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  • How to Ship Beer

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    Billy Broas
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Have you ever wanted to ship beer to someone? You might be surprised how common beer trading and beer shipping really is. To make sure your package arrives at its destination in one piece, however, you need to make sure you properly pack your beer to ship. Check out the video above to see my tips on how to pack beer and ship it. Use this method and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Tips on how to ship beer Use a sturdy double-walled box, or put one box inside another. Use plenty of filler material. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap work best. Make sure no glass is touching. Make sure…
  • Celt Experience ‘Ogham Willow’ 8.8% ABV

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    Bob the Brit
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Rather than an 'Imperial' IPA, the brewery describes this brew as 'Majestic' and I confess I'm inclined to agree. This is indeed a ‘majestic’ brew.
  • What’s Wrong with Beer Marketing? –> A Beer Duet – @Sommbeer & @HopsCanary

    SommBeer
    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    I want to thank @hopscanary for contributing to this post.  I value her opinions even (especially) when they fail to agree with mine.  Please visit her website: Beer and Travel Adventures What do you think about the current marketing of beer? Sommbeer: The marketing for craft beer is almost non-existent.  Even the local brew pubs seem inept in this regard.  As for the big brewers, I think they are a mess too.  I have to turn the channel if my kids are in the room.…
  • All Pints North!

    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond
    ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Hey. Hey you! Yeah, you. Come to Duluth with us. We’re going to have an excellent time and enjoy some great beers with great people, all with the largest of the Great Lakes in the background. Does that sound good to you? Tickets are still available for next weekend’s All […]
  • The NeverEnding Cask Ale Lesson

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    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Cask-conditioned ale is a process that starts at the brewery and continues at the pub. Bad practices at either end yield poor cask ales. For example: How NOT to cellar and tap cask ale:Were the casks improperly conditioned (or grossly over-conditioned at the brewery)? Sure looks like it. You have to feel sorry for the guy, but, still, hilarious. In contrast, How TO tap cask ale: Paul Pendyck —star of the second video— is the owner of UK Brewing Supplies. Based in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., he sell casks, cask equipment, and traditional British pub supplies. He dispenses (pun intended)…
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  • More from Stone Co-Founder Greg Koch on Indiegogo campaign pivot

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I heard the feedback and we reconsidered, well, pretty much everything. Gotta own up when I muck something up, and it sure appears that I did! I thought this whole thing would be a fun way to engage folks in a new chapter of our adventure, but I see that it seemed like it was panhandling for money. You can follow along with Koch’s comments in the thread here. More >> BeerAdvocate.
  • Report: Stone Brewing’s East Coast destination down to Ohio and Virginia, Carolinas are out

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    “The metric that prevented Greensboro (and South Carolina) from continuing on in the process was related to logistics cost (miles to market),” he wrote. “Most of the product that Stone will manufacture in this new facility will be transported to the northeast/upper mid-west therefore the two finalists states are Ohio and Virginia. More >> Triad City Beat.
  • Stone Brewing to make East Coast decision within 30-90 days per report

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Stone Brewing Co. is within a few months of announcing a location for its East Coast brewery project, but it’s no longer confirming that Cincinnati is in the running for the $31 million development. More >> WCPO.
  • Side Project Blueberry Flanders bottles set for Friday night release

    BeerPulse curator
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Side Project Brewing will be releasing Batch 1 of its Blueberry Flanders. This Flanders Red Ale was fermented and aged in Missouri oak Chambourcin barrels for 19 months with Michigan Blueberries. Bottles will be available in the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room at 8125 Michigan Ave. St. Louis MO 63111 this evening… $15 375mL bottles… via Side Project email.
  • The Country Malt Group to re-locate Southeastern US operations closer to Asheville

    Press Release
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Press Release  (Hickory, NC) – The Country Malt Group announced today that it will be moving its Southeastern US base of operations from Hickory, North Carolina to Fletcher, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. “Our brewery customers in North Carolina and the surrounding states have experienced tremendous growth over the last three years since we set up our Hickory distribution warehouse” stated Patrick La Zelle, Country Malt Group Eastern Territory Manager “and we are pleased to be able to grow with them.” “We are very appreciative of the high…
 
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  • This domain name may be for sale

    thebeersnob
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    I haven’t had time for the blog in a while, and don’t see that changing any time in the near future, or perhaps at all.  So I am thinking seriously about trying to sell this domain name.   If you are interested, please email me at thebeersnob @ gmail.com and put “thebeersnob.com for sale” in […]
  • Beer Review: Magic Hat deVEILed

    thebeersnob
    15 Aug 2013 | 7:27 pm
    Magic Hat Brewing Company sent me the subject of my latest beer review: their deVEILed, what they describe as an “amber concoction” that “spans two tantalizing worlds”.  It’s an amber ale with a malt base but with a hop bite as well, and it’s exclusive to their Night of the Living Dead Variety Pak.  Let’s […]
  • Press Release: Dominion Brewing to Distribute in Ohio and Michigan

    thebeersnob
    13 Mar 2013 | 2:40 pm
    Note: Dominion Brewing will be distributing in Ohio and Michigan…I don’t believe they are available here in Tennessee, but they are sending me some review samples, so look for a review soon! Dover, DE –Dominion Brewing has begun the process of distributing to the states of Ohio and Michigan. At the beginning of March, Dominion […]
  • Brooklyn Brewery Announces 11-City Food & Arts Festival

    thebeersnob
    7 Feb 2013 | 11:14 am
    Brooklyn Brewery Announces, “The Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer” 11 City Tour, March–December 2013 Launches in Austin, TX at SxSW Interactive FEBRUARY 7, 2013, BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its […]
  • Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery’s Dry Irish Stout

    thebeersnob
    25 Jan 2013 | 7:02 pm
    The beer I enjoy often depends on the season.  In the summer I like a good IPA, in the fall I tend towards a nut brown ale to a porter, but my favorite time of year for beer is winter, when I can enjoy a nice stout in front of a roaring fire.  Brooklyn Brewery […]
 
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  • Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest 2014

    Jonny Fullpint
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    San Diego, CA – Green Flash Brewing‘s largest and most anticipated rare beer event of the year! For the 4th year in a r… The post Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 7 Release July 28, 2014

    Dan
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    (Houston,TX) – The seventh release in our Bishop’s Barrel series will be available beginning Monday, July 28. BB7 is … The post Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 7 Release July 28, 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Yards Brewing Releases PYNK, Brings Back Cape of Good Hope and Cicada

    Dan
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    (Philadelphia,PA) – Yards PYNK is a beer like no other. We add 3,300 pounds of sour and sweet cherries and raspberries to each … The post Yards Brewing Releases PYNK, Brings Back Cape of Good Hope and Cicada appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Ska Rudie Session IPA Will Debut at Sesh Fest – August 2, 2014

    Dan
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    (DURANGO, CO) — Rudie, the newest addition to Ska Brewing Co.’s arsenal is set to be unveiled at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s … The post Ska Rudie Session IPA Will Debut at Sesh Fest – August 2, 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Hoppin’ Frog Infusion B Double IPA Release July 30, 2014

    Dan
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    (Akron,OH) – We will be releasing our insanely-hoppy Infusion B Double IPA this Wednesday!!! This is a one-off beer, made sp… The post Hoppin’ Frog Infusion B Double IPA Release July 30, 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • The NeverEnding Cask Ale Lesson

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Cask-conditioned ale is a process that starts at the brewery and continues at the pub. Bad practices at either end yield poor cask ales. For example: How NOT to cellar and tap cask ale:Were the casks improperly conditioned (or grossly over-conditioned at the brewery)? Sure looks like it. You have to feel sorry for the guy, but, still, hilarious. In contrast, How TO tap cask ale: Paul Pendyck —star of the second video— is the owner of UK Brewing Supplies. Based in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., he sell casks, cask equipment, and traditional British pub supplies. He dispenses (pun intended)…
  • What TIME got wrong about "5 beer trends you'll be seeing this summer."

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    When a mainstream publication takes note of a trend, it's a good bet that that trend has long gone to a 'been there, done that' stage ... or that the observations aren't quite correct. As is the case in TIME's online listicle, recently posted by its Money subdivision: 5 Beer Trends You’ll Be Seeing This Summer. 1) The Craft Beer MotelDogfish Head Brewing has opened a 16-room Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. The actual production brewery isn't exactly across the street: it's located six miles away, in the town of Milton, and the original brewpub is eleven miles away, in Rehoboth Beach. This…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Perusing a Belgian beer list (at a book signing).

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    CAMRA Books —the publishing arm of the Campaign for Real Ale— has just published the 7th edition of the Good Beer Guide to Belgium, written by Tim Webb and Joe Stange. It's available for sale in the U.K., but not yet in the U.S. ... except at book signings arranged over here by co-author Stange. He, and his wife Kelly, were recently in Washington, D.C. to do just that, at Churchkey, one of that city's new wave of good-beer bars. In the photo, Mr. Stange and a good-Belgian-beer fan stand just to the right of a stack of his books, perusing a Belgian beer draft list. Mrs. Stange, to the…
  • Thank you, Mr. VACraftBeer.com!

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Many unpaid enthusiasts encourage and nurture 'craft' beer in Virginia, but maybe not to the extent of Edmond Medina. For five years, at his website —VACraftBeer.com— Mr. Medina has collated, comprehensive calendars and announcemetns of Virginia 'craft' beer events statewide, and blogged on Virginia breweries and their emergence. It's been Mr. Medina's labor of beer love; his Twitter handle might reveal the reason —@VA_beergeek. Sadly for us in Virgina, he's moving on from that endeavor (figuratively and literally: to North Carolina), and has turned over his website's domain to the…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 26/27, 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 26/2722 June - 5 July 2014 2014.07.05Legal specificity! It's now legal to have a glass of beer or wine ... at hair salons in Montgomery County, Maryland. —Via NBC4 TV 2014.07.04Independence Day and Labor Day are the two top days for beer sales in the U.S. —Via Nielsen (at YFGF). 2014.07.02Forty Virginia breweries are expected to participate in the 3rd annual Virginia Craft Beer Festival, 23 August 2014, on the grounds of the Devils Backbone Brewing Company, in Roseland, Virginia. —Via Virginia Beer Trail.
 
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  • Craft Beer and Brewing 20% Magazine Discount for the BeerSmith Community

    Brad Smith and Friends
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’ve enjoyed reading the new Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, just launched this Spring, which is packed with great articles for home brewers and craft beer enthusiasts. They were kind enough the offer the BeerSmith community a 20% discount on new subscriptions. To get the discount go to the subscription page and use the coupon code ‘beersmith’ when you check out – and they will take 20% off the price of your purchase. The second issue is 120 pages packed with great advice on brewing Saison’s, Belgian Beer, Blending beers, new hop varieties and much more. The third…
  • Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85

    Brad Smith and Friends
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” which was just published by the brewer’s association. Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. 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 (50:03) Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link) published by the Brewers Association. His book…
  • Immersion, Plate and Counterflow Chillers for Home Brewed Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Sitting next to a big pot of boiling wort is my favorite part of the brewing process (except for tasting of course!), and cleaning is my least favorite part. But after you boil you face the challenge of what to do with 5, 10 or 15 gallons (19-57 liters) of really hot wort. So this week we take a look at options for getting your boiling hot liquid down to fermentation temperature quickly. The Big Chill Why is it important to chill your wort quickly after the boil? First, cooling your wort quickly helps to prevent infection. Above 140F (60 C) your beer is too hot for bacteria, but below that…
  • Trends in Home Brewing with Jake Keeler – BeerSmith Podcast #84

    Brad Smith and Friends
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we’re seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie. This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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 (28:11) Jake Keeler from Brewer’s Supply Group (BSG) and a former cast member on Brewing TV joins me this week…
  • Caramel and Crystal Malt in Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    This week we take a look at crystal and caramel malts used in home brewing and commercial brewing. Caramel malt is a staple in a wide variety of beers worldwide, and is used to add color, flavor and sweetness to beer. I’m going to discuss how caramel malt is made, as well as when and how to use it in brewing beer. Note that the terms “Crystal” and “Caramel” malts are used interchangeably. The History of Crystal and Caramel Malt Though crystal malt is strongly associated with English Ales, Stouts and Porters, it was first used in Mild ales and Strong ales, and was…
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  • Dan Kenary breaks down Harpoon’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) on the SBLPodcast

    Sean-o
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On Wednesday July 16th, the SBLPodcast crew spoke with Harpoon’s CEO Dan Kenary about their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Check out the Video: Here is the press release about the ESOP: Harpoon Brewery becomes employee-owned company, CEO Rich Doyle to step down Press Release: Harpoon Brewery: An Employee-Owned Company (Boston, MA) – The Harpoon Brewery, brewers of Harpoon IPA and UFO beers, is proud to announce that effective August 1st it will become an employee-owned company. The existing shareholder group transferred 48% of Harpoon’s shares to an Employee Stock Ownership…
  • Best of BEER Northshore

    beergirl
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Each year Northshore Magazine http://www.nshoremag.com/ puts out a Best of Northshore segment for several categories including Eat, Renew, Shop etc. It’s fun to see who gets picked to be Best of Northshore from year to year. Personally, I go straight to the Drink tab to check out the BEER winners. This years Brewery winner was: Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester capeannbrewing.com The Brewery Readers Choice award went to: Ipswich Ale Brewery, Ipswich ipswichalebrewery.com The Beer Menu winner was: Ale House, Amesbury barkingdogale.com The Beer Menu Readers Choice award went to: Yard…
  • Yankee Homecoming Brewfest comes to Newburyport, Mass

    beergirl
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    On Saturday, July 26 the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest once again comes to beautiful riverside Newburyport Massachusetts. This event will kick off the Yankee Homecoming festivities.  Each year the Brewfest goers are treated to great bands and food along with an amazing beer line-up!   The Brewfest is a fundraiser for the week-long Yankee Homecoming that takes place from July 27- August 3.  Make sure to check out all the other super fun things going on in Newburyport that week! http://yankeehomecoming.com/   This years participating Breweries include: BaxterBerkshireBoulevardCape…
  • Summer Beer Musings

    Ryan
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    With Memorial Day gone by we can finally talk about the beers that should be hitting the shelves now even though some arrived EARLY Spring when New England was still buried in snow and the nights were cold.   Summer is finally upon us and it’s time to crack open a summer seasonal beer.  The warm summer weather is best matched with lighter beers but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor and quality. My palate longs for beers like kolschs, saisons, hefeweizens or lighter IPAs as opposed to the heavier strong ales, barleywines, and stouts, which I pine for during the winter. Kolschs are…
  • Barcade Takes Over The Pub @ Cape Ann Brewing 6/20 (MA)

    Sean-o
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    Gloucester, MA:   For years you’ve been bombarded with tap takeovers, breweries taking over entire draft systems at your favorite local watering holes. Well Cape Ann Brewing will be partnering with the good folks at Barcade, some of the pre-eminent craft beer bars in the country, to bring you the worlds very first “Bar taking over a Brewery!” On Friday June 20th, from 6pm to close, Boston and North Shore residents will have a one time chance to feel the excitement of the renowned Barcade experience in their own backyard. Gamers and beer enthusiasts alike can play classic…
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  • Some Words For Beer In The NY Times Over Time

    Alan McLeod
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Interesting to see that "craft beer" is such a post-2007 term - and one that has never quote achieved the heights that "microbrewery" did in the late 90s. "Gourmet beer" never did nuttin' for no one. Thank God. Glad to see "good beer" has the staying power that simplicity and accuracy assures. Play this game yourself.
  • How Stands My Own Immaculate Taste Today?

    Alan McLeod
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Boak and Bailey asked themselves a mid-year, mid-life question: what do they like now? Sounds like a good idea. I'm just getting over a five week run of creaky ailments that have given me a new appreciation of my insides so this is just the thing for a third Monday evening in July. First, I checked the evidence. What is really in my stash? Wine. Mainly red wine. Spanish Bierzo. French Côtes du Rhône-Villages. The local Prince Edward County whites. Vintage port. Ürziger. I buy Ürziger primarily to say the word. Quickly. Over and over. Back in the back, there's beer, too. Don't get me…
  • Ontario: Uber, Nickel Brook Brewing, Burlington

    Alan McLeod
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    What a minefield this beer presents me. Not only do I know and like the brewer but his mother lives nearby and his auntie works where I do. How could I possible give an opinion unbouyed by positive thoughts? Then again, it's not like I am all Jim-junkety or anything. No need to stop using the bathroom mirror. Then, besides that, there is the question of what others might think of me - which can be odd and disconcerting - not to mention likely wrong. How dare I try something not conservative? But more importantly, what does it mean about this style? What does this beer in this place and time…
  • Al And Max Theatre Presents: "Sandwich Tongs!"

    Alan McLeod
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    The scene: It is later in the afternoon on a Saturday in summer. Alan sits on a stool hunched at the dark end of the bar back near the hallway to the bathrooms. His face is bathed in the blue glow of the iPhone screen into which he stares. The bar room is busy but he does not notice. Only his fingers move across the little screen. An nearly empty pint glass sits by his right hand. BARTENDER: Another? ALAN: Sure, Curator. Same again. Large glass, please. BARTENDER: (pours beer sets down pint glass two thirds filled) Remind me why do you call me that? ALAN: (looking up) You don't really care,…
  • Who Pays For All That Other Stuff Brewing Creates?

    Alan McLeod
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I have had a bit of a odd bug for the last while. Not something that I would get into in great detail but for some reason this story about one aspect of the brewing in Vancouver caught my eye:The region wants bylaw changes that could force brewers to pay to deal with organic matter produced through fermentation, saying many of the new businesses are pumping out more than just great suds. "Part of making beer is the waste products are very organic and have quite a high strength from a sewage perspective," Fred Nenninger, a manager in Metro Vancouver's wastewater division, said. According to…
 
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  • Friday beer: Peach Pie Heffy

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Peach Pie Heffy from Laht Neppur Brewing was not the best beer I sampled Wednesday at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but it was worth thinking about and a perfectly pleasant three-ounce experience. In fact, it does taste like peach pie, with a bit of crust — reminiscent of Key Lime Pie from Short’s Brewing. Jeff Alworth said it didn’t taste like beer. I understand his thinking but I suspect that the underlying beer character — mouthfeel, some balancing non-sweetness from hops and fermentation byproducts — helped make it something I was happy that I tried. Jeff said…
  • When cultures collide

    Stan Hieronymus
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Meant to post this photo taken last month at Festiwal Birofilia in Zywiec right after returning home from Poland, but failed. It was a hoot eavesdropping on the conversation, all in Polish and pretty much none of which I understood except the part where the person selling beer tried to teach this fellow how to say “ee-pa.” The look on his face after he tried the beer suggested he wished he’d made another choice.
  • Beer history according to John Laffler

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.21.14 Guinness, Pilsner Urquell and the beer spectrum. Chris Hall writes, “On some imaginary sliding scale of corporateness and craftness, with Guinness at the corporate end, and a microbrewery that started yesterday at the craft end, Pilsner perhaps sits closer to, say, Sierra Nevada or Brooklyn Brewery.” In the comments section, the discussion is about Guinness and PU, rather than the question I think Alan McLeod would ask: Where do Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery sit on that scale?” [Via The Beer Diary] Part of a balanced diet. Inspired in…
  • Friday beer: So this is where all the Cascade hops are going

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The question came up Wednesday if really big breweries were buying up hop varieties previously used mostly by smaller breweries. First, three very big breweries funded the development of Citra — and each eventually rejected it because it didn’t seem suitable for the beers they brew. That’s why it so many brewers can use the variety today. Second, Heineken began using Cascade in Heineken Light relatively recently. They may have already been boasted about this in advertising — I’m pretty oblivious — but if not this item today in Shanken News Daily indicates…
  • 2014 hops update

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    The Barth-Haas Group has released the 2013-2014 Barth Report, which provides both perspective and new data relative to the recent chatter about hop shortages (you might also read this). However, so far we don’t really know much more than in February. What’s important is not if the price for some varieties, even one like Cascade, spikes in the spot market after harvest this fall. Most breweries have contracted for hops at much lower prices. What’s important is what happens next. And that crystal ball thing doesn’t always work. Six years ago we were in the midst of a hop…
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  • Fraggle

    john
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    in heaven there is no beer. that is why we drink it here. and when I’m gone from here. all of you will be drinking all the beer. the homework is beer but it takes your money to fund the research required to find the next topic.
  • Artifacts of SF Beer Week 2014

    john
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:44 pm
    this is the stuff from SF Beer Week that made it home with me at the end of the night. the homework is beer but it takes your money to fund the research required to find the next topic.
  • who cares about surviving SF Beer Week 2012. it’s always beer week in SF!

    john
    10 Feb 2012 | 3:52 pm
    I’ve written about surviving SF Beer Week before. here is 2010 and 2011. pretty much everything that you need to know is there. and because we’ve been through the week for the last three years we want to offer a slightly different perspective on surviving. one of the very best things about San Francisco and the Bay Area is that there is amazing beer all year round. our friends make delicious things that chase the seasons. and other friends are bringing beer from the rest of the world making sure there is no lack of things to taste and try. one could argue that SF Beer week is…
  • 500 Beers

    john
    8 Jan 2012 | 4:53 pm
    you know those books that list 300 things you must try? chances are half of what’s in there is unobtainable. so why not make your OWN book. 500 Beers is your book that contains everything you need capture all the unique beer that you are drinking. it contains space to log the details of your quest for trying beers close to your home or around the world. there is space to write the what, where, and when for each beer. and there is lots of space for notes, pictures and labels. this is a living book. it’s up to you to make it yours. inside there are four types of pages: a detail page…
  • preview the 500 Beers book

    john
    16 Dec 2011 | 1:19 pm
    yup. here it is! the preview of the new 500 Beers book. it’s one of those gastly series of unboxing photo sets. frankly, there’s no better way to get an idea of the whole experience then to snap, snap, snap away while because it is whole thing. the LULU box is one size fits all. they made it based on the biggest thing they print spreading the cost of the box out over all the different sizes. once opened and released from the plastic I quickly turned the pages to find the mistakes that I’d made. sometimes you just can’t see these things until you see it working in the…
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  • Siren White IPA

    Bailey
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We weren’t sure what to expect from a beer with this name, but extreme pallor was, we thought, a given. After a firm zip and hiss, it actually emerged from the bottle somewhere near amber, haze-free, with an immoveable, whipped-cream head. Puzzled, we read the label again: it’s their ‘expression of a wit bier’ with IPA hopping, they say, but we think it’s actually an IPA with wit bier spices and citrus. That fine distinction made sense to us, anyway. The (new concept…
  • Innocuous Fluid, 1856

    Bailey
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 “The respectable man of the lower order is a clerk undoubtedly… He lives in a small, eight-roomed house, in a terrace with a high-sounding name, ‘Adeliza’ or ‘Navarino’, in Camden-town or Dalston. He lets the drawing-room floor to a single gentleman… Pewter pots are never seen hanging on the area rails; for, in his respectability, he looks upon public-houses as the favourite baits of the devil, and has a four and a half-gallon cask of the mildest and cheapest bitter beer from the Romford brewery…
  • Coals to Newcastle?

    Bailey
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 There has been an interesting reaction to the news that influential American brewery Stone are opening a brewery in Berlin. ‘Craft beer’ cheerleaders are whooping; cynics are… well, cynical. Instinctively, it does seem arrogant (though ‘on brand’) to attempt to evangelise about beer in Germany, of all places. But we can’t help thinking of the mid-19th century when Germans* were taking their newly-perfected and fashionable ‘lager beer’ around the world, investing in…
  • The State of Our Taste 2014

    Bailey
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Navel oranges by www.bluewaikiki.com, from Flickr, under Creative Commons. This is nothing more significant than an attempt to take stock of our own feelings about beer as of 2014. We’ve tried to be honest with ourselves — to consider our actions and reactions rather than ‘ideology’: what, when push comes to shove, do we order at the bar, or take from the fridge? What do we actually enjoy drinking? 1. We approach bottled beer from small breweries with low expectations. We assume they’ll…
  • VIDEO: 10 Objects #9 — Token

    Bailey
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 This is the 9th in our series of really short films The Strange Rebirth of British Beer in 10 Objects. It’s about a beer festival token and the development of the modern British beer festival. With thanks to David Shipman, one of the directors of the Birmingham Beer Bash for donating the token. VIDEO: 10 Objects #9 — Token
 
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    Jack Curtin's LIQUID DIET

  • Road Trip!

    Jack Curtin
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America tour is in Denver today, Chicago tomorrow, New England a week from today and right here in Philly at Penn Treaty Park next Saturday, the penultimate stop before the grand finale at the new Mills Creek brewery in North Car0lina a week from this Sunday. Pictured above is the custom bus which is carrying Ken Grossman and all the participating brewers on the road trip. Two traveling and alternating employee teams are doing the heavy lifting, setting things up at each stop. If all goes as planned, I’ll have a behind-the-scenes peek at this…
  • Wherever is Stone planning to build a new brewery?

    Jack Curtin
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    North Carolina? South Carolina? Some state without “Carolina” in its name? Bethlehem, PA? Well, it will happen in one or none of those places and be announced soon, but there is one location which is now certain. Berlin, Germany..
  • Boston blues for Yuengling?

    Jack Curtin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Kerry Byrne, who is a food/drink/sports/whatever he wants writer for the Boston Herald and the mastermind behind the very good pro football website, Cold Hard Football Facts, has a story in the paper today about how things have changed up in Beantown for Yuengling Brewing after its auspicious launch into that market this past March. Pennsylvania-based Yuengling Lager hit the Bay State with a bang back in March. Today it’s in the fight of its life to win over Boston beer drinkers. “I’m not going to sugarcoat that it’s been a very competitive market, more competitive than any market…
  • The history of our times is written in our trash bins.

    Jack Curtin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Late yesterday afternoon, I parked in front of the building where I live and started walking toward my apartment carrying a sixer of Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pils in one hand and sixer of Yards ESA in the other, wearing an Allagash tee as I did so. My new next door neighbor yelled “hey, like your shirt” and then, when I held up the sixpacks,  seemed to be fighting back desperately against the urge to run over and kiss me. It would have better had he been female but it still was fun. I see more and more craft cases up at the refuse bins these days than I did when I first moved out…
  • Give this man a round of applause.

    Jack Curtin
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    From an interview reported in today’s edition of Craft Business Daily. The interviewee is John Laffler, late of Goose Island Brewing and the co-founder of Off Color Brewing, both in Chicago: ON MAKING “IMPORTANT” BEER, NOT IPA. These days, John’s litmus test for making a beer is not whether it tastes good or will make money, but whether it’s “important” and “viable.” That opener led to an anti-IPA rant. “Everybody else makes IPA, so why would we?” said John. “We have Lagunitas opening up, so the price of hoppy beer is…
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    Lyke2Drink

  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Lake Forest, CA – The Rare Beer Club™ is collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC to create this year’s Pints for Prostates/Rare Beer Club™ exclusive beer.  Pints for Prostates raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing through the universal language of beer and has been working together with The Rare Beer Club™ and U.S.craft breweries for the last five years creating inventive and exciting beers to help communicate their mission statement.  The beer will be featured in the club in September 2014, coinciding with…
  • Partial Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Scheduled for August 16

    16 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    SEATTLE –DRAFT Magazine is presenting the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates on Aug. 16. The event featuring a collection of two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Beer from some of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor event accompanied by food prepared by the chefs at the Pike Pub and Brewery and specialty cheese from the Pacific Northwest. The two sessions, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Tickets Now On Sale

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    DENVER, CO -- The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The event features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from more than 40 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. Tickets for the event go on sale on Father’s Day, June 15, at Noon (ET).  VIP tickets for the event are $150 and allow early entry to the event at Noon. General admission tickets are…
  • Partial Beer List Released for Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers

    16 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostateshave announced a partial list of beers that invited breweries plan to pour at Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers.“We appreciate the great breweries that have committed to supply beer for this event and help us reach men through the universal language of beer,” said Rick Lyke, Founder of Pints for Prostates. “This will be one of the best selections of wild and sour beers to be found in a single event in the southeast during 2014.”  4 Hands Brewing, St. Louis, Mo., Cuvee Ange, Cuvee Diable and Passion Fruit Prussia…
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    Pete Brown

  • Alliterative Book Review: Boak and Bailey's 'Brew Britannia'

    Pete Brown
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Imagine if the history of rock music was done in the style of beer writing:“Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division was recorded at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, between 1stand 17th April 1979. It is 39 minutes and 24 seconds long and consists of ten songs, which contain drums, bass, guitar, synthesisers and vocals, with added special effects.”There would then be an online debate about whether or not the use of synthesisers meant that the record was ‘real indie’ or not, segueing into a huge disagreement about whether the album should best be described as ‘indie’ or ‘goth’, or…
  • Crap Beer - it's the future

    Pete Brown
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Friday, late afternoon. Stranded in Chesterfield waiting for The Beer Widow, who is attempting to come up the M1 from London to meet me before we go on to the Great Peak Weekender at Thornbridge. The journey will eventually take her seven hours (it should take no more than three), so sitting in Chesterfield station's dispiriting concourse isn't an option. I follow signs to the town centre and walk for about ten minutes without seeing a single shop, pub, restaurant or commercial premises of any description. I'm dragging a suitcase. It starts to rain, hard, and I'm getting…
  • Why Farage's foaming pint is a testament to European integration and immigration

    Pete Brown
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Thanks to an amazing Stoke Newington Literary Festival I haven't had time to blog for about a month, which means I missed my chance to comment on the biggest visibility beer has had in national media for ages. What a shame it had to be under such circumstances.Over the European elections last month, beer geeks across the country gloated at the seemingly daily photoshoots of everyone's favourite bigoted former stockbroker hoisting a pint of cask ale, because most of the time, Ukip's leader seemed to opt for a pint of Greene King IPA. I can't imagine there were too many happy executives in…
  • Beer and cider and music and books and food in North London

    Pete Brown
    27 May 2014 | 3:09 am
    I don't often do sponsor-heavy sales blurby posts, but this is is a special exception each year. Apologies if you can't make it to North London next weekend...It's nearly here - the fifth Stoke Newington Literary Festival takes place all around N16 from 6th to 8th June - that's in just over a week!The festival is the creation of my wife Liz, and is organised by her, me, and a bunch of die-hard volunteers. It's a charitable venture that aims to improve literacy in the Borough of Hackney. More than that, it's about everyone enjoying ideas, debate, comedy, and brilliant words of all kinds. Last…
  • Shiny shiny cider shiny

    Pete Brown
    26 May 2014 | 9:06 am
    Look at the shiny. Go on, look at it. I think I may just about be recovering from a two-week long hangover. That's the only reason I can think of why I haven't written this blog before now.On Tuesday 13th May, my compadre Bill Bradshaw and I were named winners of the Drink Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, for our book World's Best Cider.This is a deeply gratifying award to win. For one thing, it's very heavy and shiny. Judged purely in terms of melted down scrap value, it's worth more than my six Guild of Beer Writers Awards tankards put together. It…
 
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    Realbeer.com Beer Therapy

  • Stone Brewing announces plans to build Berlin brewery

    Real Beer
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Stone Brewing Co. has announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, a two-acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store. It is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. Here are photos taken at the announcement. And here are the…
  • GABF tickets on sale July 29

    Real Beer
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale July 29 for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association. The general public sale begins (and ends) the next day. Remember, the festival has sold out each of the past six years, and in a matter of minutes in 2013. Sales begin each day at 10 a.m. Mountain time (noon Eastern, etc.). More information.
  • Top homebrewers honored at national conference

    Real Beer
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Arizona homebrewer Jeremy Voeltz won the coveted Ninkasi Award and Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills, Fla. was crowned Homebrewer of the Year when the results of the National Homebrew Competition were announced as the conclusion of the National Homebrewers Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. More than 2,700 homebrewers attended the conference in “Beer City USA,” listening to presentations from 75 speakers, sharing beers, and compiling wish lists at a trade show that featured a dazzle array of brewing equipment. More than 200 judges evaluated beers, meads and ciders in Grand Rapids.
  • Stay-at-home dad earns brewing scholarship

    Real Beer
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    A stay-at-home dad is the first recipient of a brewing scholarship established to honor brewing legend Karl Strauss. Karl Strauss Brewing in San Diego estblished the Brewer’s Education fund in 2009. Now it is partnering with the UC San Diego Extension Brewing Program to fund an annual scholarship. “Karl was passionate about education and he believed that brewing was a delicate balance of art and science — and only when you mastered the science could you indulge in the art,” said Karl Strauss brewmaster. “I attended the Brewing Science Program at UC Davis and I am stoked…
  • Rogue Ales founder Jack Joyce dies

    Real Beer
    28 May 2014 | 10:11 am
    Jack Joyce, who co-founded Rogue Ales, died Tuesday at the age of 71. Joyce, a former executive at Nike, and friends opened the Rogue Public House, also known as Rogue River Brewing Co., in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon. The next year they moved the brewery to Newport, hired John Maier as brewmaster, and not long after established the Rogue Nation as a sovereign entity. Rogue president Brett Joyce, Jack’s son, issued this statement today: “Yesterday the Rogue Nation and Family lost our co-founder, leader, friend, and father as Jack Joyce passed away at the age of 71. “Following a…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • On the trail of Rose's Oatmeal Stout

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Rose's Oatmeal Stout, based on current evidence, was the first of its type. But tracking down more information on its brewer, Rose & Wilson, is proving trickier than anticipated.But "A Century of British Brewers" lists no brewery of that name. Neither does "Hull and East Yorkshire Breweries", nor "The Brewing Industry: a Guide to Historical Records".The trademark case mentioned that they had breweries in Hull and Grimsby. I'm pretty sure this is the Grimsby branch:"The ordinary operations on Monday were supplemented by Messrs. Thomas, Peyer, and Miles' offer of a couple of breweries,…
  • Saturday in Birmingham

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    I'll be in Birmingham this weekend. The main reason is that I'm giving a talk as part of the Birmingham Beer Bash.It's about Brettanomyces in British brewing and is at 13:30 on Saturday. You'll also have the chance to buy a copy of my book, The Homebrewer's Guide to Vintage Beer, and get it signed.You can sign up for the talk here:http://birminghambeerbash.co.uk/fringe_events You can always buy my book here if you aren't coming to Birmingham:The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.
  • Cannon Brewery Porter quality 1922 - 1923

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    As we penetrate further into the jungle of 1920's draught beer, we're being swallowed by the darkness.Which is another way of saying ther beers are getting even worse. Cannon, if you remember, was a fairly small company (they had 110 tied houses in 1895, according to Norman Barber*) with a  brewery crammed into the middle of Clerkenwell. They were bought by Taylor Walker in 1930 but surprisingly kept brewing until 1955.Cannon's scores have been, to be polite, patchy so far. Their Mild Ale came a respectable fifth of seventeen with an average score of 0.54. It wasn't such a happy story…
  • Going pro

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    I'm giving patreon a try to see if that gets me any closer to financial independence.http://www.patreon.com/user?u=241072
  • Sponsorship anyone?

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    You know what would be great? If I could finally get on with researching full-time. There's only one teeny-weeny problem. A little thing called cash. The money I currently earn isn't enough to feed and clothe me, let alone the rest of my family.What I need is a sponsor. Or several sponsors. To pay me the equivalent of a salary so I can on with doing what I do best: researching and writing. I think my work is a service to the whole beer world. But if I'm to continue at my current level, I need support.So if you feel like contributing, get in touch. Obviously I'd be be prepared to give…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and CAO Brazilia Pairing

    BarleyBlog
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When I first received the promotional package from Flying Dog Brewing and CAO Cigars that contained their suggested beer and cigar pairings, there was one combination to which I was most looking forward. The first three setups were all pretty good in their own right — one, two and three — but the prospect of […] The post Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and CAO Brazilia Pairing appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Off Color Brewing Scurry

    BarleyBlog
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Looking around the Web, Off Color Brewing’s Scurry is usually classified as an altbier, but according to the company it’s based on a Kottbusser. This German style of beer is normally brewed with oats, honey and molasses — which goes against Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law. That may be more detail that necessary, but essentially […] The post Off Color Brewing Scurry appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Brewing Pearl Necklace and CAO Mx2 Pairing

    BarleyBlog
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Today we have the third of four beer and cigar pairings courtesy Flying Dog Brewing and CAO Cigars (first pairing and second here). I’ve enjoyed Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace in the past, but this is my first experience with CAO’s Mx2 — a cigar that visually looks right up my alley. The cigar has the […] The post Flying Dog Brewing Pearl Necklace and CAO Mx2 Pairing appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Groundbreaking Collaborations: The Campaign for Cross-Planetary Brewing

    BarleyBlog
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is launching its first ever crowd-participation campaign on Indiegogo, and inviting fans to join them in a craft beer revolution by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed at the newly announced Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once it’s operational. Stone […] The post Stone Brewing Groundbreaking Collaborations: The Campaign for Cross-Planetary Brewing appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing to Open Production Brewery and Destination Restaurant in Berlin

    BarleyBlog
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co., today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 […] The post Stone Brewing to Open Production Brewery and Destination Restaurant in Berlin appeared first on The Barley Blog.
 
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    The Beer Nut

  • Lotta bottle

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    Some recent bottled additions to the Irish craft beer scene today, starting with two from Mayo brewery Mescan. I'd had their blonde previously but so far missed its companion beer until now. It's a red tripel. In fact, it's probably the Red Tripel as I don't think I've seen the style designation before, in Belgium or beyond. It's a bit of a misnomer, though, pouring more of a garnet-amber than the bright red I was half-expecting. Lots of very typical Belgian fruity esters in the nose, plummy like a dubbel rather than spicy like a tripel. All of the 8% ABV can be tasted: it's hot and…
  • The week that's in it

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    We had a couple of goings-on of beery significance in Dublin last week. Thursday saw 57 The Headline host the local launch of St. Mel's Brewing. St. Mel's in Longford Town may be a very new operation but it's helmed by Liam Hanlon, previously the head brewer at Carlow and the creator of the beers that went on to become O'Hara's IPA and Leann Folláin. He's operating on a 15hL Irish-built brewkit now, producing three bottle-conditioned beers to begin with.Funny thing, bottle conditioning. Staff at The Headline were handing out the half-litre bottles with a 33cl glass -- perfectly normal…
  • Downsizing flavour

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    In general, I'm quite well-disposed to the craftification of the English regional breweries. It gave us Shepherd Neame in brown glass bottles and the lovely looking Revisionist range by Marston's. But I was disappointed to see Thwaites brewery being a casualty of the upheaval, shutting down its main operation and effectively becoming a microbrewery, with the main range of beers contracted out, for a while at least. I wasn't the only one to regard it as a poor decision.The new Thwaites brand has been given the cringeworthy name of "Crafty Dan". There are three in the initial range. The first I…
  • Going solo

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Today's beers answer a question that I've been vaguely curious about for a long time but have never taken the time to research. Belgian brewery De Proef is most famous as a contractor, making beers which are sold under dozens of different brands, including luminaries such as Mikkeller, 3 Fonteinen and BrewDog. But where are their own beers? How come you never see an actual Proef-branded beer? Turns out that you do, except the house brand is Reinaert, with its stark but classy label.Reinaert Amber is 7% ABV and a little pale for its name: a sort of dark orange where I'd be expecting a deep…
  • The urge

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    The European Beer Bloggers Conference came to Dublin a couple of weeks ago and I tagged along on the first night's pub crawl, an east-to-west trek from The Brew Dock to the far west end of Temple Bar. The route got edited a little on the way but there was no question of skipping The Norseman, probably the best bar for Irish craft beer in the city centre. I was determined to be sociable, casual: all pints and chat and no ticking. But The Norseman's blackboards got the better of me. There's a handful of new Irish beers I'd been meaning to try for ages and there they all were. Out with the…
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Where to Get Free Beer in Austin

    Jeff Holt
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Thrillist put out a list of where you can get free beer in Austin.  I'm not going to tell you where. You get to play the clicking game!
  • Chillpod Wine Bottle Quickchiller

    Jeff Holt
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Over at ThinkGeek.com, they have a Chillpod Wine Bottle Quickchiller. While they lament that beer geeks get all the cool toys and this one is for wine, I can see a bomber of Pliney the Elder slipping into one of these.
  • Another Cease and Desist in the Brewing Industry

    Jeff Holt
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    It's common for breweries to get cease and desist letters for logos and beer names. Freetail Brewing received one a few years ago for using Velocohopter, or something like that. Namaste Brewing company had to change their name because Dog Fish Head thought people would confuse a line of Indian inspired beers for their Belgian Wit Beer. Namaste is now called Kamala Brewing. Most of the time, the conflicts are honest mistakes that could be soothed over if brewers would talk to each other. Then there are the blatant copyright infringements. Sessions Law Firm specializes in DUI cases, and they…
  • Good News For My Massachusetts Friends!

    Jeff Holt
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Shiner Beer will start selling in Massachusetts this month. Gary Dzen wrote a story about it that includes a review of Shiner Bock. He was not impressed. Dzen wrote: "One of the drawbacks of pouring this beer into a glass is having to look at it five minutes later. After a while it begins to look like flat Coke." It made me laugh, because it reminded me of a joke. At the Great American Beer Festival, the head of Budweiser, the head of Coors, and the head of Shiner stopped at a bar. The Budweiser guy ordered a bud Light, "The biggest selling beer in the world!" The Coors guy order a Coors…
  • 903 Brewers to Expand and Add Ten Jobs

    Jeff Holt
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Despite the efforts of the Quockerwodgers in the Texas Legislature, Texas craft breweries continue to grow. In Sherman, 903 Brewers will expand the size of their brewery and add 10 new jobs. This expansion will let them brew in one day what now takes them a week. And as soon as their canning line arrives, they will be able to get their beer, now keg only, out into the market.
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    Zythophile

  • Second thoughts on the mysterious origins of AK

    Martyn Cornell
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    There are times when the honest historian has to put his hand up and say: forgive me, for I was wrong. Prompted by a sharp dig from Ron Pattinson, I’ve finally withdrawn a piece I wrote six years ago about the origins of the beer designation AK, in part because research by Ron has made my stance untenable. I suggested that the K in AK came from koyt, the name of a hopped beer found in the Low Countries and Northern Germany in the 15th century and later, and the A was from ankel, the word in Old Flemish for “single”. “Single koyt” certainly existed, and was the name of a…
  • Going places the civilians don’t

    Martyn Cornell
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    I’ll be frank: one of the good reasons for becoming a beer blogger is the opportunity it gives to go places, meet people, do things that you wouldn’t otherwise get to do. (Free beer too? Well, there is some of that, true, but I turn a fair bit of free beer down, because I don’t do reviews, much.) The chance to get into places the public doesn’t get to see is one big reason why I decided to go to the European Beer Bloggers’ Conference in Dublin: I suspected there would be a chance to see extremely interesting things normally hidden from public eyes, and as we…
  • Is Ireland ready for a 12-handpump Wetherspoon’s?

    Martyn Cornell
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    The two Irish beer fans lowered their voices and spoke almost in awe. They had been looking through the windows of the new JD Wetherspoon pub in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Blackrock, due to open its doors for the first time this Tuesday. “It’s got TWELVE handpumps!”, they said. That is twice as many as any pub in the Irish Republic has ever had before – and even that pub only had four handpumps actually working at any one time. Indeed, according to one (unverified) estimate, the 12 handpumps at the new ‘Spoons, the company’s first in the Republic, will…
  • You won’t believe this one weird trick they used to fly beer to the D-Day troops in Normandy

    Martyn Cornell
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:39 am
    Normandy, 70 years ago, and one of the biggest concerns of the British troops who have made it over the channel, survived the landings and pushed out into the bocage against bitter German resistance is not the V1 flying bomb blitz threatening their families back home, nor the continued failure to capture the port of Cherbourg – but the lack of beer in the bridgehead. On 20 June 1944, two weeks after D-Day, Reuter’s special correspondent with the Allied Forces in France wrote to newspapers in the UK that all that was available in the newly liberated estaminets a few miles inland from…
  • How I helped design a new lager at the White Horse

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Václav Berka, senior trade brewmaster, explains the secrets of brewing Pilsner Urquell in the upper room at the White Horse, Parsons Green I’ve taken part in many beer-related events in the upstairs room at the White Horse in Parsons Green, from tasting porter rescued from a 19th-century shipwreck to making a presentation on my historical beer heroes, but I never thought I would one day be helping to brew a lager there. Even more unlikely, this lager was made with genuine Plzeň well water – and it stood a fair chance of going into large-scale production. The event was organised by…
 
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer Birthday: Vinnie Cilurzo

    Jay Brooks
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Today is the 44th birthday of Vinnie Cilurzo, founder and brewmaster at Russian River Brewing. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Vinnie is one of the best brewers in America and is credited with having made the first Imperial IPA. His Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1261: Enjoy The Difference!

    Jay Brooks
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Thursday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, this one from 1961. What’s the difference they want you to enjoy? Why it’s “that deep, cool, kiss-of-the-hops flavor,” of course. They want you to “move up to Schlitz.” But what’s with the animals on the wall.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: John Harris

    Jay Brooks
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Today is John Harris’ 51st birthday. Until a little while ago, John was the head brewer at Full Sail Brewing and was responsible for many of their excellent beers. He’s more recently opened his own brewery in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. John also plays washboard with the Rolling Boil... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1260: Memories Of A Kiss

    Jay Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Wednesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1944. The rugged man, sitting at a glass table with blueprints on it, and with surveying equipment in the background, stares longingly at a poster on the wall. The poster is itself an older ad for Schlitz, during their “Just the Kiss of the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Fergus Carey

    Jay Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Today is the 51st birthday of Fergus Carey, better known simply as Fergie. Fergie owns Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is co-owner of Monk’s Cafe with Tom Peters and is also a partner in Nodding Head Brewery. Fergie’s always a fun person to have around and... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Random Beer Roundup: The Death Metal Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to change***Volunteer opportunity for all you beer lovers!***CANvitational Needs You!Do you like beer?Do you like to help others have a good time?Come volunteer with Hoosier Beer Geek at this year's CANvitational. More details here!The BrewersChilly Water BrewingChilly Water Brewing Co. has 5 beers flowing:Built To Last Pilsner and Sweet Revenge Pale Ale will always be on tap along with rotating seasonals.Current offerings are our 5 String ESB, Harmonika Hefeweizen and Space Circus IPA. A Nitro English Mild, Belgian Pale…
  • Volunteers: Sun King Brewing's CANvitational Needs You!

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Hello Indiana beer fans! Hoosier Beer Geek has a pretty sweet volunteer opportunity for you: Sun King CANvitational 2014!Sign up to volunteer here!When: Saturday, September 20Time Commitment: 10am-6pm Where: Pan Am Plaza and Georgia StreetDetails!-Shirts, a box meal, and beverages will be provided-All volunteers must be 21+ -Volunteers must check in at the start of the festival and check out at the end of the festival. We're not asking much here, folks! Important!If you do not have a valid Indiana server's permit, we would greatly appreciate it if you would…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The If You Survive #HBGWeek, There's More Beer To Drink! Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTin Man Brewing in EvansvilleWe'll be at The Sinking Ship in So Bro on Friday, July 18th from 6:00- 8:00pm and we are bringing Beer! Hang out with Fred, eat some amazing food, and grab a pint of Tin Man! It'll be a great pre-party to the Indiana Microbrewers Festival on Saturday.Chilly Water BrewingChilly Water Brewing Co. has 5 beers flowing:Built To Last Pilsner and Sweet Revenge Pale Ale will always be on tap along with rotating seasonals.Current offerings are our 5 String ESB, Harmonika…
  • #HBGWeek | Hoosier Beer Geek's Hangover Brunch at Thunderbird - Sunday, July 20

    Jim
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In the run-up to the Indiana Microbrewers Festival, we're celebrating HBG's Hoosier Beer Week. And we now have more details about the final event for #HBGWeek.When: Sunday, July 20, 11amWhere: Thunderbird, 1127 Shelby Street, 317.974.9580What: Hoosier Beer Geek's Hangover Brunch - Follow up the Indiana Microbrewers Festival with a hearty brunch designed to get you back on your feet.The MenuBeveragesRitterguts Gose (4.2% ABV)Gose–the lactic and salty specialty ale associated with the German cities of Goslar and Leipzig–has a chronicled history dating back over a…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The #HBGWeek Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTin Man Brewing in EvansvilleJuly 13th, 4:00pmJoin us for our Summer Saison Sunday food and beer pairing! Delight your senses with a 3-course meal focusing primarily on meats, cheeses, and seasonal vegetables that have been sourced locally. The brewers have crafted three Saison styles of beer inspired by the farmhouse beers of the Belgian region of Wallonia: a low alcohol traditional version, a modern higher alcohol offering, and a peach fruit saison. The overall flavors to be found at this event will be fresh and…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Finnegans Extra Stout

    ryan
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Cool news from the gang at Finnegans – this fall they’ll be rolling out a limited release Extra stout, Dead Irish Poet, in October. I love the name! This beer is designed for the cold months and will feature dark chocolate and stone fruit notes not unlike stouts found in […]
  • All Pints North!

    ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Hey. Hey you! Yeah, you. Come to Duluth with us. We’re going to have an excellent time and enjoy some great beers with great people, all with the largest of the Great Lakes in the background. Does that sound good to you? Tickets are still available for next weekend’s All […]
  • Bauhaus Brew Labs Opens Today

    ryan
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Another new kid on the block… Bauhaus Brew Labs is open to the public starting today! Welcome to the scene, guys! I’m a fan of their aesthetic, from the logo to the space to the quirky (if not a little cheesy) videos. It fits with the first impression I have […]
  • Taste of Eat Local

    ryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Eat Local, formerly the Twin Cities Originals, will open doors to the Taste of Eat Local event on Thursday, July 24, at TCF Bank Stadium for a culinary tour of favorite local dishes and new flavors from member restaurants. The event offers 13 signature dishes from a variety of great local chefs, each […]
  • Bent Brewstillery Lakeside Blonde Release

    ryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Bent Brewstillery will be releasing their Lakeside Blonde on Thursday, July 17 at Digby’s Roseville from 6-8pm. This beer is their Nordic Blonde brewed with passion fruit, honey and guava to make a great summer beer. They’ll be pouring samples and talking all things beer and Brewstillery.
 
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • Dry July – The Real Agenda?

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Kerre McIvor: Booze barons threatened by charity month I have a few questions about the article and what the agenda really is. The title of this article is attention grabbing awesomeness, gotta give it credit. Booze barons – who is she referring to? I’m sure most people would have thought Lion & DB?  But, this isn’t the case. Before I get into asking some questions about points in this article it seems as though Dry July does have positive benefits. To the health of the people who take part, and have a month off alcohol (Even though they could do this anytime of the…
  • Both Sides Of Alcohol – 1952 Speech

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
            I have been reading the book “Bourbon, Straight” by Charles K. Cowdery and came across the below speech from 1952 by Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat, Jr. of Mississippi It is a powerful, and thoughtful speech and even though it was related to whiskey and Prohibition at the time, it is still relevant today in relation to alcohol in general.     The “whiskey speech” concerned the question of the prohibition of alcoholic liquor, a law that was still in force in Mississippi at the time the speech was delivered. My friends,…
  • Brew Hui – MAROONED, PART 1

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    It is easy to just cut and paste and link back to another piece Jason has written on Brew Hui. You should follow his posts because they are well written and thoughtful and he makes an effort to talk to the brewers out there making it happen, oh and Jono http://brewhui.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/marooned-part-1/ Below is just the piece which is relevant to this blog, but make sure you click-through to the whole article. Teaser: Kathy Ireland.       Luke Nicholas (Epic) Of all my marooned guests, Luke pondered his answers the most carefully. His SMaSH beer ingredients arrived…
  • 100 Posts & Looking Back, Wayback

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    When I started this blog on the 1st January I didn’t have much of a plan other than to share my journey through the world of beer. It has been pretty cool to be able to record and share my adventures, as well as my opinions on what I am thinking about and what is topical. I have also been playing around recently with a new version of RealBeer.co.nz. The effort is patchy and not sure of when there will be anything to show publicly. The one thing about this side project is that I have come across a lot of old posts, and has made me look back and reflect on my first websites. I created a…
  • Auckland’s Alcohol Problem

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:37 am
    There is so much to read these days about Auckland’s alcohol problem, it is hard to get a sense of what really needs to be done. The media doesn’t help the cause. Media are very to quick cut and paste a story which is sensational, and the police seem to have done a good job getting their message across. And they probably have done a very good job convincing the council members on what they have to do. The group that seems to be being victimised are the hospitality and retail liquor businesses who employ people and give people a safe and controlled environment to enjoy alcohol. I…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • 2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Saturday and Sunday Events

    Mike
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Good afternoon, all. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you all know that tomorrow begins the 6th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. We have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over the next 9 days, I’m going to detail each days events. Do your part and get out and make these events a success.   Just a couple of things to mention.  Thanks to the folks at Schlafly, we have an Untappd badge again this year, because we all love badges. Also thanks to our…
  • Week of 07/25/14 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Morgan Street Oktoberfest, Morgan Street Helles Freezes Over, Morgan Street Virgin Territory IPA, Morgan Street Black Bear Stout, and Morgan Street Pilsner. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat, Duvel Belgian…
  • Winner of VIP Tickets to the iTAP CWE Strange Invasion

    Mike
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    You may be saying, “Whoa, wait, I don’t remember seeing a iTAP/Strange Donuts contest!” If you didn’t, that’s because you may not be part of our STL Hops Insider Email. We’ll be doing special contests like this in the future, so make sure to sign up using the form on the right side of this page. That’s enough of that self-serving garbage, without further ado, the winner of the VIP tickets to this event is Joe Lorenz (who loves the iTAP Soulard location.) Congrats to Joe and thanks to everyone who entered. This is an awesome event and there will be…
  • Winner of Two Tickets to the 2014 Midwest Belgian Beer Festival

    Mike
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Sorry for the delay in getting this up, things have been slightly hectic. I’m happy to not only announce the winner of the two tickets to the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival, but also to share some exciting news. I’m happy to report that we’ve now reached over 100 events for STLCBW. This is a big milestone and it’s very exciting for us all. Anyway, without further ado, the winner is Christian Staum (who’s favorite beer is Sump.) Congrats to Christian and thanks to everyone who entered. I’ve been told this event is SOLD OUT! There are plenty of tickets left…
  • 07/23/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    Mike
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or…
 
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Twinsies!

    Jonathan
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Monday Night beer. Because one just isn’t enough. Monday Night. Beer so good you need to baby it. Monday Night beer. Now in a 2-pack. Your turn… The post Twinsies! appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Tie One On at Monday Night // August 2, 2014

    Jonathan
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:27 am
    Our 3rd anniversary party is shaping up to be another humdinger. We’d love to have you attend, tickets are on sale now! $10 off if you purchase before July 4, 2014. What should you expect? Howling Tongues is headlining the concert Venture Shuffleboard will be setting up a game station Craft beer cocktails from local mixologists An exclusive 3-malt, 3-hop 3rd anniversary beer A cask tent Food provided by Bone Lick BBQ Portion of proceeds will go to Ties That Matter to help build a sewing center in Haiti TICKETS Entry Only For Designated Drivers, pregnant ladies, non-drinkers. Includes…
  • Accepting applications for Fall Sales & Marketing Interns

    Jonathan
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking sales and marketing interns for Fall 2014 to join our incredibly good-looking team. The internship requires 16 hrs/week minimum. This is an unpaid internship however class credit is offered where applicable and stipend is available for full-time interns. Qualifications: Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Must have a willingness and ability to step in wherever needed Must be physically able to move kegs Must be 21+ Must be a self…
  • Why Breweries are an Ideal Corporate Event Location

    Johnny Osborne
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” — English Proverb Most folks need to be challenged at work to feel fulfilled. That said, being challenged is hard. Doing difficult things all the time can stress you out. If your colleagues are bringing their A-game everyday, then they’ll appreciate an opportunity to bring more play to the office. This is where outside-the-office corporate events can be a lifesaver, and there isn’t a better corporate event location than a craft brewery. If creating a fun and excited corporate culture is one of your company’s goals, mixing up…
  • How to Increase Beer Sales at your Bar or Restaurant with Craft Beer

    Johnny Osborne
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    America’s palate is changing. Everyday, more folks are choosing artfully crafted beers that complement their food and expand their taste horizons. Experts are projecting this trend will continue. A crafty bar-owner or restaurateur can capitalize on the craft beer phenomena and increase beer sales with a strong craft beer list. This post will explain how you can craft [oh I’m on a roll now] a craft beer list that will increase beer sales and turn your local beer aficionados into your regulars. The India Pale Ale is the quintessential craft beer in the last few years. Unfortunately, too…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • If it ain't raining...

    David
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    After a month away from the practice range, I finally made it back this week. Adding to the fun, I was joined by Colleen and "Checkered Flag." I realized it had been two months since we'd all been to the range together. We had made plans to go after work a week ago, but when the time arrived, so had the rain. In fact at times the rain was best described as a "deluge." We loaded up the car anyway and headed over, "We'll see what happens when we get there." We're seldom dissuaded by weather, although this winter the range began closing when it snowed, much to our disappointment.Since it was…
  • Shooty Car Accoutrements

    David
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    These came by way of a Kickstarter project. Figured I'd put them on the car for the drive to last weekend's match..40 S&W.  And now my vehicle is illegal in D.C. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Old Ox Brewery

    David
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    We headed to Ashburn Sunday afternoon, our targeted destination was Old Ox Brewery. Opened just three weeks now, I've been seeing many references the brewery on various social media and wanted to check them out. We made our way to Ashburn, the "back way," to avoid the interstate. Arriving in an industrial park full of non-descript and similar looking buildings, we drove around for awhile before finding the brewery. Old Ox is located at the end of the street, and is not easily visible until you arrive in front of it.The Old Ox facilities are quite spacious. There's a large brewing area visible…
  • Cavalier USPSA Match

    David
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    For the second weekend in a row, I headed off to a new (to me) USPSA match. On Saturday I shot the monthly match put on by the Greater Richmond Blasters, at the Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club in Montpelier, VA. The trip to the range took just over an hour, with most of the drive being on tree-lined country roads. I attended an IDPA match at Cavalier a couple years ago and don't recall the drive being as easy. I'm guessing I had better directions this time.The first stage we shot consisted of a short winding path past groups of targets, many of which partially covered by white…
  • Genocide Against Christians

    David
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    From the Facebook page of Father Cusick:In solidarity with victims of Christian genocide in Iraq whose houses are marked with an Arabic letter "n" for Nazarene, this is my mark and your mark, too, in witness together with them and all Christians in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Muslim Terrorists,I'm a Christian, too.Numerous sources are now reporting, that for the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is empty of Christians. Genocide has been completed:This evening, our brethren the Syrian (Syriac) Catholics and Chaldean Catholics, who worship in the language of Our Lord Jesus…
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    The Brew Club

  • Celt Experience ‘Ogham Willow’ 8.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Rather than an 'Imperial' IPA, the brewery describes this brew as 'Majestic' and I confess I'm inclined to agree. This is indeed a ‘majestic’ brew.
  • Scarborough Fair IPA 6% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    I was fully prepared to give this 3½ Stars, but on reading the label, I noticed that – through some wizardry – the brew has been certified Gluten Free. That has to merit an extra star, possibly the nicest Gluten-Free beer I’ve had to date.
  • Celt Experience Seven Flowers Double IPA – 8.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    While this is an IPA, it’s reminiscent of Sam Adams ‘Noble Pils’ . Imagine ‘Noble Pils’ with a massive 8.1% of alcohol; that underlying potency provides a solid foundation to the complex flavour.
  • Budweiser Project Twelve

    Lee Sal
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    Budweiser Project Twelve
  • Buxton ‘Axe Edge’ IPA 6.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
    'Axe Edge' is brewed to a hearty 6.8% ABV, it used to be classed as a ‘double IPA’ but now is just IPA. I’m guessing that 7% ABV is now considered to be the ‘DoubleIPA’ breakpoint. It's and hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops; the usual suspects then.
 
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. The term “craft” has become crucially important to thousands of producers and millions of consumers in recent years.  And yet it has no agreed meaning.  We intend to change that within one year from launch, and fill the term with meaning in a fair, flexible, enforceable, modern way, to save it from abuse. - Craft Beverage Association, July 19, 2014 These surveys…
  • Help TTB Break the Logjam (Free the Labels)

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
  • Coke Gets Served (and Pommelled)

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Pom v. Coca-Cola, is not just about juice. It has massive implications for small brewers, big distillers and all other alcohol beverage marketers. It shows that TTB rules and other agency rules set a floor, not a ceiling, on how companies need to market their products. It shows that the government is only a part of the web of review, in concert with competitors. Just as we predicted that Pom would win this case, we now predict that some alcohol beverage companies will soon take legal action against others, even though such cases, other than trademark…
  • TTB Eases Way Up on Formulas for Many Beers

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    There is some big news from TTB, via dcbrewlaw. TTB has recently decided to ease up on the formula requirements for malt beverages made with common ingredients and processes such as some barrel aging, as well as various fruits and spices. This should help considerably with TTB’s overwhelming workload, and the related delays. At dcbrewlaw, Dan reports: There is good news for brewers who are tired of waiting for formula approvals from TTB (currently 74 days):  you may not need it. On June 5, 2014, TTB issued a fairly significant ruling, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of…
  • 101 Days

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A short while ago I went to see why “that easy label” is still pending, after filing it while snow was still on the ground and waiting well past spring, into summer. I was shocked* and horrified to see the above. The average processing time for spirits labels is now, as of today, way past a month or two. I am startled to see it’s past 100 days. I don’t recall it ever getting past 45 days or so, back in the days of shutdowns, Rep. Gingrich fighting with President Clinton, Tea Partiers fighting President Obama, and so forth. I find myself talking about the same pending…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer News 072514

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Today is Culinarians Day. It's a day known for celebrating all those people who work hard to make some of the best food in town. If you see a chef today - go out and thank them for all they do, then spend some time enjoying some of the food they prepare. And pair some of that food with a great craft beer. You can also celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day today as well. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, July 25th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO…
  • Colorado Beer News 072414

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Today is National Tell an Old Joke Day. In honor of this day, here is a joke that has a local twist to it. A bum walked into a very chic pub and ordered a beer. Discreetly, the bartender informed him, "We do not serve riff raff here." To which the bum responded, "Then what brands do you serve here?" - Dig up an old joke that you once told years ago and tell it again. Who knows, there might just be someone who hasn't heard that one yet. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, July 24th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you…
  • Colorado Beer News 072314

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today is Mosquito Day. It's a day to pay respect to this winged pest and to remind everyone that here in Colorado the mosquito is known to carry the West Nile virus. Don't forget to put on some insect repellent before you head outdoors in areas that mosquitos are in abundance. Some studies have shown that drinking a beer increases your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes. There's something in the chemistry of beer that attracts them. Also, did you know that the mosquito is considered by many to be the real state "bird" of Minnesota? if you don't wish to celebrate Mosquito Day, you can always…
  • Get beer delivered to your home Denver

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    There's an app for just about everything these days. From the latest BJCP Beer Styles, to the latest beers on tap at your favorite tap house and now an app to get your favorite beer, wine and liquor delivered right to your door in about 30 minutes. The Denver area now has access to a new "lifestyle" app called "Drizly" and locals in the Denver area can now get booze delivered to their door (provided you prove you are at least 21 and have a valid drivers license). Here's a press release that details out this new app and service. Read the following release and chime in on how successful you…
  • Colorado Beer News 072214

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Today is Spooner's Day. This is not a day for couples to spoon, but rather to pay homage to Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was known mostly for not saying words in the right order and transposing adjoining words. Instead of saying "cold beer", he'd say something like "bold ceer". Instead of "bitter drink", he'd say "ditter brink". You can make up your own "spoonerisms" today and transpose words. Just be careful who you say it too. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you…
 
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for some IPAs! In episode 243 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two different IPAs, one from Illinois and one from California. We’ll see how they stack up against each other and if those west coast IPAs deserve all the hype. Kicking this off Brad and Ken open one of their favorites, the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point hasn’t been in the Chicago market that long but it’s a real treat to have this beer around town, especially now that it’s in cans. This 7.0 % ABV IPA packs…
  • Episode 242: The Hop Garden Local Harvest Pale Ale & Bushel Basket IPA

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to episode 242 of the Hop Cast! On this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Steve Wyatt who brought along a couple beers from The Hop Garden. The Hop Garden is a hop farm and beer company based in Belleville, Wisconsin. They are using their own locally grown hops for the beer, which is brewed at the House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first bottles just started showing up in February so it was a real treat to try this new brewery. The first beer the guys open is the Local Harvest Pale Ale, a 5.50 % ABV American…
  • Episode 241: Saison De Wench & De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 241 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open a couple different Saisons. First up is one that The Beer Wench sent us from Bison Brewing. Saison De Wench is a 6.0% ABV botanically-inspired tribute to the beer wench. It has been years since Ashley joined Brad and Ken on the Hop Cast so having her beer is the next best thing. Next up is the De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star, a 6.5% ABV Raspberry Rye Saison with Brettanomyces. De Proef partnered with Windy City Distributing to create this exceptional Raspberry Rye Saison for the…
  • Episode 240: Temperance Beer Company

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come…
  • Episode 239: Virtue Estate Series: Nichols & Virtue Percheron

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Forget beer, it’s cider time! In episode 239 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two bottles from the Michigan Cidery, Virtue Cider. First up is the 6.8% ABV Virtue Estate Series: Nichols. Virtue’s Estate Series ciders are a salute to partnering farmers. Each cider represents a true expression of a single grower’s finest fresh apples, with little impact from yeast, and fermentation without barrel aging. The Nichols uses Apples sourced from Nicols Farm & Orchard of Marengo, IL. Next up is the 5.5% ABV Percheron.
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    USABeerTrends

  • Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

    USABeerTrends
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Some PR from the folks at Iron Hill: GET HOPPED UP: CELEBRATE NATIONAL IPA DAY WITH SPECIAL SELECTIONS AND SAMPLERSFROM ALL 10 IRON HILL LOCATIONS On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurantlocations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with all 10 beers available at every location throughout the day.  IPAs will be offered individually on a pay-as-you-go basis or as a delicious sampler for $15, including 4 oz. pours of each of the 10 IPAs, one from each Iron Hill location. “One of the most exciting things…
  • Kermit the Hop is Back!

    USABeerTrends
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    From our friends at Bison: Bison releases 2nd batch of its award-winning Double IPA! BERKELEY, Calif. (July 22, 2014)––It might come as a surprise, but Bison’s brewmaster Daniel Del Grande didn’t intend to brew his popular Double IPA, Kermit the Hop, again until next year. But popularity and success have a funny way of shaking things up. “My original goal was to make Kermit a yearly release––rotating it in and out of my portfolio like a seasonal,” explains Del Grande. “But, my customers wouldn’t let that happen. And our customers are always…
  • Sun King 2nd Annual CANvitational

    USABeerTrends
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    From our friends at Sun King: Indianapolis, Ind. (July 22, 2014) - In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948.  Sun King will host the 2nd CANvitational canned craft beer festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 on the west block of Georgia Street, located in downtown Indy.   The Sun King CANvitational will bring over 40 craft breweries representing 23 states and international breweries to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). Tickets, available online…
  • Fifty Niner, a Golden Ale Rush

    USABeerTrends
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    From Amanda at Odell: Odell Brewing introduces Brett Golden Ale Fort Collins, CO – On July 11, 12, & 13, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its latest Cellar Series beer, Fifty Niner. Named for the Colorado gold rush of 1859, Fifty Niner is lustrous golden ale conditioned with Brettanomyces, a yeast as wild as the new frontier. “This is a complex and fun beer,” Odell Brewing’s QA/QC manager Eli Kolodny said. “It’s a golden ale brewed with Belgian Candi sugar and fermented with our house ale strain. The first hundred barrels were conditioned in a stainless fermentor…
  • Odell Brewing Makes New Footprint

    USABeerTrends
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Brewery announces the return of Footprint RegionAle, with new Texas ingredient Fort Collins, CO – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.” First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors…
 
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • Highlights from yesterday’s visit to the Oregon Brewers Fest

    Dan Culver
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
      Yesterday was a great day at the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Fest as we were able to sample a nice array of fine brews. I thought I’d report on some of the highlights from yesterday so f you’re heading there some time this weekend I recommend giving the following beers a try:   Citrafonix […]
  • Firestone Walker Set To Release Oaktoberfest In Bottles

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Paso Robles, CA: It’s time to dust off your stein and get a jump on German tradition as Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release Oaktoberfest in bottles, marking the first-ever packaged release of this “Paso Märzen Bier.” “Oaktoberfest is a real quaffer,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It’s mellow and rounded with this gorgeous […]
  • Coalition Brewing Set To Open New Tasting Room

    D.J. Paul
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    After a brief hiatus, Coalition Brewing Co. is ready to open their doors back up for business. This re-opening will not be where their old pub was located. This space is now occupied by Tap That. What Coalition Brewing has in store is a brand new tasting room located in their production brewery across the […]
  • Drake’s Portland Fly By at The BeerMongers

    D.J. Paul
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Drake’s Brewing is making the the trip from San Leandro, CA to hit up Portland in style this week. While in Portland, Drake’s will be pouring their new pale West Coast-style IPA, 7×70 IPA at the Oregon Brewers Festival. But since they’re in town, they’ve decided to up the ante with a few more treats […]
  • Widmer Brothers and 10 Barrel Brewing Collaborate with Fizz

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. – July 21, 2014 –Fizz, the third beer in Widmer Brothers Brewing’s 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series, was announced today. This unique, bubbly spritzer-style ale was brewed in collaboration with the brewing team at 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Ore. The release party in Portland will be at The Rookery at Raven & Rose […]
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    The Beer Babe

  • What is Portland, ME drinking? The Bier Cellar Top 5 of 2014

    Carla Companion
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you want to know what beers Portland locals are bringing home to drink, you don’t have to go any further than to ask Greg Norton, owner of Bier Cellar in Portland. [Read more...]
  • Beer ahoy! Dogfish Head brewer sailing in for a ‘Moveable Feast’

    Carla Companion
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:19 pm
    If you ask people which brewer would be the one crazy enough to get in a 19 foot Boston Whaler  (about the size of Dexter Morgan’s boat in the TV series Dexter) and take a 5-part ocean journey up the East Coast to raise funds for charity – you’d probably only have one answer: Sam Caligone... Read More
  • Bringing Craft Beer Culture to Travelers – The Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

    Carla Companion
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There has been a recent increase in the acceptance of craft beer as a viable asset to a community - something that brings jobs, tourism and spending dollars to a city. It's becoming clearer each year that this trend is here to stay, and that the dollars that people curious about local beer bring with them to spend are worth nurturing. I was asked to check out the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH because of their beer-friendly reputation - and I was glad to oblige.
  • Maine Craft Beer Road Trip: Go west!

    Carla Companion
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ok, now that we've had the warm up trip a few miles North of Portland, let's venture west. Like the pioneers before us, there is some unknown territory to the west and south - along with some scenic drives through some more of the open spaces in Maine. On this trip, I decided to hit several breweries that I had never visited, despite them being not too far out of reach than others more familiar to me.
  • Anheuser Busch, Miller/Coors list ingredients

    Carla Companion
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Less than two days after a recent petition lead by a well-known food blogger, got over 44,000 signatures, both AB and Miller Coors have released their beer's ingredients - and they're decidedly not shocking.
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    CraftBeer.com

  • There Gose The Neighborhood (AtG, Aviary, & Fountainhead collab)

    CraftBeer.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Look for one of  Against The Grain’s latest collaboration projects with Chicago IL’s finest.  World renowned cocktail kitchen, The Aviary and Chicago hot spot Fountainhead, sent their finest artisans down to join us in crafting this unique take on a classic style Gose.  Resulting was a roasted red pepper, cilantro, and calamansi lime infused Gose […] Read More The post There Gose The Neighborhood (AtG, Aviary, & Fountainhead collab) appeared first on CraftBeer.com.
  • Rooster Fish Brewing named Official Brewery of the Grand Prix Festival

    CraftBeer.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Rooster Fish Brewing is Honored to be designated the “Official Brewery of the Grand Prix Festival”, of Watkins Glen. We celebrate another historical year of racing in Watkins Glen, the home of America Road racing!  This year featuring the great MG sports car and the MG vintage racers. A historical milestone event for the MG. […] Read More The post Rooster Fish Brewing named Official Brewery of the Grand Prix Festival appeared first on CraftBeer.com.
  • Boundary Bay Brewery: 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State

    CraftBeer.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro to be Recognized at National Philanthropy Day Ceremony Bellingham business will receive 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award BELLINGHAM, Wash., July 23, 2014—Recreation Northwest is pleased to announce that Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro has been named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager […] Read More The post Boundary Bay Brewery: 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State appeared first on CraftBeer.com.
  • Ska to Release Session IPA at Denver Sesh Fest

    CraftBeer.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
     DURANGO, Colo., (July 24, 2014) — Rudie, the newest addition to Ska Brewing Co.’s arsenal is set to be unveiled at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s inaugural Sesh Fest on August 2nd. The Guild loosely defines a session beer as anything under five percent alcohol by volume that is well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. “It’s a […] Read More The post Ska to Release Session IPA at Denver Sesh Fest appeared first on CraftBeer.com.
  • Shmaltz Brewing Adds Commemorative Black IPA to Year-Round Portfolio!

    CraftBeer.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY — A commemorative beer to mark Shmaltz Brewing’s transformation from 17 years as a contract brewer to their new life at their very own Upstate New York brewery, DEATH OF A CONTRACT BREWER® becomes a year-round offering within Shmaltz’s award-winning portfolio. Death of a Contract Brewer® is brewed […] Read More The post Shmaltz Brewing Adds Commemorative Black IPA to Year-Round Portfolio! appeared first on CraftBeer.com.
 
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  • How to Ship Beer

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

    Billy Broas
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    I had a surprise for Chris and Jeremy at the end of our Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting. They were going to join me in a “flavor tripping” party. That’s right – we were going to pop some Miracle Frooties. No, we weren’t about to put on house music and break out the glow sticks. Miracle Frooties turn bitter & sour foods sweet. They are capsules made from Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) which is grown in West Africa. When I came across these things my instant reaction was to try them with a bitter beer. So after our Old Crustacean tasting each of us…
  • Rogue Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting

    Billy Broas
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every beer geek should do a vertical tasting at some point. A vertical tasting is when you try the same beer of different ages. It’s very popular in the wine world where different vintages are tasting in one sitting. It’s extremely educational because learn how the beer changes over time. Don’t forget that most beers are best fresh. Only certain styles should be aged. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a vertical with any style, just don’t expect most beers to improve. In a really geeky sort of way I’d love to do a vertical of Pliny the Elder. IPAs should…
  • Insulating the Keezer Collar

    Billy Broas
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:55 am
    To insulate or not? That is the question when building a keezer. (Note: The link above goes to the home base for all keezer posts. If you’re new to this series, start there.) For the longest time my wooden keezer collar remained uninsulated. I’m often asked why. Maybe some expect an intelligent answer, but I don’t have one. The real reason I haven’t insulated it? I’m lazy. Not just that, but it hasn’t been a high priority for me. Certain projects I get to the “good enough” stage and move on. This has been one of those. The estimated electricity…
  • Don’t like fruit beers? Give these 5 a shot

    Billy Broas
    2 May 2014 | 8:11 am
    Fruit used to be the red-headed stepchild of beer ingredients. Poor fruit. On its own it’s beloved. Quick, choose! Strawberries or broccoli? Easy choice. Screw you broccoli. But put fruit in beer and it suddenly becomes a lower valued product. Beer snobs look down their nose at it, like when people add an orange to their witbier (btw screw you too beer snobs). Your buddies tell you “it’s for girls.” In the past few years though fruit has redeemed itself. The main reason? Sour beers. Finally fruit has a home in beer. In a “clean” beer fruit turns it into…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Seattle Cider is Heading to Chicago

    Kendall Jones
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Carl Sandburg described Chicago as “”Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders…” Frank Sinatra said it in simpler terms: “My kind of town, Chicago is…” However you choose to say it, Chicago is a damn fine city full of damn fine people, and soon they will get to drink some damn fine cider from Seattle Cider Company. Actually, the entire state of Illinois gets the pleasure…
  • False Start Session IPA – A Beer for the 12th Man

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Seahawks training camp officially starts today, which means our thoughts will soon be turning to another amazing season of screaming and hollering like crazed lunatics. The 12th Man needs something to soothe the vocal chords, so Redhook says, “You bring the noise and we’ll bring the beer.” Redhook Brewery recently announced the pending release of False Start Session IPA, a beer designed with the 12th Man in mind. The tap handle is an air horn, an homage to the noise that gives the Seahawks an audible advantage at home games.
  • The First Fresh Hop Ale of the Season – Releasing on August 9th

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Seriously? I am not at all ready for summer to be over. But, then again, I’m always happy when the fresh hop ales start to show up, a sure sign that the final days of summer are upon us. And that’s what happens on August 9th in Seattle at Two Beers Brewing. Yep, Two Beers Brewing is releasing its first fresh hop ale of the year on August 9th. I am not kidding. Typically, the hop harvest gets underway near the end of August and stretches into the first couple weeks of September, maybe a bit beyond. Reports from my sources in the…
  • Big Al Brewering Releases Time Capsule Brett IPA

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Whenever I think of a time capsule, I think of a cartoon frog singing, “Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime doll…” It’s an indelible memory etched deep into my psyche from an old Warner Bros Loony Tunes cartoon. A classic. But, this is about a different kind of time capsule. Big Al Brewing’s Time Capsule Wild Ale series of beers. The concept is simple, really. Make a beer, put it in a barrel, stash it away somewhere, forget about it, and wait for some mustachioed construction worker to dig it up 100 years in the future.
  • List of Breweries and Beer for Brewshed Beer Fest

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week we told you about the upcoming Brewshed Beer Fest, which benefits Washington Brewshed Alliance. The event takes place on Thursday, July 31 (next Thursday) at the Hale’s Palladium from 5:30 – 9:30. If you’re going out on a Thursday evening to have a couple beers, why not have them mean something? Why not support a worthwhile cause while drinking a nice selection of beers. Today we share the list of breweries participating in the event, as well as the beers they plan to pour. The breweries involved are all Brewshed…
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    Booze News

  • How modern. Quebecers can now bring back booze from the rest of Canada

    Patsy
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s not quite signing the Constitution, but Quebec is joining the rest of the country in an area many people will find just as important. Quebecers will now be legally allowed to bring back alcohol from the rest of Canada for their personal consumption. Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec was the last province that prohibited residents from returning home with booze after a visit to the rest of Canada. READ MORE
  • Awwww! No booze at Rob Ford Fest after liquor licence denied

    Patsy
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    There will be no booze at Ford Fest this week after the province turned down the organizers’ application for a liquor licence, but Toronto’s mayor insists those who come to his annual barbecue will still have a good time. A spokesman for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said Wednesday the event didn’t qualify for a special occasion permit because it is not considered “of municipal significance,” a designation that must be granted by city council. “That’s not our call,” Jeff Keay said. Last year’s Ford Fest obtained the permit by applying through the caterer,…
  • Need a job, Bartender? Craft cocktails are on the rise in Dubai

    Patsy
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Cocktails and Muslim culture don’t exactly go hand in hand. On a recent trip to Dubai, however, I was shocked to find a flourishing cocktail scene. Some of the newest bars are focusing on fresh juices, homemade syrups, tinctures and tonics, serving up modern craft cocktails. If you head to Dubai, be informed before you arrive: Bars are allowed only in hotels, and you should never get drunk in this city in United Arab Emirates. Being visibly intoxicated can land you in jail. If you’re after a great cocktail, hit up Suga, Lao or Iris. SUGA AT THE CONRAD Suga has a brand new door policy this…
  • Amateur rocketeers to launch beer into ‘space’ – drink it on return to Earth

    Patsy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Team Numb from Portland, Oregon will launch a keg of beer this September The group of amateur rocket enthusiasts has done two launches before Their small rocket will launch to a height of 20,000 feet above the ground Admittedly that’s quite a long way from ‘space’, which is 330,000 feet high The cargo the rocket will carry will be two kegs of beer totally 20 gallons After returning from the trip the team will tap the kegs and drink the beer First came dogs, then monkeys, and finally humans – so what’s the next logical step in mankind’s space exploration…
  • Kentucky bourbon distillers filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013

    Patsy
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Kentucky’s bourbon renaissance shows no sign of slowing down: The state’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. That tops 2012′s production of slightly more than 1 million barrels. The 2013 production is the highest since 1970, according to the KDA. At the end of 2013, there were almost 5.3 million barrels of bourbon aging in warehouses around the state, with more on the way as distilleries continue to grow. There also are 600,000 barrels of brandy and other whiskeys. “Our historic warehouses are…
 
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    alloverbeer.com

  • Topping Off

    Brian Stechschulte
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    When you need to fit every last drop. Topping Off
  • Framboise Fermentation

    Brian Stechschulte
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    One big fluffy pillow. Framboise Fermentation
  • Heavy Lifting

    Brian Stechschulte
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Here's how you get over 80 kegs aboard a ship. Heavy Lifting
  • Mike Schnebeck of Fort Point Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I recently paid Mike Schnebeck a visit at Fort Point Beer to take his portrait for a Meet the Brewer blog post. Mike Schnebeck of Fort Point Beer
  • Lend a Hand: Fraggle

    Brian Stechschulte
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    It was disheartening to hear that someone who gives so much has been struck down by a stroke. Lend a Hand: Fraggle
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

    Ken
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    American beer drinkers are becoming more discerning. Thanks to the booming popularity of the craft beer business, light beer sales will hit a 10-year low in 2015, writes Devin Leonard at Bloomberg Businessweek. Sales of once-popular staples like Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite are on the decline, Leonard writes. Craft beer has become so popular that there's now a black market for rare brews. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/demand-light-beer-collapsing-181600555.html[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Siris Microbrewery (Greece)

    Ken
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Last month, we were pleasantly surprised by the news of the creation of the first microbrewery in Northern Greece, something was missing and it was really a matter of time implementing it. [Read More][Submitted by Beer-Pedia]
  • MillerCoors shifts to plastic bottles for economy products

    Ken
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    MillerCoors is rolling out new Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging on all of its 32- and 40-ounce singles bottles in its “economy portfolio” of beverages.MillerCoors is converting its "economy portfolio" of beverages to plastic bottles."It's a big investment for us," said Anna Tsurkis, marketing manager, economy portfolio. "We see these plastic bottles as being an important part of (MillerCoors') innovation."http://www.biztimes.com/article/20140321/ENEWSLETTERS02/140329955/0/MULTIMEDIA[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Craft beer volume grew 18 percent in 2013

    Ken
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Craft beer continued its growth last year, rising to 7.8 percent of total U.S. beer volume, up from 6.5 percent in 2012. http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/bffdd19d-d2db-51f7-a8d3-a9bf6160d48f.html[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Is America facing a beer crisis?

    Ken
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:26 am
    As it’s done for nearly a quarter of a century, Anheuser-Busch (BUD) will once again roll out splashy commercials during the Super Bowl to get people talking about Budweiser and, hopefully, drinking it. But a new report suggests that young adults—the prime demographic for these advertisements—will need a lot of persuading.-Website Link-[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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    All Good Beer

  • July Beer Dinner at Rudyard's Pub Featuring Independence Brewing

    Steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    This month's beer dinner at Rudyard's Pub will be featuring beer from Independence Brewing of Austin, TX. Joe Apa, formerly of T’afia and Plum Easy Kitchens, will be carefully crafting 5 courses paired with 5 different Independence beers, including White Rabbit, Stash IPA, Austin Amber, Convict Hill Stout and the recently released Hell or High Lager (brewed to commemorate their 3,000 batch of beer). This month's dinner is also a pet food drive for a local homeless pet shelter, so please bring along a bag or a few cans of pet food so the animals can eat too.The dinner takes place on…
  • Central Market Beer Fest

    Steve
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Central Market's annual beer celebration begins today and runs through June 24th.  Scheduled events include in-store tastings and beer dinners, some featuring the owner and/or brewmaster from the brewery.  There is also a Sip & Stroll on June 19th with eight food and beer pairing stations setup around the store.  Check the online events calendar for an up-to-date listing of events (tickets required for some events and can also be purchased online).  And if the calendar of events doesn't get you excited, then perhaps 20% off all beer purchases of $25 or more will…
  • Open The Taps at Alamo Drafthouse

    Steve
    20 May 2014 | 11:05 am
    On Wednesday, May 21st from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Open the Taps are hosting a fundraising event at the Mason Park location to raise awareness about changing the legislation that prohibits businesses with liquor licenses from selling beer growlers.Beer loyalists can sample fresh brews from Houston’s favorite craft breweries and learn about how to bring growlers back to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets are $10 each which includes a pint glass and 3 beer samples.Copyright © 2012 AllGoodBeer.com - All rights reserved
  • Book Review: The Craft Beer Revolution

    Steve
    19 May 2014 | 10:49 am
    As both a brewery owner and active member of two brewing associations, Steve Hindy (co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery) has over twenty-fives years of first hand experience with the industry's inner workings and relationships. His book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink, is an insiders story about the rise of craft brewing, the struggles within the industry and it's associations and the relationships with "Big Beer".Everyone is familiar with the story that Fritz Maytag is basically credited with sparking the craft beer revolution when…
  • Houston Press BrewFest 2014

    Steve
    14 May 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The 3rd annual Houston Press BrewFest takes place on Saturday, May 17th from 2pm ~ 7pm at Silver Street Station (the same location as previous ones).  Over 35 local, national and foreign breweries will be serving up a variety of different beers on tap and from the bottle. It's a great festival for trying a variety of beer styles in one place as well as an opportunity to try some of the new craft breweries that are not widely available. There will also be bands playing and local food trucks on-site.General Admission and VIP ticket options are available and both include eight 3oz…
 
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:45 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 Jul 2014 | 6:45 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 Jul 2014 | 6:45 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 Jul 2014 | 6:45 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 Jul 2014 | 6:45 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 – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • Beer jobs — Merc’s Bier Cafe, Mornington VIC

    Help Wanted
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    We are looking for a head chef and a sous chef to work with us in opening our venue in August.The head chef will be experienced in running a busy kitchen, in costing and budgeting food items, ingredients, menus, waste management and all aspects of ordering and staffing in the kitchen for the on going running of the food side of the business.As we have an open kitchen communication skills are vitally important between the staff and the customers. Strong enthusiasm, integrity, great work ethic, a postive attitude and a happy demeanor are essential as we have the opportunity to create a really…
  • World class judging panel assembled for Australian Cider Awards

    Media Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Media ReleaseWorld class judging panel assembled for Australian Cider AwardsAn international expert will headline the judging panel for Cider Australia’s national awards program.New Zealander Malcolm Reeves has almost three decades’ experience with cider judging and is looking forward to tasting the best of the best from Australia’s expanding industry when the awards are held in Melbourne later this year.Mr Reeves was last year honoured with the Fruit Wine and Cider Maker’s NZ Trophy for his contribution to the industry. He consults globally on cider making and has extensive…
  • Be the first to experience Nomad Beers

    Media Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Media ReleaseBe the first to experience Nomad BeersThe wait is over, the Nomad Brewing Company’s first beer hits the taps in the coming week. Brewed on Sydney’s Northern Beaches under the guidance of one of the worlds top brewers and a true nomad, Nomad Brewing Company delivers three great styles, all unique and all super tasty.Sideways Pale AleColour — Gold International bittering units– 30–32 This is one punchy big flavoured beer. Intensely hopped pale ale, bursting with the scents of Aussie and American hops. Drinking like a beer at twice its alcohol by volume.Your new go to beer…
  • Beer jobs: Sales Executive, South East Queensland

    Help Wanted
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Craft and Imported Beer company requires a person with knowledge of the South East Queensland Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and retail outlets to sell their wide range of products.A good knowledge of South East Queensland is essential as well as a clean driving record and smart appearance.Wage + commission + car + phoneEnquiries and applications to alison@generalmanager.net.au
  • B2 Bomber Mach 4.0

    Media Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Media releaseB2 Bomber Mach 4.0From humble beginnings in June 2005, Bridge Road Brewers has reached its ninth year of brewing in 2014.The past year has seen the brewery expand significantly, doubling our floor space with a new bottling and warehouse building. We have also continued our slow growth strategy of reinvesting funds into new technology and production equipment as well as continually improving our recipes and processes.We thought it best we celebrate our ninth birthday by doing what we do best, brewing another batch of beer. We decided to continue our B2 Series into its fourth year.
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Left hand Brewing Company sponsors bike team to help fight MS

    mwisdom562
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    It has long been a tenet of the craft beer industry that its members are a particularly philanthropic bunch. Maybe it is because the community is so tight-knit and more established breweries pitch in to help new breweries get up and started. Maybe it is because of the grassroots nature of the business. Or, maybe it is just that craft beer people have big hearts. No matter what the cause, it is a well-represented phenomenon and Longmont, Colo. stalwart Left Hand Brewing Company is carrying on the tradition. Team Left Hand (TLH) is a cycling team that is participating in the Bike MS rides to…
  • The Beer Guy Beer School; Lesson 2 — I can see clearly now! Checking beer appearance

    mwisdom562
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Note to readers: This is the second in a weekly four-part series about how to get the most out of your craft beer experience. If you missed the first article in this series, click this link to get caught up. Lesson 2 — I can see clearly now! Checking beer appearance Our second lesson in the art of enjoying great beer involves your sense of vision. For years the world has thought of beer visually as crystal clear, yellow in color and with robust carbonation streaming up the glass. While that presentation is great for many styles, it is not always what beer should look like. As you will…
  • North Brevard Rotary club holding Craft BrewFest

    mwisdom562
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Space Coast of Florida is nearing the dog days of summer, but the Rotary Club of Titusville want to help beer lovers relax and cool down. Their answer to oppressive Florida summer heat? A beer festival, of course! The North Brevard Craft BrewFest will help raise funds for the clubs philanthropic efforts such as the eradication of polio and helping to provide education, better healthcare and clean water to those in need. Local Rotary programs such as service projects throughout the North Brevard community and scholarships for the three local high schools will also benefit from the…
  • Stone expanding to Berlin

    mwisdom562
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    For over 200 years the United States has been taking its brewing ques from Germany. It was the influx of German immigrants that saw the rise of the big beer companies of today. But, as the country turns back to more flavorful, more pure beers it is the Germans that are taking note. And with that, Stone Brewing Company of Escondido, Calif. has announced plans to open a production brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark…
  • The Beer Guy Beer School; Lesson 1 — Pop That Top! Serving Beer Properly

    mwisdom562
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Because we know that not everyone who reads this blog is a beer expert, we are starting a new four-week series to help you hone your beer-tasting skills. It is our goal to help you learn how to swill your brew with authority. So, we present to you The Beer Guy’s Beer School! Because understanding how to properly serve your beer in integral to getting full enjoyment from it the first lesson in the series will these important topics. Other lessons in this series will cover topics such as how to assess the quality of your chosen beers through with multiple senses including sight, smell and…
 
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    The Pittsburgh Beer Snob

  • The Session No. 89 Round-Up

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The 89th edition of The Session has now come and gone. The topic I posed for this month's series of posts was Beer In History.Derrick at Ramblings of a Beer Runner took quite an interesting stab at this by delving into the world of politics. He examined Democrats and Republicans that served in the Oval Office and discovered that Democratic Presidents were more likely to take up the bottle or mug than their Republican Counterparts. As a Republican myself, I found this intriguing.Liam hailing from Drunken Speculation chose to continue a small series of his by telling more about a local brewery…
  • The Session No. 89: Beer in History

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Session is a monthly blogging project among the beer bloggers where the host chooses the topic in which the rest of the participants can write about. I took the load of hosting the July Session post here on my blog. I chose to involve one of my favorite topics, that being history, for this month's topic. I figured that it was quite fitting for many of us as the first Friday of this month is the Fourth of July.Pennsylvania has a deep alcohol history. A lot of it dates back to the days of the American Revolution in the late 1700's. Some of it liquor and some of it beer. There have been many…
  • The Session No. 89 Announcement

    9 Jun 2014 | 4:51 pm
    In the words of Captain Barbosa in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, I've fulfilled my vow. At least, I've partially fulfilled it. I've come back to help get the ball rolling on the next edition of the Session. If you haven't yet had a chance to take in any of the posts from the most recent series of Session posts there is still plenty of time to read-up on the literature that was created just last week. Boak and Bailey hosted the June edition with the topic being beer mixing. You can see the round-up post right here.When I posted on a more consistent basis I tried to incorporate…
  • Kaput

    28 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I think that when it comes to every blog on the internet there's that point where you have to say that's that. I think that time has drawn near for me on this blog. I've always said that if you could keep things under control you were. When something becomes an inconvenience or an issue. Then it's something to look at. I've always kept beer consumption under control and mainly restricted myself to drinking/sampling on weekends. Beer is not the problem when it comes to making this decision. It's time.Since 2014 has began I've found saying each week that there's too much to do, but nowhere near…
  • Monday Rant: A Simple Equation

    28 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    The general public keeps finding new ways to make life even more mind-numbing than it already is. I've always been for choosing to drink whatever beer you think tastes good. Still, there are those certain few out there that cause me to have that Lewis Black "remind myself to breathe moment.My Beer is SkunkedI was at a bar just a few weeks ago with a cousin of mine and a friend. This guy next to me at the bar and kept ordering Coronas and also kept sending each of them back. He claimed that the third on was the third in a row that tasted skunked. Maybe I'm just a nosey prick, but this irked…
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    Brewbound.com

  • Green Flash Co-Founder Elaborates on St-Feuillien Partnership

    Chris Furnari
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Green Flash co-founders Lisa and Mike Hinkley Earlier this week, Green Flash Brewing announced a “handshake agreement” with St-Feuillien whereby the Belgium-based brewery would produce, bottle and ship West Coast IPA for broader distribution throughout Europe. In an interview with Brewbound, Green Flash co-founder Mike Hinkley said he wasn’t exactly sure how to define the new partnership. “They are making the beer, selling the beer and essentially paying us a royalty,” he said. “They are buying all of the raw materials, producing the beer, shipping it to customers and collecting…
  • New York Governor Creates Craft Brewer Workgroup

    David Eisenberg
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the formation of the New York Craft Brewer Workgroup, a collection of brewers and industry representatives assembled to expand the state’s burgeoning craft beer sector. The group, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office, will work to improve upon the communication “between all segments of the craft brew industry and state government.” According to Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, who is also a member of the new coalition, the group will assess potential changes to state…
  • Video: Lost Abbey Partner Sounds Off on Industry Issues

    Chris Furnari
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    During the final stop of last week’s Brew Talks West Coast Tour, Brewbound had the opportunity to examine a variety of beer industry trends with Lost Abbey partner Tomme Arthur. Among other top-of-mind issues, Arthur tackled quality concerns, rotating tap handles, and franchise laws. So what’s he think about some of the newest brewers to launch in San Diego? “I personally don’t get to a lot of the new breweries in this town but I can’t imagine that if there are 90 breweries and 130 [on the way] in San Diego, that they are all making good liquid,” he said. Using Wine Country as a…
  • Deadline for NBWA “Share Your Story” Submissions Set for August 1

    Press Release
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is accepting entries until August 1 for the Second Annual Share Your Story Contest for beer distribution employees who have never attended the NBWA Annual Convention. The contest is intended to highlight many of the 130,000 men and women who make up the beer distribution industry, from truck drivers, inventory specialists and graphic artists to sales representatives, warehouse workers and receptionists. “The American beer distribution industry is strong because of the amazing people who work in it and the passion they have…
  • NBWA: New Gallup Poll Shows Beer as Americans’ Adult Beverage of Choice

    Press Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – is celebrating a new Gallup poll showing that Americans who drink alcohol choose beer over wine and liquor as the type of alcohol they consume most often. The poll found that 41 percent of U.S. drinkers report they typically drink beer; 31 percent name wine and 23 percent name liquor. “Today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles, varieties and flavors of beer to consumers from coast to coast,” said NBWA…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • LAPHROAIG SELECT

    Kendall Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Every family has one… the kid that ran away to travel the world and find better things, only to come back on his own, this time more well-rounded and full of appreciation for his roots. In the Single Malt Scotch World, this phenomenon often results in an eagerly anticipated (and debated!) new expression. In the Laphroaig family, this blend of new and old resulted in Laphroaig Select, a new bottling that marries the classic styles that made Laphroaig the #1 Islay Malt Scotch – Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks – with the novelty of American Oak casks.
  • JOEL MCHALE STEALS PURITY VODKA’S $500k ICON TRUCK

    Kendall Johnson
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Purity Vodka, a small Swedish brand, teamed up with comedian Joel McHale for a series of online videos, the first of which debuted last week. In what is becoming an engaging trend in spirits advertising, humorous (often self-deprecating) viral content is taking over the digital space. And we’re all for it.  As Purity Vodka explains,  small brands don’t want to compete in the traditional advertising route, so the brand decided instead to create content that is compelling and actively engaging. Purity Vodka confidently defines themselves in their quest to redefine voda, bringing…
  • NEW BELGIUM & 3 FLOYDS LIPS OF FAITH GRATZER

    Kendall Johnson
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    The newest addition to New Belgium Brewing Company‘s exploratory Lips of Faith series is a rare Polish style beer, brought back to life from the nearly dead. New Belgium teamed up with 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Indiana, with a big reputation, to create Lips of Faith Grätzer, a long-forgotten style of Polish ale. The beer features oak-smoked wheat which adds a unique chocolatey, bacon smokiness on the palate and Midnight Wheat malt, which provides a mild sweetness. But don’t let the pure black pour fool you, this light bodied, sessionable Grätzer is full of…
  • MONKEY 47 SCHWARZWALD DRY GIN

    Kendall Johnson
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    As a loyal Drink Me reader, you might be starting to sense our affection & admiration for small batch Gin. Maybe it’s the fresh summery season, or the intrigue of such a misunderstood spirit? Or maybe it’s the undeniable sense of place denoted by each producer’s secret blend of botanicals?… or quite possibly, all of the above? What we do know, is that Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin belongs on this list. Batch distilled, this handcrafted, quirky, dry gin skillfully unites British traditions, the exoticism of India and the purity and nativeness of the Black…
  • UISCE BEATHA REAL IRISH WHISKEY

    Kendall Johnson
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    While the words ‘Uisce Beatha’ might not immediately form an association with whiskey in your head, it is actually ancient Gaelic for ‘water of life’ and how the world ended up with the word whiskey. First distilled by Irish monks more than 1,000 years ago, ‘uisce’ (pronounced ‘ish-ka) became Anglicized as ‘whiskey’. Respecting this rich heritage, Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey was launched as a blend of Irish single malt and grain whiskies. Matured for at least 4 years in oak casks, the whiskey delivers a soft, subtle and delicately sweet flavour with a long, malty…
 
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    Brew Dudes

  • Mixed Berry Mead Tasting

    Mike
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:54 pm
    We take mead to the next level with this mixed berry mead. Making mead is fairly straightforward and easy once the basic techniques are mastered. Despite the simplicity in process, the flavor profiles achievable can be tremendous and complex. John’s mixed berry mead is is just that. Rivaling some of the better red wines I have had. John employ the staggered nutrient addition method of mead making. This technique focuses on supplementing the yeast with nutrients otherwise not found in the mead must. Doing it this way produces a fermentation character from a very healthy yeast population.
  • Wedding Mead Bentonite Results

    John
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    I think the heading of this post should have a question mark at the end of it, or maybe have the word results in quotation marks. What would you think if you had experimented with a certain clarifying agent and had had dramatic results as a conclusion of that experiment but when you followed the same procedure again, you were underwhelmed with the outcome? If you’re like me, you keep on trucking.  That’s all you can do.  The other thing about being me is that you have to blog about it. So I had scheduled a week for the clarification process.  I added the bentonite to the…
  • Kohatu Hops

    John
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are researching new hop varieties like me, you have come to the right place.  For the past seven years, I have been writing up hop profiles for all the varieties that interest me. Mostly, I was unhappy with the descriptions I found online and offline.   They were short, vague, and redundant across different websites. What I try to do is to collect as much information as I can and present as much as a well-rounded profile post as I can. I like the new hops that have been released lately, especially the ones that are influenced by the American craft beer movement over the past 20…
  • Immersion Chiller Compression Fittings

    Mike
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    We set out to diagnose a common issue with most copper immersion chillers. At some point the compression fittings that are the connection point between hose and coil become loose. The weight of the hoses once filled with chill water and normal handling can wiggle them loose. Eventually, water make seep or worse squirt out the back or side of the fitting. We show what it looks like and how to tighten the operation up for continued great service out of your IC. Generally speaking as the fittings move up and down slightly over time they can become loose. All that’s needed to fix this…
  • BIAB Series – SMaSH Beers for Hops Learnings

    John
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Keeping up with plans for the Brew In A Bag series (BIAB), here is the rundown of the single malt and single hop (SMaSH) experiments that I have planned for the summer. There has been one idea in the works for a few months but with the BIAB series, we need to add a few more varieties to the mix to lengthen the series and add to the fun. The hops that will be a part of the series are as follows: Mosaic Hops Equinox Hops El Dorado Hops The Mosaic hops have their own SMaSH recipe so they will be the first ones to be brewed. The Equinox hops have been purchased and will probably follow the…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • The Koelschip behind Allagash Coolship beers

    Chad Lothian
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Oxbow Brewing Company for samples and a quick brewhouse tour, on the way inside the brewery I spied a Koelschip sitting out front and realized I haven’t done a blog post about them yet. New Koelschip at Oxbow Brewing Company Koelschip or Coolship is a large, shallow vessel in which hot wort (unfermented beer) is allowed to cool to ambient air temperature prior to fermentation, the act of cooling wort in this way also allows for naturally occurring wild yeast strains to inoculate the wort. Koelschips are old school brewing equipment often found in the…
  • Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale

    Chad Lothian
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Name: White Fox Ale Brewed By: Oak Pond Brewery Style: IPA ABV: ? (Not listed on label)   White Fox Ale pours a bright copper color with golden highlights, vigorous pour produced a short white had that fell to a thin layer that lasted the remainder of the glass. Aroma is malt heavy, reminds me of a baking biscuits. The hops are detectable but not strong, they come across as slightly spicy and a bit grassy. Initial sip is malty, baked bread and toasted grains, a touch of sweetness that dissipates quickly as the mild hop bitter kicks in. The hops have a bit of a grassy/spicy flavor that…
  • Building a brewery: Orono Brewing Company

    Chad Lothian
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    If you haven’t caught it on the news in the past couple days, there’s a new brewery coming to Orono, Maine, the Orono Brewing Company is currently in the building phase in the basement space below Verve Burritos. I took the opportunity to stop in and check out the progress and chat with Co-owners of Orono Brewing Company as well as Woodman’s Bar and Grill Abe Furth, Heather Furth and Mark Horton, and Head Brewer Asa Marsh-Sachs. The brewery build is a major renovation to the space, Heather described the basement as a “Dungeon”, walking in for the first time it looked like a raw…
  • Refunds and Upgrades for Kahbrewfest ticket holders

    Chad Lothian
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
      Due to unforeseen events the venue for the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival has had to change and will now be taking place in Portland, Maine instead of Bangor, Maine. Due to difficulties in switching venues at such short notice the Kahbrewfest will unfortunately have to be cancelled this year. Individuals who purchased Kahbrewfest tickets online can get their refund through Ticketmaster, anyone who purchased a ticket locally (Central Street Farmhouse, Kahbang Offices) can get their refund at the Kahbang Offices at 84 Harlow Street in Bangor, office hours are Monday thru Friday,…
  • A look behind the scenes at Marshall Wharf Brewing

    Chad Lothian
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    I find myself in Belfast, Maine three or four times a year, but almost always during the winter for a trip to the Belfast Curling Club, this past weekend we decided to head down and check things out when it’s warmer and people are actually out and about. Naturally a family trip would include a stop at a brewery right? I got in touch with David Carlson at Marshall Wharf Brewing and arranged a tour for the afternoon while my wife and kids went exploring. If you’ve never been to Belfast the brewery is located right on the water, you drive down Main Street past all the shops, at the bottom of…
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    Beer Infinity

  • CAMRA campaigns to stop pubs being converted into supermarkets

    Beer Infinity
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The Business Desk (registration) CAMRA campaigns to stop pubs being converted into supermarkets The Business Desk (registration) PUBS are being converted into supermarkets at the rate of two a week, research by the Campaign for Real Ale has found.CAMRA, which conducted the study during 2012 and 2013, said the situation was unacceptable ...
  • Monarch White Beer

    Beer Infinity
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Day 25: Monarch White Beer from Two Brothers Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Witbier'. ABV is 4.5%.
  • Sudwerk Brewing Company 3 Best Friends Coffee Vanilla Lager

    Beer Infinity
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Sudwerk Brewing Company 3 Best Friends Coffee Vanilla Lager - Madagascar Vanilla, Cacao Nibs and Honduran Coffee Beans. I had this beer given to me by a friend strictly for review purposes. From the Sudwerk Brewing Company ...
  • Stone 18th Anniversary IPA coming 2nd Week of August

    Beer Infinity
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I received the following information from http://www.fullpint.com. The national release date for this beer is August 11. Here’s more: (Escondido,CA) – Stone Brewing Co.’s  18th Anniversary IPA is set to drop the second week of August, while you may have guessed it would be something hoppy, Stone has done their b ...
  • Battle of the Beers 2014 at Tapped Gastropub

    Beer Infinity
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    When: October 25, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Where: Tapped Gastropub Ok folks, we are now selling tickets to the 2014 Battle of the Beers on our website, www.beachambassadors.com! There will be a ton of other exciting news about October 25th coming out in the weeks and[...] The post Battle of the Beers 2014 at Ta ...
 
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    Travel By Brewery- Arizona Craft Beer Blog

  • Best High Gravity Brews for the Summer

    Travel by Brewery
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Just because it’s the dead of summer doesn’t mean that you have to be drinking Hefeweizen and Kolsch. There are some great high gravity brews you can enjoy during the summer without feeling overwhelmed or too heavy. Here are my suggestions. Old Chub – Oskar Blues This Scotch Ale clocks in at 8% (ABV) and doesn’t fill you up like beers of similar alcohol content. One of the most universally loved brews in America, Old Chub pairs well with burger and relaxing by the pool. Hop Slayer – Wild Onion Brewery This is a great brew for fans of the almighty hop. With a…
  • Bacon and Beer Classic Heads to NY

    Sam
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What’s more American than baseball, bacon, and beer? Nothing, really. That’s why the good people behind the Bacon and Beer Classic have combined all three of these elements into one incredible event. “The bacon and beer classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside major league baseball stadiums across America. it is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the up to 10,000 attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and…
  • Coolest Beer Accessories

    Travel by Brewery
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Not that you really need anything to make the experience of drinking beer any better but there are a whole bevvy of awesome beer accessories that can make the experience a little more interesting. Bottle Openers You could just use the end of the table or the boring old bottle opener from your local convenience store but I like my bottle openers to be a little more fun and functional. The Ring This one is pretty cool if you like wearing rings and don’t want to carry around a huge bottle opener all the time. Comb Bottle Opener With the popularity of Mad Men and the well groomed hair cut.
  • 5 Best Craft Beers for Fourth of July Weekend

    Sam
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    After the unfortunate loss in yesterday’s World Cup match, Americans still have a chance to celebrate our great country this weekend with the Fourth of July. And what better way to celebrate our freedom than sippin’ on some cold craft brews?! We’ve done our fair share of research and came up with the 5 best craft beers for Fourth of July Weekend! Take a look… 5. Sunbrew — Four Peaks Brewery By far Arizona’s premier craft brewery, Four Peaks has one of the best overall summer beers with its Sunbrew ale. This beer is like the Bud Light for craft beer —…
  • Dubbel Date Ale, Coachella Valley Brewing Company

    Ty
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We’re big fans of Coachella Valley Brewing Company’s Dubbel Date Ale. Have you ever tried a date before? This delectably sweet fruit is considered a staple of the Middle East and somewhat resembles an overgrown raisin. Whereas some people find dates pair very well with a board of bruschetta, the creative minds at Coachella Valley Brewing Company decided to infuse their beer with them. The flavor really grows on you. We recently had the chance to sample some of the Dubbel Date (get it?), characterized as an Abbey Dubbel Ale and weighing in at 6.5% ABV. The ale incorporates Medjoul…
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    You Make Beer

  • Fermentation Temperature – Why It Matters

    brewmaster
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    Fermentation plays an essential part of the procedure of how you can make beer. This can be when your wort becomes beer. One of the essential factors of fermentation is the temperature. The house brewer must keep a consistent temperature through the entire fermentation period. The temperature that is ideal depends upon the kind of […] The post Fermentation Temperature – Why It Matters appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Understanding the Flavor Equation

    brewmaster
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    American beer drinkers had only watery, alternatives that are weak when it came with their beer alternatives. However, the rise of craft brewing has changed that irrevocably and consumers today have access to a very wide selection of beer choices with a variety of characteristics that were distinct. The truth is, trying the various styles […] The post Understanding the Flavor Equation appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Optimal Fermentation Times

    brewmaster
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:52 am
    You will see information about Primary Fermentation and Secondary Fermentation, when you are first learning just how to make beer. It is not unusual for brewers that are new to wonder how long it takes to Ferment beer. The reply can vary, and there really isn’t one answer that is right. This is influenced by […] The post Optimal Fermentation Times appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • The Ups and Downs of Specific Gravity

    brewmaster
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    Specific Gravity is a key measure for making beer. This measurement allows you to know when fermentation has been finished by your beer, along with fermentation was. You’ll find a way to understand how much of the sugars that are accessible were converted to alcohol. A hydrometer floats higher the more dense there is a […] The post The Ups and Downs of Specific Gravity appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • What Types of Grains Can You Brew With?

    brewmaster
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Beer was brewed all around the world using the grains that are common to that particular country or region. The most familiar are wheat and barley, nevertheless, any grain may be used to brew beer. The variety of grain used considerably affects the flavor of the beer. A lot of people develop a preference for […] The post What Types of Grains Can You Brew With? appeared first on You Make Beer.
 
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    SommBeer

  • What’s Wrong with Beer Marketing? –> A Beer Duet – @Sommbeer & @HopsCanary

    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    I want to thank @hopscanary for contributing to this post.  I value her opinions even (especially) when they fail to agree with mine.  Please visit her website: Beer and Travel Adventures What do you think about the current marketing of beer? Sommbeer: The marketing for craft beer is almost non-existent.  Even the local brew pubs seem inept in this regard.  As for the big brewers, I think they are a mess too.  I have to turn the channel if my kids are in the room.…
  • Quick! Give me the Antidote I Accidently Drank a Bud – Beer Review – Jack Hammer from Arbor Brewing

    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Just another lazy day on my back deck enjoying some “Outdoor Living” with my better half.  It snowed a lot last year, so we are going to enjoy every ounce of warmth this summer – even when it rains.  Today it’s raining and we are drinking a beer on the deck .  In fact, I’m drinking a 312 from Goose Island.  It’s a light beer that’s easy to drink, perfect for summer. My serene summer afternoon soon exploded with one question from one innocent question…
  • A Guide to Brew Pub Etiquette

    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Mind your Manners! It drives me crazy when I bring someone to  “my”  brewpub and they misbehave.  It’s a place that I go to relax, it’s me refuge after a long day.  I know the menu by heart, I can even tell when they’ve slightly tweaked a recipe (leave it alone thanks).  Most important of all, I know the staff and they know me.  When I want to act like an idiot I’ll go to your brewpub not mine.  So when you are with me…
  • Time for a Gender Bender

    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    When I visit my local bar or sit outdoors with my wife and enjoy a beverage I sometimes observe a repeating pattern.  Women generally drink differently from men.  No no I don’t mean straws vs. cups.  I’m talking about our drink choices. A recent data point from last weekend.  Checkout the near beer on the left.  With all the bright cartoonish colors they felt a need to state “contains alcohol” for goodness sake. Legal Notice:  While I’m not much on Political Correctness, I do live…
  • BEER RULE #0 – Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider

    Sommbeer@gmail.com
    31 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    See all those guys riding their bikes to work?  Some of them ride bikes because they want to, some out of necessity.  They are Bicycle riders because they got caught drinking and driving. Beer Rule #0 – Don’t Drink and Drive, Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider Here’s a Guide to help Identify a “Bicycle Rider” 1. No Spandex 2. Flower Basket with briefcase 3.  Sippy Cup not attached to bike               Check this blog out tomorrow morning, tools and beer…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Members

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm is a proud to be a member of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and advance the interest of craft breweries and beer of North Carolina. The post Members appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Hops Harvest

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm, located in Wilson, NC, is excited to announce our first hops harvest in the coming weeks of August. We are looking for volunteers to help with the harvest and enjoy a few craft beers. Volunteers will also get free samples of our hops and pizza! Please share this post with friends, family members and home brewers and please follow the Cardinal Pine Farm facebook page for more information. If you are interested in helping with our harvest, please sign up using this form – http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/hops-harvest-signup/ The post Hops Harvest appeared first on…
  • Big Beer in North Carolina

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    With 110 microbreweries in North Carolina currently and another 45 in the planning stages, North Carolina is one of the five fastest growing states for craft beer. And Cardinal Pine Farm is very excited to be able to offer locally grown hops to many of these microbreweries.  This is great for craft beer drinkers in North Carolina and even better for local economies. Big Beer in North Carolina is a great thing and the expansion in the craft beer industry is only scratching the surface.   Please take a moment to watch Margo Metzger, Executive Director of the North Carolina Craft Brewers…
  • North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Update:  7/14/2014 – Cardinal Pine Farm is officially an affiliate member of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.   The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild (NCCBG) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the interests of the craft breweries of North Carolina and to promote North Carolina craft beer. But more importantly, we have just submitted our application to become members of this organization. Be on the lookout for Cardinal Pine Farm listed as an member. We are already making plans for the NC Craft Brewers Conference in November. Take a few moments and…
  • Almost Harvest Time

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The hops are growing steadily at Cardinal Pine Farm. It is almost harvest time. First harvest should be around the end of July and the first of August. It’s really getting exciting around the farm with the vegetables coming off, sunflowers in bloom, hops maturing and the grapevines running up. We are in full swing trying to keep up! The post Almost Harvest Time appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
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