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  • Buy a PicoBrew Zymatic and Sell Your Homebrewing Soul?

    Brew Dudes
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One of the topics I wanted to write about is the PicoBrew Zymatic.  If you haven’t heard about this system, the guys at PicoBrew ran a successful kickstarter campaign to help build a table top device that brews beer with the click of a few buttons. Part of the story behind the invention was that the hobby of homebrewing is challenging, especially when attempting to the same recipe more than once and expecting the same results (very similar to the folk definition of insanity).  With so many variables in play when homebrewing, many due to basic equipment that makes it difficult to…
  • Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham- BeerSmith Podcast #79

    BeerSmith Home Brewing
    Brad Smith and Friends
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer. I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:25) I highly recommend watching the video version of the podcast this week – Chris shows us all of the equipment needed for kegging and how to use it. This week my guest is Chris Graham, who is Chief…
  • Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

    BeerSmith Home Brewing
    Brad Smith and Friends
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use is critical for the discerning home brewer or beer judge.  Some Beer Glass Basics The diameter of the glass obviously will affect the perceived color of the beer. Pilsners are served in tall, thin tapered glass that highlights the light color of a the…
  • No beer for Passover.

    Yours for Good Fermentables ™
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    It's Passover. And, during these high holy days, God has told the faithful that there will be no drinking of beer. Foods which are acceptable, that is, Kosher, during most of the year —such as meals of wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt that are baked or fermented with yeast— are not permitted during Passover. Beer, therefore, is tref, that is, non-Kosher, for Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened [without yeast] bread unto the Lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.—Leviticus 23:6 The good news is, that for the rest of the year, beer…
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co. presents…the origin of “420″ from the Waldos (video)

    BeerPulse curator
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
        Watch the story of the origin of 420 from the creators themselves. Beer Speaks, People Mumble. via YouTube | Lagunitas.
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  • Lagunitas Brewing Co. presents…the origin of “420″ from the Waldos (video)

    BeerPulse curator
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
        Watch the story of the origin of 420 from the creators themselves. Beer Speaks, People Mumble. via YouTube | Lagunitas.
  • Flying Dog partners with OLD BAY® for 75th anniversary, Dead Rise Summer Ale coming on Memorial Day

    BeerPulse curator
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    For 75 years, OLD BAY® been your staple seafood seasoning. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, we’ve developed a beer that will quickly earn its spot right alongside that iconic blue, yellow, and red tin.  More >> Flying Dog blog.
  • Flying Dog Agave Cerveza hits six-packs, draft in June

    Adam Nason
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    (Frederick, MD) – Flying Dog will add another beer to its six-pack mix when Agave Cerveza hits bottles in June. More below… — The inspiration for Agave Cerveza was for craft brewers to take on mainstream, macro beer styles, especially this particular style in the summertime. One third of the malt bill is flaked maize for the corn and cracker malt flavors of a traditional Mexican lager. The agave is added at the end of the boil and the lime peel post-fermentation to give it zesty, not-too-sweet notes up front that give way to a clean, crisp finish. If sticking a lime slice in…
  • 40 new beers from Goose Island, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Harpoon and more

    BeerPulse curator
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    40 new beers added from Deschutes, Goose Island, Bell’s, Great Lakes, Goose Island, Shock Top, Harpoon, Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Odell, Firestone Walker, Brooklyn and more. Check them out here.
  • Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club now featuring Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

    BeerPulse curator
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. April brings beer drinking weather! Are you looking for a fun gift to give your beer lover? Beer T-Shirt Club is a great option for birthdays, anniversaries; it even makes a thoughtful groomsmen gift. 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. For…
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    Yours for Good Fermentables ™

  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 14/15, 2014.

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 14/1530 March - 13 April 2014 2014.04.13Joseph Bramah was born 266 years ago on 13 April 1748. Considered the 'father' of hydraulic engineering, Bramah would patent several inventions, including the 'beer engine': the hand-pump used to dispense cask-conditioned ale. Via Wikipedia. 2014.04.12The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total sytle count would come to 174. That, and the winners, via YFGF. 2014.04.09A serious security flaw called…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Hops proffered for a brew

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    The hands of a farmer and brewer proferring hops for a brew: New York state Cascade pelletized hops will 'dry-hop' 1 an "East Coast Pale Ale", that had already been fermented with Maryland whole hops. The photo may be somewhat out-of-focus, but I like the image and imagery. At their Milkhouse Brewery —a farm-brewery 2 at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland— owners Tom and Carolann Barse have a half-acre of Cascade hops under cultivation. Tom and assistant brewer Thomas Vaudin produce 10 barrels of beer per batch. 5 April 2014. -----more----- "Dry-hopping 1, the addition of hops to beer…
  • #VeggieDag Thursday. It's wabbit season. No, it's asparagus season.

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post on an animal-free diet and ecological issues. The Easter 'Wabbit' hops into action this Sunday, predicted to be carrying baskets of brightly-dyed chicken eggs, a colorful scramble of animal husbandry. Here, along the mid-Atlantic East Coast, the month of April marks the beginning of asparagus season. The harvest runs through the beginning of June. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial vegetable, originally native to the eastern Mediterranean. Ah, asparagus: at least this vegetarian's delight. Its tips, nutty and sweet; its spears,…
  • No beer for Passover.

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    It's Passover. And, during these high holy days, God has told the faithful that there will be no drinking of beer. Foods which are acceptable, that is, Kosher, during most of the year —such as meals of wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt that are baked or fermented with yeast— are not permitted during Passover. Beer, therefore, is tref, that is, non-Kosher, for Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened [without yeast] bread unto the Lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.—Leviticus 23:6 The good news is, that for the rest of the year, beer…
  • A beer style riot broke out at the 2014 World Beer Cup!

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    There was a riot at the 2014 World Beer Cup. That's "riot" as in profligate behavior, not public tumult. A riot of beer styles. The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 officially recognized beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total style count would come to 174. One-hundred-and-seventy-four. Indeed? The drinker doesn't need 133 beer styles. Or 70. Or even 30.Most people who cook have only seven recipes in their repertoire. Even if they have shelves full of Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson, when it comes to planning what the family meal is going to be…
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    BeerSmith Home Brewing

  • Beer Glasses and Glassware for Home Brewers

    Brad Smith and Friends
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    What’s in a glass? Hopefully a pint of your latest home brew! If we look beyond the obvious, your glassware choices for beer can heavily influence the presentation, character and finish of your beer. Glass choice impacts head retention, carbonation levels, aroma and perceived color of the beer. Some knowledge of glassware and its use is critical for the discerning home brewer or beer judge.  Some Beer Glass Basics The diameter of the glass obviously will affect the perceived color of the beer. Pilsners are served in tall, thin tapered glass that highlights the light color of a the…
  • Kegging your Home Brewed Beer with Chris Graham- BeerSmith Podcast #79

    Brad Smith and Friends
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    This week we discuss how to keg your home brewed beer with Chris Graham from MoreBeer. I highly recommend watching the video as this week Chris provides a detailed overview on kegging equipment, kegging techniques and how to make the transition from bottles to kegs! Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (55:25) I highly recommend watching the video version of the podcast this week – Chris shows us all of the equipment needed for kegging and how to use it. This week my guest is Chris Graham, who is Chief…
  • Dry Yeast in Home Brewed Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Dry yeast for home brewing is sometimes maligned and often overlooked. Many years ago when I started home brewing, the quality of dry yeast included with many prepackaged kits was poor. However much has changed, and now home brewers have dry yeasts available to them that are just as good as liquid yeast. So this week we take a look at some of the advantages of dry yeast, as well as how to brew with it. Dry vs Liquid Yeast Back in the late 80′s, there was only one option for yeast – dry packets. As we entered the 1990′s, high quality liquid yeasts entered the market for…
  • Baltic Porter and The Maltose Falcons – BeerSmith Podcast #78

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    This week three members from the Maltose Falcons homebrew club join me to talk about Baltic Porter. We discuss the Baltic Porter style, how to brew it and also their recent Baltic Porter contest. We also discuss the Maltose Falcons 40th anniversary and their celebratory Baltic Porter brew. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (37:15) This week I have three members of the Maltose Falcons Home Brew Club joining me to talk about Baltic Porter and the Falcons 40th Anniversary. My guests include John Aitchison, who is…
  • Five More Tips for All Grain Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    Last week I presented my first five tips for all grain beer brewing. This week I add five more tips to help you make your all grain beer even better. 1. Know What You Are Brewing, and Keep it Simple I put this tip first since this is the one that most brewers ignore. You can’t really get to where you are going if you don’t have a vision of your end goal. Yet I often see early all grain brewers throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their beer somehow thinking that more ingredients will make their beer better. Professional brewers, however, make great beer with a small…
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    2beerguys beer blog

  • Newburyport Brewing Company among Country’s Fastest Growing Breweries Eclipses 5000 Barrels in First Year

    Guest Post
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Newburyport, MA – The Newburyport Brewing Company®, Massachusetts’ own all-can and keg craft brewery, announced that it has produced more than 5000 barrels of craft beer in its first year in business making it one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. The brewery has initally focused its sales of their flagship brews, Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White, and Green Head IPA, solely in Massachusetts and credits a strong statewide following for its success. The brewery’s strong distribution and marketing partnership with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance has…
  • Beer Bloggers Conference 2014

    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Beer Bloggers Conference this year will take place in San Diego, CA. Being from the North East, I have to say, I’m over the moon for an excuse to head out to the West Coast! It’s been a long cold winter…. The promise of learning about new discoveries in the craft beer world in such a choice setting sounds pretty sweet to me! For those of you who have never ventured out to the conference, it has so much to offer! I am most looking forward to reuniting with the best people, those who call themselves beer bloggers and beer geeks.…
  • Beer Dinner: Five Course Beer Dinner @ Cape Ann Brewing 4/1 (MA)

    Guest Post
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    On April 1st Cape ANn Brewing is given head chef Fernando the chance to spread his wings and put together a fantastic, one night only, beer dinner menu. Five courses will be served starting at 6 pm, each one paired with a beer. To attend you must purchase your spot ahead of time.  A limited number of tickets are available. Details: Where: Cape Ann Brewing Company Address: 11 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930 When: Tuesday April 1st. Price: $55.00 ($49.50 for mug club friends) Reservations:  For reservations, call (978) 282-7399 Menu: First Course: Smoked Salmon Tartar served over endive…
  • 18th annual NERAX Cask Ale Festival – March 26 – 29, 2014!

    14 Mar 2014 | 5:18 am
    The longest running Real Ale Festival in the United States, proudly serving an outstanding selection of rarely seen, award-winning cask ales. We serve over 100 firkins of Real Ale and Cider, comprised of over 50 British beers from England, Scotland, and Wales; and over 50 American beers, mostly from New England. All the beers are cask-conditioned, served by gravity or hand-pump. Details: The New England Real Ale eXhibition Aeronaut Brewing Company 14 Tyler St Somerville, MA 02145 Tickets — Click here Aeronaut, an exciting young brewery near Union Square in Somerville, MA, has agreed to…
  • Gearing up for the feast! St Patrick’s Day beer & food pairing

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    Well, break out your shillelagh and four leaf clover — You’re Irish this weekend! As St Patrick’s day approaches (4 days away, but who’s counting?), thoughts of Leprechauns with pots of gold run through our minds.   Typically only seen at the end of the rainbow, the mythical dwarf will be bringing good luck to everyone on Monday.  Besides Leprechauns and pots of gold, we of course think of traditional Irish food and good beer! Here are a few beer pairing tips for surviving St. Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread:  A nice, hearty bread, with basic ingredients.
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Back From 54 Hours In Central New York And...

    Alan McLeod
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    ... and what did I learn? I confirmed a lot of things. Like I like a good hotel. I like interstate highway driving. And I like red pandas, the greatest looking creature ever to walk upon the planet. Oh, and I learned a bit about local good beer, too:-> The Galeville Byrne Dairy which replaced the old Galeville Grocery in Liverpool, NY, to the north of Syracuse has taken the good beer tradition of the old store and, five years after it closed, run with it. A fantastic selection with a few beers I did not see in Oliver's of Albany last weekend. Another shopper said "better than Wegmans" which…
  • Ron And Dann And Martha And 1955

    Alan McLeod
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Three of my favourite people in beer. Working together. Making a beer that few thought twelve months ago was worth remaking. What is 1955 to you? In my family, it's the year of my parents' courting in Scotland. The year before the wedding. Mom is serious and twenty-one. Dad is 25 and bookkeeping in Hasties, a shipyard subcontracting specialty firm. Before they decided to roll the dice on each other and a few more before they decided to roll the dice on Canada.Pretty Things 1955 Double Brown pours bright chestnut under mocha cream rim and foam. The aroma is subdued twig and brown bread crust.
  • Beer Book Excitement Building And Not For Mine

    Alan McLeod
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I am about 80% through a mad 140,000 experiment over the last year in serial co-authoring with Max, Jordan and Craig. We have worked well together, seldom snapped and explored things that I have wondered about for years fairly deeply. It has been fun and more than fun. I am grateful. But this is not about me. Because while I have been doing that I have been watching Boak and Bailey write and discuss their upcoming publication, Brew Britannia. They wrote something today that struck me. I have no idea what it was. Not because it was a passing comment but because it was and is a comment among so…
  • I Like The Idea Lots But Surely Not A Global First

    Alan McLeod
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    OK. here's a simple puzzle for you:The owner of a downtown Fredericton fixture says for years men used to pop into barber shops to get a haircut or shave and a drink. Troy Ashfield decided to make that tradition legal and became the first licensed barber shop in the world. “The guys were coming in and seeing an old friend, asking what they wanted to do after the haircut. I’d hear ‘Do you want to go for a beer?’ so I decided if I sell beer here, they can stick around and chat,” Ashfield said.See? You do see, right? I just can't believe in Greece or Peru there isn't a licensed barber…
  • One Key Way Big Craft And Small Brewers Differ

    Alan McLeod
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Notice: Please comment at Stan's if the urge moves you. We are battling the spammers at the moment so all comments have been locked down.+++++++++++ This story caught my eye today:Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, Calif., the nation's 10th-largest craft brewery, was blunt in speaking at the conference that began Tuesday and ends Friday. "If you are starting a brewery," he said, "please, for God's sake, hire someone who knows what they're doing." Pioneering Oregon brewer John Harris said that at a time when beer education classes are tough to get into, many homebrewers who have…
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  • Session #86 – Beer Journalism: Looking to the Future.

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This post contains a number of firsts. It is the first time I have participated in The Session, “a monthly beer blogging get together founded by Jay Brooks at Brookston Beer Bulletin and Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer” as my friend and Session idea adviser Heather Vandenengel noted. This project has been going on for […]
  • The Renaissance of Craft Beer: A Conversation on NPR’s On Point Radio

    3 Jan 2014 | 11:45 am
    A few months back I was a guest on the NPR show On Point Radio, produced here in Boston. It was a fun hour of talking about craft beer, both from a flavor and business perspective. The show is about an hour in length and you can listen here.
  • The Increasingly Heated Debate Around Contract / ‘Gypsy’ / Resident Brewing…

    2 Apr 2013 | 3:53 pm
    Fresh back from the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC, I am struck by the looming tension and sense of anxiety presently bubbling to the surface in this industry. The conference played host to a number of interesting seminars and a few fairly repetitive ones. Mixed among the nearly 100 offerings were multiple courses […]
  • Save Your Money, Westvleteren XII Really Isn’t Worth It…

    12 Dec 2012 | 7:33 am
    The ominous day of 12/12/12 is upon us and it brings to the world of better beer a flurry of special events, including the final release in Stone Brewing Company’s Vertical Epic series. Stone’s ten year aging project will however likely find itself overshadowed by the highly anticipated release of Westvleteren XII, the widely touted […]
  • The Craft Beer Middle Class…

    20 Nov 2012 | 8:20 am
    We often hear about the three tier system in the beer business, often castigated as a post-Prohibition relic or as a needless by consumers and some small brewers. But there is a new caste system developing in an increasingly stratified craft beer world. On the low end is the rise of the small brewery, including […]
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Who gets to decide what is bad beer?

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.21.14 The Corona Coup: How Constellation Sells So Much Bad Beer. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see the results of a blind tasting where the same people who give other Mexican beers a higher rating and rip Corona to shreds compare the two. Could they tell the difference? [Via Businessweek] Passion for beer pales in Belgium and Glass half empty for Germany’s proud beer industry. Guess there’s no beery reasons to visit those places any more. [Via Associated Press and Reuters] For Masochists, Here’s Some Hops-Flavored Soda.
  • Session #87 announced: Local Brewery History

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Host Reuben Gray has announced the ground rules for The Session #87: Local Brewery History: “I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way. The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local* brewery that closed down before you were even born. Or you could pick one that has been producing beer on the same site for centuries.” His one stipulation is that a brewery must have been around at least 20 years. * “Local” allows for breweries within 8 hours…
  • The life cycle of beer innovation

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    A quick exchange of comments here Monday provoked this thought from Boak & Bailey about what happens to even the most dominant of breweries over time: Our suspicion is that, of the current wave of new brewers (1970s to now) some will inevitably become the new Whitbreads and Watneys. We don’t see, say, Sierra Nevada going into the Lite Lager business any time soon, but we can imagine, in thirty years time, a business which seems complacent and arrogant, and of which people will say: “They’re so dominant that no-one else can get into the market, and all they produce is that…
  • What’s Big Beer? What’s Big Craft?

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.14.14 A nice piece of reporting by Eric Gorski last week provoked still more excellent questions from Alan McLeod, but before getting to those links I’m wishing I could find entries defining Big Beer and Big Craft in my beer dictionary. Steve Hindy used the first in his oft-cited New York Times op-ed piece, Free Craft Beer!, and regular readers of A Good Beer Blog will be familiar with the latter. History suggests asking for narrow definitions causes mostly pain (see craft beer), but I’m feeling a bit confused. Does American craft brewing have a…
  • The Session #86 roundup posted

    Stan Hieronymus
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    My brain froze when I was assembling the weekly links to post this morning. I couldn’t pick just one Session #86: Beer Journalism essay, so I went with none. Very lame. Fortunately, host Heather Vandenengel didn’t mess around, road to the rescue, and rounded up the roundup in close to record time. See give it a read.
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    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog

  • News, Nuggets and Longreads 19/04/2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Here are a few things we’ve spotted around the blogoshire and beyond for you to enjoy with your hangover. → There’s a real sense of place evoked through small details in this piece on a Sam Smith’s pub in Cardiff from Craig Heap, and it made us want to drink their beer. → Is it time […] News, Nuggets and Longreads 19/04/2014
  • Belgian Hop Beers

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Over the last few nights, we’ve tasted several Belgian ‘hop beers’ which we bought from the Belgian Beer Factory, a remarkably good value online beer store. As luck would have it, Joe Stange’s article on this topic appeared online at Draft Magazine on Wednesday, so we had an idea what to look out for: Whether today’s […] Belgian Hop Beers
  • The Return of Dogbolter

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 When we interviewed David ‘Firkin’ Bruce last summer, he told us about his new role as Chairman of the West Berkshire Brewery. Last week, that rather belatedly triggered an idea: maybe, with a brewery at hand, he might be convinced, for the first time since the 1980s, to personally brew a beer to an original Firkin […] The Return of Dogbolter
  • Neu Alt?

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We broadly agree with the sentiment expressed here: it would be a shame if ‘craft beer’ in Germany amounted to nothing more than mediocre imitations of American styles. At the same time, we don’t demand that other beer cultures remain unchanged as a theme park for visiting beer geeks — we enjoy the fruits of […] Neu Alt?
  • VIDEO: Oktoberfest 1969

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 British Pathé has finally got round to making its archive available on YouTube. This short newsreel about Munich’s Oktoberfest from 1969 is just one of many beer-related corkers. VIDEO: Oktoberfest 1969
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  • Two things.

    Jack Curtin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Easter Buddy and I went out for a walk this AM, which was nice. The winter snows precluded doing that very often in recent months and he is not always up for the effort of late. He is suffering from something called Cushing Disease (about which I will say more in a subsequent post) and either too tired or contrary to engage. But it was his idea this morning and welcome. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a judge at the World Cup or GABF, this will probably interest you.
  • Me vs. the Universe (I am all in on Me).

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Today, despite the winds that blow cold and seem determined to do so forever up here on Orchard Hill and the sweater I needs must wear because it is still freakin’ cold here in Liquid Diet World Central, I went out and purchased me a bottle o’ gin, some tonic and lemons and two, count ‘em, two, growlers of Bock Bier, not to mention the fortuitous presence of that newly discovered vintage bottle of Thomas Hardy’s Ale. Easter Sunday will come and I shall rise and we will all be saved If Salvation is not available when your time comes, you will receive a reward of equal…
  • Push Pin Wisdom — 19 April 2014

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    “Thank God we can’t tell the future. We’d never get out of bed.” –the Julie Roberts character in August: Osage County [This is an occasional series of snippets of wisdom, humor or dismay about the state of the world in which we live, the sorts of things we used to stick on our desk-side bulletin boards with push pins in ancient times.]
  • What in the world is Spröcketbier?

    Jack Curtin
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Perhaps more to the point, what in the world is one to make of a Black Rye Kölsch? Spröcketbier, you may not be entirely surprised to learn, is from Stone Brewing. Actually., check that. Once you discover that it has a 5.4% abv and relatively modest hops presence, you may not only be surprised but downright shocked that it is a Stone beer. Spröcketbier is the initial release in the new Stone Spotlight Series, which are beers devised by two employees from the brewery’s production team who win over over two-man teams (19 of them in this instance) and see their creation brewed, packaged…
  • Look what I found.

    Jack Curtin
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Kerry Bryne, who writes about food and drink for the Boston Herald (the perfect home for a crazed right winger) and is also the self-described “potentate” of the very good Cold, Hard Football Facts website, asked a lot of knowledgeable beer folks and me about the current status of Thomas Hardy’s Ale on The Book of Face last night (turns out it’s coming back, as I discovered here and here in a quick online search and posted as part of the discussion). The post was inspired by Kerry’s finding a 1994 vintage bottle in a storage area. One respondent joked that…
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  • Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers Scheduled for May 30, 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Wicked Weed Brewing is partnering with Pints for Prostates to launch Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers to be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. as part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM.  The event will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-agedsour beers to Asheville and will create an experience beyond just a beer festival. Funk Asheville will be held in downtown Asheville at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave., just a 3 blocks from the brewery. This will be the first…
  • NoDa Brewing Tart Attack to be Released by Rare Beer of the Month Club™ to Support Pints for Prostates

    21 Sep 2013 | 8:29 am
    NoDa Brewing Co. of Charlotte, N.C., and The Rare Beer of the Month Club™, which ships unique craft beers nationwide, are teaming up on a special limited release beer to benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.NoDa Tart Attack is being brewed exclusively to create awareness and support the mission of Pints for Prostates, which uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.“NoDa Brewing is proud to be partnering with Pints for Prostates and excited to be making Tart Attack, which is the first time we’ve made a Berliner Weisse on our production…
  • Pints for Prostates Germany Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 9-19, 2014

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:32 am has put together a special beer tour of Germany to benefit Pints for Prostates. The beer adventure to Bavaria and Franconia will take place from Oct. 9-19, 2014.The nine night dream trip includes stops in Aying, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bayreuth, Rothenburg and Bamberg. The trip includes beer tastings, escorted beer hall crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, monastery visits, special meals and is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Germany to the public on a limited basis. Just 14 slots are available for this tour at $2,995 (+ air) based…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Beer List Announced

    14 Sep 2013 | 5:29 am
      DENVER, CO – Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released the confirmed brewery list and beers that are expected to be poured at the event. At total of 42 brewers are scheduled to take part in the event, which will be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax St. in Denver. The event takes place on Oct. 11 from 1-4 p.m., while the Great American Beer Festival is in the city.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is an amazing opportunity taste rare, exotic and vintage beers…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting V Releases Partial Brewery List

    22 Jul 2013 | 4:11 am
    Organizers of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, have released a partial list of brewers expected to pour at the event and announced a new venue for the tasting.“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is the quintessential rare beer event and we are excited by the brewers that have committed to take part in the 2013 edition,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which presents the event. “Our goal is to bring together America’s best craft breweries in a relaxed format where brewers and beer lovers get…
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    Pete Brown

  • 'Imperial'

    Pete Brown
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    In February I was in Chicago for the US Cider Conference. It was massively exciting, because craft cider in America is where craft beer was twenty years ago. It's impossible not to draw some parallels between the two drinks. Because of the way the two scenes have grown in the States - with all the energy and hunger of new discovery and a bold ambition to push flavour into new places that sometimes, just occasionally, outpaces the brewer/cidermaker's level of skill - they are much closer than they are in the UK. Sure, over here CAMRA represents both beer and cider to some extent, but…
  • Barcelona II: This Time it's Sidra

    Pete Brown
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Food of Los DiosesAround the corner from La Cerveteca in Barcelona's Bari Gotic I stumble (literally) upon La Socarenna, a small bar built into an arch, offering productes asturias y catalans. They make cider in Asturias, and sure enough, the front window is piled high with thick green bottles. I go in.An ancient transistor radio behind the bar gives football commentary that sounds like it's being broadcast by bees. A grey haired man outside on the step takes his time finishing his cigarette before slowly walking back in and heading behind the bar to serve me. There's one other customer…
  • Barcelona discovers craft beer: becomes even more perfect

    Pete Brown
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:53 am
    I can't believe it's a decade since my first visit to Barcelona, as part of the research for my second book, Three Sheets to the Wind. Back then any new city outside the UK mainland was a bewildering adventure for me. Anything that was marginally different from home was a marvel. I used to enjoy going into Seven-Elevens and Spar shops, buying any beer I hadn't seen before, good or bad, noting how the snacks were arranged differently, or appreciating that the ham roll was an international standard that took slightly different forms wherever you went.Last weekend, as I got off the airport…
  • Guinness back to what it does best

    Pete Brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    It really is good for you.Ah, St Patrick's Day: guaranteed to drive some angsty beer geeks to ask why everyone insists on drinking Guinness when there are so many superior stouts available, and explain to their friends that it's not really an Irish beer at all because it was derived from London's porter tradition, so really the whole of Paddy's Day is a sham, and anyway it's an Irish festival and we're not Irish so why are we celebrating this one instead of celebrating with real ale on St Georges Day?And no one listens to them. Instead, everyone else sees it simply as an excuse to spend…
  • Will 'craft' change beer for good?

    Pete Brown
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guys from Five Points took this at the previous, shorter Masterclass.There's something deeply wrong when you have to set the alarm on a Sunday morning and be out of the door by half past eight. But you wouldn't do it if it wasn't also the sign of something being very right.At a time when I would normally be contemplating a long bath and a fry-up, last Sunday I was giving the introductory presentation at a 'Masterclass' on 'How to launch an independent brewery' being held by the Guardian in their north London offices. The event was a sell-out: a hundred people had paid £99 each and given…
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  • World Beer Cup by the numbers

    Real Beer
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Breweries from five continents won awards in the 2014 World Beer Cup, collecting their commemorative plaques when the winners were announced in Denver. The competition drew 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries. “Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing skills,” said CharliePapazian, president of the Brewers Association, which organizes the bienniel event. The complete list of winners is available from the Brewers Association. Here are some of the highlights: Chances of winning The proportion…
  • Achievement Awards honors BA members

    Real Beer
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Craft Brewers Conference honored its own during the opening session of the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, handing out its annual Achievement Awards. The F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award is presented each year to those who have given aid and support to the causes of small, independent brewers and by doing so supported the Brewers Association’s goal of vigorously defending our industry. This year, Jester King Brewery outside of Austin was presented with the award for working to create craft-friendly legislation in their home state. The Brewers Association…
  • Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America goes on tour

    Real Beer
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is inviting every craft brewery in the country to take part in a multi-weekend traveling beer festival this summer, featuring both the 12 beers in its Beer Camp Across America project and local ones on each stop. “We’re about to open a second brewery in North Carolina, and while that’s exciting for us, it’s an even greater reason to celebrate the future of craft brewers everywhere,” Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman said for a press release. “We’ve watched and learned from each other for decades, and together we’ve seen tastes…
  • Oregon Brewers Festival adds European breweries to mix

    Real Beer
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Oregon Brewers Festival has invited 11 breweries from the Netherlands plus one from Germany to add their beers to the already imposing lineup for the 27th annual event July 23-27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The European breweries will serve their beers in the festival’s Specialty Tent, an area where an additional four dozen vintage, barrel aged, blends and esoteric one-offs are offered. Dubbed NL to PDX (#NLtoPDX), the program started when festival director Art Larrance learned that Portland has a Friendship City relationship with the city of Utrecht in the…
  • First stout-specific glass unveiled

    Real Beer
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Glassware maker Spiegelau had collaborated with two breweries known for making excellent stouts to lanuch the first stout-specified beerglass. The Spiegelau x Left Hand Brewing Company x Rogue Ales Stout Glass was developed over a yearlong series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel crystal glassware owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau vice president Matthew Rutkowski. Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales and experts from each brewery tested a selection of stouts ranging from Rogue Ales’ Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to Left Hand Brewing Company’s…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • A second San Diego event

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Here's early warning of a second event I'll be doing while in San Diego next month.It's one aimed at professional brewers and will dfeature me talking about the role of Brettanomyces in British brewing. I think it's a pretty damn interesting hour or so of bug fun.These are the details: 18:00 at The Brew Project1735 Hancock St #1, San Diego, CA 92101 can find more information here. In addition to hear my gentle East Midlands tone, you'll also have a chance to see just how dreadful my handwriting is when I (hopefully) sign lots of copies of my books. Try to get in…
  • Troost

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    I've taken my eye off the ball. Too many distractions, would be my excuse. But that's no excuse for missing what's going on in my home town.New breweries are sprouting like the wild garlic close to my work; savagely ploughed, but throwing up the odd leaf and quick flower nonetheless. In Amsterdam, I mean. More in the last 12 months than in the other 24 years I've lived in Amsterdam.I'd love to say that I'd noticed myself. A couple were served up to me at the Kimchee Festival last year. Then Dolores found a map. For someone who'd imagined he had his finger up the arse of the Amsterdam pub…
  • A change in the habits of the people

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    In old newspapers you sometimes find items which are clearly adverts, but not marked as such. Come to think of it, that's not so different from newspapers today.If I'm honest, I'm not quite sure what is being advertised. What is a Golden Ale Tablet? Some form of handheld computer?"The problem to provide a wholesome, stimulating, and satisfying drink that will not intoxicate has at last been solved. This long-felt want has been met by Messrs. Brodrick's, of Dudley, whose Gold Medal Patent Golden Ale and Nourishing Stout Tablets recall the days when our forefathers brewed their own ale. These…
  • Disclosing gravity

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Here's another gem I uncovered while looking for something else.There was a lot of friction between working men's clubs and brewers after WW I. Clubs suspected brewers of overcharging for beer. Which was one of the reasons many clubs breweries opened around then. They didn't trust brewers, so made beer themselves.That might explain why clubs were keen to find out the gravity of the beer supplied by brewers. Supplying weaker beer would be a way of upping the price, without it being obvious."CLUBS' DEMAND TO BREWERS COUNTY BRANCH GIVES SUPPORT Derbyshire branch of the Working Men's Club and…
  • BYO challenge

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Can someone send me a scan of the article in Brew Your Own magazine that starts like this?"Beer historian Ron Pattinson, of the blog Shut Up About Barclay Perkins, is famous for writing about the longevity of ideas in the brewing community. His research provides some necessary grounding to the lofty ambitions of today's inventive craft brewers, who are fond of re-inventing the wheel and then arguing about what to call it. As Pattinson often points out, there are very few concepts in beer you could come up with that weren't already being brewed a couple hundred years ago. But I would like to…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Kona Brewing Castaway IPA

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA has apparently been pretty popular for locals at the Hawaii pubs for quite some time and, now, it’s finally arriving on the mainland. Not only is it new to us non-islanders, but it’s also going to be part of the brewery’s year-round offerings. The 6% ABV (55 IBU) IPA uses a […] The post Kona Brewing Castaway IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Harpoon Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    Press Release BOSTON, MA (April 17, 2014) – It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers from every department were invited to brew a beer of their choosing and present it to their colleagues for a blind sampling and voting at the company’s annual gathering in […] The post Harpoon Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Perennial Ales Woodside

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’d heard a bunch of pretty good things being said about Missouri’s Perennial Artisan Ales over the past year or so, but it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve come across their products on shelves here in Virginia. I decided that my first introduction to the brewery would be their Woodside, a big 9.1% ABV […] The post Perennial Ales Woodside appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Goose Island Endless IPA

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Look, I’m all for the attempted resurgence of session ales as much as the next person — I could have gone for a few at the Orioles game this past Monday night — but can we stop kidding ourselves? A 5% ABV beer (Goose Island Endless IPA in this case) is not a session ale. […] The post Goose Island Endless IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Saison

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (April 14, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. is fond of adding its own twists to classic beer styles. So it should be no surprise the brewery took liberties to make the newest beer release 100 percent Stone, while still maintaining the integrity of a very traditional beer. Stone Saison is a […] The post Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Saison appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Always something new

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    I've lost track of the number of times I've been to Brussels over the last 12 years. I'm sure it's into double figures by now. And while fixtures like A La Bécasse (right) and Toone are still favourites and oft returned to, there's always somewhere new. Occasionally new to the city, but mostly just new to me. Reuben and I were over on Beoir business earlier this month and as well as the above mentioned fixtures, and several others, I also got to drop in to Café Monk, a beautiful tiled bar near Place Sainte-Catherine, and pay my first visit to The Hoppy Loft, an oasis of calm and good beer…
  • Where all roads lead

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Following on from Monday's post on the Italian beers I found last month in Rome, this one is about the foreign selection. I did try to drink local as much as possible, but some things were just too interesting to pass up.My reasoning behind choosing Lervig's Johnny Low in Il Maltese is that I had a whole evening of talking ahead of me and wanted something I could sip safely while waiting for the event to start. A Norwegian IPA at 2.5% ABV seemed like just the ticket. It's lovely too: pale yellow with loads of lemon sherbet. Yes, the body is watery but not in a bad way -- it adds to the…
  • An Italian job

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    The lovely people of Associazione Degustatori Birra (Lazio branch) were kind enough to invite me out to Rome for a few days in mid-March, in exchange for some words on Irish craft beer at their St. Patrick's Day event. My last visit to the Eternal City was just a couple of years too early for the rise of Italian craft beer and it had been on my return-visit list for a while so I leapt at the chance.An early start had me in downtown Rome by late morning on the 17th and I took advantage of the fine weather to do some exploring of historical sites I missed last time round. Returning to my hotel…
  • No disclaimer large enough

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    We interrupt our regularly scheduled nothing-at-all to bring news of a new Irish beer which has just started appearing in specialty beer bars around the country. Beoir#1 is the result of a crowd-funding initiative by Black's Brewery in Kinsale. Among the incentives was the opportunity to have a custom batch of beer made, and a group of Beoir members clubbed together to commission that. In the interests of transparency, I was one of the commissioning members, but also in the interests of transparency I had no input into the recipe (other than the occasional vote): all that was left to…
  • One of those posts

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Time to haul in the net and see what new Irish beers have shown up this last few weeks.First up, one that made its début, briefly, at the St. Patrick's beer festival in Dublin last month: Carlow Brewing's collaboration with Poland's Pinta brewery, called Lublin to Dublin. It's a 6.5% ABV oatmeal stout and has all the fullness and smoothness you'd expect. In fact, it's all about the texture; the flavour is a sideshow. Not that there's anything wrong with the flavour: mild roast, cocoa, a little putty and some beautiful summer fruit topnotes. It's wonderfully sinkable and so finely balanced…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 17 - April 23

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You didn't think because it's Easter weekend that the beer events calendar would take a break, now did you? And, miss the annual Split Thy Skull and take the chance of missing Easter dinner the following day? Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 10 - April 16

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The tax man cometh. Best to have your malted barley remedies at the ready. Unless you're getting a refund. Then, by all means, celebrate by buying even more beer! Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ--- Tue. 4/
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 3 - April 9

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    April's off to a blazing start here with the following sampling of beer events for your pleasure. Baseball's back and depending upon your rooting interests, that could be a very good thing. For the Phillies fans (sorry, I won't do "Phans". Oops, just did.), there are a few scattered events around the region that'll give you perfect opportunities to see what the Phillies have in store for you this
  • Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2014

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Philly area beer calendar knows no seasons. However, it does feel like this month's calendar is turned up just a notch and that seems to fit nicely with our improving spring weather and matching attitudes. Am I wrong? As always, if I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know. $20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here Philadelphia
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 27 - March 31

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Rest up, my thirsty friends, as you consider the last five days of beer events here in March and this modest list, by Philly standards. I can promise you as I work on the next monthly calendar as we speak, April will be a doozy. Check out the entire March 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and
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    Wort's Going On Here?

  • Dirktastic 5

    Jeff Holt
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all this water knowledge under my belt, it's time to put it to use. Today, I am going to brew Dirktastic. Dirktastic5 American Pale Ale   Type All Grain Date 4/20/2014 Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Boil Size 7.97 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal) Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 Taste Notes:   Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU 10.80 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 61.52 % 4.20 lb Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM) Grain 23.92 % 1.36 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 7.72 % 0.60 lb…
  • CYBI Terrapin Wake N Bake

    Jeff Holt
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Satan has a habit of making the same three beers over and over. So I sent him this recipe for him to make for me. In typical Satan fashion he ignored the recipe and came up with something he called Voodoo Ink. Since I can't depend on Satan (I can't wait to see what this line will do in a Google search), I went ahead and brewed it myself. CYBI Wake N Bake Imperial Stout   Type All Grain Date 4/7/2014 Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt Boil Size 7.97 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00 Taste Notes:…
  • Water Part 3 - Water and Beer Styles

    Jeff Holt
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    From the third Brew Strong Water Show. I've been listening to the shows to try to help me understand water, and more importantly, understand the book Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements). In Texas, the water has high residual alkalinity. So ideally I should brew stouts. I could add gypsum. It's all about the ratio, not the amounts of the minerals. I can dilute my water to brew a pale ale or a helles, but I would probably have to add calcium for good fermentation and yeast health. After they covered what water works with Czech Pilsner, German Pilsner, Munich Helles, and…
  • Texas Craft Brewers Conference Winners

    Jeff Holt
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Congratulations to the 8 Texas medalists at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference: Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 101 Entries Silver: Bitterama, Kamala Brewing at the Whip In, Austin, TX Category 12: Session Beer, 40 Entries Bronze: Le Petit Prince, Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX Category 38: German-Style Schwarzbier, 47 Entries Bronze: Black Thunder, Austin Beerworks, Austin, TX Category 45: American-Style Dark Lager, 18 Entries Silver: Santo, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX Category 54: Belgian-Style Witbier, 61 Entries Gold: Witbier, Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX Category 63:…
  • CYBI Firestone Walker Union Jack

    Jeff Holt
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    I finally got around to brewing this thing, just as I am running out of home brew. CYBI Firestone Walker Union Jack Imperial IPA   Type All Grain Date 3/31/2014 Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt Boil Size 8.38 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 Taste Notes:   Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU 14.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 87.17 % 1.00 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6.23 % 0.84 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 5.23 % 0.22 lb Simpsons Caramalt (35.0 SRM) Grain…
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  • Micropubs: revolution in the making or just five grumpy old men in a 10ft square space?

    Martyn Cornell
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The micropub movement – numbers now past 40 and rising, with new examples seemingly opening every week – seems to have avoided any sort of critical backlash so far, probably because it’s still very, very tiny (like the pubs themselves). But I fear it won’t be long before a definition of “micropub” appears based on a TripAdvisor review of the “original” micropub, the Butcher’s Arms in Herne, Kent: “Five grumpy old men in a 10ft square space”. The Old Cock, Fleet Street, London I say this as a card-carrying member of the Grumpy Old Man demographic myself, but that is…
  • How much is a pub worth? The Lib Dems don’t know

    Martyn Cornell
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I don’t like people telling me what to do: very probably you are the same. I don’t just get angry at people telling me what to do: I also get angry when people try to tell other people what to do, arrogantly and without cause, people like James Watson, who holds the position of East London Pubs Preservation Officer for the Campaign for Real Ale. I live in a nice Edwardian house that has a covenant in the original deeds which declares that it can never be used as licensed premises. Do you think that’s wrong? I think that’s wrong – it’s my house, and within the…
  • Fuller’s Imperial Stout – the most misunderstood beer of the past 12 months?

    Martyn Cornell
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    Is Fuller’s Imperial Stout the most misunderstood beer of the past 12 months? It didn’t stir a lot of enthusiasm when it appeared last autumn: much muttering about the beer being too sweet, very little character, “a bit anonymous”, not drinking to its 10.7 per cent abv, not worth its £7-plus a bottle, not worth buying again. An air of disappointment settled down around it, a feeling that an Imperial Stout from the Griffin brewery, with its reputation for terrific tasty brews, really ought to have been much more of a sock-fryer than this beer was. Fair? I tried the…
  • More great lost Guinness art: new evidence for the genius of Gilroy

    Martyn Cornell
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    If we didn’t already know John Gilroy, creator of so much iconic beer advertising, was a genius, then the latest images to surface from the mysterious “lost” art archive of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson would surely convince us: marvellous pastiches of other iconic works of art, sadly unseen for the past 60 or so years. I’ve already talked here about the mysterious stash of 800 or more pieces of Gilroy advertising artwork that disappeared, existence unknown to Guinness experts, on the sale of the former Guinness advertising agency SH Benson in 1971,…
  • Was water really regarded as dangerous to drink in the Middle Ages?

    Martyn Cornell
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:02 am
    It’s a story I’ve been guilty of treating a little too uncritically myself: “In the Middle Ages people drank beer rather than water because the water wasn’t safe.” But is that correct? No, not at all, according to the American food history blogger Jim Chevallier, who calls it The Great Medieval Water Myth Chevallier declares (and a big hat-tip to Boak and Bailey for pointing me in his direction): “Not only are there specific – and very casual – mentions of people drinking water all through the Medieval era, but there seems to be no evidence that they…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1167: La Verne Sunde For Blatz

    Jay Brooks
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Sunday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Drew Beechum

    Jay Brooks
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Today is the 40th birthday of Drew Beechum, who’s a past president of the Maltose Falcons homebrewing club and its current webmeister. He’s also the author of The Everything Homebrewing Book: All you need to brew the best beer at home! and writes a regular column for Beer Advocate... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Brenden Dobel

    Jay Brooks
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Today is the 44th birthday of Brenden Dobel, head brewer at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco. Brenden grew up in the Bay Area, but learned brewing in Bavaria, at Doemans. He also brewed at Reccow and Broken Drum, before coming to Thirsty Bear over ten years ago. Brenden’s a terrific guy to share... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1166: Pat Harder For Blatz

    Jay Brooks
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Saturday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1949. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • The Mythical Monolith Of Big Alcohol

    Jay Brooks
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Since the end of February, Alcohol Justice (AJ) has been tweeting the following: Big Alcohol will never admit #3 Alcohol classified carcinogenic 25 years ago It’s part of their new series of things that “Big Alcohol will never admit.” I think somebody forgot... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Dark Matter Coffee at Dark Lord Day 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Drinking Craft wrote about Three Floyd’s move from partnering with Intelligentsia Coffee to partnering with Dark Matter Coffee, the speculation began immediately in some beer circles. Would there be glassware as there had been in the past? Would the beans be available for sale at the event? I recently reached out to Kyle Hodges, Dark Matter’s “Minister of Propaganda”, to get some more details since Dark Lord Day 2014 is next weekend. He was nice enough to share a few of the details of what you can expect from Dark Matter at this year's Dark Lord Day:Jake: You guys seem…
  • Last Call | HBG Tailgate, Saturday 4/19, 4:30pm, Indy Eleven Lot A

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Indianapolis's new professional soccer club, Indy Eleven, made a smashing debut last Saturday night at Michael Carroll Stadium. Over 11,000 people attended the match. The place was rocking. The Brickyard Battalion was in full voice. And while the match ended in a draw, the Boys in Blue showed well. We were there, and we had fun...lots of fun.And you might (or might not) have noticed that we're moving our semi-annual tailgate festivities to a new venue: Indy Eleven's Lot A. We'll be tailgating there starting at 4:30pm this Saturday, April 19. And we would like you to join us. We want you to…
  • Indiana World Beer Cup Winners

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    A big congratulations to Carson's Brewing, Thr3e Wisemen, and Sun King for winning medals last night in Denver.Carson's won a silver in the American Style Wheat beer category with Red Dawn.Thr3e Wisemen won a silver in the German Style Dopplebock category with Hot for Teacher Ms. Dopplebock.Sun King won a bronze in the Barleywine Style category with Johan the Barleywine. Full list here: World Beer Cup WinnersCongrats to all the winners and the entrants.  Great beer is indeed made here.
  • Random Beer Roundup: The 'Good Luck at the World Beer Cup, Indiana!' Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTriton Brewing in Lawrence:TRITON HOUSE BREWSFieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Palesplitter Pale Ale, Pink Ribbon Saison, Three Tine Triple, Alt Lang Syne, Bourbon Barrel Alt Lang Syne (2013), Grand Citra Station, Hatchblower Pepper IPA and Double Deadeye Imperial Stout and Barrel Aged Alt Lang Syne (2013) (Sour)GUEST BREWSFounder’s Porter, New Day Meadery Barrel-aged Washington’s Folly, New Day Meadery South Cider, Widmer’s…
  • Great Lakes Brewing Chillwave DIPA

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    I'm going to start this by talking about one of my favorite breweries that we can't get here in Indiana. If you have traveled to any state that touches Indiana, there is a good chance you've either bought or seen beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland, Ohio.I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Brewing.  They don't really make a bad beer in their core lineup. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is one of the best porters available anywhere, Burning River Pale Ale is a beautiful example of an American Pale Ale, and their Dortmunder Gold Lager is an example of why a well-made lager is truly an…
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Sunday Growler Sales

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    If you haven’t already heard, there’s a bill in the Minnesota legislature that would allow breweries to sell growlers on Sunday. It’s a small step – it’s not full-blown Sunday sales, but it would at least put Minnesota breweries on the same level as Minnesota farm wineries, who are allowed […]
  • Surly Schadenfreude Release Today

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Here’s some last minute release info for Surly Schadenfreude, their seasonal Munich Dunkel Lager. Thirsty? Old Chicago Dulutn as well as several Twin Cities locations will have Schadenfreude on tap in just a few short hours, starting at 3pm on Friday, April 18th. Old Chicago Roseville • Old Chicago Blaine […]
  • Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music City Brewers homebrew club. MCB president John Malone shares his […]
  • Town Hall Barrel Aged Week

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Today marks the beginning of Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery’s Barrel Aged Week. I highly recommend that you stop in at least one night and enjoy some of Town Hall’s barrel-aged goodness. You won’t be disappointed. I joined a small group of bloggers & journalists for a taste of three of […]
  • All Pints North Tickets on Sale Monday

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    All Pints North tickets go on sale on Monday at Noon. In case you’re unfamiliar with the festival, this festival is put on by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild in Duluth. And to be honest, it’s my favorite Guild festival. There’s something about the enthusiasm in the air – though […]
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • Week of 04/18/14 Beer Tastings

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Tait from Charleville will be pouring: Charleville Barrel Aged Box of Chocolate, Charleville Box of Chocolate, Charleville Tornado Alley, Charleville Hoptimistic, and Charleville Half Wit Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: Sam Adams Double Bock, North Coast…
  • 04/16/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 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 (and also now in Wildwood!) 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…
  • Hoppy Spring at International Tap House

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    You may not have known it when you got up this morning, but spring is here! With the exception of maybe fall, spring is probably the next best time of year to enjoy some beer. To get you into the springtime spirit, the International Tap House is throwing an event this weekend called Hoppy Spring. Starting at 12PM at Soulard, Central West End, and Chesterfield, you’ll have a variety of hoppy beers to whet your palate. Here’s a line up at each location: Chesterfield 2nd Shift Cask Brewcocky Deschutes Pine Drop Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops Excel Rye Day the 13th Stone Go To IPA…
  • Photos: Schlafly 2014 Repeal of Prohibition

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    We couldn’t have asked for better weather this year for the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival, it was an absolutely gorgeous day, I know that we really needed it here in St. Louis.  Not only did we have awesome weather, but delicious beer as well.  It was very cool to see what the breweries in Washington are doing and to enjoy them (even if briefly) here in St. Louis. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos from the day:
  • STL Hops 2014 St. Louis Beer Challenge Champion!

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’m such a schmuck, in the craziness of life, I totally forgot to announce the winner of the 2014 STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. But that doesn’t make the win any less special, I’m happy to announce that this year’s winner is Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas! Abraxas had a hard fought battle in the final round beating last year’s champion 2nd Shift Brewing Art of Neurosis with a 62.3% to 37.7% win. What’s so cool about the win is that we’ve had three different champions in the past three years. We definitely have some power house beers and…
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    Monday Night Brewing | Bringing great craft beer to Atlanta, Georgia

  • Now hiring a Controller Guy/Gal and Spreadsheet Jockey

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a controller to join our small team. This is a full-time position, responsible for all accounting, bookkeeping and financially growing of a rapidly growing craft brewery. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in accounting 5+ years of progressively responsible and relevant experience Preference for CPA/CMA Must be a team player Must be highly energetic and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal Responsibilities: Issue timely and accurate financial statements Evaluate and select…
  • Choose the beer we brew for Taco Mac

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. This March, you get a chance to change history. Or at least change the malts and hops we order. We are brewing a limited batch of beer for Taco Mac‘s Beer of the Month program in June: TMac Daddy. The name has been chosen. The beer style has not. We couldn’t agree with the Taco Mac folks and almost got into a slapfight with them, so would appreciate it if you’d help us decide. We narrowed it down to a Porter, a Single Hop Pale Ale, and a Belgian Dubbel. Vote, and help…
  • Three Piece Suit Football on February 1

    27 Jan 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We are excited to partner up with Three Piece Suit Football this year. What is Three Piece Suit Football? Tackle football. Played by grown men. In suits. Come out and see what it’s all about Saturday, Feb 1 at 2pm. Boulevard Crossing Park, which is at 500 Englewood Ave, Atlanta. Oh buddy.
  • How to start a brewery

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:59 am
    One of the most common questions we get on the brewery tour is: What are the steps you took to move from homebrewing to this? As you might imagine, this is an impossibly complex question to answer. Still, as 2013 wraps up, I’d like to recap what has been the most significant year for us thus far. As our long-time readers are aware (thanks mom!), we used to blog more regularly, chronicling our journey as we opened our own brewery. We still want to do that. The truth is, 2013 has simply been too crazy to sit down for any length of time and collect our thoughts. Lucky for you, I’m…
  • Case of the Mondays Sampler 12-pack – when you can’t choose a favorite

    6 Dec 2013 | 1:23 pm
    So you like Monday Night beers, but you aren’t sure which one you like best? Pick up a Case of the Mondays. Yeah, we’ve got that Fu Manbrew, that Eye Patch Ale, and that Drafty Kilt to quench your thirst. But what’s that 4th beer peeking out? IS THAT SERRANO EYE PATCH?! It is. The mythical, mysterious Serrano IPA has made it’s first (and only) appearance in bottles, but it’s only available in our new Sampler. This bad boy is shipping this week, so ask your package stores to start stocking*! *Makes a great stocking stuffer
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Triumph Over Evil

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    AND in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and…
  • Introducing a Friend to Practical Pistol

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first match of the year at the Cedar Mountain Youths range was this morning. The group has changed the format somewhat from previous years; the round count is low, there is little movement, and no steel. At first glance, an avid USPSA shooter might think "What's the point?" But giving it more thought, there's an excellent point; it's a good practice match, and also a great way to introduce new shooters to the sport.To that end, I invited a friend to come out and try his first practical pistol match. Greg has been shooting for a little over a year, with much enjoyment, so I knew…
  • It is a "Good Friday"

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Indeed. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Ragland Road Irish Pub

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    The last stop during my trip to Orlando, was dinner at Ragland Road Irish Pub, located in Downtown Disney. Getting there required a ride on the free shuttle busses run between Disney properties; a ride complete with a vomiting kid who apparently overdid it at the theme park. That obstacle overcome, we arrived at our destination.Ragland Road is a large place, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We had a table in front of the main stage. The beer menu included the expected Irish ales and a selection of American craft beer. The problem came we tried to read that menu. The area was so dark that…
  • Big River Brewpub

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    As I strolled the Disney Boardwalk, looking for someplace to have dinner, I happened upon the Big River Grille & Brewing Works. I could see the brewing equipment from the street. Wow, two interesting finds in one evening! A line of people outside were waiting for tables, but I was able to find an empty seat right at the bar.There was a range of house beers available, and even though I was interested in trying them all, I opted to not go for a flight. After all, the brewery was within walking distance of the hotel and I would be around for a few days. I decided to start with a beer…
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    The Brew Club

  • Courage Imperial Russian Stout – 10% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    Courage Imperial Stout, pours blacker than night, possibly the darkest brew I’ve ever sipped, there's not much head, and no noticeable lacing, but the nose more than makes up for it, it's rich and tarry.
  • How much is too much to spend on draught beer?

    Bob the Brit
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    There were a couple of guys in that night from Magic Rock Brewing – of Huddersfield (Yorkshire) launching their new ‘Human Cannonball’ Imperial IPA – brewed to an impressive 9.2% ABV. It was priced at £5.50 ($9.20) for a third, or £16.50 ($27.60) a pint. I figured that was a bit excessive (even allowing that Brit pints (20oz) are larger than American (16oz)), and didn’t bother.
  • Adnams ‘Jack Brand’ Innovation Flavoursome Ale 6.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Adnams are an independent, family brewery, based in Southwold, Suffolk, East Anglia; Southwold is a charming sea-side town. While they’re successful in their own right, Adnams have recently opened their own ‘craft’ brewery under the resurrected ‘Jack’ brand.
  • Phoenix Beer from Mauritius

    Bob the Brit
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    My daughter traveled to Mauritius recently to get married, and despite the various and considerable distractions of wedding, honeymoon and all that she and her new husband were kind enough to remember to bring back some samples of the local beer for The Brew Club.
  • Wibblers Dengie Devil 4% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:35 am
    The brewery describes this brew as ‘rather naughty’, stating that the recipe includes Maris Otter malt and Nelson Sauvin hops.
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    Molson in the Community

  • Kamenitza Fan Cup Receives Award for Responsibility

    Melisa Chung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For 11 years, Kamenitza has hosted the biggest amateur soccer tournament in Bulgaria, aptly named the Kamenitza Fan Cup. At this year’s 11th annual Responsible Business Awards, the Kamenitza Fan cup received the first runner-up award for excellence in cause-related marketing. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, recognizes those Bulgarian businesses that excel in corporate social responsibility. The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious CSR competition in Bulgaria and this year a record number of companies participated. A total of 56…
  • Recognizing a Champion of Hope

    Melisa Chung
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, the Denver and Golden offices hold an annual giving campaign to support the Mile High United Way and make a positive impact in our community. This year’s campaign raised a record breaking $175,000 – an increase of 30% over last year! Each year, Mile High United Way honours exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and demonstrated commitment to the community. Molson Coors received the Champion of Hope award, which recognizes companies who go above and beyond…
  • Zagrebačka Pivovara shines at Croatia’s Night of Museums

    Melisa Chung
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    Night of Museums is a unique cultural event providing locals and tourists the opportunity to tour multiple museums, which remain open until late at night for free. It started in Croatia in 2005 and Zagrebačka Pivovara, a Molson Coors company, joined as a partner five years later. On January 31, for the fifth consecutive year, Zagrebačka Pivovara surprised many visitors with a night of entertainment and educational programs at the Museum of Zagrebačka Pivovara. Visitors were able to return to the past as a part of the historical overview that included newspapers from the 1892 which included…
  • Nous vous présentons nos athlètes du programme Appuyons un champion de Molson Canadian

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:37 am
    Le lancement des Jeux olympiques ayant lieu sous peu, Molson Canadian souhaite vous présenter nos 10 athlètes financés par le programme Appuyons un champion: Laurent Dubreuil Patinage de vitesse – longue piste Keltie Hansen Ski acrobatique – Demi-lune Jessica Hewitt   Patinage de vitesse – courte piste Genevieve Lacasse Hockey sur glace féminin (gardien de but) Phillipe Marquis Ski acrobatique – Bosses Eric Radford Patinage artistique en duo avec Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen Bobsleigh à 4 hommes: Freineur –…
  • Meet our Molson Canadian Fund a Champion Athletes

    Melisa Chung
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
              With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games about to kick off, we’d like to introduce you to our ten Fund a Champion Athletes: Laurent Dubreuil Speed Skating – Long Track Keltie Hansen Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe Jessica Hewitt   Speed Skating – Short Track Genevieve Lacasse Women’s Ice Hockey (Goalie) Phillipe Marquis Freestyle Skiing – Moguls Eric Radford Figure Skating – Pairs with Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen 4-Man Bobsleigh: Brakeman Canada 2 Lenny Valjas Cross Country Skiing In September each athlete received…
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Powdered Alcohol

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    As of now, this is approved. The federal government approved this brand of powderized alcohol a few days ago, on April 8, 2014. The reviewing agency is TTB (not FDA, as some press accounts have said). TTB is a sub-unit of the US Department of Treasury. First and for a long time, alcohol was just liquid. Then it was whipped, solidified and almost vaporized. And now alcohol is powderized. A really good TV summary is here. I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. TTB approved seven versions of this powdered alcohol within the…
  • 9 Common Needs Correction Issues

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Earlier this week Robert had the pleasure of presenting a speech at the American Distilling Institute conference in Seattle. The speech was entitled “Needs Correction:  9 Common Label & Formula Controversies for Spirits at TTB.” A copy of the PowerPoint is here. The speech covered common Needs Correction issues such as proper class/type statements for moonshine labels, when age statements are required and prohibited, and the term “craft.” On the formula side, the speech covered when a formula approval is and is not required, and common issues that can make a…
  • Wine Growlers

    12 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Environmentally-conscious and corkscrew-phobic wine lovers alike will be thrilled to hear that TTB issued a ruling on March 11, 2014, allowing the filling of wine growlers by TTB-licensed tax-paid wine bottling houses (“TPWBH”). The ruling is in response to a new Washington state law allowing state-licensed wineries to sell wine off-site in kegs or “sanitary containers” (i.e., growlers) for off-premise consumption. Oregon passed a similar law in April 2013. These laws are particularly helpful to wineries that operate both a production facility and a separate tasting room, allowing…
  • Don’t Mess with a Vampire

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    I am thinking this may be the best label ever, about lawyers. If I am not mistaken, that is a garden-variety lawyer, right below “Welcome, Trademark Attorneys!” and right above the briefcase. The lawyer just happens to be wearing a pink shirt, white suit, and closely resembles a werewolf. It all started when Clown Shoes beer company got label approval for a Vampire Slayer beer in 2011. It is important to note that this beer claims to be made with “holy water” and “vampire killing stakes.” In short order, the company that controls various VAMPIRE-related…
  • NJ Law Journal

    2 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    The New Jersey Law Journal recently featured Lehrman Beverage Law in a story about the growth of craft beer producers, craft spirits producers, and the law firms that have sprung up to support them. An excerpt of the story is here (the full version is here and requires registration). We are pleased to report, further, that our firm typically has at least five or six professionals working directly on alcohol beverage matters in a typical day. This particular article highlights Dan, who is a trademark and beer lawyer; John, who is an avid home brewer and handles a range of alcohol beverage…
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    Fermentedly Challenged

  • Colorado Beer Releases April 14-20, 2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 210+ breweries here in Colorado. Spring has sprung and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to emerge. Don't put away those dark, strong beers just yet, the snowiest time of the year is still upon us. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.Colorado Beer Releases - April 14-20, 20141933 Brewing - Dry Hopped Bird Dog Brown - April 14th.1933 Brewing - Scottish…
  • Colorado Beer News 041814

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Today is International Juggler's Day. Do you juggle? It's an art practiced by many. Whether it be juggling balls, clubs, rings or possibly dangerous objects like knives, fire torches or chainsaws - today is a day to celebrate juggling. If you've never tried juggling, today would be the day to try it, however start off with something safe like tennis balls. Even if you're not so good at it, you can always enjoy your favorite craft beer afterwards and laugh about it with your friends. And also today, Christians are remembering Good Friday. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere…
  • Colorado Beer News 041714

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Today is National Blah Blah Blah Day. This is the dreaded day each year where you need to take care of those things on your long list of household projects and chores that people have been nagging you to do. There's no getting around it - best to just get as many of those things done today as possible. Then you can procrastinate all you want tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 17th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer…
  • Colorado Beer News 041614

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today is National Stress Awareness Day. This day always comes on the first workday after income taxes are due. Let's face it, doing taxes is stressful. Use this day to try to reduce your stress and ease your mind. And what better way to remove some stress than with a pint of your favorite local craft beer! Do yourself a favor and de-stress today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 16, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer…
  • Colorado Beer News 041514

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Today is Tax Day. It's that dreaded time of year when all of our tax forms are due and it's either time to pay up, file an extension or finally get that refund we've been hoping for. If you've put off doing your taxes until now better get moving or else Mr. IRS Agent may come a knockin' on your door. One good way to get some tax relief is to drink a fresh craft brew when the paperwork is done. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.[CO Beer…
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  • Yeast and Pale Beer, from Pale Lagers to Pale Ales

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    After diving into the different styles of pale ale, we've started to explore their bottom-fermented counterparts, pale lagers. Keep an eye out for upcoming beer reviews and more in depth looks into beer across Europe....Read Full Post
  • Pilsners and Kölsch beers and other European Beer Styles

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:27 am
    Continuing our dive into German beer styles this month, we've taken a deeper look into pilsner and kölsch styles of beer. Pilsners are brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast (see our conversation on beer yeast for more detail) and originated in the Bohemian town of Plzen in the Czech Republic. Pilsner is a very common style in the Czech Republic as well as in Germany where for most of the past five hundred years, brewers have by law only been technically allowed to brew with bottom-fermenting lager yeast....Read Full Post
  • Anchor Brewery Liberty Ale, Pale Ales and IPAs

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    If you're still confused about the difference between pale ales, India pale ales and American pale ales, you're not alone. A great blog by Anchor Brewery, Ask Bob Brewer takes on ...Read Full Post
  • Ommegang's Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Releases Nationwide this Monday

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    If dragons and White Walkers are more your brand of geek than Klingons, Brewery Ommegang is releasing the next release in their Game of Thrones line of beers this Monday, March 31st. Fire & Blood will aptly be a red ale, inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons....Read Full Post
  • Warnog, a Klingon Dunkleweizen to Release in the U.S.

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Following up on their sci-fi geek-targeted 2013 release of Vulcan Ale, Tin Man Brewery of Evansville, IN just released Warnog. Named after the popular Star Trek Klingon ale, Warnog features notes of cloves and banana, though as CNET points out, Klingons would likely be more into "something that tastes like more like victory and less like wheat". Warnog is set to release to the public later this year....Read Full Post
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 234: Panic Brewing (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. For episode 234 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Panic Brewing’s new space to chat with Gary Gulley. Panic just recently secured their space on the north side of the city. Gary tells Brad and Ken all about the journey so far and about some of his plans for the space. Panic doesn’t have any of their own beer yet so the three of them crack open a few favorites as we learn about why everyone should be interested in what Panic is doing. With lots of room to grow, it’s exciting to see what they are…
  • Episode 233: Begyle Brewing Co. (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. For episode 223 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Ravenswood to check out Begyle Brewing Co. Brad and Ken chat with Kevin Cary and Matt Ritchey to find out what they’ve been up to and how they are making such great beer. Kevin and Matt give a little taste of what you can expect from Begyle in the future and what they have planned. Begyle Brewing Co. is continuing to grow and expand, which is fantastic to see for them and for chicago craft beer fans. They recently opened up a tasting room where you can get…
  • Episode 232: Une Année (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s been awhile since Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have stopped in at a local brewery on the show. For this episode they check out one of the newest Chicago breweries, Une Année to chat with Jerry Nelson and Dustin Zimmerman. Brad and Ken have had a couple Une Année beers on previous episodes but it’s always great to taste them on site and with the brewers. They also learn about the name and how this Belgian inspired brewery came together. If you’re in Chicago, be on the look out for Une Année’s beers on tap and…
  • Episode 231: Against The Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen and Bo & Luke (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:31 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time to head down to the south for episode 231 of the Hop Cast. In this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two beers from the Kentucky brewery, Against The Grain. First up is the 8.6 % ABV Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. This is an Amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. This is a great tasting brew (once you get passed the feathers) from Against The Grain. Next up is the 13 % ABV Bo & Luke. This is one big beer that will surely sneak up on you. Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast! Try…
  • Episode 230: St. Feuillien Triple & Une Année Tripel (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    15 Feb 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Ready to join  Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder in the hot tub for Hop Cast Time Machine? That’s right in episode 230 Brad and Ken are in the hot tub opening two Tripels. First up is the Une Année Tripel. Une Année is one of the newest Chicago breweries and is making some great beer; this 8.7 % ABV Tripel is no exception. After that little guy is gone Brad and Ken move onto an 8.5 % ABV magnum of St. Feuillien Triple. A magnum of any beer is the perfect party beer. Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast! Try…
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  • Odell Brewing Makes New Footprint

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

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Clayton, North Carolina’s Deep River Brewing Company recently announced they would begin canning their year-round beers, as well as some of their seasonal offerings. The first three beers lucky North Carolinians will see on the shelves are Backcountry Black IPA, Twisted River Wit and Riverbank Rye-It. READ MORE HERE.    
  • Bacon & Beer Fest is coming to Jack London Square March 9

    25 Feb 2014 | 6:11 am
    From our friends at Bison Brewing: It’s your turn, Oakland. Bacon & Beer Fest is coming to Jack London Square March 9 Bacon and beer lovers rejoice! The premier foodie event of the year returns to the Market Building in Jack London Square, Oakland! Benefiting Oakland Grown, the Bacon and Beer Festival is a day to celebrate two amazing comestibles; bacon and beer. The festival will take place on Sunday, March 9th from 2:30-5pm. For a mere $40, you can enjoy unlimited tasters of amazing beers and delectable bacon dishes from some of the areas best breweries and restaurants. Tickets…

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    From Matt at Breckenridge:   Denver, CO – February 20th, 2014 – Breckenridge Brewery debuted Barleywine Batch #1 at the Vail Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in January. Batch #1, Breckenridge Brewery’s first barley wine, will be released to the public in a limited run of 22 oz., wax-topped bottles.  Cold conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, this beer comes in at 10.1% ABV.  It has an aromatic complexity resembling that of molasses and ripened black cherries, and a robust profile that blends a spectrum of flavors…
  • In Case You Missed It, Odell is Coming to Texas

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    From Amanda at Odell: Brewery celebrates Texas launch week Fort Collins, CO – On February 24th, Odell Brewing beers will finally hit Texas taps. Odell Brewing has partnered with Ben E. Keith Company, and will begin their statewide launch with draft the week of February 24th, followed by a package launch the week of March 31st. “I’m thrilled to introduce our beers to the state of Texas,” said Texas state sales manager, Todd Ewing. “The craft beer scene is already great, and I cannot wait to help it to continue to grow.” Launching a state the size of Texas would not have…
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    BREWPUBLIC - Yeast, Malt, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

  • 9th Annual FredFest

    D.J. Paul
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    The month of May is right around the corner and this means the return of FredFest to Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room. Now in it’s 9th year, FredFest will take place on Sunday, May 4th. This annual event celebrates the 88th birthday of Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers. Eckhardt [...]
  • The Commons Limited Bottle Release for Myrtle and Biere Royale

    D.J. Paul
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Still fresh off their 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal for Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery will be hosting a bottle release on Saturday, April 19th. This limited bottle release will be for a limited run of Myrtle and Biere Royale. The bottles will be available at the Tasting Room beginning at 2pm. Bottles will [...]
  • New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Press Release:   Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony [...]
  • North American Organic Brewers Festival Celebrates Ten Years

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Press Release: PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June [...]
  • Montinore Estate, Fire Mountain Brew House and EaT: An Oyster Bar To Host Annual Southern Crawfish Boil

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Press Release: PORTLAND, Ore. (April 14, 2014) – On Saturday, April 26, Montinore Estate, Fire Mountain Brew House and Portland’s EaT: An Oyster Bar will be bringing a bit of Cajun flavors to the Willamette Valley in celebration of the release of Montinore’s 2013 whites wines. The talented owners behind EaT and The Parish, Ethan [...]
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    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe

  • Building a solid Foundation

    Carla Companion
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    On one of the many nights that a blizzard covered Portland with snow, I slowly maneuvered my car – down a mostly unplowed road – to Foundation Brewing Company on Industrial Way. I saw a bright glow from the door to the brewery as I slid into what would have been a parking spot if the lines were visible. Inside, I found Joel Mahaffey, brewer and co-owner, taking some gravity measurements. Friendly, but serious, he walked me around the brewery space and told me the story of how he and his co-founder John Bonney conceived of the brewery while homebrewing. With many years of homebrewing…
  • What’s in a name? Blue Lobster re-names beer brewed by former brewer

    Carla Companion
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I have attempted to remain professional and impartial in my discussion of Blue Lobster Brewing Company, in Hampton NH. I have maintained as much neutrality as I could, both as a beer geek and beer writer throughout the process of starting up, brewing, and the recent brewer transition – but today I have to point out something unpleasant. Warning – this post includes the first curse word I’ve put to the page since I began this blog in seven years ago – because it is part of the beer’s name. (For some background on Blue Lobster’s history, read this and this.)…
  • Bissell Brothers Slinging ‘The Substance’

    Carla Companion
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:23 pm
    A look into the colorful and interesting Bissell Brothers Brewing, one of the newly-opened breweries housed in the Industrial Way complex in Portland. [Read more]
  • A Peek Into Austin Street

    Carla Companion
    15 Feb 2014 | 3:21 pm
    A stop on a special “new brewery” tour from The Maine Brew Bus, Austin Street Brewery hosted some guests to try their beer – and made us all want them to open even sooner than they plan to. [Read more]
  • Maine Breweries Make Top Beer, Brewery Lists

    Carla Companion
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I talk about how impressive beer brewed in Maine is all the time – whether I’m in the state or outside of it. Sometimes, I get the sense that people don’t necessarily believe me. They look at me and nod, saying “Oh, yeah, I’m sure you’ve got some good beer going on way up there.” Every once in a while, though, I get a little external validation to brag about. [Read more]
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  • Macon Beer Company Announces Expansion
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    April 19, 2014 – Macon Beer Company is announcing a cellaring equipment expansion that will provide an additional 400% to its production capacity. “This expansion will move the company toward a larger distribution area, more year-round brands, and additional packaging options,” said Co-Owner Jeremy Knowles. The equipment is scheduled to arrive during the next couple […]Read More
  • Twisted Pine Grinds out Gold in Increasingly Competitive Coffee Beer Category
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    “This is, has been, and will be one of the best beers in the country,” writes Dow Scoggins, chairman of the board governing the U.S. Open Beer Championships and editor of, in a recent article on the site. The beer so referenced is Big Shot Espresso Stout, brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing Company in […]Read More
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room moves all beer production in house and ends contract brewing
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    January 2014 was a huge milestone for Triple Voodoo as we opened our new brewery and tasting room in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco.  Our new brewery features a 10bbl brew house as well as10bbl and 20bbl fermenters and brite tanks.  Triple Voodoo fans can now come to our 16 tap, 1500 sq. […]Read More
  • Ninkasi Brewery Expansion
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    The guys at Brew Age sit down with Ninkasi Brewing's Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge to talk a about the brewery's new building expansion.Read More
  • 3 Tips for Craft Beer Sauces
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Craft beer offers nutritional attributes and a myriad of flavor contributions that are as intense as the beer you choose, and as diverse as the cooking methods you apply. Here are three important things to consider when using craft beer in sauces.Read More
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  • The Best Way to Spend a Layover in Munich

    Billy Broas
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    On last year’s beer trip to Munich, one thing I didn’t get to do which I was kinda bummed about was visiting Weihenstephan, the famous Bavarian brewery in Freising, Germany. Their Hefeweissbier is one of my all-time favorite brews and as the world’s oldest brewery they command enormous respect in the industry. So when I booked our trip to Italy this year I was pumped to see that we had a 5 hour layover in Munich on the flight home. Interesting…. Downtown Munich is too far from the airport for that amount of time, but Freising is just next door. We hit one small snag…
  • What Beer Pairs Best with Hot Dogs?

    Billy Broas
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Spring is here…which means baseball season is here…which means there are two questions on my mind: Will Manny Machado come back from his injury to lead the O’s to the playoffs & eventually a World Series victory, restoring one of the greatest baseball franchises of all-time to its former glory? What beer pairs best with hot dogs? (Welcome to the sophisticated inner workings of the mind of Billy Broas) Seriously though…. baseball (my favorite sport) is here and hot dogs are the de facto food of the big leagues. What’s the ultimate beer to pair with Franks?
  • Is this the Easiest (and the Tastiest) Beer Cocktail Ever?

    Billy Broas
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Not long ago I was listening to the Jamil Show Pale Ale episode on The Brewing Network. At one point Jamil went on a tangent (this happens a lot) about a beer blend he tried at the Rogue Ale House that blew his mind. It is a 50/50 mix of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. I was a little surprised to hear Jamil (who is a professional brewer) recommend a beer cocktail. Brewers tend to frown upon adulterating their beer by mixing it with something else. So when he praised this beer mixture, I figured it must be good. He made the blend for the co-hosts and they all agreed it…
  • Win This Just Released Homebrewing Book

    Billy Broas
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:25 am
    I’m excited to announce a new book that I had a hand in writing: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer Last spring I was approached to help out with a homebrewing book and leapt at the offer. I joined a great beer team of Michael Agnew, Denny Conn, Matthew Schaefer, and Jordan Wiklund. The book just came out and yes I’m pretty biased, but I’m sure everyone who buys it will agree that it’s fantastic. It’s essentially a “clone brew” book, but much better than that. The recipes came from the actual brewers. The other authors and I worked with the brewers to…
  • When Did Craft Beer Become a Hipster Beverage?

    Billy Broas
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Something shocking happened right under my nose….craft beer is now a hipster beverage. I’ve noticed signs for about the past year. It’s usually an overheard remark at a bar or a reference to hipsters in an article about craft beer. Here’s a perfect example from a CNN post called “Why I Drink Good Beer”. Notice the commenter automatically assumes the author must be a hipster: And from another news article: I love reading the comments in articles about craft beer, and the anti-hipster comments from trolls have become much more frequent. I normally shrug it…
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    Road Trips for Beer

  • Bed, Breakfast and Beer

    Gerard Walen
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest post by Brittney Oliver Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Station Bar at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, MI Wine has sommeliers and beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and more and more microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults of beer enthusiasts are traveling far and wide to experience the fragility and deliciousness of the craft. Actually, some of the best places for beer lovers to vacation are at a bed and breakfast. Who knew? Many B&Bs offer fantastic packages and…
  • Brews Cruise will set sale for Alaska

    Gerard Walen
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Cary, NC – April 4, 2014 – What vacation could be better for beer lovers than a cruise revolving around beer? A brews cruise where you can sample beer and share notes with industry expert and legend Tom Dalldorf – that’s what! Magic Happens Travel, the originator of Brews Cruises at sea, has coordinated a beer-themed, seven-night cruise of the Alaskan Inside Passage and coastline on board Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice. The Solstice Class ships are the most beautiful megaships ever built, according to Frommers. They are also excited to announce that this cruise marks their…
  • Beer gifts: A trilogy of craft beer books to make you smarter

    Gerard Walen
    20 Dec 2013 | 8:42 am
    Beer gift lists proliferate on websites and beer blogs this time of year, and I hesitated to post one because they often are redundant, featuring the same gadgets and novelty items as beer gift ideas. However, I recently chatted with someone who wanted to know more about the craft beer industry and its history and culture. I was asked for suggestions on books to read that would aid the quest. I’ve read a lot of beer books – some good, some just OK, some unfinishable – and came up with a list of three that I felt would give the craft beer novice a well-rounded base of knowledge to make…
  • A new way to keep a beer bottle cold

    Gerard Walen
    5 Dec 2013 | 8:26 am
    Once a bottle of beer is opened, there are few options to keep it cold while you’re drinking it. You can either consume it before it gets too warm, or you use a beer koozie. In the case of bottles, that’s usually a neoprene koozie that with a zipper to make it snug. A new option just came on the market by the name of Brewtis the BottleKeeper. It’s a stainless steel bottle container with an interior neoprene liner that its makers say will keep a bottle colder than the zip-up koozie. The bottom screws off so you can put in the bottle – at this point, only one of the taller 12-oz.
  • A guide for your next Florida Road Trip for Beer

    Gerard Walen
    13 Nov 2013 | 8:23 am
    A long road has been traversed that involved thousands of miles, dozens of beers and visits to every brewery in Florida from Key West to Pensacola for conversations with brewers, owners and managers. My book has been written, and I hope you pick up a copy for the next time – or first time – you take a Road Trip for Beer to Florida. The final chapters of “Florida Breweries,” one of the Stackpole Books Breweries Series, have been sent to my editor. Scheduled for release on April 1, 2014, (no fooling!), the travel guide includes chapters on 66 breweries and brewpubs, along…
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    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest

  • Charging Hippo Spotted Near Seattle

    Kendall Jones
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Charging Hippo Brewing is bent on its plan to become the first brewery in Shoreline. Not just up there, north of Seattle, but actually in the city of Shoreline. To that end, they’ve been shopping for viable commercial space for the past year and a half. As of yet, they’ve been unsuccessful, but now they just want to get brewing. So that’s what they’re doing. “We’ve been looking for a space for the past 1 1/2 years in the Shoreline area,” said Kyle Stevens of Charging Hippo Brewing. “Though we are…
  • Black Raven Flock Party 2014 – Details Announced

    Kendall Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s time to get ready for the Black Raven Flock Party. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 3rd at the brewery in Redmond. Black Raven Brewing pulls out all the stops for this one, offering so many different beers that this event is kind of like its own little beer festival. Little? Maybe not. Some people call the Flock Party one of the area’s best beer festivals of the year. And its not only about beer. There will be plenty of great food options, including some local food trucks, like Where Ya At Matt. New this…
  • Local Brewers Exhibit a “Can Do” Attitude

    Kendall Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today I share news of two breweries now canning beer: Schooner Exact Brewing and American Brewing. Just in time for Earth Day. Just in time for Beach Cleanup. The Washington Beer Posse will be camping at the beach this weekend. When it comes to beer, camping and cans go together like peas and carrots. The Washington Beer Posse is the Washington Beer Blog’s intrepid beer research team and beach cleanup crew. Beach Cleanup weekend is a ritual for the Washington Beer Posse, one that predates the founding of this blog. Part of our beach…
  • Win Tickets To Hopscotch Beer & Scotch Festival

    Kendall Jones
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER: WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL We are giving away a pair of tickets. All you need to do to enter the drawing for a pair of tickets to this weekend’s Hopscotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival is leave a comment below and answer this question: What craft beer do you think best exemplifies life’s finer pleasures? Maybe it’s your favorite local beer. Maybe it’s the coveted Unobtainium Triple IPA from that really cool brewery in California. Or Maybe it’s that really expensive and rare Belgian…
  • Seattle Beer Week Pick: Brewshed Alliance Ballard Pub Crawl

    Kendall Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. See all our posts about Seattle Beer Week 2014. Below, Seattle Beer Week event information.* We have done posts in the past about Washington Wild and the Brewshed Alliance. It’s pretty simple, really. To make good beer you need to have good water. Luckily, because of organizations like Washington Wild, we have great water in Washington. For drinking and for brewing. The Brewshed Alliance program is all about using beer to help sustain and protect our water sources. For the Seattle Beer Week Brewshed Alliance Pub Crawl, on Thursday, May…
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    Booze News

  • Time To Swap Vinegar For Lime Juice In Your Cocktail

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Vinegar can be found in nearly every cupboard in every town in every country around the world. For over 10,000 years, humans have found inspiring uses for it – from healing elixirs, to pickling, to cleaning, to dissolving chewing gum, to preserving fruit. Vinegar was most likely created by accident by some sad sap who neglected a cask of wine out behind the local pub, only to find upon his return that it had turned sour (the French word for it is “vinaigre,” which, directly translated, means “sour wine”). And thus, like so many other happy accidents in the beverage world, vinegar…
  • “a woman walks into a bar…” but this time it’s a supermarket!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know the old adage about how “a celebrity would go to the opening of an envelope”? Well, it wasn’t quite an envelope but I was invited to the pre-opening of the Sherman Oaks Ralphs supermarket. And there was a pretty good incentive as Ralphs selected several Bloggers, including me, to create posts about the Sherman Oaks Grand Opening and provided me with a $100 Ralphs gift card and a gift bag valued at $30 to thank me for my participation and post. Of course, I went! Well, this turned out to be a pretty extraordinary sneak peek tour of the brand new Ralphs store…
  • Booze & Bullets? Oklahoma Gun Range Owner Applies for Liquor License

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A business owner in Oklahoma is trying to get a liquor license to serve alcohol at his gun range. But is mixing booze and bullets a good idea? Co-owner of Wilshire Guns Jeff Swanson said, “We wanted to build a place where […] you could come in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go to the café.” Swanson said that guns and alcohol don’t mix, and there will be measures in place to make sure that people can’t shoot after they’ve had a drink. READ MORE ABOUT THIS DUMB IDEA
  • Top 10 Most Irritating Wine Terms

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    And these aren’t even the worst! Read on… This isn’t an attempt to tackle the ever-growing fruit salad of tasting note ingredients. Instead, the drinks business has picked out a number of common words – many of them perfectly valid terms in their own right – whose meaning is undermined by misuse or simply overuse within the wine trade. Read on for our selection of the top 10 annoying wine terms and let us know if we’ve missed any – or if you disagree.
  • Diageo bids $1.9 bln for control of United Spirits

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Diageo PLC Tuesday made a $1.9 billion offer to take control of India’s United Spirits Ltd., the latest attempt by the U.K. liquor giant to forge a dominant position in the world’s biggest whiskey market. Diageo said Tuesday it made an open-market offer for an additional 26% stake in United Spirits, for 3,030 rupees (about $50) a share. If the deal is successful, Diageo’s total stake would rise to 54.78%, giving it long-sought-after strategic control over India’s biggest spirits maker and further access to the country’s whiskey-thirsty population. Shares of…
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  • A Cloud of Stale Beer

    Brian Stechschulte
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    One day, my eyes drifted six stories below. A Cloud of Stale Beer
  • New Photo Set: Stormcloud Brewing Company

    Brian Stechschulte
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    It's been awhile since I spent a few hours documenting a brewery. New Photo Set: Stormcloud Brewing Company
  • Barrel Stuffing

    Brian Stechschulte
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:03 pm
    An oldie but goodie. Barrel Stuffing
  • Less is More

    Brian Stechschulte
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:04 pm
    On many levels. Less is More
  • At the Mouth of the Golden Gate

    Brian Stechschulte
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:58 am
    If there was a top ten list of beautiful brewery locations, I'd expect to see Fort Point Beer on it. At the Mouth of the Golden Gate
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Siris Microbrewery (Greece)

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

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

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Craft beer continued its growth last year, rising to 7.8 percent of total U.S. beer volume, up from 6.5 percent in 2012.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Is America facing a beer crisis?

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

    28 Jan 2014 | 10:28 am
    At MillerCoors LLC headquarters in Chicago, brewmaster Manny Manuele pulls a black bottle of the company’s newest beer from an icy bucket.He pops the cap with a showy reverence honed by countless tastings during a 35-year career. This time, rather than tilt the brew into a tall pint glass, he pours the amber brew into a stubby rocks glass usually reserved for whiskey neat.[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
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    All Good Beer

  • Oskar Blues Brew Nite and Wing Throwdown at Flying Saucer Sugar Land

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Flying Saucer Sugar Land is hosting an Oskar Blues Brew Nite and Wing Throwdown at 7:00pm Wednesday, April 9th. Special beer tappings include a tequila barrel-aged GUBNA Imperial IPA, barrel-aged Ten FIDY Russian Stout and more. They will also offering wings in four Oskar Blues sauces including:• Dale’s Pale Ale: Original Wing Sauce• Deviant Dale’s: Mega Hot Melaguta Sauce• Mama’s Little Yella Pills: Saaz Hoppin’ Honey Siracha Sauce• Old Chub: 3 Chili Chipotle SauceCopyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
  • Pig Dinner at BRC Featuring New Belgium Brewing

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    The next Pig Dinner at BRC Gastropub will take place on Wednesday, April 9th and features four courses paired with beers from New Belgium Brewing. Reservations are welcome, but the special Pig Dinner menu is available starting at 6:00pm until it's all gone.  The cost is $50 per person (plus tax & tip).The next dinner will be May 14 with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
  • April Glass Nights at the Ginger Man

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Ginger Man has released their list of glass nights for the month of April:2nd - Bridgeport - Trilogy 19th - Ballast Point - Sculpin IPA16th - Duvel - Artist Glass23rd - Breckenridge - 471 IPA30th - Firestone Walker - IPAThe glasses are available starting at 6:00pm and only one glass per person with purchase of the beer of the day. As always, the glasses are subject to change and only available while supplies last.There is also a couple of Brewers Nights this month:Karbach Brewing - Thursday, April 3rd @ 6:00pmGulden Draak Brewery - Thursday, April 18th @ 6:00pm with Jef Versele, third…
  • Southern Star 6th Anniversary Party

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    Southern Star has been brewing beer for 6 years and invite you to help celebrate their anniversary with a party at the brewery on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00pm ~ 10:00pm.Tickets are $30 and include 5 beer tokens, a 2 brat dinner and a commemorative glass.  Designated drivers tickets are also available for only $12. The regular lineup of beers will be available and possibly a cask of their latest test batch. The event is rain or shine and the tickets are nonrefundable.See the 6th Anniversary Party web page for more information and to purchase tickets online.Copyright © 2012…
  • Pig Dinner at BRC Featuring Alaskan Brewing

    5 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    BRC Gastropub is beginning monthly pig dinners which will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for the remainder of the year. The first dinner is on Wednesday, March 12th and features four courses paired with beers from Alaskan Brewing. Reservations are welcome, but the special Pig Dinner menu is available starting at 6:00pm until it's all gone. The cost is $50 per person (plus tax & tip).Copyright © 2012 - All rights reserved
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  • Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet

    Beer Blogger
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet - The bottle opener.  That simple little gadget that lets us get at that tasty craft beer we love.  There are a million of them out there but sometimes it can take precious moments to find.  How about a bottle opener that was right there when you needed it?  One that was mounted right on the spot you go to get that cold beer?  The Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet is right there, on the fridge when you need to pop bottles. The Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet from SUCK UK offers a convenient way to keep a bottle opener handy, in a spot it can be used as…
  • Goose Island The Illinois

    Beer Blogger
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am
    Goose Island The Illinois - Recently I’d tweeted a link to a quick little write up I’d posted back in 2012 about a bottle of Goose Island Imperial IPA that had been in the cellar since 2007.  The social media folks at Goose Island reached out to me and sent a couple bottles of their new The Illinois imperial India pale ale my way.  As someone that works in social media, it’s awesome to see a companies that follow what people are saying about them on social and work to build great relationships with their consumers through social media.  Thanks to Goose…
  • Beer Cap Collector Shadow Box

    Beer Blogger
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    Beer Cap Collector Shadow Box - Craft beer drinking and collecting seem to go hand-in-hand.  We collect bottles, growlers, labels, glassware, brewery swag, beer fest programs, and of course, bottle caps.  We collect dozens of those little metal tops from all of our favorite breweries, usually with the intent on doing something with them some day.  But what?  People come up with all kinds of ideas for their cap collections.  Covering a table/bar top, earrings, various craft projects, and much more.  Though we may have a million ideas, it seems very few follow through…
  • For The Love Of Hops

    Beer Blogger
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    For The Love Of Hops - We all know the 4 ingredients that make up most beers.  Of those, it would seem that most like hops best.  Those tiny cones that burst with flavors and aromas from bitter to fruity.  With new and interesting varieties popping up each year, there is an almost endless supply of hoppy goodness for us to enjoy.  For those that really enjoy hops, For the Love of Hops: The Practical Guide to the Aroma, Bitterness, and the Culture of Hops is the definitive guide to the plant. For The Love Of Hops is a book of all things hops.  Nothing is left out of…
  • B.O.B. Bottle Opener Cutting Board

    Beer Blogger
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    B.O.B. Bottle Opener Cutting Board - Bottle openers everywhere.  And why not?  They’re awesome.  Those little beer gadgets get us into bottles of our favorite beverage!  Pop a top and you’re drink in’ good.  The problem is, while we have a ton of them, they never seem to be there when you need them.  You always find yourself searching for one and can never find one when you need it.  When you’re at the beach, when you’re on the boat, even in the kitchen.  They’re never there when you need them.  The B.O.B. (Bottle Opener Board)…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 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

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 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

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 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

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 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

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:15 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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    Australian Brews News

  • GABS: Get amongst the good and the gonzo

    Pete Burchell
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Melbourne’s famous Royal Exhibition Building was built to house a beer festivalMelbourne’s famous Royal Exhibition Building is a bold and imposing structure that has captured worldwide attention. Built for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880–81, it also hosted the opening of the first Federal Parliament and has earned a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.With this global standing in mind, the striking building is an apt venue for the annual Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) owing to the choice words of one of the festival’s organisers.“We want the event to…
  • The microbrewing industry in the next decade

    Vince Costanzo
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Sponsored contentBrewing consultant Vince Costanzo runs courses for the home brewer and also sends out a regular newsletter with useful brewing and quality information. You can subscribe through his website.The microbrewing industry in the next decadeWhy am I so passionate of the Craft Brewing Industry?Well, the reason I’m in the microbrewing game is that I saw a need to improve the standards of the industry. I may be accused of being arrogant but those that know me know that that is not the case. It is out of a sincere desire to see the industry I’m so passionate about improve the…
  • Good Beer Week set to move beer lovers

    Media Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Media ReleaseIt’s hard to believe that Good Beer Week is nearly upon us once again. The nine-day festival, launching this time next month on May 17, will host 200 events that pour beer into some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most unexpected public spaces.Good Beer Week Set to Move Beer LoversSurf with the BrewersWith events on Melbourne’s streets, in snooker halls, on surfboards and even on moving trains,Good Beer Week 2014 has revealed its biggest and most eclectic lineup to date.Spearheading the festival’s regional travel itinerary is The Beer Train, held on Victoria’s iconic…
  • Charity Brew supports Australian Cancer Research Foundation

    Media Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Charity Brew to Raise $10,000 for Australian Cancer Research FoundationHelp brew up a World Record – “Most People to Ever Brew a Beer”Ever wanted to be a brewer? Here’s your chance.Thunder Road Brewing Co. is holding a world record event to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.No previous brewing experience is needed and anyone can join in! For a $10 donation, each volunteer brewer will help brew and then be entitled to collect a 750 ml bottle of the beer when it’s ready for release.*The event will take place at Thunder Road Brewery, 130 Barkly Street,…
  • Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular hunt for volunteers

    Media Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Media ReleaseGreat Australasian Beer SpecTAPular hunt for volunteersThe Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) is back for 2014 and looking for 420 volunteers.Volunteers are needed across all sessions on Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014. We particularly need volunteers with Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificates to serve beer behind the GABS bars.At GABS there will be more than 250 beers showcased by around 150 Australian and international brewers including up to 120 unique beers brewed just for the festival and around 30 merchant stands. It will promote better…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • New book documents Florida’s craft beer breweries

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Not too long ago Florida barely made a ripple in the ocean of the craft beer world. States like Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California saw the coming revolution and jumped in early while Florida languished in the heat of its own sunny climate. As recently as five years ago it was difficult to find more than a few taverns or pubs with more than a half dozen craft beer tap handles, most were filled with the mega lagers and a few of the more popular imports. But, there were always those who dreamed and believed in the untapped potential of the Sunshine State. One of those believers was…
  • St. Augustine pub crawl takes to the water

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Pub crawls are a fun way to visit several bars and sample the drinks at each. On any given weekend, thirsty crawlers can find haunted pub crawls, beer-centric pub crawls, historic pub crawls or food-centric pub crawls in St. Augustine. But, until now, there was no pub crawl offered for those with a nautical inclination. The idea came to “Booze Director” Deana Paimes one day while she and her husband were relaxing at the Vilano Pier after a day out on the Matanzas River. Docked at the pier Paimes saw the Jax Water Tours boat and struck up a conversation with the owner Captain Brooks. The…
  • New Jaxsons Night Market to feature food and beer monthly downtown

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Beginning next week and continuing every third Thursday of the month, the parking lot at the corner of Main and Adams Streets downtown will be transformed into a food and beer lover’s paradise. At least that is the hopes of downtown advocate Mike Field. Field’s vision is to create another monthly destination event downtown like Art Walk. Thus, Jaxsons Night Market, a food-centric event is born. Cities across the country and world have had night market traditions for decades, even centuries. Generally dedicated to casual browsing, socializing, eating and drinking, night markets are…
  • One Spark features several beer-centric creators

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Last year Jacksonville played host city to a new and innovative event founded to help artists, inventors and innovators find funding for the projects they are so passionate about. That event, the first of its kind in the world, was a smashing success and brought thousands of people from all over the world to the downtown core of Jacksonville. That event was One Spark, a five-day festival that show-cased hundreds of hopeful participants vying for a piece of a purse that was distributed according to how visitors voted. Beginning Wednesday, April 9, the second annual One Spark festival will kick…
  • Infographic – The Business of Craft Beer

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    The folks over at have put together this infographic about the business of craft beer. And we all know how much I love infographics. Take a look at this interesting piece and then check out the other information available on the site where the original infographic is hosted. Check out the page here:      
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    The Pittsburgh Beer Snob

  • Holy Thursday: No, It Really Is

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Also known as Covenant Thursday and Maundy Thursday, it's the actual Holy Thursday. Despite my weekly jab at my own lack of church attendance it has still roared its way here for those of you out there that choose to celebrate it. I've never actually attended mass today in the 25 years I've been alive, but I will admit that my favorite personal mass is that of Good Friday. Still, I haven't been at that one in years either. On Good Friday we have to kiss the feet of a crucifix in a communion-esque fashion. The last time I did this the priest accidentally moved the crucifix as I went down to…
  • Sweet and Sour

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I ask you to remember back to the days when a parent or grandparent mixed you, siblings and/or friends a great batch of lemonade. Was it to sweet? Too sour? Just right? I guess that can still happen with a friend, significant other or even the choices mentioned above still today. I'm someone that likes that perfect balance in such a drink. I want the best of both worlds. I also look for the same when it comes to ciders.I was recommended a few ciders over the weekend and reluctantly gave in. Unfortunately, I'm a very stubborn person. Sometimes that plays into my hands just as it sometimes…
  • Uniting of the Cynical Order

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I feel like I go off on this subject around this time a year, but if you know me well you'll remember that there are few subjects that I don't ramble on about. I'll try to keep it under control, but you know me. I keep quite close to my own bloodlines.The infamous Kentucky Breakfast Stout that hails from Michigan has finally made it's return. That is, finally for most of you. Not so much for me. Save-Mor Beer and Pop in Greenfield posted on its Facebook page that only about 90 cases from its wholesaler are in our market. That doesn't seem like a lot to me.@billkostkas Doubtful. More demand.
  • Holy Thursday: Homage

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In preparations for yet another edition of my sarcastic Catholic ways, I noticed something on the calendar of one of my favorite craft beer pubs. A quick look at the Blue Dust event calendar will not only show you the upcoming Craft Beer Week events the bar has on the books for the Pittsburgh celebration, but something that's worth noting. An anniversary.I would have told you that you were crazy if you would have told me that Blue Dust (or as us regulars call it "The Blue Dust" exactly like those idiots on Monday Night Football that hail from Ohio State or Miami) has been that cozy little…
  • Beer Review: Coney Island Albino Python

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Serving Type: BottleABV: Six percentAppearance: This brew poured a lightly-colored straw gold. Initially, it was a thin appearance except for the bright white head of foam. It was a thick layer of fluff that eventually caved in on itself and left some clumpy cake-like lacing on the glass innards. There was also a light haze in the body, but less than I expected prior to popping this bottle open. Still, I did notice a bit more as I poured the rest of the bottle out. It seemed to settle down towards the bottom of the bottle.Smell: Very spicy and peppery. I picked up quite a few layers.
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    Ask The Beer Guy

  • Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ?

    Jon Griffin
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ? originally from Ask The Beer Guy Is chick #beer   really just for the #girls  ? 4 reasons chick beer isn’t for chicks | Ask The Beer Guy from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer.

    Jon Griffin
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer. originally from Ask The Beer Guy In case your #beer  tastes run to a good sour and funky #lambic  , you may like this new beer. Kombucha ale: A new kind of funk from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  !

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  ! originally from Ask The Beer Guy Can I have a #beer  with that #cigar  ! Cubans ask, ‘Why not a beer or cocktail with that cigar?’ from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on…

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on… originally from Ask The Beer Guy Interesting, in New Zealand #beer  and #cider  are on the rise. In the States and Europe, cider is on the rise, but beer is declining. Let's see what 2013 brings for stats. There’s more beer and cider available, but spirits appear to be waning in popularity. from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at via IFTTT
  • #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time…

    Jon Griffin
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:42 am
    #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time… originally from Ask The Beer Guy #beer  in cans is taking over. Thank god because canned beer is better then bottle beer 99% of the time. Another brewery sees the advantages of cans. Austin’s Independence Brewing Co. is releasing its first beer in aluminum cans. White Rabbit, a Belgian-style white ale, launched in the capital city on Monday and should start showing up on shelve… from Public RSS-Feed of Ask the Beer Guy. Created with the … Continued
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  • Grand Teton Brewing Releases Splash Down Belgian Style Golden Ale

    Press Release
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Splash Down Belgian- Style Golden Ale, the second offering in their 2014 Cellar Reserve series. Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a smooth and crisp Golden Ale, brewed with Belgian practices and techniques in mind. True to style, this beer starts sweet, then finishes dry with a mild yet progressive bitterness from European Noble hops. Though pale in color, Splash Down proves to be complex and inviting, with intriguing spiciness created during…
  • Mead Industry Reports Explosive Growth

    Press Release
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    LAKEWOOD, WA – Mead, the alcoholic beverage made from honey, may be the world’s oldest fermented drink, but it is also the country’s hottest. A recent industry surveyreveals that mead sales increased 130% from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider. The numbers were released from the annual survey of American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) members. The trade organization represents the US mead industry. The number of domestic meaderies has grown from 60 just three years ago to 194 today, accounting for 2.5% of American…
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery Moves Production In-House

    Press Release
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    San Francisco, CA – January 2014 was a huge milestone for Triple Voodoo as we opened our new brewery and tasting room in the Dog Patch neighborhood of San Francisco. Our new brewery features a 10bbl brew house as well as10bbl and 20bbl fermenters and brite tanks. Triple Voodoo fans can now come to our 16 tap, 1500 sq. ft. tasting room and drink fresh beer right out of the brite tanks! Our new brewery is small which makes packaging a challenge. Therefore we had still relied on contract brewing to produce our package product. However, Triple Voodoo has now decided that we will move all…
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Receives Awards at World Expo of Beer

    Press Release
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Vermont Hard Cider Company is the proud recipient of the World Expo of Beer Commercial Competition awards for Best Standard Ciders and Best Specialty Ciders. The World Expo of Beer Competition took place on April 12, 2014 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and received a total of 445 entries for all categories of the competition. Vermont Hard Cider Company took home the first, second and third place awards for both hard cider categories, sweeping the competition entirely. “The World Expo of Beer is a prestigious annual event, and we are thrilled to be the winners in both hard…
  • Alaskan Brewing Expands Both on Land and in Cans

    David Eisenberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Alaskan Brewing has announced plans to bring its beers further into the mainland U.S. with the addition of Michigan and South Dakota to its distribution footprint. The new distribution coincides with an ongoing facility expansion. The Juneau-based brewery, which produced approximately 145,000 barrels in 2013, has inked agreements with the M1 Network – a group of 11 wholesalers that cover the whole state of Michigan – as well as four distributors in South Dakota: Beal Distributing in Sioux Falls, Ellwein Distributing in Huron, Conkling Distributing in Yankton, and Eagle Sales in Rapid City…
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    Drink Me Magazine


    Kendall Johnson
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Continuing to ride the train of exotic and thought-provoking craft spirits this week, we thought it was apt to introduce you to The Seven Stills of San Francisco, a new craft distillery that has moved into San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. In the requisite twist of tradition, Seven Stills believes the future of craft distilling may be in… beer. Seven Stills Chocasmoke Whiskey — the first in its “Seven Hills” series — is a fascinating whiskey made from beer (much like Charbay), but in this case, using a craft chocolate oatmeal stout to which they’ve added 20%…

    Kendall Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In a crowded market of new release beers trying to leave their mark, brewers have increasingly turned to obscure, niche, and at times experimental, ingredients & techniques. Unfortunately many of these beers fall short, that is, until you come across a bottle of High Water Brewing Campfire Stout and your belief in crazy craft concoctions is immediately restored. Hallelujah! Brewed with the unusual addition of 150 pounds of Graham crackers and chocolate malt, High Water’s newest full production release is then topped off with a natural toasted marshmallow flavor. As you might guess,…

    Kendall Johnson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    In a winsome story that weaves elements of the American Dream with the romanticism of French tradition, Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO emerges as one of the greatest marriages of old and new. The fortuitous story begins with a chance meeting between Hubert Germain-Robin, the son of a prominent family of distillers in Cognac, France and Ansley Coale, Jr., a Mendocino sheep farmer. Armed with Ansley’s suggestion that he distill local grapes, Hubert returned to France and obtained a rare alambic still which was installed in Coale’s Mendocino County ranch, where the two men built a…
  • VÉRITÉ ‘LA MUSE” 2009

    Kendall Johnson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Boasting an elite lineage and quite the blockbuster history, Vérité ‘La Muse’ has the rare distinction of earning seven perfect 100 point scores. Privy to the charm of Pomerol, Vérité created the Merlot-dominant La Muse from premier Sonoma County micro-crus, consistently showing Sonoma’s ability to produce supple, balanced Merlot blends. And as in the past, the 2009 vintage does not disappoint. Drink Me Magazine Review 97/100 This, my friends, is a knockout. Virtually seamless across the board with a voluptuous mouthfeel, ripe velvety tannin, and bright acidity. The…

    Kendall Johnson
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    News of these five exotic beauties sailed in from Edinburgh, Scotland, from the boutique Scotch Whisky producer Wemyss Malts. Named after the family of the same name (pronounced ‘Weems’), Wemyss Malts announces five new single cask single malt Scotch whiskies,  each cask celebrating a unique and contrasting characteristic that is coaxed out of the different Scotch whisky regions. The name of each single bottling hints at the distinctive personality and flavors derived from each cask & region. Hailing from the Highlands are: Apple Basket, a 1997 single cask from Clynelish,…
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    Drinking Made Easy » Beer

  • The A-Z of Craft Beers, That Aren’t Actually Craft Beers

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    With craft beer consistently picking up speed and making up over 10% of the beer market, it is not surprising to see that macro beers have been doing what they can to get a piece of the action. With the right packaging and marketing techniques, it can be hard to spot what beers are actually craft beers and which ones are impostors with a macro beer backing. For this reason the guys over at Home Brew West made the following infographic to help you learn the ABC’s of craft beer imitations.
  • Beers to your health!

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    It’s early and I’m engaged in my morning ritual of having coffee and catching up on Twitter while Harry, my Boston Terrier, gnaws happily at the bully stick in my lap.  (No jokes, please.  It’s an actual chew toy.)  As I scan my Twitter feed I see the headline, Beer As A Post-Workout DrinkI shake my head. Surely I am still groggy.  But there it is.  And from NPR no less!  Could this be the magic elixir that I had long hoped to find?  I read on. Apparently, a Canadian company is trying to formulate a “beer” they are naming “Lean Machine” (which sounds like a WWE name to…
  • Claim Your Beer with Can Stamp

    25 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the years you have probably developed little ways to distinguish your beer from all the rest. A flip of the pull-tab, a marker, or even your favorite koosie. Now, with the Can Stamp you have one more awesome way to mark your can territory. Fitting on a key chain, the Can Stamp can be customized to stamp a small message onto a beer can with its sharpened letters.
  • New Belgium Brewing Company and keeping nature natural

    8 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    Opened in 1991, the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado is one of the most popular craft breweries in the United States. The brewery was founded by Jeff Lebesch and his then wife Kim Jordan. Lebesch, like so many others, took his love for home brewing and made it into a popular and lucrative business. New Belgium is the third-largest craft brewery and the eighth largest brewery in the US according to the US Brewers Association. Their top selling, flagship, beer is the Fat Tire Amber Ale. Fat Tire was named in remembrance of Lebesch’s bicycle journey through Europe in his…
  • The Business of Beer [Infographic]

    13 Dec 2013 | 3:30 am
    There are a lot of factors involved in the process of getting that beer to your glass. Small details, stats, and trends can make a big impact on how successful a campaign can be in the beer business. So studies and infographics performed by businesses like SteadyServ Technologies are a great help in understanding the business of beer. So if you sell beer, drink beer, or just enjoy learning the trends of beer production and consumption then enjoy the infographic below.
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    Brew Dudes

  • Oatmeal Stout Brewing Tips

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Brewing a better Oatmeal Stout is an ever evolving goal of mine.  Oatmeal Stout was the second style I brewed when I first started brewing many many batches ago.  To me Oatmeal Stout should be roasty with a decidedly chocolate like lean.  It should be smooth, silky and balanced.  There should be a well perceived presence of toast bread or biscuit like quality.  There should be a mild caramel that pulls it all together.  Three things come to mind to put you on the path to developing YOUR best Oatmeal Stout. First of, like so many beers, you have to nail your fermentation.  For the most…
  • Home Brew Club Plan

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The AHA Big Brew Day is coming up on May 3 and Mike and I are going to use the occasion to start our homebrew club. I think we posted something about this notion a while ago.  Well, it’s time we made some ideas turn into things. We have at least a couple of other guys who want to join up.  I think there was a guy on Twitter who wanted us to contact him to let him know once we got our stuff together.  Finally I can tweet that guy with a plan. With this club, we will probably need a catchy name or at least something unique.  Heck, there’s at least a few different brew dudes on…
  • Sour Blends for Making Sour Beers

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Do you ever feel that you get behind in your home brewing because other things need your attention?  There was a dunkelweizen sitting in my basement for three and a half weeks and it was just waiting for me to take it to its final destination.  I finally got around to getting all the things  I needed to get done and it is bottled. Now, I can focus on brewing a lambic. Since it will be my first time, I plan to use a sour blend from one of the big yeast providers.  I am not sold on the idea of using dregs from sour beers.  Mike’s less than successful attempt at harvesting bottle…
  • What is Mash Efficiency?

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    After John got his new mill he began to wonder what other advantages having a mill would deliver, aside from crushing grain.  That leads us to a discussion on mash efficiency, what it is and roughly how you calculate it. Every grain has a theoretical maximum amount of sugar (post a saccharin conversion from starch) that it will yield.  Brewing chemists and maltsters have devised a test that involves completely crushing malt into powder and seeing how much sugar it will yield.  For the homebrewer, the expectation of that level of yield is unrealistic. Primarily because we don’t crush…
  • Buy a PicoBrew Zymatic and Sell Your Homebrewing Soul?

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One of the topics I wanted to write about is the PicoBrew Zymatic.  If you haven’t heard about this system, the guys at PicoBrew ran a successful kickstarter campaign to help build a table top device that brews beer with the click of a few buttons. Part of the story behind the invention was that the hobby of homebrewing is challenging, especially when attempting to the same recipe more than once and expecting the same results (very similar to the folk definition of insanity).  With so many variables in play when homebrewing, many due to basic equipment that makes it difficult to…
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  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 3: Brewery De Ranke

    Lode Devlieghere
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The breweries that we visited in this series so far all had one thing in common: they all mainly brewed for local customers, and they are still relatively unknown abroad. Brewery De Ranke, however, is a totally different story. This brewery, founded by Nino Bacelle in 1994, exports more than half of its production and some of their beers rank amongst the top beers in their category on beer rating sites like Ratebeer and Beeradvocate. We met Nino in his brewery in Dottignies, a little village on the border between Flanders, Wallonia and France, and he explains how it all started: “When I…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 2: De Vlier

    Lode Devlieghere
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    The second brewery that we visit in this series is again located near Leuven: Brewery De Vlier. We met up with Marc Andries, owner and brew master of this craft brewery. Marc is a bio-engineer who has worked for several companies including Meura, a producer of brewing equipment, and for the breweries of Achouffe, Piron and Haacht.  In those breweries he learned in depth how to start up and improve brewing processes, and in 2008 he decided, together with a business partner, to start his own brewery: Brewery De Vlier. The name of the brewery refers to Vlierbeek, a neighborhood on the outskirts…
  • Craft Beer in Belgium, Part 1: Bueckenholt

    Lode Devlieghere
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:06 am
    This is the first of a series of posts, where I will be visiting different craft breweries all over Belgium in order to tell you their story and put these smaller breweries and their beers in the spotlight. The first one in this series is Brewery Bueckenholt. I drank their beer last summer in Leuven’s old town and I immediately knew that I wanted to meet those guys. They originally started brewing their beers in Veltem (near Leuven), but they are currently brewing them at Brewery Anders, a brewery which allows small micro-brewers to use their brewing installation. The ‘Bueckenholt…
  • Two Belgian breweries change their name on the same day

    Lode Devlieghere
    10 Jan 2014 | 11:08 am
    Surprising news yesterday in most Belgian newspapers: two breweries, less than 15 km away from each other, both decided to change their name on the same day. Brewery Bavik from Bavikhove will change its name to ‘Brewery De Brabandere’ and Brewery Bockor from Bellegem will change its name to ‘Brewery Omer Vander Ghinste’. With this name change, both breweries want refer back to their long brewing tradition.  Until 1990, Brewery Bavik was already called ‘Brewery De Brabandere’ and the owners have now decided to go back the brewery’s roots and adopt the old name again. Albert…
  • Belgian beer: what’s in a name?

    Lode Devlieghere
    12 Dec 2013 | 4:19 am
    There are literally thousands of Belgian beers out there, in many different flavors, colors and strengths. So, for people who are not totally familiar with Belgian beer, it is not always easy to find what they are looking for. That is why I will give a short overview of the different Belgian beer styles and their names. Most Belgian beers fall in the category double, blonde or triple. In order to understand those categories, we first need to mention a beer category that no longer exists: the single beers. Centuries ago, when most people couldn’t read or write, there were only two kinds of…
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Gene Beck

    Chad Lothian
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Welcome to Nocturnem Draft Haus. Our mission is to serve our guests the finest beers from Maine, the US and abroad paired with some artisan-style, simply prepared, locally sourced food. We are not pretentious. We are down to earth. We are not beer snobs. We are adventurers. We are a collection of many walks of life, seeking better enjoyment out of our beverage purchases. We simply strive to find better offerings than are mass marketed to us every day. We are however a place where all will feel comfortable. A place where sharing, discussion and tasting is encouraged. A place to broaden your…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Tom Madden

    Chad Lothian
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Madden Beverage was founded in December 2003 and carries over 850 craft beers from all corners of the globe. Madden Beverage is a family run business that is staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable hop-heads. They offer mixed six packs, kegging equipment, home brewing supplies, and bring in all the limited release products they can get our hands on. Join them for product tastings 3 times a month throughout the summer. For more information, visit or We are unbelievably fortunate to have such a thriving and prolific beer drinking…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Drink’n Think’n

    Chad Lothian
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Drink’n Think’n is a Maine based podcast hosted by Ben Lizzotte, Ryan Poland and the one and only Tony C. The trio of hosts met while attending the University of Southern Maine and decided to record their thoughts after an evening of imbibing at the Sebago Brewpub in Gorham, Drink’n Think’n was born. Never claiming to be experts on anything the show is a blend of beer, wrestling, movies, TV, pop culture and whatever else the guys feel like discussing. Sometimes Crude, even immature but always amusing the show can best be described as “drinking buddies shooting the shit”. Website…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: James Sanborn

    Chad Lothian
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    I’m James Sanborn; I live in Hebron, Maine with my wife and three children. I have been drinking craft beer since college but really started to pay attention to what I was drinking about 3 years ago. Since then I have reviewed more than 600 beers on my blog and spent countless hours at breweries throughout the Northeast. If there is a beer release, brew fest or a new brewery opening chances are good I will be there. I currently have three different sites that I manage; Insurance Guy Beer Blog – Beer reviews, brewery visits and lots of info on where to find and drink great beer. Breweries…
  • The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Eric Mihan

    Chad Lothian
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Eric Mihan owns Bangor Wine and Cheese, located in Downtown Bangor, Maine. BWC offers a wide variety of craft beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Website Facebook: Bangor Wine and Cheese Twitter: @Bangorwine Question 1: What is your all Maine brewery dream team-up? And why? This is my Bangor-selfish Collab: I would like to see Geaghan’s team up with Allagash to create an Andrew-Rob Belgian-style IPA. Given Geaghan’s obvious drinkability in their brews, and Allagash’s real command of the Belgian style, I think they’d produce a wonderfully drinkable, food-friendly (it is…
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  • Candy-Flavored Beer Adds New Twist To Craft Beer Rage

    Beer Infinity
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    Candy-Flavored Beer Adds New Twist To Craft Beer Rage CBS Local PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Craft beer sales rose 20 percent in 2013, according to the Brewers Association. With increased demand comes increased pressure for brewers to concoct new flavor combinations. DuClaw, the Maryland based brewery, has been ...
  • Forum will take top off growing beer business

    Beer Infinity
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Forum will take top off growing beer business Business First of Buffalo (blog) Panelists at a May 7 networking event will address the area's burgeoning beer industry, and give attendees the chance to sample what local breweries have on tap. The Western New York Business Leadership Forum, as part of its information-sharing series, . ...
  • US airlines tap in to craft beer craze

    Beer Infinity
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    US airlines tap in to craft beer craze Charleston Post Courier Attention passengers, craft beer has reached 35,000 feet. As the airline industry works to improve its food and beverage options, a new trend has emerged - airlines adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more ...
  • Brooklyn Couple Is Using Old Brewery Tunnel to Age Cheese

    Beer Infinity
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    Wall Street Journal Brooklyn Couple Is Using Old Brewery Tunnel to Age Cheese Wall Street Journal Brooklyn Couple Is Using Old Brewery Tunnel to Age Cheese. Husband-and-Wife Team Will Receive First Shipment by End of May. Email; Print. Save ↓ More. Save to ↓ More. Save ↓ More. Saved ↓ More. Please log in or register ...
  • Craft Beer Week gives Pittsburgh brew fans a taste of new things

    Beer Infinity
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:20 am
    Craft Beer Week gives Pittsburgh brew fans a taste of new things Tribune-Review With more that 200 events in a 60-mile radius, a Gateway Clipper trip that sold out in 4 minutes and a examation of “real” ale that looks to top its attendance in 2013, this celebration of craft beer seems to have found a home. “We drink be ...
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  • California Festival of Beers: 2 Days + 200 Beers

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    With summer right around the corner, it’s time to gear up and get ready for one of California’s largest and longest-running beer festivals. The California Festival of Beers is set to take place on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th at the Madonna Inn Meadows in the heart of San Luis Obispo. There will be over 30 breweries represented at the California Festival of Beers, which should be more than enough to accommodate the over 4,000 guests expected at this year’s fest. Here’s a full list of breweries that will be at this year’s festival: Alaskan Brewing Co. …
  • What is Craft Beer: Anatomy of a Brew

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What is Craft Beer | Anatomy of a Brew There’s a lot that goes into your beer. Here are some of the qualities that make up craft beer, Appearance Craft beer arrives in a beautiful palette of rich colors. These colors are actually measured on a metric referred to as SRM (Standard Reference Method), ranging from 1-40. A lighter beer like a pilsner will rank lower on this scale as opposed to a dark beer like a porter which is on the higher end. Aroma Ever heard the expression, “Stop and smell the roses”? Craft beer is no different! Before you dive right in to your first pint,…
  • Hanson to Brew MMMhops Beer

    Travel by Brewery
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Remember back in 1997 when this song would just NOT get out of your head? “MMMbop,” by brother trio Hanson was nominated for two Grammys in February of ’98 and has since then been nothing short of a phenomenon. Poppiest of pop songs, “MMMbop” struck the heart of billions across the entire globe and was the number one hit in countries including the US, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain, and many more. Why are we posting an article about Hanson? Strap in for this one… In celebration of being a band for twenty-one years (yes, they’ve actually…
  • What is Craft Beer?

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    What is Craft Beer? What the heck is craft beer anyway? This term sure gets tossed around a lot these days at your average pub, but does anyone actually know what it means? Turns out the definition of craft beer differs greatly depending on whom you ask. Fortunately, craft beer does however have a few unmistakable qualities, • Craft beer is independent. • Craft beer is often created in smaller, more limited batches. • Craft beer has endless flavor possibilities, more diverse than wine. Craft beer is ready in abundance thanks to innovative microbreweries. These microbreweries often…
  • Your Brain on Beer vs Coffee [Infographic]

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    As a blogger and a beer lover, I have the desire (and need) to drink both a lot of beer and a lot of coffee. I’ve always known that coffee keeps me focused, but I what I didn’t know was that beer actually helps you get more creative! I found this great infographic describing the difference between your brain on beer and your brain on coffee. Check it out! In summary, too much beer can make you less focused then coffee, but too much coffee can mean more and more every time you fill up your mug. Beer makes you forget about the haters and coffee will help you focus. Bottom line, if…
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  • Canadian movie and beer pairing – Rock & Roll Nightmare – Starring Thor

    Vincent Speranza
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    I just love these low-budget tight timeline films.  Yes sure you can get drivel, but on the other hand you can strike gold. Here we have the late 80’s Canadian heavy metal horror film Rock and Roll Nightmare. Written produced and staring Thor. Yes Thor,  honestly one of the coolest birth names ever:  Jon-Mikl Thor. Apparently he is also a big fan of coke classic. Budget wise I am sure it was on the original Evil dead level. It was also shot in a rushed 7 days. Let’s start – there is an evil farm-house home of demons and what not, who are portrayed by puppets. Are some of them cheesy?
  • TV Movie and a Beer – Kingdom of Spiders + a Shout out to all the Spider themed beers!

    Vincent Speranza
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    For my 200th post I have something special. Something featuring none other than the great William Shatner. I have been trying to figure out what this one was called for a while. Honestly I had thought it was older than 1977, and as it turns out it was a made for TV movie, so looking at his filmography only was not much help. As MFTV movies go this one was not half bad production wise,aging better than say The Morning After, but in the end though You just end up feeling bad for the spiders.. they don’t want to be there, they certainly do not want to be crushed.. I don’t think this one…
  • Favorite Bier Style(s) for cooking Sasauges / Brats / etc

    Vincent Speranza
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    This could be for pre-boiling before grilling, or slow cooking in the house. I personally go for a lighter Wheat beer most times, but I would love to know what everyone else thinks. Take Our Poll
  • Ramstein – Tradional Style German Beers direct from Butler NJ

    Vincent Speranza
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    It has been a while since I did a straight up beer review. So I will be taking a break from the Cheesy Movie Pairings which I was writing to take a break from actual reviews. Anyway, With the announcement that Action Park is coming back I had a kick of nostalgia and wanted to take a look back at the first brewery I went to and the first craft beers I ever had. It also does not hurt that I found some nice and fresh in stores last week. I forget the year exactly, but it sometime in the late 90’s. My father happened to be watching a bit of Uncle Floyd, and happened to see an ad on there for a…
  • The Uwe Boll Video Game to Movie Adaptions Pairing: BloodRayne

    Vincent Speranza
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Some will say Uwe Boll should never make another video game adaptation film. Others will say he should never make another film (seriously there was a Guardian UK poll for whether or not he should retire.) House of the Dead… Alone in the Dark, In the name of a King… Not counting sequels.. Here we have BloodRayne. Imagine Blade, more accurately Blade III, set in Medieval Romania or something.. You have a half vampire have human Damphir. Sir Ben Kinglesy is the main bad guy.. Think he most likely passed on Cleaver to star in this… We also have notable co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Billy…
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  • Bangalore Nightlife timings extended – What it means for us

    Burhanuddin Pithawala
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    You have already got the news by now – Bangalore Nightlife Timing has been extended to 1 am. The march of 2014 broke the spell of darkness that stripped the “Pub Capital of India” title from Bangalore few years back. Now the dust is settled and people are still coming to terms with the fact that there’s nightlife beyond 11pm (Atleast on Fridays and Saturdays). Whats the Bangalore nightlife timing extension saying: Eateries can remain open till 1am. Bars, Pubs, Discs can remain open till 1 am on Fridays and Staurdays This rule is a temporary one, with a 3 month deadline only. While…
  • Holi Parties in Bangalore 2014

    Oyeparty Creative Team
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:40 am
    This Holi Bangalore saw a range of parties. Right from the clubs, to open air theaters and everything in between, it was a day of Fun and Madness. Oyeparty Brings to you some of the Videos & Photos to show the madness and the massive beats that went down this Holi. Keep following this Blog for more videos & Photos soon. This is the Madness in The Day How the Evening went down People Had Fun Party Pictures of Colors Holi Bash at Pebble Bangalore The post Holi Parties in Bangalore 2014 appeared first on Oyeparty Blog!.
  • Oyeparty Live Feeds – Whats Hot Vs Not

    Burhanuddin Pithawala
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    You show me a guy who likes to party alone and we will find a nerd. Come on you all, theres no party without friends and theres no more justification required for this statement. What if we knew where our friends are partying or where our favourite artists are playing tonight? Makes our life whole lot easier to catch up with them and party along. What is Live Feed? Now imagine you know what the rest in your city are doing, what they are saying about particular parties, where they are hitting tonight and you know where the action is going to be. The idea of Live Feeds is like you had a…
  • I love you, just the way I am

    Oyeparty Creative Team
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    The post I love you, just the way I am appeared first on Oyeparty Blog!.
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood – a BRC and BeerGaggle Review

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
      Review by: Our very own Ron Degregorio, and  BeerGaggle’s Matt “The Engenear” and Justin “The Brewer” We collaborated with BeerGaggle in the past to review Dale’s Pale Ale, and decided to give it another go with the epic release of Fire and Blood.  Both teams reviewed the brew, and here’s what they had to say. Ron - Ya know, there are few things in this world I love more than a good TV series. What is more fun than anticipating a fresh new episode week to week, snuggling up on the ole couch with a beer, and tuning in to your favorite show?
  • Happy Easter!

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    We here at The Brew Review Crew hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter and a terrific Spring season! Here are two amazing beers (one that you need to drink by TODAY! 4/20) and one that is perfect for Easter celebrations and warm Spring Weather! Cheers! by The post Happy Easter! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew. Related posts: Saison de Lente — The Bruery — HAPPY EASTER! New Belgium Brewing Release Party Brewery Ferment – The Smoky Bear (Cherry wood Smoked Honey Ale)
  • Stone ‘Enjoy By 4.20.14′

    Brew Review Crew
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    by The post Stone ‘Enjoy By 4.20.14′ appeared first on The Brew Review Crew. Related posts: Matt’s Burning Rosids – Stone Brewing Company Head Hunter IPA – Fat Head’s Hop JuJu – Fat Head’s Brewing Company
  • Saison de Lente — The Bruery — HAPPY EASTER!

    Brew Review Crew
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    by The post Saison de Lente — The Bruery — HAPPY EASTER! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew. Related posts: Stone Stochasticity Project Stone to Release New Saison Stone Brewing Company – Vertical Epics – 2008 & 2011 Video Review
  • Food and Beer: Stout

    Brew Review Crew
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    There are days where lighter beers won’t do.  Where you yearn for the creamy, thick, deep flavors of a Stout.  But, with drinking comes hunger, and when you’re at a pub they probably have plenty of food to fill your cravings.  What will you order?  Well, that depends on the beer.  With a Stout, you’re going to want something hearty, something that can throw a counter-punch to the heavy-weight-like beer. Stouts are known for having deep roasted flavors, hints of coffee and chocolate, and a healthy dose of alcohol to cut through the sweetness.  There are many different…
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    Best Drinking Games From All Over The World

  • Across the Bridge

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Here we have another drinking game that only needs a deck of cards and some drinks to get started. Start by dealing ten cards face down in a straight line. This line will be our bridge. Choose someone to go first, this player reveals the first card. If the card is a number card, the player is safe and should proceed to reveal another card. Whenever a player reveals a Jack, Queen, King or Ace, he must drink 1, 2, 3 or 4 gulps respectively. After taking their drink, the person should replace cards on the bridge with whatever number of gulps they had to take and the game then continues to the…
  • Crazy Eight

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:46 pm
    For this game you will need a deck of cards and plenty of drinks. Any number of players can play. Start by lining out all the 8′s in the deck in a straight line (vertical or horizontal). The rest of the deck is then distributed evenly to the players in the game. Going in a clockwise direction starting with the dealer, the aim of the game is to connect cards of the same suites in order from 2 to A. For example, after the 8′s are laid out, if the dealer has a 9 or 7 of spades, he may connect his card to the 8 of spades. Let’s say he plays the 7 of spades. It is now the next…
  • Thumper

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Thumper is a pretty simple in theory but the practical aspect of it can get pretty hard to keep up with especially after you’ve had a few. First everyone sits around a table and puts their hands on the table; then one by one each player decides on a separate hand signal to use for the game. Now, after everyone has decided on a hand signal, everyone starts drumming on the table simultaneously either using the same beat or different ones; different beats will make the game a little harder to keep up with and you’ll see why in a minute. To start, any random player chants “what…
  • Sixes

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:12 pm
    For this game you will need six cups and a die. Start line lining the cups and numbering them 1 through 6. Each player then takes turns rolling the die; if you roll a number corresponding with an empty cup, you can pour whatever amount of any concoction you want into that cup and pass the die to the next player. If you roll the number of a cup with something in there, you must drink the product in that cup and pass the die. Or if you want to play hard, you can have someone roll and keep drinking until they get an empty cup so they can return the favour. The post Sixes appeared first on Best…
  • Russian Roulette With Shots or Beer

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    As you may already know russian roulette is a game of chance played by the fearless. Unlike regular russian roulette however, the drinking game version won’t result in death but may result in drunkenness or something a little more messy with shots or beer respectively. I personally prefer to play with shots but intructions of how to play each is below: Russian Roulette With Shots This game is played by getting some white rum or tequila and filling a shot glass with it. There should also be 5 other shot glasses, except they are filled with water. These six shot glasses should be…
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    You Make Beer

  • A Pot-Infused Brewing How-To in Honor of 4/20

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Based On reddit user brad1775′s post in the COBeer subreddit, brewing beer combined with a little Mary Jane results in some “brilliant tasting stuff”. Until you’re a homebrewer who’s reading this from a place where marijuana is legal, do not try this at home (had to say it). If you do not homebrew and you’d […] The post A Pot-Infused Brewing How-To in Honor of 4/20 appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Recipe: Light American Lager

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    It’s Saturday already?! That means it’s time to brew, so here’s our recipe of the week: a light American lager. The post Recipe: Light American Lager appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • 5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I believe we all concurred in the past post, house brewing beer gear gadgets should boost and enrich not just your homemade beer but likewise the encounter as well as enjoyment obtained from, what’s after all, your sideline. It Is crucial that you buy them for those grounds rather than only as they are the […] The post 5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink and Date

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    The dating website only released a fresh study on singles and drinking, and the findings shed intriguing light how our perspectives towards booze change as we get more serious about locating a mate. The study involved 1 million singles involving the ages of 21 and 50 who have set up profiles to the relationship […] The post Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink and Date appeared first on You Make Beer.
  • Beach Party Blonde Ale Recipe

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Following up on our Homebrew and Barbecue post from earlier today, we were thinking the most appropriate recipe to top it off with is this Beach Party Blonde Ale. She’s easy to brew and easy to drink, so I guess she’s just all around easy! Here’s the recipe so you can find out for yourself. The post Beach Party Blonde Ale Recipe appeared first on You Make Beer.
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