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  • Pic(k) of the Week: Mild Ale wort

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    This is a photo of a glass of wort: the solution of barley sugar and hops, boiled in a brew-kettle, that will eventually become a beer. Careful. It's hot! And what a splendid-looking wort sample it is. A vivid garnet hue; the clarity of a well-produced wort; and the obvious specks of a 'hot break': proteins, carbohydrates, polyphenols, hop acids, fatty acids, and other solids from barley and hops that coagulate during the boil, and that will be left behind in the kettle when the wort is chilled and sent to a fermentation tank. I didn't take this photo. Kristi Mathews Griner, brewmaster for…
  • KC Bier now featured in Beer T-Shirt Club for April, deadline this Wednesday

    BeerPulse curator
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: Mother Nature is being kind! The days are getting longer and being out in the sun is fun again. Celebrate the new season with a new Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club membership! 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 help hide the embarrassing tan lines. Deadline is April 22nd. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Visit us…
  • Monkish Rara Avis brewed exclusively for The Rare Beer Club, available this month

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Sponsored Post: Want two rare exclusives in one shot? The Rare Beer Club has the hook up this month with Monkish B.C.’s Rara Avis and Brouwerij Wilderen’s Tripel Kanunnik. In addition, two past exclusives and five other beers are still available giving new members the opportunity to select from ten different beers for the May shipment. 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…
  • Beer and Pasta From the Same Ingredients

    NYT > Beer
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A Pennsylvania beer repurposes its brewing leftovers; French Laundry to reopen with temporary kitchen; Charlotte Neuville joins Industry City; and more.
  • Inside The Cellar Presents: Pairing Is Caring – Craft Beer & Pizza Pairing for Charity
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    (Los Angeles,CA) – Our boys Daniel and Farhaad from are putting on a very special event that benefits t… The post Inside The Cellar Presents: Pairing Is Caring – Craft Beer & Pizza Pairing for Charity appeared first on
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  • Monkish Rara Avis brewed exclusively for The Rare Beer Club, available this month

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Sponsored Post: Want two rare exclusives in one shot? The Rare Beer Club has the hook up this month with Monkish B.C.’s Rara Avis and Brouwerij Wilderen’s Tripel Kanunnik. In addition, two past exclusives and five other beers are still available giving new members the opportunity to select from ten different beers for the May shipment. 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…
  • KC Bier now featured in Beer T-Shirt Club for April, deadline this Wednesday

    BeerPulse curator
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: Mother Nature is being kind! The days are getting longer and being out in the sun is fun again. Celebrate the new season with a new Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club membership! 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 help hide the embarrassing tan lines. Deadline is April 22nd. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Visit us…
  • Cantillon highlights Craft Beer Kings’ Online Cellar Sale this Sunday, April 19

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, April 19th at 9am PDT. 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.
  • Cantillon and Ommegang Game of Thrones beers now online at Best Damn Beer Shop

    BeerPulse curator
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post: Best Damn Beer Shop is back with another round of new beers. This time, the shop has unleashed its stash of Cantillons and also just put up the new Ommegang Game of Thrones beer, Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison. Drink it sometime while enjoying the fifth season. Check out the list below of top beers. Other links…browse the full beer selection or check out the homebrew supplies selection. Don’t forget to sign up for their email newsletter for bi-weekly new beer alerts.
  • New Holland Brewing partners with Andrews Distributing in bringing beers to Texas

    Press Release
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Press Release: (Holland, MI) – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with New Holland Brewing of Holland, MI. New Holland Brewing was co-founded in 1997 by Brett VanderKamp. Brett remains the president of the company, joined by partners Dave White and Fred Bueltmann. The New Holland team works to produce beers and spirits that are works of art, and hopes to inspire consumers in their own lives. Today, New Holland boasts a 27-state territory in which they distribute their beer, including Washington, D.C. The brewery’s portfolio contains seven year-round…
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  • Inside The Cellar Presents: Pairing Is Caring – Craft Beer & Pizza Pairing for Charity

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    (Los Angeles,CA) – Our boys Daniel and Farhaad from are putting on a very special event that benefits t… The post Inside The Cellar Presents: Pairing Is Caring – Craft Beer & Pizza Pairing for Charity appeared first on
  • Cigar City Brewing Introduces Jollie Ollie IPA

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    (Tampa,FL) – Hop heads rejoice! This 22oz. bottle is packed with ten different types of hops. That’s the largest number of … The post Cigar City Brewing Introduces Jollie Ollie IPA appeared first on
  • AleSmith Hall of Fame: Imperial .394 Release

    Jonny Fullpint
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Originally a faint idea dreamt up by Tony Gwynn and Peter Zien, the now imperial version of their collaboration, San Diego Pale Ale .… The post AleSmith Hall of Fame: Imperial .394 Release appeared first on
  • Berghoff Brewery Introduces Hop-Forward Pilsner and Berghoff IPA

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    (CHICAGO, IL) – On Tuesday, May 5, the ever-evolving Midwestern brewery Berghoff Brewery, Inc. will release two brand new year-… The post Berghoff Brewery Introduces Hop-Forward Pilsner and Berghoff IPA appeared first on
  • Rogue MoM Hefeweizen Returns in Time for Mother’s Day

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    (Newport, Oregon)  – Get MoM the gift of Roses for Mother’s Day! MoM Hefeweizen is infused with hand-picked Oregon … The post Rogue MoM Hefeweizen Returns in Time for Mother’s Day appeared first on
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • Pic(k) of the Week: Mild Ale wort

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    This is a photo of a glass of wort: the solution of barley sugar and hops, boiled in a brew-kettle, that will eventually become a beer. Careful. It's hot! And what a splendid-looking wort sample it is. A vivid garnet hue; the clarity of a well-produced wort; and the obvious specks of a 'hot break': proteins, carbohydrates, polyphenols, hop acids, fatty acids, and other solids from barley and hops that coagulate during the boil, and that will be left behind in the kettle when the wort is chilled and sent to a fermentation tank. I didn't take this photo. Kristi Mathews Griner, brewmaster for…
  • Earth Day 2015.

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Today is the 45th internationally observed Earth Day. A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. —John James Audubon Earth Day has been celebrated every 22 April, since 1970. On the day, events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In the U.S., the occasion was first organized by Republican Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition.—Wikipedia. Web: About Earth Day. Facebook: EarthDayNetwork. Twitter: @earthdaynetwork.
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 14/15, 2015.

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 14/1529 March- 11 April 20152015.04.11April 11: the purported birth date of King Gambrinus (1254-1298), considered the unofficial patron saint of brewers. —Via Brookston Beer Bulletin. 2015.04.11Smithsonian Magazine publishes a story on the history of India Pale Ale (IPA). In a review, beer historian Martyn Cornell identifies at least twenty-five errors of fact and interpretation. —Via Zythophile. 2015.04.10The (U.S.) Brewers Association releases its 2015 Beer Style Guidelines. Adds categories for Session India…
  • The Craft Brewers Conference: State of the 'Craft' Beer Industry 2015.

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    The 2015 Craft Brewers Conference is now history. Boulder, CO • April 17, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing America’s small and independent craft brewers—has concluded the 32th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) in Portland, Oregon. As the largest industry gathering, CBC brought together more than 11,500 brewing industry professionals and some 600 exhibitors in one of the biggest beer cities for discussion and dialogue surrounding America’s craft beer culture. Themes included unity, quality and safety.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Pink blossoms, yellow door.

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    'Tis the season for bloomin' pastels. And the pink wasn't limited only to Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin. Here's a street scene, in suburban...Fairfax, Virginia.12 April 2015. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
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  • Three of my Favorite Beer Styles with Recipes

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    I don’t consider myself much of a competitive beer brewer, so I primarily brew what I enjoy brewing. So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite beer styles and provide links to a few recipes you also might enjoy. These are all ales you can brew yourself easily at home without any special equipment. Robust English Porter Heading the list is a good English Porter. As you will see I enjoy dark beers, and Porter is perhaps my favorite overall style. Porter itself has an interesting history. It was one of the first mass produced beers, reaching incredible levels of popularity in…
  • National Homebrewers Conference with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #101

    Brad Smith and Friends
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewer’s Association (AHA) joins me this week to discuss the AHA and also what is in store for the 2015 National Homebrew Conference which is scheduled for June 11-13 in San Diego. Gary also tells us about the AHA and Brewer’s Association. 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 (31:12) Gary Glass the Director of the American Homebrewers Association joins me this week to discuss the National Homebrew…
  • Getting the Most from the BeerSmith Recipes Cloud

    Brad Smith and Friends
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    This week I provide a few tips to get the most out of the cloud site. I launched the BeerSmith Recipes site almost three years ago and it has grown to a collection of over 300,000 beer recipes making it perhaps the largest beer recipe site on the internet. Getting Started with the Cloud The easiest way to get started with the BeerSmith cloud site is to go to and click on the register button to set up a free account. Your account and cloud recipes can be viewed from the web by logging in to from any web browser. The cloud is also…
  • Beer Brewing Q&A with John Palmer and Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #100

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

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Mastering Homebrew is the latest book from Randy Mosher, author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Randy’s new offering is a comprehensive book on brewing, covering a wide variety of topics and techniques. I personally believe Mastering Homebrew will quickly become a beer brewing classic. Mastering Homebrew Overview I first heard of Mastering Homebrew (Amazon Affiliate Link) over three years ago. Randy Mosher, who is a graphic designer, had started on the book and showed me some of his early work. It was clear, even at that point, that he had a different approach to brewing and that…
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  • EVENT: Beans and Brew Homebrew Festival (MA) 6/20

    event post
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Beans & Brews Homebrew Festival ** Chili Cookoff – Music – Family Fun – BBQ ** When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Rain or Shine Where: Boston / Cape Cod KOA Campground. 438 Plymouth Street. Middleborough, MA
  • EVENT: 16th Annual Boston Beer Summit 4/17 & 4/18 (MA)

    event post
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    The Boston Beer Summit is a craft beer tasting, with 57 brewers and 200+ beers to sample. It has been happening in Boston since 1999, and gets bigger and better every year. This event will have many of the best local, regional, national and international brewers in the world represented- bringing both their well known year round and less common seasonal brews. Your ticket includes entrance, entertainment, tasting mug and beer samples. This event sells out, so make sure to get your tickets in advance. There are three sessions available: 4/17 Friday Night 5:30 – 9pm. 4/18 Saturday…
  • Sometimes Less is More — Mott the Lesser

    2 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    As politicians in Indiana and Arkansas are trying to figure out which end is up, the Southern Maine Beer Scene was a buzz! Tributary Brewing Company, a new local craft brewery, brought a massive crowd of 800+ craft beer fanatics to the coastal town of Kittery, Maine. Many of these fans waited 3+ hours for Tributary’s Russian Imperial Stout release. With the release announcement only two weeks ago, the long awaited day had arrived. Mott the Lesser, a pun on “Kate the Great, is described as “her Imperial Highness is reincarnated. A rich, full-bodied, fudgy chocolate…
  • EVENT: 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival 5/16 & 5/17 (MA)

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

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

  • Is The Data Overload Becoming An Issue?

    Alan McLeod
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    It was a bit of a revelation. Well, a joke and a revelation. I have a brother who is a bookman who sends rare finds for birthdays and holidays. This year for my 52nd I got this book on cheese. Published in 1960, it is a simple thing. More like a long magazine article than a full book. The author describes one trip taken in a car traveling from farmhouse cheese maker to farmhouse cheese maker. Cheeses are gathered in the back seat and the trunk... sorry, boot... and the taken back to London where they are eaten at dinners and parties with guests like Dame Margot Fonteyn and Stirling Moss. It's…
  • Question: Does "Craft" Still Really Need Cultural Homogeneity?

    Alan McLeod
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    With all this week's disagreement about craft beer events being held in strip bars, I wonder if it illustrates a reality about the road US craft industry has taken us all for a couple of decades. I tweeted Zak at the Olympic Tavern just now to ask "...does "craft" still need to be one big hug or can people not have irreconcilable differences?" Isn't it OK that I think strip bars are for creeps and pervs and that I am quite fine personally taking a pass on breweries who book events at them while, at the same time, others are quite happy to boycott a brewery associated with someone who makes…
  • The Process Of Reforming Ontario's Beer Sales

    Alan McLeod
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Well, the members of the editorial board of The Globe and Mail are not impressed. At least that is reassuring:Politicians will be, more than ever, deciding who gets to sell beer and who does not, and which beer, where, when, how and at what price. Competition will still be largely forbidden. But, good news: If you are unhappy about anything, please write to the new Beer Ombudsman. He’s there to listen.Ah, the Beer Ombudsman. What a silly idea. I eat a lot of toast and sometimes it doesn't turn out. I want a toast ombud, too. It'll never happen. But so might any number of bits of the…
  • "To Search For What Is Best For The People Of Ontario"

    Alan McLeod
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    I am not thrilled. Not really all that moved. The cornerstone of the big beer retail reform announcement that by two years from now there may be 150 grocery store licenses to sell beer to 13,000,000 Ontarians can quickly be boiled down. The reality is that as my town represents 1% of the provinces population that is an average allocation of 1.5 licenses for this city. On average.If you have a look at the report issued by the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets chaired by Ed Clark you see the other problem. At page 33 we see that licences "will be granted in urban areas"; "will…
  • Still Off, Five Wineries, A Flag And A New Brewery

    Alan McLeod
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    See that there? That's a bit of a winery with a brewery popping up rapidly behind it. I raced through the east end of nearby Prince Edward County again today as I was getting itchy feet on day four of this week off. Itchy feet from reading all of Stonch's posts about a Londoner's country hiking lifestyle, wandering from pub to pub and glass to glass. Well, that sort of thing doesn't happen much around here but, as he was giving me the gears over this and that on the chat app yesterday, I decided to do the next best thing and head to our nearest neighbouring grape growing region. And I found a…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Hop extracts available at Amazon

    Stan Hieronymus
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    So now I have a better answer for the question when homebrewers ask me where they can buy various kinds of hop extract. Although there are a limited number of extracts available from homebrew stores, both local and online, they don’t equal the range of what Kalsec is selling at Amazon. There is a catch. Kalsec’s 8-oounce bottles cost $70 or more and are intended to dose 50 to 75 barrels (or about 1,500 to 2,300 gallons). Dosing is a challenge, so patience is a requirement when making a group purchase with the idea of parceling out the extract. To be honest, I haven’t wrapped…
  • From deep in the belly of craft beer

    Stan Hieronymus
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.20.15 During the opening session of the Craft Brewers Conference last week Brewers Assocation board chair Gary Fish said that, at least for the week, Portland, Oregon, was the “epicenter of craft beer.” I can neither confirm nor deny that. I spent my week among the trees, specific trees as a matter of fact, because I was in information collecting mode. And, I figured out over the weekend as I tried to catch up with Twitter and Feedly, pretty disconnected from the rest of the beer world. Amidst all the high-fiving about how terrific beer in Portland is…
  • Out with the corn, in with the hops

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    You likely don’t remember, but the top photo first appeared here in September of 2014, when I spotted corn growing where god obviously meant for there to be hops. It is a field near the entrance to Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. The second photo is what that field looked like yesterday, almost ready for hops to pop up from the soil climb to the top of the 18-foot trellises. String has been strung throughout much of the Willamette Valley. The string is apparent in the photo at the bottom, taken from the north end of the hop field looking back toward the monastery.
  • Big craft just keeps getting bigger

    Stan Hieronymus
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.13.15 Newly Formed Craft Consortium Enjoy Beer LLC Eyes Acquisitions, IPO. Honestly, I wouldn’t pretend to understand all the implications for “an acquisition vehicle and craft beer consortium,” which is how Enjoy Beer is described. But it must be big business because founder Rich Doyle says he “hopes to have five craft beer breweries under the Enjoy Beer umbrella before 2020, at which point the company may consider an IPO.” This certainly means more of what Alan McLeod has been calling “big craft” or “national…
  • Session #99 topic announced: Localising Mild

    Stan Hieronymus
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Host Allstair Reese has announced the topic for Session #99: Localising Mild. Or “Localizing Mild” depending on what is local for you. He explains: “Each May CAMRA in the UK encourages drinkers to get out and drink Mild Ales. This May is the first, as far as I am aware, American Mild Month, which has 45 breweries, so far, committed to brewing mild ales. Of those 45 breweries some are brewing the traditional English dark and pale mild styles, while a couple have said they will brew an ‘American Mild’, which American Mild Month describes as: “a restrained,…
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  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 25/04/2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Before you head off to the newsagents to spend your pocket money on a copy of Whizzer & Chips and a 10p-mix-up, here’s our pick of beer-related reading around the internet from the last week. → Michael ‘Sour Beers’ Tonsmeire provided a recipe for ‘Alsatian Saison’ with a reminder that home brewers have the luxury of taking some pretty effective shortcuts: To bolster the flavors of the hops and yeast I blended in an entire bottle of Trimbach Gewurztraminer at kegging. I find this to be a much easier, more consistent, and effective way to introduce wine…
  • Types of UK Brewery

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    From time to time, we feel compelled to categorise things. It never really works but, in the attempt, we usually learn something. This time, we found ourselves wondering about the many different types of brewing business to be found in the UK today and how they relate to one other. (We did something similar before, but that was more abstract.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE — OPENS IN NEW TAB/WINDOW) We’ve tried to provide an example for each type, though we struggled to think of an active cuckoo/gypsy brewery, and a very approximate sense of what arrived when. If the family groupings…
  • Saison Season Pt 3: Roobarb

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    It’s surely a sign o’ the times that we were able to find two British takes on saison brewed with rhubarb for this post. It’s one of our favourite vegetables (it had honestly never occurred to us that it might be anything other than a fruit until this moment) thanks to fond childhood memories of tooth-strippingly tart crumbles, and of acidic pink and yellow ‘rhubarb and custard’ boiled sweets: ‘Rhubarb custard cremes’ by Dr_Kelly, from Flickr under Creative Commons. But what on earth does it have to do with saison? And what, if anything, does it…
  • In Brief: CAMRA and Key Kegs

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    This report by Tandleman on the Campaign for Real Ale annual general meeting is worth a read. He argues that, on the whole, ‘backward facing motions were defeated, while progressive motions were passed’. Among those carried was Motion 15: This Conference instructs the National Executive to investigate a labelling scheme for naturally conditioned Key Keg beer, which would allow customers to identify which beers, at the point of sale, conform with the CAMRA criteria for real ale. This is significant, as we understand it, because it paves the way for beer in ‘key kegs‘…
  • Saison Season Pt 2: The Herbalist

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    When we announced our plans to taste a bunch of UK-brewed saisons, several people told us we had to try The Herbalist, a collaboration between Magic Rock and Adnams, and so Adnams sent us some (10 litres!) in mini-casks. We’re not sure it really fits this project — it’s a one-off seasonal, so there’s not much point in us recommending it (more on this general issue in a future post); and it’s a draught rather than bottled beer. But of course we were keen to try it and, as it happens, it did prompt some relevant thoughts. First, though, some quick tasting notes:…
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  • Checking out Two Roads Brewing.

    Jack Curtin
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    I missed my chance to catch up with brewmaster Phil Markowksi at a press luncheon and tasting when Two Roads Brewing debuted in the Philly market a week or two, but sales rep Lee Porter was kind enough to send me some samples. These are all year-round releases: (from left to right above): Road to Ruin Double IPA (8%), Lil’ Heaven Session IPA (4.8%), No Limits Hefeweizen (5%), Worker’s Comp Saison (4.8%), Honeyspot Road White IPA (6%) and Ol’ Factory Dry-Hopped Pilsner (5%). As you’d expect from the award-winning Markowski, all are very well made, balanced brews. I was…
  • Busy, Busy Busy.

    Jack Curtin
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Lots going on, including a family issue, dealing with having to opt out of a beer junket as a result (and having the folks in charge not only be understanding but offer an even better option), trying to make the Mermaids site work right on social media and all that, plus more. Also, it seems that spring is over and summer ain’t comin’, which do dampen the spirit and slow things down. Posts will happen this weekend, including some great beers I have had and whatever absolutely insightful insights I can insight. Or maybe I’ll make shit up. Whatever. It will be fun. For me…
  • The Mermaid swims again.

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Those of you who care about such matters will note a change in the sidebar links over there. I am going to do it all over again and see if I can get it right.
  • The grouch is not only back, he is in the house.

    Jack Curtin
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    See the post beneath this one to make sense of it all. Or not. Earlier this evening. The telephone rang. A brief conversation. Shortly thereafter, a knock on the door. Troegs sales guy extraordinaire and fine human being Nick Johnson stood there with a growler of Bier de Grouch in hand (and more, but never mind that). Would it be appropriate to presume that I inspired this bit of recognition with this exchange without the exchange (referenced in the post linked above) with My Beer Buzz? It would be irresponsible not to. Tonight’s NCAA National Championship Game just got a lot more…
  • Return of the Grouch.

    Jack Curtin
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    My Beer Buzz this morning has the most exciting and heartwarming news of…oh, I dunno…maybe the last 15 minutes or so. From Troegs: We released two Scratch Beers today! The first, #178 – Rye Ale features Experimental “06277” (aka “Nuggetzilla”) hops to produce a medley of delicate spices and pungent citrus fruit, while rye malt imparts a dry, spicy finish. 6.8% ABV and 54 IBU. The other, #179 – Bière de Grouch, is revisits a collaboration beer we brewed for Philly Beer Week 2012 with beer writer Jack Curtin. Just like his snark-filled rants, Jack’s beer…
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    Pete Brown

  • The best thing I have ever read about alcohol - and possibly anything else

    Pete Brown
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    I hate the patronising language of social media clickbait because it debases what were once perfectly good terms and insults the intelligence of its audience. But just for once, I wish I was writing for one of those wanky clickbait sites because my headline could only be 'This fruit fly drank some booze. You will not BELIEVE what happened next!'I seem to be writing three new books simultaneously. I'll explain how, why and what in a later post. But two of these books - one of them being What Are You Drinking, my new crowdfunded book with ace publishers Unbound - are taking me onto a bit of…
  • Beer Marketing Awards pit micros, regional and global brewers against each other

    Pete Brown
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    I helped organise the inaugural Beer Marketing Awards. The awards event is on 14th April, and the shortlist tells us a great deal about where the beer industry is today.When I was approached to be a partner in the first ever Beer Marketing Awards, the thing that sold it to me was that there were categories that appeal to brewers of any size. There's a misconception in some quarters of the beer world that marketing is by definition a bad thing, which is a bit like saying breathing is evil because some people say mean things when they do. Marketing is essential for any brewery, of any…
  • 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…
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  • Rahr Malting plans major expansion

    Real Beer
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded $610,000 in Job Creation Fund resources to Rahr Malting Corp., which will help the Minnesota company to begin its $68 million expansion and addition of 28 full-time employees. Rahr Corp.’s expansion plans include the construction of a malt house, pilot brewery and technical center, maintenance warehouse, and distribution center. New parking, green space, ponding, and other site improvements are also part of the plan. The Job Creation Fund resources will go directly toward the cost of the pilot brewery and…
  • Economic impact of brewing in New York

    Real Beer
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    The numbers aren’t quite up to date — and given recent growth they would likely be even more impressive — but the growing economic impact of brewing in New York’s state economy is apparent. The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) &#151 whose motto is “Think New York, Drink New York” — found that in 2013 the impact of craft beer on New York State to total $3.5 billion (up from $2.2 billion in 2012). The figure takes into account the number of full-time jobs generated by the local beer industry (11,366 jobs); wages ($554 million paid); state…
  • Brew Hub to make Toppling Goliath beers

    Real Beer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Toppling Goliath, an Iowa brewery that makes bold-flavored beers highly pursued by beer enthusiasts across the country, has become the latest to strike a deal to have a portion of its beer made by Brew Hub. Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis and is building a network of five breweries across the country that primarily will produce beer for other breweries, such at Toppling Goliath. The first came on line in Lakeland, Fla., last year and the next will open outside St. Louis in 2016. The Lakeland facility will brew Toppling Goliath in 2015, but the St. Louis brewery will make most of it…
  • Abita first partner for Enjoy Beer

    Real Beer
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Abita Brewing in Louisiana has signed on as the founding brewery partner of Enjoy Beer, a new enterprise created to provide resources on a national scale to a select group of top independent U.S. craft brewers. Harpoon Brewery co-founder Richard Doyle, who last year sold his stake in the Boston brewery, created Enjoy Beer. A press release explains that company “partners will share their collective wisdom and resources, and those of craft industry experts, in order to bring competitive strength to their individual craft breweries in an ever more competitive marketplace.” “As…
  • CEO, New Belgium donate $1 million to Colorado State

    Real Beer
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    New Belgium Brewing and CEO Kim Jordan will donate $1 million to Colorado State University that will update and renovate facilities housing the university’s Fermentation Science and Technology program. Jordan will personally give $500,000 to the project and the remaining $500,000 will be allocated over five years through New Belgium’s philanthropy program. The gifts will be used to build a new fermentation science laboratory, significantly strengthening the long-standing relationship between CSU and New Belgium. “We’ve had a great relationship with the university over the years and…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Tied houses again

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    By 1950 the tied house system as we know it had been around for 60 years or so. But it wasn’t without its critics.As I’ve already mentioned, it was the indirect result of government interference in the licensed trade. A shortage of potential outlets for brewers was created by making new licenses almost impossible to obtain and by aggressively delicensing existing pubs.Before the 1880’s breweries had tied houses, but they were only a small part of their trade. The vast majority of pubs were free, though, as today, there were also loan ties.Let’s make this clear: most pubs ended up…
  • Houston day one

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    As you're probably aware, I'm just back from 10 days in the USA. All spent in the South, a part of the country I've scarcely set foot in before.It all kicked off in Houston. I started there for a very good reason: there's a direct flight from Amsterdam. I've learned my lesson about changing planes. Way too stressful.Talking of stressful, boarding USA-bound flights at Schiphol has become tense for me. Twice last year I was near as damnit strip searched. It's not a good way to start a journey. To calm my nerves I have a couple of Famous Grouses and a Heineken at the bar adjacent to the gate.I…
  • The Tied House System

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    It’s odd the sense of déjà vu as I flick through the Brewing Trade Review. Many of the same topics as today were being discussed back in 1950. Like the tied house system.First, let’s hear from those who wanted to abolish it:“Tied House System (Motion)MR. Bing (Hornchurch, Lab.) asked the following question during a discussion on the coming business of the House: Can my right hon. friend say, in view of the interest shown on all sides of the House in the tourist industry, and of the fact that this motion really was signed by a record number of hon. members, whether he can give any time…
  • Let's Brew Wednesday - 1957 Robert Younger Export

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    I'm maintaining my run of Let's Brews for at least one more week. I'm starting to get the hang of this lark again.We're returning to Scotland after what seems like a very long absence. With a beer from one of the other Youngers, Robert of Edinburgh. The smaller and less fashionable Edinburgh Younger.This is taken from their final brewing log. They were bought by Scottish & Newcastle in 1960 and closed in 1961. These were years of carnage for Scottish brewing. Between 1955 and 1965 pretty much all the independent brewers were bought up and mostly closed. The industry was left almost…
  • War and austerity (part two)

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    Just a few more tables and I’m done. All posted out in advance for the whole of my US trip, plus a day to recover when I get back.This time there are some numbers to demonstrate how hard the years immediately after WW II were.  Because what works better than numbers? Especially when you’ve used up all the day’s supply of words. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an infinite quantity of them. I often stop mid-sentence in the evening when they’re all used up.The numbers show the remarkable success of British brewing during WW II.  Output rose. Surprisingly both in…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    The post, Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Breck IPA isn’t just Breckenridge Brewery’s newest year-round offering. It’s the company’s opportunity to play with relatively new ingredients, as well. Apparently, they’ve been able to get a contract on a fairly rare malt &#151 Full Pint malt. This hard-to-source ingredient is supposed to give the IPA a fullness on the palate. So, how does […] The post, Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sunken City Brewing John Henry’s Hammer

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    The post, Sunken City Brewing John Henry’s Hammer, first appeared on The Barley Blog. There’s really not much information available at John Henry’s Hammer, Sunken City’s imperial stout — besides the Wikipedia entry on the folk tale this beer is named after, which I hadn’t heard until preparing this review. Man vs. machine stories aside, about the only thing I can tell you about this brew is it’s ABV […] The post, Sunken City Brewing John Henry’s Hammer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Lickinghole Creek La Calavera Catrina

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    The post, Lickinghole Creek La Calavera Catrina, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Tequila is one of those liquids that can do strange things to humans. Just the right amount and it’s usually fun in the sun. Too much has your roommate heaving a “wooden robot” — coincidentally neither wood nor a robot — out of your second story apartment window, smashing onto the common area below. Not […] The post, Lickinghole Creek La Calavera Catrina, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Ilkley Brewery Siberia Rhubarb Saison

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    The post, Ilkley Brewery Siberia Rhubarb Saison, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I don’t believe that I’ve crossed paths with the UK’s Ilkley Brewery in my beer drinking escapades. And I’m not the biggest fan of rhubarb — at least I don’t think I am — but I do like a good saison and I’m always up for a challenge. The company’s Siberia Rhubarb Saison, brewed in […] The post, Ilkley Brewery Siberia Rhubarb Saison, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Bad Wolf Brewing The Chimera

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    The post, Bad Wolf Brewing The Chimera, first appeared on The Barley Blog. By the time you read this rev view — hell by the time I finished the growler back in early March — Bad Wolf’s The Chimera will have been long gone. That’s just how this for-now nano functions. They crank out so many different batches of beer that they are usually out by the time […] The post, Bad Wolf Brewing The Chimera, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Brave

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    I'm not given to amateur industry analysis but it's always pleasing to see signs of maturity in the Irish beer market: indicators that it's not all lowest-common-denominator recipes being thrown out for mass consumption, but that there are also enough interested drinkers to support a more diverse offer. And, of course, that there are brewers and breweries with the talent and resources to do such diversity well. Today's beers are both types that we haven't really seen here before and I'm delighted to have them breaking new ground.Desperate Mile is by Galway Bay Brewery and makes much of…
  • A yard of ale

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    As usual, Easter Saturday meant the trip to Cork for Franciscan Well's annual beer festival. I arrived in the city a little early so called in to Market Lane on Oliver Plunkett Street for lunch, and to try the beers from the adjoining Elbow Lane brewery. I'd had a couple of these (stout and lager) a few years back, when they were still being contract brewed, but haven't seen much of them since. The brewery has now added a red, a weiss and a pale ale to the line-up. Sadly, only the first of these, Wisdom, was available. And also sadly it was bady infected. There's a rich and wholesome…
  • Hells angles

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    So slow is my transference of drinking experiences to this blog that it's possible to follow the evolution of individual beers, whole styles even, in single posts. Camden Town's Indian Summer was an exciting prototype on its second annual outing when I found it on tap in The Black Sheep in the middle of last year.It arrived looking like a kristall weiss, clear gold in a tall Germanic pint glass, topped by a generous head. The aroma was unequivocally that of an IPA, all grapefruit, lime and mandarin. But it tasted like lager: crisp, fresh and with little aftertaste. While it certainly had…
  • Flight of the wolf

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    The Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company was kind enough to invite a Beoir delegation down to its headquarters in Bray for a look round and a run through the range. Established in 2014 by ex-home brewers inspired by the Colorado way of life, the compact ex-bakery near the station is now turning out 1,650 litres of beer at a time, 12 times a month, supplying 50 pubs and 200 off licences (yes, I took notes) with a range of four core beers and varying specials, all delivered unfined and unfiltered.The brewery has been kitted out well for its new use, and particularly impressive is the tasting bar at the…
  • Geeks bearing gifts

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    A couple of north American beers today, shared by generous fellow beer nerds.Nigel produced this bottle of Crooked Coast by Driftwood of British Columbia on a cross-country rail trip a few months back. The brewery has designated it as an altbier, and while I can see that -- it has the right sort of wholemeal biscuit malt base -- it's much bitterer than typical alt, with an unpleasant English-style waxy hit right at the front. That makes it much more like a brown bitter or a second-rate amber ale than an alt, and just not a great beer whichever way you slice it.Meanwhile, this bomber of Stone…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 23 - April 30

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    April's beer events calendar came in like a tornado and left like hurricane. After this coming week, I don't imagine that May will be any different. Plus, with May 29 and the kickoff to Philly Beer Week coming on strong, you'd have to live in a storm shelter to avoid the many different ways in which to enjoy our favorite beverage here in 2015. Keep calm and we'll all get through this just fine!
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 16 - April 22

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I've only got a few nickels to rub together after yesterday's tax man came a-callin', so I'm going to find some good beer amongst the typically full weekly list of beer events below and have myself a good time. Hope you do too. As my unofficial analysis goes, I'm not sure that this weekly calendar has ever been such a diverse regional showcase of beer. The list tends to lean inward toward Philly
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 9 - April 15

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Just like the weather, the beer events calendar is heating up. Grab a beer, sit back, and read along for all you need to know about the next week in and around Philly. 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
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 2 - April 8

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    As you can see, there was a major oversight on my part not getting this out last week on schedule while I was on the other side of the country. Since there are still some events worth shouting about in the next couple of days, here they are for your reading and drinking pleasure. I'm nothing if not thorough in rectifying my shortcomings. Plus, a look at what you may have missed and where there
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2015

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

  • Oak Street Draft House

    Jeff Holt
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
  • Pioneer Porter

    Jeff Holt
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
  • Whiskey and Bourbon Documentaries Worth the Watch

    Jeff Holt
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    This is a Guest Post by Maria Ramos, a TV and Film blogger. She has noticed a trend in documentaries about craft beer and whickey and bourbon and offered this article. Since I have been a little busy lately, I took her up on her offer. Bourbon is more than a drink for people who live in Kentucky - it's a way of life. Now it’s a lifestyle that's rapidly gaining popularity not only in the United States, but worldwide. New, whiskey-themed bars are opening in cities around the globe, reflecting an international interest in the era of smoky bars and speakeasies. Gone are the days of Prohibition…
  • Open The Taps Call to Action - SB1386

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

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

    Martyn Cornell
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    I have a new book out, A Craft Beer Road Trip Around Britain, with snapshots of 40 of Britain’s top small breweries from Scotland to the South West. Don’t rush to try to buy it from Amazon/your favourite independent bookseller, however, because it’s only available via Beer 52, the craft beer club people, who are giving it away to people who sign up to their “case of beer a month” service. Putting it together was quite fun, but hard work: getting craft beer brewers to co-operate in supplying information about themselves and their beers turns out to be like trying…
  • In which I give more badly written beer history a good kicking

    Martyn Cornell
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Why oh why am I still having to write lengthy corrections to articles about the history of India Pale Ale? Well, apparently because the Smithsonian magazine, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution, is happy to print articles about the history of India Pale Ale without anybody doing any kind of fact-checking – and William Bostwick, beer critic for the Wall Street Journal, appears to be one of those writers who misinterpret, make stuff up and actively get their facts wrong. The article Bostwick had published on earlier this week, “How the India…
  • More notes towards a history of the beer mug

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

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

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

  • Beer Birthday: Stephen Beaumont

    Jay Brooks
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Today is my good friend and colleague Stephen Beaumont’s 51st birthday. And not only a friend, but a neighbour, partner and ally, too (inside joke). In addition to his now-less-than-temporary Blogging at World of Beer online, Stephen’s written numerous books, including the recent World... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1535: Asahi Anime

    Jay Brooks
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Friday’s ad is for Asahi, from sometime over the last decade or so. It’s hard to say since Japanese anime or manga art is often so timeless. Animation in the form of anime and manga is incredibly popular in Japan, and became increasingly so in the U.S. from the 1980s on. Beyond the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 1956218A: Capping Head

    Jay Brooks
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Today in 1934, US Patent 1956218 A was issued, an invention of George J Huntley and Harry A Rau, assigned to the Crown Cork & Seal Co., for their “Capping Head.” There’s no Abstract, but the description summarizes it. “The present invention relates to an improvement in... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Jeremy Cowan

    Jay Brooks
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Today is Jeremy Cowan’s 46th birthday. Jeremy owns Shmaltz Brewing, makers of He’Brew. Jeremy is a good friend and we’ve known one another since he first pitched He’Brew to me at BevMo many years ago (which is detailed in Jeremy’s memoir Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah). Though... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3729321A: Preparation Of Beer

    Jay Brooks
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Today in 1973, US Patent 3729321 A was issued, an invention of N.L. Vacano, assigned to Rainier Companies, for their “Preparation Of Beer.” There’s no Abstract, but the description summarizes it. “This invention relates to the production of beer. More particularly, this... [[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

  • More Art-A-Whirl Fun from the Beer World – Fair State, Grumpy’s NE, Bauhaus, Indeed

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    For the uninitiated, take note. Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. Cool, eh? Art-A-Whirl is your opportunity to tour tons of studios and galleries, connect with artists and of course buy their work. Breweries and craft beer bars have been stepping up their game as well, and you really don’t want ...
  • Bauhaus at the Ballpark

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:40 pm
    This video is an instant classic. Oh, and Bauhaus beers (Winderstuff & Sky Five) will be available at Target Field this year in section 116 (Twins Brews), 126 (Minnesota Brews) and 322 (also Minnesota Brews). They also plan to rotate their other flagship beers (Stargazer and Wagon Party) throughout the season.
  • 612Brew Art Music & Beer

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    612Brew has announced that their third annual Art, Music and Beer event as part of Northeast Minneapolis’ Art-A-Whirl. No surprise here, but the two-day event will include art, music, food and, duh… beer. Thirsty? 612 will be serving up 5 of its more popular beers (SIX, Unrated, Gateway Park, Zero Hour, Mary Ann) as well as an event-only Radler ...
  • Short Pour: Beer News Bites

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    WCCO reports that Lakes & Legends Brewery is coming to Loring Park this summer. MPR reports that the Minnesota Dept of Public Safety predicts that the number of breweries in Minnesota will top 110 in 2015. In 2005, they reported just 5 breweries. Can you name them all? The Journal reports that Dangerous Man is ...
  • Schell’s Stag Series No. 9

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The 9th beer in Schell’s Stag Series, is a nod to the 155 year old company’s 19th century brewing traditions. The limited edition offering is a dark lager aged in American whiskey barrels and stored in the brewery’s original lagering caves below the brewery. The lagering caves date back to the 1860s, an era that ...
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  • #FreshHopNZ15 – Auckland 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:06 pm
    PRESS RELEASE – 23 April 2015 Freshhop is back for its second year, the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount last year with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin. In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region. The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops are picked…
  • VIDEO – Brew Day – House of Nicholas – Sarah IPA – #FreshHopNZ15

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Video from the Brew Day at Hop Federation, with Simon Nicholas & Luke Nicholas. – HOUSE OF NICHOLAS #FreshHopNZ15 The post VIDEO – Brew Day – House of Nicholas – Sarah IPA – #FreshHopNZ15 appeared first on Luke's Beer.
  • Auckland’s 10 Best Craft Bars

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    After reading the blog post Auckland’s 6 Best Craft Bars from the new blog “HOPCORN” it got me thinking about the short comings of ranking based on a single personal experience as well as trying to compare many bars which all have a point of difference. I found this list of the 6 Best Craft Bars to be some what not that useful, as it didn’t address/highlight the unique things for each bars offer, that will attract different people. Everyone is different, every craft bar offers something different, and every time you go back to the same place you are likely to have a…
  • #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…
  • 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…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 04/24/15 Beer Tastings

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:29 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: Argus Cidery Tepache Especial Pineapple Win, Kondrauer Hopster “Tonic”, Freigeist Kopenickiade Berliner Style Weisse, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Savior, Tallgrass Brewing 16-Bit DPA, and Urban Chestnut Schlossturm Altbier. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Bomb, Boulevard Saison-Brett, Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker, Tallgrass 16-Bit, and…
  • Two Big Events at Bridge Tap House

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    I hope you have your drinking shoes on because as the weather is warming up, we’re seeing more and more events going on around town. The Bridge Tap House has not just one, but two killer events they’re putting on in the next two weeks. Next Monday, April 27th, Bridge will be featuring a Deschutes Brewery tap takeover and hosting Deschutes master blender Anthony Stone. Starting at 5PM, Bridge will be featuring  Mirror Mirror 2014, Mirror Pond, Black Butte XXV, Obsidian Nitro Stout and Fresh Squeezed IPA. Then on Thursday, May 7th, Bridge will be hosting a Founders Brewing tap…
  • Contest: Limited Sessions Tickets to 2015 Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their ninth(!) annual Beerfest, on Saturday, May 9th. In celebration of the event, Paul Hayden has given us three pairs of tickets to giveaway to the sold out 12PM-1PM limited session. Not only will you get to leisurely try a lot of great beer from all over the world, but you’ll also receive a commemorative Schlafly/TWCP tasting glass. Send an email to with the subject of 2015 Beerfest, I’ll randomly pick three winners on Monday, April 27th at 9AM.  A couple of quick notes: If you’ve won something…
  • Perennial Tap Takeover at Dressel’s Public House

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    I love breakfast the same way Ron Swanson loves dark-haired women… and breakfast.  So if you’re like me you’re going to want to head out to Dressel’s Public House this Sunday, April 26th because beginning at 10AM they’re going to be featuring brunch and a Perennial Artisan Ales tap takeover. Check out the poster below for all of the deets:
  • Third Annual Global Brew Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Unlike the past few years, I don’t think any of us can argue we haven’t gotten a proper spring. It certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside. This Saturday, April 25th, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 8PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used for the City of Edwardsville: A Better Place to Play project.
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  • Politicians drinking beer

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    Labour leader Ed Miliband enjoys a Carling This week we've seen Ed Miliband drinking a pint of Carling during a TV interview, and George Osborne visit one of my favourite breweries, Harvey's of Lewes. That's elections for you. But as usual the Aussies beat our lads at the boozing game. Here's a video of their PM downing a pint in seven seconds. Of course it's not nearly as impressive as his
  • Capital brewing

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    @jeffreyjohnbell how many would you buy from? — Ben Brogden (@ben_brg) April 20, 2015 Broggers asks a good question. My reply? Off the top of my head, I'd struggle to name more than a dozen London brewers I consider truly safe to order casks or kegs from for my pub. To be fair I've only tried beers from perhaps 30 of the capital's 80-odd commercial brewing ventures, so the hit rate isn't too
  • Election night at the Finborough

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    On election night we'll be open all night at the Finborough, with a late licence covering us right through until 6am the next day. The event in conjunction with, Britain's most read political blog. Here's the announcement over on that site. I've been a reader of PoliticalBetting since it started back in 2004. I'm pleased to be hosting this and looking forward to seeing
  • The Chesham Brewery Shop

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    On Monday I took a ten mile walk from Rickmansworth station to Chesham along the Chess Valley. Both towns are served by the Metropolitan Line. It's probably the best country yomp you can do without leaving the London Underground network. The early section is far from pretty, but once you pass over the M25 you're quickly in a beautiful valley. Diversions are possible to the perfect villages
  • Keystone Crescent

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    Despite having spent all but one of the last five days on the sauce, I'm not inspired to write anything here. In the meantime, here's a picture I tweeted while wandering through the city. A lot of people seemed to enjoy it. I've since learned that there's a private, all-night drinking club in one of those houses. It doesn't sound like my type of thing. I'm a pub man, after all. Keystone
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Event Branding and Personalization

    Carlen Funk
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    You’ve set the date. You found the perfect venue and you’re narrowing down the rest of your vendors. There are a ton of factors that go into producing an event, but have you considered all of the ways you can personalize your party? Adding branding to your venue and decor is a great way to make your guests feel special and to make your event truly memorable. Cocktail Napkins Everyone’s seen monogrammed cocktail napkins, but did you know that they’re one of the most cost effective ways to personalize your event? Websites like offer fully customizable…
  • Summer Lab Internship

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking QC lab interns for Summer 2015 to join our incredibly good-looking team. This is a part-time, paid internship, and class credit is offered where applicable. You will be reporting directly to the head brewer. Qualifications: Degree (or enrolled) in biology, microbiology, chemistry or biochemistry Flexible availability, MINIMUM 24 hrs/week Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively collaborate with diverse group Must be organized and able to efficiently multi-task and prioritize The ability to safely handle reagents…
  • Monday Night expands like sweatpants

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Exciting news from Atlanta, via Denver. Our Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale won a 2014 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer category. We’re humbled. Ecstatic. Scrumptrulescent. Want some more exciting news? Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is making another appearance this year – look for it starting in early December. The post Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • How I Celebrated Earth Day

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    I recycled. I put copper and lead back in to the ground.After work Wednesday, I headed south for the Black Creek IDPA match. I hadn't been to the weekday event for a couple of seasons, so I was looking forward to shooting it again. Black Creek IDPA sets up a quick fun match, perfect for a weekday afternoon.All the shooting this month took place on a single stage of six targets, and consisted of five strings, for a total of 36 rounds. Three center targets were set across a table from the shooter and were always engaged in tactical priority and tactical sequence. The remaining three targets…
  • Blue Mountain Beer Dinner

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a beer and food pairing with Blue Mountain Brewery at Capital Ale House. The beers were not ones that are usually available at the restaurant, and the food dishes were specially created for the event as well.The MenuHors d'ourvesToasted smoked Gouda and vegetable brushettaPaired with Maggie MaibockSaladWedge of romaine with almonds and dates finished with carrot ginger dressingPaired with Steel Wheels ESBAppetizerBeer battered avocado with lime crème fraichePaired with A Hopwork OrangeEntréeSurf and turf of cilantro lime steak and cocoa coconut shrimp with…
  • Pizza Box Recycling

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    I've often seen used pizza delivery boxes used to hold targets at the range, but Palmer City Alehouse in Alaska makes their reuse even easier.Neat idea. And cardboard takes up much less room in the recycle bin if it's full of holes.H/T to Miguel at Gun Free Zone. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Cedar Mountain Practice Match

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    On Saturday morning, three friends and I headed out to a local practical pistol "practice match." The monthly sessions at Cedar Mountain Youths are a chance to get in some practice with your pistol and at the same time help raise funds for the youth programs at Cedar Mountain.I enjoy these gatherings for the chance to shoot, and as a great way to introduce others to competitive pistol in a low-pressure environment. Last year, my friend Greg got his introduction to the sport here, and this weekend we took two other friends who were experienced shooters, but had not participated in competitive…
  • A Proper 88th Birthday Celebration

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his birthday Bavarian-style today at his residence in the Vatican today.Happy Birthday Your Holiness!More photos on the Zenit News Agency Twitter feed. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Brewdog #Mashtag 2014 – 9% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Brewdog's #Mashtag is an interesting idea, created (or at least designed) by inviting a public vote of each aspect of the brew; the malt, hops, label design and (this being Brewdog, the inevitable) twist.
  • Blue Monkey Marmoset 3.6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The flavour is light and floral, classic Citra, peaches and pineapple; the brewery claims the brew is 'crammed full of Citra'
  • Gladness 4.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The latest band to throw their hats into the brewing ring are 'Madness' a ska band from North London who have teamed up with London's nearby Portobello Brewery to produce a range of beers, of which today's brew 'Gladness' is the first I've found.
  • Brewdog Brixton Porter 5% ABV

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

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

  • Bad Medicine, Good Disclaimer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There should be no doubt that a solid disclaimer can help make your label ok. And if there was, the Bad Medicine brand of spirits should put it to rest. In at least two places, the Bad Medicine labels say “The name Bad Medicine does not refer to any claimed health benefits.” Not so long ago, it would be unthinkable that TTB would allow “medicine” or “health” talk — outside the mandated Government Warning. But the case law keeps changing, and so do the labels, along with it. What other disclaimers are out there (beer, wine, spirits) and what ones…
  • Very Possibly, Your Approved Label is Wrong

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    From the demise of Prohibition until about a year ago, you could fairly safely assume your label was right, if it was approved by TTB. Most people assumed they had a “safe harbor,” created upon approval, even if some of the claims were dubious. This has been changing, and fast. The causes are numerous. One big one is the Pom case, decided in mid-2014. Another is an onslaught of class action lawsuits (such as Tito’s, Makers Mark, Beam, Angel’s Envy, Templeton). I am not discussing these factors in detail in this post because we have covered them a lot in many other blog…
  • Louisville, Flavorman, Tito, Locke Lord, ADI

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Louisville is great. Such a nice break from the clamor of DC. I think I am nearly qualified to make this call because I have been going to Louisville half a dozen times per year for a few years now, and I have now hit all the top 50 or so bars and restaurants. I just got back from a 10 day stay. Some highlights of course are the great people at Flavorman, Moonshine University, Challenge Bottling, Grease Monkey Distillery, and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter (all seeming to be one big happy family). Another highlight was speaking at ADI. More on that in a few days. A major highlight was…
  • Scrapple Flavored Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    I am a tad late for April Fools Day but it’s one of my favorite national holidays and so, we present the above. Is it real or fake? Would you drink it?   Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll   No cheating or Googling allowed. A very good clue, and/or the answer, is here. Related Posts: Unspeakable Beer (0) Umami Spirits, with Mushrooms and Durt (0) Manly Parts and Booze, Part 5 (1)
  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

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

  • Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey open Cardiff Confessional

    Don Ayres, San Diego Craft Beer Examiner
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    When a brewery expands to a new location, there are a few ways for the new venture to manifest itself. When Ballast Point and Stone Brewing Company moved to a second location, they both went the research and development route...
  • Crawfish Boil at Texian Brewing

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Houston Beer Week is winding down. The eight day celebration of all things beer comes to close for the 2015 year on Saturday, April 25. It only makes sense to save some of the best events for last and one...
  • Gravity Growlers celebrates first anniversary with SweetWater tap takeover

    Lonnie Best, Augusta Craft Beer Examiner
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Gravity Growlers (341 Fury's Ferry Rd., Suite 8), the CSRA's first full-fledged growler shop, is celebrating a year of serving up Augusta-area beer lovers craft beer to-go. And what better way to do...
  • Free the Hops' Rocket City Brewfest returns to Huntsville for seventh year

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Huntsville Chapter of Free the Hops is once again giving North Alabama a top tier beer festival experience on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. with the seventh annual Rocket...
  • Katy Sip n Stroll is back this weekend at Villagio Town Center

    Bryan Carey, Houston Craft Beer Examiner
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Wine lovers have several Houston- area events throughout the year for wine sampling and entertainment. The largest of all is only a few days away and everyone age 21 and up is invited to attend and enjoy some of the...
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 040915

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Beer - otherwise known as Happiness in a Glass. There's plenty of spots around the state where you can find your happiness - especially at your local craft beer taproom. Why wait til the weekend? Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, April 9th, 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 DenverSpangalang Brewery - Today is the official 1st day of business at Spangalang Brewery in the Five Points Plaza area of Denver. The…
  • Colorado Beer News 040815

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hope you enjoyed your right to drink beer yesterday for National Beer Day. Extend that right by having another beer today! There's over 250 great breweries here in Colorado where you can go have one today. Keep exercising that right and help support your local brewery. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, April 8th, 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 DenverBull & Bush Brewery - The next beer on tap in their Lineup…
  • Colorado Beer News 040715

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Fermentedly Challenged is back just in time for National Beer Day - a day that celebrates the over-turning of the 18th Amendment back in 1933! Plus, Major League Baseball is back in action! It's been a long hectic month away from the blog, but hopefully things can get back to normal again for the short term. There's a lot happening here in Colorado on the craft beer scene. Let's dive back in and see what's going on at your local Colorado craft brewery. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, April 7, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on…
  • New Belgium Brewing and Kim Jordan to Give $1 Million to CSU

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Talk about a big gift! New Belgium Brewing and CEO Kim Jordan are giving the Colorado State University's Fermentation Science Program a cool $1 million over the course of 5 years as told in a press release issued yesterday. This gift will bolster CSU's educational program geered toward future studies in fermentation science. Check out the press release below. FORT COLLINS, CO – New Belgium Brewing today (April 6th) announced a $1 million gift to Colorado State University that will update and renovate facilities housing the university’s Fermentation Science and Technology program.New…
  • Breckenridge Brewery announces Breck IPA

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    There's a new Colorado-style India Pale Ale being released this week from Breckenridge Brewery - Breck IPA. Look for it on tap and in bottles at your favorite local store. Check out the Press Release issued over the weekend and real all about it.[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO – April 2, 2015 – Next week Breckenridge Brewery releases a new year-round India Pale Ale in all of its markets. Simply stated, Breck IPA is what it was designed to be – a stand-out IPA, Colorado style. Breck IPA hits you right away with a distinctively pleasant floral aroma that carries hints of tropical fruit. The…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 261: Fantasyland & Dorado Double IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined by Ryan Brei to talk about IPAs with them. First up is the 6.5% ABV IPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co called Fanastyland. Urban Chestnut is one of the newest out of state breweries to become available here in Chicago. They have been making some great beers and in the past Brad and Ken have raved about their Zwickel. Following up the big single IPA the guys move onto the 10.0 % ABV…
  • Episode 260: Modern Times Beer Monsters’ Park (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined once again by Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a few beers from Modern Times. This time they are sampling three beers from the Monsters’ Park series. Monsters’ Park is an Imperial Stout coming in at around 12 % ABV. The guys start off with the normal Monsters’ Park but then quickly move onto the Monsters’ Park Aged In Bourbon…
  • Episode 259: Modern Times Beer Rampart Junction & Palace of Cracked Heads (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined by a special guest who you’ve probably seen before, Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a couple beers from Modern Times. The first one they open up is the Palace of Cracked Heads a 9% ABV Wild Ale.  This beer is a Red wine barrel-aged nectarine Sour. After 11 months in Red wine barrels, they added 50 lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom nectarines,…
  • Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot…
  • Episode 257: Allagash Hugh Malone Ale & Farm To Face (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up.
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  • 13 Virtues Brewing Expands Its Beer Offerings

    D.J. Paul
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    This past September Philadelphia’s Steaks & Hoagies went through a rebranding and name change at its Sellwood/Moreland location to now be known as 13 Virtues Brewing Company. The brewery part of this business has been going by 13 Virtues for the past couple of years after founder Steve Moore totally revamped his sandwich shop’s brewery to a much more modern system. Since doing this rebranding it made total sense to completely change the name of the entire operation at this location. With this now behind them, 13 Virtues Brewing opened its new 12 tap tower in its…
  • BrewLab To Assist Craft Brewers In Its Quality Assurance & Quality Control

    D.J. Paul
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are currently over 3,400 total craft breweries here in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the Brewers Association states that there are an additional 2051 breweries in planning. Breweries are opening at a rate of one new opening every 16 hours. These are some astonishing numbers that may not be all that great for this rapidly growing industry. The one element of these openings and that of operating breweries that is routinely overlooked is the quality assurance and quality control aspects of brewing. Just because one is producing craft beer doesn’t necessarily mean that its…
  • Bailey’s Taproom 5th Annual GermanFest

    D.J. Paul
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    As we have now had a few days to get some rest after last week’s Craft Brewers Conference events, Bailey’s Taproom returns from its triumphant week at The Drinking Lot with its 5th Annual GermanFest. This annual event brings out many various styles of beers that come from Deutschland. Taking place on Saturday, April 25th, Bailey’s Taproom will be featuring 21 beers that have been inspired from Germany. Doors will open at Noon. The 5th Annual GermanFest Beer Lineup is as follows: 13 Virtues Maggie Maibock Breakside Fest Lager Buoy Vienna Lager Coalition Tastemaker Blueberry…
  • North American Organic Brewers Festival Returns With New Dates

    D.J. Paul
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Since today is Earth Day, it’s fitting that the year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival has announced its return to celebrate 11 years this summer. Now with new dates that will guarantee* perfect weather, founder Craig Nicholls has moved the festival to a later date in the summer from August 13 – 16. Best of all the NAOBF will once again take place in scenic and TriMet convenient Overlook Park in North Portland. Then as an added bonus, this year’s NAOBF will add an import bottle garden to expand the festival’s organic beer offerings. Here’s more from the…
  • Old Town Brewing and Maletis Beverage Partner to Expand Brewery Operations

    D.J. Paul
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Portland, Ore. – (April 22, 2015)  Old Town Brewing ® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, announced today its partnership with Oregon distributor, Maletis Beverage. Joining the well-known distributors roster will bring OTB’s award winning beers to bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout the Portland market starting in May. In anticipation of increased demand, the brewery is expanding its operations to include five additional 15 BBL fermenters and three 21 BBL brite tanks, more than doubling the brewery’s production ability. “Joining forces with a…
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    The Beer Babe

  • ‘Tis the Saison

    Carla Jean Lauter
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    Now that we’ve passed the equinox it seems more certain that yes, there will be more seasons this year. In their lust for summer, many beer lovers are scooping up the summertime seasonal releases that have already begun to appear on store shelves. But I’d argue that after a winter like this last one, we should stop and savor the delights of spring beer.
  • Those Who Can, Can

    Carla Jean Lauter
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    When I recently picked up the bin that I use to collect my returnables, I wasn’t greeted by the usual cacophony of clinking glass. Instead, the pang and rattle of aluminum drew my attention to the fact that nearly all the beer I’d been drinking over the past few weeks had been canned.
  • Why the pro-macro beer Budweiser ad is so dangerous

    Carla Jean Lauter
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    On the night of the Superbowl, there are lots of surprises. Long-forgotten rappers from the 1990s and people dancing in hilarious fake shark suits make guest appearances during the halftime show. There are miraculous catches, and near-misses. And then last night, there was this.
  • 2015: The Year of the Craft Beer Growth Spurt

    Carla Jean Lauter
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    This year will be a year of growth – and possibly some growing pains – for Maine’s craft breweries.
  • What NOT to get a beer geek for Christmas

    Carla Jean Lauter
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Warning: I know that some of you out there have probably already purchased some of the things on this list for people that you know. You might have even gotten some of these things for me. This list is for fun – but maybe it might help you out next time.
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    Beer News

  • Spinnaker Bay Brewing – 2 year anniversary party

    Kendall Jones
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Quick note about the Spinnaker Bay Brewing anniversary party happening Saturday, April 25 in Seattle. Spinnaker Bay Brewing is celebrating two years of craft beer-making in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Beer drinkers of Washington State’s only 100%, women-owned brewery are invited to come and taste two new barrel aged beers which will be released to show appreciation to supporters of the neighborhood business. A large crowd is expected to celebrate with Campfire BBQ and live music by local acts: The Cool Kids, Lavender Lucy and Ask Sophie!
  • Chainline Brewing opens for business this Saturday

    Kendall Jones
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This Saturday, April 25 at noon, Chainline Brewing opens its doors in Kirkland. The brewery and tasting room is located not far from downtown in the Houghton neighborhood along the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail. In fact, there’s a lovely deck right along the trail. I snuck in for a quick peek the other day and took some pictures. I also got to sample the brews. In other words, I was in the neighborhood, stopped by unannounced, and invited myself in. Thanks guys! The Chainline Lineup For opening day, they’ll pour a selection of four…
  • McMenamins Bothell project exceeds expectations – opening now scheduled

    Kendall Jones
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For a long time downtown Bothell, WA was cute, small and adorably outdated. Compared to just a few years ago, downtown Bothell is rapidly growing unrecognizable. Well, except for the old Anderson School. We reported a long time ago about McMenamins and the plan to save and re-purpose the old school and create a multidimensional community space. (See our previous posts about this project.) Today we report that the completion of that project is now in sight, and we’ve got more details about what you should expect. The scheduled opening in…
  • Beer Release: Chief Lightfoot Irish Red, Foggy Noggin Brewing

    Kendall Jones
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Foggy Noggin Brewing is releasing the return of one of our seasonal beer’s Saturday – April 25th (noon-5PM) at our tasting room in Bothell, WA. This beer will run about 6-8 weeks. Pint and Growler sales at the brewery tasting room. You will see this at some of our tap accounts over the next 2 months. Chief Lightfoot – Irish Red – SEASONAL Every fall, Chief Lightfoot would adorn his full traditional garb and dance each Saturday afternoon. People would come from all over the world to watch and enjoy. His legacy is…
  • Craft Brewers Conference Recap

    Kim Sharpe Jones
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week 11,500 brewers and brewery-related industry professionals descended on Portland, OR for the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). Kendall and I were first-timers at the CBC this year, and while it was everything we expected in terms of amazing beer events, it was also a whole lot more: It’s a traditional conference with a huge variety of seminars, for example everything from creating a third place with your brewery (which we attended), to the latest techniques in dry-hopping, which completely filled a 700-capacity room. Brewing…
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    Booze News

  • ‘Bruce Jenner Cocktails’ One of Most Inappropriate PR Pitches

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    For any major televised event, there are a handful of brands eager to piggyback on the national attention through everything from Super Bowl ads to wannabe-viral videos about how to dress like you’re on the Oscars red carpet. Occasionally, overzealous brands miss the world’s social cues and try to ride the wave of a far more serious, branding-inappropriate event, to disastrous results: AT&T promoted its cell service as the best way to capture a photo of Ground Zero, while Valentino had to apologize after sending out a press release saying it was “pleased to…
  • How To Make Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Photo: Macey J. Foronda Here’s a thing that you might like to eat because it’s a tiny strawberry cup filled with super-boozy Jell-O. You will need: Strawberry Jell-O, water, strawberries, tequila, Cointreau, sugar, and a lime. And about 4 and a half hours, at least, for the Jell-O to solidify. I know, it’s the worst. Sorry. READ MORE FOR RECIPE
  • People are ‘most attractive’ after one drink. But after two?

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol makes you appear more attractive to others, a new study has found. (duh) Research at Bristol University found that the intake of a single alcoholic drink could make people seem more attractive due to the relaxation of facial muscles, dilating pupils and flushed cheeks – indicating good physical health characteristics. The study, published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, required a group of sober students to rate photographs of another group of 40 students who had consumed different levels of alcohol based on how attractive they looked.
  • Canadian Inventor Builds The Ultimate Beer Pong Table

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Beer pong, the classic beer drinking game that has been played since the dawn of time. Legend has it, a caveman named Gorak bet his buddy Steve that if he could throw a ball of petrified mammoth crap into his glass, Steve would have to drink it with the turd inside. Gorak made the shot and just like that, beer pong was invented. The concept is simple, throw a ping pong ball in your opponent’s cup and he has to drink it. Of course the game gets harder and harder as you gradually get drunker and eventually it gets hard to focus.   READ MORE
  • Ah, those crazy Brewdog guys to launch ‘beer hotel’

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    The Scottish craft brewery is raising £25m from fans to expand its factory, create a sour beer brewery, and launch its own ‘beer hotel’ where the craft brew will never stop flowing. Renegade craft brewer Brewdog is launching an ambitious new crowdfunding project to raise £25m from its international fanbase. It is bringing back its hugely successful Equity for Punks scheme, which has already helped the company to raise £7m from Brewdog drinkers. “We’ve been oversubscribed in the last three rounds so it’s time to go big or go home,” said co-founder Martin Dickie. Brewdog will use…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Woodinville Reserve: A White and Rosé Affair

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Herald spring this weekend in Woodinville with a wonderful wine and food event to welcome the warmer weather. Join in on Woodinville Reserve: A White and a Rosé Affair on Sunday April 19th at Novelty Hill Januik Winery. You’ll enjoy delicious bites by James Beard Award-Winning chefs as you partake in two distinct levels of tasting: downstairs in the Red Vault Room, where our award-winning reds will be pouring; and upstairs, where 30 Woodinville winemakers will uncork their new white and rosé offerings for the season.  It’s the ideal opportunity to discover what you should be drinking…
  • Change a Life – Enjoy Some Beer and Wine!

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Today I write on behalf of our beloved founder of Washington State Wine and Beer, Bean Fairbanks, who is probably going to be totally embarrassed over this post. I’ll ask for forgiveness later. Just remember, this is coming from good intentions! Bean, an impassioned advocate for the Washington wine and beer industry, was diagnosed with MS in 1987. This past January, her beloved service dog, Ebony, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away after suffering from a distended and twisted small intestine. I was so choked up with tears over Ebony’s passing that I couldn’t even form words when I…
  • TasteWA at Willie Green’s Organic Farm

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

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

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

  • Perry’s Brewer Preview/Unboxing

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    Full Disclosure: Recently Perry’s Brewer sent me a one gallon beer making kit and the accompanying stout beer ingredients. By recently, I mean way back in January. (My apologies go out to the crew at Perry’s Brewer for the delay.) Like the rest of my blog and unfortunately my brewing hobby, it’s been kind of on hold. I haven’t had much time recently. Having a fifteen month old running around the house will do that. However, Perry’s Brewer one gallon all brewing seems like the perfect way to get back into brewing when fighting with a jam packed schedule.
  • White House Honey Porter from Midwest Supplies Review

    21 Apr 2013 | 9:54 am
    It’s been a while since my last blog post. Sometimes life, a new job, etc…just gets in the way of blogging. However, I’m back and you can look for more regular posts from Passion For The Pint. The last time we talked, I wrote about the White House Honey Porter from Midwest Supplies. Since then, a lot has happened. The kit has gone from ingredient form to in the bottle. More details about that below. Also, I’ve tried my hand at making wine, as well as mead. Once, I found out that there wasn’t much equipment that I needed to switch from beer to wine, I decided to…
  • Brew Day: White House Honey Porter Beer Kit From Midwest Supplies

    6 Jan 2013 | 1:32 pm
    Thanks Midwest Supplies, I did some homebrewing this weekend. They sent me their White House Honey Porter to brew and review. I’ve been a honey beer kick lately, first a couple batches of a honeymoon rosemary saison and now this one. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe since the White House released, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to try it. Since I brewed today, it’s obviously too early to give you a review of how it tastes. However, I can tell you about some other observations I’ve made so far. The recipe kit arrived safely and quickly from…
  • Tails & Ales @ New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, August 18th

    8 Aug 2012 | 9:33 am
    It’s been a while since our last update! Things have been a bit hectic. I’ve re-located from Tampa to New Orleans – equally as awesome craft beer scene, but very different. The good news is that just like Tampa, there’s lots of craft beer festivals. First up on my schedule is the Tails & Ales festival August 18th. The event takes place in the Clubhouse at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Tales & Ales is present by Louisiana powerhouse brewery Abita Beer. Also confirmed for the event are Bayou Teche, Blue Moon, Covington Brewhouse, Duvel, La Chouffe,…
  • Casks For A Cause: Tampa Are You Ready?

    19 Mar 2012 | 10:36 am
    Saturday, March 24; 2-6 p.m. Cigar City Brewery 3924 W. Spruce St , Suite A Tampa, are you ready for another beer fest? I hope so, because this one is filled with cask conditioned beers and it helps a good cause. Win/win! Casks For A Cause is this Saturday (March 24th 2-6pm) at Cigar City Brewing and will feature beers like Stone’s Cali-Belgique, Shipyard’s Export Ale, Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Black IPA, Great Divide’s Old Ruffian Barley Wine and Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA! Do I need to say anything else? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s just ten…
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  • Surly Doomtree

    Beer Blogger
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Surly Doomtree - Craft beer is no stranger to collaboration. Frequently we see brewers help each other out and work together to bring us amazing brews that benefit from their collective knowledge. Collaborations aren’t just for brewer teams anymore. We’ve seen a number of great brewer and musician brews. If one was to pick pairing of Minnesota brewer and Minnesota-made musicians, the pairing of Surly Brewing and Doomtree would be the perfect mix. With Surly Doomtree beer, that’s just what happened. Surly and Doomtree may produce different products but…
  • PiCO Micro Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    PiCO Micro Bottle Opener - We may not be Boy Scouts but craft beer drinkers always come prepared. Always prepared to pop a bottle that is. Most of us would’t go anywhere without a bottle opener. You never know when you’ll need those little guys. The problem with so many bottle openers is that they add a bit too much bulk to your keychain or they’re made of material that breaks down too often (like those crappy 99¢ checkout counter ones we’ve all had). For those that want really small but still down for any job, the PiCO Micro Bottle Opener is just…
  • Enigma Key Hook Bottle Opener

    Beer Blogger
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Enigma Key Hook Bottle Opener - As a craft beer fan, you spend a lot of time twisting and prying bottle caps. While most will experience them from time to time, you could punch a time clock for all the time you spend doing it. It’s like your job (a tasty beer drinking job). To cut down on the mark this task often leaves on our hands, we seek out tools to help. Bottle openers to pry bottles open and often our shirts to help twist tops off. For those looking for one tool to do both jobs (and save your shirts in the process), the Enigma Key Hook Bottle Opener is just the…
  • The Koolernaut Digital Beer Chiller

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

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 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

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 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

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 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

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 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

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:18 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

  • Brewing jobs: Brewers Assistant — Brewpack

    Help Wanted
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:13 pm
    At Brewpack Pty Ltd we only want dedicated staff who take ownership and accountability of their roles played in the business. We are contract brewery who’s customers are in the business of beer, RTD’s, cider and soft drinks.We are currently looking for a dynamic and dedicated trainee brewer to be trained up  to join our team at our contract brewery in Smeaton Grange.Brewpack is offering a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to train anyone willing to learn or thinking of a career change. With the Australian craft industry taking off, completing this program you will be one of the most…
  • Stone hopes to sink grey imports

    James Atkinson
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Caption L-R: Stone’s Stephen Houck with Aaron Edwards, owner of Sydney bar Bitter PhewSan Diego’s Stone Brewing hopes the ready availability of its beers direct from the brewery will stamp out unofficial channels.Aside from the possible quality concerns associated with beer that is of unknown provenance, grey imports are likely to be more expensive than the official product, Stone international business development manager Stephen Houck told Australian Brews News.“We went to several bottleshops and talked to the folks that were buying grey,” Houck said.“Johnny [Latta –…
  • White Rabbit building new brewery

    Media Release
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    One of Australia’s leading craft brewers, White Rabbit, is pleased to announce that plans are underway to build a new White Rabbit Brewery in Geelong. Construction is expected to commence in April 2015 and complete by the end of the year.In November Lion, the owners of the White Rabbit brand, announced that it was relocating its White Rabbit Brewery in Healesville to the Little Creatures Brewery site in Geelong to meet growing demand for the White Rabbit brand. Plans for the new brewery have now been approved by Geelong City Council and professional services firm, BECA, will lead the…
  • Red Hill marks 10th anniversary

    James Atkinson
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    Red Hill celebrates ten yearsMornington Peninsula’s Red Hill Brewery will this weekend unveil Batch One Thousand, the second beer in a special series to mark its 10th anniversary.Red Hill’s Karen Golding told Australian Brews News that Batch One Thousand — which also marks its 1000th brew — is a Red Belgian Tripel that follows on from The Bloody Plums, a saison brewed with plums from a tree on the Red Hill property.The third beer in the series dubbed The Red Project will be Red Hill’s GABS contribution, the Red Rauchbock – a lightly smoked Bock.“This year we’ve got our six or…
  • Freshhop NZ back for 2015

    Media Release
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Freshhop is back for its second year, the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount last year with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin.In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region.The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops are picked fresh and brewed with as soon as…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Three-year battle over 64-ounce growlers all but over

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    It has been a long convoluted journey, but on Friday the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize 64-ounce growlers for tap room beer sales. The size, a standard in 48 of the United States, has long been a point of contention between craft brewers and some of the state’s distributors and macro-brewers. “This day has been a long time coming,” House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, said on the floor Friday. “It was a lot harder than it should have been, and a lot of you have lived through this craziness with me.” The bill, now awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature or veto,…
  • Highland Brewing hosting several Jacksonville events in May

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Highland Brewing Company has been a staple in Asheville, NC for more than 20 years where they have created beers that they describe as a, “Wee bit different.” The brewery along with their local Jacksonville distributor, Brown Distributing Company, has recently announced several fun and exciting events scheduled to highlight their exceptional brews. The first event will take place Tuesday, May 12 at The Parlour behind Grape & Grain Exchange in San Marco. The tasting event will feature Highland’s Gaelic, St. Terese Pale Ale, Black Mocha Stout, Kashmir IPA and current seasonal on tap…
  • Ponte Vedra eatery to feature craft beer

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Food and craft beer go together like, well like food and craft beer. It seems like more an more new restaurants are catching on to that simple fact. With the soon-to-open Supper Food & Brew downtown, Kitchen on San Marco and now Trasca & Co. Eatery in Ponte Vedra, craft beer is proving to be a major force in the new restaurant scene. Speaking of Trasca & Co. Eatery, check out the press release below to learn more about the restaurant’s signature and unique sandwich, the Panino. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – April 8, 2015 – Trasca & Co Eatery, located in the Sawgrass…
  • Ben and Jerry’s collaborates with New Belgium to create tasty new brew

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    What happens when one of the best loved ice cream makers in the United States gets together with the nation’s third largest craft brewer? All sorts of dessert-flavored beer goodness, that’s what! And, to top it off, the proceeds from sales of the brew will go to charity! Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream of Vermont along with New Belgium Brewing Company of Colorado have announced plans to produce a co-branded beer that will benefit snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ Save Our Winters organization founded to help raise awareness of global climate change. The beer, Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, will…
  • Brew Bus rolls in to Jacksonville April 24

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    In cities around the country craft beer is becoming a force to be reckoned with. More and more, cities are realizing that craft beer can be a source of pride to residents and a means for advancing tourism. At the same time, beer enthusiasts are always looking for ways to enjoy several beers from several different breweries in a single day. Enter the answer to the prayers of local and out-of-town beer aficionados alike: The Brew Bus. Born in Tampa, the Brew Bus is the brain child of Anthony Derby, the Brew Bus began as a private charter service and quickly grew to offer weekly public tours.
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  • Preliminary Program for Brew Talks Chicago Announced

    Chris Furnari
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Revolution Brewing Barrel Room First things first: we need to apologize. At the end of February, we told you that we’d be visiting Chicago on Tuesday April 28 to host our traveling Brew Talks meetup series at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie production facility. At the time, we promised that speakers would be revealed shortly after the announcement. Well now it’s April 24, there are 100 beer industry professionals already registered to attend next Tuesday’s meetup and we still haven’t said a peep about the program. That changes today. Brewbound is excited to announce the first…
  • Speakers Brew Talks – Chicago 2015 Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
  • Sam Calagione on Beer and Music

    David Eisenberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    Befitting the reputation it has built for using diverse and exotic ingredients in the brewing process, Dogfish Head has shown over the years that, as a company, it has eclectic taste in music as well. Spearheaded by founder and self-proclaimed music geek Sam Calagione, the company has made its fandom known through collaborations with the likes of Pearl Jam, the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis’ estate and, most recently, a Dogfish-sponsored live performance by hip-hop icon Tone Loc during this year’s Craft Brewers Conference. Dogfish Head, the country’s 13th largest craft brewery, was also…
  • Island Brewing Lands Six Medals at Beer Competition

    Press Release
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Carpinteria, CA – Island Brewing Company posted six medals at the LA International Beer Competition, judged April 18-19. A panel of certified beer judges critiqued hundreds of beers from the US and abroad in a blind-taste format covering 89 beer styles. Beers were judged against others of similar styles as defined by the Brewer’s Association Style Guidelines. Island Brewing Company earned a Gold Medal for the Island Blonde in the German-style Kolsch category, and a Gold Medal in the Imperial India Pale Ale category for the King Tide Double IPA. Three Silver Medals went to the…
  • The Brewers Association Appoints New Safety Ambassador

    Press Release
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Boulder, CO — The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, announced that Matt Stinchfield has been appointed safety ambassador. Serving in a newly created position, Stinchfield will work to promote the mission of the BA safety subcommittee to increase safety awareness of the association’s members and encourage prevention of harm to personnel, the public and production. “The Brewers Association’s increased focus on brewery safety has led to an increase in BA resources available to all brewers,” said…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Aquae Compositae

    Richard English
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Drunk for a Penny. Dead drunk for twopence. Clean straw for nothing. —Sign outside a London gin shop, Circa 1700 England. 1688. James II sat on the throne. A Catholic, his reign had been one of religious tolerance, increased standards of living for the masses, and reduced tensions with France. He had just produced an heir, and all was right in the land. And many people found this state of affairs completely intolerable. In order to rectify the situation, James’ daughter, Mary, and her husband William of Orange, were trucked in (well, boated, actually) from Holland to return things to…
  • In the Grip of a Cider Press

    Chris Lehault
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Head west from London, through suburbs lazily tapering off into farmland and forests, and you will find yourself in the West Country, the umbrella term for the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset. In the ’90s, Trip-Hop put Bristol and the region on the map. More contemporary Anglophiles may be familiar with the region’s Glastonbury Festival or See No Evil, the UK’s largest street art project. But just a few kilometers from these monoliths of modern English culture, another kind of British culture thrives. Rooted in tradition rather than trend, and farming…
  • Industry Insider: To Tip, Or Not To Tip, And My Hamburger Is How Much? Part I

    Alfie Turnshek
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Has this happened to you? You’re scanning the menu at dinner, trying to decide what to eat, and you see that the restaurant is now adding a 20% service charge to every bill. No more tipping. Just 20% on the top, no matter how big or small your party is. What’s the deal? Everyone at the table has a different read on it. Your sister wishes they’d do this at the diner where she waits tables. The tips are terrible there. Your mom feels like there should be a way to reward excellent service. Your uncle is pissed that he can’t adjust the “gratuity” in relation to the server’s bra size…
  • Blind Tasting for the Best Marlborough SB in the UK for under £10

    Robbie Priddle
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    New Zealand Wine are celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Week. At Drink Me, we’re never one to miss out on the party, so we’re bringing you our top picks of the best Marlborough SB you can find in the UK for less than £10. There is a whopping 18k hectares of Sauvignon Blanc planted in Marlborough. That equates to almost two thirds of all vine plantings in New Zealand. It really is a huge wine-producing region. Compare it to something as exclusive as Northern Rhone Syrah at 3k and it seems colossal, but even when comparing it to another new world giant like Mendoza Malbec at 20k, it tells…
  • 10 Ridiculously Good Wine Movies Every Wino Should Know

    Adrian Smith
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The only thing better than getting your wine on is doing it while curled up on a Friday or Saturday night with a wine-related movie. Here at Drink Me, we care about you and we care about your wine endeavours too, so with that in mind I’ve decided to put together a list of the top 10 wine movies. From the funny, to the sad, to the dramas, to the facts – this list runs the gamut. Feel free to throw in your two cents in the comments—we’d love more suggestions.
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    Brew Dudes

  • Burner Control Parts List

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    This week a quick, but long overdue, video outlining the key fittings I used to plumb in the control valve on my brew stand. This video shows how the parts are connected together and I also outline exactly the part numbers for each part. First thing first, I used teflon tape on every joint. This […] Read the original article Burner Control Parts List and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Down Under IPA Tasting

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Hops Hops Hops. We continue to talk about hops. Hop methods and hop varieties. We finally get down to tasting some hops. This week we quaff down some mighty fine double IPA loaded up with Australian and New Zealand Hops! One of the best IIPAs we can get around here in the Northeast is Heady […] Read the original article Down Under IPA Tasting and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Russian Imperial Stout Brew Session

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Of all the stouts to brew, the Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) is the one that you have to brew at least once to see if you can.  It’s one of the biggest beers you can brew.  As I read, there are no limits – just minimums with the RIS. Being a somewhat experienced brewer (I […] Read the original article Russian Imperial Stout Brew Session and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Using Old Yeast Part 2

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I know I know! Last week we talked about using old yeast from a dry packet. Well this week I share my experience and follies with old yeast and frozen yeast. I finally brewed my first batch for 2015, but things didn’t go as planned. Flander’s Red and a new brewing area. I had the […] Read the original article Using Old Yeast Part 2 and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Using Old Yeast

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    John recently had a dilemma. He needed to rep itch some yeast into his braggot after a long a tiresome ferment. Worried that some fresh yeast was needed at bottling he looked to the fridge. All he had away an older package of white wine yeast. He rehydrated the yeast in some water and pitched […] Read the original article Using Old Yeast and other Brew Dudes posts.
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  • Holiday from 13/04 until 19/04

    Griet Baelus
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    We offer our customers a special holiday promo. Copy and past the next code in the last step of the checkout to get 15% off all Christmas Beers. MZUR7SWJ2OCR
  • Geuze and Kriek have recovered their popularity, they are currently in a massive boost.

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

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

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

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

  • Marshall Wharf Brewing forced to idle canning operation

    Chad Lothian
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Yesterday I heard some noise about Marshall Wharf Brewing Company shutting down their canning operation, I reached out to David Carlson, Owner at Marshall Wharf to validate this info. It turns out what I heard was true but it’s only temporary. Marshall Wharf is located right on the water in Belfast, David informed me that the 150 year old cribwork that’s supporting the building closest to the water has eroded and needs to be rebuilt. The damage has been surveyed and engineers are working on a fix. Unfortunately the section of building in question houses all of their cans and part of the…
  • Want to help out Friends of Acadia and drink free beer?

    Chad Lothian
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Saturday, April 25th marks the 16th year the Friends of Acadia have gathered together and set out to clean the roadsides around Mount Desert Island and Trenton. The Earth Day Roadside Cleanup event is volunteer based, everyone is welcome to join in the effort. Atlantic Brewing Company and Maine Girls Pint Out have both committed to helping Friends of Acadia clean up the roadsides around MDI. After the work is done Atlantic Brewing Company is inviting all volunteers back to the brewery for a Lazy Saturday Event where they’ll have a free 10 oz. beer waiting for you. Does volunteering to…
  • Coaster Critique: Rogue Sriracha Stout

    Chad Lothian
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Name: Sriracha Stout Brewed By: Rogue Ales Style: Chile Stout ABV: 5.7% Pours a deep black color with a thick, milk chocolate colored head. Smells of dark roasted grains with hints of chocolate, roasted red peppers. Smells spicy but not overwhelming. At first sip I’m met with a roasty, grainy malt profile, coffee and a slight chocolate note. Mid sip I find roasted red peppers, the finish is dry and spicy. I don’t find the spiciness on the finish overwhelming but between sips there is a lingering heat and a vegetal flavor. Overall not as spicy as I expected. I’m not a Sriracha fanatic,…
  • Three old advertisements that make me want to head to the lake

    Chad Lothian
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    It’s National Beer Day, it snowed last night and I’m ready for warmer weather. This combination of things drove me to find some old advertisements that combine beer and the great outdoors. This Ad for Rainier Beer from 1904 ran in the Arizona Republican. “The Strenuous Life requires something to put vim and vigor in one’s system. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a reasonable amount of Rainier Beer. Ideal for hunting, fishing and other outings.” I liked the direction they took with this advertisement, it’s easy to relate to “The strenuous life” and the appeal of the…
  • Coaster Critique: Banded Horn Pepperell Pilsener

    Chad Lothian
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Name: Pepperell Pilsener Brewed By: Banded Horn Brewing Company Style: Pilsener ABV: 4.6% Pepperell Pilsener pours hazy, with a yellow-gold color with a thick pure white head that leaves delicate lacing down the glass. The nose is a pleasant blend of malt and hops. The malt strikes me first with a mild yeasty, baked bread aroma followed then by an earthy, slightly peppery hop profile. The flavor follows the aroma closely, the malt body reminds me of freshly baked yeast rolls. The hops are a finishing flavor, slightly herbal with a peppery note, they also add a slight bitterness to keep…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Houlton grocers told they can sell hard liquor, but not beer, on Sundays

    Beer Infinity
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Bangor Daily News Houlton grocers told they can sell hard liquor, but not beer, on Sundays Bangor Daily News HOULTON, Maine — Local shoppers looking to grab a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer on Sunday were shocked and confused to learn they could not do so. All three grocery stores in Houlton had signs posted on their doors an ...
  • Craft beer fest pours attention on Greencastle

    Beer Infinity
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Herald-Mail Media Craft beer fest pours attention on Greencastle Herald-Mail Media GREENCASTLE, Pa. — If one plans to run from one town to another in a half-marathon, does one not deserve to hang around afterward to enjoy a well-crafted beverage? Such was the thought, in part, behind the Greencastle Craft Beer Festival. The secon ...
  • Victory Helles Lager

    Beer Infinity
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Day 299: Victory Helles Lager from Victory Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Munich Helles'. ABV is 4.8%.
  • Uinta’s 22nd Birthday Suit

    Beer Infinity
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Here's a preview of Uinta's new Birthday Suit label. This year's incarnation of the brewery's anniversary ale is going to be a "sour abbey ale" brewed with plums and an authentic Belgian abbey yeast strain that's full of all of the bold character that have made Abbey Ales famous. It's described as having a playful combination of sour tangine ...
  • Branding: who has the Best?

    Beer Infinity
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    The post Branding: who has the Best? appeared first on The BeerCast.
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Dogfish Head Goes Extreme Again – Beer Thousand!

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Quick editor’s note: we meant for this to be a video review, but due to a malfunction in our sound equipment, we have transferred our thoughts into writing.  Enjoy! 10 grains, 10 hops, 10% ABV — this is the recipe for Dogfish Head’s extreme brew called Beer Thousand.  Beer Thousand is an Imperial Lager, which is a style of beer that we’ve never had or even seen before.  The grains included in this beer are: 2-row pale malt, 6-row pale malt, Corn, Rice, Wheat, Dark Munich malt, Carapils malt, Light caramel malt, Dark caramel malt, and Flaked barley.  Each of these…
  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – From the World’s Oldest Brewery.

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    by The post Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – From the World’s Oldest Brewery. appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
  • Bells Oberon – The First Sign of Summer

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
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  • Flying Frog – Black Frog’s first IPA

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
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  • Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout

    Brew Review Crew
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
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  • From the Other Side of the Counter

    Jamie Tierney
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Featured Contributor: Jamie Tierney @jamietie89 You’ve been stalking the release of that limited, overpriced, one-time release of the hippest of brewery of the month and have finally found a store that’ll be getting some bottles. You drive an hour, maybe more to this fabled super store hoping to get your hands on that bottle only to find that when you get to the counter, you’re given the run around. “Sold out” the clerk says. You get a glimpse of the bottle, possibly with a slip of paper…
  • The Lovely, Sweet Jenny

    Craft Brew Gal
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Featured Contributor: Craft Brew Gal @CraftBr3wGal Let’s talk about this beer right here. Flying Jenny is a year round available extra pale ale.
 Brewed in? Westerly Rhode Island. 
Being unfiltered this little lady is a little hazy; Lite golden body with a lite caramel glow.
 This here is an Ode to Northwestern hops-Columus, Zeus, Tomahawk and…….. DRY HOPPED WITH CASCADE! (brewed also with five different malts.) Flying Jenny factoids: ABV 6 % Calories (Est) 159 IBU 54 <— I got more fruity hops character not too bitter She’s…
  • Hap and Harry’s Tennessee Lager

    Rick Fenwick
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Featured Contributor:  Rick Fenwick Drinking craft brew is fun. Part of the fun is seeing the creativity of the brewers with the names, labels, and even ingredients. When I drink a craft beer, I like to see the bottle and the label. I also like to read the story that comes with the beer. It is all part of the fun. When I think of Tennessee, the first association with food and beverages that comes to mind is Tennessee whiskey, like Jack Daniels. The…
  • Beerology by Mirella Amato – Book Review

    Andrew Newton
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton I first met Mirella while judging the Atlantic Canada Beer Awards last fall. At the end of the evening I had the opportunity to speak with her about her career and the Cicerone program. She was very approachable and happy to answer questions she’s probably been asked a hundred times over. It wasn’t until later that I understood what a Master Cicerone was, that she is Canada’s only one, and one of only seven in the world. I was intrigued to read…
  • The Beers that Shaped Me

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Featured Contributor:  Don Manfredi  @profmanfredi Many of us that have a love affair with beer have something in common – a backstory regarding the beers that shaped our tastes. We all remember our first beer and most of us remember the one beer that turned us into the zealots we are now. We recall the gateway beer that created the person that stands in line to buy a single twelve ounce beer for $10.00. This little trip down memory lane highlights the top 5 beers that…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Cardinal Pine Farm Awarded Major Grant to Expand Company and Benefit Other North Carolina Businesses

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
      Pam and Guilford Leggett 252-289-9590 For Immediate Release Cardinal Pine Farm Awarded Major Grant to Expand Company and Benefit Other North Carolina Businesses Wilson, NC –Cardinal Pine Farm in Wilson County has received a prestigious 2015 NC AgVentures grant from NC AgVentures and the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. This family-owned business was given $15,000, the maximum amount awarded, to enhance its hops growing operations. “My husband, Guilford, myself and our family are gratified to have two such highly respected organizations believe in our…
  • Hops On Tap

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Thanks to the Wilson Times Newspaper for another great article on Cardinal Pine Farm.  The article Hops on Tap in ENC was published this past weekend in the “My Wilson Grow” section. Here is just a blurb, but you can read the entire article with the link below. When first looking into starting this business the couple did a great deal of research, talking with many growers and visiting farms, all of which were outside of the state. “Everyone was really friendly and willing to share what they knew,” commented Guilford. With numerous brewpubs, craft and microbreweries in the…
  • 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…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Industry News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewing announce participation in Spokane Beer Week

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSpokane, WA…While Portland is a buzz for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, the Inland Northwest is creating a buzz of its own.  Come May 11, all roads will lead to Spokane…and the first official Spokane Craft Beer Week!With an abundance of exciting events already slated to entertain the masses from May 11th – 17th, perhaps the most anticipated is one that brings together 13 breweries and paints a vibrant picture of craft beer in the Inland Northwest.    On May 12th from 4pm – 7pm, 12 local breweries will unveil 6 collaboration…
  • Festival News: OR: Portland: North American Organic Brewers Festival returns August 13th thru August 16th

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleasePORTLAND, ORE – April 23, 2015 – The world’s only organic brewers festival, the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th years with a new date: the event has moved away from its traditional June weekend to August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.“Another beer promoter chose to move his Portland beer festival to our June date,” explained event founder Craig Nicholls. “Since…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Three Pepper Ale

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Press ReleaseBROOMFIELD, Colo. – ...  – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is thrilled to announce the national rollout of its award-winning Three Pepper Ale. To honor its silver medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the company has launched a chef- and brewer-inspired menu to celebrate its local brewers and chefs. Now through May 17, guests can enjoy Three Pepper Ale with a variety of new menu items created with Rock Bottom’s handcrafted brews.Rock Bottom’s Three Pepper Ale gets its flavor and bit of heat from house-roasted, anaheim, jalapeño…
  • OR: Portland: The Brewers Association presents The Craft Brewers Conference. What we saw and experienced (and why you should attend next years’)

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Like the infamous story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, there’s mystery surrounding how a brewer produces so much beer in so little a time.Some may tell you it’s nothing more than the primary ingredients (known as water, malt, yeast, and hops). Others will reveal ingredients like Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, or Young’s Ale Yeast. Still there are others that willingly offer up their recipe to anyone who wishes to reproduce their exceptional beer. But this is only part of the ingredients needed to produce Manny’s Pale Ale or Black Butte Porter.Ask any brewer where their carboy or…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... New Belgium Skinny Dip

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Press ReleaseFt. Collins, Colo. ... – Skinny Dip, New Belgium Brewing’s summer seasonal, makes another splash this year as a go-to beer for summer fun while supporting clean water and conservation. Now through July, Skinny Dip is turning its attention to the Waterkeeper Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that stands for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide. To support this organization, New Belgium will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Waterkeeper Alliance for every fan photo posted to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip.  Skinny…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • April 24th, 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    Good thing I buy in bulk...
  • April 17th, 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    I tend to be really, really confident on the weekends.
  • Clark's Ale House

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
  • April 10th, 2015

    10 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    "And this next tune goes out to all of my favorite publicans"
  • Dan Kelly's Cider

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider is made from apples harvested in Boyne Grove Fruit Farm, our own family farm in the Boyne Valley at Drogheda.   Dan Kelly’s grandson, Gerry McNeece brought the farm from the Cairnes Family in 1962. We have, along Read More...
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    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.

  • Category 12 Brewing – Victoria, B.C, Canada

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    A Grand Day out at Category 12 Brewing Well, it’s sure been a while since my last post, and life has been the culprit! First, it was law exams. Then, it was catching up with work (that thing that pays the bills). Finally, I turned 30. To mark the end of an era, and to begin a new one in style, I flew back to Victoria, B.C, Canada, with the SWMBO to visit family. It’d been just over a year since I had last visited, and apart from seeing family and old friends I was looking forward to one other thing: Victoria Beer Week. The second annual Victoria Beer Week was held across a number…
  • 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 —…
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    Real Ale Review

  • Spitfire

    Martin Gray
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Commercial Description: Spitfire was originally produced in 1990 as a bottle conditioned 4.7% premium bitter as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. A full malt and hop flavour with a well balanced and lasting after taste.This ale is always readily available at Supermarkets but don’t let that put you off. Winner of a gold medal and Best Strong Cask-Conditioned Beer of the World at the Brewing Industry International Awards, Spitfire Ale is now Shepherd Neame’s biggest-selling cask conditioned ale.My bottle of Spitfire pours a clear coppery colour with a frothy…
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

    Martin Gray
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Commercial Description: Timothy Taylor Landlord is the classic pale ale, brewed in the traditional way from Knowle Spring water. Using only the finest Golden Promise malted barley and best possible leaf hops. This full-flavoured brew has won many awards, both at Brewers Exhibitions and Great British Beer Festivals. It is best drunk between 11°C & 13°CMy Timothy taylor landlord review:Timothy Taylor Landlord was recommended by my Father-in-law and I tend to agree with his beer tastes. The bottle is distinctive and available at most supermarkets but don’t let the wide distribution…
  • Which glass for which beer?

    Martin Gray
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    I recently joined a friend at Bristol’s ‘Beermuda Triangle’ and was amazed at the array of glasses that different ales were served in. This got me thinking about which glass for which beer. I confess, I didn’t know. I prefer a tanker or jug, also known as a Stein. It just seems more civilised with a handle to stop your beer cooling your hand and your hand warming your beer.I am also bit of a sucker for having the appropriately branded glass. It’s just wrong when your beer is poured in a glass with the wrong name on it.If you’ve ever been to a bar that…
  • Adnams Explorer

    Martin Gray
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Commercial Description: Adnams Explorer is a light and refreshing blonde beer, with some citrus notes and grapefruit aromas. Fantastic served chilled. Adnams Explorer captures the spirit of discovery by blending Chinook and Columbus hops from the New World. The best in traditional brewing with a contemporary edge.Adnams Explorer pours a clear golden colour with a quickly disappearing head. The taste shows promising hoppy flavours,which oddly dissappears within a few moments of tasting it. This is an average neutral tasting beer, really light body and crisp carbonation, light fruity hop…
  • Samuel Smith’s Organic Pale Ale

    Martin Gray
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Commercial Description: Samuel Smith’s Organic Pale Ale is Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground); best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a full, rounded flavour and after-taste.Developed in 2011 and 2012 after many test batches and tasting sessions; replaced Sam Smith’s Organic AleMy Review: This pours a deep copper colour with a one finger khaki coloured head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and caramel. Taste is…
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  • Meet America’s First Red-Wine Blend: How The Prisoner Wine Started a Trend that Can’t Be Stopped

    Diana Bocco
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    More and more wineries are moving away from “simple” wines and exploring the magic of blends. According to Nielsen’s January 2015 report, wine blends (and especially red blends) have become the fastest-growing type of wine in the country. And it all started with The Prisoner, now considered by experts as “the first true American red-blend.” The Prisoner Wine Co. has been making headlines since it opened up its doors in 2001. “The name and artwork for The Prisoner come from an etching by the Spanish artist, Francisco de Goya, titled “El Prisionero,” according to Jennifer…
  • Cayucos Cellars – Family Owned Winery by the Sea

    Genie Davis
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Just a block from the ocean in the small beach town of Cayucos, California, Cayucos Cellars offers tastes of their wild-yeast fermented vintages, made with grapes grown in the hills above town. This is a smaller craft winery, where wines are aged between three and six years in oak barrels before bottling. Creating just five hundred to eight hundred cases of wine annually, Cayucos Cellars is an excellent venue to taste and bring home a wine not everyone has tried before. Tastings are encouraged, and tasting fees refunded with the purchase of a bottle. A first visit during the annual May wine…
  • The Wineries of Paso Robles

    Genie Davis
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Picking the best of Paso Robles wineries is not an easy task. There are nearly two hundred wineries in the area, and the bucolic hills that once fed roaming cattle, now house vineyards and tasting rooms. The sunny, dry climate, limestone-rich soil, and proximity to coastal air has given this wine region the ability to produce wines as diverse as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as a wide range of Rhone varietals. Grapes planted as early as the 18th century – were used to create the sacramental and secular wines of the California missions. The region began producing wine as early as…
  • How a Beer of the Month Club is Changing the Way People Discover Craft Beer

    Diana Bocco
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Noble Brewer might just be the world’s most unique beer of the month club. Technically speaking, Noble Brewer is just a beer-of-the-month club – except that it’s not. Why? Because Noble Brewer has paired with homebrewers to produce and then distribute unique homebrew recipes to club members. No commercial brands, no big names. Instead, you’ll get access to small-batch beers you can’t taste anywhere else. We talked to Claude Burns, founder of Noble Brewer, to learn more about the club and how it will change the way you experience beer. QUESTION: In just a few words,…
  • On Tap this Weekend: The TAP New York Craft Beer Festival

    Eric Mohrman
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The self-proclaimed largest craft beer festival in New York happens on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 26 from noon to 4:00 pm. It’s the 2015 TAP New York festival, an annual celebration of the state’s hand-crafted beer and food. Anyone 21 and up (and wielding the photo ID to prove it) is welcome at the event, held at Hunter Mountain in the Great Northern Catskills. A Little Background Currently in its 18th year, TAP New York began as the Hudson Valley Beer and Food Festival in 1998. It quickly outgrew its original home at the Culinary Institute of…
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