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  • What NOT to get a beer geek for Christmas

    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe
    Carla Jean Lauter
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Warning: I know that some of you out there have probably already purchased some of the things on this list for people that you know. You might have even gotten some of these things for me. This list is for fun – but maybe it might help you out next time.
  • Young’s pubs sell a million pints of craft beer in six months

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

    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place
    Stan Hieronymus
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I promise not to make a habit of posting beer-related, particularly hop-related, holiday greetings (although I always look forward to the card from Bohemia Hop). However, this one just arrived from Hüll via email and will keep me smiling all day.
  • What's the best pub name in Britain?

    Stonch's Beer Blog
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: people shouldn't change historic pub names. The best course of action to take when some vain Herbert tries to obliterate their pub's history is to keep using the old name in front of them and their staff in an ostentatious, passive aggressive manner. Anyway, moving on from that rather angry opening paragraph, here's a question for you: what's the
  • Gifts for Beer Lovers

    Wort's Going On Here?
    Jeff Holt
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sources: Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, From Milwaukee Brewing Company: Dave's Brewfarm:
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  • Founders Brewing sells 30% minority stake to Mahou San Miguel

    Press Release
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Press Release:  Spain’s Leading Brewer Invests in Founders with Shared Commitment To Build Long-Term Growth in Craft Beer Industry (Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with Mahou San Miguel, who is coming on as a minority investor with 30% ownership in the brewery. The partnership will help Founders grow through Mahou’s international distribution network to access the emerging craft beer community around the world. Founders and Mahou are focused on long-term strategic growth, with a commitment to brand longevity and product quality. “Founders…
  • New Belgium Asheville’s brewhouse system slated to arrive in early January

    Press Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    New Belgium Brewing Asheville Cellar Deck – KenAbbottPhoto Press Release:  (Asheville, NC) – New Belgium Brewing’s Brewhouse vessels start rolling into their new home on Craven Street in Asheville, NC, the second week in January. New Belgium’s 200 hectoliter Brewhouse system departed from GEA Brewery Systems (GEA) in Kitzingen, Germany in mid-November to arrive to the NC State Ports Authority in Wilmington, NC by mid-December. Once the vessels arrive on the site, they will be set into their new home over a period of weeks. Three of the vessels are oversized, requiring rolling…
  • Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA coming to year-round can and draft lineup

    Press Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Press Release:  (Longmont, CO, & Brevard, NC) – Oskar Blues is adding PINNER Throwback IPA to the brewery’s year-round lineup of beers in 12-ounce CANs and on draft. PINNER will be released first in Oskar Blues’ home states of ColoRADo and North Carolina in mid-December. Coming in at 4.9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs, this primo dry-hopped brew will be easy to throw back. To put it bluntly, PINNER will be the lowest year-round ABV beer to blaze out of Oskar Blues’ brewhouses. “Many things contribute to flavor in beer, and with Pinner it’s a focus on…
  • Funky Buddha Brewery bottles now available throughout South Florida

    Press Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Press Release:  (Oakland Park, FL) – Florida, it’s time to Get Funky! That’s right: Funky Buddha is proud to announce that bottles of its acclaimed beers will be hitting distribution for the first time on Wednesday, December 10. This anticipated launch will see six-pack, 12-ounce bottles arriving on the shelves of major retailers throughout South Florida just in time for the holiday season. “The launch of package is a huge leap in our growth as a company and a dramatic step forward for the evolution of craft beer in South Florida,” says KC Sentz, General Manager and…
  • Maui | Stone Craft Beverages now distributing 21 craft brands throughout Maui

    Press Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Press Release:  (Maui, HI) – Maui | Stone Craft Beverages, a distribution company formed by
 
 
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  • Pic(k) of the Week: Bubbles for a snowy day.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    On a cold, sleety, icy, snowy day, it was better to stay inside and enjoy bubbles. A friend of Yours For Good Fermentables took this photo in the Baltimore, Maryland area, on 8 December 2013. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 48/49, 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:18 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 48/4923 November - 6 December 2014 2014.12.06The new owner of The New Republic —Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes— announces plan to re-fashion the long-time literary bastion of the left and neo-liberalism from a magazine-focused institution to a “vertically integrated digital media company." Mass resignations ensue. —Via Washington Post. 2014.12.05Primates' ability to digest alcohol may have been one key to survival, ten million years ago, when the the ADH4 enzyme —which enables caloric metabolism of…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Open House at Raven Beer.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Raven Beer —aka Baltimore-Washington Beer Works— threw an open house for its fans and loyal customers, 6 December 2014, at Peabody Heights Brewery, in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore native Stephen Demczuk is the brand's principal owner. His flagship beer, Raven Special Lager, was first brewed in the U.S. in 1997, under contract at Clipper City Brewing Company, another Baltimore-area brewery. In 2013, Demczuk moved all production to Peabody Heights, under contract, where he added other beers, all Edgar Allen Poe-themed. -----more----- Pic(k) of the…
  • Three-thousand two-hundred breweries.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    In case you haven't heard the news, there were more breweries —'craft' breweries— in the United States, at the end of November, than there were a year ago. Not such unexpected news, you say? Well, make that more breweries than only a month ago, or even a week ago, or just yesterday. During the first eleven months of 2014, breweries were opening at a rate of ... 1.5 per day. The Brewers Association (BA) —the advocacy group for 'small' and 'independent' breweries in the United States— has released its year-end short-form review for 2014. Some other salient data: There are now 3,200…
  • Torture.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:33 am
    Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released its study of the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation and detention program following the attacks on the U.S. of 11 September 2001, and during the Iraq and Afghan wars, during the presidency of George W. Bush. Some call it the Torture Report. Here, the response of Senator John McCain, himself a victim of torture, by the North Vietnamese, while held captive from 1967-1973. Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Five Quick BeerSmith 2 Home Brewing Software Tips

    Brad Smith and Friends
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    I often get questions about BeerSmith and how to get the most out of it when brewing. BeerSmith 2.2 with its cloud features and tight integration with BeerSmith mobile has been very popular with home and professional brewers. So this week, I thought I would share a few tips for users of BeerSmith 2.2. Create a Good Equipment Profile – While the sample equipment profiles in BeerSmith provide a good starting point, the truth is that each brewer’s equipment setup is different, and each person may have different losses. The best way to get an accurate equipment profile is to create…
  • New Hop Varieties with Nathan Smith – BeerSmith Podcast #93

    Brad Smith and Friends
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Nathan Smith joins me this week to discuss the many new hop varieties coming out for home and craft beer brewers. Nathan, an award winning brewer, gave a presentation at last year’s National Homebrew Conference on some of the great new hops entering the market, and shares this with us today. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file ‘ Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:28) Nathan Smith is a nationally award winning home brewer and frequent guest on the Brewing Network. He joins me this…
  • Five Critical Tools for Beer Recipe Design

    Brad Smith and Friends
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Designing a recipe from scratch can be a challenge for new brewers or those who are transitioning from brewing with kits to making their own beer recipes. I’ve written before about my approach to designing recipes, but this week I thought I would explain the critical “dials” brewers use when building a new recipe. First, I will state that I usually start my beer design by referring to a beer style guide, like the one from the Beer Judge Certification Program. The style guide provides a great starting point for most beer recipes, by listing ranges for the key parameters below…
  • Home Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #92

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment. John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system. 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 (38:45) John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing…
  • Brewhouse Efficiency vs Mash Efficiency in All Grain Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Efficiency is an important number to understand for all grain beer brewing. Your system efficiency determines the original gravity of the beer as well as how much grain is required to develop a given recipe. Understanding the difference between mash and brewhouse efficiency is also important – as it also drives the grains required. Efficiency in Brewing Lets start with a discussion of the basic idea of brewing efficiency. When we add grains to our all grain beer, each grain has a potential associated with it. The potential is a measure of how much sugar a given pound of grain can…
 
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    2beerguys beer blog

  • 31 Beers of December – Day 19: Fremont

    Guest Post
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    @Fremontbrewing @99bottles @ 99pours To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer.   Fremont Bourbon Abominable Blogger:  Tiffany Adamowski…
  • 31 Beers of December – Day 18: SoMe Brewing Cinnamon Toast

    Guest Post
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    @SoMeBrewing @Chaddah To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer. This post is also featured today on Chad’s blog If My Coaster Could Talk. SoMe…
  • 31 Beers of December – Day 17: Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale

    Guest Post
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    @AnchorBrewing @pairbeer To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer. Anchor Brewing’s Our Special Ale Blogger:  Zach Rosen Website: Beer Pairings &…
  • 31 Beers of December – Day 16: Beanz Coffee Stout

    Guest Post
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    @sodakbeer @woodenlegsbrew To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer. Beanz Coffee Stout Blogger:  Dale Miskimins Website: Sodakbeer – beer news and…
  • 31 Beers of December – Day 15: Grateful Stout

    hefeweizen_hunny
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    @GreatRhythmBrew @HefeweizenHunny To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer bloggers. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer. Grateful Stout Photo Courtesy of Festpics Blogger:  Lisa Griffin Lisa on…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Another Canadian Barley Farm Brewery

    Alan McLeod
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This is maybe my hobby interest in this hobby of mine - brewers growing their own barley. This time its in Saskatchewan:They wanted to go back to farming, too, and were able to buy back the original farm. Lawrence and his family live there today. Most farmers sell their grain wholesale, but the Warwaruks have figured out a smart, sustainable way to add value to the barley they grow. They do this on a much smaller acreage than the typical large-scale farming operation, where 3,000 acres is usually the minimum to make a profit on the wholesale grain market. The Warwaruks’ farm is just over…
  • A Good Beer Blog's Golden Pints For 2014

    Alan McLeod
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Ten days to Christmas. Upstairs, the children are fighting and the cookies for a workplace sweet treats swap are burning unattended. Me, I should be packing up presents and signing cards for distant family members and old friends. But no. Me, I sit in my easy chair contemplating the weeks past that have seen a short circuited wall oven needing replacing, snow tires needing buying, ball joints for the family van needing installing, the dishwasher needing fixing while the furnace and the gas stove each needed a good visit from the maintenance man. Contemplating. That's the word. So I could do…
  • Tweeeeetttt! Final Entries for the 2014 Xmas Contest

    Alan McLeod
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    And that is that. The final entries for the photo contest came in yesterday more or less on time. We use the Hawaiian time zone plus or minus 20% rule... as no doubt you all do, too. There are photos from Alan McCormick of Montana, Peter Bailey of Alberta, Jan Zeschky of British Columbia, Robert Gale of Wales, Mike Harte of Seattle, Kyke Navis of Bolivia, Michael Oman of New Mexico, Ed Wrap of England, Kevin Priddle of Toronto, Tom Bedell of Vermont, Mark Hatherly possibly of Luxembourg and Tonia Wilson of Ontario. That makes for 28 entrants with 118 photos for consideration. That's seven…
  • Just Over Twenty Hours For Xmas Photo Entries

    Alan McLeod
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Just like that, it's almost over. Late November to mid-December goes like a bat out of hell. You turn around and you are fifty-one. Oh. Oh, yes you do. OK, you need to get your entries in now. Deadline is tomorrow. Unless there are beggars. And there are always beggar. The cat got ill. My dinner was burnt. Never mind that. Below are entries from Thomas Cizauskas of Virginia, Allison Olson also of Virginia, Alistair Reece yet again of Virginia but really from Scotland, David Bishop of England, Knut Albert Solem of Norway, Fabio Freire the Brazilian of Brooklyn, Zak Rotello of Illinois and…
  • Your Yuletide Hogmanay Photo Contest Prize Update

    Alan McLeod
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Ahh, the loook of a winning entry. That's the 2010 grand prize winner from Brian Stechschulte of San Francisco, California. Fabulous. Prizes. Did I mention prizes? We have prizes. Here is what's in Santa's ale laced stocking so far for 2014: => From John, the Beer Nut of Ireland a hardback copy of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider. => From Bush Pilot Brewing, a prize pack for a deserving entry from Ontario.=> One copy of Vintage Beer by Patrick Dawson, the winner of the North American Beer Writers' Guild's Best Book 2014 award. => Two copies of Ontario Beer: A Heady…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • The taste of downtown Grand Rapids

    Stan Hieronymus
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Meet Jason Heystek. His business card identifies him as head cellarman and lead guitar at Founders Brewing. He’s also the guy in charge of barrels at Founders, the Michigan brewery that stirred up the Internet this week by announcing a it would sell a 30 percent of its company to a Spanish brewery. In a follow up story, Founders CEO Mike Stevens said, “We were looking for someone who truly understood the soul (of) this brand.” Which implies they damn well want to retain that soul. How will that work out? I’m making no predictions. I’m not very good at them.
  • Public drinking, in context

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Among the photos on page 105 of “Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York’s Most Notorious Watering Hole” is one of a man with his chin resting ever so lightly on his closed right hand, looking like he could have been a silent screen star in the 1920s although the picture was taken in 1973. The caption reads: “He used to come in on Saturdays, and the more he drank, the more lipstick he put on. He drank beer.” That’s it. A reader is free to fill in the rest of the story. Or there’s Charlie on pages 88 and 89, with beard and without; in 1977, in…
  • Did people really smoke while brewing in the 1950s?

    Stan Hieronymus
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 12.15.14 A ‘good mixer.’ The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, occasionally hauls out photos from its archives. This one is from December 1953. It shows Ed Reisch, the fourth generation of his family to run Reisch Brewing, at a brew kettle. The brewery closed in 1966 and Reisch went to work at Pabst Brewing in Milwaukee. His son, George (his tweet led me to this photo), became a corporate brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch (now AB InBev). His grandson, Patrick, is a brewer at Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago. I’m pretty sure Reisch was not…
  • My kinda holiday greetings card

    Stan Hieronymus
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I promise not to make a habit of posting beer-related, particularly hop-related, holiday greetings (although I always look forward to the card from Bohemia Hop). However, this one just arrived from Hüll via email and will keep me smiling all day.
  • On the demise of beer, & your weekly ‘place’ updates

    Stan Hieronymus
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:51 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 12.08.14 The great beer abandonment: America’s young drinkers are increasingly drinking wine and hard alcohol instead. “Even the beer world’s coveted corner, craft beers, which has been gaining market share for many years now, might be on the verge of hitting their peak. ‘While we’re not there yet, we’re definitely approaching bubble territory,’ Spiros Malandrakis, an industry analyst at Euromonitor, said this past summer.” [Via Washington Post] Craft Beer Report Card: Have We ‘Failed Our Female Fan Base’?
 
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  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 20/12/2014

    Bailey
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Here are some things to read if you find time between your Black Friday hangover and your Panic Saturday, er, panicking. → Campaigns and drives and themed days/weeks/months tend to leave us cold, especially when they’re commercially driven, but Try January is actually a pretty clever, positive response to the health lobby’s long-running Dry January: ‘The Try January campaign aims to challenge people to simply try something new at their local. To step out of their comfort zone and, rather than ordering their ‘usual’ to go for something that they haven’t tried before.’…
  • Pre-WWII US IPA and a Euro-Mashup

    Bailey
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    We tasted two beers from our end of 2014 wish list last night: BrewDog’s collaboration with Weihenstephan, India Pale Weizen, and a recreation of the fabled Ballantine IPA. Well, sort of. The latter was not the recent effort released by Pabst, which we’re still desperate to try, but an entirely different beer produced as a collaboration between two US breweries, Stone and Smuttynose. Will it soon be possible to have a bar selling nothing but Ballantine clones? Possibly. If there’s a theme to this post, it’s old meets new, and the idea of sliding scales. You’ll…
  • Eye Candy Beer Blogs

    Bailey
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are great, but sometimes, pictures are better. As part of what is turning into a series, here’s a collection of show-not-tell beer- and pub-related blogs you might want to add to your reader (we use Feedly these days) or just bookmark for a slow Friday afternoon in the office. 1. Oh Beautiful Beer White Labs gets a new identity: http://t.co/CoOOGz3dQd @whitelabs @MiresBall pic.twitter.com/t3tK1vkhoH — Oh Beautiful Beer (@ohbeautifulbeer) December 12, 2014 A showcase for all kinds of beer-related graphic design from around the world. If you run a bar or brewery,…
  • Where Did Christmas Ales Come From?

    Bailey
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 am
    For a long time, Britain had beers associated with Christmas that weren’t explicitly billed as Christmas beers. If Frank Baillie’s 1973 Beer Drinker’s Companion is anything to go by, there were certainly winter ales released in November or December in time for Christmas, but they didn’t feature Father Christmas on the pump clips or labels; they weren’t called things like Rudolf’s Throbbing Conk; and they weren’t dosed with cinnamon and nutmeg.  As far as we can see, Shepherd Neame’s bottled Christmas Ale was the only one with Christmas is…
  • Boak & Bailey’s Golden Pints 2014

    Bailey
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:32 am
    Prompted by Andy Mogg at Beer Reviews, here are our nominations for the best bevvies, bars, book and blogs in the world of beer in 2014. Bearing in mind that we live a long way from where the action is and haven’t been abroad, our choices are perhaps a bit parochial and conservative. In general, though we try to keep a bit of distance and remain objective, you might also want to cross-reference this lot against our disclosure page. And who knows how this list might have looked if we’d written it yesterday, or tomorrow. Best UK Cask Beer: St Austell Proper Job After much…
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  • Yes.

    Jack Curtin
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The original cartoon is here.
  • Looking to score a bottle of Victory/Earth Bread + Brewery Earth & Flame? Run, do not walk…

    Jack Curtin
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I dragged my tired old body out Downingtown way today and, instead of taking all the shortcuts and workarounds I usually do, just went out to Rt. 100 and took it all the way down to 113, arriving at Victory in half-an-hour, my fastest time ever. Granted, Rt. 100 of a late Sunday morning is a different creature entirely in terms of traffic than is it most of the time, but that was still impressive. We all love those convoluted routes we develop to miss potential slowdowns or more serious problems, but at least part of that is the good feeling of being one of the cool kids with inside…
  • And just like that…

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    …all is well again. The internets is weird, Firefox often  be a bit strange its ownself and WordPress is a mysterious land where one does not want to dig too deep into the mysteries. Also, this forced me to try and use Chrome and IE, always an adventure.
  • Weird things are happening…

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    This site has gone somewhat haywire for reasons I cannot so far determine. I have to log in as administrator on every visit, some comments are posting, others are not, and some seem to come and go. Hopefully all this will pass.
  • Whither the Dude? (an ongoing tale, posted in installments as they happen) [THE INEVITABLE UPDATE]

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    The peripatetic Mr. Morrison told me late last night that he is delighted to have won a Bronze at both the World Beer Cup and GABF for Barren Hill in its first year but, with them up and running strong and his work done, he is going back to consulting and, more importantly, “looking for a full time gig at a production facility.” I would presume that, if he finds what he’s looking for, he will want to reward whoever  (me) made his desire  general knowledge so… Find This Man the Job of His Dreams. Thank you. Original Post Nov. 10: From Free Will Brewing’s…
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    Pete Brown

  • Why J D Wetherspoon's is fast becoming my favourite craft beer bar

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

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

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

    Pete Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    I'm very proud to announce (after a false start a couple of years ago, the launch of the Beer Marketing Awards.There are plenty of awards schemes - and rightly so - that celebrate excellence in brewing. But few great beers sell themselves. We're not just talking about glossy TV campaigns for lager brands, influential though they are - label design, social media presence, stunts, events and merchandising are all important in making sure beer gets noticed and bought by the people who want it.The awards are open to all brewers with a presence and focus in the UK - and their agencies. The awards…
  • Extreme Beer Judging

    Pete Brown
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    No, not the practice of judging extreme beer, but the sometimes dangerous pastime of being a beer judge, as I discovered on a trip to Tuscany back in September...If you're going to spend Sunday morning judging a beer competition, this is where you want to do it.We're inside an old villa atop a gentle hill just outside the Tuscan village of Buenconvento. The stone building is cooled by its high ceilings, and huge double doors are flung open onto an avenue of cypress trees leading down to freshly ploughed fields. I'm joining a mix of sommeliers, beer writers, importers and brewers to judge the…
 
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  • Homebrewers Association gives Obama lifetime membership

    Real Beer
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The American Homebrewers Association has given special lifetime gift memberships to President Obama and outgoing White House chef Sam Kass. The president made history when he purchased a homebrewing kit and — along with Kass — headed the effort to brew White House Honey Ale, the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House. “Homebrewing is a model example of a bipartisan, pro-community and pro-business activity that all kinds of people can be passionate about and enjoy. President Obama and chef Kass are among the nation’s 1.2 million homebrewers, which include both…
  • Founders Brewing sells 30% share to Spanish brewery

    Real Beer
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Founders Brewing Co. in Michigan, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, has announced a partnership with Mahou San Miguel. The Spanish brewery will take a 30 percent stake in Founders. A press release state that the partnership “will help Founders grow through Mahou’s international distribution network to access the emerging craft beer community around the world. Founders and Mahou are focused on long-term strategic growth, with a commitment to brand longevity and product quality. ‘Founders will remain Founders,’ with continuity in their recipes, processes,…
  • 2014 craft beer in review

    Real Beer
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    The numbers are in from the Brewers Association in Colorado. “It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” Bart Watson, BA chief economist said for a press release. “Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.” The BA recap: – U.S. brewery count returns to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of…
  • British parliament votes out pub ‘tie’

    Real Beer
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Members of Parliament have voted to allow British pub tenants to buy beer from any supplier they want, effectively ending the “beer tie” that has required landlords to buy beer from the companies that own their pubs. The MPs voted 284-269 against the government and for a clause in the Small Business Bill that allows pub owners to buy beer on the open market. The amendment means no longer have to buy beer from their parent pub company and could seek a contract where they would only pay rent on the property. The Campaign for Real Ale, whose members lobbied to end the tie, praised…
  • Massachusetts ‘pay-to-play’ probe steps up

    Real Beer
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts regulators have issued subpoenas — indicating the investigation into charges of “pay-to-play” that came to light last month is getting serious — to “breweries, beer distributors, and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to bar taps in pubs and restaurants and shelf space at stores.” Dan Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project kicked things off with a late night rant on Twitter. He wrote that two bars owned by the Wilcox Hospitality Group — Lower…
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    Seen Through a Glass

  • Tasting Whiskey: the Christmas Rush!

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

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2013 | 7:53 am
    Now that the blog's back to looking normal...Just a couple quick notes on the government shutdown. The shutdown is affecting the ATTTB, the licensing agency that covers beer, wine, and spirits: inspections and label approvals being part of that. That's affecting booze, and how we get it. First, it's stopping new labels/brands from being approved. In specific cases, not good; brewers and distillers need to get their new products on the market. In general? It's kinda nice to have a little breathing room as a reviewer.Second, it's stopping new brewers and distillers from getting their…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Pilsener and WW I (part four)

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Silly me. I’d forgotten I’d collected more on Pilsener in WW I. Blame all my recent travelling.A couple of times recently someone has made a remark about my post that day. I have to confess that I hadn’t the foggiest idea what the post was about. Once, even when the subject was mentioned, I could recall no details. Am I that forgetful?No. The explanation is simple. I line my posts up well in advance. I try to be always at least three days ahead. But when I know I’ll be travelling, I bump that up to a week or two. Or, in extreme cases like my near back-to-back US trips in November, as…
  • Kerstbierfestival

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    It's that time of year again. Just before Santa is due to call, comes my annual pilgrimage to Essen for the Kerstbierfestival.I love the Kerstbierfestival. One of my absulute favourites. Not too much time wasted trudging around a hall to fetch beer - the one bar design is a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I. A reasonable number of seats - a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I.And they have all the Belgian winter seasonals in one convenient spot - a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I. Give me a yell if you spot me there tomorrow. There's no…
  • European beers in 1929

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Not much this time. Just a table of analyses.It's in the Wahls' book, but they had borrowed them from someone else:"Composition of various European beers, according to Prof. Dr. H. Luers, Munich, in "Grafe Handbuch Der Organischen Warenkunde", Volume III, 1929."It's mostly Bavarian breweries, speiced with a few exotics from Prague and Britain: European beers in 1929 Year Brewer Town country Beer OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation OG Plato 1929 Pschorr Munich Germany Dunkles 1054.26 1019.2 4.53 64.61% 13.43 1929 Hofbrau Munich Germany Dunkles 1057.58 1020.2 4.75 64.92% 14.21 1929 Weihenstephan…
  • German and English Beer Types Compared in the 1930’s

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    In case you hadn’t guessed, this is more from the Wahls. Where they compare British top-fermenting beer with German bottom-fermenting beer.I love this sort of stuff. These were the two main families of beer at the time. Still are today, really. And the USA was one of the few places in the world where they were both brewed in large quantities.But first a quick overview of each group:“The continental lager beers are termed bottom fermentation beers because the yeast settles to the bottom of the fermenting vat while the English beers are termed top fermentation beers because the yeast works…
  • More Christmas Ale

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Some stuff I found in the newspaper archive.First a heartwarming story of philanthropy:"Terling —Colonel Strutt's Benevolence.— Although Col. has been living at Bath upwards two years in consequence of ill health, he is continually doing good amongst the poor of this parish. the November in every year (being Col. Strutt's birthday) a number of blankets are delivered out on loan to the poor children during the winter months; and bread has been distributed to fifteen families every Sunday morning regularly for the last two years, taking the families alphabetically. Lately the Colonel ordered…
 
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    The Barley Blog

  • DuClaw Brewing Colossus

    BarleyBlog
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    The post, DuClaw Brewing Colossus, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Colossus isn’t just one of the one of the more limited-release products from Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing, it’s also one of the most appropriately named. This American strong ale is a mammoth brew, weighing in at 17.3% ABV. The only problem is that’s where it’s giant persona ends. There’s just not much hear on offer besides […] The post, DuClaw Brewing Colossus, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery Destination in Virginia

    BarleyBlog
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    The post, Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery Destination in Virginia, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release Frederick, MD – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand at Shadow Farm, a 53-acre farm in Lucketts, Va., last month for a historic announcement on plans for Lucketts Mill Hopworks, the State of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic’s first commercial-scale hops production and processing facility. Building on that announcement, Flying Dog Brewery out […] The post, Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery…
  • Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014

    BarleyBlog
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    The post, Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I originally had Heavy Seas (Clipper City) Holy Sheet back in the Spring of 2007. I’m not sure if the brewing/aging process for the beer has changed or if this particular bottle for 2014 is a one-off, but this is not the same beer I first encountered those many years ago. It appears as though, […] The post, Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock

    BarleyBlog
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    The post, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Flying Dog’s Doppelbock is the lastest from the company’s Brewhouse Rarities limited run of beers for 2014 — it also marks the last release in the series for the year. The 8.3% ABV doppelbock may be under the Rarities moniker, but it’s probably one of the more faithful-to-style products they’ve let loose upon the wild […] The post, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Xocoveza Mocha Stout

    BarleyBlog
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    The post, Stone Brewing Xocoveza Mocha Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Stone Brewing Xocoveza — or rather Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout — was originally released back in September. It only took a week for me to be able to find a bottle of it on shelves after the initial press release hit the wires. this 8.1% imperial stout is the brain child of Chris Banker, […] The post, Stone Brewing Xocoveza Mocha Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Hitting the ground running

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    Two late-2014 additions to the Irish brewing scene in today's post, both coming out of the traps with a prodigious range of first-run bottled beers.Co. Monaghan's first brewery (for a while, anyway) opened recently, calling itself Brehon Brewhouse. I was pleasantly surprised to find an early release, their straight-up Irish red, in my local supermarket. Killanny Red Ale is 4.5% ABV and pours a lot darker than one might expect -- almost brown, depending on the light. I'm guessing a generous amount of roasted barley has gone in here as it smells very crisp and grainy, tasting dry to the…
  • The curtain descends

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:51 am
    Old Father Time is oiling down his scythe, ready to take a swing at 2014 and bring the year to close. I'm left with a scattering of beer tasting notes gathered over the year that I've yet to commit to this blog and most of which will have to wait until 2015. For this post I'm pulling together an assortment of Irish ones, mostly to give posterity flavour of what was happening at this point in the big bang of modern Irish microbrewing.Red is something of a theme, and rumours of the death of Irish red ale have been greatly exaggerated. The slightly hoppier amber ale twist is also highly…
  • A very British oooh!

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    A handful of beers from the cutting edge of English brewing today, arriving courtesy of Richard.I'd never heard of Ellenberg's Brewery before, a short lived London-based operation that suspended production back in the spring. They made a dark smoky wheat beer which they called Ellenberg's Brewery Dark Smoky Wheat Beer, 6.5% ABV and claiming authentic German stylings.It's an unattractive murky brown, but then weissbier is gonna murk. I really liked the aroma, all warming bacon and peaty phenols: thoroughly cosy and comforting. The flavour is a very clean slice of well-smoked ham, the meatiness…
  • Littlest Italy

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    A rapid sequel to my post a few months back about how the Wallace group of authentic Italian eateries have finally warmed to quality Italian beers. While I was still getting my head around them being there at all, the chain organised an Italian craft beer festival, Quartiere In Fermento, in mid-November. It takes an authentic Mediterranean attitude to organise an outdoor beer festival in Dublin this time of year.On the day, an alcove on the Millennium Walkway was designated as the venue and a makeshift bar set up with five breweries exhibiting: Almond 22, Foglie d'Erba, Montegioco, LoverBeer…
  • The customer is always

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    Ding has helpfully set out some options for this month's Session, on the topic of where we see ourselves within the beer 'scene' (his scarequotes). One of them leapt out at me straight away and it wasn't the capitalisation that did it: Are you JUST a consumer? That's pretty much it for me. I'm the guy at the bar with a fiver looking for something nice to drink. As such, I believe this makes me the most important person on the beer scene, alongside all the other consumers who pay for breweries to stay in business. We, or at least I, ask for nothing but good beer, priced reasonably. Our most…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 18 - December 24

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Not much left to this holiday season except some last-minute beer purchases. Plenty to hold your interest as this year of 2014 quickly runs out. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 11 - December 17

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ho Ho Ho. How's your holiday shopping coming along? More importantly, how is your holiday beer drinking coming along? Plenty to choose from again this week. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 4 - December 10

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Santa's everywhere in the coming weeks and so are beer events where you can eat and drink with him. Safe events for the kiddies and debaucherous ones for the adults. Get out there and enjoy. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2014

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    A bit late here with the monthly calendar but you'll probably understand if you too are coming off a busy holiday weekend. Big, super-huge list here as everyone is putting on a great show of beer to close out a busy 2014. Lots of great ways to pick up a gift for yourself or someone equally deserving. Get out there and enjoy great beer with great friends and family! The year's going out with a
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 20 - November 30

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let's get this month of November closed out with a solid 11 days of beer events to be thankful for. When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
 
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Gift For the Home Brewer

    Jeff Holt
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Saccharomyces cerevisiae from Giant Microbes. Only $9.99!
  • Gifts for Beer Lovers

    Jeff Holt
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sources: Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, From Milwaukee Brewing Company: Dave's Brewfarm:
  • Nick Offerman's Whiskey Song

    Jeff Holt
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nick Offerman is my her0.
  • Nobel Rey Brewing Building in Dallas' Design District

    Jeff Holt
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Dallas' Design District is a neighborhood west of I-35E, running from 366 up to Sylvan Road, and extending to the Trinity River Greenbelt Park. Already home to Peticolas Brewing, Community Brewing, and the planned Texas Ale Project, Nobel Rey Brewing will make the neighborhood a hot spot of Dallas Brewing.
  • Live Oak, Peticolas and Revolver Brewing to Sue the State

    Jeff Holt
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wendy, over at Bitch Beer, just reported that Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin, Revolver Brewing in Granbury, and Peticolas Brewing Company in Dallas will file a property rights lawsuit against the State of Texas. At issue is the infamous 2013 law that made it illegal in Texas for breweries to sell their distribution rights. Since distributors could theoretically turn around and sell those rights to another distributor, they breweries believe that the state violated its constitution which protects business property rights when the law was passed. There is supposed to be a press conference…
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    Zythophile

  • I have found a beer women will like – and, ironically, it’s pink

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

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

    Martyn Cornell
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    I gave a presentation in Denmark to a conference called to discuss “Ny Nordisk Øl” – “New Nordic Beer” – on “Beer and terroir from an international perspective” on Friday November 7. This, slightly tweaked, expanded in a couple of places and cut in a couple more, is that presentation. The brewers of Denmark, Sweden and Norway are already enthusiastically making beers that reflect the place they are made, using local ingredients: you can read about some of those beers here. But what the Ny Nordisk Øl movement is doing is just part, albeit a tremendous…
  • Place-based beers and 13-year-old Special Brew

    Martyn Cornell
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    I have a new “magic beer moment” to savour: drinking 13-year-old Carlsberg Special Brew in the cellars of the Jacobsen brewery in Copenhagen. If you’re in Copenhagen you do, really, have to go and pay your respects to den Lille Havfrue Actually, that was just one of a number of great moments during my trip to Denmark eaelier this month to talk about “beer and terroir from an international perspective” to a bunch of brewers not just from Denmark, but Norway and Sweden as well, as part of a conference in the town of Korsør organised by the New Nordic Beer movement…
  • Siren’s blast

    Martyn Cornell
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Back in August last year, after encountering Siren Craft Brew’s American IPA at the London Craft Beer Festival, I promised: “I shall definitely be drinking more Siren.” I’ve now drunk the brewery’s beers whenever I find them, and I’ve never been so impressed with the products of a new brewery since we started having new breweries in Britain again. There hasn’t been one I wouldn’t score an eight, at least. It should be clear, I think, from the first sip of any of the brewery’s beers that in the 31-year-old American Ryan Witter-Merithew,…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1408: Yuletide Pabst

    Jay Brooks
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Thursday’s holiday ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from 1935. According to the ad, during the Yuletide season “It’s time for Pabst.” Happy Holidays! The post Beer In Ads #1408: Yuletide Pabst appeared first on Brookston Beer Bulletin. [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1407: Hammering The Rheingold Wreath

    Jay Brooks
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Rheingold Beer, from 1943, and features Miss Rheingold from that year, Sonia Gover. Holding a hammer in her hand, she’s presumably just hung the wreath. Nice job. Was “The Season’s Greetings” already painted on the wall? The post Beer In Ads... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1406: 62 Individual Reasons To Drink

    Jay Brooks
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for the Coopers 62, from 2011. Although it’s a newer ad, given that I post my own reasons to drink for any given day, this ad certainly spoke to me, despite most of the reasons being fairly pedestrian. But in a sense, that was the point, that any reason was good enough... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Big Brands Continue To Slide

    Jay Brooks
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    For the last several years, sales of some of the major beer brands have been slipping, and not just the sub-premiums or secondary packages but even once mighty flagships. 24/7 Wall Street has a new list of some of these brands, characterized as Beers Americans No Longer Drink. Using data from Beer... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Nicole Erny

    Jay Brooks
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today is the 31st birthday of Nicole Erny, a certified Master Cicerone and passionate beer lover, who used to work at The Trappist and as a “Beer Ambassador” at the CommonWealth Cafe & Public House, both in beautiful downtown Oakland. She also used to work with Ray Daniels’... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
 
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Friday 5ive: Winter’s Coming

    david
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    The cold is settling in. Winterblot is at the Triple Rock on Saturday and Surly’s new facility opens today, so it would feel out of place today to feature anything but heavy metal from northern climates. Conveniently, Scandinavia is full of metal bands past and present, as illustrated by this map that made the internet ...
  • The New Surly Brewery & Beer Hall Opens Friday

    ryan
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    They’ve talked and planned and dug and poured and cleaned up for what seems like forever, but we’re excited to note that the new Surly brewery celebrates its grand opening THIS FRIDAY starting at 11am. Excited? Read on. We’re proud of ‘em. Some time after MNBeer.com got it’s start a little over 9 years ago, ...
  • Friday 5ive: Karaoke Gone Bad

    david
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    I associate karaoke with this time of year. It’s the holidays – you’re gathering with family and friends but it’s dark, cold and you can only spend so much time with them before you need a break. This is where karaoke at your hometown bar seems like an tinsel-wrapped oasis in the holiday wasteland. So ...
  • URSA Black IPA Release Today at Fulton’s Taproom

    ryan
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Our friends at Fulton are releasing their Black IPA, URSA, today in their taproom. The beer was made with locally grown hops from Mighty Axe Hops. Today starting at 5pm, stop in for the special tapping  Ben, Brian and Eric from Mighty Axe hops will be in attendance as well.
  • Eastlake Brewery & Taproom Opens Today

    ryan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Let’s all welcome another brewery to Minnesota, shall we? Today, Eastlake Brewery & Taproom opens their doors to the public starting at 11am. Eastlake Brewery is located in the Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. I love the concept. I’ve been a fan of the Midtown Global Market since its inception and adding ...
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • Day 19 – Beers of Auckland – Epic Armageddon IPA

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 19 – Imperium by Epic Brewing Company BOTTLE: Armageddon IPA BREWED: Steam Brewing Company ABV: 6.66% HOPS: Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus I didn’t get home till after midnight so missed doing the blog on the 19th. Team Epic visited a few craft beer bars in the lower CBD yesterday afternoon/evening. (16 Tun, Sky Sports Grill, Andrew Andrew, Vultures Lane and Brew on Quay) My observation for the day was Armageddon IPA. I had it at 16 Tun (and it was tasting spectacular) the hops were jumping out of the glass at you. WOW. So good.
  • Day 18 – Beers of Auckland – Citra Jnr

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 18 – Citra Jnr by Liberty Brewing Company TAP: Citra Jnr BREWED: The Beer Fountain ABV: 4.5% This was my opportunity to try a beer at Vultures Lane, as I was having a lunch meeting there. Again it was a little hard choosing an Auckland brewed beer. I’m still to decide what the issue is. Is it because of availability? quality? consistency? popularity? So I had a Citra Jnr. It has good balance. Soft and juicy malt. Great drinkability. Nice bitterness in the finish. I did find the hops where on the herbal side, and not the big citrusy notes…
  • Day 17 – Beers of Auckland – Kingtide IPA

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:28 am
    Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 17 – Kingtide IPA by Bach Brewing Company BOTTLE: Kingtide IPA BREWED: Steam Brewing Company ABV: 7.0% This afternoon Craig Cooper from Bach Brewing stopped by for a catch up and a beer. The beer we drank was Beachstone Pilsner (very nice) but I had already Advented that. It was getting close to the end of the day and I got thinking what am I going to review today.  Craig said he had a Kingtide IPA in the car. So lucky me he gave me a bottle to taste and write about. Gees, this is a hard time of year to be doing this. There is so much going…
  • Day 16 – Beers of Auckland – Baroona

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 16 – Baroona by Waiheke Island Brewery TAP: Baroona BREWED: Waiheke Island Brewery ABV: 5.0% Its been a couple of years since I’ve had a Baroona on tap, and it has definitely been a very long time since I first tried it. I can’t remember exactly when I first tried it, as it was the late 1990’s sometime. It’s hard to believe that its been nearly 18 years since Waiheke Island Brewery started making beer (1997). Baroona is named after the ferry that use to service Waiheke Island. The beer is brewed to a Kolsch style…
  • Day 15 – Beers of Auckland – Duskrider

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 15 – Duskrider by Bach Brewing Company TAP: Duskrider BREWED: Steam Brewing Company ABV: 6.0% Today I got the call that Ben from Sky Sports Grill wanted a second opinion on a beer he had on tap he wasn’t sure of the quality. That in itself is really encouraging, to know that a bar manager is giving second thoughts to the quality of beer he has just put on tap. The beer was OK, but we decided that it probably didn’t meet his expectations of what he had previously experienced with that beer. Batch variation? Since I was there I asked…
 
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 12/19/14 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Founders Dark Rye, Le Coq Imperial Russian Stout, Alvinne Gaspar, Anchorage Whiteout Wit, Nogne Imperial Rye Porter. Additional information can be found at their blog. Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates. Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or…
  • Femme Ferment and Girls Pint Out Happy Hour at Schlafly

    Mike
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    ‘Tis the season. The season of getting together with family and friends. The season of getting and most importantly, the season of giving. To celebrate all of these things Femme Ferment has teamed up with Girls Pint Out to put on a special happy hour tomorrow, December 16th from 5PM-8PM at the Schlafly Tap Room. Not only is this a great time to get together and see some friends for some holiday cheer, but also FF and GPO are using this as an opportunity to help a good cause. This time of year is a great reminder to help those who are less fortunate than some of us. The happy hour is…
  • Side Project / 2nd Shift Collaboration Bottle Release on 12/20

    Mike
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    For those of you that attended the Super Secret 2nd Shift party a few weeks ago, you had your first chance to try out the 2nd Shift Brewing and Side Project Brewing collaboration called PARKAS. Many of you asked when that delicious beer would be available, well, I have all of the details for you. This Saturday, December 20th you’ll have your opportunity to not only purchase the 2nd Shift version of this collaboration, but also the Side Project version that owner Cory King has named Lattice. Sales of both beers begin at 12PM at the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room. To honor 2nd…
  • Week of 12/12/14 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: 2nd Shift Mullineaux No.3, To Øl Sleep Over Coffee IIPA, Urban Chestnut Fantasyland, Urban Chestnut SLIPILS, Urban Chestnut H.M.S., and Urban Chestnut Stammtisch. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. Tyler from Morgan Street will be sampling the following beers: Avery Out Of Bounds Stout, Sam…
  • Perennial Beer Dinner at Flying Saucer

    Mike
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The holidays are a fantastic time to get with friends and have some great food and great beer. The Flying Saucer knows that this is a great time and decided to throw a beer dinner. This Friday, December 12th at 7:00PM, you’ll be able enjoy four courses and five beers all for $50.00 per person ($45 for U.F.O. Club members). Here’s a look at the menu: Intro Beer Saison De Lis First course Curry-cilantro sweet potato soup Paired with Hommel Bier Second course Asian salad with pomegranate and butternut dumplings, Paired with Dual Artisanship (Prairie Artisan Ales collaboration) Third…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Throwback Thursday #6 - my favourite pubs, in no order

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every week at 2pm on Thursday I link to a few old posts from this blog's archives from 2007-2009. On May 13th I sent a text to Jack and Eddie - who, together with Derek, have been my principal drinking companions of 2014 - listing "my favourite pubs in no order". I don't remember sending it, let alone what the lads did to deserve this missive. What I do know is, in a sentimental, shitfaced
  • #TryJanuary, not dry January

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    These people would have a shit month in January, if it weren't for the fact they're just models on an assignment and will probably be drinking alcohol responsibly like the rest of us. No-one I'm friends with gives up alcohol in January, but then I avoid getting chummy with melts. However I am aware that "dry January" is a thing. So it's a resounding cheers to the Morning Advertiser who have
  • What's the best pub name in Britain?

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: people shouldn't change historic pub names. The best course of action to take when some vain Herbert tries to obliterate their pub's history is to keep using the old name in front of them and their staff in an ostentatious, passive aggressive manner. Anyway, moving on from that rather angry opening paragraph, here's a question for you: what's the
  • "Stop looking at my hair"

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jim's hair. A lot of the people who read and commented on this blog in the early days I'd later meet in person when they visited my pub. One such character was Jim, a hearty Scouser of Turkish ancestry. He quit his dead end job in IT and gave his life to the pub trade. He's currently manager of the Holborn Whippet by Bloomsbury Square, where he serves what he likes to call "juicy bangers"
  • Market rent option - will the microbrewers be disappointed?

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    In Propel, eight Sottish breweries have joined calls for the 'market rent only' option to be extend to tenanted pubco licensees in Scotland — Paul Charity (@PaulCharity1) December 12, 2014 This tweet by Paul Charity of Propel set me off thinking again about potential effects of the "market rent option" for tied licensees. The Scottish brewers Paul's referring to are motivated by a desire to
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Hiring a full-time Cellar Person

    Jonathan
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We are hiring a full-time Cellar Person. Click here to view the job description and apply. The post Hiring a full-time Cellar Person appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold

    Jonathan
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Exciting news from Atlanta, via Denver. Our Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale won a 2014 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer category. We’re humbled. Ecstatic. Scrumptrulescent. Want some more exciting news? Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is making another appearance this year – look for it starting in early December. The post Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless.

    Jonathan
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Well, technically not priceless. $20 to be exact. Our own Duck Duckett brought the heat with this one – a death-metal inspired skelelogo with an ominous twist on our rallying cry, “Weekends are overrated.” We only made a few. You too can be a lucky owner. Buy one here! The post Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless. appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10

    Jonathan
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    We’re excited to bring back the Westside 10, a 10K/10-mile run (you choose) completely in Westside Atlanta. The race ends at the brewery, so that ain’t too bad. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 13. Register now – we sold out last year and odds are we will sell out again this year. From Oct 1 – Nov 1, you can also register in person at Big Peach Running Co. December 13, 2014 8:00am 10Miler Start, 8:10am 10K Start Presented by the runningnerds racing series, benefitting Ties that Matter Race Features HILLY & CHALLENGING COURSE THROUGH ATLANTA’S WESTSIDE…
  • New t-shirt designs, compliments of you

    Jonathan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We’ll keep this page updated with your submitted t-shirt designs. Leave a comment if you’ve got one, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A Cassie Gooding B Michael Rickman C Carlos Saldana D Brad Hanna E Brad Hanna F Brad Hanna G Sherry Wilson H Erika Floyd I RaShun Harris J Brad Pickle K Kara Thomas L Jordan Chaney M Michael Rickman N Michael Rickman The post New t-shirt designs, compliments of you appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
 
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Stealing the Flying Dog Glass

    David
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Tuesday evening the Flying Dog RV was spotted outside Capital Ale House. The occasion was a Flying Dog "Steal the Glass" night, featuring four Flying Dog beers served in an attractive etched glass. How could we resist going in?The four beers featured were Bloodline IPA, Hoppy American Wheat, Kujo Coffee Stout and Gonzo Imperial Porter on Nitro. All excellent beers that we've had before. I opted for the Bloodline Blood Orange IPA and Colleen selected Hoppy American Wheat.Bloodline IPA seemed to be the most popular selection, based on comments I heard at the bar. It's a bright,…
  • Lunchtime Smoke & Noise

    David
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Astute readers would rightly assume by the dearth of posts recently that my time for "fun stuff" has been painfully limited. Being unable to enjoy any trigger time since my range trip on Thanksgiving Day has been especially frustrating. In search of relief, Tuesday afternoon I decided to head up to the Indoor Range in Stafford during my lunch hour. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get in; I had the same idea last Friday, but when I arrived I saw 16 cars in the parking lot, at a 14 lane range, and gave it a pass! On this day, I was in luck as there were only a few other folks there.I spent…
  • Isley Beer & Cheese Pairing

    David
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Thursday evening Capital Ale House set out a Cheese & Beer pairing featuring Isley Brewing Company. Three Isley Beers were paired up with three cheeses; Tall, Dark and Hopsome Black IPA with Lusk Gouda, Off the Boulevard Irish Red Ale with McClure Swiss, and Choosy Mother Peanut Butter Oatmeal Porter with President Brie.Also included with the cheeses was a couple slices of a very delicious bread with a salt and herb crust. We enjoyed the side of bread as much as the cheese and beer. The bread and cheese platter would stand on its own as an appetizer.This event was originally…
  • Forcing the Options Towards Good Beer

    David
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Twice a month I head off to a meeting of like-minded Catholic men who serve the community and Church. After the business of the evening is completed, food and beverages are set out. The kitchen crew prides itself on the good food, but he beer selection is often lacking. It typically consists of the usual suspects one sees at such a gathering; Miller Lite, Stella Artois, and the occasional Yuengling Lager. I can get by with the Yuengling but would enjoy something different. I am sure many of the other men would as well, but the "buyer" is stuck in his ways.This week I had a last minute thought…
  • A "Soulful" Evening of Beer

    David
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    I went out for a quick dinner last night, heading over to Park Lane Tavern. When I arrived I learned they were having a "Steal the Glass" night featuring Green Flash Soul Style IPA. The glass with the premium price point was a simple logo shaker pint, so I wasn't really interested in the glass, but opted to try the beer nonetheless.Green Flash Soul Style pours a clear and bright copper color with a thin, short-lived head. The aroma is sweet fruit and somewhat resinous. The initial flavor is bitter citrus and pine, with a touch of sweetness showing up as well. The finish is slightly bitter…
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    The Brew Club

  • Ben Trueman 1883 Pale Ale 6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:32 am
    To celebrate the first anniversary of the rebirth of Trueman's Brewery they've resurrected a brew - a 6% ABV Pale Ale - that dates back to 1883.
  • Brewdog Nanny State 0.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    Yes, you read that correctly, a Brewdog beer and only half a percent alcohol by volume. As the brewery says "Brewing a full flavoured craft beer at 0.5% is no easy task.", but I guess if anybody's up to the challenge, the boys (and girls) at Brewdog are.
  • Palma Louca 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    I’ve been so busy of late exploring great British beers for The Brewclub that I’ve neglected the beers of the wider world.  Of course that’s also due in part to me having not spotted many ‘new’ beers on the shelves of my local stores and brewmongers. I did, however, stumble across ‘Palma Louca’ the other […]
  • Okells ‘1907’ Pale ALE 6.1% – revisited

    Bob the Brit
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    When I last tasted '1907', I described it as a 'summer ale'; somehow in the intervening four years it's matured into an Autumn ale. It's warming, ideally suited for an island in the cold, dark, Irish Sea.
  • Shakespeare’s Pub

    Bob the Brit
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The respected beer writer - Pete Brown - has written the definitive history of one of London's oldest inns, 'The George' in Southwark. I sat and read this book over a sunny weekend, accompanied by a few 'lawn mower beers' and enjoyed it immensely. If you want an insight into the history of one of England's oldest and most interesting pubs, then I commend it to your bookshelf (or e-reader).
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Got Tito’d

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

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

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

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
 
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • Craft beer to bring to holiday parties

    C Frye, Arlington Cooking Examiner
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    For a long time, the standard host/hostess gift has been a nice bottle of wine. With the surge in craft beer, a large-format bottle of beer is also a good option. This holiday season, many local Northern Virginia...
  • A visit to La Mesa's Bolt Brewery

    Don Ayres, San Diego Craft Beer Examiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    As the San Diego County brewery count slowly creeps towards the century mark, it’s becoming much more difficult for new breweries to stand out in a very crowded field. Some may choose to stand out by giving their...
  • Jungle Jim's Barrel Aged Beer Bash, 2015

    Bryon Lape, Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Take great craft beer, in particular the dark ones, place them in various barrels that have been used by other liquids such as bourbon, sherry, wine, or whiskey. Now age them for a few months and then pour the results...
  • Cincy Winter Beer Fest 2015 is coming very soon

    Bryon Lape, Cincinnati Craft Beer Examiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    In less than two months, the beer fest that started the revival in the Cincinnati area will be held. The 2015 installment for the Cincy Beer Fest will be held on February 13 & 14 in the Duke Energy Center...
  • Drunk nation; winter months bring higher average levels of inebriation

    Marc Wisdom, Jacksonville Craft Beer Examiner
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Beer, as everyone knows, is an alcoholic beverage and as such, if consumed too heartily, can lead to inebriation. For a serious beer-lover, one who enjoys the flavors of a well-crafted beer along with the company of good...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 120914

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Today is Christmas Card Day and also #ColoradoGivesDay. It's essentially a reminder that the big holiday is just over 2 weeks away and if you want everyone to receive your holiday card this year before the actual holiday then today might be a good day to get those cards and letters out in the mail. Granted, in today's society, holiday greetings can be sent electronically and can be received instantly. But, if you still are a bit traditional, snail mail is the old traditional holiday method of sending out holiday greetings. Get writing soon! Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft…
  • Colorado Beer News 120814

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Today is John Lennon Day. Back on this day in 1980, former member of The Beatles was shot and killed in New York City. Lennon was one of the best known figures in popular music in the 1960s and 70s and his music, both from his years with the Beatles and on his solo career, is still quite popular today. Raise a toast today in memory of John Lennon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, December 8th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer…
  • Loveland Breweries Team Up to Support Local Non-Profit

    6 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    It's not often that you see nearly every brewery from a single town get together to work on a collaboration beer, the the breweries in Loveland, Colorado are doing just that to release a beer to help raise month for a local non-profit Hearts & Horses. Check out the press release issued yesterday about this effort. [PRESS RELEASE] Loveland, Colorado December 5, 2014- Five years ago, Loveland was a desert in the brewing community. Pan to the present day, Loveland boasts seven breweries with multiple national and international awards. In August all the breweries of Loveland met on a…
  • Colorado Beer News 120414

    4 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Today is Dice Day. Dice come in all shapes, colors and sizes. There are 4 sided, 6 sided, 8 sided, 10 sided, 12 sided, 20 sided and even dice that go up to 100 sides! Dice are commonly used in games and games of chance. Whether you use them in Dungeon games, board games or on the craps table - today is the day to break out those dice and let them roll. Play a friendly game with dice today and have some fun. And why not pair that experience with a craft beer? Take your favorite dice game and bring it to a taproom near you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today…
  • Colorado Beer News 120314

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Today is Make a Gift Day. While the vast majority of us go out or online to shop, instead, today you are encouraged to get a little creative and design and make a gift with your own hands. Making a gift takes a bit of extra time and effort, but those gifts are usually cherished more by those who receive them, especially if they know the person who made it. Not sure what to make? Why not try your hand at making some homebrew? You might just surprise yourself at how much fun and simple it is to make your own beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday,…
 
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    Beer 47

  • First Frost by Fullsteam Brewery Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fullsteam sources, and formerly to hand picked, local North Carolina persimmons to brew this fantastic Winter beer, which is a part of their Forager series. Beer: First Frost Style: Winter Warmer/Belgian Strong Dark Ale ABV: 9% Brewery: Fullsteam Brewery Brewery City: Durham, NC Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:18:24 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: First Frost from 2012-2013 is amazing. It has flavors and aromas of caramel, ripe fruit, baked permissions, malty, banana bread, nutty, pecans, and a hint of cloves. It’s like a persimmon, rum, and pecan…
  • Out of Your Gourd by Redhook Brewery Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Out of Your Gourd by Redhook is a Fall seasonal beer made with pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and maple syrup. Beer: Out of Your Gourd Style: Pumpkin / Yam Beer ABV: 5.8% Brewery: Redhook Brewery Brewery City: Woodinville, WA Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Monday, November 17, 2014 9:17:37 PM (PST) Tasting Notes: Appearance: dark w/mocha head Smell: Just the right amount of pumpkin spice, cola, a hint of chocolate, moderate amounts of maple, roasty Taste: dry, a bit thin, not sweet Overall: As a dry porter, this beer started off great but I’m not convinced that a…
  • 20th Anniversary Strong Ale by New Glarus Brewing Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    To celebrate their 20th Anniversary New Glarus crafted this wonderful old ale that is “alive, robust and complex.” Beer: 20th Anniversary Strong Ale Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company Brewery City: New Glarus, WI Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:11:33 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: Dark brown Smell: Nutty, malty, syrup, a touch of cola, herbal, tarragon, dried fruit, a touch of perfume. Taste: Sweet & malty, not too bitter, barely peppery Rating: 4 out of 5 Special thanks to my friend Aaron for bringing…
  • La Vermontoise by Brasserie de Blaugies Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    La Vermontoise is a Belgian-style saison brewed in Belgium in collaboration with Hill Farmstead of Vermont and Brasserie de Blaugies. It is an artfully made citrus-hoppy saison. Date Tasted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:55:25 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: Cloudy straw color with a foamy head. Smell: Citrus, fruity esters, banana, herbal, a touch of cloves Taste: Grain, dry, a touch of bitter, effervescent Overall: A wonderfully hoppy Saison Rating: 4 out of 5 Beer: La Vermontoise Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6% Brewery: Brasserie de Blaugies Brewery Country: Belgium The…
  • Deduction by Taxman Brewing Company Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Whenever I’m traveling I make a point to try a few of the local craft beers. Recently I was in Indianapolis for a convention so I headed over to Bru Burger to try Taxman’s Deduction Belgian Dubbel.   Beer: Deduction Style: Belgian Dubbel ABV: 8% Brewery: Taxman Brewing Company Brewery City: Bargersville, IN Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:03:40 PM (PDT) Where: Bru Burger Bar Tasting Notes: Appearance: oak brown Smell: Dark fruit, banana a hint of , a hint of cloves, raisin, herbal Taste: slightly sweet, a little dry Overall: a well…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 253: Accumulation & Dark Horse 4 Elf

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Happy Holidays! On episode 253, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder check their stockings to see if Santa dropped them off anything tasty. This year they must have been on the “nice” list because their stockings were full of beer. They each got a couple of bottles of New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation and Dark Horse 4 Elf. First they start with the New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation, a 6.2 % ABV White IPA. Following up the IPA, they move onto the Dark Horse 4 Elf. The 4 Elf is a 8.75 % ABV Winter Warmer that should get you into the…
  • Episode 252: La Loca Juana & La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast! On episode 252, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their very limited Spanish language skills as they enjoy a couple Spanish Craft beers. These were picked up on a recent trip to Spain by friends Mike Messaros and Alice Oglethorpe. Both of these beers are from Cervezas Juana la Loca. First up is the La Loca Juana a “European Pale Lager” coming in at 6.0% ABV. They then follow up the Pale or beautiful blonde with the Amber ale. The La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja is an Amber ale coming in at 5.5 % ABV,…
  • Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different midwest Pilsners. First up is the 5.5 % ABV Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was brewed in strict German Tradition and is a steady reminder of the German domination of brewing before and during prohibition. Next, the guys step it up a bit with the Imperial Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The My Turn Series: Pilo…
  • Episode 250: Sublime Ginger & Shady Character

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. This is episode 250, yeah that’s right 250 episodes of the Hop Cast! In this show Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers from the Chicago Brewery, Forbidden Root. The first beer they open is the Sublime Ginger a 3.8 % ABV Herbed / Spiced Beer.Sublime Ginger starts with a dry and creamy wheat beer, then fresh botanicals are added plus a splash of key lime juice for a tangy flavor with a delicious bite of ginger. Next up is Forbidden Root’s Shady Character a 6.7 % ABV American Porter. The botanicals in this beer are black…
  • Episode 249: Penrose Brewing P2 & Southern Tier 2XONE

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hey Craft Beer fans, it’s time for a new episode of the Hop Cast. In episode 249, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple Pale Ales. First up is the P2, a 5.54% ABV Belgian Pale Ale from our good friends at Penrose Brewing. This has been a go to beer for Brad and Ken lately; it’s juicy, finishes dry and is very easy to drink. Next Brad and Ken move onto the 2XONE, a 8.1% ABV American Pale Ale. It’s been awhile since we’ve had anything from Southern Tier Brewing Company on the Hop Cast and this was a nice treat. They…
 
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop Grand Opening on Saturday

    D.J. Paul
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Portland’s Westside has been underserved over the years when it comes to craft beer. The last dedicated taproom with a heavy emphasis on the total craft beer experience west of the Willamette was Bailey’s Taproom. This has now changed with the opening of The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop near Providence Park. The Civic will celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, December 20, 2014 with some fantastic events.
  • Launch of WhiskyBack Red at Coalition Brewing

    D.J. Paul
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the maturing of the craft beer industry, many of us craft beer drinkers look elsewhere to enlighten our libations that we consume. One of the more popular explorations is into another malt based beverage, whisky. Tomorrow, Saturday December 20th, Coalition Brewing will be providing such assistance. Taking place from 5:00 to 8:00pm, Coalition will […]
  • Roscoe’s 8th Anniversary

    D.J. Paul
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The day after Christmas will bring in the 8th year of Roscoe’s. Yes, on Friday, December 26th Roscoe’s will be celebrating their 8th year of bringing the Montavilla neighborhood great craft beer paired with mouth watering food. There is no better way to celebrate than bringing you a phenomenal tap list with some of Roscoe’s […]
  • Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children’s Cancer Association

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families. Heated tents, coupled with mild […]
  • Baerlic Brewing Wood Worker Barrel Aged Series Bottle Release

    D.J. Paul
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    Baerlic Brewing will release their first barrel aged beer on Saturday, December 27th beginning at 3:00pm. The first release of Baerlic Brewing’s WoodWorker Series, an ongoing series of barrel aged beers is Old Blood & Guts Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Old Blood & Guts Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine – an American style barleywine ale with […]
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  • What NOT to get a beer geek for Christmas

    Carla Jean Lauter
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Warning: I know that some of you out there have probably already purchased some of the things on this list for people that you know. You might have even gotten some of these things for me. This list is for fun – but maybe it might help you out next time.
  • What about Novare Res Bier Café?

    Carla Jean Lauter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Yesterday, I posted a list of breweries, bars and brewpubs that you should visit if you’re only in Portland Maine for part of a day – and have limited time to get the sense of Maine’s craft beer. Among the feedback that I got was the criticism that the well-known beer bar, Novare Res Bier Café wasn’t on my list – which people assumed I’d forgotten or perhaps had something against it.
  • 24 Hours in Portland, ME

    Carla Jean Lauter
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    It is easy to miss some of the best beer in Portland if you only go by what you’ve heard about. Due to the insulated nature of our state – most breweries (especially the crop that have opened in the last three years) keep their beers in Maine or New England, and many are on-premise or growler only, which doesn’t make it easy for non-locals to find them. The places or beers that out-of-state visitors have heard of are a combination of those that have a) been distributed the farthest, b) have been in existence the longest, or c) are the most sought after or talked about. That doesn’t…
  • More cans & bottles coming: Maine brewers increase their packaged beer

    Carla Jean Lauter
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I lamented that I wished more breweries in Maine bottled or packaged their beer for bringing home. I stand by this – it’s less expensive for the consumer per beer, and there are times in which I just don’t feel like being social or bumping elbows with everyone at a packed bar. Seems like a few breweries were thinking along the same lines – and have begun to get in on the action
  • The Summer of the Tasting Room

    Carla Jean Lauter
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Once scarce, tasting rooms and tap rooms that are open to the public have become a part of Maine’s craft beer drinking culture.[Read more…]
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  • Strange Brewfest 2015. These go to 11

    Kendall Jones
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s time to make plans for the 11th Annual Strange Brewfest. The celebration of quirky beers happens on January 23rd and 24th in Port Townsend. This year, the event takes place on Friday night and Saturday, and they decided to skip the Sunday session. Now that I have successfully secured my Strange Brewfest lodging, I feel comfortable issuing a reminder that you should do the same. Don’t delay. The whole town will sell out. To oversimplify things, I’ll just say that Strange Brewfest encourages creativity. The beers range…
  • No-Li Van Lambert Sour Cherry Ale, sneak peek this Saturday

    Kendall Jones
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I just learned that this Saturday No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane will release a limited number of bottles of its Van Lambert Sour Cherry Ale. Here’s the announcement from the brewery. Santa has come a bit early this year! With the holidays just around the corner, No-Li will be offering a “sneak peek” at our latest small batch barrel-aged beer – Van Lambert Sour Cherry Ale. With each bottle wax-dipped, numbered and hand-signed, this limited release 22oz isn’t slated to be available to the public until the week of…
  • Holiday Ale Festival raises $20k for Children’s Cancer Association

    Kendall Jones
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I don’t like to get involved in the “us versus them” thing. Seattle is a great beer town and Portland is a great beer town. I don’t like to waste time pondering which is better. That said, there’s no denying that Portland kicks Seattle’s butt when it comes to beer festivals. Over the course of two days, Washington Winter Beer Fest attracted nearly 3,000 festivalgoers this year. The event was a fundraiser for the Washington Brewers Guild. In Portland, at about the same time, the five-day Holiday Ale Festival…
  • President Obama – now a member of the American Homebrewers Association

    Kendall Jones
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A couple years ago, the world learned that the White House kitchen staff was brewing its own beer at the behest of President Obama. We reported on that story in 2012 (read it). Sam Kass, a chef at the White House and the Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives, is the one who’s actually been  brewing the beer. Today we learned that to show appreciation of the White House’s interest in homebrewing, the American Homebrewers Association has gifted President Obama and Chef Kass with lifetime memberships. Below is the press…
  • The Bergschrund set to open in Ballard this Friday

    Kendall Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Because liquor laws are so frequently governed by bizarre pretzel logic, we can’t actually declare this new Ballard drinking establishment to be what it actually is. Instead of saying exactly what it really is, I must tell you it is something else. So here it goes. The Bergschrund is a new beer-focused bar in Ballard that will serve, almost exclusively, beers from NW Peaks Brewery. (Nudge- nudge, wink-wink, say no more.) The plan is to open this Friday, December 19th. Follow The Bergschrund on Facebook to be certain, as final approval is…
 
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  • Oscar time?! Deputies Fake Buzz to Test Liquor Store Clerks

    Patsy
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Deputies pretending to be obviously drunk visited eight liquor stores in East County, and were successful in buying additional alcohol at three of them, sheriff’s deputies reported Sunday. Selling alcohol to obvious drunks is a misdemeanor crime, but the decoy program was for educational purposes and no stores were cited. The eight outlets were in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego and Jamul. Deputies were operating under the sheriff’s drunk decoy program, an educational effort which uses undercover operatives who smell of alcohol, stumble, slur their speech, drop items, etc. to…
  • Lawsuit Accuses Maker’s Mark of False Advertising

    Patsy
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Two California consumers sued one of Kentucky’s best-known distilleries, saying Maker’s Mark tries to spike demand and sticker prices by falsely promoting its bourbon as being handmade. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Diego, accused the distillery of deceptive advertising and business practices with its “handmade” promotion on the labels of its bottles, known for their distinctive red-wax seal. The potential class-action suit claims damages exceed $5 million. A spokesman for Beam Suntory Inc., the parent of Maker’s, said the suit was meritless and the…
  • Drizly uncorks a second e-commerce revenue stream

    Patsy
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Drizly, the Boston-based online alcohol delivery company, had inked a major deal with MillerCoors to cross-promote the delivery service. As part of the partnership, Drizly delivered cases of Miller Lite for free over the past weekend in four of its nine service cities. While the news of a Boston e-commerce startup joining forces with a major alcohol conglomerate to leverage the power of its brand is big news in its own right, the launch of Drizly’s API today, which will allow other brands to access Drizly’s network of liquor stores…
  • Right ON! Craft Beer Outsells Budweiser

    Patsy
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has been the self-proclaimed “king of beers” for decades, shipping a whopping 50 million barrels a year at its peak of popularity in 1988. According to the Wall Street Journal, Budweiser’s popularity has sunk, and shipped 16 million barrels in 2013. It’s a significant number because craft beer shipments totaled 16.1 million barrels that same year. Sure, that’s every single craft beer in the market, versus a single brand, but beer pundits (yes, there is such a thing as a beer pundit) see this as a significant shift in the market. According to the WSJ…
  • Booze, Puke & Guts: Ohio Woman Sets Beer Mile World Record

    Patsy
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    On Wednesday evening, under a rapidly darkening sky, 27-year-old Tod Neer ran across the blacktop of the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas, and crossed the finish line at the Beer Mile World Championships. He immediately went into the grass on the right-hand side of the track and vomited out about four cans worth of beer before raising his arms above his head, fists clenched in the universal sign of victory. With that very beer-mile-ish physical display and a time of 7 minutes, 40.93 seconds, Neer won the first-ever race at the first-ever Beer Mile World Championships. Neer’s race was…
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  • NW Winter Beer Taste

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

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

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

    Bean
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Winter Wag is designed for dog lovers, winter sport lovers and of course beer lovers! Winter Wag is partly about avalanche awareness and partly a fundraiser to benefit  Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs. Winter Wag takes place November 15, 2014 4-9pm Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs go through vigorous training to assist the ski patrol in a avalanche rescue. Once they are certified, they complete rescue tasks that their human handlers are unable to do, or as quickly and safely. This Avalanche Rescue Dog Program fundraiser helps them receive the hundreds of hours training…
  • Velvety Syrah Cairdeas 2008

    Bean
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you love your tannin wrapped in velvet? Cairdeas Syrah is the wine for you! People ask me ask me all the time why I hold on to wine. This is why. This was a good solid wine when it was it was realizes but age has elevated it to some special. The bitter, drying tannin are ensconced in the thin but lushest layer of velvet that makes me want want each sip to linger. Fantastic smokey notes on the noses made me search the deep freeze for bacon! Fruit tends to drop first as wines age but that isn’t the case in the 2008 Cairdeas Syrah. Lots of black fruit on the nose and the front palate…
 
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  • Episode 57: Developed in the Bottle (Part 2)

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Mike and Jason continue their conversation on aging various styles of beers while sharing a bottle of Evil Twin Brewing’s Double Barrel Jesus. Beers Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout, IBU Unknown, ABV 12% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Show Links Evil Twin Brewing Mikkeller Recorded May 25, 2014 in Ankeny, Iowa Intro Music – When It Stings by Pictures of Then Runtime: 53 minutes Download: AAC (53.1 MB) or MP3 (51.6 MB) Subscribe via iTunes or to our podcast feed
  • Episode 56: Developed in the Bottle (Part 1)

    Mike VanDelinder
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Mike and Jason share a bottle from Zipline Brewing Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The beer featured is the Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter, which is aged for 10 months in Silver Oak Cabernet wine barrels. Beers Zipline Brewing Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter American Porter, IBU Unknown, ABV 6% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:15: Introduction 01:15 – 44:10: Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter by Zipline Brewing Co To Be Continued… Show Links Zipline Brewing Co Zipline Brewing Co on Twitter Silver Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon barrels NZ IPA by Zipline Brewing Co Surly Brewing in…
  • Episode 55: Roll On Barley John

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:31 pm
    One of Minnesota’s most award-winning brewpubs, Barley John’s, lays out plans for expansion in Wisconsin. Hometown hero Surly brews a collaborative beer with Texas’ Real Ale and the Indiana juggernaut Three Floyds. Colorado’s Oskar Blues is now available in cans in Minnesota. And half-growlers make it easy to bring fresh beer home from Iowa. Beers Confluence Brewing Fresh Start Hoppy Pale Lager, IBU 31, ABV 4.86% Reviews on Untappd Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, IBU 85, ABV 8% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:19: Introduction…
  • Episode 54: This Evening So Beer

    Mike VanDelinder
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:18 am
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes Download: AAC (52.4 MB) MP3 (102.6 MB) Mike, Shawn, Tony, and Gretchen are joined by Stu for an extra-long episode featuring beers from Confluence Brewing of Iowa, Dangerous Man Brewing, AleSmith, and a Deschutes Brewery collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing. Show Links Capital Gold by Confluence Brewing Company, Golden Lager, 4.8% ABV – Untappd South Side Citra Blonde by Confluence Brewing Company, Blonde Ale, 5.2% ABV – Untappd American Wheat by Dangerous Man Brewing Company, American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.1% ABV – Untappd Dangerous…
  • Episode 53: You Wanna Radler

    Mike VanDelinder
    8 Aug 2013 | 9:49 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 41 minutes Download: AAC (42.6 MB) MP3 (39.5 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony attack the summer sippers known as shandies and radlers. These are beers that are truly a cocktail of approximately half beer and half lemonade or soda. Some breweries, such as Leinenkugel’s, pre-mix a shandy and make it available in bottles. Stieglbrauerei of Austria makes a similar beer called radler that uses grapefruit soda in a concoction with beer. With industry examples to set the stage, we make our own versions of the radler while discussing the role beer…
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    Chicks Love Beer

  • A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 2 – indulging in eating in

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

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

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

    Angela Turner
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …I was complaining to my husband one day about the state of beer, and being the encyclopedia of all things epicurean, he bowed his head in Yoda like fashion and began to speak.  With our refrigerator full of PBR and Miller High Life, I could not believe what he was saying.  We had a full bar and a wonderful wine collection but the beer in our fridge was, let’s face it, garbage.  He explained the brewing process, how they grew hops, what beers you can age and what you can’t. “Why didn’t you tell me about this before?”  “I didn’t want to waste money on something we…
  • November 15th is Resolute Day! We’re Going!

    Angela Turner
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Resolute Day Variants November 15th is Resolute Day.  Three Brothers puts out their infamous Resolute Barrel Aged Imperial Stout annually and it’s a huge event.  Not only are they one of our favorite breweries, but this is the beer that put them on the map.  Beth and I will be standing in line on Saturday to be one of the first recipients of this amazing beer.  Join us in Harrisonburg if you dare!!!!  We hope to see you there.  If not, well, we’ll tell you how it went.
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    The Beer Genome Project | The Beer Genome Project

  • Episode 57: Developed in the Bottle (Part 2)

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Mike and Jason continue their conversation on aging various styles of beers while sharing a bottle of Evil Twin Brewing’s Double Barrel Jesus. Beers Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout, IBU Unknown, ABV 12% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Show Links Evil Twin Brewing Mikkeller Recorded May 25, 2014 in Ankeny, Iowa Intro Music – When It Stings by Pictures of Then Runtime: 53 minutes Download: AAC (53.1 MB) or MP3 (51.6 MB) Subscribe via iTunes or to our podcast feed
  • Episode 56: Developed in the Bottle (Part 1)

    Mike VanDelinder
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Mike and Jason share a bottle from Zipline Brewing Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The beer featured is the Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter, which is aged for 10 months in Silver Oak Cabernet wine barrels. Beers Zipline Brewing Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter American Porter, IBU Unknown, ABV 6% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:15: Introduction 01:15 – 44:10: Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter by Zipline Brewing Co To Be Continued… Show Links Zipline Brewing Co Zipline Brewing Co on Twitter Silver Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon barrels NZ IPA by Zipline Brewing Co Surly Brewing in…
  • Episode 55: Roll On Barley John

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:31 pm
    One of Minnesota’s most award-winning brewpubs, Barley John’s, lays out plans for expansion in Wisconsin. Hometown hero Surly brews a collaborative beer with Texas’ Real Ale and the Indiana juggernaut Three Floyds. Colorado’s Oskar Blues is now available in cans in Minnesota. And half-growlers make it easy to bring fresh beer home from Iowa. Beers Confluence Brewing Fresh Start Hoppy Pale Lager, IBU 31, ABV 4.86% Reviews on Untappd Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, IBU 85, ABV 8% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:19: Introduction…
  • Episode 54: This Evening So Beer

    Mike VanDelinder
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:18 am
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes Download: AAC (52.4 MB) MP3 (102.6 MB) Mike, Shawn, Tony, and Gretchen are joined by Stu for an extra-long episode featuring beers from Confluence Brewing of Iowa, Dangerous Man Brewing, AleSmith, and a Deschutes Brewery collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing. Show Links Capital Gold by Confluence Brewing Company, Golden Lager, 4.8% ABV – Untappd South Side Citra Blonde by Confluence Brewing Company, Blonde Ale, 5.2% ABV – Untappd American Wheat by Dangerous Man Brewing Company, American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.1% ABV – Untappd Dangerous…
  • Episode 53: You Wanna Radler

    Mike VanDelinder
    8 Aug 2013 | 9:49 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 41 minutes Download: AAC (42.6 MB) MP3 (39.5 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony attack the summer sippers known as shandies and radlers. These are beers that are truly a cocktail of approximately half beer and half lemonade or soda. Some breweries, such as Leinenkugel’s, pre-mix a shandy and make it available in bottles. Stieglbrauerei of Austria makes a similar beer called radler that uses grapefruit soda in a concoction with beer. With industry examples to set the stage, we make our own versions of the radler while discussing the role beer…
 
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    CraftBeerTime.com

  • Swagger Drop Multi-Tool

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

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - CraftBeerTime.com Light bodied beers are great for enjoying any time and in session but what about when you want something dark and full of all kinds of amazing flavors?  A flavorful barleywine that’s sure to fill the tastebuds and warm the body?  Something aged in bourbon barrels to add another layer of complexity.  Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine fits the bill perfectly and is one of the very best barleywines out there. Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine pours a deep copper color with a hint of reddish to it and a small tan…
  • Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout

    Beer Blogger
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout - CraftBeerTime.com Any craft beer fan that doesn’t know Stone isn’t really a craft beer fan.  This brewery is known for their love of hops, their all-star lineup with brews like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, and their attitude.  Following the recent announcement that they’ll become the first US craft brewer to break ground with a European brewery, Stone is releasing a new seasonal brew for the summer and fall.  Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout was a hit with the Stone Team and now it’ll be available to all when it ships out to bars…
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  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 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

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 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 – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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  • Try-It ThursdayS

    Pete Mitcham
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Moo Brew HefeweizenHefeweizen. Gesundheit!It may have taken a little while for this style to really take off in Australia, but once the new wave of brewers began to add traditional wheat beer styles to their regular offerings, the public response was both positive and immediate. Where once Matilda Bay had the segment of the market to themselves with the classic Redback and Weihenstephan lay lonely on retail shelves, there are now more examples than you can shake a mash paddle at.Moo Brew, originally nestled within the Ether building at Moorilla Estate/MONA but now in a purpose built…
  • Yeastie Boys seek love and money for European expansion

    Radio Brews News
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Over the past 6 months Brews News has received at least one request to promote a crowd funding scheme covering everything from a “precision tool for your perfectly crafted beers” aka a bottle opener to “a draft system that serves any beer, fresh from the tap, anywhere you want it”. We also recently received a release about the “world’s first smartphone-controlled home-brewing machine”. Today we received an announcement from Yeastie Boys advising that next year they will be crowd funding expansion into Europe.I have mixed feelings about the whole crowd funding thing. On one hand,…
  • Good Beer Week Turns 5

    Media Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Good Beer Week will return to Australia’s beer capital for the fifth year running in May 2015 for an out-and-out celebration of the local and international craft beer scene.With 250 events across more than 150 venues in Melbourne and Victoria, Good Beer Week 2015 is rightfully retaining its crown as “the best beer week in the world,” a claim made by international brewers over the past two years.The diverse program of events will unfold over nine days from 16–24 May, with brewers from five continents coming together to share all things craft beer.Good Beer Week will take place across…
  • Beer jobs: Packaging Manager — Young Henrys, WA

    Help Wanted
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Young Henrys Brewery is looking for a Packaging Manager to join their small team in Metricup, Western Australia.Working with the brewing team, you will be responsible for the efficient operation of the canning line to meet the company’s growing requirements.This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate individual with strong commercial experience to be part of an innovative, and dynamic company.Required Skills & ExperienceMinimum of 3 years commercial experience in packaging FMC.Technical experience maintaining and operating packaging equipment to include fillers for bottles,…
  • Brewing jobs: Experienced Brewer — Young Henrys WA

    Help Wanted
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Young Henrys Brewery is looking for an experienced brewer to join their small team in Metricup, Western Australia.This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate brewer with strong commercial experience to be part of an innovative, and dynamic company.Young Henrys is a close knit team and the successful candidate will have drive, a sense of humour, love of good music, and a fascination with of all things craft along with the required skills and experience.Required Skills & ExperienceTertiary education in brewing or related sciences.Minimum of 2 years commercial experience.Ability to…
 
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Bold City and Aardwolf featured on WJXT news prior to Jags game

    mwisdom562
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Jacksonville brewery representatives from Bold City Brewing and Aardwolf Brewing appeared on WJXT, the local CBS affiliate last night prior to the nationally-boradcast, prime time airing of Thursday Night Football from Everbank Field. In the interview Brian Miller of Bold City and Preben Olsen of Aardwolf answered questions about the craft beer movement and why consumers seem to be gravitating towards the scene. The Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville hosted a pre-game tailgate party that included local craft beer along with several national brands. View the entire segment at the link below.
  • Florida lawmakers file bills to change growler laws, optimistic change will happen in 2015

    mwisdom562
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    The push to get Florida’s archaic and restrictive craft beer growler laws are heating up again. Two representatives, Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and Rep. Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor – both Republicans — filed bills earlier this week that would allow Florida breweries to sell their beer in 64-ounce, refillable bottles known as growlers. Florida is one of only two states in the nation that prohibit half-gallon containers for to-go beer. Utah is the other state. At an event held at Dunedin Brewery near Tampa, Latvala said, “It’s nothing new or revolutionary, we’re just…
  • Winter months bring highest average level of inebriation study says

    mwisdom562
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Photo: Jeffrey Smith/Creative Commons Beer, as everyone knows, is an alcoholic beverage and as such, if consumed too heartily, can lead to inebriation. For a serious beer-lover, one who enjoys the flavors of a well-crafted beer along with the company of good friends, drunken stupor is not the goal. Nonetheless, during the months of December through March, becoming legal pissed (that’s British for drunk), is a far too common occurrence. Sure, a few pints with friends along with a good meal is just the thing to end a long work week with or celebrate a momentous occasion, but drinking to…
  • Recipe: Beer-Soaked Grilled Cheese

    mwisdom562
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    On a cold winter’s day there is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of tomato soup and the traditional grilled cheese accompaniment. But, what if you could amp that grilled cheese up a bit with one of the world’s other sublime pleasures: beer? That is just what Erica Shea and Stephen Valand of the Brooklyn Brew Shop have done with this delicious and somewhat decadent twist on the classic gooey sandwich. The original post of this recipe comes from the Brewers’ Association’s blog CraftBeer.com. Enjoy! Beer-Soaked Grilled Cheese Ingredients Beer Batter 2 eggs 1 cup…
  • Queens brewery produces high-wattage brews

    mwisdom562
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Big Alice head brewer and co-owner Kyle Hurst talks about his brews. Nestled, almost hidden in an industrial area of Long Island City in the New York borough of Queens, is a tiny brewery amping up the volume on beer taste. Big Alice Brewing is one of several small breweries popping up in the rapidly-gentrifying Vernon Street neighborhood. But, Big Alice has a hook; they make small batches of beer in flavors that do not exactly fit in to mainstream beer categories. The brewery is named for a giant electric power generator in Long Island City originally commissioned by ConEd and built by the…
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    Brewing and Beer

  • The Best Books for Home Brewing Sour and Wild Ales

    Brewing and Beer
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    So you’ve gotten through the invaluable essentials such as The Joy of Home Brewing and have Designing Great Beers as your well-worn reference and you’re asking, “Gee, beer is really delicious, fun to make too!  I wonder how I can expand my expertise in the craft.”  What better way than by trying your hand at brewing a new and increasingly popular style?  Simply consult the list below for everything you need to get started harnessing wild yeast and to brew your very own sour ales. Brew it old school Before the human race knew of the existence of yeast, people…
  • Three Bears Brown Ale

    Brewing and Beer
    20 May 2014 | 10:45 pm
    This big brown ale features Cascade, Centennial and Northern Brewer hops with a big dose of Chocolate and Crystal malt.  Three Bears was brewed by steeping the grains extra hot, fermenting extra cold, and turning out just right.  Brewed by Travis Neufeld in Napa Valley California.
  • Bonkers Pale Ale

    Brewing and Beer
    4 Nov 2013 | 3:16 pm
    Brewed for an indian summer’s afternoon, Bonkers is an easy drinking pale ale with a handful of Northwest hops added late in the boil that gives plenty of hop character without the bitterness.  Smooth and drinkable, it’s a pale ale that can be enjoyed by everyone.  The label features our 3 month old kitten Bonkers who joined our family while the beer was fermenting and is thusly immortalized as a homebrew mascot.
  • Outdoor Amber

    Brewing and Beer
    22 Sep 2013 | 1:52 am
    Malty yet complex, Outdoor Amber is a full flavored and rather sweet ale that is slightly offset by a subtle earthy hop note My 4th homebrew turned out to be pretty decent.  Outdoor Amber is a pretty sweet but still complex ale that has a distinct but subtle hop character to balance it (if I do say so myself).  I gave away several bottles of it and nearly everyone said they loved it which is an improvement over previous homebrew attempts.  The yeast didn’t fully convert all the sugar to alcohol so the residual sugar gives a rich caramel flavor.  Being my first beer with new…
  • SF Beer Week 2013

    Brewing and Beer
    11 Feb 2013 | 11:40 am
    We’re in the heart of SF Beer Week 2013 which runs from February 8 – 17, so if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the bay area and thirsty for a beer, head to one (or two) of the plethora of outstanding craft beer events dotting Northern California from Monterrey to Santa Rosa including, of course, San Francisco and the East Bay.  Head over to the official website to check out their super easy-to-use Google Maps overlay with info about every event and links to buying admission online.  We’re especially excited to see Hangar 24 hosting two events in honor of…
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    Brewbound.com

  • A Year of Deals Has Popular Craft Retailer Restocking Its Shelves

    David Eisenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Effective the first day of the New Year, Craft Beer Cellar, a small chain of craft-centric retailers headquartered in Massachusetts, will no longer exclude beers from its shelves based solely on who owns the brand. Since its inception in 2010, the company, which operates 13 stores in seven states, has sold only beer that fits the Brewers Association’s (BA) definition of craft beer, which states, in part, that a brewery must be less than 25 percent owned “by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer” to be considered craft. Citing large external investments…
  • Flying Dog Plans to Launch Experimental “Farmworks” Brewery in Virginia

    Chris Furnari
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Who said newbie craft brew startups are the only ones allowed to launch new craft breweries? As breweries in the craft beer sector continue to flourish, established companies, like the 25-year-old Flying Dog, are doubling down and looking to further capitalize on growth with entirely new brewery ventures. The Frederick, Md. beer company yesterday announced plans to launch Farmworks Brewery, a self-described “unique farm brewery destination” located in Lucketts, Va. Situated on approximately five acres of the recently launched Lucketts Mill Hopworks at Shadow Farm, which spans 53 acres,…
  • Ithaca to Release Daydreamer

    Press Release
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Ithaca, N.Y. – Ithaca Beer Co. kicks off its 2015 Seasonal offerings with Ithaca Daydreamer, an American style Kolsch. Originating from Cologne (Köln), Germany, the Kölsch style was historically only brewed along the Rhine (Rhein) River and fairly light in alcohol at 4.5-5.5% abv. Daydreamer offers the unique character of traditional German Kolsch yeast and the blend of Pilsner, 2-Row, and German malts resulting in a pleasantly fruity, bready and slightly sweet aroma. While traditional Kolsch beers are typically lower in alcohol, we punched up Daydreamer to a warming 7% a.b.v. But despite…
  • Bell’s Expands Southern California Footprint

    David Eisenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Bell’s Brewery has announced plans to expand its presence in southern California in early 2015 per a partnership with Craft Brewer’s Guild of Los Angeles, a wing of L. Knife and Son’s national craft wholesale network. Beginning Feb. 23, all of Bell’s products will be available throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, depending on their release dates, except for Oberon, which is typically a seasonal but will be sold year-round in Southern Calif. “We are constantly addressing capacity constraints and building on last May’s initial launch in…
  • Manhattan Beer’s Windmill Acquisition has New York Bodegas, Beverage Centers Fearful

    David Eisenberg
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Two of the largest beer wholesalers in New York City are working to consolidate, creating one company that will control approximately half of the city’s beer market — but not everyone is happy about it. In a note to suppliers, Manhattan Beer Distributors announced Tuesday that it has entered into a formal agreement with Windmill Distributing (Phoenix\Beehive Beverage Distributors), to acquire the company’s beer brand distribution rights. The agreement, which is still pending supplier and United States Department of Justice approvals, would give Manhattan Beer control of 13 million…
 
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    Matt Stvartak

  • Remove WordPress image width and height

    mattstvartak
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    There are many instances where we would like to ignore the WordPress image defined width and height. To remove those attributes from WordPress image simply add the following snippet to your theme’s functions.php file. /** * Removes the explicit width and height from images inserted using WordPress. */ function ms_remove_width_attribute( $html ) { $html = preg_replace( '/(width|height)="d*"s/', "", $html ); return $html; } add_filter( 'post_thumbnail_html', 'ms_remove_width_attribute', 10 ); add_filter( 'image_send_to_editor', 'ms_remove_width_attribute', 10 ); Not using WordPress?
  • Remove the blog slug from WordPress Multisite

    mattstvartak
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Do you have a WordPress Multisite install? Do you want to remove that ugly blog slug from all of your posts? If so, you are in the right place. To begin simply access the admin interface of your site. Note: this can’t be done unless you are the network admin as you must have access to the network settings of the WordPress Multisite install. Below is a quick run down of how to remove the blog slug from your WordPress Multisite install. It’s quick and easy and will work network wide for all of your sites. You can also use the following method to change the slug to an alternative if…
  • Let’s talk about code, beer, and gaming.

    mattstvartak
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Long after the retirement of BeersAndBacon.com I’ve come to the conclusion that the time for blogging has come again. I hope to provide insight into the world of front-end development along with the occasional beer review and musings about gaming. You’ll see the site change looks during the first few weeks as I try to find a theme that fits my needs. I hope you enjoy my posts and feel free to share them with your friends across the web. Enjoy. The post Let’s talk about code, beer, and gaming. appeared first on Matt Stvartak.
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • ARE TOO MANY CALIFORNIA VINTNERS ADDICTED TO HIGH ALCOHOL?

    John Mariani
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    I just picked at random a selection of California cabs from my cellar. Here’s what I found: Stag’s Leap Cask 73: 14.5% alcohol; Nickel and ...
  • The Line Hotel, Los Angeles

    Garrick Ramirez
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Line is a colorful design-driven hotel set in the heart of LA’s buzzing Koreatown. Boxy guest rooms are smartly-designed with a centerpiece bed and ...
  • Top 10 Sakes to Pair with your Holiday Cheese Platter

    Richard Auffrey
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many of us will eat plenty of cheese this holiday season. Though cheese isn’t a traditional Japanese food, sake actually makes an excellent pairing with ...
  • Momotaro, Chicago

    Rachel Wexler
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Momotaro, a multi-level mecca of Japanese food and design, offers myriad dining experiences: The first floor, devoted to izakaya—a cocktail, whiskey, and sake bar with elevated ...
  • Top 12 Spirits Reviews: Winter Round-Up

    Julie Albin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    With winter waving at us with its chilly fingers, it’s the time of year to sit by a fireplace while sipping on a cozy cocktail. ...
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    Brew Dudes

  • Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout Kit

    Mike
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This week Johns quest for brewing a good stout takes us to the Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout Kit. Brewing kits is becoming an easier way to explore styles with a proven recipe and John knocks it out of the park with this one. Smooth rich dark chocolatey goodness sums up this kit. This kit starts with Maris Otter base malt and uses equal parts dark crystal, English chocolate malt and English roasted barley, each at half a pound each. To get that smooth oatmeal mouth feel the kit uses a pound of standard flaked oats. When we shot the video I was taken back by the intensity of the chocolate…
  • Nelson Sauvin Braggot Brew Day

    The Brew Dudes
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I have been living a life of exotic hops lately. My wife asked me why I have been brewing so often. I told her because the time is now. I have no idea what I am saying anymore. I am all hopped up on hoppy hop hops. Beyond the BIAB experiments with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Equinox, this dreamed-up braggot has been on the schedule for a while. I put the recipe for this mead with Nelson Sauvin hops in it back in late March so it’s about time I got around to brewing this one. It’s too bad; this one will be great next year at this time – a real winter warmer. It could be ready…
  • Using Sorbates

    Mike
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Last week we talked about metabisulfites and how one uses sulfite compounds to stabilize must or other fermented beverages. These we we talk about another compound SORBATE! Sorbate is a commonly used preservative found in many products that are high in sugar. You’ll see it a lot in fruit juices to keep naturally pressed juices from fermenting on store shelves. The combination of these two products can be applied to manny aspects of brewing wines, ciders and meads. Unlike Metabisulfite which can be found with a fancy name like Campden tablets; sorbate usually simply comes…
  • BIAB Series – More One Gallon Batches

    John
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Brewing in a bag has been a fun series this year. I have brew a few experimental batches using this method. The first one was the great wheat malt experiment during the summer. The most recent BIAB sessions have been the hop explorations. Mosaic was the first one I did and then when I had time, I was able to brew a SMaSH El Dorado hop ale and a SMaSH Equinox ale. The two gallon fermentors are hanging out in my upstairs closet together, getting ready for being bottled later on this week. They both received dry hop additions during the weekend, and will be in that phase for four days. If you…
  • Jester Hops

    John
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A hop variety from the UK that has the aroma and flavor profile of an American one?  How can this be?  Well, these Brew Dudes are about to find out. I was contacted via Twitter by Ali Capper who runs Stocks Farm in Worcestershire, England. She let me know that they had a great harvest and that they had hops to purchase. When I went to their site, they had a clear call out to homebrewers to review their goods. They had nine different varieties to choose from but the one that I noticed right away was Jester hops. With measurements using the metric system and prices in GBP, I damned the…
 
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Coaster Critique: Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt

    Chad Lothian
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    On the seventh day of Beermas: Name: Reindeer’s Revolt Brewed By: Ridgeway Brewing Style: English Christmas Ale ABV: 6% Reindeers Revolt pours a golden-copper color with red highlights when held to the light. The beer is slightly hazy in the glass and the pour raised a frothy, white head. Nose is malt forward, whole grain bread, a hint of dark fruit and earthy hops. Flavor follows the nose with a healthy dose of malt up front, less bready and more toasted grains and toffee sweetness. Mid-sip the flavor changes to a blend of yeast and spicy hops with a bitterness that is slightly more…
  • Coaster Critique: SoMe Brewing Cinnamon Toast

    Chad Lothian
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:36 am
    On the sixth day of Beermas: Name: Cinnamon Toast Brewed by: SoMe Brewing Company Style: American Pale Ale ABV: 6% Pours a red-copper color with bright golden highlights when held to the light. The beer is crystal clear in the glass, carbonation is visible sliding to the top to support a thick, khaki colored head. Nose is sweet and spicy like cinnamon sugar, malts come through as baked bread, no hops to speak of. Cinnamon Toast is malt forward, toasted grains, baked bread a hint of yeast. Initial sip is sweet, mid sip the beer dries out leaving you with a dry, cinnamon spice flavor and a…
  • Coaster Critique: The Traveler Beer Co. Jolly Traveler

    Chad Lothian
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    On the fifth day of Beermas: Name: Jolly Traveler Brewed By: The Traveler Beer Co. Style: Winter Shandy ABV: 4.4% Pours a bright copper color with red highlights, crystal clear in the glass with a bone white head that faded slowly leaving lacing down the glass. The nose is pleasant, fruit, spices and a hint of sweetness. The bottle notes pomegranate but I pick up more of the orange, cinnamon and clove, it’s reminiscent of a pomander ball. The flavor of the beer itself lacks the wow factor, just a basic wheat beer. The real flare of this beer is the additives that make it a shandy. Initial…
  • Coaster Critique: Shipyard GingerBreadHead

    Chad Lothian
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    On the fourth day of Beermas: Name: GingerBreadHead Brewed By: Shipyard Brewing Company Style: Winter Ale ABV: 4.6% Pours very clear, chocolate brown color that glows red when held to the light. Pour produced a short white head that settled quickly but never completely disappeared. The nose is spice forward, molasses, ginger and cinnamon are all noticeable with just a hint of yeasty, bready malt on the back end. No hops to speak of. Flavor is malty, some roasty notes combined with molasses, ginger and cinnamon I was picking up in the nose. The beer is sweet at first sip with a buttery slick…
  • Coaster Critique: Magic Hat Snow Roller

    Chad Lothian
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    On the third day of Beermas: Name: Snow Roller Brewed By: Magic Hat Brewing Company  Style: American Brown Ale ABV: 6.2% Pours a deep brown that glows a ruby red when held to the light. Slightly hazy in the glass with a short white head that lingers for the entire glass. Nose smells of dark bread, roasted grains and a grassy hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus. Flavor is hop forward, initially it’s a bit piney, some citrus notes, malt comes through as bready with some yeasty notes. The back end of this sip becomes aggressive, the hops take on a grassy, bitter flavor that holds on well…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Good Beer Week Turns 5

    Beer Infinity
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    Good Beer Week will return to Australia’s beer capital for the fifth year running in May 2015 for an out-and-out celebration of the local and international craft beer scene.With 250 events across more than 150 venues in Melbourne and Victoria, Good Beer Week 2015 is rightfully retaining its crown as “the best beer week in the wor ...
  • Maui Brewing Company Kihei Brewery Update Part 3

    Beer Infinity
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    After over a year of construction and many more of planning, Maui Brewing Company is nearly complete with its impressive new brewing facility in Kihei, Maui. The massive 50 barrel brewery, along with tasting room and soon to be completed restaurant is now the largest brewery in the state. The brewery has begun operations and was recently b ...
  • Big Island Brewhaus To Debut Red Sea of Cacao In Bottles

    Beer Infinity
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
    It’s been a while since the multiple award winning Big Island Brewhaus has put out a new beer in bottles. We’ve been lucky to get a steady stream of Overboard IPA, White Mountain Porter, Golden Sabbath, Holy Humulus (new batch coming very soon) and now we can look forward to the release of Red Sea of Cacao. Red Sea of Cacao i ...
  • Oskar Blues Brewing Coming to Iowa!

    Beer Infinity
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Oskar Blues is indeed ready to hit the Iowa market. From what I am hearing it sounds like it will be in January of 2015. Rumors and speculation have been going on for the last few years about Oskar Blues hitting our state; especially since Stone, Deschutes, Green Flash, Founders and others have done so ...
  • Bosque has no plans to slow down in 2015 even after a wild 2014

    Beer Infinity
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Greetings everyone, Stoutmeister here with the third post in the Look Back/Look Ahead Series for 2014-15. Our La Cumbre story ran last week and our Kaktus story debuted Monday. As the year draws to a close, rather than just write up a single summary review of the last 12 months in beer, I decided to take what free time I have and go talk in per ...
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    ShowerBeer - blog

  • Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man

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

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

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

    10 Aug 2013 | 8:36 pm
    via funnyshare
  • Shower Beer?

    30 Jul 2013 | 9:45 pm
    I guess technically this qualifies as a shower beer. We're speechless. source
 
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • 4 Elf – Dark Horse – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/18

    Brew Review Crew
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Day 18 of our 25 Days of Beers and Cheers is upon us, and today I’m sampling a special beer from a one-of-a-kind brewery; today I’m going to try out 4 Elf by Dark Horse.  Dark Horse Brewing is from Marshall, Michigan, and has gained a lot of popularity from their recent TV show, Dark Horse Nation.  Their ideas are all a little out there, and they just like to make “badass beer”.  4 Elf is no exception to that ideology. Clocking in at 8.75% ABV, this spiced winter warmer is sure to keep you from catching any type of cold-related illness.  It is a beer brewed with…
  • Abita Christmas Ale – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/17

    Brew Review Crew
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Welcome to the December 17th edition of our 25 Days of Beers & Cheers Series! Today’s Christmas/Holiday themed brew comes from the Abita Brewing Company out of the great state of Louisiana. The only Abita beers that I have enjoyed were fruit beers, especially a really great blueberry ale. Here is what Abita has to say about their Christmas Ale: “Abita Christmas Ale (November – December) rounds out our calendar. Each year at the Abita Brewery we craft a special dark ale for the holiday season. The recipe changes each year so that Abita Christmas Ale is always the perfect…
  • Food and Beer Pairings with Negra Modelo

    Brew Review Crew
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    One of our favorite things to do here at the Brew Review Crew is to play around with the notion of pairing high quality craft beer with some excellent food to make an outrageously good pairing or two. We have even devoted part of our site to bringing you the very best in Food and Beer pairings . Recently, Negra Modelo reached out to us and asked us if we would be interested in learning more about their newest initiative; pairing Negra Modelo with high quality food to make an excellent pairing and terrific meal. Though Negra Modelo may not be considered craft beer, who are we to turn down…
  • Frambozen – New Belgium – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/15

    Brew Review Crew
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Review by: Cory Smith Welcome back to another cheerful edition of the 25 Days of Beers and Cheers!  It might not be fair of us to put two beers from the same brewery into this countdown (see our Accumulation review here), but when I saw Frambozen by New Belgium, I knew I had to give it a shot.  Raspberries paired with the roasted, chocolate flavors of a brown ale sounds like just the brew i need to get me into the holiday spirit.  As I decorate the tree with the fireplace going, the only thing missing is a great Christmas brew.  Hopefully, Frambozen delivers.  Here’s what New…
  • Lebkuchen Christmas Ale – Atwater Brewing – 25 Days of Beers & Cheers 12/14

    Brew Review Crew
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Merry December 14th! Thank you for joining us for the December 14 edition of our 25 days of beers and cheers series! Today we are looking at Atwater Brewery’s Lebkuchen Christmas ale! You may be familiar with Atwater Brewery; they are one of Detroit, Michigan’s flagship breweries, in fact, we have done a brewery tour with them before which you can read right here. Today, we look at their Lebkuchen Christmas ale which, according to Atwater, is “like trimming the tree, this beer should be part of every holiday tradition.”. Lebkuchen Christmas Ale is a German-style…
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • “Taking a Break from the IPA”

    SommBeer
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “Taking a Break from the IPA” If you’re anything like me (and let’s all hope you’re not) there’s nothing better in this world than when you find a new beer you like. Food tastes better. The sun shines brighter. That thing that you hate about yourself doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But the problem is that somewhere along the line I stopped trying new and different beers and only started trying new and different IPAs. In my defense, it’s because…
  • You’re drinking Your Beer Wrong.

    Adam McIntosh
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack   “You’re Drinking Your Beer Wrong.” Let’s get straight to the point- your drinking your beer wrong, it’s not your fault, you were taught that beers are best served chilled, maybe even at a temperature of 45 degrees. But you were taught wrong. And that has been preventing you from having the best quality of beer possible. Even breweries who serve you a draft cold are doing you a disservice. Now, that doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying (and supporting) your…
  • “More Drinking. Less Talking.”

    SommBeer
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “More Drinking. Less Talking.”  My brother in law is a lot of things. Husband. Father. Knockoff Oreo cookie eater. But more than any of that he’s completely wrong about beer. And that’s a huge problem.  It’s not like he doesn’t possess the refined palate to appreciate a great IPA. Or the reasons Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout is better than Guinness. He just chooses not to. He likes the idea of drinking High Life and saying things like “I know you need a fancy…
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Maibock’s, a style of beer traditionally available in spring, are in my opinion a welcome change of pace that start to pop up once the earth starts to defrost and my beer taste moves from heavy stouts to lighter selections.  One of the reasons why I really enjoy a maibock is because it’s not offered by a lot of breweries, and many brew pubs that do offer maibocks have limited quantities and are only available on tap in a…
  • Beer Review – Stone Brewing Company’s GoTo IPA

    Nick
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud For this session, I chose a true ‘session’ beer – Stone Brewing Company’s new 2014 offering, the GoTo IPA. Before we get into the brew, let’s quickly talk about the Session style of beer. In basic terms, this is a beer with a lower ABV, lending itself well to a proper 2-3 hour drinking ‘session.’ Yes, this is a beer that you can indulge in over the course of a few hours and not immediately feel its effects. With that…
 
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Pre-Orders

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

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

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

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Here are a few photos of sundown tonight out at the Hops Farm. There aren’t many things more peaceful after restringing bines and watching the sun go down over the hops. Sundown[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9541.jpg]240[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9548.jpg]230[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9562.jpg]240[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9564.jpg]210[img…
  • Social Media

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm has ventured out into more social media outlets. So please follow us to learn about our next harvest and just stay up to date on the latest news and events around the farm. Twitter & Instagram     The post Social Media appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Industry News: Brewie meets $100,000 Indiegogo goal and introduces new perks to meet "stretch goal"

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Press ReleaseUntil now, making your own craft beer has been difficult, cumbersome and expensive. That’s all about to change — thanks to Brewie, the world’s first fully automated home-brewing machine.We’ve reached our funding goal on Indiegogo in only 10 days, collecting $100,000 worth of pledges from almost 200 funders. This means that Brewie will become a reality for all our backers, including everyone who pledges before the campaign ends on Jan. 31, 2015With an award-winning design, Brewie lets you make your own craft beer at the push of a button. You can use our…
  • Industry News: WA: Seattle: Now open for business "The Bergschrund" in Ballard

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    From General Mercantile to metal-fueled tavern, postal address 4818 17th Ave NW, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, has hosted many types of businesses.Constructed in 1907 on the corner of Leary Way and 17th Avenue N.W. the two story building was originally home to a General Mercantile, before transitioning into "John's Offshore Tavern". Eventually the 'Tavern would change ownership in 1963, renaming itself to Bit Shagaths (later renamed to The Bit Tavern). The Bit Tavern name would remain, until its sale in 1999. Renamed as The Bit Saloon, the new bar owner upgrade its liquor permit to…
  • Festival News: WA: Port Townsend's Strange Brewfest returns for an 11th year

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    image sourced through Creative Commons from fruittrees' Flick account.Next January, the town of Port Townsend will host an annual event, unique to Port Townsend.On Friday (January 23rd) and concluding Saturday (January 24th), Strange Brewfest returns to the local American Legion Hall. So far the event has 'strange' contributions from over 60 breweries.Strange Brewfest is fast approaching! We've decided to turn Port Townsend upside down, by turning all of our amps up to 11 this year!We're celebrating 11 years of bringing wildly creative potations to the peninsula. Our goal has been, and always…
  • Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children's Cancer Association MusicRx program

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.Heated tents, coupled with mild temperatures outside, provided so much warmth that the coat check took in a record number of garments – great news for the Children’s Cancer Association. All…
  • Brewery News: MA: Beecher's Cheese & Samuel Adams collaborate for the holidays

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseBOSTON, November 19, 2014– Craft beer and artisanal cheese each have a large and loyal fan base on their own and this holiday season two worlds will collide with Samuel Adams and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, an award-winning New York City and Seattle-based cheesemaker, who are uniting craft beer and cheese through unique do-it-yourself cheese soaks, recipes and pairings. The brewers at Samuel Adams worked closely with Beecher’s founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier to infuse Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese with Samuel Adams Boston Lager and developed dishes and pairings…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • December 19th, 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    With just a few days and a wake-up to go until "Jolly" old St Nick arrives, we just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone Read More...
  • Friday Funny - December 12, 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    I can relate to this...
  • Ilkley Mary Jane

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Multi-award-winning pale ale packed with American hops. Intensely refreshing and satisfying, with surprising balance and body for such a low abv. Mary Jane was named from the character in the Yorkshire folk song OnIlkla Moor Baht'at and is our best-selling beer by a country mile. Read More...
  • Ilkley Vox

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Brewed with Vienna and Munch malt, this classic Vienna cask lager will be soft, smooth and sumptuous where traditional lagers are crisp and light. The malty character is offset by the European hop character, with a noble aroma. Brewed as a single batch Vox will Read More...
  • Hungarian

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    A beer/two beers, please.  Egy sört/két sört, kérem. (edj shørt/keyt shørt, KEY-rem) A pint, please.  Egy korsóval, kérem. (edj KOR-shoa-vål, KEY-rem) A bottle, please.  Egy Read More...
 
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    I Brew Beer and Cook Food

  • Beer: The New England 1020 (Update)

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

    Sean Duffy
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    We decided to take a shot at brewing a beer in the stein brewing method. All I have to really say is this was one of the most fun brew days we've ever had. There was just so much awesome crammed into one day! We decided to go with a simple Kölsch recipe to start with and then if it was successful, do something a little more complex. We hit a 1.052 OG which was very close to what we were hoping for. Only issue we had was the Wyeast Kölsch smack pack had a hole in it when we smacked it. And yes we did cook steaks on the rocks and potatoes in the fire. It was amazing. Hopefully we'll…
  • Beer: All I want for Christmas is a Brew Kit

    Sean Duffy
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Check out this article I wrote for Modern Man Jack!All I want for Christmas is a Brew Kit — Modern Man Jack
  • Beer: Stein Brewing

    Sean Duffy
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    In a couple of weeks we are going to attempt an old school brewing technique called stein brewing. The concept is pretty simple. We are going to be using hot rocks (granite) to heat up the boil kettle. Not many people do it anymore and we just thought it would be a fun day of fire and activities. Sixpoint Brewery did one a little while ago and made a quick video about it. We are going to make sure to post a bunch of pictures and hopefully get some video of the day! We're sticking with a basic Kölsch recipe and maybe in the future, try out a stout. It'll add some smokey and sweet…
  • Beer: The New England 1020 (Update)

    Sean Duffy
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    I transferred The New England 1020 IPA last night and it tasted absolutely delicious. Still have a little ways to go on dropping that gravity down, but overall very impressed with the Yeast Bay Vermont Ale strain I used. It is sitting at 1.020 and would like to get it to at least 1.012 if I can. If not, oh well! As Charlie Papazian says, "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew". More updates to come later! Cheers!
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