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  • Craft Beer Education highlights new SF Craft Beer Festival on October 18th

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    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Sponsored Press Release:  (San Francisco, CA) – The Hand Crafted Tasting Company is proud to announce that the SF Craft Beer Festival comes to the Herbst Pavilion in Fort Mason on Saturday, October 18th. The Fall Harvest-themed tasting will include two sessions (afternoon and evening) and showcase fall craft beer releases from 75 of America’s best craft breweries, with a special focus on breweries from San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. “Our Craft Beer festival model is different than other festivals,” said Ken Tesler, founder of Hand Crafted Tasting Co. “And we want…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Satisfied with his Draft Punk.

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    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A customer seems quite taken with his pint of cask-conditioned Draft Punk IPA, brewed and 'casked' by the Oliver Brewing Company, of Baltimore, Maryland. This, he told the photographer, was his first ever cask-conditioned 'real ale.' Real Ale Beer brewed from traditional ingredients. Matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed. Served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. Presented unfiltered, yet 'bright' not cloudy. Served at cool 'cellar' temperature, approximately 50 - 56 °F, at which point the subtleties of flavor become prominent. The beauty of…
  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

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    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…
  • Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Beer

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    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 –…
  • Crap Beer - it's the future

    Pete Brown
    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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  • Craft Beer Education highlights new SF Craft Beer Festival on October 18th

    BeerPulse curator
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Sponsored Press Release:  (San Francisco, CA) – The Hand Crafted Tasting Company is proud to announce that the SF Craft Beer Festival comes to the Herbst Pavilion in Fort Mason on Saturday, October 18th. The Fall Harvest-themed tasting will include two sessions (afternoon and evening) and showcase fall craft beer releases from 75 of America’s best craft breweries, with a special focus on breweries from San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. “Our Craft Beer festival model is different than other festivals,” said Ken Tesler, founder of Hand Crafted Tasting Co. “And we want…
  • Ohio legislator fears state’s ABV limit could cost it in race for Stone’s East location

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    16 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    But in a letter to Representative Ramos, Stone co-founder and CEO Greg Koch noted the company would create beers exceeding 14 percent ABV if the right recipe came along. Koch wrote “The support of craft breweries in Ohio via appropriate legislation is definitely part of our decision criteria.” More >> WOSU News.
  • Stone Brewing says decision on Eastern U.S. location taking longer than expected

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    16 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Richmond will have to wait a little longer to find out if it has been chosen for the first eastern facility of California-based Stone Brewing Co. A spokeswoman for the brewery circulated a statement Thursday saying the company is still searching for a location. More >> TimesDispatch.com.
  • Jake Leinenkugel retiring as president of brewing company, Dick Leinenkugel to take over

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    16 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Dick Leinenkugel, 56, brother of Jake and also a great-great-grandson of brewery founder Jacob Leinenkugel, will be the next president of the famed brewing company. [...] Jake will continue on in various capacities with Leinie’s, and he can’t imagine calling anyplace but Chippewa Falls his home. More >> Chippewa.com.
  • The Brewers Association promotes COO, Bob Pease, to CEO position

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    16 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    News Wire:  (Boulder, CO) – The Brewers Association announces that Bob Pease has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to small and independent craft brewers. Prior to holding the title of COO, Pease was Vice President. He was hired by the Brewers Association in 1993 as the Customer Service Manager, subsequently became Operations Director, and was promoted to Vice President in 1999 and to COO in 2010. The transition to CEO formalizes much of the responsibility that Pease has already…
 
 
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  • Here they are -- the 'Best' Beer Bars in America for 2014 -- as you voted for them.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    "I don't mean to interrupt," one says, just before one does just that. The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. For the past few years, the BA has organized a nation-wide vote for the 'best' beer bars, by region, and overall. and the results for 2014 are in. I don't really go for these popularity-contest shenanigans, but, today, I will. Congratulations to the twenty-five bars who won, but in particular to those three in the home territory of this blog: Washington,…
  • Two casks in August

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Bad pull."What's this," I asked the bartender, looking at a murky glass of sour beer dregs he had set in front of me. "Why, that's the best part of the cask," replied the bartender. "I tilted it so I could pour the beer for you." "I thought you said this was a cask-conditioned pale ale," I said, accenting the word "pale.' "It is," he replied, missing any irony. I asked for something else. He continued to pour the cask for others. Good call."What's that?" asked the brewer, as he walked past me, seeing a murky pint in front of me. "That's your cask-conditioned pale ale," I replied. "No,"…
  • Pic(k) of the Week. Ducks on a rock.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Two ducks enjoy an end-of-summer afternoon reverie, a few warm weeks before they may decide to fly south for the winter ... or not. On the banks of the Potomac River, near Belle Haven MarinaFairfax, Virginia.10 September 2014. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 34/35, 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 34/3517 August - 30 August 2014 2014.08.30The top U.S. city, in terms of drinks consumed per capita, is Boston, Massachusetts, at 15.6 per month. Norfolk, Virginia, is second at 15.1 drinks per person per month. —Via Daily Beast (using data from Experian Marketing Services). 2014.08.26A strip club in Dayton, Ohio, had trouble getting a liquor license. So, the owners got a brewery license instead. —Via Dayton City Paper. 2014.08.25The ancient origins of beer (and drinking straws): 10,000 years ago, give or take…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Satisfied with his Draft Punk.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A customer seems quite taken with his pint of cask-conditioned Draft Punk IPA, brewed and 'casked' by the Oliver Brewing Company, of Baltimore, Maryland. This, he told the photographer, was his first ever cask-conditioned 'real ale.' Real Ale Beer brewed from traditional ingredients. Matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed. Served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. Presented unfiltered, yet 'bright' not cloudy. Served at cool 'cellar' temperature, approximately 50 - 56 °F, at which point the subtleties of flavor become prominent. The beauty of…
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  • Mead Making with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #88

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me to discuss how you can make mead with the same equipment you are using now to brew beer. Michael walks us through the entire mead making process and provides some great tips along the way! 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 (46:11) Michael Fairbrother joins me from Moonlight Meadery for a discussion on mead. Michael is the founder and CEO of Moonlight Meadery, now one of the largest meaderies in the…
  • 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 –…
 
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  • Cape Ann Brewing Makes Switch from Bottles to Cans, Brings Packaged Production Home

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

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

    Alan McLeod
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    The race towards abandonment of actual craftwork in the making of craft beer races ahead, lead by the forces of big craft. Just look! Scoff if you must at mass domestic beers, but lessons learned from the makers of Budweiser and Miller Lite are helping to make sure your craft beer tastes the same from pint to pint. Far from the small and scrappy crew of home brewers that started the movement, craft brewers increasingly are turning to employees of much larger shops like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to tap their experience in creating beer with a consistent flavour and quality time after time…
  • But The Problem Is My Own Unified Theory...

    Alan McLeod
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    I wrote this quickly over at Stan's this morning. Govern yourselves accordingly. I have to say I find this a very unsatisfying approach. I want to preface this by saying I do not believe I am being contrarian or a prick. I am also not talking about any one person. At least I have no intention to be so. Yet this shall be firm… so, jumping in the deepend, while I appreciate the honesty of this argument (1) it smacks of a desire to prop up the concept of style, (2) there is a touch of the quest for the “new unified theory” brass ring, (3) it fails to take into account the continuity of…
  • How Would You Face The New Regulation Of Beer?

    Alan McLeod
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    An interesting event in Vietnam. The apparent imposition of the first regulation of beer:The ministry has also proposed forcing beer companies to place stamps on their products to fight counterfeits, warn drinkers of alcohol abuse, and prevent tax evasion. The draft document was announced early this month and immediately greeted with objections from brewers, beer vendors, and drinkers, who say it lacks feasibility. The ministry thus held the conference in Hanoi, asking brewing companies “to share solutions to improve the decree, instead of criticizing it.”This article on the lead up to…
  • Your Moment Of Euro Beer Waitering Zen

    Alan McLeod
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    What better to post after having your computer eat the long post about one's feelings as one judges beer books for the North American Guild of Beer Writers than to suggest quantity over quality and yet with quality as "Oliver Stümpfel aus Freising holt den Weltrekord im Masskrugtragen." More here.I would never be anywhere near as good at the old Masskrugtragen myself. Not a chance.
  • Session 91: Dimly Recalling My First Belgian

    Alan McLeod
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    This month's edition of The Session is hosted by the excellently named Belgian Smaak who advise:Although David Turley of Musing Over a Pint did host a great session on Belgian-style triples (A Tripel for Two) back in February 2009, we noticed with no small element of surprise that there has not yet been a Session dedicated to discussing beers from this country generally and so we feel that we are the hosts to bring Belgian beer to the tip of your tongues both literarily and libatiously.... The rules are that there are no rules. There is incredible opportunity at your fingertips; whether it be…
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  • What if New Belgium had beat Bud Light to Crested Butte?

    Stan Hieronymus
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.05.14 What Happens When Bud Light Takes Over Your Town for a Weekend. After all the hoopla before Bud Light’s “Whatever, U.S.A.” takeover of Crested Butte, Colorado, I was disappointed in the days after the event by the lack of stories about how it went (other than the one, repeated over and over, describing how hard it was for people to get flights home). But then I came across this account from a local in Vanity Fair., … anyone who says you can’t get drunk on light beer clearly hasn’t witnessed 1,000 twentysomethings flown from sea level…
  • Comment about indigenous beer; win a book

    Stan Hieronymus
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    Earlier this week, Boak & Bailey pointed to a couple of other posts and offered a thought and a question about “Native or Local?” First, the thought. “It seems that native style, then, might be a more important idea than local manufacture.” Second, the question. “Thought experiment: if you were to visit Berlin, would you feel you’d had a more authentic experience drinking American-brewed Berliner Weisse, or locally made Cascade-hopped IPA?” Maybe it was the word “native” that caught my attention. Or the question John Holl asked about if…
  • 09.11.01

    Stan Hieronymus
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Yes, it has been thirteen years and we all still ache. The column I wrote for All About Beer magazine during the daze that followed.
  • Hops: Now you see them, now you don’t

    Stan Hieronymus
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    No, this post is not about the impending, or not impending, hop shortage. One of the reasons I went to Michigan over the Labor Day weekend was to see the three-level drying system at Hop Head Farms in action. As far as I know it is the only German-style one being used in the United States. Not every farm in Germany employs this system (some have belt dryers, more common in the Czech Republic), but it works well on smaller farms. The average farm size in Germany is about 34 acres, compared to more than 500 acres in the American Northwest, and considerably more in the Yakima Valley. (Roy Farms…
  • How do I ‘adopt’ a row of hops?

    Stan Hieronymus
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    Top photo from Oregon, bottom one from England (via Twitter). Goschie Farms is a prominent hop grower in the Willamette Valley, supporting its community in a variety of ways. As noted just yesterday, British hop acreage has long been shrinking. It will take the support of the British brewing community to change that. The sponsored @BlackSheepBeer row of Yorkshire Hops, thanks guys! pic.twitter.com/RISu38R1L4 — Yorkshire Hops (@YorkshireHops) September 9, 2014
 
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  • British Bottled Porters, Part 1

    Bailey
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Porter has been much on our minds lately with the arrival of Guinness’s new effort and our rediscovery of Samuel Smith’s sublime example. When we asked if (i.e. tentatively declared that) the latter might be the best bottled porter in the UK, various people suggested other candidates, namely Fuller’s London Porter, Kernel Export and Redemption Fellowship. That was all the nudging we needed to declare The Great Porter Taste Off, and promptly acquired for consideration over the next month or so…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 13/09/2014

    Bailey
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar, when the dawn begins to crack. It’s all part of our autumn almanac. There’s been some interesting reading around the blogoshire and beyond in the last week. Here are our picks. → This is yet another fantastic post from Lars Marius Garshol, who’s been Alan Lomaxing his way through Norway’s farmhouse brewing culture: He buys Finnish 6-row barley at a local store, and prefers that because of the higher starch content compared to Norwegian…
  • More Signs of the Times

    Bailey
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 There’s been more evidence this week that the march into the mainstream of ‘craft beer’, whatever the hell it is, continues apace. Having tested the market in the last few months with bottles of BrewDog Punk IPA, Goose Island IPA, Brooklyn Lager and canned beer from Sixpoint, the Wetherspoon chain of pubs has made some interesting announcements in the last couple of days: From #1oct we will have Lagunitas IPA in bottle in all of our pubs. #craftcapsandtaps @lagunitasbeer pic.twitter.com/yfPL1hVXbZ — J…
  • The Kegronomicon

    Bailey
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Yesterday, we received something special in the post: a Watney Mann quality control manual covering the period 1965-1971. It’s on loan to us from a former Watney’s brewer who we got in touch with on the suggestion of Dominic Driscoll at Thornbridge. (Thanks, Dom!) The contents of this black plastic binder was first printed in 1965 and includes every piece of information a brewer at any Watney’s-owned plant could have needed to produce their full range of beers, from Red Barrel to Brown Ale.
  • Native or Local?

    Bailey
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Reading around the blogoshire today, there seems to be a connection to be made between two interesting posts. First, Matt ‘Total Ales’ Curtis reports on the Hop & Berry, a pub in Islington, North London, which sets out to act a showcase for the booming London brewing scene. (See Beer Guide London for the list we always refer to.) Our first thought was: “Beer geeks visiting London from overseas will find a one-stop-shop very handy.” But then there’s Joe ‘Thirsty Pilgrim’ Stange writing of a…
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  • Oh, what the hell, here’s some news of my own.

    Jack Curtin
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    From today’s Craft Business Daily: Pennsylvania-based, top 30 craft brewer Victory Brewing Co. has just announced it will hit its 35th state of distribution this month: Nevada. Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada will take it there. “Nevada has a huge craft beer culture that celebrates everything about brewing, drinking and appreciating all there is in the business,” said Victory VP sales and marketing Steve German. “We’ve had many requests to bring our beer to the area,” he added. I had  a long telephone interview/conversation with some folks at Victory…
  • And then the flood gates opened….

    Jack Curtin
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I suppose that the last post, my supposed “Facebook friendly” character flaw aside, mostly proves that both Richard Ruch and I are old farts who are out of the loop. Or maybe not, who cares? In any case, that post has brought forth several private responses including one from Lappy his ownself, but mostly from Bryan Kolesar who is, dare I say it, “loop friendly.” Or maybe just loopy, also who cares? Lappy wanted to  apologize that I didn’t know his stuff, but that way lies madness. If everybody who knew stuff apologized to the likes of me who didn’t, the…
  • News, the old-fashioned way: Iron Hill shifts LaPierre to Chestnut Hill, Walter to Maple Shade

    Jack Curtin
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    From Richard the Ruch, received just now: Jack, since I am not Facebook friendly and I know you are, you’re probably are aware of the brewing change at Iron Hill’s Chestnut Hill brewpub. But if you’re not, apparently Chris LaPierre will be the new Head Brewer at the Chestnut Hill location and Kevin Walter is assuming his role in Maple Shade, NJ. Chris starts at Chestnut Hill on 9/22. Here’s a programmed auto-response from Chris to my recent e-mail: Thank you for your e-mail. I am both on vacation and no longer the Head Brewer of our Maple Shade location. I will begin…
  • What I am doing at this very moment, which is drinking beer. Who could have guessed?

    Jack Curtin
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    (This post is an exact duplication of a Facebook post I did this afternoon except for the part where it isn’t). After finally putting the finishing touches on a story for Ale Street News earlier, I’m watching football games I don’t care about while enjoying the latest Stone Stochasticity Project beer, a Belgian-style ale brewed with hibiscus flower and orange peel called Hibiscusicity (which is quite delicious) together with some wood-fired cheese curds from local September Farm in Honey Brook which I picked up at the Farmer’s Daughter right down the road from me. Nice…
  • The insanity runs deeper than we thought.

    Jack Curtin
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    So I wanted to schedule an interview with a local ice-cream maker for a story I’m writing and this was his initial emailed response: My schedule is wicked due to Pumpkin Ice Creams booming seasonal entrance into our lineup two weeks ago. We’re running our tails off. Will the madness never end?
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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

  • Oktoberfest in Munich begins Saturday

    Real Beer
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Graphic courtesy of HomeBrewWest.
  • AB InBev, SABMiller rumors heat up

    Real Beer
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    It seems like rumors that Anheuser-Busch InBev would manage a takeover of SABMiller started just about the time the ink dried on the deal in which InBev bought out Anheuser-Busch in 2008. But things have heated up of late, with new rumors everywhere. The Wall Street Journal, and now others report that AB InBev has been talking with banks about financing a megadeal that could coast $122 billion. That would be considerably more than the $52 billion it cost InBev to acquire A-B. AB InBev had a nearly 20% share of the global beer market in 2013, while SABMiller had 9.6% share and and Heineken…
  • Heineken rejects SABMiller takeover offer

    Real Beer
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Heineken has turned down SABMiller’s offer to acquire the its company and said it intends to remain independent. SABMiller’s bid was rejected by the family that controls Heineken, Bloomberg News reported. The offer, made in the last two weeks, would have made the family one of the combined company’s largest holders, one source said. “For SAB, a way of preserving their independence is to buy Heineken,” Matthew Beesley of Henderson Global Investors Ltd. told Bloomberg News “It’s easy to underestimate the desire for management teams to be in control of their own…
  • Bob Pease promoted to Brewers Association CEO

    Real Beer
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Brewers Association announced today that Bob Pease has been promoted to Chief Executive Office from Chief Operating Officer of the not-for-profit trade organization. A press release states that the “transition to CEO formalizes much of the responsibility that Pease has already progressively adopted. Pease holds responsibilities in the areas of personnel administration, government affairs, export development and oversight of all financial/fiduciary, operational and functional areas of the BA. He will serve as the Association’s key liaison to its board of directors.” Pease…
  • Brew Hub announces St. Louis brewery

    Real Beer
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Brew Hub has announced plans to build its next brewery in Chesterfield, Mo., just west of St. Louis. The brewery will be Brew Hub’s corporate headquarters and the second in a network of five state-of-the-art breweries the company is planning to build. Brew Hub’s first brewery opened last month in Lakeland, Fla. Brew Hub had introduced what it calls “partner brewing.” It allows craft breweries to brew their beer to exact specifications under the supervision of their own brewmaster, and to package and distribute from Brew Hub. Brew Hub also offers its partners services…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Watney Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    I just noticed that I'd jumped over Watney. How on earth did I manage overlook them? Not to worry, that will all be put right now.Since starting this series I've come to have a sneaking respect for Watney's beers. Their consistently high scores can't be a fluke. Yes they were the largest brewery in London and one of the largest in the country. The biggest brewery making the best beer. It's not a situation you'd find today.I'd thought about publishing a whole load more financial stuff about Watney. But I can't be arsed to traipse through the newspaper archive looking for their annual results…
  • Westphalian and Hessian Lagerbier 1879 - 1893

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Had my obsessive side passed you by, the current flood of Lager might have surprised. A regular reader would expect the unrelenting tsunami of tables. If such a beast as a regular reader exists.Let's begin with doubt. I'm not sure what these analyses teach us. Just as well that's not my main reason for publishing them. It's mostly to do with identifying the regional groupings. In the source, there's a heading to identify beers of a certain region. I don't have that luxury. Each beer is a row in a spreadsheet that I sort into all sorts of different orders. You can forget headers. The rows get…
  • Wenlock Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    I have to admit that this marathon swim through the Whitbread Gravity Book has been very instructive. Particularly with regard to the finances of brewing companies.The Wenlock Brewery emerged from the difficult decade leading up to WW I in pretty good shape. Many breweries had to revalue their shares after 1910 when the value of their assets, principally pubs, fell after extra burdens were put on the trade in the 1909/1910 budget. They found themselves in the unenviable position of not having enough assets to cover their capital. A decline in pub values was kicked off by an earlier Licensing…
  • Hannover region beers 1878 - 1891

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    I bet you're starting to wish I'd never come across this book. If you're sick now, just think how you'll be feeling in a few months time when I'm still slowly crawling my way through the coal seam of data.This time we're looking at beers from the Hannover region. So the north central bit of Germany. Once again, they're divided into Lagerbier and Schenkbier. That's a very rough division. Amongst the Lagerbiers there are Dunkles and Pilseners.I'll say this straight up: these beers confuse the hell out of me. I can't see any clear division between the Schenkbier and Lagerbier. The average OG of…
  • Truman Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Just the three W's to go after today. It's been an endurance test, I know. But finally the shore of the shit stream is in sight.I try to vary the stuff i put in this preliminary preamble. Sometimes financial results, others random newspaper articles. Occasionally more detail about the beers themselves. This time it's the latter.Sadly, though there's pretty much a complete set of 19th-century records, there's nothing after 1914 for Brick Lane. Pretty annoying. I wonder where all the brewing books went. Derek Prentice knows someone who has one of the 1920's ones. Presumably any that still exist…
 
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    The Barley Blog

  • DuClaw Brewing Funk

    BarleyBlog
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    The post, DuClaw Brewing Funk, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I know the label tells me that DuClaw Brewing’s Funk is a “blueberry citrus ale,” but with a name like funk I was expecting (and perhaps hoping for) something, well, funky. That’s not what have here with this brew. What’s we’ve got is something akin to drinking semi-sweet blueberry juice with a touch of wheat […] The post, DuClaw Brewing Funk, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity

    BarleyBlog
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The post, Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (Sept. 15, 2014) – Another unique and nearly unpronounceable Stochasticity Project beer will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide beginning this week. Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity is a Belgian-style strong ale infused with hibiscus flowers and orange peel. “On a warm […] The post, Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, first appeared on The…
  • Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel

    BarleyBlog
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    The post, Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Unlike their standard Three Chopt Tripel, Lickinghole Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel is an ugly beer. It pours a murky, muted light brown in color. The head is rocky and full, but that liquid looks like could have been pulled right from the muddy creek that gives the company its name. Beyond that, this […] The post, Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Mikkeller Spontanframboos

    BarleyBlog
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    The post, Mikkeller Spontanframboos, first appeared on The Barley Blog. So far, I’ve had two of Mikkeller’s “Spontan-” beers — their Spontankriek and Spontanwildstrawberry. Both were interesting beers, but both also carried a distinct medicinal character that I just couldn’t get past. I knew, in picking up this bottle of their Spontanframboos, that the possibility of encountering that off trait was high, but I succumbed, […] The post, Mikkeller Spontanframboos, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Blue Mountain Evil 8° Belgian Dubbel

    BarleyBlog
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    The post, Blue Mountain Evil 8° Belgian Dubbel, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve had many Belgian-inspired Dubbels throughout the years. Some have been good. Some not so much. But this is the firs that I’ve encountered that drinks almost like a porter. Blue Mountain Brewing’s Evil 8° is a unique interpretation of the style that carries a bit of a porterish sensibility. Your typical flavors for the […] The post, Blue Mountain Evil 8° Belgian Dubbel, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • El ratolí que va rugir

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    #dammisdead squeals the label on the back of my dinky bottle of Revolution IPA, a product of Molta Birra in Girona, on the doorstep of the Catalan brewing giant. It's a 6.5% ABV pale amber beer, one I poured very carefully having noticed the thick gobs of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, all the while worrying about the slightly sour aroma it was giving off. Nothing severe, just... worrying. The yeast hasn't been too busy as it's rather flat. 70 IBUs are claimed, but they must be theoretical, to the point of aspirational. It's quite watery and there's very little sign of the Apollo and…
  • Journey's end

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    From far off Michigan, from Oregon and the eastern plains of Colorado, American draught beer comes to Dublin. It's a bit silly when you think about it: there was beer here already. But it would be churlish not to afford proper hospitality to these bona fide travellers. By drinking them.First up is Rogue Yellow Snow, encountered among the keg fonts in The Black Sheep. I've no intention of looking up precisely how its name was chosen, suffice it to say that it's not very yellow and doesn't taste of piss. More of an orange-amber as far as the first goes, and, well it's definitely very…
  • A summer's lease

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    This bottle of Edinburgh brewery Top Out's Staple pale ale arrived via Steve and I opened it at the tail end of a long hot Sunday of back-breaking physical labour.It's a sober name for a straightforward golden 4%er, pouring clear with a loose white head. Light but not watery, softly carbonated, it smells of golden syrup plus a slightly worrying harsh plastic or rubbery waft. No sign of that in the taste, thankfully. Instead you get lots and lots of hoppy perfume: intense meadowy floral notes, some lighter peach and just enough grassy bitterness to make it refreshing.A perfect beer garden…
  • Ryed off into the sunset

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    It's Saturday, the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival is on at the RDS, everyone is either anticipating going or trying desperately to forget they were there. The point is this: nobody is reading beer blogs. But I felt I should round off the series of Irish Craft Beer Week posts with a couple of late additions. Both, as it happens, are brewed with grain du jour, rye.Kinnegar are past masters of putting hops with rye and their Rustbucket IPA is one of the best of its kind. It has been extensively tweaked and starkly re-coloured to make Black Bucket, Ireland's first black rye IPA. This is 6.5%…
  • Smaak in the head

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    I was a little apprehensive when I first saw Breandán's choice of topic show up on Jay's list of once and future Sessions. "My First Belgian". What was my first Belgian? There has to have been one, and it's not like it would have been all that long ago. I first drank beer in Belgium in 2002. Belgian beer was new and exciting to me when Dublin's branch of Belgo opened in 2000. A big bucket of Hoegaarden was my drink of choice in Aberdeen's The College in 1999. But I'm sure I'd had it or a Duvel or a Chimay at some point before that. It's annoying to have no memory of drinking any of these for…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: September 11 - September 17

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Same great weekly beer event calendar content; slightly new format. Great taste, just as filling. Enjoy! Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region. Atlantic City, NJ Sat. 9/13 and Sun. 9/14; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Atlantic City Seafood Festival @Bader Field [$Free admission + $PAYG for children’s activities, cooking
  • Ryan Michaels joins Rinn Duin

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Very pleased to hear that one of my "breakout surprises" from the book research (yes, that book research) earlier this year - Rinn Duin Brewing in NJ - has picked up multiple award-winning former McKenzie Brew House brewer, Ryan Michaels, who began on Aug. 25 as the head brewer. The River Toms English IPA was one of the strong entries at this relatively young brewery when I visited back in the
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in September 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    It feels good to be back. Hard to believe but it's been a few months (basically the entirety of the summer) that you've not heard from me here in this 9-year-old Brew Lounge space. As many of you know (and, I'm still surprised at those that do not), I've been off writing a book due to be entitled "Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic" and published this coming winter. I've been working on it since February
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in June 2014

    29 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    It should go without saying that under the heading of "what to do in June 2014", Philly Beer Week is right up there. Actually, you can get started on what to do in June and Philly Beer Week on Friday, May 30. The full list of scheduled events that fall under the "umbrella" of Philly Beer Week can be found over at the official site of PhillyBeerWeek.com. PhillyTapFinder.com has done yeoman's work
  • I'm still writing a book

    28 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I'll begin by wishing you, in advance, a Happy Philly Beer Week. And then excuse myself as the festivities roll on - without me this year. As I mentioned back in April, I'm off on a wild trip of writing "Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic". Really, it's been going on since February. It's even got cover artwork and my name on it, so it must be real, right? (see Amazon for a picture, description, and
 
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Pedernales Brewing Company's Robert Earl Keen Honey Pilsner

    Jeff Holt
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    If you don't follow Pedernales Brewing Company on Facebook, you may have missed this: It will be released on October 15, and should be available everywhere Pedernales Beers are sold by November 15. Another Robert Earl Keen beer will be released in May. In other news, the Classic Porter returns in November.
  • Guide to Austin Area Breweries

    Jeff Holt
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Austin Eater Just published a guide to Austin area breweries. It shows the breweries o n a map and also lists their tour and tasting information.
  • Heretic Evil Twin Clone 2

    Jeff Holt
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    This recipe requires hop extract, and the only place I've been able to find it is Northern Brewer. Two HopShot vials give you 100 IBUs, so you can focus on the aroma hops. So I went to Northern Brewer to order the ingredients. Turns out, if I add grains, hops and yeast to the order, I can only have it shipped second day UPS for $76! But, if I only get the hop shot, I can get $7.99 flat rate shipping. So I checked the hop selection at Austin Homebrew Supply, but they didn't have Apollo hops. Thank goodness for Beer, Beer and More Beer! They had Apollo hops, and even though the total was few…
  • Fredericksburg Brewing Company's 20th Anniversary

    Jeff Holt
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Twenty years ago yesterday, the Fredericksburg Brewing Company opened its doors. Last night they threw a birthday party, and invited the whole town. While you had to pay for your beer, the BBQ was free. When I went into the restaurant, I was handed a green pint glass koozie and a raffle ticket. There were 9 beers on tap for the event, Not So Dumb Blonde Ale, Enchanted Rock Red Ale, Peace Pipe Pale Ale, Pioneer Porter, Oktoberfest, Peach ale, Anniversary Ale, and . . . I forget the other two. I had the Oktoberfest (very good) and the Aniversary Ale, a DIPA (wonderful). I met a couple of young…
  • America's First 99 Pack

    Jeff Holt
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Austin Beer Works had a problem. Their Peace Maker Extra Pale Ale wasn't selling. People associated it with hoppier IPAs, but instead, it was and ale that was extra pale. Most people, unlike me, are not beer geeks, and we knew that. The brewery consulted their ad agency, Helms Workshop, who came up with an awesome idea: the 99 pack. Filmed at Austin's Library of Beers, Whip In, the ad shows two customers hoisting the 99 pack over their heads as they walk down two aisles. The corny little ad went global. My news clipper is full of The original 20 packs sold out. The brewery will do another…
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    Zythophile

  • Don’t tell London’s second-oldest brewery it’s London’s second-oldest brewery

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    If you point out to the chaps at Meantime Brewing Company that theirs is now the second-oldest independent brewery operation in London, they won’t be thanking you. Venerability is not something that appeals to Meantime’s core demographic of 25 to 40-year-olds. But it’s a fact that of the ten or so other breweries in the capital when the company’s founder, Alastair Hook, first fired up his brewing kettle on the outskirts of Greenwich in 2000, only the positively antiquarian Fuller, Smith and Turner further up the Thames at Chiswick is still going. Of course, in the past…
  • 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…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1315: We’ll Have To Go Hunting Again

    Jay Brooks
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, again from 1944. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, but after World War II began. This one is part of an award-winning series of ads they did during the war to help boost morale on the home... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Evan Rail

    Jay Brooks
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Today is the 42nd birthday of Evan Rail, expat American writer living, and writing about beer, in Prague, Czech Republic. Evan was born and raised in Fresno, but discovered his love for beer while attending U.C. Davis as a French and German literature major. While there, he spent his time at the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1314: Those Grilled Steaks

    Jay Brooks
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Monday’s ad is another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, again from 1944. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, but after World War II began. This one is part of an award-winning series of ads they did during the war to help boost morale on the home... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Larry Horwitz

    Jay Brooks
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today is also the birthday of Larry Horwitz, who is an award-winning regional brewer with Iron Hill Brewery, headquartered at their West Chester location. Larry was at Manayunk Brewery before joining the Iron Hill team ten years ago, in 2004, having gotten in his professional brewing start while in... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Berkeley Bar Proposes Not Serving Alcohol

    Jay Brooks
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Talk about your non-story. A new Kava bar set to open in Berkeley is planning on not serving alcohol and you’d think they had re-invented the light bulb. Between the bar’s own application claiming it “aims to be Berkeley’s first and only alcohol-alternative bar” and Alcohol... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
 
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Before CANvitational, get to know Sierra Nevada!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sierra Nevada is joining us for CANvitational once again. We're sure there is no need for an introduction. We've been enjoying their beers for quite some time, and they have a passion for beer that keeps us coming back for more! They'll feature their Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA at CANvitational.Head brewer, Terence Sullivan, answered a few questions for us so you could get to know them a little better.1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? Hippie Music. 2. What's your brewing mission...what are you trying to accomplish with your beer?  Quality, Quality,…
  • Before CANvitational, get to know WISEACRE Brewing Co.!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    WISEACRE Brewing Company is joining us for CANvitational this year! Brothers Davin & Kellan Bartosch have been on an extensive quest procuring top-notch experience from around the globe to deliver the best brewery possible in their groovy hometown of Memphis, TN. The brewery name comes from a term of endearment/scolding their grandmother used on the young troublemakers. So cute. You can look forward to enjoying the following WISEACRE beers at this year's CANvitational: Tiny Bomb, American PilsnerAnanda, IPATarasque, SaisonWe asked the Brewmaster, Davin Bartosch, the following…
  • Before Canvitational, get to know Piney River Brewing!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    We are pleased to have Piney River Brewing join us for Canvitational this year. Joleen and Brian Durham founded the brewery in 2010 in South Central Missouri. It started as a nano brewery (in a barn!) and has grown quickly. Their award winning beer is only distributed in Missouri and Arkansas, make sure you stop by to sample their brews and say hello!Get to know Piney River Brewing:1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? We listen to a WIDE range of music from Led Zeppelin to Nickel Creek. There's really no telling what you might hear playing in the brewery on any day, but…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Pumpkin Spice Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingOn tap now….We currently have Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, New Speedway IPA, Oktoberfest, PeterPaul Coconut Porter, After Midnight Mild on Nitro and Captain Trips American Wheat on tap. Upcoming we have Breakfast in America Oatmeal Stout and Harvest Moon Autumn Ale along with a Hoppy Red.Friday night, 9/12 8pm -  Eric Lambert is playing. Eric plays in and around Chicagoland and he brings his flatpickin tle to CWBC. On Saturday, 9/13 8pm - The Half Step Sisters are playing. Daredevil…
  • Before Canvitational, get to know DC Brau!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Geeks are excited to welcome DC Brau to Canvitational once again this year. We are also stoked they are bringing On the Wings of Armageddon, Imperial IPA...it's one of our favorites.  You'll be able to sample four brews at Canvitational. In addition to OTWOA, they'll also be pouring The Public (APA), The Corruption (IPA), and Pen Quarter Porter.Chris Graham, Lead Brewer, was kind enough to answer our six pack questions, so sit back, relax, and get to know DC Brau:1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck?Like a lot of breweries I know, we have a very eclectic mix of music…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • A Few New Chop & Brew

    chip
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    We’ve fallen a bit behind on posting new Chop & Brew episodes — so here’s a quick update for the homebrewers out there! Episode 28 “AHA Wort Rally Beer Tasting Notes” features a taste panel on four very different beers made from the same Double Black IPA wort donated to homebrewers by Lucid Brewing Company ...
  • Brews and Canoes: Beer Tasting and Awards Celebration

    ryan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What are you doing Wednesday?  Consider checking out Brews and Canoes at Aria in Minneapolis. Tickets are $30 in advanced and $40 at the door. Join the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Chowgirls Catering, and nine great breweries for a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Bent Paddle, Big Wood, Dangerous ...
  • Two New Breweries Go Live: Welcome Pryes Brewing Co. and Fair State Brewing Co-op

    ryan
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Over the course of the last week or so, two new breweries have launched product for the general public. Fair State delivered their first beer, a hefeweizen, to Grumpy’s NE last Monday. Their taproom is also open for business, though hours are a bit sporadic during their soft opening. And because one new brewery isn’t ...
  • Junkyard Brewery Taproom Kickstarter – Final Days

    ryan
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Confession: I have a soft spot in my heart for the Fargo-Moorhead area in my heart. As a kid, my parents transplanted us to lakes country – Fergus Falls, more specifically. The FM area was “the big city” in our area, and I cut my teeth in those two cities… checking out bands, girls, college ...
  • Brau Brothers Hopfest!

    ryan
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Brau Brothers Brewing Company will play host to their 1st Annual Hopfest this weekend, September 5-7. Each day music will be played on a stage set up outside the brewery in the parking lot, tours will be offered, the kitchen will have specials on food,  and beer, including a special release of Test Positive Ale*, ...
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • Hop Selection 2014

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    New this weekend at WineStyles in Sioux City's Lakeport Commons shopping area is La Petite Mort, a weizenbock brewed by Central Waters Brewing Company of Amherst, Wis., in collaboration with L…
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Callahan's Liquor in South Sioux City, Neb., has several new beers in:
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    4 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    New today at Callahan's Liquor in South Sioux City, Neb. is Saison Blanche, a golden farmhouse ale from Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, Iowa. Peace Tree's seasonal sweet corn saison, …
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    New today at Miller Liquor in North Sioux City, SD, is Black Forest Cherry, the fourth in August Schell Brewing Company's Noble Star Collection of Berliner Weisse-style beers. Also in is Schel…
  • Brew: New beers for Siouxland

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    A few new beers have arrived recently:
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • 2nd Shift Meet and Greet at Craft Beer Cellar

    Mike
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    2nd Shift Brewery has really ramped it up.  Not only do they put on some killer events and put up some special releases but they’re still making awesome beers as well. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton knows a good thing when they see it so they’re putting on a special event, September 19th, from 5-8PM featuring those cool beers from 2nd Shift. The line up will include: Dry Hopped Katy (Steve Crider is making a special one-time only dry hopped version of Katy. The only place that you can get this beer is at Craft Beer Cellar.) Hibiscus Wit Art of Neurosis CBC be offering up free…
  • 4 Hands Beer Dinner at Quincy St Bistro

    Mike
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    There are few restaurants in St. Louis that get more regular business from me than Quincy Street Bistro. Chef Rick Lewis turns out some tasty comfort food and has a pretty great selections of beers as well. What more can one ask for? How about a beer dinner with a tasty local brewer? Next Thursday, September 18th, QSB will be hosting a four-course beer dinner beginning at 7PM featuring 4 Hands Brewing Company. Tickets for this dinner are $40 each and reservations can be made by calling 314-353-1588.  Here’s a look at the menu:
  • Two Brothers Launch Party at Cicero’s

    Mike
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Everything old is new again as Cicero’s, is the launch location for the re-introduction of Two Brothers Brewing in St. Louis. Old?  Well yes, you see at one time we used to get Two Brothers if you were willing to cross the river into Illinois. But with the popularity of craft beer all over this fine nation, a lot of breweries like Two Brothers had to pull back and support their home market so it dried up for a little bit.  It roared back into Southern Illinois, but it’s now available in St. Louis as well. To welcome Two Brothers into STL, Cicero’s is throwing a launch…
  • Crown Valley Tap Takeover at O’Shay’s Pub

    Mike
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Being around positive people makes you realize that they take pleasure in new experiences. For instance I had my first chance to visit O’Shay’s Pub a few weeks ago. It’s a nice little pub on the edge of the Grove, right next door to the new UCBC facility. I also had a chance to try the Crown Valley Brewery Imperial Pumpkin Smash for the first time over the weekend. While I’ve always been impressed with the craftsmanship of Crown Valley’s beers, I may have found one of my new favorite pumpkin beers. It’s a wonderful mix of roasted barley that’s…
  • 4 Hands Tap Takeover at Cicero’s

    Mike
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Cicero’s, the original destination for craft beer in the Delmar Loop, is hosting 4 Hands Brewing tonight for a very special event.  Beginning at 7PM, 4 Hands will be taking over the taps at Cicero’s and as a very special treat, there will be a special tapping of a cask of Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Stout. There will be live music, giveaways, and specials on 4 Hands beer. So, beat the Tuesday blahs and head out to Cicero’s tonight.
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Accepting applications for Spring 2015 Sales & Marketing Interns

    Jonathan
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking sales and marketing interns for Spring 2015 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…
  • Buy your tickets now. Gun Show is here.

    Jonathan
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Our Black Tie Series is about to get a little beefier. Gun Show, a Belgian-style golden ale brewed with fresh pears, clocks in at 8%. Sweet, dry, and toned. Arrives Monday, 9/8. The post Buy your tickets now. Gun Show is here. appeared first on 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.
 
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Thirty Years!

    David
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    September 15, 1984. That's the day, thirty short years ago, that Colleen and I made our promise before God that we would spend the rest of our lives together. And it's been a wonderful and amazing thirty years. We've had our share of both joy and sadness. We've gone through times of plenty, as well as the inevitable lean periods. But whether we are experiencing immense happiness, or unimaginable sorrow, we have had each other to lean on.I cannot imagine my life without this beautiful lady. No matter what trials life may bring, I am thankful she is by my side. When life brings joy, I am…
  • Season's First Oktoberfest Bier

    David
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Even though they've been on the shelves for more than a few weeks, I had not yet opened any of the usual "fall seasonal" beers, the Harvest Ales, the Pumpkin Ales, and the Oktoberfest Bier. Colleen and I headed down to Deutschland Downtown Saturday evening to enjoy dinner in the Biergarten and to start the Oktoberfest tasting season. The restaurant's Facebook page noted they had "a few Oktoberfest biers that just arrived from Germany" and I was looking forward to enjoying a few Märzens with my dinner. Unfortunately, the European kegs need a special adaptor to hook up to the…
  • Five O'Clock Friday: Beer For Cold Nights

    David
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As the weather turns cooler, it's time to recall the sage advice of Cliff Clavin.Have a wonderful weekend. And stay warm. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Prayers For Our Nation

    David
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Today is a fitting day to reflect on the precipice at which we find ourselves. More so than in all of the last 13 years, our Nation sits vulnerable, with a failed leader and a citizenry afraid to confront the evil in front of us. Our enemy's tactic of crying "islamophobia" scares the meek into accepting and excusing barbarism. Too many Americans, even fellow Christians, are willing to coexist with evil. We see the result of a cooperation with evil in the genocide of Christians taking place in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Yet, the ignorant continue to make excuses and…
  • In Lieu of Content

    David
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Mesmerizing. Watch to the end. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Shepherd Neame Double Stout 5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    I recently reviewed Shepherd Neame's IPA, it's one of the cornerstones of their new 'classic' collection that includes today's brew, a 5% 'Double Stout'.
  • Status Quo Piledriver 4.3% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    I’ve written here at The Brewclub in the past about collaborations, we’ve had inter-brewery (and indeed international) collaborations, inter-generational collaborations, and collaborations between brewers and musicians. Surely this is a clear indication that brewing is the new rock and roll. I’m not sure where to start writing about Status Quo; while I don’t recall them […]
  • 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 […]
  • Michael Jackson ‘The Beer Hunter’ (27 Mar 1942 – 30 Aug 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.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • TTB Funding

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems to cover the powers that be, in the beer, wine and spirits industries (BI, WI, DISCUS, etc.). They, and TTB, seem to set TTB’s funding needs at $101 million, for 2015. The letter says “Since 2007, TTB has had to shrink its workforce by 10% ‐ more than 50 full‐time positions…
  • 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…
 
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 091614

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Today is Get Ready Day. This is a day to take steps to help prepare you and your family for the possibility of a disaster. This includes readiness for illnesses, natural disasters (floods, storms, fire, etc) and other emergencies. How prepared are you for an emergency? Take steps today to stock up on things you might need in case of an unexpected catastrophe. Speaking of stocking up, you can also use this day to stock up on your favorite craft beer. After all, you never know where your next beer might come from. Better stock up just to be sure. Here's what's happening around the Colorado…
  • Colorado Beer News 091514

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Today is Make a Hat Day. This is a day that celebrates the age old tradition of hat making. These days, most of our hats are manufactured oversees and are mass produced, but some locals still practice the art as crafters - making anything from beanies, cowboy hats or woven hats. Hats can be anything from plain and simple like a baseball hat or stylish and old-fashioned looking like a bowler, fedora or a top hat. Celebrate this day by wearing a hat of your choice. Doesn't matter what kind is it - simply wear what you have. And why not enjoy a craft beer today while wearing your hat. Here's…
  • Colorado Beer Releases September 8-14, 2014

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    September is here and the Fall beers are are making their debuts! Look for Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Fresh Hop beers to be prevalent. 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. If you look around, some of the last Summer brews are still around, but won't be for long. Plenty of festivals still around. Look for these beers on tap at a brewery, bar or fest near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may…
  • Colorado Beer News 091214

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Today is Video Games Day. Embrace your inner nerd today and break out your old video games and have some fun. Play them on your phone, your tablet, your PC or even on your big screen TV with a console. Whether they be the latest 3D super realistic kind or a retro 8-bit classic, have some fun with them today along with your favorite craft beer. After all, video games aren't just for kids. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 12th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer…
  • Loveland prepares for this year's Oktoberfest

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Loveland Oktoberfest on Sept. 20, Combines Traditional German Flair with Colorado Style Entertainment and BeerTickets still available for event’s evening concert featuring Flobots, Proverbial and The Epilogues at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre.[PRESS RELEASE] LOVELAND, Colo. – Sept 11, 2014 – Loveland’s signature Colorado style Oktoberfest is just around the corner with a great new venue and high-profile entertainment lineup. Set for Sat. Sept. 20 at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, Loveland Oktoberfest will feature a free community festival with Colorado craft beer, food, contests,…
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    USABeerTrends

  • 25 Years of Odell Brewing

    USABeerTrends
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    From our friends at Odell: Brewery celebrates anniversary with week of tap room events! Fort Collins, CO – This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week.  180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a…
  • 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…
 
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • 4th Annual OMSI After Dark: Brewfest

    D.J. Paul
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about the science that goes into beer? Well OMSI has you covered at their upcoming 4th Annual OMSI After Dark: Brewfest on Wednesday, September 24th from 6:00 to 10:00pm. OMSI After Dark: Brewfest is where one can come to not just drink the beer but to learn about […]
  • Coalition Brewing’s Fresh Hop Release Party

    D.J. Paul
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Portland’s Coalition Brewing will be hosting a Fresh Hop Release Party on Saturday, September 20th at their brewery’s new taproom. Coalition will be featuring five of their very own fresh hop beers from 2:00 to 9:00pm. Oregon’s fresh hop season is upon us and Coalition Brewing will be releasing five of their latest beers that […]
  • CouchTrippin’ To NOLA with Lagunitas Brewing at Doug Fir Lounge

    D.J. Paul
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lagunitas Brewing is traveling the United States and going CouchTrippin‘ all the way to New Orleans. This leg kicks off in Portland on Friday, September 19th at the always entertaining Doug Fir Lounge. The Portland stop on the CouchTrippin’ tour will feature Little Hurricane and Possessed by Paul James. Best of all tickets are free […]
  • The Wedge Returns on October 4th

    D.J. Paul
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Wedge will make its annual return to Portland on Saturday, October 4th. Once again The Wedge will be held out in front of the Green Dragon with a VIP Hour beginning at 11:00am and general admission from Noon to 5:00pm. The Wedge is an event for all ages that will feature artisan, specialty and […]
  • The Craft Beer Boom Discussion at The Green Dragon

    D.J. Paul
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Over the coarse of the past 30 years the state of Oregon has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the globe. As of today there are 188 breweries that call Oregon home and this number seems to be growing every month. With all of this growth there […]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • What the Maine beer scene still needs

    Carla Companion
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    I spend a lot of time talking with people about the beer scene in Maine, and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Every once and a while, the topic of “what’s missing” comes up, and I’ve finally collected thoughts from many beer-fueled conversations. Here is a list of seven things that I’ve come up with.
  • Rising Tide’s Calcutta Cutter re-awakens hop cravings

    Carla Companion
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Calcutta Cutter is the Imperial India Pale Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company, and the latest batch was released only a about a week ago. The other night I casually ordered one off the menu at Arcadia National Bar, and it was delivered to me in a mason-jar style glass. I walked back to where my friends were playing Cards Against Humanity before I took the first sip – and then I had a moment.
  • Tributary Brewing Company beer starts flowing Saturday

    Carla Companion
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    One side effect of the rapid proliferation of craft breweries : Breweries in Maine don’t get to hold the title of “Maine’s Newest Brewery” very long. Barreled Souls in Saco opened on July 19 and held the title for three weeks, and Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington reigned as the “newest” for a slightly longer 27 days. And now, the torch is passing to the long-awaited Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery, lead by former Portsmouth Brewery and Harpoon Brewing Company brewer Tod Mott. Tod and his wife and co-owner Galen will open Tributary Saturday, bringing Maine’s total number of…
  • Brewers reap fresh Maine hop crop

    Carla Companion
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Thanks to Maine hop growers, this year’s hop harvest will be the largest in nearly 100 years, providing Maine craft brewers with ingredients for creating “fresh hopped” beers. [Read more...]
  • 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]
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  • Keg Types: Sanke vs. Corny Kegs

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

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

    Gerard Walen
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    News release DOWNINGTOWN, PA, September 3, 2014 – Philadelphia area-based Victory Brewing Company is announcing the brewery’s plans to open an additional brewpub, Victory at Courthouse Square, in Leesburg, Virginia. Slated to open in the second quarter of 2016, the restaurant will expand the service footprint of Victory while directly supporting the positive image of the burgeoning company and its products through direct hospitality services The brewpub will span three floors at Courthouse Square, an exciting L4 Capital Partners development comprising 112,000 square feet of office and…
  • 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…
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  • Wingman Brewers hosting Made in Tacoma on Saturday

    Kendall Jones
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. - by Casey McLain, South Sound Bureau Chief - The first day I walked into Wingman Brewers was more than two years ago. Head Brewer Ken Thoburn and Wingman friend Jason were transferring fermented wort from their fermenter to an oak barrel followed by peanut butter, and I quickly became aware of two things: Wingman Brewers is doing more than making beer in the transactional sense, and Wingman Brewers is Tacoma, and Tacoma is Wingman Brewers. Before I ever wrote for Washington Beer Blog I was curious, and I had asked Ken if he felt like he…
  • Resistance is Futile: AB Inbev Will Assimilate SABMiller

    Kendall Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Saturday, Heineken announced that it rejected an overture from London-based beer giant SABMiller. One of those merger-acquisition things you hear about on TV that seems alien to our world of small, privately owned craft breweries. The overture was intended to help SABMiller fend off a possible takeover. Now, SABMiller is considering its next steps to avoid being assimilated by AB Inbev. The story has been widely reported by media sources around the world. Unless another big player, like Diageo Plc or Carlsberg A/S wants to step in and work…
  • Washington Breweries Bring Home Medals from International Beer Cup

    Kendall Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The winners of the 2014 International Beer Cup were announced on Saturday. Two Washington breweries brought home hardware: Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact Brewing. The International Beer Cup, held each year in Yokohama, Japan, attracts more than 600 beers from 25 countries. The beers are judged by a panel of more than 60 judges from 20 countries. Medals are awarded in 105  style categories. Ellie, Matt, and Heather McClung. Winning! Schooner Exact 3 Grid IPA won a silver medal in the American-Style India Pale Ale category. King Street…
  • Bellingham Beer Week: Beer Dinner at The Local

    Kendall Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Bellingham Beer Week officially kicked off last Friday and runs through Sunday, September 21st. All five of Bellingham’s breweries, along with regional breweries, beer bars, restaurants, and retailers, are hosting events. Now in its third year, the object of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate the city’s growing craft beer scene. Visit the official website to learn more. Here is information we received from Chuckanut Brewery about a beer dinner on Wednesday, September 17th: Chuckanut & Menace Beer Dinner at the Local Chuckanut…
  • Naked City and Band in Seattle Announce Fall Lineup

    Kendall Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I don’t know about you, but for me just about any excuse to visit Naked City Brewery is a good one. Band in Seattle and Naked City happily announce the autumn lineup of artist performing in the Screening Room. These shows are taped and then appear on Band in Seattle, Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. on CW11 KSTW (channel 11). Here is the announcement from Naked City. The Naked Sessions Concert Series Stellar Fall Line-Up Features Galen from Pickwick, Tomo Nakayama, and Anna Tivel When: Galen from Pickwick – 8pm, Saturday, September 27,…
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  • Thirst for knowledge, College offers minor in craft beer studies

    Patsy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Talk about a thirst for knowledge! A new course of study is available at Paul Smith’s College: craft beer studies and operations. The rural upstate New York school will offer the brand-new minor starting this fall as a way for students to tap into careers in micro and craft brewing, the college announced. Coursework for the minor will include business courses in management, marketing and advertising, as well as classes specific to the business of beer. “Although hands-on, practical brewing will be an aspect of the minor, the main intent is not to create beer brewers,” said Professor Joe…
  • Italian police foil attempt at ‘world’s greatest wine fraud’

    Patsy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Officers seize over 165,000 litres alleged scammers planned to sell as renowned Brunello. Italian police foiled an attempted scam aimed at passing off over 165,000 litres of cheap red wine as one of the country’s most famous, which usually sells for between €35 and €500 a bottle. Finance police recently blocked the intended “sting” and sequestered 165,457 litres of red wine stored in canteens around Siena,Tuscany after they were tipped off by the Brunello di Montalcino producers consortium. They estimate that the whole sting could have earned up to €5 million. The scam in this…
  • Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

    Patsy
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and wine. While the multimillion dollar Pelter Winery in northern Israel begins each morning harvesting fruit, nearby Syrian rebels and government troops exchange gunfire. Israel occupied this strategic plateau from Syria in the 1967 war. And the region —…
  • Brewbot allows you to download, brew & drink beer right in your own home

    Patsy
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It’s not easy getting that same craft beer experience at home as it is from a bar or a brewery. Your choices are pretty much buying some craft beer in a six-pack or installing a fancy schmancy set of taps in your house, which isn’t cheap. Neither of these options really capture the flavor and uniqueness of a well-crafted beer. But who says we can’t have our beer and drink it too? This is the digital age where someone is always thinking up some crazy gadget to make our lives easier, better and tastier. That’s where Brewbot comes in. Brewbot is a machine and app that…
  • Craft Beer Pairings for Poutine. Bon Appetit!

    Patsy
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Right up there with key lime pie, cilantro, and olives, poutine is a “you either love it or hate it” kind of dish. Most people, however, seem to fall squarely on the “love it” side of this plate of crispy, hot French fries topped with beef gravy and fresh cheese curds. And while a plate of poutine usually comes after a night of drinking, a cold beer also makes a fine accompaniment alongside it, so here are six craft beers to pair with your poutine. Bon appétit! Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Quebec is the homeland of poutine, and its strong, malty Belgian ales and hearty stouts can get…
 
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  • Washington Celebrates Oktoberfest 2014

    Bean
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Don’t confuse Oktoberfest with the month of October. Oktoberfest “officially” runs runs from noon on Saturday, September 20th through Sunday October 5th 2014. In Washington, you can expect Oktoberfest/Octoberfest activities from now until the end of October. Washington does LOVE its beer!  I try to be thorough as I can but I always miss something. If you know of one that I am missing, please add it in the comments. Thanks and Prost! Sept 19-21 Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest Fremont Oktoberfest is one of the biggest and most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in the…
  • Do you have YOUR bottles of Black Raven Unabridged yet?

    Bean
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    On Monday, Black Raven Brewing released UNABRIDGED, an eagerly anticipated collaboration brew with Stone Brewing. The Unabridged is a wine barrel aged Saison with sumo mandarin oranges and acacia. Unabridged Saison The above is an accurate description of this Washington beer but it doesn’t do this delicious saison any justice. Light golden in color, this is a dry and refreshing beer. Traditionally saison were the original “after work” beer given to farm workers coming from the fields. As such it was designed to be low alcohol and ultra refreshing. Black Raven and Stone…
  • Craft Beer + Food = More Tickets?

    Bean
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    More tickets will be released, on Thursday September 18th, for the sold out  Craft Beer + Food Event. Craft Beer + Food is an unique food and beer pairing event in which  chefs and brewers work together to create a beer and culinary partnership to excite your senses: eyes, nose and mouth. When tickets were released last month for the 4th annual Craft Beer + Food Event, the tickets sold out in  only three days. Kendall Jones, one of the organizers, is pleased to announce that additional tickets will be available for $40 online. starting on Thursday 9/18/14. Two new restaurants will be…
  • It’s Time to Celebrate Merlot Again

    Nancy
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Ten years ago a certain movie made drinking Merlot uncool. Today, Merlot is regaining its former status as a noble grape. One of the Washington wineries championing the revival of Merlot is Woodinville based EFESTE. This coming weekend, you can join the EFESTE family in commemorating the revival of Merlot as a great variety while celebrating the ten year anniversary of the movie, Sideways! Since the winery’s September 2013 release of the wine Upright, crafted from 100% Klipsun Vineyard Merlot, the bold red has received raves from consumers and critics alike, earning 92 points and “Cellar…
  • Where in the world is Ebony tonight?

    Bean
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Who knows where in the wine beer world is Ebony rocking out tonight? Where is Ebony? Look closely at the horns on her head for your clue!
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  • 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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  • Miller Lite Brings Back Its White Label, Possibly Also Its Mojo

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

    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]
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  • 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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  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
 
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  • Northern Craft Beer Festival

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    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Sponsored postBeer festival season is definitely upon as this weekend sees major beer new festivals hitting both Brisbane and Melbourne.Melbourne’s takes place in the confines (no pun intended) of D Division at Pentridge Prison, in the shadow of its famous gallows.Unlike many of the festivals cropping up, entry price comes in the form of a gold coin donation and all profits will be going to Melbourne City Mission.DetailsWalk through one of Australia’s more famous prisons and now notorious beer gardens and indulge in a fantastic journey of sampling and tasting some of the best craft…
  • ElbowSkin Presents From Beer to Eternity

    Media Release
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    A time traveling journey through the history of beer7000 years ago, something amazing happened that would save lives, empower women, and lubricate the gears of society. This magnificent, golden elixir of life, they called “beer”. Musical comedy duo ElbowSkin present a journey through the history of beer with their new show, ‘From Beer to Eternity”, produced by The Croft Collective and performed at the enchanting Butterfly Club. Join Dave and Ern for a hilarious night of astonishing discoveMelbourne musical comedy duo “ElbowSkin” started entertaining crowds in their high school…
  • Cider reigns at annual Australian Cider Festival

    Media Release
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Cider reigns at the third annual Australian Cider FestivalMedia ReleaseCider Australia is busily brewing up the best mix of cider, food and entertainment to ensure that its up-coming festival is the biggest and best yet.More than 1500 people are expected to flock to the Australian Cider Festival, which will for the first time be held in Melbourne, on October 11 and 12.The weekend celebration will be a relaxed affair to follow on from the industry’s major awards ceremony on the Friday night.The festival, to be held at Ormond Hall at The Village, will feature up to 30 stalls with dozens of…
  • Opportunities to volunteer at the Craft Beer Awards

    Media Release
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The CBIA is holding the inaugural Craft Beer Awards – The best of Australian brewing in Sydney during Sydney Craft Beer Week.This is a major undertaking and we need some help from passionate beer lovers.There are a number of jobs available from sorting the entries to stewarding at the judging to helping out at the awards ceremony. These are outlined below.In return for your help we’ll give you a t-shirt, look after any meals when you’re with us, send you home with a box of beer at the end of the day and provide a half-price ticket to the CBA presentation ceremony on the 24th of October…
  • Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse Opens

    Media Release
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse — NOW OPENMedia ReleaseThere’s an exciting addition to the Yarra Valley landscape, an innovative approach to an old structure, a breath of life into history.The Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse is a newly opened, creative space where we develop, make and share small, fresh batches of Napoleone cider and beer.Built from the foundations of a 19th century dairy on the Napoleone family property, the stunning views to the surrounding hills, orchards and vines are matched inside by views through to the working brewery.The overall feeling is of harmonious and…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Piraat beer sponsors Talk Like a Pirate Day contest

    mwisdom562
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    The First Coast has had its share of pirates and pirate invasions. On any given day, pirate impersonators can be found strolling the streets of St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach is practically overrun by the Captain Jack Sparrow look-alikes during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. So, it is only logical that the internationally recognized “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” held annually on September 19, is a big deal in this part of Florida. The importer of Piraat beer, Global Beer Network, have taken the fun of the day one step further by sponsoring a contest that asks beer and pirate…
  • New craft beer web series launched by Travel Channel

    mwisdom562
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you like learning about microbreweries around the country, but do not want to invest a lot of time, the Travel Channel has a new web series you should check out. “Microbrew Madness” episodes are only six minutes long each, but the producers pack a plethora of information in each. There are 16 episodes currently available. Each episode features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (TravelChannel.com’s “Girls Gone Bayou”), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (TravelChannel.com’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer…
  • Oktoberfest infographic tells all

    mwisdom562
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    It’s that magical time of the year when men don their lederhosen and women doll up in their dirndls. Yes, Oktoberfest draws near and the folks at Home Brew West in Ireland have put together an infographic that provides you with all you could ever want to know abut the world’s largest festival. Visit Home Brew West’s website here. Prost!   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…
  • Aardwolf to celebrate one year of great beer

    mwisdom562
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    It seems like just yesterday rumors began flying around the local craft beer scene that Michael Payne, the mastermind behind Pinglehead Brewing Company, and Preben Olsen, formerly the beer byer or Grassroots Market in Five Points were collaborating on a brewery. In those days the thought was something of a dream; two great beer minds coming together to bring even more great craft beer to the burgeoning Jacksonville scene. The brewery was dubbed Aardwolf and the duo set out to take local tap rooms and beers up a notch. Tomorrow the realization of the dream celebrates its one-year anniversary…
  • Julie Watkins posts first ‘Beercast’

    mwisdom562
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    You might remember Julie Watkins from her 15 years as a meteorologist on Jacksonville, Florida’s Action News on WTEV channel 4. Or you might know her from her activist group Girls Gone Green. Or, maybe you saw her on ‘I Know Jax,’ a local entertainment program that airs on Jacksonville’s CW17. Where ever you know her from, she is no doubt a busy woman. And now, add to her growing resume of jobs – beer podcaster. Well, maybe not, but take a few minutes to listen to her on the Green Bean Podcast for an entertaining look at veganism, vegan booze and other all things, eyeliner on men.
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    Brewbound.com

  • Anheuser-Busch Issues Statement on NFL Sponsorship

    Chris Furnari
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    On the heels of what may go down as the worst week in the history of the National Football League (NFL), one of its largest sponsors, Anheuser-Busch (A-B), is speaking out. A-B issued a statement Tuesday expressing concern over the NFL’s handling of recent off-field incidents involving active players who are alleged to have abused women and children. “We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the statement read. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own…
  • Dogfish Head Embarks on Distillery Expansion

    Chris Furnari
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Twin pot stills like these will be installed at Dogfish Head's new distillery Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head are investing in a growing craft spirits segment. Calagione, who described the recent influx of small-batch spirit producers as a “revolution,” believes Dogfish, the company he founded in 1995, has an opportunity to once again extend the brand outside of the beer category. The company is making a seven-figure investment in the growing spirits segment and will take its small-scale distilling operation — which currently lives in a corner of the company’s coastal Delaware…
  • New Belgium Announces Fall Lineup

    Press Release
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Ft. Collins, Colo. – As summer changes over to fall, New Belgium Brewing unveils its new line-up for the cooler weather. Pumpkick is back after debuting in 2013, this time with new artwork, but the same spices and bite of bitterness. This beer encompasses all that is fall, pouring a festive orange color with a slight haze and finishing quick and dry. Pumpkick is a spiced ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It has a unique, tart kick from cranberries and a hint of lemongrass. Added oats cream up the mouthfeel, making this anything but your typical pumpkin beer. Pumpkick…
  • Victory Expands Distribution Throughout Nevada

    David Eisenberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Victory Brewing will expand distribution throughout Nevada per an agreement with Southern Wine & Spirits, the brewery announced yesterday. The company, based in Downingtown, Pa., plans to launch in Nevada on September 20. The state will be the 35th in Victory’s distribution footprint. “Nevada has a huge craft beer culture,” Steve German, Victory’s vice president of sales and marketing said in a press release. “We’ve had many requests to bring our beer to the area and are extremely excited we can finally oblige.” Victory will first hit the new market with its core and…
  • NBWA Convention to Feature Panel Discussion on ‘Main Street Fueling Wall Street’

    Press Release
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 77th Annual Convention will take place September 28 – October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the general session on Tuesday, September 30, President of G&M Distributors, Inc. Adam Vitale will moderate the panel, “Main Street Fueling Wall Street.” Participants include: Mike Mazzoni, Former President, Barton Beers, Ltd. and Senior Partner, SEEMA INTERNATIONAL Benj Steinman, Publisher and Editor, Beer Marketer’s INSIGHTS, Inc. Trevor Stirling, Analyst, Sanford C.
 
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Hotel Zetta, San Francisco, CA

    Rachel Wexler
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    This place is at the nexus of business and party. Like a mullet. But a hell of a lot sexier.  Aside from their contemporary-meets-nature-inspired guest ...
  • Photo Essay: Raff Distillerie

    Rachel Wexler
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    We spent the day with Carter Raff, of Raff Distillerie, as he prepared a batch of his absinthe. He also hand crafts small batches of ...
  • Jean Charles Boisset, An Interview

    Cornelius Geary
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Pardon the exhausted cliche, but Jean Charles Boisset is the embodiment of the American dream. Coming into a modest French wine-producing operation at birth, he ...
  • A Brand Re-Vision: The Artist’s Whiskey Decanter

    Rachel Wexler
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    We’ve all seen a whiskey decanter. It’s cut glass or crystal, full of class, and a cobwebby blast from the past. It’s short and stubby ...
  • Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition

    Rachel Wexler
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Only 775 decanters of this liquid gold are available come their release this November. Each bottle runs for $16,000 and commemorates the 140th anniversary of ...
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    2 Noble Dogs Brewing

  • Are you a Beer Guru?

    2nobledogs
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Probably. But, who knows? I have been a fan of craft beer since the mid 90’s when I was first introduced to a style of beer called “India Pale Ale”. You’ve probably heard of it ;-). Anyway, soon after that I started homebrewing. I bought my first extract kit and the rest is history. So, […]
  • The Next Barrel Aging Project

    2nobledogs
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Well, the next James River Homebrewers barrel project is well under way. Several weeks ago a handful of us that got together at Original Gravity during the Big Brew a few weeks ago to brew a robust porter. The porter was to go into the bourbon barrel won by JRHBer Alan Sepkowski (Shiny Head Brewer) […]
  • Beer Gun Bottling

    2nobledogs
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    It’s time to send off your bottles to the National Homebrew Competition. So, I broke out the Blichmann Beer Gun and got to bottling.  If you keg your beer a beer gun is not an absolute necessity but its pretty damn close. It makes to process of transferring your beer from the keg to a […]
  • DIY: Mash Paddle

    2nobledogs
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:00 am
    I’ve had a few folks ask me about the mash paddles I make and sell at Original Gravity. I know the last ones went off the shelves months ago and I haven’t had a chance to get them restocked. So, another brewer reached out to me on Homebrewtalk.com asking if I still made them and […]
  • 2 Noble Dogs – The Inside Fluff

    2nobledogs
    28 Apr 2013 | 3:03 pm
    You may have noticed that I have not been posting with any measurable regularity recently. I have no real good reason for this other than my work has picked up quite a bit and we have been going through a few family changes recently. As a lot of you know we lost one of our […]
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    Brew Dudes

  • Harvest Lager Recipe

    John
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    What do you do when you have nearly a pound of fresh, homegrown whole hop cones in your possession?  Well, you try to figure out how to brew with them. These photos are of one of the bags at weigh in. I have three more just like it and more on the way:   I have brewed several beers with the hops I have grown in my back yard, both ales and lagers.  This year, I am going to try to brew a well hopped lager with a simple grain bill. I am trying to showcase the hops this time around.  Since my harvest consists of German-like varieties (with a USA twist!), the idea of a Sam Adams Boston…
  • Brew in a Bag Review

    Mike
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    We brewed our first batch of beer using brew in a bag techniques!  I will say that it felt foreign and strange to only have one burner and one pot.  We also only brewed one gallon batches for our White vs. Red Wheat BIAB experiment, so that contributed to the not quite right feel of the day.  What follows is a summation of our impressions of brew in a bag. Let me start with this caveat before the BIAB hate mail starts coming. Overall, I think we both enjoying trying new brewing techniques. Playing with something like brew in a bag helps put our regular practice of making beer in a…
  • Home Grown Hops Harvest 2014

    John
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Year 5 of growing hops has proved to be a banner year for the harvest. My brother and I have finally have a yield that measures up to the ones I have read about online. It didn’t start out that way. The death of my Cascade hops plant was a big setback, but we didn’t give up. The weather was great this summer and our experience helped to turn it around. Magnum Hops Recap This year was an experimental year for the Magnum hops. The first change going into this growing season was the elimination of the big tree that was near the plant and was used for the hops to climb up to their…
  • Brew Stand Update #3

    Mike
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The last critical piece for completing the third burner on my brew stand came in the mail Tuesday afternoon! So I quickly finished up the last of the plumbing, did a little upgrade and the brew stand is ready! Having the third and final burner done is a great relief. I was starting to worry and feel that I was focusing to much on HOW I was brewing rather that ACTUALLY brewing. To combat that front I took the stand in its two burner state and did a little test brew on Saturday morning. Just a quick and easy single infusion session. American Cream Ale was the recipe. Overall I am happy with how…
  • White Beer Brewing Session

    John
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There are a few styles that I really want to brew right. Witbier is one that I have brew a few times and I have not been satisfied with any of my efforts. Last Saturday, I gave it a try again. I bought a kit from Northern Brewer because it was there and it was an easy click to put in my online shopping cart. Unfortunately, I bought the wrong yeast so I had the awesome idea of cultivating yeast from commercial beers. I bought three different versions of witbiers and made starters with the dregs of each. 2 of the 3 showed some activity so I used those two in my beer. The kit itself had simple…
 
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Novare Res Bier Café invites actor Bill Murray out for drinks

    Chad Lothian
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, Maine doesn’t mess around when it comes to craft beer and craft beer events, you never quite know what’s coming down the line until the poster is revealed and the next great event is in the works. This is the newest poster, an open invite to Bill Murray: “We would like to cordially invite you to come visit and have a few beers with us.” Not just any beers mind you, Bill Murray inspired beers brewed specifically for this Portland Beer Week event by local Maine brewers. With Bill Murray’s catalog of films there should be no lack of inspiration for…
  • What is a Growler? and other growler questions answered

    Chad Lothian
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    In the past I’ve written about laws concerning growler fills, how to clean your growler and I’ve even reviewed a stainless steel growler but I haven’t spent any time explaining “what is a growler?” and some of the basics surrounding them. Growler: A reusable vessel that’s purpose is to transport beer (possibly cider, Kombucha) from keg to home. In Maine these are 32 or 64oz glass bottles or could be stainless steel depending on the brewery. The Name: I’ve heard two origin stories, the most common is that in the late 1800’s beer to go was transported from the saloon to home…
  • French Islands dark past: illegal homebrew during prohibition

    Chad Lothian
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Maine’s prohibition history dates between 1851 and 1934 , considerably longer than Federal Prohibition that lasted from 1920-1933. It appears that some ambitious homebrewers played an unsavory role during Maine’s dry years. While browsing through Penobscot Times archives online I found an article written nearly 74 years ago by Stan Eames, published October 17, 1940, six years after alcohol became legal in Maine. The article is about two men, Peter Russell and Alex Taylor who were arraigned on charges of illegal possession of “Domestic Beer” or homebrew; both men pleaded guilty,…
  • 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…
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    Beer Infinity

  • CAMRA Festival to return to Minehead this weekend (September 13 and 14)

    Beer Infinity
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    CAMRA Festival to return to Minehead this weekend (September 13 and 14) Somerset County Gazette MINEHEAD Railway Station plays host to the Campaign for Real Ale's 15th annual Real Ale and Cider Festival this weekend. The CAMRA festival offers over 100 real ales served straight from the barrel, from Somerset breweries, including beers sp ...
  • “Ohhhh wowwww, that is Barbie pink” – Sumac Me Feel Like a Natural Saison

    Beer Infinity
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    It started with a stapler. Leith’s Pilot Beer have a long-held, and oft-stated, love affair with their Rapesco office hardware. I’ve yet to come across a brewery Twitter account, in my experience, with more of an affinity for thunking pieces of paper together. And yet, it turns out they are not alone. Following a chance ... The post ...
  • Best pubs for real ale revealed in CAMRA’s 2015 Good Beer Guide – including …

    Beer Infinity
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Cambridge News Best pubs for real ale revealed in CAMRA's 2015 Good Beer Guide - including ... Cambridge News Twenty-six pubs in Cambridgeshire made it into the 42nd edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide for 2015 alongside 4,500 from across the country. And once again, the Queen's Head in Newton secured its regular spot in the guide, maki ...
  • LETTER: CAMRA is trying to get loophole closed

    Beer Infinity
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Mid Sussex Times LETTER: CAMRA is trying to get loophole closed Mid Sussex Times In the meantime CAMRA has commissioned a report into the situation, which is published at http://www.lgiu.org.uk/publications/public-houses/. This report has apparently been sent to all councils, and suggests measures that can be taken by protestors ...
  • Day Block Brewing launches “Growler for Good” program

    Beer Infinity
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Every month Day Block Brewing will choose an eligible nominee to be rewarded with beer, swag, and a gift certificate. Growler for Good is a new program the brewpub has launched to give back and reward folks for taking an active role in their community. Day Block Brewing launches “Growler for Good” program appeared first on Minnesota ...
 
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • SURGE is Back!

    Brew Review Crew
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Before I ever tried my first beer, I was infatuated with another drink, SURGE.  Ron might chalk this one up to my “addictive personality”, but I like to say that I just have great taste.  When SURGE came out in the mid 90′s, there was no other drink I wanted.  I would walk to the corner store every day and pay the $0.55 for my can of citrus magic.  I hurdled the curbs when I crossed the street as if I was leaping over couches.  I raced friends to the door as they tried to push me aside, but nothing was stopping me from reaching my fix, I just needed to “feed…
  • Short’s Strawberry Shortcake

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    My God! It feels as though I have not written a review in FOREVER. As a teacher, the beginning of the year is always pure madness. As a teacher who has started at a new school, with new kids, and teaching a new course, it is downright insanity. As much as I hate to admit it, reviewing beer has been the LAST thing I’ve been able to do. Wedding planning, grading papers, and the start of the NFL season has left me in near-comatose exhaustion levels. I have been yearning, wishing, DREAMING about getting back to beer, and today, a rare night with NO grading, I have returned. I have been…
  • Mars – Bells Brewery – The Planets

    Brew Review Crew
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    by The post Mars – Bells Brewery – The Planets appeared first on 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…
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co. Coffee Milk Stout

    John Fahrner
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Stone Brewing Co. is known for making big beers with big flavors.  Most of the Stone stouts that come out through the year, such as their Imperial Russian Stout or Woot Stout, stick to the big flavor big ABV and big bottle trend that the brewery is known for.  Coffee Milk Stout (much like Go To IPA earlier this year) bucks the trend and the result is a success. Stone’s Coffee Milk Stout is a modern spin on a…
  • Griffin Claw Brewing Co. Review

    John Fahrner
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan The Michigan craft beer scene is ever expanding, it seems like every other day we hear about either a new brewery or new beer to peak our interest as a craft beer consumer.  Just recently Griffin Claw Brewing celebrated their 1 year anniversary as a brew pub and it’s not at all hard for me to say that they have earned a spot as one of my favorite brew pubs in the state. Located in Birmingham Michigan Griffin Claw…
  • Cheboygan Brewing Co. – Meet the Team 2 of 2

    David Sommbeer
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    You know what make’s a great team?  A common focus.  The Cheboygan brewing team has one common goal and that’s to make great beer.  They also work to make their customers feel welcome. So ……I had been doing that twitter thing with the brewery for weeks and was surprised at the personal touch they seemed to convey through a social media tool that can otherwise be rather dry for company accounts.   In fact, my first tweet in their direction resulted in a customized response…
  • 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

    David Sommbeer
    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…
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