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  • Rare Beer Club Special Offer featuring The Bruery now live, deadline is Tuesday

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club’s November special offer deadline is nigh. Orders must be placed no later than 12pm PST on Tuesday, November 18th. More on the offer and featured beers below the dotted line…. Note that this offer is only for Rare Beer Club members so you will need to sign up for a membership ASAP and then sign up for this special offer in addition to that. To learn more about general membership and BeerPulse reader discounts, check out one of our most recent posts. If you’re already a member, click the link below to go to the order form. ——…
  • Five Critical Tools for Beer Recipe Design

    BeerSmith Home Brewing
    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…
  • New Saint Arnold Icon Red Offers Fresh Take On A Classic Style
    Jonny Fullpint
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Houston, TX – Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, anticipates some confusion when Sorachi Ace Dubb…
  • Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

    NYT > Beer
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
  • Crux Fermentation Project 2014 [BANISHED] TOUGH LOVE Release Details
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    (Portland,OR) – Join Crux founder and brewmaster Larry Sidor at The Beer Mongers in Portland for a celebratory toast to the r…
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  • Rare Beer Club Special Offer featuring The Bruery now live, deadline is Tuesday

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club’s November special offer deadline is nigh. Orders must be placed no later than 12pm PST on Tuesday, November 18th. More on the offer and featured beers below the dotted line…. Note that this offer is only for Rare Beer Club members so you will need to sign up for a membership ASAP and then sign up for this special offer in addition to that. To learn more about general membership and BeerPulse reader discounts, check out one of our most recent posts. If you’re already a member, click the link below to go to the order form. ——…
  • Oakshire Brewing now featured in Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club (deadline: 11/18)

    BeerPulse curator
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: As the weather gets colder and the snow creeps closer, the urge to hibernate gets stronger and stronger. This November, hibernate with the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club! Each month, members receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. Offering one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club is the only way beer enthusiasts can enjoy these fun T-shirts. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Hibernating is the last thing…
  • Stone Brewing names Richmond Virginia as destination for $74 million East Coast hub

    Adam Nason
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    NewsWire:  (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone…
  • It’s beer festival season … is your event using Eventbrite? (video)

    BeerPulse curator
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sponsored Post: Gear up for your next event with Eventbrite Tis’ the season of craft beer! That’s right — Oktoberfest is nearly here and it’s time to lock down the details for your party. There is still plenty of time to set up an event page and start selling out tickets for this Fall. Eventbrite makes it easy for pubs, breweries, and guilds to take their events live and attract beer lovers to taste the latest brew and share their excitement with the community. Let’s take New York Beer Week for example: Since 2012, Eventbrite has partnered with the New York Brewers Guild to…
  • Widmer Brothers Winternacht and Pilsner join 30 Beers for 30 Years Series

    Press Release
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    News Wire:  (Portland, OR) – The 30 Beers for 30 Years Series continues today as Widmer Brothers Brewing re-releases two important beers in the brewery’s 30-year history. Winternacht and Pilsner represent important milestones that took place in the late-‘90s, and are available in 22-ounce bottles and on draught starting today in the Portland area. Winternacht is the brewery’s longtime winter seasonal – originally introduced in 1997 and retired in 2004 – and is brewed in the fashion of a Sticke Alt, which is a stronger, darker version of the traditional Altbier. The beer…
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  • Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
  • Beer for Me, Apple Juice for Her

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Beer gardens are booming nationally, as they provide a go-to destination for family outings, play dates and toddler birthdays.
  • The Beer Marketplace

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association says independent distributors help the industry grow.
  • In Chicago, a Tasting Tour of Barrel-Aged Beer

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The city is a bastion of craft brews that gain character from time spent in bourbon barrels.
  • A Beer at the Plaza

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Metropolitan Diary: A distinguished hotel’s take on a fancy-looking beer that came all the way across the East River.
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  • To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?That was Michael Jackson, the ungloved one, the 20th century beer writer —the Beer Hunter— who set a very high bar for modern beer writing. That I feel it necessary to identify which Jackson I mean pushes me into 'kids-these-days' territory.The quote is from A Twist on Tradition: The Right Beer, Dish by Dish, Jackson's 1983 Washington Post byline on choosing beer, not wine, for the Thanksgiving meal. As quotidien as the idea of good-beer-with-good-food may appear today, three decades ago, it was an epicurean…
  • It's a 'craft' beer world, baby!

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The beginning of the end? Xerxes defeated at Salamis and Plataea? Word came out in the last few days that the combined might of the tiny 'craft' beer industry had outsold Budweiser in 2013, 16.1 million barrels to 16 million barrels. Not all of Anheuser-Busch InBev, mind you, just one of its beers. But not just any beer: it was AB-InBev's mighty icon, Budweiser, "the Great American Lager." According to the Wall Street Journal: "Budweiser volumes have declined in the U.S. for 25 years, from its nearly 50-million-barrel peak in 1988 to 16 million barrels last year." This regicide took not one,…
  • The best beer photo of 2014 might be yours.

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Alan McLeod of A Good Beer Blog has announced the Xmas Beer Photo Contest for 2014. At least that's what he's calling it now. In years past, he has elongated the name as the deadline approached: Yuletide Christmas Hanukah Hogmanay Kwanza and Festivus Beery Photo Contest.Send Mr. McLeod five of your best photos of beer(s) by Friday, December 12, before 4 pm eastern time zone North America. Email to If Mr. McLeod judges your images worthy (should we call them photographs anymore?), you'll win his published acclaim, and some beery prizes. He'll reveal what those goodies are…
  • (Some of) the best beer writing of 2014: The NAGBW Awards.

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) was active from the 1980s on, but would disband in the early aughts. In 2013, beer writers Jay Brooks, Lucy Saunders, Don Russell, and others resuscitated the organization, and brought back the annual competition for beer writers, bloggers, broadcasters, and authors. Today's post is an overdue one: honors for 2014's best beer writing were announced in ... October! Congratulations to all. October 7, 2014 - The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers,…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Bedell & Cizauskas

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This blog is about good fermentables and the folk who make them. It's a matter of internet record. It's not about me, or shouldn't be. I tell their stories. I take photos of them and their good fermentables. No selfies.Today's an exception. Tom Bedell is a long-time chronicler and reporter of good beer, winning two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer. He writes a blog about golf and beer. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only writer who is a member of both the Golf…
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  • 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…
  • How to Brew All Grain Beer DVD with John Palmer – Available Now!

    Brad Smith and Friends
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Looking to Master All Grain Brewing? My video masterpieces are finally done… Want to make the leap from extract to All-Grain brewing? Would you rather watch it done than read a book? How to Brew All-Grain teaches you how to brew with malted grains, and covers everything from selecting your equipment to brewing, bottling, and kegging. Featuring many hundreds of shots showing every single step in the process. It joins our already released How to Brew with Malt Extract video for beginners. 90 minutes including the entire All Grain brewing process, four bonus videos and two interviews…
  • Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91

    Brad Smith and Friends
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. 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 (59:34) Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss how to get the most out of your beer fermentation. Chris teaches…
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  • Help Throwback Brewery Win a 2015 Ford Transit Van

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Throwback Brewery recently entered a national competition to win a 2015 Ford Transit van and out of all of the small business entries nationwide, they are one of the 10 finalists. They can’t win the van without our help because the winner will be decided by the business with the most votes come the end of November. Please help Throwback win a new Ford Transit, it takes less than 5 minutes. Head on over to: Scroll down to Throwback Brewery click the check box before the text ‘vote’ scroll down and click ‘Submit…
  • TOP 10 reason’s why you should attend BBC15

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    I’ve been thinking long and hard over the past month or so about what kind of post BBC14 blog I would write. I’ve read great pieces from so many bloggers that came back from BBC14 inspired about all things beer. I too am inspired each time I sit at a conference table, learning about some new innovation, hearing from some of the top brewers, or listening to my peer bloggers as they share  what they have learned. We are so fortunate to have a company like Zephyr Adventures  putting together these bloggers conferences. Looking back on the past 5…
  • Newburyport Fall Beer Fest

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    People appreciate transparency and honesty, right? Well, the purpose of this blog post is to shamelessly promote our upcoming Newburyport Fall Beer Fest. It is Saturday, November 8 from 1:00-4:00 at Nicholson Hall, 9 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA. $25; $30 day of event. Tickets can be found here. Whew! With that out of the way, let me tell you a bit about why it is particularly special to me. It takes place at Nicholson Hall, a little unknown gem of a function hall adjacent to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Ryan and I had our wedding reception here, among other milestone events and…
  • Cape Ann Brewing Makes Switch from Bottles to Cans, Brings Packaged Production Home

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Cape Ann Brewing Company announced on Tuesday (9/2) that they are changing their packaging from bottles to cans which will now be produced at their new canning facility in Gloucester, MA. The announcement accompanied information about the Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Oktoberfest Party to be held Friday October 3 at the Pub in Gloucester featuring “ a special anniversary beer, 10th Anniversary Beer, a first of it’s kind beer brewed with 10 different types of Malt, 10 different varieties of Hops, and 10 different strains of yeast.” -Ryan   Press Release Below:…
  • 2nd Annual Capital Cup Brewfest – Concord NH – TODAY

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Weekend on the Water/Capital Cup Brew Festival Concord, NH Concord Parks & Recreation and the Black Ice Pond Hockey Association are excited to announce the addition of the Capital Cup Brew Festival to the Weekend on the Water event being held September 6-7, 2014. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6th, from 1:00-4:00 PM. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will feature over 25 Breweries: * 21st Amendment * 603 Brewery * Berkshire *Champlain Orchards ** Founders * Goose Island * Great Rhythm * Kelsen * Long Trail * New Planet * Newburyport Brewing * North Coast…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Some Thoughts: Month One Of James Vassar's 1808 Day Book

    Alan McLeod
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I have started a winter project. I am transferring the data in the 1808 Day Book kept by James Vassar's brewery at Poughkeepsie NY into a spreadsheet to allow me to grind the data to see if I can learn anything. Careful readers will remember that two and a half years ago (Good Lord!) I posted about the brewing log from his son Matthew Vassar's days heading his own brewery in the mid-1830s. That book described ale batch after ale batch, details the particulars of each session. It traces seventeen or so stages from heating the water to selling the barrels. The log that starts in March 1808 log…
  • Brewers' Marks and Standards In 1500s and 1600s Norwich

    Alan McLeod
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    You can drown in all this some days. I came across this passage in a book called A Comprehensive History of Norwich by A. D. Bayne published in 1869:Brewers, we discover, had especial symbols of their own, which they registered when licensed to follow their occupations, and it was also found that these marks were borne by successive followers of the same trade, until the business of succeeding firms became extinguished by the death or retirement of the last of a long line of brewers, and then only did the particular symbol fall into disuse. . From the year 1606 to 1725, no less than fifty…
  • It's About Time! The 2014 Xmas Photo Contest Is On!!!

    Alan McLeod
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Important Public Service Announcement!!"Look!! He's published this year's rules!"So here we go. Another year, another set of photo contest rules. And if you look back to 2013 you will see that this notice is virtually identical. But it is to be expected as usually I take last year's rules, cut and paste them, then change them about a bit to suit my year's worth of new gripes and joys. Like I did just now... again... ⇒ Rule the First: Once upon a time, dear readers, we had unlimited photos per entrant. In 2008, when the joyously returned Stonch, we had over 500 entries. That was nuts.
  • Some Uses Of Beer In Early 17th Century Newfoundland

    Alan McLeod
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Richard Whitbourne is one of those guys probably a few people know a whole lot about but a whole lot of people know nothing about. He fought against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and then spent the next thirty years of his life involved with the Elizabethan whaling fleets off and, later, colonization of Newfoundland. He served as Governor for a time and also held the first court of justice in North America in 1615. And he wrote a book. About Newfoundland. He wrote a book , A Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland, about Newfoundland in 1620 which contained a few interesting references to beer.
  • 239 Years Ago There Was This Tavern And These...

    Alan McLeod
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    "Settling the Affairs of the Nation"... that is what it's called. After yesterday's 1919 barroom scene from New York City, I was looking for an earlier characteristic tavern scene. Sadly, photography did not exist in 1775 so this print will have to do. Click for a bigger image. The first thing that caught my eye was the architecture with that serving stall in the corner. Late 1790s and early 1800s Ontario taverns were build with that sort of structure according to In Mixed Company by Julia Roberts. There are a few interesting commentaries on this image:• The British Museum dates it at…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • 0 (zero) tips for serving beer with Thanksgiving dinner

    Stan Hieronymus
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Nothing to see here folks. Have a good holiday.
  • Place-based beer, a global roundup

    Stan Hieronymus
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 11.24.14 Place-based beer, a world-wide local movement and Place-based beers and 13-year-old Special Brew. The first link is to the transcript of a talk about “beer and terroir from an international perspective” Martyn Cornell gave in Denmark, and the second is about what he found while he was there. They are both about beer from a place, beer terroir, indigenous beers. Like I wasn’t going to make these the top links for the week. I sure as heck want to try some of this “Hay Ale.” Mark Hø Øl (“Hay Ale”) from the Herslev…
  • Call it beer friendly, kid friendly, or just call it friendly

    Stan Hieronymus
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yesterday The New York Times posted a story about beer garden play dates and I nudged All About Beer magazine editor John Holl on Twitter because he once wrote a story for that magazine (before he was editor) about beer gardens and of course mentioned the family friendly aspect. Later in the conversation that followed John pointed to a more recent story from AABM about the rise of family friendly breweries, proudly noting, “Seems the Grey Lady is swimming in our wake.” Jeff Bearer popped with an delightful picture and added, “for some of us, breweries have always been family…
  • Are we there yet? Beer personalized to your own hoppy tastes?

    Stan Hieronymus
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    You can read it right here, explanation marks and all: “Engineers have developed a ‘barista-type experience’ for beer drinkers where a barman can adjust a gadget fitted to a beer tap to adjust the ‘hoppiness’ level on demand.” “Hoppier” works much like Randall the Enamel Animal, which Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery invented more than 10 years ago. Engineers at Cambridge Consultants might be putting a little more emphasis on pressure (“We knew, for example, that pressure is fundamental to extracting flavour in espresso machines…
  • Is beer still the most democratic drink?

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 11.17.14 Which side are you on? More from the “Let There Be Beer” campaign, in which Ed Wray writes “There seems to be clear division between whether we should be promoting beer as a premium product or beer for mass consumption.” And, “So beer geeks, the line has been drawn: Which Side Are You On?” Ask a question, get an answer, I guess. A lot of them here, and plenty of back and forth. So many noteworthy comments I thought about making this week’s links/musing just links to them. Pull of a stool — it is worth the time.
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • Beers With a Pinch of Place

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 For as long as we’ve been pondering what ‘local’ means in terms of beer, we’ve also been interested in beers made with ingredients that evoke the place of their origin. In the last year, others have crystallised that into a conversation across various blog posts and articles, of which there have been a particular flurry in recent weeks. The idea that what is at hand — what grows in nearby fields or hedgerows — might shape the design of a beer is alluring and, frankly,…
  • Certifications and Beer Writing

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 Last week, American beer writer and blogger Chad Polenz contacted us to ask our views on beer certifications — the Cicerone programme and BJCP accreditation in particular. It’s not something we have strong views on but we did our best to answer and he used what we gave him alongside responses from a slew of others to inform a blog post entitled ‘What do beer writers think of beer certifications?’ It’s more balanced than the tetchy reaction might suggest, and well worth…
  • Beers of Convenience in London

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 A weekend in London meant seven hours of trains and replacement buses, 48 hours of dashing about on DLR, tube and suburban services, and another seven hours back. Running from one bit of family business to another, our beer choices were dictated largely by convenience. Nevertheless, at Tap East dropping off books, and then again for our signing event on Saturday afternoon, we managed to drink draught beers from Wild Beer Co, Rooster’s, Ilkley, Firebrand, Burning Sky, Pig & Porter and…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 It’s Saturday, so here’s a gurt load of links for ‘ee. → Jack Highberger doesn’t hate pumpkin beers, and he tasted a lot of them to come up with his Pumpkin Beer Flavor Map. An interesting exercise we’re tempted to imitate with another niche style. → Saved to Pocket (that is, we haven’t read it yet) this week is Jim Vorel’s piece for Paste magazine on Anheuser-Busch’s pilot brewery. There is a judgement suggested in the title: ‘The Belly…
  • Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007 We’ll be at Tap East, the microbrewery and bar in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London, from 2-4 pm this Saturday, 22 November. We’ll have a few books to sign and sell  but we’ll also be delighted to sign copies people bring with them, whether well-read, or brand new and intended as Christmas gifts. If you’re a reader of the blog, whether you want a book signing or not, we’d love the chance to say hello and chat over a pint, so please do drop by…
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  • 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…
  • Dock Street Is Going Home… For a Visit, That Is (the coolest beer event of the year)

    Jack Curtin
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    DOCK STREET NEWS RELEASE: Let’s rewind about three decades and go grab a beer. Let’s find a good beer. Let’s find a great beer. Forget local, we’ll settle for domestic. In 1985, as Rosemarie Certo was co-founding Dock Street Brewery, the country was getting pretty damn thirsty. Amidst a proverbial sea of watered down and adjunct plagued lagers, Dock Street was born. As the country slowly started embracing these full bodied, full flavored brews, the company grew. A lot. Fast forward a decade to the 90’s and Dock Street would become the 26th largest microbrewery in the…
  • SawTown Tavern: the tentacles of Scoats expand their reach.

    Jack Curtin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    A post this evening on The Book of Face by a guy named Troy Everwine about who I know diddly-squat: Now that the public notice has been posted, I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend Scoats Mike Scotese (owner – with Patrick McGinley – of the Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus) and I have become business partners in a new venture. We are purchasing the Prince Cafe (Prince Cafee on FB) on Princeton Avenue and Vandike Street in our own neighborhood of Tacony! We’ve got big plans for the space once we make settlement! (The actual settlement date will be…
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  • 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…
  • Let There Be Beer? Let's start again.

    Pete Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    This weekend sees the re-launch of the marketing campaign formerly known as Let There Be Beer. After the disappointment of the last campaign, can it redeem itself? Disclosure and disclaimer: I have been paid for my time to act as a sounding board for the development of this campaign and to say a few words at the launch event. I have not been paid to endorse it in any way and would not risk my reputation by writing anything about it that I did not believe.There was never any doubting the intent, or that it was a good idea on paper: a generic campaign that promotes all beer, that seeks to get…
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  • 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…
  • Schell moves to preserve Grain Belt sign

    Real Beer
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    The Grain Belt beer sign that has been a Minneapolis landmark since the 1940s but dark for almost 20 years apparently may soon be lit again. August Schell Brewing Co., which acquired the Grain Belt brand in 2002, announced it will buy the sign and the Nicollet Island land it sits on and donate it to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The organization plans to raise money to light and maintain the sign. “People love the sign,” Schell president Ted Marti said. Schell, located in New Ulm, is the second oldest family owned brewery in the country. Minneapolis Brewing Co., which…
  • Green Flash, Alpine will ‘join forces’

    Real Beer
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company have announced a unique partnerships in which the breweries “will join forces, teaming up to share resources, knowledge and experience.” In a press release, Alpine founders Pat and Val McIlhenney and Green Flash founders Mike and Lisa described the affiliation as mutually beneficial. The press release describes the deal: Each company will remain independently operated and maintain its distinct brand and culture. Pat will remain Alpine’s President and Brewmaster to oversee all operations of Alpine Beer Company while also ensuring Alpine…
  • Anheuser-Busch acquires 10 Barrel Brewing

    Real Beer
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase 10 Barrel Brewing Company, located in Bend, Ore. From the press release: “For the past eight years, we’ve been brewing beer, drinking beer and having fun doing it.” said co-founder Jeremy Cox, who will continue to lead 10 Barrel along with his partners, co-founder and brother Chris Cox, and Garrett Wales. “We are excited to stay focused on brewing cool beers, get our beers in more hands, and make the most of the operational and distribution expertise of Anheuser-Busch,” said Cox. 10 Barrel expects to sell approximately 40,000…
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    Seen Through a Glass

  • 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…
  • This is still Seen Through A Glass!

    10 Sep 2013 | 6:34 pm
    I have no idea why my blog now has no title. Or why it looks hideous. I'll try to fix it. Damn you, Blogger!
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Seattle day three

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I’ve an early start. A very early start. I’m taking the train to Seattle and it leaves at 6.30 am.But, as it’s an international train, I need to be at the station an hour before departure. I ask for a 4.15 am wake-up call.I buy myself a sandwich, drink and bag of crisps. That’ll do as breakfast. I get a Canadian history magazine for Andrew as well.Once through US immigration, I settle into my assigned seat. It’s still dark when we pull out of the station. It takes longer than I anticipated – about two hours – until we reach the US border. Just before we get there, I spot two…
  • Yule Logs!!

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    The season of gluttony and excess is almost upon us - time for my December-only, different every year, Yule Logs!!Yes, I know it isn't quite December. I was trying to be ahead of the game this year. It was a dreadful rush last time, with Andrew nagging in my ear: "Daaad, just finish it. Don't have another Abt, get on with it. It won't be ready until January at this rate." I hope the five extra days will boost sales into triple digits*. For anyone wanting to make fortune (in the unlikely event of me being collectable at some point), this is the book to invest in. My set will be Dolores's…
  • Vancouver day two

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I've arranged to meet Tak pretty early - 09:30. Just as well I didn't get hammered yesterday. We're going to do a small brew on a tiny pilot system at Parallel 49.The view from my bed is incredible. I sort of wish I had more time just lounging around in my suite, it's so nice. See what you think of the view:Our first call is a food truck for breakfast. As you can see, it's a beautiful sunny day again. Everyone keeps telling me how untypical it as for this time of year. I'm not complaining.Fed we head for Steamworks, a brewpub where Tak worked until recently. As it's not yet open, we enter…
  • Vancouver day one

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    My flight is quite early, at 10.30 am. Thankfully the airport isn’t as far out of town as in Denver. Twenty minutes is all I need to get there.I’ve got TSA pre again. Yippee! Not that I’m complaining, but I still wonder why. Is it a lottery or is there some sort of rational procedure?I’m doing the eating brekkie close to the gate thing again. This time at a brewery-owned pub: Rogue Ales Public House. But I’m foregoing my usual side of Jack Daniels. I don’t even have a beer.  The relatively early hour isn’t the only reason. I’m not feeling too great. Too many strong beers…
  • last few hours to get 50% off my Lulu hardbacks

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    there's also 30% off my paperbacks until the end of Monday (24th November) with this code:FLASH30But this code will get you an amazing 50% off hardbacks over the same period:HC50I notice a couple of you have done what I would have - bought the whole Mega Book Series: Porter!, Mild! plus, Bitter! and Strong!.Barclay Perkins BookstoreSome people have mentioned that Lulu wouldn't let them ship to a US address. If you're in the right bit of Lulu it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you're in the Lulu US bookstore.This code may only work in the US Lulu bookstore.
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    The Barley Blog

  • Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    The post, Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Yesterday, I mentioned that I had finally gotten the opportunity to purchase a few Strangeways Brewing products while on a trip to Richmond this past August (I enjoyed these beers shortly after). The first was a pretty solid Albino Monkey. The second is Martian Spring, a 7.35% aBV wine-barrel aged, Biere de Garde. As you […] The post, Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    The post, SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release ATLANTA (November 25, 2014) – SweetWater Brewing Co. wants folks to dodge catching a cold this winter and instead cast lines to catch an all-new coldie – Spinnerbait. The new seasonal sipper makes its debut in the winter slot of the brewery’s Catch & Release lineup from December to February. Brewers lured in […] The post, SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    The post, Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’d been on the look out for Strangeways Brewing products in the NOVA area for a while now, but it wasn’t until visited a friend in Richmond a few months ago that I finally found some to purchase — snagging more than a couple of bottles in the process as seen below. Finally picked up […] The post, Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    The post, Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog. It was cold this past weekend. Damn cold. And standing along the sidelines — cheering on the kid in her first ever soccer tournament — dressed in multiple layers to stave off the early morning cold can make a man think. A nice, malty brew would make this two-game stretch that much more bearable. Perhaps […] The post, Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I haven’t had Center of the Universe Brewing’s base Scotchtown, but this barrel-aged version sat in A. Smith Bowman whiskey barrels for a bit. The base brew is made with eight different malts so you know it’s going to be as malt-forward as they come. The impact the wood has on the brew is evident […] The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Brown out

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    I don't know if it's entirely fair to be including the fourth-biggest brewing multinational in this week's series. C&C recently set up their own brewery at headquarters in Clonmel where they're currently pumping out the rather lacklustre Clonmel 1650 lager. But before that, they took an almost-total stake in the 5 Lamps microbrewery in Dublin, a two-hander run by Brian and William, which appears to have complete freedom to brew what they like.With the lack of diktats comes a lack of logistical support, I guess, which is why the tap badge for The Tenters Brown Ale, their latest, was a…
  • Barrel of laughs

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    Quite a convoluted back story comes with the new one from Franciscan Well. The four-pack their PR people sent me was accompanied by a leaflet explaining the concept of the chaser. The beer, Jameson Aged Pale Ale, has not only been aged in whiskey barrels but is also recommended to be served alongside a shot. Creative playfulness or a cynical joint effort by Molson Coors and Pernod Ricard to sell each other's products? Not that it matters.What matters is the beer: 33cl bottles beautifully presented in Jameson's dark green and gold livery. It pours a flawless pale amber colour and smells…
  • Getting a rise

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    Yesterday's post was about Diageo's attempt to take advantage of Ireland's growing appetite for new beers. It's far from the only major player in the country to do so. In fact, they're all at it. Forever nipping at Diageo's heels is Heineken, and the Dutch behemoth has taken a very different approach with its latest offering.While the new Guinness porters were released with huge fanfare and saturation marketing, Rising Road Pale Ale is almost a stealth beer. Only for the fact that it seems to mostly show up in bars where Heineken has a foot firmly in the door -- the places that have…
  • Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    I can't help but feel that Diageo have fashioned a rod for their own backs with The Brewers Project. It's easy to read it as promising things that it was never really intended to deliver, and that's just going to annoy people.My experience of it began back in early September when the company invited a small group of bloggy types to St. James's Gate to learn about the Project, the first time they have ever done so. As everyone is doubtless aware at this stage the Project has been launched with two new beers: Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter. In answer to my…
  • Gone wild

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Fuller's Wild River was introduced as the brewery's summer seasonal in 2012, pitched at the whitewater rafters of Chiswick. A batch of just-past-date bottles showed up at DrinkStore a while back and as I'd never tasted it before at all I grabbed one for the princely sum of €1."Zesty" and "bursting with citrus flavours" promises the label, though the cap sent a more disturbing message: something very unhelpful appears to have been growing under there. Still, nothing off about the aroma, and yes there's citrus even if it's more casually dropping in than bursting -- a mannerly mild lemon and…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • 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 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.
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 13 - November 19

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The drumbeat of beer events continues even as the year-end holidays are bearing down on us. Check out the following list and take time to find a new favorite beer that you can add to your best-of 2014 list. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 6 - November 12

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Did you vote for another term of good beer on Election Day this week? Well, here you go. Another week's worth of events around the greater Philadelphia region. Enjoy! When you plan for beer events, don't forget 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
  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/31/2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary. Beer "of the week" Another canned option of a beer in the 5% ABV range has
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in November 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seems like it's right around this point each year where I comment something to the effect of how difficult it is to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Beer festivals are ebbing, Beer Weeks have come and gone, and you're either cheering or bemoaning the segue from pumpkin beers to "Christmas beers". By past monthly standards, this list feels just a bit light. As always, if I'm
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  • 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,…
  • Remembering the victims of the Great London Beer Flood, 200 years ago today

    Martyn Cornell
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Wherever you are at 5.30pm this evening, please stop a moment and raise a thought – a glass, too, if you have one, preferably of porter – to Hannah Banfield, aged four years and four months; Eleanor Cooper, 14, a pub servant; Elizabeth Smith, 27, the wife of a bricklayer; Mary Mulvey, 30, and her son by a previous marriage, Thomas Murry (sic), aged three; Sarah Bates, aged three years and five months; Ann Saville, 60; and Catharine Butler, a widow aged 65. All eight died 200 years ago today, victims of the Great London Beer Flood, when a huge vat filled with maturing porter fell apart at…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1386: Had Been Sick

    Jay Brooks
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Pabst, from 1897. The ad tells the tale, sort of, between a brave Native American warrior and the famed Pocahontas. Apparently he’d been sick, but no more, thanks to Pabst Malt Extract, “The ‘Best’ Tonic.” The post Beer In Ads #1386: Had... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1385: The ‘A And Eagle’ Has Learned To Fly

    Jay Brooks
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for Budweiser, also from 1943. Another World War 2 ad, it’s again a very patriotic ad showing the Anheuser-Busch eagle soaring with wartime airplanes, or more specifically gliders, which were apparently helped along by A-B’s refrigeration division making parts for... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1384: The Ammunition Is Being Passed

    Jay Brooks
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Monday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1943. A World War 2 ad, it’s a play on the poplar song “praise the lord and pass the ammunition,” written the year before. It’s also a very patriotic ad, and mostly soft sell, just celebrating the technology of the navy during the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Anchor Christmas Day 2014

    Jay Brooks
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Time was when today, the Monday before Thanksgiving, was the traditional day on which Anchor’s Our Special Ale — a.k.a. their Christmas Ale — was released each year. Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor Brewery have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is now available from... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1383: Don’t Drink The Wrong Beer

    Jay Brooks
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Sunday’s ad is also for Schlitz, from 1908. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, there’s no headline but it can be summed by saying “Don’t Drink the Wrong... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Into the Woods with #goodbeerbuckshot

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    Written by Jake KoenemanI needed this. Since I first went hunting with my dad as an eight year old, autumn nights in the Wisconsin woods have always reminded me of the first time I looked up and saw more stars than I could possibly imagine existed. These moments where I can just stop, look at the sky, and reflect provide the calm that I often forget I need. Life is very busy right now and I needed the chance to step away for a couple of days.When Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting texted a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in attending the third Good Beer Buckshot weekend at Camp…
  • Press Release: Central State and Black Acre Sign Contract Brewing Partnership

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    November 2, 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS - Central State Brewing, a new Indianapolis Brewery founded by experienced brewer Josh Hambright, is proud to announce a contract brewing partnership with Black Acre Brewing Company. To commemorate the announcement, the teams from Black Acre and Central State brewed a collaboration beer this weekend that highlights the unique approaches of both breweries as well as their partnership. Central State will be the first brewery in Indiana, joining a small contingent of breweries across the United States, focusing exclusively on fermentation using wild yeast strains…
  • Georgia: A Beer Geek's View

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As many of you know, I have now lived in Macon, Georgia for over a year.  If you're not familiar with Macon, maybe you're familiar with its exports - The Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding and Little Richard to name a few.  Perhaps you're also familiar with some of Georgia's prominent breweries - Terrapin and Sweetwater.  Surely you've eaten Vidalia onions.  But what you're probably not familiar with, is the huge difference between brewery laws in Georgia and Indiana.  I'm here to change that.In Indiana, we frequently like to lament the lack of cold beer in the…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Bring Home Some Hardware, Indiana! #GABF Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingIt’s First Friday in the Fletcher Place/Fountain Square neighborhood! We will be tapping our Friend of the Devil Dopplebock which finished at a nice 8.2% abv. We also have live music with Kelli Yates and John Gilmore.Coming up…an Autumn Ale, Rauchbier, Dunkelweiss and a new IPA. Daredevil BrewingDaredevil Lift Off IPA now will be available at Lucas Oil Stadium for Indianapolis Colts games. Starting with the home opening game on September 15th you will be able to find Lift Off IPA at eight…
  • Tips and Ground Rules for TFN11: Tailgate for Something | Saturday, October 4, 11am

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    We hope to see you at TFN11: Tailgate for Something on Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to ??? at Black Acre Brewing Company's new production facility at the Coal Factory on Bonna Avenue in Irvington. More details here.Since we're only a few days away from the event, here are the ground rules for the event and some tips for you if you're going to attend:- Weather. We all know that the weather in Indiana is unpredictable. Therefore, regardless of Saturday's weather forecast, we recommend that you bring a canopy if you have one in case the weather decides not to cooperate. The current…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Surly Doomtree Day Details

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    You wanted details on Surly Doomtree Day? You’ve got Surly Doomtree Day info… As you know, Surly Doomtree Day will be a special curated bar crawl around Minneapolis and St. Paul to kickoff the Surly Doomtree collaboration and the release of the draft beer. Your friends from Surly and Doomtree will lead two busses of ...
  • Junkyard Brewing Taproom Grand Opening Today

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our friends from Junkyard Brewing in Moorhead are celebrating tonight from 4pm to midnight. Over the course of about a year, they’ve moved from a tiny brewery in the corner of a woodshop to a brand new brewery and taproom. Should you find yourself in Moorhead, be sure to stop by. They’ll hold a ribbon-cutting ...
  • Friday 5ive: High School Me Picks Five

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1993. I hung out with some of the “weird kids,” kids in accelerated classes and the high school swim team. Though traditional “cool” probably wasn’t seeping out of my pores, I managed to have a good time and had arguably okay taste ...
  • Insight Brewing Grand Opening

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Do you remember when we only had something like seven breweries in Minnesota? It really wasn’t that long ago. Today we add another to the tally, Insight Brewing Company. Their taproom opens at 4pm today (Friday) at 2821 East Hennepin in Minneapolis. O’Cheez food truck will be there and The Dead Pigeons will be playing ...
  • Friday Five: Some Old Pop/Punk Favorites

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you find yourself bobbing your head along with these, you’re probably not alone. Punching Screeching Weasel into Pandora earlier in the week sent me down this road. I grew up this stuff. Enjoy! Screeching Weasel – The Girl Next Door. The impetus for this week’s 5ive. One of my old favorite tunes from Screeching ...
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  • buzz and hum – Epic IMP review

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    I just read this positive review about the new Epic IMP on the blog “buzz and hum”. You should not only check out the other posts on this blog, but follow it to, as the reviews are thoughtful and a good read. I still need to finish writing something official for the release of this beer. This last week has been consumed by Taste of Auckland (which hasn’t gone so well due to the weather). Quickly, the beer is a Session IPA, 4.7% alc/vol, 35 IBU. Dry hopping is greater than Armageddon IPA. It was officially released on Friday night at Vultures Lane to a jam-packed bar. It was…
  • Inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards Results Announced

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    PRESS RELEASE – The results of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards, which celebrate the diversity and high standard of beer and cider available from around New Zealand and overseas, have been announced today. “As well as recognising the rapidly growing local beer and cider market, the New World Beer & Cider Awards were established this year to help make the decision process a little easier for consumers,” says Chair of Judges Neil Miller, who was recently named Beer Writer of the Year at the Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards. “Having that medal sticker on…
  • Pilsner Urquell Shipped Cold To NZ

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Press Release to follow. But this was the most interesting line Urquell will be cold shipped to New Zealand in both keg and 12 packs and available here from the end of October 2014.   Pilsner Urquell, the world’s original pilsner, will soon be available cold shipped to New Zealand. Brewed since 1842, Pilsner Urquell is still produced in the original brewery using the same techniques,with ingredients sourced from the same farming regions. The brand’s fierce traditions and an uncompromised stance on the craftsmanship of brewing are what set Pilsner Urquell apart from the rest…
  • Local Council To Kill Beer Festivals in New Zealand?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    There is a new beer festival “On The Lawn” looking to setup at the Mount for a 8th January Beer Festival. I loved the Blues, Brew & BBQ’s event at the Mount. Shame the local council and police closed it down. It kind of all fell apart once they made it an R18 event, and kids and families couldn’t come any more. It seemed to be preloading cause the majority of the issues. I really like beer festivals during summer time, where people are having a fun time, and sampling tasty beers in the sun. Here are some details about “On The Lawn” No beer over 5%abv…
  • Hop Selection 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I’ve just spent the week in Yakima, Washington, USA during hop harvest time. This is the third season I’ve visited specifically to immerse myself in all things that were happening with hops in the region at this time.  It has been a busy week visiting hop farms, talking to hop growers, attending Hopunion’s Hop & Brew School, and tasting a few locally brewed IPA’s. Hop selection has become an important part of the year for Epic Beer . Each year flying from Auckland, New Zealand to Yakima, WA, USA at the time the hops are harvested makes all the difference to the…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • iTAP 2014 Black Friday

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    I’ve been making a push in our family for a long time to ditch the Christmas present routine. It’s not that I don’t enjoy buying presents for my loved ones, but I much prefer spending time with them instead. Presents will be forgotten, it’s the memories that remain. That being said, I never would have ventured out on Black Friday anyway. It seems like a pretty miserable way to save a buck. Personally, I want to give back this holiday season. Luckily for me, the International Tap House has combined doing something good this season with along enjoying a pint or two…
  • UCBC Launch Party at 33 Wine Bar

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is feeling festive. To put you into the holiday mood, UCBC has put together a new variety pack featuring four beers never bottled by UCBC, three of which are brand new beers. To celebrate this new holiday variety pack, Urban Chestnut is heading out to 33 Wine Bar on Tuesday, November 25th to throw a tap takeover featuring all four beers. This will be the first time that these beers will be available outside of a UCBC location. Beginning tomorrow at 3:30PM, the four beers being poured are: Fantasyland – Mid West Coast IPA HMS (Her Majesty’s Ship)…
  • STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Update

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats. I’m very excited that we were able to line up my two favorite food trucks in STL this year. You will be able to purchase some awesome food from Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced who will be located outside. Parking!  As we all know, parking in the Grove can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily Ryan from…
  • STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Tickets Winner

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Drumroll please! So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is Neil Joellenbeck! Congrats to Neil and thank you everyone for entering. It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again. But don’t fret, if you’re looking for tickets, I squeezed out a few extra tickets so get them while they’re available. Also, look out later today for everything you need…
  • Super Secret 2nd Shift Celebration at Perennial Next Saturday

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    So, I need you guys to keep a secret.  I know, me posting this on the internet seems like it’s in direct conflict with trying to keep a secret.  I’ll explain to you in a little bit why this secret should hopefully work. Believe it or not, we’ve had 2nd Shift Brewing and owner/brewer Steve Crider in our lives for four years now. Steve has been quietly (can Steve be quiet?) producing some of the best beers in the St. Louis area. Known originally for his ultra-hoppy, ultra-delicious ales, Crider has also begun playing around with wild yeasts and saisons creating some very…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Hastings Brewery; or, this is how I choose beers for my pub

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hastings Brewery of East Sussex came to my attention when they sent me an email before I opened the Finborough. I got a lot of emails like that. I responded to them all with the same basic message: if you think I'm going to pay you so much money that I have to sell your beer at £3.95 a half, you can piss right off. I didn't set up this pub to scalp people who are new converts to good beer (
  • More thoughts on the "market rent option" for tied licensees

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    On Tuesday Parliament voted to introduce a market rent only option ("MRO") in the tied pub sector. My initial response is here. I've thought about it a bit more since then. I also read and heard a lot of other people's opinions on the subject and think there's been something of an over reaction to this new measure. I'll explain why. The ability of a tied licensee to insist on MRO only kicks in
  • The best week

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    This has been the best week of my career as a publican. Reopening somewhere that's been closed for so long - the Finborough has been completely empty since 2012 and hadn't been a proper pub since 2001 - has been a real challenge. West Brompton/Earl's Court isn't like Clerkenwell, with offices full of boozy workers piling out at 5pm to fill the bars. The Finborough might be on a busy thoroughfare
  • Throwback Thursday #2 - Brewing in London

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every week at 2pm on Thursday I link to a few old posts from the archives. As regular readers will know I started this blog on January 3rd 2007 and kept it going until its third birthday before taking a five year break. While I've been busy running, selling and opening pubs, the brewing scene in London has changed beyond recognition. According to the London Beer Guide website, there are
  • Agostino Arioli at the Finborough

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Last night's Birrificio Italiano tap takeover earned us a full house at the Finborough on a cold November evening and introduced dozens of new people to this reborn pub. For us it was nothing less than a dream come true: I've loved Birrificio Italiano beers since 2007 when I first found Tipopils in Rome, and was inspired by my visit to the brewery in 2013; Finborough bar manager Leo used to be
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Fireside with Wicked Nymph

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    After getting through some chores around the house Saturday, I made a run up to Adventure Brewing to grab a growler of their Wicked Nymph Imperial Stout. I hadn't had the beer yet, but it seemed a good match for the evening outdoors by the fire we were planning. (Of course I lingered to enjoy a pint of Super Power Pale Ale while I was there.)The temperature was a mere 28° when I started the fire but I was looking forward to both the fire and the beer so I persevered. I quickly had a small but warming blaze going and poured a couple glasses of the Stout for Colleen and I. A hard growler pour…
  • Weihenstephan Steal the Glass Night

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    The beers of Weihenstephan Brewery in Germany were featured for this week's Steal the Glass event at Capital Ale House. Six different beers were on tap. Fans were able to order any of the six in a tall Weihenstephan glass, or try a flight of small tasters of all six, which also included a glass to "steal." I opted to do an exploration of all six beers.The beers in the order I tasted, and pictured above from left to right, are Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Weihenstephaner German Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel,…
  • Flying Dog: Cookies and Beer

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Why not? Beer is practically a liquid cookie anyway. Flying Dog Brewing has teamed up with Otterbein’s Bakery in Baltimore to brew some beers specifically to pair with the bakery's cookies. Flying Dog kindly sent over samples of the beers, and the cookies, for review.Four beers make up a special holiday pack, each bottle labeled with the recommended pairing.Imperial Hefeweizen, inspired by and meant to be paired with Otterbein’s Sugar CookiesOatmeal Raisin Stout, inspired by and meant to be paired with Otterbein’s Oatmeal Raisin CookiesOak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale, inspired by and…
  • Cheap Wines Reviewed By An Irish Brewer

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    This is quite funny.If you must drink wine, stick with the good stuff.H/T to Weer'd World for the link. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Repurposing the Back Yard

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Time passes. Kids grow up.Around thirteen years ago, we put up this great swing set in the back yard. Our son and his friends spent many joyful days swinging and having adventures in the towers. What boy doesn't enjoy a pirate ship tower complete with ship's wheel and spyglass? Even the dog made many trips up the tower and down the slide. I'll admit to enjoying many relaxing swings myself.However, other interests attract a growing teenager. (And his 6 foot 2 frame doesn't easily fit up the tower these days.) The swings sat unused for many years, even the dog is too old to climb up the slide…
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    The Brew Club

  • 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).
  • Brewdog India Pale Weizen 6.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    When I read that Brewdog were getting together with Weihenstephan (Europe's and probably the World's oldest brewery), then I was genuinely excited.
  • Blue Monkey 99 Red Baboons 4.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    The brewery describes it as "A dark and interesting ale, combining fruity hoppiness with a dark, malty side" the label also poses the question "Is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild? You decide!"
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    Molson in the Community

  • En souvenir de Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Né en 1880, Percival Molson, appelé affectueusement Percy, est l’un des athlètes les plus exceptionnels de l’histoire du Canada. À l’âge de 16 ans, il participe au championnat de la coupe Stanley avec l’équipe des Victorias de Montréal. Il fait ses études à l’Université McGill où il s’investit beaucoup au sein des différentes équipes sportives. En plus d’être capitaine de l’équipe de hockey, il est aussi l’un des meilleurs joueurs de soccer et de sports de raquettes de l’université. Il remporte d’ailleurs le titre du meilleur « athlète universel »…
  • In memory of Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Born in 1880, Percival Molson, affectionately called Percy is one of the most outstanding athletes in the history of Canada. At the age of 16, he participated in the Stanley Cup championship with the Montreal Victoria hockey team. He studied at McGill University where he is involved in many different sports teams. In addition to being captain of the hockey team, he was also one of the best players in soccer and racket sports at the university. As a matter of fact, Percy wins the title of best “universal athlete” three years in a row, a feat still unequaled in the history of…
  • It’s a Win-Win with Our Beer Print

    Melisa Chung
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    To me Our Beer Print in Supply Chain is all about doing more with less, we’ve been doing this in Supply Chain for as long as I can remember. Producing more beer whilst using less of the earth’s resources is good for the planet and also produces savings for us! The World Class Supply Chain program sets out the roadmap for how we will continue to optimize our breweries and logistics operations across eight different pillars: Environment, Health & Safety Quality People, Management Team Empowerment Logistics Asset Care ‘Our Beer Print’ The Our Beer Print pillar gives our breweries the…
  • Molson Coors reçoit le Club de la Médaille d’or lors de l’ouverture de leur 47e saison

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Molson Coors était l’hôte de la première activité de la 47e saison du Club de la Médaille d’or à la Salle John-Molson, le mardi 16 septembre dernier. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a remis des bourses à trois athlètes de la relève :  Rosalie Lalonde, joueuse de basketball en fauteuil roulant (Saint-Clet); Samuel Murray, joueur de racquetball (Brossard); et Alexandre Obomsawin, volleyeur (Gatineau). Cet événement était animé par le champion olympique en bosses des Jeux de 1994, Jean-Luc Brassard. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a également honoré les entraîneurs Sylvain…
  • Récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur/Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Le 4 juin dernier, Le Club de hockey Canadien et Molson Coors ont procédé conjointement à la remise des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur pour la saison 2013-2014. Les récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur sont : Cédric McNicoll (McGill Redmen) et Jeremy Grégoire (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau) qui se sont chacun mérité une bourse d’étude de $6,000 répartie sur 3 ans. Le gagnant du Mérite Guy-Lafleur est Philippe-Alexandre Vinette (Le Titan de Princeville) qui s’est mérité une bourse d’étude de $1,000. Les gagnants étaient heureux de…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • 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…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 112614

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Today is a wake up call that there is just Four Weeks Left to do Holiday Shopping. This is Thanksgiving week and the end of year holiday's are now less than a month away. Have you gotten your shopping list figured out yet? If you have a craft beer lover in your household (other than yourself) just remember that a gift certificate to their favorite brewery taproom, beer bar or homebrew shop is always a welcome idea. Help support your local craft breweries and businesses this holiday season. Most breweries are closed Thursday, so stock up for the holidays today! Stuck with the in-laws for…
  • Colorado Beer News 112414

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Today is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Everyone has one, whether you know it or not. That one thing you do that no one else can, it's your unique talent. Be proud about that special thing that you do and show it off. Whether it be singing, sculpting, painting, designing, memorizing or even yodeling - be proud of what you can do. Take time to find out what others' talents are as well. Then you can all go out and celebrate with a craft beer. And if you can't figure out what your talent is, you can always celebrate the start of National Game & Puzzle Week. Here's what's happening around the…
  • Colorado Beer News 112114

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Today is World Hello Day. The goal of this day is to say Hello to at least 10 people today. Originally, this day was designed to show world leaders that using better communication rather than force was the best way to settle conflicts. If you have a conflict with someone, take the first step and try to talk with that person today. Say "Hello" and go from there. Who knows, you might just find a way to resolve your conflict in a mutually beneficial way. And while you're at it - take that person out for a craft beer at your local brewery taproom or bar. Here's what's happening around the…
  • Colorado Beer News 112014

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Today is Name Your PC Day. Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computers or personal electronic devices. In many cases, we spend more time with our devices than we do with our friends and family. Ever stop to wonder why? If we spend so much time with something, shouldn't that something have a name? What do you call your favorite electronic device? (Other than a swear word when it doesn't work right that is). Let's just hope they don't become self-aware anytime soon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, November 20th, 2014. If you aren't…
  • Colorado Beer News 111914

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address which commemorates Lincoln's famous speech at the Gettysburgh battlefield. Today is the 151st anniversary of that address which began with "Four score and seven years ago...". The infamous battle was less remembered than the speech where Lincoln stated that "... all men are created equal". Let's salute to the memory of the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War and toast to these famous words that we will always remember, well maybe not word for word, and especially not after having a couple of craft beers... Here's what's happening around…
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • Around Northern Italy by Train

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

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

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:06 pm
    "Call of the Bugle," by J.K. Ralston is one of the more accurate depictions. On the afternoon of June 26, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7thCavalry and dictated an order.  “Benteen.  Come On.  Big Village.  Be Quick.  Bring Packs.  P.S.  Bring Packs.”  The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who grabbed it and galloped off in the direction of Captain Benteen and the left battalion of Custer’s command.  As he rode away, the trumpeter turned in his saddle for…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer in Yosemite

    29 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people.  The tribespeople had burned Savage’s trading post, so in revenge, Savage formed the Mariposa Battalion and ordered his armed men up the Merced River.  Every time they encountered a Native American camp, they burned it, destroyed its provisions, and drove the people from the land.El Capitan, Kenny Karst, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. As they marched up river, these soldiers…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer on the Street of Dreams -- Hollywood Boulevard

    23 Aug 2013 | 2:29 pm
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Hollywood Boulevard was the most glamorous street in the world – a place where movie stars came to party, walk the red carpet to film premieres past search lights and popping flashbulbs, meet with their agents in Art Deco offices, cruise in convertibles with hair flying,  palm trees overhead, or hobnob with writers and directors in long, cool dark bars like the Musso & Frank’s or the Cat & Fiddle.   But times change.  In the 1960s, the street, like the movies, went into a steep decline.  Hollywood Boulevard became a joke…
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    Beer 47

  • 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…
  • Saranac Clouded Dream Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    First released in 2011, Saranac claims Clouded Dream to be the first White IPA commercially available. Whether this is the case or not doesn’t really matter, it is a fantastic example of this newer style of IPA. It uses three different types of grain: barley, wheat, and oats as well as Citra hops. Beer: Saranac Clouded Dream Style: White IPA ABV: 7.3% Brewery: The Matt Brewing Company (Saranac) Brewery City: Utica, NY Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:59:41 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: cloudy, burnt orange Smell: citrus peel, floral,…
  • Saranac Legacy IPA Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Saranac prides this IPA on both on being a very old recipe as well as a very light colored IPA. This homage to their past resulted in a well craft and somewhat unique beer. Beer: Saranac Legacy IPA Style: American IPA ABV: 6.5% Brewery: The Matt Brewing Company (Saranac) Brewery City: Utica, NY Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Sunday, May 25, 2014 11:03:35 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: Burnt yellow, very light color. Smell: Floral, peach pit, citrus, grainy, mineral Taste: Stevia-like sweetness, clean yet sharp bitterness Overall: Saranac Legacy IPA is a well made, crisp,…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo (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 (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 (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…
  • Episode 248: beer Hoptacular (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at the Aragon Ballroom for another beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few great local beer folks. Including Claudia Jendron the Brewmaster at Temperance Beer Company, Chris Tourre from Arcade Brewery, and Lisa Zimmer from MillerCoors. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular, I’m sure you had a great time and if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one. Cheers! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Having issues…
  • Episode 247: Grapefruit Sculpin & Habanero Sculpin (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 247 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dive into a couple variations of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. These both look like the Sculpin IPA you know and love but with a little twist that might turn some folks away or make them love Ballast Point even more. First up, Brad and Ken open the Grapefruit Sculpin, an IPA with grapefruit rind. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer. Next up they destroy their pallets with the Habanero Sculpin, an IPA with Habanero…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Black Beer Friday at Green Dragon

    D.J. Paul
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Has Black Friday already gotten you down? Well disembark from the masses this Friday and head on down to Green Dragon for the 4th Annual Black Beer Friday! Held now on the 4th consecutive year during the busiest shopping day of the year, relax and take in some of the regions best hoppy Cascadian Dark […]
  • Commons Brewery 3rd Anniversary on December 6th

    D.J. Paul
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Back in the summer of 2010 Mike Wright took the leap from home brewing to open one of Portland’s first nano-breweries, Beetje Brewing. Setting up shop in the garage of his Southeast Portland home, Wright began brewing on his not so quite 1.5 barrel system. Having found an appreciation for Belgian style beers, Wright took […]
  • The Row at Tetherow Launches Monthly Local Craft Brewery Beer Infused Dinners

    D.J. Paul
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    With the upcoming Mt. Bachelor winter sports season on the horizon, Tetherow Resort in beautiful Bend, Oregon is hosting a daily beer infused dinner that features a different local craft brewer each month. The month of November will feature Cascade Lakes Brewing. The Row, Tetherow’s upscale Scottish-style pub, is partnering with local craft breweries to […]
  • Widmer Brothers Collaborates with Deschutes & New Releases in 30 Beers For 30 Years Series

    D.J. Paul
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Widmer Brothers Brewing is at once again with quite a few new releases to close out 2014. The brewery is in the midst of the next round of six releases in their ambitious 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. If this is not enough, Widmer is also set to release their six and final beer […]
  • 2014 Washington Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest

    D.J. Paul
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Washington Brewers Guild will present their annual Winter Beer Fest on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the […]
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  • How to Convert a Fridge to a Kegerator

    Billy Broas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Maybe you don’t want to build a keezer. After all, it is more expensive and you have to do a little woodworking – not everyone’s cup of tea. Plus a lot of guys have an old fridge in the garage just itchin’ to be turned into a kegerator. Like my buddy Forrest. Watch the video below where us knuckleheads convert his fridge into a kegerator. Parts for the Refrigerator to Kegerator Conversion What did ya think of the video? Pretty simple, right? Once you have the parts in hand the build itself is really a breeze. Here’s what you need. The Draft System This is…
  • Convert a Sanke Keg to Ball Lock

    Billy Broas
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Want to convert sanke keg to ball lock? Doing so allows you to use your ball lock quick disconnects with both commercial sanke kegs and homebrew cornelius kegs. Being able to easily switch between corny and sanke kegs is a great convenience. Believe it or not I don’t always have homebrew on tap or sometimes I’m throwing a party and I want to serve a specific commercial beer. Sure, I could use one of the ole’ liquor store party pumps, but I’ve got this pimpin’ keezer kegerator so why not use it for commercial kegs too? ‘ Sanke to Ball Lock Conversion Kit…
  • Recap and Favorites from GABF 2014

    Billy Broas
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Photos © Brewers AssociationThe world’s largest beer festival has come to an end and thousands of beer drinkers are suffering through what may be their crappiest work week of the year. It’s well worth it though. Me? I had a blast. On Friday I attended the Farm to Table Pavillion for the first time. My buddy Mario Nocifera from Lower48 Kitchen asked me to help out at their booth and I jumped on the chance. We were teamed up with Nebraska Brewing Company (nice!) which was pouring their tasty HopAnomaly and Wick for Brains brews. The food and pairings were absolutely delicious.
  • Keg Types: Sanke vs. Corny Kegs

    Billy Broas
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Sanke vs. Corny Kegs – what are the differences? How do these kegs work? I answer these in the video above. If you’re thinking about building a kegerator, make sure to check out my keezer build. Leave a comment below if you found the video helpful. Cheers!
  • Pilsner Blind Tasting

    Billy Broas
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Let’s stop and take a second to appreciate the wave of great pilsners coming to market. Not too long ago a tasting of this caliber wouldn’t be possible. We’d have Pilsner Urquell, Bitburger..and..umm…some other others? We’ve come a long ways. In the picture below you can see a few classic German & Czech pilsners next to a bunch of great craft offerings from the U.S. Are the American breweries outperforming the classics? We’ll see in a second. First the lineup. 11 beers total: Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils Firestone Walker Pivo Pils Left…
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  • Black Raven Brewing annouces special release of Wisdom Seeker

    Kendall Jones
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Those of you who love double IPA probably know about Black Raven Brewing’s Wisdom Seeker already. You might be a little bit upset with me for sharing this news. Black Raven announced today a limited release of Wisdom Seeker at the brewery next Tuesday. Details below. From the brewery: NEW BEER RELEASE Wisdom Seeker Double IPA 9.5%ABV Release date: Tuesday 12/2/2014 @3PM You wanted more, we made more. The next full release of Wisdom Seeker Double IPA is not scheduled until March 2015. Many folks said that date is too far away so we…
  • Black Raven and Watershed converge for special beer & food event

    Kendall Jones
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tonight (Tues. Nov. 25) at Watershed Pub and Kitchen in Seattle, join Black Raven Brewing for a special beer + food pairing event. This is the third installment in the pub’s Convergence Series of events. Things get rolling at 6:00 P.M. The Oxford English Dictionary defines convergence this way: “Several people or things coming together from different directions so as eventually to meet.” At Watershed Pub and Kitchen, convergence refers to a monthly event (the last Tuesday of the month) where pub staff and renowned Northwest breweries…
  • Beer Church Turkey Bowl raises $5,200 for West Seattle Food Bank

    Kendall Jones
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For the past 16 years, Beer Church has organized and hosted Turkey Bowl. By its simplest definition, Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. Each year we take over all 32 lanes at West Seattle Bowl for a big food drive, fundraiser and bowling party. The 2014 version of the event took place last Saturday, November 22. This year the event raised over $5,200 for the West Seattle Food Bank. We also collected thousands of pounds of food. The participation of over 200 supporters, many of them representing breweries and bars…
  • Black Friday for Beer Lovers

    Kendall Jones
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. When it comes to Black Friday, either you love it or you hate it. Either you think it is a glorious celebration of bargains or you think it is an ungodly display of consumer-driven vomitus. Personally, I choose not to participate in the Black Friday commotion. I think we need is a new kind of Black Friday ritual, one that does not require me to sacrifice my soul to the highest bidder or lowest discounter. And wouldn’t it be great if such a ritual involved beer? I know of two Black Friday beer happenings. As you might suspect, these events…
  • Old Scrooge is flying off the shelf this year

    Kendall Jones
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It seems this year’s version of Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge is a big hit. People are raving about the classic winter brew from Silver City Brewing and bottles of it are flying off the shelf. I don’t mean that literally, thankfully. Below I share some information about the beer, including information about where you might find it. “With no exaggeration, this year’s release of the Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge has gone nuts!” says Kurt Larsen of Silver City Brewing. “We are already out of individual bottles at the…
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  • Science. Why we spill coffee more often than beer.

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Transporting a round of beers from the bar to your table is an achievable task, but you probably wouldn’t want to carry three cups of coffee without lids. Scientists at Princeton and NYU are explaining why: When it comes to beer, we have the bubbles to thank, the Smithsonianreports. Using high-speed cameras, the researchers recorded motion on the surface of several drinks: coffee, amber beer, and Guinness. Foam reduced sloshing, and the experts say it’s because the foam absorbs the energy of the moving liquid. More foam meant less sloshing. That means that if you’re looking…
  • There’s a black market for beer. And it’s bad for drinkers

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Your next specialty beer could cost you a lot more. High demand for craft beers is creating a black market for some small batch brews, and unauthorized dealers are selling the beers underground (or online) for inflated prices up to 20 times above retail. “Whether it’s a top-rated brew or one with new or seasonal ingredients, everyone wants to get their hands on exclusive batches. The demand is certainly there, and people are stepping in to fulfill that need in unsavory ways,” said beer cicerone Anne Becerra. It’s common for craft brewers to release small or…
  • Can you stay off the booze for a month?

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    New research by the University of Sussex has found, giving up alcohol completely during January reduces harmful drinking all year round. The results of a new study have been published to coincide with the launch of the Dry January campaign, revealed that six months after completing Alcohol Concern’s annual booze-free campaign for social drinkers – participants were drinking less, drinking less often and not getting drunk as much. READ ALL ABOUT IT
  • Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Plymouth Gin was first distilled in 1793 on a site barely a hundred yards from the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers had set sail for America nearly two centuries before. The bottle shows the Mayflower on its label to this day. Back then, the idea of a European Union would have been laughable. Revolution raged across the English Channel in France and it was still 161 years until the birth of EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker. But now, Plymouth Gin—still made on the same site and still the English town’s second-most-famous export after the Pilgrims—could be about to lose an EU endorsement…
  • Wineries Growing the Bitcoin Ecosystem

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Serving up bottles of select vine varieties, Picnic Wine Co. was the first winery dedicated to selling wine exclusively for bitcoin. Emblazoned on their homepage, a prominently displayed mission statement reads, “Let’s stay in Bitcoin, shall we? The bigger the ecosystem grows, the fewer reasons to go back and forth between fiat . . . Close the loop.” A product of the millennial generation, Picnic Wine Co. was founded by three school friends, Grant Hemingway, Jeff Anderson, and Zach Bryant, with a knack for entrepreneurial ventures. Hemingway and Anderson are the…
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  • NW Winter Beer Taste

    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

    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?!?

    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

    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

    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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    All Over Beer

  • Down in the Cellar

    Brian Stechschulte
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In Northern Michigan Down in the Cellar
  • Nick Fullmer

    Brian Stechschulte
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The art of beer. Nick Fullmer
  • We Are Living Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are you? We Are Living Beer
  • The Beacon

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    That's what the GABF volunteers called it while they passed out tasting glasses. The Beacon
  • Sierra Nevada’s Original Brewing Equipment

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It may not look like much, but... Sierra Nevada’s Original Brewing Equipment
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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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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Anheuser-Busch Buys 10 Barrel Brewing

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    AB InBev has announced that it has purchased another craft brewery—Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing. According to CNN, this is the second small brewery AB InBev has purchased this year, acquiring Blue Point in New York earlier in 2014.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Pabst Sold for $700 Million

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Looks like Pabst Brewing Company, makers of Pabst Blue Ribbon, is being sold to Oasis Beverages, a Russian brewing company and distributor. According to the New York Times, Oasis will pay between $700 and $750 million for the brand. In addition to PBR, Pabst also makes Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee, in addition to other legacy brands and local favorites including Lone Star, Ranier, Old Style, Schlitz and National Bohemian.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Miller Lite Brings Back Its White Label, Possibly Also Its Mojo

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    bottleThe return of Miller Lite’s original white can design was supposed to be a three-month novelty with an Anchorman 2 tie-in. The brand replaced the blue cans that have been in beer aisles since 2001, and an unexpected thing happened: Miller Lite sales immediately increased in the U.S. Encouraged, MillerCoors made the white cans permanent. Now bottles and tap handles will get the white label treatment, too.-Website Link-[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Anheuser-Busch to import Montejo from Mexico

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hoping to tap the fast-growing Hispanic market, Anheuser-Busch is importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S.The subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, said Wednesday that starting next month it will sell Montejo lager in bars, restaurants and grocery stores in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.;_ylt=AwrSyCSVjONTbTUACEDQtDMD[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

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

  • A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 1 – dining in, swearing in

    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.
  • Adroit Theory Visit by Lori “The LightWeight” DePedro

    Angela Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    I recently visited Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA to sample some of their new releases. Adroit does things differently. They focus on quality and experimentation rather than quantity. They craft some amazing and progressive brews, but they don’t make a ton of the stuff. Most of the time they don’t even bottle for mass purchase-you have to visit them to enjoy the beers on tap, and I am OK with that. I chose two new releases and neither one disappointed. The Rye IPA was described as spicy and sticky with a piney nose. Let it be known that I personally love a nice…
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    All Good Beer

  • Adelbert's Set to Release a Bière Brut

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Adelbert’s Brewery has announced that it's latest release, Sundowner, is a Bière Brut, a style not commonly produced in this country.A Bière Brut (also known as Bière de Champagne), is a style where the brewing and fermentation process is similar to how a champagne is produced, including using a champagne yeast and aging in the bottle for many months. Some of the more traditional Bière Brut brewed in Belgium and France are even put through the same process as champagne to remove the yeast (the bottles are stored inverted so the yeast collects in the neck of the bottle and that yeast is…
  • Record Number of Texas Breweries at 2014 GABF

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

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

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    BeerBro Bottle Opener - 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 - 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 - 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…
  • Loop Bottle Opener

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

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:26 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

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:26 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

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:26 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

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:26 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

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Try-It Thursday

    Pete Mitcham
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Feral Brewing Company, Swan Valley, WAFeral Hop Hog5.8% American Style Pale AleIt’s pretty difficult to showcase an award-winning beer each week and ignore this beauty for too long. Acknowledged by fellow brewers, beer judges and the general public to be one of the finest local examples of the classic American Pale Ale style, Hop Hog must have a room of its own somewhere in the Baskerville brewery complex for its many awards.Ignore the constant argument as to whether it’s a hoppy malt-driven Pale or a perfectly balanced India Pale Ale (even Ferals’ website says IPA while the labels on…
  • What’s an XPA?

    Pete Mitcham
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The increase in public platforms for craft beer has been a boon to brewers, punters and event organisers alike but time and time again the spectre of Beer Style rears its multiple heads. During Meet the Brewer and Q&A sessions at various beer festivals, many questions are posed regarding guidelines around style.There are two well-defined camps either side of the argument. On the one hand, a stricter adherence to style guidelines reduces the chances of consumer confusion when it comes to acquiring a palate for certain types of beer experience. A novice drinker can try, say, an American…
  • Hottest 100: Breweries list your beers

    Media Release
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    We’re on the road to the polls and the Local Taphouse has put out a call for all Australian breweries to make sure that their beers are listed and ready for voting.Pre-registering beers is just one of the innovations that the organisers put in place last year to avoid issues with beers getting votes under multiple names. Breweries can make sure the beers are liusted and named correctly…Media ReleaseAll Australian breweries asked to enter their beers for the biggest Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers everThere has been a massive increase in the number of Official Venues registered for the…
  • Brewing jobs: Brewer, Malt Shovel Brewery

    Help Wanted
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Would you like the opportunity to be the best you can be, really make a difference and have a great time doing it? At Lion, our success comes from Great people and Great Brands. We are Australia and New Zealand’s leading food and Beverage Company with great brands for every occasion.The Malt Shovel Brewery is looking for a Craft Brewer to join our team, this role is based at Camperdown and reports to the Head Brewer at MSB.We are looking for someone who will bring with them a passion for developing craft beer coupled with practical, hands-on production experience. You will form a key part…
  • Brewing Jobs: Master Distiller, Young Henrys

    Help Wanted
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Seeking: Master DistillerYoung Henrys is looking for a Master Distiller to join their team, which is making some of the country’s best craft beer and cider. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a new business arm of an established but fast growing, innovative, and dynamic company. The role is based in Newtown, NSW, Australia.Young Henrys is in the process of developing a unique spirits range having carried out extensive product development and market testing of their Gin and Moonshine products. The successful candidate will be empowered to feed into this process and work with the…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Funky Buddha to bottle beers

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Beer lovers in South Florida have known that the beers at Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha were remarkable from the brewery’s inception in 2010. But, in order to taste the beer, they had to go to a the brewery taproom or visit a bar with their beers on tap. In just a few weeks that will change as Funky Buddha launches its first two packaged brews. Read the press release below for all the details. 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…
  • Gulf-coast brewery opens new taproom

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    More proof that Florida is becoming a craft beer powerhouse popped up last week when Grayton Beer Company opened its new taproom. Grayton, founded in 2011, is a locally owned and operated brewery on the Northwest Florida Coastline with over 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities to brew classic, contemporary beers. Grayton Beer Company brews its beers with an easy-going, approachable Gulf-coast state of mind, using the finest available ingredients to provide pure, simple refreshment. Learn more about the brewery and its new taproom in the press release below. SOUTH WALTON, Fla.
  • Black Friday brings 2014 release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    For many, the day after Thanksgiving — referred to as Black Friday — is a day of getting up before the rising sun, standing in lines for hours to grab great prices on electronics and other gifts meant to reside under a Christmas tree. But, for beer lovers in the United States it means something different. Black Friday marks the annual release of Goose Island Brewing Company’s coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS). Once a year the brewing experts at Goose Island pull out all the stops and release several varieties of this brew that has been rated as one of the top 20…
  • Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    There is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs filled from beer taps for patrons to take off-premises for consumption. Currently, Florida law allows breweries to fill growlers with their own beer in only one-quart or one-gallon sizes. The problem is that the national standard for growler size is one half-gallon. Indeed, Florida is the only state in the…
  • Know your beer glasses, a new infographic

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Glassware is just as important to the craft beer experience as the beer itself. I haven long been an advocate of using the proper glassware to accentuate and showcase beer to its fullest extent. And, if you think about it, serving beer in a glass that helps to capture a beer style’s distinct nuances is no different than serving brandy in a snifter, a Tom Collins in a Collins glass or a champagne in a flute. It just makes sense. But, the sheer number of beer styles and their accompanying glasses can be intimidating. Enter the fine folks at Hangover Revivol, a company that produces and…
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  • Alaskan Brewing to Release Beers for Black Friday

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    JUNEAU, Alaska – It’s coming just as sure as the days are getting shorter – Black Friday will soon be upon us, and Alaskan Brewing is recommending three new releases to combat the craziness. With the release of Double Black IPA, 2014 Smoked Porter, and the Smoked Porter Vintage Pack, Alaskan gives craft beer fans dark beers for the dark winter nights ahead. Double Black IPA is part of the Alaskan Pilot Series – bigger beers offered in bigger bottles with bigger tastes. The aroma of Alaskan Double Black IPA consists of fresh, citrus notes from Northwest hops and the heavy, dry…
  • Mims Distributing Donates 18 Turkeys to North Carolina Foodbank

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. – Mims Distributing Company, a wholesale beverage distributor in North Carolina, is helping families in need this Thanksgiving by donating 18 turkeys, 640 cases of non-alcoholic beverages and miscellaneous canned and dry food items to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, the state’s oldest and largest food bank. The Food Bank will then distribute the turkeys to families in its 34-county distribution area, where 560,000 people are at risk of hunger. This is the second year Mims Distributing has donated turkeys as well as partnered with the Food Bank to…
  • Ninkasi Hires New Chief Marketing Officer

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    EUGENE, Ore.— Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces the hire of Jon Rogers to lead the brewery’s marketing department as chief marketing officer. Since 2006, the brewery has committed to hiring experienced professionals to build teams in-house and create a competitive job market in its home-base of Eugene, Ore. Rogers joins Ninkasi with a wealth of high-level experience in brand management and strategy at well-known entertainment companies like Lucasfilm Ltd. and The Walt Disney Company, where he managed programs in global marketing, strategy, and franchise management. Earning a…
  • How the FDA’s New Calorie Count Requirements Impact Brewers

    Chris Furnari
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruling that requires chain establishments with more than 20 locations to list caloric information on their menus may have left a significant gray area for craft beer. The new ruling, announced Tuesday, affects both on-and-off-premise establishments, including chain restaurants, movie theaters, vending machines as well as grocery and convenience stores serving prepared foods. It is expected to take effect in Dec. 2015, meaning retailers will have about one year to comply with the stricter regulations. Yesterday’s ruling reaches beyond food and…
  • Crux Fermentation Project Releases Tough Love

    Press Release
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Portland, OR — Join Crux founder and brewmaster Larry Sidor at The Beer Mongers in Portland for a celebratory toast to the release of one of our most highly anticipated beers. The 2014 [BANISHED] TOUGH LOVE Imperial Stout is constructed with dark roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, and then banished in Kentucky bourbon barrels, revealing notes of vanilla beans and hints of dried cherries. TOUGH LOVE will be available for sale on draught and in bottles (limit four bottles per person). Crux will also take over the taps with a selection of our favorite Crux beers, many of…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Black Button Distilling Little Barrel Bourbon

    Nino Marchetti
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Craft whiskey is hugely popular these days, and many of the standout producers are located in New York State. (There are, of course, other great ...
  • Wine Reviews: Autumn Roundup

    Julie Albin
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Every evening, as we inch closer to winter, we are bestowed with awe-inspiring displays of orange, pink, and purple as stunning as a painting. One ...
  • Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

    Brian Freedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    There is no shortage of great gins on the market today, so it’s difficult for any one particular expression to really stand out. Which, of ...
  • A Week in South Africa: Pt. 1

    Brian Freedman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s impossible to overstate the sheer physical grandeur of South Africa, the beauty of the scenery that, at various moments throughout the day, forces you ...
  • Beer Belly, Los Angeles

    Rachel Barth
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Beer Belly bar has been filling guts with LA’s craft beer and crafty food since 2011. Sourcing most of its brews from greater Los Angeles, married ...
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    Brew Dudes

  • Fresh English Brown Ale

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so first a cheers to you and your family. We hope you are drinking homebrewed beers or ciders. Pairing your favorite dishes with your best creations. What better beer could there be for me at thanksgiving? That’s right English Brown Ale!!! First of this beer remains largely unchanged since I last brewed it. I use Maris Otter for base malt and the rest of the character malts are crystal 60L, chocolate malt (350L) and Briess Special Roast. I have settled on these three malt delivering the balance of caramel, chocolate and roast that I expect…
  • BIAB Series – Mosaic SMaSH Ale

    The Brew Dudes
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Home brewing plans take time to come to be. Maybe in 2015 I will learn to execute quicker. The thoughts for the SMaSH beers as a part of the BIAB Series were put forth in July! Better late than never – some plans never see the light of day. Saturday night I had the time to brew in a bag (BIAB) and use one variety of hops throughout the boil. I have two more to do which I should get done between now and Thanksgiving. Brewing one gallon batches using the BIAB method brought my brew session time down considerably. From heating up my mash water to cleaning up afterward, I was done in 3…
  • Passion Fruit Flavor in Hops

    The Brew Dudes
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This weekend, the plan is to get some of the one gallon, SMaSH hop explorations underway. These are the hawt new varieties that we have wanted to learn more about and brewing up small batches is a low-risk way to get that knowledge. If I were to brew five gallon batches and I don’t like the hop, I may be in the position of being stuck with a lot of beer I don’t want to drink. The one gallon batch presents a small yield of beer that may not be enjoyable and also keeps the costs low. The hot hops that I am going to brew with are: Mosaic El Dorado Equinox I also have a Down Under IPA…
  • Acetaldehyde Off Flavor Tasting In Home Brewed Beer

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I recently brewed up an English Best Bitter. I enjoy these session style pale ales quite a bit. English bitters in general have plenty of malt character balanced by earthly slightly spicy English hops. My favorite is the classic East Kent Goldings. Brewing English beers is fairly straightforward the trickiest part is managing the fermentation. English ale yeasts are well know for a couple off flavors if not treated right. And that’s what we discovered when we tasted my latest brew. This beer has a subtle but noticeable acetaldehyde character. Namely it comes across as an apple quality.
  • Brew Stand Build Lessons Learned

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    The brew stand build is basically complete. I thought about painting it but that’s a waste of time. I’d rather be brewing than waiting for paint to dry. This week John is a little curious about the project so we hit the high points of the build out and discuss some of the lessons I learned along the way. Aside from cutting and grinding metal for the fabrication, the primary hurdle was to handle the plumbing of the gas lines. I used 1/2 inch black pipe for all the hard lines. Essentially running a supply line along the back of the stand with T-fittings for each burner. I connect to…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Metz Beer “all first-class places have it”

    Chad Lothian
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    This is the second blog post this week on old beer advertising around Thanksgiving, this one comes from the Omaha Sunday Bee in Omaha, Nebraska, printed November 24, 1912. The advertisement is for Metz Beer, with a fine looking image of a bottle of Metz that could only be outdone by a turkey chugging a Metz beer, very Animal House before Animal House. There it is in print in 1912 “No Thanksgiving dinner can be complete with out that delicious brew” of course they believe that brew is Metz beer, I think there are a number of fine beers out there that would pair well with Thanksgiving but…
  • American Beauty Beer will “set you right”

    Chad Lothian
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    I enjoy looking at old advertising for beer, the images, the wording, the direction they take in marketing all peak my interest. I started looking through old newspaper archives and found a couple holiday advertisements for beer that I thought were worth sharing. The first advertisement I found was printed in The Herald Republican out of Salt Lake City, Utah on November 23, 1910. The beer is American Beauty Beer brewed by the Salt Lake City Brewing Company and is touted as “an unadulterated health tonic” that is endorsed and used by no less than “the best people everywhere”. I’m…
  • Sometimes the most unlikely places are hidden gems for craft beer

    Chad Lothian
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I try not to be the guy who judges a book by it’s cover, but more often than not that’s what I do, and in my defense I’m right more often than not, but occasionally my snap judgments fail me. I recently encountered one of those moments when I judged unfairly. I took the family to North Conway, New Hampshire a couple weekends ago, I don’t travel without taking a peek at the local beer offerings, and in North Conway there aren’t many options. I had asked a few people and done a Google search which all led me to one place to buy bottles, The Vista Country Store. I punched the address…
  • Maine brewery serves up free pizzas every Friday night

    Chad Lothian
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    It’s Friday night, you’re hanging out with friends, there’s live music, for dinner you are eating pizza and drinking craft beer. Could this friday get any better? How about if you were at the brewery that brewed the beer you are drinking and the pizza is free? Thats a pretty good Friday evening. I just described a Friday night at Funky Bow Beer Company in Lyman, Maine. Between 4:30 and 9pm every Friday night the brewery comes alive with the sound of live bluegrass music and people having a good time. There is brewery fresh beer flowing, growlers being filled and pizza made with spent…
  • Coaster Critique: Henniker Brewing – Amber Apparition

    Chad Lothian
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Name: Amber Apparition Brewed by: Henniker Brewing Company Style: American Amber Ale ABV: 5.2% Pours a very deep copper color, shadowy approaching brown when held to the light the beer glows ruby red with a ghostly haze that might resemble an apparition in your glass. Smell like grains, fresh baked bread followed by a pleasant, earthy hop that makes me think of pine needles and fallen leaves. Initial sip is malt forward,  grainy, brown bread and a toffee sweetness. Near mid-sip the hops show up, following the nose they have a earthy flavor, pine, grass, soil, sort of like tasting the air on…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Beer Notes: Yup, we’re brewing again

    Beer Infinity
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    Greetings, everyone. May this dark and dreary Friday nonetheless be filled with the promise of a good weekend filled with quality beer. All of us in the Brew Crew are looking forward to it, even though we have to get up awfully early (by our mostly nocturnal standards) on Saturday. Why would we be getting up early? To brew another beer at a bre ...
  • Lunch at Brasserie Blanc Bristol

    Beer Infinity
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    So a few weeks ago I was in Bristol visiting some family, relaxing before the silly season descends on us. It was a short but sweet trip, but packed with fun, beer and of course good food. As a treat my cousin surprised myself and my mum to a fabulous lunch at Brasserie Blanc. This is a chain of restaurants by French chef Raymond Blanc, with ...
  • Breaking News Blog Post

    Beer Infinity
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Just after I got my last blog post on the street, I got word from Rob Weller of Specialty Imports that the next release of Anchorage Brewing Company's amazing A Deal with the Devil Barley Wine would be released TODAY, November 21st. Rob was kind enough to send along the list of the stores which will be carrying it. This stuff goes super fast an ...
  • Stale Beer and Fresh Cider

    Beer Infinity
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    For your Friday surfing pleasures.  Over at All About Beer, I have a two-parter about beer freshness: part 1 discusses why beer gets stale and what breweries do to ensure fresh beer and part two discusses why you still find stale beer on shelves and what you can do to avoid it. I've also launched a website to accompany my forthcoming ci ...
  • Coralville Brrr Fest Set for January 24th!

    Beer Infinity
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
      Save the Date! When: Saturday, January 24, 2015 Where: Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm   The time has come to start making your  plans for BrrrFest 2015! Once again, BrrrFest will feature amazing breweries from across Iowa and the Midwest.    Continuing ...
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Stochasticity Project’s Master of Disguise — When Stone Trolled Craft Beer

    Brew Review Crew
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    You sit down to watch a video on YouTube, maybe you’re checking out your favorite craft beer review channel, maybe just a video of an adorable kitten, and you look in the comments section to see what people say and you read a comment that is so offensive that you have to respond in anger.  Congratulations, you just got trolled.  Well, Stone has taken trolling to a whole new level, they are now trolling your tastebuds. In the world of craft beer, two schools of thought have developed.  Group “A” is the, “Let’s just make the most delicious beer possible”…
  • Dogfish Head to Create Brewpub Exclusive Beer for Breakfast Brewed with 25 Pounds of Scrapple

    Brew Review Crew
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Not long ago, Cory published one of the tastier entrants to our Food-and-Beer Pairings guide; Beer for Breakfast. Clearly and obviously inspired by Cory’s chef-like-prowess, Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head, has set out to produce a brewpub exclusive breakfast beer made with 25 pounds of what he calls ‘scrapple’ The idea of an off-centered breakfast-beer is not new to Dogfish Head. Back in 1994, right at the inception of DFH, Sam brewed up a homebrew recipe for a breakfast-themed stout. A few months later, Chicory Stout – brewed with organic Mexican coffee, licorice…
  • Apocalypse Cow Double IPA – Three Floyds

    Brew Review Crew
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    by The post Apocalypse Cow Double IPA – Three Floyds appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Black Frog Brewery Beer Reviews *STORY UPDATE*

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Read our original article on Black Frog Brewing Company HERE We came to you months ago to introduce Toledo’s newest craft brewery, Black Frog Brewery and its sole proprietor, Chris Harris. Since that article was written, things have really blossomed for Chris and Black Frog Brewery. He has begun the process of self-distributing his beer to local craft beer stores, and has enjoyed some pretty fantastic feedback from customers.   When we first sat down to chat with Chris, he graciously gave us a sample of his ‘Cream of the Frog’ Cream Ale, which we thought was pretty darn…
  • Bitches Brew — Dogfish Head

    Brew Review Crew
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Review By: Cory Smith (with input from Drew Lockhard) I don’t know that there is a brewery that treats brewing like art quite the way that Dogfish Head does. When they were approached to create a beer to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ album Bitches Brew, they did their best to put their unique artistic twist on the beer. As you heard in the video, this isn’t just a stout.  They reverse engineered this to go perfectly with Davis’ favorite foods, and added the unique twist of making Bitches Brew a blend of two different beer styles, just the way…
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s Brewery is one of the most successful and well respected craft breweries in the country and their reputation is well earned.  Although Oberon takes the prize as their most well known beer Two Hearted Ale is the first beer I think of when talking about this brewery.  Throughout the year Bell’s releases a ton of seasonal and specialty beers that are highly sought after but when it comes to Bell’s I always end up coming home to Two…
  • Right Brain Brewing Naughty Girl Stout : Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Craft beer is great for many reasons, high on that list of reasons is the ability for a brewery to think differently and experiment with new ideas and create different experiences for those willing to indulge.  Right Brain Brewing is a company that is known for brewing slightly on the experimental side and their flagship CEO Stout is delightful and has won multiple awards annually honoring its overall deliciousness.  Another offering in the stout line up for Right Brain is Naughty…
  • Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout: Brew Review

    John Fahrner
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan With the holiday season upon us the weather is changing and all around I’m hearing people talk about holidays and holiday foods.  One of the things that caps off holiday meals is some kind of rich desert, usually a pie or a cake.  Granted a good cup of coffee is a nice pair for pretty much any desert but for the craft beer drinker sometimes a good brew can be just as (if not more) satisfying as a desert…
  • Beer Review – Brooklyn Pilsner

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Can a pale lager truly be called a Pilsner if not brewed in the town of Plzeň, Czechoslovakia? How about if it’s brewed in New York? To answer this question, let’s dig a bit deeper into the particular style. So, what exactly is a Pilsner? The short answer is that it is a pale lager invented in 1842 in the town of Plzeň. One of the key ingredients of a true Pilsner is the soft water found in Plzeň –…
  • Beer Review — The Humble Harvester from Rock Art Brewery

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Featured Contributor @BeerBallyhoo There are rare occasions when I drink a certain type of beer (or wine, for that matter), that I find myself transported. The aromas and flavors act as a time machine that sends me, in my mind’s eye, to a place that I in some way cherish. Think of those York Peppermint Patty commercials, and you’ll kind of get what I mean. The first time I tasted the Humble Harvester IPA from Rock Art Brewery, I imagined myself sitting in a newly-mown hay field…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Festival News: WA: Seattle: 12/5 & 12/6: Washington Brewers Guild "Winter Beer Fest" returns for another year of warmth and beer.

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Press Release(Seattle, WA) ... - Washington Brewers Guild will present the annual Winter Beer Fest. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the BIG beer lover with additions of sugar and spice and everything nice!Featuring a wide variety of winter and holiday inspired beers.·         Big winter warmers such as Seattle local Stoup Brewing’s English inspired Winter Warmer or Kulshan Brewing’s…
  • Brewery News: BC: Vancouver: "Steamworks Brewing Company Raises Over $10,000 for BC Firefighters Burn Fund"

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    As tribute to BC Firefighters and to raise both awareness & funds, local craft brewery Steamworks Brewing Company brewed a robust and flavourful Heroica Red Ale for its 2014 fall release.  In keeping with Steamworks' whimsical brand designs, this particular label featured Burnaby Heights Landmark Helen Arnold the swinging girl as a damsel in distress being rescued by a Steampunked firefighter.  Throughout October, all Steamworks Heroica Red Ale 650mL bombers, Fall Mash-Up 12-pack mixers, and pints sold at liquor stores and restaurants throughout BC were partially donated to…
  • Restaurant News: WA: Seattle: Café Pettirosso launches "Monday Evening Dinner Series"

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This past Monday, the staff of "Café Pettirosso" hosted Epic Brewing to kick off their monthly "Monday Evening Dinner Series". Developed and designed to showcase the harmony between your favorite alcoholic beverage and the menu of Pettirosso, the first dinner was well received.Listed below is a sample of the beers and cocktails, featured during the dinner.Epic BrewingSour Apple Saison(sweet, yet dry and tart Farmhouse style ale. Features apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.)Epic Brainless Belgian Style IPA(this IPA pays…
  • Alehouse News: OR: Portland: 12/2 The Waypost Tavern hosts Stormbreaker Brewing, as next "Brewer of the Month"

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Press ReleaseNorth Portland's Waypost Tavern will continue its popular “Brewer of the Month” series in December with a focus on the beers from Portland's Stormbreaker Brewing. The month-long celebration of Stormbreaker beers will kick off with a meet-the-brewer reception Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4-7. The team from Stormbreaker Brewing will be on hand to discuss the beer and brewery and there will be three Stormbreaker beers on tap. For the rest of December, The Waypost will dedicate three taps to Stormbreaker beers – meaning when one keg of Stormbreaker blows, a new Stormbreaker beer will…
  • Brewery Release: OR: Ninkasi Brewing updates their Flagship Series 'line-up'

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseEUGENE, Ore.— Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting January 2015, featuring new additions paired with steadfast favorites. Started in 2006 by Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, the brewery first entered the Oregon craft beer scene with highly-hopped, Northwest India Pale Ales – beers that quickly made a name for the brewery. Since then, Ninkasi’s brewers have created a diverse offering of beer styles, including traditionally-inspired lagers; rich, complex stouts; ales brewed with experimental hops;…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • The Font, Chorlton

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    8 cask ales, 8 traditional ciders, 16 kegged beers, over 160 bottled beers/ciders and over 20 cocktails. (And they’re Read More...
  • Twisted Barrel Ale Limited

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Welcome to the UK's first Pico-Brewery.Brewed by a pair of self-confessed beer geeks with a tendency for over-analysing an
  • Ribstone Creek Brewery

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Ribstone Creek Brewery is an investor-owned 'craft’ style brewery located in the village of Edgerton in east-central Alberta.
  • Norton Brewing Company

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Norton Brewing is being developed by Halton Community Services to provide employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental illness, and autism, through the operation of a micro-brewery, situated in the grounds of Norton Priory
  • Weird Beard Brew Co

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Weird Beard Brew Co. consists of a couple of homebrewers with high quality facial hair and big ambitions. They brew beers with higher than the average alcohol and hop contents that go well Read More...
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    I Brew Beer and Cook Food

  • Beer: Discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich of The Alchemist

    Sean Duffy
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    From time to time during my endless research into homebrewing I come across a gem like this: This discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich is extremely informative. You also can get a good background into The Alchemist's Heady Topper. Also go check out Chop & Brew by Chip Walton. A great find and I can't wait to watch the rest of his videos!
  • Food: Puerto Rican Bistec Encebollado (Steak and Onions)

    Sean Duffy
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    I married a lovely Puerto Rican woman. What does that mean? On top of everything else I absolutely love about her, the cuisine that comes along with her heritage is AMAZING. The first taste of this cuisine was when her mother made the rice. Oh man, this rice. I can't even describe how amazing it is. Just look at it...I haven't even attempted this yet. There's a science to it. Not too wet, not too dry. The perfect amount of seasoning. My next taste was when I went to her grandmother's house and had the pork WITH this rice. It was ridiculously amazing. THEN we went to Puerto Rico and it was…
  • Beer: Brewing The New England 1020 IPA

    Sean Duffy
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    So I am a moron. Again, I forgot to take pictures of brew day. I get too caught up in the moment and enjoy it too much. I'm going to dedicate one of my friends solely to taking pictures next time. Anyways, we have fermentation! The picture is a bit deceiving because it is in an extremely dark place and I had to use the flash. The color is a lot lighter... A LOT lighter.Again, we missed our OG. We were at about 1.043. I added a pound of table sugar that I know will dry it out a bit but I got it to 1.053. We also mashed in a little too high at around 160°F. Next time I am going to focus a…
  • Beer: New Techniques During Brew Day

    Sean Duffy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    I have been on the journey to brew the best IPA I can ever since I started brewing. Which is actually not too long ago. Last year around this time I was brewing 1.5 gallon stove top brews and adding 3.5 gallons of tap water to make 5 gallons. In this short amount of time I have already jumped to all-grain brewing. Can you imagine what I will be doing next year? I can't.This next brew we are calling The New England 1020. It's going to be a what I call them a "New England IPA". Not as bitter and more aromatic. I get to experiment with techniques I've never used before. I am going to be using a…
  • Beer: Random Thoughts

    Sean Duffy
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This past week I have decided to not make a mess of my kitchen anymore and move my brewing operations down to the basement and outside. Conveniently I have a walk out so it makes things much easier. This weekend we get to try it out for the first time when we brew our New England 1020 IPA! I just added a dart board and other things to make it a bit more cozy. Next step is adding an old school tube TV with NES or SNES hooked up to it!I have been drooling over a brewing system for about a year now. Whenever I see it all I can think about is this:I am going to try to make that dream a reality…
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