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  • The Rare Beer Club now featuring two exclusive beers for February shipment

    BeerPulse curator
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club is back on BeerPulse with its first promotion of the new year. This month’s featured beers are: Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina and Les Trois Mousquetaires’ Signature Series Maibock. Consider a club membership as a gift for yourself or for a loved one for Valentine’s Day! Some things to consider/know before ordering…. 1) Use a BeerPulse discount Use one of the promo codes below when you order. BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month minimum) BEERPULSE15 – $15 off ANY prepaid Beer Club Membership of 6 months…
  • The Problem With Craft Beer from New Zealand
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week I got a notification of a liquor store that put on a keg of Epic Apocalypse. I was shocked, as we had last brewed that in May 2014. I check into when we had shipped it, and found out that it was June 2014. This beer was in an EcoKeg which generally is best in the first six months. Therefore I wasn’t very happy that this beer was now being sold to beer drinkers excited to try something new. This beer was not intended to be stored or aged for this extended period. It is a Black IPA, and the hops would have seriously diminished. I’m not saying the beer would have been bad…
  • A European Weekend in the Desert of Las Vegas

    Walking and Drinking Beer
    8 Mar 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The dancing fountains of Bellagio.It was winter and I’d had enough of America.  Too much snow, too much cold, too many chain stores and too much traffic.  I needed a summer in Europe.  I needed to walk in twilight past splashing fountains, to linger over a good meal at an outdoor cafe, to feel the sun and the rustle of green tree branches overhead, to see flowers and statuary and history and art, all placed around me, for no reason except for their beauty.  I needed to experience the joy de vie, the wines and the haute cuisine of the French and Italians.And so I went to…
  • Going Dry for 30 Days

    SommBeer - Beer Blog
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Going Dry for 30 Days Featured Contributor –    Ed Goldsworthy If I had to judge my overall health right now I could sum it up this way: not good. I am not in the best shape of my life. I’m in my worst. And it’s a really terrible feeling. I mean seriously. Why did I eat so many Doritos? Is it because they are so delicious? The answer is yes! So, I recently decided that I simply have to do something about this. I’ve done…
  • One Brewery And The Problem With Records

    A Good Beer Blog
    Alan McLeod
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:09 pm
    I hate records. Well, I really like them. But I hate them. See, we are subject to their limitations... or at least two of them. Or three. The last one first. Finding them. For a while I have been grabbing images of maps including the sites of early breweries in Kingston. I have not seen the actual maps. Just the scans. So I realize that, over time, I have noticed that the maps do not focus on my needs but the needs of others. How surprising. But then I next realize there are other records I know nothing about. The maps above are from the 1790s, 1801, 1810, 1815, 1828, 1845, 1849, 1850, 1850,…
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  • Craft Beer Kings to hold February Online Cellar Sale on Sunday, February 22nd

    BeerPulse curator
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, February 22nd at 9am PST. More details and a list of beers below the dotted line. Won’t be at your computer or phone on Sunday? 1) You might want to browse the selection of beers already online. It’s impressive. 2) Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for daily new beer alerts.
  • Helltown Brewing now featured in Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club (deadline midnight on 2/18)

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    17 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: Need something new to wear while hibernating through these bitter months? We have just the thing! The Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club offers the excitement you need—new clothes and mail! Each month, members of the Beer T-Shirt Club receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. With one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club will brighten these sunless days. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Visit us on Facebook This…
  • The Rare Beer Club now featuring two exclusive beers for February shipment

    BeerPulse curator
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club is back on BeerPulse with its first promotion of the new year. This month’s featured beers are: Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina and Les Trois Mousquetaires’ Signature Series Maibock. Consider a club membership as a gift for yourself or for a loved one for Valentine’s Day! Some things to consider/know before ordering…. 1) Use a BeerPulse discount Use one of the promo codes below when you order. BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month minimum) BEERPULSE15 – $15 off ANY prepaid Beer Club Membership of 6 months…
  • Stone’s gluten-reduced Delicious IPA now available coast-to-coast

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

    Press Release
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Press Release:  (Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015: the intensely hop-heavy Hop Hunter IPA and the sessionable Nooner Pilsner. The brewery will also unveil its newest spring seasonal selection, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, for a total of three brand-new beers for craft drinkers to explore. Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvest—for the first time, drinkers can taste wet-hop character year-round. This pure, powerful hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the…
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  • SAM FEST – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival TOMORROW!

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    (Alhambra,CA) – Last year, 38 Degrees was in the midst of planning an epic Barleywine festival when Los Angeles Craft Beer pi… The post SAM FEST – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival TOMORROW! appeared first on
  • New Glarus Brewing Introduces Hopster

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    (New Glarus,WI) – With the coming of Spring, New Glarus Brewing Company is proudly introducing, HOPSTER! Hopster is Diplom… The post New Glarus Brewing Introduces Hopster appeared first on
  • Widmer Brothers Hefe Is The Official Craft Beer of the Portland Timbers

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    (PORTLAND, OR)  – Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Portland Timbers today announced the largest co-branded product launc… The post Widmer Brothers Hefe Is The Official Craft Beer of the Portland Timbers appeared first on
  • Saint Archer Brewing To Release Limited Mosaic Double IPA

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    (San Diego,CA) – From the heart of the booming San Diego craft beer scene, Saint Archer Brewing Company is ecstatic about rel… The post Saint Archer Brewing To Release Limited Mosaic Double IPA appeared first on
  • Mission Brewery Launches Hard Root Beer

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    (San Diego, CA) –  Mission Brewery is proud to announce the launch of its Hard Root Beer. The idea for Hard Root Beer, which i… The post Mission Brewery Launches Hard Root Beer appeared first on
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  • #VeggieDag Thursday: Quick Links for February 2015.

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and ecological issues. *************Quick links for February 2015 28 February 2015:Nearly half of all fruits and vegetables produced in world end up as waste. —Via FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations). 12 February 2015:Marcellus Shale field pipeline threatens pristine forest in upstate New York. —Via New York Times. 4 February 2015: A pint of beer requires roughly 1.5 gallons of water solely for hop cultivation (and a total water requirement of between 8 and 24 gallons, per pint). By…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Wine discussions

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Cedric Vallors (r) – the U.S. Portfolio Manager for Domaines Barons de Rothschild– sits in animated discussions at a wine dinner. And this was only at the start of the evening: six wines from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, with each wine matched to a dinner course. The Palm RestaurantTysons Corner, Virginia.24 February 2015. The Lafite estate has produced wines since the 1670s. It was designated as a Premier Cru Classé in 1855. A few years later, in 1868, Baron James de Rothschild would purchase Lafite. -----more----- Compare the above photo photo with this one, Beer Discussions, posted as a…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 6/7, 2015.

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:16 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 6/7, 20151 February, 2015 - 14 February, 2015 14 February 2015One of history's most iconic photos has turned 25 years old. On Feb. 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft took a family portrait of the solar system, capturing Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Earth — which showed up as a "pale blue dot" — in a single view. —Via 12 February 2015"From beautiful, downtown Burbank." Gary Owens, radio and 'Laugh-In' announcer, dies at 80. —Via LA Times. 9 February 2015Austrian beverage behemoth…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Abita frost-brew

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    "Frost-brewed Coors" ain't got nothing on snow-capped kegs from Abita Brewery (of Louisiana). It may have been 20 °F outside, but festive Mardi Gras good times 'rolled' inside a heated tent. The camera shivered, but the beer flowed. As seen outside Bayou Bakery, in Arlington (Court House), Virginia.17 February 2015. -----more----- Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— I sell the beers of Abita Brewing. Any opinions here are mine alone. Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on…
  • Ads on YFGF

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    Since this blog was first published in September 2002, readers have seen few overt advertisements. Until now. At long last, I've succumbed to commercialism. Each post will now have an ad, placed by Google, at its bottom. I apologize ... but not enough not to do it, at least for awhile, while I ponder if the few pennies are worth it. As always, if there's a conflict-of-interest in a blog post —such as a review of a beer (or wine) that I professionally represent or a damnation of one that's in competition— I clearly identify that conflict —Caveat lector—after the 'jump.' Carry on.
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  • Bohemian Pilsner Beer Brewing with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #99

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

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

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just the technical aspects. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:19) My guest this week is Randy Mosher, who just published his new book Mastering Homebrew (Amazon affiliate link).
  • Carbonation Options for Your Home Brewed Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    This week I take a look at different ways to carbonate your home brewed beer. Carbonation is an important feature of beer – it adds moutfeel, perceived body, and heavily influences the way that hop and malt aromas are delivered to your nose. It is also critical to the beer’s appearance and head retention. Understanding Carbonation Levels Not all beer is carbonated to the same level. At one extreme we have real English ales that are served with almost no added carbonation. At the other extreme we have beers like the German Weizen that are so highly carbonated that the glass is…
  • Nano-Brewery Start Up with Michael Mraz – BeerSmith Podcast #97

    Brad Smith and Friends
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Michael Mraz from Mraz Brewing joins us to follow up on his nano-brewery startup. Michael launched his own 3 barrel brewery specializing in Belgian beers in a tiny 1000 sq foot shop in the Spring of 2013, and this week he shares some of his lessons learned in moving from amateur to pro-brewer. 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 (48:47) My guest this week is Michael Mraz, an award winning home brewer who used his personal savings to establish a small 3 barrel…
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  • Portsmouth Beer Week 2015: February 21- March 2

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The very much anticipated opening of Tributary Brewing Company, owned and operated by Todd Mott and his wife Galen, has been a huge success in a short period of time. Tributary opened its doors located at 10 Shapleigh Road in Kittery, Maine to the public on September 6, 2014. Todd Mott is of course a local brew hero, formerly of the Portsmouth Brewery and made a legend for his widely famed Russian Imperial Stout recipe formerly known as “Kate the Great”. So when Mott first announced that he had plans to open a brewery of his very own, beer geeks everywhere salivated in…
  • Ipswich Revival Saison Release & first Brewery Open House 2/4 (MA)

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

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

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

  • Soon Men In Vans Will Be Rounding Up The Bloggers

    Alan McLeod
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Boak and/or Bailey tweeted the news from the UK:Publicans are being urged to share their views on the use of online review websites like TripAdvisor as part of a government backed probe on the impact of the sites. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) - the government's business watchdog - has launched a consultation on the sites as a result of concerns regarding their trustworthiness and impartiality. The CMA will investigate specialist review sites, web blogs, video blogs, social media, trusted trader sites, retail platforms and retailers' own websites. It will also look at the roles…
  • I Never Go To Beer Fests... Except This Week!

    Alan McLeod
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    This weekend will find me at Albany attending the New York State Brewers Association second annual Craft New York Brewers Festival. The most exciting thing is that it is being held at a place called The Desmond Hotel. It is exciting because I love 1960's first wave ska and, according to my notes, every band had to have a guy called Desmond in it. At least the great ones did. I am going to head south for the first time since September to man a chair at a table to see if I can help Craig spread the good news about our history of Albany ale as folk spin around the dance floor to these sorts of…
  • Oh, What A Loverly Word Usage Graphing Tool...

    Alan McLeod
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    See that? Click on the image and you will see it better. That is a word search for the word hop[pe]s in English language texts from a site called Early Modern Print: Text Mining Early Printed English which explains itself as follows: Early Print offers a range of tools for the computational exploration and analysis of English print culture before 1700. Early Print offers a range of tools for the computational exploration and analysis of English print culture before 1700. The site was designed to help scholars make sense of the incomparable textual archive produced by the EEBO Text Creation…
  • "Click Bait!" Not Really Code For Good Beer Criticism

    Alan McLeod
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    This week's craft beer tantrum has come in reaction to a very well written personal essay attacking a number of specified effects of craft beer snobbery. In particular, strong reaction has come from the mixed revenue stream writer / consultant / appearance fee good beer personality seats in the audience. I have absolutely no idea why this column caused those in the front pew to reach for the book of common prayer to announce "click bait!" as one. But it does make one sad given how this exemplifies at least part of the state of critical thinking about beer these days. Makes one wonder what…
  • One Brewery And The Problem With Records

    Alan McLeod
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:09 pm
    I hate records. Well, I really like them. But I hate them. See, we are subject to their limitations... or at least two of them. Or three. The last one first. Finding them. For a while I have been grabbing images of maps including the sites of early breweries in Kingston. I have not seen the actual maps. Just the scans. So I realize that, over time, I have noticed that the maps do not focus on my needs but the needs of others. How surprising. But then I next realize there are other records I know nothing about. The maps above are from the 1790s, 1801, 1810, 1815, 1828, 1845, 1849, 1850, 1850,…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Session #97: Farms and farmhouse beers

    Stan Hieronymus
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    Host Brett Domue of Our Tasty Travels has asked contributors to write about “Up-and-Coming Beer Locations” for The Session 97. The challenge here is that so many destinations seem like they recently up and came. After all, Beer Advocate magazine is coming up on its 100th issue and it features a different beer destination, presumably one that has arrived, each month. Pretty soon I expect they’ll be focusing on neighborhoods instead of entire cities. So instead of a single destination I’m going to suggest that rural breweries are “up and coming.” They might…
  • Time for truth in all things beer?

    Stan Hieronymus
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Ripped from today’s beer blog headlines: Fakery and the Illusion of Variety. Joe Stange sounds off: “If you are a trained, experienced brewer who sometimes hires other breweries to make your recipe, you are not a brewer in the context of that beer. Sorry. “That might sound petty. I prefer accurate. As an ongoing project I’m trying to connect the clearest meaning of those words — “brewer” and “brewery” — with a really simple public interest. Specialty beer is getting more attention these days, but more to the point: People just want…
  • Next week, links about actually drinking beer

    Stan Hieronymus
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 03.02.15 Organizing the links this week I figured out what was missing. Making & selling beer Inside The Ram Brewery. Whoa! There’s a nanobrewery inside the Ram Brewery, the place where Young’s and Co, made beer 1831 and 2006. Here’s the tour: “We’re shown a set of cast iron grain hoppers, over a century old. These barley grains have sat in this chamber since the 1970s.” [Via Londonist, h/T Stonch] Houston’s craft beer king opens up on staying relevant, the Sam Adams controversy and a greedy new wave. A lengthy interview with…
  • Cascade – a study in hop terroir

    Stan Hieronymus
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    Note: Boak & Bailey periodically invite bloggers to post something longer than usual. This is my contribution. It includes information published in “For the Love of Hops” and results of research conducted since the book came out. Conducting a study during the 2010 hop harvest in the Willamette Valley, researchers at Oregon State University’s Shellhammer Lab discovered something outside of the focus of the trials. As well as learning about the impact harvest date has on hop oil content — considerable and important — they saw that concentration of essential…
  • The bier-oyster connection seldom spoken

    Stan Hieronymus
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    You dont see newspaper leads like this any more. It appeared in the Nashville Union and American in 1871, and was taken from the Cincinnati Gazette (no date given): It is the custom of the world to honor great inventors and discoverers with a meed of praise proportionate to the importance of that to which they have introduced the human race. We glorify Franklin for bottling up lightning, and sound high the name of Morse because he utilized it for commercial and other purposes. We apotheosize Watt for demonstrating a practical use of steam; Guttenberg, for the invention of movable type;…
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • Session #97: Up-and-Coming Beer Destinations

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    “What are the up-and-coming beer locations that you see as the next major players in the beer scene?” That’s the question the people behind Our Tasty Travels have asked for this month’s beer blogging session, leaving us, frankly, stumped. Seriously, who knows? If we knew, we’d start a bar and/or brewery while railway arches are still cheap. You don’t make a beer destination such as Prague, Brussels or Munich overnight — either your town has a long history of brewing, or it doesn’t. London has and merely forgot it for a few decades, so perhaps…
  • Great Story, Shame It’s Not True

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    Lots of pubs have fascinating stories attached to them but it’s a shame so few of them seem to be true. Take the Ostrich at Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, which features in many of those ‘old inns of England’ books with variations on this fantastic story, as told on its website: As with most historic buildings, The Ostrich has seen it’s fair share of murders and they say that over 60 were committed here. Most famous of all were those committed in the 17th century by the landlord of the time, Jarman, who with his wife made a very profitable sideline by murdering their guests…
  • BOOK REVIEW: Merrie England by Ted Bruning

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    This slim volume asks: at what point, and where, did the first establishment that we might recognise as a pub pop into existence? His definition of a pub reflects his background as a veteran writer and campaigner for CAMRA but is a good one nonetheless: Broadly, we are talking about fully on-licensed, fully commercial businesses which are generally open, without charging membership or admission, to customers who need buy nothing more than a drink.  He disqualifies clubs, restaurants, village halls and hotels, the latter on the grounds that their primary purpose is accommodation, with…
  • All the #BeeryLongreads from February 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Once again, several other bloggers joined us in ‘going long’. Here are all the posts we spotted and considered eligible. ‘Keg: All Tied Up’ by Yvan Seth 2000 words A beer distributor explains some of the politics behind the scenes which mean that a handful of breweries have the ‘craft’ keg market sewn up. ‘Every Beer Has Its Place: The Rise of Bexley Brewery’ by Steve 1500 words So deep into South East London that it’s actually in Kent, Bexley is home to a micro-brewery producing amazing beer. ‘Cascade: A Study in Hop…
  • The Month That Was: February 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:09 am
    February’s a funny month in Cornwall: everything’s closed for refurbishment and the pubs are so quiet you can hear the bar staff  blink. This is how we survived it. → The month kicked off with highlights fom an account by a British brewer of his work in Belgium c.1924, including clandestine night-time pipe-fitting. → We blended Orval with Old Peculier to great effect; and, less successfully, with two classic bottled best bitters/pale ales. (We also inspired Ghost Drinker to have a go and we received some reports on Twitter, too: 1 | 2 | 3.) → A 100-word ‘beery short…
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  • Everything old is new again…eventually.

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

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

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

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

    Jack Curtin
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Dunno what anyone trying to access this site concluded over the last two weeks, but this post I put up at my other blog two days ago under the above headline gives you a bit of the background. All appears well now and regular posting will resume soon. A few of the readers of my beer-focused blog have found their way over here and more are likely to because is, and has been for a while, inaccessible. We are working on it and might even do a redirect so that anyone trying to reach that URL will be directed to this site automatically until the issue is resolved or, who…
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    Pete Brown

  • Why CAMRA's Pub of the Year should be yours too

    Pete Brown
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:06 am
    On Tuesday the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) announced that the winner of its National Pub of the Year competition was the Salutation Inn in Gloucestershire. After visiting last October, I completely concur.What makes the perfect pub? It's the subject of one of my favourite ever pieces of writing. In fact you could write a very good book about it. (Perhaps even more than one - watch this space).There are, of course, many potential factors. But usually, at the heart of it, are the people who run it. The best local breweries, most stunning views or finest Victorian architecture count for…
  • Announcing my next beer book: "What are you drinking?" No really, do you know?

    Pete Brown
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    Following my announcement last night about my new crowdfunded beer book project, we go live today - and here's the idea I'm working on.Beer is many things.It’s often cold, always wet, usually refreshing. It’s democratic, straightforward and accessible, but can also be complex and challenging. It can be blond, brown, red or black, strong or weak, light and spritzy, creamy and zesty, rich and fruity, chocolatey, coffee-like, spicy, piney, citrusy, caramelised, sour, or even salty.Beer’s unique balance of exciting diversity and easy-going approachability have made it the most widely drunk…
  • I'm writing a new beer book - and testing out a new approach to publishing

    Pete Brown
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    The publishing industry is in a state of flux, but new models are emerging - one of which allows me to write my first book about beer in six years. And you can get involved.A great deal has changed since I had my first book published in 2003. The beer scene, obviously, has changed beyond recognition. And so has publishing. When Man Walks into a Pub came out, there were lots of bookshops but no smartphones, no kindles, and most people didn't know what a blog was.Like everything else, publishing has now fragmented. And like many other careers, being a writer means you have to have several…
  • Awards galore! Your chance for glory

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

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

  • The New Gollem

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Things have gone crazy in Amsterdam the last couple of years. New breweries and beer pubs are popping up like mushrooms after rain. I'm struggling to keep up.Some of the boom is down to existing operations expanding. Like Gollem, who now have four pubs dotted around the city. Saturday I finally got my arse into gear and visited the newest location, on the Amstelstraat between Rembrandtsplein and Waterlooplein. I'm not a huge fan of Rembrandtsplein too much crap music and too many drunks. Amstelstraat used to be a bit rundown, with tourist bars and coffeeshops. It looks like it's on the way…
  • Berliner Weissbier breweries in the 1890’s

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Not written about Berliner Weisse for ages. And this wasn’t really planned.  I didn’t wake up this morning and think “Let’s look into Berliner Weisse”. (Actually, it was “I must  search for ‘keg beer’ in the newspaper archive.)Strange, the way I stumble through research. And how I come to look in certain books.This all started with Twitter. A tweet about a Berlin brewery I recognised. The former Schultheiss Weissbier brewery in Prenzlauer Berg. Which is what I tweeted back. Only to be told only Lager had ever been brewed there.I was pretty sure I was right, if only…
  • Let's Brew Wednesday - 1911 Heineken Bok

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    You must be amazed. A Let's Brew three weeks in a row. What's happeneing to me.It's only because I've already written these recipes for another project. What is that project exactly? I'll tell you when it's 100% definite. It's almost there. Almost.We've another beer from Heineken's Rotterdam brewery. One of the ones they brewerd rather less of than the Gerste we saw last time. Logical enough, as Bok was a seasonal beer, as it still is today in Holland. They're released at an agreed date in October. But it waasn't always like that.Dutch Bokbier season used to be Lent. But breweries kept…
  • German brewing in the 1970’s – fermentation vessels

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Kieninger ends with an overview of the different German fermentation systems in use at the time.It’s pretty clear where his preferences lie. Again there’s not a single mention of beer flavour in his discussion.“Finally, I wish to discuss the types of fermentation vessels which may be used in breweries in the future. There are three main combinations of fermentation and maturation vessels in use at present.(a) The green beer may be fermented in cylindro-conical vessels and then matured in horizontal tanks. This method has the disadvantage that the yeast must be removed from the lager…
  • Cask beer in the 1950’s – Treatment of beer in cellars of public houses

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    This is the chapter I’ve been leading up to. A very detailed account of how to – and how not to – handle cask beer in the pub.It’s one of the most useful, and fascinating, chapters I’ve ever come across. I’m not joking. It’s answered one question that’s been knocking around in my head for several decades. But that bit will come in a later post.This is the curse of the cask brewer:“Every brewer should realise that his duties do not end within the walls of the brewery. A brewer should take every opportunity of visiting his firm's licensed houses, in order to be fully…
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    The Barley Blog

  • South Street Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    The post, South Street Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy, first appeared on The Barley Blog. This bottle of South Street Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy was purchased at the same time I picked up their Satan’s Pony and Virginia Lager. Even though I had mixed results with those particular brews, this big, 10.52% ABV Russian imperial stout seemed to be more inline with what I have come to expect from their parent […] The post, South Street Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    The post, North Coast Old No. 38 Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. North Coast Brewing’s has another “Old” beer that I hold near and dear to my heart. And while, Old Rasputin was my first introduction — and still a favorite — to big roasty stouts, the company also has Old No. 38 Stout. This 5.4% ABV (53 IBU) dry Irish stout may not be as robust […] The post, North Coast Old No. 38 Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • 3 Brothers Fierce Blonde

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    The post, 3 Brothers Fierce Blonde, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m gonna say something you probably don’t want to hear. No matter how much you love a brewery, no matter how excited your are to have them just down the road from your home… not all local beer is good. I know, shocker, right? The fervent, almost cult-like response you get from people over local […] The post, 3 Brothers Fierce Blonde, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Victory Brewing Moving Parts 03

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    The post, Victory Brewing Moving Parts 03, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Victory Brewing’s first Moving Parts release was, for all intents and purposes, a pretty standard and tasty IPA. With the second batch of the ever-evolving IPA, the company crossed the pond with the use of all-English hops and English yeasts, making for another unique tasting experience. For this latest Moving Parts effort, the brewery stays […] The post, Victory Brewing Moving Parts 03, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Great Lakes Brewing Blackout Stout

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    The post, Great Lakes Brewing Blackout Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve had a few Great Lakes Brewing beers since they started shipping to Virginia back in February of 2012, but none of their products were so firmly set in my sights as their Blackout Stout. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to finally find a bottle (or three) on shelves, but it […] The post, Great Lakes Brewing Blackout Stout, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Here we are now

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    The theme for March's Session is Up-and-Coming Beer Locations and it would be remiss of me not to stay close to home for this one. Ireland really genuinely is an up-and-coming place to drink beer and this post reflects just a few of the recent new additions to give you a flavour of what's going on right now.Though the national beer scene has changed immeasurably, even in just the last two years, I'm still drawn back again and again to the place where I first discovered independent Irish beer in the mid-1990s: The Porterhouse in Temple Bar. It's currently doing a great job of tapping up what's…
  • Luck of the draw

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    There was a raffle at the Beoir Christmas party at 57 The Headline, with a top prize of a box of Irish beers hand picked by the chairman Reuben. I never win anything so was very surprised when my number came out of the hat. Even better, there were a few in the set that I'd never tasted before. Cue this blog post.Puck Pilsner by Jack Cody's of Drogheda had been on my must-drink list for a while. It was a perfect clear gold colour on the first pour and had plenty of head retention, though perhaps I shouldn't have used a glass with so many nucleation points at the bottom. Still, drinking…
  • Cherishing the children equally

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    When you spend a lot of time watching the doings of small breweries, the behaviour of big breweries can seem a bit weird. Diageo, for instance, has two new beers out but looks to be treating them in very different ways even though they're quite similar to each other, on paper at least.Smithwick's Blonde I learned about via my ancillary hobby of peering in pub windows at what they have on tap. The first place I noticed it was The Norseman, but the bold yellow font was also to be seen leering across the bar in The Boar's Head and neighbouring Slattery's on Capel Street. It was in the latter…
  • Imperial realm

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:24 am
    Two imperial stouts from the realm of New Zealand today.Moa Imperial Stout has some classy presentation, though the black-on-black label is quite difficult to photograph. This is 10.2% ABV and, enticingly, is aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The flavour begins with quite orthodox coffee and sweet caramel -- all very pleasant. But soon afterwards, the barrel drops into the middle of it all, adding a massive, jarring, sap-and-sawdust effect. Behind this lurks the wine, distinctively grapey and adding a sickly sweetness that doesn't fit at all well with the residual sugars from the malt. It's…
  • England streaming

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    I've no idea why I've been dodging Thornbridge on this blog, but it seems I have. A notebook clear-out revealed a string of their beers that I'd drank on draught in Dublin over the last seven months but never got round to scribbling about. This post is for putting that right.Puja first, a 6.4% ABV pale ale found on keg at The Black Sheep. The odd ingredient is what attracted me: Puja is a jasmine IPA. It presents as a middling shade of orange, maybe towards red gold, and slightly hazy with it. There's a huge amount of complexity in the flavour but it's also extremely drinkable, given the…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 5 - March 11

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Am I getting better about tracking down more events, or are more events being scheduled as this thing called beer gets bigger?! Around 40 events in the next seven days. Just reading this should work up a thirst. Go get 'em kids. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in March 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Beware the beers of March. They're out there. Everywhere from the shore to the mountains. Read on and see for yourself. As always, if I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know. $20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here Philadelphia Sun. 3/1 - Victory Belgian Inspired Brunch at Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG) Mon. 3/2
  • Ten years of serving at The Brew Lounge - Where has time gone? - Part 1

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    After twenty-plus years drinking the good stuff and now approaching ten years writing about it, if I had a dollar for every time someone said I should write a book about beer, I would've never had to write a book about beer. Last winter, after eight years of time served at The Brew Lounge, I was approached to write "Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic", what has turned out to be a 416-page book about the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 19 - February 28

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    What can be said about more than a cool thirty beer events over the next ten days? Well, read below and learn all that needs saying. As you review beer events, don't forget As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the
  • Farm to Philly - Philly Beer Week 2015 goes to Belgium

    13 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    (click to visit full gallery of photos at Picasa) Tracking the "success" of writing something here versus there versus everywhere versus nowhere is typically a fruitless effort. I take my best shot and the chips lay scattered and crushed where they land. Figuring many of you catch my stuff in social-land, I'm gonna go out on a limb and presume that you're aware I just returned from Belgium.
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Alamo Beer Company Grand Opening - March 6

    Jeff Holt
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
  • Grapevine Craft Brewery Raises Funds for Grapevine Charity

    Jeff Holt
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) a community service organization that runs a food pantry, transitional housing, and a community clinic. In mid Februray their donation center was robbed and set on fire. Grapevine Craft Brewery Founder Gary Humble went to GoFundMe and pledged to match donation of up to $2500. Within days, the GoFundMe page had collected almost $15,000, bringing the total money raised to almost $20,000. You can read all about it here.
  • New Belgium Brewing Sues Oasis Brewing

    Jeff Holt
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    New Belgium Brewing Company in Colorado and Oasis Brewing Company in Austin both have a beer named Slow Ride. New Belgium says they filed a trademark application before Oasis did. Oasis on the other hand, maintain that they started selling their beer in May, before New Belgium's application was made. Both sides have dug in their heels, and until the matter is settled, New Belgium's Slow Ride Session IPA will be called New Belgium Session IPA in Texas.
  • Pop & Stop Ends the Horror of Wasted Beer!

    Jeff Holt
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Joe Hackel, a Denver area rocket scientist aeropace engineer, has come up with Pop and Stop--a 3D printed, silicone combination bottle opener and stopper. This device could end Beer Abuse around the world. He's started a Kickstarter to finance production of the device, so head over there and donate, already! Or you could just buy the BottleTool here. Either way...
  • This is the Droid I'm Looking For: Keg-a-Droid

    Jeff Holt
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Keg-a-Droid is made by a veteran robot manufacturer, SuperDroid Workshop. It consists of a wheeled platform with a modified, half barrel keg on top, and a tap tower, complete with CO2. Put a 1/6 bbl keg, or one of your Cornie Kegs, into the modified keg, full with ice and attach to the tap. A remote control system will bring your beer to you, not the other way around! Finally! It is a tad pricey, though. You need to pony up $2100 on their Kickstarter page to get your own Keg-a-Droid complete with a charging station (which I imagine to look like something Seven of Nine used on Star Trek:…
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  • Why Greene King doesn’t care that the haters hate its IPA

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

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

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

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

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

  • Patent No. 7186428B1: Method Of Oxygenating Yeast Slurry Using Hydrophobic Polymer Membranes

    Jay Brooks
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Today in 2007, US Patent 7186428 B1 was issued, an invention of Nick J. Huige, Murthy Tata, Jeffrey F. Fehring, Michael C. Barney, David S. Ryder, and Alfonso Navarror, assigned to Miller Brewing Company, for their “Method of Oxygenating Yeast Slurry Using Hydrophobic Polymer... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1485: The Better The Hops The Better The Beer Flavor

    Jay Brooks
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Thursday’s ad is for another one for Budweiser, also from 1916. It seems like this is part of a series from the same year. This one has the great headline “The Better the Hops the Better the Beer Flavor.” Like yesterday’s ad, the parting shot is “Budweiser Means... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 535267A: Electrolytic Conduit For Beer Or Other Liquids

    Jay Brooks
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Today in 1895, US Patent 535267 A was issued, an invention of Louis Wagner and John Marr, for their “Electrolytic Conduit for Beer or Other Liquids.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that their “invention relates to that class of apparatus in or by which an... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 399200A: Apparatus For The Pasteurization Of Beer

    Jay Brooks
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Today in 1889, US Patent 399200 A was issued, an invention of Charles V. Koehler, for his “Apparatus For the Pasteurization of Beer.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invented a new and useful Improvement in Apparatus for the Pasteurization of Beer,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Jen Muehlbauer

    Jay Brooks
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Today is the 40th (I think) birthday of Jen Muehlbauer, who writes East Bay Beer and has also worked at several prominent local beer places — currently the Albany Taproom. She’s been writing about beer since 2002. Because she’s been in the trenches, I think her voice is more practical,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • BBSU Starts Wednesday!

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

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

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Wabasha Brewing Company momentarily took the seat designated as “Minnesota’s newest brewery” yesterday, pouring pints for thirsty craft beer fans in St. Paul. Starting as an idea “eight beers in” (or thereabouts), the guys from Wabasha are offering up four beers (cream ale, porter, IPA, IIPA) in pints and growlers for your imbibing pleasures. Wabasha ...
  • Summit Hop Silo Tasting Notes

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Here’s a fun little video with Eric and Gabe from Summit Brewing and some Hop Silo. Enjoy.
  • Surly Doomtree Cans Debut Today

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Fans of Surly and/or Doomtree take note: Surly Doomtree cans will be available for the first time in Minnesota later today at The Depot Tavern as part of Doomtree’s First Avenue pre-party event. If you were fortunate enough to get your hands on tickets to tonight’s sold-out show, you’ll also be able to drack open ...
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  • #freshhopnz15 STARTS NOW!!!!

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Yesterday 13 Auckland brewers, and many of Auckland’s craft beer bars met to discuss the details for #freshhopnz15 An event which will feature 13 beers made with Fresh Hops, straight from the hop fields of Nelson. Like this Facebook page and stay up to date with developments, updates from breweries, launch date as well as the list of the beers and the bars and outlets you can get them in.   Read about what we did last year #freshhopnz14 BEERVANA – Fresh Hop 2014 - 3/3/14 24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 1) – 11/3/14 24 HOURS IN THE HOP FIELDS (Part 2) – 12/3/14 FRESH HOP…
  • The Problem With Craft Beer

    16 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Last week I got a notification of a liquor store that put on a keg of Epic Apocalypse. I was shocked, as we had last brewed that in May 2014. I check into when we had shipped it, and found out that it was June 2014. This beer was in an EcoKeg which generally is best in the first six months. Therefore I wasn’t very happy that this beer was now being sold to beer drinkers excited to try something new. This beer was not intended to be stored or aged for this extended period. It is a Black IPA, and the hops would have seriously diminished. I’m not saying the beer would have been bad…
  • The New Zealand Beer Festival 2015

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:45 pm
    [COPY OF EMAIL JUST RECEIVED FROM NZ BEER FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS] Hey there, As you’ve probably figured out, The New Zealand Beer Festival is taking a break in 2015. Every year we pick a date that will create the best experience to showcase your wares in Auckland, this year we don’t see a clear “to market” strategy, so we’re focussing our energy on 2016. This year the Cricket World Cup takes over The Cloud and Shed 10 in February and March. Cruise ships all through April. That pushes us too deep into winter, and there’s just not sufficient space to hold every one indoors. We…
  • Coming Soon… New Zealand Hop Harvest 2015

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This week I headed to Nelson (with a bunch of other brewers from around New Zealand) for the day (and night) for a visit to “The Hop Lab” at Plant & Food Research in Motueka. The focus was on the new 50 litre trial brew plant (manufactured by Chris Little Engineering) which is now being used to brew beers with the trial hop varieties to see if they show promise for brewing. It was a good time of year to do this, as it is a week before the New Zealand Hop harvest begins. The plants have hops on them, the hop growers aren’t too busy to be able to spend the afternoon with…
  • Happy 18th Birthday Baroona – by Alan Knight

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

  • Week of 03/06/15 Beer Tastings

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier, Ominpollo #42 Passionfruit and Key Lime Witbier, Omnipollo #411 Wild Strawberry/Rhubarb/Vanilla Smoothie, Rogue Brutal IPA, 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis, and Alvinne Sour Collection Phi. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Founders Blushing Monk, Uinta Hop Nosh, Great Divide Old Ruffian, Mahr’s Ungespundet…
  • Bell’s Brewery Visits Perennial Artisan Ales

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Way back in 2008, Drew Huerter started a little event at Mattingly Brewing Company called Peek-a-Brew. It gave Drew a chance to showcase new and usual beers every Thursday evening. After Mattingly closed, Perennial Artisan Ales took up the mantle and started their Thursday Night Release program providing a platform for new beers to possibly enter the rotation. And for the past four years, outside of a freak weather-related shut down, Perennial has not missed this Thursday Night Release. That is until now. Perennial is putting their typical Thursday night on hold for one week for a very…
  • 03/04/2015 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves 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 even discover…
  • Week of 02/27/14 Beer Tastings

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Gale’s Prize Old Ale 1997, Uinta Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Cockeyed Cooper, Uinta Brewing Sea Legs Baltic Porter, Uinta Brewing Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, and BAIRD / ISHII / STONE Stone Green Tea IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Bell’s Hopslam, New Belgium Cocoa Mole, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad, Dieu du Ciel! Isseki Nicho, and…
  • Deschutes Teku Keep the Glass Night at iTAP Soulard

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    There are some members of the STL Hops community that take their glassware very seriously. No judgment here, not only can the right glassware enhance the enjoyment of the beer you’re drinking, but they can also look cool as well. The Teku glassware definitely hits both points. What if you could not only get yourself a fantastic glass, but enjoy some rare Deschutes beers in it as well? Well, you’re in luck because this Wednesday, February 25th beginning at 6PM you’ll have your chance to take home a Teku glass and enjoy a crazy line-up of beers from Deschutes Brewery. The…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • Laters

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Time for a break from everything. Me and my hiking boots are back off to the Frankische Schweiz in Germany to tackle some freezing cold hills and a few mugs of cool landbier. Consequently the blog will be silent this week, but I'll have plenty to write about when I get back. This is how I feel.
  • "The future of pubs - if CAMRA keeps winning"

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    You must read this transcript of author Christopher Snowdon's speech to a conference on the future of pubs last week. In November Parliament legislated to the effect that tied publicans could, upon certain trigger events, demand a free-of-tie, market rent option from their pubco or brewery. It was hard to cheer the apparent success of CAMRA and the anti-pubco campaigners because it wasn't
  • The Ram Brewery

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:45 am
    Photo from the Londonist I've been caught napping. I had no idea that brewing had continued at the old Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, the former home of Young's. In my defence, it's been pretty low key, as this fantastic article in the Londonist describes. Ex-Young's brewer John Hatch was retained by the developers who bought the land in 2006 as a site manager. He built a small nanobrewery in the
  • Give thanks to InBev

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    Breathless beer fanatics can confidently list off the breweries they consider to have blazed a trail: Brew Dog, Kernel, Camden and what not. And to some extent they're right to identify such microbreweries as game changers on the British beer scene. But beer geeks, bless 'em, do have a tendency to be short-sighted and ignore what came just a few years before. There are a few products that
  • The inside out pub

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    I'd hardly be breaking new ground if I wrote about how great the Marble Arch in Manchester is, so I won't. It would be about as dull as a post about gender issues or a bottle of beer I drank in my kitchen (both beer blogger favourites at the moment, it seems). Suffice to say my first visit to this famous pub was a joy and the beer was excellent. We were joined by Tandleman who took us on a
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Ammo Vending Machine

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    I thought the idea of a free beer vending machine was a great idea, but I'm liking this machine's offerings even better. It's at a range in Beaver Falls, PA.But of guns or ammo are involved, you can be sure someone objects. Amazingly, it's some members of the club who have their knickers in a twist over this innovation.A vending machine operated by a candidate for Beaver County Sheriff that distributes firearms ammunition is raising some eyebrows. The machine is installed inside of the Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, offering both rifle and handgun ammunition and operating in the…
  • IDPA Again

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    I haven't been able to shoot competitively since the Fredericksburg USPSA Monster Match on November 2. I've made a few trips to the range since then, but have been itching for a little more excitement. I knew there is a year-round Tuesday evening IPDA match at Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, and that's been tempting me for a while. For one reason or another, weather, work, or family commitments, shooting that match kept eluding me.This week the stars aligned, so my friend Greg and I made the trip down. When we arrived the shooting was underway and we got queued up for the…
  • That's Enough to Make Me Stopping Eating It

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    I ran across this in my news feed reader this morning. See what happens to you when you eat anti-biotic laced food?Yep, lost my appetite right there. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • They Closed Schools Again

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    All I encountered driving to work was cold and fog.Over the last few weeks, it seems the rule here is schools close one day for each inch of snow. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Feast of St. Gabriel Possenti

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today we celebrate the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Handgunners, St. Gabriel Possenti. We have a fondness for the Saint around here, and have even organized the occasional range trip in his honor. Our "sister blog" Gabriel Possenti Shooters, is devoted to building fellowship among Catholic shooting enthusiasts and to promote awareness among the faithful of the natural right self defense.Today would be a good day to hit the range. Here's hoping...See this post from February 27, 2013 for more on our affinity for this Saint.St. Gabriel Possenti ora pro nobis! [ This content originated…
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    The Brew Club

  • Thornbridge Jaipur X Imperial IPA – 10% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    This is both Jaipur, and very, very strong. It's not a barley wine or 'winter warmer', it's very much an Imperial IPA, and very drinkable, with caution.
  • Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale 5.6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:39 am
    This is the third of Shepherd Neame's 'recreated classic' ales that I've reviewed for The Brewclub, and interestingly, this one is brewed from the oldest recipe.
  • Meantime London Pale Ale – 4.3% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    London Pale seeks to replicate the tradition of 18th Century pale ales, London Pale Ales were the basis from which India Pale Ales derived, and we know where that all ended.
  • Thornbridge Jehanne 7.4% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:17 am
    This is as good a Biere de Garde as I've tasted, and you have to bear in mind that I consider Jenlain to be one of my favourite ever beers. As such this merits five Brewclub stars.
  • Lancaster Black Ale 4.5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    The flavour is a revelation! The first hit is chocolate and coffee, followed rapidly by a rush of hops… spicy, resinous and piney. The chocolate and the hops do a tango on your tongue, while black liquorice and treacle (molasses in the colonies) tap you politely on the shoulder seeking to interrupt the dance.
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • ARTAL: The Movie

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

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

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    What was the best beer ad, or ad of any type, in yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast? Hint, it was a Bud ad, but not the one with the dogs, horses, and wolf. Instead, it was the one above. The one in which Bud took on its main competition, directly and powerfully, roughly like those on the field. It’s the first time in many years that Bud did not seem to be on the defensive. It seems clear that Bud’s plan is to defend Bud the brand such as above, and defend Bud the company by buying a bunch of esteemed craft brewers. Maybe they can have their cake and eat it too. Before I scope…
  • Oak Aged Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    TTB does not allow Aged Vodka, or Aged Gin. But this would seem to show it’s pretty easy to work around these arcane, antiquated restrictions. Note how the word “aged” is nowhere but everywhere on this label, and Absolut does not mind throwing in a reference to “craft” for good measure. Related Posts: Tito Responds (16) The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval (15) Rye Beer (1)
  • Tito Responds

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

  • Fort Worth Beer and Food Weekend Outlook: March 7th and 8th, 2015

    Michael Thacker, Fort Worth Beer Pairing Examiner
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Weekend Forecast:Saturday-58H/44L; 0% rain; winds 5-10mphSunday- 50H/42L; 60% rain; winds 5-10mphBeer and Food outlook:Saturday looks to be a beautiful day while still remaining slightly chilled, but the sun will be out plenty and...
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Pub Crawl coming to College Station

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Saint Arnold Brewing sponsors pub crawls throughout the year and one place that has only witnessed a single such event is College Station, home to Texas A&M University and thousands of Saint Arnold fans. The pub crawl last...
  • St. Patrick’s Day pints travel better with govino

    Cristine Struble, Family Examiner
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    As St Patrick’s Day draws near, many people discover a little bit of Irish in everyone. Form pub crawls to neighborhood gatherings, a celebration over an Irish pint brings much cheer. This St Patrick’s Day, the...
  • Media Tasting: World Of Beer Fort Worth

    Michael Thacker, Fort Worth Beer Pairing Examiner
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Vast amounts of craft beer with some of the most delicious gourmet foods that bring joy and satisfaction with every bite. World Of Beer is one of the best examples of innovation and creative thinking as the fast growing, free...
  • Seasonal GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues returns with new hop bill

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    GUBNA Imperial IPA, spring seasonal from Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado/Brevard, North Carolina), returns to shelves and taps this month with a new hop bill filled with "exciting and aromatic hops."To keep their seasonal...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 030315

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot…
  • Episode 257: Allagash Hugh Malone Ale & Farm To Face (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up.
  • Episode 256: The Crisp & Piercing Pils (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for Pilseners in episode 256 of the Hop Cast! It might not be the perfect season for a Pilsener but Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are always down for finding a new great Pils. First up, The Crisp a 5.40 % ABV German Pilsener from Sixpoint Brewery in New York. This beer comes in the new skinny cans from Sixpoint Brewery, which make them perfect for traveling. Next up, Brad and Ken open up the Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery. It’s been a little too long since there’s been any Dogfish Head beer featured…
  • Episode 255: Vertex IPA & Falco IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 255 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at it with a couple new IPAs. First up is the 6.30% ABV Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery. Everyone seems to go nuts for DESTIHL Brewery at different festivals, especially their sour beers; you’ll always see a line for them. It’s nice to see them also doing an easy drinking IPA. Following up this tasty local IPA, Brad and Ken move on to the 7.00% ABV Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing. The story behind Evil Twin is very interesting and if you haven’t read…
  • Episode 254: Brown Note & Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Be warned, episode 254 is full of great fart jokes as Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Brown Ales. Ok, now that we’ve peaked Gary Gulley’s interest… First up, Brad andKen try The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery. This is a 5% ABV English Brown Ale that has one of the most ridiculous labels you’ll find. Following up this brown beauty, Brad and Ken open up the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale. This was a beer Brad picked up recently at BlizzCon 2014.  The Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale was brewed for World…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Fort George’s Jack Harris to Speak on Brewing and IBUs

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    March 6th, 2015 - International Bittering Units (IBU’s) have become a standard for beer descriptions since the Craft Beer resurgence began over twenty years ago. It has become nearly a requirement now for a brewery to list ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and IBU’s with each beer name. But not so for Fort George’s Jack Harris. […]
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing & Portland Timbers Co-Brand Hefeweizen Packaging

    D.J. Paul
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are now only a day away from the season opener for our beloved Portland Timbers and there is some exciting news as it relates to one of Oregon’s oldest craft brewers, Widmer Brothers Brewing. Entering its 5th season in the MLS, the Portland Timbers and Widmer have announced the largest co-branded product launch between […]
  • Recapping the 3rd Annual Panama Microbrew Fest

    Megan Vose
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    By Megan Vose Despite what I thought when I first arrived in Panama back in June of 2013, the micro brew scene down here has had a fire lit under its belly and has taken off, not looking back. My first microbrewery I stumbled across in Panama was Rana Dorada. With two locations in Panama […]
  • Samuel Adams Family of Rebel’s: Rebel Rider Session IPA, Rebel IPA, & Rebel Rouser Double IPA

    D.J. Paul
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the course of its 30 year history, Boston Beer Company, better known as Samuel Adams, has delved into brewing more traditional styles of beers over its long history. At times, mainly for seasonal releases, Sam Adams would produce an IPA but rarely one that offered the hop intensity that us on the West Coast […]
  • Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery 7th Anniversary

    D.J. Paul
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    All things will be turning up lucky this Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon last Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery will be celebrating its 7th Anniversary. Its hard to believe that Nick Arzner and his crew have been going at it for the past 7 years. It takes a lot of work to brew some quality beverages […]
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    Road Trips for Beer

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will Full Sail be the next Northwest brewery to get acquired?

    Kendall Jones
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The big white and red Budweiser truck pulls up in front of the brewery. This time, the truck’s refrigerator is turned off and the cargo is crisp, new $100 bills. Lots and lots and lots of them. The brewery workers hang their heads, shed a tear, and walk away from the brewery for the last time. The brewery owners do a happy dance and make plans to buy islands in the Caribbean. That’s how many beer lovers imagine corporate takeovers going down. I don’t know, maybe there’s more truth to that scenario than I’m imagining. But as we…
  • Reuben’s Brews teams up with Zeeks Pizza

    Kendall Jones
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. No one should be surprised that Zeeks Pizza teamed up with Reuben’s Brews to create a house beer. More than most pizza places, Zeeks is pretty danged serious about beer. “Over the past few years, I have worked closely with suppliers and distributors to create a seasonally rotating craft lineup that features beers from the Northwest,” says Tommy Brooks, who buys the beer and wine for Zeeks Pizza’s seven Seattle locations. He’s a certifiable beer geek, describing himself as a serial beer traveler and WABL member.
  • Foggy Noggin 5th Anniversary Celebrations

    Kendall Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Foggy Noggin Brewing is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary. To mark the occasion, the brewery has a series of events planned. Also, they have five different versions of this year’s anniversary ale. That aint all. They’ll also host a vertical tasting of all five years versions of the Anniversary Ale. Here are details from the brewery: Foggy Noggin Brewing turns 5 this month and has a few special events planned that every beer enthusiast will want to attend. Friday – March 13th (6pm – 7:30pm) – Foggy Noggin…
  • Busy times at Silver City Brewing – new branding and more

    Kendall Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Silver City Brewery is busy. It would be an understatement to say there’s a lot going on. First off, Silver City was selected to brew this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer. That’s a story unto itself, and it’s one we’ll tell on its own. In addition to that, the brewery just introduced all new branding and new packaging. Furthermore, the brewery is expanding and getting a new brewhouse and some new tanks. As we reported last week, Steve Luke is acquiring Silver City’s 10-barrel brewhouse for his…
  • Iron Horse Brewery makes it really easy to do the right thing

    Kendall Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. You’ve heard of a half-marathon. You’ve heard of a 10K race. This is sort of like that only different. Last November, fire completely destroyed the food bank in Ellensburg. Iron Horse Brewery wants to make it really easy for people to do the right thing. That’s why the brewery teamed up with local sponsors to organize this event: The St. Paddy Day .5 K. This family-friendly race, which benefits the food bank, will see competitors navigate a .32 mile course in downtown Ellensburg. Along the way, racers will stop at various…
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    Booze News

  • Macallan M Imperiale Whisky Sold for $628,000 at Auction

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    The good-to-the-last-drop award should certainly go to The Macallan award-winning single malt whisky – just recently Guinness World Records awarded the famous whisky the accolade of “most expensive whisky sold at auction,” for the second time when the The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique fine crystal decanter sold at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for a record-breaking $628,000 USD. The buyer was an Asian private collector, breaking the previous record of $460,000 USD held a year earlier, again with a Macallan inspiration. Now before you clasp your chest in shock,…
  • You Can Now Ask Google How to Make Cocktails

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Google announced a new addition to its Knowledge Graph this morning, adding cards that walk through the recipes for various cocktails. The cards break down the “main alcohol” for each cocktail alongside standard garnishes and recommended glassware. Recipes for food (“how to make meatloaf”) have been part of the Knowledge Graph for some time, but engineers noticed a lot of requests for cocktails specifically, and Search data gave them a clear ranking of which cocktails users were most curious about. For 2015, the Moscow Mule topped the list of most-searched cocktails, followed by the…
  • What 170 Year Old Beer From a Shipwreck Really Tasted Like

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Back in 2010, divers off the coast of Finland stumbled upon some astonishingly old booze: champagne and beer preserved underwater in a 170-year-old shipwreck. Naturally, they had a taste. But now scientists are back with a rigorous chemical analysis of the beers. In the initial taste tests, the beer was so sour no one would tell how they were originally meant to taste. But when our noses falter, we have machines. Chemists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland looked at two particular bottles of recovered beer, which they called A56 and C49. Before they ran any tests, they recorded their…
  • Poor Yao Ming Uses Crowdfunder to Raise $$$ For Napa Winery

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    As China’s luxury wine market cools, Yao Ming, the former National Basketball Association all-star, is inviting U.S. wine and basketball enthusiasts to own a piece of his Napa Valley winery, for as little as $5,000 per person. Yao Family Wines plans to raise $3 million via Crowdfunder, a website for entrepreneurs to get funding from fans. The proceeds will be used to build a visitor center in Napa Valley and a tasting room in Shanghai, Mr. Yao’s hometown. Basketball-loving Chinese wine connoisseurs, however, will be left on the sidelines: Only high net-worth individuals who are American…
  • Watch out Fireball Whisky, Jack Daniel’s releases Tennessee Fire

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Let the battle of the cinnamon-flavored whiskeys begin. The next time you’re tipsy at a bar, and feel inclined to buy a round of hot cinnamon whiskey shots for your friends, you’ll have a couple options to choose from. Jack Daniel Distillery released its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire cinnamon whiskey to stores nationwide Tuesday, following a limited release last year. The whiskey, dubbed “Jack Fire,” is a mix of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s own cinnamon liqueur. Sound a little familiar? READ MORE
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  • Newcastle Brown Ale: Recipe change amid US colouring concerns

    8 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    The recipe for Newcastle Brown Ale is to change amid US fears it contains a potentially cancer-causing colouring.Brewer Heineken said the move was prompted by customer concerns about a chemical found in the caramel colouring used to give its distinctive tint.None of the beer's ingredients are subject to any restrictions, but Heineken said it was "listening to consumer concerns".It said roasted malts would now be used to achieve a similar colour. by Jay Theriot
  • Anheuser-Busch Buys 10 Barrel Brewing

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    AB InBev has announced that it has purchased another craft brewery—Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing. According to CNN, this is the second small brewery AB InBev has purchased this year, acquiring Blue Point in New York earlier in 2014.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Pabst Sold for $700 Million

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Looks like Pabst Brewing Company, makers of Pabst Blue Ribbon, is being sold to Oasis Beverages, a Russian brewing company and distributor. According to the New York Times, Oasis will pay between $700 and $750 million for the brand. In addition to PBR, Pabst also makes Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee, in addition to other legacy brands and local favorites including Lone Star, Ranier, Old Style, Schlitz and National Bohemian.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Miller Lite Brings Back Its White Label, Possibly Also Its Mojo

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

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hoping to tap the fast-growing Hispanic market, Anheuser-Busch is importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S.The subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, said Wednesday that starting next month it will sell Montejo lager in bars, restaurants and grocery stores in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.;_ylt=AwrSyCSVjONTbTUACEDQtDMD[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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  • Texas Debut of Alpine Beer Company

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

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

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

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    The Hay Merchant is celebrating their 3rd anniversary on Thursday, February 12th. The doors open at 3:00pm, but there undoubtedly be a line forming way before then. Their Facebook page indicates Kevin has dug deep in their cellar and come up with a bunch of special beers to mark the occasion. The same post also includes a great parody of the recent Budweiser commercial:Post by The Hay Merchant.Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
  • Adelbert's Set to Release a Bière Brut

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Adelbert’s Brewery has announced that it's latest release, Sundowner, is a Bière Brut, a style not commonly produced in this country.A Bière Brut (also known as Bière de Champagne), is a style where the brewing and fermentation process is similar to how a champagne is produced, including using a champagne yeast and aging in the bottle for many months. Some of the more traditional Bière Brut brewed in Belgium and France are even put through the same process as champagne to remove the yeast (the bottles are stored inverted so the yeast collects in the neck of the bottle and that yeast is…
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  • Beer Cap Maps

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

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener - Aaaah beer bottle openers.  Those great little tools that get us into our favorite beverage.  You never want to be caught without one when you need one and when carrying one with you, size is key.  Small bottle openers that can be hooked, clipped and carried anywhere are a must.  In addition to popping open your favorite beer bottle, any opener that can do more than simply open is of additional value to the beer holder.  The DoohicKey tool is perfect to carry anywhere and crack your craft brew any time. For those looking for a small bottle…
  • Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener

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

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Try-It Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Pete Mitcham
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend, VictoriaTemptress6% Chocolate PorterAs the fifth edition of The Critics’ Choice goes off to ‘The Cloud’ for printing (we are releasing it as an E-Book this time round) it seems only fair that we shine the spotlight on the highest-ranking dark beer in the previous four incarnations.Holgate have been brewing traditional interpretations of classic world beer styles, often inspired by the beer tours as experienced by Head Brewer Paul Holgate and his wife Natasha, since 1999. Back then Paul would pump out small quantities in his shed on weekends after travelling…
  • Australian International Beer Awards entries extended

    Media Release
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Please be informed that due to multiple requests broadly across industry, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) have extended the entries open period for the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) until Friday 20 March (previously this Friday 6 March).Please find below information about the AIBA, featuring new Gypsy Brewer Trophy.NB: Current details on the 2015 AIBA Media Award, sponsored by The Crafty Pint can be viewed here.Entry for the Media Award will close on Friday 20 March.Entries open for the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards with new look, new schedule and…
  • Good Beer Week Gala Showcase & Program Launch 13 & 14 March

    Media Release
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Good Beer Week is back for its fifth year and is set to be one of winter’s premier festivals. To get people in the mood, the second pre-festival event is the Good Beer Week Gala Showcase, which takes place next weekend – March 13 and 14 – in the spectacular Fitzroy Town Hall.The Showcase also signals the launch of the Good Beer Week 2015 Program. Tickets for all Good Beer Week events will be available from Friday March 13 to purchase through the festival website – – and print programs will be available at Fitzroy Town Hall and all participating Melbourne venues…
  • Beer jobs: WA Sales and Marketing — Nail Brewing

    Help Wanted
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Nail Brewing has been brewing quality craft beer for 15 years, winning more gold medals than any craft brewery over the last couple of years. Having moved into a warehouse production in Bassendean in 2012, Nail is now established to enable growth for the next 5 years. Nail’s award winning beers are in the process of a marketing rebranding. Nail is looking for an experienced person to help improve its WA distribution.What’s the job?As a craft beer representative, you will be focused in the Perth metropolitan area draught beer sales and supporting the Wing Gangs bottle distribution and…
  • Get busy drinkin’ or get very boring

    Pete Mitcham
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    It was almost exciting to see the flurry of activity in various social media platforms in response to an ‘opinion’ piece in some newspaper from somewhere in Australia or online or something (no click-baiting here) which was almost as powerful (and vacuous) as something about the colour of a dress. Or Kim Kardashian’s arse. Or something.In essence, as Matt Kirkegaard so succinctly and deliciously put it; “Somebody somewhere said something mean about craft beer. Now the internet is in an uproar.” It’s very easy to get caught up in the furore that inevitably follows these shitstorms…
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  • DUI, Part V: Incarceration, continued

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate with my readers and deter them from taking any chances when their ability to drive after having a few beers may be impaired. Read Part I of this series here , Part II here, Part III here and Part IV here. In the cold concrete and steel walls of the Duval County jail, every sound reverberates and is…
  • Jacksonville Armada FC kick off season with CAN-DOO Fest

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The Jacksonville Armada FC and Orange Peel Entertainment have teamed up to host the first annual CAN-DOO FESTto kickoff the Armada FC first regular season North American Soccer League match of 2015. The CAN-DOO Fest combines the appeal of music with the popularity of craft beer. The twist: all 24 beers featured at the event are served from cans. The headlining band for the event is O.A.R. with Tishamingo and The Corbitt Brothers opening. “This is a big day for the Jacksonville sports and entertainment scene,” said Armada FC President Steve Livingstone. Tickets for the event will be free…
  • DUI, Part IV: Incarceration

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate with my readers and deter them from taking any chances when their ability to drive after having a few beers may be impaired. Read Part I of this series here , Part II here and Part III here. If the situation was not already surreal enough, things took a turn for the worse as the DUI officer took my arm,…
  • DUI, Part III: Evaluation

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate with my readers and deter them from taking any chances when their ability to drive after having a few beers may be impaired. Read Part I of this series here and Part II here. Along the perimeter of the crime scene tape that roped off the intersection, a crowd was beginning to gather. Even though it was…
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  • Heinekn USA Awards Andrews Distributing Company Award for Responsibility

    Press Release
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    White Plains, NYHEINEKEN USA (HUSA) is proud to announce Andrews Distributing Company of North Texas has been selected as this year’s recipient of the company’s 1864 Award for Responsibility. The award, which recognizes a top distributor for best-in-class practices promoting responsible consumption and moderation, was presented to the Dallas-based company February 26th, at the HUSA annual National Distributor Conference in New Orleans, LA. HEINEKEN has a long history of working with its distributors to elevate responsible consumption in its markets around the globe. To be considered for…
  • Widmer Brothers and Portland Timbers to Co-Brand Hefeweizen

    Press Release
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Portland Timbers today announced the largest co-branded product launch between a craft brewery and a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. The best-selling craft beer in Oregon – Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen – is now “The Official Craft Beer of the Portland Timbers” and will feature Portland Timbers co-branded packaging for the entire 2015 MLS Season. Widmer Brothers and the Portland Timbers have been partners for more than 15 years, and the two organizations announced a four-year renewal of their partnership today. In addition to…
  • Karl Strauss Celebrates Women in Craft Beer with Scholarship Support

    Press Release
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    San Diego, CA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company continues to pioneer craft beer and is proud to help others do the same by furthering their education and involvement in the industry.  One way is by joining forces with UC San Diego Extension’s Brewing Certificate Program. This UCSD program offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals.  Beginning in 2014, Karl Strauss began funding a scholarship for the program through its nonprofit Karl Strauss Brewers Education Fund, a fund established to provide support to those pursuing a career in craft beer. This…
  • Cape May Releases Coconut IPA

    Press Release
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Cape May, NJ – Forget power. With great variety comes great responsibility. The boys behind Cape May Brewing Company have curated the largest tasting room in the state, with 20 or so rotating brews on tap at any given time. But this means they’ve set the bar high for themselves when it comes to creating new recipes. And if there’s one thing CMB likes, it’s a challenge. So, as just one way to ensure the beer variety at Exit 0 never wavers, CMB launched an employee series. Fourteen people who work for the brewery — from bartenders to truck drivers to graphic designers — have…
  • Power Hour: There’s No Slowing Down the IPA

    David Eisenberg
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    The IPA continues to reign as the most popular style in American craft beer, but just how big could the style get in an industry that proudly touts a bevy of diverse flavors? According to Dan Wandel, principal of Beverage Alcohol Clients Insights for IRI, the IPA style alone is positioning itself to leap ahead of the entire “Progressive Adult Beverage” category in terms of popularity. “It may not happen in 2015,” he clarified, but the sentiment was clear: the IPA segment is poised for continued, indefatigable growth. That perspective came yesterday during the IRI Power Hour,…
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  • Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The quickie: Triple C Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout is a super smooth, high gravity stout which almost fools you into its’ pretzel namesake by spending some time in bourbon barrels. Recommend for bourbon lovers. Triple C is a Charlotte, NC brewery that almost always has one or two taps occupied at local watering holes. Known for staples such as their Baby Maker double IPA and Golden Boy ale, their release of the bourbon barrel aged Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout made quite a stir on my social media feeds. I was quite excited to try this beer. Everything is Barrel Aged it Seems…
  • Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The terse: Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is a lemon bomb that packs a couple of great surprises. It has a palate satisfying lemon freshness and an awesome crueller (cruller?) finish. Definitely a recommended buy. Rogue has always been a staple brand for me. Whether I’m bringing Dead Guy Ale to a BBQ or telling my friends about the unique Voodoo Doughnut series, they do not disappoint. The Voodoo Doughnut series is brought to us by Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland, OR and oh boy, they are some good beers. Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale: A Series for the…
  • Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    TLDR; Evil Twin Brewing Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale is a gorgeous IPA with a rocky head, passionfruit aroma, and all the fun of gummi bears packed into a bottle of beer. Highly recommended buy. If This Is Evil, I Don’t Want to Be Good Remember that beer from your dream a few nights ago? You know, that one with a perfectly golden hue and rocky creme colored head. No? And there I was thinking I wasn’t the only one dreaming about great beer. Evil Twin Femme Fatal Yuzu Pale tips the scales in its’ favor in the appearance category. It has a color reminiscent of a summer haze and a…
  • Seminar Brewing Citrocity
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    TLDR: This beer is a great session IPA with a gentle citrus aroma, grapefruit forward nose and a delightful bitter bite on the finish. Recommended buy. A Refreshingly Bitter Bite Finding a great tasting session IPA is a moment to be grateful for. Seminar Brewing Citrocity has a hop flavor and bitterness balance many IPA drinkers search for. Citrocity has nice passionfruit and citrus aromas. A slight chemical undertone can be a bit off-putting, but that’s not why we’re here. The nose has a grapefruit, hop forward flavor with a refreshing bitter bite. To some, refreshing and…
  • Japan Crate Unboxing – February
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    In episode one of my subscription crate unboxing series I take a look at what Japan Crate has to offer for the month of February. The two pound Premium crate includes a wide variety of Japanese candy and snacks as well as an interesting beverage. Check out the video above to watch the Japan Crate unboxing or see below for the contents of the crate and my thoughts on what was included. Unboxing the Choco-licious While I enjoyed the majority of the contents of February’s Japan Crate a few items definitely stood out. My favorite item was the package of Every Burger Chocolate…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • We Visited Goose Island & Were Quackers About These Beers

    Anthony Maffei
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Chicago has long been known for producing some outstanding beers, with its solid reputation for breweries and brew masters alike. With that said– we travelled over to Chicago’s Goose Island, to see what all the fuss was about and do a little review of the brews on the scene that we felt were worth your knowing about! Sip, savor, enjoy!   Goose Island, The Ogden Type: Triple Location: Goose Island Chicago IL. Alcohol ABV%: 9% We Scored It: 92 pts Thinking of summer rain can brighten a cold winter day Hoppy but not too, warm rye bread & tangy orange marmalade make this a four…
  • We Just Reviewed 6 Madeira Wines That Will Blow Your Mind.

    Julie Albin
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    From the mysteriously diverse island of Madeira is an unquestionably amazing arsenal of fortified wines.  Where floral elegance and complex power combine, here are six of the top productions from this breathtaking island. Rare Wine Company What: Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Score: 95 Pts Like a southern belle this unveils charming aromas of candied peach, toasted brown sugar, and sweet prune. On the palate it puts a little muscle into it with smoky ambiances of tobacco and volcanic minerality. She sure is a keeper. ­ -JA D’Oliveira What: Terrantez 1988 Score: 97 Pts Like a perfect…
  • Farm-To-Table Isn’t Just For Food, Discover How Beer Is Becoming The Latest Locavore Delight

    Brad Japhe
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Farm-to-table is a phrase uttered ad nauseam in contemporary dining; it is the guiding mantra of locavores everywhere. But as the culinary landscape focuses its sights on locally-sourced ingredients, innovative brewers have been quietly practicing farm-to-bottle for generations. Now, however, the time is ripe for them to step out from behind the barrel. Why should foodies hog all the fun? Working hard to promote the ideals of ingredient-minded microbrewing is Jesse Friedman, the brewmaster at Bay Area-based Almanac Beer Company. In 2010 he and business partner Damian Fagan founded the…
  • We Just Found The Perfect Guide On Cheese & Beer Pairings!

    Rachel Wexler
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Title: Cheese & Beer Author: Janet Fletcher She teaches cheese appreciation classes around the country. She has also written 25 books on food, wine, and beer. Janet is also the San Francisco Chronicle’s weekly cheese columnist. This woman is a gold star authority on the issue at hand. Review Those three words give it all away. This book is devoted to cheese and beer with an emphasis on the ampersand. It’s an homage to a marriage made in heavenly cream and barley. Every page features a mouthwatering photograph shot by Ed Anderson and text to compliment; it marches through every beer…
  • Craft This, Craft That: We Explore What CRAFT Actually MEANS!

    Virginia Miller
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    What exactly is “craft”? The word gets thrown around just like “artisan”, “small-batch”, “handmade”. These buzzwords, however, are rarely agreed upon within the industry, so you can guarantee they aren’t understood by the general public. In very basic terms, craft can be thought of as smaller production, often family-run operations using quality grains, botanicals, and fruits. However, this assessment discounts the nuance of craft quality which occurs at any scale of business as proven by distillers like Jimmy Russell at Wild Turkey or Desmond Payne at Beefeater. One of the…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Whirlpool Hopping Techniques

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Recently John experimented with some hop bursting for an IPA he did. This week we ask the question ‘What is the fundamental difference between hop bursting and whirlpool hopping?’. Both techniques are all about maximizing hop flavor and aroma from hops, but each takes a slightly different approach to get there. Hop bursting relies on very large quantities of hops added late in the boil to generate some bitterness while capturing a bigger return on the flavor and aroma end. While traditional wisdom dictates that short boils do not contribute much bitterness, the effects of a short boil…
  • Cellared Cranberry Cider

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    We recently tasted a couple fresh ciders that we had made towards the end of 2014. Fermenting freshly pressed apple juice is how many generations before us preserved that valuable food item. Fortifying the beverage certain must have made for some good times in back in colonial times. Packed with vitamins cellared ciders probably help stave of different types of vitamin deficiencies during the long winter times. This week John digs into his cellar of beverage and brings us a cranberry cider from early 2013! This thing poured with an very interesting pink hue. (Watch the video for a good close…
  • Vienna Lager Brew Session

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It has snowed here in Massachusetts. And it has snowed. And it has snowed. In fact yes, it is even snowing now. It’s tough to brew with so much snow. Are you snowed in? Do you brew in the cold? Well, if not and you are looking for a fix we have recorded a brew session for you. Grab a pint sit back and pretend you are getting your own brew on! Now before the comments start rolling in – This session was recorded after only our first storm. It has dumped on a twice more with several little storms in between. So don’t dismiss our backyard with only 12-18 inches in it. Presently…
  • 2015 Cider Tasting

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    John and I both made a couple batches of cider in the fall of 2014. He has his method. I have mine. We tasted them side by side and discussed our choices of pressed juice, fortifications, yeast and bottle conditioning. Nothing better than crisp refreshing cider to mix it up once and a while. I have found that some people like cider and some people hate cider. Cider isn’t my favorite beverage, but I’ve discovered some interesting facts about cider. I don’t know of a commercial cider that I really enjoy. There are some new cideries opening up around here from time to time; and…
  • What is Hop Bursting?

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Can you put too many hops in a beer? How do you know when enough is enough? These questions brought us to some thoughts on hop bursting… so we shot a video. Hop bursting is not a new technique per se, but for a couple dudes that tend to brew malt forward beers it was an interesting discussion for us. Over the last couple years we’ve certainly been exploring hoppy styles and hop usage a little more. John with his homegrown hop beers and me with some no chill IPA experiments (Falconer’s Flight hop blend). We’ve also been thinking about hops a little more during our…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • House rules: winning team buys losing team a beer

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

    Chad Lothian
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    I heard about America on Tap in mid-December, that’s when I started emailing them to find out about their organization and about the two events in Maine – Portland and Bangor – so I could do a lead up blog post. I spent a couple weeks bouncing emails off different people and ended up with media passes to the events but no answers about America on Tap. As I sit and write this blog the Bangor on Tap event is still going, there’s about an hour left. My concerns about Bangor on Tap started as soon as I walked into the Cross Insurance Center. I walked into will call and was…
  • Maine’s newest brewery opening this Friday

    Chad Lothian
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    I headed out to Amherst, Maine last night to check out Square Tail Brewing Company before their grand opening, the last time I went they were still under construction. Since my last trip they’ve finished the brewhouse and completed the tasting room which has an outdoors theme. A short bar with a half dozen stools, some tall tables and one large community table, all constructed by local craftsmen, have been added with room to stand. They have six tap lines, currently only three beers are ready to serve with one more carbonating and others in the fermenter. Square Tail Brewing Company will…
  • Allagash Brewing hosts first event celebrating 20 years of beer

    Chad Lothian
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    My wife and I have been looking forward to a weekend in Portland ever since I got the E-vite from Allagash Brewing Company asking if I’d attend their customer appreciation event. I had planned on writing about all the breweries we visited along the way, and we did visit a few but that part of the day was shadowed by car trouble and an unexpected ride in a tow truck after we lost our brakes. So lets just say I got my cans of Foundation Epiphany and Bissell Brothers Swish and blow right through the rest with a shout out to Carla, Lindsey and Josh for driving us around. Epiphany and Swich cans…
  • Hidden Cove Brewing hires former Maine Beer Co. Head Brewer

    Chad Lothian
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The big stir on the Maine beer scene this week is the news that Kevin Glessing, Head Brewer at Maine Beer Company out of Freeport, Maine has left his position and joined Hidden Cove Brewing Company in Wells, Maine. Announcement by Hidden Cove on Facebook Kevin was employed by Maine Beer Company for 3.5 years before deciding to join Hidden Cove. Maine Beer Company has since moved brewer Mark Fulton into the position of Director of Brewing Operations. While losing a member of the team is never an easy thing, Dan Kleban, Owner of Maine Beer Company tells me “we are in a great position from…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Fermenta kicks off GRBW with tap takeover at Harmony Brewing

    Beer Infinity
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    It’s a Monday night in Grand Rapids. To most that means the mourning of a weekend ended while another work week begins. But tonight something’s different — there are cheers and toasts on the air here at Harmony Brewing Company, located in the Eastown neighborhood. It’s Grand Rapids Beer Week, and locals have ki ...
  • Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer product review

    Beer Infinity
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Cleaning and sanitizing is probably the least popular part of homebrewing but is certainly one of the most important aspects if you want to avoid dumping batches of beer.
  • Tin Roof Smiling Ivan Russian Imperial Stout releases officially today

    Beer Infinity
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Tin Roof Brewing is releasing their new Russian imperial stout, Smiling Ivan, today at The Bulldog in Baton Rouge. Smiling Ivan is a big stout, and is only the second beer Tin Roof has released in bottles, following the fall release of Rougarou imperial black ale. Smiling Ivan is available in waxed 22-ounce bottles with draft availability ...
  • Revelry preps Prologue American Wild Ale with peaches for taps, bottles

    Beer Infinity
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Charleston’s Revelry Brewing has announced – through what could be described as an equally beautiful and deeply disturbing video – the upcoming release of their first bottled American wild ale, which will also hit taps this weekend. The video pretty much speaks for itself, so take a second to go watch it. … Are you ...
  • Toddington pub wins CAMRA award

    Beer Infinity
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Luton Today Toddington pub wins CAMRA award Luton Today A Toddington pub, that specialises in real ale, has won the local CAMRA Best New Pub award. The Cuckoo, of Market Square, opened its doors to the public in October last year. CAMRA is an organisation which campaigns for real ale and real cider ... Leighton Buzzard pub wins CAMRA ...
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    ShowerBeer - blog

  • This Guy Pairs Hash With Craft Beer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • The Abyss – A Perfect Barrel Aged Stout?

    Brew Review Crew
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    by The post The Abyss – A Perfect Barrel Aged Stout? appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Pick Axe Blonde – A Blonde Ale Done Right?

    Brew Review Crew
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Review by: Cory Smith Blonde ales get no respect.  I think many craft beer lovers will admit that when they see a blonde ale on a tap list, they almost immediately skip over it, perusing the tap list for something bold, unique, and interesting. Rightfully or not, we see blonde ales as a craft substitute for a macro lager; something we can drink a lot of and not get worn down by the flavor.  The latter part of that sentence is what made me crack open my first Keweenaw Brewing Company’s Pick Axe Blonde, but it’s flavor proved that this is a beer worth buying again and again.
  • Jester King Wytchmaker – Do Farmhouse IPA’s work?

    Brew Review Crew
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    by The post Jester King Wytchmaker – Do Farmhouse IPA’s work? appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Fat Head’s Hop Juju (2015) – Ohio’s Best Double IPA?

    Brew Review Crew
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    by The post Fat Head’s Hop Juju (2015) – Ohio’s Best Double IPA? appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Bell’s Hopslam – 2015 Edition – A Down Year for Hopslam?

    Brew Review Crew
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    by The post Bell’s Hopslam – 2015 Edition – A Down Year for Hopslam? appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
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  • The Missing Spark in The Craft Beer Industry

    Adam McIntosh
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    Featured Contributor: Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack The craft beer industry is right on the cusp of another boom. Some would say that the boom is already happening with roughly 3,000 craft breweries currently in the United States . It seems though that the craft beer industry is missing a link between the world of IT (or computers) and itself. Yes there are dozens of sites, such as this site itself, BeerAdvocate, and various other sites.  There are countless blogs, podcasts, and even media sites dedicated to craft…
  • Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser: Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:43 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Sam Adams, they’re a company that will get you a pretty wide variety of reaction when you bring them up in conversation.  I still think the Boston Beer company offers far more good than bad brews and their newest offering is a West Coast Style Double IPA.  I love IPA, and even more so love Double and Imperial IPA.  The only thing about these big hopped up beers that I’m not overly crazy about is their typically big hopped…
  • O’Hara’s Irish Stout : Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan At the time I am writing this we are at the tail end of February and about to plunge into March leading up to one of the more entertaining holidays, St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick’s day is of course known as a drinking holiday for a lot of people, a day to overindulge and celebrate Irish culture, or maybe stereotypes, and at the forefront of that celebration you will often find a healthy amount of beer.  Of course every…
  • Going Dry for 30 Days

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Going Dry for 30 Days Featured Contributor –    Ed Goldsworthy If I had to judge my overall health right now I could sum it up this way: not good. I am not in the best shape of my life. I’m in my worst. And it’s a really terrible feeling. I mean seriously. Why did I eat so many Doritos? Is it because they are so delicious? The answer is yes! So, I recently decided that I simply have to do something about this. I’ve done…
  • Why Beer and Biking Work Together

    Beth Pickhard
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:16 am
    Featured Contributor – Beth @brewcitybiker1 from Milwaukee, WI Beer is a local thing. Think about your local breweries and brewpubs. They are spaces to gather with friends and neighbors, hang out and talk about our lives. Many of us beer aficionados make pilgrimages to our favorite breweries outside of our city to taste the brews from the source. Biking is also a local thing. It gets you around within your community. You can bike to your favorite brewery or craft beer bar and you will see more of…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Old Dominion Hops Coop

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brewery News: ID: New Belgium Brewing Company announces "Tour de Fat" tour schedule, including Boise

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseFt. Collins, Colo. ...  –With many parts of the country buried in snow, it’s a good time to start thinking about the joys of summertime, including another season of New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat. The 2015 tour will travel to ten cities this year offering the best way to raise money for local non-profits, celebrate two wheels, dress up as your alter ego and be entertained. It all kicks off on May 30 in Washington, D.C. and wraps up in Tempe, AZ onOctober 3. This year marks the 16th season for Tour de Fat, which has raised close to $4 million…
  • Brewery News: WA: Ellensburg: Iron Horse Brewery sponsors the "St. Paddy Day Half K" March 14th from 2pm - 3:48pm.

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Press ReleaseELLENSBURG, WA  ...  Iron Horse Brewery invites all humans to their upcoming race called the St. Paddy Day Half K on March 14th from 2pm to 3:48pm  in Ellensburg (412 N Main Street). This micro-run contains all of the benefits of an ultra marathon, but without actually having to run very far, because running is hard according to science.  “Following our ideals of making it easy for people to do the right thing, this F.I.S.H. food bank fundraiser has a massive dollars-to-mile ratio advantage which is a key indicator in the race-for-a-cause world. Ok, that’s…
  • Brewery News: OR: Bend: Deschutes announces travel dates for their "Street Pub", start May 30th

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseBend, Oregon – It’s the ultimate block party! Deschutes Brewery is shutting down the streets in cities across the United States this year with its all-new Street Pub. Can’t make it to Oregon to visit one of the brewery’s popular public houses in Bend or Portland? This traveling show brings the pub experience - on which Deschutes was founded – direct to fans with the world’s biggest transportable bar. In each city, a charitable match fund will be created with a local nonprofit – bringing people together for good.“We were founded as a small downtown public…
  • Industry News: OR: Bend: DrinkTanks announces Kickstarter campaign for "The Juggernaut" & "Kegulator" their 128oz stainless steel Growler and "Auto-Regulating Keg Cap"

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleaseBend, Oregon – DrinkTanksannounced yesterday the launch of itsKickstarter campaignto fund production of The JuggernautandKegulatorThe campaign funding goal is $75K.Larger than any other growler on the market today, the Juggernaut is a one gallon, 128oz vessel cast from double wall, vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steelPaired with theKegulatoran Auto-Regulating Keg Capit makes the perfect growler and personal portable kegThe Juggernautpatent-pending has a guaranteed leak-proof dual-bail cap system (patented). Its ergonomic handle makes it portable and pourable, with style and…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSEATTLE ... – Committed to crafting beers true to the Pacific Northwest, Two Beers Brewing Co. is excited to announce the release of its newest seasonal can: Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale. A chocolaty brown ale infused with locally roasted beans from SoDo-neighbor Fulcrum Coffee, this Seattle-inspired beer makes the perfect brunch companion, subtly sweet with a cold brew kick. Available in 12-ounce cans at select retailers beginning Monday, March 2, Cold Brew will also be available to enjoy at some of Seattle’s favorite local brunch spots – including Brave Horse…
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    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.

  • Kölsch V.1 and Kölsch V.2 Compared

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    Introduction From the left: Früh Kölsch, Kölsch V.1 and Kölsch V.2 It’s now been about two months since GBLK launched, and quite a while since I brewed Kolsch V.1. Since then, GBLK has developed into a blog dedicated to more than just Kölsch – with interviews, discussion on brewing theory, tips, tricks and so forth; however, all the information posted has one thing in common, or at least I hope it does: it can help us learn how to brew better beer. For me, my main goal is to brew a better Kölsch. And now, having brewed Kölsch V.2, I can see if any of the information mentioned above…
  • FastFerment Conical Fermenter Review Part 1

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    Part 1: an Introduction Maybe six or seven months ago I was browsing the net on my mobile, when I came across a product called the FastFerment, an HDPE plastic conical fermenter for an astonishingly low price of $99 (£79.98 at BrewUK). I’d always wanted to try out a conical fermenter, but had been completely put off by the price, so I was buzzing. My pulse raised as I quickly searched for a distributor in the UK; however, to my dismay, there wasn’t one. The FastFerment Conical Fermenter Fast-forward a few months and Brouwland, the king of distributors, started importing the…
  • Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015 LIVE UPDATES

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Good morning ladies and gents! Welcome to LIVE coverage at Manchester Velodrome, where the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has one hell of a treat in store for us. Today should be great, with over 500 beers, ciders and perries available to taste (see guzzle, knock back). And guess what? Grizzly Bear is gonna be in attendance! I’ll be bringing you all the build-up, updates and much more from todays festivities at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015. Stay tuned! 16.34Well,I’m signing off.  Hope you enjoyed it, but it’s time for…
  • Søren Kierkegaard on Brewing Equipment

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

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

  • Batemans Orange Barley

    Lee Morgan
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:13 am
    Danger!!! Batemans Orange Barley is 6.2% and unbelievably drinkable! Tasting Notes: A lovely orange barley beer that does exactly what it says on the tin, it has a lovely orange aroma, and a great citrus taste, very very pleasing. You could all too easily sink a few of these, and the volume would sneak up on you. Top Marks Batemans. The post Batemans Orange Barley appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Innis and Gunn Original

    Martin Gray
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    I saw this bottle of Innis and Gunn Original on the shelf at my local supermarket and thought i would try it. The label on the bottle promising me a great tasting beer with oak barrels producing unique flavours. The blurb on the website enticed me further. “For 30 days this honey-hued beer sleeps in hand selected oak barrels, locked inside a bonded warehouse, gradually assimilating the subtle flavours that reside in the wood. Barrels are then emptied and maturation continues for a further 47 days in a marrying tun where these natural flavours infuse and fall into perfect balance. This…
  • Wickwar Brewing Company

    Martin Gray
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    About Wickwar Brewing Company is Gloucestershire’s largest independent brewer of award winning ales. Our traditional brew house, located between Bristol & Gloucester, dating back to the 1860’s provides a fantastic location to brew using the best ingredients to provide real ales steeped in quality and heritage. Our range of real ales has been developed over a number of years to provide a variety for all tastes. Beers Station Porter – 6.1% This multi award-winning stout is lighter than you might expect, and with undertones of coffee and chocolate is the connoisseur’s choice-try it…
  • Station Porter

    Martin Gray
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Commercial Description: Station Porter is a multi award-winning stout is lighter than you might expect and with undertones of coffee and chocolate is the connoisseur’s choice-try it and graduate to taste. Station Porter in cask was awarded the accolade of supreme champion at the WINTER ALES BEER FESTIVAL 2008. A smooth, dark ruby porter with complexity of tastes including chocolate, coffee and rich fruit. Top off the bottle and Station Porter pours  smooth, a dark ruby porter with an aroma of roast malt, coffee and rich fruit. It has a complex and spicy, rich bitter sweet taste and a long…
  • Otley O9 Blonde

    Martin Gray
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Commercial Description: Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Our tongue in cheek take on a wheat beer. A clear wheat beer spiced with roasted orange peel, coriander and cloves. Good hop aromas with a subtle bitterness. Another drink introduced to me by my #beerbods subscription. Otley O9 Blonde is a modern looking bottle design from a Brewery close to me over the Bridge in Cardiff. The Otley family have been selling beer for over 50 years. Otley Brewing Company are dedicated to the craft of producing Welsh ale with a difference. Located in Pontypridd, Wales, Otley strive to use the finest quality…
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