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  • Have Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and More Shipped to Your Door!
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    We are back with another special offer from our partners over at You can have Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabb… The post Have Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and More Shipped to Your Door! appeared first on
  • Stone Brewing names Richmond Virginia as destination for $74 million East Coast hub

    Adam Nason
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    NewsWire:  (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone…
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    NYT > Beer
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association says independent distributors help the industry grow.
  • El Bizarrón: A 5 Rabbit – Cigar City Brewing Collaboration
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    (Bedford Park,IL) – When we began brainstorming ideas with Cigar City for our collaboration beers, the vision quickly took … The post El Bizarrón: A 5 Rabbit – Cigar City Brewing Collaboration appeared first on
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 40/41, 2014.

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 40/4128 September - 11 October 2014 2014.10.11"Tasting Whiskey," new book by Lew Bryson —editor of Whiskey Advocate Magazine— released. —Via Facebook. 2014.10.10The 6th annual Baltimore (Maryland) Beer Week began today. Runs through 19 October 2014. —Via Baltimore Beer Week. 2014.10.09Stone Brewing Company, of Escondido, California 10th largest U.S. craft brewery, to build an East Coast brewery and restaurant, in Richmond, Virginia, opening in 2016, employing more than 288 people. —Via Barley Blog.
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  • Stone Brewing names Richmond Virginia as destination for $74 million East Coast hub

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

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

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

    Press Release
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    News Wire:  (Paso Robles, CA) – Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Velvet Merkin barrel-aged oatmeal stout is set to make a curtain call with the release of the 2014 vintage starting on September 15. “We let our hair down with the 2014 Velvet Merkin and changed up the barrel mix a bit compared to previous vintages,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Velvet Merkin has always had this signature milk chocolate character, but now the vanilla notes are more pronounced as well. We’re pretty stoked on this vintage.” The 2014 Velvet Merkin was primarily aged in bourbon barrels…
  • Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru now available in select markets

    Press Release
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    News Wire:  (Boston, MA) – The brewers at Samuel Adams are no strangers to taking time to focus on their passion projects, and the latest example is the 2014 release of Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru. Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) is a unique Belgian ale, aged in Hungarian oak tuns for over a year and fermented with multiple micro-organisms found in the environment of the historic brewery. On August 23rd, the Samuel Adams brewers are releasing a small batch version called Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru that’s been uniquely aged for two years in the Barrel Room at the Boston…
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  • El Bizarrón: A 5 Rabbit – Cigar City Brewing Collaboration

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    (Bedford Park,IL) – When we began brainstorming ideas with Cigar City for our collaboration beers, the vision quickly took … The post El Bizarrón: A 5 Rabbit – Cigar City Brewing Collaboration appeared first on
  • 10 Must Attend San Diego Beer Week Events

    Jonny Fullpint
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    The San Diego Brewers Guild has announced dates for the 6th annual San Diego Beer Week, scheduled to take place across the county fro… The post 10 Must Attend San Diego Beer Week Events appeared first on
  • Oakshire Brewing 8th Anniversary & National Learn To Homebrew Day

    Jonny Fullpint
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Eugene, OR – Oakshire Brewing and Cascade Brewers Society are pleased to announce a collaborative event celebrating Oaksh… The post Oakshire Brewing 8th Anniversary & National Learn To Homebrew Day appeared first on
  • O’Briens One 20th Anniversary IPA by Rip Current Gets Tapped Tonight – 15.7% abv.

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    (San Diego,CA) – You did read that right, we are tapping One 20th Anniversary IPA from Rip Current Wednesday night and it is 15… The post O’Briens One 20th Anniversary IPA by Rip Current Gets Tapped Tonight – 15.7% abv. appeared first on
  • Have Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and More Shipped to Your Door!

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    We are back with another special offer from our partners over at You can have Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabb… The post Have Clown Shoes, Pretty Things and More Shipped to Your Door! appeared first on
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 40/41, 2014.

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 40/4128 September - 11 October 2014 2014.10.11"Tasting Whiskey," new book by Lew Bryson —editor of Whiskey Advocate Magazine— released. —Via Facebook. 2014.10.10The 6th annual Baltimore (Maryland) Beer Week began today. Runs through 19 October 2014. —Via Baltimore Beer Week. 2014.10.09Stone Brewing Company, of Escondido, California 10th largest U.S. craft brewery, to build an East Coast brewery and restaurant, in Richmond, Virginia, opening in 2016, employing more than 288 people. —Via Barley Blog.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Wine Contemplations

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    As seen at a wine café and market, only latterly opened: two, in seeming wine reverie. Bistro 360Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginia17 October 2014. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
  • Chesapeake Real Ale Festival 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Baltimore Beer Week 2014 began last Friday, 10 October. It ends this Sunday, 19 October. (Yes, that's a ten day week.) Before it all ends, the Pratt Street Ale House and the Baltimore chapter of the Society for the Preservation for Beer from the Wood (SPBW) present the 11th annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, this Saturday, at the brewpub, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Festival host brewer, Steve Jones, of Oliver Brewing.There will be at least forty-one casks of real ale (and one 'real' lager) at the festival. And, what is 'real ale'? Also known as cask-conditioned ale, 'real ale' is beer…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 38/39, 2014.

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 38/3914 September - 27 September 20142014.09.27Cold temperatures and wet weather damage already historically small North American barley harvest. Malted barley prices may rise. Will beer prices increase as a result? —Via Reuters. 2014.09.25Cask ale volumes (in the U.K.) grew in 2013, despite a declining market. The 2014 U.K. Cask Report has been released. —Via Pete Brown. 2014.09.25Britain celebrates Cask Ale Week, 25 September through 5 October, organized by Cask Marque: "only in UK, only in pubs." —Via Cask…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Stouts & Dirndls.

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Attending an Oktoberfest celebration, these two were into the spirit of the thing, wearing dirndls, traditional Bavarian peasant dresses. But the beers they were holding? Dark ... cask-conditioned Oatmeal Stouts. Brewed byOliver Brewing of Baltimore, Maryland, which served them hand-pulled from a firkin (10.8-gallon cask), via a 'beer engine.' Not so Bavarian-traditional, but quite the traditional English way of doing things. 'Chick' beer? Hah! Photo taken at the Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest, organized by the
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 4

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is the fourth and final part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity in the mash and the boil. Today we’re going to discuss fermentation finings and filtering your beer to improve clarity and reduce beer haze. Lagering and Cold Crashing during Fermentation When fermentation is complete, you may want to consider cold storing or cold crashing your beer. Lowering the temperature to near freezing will aid the precipitation of…
  • Experimental Homebrewing with Drew and Denny – BeerSmith Podcast #90

    Brad Smith and Friends
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    The authors of the upcoming book Experimental Homebrewing Denny Conn and Drew Beechum join me to discuss some of their home brew experiments as well as their upcoming book. Drew and Denny provide some unusual and unique ideas to spice up your home brewed beer! 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 (58:58) Drew Beechum and Denny Conn join me to discuss their new book Experimental Homebrewing (Amazon Affiliate link). Drew Beechum is author of the Everything…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 3

    Brad Smith and Friends
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This is the third part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity through ingredient selection. Today we’re going to discuss both techniques you can use to improve clarity as well as finings that can be added to reduce haze in beer. Mashing and Beer pH Low Mash pH is Better – As covered in earlier article on mash pH, keeping your mash pH in the 5.2-5.5 range during the mash has a number of benefits for the stability and…
  • Tasting Beer with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #89

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Randy Mosher, the author of Radical Brewing and Mastering Homebrew joins me this week to discuss tasting beer, beer aroma, judging beer and also his upcoming book. Its another great episode with one of home brewing’s masters! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:17) Randy Mosher the author of Radical Brewing, Tasting Beer and the upcoming book Mastering Homebrew (all Amazon Affiliate links) joins me to discuss beer tasting, beer self-awareness, judging…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings : In Depth – Part 2

    Brad Smith and Friends
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is the second part of my four part series on beer clarity. Last week we covered how to measure beer haze and some of the major causes of beer clarity issues. This week we’re going to go in-depth and discuss yeast, proteins and tannins and begin to cover how to control and improve beer clarity through ingredient selection. Yeast Clarity Issues in Beer and Mitigation Yeast cells, at 5-10 microns in size, are certainly large enough to cause clarity issues in your beer, particularly younger beers. At the end of fermentation, most yeast cells will “flocculate” or fall out of…
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  • Newburyport Fall Beer Fest

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

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

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Weekend on the Water/Capital Cup Brew Festival Concord, NH Concord Parks & Recreation and the Black Ice Pond Hockey Association are excited to announce the addition of the Capital Cup Brew Festival to the Weekend on the Water event being held September 6-7, 2014. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6th, from 1:00-4:00 PM. The Capital Cup Brew Festival will feature over 25 Breweries: * 21st Amendment * 603 Brewery * Berkshire *Champlain Orchards ** Founders * Goose Island * Great Rhythm * Kelsen * Long Trail * New Planet * Newburyport Brewing * North Coast…
  • BBC 14 Kicks off with a Blast

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

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

  • What Use Is Beer When Facing Truly Horrible Things?

    Alan McLeod
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    It's a bit hard this Thursday to think of something I'd like to write about given the events of yesterday in Ottawa, just up the Rideau Canal from my home town here in Kingston, Ontario. Beer is fairly unimportant at any time. It is really unimportant at times like this. We are sharing stories, we Canadians, on social media and by email that talk to our pride in the murdered soldiers, both killed for no reason more than wearing their uniforms in public. Stories like this:The news of Wednesday’s events hit members of the military, both past and present, particularly hard. Within hours of the…
  • "There’s No Such Thing As An Evil Milkshake"

    Alan McLeod
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Jordan knocks one out of the park in his column for Canada's Sun newspaper chain by cutting to the chase about the "meaning" of craft beer. Forget about it:Let me suggest something to you: “Craft beer” has served its purpose as an idea and we need to move past it. We’re meant to believe, for instance, that Shock Top is evil because it’s pretending to be “craft beer.” As a consumer, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether the beer you’re buying passes some test of ideological purity. Ascribing moral qualities to a beverage is nonsensical; there’s no such thing as an evil…
  • How I Feel Now That I Have Nickelbrook's Wet Hop Ale

    Alan McLeod
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    That's a new photo for me. It is from Halifax's Victory in Europe Day parade in 1945 apparently before it became the VE Day Riot. Click for more of the photo. I have mentioned the Halifax riot of 1945 somewhere around here but can't find the link. [Later: here it is.] If you don't believe things got bad, here is an image of the spot later in the day when the jeweler had been hit by looters. Why do I mention this? Because above is about 10,000 times how I felt when I saw Nickebrook's Ontario Wet Hop Ale finally on my local LCBO shelves this morning. I say 10,000 times in the best sense as the…
  • If Everyone Else Is A Beer Expert - Why Not Me?

    Alan McLeod
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I have been seeing the term "beer expert" recently, mainly in the non-nerderatti press aimed at the general population. Like this:IGA is proud to be working with beer expert Philippe Wouters to assist their customers in discovering a variety of flavours. Mr. Wouters has created an association system of colours and sensations available exclusively at IGA that indicates a flavour profile for every beer sold in store. This partnership is a perfect reflection of IGA's commitment to the joy of eating better which encourages Quebecers to eat healthier, choose local products, discover new flavours,…
  • A Good Beer News Roundup For An October Tuesday

    Alan McLeod
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    "Ah!" That's what I hear you all say... "aaaaaahhhh!" Feet go up. Glasses get adjusted and you tuck yourself in for another fabulous edition of the unscheduled beer news roundup. See, Stan may post a round up every Monday while Boak and Bailey do the same most Saturdays. But it's that unscheduled aspect that brings that extra zest to these particular news items. => I am really bored with the anti-shaker glass stuff that is still going around. Strikes me as the next phase of some concerted effort towards the snobbification of beer rolled out to justify supplemental price hikes above inflation.
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • The Session #93 announced: Beer Travel

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Brian and Maria at the Roaming Pint have announced the topic for The Session #93 will be “Beer Travel.” They travel to beer destinations around the country in an RV, but that’s not a requirement to partcipate. Because Beer by Bart asked writers in Session #29 to tell him about their favorite beer trips Brian is suggesting contributors focus more on why than what. Why is it important for us to visit the place the where our beers are made? Why does drinking from source always seem like a better and more valuable experience? Is it simply a matter of getting the beer at its…
  • Is beer as good as it’s going to get?

    Stan Hieronymus
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 10.20.14 How I pick the links to include here: – Wednesday morning I received a press release about chef David Chang’s bit of silliness in GQ about “fancy beer.” Friday morning I received a press release about Garrett Oliver’s response, also in GQ. No need to bother with this pissing match. You’re not going to miss it. – Tuesday morning, because I roll out of bed rather early, Dan Paquette’s Monday night into Tuesday morning rant was near the top of my Twitter feed. And the story sped ahead from there. The ratio of…
  • Session #90 roundup: Gloves come off (again)

    Stan Hieronymus
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    It took Jake Scholan more than a while to get around to posting the roundup for The Session #90: Beer Flight Club, and he explains why. When I pointed to the original announcement I suggested that the premise was that the gloves would come off. They did once again for the roundup. There is a plethora of overwhelming banality. When flooded with it, it becomes too much. Too many poorly written posts. Too many posts that just tell you things instead of showing you. Too much of everything I’ve been complaining about, and not doing anything to fix. I got about halfway through the posts, I…
  • Q&A: Sean Lewis, ‘We Make Beer’

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    There has been discussion of late about the need to find different ways to write about beer. I could be wrong — happens all the time — but it suspect it will be interesting to compare “We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America’s Craft Brewers” and “The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer” within that context. I’ve read the first, and hope to cuddle up with the second before long. In the meantime, I emailed “We Make Beer” author Sean Lewis a few questions. These may be of more interest to me…
  • Because we still don’t need ‘Over Analysis Syndrome’

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Matt Van Wyk’s post about “Over Analysis Syndrome” almost nine years ago when he was still brewing at Flossmoor Station in Illinois remains just as true this morning. My brain might be wired funny, but I thought of it when reading what Michael Baumann wrote at Grantland. Just when the sport has been studied and scrutinized and quantified to within an inch of solving it, something bizarre and beautiful, like these Royals, comes along.
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • Juicy Bangers vs. the Periodic Table of IPA

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Beer styles are hard work, so why don’t we sometimes talk instead about the ways in which different types of beer act on our palates and emotions, or the social functions they perform? When Chris Hall wrote about ‘juicy bangers’™ last week, something seemed to click: It captures in two words everything I look for from my first beer of the night: a full-bodied but brightly refreshing, finely-balanced beer of big flavour yet peerless drinkability. It’s become a hallmark by which I measure a brewer. If…
  • Updates to Our Lists & Guides

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Psst! Up there ↑ in the top navigation bar there are quite a few interesting bits and pieces. That’s where we keep pages (permanent) as opposed to posts (transitory) and under ‘Guides and Lists’ you’ll find things like links to local pub guides around the blogoshire and advice on how to go about becoming a fully-fledged beer geek. But we really just wanted to flag that we’ve made added a new page with advice on buying gifts for beer lovers, ready for Christmas 2014. Updates to Our Lists…
  • Bewildered by Coffee

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Our experience in a smart independent coffee shop in Falmouth this weekend gave us a glimpse into how many people must feel when they enter a craft beer bar. We like coffee, but (as with whisky, wine, cheese) we don’t know very much, having not chosen to expend any mental energy reading on the subject, or forcing ourselves to concentrate as we consume. We’ve picked up a few nuggets of folk knowledge here and there, and think we can spot a bad cup of coffee in the wild, but that’s about it.
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/10/2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 “Ha ha, bacon, ha ha, all the bacon, ha ha, it’s funny how people keep mentioning bacon! Bacon o’clock! Hahahahahahahaha! BACON! Hrr, hrr. Bacon. Yeah. Bacon.” Yeah, hilarious. Here are some links. → A potentially interesting development: Justin Mason and Ed Razzall have been working together on a beer guide for East Anglia. → Ten Inch Wheeler, who is handy with words as he is with a camera, recounts a pub crawl from East London to Marylebone: Telegraph Man wants to know if Yorkshire will go…
  • Porter Tasting: Batch 4 — Taste of London

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 The purpose of this exercise, for those who missed the previous posts, is to find a beer that suits us, with a view to selecting finalists for a ‘taste-off’ before buying a case to see us through the winter. It’s not ‘the best’ but something much more floaty and subjective. In recent years, a distinctive London craft beer character seems to have emerged, and the four porters we tasted this time all had it, to one degree or another. It’s a particular kind of raw grassiness which is obvious, first, in…
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  • What comes after the Resurrrection?

    Jack Curtin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    From Michael Klein today: Realtors today may toss around phrases like “Southwest Center City,” “Graduate Hospital” or “Grays Ferry,” but the slice of South Philly hard by the South Street Bridge has carried the name Devil’s Pocket for decades. Story goes that a priest considered the kids who lived in the area so tough that they’d steal a chain from the devil’s pocket when they reached hell. Chef Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace could think of no other name when they took over Resurrection Ale House at Catharine Street and Grays Ferry…
  • Nodding Head is moving!

    Jack Curtin
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Just in from Curt Decker: It is with tremendous excitement, and a little bit of sadness, that I announce the moving of Nodding Head. Our final day of operation in the current location will be FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31. After a rather prolonged period of unsettledness with one of my two landlords, I decided that the best course of action was to relocate. Locations were scouted and scenarios played out, and late last week a deal was put in place that will have us leaving Center City and opening in a to-be-named-later neighborhood IN THE CITY. I will keep everyone posted as I become more comfortable…
  • Miller Lite: We invented subliminal advertising. Really? That’s what you think will induce people to drink your faux-beer?

    Jack Curtin
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Apparently so.
  • GABF 2014 Local Results. [Updated -the "Let's Get It Right This Time" edition]

    Jack Curtin
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every year, like clockwork, I post the GABF results at the Beer Yard and, every year I miss something(s). It’s a tradition like no other and, honestly, if it weren’t for the distinction of it all, I’d just as soon end it. Anyway, this update was just posted at Second time, let us hope, is the charm: Breweries in the Philadelphia Region Brought Home 15 GABF Medals for 2014, Including Six Golds [updated] NOTE: This post has been Updated, Corrected, Clarified, Expanded and otherwise brought into line with reality since it was first published Saturday afternoon…
  • Victory To Add Canning Line in Parkesburg [UPDATED 24-Sep-14]

    Jack Curtin
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    UPDATE: Victory made it official with a website news release this afternoon. Summer Love Ale will be the first canned release, presumably late next spring or early summer. This comes via the Inevitable (and Useful) Ruch and was obtained from (which means ain’t nothin’ nowhere officially been said).  Take it for what it’s worth. According to an impromptu conversation with employees at Victory’s new brewery in Parkersburg PA, Victory will begin canning their most popular beers “soon”. Last year Troegs began canning several of their beers,…
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    Pete Brown

  • Sexy or sexist? This is not just CAMRA-bashing

    Pete Brown
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I wasn't going to comment on this. But I started leaving a comment on someone else's blog and it started getting a bit too long so I thought I should stick it here instead.In case you haven't heard: CAMRA, quite reasonably, would like to recruit more young people. To help do so, it produced and distributed a leaflet for use by university real ale societies. Some people who saw the leaflet were offended by it, finding it sexist. One even started a petition to have the leaflet withdrawn.The outcry was a success. CAMRA has withdrawn the leaflet and apologised 'for any offence caused', defending…
  • A cynical attempt to get more readers by writing a blog post tenuously linked to Great British Bake Off

    Pete Brown
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Beer, cider and Mary Berry...I have a confession to make: I am one of the few people in the United Kingdom who did not watch the final of Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night. In fact I've never watched the programme. It doesn't interest me. The smirky gags about 'soggy bottoms' are tired, and I've started getting a twitch whenever I hear someone say something 'has a good crumb'. There are loads of crumbs. Which one is good? What about the other crumbs all over the table?It might also have something to do with Mary Berry. I know she is now virtually the Queen, but she and I don't really…
  • Cask ale is booming as part of the craft beer revolution - new Cask Report launches today

    Pete Brown
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Every year I'm paid to compile the Cask Report on behalf of Cask Matters - a loose affiliation of brewers and industry bodies including SIBA, CAMRA, Cask Marque and most of the leading regional and family brewers in the UK. The eighth report launches today to coincide with the start of Cask Ale Week.Success makes people nervous, and with some justification. When you're struggling on your way up, as a business, or as a person or organisation putting forward a point of view, argument or campaign which you hope will change hearts and minds, you know very clearly what you have to do:…
  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

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

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

    Real Beer
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. has announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and its administrative offices. Construction of the facilities will occur in phases. The brewery is anticipated to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016, with Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens…
  • Beer writers honored

    Real Beer
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) has announced winners in its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers and broadcasters. Best Beer and Food Writing 1. John Holl, “Roast Masters: Exploring the Art of Brewing Beer with Coffee.” All About Beer Magazine. 2. Evan Rail, “Where What Is Brewing Is a Recipe.” The New York Times. 3. Mark Dredge, Beer and Food. Dog ‘n’ Bone Books. Best Blog 1. Oliver Gray, “Literature and Libation.” 2. Bryan Roth, “This is Why I’m Drunk.” 3. Jessica Miller, “Hey…
  • GABF by the numbers

    Real Beer
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    The Great American Beer Festival concluded Saturday in Denver. Earlier in the day the winners of the commercial competition were announced. A complete list of the winners is here. The Brewers Association has compiled plenty of facts and figures about the competition and the festival. – The competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 222 beer experts from 10 countries evaluating 5,507 commercial entries, plus 89 Pro-Am entries. – Winners in 90 categories were chosen from 5,507 competition entries (16 percent more than in 2013) from 1,309 breweries. – Fifty-two…
  • Russian company buys Pabst

    Real Beer
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Oasis Beverages, a Russian food and beverage company owned by Eugene Kashper, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pabst Brewing Company. TSG Consumer Partners, an investor in growth-oriented consumer brands, will acquire a minority stake in Pabst as part of the transaction. “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it represents individualism, egalitarianism, and freedom of expression – all the things that make this country great,” Kashper said for a press release. “The opportunity to work with the company’s treasure trove of iconic…
  • All About Beer Magazine sold

    Real Beer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Daniel Bradford, owner of All About Beer Magazine for 22 years, has sold Chautauqua, Inc. to a North Carolina company led by Christopher Rice. “I’m excited about the energy and resources Chris and the All About Beer team will bring to both magazine and festivals,” Bradford said for a press release. He purchased the company in 1992 and created the first World Beer Festival in Durham in 1996, later adding otherse at multiple locations. The newly formed company, All About Beer, LLC, will retain its headquarters in Durham, N.C., and maintain editorial offices in New York and San…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • 20% off my Lulu print books

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    until the end of Monday (27th October) with this code:OKTOBERYou've no excuse for not buying my wonderful, if odd, latest book, Draught! Barclay Perkins BookstoreThis code may only work in the US Lulu bookstore.
  • Modern German beer styles

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    You might have noticed that Lager, especially German Lager has been very much on my mind recently. I have these occasional bouts of obsession. I'm sure I'll get over it eventually.In the background I've been collecting as much data about German beer as I can. As much as I can collect within a reasonable time frame. The set has about 350 beers, mostly from Bavaria. Assigning styles to them has been fun. And by definition, to a certain extent arbitrary. I thought to myself "Why not check up the official German style definitions?" So I have done. No, it's not the BJCP deinitions. I've opted for…
  • My November Northwest tour events

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    I've just about got all the events arranged for my upcoming tour of the Pacific Northwest. I can almost stop worrying. Almost.This is what I have planneed:Narrows Brewing Company9007 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466. 8th November at 3pm. Short, informal talk on Stock Ale. Hogshead brewery4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212. 9th November at 6pm Chat about beer and tap the "Beer from the Wood" version of 1845 Lovibond XX. Also a cask conditioned Stout based on Barclay Perkins 1928 OMS.Hair of the Dog61 SE Yamhill…
  • Brewing in WW II (part four)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    I'm skipping one bit about nitrogen in malt that made my head hurt when I read it. We'll move directly on to yeast problems. Though you'll see that there's still a connection with the nitrogen level in malt.And remember, this the less head-melty part of the article:"The nitrogen constituents which are precipitated on cooling go forward into the fermenting vessel, and although some of them and those precipitated in the copper which have not been completely removed in the hop back rise to the surface with the first dirty head, a proportion, however, drop through the wort and settle on the…
  • German brewing in 1966 - top-fermenting styles

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    There's some fascinating information this time about German top-fermenting styles. A topic very dear to my heart as an enthusistic drinker of  both Kölsch and Alt.But first a recap of the crazy rules on gravity in force until the 1990's:"According to existing regulations, beers with original gravity from 5.5 to 7%, from 8 to 11% or from 14 to 16% may not be sold. The weaker "Einfach Bier" (below 5.5% O.G.) and "Schank Bier" (7-8% O.G.) have no importance at present, but they may become important as beers suitable for drivers, owing to their low alcohol contents. Since the last war,…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Sierra Nevada Alt Route

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Alt Route, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The second beer that I tackled from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America mixed pack is Alt Route. This 6.6% ABV (50 IBU) altbier is the result of collaborative efforts between the company and Victory Brewing. While the malt bill for this brew is fairly traditional, the hop profile is anything but. With each brewery’s […] The post, Sierra Nevada Alt Route, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sierra Nevada Chico King

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Chico King, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp 12 pack isn’t just any other cobbled together package of beer — it’s not just a bunch of seasonal brews tossed into a cardboard box. The 12 individual bottles and cans in this celebrational offering are all unique and collaborative efforts between the California company and 12 other noted breweries. The […] The post, Sierra Nevada Chico King, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Green Man Brewing IPA

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    The post, Green Man Brewing IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. This bottle of Green Man’s IPA was the last of a batch of brews that I brought home from the Outer Banks this past Summer. At 6.2% ABV and 63 IBU, it’s a solid English-style IPA, if a bit on the shy side. Despite the fairly elevated bitterness units, this balanced brew doesn’t bite too […] The post, Green Man Brewing IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Co. Debuts Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The post, Stone Brewing Co. Debuts Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 20, 2014) – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide. “Since […] The post, Stone Brewing Co. Debuts Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, first appeared on The…
  • Victory Brewing Moving Parts 02

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The post, Victory Brewing Moving Parts 02, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Back in July of this year, Victory Brewing released the debut offering in their Moving Parts series of beers. The first round of Moving Parts (Batch 01) used a variety of American, English and Czech hops to create a well rounded and universally flavored IPA. With Batch 02, the brewery has decided to create an […] The post, Victory Brewing Moving Parts 02, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • One lonely ex-pat

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    OK, one last beer from the Germany trip and then we're done. I'm giving it its own post as it was the only foreign beer I drank the whole time.Hop Back is from Tröeg's in Pennsylvania so is sort-of German-ish. It's a 6% ABV amber ale and was on draught in Tap House in Munich along with a couple of others from the brewery. I thought it was an excellent example of the style, with rich and heavy marzipan sweetness plus dark chocolate flavours and then sandalwood spices and fruit chews from the hops. The aroma is a full-on pine explosion, suggesting a bitterness that is never actually…
  • Finishing up

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    We're not still in Germany are we? Who'd have thought there'd be so much beer? This post is for some of the odds and sods from my notebook that didn't fit in anywhere else.Novelty beer of the trip was one I spotted in Bamberg's Café Abseits and one I've been wanting to taste for a long time. Steinbier Original is brewed the prehistoric way, using hot rocks to boil the wort. I've read that this imparts a unique caramel flavour to the finished product. It arrived in a stein, of course, so I'm not exactly sure what colour it is, but it looked a kind of pale honey brown at the bottom…
  • Craftwork

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    That was a lot of lager and weissbier last week, eh? What about this wave of foreign styles that's destroying traditional German brewing and replacing it with the same sort of beer you get everywhere else these days? I could have told you before I left the house that no such thing is actually happening, but that's not to say that there aren't plenty of German breweries offering something different. You just need to put a bit of work in to find it.One such outlet is Café Abseits in Bamberg. I mentioned it last week as the main place to find beer from the Weyermann maltery's pilot brewery.
  • Into the forest

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    I left you yesterday in the pleasant surrounds of the Achhörnla brewpub in Forchheim, choking down their massively less-than-pleasant lager. We're staying in Forchheim today to see what the town offers that's actually worth drinking.It was a quiet Monday afternoon when we strolled into the pretty village marketplace. Not much was happening on the streets but there was plenty of buzz in the front parlour of Brauerei Neder. It's one of those community-centre-style pubs, a hub for the retired and unemployed to share scandal, weather predictions and opinions on FC Nuremberg over beers. We got…
  • The Lesser Houses

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    The biggest surprise about Franconia, the thing that nobody tells you before you go, is that a fair bit of the beer is awful.Bamberg taught me this quite quickly. We were staying on the doorstep of the oldest brewery in town, Klosterbräu, so wandered in there not long after checking in. I started with the Klosterbräu Pils, an approachable 4.9% ABV and the classic gold of most any eurolager you care to name. I should have just stayed looking at it, then paid and left, but my bad habit of wanting to taste the beer got in the way. A double slam of acrid bitterness and cloying…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: October 23 - October 31

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let's close out this month with an eight-day calendar of rollicking beer events around the greater Philadelphia region. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/17/2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Another summertime casualty of my crushing book research workload was the weekly news update that I put in front of you each week. They tended to be the second most popular item here at The Brew Lounge behind the unstoppable beer events calendar. I don't claim to have the early scoop on all beer-related news, so as we head into the weekend I'm going to begin once again sharing with you some
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: October 16 - October 22

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Need a few dozen beer events in your life to choose from in the next seven days? Your bar and brewery friends around Philly aim to please. Enjoy! When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer
  • The rich get richer (there's a lot here to digest, but trust me it's Friday and you're thirsty for what follows)

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Philadelphia region has always been blessed to receive distribution of great beers from around the world that often don't find many other homes away from home. The list is long but has been known to include the likes of some of the most sought-after with limited distribution including Russian River and Cantillon to name just two. This past week has seen a trifecta of great beer hitting the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: October 9 - October 15

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    By the end of October, the pumpkins and Oktoberfests will be a distant memory as "Christmas"/winter beers begin filling the retail shelves and tap handles. Until then, here's what you can expect over the next seven days to hold your interest during this lovely fall season. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Draught House 46th Anniversary - October 25

    Jeff Holt
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As if I needed to tell you, Draught House Pub and Brewery is at 4112 Medical Parkway in Austin.
  • Freetail Brewing Company's Production Brewery

    Jeff Holt
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Freetail Brewing Company's production brewery will be opening in a few weeks, and the San Antonio Current has teased us with information about the new brewery. Located on South Presa, the brewery will produce three beers in cans (Bat Outta Helles, a German-style lager; Third Coast IPA; and a seasonal beer) and two in 22 ounce bottles (Witicus double witbier and Freetail Ale, which is a little stronger and hoppier than the version at the pub). There will be a tasting room, and it will be open Thursday and Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, 2-9 p.m.
  • Hops & Grain Brewery's Austin Craft Beer Weer Events.

    Jeff Holt
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
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    Jeff Holt
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Talk about a beer lover’s dream week – more than 1,000 featured craft beers, pub crawls, craft beer dinners, home brewing demonstrations, talks with the best and brightest brewers in the craft beer industry and more are in store during Houston’s inaugural Big Brew, a week-long celebration of all things craft beer.   Event organizers will also reveal who made the cut for the Big Brew Best Beard after a city-wide, month-long search at 10 area breweries.                Big Brew, the nation’s…
  • Flowchart: What Should You Drink

    Jeff Holt
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
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  • Remembering the victims of the Great London Beer Flood, 200 years ago today

    Martyn Cornell
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    Wherever you are at 5.30pm this evening, please stop a moment and raise a thought – a glass, too, if you have one, preferably of porter – to Hannah Banfield, aged four years and four months; Eleanor Cooper, 14, a pub servant; Elizabeth Smith, 27, the wife of a bricklayer; Mary Mulvey, 30, and her son by a previous marriage, Thomas Murry (sic), aged three; Sarah Bates, aged three years and five months; Ann Saville, 60; and Catharine Butler, a widow aged 65. All eight died 200 years ago today, victims of the Great London Beer Flood, when a huge vat filled with maturing porter fell apart at…
  • The 40pc leap in capacity at the Doom Bar brewery and the 2014/5 Cask Report

    Martyn Cornell
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    One of the items of news that may have shot by you recently is that Molson Coors is pumping enough money into the Cornish economy to boost capacity at Sharp’s brewery to a potential 350,000 barrels a year of Doom Bar ale, a 40% expansion. There is no guarantee it will be able to shift that amount of what is already the UK’s biggest-selling cask ale, of course. But if it did, that would mean Doom Bar had become a brand one tenth the size of Carling lager. That might not sound much, but blimey, there’s not been a cask ale brand with that kind of clout in the market for…
  • It’s not your father’s beer can – but is it yours?

    Martyn Cornell
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    Considering it was (little-known fact alert) a European brewery that first produced canned beer, in 1933, in Lorraine, France (the Americans only followed two years later) we Europeans have been distinctly sniffy about beer in cans. One French website, talking about the record of the Brasserie Vezelise, “Premiere brasserie Française a mettre de la biere en boite”, adds: “Helas!”. In Britain, anyone who reckoned they knew about beer knew canned beer was, to quote the 1984 Good Beer Guide, “inferior” – tinny-tasting and cheap . An advertisement from 1933…
  • Don’t tell London’s second-oldest brewery it’s London’s second-oldest brewery

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

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

  • Beer In Ads #1352: Gimme Gold Label

    Jay Brooks
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Thursday’s ad is for Acme Beer, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Acme ad for their Gold Label beer, they’re advertising it as a “new lighter, drier... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1351: From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters

    Jay Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Hamm’s, from 1951. This is from a series of billboard ads from the same year I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this Hamm’s ad, using their iconic tagline “From the land of sky blue waters,”... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • When The Food Babe Talks, No Questions

    Jay Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This would almost be funny, if I didn’t consider her misinformation so dangerous. Oh, and a h/t to Maureen Ogle for this one. Dr. Kevin M. Folta, who is the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, writes on his blog, Illumination, about a recent visit... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Jonathan Cutler

    Jay Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Today is the 42ND birthday of Jonathan Cutler, brewmaster/owner of Piece Brewing in Chicago. His brewpub makes great pizza and even better beer. Plus, he’s a terrific, fun person. He even got a shout-out at the Academy Awards a coiuple of years ago, when Quentin Tarantino said “Piece... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1350: This Is How Beer Ought To Taste

    Jay Brooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for the Continental Can Company, from 1935, the year beer cans debuted. I love the innocent photo, and that tagline: “Say! This Is How Beer Ought To Taste!” And the can itself is priceless in its generic-ness, not to mention “Cap Sealed” and... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Georgia: A Beer Geek's View

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    We hope to see you at TFN11: Tailgate for Something on Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to ??? at Black Acre Brewing Company's new production facility at the Coal Factory on Bonna Avenue in Irvington. More details here.Since we're only a few days away from the event, here are the ground rules for the event and some tips for you if you're going to attend:- Weather. We all know that the weather in Indiana is unpredictable. Therefore, regardless of Saturday's weather forecast, we recommend that you bring a canopy if you have one in case the weather decides not to cooperate. The current…
  • Partners in Housing's Brains & Beer 4 | 10/12/14, 6 - 11pm

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Long time readers may remember our late, dear friend Chris Maples. Chris founded this blog in 2006 and went on to serve the community in other ways besides spreading the word about craft beer. Before his untimely passing earlier this year, Chris was the Director of Advancement for Partners in Housing, a local non-profit devoted to providing housing and social services for the homeless in Indianapolis. Needless to say, we miss Chris terribly and heartily support PiH's great service to Indianapolis.Not only did Chris share a love of craft beer with us, he also was into the zombie craze…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Decorative Gourd Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingWe’re tapping our Breakfast in America Oat Stout on Friday, September 26th. Tim Brickley will be playing on Saturday, September 27th starting at 8:00pm. Look for our Dopplebock to be released on First Friday, Oct. 3rd. Daredevil BrewingDaredevil Lift Off IPA now will be available at Lucas Oil Stadium for Indianapolis Colts games. Starting with the home opening game on September 15th you will be able to find Lift Off IPA at eight craft beer stations in the stadium. It's a great day for craft…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Friday 5ive – Five Bands That Blew Me Away on the Spot

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    This week it’s time to roll out a Friday 5ive featuring bands that have managed to blow me away upon first listen. I caught each and every one of these bands live at one point or another. When I arrived at the show I didn’t have the foggiest idea as to what they might sound ...
  • Bent Paddle Cold Press Black

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The first time I tasted the Cold Press variation of Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s black ale, I knew I had to have some more. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Bent Paddle’s Bryon Tonnis says it’s been one of their most requested special offerings, “People really wanted to see this beer in cans from the ...
  • Waconia Brewing Taproom Opens Today at 2pm

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today we add another brewery to the ranks! Beer fans, let’s give a warm welcome to Waconia Brewing Company located in (get this!) Waconia, MN. Today at 2pm, Waconia will be the first brewery to open its doors in the town since 1890. If you’re free, stop by ant welcome them to the scene. They’ll ...
  • Darkness Eve at Stub & Herbs Friday

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    True to form, the fine folks at Stub & Herb’s have promised to play host to a “Darkness Eve” celebration at the bar this Friday. They’ve assembled 15 different Surly offerings as well as a ton Other great beers. They’ll be tapping Darkness 2013 at 8pm and Darkness 2014 at 10pm. See below for the ...
  • Wild Game and Brewer’s Feast at Grand Superior Lodge

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Drop everything. The colorful palette of the north is calling your name… and your belly. Jump in the car (make a reservation first!) and head north to Grand Superior Lodge for some fine imbibing and delicious wild game. Oh, and the colors aren’t bad this time of year, either. Whether you choose to stay the ...
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  • Pilsner Urquell Shipped Cold To NZ

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

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

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

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

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

  • Week of 10/17/14 Beer Tastings

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Scott Snyder will be pouring: Hof Ten Dormaal No.2 – Cognac Barrel, No.3 – Madeira Barrel, No.5- Sherry Barrel. Also, there will be a bonus tasting tomorrow from 2PM-4PM featuring New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers:…
  • 10/15/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or…
  • Winner of Tickets to Perennial 3rd Anniversary Party

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    This is a busy week and many of us are tired after an exhausting Cardinal victory.  But I’m happy to announce the winner of the two tickets to the Perennial Artisan Ales 3rd Anniversary Party is Jacob Childerson! Congrats to Jacob and thanks to everyone who entered. And a big thank you to Perennial for supplying tickets to this sold out event. There are plenty of amazing events lines up this week for Perennial’s birthday, so be certain to check some of those out as well. Thanks again to everyone!
  • Week of 10/10/14 Beer Tastings

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Alpha Brewing Sour Plem, Anchorage Love Buzz Saison, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Sudachi, Straffe Hendrik Tripel Ale, and North Peak Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: UCBC Count Orlock, Hofbrau Oktoberfest,…
  • New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar is Visiting St. Louis

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    I say this without hyperbole, New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar may be one of the nicest people in all of brewing.  That’s a pretty big compliment when you realize just how nice most people in the brewing industry are.  Lauren’s job of  specialty brand manager has her working on the really cool beers of New Belgium. But, the coolest part of her job is that she’s the primary person to to do New Belgium’s barrel-aged blending, the wood beer czar.  She gets to taste all of the sour/funky beers coming out of the New Belgium and blend them into things like La…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Bierquellenwanderweg

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    Just north of Pegnitz and south of Bayreuth in Franconia, Germany, there's a cluster of villages blessed with three brewery taverns. There used to be four, but sadly even the Franconian thirst for beer doesn't prevent small businesses going to the wall. They're linked by a waymarked hiking route called the Bierquellenwanderweg (beer source trail, translated literally). Those waymarks are
  • Let me try again

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    In my first year of writing about beer I was filled with enthusiasm for a topic that was then largely new not only to me but also to most others. Nobody knew what "craft beer" was. Harvey's Best was exotic. Beer was brown or yellow. CAMRA reigned supreme. If someone had tried to charge you £4.95 for a half you'd have probably been in a Soho clip joint with a scary bouncer and a young lady from a
  • The Finborough Arms

    13 Dec 2013 | 8:51 am
    On Wednesday, after sixth months of negotiation, I took a 25 year leasehold interest on the former pub at 118 Finborough Road, SW10. If all goes well, by February it'll be trading as The Finborough Arms for the first time in many years. The pub benefits from sharing a building with London's leading off-West End theatre and is situated in the densely populated West Brompton area of Kensington &
  • About that pint of Pedigree...

    4 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    I promised readers I'd find myself a pint of Marston's Pedigree in decent nick and write about it. As any fule kno, Pedigree is one of Britain's few truly national cask ale brands. It was the winner in a reader's poll on this blog, you see. I didn't promise to do it quickly, so you'll excuse me for taking more than six years to get around to it. However, if this blog is Lazarus, then we must
  • Birra in Roma - revisited

    2 Dec 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Almost seven years ago I took two months off work between stints at different American law firms. I didn't know what to do with myself. After spending most of my time in the Jerusalem Tavern, I realised my brief period of freedom was slipping away. I bought a cheap flight to Rome and left the next day. I hadn't been there since a bonding trip with my dad at age 15 (we hadn't been getting on very
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    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.
  • Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    We’re excited to bring back the Westside 10, a 10K/10-mile run (you choose) completely in Westside Atlanta. The race ends at the brewery, so that ain’t too bad. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 13. Register now – we sold out last year and odds are we will sell out again this year. From Oct 1 – Nov 1, you can also register in person at Big Peach Running Co. December 13, 2014 8:00am 10Miler Start, 8:10am 10K Start Presented by the runningnerds racing series, benefitting Ties that Matter Race Features HILLY & CHALLENGING COURSE THROUGH ATLANTA’S WESTSIDE…
  • New t-shirt designs, compliments of you

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    We’ll keep this page updated with your submitted t-shirt designs. Leave a comment if you’ve got one, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A Cassie Gooding B Michael Rickman C Carlos Saldana D Brad Hanna E Brad Hanna F Brad Hanna G Sherry Wilson H Erika Floyd I RaShun Harris J Brad Pickle K Kara Thomas L Jordan Chaney M Michael Rickman N Michael Rickman The post New t-shirt designs, compliments of you appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Now Hiring Salesperson (based in Birmingham, AL)

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a seasoned salesperson to join our small team. This is a full-time position, with competitive base salary and commission offered. Position would be based in Birmingham, AL and would require frequent travel. Qualifications 2 years sales experience minimum Beer industry experience a plus, but not required Strong communication skills, both written and verbal Flexible working schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Willing and able to lift 31.5 lbs and move 165 lb kegs Valid driver’s license and clean driving record Must be 21+ Self…
  • Accepting applications for Spring 2015 Sales & Marketing Interns

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking sales and marketing interns for Spring 2015 to join our incredibly good-looking team. The internship requires 16 hrs/week minimum. This is an unpaid internship however class credit is offered where applicable and stipend is available for full-time interns. Qualifications: Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Must have a willingness and ability to step in wherever needed Must be physically able to move kegs Must be 21+ Must be a self…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • That's 2,000 Musings

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The previous post was number 2,000 for these Musings. I find it appropriate that the subject was reminiscing over one of my long-time favorite beers. Now to get to work on the next thousand.The post announcing my 1000th post, not the post itself, is consistently in the most popular post listing in the sidebar, though I'm not sure why. It will be interesting to see what happens with this one! [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    It was like visiting with an old friend. This week's "Steal the Glass" event at Capital Ale House featured beers from Heavy Seas Brewing in Maryland. One of the beers was an old favorite of mine, Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA. Also available were Cutlass Amber Lager and Small Craft Warning Über Pils. Naturally, I started with the Loose Cannon.Two different glasses were offered for "stealing," a Belgian-style glass and a standard "shaker pint." I opted for the stemmed glass, as did Colleen for her Cutlass Amber Lager. Loose Cannon on draft has long been one of my favorite beers. It's not…
  • The Quest for Range Time

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    There's been no shortage of beer blogging recently, but time for the second topic listed up there in the header has been sorely lacking. I've been lamenting about this situation with family and friends, but this evening I was reviewing my shooting and practice journal, and it really hit home — I need to get out to the range more!There was a time when I'd manage two or three matches in a month, and at least one range trip for practice each week. Just this past July I squeezed in four matches! Then in August, I did one match, and hit the practice range just twice. September faired…
  • Bold Rock Cidery

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    After our great lunch at Wild Wolf Brewery last Saturday, we headed over to Bold Rock Cidery. Just last year we drove past Bold Rock but did not have time to stop in. At the time, it was just a small barn by the side of the road. Well, things change in a year and it's apparently been a very good year for cider. We walked our way up the hillside along a winding boardwalk, arriving at the 12,000 sq. ft. building that houses the cider making and bottling operations, a cider museum, and a large rustic seating area in which to enjoy the cider. Numerous tasting stations are set up where visitors…
  • In Need of a Geography Lesson

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Overheard at the pub...Scene: Sitting at a local pub during a Heavy Seas Brewing event. Guy #1, drinking a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, pontificating to Guy #2 drinking a Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Stout.Guy 1: "They don't serve domestic beers here." [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    Beer Utopia

  • Miss Fancy’s Tripel

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    In Birmingham, AL and had to try the local Avondale Brewing’s big Belgian Ale. The 9.8% ABV got my attention and I expected it to have a real boozy flavor like most high gravity beers, but this was not. It is a very smooth and sweet beer that is actually very refreshing. From their site: It all began when a circus owner’s misfortune at a game of cards bestowed the city of Avondale with a great gift. His prize attraction, Miss Fancy the Elephant, would inadvertently become the city’s greatest spokesperson. Known as the Queen of Avondale, Miss Fancy performed a wonder of tricks at her…
  • Time for Beer!

    5 Apr 2013 | 11:15 am
    We will be redesigning and relaunching the site….stay tune!
  • Walmart making more room for craft beer

    20 Oct 2011 | 3:31 pm
    According to Advertising Age, the world’s largest retailer is jumping on the craft beer bandwagon and adding more space in its stores for craft brews. Walmart, [CEO Lee] Scott added, “built the company on two things: One was price, but the other was assortment, and you can’t take an area like beer where people are moving to craft and ‘under-assort’ yourself because the person who is buying craft beer and wants that assortment will drive to Kroger and pay the 15% more.” Local store managers will have a say in what beers are stocked which means there is a…
  • Brewery builds electric truck to deliver beer

    22 Apr 2011 | 2:21 pm
    RETRO ELECTRO electric beer delivery truck Happy Earth Day! We’ve talked a lot about how beer and homebrewing can be good for the environment and brewers who consider the impact of their business on the earth, but this is really cool. A Canadian brewer has converted an antique truck to electric to deliver their beer. They apparently are known for using vintage vehicles for delivery but wanted to be more green. From Steam Whistle communications director Sybil Taylor likens the truck to the company’s signature brew: a centuries-old Czech pilsner recipe recreated with the…
  • ABITA BEER Releases iPhone App

    11 Apr 2011 | 9:41 am
    Here is a press release from Abita Beer on it’s new iPhone app….I am downloading now! ABITA BEER – THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! Abita Beer Launches First Of Its Kind iPhone App (New Orleans, LA) –The Abita Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of the new “Abita App” for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ users worldwide. Abita is the first craft brewery to launch an app that gives their customers the power to help each other find the craft beer they love. The free application allows consumers to instantly locate where Abita products are sold with a powerful…
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    The Brew Club

  • Hitachino Nest Nipponia 6.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    The flavour? Well, it's very exotic, as well as the pineapple and honey, there are hints of satsuma in there, vanilla, nutmeg and bread. Each sip reveals something different. But bear in mind, this is like an exotic cocktail, under the tropical fruit and spice there's a 6.5% ABV backbone, but there's a hop bite in there to remind you.
  • Marston’s New World Pale Ale 4.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    The flavour starts with those new world hops, up front and tickling your palate. There's tropical fruit in there; melon, peaches and pineapple, with pale, but old school, malt backing up those hops, providing a reassuring sense of stability. It's not a 'craft beer hop-bomb' but nor is it an old man's bitter.
  • Okell’s IPA 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Every summer, on the eve of London’s Great British Beer Festival, the Guild of British Beer Writers (of which I’m a member) hold a reception, a great excuse to get together (reviewing beers is often a solitary pleasure) with fellow writers and bloggers, and to catch up with some brewers. The Summer 2014 get together […]
  • Thornbridge L’Eroica Britannia Pale Ale 4.3% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    L'Eroica beer was described by Thornbridge as "A crisp and refreshing pale ale that provides a great showcase of aromatic English hops."
  • Robinson’s Trooper 4.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    'Trooper' - is brewed by Stockport's Robinsons brewery in collaboration with the rock band 'Iron Maiden'. And named for the band's classic track, itself inspired by the British 'Charge of the Light Brigade' during the Crimean War.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

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

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

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

  • Colorado Beer News 102314

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Today is iPod Day. It was on this day back in 2001 that Apple unveiled the first iPod and from then on the world of music was changed forever. Today, downloadable music is on just about every portable device. Celebrate the day by listening to some music on your favorite portable device whether it be Apple or other. What's going to be the next big innovation? Hoverboards? Around Colorado, that innovation is craft beer! It's also a Partial Solar Eclipse Day here in Colorado from 3:18pm (start), to 4:35pm (peak), to 5:44pm (end). Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today…
  • December 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    December 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events CalendarDecember begins the long cold winter and with it, most beer activities are indoors. The holiday season is here and all and winter seasonal beers are abundant. December still has a few festivals, but the coming of winter means that beer drinkers will be looking to stay warm with bigger beers. These calendar listings are updated regularly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details.
  • Colorado Beer News 102214

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Today is CAPS LOCK DAY. There's a seldom used button on your keyboard called the Caps Lock key. When pressed it turns everything into capital letters. When used online during chat sessions, it is generally considered as shouting and is widely discouraged. However, this is the one day a year where the use of the Caps Lock key is actually encouraged. GO AHEAD AND SHOUT! Just be sure to turn it off later on. Your friends will appreciate it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on,…
  • Colorado Beer News 102114

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Today is Reptile Awareness Day. This seldom celebrated "holiday" was created to help raise awareness of the 6,500 to 10,000 different species of reptiles in the world and promote learning about them. Reptiles include snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and alligators. While you might not have many reptile living near you, it's always a good idea to know what may be living near use just in case you encounter one. So toast today to our cold-blooded friends and appreciate those creatures that live around you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 21st,…
  • Colorado Beer News 102014

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Today is Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. That PC, laptop, cellphone, tablet or other personal electronic device used to be brand new and clean. Now, it's full of old icons, apps, files and God knows what. Some of those things you've probably not used for years. Today is the day to take the time to clean up your devices and remove the old unwanted files. Just be careful, the files and data you remove might be important - so back up your device before purging anything. Otherwise, you might just need a craft beer to ease the pain of a device that no longer works properly. Here's what's happening…
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    Beer 47

  • La Vermontoise by Brasserie de Blaugies Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    La Vermontoise is a Belgian-style saison brewed in Belgium in collaboration with Hill Farmstead of Vermont and Brasserie de Blaugies. It is an artfully made citrus-hoppy saison. Date Tasted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:55:25 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: Cloudy straw color with a foamy head. Smell: Citrus, fruity esters, banana, herbal, a touch of cloves Taste: Grain, dry, a touch of bitter, effervescent Overall: A wonderfully hoppy Saison Rating: 4 out of 5 Beer: La Vermontoise Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6% Brewery: Brasserie de Blaugies Brewery Country: Belgium The…
  • Deduction by Taxman Brewing Company Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Whenever I’m traveling I make a point to try a few of the local craft beers. Recently I was in Indianapolis for a convention so I headed over to Bru Burger to try Taxman’s Deduction Belgian Dubbel.   Beer: Deduction Style: Belgian Dubbel ABV: 8% Brewery: Taxman Brewing Company Brewery City: Bargersville, IN Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:03:40 PM (PDT) Where: Bru Burger Bar Tasting Notes: Appearance: oak brown Smell: Dark fruit, banana a hint of , a hint of cloves, raisin, herbal Taste: slightly sweet, a little dry Overall: a well…
  • Saranac Clouded Dream Tasting Notes

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

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

    David Jensen
    27 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Saison de Lily by Magnolia brewery is a sweet smelling, full flavor saison. It goes quite well with the BBQ served at Magnolia’s Smokestack BBQ restaurant and pub. Date Tasted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:16:56 PM (PDT) Where: Magnolia Brewery & BBQ Tasting Notes: Appearance: golden Smell: floral, banana, clove, pepper, sweet malt syrup Taste: malty with a nice herbal bitterness, drier tasting than it smells Rating: 4 out of 5 Beer: Saison de Lily Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6.5% Brewery: Magnolia Pub and Brewery Brewery City: San Francisco, CA Brewery Country: United…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 248: beer Hoptacular (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at the Aragon Ballroom for another beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few great local beer folks. Including Claudia Jendron the Brewmaster at Temperance Beer Company, Chris Tourre from Arcade Brewery, and Lisa Zimmer from MillerCoors. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular, I’m sure you had a great time and if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one. Cheers! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Having issues…
  • Episode 247: Grapefruit Sculpin & Habanero Sculpin (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 247 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dive into a couple variations of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. These both look like the Sculpin IPA you know and love but with a little twist that might turn some folks away or make them love Ballast Point even more. First up, Brad and Ken open the Grapefruit Sculpin, an IPA with grapefruit rind. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer. Next up they destroy their pallets with the Habanero Sculpin, an IPA with Habanero…
  • Episode 246: Staghorn & Afterburner (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 246 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are ready for Oktoberfest! The two of them open up a couple midwestern Märzen / Oktoberfest’s. First up is the 6.25% ABV New Glarus Brewing Company, Staghorn Octoberfest. It’s always a real treat when anyone outside of Wisconsin can get their hands on some beer from New Glarus and even more of a treat when it’s as good as the Staghorn. Next up, Brad and Ken go local with the 5.5% ABV Metropolitan Brewing, Afterburner. Afterburner is one of the newest beers you’ll find…
  • 6 Year Anniversary Of The Hop Cast (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    This month marks 6 years since Ken Hunnemeder and I started the Hop Cast. When someone asks me how long we’ve been doing the Hop Cast, I know it doesn’t feel like 6 years to me. Time flies when you’re having fun and drinking beer. The Hop Cast is just something we do that allows Ken, Maeve and myself to get together and have fun. All the episodes are unscripted, you never know what could happen or what might be said. Very rarely do we sample the beers before we hit record and the only time we re-shoot something is if we forgot to hit record due to us having drank a few too many. After…
  • Episode 245: Midwest Belgian Beer Fest (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 245 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder take a trip down to St. Louis for the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. The Third Annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest was put on by Perennial and Side Project and this was the first time it wasn’t at the Perennial brewery. This year the festival kicked off St. Louis Craft Beer Week and took place at the Moto Museum. We had a blast! The fest featured over forty breweries from across the Midwest and a few beyond that as well. Over the afternoon we ran into a ton of great brewers we know from…
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    Core Brewing

  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NewsWire: (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, […]
  • Merry Christmas with a Tröegs Mad Elf

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:51 pm
    Name: Mad Elf Ale Brewery: Tröegs Overall Rating: Bad Ass! Style: Belgian Dark Strong Serving Style: Bottle 12oz ABV: A bold 11% Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the Mad Elf from Tröegs out of Hershey Pennsylvania; yes, the same town where Hershey chocolate is made. Most beers you come across, this one came across me […]
  • Other Ingredients Besides Hops

    10 Oct 2013 | 5:51 pm
    I want this to be an open letter to brewers all across the world; more specifically California; even more specifically San Diego County Brewers. There are other ingredients to emphasize in your brews besides the beautiful hop cone. I’m talking about malt mostly but also yeast. When we go shopping for beers; be it liquor […]
  • Road trip! Dogfish does D.C.

    7 Mar 2013 | 4:46 am
    More than 5,000 people from the world of craft beer are converging on Washington, D.C., later this month for the Craft Brewers Conference. But if you’re not an industry insider, don’t worry. With a couple of happy hours, an art show and an indie rock concert, there are plenty of opportunities for D.C.’s craft beer fans […]
  • Misha’s Costa Rica S.H.B. Tarazzu

    6 Mar 2013 | 7:24 am
    As many of you know, with great affliction I had to retire from drinking and brewing beer due to a continued focus on my health.  Despite all the excellent health claims in Gile’s “The Case for Beer” post, I can’t continue to watch my waist line  grow while I’m progressing into my mid-30’s. I’ve continued to discuss brewing beer with the […]
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  • Founders Brewing Co. Hop Harvest 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Ever been to a hop harvest? If not, Founders Brewing has produced an excellent video documenting their visit to the Yakima Valley 2014 hop harvest. Found this on their YouTube channel through the Founders newsletter: Published on Oct 10, 2014 Every year during the hop harvest we visit our hop growers out in Yakima Valley, Washington, to select the hops that we will use the following year. This year we brought a camera along to document our trip so craft beer enthusiasts could get an inside look at what goes into the harvesting, processing and selection of hops. This video allows enthusiasts…
  • Avery Events GABF Week

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Saw this on the Avery Mash e-newsletter today: Special Tappings & Brewery Tours at the Avery Tap Room Wed. Oct 1 – Sat. Oct 4 Brewery tours at noon, 2pm, and 4pm & daily special tappings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm! WEDNESDAY 1pm – Pump[KY]n 3pm – Rumpkin 5pm – Eremita VIII THURSDAY 1pm – Drew’s Fuzzy Peach 1pm – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar 3pm – Bad Karma 5pm – Raven 5pm – Eremita IV FRIDAY 1pm – Mephistopheles ’13 1pm – Eremita V 3pm – Eremita VII 5pm – Sour 10 lb. Strawberry 5pm – Twelve SATURDAY…
  • Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Brewery Releases Oak Aged Barleywine Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Brewers sample individual Woodcut barrels prior to blending Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base…
  • Odell Brewing announces fall beers including Gramps Oatmeal Stout

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of autumn with an array of fall brews including its new Fall-Winter Montage Variety Pack. The 12 pack features year-round favorites IPA and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, fall seasonal Isolation Ale, and the latest Roots Release beer, Gramps Oatmeal Stout. Inspired by the brewery’s small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors Odell Brewing’s experimental brewing roots and allows fans to sample some of its favorites. Gramps isbrewed with flaked oats and roasted malts, giving it a full body and a creamy smooth mouth feel. Hints…
  • Breckenridge Brewery Hosts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe During GABF

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    From Matt at Breckenridge: Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th during the Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will host Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Ogden Theater.  As part of its “Hand Crafted Music Series” Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating the GABF with 2 nights of live, heavy, shake-your-tail-feather grooves from the high-energy group, Tiny Universe, led by acclaimed funk and soul master, Karl Denson. In traditional festive spirit, Breckenridge Brewery is generously giving away a considerable number of tickets to Friday’s show.  To win tickets,…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Brewpublic’s 6th Brewniversary Party at Saraveza on Friday

    D.J. Paul
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We now are reaching the second and final weekend of this year’s Killer Beer Week and what a week its been. With eight Killer events behind us, we now celebrate Brewpublic’s 6th Brewniversary Party at Saraveza from 5:00pm to midnight on Friday night. This past Saturday Saraveza celebrated their 6th Anniversary to a packed house […]
  • Cascade Lakes Brewing releases Paddleboard Porter

    D.J. Paul
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just as we celebrate Killer Bend Fest today at Orenco Taphouse for Killer Beer Week, news came into us for a a new beer release from Cascade Lakes Brewing. The Bend based brewery announced the release of Paddleboard Porter. This Porter is inspired by the world class river and lake paddle boarding in Central Oregon. […]
  • Killer Bend Fest at Orenco Taphouse on Thursday

    D.J. Paul
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the seventh night of Killer Beer Week we take it on the road, or MAX train, to Orenco Taphouse in Hillsboro, Oregon to welcome in Killer Bend Fest. Our eighth event of the Killer Beer Week is one that we are really looking forward to when the taps at Orenco Taphouse switch over to […]
  • Base Camp Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Week

    D.J. Paul
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Base Camp Brewing is getting all set to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary with a full week of events beginning on Monday, October 27th and culminating with their anniversary party on Saturday, November 1st. The week kicks off on Monday, October 28th with their Birthday Edition Base Camp Trivia Night. This is followed up by Industry […]
  • Cantillon Flight Night at Bad Habit Room

    D.J. Paul
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you’re a fan of Belgian beers you will definitely want check out the Bad Habit Room on Sunday, November 2nd as they host a very special sampling of beers from Belgium’s Cantillon Brewery. Taking place in the space behind Saraveza, the Bad Habit Room will feature some rare Cantillon beers hosted by Bad Habit’s  […]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • What about Novare Res Bier Café?

    Carla Companion
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Yesterday, I posted a list of breweries, bars and brewpubs that you should visit if you’re only in Portland Maine for part of a day – and have limited time to get the sense of Maine’s craft beer. Among the feedback that I got was the criticism that the well-known beer bar, Novare Res Bier Café wasn’t on my list – which people assumed I’d forgotten or perhaps had something against it.
  • 24 Hours in Portland, ME

    Carla Companion
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    It is easy to miss some of the best beer in Portland if you only go by what you’ve heard about. Due to the insulated nature of our state – most breweries (especially the crop that have opened in the last three years) keep their beers in Maine or New England, and many are on-premise or growler only, which doesn’t make it easy for non-locals to find them. The places or beers that out-of-state visitors have heard of are a combination of those that have a) been distributed the farthest, b) have been in existence the longest, or c) are the most sought after or talked about. That doesn’t…
  • More cans & bottles coming: Maine brewers increase their packaged beer

    Carla Companion
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I lamented that I wished more breweries in Maine bottled or packaged their beer for bringing home. I stand by this – it’s less expensive for the consumer per beer, and there are times in which I just don’t feel like being social or bumping elbows with everyone at a packed bar. Seems like a few breweries were thinking along the same lines – and have begun to get in on the action
  • The Summer of the Tasting Room

    Carla Companion
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Once scarce, tasting rooms and tap rooms that are open to the public have become a part of Maine’s craft beer drinking culture.[Read more...]
  • What the Maine beer scene still needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reuben’s Brews collaborates with UK brewery

    Kendall Jones
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A transatlantic collaboration between a Seattle brewery and a UK brewery produces Ottrey Porter, launching in Seattle on November 1st The other day I was talking to someone about the idea of our local breweries forging relationships with breweries overseas, similar to the way American cities have “sister cities” in other countries. Seriously, I did just have that conversation with someone. And then yesterday Adam Robbings reached out to inform me that Reuben’s Brews forged a relationship with a brewery in England. Details…
  • Naked City hosting a Beers Made By Walking tapping event this Thursday

    Kendall Jones
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A few months ago we told you about a uncommon program designed to incorporate hiking and urban strolling into the brewing process: Beers Made By Walking. (read that post.) Today we are happy to announce that this Thursday, October 23 Naked City Brewery hosts a Beers Made By Walking tapping event. List of beers is below. Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by nature hikes and urban walks. Each walk is different, each beer is a portrait of that landscape. The program happens in multiple cities each year.
  • Downpour Brewing opens this Saturday in Kingston

    Kendall Jones
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This just in. Downpour Brewing, a brand new brewery in Kingston, Washington, is scheduled to open this Saturday, October 25. Located within walking distance of the ferry dock, the tasting room at Downpour Brewing promises to provide bar seating, TVs, picnic tables, and a kid’s play area. Also, outdoor seating. Downpour Brewing plans to offer nine draft handles. In addition to their own beer, which they describe as “small-batch handcrafted ales,” they’ll pour a guest cider and a house-made root beer or cream soda. Also,…
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing releasing its fresh hop XPA this Wednesday

    Kendall Jones
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A couple years ago I posted a story about the first fresh hop beers of the season. Specifically, which breweries would be first out of the gate with fresh hop ales. Seemed like important info for hop hounds like me. Someone commented on that post and said, “I don’t care who’s got the first fresh hop beer of the season, I want to know who’s got the last.” Good point. It got me to thinking. We are now getting late in the fresh hop season. There  is still plenty of it out there, but supplies will soon start to…
  • Urban Family Brewing ready to open its new Magnolia location

    Kendall Jones
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just received news that Urban Family Brewing is almost ready to open its new tasting room in Magnolia. The official opening is this Friday, October 24th. Details below. The brewery originally opened in downtown Ballard back in 2012, brewing in the back of its pub on Ballard Ave. It didn’t take long for Urban Family to realize it needed to make more beer than the space would allow. The search began for a new location. So to did the process of securing a larger brewing system. Urban Family Brewing claims to be the first brewery tasting…
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    Booze News

  • Better than the stockmarket: Top 10 Most Collectable Scotch Whiskies

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    While Scottish distillers are investing heavily in increasing stocks of Scotch whisky, there’s continued soaring interest in historical and vintage expressions on the second-hand market. Some rare expressions of single malt Scotch can fetch as much as £381,620 at auction, the most expensive being a six-litre decanter of The Macallan M at Sothebys in Hong Kong in January this year. In just five years, the value of the top 1,000 collectable single malt whiskies has grown by almost 216%, according to the Rare Whisky 101 index (RW101), launched by David Robertson and Andy Simpson last month. A…
  • Pro golfers want in on craft beer boom with new product line

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    A threesome of pro golfers have teamed up to create some new options for the 19th hole. With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers. The three beers — G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale, Keegan Bradley’s New England Style Lager and Freddie Jacobson’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale — will initially be available this month on draft at select Florida golf courses and on-site restaurants and country clubs. The beer will be available in cans in…
  • Answer to the eternal question: Stir a cocktail or shake it?

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    And that’s why James Bond is a secret agent instead of a bartender. “It is rarely wrong to stir a drink, but often wrong to shake it.” On the most recent episode of “The Cocktail Spirit” on the Small Screen Network, mixology expert and historian Robert Hess explains in no uncertain terms the correct circumstances under which a cocktail should be either shaken or stirred, using the classic Manhattan as an example. The question about When to Shake and When to Stir still confuses many, more so when you see contradictory information about this in different recipes for the same…
  • Bartenders Face Off to Craft Best Greek Yogurt & Gin Cocktail (Yes, You Read that Right)

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    It’s back. Top bartenders from around North America face off in a quest to be named the best. In this first elimination round, the contenders are tasked with creating a signature cocktail for the judges with a surprise ingredient that’s usually on the breakfast menu, not the cocktail menu.   SOURCE
  • Amar’e Stoudemire takes red wine bath to recover on off day

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is only 31, but he’s entering the 13th season of an NBA career that has seen plenty of miles on his surgically repaired knees. So it’s understandable that the veteran big man would spend plenty of time this preseason in the training tub, although maybe not one filled with red wine. Stoudemire posted a photo to Instagram Wednesday of him bathing in red wine, which is actually not as bizarre as it might seem. Plenty of spas in California wine country offer “vinotherapy.“ Vinotherapy Studio in Atascadero claims that “The substances found in…
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    Tasted Beer

  • Rifle’s Top 11 New England Beer Companies

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    New England’s beer scene has straight blown up over the last 5 years. Same could be said for my love of beer. I’ve been called a one dimensional Hop Head and there is clearly a lot of truth to that. With so many awesome places around, it was really hard to come up with a list of just 11. Everyone has their favorites and this is mine. Who is in your top 11? Hill Farmstead Brewery Hill Farmstead hands down has some of the best brews I’ve ever Tasted. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Hill Farmstead a few times and I’m never disappointed. Sure, the wait can be long,…
  • Julius | Tree House Brewing

    1 May 2013 | 4:57 am
    By now you may have heard that there are rumors going around that there is a particular Globo-Multinational International Beer Conglomerate that is allegedly watering down their product for bigger profits.  And you may ask who are these alleged cheats and swindlers, well none other than Anheuser Busch.  Those in the know, particularly readers of this blog, already knew that most Budweiser products were nothing but flavored water anyways.  As a matter of fact we use it to fill our hockey rink in the winter and water the garden in the summer, there is really no other need for it that I can…
  • Dubbel Dark Ale | Green’s

    30 Apr 2013 | 5:43 pm
    Grabbed this 500ml bottle along with two other gluten free beers from Green’s, figured I’d give their offerings a shot and have a little Ale-off (like a bake-off but manly…..because it’s beer). The Endeavour was my first pour, the “Dubbel Dark Ale” had me curious A.) because I wondered if the marketing department was drunk off their own wares when trying to spell “double”, and B.) because that dark rich ale looked damn appetizing!! First I needed to know what was up with that dubbel stuff, incorrect spelling grinds my gears. Turns out dubbel is…
  • Morning Glory Espresso Stout | Old Dominion

    22 Mar 2013 | 7:59 am
    It has been one of those winters, a sneaky one, really; you know, the type that gets a late start, but ends up lasting way, way, too long. You would think being born and raised in New England and having had a very fair share of winters would have made me tolerant of any type of winter. But by the time March 19th rolled around I’d had just about enough, and I wasn’t alone. Broadcasted all across social media were countless threats on Puxatauny Phil’s life. Poor little guy. What do people expect from a rodent? Just one day before the vernal equinox, we got nearly 10 inches of snow.
  • Tweason’ale | Dogfish Head

    5 Feb 2013 | 5:02 pm
    Ok, so I’m not a beer genius. I can’t spout facts about this or that company, this or that beer. I’m not going to wax intellectual about history or brewing methods or ingredient pairs (not too much anyway). I don’t know what went into making this, I can’t tell you any secrets about it that you won’t find somewhere on the internetz. I just want to drink some beers that are relatively good for me and I want to share what I find with you. Why would anyone care about gluten free beer? There’s a huge population of people that just cannot handle gluten and…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • BREW Seattle: Local goes Creative

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    HE SAID about the Second Annual Brew Seattle: Seattle Magazine’s 2nd Annual BREW Seattle event at the Fremont Foundry is in the books!  While beer events are popping up everywhere these days, BREW Seattle is the only beer event of it’s size to feature only breweries within the Seattle city limits. This years line-up had a robust 27 breweries,  including some of the iconic Seattle players such as Elysian, Hales, Fremont, Pyramid, and Georgetown. Of course no beer festival worth it’s salt in Washington would be complete without the “bathtub” breweries who have popped up in the past…
  • GABF 2014 Washington Winners

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Great American Beer Festival 2014 awarded  9 Washington beers GABF awards this year. Washington Great American Beer Fest Gold Award Winners   Apricot Ale Pyramid Breweries Seattle Fruit Wheat Beer Beltane Propolis Brewing Port Townsend American-Style Brett Beer Chuckanut Dunkel Chuckanut Brewery Bellingham European-Style Dunkel Pre-Flight Pilsner Airways Brewing Co. Kent American-Style or International-Style Pilsener Red Alt White Bluffs Brewing Richland German-Style Altbier Washington Great American Beer Fest Silver Award Winners   Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Fremont Brewing Co.
  • Brew Seattle: All Beer, All Seattle

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Seattle Magazine’s Second Annual Brew Seattle takes place Friday October 10, 2014. This beer tasting event is all about Seattle BEER, BBQ and FUN! SeattTwenty Seattle Breweries will be showcasing their finest beers for you to taste. New breweries are sprouting up all over Seattle so fast, it can be hard to keep up. Here is your chance to meet and taste the new breweries on the block as well as enjoy some of your long time favorite Seattle brews. Tickets are only $40 and include (6) 5oz tasting tokens, games, giveaways and all you can eat BBQ from Pinky’s! You will  help decide…
  • Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest Celebrates 10 Years

    4 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest is all about pumpkin beer: from sweet and sour and EVERYTHING in between. Elysian Brewing had 18 pumpkin beers on tap. Across the country, some of the top breweries sent their pumpkin beers to the renown Elysian Great Pumpkin Brew Fest bringing the total tap count to over 90 pumpkin beers, including a pumpkin mead and cider.  The Elysian Great Pumpkin Fest is about fun. Where else will you find marching bands, every shade of orange imaginable, Gandalf the Orange, the King and Queen of Pumpkin and massive pumpkins tapped for beer? Pumpkin Beers…
  • Best Craft Beer + Food Pairing 2014

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    So many great craft beer and food pairings at the Craft Beer + Food festival, it was hard to pick a winner. A People’s choice winner was announced but it was so close, the second place team was announced as well but I want to talk about some of the other great pairings first. Watershed + Charging Hippo Pairing The longest line of the night was for Watershed Pub & Kitchen butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese pizza paired with Charging Hippo Brewing  Imperial Pumpkin Porter. The rich and and slight sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the cheese and the nuttiness of the pizza…
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    All Over Beer

  • The Beacon

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

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It may not look like much, but... Sierra Nevada’s Original Brewing Equipment
  • Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

    Brian Stechschulte
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Ron Jeffries
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  • Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

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

    Beer Blogger
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout - Any craft beer fan that doesn’t know Stone isn’t really a craft beer fan.  This brewery is known for their love of hops, their all-star lineup with brews like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, and their attitude.  Following the recent announcement that they’ll become the first US craft brewer to break ground with a European brewery, Stone is releasing a new seasonal brew for the summer and fall.  Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout was a hit with the Stone Team and now it’ll be available to all when it ships out to bars…
  • Loop Bottle Opener

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    7 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA - Of all of the styles of IPA out there, West Coast IPAs seem to be the biggest hit with hopheads across the US.  They offer the big punch that hop lovers crave and they were made famous by the big west coast breweries we all know and love.  So what happens when a midwest brewery jumps onboard the west coast bandwagon?  Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA brings that west coast flavor to midwest drinkers. Surly Brewing has long been known for making beers that craftbeer drinkers go crazy for and they make plenty of big hoppy brewers like Furious and…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 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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    Core Brewing

  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    NewsWire: (Escondido, CA) – San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, […]
  • Merry Christmas with a Tröegs Mad Elf

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:51 pm
    Name: Mad Elf Ale Brewery: Tröegs Overall Rating: Bad Ass! Style: Belgian Dark Strong Serving Style: Bottle 12oz ABV: A bold 11% Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the Mad Elf from Tröegs out of Hershey Pennsylvania; yes, the same town where Hershey chocolate is made. Most beers you come across, this one came across me […]
  • Other Ingredients Besides Hops

    10 Oct 2013 | 5:51 pm
    I want this to be an open letter to brewers all across the world; more specifically California; even more specifically San Diego County Brewers. There are other ingredients to emphasize in your brews besides the beautiful hop cone. I’m talking about malt mostly but also yeast. When we go shopping for beers; be it liquor […]
  • Road trip! Dogfish does D.C.

    7 Mar 2013 | 4:46 am
    More than 5,000 people from the world of craft beer are converging on Washington, D.C., later this month for the Craft Brewers Conference. But if you’re not an industry insider, don’t worry. With a couple of happy hours, an art show and an indie rock concert, there are plenty of opportunities for D.C.’s craft beer fans […]
  • Misha’s Costa Rica S.H.B. Tarazzu

    6 Mar 2013 | 7:24 am
    As many of you know, with great affliction I had to retire from drinking and brewing beer due to a continued focus on my health.  Despite all the excellent health claims in Gile’s “The Case for Beer” post, I can’t continue to watch my waist line  grow while I’m progressing into my mid-30’s. I’ve continued to discuss brewing beer with the […]
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    Love Good Beer

  • The Stanley Park Story

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

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

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

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

    25 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The fifth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week is coming up, this May 30th to June 9th 2014, and tickets go on sale Monday, April 28th at noon. While most events don’t sell out immediately, Hopapalooza at the Alibi Room surely will. I think it sold out in under half an hour last year, so you’d be better be ready. What’s the deal? Well, it’s just the best annual beer event in BC. It’s at a civilized hour, It’s not crowded since they only let a certain number of people in, there’s food, and you don’t have to bother with tokens. Oh yeah, and…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Celebs and special guests join Asahi to launch new concept bar

    Media Release
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Editorial Comment:APPROVED: A complete and precise temperature control system hhas been installed to enable us to remove the few remaining vestiges of flavour in ASAHI SUPER DRY by serving it at less than 0 degrees.With the many media releases we receive at Australian Brews News, we can generally find it within ourselves to ignore the sheer vacuousness of PR lines such as “Last night, together with the country’s biggest celebrity and social influencers, Asahi celebrated the launch…” Afterall, that is what PR is.  However, when it comes to the category-damaging nonsense of the…
  • Brewing jobs: Experienced Brewer — Palmyra WA

    Help Wanted
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Experienced BrewerExciting Australian BreweryVibrant small management teamOutstanding career opportunities within the Brewing IndustryGage Roads Brewing Company is experiencing strong brand growth and has secured multiple contract brewing opportunities. As a result, our business is growing rapidly and we have a fantastic career opportunity for an energetic person with a passion for craft brewing and beer.Gage Roads Brewing Company has an opportunity for an experienced Brewer to be involved in all aspects of commercial craft and contract brewing.The position requires practical hands on…
  • The Great British SpecTAPular

    Media Release
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The Great British SpecTAPular Festival set to showcase the best of British craft beer.Like many countries around the world, including Australia, craft beer is becoming hugely popular in the United Kingdom so the multi-award winning Local Taphouse specialty beer bars will be showcasing the best of British craft beers at the Great British SpecTAPular on Saturday October 25th in Sydney and Melbourne.Twenty different beers will be featured on 60 taps from breweries including Beavertown, Burning Sky, Buxton, Magic Rock, Moor Beer, Oakham, Thornbridge, Tiny Rebel, Weird Beard, St Austell and…
  • Foundation brewer returns to Lead Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.

    Media Release
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Long-serving Murrray’s head brewer, Shawn Shherlock, will be finishing up with Port Stephens-based Murray’s Craft Brewery today. He will be replaced by Murrays’ foundation brewery Graham Mahy. Details in the media release today.Shawn advises he has plans to start his own small brewery in Newcastle, with further details to follow “fairly shortly”.“I have nothing but positives to say about Murray’s and my time here,” Shawn said.“After eight-and-a-half years it’s time to move on and and I have long wanted to run my own set up.”Media ReleaseFoundation brewer returns to Lead…
  • Brewing jobs: Head Brewer, 3 Ravens

    Help Wanted
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Fresh from its success at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards, and with further growth expected, 3 Ravens is looking for an experienced brewer with management experience to lead the brewing team at Thornbury.At May’s awards, 3 Ravens collected trophies for Best British Ale as well as being named Champion Small Australian Brewery, an amazing turnaround for a brewery that had faced an uncertain future in 2013 before WA’s Mash Brewing stepped in.The result is a partnership that sees 3 Ravens brew its own range as well as some Mash specials, including the Copy Cat AIPA – Champion…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • New beer company tees off in Florida, headed by professional golfers

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Brew Hub in Lakeland is off to a great start with contracts to brew several beers for Cigar City Brewing Company and now a new set of brews from professional golfers Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley, and Graeme McDowell. The trio of golfers have teamed up to produce a series of easy-drinking brews that pair perfectly with a par three. Read more about the new brews in the official press release below. Also check out the video following the press release. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley, and Graeme McDowell launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers ORLANDO (October 21, 2014) – Three…
  • Jacksonville to host Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout event on Black Friday

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    For millions of shoppers in the United States the day after Thanksgiving is heaven on earth. Known as Black Friday, it is the single biggest shopping day of the year with hundreds of retailers vying for their dollars with outrageous sales and incentives. But, for beer lovers, it is also a day awaited all year long. Since 2012, Black Friday is the day that Goose Island Brewing Company of Chicago, Ill. releases its Bourbon County Brand stouts. This year the company is also planning special beer-centric events in nine U.S. cities inclduing Jacksonville. For all the details read the press release…
  • New cookbook features recipes made to be enjoyed with beer

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    John Schlimm, a member of one of the United States’ oldest brewing families, the Straubs, has written several beer-centric cookbooks. His past offerings have included The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook  (awarded “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by Gourmand International). Schlimm’s newest book, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour has just been released and is chock full of great recipes for everything from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup. This hip new…
  • Victory announces release of first wet-hop brew: Harvest Ale

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Wet hop or fresh hop beers have spread like wildfire over the past few years. There is something about getting a beer fresh from the brewery where it was created with hops fresh from the fields that just makes the flavor explode. Most experts will attribute this difference to the fact that the hops are not dried and pellatized. This allows the bright floral and grassy flavors of wet hops to shine through and amazingly fresh taste. Victory Brewing Company has just announced the release of their wet hop beer, Harvest Ale. Read more about this tasty brew in the press release below and watch…
  • Beer a major ingredient in tailgating recipe

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image credit: Home football games means tailgating. Nothing is better than spending time with your friends sitting around the parking lot before the big game tossing a football, cooking some brats and sipping a few cold brews. And the people at Johnsonville are well aware of the plac their sausages hold in the esteem of tailgaters everywhere. That is why they have enlisted the help of their Johnsonville Grillmaster, Ryan Anderson who came up with a delicious brat recipe that requires only three additional ingredients — one of them is beer! Read all about the…
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    Worst Beer Blog Ever

  • Old Soul Brewing

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Greetings Florida beer nerds! This Saturday (October 11, 2014)  Old Soul Brewing will open its doors to the public for the first time from 12 to 11pm. Saturday will be a day of fun, food and beer. The event encompass the street alongside the brewery (so you may want to bring a chair and possibly even sunscreen). The MOFOS food truck sell sumptuous bbq during the day and Doner Kebab King Karl will be slinging some incredible Turkish fare from 6 to 11pm. To really get things going the Naples based folk-rock band The Good Bad Kids will play from 6 to 10 pm. Aside from the…
  • Old Soul Brewing, S 1714, Burger With An ABV, MLB And Beer, Pandas And More!

    27 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Is Pabst Blue Ribbon a hipster beer? This one is easy, hipster all the way, good rednecks drink Busch!                                                                                                                             Hipster Beer or Redneck Beer? It is baseball season again here is a slideshow of ten of the best MLB stadiums to enjoy craft beer.                                                                  …
  • Four Unexpectedly Delicious Food And Beer Pairings You Must Try!

    9 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    I have recently stumbled upon a few interesting and actually very tasty beer and food combinations, that I did not expect to play so well together. 1) Bud Light Lime and Cherry Pop Tarts - This may not seem like a huge surprise but it honestly caught me off guard. One morning while attending the Redneck Yacht Club Mud Park in Punta Gorda, Florida, as I crawled out of bed (in this case a lawn chair I was sleeping on), I was given a Cherry Pop Tart. Since I was really hungover from the night before, I needed a good breakfast beer. So, I grabbed the first beer I could get my hands on, a Bud…
  • Great News For Craft Beer In Fort Myers!

    11 Dec 2013 | 9:06 pm
    Yes, this really is likely to be the worst beer blog ever (at least I was accurate with the name right?) as it has been embarrassingly long since I last posted. Unfortunately, my job as an on-premise account manager for a beer distributor in the Fort Myers area is very demanding but it pays the bills a little more effectively than blogging. I just wanted to let everyone know I am still around and still very much involved in the beer world. Speaking of which, Fort Myers will soon find itself on the craft beer map as a lot of great things are happening in the Southwest Florida beer world. Here…
  • Zombicon, Mmmhops, Beer In Space, KCCO Black Lager,

    12 Oct 2013 | 8:48 am
    I have returned to the blogging world! I am sorry for my embarrassing lack of postings, I truly am. It is simply difficult as an on-premise account manager in a very dynamic and exciting area. I love the job, industry and my company, but it is a great deal of work. I know I have said this before, but I do plan on being a much more active webmaster from here on out. Regardless, here are some interesting things I have discovered recently, some of them are old news, still enjoy! First and foremost, next Saturday, October 19th Downtown Fort Myers is hosting ZombiCon 2013! This is one of the…
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  • Brew Talks: Legislative Efforts Made and Those to Come in Texas

    David Eisenberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In 2013, Texas enacted a number of laws pertinent to the state’s beer industry that effectively eased certain regulations on how breweries and brewpubs of all different sizes do business. How exactly were the state’s beer manufacturers able to mobilize its advocacy effort? According to Charles Vallhonrat, executive director of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, it was all about creating a unified front across the three tiers. Speaking to a group of beer industry professionals at Tuesday evening’s Brew Talks event, which was held at the offices of The Chive in Austin, Texas, Vallhonrat…
  • Fireman’s Brew Launches Stock Offering for Global Investors

    David Eisenberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Aiming to expedite its national expansion effort, Fireman’s Brew has released yet another private stock offering, this time an equity sale available to investors outside of California. Fireman’s Brew, which is based in Los Angeles, Calif., aims to sell more than 4.5 million shares of ‘Flash Seed Preferred stock,’ at $1.249 per share, through FlashFunders, an online equity-funding platform that connects early stage companies with investors across the globe. The beer company said it is hoping to raise $6 million, which will help to expand the brand’s distribution throughout the…
  • Hacker-Pschorr to Release Animator Doppelbock in Limited Quantities

    Press Release
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    LITTLETON, Colo. – Long-known in the U.S. for its Weisse and Original Oktoberfest, Munich-based Hacker-Pschorr Brewery has been expanding its U.S. offerings throughout 2014 with a limited-release specialty bier series.

The fourth and final bier in the series, Animator is available in collectable 16.9oz swing top bottles. It is available to distributors across the U.S. now, and bier fans can expect it to see it on shelves in the coming weeks.

Among the earliest doppelbocks, Animator is a robust, unfiltered lager that fortifies the body and soul on even the coldest days of…
  • O’Fallon Releases King Louie Toffee Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Ale

    Press Release
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    ST. LOUIS – O’Fallon Brewery is kicking off the fall season with the launch of two new beers – King Louie Toffee Stout and Imperial Pumpkin ale. King Louie Toffee Stout was created in collaboration with Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier of St. Louis. The velvety stout is full-bodied and was developed using a proprietary toffee blend that’s ideal for the brewing process and has hints of caramelized sugar and vanilla. It is brewed with Magnum hops and a variety of malts to create the perfect balance between soft chocolate, caramel and roasted notes that highlight the toffee…
  • Victory Releases Winter Cheers

    Press Release
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    DOWNINGTOWN, PA – Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is pleased to announce the return of its holiday seasonal, Winter Cheers. Welcoming and warming, Winter Cheers is a delicious refreshing wheat ale that is light in body and soothing in texture. Combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, the fruity and spicy holiday brew delivers a crisp finish, with hints of banana, clove and citrus. At 6.7% ABV, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Due to its charming flavor profile and broad…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Back to the Future with Ciders & Mead

    Paul Ross
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Everyone knows about the micro-brewery and micro-distillery phenomenon, but now there are two new oldie additions to this heady mix. The new kids in town ...
  • Noble Experiment: A Secret Passage to Craft Cocktails

    Sarah Bennett
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    To get into Noble Experiment, you first have to enter another bar, Neighborhood, which is one of the more popular craft beer bars in downtown ...
  • 7 World Series-Worthy Brews To Drink The Giants To Glory

    Adrian Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    The World Series has BEGUN and what better way to celebrate than with a list of 7 champion-worthy brews. These hand picked Giant themed beers ...
  • 48 Hours in Berlin

    Ava Fedorov
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Everyone knows that Berlin is cool. But the particular essence of that “cool” is something a bit more complex and a lot less self-conscious than ...
  • Sipping at Flavor’s Edge: Sweet Wine & Sour Beer

    Deborah Grossman
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Wine drinkers have long downplayed their affinity for juicy, fruity white zinfandels. Beer drinkers brag about the IBU’s in their beer. But in the last ...
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    2 Noble Dogs Brewing

  • Why do we….?

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Have you ever asked yourself or been asked questions like “why do you mash your grains?” or “why do you aerate your wort?”. Me too. So I put together a short article that answers a few of these basic questions. This is not meant to be a chemistry tutorial. Just a few simple reasons for […]
  • Are you a Beer Guru?

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

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

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

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

  • American Cream Ale Recipe Changes

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    American Cream Ale is a favorite beer style of mine. Its the only American style I brew that competes with the English styles I brew most of the time. American Cream Ale is a great beer for the craft beer uninitiated. And for craft beer lovers, American Cream Ale is still a great everyday any occasion beer to drink. Because of its lighter flavor profile it still offers some challenge to brew well. Making it dry enough and clean enough is a good skill that can be applied to all your brews. Despite the simple grain bill you can still make some changes to the recipe and explore some different…
  • Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It’s the name of my new novel – Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest. Do you think it will sell? Probably not as well as The Joy of Homebrewing. The title of this post is more of a mashup of what I did with my harvest lager last week and this past weekend. In lager brewing, diacetyl rests are a way to get your yeast to clean up buttery flavors that can be present due to the production of diacetyl by the yeast earlier in the fermentation process. These rests are a period of time where the beer is allowed to warm up so the yeast can become more active. I didn’t detect any buttery…
  • Mr. Beer Kit

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Before you dive into this weeks video lets make one thing clear, brewing should be fun. In the end if you enjoy the beer you make, then you’ve won. Plain and simple. These Brew Dudes make no qualms about how people make their beer. Brew and let brew. That said, we take a fun somewhat tongue and cheek look at the infamous Mr. Beer Kit this week. As lovers of homebrewing we should all be good stewards and embrace the many ways people can get into this hobby. Role film! I got this kit because my brother in law didn’t want it. I think he got it through a christmas swap or something.
  • 2014 Cider Making

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Autumn brings the harvest and for me, at least for the past few years, cider making. Like anything, it took me a few tries to make a cider that I really liked. The New England version I like, but it can be boozy. I made a cran-cider that was ok but it got very tart over time in the bottle. The ciders that I have liked the most have been the ones that were fortified a bit with some simple sugar and fermented with a neutral English ale yeast. This year, the recipe was simplified. No blends of different sugars (white, brown, molasses, etc.) and no special ingredients like raisins or oak…
  • Saison Redux

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Second chances are tough to come by. Thankfully, homebrewing is more forgiving. Don’t like a batch simply try again! That’s what John did with a new attempt at Saison. A tough but popular style to brew well. We compare last years to the new batch head to head. First off last years batch is visibly different. Darker. Is that age or recipe? It did t really matter once you tasted it. It had some strong dead yeast character. A touch of oxidation. And a minerally finish the was just plain weird. I described it as hammy. The new batch was bright and vibrant. A balance between slight…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Coaster Critique: Black Bear Long Pumpkin Stout

    Chad Lothian
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Name: Long Pumpkin Stout    Brewed By: Black Bear Brewery Style: Pumpkin Stout ABV: 7%   Long Pumpkin Stout is deep black in color, no light breaks through, carbonation appears to be light, head is thin and khaki colored. Picking up some chocolate, maybe caramel notes in the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable but not overly strong and there is a subtle earthiness in there as well. The initial sip is malt forward, I’m getting a little bit of chocolate and roasty notes followed by a toffee sweetness. Spices show up quickly, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of ginger, about what…
  • Coaster Critique: Uinta Brewing Company Tinder

    Chad Lothian
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Name: Tinder Brewed by: Uinta Brewing Company Style: Rauchbier (Smoked Lager) ABV: 6.5% ABV Tinder pours a bright gold-copper color with a frothy, bone white head that holds on for the entire glass. The beer is crystal clear, a steady carbonation is visible rising through the beer to keep the head alive. The nose is smokey as it should be in a rauchbier, it reminds me of the gentle smoke that rises from a campfire that’s burning clean, dry wood and a little bit like bacon but I admit I might just want some bacon. There is a touch of malty sweetness in the background but it’s hard to…
  • Maine beer author to present during Bangor Book Festival

    Chad Lothian
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 is the start of the Eighth Annual Bangor Book Festival, this years festival will look a little different, due to renovations at the Bangor Public Library the majority of events will be held at downtown businesses. Below is a list of events I pulled from the Event’s Facebook page, I want to call attention to Friday, October 17th, Josh Christie, Author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland will be at Nocturnem Draft Haus, starting at 5:30pm to discuss his book, it’s a great opportunity to meet Josh and learn about Maines brewing history, and get your copy signed,…
  • Allagash Brewing Company celebrates 10 years of barrel aged beer

    Chad Lothian
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Wooden barrels and beer have a long history, prior to stainless steel kegs the wooden barrel was what beer was stored and transported in. Today the wooden barrel is less for utility and more for the flavoring process. Brewers buy barrels that have previously contained wine or spirits, brew beer and age it in the used barrels to infuse a variety of flavors. The barrel aging process is part science and part art, from the barrel selection to the choice of beer to age, the sampling over time to decide when the beer has taken on the desired flavor profile and in some cases the blending of…
  • Caution: Growler on board

    Chad Lothian
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    I am a fan of growlers, to try and tell you otherwise would simply be a lie. Just look at my blog it’s pretty telling. So naturally I travel with growlers, and travel for growlers so how do I do this safely? I do own a small cooler I purchased a few years back that’s sized specifically to hold two 64oz. growlers, it’s great but I usually forget it after I’ve brought it inside to put the growlers in the fridge. There have been many a time when I buckled them into my kids car seats, but that doesn’t work when the boys are travelling with me. Wrap them in a blanket? stick them in a…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Several Small, Interesting Things

    Beer Infinity
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Over the past week, I had a half-dozen moments where something interesting and beer-related floated by on the digital stream.  None warranted a post by themselves, but I can't help rattling them off, along with an opinion or two.  (You'll find some/all of them interesting, too.) 1.  Will Ohio's Fat Head's Brewery Thrive in P ...
  • Fat Head’s announces Nov. 3 opening for Portland brewpub

    Beer Infinity
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Fat Head's announces Nov. 3 opening for Portland brewpub Akron Beacon Journal (blog) Fat Head's Brewery will open its new 278-seat brewpub Nov. 3 in Portland, Ore. The new brewery-restaurant will feature a 10-barrel brewhouse, 13 fermenters and 12 bright tanks. It also will "focus on indigenous ingredients, so the Portland location ...
  • Minneapolis Voters to Decide the Fate of Charter Mandated 70/30 Food to Alcohol Ratio this November

    Beer Infinity
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    There has been much talk about revision of the law affecting Minneapolis restaurants’ requirements of a required ratio for food and liquor, and frankly, it’s about time. As a restauranteur,... Minneapolis Voters to Decide the Fate of Charter Mandated 70/30 Food to Alcohol Ratio this November appeared first on Minnesota Beer Activist ...
  • Proof of Homebrew Running on New 3DS

    Beer Infinity
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Proof of Homebrew Running on New 3DS Gameranx Back in August, amateur programmer smea announced that the 3DS Homebrew Channel app he was working on was nearing completion. A few days later, Nintendo held the grand unveiling of the New 3DS. Hoping to get his app running on both old and ...
  • Philly Tap Finder Considers Expansion to DC

    Beer Infinity
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you've found yourself searching for a beer up in Philadelphia - and we strongly recommend you do some time - you've likely made use of Philly Tap Finder, the handy dandy beer location tool.  Well, the founder/president is in DC for a few months and is considering expanding into our market.  To do so, though, he'd need to find the r ...
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    Bier Battered [.] com

  • NJ Diner Culture: The Makings of Great Disco Fries.

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    I am justifying the inclusion of another foodie theme work on here basically on the grounds that I really do not have any format anyways. And fries go good with beer, and bad movies, and bacon, so there is also that. A twitter discussion with NJ Isn’t Boring, got me in the nostalgic mood so here we go. Not really sure how this translates to other states, [definitely drop me a line as I am honestly curious if Diners are as prevalent elsewhere] but if you are from New Jersey or the surrounding areas, you have probably been to a diner at some point rather late in the evening, for whatever…
  • Say what you want, but these are ridiculously tasty. #seaweed #nori #snack

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
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  • It’s Harvest Season: Cracking open a Sixpoint Sensi Harvest

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    This year it seems I have completely skipped over pumpkin ales. At the point of this writing I have had 2 pumpkin ales and one sample. I am just not in the mood yet for one of them.  But never fear, if you are not a fan of pumpkin or if you want something else, wet hopped beers are here. So what are wet hops anyways? Borrowing from Chow.Com’s What Is Wet Hop Beer? Post: “Hops are the seed cones of the plant species Humulus lupulus, and they’re actually very delicate flowers. They don’t survive long after being cut, which is why almost all hops are dried immediately after…
  • #craftcan #craftbeer #bottleshare #beertography #wethops #harvest #sixpoint #beerporn #fall

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
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  • Fuller’s London Porter, if you haven’t tried it you need to.

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    This is going to be one of those posts, where I feel like I am stating the obvious. Seriously why did it take me so long to try this? Hands down Fuller’s has to make the best Porter out there. Edmund Fitzgerald is great, as is Founders’ Porter, but man they have nothing on this one. As Fuller’s Describes it: “London Porter, is brewed from a blend of Brown, Crystal and Chocolate malts giving it creamy delivery balanced by traditional Fuggles hops.” Man, there is so much roast and chocolate notes going on. Not to mention how supremely balanced it is, sweet but not too much, bitter but…
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Beer School: Learn how to Homebrew!

    Brew Review Crew
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you live in Northwestern Ohio and you are a homebrewer, you probably know how hard it is to find a good homebrew store.  I got used to driving over an hour and a half to get to a good store before stumbling upon Titgemeiers in Toledo. Titgemeier’s is a combination garden store and homebrew shop — seemingly unrelated but amazingly connected.  Well, the guys at Titgemeier’s are now putting on an awesome event teaching YOU how to homebrew!   Here are the details you need to know: WHAT: Learn to homebrew class for both new and experienced homebrewers.  It is FREE to…
  • Almanac Beer Co – Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry Sour

    Brew Review Crew
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
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  • Voting is LIVE for King of Ohio IPA!

    Brew Review Crew
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Below are the links for the public to vote for their favorite regional IPAs! Winners will make the trip to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the final round of the King of Ohio IPA championship! Northwest Ohio (Toledo Region) VOTE HERE! Southwestern Ohio (Dayton/Cincinnati) VOTE HERE: Central Ohio (Columbus area) VOTE HERE Northeast Ohio (Cleveland) VOTE HERE South/Mideastern (Akron, Mansfield, Youngstown) VOTE HERE by The post Voting is LIVE for King of Ohio IPA! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • King of Ohio IPA – Toledo Regional Vote! [Poll]

    Brew Review Crew
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    To read about the King of Ohio IPA Contest, click HERE To vote for Ohio beers in all other regions such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cinci and Dayton, Akron an Youngstown click HERE! Which Beer Should Win King of Ohio IPA in the Toledo Region? Maumee Bay IPA - Maumee Bay Brewing Company Hop Goblin IPA - Flatrock Brewing Company Wild Duck IPA - Great Black Swamp Brewing Company IPA - Father John's IPA vote View Results Poll total votes: 433   Beers in Consideration: Unfortunately for us, the Toledo area has the fewest amount of breweries out of any of the regions in this contest.  We have a…
  • Punkin – Dogfish Head

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Beer Review: Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream

    Katie Dixon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: I am a complete White Girl when it comes to pumpkin spice; candles, lattes, coffee beans, and (of course) beer!  I need it all! My issue with pumpkin beers is that they are usually wheat beers, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So when I saw Magic Hat’s pumpkin ale at the grocery store, I grabbed it like a little kid going for their first pieces of Halloween candy! The Beer: Upon my first sip of this beer…
  • SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules

    David Sommbeer
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules BEER RULE #1 – Don’t Add Fruit to Beer    Please don’t put oranges in my beer.  I do not like oranges in my beer,  I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere. This is forbidden at my house….. BEER RULE #2 – No Light Beer Beer is for flavor and fun.  If you want to lose weight don’t drink beer.  This same principle applies to non-alcoholic beer, don’t do it. BEER RULE #3 No Twisty…
  • Beer Review – Founder’s Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale

    David Sommbeer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale The word ‘Bastard’ is rarely associated with anything positive. You may stub your toe and exclaim the word. You may have been slighted at work and felt the need to utter the sound. In the case of Founders’ Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, however, the exact opposite is true. This sud will help you associate the words ‘Dirty Bastard’ with nothing but pleasant thoughts of a cold, malty and flavorful brew. I first encountered Founders Scotch Ale inside of…
  • Beer Review: Ten Fidy

    John Fahrner
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Imperial, is there a word out there in the beer world that is more attractive?  There aren’t to many words that peak my interest more than the word Imperial, and following that word with stout, well 9 times out of 10 I’ll give that beer a try.  For some reason Ten Fidy is a beer that was on my wish list for the longest time and just kept getting put off as a brew to pick up and try.…
  • Beer Review: Founders Dark Penance

    John Fahrner
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Black IPA is one of the more interesting styles of beer out there and Imperial Black IPA is even more rare.  The style of beer is somewhat polarizing on it’s own and really, in my opinion, is one of the more hit and miss styles of beer in existence right now.  The big flavor that some of us have come to love and expect from an IPA is still there but the maltyness that’s more common in other styles…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Expansion

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

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

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Here are a few photos of sundown tonight out at the Hops Farm. There aren’t many things more peaceful after restringing bines and watching the sun go down over the hops. Sundown[img src=]240[img src=]230[img src=]240[img src=]210[img…
  • Social Media

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

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

  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … He’brew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®, Jewbelation 18®, and the 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Press Release Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY -- Break out the latkes, gelt, Chanukah candles, and He'brew Beer®, it's time to start prepping for the holidays! This November, Shmaltz Brewing Company rolls out three limited-edition releases straight from their newly expanded brewery in Clifton Park, NY. First up is the debut of Shmaltz's long awaited homage to the 8 crazy nights: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®,a Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and 8% ABV. Next in line is the Anniversary beer, Jewbelation 18® (18 malts, 18 hops, and a highly sessionable 12.4% ABV),…
  • Brewery News: OR: Deschutes Brewery heads to Houston, Texas, for Base Camp

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Press Release Are you ready Houston? Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp for Beer Fanatics is heading your way for its final crazy traveling event week of the season! Craft beer fans are in for an amazing series of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers, ambassadors and fanatics will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews. Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp not only celebrates the brewery’s popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale, but they also pull out the stops with other…
  • Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Oakshire Brewing celebrates 8 years with Cascade Brewers Society, during National Homebrew Day

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Press Release EUGENE, OR (November 1, 2014) –Oakshire Brewing and Cascade Brewers Society are pleased to announce a collaborative event celebrating Oakshire’s 8th anniversary and National Learn to Homebrew Day.   On Sat. Nov.1 from 10am to 4pm at the Oakshire Public House in Eugene, members the local homebrew club will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the homebrewing process.  A variety of brewing methods and associated equipment will be demonstrated, for beginning to advanced brewers.  Meanwhile Oakshire will be celebrating its homebrewing roots and its 8th…
  • Brewery News: OR: Deschutes Brewery expands distribution to Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Press Release Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today that its craft beers will be available in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia starting the week of October 27. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with Premium Distributors of Virginia and Premium Distributors of Washington DC, both part of the Reyes Beverage Group. Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “Our fans on the east coast have been anxious to get our beers for quite some time, so we’re happy to finally extend our reach their way. Our Zarabanda collaboration with Chef José Andrés was the…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … Jamaican me Pumpkin

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Press Release10 Barrel is releasing their second bottled pumpkin beer ever… Jamaican me Pumpkin - a 10.4% rum barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale with over a year in the barrels.According to the brewery: “We had a theory that you could age almost anything in a Jamaican rum barrel and it would taste great so we decided to test that theory with an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. With over a year in the barrels we came to one conclusion: We were right!”Jamaican Me Pumpkin is the latest beer in 10 Barrel’s annual barrel aged beer release following up 16 Barrels in 2013 and Rye’m or Treason in 2012.
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