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  • The New Home of IPAs

    The Beer Babe | The Beer Babe
    Carla Companion
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The hoppiest and best hoppy beers are on found in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California?—?the undisputed kingdom of hops… right? [...Read More]
  • Law will let California host 2015 homebrewers conference

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    Real Beer
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will will allow the 37th National Homebrewers Conference to be held next June in San Diego as scheduled. Last year, an amendment added to Assembly Bill 1425 (AB1425) was passed and effectively banned homebrewing organizations — including the AHA and the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) — from hosting events centered around their favorite hobby. As a result, the 24th annual 2014 CHA Southern California Homebrewers Festival was canceled. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, puts the Southern California Homebrewers…
  • Pabst IPA: Welcome to 2014

    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place
    Stan Hieronymus
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    OK, officially, we’re talking about the return of Ballatine India Pale Ale. But Pabst owns the brand and here’s a key quote from Pabst brewmaster Greg Deuhs: “We are hoping that the current (Pabst Blue Ribbon) consumers will embrace the Ballantine IPA.” So I think there’s merit in the headline. In any event, very good news, given that now perhaps more people will give this underappreciated India Pale Ale style a try. News so big it warranted a story in USA TODAY with this headline: “Going hipster, Pabst resurrecting Ballantine IPA.” Enough silliness.
  • Cider Swig – The Greater Peninsula Cider Fest

    Seattle, Washington, Pacific Northwest
    Kendall Jones
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just learned about a new cider festival, CIDER SWIG – The Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th in Gig Harbor. Below we share the details from the event organizers. At right, the founders of Seattle Cider Company, just one of the many cider producers pouring at the festival. Details: The CIDER SWIG will host nearly 50 varieties of ciders for sampling as well as select food pairings by area restaurants ($5 and $10). Cideries will have available ciders for sale, to take home, during the…
  • Beer T-Shirt Club now featuring Netherlands’ Vandestreek Bier as August brewery

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    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The BEER T-Shirt Club™ invites you to be a part of an elite crew of beer fans with style. 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 makes a great gift for yourself or for that special craft beer lover in your life. Beer T-Shirt Club is looking for a few breweries to partner with for the end of the year. If you run a brewery, Beer T-Shirt Club would love to work with you! Do you…
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  • Beer T-Shirt Club now featuring Netherlands’ Vandestreek Bier as August brewery

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The BEER T-Shirt Club™ invites you to be a part of an elite crew of beer fans with style. 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 makes a great gift for yourself or for that special craft beer lover in your life. Beer T-Shirt Club is looking for a few breweries to partner with for the end of the year. If you run a brewery, Beer T-Shirt Club would love to work with you! Do you…
  • Town of Crested Butte mixed over proposal to be transformed for Bud Light’s “Whatever” campaign

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:20 pm
    The "Are You Up for Whatever" Bud Light campaign calls for bringing more than 1,000 up-for-anything revelers from around the country to a town that will be made over into a fantasy Bud Light-drinking community called "Whatever." More >> The Denver Post.
  • Heretic Brewing hits Philadelphia in September through Bella Vista Beer

    BeerPulse curator
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    We are officially announcing the distribution agreement that has been signed a couple weeks ago between Bella Vista Beer and Heretic Brewery from Fairfield, CA. Heretic was started by famous home brewer turned pro, Jamil Zainasheff, and has been turning heads with their beers from day one. We expect beers to be pouring from taps in better beer bars in the next few weeks from Heretic Brewing soon. via Bella Vista email.
  • Left Hand Brewing returns to UK market

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    News Wire:  (Boulder, CO) – Left Hand Brewing Company is strengthening its commitment to the United Kingdom. This September, the Colorado-based brewery will expand supply across the UK with distribution partner James Clay. In addition, Left Hand has established its first onsite, international brewery rep, Sharona Selby, to represent the brand in the UK market. With 10 years of international distribution under their belt, Left Hand Brewing has been an early entrant onto the U.S. craft export scene. “For us, it’s about contributing to the craft beer movement,” comments Chris…
  • Austin Beerworks creates 99-pack for Peacemaker Anytime Ale cans (video)

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    News Wire:  Austin, TX – Austin Beerworks partnered with Helms Workshop to christen their award-winning Peacemaker with a new name: Anytime Ale. To add to the celebration, Peacemaker Anytime Ale will be available in the world’s first-ever 99-Pack for only $99.99. “We wanted to launch the newly-named Peacemaker with our first official advertising campaign. While brainstorming with Helms Workshop – who do our stellar branding – we came up with the strategy that Anytime is a good time for a Peacemaker,” says Michael Graham, cofounder of Austin Beerworks. When listing…
 
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  • Banger Brewing Shares GABF 2014 Offerings With You

    Dan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas, unless you brew craft beer in Vegas and want to showcase your beer at the greatest festi… The post Banger Brewing Shares GABF 2014 Offerings With You appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Rahr & Sons Joins Lakewood on DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries

    Dan
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    DALLAS/FT. WORTH – For the first time ever in North Texas, two breweries, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company of Fort Worth and Lakewo… The post Rahr & Sons Joins Lakewood on DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Bayou Teche Blends Belgian & Mexican Flavors For Teche Hombres

    Jonny Fullpint
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Arnaudville, LA – Arnaudville’s Bayou Teche Brewing is releasing the latest in a line of their very limited edition and in… The post Bayou Teche Blends Belgian & Mexican Flavors For Teche Hombres appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Indeed Brewing Will Be At GABF. What Are They Bringing?

    Dan
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    From now until October 2nd, The Full Pint will be bringing as much Great American Beer Festival info as possible to you. Indeed Brewi… The post Indeed Brewing Will Be At GABF. What Are They Bringing? appeared first on thefullpint.com.
  • Samuel Adams Debuts Limited Release Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru

    Jonny Fullpint
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Boston, MA - The brewers at Samuel Adams are no strangers to taking time to focus on their passion projects, and the latest examp… The post Samuel Adams Debuts Limited Release Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru appeared first on thefullpint.com.
 
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  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 32/33, 2014.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things. Weeks 32/333 August - 16 August 2014 2014.08.16The economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million; 8,163 jobs; 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries (90); and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years. —Via Lee Graves (at Virginia Business) 2014.08.12How several western-based 'craft' breweries, with new brewing plants on the East Coast, are tweaking North…
  • Here's to the winners of the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup!

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    More than fifty Virginia 'craft' breweries —out of more than eighty-two operating in the state— presented and poured their beers at this year's Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, where they competed for recognition as the best beers in Virginia. From our friends at Virginia Beer Trail comes the news.Roseland, Va. – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition Saturday, August 23th at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub. There were more than 2,500 in attendance to enjoy tastings from 51…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Hardywood Taproom

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    During Virginia Craft Beer Month, this taproom was filled with families picnicing, food trucks quesadilla-ing, beer sleeping in bourbon barrels, a brewhouse resting for the weekend, beer bloggers meeting, square dancers dancing, musicians playing. And, oh, yes: 'craft' beer fans drinking ... ...the house-brewed beers of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, in the Scotts Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.9 August 2014. -----more----- More photos: here.Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable…
  • For my mother

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    Yours for Good Fermentables is a blog about beer and wine and spirits, enjoyable accompaniments to a good life. I don't usually post on personal matters. But, today, I will. My mother, Genovaite Cizauskas, has died. Known affectionately as "Gene," she lived a long, rich, and adventure-filled life. Gene loved her animals, her two faithful companions: Emma Dog (a rescue dog) and Ethel Mae (a boisterous beagle). She was never reticent to tell friends and strangers all about those two and their escapades. So, in my mother's honor, I ask you to consider making a contribution to your local animal…
  • "From Grain to Growler": The state of 'craft' beer in the state of Virginia.

    THOMAS CIZAUSKAS
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    "From Grain to Growler" is a newly produced documentary 1 on the history and recent growth of 'craft' beer and breweries in Virginia. The film was publicly screened for the first time, on 9 August 2014, to a full house, at the Capital Ale House, in downtown Richmond, Virginia. I watched it, sitting at table with Dave Gott (l) —Vice-President of Operations for Legend Brewing Company (of Richmond, Virginia)— and Brett Vassey (c) —President of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the parent organization of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild. About forty-five minutes later, and after…
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  • Improving Beer Clarity and Finings : In Depth – Part 1

    Brad Smith and Friends
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the first part of my detailed series on beer clarity and finings, and is based on a presentation I did for this year’s National Homebrew Conference on the same subject. In this first part, I’m going to cover what beer clarity is, how its defined and measured and the potential causes of haze or clarity problems in beer. When Clarity Matters Crystal clear beer is a goal for many beer styles. Commercial brewers go to great lengths to assure the clarity and stability of their finished beers. However, clarity does not always matter. For darker beers like Browns, Porters, Bocks,…
  • Yeast with Dr Chris White from White Labs – BeerSmith Podcast #86

    Brad Smith and Friends
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Chris White, the President of White Labs yeast joins me today to talk about his new “Pure Pitch” technology for producing and distributing beer yeast. He’s replacing the entire White Labs line of vials with yeast distributed in the same container it is grown in. The new technology, 5 years in the making, will hit home brew stores in the next few months. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (32:03) Dr Chris White, the founder and President of…
  • Top 10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Beer

    Brad Smith and Friends
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    I bet it comes as a surprise that beer or any other alcoholic drink for that matter can be beneficial for our health. Well, it can! While wine is good for your heart, beer has up to ten health benefits starting with bone breakage risk reduction to warding off mental decline. Obviously, we cannot neglect the fact that beer can be fattening, so the key to its consumption is in moderation. There is a potential risk of liver damage as well as other health risks too, so don’t overdo it. Editors Note: This is a guest post authored by Dan Radak from Core Brewing Concepts is a beer lover –…
  • Craft Beer and Brewing 20% Magazine Discount for the BeerSmith Community

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

    Brad Smith and Friends
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” which was just published by the brewer’s association. Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (50:03) Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” (Amazon affiliate link) published by the Brewers Association. His book…
 
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  • BBC 14 Kicks off with a Blast

    Ryan
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
      Our first few days of our trip to SoCal have been a whirlwind (more on that later) and the BeerBloggers Conference hadn’t even kicked off yet. Thursday we had the chance to join over a dozen other bloggers for a San Diego brewery tour hosted by APlusLimos. We met up and piled into a stretch limo excited for the festivities to begin. The Crew at Societe   Our first stop was Societe Brewing which was easily my favorite as well, not only was their selection of beer amazing but their use of old style silhouettes for beer logos is just cool. I didn’t follow the “beer…
  • Gate City Brewfest

    Jenny-J
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Home Run Derby will always hold a special place in our hearts If you have a need for great craft beer, tasty wings, and a day filled with family fun, then head to the city of Nashua this Saturday for the Gate City Brewfest. My brother-in-law Sean (our fearless leader and co-2beerguys founder) is one of the organizers. Although it has been a year since I attended with the family, all I have are warm fuzzies and good vibes when remembering the event. Everywhere I looked, people were smiling–whether sampling their new favorite brew, voting for their favorite wing, cheering on their…
  • SUMMER QUEST: Friends, lobster rolls and craft beer

    beergirl
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Official Boston Marathon start line! My friend Bianca and I have a great time coming up with random things to do to spice up our long walks. We are currently training for the 26th annual Jimmy Fund Walk http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/@JimmyFund, the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon course to help raise funds to crush cancer.  We began our Jimmy Fund journeys separate, but together share a common goal to raise funds, support and cope with family/friends cancer struggles and keep our minds and bodies healthy. Amber at the start of the Jimmy Fund walk 2013 On a recent 7 mile power walk, Bianca and I…
  • Celebrate Mead Day on Saturday August 2nd

    Sean-o
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    August 2, 2014 – Get in on the Mead Day buzz! Organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002, Mead Day was created to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among meadmakers. Homebrewers and meadmakers around the world are encouraged to invite friends and family to celebrate Mead Day by making a delicious batch of mead together! Spread the Joy What better way to celebrate mead then by brewing a batch with your friends? The AHA has all the resources you need to make mead and teach others the secret of fermenting honey into wine. Make a batch of this year’s…
  • HOPSTERS HOSTS INAUGURAL LOBSTAH BOIL AND BREW FEST 8/3 (MA)

    Sean-o
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    On August 3, Hopsters, Newton’s first-ever commercial brewery, will be hosting a traditional New England lobster boil with a twist – the lobsters will actually be boiled in their brew kettles on premise! In addition, Hopsters will also be serving a specialty ale on draft, brewed just for the occasion, along with steamers and various sides. ** Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Boiling sessions will take place every two hours beginning at noon. WHEN: Sunday, August 3, 2014 12:00pm-10:00pm WHERE: Hopsters 292 Centre Street. Newton, MA COST: $65 (Includes admission, two custom-brewed…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Did Hipsters In The 1850s Like Adulterated Beer, Too?

    Alan McLeod
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This is a pretty interesting bit of news in the New York Post:The scientists discovered the glass “California Pop Beer” bottle on Bowery Street near Canal Street, where a popular beer hall, Atlantic Garden, bustled in the 1850s, scientists said. “It’s a light summer drink, slightly minty and refreshing” said Alyssa Loorya, 44, president of Chrysalis Archaeology, which headed the project. The beer is infused with ginger root, sarsaparilla and wintergreen oil, and other herbs, giving it a one-of-a-kind kick, Loorya said.If the beer bottle collector nerds are to be trusted, California…
  • So That's Us Back From Scotland. Did I Learn Anything?

    Alan McLeod
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The Golfer's Rest in North Berwick, East Lothian. When we sat down on the bay window sofa cushions, I said to the kids "now, this is a pub" by which I meant a space that had the feel of a shared public rec room combined with a well managed courteous corner store. With beer. There are analogies to North American spaces but they don't always have strong drink. The nearest comparison in Canada is more the Tim Horton's coffee shop in a small town than a bar. Places where all sorts of people meet. The guys at the bar were discussing their latest golf games as well as great golf moments. No…
  • If This Is Monday Is That Longniddry?

    Alan McLeod
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    By the second week, I've given up on most places listed in the guides like The Malt Shovel as there are rules against kids even in their mid-teens coming into some pubs that have me befuddled. I never inquired so I might be entirely wrong about the place. Some pubs like The Ship Inn in North Berwick are good for families until 8 pm. Others like The Abbotsford on Rose Street in Edinburgh are fine with the family upstairs in the restaurant but not downstairs in the bar. One Wetherspoons had so many rules (give the man your table number and your pint may arrive in twenty minutes... but only if…
  • Scotland: The Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

    Alan McLeod
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Made it. Fourteen hours door to door to Uncle and Auntie's. Next day? Children down to the pub. Well, a pub. The Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh's Old Town. It's warm. The warmest room so far. Williams Caesar Augustus is a tasty pint. Very full for what would be a light beer at home. Tropical hops, sure, but a good malt backbone balancing them out... well, almost. A venison burger is coming. Half the tables, like ours, have happy kids.
  • What A Bumper Crop Of Maris Otter Might Mean

    Alan McLeod
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Fabulous news out of England for those few remaining beer drinkers who enjoy the taste of beer:With much of the harvest already in store, Robin Appel Ltd suggests the low nitrogen levels required by ale brewers have been achieved, with an average of 1.37 – 1.40 per cent against a five-year average of 1.65 per cent. Yields of Maris Otter barley, which normally average two tonnes per acre, look like running at nearer two and a quarter, with good harvests reported from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire,…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Stop and smell the hops

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    It poured rain Sunday in parts of Moxee, Washington. It was rainy and cold yesterday about 60 kilometers north of Munich. There’s a chance of thunderstorms today in upstate New York. Hop harvest has begun in the northern hemisphere and my Twitter feed is full of weather information important to hop farmers. Friday I hope to swing by Hoosier Hop Farms, taking a slightly circuitous route to Hop Head Farms in Michigan, and might even squeeze in one more hop stop along the way. Everybody has their own idea of a perfect Labor Day weekend. I snapped the photo at the top at Elk Mountain Farm…
  • ‘Craft’ trees in a beer forest

    Stan Hieronymus
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.25.14 Of Pints and Prices. Oliver Gray examines the dollars and cents in the price of a pint of beer. The numbers will vary, and I don’t see packaging and marketing costs in there, but he assembles a perfect graphic reminder that there’s more to making a beer than the ingredients. And practically speaking, look at the cost of hops in a pint: 6 cents. There’s been some saber rattling of late, suggesting that higher hop prices will drive up the cost of beer. Even if they doubled, and they won’t, that doesn’t add much to production cost,…
  • What makes a beer American?

    Stan Hieronymus
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    Well, she was an American girl Raised on promises She couldn’t help thinkin’ That there was a little more to life somewhere else                 - From American Girl by Tom Petty We come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age’s most uncertain hour and sing an American tune But it’s all right, it’s all right                 - From American Tune by…
  • ‘It’s at the centre of everything’

    Stan Hieronymus
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.18.14 The villagers who bought their beloved local pub to save it from closure. Reading this story might make you feel as good as you will all week, no matter how great your week is. (No, really, I hope you have a wonderful week.) “It’s much more than a pub, it’s the hub of our village,” says John Soady, who is one of the Anglers Rest’s new board of directors. “It’s at the centre of everything, for families with young children right up to older people in their 80s. It’s an informal atmosphere where people meet and talk…
  • Pabst IPA: Welcome to 2014

    Stan Hieronymus
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    OK, officially, we’re talking about the return of Ballatine India Pale Ale. But Pabst owns the brand and here’s a key quote from Pabst brewmaster Greg Deuhs: “We are hoping that the current (Pabst Blue Ribbon) consumers will embrace the Ballantine IPA.” So I think there’s merit in the headline. In any event, very good news, given that now perhaps more people will give this underappreciated India Pale Ale style a try. News so big it warranted a story in USA TODAY with this headline: “Going hipster, Pabst resurrecting Ballantine IPA.” Enough silliness.
 
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  • Record Where You Drink For Posterity

    Bailey
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Thank goodness for Nathaniel Newnham-Davis and his eye for detail. An early food writer — the Jay Rayner of his day — ‘The Colonel’ wrote reviews for the Pall Mall Gazette as well as several books such as Where And How to Dine in London. We are especially grateful to him for having taken the time and space to write at length about one of London’s 19th century ‘lager beer’ saloons. He described what was seen on entering, the light, the clientèle, the glassware, the food,…
  • Supermarket Saminess

    Bailey
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Having written about the benefits of drinking at home, we felt the urge to tramp to Penzance’s three out-of-town supermarkets with a simple mission: to pick up two or three interesting-looking beers we hadn’t tasted before. This, it transpired, is easier said than done. At Sainsbury’s, we found nothing that persuaded us to part with our cash. The same old breweries and the same old beers took up most of the shelf-space, with a few seasonal ‘specials’ giving the illusion of variety.
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 23/08/2014

    Bailey
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 We found time to put together a (small) Saturday round-up after all! Yer tis. → Saved to Pocket: Evan Rail on how a renowned computer hacker is bringing Berliner Weisse back to the city of its birth. (From what we’ve read so far, this looks like a superb questioning, probing piece of writing.) → Home brewers with a love of detail: Derek Dellinger’s home brewing experiments continue with tweaks to yeast selection and water treatment. → Stephen Beaumont lays down the law on the use of…
  • Lager: Bait and Switch

    Bailey
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 By Bailey (edited by Boak) How easy is it to tell one standard lager from another? And how much are we influenced by packaging and ‘brand values’? After a rocky start, we’ve very much embraced St Austell Korev as our go-to lager. It is straightforward but tasty, and very good value in cans, which is why we didn’t hesitate to recommend it in this listicle for the Independent. But, enjoying a half in a harbour-side pub, where it cost £4.20 a pint, Boak wondered aloud, “If they just gave me Heineken…
  • QUOTE: Beer’s Analytic Apparatus

    Bailey
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 “But there is a problem with beer. It is, however much CAMRA may wish it otherwise, a limited subject. Vigorous efforts are being made to endow it with a terminology appropriate to serious discussion. The [Good Beer] Guide is peppered with references to ‘lingering hoppy finish… malty flavour and burned taste… dark chocolate and malt.’ But I rather doubt whether beer can sustain all this analytic apparatus.” Tom Fort, ‘Three Cheers for Beer’, Financial Times, 11 November 1989. QUOTE:…
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  • This guy is not happy at all about the session IPA cash gouge. Or you Untappd robots, who are worser than worse.

    Jack Curtin
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I can’t resist a momentary return to the topic of my last column, session IPAs. I decried their lack of balance and malt flavor, though I admit there is a bit of personal preference involved. However, what is inexcusable is that they are more expensive than the corresponding brewery’s real IPA. It takes less of every ingredient other than water to make them. Why, then, are they not cheaper? I really hope that this is not the beginning of Big Beer marketing nonsense invading craft beer. That’s from a very good column by San Antonio Express-News beer columnist Markus Haas, and…
  • Hey, brewers, you want to know what I don’t like?

    Jack Curtin
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    These sixpack holders are annoying and frustrating because they are difficult to detach to the point where the can gets shaken enough to foam over on opening in some instances. I wanted to drink my beer, not wrestle with it. This is a bad idea. Please stop. Thank you.
  • As we have been surmising…

    Jack Curtin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    ..it’s either Ohio or Virginia for the new Stone Brewing East Coast plant. At least, that’s the word from today’s Craft Business Daily: On Friday, Stone winnowed the scope of speculation surrounding its imminent second location. “We have narrowed the focus of our search for an Eastern U.S. brewery to Columbus, Ohio, Norfolk, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia,” it said via Facebook. But they’re still “at least several weeks away” from announcing their decision. Later in the CBD story, South Carolina Brewers Association counsel Brook Bristow…
  • Here’s a Bill for your weekend pleasure.

    Jack Curtin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Bill Covaleski, that is, co-founder of Victory Brewing Co, (with Ron Barchet). Dell Poncet, Managing Editor of Philadelphia Business Journal, did this long and interesting interview with Bill back in July. I’ve linked to the single-page view to make it easier ’cause that’s the kinda guy I am. Here’s a sample: Our plans for Victory are great, but all within the realm of possibility. Interest in new American beers is growing steadily across the world and we are in the thick of those export possibilities. Closer to home, we never lose focus on who we are — innovative…
  • Which one of the five beers mentioned in this post does not belong?

    Jack Curtin
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This is likely to be a hilarious  fiasco, but who knows? Now Pabst Brewing, which has 30 beers including Old Style, Schlitz and Lone Star in its lineup, hopes to make a hit out of the revived beer at a time when flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR, has been adopted by hipsters as cheap, cool and nostalgic. When Ballantine IPA arrives in stores in six packs and 750-milliliter bottles next month, “We are hoping that the current (Pabst Blue Ribbon) consumers will embrace the Ballantine IPA,” said Pabst master brewer Greg Deuhs. Back in ancient times, before most of you reading this…
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  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3. The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates.
  • Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tickets Now on Sale for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event DENVER, CO – A final list of 50 brewers committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been released by Pints for Prostates.  The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from 50 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.  “We are excited by the support of a…
  • Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Brewery and Beer List Released

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    SEATTLE – The brewery and beer list for the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting on Aug. 16 has been released. The Pints for Prostatesbenefit event featuring a collection of more than two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound. Presented by DRAFT Magazine  and sponsored by Dendreon, the Seattle-based biotechnology company that targets cancer, the event featuressome of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor…
  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
                                                                                    DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been…
 
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  • How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK

    Pete Brown
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Good marketing practice is not that difficult. It just seems that it's so much easier to screw it up.Whenever I've been in a meeting room where marketers are discussing social media, everyone agrees unanimously that the difference between it and straightforward advertising is that it's a two-way street. Twitter and Facebook are platforms for conversations. In strategic meetings, at conferences and in marketing textbooks everywhere, everyone says they understand this.And yet in practice, it's so very different.Today, this tweet appeared on my timeline.It made me quite annoyed. While I'm sure…
  • When will the anti-alcohol lobby stop lying about the '£21 billion' cost of alcohol to society?

    Pete Brown
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    They're at it again.Yesterday a cross-party committee of MPs (working with the professional liars at Alcohol Concern, natch) demanded that health warnings become mandatory on alcohol labels in order to combat what they described as an 'epidemic' of alcohol related harm. It claimed the costs of alcohol abuse to society are "ever increasing". It also said we need a minimum unit price for alcohol, that alcohol advertising needs to be more tightly controlled, and that the drink drive limit should be lowered. There's so much misleading rhetoric, distortion by omission and outright…
  • The truth about under-age drinking

    Pete Brown
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    This time it's so blatant even the Daily Mail couldn't distort the truth: the number of school-age children drinking alcohol has fallen to the lowest level since records began. The decline has been long, steady and consistent. In recent years, when the figures have been released most media coverage has stated the percentage of school children who admit to having drunk alcohol - 39% according to the latest study - with headlines like "four in ten children boozing! Mass epidemic!" while deliberately avoiding telling you that this figure was, say, 61% in 2003 for example. The liars at…
  • Alliterative Book Review: Boak and Bailey's 'Brew Britannia'

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

    Pete Brown
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Friday, late afternoon. Stranded in Chesterfield waiting for The Beer Widow, who is attempting to come up the M1 from London to meet me before we go on to the Great Peak Weekender at Thornbridge. The journey will eventually take her seven hours (it should take no more than three), so sitting in Chesterfield station's dispiriting concourse isn't an option. I follow signs to the town centre and walk for about ten minutes without seeing a single shop, pub, restaurant or commercial premises of any description. I'm dragging a suitcase. It starts to rain, hard, and I'm getting…
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  • Law will let California host 2015 homebrewers conference

    Real Beer
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    California governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will will allow the 37th National Homebrewers Conference to be held next June in San Diego as scheduled. Last year, an amendment added to Assembly Bill 1425 (AB1425) was passed and effectively banned homebrewing organizations — including the AHA and the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) — from hosting events centered around their favorite hobby. As a result, the 24th annual 2014 CHA Southern California Homebrewers Festival was canceled. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, puts the Southern California Homebrewers…
  • Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker British champion

    Real Beer
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been crowned the “Best Beer” in Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, which opened today in London. Citra from Oakham Ales won the silver and Salopian’s Darwin’s Origin capture bronze. “I’m speechless. We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic,” head brewer Peter Eells said after the awards were announced. Overall Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker Silver – Oakham,…
  • Stone Brewing announces plans to build Berlin brewery

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

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

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

  • Nürnberg Winterbier and Sommerbier 1886-1887

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    I'm slowly ploughing my way through the 1903 edition of "Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel". It has over 1,000 analyses of beers, mostly German but with examples from most major brewing countries.I've already harvested the analyses from a couple of earlier editions, which means there are only 100 or so I need to collect. To add to the 20-odd thousand in my main gravity spreadsheet. It's getting to be quite a collection. Which is sort of the idea.To quickly recap, in the 19th century Lager was split into two main types, Winterbier and Sommerbier. Before refrigeration, both…
  • Barclay Perkins Stout quality 1922 - 1925

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    We're finally on the final leg of my crawl through the cellars of 1920's London. It's been a fascinating journey. So much so, that it probably deserves a volume of its own. But what to call it? Gravity!? Or maybe Draught! Feel free to throw suggestions at me.The 1920's was a funny period. Brewers weren't sure legislation the goivernment might throw their way, particularly with regard to pubs. The so-called local option, where inhabitants of a ward could vote for it to go dry was seen by brewers as a great threat. Pubs were their primary outlets. Whole areas becoming pub-free could seriously…
  • Barclay Perkins financial results 1917 - 1939

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    That'a another real click bait title. I don't know how I conjour them up.It was a wet weekend in Amsterdam. Very wet. Persistent rain with the odd burst of stair-rods and occasional taunting splash of sunshine. Not much to tempt me out of doors, I got stuck into some research. The hands dirty, back-breaking type of work. Looking for financial reports in the newspaper archive.It's not what you'd call exciting. Not particularly difficult, just time-consuming and tedious. They're not hard to find. Companies issued their annual report on pretty much the same date each year. What's annoying is the…
  • It's official

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I'll be in the Northwest this November:7th – 8th November Seattle9th – 10th November Denver11th – 12th November Portland13th – 14th November Vancouver15th November SeattleI'll be pushing my brilliant book, obviouly. And other stuff. It's not all 100% worked out. More like 0.0015%.Er, buy my book:The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.
  • Imperial Stout

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    That's not really what this article is about. Just the title of a random advert. The one you can see below.Why am I writing this article? Because I need to write one quickly, if I'm honest. I've been so busy felling trees in the newspaper archive forest that I've little time for writing. At least that's my excuse. A renascent social life isn't helping.But there are other reasons. Partly it's providing evidence for the non-dominance of Guinnes Stout after WW I. I can never resist plugging away at that one.Which has just reminded me of something else I noticed. The difference in strength…
 
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    The Barley Blog

  • Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale

    BarleyBlog
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Along with newly redesigned packaging, Squatters also released two new brews this year. The first was Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a tasty treat of a brew. The second is Wee Peat, a 5.6% ABV and 27 IBU Scottish ale. While the overall lighter character of Bumper Crop is more suited for warmer months, Wee Peat […] The post Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities; All To Be Released in 6-Packs

    BarleyBlog
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Frederick, MD – To decide on the lineup for Flying Dog’s 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his brewing team had to narrow down 45 beer concepts to just eight. And there was just a little pressure from fellow coworkers. Each summer, the entire brewery […] The post Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities; All To Be Released in 6-Packs appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus

    BarleyBlog
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    The first barrel-aged beer — more specifically that of the wild/sour variety — that I enjoyed from Avery Brewing was their Brabant. It had great flavor, but was a little tame in the wild department. That was also back in 2010. Fast forward a few years and we’ve come to Rufus Corvus, a beer that […] The post Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Gordon Biersch Celebratest with Second 25th Anniversary Brew

    BarleyBlog
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Press Release San Jose, CA (August 25, 2014) – As Gordon Biersch Brewing Company continues celebrating its 25th anniversary, the company today unveiled a new look for its collection of heritage, German-style craft beers with updated bottles and box packaging and introduced its second 25th anniversary beer, Golden Export Lager. GOLDEN EXPORT: Coming on the […] The post Gordon Biersch Celebratest with Second 25th Anniversary Brew appeared first on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA

    BarleyBlog
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Stone Brewing has been on a tear lately with collaborative efforts, especially with their IPAs. Collective Distortion is a 9.3% ABV Double/Imperial IPA that came together with the help of a couple of musicians — Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident and guitarist Keri Kelli. I’m not exactly sure how much input the duo […] The post Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • House of Orange

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    I'm a complete sucker for new-wave German hops, mainly because we pretty much never see them here. But I did genuinely enjoy the handful of beers I've had using them, and Mandarina particularly sticks out as a good variety. So obviously I leapt at Nøgne Ø Mandarina IPA when it appeared in DrinkStore, in a way that I don't normally leap at spendy Nøgne Ø beers.This is 7.5% ABV and is dark orange with an almost reddish cast to it, topped by an off-white head. The aroma is a unique mix of Christmas spices, biscuits, gunpowder, jaffa, chocolate and herbs: one hell of a noseful. The…
  • The A game

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in June, Molson Coors Ireland held another one of their beer events for the trade and meeja at House on Leeson Street. This time, the focus was on Blue Moon and they had brought over Blue Moon's "founder" Keith Villa to introduce himself and a few of his beers. As usual, the House kitchen had done a great job of putting together food combinations to go with the beer. We started on Blue Moon's Summer Honey Wheat which I'd had at the last event and was highly unimpressed by. It was paired with a chicken dish here and that worked surprisingly well in drawing the flavour out of the beer.
  • Down with the kids

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    The strand of British brewing I'm looking at in the last of my posts from Bristol is the one that mostly ignores what has gone before, taking its cues from the brewing practices of other places.The company at the forefront of that movement is BrewDog, whose rapidly spreading pub estate eschews cask ale and cosy fittings, going for a much starker style-conscious vibe. From the couple of visits I made to BrewDog Bristol I could tell that the style is backed up with plenty of substance: the staff being more service-oriented, more knowledgeable about beer and more generally pleasant to be…
  • Traditional matters

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    From my previous post you might get the impression that British beer these days is all new world hops, weird ingredients and unfamiliar styles, but that's far from the case. On my few days in Bristol last month I found the home fires to be very much still burning.The nearest pub to my hotel was The Shakespeare Tavern, a homely little traditional boozer with big screen sports sports and lager for the regulars down the back, and a cosy front parlour for tourists like me. "Shakespeare Bitter" said one of the pumpclips and I'm reasonably certain this is Greene King's House Ale, known by a number…
  • King for a day

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    King Street is a cobbled stretch of central Bristol, linking two of the waterfronts in this inland maritime city. It is exceedingly well-pubbed, enough to warrant a mention in the opening chapter of Boak & Bailey's recent Brew Britannia as an example of the radical changes currently happening in British beer. But there's even more than that: King Street is a veritable microcosm of British pub life, from shooters to schooners and everything in between.I spent a few days in Bristol in July and managed to darken the doors of several of the varied establishments of King Street.The…
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  • Strike Out ALS at Deep Ellum Brewing Company - September 17

    Jeff Holt
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I find the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) juvenile, and I refuse to participate. But if I were in Dallas on September 17, I think I know of a perfect way to give money to find a cure. Deep Ellum Brewing Company will host "Strike Out ALS" party on September 17 from 6-8pm. All the proceeds will go to the the Texas Chapter of ALSA, the ALS research organization. Stay dry and warm. Drink beer.
  • Blue Owl Brewing to Launch Featuring Sour Mash Beers

    Jeff Holt
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you've been reading this blog  for a while, you have probably noticed that I have this bizarre fascination with sour mash beers but have always been afraid to try making one. I may no longer need to try. Jeff Young and Suzy Shaffer, formerly of Black Star Co-Op, plan to open Blue Owl Brewing at 2400 East Cesar Chavez St. Convinced sour beers will soon enjoy IPA-like popularity, they two want to use sour mashes to make a more consistent product than those soured in barrels. There are four beers planned: Little Boss, a sour session wheat in the Berliner Weisse style; Spirit Animal, a…
  • Ow! My Back!

    Jeff Holt
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    The last couple of weeks have been hectic. On August 2, I had to help Satan cook a birthday dinner for his Dad. On the Thursday or Friday after that, I felt a pimple on my lower back as I slid into my chair. It was a nice, pointed pain that let's you know the darned thing is about to burst. On Saturday, I worked at Pedernales Brewing Company. What I expected to be a slow day got busy quickly. That made the day go by a lot faster. As I was going home, I  was carrying a case of employee beer, the brewmaster, fresh from an investors meeting clapped  me on the  shoulder and said,…
  • How to Build a Kegerator Infographic

    Jeff Holt
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
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  • New Braunfels Brewing HotChild has Been Released!

    Jeff Holt
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    New Braunfels Brewing Company used over 70 lbs of organic local cucumbers and more than 50 organic local jalapeños from M&R Farms to produce this uniquely refreshing hefeweizen. HotChild is a flavor experience that will literally blow your tastebuds away. The aroma is cucumber, the palate is crisp, smooth and refreshing with a hint of salt. The final lingering flavor is all spice. HotChild is the perfect pairing to the smoldering TX heat. Enjoy!
 
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  • Why the Micropub Association should be furious with Camra

    Martyn Cornell
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    The Micropub Association should be absolutely raging with the Campaign for Real Ale. Because under the misguided idea that it is “saving” the British pub, Camra is trying hard to make sure no new pubs ever get opened again. Once again this is a case of not properly thinking through the implications of a proposed policy. What Camra wants to do is to try to make it much more difficult to close pubs (more on why that’s a stupid idea later). So why will making it more difficult to close pubs also make it much more difficult to open new pubs, in the way that the Micropub Association has been…
  • Second thoughts on the mysterious origins of AK

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

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

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

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

  • Beer Birthday: Fred Bowman

    Jay Brooks
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Today is Fred Bowman’s 70th birthday. Fred co-founded the Portland Brewing Co., which was bought a few years ago byPyramid Breweries, which in turn was bought by Magic Hat and now recently again by North American Breweries. Fred continues to be very active in the craft beer community, and has... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1294: Why Responsible Brewers Are Adopting This Symbol

    Jay Brooks
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. It looks like it most likely was published in a trade magazine of some type rather than a consumer periodical. But I especially... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Pete Reid

    Jay Brooks
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Today is Pete Reid’s 51st birthday. Pete is the publisher of Modern Brewery Age. I first met Pete a number of years ago at a Craft Brewers Conference but finally got to know him much better during a trip to Bavaria a few years back, where the two of us took a side trip to […] The post... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Brookston & Porter

    Jay Brooks
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So you’ve probably noticed that one of the latest internet memes is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The idea involves “dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Pete Slosberg

    Jay Brooks
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Today is my friend Pete Slosberg’s 64th birthday. Pete is, of course, best known for Pete’s Wicked Ales. After that he toyed with the idea of making barbecue but decided instead to make some incredible chocolates and had a small company, Cocoa Pete’s. A few years ago, I traveled... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Before Canvitational, Get to know - Cigar City Brewing

    Matt
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you.Cigar City Brewing is a well known name in the craft beer community.  They have been making a name for themselves with hoppy IPAs, big imperial stouts, and other approachable…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Beer Me Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingEvery Wednesday at Chilly Water is our “Hippy” Hour where all pints are $3.75 with food specials too. We will fill our speakers with jam band music and show DVD’s of full concerts.Upcoming live music:Thursday Aug. 28th live jazz with Ryan Taylor and Freddie Mendoza. 7:30pm Saturday Aug. 30th Dave Grodzki 8pm Saturday Sept. 6th David Gans who hosts the nationally syndicated Grateful dead Hour will perform a solo electric show 8pmUpcoming tappings:Friday Aug. 22nd Two different Porters. An English Brown Porter…
  • Before Canvitational, Get To Know - Tallgrass Brewing Company

    Matt
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you. Tallgrass Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and has been canning their beers exclusively since 2010. Their offerings include six year round beers and several rotating seasonal beers. Look…
  • Random Beer Roundup: The Khaaaaaaan! Edition

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersChilly Water BrewingWe tapped our New Speedway IPA last Thursday so our current beer list is Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, Walloon Belgian Blonde, Captain Trips American Wheat, After Midnight Mild and the IPA. Coming soon we’ll have a chocolate/coconut porter and tapping our Octoberfest on Sept. 5th.We also offer a menu of Panini Sandwiches, hummus and dips, and finally a delicious dessert called “Skip’s Balls”. Check out our menu! Daredevil BrewingWe have a big weekend and hope to see lots of you out…
  • HopCat Broadripple opening this Saturday

    Matt
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I'm sure just about everyone knows about the HopCat grand opening on Saturday.  I am excited for this to hit Indy as it is always a stop for me when I'm in Grand Rapids.  This Saturday they will have 130 taps of Indiana made beer on tap, and if you've never experienced crack fries yet be one of the first 200 in the door and you will get free crack fries for a year. They are that good! My understanding is that after the grand opening it will be more likely that around half of the 130 taps will be Indiana made beers and the other half will be from around the country and world. I…
 
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • #MNStateBeer – Tweet from the Fair & Win

    ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Wanna’ win a “Drink beer from here” shirt? We’ve got a handful of these shirts from our friends at HopCloth and it’s time we give them away! These shirts are super-soft ringspun cotton and feel really nice. …so let’s have a contest! And since the State Fair is happening, let’s celebrate our locals! #MNStateBeer We ...
  • Land of 10,000 Beers Opens Today

    ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    …and so does the Minnesota State Fair, of course. Really though, we’re mostly just excited about the beer. And while the Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building isn’t the only craft beer venue at the fair, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. Our friends with the Minnesota Craft Brewers ...
  • Minneapolis Town Hall Nordeast

    ryan
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Fun news from The Journal – the former site of Little Jack’s in Northeast Minneapolis is going to be redeveloped into housing, and more importantly, a new project from the folks behind Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Located at 201 NE Lowry, the old Little Jack’s building is a stone’s throw from the new Fulton brewery ...
  • Bent Brewstillery Taproom Opens Thursday

    ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Doesn’t that look nice? Thursday is your chance to check it out. As you might remember, when Bent Brewstillery and Pour Decisions merged, the taproom was closed for renovation. Now, not only is the taproom back, but their distillery is up and ready make some beautiful spirits. Thursday, August 21st, 2pm. Check it out! Special ...
  • Summit Unchained 17 – Harvest Fresh IPA

    ryan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Considering that Unchained 16 hasn’t yet hit your pint glass, we’re probably jumping the gun here (better to jump the gun than a shark, though)… regardless, here are some details about Summit Unchained #17, “Harvest Fresh IPA” courtesy of brewer Tom Mondor. Right now the tentative release is planned for the week of October 20th. ...
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    RealBeer.co.nz from New Zealand

  • How Many Breweries in Auckland?

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    The Brewers Guild of New Zealand have announced (see below) that they had received 670 beers entries from 82 breweries for the 2014 NZ Beer Awards. This is pretty exciting news as it is a record number of entries for the competition. The piece of information that surprised me in the press release was that there are 18 breweries in Auckland that have entered. I guess it has been awhile since anyone has actually counted / listed the breweries (beer brands) in Auckland. I hadn’t given it much thought, hence the surprise. Below is a list of breweries (bold) and beer brands (contract…
  • The Food Show – Auckland 2014 (Day 1 & 2)

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Currently I’m spending my days at the Auckland Food Show (31 July to 3rd August). We are half way through and things are going great. If you are looking for a reason or two to attend then we have them. There is the amazing super combo offer from Culley’s & Epic. 4 different 500ml Epic beers and 4 different bottles of Culley’s Hot Sauce for just $40. Plus we will even deliver it to you so you don’t have to carry it around the show (as it is kind of heavy). This offer is only available at the show, so you need to turn up. We also have some crazy pricing on single…
  • Dry July – The Real Agenda?

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

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

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

  • 08/27/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew

    Mike
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.” Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or…
  • 2014 STL Hops Pinball Party!

    Mike
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It’s time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party! This year’s event will be taking place on September 27th from 6PM-10PM and will be hosted once again at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois. We will have two different ticket prices again this year, so here’s the run down: The cost of the event is $20 per person which provides you with all the pinball you can play for 4 hours. If you’re looking for transportation to and from the event, we’ve rented a bus that will pick people up at Lafayette Park and return them after the event. This will cost you an extra $10.
  • Morgan Street Birthday Bash and Beer Festival

    Mike
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    I don’t think people realize what the 2nd oldest craft brewery in St. Louis is.  For over 18 years, Morgan Street Brewery has been producing award winning lagers on Laclede’s Landing. “Over 18 years” is the key phrase here as Morgan Street is celebrating their 19th birthday this year and is throwing a beer festival on Saturday, September 6th to celebrate.  From 12-4PM Morgan Street is throwing this Birthday Bash and Beer Festival with 16 (and counting) of their closest friends.  Here’s a list of participating breweries: Square One 2nd Shift Kirkwood Station…
  • Week of 08/22/14 Beer Tastings

    Mike
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Siren / Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Lemon Cello IPA, Mikkeller Crooked Moon Tattoo DIPA, Stone 18th Anniversary IPA, and Mikkeller Arh Hvad!?. 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: New Holland Four Witches, Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black…
  • Midsummer Nightmare Event at iTAP CWE

    Mike
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you know what’s a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer. I’m not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass.  But, there is no reason not to enjoy some big beer after work in the comfort of your temperature controlled home. Do you know who has air conditioning and awesome beer?  The International Tap House in Central West End. While their beer selection is awesome all of the time, it’s extra awesome this…
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • A brewery wedding and why you should have one

    Johnny Osborne
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Wedding season is starting to wind down and if you’re like me, your Facebook feed is a wall of wedding ceremony/reception pics. Unfortunately, most of these weddings are going to end up the same way (woah reader, I’m not talking about divorces, you need to stop being so cynical), with a party at a hotel. Now don’t get me wrong, a lot of great parties have happened at a hotel. However, if you’re looking for a more unique venue for your big day, a Brewery Wedding at Monday Night Brewing is an excellent option. Cash Rules Everything Around Me — Wu-Tang Clan Cost is always…
  • Monday Night in Alabama

    Jonathan
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The same week that we celebrate our 3rd anniversary is also  the first week that Monday Night will be available in a state that is not Georgia. Alabama, watch out, we’re gunning for you. We’re touring Birmingham, Pelham and Auburn, bringing weeknight-lover’s craft beer to the thirsty. We’d love to have you join us. No, seriously. Join us. Birmingham Monday, August 4 Hop City Birmingham 5-7pm World of Beer 7-10pm Tuesday, August 5 Whole Foods Mountain Brook 4-6pm The J Clyde 5-8pm Pale Eddie’s Pour House  8-11pm Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 5-8pm…
  • Twinsies!

    Jonathan
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Monday Night beer. Because one just isn’t enough. Monday Night. Beer so good you need to baby it. Monday Night beer. Now in a 2-pack. Your turn… The post Twinsies! appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.
  • Accepting applications for Fall Sales & Marketing Interns

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

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

  • Weeping Radish Farm Brewery

    David
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    During a recent trip to the Outer Banks, we made a lunch time visit the Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery in Grandy, NC. The brewery is just a short drive from the Outer Banks. Arriving for a late lunch on a Sunday, we had about a 30 minute wait for a table. The dining area is surprisingly small given the overall size, at least in appearance, of the operation. We frustratingly stared at two large, but empty, tables. Two tables with seating for at least 8 were empty our entire wait, presumably saved for large parties. I was tempted to introduce myself to another waiting party of…
  • Shooting Videos - The "Pole Cam"

    David
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Watching other shooters is a great way to learn, but watching yourself is even more beneficial. At just about shooting match, there's always a plethora of video cameras in use. I occasionally use first-person video to analyze my shooting. This viewpoint is limited in usefulness. A handheld video camera, or most often a smart phone, used to record a third-person POV is preferred but still doesn't offer the "big picture." At the recent Cavalier USPSA match I benefited from another option, which I'll dub the "pole cam." My friend Alex had his video camera mounted on a monopod with swivel…
  • Five O'Clock Friday: Old Timers Bar

    David
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Four old retired men are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks 10 cents.”They look at each other and then go in, thinking this is too good to be true.There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis shaken, not stirred and says, “That’s 10 cents each, please.”The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another…
  • Spencer Devon Brewing Fund Raising

    David
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    I know I posted about a craft brewery fund raising project very recently, but as the number of Virginia craft breweries grows, we'll probably see more news like this. (Remember, these aren't recommendations, I'm just reporting.) That said, this one is close to home, and that makes it of special interest. Spencer Devon Brewing, which we first learned about last December, has joined the crowd sourcing movement with a CrowdBrewed-based project. Brewer/owner Shawn Philips explains his dream in this video which is posted on his CrowdBrewed project page.The location for the brewery in downtown…
  • We Are The Church Militant

    David
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Unless you get your news from MSNBC, you know about the genocide of Christians currently taking place in the Middle East. Recently, the exiled Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, Archbishop Amel Nona, made an impassioned plea,Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth…
 
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    The Brew Club

  • Green Flash West Coast IPA  8.1% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    The label declares the brew to be 'extravagantly hopped' and with Casacade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe hops in the mix that's extravagant both in style and volume. That said, it's well balanced, not a 'hop bomb' by any stretch of the imagination. And at 8.1% ABV it deserves to be treated with a degree of respect.
  • L’Affligem Blonde 6.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    It’s rare for me to find a new, or should I say different, Belgian Abbey beer, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a pack of ‘Affligem’ bottles on a recent supermarket trip, Affligem was a new one on me, but a ‘double fermented’ Abbey style beer is always worth investigating. Affligem Abbey was first […]
  • Dogfight – International Arms Race

    Bob the Brit
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    ...back in 2012, two different 'dog' breweries, Scotland's Brewdog and Maryland's Flying Dog went head to head in a 'combative collaboration' to create an IPA without hops.
  • Ilkley Brewery – The Mayan 6.5% ABV 

    Bob the Brit
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    I wrote recently here at The Brewclub of my first encounter with Ilkley Brewery, when I first tasted their rather splendid ‘de Passie‘ white IPA collaboration. ‘The Mayan’ describes itself as a ‘Chocolate Chipotle Stout’ and is (allegedly) inspired by an ‘ancient Mayan recipe’. It pours midnight black, pure ristretto coffee, with an espresso head […]
  • Thornbridge Twin Peaks 5% ABV 

    Bob the Brit
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Oh heavens! Yet another style of Pale Ale, this one an 'Anglo American Pale Ale', a collaboration between Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada Brewing. Hold on a second. Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada? Bring it on!
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Rye Beer

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It took me a long time (perhaps too long) to realize that — craft is (largely) about MADE IN USA. With an emphasis on made. And less emphasis on USA. This dawned on me when looking at gleaming copper, at Vendome in Louisville, with welders crawling around on the concrete floor — making stuff. It has become rare to have any real connection to people making stuff nearby, and quite apparently, we have a craving to get back to our roots, much as we flock to the beach every summer. If you have any doubt, take a look at the copper porn, arrayed here. In trying to get to the essence of…
  • Non-GMO Beer

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I would like to know if the above beer qualifies as Non GMO. I would also like to know, without a big hassle. I am sitting here with blazing fast internet and a big screen, and yet I remain in the dark as to whether this beer can be considered Non GMO. It would only be more confusing at the point of purchase, with less time and a smaller screen. On the one hand, a recent press release claims Peak beers are the first to qualify to use the logo depicted at upper right on the image above. On the other hand, I can’t find any approved labels with the same seal (and the above is of course not…
  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

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

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

  • Colorado Beer News 082714

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Today is Just Because Day. Have you ever asked why someone did something nice for you and they replied "just because"? This is a day for doing things just like that - do something good for no apparent reason. Sure, you might make someone wonder what your motive is. But consider doing something nice for someone and simply enjoy knowing that you made someone's day a bit better. Consider buying someone a craft beer today - just because! And if this day just isn't your thing, you can always celebrate Banana Lovers Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday,…
  • Denver Rare Beer Tasting returns for 6th year

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Drinking beer for a good cause has always been a great idea, particularly here in Colorado. Why? Because not only does Colorado have over 240 breweries, it also attracts brewers from all over the world who happen to bring some of their best beers with them during GABF. This year, Pints for Prostates will hold their annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI event set for October 3rd. Here's the lowdown on how you can still be part of this event.Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft BrewersTickets for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event Moving…
  • Colorado Beer News 082614

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Today is Krakatoa Day. On this date, 131 years ago in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, or rather blew up with the biggest explosion in the modern era. The noise was so loud it was heard over 3,000 miles away. So much debris was hurled into the atmosphere that it affected the Earth's atmosphere for many years. Let's hope that type of event won't happen again for a long time. P.S. - for you dog lovers - it's also National Dog Day. You're never drinking alone when you have your dog with you. Take your pooch to a dog-friendly taproom today! Here's what's happening around the…
  • Colorado Beer News 082514

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today is Kiss and Make Up Day. As the song goes "Let it Go, Let it Go". It's the day to forgive old grudges, apologize, kiss and finally make up with that significant other in your life. Life's too short to stay angry at someone. Take the initiative (don't wait for them that is) and be the one who takes the first step in resolving a conflict. Chances are, with a kiss and perhaps enjoying a craft beer together afterwards, today can be a really great day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 25th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on…
  • Colorado Beer Releases August 18-24, 2014

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    It's the last few beer releases of Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. 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 240+ breweries here in Colorado. Summertime beer fests are in full swing, Oktoberfest season is starting up and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are…
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    Hop Cast

  • 6 Year Anniversary Of The Hop Cast

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    This month marks 6 years since Ken Hunnemeder and I started the Hop Cast. When someone asks me how long we’ve been doing the Hop Cast, I know it doesn’t feel like 6 years to me. Time flies when you’re having fun and drinking beer. The Hop Cast is just something we do that allows Ken, Maeve and myself to get together and have fun. All the episodes are unscripted, you never know what could happen or what might be said. Very rarely do we sample the beers before we hit record and the only time we re-shoot something is if we forgot to hit record due to us having drank a few too many. After…
  • Episode 245: Midwest Belgian Beer Fest

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 245 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder take a trip down to St. Louis for the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. The Third Annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest was put on by Perennial and Side Project and this was the first time it wasn’t at the Perennial brewery. This year the festival kicked off St. Louis Craft Beer Week and took place at the Moto Museum. We had a blast! The fest featured over forty breweries from across the Midwest and a few beyond that as well. Over the afternoon we ran into a ton of great brewers we know from…
  • Episode 244: Alley Time & FOCOllaboration

    beerad@mac.com (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 244 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two different American Pale Ales. One is in a can from Illinois and one is a bomber for Colorado. First up, Brad and Ken open up the Spiteful Brewing Alley Time, this 6 % ABV APA is brewed with Pilsen Malt and a single addition of Simcoe hops. Spiteful recently started canning and this was one of the first ones to hit the shelves. Next up is the FOCOllaboration, the #6 in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series. For this 6.7 % ABV APA, New Belgium teamed up with the hometown…
  • Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero

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

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

  • BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY COMING TO PHILADELPHIA

    USABeerTrends
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    From our friends at Boulevard: Muller, Inc. to Bring Award-Winning Beers from Top Midwestern Craft Brewer in September Today, Tuesday, August 19, one of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Boulevard, one of the most recognizable brands in the Midwest, has partnered with Muller, Inc.to distribute its line of beers in the city and surrounding Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and…
  • First Annual VIVA LYONS to take on place on Saturday, September 13

    USABeerTrends
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    From our friends at Oskar Blues: Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a performance by The Infamous Stringdusters, event to celebrate rebuilding efforts of Colorado Front Range one year after devastating floods VIVA LYONS will welcome Governor John Hickenlooper, who will address audience to mark Colorado United Day The first annual VIVA LYONS will take place on Saturday, September 13 starting at 5PM in Bohn Park. Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a special performance by Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band The Infamous Stringdusters, VIVA LYONS will be an event of…
  • Dale Katechis – Soul Founder of Oskar Blues – Wins E-Chievement Award for CAN’d Aid Foundation

    USABeerTrends
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    From our friends at Oskar Blues: Nick & Helen Forster award Dale Katechis the E-Chievement Award at June 11th eTown Show August 7, 2014-Dale Katechis, well-known as the passionate and hard-charging owner of Oskar Blues Brewery, REEB Cycles, and the man who started the craft beer-in-a-can revolution, was recently recognized for an achievement that had nothing to do with craft beer-for his philanthropic contributions. In the days following the 500-year flood that nearly wiped out Oskar Blues’ hometowns of Lyons and Longmont, CO, Katechis created the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid…
  • Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

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

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

  • Firestone Walker Returns With Velvet Merkin

    D.J. Paul
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company will once again return with their highly sought after Velvet Merkin. This barrel-aged oatmeal stout is set to make a curtain call with the release of the 2014 vintage hitting store shelves beginning the week of September 15. This year’s version of Velvet Merkin was a blend of three different bourbon […]
  • Lompoc Brewing Releases SaazAll Pilsner Tonight

    D.J. Paul
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lompoc Brewing is all set to release their new SaazAll Pilsner today. The release party will be held at their Sidebar location in North Portland beginning at 4:00pm. For the release Sidebar will be featuring their new SaazAll Pilsner along with five other beers, including a 2009 Cheery Stout aged in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels. […]
  • Elysian and Payette Collaborate with Huckleberries

    D.J. Paul
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What happens when you bring together a well established brewery from Seattle and a younger brewery from Boise? If the two respective breweries are Elysian Brewing and Payette Brewing we will be welcoming their new Huckleberry Berliner Weisse just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This inaugural collaboration between Elysian and Payette will bring a […]
  • 2nd Annual PIKETOBERFEST – Fall Harvest Festival

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – August 25, 2014 - On Sunday, September 28 from 5:00-9:00 PM, Pike Brewing Company will host PIKETOBERFEST – a Fall Harvest Festival featuring beer, wine, spirits, cider, local artisan foods, sausage, and charcuterie. PIKETOBERFEST is a harvest festival featuring local and imported German-style food and drink. It is an opportunity to compare […]
  • An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting

    D.J. Paul
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Its now back to school time and Finnriver Farm & Cidery is bringing their “An Apple for Teacher Cider Tasting” to Saraveza on Friday, September 5th. Taking place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Finnriver will be offering complimentary samples of their craft ciders, award-winning port style apple wine and healthy bites of organic, local apples. An […]
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  • The New Home of IPAs

    Carla Companion
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The hoppiest and best hoppy beers are on found in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California?—?the undisputed kingdom of hops… right? [...Read More]
  • Barreled Souls rolls out an impressive lineup

    Carla Companion
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    There are four primary ingredients in all beer : malts, hops, water and yeast. Some brewers focus on the hops, some build up a very strong malty backbone to their beers. Barreled Souls – a weeks-old brewery in Saco – is all about the yeast. [Read more...]
  • Allagash taps into Beer Camp with Myron’s Walk collaboration

    Carla Companion
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On Aug. 1, the traveling beer festival sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing company called “Beer Camp” will make it’s fifth stop on a seven-stop national tour in Portland. This epic festival will feature over 100 breweries and will include many amazing beers. In support of the festival, Sierra Nevada also …
  • Is ginger the new black? Ginger-flavored beers sneak into summertime

    Carla Companion
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    When I think of ginger, I usually think of two things. First, the little paper wrapped candies you can pick up at Trader Joe’s that are equal parts addicting and mouth-burning. Second, the strange yet ever-present pink stuff on the side of sushi plates. I don’t normally immediately think of beer.
  • What is Portland, ME drinking? The Bier Cellar Top 5 of 2014

    Carla Companion
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you want to know what beers Portland locals are bringing home to drink, you don’t have to go any further than to ask Greg Norton, owner of Bier Cellar in Portland. [Read more...]
 
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  • Pilsner Blind Tasting

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

    Billy Broas
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Sierra Nevada has hosted Beer Camp for a few years now. It’s a beer lover’s dream come true. You get a VIP tour of the brewery, the chance to brew a batch of beer at their facility, and your beer gets packaged up and distributed. Yes, you can buy your own beer at the store. But attending Beer Camp isn’t easy. It’s usually invitation-only unless you join the occasional contest where you must submit a video entry pleading your case to attend. I’ve never been invited (tear…) and I’ve never submitted a video (lazy…) so I was pretty pumped when I…
  • How to Ship Beer

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

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

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

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

    Kendall Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tomorrow night at West Seattle Bowl, it’s the final Bob’s Brown Ale event of the year. When the beer is gone, you won’t see Bob again until the spring of 2015. Bob’s Bowl-A-Rama takes place on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00 – 10:00. Join Georgetown Brewing for an evening of bowling, beer and general revelry. If you read this blog, you already know about Bob’s Brown Ale and the story behind it. Non-bowlers, bad bowlers, spectators and everyone else is invited to join the party. But if you want to bowl,…
  • Washington’s Breweries Support 585,000 Jobs

    Kendall Jones
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For Labor Day this year, raise a toast to your local brewery and thank it for creating so many jobs while it brews your favorite libation. Each job in a brewery supports 45 jobs in other, related industries. That means Washington’s breweries support nearly 600,000 jobs. New data proves what many have surmised: breweries are job-creation machines that generate a lot of tax revenue and otherwise bolster the local and national economy. According to a study commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and…
  • Cider Swig – The Greater Peninsula Cider Fest

    Kendall Jones
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just learned about a new cider festival, CIDER SWIG – The Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th in Gig Harbor. Below we share the details from the event organizers. At right, the founders of Seattle Cider Company, just one of the many cider producers pouring at the festival. Details: The CIDER SWIG will host nearly 50 varieties of ciders for sampling as well as select food pairings by area restaurants ($5 and $10). Cideries will have available ciders for sale, to take home, during the…
  • Icicle Brewing Introduces Fall Seasonal Beer

    Kendall Jones
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just received word that Icicle Brewing is releasing its fall seasonal beer: Drumfire Dark Lager. Here is the press release from Icicle Brewing August 26th 2014: For immediate release Icicle Brewing Company presents its Fall Seasonal beer: Drumfire Dark Lager (Distributed) Icicle Brewing Company is proud to introduce Drumfire Dark Lager as it’s latest distributed seasonal. Taking the place of the well–‐received Colchuck Citrus Wheat, Drumfire Dark Lager is a great beer to ring in the fall and its unique style is one you won’t find…
  • Schilling Cider Co Scheduled to Open its Cider House in Seattle

    Kendall Jones
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We recently received and announcement from Schilling Cider regarding its new Cider House, which is scheduled to open soon in Seattle’s Fremont neighbrohood. Here is the official announcement from Schilling Cider. Schilling Cider House To Open September 6, 2014 Schilling Cider opening Cider House near famed Fremont Bridge SEATTLE, WA – Friday, August 22, 2014 – Schilling Cider is pleased to announce the grand opening of Schilling Cider House in Seattle neighborhood Fremont on Saturday, September 6th. Located at 708 N. 34th St.,…
 
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  • Napa Earthquake Leads to Wine Bucket Challenge. Who’s Game?

    Patsy
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    When life — or an earthquake — breaks your wine bottles, make it a challenge. This is one stain to be proud of. When life — or an earthquake — breaks your bottles and smashes your barrels, collect the wine in a bucket — and dump it on your head. Following Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude temblor in Napa, North Bay residents and business owners are mopping up an ocean of spilled wine (and olive oil). However, the vintage is not entirely ruined, and the occasion is being used for a lighthearted spot of fun.
  • Oregon wineries prepare for possible earthquakes

    Patsy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Oregon winemakers are looking at what happened during the recent earthquake in Napa because they know it could happen here, too. Like many of the Oregon vineyards, Rex Hill Winery in Newberg faces some unique challenges. The owners have an older building, which they improved to make it safer. And they have winery space built recently which is up to a tougher code for seismic safety. Owner and consulting winemaker Cheryl Francis showed KGW around. They have barrels of some premium Rex Hill Pinot Noir being blended and topped off in the old cellar right now. The winery has grown their A to Z…
  • For realz? Scots lead the way for drinking alcohol-free beer

    Patsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    IT has long been the butt of uncomplimentary jokes but brewers of alcohol-free beer are enjoying the last laugh. A new survey has revealed that non-alcoholic beer is increasingly socially acceptable. It found that 48 per cent of adults in Scotland have tried alcohol-free beer compared to the national average of just 43 per cent. More than 20 years on from Billy Connolly’s famous adverts for Kaliber alcohol-free lager, the market for non-alcoholic beers has risen sharply. According to industry data published for the first time today, sales in supermarkets and off-licences have risen by…
  • Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries

    Patsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California’s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage. The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses. “It was a very violent awakening,” says Sandy Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor Family Winery in Napa. “It seemed to shake a long time. Our dogs and cats bailed out.” Taylor says her winery, about a mile from…
  • Where can I get Viagra added to my drink? China, of course

    Patsy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Alcohol manufacturer allegedly adds Viagra to drinks, hopes to trigger a rise (in profits). An entrepreneurial Chinese alcohol manufacturer has been arrested for ‘improving’ his drinks with an unusual pick-me-up – Viagra. Identified only as Mr Huang, the liquor maker was unable to keep up the illegal practice after customers noticed the unusual side-effect of drinking the spirits, which were marketed as ‘nutritional healthy liquor’, according to China News Agency. Huang, who founded Nine Springs Ecological Agriculture Development Company in Hubei province, was said to have…
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    All Over Beer

  • Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle

    Brian Stechschulte
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's always interesting to see my work in print. Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle
  • Unexpected Guest

    Brian Stechschulte
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I had just poured myself a beer and plopped into an Adirondack chair. Unexpected Guest
  • Ron Jeffries

    Brian Stechschulte
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Ron Jeffries
  • When Beer Lands was Born

    Brian Stechschulte
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    It was a big moment in California craft beer. When Beer Lands was Born
  • Hop Harvest & Selection

    Brian Stechschulte
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    See how hops are harvested on a small organic farm in Northern California. Hop Harvest & Selection
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    The Beer Genome Project | The Beer Genome Project

  • Episode 56: Developed in the Bottle (Part 1)

    Mike VanDelinder
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Mike and Jason share a bottle from Zipline Brewing Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The beer featured is the Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter, which is aged for 10 months in Silver Oak Cabernet wine barrels. Beers Zipline Brewing Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter American Porter, IBU Unknown, ABV 6% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:15: Introduction 01:15 – 44:10: Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter by Zipline Brewing Co To Be Continued… Show Links Zipline Brewing Co Zipline Brewing Co on Twitter Silver Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon barrels NZ IPA by Zipline Brewing Co Surly Brewing in…
  • Episode 55: Roll On Barley John

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:31 pm
    One of Minnesota’s most award-winning brewpubs, Barley John’s, lays out plans for expansion in Wisconsin. Hometown hero Surly brews a collaborative beer with Texas’ Real Ale and the Indiana juggernaut Three Floyds. Colorado’s Oskar Blues is now available in cans in Minnesota. And half-growlers make it easy to bring fresh beer home from Iowa. Beers Confluence Brewing Fresh Start Hoppy Pale Lager, IBU 31, ABV 4.86% Reviews on Untappd Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, IBU 85, ABV 8% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:19: Introduction…
  • Episode 54: This Evening So Beer

    Mike VanDelinder
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:18 am
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes Download: AAC (52.4 MB) MP3 (102.6 MB) Mike, Shawn, Tony, and Gretchen are joined by Stu for an extra-long episode featuring beers from Confluence Brewing of Iowa, Dangerous Man Brewing, AleSmith, and a Deschutes Brewery collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing. Show Links Capital Gold by Confluence Brewing Company, Golden Lager, 4.8% ABV – Untappd South Side Citra Blonde by Confluence Brewing Company, Blonde Ale, 5.2% ABV – Untappd American Wheat by Dangerous Man Brewing Company, American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.1% ABV – Untappd Dangerous…
  • Episode 53: You Wanna Radler

    Mike VanDelinder
    8 Aug 2013 | 9:49 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 41 minutes Download: AAC (42.6 MB) MP3 (39.5 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony attack the summer sippers known as shandies and radlers. These are beers that are truly a cocktail of approximately half beer and half lemonade or soda. Some breweries, such as Leinenkugel’s, pre-mix a shandy and make it available in bottles. Stieglbrauerei of Austria makes a similar beer called radler that uses grapefruit soda in a concoction with beer. With industry examples to set the stage, we make our own versions of the radler while discussing the role beer…
  • Episode 52: Fitger’s and Growlers

    Mike VanDelinder
    22 Jul 2013 | 6:42 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes Download: AAC (72.9 MB) MP3 (67.7 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony discuss four beers from Fitger’s Brewhouse: Apricot Wheat, XXX, Starfire Reserve, and Superior Trail IPA. The tap list at Fitger’s is constantly rotating, so make sure you stop in to get a growler fill when driving through Duluth. Show Links Fitger’s Brewhouse on Twitter and Facebook – mncraftbrew.org Apricot Wheat by Fitger’s Brewhouse, Fruit Ale, 5.3% ABV – BeerAdvocate XXX English Ale by Fitger’s Brewhouse, ESB Pale Ale, 6.6% ABV…
 
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    The Beer In Me : News > The Beer In Me

  • Anheuser-Busch to import Montejo from Mexico

    Ken
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hoping to tap the fast-growing Hispanic market, Anheuser-Busch is importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S.The subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, said Wednesday that starting next month it will sell Montejo lager in bars, restaurants and grocery stores in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.http://news.yahoo.com/anheuser-busch-import-montejo-mexico-182837030.html;_ylt=AwrSyCSVjONTbTUACEDQtDMD[Submitted by Jay Theriot]
  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 56: Developed in the Bottle (Part 1)

    Mike VanDelinder
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Mike and Jason share a bottle from Zipline Brewing Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The beer featured is the Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter, which is aged for 10 months in Silver Oak Cabernet wine barrels. Beers Zipline Brewing Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter American Porter, IBU Unknown, ABV 6% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:15: Introduction 01:15 – 44:10: Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter by Zipline Brewing Co To Be Continued… Show Links Zipline Brewing Co Zipline Brewing Co on Twitter Silver Oak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon barrels NZ IPA by Zipline Brewing Co Surly Brewing in…
  • Episode 55: Roll On Barley John

    Mike VanDelinder
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:31 pm
    One of Minnesota’s most award-winning brewpubs, Barley John’s, lays out plans for expansion in Wisconsin. Hometown hero Surly brews a collaborative beer with Texas’ Real Ale and the Indiana juggernaut Three Floyds. Colorado’s Oskar Blues is now available in cans in Minnesota. And half-growlers make it easy to bring fresh beer home from Iowa. Beers Confluence Brewing Fresh Start Hoppy Pale Lager, IBU 31, ABV 4.86% Reviews on Untappd Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, IBU 85, ABV 8% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – 01:19: Introduction…
  • Episode 54: This Evening So Beer

    Mike VanDelinder
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:18 am
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes Download: AAC (52.4 MB) MP3 (102.6 MB) Mike, Shawn, Tony, and Gretchen are joined by Stu for an extra-long episode featuring beers from Confluence Brewing of Iowa, Dangerous Man Brewing, AleSmith, and a Deschutes Brewery collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing. Show Links Capital Gold by Confluence Brewing Company, Golden Lager, 4.8% ABV – Untappd South Side Citra Blonde by Confluence Brewing Company, Blonde Ale, 5.2% ABV – Untappd American Wheat by Dangerous Man Brewing Company, American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.1% ABV – Untappd Dangerous…
  • Episode 53: You Wanna Radler

    Mike VanDelinder
    8 Aug 2013 | 9:49 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 41 minutes Download: AAC (42.6 MB) MP3 (39.5 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony attack the summer sippers known as shandies and radlers. These are beers that are truly a cocktail of approximately half beer and half lemonade or soda. Some breweries, such as Leinenkugel’s, pre-mix a shandy and make it available in bottles. Stieglbrauerei of Austria makes a similar beer called radler that uses grapefruit soda in a concoction with beer. With industry examples to set the stage, we make our own versions of the radler while discussing the role beer…
  • Episode 52: Fitger’s and Growlers

    Mike VanDelinder
    22 Jul 2013 | 6:42 pm
    Subscribe: iTunes RSS Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes Download: AAC (72.9 MB) MP3 (67.7 MB) Mike, Shawn, Gretchen, John, and Tony discuss four beers from Fitger’s Brewhouse: Apricot Wheat, XXX, Starfire Reserve, and Superior Trail IPA. The tap list at Fitger’s is constantly rotating, so make sure you stop in to get a growler fill when driving through Duluth. Show Links Fitger’s Brewhouse on Twitter and Facebook – mncraftbrew.org Apricot Wheat by Fitger’s Brewhouse, Fruit Ale, 5.3% ABV – BeerAdvocate XXX English Ale by Fitger’s Brewhouse, ESB Pale Ale, 6.6% ABV…
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    CraftBeerTime.com

  • Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout

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

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

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

    Beer Blogger
    7 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA - CraftBeerTime.com Of all of the styles of IPA out there, West Coast IPAs seem to be the biggest hit with hopheads across the US.  They offer the big punch that hop lovers crave and they were made famous by the big west coast breweries we all know and love.  So what happens when a midwest brewery jumps onboard the west coast bandwagon?  Surly Brewing Overrated! IPA brings that west coast flavor to midwest drinkers. Surly Brewing has long been known for making beers that craftbeer drinkers go crazy for and they make plenty of big hoppy brewers like Furious and…
  • Bar Game Drink Mats

    Beer Blogger
    2 May 2014 | 5:40 am
    Bar Game Drink Mats - CraftBeerTime.com Beer coasters.  That little piece of cardboard found at bars everywhere.  They help to protect the surface of the bar/table, absorb some of the condensation and overflow from your beer, and act as another spot for brewers to get advertising in front of you.  They’ve become so ubiquitous that we hardly notice them anymore.  So what if they served another purpose?  One that could hold your attention for more than just a few seconds?  What if they kept your attention by offering all kinds of games?  Bar Game Drink Mats from SUCKS UK offers…
 
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:43 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:43 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:43 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:43 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:43 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 – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • James Squire’s Brisbane Brewhouse now open

    Media Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Brisbane’s beer landscape continues to develop and evolve with the opening of the new James Squire Brewhouse at Southbank. The new brewhouse is run in conjunction with The Mantle Group which, amongst other things, runs the Pig & Whistle pub chain in Brisbane, including the newly opened Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley branch. The evolution of the Pig & Whistle chain is an interesting study into the changing face of beer in Brisbane.Although it is often dismissed as the arch-typal faux English pub chain, The Pig & Whistle has always been a cut above, providing superior quality…
  • 4 Pines to release limited edition medieval drop

    Media Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Media Release4 Pines to release limited edition medieval dropSydney microbrewery 4 Pines Brewing Company will release a limited edition medieval style beer next month, as part of the inaugural annual St Ives Medieval Faire.The popular boutique beer makers from Sydney’s northern beaches will put their skills to the test to recreate an authentic medieval drop for the event, sourcing ingredients from as far afield as Scotland to perfect the flavour.The gruit style beer, dubbed Sir Andrew’s Gruit after Sydney knight and jouster Andrew McKinnon, will be available exclusively at the St Ives…
  • ANCH early bird ends soon

    Media Release
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Winter is leaving, Spring is coming, and so is the fourth Australian National Homebrewing Conference. Here is your friendly regular reminder from the ANHC team to grab your tickets and prepare your palates for the big event.Early Bird ends soonOur early bird prices will run out at midnight 31 August, so buy before Sunday if you want to make use of the huge discount we’ve been offering over the last two months. If that isn’t enough incentive, we are just about to reach our ticketing cap — there are less than 40 spots available for the conference, so get in quick.Beer, beer and more…
  • Beer jobs: Area Manager NSW, Mountain Goat

    Help Wanted
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Mountain Goat Brewery — Area Manager Sydney/NSWMountain Goat is looking to appoint an area manager for the NSW market with a strong focus on inner Sydney.Reporting to the National Sales Manager your key objectives will be to drive sales and market Mountain Goat products through all on and off premise accounts in the designated area. You will be responsible for sales of bottle, can and keg products into key retail stores, national accounts, pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars.This position requires a highly motivated person who is great at building and maintaining relationships.To be…
  • Beer jobs: WA Sales Representative, Mash Brewing

    Help Wanted
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    WA Sales RepresentativeMash Brewing WA is seeking an energetic and highly motivated craft beer nut to join their Western Australian sales team.  The successful applicant must possess a sound understanding of craft beer and the beverage industry, be results driven and have an enthusiastic can-do attitude.Your primary responsibilities will be to represent and communicate the core values of our brands and maintain current account relationships whilst driving and building new on-premise business.This is a full time role with a competitive starting salary, incentive based commission and all the…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Gainesville gains another brewery; First magnitude Brewing Company

    mwisdom562
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    A university professor with a Ph.D. in Education Administration seems an unlikely fit for founding and opening a craft beer brewery. Nevertheless, John Denny (a.k.a. Dr. John) and a group of friends are planning the opening of their Gainesville, Fla. brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company for the weekend of August, 23. The story of First Magnitude is a familiar one; a group of friends got together and came up with an idea for opening a craft beer brewery. The four friends all had other jobs and children making the idea of opening a brewery risky, but worthwhile in their opinion. So, with…
  • Hold the lime! Corona recalled!

    mwisdom562
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Before you pop open your next Corona and slip a lime wedge down the neck of the bottle, check the code printed on the neck. Packages of Corona beer imported by Constellation Brands are being recalled because bottles may have particles of glass in them. Recalled are 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages. A spokesperson said that the problem originated with a company that supplies the clear bottles to the brewery in Mexico. The following products are NOT being recalled: Corona Extra cans Corona Extra 24-pack loose bottles Corona Extra 24 oz. bottle Corona…
  • Veterans United Craft Brewery grand opening set

    mwisdom562
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ron Gamble has worn many hats; he was a naval aviator, a contributor to half-a-dozen high-tech startups, a home brewer and finally a head brewer. Over the past six years, Ron has honed his skill at the brew kettle at a variety of operations and is now using his skills to open his own brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside. Gamble’s Veterans United Craft Brewery will welcome the public into its tap room for the first time on Friday, August 22. The brewery is the culmination of a dream that began over a decade ago when Gamble’s wife Sheryl gave him a True Brew kit and a few books on brewing…
  • Growler fight subject of short documentary film

    mwisdom562
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    On a more serious note, readers of this blog are familiar with the fight going on in Florida over growler size. For those who are not up to speed on this issue, in a nut shell a group of mega-brewery beer distributors have been maneuvering to block all attempts by Florida’s craft beer producers and community to legalize 64-ounce growlers. State law in Florida currently allows both 32-ounce (one quart) and 128-ounce (one gallon) growlers. But, because of “safety and public health” concerns the state — under pressure from powerful lobbyists from the above mentioned…
  • Aussie beer ad ‘best ever’

    mwisdom562
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Australians take their beer seriously, but their beer commercials are another story.This video was posted to YouTube in June and has been garnering hits ever since. It has even prompted one blogger to call it, “The best beer ad ever!” Th ad poke fun of big Hollywood auto chase scenes and the cliches that are inherently embedded in them.   The Jax Beer Guy has partnered with the UBER car service in Jacksonville. Because of this partnership, you can receive a $20 credit for your first ride by simply using the promo code “JaxBeerGuy” when you register for UBER on your…
 
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    Brewbound.com

  • Firestone Walker to Release Velvet Merkin

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Paso Robles, CA – Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Velvet Merkin barrel-aged oatmeal stout is set to make a curtain call with the release of the 2014 vintage starting on September 15. “We let our hair down with the 2014 Velvet Merkin and changed up the barrel mix a bit compared to previous vintages,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Velvet Merkin has always had this signature milk chocolate character, but now the vanilla notes are more pronounced as well. We’re pretty stoked on this vintage.” The 2014 Velvet Merkin was primarily aged in bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig…
  • IRI: Craft Beer Sales Up 23 Percent Through August 10

    Chris Furnari
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    As the Brewers Association gears up for its annual mid-year “Power Hour” category sales review with IRI tomorrow, Brewbound decided to examine craft’s performance through the first 220 days of 2014. While Dan Wandel, principal of Beverage Alcohol Clients Insights for IRI, will certainly be armed with more detailed regional data during Thursday’s call, here’s what we know already: Year-to-date craft dollar sales in IRI’s multi-outlet and convenience retail channel universe (MULC), which comprises grocery, drug, Wal-Mart, Club, Dollar, Mass-Merchandiser and Military stores, were up…
  • NBWA Recognizes Economic Impact of Its Workforce

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    ALEXANDRIA, VA – As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the contributions of the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy. “Labor Day is a perfect time to recognize the hard work that America’s beer distribution employees do day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world for everyone,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “With more than 3,000 breweries in operation across the United States today, distributors are handling more…
  • Sam Adams Debuts Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru

    Press Release
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    BOSTON, MA– The brewers at Samuel Adams are no strangers to taking time to focus on their passion projects, and the latest example is the 2014 release of Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru. Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) is a unique Belgian ale, aged in Hungarian oak tuns for over a year and fermented with multiple micro-organisms found in the environment of the historic brewery. On August 23rd, the Samuel Adams brewers are releasing a small batch version called Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru that’s been uniquely aged for two years in the Barrel Room at the Boston Brewery. A touch of…
  • Press Clips: Colorado Town Fears AB Takeover; The Latest in Growler Innovation

    David Eisenberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Crested Butte Ambivalent of Whatever A small Colorado ski town may, in fact, not be up for “Whatever.” While some residents of Crested Butte support the idea of Anheuser-Busch taking over the town, temporarily transforming it into a moneymaking fantasyland dubbed “Whatever,” others worry such a corporate affair would damage its image. Building off its Up For Whatever ad campaign, Anheuser-Busch plans to fence off and paint Elk Avenue and its lampposts “Bud Light blue,” and have buskers perform outside pop-up bars – that serve only AB products – that line the street, according…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • Bulleit Woody Rollin’ Into Town

    Kendall Johnson
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    As wine & spirits writers I know we’re supposed to be equal opportunity drinkers, but just between us… Bourbon might just take the top spot. Which might also explain our unabashed ENTHUSIASM (!!) at hearing that not only is the Bulleit Bourbon team coming to the Bay Area this month, but they’re rollin’ in via the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Tour.  Yes, it’s what you think it is- a totally outfitted Bulleit Woody Trailer, originally designed for the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift Guide. The trailer was created by iconic designer Brad Ford, and was cast from repurposed…
  • LAPHROAIG SELECT

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

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

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

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

  • Brew Stand Update Two

    Mike
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Last week I shared the progress on the brew stand. This week I kept the momentum going and got the gas plumbing mostly done. The stand looks pretty good and the burners seem to fire with just as much power as a stand alone stand. I have two burners going for now, and the third will get down soon. When I first conceived of building a brew stand I actually figured I would only employ two burners. As a batch sparge brewer this made perfect sense to me. I normally brewed with two individual stands side by side. However, when found the aquarium stand to start this project with, it just made sense…
  • BIAB Series Update

    John
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    What do I have going on? We have a preview of the Brewing in a Bag series.  The first of the experiments is ready to bottle and will be ready to drink and talk about in a couple of weeks. These Brew Dudes took some video of the brew session and we plan to fuse it with some of our thoughts on the process with one of our future “in studio” tapings. The new challenge for me is figuring out how much priming sugar to use for a 1 gallon brew.  I have to get my calculators out (yes multiple) and figure out how much I need.  I was thinking of getting a measurement by weight of what I…
  • Brew Stand Update

    Mike
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    All the way back in January I announced that I was had acquired an old aquarium stand for a large tank. It looked like it would be perfect to become a brew stand. I posted a video about my plans and set forth thinking about how I wanted the stand to operate. I can’t believe its been 8 months since originally posting that clip. I am happy to announce that progress has been made. In fact, the project is about halfway complete or maybe even a little bit closer than that. The big decision came with shortening the height of the original aquarium stand to about half its height. I liked the…
  • Cleaning Beer Lines

    Mike
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    One thing we never covered in our kegorator series was how to clean your beer lines. After a while you vinyl beer lines will get coated in beer stone. Beer stone is a deposit of calcium oxalates and various dextrins and sugars. If left in the lines too long it can cause excess foam issues regardless of how well balanced your gas is or how clean your glassware is. Worse case is that dirty beer lines will change the flavor of your beer. Giving it stale or sherry like notes. Never good. Here’s how I deal with cleaning out my beer lines. My first step is to make a good gallon of cleanser. I…
  • 2014 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines

    John
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I posted some IPA recipes recently based on the new expanded India Pale Ale category from the draft of the 2014 BJCP style guidelines. Now, that section is just a small part of the full guidelines, which have many categories expanding and/or changing. For this post, I thought I would take a closer look at the draft and discuss with you some of the changes. The changes have some solid implications. For one, we have to change our beer recipes page. I mean, isn’t that huge? Ok, it’s not. The biggest impact the changes will have on these brew dudes and others is beer competitions.
 
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    If My Coaster Could Talk

  • Vacationland Distributors bringing Newport Storm to Maine

    Chad Lothian
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Newport Storm out of Newport, Rhode Island has signed with Vacationland Distributors. Newport Storm will debut their beers in Maine this coming weekend (Friday August 29th and Saturday August 30th) at the Portland Brew Festival. Newport Storm beer will become available to purchase in early September. The Founders of Newport Storm met while attending Colby College in Maine and Derek Luke, Brewmaster and Founder at Newport Storm is originally from Scarborough, Maine.”After 15 years, it is really exciting to have my beer available in the state I spent the first 22 years of my life in. My…
  • Goodnight Brew: a beer geek bedtime story

    Chad Lothian
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Recently I received an offer from Bailiwick Press to check out a digital copy of “Goodnight Brew” by Ann E. Briated with illustrations by Allie Ogg, an adult parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Having two kids I’ve read many offshoots of the book so I was interested in checking out this craft beer oriented version. Cover Illustration courtesy of Bailiwick Press The book depicts a colorful cast of characters in a brewery finishing up their brew day, cleaning up and heading home for the night, but not before saying “Goodnight” to the brewery. The book  is…
  • D.L. Geary Brewing Company tasting room opening soon in Portland

    Chad Lothian
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Soon there will be a new brewery tasting room in Portland. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, on the company blog, D.L. Geary Brewing announced that they are in the process of building a tasting room at their Evergreen Drive location, just around the corner from Allagash, Foundation, Bissell Brothers and Austin Street Brewing over on Industrial Way. The addition will allow fans of Geary’s beer the opportunity to stop in for samples, bottle purchases and of course pick up their Geary’s gear. Currently there are no plans for growler fills out of the tasting room but it is a possibility for the…
  • Farmers market sampler plate may be the perfect date night

    Chad Lothian
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Date nights are few and far between when you have two kids, I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong if there’s a beer event happening my wife is more than understanding and I can go and vice versa for her but the two of us don’t get to hit the town together very often. Instead we do our date nights at home, luckily for us once the boys fall asleep they are out for the night, so who needs to hit the town anyway? We both love our beer and a nice cheese board or charcuterie plate to accompany it so we picked up a growler of Geaghan Brothers Captain Kool IPA on Friday night and planned to…
  • Coaster Critique: Austin Street/Bier Cellar – Bier 2 Cellar

    Chad Lothian
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Name: Bier 2 Cellar Brewed by: Austin Street Brewery in Collaboration with the Bier Cellar Style: India Pale Ale conditioned with Brettanomyces ABV: 6.5% Bier 2 Cellar is a shadowy copper color that shimmers with red and gold highlights when held to the light, cloudy in the glass with a thick, bone white head. Hops are strong in the aroma, fresh cut grass, a hint of citrus and pineapple on top of a bready malt body. I’m picking up an earthy character, dirt, dead leaves, which I take to be from the brettanomyces. First sip I pick the malt, toasted bread and as sweetness, honey like. Hops…
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    Beer Infinity

  • 6 Things To Do Today: Including Newcastle Food, Folk and Real Ale Festival …

    Beer Infinity
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    Stoke Sentinel 6 Things To Do Today: Including Newcastle Food, Folk and Real Ale Festival ... Stoke Sentinel NEWCASTLE FOOD, FOLK & REAL ALE FESTIVAL: Real ale fans will be able to sample the beverage while enjoying folk music at the Newcastle Food, Folk and Real Ale Festival. The event, which is being held in Ironmarket, runs betw ...
  • Ale lovers set to form town CAMRA arm

    Beer Infinity
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Ale lovers set to form town CAMRA arm Uttoxeter News FOURTEEN real ale lovers have come forward to form a sub branch of a popular organisation for social drinking in Uttoxeter. Campaign for Real Ale members in Uttoxeter, concerned that the Heart of Staffordshire branch did not sufficiently cover the town ...
  • Beer Bloggers Conference Day 1: Opening Ceremonies

    Beer Infinity
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    My second day in California, land of the low growing plants and palm trees. Seriously, out of all the things that stand out to me as an east-coaster, it’s the plant life that sticks out the most. Cactus and thick leaved plants grow as weeds, and they strike me as beautiful if for no other reason than they are unfamiliar to me. However, ...
  • Upland brewpub closed Monday

    Beer Infinity
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Upland brewpub closed Monday The Herald-Times (subscription) s Brewpub will be closed all day Monday, Aug. 25, and closed for lunch until 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. The closure will allow the brewpub to complete the expansion that will add more beer, more bar and more bathrooms to its brewpub at 350 W.
  • The Willow’s Market Pale Ale – Brewed by Strike Brewing Company

    Beer Infinity
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is The Willow's Market Pale Ale - Brewed by Strike Brewing Company.  If you haven’t yet been to Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA you really should.  With well over 1,000 craft beers you’d be hard pr ...
 
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Drift Session IPA – 3 Brothers

    Brew Review Crew
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Review by: Cory Smith A couple of weeks ago, Richard Hartogs of Better Beer Authority invited us to do a live blind beer tasting with two other reviewers and himself.  First, I need to thank Richard for inviting us on the show, and secondly for sending us both beer to try, we’re big fans.  If you missed that video, you can watch it below. When Richard sent us Salty Scot, he also sent us a couple of cans of Three Brother’s Drift.  Drift is a Session IPA that is 5% ABV and “Citra Based” which means Cory likey!  I read recently someone going on a rant that session…
  • Arctic Panzer Wolf – 3 Floyds Brewing Company

    Brew Review Crew
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
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  • The Iciest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Ever!

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
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  • Flagship Ale — Grey Sail Brewing

    Brew Review Crew
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Review by: Cory Smith Flagship.  It’s a term thrown around by breweries to describe their money-making beer.  The beer that put them on the map, the one that is available year round, and the one that everyone knows and loves.  Well, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island took that idea to a whole new level by naming their flagship, Flagship!  Flagship is a cream ale, a style that doesn’t get a lot of love now-days, but is great for year-round drinking, but perfect for those warm days of summer. What makes cream ales so special is how they are brewed.  A lot of times, they are more…
  • Westvleteren XII (Westy 12) – #1 Beer on the Planet

    Brew Review Crew
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    by The post Westvleteren XII (Westy 12) – #1 Beer on the Planet appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.
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    SommBeer - Beer Blog

  • Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?

    Beer Sommelier
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    SOMMBEER BEER DEBATE #2 Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?   Sommbeer: Good brew pubs have relaxing atmospheres that invite conversation and fun.  Part of this includes bringing your kids.  Heck the brew pubs often make and push root beer.  Root beer!  I loved that stuff when I was 8.  Which is precisely my point.  The brew pubs encourage comes to visit.  Many have board games and kid toys just to keep them occupied. Patti Smith: …that should be amended to adult conversation…
  • Brewery Review: Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI

    Beer Sommelier
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Featured Contributor – Renee K from Ypsilanti, MI Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI Wolverine Brewery…comments and thoughts from Renee and BK (cupid)  We both agree that Wolverine is probably the best microbrew in the area.  Do you ever talk to someone that says something to the effect of… “I don’t like micro brewed beer, lets go somewhere I can get a Bud”.  Wolverine is a place where those picky drinkers who don’t really know about microbrews can go.  They have something…
  • Beer and Food Pairings for The Craft Beer Football Fan

    John Fahrner
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Featured Contributor - John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It’s mid August and football season is upon us once again.  Football is a great game not only for the sport and the tradition, but for many people like myself it’s an event that provides the opportunity for social gatherings.  With Social gatherings comes serving of great food and of course enjoyment of great beer!  This clearly is an opportunity to make sure that you, and possibly your guests, are getting the most out of your food and beer…
  • Cheboygan Brewing Co. – Brewery Review Part 1 of 2

    Beer Sommelier
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    “Up North” at Cheyboygan Brewing Company Every year I travel with my family “Up North” to Cheboygan, MI.  I love Cheboygan, it’s the perfect place to unwind. In year’s past we would run to the local Walmart as soon as we arrived to load up on all the steaks, chips and dip we needed for the week. My wife’s goal was to avoid shopping, I wanted to avoid people (‘cept for my family of course). Then a few years ago a local brewery opened up…
  • Brewery Review – Atwater Brewery – Detroit

    Beer Sommelier
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
     Brewery Review – Atwater Brewery – Detroit If you read anything about Detroit during that sad time known as “Prohibition”, you have probably heard street names like Riopelle, Jos Campau, and Atwater. These were some of the streets that bootleggers traveled on to get to the Detroit River, on which Canadian whiskey was being shipped in copious amounts. I happen to know that my great-grandma was a bootlegger, and I have to wonder if she was ever down at the docks to lend a hand…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Hops farming takes root

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

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Here are a few photos of sundown tonight out at the Hops Farm. There aren’t many things more peaceful after restringing bines and watching the sun go down over the hops. Sundown[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9541.jpg]210[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9548.jpg]200[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9562.jpg]220[img src=http://www.cardinalpinefarm.com/wp-content/flagallery/sundown/thumbs/thumbs_img_9564.jpg]190[img…
  • Social Media

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Cardinal Pine Farm has ventured out into more social media outlets. So please follow us to learn about our next harvest and just stay up to date on the latest news and events around the farm. Twitter & Instagram     The post Social Media appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Harvest Day

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’m not sure what got me more excited this year? Christmas morning or our first Harvest Day? We would like to thank the Wilson Home Brewers Club for all of their help and hard work today.  This is going to be a long lasting friendship. To The Beer Store in Wilson, thank you for sending out an email to your list for us. For all the volunteers that made our first Harvest Day a success, we say THANK YOU!   The post Harvest Day appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • Hop Varieties

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Are you curious about the different hop varieties and their characteristics, then take a look at this infographic. Cardinal Pine Farm has planted it’s first year hops with a variety of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Nugget. The post Hop Varieties appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
 
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