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  • Bitches Brew — Dogfish Head

    The Brew Review Crew
    Brew Review Crew
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Review By: Cory Smith (with input from Drew Lockhard) I don’t know that there is a brewery that treats brewing like art quite the way that Dogfish Head does. When they were approached to create a beer to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ album Bitches Brew, they did their best to put their unique artistic twist on the beer. As you heard in the video, this isn’t just a stout.  They reverse engineered this to go perfectly with Davis’ favorite foods, and added the unique twist of making Bitches Brew a blend of two different beer styles, just the way…
  • Some reflections on PubCo reform

    Pete Brown
    Pete Brown
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This most difficult and complex issue in the pub industry probably hasn't got any easier after a landmark victory in parliament yesterday for anti-PubCo campaigners. But whatever your views, no one except the campaigners has come out of this looking good.I've not written much about the long-running battle between the biggest pub companies in Britain (pubcos) and the publicans who feel ripped off and/or abused by them. I've taken no joy whatsoever in writing about it when I have. It's the most emotive, bitter and unpleasant issue I've come across in my time as a beer writer, and beer writing…
  • buzz and hum – Epic IMP review from New Zealand
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    I just read this positive review about the new Epic IMP on the blog “buzz and hum”. You should not only check out the other posts on this blog, but follow it to, as the reviews are thoughtful and a good read. I still need to finish writing something official for the release of this beer. This last week has been consumed by Taste of Auckland (which hasn’t gone so well due to the weather). Quickly, the beer is a Session IPA, 4.7% alc/vol, 35 IBU. Dry hopping is greater than Armageddon IPA. It was officially released on Friday night at Vultures Lane to a jam-packed bar. It was…
  • Merry Christmas with a Tröegs Mad Elf

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

    Should I Drink That? Craft Beer Podcast (Father Spoon & sickpuppy)
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Don’t let the cold and traffic chaos get you down this weekend. Warm up at one of these events.
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  • Rare Beer Club Special Offer featuring The Bruery now live, deadline is Tuesday

    BeerPulse curator
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club’s November special offer deadline is nigh. Orders must be placed no later than 12pm PST on Tuesday, November 18th. More on the offer and featured beers below the dotted line…. Note that this offer is only for Rare Beer Club members so you will need to sign up for a membership ASAP and then sign up for this special offer in addition to that. To learn more about general membership and BeerPulse reader discounts, check out one of our most recent posts. If you’re already a member, click the link below to go to the order form. ——…
  • Oakshire Brewing now featured in Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club (deadline: 11/18)

    BeerPulse curator
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: As the weather gets colder and the snow creeps closer, the urge to hibernate gets stronger and stronger. This November, hibernate with the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club! Each month, members receive a high-quality, uniquely designed T-shirt promoting a different craft brewery. Offering one-month, six-month, or twelve-month memberships, the Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club is the only way beer enthusiasts can enjoy these fun T-shirts. To join Beer T-Shirt Club, visit out website: Hibernating is the last thing…
  • Stone Brewing names Richmond Virginia as destination for $74 million East Coast hub

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

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

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

  • Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
  • Beer for Me, Apple Juice for Her

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Beer gardens are booming nationally, as they provide a go-to destination for family outings, play dates and toddler birthdays.
  • The Beer Marketplace

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association says independent distributors help the industry grow.
  • In Chicago, a Tasting Tour of Barrel-Aged Beer

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The city is a bastion of craft brews that gain character from time spent in bourbon barrels.
  • A Beer at the Plaza

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Metropolitan Diary: A distinguished hotel’s take on a fancy-looking beer that came all the way across the East River.
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  • Winter is coming… and so is 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat

    Jonny Fullpint
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    San Francisco, CA – As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, ‘tis the season when 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Fr… The post Winter is coming… and so is 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat appeared first on
  • Kannah Creek Brewing’s New Winter Seasonal – Vertical Drop

    Jonny Fullpint
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Grand Junction, CO – Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s new winter seasonal, Vertical Drop, is hitting shelves next week. It … The post Kannah Creek Brewing’s New Winter Seasonal – Vertical Drop appeared first on
  • The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing

    Franny Fullpint
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Welcome to The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing!  Autumn is here and while we wade through the sea of seasonal beer off… The post The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing appeared first on
  • Abita Brewing’s New Wrought Iron IPA

    Jonny Fullpint
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Abita Springs, LA – This week, the Abita Brewing Company launched a brand new Louisiana IPA, Wrought Iron IPA. Named after … The post Abita Brewing’s New Wrought Iron IPA appeared first on
  • Ninkasi Brewing Announces 2015 Flagship Series Lineup

    Jonny Fullpint
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Eugene, OR – Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting Jan… The post Ninkasi Brewing Announces 2015 Flagship Series Lineup appeared first on
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • (Some of) the best beer writing of 2014: The NAGBW Awards.

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) was active from the 1980s on, but would disband in the early aughts. In 2013, beer writers Jay Brooks, Lucy Saunders, Don Russell, and others resuscitated the organization, and brought back the annual competition for beer writers, bloggers, broadcasters, and authors. Today's post is an overdue one: honors for 2014's best beer writing were announced in ... October! Congratulations to all. October 7, 2014 - The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers,…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Bedell & Cizauskas

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This blog is about good fermentables and the folk who make them. It's a matter of internet record. It's not about me, or shouldn't be. I tell their stories. I take photos of them and their good fermentables. No selfies.Today's an exception. Tom Bedell is a long-time chronicler and reporter of good beer, winning two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer. He writes a blog about golf and beer. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only writer who is a member of both the Golf…
  • The ... best ... beer ... in ... the ... nation! (and in your state)

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    What are the best 'craft' beers in every state of the nation (and the District of Columbia)? Who are the best breweries in each state? What are America's top 'craft' beer styles? Which of the states are best for 'craft' beer? To find out, Bryan D. Roth, at his blog, This is Why I'm Drunk, crunched October 2014 data from Beer Advocate —a crowd-sourced online beer-rating site— using the popular site's algorithm of weighted measurement for beer ranking. He found answers —some expected, some surprising— and quantified some current trends. THE TOP BEERS AND BREWERY FOR EACH STATETo…
  • #VeggieDag Thursday: An animal-free kugel. (Sorry, Nana!)

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and ecological issues. Kugel is a hearty, stick-to the ribs, potato pudding —'soul food' for Eastern Europeans, and Americans like me of their descent, whether Ashkenazy, pagan, or Christian. For Thanksgiving, this year, I'm going to try again to successfully concoct a completely vegetarian kugel. No eggs, no milk, no cream, no butter, and no pig parts, of course. Just potatoes and accoutrements. Here's the recipe of my grandmother, Nana Ambraziene, a first generation Lithuanian-American. In the past, I've substituted…
  • "Cheeses fight with dry wines," says the Wine Spectator. "Try beer," I say.

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    If you had turned to page 132 of the Wine Spectator's The Encyclopedia of Food "With Exclusive Wine Matching Advice," in September 2005, and read the chapter on cheese, you would have seen this: Cheese and wine have long stood at the top of the gourmet pyramid.But then, on the very next page, you would have seen this: The mouthcoating texture of soft cheeses can make red wines taste thin and tough, but the sparkle of Champagne cuts through beautifully. Crisp, aromatic whites such as German or Austrian Riesling also do well, especially if they have a bit of sweetness.And, of blue cheese and…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Home Brewing Equipment with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #92

    Brad Smith and Friends
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing Equipment. John tells us about basic three tier all grain systems, RIMS/HERMS systems, heating your wort and using hybrid techniques like BIAB or his new BrewEasy system. 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 (38:45) John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering is my guest this week to discuss intermediate and advanced Brewing…
  • Brewhouse Efficiency vs Mash Efficiency in All Grain Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Efficiency is an important number to understand for all grain beer brewing. Your system efficiency determines the original gravity of the beer as well as how much grain is required to develop a given recipe. Understanding the difference between mash and brewhouse efficiency is also important – as it also drives the grains required. Efficiency in Brewing Lets start with a discussion of the basic idea of brewing efficiency. When we add grains to our all grain beer, each grain has a potential associated with it. The potential is a measure of how much sugar a given pound of grain can…
  • How to Brew All Grain Beer DVD with John Palmer – Available Now!

    Brad Smith and Friends
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Looking to Master All Grain Brewing? My video masterpieces are finally done… Want to make the leap from extract to All-Grain brewing? Would you rather watch it done than read a book? How to Brew All-Grain teaches you how to brew with malted grains, and covers everything from selecting your equipment to brewing, bottling, and kegging. Featuring many hundreds of shots showing every single step in the process. It joins our already released How to Brew with Malt Extract video for beginners. 90 minutes including the entire All Grain brewing process, four bonus videos and two interviews…
  • Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91

    Brad Smith and Friends
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. 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 (59:34) Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss how to get the most out of your beer fermentation. Chris teaches…
  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 4

    Brad Smith and Friends
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is the fourth and final part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity in the mash and the boil. Today we’re going to discuss fermentation finings and filtering your beer to improve clarity and reduce beer haze. Lagering and Cold Crashing during Fermentation When fermentation is complete, you may want to consider cold storing or cold crashing your beer. Lowering the temperature to near freezing will aid the precipitation of…
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    2beerguys beer blog

  • Help Throwback Brewery Win a 2015 Ford Transit Van

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Throwback Brewery recently entered a national competition to win a 2015 Ford Transit van and out of all of the small business entries nationwide, they are one of the 10 finalists. They can’t win the van without our help because the winner will be decided by the business with the most votes come the end of November. Please help Throwback win a new Ford Transit, it takes less than 5 minutes. Head on over to: Scroll down to Throwback Brewery click the check box before the text ‘vote’ scroll down and click ‘Submit…
  • TOP 10 reason’s why you should attend BBC15

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    I’ve been thinking long and hard over the past month or so about what kind of post BBC14 blog I would write. I’ve read great pieces from so many bloggers that came back from BBC14 inspired about all things beer. I too am inspired each time I sit at a conference table, learning about some new innovation, hearing from some of the top brewers, or listening to my peer bloggers as they share  what they have learned. We are so fortunate to have a company like Zephyr Adventures  putting together these bloggers conferences. Looking back on the past 5…
  • Newburyport Fall Beer Fest

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

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

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

  • Some Uses Of Beer In Early 17th Century Newfoundland

    Alan McLeod
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Richard Whitbourne is one of those guys probably a few people know a whole lot about but a whole lot of people know nothing about. He fought against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and then spent the next thirty years of his life involved with the Elizabethan whaling fleets off and, later, colonization of Newfoundland. He served as Governor for a time and also held the first court of justice in North America in 1615. And he wrote a book. About Newfoundland. He wrote a book , A Discourse and Discovery of Newfoundland, about Newfoundland in 1620 which contained a few interesting references to beer.
  • 239 Years Ago There Was This Tavern And These...

    Alan McLeod
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    "Settling the Affairs of the Nation"... that is what it's called. After yesterday's 1919 barroom scene from New York City, I was looking for an earlier characteristic tavern scene. Sadly, photography did not exist in 1775 so this print will have to do. Click for a bigger image. The first thing that caught my eye was the architecture with that serving stall in the corner. Late 1790s and early 1800s Ontario taverns were build with that sort of structure according to In Mixed Company by Julia Roberts. There are a few interesting commentaries on this image:• The British Museum dates it at…
  • Ninety-five Years Ago There Was This Bar And These...

    Alan McLeod
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    This image flashed by my eye this afternoon. It's apparently a bar in New York the night before Prohibition comes into effect in 1919. A little less highbrow perhaps than this one. What I find really interesting is how there is so much going on that is really different from what bars are like now. When researching Ontario Beer one of the main aspects of the new liquor control system after the end of temperance years was that the tavern was not to be allowed. Hard liquor was fine. The male gathering place? Not so much. Wide agreement on that point. So what made them so bad? A larger version of…
  • Beer Math: "Micro>Macro>Craft, That Works"

    Alan McLeod
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    I am watching and commenting on an interesting Facebook thread started by Maureen Ogle this weekend that was triggered by the article "A Not-So Nefarious History of Craft and Crafty Beer" by Daniel Hartis. It also triggered some thoughts from me which I am pasting here as both a place holder and to see if I can build on them. See if I can make the selected bits of the conversation make sense: => Alan: "That is an interesting bit of reverse engineering. "Craft" does not gain general traction until the mid to late 2000s except in early adopting regions. We had early 90s efforts in Canada by…
  • Like Arguing Your City Should Form An Army

    Alan McLeod
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 pm
    So, this is interesting:Vancouver council candidate R.J. Aquino thinks city hall has an important role to play in ensuring customers get what they pay for when they order a cold pint of beer. It was an idea Aquino chanced upon while brainstorming ways to address the two former issues. Those policy sessions were often held in different restaurants and bars across the city, he said, and it soon became apparent that there was little consensus about what actually constituted a pint.There ought to be a law about that. In fact there is. A Federal law. The good old Weights and Measures Act which…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Call it beer friendly, kid friendly, or just call it friendly

    Stan Hieronymus
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yesterday The New York Times posted a story about beer garden play dates and I nudged All About Beer magazine editor John Holl on Twitter because he once wrote a story for that magazine (before he was editor) about beer gardens and of course mentioned the family friendly aspect. Later in the conversation that followed John pointed to a more recent story from AABM about the rise of family friendly breweries, proudly noting, “Seems the Grey Lady is swimming in our wake.” Jeff Bearer popped with an delightful picture and added, “for some of us, breweries have always been family…
  • Are we there yet? Beer personalized to your own hoppy tastes?

    Stan Hieronymus
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    You can read it right here, explanation marks and all: “Engineers have developed a ‘barista-type experience’ for beer drinkers where a barman can adjust a gadget fitted to a beer tap to adjust the ‘hoppiness’ level on demand.” “Hoppier” works much like Randall the Enamel Animal, which Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery invented more than 10 years ago. Engineers at Cambridge Consultants might be putting a little more emphasis on pressure (“We knew, for example, that pressure is fundamental to extracting flavour in espresso machines…
  • Is beer still the most democratic drink?

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 11.17.14 Which side are you on? More from the “Let There Be Beer” campaign, in which Ed Wray writes “There seems to be clear division between whether we should be promoting beer as a premium product or beer for mass consumption.” And, “So beer geeks, the line has been drawn: Which Side Are You On?” Ask a question, get an answer, I guess. A lot of them here, and plenty of back and forth. So many noteworthy comments I thought about making this week’s links/musing just links to them. Pull of a stool — it is worth the time.
  • Blast from the past: ‘Macros or micros?’

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Paste Magazine has a rather comprehensive post today which is pretty much what the headline says: “A Not-So Nefarious History of Craft and Crafty Beer.” I don’t need much of an excuse to dig into the personal archives. So here’s something I wrote for All About Beer in 1997, as is, without the benefit of a safety net the rear mirror can provide. The subhead on this story read: “What happens when the large breweries enter the ‘little guys’ territory?” Scene 1: A church-run festival in Covington, La. Boiled crawfish cost $1.25 a pound,…
  • Session #94 announced: Your role in the ‘beer scene’

    Stan Hieronymus
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Host Adrian Dingle has posted the topic for The Session #94: “Your role in the beer ‘scene’. What it is?” Ding explains by describing how he feels his own role has changed, then reels off several questions (I like it when hosts do that – makes it easy to pick one): “So, where do you see yourself? Are you simply a cog in the commercial machine if you work for a brewery, store or distributor? Are you nothing more than an interested consumer? Are you JUST a consumer? Are you a beer evangelist? Are you a wannabe, beer ‘professional’? Are you a beer writer? All of…
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 It’s Saturday, so here’s a gurt load of links for ‘ee. → Jack Highberger doesn’t hate pumpkin beers, and he tasted a lot of them to come up with his Pumpkin Beer Flavor Map. An interesting exercise we’re tempted to imitate with another niche style. → Saved to Pocket (that is, we haven’t read it yet) this week is Jim Vorel’s piece for Paste magazine on Anheuser-Busch’s pilot brewery. There is a judgement suggested in the title: ‘The Belly of the Beast’.
  • Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We’ll be at Tap East, the microbrewery and bar in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London, from 2-4 pm this Saturday, 22 November. We’ll have a few books to sign and sell  but we’ll also be delighted to sign copies people bring with them, whether well-read, or brand new and intended as Christmas gifts. If you’re a reader of the blog, whether you want a book signing or not, we’d love the chance to say hello and chat over a pint, so please do drop by if you’re in the…
  • Pondering Beers of the Year

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 As Golden Pints season draws near, we’ve found ourselves wondering how we go about choosing a ‘beer of the year’. Should it be the one we’ve just declared the best beer in the world? Surely that must also be the best beer we’ve had this year? Maybe it ought to be the beer that gave us the most profoundly thrilling single experience — the one that literally made us giggle with excitement and joy — even if subsequent experiences of the same beer were less euphoric? Or how about our…
  • QUOTE: Outside Influences

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 “What we had done by hiring an Italian [Stefano Cossi] and Martin [Dickie] straight out of Heriot-Watt was get people who weren’t weighed down by tradition. We’ve continued to hire brewers from overseas, like Kelly Ryan who joined just before Martin Dickie left in 2006, because that helps to keep things fresh, and makes it possible to stay ahead of some of the very good breweries that are now getting established… Each of the brewers we’ve had has left something behind, and we’re still…
  • Chemical Beer and CAMRA

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 From fairly early on in its existence, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has shown a concern with the purity of beer, almost as much as with the method of dispense, and arguably more than with the quality of its flavour. This has been on our mind lately, since Yvan Seth asked this question: 'Chemicals' comes well before 'craft' in words I'd like to redact from the world's beer vocabulary… is chemical angst another CAMRA-ism? — Yvan (@beeryvan) November 5, 2014 We’ve…
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    Jack Curtin's LIQUID DIET

  • And just like that…

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    …all is well again. The internets is weird, Firefox often  be a bit strange its ownself and WordPress is a mysterious land where one does not want to dig too deep into the mysteries. Also, this forced me to try and use Chrome and IE, always an adventure.
  • Weird things are happening…

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    This site has gone somewhat haywire for reasons I cannot so far determine. I have to log in as administrator on every visit, some comments are posting, others are not, and some seem to come and go. Hopefully all this will pass.
  • Whither the Dude? (an ongoing tale, posted in installments as they happen) [THE INEVITABLE UPDATE]

    Jack Curtin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    The peripatetic Mr. Morrison told me late last night that he is delighted to have won a Bronze at both the World Beer Cup and GABF for Barren Hill in its first year but, with them up and running strong and his work done, he is going back to consulting and, more importantly, “looking for a full time gig at a production facility.” I would presume that, if he finds what he’s looking for, he will want to reward whoever  (me) made his desire  general knowledge so… Find This Man the Job of His Dreams. Thank you. Original Post Nov. 10: From Free Will Brewing’s…
  • Dock Street Is Going Home… For a Visit, That Is (the coolest beer event of the year)

    Jack Curtin
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    DOCK STREET NEWS RELEASE: Let’s rewind about three decades and go grab a beer. Let’s find a good beer. Let’s find a great beer. Forget local, we’ll settle for domestic. In 1985, as Rosemarie Certo was co-founding Dock Street Brewery, the country was getting pretty damn thirsty. Amidst a proverbial sea of watered down and adjunct plagued lagers, Dock Street was born. As the country slowly started embracing these full bodied, full flavored brews, the company grew. A lot. Fast forward a decade to the 90’s and Dock Street would become the 26th largest microbrewery in the…
  • SawTown Tavern: the tentacles of Scoats expand their reach.

    Jack Curtin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    A post this evening on The Book of Face by a guy named Troy Everwine about who I know diddly-squat: Now that the public notice has been posted, I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend Scoats Mike Scotese (owner – with Patrick McGinley – of the Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus) and I have become business partners in a new venture. We are purchasing the Prince Cafe (Prince Cafee on FB) on Princeton Avenue and Vandike Street in our own neighborhood of Tacony! We’ve got big plans for the space once we make settlement! (The actual settlement date will be…
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    Pete Brown

  • Some reflections on PubCo reform

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

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

    Pete Brown
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    I'm very proud to announce (after a false start a couple of years ago, the launch of the Beer Marketing Awards.There are plenty of awards schemes - and rightly so - that celebrate excellence in brewing. But few great beers sell themselves. We're not just talking about glossy TV campaigns for lager brands, influential though they are - label design, social media presence, stunts, events and merchandising are all important in making sure beer gets noticed and bought by the people who want it.The awards are open to all brewers with a presence and focus in the UK - and their agencies. The awards…
  • Extreme Beer Judging

    Pete Brown
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    No, not the practice of judging extreme beer, but the sometimes dangerous pastime of being a beer judge, as I discovered on a trip to Tuscany back in September...If you're going to spend Sunday morning judging a beer competition, this is where you want to do it.We're inside an old villa atop a gentle hill just outside the Tuscan village of Buenconvento. The stone building is cooled by its high ceilings, and huge double doors are flung open onto an avenue of cypress trees leading down to freshly ploughed fields. I'm joining a mix of sommeliers, beer writers, importers and brewers to judge the…
  • Let There Be Beer? Let's start again.

    Pete Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    This weekend sees the re-launch of the marketing campaign formerly known as Let There Be Beer. After the disappointment of the last campaign, can it redeem itself? Disclosure and disclaimer: I have been paid for my time to act as a sounding board for the development of this campaign and to say a few words at the launch event. I have not been paid to endorse it in any way and would not risk my reputation by writing anything about it that I did not believe.There was never any doubting the intent, or that it was a good idea on paper: a generic campaign that promotes all beer, that seeks to get…
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  • British parliament votes out pub ‘tie’

    Real Beer
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Members of Parliament have voted to allow British pub tenants to buy beer from any supplier they want, effectively ending the “beer tie” that has required landlords to buy beer from the companies that own their pubs. The MPs voted 284-269 against the government and for a clause in the Small Business Bill that allows pub owners to buy beer on the open market. The amendment means no longer have to buy beer from their parent pub company and could seek a contract where they would only pay rent on the property. The Campaign for Real Ale, whose members lobbied to end the tie, praised…
  • Massachusetts ‘pay-to-play’ probe steps up

    Real Beer
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts regulators have issued subpoenas — indicating the investigation into charges of “pay-to-play” that came to light last month is getting serious — to “breweries, beer distributors, and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to bar taps in pubs and restaurants and shelf space at stores.” Dan Paquette of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project kicked things off with a late night rant on Twitter. He wrote that two bars owned by the Wilcox Hospitality Group — Lower…
  • Schell moves to preserve Grain Belt sign

    Real Beer
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    The Grain Belt beer sign that has been a Minneapolis landmark since the 1940s but dark for almost 20 years apparently may soon be lit again. August Schell Brewing Co., which acquired the Grain Belt brand in 2002, announced it will buy the sign and the Nicollet Island land it sits on and donate it to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The organization plans to raise money to light and maintain the sign. “People love the sign,” Schell president Ted Marti said. Schell, located in New Ulm, is the second oldest family owned brewery in the country. Minneapolis Brewing Co., which…
  • Green Flash, Alpine will ‘join forces’

    Real Beer
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company have announced a unique partnerships in which the breweries “will join forces, teaming up to share resources, knowledge and experience.” In a press release, Alpine founders Pat and Val McIlhenney and Green Flash founders Mike and Lisa described the affiliation as mutually beneficial. The press release describes the deal: Each company will remain independently operated and maintain its distinct brand and culture. Pat will remain Alpine’s President and Brewmaster to oversee all operations of Alpine Beer Company while also ensuring Alpine…
  • Anheuser-Busch acquires 10 Barrel Brewing

    Real Beer
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase 10 Barrel Brewing Company, located in Bend, Ore. From the press release: “For the past eight years, we’ve been brewing beer, drinking beer and having fun doing it.” said co-founder Jeremy Cox, who will continue to lead 10 Barrel along with his partners, co-founder and brother Chris Cox, and Garrett Wales. “We are excited to stay focused on brewing cool beers, get our beers in more hands, and make the most of the operational and distribution expertise of Anheuser-Busch,” said Cox. 10 Barrel expects to sell approximately 40,000…
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    Seen Through a Glass

  • If you're looking for Tasting Whiskey...

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Hi!If you're looking for information about my new book, Tasting Whiskey, it's not here. I've mostly shut this blog down for now. Please find information about the book, the book tour, and anything else related to the book at the Facebook page.You can also check my Twitter feed @LewBrysonIf you want to set up an event, or if you want to do an interview, you can contact me at lew dot bryson at gmail dot comThanks!
  • Yelp Crusade: you're Funny!

    6 Dec 2013 | 11:08 am
    I make no excuses: I use Yelp. I don't use it as a noob, I have developed Yelp-reading skills -- Yelp Fu, to use the parlance -- and do pretty well with it as a guide. It works best if there are at least twelve reviews to look at, and usually what I do is go to the lowest reviews. Check them for commonality, check them for obvious bias, check them for the kind of idiocy we're here to talk about (see below), and then weigh that against the good reviews. If there are a lot of low reviews, that's not good...unless the place is exactly what you're looking for. Not everyone's looking for the same…
  • Prohibition: deader than the Dinosaurs? Not quite...but we're working on it

    3 Dec 2013 | 11:14 am
    Let me just blow the cobwebs off, and...Hey! I am still alive after all. Most blogs don't come back after three months dead time, but this is not most blogs! And while it's "just" an infographic, this is more important than most infographics, because it's packed with real facts, not guesses and BS. It came from my friends at DISCUS, the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.This is about REPEAL! When Prohibition was smacked back into a deep dark Cave O' Shame for all the lies it told, damage it caused, and joy it prevented...and it's never come back out, because Prohibition just doesn't work.
  • The Government Shutdown's odd effects on booze

    14 Oct 2013 | 7:53 am
    Now that the blog's back to looking normal...Just a couple quick notes on the government shutdown. The shutdown is affecting the ATTTB, the licensing agency that covers beer, wine, and spirits: inspections and label approvals being part of that. That's affecting booze, and how we get it. First, it's stopping new labels/brands from being approved. In specific cases, not good; brewers and distillers need to get their new products on the market. In general? It's kinda nice to have a little breathing room as a reviewer.Second, it's stopping new brewers and distillers from getting their…
  • This is still Seen Through A Glass!

    10 Sep 2013 | 6:34 pm
    I have no idea why my blog now has no title. Or why it looks hideous. I'll try to fix it. Damn you, Blogger!
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Portland day one

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Today’s flight is a little later, almost noon. But, the airport being miles away, I need to get up reasonably early. If only to catch breakfast in the hotel, which is free. No need to eat at the gate, which also saves time.It takes me a while to find the United check in. Which is odd as Denver is one of their major hubs. Somehow I’ve missed a whole long row of bag drop offs. I blame the cold. In turns my brain to that thing that’s sort of ice and sort of water. What’s it called? . . . . . Slush, that’s it.I’ve got something called TSA pre. It means a slightly less humiliating…
  • Incredible Lulu books offer still on

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    30% off my paperbacks until the end of Monday (24th November) with this code:FLASH30And an incredible 50% off hardbacks over the same period with this code:HC50An unmissable deal - a great chance to get the whole Mega Book Series: Porter!, Mild! plus, Bitter! and Strong!.Barclay Perkins BookstoreSome people have mentioned that Lulu wouldn't let them ship to a US address. If you're in the right bit of Lulu it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you're in the Lulu US bookstore.This code may only work in the US Lulu bookstore.
  • Denver day two

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    This was always going to be a quiet day. I've arranged to meet up with Todd around midday, leaving me the morning to myself.I'm feeling a bit knacked, but need to get before 9:30 for breakfast. As it's free and includes bacon, no way I'm missing out on that. Fed, I go back to bed for another couple of hours kip. Why make life hard for yourself? Todd messages me that he can't get away from work until later - can I meet him I Hogshead at 4 pm? No problem. I'm sure I can amuse myself for a few hours. What to do in Denver? I consult Google Maps and BeerAdvocate, then remember Falling Rock. It was…
  • 30% off my Lulu paperbacks, 50% off my hardbacks

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    The 30% discount on paperbacks has been extended until the end of Monday (24th November) with this code:FLASH30But there's an incredible 50% off hardbacks over the same period with this code:HC50That's an amazing deal. I'd advise not just getting Porter! but the whole Mega Book Series: Mild! plus, Bitter! and Strong!.Barclay Perkins BookstoreSome people have mentioned that Lulu wouldn't let them ship to a US address. If you're in the right bit of Lulu it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you're in the Lulu US bookstore.This code may only work in the US Lulu bookstore.
  • Denver day one

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I've tried to make this tour as easy as possible. Which is why my flight is at the very reasonable hour of 11 am. Why make myself get up in the middle of the night if there's no need to?Though I've already got my boarding card printed, I show up pretty early at the airport. Why? General paranoia - I had a bad experience checking in with United at O'Hare airport in Chicago - and I plan getting breakfast there. There's always somewhere serving breakfast in an airport.Once past security, I check a map to see what my dining options are. There's something called a grill that looks my best bet. But…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I haven’t had Center of the Universe Brewing’s base Scotchtown, but this barrel-aged version sat in A. Smith Bowman whiskey barrels for a bit. The base brew is made with eight different malts so you know it’s going to be as malt-forward as they come. The impact the wood has on the brew is evident […] The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Heavy Seas Plank III

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    The post, Heavy Seas Plank III, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m pretty sure that I have had Heavy Seas’ Plank or some version of it in years past, but according to this here website, I didn’t publish a review for it. So, here we go. Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, Plank III is a Belgian-style tripel that’s been aged on Jamaican Allspice wood. Despite the […] The post, Heavy Seas Plank III, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Sierra Nevada Maillard’s Odyssey

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    The post, Sierra Nevada Maillard’s Odyssey, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Maillard’s Odyssey is the last of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across American variety pack. This 8.5% ABV brew sort of fits into the imperial porter category, but also the American strong ale genre. What it is specifically classified as, I don’t know. What I can tell you is this: the collaboration between the California […] The post, Sierra Nevada Maillard’s Odyssey, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Tin Cannon Brewing Co. Opens on November 28, 2014

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    The post, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. Opens on November 28, 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog. Press Release Tin Cannon Brewing Co. (TCBC) started with two experienced craft beer home brewers, John Hilkert and Aaron Ludwig, who decided to turn pro. Their longtime dream is to bring specialty brews to the general public; that dream is coming to fruition on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 1pm with the opening of Gainesville, […] The post, Tin Cannon Brewing Co. Opens on November 28, 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Oatmeal Raisin Stout with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The post, Flying Dog Oatmeal Raisin Stout with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The last pairing that arrived from Flying Dog Brewing is a combination that essentially pits similar entities from two worlds — brewing and baking — against one another. I know that this is supposed to be a tasting event, but when you combine an Oatmeal Raisin Stout with oatmeal raisin cookies, you’re not really looking […] The post, Flying Dog Oatmeal Raisin Stout with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Gone wild

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Fuller's Wild River was introduced as the brewery's summer seasonal in 2012, pitched at the whitewater rafters of Chiswick. A batch of just-past-date bottles showed up at DrinkStore a while back and as I'd never tasted it before at all I grabbed one for the princely sum of €1."Zesty" and "bursting with citrus flavours" promises the label, though the cap sent a more disturbing message: something very unhelpful appears to have been growing under there. Still, nothing off about the aroma, and yes there's citrus even if it's more casually dropping in than bursting -- a mannerly mild lemon and…
  • Gearing up

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    Alltech's beery foody extravaganza is coming back to Convention Centre Dublin for the third time at the end of February. To mark the beginning of the end of the planning phase, the company held a launch event a couple of weeks ago at Sam's Bar on Dawson Street. Two beers from Alltech's Kentucky-based brewing arm were doing the rounds and new to me.The first was Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat Ale which has been available since the summer. It's a starkly pale yellow colour and smells very sweet and quite sickly. It's not so bad to drink but it really doesn't taste like beer: there's the…
  • New pubs for old

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Dublin city centre is hardly saturated with good drinking opportunities though you don't need to look as hard as you once did for something decent on draught. We're not quite at the stage where you can walk in anywhere and find a good beer, but I also don't think we're far off it. Meanwhile, the hoppy fingers of independent brewing are reaching into the suburbs and providing more options to the thirsty people there.The newest addition to the craft beer scene beyond the canals is The 108 in leafy Rathgar. Once a pleasantly shabby corner bar, this was demolished some years back and rebuilt with…
  • Dark days

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    Winter is nearly upon us, so time to look at a few of the recent additions to the Irish beer scene, released to tide us over until the brightness returns.Brú are newcomers to the seasonal circuit and I was pleased to find their Autumn Ale on cask in The Brew Dock last month. It's a dark red-brown colour and is all about the seasonal spices. Well, not all about them: at its heart this is a solid dark malt-forward ale, full-bodied with warming elements of toffee and caramel. The spicing is at level where it's still the main act, but not overdone. Nutmeg would be my best guess for the…
  • A salutary lesson

    7 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    It's one of my hobby-horse topics on The Session this month: beer travel. But Brian isn't letting us just drone on about where we went on our holidays, and there's certainly been enough of that on this blog lately. No, we're asked specifically to consider the beer pilgrimage, the brewery visit, the drinking-at-source. Do we do it to enhance our sensory experience by seeking the optimum condition for our beer, or is it more of an abstract thing -- a quest for understanding? I'm pretty much in the latter camp: I like drinking in breweries more to see the context and culture that gave rise to…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 20 - November 30

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let's get this month of November closed out with a solid 11 days of beer events to be thankful for. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 13 - November 19

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The drumbeat of beer events continues even as the year-end holidays are bearing down on us. Check out the following list and take time to find a new favorite beer that you can add to your best-of 2014 list. When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 6 - November 12

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Did you vote for another term of good beer on Election Day this week? Well, here you go. Another week's worth of events around the greater Philadelphia region. Enjoy! When you plan for beer events, don't forget They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full
  • Beer News You Can Use, 10/31/2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary. Beer "of the week" Another canned option of a beer in the 5% ABV range has
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in November 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seems like it's right around this point each year where I comment something to the effect of how difficult it is to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Beer festivals are ebbing, Beer Weeks have come and gone, and you're either cheering or bemoaning the segue from pumpkin beers to "Christmas beers". By past monthly standards, this list feels just a bit light. As always, if I'm
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Wicked Weed Peach Apricot Saison

    Jeff Holt
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
  • Capital Ale House

    Jeff Holt
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
  • Bowman Distillery

    Jeff Holt
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
  • Blue Mountain Brewing Original Nitro Porter

    Jeff Holt
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
  • The Blichmann Burner Blues

    Jeff Holt
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    I haven't brewed in a few months, despite the recipes I posted. I developed a problem with my Blichmann Burner. While finishing up the last boil on the Saison du Permienne, I noticed I was low on propane, so I swapped out the tank for a full one. But I couldn't get it to light. So I put the old tank back on and finished the boil with the last propane fumes. I tried to brew the 1900 American Wheat Ale, but I still couldn't get the burner to work. So I went to a different store to get a new tank, thinking maybe a different company uses a different attachment. Nope. No Dice. I attached the tanks…
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  • Young’s pubs sell a million pints of craft beer in six months

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

    Martyn Cornell
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    I gave a presentation in Denmark to a conference called to discuss “Ny Nordisk Øl” – “New Nordic Beer” – on “Beer and terroir from an international perspective” on Friday November 7. This, slightly tweaked, expanded in a couple of places and cut in a couple more, is that presentation. The brewers of Denmark, Sweden and Norway are already enthusiastically making beers that reflect the place they are made, using local ingredients: you can read about some of those beers here. But what the Ny Nordisk Øl movement is doing is just part, albeit a tremendous…
  • Place-based beers and 13-year-old Special Brew

    Martyn Cornell
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    I have a new “magic beer moment” to savour: drinking 13-year-old Carlsberg Special Brew in the cellars of the Jacobsen brewery in Copenhagen. If you’re in Copenhagen you do, really, have to go and pay your respects to den Lille Havfrue Actually, that was just one of a number of great moments during my trip to Denmark eaelier this month to talk about “beer and terroir from an international perspective” to a bunch of brewers not just from Denmark, but Norway and Sweden as well, as part of a conference in the town of Korsør organised by the New Nordic Beer movement…
  • Siren’s blast

    Martyn Cornell
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Back in August last year, after encountering Siren Craft Brew’s American IPA at the London Craft Beer Festival, I promised: “I shall definitely be drinking more Siren.” I’ve now drunk the brewery’s beers whenever I find them, and I’ve never been so impressed with the products of a new brewery since we started having new breweries in Britain again. There hasn’t been one I wouldn’t score an eight, at least. It should be clear, I think, from the first sip of any of the brewery’s beers that in the 31-year-old American Ryan Witter-Merithew,…
  • Remembering the victims of the Great London Beer Flood, 200 years ago today

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

  • Beer Birthday: Brett Joyce

    Jay Brooks
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Today is the 42nd birthday of Brett Joyce, President of Rogue. Joyce grew up in the brewery, which his father Jack founded when Brett was sixteen. Having gone off to college and made a name for himself working with Adidas, building their international golf shoe business from the ground up, he... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1381: The After-Effects

    Jay Brooks
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Friday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1906. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “The After-Effects,” and in the text they talk about spending “more... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • A Beer Bestiary

    Jay Brooks
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    A Bestiary is an old-fashioned idea, from the Middles Ages, where various animals and other creatures, often fanciful, mythical and fictitious, were illustrated, and then there was a detailed description of each beast, usually accompanied by an allegorical story with a moral or religious teaching.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1380: We Spend More

    Jay Brooks
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Thursday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1907. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “We Spend More,” and in the text they talk about the... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Craig Cauwels

    Jay Brooks
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today is the 48th birthday of Craig Cauwels, who started brewing at Schooner’s in 2003, when his longtime friend Shawn Burns needed his help, and he continuing brewing there until after Burns sold the brewpub to a new owner. He’s currently brewing at E.J. Phair brewing, and recently... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Into the Woods with #goodbeerbuckshot

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    Written by Jake KoenemanI needed this. Since I first went hunting with my dad as an eight year old, autumn nights in the Wisconsin woods have always reminded me of the first time I looked up and saw more stars than I could possibly imagine existed. These moments where I can just stop, look at the sky, and reflect provide the calm that I often forget I need. Life is very busy right now and I needed the chance to step away for a couple of days.When Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting texted a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in attending the third Good Beer Buckshot weekend at Camp…
  • Press Release: Central State and Black Acre Sign Contract Brewing Partnership

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    November 2, 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS - Central State Brewing, a new Indianapolis Brewery founded by experienced brewer Josh Hambright, is proud to announce a contract brewing partnership with Black Acre Brewing Company. To commemorate the announcement, the teams from Black Acre and Central State brewed a collaboration beer this weekend that highlights the unique approaches of both breweries as well as their partnership. Central State will be the first brewery in Indiana, joining a small contingent of breweries across the United States, focusing exclusively on fermentation using wild yeast strains…
  • Georgia: A Beer Geek's View

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

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

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

  • Junkyard Brewing Taproom Grand Opening Today

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Our friends from Junkyard Brewing in Moorhead are celebrating tonight from 4pm to midnight. Over the course of about a year, they’ve moved from a tiny brewery in the corner of a woodshop to a brand new brewery and taproom. Should you find yourself in Moorhead, be sure to stop by. They’ll hold a ribbon-cutting ...
  • Friday 5ive: High School Me Picks Five

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1993. I hung out with some of the “weird kids,” kids in accelerated classes and the high school swim team. Though traditional “cool” probably wasn’t seeping out of my pores, I managed to have a good time and had arguably okay taste ...
  • Insight Brewing Grand Opening

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Do you remember when we only had something like seven breweries in Minnesota? It really wasn’t that long ago. Today we add another to the tally, Insight Brewing Company. Their taproom opens at 4pm today (Friday) at 2821 East Hennepin in Minneapolis. O’Cheez food truck will be there and The Dead Pigeons will be playing ...
  • Friday Five: Some Old Pop/Punk Favorites

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you find yourself bobbing your head along with these, you’re probably not alone. Punching Screeching Weasel into Pandora earlier in the week sent me down this road. I grew up this stuff. Enjoy! Screeching Weasel – The Girl Next Door. The impetus for this week’s 5ive. One of my old favorite tunes from Screeching ...
  • New Life for Minneapolis’ Grain Belt Sign

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Yesterday our friends at August Schell Brewing Company announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. Better yet, the brewery is in the process of discussing plans for preservation and relighting of the historic sign with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. In connection with the ...
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  • buzz and hum – Epic IMP review

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    I just read this positive review about the new Epic IMP on the blog “buzz and hum”. You should not only check out the other posts on this blog, but follow it to, as the reviews are thoughtful and a good read. I still need to finish writing something official for the release of this beer. This last week has been consumed by Taste of Auckland (which hasn’t gone so well due to the weather). Quickly, the beer is a Session IPA, 4.7% alc/vol, 35 IBU. Dry hopping is greater than Armageddon IPA. It was officially released on Friday night at Vultures Lane to a jam-packed bar. It was…
  • Inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards Results Announced

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    PRESS RELEASE – The results of the inaugural New World Beer & Cider Awards, which celebrate the diversity and high standard of beer and cider available from around New Zealand and overseas, have been announced today. “As well as recognising the rapidly growing local beer and cider market, the New World Beer & Cider Awards were established this year to help make the decision process a little easier for consumers,” says Chair of Judges Neil Miller, who was recently named Beer Writer of the Year at the Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards. “Having that medal sticker on…
  • Pilsner Urquell Shipped Cold To NZ

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

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

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

  • STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Update

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats. I’m very excited that we were able to line up my two favorite food trucks in STL this year. You will be able to purchase some awesome food from Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced who will be located outside. Parking!  As we all know, parking in the Grove can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily Ryan from…
  • STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Tickets Winner

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Drumroll please! So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is Neil Joellenbeck! Congrats to Neil and thank you everyone for entering. It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again. But don’t fret, if you’re looking for tickets, I squeezed out a few extra tickets so get them while they’re available. Also, look out later today for everything you need…
  • Super Secret 2nd Shift Celebration at Perennial Next Saturday

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    So, I need you guys to keep a secret.  I know, me posting this on the internet seems like it’s in direct conflict with trying to keep a secret.  I’ll explain to you in a little bit why this secret should hopefully work. Believe it or not, we’ve had 2nd Shift Brewing and owner/brewer Steve Crider in our lives for four years now. Steve has been quietly (can Steve be quiet?) producing some of the best beers in the St. Louis area. Known originally for his ultra-hoppy, ultra-delicious ales, Crider has also begun playing around with wild yeasts and saisons creating some very…
  • Contest: STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Tickets

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    The STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party. If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Friday, November 21st at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. A couple of quick notes: If…
  • 11/19/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover…
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    Stonch's Beer Blog

  • The best week

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    This has been the best week of my career as a publican. Reopening somewhere that's been closed for so long - the Finborough has been completely empty since 2012 and hadn't been a proper pub since 2001 - has been a real challenge. West Brompton/Earl's Court isn't like Clerkenwell, with offices full of boozy workers piling out at 5pm to fill the bars. The Finborough might be on a busy thoroughfare
  • Throwback Thursday #2 - Brewing in London

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every week at 2pm on Thursday I link to a few old posts from the archives. As regular readers will know I started this blog on January 3rd 2007 and kept it going until its third birthday before taking a five year break. While I've been busy running, selling and opening pubs, the brewing scene in London has changed beyond recognition. According to the London Beer Guide website, there are
  • Agostino Arioli at the Finborough

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Last night's Birrificio Italiano tap takeover earned us a full house at the Finborough on a cold November evening and introduced dozens of new people to this reborn pub. For us it was nothing less than a dream come true: I've loved Birrificio Italiano beers since 2007 when I first found Tipopils in Rome, and was inspired by my visit to the brewery in 2013; Finborough bar manager Leo used to be
  • My view on the "market rent option" for tied publicans

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Today in Westminster MPs have voted 284 to 269 to amend the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that tied publicans will have the right to insist on a "market rent" option. The Morning Advertiser has the details. This is a good thing. Pubcos have long maintained that their way of getting a return from their estate of pubs - rent plus an income from charging higher-than-market
  • The Park Brewery

    15 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    There are now over 70 breweries within the M25. The newer ones fall into different categories. There are the vanity projects. There are the self-confident homebrewers. There are the beer industry lifers striking out on their own. And of course there are the bandwagon jumpers. The Park Brewery are based in Kingston-upon-Thames. Technically London, but no Big Ben cigar. I know nothing about
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Well, technically not priceless. $20 to be exact. Our own Duck Duckett brought the heat with this one – a death-metal inspired skelelogo with an ominous twist on our rallying cry, “Weekends are overrated.” We only made a few. You too can be a lucky owner. Buy one here! The post Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless. appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10

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

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

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

  • Fireside with Wicked Nymph

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    After getting through some chores around the house Saturday, I made a run up to Adventure Brewing to grab a growler of their Wicked Nymph Imperial Stout. I hadn't had the beer yet, but it seemed a good match for the evening outdoors by the fire we were planning. (Of course I lingered to enjoy a pint of Super Power Pale Ale while I was there.)The temperature was a mere 28° when I started the fire but I was looking forward to both the fire and the beer so I persevered. I quickly had a small but warming blaze going and poured a couple glasses of the Stout for Colleen and I. A hard growler pour…
  • Weihenstephan Steal the Glass Night

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    The beers of Weihenstephan Brewery in Germany were featured for this week's Steal the Glass event at Capital Ale House. Six different beers were on tap. Fans were able to order any of the six in a tall Weihenstephan glass, or try a flight of small tasters of all six, which also included a glass to "steal." I opted to do an exploration of all six beers.The beers in the order I tasted, and pictured above from left to right, are Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Weihenstephaner German Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel,…
  • Flying Dog: Cookies and Beer

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Why not? Beer is practically a liquid cookie anyway. Flying Dog Brewing has teamed up with Otterbein’s Bakery in Baltimore to brew some beers specifically to pair with the bakery's cookies. Flying Dog kindly sent over samples of the beers, and the cookies, for review.Four beers make up a special holiday pack, each bottle labeled with the recommended pairing.Imperial Hefeweizen, inspired by and meant to be paired with Otterbein’s Sugar CookiesOatmeal Raisin Stout, inspired by and meant to be paired with Otterbein’s Oatmeal Raisin CookiesOak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale, inspired by and…
  • Cheap Wines Reviewed By An Irish Brewer

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    This is quite funny.If you must drink wine, stick with the good stuff.H/T to Weer'd World for the link. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Repurposing the Back Yard

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Time passes. Kids grow up.Around thirteen years ago, we put up this great swing set in the back yard. Our son and his friends spent many joyful days swinging and having adventures in the towers. What boy doesn't enjoy a pirate ship tower complete with ship's wheel and spyglass? Even the dog made many trips up the tower and down the slide. I'll admit to enjoying many relaxing swings myself.However, other interests attract a growing teenager. (And his 6 foot 2 frame doesn't easily fit up the tower these days.) The swings sat unused for many years, even the dog is too old to climb up the slide…
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    The Brew Club

  • Okells ‘1907’ Pale ALE 6.1% – revisited

    Bob the Brit
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    When I last tasted '1907', I described it as a 'summer ale'; somehow in the intervening four years it's matured into an Autumn ale. It's warming, ideally suited for an island in the cold, dark, Irish Sea.
  • Shakespeare’s Pub

    Bob the Brit
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The respected beer writer - Pete Brown - has written the definitive history of one of London's oldest inns, 'The George' in Southwark. I sat and read this book over a sunny weekend, accompanied by a few 'lawn mower beers' and enjoyed it immensely. If you want an insight into the history of one of England's oldest and most interesting pubs, then I commend it to your bookshelf (or e-reader).
  • Brewdog India Pale Weizen 6.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    When I read that Brewdog were getting together with Weihenstephan (Europe's and probably the World's oldest brewery), then I was genuinely excited.
  • Blue Monkey 99 Red Baboons 4.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    The brewery describes it as "A dark and interesting ale, combining fruity hoppiness with a dark, malty side" the label also poses the question "Is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild? You decide!"
  • British Pumpkin Beers 2014

    Bob the Brit
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I recently spotted a couple of British Pumpkin beers, and as they're from breweries I respect I thought I should try them out.
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    Molson in the Community

  • En souvenir de Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Né en 1880, Percival Molson, appelé affectueusement Percy, est l’un des athlètes les plus exceptionnels de l’histoire du Canada. À l’âge de 16 ans, il participe au championnat de la coupe Stanley avec l’équipe des Victorias de Montréal. Il fait ses études à l’Université McGill où il s’investit beaucoup au sein des différentes équipes sportives. En plus d’être capitaine de l’équipe de hockey, il est aussi l’un des meilleurs joueurs de soccer et de sports de raquettes de l’université. Il remporte d’ailleurs le titre du meilleur « athlète universel »…
  • In memory of Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Born in 1880, Percival Molson, affectionately called Percy is one of the most outstanding athletes in the history of Canada. At the age of 16, he participated in the Stanley Cup championship with the Montreal Victoria hockey team. He studied at McGill University where he is involved in many different sports teams. In addition to being captain of the hockey team, he was also one of the best players in soccer and racket sports at the university. As a matter of fact, Percy wins the title of best “universal athlete” three years in a row, a feat still unequaled in the history of…
  • It’s a Win-Win with Our Beer Print

    Melisa Chung
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    To me Our Beer Print in Supply Chain is all about doing more with less, we’ve been doing this in Supply Chain for as long as I can remember. Producing more beer whilst using less of the earth’s resources is good for the planet and also produces savings for us! The World Class Supply Chain program sets out the roadmap for how we will continue to optimize our breweries and logistics operations across eight different pillars: Environment, Health & Safety Quality People, Management Team Empowerment Logistics Asset Care ‘Our Beer Print’ The Our Beer Print pillar gives our breweries the…
  • Molson Coors reçoit le Club de la Médaille d’or lors de l’ouverture de leur 47e saison

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Molson Coors était l’hôte de la première activité de la 47e saison du Club de la Médaille d’or à la Salle John-Molson, le mardi 16 septembre dernier. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a remis des bourses à trois athlètes de la relève :  Rosalie Lalonde, joueuse de basketball en fauteuil roulant (Saint-Clet); Samuel Murray, joueur de racquetball (Brossard); et Alexandre Obomsawin, volleyeur (Gatineau). Cet événement était animé par le champion olympique en bosses des Jeux de 1994, Jean-Luc Brassard. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a également honoré les entraîneurs Sylvain…
  • Récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur/Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Le 4 juin dernier, Le Club de hockey Canadien et Molson Coors ont procédé conjointement à la remise des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur pour la saison 2013-2014. Les récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur sont : Cédric McNicoll (McGill Redmen) et Jeremy Grégoire (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau) qui se sont chacun mérité une bourse d’étude de $6,000 répartie sur 3 ans. Le gagnant du Mérite Guy-Lafleur est Philippe-Alexandre Vinette (Le Titan de Princeville) qui s’est mérité une bourse d’étude de $1,000. Les gagnants étaient heureux de…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

  • Colorado Beer News 112114

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Today is World Hello Day. The goal of this day is to say Hello to at least 10 people today. Originally, this day was designed to show world leaders that using better communication rather than force was the best way to settle conflicts. If you have a conflict with someone, take the first step and try to talk with that person today. Say "Hello" and go from there. Who knows, you might just find a way to resolve your conflict in a mutually beneficial way. And while you're at it - take that person out for a craft beer at your local brewery taproom or bar. Here's what's happening around the…
  • Colorado Beer News 112014

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Today is Name Your PC Day. Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computers or personal electronic devices. In many cases, we spend more time with our devices than we do with our friends and family. Ever stop to wonder why? If we spend so much time with something, shouldn't that something have a name? What do you call your favorite electronic device? (Other than a swear word when it doesn't work right that is). Let's just hope they don't become self-aware anytime soon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, November 20th, 2014. If you aren't…
  • Colorado Beer News 111914

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Today is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address which commemorates Lincoln's famous speech at the Gettysburgh battlefield. Today is the 151st anniversary of that address which began with "Four score and seven years ago...". The infamous battle was less remembered than the speech where Lincoln stated that "... all men are created equal". Let's salute to the memory of the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War and toast to these famous words that we will always remember, well maybe not word for word, and especially not after having a couple of craft beers... Here's what's happening around…
  • Colorado Beer News 111814

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Today is Mickey Mouse Day. Back on this day 86 years ago in 1928, Mickey Mouse debuted in a cartoon named "Steamboat Willie. Minnie Mouse also debuted in the same cartoon. While this was actually the 3rd film featuring Mickey Mouse, it was the first to be distributed. Since then, this famous mouse has become one of the many icons for the Walt Disney company. Today we honor this animated mouse and toast in it's honor. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, November 18th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know…
  • Colorado Beer News 111714

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Today is National Unfriend Day. How many supposed "friends" do you have on Facebook but really don't have anything to do with them? It's that annual day of the year to trim down your friend fat on social media and unfriend some people and clean things up a bit. Got hundreds, thousands of friends? Really? How many are really your friend? This event started off as a stunt from TV late night host Jimmy Kimmel and now has turned into a real thing that is actually a good idea. Take some time today and clear out your friend lists. You'll end up seeing a lot less stuff you didn't really care about.
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • Around Northern Italy by Train

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

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

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:06 pm
    "Call of the Bugle," by J.K. Ralston is one of the more accurate depictions. On the afternoon of June 26, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7thCavalry and dictated an order.  “Benteen.  Come On.  Big Village.  Be Quick.  Bring Packs.  P.S.  Bring Packs.”  The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who grabbed it and galloped off in the direction of Captain Benteen and the left battalion of Custer’s command.  As he rode away, the trumpeter turned in his saddle for…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer in Yosemite

    29 Nov 2013 | 11:52 am
    On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people.  The tribespeople had burned Savage’s trading post, so in revenge, Savage formed the Mariposa Battalion and ordered his armed men up the Merced River.  Every time they encountered a Native American camp, they burned it, destroyed its provisions, and drove the people from the land.El Capitan, Kenny Karst, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. As they marched up river, these soldiers…
  • Walking and Drinking Beer on the Street of Dreams -- Hollywood Boulevard

    23 Aug 2013 | 2:29 pm
    From the 1920s to the 1950s, Hollywood Boulevard was the most glamorous street in the world – a place where movie stars came to party, walk the red carpet to film premieres past search lights and popping flashbulbs, meet with their agents in Art Deco offices, cruise in convertibles with hair flying,  palm trees overhead, or hobnob with writers and directors in long, cool dark bars like the Musso & Frank’s or the Cat & Fiddle.   But times change.  In the 1960s, the street, like the movies, went into a steep decline.  Hollywood Boulevard became a joke…
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    Beer 47

  • 20th Anniversary Strong Ale by New Glarus Brewing Tasting Notes

    David Jensen
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    To celebrate their 20th Anniversary New Glarus crafted this wonderful old ale that is “alive, robust and complex.” Beer: 20th Anniversary Strong Ale Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company Brewery City: New Glarus, WI Brewery Country: United States Date Tasted: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:11:33 PM (PDT) Tasting Notes: Appearance: Dark brown Smell: Nutty, malty, syrup, a touch of cola, herbal, tarragon, dried fruit, a touch of perfume. Taste: Sweet & malty, not too bitter, barely peppery Rating: 4 out of 5 Special thanks to my friend Aaron for bringing…
  • La Vermontoise by Brasserie de Blaugies Tasting Notes

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different midwest Pilsners. First up is the 5.5 % ABV Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was brewed in strict German Tradition and is a steady reminder of the German domination of brewing before and during prohibition. Next, the guys step it up a bit with the Imperial Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The My Turn Series: Pilo…
  • Episode 250: Sublime Ginger & Shady Character (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. This is episode 250, yeah that’s right 250 episodes of the Hop Cast! In this show Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers from the Chicago Brewery, Forbidden Root. The first beer they open is the Sublime Ginger a 3.8 % ABV Herbed / Spiced Beer.Sublime Ginger starts with a dry and creamy wheat beer, then fresh botanicals are added plus a splash of key lime juice for a tangy flavor with a delicious bite of ginger. Next up is Forbidden Root’s Shady Character a 6.7 % ABV American Porter. The botanicals in this beer are black…
  • Episode 249: Penrose Brewing P2 & Southern Tier 2XONE (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hey Craft Beer fans, it’s time for a new episode of the Hop Cast. In episode 249, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple Pale Ales. First up is the P2, a 5.54% ABV Belgian Pale Ale from our good friends at Penrose Brewing. This has been a go to beer for Brad and Ken lately; it’s juicy, finishes dry and is very easy to drink. Next Brad and Ken move onto the 2XONE, a 8.1% ABV American Pale Ale. It’s been awhile since we’ve had anything from Southern Tier Brewing Company on the Hop Cast and this was a nice treat. They…
  • Episode 248: beer Hoptacular (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at the Aragon Ballroom for another beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few great local beer folks. Including Claudia Jendron the Brewmaster at Temperance Beer Company, Chris Tourre from Arcade Brewery, and Lisa Zimmer from MillerCoors. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular, I’m sure you had a great time and if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one. Cheers! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Having issues…
  • Episode 247: Grapefruit Sculpin & Habanero Sculpin (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 247 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dive into a couple variations of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. These both look like the Sculpin IPA you know and love but with a little twist that might turn some folks away or make them love Ballast Point even more. First up, Brad and Ken open the Grapefruit Sculpin, an IPA with grapefruit rind. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer. Next up they destroy their pallets with the Habanero Sculpin, an IPA with Habanero…
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    Core Brewing

  • JDRF Ride for a Cure Type 1 Diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Fellow beer connoisseurs: I am doing either the 47 or 107 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure in Tuscon at the end of November to help raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 used to be a disease that primarily affected young children but now anyone can become Type 1 diabetic […]
  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

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

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

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

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

  • Central Michigan University Now Offers a Certificate in Fermentation Science

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2014 — Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology is brewing a certificate program in fermentation science by combining scientific knowledge with hands-on experience in modern brewery production processes. The brewing of a malt beverage is very scientific and can be understood by dividing the process into six distinct […]
  • Firestone Walker Earns Top Honors at European Beer Star Competition

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Paso Robles, CA—Brewmaster Matt “Merlin” Brynildson and his team of brewing magicians at Firestone Walker Brewing Company have done it again, racking up top honors for the third consecutive year at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition. Indeed, Brynildson was on hand in Germany to accept the competition’s award for “Consumers’ Favourite in Gold” for […]
  • Lompoc Brewing announces annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza with 8 Holiday Beers

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4pm to Midnight at the newly renovated Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N […]
  • Cascade Brewing promotes Kevin Martin to lead blender

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Brewery known for its NW style sour ales hires on a number of new employees, expands location
  • Ninkasi Brewing adds two beers to Flagship Series

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Starting next year, two beers will be added to the Ninkasi Brewing "Flagship Series" and will be made available year-round in all Ninkasi distribution areas. Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, will join Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.
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  • How to Convert a Fridge to a Kegerator

    Billy Broas
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Maybe you don’t want to build a keezer. After all, it is more expensive and you have to do a little woodworking – not everyone’s cup of tea. Plus a lot of guys have an old fridge in the garage just itchin’ to be turned into a kegerator. Like my buddy Forrest. Watch the video below where us knuckleheads convert his fridge into a kegerator. Parts for the Refrigerator to Kegerator Conversion What did ya think of the video? Pretty simple, right? Once you have the parts in hand the build itself is really a breeze. Here’s what you need. The Draft System This is…
  • Convert a Sanke Keg to Ball Lock

    Billy Broas
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Want to convert sanke keg to ball lock? Doing so allows you to use your ball lock quick disconnects with both commercial sanke kegs and homebrew cornelius kegs. Being able to easily switch between corny and sanke kegs is a great convenience. Believe it or not I don’t always have homebrew on tap or sometimes I’m throwing a party and I want to serve a specific commercial beer. Sure, I could use one of the ole’ liquor store party pumps, but I’ve got this pimpin’ keezer kegerator so why not use it for commercial kegs too? ‘ Sanke to Ball Lock Conversion Kit…
  • Recap and Favorites from GABF 2014

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

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

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

  • Old Scrooge is flying off the shelf this year

    Kendall Jones
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It seems this year’s version of Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge is a big hit. People are raving about the classic winter brew from Silver City Brewing and bottles of it are flying off the shelf. I don’t mean that literally, thankfully. Below I share some information about the beer, including information about where you might find it. “With no exaggeration, this year’s release of the Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge has gone nuts!” says Kurt Larsen of Silver City Brewing. “We are already out of individual bottles at the…
  • Pike Brewing honors Jack Joyce with release of 2014 Auld Acquaintance

    Kendall Jones
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. About six months ago, Rogue Nation mourned the loss of its fearless leader, Jack Joyce. I won’t go into details, you can read my previous post for that, so I’ll just say that Jack was a great guy and Rogue Ales reflects the personality of its venerated co-founder. I’m happy to hear that Pike Brewing decided to honor Jack this holiday season. The 2014 version of Pike Brewing’s winter seasonal ale, Auld Acquaintance, features a picture of Jack Joyce on the label. Since 1990, it was a spot reserved for Santa Claus who…
  • Pink Boots Society announces recipient of Fremont Brewing Apprentice Scholarship

    Kendall Jones
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Below is a press release announcing the recipient of the Fremont Brewing Apprentice Scholarship, which the Pink Boots Society recently awarded to Gringa Newton. The apprenticeship takes place at Fremont Brewing and includes five weeks of hands-on experience. Read our original story about the scholarship. 5-Week Hands-On Experience Plus $2,500 Stipend SEATTLE — The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Ginga Newton has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Fremont Brewing Company Apprentice Scholarship. Newton is a taproom…
  • Washington Winter Beer Fest – list of breweries, beers, more info

    Kendall Jones
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The Washington Winter Beer Fest is now just a couple weeks away. The always-popular event focuses on big, bold winter brews produced by Washington’s breweries, and benefits the Washington Brewers Guild. Below we share the growing list of breweries and beers. The event takes place on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at Magnuson Park’s Hangar 30 in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. One session on Friday evening and two sessions (afternoon and evening) on Saturday.
  • Join Odin Brewing on Thursday for a holiday feast – Brewsgiving

    Kendall Jones
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday a week early with Odin Brewing. This Thursday, November 20, at the Odin Brewing taproom in Tukwila, enjoy a holiday feast with the brewers. They are calling it Brewsgiving, not only because it will be a Thanksgiving style feast, but because it will give back to a local charity. Proceeds from the event benefit Union Gospel Mission Women & Children’s Shelter. This will be a Thanksgiving-style feast, space is limited, and reservations are required. The cost is $25. Along with food, there will be some…
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    Booze News

  • Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Plymouth Gin was first distilled in 1793 on a site barely a hundred yards from the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers had set sail for America nearly two centuries before. The bottle shows the Mayflower on its label to this day. Back then, the idea of a European Union would have been laughable. Revolution raged across the English Channel in France and it was still 161 years until the birth of EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker. But now, Plymouth Gin—still made on the same site and still the English town’s second-most-famous export after the Pilgrims—could be about to lose an EU endorsement…
  • Wineries Growing the Bitcoin Ecosystem

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Serving up bottles of select vine varieties, Picnic Wine Co. was the first winery dedicated to selling wine exclusively for bitcoin. Emblazoned on their homepage, a prominently displayed mission statement reads, “Let’s stay in Bitcoin, shall we? The bigger the ecosystem grows, the fewer reasons to go back and forth between fiat . . . Close the loop.” A product of the millennial generation, Picnic Wine Co. was founded by three school friends, Grant Hemingway, Jeff Anderson, and Zach Bryant, with a knack for entrepreneurial ventures. Hemingway and Anderson are the…
  • “a woman walks into a bar…” in El Paso, Texas

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Alex and Juan El Paso late afternoon, find a place, ok, well, Motel 6 if you must know, ask the guy at reception where to get the best Mexican food. He rattles off a few places but L&J Cafe, the old place by the graveyard, stands out as the preeminent, down and dirty hot spot so there I go. It’s oooold. Born in 1927, family owned and a real dive bar cum family restaurant. Two guys sit catty corner to me discussing the inevitable football game on the ancient tv above the bar. One’s wearing a Lions shirt. What to order? I go with the 3 tostados plate and, sadly, a Guinness…
  • Lance Armstrong Tries Beer Mile, Does Not Finish #Wuss

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    The banned professional cyclist drops out after one lap. With the inaugural Flo Beer Mile World Championship just over two weeks away, interest in the four-lap, four-beer race seems to be at an all-time high. Interest is particularly high in Austin, Texas, the city that will host the event, so it’s not too surprising that one of Austin’s most famous residents, banned cyclist Lance Armstrong, recently decided to try his hand at the event. Jack Murray of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles told Flotrack in its video coverage of the event that he thought Armstrong had a shot at an age-group record.
  • Engineers Can Alter the Hoppiness of Your Beer in Seconds

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    As someone who has homebrewed plenty of beer in my life, I am a bit dubious of any claims that anyone can improve a beer’s flavor in just seconds. But I’m also not a Cambridge-trained engineer who specializes in fluid technology, so I should probably give a machine called the Hoppier the benefit of the doubt for now. The machine, designed by the aforementioned British engineers, is a cross between a standard draft beer tap and an espresso machine that they claim will let drinkers customize the flavor of their beer with the hops or other adjuncts of their choice. After painstaking research…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Car Wash and Trickster?!?

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I just bought Black Raven Trickster IPA at a car wash. I’ll let that sink in a bit. I remember when I would have to get a ride around the lake or wait for a beer fest to taste Black Raven beer. I remember talking to Beaux and Nigel in the early days about the mere possibility of Black Raven beer in bottles and being met with shrugs and head shakes no. Then, it happened! Black Raven bottled! Raise your hand if you stood in line for the chance to buy two bottles of Trickster before they sold out. Over time, different beers were bottled and the volume increased to the point that Black…
  • Winter Wag

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Winter Wag is designed for dog lovers, winter sport lovers and of course beer lovers! Winter Wag is partly about avalanche awareness and partly a fundraiser to benefit  Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs. Winter Wag takes place November 15, 2014 4-9pm Crystal Mountain’s Avalanche Dogs go through vigorous training to assist the ski patrol in a avalanche rescue. Once they are certified, they complete rescue tasks that their human handlers are unable to do, or as quickly and safely. This Avalanche Rescue Dog Program fundraiser helps them receive the hundreds of hours training…
  • Velvety Syrah Cairdeas 2008

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you love your tannin wrapped in velvet? Cairdeas Syrah is the wine for you! People ask me ask me all the time why I hold on to wine. This is why. This was a good solid wine when it was it was realizes but age has elevated it to some special. The bitter, drying tannin are ensconced in the thin but lushest layer of velvet that makes me want want each sip to linger. Fantastic smokey notes on the noses made me search the deep freeze for bacon! Fruit tends to drop first as wines age but that isn’t the case in the 2008 Cairdeas Syrah. Lots of black fruit on the nose and the front palate…
  • Experience EFESTE Winery

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    With the burgeoning growth of wineries throughout Washington State producing some excellent wines, how does one select one winery over another? Price point, quality of the wines, nifty marketing and personal taste are all part of the decision but the best wineries, in my opinion, provide an exceptional wine experience. Talented wine makers, an educated and enthusiastic staff and a well, thought-out marketing scheme that includes innovative, fun activities for both wine club members and the general public are elements that come together to make EFESTE stand out.   EFESTE Winery Front…
  • Eric Dunham Passes

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Eric Dunham, Founding Winemaker of Dunham Cellars, died unexpectedly on Thursday October 23, 2014. Eric Dunham Eric Dunham was known for gentle, creative spirit who loved dogs and big reds. Eric focuses on gentle treatment of the fruit through out the wine making process, showing respect for the essence versus the manipulation of the grape into wine. After working  as an Assistant Wine Maker under Marty Clubb at Le’Ecole  41,  Eric made his first wine under under the Dunham label, the 1995 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon I .  This first release won several awards, including a Gold Medal…
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    All Over Beer

  • Down in the Cellar

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

    Brian Stechschulte
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The art of beer. Nick Fullmer
  • We Are Living Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are you? We Are Living Beer
  • The Beacon

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

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It may not look like much, but... Sierra Nevada’s Original Brewing Equipment
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Anheuser-Busch Buys 10 Barrel Brewing

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

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

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

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

    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.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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    Chicks Love Beer

  • A Taste of the Rockies, part 1.

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

    Angela Turner
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    …I was complaining to my husband one day about the state of beer, and being the encyclopedia of all things epicurean, he bowed his head in Yoda like fashion and began to speak.  With our refrigerator full of PBR and Miller High Life, I could not believe what he was saying.  We had a full bar and a wonderful wine collection but the beer in our fridge was, let’s face it, garbage.  He explained the brewing process, how they grew hops, what beers you can age and what you can’t. “Why didn’t you tell me about this before?”  “I didn’t want to waste money on something we…
  • November 15th is Resolute Day! We’re Going!

    Angela Turner
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Resolute Day Variants November 15th is Resolute Day.  Three Brothers puts out their infamous Resolute Barrel Aged Imperial Stout annually and it’s a huge event.  Not only are they one of our favorite breweries, but this is the beer that put them on the map.  Beth and I will be standing in line on Saturday to be one of the first recipients of this amazing beer.  Join us in Harrisonburg if you dare!!!!  We hope to see you there.  If not, well, we’ll tell you how it went.
  • Adroit Theory Visit by Lori “The LightWeight” DePedro

    Angela Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    I recently visited Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA to sample some of their new releases. Adroit does things differently. They focus on quality and experimentation rather than quantity. They craft some amazing and progressive brews, but they don’t make a ton of the stuff. Most of the time they don’t even bottle for mass purchase-you have to visit them to enjoy the beers on tap, and I am OK with that. I chose two new releases and neither one disappointed. The Rye IPA was described as spicy and sticky with a piney nose. Let it be known that I personally love a nice…
  • Beer Journey

    Angela Turner
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    As a bartender, I knew that I had a love for all things spirited- People, food, debates and of course alcohol.  As a snob, I knew I had disdain for all the poorly constructed versions of those same things and beer was at the top of my list.  I stand corrected.  The past five years of my life have been spent on a whirlwind tour of hops, barley and yeast.   Who ever thought a woman would be interested in yeast without an anti-fungal?  And what I discovered is yes, there is a well- constructed beer, more than one, and most of them are made here in the good old U.S.A. It took me a long time…
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    All Good Beer

  • Adelbert's Set to Release a Bière Brut

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The brewery registration process was tweaked a little for this year's Great American Beer Festival to try and avoid the "race to register" process that initially locked some breweries out of attendance last year (most were eventually accommodated). Instead, of the first come, first served process, all breweries wanting to enter beer for judging were able to register and indicate if they also wanted a booth on the convention floor. After the registration period closed, the total number of competition beers each brewery was allowed to enter was determined by dividing the number of competition…
  • July Beer Dinner at Rudyard's Pub Featuring Independence Brewing

    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

    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

    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 - All rights reserved
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  • BeerBro Bottle Opener

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

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

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

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

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
  • A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number…
  • Store update 19th May

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma,…
  • April Beer Club Selection

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
  • Beer store update 5th May

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Core Brewing

  • JDRF Ride for a Cure Type 1 Diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Fellow beer connoisseurs: I am doing either the 47 or 107 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure in Tuscon at the end of November to help raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 used to be a disease that primarily affected young children but now anyone can become Type 1 diabetic […]
  • Stone Brewing Co. to build Virginia facility

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

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

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

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

  • James Squire releases new seasonal ale

    Media Release
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Media ReleaseJames Squire’s Close ShaveLimited release Close Shave Summer Ale now availableNovember 2014 – James Squire Brewhouses around Australia are pouring something a little different this month, offering beer lovers a unique and flavoursome new summer ale, aptly named Close Shave.Created by the talented team of brewers at the Malt Shovel Brewery, James Squire Close Shave Summer Ale is a crisp, refreshing brew that showcases the distinctive and elusive El Dorado hop, secured for the brew in the nick of time.“We managed to secure some El Dorado hops a few days before picking the…
  • The big One Thousand from Bridge Road

    Media Release
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Bridge Road Brewers was established in 2005 in a residential shed in Beechworth, Victoria. Since then we have relocated, expanded and brewed more than 50 different styles of beer. We have continued to innovate and continually tweaked our recipes to create an exciting range of craft beer.To celebrate our 1000th brew we have created our first ever Imperial Stout.This challenging beer combines much of what we have learned from brewing the previous 999 beers. One Thousand is a huge beer with rich aromas and flavours, combined with multiple layers of complexity.Visually this beer is a thing of…
  • Try-it Thursday

    Pete Mitcham
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond, VictoriaHightail Ale 4.5% Amber AleSeventeen years ago, on a pleasant sunny Melbourne day (it may have been overcast) (or even raining and miserable, I can’t remember) a legend was born. After a self-taught homebrewing apprenticeship, Dave Bonighton received a postcard from his mate, Cam Hines who was travelling North America. “I get it. Let’s open a brewery”. And so, armed with 15 years of homebrew experience, a large amount of dedication and passion and collateral consisting of Dave’s EH Holden, three surfboards and two mountain bikes they went off…
  • New beer from La Sirene Brewing

    Media Release
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Hot on the heels of having its Saison named best French and Belgian Style beer in Australia at the inaugural Craft Beer Industry Awards, La Sirene Brewing extends its range…Media ReleaseThere is a new Belle in town!Meet our latest Siren Belle-French Ale (ABV 5%) – a French Farmhouse style table beer for all  occasions from the bar to the ball..Belle is a bright & clear medium-bodied beer with subtle fruit characters and a clean crisp finish. A European style food-beer to match almost any foods from poultry, seafood, spicy, Asian or European cuisine. Enjoy this refreshing beer in the…
  • Call to join in the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2014 celebrations

    Media Release
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Love it or hate it, you certainly can’t ignore the Local Taphouse Hottest 100 each year.There will be the inevitable complaints about people gaming the system, beers with greater reach doing better in the poll than better beers, and the other complaints that boil down to “how come my favourite isn’t everyone else’s favourite”. Despite that, this is still the best organised and run, methodical and most comprehensive poll on the Australian beer calendar. Sure, any election process will throw up the odd Jacqui Lambie, but you lose your right to complain about the results if you don’t…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Know your beer glasses, a new infographic

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Glassware is just as important to the craft beer experience as the beer itself. I haven long been an advocate of using the proper glassware to accentuate and showcase beer to its fullest extent. And, if you think about it, serving beer in a glass that helps to capture a beer style’s distinct nuances is no different than serving brandy in a snifter, a Tom Collins in a Collins glass or a champagne in a flute. It just makes sense. But, the sheer number of beer styles and their accompanying glasses can be intimidating. Enter the fine folks at Hangover Revivol, a company that produces and…
  • Intuition fourth anniversary week packs in the events, beer

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    This week marks the beginning of Intuition Ale Works’ fourth anniversary celebration. During the week there will be a number of special events and one-off releases to celebrate with everything culminating on Saturday, November 22 at the brewery for a huge bash. As has been the custom over the past four years with the brewery, guests can purchase beer “Passports” that will be stamped each time one of the special brews is drunk. Try 20 or more of the special brews and you earn a growler of beer and can register to win a $100 tap room credit. Only 100 passports will be printed, so if you…
  • PBR and Bill Murray team up for charity golf auction

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Bill Murray is best known for his iconic and hilarious roles in such movies as Ghostbusters and Caddy Shack. But, within the golfing community he is also known for his zeal for the game, his Annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament and his on-course fashion. His enthusiasm for golf runs so deep, in fact, that in 2001 he opened the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant with his brothers at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla. And, since the inception of the restaurant the Murray has put on his gold tournament. The next tournament take place March 26-27, 2015, but the…
  • Harpoon creates gingerbread spiced beer for holiday season

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    Holiday beers are a tradition that reaches back centuries. In the Old World, they heralded the colder winter months with hearty, thick brews that were usually heavily spiced. Today, that tradition continues and the brewers at the Harpoon Brewer have concocted a delicious addition to the offerings. The brewery’s UnFiltered Offering (UFO) line introduces UFO Gingerland this year as a nod to the flavors of the holidays in a unique and unexpected way. Read more about the beer in the press release below. BOSTON, MA (November 6, 2014) — Brewed, not baked. Poured, not sliced. Inspired by a…
  • New Belgium winter seasonals hitting shelves now

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    For those who are already getting in to the holiday spirit, New Belgium wants you to know that they have you covered. The annual releases of Accumulation White IPA and 2° Below Winter Ale are already on store shelves everywhere and Frambozen will be hitting the shelves on November 11. Read all about these beers in the official press release below. Ft. Collins, Colo., Nov. 5, 2014 – With the first snowfall already arriving for some, it’s starting to feel more and more like winter, which means the return of beloved cold-weather favorites from New Belgium Brewing. Accumulation White IPA and…
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  • Fifty Fifty Brewing Introduces Brewers’ Intent Bottle Club

    Press Release
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Truckee, CA -FiftyFifty Brewing Co. has just announced their new bottle club: “Brewers’ Intent: a bottle affair”.  This bottle club, designed for true beer lovers, will include limited edition and exclusive bottles, shipped within California or available for in-house pick up, as well as other perks. “The idea behind Brewers’ Intent is to really let our brewers do what they do best – create and experiment with amazing barrel-aged beers”, says co-founder and President Alicia Barr.  “We have some sour projects in the works, as well as many…
  • Nielsen: Hispanic Millennials Present Big Opportunity for Craft

    David Eisenberg
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s hardly news that craft beer is incredibly popular among the millennial demographic. But considering that this consumer base, at least by Nielsen measures, consists of anyone born between 1977 and 1994, it can be hard to market to them armed with that information alone. As such, the bulk of Thursday’s “Power Hour” conference call, hosted by the Brewers Association, was spent further dissecting this demographic, specifically highlighting the untapped potential there is in the Hispanic population of young drinkers. To start, drinkers between the age of 21 and 34 consume 35.5 percent…
  • Karl Strauss Partners With San Diego Food Bank

    Press Release
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    San Diego, CA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is throwing a holiday version of their popular B.A.M.! [(B)eer, (A)rt & (M)usic] event series this Saturday, November 22 at their Tasting Room in Pacific Beach.  Admission is free and features rare beers plus art from the comic book artists of IDW Publishing and live music by local favorites Dead Feather Moon – fresh off their win for Best Alternative Band at the San Diego Music Awards. The event’s beer line-up is packed with small-batch brews, including the debut of Karl’s holiday beer release, a Scotch on Scotch Ale.  “We’re…
  • Video Coverage of Brew Talks Connecticut is Now Available

    Chris Furnari
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Brewbound is pleased to announce that video playback from Brew Talks Connecticut is now available. The business and networking meetup, which took place at Two Roads Brewing on Tuesday, Nov. 18, featured two engaging conversations with Connecticut-based beer industry experts. In the first talk of the evening, Brewbound editor Chris Furnari and Two Roads founder Brad Hittle examined an array of top-of-mind issues. In addition to providing an update on the Two Roads business — including new distribution and continued investment in brewery expansion projects  – Hittle shared his thoughts…
  • Bacardi Launches National Distribution of Hatuey

    Press Release
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Coral Gables, FL — As part of its centennial celebration, HATUEY® beer is now making its distinguished, Cuban style craft brew available in New York. To commemorate the launch, a VIP reception is being held at a restaurant in Times Square on Monday, Dec. 1st from 7pm to 10pm. The New York City market is the first stop to the brand’s eventual east coast expansion. Until now, it was sold exclusively in South Florida. In order to expand the brand in the northeast, HATUEY® has proudly joined with a leader in the distribution industry, OAK BEVERAGES, INC. The event will feature a live…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Brown Recluse: Is Ginger Wine Ready for Its Closeup?

    Ken Walczak
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    As British traditions go, drinkable ginger is just about as prominent as Yeoman Warders or afternoon tea.  In addition to ginger tea and ginger beer, ...
  • Urban Putt, San Francisco

    Fredric Hamber
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    The occasional fire truck double-parked outside this former mortuary at South Van Ness and 22nd Street isn’t responding to an incident. The precinct firefighters are ...
  • AVIV 613 VODKA

    Julie Albin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    AVIV is a mesmerizing potion, and the only vodka in the world that is distilled from this unique collection of kosher ingredients: wheat, barley, olives, figs, ...
  • Game, San Francisco

    Rachel Wexler
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Game, an adventurous New American restaurant, opened in San Francisco on Nov. 6. The menu is informed by the name itself: game is sourced locally ...
  • Industry City Distillery, Brooklyn, New York

    Rachel Barth
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Industry City Distillery, the experimental Brooklyn distillery behind sugar beet-based Industry Standard Vodka began leading tours through its factory at the City Foundry this June. For their ...
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    Brew Dudes

  • Passion Fruit Flavor in Hops

    The Brew Dudes
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This weekend, the plan is to get some of the one gallon, SMaSH hop explorations underway. These are the hawt new varieties that we have wanted to learn more about and brewing up small batches is a low-risk way to get that knowledge. If I were to brew five gallon batches and I don’t like the hop, I may be in the position of being stuck with a lot of beer I don’t want to drink. The one gallon batch presents a small yield of beer that may not be enjoyable and also keeps the costs low. The hot hops that I am going to brew with are: Mosaic El Dorado Equinox I also have a Down Under IPA…
  • Acetaldehyde Off Flavor Tasting In Home Brewed Beer

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I recently brewed up an English Best Bitter. I enjoy these session style pale ales quite a bit. English bitters in general have plenty of malt character balanced by earthly slightly spicy English hops. My favorite is the classic East Kent Goldings. Brewing English beers is fairly straightforward the trickiest part is managing the fermentation. English ale yeasts are well know for a couple off flavors if not treated right. And that’s what we discovered when we tasted my latest brew. This beer has a subtle but noticeable acetaldehyde character. Namely it comes across as an apple quality.
  • Brew Stand Build Lessons Learned

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    The brew stand build is basically complete. I thought about painting it but that’s a waste of time. I’d rather be brewing than waiting for paint to dry. This week John is a little curious about the project so we hit the high points of the build out and discuss some of the lessons I learned along the way. Aside from cutting and grinding metal for the fabrication, the primary hurdle was to handle the plumbing of the gas lines. I used 1/2 inch black pipe for all the hard lines. Essentially running a supply line along the back of the stand with T-fittings for each burner. I connect to…
  • Oatmeal Stout Kit Brew Day

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Nothing Wrong with Brewing Kits I have been getting into brewing kits lately.  There’s something fun about taking out some of the decisions out of picking out ingredients and just brewing what comes out of the box after it arrives at your door. The last one I brewed was the witbier that was written about a few months ago.  In the pursuit of brewing a great stout, I got an Oatmeal Stout kit from Northern Brewer. I like taking the kits and modifying them a bit – maybe my mind isn’t ready to shut down all decisions of what goes into the beer recipe. Just a Bit Modified Let…
  • Shirron Plate Chiller

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    It seemed a few weeks back I was constantly getting weekly emails from some of my favorite on line homebrew retailers. Each week it seemed like one retailer was trying to out do the offer from the other the previous week. Finally, I got a 25% offer from and I couldn’t pass it up. I had a handful of things I need to get and it was time to pull the trigger on a new plate chiller. After building the brew stand I knew that eventually I wanted to get a plate chiller. I have found that in the first couple runs of the stand my brew day has the potential to pick up a little more…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Coaster Critique: Henniker Brewing – Amber Apparition

    Chad Lothian
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Name: Amber Apparition Brewed by: Henniker Brewing Company Style: American Amber Ale ABV: 5.2% Pours a very deep copper color, shadowy approaching brown when held to the light the beer glows ruby red with a ghostly haze that might resemble an apparition in your glass. Smell like grains, fresh baked bread followed by a pleasant, earthy hop that makes me think of pine needles and fallen leaves. Initial sip is malt forward,  grainy, brown bread and a toffee sweetness. Near mid-sip the hops show up, following the nose they have a earthy flavor, pine, grass, soil, sort of like tasting the air on…
  • Building a Brewery: Square Tail Brewing Company

    Chad Lothian
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    I first learned about Square Tail Brewing on Twitter a few months back, I started following them hoping to get some clues as to the direction the brewery in Amherst, Maine was taking. I also had to bring up Google maps and figure out where Amherst, Maine is, only 30 minutes away but not on any route I regularly travel. Aside from the location I was able to determine that square tail had a building, the brewhouse had red floors, they had tanks delivered and they are running an electric brewery but that’s it. I thought it was fitting that the invitation to come visit the brewery build-out…
  • Lazy Saturdays on MDI

    Chad Lothian
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:24 am
    Mount Desert Island gets pretty quiet this time of year, the cruise ship season has ended and the seasonal business are closing up shop but not everyone leaves town and there will still be tourists heading to the Island for hiking and snowshoeing, it’s a great time of year to do some weekend photography and not worry about groups of tourists walking through your shot. Atlantic Brewing Company has announced that they will be open on Saturday’s starting November 15, 2014 running through December 20, 2014. These “Lazy Saturday” sessions as they are calling them start at 11am and end at…
  • Coaster Critique: Geaghan Brothers Brewing – Doug E. Graves Fall Ale

    Chad Lothian
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    Name: Doug E. Graves Fall Ale Brewed By: Geaghan Brothers Brewing Style: Maple Brown Rye Ale ABV: 4.9%   Pours a deep shoe leather brown color with a short off white head, although dark the beer is crystal clear and has a red-brown glow when held to the light. Smells of dark chocolate, roasty grains and a hint of spicy rye. Complex flavor, initial sip is a smooth chocolate brown ale, pine and citrus hops, a gentle rye spice and a bone dry finish. Once the hops and rye have faded away the maple flavor lingers on your lips. Overall a delicious fall beer, plenty of seasonal flavors, none of…
  • Coaster Critique: Sheepscot Valley Brewing Pemaquid Ale

    Chad Lothian
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Name: Pemaquid Ale Brewed By: Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company Style: Scottish Ale ABV: Not listed   Pours a deep mahogany that has a ruby red glow when held to the light, delicate white head that settles quickly but doesn’t completely disappear. Nose is malt forward, baked bread, notes of caramel and yeast followed by an earthy hoppiness. Flavor follows the nose with a malt forward flavor, tastes a bit like multi grain bread with some roasty notes, a hint of smoke and some fruitiness. Initial sip has a caramel sweetness then a mellow bitterness and an earthy hop flavor bring…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood

    Beer Infinity
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...
  • Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood

    Beer Infinity
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...
  • Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood

    Beer Infinity
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...
  • Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood

    Beer Infinity
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...
  • Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood

    Beer Infinity
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...
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  • Dogfish Head to Create Brewpub Exclusive Beer for Breakfast Brewed with 25 Pounds of Scrapple

    Brew Review Crew
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Not long ago, Cory published one of the tastier entrants to our Food-and-Beer Pairings guide; Beer for Breakfast. Clearly and obviously inspired by Cory’s chef-like-prowess, Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head, has set out to produce a brewpub exclusive breakfast beer made with 25 pounds of what he calls ‘scrapple’ The idea of an off-centered breakfast-beer is not new to Dogfish Head. Back in 1994, right at the inception of DFH, Sam brewed up a homebrew recipe for a breakfast-themed stout. A few months later, Chicory Stout – brewed with organic Mexican coffee, licorice…
  • Apocalypse Cow Double IPA – Three Floyds

    Brew Review Crew
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
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  • Black Frog Brewery Beer Reviews *STORY UPDATE*

    Brew Review Crew
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Read our original article on Black Frog Brewing Company HERE We came to you months ago to introduce Toledo’s newest craft brewery, Black Frog Brewery and its sole proprietor, Chris Harris. Since that article was written, things have really blossomed for Chris and Black Frog Brewery. He has begun the process of self-distributing his beer to local craft beer stores, and has enjoyed some pretty fantastic feedback from customers.   When we first sat down to chat with Chris, he graciously gave us a sample of his ‘Cream of the Frog’ Cream Ale, which we thought was pretty darn…
  • Bitches Brew — Dogfish Head

    Brew Review Crew
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Review By: Cory Smith (with input from Drew Lockhard) I don’t know that there is a brewery that treats brewing like art quite the way that Dogfish Head does. When they were approached to create a beer to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’ album Bitches Brew, they did their best to put their unique artistic twist on the beer. As you heard in the video, this isn’t just a stout.  They reverse engineered this to go perfectly with Davis’ favorite foods, and added the unique twist of making Bitches Brew a blend of two different beer styles, just the way…
  • Anheuser-Busch Absorbs Another Craft Brewery

    Brew Review Crew
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    November 6th, 2014 Much like it did in 2011 with the goliath, craft-beer-world-shaking, 38 million dollar absorption of Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch (AB) has consumed another small-time craft brewery. 10 Barrel Brewing Company, out of Oregon, is the latest craft-brewery addition to AB’s portfolio and will include 10 Barrel’s brewpubs in Bend and Boise, Idaho, as well as a location in Portland’s Pearl District that is slated to open sometime in 2015. Not new to scooping up budding and emerging craft breweries, AB acquired In February Blue Point Brewing in Patchogue, N.Y.,…
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  • Right Brain Brewing Naughty Girl Stout : Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Craft beer is great for many reasons, high on that list of reasons is the ability for a brewery to think differently and experiment with new ideas and create different experiences for those willing to indulge.  Right Brain Brewing is a company that is known for brewing slightly on the experimental side and their flagship CEO Stout is delightful and has won multiple awards annually honoring its overall deliciousness.  Another offering in the stout line up for Right Brain is Naughty…
  • Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout: Brew Review

    John Fahrner
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan With the holiday season upon us the weather is changing and all around I’m hearing people talk about holidays and holiday foods.  One of the things that caps off holiday meals is some kind of rich desert, usually a pie or a cake.  Granted a good cup of coffee is a nice pair for pretty much any desert but for the craft beer drinker sometimes a good brew can be just as (if not more) satisfying as a desert…
  • Beer Review – Brooklyn Pilsner

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Featured Contributor – Nick  @QuickSud Can a pale lager truly be called a Pilsner if not brewed in the town of Plzeň, Czechoslovakia? How about if it’s brewed in New York? To answer this question, let’s dig a bit deeper into the particular style. So, what exactly is a Pilsner? The short answer is that it is a pale lager invented in 1842 in the town of Plzeň. One of the key ingredients of a true Pilsner is the soft water found in Plzeň –…
  • Beer Review — The Humble Harvester from Rock Art Brewery

    12 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    Featured Contributor @BeerBallyhoo There are rare occasions when I drink a certain type of beer (or wine, for that matter), that I find myself transported. The aromas and flavors act as a time machine that sends me, in my mind’s eye, to a place that I in some way cherish. Think of those York Peppermint Patty commercials, and you’ll kind of get what I mean. The first time I tasted the Humble Harvester IPA from Rock Art Brewery, I imagined myself sitting in a newly-mown hay field…
  • Wake Up Dead Nitro Brew Review

    John Fahrner
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13  from Michigan As I write this the first snow flakes of the season are falling, and although there is plenty of reason to be less than thrilled about that it’s a good reminder that a new season is upon us.  No I am not referring to winter, I’m of course referring to to stout season.  The time of year that you can dive into heavy full bodied brews that warm you up in a similar fashion as a good cup of…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Brewery Release: OR & WA: Coming Soon ... Avery Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Press ReleaseBoulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is.
  • Brewery Release: WA: Spokane: Coming Soon ... No-Li Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Press ReleaseSpokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse continues to bring Spokane-Style innovation to the Pacific Northwest with its newest Barrel Aged Series beer – Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale. As a small batch, limited release, Van Lambert will hit select local stores on December 16th and other northwest locations the week of Christmas.The brewery will release just 185 cases of 22oz bottles, as well as limited draft exclusively available at the brewpub and select festivals. For those looking to get a sneak peak, Van Lambert will start pouring at No-Li on Saturday, December 13th!About the…
  • Brewery Release: BC: Vancouver: Granville Island Brewing & "Chocolate by Gaya" collaborate to make chocolate.

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseVancouver, B.C. – In preparation for the holidays, Granville Island Brewing’s (GIB) brewmaster Vern Lambourne brings a different kind of small batch to the taproom with Chocolate by Gaya. The chocolate bursts with infused beer flavours from GIB’s winter seasonal, Lions Winter Ale, holiday small batches – Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout and Barley Wine, and Hey Day Hefeweizen from GIB’s Under The Bridge series. The local collaboration makes for the perfect stocking stuffer, table dessert for good…
  • Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Sierra Nevada 2014 Harvest Wild Hop IPA. An IPA to showcase Neomexicanus hops

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseChico, CA—...—For the finale of its five-bottle 2014 Harvest series, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is showcasing the wild Neomexicanus hop for the first time on a national stage. Originally found during a backcountry quest in the foothills of Taos, New Mexico, the bizarre cones of the Neomexicanus hop produce multiple heads—aptly nicknamed Medusa—and Harvest Wild Hop IPA boasts their vibrant melon, apricot and citrus aromas. The 24-ounce bottles ship to distributors starting this week and will be available through January 2015. Quick stats on Harvest Wild Hop…
  • Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale & Silver City 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Press Release Bremerton, WA - ... Silver City Brewery announces the 2014 release of their most decorated award winning beer, Old Scrooge Christmas Ale.Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, this year's Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner in the Old Ale/Strong Ale category has won more national & international accolades than any other Silver City Beer (Fat Scotch Ale is a close second). Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale is a small batch beer in the brewery's Limited Release series which also includes Silver City's Imperial Stout, Fat Woody: Oak Aged Scotch Ale, Liquid…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • Weird Beard Brew Co

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Weird Beard Brew Co. consists of a couple of homebrewers with high quality facial hair and big ambitions. They brew beers with higher than the average alcohol and hop contents that go well Read More...
  • Old Mill Brewery

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Established in 1983, Old Mill Brewery is a small independent family owned brewery, housed in an 18th century former corn mill and maltings at Snaith in East Yorkshire. It is equipped with a Read More...
  • Sacre Brew Ltd

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Sacre Brew makes a range of hand-crafted traditional and iconoclastic brews, drawing from brewing traditions around the world, past and present, and gets inspiration for new and experimental brews from the things that excite us. We make beer for people who love beer and are Read More...
  • Lion Heart Brewery Ltd

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Lion Heart brewery formulated in late 2014. Already with a premises and a 2.5 brewer’s barrel kit, the only thing that was missing was the ideas for a quality craft beer. Lion Heart Read More...
  • Mad Hatter Brewing Company Limited

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    In making our beers, we take the best things about the US brewing revolution and mix them with the British Real Ale tradition and continental beer styles and techniques. To this heady mix we add the best ingredients sourced Read More...
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    I Brew Beer and Cook Food

  • Beer: Discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich of The Alchemist

    Sean Duffy
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    From time to time during my endless research into homebrewing I come across a gem like this: This discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich is extremely informative. You also can get a good background into The Alchemist's Heady Topper. Also go check out Chop & Brew by Chip Walton. A great find and I can't wait to watch the rest of his videos!
  • Food: Puerto Rican Bistec Encebollado (Steak and Onions)

    Sean Duffy
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    I married a lovely Puerto Rican woman. What does that mean? On top of everything else I absolutely love about her, the cuisine that comes along with her heritage is AMAZING. The first taste of this cuisine was when her mother made the rice. Oh man, this rice. I can't even describe how amazing it is. Just look at it...I haven't even attempted this yet. There's a science to it. Not too wet, not too dry. The perfect amount of seasoning. My next taste was when I went to her grandmother's house and had the pork WITH this rice. It was ridiculously amazing. THEN we went to Puerto Rico and it was…
  • Beer: Brewing The New England 1020 IPA

    Sean Duffy
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    So I am a moron. Again, I forgot to take pictures of brew day. I get too caught up in the moment and enjoy it too much. I'm going to dedicate one of my friends solely to taking pictures next time. Anyways, we have fermentation! The picture is a bit deceiving because it is in an extremely dark place and I had to use the flash. The color is a lot lighter... A LOT lighter.Again, we missed our OG. We were at about 1.043. I added a pound of table sugar that I know will dry it out a bit but I got it to 1.053. We also mashed in a little too high at around 160°F. Next time I am going to focus a…
  • Beer: New Techniques During Brew Day

    Sean Duffy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    I have been on the journey to brew the best IPA I can ever since I started brewing. Which is actually not too long ago. Last year around this time I was brewing 1.5 gallon stove top brews and adding 3.5 gallons of tap water to make 5 gallons. In this short amount of time I have already jumped to all-grain brewing. Can you imagine what I will be doing next year? I can't.This next brew we are calling The New England 1020. It's going to be a what I call them a "New England IPA". Not as bitter and more aromatic. I get to experiment with techniques I've never used before. I am going to be using a…
  • Beer: Random Thoughts

    Sean Duffy
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This past week I have decided to not make a mess of my kitchen anymore and move my brewing operations down to the basement and outside. Conveniently I have a walk out so it makes things much easier. This weekend we get to try it out for the first time when we brew our New England 1020 IPA! I just added a dart board and other things to make it a bit more cozy. Next step is adding an old school tube TV with NES or SNES hooked up to it!I have been drooling over a brewing system for about a year now. Whenever I see it all I can think about is this:I am going to try to make that dream a reality…
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