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  • Left hand Brewing Company sponsors bike team to help fight MS

    The Jax Beer Guy
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    It has long been a tenet of the craft beer industry that its members are a particularly philanthropic bunch. Maybe it is because the community is so tight-knit and more established breweries pitch in to help new breweries get up and started. Maybe it is because of the grassroots nature of the business. Or, maybe it is just that craft beer people have big hearts. No matter what the cause, it is a well-represented phenomenon and Longmont, Colo. stalwart Left Hand Brewing Company is carrying on the tradition. Team Left Hand (TLH) is a cycling team that is participating in the Bike MS rides to…
  • Ale Asylum Kink marks brewery’s first new Belgian-style beer in five years

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Press Release:  (Madison, WI) – Madison craft brewery Ale Asylum is getting ready to distribute their first new Belgian-style beer release in five years: KINK. The brewery will be collaborating with area craft beer establishments to release KINK on draft and in bottles starting next week. KINK a Belgian-style Abbey, formerly held the name of Happy Ending and has only been available in their Tasting Room as a draft offering. Given that SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA currently packages a beer with this name, it was time to rebrand for the public. Coincidentally, Ale Asylum…
  • A Taste for Craft Beers in Rural Texas

    NYT > Beer
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two years after producing its first kegs, Big Bend Brewing Company, based in remote Brewster County, Texas, has quadrupled production thanks to a loyal fan base.
  • This domain name may be for sale

    The Beer Snob's Beer Reviews
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    I haven’t had time for the blog in a while, and don’t see that changing any time in the near future, or perhaps at all.  So I am thinking seriously about trying to sell this domain name.   If you are interested, please email me at thebeersnob @ and put “ for sale” in […]
  • Stone Brewing Raises Another $142K+ Since Yesterday & Unlocks Lost Abbey Collab
    Jonny Fullpint
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Escondido, Ca – Yesterday we posted an update on Stone Brewing Company’s crowdfunding campaign noting they had reac… The post Stone Brewing Raises Another $142K+ Since Yesterday & Unlocks Lost Abbey Collab appeared first on
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  • Ale Asylum Kink marks brewery’s first new Belgian-style beer in five years

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Press Release:  (Madison, WI) – Madison craft brewery Ale Asylum is getting ready to distribute their first new Belgian-style beer release in five years: KINK. The brewery will be collaborating with area craft beer establishments to release KINK on draft and in bottles starting next week. KINK a Belgian-style Abbey, formerly held the name of Happy Ending and has only been available in their Tasting Room as a draft offering. Given that SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, GA currently packages a beer with this name, it was time to rebrand for the public. Coincidentally, Ale Asylum…
  • Terrapin Pumpkinfest returns for 2014 rotation

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Press Release:  (Athens, GA) – Breezing in with a strong autumn tailwind comes Pumpkinfest, Terrapin Beer Co.’s long-adored Seasonal Sessions selection. Pumpkinfest encompasses an entire Thanksgiving spread in one tasty sip. Perfectly balanced pumpkin (real pumpkin!) and spices are added to, without overwhelming, this German-style brew. Expect a pumpkin pie nose followed by a strong malt backbone, low hop bitterness, and authentic fall taste all wrapped in a light-bodied beer. Prost! Malts: Munich, Vienna, Munich II, Caramunich II, Melanoiden Hops: Vanguard, Hallertau…
  • Beer Institute’s Domestic Brewers Tax Paid Estimate dips 1.5% in June

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Press Release:  (Washington DC) – Today the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid by beer brewers: The June 2014 domestic tax paid estimate is 16,350,000 barrels.  June 2013 removals were 16,600,000 barrels (revised) for a decrease of -1.5 percent. Please note the following monthly revisions from previous releases for 2013 and 2014: Month 2013 2014 Percent Change Volume Change January 13,713,729 13,770,000 0.4% 56,271 February 12,926,210 13,300,000 2.9% 373,790 March 14,803,136 14,700,000 -0.7% -103,136 April 15,066,241 14,990,000 -0.5% -76,241 May…
  • Widmer Brothers 1994-1996 beers in 30 Beers for 30 Years Series now available

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Press Release:  (Portland, OR) – Widmer Brothers Brewing today announced Widberry, Blackbier, and Big Ben Porter as the newest releases in the brewery’s 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. These limited release beers, brewed to commemorate the brewery’s 30th anniversary, will be available in the Portland area beginning this week. As with the other releases in this series, these three beers are among the most memorable in Widmer Brothers’ 30-year history. Widberry, a weizenbier brewed with local black raspberries, was originally introduced in 1994 and reached a level of popularity…
  • Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour, just-launched wine selection now online at Craft Beer Kings

    BeerPulse curator
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings returns this week with another 15 new beers online, available for shipping to your home or office. Check out the list of new beers you can have delivered below. Also new this week: wine. CBK has a selection of two dozen top meads and wines. — Top 15 New Beers: 1) Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour 2) Santa Clara Valley Heart’s Delight Summer Ale 3) Stone w00tstout 2.0 (Only 3 Left) 4) Cascade Sang Royal (Only 2 Left) 5) Smog City The Nothing Double Chocolate Imperial Stout 6) Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA 7) Logsdon Straffe Drieling (Only 5 Left) 8)…
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  • This domain name may be for sale

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    I haven’t had time for the blog in a while, and don’t see that changing any time in the near future, or perhaps at all.  So I am thinking seriously about trying to sell this domain name.   If you are interested, please email me at thebeersnob @ and put “ for sale” in […]
  • Beer Review: Magic Hat deVEILed

    15 Aug 2013 | 7:27 pm
    Magic Hat Brewing Company sent me the subject of my latest beer review: their deVEILed, what they describe as an “amber concoction” that “spans two tantalizing worlds”.  It’s an amber ale with a malt base but with a hop bite as well, and it’s exclusive to their Night of the Living Dead Variety Pak.  Let’s […]
  • Press Release: Dominion Brewing to Distribute in Ohio and Michigan

    13 Mar 2013 | 2:40 pm
    Note: Dominion Brewing will be distributing in Ohio and Michigan…I don’t believe they are available here in Tennessee, but they are sending me some review samples, so look for a review soon! Dover, DE –Dominion Brewing has begun the process of distributing to the states of Ohio and Michigan. At the beginning of March, Dominion […]
  • Brooklyn Brewery Announces 11-City Food & Arts Festival

    7 Feb 2013 | 11:14 am
    Brooklyn Brewery Announces, “The Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer” 11 City Tour, March–December 2013 Launches in Austin, TX at SxSW Interactive FEBRUARY 7, 2013, BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its […]
  • Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery’s Dry Irish Stout

    25 Jan 2013 | 7:02 pm
    The beer I enjoy often depends on the season.  In the summer I like a good IPA, in the fall I tend towards a nut brown ale to a porter, but my favorite time of year for beer is winter, when I can enjoy a nice stout in front of a roaring fire.  Brooklyn Brewery […]
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  • Stone Brewing Raises Another $142K+ Since Yesterday & Unlocks Lost Abbey Collab

    Jonny Fullpint
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Escondido, Ca – Yesterday we posted an update on Stone Brewing Company’s crowdfunding campaign noting they had reac… The post Stone Brewing Raises Another $142K+ Since Yesterday & Unlocks Lost Abbey Collab appeared first on
  • Have The New Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour and More Shipped to Your Door

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    We have some special beers that we’d like to offer you by way of our friends over at Don’t waste t… The post Have The New Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour and More Shipped to Your Door appeared first on
  • Elysian Space Dust IPA Returns This August

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    (Seattle,WA) – It’s safe to say that Space Dust, last summer’s Manic IPA offering, sent hoppy beer lovers into … The post Elysian Space Dust IPA Returns This August appeared first on
  • Modern Times Phalanx IPA Bottles!

    Jonny Fullpint
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    San Diego, CA – Well, Oneida bottles were so popular, Modern Times Beer decided to do the whole bottle thing again. Our second … The post Modern Times Phalanx IPA Bottles! appeared first on
  • Update on The Full Pint 7th Anniversary – Sponsored by

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    (San Diego,CA) – We are 9 days away from our epic 7th Anniversary Bash (Sponsored by at the legendary T… The post Update on The Full Pint 7th Anniversary – Sponsored by appeared first on
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  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 28/29, 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 28/297 July - 20 July 2014 20 July 2014Forty-five years ago, the first humans walked on the Moon. Apollo 11 landed there, 20 July 1969. —Via 20 July 2014California's Stone Brewing Company to build a new brewery ... in Berlin, Germany. The large 'craft' brewery is using IndieGo Go to crowd-source one-million out of the twenty-five millions dollars expected as necessary. —Via Brewbound. 20 July 2014As just one example of the rapidly increasing number of 'craft' breweries in the United States: Bristol,…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: "Hello, hello .... hello?"

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    It wasn't a call to the bullpen. Was it a call to the beer truck? "Send ... more ... beer!" As seen at the Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest, at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia, on 22 June 2014. -----more----- More photos from the festival: here.Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • The NeverEnding CaskAle Lesson

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Cask-conditioned ale is a process that starts at the brewery and continues at the pub. Bad practices at either end yield poor cask ales. For example: How NOT to cellar and tap cask ale:Were the casks improperly conditioned (or grossly over-conditioned at the brewery)? Sure looks like it. You have to feel sorry for the guy, but, still, hilarious. In contrast, How TO tap cask ale: Paul Pendyck —star of the second video— is the owner of UK Brewing Supplies. Based in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., he sell casks, cask equipment, and traditional British pub supplies. He dispenses (pun intended)…
  • What TIME got wrong about "5 beer trends you'll be seeing this summer."

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    When a mainstream publication takes note of a trend, it's a good bet that that trend has long gone to a 'been there, done that' stage ... or that the observations aren't quite correct. As is the case in TIME's online listicle, recently posted by its Money subdivision: 5 Beer Trends You’ll Be Seeing This Summer. 1) The Craft Beer MotelDogfish Head Brewing has opened a 16-room Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. The actual production brewery isn't exactly across the street: it's located six miles away, in the town of Milton, and the original brewpub is eleven miles away, in Rehoboth Beach. This…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Perusing a Belgian beer list (at a Belgian beer book signing).

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    CAMRA Books —the publishing arm of the Campaign for Real Ale— has just published the 7th edition of the Good Beer Guide to Belgium, written by Tim Webb and Joe Stange. It's available for sale in the U.K., but not yet in the U.S. ... except at book signings arranged over here by co-author Stange. He, and his wife Kelly, were recently in Washington, D.C. to do just that, at Churchkey, one of that city's new wave of good-beer bars. In the photo, Mr. Stange and a good-Belgian-beer fan stand just to the right of a stack of his books, perusing a Belgian beer draft list. Mrs. Stange, to the…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Craft Beer and Brewing 20% Magazine Discount for the BeerSmith Community

    Brad Smith and Friends
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’ve enjoyed reading the new Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, just launched this Spring, which is packed with great articles for home brewers and craft beer enthusiasts. They were kind enough the offer the BeerSmith community a 20% discount on new subscriptions. To get the discount go to the subscription page and use the coupon code ‘beersmith’ when you check out – and they will take 20% off the price of your purchase. The second issue is 120 pages packed with great advice on brewing Saison’s, Belgian Beer, Blending beers, new hop varieties and much more. The third…
  • Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85

    Brad Smith and Friends
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” which was just published by the brewer’s association. Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:03) Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link) published by the Brewers Association. His book…
  • Immersion, Plate and Counterflow Chillers for Home Brewed Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Sitting next to a big pot of boiling wort is my favorite part of the brewing process (except for tasting of course!), and cleaning is my least favorite part. But after you boil you face the challenge of what to do with 5, 10 or 15 gallons (19-57 liters) of really hot wort. So this week we take a look at options for getting your boiling hot liquid down to fermentation temperature quickly. The Big Chill Why is it important to chill your wort quickly after the boil? First, cooling your wort quickly helps to prevent infection. Above 140F (60 C) your beer is too hot for bacteria, but below that…
  • Trends in Home Brewing with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #84

    Brad Smith and Friends
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we’re seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie. This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (28:11) Jake Keeler from Brewer’s Supply Group (BSG) and a former cast member on Brewing TV joins me this week…
  • Caramel and Crystal Malt in Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    This week we take a look at crystal and caramel malts used in home brewing and commercial brewing. Caramel malt is a staple in a wide variety of beers worldwide, and is used to add color, flavor and sweetness to beer. I’m going to discuss how caramel malt is made, as well as when and how to use it in brewing beer. Note that the terms “Crystal” and “Caramel” malts are used interchangeably. The History of Crystal and Caramel Malt Though crystal malt is strongly associated with English Ales, Stouts and Porters, it was first used in Mild ales and Strong ales, and was…
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  • Celebrate Mead Day on Saturday August 2nd

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    August 2, 2014 – Get in on the Mead Day buzz! Organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002, Mead Day was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among meadmakers. Homebrewers and meadmakers around the world are encouraged to invite friends and family to celebrate Mead Day by making a delicious batch of mead together! Spread the Joy What better way to celebrate mead then by brewing a batch with your friends? The AHA has all the resources you need to make mead and teach others the secret of fermenting honey into wine. Make a batch of this year’s…

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    On August 3, Hopsters, Newton’s first-ever commercial brewery, will be hosting a traditional New England lobster boil with a twist – the lobsters will actually be boiled in their brew kettles on premise! In addition, Hopsters will also be serving a specialty ale on draft, brewed just for the occasion, along with steamers and various sides. ** Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Boiling sessions will take place every two hours beginning at noon. WHEN: Sunday, August 3, 2014 12:00pm-10:00pm WHERE: Hopsters 292 Centre Street. Newton, MA COST: $65 (Includes admission, two custom-brewed…
  • Dan Kenary breaks down Harpoon’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) on the SBLPodcast

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On Wednesday July 16th, the SBLPodcast crew spoke with Harpoon’s CEO Dan Kenary about their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Check out the Video: Here is the press release about the ESOP: Harpoon Brewery becomes employee-owned company, CEO Rich Doyle to step down Press Release: Harpoon Brewery: An Employee-Owned Company (Boston, MA) – The Harpoon Brewery, brewers of Harpoon IPA and UFO beers, is proud to announce that effective August 1st it will become an employee-owned company. The existing shareholder group transferred 48% of Harpoon’s shares to an Employee Stock Ownership…
  • Best of BEER Northshore

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each year Northshore Magazine puts out a Best of Northshore segment for several categories including Eat, Renew, Shop etc. It’s fun to see who gets picked to be Best of Northshore from year to year. Personally, I go straight to the Drink tab to check out the BEER winners. This years Brewery winner was: Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester The Brewery Readers Choice award went to: Ipswich Ale Brewery, Ipswich The Beer Menu winner was: Ale House, Amesbury The Beer Menu Readers Choice award went to: Yard…
  • Yankee Homecoming Brewfest comes to Newburyport, Mass

    3 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    On Saturday, July 26 the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest once again comes to beautiful riverside Newburyport Massachusetts. This event will kick off the Yankee Homecoming festivities.  Each year the Brewfest goers are treated to great bands and food along with an amazing beer line-up!   The Brewfest is a fundraiser for the week-long Yankee Homecoming that takes place from July 27- August 3.  Make sure to check out all the other super fun things going on in Newburyport that week!   This years participating Breweries include: BaxterBerkshireBoulevardCape…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • TUNCB: A Swedish Review Horribly Translated

    Alan McLeod
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm
    So far, my favourite review of The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer² had been Stan's in which he asked the very apt question as to who exactly Max and I thought might buy the damn thing. Good point. But has been ever so slightly nudged into second place by this extremely long review which I can only make some sense of through use of the Google Translate's version from the original Swedish. Consider this:It is no ordinary fiction book, then, but rather an imaginary journey through space and time. A fictional dialogue, mostly between Max and Alan, with literary ambitions. And with juicy…
  • A Summer Sunday Beer News Roundup

    Alan McLeod
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    News round ups are sort of the sweat pants of blogging. A pal calls sweat pants "give ups" and I suppose that might apply to my links posts. Yet, sometimes there are actually a number of things worth noting but not really worth going into in any depth around here. And, yes, I wait with rapt attention every Saturday for the BB version and Monday for Stan's. So, you decide. Am I watching a baseball game and doing laundry as I write this post half heartedly or am I really paying attention to the top news in the brewing world and sharing them with you... [ooh, Giants on first and second... game…
  • Some Words For Beer In The NY Times Over Time

    Alan McLeod
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Interesting to see that "craft beer" is such a post-2007 term - and one that has never quote achieved the heights that "microbrewery" did in the late 90s. "Gourmet beer" never did nuttin' for no one. Thank God. Glad to see "good beer" has the staying power that simplicity and accuracy assures. Play this game yourself.
  • How Stands My Own Immaculate Taste Today?

    Alan McLeod
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Boak and Bailey asked themselves a mid-year, mid-life question: what do they like now? Sounds like a good idea. I'm just getting over a five week run of creaky ailments that have given me a new appreciation of my insides so this is just the thing for a third Monday evening in July. First, I checked the evidence. What is really in my stash? Wine. Mainly red wine. Spanish Bierzo. French Côtes du Rhône-Villages. The local Prince Edward County whites. Vintage port. Ürziger. I buy Ürziger primarily to say the word. Quickly. Over and over. Back in the back, there's beer, too. Don't get me…
  • Ontario: Uber, Nickel Brook Brewing, Burlington

    Alan McLeod
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    What a minefield this beer presents me. Not only do I know and like the brewer but his mother lives nearby and his auntie works where I do. How could I possible give an opinion unbouyed by positive thoughts? Then again, it's not like I am all Jim-junkety or anything. No need to stop using the bathroom mirror. Then, besides that, there is the question of what others might think of me - which can be odd and disconcerting - not to mention likely wrong. How dare I try something not conservative? But more importantly, what does it mean about this style? What does this beer in this place and time…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Book recommendation: American Sour Beers

    Stan Hieronymus
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    As the interest in homebrewing has bloomed Internet discussion boards have turned into a (at least sometimes) valuable tool. That’s certainly true in Brazil. However, regulars in these groups can get bored answering the same newbie questions time after time. As a result some of them have taking to replying to questions asked the eighth, ninth and fifty-third times they are asked by typing, “Read the $#@&*% Palmer.” Ronaldo Dutra Ferreira explained that the quote was created and posted in English as something of an inside joke for those who have leaned heavily on the…
  • Stone & place; Grodziskie & poppycock

    Stan Hieronymus
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.28.14 Based only on what I read in the blogs I subscribe to and my Twitter feed Stone Brewing’s crowdfunding campaign was the worst idea since Miller Lite (Exhibit 1: Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit; Exhibit 2: On Rich and Successful People Wanting Free Money). I didn’t see a whole lot positive, except for the very basic fact that plenty of people are happily signing up for the Stone program. I’m more interested in the potential impact of Stone’s brewery in Berlin — if and how Stone’s presence changes beer in Germany…
  • Friday beer: Peach Pie Heffy

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Peach Pie Heffy from Laht Neppur Brewing was not the best beer I sampled Wednesday at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but it was worth thinking about and a perfectly pleasant three-ounce experience. In fact, it does taste like peach pie, with a bit of crust — reminiscent of Key Lime Pie from Short’s Brewing. Jeff Alworth said it didn’t taste like beer. I understand his thinking but I suspect that the underlying beer character — mouthfeel, some balancing non-sweetness from hops and fermentation byproducts — helped make it something I was happy that I tried. Jeff said…
  • When cultures collide

    Stan Hieronymus
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Meant to post this photo taken last month at Festiwal Birofilia in Zywiec right after returning home from Poland, but failed. It was a hoot eavesdropping on the conversation, all in Polish and pretty much none of which I understood except the part where the person selling beer tried to teach this fellow how to say “ee-pa.” The look on his face after he tried the beer suggested he wished he’d made another choice.
  • Beer history according to John Laffler

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.21.14 Guinness, Pilsner Urquell and the beer spectrum. Chris Hall writes, “On some imaginary sliding scale of corporateness and craftness, with Guinness at the corporate end, and a microbrewery that started yesterday at the craft end, Pilsner perhaps sits closer to, say, Sierra Nevada or Brooklyn Brewery.” In the comments section, the discussion is about Guinness and PU, rather than the question I think Alan McLeod would ask: Where do Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery sit on that scale?” [Via The Beer Diary] Part of a balanced diet. Inspired in…
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  • Hoppy

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Though we’re pretty confident when it comes to our beer history these days — or at least the bit between 1963 and now — we’re still very much learning when it comes to tasting beer. We can’t usually identify specific hop varieties, for example, so we have to make do with spotting big, obvious characteristics* — playing with the Duplo, rather than the Technics. Though serious tasters apparently consider it rather crude, we still find ‘hoppy’ a useful word, at least when…
  • King Street Revisited

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Last Christmas, we found ourselves on King Street in Bristol, and were astonished to note that it had become home to three self-styled ‘craft beer’ outlets. We subsequently used it as a symbol of ‘the rebirth of British beer’ in the prologue of Brew Britannia. Back then, Small Bar had only just opened, and, even though there was an exciting sense of commitment to ‘the cause’, it was obviously still finding its feet, serving flat kegged beer, some of it poorly chosen in the…
  • Supped it Like Bloody Wolves

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Detail from the cover of Working Class Community by Brian Jackson, Pelican, 1972. We’ve found more evidence in our efforts to understand the extent to which British people were discerning in their choice of beer before the Campaign for Real Ale came along in the 1970s. Brian Jackson’s Working Class Community was first published in 1968 and reprinted by Pelican in 1972. It belongs to the ‘working class people as aliens’ genre of academic writing so popular in the 20th century, though it is…
  • The Batham’s, at Last

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 On more than one occasion, we’ve been asked, “Have you tried the Batham’s?” On answering “No,” we’ve had the distinct impression that our credibility as commentators on beer has been reduced to zero.* Of course we wanted to try it anyway, having heard from various sources, on numerous occasions, that the small West Midlands family brewery produces beers which are delicious, with a hard-to-define ‘mojo’. And we’re not immune to the ticking instinct, either. Having…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 26/07/2014

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 By the time you read this, we will be in Birmingham preparing for our turn at the Beer Bash (3 pm). Let’s hope some people turn up to see us. At any rate, through the magic of post scheduling, here’s everything of interest we’d spotted by Thursday evening, for your enjoyment this Saturday morning. → We’ve managed to avoid the ‘What does AK stand for?’ debate until this point but this post by Martyn Cornell has got us hooked. → Late night parties at London Zoo amid the…
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  • I will be having a Beer Camp Weekend except for no Beer Camp.

    Jack Curtin
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Because of my dog’s health issues, I cannot feel comfortable either leaving him home alone for the better part of a day or putting him into unfamiliar circumstances, especially since he has just started new medication which is having some encouraging early results. As a result, I turned in my press pass to Saturday’s Philly rendition of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America tour. Last weekend I had to forgo a trip with my daughter and her family to their Sea Isle City digs, so this is nothing new. On a happier note, since I’m already under agreement to do a (hopefully…
  • Resurrection Ale House has been sold, will close and new owners will reopen with new name and concept.

    Jack Curtin
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Just showed up in my email: For Immediate Consumption: Resurrection Ale House Under Agreement of Sale With equal parts excitement and sadness Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft announce that Resurrection Ale House is under Agreement of Sale. As of the sending of this press release, the buyers prefer to remain unnamed as they are still gainfully employed and aren’t ready to go public with their plans for the space. Pending approval of the legal shenanigans involved with such a transaction, Resurrection will close it’s doors and the new owners will reopen with a fresh concept and…
  • More “Best of Philly 2014″ beer-centric awards.

    Jack Curtin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Told you about the Hartranft/Maida honors on Saturday. Now that I have the actual Philadelphia Magazine August issue in hand, here’s a bunch more. All addresses are in the city except the ones that aren’t. BEST BEER BAR – Tria Taproom, 2005 Walnut St. BREWPUB – Tired Hands, 16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore NEW BAR – Garage, 1231 E, Passyunk Ave. SERIOUS DAY-DRINKING – McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St. WHISKEY BAR – Teresa’s Next Door Bar, 124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne CASUAL DAY-DRINKING – Forest and Main Brewing Co., 61 N. Main St.,…
  • Sam sees trouble ahead.

    Jack Curtin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Joshua Bernstein at minutes ago : There may be no prettier place to discuss a battle than Block Island. Located off Rhode Island’s coast, the Atlantic Ocean isle is filled with bluffs, beaches, and rolling hills, such as the one atop which the Atlantic Inn is perched. Here, on the lush lawn in front of the 1879 hotel, you can sit in white Adirondack chairs and watch the rippled waters. Or, on a recent summer morning, you could plop beside Dogfish Head president Sam Calagione and discuss craft beer’s coming bottleneck. “We’re heading into an incredibly competitive era of…
  • Remember that nice young couple who went off to create a beer bar or something like that a while back? Whatever became of them?

    Jack Curtin
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    From Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2014″ in the issue that hits the newsstands this coming week: Best Scene Makers: Brendan Hartranft, 35, and Leigh Maida, 38 Hartranft and his wife Leigh currently own four drinking establishments across the city (Strangelove’s, Resurrection Ale House, Local 44 and Memphis Taproom), and each one reflects the duo’s personalities, complete with great beer lists courtesy of Hartranft’s intensity and a sense of whimsy from Maida, whose vision and guiding hand defined the look of each space. Together, they’ve created very…
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  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tickets Now on Sale for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event DENVER, CO – A final list of 50 brewers committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been released by Pints for Prostates.  The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from 50 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.  “We are excited by the support of a…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Brewery and Beer List Released

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    SEATTLE – The brewery and beer list for the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting on Aug. 16 has been released. The Pints for Prostatesbenefit event featuring a collection of more than two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Presented by DRAFT Magazine  and sponsored by Dendreon, the Seattle-based biotechnology company that targets cancer, the event featuressome of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor…
  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Lake Forest, CA – The Rare Beer Club™ is collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC to create this year’s Pints for Prostates/Rare Beer Club™ exclusive beer.  Pints for Prostates raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing through the universal language of beer and has been working together with The Rare Beer Club™ and U.S.craft breweries for the last five years creating inventive and exciting beers to help communicate their mission statement.  The beer will be featured in the club in September 2014, coinciding with…
  • Partial Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Scheduled for August 16

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    SEATTLE –DRAFT Magazine is presenting the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates on Aug. 16. The event featuring a collection of two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Beer from some of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor event accompanied by food prepared by the chefs at the Pike Pub and Brewery and specialty cheese from the Pacific Northwest. The two sessions, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9…
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    Pete Brown

  • The truth about under-age drinking

    Pete Brown
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    This time it's so blatant even the Daily Mail couldn't distort the truth: the number of school-age children drinking alcohol has fallen to the lowest level since records began. The decline has been long, steady and consistent. In recent years, when the figures have been released most media coverage has stated the percentage of school children who admit to having drunk alcohol - 39% according to the latest study - with headlines like "four in ten children boozing! Mass epidemic!" while deliberately avoiding telling you that this figure was, say, 61% in 2003 for example. The liars at…
  • Alliterative Book Review: Boak and Bailey's 'Brew Britannia'

    Pete Brown
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Imagine if the history of rock music was done in the style of beer writing:“Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division was recorded at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, between 1stand 17th April 1979. It is 39 minutes and 24 seconds long and consists of ten songs, which contain drums, bass, guitar, synthesisers and vocals, with added special effects.”There would then be an online debate about whether or not the use of synthesisers meant that the record was ‘real indie’ or not, segueing into a huge disagreement about whether the album should best be described as ‘indie’ or ‘goth’, or…
  • Crap Beer - it's the future

    Pete Brown
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Friday, late afternoon. Stranded in Chesterfield waiting for The Beer Widow, who is attempting to come up the M1 from London to meet me before we go on to the Great Peak Weekender at Thornbridge. The journey will eventually take her seven hours (it should take no more than three), so sitting in Chesterfield station's dispiriting concourse isn't an option. I follow signs to the town centre and walk for about ten minutes without seeing a single shop, pub, restaurant or commercial premises of any description. I'm dragging a suitcase. It starts to rain, hard, and I'm getting…
  • Why Farage's foaming pint is a testament to European integration and immigration

    Pete Brown
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Thanks to an amazing Stoke Newington Literary Festival I haven't had time to blog for about a month, which means I missed my chance to comment on the biggest visibility beer has had in national media for ages. What a shame it had to be under such circumstances.Over the European elections last month, beer geeks across the country gloated at the seemingly daily photoshoots of everyone's favourite bigoted former stockbroker hoisting a pint of cask ale, because most of the time, Ukip's leader seemed to opt for a pint of Greene King IPA. I can't imagine there were too many happy executives in…
  • Beer and cider and music and books and food in North London

    Pete Brown
    27 May 2014 | 3:09 am
    I don't often do sponsor-heavy sales blurby posts, but this is is a special exception each year. Apologies if you can't make it to North London next weekend...It's nearly here - the fifth Stoke Newington Literary Festival takes place all around N16 from 6th to 8th June - that's in just over a week!The festival is the creation of my wife Liz, and is organised by her, me, and a bunch of die-hard volunteers. It's a charitable venture that aims to improve literacy in the Borough of Hackney. More than that, it's about everyone enjoying ideas, debate, comedy, and brilliant words of all kinds. Last…
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  • Stone Brewing announces plans to build Berlin brewery

    Real Beer
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Stone Brewing Co. has announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, a two-acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store. It is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. Here are photos taken at the announcement. And here are the…
  • GABF tickets on sale July 29

    Real Beer
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale July 29 for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association. The general public sale begins (and ends) the next day. Remember, the festival has sold out each of the past six years, and in a matter of minutes in 2013. Sales begin each day at 10 a.m. Mountain time (noon Eastern, etc.). More information.
  • Top homebrewers honored at national conference

    Real Beer
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Arizona homebrewer Jeremy Voeltz won the coveted Ninkasi Award and Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills, Fla. was crowned Homebrewer of the Year when the results of the National Homebrew Competition were announced as the conclusion of the National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. More than 2,700 homebrewers attended the conference in “Beer City USA,” listening to presentations from 75 speakers, sharing beers, and compiling wish lists at a trade show that featured a dazzle array of brewing equipment. More than 200 judges evaluated beers, meads and ciders in Grand Rapids.
  • Stay-at-home dad earns brewing scholarship

    Real Beer
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    A stay-at-home dad is the first recipient of a brewing scholarship established to honor brewing legend Karl Strauss. Karl Strauss Brewing in San Diego estblished the Brewer’s Education fund in 2009. Now it is partnering with the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program to fund an annual scholarship. “Karl was passionate about education and he believed that brewing was a delicate balance of art and science — and only when you mastered the science could you indulge in the art,” said Karl Strauss brewmaster. “I attended the Brewing Science Program at UC Davis and I am stoked…
  • Rogue Ales founder Jack Joyce dies

    Real Beer
    28 May 2014 | 10:11 am
    Jack Joyce, who co-founded Rogue Ales, died Tuesday at the age of 71. Joyce, a former executive at Nike, and friends opened the Rogue Public House, also known as Rogue River Brewing Co., in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon. The next year they moved the brewery to Newport, hired John Maier as brewmaster, and not long after established the Rogue Nation as a sovereign entity. Rogue president Brett Joyce, Jack’s son, issued this statement today: “Yesterday the Rogue Nation and Family lost our co-founder, leader, friend, and father as Jack Joyce passed away at the age of 71. “Following a…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Lion Porter quality 1922 - 1923

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    I'm still rolling around in the smelly slops of Porter that's gone off. Pity me.I'll remind you that the Lion Brewery was an impressive neo-classical structure on the banks of the Thames in Lambeth. It really was an impressive building, looking more like a country house than industrial premises. The giant lion that stood atop it only added to the effect. Sadly, the lion is all that remains, the site now being home to part of the dismal South Bank complex.Lion Brewery in 1921've just had another thought about why the Porter might be so…
  • WW I

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    What the fuck am I doing? The most Great War obsessed beer writer and I'm doing nothing to, er, mark, the start of the slaughter.I know - her are some soldiers drinking Mild:
  • Birmingham Beer Bash

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    If you hadn't noticed that I was in Birmingham last weekend you're really not paying proper attention. I was in Birmingham last weekend. That's nice and clear, isn't it?I was there for the Birmingham Beer Bash, one of the new style beer festivals, where cask rub shoulders with keg, bellies with tattoos and beards with, er, beards. I had a couple of very good reasons for attending. First, I was giving a talk. Pretty essential you turn up for something like that. Second, half a dozen recipes from my book, The Home Brewers Guide to Vintage Beer had been made for the festival. Or rather, a…
  • Hoare Porter quality 1922 - 1923

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    You may have noticed that I'm rattling through the Porter much more quickly than the Pale Ales. Not sure why. It certainly isn't because of the high quality of the beers.Because, to be honest, most of the Porter samples were crap. Of the whole set, only one got the maximun score of three.If you can remember back as far as the earlier posts in this series, Hoare gambled on expansion in the 1920's. A gamble which failed when they were saddled with too much debt. It ultimately led to their takeover by Charrington in 1933, bringing to an end several hundred years of brewing on the site.This is…
  • A weekend away

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    "I've a real treat for you Dolores.""What is it?""We're going to Venice.""Really? Where's the money coming from?" "It's not so much the Venice as a Venice.""You're taking me to Birmingham, aren't you?""You're annoyingly well informed about Britain, you know. I blame those years in Swindon.""Yes, you've taken me to all the most romatic spots, Ronald.""I spoil you. Most people would kill for two years in Swindon""I would, too. To not have to live there."BirminghamBirmingham, with architecture almost as special as Frankfurt's and a train station even better hidden in a shopping centre than…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Lickinghole Creek Four Pillars

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’ve had a few of Lickinghole Creek’s brews over the past couple of months. The company’s farm to bottle methodology — and simply wonderful beer — has garnered them quite the following in Virginia, their Goochland farm brewery often swelling with each new release. Their Four Pillars is the latest brew I’ve had the opportunity […] The post Lickinghole Creek Four Pillars appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Book Review “Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer”

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    I’m not what one would call a voracious reader. I used to be — not any more. Well, that is unless I really get excited about a subject and, frankly, how can I not become more than a little enthusiastic about a book on beer, especially on a topic with which I’m not all too […] The post Book Review “Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer” appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Richmond’s Hardywood Park has been cranking out great beer the past couple of years. Whether it be the tasty, year-round Singel or this monstrous barrel aged Belgian-style quadrupel, the company has become one of the premiere breweries in Virginia. As stated Bourbon Cru is a big beer. Weighing in at a hefty 12% ABV, this […] The post Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Left Hand Brewing Smoke Jumper

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    I like a good smoked porter, whether that be of the standard variety or one aged in rye whiskey barrels. There’s just something about he combination of a solid porter and a smokey char that really gets me excited. So, when I finally came across a bottle of Left Hand Brewing’s Smoke Jumper, an 8.8% […] The post Left Hand Brewing Smoke Jumper appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and CAO Brazilia Pairing

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I first received the promotional package from Flying Dog Brewing and CAO Cigars that contained their suggested beer and cigar pairings, there was one combination to which I was most looking forward. The first three setups were all pretty good in their own right — one, two and three — but the prospect of […] The post Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and CAO Brazilia Pairing appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Put 'em up

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    Have you ever drank a beer that became a battle, more than an enjoyable experience? asks Hipster Brewfus for this month's Session. Yes, HB. Yes I have. In recent months it seems to be black IPAs in particular with which my palate has a bit of rough and tumble: something about the harsh green acidity mixed with the big tarry texture in the likes of Arbor's 2014 and Revelation Cat's Bombay Cat that left me simultaneously horrified and enamoured while drinking them. But I've had plenty of beers that have been hard work to drink yet still worth the bruises.I have Séan to thank for…
  • Summer in the mountains

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    From the official brewery of the American outdoors comes Mama's Little Yella Pils, a 5.3% ABV pilsner lager. Yella is right: a brilliant glaring gold, shot through with just a slight haze and topped by a stiff white foam.I'm sure a brewery of integrity like Oskar Blues brews this from an all-malt recipe, but there's a certain corny quality to the taste; a sweetness I normally associate with the cheaper 'n' nastier sort of lagers. The aroma is dry, grainy and not entirely pleasant. So where's all the Saaz at? There's a tiny bitter bite -- no more than  a nibble -- in the finish, but none…
  • Tinkering sans frontières

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    The newest pair of beers from Dublin-based Brown Paper Bag Project arrived a couple of weeks ago, heralded by a barbecue and garden party out the back of L. Mulligan Grocer where projecteers Colin and Brian introduced the débutantes.Look at that lovely headVlad the Baker is a lager, lagered the proper way in Vyškov, in central Moravia. American hops have been used extensively, leading its creators to badge it as an "India Pale Lager", immediately drawing a comparison with Williams Brothers Caesar Augustus. Vlad is the better of the two: the hops don't just provide a whiff of…
  • Lotta bottle

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    Some recent bottled additions to the Irish craft beer scene today, starting with two from Mayo brewery Mescan. I'd had their blonde previously but so far missed its companion beer until now. It's a red tripel. In fact, it's probably the Red Tripel as I don't think I've seen the style designation before, in Belgium or beyond. It's a bit of a misnomer, though, pouring more of a garnet-amber than the bright red I was half-expecting. Lots of very typical Belgian fruity esters in the nose, plummy like a dubbel rather than spicy like a tripel. All of the 8% ABV can be tasted: it's hot and…
  • The week that's in it

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    We had a couple of goings-on of beery significance in Dublin last week. Thursday saw 57 The Headline host the local launch of St. Mel's Brewing. St. Mel's in Longford Town may be a very new operation but it's helmed by Liam Hanlon, previously the head brewer at Carlow and the creator of the beers that went on to become O'Hara's IPA and Leann Folláin. He's operating on a 15hL Irish-built brewkit now, producing three bottle-conditioned beers to begin with.Funny thing, bottle conditioning. Staff at The Headline were handing out the half-litre bottles with a 33cl glass -- perfectly normal…
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Another Indiegogo Project

    Jeff Holt
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Beer Geeks isn't the only organization trying to raise some money on Indiegogo. Scott Metzger, founder of Freetail Brewing, and one of the funniest brewery owners around, is raising money for a delivery Lambo. I shit you not. Kickstarter rejected the fundraiser three times. Metzger turned to Indiegogo and they accepted it! The rewards are fairly simple. High fives mostly. But the higher the donation, the more time you can spend in the car. For $10,000, you can get the Ultimate Hero package: 1) You get to pick the license plate for the Lambo (subject to availability in the state of Texas) 2)…
  • Bieree: A Smart Phone RIMS Kickstarter

    Jeff Holt
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Leonardo Estevez has been brewing for 20 years, creating brewing machines for himself during that time. Recently, in response to friends who want more control of the system, he launched a Kickstarter project to bring his latest version, called Bieree, to market. With a target price of $99, they hope to sell you a kit that lets you use your own pots. I am not an engineer, and I have never seen anyone use a system to make beer, so their description of the process seems a lot like magic to me. I would like to make beer automatically, so this might be something to look at.
  • Beer Geeks Season Two Indiegogo Fundraiser

    Jeff Holt
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The folks at Beer Geeks tried to raise money on Kickstarter for a second season, but didn't meet their goal. They've launched a new campaign on Indiegogo. C'mon, people. If a guy can get thousands of dollars for making potato salad, surely we can get a second season of Beer Geeks!
  • Genetically Modified Yeast on the Way

    Jeff Holt
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, was interviewed recently in Popular Mechanics about genetically engineered yeast. Apparently, the university has several modified yeast strains in their freezers that eliminate undesirable yeast produced factors. However, public sentiment against GMOs is keeping those yeasts out of breweries. Verstrepen said that since yeast aren't normally consumed by humans, the argument that the modification could be dangerous is a non-issue. However, some beers, hefeweizen…
  • Where to Get Free Beer in Austin

    Jeff Holt
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Thrillist put out a list of where you can get free beer in Austin.  I'm not going to tell you where. You get to play the clicking game!
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  • Second thoughts on the mysterious origins of AK

    Martyn Cornell
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    There are times when the honest historian has to put his hand up and say: forgive me, for I was wrong. Prompted by a sharp dig from Ron Pattinson, I’ve finally withdrawn a piece I wrote six years ago about the origins of the beer designation AK, in part because research by Ron has made my stance untenable. I suggested that the K in AK came from koyt, the name of a hopped beer found in the Low Countries and Northern Germany in the 15th century and later, and the A was from ankel, the word in Old Flemish for “single”. “Single koyt” certainly existed, and was the name of a…
  • Going places the civilians don’t

    Martyn Cornell
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    I’ll be frank: one of the good reasons for becoming a beer blogger is the opportunity it gives to go places, meet people, do things that you wouldn’t otherwise get to do. (Free beer too? Well, there is some of that, true, but I turn a fair bit of free beer down, because I don’t do reviews, much.) The chance to get into places the public doesn’t get to see is one big reason why I decided to go to the European Beer Bloggers’ Conference in Dublin: I suspected there would be a chance to see extremely interesting things normally hidden from public eyes, and as we…
  • Is Ireland ready for a 12-handpump Wetherspoon’s?

    Martyn Cornell
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    The two Irish beer fans lowered their voices and spoke almost in awe. They had been looking through the windows of the new JD Wetherspoon pub in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Blackrock, due to open its doors for the first time this Tuesday. “It’s got TWELVE handpumps!”, they said. That is twice as many as any pub in the Irish Republic has ever had before – and even that pub only had four handpumps actually working at any one time. Indeed, according to one (unverified) estimate, the 12 handpumps at the new ‘Spoons, the company’s first in the Republic, will…
  • You won’t believe this one weird trick they used to fly beer to the D-Day troops in Normandy

    Martyn Cornell
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Normandy, 70 years ago, and one of the biggest concerns of the British troops who have made it over the channel, survived the landings and pushed out into the bocage against bitter German resistance is not the V1 flying bomb blitz threatening their families back home, nor the continued failure to capture the port of Cherbourg – but the lack of beer in the bridgehead. On 20 June 1944, two weeks after D-Day, Reuter’s special correspondent with the Allied Forces in France wrote to newspapers in the UK that all that was available in the newly liberated estaminets a few miles inland from…
  • How I helped design a new lager at the White Horse

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Václav Berka, senior trade brewmaster, explains the secrets of brewing Pilsner Urquell in the upper room at the White Horse, Parsons Green I’ve taken part in many beer-related events in the upstairs room at the White Horse in Parsons Green, from tasting porter rescued from a 19th-century shipwreck to making a presentation on my historical beer heroes, but I never thought I would one day be helping to brew a lager there. Even more unlikely, this lager was made with genuine Plzeň well water – and it stood a fair chance of going into large-scale production. The event was organised by…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1268: Give A Schlitzwarming For Friends

    Jay Brooks
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Thursday’s ad is again for Schlitz, from 1958 (though parts of it are from previous years). Actually, it’s an advertising piece — a pamphlet or brochure — from their wonderful ad campaign, one of my all-time favorites, Schlitzerland. This piece, entitled “Schlitzerland, U.S.A., or... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Jonathan Surratt

    Jay Brooks
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Today is the 40th birthday of Jonathan Surratt. Jonathan launched the Beer Mapping Project and also runs the website for DRAFT magazine. He also created National Growler Day, though its exact date from year to year is still fluid, and he’s a twitter diva, too. Join me in wishing Jonathan a... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1267: How To Have A Schlitztogether

    Jay Brooks
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is again for Schlitz, from 1958 (though parts of it are from previous years). Actually, it’s an advertising piece — a pamphlet or brochure — from their wonderful ad campaign, one of my all-time favorites, Schlitzerland. This piece, entitled “Schlitzerland, U.S.A.,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Dr. Bill

    Jay Brooks
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today is also the 52nd birthday of William Sysak, better known to the beer community as Dr. Bill. Dr. Bill’s massive tastings are the stuff of legends, and he’s now transported them — albeit on a smaller scale — to working at Stone Brewing’s World Bistro & Gardens. He has... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Tom Peters

    Jay Brooks
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    My good friend Tom Peters, one of the owners of Monk’s Cafe and Belgian Beer Emporium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, turns 60 today. His enthusiasm for and promotion of Belgian beer has few equals. And he throws perhaps the best late night parties of anyone I’ve ever known. Join me in... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Random Beer Roundup: The Death Metal Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to change***Volunteer opportunity for all you beer lovers!***CANvitational Needs You!Do you like beer?Do you like to help others have a good time?Come volunteer with Hoosier Beer Geek at this year's CANvitational. More details here!The BrewersChilly Water BrewingChilly Water Brewing Co. has 5 beers flowing:Built To Last Pilsner and Sweet Revenge Pale Ale will always be on tap along with rotating seasonals.Current offerings are our 5 String ESB, Harmonika Hefeweizen and Space Circus IPA. A Nitro English Mild, Belgian Pale…
  • Volunteers: Sun King Brewing's CANvitational Needs You!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Hello Indiana beer fans! Hoosier Beer Geek has a pretty sweet volunteer opportunity for you: Sun King CANvitational 2014!Sign up to volunteer here!When: Saturday, September 20Time Commitment: 10am-6pm Where: Pan Am Plaza and Georgia StreetDetails!-Shirts, a box meal, and beverages will be provided-All volunteers must be 21+ -Volunteers must check in at the start of the festival and check out at the end of the festival. We're not asking much here, folks! Important!If you do not have a valid Indiana server's permit, we would greatly appreciate it if you would…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The If You Survive #HBGWeek, There's More Beer To Drink! Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTin Man Brewing in EvansvilleWe'll be at The Sinking Ship in So Bro on Friday, July 18th from 6:00- 8:00pm and we are bringing Beer! Hang out with Fred, eat some amazing food, and grab a pint of Tin Man! It'll be a great pre-party to the Indiana Microbrewers Festival on Saturday.Chilly Water BrewingChilly Water Brewing Co. has 5 beers flowing:Built To Last Pilsner and Sweet Revenge Pale Ale will always be on tap along with rotating seasonals.Current offerings are our 5 String ESB, Harmonika…
  • #HBGWeek | Hoosier Beer Geek's Hangover Brunch at Thunderbird - Sunday, July 20

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In the run-up to the Indiana Microbrewers Festival, we're celebrating HBG's Hoosier Beer Week. And we now have more details about the final event for #HBGWeek.When: Sunday, July 20, 11amWhere: Thunderbird, 1127 Shelby Street, 317.974.9580What: Hoosier Beer Geek's Hangover Brunch - Follow up the Indiana Microbrewers Festival with a hearty brunch designed to get you back on your feet.The MenuBeveragesRitterguts Gose (4.2% ABV)Gose–the lactic and salty specialty ale associated with the German cities of Goslar and Leipzig–has a chronicled history dating back over a…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The #HBGWeek Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTin Man Brewing in EvansvilleJuly 13th, 4:00pmJoin us for our Summer Saison Sunday food and beer pairing! Delight your senses with a 3-course meal focusing primarily on meats, cheeses, and seasonal vegetables that have been sourced locally. The brewers have crafted three Saison styles of beer inspired by the farmhouse beers of the Belgian region of Wallonia: a low alcohol traditional version, a modern higher alcohol offering, and a peach fruit saison. The overall flavors to be found at this event will be fresh and…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Castle Danger Taproom Grand Opening August 15

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    In a time when it seems like breweries are opening left and right, let us not forget that existing breweries are expanding at a great clip. A year ago, we told you about Castle Danger’s plans to step away from their tiny brewery located on the family resort property to […]
  • Darkness 2014 Artwork from Erica Williams

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Here’s this year’s artwork for the beer that makes collector nerds sweat and eBay fiend salivate… we’re talking about this year’s artwork for Surly Darkness. This year Erica Williams takes the reigns with a harpy keeping watch over Surly Brewing Co.’s coveted Russian Imperial Stout, Darkness. (non-cropped version here) What […]
  • Finnegans Extra Stout

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Cool news from the gang at Finnegans – this fall they’ll be rolling out a limited release Extra stout, Dead Irish Poet, in October. I love the name! This beer is designed for the cold months and will feature dark chocolate and stone fruit notes not unlike stouts found in […]
  • All Pints North!

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Hey. Hey you! Yeah, you. Come to Duluth with us. We’re going to have an excellent time and enjoy some great beers with great people, all with the largest of the Great Lakes in the background. Does that sound good to you? Tickets are still available for next weekend’s All […]
  • Bauhaus Brew Labs Opens Today

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Another new kid on the block… Bauhaus Brew Labs is open to the public starting today! Welcome to the scene, guys! I’m a fan of their aesthetic, from the logo to the space to the quirky (if not a little cheesy) videos. It fits with the first impression I have […]
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  • Dry July – The Real Agenda?

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Kerre McIvor: Booze barons threatened by charity month I have a few questions about the article and what the agenda really is. The title of this article is attention grabbing awesomeness, gotta give it credit. Booze barons – who is she referring to? I’m sure most people would have thought Lion & DB?  But, this isn’t the case. Before I get into asking some questions about points in this article it seems as though Dry July does have positive benefits. To the health of the people who take part, and have a month off alcohol (Even though they could do this anytime of the…
  • Both Sides Of Alcohol – 1952 Speech

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
            I have been reading the book “Bourbon, Straight” by Charles K. Cowdery and came across the below speech from 1952 by Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat, Jr. of Mississippi It is a powerful, and thoughtful speech and even though it was related to whiskey and Prohibition at the time, it is still relevant today in relation to alcohol in general.     The “whiskey speech” concerned the question of the prohibition of alcoholic liquor, a law that was still in force in Mississippi at the time the speech was delivered. My friends,…
  • Brew Hui – MAROONED, PART 1

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    It is easy to just cut and paste and link back to another piece Jason has written on Brew Hui. You should follow his posts because they are well written and thoughtful and he makes an effort to talk to the brewers out there making it happen, oh and Jono Below is just the piece which is relevant to this blog, but make sure you click-through to the whole article. Teaser: Kathy Ireland.       Luke Nicholas (Epic) Of all my marooned guests, Luke pondered his answers the most carefully. His SMaSH beer ingredients arrived…
  • 100 Posts & Looking Back, Wayback

    1 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    When I started this blog on the 1st January I didn’t have much of a plan other than to share my journey through the world of beer. It has been pretty cool to be able to record and share my adventures, as well as my opinions on what I am thinking about and what is topical. I have also been playing around recently with a new version of The effort is patchy and not sure of when there will be anything to show publicly. The one thing about this side project is that I have come across a lot of old posts, and has made me look back and reflect on my first websites. I created a…
  • Auckland’s Alcohol Problem

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    There is so much to read these days about Auckland’s alcohol problem, it is hard to get a sense of what really needs to be done. The media doesn’t help the cause. Media are very to quick cut and paste a story which is sensational, and the police seem to have done a good job getting their message across. And they probably have done a very good job convincing the council members on what they have to do. The group that seems to be being victimised are the hospitality and retail liquor businesses who employ people and give people a safe and controlled environment to enjoy alcohol. I…
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  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Thursday Events

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    St. Louis Craft Beer Week is busy! So busy for some of us, we forget to tell you all of the awesome stuff happening.  Better late than never, I guess! As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a lot of awesome events taking place today. I once again want to say thanks to the folks at Schlafly, which because of them we have an Untappd badge again this year. Also thanks to our friends at Schlafly and Boulevard, there will be some STLCBW…
  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Wednesday Events

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    St. Louis Craft Beer Week is a lot like a marathon.  You need to stay hydrated, you need to keep up your energy, and you need to keep your eye on the prize.  We’re half way through now, don’t give up! As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a lot of awesome events taking place today. I once again want to say thanks to the folks at Schlafly, which because of them we have an Untappd badge again this year. Also thanks to…
  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Tuesday Events

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Another day of St. Louis Craft Beer Week is upon us.  Hope everyone is having a fantastic time. As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a lot of awesome events taking place today. I once again want to say thanks to the folks at Schlafly, which because of them we have an Untappd badge again this year. Also thanks to our friends at Schlafly and Boulevard, there will be some STLCBW glassware floating around, so be on the lookout for…
  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Monday Events

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Good morning!  How is everyone enjoying St. Louis Craft Beer Week so far? As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a lot of awesome events taking place today. I once again want to say thanks to the folks at Schlafly, which because of them we have an Untappd badge again this year. Also thanks to our friends at Schlafly and Boulevard, there will be some STLCBW glassware floating around, so be on the lookout for that.  And finally…
  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Saturday and Sunday Events

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Good afternoon, all. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you all know that tomorrow begins the 6th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. We have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over the next 9 days, I’m going to detail each days events. Do your part and get out and make these events a success.   Just a couple of things to mention.  Thanks to the folks at Schlafly, we have an Untappd badge again this year, because we all love badges. Also thanks to our…
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Monday Night in Alabama

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The same week that we celebrate our 3rd anniversary is also  the first week that Monday Night will be available in a state that is not Georgia. Alabama, watch out, we’re gunning for you. We’re touring Birmingham, Pelham and Auburn, bringing weeknight-lover’s craft beer to the thirsty. We’d love to have you join us. No, seriously. Join us. Birmingham Monday, August 4 Hop City Birmingham 5-7pm World of Beer 7-10pm Tuesday, August 5 Whole Foods Mountain Brook 4-6pm The J Clyde 5-8pm Pale Eddie’s Pour House  8-11pm Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 5-8pm…
  • Twinsies!

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Monday Night beer. Because one just isn’t enough. Monday Night. Beer so good you need to baby it. Monday Night beer. Now in a 2-pack. Your turn… The post Twinsies! appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Tie One On at Monday Night // August 2, 2014

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Our 3rd anniversary party is shaping up to be another humdinger. We’d love to have you attend, tickets are on sale now! What should you expect? Howling Tongues is headlining the concert Venture Shuffleboard will be setting up a game station Craft beer cocktails from local mixologists Alex Sher and Arianne Fielder with whiskey from Clyde May An exclusive 3-malt, 3-hop 3rd anniversary saison A cask tent Food provided by Bone Lick BBQ Portion of proceeds will go to Ties That Matter to help build a sewing center in Haiti TICKETS Entry Only For Designated Drivers, pregnant ladies,…
  • Accepting applications for Fall Sales & Marketing Interns

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking sales and marketing interns for Fall 2014 to join our incredibly good-looking team. The internship requires 16 hrs/week minimum. This is an unpaid internship however class credit is offered where applicable and stipend is available for full-time interns. Qualifications: Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Must have a willingness and ability to step in wherever needed Must be physically able to move kegs Must be 21+ Must be a self…
  • Why Breweries are an Ideal Corporate Event Location

    Johnny Osborne
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” — English Proverb Most folks need to be challenged at work to feel fulfilled. That said, being challenged is hard. Doing difficult things all the time can stress you out. If your colleagues are bringing their A-game everyday, then they’ll appreciate an opportunity to bring more play to the office. This is where outside-the-office corporate events can be a lifesaver, and there isn’t a better corporate event location than a craft brewery. If creating a fun and excited corporate culture is one of your company’s goals, mixing up…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Brewer's Alley: A Return Visit

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    We were up in the Frederick, MD area on Sunday to drop off our son and three of his friends at a camp they are attending this week. After three hours on the car with four active teenage boys I was ready for a beer. Last year when we made this same trip, we visited Brewer's Alley and we decided to repeat this year. Since we had more time to spend this visit, we were able to try a few more beers. Colleen ordered a pint of the Hefeweizen, while I opted for a sampler tray of six beers. The hardest part was deciding which six!I was pleased that the beers, both the cask and "standard" servings,…
  • Shooting and Craft Beer

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Visitors to these Musings, know that we frequently follow our shooting range time with the enjoyment of good beer. In fact, we encourage it, in the right order. During our recent visit to Old Ox Brewery, we saw that the Silver Eagle Group indoor range was a neighbor of the brewery. I recently learned that the brewery and the range have teamed up to bring the opportunity to others, with a "Date Night hosted by SEG & Old Ox Brewery":Have you been looking for the perfect excuse to hire a sitter and get some quality time with your honey? We’ve partnered with our new neighbor, Old Ox…
  • Deutschland Downtown

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Downtown Fredericksburg that is. Deutschland Downtown is a soon-to-be-opened German restaurant in Old Town Fredericksburg. Even before they open, there's a strong local following as the proprietors have been running a mobile food cart, serving German fare locally for some time now. In fact, we've been anticipating the opening of this bier garden and restaurant for a couple years.The past two weekends, Deutschland Downtown has been hosting a "soft opening," announced via their Facebook page, in order to help train the staff. On Saturday evening, Colleen and I eagerly…
  • A Well-Stocked Beer Fridge

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After our trip to the range the other day, it was time to enjoy some good beer while a delicious dinner was prepared by Colleen. Our beer fridge is kept well-stocked with a variety of beers, which doesn't make the decision any easier. It's a long-running joke here that goes something like this:"What do you want to drink?""What do you have?""We have everything."The "we have everything" line is a reference to hearing a waitress make the claim despite having only a full "factory beer" menu, which set up the challenge for me to prove her wrong."Checkered Flag" is a Hefeweizen fan, so I offered…
  • If it ain't raining...

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    After a month away from the practice range, I finally made it back this week. Adding to the fun, I was joined by Colleen and "Checkered Flag." I realized it had been two months since we'd all been to the range together. We had made plans to go after work a week ago, but when the time arrived, so had the rain. In fact at times the rain was best described as a "deluge." We loaded up the car anyway and headed over, "We'll see what happens when we get there." We're seldom dissuaded by weather, although this winter the range began closing when it snowed, much to our disappointment.Since it was…
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    The Brew Club

  • Thornbridge Twin Peaks 5% ABV 

    Bob the Brit
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Oh heavens! Yet another style of Pale Ale, this one an 'Anglo American Pale Ale', a collaboration between Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada Brewing. Hold on a second. Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada? Bring it on!
  • Celt Experience ‘Ogham Willow’ 8.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Rather than an 'Imperial' IPA, the brewery describes this brew as 'Majestic' and I confess I'm inclined to agree. This is indeed a ‘majestic’ brew.
  • Scarborough Fair IPA 6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    I was fully prepared to give this 3½ Stars, but on reading the label, I noticed that – through some wizardry – the brew has been certified Gluten Free. That has to merit an extra star, possibly the nicest Gluten-Free beer I’ve had to date.
  • Celt Experience Seven Flowers Double IPA – 8.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    While this is an IPA, it’s reminiscent of Sam Adams ‘Noble Pils’ . Imagine ‘Noble Pils’ with a massive 8.1% of alcohol; that underlying potency provides a solid foundation to the complex flavour.
  • Budweiser Project Twelve

    Lee Sal
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    Budweiser Project Twelve
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. The term “craft” has become crucially important to thousands of producers and millions of consumers in recent years.  And yet it has no agreed meaning.  We intend to change that within one year from launch, and fill the term with meaning in a fair, flexible, enforceable, modern way, to save it from abuse. - Craft Beverage Association, July 19, 2014 These surveys…
  • Help TTB Break the Logjam (Free the Labels)

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
  • Coke Gets Served (and Pommelled)

    13 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Pom v. Coca-Cola, is not just about juice. It has massive implications for small brewers, big distillers and all other alcohol beverage marketers. It shows that TTB rules and other agency rules set a floor, not a ceiling, on how companies need to market their products. It shows that the government is only a part of the web of review, in concert with competitors. Just as we predicted that Pom would win this case, we now predict that some alcohol beverage companies will soon take legal action against others, even though such cases, other than trademark…
  • TTB Eases Way Up on Formulas for Many Beers

    6 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    There is some big news from TTB, via dcbrewlaw. TTB has recently decided to ease up on the formula requirements for malt beverages made with common ingredients and processes such as some barrel aging, as well as various fruits and spices. This should help considerably with TTB’s overwhelming workload, and the related delays. At dcbrewlaw, Dan reports: There is good news for brewers who are tired of waiting for formula approvals from TTB (currently 74 days):  you may not need it. On June 5, 2014, TTB issued a fairly significant ruling, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of…
  • 101 Days

    28 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A short while ago I went to see why “that easy label” is still pending, after filing it while snow was still on the ground and waiting well past spring, into summer. I was shocked* and horrified to see the above. The average processing time for spirits labels is now, as of today, way past a month or two. I am startled to see it’s past 100 days. I don’t recall it ever getting past 45 days or so, back in the days of shutdowns, Rep. Gingrich fighting with President Clinton, Tea Partiers fighting President Obama, and so forth. I find myself talking about the same pending…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 073114

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today is Mutt's Day. We've all seen a mutt, those scraggly looking, mixed-breed dogs that wander the streets and look like nobody cares for them. Help out a mutt today and consider adopting one from your local animal shelter. They may just end up being one of your best friends! If dogs just aren't your thing, you can always celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, July 31st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] --…
  • Colorado Beer News 073014

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Today is Father In-Law Day. Do something nice for your better half's old man today. Consider taking him out for a beer and letting him know how much you appreciate everything he did for your spouse over the years. Who knows, he may just repay the favor someday with a beer for you. Worst case scenario, if you and the in-laws just don't get along you can always celebrate National Cheesecake Day! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer…
  • Colorado Beer News 072914

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Today is the 60th Anniversary of the initial release of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". The popular tail of how a small group of Hobbits helped to save the land of Middle Earth. This story is still quite popular today with the upcoming release of the 6th movie in the series of stories from Middle Earth. So today, drink a pint in honor of J.R.R. Tolkien, watch one of the movies and enjoy! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on,…
  • Colorado Beer News 072814

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Today is the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1. On this fateful day in 1914, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia over the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist. Soon after more and more countries got involved. it wasn't until about 5 years later on July 28, 1919 that the Treaty of Versailles was signed formally ending the war. Take some time today to toast to all those brave soldiers who fought and died defending our country in that war. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, July 28, 2014. If you aren't reading this…
  • Craft Beer continues rapid growth in 1st half of 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Craft beer production shows little sign of slowing in the latest mid-year numbers released by the Brewers Association today. Check out all the latest stats on the craft beer industry for 2014 so far.Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth for CraftSmall and independent brewers see increase in first half of 2014[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • July 28, 2014—Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S.
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 244: Alley Time & FOCOllaboration (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 244 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two different American Pale Ales. One is in a can from Illinois and one is a bomber for Colorado. First up, Brad and Ken open up the Spiteful Brewing Alley Time, this 6 % ABV APA is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Spiteful recently started canning and this was one of the first ones to hit the shelves. Next up is the FOCOllaboration, the #6 in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series. For this 6.7 % ABV APA, New Belgium teamed up with the hometown…
  • Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for some IPAs! In episode 243 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two different IPAs, one from Illinois and one from California. We’ll see how they stack up against each other and if those west coast IPAs deserve all the hype. Kicking this off Brad and Ken open one of their favorites, the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point hasn’t been in the Chicago market that long but it’s a real treat to have this beer around town, especially now that it’s in cans. This 7.0 % ABV IPA packs…
  • Episode 242: The Hop Garden Local Harvest Pale Ale & Bushel Basket IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to episode 242 of the Hop Cast! On this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Steve Wyatt who brought along a couple beers from The Hop Garden. The Hop Garden is a hop farm and beer company based in Belleville, Wisconsin. They are using their own locally grown hops for the beer, which is brewed at the House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first bottles just started showing up in February so it was a real treat to try this new brewery. The first beer the guys open is the Local Harvest Pale Ale, a 5.50 % ABV American…
  • Episode 241: Saison De Wench & De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 241 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open a couple different Saisons. First up is one that The Beer Wench sent us from Bison Brewing. Saison De Wench is a 6.0% ABV botanically-inspired tribute to the beer wench. It has been years since Ashley joined Brad and Ken on the Hop Cast so having her beer is the next best thing. Next up is the De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star, a 6.5% ABV Raspberry Rye Saison with Brettanomyces. De Proef partnered with Windy City Distributing to create this exceptional Raspberry Rye Saison for the…
  • Episode 240: Temperance Beer Company (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come…
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  • Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Some PR from the folks at Iron Hill: GET HOPPED UP: CELEBRATE NATIONAL IPA DAY WITH SPECIAL SELECTIONS AND SAMPLERSFROM ALL 10 IRON HILL LOCATIONS On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurantlocations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with all 10 beers available at every location throughout the day.  IPAs will be offered individually on a pay-as-you-go basis or as a delicious sampler for $15, including 4 oz. pours of each of the 10 IPAs, one from each Iron Hill location. “One of the most exciting things…
  • Kermit the Hop is Back!

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    From our friends at Bison: Bison releases 2nd batch of its award-winning Double IPA! BERKELEY, Calif. (July 22, 2014)––It might come as a surprise, but Bison’s brewmaster Daniel Del Grande didn’t intend to brew his popular Double IPA, Kermit the Hop, again until next year. But popularity and success have a funny way of shaking things up. “My original goal was to make Kermit a yearly release––rotating it in and out of my portfolio like a seasonal,” explains Del Grande. “But, my customers wouldn’t let that happen. And our customers are always…
  • Sun King 2nd Annual CANvitational

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    From our friends at Sun King: Indianapolis, Ind. (July 22, 2014) - In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948.  Sun King will host the 2nd CANvitational canned craft beer festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 on the west block of Georgia Street, located in downtown Indy.   The Sun King CANvitational will bring over 40 craft breweries representing 23 states and international breweries to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). Tickets, available online…
  • Fifty Niner, a Golden Ale Rush

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    From Amanda at Odell: Odell Brewing introduces Brett Golden Ale Fort Collins, CO – On July 11, 12, & 13, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its latest Cellar Series beer, Fifty Niner. Named for the Colorado gold rush of 1859, Fifty Niner is lustrous golden ale conditioned with Brettanomyces, a yeast as wild as the new frontier. “This is a complex and fun beer,” Odell Brewing’s QA/QC manager Eli Kolodny said. “It’s a golden ale brewed with Belgian Candi sugar and fermented with our house ale strain. The first hundred barrels were conditioned in a stainless fermentor…
  • 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…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Elysian Brewing’s 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

    D.J. Paul
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    With July now behind us summer is on its final leg when it comes to beer releases. And nothing says Fall like Pumpkin Beers do. In two months Elysian Brewing will be hosting their 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at their brewery in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Elysian’s goal was to move this […]
  • Bailey’s Taproom 7th Anniversary Barrel-Aged BeerFest

    D.J. Paul
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    With the end of July and Oregon Craft Beer Month coming to a close one event that we always look forward to is Bailey’s Taproom 7th Anniversary Barrel-Aged BeerFest. The annual anniversary celebration will take place this Saturday, August 2nd, from Noon to Midnight. The beer list that Bailey’s has put together for their anniversary […]
  • Pelican “Meet the Brewer” at Green Dragon

    D.J. Paul
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Tonight the Green Dragon will be hosting Pelican Brewery for their weekly “Meet the Brewer” event. Beginning at 5:00pm today, July 31st, Pelican’s brewery team will be making the trek from the Oregon Coast to Southeast Portland to unveil some new beers to the Portland market. Pelican will be releasing 2 new beers to the […]
  • Space Dust IPA Returns From Elysian Brewing

    D.J. Paul
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Seattle’s Elysian Brewing returns this summer with Space Dust IPA. Part of their Manic IPA series, Space Dust will be available on draft and in 22 ounce bottles from mid-August through December throughout Elysian’s distribution network. Space Dust will also join Elysian’s year-round draft lineup. Here’s more info on this very hop forward beer from […]
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Voluntary Swill Recall

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    10 Barrel Brewing Company is conducting a voluntary recall of Swill in 12 and 22 ounce bottles. It has come to our attention that some of this product may be experiencing secondary fermentation in the bottle, causing over carbonation. This consistency issue does not meet 10 Barrel Brewing’s quality standards and, as a precaution, we […]
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    The Beer Babe

  • What is Portland, ME drinking? The Bier Cellar Top 5 of 2014

    Carla Companion
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you want to know what beers Portland locals are bringing home to drink, you don’t have to go any further than to ask Greg Norton, owner of Bier Cellar in Portland. [Read more...]
  • Beer ahoy! Dogfish Head brewer sailing in for a ‘Moveable Feast’

    Carla Companion
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:19 pm
    If you ask people which brewer would be the one crazy enough to get in a 19 foot Boston Whaler  (about the size of Dexter Morgan’s boat in the TV series Dexter) and take a 5-part ocean journey up the East Coast to raise funds for charity – you’d probably only have one answer: Sam Caligone... Read More
  • Bringing Craft Beer Culture to Travelers – The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

    Carla Companion
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There has been a recent increase in the acceptance of craft beer as a viable asset to a community - something that brings jobs, tourism and spending dollars to a city. It's becoming clearer each year that this trend is here to stay, and that the dollars that people curious about local beer bring with them to spend are worth nurturing. I was asked to check out the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH because of their beer-friendly reputation - and I was glad to oblige.
  • Maine Craft Beer Road Trip: Go west!

    Carla Companion
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ok, now that we've had the warm up trip a few miles North of Portland, let's venture west. Like the pioneers before us, there is some unknown territory to the west and south - along with some scenic drives through some more of the open spaces in Maine. On this trip, I decided to hit several breweries that I had never visited, despite them being not too far out of reach than others more familiar to me.
  • Anheuser Busch, Miller/Coors list ingredients

    Carla Companion
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Less than two days after a recent petition lead by a well-known food blogger, got over 44,000 signatures, both AB and Miller Coors have released their beer's ingredients - and they're decidedly not shocking.
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  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Brewery List

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    DENVER, CO – A final list of 50 brewers committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been released by Pints for Prostates. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting […] The post Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Brewery List appeared first on
  • Mispillion River Brewing Cans Beach Bum Joe

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Milford, DE – Mispillion River Brewing has released Beach Bum Joe to the market this week. Beach Bum Joe, silver medalist at the 2014 World Beer Cup® in the Belgo-American Ale category, is a combination between an American Pale Ale and a Belgian Golden Ale. Belgian yeast provides fruity notes and Citra hops contribute tropical […] The post Mispillion River Brewing Cans Beach Bum Joe appeared first on
  • What Craft Beer Is Bringing to Richmond, Virginia
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    The craft beer scene in Richmond, Va., is one of four main factors that prompted Frommer’s to name the city a worldwide must-see destination for 2014. The post What Craft Beer Is Bringing to Richmond, Virginia appeared first on
  • FCB Releases Fall Seasonal, Oktoberfest

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Fort Collins, Colo. — The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to announce the release of its brand new fall seasonal, Oktoberfest on Friday. FCB’s Oktoberfest was brewed as a tribute to one of the most cherished recipes using old world German techniques and ingredients. A single decoction mash unleashes the complexity and depth of the […] The post FCB Releases Fall Seasonal, Oktoberfest appeared first on
  • The Grand Canyon Brewing Company Set to Launch Highly Anticipated Fall Seasonal – Pumpkin Springs Porter, August 4, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fall just can’t get here fast enough for the Grand Canyon Brewing Company or fans of their highly anticipated seasonal brew – Pumpkin Springs Porter.  Brewed with the essense of pumpkin pie, this fan favorite porter captures all of the delicious and spicy flavors of fall. Thirsty craft beer lovers won’t have to wait long, […] The post The Grand Canyon Brewing Company Set to Launch Highly Anticipated Fall Seasonal – Pumpkin Springs Porter, August 4, 2014 appeared first on
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  • How to Ship Beer

    Billy Broas
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Have you ever wanted to ship beer to someone? You might be surprised how common beer trading and beer shipping really is. To make sure your package arrives at its destination in one piece, however, you need to make sure you properly pack your beer to ship. Check out the video above to see my tips on how to pack beer and ship it. Use this method and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Tips on how to ship beer Use a sturdy double-walled box, or put one box inside another. Use plenty of filler material. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap work best. Make sure no glass is touching. Make sure…
  • The Weird Fruit that Neutralizes an IPA’s Bitterness

    Billy Broas
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    I had a surprise for Chris and Jeremy at the end of our Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting. They were going to join me in a “flavor tripping” party. That’s right – we were going to pop some Miracle Frooties. No, we weren’t about to put on house music and break out the glow sticks. Miracle Frooties turn bitter & sour foods sweet. They are capsules made from Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) which is grown in West Africa. When I came across these things my instant reaction was to try them with a bitter beer. So after our Old Crustacean tasting each of us…
  • Rogue Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting

    Billy Broas
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every beer geek should do a vertical tasting at some point. A vertical tasting is when you try the same beer of different ages. It’s very popular in the wine world where different vintages are tasting in one sitting. It’s extremely educational because learn how the beer changes over time. Don’t forget that most beers are best fresh. Only certain styles should be aged. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a vertical with any style, just don’t expect most beers to improve. In a really geeky sort of way I’d love to do a vertical of Pliny the Elder. IPAs should…
  • Insulating the Keezer Collar

    Billy Broas
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    To insulate or not? That is the question when building a keezer. (Note: The link above goes to the home base for all keezer posts. If you’re new to this series, start there.) For the longest time my wooden keezer collar remained uninsulated. I’m often asked why. Maybe some expect an intelligent answer, but I don’t have one. The real reason I haven’t insulated it? I’m lazy. Not just that, but it hasn’t been a high priority for me. Certain projects I get to the “good enough” stage and move on. This has been one of those. The estimated electricity…
  • Don’t like fruit beers? Give these 5 a shot

    Billy Broas
    2 May 2014 | 8:11 am
    Fruit used to be the red-headed stepchild of beer ingredients. Poor fruit. On its own it’s beloved. Quick, choose! Strawberries or broccoli? Easy choice. Screw you broccoli. But put fruit in beer and it suddenly becomes a lower valued product. Beer snobs look down their nose at it, like when people add an orange to their witbier (btw screw you too beer snobs). Your buddies tell you “it’s for girls.” In the past few years though fruit has redeemed itself. The main reason? Sour beers. Finally fruit has a home in beer. In a “clean” beer fruit turns it into…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Foggy Noggin Extends Tasting Room Hours for August

    Kendall Jones
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s a small announcement, but it’s kind of big news for fans of Foggy Noggin Brewing, as so many of us are. For the month of August, Foggy Noggin is expanding the open hours for its tasting room in Bothell/Woodinville to include both Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s the announcement. “The dog days of summer are here and everyone is wanting more and more Fn beer. We are expanding our tasting room schedule, by adding Friday’s all Month to give all you FogNoggers more of what you want. More Fn Beer! Longer days, warmer…
  • Tiptoe Through the Hop Fields with Schooner EXACT Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s almost time for one of the most glorious events of the year: hop harvest. And you are invited to witness it firsthand with Schooner EXACT Brewing. Right now, there is a quiet solitude about the hop fields. Rows and rows of towering hop bines insulate Darren Gamache from the outside world. He walks his fields every day, sometimes twice a day, row after row. It’s peaceful, serene, but it won’t last long. I promise you that he’s out there today, picking a few cones here and there, gently ripping each one open to evaluate it with his…
  • Burdick Brewery: Bad News & Good News

    Kendall Jones
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The bad news from Burdick Brewery is that it is closing its doors. The good news, it is upgrading to a 7-barrel brewhouse and installing some 15-barrel fermenters so it can finally produce enough beer to meet demand and grow. Until now, the brewery struggled to keep up, brewing on a one-barrel system. Burdick Brewery invites everyone to visit its South Park tasting room this Thursday, August 1st through Saturday, August 2nd. Thereafter, it will close down for several months as it scales up and dials in the new system. The process could take…
  • Vocal Minority Threatens to Shut Down Kirkland Brewery

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A new brewery is trying to open in Kirkland, Washington. Jumping through the usual regulatory hoops is challenging enough, but Chainline Brewing finds itself facing an even more formidable obstacle: a very loud, very small group of citizens determined to stop the brewery dead in its tracks. Chainline Brewing needs your help. Especially those of you who live in Kirkland. You need to make your opinions heard. According to Chainline Brewing’s blog: “It has recently come to our attention that a small but extremely vocal group in our local…
  • Now More than 3,000 Breweries in USA. Is Continued Growth Sustainable?

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Data released yesterday by the Brewers Association shows that the USA now supports 3,040 breweries, 99 percent of which are craft breweries. That is, small and independent breweries that meet the Brewers Association definition of craft brewery. Another 1,900 breweries are currently in planning. The craft beer industry in America is now responsible for more than 100,000 jobs. Is this brewery growth rate sustainable? Perhaps. Is the craft beer marketplace already too crowded? Apparently not. In the first half of 2014, craft beer sales rose by…
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    Booze News

  • The Cocktails of Wes Anderson Based on His Movies

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    “In the magically detailed world of Wes Anderson, everything from the Futura font to the color of Mendl’s box plays a multi-faceted role in the films. Prompting us with both visual and storyline cues, even cocktails take part, signaling us to a character’s idiosyncratic personality. From Steve Zissou’s simple Campari on the rocks in The Life Aquatic to the ubiquitous Bloody Mary, enjoyed by both Richie in The Royal Tenenbaums and Natalie Portman’s unnamed character in the short Hotel Chevalier, a character’s choice in drink tells us a little more about who they are, via Mr.
  • Diageo net sales drop by £1.1 billion (approx $1,719,777,322)

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Diageo saw its net sales tumble by £1.1 billion in 2014 with weak sales in emerging markets and a continued slowdown in China blamed, as the company posted its end of year results today. Overall the company reported a net profit of £2.25 billion, a drop of 8% on 2013, with net sales falling by 9% to £10.3 billion, while shares in the company dropped from 103.1p to 95.5p a share. The drop in net sales is representative of a £1.1 billion loss on last year, when the group posted revenues of £11.4bn. The company said its regional performance had been “mixed” with China hit…
  • A Unique Whiskey Tasting in L.A. Arts District – August 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
              Judi Laing “a woman walks into a bar”                             Tim Hirota         Whiskey Expert and Certified Spirits Specialist           In wine/spirits industry for 30+ years                  Director, The Artisanal Group,                      Southern Wine & Spirits                                   &                    COCKTAIL ACADEMY       Cocktail party experts and cultural innovators               use cocktails as their medium.  …
  • How to Make Marijuana-Infused Craft Cocktails

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    In 2012, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative called “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” effectively legalizing cannabis based largely on the public’s growing recognition that blazing is far safer than boozing. Or, as the campaign’s most popular slogan put it: Marijuana—it’s like alcohol with no violence, no hangovers and no carbs. If we’re really going to regulate marijuana like alcohol, what better way to forever conjoin the two on equal legal footing than by hoisting a few well-crafted, high-end cannabis cocktails? Unfortunately, in Colorado and…
  • ALERT: Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably Made In A Factory Distillery in Indiana

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana. Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka, and gin is “individual and unique,” and “each bottle is hand bottled and hand marked with batch and bottle number.” These are the standard selling points of the craft-distilling…
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    All Over Beer

  • Saaremaa Island Ale

    Brian Stechschulte
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    An Estonian style beer journey. Saaremaa Island Ale
  • Topping Off

    Brian Stechschulte
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    When you need to fit every last drop. Topping Off
  • Framboise Fermentation

    Brian Stechschulte
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    One big fluffy pillow. Framboise Fermentation
  • Heavy Lifting

    Brian Stechschulte
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Here's how you get over 80 kegs aboard a ship. Heavy Lifting
  • Mike Schnebeck of Fort Point Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I recently paid Mike Schnebeck a visit at Fort Point Beer to take his portrait for a Meet the Brewer blog post. Mike Schnebeck of Fort Point Beer
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    American beer drinkers are becoming more discerning. Thanks to the booming popularity of the craft beer business, light beer sales will hit a 10-year low in 2015, writes Devin Leonard at Bloomberg Businessweek. Sales of once-popular staples like Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite are on the decline, Leonard writes. Craft beer has become so popular that there's now a black market for rare brews.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • 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]
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    All Good Beer

  • Record Number of Texas Breweries at 2014 GABF

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

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

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

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

    19 May 2014 | 10:49 am
    As both a brewery owner and active member of two brewing associations, Steve Hindy (co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery) has over twenty-fives years of first hand experience with the industry's inner workings and relationships. His book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink, is an insiders story about the rise of craft brewing, the struggles within the industry and it's associations and the relationships with "Big Beer".Everyone is familiar with the story that Fritz Maytag is basically credited with sparking the craft beer revolution when…
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  • Loop Bottle Opener

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

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    2 May 2014 | 5:40 am
    Bar Game Drink Mats - Beer coasters.  That little piece of cardboard found at bars everywhere.  They help to protect the surface of the bar/table, absorb some of the condensation and overflow from your beer, and act as another spot for brewers to get advertising in front of you.  They’ve become so ubiquitous that we hardly notice them anymore.  So what if they served another purpose?  One that could hold your attention for more than just a few seconds?  What if they kept your attention by offering all kinds of games?  Bar Game Drink Mats from SUCKS UK offers…
  • SipSnapp Beer Menu Scanner

    Beer Blogger
    29 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    SipSnapp Beer Menu Scanner - We’ve all found options on a beer list that we’ve had questions about.  The list includes just the beer names and no description or it has a description but we’d like to know what others think of it.  We can simply head to a beer rating site like RateBeer and look up more information on these brews, but what if there was a much easier way?  The new SipSnapp app makes finding out more the beer menu a snap. SipSnapp requires just a simple picture of the beer menu and you’ll have descriptions, ratings, and more pulled from…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Announcement: Ballarat Beer Festival is back, new date

    Media Release
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Something’s brewing in Ballarat. The fourth annual Ballarat Beer Festival is back, with a new date for 2015. Victoria’s original and favourite craft beer festival will be held over the Australia Day long weekend. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners are expected to descend upon the city once again to celebrate liquid gold on Saturday 24th January 2015, at the City Oval, Ballarat.Early Bird tickets officially go on sale to the general public for the 2015 Ballarat Beer Festival on Monday 4th August at 9am via Ticketek. Don’t delay, as the special Early Bird savings are available only…
  • Holgate Beer Degustation Dinner

    Media Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Holgate Beer Degustation DinnerHello Friends,Join us for our upcoming Holgate Beer Degustation Dinner and enjoy a 3 course dinner with 6 paired beers including the QLD release of the Holgate UXB Beer.Here are the details:Thursday 21 August 6:30pm arrival 3 course dinner and paired beers $79 per personStrictly limited seats. Book online or call 07 3368 1932
  • It’s International Beer Day, drink beer

    Media Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Editorial comment:The Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand, the lobby group for the CUB, DB, Lion and Coopers, has joined the celebrations of International Brewers Day by commissioning artwork to capture the essence of beer.It’s an evocative and aspirational piece that celebrates the positives of beer. It looks just like an ad for the country’s two biggest beer brands — XXXX Gold and VB, which together comprise almost  a third of the beer market — except it features a female in it. [MK]Media releaseInternational Beer Day to be celebrated on 1 August 2014The Brewers…
  • It’s International Beer Day, drink OUR beer

    Media Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    *Yes, this is the 2013 logo. The press pack wasn’t updated this year.Editorial comment:I really don’t know what to make of today’s so called International Beer Day.According to the official website, it was  founded by a couple of San Franciscans in 2007 and is now a “global celebration of beer”. While it does seem to be spreading slowly, it seems to be have primarily adopted by unimaginative marketers as something to hang a branding campaign off rather than a true grassroots celebration of beer.In my experience, based on a survey of my inbox over the last few years, celebration of…
  • A visit to Mildura Brewery

    Rick Besserdin
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Brewing beer can provide plenty of spectacle and drama. So much so that in Mildura they have taken the workings out of their movie theatre and installed a brewery. Patrons are able to sit quietly enjoying a meal or a drink and watch the workings of a modern brewery through a glass partition. It’s a little like watching an ant farm through the glass, only on a much larger scale.The building itself began life as a picture theatre in 1925, but television eventually took its toll and forced the theatre to close. 15-year-old Don Carrazza started working as a porter next door, at the Grand Hotel,…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Left hand Brewing Company sponsors bike team to help fight MS

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    It has long been a tenet of the craft beer industry that its members are a particularly philanthropic bunch. Maybe it is because the community is so tight-knit and more established breweries pitch in to help new breweries get up and started. Maybe it is because of the grassroots nature of the business. Or, maybe it is just that craft beer people have big hearts. No matter what the cause, it is a well-represented phenomenon and Longmont, Colo. stalwart Left Hand Brewing Company is carrying on the tradition. Team Left Hand (TLH) is a cycling team that is participating in the Bike MS rides to…
  • The Beer Guy Beer School; Lesson 2 — I can see clearly now! Checking beer appearance

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Note to readers: This is the second in a weekly four-part series about how to get the most out of your craft beer experience. If you missed the first article in this series, click this link to get caught up. Lesson 2 — I can see clearly now! Checking beer appearance Our second lesson in the art of enjoying great beer involves your sense of vision. For years the world has thought of beer visually as crystal clear, yellow in color and with robust carbonation streaming up the glass. While that presentation is great for many styles, it is not always how beer should appear. As you will learn,…
  • North Brevard Rotary club holding Craft BrewFest

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Space Coast of Florida is nearing the dog days of summer, but the Rotary Club of Titusville want to help beer lovers relax and cool down. Their answer to oppressive Florida summer heat? A beer festival, of course! The North Brevard Craft BrewFest will help raise funds for the clubs philanthropic efforts such as the eradication of polio and helping to provide education, better healthcare and clean water to those in need. Local Rotary programs such as service projects throughout the North Brevard community and scholarships for the three local high schools will also benefit from the…
  • Stone expanding to Berlin

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    For over 200 years the United States has been taking its brewing ques from Germany. It was the influx of German immigrants that saw the rise of the big beer companies of today. But, as the country turns back to more flavorful, more pure beers it is the Germans that are taking note. And with that, Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, Calif. has announced plans to open a production brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark…
  • The Beer Guy Beer School; Lesson 1 — Pop That Top! Serving Beer Properly

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Because we know that not everyone who reads this blog is a beer expert, we are starting a new four-week series to help you hone your beer-tasting skills. It is our goal to help you learn how to swill your brew with authority. So, we present to you The Beer Guy’s Beer School! Because understanding how to properly serve your beer in integral to getting full enjoyment from it the first lesson in the series will address these important topics. Other lessons in this series will cover topics such as how to assess the quality of your chosen beer through the use of multiple senses including sight,…
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    The Pittsburgh Beer Snob

  • The Session No. 89 Round-Up

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The 89th edition of The Session has now come and gone. The topic I posed for this month's series of posts was Beer In History.Derrick at Ramblings of a Beer Runner took quite an interesting stab at this by delving into the world of politics. He examined Democrats and Republicans that served in the Oval Office and discovered that Democratic Presidents were more likely to take up the bottle or mug than their Republican Counterparts. As a Republican myself, I found this intriguing.Liam hailing from Drunken Speculation chose to continue a small series of his by telling more about a local brewery…
  • The Session No. 89: Beer in History

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Session is a monthly blogging project among the beer bloggers where the host chooses the topic in which the rest of the participants can write about. I took the load of hosting the July Session post here on my blog. I chose to involve one of my favorite topics, that being history, for this month's topic. I figured that it was quite fitting for many of us as the first Friday of this month is the Fourth of July.Pennsylvania has a deep alcohol history. A lot of it dates back to the days of the American Revolution in the late 1700's. Some of it liquor and some of it beer. There have been many…
  • The Session No. 89 Announcement

    9 Jun 2014 | 4:51 pm
    In the words of Captain Barbosa in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, I've fulfilled my vow. At least, I've partially fulfilled it. I've come back to help get the ball rolling on the next edition of the Session. If you haven't yet had a chance to take in any of the posts from the most recent series of Session posts there is still plenty of time to read-up on the literature that was created just last week. Boak and Bailey hosted the June edition with the topic being beer mixing. You can see the round-up post right here.When I posted on a more consistent basis I tried to incorporate…
  • Kaput

    28 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I think that when it comes to every blog on the internet there's that point where you have to say that's that. I think that time has drawn near for me on this blog. I've always said that if you could keep things under control you were. When something becomes an inconvenience or an issue. Then it's something to look at. I've always kept beer consumption under control and mainly restricted myself to drinking/sampling on weekends. Beer is not the problem when it comes to making this decision. It's time.Since 2014 has began I've found saying each week that there's too much to do, but nowhere near…
  • Monday Rant: A Simple Equation

    28 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    The general public keeps finding new ways to make life even more mind-numbing than it already is. I've always been for choosing to drink whatever beer you think tastes good. Still, there are those certain few out there that cause me to have that Lewis Black "remind myself to breathe moment.My Beer is SkunkedI was at a bar just a few weeks ago with a cousin of mine and a friend. This guy next to me at the bar and kept ordering Coronas and also kept sending each of them back. He claimed that the third on was the third in a row that tasted skunked. Maybe I'm just a nosey prick, but this irked…
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  • Allagash Embarks on Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

    David Eisenberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Allagash Brewing Co. is getting set to begin the first stage of a multi-phase expansion that will eventually connect the Portland, Maine brewery’s two adjacent facilities. With $4 million in bank loans secured for the first phase of construction, the 18,000 sq. ft. expansion will primarily enable the company to increase its packaging capacity, grow its lab program, implement a new tour route, and create additional office space. The brewery also plans install four fermentation tanks, said Naomi Neville, the brewery’s national sales director. “It’s definitely going to help with…
  • Beer Institute Releases Domestic Tax Paid Estimate

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid by beer brewers: The June 2014 domestic tax paid estimate is 16,350,000 barrels.  June 2013 removals were 16,600,000 barrels (revised) for a decrease of -1.5 percent. Please note the following monthly revisions from previous releases for 2013 and 2014: Month 2013 2014 Percent Change Volume Change January 13,713,729 13,770,000 0.4% 56,271 February 12,926,210 13,300,000 2.9% 373,790 March 14,803,136 14,700,000 -0.7% -103,136 April 15,066,241 14,990,000 -0.5% -76,241 May 16,320,000 16,000,000…
  • Pittsburgh Brewing Launches New Craft Brand

    Chris Furnari
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    One of the country’s oldest breweries is dipping its toe into a sea of craft beer SKUs. The 153-year old Pittsburgh Brewing Company, which currently produces six different premium lager and light lager brands, is rolling out its first craft offering under a new label: Block House Brewing. “Although it is the smallest segment in the business, we wanted to stay relevant to our consumers,” said Pittsburgh Brewing CEO Brian Walsh. “With our core consumers, we are seeing that they switch styles during the night. They are drinking a significant amount of craft beer and, at the end of the…
  • River North to Release Tripel this August

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Denver, CO — While other breweries get ready to release pumpkin beers, River North still has a taste for summer. On Saturday, August 9th at 1pm, the brewery will release River North Tripel, a 9.2% ABV Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale. Rich with notes of apricot, pear and lemon, River North Tripel is perfect for late-August temperatures. Finishing dry on the tongue, this brew is light in body but still delivers the depth of flavor River North is known for. “This is my kind of summer beer,” head brewer Matt Hess said. “We’ve been dreaming of brewing a beautiful golden strong ale…
  • Ranger Creek to Release Love Struck Hefe

    Press Release
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    SAN ANTONIO, TX – Way back in 2009, Ranger Creek was just an idea, and the owners of the brewery were just enthusiastic home brewers.  They began entering homebrew competitions to test out recipes and hone their craft.  The second competition they entered was the Dixie Cup in Houston, one of the largest homebrew competitions in the country.  To their surprise, they took home a gold medal for their hefeweizen.  This win was a huge achievement that got the home brewers just cocky enough to start their own brewery.  Ranger Creek’s new summer seasonal is resurrecting this historic…
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    Drink Me Magazine


    Kendall Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Every family has one… the kid that ran away to travel the world and find better things, only to come back on his own, this time more well-rounded and full of appreciation for his roots. In the Single Malt Scotch World, this phenomenon often results in an eagerly anticipated (and debated!) new expression. In the Laphroaig family, this blend of new and old resulted in Laphroaig Select, a new bottling that marries the classic styles that made Laphroaig the #1 Islay Malt Scotch – Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks – with the novelty of American Oak casks.

    Kendall Johnson
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Purity Vodka, a small Swedish brand, teamed up with comedian Joel McHale for a series of online videos, the first of which debuted last week. In what is becoming an engaging trend in spirits advertising, humorous (often self-deprecating) viral content is taking over the digital space. And we’re all for it.  As Purity Vodka explains,  small brands don’t want to compete in the traditional advertising route, so the brand decided instead to create content that is compelling and actively engaging. Purity Vodka confidently defines themselves in their quest to redefine voda, bringing…

    Kendall Johnson
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The newest addition to New Belgium Brewing Company‘s exploratory Lips of Faith series is a rare Polish style beer, brought back to life from the nearly dead. New Belgium teamed up with 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Indiana, with a big reputation, to create Lips of Faith Grätzer, a long-forgotten style of Polish ale. The beer features oak-smoked wheat which adds a unique chocolatey, bacon smokiness on the palate and Midnight Wheat malt, which provides a mild sweetness. But don’t let the pure black pour fool you, this light bodied, sessionable Grätzer is full of…

    Kendall Johnson
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As a loyal Drink Me reader, you might be starting to sense our affection & admiration for small batch Gin. Maybe it’s the fresh summery season, or the intrigue of such a misunderstood spirit? Or maybe it’s the undeniable sense of place denoted by each producer’s secret blend of botanicals?… or quite possibly, all of the above? What we do know, is that Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin belongs on this list. Batch distilled, this handcrafted, quirky, dry gin skillfully unites British traditions, the exoticism of India and the purity and nativeness of the Black…

    Kendall Johnson
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    While the words ‘Uisce Beatha’ might not immediately form an association with whiskey in your head, it is actually ancient Gaelic for ‘water of life’ and how the world ended up with the word whiskey. First distilled by Irish monks more than 1,000 years ago, ‘uisce’ (pronounced ‘ish-ka) became Anglicized as ‘whiskey’. Respecting this rich heritage, Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey was launched as a blend of Irish single malt and grain whiskies. Matured for at least 4 years in oak casks, the whiskey delivers a soft, subtle and delicately sweet flavour with a long, malty…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Belgian Witbier Yeast

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Ever gone to the brew shop with a firm plan in place; then all the ‘other’ stuff in stock distracts you into dreaming of other brews? I know its happened to me plenty of times. Well this time the brewers daydream effect got to John while shopping online for his next Belgian witbier. John wanted to brew a Witbier with WY3944 but he checked out with WY3942 Belgian Wheat! Rather than simply be bummed we decided to turn this into a second chance to bottle culture yeast! (Lets forget my sour beer Oud Bruin attempt to culture that up.) So our plan is to pick three or so of our favorite…
  • Lawnmower de Saison Kit Brew Day

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Summer brewing has begun and although it has taken until the end of July to kick it off, the brew day went smoothly so any fear of being rusty were unfounded. To help me ease back into it, I bought a kit from Midwest Supplies. We did a review of one last year and the beer I brewed from it won an award in competition. The kit was shipped to me unmilled and all the grains came mixed together in one big bag. The trade off of not being able to know for sure the measurements for each of the grains was the ease in which one bag’s contents can be poured into the top of the mill’s hopper.
  • Mixed Berry Mead Tasting

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    We take mead to the next level with this mixed berry mead. Making mead is fairly straightforward and easy once the basic techniques are mastered. Despite the simplicity in process, the flavor profiles achievable can be tremendous and complex. John’s mixed berry mead is is just that. Rivaling some of the better red wines I have had. John employ the staggered nutrient addition method of mead making. This technique focuses on supplementing the yeast with nutrients otherwise not found in the mead must. Doing it this way produces a fermentation character from a very healthy yeast population.
  • Wedding Mead Bentonite Results

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    I think the heading of this post should have a question mark at the end of it, or maybe have the word results in quotation marks. What would you think if you had experimented with a certain clarifying agent and had had dramatic results as a conclusion of that experiment but when you followed the same procedure again, you were underwhelmed with the outcome? If you’re like me, you keep on trucking.  That’s all you can do.  The other thing about being me is that you have to blog about it. So I had scheduled a week for the clarification process.  I added the bentonite to the…
  • Kohatu Hops

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are researching new hop varieties like me, you have come to the right place.  For the past seven years, I have been writing up hop profiles for all the varieties that interest me. Mostly, I was unhappy with the descriptions I found online and offline.   They were short, vague, and redundant across different websites. What I try to do is to collect as much information as I can and present as much as a well-rounded profile post as I can. I like the new hops that have been released lately, especially the ones that are influenced by the American craft beer movement over the past 20…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Coaster Critique: Sierra Nevada – Allagash Brewing Myron’s Walk

    Chad Lothian
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company released a limited edition Beer Camp 12 pack this year, it contained 12 different beers brewed in collaboration with breweries from across the country. One of the collaborations included was brewed with Maine’s own Allagash Brewing Company. Name: Myron’s Walk Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company Style: Belgian-style Pale ale ABV: 5.3% Myron’s Walk pours crystal clear in the glass, a bright golden straw color with a bone white head. Aroma initially strikes me as peppery, a spicy Belgian yeast melding with a…
  • The Koelschip behind Allagash Coolship beers

    Chad Lothian
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Oxbow Brewing Company for samples and a quick brewhouse tour, on the way inside the brewery I spied a Koelschip sitting out front and realized I haven’t done a blog post about them yet. New Koelschip at Oxbow Brewing Company Koelschip or Coolship is a large, shallow vessel in which hot wort (unfermented beer) is allowed to cool to ambient air temperature prior to fermentation, the act of cooling wort in this way also allows for naturally occurring wild yeast strains to inoculate the wort. Koelschips are old school brewing equipment often found in the…
  • Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale

    Chad Lothian
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Name: White Fox Ale Brewed By: Oak Pond Brewery Style: IPA ABV: ? (Not listed on label)   White Fox Ale pours a bright copper color with golden highlights, vigorous pour produced a short white had that fell to a thin layer that lasted the remainder of the glass. Aroma is malt heavy, reminds me of a baking biscuits. The hops are detectable but not strong, they come across as slightly spicy and a bit grassy. Initial sip is malty, baked bread and toasted grains, a touch of sweetness that dissipates quickly as the mild hop bitter kicks in. The hops have a bit of a grassy/spicy flavor that…
  • Building a brewery: Orono Brewing Company

    Chad Lothian
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    If you haven’t caught it on the news in the past couple days, there’s a new brewery coming to Orono, Maine, the Orono Brewing Company is currently in the building phase in the basement space below Verve Burritos. I took the opportunity to stop in and check out the progress and chat with Co-owners of Orono Brewing Company as well as Woodman’s Bar and Grill Abe Furth, Heather Furth and Mark Horton, and Head Brewer Asa Marsh-Sachs. The brewery build is a major renovation to the space, Heather described the basement as a “Dungeon”, walking in for the first time it looked like a raw…
  • Refunds and Upgrades for Kahbrewfest ticket holders

    Chad Lothian
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
      Due to unforeseen events the venue for the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival has had to change and will now be taking place in Portland, Maine instead of Bangor, Maine. Due to difficulties in switching venues at such short notice the Kahbrewfest will unfortunately have to be cancelled this year. Individuals who purchased Kahbrewfest tickets online can get their refund through Ticketmaster, anyone who purchased a ticket locally (Central Street Farmhouse, Kahbang Offices) can get their refund at the Kahbang Offices at 84 Harlow Street in Bangor, office hours are Monday thru Friday,…
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    Beer Infinity

  • The Chimes Beer University

    Beer Infinity
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    For those of us that spent our formative beer drinking years at The Chimes Restaurant and Taproom in Baton Rouge, Around the World was a rite of passage. The whole concept was for you to drink 60 different beers from 20 different countries in 6 months. Once completed, you’d get your name on the wall (I can show you mine) to go with a t-sh ...
  • Storm and Brews — A (Taos) trek to the north

    Beer Infinity
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    So the day after we saw Stoutmeister hit 1000 distinct brews on Untappd with a bomber of 2009 vintage imperial stout from Stone, he and we (the Solos) headed up north for a few Taos-brewed ales. From the start it looked like a lovely Sunday drive, but as we neared Santa Fe we were greeted by a wall of black clouds. It rained like I’ve nev ...
  • Stoke-on-Trent Camra branch at 40: ‘Women show how real ale group has …

    Beer Infinity
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Stoke Sentinel Stoke-on-Trent Camra branch at 40: 'Women show how real ale group has ... Stoke Sentinel LYN Sharpe is about as far away from the stereotypical Camra member as it's possible to be. Rather than a middle-aged man with sandals, socks and a suspect beard, the gregarious 53-year-old from Fenton is known for her raucous humour ...
  • Gosport real ale festival

    Beer Infinity
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Gosport real ale festival Portsmouth News View the latest news and sport or download full editions of the newspaper to read offline. Search for Portsmouth News in your Android or iOS app store today. Newspaper subscribers get free unlimited access to the app.
  • Almanac Beer Company Golden Gate Gose

    Beer Infinity
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Golden Gate Gose.  I picked up this bottle at Cork 'n Bottle Liquors (here) in Fremont, CA. They have a great selection of craft beer as well as a number of beers on tap.  Add Cork ‘n Bot ...
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    Travel By Brewery- Arizona Craft Beer Blog

  • Hops Hill Hosts Grand Opening in Brooklyn Tomorrow

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As if Brooklyn wasn’t already the hipster capital of the world, the NY residents can celebrate yet another Ale House opening in the hood. This one, however, seems to be one created for the true love and passion beer snobs will enjoy. Hops Hill will be celebrating their Grand Opening tomorrow, July 30th, 2014, at their location smack-dab in the middle of Brooklyn at 6PM. Check out the press release from founder ‘Joe.,” below. Dear Friends and Family, After 5 months of building and preparation, Hops Hill is now ready to launch. It was a not easy, but we made it that far with…
  • Tour de Fat Tempe Hits Valley October 4th

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The New Belgium Tour de Fat Tempe is arriving October 4th, 2014. One of our favorite craft beer events of the year, this festival packs a ton of zaniness and bicycles into one beautiful autumn afternoon. You don’t want to miss it. Tour de Fat is not your average beer fest. It’s equal parts bicycle hangout and music festival. There are tons of games to play and interactive attractions like the Frankenstein bike, a monstrous contraption made from vastly different bicycle parts. Once a year Tour de Fat shuts down parts of Tempe for its annual bicycle parade. Those participating should be…
  • Best High Gravity Brews for the Summer

    Travel by Brewery
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Just because it’s the dead of summer doesn’t mean that you have to be drinking Hefeweizen and Kolsch. There are some great high gravity brews you can enjoy during the summer without feeling overwhelmed or too heavy. Here are my suggestions. Old Chub – Oskar Blues This Scotch Ale clocks in at 8% (ABV) and doesn’t fill you up like beers of similar alcohol content. One of the most universally loved brews in America, Old Chub pairs well with burger and relaxing by the pool. Hop Slayer – Wild Onion Brewery This is a great brew for fans of the almighty hop. With a…
  • Bacon and Beer Classic Heads to NY

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What’s more American than baseball, bacon, and beer? Nothing, really. That’s why the good people behind the Bacon and Beer Classic have combined all three of these elements into one incredible event. “The bacon and beer classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside major league baseball stadiums across America. it is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the up to 10,000 attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and…
  • Coolest Beer Accessories

    Travel by Brewery
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Not that you really need anything to make the experience of drinking beer any better but there are a whole bevvy of awesome beer accessories that can make the experience a little more interesting. Bottle Openers You could just use the end of the table or the boring old bottle opener from your local convenience store but I like my bottle openers to be a little more fun and functional. The Ring This one is pretty cool if you like wearing rings and don’t want to carry around a huge bottle opener all the time. Comb Bottle Opener With the popularity of Mad Men and the well groomed hair cut.
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    You Make Beer

  • Easy Home Brewing – Brewer’s Best Double IPA

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Here I demonstrate how easy it is to use fresh grains and hops, along with liquid malt extract, to make a Double IPA using a Brewer’s Best ingredient kit. Th… The post Easy Home Brewing – Brewer’s Best Double IPA appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Fermentation Temperature – Why It Matters

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    Fermentation plays an essential part of the procedure of how you can make beer. This can be when your wort becomes beer. One of the essential factors of fermentation is the temperature. The house brewer must keep a consistent temperature through the entire fermentation period. The temperature that is ideal depends upon the kind of […] The post Fermentation Temperature – Why It Matters appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Understanding the Flavor Equation

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    American beer drinkers had only watery, alternatives that are weak when it came with their beer alternatives. However, the rise of craft brewing has changed that irrevocably and consumers today have access to a very wide selection of beer choices with a variety of characteristics that were distinct. The truth is, trying the various styles […] The post Understanding the Flavor Equation appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Optimal Fermentation Times

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    You will see information about Primary Fermentation and Secondary Fermentation, when you are first learning just how to make beer. It is not unusual for brewers that are new to wonder how long it takes to Ferment beer. The reply can vary, and there really isn’t one answer that is right. This is influenced by […] The post Optimal Fermentation Times appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • The Ups and Downs of Specific Gravity

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    Specific Gravity is a key measure for making beer. This measurement allows you to know when fermentation has been finished by your beer, along with fermentation was. You’ll find a way to understand how much of the sugars that are accessible were converted to alcohol. A hydrometer floats higher the more dense there is a […] The post The Ups and Downs of Specific Gravity appeared first on You Make Beer.
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  • What’s Wrong with Beer Marketing? –> A Beer Duet – @Sommbeer & @HopsCanary
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    I want to thank @hopscanary for contributing to this post.  I value her opinions even (especially) when they fail to agree with mine.  Please visit her website: Beer and Travel Adventures What do you think about the current marketing of beer? Sommbeer: The marketing for craft beer is almost non-existent.  Even the local brew pubs seem inept in this regard.  As for the big brewers, I think they are a mess too.  I have to turn the channel if my kids are in the room.…
  • Quick! Give me the Antidote I Accidently Drank a Bud – Beer Review – Jack Hammer from Arbor Brewing
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Just another lazy day on my back deck enjoying some “Outdoor Living” with my better half.  It snowed a lot last year, so we are going to enjoy every ounce of warmth this summer – even when it rains.  Today it’s raining and we are drinking a beer on the deck .  In fact, I’m drinking a 312 from Goose Island.  It’s a light beer that’s easy to drink, perfect for summer. My serene summer afternoon soon exploded with one question from one innocent question…
  • A Guide to Brew Pub Etiquette
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Mind your Manners! It drives me crazy when I bring someone to  “my”  brewpub and they misbehave.  It’s a place that I go to relax, it’s me refuge after a long day.  I know the menu by heart, I can even tell when they’ve slightly tweaked a recipe (leave it alone thanks).  Most important of all, I know the staff and they know me.  When I want to act like an idiot I’ll go to your brewpub not mine.  So when you are with me…
  • Time for a Gender Bender
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    When I visit my local bar or sit outdoors with my wife and enjoy a beverage I sometimes observe a repeating pattern.  Women generally drink differently from men.  No no I don’t mean straws vs. cups.  I’m talking about our drink choices. A recent data point from last weekend.  Checkout the near beer on the left.  With all the bright cartoonish colors they felt a need to state “contains alcohol” for goodness sake. Legal Notice:  While I’m not much on Political Correctness, I do live…
  • BEER RULE #0 – Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider
    31 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    See all those guys riding their bikes to work?  Some of them ride bikes because they want to, some out of necessity.  They are Bicycle riders because they got caught drinking and driving. Beer Rule #0 – Don’t Drink and Drive, Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider Here’s a Guide to help Identify a “Bicycle Rider” 1. No Spandex 2. Flower Basket with briefcase 3.  Sippy Cup not attached to bike               Check this blog out tomorrow morning, tools and beer…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Hop Varieties

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you curious about the different hop varieties and their characteristics, then take a look at this infographic. Cardinal Pine Farm has planted it’s first year hops with a variety of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Nugget. The post Hop Varieties appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Harvest

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Announcement: Cardinal Pine Farm will conduct our first hops harvest, scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014, starting at 9:30 AM – 12:00 noon. Volunteers who have signed up and attend the harvest will receive a 3 oz hop sample, pizza and a craft beer for lunch. Bring a chair if needed. We look forward to sharing this time with you! If you have already signed up, we will email you the address to the farm. The post Harvest appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Members

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm is a proud to be a member of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and advance the interest of craft breweries and beer of North Carolina. The post Members appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Hops Harvest

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm, located in Wilson, NC, is excited to announce our first hops harvest in the coming weeks of August. We are looking for volunteers to help with the harvest and enjoy a few craft beers. Volunteers will also get free samples of our hops and pizza! Please share this post with friends, family members and home brewers and please follow the Cardinal Pine Farm facebook page for more information. If you are interested in helping with our harvest, please sign up using this form – The post Hops Harvest appeared first on…
  • Big Beer in North Carolina

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    With 110 microbreweries in North Carolina currently and another 45 in the planning stages, North Carolina is one of the five fastest growing states for craft beer. And Cardinal Pine Farm is very excited to be able to offer locally grown hops to many of these microbreweries.  This is great for craft beer drinkers in North Carolina and even better for local economies. Big Beer in North Carolina is a great thing and the expansion in the craft beer industry is only scratching the surface.   Please take a moment to watch Margo Metzger, Executive Director of the North Carolina Craft Brewers…
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