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  • Law will let California host 2015 homebrewers conference

    Realbeer.com Beer Therapy
    Real Beer
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will will allow the 37th National Homebrewers Conference to be held next June in San Diego as scheduled. Last year, an amendment added to Assembly Bill 1425 (AB1425) was passed and effectively banned homebrewing organizations — including the AHA and the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) — from hosting events centered around their favorite hobby. As a result, the 24th annual 2014 CHA Southern California Homebrewers Festival was canceled. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, puts the Southern California Homebrewers…
  • Charrington Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    Shut up about Barclay Perkins
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Charrington was one of the big successes of the interwar years. But even they had to be realistic.First, the good news. They got 30 of the 80 pubs Whitbread got from the Notting Hill Brewery: "Interesting Brewery Deal. It is stated that negotiations have been completed for the sale some 80 public-houses belonging the Notting Hill Brewery Company to Whitbread and Company (Limited), and that some 30 of these have been resold to Messrs. Charrington's Brewery. The deal is said to involve quarter of million sterling, Whitbread and the Notting Hill Brewery are purely London concerns, but…
  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

    Pete Brown
    Pete Brown
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Good marketing practice is not that difficult. It just seems that it's so much easier to screw it up.Whenever I've been in a meeting room where marketers are discussing social media, everyone agrees unanimously that the difference between it and straightforward advertising is that it's a two-way street. Twitter and Facebook are platforms for conversations. In strategic meetings, at conferences and in marketing textbooks everywhere, everyone says they understand this.And yet in practice, it's so very different.Today, this tweet appeared on my timeline.It made me quite annoyed. While I'm sure…
  • Adventure with Friends introduces Colorado Active Beer Tours for GABF 2014

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    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Colorado Active Beer Tours: After traveling abroad and leading many tours to other states and countries, I’m reminded daily why I enjoy returning to Colorado after every trip. The combination of over 300 sunny days, stunning hiking trails, ribbons of single track mountain biking and plenty of skiing to challenge the inner soul. Just a few reasons why this outdoor environment is second to none, and why I’ve called this place ‘home’ for over 20 years. In addition to all of Colorado’s natural beauty is the organic proliferation of…
  • Don’t Raise Beer Taxes

    NYT > Beer
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president of the Beer Institute takes issue with an editorial’s assertion that the tax on beer is too low.
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  • Adventure with Friends introduces Colorado Active Beer Tours for GABF 2014

    BeerPulse curator
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Colorado Active Beer Tours: After traveling abroad and leading many tours to other states and countries, I’m reminded daily why I enjoy returning to Colorado after every trip. The combination of over 300 sunny days, stunning hiking trails, ribbons of single track mountain biking and plenty of skiing to challenge the inner soul. Just a few reasons why this outdoor environment is second to none, and why I’ve called this place ‘home’ for over 20 years. In addition to all of Colorado’s natural beauty is the organic proliferation of…
  • Beer T-Shirt Club now featuring Netherlands’ Vandestreek Bier as August brewery

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The BEER T-Shirt Club™ invites you to be a part of an elite crew of beer fans with style. 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 makes a great gift for yourself or for that special craft beer lover in your life. Beer T-Shirt Club is looking for a few breweries to partner with for the end of the year. If you run a brewery, Beer T-Shirt Club would love to work with you! Do you…
  • Town of Crested Butte mixed over proposal to be transformed for Bud Light’s “Whatever” campaign

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    The "Are You Up for Whatever" Bud Light campaign calls for bringing more than 1,000 up-for-anything revelers from around the country to a town that will be made over into a fantasy Bud Light-drinking community called "Whatever." More >> The Denver Post.
  • Heretic Brewing hits Philadelphia in September through Bella Vista Beer

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    We are officially announcing the distribution agreement that has been signed a couple weeks ago between Bella Vista Beer and Heretic Brewery from Fairfield, CA. Heretic was started by famous home brewer turned pro, Jamil Zainasheff, and has been turning heads with their beers from day one. We expect beers to be pouring from taps in better beer bars in the next few weeks from Heretic Brewing soon. via Bella Vista email.
  • Left Hand Brewing returns to UK market

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    News Wire:  (Boulder, CO) – Left Hand Brewing Company is strengthening its commitment to the United Kingdom. This September, the Colorado-based brewery will expand supply across the UK with distribution partner James Clay. In addition, Left Hand has established its first onsite, international brewery rep, Sharona Selby, to represent the brand in the UK market. With 10 years of international distribution under their belt, Left Hand Brewing has been an early entrant onto the U.S. craft export scene. “For us, it’s about contributing to the craft beer movement,” comments Chris…
 
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  • Kannah Creek Brewing Expands Distribution to Arizona

    Dan
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    (GRAND JUNCTION, CO), — One year ago Kannah Creek Brewing Company started bottling and distributing their beers throughout Col… The post Kannah Creek Brewing Expands Distribution to Arizona appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Maui Brewing Co. is the Official Beer of Hawaiian Airlines

    Jonny Fullpint
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Lahaina, HI – Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde Lager will be offered on international routes on September 1, 2014, an… The post Maui Brewing Co. is the Official Beer of Hawaiian Airlines appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Releases Big Ol’ Pumpkin

    Dan
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    (Bend,OR) – 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has released the latest beer in their ultra-rotational 22oz bottle series “Big Ol’ Pu… The post 10 Barrel Brewing Releases Big Ol’ Pumpkin appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Dry Dock Brewing Releases Signature Series Imperial Stout

    Jonny Fullpint
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Aurora, CO – This week Dry Dock Brewing Co. released the Signature Series Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bombe… The post Dry Dock Brewing Releases Signature Series Imperial Stout appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Lakewood Brewing Releases French Quarter Temptress

    Dan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    (DALLAS,TX) – September 4th marks the exact midway point to Mardi Gras, so naturally Lakewood Brewing Company is honoring the oc… The post Lakewood Brewing Releases French Quarter Temptress appeared first on thefullpint.com.
 
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  • Happy Labor Day, and thank you for the beer!

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    According to the Beer Institute, not only does the American beer market directly and indirectly employ around 2,000,000 people, but one job in a brewery or wholesaler supports 45 jobs outside of it -- and not just because the people in those jobs go to the bar after work. The recent study -- which took into account years of economic data and required drinking/looking at lots of beer -- also concluded that the brewing industry generates around $246 billion for the US economy and earns $79 billion for the folks working within it, and proposed a sort of "Beer Ripple Effect", where a single…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Brunch with Gueuze

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Before "Brunch with Gueuze," three things. 1. Gueuze (pronounced almost like "grr zəh") is a blend of two or more lambics of different ages [one and three-year-old], with the younger beer providing the sugars needed for refermentation [sparkle] in the bottle. [...] The traditional gueuze flavor is dry, sharp, and earthy, close to that of of unblended lambic, but bottle-conditioning and the resulting carbonation give it perhaps even greater complexity and finesse. 1 2. Lambic is a type of beer brewed in the Pajottenland region of Belgium, southwest of Brussels and in Brussels itself. Unlike…
  • #VeggieDag Thursday: Quick Links for August 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on issues of an animal-free diet, ecology, and the environment. *************Quick links for August 2014 27 August 2014:The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization is drafting voluntary guidelines for "responsible investment in agriculture and food systems." Responsible investments, according to the draft guidelines, will increase "sustainable production ... of safe, nutritious, diverse, and culturally acceptable food," which is defined as "food that corresponds to individual and collective consumer demand and preferences, in line…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 32/33, 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 32/333 August - 16 August 2014 2014.08.16The economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million; 8,163 jobs; 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries (90); and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years. —Via Lee Graves (at Virginia Business) 2014.08.12How several western-based 'craft' breweries, with new brewing plants on the East Coast, are tweaking North…
  • Here's to the winners of the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup!

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    More than fifty Virginia 'craft' breweries —out of more than eighty-two operating in the state— presented and poured their beers at this year's Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, where they competed for recognition as the best beers in Virginia. From our friends at Virginia Beer Trail comes the news.Roseland, Va. – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition Saturday, August 23th at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub. There were more than 2,500 in attendance to enjoy tastings from 51…
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  • Brewing Lagers with John Bolton, Dave Carpenter – BeerSmith Podcast #87

    Brad Smith and Friends
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    John Bolton and Dave Carpenter join me from Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to talk about brewing lagers. We cover the major procedures and techniques needed to brew a good lager including considerations like refrigeration, starter size and avoiding off flavors. 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 (40:50) John Bolton is President and CEO of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine. John previously built a large publishing business in 2007 and has now made the transition…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings : In Depth – Part 1

    Brad Smith and Friends
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the first part of my detailed series on beer clarity and finings, and is based on a presentation I did for this year’s National Homebrew Conference on the same subject. In this first part, I’m going to cover what beer clarity is, how its defined and measured and the potential causes of haze or clarity problems in beer. When Clarity Matters Crystal clear beer is a goal for many beer styles. Commercial brewers go to great lengths to assure the clarity and stability of their finished beers. However, clarity does not always matter. For darker beers like Browns, Porters, Bocks,…
  • Yeast with Dr Chris White from White Labs – BeerSmith Podcast #86

    Brad Smith and Friends
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Chris White, the President of White Labs yeast joins me today to talk about his new “Pure Pitch” technology for producing and distributing beer yeast. He’s replacing the entire White Labs line of vials with yeast distributed in the same container it is grown in. The new technology, 5 years in the making, will hit home brew stores in the next few months. 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 (32:03) Dr Chris White, the founder and President of…
  • Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    I bet it comes as a surprise that beer or any other alcoholic drink for that matter can be beneficial for our health. Well, it can! While wine is good for your heart, beer has up to ten health benefits starting with bone breakage risk reduction to warding off mental decline. Obviously, we cannot neglect the fact that beer can be fattening, so the key to its consumption is in moderation. There is a potential risk of liver damage as well as other health risks too, so don’t overdo it. Editors Note: This is a guest post authored by Dan Radak from Core Brewing Concepts is a beer lover –…
  • Craft Beer and Brewing 20% Magazine Discount for the BeerSmith Community

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

    Ryan
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
      Our first few days of our trip to SoCal have been a whirlwind (more on that later) and the BeerBloggers Conference hadn’t even kicked off yet. Thursday we had the chance to join over a dozen other bloggers for a San Diego brewery tour hosted by APlusLimos. We met up and piled into a stretch limo excited for the festivities to begin. The Crew at Societe   Our first stop was Societe Brewing which was easily my favorite as well, not only was their selection of beer amazing but their use of old style silhouettes for beer logos is just cool. I didn’t follow the “beer…
  • Gate City Brewfest

    Jenny-J
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Home Run Derby will always hold a special place in our hearts If you have a need for great craft beer, tasty wings, and a day filled with family fun, then head to the city of Nashua this Saturday for the Gate City Brewfest. My brother-in-law Sean (our fearless leader and co-2beerguys founder) is one of the organizers. Although it has been a year since I attended with the family, all I have are warm fuzzies and good vibes when remembering the event. Everywhere I looked, people were smiling–whether sampling their new favorite brew, voting for their favorite wing, cheering on their…
  • SUMMER QUEST: Friends, lobster rolls and craft beer

    beergirl
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Official Boston Marathon start line! My friend Bianca and I have a great time coming up with random things to do to spice up our long walks. We are currently training for the 26th annual Jimmy Fund Walk http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/@JimmyFund, the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon course to help raise funds to crush cancer.  We began our Jimmy Fund journeys separate, but together share a common goal to raise funds, support and cope with family/friends cancer struggles and keep our minds and bodies healthy. Amber at the start of the Jimmy Fund walk 2013 On a recent 7 mile power walk, Bianca and I…
  • Celebrate Mead Day on Saturday August 2nd

    Sean-o
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    August 2, 2014 – Get in on the Mead Day buzz! Organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002, Mead Day was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among meadmakers. Homebrewers and meadmakers around the world are encouraged to invite friends and family to celebrate Mead Day by making a delicious batch of mead together! Spread the Joy What better way to celebrate mead then by brewing a batch with your friends? The AHA has all the resources you need to make mead and teach others the secret of fermenting honey into wine. Make a batch of this year’s…
  • HOPSTERS HOSTS INAUGURAL LOBSTAH BOIL AND BREW FEST 8/3 (MA)

    Sean-o
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    On August 3, Hopsters, Newton’s first-ever commercial brewery, will be hosting a traditional New England lobster boil with a twist – the lobsters will actually be boiled in their brew kettles on premise! In addition, Hopsters will also be serving a specialty ale on draft, brewed just for the occasion, along with steamers and various sides. ** Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Boiling sessions will take place every two hours beginning at noon. WHEN: Sunday, August 3, 2014 12:00pm-10:00pm WHERE: Hopsters 292 Centre Street. Newton, MA COST: $65 (Includes admission, two custom-brewed…
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  • Long Reads: Upper Hudson Beer From 1700 to 1750

    Alan McLeod
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    I am late. Boak and Bailey asked us to post longer reads and I am late. I suggest someone confer with my creditors to explore coping strategies. I mean, I have been away and it has been summer and I have, you know, been away. And, while I was away earlier this month, the book Craig and I wrote was published: Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Not the most dynamic of titles we would admit but one does not always win one's negotiations does one. My preferred alternate was Upper Hudson Beer: A History of Albany Ale and Its Caskmates. Mumble that to yourself once or twice as you order the book or borrow…
  • Did Hipsters In The 1850s Like Adulterated Beer, Too?

    Alan McLeod
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This is a pretty interesting bit of news in the New York Post:The scientists discovered the glass “California Pop Beer” bottle on Bowery Street near Canal Street, where a popular beer hall, Atlantic Garden, bustled in the 1850s, scientists said. “It’s a light summer drink, slightly minty and refreshing” said Alyssa Loorya, 44, president of Chrysalis Archaeology, which headed the project. The beer is infused with ginger root, sarsaparilla and wintergreen oil, and other herbs, giving it a one-of-a-kind kick, Loorya said.If the beer bottle collector nerds are to be trusted, California…
  • So That's Us Back From Scotland. Did I Learn Anything?

    Alan McLeod
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The Golfer's Rest in North Berwick, East Lothian. When we sat down on the bay window sofa cushions, I said to the kids "now, this is a pub" by which I meant a space that had the feel of a shared public rec room combined with a well managed courteous corner store. With beer. There are analogies to North American spaces but they don't always have strong drink. The nearest comparison in Canada is more the Tim Horton's coffee shop in a small town than a bar. Places where all sorts of people meet. The guys at the bar were discussing their latest golf games as well as great golf moments. No…
  • If This Is Monday Is That Longniddry?

    Alan McLeod
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    By the second week, I've given up on most places listed in the guides like The Malt Shovel as there are rules against kids even in their mid-teens coming into some pubs that have me befuddled. I never inquired so I might be entirely wrong about the place. Some pubs like The Ship Inn in North Berwick are good for families until 8 pm. Others like The Abbotsford on Rose Street in Edinburgh are fine with the family upstairs in the restaurant but not downstairs in the bar. One Wetherspoons had so many rules (give the man your table number and your pint may arrive in twenty minutes... but only if…
  • Scotland: The Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

    Alan McLeod
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Made it. Fourteen hours door to door to Uncle and Auntie's. Next day? Children down to the pub. Well, a pub. The Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh's Old Town. It's warm. The warmest room so far. Williams Caesar Augustus is a tasty pint. Very full for what would be a light beer at home. Tropical hops, sure, but a good malt backbone balancing them out... well, almost. A venison burger is coming. Half the tables, like ours, have happy kids.
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  • ‘Going long’ with Goose Island and hops

    Stan Hieronymus
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Because they asked so politely, and because I think it is fun, I’ve once again answered Boak & Bailey’s call to write something longer. The official play date is 30 August, but I’m jumping the gun because I have more hop farms to visit this weekend. “What’s good for the Goose is good for the hop farm” takes a slow, meandering road, to be honest. You’ve been warned. Long, but slow. To find faster moving long posts try #beerylongreads on Twitter.
  • Stop and smell the hops

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    It poured rain Sunday in parts of Moxee, Washington. It was rainy and cold yesterday about 60 kilometers north of Munich. There’s a chance of thunderstorms today in upstate New York. Hop harvest has begun in the northern hemisphere and my Twitter feed is full of weather information important to hop farmers. Friday I hope to swing by Hoosier Hop Farms, taking a slightly circuitous route to Hop Head Farms in Michigan, and might even squeeze in one more hop stop along the way. Everybody has their own idea of a perfect Labor Day weekend. I snapped the photo at the top at Elk Mountain Farm…
  • ‘Craft’ trees in a beer forest

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.25.14 Of Pints and Prices. Oliver Gray examines the dollars and cents in the price of a pint of beer. The numbers will vary, and I don’t see packaging and marketing costs in there, but he assembles a perfect graphic reminder that there’s more to making a beer than the ingredients. And practically speaking, look at the cost of hops in a pint: 6 cents. There’s been some saber rattling of late, suggesting that higher hop prices will drive up the cost of beer. Even if they doubled, and they won’t, that doesn’t add much to production cost,…
  • What makes a beer American?

    Stan Hieronymus
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    Well, she was an American girl Raised on promises She couldn’t help thinkin’ That there was a little more to life somewhere else                 - From American Girl by Tom Petty We come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age’s most uncertain hour and sing an American tune But it’s all right, it’s all right                 - From American Tune by…
  • ‘It’s at the centre of everything’

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.18.14 The villagers who bought their beloved local pub to save it from closure. Reading this story might make you feel as good as you will all week, no matter how great your week is. (No, really, I hope you have a wonderful week.) “It’s much more than a pub, it’s the hub of our village,” says John Soady, who is one of the Anglers Rest’s new board of directors. “It’s at the centre of everything, for families with young children right up to older people in their 80s. It’s an informal atmosphere where people meet and talk…
 
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  • The Month That Was August 2014

    Bailey
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 The Lugger Inn, Polruan, Cornwall, for no particular reason other than that we drank there in August. It seems we were among those ‘covering the office’ while the Blogoshire went on summer recess. Here are the highlights of our 22 proper posts from the last month: → Our most commented-on post ever, bizarrely, was this piece highlighting something interesting Matt ‘Total’ Curtis had said about Wetherspoon’s American collaboration brews. → The pub isn’t everything: drinking at home has played…
  • Beery Long Reads, August 2014

    Bailey
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 These are all the responses to our call to ‘go long’ that we know about so far. If we missed yours, comment below, and we’ll add any stragglers to this list and when we find out about them either in the comments below or through Twitter. A Brief History of Bulimba Gold Top by Drunken Speculation (@DrunkSpec) [This] is the abridged history of a local beer that was discontinued before I was born but holds my interest for reasons I can’t quite fathom. It might be the notion of brewing beer in…
  • Mellow Brown vs. the Amarillo Kid?

    Bailey
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 The tension between new world and old school is being played out at Spingo Ales in sleepy Helston, Cornwall, but which side has the upper hand? A brewery has operated from the rear of the Blue Anchor, a rambling granite-built pub on Helston’s main drag, since at least the turn of the 20th century, and to say it has a cult reputation among enthusiasts of traditional British beer would be an understatement. It was as we were winding up an afternoon drinking session that we first met the head brewer, Tim Sears,…
  • World Beer Style Guide 1901

    Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 The diagram above is a representation of text from a 1901 book called One Hundred Years of Brewing publish by H.S. Rich & Co. of Chicago as a special supplement of The Western Brewer. The passage in question is most interesting as a reflection of how things looked at the time — which types of beer had people heard of? And how were the relationships between them perceived? It is quoted almost in full below, with our own emphases, but you can (and should) take a look at the original here: There is one…
  • Brew Britannia Hits the US

    Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 A little while after the UK launch, copies of Brew Britannia have finally begun to make their way out across the world, and two recent reviews from the US provide food for thought. Jeff Alworth at Beervana, for example, highlights trans-Atlantic confusion over the meanings and cultural values implied by ‘craft’ and cask. In the US, cask-conditioned beer is considered the height of ‘craft’-ness, while in the UK, as we argue in the book, one of the many simultaneously-live meanings of ‘craft’ has been,…
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  • Remembering Michael.

    Jack Curtin
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Michael Jackson left us seven years ago today, leaving a gaping hole in craft beer culture that is yet to be filled. I have marked this sad anniversary a couple of times in the past by posting my story of the last time I saw MJ, a brunch at Iron Hill Phoenixville with local brewing legend  Bill Moeller and Carolyn Smagalski, with whom Michael was staying. Today I’ll do the same and I’ve dug into the archives and found a couple of previously unpublished photos I took that day. I’ll lead off with those… Bill brought with him a book that Michael had given him as gift…
  • This guy is not happy at all about the session IPA cash gouge. Or you Untappd robots, who are worser than worse.

    Jack Curtin
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I can’t resist a momentary return to the topic of my last column, session IPAs. I decried their lack of balance and malt flavor, though I admit there is a bit of personal preference involved. However, what is inexcusable is that they are more expensive than the corresponding brewery’s real IPA. It takes less of every ingredient other than water to make them. Why, then, are they not cheaper? I really hope that this is not the beginning of Big Beer marketing nonsense invading craft beer. That’s from a very good column by San Antonio Express-News beer columnist Markus Haas, and…
  • Hey, brewers, you want to know what I don’t like?

    Jack Curtin
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    These sixpack holders are annoying and frustrating because they are difficult to detach to the point where the can gets shaken enough to foam over on opening in some instances. I wanted to drink my beer, not wrestle with it. This is a bad idea. Please stop. Thank you.
  • As we have been surmising…

    Jack Curtin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    ..it’s either Ohio or Virginia for the new Stone Brewing East Coast plant. At least, that’s the word from today’s Craft Business Daily: On Friday, Stone winnowed the scope of speculation surrounding its imminent second location. “We have narrowed the focus of our search for an Eastern U.S. brewery to Columbus, Ohio, Norfolk, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia,” it said via Facebook. But they’re still “at least several weeks away” from announcing their decision. Later in the CBD story, South Carolina Brewers Association counsel Brook Bristow…
  • Here’s a Bill for your weekend pleasure.

    Jack Curtin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Bill Covaleski, that is, co-founder of Victory Brewing Co, (with Ron Barchet). Dell Poncet, Managing Editor of Philadelphia Business Journal, did this long and interesting interview with Bill back in July. I’ve linked to the single-page view to make it easier ’cause that’s the kinda guy I am. Here’s a sample: Our plans for Victory are great, but all within the realm of possibility. Interest in new American beers is growing steadily across the world and we are in the thick of those export possibilities. Closer to home, we never lose focus on who we are — innovative…
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  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates.
  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
 
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    Pete Brown

  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

    Pete Brown
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Good marketing practice is not that difficult. It just seems that it's so much easier to screw it up.Whenever I've been in a meeting room where marketers are discussing social media, everyone agrees unanimously that the difference between it and straightforward advertising is that it's a two-way street. Twitter and Facebook are platforms for conversations. In strategic meetings, at conferences and in marketing textbooks everywhere, everyone says they understand this.And yet in practice, it's so very different.Today, this tweet appeared on my timeline.It made me quite annoyed. While I'm sure…
  • When will the anti-alcohol lobby stop lying about the '£21 billion' cost of alcohol to society?

    Pete Brown
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    They're at it again.Yesterday a cross-party committee of MPs (working with the professional liars at Alcohol Concern, natch) demanded that health warnings become mandatory on alcohol labels in order to combat what they described as an 'epidemic' of alcohol related harm. It claimed the costs of alcohol abuse to society are "ever increasing". It also said we need a minimum unit price for alcohol, that alcohol advertising needs to be more tightly controlled, and that the drink drive limit should be lowered. There's so much misleading rhetoric, distortion by omission and outright…
  • The truth about under-age drinking

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

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

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

  • Law will let California host 2015 homebrewers conference

    Real Beer
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will will allow the 37th National Homebrewers Conference to be held next June in San Diego as scheduled. Last year, an amendment added to Assembly Bill 1425 (AB1425) was passed and effectively banned homebrewing organizations — including the AHA and the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) — from hosting events centered around their favorite hobby. As a result, the 24th annual 2014 CHA Southern California Homebrewers Festival was canceled. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, puts the Southern California Homebrewers…
  • Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker British champion

    Real Beer
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been crowned the “Best Beer” in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, which opened today in London. Citra from Oakham Ales won the silver and Salopian’s Darwin’s Origin capture bronze. “I’m speechless. We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic,” head brewer Peter Eells said after the awards were announced. Overall Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker Silver – Oakham,…
  • Stone Brewing announces plans to build Berlin brewery

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

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

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

  • Charrington Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Charrington was one of the big successes of the interwar years. But even they had to be realistic.First, the good news. They got 30 of the 80 pubs Whitbread got from the Notting Hill Brewery: "Interesting Brewery Deal. It is stated that negotiations have been completed for the sale some 80 public-houses belonging the Notting Hill Brewery Company to Whitbread and Company (Limited), and that some 30 of these have been resold to Messrs. Charrington's Brewery. The deal is said to involve quarter of million sterling, Whitbread and the Notting Hill Brewery are purely London concerns, but…
  • Charrington Prince's Ale

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    You may have heard of King's Ale, the beer King Edward VII "brewed" at Bass in 1902. Hell, I've even got to try it. And I've heard of the 1929 Prince's Ale brewed at Bass in 1929. But not a Prince's Ale brewed at Charrington in London.It was brewed in 1932 and made the newspapers:  "THE PRINCE SEES BEER MADE Surprise Visit to East End Woman The Prince of Wales spent over four hours in the East End of London. The Prince began his tour by making a two hours visit to Messrs Charrington's brewery in Mile End Road, where he saw many of the processes of beer making. He then drove to West Ham…
  • Cannon Brewery Stout quality 1924

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Not long to go now. Especially when there are as few analyses as for Cannon Stout.I've always imagined Cannon as a relatively small brewery. I may have to review that after seeing how profitable they were. During the 1920's, their profits were larger than Whitbread's of Barclay Perkins, who brewed around 500,000 and 300,000 barrels respectively. Either they were making a huge profit per barrel, or they were brewing a couple of hundred thousand barrels a year. I'd be inclined to go for the latter.In the table below I've fiddled slightly with the dividend percentage. This is why:"Brewery…
  • Ill-conceived twaddle

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    You find weird stuff in the letters pages of newspapers. Sometimes the assertions they contain are, well, total bollocks. You wonder why on earth they ever got printed.This is a good example of that category."Sir.—I read in your issue of the 23rd inst. a letter from Mr. J. Simpson, of the Yorkshire Brewers' Association, and have some idea that all has not been stated. Recently I read in your columns the speeches of the brewers on the occasion of their meeting in Leeds. Financially it was inferred that things were in a bad way, but remarkably enough. I read in the same paper that Messrs.
  • 20% off my Lulu print books

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    until the end of 3rd September with this code:LABORLOVENot quite as good as last time. But still a good time to buy Porter! or Numbers!Barclay Perkins Bookstore
 
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    The Barley Blog

  • Coronado 18th Anniversary IPA

    BarleyBlog
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    2013-2014 was a big year for Coronado Brewing — a GABF medal, a couple awards from the World Beer Cup and their 18th anniversary. So what better way to celebrate those achievements than by unleashing a big IPA? Using a potent combination of Citra, Mosaic, Nugget and Simcoe varieties, the brewery has crafted themselves a […] The post Coronado 18th Anniversary IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Heritage Brewing American Expedition

    BarleyBlog
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Just about every brewery I’ve ever encountered has some sort of seasonal rotation — something malty and big for Winter, something light and refreshing for warmer months and so on. As with their cold weather themed Battle of White Marsh, Manassas’ Heritage Brewing also has their Summer seasonal in American Expedition. This 4.5% ABV wheat […] The post Heritage Brewing American Expedition appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale

    BarleyBlog
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Along with newly redesigned packaging, Squatters also released two new brews this year. The first was Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a tasty treat of a brew. The second is Wee Peat, a 5.6% ABV and 27 IBU Scottish ale. While the overall lighter character of Bumper Crop is more suited for warmer months, Wee Peat […] The post Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities; All To Be Released in 6-Packs

    BarleyBlog
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Frederick, MD – To decide on the lineup for Flying Dog’s 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his brewing team had to narrow down 45 beer concepts to just eight. And there was just a little pressure from fellow coworkers. Each summer, the entire brewery […] The post Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities; All To Be Released in 6-Packs appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus

    BarleyBlog
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    The first barrel-aged beer — more specifically that of the wild/sour variety — that I enjoyed from Avery Brewing was their Brabant. It had great flavor, but was a little tame in the wild department. That was also back in 2010. Fast forward a few years and we’ve come to Rufus Corvus, a beer that […] The post Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • No rest for the ticker

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Irish Craft Beer Week is upon us once more as the nation girds its collective loins for the craftquake that is the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, now in its fourth year at the RDS Industries Hall, from Thursday.To whet your appetite for that I thought I'd run through a few of the recent releases from Irish breweries. Bear with me: this may take a while.The Porterhouse's Pale Ale Festival ended in late July but nobody seems to have told Eight Degrees who had yet another beautiful hop monster on tap at the Temple Bar branch -- and several other pubs besides -- shortly afterwards. Simcoe…
  • House of Orange

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    I'm a complete sucker for new-wave German hops, mainly because we pretty much never see them here. But I did genuinely enjoy the handful of beers I've had using them, and Mandarina Bavaria particularly sticks out as a good variety. So obviously I leapt at Nøgne Ø Mandarina IPA when it appeared in DrinkStore, in a way that I don't normally leap at spendy Nøgne Ø beers.This is 7.5% ABV and is dark orange with an almost reddish cast to it, topped by an off-white head. The aroma is a unique mix of Christmas spices, biscuits, gunpowder, jaffa, chocolate and herbs: one hell of a…
  • The A game

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in June, Molson Coors Ireland held another one of their beer events for the trade and meeja at House on Leeson Street. This time, the focus was on Blue Moon and they had brought over Blue Moon's "founder" Keith Villa to introduce himself and a few of his beers. As usual, the House kitchen had done a great job of putting together food combinations to go with the beer. We started on Blue Moon's Summer Honey Wheat which I'd had at the last event and was highly unimpressed by. It was paired with a chicken dish here and that worked surprisingly well in drawing the flavour out of the beer.
  • Down with the kids

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    The strand of British brewing I'm looking at in the last of my posts from Bristol is the one that mostly ignores what has gone before, taking its cues from the brewing practices of other places.The company at the forefront of that movement is BrewDog, whose rapidly spreading pub estate eschews cask ale and cosy fittings, going for a much starker style-conscious vibe. From the couple of visits I made to BrewDog Bristol I could tell that the style is backed up with plenty of substance: the staff being more service-oriented, more knowledgeable about beer and more generally pleasant to be…
  • Traditional matters

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    From my previous post you might get the impression that British beer these days is all new world hops, weird ingredients and unfamiliar styles, but that's far from the case. On my few days in Bristol last month I found the home fires to be very much still burning.The nearest pub to my hotel was The Shakespeare Tavern, a homely little traditional boozer with big screen sports sports and lager for the regulars down the back, and a cosy front parlour for tourists like me. "Shakespeare Bitter" said one of the pumpclips and I'm reasonably certain this is Greene King's House Ale, known by a number…
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Beer and Hymns at Pedernales Brewing - First Saturday of Every Month

    Jeff Holt
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Come by Pedernales Brewing Company one mile south of Fredericksburg, Texas, at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail, for a pint and some singing. Beer & Hymns will be held on the first Saturday of each month beginning March 1, 2014 from 5 to 6 pm. Beer will be $4 a pint, no entrance fee and no purchase necessary. Regular tour hours on Saturday are 1 - 5 pm.
  • A New Brewery In Salado Seeking Law Changes

    Jeff Holt
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Graydon Hill recently relocated to Salado, Texas, and wanted to open a brewery. Hill led a successful petition drive to turn Partially Dry Salado into Wet Salado. In Texas, partially dry areas do not sell hard liquor off premise. This law prevented anyone from opening a liquor store in Salado. Now, Salado is wet, and that means he can start the licensing process for his brewery. Yes! Another man doing the Lord's work.
  • Strike Out ALS at Deep Ellum Brewing Company - September 17

    Jeff Holt
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I find the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) juvenile, and I refuse to participate. But if I were in Dallas on September 17, I think I know of a perfect way to give money to find a cure. Deep Ellum Brewing Company will host "Strike Out ALS" party on September 17 from 6-8pm. All the proceeds will go to the the Texas Chapter of ALSA, the ALS research organization. Stay dry and warm. Drink beer.
  • Blue Owl Brewing to Launch Featuring Sour Mash Beers

    Jeff Holt
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you've been reading this blog  for a while, you have probably noticed that I have this bizarre fascination with sour mash beers but have always been afraid to try making one. I may no longer need to try. Jeff Young and Suzy Shaffer, formerly of Black Star Co-Op, plan to open Blue Owl Brewing at 2400 East Cesar Chavez St. Convinced sour beers will soon enjoy IPA-like popularity, they two want to use sour mashes to make a more consistent product than those soured in barrels. There are four beers planned: Little Boss, a sour session wheat in the Berliner Weisse style; Spirit Animal, a…
  • Ow! My Back!

    Jeff Holt
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    The last couple of weeks have been hectic. On August 2, I had to help Satan cook a birthday dinner for his Dad. On the Thursday or Friday after that, I felt a pimple on my lower back as I slid into my chair. It was a nice, pointed pain that let's you know the darned thing is about to burst. On Saturday, I worked at Pedernales Brewing Company. What I expected to be a slow day got busy quickly. That made the day go by a lot faster. As I was going home, I  was carrying a case of employee beer, the brewmaster, fresh from an investors meeting clapped  me on the  shoulder and said,…
 
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    Zythophile

  • Why the Micropub Association should be furious with Camra

    Martyn Cornell
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    The Micropub Association should be absolutely raging with the Campaign for Real Ale. Because under the misguided idea that it is “saving” the British pub, Camra is trying hard to make sure no new pubs ever get opened again. Once again this is a case of not properly thinking through the implications of a proposed policy. What Camra wants to do is to try to make it much more difficult to close pubs (more on why that’s a stupid idea later). So why will making it more difficult to close pubs also make it much more difficult to open new pubs, in the way that the Micropub Association has been…
  • Second thoughts on the mysterious origins of AK

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

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

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

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

  • Beer In Ads #1299: I Buy My Beer From A Foundation Member … Do You?

    Jay Brooks
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Sunday’s ad is still another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, also from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. In some ways, this is a strange one, asking consumers to care if the brewers’ beer they’re... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Moonlighting At Moonlight: The Hop Harvest 2014

    Jay Brooks
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    For a number of years, the winding down of summer brings one of my favorite traditions: hop harvest. Brian Hunt, from nearby Moonlight Brewing — the best brewer you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re from the Bay Area — has a quarter-acre of hops planted on his brewery property,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1298: Raise An Extra Million Dollars A Day? WHO, ME?

    Jay Brooks
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Saturday’s ad is yet another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, also from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. This one ran in Life magazine, and is an extension of their earlier ads about how much taxes are paid by... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1297: 15 Billion Pounds Of Farm Products!

    Jay Brooks
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Friday’s ad is yet another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, again from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. This one talks about the fact that in the six years since prohibition, brewers used over 15 billion pounds... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Jim Woods

    Jay Brooks
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Today is the birthday of Jim Woods, founder of MateVeza, an organic brewer headquartered in San Francisco. I first met Jim when we were classmates at U.C. Davis for the brewing short course before he launched his unique business. All Jim’s beers are made with Yerba Mate, a South American herb... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Random Beer Roundup: The Back To School Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingOn tap now….Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, Captain Trips American Wheat, After Midnight Mild (Nitro), Walloon Belgian Blonde, Hey Porter and PeterPaul Coconut Porter. In keeping with our commitment to making lagers, look for a dopplebock in September!Every Wednesday at Chilly Water is our “Hippy” Hour where all pints are $3.75 with food specials too. We will fill our speakers with jam band music and show DVD’s of full concerts.Upcoming live music:Saturday Sept. 6th David Gans,…
  • Before Canvitational, Get to know - Cigar City Brewing

    Matt
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you.Cigar City Brewing is a well known name in the craft beer community.  They have been making a name for themselves with hoppy IPAs, big imperial stouts, and other approachable…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Beer Me Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingEvery Wednesday at Chilly Water is our “Hippy” Hour where all pints are $3.75 with food specials too. We will fill our speakers with jam band music and show DVD’s of full concerts.Upcoming live music:Thursday Aug. 28th live jazz with Ryan Taylor and Freddie Mendoza. 7:30pm Saturday Aug. 30th Dave Grodzki 8pm Saturday Sept. 6th David Gans who hosts the nationally syndicated Grateful dead Hour will perform a solo electric show 8pmUpcoming tappings:Friday Aug. 22nd Two different Porters. An English Brown Porter…
  • Before Canvitational, Get To Know - Tallgrass Brewing Company

    Matt
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you. Tallgrass Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and has been canning their beers exclusively since 2010. Their offerings include six year round beers and several rotating seasonal beers. Look…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Khaaaaaaan! Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingWe tapped our New Speedway IPA last Thursday so our current beer list is Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, Walloon Belgian Blonde, Captain Trips American Wheat, After Midnight Mild and the IPA. Coming soon we’ll have a chocolate/coconut porter and tapping our Octoberfest on Sept. 5th.We also offer a menu of Panini Sandwiches, hummus and dips, and finally a delicious dessert called “Skip’s Balls”. Check out our menu! Daredevil BrewingWe have a big weekend and hope to see lots of you out…
 
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • #MNStateBeer – Tweet from the Fair & Win

    ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Wanna’ win a “Drink beer from here” shirt? We’ve got a handful of these shirts from our friends at HopCloth and it’s time we give them away! These shirts are super-soft ringspun cotton and feel really nice. …so let’s have a contest! And since the State Fair is happening, let’s celebrate our locals! #MNStateBeer We ...
  • Land of 10,000 Beers Opens Today

    ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    …and so does the Minnesota State Fair, of course. Really though, we’re mostly just excited about the beer. And while the Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building isn’t the only craft beer venue at the fair, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. Our friends with the Minnesota Craft Brewers ...
  • Minneapolis Town Hall Nordeast

    ryan
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Fun news from The Journal – the former site of Little Jack’s in Northeast Minneapolis is going to be redeveloped into housing, and more importantly, a new project from the folks behind Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Located at 201 NE Lowry, the old Little Jack’s building is a stone’s throw from the new Fulton brewery ...
  • Bent Brewstillery Taproom Opens Thursday

    ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Doesn’t that look nice? Thursday is your chance to check it out. As you might remember, when Bent Brewstillery and Pour Decisions merged, the taproom was closed for renovation. Now, not only is the taproom back, but their distillery is up and ready make some beautiful spirits. Thursday, August 21st, 2pm. Check it out! Special ...
  • Summit Unchained 17 – Harvest Fresh IPA

    ryan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Considering that Unchained 16 hasn’t yet hit your pint glass, we’re probably jumping the gun here (better to jump the gun than a shark, though)… regardless, here are some details about Summit Unchained #17, “Harvest Fresh IPA” courtesy of brewer Tom Mondor. Right now the tentative release is planned for the week of October 20th. ...
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • How Many Breweries in Auckland?

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Brewers Guild of New Zealand have announced (see below) that they had received 670 beers entries from 82 breweries for the 2014 NZ Beer Awards. This is pretty exciting news as it is a record number of entries for the competition. The piece of information that surprised me in the press release was that there are 18 breweries in Auckland that have entered. I guess it has been awhile since anyone has actually counted / listed the breweries (beer brands) in Auckland. I hadn’t given it much thought, hence the surprise. Below is a list of breweries (bold) and beer brands (contract…
  • The Food Show – Auckland 2014 (Day 1 & 2)

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Currently I’m spending my days at the Auckland Food Show (31 July to 3rd August). We are half way through and things are going great. If you are looking for a reason or two to attend then we have them. There is the amazing super combo offer from Culley’s & Epic. 4 different 500ml Epic beers and 4 different bottles of Culley’s Hot Sauce for just $40. Plus we will even deliver it to you so you don’t have to carry it around the show (as it is kind of heavy). This offer is only available at the show, so you need to turn up. We also have some crazy pricing on single…
  • Dry July – The Real Agenda?

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

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

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    It is easy to just cut and paste and link back to another piece Jason has written on Brew Hui. You should follow his posts because they are well written and thoughtful and he makes an effort to talk to the brewers out there making it happen, oh and Jono http://brewhui.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/marooned-part-1/ Below is just the piece which is relevant to this blog, but make sure you click-through to the whole article. Teaser: Kathy Ireland.       Luke Nicholas (Epic) Of all my marooned guests, Luke pondered his answers the most carefully. His SMaSH beer ingredients arrived…
 
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 08/29/14 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Kerkom Kriek, Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru, and Cambridge Sgt Pepper Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: New Holland Ichabod, Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse, Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL, Boulevard Zon. Additional…
  • August 2014 Sunday Funkday at iTAP Soulard

    Mike
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers. Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made. To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing their last monthly Sunday Funkday of the year this Sunday, August 31st beginning at 1PM. Here’s the…
  • 08/27/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    Mike
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or…
  • 2014 STL Hops Pinball Party!

    Mike
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It’s time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party! This year’s event will be taking place on September 27th from 6PM-10PM and will be hosted once again at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois. We will have two different ticket prices again this year, so here’s the run down: The cost of the event is $20 per person which provides you with all the pinball you can play for 4 hours. If you’re looking for transportation to and from the event, we’ve rented a bus that will pick people up at Lafayette Park and return them after the event. This will cost you an extra $10.
  • Morgan Street Birthday Bash and Beer Festival

    Mike
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    I don’t think people realize what the 2nd oldest craft brewery in St. Louis is.  For over 18 years, Morgan Street Brewery has been producing award winning lagers on Laclede’s Landing. “Over 18 years” is the key phrase here as Morgan Street is celebrating their 19th birthday this year and is throwing a beer festival on Saturday, September 6th to celebrate.  From 12-4PM Morgan Street is throwing this Birthday Bash and Beer Festival with 16 (and counting) of their closest friends.  Here’s a list of participating breweries: Square One 2nd Shift Kirkwood Station…
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • A brewery wedding and why you should have one

    Johnny Osborne
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Wedding season is starting to wind down and if you’re like me, your Facebook feed is a wall of wedding ceremony/reception pics. Unfortunately, most of these weddings are going to end up the same way (woah reader, I’m not talking about divorces, you need to stop being so cynical), with a party at a hotel. Now don’t get me wrong, a lot of great parties have happened at a hotel. However, if you’re looking for a more unique venue for your big day, a Brewery Wedding at Monday Night Brewing is an excellent option. Cash Rules Everything Around Me — Wu-Tang Clan Cost is always…
  • Monday Night in Alabama

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

    Jonathan
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Monday Night beer. Because one just isn’t enough. Monday Night. Beer so good you need to baby it. Monday Night beer. Now in a 2-pack. Your turn… The post Twinsies! appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Accepting applications for Fall Sales & Marketing Interns

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

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

  • Virginia Beer Month Tally

    David
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    As promised, I did manage to limit my beer choices to Virginia-brewed beverages for most of Virginia Craft Beer Month. However, a week spent vacationing on the Outer Banks, meant a week focused on North Carolina beers. The weeks prior to vacation were naturally extra busy, which also limited my time for "exploration." Nonetheless, I had no trouble sticking to Virginia craft beers in the time I had.While the list wasn't extensive, nine of the sixteen were new to me. That's a successful Craft Beer Month in my book.O’Connor El Guapo Agave IPAPort City Optimal WitParkway Get Bent Mountain…
  • Chief O'Hara, Turn on the Bat Signal

    David
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    The Penguin is afoot! According to reports,Police are still on the lookout for a man dressed up as a penguin. The New York Daily News reported on Monday that a man dressed in a “fancy penguin onesie (that’s a mascot-like costume to you and me)” took it upon himself to enter into a northern England convenience store early this week and steal 10 cans of beer.Give the cartoon thief credit though. Unlike the Budweiser thief, this entrepreneur stepped it up a bit and walked off with a case of Stella Artois lager.See "Thief dressed in a 'fancy' penguin suit steals 10 cans of pseudo-fancy…
  • Full Moon Brewery

    David
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Located in the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island, the Full Moon Café & Grill, and Brewery, is a hidden craft beer destination on the Outer Banks. We first visited last year, and declared it a "must stop" during our vacation this year. After a tour of the nearby Elizabethan Gardens, we stopped at Full Moon for lunch. The café itself is quite small, and there actually seems to be more outdoor patio seating than indoor. We did choose to dine inside and were seated right away.Rather than sample a flight of beers, we opted to focus on full servings of a single beer. Interestingly, we all…
  • Weeping Radish Farm Brewery

    David
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    During a recent trip to the Outer Banks, we made a lunch time visit the Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery in Grandy, NC. The brewery is just a short drive from the Outer Banks. Arriving for a late lunch on a Sunday, we had about a 30 minute wait for a table. The dining area is surprisingly small given the overall size, at least in appearance, of the operation. We frustratingly stared at two large, but empty, tables. Two tables with seating for at least 8 were empty our entire wait, presumably saved for large parties. I was tempted to introduce myself to another waiting party of…
  • Shooting Videos - The "Pole Cam"

    David
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Watching other shooters is a great way to learn, but watching yourself is even more beneficial. At just about shooting match, there's always a plethora of video cameras in use. I occasionally use first-person video to analyze my shooting. This viewpoint is limited in usefulness. A handheld video camera, or most often a smart phone, used to record a third-person POV is preferred but still doesn't offer the "big picture." At the recent Cavalier USPSA match I benefited from another option, which I'll dub the "pole cam." My friend Alex had his video camera mounted on a monopod with swivel…
 
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    The Brew Club

  • Shepherd Neame IPA 6.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    I’ve explored a number of different styles of beer recently for The Brewclub that claim to be variations of  ‘IPA’ , after decades in the doldrums (did you see what I did there?) IPA has once again become an essential brew in any brewery’s repertoire. The blend of (usually pale) malts and rich hoppiness seem to offer an […]
  • Michael Jackson ‘The Beer Hunter’ (27 March 1942 – 30 August 2007)

    Bob the Brit
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    It’s astonishing to think it’s seven years today, August 30th since we lost Michael Jackson, ‘The Beer Hunter’ and accepted ‘father’ of the Beer Renaissance. Nearly 25 years ago, in ‘The Beer Companion (1991)’,  Michael wrote: “No one goes into a restaurant and requests ‘a plate of food, please’. People do not simply ask for […]
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA  8.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    The label declares the brew to be 'extravagantly hopped' and with Casacade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe hops in the mix that's extravagant both in style and volume. That said, it's well balanced, not a 'hop bomb' by any stretch of the imagination. And at 8.1% ABV it deserves to be treated with a degree of respect.
  • L’Affligem Blonde 6.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    It’s rare for me to find a new, or should I say different, Belgian Abbey beer, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a pack of ‘Affligem’ bottles on a recent supermarket trip, Affligem was a new one on me, but a ‘double fermented’ Abbey style beer is always worth investigating. Affligem Abbey was first […]
  • Dogfight – International Arms Race

    Bob the Brit
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    ...back in 2012, two different 'dog' breweries, Scotland's Brewdog and Maryland's Flying Dog went head to head in a 'combative collaboration' to create an IPA without hops.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Rye Beer

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It took me a long time (perhaps too long) to realize that — craft is (largely) about MADE IN USA. With an emphasis on made. And less emphasis on USA. This dawned on me when looking at gleaming copper, at Vendome in Louisville, with welders crawling around on the concrete floor — making stuff. It has become rare to have any real connection to people making stuff nearby, and quite apparently, we have a craving to get back to our roots, much as we flock to the beach every summer. If you have any doubt, take a look at the copper porn, arrayed here. In trying to get to the essence of…
  • Non-GMO Beer

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I would like to know if the above beer qualifies as Non GMO. I would also like to know, without a big hassle. I am sitting here with blazing fast internet and a big screen, and yet I remain in the dark as to whether this beer can be considered Non GMO. It would only be more confusing at the point of purchase, with less time and a smaller screen. On the one hand, a recent press release claims Peak beers are the first to qualify to use the logo depicted at upper right on the image above. On the other hand, I can’t find any approved labels with the same seal (and the above is of course not…
  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

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

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

  • Colorado Beer Releases August 25-31, 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    It's the last few beer releases of Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. Summertime beer fests are in full swing, Oktoberfest season is starting up and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are…
  • Colorado Beer News 082914

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Today is According to Hoyle Day. It's a day to "get carded" (so to speak). Edmund Hoyle is the man who is credited with inventing the modern day 52-card playing deck back in the mid-1700s. His rules for card games became a standard. Today, there are hundreds of card games using the same 52-card deck. And even more card games that have created their own decks - like Magic the Gathering, Cards Against Humanity and more. So the next time you're playing cards today, no matter what kind - give a toast to Mr. Hoyle. Loser buys the next beer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere…
  • Colorado Beer News 082814

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today is I Have A Dream Day. 51 years ago on this day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, DC. While some progress has been made in racial equality since that day, there's still a lot of work to be done to bring that dream to reality. Toast to Dr. King's memory and dream today. I have a dream also. It involves drinking a craft beer after work today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 28th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer…
  • Colorado Beer News 082714

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Today is Just Because Day. Have you ever asked why someone did something nice for you and they replied "just because"? This is a day for doing things just like that - do something good for no apparent reason. Sure, you might make someone wonder what your motive is. But consider doing something nice for someone and simply enjoy knowing that you made someone's day a bit better. Consider buying someone a craft beer today - just because! And if this day just isn't your thing, you can always celebrate Banana Lovers Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday,…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting returns for 6th year

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Drinking beer for a good cause has always been a great idea, particularly here in Colorado. Why? Because not only does Colorado have over 240 breweries, it also attracts brewers from all over the world who happen to bring some of their best beers with them during GABF. This year, Pints for Prostates will hold their annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI event set for October 3rd. Here's the lowdown on how you can still be part of this event.Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft BrewersTickets for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event Moving…
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    Hop Cast

  • 6 Year Anniversary Of The Hop Cast

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    This month marks 6 years since Ken Hunnemeder and I started the Hop Cast. When someone asks me how long we’ve been doing the Hop Cast, I know it doesn’t feel like 6 years to me. Time flies when you’re having fun and drinking beer. The Hop Cast is just something we do that allows Ken, Maeve and myself to get together and have fun. All the episodes are unscripted, you never know what could happen or what might be said. Very rarely do we sample the beers before we hit record and the only time we re-shoot something is if we forgot to hit record due to us having drank a few too many. After…
  • Episode 245: Midwest Belgian Beer Fest

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 245 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder take a trip down to St. Louis for the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. The Third Annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest was put on by Perennial and Side Project and this was the first time it wasn’t at the Perennial brewery. This year the festival kicked off St. Louis Craft Beer Week and took place at the Moto Museum. We had a blast! The fest featured over forty breweries from across the Midwest and a few beyond that as well. Over the afternoon we ran into a ton of great brewers we know from…
  • Episode 244: Alley Time & FOCOllaboration

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 244 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two different American Pale Ales. One is in a can from Illinois and one is a bomber for Colorado. First up, Brad and Ken open up the Spiteful Brewing Alley Time, this 6 % ABV APA is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Spiteful recently started canning and this was one of the first ones to hit the shelves. Next up is the FOCOllaboration, the #6 in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series. For this 6.7 % ABV APA, New Belgium teamed up with the hometown…
  • Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for some IPAs! In episode 243 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two different IPAs, one from Illinois and one from California. We’ll see how they stack up against each other and if those west coast IPAs deserve all the hype. Kicking this off Brad and Ken open one of their favorites, the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point hasn’t been in the Chicago market that long but it’s a real treat to have this beer around town, especially now that it’s in cans. This 7.0 % ABV IPA packs…
  • Episode 242: The Hop Garden Local Harvest Pale Ale & Bushel Basket IPA

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to episode 242 of the Hop Cast! On this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Steve Wyatt who brought along a couple beers from The Hop Garden. The Hop Garden is a hop farm and beer company based in Belleville, Wisconsin. They are using their own locally grown hops for the beer, which is brewed at the House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first bottles just started showing up in February so it was a real treat to try this new brewery. The first beer the guys open is the Local Harvest Pale Ale, a 5.50 % ABV American…
 
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    USABeerTrends

  • BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY COMING TO PHILADELPHIA

    USABeerTrends
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    From our friends at Boulevard: Muller, Inc. to Bring Award-Winning Beers from Top Midwestern Craft Brewer in September Today, Tuesday, August 19, one of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Boulevard, one of the most recognizable brands in the Midwest, has partnered with Muller, Inc.to distribute its line of beers in the city and surrounding Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and…
  • First Annual VIVA LYONS to take on place on Saturday, September 13

    USABeerTrends
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    From our friends at Oskar Blues: Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a performance by The Infamous Stringdusters, event to celebrate rebuilding efforts of Colorado Front Range one year after devastating floods VIVA LYONS will welcome Governor John Hickenlooper, who will address audience to mark Colorado United Day The first annual VIVA LYONS will take place on Saturday, September 13 starting at 5PM in Bohn Park. Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a special performance by Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band The Infamous Stringdusters, VIVA LYONS will be an event of…
  • Dale Katechis – Soul Founder of Oskar Blues – Wins E-Chievement Award for CAN’d Aid Foundation

    USABeerTrends
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    From our friends at Oskar Blues: Nick & Helen Forster award Dale Katechis the E-Chievement Award at June 11th eTown Show August 7, 2014-Dale Katechis, well-known as the passionate and hard-charging owner of Oskar Blues Brewery, REEB Cycles, and the man who started the craft beer-in-a-can revolution, was recently recognized for an achievement that had nothing to do with craft beer-for his philanthropic contributions. In the days following the 500-year flood that nearly wiped out Oskar Blues’ hometowns of Lyons and Longmont, CO, Katechis created the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid…
  • Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

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

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

  • Lompoc Oktoberfest Release Party

    D.J. Paul
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    September has arrived and with the new month comes the release of many Oktoberfest beers. Lompoc Brewing is getting involved and are hosting their Oktoberfest release party at their Lompoc Tavern outpost on NW 23rd Avenue on Wednesday, September 3rd. Taking place from 5:00pm to Midnight, Lompoc Brewing is welcoming in autumn with a release […]
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Releases Big Ol’ Pumpkin

    D.J. Paul
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Fall is in the air here in the Pacific Northwest and with this slight change in the air 10 Barrel Brewing is set to release Big Ol’ Pumpkin. This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is Beer No. 4, the latest in 10 Barrel’s ultra-rotational 22oz bottle series. Big Ol’ Pumpkin is a 9.3% Imperial Pumpkin Ale that […]
  • BridgePort Brewing Completes Their Trilogy

    D.J. Paul
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Still in the midst of celebrating their 30th Anniversary, BridgePort Brewing is set to release their third beer in their Trilogy series of beers. Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, a Collaboration with Oregon State University, begins shipping this week. This is the third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series. For the final beer in this […]
  • Walking Man Brewing’s Hoptoberfest Returns September 13th

    D.J. Paul
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Stevenson, WA – Walking Man Brewing will host the return of Hoptoberfest Saturday, September 13th from noon to 10pm.  This 21 and over event will take place in the field adjacent to the brewery and in the pub beer garden. Traditional festival food, live music and lawn game competitions will be offered throughout the day. […]
  • Maritime Pacific & Coronado Brewing Collaborate on Ketch of they Day

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Press Release: Coronado, CA — Coronado Brewing Company Head Brewer Ryan Brooks took to the tarmac to visit Seattle’s Maritime Pacific Brewing Company & brew up a Kolsch-Style Ale with brewer Matthew Schumacher early in July. The collaboration of the two breweries was a natural fit between the two well- established West Coast breweries. “I […]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • The New Home of IPAs

    Carla Companion
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The hoppiest and best hoppy beers are on found in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California?—?the undisputed kingdom of hops… right? [...Read More]
  • Barreled Souls rolls out an impressive lineup

    Carla Companion
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    There are four primary ingredients in all beer : malts, hops, water and yeast. Some brewers focus on the hops, some build up a very strong malty backbone to their beers. Barreled Souls – a weeks-old brewery in Saco – is all about the yeast. [Read more...]
  • Allagash taps into Beer Camp with Myron’s Walk collaboration

    Carla Companion
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On Aug. 1, the traveling beer festival sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing company called “Beer Camp” will make it’s fifth stop on a seven-stop national tour in Portland. This epic festival will feature over 100 breweries and will include many amazing beers. In support of the festival, Sierra Nevada also …
  • Is ginger the new black? Ginger-flavored beers sneak into summertime

    Carla Companion
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    When I think of ginger, I usually think of two things. First, the little paper wrapped candies you can pick up at Trader Joe’s that are equal parts addicting and mouth-burning. Second, the strange yet ever-present pink stuff on the side of sushi plates. I don’t normally immediately think of beer.
  • What is Portland, ME drinking? The Bier Cellar Top 5 of 2014

    Carla Companion
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you want to know what beers Portland locals are bringing home to drink, you don’t have to go any further than to ask Greg Norton, owner of Bier Cellar in Portland. [Read more...]
 
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    BillyBrew

  • 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…
  • How a Bus Full of the Country’s Best Brewers is Spreading Cheer to Beer Lovers Nationwide

    Billy Broas
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Sierra Nevada has hosted Beer Camp for a few years now. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true. You get a VIP tour of the brewery, the chance to brew a batch of beer at their facility, and your beer gets packaged up and distributed. Yes, you can buy your own beer at the store. But attending Beer Camp isn’t easy. It’s usually invitation-only unless you join the occasional contest where you must submit a video entry pleading your case to attend. I’ve never been invited (tear…) and I’ve never submitted a video (lazy…) so I was pretty pumped when I…
  • How to Ship Beer

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

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

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

  • Tipples and Travel: Great Places to Drink Beer

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

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

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

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

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

    Kendall Jones
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Acadian Farms in Carson, Washington offers a rare, bucolic beer-drinking experience. It relaxes your weary soul to sip a saison with grass beneath your feet, as goats and chickens serenade you. Sadly, if you’ve yet to visit the farm, you may never get the chance. Largely because of complaints filed by cranky neighbors, the county is threatening to shut down the tasting experience at this farmhouse brewery in Carson, Washington. Next Wednesday, Acadian Farms and its supporters have a chance to save the farm. A Hearing Examiner will have the…
  • Toronado Seattle Grand Opening This Saturday, a Bilingual Explanation

    Kendall Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Saturday, August 30 the brand new Toronado Seattle celebrates its grand opening. What does that mean? I am going to explain it in two different languages. First, I’ll say it in Seattle Beer Snobbese: Bonney opened a Toronado in Seattle. The new Toronado moved into one of Seth’s old places. Got it? Okay, all the cool kids are now free to advance to the beer list below. Second, I’ll say it in English. There is a new kickass beer bar in town called the Toronado. It was opened by a guy named Matt Bonney, who is well known on…
  • Governor Inslee Signs Cider Proclamation

    Kendall Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s official. September 4th thru 14th is Washington Cider Week. Governor Jay Inslee officially signed a proclamation. For ten days cider will flow at events all across the state. Seattle Cider Summit, the state’s largest cider festival, takes place in Seattle next weekend (September 5th and 6th). See our previous post about the event. Below is the press release from the  Northwest Cider Association about the governor’s proclamation. Governor Inslee Proclaims September 4-14 Washington Cider Week Statewide celebrations offer…
  • Bob’s Bowl-A-Rama – Last Chance to See Bob Until Next Year

    Kendall Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tomorrow night at West Seattle Bowl, it’s the final Bob’s Brown Ale event of the year. When the beer is gone, you won’t see Bob again until the spring of 2015. Bob’s Bowl-A-Rama takes place on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00 – 10:00. Join Georgetown Brewing for an evening of bowling, beer and general revelry. If you read this blog, you already know about Bob’s Brown Ale and the story behind it. Non-bowlers, bad bowlers, spectators and everyone else is invited to join the party. But if you want to bowl,…
  • Washington’s Breweries Support 585,000 Jobs

    Kendall Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For Labor Day this year, raise a toast to your local brewery and thank it for creating so many jobs while it brews your favorite libation. Each job in a brewery supports 45 jobs in other, related industries. That means Washington’s breweries support nearly 600,000 jobs. New data proves what many have surmised: breweries are job-creation machines that generate a lot of tax revenue and otherwise bolster the local and national economy. According to a study commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and…
 
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    Booze News

  • A campaign to make Pisco Punch SF’s official cocktail

    Patsy
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    When visiting San Francisco, there are three things you must do: Ride a cable car, watch the sunset through the Golden Gate Bridge, and drink a Pisco Punch. It’s a colloquial saying that’s never been attributed to a specific person or an era. But since New Orleans’ official drink is the Sazerac and Washington, D.C. has the Gin Rickey, why doesn’t The City, where cocktails are at its core, have one? Duggan McDonnell is attempting to change that. READ MORE
  • Napa Earthquake Leads to Wine Bucket Challenge. Who’s Game?

    Patsy
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    When life — or an earthquake — breaks your wine bottles, make it a challenge. This is one stain to be proud of. When life — or an earthquake — breaks your bottles and smashes your barrels, collect the wine in a bucket — and dump it on your head. Following Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude temblor in Napa, North Bay residents and business owners are mopping up an ocean of spilled wine (and olive oil). However, the vintage is not entirely ruined, and the occasion is being used for a lighthearted spot of fun.
  • Oregon wineries prepare for possible earthquakes

    Patsy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Oregon winemakers are looking at what happened during the recent earthquake in Napa because they know it could happen here, too. Like many of the Oregon vineyards, Rex Hill Winery in Newberg faces some unique challenges. The owners have an older building, which they improved to make it safer. And they have winery space built recently which is up to a tougher code for seismic safety. Owner and consulting winemaker Cheryl Francis showed KGW around. They have barrels of some premium Rex Hill Pinot Noir being blended and topped off in the old cellar right now. The winery has grown their A to Z…
  • For realz? Scots lead the way for drinking alcohol-free beer

    Patsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    IT has long been the butt of uncomplimentary jokes but brewers of alcohol-free beer are enjoying the last laugh. A new survey has revealed that non-alcoholic beer is increasingly socially acceptable. It found that 48 per cent of adults in Scotland have tried alcohol-free beer compared to the national average of just 43 per cent. More than 20 years on from Billy Connolly’s famous adverts for Kaliber alcohol-free lager, the market for non-alcoholic beers has risen sharply. According to industry data published for the first time today, sales in supermarkets and off-licences have risen by…
  • Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

    Patsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California’s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage. The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses. “It was a very violent awakening,” says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. “It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out.” Taylor says her winery, about a mile from…
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    All Over Beer

  • Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle

    Brian Stechschulte
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's always interesting to see my work in print. Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle
  • Unexpected Guest

    Brian Stechschulte
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I had just poured myself a beer and plopped into an Adirondack chair. Unexpected Guest
  • Ron Jeffries

    Brian Stechschulte
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Ron Jeffries
  • When Beer Lands was Born

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    It was a big moment in California craft beer. When Beer Lands was Born
  • Hop Harvest & Selection

    Brian Stechschulte
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    See how hops are harvested on a small organic farm in Northern California. Hop Harvest & Selection
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    The Beer Genome Project | The Beer Genome Project

  • 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…
  • Episode 52: Fitger’s and Growlers

    Mike VanDelinder
    22 Jul 2013 | 6:42 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes Download: AAC (72.9 MB) MP3 (67.7 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony discuss four beers from Fitger’s Brewhouse: Apricot Wheat, XXX, Starfire Reserve, and Superior Trail IPA. The tap list at Fitger’s is constantly rotating, so make sure you stop in to get a growler fill when driving through Duluth. Show Links Fitger’s Brewhouse on Twitter and Facebook – mncraftbrew.org Apricot Wheat by Fitger’s Brewhouse, Fruit Ale, 5.3% ABV – BeerAdvocate XXX English Ale by Fitger’s Brewhouse, ESB Pale Ale, 6.6% ABV…
 
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Anheuser-Busch to import Montejo from Mexico

    Ken
    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.http://news.yahoo.com/anheuser-busch-import-montejo-mexico-182837030.html;_ylt=AwrSyCSVjONTbTUACEDQtDMD[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

    Ken
    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. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/demand-light-beer-collapsing-181600555.html[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Siris Microbrewery (Greece)

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

    Ken
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    MillerCoors is rolling out new Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging on all of its 32- and 40-ounce singles bottles in its “economy portfolio” of beverages.MillerCoors is converting its "economy portfolio" of beverages to plastic bottles."It's a big investment for us," said Anna Tsurkis, marketing manager, economy portfolio. "We see these plastic bottles as being an important part of (MillerCoors') innovation."http://www.biztimes.com/article/20140321/ENEWSLETTERS02/140329955/0/MULTIMEDIA[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Craft beer volume grew 18 percent in 2013

    Ken
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Craft beer continued its growth last year, rising to 7.8 percent of total U.S. beer volume, up from 6.5 percent in 2012. http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/bffdd19d-d2db-51f7-a8d3-a9bf6160d48f.html[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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    The Beer Genome Project | The Beer Genome Project

  • 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…
  • Episode 52: Fitger’s and Growlers

    Mike VanDelinder
    22 Jul 2013 | 6:42 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes Download: AAC (72.9 MB) MP3 (67.7 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony discuss four beers from Fitger’s Brewhouse: Apricot Wheat, XXX, Starfire Reserve, and Superior Trail IPA. The tap list at Fitger’s is constantly rotating, so make sure you stop in to get a growler fill when driving through Duluth. Show Links Fitger’s Brewhouse on Twitter and Facebook – mncraftbrew.org Apricot Wheat by Fitger’s Brewhouse, Fruit Ale, 5.3% ABV – BeerAdvocate XXX English Ale by Fitger’s Brewhouse, ESB Pale Ale, 6.6% ABV…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
 
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    Australian Brews News

  • Father’s Day at Goma with Stone & Wood

    Media Release
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    Beers, Burgers, Bonnie and ArtMedia ReleaseWe’ll be pouring fresh beers on the lawn from our caravan on Father’s Day at Goma. Drop by during the day or book in for a special beer and food tasting with the boys, Jamie and Ross and GOMA’s Exec. Chef…So next weekend is Father’s Day. A day for all the guys and their fathers…and their fathers to feel like kings. It’s not about extravagant presents (though if they’re being offered, fine!) but kicking back, slowing down and enjoying the day with your loved ones.If you’re in Brissy, we’ve made it easy. Were rolling our caravan…
  • Ballarat Beer Festival Father’s Day special

    Media Release
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Ballarat Beer Festival is set to raise the bar as the organisers busily brew up a bunch of enticing new attractions for their fourth annual event. Featuring a massive day of world class brews, ciders, wines and gourmet food alongside some of Australia’s finest bands performing on the main stage all to be showcased at the fun-packed event on Australia Day weekend (24th January) 2015 at Ballarat City Oval.The event, which is a uniquely curated and handcrafted celebration dedicated to the increasing popularity of specialist craft beers, plus delicious gourmet food, will be a visual feast,…
  • An ‘Exhibition’ of Australian Craft Beer

    Pete Mitcham
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    For the second year running, Australian craft beer was offered to the masses of Brisbane and Queensland at the Royal Queensland Exhibition.The ‘Ekka’ as it is known locally is an opportunity for city slickers to engage with primary producers and crafters and growers of everything from strawberries and cheese to beef and smallgoods. For many it is the only chance they have to discover that pineapple doesn’t grow in tins and meat doesn’t just come on black polystyrene trays wrapped in plastic.When it comes to beer, we in Australia are a pretty ‘safe’ drinking nation overall. We…
  • James Squire’s Brisbane Brewhouse now open

    Media Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Brisbane’s beer landscape continues to develop and evolve with the opening of the new James Squire Brewhouse at Southbank. The new brewhouse is run in conjunction with The Mantle Group which, amongst other things, runs the Pig & Whistle pub chain in Brisbane, including the newly opened Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley branch. The evolution of the Pig & Whistle chain is an interesting study into the changing face of beer in Brisbane.Although it is often dismissed as the arch-typal faux English pub chain, The Pig & Whistle has always been a cut above, providing superior quality…
  • 4 Pines to release limited edition medieval drop

    Media Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Media Release4 Pines to release limited edition medieval dropSydney microbrewery 4 Pines Brewing Company will release a limited edition medieval style beer next month, as part of the inaugural annual St Ives Medieval Faire.The popular boutique beer makers from Sydney’s northern beaches will put their skills to the test to recreate an authentic medieval drop for the event, sourcing ingredients from as far afield as Scotland to perfect the flavour.The gruit style beer, dubbed Sir Andrew’s Gruit after Sydney knight and jouster Andrew McKinnon, will be available exclusively at the St Ives…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Gainesville gains another brewery; First magnitude Brewing Company

    mwisdom562
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    A university professor with a Ph.D. in Education Administration seems an unlikely fit for founding and opening a craft beer brewery. Nevertheless, John Denny (a.k.a. Dr. John) and a group of friends are planning the opening of their Gainesville, Fla. brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company for the weekend of August, 23. The story of First Magnitude is a familiar one; a group of friends got together and came up with an idea for opening a craft beer brewery. The four friends all had other jobs and children making the idea of opening a brewery risky, but worthwhile in their opinion. So, with…
  • Hold the lime! Corona recalled!

    mwisdom562
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Before you pop open your next Corona and slip a lime wedge down the neck of the bottle, check the code printed on the neck. Packages of Corona beer imported by Constellation Brands are being recalled because bottles may have particles of glass in them. Recalled are 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages. A spokesperson said that the problem originated with a company that supplies the clear bottles to the brewery in Mexico. The following products are NOT being recalled: Corona Extra cans Corona Extra 24-pack loose bottles Corona Extra 24 oz. bottle Corona…
  • Veterans United Craft Brewery grand opening set

    mwisdom562
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ron Gamble has worn many hats; he was a naval aviator, a contributor to half-a-dozen high-tech startups, a home brewer and finally a head brewer. Over the past six years, Ron has honed his skill at the brew kettle at a variety of operations and is now using his skills to open his own brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside. Gamble’s Veterans United Craft Brewery will welcome the public into its tap room for the first time on Friday, August 22. The brewery is the culmination of a dream that began over a decade ago when Gamble’s wife Sheryl gave him a True Brew kit and a few books on brewing…
  • Growler fight subject of short documentary film

    mwisdom562
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    On a more serious note, readers of this blog are familiar with the fight going on in Florida over growler size. For those who are not up to speed on this issue, in a nut shell a group of mega-brewery beer distributors have been maneuvering to block all attempts by Florida’s craft beer producers and community to legalize 64-ounce growlers. State law in Florida currently allows both 32-ounce (one quart) and 128-ounce (one gallon) growlers. But, because of “safety and public health” concerns the state — under pressure from powerful lobbyists from the above mentioned…
  • Aussie beer ad ‘best ever’

    mwisdom562
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Australians take their beer seriously, but their beer commercials are another story.This video was posted to YouTube in June and has been garnering hits ever since. It has even prompted one blogger to call it, “The best beer ad ever!” Th ad poke fun of big Hollywood auto chase scenes and the cliches that are inherently embedded in them.   The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your…
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    Brewbound.com

  • Stevens Point Ramps Up Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale Production

    Press Release
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale’s popularity has grown rapidly in the five years it has been on the market.  Consumers just cannot seem to get enough of this extraordinary pumpkin ale. Each year the Stevens Point Brewery continues to increase production of this delicious fall favorite, and this year is no exception. Pumpkin ale fans don’t mess around when it comes to this delicious beverage; they buy early and stock up. This limited release specialty “big beer” is only available while supplies last. Four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and draft ¼  barrels of this bold and…
  • Goose Island Shows Off Its Elk Mountain Edge

    David Eisenberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Elk Mountain Farm Rubbing the guts of a Cascade hop off his nose, Andy Goeler is in awe of the 1,500 acres of hops under trellis that surround him, resting at the foot of northern Idaho’s Selkirk Mountain Range. He’s gushing poetic adjectives, verbally painting a picture that needs no help painting itself. After a career spanning three decades at Anheuser-Busch, Goeler is now two years into his tenure as CEO of Goose Island Beer, the Chicago-based brewery his former employer acquired for $38.8 million in 2011. But right now, he’s just breathing in this bucolic, somewhat hidden, and…
  • Uinta Sells Partial Ownership to Private Equity Firm

    Chris Furnari
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Salt Lake City, Ut.-based Uinta Brewing today announced it has sold a percentage of its business to The Riverside Company, a private equity firm with offices in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Uinta founder Will Hamill told Brewbound that he would retain a “significant” piece of the Uinta business and continue to lead the company as CEO. On its website Riverside describes itself as a “global private equity firm focused on investing in and acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million.” The company currently has over $4.6 billion…
  • SweetWater Names First of Ohio Wholesale Partners

    David Eisenberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    SweetWater Brewing has tapped Superior Beverage Group for distribution coverage throughout the Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio markets, the brewery announced today. The news comes a month after Sweetwater, which is based in Atlanta, Ga.,detailed its initial plans to expand its reach in the Buckeye State. Youngstown, Akron, Canton and surrounding areas are also encompassed within Superior Beverage’s distribution territory, according to the statement. SweetWater also plans to launch distribution in Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo, though wholesale partners for those areas have not yet been…
  • Adirondack Brewery Releases NYS Oktoberfest Lager

    Press Release
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Lake George, NY – The Adirondack Brewery is proud to announce the release of their newest fall seasonal, a 100% New York State hopped Oktoberfest Lager. This traditional Oktoberfest Lager or German-style Marzen, is very easy drinking with prominent malt characteristics rounded out by the fresh hop additions. Valley View Farm in LaFayette, NY and Mosher Farm in Bouckville provided the Cascade, Chinook & Nugget hops for this truly local spin on Oktoberfest. The Adirondack Brewery purchased over 2,000 lbs of NYS hops in 2013 and brew an array of different locally hopped beer. One of their…
 
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Bulleit Woody Rollin’ Into Town

    Kendall Johnson
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    As wine & spirits writers I know we’re supposed to be equal opportunity drinkers, but just between us… Bourbon might just take the top spot. Which might also explain our unabashed ENTHUSIASM (!!) at hearing that not only is the Bulleit Bourbon team coming to the Bay Area this month, but they’re rollin’ in via the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Tour.  Yes, it’s what you think it is- a totally outfitted Bulleit Woody Trailer, originally designed for the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Guide. The trailer was created by iconic designer Brad Ford, and was cast from repurposed…
  • LAPHROAIG SELECT

    Kendall Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Every family has one… the kid that ran away to travel the world and find better things, only to come back on his own, this time more well-rounded and full of appreciation for his roots. In the Single Malt Scotch World, this phenomenon often results in an eagerly anticipated (and debated!) new expression. In the Laphroaig family, this blend of new and old resulted in Laphroaig Select, a new bottling that marries the classic styles that made Laphroaig the #1 Islay Malt Scotch – Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks – with the novelty of American Oak casks.
  • JOEL MCHALE STEALS PURITY VODKA’S $500k ICON TRUCK

    Kendall Johnson
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Purity Vodka, a small Swedish brand, teamed up with comedian Joel McHale for a series of online videos, the first of which debuted last week. In what is becoming an engaging trend in spirits advertising, humorous (often self-deprecating) viral content is taking over the digital space. And we’re all for it.  As Purity Vodka explains,  small brands don’t want to compete in the traditional advertising route, so the brand decided instead to create content that is compelling and actively engaging. Purity Vodka confidently defines themselves in their quest to redefine voda, bringing…
  • NEW BELGIUM & 3 FLOYDS LIPS OF FAITH GRATZER

    Kendall Johnson
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The newest addition to New Belgium Brewing Company‘s exploratory Lips of Faith series is a rare Polish style beer, brought back to life from the nearly dead. New Belgium teamed up with 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Indiana, with a big reputation, to create Lips of Faith Grätzer, a long-forgotten style of Polish ale. The beer features oak-smoked wheat which adds a unique chocolatey, bacon smokiness on the palate and Midnight Wheat malt, which provides a mild sweetness. But don’t let the pure black pour fool you, this light bodied, sessionable Grätzer is full of…
  • MONKEY 47 SCHWARZWALD DRY GIN

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

  • Brew Stand Update Two

    Mike
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Last week I shared the progress on the brew stand. This week I kept the momentum going and got the gas plumbing mostly done. The stand looks pretty good and the burners seem to fire with just as much power as a stand alone stand. I have two burners going for now, and the third will get down soon. When I first conceived of building a brew stand I actually figured I would only employ two burners. As a batch sparge brewer this made perfect sense to me. I normally brewed with two individual stands side by side. However, when found the aquarium stand to start this project with, it just made sense…
  • BIAB Series Update

    John
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    What do I have going on? We have a preview of the Brewing in a Bag series.  The first of the experiments is ready to bottle and will be ready to drink and talk about in a couple of weeks. These Brew Dudes took some video of the brew session and we plan to fuse it with some of our thoughts on the process with one of our future “in studio” tapings. The new challenge for me is figuring out how much priming sugar to use for a 1 gallon brew.  I have to get my calculators out (yes multiple) and figure out how much I need.  I was thinking of getting a measurement by weight of what I…
  • Brew Stand Update

    Mike
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    All the way back in January I announced that I was had acquired an old aquarium stand for a large tank. It looked like it would be perfect to become a brew stand. I posted a video about my plans and set forth thinking about how I wanted the stand to operate. I can’t believe its been 8 months since originally posting that clip. I am happy to announce that progress has been made. In fact, the project is about halfway complete or maybe even a little bit closer than that. The big decision came with shortening the height of the original aquarium stand to about half its height. I liked the…
  • Cleaning Beer Lines

    Mike
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    One thing we never covered in our kegorator series was how to clean your beer lines. After a while you vinyl beer lines will get coated in beer stone. Beer stone is a deposit of calcium oxalates and various dextrins and sugars. If left in the lines too long it can cause excess foam issues regardless of how well balanced your gas is or how clean your glassware is. Worse case is that dirty beer lines will change the flavor of your beer. Giving it stale or sherry like notes. Never good. Here’s how I deal with cleaning out my beer lines. My first step is to make a good gallon of cleanser. I…
  • 2014 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines

    John
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I posted some IPA recipes recently based on the new expanded India Pale Ale category from the draft of the 2014 BJCP style guidelines. Now, that section is just a small part of the full guidelines, which have many categories expanding and/or changing. For this post, I thought I would take a closer look at the draft and discuss with you some of the changes. The changes have some solid implications. For one, we have to change our beer recipes page. I mean, isn’t that huge? Ok, it’s not. The biggest impact the changes will have on these brew dudes and others is beer competitions.
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Vacationland Distributors bringing Newport Storm to Maine

    Chad Lothian
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Newport Storm out of Newport, Rhode Island has signed with Vacationland Distributors. Newport Storm will debut their beers in Maine this coming weekend (Friday August 29th and Saturday August 30th) at the Portland Brew Festival. Newport Storm beer will become available to purchase in early September. The Founders of Newport Storm met while attending Colby College in Maine and Derek Luke, Brewmaster and Founder at Newport Storm is originally from Scarborough, Maine.”After 15 years, it is really exciting to have my beer available in the state I spent the first 22 years of my life in. My…
  • Goodnight Brew: a beer geek bedtime story

    Chad Lothian
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Recently I received an offer from Bailiwick Press to check out a digital copy of “Goodnight Brew” by Ann E. Briated with illustrations by Allie Ogg, an adult parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Having two kids I’ve read many offshoots of the book so I was interested in checking out this craft beer oriented version. Cover Illustration courtesy of Bailiwick Press The book depicts a colorful cast of characters in a brewery finishing up their brew day, cleaning up and heading home for the night, but not before saying “Goodnight” to the brewery. The book  is…
  • D.L. Geary Brewing Company tasting room opening soon in Portland

    Chad Lothian
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Soon there will be a new brewery tasting room in Portland. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, on the company blog, D.L. Geary Brewing announced that they are in the process of building a tasting room at their Evergreen Drive location, just around the corner from Allagash, Foundation, Bissell Brothers and Austin Street Brewing over on Industrial Way. The addition will allow fans of Geary’s beer the opportunity to stop in for samples, bottle purchases and of course pick up their Geary’s gear. Currently there are no plans for growler fills out of the tasting room but it is a possibility for the…
  • Farmers market sampler plate may be the perfect date night

    Chad Lothian
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Date nights are few and far between when you have two kids, I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong if there’s a beer event happening my wife is more than understanding and I can go and vice versa for her but the two of us don’t get to hit the town together very often. Instead we do our date nights at home, luckily for us once the boys fall asleep they are out for the night, so who needs to hit the town anyway? We both love our beer and a nice cheese board or charcuterie plate to accompany it so we picked up a growler of Geaghan Brothers Captain Kool IPA on Friday night and planned to…
  • Coaster Critique: Austin Street/Bier Cellar – Bier 2 Cellar

    Chad Lothian
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Name: Bier 2 Cellar Brewed by: Austin Street Brewery in Collaboration with the Bier Cellar Style: India Pale Ale conditioned with Brettanomyces ABV: 6.5% Bier 2 Cellar is a shadowy copper color that shimmers with red and gold highlights when held to the light, cloudy in the glass with a thick, bone white head. Hops are strong in the aroma, fresh cut grass, a hint of citrus and pineapple on top of a bready malt body. I’m picking up an earthy character, dirt, dead leaves, which I take to be from the brettanomyces. First sip I pick the malt, toasted bread and as sweetness, honey like. Hops…
 
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    Beer Infinity

  • The Barrel House is a new watering hole for Birkdale, and has proved really …

    Beer Infinity
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Philly.com The Barrel House is a new watering hole for Birkdale, and has proved really ... Southport Visiter There will be 37 real ales and 12 ciders, also Desperate Dan Pie on Friday and Toad in he Hole on Saturday. n Thursday, September 11 there will be a quiz and CAMRA Preview Night, with discounted beer prices if you are lucky enou ...
  • Sierra Nevada Stout

    Beer Infinity
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Day 63: Sierra Nevada Stout from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'American Stout'. ABV is 5.8%.
  • James Squire’s Brisbane Brewhouse now open

    Beer Infinity
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Brisbane’s beer landscape continues to develop and evolve with the opening of the new James Squire Brewhouse at Southbank. The new brewhouse is run in conjunction with The Mantle Group which, amongst other things, runs the Pig & Whistle pub chain in Brisbane, including the newly opened Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley branch. The ...
  • Blackstone Restaurant + Confluence Brewery One Night Stand; Friday, August 29th

    Beer Infinity
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    BlackStone Restaurant & Confluence Brewery One Night Stand 1 brewery, 1 night Friday August 29th, 4:00 PM   Draft lineup: Des Moines IPA  Capitol Gold Lager / Blue Corn Lager to follow Thomas Beck Black IPA  Weiss grip Hefeweizen – last keg of this limited hefe Port Barrel Aged Camp Fire   Cedar Ridge Barr ...
  • 3rd Annual RVABrewBQ!

    Beer Infinity
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    I know this post is a little late, but I figured I would make it so I could add in the pictures I took... So Sam, Clay, and I decided to go check out the 3rd Annual RVABrewBQ (Ercell couldn't make it- he was invited!) so we could taste samplings from the ELEVEN (11) different breweries in Richmond! Each brewery had a couple of different b ...
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Sessions Beers: Delicious, or Drainpour? [Poll]

    Brew Review Crew
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
          You’ve heard us mention it in the past, some breweries are taking beers too far.   They’re either so hoppy that you can’t taste your next meal, or so boozy that you could basically breathe fire.  You know what?  For some people, that’s fine.  For others, it is the big hurdle stopping them from making the jump over to craft beer.  Seeing that there was a market for lower-alcohol, but still full-flavored brews, many breweries turned to cranking out session ales. A session ale, for those who haven’t heard of them, is basically just a…
  • Chomolungma – Jackie O’s

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Review by: Cory Smith As a graduate of Miami University, I’m supposed to hate everything from Athens, OH.  The Bobcats are our bitter rivals, but I have to tip my cap to Athens for having one of the best breweries in Ohio, Jackie O’s.  Ron and I were blown away by their Mystic Mama IPA and Firefly Amber Ale, but this is my first time trying their honey nut brown ale dubbed Chomolungma.  If you haven’t yet, check out Ron’s write up of Chomolungma Day, when Jackie O’s took over the taps of one of our favorite Toledo craft beer bars, The Local. If you’re as…
  • Redemption – Russian River

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    by The post Redemption – Russian River appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Drift Session IPA – 3 Brothers

    Brew Review Crew
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Review by: Cory Smith A couple of weeks ago, Richard Hartogs of Better Beer Authority invited us to do a live blind beer tasting with two other reviewers and himself.  First, I need to thank Richard for inviting us on the show, and secondly for sending us both beer to try, we’re big fans.  If you missed that video, you can watch it below. When Richard sent us Salty Scot, he also sent us a couple of cans of Three Brother’s Drift.  Drift is a Session IPA that is 5% ABV and “Citra Based” which means Cory likey!  I read recently someone going on a rant that session…
  • Arctic Panzer Wolf – 3 Floyds Brewing Company

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    by The post Arctic Panzer Wolf – 3 Floyds Brewing Company appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
 
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Beer Review: Founders Dissenter Imperial IPL

    John Fahrner
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Featured Contributor - John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Founders Brewing Company is a company that is truly unique in the best possible way, they’re the only company that has never made a beer that I did not absolutely love.  Dissenter, the tenth addition to the back stage series of beer, and marks Founders first lager to be produced by the company in over 12 years.  Dissenter is a Imperial IPL  that packs an 8.7% ABV yet is remarkable crisp, clean and refreshing.  Dissenter is loaded with both tropical…
  • Secrets from a Craft Beer Insider: Sommbeer Interviews Liz Crowe

    Beer Sommelier
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    We’re here today, talking with Liz Crowe.  Liz has an intriguing background as both a pioneer in the craft beer industry and author.   Her passions run deep and are as diverse as soccer to well …… craft beer. SommBeer:  Tell me about your beer background Liz Crowe:  Let’s see…long about 2008 I was selling real estate (check your historical records, it was a shite year for it but I was doing well. I’ve been told I could sell ice to an Eskimo or a…
  • Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?

    Beer Sommelier
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    SOMMBEER BEER DEBATE #2 Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?   Sommbeer: Good brew pubs have relaxing atmospheres that invite conversation and fun.  Part of this includes bringing your kids.  Heck the brew pubs often make and push root beer.  Root beer!  I loved that stuff when I was 8.  Which is precisely my point.  The brew pubs encourage comes to visit.  Many have board games and kid toys just to keep them occupied. Patti Smith: …that should be amended to adult conversation…
  • Brewery Review: Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI

    Beer Sommelier
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Featured Contributor – Renee K from Ypsilanti, MI Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI Wolverine Brewery…comments and thoughts from Renee and BK (cupid)  We both agree that Wolverine is probably the best microbrew in the area.  Do you ever talk to someone that says something to the effect of… “I don’t like micro brewed beer, lets go somewhere I can get a Bud”.  Wolverine is a place where those picky drinkers who don’t really know about microbrews can go.  They have something…
  • Beer and Food Pairings for The Craft Beer Football Fan

    John Fahrner
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Featured Contributor - John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It’s mid August and football season is upon us once again.  Football is a great game not only for the sport and the tradition, but for many people like myself it’s an event that provides the opportunity for social gatherings.  With Social gatherings comes serving of great food and of course enjoyment of great beer!  This clearly is an opportunity to make sure that you, and possibly your guests, are getting the most out of your food and beer…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Hops farming takes root

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

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

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

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’m not sure what got me more excited this year? Christmas morning or our first Harvest Day? We would like to thank the Wilson Home Brewers Club for all of their help and hard work today.  This is going to be a long lasting friendship. To The Beer Store in Wilson, thank you for sending out an email to your list for us. For all the volunteers that made our first Harvest Day a success, we say THANK YOU!   The post Harvest Day appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Hop Varieties

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