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  • Are you transporting your growlers in a legal way?

    If My Coaster Could Talk
    Chad Lothian
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This is a protect yourself blog post, I’ve done quite a bit of reading in regards to Maine liquor laws and at some point I ended up looking at the open container laws and realized that I’ve been in violation without even knowing it. I’m not talking about drinking and driving here either, that’s a separate problem, you can be in violation of the open container laws without ever having taken a drink. Let’s start by looking at the definition of “Open Alcoholic Beverage Container”, from Title 29-A, Chapter 19, Subchapter 2: §2112-A. Open container; drinking in a vehicle…
  • Oskar Blues Brewery acquires Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Co.

    Press Release
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Press Release: (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Comstock Park, MI) – Colorado and North Carolina-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company have taken craft beer collaboration to the next level and announced the acquisition of the Comstock Park, Michigan native brewery. The two breweries kicked off their relationship in 2014 with a collaboration lager that brought brewers together in both Colorado and Michigan. That brew has developed into a partnership aligning the years of large scale growth, expansion experience and resources of Oskar Blues with the opportunities of…
  • Nobody Wants to Drink Michelob Ultra, Not Even the People in the Ad

    Booze News
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We’ve all been there: you’re hanging out at the beach with some buds—apparently just after a softball game or some other lame reason for you to all be wearing the same t-shirt—and you want to crack open some frosty beers to celebrate the fact that you’re all young, moderately good-looking and on a beach. And then, the worst: you realize the idiot you put in charge of bringing beer brought Michelob Ultra. So, exasperated, no one opens their beer. You can see in the photo that no one is enthused except the jerk who brought the crappy beer. The offender, on the far left in the yellow…
  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog
    Robert C. Lehrman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
      It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the heart of Bourbon Country is roughly the last place for a product such as this to thrive. And yet, the guy loitering and smoking out front advised it is an excellent product and will get one messed up almost as good as the illegal stuff. The display had about 40 jars of the product, in…
  • From Sierra Nevada, a Taproom in North Carolina

    NYT > Beer
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Sierra Nevada opened a taproom and restaurant in Mills River, N.C., this month, with 23 beer taps and a food menu that showcases ingredients from regional farms.
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  • Oskar Blues Brewery acquires Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Co.

    Press Release
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Press Release: (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Comstock Park, MI) – Colorado and North Carolina-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company have taken craft beer collaboration to the next level and announced the acquisition of the Comstock Park, Michigan native brewery. The two breweries kicked off their relationship in 2014 with a collaboration lager that brought brewers together in both Colorado and Michigan. That brew has developed into a partnership aligning the years of large scale growth, expansion experience and resources of Oskar Blues with the opportunities of…
  • Prairie BOMB and 65 more beers now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Best Damn Beer Shop launched an online craft beer shop offering delivery back before the holidays. The selection continues to get better everyday and the shop is finally back on BeerPulse. Check out the list below of top beers. Browse the full beer selection or check out the homebrew supplies selection. Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for bi-weekly new beer alerts.
  • Cider Summit SF expands to The Presidio for second annual event

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Sponsored Press Release: (San Francisco, CA) – SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit festival to The Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. The second annual Bay Area event will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, adjacent to the Main Post. Cider Summit San Francisco is presented by Whole Foods Market and will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane, and the California Cider & Perry Association.
  • Hi-Wire Brewing reveals Biltmore Village as location for future Asheville facility

    Press Release
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Press Release: (Asheville, NC) – This July, Hi-Wire Brewing will open a 26,000 square foot production facility in Biltmore Village, Asheville, North Carolina. Now that the arrival of their new 30 barrel brewhouse is imminent, Hi-Wire Brewing is pleased to announce that their new facility is located in Biltmore Village, directly behind Appalachian Vintner at Two Huntsman Place. Previous to this announcement though, the one and a half year old brewery decided to remain tight-lipped about the exact location of their new building. “We were super excited, back in late 2014, when we placed…
  • American craft beer exports near $100 million

    Press Release
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) – The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million. In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9 percent; Asia-Pacific region…
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  • Hill Farmstead Brewery Revises Special Bottle Release Policy

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    (Greensboro Bend,VT) – Following up on what we’ve learned from the release of Flora Blue/Black, and reviewing comment… The post Hill Farmstead Brewery Revises Special Bottle Release Policy appeared first on
  • Upland Brewing Starts Sour Collaboration Series with Yazoo Brewing and Great Raft Brewing

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    (Bloomington,IN) – Upland Brewing Co. announced today that they will be creating several new collaboration beers in 2015. … The post Upland Brewing Starts Sour Collaboration Series with Yazoo Brewing and Great Raft Brewing appeared first on
  • Golden Road Brewing Points the Way to Arizona

    Jonny Fullpint
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Phoenix, AZ – Continuing a year of expansion, Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing is taking its Southern California char… The post Golden Road Brewing Points the Way to Arizona appeared first on
  • Four Brewers | Why So Sour?

    Four Brewers
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Season 2, Episode 13 - This week, we’re drinking some pretty rad sours while John gets serious about bottle dates. [Player … The post Four Brewers | Why So Sour? appeared first on
  • Oskar Blues Takes Craft Collaboration to the Next Level and Acquires Perrin Brewing

    Jonny Fullpint
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Comstock Park, MI – Colorado and North Carolina-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brew… The post Oskar Blues Takes Craft Collaboration to the Next Level and Acquires Perrin Brewing appeared first on
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  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 10/11, 2015.

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:22 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 10/111 March - 14 March 2015 2015.03.14Date proclaimed as Pi Day: 3.14.15. —Via Pi Day. 2015.03.14Inaugural American Mild Month announced for May, 2015. —Via Session Beer Project. 2015.03.13"Virginia brewers have expressed a mixture of trepidation and optimism," as west coast breweries open in the state. —Via Greg Kitsock at Washington Post. 2015.03.12Lagers enjoying a renaissance in America, as more 'craft' brewers and drinkers turning to 'craft' lagers. —Via Eric Asimov at New York Times. 2015.03.12Bell's…
  • Washington, D.C. news organization rewrites local beer history.

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Washington, D.C. brewery, DC Brau, will celebrate its fourth birthday next month. It was April 2011, when the brewery would deliver its first ever keg of beer —The Public, a hoppy, yet firmly malted pale ale— to a local restaurant. And, a big celebration, that day became.WTOP —a Washington, D.C. all-news radio station and website— honored the upcoming anniversary with a story that began: It may be hard to believe, but just a short time ago, there were no breweries in D.C. There hadn’t been one since 1956, when Christian Heurich Brewing Company closed its doors.But the District’s…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Three stars (of brewing).

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    For a couple (three?) reasons, it seemed timely to re-post this 18 October 2014 photo, several months after the fact, today.It's a trio of brewers seen during the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, at the Pratt Street Alehouse.Left to right: Mike McGarvey —co-owner/founder, 3 Stars Brewing (Washington, D.C.); Dave Coleman —co-owner/founder, 3 Stars Brewing; Steve Jones —brewmaster, Oliver Brewing.McGarvey and Coleman's brewery is three years old. And, Steve Jones —who was the host brewer for the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, and has been for eleven years—…
  • Who, and what, is the (U.S.) Brewers Association?

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    In my report on the Brewers Association's 2014 'craft' beer business numbers, the footnotes were as lengthy as the body of the post. In hindsight, I believe that those observations and definitions rise above the level of mere clarification. So, I've brought them out into the open, above the jump.The (U.S.) Brewers Association —parenthesis, mine— was founded in January 2005 as a merger between the Association of Brewers (founded in 1983) and the Brewers Association of America (founded in 1941) ... "to promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 8/9, 2015.

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 8/915 February - 28 February 2015 2015.02.28Meritage 2009 from Muse Vineyards of Woodstock, Virginia, wins Virginia's best wine in the 2015 Governor's Cup. —Via Virginia Wine. 2015.02.27Leonard Nimoy, an American actor well-known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the television sci-fi series, Star Trek, has died at age 83. —Via New York Times. 2015.02.26Comparing beer business tax breaks: Small BREW Act vs. Fair BEER Act. —Via All About Beer. 2015.02.26The Federal Communications Commission approves 'net…
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  • Beer Brewing Q&A with John Palmer and Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #100

    Brad Smith and Friends
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Top beer brewing authors John Palmer and Randy Mosher join me for a special episode #100 to answer some of your questions about brewing better beer. John is the author of the popular “How to Brew” book and video series and Randy Mosher has made a splash with his new book “Mastering Homebrew”. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:08) Randy Mosher and John Palmer join me for a special episode #100. John is the author of How to Brew…
  • Mastering Homebrew by Randy Mosher – A Book Review

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Mastering Homebrew is the latest book from Randy Mosher, author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Randy’s new offering is a comprehensive book on brewing, covering a wide variety of topics and techniques. I personally believe Mastering Homebrew will quickly become a beer brewing classic. Mastering Homebrew Overview I first heard of Mastering Homebrew (Amazon Affiliate Link) over three years ago. Randy Mosher, who is a graphic designer, had started on the book and showed me some of his early work. It was clear, even at that point, that he had a different approach to brewing and that…
  • Bohemian Pilsner Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #99

    Brad Smith and Friends
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect Bohemian Pilsner. Bohemian Pilsners are one of the more challenging lagers to brew, but Chris provides some great tips to get started with this great beer style. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (43:15) My guest this week is Chris Graham who is the President of MoreBeer - a major home brewing equipment provider. Chris is also a former AHA governing committee member,…
  • Correcting Low Original Gravity in All Grain Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Have you ever missed your original gravity (OG) target when brewing all grain beer? Its not an uncommon problem for beer brewers, particularly when you start all grain brewing or change you equipment setup. This week we’re going to examine some of the possible causes of low OG and also how to mitigate them. Predicting Your Original Gravity Before we can talk about “missing” an original gravity we need to look at getting a good estimate for OG in the first place. The best way to predict your OG is to use software like my program BeerSmith with a good equipment profile set up…
  • Mastering Homebrew with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #98

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. 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 (51:19) My guest this week is Randy Mosher, who just published his new book Mastering Homebrew (Amazon affiliate link).
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  • EVENT: 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival 5/16 & 5/17 (MA)

    event post
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival Pairing the best local craft barbeque and beer with live local blues. LOCATION Fletcher Park, 1557 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 Home of the Lexington Farmer’s Market, and the Hosmer House DATES AND TIMES Saturday, May 16, 2015: 11am-7pm. Sunday, May 17, 2015: 12pm-6pm. ADMISSION $5 (ages 13+) PARKING Lexington Lot and Street Parking Dogs, strollers, chairs, blankets, umbrellas, etc. are welcome! Please, no outside food or drink.
  • EVENT: 2nd Annual CBC Sour Beer Fest ‏3/28 (MA)

    event post
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    From the CBC Newsletter… As you probably remember, last year we held the first ever CBC Sour Fest. It was such a blast for us to host and to sample the array of sour beers all made here at CBC! In fact, we had so much fun at the first one we decided we just HAD to do it again. This year’s event will be Saturday, March 28 from 11am til close. We’re changing up the format a bit this time. Last year so many people came to sample the assortment of beers offered that we had 50 or more people in the cold on the patio. To prevent this, this year’s Sour Fest will be an all…
  • Local Homebrewing Competitions Calling for Entries (MA-RI)

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    If you are into homebrewing or just want to get started, here’s a change to show off your mad skillz.   These local homebrew competitions are great opportunities to receive feedback for you craft. If you’re just getting into brewing and want to learn more, you can also sign up to be a steward for the event.  It’s a great opportunity to get your feet wet and learn more about homebrewing. Homebrewers are the next craft brewers — Will you be the next brewer?  Here’s your chance to get started! 2015 Annual South Shore Brewoff, hosted by the South Shore Brew Club…
  • Portsmouth Beer Week 2015: February 21- March 2

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
      The 6th annual Portsmouth Beer Week  is slated for February 21- March 2 this year. The idea for this 10 day beer event train was the brain child of Ian Cowpar and Sean & Ryan Jansen of 2beerguys. As yearly participants of the cult-followed Kate The Great Day at the Portsmouth Brewery, they thought why not start a “Beer Week” in Portsmouth.  It would highlight all the “beeriness” the city and surrounding New Hampshire towns have to offer. After collaborating with the Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery teams along with local bars, restaurants and breweries,…
  • Meet the Brewer: Jeff Goodno, Tributary Brewing Co., Kittery, ME

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The very much anticipated opening of Tributary Brewing Company, owned and operated by Todd Mott and his wife Galen, has been a huge success in a short period of time. Tributary opened its doors located at 10 Shapleigh Road in Kittery, Maine to the public on September 6, 2014. Todd Mott is of course a local brew hero, formerly of the Portsmouth Brewery and made a legend for his widely famed Russian Imperial Stout recipe formerly known as “Kate the Great”. So when Mott first announced that he had plans to open a brewery of his very own, beer geeks everywhere salivated in…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Is The Western US Drought 2015's Top Beer Story

    Alan McLeod
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    We all drink dinosaur pee. Or at least the water we drink was also in the bladders of dinosaurs. Things come and go but the supply of water on the planet is stable. We have as much as there has ever been. But while stable it is also mobile. The water that may have fallen as snow on west coast mountain ranges a few years ago might now be blanketing east coast cities. Which got me thinking the other week when I tweeted:So are Cali brewers actually setting up avaricious branch plants elsewhere or just setting up their escape routes? As is usually the case, I didn't really put much thought into…
  • Ontario: Windward Belgian Wheat, Stone City, Kingston

    Alan McLeod
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    The last year has been the scene of many a revelation when it comes to my relationship with beer. Among other things, out of nowhere two fabulous breweries opened up in my immediate vicinity after years of claiming my town was the least served by fresh beer for its size in the northeastern bit of North America. One is MacKinnon Brothers which I have discussed before. The other is Stone City Ales who have a great social media presence and a website with great generational honesty. One feels a certain pain knowing one has kept a beer blog for over a decade appreciating that it's like knowing…
  • Things Other Folk Are Doing This Weekend

    Alan McLeod
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    It's not often that I am jealous of others. I am a pretty happy guy. But when the tweets start flying around someone at noon each Friday I find myself seated at the office desk, hard soled tight laced dress shoes working on my plates of meat... and I wonder what placed in at this place, in this time zone at this age of life and not at... ⇒ The Spring Cask Tap at the Allen Street Pub in Albany, NY. I can't really add much to my post from earlier in the month other than to say their social media shout out this afternoon telling folk to get there to get a seat was gold. There are like ten…
  • Did Father Duplessis Brew Quebec's First Beer?

    Alan McLeod
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    You may recall that a couple of months ago I wrote a post about the first brewing of beer in New France describing how in 1617 Louis Hébert became the colony's first private land owner, farmer and a brewer. He is generally accepted as the first brewer. But what's been tickling at the back of my head has been the footnote that I quoted. It's from a bit of writing about life in the earliest years of New France. The footnote included this tidbit from 10 August 1620: Nous avon du grain suffisamment pour faire du pain and de la bière The sentence to which that footnote is attached…
  • Let's Stop Defining "Craft Beer" And Start Describing It

    Alan McLeod
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Bear with me as this is a topic a large piece of which means little to me. Why would it? It's 8:35 am on the first day of spring with more snow on the ground, sub-freezing temperatures and two weeks of laundry to catch up with. It's a good day to ponder fundamentally unimportant things like defining craft beer. Pete makes a very noble stab at it in today's edition of what, I note tangentially used to be called The Manchester Guardian... which I only mention as an excuse to totally tangentially ponder whether that makes it Mancunian - my second favourite locational adjective after Haligonian…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Loading up the Beer Ark with this week’s links

    Stan Hieronymus
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 03.30.15 Two by two … Highland Park Brewery brews Yard Beer from backyard ingredients. On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome. Foraging for brewing ingredients in southern Illinois or in the middle of North Carolina is relatively easy to imagine. But in Los Angeles? That’s why Bob Kunz at highland Park Brewery offers a lineup of “predictable” and “unpredictable” beers. I think there’s more to the notion of place-based beers than how terroir may affect the flavor of hops, peaches or cucumbers grown in California versus…
  • Hop links, news & myths

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    - “It’s wonderful that hops have become the subject of so much writing and discussion. It’s just unfortunate that in the process so many (false) myths are being passed on – in countless forums and blogs, on Facebook and even in conversations. So let’s do some spring cleaning and do away with some of these myths.” The Barth-Haas Group plans to update its new Hop Flavour Blog each Monday. The quote above is from a post about hop myths. Not the sort of historical ones Martyn Cornell tries to rid us of in the appendix to “Beer: The Story of the Pint.” Instead,…
  • When the circus and shuckers come to town

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Call it A Snapshot of Middle America or Things That Happen in the Shadow of the Eagle. Friday and Saturday at Schlafly’s Tap Room in St. Louis: The Stout and Oyster Festival. Saturday at 4 Hands Brewing (2 miles away, an easy walk, and you can even swing by Busch Stadium): Lupulin Carnival. Schlafly (officially The Saint Louis Brewery) flies in 50,000 oysters and shuckers from both coasts. No tickets are necessary — but a willingness to stand in line helps. There will be lines. Schlafly will be serving five different stouts as well as oysters in different combinations. The…
  • Working with a living beer community

    Stan Hieronymus
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The March/April edition of DRAFT magazine has a lovely little story about Tiah Edmunson-Morton and the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives. (Full disclosure: I wrote it.) I’ve pointed to her Tumblr blog on several occasions, first because I thought you might be interested, and second, perhaps selfishly, because we need to encourage this sort of activity. In one sense it is easier to collect history as it is happening; in another it is harder because you don’t know necessarily know what is going to be important. Yesterday Alan McLeod wrote, “The interesting thing about the…
  • The many sides of the Budweiser story

    Stan Hieronymus
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, LIMITED MUSING 03.23.15 Perhaps I may have missed something that would totally change my life during 8 mostly Internet-free days before Saturday. But it’s one thing to wade through hundreds of Feedly headlines; it would another to consider reaching that far back in Twitter (is “in” even the right preposition?) to feel really caught up. Instead, I found a series of links that somehow seem related. Lagers Enjoy a Renaissance. Remember when The New York Times reviewed a ranked a bunch of beers in a particular “style” that a bunch of commentary…
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • Malty

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:51 am
    Unlike some (Melissa Cole, p6; Mark Dredge), we don’t object to the use of the terms ‘malty’ and ‘hoppy’ as over-arching descriptors, but one thing does bug us: ‘malty’ shouldn’t just mean ‘not hoppy’. Malt flavour is a positive addition to the flavour of a beer, giving it another dimension. The best hoppy beers — that is, those with a pronounced flowery hop aroma and/or bitterness — also have malt flavour, usually sneaking up as a bonus in the finish. These are the kind of things we think of (no doubt via Michael Jackson…
  • Choosing a Lager in the UK

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    The arrival of a new beer from Sweden on the UK market has made us wonder about the hierarchy of packaged lagers available in the UK. The graphic below isn’t a league table, exactly. Rather, we imagined that someone was offering to buy us an entire case of lager, and then played the options of against one another, based on our most recent experiences of each beer. So, if offered the choice between a case (or, rather, a slab) of Foster’s or one of Carling, we’d take the Carling. If we were then given the opportunity to trade up to a case of Camden Hells, we’d certainly…
  • QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    “Roy Bean gave cold-blooded killers, cattle rustlers, and horse thieves no mercy. ‘Court’s in session,’ he would announce, and then delivered his sentence without pausing: ‘To be hanged by the neck until dead.’ As each trial ended, he would serve up cold beer all around; his courtroom was also his saloon.” From The American Westby Dee Brown, 1995. QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007
  • March 2015: The Month That Was

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    Despite being all over the place running real-life errands, we managed to turn out a respectable number of posts in March, a couple of which were accidental epics. → There was a good batch of #BeeryLongReads from across the Blogoshire including insights into the politics of keg lines in bars and a profile of a South London brewery. → Ted Bruning’s short book Merrie England: the medieval roots of the great British pub got a thumbs-up from us. → Also on the subject of pub history, how is it that so many of them are allowed to get away with straight-up lying about their history?
  • GALLERY: More Brewing Aristocrats

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    These pictures of British brewing bigwigs all come from the 1900 Licensed Victuallers’ Year Book and follow on from this post from last June. Mr Sampson Hanbury, business partner of Benjamin ‘Ben’ Truman from 1780. (To be played by Michael Douglas in the upcoming HBO feature film ‘Behind the Mash Tun’.) Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. (Nephew of Sampson Hanbury, and the Buxton in Truman, Hanbury & Buxton; really did not want to pose for this portrait, or could smell gas at the time it was being drawn.) Mr Edward Ind, founder of Ind Coope. (A dead ringer for Peter…
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  • Now you can order an IPA in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Jack Curtin
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    I once again dropped off the face of the earth for several weeks and am not going to go through the charade of apologizing again because I have done that all too often, so let’s just agree I will post when I can and when I have something worthwhile to say or report. Today is  a “when” day. With pictures too (all by friend of the blog Carl P., who would like to be your friend too, everybody’s friend comes to that, so beware, he will come to visit if you show any sign of weakness). First the photos, then the details: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Pasteur Street…
  • Everything old is new again…eventually.

    Jack Curtin
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    One of the reasons the Philadelphia region became a major beer destination in the late ’90s despite the fact that the craft beer scene here was still in the embryonic stage was that the city is ideally situated as port of entry for beers from Europe. Our imported beer culture, such as it was, focused almost entirely on German brands at the time, but as the Belgian beer scene exploded, Monk’s Café, through the efforts of co-founder Tom Peters, was where many of these strange new delights were bound. Michael Jackson’s regular appearances there for historic dinners…
  • Troegs Cultivator Helles Bock.

    Jack Curtin
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Here is what I have to say about this beer. Buy some. It is delicious. Really, have I ever led you wrong? Well, except that one time….
  • Sam’s a hard act to follow….

    Jack Curtin
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Sam Calagione, that is, whose thoughts on A-B InBev’s recent activities re: the craft world  I pointed you to yesterday, but a report in this morning’s edition of the invaluable Beer Business Daily more than lives up to the challenge and underlines one possibility which could seriously limit distribution opportunities for craft brewers. It appears that A-B is on the verge of once again pressuring its distributors to embrace the “100% share of mind” approach that August Busch III originally promulgated by enforcing the compliance aspects of its Wholesale Equity…
  • Promises are meant to be….

    Jack Curtin
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Not broken, exactly, but subject to reality. When I said in the previous item that “regular” posting would resume hereabouts, you have to first consider just how regularly I was adding something new ever before the Big Blackout and I have to come to grips with a three weeks or long phalanx of deadlines staring me in the face. Also, it’s cold and I hate that. Anyway, I will do what I can as I can to make your visits here worth the while. For now–and this will surely brighten a few spirits–here is the indomitable Sam Calagione providing what is probably the best…
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  • Worldwide thirst for American craft beer grows

    Real Beer
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Brewers Association reports that exports of craft beer increased almost 36% in 2014 as brewers shipped 383,422 31-gallon barrels valued at an estimated $99.7 million. In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9%; Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), up 38.1%; Western Europe, up 36.6%; Canada, up 32.3%; and Japan, up 31.7%. The top five markets for American craft beer remained nearly the same in 2014, with South Korea surpassing Japan for fifth place. In terms of market share,…
  • LongShot contest adds ‘East vs. West’ theme

    Real Beer
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Boston Beer Co. has added to new twist to its Samuel Adams LongShot contest from homebrewers. For the first time it will feature an “East vs. West” battle. Judges will choose one winning beer from east of the Mississipi River and one from the west. Each will be brewed by Samuel Adams and sold in the 2016 LongShot six-pack along with a beer from the winner of the Samuel Adams employee contest. The submission window for the contest is May 1-16 and details are available at the company website. Winners will be announce at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. While Samuel…
  • Craft beer surpasses 10% market share

    Real Beer
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    The Brewers Association announced today that for the first time craft breweries reached double-digit share of the beer marketplace. Back in 2003, Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing had challenged industry members during her keynote address at the Craft Brewers Conference to strive to reach 10% share. To many that looked to a goal that might take decades to reach. Now the BA has set a target to reach 20% share in just five more years. In 2014, craft breweries — as defined by the BA — produced 22.2 million barrels, and 18% increase in volume. Retail dollar value was estimated at…
  • Brewers Association promotes Small BREW Act, opposes BEER Act

    Real Beer
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Brewers Association has issued a press released indicates it opposed the BEER Act, legislation introduced in the U.S. house and supported by the Beer Institute. It begins by explaining that legislation was introduced in Congress that is supported by the BA and called the Small BREW Act. Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association, issued the following statement on the BEER Act: “While the Brewers Association supports lowering excise taxes for small brewers, the BEER Act is not the way to do it. There are several problematic issues with this legislation including cost to the country,…
  • About THAT Super Bowl commercial

    Real Beer
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    In case you missed the Budweiser commercial everybody is talking about, here it is: And here are a few things people are saying: – Bud Is Proudly ‘Macro’ Amid Micro-Brews in Swagger-Filled Super Bowl Ad. – Why the pro-macro beer Budweiser ad is so dangerous. – Budweiser Ad Declares War… On Itself? – Analyzing Budweiser’s Hypocritical, Anti-Craft Beer Super Bowl Ad. – Did Budweiser misfire with its anti-craft beer Super Bowl ad? – Super Bowl Commercial Shootaround: All the Fast Cars, Cool Insurance, and Unfathomable Sadness We Can…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Draught IPA in the 1950’s

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    As not promised, we’re looking at IPA in the 1950’s. For no good reason other than idleness. There are rather a lot of Mild analyses. And I’m not sure what the most instructive way to organise them is.So I’ve gone for IPA instead. I’ve only a handful of analyses of those. So I can be done quickly.First an advert that tells us something about the effect of the war on brewing. And IPA:“The Bristol United Breweries, Ltd. announce that deliveries of their celebrated I.P.A. on Draught (suspended during the war) begin to-day. Public Bar price 1/4 d per pint A complete range of the…
  • Random Berliner Weisse stuff

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Some random stuff about Berliner Weisse that I found in the newspaper archive. Though they do tell us something. And I don’t mean about the habits of German sailors“SUNDAY IN A GERMAN WAR HARBOUR. Sunday is the great day of recreation for the men of the German Navy at Kiel. As in Great Britain, the shops are shut, and churchgoers go to church in the morning, but the rest of the day is given up to pleasure. The Germans cannot be said a religious people from our standpoint—dogma being nebulous, and religion a State duty. One German Protestant cathedral that I know has as its chief pastor…
  • Brewing in the 1950’s – where to put your brewery?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    I’m returning to Jeffery’s "Brewing Theory and Practice" to look at a short passage that greatly intrigued me. It’s all about suitable – and unsuitable – locations for a brewery. It warns something I’d never considered: contamination from neighbouring businesses.“Contamination by impure air is a great danger, especially to beers of low alcoholic content. A district should be selected which is free from factories emitting noxious fumes, and in which such factories are unlikely to be erected. It is inadvisable to build a brewery in close proximity to farm buildings, as dust from…
  • Draught Bitter in the 1950’s

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Seeing as we’ve looked at the handling of draught beer in the 1950’s at great length, I thought you might like to take a look at some of the beers themselves. And it’s a good excuse for loads more tables.I’ve taken everything in my mega gravity spreadsheet that’s British, draught and is dated between 1950 and 1959. There will be posts on other styles later, but I’m going to kick off with Bitter, a style that was very much on the up in this period. On its way to becoming, albeit briefly, the nation’s favourite.I’ve split them into four groups: Boys Bitter (OG < 1036),…
  • Frits

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Amsterdam is really buzzing beer-wise. I'm struggling to keep pace with the openings of new breweries and bars. I can thank Dolores for discovering Frits.It popped up when she was searching for a place a colleague of hers had mentioned. It looked interesting and we decided to drop by one Saturday afternoon.It's located on the corner the Jan Evertstraat and Mercatorplein in de Baarsjes. An area of Amsterdam we lived in until the kids came along and our flat started looking rather small. Like much of Amsterdam, it's changed a lot in the last five years.Going down De Clerqstraat in a tram, I was…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Sweetwater Brewing IPA

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    The post, Sweetwater Brewing IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve been lucky enough in the past few years to sample some truly tasty IPAs from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing. This, however, is the first time that I’ve come across their standard, flagship IPA. It’s not as dynamic or as full-flavored as some of it’s canning/bottling line brethren, but it’s still a beer that goes down […] The post, Sweetwater Brewing IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    The post, Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. When I have a cup of coffee, I like it as black as the darkened heart of the great beast—I don’t want cream or sweetener. The same sentiment can pretty much be applied to coffee stouts or any stout for that matter. I like them robust and strong. That said, the smoothness that Starr Hill’s […] The post, Starr Hill Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Alewerks Jubilee VIII

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    The post, Alewerks Jubilee VIII, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Williamsburg, VA’s Alewerks Brewing has been producing some truly outstanding beers the past couple of years. Their Bitter Valentine and Grand Illumination are both products that I look forward to hunting down each year. And now, I’ve got another brew to add to the list. Jubilee—number VIII, in this case—is the company’s yearly anniversary release. […] The post, Alewerks Jubilee VIII, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    The post, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The vintage date on this bottle of Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait reads 2011. I certainly haven’t owned it that long—in fact, I think I just purchased it down in Culpeper, VA this past January. This beer usually benefits from a little additional age in the bottle so I wasn’t too worried upon noticing the […] The post, Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    The post, Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Much like craft beer in the U.S. is on the rise, so too is American cider—at least in Virginia it appears as though new ciders (or hard ciders) are popping up on a regular basis. It only makes sense then, as popularity continues to grow, that a copy of Apples to Cider: How to make […] The post, Book Review: “Apples to Cider” by April White and Stephen Wood, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Out for a couple

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Wet night. Push the heavy front door of Alfie Byrne's. Across the threshold and down the steps. The back-and-forth buzz of conversation. And ping-pong. The bar glows at the centre of the dim room, beckoning. A new beer from a well-respected English micro was touted earlier on Twitter. There it is, minimalist design on the tap badge. But due diligence first: a glance across the other options, over and then down to... the handpump. Chalked on the blackboard Gate Crasher Bitter by Trouble Brewing. Thought I'd missed it, and certainly didn't think I'd see it on cask. A pint, please.Settling…
  • Grand tour

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    I mentioned the Alltech Dublin Craft Beer Cup in one of the earlier posts this week. Danish brewers Coisbo were outright winners for the second time in a row, with a barrel-aged version of the beer that won them top prize last year. Eleven is a 10% ABV imperial stout matured in sherry casks. It's not a subtle beast, smelling strongly of sweet oak, though dryer on tasting, but still very very woody. I think the barrel-aging may have left it a little overcooked for my liking.Also waltzing off with a gold medal was the only Belgian beer I had all weekend. Bertinchamps Brune also has…
  • Hungary for novelty

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    What got me most excited in the run-up to Alltech Brews & Food 2015 was the large number of Hungarian brewing companies listed to attend. It's far too long since I was last in Hungary so the opportunity to taste my way around its beer scene only a few minutes from my front door was one I relished.First port of call on arriving into the Convention Centre on the Friday evening was Budapest brewpub Legenda Sörfőzde who brought a very impressive collection of off-kilter beers. Brettania is a 5.3% ABV dark red ale. It claims sourness but isn't really sour, having instead a big…
  • States of mind

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 am
    For a festival organised by a US-based company, we weren't exactly drowning in American beer at Alltech Brews & Food 2015. It took a bit of hunting to find what was there. Obviously, Alltech's own beer was front and centre, including the new Kentucky Honey Barrel Ale. This is mahogany red and has a very woody bourbon nose. Vanilla is massively dominant in the flavour and, coupled with a huge sugary sweetness and a high level of carbonation, the overall effect is very like a bourbon and coke. Not something I'm looking for in a beer.Meanwhile, at the Grand Cru stand, they had tapped up…
  • What else you got?

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:09 am
    Several established Irish breweries brought beers I'd never had before to the 2015 Alltech festival at the Convention Centre. Galway Hooker, for instance, has just launched a new bottled IPA called 60 Knots. It's a serious dark gold colour and is all about the classic grapefruit aromas. As my first beer on the second day of proceedings it seemed sharply acidic to begin, and a little brassy. But there are mellower elements in the flavour too: a touch of that signature Hooker biscuit and a more fun gunpowder spicing. You know you're getting a full-on 6.5% ABV and 60 IBUs here. This is one for…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2015

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Time to get outside and play kids. No excuses. The calendar says April and your beer glass is empty. Go fill it up at any of the following events that are sure to help you usher in spring in grand fashion. Plus, farther abroad, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week does its thing from April 17-26, Harrisburg Beer Week has its own party from April 24-May 2, and Ommegang BCTC tickets go on sale April 1. As
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 26 - March 31

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    And just like that, another month is gone. But not before getting in at least another couple dozen or so beer events. Play ball! As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 19 - March 25

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    You've got less than a month until the tax bill is due. You've got one week to enjoy the following beer events. Starting today. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 12 - March 18

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    This may look like a mere meager list compared to last week. Keep in mind, though, I listed the Craft Beer Express only once and not twelve times for each event at each location. Still plenty of work to be done. Keep it going. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event
  • Craft Beer Express 2015 in Philadelphia -- next stop America's Best Beer-Drinking City

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Okay, my apologies. That headline sounds like quite the marketing pitch and for the record I've got absolutely nothing to do with any aspect of the Craft Beer Express except for giving it a bit of publicity here. Yet, even though I've never partaken in a full-day of the twice-annual Craft Beer Express (and only rode the bus once for a short hop across town), there's something about this day that
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Open The Taps Call to Action - SB1386

    Jeff Holt
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Open The Taps, the beer consumer lobbying group, has issued an important call asking you to contact your Quokerwodger (a wooden toy that moves when a string is pulled, and, by extension a politician who does what lobbyists pay him to do) about SB1386: SB 1386 Update SB 1386, the bill that would allow consumers to buy directly from breweries for off-premise consumption, is currently delayed. OTT members and friends: As you may have seen on Twitter or Facebook, the planned-for-today Senate hearing for SB 1386 was postponed, and we need your help to get it back on track! Just to recap: SB 1386…
  • Bare Arms Brewing To Open in Waco

    Jeff Holt
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Bare Arms Brewing founder Keith Collier, announced that he has received his TABC permit to open his brewery/brew pub at 2515 LaSalle Avenue in Waco. Bare Arms Brewing will offer an American lager, an India pale ale, a chocolate stout, and a tart Berliner Weisse-style beer flavored with cranberries and apples. The brewery will have a tasting room, and will self-distribute to local retailers, including The Dancing Bear.
  • Tasting Room at PBC

    Jeff Holt
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Midnight Porter on tap!
  • Pedernales Brewing Company Spring Break Schedule

    Jeff Holt
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Pedernales Brewing Company will expand their tasting room hours Friday March 14th and Saturday March 15 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM. And from Monday March 16 to Saturday March 21 from 1 to 6 pm. Beer is available by the pint for $4, and tour/tasting/glass is $10.
  • Alamo Beer Company Grand Opening - March 6

    Jeff Holt
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • More notes towards a history of the beer mug

    Martyn Cornell
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Loved and disliked in equal parts, and enjoying an unexpected renaissance in hipstery parts, despite being more than 70 years old, the dimpled beer mug is undoubtedly an icon of England. It was invented in 1938 at the Ravenhead glassworks in St Helens, Lancashire by an in-house designer whose name is now forgotten, and given the factory identity “P404″. Although the dimple has its enemies, who dislike its weight and its thickness, it soon became extremely popular, and at a rough guess some 500 million have been manufactured since it was born. Strawberry pink pint beer mug of the…
  • How I got Mikkeller to call me a bastard

    Martyn Cornell
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    What sort of bastard goes along to a book launch just to point out to the author the mistakes he’s made? Errrr … Me. OK, it was done in what I’d like to insist, really, was a semi-joking way, and in a spirit of, I hope, friendly beer comradeship, but if someone as highly regarded and influential as Mikkel Borg Bjergsø – founder of Mikkeller – is repeating historical beer myths in print that I (and others) have been trying to stamp on for a dozen or more years, well, somebody has to do something – even if I did come across as a prat. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø down in the cellar…
  • Why Greene King doesn’t care that the haters hate its IPA

    Martyn Cornell
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:13 am
    Hard luck, haters: Greene King knows you don’t like its IPA, you think it’s too bland, “not a real IPA” at 3.6% abv, and it doesn’t care at all. Not the tiniest drop. In fact it’s probably quite pleased you don’t like it. You’re not its target market – it’s after a vastly larger constituency. If you liked its IPA, it’s fairly sure those people that Greene King would most like to capture to and in the cask ale market, young people, people still with a lifetime of drinking ahead of them, wouldn’t like it – and for that…
  • Why Rooney Anand is talking rubbish on minimum alcohol pricing

    Martyn Cornell
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    I was disappointed and angry to see Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, calling in the Daily Telegraph last week for minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Disappointed because the arguments for minimum unit pricing have been totally debunked, and Mr Anand should really have known he was talking rubbish – or his advisers should have told him. Angry because I cannot understand why he is using his position as boss of one of the largest brewers and pub operators in the country to promote the agenda of the neoprohibitionists for whom minimum unit pricing is but a small step on the way to…
  • Two traditional breweries: a photo-essay

    Martyn Cornell
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Compared to, say, Roger Putman, recently retired editor of Brewer & Distiller International magazine, who has visited more than 170 different breweries in his career, I’ve really not been to that many: fewer than 60, across four decades, albeit in six different countries. Pfff. Amateur status. But inexplicably, in 2014 I was welcomed into seven different brewhouses, of all sizes, that I had never been to before, from the massive new set-up at Guinness in Ireland to Twickenham Fine Ales’ current base, which may be bigger than its first home, but still produces less in a year…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1510: The Story

    Jay Brooks
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Monday’s ad is yet another one for Budweiser, this one from the 1960. It’s another ad from their “Where there’s life” series, this one is called “The Story.” A couple lying on a rug, the man in a suit, while the woman’s in a lovely yellow ensemble.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 4322008A: Drinking Container

    Jay Brooks
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Today in 1982, US Patent 4322008 A was issued, an invention of Ira Schneider, for his “Drinking Container,” or mug. Here’s the Abstract: The present invention relates to a drinking container for increasing the number of and ostensibly decreasing the size of bubbles in a drinking... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 1578627A: Bottle Opener

    Jay Brooks
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Today in 1926, US Patent 1578627 A was issued, an invention of John C. Baumgarten, for his “Bottle Opener.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to bottle capping implements.” It’s essentially a ring with bottle opener. I... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Gary Glass

    Jay Brooks
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Today is the 42nd birthday of Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Association. Gary’s been with the Brewers Association for many a moon and has become the face of homebrewing in America. Join me in wishing Gary a very happy birthday. And relax, drink a homebrew, if you have one.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3175595A: Baled Hops Shredder

    Jay Brooks
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Today in 1965, US Patent 3175595 A was issued, an invention of Morton William Coutts, assigned to Dominion Breweries Ltd., for his “Baled Hops Shredder.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to the breaking up and the measuring of... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival Saturday

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    As of last night, tickets were still available for the Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival. And though the ticket price is decidedly steep, this is a festival that should make every beer nerd get a little giddy. For the uninitiated, this festival features rare, vintage and special one-off beers from 30 select craft breweries from ...
  • Fulton Expat Returns

    11 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Last night Fulton’s rye saison, The Expat made its triumphant return with a kick-off party at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. If you missed it, fear not. You’ll find this beer on tap at other fine establishments and, for the first time, in bottles. The Expat features plenty of Sterling hops and just enough rye and ...
  • March Madness: Historic Bar Brackets with Tycoons Alehouse

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    Great news from Duluth – Tycoons Alehouse & Eatery has been chosen to be part of Preservation Nation’s “Historic Bar Tournament.” This nationwide competition showcases 32 historic bars from across the country and puts them head-to-head in competition to determine the country’s favorite historic bar.Each week Preservation Nation will set up another round of pairings, ...
  • BBSU Starts Wednesday!

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Better Beer Society University starts Wednesday! There are still some open spots, so grab your no. 2 pencils (or perhaps your keyboard) and sign up today! Classes meet Wednesdays from March 4th through May 20th at either 6pm or 7:30pm at Republic Seven Corners. Now in it’s third year, Better Beer Society University offers up ...
  • Chop & Brew # 34: Bad Ass Saison with Nathan Smith

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Our homebrewing friends at Chop & Brew are back in the Bad Ass Brewery with a bad ass guest host and co-brewer – Nathan Smith! Nathan is an awarding-winning homebrewer who calls the Bay Area home, but he’s originally from Minnesota — which is why he’s such a great brewer, of course. During a recent ...
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 03/27/15 Beer Tastings

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: De Dochter van der Korenaar Crime Passionel, Stillwater / Siren Smoke Signals, Shiner Prickly Pear, Grimm Gradient Young Bruin with Blackberries, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Mono”, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Stereo”, and Stillwater Contemporary Series “Surround”. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie…
  • Global Brew Tap House Coming to St. Louis

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    We’ve been #blessed with a plethora of craft beer options in St. Louis. But, I’ll be a little selfish and say that I haven’t been as lucky in my neck of the woods. Sure there are more than a few awesome places that I can get to via a short car trip, but if we’re being honest, walking back from a bar is the safer, smarter, and more responsible choice after you’ve imbibed a few pints. So I’m happy to break the news that Global Brew Tap House is coming across the river into Missouri and will open their first St. Louis location in Rock Hill. Global’s…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to the 2015 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Once again, there were some really good entries this year. (I’ll list some of my favorites below.) The use of Fuggle was once again a hit and people played off of that quite a bit. We also had a lot of people staying old school and using noble hop names. But, I’m happy to announce the winner is Katie Culp with her entry for a carnival ride, “The Magnum Cluster Buster”. Sounds fun. Katie has won two tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival this Saturday. I’m happy to announce that tickets for this event have sold out (or sad if you missed out!) If you…
  • Flying Saucer Celebrates 2nd Anniversary This Sunday

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    To celebrate their second anniversary in St. Louis, Flying Saucer is pulling out all of the stops. Not only will they have birthday cake and live music from 1-4PM, they’ll also be putting on some crazy delicious beers. Beginning at 1PM, every hour on the hour Flying Saucer will be randomly tapping the following beers: Tilquin Gueuze Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse 4 Hands Volume 1 (2013) Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2014) They will also be selling a limited selection of bottles every hour. Because of the limited amount of bottles available, they will…
  • Contest: Two Tickets to the 2015 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    If you love beer and can stand to be around clowns (and I don’t mean the clowns that normally attend beer festivals) then maybe you’d love to win some tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival. Thanks to the fine folks at 4 Hands, I have two tickets to give away for this event. We’re going to once again pick the most creative hop-based clown name or hop-based carnival ride. For example: Citra the Clown or the Calypso Cyclone. Only, don’t use those, because they suck. Most creative name (based on what I think is awesome) wins two tickets to this Saturday’s…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • The Salisbury Hotel

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    You hear a lot of chat about micropubs these days. For sure it's a lovely concept, but let's be honest: the emergence of the micropub tells us a lot of the decline in the importance and grandeur of drinking establishments in Britain. Our pub culture has been marginalised as never before. In the late Victorian and Edwardian periods we were building truly massive boozers befitting of the capital
  • Farage - beyond the (Camden) Pale?

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    Ed Miliband doesn't like beer and pubs at all. David Cameron's idea of a nice afternoon at his local involves, by all accounts, bottled ersatz cider and child abandonment. There's no denying that polarising politician Nigel Farage is the only one of our party leaders who's regularly pictured with a beer. Usually he's gurning over a flat pint of Greene King IPA, but whoever set up this photo for
  • "Zero hours contracts" in pubs

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Ed Miliband being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman last night.Photograph from the Telegraph website. On TV last night Ed Miliband - in between spluttering "hell yeah!" and "who cares?" - claimed he'd prohibit flexible working arrangements that can be so beneficial to both employers and employees. The term used by politicians is "zero hours contracts". I have no fewer than four bar staff on my
  • The Royal William, Stowmarket, Suffolk

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    The best pub in town, according to the local CAMRA. Hidden away on a back street (but not far from the mock Elizabethan railway station). Ten real ales - all East Anglian - served directly from the casks in a room out back. Bitter, mild, porter, stout, golden ale all represented. Beer nice and cool and in great condition (not normally the case in pubs that serve direct from stillage). £3.10 a
  • 1p off a pint? Not likely

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week George Osborne cut the duty on beer by 1p. Nevertheless, an email from a notoriously smug Kent microbrewery dropped into my inbox within 24 hours of the Budget, announcing price rises. I'm sure others will follow in due course. For those of us in the pub trade it'll soon be time to decide whether to pass on another round of brewery price rises to the customer, or see margins take
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Adventure Blazing Trail IPA

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    We spent a pleasant weekend afternoon at Adventure Brewing in Stafford County. Sunday afternoons at this local brewery are a great time to relax with good beer and good company. The brewery currently has 10 beers on tap so there's something for every taste. Our choice for the afternoon was Blazing Trail IPA.Adventure Brewing Blazing Trail IPA is made with all Virginia-grown hops. (I've seen the name listed as both Blazing Trail and Blazing Trails.) The beer pours marmalade in color with a pleasant citrus aroma. A thin head leaves behind moderate lacing. The Virginia-grown "west coast" hops…
  • When Mom Needs a Quick Pick-Me-Up

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Because it would be crass to drink directly from one of those single serving wine bottles. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Range Time - A Sunny Respite

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    A cool, rainy morning turned into a warm sunny afternoon, perfect for a trip to the range. Checkered Flag was in town so he, Colleen, and I spent an afternoon honing our skills in the 70° spring air. The warm air was accompanied by strong wind gusts, which played havoc with our targets stands. Appropriating a few logs from the fire pit (mostly) solved the problem. (No, I still haven't picked up those spikes.)We spent most of our time at a close 7 yard distance. We often try to make a "game" of our range practice, within the restrictive rules of the club. The theme of the day became accuracy…
  • Devils Backbone The Devil Went Down to Oregon

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    This is another of the beers in the March Collaboration Adventure Pack from Devils Backbone Brewing. I posted thoughts on another beer in the mix, Double Gooch IPA, previously. The Devil Went Down to Oregon Imperial Rye Ale is the result of a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon.The Devil Went Down to Oregon pours an attractive dark amber color with a persistent beige head. The aroma is mild and a mix of caramel and dark fruit with a hint of grassiness. In the flavor you get a bit of sweetness at the start, followed by toasted malt and nuttiness. The rye…
  • Celebratory Gunfire

    22 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    No, not that kind. I celebrated my birthday by shooting an IDPA match at the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club in Charlottesville on Saturday. I arrived early to attend the mandatory "new shooters" briefing that is required of first time shooters at the range. Even though I'm not exactly a new shooter, it never hurts to hear the reminders again.One of the usual bays used by the club for matches was not available due to the rains last week, so the match directors set up three stages together at the end of one of the rifle ranges. Due to the space constraints, only one shooter could shoot at a…
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    The Brew Club

  • Brewdog Brixton Porter 5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    Brixton Porter is Brewdog's 21st century interpretation of a classic 18th century brewing style, the twist being that the relatively low alcohol content (for a porter at any rate) should make it suitable as a dark session ale.
  • Wychwood King Goblin 6.6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    King Goblin, brewed by the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, Oxfordshire, was launched in 2010 to complement the success of 'Hobgoblin' and, if you are to believe the marketing, only ever brewed under a full moon.
  • Guinness Porters

    Bob the Brit
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Recently Guinness have established a 'pilot' brewery within the hallowed grounds of St James's Gate, and it is from that pilot brewery that this review's brews hail.
  • Meantime Yakima Red – 4.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Yakima Red's nose is rich with British and German malts, and a peachy citrus kick from five different hops, sourced from Washington's Yakima valley.
  • Thornbridge Jaipur X Imperial IPA – 10% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    This is both Jaipur, and very, very strong. It's not a barley wine or 'winter warmer', it's very much an Imperial IPA, and very drinkable, with caution.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

    Robert C. Lehrman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
      It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the heart of Bourbon Country is roughly the last place for a product such as this to thrive. And yet, the guy loitering and smoking out front advised it is an excellent product and will get one messed up almost as good as the illegal stuff. The display had about 40 jars of the product, in…
  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    3/23/2015 Update. Caution. The above headline seems fairly skewed. See below for what we think really happened last week. The case is not halted at all. Tito had another bad yesterday, this time in federal court in San Diego. This further makes it obvious that the world of labeling has changed markedly since the Supreme Court’s Pom decision of June 12, 2014. On March 18, 2015, Judge Jeffrey Miller (of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California) ruled that the Tito’s vodka case, relating to deception and the term “handmade,” should move forward. Since the case was…
  • Palcohol is Back

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Palcohol is back. After approval from out of nowhere about a year ago, and cancellation of the same approvals a few days later, it is back. I have it on good authority that TTB has ironed out the kinks and approved the labels this week. Sen. Schumer will not be pleased (aka, he may be very pleased to have this whipping boy back within striking distance). Many states have already banned it. But this gives new life to this new category. Hats off to Mark Phillips for weathering the storm and persevering. Below is the approved label as of 2014 alongside the label as approved on March 10, 2015.
  • ARTAL: The Movie

    Robert C. Lehrman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First there was ARTAL the list. Then there was ARTAL the blog post. And now, there is ARTAL:  The Movie. In which Oli tries to help you remember the power and pitfalls of the big list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels. In brief, this should help you remember that you don’t need a new COLA every time you make a change to your already-approved label. There are dozens of small and not so small changes that are ok to make, without any need of a new COLA — or the wait, frustration, and expense. Related Posts: Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA? (2)…
  • Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Ladies and gentlemen it is with great pleasure that I introduce Oli, the sporadically employed climate scientist, from Chichester. What does that have to do with labels and COLAs? Watch and see. Find out why some may benefit from having a small group of specialized lawyers and paralegals to help you get things moved through TTB and to the marketplace with less pain and delay. Related Posts: ARTAL: The Movie (0) Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (0)
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • Cahaba Brewing Oka Uba Night coming to Mellow Mushroom FIve Points

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    On Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m., Cahaba Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) will head over to Mellow Mushroom - Five Points (1200 20th Street South, Birmingham) for Oka Uba Night featuring four versions of the brewery's&nbsp...
  • Freetail Brewing expands distribution to Houston

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Freetail Brewing, the San Antonio- based brewpub turned full- fledged brewing operation, has expanded into the Houston area. Silver Eagle has taken control of distribution duties and will begin delivery of Freetail beer today, March 30, 2015...
  • Everybody Loves a Craft Beer Fest

    Robert Wiebel, Orlando Outdoor Recreation Examiner
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Melbourne, FL – March 29, 2015 – I never miss a change to get outside and enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities the Space Coast has to offer. So when I learned about the Brewmaster’s Invitational, I...
  • 10 Biggest Fails of the Craft Beer Movement

    Don Roine, New England Beer Examiner
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Who knew 30 years ago that there would be so many problems associated with having SO MANY new beers and beer styles to choose from? Yet here we are:10. Is it Craft? Is it Micro? Is it Nano? Does...
  • A striking imperial IPA dedicated to its hop ranchers

    William Felo, Harrisburg Craft Beer Examiner
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Victory Brewing Company has created a beer dedicated to the company's hop ranchers, the farmers that cultivate all of their freshly grown hops. Thus, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale, an intense IPA made from whole flower hops...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 030315

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Colorado celebrates 303 Day today! The area code and calendar date line up once a year. It's a day to celebrate everything great you love about Colorado - including all that great craft beer. The snow may be falling, but don't let that stop you (just be careful out there). Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverRock Bottom Brewery - Denver - Tomorrow, Wednesday March…
  • Pour your own beer by the ounce at First Draft

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    How would you like to have a selection of 40 taps of beer, wine and cider and be able to pour it your self for as many ounces as you wish? A new business headed to Denver will soon let you do just that - First Draft. Check out their press release issued today.First Draft - Opening Soon in RiNoPour your own craft beer, wine, and cider at First Draft[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO, March 3, 2015 – First Draft, a new taproom and kitchen concept, is coming to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood of Denver in late spring/early summer 2015. With 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider and the ability to…
  • Colorado Beer News 030215

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    What will March bring? To the brewery taps that is. Expect to see a lot of Irish-themed beers pouring this month in Colorado. It's also going to be one of the snowiest months of the year - so keep warm with a pint of your favorite winter warmer. Keep reading Fermentedly Challenged for upcoming St. Patrick's Day events and tappings. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, March 2nd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro…
  • Colorado Beer Releases February 2015

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    February 2015 was Stout Month for many Colorado breweries as big, bold, dark brews tended to dominate the brewing landscape here in the state. February also saw record heat as well as record snow. It made for some rare February patio drinking days. Luckily, there was a bounty of new beer releases in the state. Something for just about every taste.The following list is a recap of just some of the known craft beers that were released during the last month in Colorado. How many of these beers did you try? Winter seasonals were released in numbers. Here's what was new for the month of February…
  • Colorado Beer News 022715

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy. Today's post is dedicated to the memory of one of our favorite actors who passed away today. Let us all lift a glass of our favorite craft beer and toast to his legacy. Live Long and Prosper! And thanks for all the great memories too. He will be missed. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, February 27th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverFERMÆNTRA - New beer tapped today. Stop in…
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walt Disney with the locomotive created for Disneyland.Walt Disney loved trains, and because of that, the world is a better – and happier -- place.  Walt was fond of saying that his empire “started with a mouse.” And indeed, his creation of Mickey Mouse did make him a fortune.  But the idea for Mickey Mouse came to him while riding a train.It’s quite possible that if Walt was not such a railroad buff, Disneyland and none of the other 11 Disney theme parks would exist.   Certainly, if not for Walt, four old beaten-up steam locomotives that did decades of work…
  • The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail -- Bent's Fort

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Traders and guides on the Santa Fe Trail at Bent's Old Fort during one of their many re--enactment events.Few roads in history have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail.  It lasted only 60 years, from 1821 to 1880, but for that short time it was America’s first international highway.  And the most colorful.  Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to Old Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became one of the most important commerce roads in the world, bringing goods from Europe -- wool, silk, iron tools and cotton cloth -- to Mexico and returning with furs,…
  • San Francisco -- the City in a Park

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
  • Around Northern Italy by Train

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

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

  • Episode 260: Modern Times Beer Monsters’ Park (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined once again by Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a few beers from Modern Times. This time they are sampling three beers from the Monsters’ Park series. Monsters’ Park is an Imperial Stout coming in at around 12 % ABV. The guys start off with the normal Monsters’ Park but then quickly move onto the Monsters’ Park Aged In Bourbon…
  • Episode 259: Modern Times Beer Rampart Junction & Palace of Cracked Heads (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined by a special guest who you’ve probably seen before, Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a couple beers from Modern Times. The first one they open up is the Palace of Cracked Heads a 9% ABV Wild Ale.  This beer is a Red wine barrel-aged nectarine Sour. After 11 months in Red wine barrels, they added 50 lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom nectarines,…
  • Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot…
  • Episode 257: Allagash Hugh Malone Ale & Farm To Face (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up.
  • Episode 256: The Crisp & Piercing Pils (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for Pilseners in episode 256 of the Hop Cast! It might not be the perfect season for a Pilsener but Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are always down for finding a new great Pils. First up, The Crisp a 5.40 % ABV German Pilsener from Sixpoint Brewery in New York. This beer comes in the new skinny cans from Sixpoint Brewery, which make them perfect for traveling. Next up, Brad and Ken open up the Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery. It’s been a little too long since there’s been any Dogfish Head beer featured…
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    Road Trips for Beer

  • Fifth annual Madison Craft Beer Week coming May 1-10, 2015

    Gerard Walen
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
      Ten-day, two-weekend long festival highlights craft beer culture in Dane County MADISON, Wisconsin – Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) will celebrate its fifth anniversary this May 1-10. Festival organizers are hard at work planning for the five-year milestone. More than 80 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs and breweries will host more than 350 events as part of this year’s MCBW. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to choose from a multitude of events ranging from pub crawls and bike tours to meet the brewer events, beer education classes and beer cook-offs. A…
  • Taste Vacations Belgium Beer Tour

    Gerard Walen
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Guest Post By Beth Peluse Picture your dream vacation. Does it involve beer? We are guessing it does, since you are on the Road Trips for Beer website. I would like to throw out a dream vacation idea for you. We at Taste Vacations, a luxury travel company specializing in beer, wine, and culinary tours, are offering a trip to Belgium this summer, July 26 – August 1, that specifically focuses on beer. While in Belgium, you’ll learn about its culture, history, and beer (of course) while visiting more than a dozen breweries, abbeys, and beer museums. We’ll be traveling across the country,…
  • New Albion Brewing Company to return during Cleveland Beer Week

    Gerard Walen
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    According to the Brewers Association, more than 3,000 breweries – the vast majority of them small and independent – now pepper the landscape of the United States. Those who know their history pay homage to the man who launched the modern U.S. craft brewing scene – Jack McAuliffe, founder in 1976 of New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, California. His signature pale ale, New Albion Ale, was revived in 2013 with the aid of McAuliffe at the Boston Beer Co., makers of Sam Adams beers, but it was a limited-time endeavor. Now attendees of Cleveland Beer Week (Oct. 10-19) can quaff pints of…
  • 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…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Join North Jetty Brewing for an anniversary celebration

    Kendall Jones
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. If you’ve been looking for something to provide that last little bit of motivation to make the long drive (for most of us) to the Long Beach Peninsula, perhaps this will get you rolling. It was just about a year ago that we visited the brand new taproom at North Jetty Brewing in Seaview, on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Today we learned that the brewery is expanding. Also, the brewery will celebrate the taproom’s anniversary the weekend of April 10th. North Jetty Brewing will soon begin brewing on a ten-barrel system,…
  • Washington Cask Beer Fest – Peoples Choice Winners

    Kendall Jones
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I admit it. I wimped out and let traffic win. For the first time in maybe forever, I failed to make it to the Washington Cask  Beer Festival, which happened last Saturday at Seattle Center. I didn’t even try. When you live in West Seattle, a viaduct closure is a powerful deterrent.  Cheers to all of you who did make it out to support the Washington Brewers Guild. Below I share the People’s Choice winners for each of the two sessions. It’s nostalgic to see Diamond Knot Apple-Cinnamon ESB make the grade again. Has it ever not…
  • Archeologists unearth a 5,000 year-old brewery

    Kendall Jones
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. In 2006 David Cohen opened The Dancing Camel Brewery, which holds the distinction of being Israel’s oldest production microbrewery. However, oldest is a relative term. Workers for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently unearthed remains of an ancient brewery in Tel Aviv that predates Cohen’s brewery by 5,000 years. Archeologists discovered the relics at a dig site just two blocks from The Dancing Camel Brewery. “Among the hundreds of pottery shards that characterize the local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic…
  • The Brewers Association now has an Executive Chef. But why?

    Kendall Jones
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today we learned that the Brewers Association has named Adam Dulye as its Executive Chef. It’s an interesting development given the fact that the BA is not a restaurant. If you are not familiar with the Brewers Association, I include a note below. So why does a trade organization like the Brewers Association need a chef? Simply put, to continue the mission of promoting craft beer and the craft beer industry. Dulye will use his culinary background to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. As you may or may not…
  • Beer Release: IPA in Cans and a Blonde Seasonal, Diamond Knot Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Diamond Knot Craft Brewing Plans Releases of its Flagship IPA in Cans and Blonde Seasonal in April MUKILTEO, WA – Like a well traveled ship, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing has been a company on a steadied course for more than 20 years. So it’s only fitting that the company continue to celebrate its 20th anniversary with its newest release of its flagship IPA in 12 ounce cans the first week of April. “We are ready for our next chapter,” said Bob Maphet, Diamond Knot’s president and CEO. “We are proud of our IPA that has stood the test…
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    Booze News

  • And in Liver News: Coffee and Booze Are Friends

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Moderation plays a crucial role in keeping our alcohol levels in check to protect various organs in our bodies especially our liver. So, how much and how frequent? Three drinks of alcohol can kill you says an international panel that already determined how much alcohol can actually damage the liver. Alcohol drinking causes at least 746,000 deaths in the world annually according to the World Cancer Research Fund International. They release reports that analyzes the likely causes of liver cancer as well as prevention practices, turns out drinking coffee can defend our livers from alcohol. Fred…
  • If Napa wineries have to limit visitors, how will they sell their wines?

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Napa Valley is once again debating how to strike a proper balance between its core identity as an agricultural region specializing in wine and its alter ego as a glitzy tourist destination. The Napa County Board of Supervisors and the county’s Planning Commission met March 10 to discuss potential limits on new wineries and the number of visitors each winery can welcome. More debate and controversy are expected in the months ahead. This issue is not new. James Conaway chronicled the agriculture-vs.-development fight of the 1990s in “The Far Side of Eden,” published in 2002. Similar…
  • Study: Lesbians handle booze better than straight women

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    London: A new study has revealed that lesbians drink far better than straight women even after having a hazardous relationship with alcohol. The study conducted by Britain’s leading LGBT mental health charity, PACE found that 31.9 percent of straight women engaged in problematic drinking as compared to 37.1 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, but almost have same levels of addiction, the Daily Star reported. READ MORE
  • Yes, There’s Arsenic In Your Cheap Wine. Now Relax

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Wow. So apparently a class action lawsuit has been brought against makers of low-price-point California wines that have been found to contain nightmarishly-high levels of arsenic. First, here is the list of implicated wines. Do you drink these wines? Scary? Scary! This suit has touched off a high profile volley of wine-pundits and scientists, both actual and pseudo, over whether the claims hold water. Some people are saying there is misinformation and exaggeration. Some people, like this guy, are crying hoax. You’re a hardworking IT professional or project manager who leans on Trader…
  • Nobody Wants to Drink Michelob Ultra, Not Even the People in the Ad

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We’ve all been there: you’re hanging out at the beach with some buds—apparently just after a softball game or some other lame reason for you to all be wearing the same t-shirt—and you want to crack open some frosty beers to celebrate the fact that you’re all young, moderately good-looking and on a beach. And then, the worst: you realize the idiot you put in charge of bringing beer brought Michelob Ultra. So, exasperated, no one opens their beer. You can see in the photo that no one is enthused except the jerk who brought the crappy beer. The offender, on the far left in the yellow…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    New this year, Taste Washington has added three unique farm to table experiences to Friday March 27, including one at Willie Green’s Organic Farm.  Each TasteWA Farm to Table experience includes a tour at a local food producer, a chef prepared gourmet lunch and Washington wine served by the wine maker.  Exploring the Lush Snohomish Valley at Willie Green’s Organic Farm will include a farm tour, gourmet lunch prepared by Sam Crannell, chef and owner of LloydMartin, wines by Robert Ramsey Cellars and special guest. Dan Albert, of Farmbox Greens. From chef to farmer In the…
  • Washington Brewers Guild Cask Fest 2015

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The Washington Brewers’ Guild Cask Fest takes place  Saturday, March 28 2015 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Over 40 Washington breweries will be pouring “cask-conditioned” beers at this fun beer fest. Cask-conditioned beer is often considered “real ale” because it is fresh, conditioned naturally without the introduction of CO2 into the cask. It is served directly from the cask in which it was fermented. The Cask Beer Fest is an opportunity to really let the brewer’s creativity shine!  Look for classics as well as the weird and wonderful at the…
  • Foggy Noggin 5th Anniversary

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Happy Fn5 Birthday Foggy Noggin Brewing! On Saturday March 21st, Foggy Noggin turns 5 years old and for a nano-brewery, they will be celebrating BIG! The celebration will go on from noon to 5pm and will include: Foggy Noggin Anniversary Ale Release of the 2015 Anniversary Ale in 22 ounce bottles and on tap Anniversary Cake 10 taps pouring traditional English Ales While kegs last – pints of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Anniversary Ale While kegs last – pints of Fn5 (Imperial 2015 Anniversary Ale) Dry Hopped, Oak Aged, Lagavulin Oak Aged and Warre’s Port Oak Aged Free Fn5 stickers…
  • Debut Discoveries 2015

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Discover the newest Washington state breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries this Saturday, March 21, 2014. Under on roof, at Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park, the newest Washington beverage makers will gather to show off their stuff. Come meet the new kids on the block and see what they have to offer. I remember Debuts and Discoveries being the introduction to some very special wine makers. I met Rachel Horn of Ani Che wines at Debuts and Discoveries as well as  Kyle Johnson of Purple Star Wines.  I met the Grieb family and tasted my first Treveri Cellars, which ended up served at the…
  • Taste Washington

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Taste Washington is the grand finale of Washington Wine Month. Traditionally the last weekend of March, this year Taste of Washington has expanded to four fun wine packed days. In addition to the grand tasting and seminars. you can now experience Taste Washington in a variety of means from rustic to  elegance. Red & White Party The second annual Red & White Party kicks off Taste Washington on Thursday March 26. Hosted at AQUA by El Gaucho, this event features  highly ranked Washington wines poured from magnum bottles. In addition to the prestigious Washington wines, Chef Wesley Hood…
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    All Good Beer

  • 4th Annual Houston Press BrewFest

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    The 4th Annual Houston Press BrewFest takes place on Saturday, May 16th from 3pm ~ 7pm at Silver Street Station (the same location as previous ones).  Over 100 beers will be available (beer list available soon) as well as food trucks and live music. It's a great festival for trying a variety of beer styles in one place as well as an opportunity to try some of the new craft breweries that are not widely available. If you want to see what it's all about, check out the video from last year's BrewFest. General Admission and VIP ticket options are available and both include eight…
  • Craft Brewing Industry Reaches New Levels in 2014

    16 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The Brewers Association has released the 2014 data on craft brewing growth and for the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11%) volume share of the marketplace.In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value. Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19 percent, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft broken down as follows: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery…
  • Texas Debut of Alpine Beer Company

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Another week, another out of state brewery makes its debut in Texas. This time it's Alpine Beer Company from Alpine, California (sort of). Alpine was founded in 1999, but initially had their beers contract brewed at AleSmith Brewing Co until they opened their own brewery in 2002. Alpine's beers have been highly regarded, particularly their IPA's, but were difficult to find as they had a maximum production of around 1500 bbls a year and distribution didn't reach far from home. But that started to change in November 2013 when Green Flash Brewing Co. began brewing some of Alpine's beers…
  • Beers From Sweetwater Begin Flowing in Houston

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Sweetwater Brewing, named for a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, was founded in Atlanta, GA in 1997 by two former college roommates. It has since grown to be the 19th largest craft brewery thanks to their most popular beer, 420 Extra Pale Ale, and the rest of their regular lineup which includes the Sweetwater IPA, Georgia Brown Ale and Take Two Pils along with Blue (a light bodied ale with a hint of blueberry) and Hop Hash Double IPA (made with the hop resin scraped out of the hop pelletizer).There are various events around town this week to…
  • 8th Wonder Celebrating 2nd Anniversary

    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    8th Wonder is celebrating two years of brewing beer in the shadow of the Houston skyline with a party on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00pm. Tickets are available online and priced at $100 for VIP or $25 for General Admission. Only 200 of the VIP tickets are available and prices will increase after March 1st. Further details about what the VIP level gets you hasn't been released yet, but a post on their Facebook page indicated "rare tappings, private bathroom, merch, light bites, pint glasses and more". The event also includes musical performances by: The Suffers, Earphunk, Stooges Brass…
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  • The Koolernaut Digital Beer Chiller

    Beer Blogger
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    The Koolernaut Digital Beer Chiller - There’s nothing better than a cold beer. Tasty brews served up at just the right temperature makes the entire experience even better and assures that you taste the beer as it was intended. Most of the time, your favorite craft beer will be ready to drink right from the fridge, but many brews are better enjoyed at a slightly different optimal temperature. Making sure your beer is at the right temp for imbibing has often been a bit of a guessing game. Guess no more with the Koolernaut digital beer chiller. The Koolernaut is a…
  • Beer Cap Maps

    Beer Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    Beer Cap Maps - Craft beer drinkers are collectors. We collect massive cellars filled with bottles, collect memories and beer coasters from the bars and breweries we visit, and collect experiences of the many great beers and times we’ve enjoyed. One of the most common items many of us collect are the caps that top the bottles we have the pleasure of drinking. While many of us collect these little memories of brews passed, most of us struggle to find a way to display them. Beer Cap Maps are the coolest way to show off those prized bottle caps and your favorite…
  • Wander and Rumble Growler

    Beer Blogger
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wander and Rumble Growler - Growlers are great.  Those half-gallons of goodness let us take beer from our favorite local breweries almost anywhere with us.  While the glass jugs we’re most familiar with are a cost-effective way to package most brews, they certainly have potential for problems too.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that has almost shed a tear when those bottles break and our brew ends up everywhere but in our bellies.  They also don’t seal the best sometimes and can leave things a bit flat.  All of our worries are gone with better…
  • Hammerhead Bottle Opener & Knife Sharpener

    Beer Blogger
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hammerhead Bottle Opener & Knife Sharpener - We love tools that serve more than one purpose.  Anything that can do the work of two things rather than just one is almost always more convenient in our book.  When it comes to our beer gadgets, the same holds true.  Every beer lover needs plenty of bottle openers and a gadget that isn’t just a bottle opener is always better.  So how can we cut down on kitchen clutter and still pop bottles?  The Lanky Hammerhead knife sharpener keeps your cutlery and bottles popped. The Hammerhead Knife Sharpener & Opener fro…
  • DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener - Aaaah beer bottle openers.  Those great little tools that get us into our favorite beverage.  You never want to be caught without one when you need one and when carrying one with you, size is key.  Small bottle openers that can be hooked, clipped and carried anywhere are a must.  In addition to popping open your favorite beer bottle, any opener that can do more than simply open is of additional value to the beer holder.  The DoohicKey tool is perfect to carry anywhere and crack your craft brew any time. For those looking for a small bottle…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 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

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 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

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 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

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 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

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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  • Farmhouse Fest tickets on sale Today!

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tickets to Vancouver’s first annual (I hope) Farmhouse Fest go on sale today at noon! What’s this Farmhouse Fest you’re talking about? It’s a beer festival at the UBC Farm featuring Farmhouse (saison) and wild (sour) ales. It’s being put on by serious beer nerds and it’s going to be really great. The details What? Farmhouse Fest When? Saturday, June 27th 12-6pm Where? UBC Farm How much? $50, plus tax/service What do I get? A real beer glass, four tokens ($10 for six tokens) Why? The beer is going to be great I know for a fact the beer is going to be great.
  • The Stanley Park Story

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Craft beer is about more than just beer, it is a story about how David stood up to Goliath and won. In the industrial era the primary purpose of a factory (brewery) was to keep capital equipment at full capacity and to realize economies of scale and scope, which when done right should make the factory owner rich. When the industrial revolution began, brewers got bigger and bigger, competition increased as did efficiency, but margins were squeezed and compromises were made, beer became nothing more than a widget in a macro economics model. This was not the high water mark for beer. Industrial…
  • Sartori Day!

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m not 100% certain, but I’m quite sure that today is the day Driftwood’s Sartori Harvest IPA hits liquor store shelves in the lower mainland. Driftwood themselves posted this on Facebook yesterday: What does this mean for you? Well, if you want some, setup a Twitter search and/or like all your favourite liquor stores on Facebook. When you get the word, run, don’t walk, to your beer purveyor of choice and buy as much as they’ll sell you. Sartori IPA is the only beer produced in BC that causes this kind of mad dash, and I kind of like it. While it’s…
  • Beer at the World Cup in Brazil

    14 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’ve just arrived in Brazil to take in the World Cup! As a soccer fan, this is one of those bucket list things I had to do. As a beer drinker, I did some advanced scouting to figure out what to expect down here. Turns out Brazil has a bit of a craft beer scene in the bigger cities like Rio and Sao Paulo; there’s even a Delirium Cafe related to the Brussels one in Rio. Also, a fair number of Germans migrated to Brazil over the years and the town of Blumenau has the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, after Munich. So Brazilians do drink a fair amount of beer, and some quite…
  • Finally, Beer on TV is good

    30 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday CTV featured local craft beer on their morning show, link here. This happens from time to time; local beer gets featured on TV, usually by somebody not quite in the know. What’s different this time? The beer they featured is all really good beer with serious beer nerd credibility! We’ve finally made it, craft beer is just regular beer in Vancouver now. The beer they talked about: Steamworks Pilsner Four Winds Saison Driftwood Fat Tug IPA Central City Imperial Porter That’s a lineup that I’d dive right into, and it was featured on regular mainstream TV. Happy…
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    Australian Brews News

  • NSW & Qld craft beer sales representatives

    Help Wanted
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Experienceit Beverages is continuing to expand, and needs the help of two experienced and motivated sales professionals, to join our team of hop heads to help share our passion and spread the word about real craft beer! 2 positions are available, one full time role in NSW and one initial part time role in Qld.This is a rare opportunity to work with one of Australia’s leading craft beer distributors, a rapidly growing business that is focused on developing the highest quality international and national portfolio of premium craft beers and wines. With a range already recognized as one…
  • Beer ratings sites a double-edged sword for brewers

    James Atkinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    SXSW Interactive 2015 explores craft beerBeer ratings websites should allow more of an opportunity for brewers to reach out to amateur critics and deal with beer quality concerns, according to a North American brewer.Hops & Grain Brewing founder Josh Hare said that logging onto beer review sites – such as, and – can make for difficult reading, but it has to be done.“As much as I would love to say that it doesn’t bother me at all I absolutely once a week check in and read,” he said.“We’ve had some really ugly, offensive stuff. At…
  • Bridge Road launches “extremely limited” wet hop beers

    James Atkinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers will once again be releasing two one-off 100% wet hop beers in 2015, The Harvest and The Dark Harvest made with three different research hop varieties from Rostrevor Hop Gardens.Bridge Road founder Ben Kraus said this will be the eighth year the brewery has released a wet hop beer.“Please note that these beers are 100% wet hopped, with no additions of dried or pelletised hops, perhaps two of only a handful in Australia being brewed this way,” he said in a memorandum.“Our most anticipated beer of the year, ‘The Harvest’ is due to be released and we…
  • Made in China: ‘Aussie Beer’ creator fined by ACCC

    James Atkinson
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Australia’s consumer watchdog has meted out a $10,200 fine to Independent Liquor Group (ILG), creator of a product called ‘Aussie Beer’ that was actually made in China.Aussie Beer was a private label product developed by NSW-based wholesaler ILG for sale to its trade customers, which include pubs and retailers that belong to its own Little Bottler and Super Cellars banner groups.“From March 2014 to August 2014, ILG supplied a product named ‘Aussie Beer’, with labelling that incorporated the statement ‘100 per cent owned’ within a map of Australia and the statement…
  • Australian Brews News announces new editor

    Media Release
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    The team at Australian Brews News is excited to announce that writer James Atkinson is joining us as Editor.New Brews News editor, James AtkinsonVacating the editor’s seat for James, Brews News founder Matt Kirkegaard said his addition would see the site continue its growth and solidify its position leading Australia’s conversation about beer.“I started Australian Brews News as a side project to fill what I saw as a gap in the Australian beer media,” he said. “There were trade sites that published media releases and news without critical analysis, and there were blogs that tended to…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • DUI, Part VI: Representation

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate with my readers and deter them from taking any chances when their ability to drive after having a few beers may be impaired. You may read this series from the beginning here. Duval County Jail The echoes of the voices of incarcerated men slowly faded as I was escorted down the same hall through which I had…
  • Esquire Network brings back ‘Booziest Night on Television’

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    It is no joke that the Esquire Network has brought some truly outstanding television programs to cable over the past few years. Esquire, a lifestyle and entertainment network, which debuted in September 2013, features programming that speaks to classic and contemporary passions and interests, from fashion and style to food and drink, travel, family and relationships. The channel builds on Esquire magazine’s 80 years of insight into what makes men tick. On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 the network premiers the new seasons of two of its most popular programs; Best Bars in America and Brew…
  • Craft beer continues phenomenal growth

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Credit: Creative Commons / mfajardo Beverage Industry, a leading magazine covering the $400 billion North American beverage market, has released its 2015 Beer Report and says that craft beer is still showing increased interest both in the industry and in pop culture.  Based on data from Information Resources, Inc. based in Chicago, 2014 craft beer sales volume saw just over 17 percent in increases over 2013, with dollar sales up 20.5 percent. “Craft is more than a beer segment; it is a cultural movement in American society,” says Jeff Nowicki, chief strategy officer with Bump Williams…
  • Oats and hops coexist in New Belgium, Half Acre collaboration

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    New Belgium Brewing’s Hop Kitchen series will see a new release soon. This time the trailblazing series will be produced with Chicago’s Half Acre Beer company to create a creamy, hops forward Oatmeal IPA. If you are thinking that oatmeal is not your normal addition to an IPA, you are right. Used more often in stouts, oatmeal imparts a smoother, creamier mouthfeel to this innovative brew. Learn more about the beer and the Hop Kitchen series in New Belgium’s press release below. Ft. Collins, Colo., March 16, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing and Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Company…
  • Powdered alcohol approved in U.S., is powdered beer coming soon?

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Source: The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that people can drink by mixing the product with water on April 10, 2014. Currently, only four flavors have been approved — vodka, rum, cosmopolitan and Powderita (a margarita flavor). But, there are several more flavors in the process of approval. This new approval opens up a number of possibilities and even more questions, in particular; is powdered beer coming in our near future? The simple answer is we do not know. The approval so far is only for the four flavors already…
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  • Freetail Expands Distribution to Houston

    Press Release
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    HOUSTON – Just in time for patio-weather, Freetail Brewing Co. has made good on a promise made last spring and is rolling into Houston next week. Local wholesaler, Silver Eagle Distributors, will begin delivering the San Antonio-based brews to accounts across Houston and surrounding areas beginning Monday, March 30. In March of 2014, Freetail signed on with Silver Eagle for an initial distribution based in its hometown city of San Antonio. At that time, Scott Metzger, founder and CEO of Freetail, promised Houstonians they would be the first market outside of Freetail’s home base to…
  • Atlantic Importing to Expand in Rhode Island

    Chris Furnari
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Atlantic Importing, the Massachusetts-based beer, wine and spirits distributor of brands like Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing and Boston-area stalwart Jack’s Abby today announced plans to open an outpost in Rhode Island. Citing an opportunity to “expand regional visibility” as a triple threat wholesaler, Atlantic has invested in new, centrally located 12,000 sq. ft. distribution facility in Coventry, RI. The new site will serve as the company’s home base for statewide distribution of select beer, wine and spirits brands. Specific investment figures were not disclosed. In a phone…
  • Summit Brewing Releases Hopvale Organic Ale

    Press Release
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    St. Paul, Minn — Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of Hopvale Organic Ale, a balanced, refreshing session beer available year-round on draught and in 16oz can 4-packs the first week of April. With the hop character of a full-strength IPA, but the drinkability of a low gravity Bitter, Hopvale seeks to deliver a noticeable hop punch while being seriously sessionable at 4.7% ABV. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, lemon rind and tangerine feature prominently in the aroma, while the malt blend supports a thirst-quenching bitterness. “Summit’s ongoing commitment to using…
  • Jack’s Abby Expands to Rhode Island

    Press Release
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    FRAMINGHAM, MA – Jack’s Abby Brewing today announces plans to extend distribution of its word class lagers to Rhode Island. The brewery is expanding to the Ocean State with its oldest partner and sole distributor in Massachusetts, Atlantic Importing, who is opening its own venture in the state—the Atlantic Importing Company of Rhode Island. This is the latest in a quick succession of new territories for Jack’s Abby following the launch of Eastern Pennsylvania at the end of March, as well as Connecticut this past June. “Our fans in Rhode Island have requested our beer for a…
  • Portland Brewing Releases S.M.A.S.H Pale Ale

    Press Release
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Portland, Ore.– Summer is a season for simple times and simple pleasures. It warrants rest, relaxation and refreshing flavors. Look no further for that perfect thirst-quencher during these warmer months, Portland Brewing has you covered with its new single malt and single hop (S.M.A.S.H.) Pale Ale. Simplicity reigns as one hop and one malt are singled out to create this satisfying new brew. Goldpils Vienna malts and Simcoe hops combine to give S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale a rich, bready base with lush pine and citrus notes. Its full body and well-rounded taste complement warm summer evenings,…
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  • Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The quickie: Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout is a super smooth, high gravity stout which almost fools you into its’ pretzel namesake by spending some time in bourbon barrels. Recommend for bourbon lovers. Triple C is a Charlotte, NC brewery that almost always has one or two taps occupied at local watering holes. Known for staples such as their Baby Maker double IPA and Golden Boy ale, their release of the bourbon barrel aged Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout made quite a stir on my social media feeds. I was quite excited to try this beer. Everything is Barrel Aged it Seems…
  • Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The terse: Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is a lemon bomb that packs a couple of great surprises. It has a palate satisfying lemon freshness and an awesome crueller (cruller?) finish. Definitely a recommended buy. Rogue has always been a staple brand for me. Whether I’m bringing Dead Guy Ale to a BBQ or telling my friends about the unique Voodoo Doughnut series, they do not disappoint. The Voodoo Doughnut series is brought to us by Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland, OR and oh boy, they are some good beers. Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale: A Series for the…
  • Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    TLDR; Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale is a gorgeous IPA with a rocky head, passionfruit aroma, and all the fun of gummi bears packed into a bottle of beer. Highly recommended buy. If This Is Evil, I Don’t Want to Be Good Remember that beer from your dream a few nights ago? You know, that one with a perfectly golden hue and rocky creme colored head. No? And there I was thinking I wasn’t the only one dreaming about great beer. Evil Twin Femme Fatal Yuzu Pale tips the scales in its’ favor in the appearance category. It has a color reminiscent of a summer haze and a…
  • Seminar Brewing Citrocity
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    TLDR: This beer is a great session IPA with a gentle citrus aroma, grapefruit forward nose and a delightful bitter bite on the finish. Recommended buy. A Refreshingly Bitter Bite Finding a great tasting session IPA is a moment to be grateful for. Seminar Brewing Citrocity has a hop flavor and bitterness balance many IPA drinkers search for. Citrocity has nice passionfruit and citrus aromas. A slight chemical undertone can be a bit off-putting, but that’s not why we’re here. The nose has a grapefruit, hop forward flavor with a refreshing bitter bite. To some, refreshing and…
  • Japan Crate Unboxing – February
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    In episode one of my subscription crate unboxing series I take a look at what Japan Crate has to offer for the month of February. The two pound Premium crate includes a wide variety of Japanese candy and snacks as well as an interesting beverage. Check out the video above to watch the Japan Crate unboxing or see below for the contents of the crate and my thoughts on what was included. Unboxing the Choco-licious While I enjoyed the majority of the contents of February’s Japan Crate a few items definitely stood out. My favorite item was the package of Every Burger Chocolate…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Bourbon Bandits: A Booty that Betters with Age

    Brad Japhe
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Bourbon is the most sought after whiskey in the world. And as demand grows, supply continues to dwindle. And while there are many uncertainties in life, one thing remains incontrovertible fact: Pappy Van Winkle reigns supreme. Made with more wheat instead of the traditional ingredients of corn, rye, and barley, Pappy has been honored with virtually every award imaginable and has along the way earning a cultish following. Earlier this fall, a lone bottle of their 20-Year Bourbon fetched just under 12 hundred dollars at auction. Stratospheric price tags like these don’t go unnoticed. When a…
  • Going Back into the Dark: Eximo Sipping Rum

    Sara Lawrence
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    The dark ages are coming! Primed to replace whiskey as the next biggest trend, the Spirits Quarterly reports dark aged rum is on track to becoming the new black. All this good news means the FACUNDO Rum Collection —a luxury collection of hand-blended sipping rums— steps into the spotlight. Eximo boasts pristine artistry and craftsmanship from Maestro de Ron (a sophisticated way to say Master Blender) Manny Oliver. After many experimental trials, Oliver blended before aging to create Eximo, one of four expressions in the collection. This delicate process involves the Maestro expertly…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Breakfast Joints In Philadelphia

    Mary "Pepper" O'Brien
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    While you have more than likely heard of the wonders of the authentic Philly cheesesteak, you have probably overlooked the magnificence of the Brotherly Love breakfast. Popular for our epic hoagies, Philadelphia has much more to offer in the realm of boozy brunches than you might think. From artisan donuts and mimosas to a proper English plate of eggs and sausage, look no further for a tour of Philly’s morning delights.   The Continental Mid-Town   Right in the heart of Center City, this groovy joint not only has some of the best breakfast cocktails (try the Midtown Mocha or the…
  • Stop Neglecting Rosé, It’s Not JUST For Summer!

    John Mariani
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    If spring’s around the corner, can rosé wines be far behind?   To be honest, most wine lovers probably don’t think much about rosé wines before June or after September – some may never think about them at all – but during those hot and humid months, rosés seem a capital idea for a light lunch, a Niçoise salad, a BLT, or a batch of guacamole.   Then begin the clichés: “Rosés are so right for summer”; “There’s nothing like a good rosé from Provence with outdoor cooking”; “There are actually some promising rosés now coming out of Spain and South America.”…
  • The Ultimate Guide To The Top Beer Joints In Washington, DC.

    Marley McKenzie
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every day is a long day in our Nation’s Capitol. Whether you’re trying to thwart your Congressman’s attempts to sabotage his career with inappropriate Tinder selfies, babysitting sassy teen duo Sasha and Malia Obama, or lobbying Congress against the evils of SeaWorld, this city can be a tiring place. So what does every good Washingtonian really need after an exhausting day of trying to teach their boss what Twitter is? The answer is: A nice, cold beer. Luckily, DC’s craft beer game is on point, and this city has some fantastic options for the true beer lover seeking a crafty…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Using Old Yeast

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    John recently had a dilemma. He needed to rep itch some yeast into his braggot after a long a tiresome ferment. Worried that some fresh yeast was needed at bottling he looked to the fridge. All he had away an older package of white wine yeast. He rehydrated the yeast in some water and pitched […] Read the original article Using Old Yeast and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Stir Plate or Ferm-Wrap

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    The curse of the home brewer is equipment upgrades. There are so many gadgets and toys available to make better beer or to help you make beer easier. And once you get those gadgets, there are usually newer gadgets to replace those gadgets. The cycle can be exhausting. This week John prepares himself for his […] Read the original article Stir Plate or Ferm-Wrap and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Down Under IPA Brew Session

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    We’ve been talking a lot about hops lately on camera. We’ve even talked more about hops and hopping off camera. Over the past several months John has collected a stash of hops from Australia and New Zealand. I think we intended to do some more hop tasting experiments with these, but even for us that’s […] Read the original article Down Under IPA Brew Session and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Whirlpool Hopping Techniques

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Recently John experimented with some hop bursting for an IPA he did. This week we ask the question ‘What is the fundamental difference between hop bursting and whirlpool hopping?’. Both techniques are all about maximizing hop flavor and aroma from hops, but each takes a slightly different approach to get there. Hop bursting relies on […] Read the original article Whirlpool Hopping Techniques and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Cellared Cranberry Cider

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    We recently tasted a couple fresh ciders that we had made towards the end of 2014. Fermenting freshly pressed apple juice is how many generations before us preserved that valuable food item. Fortifying the beverage certain must have made for some good times in back in colonial times. Packed with vitamins cellared ciders probably help […] Read the original article Cellared Cranberry Cider and other Brew Dudes posts.
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  • Geuze and Kriek have recovered their popularity, they are currently in a massive boost.

    Griet Baelus
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    "DE CAM" is an excellent geuze brewery. On Saturday, June 7th, 1997 The Cam was officially opened by striking the first barrel and along with some 100 guests to taste the "Lambik De Cam".Cam is located in buildings of the town Gooik, already in 1515 as "Lord Landcamme" is mentioned in the annals ("cam" is an old Dutch word for brewery). The town council made it a meeting of a popular café, an instrument museum, a carriage collection and a folk guild.In the warehouse are 45 tons of wooden barrels of 1000 liters each, stacked two high. They come from the Czech brewery "Plzensky Pradroj"…
  • Our new website

    Ben Luyten
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    We have redesigned our website A complete new layout New product photographs Revised prices We are happy with what we have achieved in a short time. Suggestions and comments are always welcome. Enjoy the new, but most important: enjoy our belgian beers.
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 6 : Brasserie de Fagnes

    Lode Devlieghere
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    When I first started out with this series of blog posts and considered which breweries to visit, there was one brewery at the very top of my list: Brasserie de Fagnes. Not only because I am a big fan of their blonde beer, but also because this brewery is different from any other Belgian brewery. They brew a different beer every … week. Literally every week, their brewmaster brews a different beer with local, seasonal ingredients, 52 beers per year in total. Then why did I wait until now to go there? Well, because the brewery is located in a remote but beautiful part of Belgium, only a few…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 5 : Brewery Wilderen

    Lode Devlieghere
    7 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    Here we are again with another episode in our ‘Craft Beer Tour of Belgium’. This time we are presenting Brewery Wilderen, a brewery in the Province of Limburg with a history that dates back to 1642. It was in that year that the farmhouse where the brewery is located was built. The brewing itself started in 1743, but it was stopped two centuries later in 1939. After several bad harvests in a row, there was such a scarcity of grain that the farmer-brewer saw no other option than to stop his brewing activities and focus entirely on the farming.  Almost 70 years later, in 2008, a couple,…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 4: De Dolle Brouwers

    Lode Devlieghere
    25 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    In Esen, near Diksmuide, in the West of Belgium, we find one of Belgium’s most renowned micro-breweries: De Dolle Brouwers. In an old brewery building that dates back to 1835, brew master Kris Herteleer, his wife and his 96-year-old mother receive visitors from all over world. The brewery differs day and night from the modern installations at Brewery De Ranke that we saw a few hours earlier. The brewing equipment is still exactly the same as what was used a century ago and the building is not insulated nor heated, so when it freezes outside, it also freezes inside. The only difference with…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Are you transporting your growlers in a legal way?

    Chad Lothian
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This is a protect yourself blog post, I’ve done quite a bit of reading in regards to Maine liquor laws and at some point I ended up looking at the open container laws and realized that I’ve been in violation without even knowing it. I’m not talking about drinking and driving here either, that’s a separate problem, you can be in violation of the open container laws without ever having taken a drink. Let’s start by looking at the definition of “Open Alcoholic Beverage Container”, from Title 29-A, Chapter 19, Subchapter 2: §2112-A. Open container; drinking in a vehicle…
  • Ten rare beers to be poured at Allagash Event in May

    Chad Lothian
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Last April I collaborated with beer minded folks from around the state of Maine in The Maine Dream Team-up Project. I asked each participant four questions about who they would like to see in a brewery collaboration, question four was “Free for all! Anything goes here as long as there is 1 Maine brewery involved.” Shahin Khojastehzad from Novare Res Bier Cafe started his answer with “Well, it’s already happening! Cantillon Russian River and Allagash are blending each of their lambics (1,2,3 yr. old) to make a Gueuze. These are some of the best who are doing it right now, all are very…
  • Coaster Critique: Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Chad Lothian
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    I decided I wanted to do a review for St. Patricks Day since I haven’t done one recently. A couple years ago I reviewed Murphys Irish Stout, I was hoping to review Orono Brewing Company Dry Irish Stout but it’s not currently available so I changed gears and did my first Whiskey review. Name: Jameson Distilled By: John Jameson & Son / Irish Distillers Limited Style: Irish Whiskey ABV: 40% (80 Proof) Jameson Irish Whiskey has a straw gold color that shimmers in the light. Giving the whiskey a swirl in the glass, thin, slow moving legs begin to form. In the nose I’m finding sweet…
  • So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story

    Chad Lothian
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    I was offered a copy of “So you want to start a brewery? The Lagunitas story” by Chicago Press Review, and since I’m a fan of Lagunitas beer I accepted, having done no research whatsoever, I assumed (based on the title) it was another “how to” book on the brewing industry, which it is absolutely not. The Forward, which is actually called a “Fauxword” was my first indication that this wasn’t just another “how to” book, these first few pages could have been a scene from a grisly war movie and basically left me saying “WTF did I just get into, and what does this have to do…
  • House rules: winning team buys losing team a beer

    Chad Lothian
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Some of life’s greatest highs and lowest lows stem from winning and losing. Winning and celebrating with your team is a great feeling and on the flip-side a loss can be painful. At the Belfast Curling Club in Belfast, Maine beer is the great equalizer. I’ve been making trips to Belfast to curl for 5 years, the group is constantly changing depending on who’s available to play. Skill levels vary depending how many times a person has played and who just has that curl working for them on that particular day, none of us are joining the Olympic team playing two or three times a year…
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    Beer Infinity

  • A Whale A Week: Cantillon Fou’ Foune

    Beer Infinity
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    Last week on A Whale A Week we tasted the rare 2012 vintage of FiftyFifty Eclipse aged in Old Fitzgerald barrels.  During that tasting, which became a somewhat epic bottle share among a small group of us, we ended up cracking some other whales.  Not to miss the opportunity, I made everyone work for it and write out their descrip ...
  • Homebrew competition coming to Petoskey

    Beer Infinity
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Homebrew competition coming to Petoskey Petoskey News-Review Beards Brewery in Petoskey, in cooperation with the Up North Collaboration for Libation Exploration or UNCLE homebrewing club, will host the first Homebrew Battle By The Bay. This competition is open to homebrewers of all methods and experience.
  • Beer jobs: Duty Manager, The Pumpyard

    Beer Infinity
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Four Hearts Brewing is looking for a Duty Manager to help run their busy brewpub The Pumpyard in Ipswich.Working approximately 38 hours a week, we’re looking for someone to help manage a small but hard working team in a fast paced environment. We are a venue that prides ourselves on great customer service and quality product, as such, ...
  • A Big 2015 for the Big Shed

    Beer Infinity
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Big Shed Brewing Concern Prepare for a Big 2015Media ReleaseBig Shed Brewing Concern (BSBC) are preparing for a busy year after the recent launch of their Adelaide-based brew house and the hype of their homemade specialty craft beers.Co-founded in 2014 by Jason Harris and Craig Basford, BSBC are the new kids on the block, focused on producin ...
  • Beer jobs: Bright Brewery, Bright Victoria

    Beer Infinity
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Pour delicious beers and deliver exceptional service at an award winning craft brewery in beautiful Bright!Bright Brewery is seeking casual Brewery Door staff to share our love of beer, work behind the bar, serve our wonderful customers and keep our brewery beautiful, as well as having flexibility to work in other areas of the business as re ...
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  • This Guy Pairs Hash With Craft Beer

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Ed Haas is the guy behind Stirring The Pot.  Go read it. 
  • Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man

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

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

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

    10 Aug 2013 | 8:36 pm
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  • #rinnduin #trinity #scottish #smoked #njcb #craftbeer #bottleshare

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
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  • Winter Eats: Crock-pot Sausages

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    Weather like this calls for something hearty, but I want something on a bun, something that may or may not be topped with cheese, and hot sauce. Something easy to make, with very little clean up. So out comes the Crockpot, and in goes one of my favorite treats: Sausage and Peppers. I will say I would rather them grilled, but given the snow / sleet / rain, that’s not happening. Dead easy to make: put the chopped onions and peppers (and mushrooms if that’s your thing) in with the sausage. You can or cannot cut them up, that’s your choice. Add some water / wine / beer and some tomato…
  • Potato & Eggs: Not quite like my Grand Parents made them

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Continuing with my sandwich fixation, I present to you my childhood favorite: Potatoes and Eggs. This was the thing my grandparents would make me for breakfast when they stayed over. It is the perfect low budget working persons dish. You get your carbs proteins, and fats, and what can the food cost be for a potato , a few eggs and some onion? Maybe it is a New York Italian thing, but if you are trying to stretch what you have laying around, look no further. Thinly sliced potatoes fried up add the eggs and you are done. Really it couldn’t be simpler but man did it taste good. Really I could…
  • Rustic Sandwiches & a drink….. & maybe bacon?

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    I love fresh mozzarella, absolutely love it, maybe more than bacon even, and that’s saying a lot. When it comes to making a sandwich it is almost always my base. Like bacon, or avocado it goes with just about anything. Lately I have been on, what I guess you can call, a rustic kick. Nothing too crazy, give me some fresh Italian or a crusty bread, some cheese, a few toppings, maybe a smoked meat or two, or 10, and I would be a happy fellow. The toppings don’t have to be anything too complex or fancy: say some sun-dried tomatoes, sliced onion, roasted or fried / roasted peppers (sweet for…
  • Not a looker, but tasty #hotspot #soup #tofu #eggs #veg

    10 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
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  • How to Store Your Homebrew Supplies – Infographic

    Brew Review Crew
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Over the past few years, homebrewing has become a popular hobby as beer lovers everywhere are trying their hands at creating their own signature brews; in fact, our good friend Rick Armon (who participated with us in the King of Ohio IPA Contest) over at has published some recent research that estimates that there are 1.2 million home brewers in the United States, and that last year there saw a 24% year-over-year increase in sales of beginner homebrew equipment kits. We were recently approached by a gentleman by the name of Matt Zajechowski from with a great…
  • Three Floyds Dreadnaught – My Go-To 3F Beer

    Brew Review Crew
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
      Review by: Cory Smith Almost a year ago, Ron and I went to Akron to visit Hoppin’ Frog when Fred, the brewer at Hoppin’ Frog, told us he was going to announce the guest tap for the day.  He stood up, grabbed a mic, and announced that the guest beer was none other than Three Floyds’ Dreadnaught.  I’m all for breweries sharing beers to showcase, but I think Fred made a small mistake because after taking one sip of this Double IPA, I realized that Dreadnaught might be the best beer they had on tap. Since that glass in Akron, I’ve been dying to get my hands…
  • Black Cloister Brewing – First Look

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by The post Black Cloister Brewing – First Look appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • An African-American, Korean and Pakistani Walk into a Bar. The Story of Magpie Brewing Company

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Owners/Operators of Magpie Brewing in South Korea   “An African-American, Korean and Pakistani Walk into a Bar…” We’ve all heard jokes that begin in similar ways; and what could be misconstrued as the cringeworthy beginning to a politically incorrect joke is actually a micro-introduction of sorts to the owners/operators of one of, if not the most diverse craft breweries on the planet; Magpie Brewing Company. If you are a frequent visitor to The Brew Review Crew, you may remember a story we broke some time ago introducing the world to Ohio’s newest…
  • Black Cloister Brewing Company Is HERE!

    Brew Review Crew
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Over the past year, we here at the Brew Review Crew have been spreading the good word on Toledo, Ohio’s newest craft brewery; Black Cloister Brewing Company. We were one of the first to bring you the news of the inception of the idea of Black Cloister and then were thrilled to bring you an update when Black Cloister secured their building. Now, after months of anticipation and excitement, we are pleased to announce that the Black Cloister Brewing Company has opened their doors to the yearning public of Toledo, Ohio! Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the private VIP party for…
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • The SommBeer Team

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    A Tribute to the Sommbeer Team Contributors – We’ve grown so much since that first contributor dared to write for this site (@hopscanary 7/24/14).  In a very short period of time, we’ve grown into a beer community and now boast a full team of contributors.  Let’s keep growing, I’m enjoying the ride. – David Adam McIntosh      @The1MacAttack Adam is a craft beer and mustache aficionado who majored in philosophy to implore the nature of craft beer. He is also an avid Detroit sports fan and…
  • Bell’s Oberon Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13  Here in the state of Michigan we endure a lot with out winters.  Frigid temperatures, snow storms, the Detroit Lions, horrid road conditions and all kinds of other annoyances that encompass our winters. Lucky for us there is no shortage of amazing stouts and ales to help keep us warm through the winter the as we trudge on until just after St, Patrick’s day for one of the most festive days in Michigan, Oberon day!  Oberon of course is the seasonal…
  • Atwater Brewery’s Vanilla Java Porter – Beer Review

    Katie Dixon
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Setup: So, my uncle breezes into town this afternoon and says to my cousins and me, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner!” So we wind our way through downtown Traverse City (me with an unsightly cold I caught while gallivanting through Boston last week) until we arrive at a cute little place called the Blue Tractor. We sit, and I am delightfully stunned at their selection of Michigan craft beers. I look the list up and down, having tried all…
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery – Beer Review

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Featured Contributor:  Bill Lowe  @BillsBeerReport While checking my Untapped news feed I saw a very interesting beer check-in from a local radio personality, Spike from the channel 95.5 Mojo in the Morning Show. The check in was for a Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout by Hideout Brewery. A Peanut Butter Stout is something I had never tried before, and I had never heard of Hideout Brewery. Spike had given it a good review so it was worth trying to find. I figured he had to have tried…
  • The Top 5 Belgian Style IPAs

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Belgian Style IPA’s – An Underappreciated Style? It took me a few years to develop a taste for Belgian beers. The delay can be attributed to some inaccurate information provided to me when I was a beer “noob”. It all came down to a bad experience with a sour (full disclosure, I am still not a fan of sours) that was identified as the typical style of Belgian beer by a confident but under informed server. For a few years I…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Old Dominion Hops Coop

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. We are excited to be a part of the coop and are excited about this and the future of hop production on the east coast. The Old Dominion Hops Co-Op is an organization of hop farmers spanning Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina who work together to share information about hops production, assist each other in planting, stringing and harvesting hops, and support one another in selling hops to local craft breweries. The post Old Dominion Hops Coop appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • NC-VA Regional Hops Conference

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Looking for a conference to attend, take a look at this one!  Please join us : NC-VA Regional Hops Conference: Bringing Hop Growers and Brewers Together NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program at NC State University Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM – Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EDT) Winston-Salem, NC We are very excited to attend the NC-VA Regional Hops Conference in March, meeting new hops producers as well microbreweries.   The post NC-VA Regional Hops Conference appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Pre-Orders

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

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

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

  • Anniversary in Review: Brouwer's Cafe - looking back on 10 years

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    A curved steel structure hangs from the ceiling of the two-story hall occupied by Brouwer’s Café. Inspired by a programmatic need for ample seating, this suspended mezzanine animates the large volume of the old workshop building. The dramatic gesture is echoed in a steel-clad oculus that brings natural light to the mezzanine and a seventy-foot beer bar below. The geometric forms and unadorned materials recall an old-world beer hall, giving the space a rough-hewn elegance that complements the hundreds of craft brews served on the premises. -BjarkoSerra ArchitectsAs a…
  • Industry News: Esquire Network's Brew Dogs April 1st and "Best Bars in America" return April 1st

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseLOS ANGELES - ... - Esquire Network continues its quest to celebrate the spirit of men, and the spirits they drink. Tour the world's most notable drinking destinations when new episodes of BEST BARS IN AMERICA return Wednesday, April 1st at 9/8c, followed by an all-new hour of craft beer anarchy with the season premiere of BREW DOGS at 10/9c.Inspired by Esquire magazine's annual run-down, season two of BEST BARS IN AMERICA follows comedians, best friends, experienced cocktail connoisseurs and hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton as they celebrate our country's greatest…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Stone Imperial Russian Stout in Classic and Chai-Spiced

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseESCONDIDO, CA ...  – Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly suited for long periods of cellaring. And there is more to look forward to this year: As part of Stone's “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program (AKA another excuse to brew something new and creative), the…
  • Brewery News: NW: There's still time to pre-order pFriem Family Brewers' first bottled beers.

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press Release Hood River, OR - pFriem Family Brewers announces the first-ever release of pFriem beer in bottles and associated bottle premiere events. The bottle release begins locally in Hood River, OR on Friday, April 3, 2015 at pFriem Family Brewers with Portland and Seattle premieres to follow. pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled beers throughout 2015 including: annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers are being packaged in a…
  • Alehouse News: WA: Bellevue: Local Burger announces improved happy hour menu

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleaseBellevue, Wash., ...  – Bellevue’s premium local-sourcing burger joint, Local Burger, has revamped their happy hour menu to include some of the areas tastiest and affordable offerings.Known for their eclectic variety of burgers and sides, Local Burger’s new happy hour items, available from 3pm to 6pm, include Savory Pumpkin Seeds, Deviled Eggs, Chicken Confit Poutine, Fried Pickle Chips & Chili Aioli, Beecher’s Cheese Curds & Veggie Tempura, and Roasted Brussel Sprouts.Aside from small plates, Local Burger is also offering…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • March 27th, 2015

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    A handsome suit, a dapper vest...soon to be a drunken mess!
  • March 20th, 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    ♫ Because your friends don't dance and if they don't danceWell, they're no friends of mine ♫ ...Ok, just don't spill Read More...
  • Hopology

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Hopology is the new independent Beer Shop in West Bridgford. We have a great range of beers from the British Isles, Europe a
  • March 13th, 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
      Since St Patricks Day comes mid week this year, we thought we'd jump the gun just a bit...
  • Come Hither

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Come hither, my lads, with your tankards of ale,And drink to the present before it shall fail;
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    Real Ale Review

  • Dorothy Goodbody

    Martin Gray
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Commercial Description: Nothing gives Dorothy more pleasure than the succulent aroma of the two finest English hop varieties, Goldings and Fuggles. She selected these and Maris Otter pale malt for her Golden Ale as they’re naturally a winning combination. The result is a crisp and zesty beer that is as comfortable served on its own as it is alongside chicken dishes, salads and pasta. Real Ale Review: Dorothy Goodbody Golden ale pours muddy yellowish orange with a small, creamy, white head. The Smell is that of biscuits and good, sweet flowery hoppiness. The flavour is unusual, a little bit…
  • Southville Hop

    Martin Gray
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Commercial Description: Southville hop is an American inspired IPA is powerfully hopped with Cascade, Centennial & Simcoe hops packing it with tropical fruit aromas & flavours. Attractively amber in colour, it is a big strong beer to balance all those hops Southville Hop is another local beer (for me) from the Bristol Beer Factory. After drinking a St Peter’s Pineapple Fruit Beer last week I wasn’t so sure about trying this but a friend recommended it. Aroma This one has a strong pineapple aroma . It pours a clear golden amber with an off white head. It tastes hoppy with…
  • Firewitch – New from Cheddar Ales

    Martin Gray
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Cheddar Ales launches new premium craft range with spicy farmhouse Saison. Cheddar Ales has launched a spicy farmhouse Saison called Firewitch as part of its new premium craft range. The Cheddar Ales premium craft range allows our creative brewers to make one off, seasonal or more experimental brew styles. The Saison is brewed using Pilsner, Munich and a little wheat malt with fresh citrus fruit zest, Indian coriander and grains of paradise with a blend of Sorachi Ace, Calypso and Pacific Jade hops. “Creating a new brew is very exciting for us at Cheddar Ales. We love and trust our core…
  • St Peter’s Grapefruit Beer

    Martin Gray
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Commercial Description: A premium wheat beer base combines with a light natural grapefruit flavour, producing a subtle citrus after taste. Excellent as an apéritif or as a refreshing change. Winner of many awards including Bronze medal at CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Serve chilled / cold for maximum enjoyment. I am partial to a St Peter’s Grapefruit Beer and this bottle is an acquired taste but great in moderation. This wonderful bottle shape makes me smile. It pours a lightly hazy, cloudy amber colour with lots of bubbles yet a thin head. Lots of grapefruit in the nose but only…
  • Cheddar Ales hosts fashion show May 16th

    Martin Gray
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Cheddar Ales hosts fashion show in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset. May 16th 2015 I’m writing to you from Cheddar Ales ( to let you know about our fund raising fashion show in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice on 16th May. Held at the Cheddar Ales Brewery on Winchester Farm, Cheddar, doors will open from 7.30pm. Ticket price includes a drink on arrival, mini-ploughman’s, a fashion show by Amba (, charity auction, raffle and music. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction will go St Margarets Hospice and they are available in advance…
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  • Why Sour Beers’ Growth Can’t be Stopped

    Diana Bocco
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Sour beers have become one of the latest discoveries in the craft beer industry. Although popular in Europe for decades, sour beers are only now becoming popular in America – and growing at a fast pace. How Sour Beers Are Different Sour beers have historically been produced primarily in two ways: specialized or wild yeast/bacteria strains (as in the Belgian Lambic style) and by combining a batches of beer with sour beer – sour (or stale) beer with a new batch, explains Robert S. Parker, a Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, a member of the American Homebrewers…
  • A Small Winery that’s Big on Creativity: James River Cellars

    Kitty Lusby
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Okay, it’s not really on the James River. In fact, it’s technically not even in Richmond. James River Cellars is located just north of Richmond city in Glen Allen, Virginia, right off of a major highway and directly next to a driving range. Admittedly, it’s an odd location for a winery, and their vineyards are primarily located off site, with the exception of a few mandatory vines for zoning purposes, but James River employs a creative and resourceful bunch of people. Since June 2001, they’ve been putting their little space to work and steadily expanding, and their wines exemplify…
  • How Breadmaking Became an Art

    Diana Bocco
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Bread making is going back to its roots, thanks to artisan bakers such as Kathy Hester, who owns the New Mexico-based BakeHouse with her husband, Tom. Hester specializes in traditional European Sourdough and naturally leavened breads. Using natural yeast strains, from start to finish it can take between 24 to 30 hours to produce a loaf of bread. We talked to Kathy about what goes into baking artisan bread and why the movement is revolutionizing the industry. Question: Can you tell us a bit about what it really means to be a Traditional European Sourdough Bread Baker? Kathy Hester: This title…
  • Walking Man Brewery – Homo Erectus

    Erick Mertz
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Columbia River Gorge is a natural playground of unmatched beauty, offering an array of year round recreation options. Wander into any brewery in downtown Hood River, Oregon, luminaries such as Full Sail and Double Mountain, and you’ll find a selection of anglers, hikers and wind surfers. Regardless of how this area may raise its cosmopolitan profile, there is no mistaking the facts: the Gorge is real outdoorsman country. Across the river in the small town of Stevenson, Washington, tucked along the old waterfront district, refreshment seekers will find an off the beaten path oasis well…
  • Cocktails With Culinary Accents: The Best Culinary Blends for Drinks

    Eva du Monteil
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The art of mixology is founded upon fresh thinking. Over the years, the experimentation and creativity of bartenders has resulted in the elaboration of cutting-edge, bold drinks with distinct flavors. Borrowing spices, herbs, vegetables and other ingredients traditionally found in our kitchens, mixologists are contributing to the evolution of drinks today. Here is how to best use these unconventional elements at home to create the most perfect cocktails and drinks. Let’s start with basics first: spices Spices are an affordable, natural way to give a kick to a cocktail. A staple commonly…
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