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  • Handle This Cup

    Wort's Going On Here?
    Jeff Holt
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    You know I love beer gadgets. I recently received an request from Ron Redfern to mention his new product, Handle This Cup. There's nothing better than kicking back with friends at a sporting event with an ice cold brew!  Carrying around flimsy plastic cups that easily spill and turn your "cold one" into a warm mess ... not so much!  That's why we invented Handle This Cup.  Handle This Cup is an innovative sleeve and handle carrying system designed to take all the stress and party killing hassle out of carrying your beer in plastic cups.  Made of lightweight, high impact…
  • Craft Beer Kings to hold online January Cellar Sale on Sunday, January 18th

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, January 18th at 9am PST. More details and a list of beers below the dotted line. Won’t be at your computer or phone on Sunday? 1) You might want to browse the selection of beers already online. It’s impressive. 2) Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for daily new beer alerts.
  • Tasting Beer is Hard Work

    Chicks Love Beer
    “Jenni-Firkin” Spence
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Each December, one of my local homebrew groups, Colonial AleSmiths and Keggers (CASK) hosts a big competition, the Beer Blitz. This year, they received over 400 entries – that’s a LOT of beer, considering every entry requires two bottles. I’ve observed parts of the competition in previous years, but was never able to judge until this year. Now, I have no formal qualifications other than liking to drink beer, so I was a bit skeptical when asked to help judge, and continued asking “are you sure you want me?” Reassured that it was okay, and that I could provide a…
  • A-B’s craft acquisition strategy, per Beer Business Daily.

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    Jack Curtin
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    This was Harry Schuhmacher’s evaluation in a special late addendum to yesterday’s issue of his daily newsletter: There are two common denominators underlying A-B’s strategic choice of craft brewers they purchase (and make no bones about it, there’s a strategy behind everything A-B does): 1. They are local or regional (i.e. not national), and 2. They have brewpubs and/or taprooms. The strategic rationale for the first criterion is obvious: They don’t want to have to fix (many) distributor footprint issues and they can roll out the brands nationally for quick…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area. The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels. The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It…
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  • Stone’s gluten-reduced Delicious IPA now available coast-to-coast

    Press Release
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Press Release:  (Escondido, CA) – Since 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has been obsessed with its mission of providing people access to high-quality, big-character craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it. With that goal in mind, the company is introducing Stone Delicious IPA, a citrusy ale dry-hopped exclusively with El Dorado hops. As if that wasn’t enough, the beer has also been crafted to reduce gluten. Starting today, Stone Delicious IPA will begin arriving in 12-ounce six-packs to retail accounts and on draft1 to restaurants…
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing releases three new beers to start off 2015

    Press Release
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Press Release:  (Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015: the intensely hop-heavy Hop Hunter IPA and the sessionable Nooner Pilsner. The brewery will also unveil its newest spring seasonal selection, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, for a total of three brand-new beers for craft drinkers to explore. Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvest—for the first time, drinkers can taste wet-hop character year-round. This pure, powerful hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the…
  • Craft Beer Kings to hold online January Cellar Sale on Sunday, January 18th

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, January 18th at 9am PST. More details and a list of beers below the dotted line. Won’t be at your computer or phone on Sunday? 1) You might want to browse the selection of beers already online. It’s impressive. 2) Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for daily new beer alerts.
  • Russian River’s new brewhouse construction commences soon

    Press Release
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    (Paso Robles, CA) – According to a new a blog post this week from Russian River Brewing, “We are still moving forward with the plans for Firestone (Walker) to brew Pliny the Elder for us during our construction in January/February.” Below is the original announcement from late September in case your missed it. As you may well know, the folks at Russian River Brewing Company struggle everyday to supply an ever-increasing demand for their very popular Double IPA, Pliny the Elder. In 2008, Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, Co-owners of the brewery, got a screaming deal on used…
  • Oskar Blues and Perrin Brewing release Cornlaboration Lager in Michigan

    Press Release
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Press Release:  (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Comstock Park, MI) – CORNLABORATION, a new collaboration lager born from the creative brewing mind-meld of Oskar Blues Brewery of Colorado and North Carolina and Perrin Brewing Company of Comstock Park, Michigan, has been released in Michigan. This heady combination of corn, Full Pint malt, German hops and Denmark lager yeast compels cornstalks to high-five in the field (5.8% ABV, 45 IBUs). The fresh fruit and citrus aroma of this quaffable lager culminates in a fresh bready flavor followed by a light-bodied corn finish. Rumor has…
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    NYT > Beer

  • What to Do in Denver

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Bagels, beignets, a history museum and a botanic garden are unexpected highlights in the mile-high city.
  • Woman Sets World Mark in Beer Mile

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Elizabeth Herndon, an assistant professor at Kent State, and Corey Gallagher, a mailman in Canada, won the top divisions of the inaugural beer mile world championships in Austin, Tex.
  • Cue the ‘Chariots of Fire’ Theme, With Burps

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    More than 150 runners will compete on Wednesday in Austin, Tex., in the beer mile world championships, which combine sprinting with chugging beers, one before each quarter-mile.
  • Budget Problems? Kentucky and Elsewhere Find Answer in Bottle

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The alcohol industry is booming in many states, fueled by a growing taste for whiskey and craft beer, and changes to regulations and tax policies.
  • Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
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  • Dawn of the Red Joins Ninkasi Brewing’s Flagship Series

    Jonny Fullpint
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Eugene, OR – Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the addition of Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to its year-round Flagship S… The post Dawn of the Red Joins Ninkasi Brewing’s Flagship Series appeared first on
  • Victory Brewing Set To Distribute Victory Helles Lager to 35 States

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    (DOWNINGTOWN, PA) – In response to growing consumer demand and appreciation for a crisp-tasting lager beer, Victory Brewing Co… The post Victory Brewing Set To Distribute Victory Helles Lager to 35 States appeared first on
  • Four Brewers | On Location at Monkish Brewing Co.

    Four Brewers
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Season 2, Episode 4 - This week, we’re on location at Monkish Brewing in Torrance, California with owner, president and br… The post Four Brewers | On Location at Monkish Brewing Co. appeared first on
  • Green Flash Soul Style IPA

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    From Green Flash Brewing – Our brewers rip—creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft bee… The post Green Flash Soul Style IPA appeared first on
  • No-Li Brewhouse Presents 4-Pack Lineup

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    (Spokane, WA) – No-Li Brewhouse prides itself on brewing Spokane-Style beers with no boundaries.  That is, taking loca… The post No-Li Brewhouse Presents 4-Pack Lineup appeared first on
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  • Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area. The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels. The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It…
  • It's official! Virginia now has more than 100 breweries.

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Hot off the presses, well, keyboards, from our friends at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild: There now are more than one-hundred 'craft' breweries operating in the state of Virginia. Release Date: January 21, 2015 RICHMOND, VA –The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild announced today that the Commonwealth is now home to over 100 craft breweries. This important milestone was celebrated at the Guild’s annual meeting and Craft Beer Caucus legislative reception, attended by over 150 brewers and legislators from around the Commonwealth. “100 craft breweries is a huge milestone for Virginia,” said…
  • Is Cizauskas shilling for Boston Beer?

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    This is a photo of me pulling slurry from a fermenter. And, here, below, is a screenshot of a gentleman pulling a sample of beer from a barrel. It's a still from a currently running Sam Adams beer ad called "Be Original. Stay Independent. He looks remarkably like me. Am I now shilling for Boston Beer? Am I eligible for residuals? No! That is not I. Are we looking at a doppelganger? -----more-----There is no direct link to the commercial, but it can be seen on the Samuel Adams website. A friend in the business tells me that the gentlemen in the advertisement is one Jonathan Mastin, Senior…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Week 52, 2014, and Week 1, 2015.

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 52/121 December 2014 - 3 January 2015 3 January 2015U.S. to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba. —Via Daily Beast. 3 January 2015The 10 top stories of 'craft' beer in 2014, according to Brewbound. —Via Brewbound. 31 December 2014Notable obituaries of 2014. —Via Washington Post. 31 December 2014The top 33 beer bars in the Unites States, according to Thrillist. —Via Thrillist. 30 December 2014Who owns what beer? A graphic depiction of the largest beer companies and the beers they own or produce. —Via…
  • Drinking, again. Terminal beers, reviewed.

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    In this case, I'll defer to the wisdom of the crowd. This photo of mine from 2011 —of three beers at the Terminal Brewhouse, in Chattanooga, Tennessee— has received nearly 5,200 hits on Flickr, many of which are recent. The photo itself is of no startling artistic merit —if I might arbiter my own work. Maybe the interest was due to my commentary. Nah. Adequate enough as a review, but really of no scintillating linguistic merit. Surrendering, I'll post the photo, and quote myself. Ah, it was the beers ... that's what got their attention. Three beers enjoyed in lovely company, on a hot…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Trends in India Pale Ale (IPA) with Mitch Steele – BeerSmith Podcast #96

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Mitch Steele, the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co joins me this week to discuss trends in IPAs. India Pale Ale has exploded the last few years, and is now one of the fastest growing styles in Craft Brewing. Mitch Steele at Stone is leading the trend. 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 (49:45) Today my guest is Mitch Steele who is the Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co, and also author of the book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale…
  • Should you use a Secondary for Beer Brewing?

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    About ten years ago a secondary fermentation in beer brewing was considered a “must do” by most top brewers. But in the last ten years, much has changed so this week we take a look at the eternal question “to Secondary or not?” Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Fermentation Beer fermentation starts in the primary fermenter. The purpose of primary fermentation is to capture the active phase of strongest fermentation, which usually lasts about 3 days. Many traditional references recommend moving your beer to a secondary after active fermentation has subsided – which…
  • Beer Brewing Secrets with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #95

    Brad Smith and Friends
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Michael Tonsmeire joins me to share some of his top pro beer brewing secrets. Michael provides 12 tips from the top brewers and shares his experience as an author and contributor to Modern Times brewery. 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 (53:36) Today my guest is Michael Tonsmeire, the author of the recent book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link), beer designer for the “Modern Times” craft brewery, and author of the “Mad Fermentationist”…
  • Conical Fermenter Advantages for Home Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Conical fermenters, once out of reach for home brewers, have recently become very popular as companies have started making conicals in small and affordable packages. Many home brew sized conicals have entered the market in the last few years in the sub-$200 price range. I have to say, I’ve been using primarily carboys for many years, but the conical does offer some advantages over a bucket or carboy. Professional Conical Fermenters Most modern professional fermentation vessels are cylindo-conical. They are typically cylindrical on the top, but have a conical shape on the bottom, and…
  • Malt for Beer Brewing with John Mallett – BeerSmith Podcast #94

    Brad Smith and Friends
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    John Mallett, the Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewing joins me to talk about his new book “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse” This is the final book in the four part Brewing Element series from Brewer’s Publications. John discusses varieties of malt, the malting process and how various malts are used in beer brewing. 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 (49:00) John Mallett is the Director of Operations at Bell’s…
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  • 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…
  • Ipswich Revival Saison Release & first Brewery Open House 2/4 (MA)

    event post
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Come celebrate the release of Ipswich Revival Saison on Saturday, February 14th from 1-4 at the brewery. In addition to getting a taste of the new beer, attendees can tour the entire facility for the first time ever! Tours will run every 20 minutes and be limited to 25 per group. Tour times are: 1pm, 1:20, 1:40, 2pm, 2:20, 2:40, 3pm, 3:30, 3:40, 4pm. To reserve a spot email us at with your full name, number of people in your party, and your preferred tour time. All ages welcome, Mercury Soda Pops will be available for underage attendees.
  • Pintley Good Beer Winter Passport – Boston 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Pintley and Burger Conquest are proud to present The Boston Winter Good Beer Passport! By purchasing a passport, you’ll get one full craft beer at every one of the 19 participating locations. You can use them any day, any time from January 15th through March 13th, 2015. So grab your friends, brave the cold, and go on an adventure through the world of Boston’s Craft Beer this winter! How it Works: Buy a ticket for the location where you would like to pick up your passport. Pick up your passport at the location you chose any day from January 15th through February 14th, 2015. Bring…
  • Winter Beach Party @ Gardner Ale House 1/22 (MA)

    event post
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Winter Breach Party 2015 We’re cranking up the head Friday, January 23, 9:30 PM Where: Gardner Ale House 74 Parker St. Gardner, MA 01440 Visit for more information About Gardner Ale House Gardner Ale House is the only brewpub & restaurant in Worcester County. It is a family style pub and restaurant featuring fresh, bistro style food in an upscale setting. The brewery offers several distinctive, house made brews and continues to develop new recipes. The restaurant distinguishes itself through the use of fresh, unfrozen and unprocessed products. Menu selections are…
  • Warm & Fuzzy @ Portsmouth Brewery 1/14 (NH)

    event post
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Fight the Polar Vortex – Portsmouth Brewery’s Warm and Fuzzy beer social! Head Brewer Matt Gallagher’s big beers and a sumptuous offering of Chef Jon Hebert’s favorite winter dishes will leave you with smiles and a sweater you can wear on the inside. This evening of richness will take place January 14, from 6pm-8pm in the subterranean Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. Space is limited, so you’ll want to book your spots, either in person at 56 Market Street, or through the e-store links below. Imperial Pint Club members can save $5 on their reservations by entering…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • "Grain Suffisamment Pour Faire De La Biere"

    Alan McLeod
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The footnote quoting a text from 10 August 1620 actually reads in full:Nous avon du grain suffisamment pour faire du pain and de la bièreThat statement was written by Denis Jamet, Récollet missionary at Quebec in New France. When I wrote the bit about New France in Ontario Beer a year ago, I only thought to state that beer "came to New France at the latest in the 1630’s with Jesuit priests who brewed as part of their daily duties." Hadn't thought of the Récollets. The Jesuits come along a little later and, by 1634, they have a full brewery was being planned but in Quebec the…
  • The Eight Years Reign of "Craft" Beer Ends

    Alan McLeod
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    As with many of the words and ideas hovering around good beer for the last decade, we all knew for a while that "craft" beer has been a bit of a loser. Yesterday on social media, two of the biggest voices in good beer publishing affirmed its relegation. Here is an article John Holl of All About Beer on the status of the word: As a media company, we rely on using words properly. One year ago this magazine took the first step in limiting the word craft in our coverage. Our feature articles no longer differentiate between craft brewers and not because we don’t have a solid definition. As…
  • Looking Out The Window Of A Pub

    Alan McLeod
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It's one of my favorite things to do, sitting looking out the window of a pub. This was last Monday afternoon. The Bow Bar in Edinburgh. I was just getting used to the time zone and would fly out the next day. Two guys standing at the bar in the small one room space were providing the background track to the seat with a view. Apparently, the Bow Bar is packed on weekends but who sits in bar staring out the window on weekends? It's something to do when your colleagues are at work. When you could be writing a report. Making plans. Paying bills.
  • Is It Even Possible To Be A Beer Expert?

    Alan McLeod
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Jeff wrote an article for All About Beer this week called "Why Beer Experts Matter". I commented by Twitter that it set out a "good argument by @Beervana but expertise is key, not the "experts" - personifying a body of knowledge just limits it." Discussion ensued. I meant it. Good. It was not snide code. It good - and good can be, you know, good. And it got me thinking about experts, expertise, professionalism, experience and interest... and interests while we are at it. And Lars asked for more detail. So, In this post, I am going to try to explain myself to myself, Jeff, Lars and to you if…
  • Back From That Trip To Scotland That I Mentioned...

    Alan McLeod
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    I was away for a week on a business trip to Scotland. A whole week? Well, as I am the son of two of those Scots who took to the four corners of the world, I did add a couple of days of vacation but, much to my surprise, it also took 33 hours of travel to get from where I am to where I was going and then, for unknown reasons, well over 20 hours to get back. Evil ocean. Where are the supersonic subs I was promised in comic books as a kid? So while the jet lag isn't as bad when traveling west, I still need to put things in order. A bit of a photo travelogue, then, tonight. A slide show. I had…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • A-B buys another craft brewery

    Stan Hieronymus
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 01.26.15 A Single Word: The Case for Beer. At the outset of 1997, in his regularly appearing column in All About Beer Fred Eckhardt asked the question, “What is ‘craft beer’?” It was a topic discussed often by brewers that seldom showed up in print. In fact, in the first of a lengthy two-part interview with Charlie Papazian and Michael Jackson about the past the future of beer included in the same issue as Eckhardt’s column and the words craft and beer never appeared in tandem. It was possible then and it is possible now to write about…
  • On beer experts, plus the value of skipping the comments

    Stan Hieronymus
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 01.19.15 1- With 600 bottles of beer on the wall, how can a staff keep up? Taste, talk and learn. 2- Why beer experts matter. 3- “Expertise is key, not the ‘experts’ – personifying a body of knowledge just limits it.” 4- Is It Even Possible To Be A Beer Expert? As I have mentioned in the past, I save stuff to Pocket through the week, then sometime during the weekend pick what to post here, and occasionally try to add an original thought. So the top story hit my radar Tuesday, and it had me thinking about some of the things Jeff Alworth…
  • Session #96 announced: the relevance of beer fairs

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    The topic for The Session #96 comes to us from Joan Birraire in Barcelona: “Festivals: Geek Gathering or Beer Dissemination?” Here are the basics: I guess it is pretty much clear, but apart from exposing whether the answer is A, B or C (the latter being “it depends”) I expect participants to give us some insight into their local beer panorama to better understand the importance or irrelevance of Festivals in each area. My guess is that it can be quite different depending on the popularity of beer in different countries and cultures. Oh, and it turns out they are called…
  • Hops update 01.16.15

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    The 2015 American hop crop — yes, the one that won’t be harvested until next August and September — is basically sold out. That does not mean homebrewers or new breweries or operating breweries that didn’t plan ahead won’t be able to buy hops. It means that the hops, including new plantings, that farmers in the Northwest expect to harvest are spoken for. In most cases they are committed to breweries that have contracts, but some remain in the control of brokers. And it means that brewers, particularly homebrewers, who know they are going to want particular…
  • Because we don’t all like the same flavors

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    Here’s another new hop to look for: Relax. It’s unusual because it contains 0.25% alpha acids, as in almost none. For sake of comparison, Czech Saaz hops have 3-6%, Cascade 4.5-7%, and German Herkules 12-17%. It was bred in Germany and those who have rubbed and sniffed the cones describe aromas like “green tea, celery, hay, and lemongrass.” Until recently it belonged to a large tea company, but the company is not particularly happy with the variety and its future is uncertain (it is grown on only about five acres). The Barth-Hass Group recently included it in tasting…
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  • The Great Craft Beer Swindle

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    With news from the US of yet another takeover of a much-loved local craft brewer by a multinational, how long can it be before we see the same thing happen in the UK? On Saturday, walking up a hill in the middle of nowhere with barely any mobile reception, we attempted to continue a conversation on Twitter on this subject — a mistake, with hindsight. This post is an attempt to set out our thoughts a bit more clearly, though they’re still just ponderings. Britain’s ‘craft revolution’ (if you accept that we had one) began either in around 2005 (Thornbridge,…
  • We’re Stumped – Help!

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    We’ve reached dead ends in various strands of research and thought we’d throw these questions open to the floor in search of solid leads. 1. Who exactly was Andrew Campbell? We can’t find out anything about the author of 1956’s Book of Beer, published by Dennis Dobson. We asked Barrie Pepper, collector of beer books and veteran beer writer, and he put the word out through his network, to no avail.  Our guess is that it was a pseudonym for a better-known writer or journalist not eager to be associated with beer. 2. What did AK stand for? This is Martyn…
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 24/01/2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    There’s no better cure for a hangover than reading loads of blog posts and articles about beer — prose concerning the dog that bit you and all that. → Dave West was the founder of Eastenders Cash’n’Carry in Calais, where Brits could fill vans with cheap booze for (ahem) ‘personal consumption’, but just before Christmas, he was murdered in his Mayfair flat. For Off Licence News, Nigel Huddleston provided this fascinating profile-cum-obituary: West made no bones about the fact that he was selling to gangs who were breaking the law by driving back van…
  • QUOTE: Arthur Ransome on Lager, 1907

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    “These Soho dinners are excellently cooked and very cheap. Only the wine is dearer in England than in France. There you can get a carafon for a few pence, and good it is. But here the cheapest half-bottle is tenpence, and often disappointing. The wise drink beer. It is Charles Godfrey Leland who, in his jovial scrap of autobiography, ascribes all the vigour and jolly energy of his life to the strengthening effects of Brobdingnagian draughts of lager beer drunk under the tuition of the German student. It is good companionable stuff, and a tankard of it costs only sixpence, or less.”…
  • VIDEO: Trussing the Cooper, 1956

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Filmed at Whitbread’s brewery in the City of London, and part of the vast British Pathé library available on YouTube: Jim Elliott of Dagenham is put into a barrel and covered with dirty water and a barrel of “muck”. The workers hammer the sides of the barrel, laughing at the apprentice who is black from the water and muck… Women shriek with laughter as the poor boy is rolled around inside the barrel and generally mistreated. VIDEO: Trussing the Cooper, 1956 from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007
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  • East Lake Devil’s Kettle

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Straight from Minneapolis’ newest Brewery; East Lake Brewing. Devil’s Kettle; a Belgian IPA. Poured from a bad ass stainless steel growler, a solid finger of bright white tight bubbles are produced. Color is a very bright orange brown. The nose is lovely with bright citrus from both the hops and Belgian yeast, leaving the nose with a clean refreshing yeast character. Tastes of orange, peach and apricots. Malt character is robust enough to stand on its own, yet plays well with the hops. Stopping the beer from being overly bitter. Belgian yeast persists in the flavor and is very…
  • Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp

    31 Jan 2013 | 5:37 pm
    Today I have a beer I have enjoyed on tap but haven’t gotten around to sampling from a bottle yet. Clown Shoes is a newer brewery out of Massachusetts that appears to have been founded at the end of 2010 inspired by the Dogfish Head / Beer Advocate collaboration for the 2010 Extreme Beer Fest which resulted in wrath of the pecant. While a relatively young brewery they appear to have large catalog of brews that I have been enjoying sampling on tap over the past few months they have been in our market. Their beers are contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Company (formerly Ipswich…
  • Colt 45 Strawberry Lemonade Blast

    10 Oct 2012 | 5:30 pm
    So it’s been a while. Far too long in fact. So I bring you something closer to my heart than you may realize: Blast by Colt 45. Pours a florescent pink hue with two fingers of light pink head. The majority of the head settles quickly leaving a small amount of lacing and residual bubbles. Smells of cotton candy, fruity bubble gum, artificial strawberries, lemons, gentle acidity and lots of sugar. The 12% ABV is well hidden in the aroma with a bit of a sweet and sour warheads thing going on. Tastes of somewhat chemically artificial flavors, strawberry, lemon, lime, cherry, tons of sugar…
  • Mikkeller & BrewDog I Hardcore You

    12 Apr 2011 | 1:36 pm
    Today I have what is sure to be a fun brew from the always creative Mikkeller and BrewDog. Once again working together to craft beer in BrewDog’s Scotland brewery. This time around things are a bit different, as this is no regular collaborative brew. I Hardcore You is a blend of Mikkellers I Beat yoU, a highly hopped Imperial IPA, and BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA another nicely hopped Imperial IPA. But that wasn’t enough, after blending this brew it was further dry hopped another two times. Making the aroma I got when pouring this brew no surprise. Pours an opaque maroon hue with…
  • Matilda Bay Fat Yak Pale Ale

    22 Mar 2011 | 2:00 pm
    Today I have another brew that was brought to me from Australia. Fat Yak Pale Ale is brewed by the folks of Matilda Bay Brewing in what they like to call their “Garage Brewery”. Founded in 1984 Matilda Bay’s brewers seem to have a passion for the art of beer and enjoy experimentation including the production of the first Australian beer to use wine grapes in addition to barley. Though this bottle is labeled 19Aug11 I fear it will have lost a good deal of the hop aroma that this 345ml bottle boasts about as I know it has sit in my fridge for at least two months and likely…
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    Jack Curtin's LIQUID DIET

  • None dare call It craft.

    Jack Curtin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    When John Holl left legitimate journalism and entered the strange world of beer writing a couple of years back, we all had to raise our games more than a bit. Yes, he’s that good and when he has something to say, it’s wise to listen. Holl is now the editor of All About Beer Magazine and the new issue (just in the mail, on newsstands this coming week, I’d guess) cover-features his editorial suggesting that we at least consider the abolition of the word “craft” as a beer descriptor to the degree that is practical and possible. There is a word that is used often in…
  • A-B’s craft acquisition strategy, per Beer Business Daily.

    Jack Curtin
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    This was Harry Schuhmacher’s evaluation in a special late addendum to yesterday’s issue of his daily newsletter: There are two common denominators underlying A-B’s strategic choice of craft brewers they purchase (and make no bones about it, there’s a strategy behind everything A-B does): 1. They are local or regional (i.e. not national), and 2. They have brewpubs and/or taprooms. The strategic rationale for the first criterion is obvious: They don’t want to have to fix (many) distributor footprint issues and they can roll out the brands nationally for quick…
  • The Age of Innocence is over.

    Jack Curtin
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co, it was announced today. This is an edited sentence from a story I’ve written for the upcoming issue of Ale Street News (out in early February) about what happened in 2014 and what that might portend for the future: Three well known and respected breweries—Founders, Blue Point and 10 Barrel—were bought out entirely or in part this past year… [and] Southern Tier, Sweetwater and Uinta all sold partial stakes in their businesses to private equity firms. We are entering the decade when a lot of the original craft brewery…
  • Would that I could get there.

    Jack Curtin
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    My last post (scroll down), which reprinted a “Best of” list I did a decade and a half ago and in which I named Yards Old Ale as my Beer of the Year, brought this response from the brewery’s Deputy of Art and Marketing Gina Marie Vasoli: Hope the new year is faring well for you so far. I saw your nostalgic post on Liquid Diet and wanted to let you know that Old Ale just so happens to be on cask at Kite & Key right now. Tom and Jon got together a couple months back to brew it for fun. Good timing for you! I can’t get there for several reasons, not least of which are…
  • Remember what I said back in 1999?

    Jack Curtin
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Yeah, me neither, but I when ran across this year’s end awards list from those ancient times, I figured it might be fun reading for those of you who kept visiting these environs over my nearly month-long silence. I’ll try not to let that happen again. I have resisted the urge to edit out any of the embarrassing parts of what follows (you’ll know them when you see them) and ask you to be as merciful as you can. HAPPY NEW YEAR! BREWER(S) OF THE YEAR/BREWERY OF YEAR: Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski/Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company. A repeat win for the pride of…
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    Pete Brown

  • Awards galore! Your chance for glory

    Pete Brown
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Whatever drink you make or market, here's your chance to shine.I seem to have found myself judging rather more awards schemes at one time than is good for a chap. Each one is fantastic, and the number and scale of them is testament to how healthy and vibrant our drinks scene is. Everything is kicking off right now, so see what takes your fancy below.Beer Marketing AwardsThis is one I helped set up. We launched last November to plug a gap - there are, rightly, many awards celebrating brewing, but none pointing the way in terms of good marketing. There's never been a better time to celebrate…
  • What's the difference between craft beer snobs and Kopparberg drinkers?

    Pete Brown
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Are we really chasing authenticity, flavour and story? Or just endless novelty?If you follow North American beer writers on social media (and if not, you should) you might have seen this piece from yesterday, in which formidable beer writer Andy Crouch writes a perfectly balanced profile of Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co, and craft beer's first billionaire.Jim, it seems, is pissed off. His brewery has become so big, the hip craft beer joints that arguably wouldn't be here without his vision will no longer stock his beers. His brand is no longer new, and the beers themselves, according to…
  • Why J D Wetherspoon's is fast becoming my favourite craft beer bar

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

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

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

    Real Beer
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Anheuser-Busch announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Wash., the third craft brewery (as defined by the Brewers Association) the brewing giant has acquired inside of 12 months. “For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” Elysian CEO Joe Bisacca said for a press release. He and his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler, will continue with the brewery. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With…
  • Lagunitas dropping suit against Sierra Nevada

    Real Beer
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    A dispute between Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. that flashed in the public arena on Tuesday basically ended later in the day. Posting on Twitter, Lagunitas founder Tony Magee wrote, “Today was in the hands of the ultimate court; The Court of Public Opinion and in it I got an answer to my Question; Our IPA’s TM has limits.” On Monday, the California brewery took Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to court, claiming the brewery’s logo on its new Hop Hunter IPA violated Lagunitas’ trademark. As part of the lawsuit, Lagunitas was seeking a temporary…
  • Lagunitas claims Sierra Nevada infringes on trademark

    Real Beer
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sued rival Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., according to the Press Democrat, alleging the Chico-based brewer has engaged in trademark infringement on its new Hop Hunter IPA label. Sierra Nevada is the second-largest craft brewer in the United Sates, while Lagunitas is No. 5. Lagunitas owner Tony Magee argues Sierra Nevada’s design on Hop Hunter uses all capital, large, bold and black “IPA” lettering that is similar design to his label. The suit was filed Monday in the federal district of northern California. Lagunitas alleges that the Hop Hunter “IPA”…
  • Another American brewery expands into Germany

    Real Beer
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    St. Louis-based Urban Chestnut Brewing’s plans for brewing in Germany do not quite match the scale of what Stone Brewing has announced in Berlin, but UCBC co-founder Florian Kuplent admits they are nonetheless rather ambitious. “I’m thinking we might be a little crazy opening our third brewery in (less than) five years,” he said for a press release, but the opportunity to purchase a recently closed brewery in Wolnzach, Germany, was too good to pass on. UCBC has acquired Bürgerbräu Wolnzach in Wolnzach, which is located about 50 kilometers north of Munich…
  • Homebrewers Association gives Obama lifetime membership

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

  • Brewing in 1960’s Canada – fermentation

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    I’ve been asking myself one question as I plod through “Brewing in Canada”. Will I make it all the way through or get distracted by some new shiny thing? My enthusiasm and attention are still intact, so perhaps I will.We’ve got as far as fermentation in the brewing process:“Fermentation: The wort is now moved to the fermenting vessels, and yeast, the jealously guarded central mystery of the ancient brewer's art, is added on the way. It is the yeast, these living, single-cell plants, which takes the sugar in the wort and breaks it down to carbon dioxide and alcohol.There are many…
  • Adnams beers in 1890

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    I’m getting on with trudging through the muddy field of Adnams brewing records while I retain my enthusiasm. You never know how long it will last.Their beers, in terms of styles brewed, aren’t a million miles away from those of London. Mild Ale, Pale Ale, Old Ale and Stout. You’ve probably spotted the big omission: Porter. That doesn’t surprise me as Porter was rapidly going out of fashion in the provinces. It was only in London that the style retained considerable popularity.There are a couple of irritations with these particular records. The lack of a fermentation record being the…
  • Trains and boats and planes

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Planes, train and bus, really. And probably a few taxis. Walking, too, obviously.My travel is all booked up for my Southern sojourn. Not done the hotels yet. I'll leave that stress fest to look forward to next weekend.This is my itenerary:Friday 10th April HoustonSaturday 11th April HoustonSunday 12th April BirminghamMonday 13th April BirminghamTuesday 14th April AtlantaWednesday 15th April AtlantaThursday 16th April AshevilleFriday 17th April AshevilleSaturday 18th April HoustonAsheville wasn't in my original plan. Which was based on practicality. But after a tempting invitation,…
  • German brewing in the 1970’s – hops

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    Are you getting confused? I am. That’s what happens when you try to compose three long series simultaneously. Am I in 1930’s America or 1960’s Canada today? Neither. I’m back in 1970’s Germany.Hops. Now there’s a topic that should attract some attention. People are obsessed with the things nowadays. That’s why I’m getting so interested in barley varieties. Which I really should write about, given the things I’ve discovered recently. Maybe next week.“Table VIII gives the average analytical values for different German hop varieties, analysed by the method of Wöllmer. These…
  • Adnams and the Local Veto Bill

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    There will be a lot more about Adnams in the weeks to come. I've got a lovely collection of snaps of their brewing records. It would be a shame not to start using them.But I'll begin with a random newspaper article:"THE LOCAL VETO BILL, CONFERENCE OF SUFFOLK PUBLICANS. A meeting of Licensed Victuallers of Lowestoft and neighbourhood was held at the Greet Eastern Hotel, Lowestoft, on Monday, under the auspices of the Lowestoft and East Suffolk Licensed Victallers' Association, of which Mr. B. Riden is the secretary. Captain E. M. U. Adnams, the Brewery, Southwold, occupied the chair, and…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Lost Coast Winterbraun

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    The post, Lost Coast Winterbraun, first appeared on The Barley Blog. You don’t see too many Lost Coast products on Virginia shelves all that often. In fact, I believe the last time I came across any of the California brewery’s work, it was back in 2011 with their 8 Ball Stout. Over three years later, I came across a bottle of their cold weather seasonal, Winterbraun. […] The post, Lost Coast Winterbraun, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    The post, Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Gulden Draak is a beer that I have had a love/hate relationship with throughout the years — I love the way it tastes, but hate how I feel the next morning. So it was with equal measure of excitement and trepidation that I opened this promotional sample of Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve last week. Originally […] The post, Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Anchor Brewing 2014 Our Special Ale

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    The post, Anchor Brewing 2014 Our Special Ale, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Each Winter, Anchor Brewing releases their holiday brew, Our Special Ale. And each year, the recipe changes. Previous iterations of the beer have been quite festive, carrying seasonally appropriate flavors and aromas. For their 2014 release (the 40th such release by the way), the company appears to have changed things up a bit. As always […] The post, Anchor Brewing 2014 Our Special Ale, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Victory Brewing Anniversary 19 Session IPA

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    The post, Victory Brewing Anniversary 19 Session IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. When a brewery releases an anniversary batch to celebrate another year in business, it’s usually a large, potent brew. Hell, just search this site for “anniversary” and you will find plenty of beers pushing double digit ABVs with a few hovering around 6%-7%. Rarely, if ever, do you see something like Victory’s Anniversary 19 Session […] The post, Victory Brewing Anniversary 19 Session IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    The post, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. During the late Fall, Virginia’s leaves may have already displayed their splendor and fallen to the ground, left to be raked from yards across the state, but there’s one item just starting to rear it’s head. Hardywood’s Giingerbread Stout is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated (and over-hyped) beer releases in the Commonwealth. […] The post, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Beercelona

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    My most recent New Year jaunt was to Barcelona: the hub, I'm told, of Spain's expanding craft beer movement. And while that may be true, interesting beers are fairly tightly contained within a small number of specialist outlets, though new ones are opening all the time.Black Lab, for instance, still smelled of paint and sawdust, having welcomed customers for the first time a few days before Christmas. It's situated in the handsome old harbourside building which also houses the Catalonian Historical Museum. In due course there will be a brewery here and the interior layout allows for prominent…
  • Two portraits of hops

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Another rattle of the Brown Paper Bag last month yielded two new beers from the Dublin-based gypsy brewing collective, both created at Gadd's Ramsgate Brewery in Kent.On a Thursday evening in early December I trekked up to The Back Page on Phibsborough Road -- no hardship really; it's a lovely pub and worth going out of one's way for. Lupe Garou, for such is the new beer's name, is available kegged only, and Baggers Colin and Brian were present to launch it. This is a 100% wet-hop ale, made with lots of freshly-harvested East Kent Goldings on a base of nothing but classic English malt Maris…
  • That's refreshing

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    At last! A white IPA that's comfortable with its true nature. While the civil war rumbles on over black IPA with neither the hoppy porter faction nor the IPA purists gaining ground, white IPA is simply hoppy witbier. No question. End of. That Sierra Nevada have decided to call theirs Snow Wit is to cut any stylistic controversy off before it starts.It's even closer in ABV to witbier than most of the white IPAs I've met, at just 5.7%. The colour is a very pale yellow, worryingly like the cheaper, less well-made Belgian wits. The aroma is gentle but wonderfully complex, pushing out peach…
  • Egged on

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    They make a cute couple, this pair from Den Ouden Advokaat, a Belgian maker of egg-based liqueurs. I've no idea why they felt the need to commission two beers, but when in Belgium... Neither of them contain any actual eggs, I was relieved to discover.Boerken is a murky dark red ale of 9.5% ABV. It smells like a bakery on Good Friday, heavy with wholemeal flour, raisins, sweet spices and heat. One might expect it to be a heavy affair but the texture is nicely light and barely troubled by carbonation for a kind of vinous quality. The flavour intensity is up to this descriptor as well:…
  • Out for a scoop

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    Word arrived via the Beoir forum recently (cheers Cathal!) that a pub in the northern Dublin suburb of Swords had set up a brewery in its basement and that the first beer was now available. As it happened I had some spare time at the end of my extended Christmas holiday so ventured up last Friday afternoon for a looksee.The Old Schoolhouse is one of those organic, rambling country-style pubs, nestling into an embankment just outside Swords village and covering multiple levels, inside and out. The normal mainstream beers are available on tap, as well as a couple from Rye River. Behind the main…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 22 - January 31

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    As January comes to a close, football takes a break before the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. There's the Wing Bowl. Wonder if any interesting beer is served there? As you review beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 15 - January 21

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Cold days. Cold nights. Hot beer events. Get 'em here. As you review beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region. Cape May, NJ Thu. 1/15; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Tap Takeover at
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: January 8 - January 14

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Lots of football and college hoops in January worthy of a few good beers. Not into sports, that's fine. These beer events help the beer stand on their own. Stay warm and enjoy! As you review beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in January 2015

    2 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Annnnd, just like that, it's 2015. The holidays are behind us, are you relieved? The raging parties of New Year's Eve have (presumably) subsided by now, have you recovered? 2014 was a rough year in terms of politics, policing, and conflict but another banner (if not crowded) year for great beer. Let's hope for, and more importantly work toward, a more peaceful world in 2015. Maybe a few good beer
  • In memory of those lost in 2014

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I've always have loved this quote and use it again this year: Be still sad heart and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun is shining, Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life a little rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary. ~ Longfellow Each year at this time, I take a moment to reflect back upon the year and notable men and ladies of the industry that were lost in the
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • “Beer Talk” at Pedernales Brewing Company - February 21

    Jeff Holt
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    The brewers at PBC will host a discussion with home brewers or others interested in beer.  There is no charge for the event and if you like talking about beer with a beer in your hand, you will be able to purchase pints from the adjacent tasting room. 1 pm at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail on S. US Hwy 87. (Look for the big beer bottle.) Call (830) 998-7486 for details.
  • Beer Glass Guide Infographic

    Jeff Holt
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Source: Hangover Cures Here's a link to a hi res version.
  • Handle This Cup

    Jeff Holt
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    You know I love beer gadgets. I recently received an request from Ron Redfern to mention his new product, Handle This Cup. There's nothing better than kicking back with friends at a sporting event with an ice cold brew!  Carrying around flimsy plastic cups that easily spill and turn your "cold one" into a warm mess ... not so much!  That's why we invented Handle This Cup.  Handle This Cup is an innovative sleeve and handle carrying system designed to take all the stress and party killing hassle out of carrying your beer in plastic cups.  Made of lightweight, high impact…
  • AB InBev Offers Kirin Refunds

    Jeff Holt
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    If you purchased Kirin Beer between October 25, 2009 and December 17, 2014 thinking you were buying imported beer, you could be eligible for a refund of up to $50 with a receipt or $12 without a receipt. Sign up here. I'm sure that I have purchased some in the last five years, but I don't save receipts. It sounds like a lot of work for $12.
  • The Brewers Tale: A History of the World According to Beer

    Jeff Holt
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am notoriously hard to buy gifts for, so many people buy me beer. My aunt Ann knows that I like to read, so to thank me for driving my dad from Fredericksburg, Texas to Fredericksburg, Virginia, she bought me a copy of The Brewers Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick and gave it to me when we arrived. I, of course, was horribly rude and informed her that I already owned a copy. I should have graciously accepted the gift and given it to Satan. So, Ann, I apologize. I'm a jerk. On the other hand, I did gush excitedly about the book to her. Bostwick's leads…
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  • 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…
  • Notes on a Fuggle: More light on the early history of a great hop

    Martyn Cornell
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Leave a question up on the web long enough, and I reckon you’ll eventually get some sort of satisfactory answer. More than five and a half years ago I pointed out that, thanks to the researches of Kim Cook, we actually knew a great deal less about the history of the Fuggles hop than we thought we did. The “official” history of what is one of England’s two greatest hop varieties says that “The original plant was a casual seedling which appeared in the flower garden of Mr George Stace of Horsmonden, Kent, and was first noticed in 1861 … the seed from which the…
  • I have found a beer women will like – and, ironically, it’s pink

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

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

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

  • Beer In Ads #1447: Great Ballplayers Drink Lite

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Monday’s ad is Miller Lite, from 1982. Today is also the birthday of Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker, who arguably was at least partially responsible for the success of lower-calorie diet beers with his wildly successful ads for the beer in the 1980s. It was a marvel of modern advertising and... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Ralph Olson

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Today is Ralph Olson’s 64th birthday. Ralph was the general manager/co-owner of HopUnion, a co-op that supplies hops to many of the craft breweries. Ralph’s pretty much retired but can still be seen at occasional beer events throughout the country. He’s been a good friend to and... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3558326A: Process For Isomerizing And Purifying Hop Extracts

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Today in 1971, US Patent 3558326 A was issued, an invention of William J. Durant, William C. Herwig, and Donald H. Westermann, assigned to Miller Brewing, for their “Process for Isomerizing and Purifying Hop Extracts.” There’s no Abstract, but they describe it as a “hop... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • The Three Europes: Beer, Wine & Vodka

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I love maps, I does, and especially the more interesting graphic ones that go beyond just showing you point a, b and so on, especially the kind often referred to as pictorial maps. So I was excited to find out about this collection, called The Atlas of Prejudice, by Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3637117A: Keg Tapping Device

    Jay Brooks
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Today in 1972, US Patent 3637117 A was issued, an invention of Mack S. Johnston, assigned to Republic Corp., for his “Keg Tapping Device.” Here’s the Abstract: The device comprises a keg adapter mounted about a keg opening and a dispenser coupler releasably coupled to the keg... [[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

  • Day Block Brewing 1 Year Anniversary Starts Today

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Day Block Brewing Co. is turning 1 and they’re not f#%&ing around! They’ve planned five days of festivities with beer releases, prizes, music, bacon flights, pickle flights, Hot Scotchies and more. Beer releases: Coffee Porter, Black IPA, Imperial Stouts and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Rye, Mocha Stout American Oak Aged Imperial Stout, French Oak Aged ...
  • Leech Lake Brewing is Closing

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Sad news from the Walker, Minnesota area. According to their Facebook page, Leech Lake Brewing Company wasn’t able to get the investors needed to expand the brewery, so they’ve decided to liquidate. As you’ve no-doubt assumed, the $1000 limitless growler offer didn’t meet with enough… exuberance… to be adopted. So, LLBC’s assets are being liquidated, ...
  • Coming Soon: Bauhaus Brewlabs Über Düber

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Bauhaus Brew Labs is coming at you with another winter seasonal offering – Über Düber. Über Düber is described as a “hoppy bock.” This beer is loosely based on a traditional German bock, albeit hopped up a bit. They’re added Oceanic hops to this traditionally malt-forward beer. At 7%, we’re curious to see how these ...
  • On Tap: Fulton Insurrection IIPA

    12 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Here’s one to watch for… Fulton Insurrection has returned. They haven’t brewed it for a couple of years and you’ve never been able to get it in 12 oz. bottles until now. This beer features over 3 pounds of Nelson Sauvin and Mosaic hops per barrel. Stop into the Fulton taproom for draft pours and ...
  • Friday 5ive: The Ice in Me

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    No Foreigner. No Vanilla ice. Just five songs with references, however vague, to ice. Did you commute in and around Minnesota Thursday? Did it suck? These songs, in my book, do not. Enjoy!   Rock*A*Teens – Black Ice Hüsker Dü – Ice Cold Ice (I know, I know, this video is Bob Mould and Dave ...
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  • Happy 18th Birthday Baroona – by Alan Knight

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    (the following has been reproduce here with permission of the author/brewer Alan Knight. Congratulations to Alan and Waiheke Island Brewery for 18 years) Baroona on tap – Waiheke Island Brewery Auckland Anniversary Weekend and the City of Sails is celebrating its 175th year. But over here on Waiheke Island there’s another interesting birthday being marked. For it was eighteen years ago today that the first two kegs of Baroona Beer rolled out of the new brewery for the public to try. I’d spent three months with brewery owners John Wallace and Bill Lyttle getting the barn…
  • Yeastie Boys release share offer details

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    [PRESS RELEASE] Ground breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – have released details of their highly anticipated share offer. From 6pm on Wednesday 28th January, friends and fans of Yeastie Boys’ award-winning ales will be able to buy a piece of the brewing company via an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Yeastie Boys are seeking to raise up to $500,000 to achieve the targets outlaid in their three year strategic plan (this capital represents 12.5% of the company). The capital raised will be used to replicate Yeastie Boys current New Zealand business model in Britain.
  • On This Day In 2011 – NZ Craft Beer TV

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    On this day in 2011, Luke Nicholas and Kelly Ryan arrived in Christchurch to start a road trip that would change the way the world would look at craft beer in New Zealand. NZ Craft Beer TV starts here… The post On This Day In 2011 – NZ Craft Beer TV appeared first on Luke's Beer.
  • Rate My Craft Beer Bar

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    After some reflection of last weeks heavy hitting articles, I have done some thinking and come up with a new idea.  Firstly you should read the following articles to get the background on why and how things have changed. Wasted by Andy Crouch How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch (and his beloved Sam Adams). “Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager…
  • Broken Beer Advent Calendar

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I have been asked to not only remove Day 22 of the Beers of Auckland, Advent Calendar, but also the tweets relating to it, as well as a video. Booo. The post Broken Beer Advent Calendar appeared first on Luke's Beer.
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Contest: Two Tickets to TWCP/Side Project Merci Release Party

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    As the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club.  Last year TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has help to give their regulars some really special beers. Being a forward thinking retailer, TWCP got on the Side Project Brewing bandwagon early and got Cory and Karen King a couple of barrels to age some beer in.  The first of these releases, Merci, is finally…
  • It’s a Cellerbration at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Yes, that pun is bad. You can blame Tom Behnen from Llywelyn’s Pub for using that in his subject line in the epic email he sent me. You see, Tom is a bit of a hoarder. But he’s not going to be on some crap reality TV show or get an intervention. Instead you’ll probably want to hoist him onto your shoulders and thank him for his hoarding ways. For you see, on January 31st, beginning at 11AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster will Open the Cellar Door for an epic day of beer. While the list I’ll be providing below will be epic, the star attraction could be the 1PM tapping of…
  • Two Weeks of Black Beers at Global Brew Tap House

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    The big game is coming up, and by “big game” I mean the Super Bowl. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you just how little I know about football. I enjoy watching it (if it’s on) and understand the basic rules, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a shotgun or pistol formation. But I do know that the Super Bowl is typically the best of the best. (Other than that drubbing last year; what a terrible game.) It’s an opportunity to (typically) see the best players of the year bring it. How is this related to beer? Well, I think Global Brew Tap…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to Science on Tap

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Two different contest winners in one day? That’s some fun stuff right there. You know what else is fun? Beer festivals. The Saint Louis Science Center’s Science on Tap beer festival is taking place next Saturday, January 31st, and they’ve given us two tickets to give away. So, without further ado, the winner of this contest is Rebecca Dodd! Congrats to Rebecca and thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I’m sure I’ll have some cool stuff to give away soon. Thanks again to the folks from the SLSC for providing…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to the 2015 UCBC Wolpertinger

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    You may be saying, “Whoa, wait, I don’t remember seeing a Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Wolpertinger contest!” If you didn’t, that’s because you may not be part of our STL Hops Insider Email. We’ll be doing special contests like this in the future, so make sure to sign up using the form on the right side of this page. That’s enough of that self-serving garbage, without further ado, the winner of the two tickets to this event is Christopher Meyer. Congrats to Christopher and thanks to everyone who entered. Thanks also to UCBC for giving us the tickets…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Northumbrian Ale Week at the Finborough

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Finborough been very busy this weekend so no blog, soz. The winter ale fest was a success - our busiest weekend so far. To keep the momentum going, this week we showcase beers from my favourite North Eastern breweries: Cullercoats, Anarchy and Mordue. A dozen different beers, with eight on handpump at a time (prefer not to serve beer straight from the cask on stillage - it's never quite as good).
  • "Diverse and inviting, The Finborough Arms is almost magical"

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    There's a lovely review of my new pub the Finborough Arms in the Telegraph today. Adrian Tierney-Jones is the author. Have a read of it here online. The Finborough's Winter Ale Fest starts today (Friday 23rd Jan) at 5pm and runs through to the end of Sunday. All the beers are served from our cellar via our eight handpumps and six keg taps, with changes throughout the weekend as the first beers
  • Throwback Thursday #9: indecency

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Every Thursday I dig up some old posts from the archives of the blog's first life (2007-2009). I've had complaints from two pals (Jack Attack and Mothmun) that there's been no Throwback Thursday today, so I'm phoning this one in. I can't think of a decent theme so instead let's go for indecency. How not to do a beer tasting: in October 2007 I committed a sin that will offend beer geeks
  • Worthington's White Shield - 1992 edition

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Back in July 2007 I wrote about a 15 year old, limited edition bottle of Worthington White Shield I'd acquired. Here's the blog post. As any fule kno, White Shield is an old-style IPA that - for a brief time - was the only bottle-conditioned beer available in the UK. It's still around today. It enjoyed something of a revival in the late 2000s. There was even a marketing campaign by brand
  • Final word on Dry January

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I bashed out a rather venomous piece for the Morning Advertiser this week on the subject of "Dry January". You can read it here. By now you've probably figured out that I have little time for the "third sector" organisations that masquerade as charities these days. Paul Bailey, in a post on his blog today, provides a little more colour on this subject: "We all know charity is big business these
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Monday Night expands like sweatpants

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
      We now have four new 120bbl fermenters (and one 120 bbl brite tank) taking up space in our brewery. These shiny new toys will allow us to add more than 5,000 barrels of annual capacity. What does this mean for you?  It means you need to start drinking more Monday Night. Immediately. The new tanks are the ones without any plumbing to them in the picture below, so realistically you have about 2 weeks before you need to ramp up your beer consumption. Better buy some sweatpants. The post Monday Night expands like sweatpants appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Monday Night Brewing turns 3. Bryan Adams rejoices.

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Monday Night Brewing is officially a whiny toddler, thanks to your support. We turned 3 this August and threw a great party to celebrate it – Aptly named Tie Three On. If you weren’t able to join, here’s what you missed: Tie Three On – a 5% rye saison with Nelson Sauvin hops Craft beer cocktails by Atlanta mixologists Arianne Fielder and Alex Sher (with the ever-delicious Clyde May Whiskey) The opportunity to play on a $4500 ping pong table provided by Venture Shuffleboard The Howling Tongues and Paving Gravy on the strings and drums A pig roast and low country boil from Bone…
  • Hiring a full-time Cellar Person

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

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

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

  • Adventure Bobsled Winter Ale

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    I'd been trying to get back to Adventure Brewing to try out their Bobsled Winter Ale for several weeks now. Life kept getting in the way, but Colleen and I finally were able to stop in this weekend. We had a laugh when we saw the TV behind the bar was tuned to a curling match — a winter sport to accompany a winter beerBrewed with orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, Bobsled Winter Ale pours a bright copper-orange color with a thin white head. The aroma gives a hint of the flavor to follow, though a subdued hint. Even in the taste, the "winter spices" are balanced, giving the beer a…
  • Whittle: Number One With a Bullet

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Bill Whittle fires back at the gun grabbers with facts. They hate that.Seems to me our cities would be safer if we just outlawed Democrats. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Fidelis 1775 Ale

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    This bottle of 1775 Ale was a gift from a friend this Christmas season. I enjoyed it recently on a late, cool evening. It was a perfect fit for the occasion. The beer pours a deep copper color topped with a persistent beige head. The strong aroma is caramel and sweet malt.The flavor is rich with malt and a touch of dark fruit. It's well-balanced and not overly sweet, with just a hint of bitterness at the end. It's smooth, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. At a "moderate" 7% ABV, I could have had another easily. This Old Ale style beer is said to be reminiscent of the beer the Marines would…
  • Flying Dog Doppelbock

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    This was another of the review samples I received recently from Flying Dog Brewery. Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock was the last in the limited release series for 2014.Flying Dog Doppelbock was poured into the cool Flying Dog glasses we "stole" last month. It pours a dark, but translucent copper color. There's a thick beige head that is relatively short lived. The aroma has some caramel notes but is quite faint. The flavor has dark fruit notes with a roasted overtone. There's also a hint of bitter hops at the end. Most notably the beers leaves a sweet stickiness on the lips, but there's no…
  • The 2nd Amendment: Liberal Edition!!

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    The 2nd Amendment, as written by a liberal. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Lancaster Black Ale 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    The flavour is a revelation! The first hit is chocolate and coffee, followed rapidly by a rush of hops… spicy, resinous and piney. The chocolate and the hops do a tango on your tongue, while black liquorice and treacle (molasses in the colonies) tap you politely on the shoulder seeking to interrupt the dance.
  • Brewdog ‘This. Is. Lager.’ 4.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    Is this the brew to "redefine lager in the UK" and " redefine our relationship with alcohol."? Well, I guess by the fact that I was looking for a bit more kick, then possibly not, but it is a fine brew, a fine lager and a brew I will keep an eye out for… Possibly the default lager in my beer fridge.
  • Session IPA Beers

    Bob the Brit
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    It's interesting to learn that breweries are exploring 'session' IPAs, coming in under 5% ABV.
  • Bob the Brit’s beers of 2014

    Bob the Brit
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    As we enter 2015, I thought it might be appropriate to look back at the brews I've enjoyed and reviewed for The Brewclub during 2014, and maybe look forward to the new year.
  • Saying Good Bye to a Friend

    Lee Sal
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    One of the most consistent brewpubs I frequent is the Appalachian Brewing Company. Decent food and good beer, it’s a winner. But is closing down the Gettysburgh PA location in the name of historic preservation a good thing?
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Oak Aged Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    TTB does not allow Aged Vodka, or Aged Gin. But this would seem to show it’s pretty easy to work around these arcane, antiquated restrictions. Note how the word “aged” is nowhere but everywhere on this label, and Absolut does not mind throwing in a reference to “craft” for good measure. Related Posts: Tito Responds (15) The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval (15) Rye Beer (1)
  • Tito Responds

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Over the years many have suggested that Tito’s vodka is not really made in small batches or by hand. I tried to keep an open mind, as the brand grew, and even in the face of the lawsuits summarized here. So I have been particularly looking forward to a response, on the merits, at long last, from the source. Tito finally responded, on November 17, 2014, in the form of a motion to dismiss the Florida case. (The defendants also filed a similar motion, a month later, in the California case. The California motion is 28 pages and substantially similar to the one filed in Florida, right down…
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Got Tito’d

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

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

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

  • Rudyard's Pub schedules its first beer dinner of 2015

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Some beer- themed events in the Houston area happen only once in a while and they present some great opportunities to sample new beer and meet new people. Other events happen like clockwork and can be counted on for good...
  • Straight to Ale beer dinner at Todd English P.U.B.

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    On Thursday, January 29 at 6 p.m., Todd English P.U.B. (2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham) will team up with Straight to Ale for the pub's first beer dinner of 2015.For this very...
  • Big craft beer weekend includes debuts for Half Door Brewing and AleSmith

    Don Ayres, San Diego Craft Beer Examiner
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is past, it’s back to business as usual for the San Diego craft beer scene, and that of course means that it’s time for another brewery...
  • Craft Sippin' in New Britain

    Margo Lynn, Greater Hartford Food Examiner
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    The New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting a very special event on Friday, February 20, 2015 - the second annual "Craft Sippin' in New Britain"! Co-sponsored by Hartford Distributors, the event offers tastings from regional...
  • Anheuser- Busch to purchase Seattle based Elysian Brewing

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Anheuser- Busch has announced another foray into the world of craft beer via buyout, according to an article published in the Street Insider on January 23, 2015.Anheuser- Busch has agreed to buy Elysian Brewing, a Seattle- based craft brewing...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 012615

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    What makes a Monday great? How about 70 degrees in January! It's patio weather today and you should head to your favorite brewery and enjoy a pint outdoors while it lasts! Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year and a day like today will remind you of early summer. You can watch the last of the snow piles melt too. Some breweries even have summer beers available for days just like today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, January 26th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're…
  • Colorado Beer News 012315

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Friday is here - celebrate Colorado craft beer lovers! It's going to be a great weekend here in the Centennial state and Fermentedly Challenged want you to know what's new in the craft beer scene for this weekend. There's a festival or two, a brewery opening and plenty of new beer releases for you to enjoy. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, January 23rd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverGreat Divide Brewing Co…
  • Colorado Beer News 012215

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Did you enjoy that brush with snow last night? Just nature's way of reminding you that it's still Winter here in Colorado. But now the forecast is for warming all through the weekend. It's only going to get better for your next Colorado craft beer adventure. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverRockyard Brewing Co - This week's Jellyman's Deviation beer will be…
  • Colorado Beer News 012115

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    A shortened version of the Colorado Beer News today. Busy work day and little time for blogging. Word of a new brewery opening this week too! Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, January 21st, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]Metro DenverCopper Kettle Brewing Co - Copper Kettle Brewery is hosting a live recording of the Brewski-Reviewski podcast Friday night, January 23rd from 7:30-9:00pm. P.J. Hoberman from Imbibe will…
  • Colorado Beer News 012015

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Many of us had a 3-day weekend thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr Day. So today feels like a virtual Monday. And you know how hard it is to get back into the swing of things after a long holiday week. Luckily, there's the Colorado Beer News to get you started. This might give you a few tips on where to begin planning for next weekend. Then again, why wait till the weekend to celebrate the end of a day? Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, January 20th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 255: Vertex IPA & Falco IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 255 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at it with a couple new IPAs. First up is the 6.30% ABV Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery. Everyone seems to go nuts for DESTIHL Brewery at different festivals, especially their sour beers; you’ll always see a line for them. It’s nice to see them also doing an easy drinking IPA. Following up this tasty local IPA, Brad and Ken move on to the 7.00% ABV Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing. The story behind Evil Twin is very interesting and if you haven’t read…
  • Episode 254: Brown Note & Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Be warned, episode 254 is full of great fart jokes as Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Brown Ales. Ok, now that we’ve peaked Gary Gulley’s interest… First up, Brad andKen try The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery. This is a 5% ABV English Brown Ale that has one of the most ridiculous labels you’ll find. Following up this brown beauty, Brad and Ken open up the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale. This was a beer Brad picked up recently at BlizzCon 2014.  The Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale was brewed for World…
  • Episode 253: Accumulation & Dark Horse 4 Elf (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Happy Holidays! On episode 253, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder check their stockings to see if Santa dropped them off anything tasty. This year they must have been on the “nice” list because their stockings were full of beer. They each got a couple of bottles of New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation and Dark Horse 4 Elf. First they start with the New Belgium Brewing’s Accumulation, a 6.2 % ABV White IPA. Following up the IPA, they move onto the Dark Horse 4 Elf. The 4 Elf is a 8.75 % ABV Winter Warmer that should get you into the…
  • Episode 252: La Loca Juana & La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast! On episode 252, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their very limited Spanish language skills as they enjoy a couple Spanish Craft beers. These were picked up on a recent trip to Spain by friends Mike Messaros and Alice Oglethorpe. Both of these beers are from Cervezas Juana la Loca. First up is the La Loca Juana a “European Pale Lager” coming in at 6.0% ABV. They then follow up the Pale or beautiful blonde with the Amber ale. The La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja is an Amber ale coming in at 5.5 % ABV,…
  • Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different midwest Pilsners. First up is the 5.5 % ABV Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was brewed in strict German Tradition and is a steady reminder of the German domination of brewing before and during prohibition. Next, the guys step it up a bit with the Imperial Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The My Turn Series: Pilo…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • No-Li Releases Rise & Grind, Born & Raised, and Mosh Pit in 4-Packs

    D.J. Paul
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    No-Li Brewhouse from Spokane, WA may have coined the phrase, Spokane-Style beers but regardless; this brewery continues to make a push in its farther reached distribution. Now the brewery is beginning to release more of its beers in appealing 12 ounce 4-packs. This is a trend that is most welcomed in an industry where the […]
  • Ninkasi Brewing’s Dawn of the Red IRA Now Available Year-Round

    D.J. Paul
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Returning for another year is Dawn of the Red from Ninkasi Brewing Company. This India Red Ale, is the latest beer to join Ninkasi’s year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint. This tasty IRA was originally released as part of Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series. Part of its experimental […]
  • Trinity Brewing To Begin Washington State Distribution

    D.J. Paul
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Colorado’s latest brewery to begin distribution to the state of Washington is Trinity Brewing Company from Colorado Springs, CO. Trinity Brewing is proud to announce its launch in the Evergreen State with new distributor partners, Alpha Distributing. This new arrangement will bring Trinity’s full portfolio of harvest driven Saisons, Barrel-aged projects, and provocative beers for […]
  • Kells Green Rain Fundraiser

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s one of the rare times that Portlanders actually want to see umbrellas and rain. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub has partnered with Providence Federal Credit Union for its annual “Kells Green Rain Fundraiser” to raise money for medically fragile children at Providence Child Center. From now through Feb. 24, patrons at […]
  • Roscoe’s 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit

    D.J. Paul
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The end of January is fast approaching and along with this time of month, our favorite beer spot in Montavilla will be at again with its monthly Beer Summits. On Friday, January 30th join Roscoes’s in celebrating its 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit. Throughout 2014 many more breweries have opened in Oregon to […]
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Addressing the Elysian Brewing situation

    Kendall Jones
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. At least one of my previous posts on this subject was, perhaps, a bit too personal and I know some people took it to be self-aggrandizing. I didn’t mean to come across that way and I’m sorry. Also, some people thought I was apologizing for Elysian Brewing’s decision to sell itself to Anheuser-Busch, which I did not mean to do.  Maybe I was just too freaked out to clearly express myself. Below, I address some of what I have observed on Twitter, Facebook, and the larger conversation in general. This time, I’ll try to stay out of the…
  • Washington Beer Alliance descending upon Olympia today

    Kendall Jones
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today is day 15 of the 2015 regular session of the Washington State Legislature. It is also the Washington Beer Alliance’s hill climb day. Members of the state’s beer industry are in Olympia visiting with elected officials today, voicing their opinions, and drumming-up support for the issues that impact the beer industry. The Washington Beer Alliance is a coalition of the state’s breweries and beer distributors, made up of members from the Washington Brewers Guild and the Washington Beer & Wine Distributors Association.
  • Is Elysian Brewing evil now that it’s part of Anheuser-Busch?

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The sky is not falling. This is not a sign that the end is near. There are still over 3,400 breweries in America that Anheuser-Busch does not own. Yesterday’s news that Anheuser-Busch and Elysian Brewing reached a purchase agreement shocked a lot of people. As craft beer lovers, we’ve been taught that Anheuser-Busch and the other big beer companies are our enemies. So what gives? Is Elysian now evil? Not in my mind, but that’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself. I heard the rumors days in advance and was pretty…
  • Anheuser-Busch officiall announces purchase of Elysian Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I just want to make sure we’re covering all bases on this important news. Here is the actual press release from Anheuser-Busch regarding its purchase agreement with Elysian Brewing. Seattle-based brewery and four brewpubs to be included in acquisition St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most…
  • Barrel Juntion – 9 days of barrel-aged brews

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s that time again. The Beer Junction presents its annual celebration of barrel-aged beers. The Barrel Junction starts today (Saturday, January 24) and runs until Sunday, February 1. Below we share the opening day beer lineup, the daily “headling” beer lineup, and the brewery events lineup. The styles of beer vary, but the one thing they all have in common is barrel-aging. At some point these beers each spent time in an barrel, be it whiskey, wine, brandy or whatever. For the next 9 days, at least 25 of the taps at the Beer…
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    Booze News

  • Mocktail Recipes for All the Poor Schmoes Doing Drynuary

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Blog by: Troy Patterson is Slate‘s writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column. I gather that some of you are taking the first month of the year off from drinking, and I think that’s cute. This practice—known by the cumbersome portmanteau Drynuary—has gained sufficient popularity to rate as a kind of ritual, and that popularity is symptomatic of a food culture in which consumption and morality are growing ever more intimately intertwined. You are what you eat. Or what you don’t drink, in this case, of course, as if a secular Lent and lifestyle cleanse might bring one…
  • Where’s The Next Classic Cocktail? Why Isn’t There One Already?

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing? There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend. To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders pouring hand-crafted cocktails made with obscure liqueurs, rarified spirits, house-made bitters, and bespoke tinctures. Many are the mixologists who can quote the venerable Jerry Thomas or the irascible David Embury while deftly…
  • Pope tells new cardinals no crazy partying – like grappa on an empty stomach

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum — and keep their egos in check — when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month. In a letter written to the 20 new princes of the church published Friday in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Francis warned the cardinals to avoid the type of ostentatious festivities that “stun worse than grappa on an empty stomach.” READ MORE
  • 11 Best Whiskies for Burns Night Coming Up January 25

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Mark Burns Night in suitable style: with a dram of one of these whiskies, all hailing from the British Isles – with one exception for renegade celebrators. 1. Lagaluvin 16-year-old single malt: £48.50, 70cl, The pride of Islay, Lagaluvin’s standard single malt is a consistent winner of high scores in the whisky ratings world, winning double gold medals for four consecutive years in the mid aughts in the San Francisco World Spirits awards. It’s also the sip of choice of one of  the best whisky drinkers on televison, Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson. No better…
  • Harvard Buys Up Water Rights In Drought-Hit Wine Country

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters. The investment, which began as a bet on the grape market, has turned into a smart water play as the wells boosted the value of its land in the up-and-coming wine region of Paso Robles. But it has also raised questions about the role of big investors in agriculture in the midst of a water crisis. “It remains to be…
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    All Over Beer

  • State of The City

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Discontent is everywhere. State of The City
  • Holiday Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Getting in the spirit... Holiday Beer
  • Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing

    Brian Stechschulte
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Mmm... BBQ and beer. Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing
  • Down in the Cellar

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

    Brian Stechschulte
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The art of beer. Nick Fullmer
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    Chicks Love Beer

  • Tasting Beer is Hard Work

    “Jenni-Firkin” Spence
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Each December, one of my local homebrew groups, Colonial AleSmiths and Keggers (CASK) hosts a big competition, the Beer Blitz. This year, they received over 400 entries – that’s a LOT of beer, considering every entry requires two bottles. I’ve observed parts of the competition in previous years, but was never able to judge until this year. Now, I have no formal qualifications other than liking to drink beer, so I was a bit skeptical when asked to help judge, and continued asking “are you sure you want me?” Reassured that it was okay, and that I could provide a…
  • A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 2 – indulging in eating in

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

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

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

    Angela Turner
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …I was complaining to my husband one day about the state of beer, and being the encyclopedia of all things epicurean, he bowed his head in Yoda like fashion and began to speak.  With our refrigerator full of PBR and Miller High Life, I could not believe what he was saying.  We had a full bar and a wonderful wine collection but the beer in our fridge was, let’s face it, garbage.  He explained the brewing process, how they grew hops, what beers you can age and what you can’t. “Why didn’t you tell me about this before?”  “I didn’t want to waste money on something we…
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  • Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener - Craft beer drinkers are always looking for unique things.  New breweries and new styles to enjoy, cool places to enjoy them. When it comes to how we open our bottles, it’s much the same. Cool and unique bottle openers are something we all like to have. What if you could have an opener that’s not only unique and cool, but also helps raise money for a great cause? The Bullets2Bandages .50 Calibre Bottle Opener is a super cool way to pop bottles and support our veterans at the same time. Bullets2Bandages was started by…
  • Swagger Drop Multi-Tool

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

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

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

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Yeastie Boys release share offer details

    Media Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Ground breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – have released details of their highly anticipated share offer.From 6pm on Wednesday 28th January, friends and fans of Yeastie Boys’ award-winning ales will be able to buy a piece of the brewing company via an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe.Yeastie Boys are seeking to raise up to $500,000 to achieve the targets outlaid in their three year strategic plan (this capital represents 12.5% of the company). The capital raised will be used to replicate Yeastie Boys current New Zealand business model in Britain.Yeastie Boys are…
  • The anti-social social beer app

    Zac Martin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    With a beer in each hand, I sat and tasted what was a pretty damn good ale. Before anything else, I pulled out my phone and opened an app to upload a photo, rank the beer and submit my review. Throughout what had become a two minute ritual I had unintentionally but entirely ignored my girlfriend sitting across the table. The look on her face told me it was time to delete Untappd.On the surface, Untappd has quite a useful premise. Launched in 2010, the beer drinking app was created to help avid craft beer drinkers “discover and share your favourite beers”. With a tagline of “Drink…
  • Episode 42 — 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown

    Radio Brews News
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The podcast of our first ever live broadcast, of the 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown.Broadcast from Queensland’s Fortitude Brewing, Matt is joined by brewer Ian Watson with crosses to Pete Mitcham at the Local Taphouse St Kilda and guests Steve Jeffares from The Local Taphouse, publican Corey Crooks from Newcastle’s Grainstore, brewer Dave Padden, Steve Finney from Feral and a surprise call from Feral brewer, Brendan Varis, calling in from LA.It’s rough, it’s ready, but it captures the excitement of the Hottest 100 Countdown…Follow Australian Brews News and Radio Brews News on…
  • Hops come out on top again in the 2014 Hottest 100

    Sam Fletcher
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Another year has passed, and for the third year running Feral Hop Hog has been voted Australia’s favourite beer in the hottest 100 poll. The top four remain mostly unchanged from last year with Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale again coming in second, followed this year by 4 Pines Pale Ale at number 3 and Little Creatures Pale Ale at number 4 (last year’s fourth and third place, respectively).A newcomer to the beer market this year, La Sirène’s Praline, rounds off the top 5 and becomes only the third Victorian beer to make a top 5 since 2010.Hops on TopFeral again wins the craft beer…
  • Radio Brews News: Listen Live as we count down the Hottest 100

    Radio Brews News
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Listen to Radio Brews News live from as we count down the Hottest 100 Craft Beers of 2014.We will be broadcasting live from 3:00pm — Sydney/Melbourne, 2:30pm — Adelaide, 2:00pm — Brisbane, 12noon — Perth.ozbrewsnews is on MixlrListen here or through your mobile phone.You can also listen to Radio Brews News via the mixlr Mobile app. Download and install the app, then search for OzBrewsNews.Radio Brews News is proudly supported by and also by
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Bold City re-releases Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale Ale at zoo event

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Bold City Brewery has been creating craft beer in Jacksonville for over six years. During that time they have said goodbye to several beers and added a few others. But, on February 8, the brewery will be welcoming back a popular brew that has been on hiatus for a while. Archie’s Rhino Rye Pale ale will be re-released at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at a gala party for the benefit of rhinoceros conservation. The brew has earned consistent praise including a rating of four out of five stars on and 3.5 stars out of five on beer tracking and rating social media site…
  • Florida craft breweries face challenge to tap room beer sales

    18 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Image by Flickr user heady, used under a Creative Commons License. Just when the craft brewers in Florida think that they may have a chance at making a real change in the archaic — and decidedly slanted — thinking of the state’s lawmakers, another challenge raises its ugly head. In this case, a law suit filed with the state by a collaboration of several groups bent on making it more difficult for craft brewers to sell their product. The suit is being brought by Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying…
  • Robot brews beer in your own home

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    January in Las Vegas means the Consumer Electronics Show and plenty of interesting new products to keep gadget nuts entertained. From Ultra-HD televisions to beer-brewing robots there is something for everyone. Yes, you read that correctly, this year there is a vendor hawking a robotic beer brewing device that automates the homebrewing process. The machine, dubbed the Zymatic, connects to the Internet, downloads a recipe and, after you add the required ingredients, brews 2.5 gallons of tasty, satisfying beer. The machine was developed by two brothers who were frustrated with the hassles…
  • Bell’s Brewery to release Hopslam over next few weeks

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    Hop heads seeking the bitter bite of a highly-hopped beer are all atwitter this time of year. Why, you ask? Because this is the time of year that Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich. Releases its massively-hopped, well-reviewed and highly-sought-after beer Hopslam. Hopslam is brewed with an astounding six hop varietals and is dry-hopped with an additional dose of Simcoe hops. The hops used in brewing are a selection of Pacific Northwest varieties that impart flavors such as grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. Combined with a generous malt bill and a solid honey addition, the hops shine…
  • A-B settles over Kirin deceptive package suit

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you have been to a Japanese steak house in the past few years, you may have decided to go native an order a Japanese beer. But, if you ordered a Kirin, you may not have realized that you were really drinking a beer brewed in the United States by Anheuser-Busch. If you did not know this, you are not the only one. And, A-B has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement in response to a class-action suit due to the confusion caused by labeling on the product. In October 2014, Miami residents Lady J. Suarez and Gustavo E. Oliva filed a class action suit alleging that, “The defendant has…
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    Craft Beer Culture

  • Flight of Darkness 3.0

    Philippe Gagnon
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Flight of Darkness 3.0 by Philippe GagnonWho: Craft Beer Culture & The Iron Press What: We’re teaming up with The Iron Press for another extravagant night of indulgence featuring some of our favorite dark beers and this year, we’re pushing that idea. Of course, big boozy beers like Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra, Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine, and a special barrel-aged variation of Ballast Point Victory at Sea will be on the board but we also plan to have a few other goodies on the high SRM spectrum. On the sour side, we’ve been graced with a special dark sour…
  • Flight of Darkness 2.0

    Philippe Gagnon
    11 Dec 2013 | 9:13 pm
    Flight of Darkness 2.0 by Philippe Gagnon Who: Craft Beer Culture & The Iron Press What: A night of our favorite dark beer Where: The Iron Press @ 3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 When: Tuesday December 17th 5 pm – 10 pm We’ve teamed up with Iron Press to bring you Flight of Darkness 2.0. It’s going to be another special night of dark beer and this time we’re going BIG. If you know anything about our “drinking preferences,” this shouldn’t come as a surprise. As usual, you have the option of a flight of 4 beers for $12 ($10 with a waffle…
  • Pliny the Younger Orange County Watch 2013

    Philippe Gagnon
    1 Feb 2013 | 4:05 pm
    Pliny the Younger Orange County Watch 2013 by Philippe Gagnon It’s legend that on the first of the month, the winds from the North flow toward Orange County carrying with it, the aroma of Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny The Younger. Yeah… That might be a bit of a stretch but we’re excited that it’s coming and we’re here to help you find it. I recently had a discussion with a friend about Younger’s stature in the Triple IPA world now that so many worthy competitors are in the ring. I mentioned a few of my favorite newcomers like Knee Deep Simtra…
  • Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review

    Philippe Gagnon
    29 Mar 2012 | 6:30 am
    Airdale Brewing Co. The Angry Panda Review by Philippe Gagnon “San Diego Brewery” Airdale, (actually brewed locally in Irvine) recently had to shut down its doors but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make good beer. Early last June, I walked into my local beer store, BottleCraft, looking for something interesting, something new, and really just something delicious. Store owner, Brian, made the great recommendation to try a new Imperial Red that they’d just started carrying called The Angry Panda. I took his suggestion and subsequently fell in love. This is my review. Brewery: Airdale…
  • Iron Fist Brewing Co. Renegade Blonde #299

    Philippe Gagnon
    20 Mar 2012 | 8:09 am
    Iron Fist Brewing Co. Renegade Blonde #299 by Philippe Gagnon Brewery: Iron Fist Brewing Company Name: Renegade Blonde Style: KölschStyle Blonde Ale ABV: 5.2% Look: Cloudy straw-like color. Highly carbonated creating tons of pIllowy soft white head. Smell: The yeast aroma hits first, which taste Belgian to me even though it’s labeled as a German Style Kolsch. I could very well be wrong but it’s smells very familiar. Notes of orange and lemon peak through behind a surprisingly noticeable hop bill. Everything sits balanced and appealing, especially perfect for a warm weekend…
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  • Victory Brewing Makes Helles Lager Available Nationwide

    Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    DOWNINGTOWN, PA – In response to growing consumer demand and appreciation for a crisp-tasting lager beer, Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is excited to share their best-kept secret with full distribution of Victory Helles Lager to 35 states. Long held as an extremely popular favorite in the Philadelphia region because of the area’s longtime love affair with lagers, Victory Helles Lager is made in traditional German style creating a full-bodied golden brew with unsurpassed balanced flavors. Originally known as Brandywine Valley Lager when it made its debut in 1996, this lager paid…
  • Wisconsin Brewing and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Offer Class in Fermented Foods and Beverages

    Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Wisconsin — This spring semester, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will have a new opportunity – and given its uniqueness and subject matter, there’s a good chance it will fill up in record time! The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Wisconsin Brewing Company are partnering to teach a Fermented Foods & Beverage laboratory class with real world applications. This groundbreaking semester-long program will combine classroom and laboratory study at the UW with on-site, hands- on brewing instruction at WBC, complete with…
  • Harrisburg Beer Week Launches in April

    Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Harrisburg, PA – ­­The first­ ever Harrisburg Beer Week will run April 24 through May 2, 2015 throughout the greater Harrisburg area. The event, the brainchild of local craft beer blogger Tierney Pomone of Stouts and Stilettos, is organized by four local women. “Craft beer is my passion,” said Pomone. “I’ve been dreaming about a Harrisburg Beer Week for years and couldn’t be more excited to see it come to fruition in 2015. The timing is perfect as we see more and more breweries opening in our area. I was born, raised, and still live here in Harrisburg and…
  • Temperance Beer Company to Release First Bottled Offering

    Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Evanston, IL – Temperance Beer Company, Evanston’s original brewery, will release its first bottled beer on Saturday, January 31, at noon. After canning three beers beginning last year, including the award-winning Gatecrasher English-Style IPA, Temperance is bottling an extremely limited number of twenty-two-ounce bottles of Barrel-Aged Might Meets Right Imperial Stout. Since March 2014, the big brew (10.9% alc/vol) has been aging in High West Distillery white oak barrels that previously held either High West’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan or its Barreled Boulevardier cocktails.
  • Low Hop Yields in 2014 Lead to Record Acreage in 2015

    Press Release
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Yakima, Wash. – The United States’ hop growers did their part in 2014 to keep up with the increased demand for hops used in craft beer. Growers produced more hops than any time in the past five years. Yields were down and prices continue to rise according to a new report from Hop Growers of America released this week during its annual conference in San Diego. Although U.S. growers planted an additional 3,600 acres of hops in 2014, the yields dropped by 4.79 percent. An unseasonably hot July in the Pacific Northwest resulted in lighter cones and yields in some varieties that were down as…
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    the Craft Beer Girl

  • Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

    Amy Ellsworth
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    The guys at Bullets2Bandages recently reached out to me to see if I was interested in field testing one of their signature products, the .50 caliber bottle opener. Clearly, they look totally badass so I said, “Of course!” and prepared to launch an offensive on the arsenal of craft beer bottles waiting in the fridge. Founded by a couple of former Navy bomb technicians, Bullets2Bandages is committed to donating at least 15% of its profits to veteran charities on an annual basis–and for the co-branded products featured on their website, they donate 40% from each sale to…
  • The Perfect Pint?

    Amy Ellsworth
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    We’re all familiar with the standard “shaker” pint glass, which derives it’s name from it’s original use as a cocktail shaker when paired with a slightly larger metal cup. They’re cheap, durable, and easy to stack, making it a popular choice for many American bar owners. But despite being the common choice for many beer drinkers, it’s not the best fit for craft beer. You’ve probably seen other glasses of all shapes and sizes… but do they really affect how the beer tastes? Turns out, they do! Not only that, the geometry of the glass can…
  • Rochester Real Beer Week: The Women & Beer Symposium

    Amy Ellsworth
    12 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here in Rochester, it’s not officially Spring  until the lilacs bloom, and Summer kicks off with Rochester Real Beer Week! This year, I am SO happy to announce that I’ll be hosting my own event, The Women & Beer Symposium, at Cure, located in the Rochester Public Market! The event will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014, and will begin with the Womens Industry Beer Dinner at 6pm. The 4 course menu will feature the inspired cuisine Cure is known for, expertly paired with world-class craft beer from across the country. Women participating in all levels of the craft beer…
  • Fractured Beer Quotes: Almost Famous Words About Beer & Life

    Amy Ellsworth
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    Plenty of famous words have been written about beer… with a little research you can find countless references to the beloved suds attributed to founding fathers, ancient proverbs, and great authors of the past. A good quote, just like a good beer, can inspire us to expand our minds and reach for something more. Inspirational quotes can become mantras for our daily lives, encouraging us to follow our dreams and motivating us to keep going when things get tough. Whether you’re looking for some wisdom to inspire a new career, or just the next great beer, here are some almost famous…
  • Meet Josie Holden, Nedloh Brewing Co.

    Amy Ellsworth
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Since March is women’s history month, I thought I would highlight one of the many women helping to grow the craft beer industry here in New York, Josie Holden, of Nedloh Brewing Company. The 3,500 square-foot brewing facility—opening this Summer in East Bloomfield—will feature a tasting room, retail space and a museum dedicated to the history and process of local 19th century hops production. How did you get into craft beer or brewing? Everyone seems to have an “Intro to craft beer story”… What’s yours? I grew up in a family owned winery and I’ve been around…
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  • El Dorado SMASH

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    We continue the new hop SMASH beer journey with El Dorado hops. Be sure to check our our previous SMASH review of Mosaic Hops. My first impression of the aroma on El Dorado was candied ginger and candied orange peel. Very unique and inviting. I also pulled some raspberry notes. Almost like a darker fruit character. Underneath it all was a sense of fresh cut grass. The bitterness from these hops was very mild. For 15%AA hop it was very surprising. The bitterness was slightly resiny but it did not linger like other super dank America hops. Certainly nothing like the bitterness we got from…
  • Mosaic Hops SMASH Beer

    14 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    With so many new hop varieties out there to try these days, it’s hard to picks place to start. This week we start a new shirt series on three of the newer hop varieties that have made us curious over the last couple years. The first in this series is Mosaic Hops!!! Let’s set the stage. To evaluated these hops we went with a simple BIAB SMASH format. America 2 row was the base malt and each hop was spread across the boil to hopefully get a sense of its bittering, flavor and aroma properties. The hopping schedule went as follows each addition as a quarter ounce at a time. Into the…
  • Mike’s First Mead 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    It’s 2015 and it’s time for new beginnings. I chose to start this years video roll with my first mead. I brewed this up a couple months ago. It’s been aging since then. Now it’s free to run wild!!! This recipe was nothing more than 6 pounds of orange blossom honey in a total volume of two gallons. I heated the water to 80F to help get things mixed. I added one package of Lavin D47 along with a little yeast nutrient. Three weeks in primary at 68F then I transferred it into a second fermentor where it sat for two months aging and clearing up. It’s gotten…
  • 2014 Video Wrap Up

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Here is a quick video to close out the year. This was our second straight year of publishing one video a week. That’s 52 videos this year with just over 25,000 views on the ole YouTube. This week’s final offering is a montage of sorts with a few clips from some of our most watched videos. Thanks for sticking with us and thanks for watching. We hope to bring more content and more videos in 2015. As always let us know if there is something you want us to cover or something you want to see. Cheers. Read the original article 2014 Video Wrap Up and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • The Best Brew Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Read

    29 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    No, not really. Sorry to ruin the promise of that headline so soon. Then again, maybe you’re happy I did. You see, I wanted to see if this exciting, if hard-to-believe, title would get you to read. The thing is, besides Mike’s “race to the finish” blog posts where he details what he plans to get brewed before the end of the year, these year end/new year plan posts are the most self-serving ones we write. And yet, I keep typing them up. I should really stop. Maybe. Ok, sure – these post help me to stay on track for what I want to accomplish in the year.
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  • Greater Bangor brewery updates

    Chad Lothian
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I find it difficult to keep up with what’s happening with breweries in the Greater Bangor Area, I follow them all on their social media accounts but tend to miss some updates and announcements. I gathered up what’s been going on for an update on the Bangor beer scene. Cheers Chaddah Square Tail Brewing Company in Amherst has been busy since I last visited, they’ve completed their brewhouse, done water testing and brewed two batches of beer. They have decided to move their grand opening out until early spring, date to be determined, while they apply finishing touches to the tasting room,…
  • Goodbye In’finiti, Hello Liquid Riot Bottling Company

    Chad Lothian
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation in Portland closed it’s doors in early January for maintenance, they are opening back up tomorrow, January 16, 2015 at 3pm but regulars will notice a few changes. First off, In’finiti is no more, due to other breweries opening in the past couple of years that named themselves Infinity or something similar. Not wanting to confuse their customers or to mire themselves in legal battles, In’finiti simply changed their name. In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation will now be known as Liquid Riot Bottling Company. Inspiration for the name…
  • I support local but local doesn’t mean good

    Chad Lothian
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this blog post for a while, after sampling some terrible Maine beers recently, I didn’t want to do a full review, I’m not looking to start a smear campaign about breweries, but I am concerned. Part of me is concerned that there are breweries putting poor quality beer on the market and the other part of me is concerned that there are beer drinkers out there supporting it. To be clear when I say poor quality I mean poor quality. I’m not talking about a beer I don’t like the flavor of, there are plenty of those and they can be…
  • New England Brewfests – 2015

    Chad Lothian
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    This is the third year I’ve put together a list of New England Brewfests and like years past the list is not complete, there are festivals that haven’t updated their websites or officially announced their dates so this list is a work in progress. If you know of a brewfest that has been announced that I’ve missed feel free to drop me a line and I’ll add it. Cheers! Chaddah January January 23 & 24 – Beer Summit - Boston, MA January 24 – Portland on Tap - Portland, ME January 31 – Rhode Island Brewfest – Pawtucket, RI February February 6…
  • Some of my favorite search terms of 2014

    Chad Lothian
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    Instead of writing a “Year in Review” blog post, there are enough of those out there, I thought I’d take a different approach and look at some of the more interesting search terms that were used to find my blog this year. My site analytics are pretty basic, mostly what blog posts have been viewed for the day, basic tracking and search terms used to find the site. The majority of search terms aren’t available to me, search engines protect their users that are logged in by blocking the search terms but I do see some and sometimes they are funny other times they are very specific to…
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    Beer Infinity

  • World Beer Festival brings tasty, unusual craft brews

    Beer Infinity
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am World Beer Festival brings tasty, unusual craft brews Beer lovers of the Capital City will descend on the Columbia Convention Center on Saturday for the World Beer Festival. The festival, sponsored by All About Beer Magazine, brings with it more than 200 beers from more than 90 breweries from ...
  • How craft beer has set struggling pubs free from the nachos

    Beer Infinity
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    The Guardian How craft beer has set struggling pubs free from the nachos The Guardian At Leeds's oldest pub, a mixed clientele samples the 10 real ales and tucks in to hearty pub food. The pub that John Betjeman described as “the heart of Leeds” celebrates its third centenary this year, but a few years ago its place in the city ...
  • Columbia’s annual World Beer Festival features breweries, beer and, well, lots …

    Beer Infinity
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am Columbia's annual World Beer Festival features breweries, beer and, well, lots ... COLUMBIA, SC — OK, so it's usually acceptable to throw back a few beers, but what about a few dozen? At Columbia's annual World Beer Festival, that's exactly the pint – uh, point. A few dozen sample ...
  • Another brouhaha: Tiny brewery changes name after winery action

    Beer Infinity
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Another brouhaha: Tiny brewery changes name after winery action SFGate It seems as soon as one craft beer controversy goes flat, another one comes to a head. Days after the brouhaha surrounding a trademark lawsuit by Lagunitas Brewing of Petaluma against Sierra Nevada of Chico, a tiny beer maker on the Central California ... One m ...
  • Whitefish brewery cancels event after city denies permit

    Beer Infinity
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:24 pm
    NBC Montana Whitefish brewery cancels event after city denies permit NBC Montana The Great Northern Brewery wanted to try something different this year, but managers say the couldn't come to terms with the city on insurance and liability coverage. "The Beer Barter was a fantastic event for us for many years and it had run its ... Grea ...
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  • Clown Shoes – Extremely Angry Beast | Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!

    Brew Review Crew
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
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  • Jester King – Provenance | Our First JK Brew!

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
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  • Picky Pint – A New Craft Beer App to Help Navigate Beer Menus with Confidence

    Brew Review Crew
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    We here at the Brew Review Crew really enjoy integrating Craft Beer into our passion for technology. As avid smartphone users on both iPhone and Android platforms, we love checking out new craft beer smartphone applications to help navigate the world of craft beer. You may have seen our list of favorite craft beer smartphone apps or perhaps even have watched our smartphone app showdown! Today, we are looking at a new craft beer smartphone app called ‘Picky Pint’! Creator Mike Parks recently reached out to us here at the Brew Review Crew and excitedly told us all about Picky Pint.
  • BCBS Barleywine Ale – Goose Island

    Brew Review Crew
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
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  • Beers to Enjoy during the National Championship Game

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    The wait is finally over! After years, and years of scores of college football fans clamoring for the demise of the BCS polling system, the NCAA College Playoff National Championship Game is finally upon us. We here at the Brew Review Crew take an extra special interest in this historic game as we are both monstrous Ohio State Fans. I, Ron, am a proud graduate of THE Ohio State University (Roll your eyes, if you must) and Cory, though not an alum, bleeds Scarlet & Grey just as much as myself! What could be better than your favorite team facing off against a worthy foe for the grand-daddy…
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  • It’s Ok To Enjoy Popular Beers

    John Fahrner
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It wasn’t all that long ago when going out to a bar meant that you had a very limited selection of beers to choose from, most of the time Bud Light, Miller Light, and Budweiser.  As consumers we seem to have revolted against this line of thinking,   and prevaled!  Now even family restaurants always seem to have something on tap that is of the craft beer variety.  Breweries like Founders, Stone, Short’s and Dogfish Head seem to be more…
  • St Mel’s Brewery, the long return

    Rob Nesbit
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Featured Contributor – Rob Nesbit   @ThisDrinkinLife  from Ireland St Mel’s Brewery, the long return St Mel’s Brewery, Longford Something is stirring in the centre of Ireland. A new and exciting brewery has opened, the first in the midlands region in about 150 years. St Mel’s Brewery, based in Longford Town, has decided to dip its toe into the ever increasing market in the country for craft brewing. St Mels brewery is a new venture started by Liam Hanlon and Eoin Tynan. Two local lads who have decided…
  • Bell’s Hopslam Review

    John Fahrner
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s has a variety of brews that are released every year as part of their annual release series, none of those beers are more sought after than Hopslam.  Hopslam has been a staple of the of the craft beer  hunter for as long as I can remember and has rightfully earned it’s place as a beer that sells out usually within hours of hitting shelves.   What I will never understand with Hopslam is the group of hipsters inside…
  • Beer History/Culture: America’s Second Attempt at Craft Brewing

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Featured Contributor Matt  @SportsNCraftBeer Who would have imagined that one day, a person could walk into a 7-11 and buy a Big Gulp and Pumpkin Ale at the same time? Americans are in the midst of a craft beer craze — the number of U.S. breweries rose from less than 100 to more than 3,000 since the 1980s, much of that in the last ten years. Despite dips in the sales of beer, overall, craft brew sales rose 15% during 2012 and 18% in 2013.…
  • Beer Review: Two-For-One From Right Brain Brewery

    Katie Dixon
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: So, you may remember me stating in my last post that I don’t really like wheat beers. Well, there is one big exception to this: hopped wheat beers. In my defense, hops tend to make most things in life better. I finally had the chance to visit Right Brain Brewery the other day. Upon approaching the bar I was (probably way too) excited to see that one could order half pints! So today is a two-for-one review!   The…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Brewery News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewhouses announces 4-pack editions of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale, Born & Raised IPA, and Rise & Grind.

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Press Release Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse prides itself on brewing Spokane-Style beers with no boundaries.  That is, taking local, fresh and distinct ingredients from the Pacific Northwest and creating innovative recipes that serve as a remedy for the redundancy that has flooded the craft beer industry.  Their 4-pack line up is no exception. Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale allows drinkers to experience a 100% all natural fruit beer without artificial flavorings, preservatives or adjuncts.  The balanced sweet and tart flavors are courtesy of cherries and cranberries grown in…
  • Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing adds Dawn of the Red India Red Aleto its year-round Flagship Series.

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Press Release EUGENE, Ore.—Jan. 26, 2015Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the addition of Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to its year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint. Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, an experimental small-batch series, Dawn of the Red was first brewed out of a want to offer an IPA using new hop varieties, including El Dorado and Mosaic hops. The beer immediately became a favorite, advancing itself to the Ninkasi Special Release Series in 2014. Once again, the fanfare for…
  • Brewery News: OR: Portland: Lompoc Brewing hosts “Chowder Challenge” February 21st

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Press Release PORTLAND, Ore. – A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 9th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 21 from Noon to 4 pm. The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. This year’s participants are Ds Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Breakside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Fifth Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern, RingSide Fish House, Wild Wood Cafe, Widmer Brothers Pub and Year of the Fish. Two-ounce samples of traditional New England-style clam…
  • Opinion: Days later, Elysian Brewing's sale to AB\InBev has a larger human cost then you realize.

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    image sourced from Elysian Brewing Company's websiteLike the Roman god Janus, Elysian Brewing Company ends the beginning of their private ownership, with the sale to Anheuser-Busch \ International Beverage.I'm not going to sugar-coat this. I'm fucking pissed right now. At whom is not who you would think. I'm pissed that Anheuser-Busch, instead of competing against the Brewers Association's members, has purchased Seattle's Elysian Brewing. And I'm not going to tear Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca, and David Buhler a new asshole over this sale either. I'm sure some of you have been doing that, ever…
  • Festival News: OR: Silverton: Oregon Garden announces news dates for the “Oregon Garden Brewfest”

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday. “We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • Bohemia Beers

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    We buy exceptionally good beer from small European breweries. We work with some fantastic logistics people to guarantee it’s delivered to you in top condition. We support you to ensure that each pint you serve to your customers is perfect.   It Read More...
  • Holgate Brewhouse

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    We make it ourselves, microbrewed from authentic, natural ingredients. Uncompromising craft beer, bold and brimming with character.
  • Swedish

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Cheers! Skål!   A beer/two beers, please.  En öl/två öl, tack. (Ahn ul/tfoo ul, tac) A pint, please.  Ett stop, tack. (At stoop, tac)
  • January 23rd 2015

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
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  • Boston Crawling, LLC

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    It was the summer of 2010 and I found myself on a platform in Prague waiting for my train to Munich. I was alone. I only had a few euros to my name. I didn't even know where I was going to sleep that night.  
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  • Beer: I Built a Hop Spider

    Sean Duffy
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    So this weekend I randomly decided to build a hop spider. I was watching a video by Chop & Brew about a beer they brewed and aged it in a Woodinville Whiskey Rye Barrel. I noticed they were using one in the video. It seems like a neat idea for an easier cleanup. So I looked up how to do it here and made a trip to Lowe's to pickup some supplies. After posting on reddit, it seems like most people prefer the stainless steel option. The PVC I bought seems to be extremely tough and durable so we'll see. The heat distortion temperature of PVC is 197.6°F and most boils are 210°F+. Since…
  • Beer: Rye Whiskey Barrel

    Sean Duffy
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    This showed up on my porch the other day. My brother got it for me as a Christmas gift and I can't even describe how excited I am to use it! I just came up with a recipe that I think will compliment well with the Rye Whiskey. A while back we made a beer called the Scotch Stout which had peat grains with some Ardbeg Scotch mixed in with it. Well, instead I took out the peat and replaced it with some rye grains and I'm hoping it'll be amazing. We'll see!If you're interested in getting one, they rotate their barrels and sometimes have a Maple Bourbon barrel available which I can't wait to get my…
  • Food: Pasta Bolognese

    Sean Duffy
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    One of my go-to dishes at Italian restaurants is Pasta Bolognese. There's something about it that I just absolutely love. The extra sweetness from the carrots and celery just make it oh so good. My wife bought me an awesome pasta maker for Christmas and I thought this would be the perfect meal to try it out on. I asked her if she wanted to make a date night out of it and it was quite successful! I overcooked the pasta a bit because this was the first time I cooked fresh pasta. It was delicious!Here is the recipe for the pasta:Total Time: 25 minPrep: 20 min |Inactive Prep: -- |Cook: 5…
  • Beer: Christmas Was Good to Me

    Sean Duffy
    27 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Christmas this year was amazing. I can't even describe how appreciative and grateful I am for all the amazing people in my life. I did not expect to get even half the stuff I got and the whole day was full of family, food, and friends. I cannot wait to use the Draft Brewer Dual CO2 Regulated Keg System. I still need to get a freezer before using it, which I might already have squared away due to having awesome friends. It seems there was a theme this year. Most people who know me know that homebrewing has taken over most of my free time. It's an addiction. The science behind it is so…
  • Beer: The New England 1020 (Update)

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

    james ainsworth
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    Name of Beer: Santa's Little HelperBrewery: Mikkeller, DenmarkStyle: BelgianAbv: 10.9%                Bottle: 330ml            Price: GIFTSource: Independent Spirit of BathTemperature Served: Room         Three Word Review: Blended boozy Belgian
  • Millionaire by The Wild Beer Co

    james ainsworth
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Name of Beer: MillionaireBrewery: The Wild Beer Co, UKStyle: Milk/Sweet StoutAbv: 4.7%                Bottle: 330ml            Price: £2.79Source: Corks of CothamTemperature Served: Room         Three Word Review: Sweet salty kiss.
  • 4 Elf Winter Warmer by Dark Horse Brewery

    james ainsworth
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Name of Beer: 4 Elf Winter WarmerBrewery: Dark Horse Brewing Co, USAStyle: Winter WarmerAbv: 8.7%                Bottle: 330ml            Price: £4.25Source: BeermothTemperature Served: Room         Three Word Review: Christmas spices diminishing.
  • Ace Edge by Buxton Brewery

    james ainsworth
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Name of Beer: Ace EdgeBrewery: Buxton Brewery, UKStyle: IPAAbv: 6.8%                Bottle: 330ml            Price: GIFTSource: Independent Spirit of BathTemperature Served: Chilled         Three Word Review: Eminently quaff-able tropicals.
  • Woody Creek White by Flying Dog Brewery

    james ainsworth
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Name of Beer: Woody Creek WhiteBrewery: Flying Dog Brewery, USAStyle: WitbierAbv: 4.7%                Bottle: 330ml            Price: £3.59Source: BeerdTemperature Served: Chilled         Three Word Review: Moreish Belgian Summer BUY THE BOTTLES SAYS: Formidable graphic design is equally matched within the bottle with a light and subtle Witbier. Woody Creek White offers a hint of pepper and wet grass…
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    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.

  • Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015 LIVE UPDATES

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Good morning ladies and gents! Welcome to LIVE coverage at Manchester Velodrome, where the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has one hell of a treat in store for us. Today should be great, with over 500 beers, ciders and perries available to taste (see guzzle, knock back). And guess what? Grizzly Bear is gonna be in attendance! I’ll be bringing you all the build-up, updates and much more from todays festivities at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015. Stay tuned! 14.38Magic Rock Brewery. What can I say? Well,  this brewery is killer. Get…
  • Søren Kierkegaard on Brewing Equipment

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Philosophy and Brewing Believe it or not, I used to be a Philosophy major. Besides a load of student debt, and a penchant for discourse, I left that time behind and went on to get a ‘real’ job. Nevertheless, I often find myself reading over old textbooks and digging up old quotes which interested me all those years back. One that recently came to mind was written by Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher. Kierkegaard wrote, I have just come home from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away —…
  • Bottle Beer and Harvest Yeast

    11 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Introduction: How to Bottle Beer and Harvest Yeast I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “to kill two birds with one stone,” and when you are bottling your homebrew you can do just that. In this case, you can bottle your beer and harvest yeast at the same time. In this two minute tutorial, I’m going to show you how to bottle beer and harvest yeast. Supplies Needed bottles caps bottle capper auto-siphon bottling wand (optional) bottling bucket bottle brush dextrose (sugar) mason jars or similar unscented OxiClean Star San Spray bottle Step 1: Cleaning It’s…
  • Brewferm Malt Mill Review

    4 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    It’s now been a couple of years since I started brewing beer using the BIAB method. Sure, I could have started with extract, as many brewers do with great results. However, to me, extract brewing never interested me. Why? Because it doesn’t call upon the use of grain. I put this down to my background in the kitchen. Whenever I can, I make my own stocks for use in soups, sauces,  and other recipes. Using a stock cube doesn’t interest me. It may be easier, and less time consuming, but I find the joy in cooking, as I do brewing, from scratch. In the UK, there are more than a…
  • Kölsch V.1

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    Kölsch V.1 Specifics Batch size: 5 Gallon (72% efficiency) ABV: 4.71% OG: 1.049 SG FG: 1.013 SG IBUs: 23.8 Color: 6.9 EBC Grist 4.17kg Pilsner (2 Row) Germany Hops 22.2 g Perle (@60 minutes) 11.1 g Hallertauer Herbsrucker Yeast Hefebank Weihenstephan W-177 Fermentation 1.5 weeks at 16c, 2 weeks at 6c Brewday notes: check out details of the brewday here. Tasting notes: TBD     The post Kölsch V.1 appeared first on Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch..
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