beer tap handles, most were filled with the mega lagers and a few of the more popular imports. But, there were always those who dreamed and believed in the untapped potential of the Sunshine State. One of those believers was…
  • St. Augustine pub crawl takes to the water

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Pub crawls are a fun way to visit several bars and sample the drinks at each. On any given weekend, thirsty crawlers can find haunted pub crawls, beer-centric pub crawls, historic pub crawls or food-centric pub crawls in St. Augustine. But, until now, there was no pub crawl offered for those with a nautical inclination. The idea came to “Booze Director” Deana Paimes one day while she and her husband were relaxing at the Vilano Pier after a day out on the Matanzas River. Docked at the pier Paimes saw the Jax Water Tours boat and struck up a conversation with the owner Captain Brooks. The…
  • New Jaxsons Night Market to feature food and beer monthly downtown

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Beginning next week and continuing every third Thursday of the month, the parking lot at the corner of Main and Adams Streets downtown will be transformed into a food and beer lover’s paradise. At least that is the hopes of downtown advocate Mike Field. Field’s vision is to create another monthly destination event downtown like Art Walk. Thus, Jaxsons Night Market, a food-centric event is born. Cities across the country and world have had night market traditions for decades, even centuries. Generally dedicated to casual browsing, socializing, eating and drinking, night markets are…
  • One Spark features several beer-centric creators

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Last year Jacksonville played host city to a new and innovative event founded to help artists, inventors and innovators find funding for the projects they are so passionate about. That event, the first of its kind in the world, was a smashing success and brought thousands of people from all over the world to the downtown core of Jacksonville. That event was One Spark, a five-day festival that show-cased hundreds of hopeful participants vying for a piece of a purse that was distributed according to how visitors voted. Beginning Wednesday, April 9, the second annual One Spark festival will kick…
  • Infographic – The Business of Craft Beer

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    The folks over at have put together this infographic about the business of craft beer. And we all know how much I love infographics. Take a look at this interesting piece and then check out the other information available on the site where the original infographic is hosted. Check out the page here:      
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    The Pittsburgh Beer Snob

  • Holy Thursday: Celebrate Local

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I couldn't call my self any form of a Pittsburgh beer blogger if I made no mention of the upcoming celebration that starts tomorrow and runs all of the way until next Sunday. That's correct, folks. Pittsburgh Craft Beer week is primed and ready to roll for it's annual celebration of all the glory of the local craft scene.If you're in the area, be sure to check out an event or two. The PCBW website is a bit spiffier this year and has a neat searching page that enables you to filter by date, event, location etc. The Real Ale Festival presented by Pipers Pub and the Beer Barge are annual events…
  • Along a Fence - Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I've been writing about it in every few posts for about the last month and a half. I've finally weeded through the backlog of beers I had to review the old way. The way I felt to be kind of drab after two plus years of doing it. I felt that changing it up would be a bit more entertaining whenever I actually get the opportunity to post during the week. I figured it would also be somewhat more interesting to look at for the approximately six or seven people that actually read this stuff. I'm not exactly trying to win a pulitzer here. Some better angles enables us to get better looks at the…
  • Monday Rant: It Gives You Focus

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Hops. More Hops. Hop oil. Resin. Grapefruit. Sometime maybe even some orange. All are key characteristics of American IPA's that I've noticed over the three to four years that I've been indulging in the craft beer scene. Characteristics that many of you out there find appetizing and inviting. I've grown to find them overly intense, drab and boring. The race to see which brewer puts the most hops into its IPA's has not entertained me much and you're not wrong for being excited about it. It's just not my thing. It's kind of reminiscent of the multiple times the Major League Baseball home run…
  • Holy Thursday: No, It Really Is

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Also known as Covenant Thursday and Maundy Thursday, it's the actual Holy Thursday. Despite my weekly jab at my own lack of church attendance it has still roared its way here for those of you out there that choose to celebrate it. I've never actually attended mass today in the 25 years I've been alive, but I will admit that my favorite personal mass is that of Good Friday. Still, I haven't been at that one in years either. On Good Friday we have to kiss the feet of a crucifix in a communion-esque fashion. The last time I did this the priest accidentally moved the crucifix as I went down to…
  • Sweet and Sour

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I ask you to remember back to the days when a parent or grandparent mixed you, siblings and/or friends a great batch of lemonade. Was it to sweet? Too sour? Just right? I guess that can still happen with a friend, significant other or even the choices mentioned above still today. I'm someone that likes that perfect balance in such a drink. I want the best of both worlds. I also look for the same when it comes to ciders.I was recommended a few ciders over the weekend and reluctantly gave in. Unfortunately, I'm a very stubborn person. Sometimes that plays into my hands just as it sometimes…
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    Ask The Beer Guy

  • Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ?

    Jon Griffin
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ? originally from Ask The Beer Guy Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ? 4 reasons chick beer isn’t for chicks | Ask The Beer Guy from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer.

    Jon Griffin
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer. originally from Ask The Beer Guy In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer. Kombucha ale: A new kind of funk from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  !

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  ! originally from Ask The Beer Guy Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  ! Cubans ask, ‘Why not a beer or cocktail with that cigar?’ from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on…

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on… originally from Ask The Beer Guy Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on the rise, but beer is declining. Let's see what 2013 brings for stats. There’s more beer and cider available, but spirits appear to be waning in popularity. from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time…

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time… originally from Ask The Beer Guy #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time. Another brewery sees the advantages of cans. Austin’s Independence Brewing Co. is releasing its first beer in aluminum cans. White Rabbit, a Belgian-style white ale, launched in the capital city on Monday and should start showing up on shelve… from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the … Continued
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  • Joey Redner: Florida Senate Bill is All About Killing Craft

    David Eisenberg
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Joey Redner (left) at the Brewbound Session in San Diego If he were able to, Joey Redner, the founder and CEO of Cigar City Brewing, would lift the cigar from his brewery’s logo and set fire to Florida Senate Bill 1714. Under the proposed bill, sponsored by State Sen. Kelli Stargel (R), all brewers that produce more than 2,000 kegs (approximately 1,000 barrels) per year, and conduct on-premise retail business, would be required to sell their beer to distributors and in turn, buy it back at marked up prices before serving the liquid to customers. The bill may have won a 9-4 vote in…
  • Traveler Beer Co. Introduces Illusive Traveler Shandy

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    BURLINGTON, VT –The Traveler Beer Company, makers of THE American Craft Shandy, is pleased to announce a brand new year-round Shandy – Illusive Traveler. Thirsty drinkers looking for something new and refreshing will be able to order a Curious Traveler, and now an Illusive Traveler, and enjoy a new-world take on an old-world pub favorite. The Traveler Beer Company – innovators behind Curious Traveler and the newly released Shandy, Illusive Traveler – has taken a traditional European drink and given it a new twist with an authentic American version. The original British pub…
  • Shock Top Announces Twisted Pretzel Wheat

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    ST. LOUIS Just in time for National Pretzel Day on April 26, Shock Top has united the classic taste of a crisp, cold beer and warm, bakery-fresh pretzels in its newest brew, Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat. The brewer today announced the limited-edition beer, a Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale that delivers the delicious taste and aroma of fresh pretzels, will be served up at beer festivals nationwide—and available on draught at select locations. “As a brewmaster, having the freedom to experiment with quality ingredients means that I can create beers that are as unique as the fans that…
  • Portsmouth Brewery Names New Head Brewer

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Portsmouth, NH – Change is in the air at Portsmouth Brewery as Head Brewer Tyler Jones is departing to become part owner and Head Brewer at the newly-formed Black Hog Brewing Company in Oxford, Connecticut. Current Assistant Brewer Matt Gallagher, Tyler’s first hire at the Portsmouth Brewery, will take over as Head Brewer. Tyler started at the Portsmouth Brewery as an assistant in 2007 and, after a seven month stint at sister brewery Smuttynose, returned in the summer of 2012 to become Head Brewer.  “As a 21 year old, I looked at the brewhouse during my birthday celebration and…
  • Brewers Association: Self-Distribution Leads to More Craft Production

    David Eisenberg
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    New information released by the Brewers Association (BA) indicates that U.S. states with lenient self-distribution laws play host to more breweries per capita and produce more beer than states that ban the practice outright. According to a recent BA analysis, 33 states allow brewers to self-distribute their products and three states permit the practice in a limited capacity. Those three states were excluded from the BA’s examination. In 14 states and in Washington D.C., however, breweries of all sizes must sign with a distributor before their beers can be sold in the wider retail…
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    Drink Me Magazine


    Kendall Johnson
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Best known for its big, hoppy Northwest craft beers, Ninkasi Brewing Company quietly began crafting lagers in the past couple years. The project morphed into a successful new series of beers called the Prismatic Lager Series, and offers a distinctively Northwest take on traditional European-style lagers. The newest release to emerge from this series, just announced this week, is the Ninkasi Brewing Company Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, following the release of its Pravda Bohemian-Style Pilsner. Gone are the big, boisterous hops, and in are nuance and balance- leaving nothing for a…

    Kendall Johnson
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Craft spirits enthusiasts know that one of life’s greatest pleasures is stumbling upon a previously unknown bottle of something truly thought-provoking. Lucky for us, this fortunate occurrence took place this past weekend with the arrival of a handsome bottle of Ransom Old Tom Gin. Introduced to us via an Oregon native, this Pre-Prohibition style gin was revived by Ransom Spirits, a modern day artisan producer of small batch organic wines and spirits in Willamette Valley, Oregon. This gin style is a nod to the mid 1800′s golden age of American cocktails. What makes this style…

    Kendall Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Situated in the distinguished commune of le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, the house of Salon produces only one Champagne- and a rare one at that. Created by a passionate gentleman obsessed with perfection, Salon Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs is only produced in the best vintages. In the entirety of the 20th century only 37 vintages were declared.  The 1996 vintage – a star at the top of this rare, elite collection – had an especially auspicious start, flowering on the summer solstice. From that moment on, the potential of the 1996 has been compared to the legendary 1928…

    Kendall Johnson
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Continuing to ride the train of exotic and thought-provoking craft spirits this week, we thought it was apt to introduce you to The Seven Stills of San Francisco, a new craft distillery that has moved into San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. In the requisite twist of tradition, Seven Stills believes the future of craft distilling may be in… beer. Seven Stills Chocasmoke Whiskey — the first in its “Seven Hills” series — is a fascinating whiskey made from beer (much like Charbay), but in this case, using a craft chocolate oatmeal stout to which they’ve added 20%…

    Kendall Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In a crowded market of new release beers trying to leave their mark, brewers have increasingly turned to obscure, niche, and at times experimental, ingredients & techniques. Unfortunately many of these beers fall short, that is, until you come across a bottle of High Water Brewing Campfire Stout and your belief in crazy craft concoctions is immediately restored. Hallelujah! Brewed with the unusual addition of 150 pounds of Graham crackers and chocolate malt, High Water’s newest full production release is then topped off with a natural toasted marshmallow flavor. As you might guess,…
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    Drinking Made Easy » Beer

  • The A-Z of Craft Beers, That Aren’t Actually Craft Beers

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    With craft beer consistently picking up speed and making up over 10% of the beer market, it is not surprising to see that macro beers have been doing what they can to get a piece of the action. With the right packaging and marketing techniques, it can be hard to spot what beers are actually craft beers and which ones are impostors with a macro beer backing. For this reason the guys over at Home Brew West made the following infographic to help you learn the ABC’s of craft beer imitations.
  • Beers to your health!

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    It’s early and I’m engaged in my morning ritual of having coffee and catching up on Twitter while Harry, my Boston Terrier, gnaws happily at the bully stick in my lap.  (No jokes, please.  It’s an actual chew toy.)  As I scan my Twitter feed I see the headline, Beer As A Post-Workout DrinkI shake my head. Surely I am still groggy.  But there it is.  And from NPR no less!  Could this be the magic elixir that I had long hoped to find?  I read on. Apparently, a Canadian company is trying to formulate a “beer” they are naming “Lean Machine” (which sounds like a WWE name to…
  • Claim Your Beer with Can Stamp

    25 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the years you have probably developed little ways to distinguish your beer from all the rest. A flip of the pull-tab, a marker, or even your favorite koosie. Now, with the Can Stamp you have one more awesome way to mark your can territory. Fitting on a key chain, the Can Stamp can be customized to stamp a small message onto a beer can with its sharpened letters.
  • New Belgium Brewing Company and keeping nature natural

    8 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Opened in 1991, the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado is one of the most popular craft breweries in the United States. The brewery was founded by Jeff Lebesch and his then wife Kim Jordan. Lebesch, like so many others, took his love for home brewing and made it into a popular and lucrative business. New Belgium is the third-largest craft brewery and the eighth largest brewery in the US according to the US Brewers Association. Their top selling, flagship, beer is the Fat Tire Amber Ale. Fat Tire was named in remembrance of Lebesch’s bicycle journey through Europe in his…
  • The Business of Beer [Infographic]

    13 Dec 2013 | 3:30 am
    There are a lot of factors involved in the process of getting that beer to your glass. Small details, stats, and trends can make a big impact on how successful a campaign can be in the beer business. So studies and infographics performed by businesses like SteadyServ Technologies are a great help in understanding the business of beer. So if you sell beer, drink beer, or just enjoy learning the trends of beer production and consumption then enjoy the infographic below.
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    Brew Dudes

  • Kegorator Rebuild

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Towards the end of last summer we had two solid weeks of very hot weather.  Normal here in the northeast we will get two or three days in a row of oppressive humid heat, followed by a little breather.  But last summer that two week stretch had my old chest freezer running pretty hard. So hard I think the compressor burnt out. Things are starting to warm up again and with that its time to get the draft lines flowing again. Time to jump into a kegorator rebuild. I have been using a standard upright fridge since last fall to keep kegs cold. I’ve been pouring beer with cobra/picnic taps.
  • New Hops Trellis

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    For many years, I had what I will call a hops growing system that involved my shed and the tree that hung over it. The strings that the hops climbed on were fastened to the top of the shed, about twelve feet up in the air.  Then, an extension of those strings were connected from the shed’s roof to a tall branch of the tree, giving me a total of eighteen feet of height for the bines to grow. In the fall, the tree came down and now I need to figure out a new hops trellis solution for this year’s growing season. There are two leading ideas for what I could do.  The first one…
  • Oatmeal Stout Brewing Tips

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Brewing a better Oatmeal Stout is an ever evolving goal of mine.  Oatmeal Stout was the second style I brewed when I first started brewing many many batches ago.  To me Oatmeal Stout should be roasty with a decidedly chocolate like lean.  It should be smooth, silky and balanced.  There should be a well perceived presence of toast bread or biscuit like quality.  There should be a mild caramel that pulls it all together.  Three things come to mind to put you on the path to developing YOUR best Oatmeal Stout. First of, like so many beers, you have to nail your fermentation.  For the most…
  • Home Brew Club Plan

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The AHA Big Brew Day is coming up on May 3 and Mike and I are going to use the occasion to start our homebrew club. I think we posted something about this notion a while ago.  Well, it’s time we made some ideas turn into things. We have at least a couple of other guys who want to join up.  I think there was a guy on Twitter who wanted us to contact him to let him know once we got our stuff together.  Finally I can tweet that guy with a plan. With this club, we will probably need a catchy name or at least something unique.  Heck, there’s at least a few different brew dudes on…
  • Sour Blends for Making Sour Beers

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Do you ever feel that you get behind in your home brewing because other things need your attention?  There was a dunkelweizen sitting in my basement for three and a half weeks and it was just waiting for me to take it to its final destination.  I finally got around to getting all the things  I needed to get done and it is bottled. Now, I can focus on brewing a lambic. Since it will be my first time, I plan to use a sour blend from one of the big yeast providers.  I am not sold on the idea of using dregs from sour beers.  Mike’s less than successful attempt at harvesting bottle…
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  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 3: Brewery De Ranke

    Lode Devlieghere
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The breweries that we visited in this series so far all had one thing in common: they all mainly brewed for local customers, and they are still relatively unknown abroad. Brewery De Ranke, however, is a totally different story. This brewery, founded by Nino Bacelle in 1994, exports more than half of its production and some of their beers rank amongst the top beers in their category on beer rating sites like Ratebeer and Beeradvocate. We met Nino in his brewery in Dottignies, a little village on the border between Flanders, Wallonia and France, and he explains how it all started: “When I…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 2: De Vlier

    Lode Devlieghere
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    The second brewery that we visit in this series is again located near Leuven: Brewery De Vlier. We met up with Marc Andries, owner and brew master of this craft brewery. Marc is a bio-engineer who has worked for several companies including Meura, a producer of brewing equipment, and for the breweries of Achouffe, Piron and Haacht.  In those breweries he learned in depth how to start up and improve brewing processes, and in 2008 he decided, together with a business partner, to start his own brewery: Brewery De Vlier. The name of the brewery refers to Vlierbeek, a neighborhood on the outskirts…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 1: Bueckenholt

    Lode Devlieghere
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:06 am
    This is the first of a series of posts, where I will be visiting different craft breweries all over Belgium in order to tell you their story and put these smaller breweries and their beers in the spotlight. The first one in this series is Brewery Bueckenholt. I drank their beer last summer in Leuven’s old town and I immediately knew that I wanted to meet those guys. They originally started brewing their beers in Veltem (near Leuven), but they are currently brewing them at Brewery Anders, a brewery which allows small micro-brewers to use their brewing installation. The ‘Bueckenholt…
  • Two Belgian breweries change their name on the same day

    Lode Devlieghere
    10 Jan 2014 | 11:08 am
    Surprising news yesterday in most Belgian newspapers: two breweries, less than 15 km away from each other, both decided to change their name on the same day. Brewery Bavik from Bavikhove will change its name to ‘Brewery De Brabandere’ and Brewery Bockor from Bellegem will change its name to ‘Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste’. With this name change, both breweries want refer back to their long brewing tradition.  Until 1990, Brewery Bavik was already called ‘Brewery De Brabandere’ and the owners have now decided to go back the brewery’s roots and adopt the old name again. Albert…
  • Belgian beer: what’s in a name?

    Lode Devlieghere
    12 Dec 2013 | 4:19 am
    There are literally thousands of Belgian beers out there, in many different flavors, colors and strengths. So, for people who are not totally familiar with Belgian beer, it is not always easy to find what they are looking for. That is why I will give a short overview of the different Belgian beer styles and their names. Most Belgian beers fall in the category double, blonde or triple. In order to understand those categories, we first need to mention a beer category that no longer exists: the single beers. Centuries ago, when most people couldn’t read or write, there were only two kinds of…
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  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Matt Delamater

    Chad Lothian
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Matt would love to impress you with some amazing beer or food bio that blows your mind on how impressive his “beer geekdom” extends over the land — but that would be a lie. The truth — Matt is a regular jack of many trades – Actor, photographer, finance geek, and above all — simply a lover of all things beer. He knows just enough to be dangerous and feels lucky to have been caught up in the tidal wave that is “the amazing Maine beer movement” which has taken the state by storm in recent years. He’s so pumped and grateful that he has the…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Greg Norton

    Chad Lothian
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Greg Norton, along with his wife Katie, opened Bier Cellar in 2012. Greg is an experienced homebrewer, and a certified Cicerone and a BJCP recognized beer judge. Bier Cellar is an artisanal bottleshop, meaning we sell only craft beer, artisanal wine, mead and cider. We believe that to find your new favorite beer, wine, cider or mead, it helps if you have a guiding hand along the way. So we provide a curated selection of the best beers in the world along with a well-trained and passionate staff to help you along the way. Links:…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Josh Christie

    Chad Lothian
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Josh Christie is an independent bookseller, outdoors columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, and author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. When Josh isn’t slinging books at Sherman’s Books in Portland, he can be found lecturing about Maine’s beer history, sampling local brews, and skiing in the Maine mountains. Website: Brews and Books Twitter: @JChristie Question 1: What is your all Maine brewery dream team-up? And why? In the mad scientist vein of throwing together wildly different brewers and seeing what happens, I’d love to see a collaboration between Portland’s Shipyard…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Gene Beck

    Chad Lothian
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Welcome to Nocturnem Draft Haus. Our mission is to serve our guests the finest beers from Maine, the US and abroad paired with some artisan-style, simply prepared, locally sourced food. We are not pretentious. We are down to earth. We are not beer snobs. We are adventurers. We are a collection of many walks of life, seeking better enjoyment out of our beverage purchases. We simply strive to find better offerings than are mass marketed to us every day. We are however a place where all will feel comfortable. A place where sharing, discussion and tasting is encouraged. A place to broaden your…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Tom Madden

    Chad Lothian
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Madden Beverage was founded in December 2003 and carries over 850 craft beers from all corners of the globe. Madden Beverage is a family run business that is staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable hop-heads. They offer mixed six packs, kegging equipment, home brewing supplies, and bring in all the limited release products they can get our hands on. Join them for product tastings 3 times a month throughout the summer. For more information, visit or We are unbelievably fortunate to have such a thriving and prolific beer drinking…
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  • Breweries Converge on Bloomington for Bloomington Craft Beer Week and Festival!

    Beer Infinity
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Bloomington, IN, has been abuzz with beer this week as the festivities continue right up the to Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, Saturday (April 12). Tickets are on sale online and at Big Red Liquor stores with the plan being NOT to sell tickets at the door. This is a recap of some of the activities this week with pictures! The week st ...
  • Happy National Beer Day!

    Beer Infinity
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Yesterday was National Beer Day, though as far as I'm concerned, pretty much every day should be Beer Day!  I was hoping to get this blog on then, but things go away from me, as they often do. For those of you who don't know, National Beer Day commemorates April 7, 1933, which was the day that beer became legal again after over a deca ...
  • Now Beer (And Eat) This: New Haven Restaurant Week Spring 2014

    Beer Infinity
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Having plenty of friends in the hospitality industry, I have mixed feelings about Restaurant Week. If you’re working it, it can be stressful. It’s also possibly not as lucrative for servers and bartenders as one would think, since the awesome $32 dinner prix fixe means people aren’t spending as much money, and therefore aren& ...
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn…Brewing MASH is finished!

    Beer Infinity
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Brooklyn MASH has left the city after their whirlwind tour spreading beer, food, music, art, comedy, and general good times. For me, it started last Sunday at Dinner on the Farm with Brooklyn house chef Andrew Gerson and Dante/Noodle & Pie chef Eman Loubier, held at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. We brought a picnic blanket and ...
  • Beer School with Mary Wiles

    Beer Infinity
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Note from Nora: Tom's back with a report from the Brooklyn MASH "Beer School" event with Brooklyn Brewing's Technical Director Mary Wiles. I'll be providing a wrap up of the rest of the events I attended in the next couple of days. Mary Wiles with David Blossman, Mark Burlet, Steve Hindy, and Kirk Coco When she worked for Anheuser-Busch, Mary ...
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  • Palcohol Powdered Alcohol Postponed

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Palcohol Powdered Alcohol Postponed Relax, America – powdered alcohol is no longer imminent. Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol, quickly made national headlines when it was reported the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau motioned to approve its commercial sale. This peculiar state of alcohol would be available in vodka and rum varieties. Not so fast – we’ve just learned a representative from the federal bureau, Tom Hogue to be specific, announced to the Associated Press that this approval was actually made in error. While Hogue didn’t actually get around to answering…
  • Taste Buds! Game of Thrones Beer from Ommegang Brewery

    Travel by Brewery
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In celebration of the newest season of Game of Thrones, Travel By Brewery writers/people who were still around at 5 o’clock test out some GOT-inspired beer from Ommegang Brewery in New York. Some things we took away from the two Game of Thrones beer: Take The Black Stout: This beer was “foamy,” and “robust.” Sam, who is not a “stout guy,” actually enjoyed it. This is not the beer you want to chug (as Sam later found out), and is ideal for warming up your tummy in the cold. The chocolate and caramel in this stout was not too forward, making it smooth…
  • California Festival of Beers: 2 Days + 200 Beers

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    With summer right around the corner, it’s time to gear up and get ready for one of California’s largest and longest-running beer festivals. The California Festival of Beers is set to take place on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th at the Madonna Inn Meadows in the heart of San Luis Obispo. There will be over 30 breweries represented at the California Festival of Beers, which should be more than enough to accommodate the over 4,000 guests expected at this year’s fest. Here’s a full list of breweries that will be at this year’s festival: Alaskan Brewing Co. …
  • What is Craft Beer: Anatomy of a Brew

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What is Craft Beer | Anatomy of a Brew There’s a lot that goes into your beer. Here are some of the qualities that make up craft beer, Appearance Craft beer arrives in a beautiful palette of rich colors. These colors are actually measured on a metric referred to as SRM (Standard Reference Method), ranging from 1-40. A lighter beer like a pilsner will rank lower on this scale as opposed to a dark beer like a porter which is on the higher end. Aroma Ever heard the expression, “Stop and smell the roses”? Craft beer is no different! Before you dive right in to your first pint,…
  • Hanson to Brew MMMhops Beer

    Travel by Brewery
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Remember back in 1997 when this song would just NOT get out of your head? “MMMbop,” by brother trio Hanson was nominated for two Grammys in February of ’98 and has since then been nothing short of a phenomenon. Poppiest of pop songs, “MMMbop” struck the heart of billions across the entire globe and was the number one hit in countries including the US, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, and many more. Why are we posting an article about Hanson? Strap in for this one… In celebration of being a band for twenty-one years (yes, they’ve actually…
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  • Creepin Towards Summer – Have you grabbed your first of the year yet?

    Vincent Speranza
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Creep, everyone loves to talk about it or complain about it. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the fact is it is late April, and Summer beers are here. Maybe summer gets a little more slack Its easy to want a nice light summer beer if you outside most days as of late working in the yard or whatever. The same may not be said about drinking a fall spiced pumpkin ale at your 4th of July BBQ? Or maybe that is just want you are looking for, either way we are back to the topic at hand: The Creep(er) Personally I would have said May would have been the time I expected them but that’s…
  • The creep is upon us

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    24 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
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  • Canadian movie and beer pairing – Rock & Roll Nightmare – Starring Thor

    Vincent Speranza
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    I just love these low-budget tight timeline films.  Yes sure you can get drivel, but on the other hand you can strike gold. Here we have the late 80’s Canadian heavy metal horror film Rock and Roll Nightmare. Written produced and staring Thor. Yes Thor,  honestly one of the coolest birth names ever:  Jon-Mikl Thor. Apparently he is also a big fan of coke classic. Budget wise I am sure it was on the original Evil dead level. It was also shot in a rushed 7 days. Let’s start – there is an evil farm-house home of demons and what not, who are portrayed by puppets. Are some of them cheesy?
  • TV Movie and a Beer – Kingdom of Spiders + a Shout out to all the Spider themed beers!

    Vincent Speranza
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    For my 200th post I have something special. Something featuring none other than the great William Shatner. I have been trying to figure out what this one was called for a while. Honestly I had thought it was older than 1977, and as it turns out it was a made for TV movie, so looking at his filmography only was not much help. As MFTV movies go this one was not half bad production wise,aging better than say The Morning After, but in the end though You just end up feeling bad for the spiders.. they don’t want to be there, they certainly do not want to be crushed.. I don’t think this one…
  • Favorite Bier Style(s) for cooking Sasauges / Brats / etc

    Vincent Speranza
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    This could be for pre-boiling before grilling, or slow cooking in the house. I personally go for a lighter Wheat beer most times, but I would love to know what everyone else thinks. Take Our Poll
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  • Food and Beer — Sour Ales

    Brew Review Crew
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am The tartness, the pucker, the bacterial strangeness and perfection that you can’t find in any other kind of beer – yes, I’m talking about Sour Ales.  I loosely compare Sours to IPAs; both have one ingredient that tries to overpower the beer, both need to be balanced, yet showcase that ingredient’s strength to be delicious, and both can vary vastly depending on the style and amount of their key ingredient.  With IPA’s, the ingredient is hops, with Sours it’s Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and…
  • Supplication Sour Ale – Russian River Brewing Company

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
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  • Turnhoutse Saison – Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

    Brew Review Crew
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Review by: Cory Smith No, that’s not a typo in the title.  The fact that you can’t read the name of the brewery (unless you aren’t a typical ‘Murrican) is because this is a Saison straight from the motherland, Belgium.  Turnhouste Saison was brewed by Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest as a tribute to Turnhout in 1789.  For you history fans, this beer lead to a brief period of independence for Belgium, then known as the Southern Netherlands, and is not commemorated in beer form!  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate history than with a traditional drink. Being…
  • Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood – a BRC and BeerGaggle Review

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
      Review by: Our very own Ron Degregorio, and  BeerGaggle’s Matt “The Engenear” and Justin “The Brewer” We collaborated with BeerGaggle in the past to review Dale’s Pale Ale, and decided to give it another go with the epic release of Fire and Blood.  Both teams reviewed the brew, and here’s what they had to say. Ron - Ya know, there are few things in this world I love more than a good TV series. What is more fun than anticipating a fresh new episode week to week, snuggling up on the ole couch with a beer, and tuning in to your favorite show?
  • Happy Easter!

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    We here at The Brew Review Crew hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter and a terrific Spring season! Here are two amazing beers (one that you need to drink by TODAY! 4/20) and one that is perfect for Easter celebrations and warm Spring Weather! Cheers! by The post Happy Easter! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
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    Best Drinking Games From All Over The World

  • Across the Bridge

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Here we have another drinking game that only needs a deck of cards and some drinks to get started. Start by dealing ten cards face down in a straight line. This line will be our bridge. Choose someone to go first, this player reveals the first card. If the card is a number card, the player is safe and should proceed to reveal another card. Whenever a player reveals a Jack, Queen, King or Ace, he must drink 1, 2, 3 or 4 gulps respectively. After taking their drink, the person should replace cards on the bridge with whatever number of gulps they had to take and the game then continues to the…
  • Crazy Eight

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:46 pm
    For this game you will need a deck of cards and plenty of drinks. Any number of players can play. Start by lining out all the 8′s in the deck in a straight line (vertical or horizontal). The rest of the deck is then distributed evenly to the players in the game. Going in a clockwise direction starting with the dealer, the aim of the game is to connect cards of the same suites in order from 2 to A. For example, after the 8′s are laid out, if the dealer has a 9 or 7 of spades, he may connect his card to the 8 of spades. Let’s say he plays the 7 of spades. It is now the next…
  • Thumper

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Thumper is a pretty simple in theory but the practical aspect of it can get pretty hard to keep up with especially after you’ve had a few. First everyone sits around a table and puts their hands on the table; then one by one each player decides on a separate hand signal to use for the game. Now, after everyone has decided on a hand signal, everyone starts drumming on the table simultaneously either using the same beat or different ones; different beats will make the game a little harder to keep up with and you’ll see why in a minute. To start, any random player chants “what…
  • Sixes

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:12 pm
    For this game you will need six cups and a die. Start line lining the cups and numbering them 1 through 6. Each player then takes turns rolling the die; if you roll a number corresponding with an empty cup, you can pour whatever amount of any concoction you want into that cup and pass the die to the next player. If you roll the number of a cup with something in there, you must drink the product in that cup and pass the die. Or if you want to play hard, you can have someone roll and keep drinking until they get an empty cup so they can return the favour. The post Sixes appeared first on Best…
  • Russian Roulette With Shots or Beer

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    As you may already know russian roulette is a game of chance played by the fearless. Unlike regular russian roulette however, the drinking game version won’t result in death but may result in drunkenness or something a little more messy with shots or beer respectively. I personally prefer to play with shots but intructions of how to play each is below: Russian Roulette With Shots This game is played by getting some white rum or tequila and filling a shot glass with it. There should also be 5 other shot glasses, except they are filled with water. These six shot glasses should be…
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  • Deciding on a Fermenter for Brewing

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    There are two distinct types of chromium steel fermenters: plastic pails, glass carboys, and several containers to pick from. One stainless fermenter has a conical form and also the other has a contour like a glass carboy. Let’s contemplate the differences involving the various sorts of fermenters so that we are able to make an […] The post Deciding on a Fermenter for Brewing appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • 5 Tips to Start Brewing Beer with Malt Extract

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
      Brewing beer is an enjoyable hobby for those that adore beer. This advice will direct you in choosing the proper fundamental brewing parts required for creating your first yummy beer.   1. Obtain a simple brewing starter kit   It are available at at on-line providers and nearby home brew stores. Several things is […] The post 5 Tips to Start Brewing Beer with Malt Extract appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • A Pot-Infused Brewing How-To in Honor of 4/20

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Based On reddit user brad1775′s post in the COBeer subreddit, brewing beer combined with a little Mary Jane results in some “brilliant tasting stuff”. Until you’re a homebrewer who’s reading this from a place where marijuana is legal, do not try this at home (had to say it). If you do not homebrew and you’d […] The post A Pot-Infused Brewing How-To in Honor of 4/20 appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Recipe: Light American Lager

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    It’s Saturday already?! That means it’s time to brew, so here’s our recipe of the week: a light American lager. The post Recipe: Light American Lager appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • 5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I believe we all concurred in the past post, house brewing beer gear gadgets should boost and enrich not just your homemade beer but likewise the encounter as well as enjoyment obtained from, what’s after all, your sideline. It Is crucial that you buy them for those grounds rather than only as they are the […] The post 5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs appeared first on You Make Beer.
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