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  • Why is Budweiser mocking craft beer? Why Not?

    A Good Beer Blog
    Alan McLeod
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    One of the things folk will look back on the 2007-2016-ish era of craft beer as a dominant form of branding will be its excruciating preciousness. Consider this silly article from Fortune magazine, itself one of the silliest places to find an argument defending what holds itself out as some sort of artisanal cottage industry manufacturing:Budweiser did not respond to requests for comment. But it’d be a mistake to think the company is making these ads recklessly. Every time the craft beer world gets worked into a lather over one of these spots, it helps spread the Budweiser name. The fact…
  • Craft Beer in China Makes Promising Progress
    Franny Fullpint
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    China produces more volume of beer than any other country in the world. While that statistic makes a lot of sense when you think about … The post Craft Beer in China Makes Promising Progress appeared first on
  • The Grist: the Mad Fermentationist, Brad Smith, HomebrewDad, Jon Abernathy

    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Missed ’em? Here are the best homebrewing blog posts published during the week of 20.07.2015 – 26.07.2015. The frugal brewer The Mad Fermentationist: Homebrewing is a hobby that always has a shiny new piece of gear to buy with your beer money. I remember when I brewed my first batch of beer. I was living in a small, bachelor apartment in Leeds. You know, the type that you have to bend over sideways to cook a meal on the stove? That was me a few years ago. I started because I was interested in the brewing process. And because I thought I could save some money. But because I was…
  • U.S. craft beer volume production up 16% through 1st half of 2015 to 12.2 mil bbls

    Press Release
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) – The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers1. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring…
  • A Tasting Tour of Yorkshire’s Beers and Ales

    NYT > Beer
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Exploring the world of local brews that feel as much a part of the region as its moors and old textile mills.
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  • U.S. craft beer volume production up 16% through 1st half of 2015 to 12.2 mil bbls

    Press Release
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) – The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers1. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring…
  • Pelican plans to open a new brewpub in Cannon Beach, Oregon

    Press Release
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Press Release: (Cannon Beach, OR) – It was almost 20 years ago when a construction team began to rehab an abandoned building buried under the sand in Pacific City, Oregon. Owners Mary Jones, Jeff Schons and Brewmaster Darron Welch started the Pelican Pub & Brewery with the vision to offer the best craft beer experience directly from the Oregon coast. With an incredible view of Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda, and as Oregon’s only oceanfront brewpub, the Pelican quickly established itself as a destination not only for the stunning scenery but also some of the best craft beer in…
  • Avery Twenty Two Wild Ale debuts at company’s 22nd Anniversary party on August 8th

    Press Release
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) — After 21 years of piecing together 6- and 8-car-garages in an industrial alley off Arapahoe Avenue, Founder and CEO Adam Avery was more than ready to build his dream brewery. In February, Avery Brewing Co. opened the doors of his 67,000 sq. ft., $30 million brewery filled with the best brewing equipment available, including four new 850 hl fermentation tanks that nearly doubled the brewery’s capacity. The former Avery facility had buckets strategically positioned under its leaky roof—at the new brewery, Avery engineers crane the roof off to bring in new…
  • The Hop Concept Lemon and Grassy IPA coming next week

    Press Release
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Press Release: (San Marcos, CA) – Lemon and Grassy IPA, the third beer to be released from the Hop Freshener Series by The Hop Concept, will be heading to tap lines and bottle shops by the end of July. Continuing the trend of using new and experimental hops, Lemon and Grassy harnesses Comet, Nelson Sauvin, Sorachi Ace and Lemon Drop varietals to achieve its unique flavor and aroma profile. Aromas of freshly grated lemon zest, subtle mint and hints of biscuit start off Lemon and Grassy. Hops, hops and more hops explode on the palate. Grassy bitterness, citrus peel and the faintest sweet malt…
  • Brewers Association names Elysian Co-Founder, Dick Cantwell, its Quality Ambassador

    Press Release
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Press Release: (Boulder, CO) – Supporting its vision of a membership that consistently produces the highest quality beer, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the appointment of Dick Cantwell as Quality Ambassador. In this role, Cantwell will make presentations across the country at state guild conferences and other places where brewers gather. “A commitment to ensuring high quality craft beer is a top priority for the Brewers Association,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers…
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  • River North Quad XO Release Party this Saturday

    Jonny Fullpint
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    (Denver, CO) – Deep within their towers of aging barrels, River North’s brewers uncovered a hidden gem. After stashing it … The post River North Quad XO Release Party this Saturday appeared first on
  • Don’t Miss The Inaugural I-15 Brew Festival Saturday August 1st

    Jonny Fullpint
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    If you are a veteran of the beer festival circuit, you know the drill.  Tents are set up, tickets are exchanged, and sweaty bearded g… The post Don’t Miss The Inaugural I-15 Brew Festival Saturday August 1st appeared first on
  • Upland Brewing Bottled Blonde, Slated for August Release

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    (Bloomington,IN) – Upland Brewing Co. announced today that Side Trail Series #5, Bottled Blonde, will be released August 1… The post Upland Brewing Bottled Blonde, Slated for August Release appeared first on
  • Craft Beer in China Makes Promising Progress

    Franny Fullpint
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    China produces more volume of beer than any other country in the world. While that statistic makes a lot of sense when you think about … The post Craft Beer in China Makes Promising Progress appeared first on
  • Odell Brewing Piña Agria Slated For July 31 Release

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    (Fort Collins, CO)  – On July 31, 2015, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series brew, Piña Agria, a … The post Odell Brewing Piña Agria Slated For July 31 Release appeared first on
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  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 28/29, 2015.

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 26/275 July - 18 July 2015 18 July 2015"Hops have worked their way to the gustatory core of most craft beer recipes." That, and the results of an annual look at the world hops business from the Barth-Haas Group. —Via Stan Hieronymus, at Appellation Beer. 17 July 2015Belgian brewery, Duvel Moortgat, buys its third American 'craft' brewery: Firestone-Walker, in Paso Robles, California. —Via USA Today. 15 July 2015Since 1996, Pabst has been a contract brewery; its beers brewed for it by others. Now, Pabst is to…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Fobbing at the tut.

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    A volcanic beer shower when tapping a cask? Uh, no. That's the result of an unskilled publican, tapping with macho posturing. A skilled cellarman, who understands how to properly handle and condition a properly-brewed cask ale, rarely will be bathed in beer. And, contrary to much opinion, cask conditioned beer should never be flat. A certain amount of carbon dioxide must be retained in the beer to give it liveliness on the palate; this is the "condition" sought by the cellarman, and without it the beer can become flat and lifeless. The flavor of the beer is materially affected by the…
  • Virginia to celebrate Craft Beer Month in August.

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed August to be Virginia Craft Beer Month, and Virginia breweries will celebrate ... and compete. Virginia Craft Beer Month 20158/1/2015 WHEREAS, brewing homegrown, locally sourced beer in Virginia is a tradition that began in 1587, when Virginia colonists brewed their first ale using corn; and WHEREAS, the production of craft beer stimulates economic growth in Virginia by supporting local farmers of grains, barley, and hops; and WHEREAS, the craft beer industry also supports a growing $623 million economic impact in Virginia, along with more than…
  • Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 26/27, 2015.

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup of news of beer and other things.Weeks 26/2721 June - 4 July 2015 2015.07.04Why John Adams believed that July 2nd, not July 4th would be American Independence Day. —Via The Independent. 2015.07.02"The feel is of a welcoming insider showing a newbie the ropes." A review of the new book by Ashley Routson, "The Beer Wench's Guide to Beer." —Via Jeff Alworth, at Beervana. 2015.07.01Nicholas Winton, English rescuer of 669 Czech children during the Holocaust, dies in England at 106.—Via New York Times. 2015.07.01Eric Wallace, owner of Left Hand Brewing…
  • Pic(k) of the Week: Yellow and Blue

    18 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    A summer scene, captured in Colorado, with a cell-phone camera. 15 July 2015. -----more----- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. For more from YFGF: Follow on Twitter: @Cizauskas. Like on Facebook: YoursForGoodFermentables. Follow on Flickr: Cizauskas.
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  • Brewing Sour Beers with Michael Dawson – BeerSmith Podcast #108

    Brad Smith and Friends
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Michael Dawson, former cohost of Brewing TV joins me this week to discuss brewing the perfect sour beer. Michael shares some amazing tips for quickly brewing a Berliner Weisse as well as Lambic in this special episode recorded at the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego. 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 (41:52) Michael Dawson, former cohost of Brewing TV and brand manager for Wyeast Labs joins me this week to discuss how to brew a variety of sour beers.
  • Hop Tea and Sampling Your Beer Brewing Hops

    Brad Smith and Friends
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Brewers often ask me which hop varieties to use for their home brewed beer recipes? The short answer is to use the variety that fits the style of beer you are brewing and also the one you enjoy the most! The longer answer is that you need to sample your hops – and using a hop tea is one of the best ways to do this.  Alternatives for Sampling Hop Flavors and Aroma There are a variety of methods for sampling hop varieties to get a good idea of how they behave in beer. These include: Rubbing and Smelling The Hops – The easiest method by far is to take a small sample of the hops you…
  • Chilling Your Wort with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #107

    Brad Smith and Friends
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss methods for rapidly chilling your wort when home brewing beer. Chris discusses immersion chillers, counter-flow chillers and plate chillers and how rapidly cooling your wort can make better beer. 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 (40:33) Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss chilling your wort. Chris is also an instructor at the prestigious Seibel Institute,…
  • Rapid All Grain Beer Brewing – Part One – Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    We’re all incredibly busy these days and many of us are short on time to brew. So this week in part 1 I take a look at ways to shorten your all grain brewing session so you can brew more beer in less time. In part 2 we’ll take a look at ways to speed up your fermentation and aging so you can enjoy your beer more quickly.  Rapid All Grain Brewing In our busy world, time is the most valuable commodity. Sure it is great to enjoy an all-day brewing session with friends, but there are times when you may not have 5 or 6 hours (or more) to brew a batch of beer. Our goal here is to brew…
  • Beer Styles with Stan Hieronymus – BeerSmith Podcast #106

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    Stan Hieronymus, brewing author and most recent winner of the AHA Governing Committee award, joins me this week to discuss hops and emerging beer styles. Stan is the author of “For the Love of Hops”, “Brew Like a Monk” and also “Brewing with Wheat”. 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 (54:03)   Stan Hieronymus joins me to discuss emerging beer styles and hops. Stan is the author of For the Love of Hops, Brew Like a Monk…
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  • BEER RELEASE – The Yankee Ale Project – Riverwalk Brewing Company

    New Release
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
      RIVERWALK BREWING CO. REVIVES FORGOTTEN LOCAL CLASSIC: THE ‘YANKEE ALE’ PROJECT NEWBURYPORT, MA – Riverwalk Brewing revives an old local favorite, Yankee Ale. The story goes like this: Once upon a time there was a brewery in Newburyport, MA by the name of ‘Ould Newbury Brewing Company.’ It was a small brewery started by the husband & wife team, Joe and Pam Rolfe. They were among a group of breweries that began popping up in the early 90’s. Sadly, the brewery didn’t survive the economic downturn of the late nineties. Joe Rolfe ended up befriending Riverwalk…
  • Spirited Shipper – Sending Beer to a Buddy

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    On Friday, we’re off to the 6th Annual Beer Bloggers Conference, in Asheville, NC.  Here’s a quick nod to one of the 2014 sponsors! —— Last year at the Beer Bloggers Conference, Spirited Shipper (sponsor) provide us with a beer shipping box designed for a dozen 12 oz. beers.  After the conference, it took a while before we had the opportunity to test it out, but needless to say, we sent it on a voyage from Massachusetts to Oregon. According to the Spirited Shipper website, they have been operating for almost 30 years.  They created and patented shipping…
  • Throwback Brewery moves to Hobbs Farm!

    10 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Today is the day Throwback enthusiasts have been waiting for. We can now enjoy a full pour of our favorite Throwback beer at the brewery!  The new digs will be open beginning today from 4-7 at 7 Hobbs Road in North Hampton, NH!! We had a chance to hit the soft opening this week and took a few shots of the beautiful new place… Hobbs farm all aglow at night Sean, Annette, Doug, Stephanie, Nicole & Amber A beautiful Spring Amber When you order you can choose a bobble head as a table marker! We of course chose Animal. Or maybe he chose us! A yummy spent grain chocolate chip ice cream…
  • BEER EVENT: Taste, Tunes & Craft Beer Festival – July 11th (NH)

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Taste, Tunes & Craft Beer Festival – Littleton, NH The cool, rich tastes of amazing brews, local flavors, and groovy tunes will lift your spirit as you take in the views of the Ammonoosuc River on Mill Street at this year’s Taste, Tunes, & Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, July 11th from 4 pm -8 pm. Sip and savor local brews from right in the Northeast! So many unique and specialty brews are featured for your to tasting and exploring pleasure. While you’re at it, enjoy LIVE MUSIC from Not Your Mother, Jive Farmer, 3 Rivers, and The DoBros and mouthwatering food in a safe and…
  • BEER EVENT: WGBH Craft Beer Fest – July 11th (MA)

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    2015 WGBH Craft Beer Fest Celebrate WGBH’s third annual Craft Beer Fest with other aficionados. Sample dozens of New England’s finest craft brews, enjoy Boston’s best eats from local food truck vendors, and learn more about the brewing process. WHEN: Jul. 11, 2015, 7-10pm WHERE: WGBH Studios COST: $40 Members; $50 Non-Members GET TICKETS:   Breweries and Vendors Aeronaut Bantam Cider Company Blue Hills Brewery Ciders of Spain Clown Shoes Downeast Cider House Far from the Tree Headwater Cider Hopsters Ipswich Ale Brewery Mighty…
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    A Good Beer Blog

  • Beautica Club... Beautility Beer...

    Alan McLeod
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Ah, Utica Club. Craig brought Utica Club. He brought a few other beers. Beers that even came in caged cork topped bottles. But he brought Utica Club. It's a funny beer. An old school macro lager made by a regional craft brewery. Is it hidden craft? Faux macro? Whatever it is, it's five bucks for three litres at central NY gas stations. Summertime beer. Maybe even a cure for the summertime blues. Maybe. We talked over a pint or two before turning to a few more complex beers. Sweetish with a well placed jagged edge. Everything in its proper place. Nothing off or awkward. A beer for craft's…
  • Why is Budweiser mocking craft beer? Why Not?

    Alan McLeod
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    One of the things folk will look back on the 2007-2016-ish era of craft beer as a dominant form of branding will be its excruciating preciousness. Consider this silly article from Fortune magazine, itself one of the silliest places to find an argument defending what holds itself out as some sort of artisanal cottage industry manufacturing:Budweiser did not respond to requests for comment. But it’d be a mistake to think the company is making these ads recklessly. Every time the craft beer world gets worked into a lather over one of these spots, it helps spread the Budweiser name. The fact…
  • Clowes, Newbury and Maddox, Bermondsey, London, 1827

    Alan McLeod
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The brewery of Clowes, Newbury and Maddox sat on Stoney Lane in Bermondsey, London. The late Georgian artist John Chessell Buckler created a number of images from the district of Bermondsey. The watercolour of Clowes, Newbury and Maddox was painted in 1827. Charles Clowes, John Newbury and Erasmus Maddox that is. In 1868, the image was owned by the Corporation of London. I know nothing of Bermondsey other than what I read from Boak and Bailey or Stonch about the Bermondsey beer mile, something of last year's model apparently. A place of rubbish-strewn industrial estates. Huge groups of lads…
  • How I Actually Taste Beer According To Me

    Alan McLeod
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Once I used the phrase "the theatre of the mouth" and Stan liked the idea. Or maybe just the sound of the phrase. I was thinking about it today for some reason and realized that I had never described what I meant when I thought about this to myself. Well, the phrase itself places one in the seat, the only place that ultimately matters. No one can taste for you anymore than someone can attend a play for you. I was a playhouse usher for years so the analogy works for me.Having now drawn the graph at dusk by the window, I wonder if it really works sitting there in 2-D. Nine squares through which…
  • Considering The Badness Of Beer In 1800s Britain

    Alan McLeod
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Hail, Beer! In all thy forms of Porter, Stingo, Stout, Swipes, Double-X, Ale, Heavy, Out-and-out, Most dear, Hail! thou that mak'st man's heart as big as Jove's! Of Ceres' gifts the best! That furnishest A cure for all our griefs: a barm for all our—loaves! Oh! Sir John Barleycorn, thou glorious Knight of Malt-a! May thy fame never alter! Great Britain's Bacchus! pardon all our failings, And with thy ale ease all our ailings! That's the first bit of "Ode to Beer" from the Comic Almanack for 1837. What a jolly bauble. Exactly what we largely like to tell ourselves about the merry merry world…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • Beer, cyclical change, and fundamental change

    Stan Hieronymus
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.27.15 So this happened during the Beer Bloggers Conference in North Carolina: Keep Calm & Drink A Beer? — heybrewtiful (@heybrewtiful) July 24, 2015 I may have missed other posts that resulted (feel free to send links) from representatives of AB InBev pouring Budweiser at the conference, but here’s some Monday morning POV. The Antagony of Anheuser-Busch. [Via Literature & Libation} Thoughts On Rage {Against the Machine} [Via heybrewtiful] After I read the top post, I dropped Oliver Gray a DM…
  • Session #102: The Landscape of beer

    Stan Hieronymus
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    WE’RE NOT IN BUDVILLE ANY MORE   Jack Perdue has posted the roundup for The Session 101 (“Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus”) and Allen Huerta has announced the topic for the next Session will be “The Landscape of Beer.” He provides several suggestions (“How do you see that landscape now? What about in 5, 10, or even 20 years?”) for a potential post, but the title itself provokes several ideas. For instance, it could be an opportunity to review The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. Or to dig into one of the chapters,…
  • Why Wilko Bereit is my new beer hero, and other Monday links

    Stan Hieronymus
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.20.15 While waiting for interesting posts that might result from the 2015 Beer Bloggers Conference in Asheville … CRAFT Magazine – An embodiment of the German craft beer zeitgeist? I posted a photo of the cover of this new magazine after Barry Masterson broadcast it via Twitter. He was followed up with this rather complete summary of what’s in the magazine. Now I really wanted to buy a beer from Wilko Bereit: “He wants to expand, but no more than 4000 HL a year, as he wants to stay micro. He uses only organic ingredients, but does not care for…
  • The future of hops – a graphic prediction

    Stan Hieronymus
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    There went my Friday morning. No time to read hundreds thousands of tweets hypothesizing about the implications of the Duvel Moortgat/Firestone Walker deal. The Barth Report for 2014-2015 is available to download, and to print, because the best way to make sense of all the information included about hops it is to underline the key passages using different color pens. Some of the news isn’t as newsy in the past. These days, the US June acreage report gets quickly publicized and dissected and the Barth-Haas Group, the world’s largest hop broker, issues a similar world update even…
  • Craft bier – it’s everywhere

    Stan Hieronymus
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    From All About Beer (and to quote myself), Vince Cottone did not envision in 1984 “that his terminology would work its way so deeply into American beer culture, that craft beer would be used both as a marketing term and an anti-marketing term, or that some would still embrace at least parts of his rather specific definition, and others would find their own entirely different one.” Oh, and spread around the world. h/T @BarMas
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  • A Month Off

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    We’re taking a month off and will be back in August. As per our own advice, we need to recharge our beer blogging batteries and concentrate on some non-beer-related projects for a few weeks so we’re not going to post anything here at all. The 11,000+ word essay we’ve just put up is about equivalent to a month’s-worth of blogging at any rate. You might notice that comments on that post are disabled — that’s because we won’t be around to moderate them. If you’ve got an important correction to make, or it prompts any burning questions, email us…
  • The Good, the Bad & the Murky — Brew Britannia: One Year On

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    This piece is 11,000 words long so you might want to consider downloading it to read on your tablet or smartphone via Pocket, Instapaper or another offline reader. It is also available as a free e-book in various formats via Smashwords. Contents Introduction A London Particular – why everyone is talking about ‘murky’ beer I Can I Can’t? – the reinvention of the tinny Crowds & Community – crowdfunding: exploitation or fan service? On the Turn – signs of tension Vertical Integration – breweries with bars, bars with breweries Almost Too Wee – the rise of the micropub…
  • VIDEO: The Lost Breweries of Dublin

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    For the Irish Craft Beer Show John ‘The Beer Nut’ Duffy gives a guided tour of key sites in Dublin’s brewing history. VIDEO: The Lost Breweries of Dublin from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007
  • The Month That Was: June 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Here’s everything we posted in the last month — not a bad run, considering we spent a week on holiday in the middle. → Proposed Public House — As ‘new towns’ and Corbusier-inspired estates were built in the rubble and green field of post-War Britain, pubs were a focus of debate. → Notable Pubs #2: The Crooked House — In Himley, just over the Staffordshire border near Dudley, is one of the weirdest pubs in Britain. → Sarah Warman: Influencer — Is there anyone talking or writing about beer with anything like the ability of Jamie Oliver or Delia…
  • Beer Clarity, Ornamental Glass & Mirrors in the 1890s

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:40 am
    In her essay ‘Presenting the Perfect Pint: Drink and Visual Pleasure in Late Nineteenth-Century London’ Fiona Fisher argues that judging beer by its appearance was a product of a period when public houses were smartened up and glasses replaced tankards. It is a fairly short essay which first appeared in Visual References: An International Journal of Documentation in November 2012 and is readily available to anyone with access to an academic library. (We managed to see a copy through a more roundabout route.) There are lots of fascinating details pointing off towards original…
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  • Beer Business Daily: Beer is 1.5% of National Gross Domestic Product

    Jack Curtin
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    From this morning’s issue: BEER ROCKS THE NATION ECONOMICALLY As you may know, every other year the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers’ Association commission a study to show the vast economic impact the beer industry has on the economy.  In short:  It’s effing huuuuge.  In fact, it ends up being 1.5% of national Gross Domestic Product.  That means for every 100 dollars people spend, one dollar fifty cents goes to beer and the stuff that goes into it. What’s different this year?  Well, the BI and the NBWA have invited Capitol Hill staffers and…
  • The Nostalgia Series: Every Day Is April Fool’s Day (Beer Yard 2004)

    Jack Curtin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Long ago and far away, when we were young and excited and could all laugh at one another, April 1 was always a special day at the Beer Yard website (as it was and still is for many others), and as part of retelling our craft beer history in the Nostalgia Series, I figured some laughs would be more than appropriate. And so here we go, back to April 1, 2004 and the stories that appeared that morning. Friday Night Tasting: The Beers of Red Bell and Independence The founders of two legendary breweries will be here to ply their wares and tell sad tales of the death of kings This Friday’s…
  • What’s Going On Here?

    Jack Curtin
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    I am not abandoning this site, but since I can’t find the time or much inclination to post regularly here these days, I figured I might shift the focus a bit and, in addition to the occasional brand new post, make this a place where I can also retell, in bits and pieces and no particular order, the history of craft brewing over the last two decades as it was recorded by me in various online posts and print articles. And so it begins…
  • The Nostalgia Series: (from American Brewer 2007)

    Jack Curtin
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    DIFFERENT STROKES, DIFFERENT COASTS How craft brewing grew on either side of the country. By Jack Curtin It began, most of us agree, with Fritz in 1965, sitting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Francisco’s North Beach, sipping his beloved Anchor Steam and getting the word from restaurateur Fred Kuh to enjoy it while he could because the then 82-year old brewery was due to close any day. He thereupon hied himself over to Anchor and wrote owner Lawrence Steese a check for $5,000 to keep the place alive, getting 51% interest in the business in return…plus responsibility for all its…
  • Trouble at Twin Lakes? [updated 7 July 15]

    Jack Curtin
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    UPDATE: Twin Lakes announces it will relocate You do this gig for 20 years, you end up with sources, some good, some bad, some just trying to get you or somebody else in trouble. You figure it out or you don’t manage to do this gig for 20 years. I am hearing rumors that there is a crisis at Twin Lakes Brewing in Greenville, Delaware (a town for which I have a definite fondness because it was where we–by which I mean myself and all the under-aged Kennett Square reprobates of my era–went to drink when we were, how to put this, nowhere near the age to drink under the law. Spent…
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  • Another summer of beer - check out these live events!

    Pete Brown
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Every summer, the amount of beery events happening everywhere seems to multiply. Over the next few weeks, I'm taking two new event formats out for a spin.Firstly, there's a talk to support my new part-crowdfunded book, What Are You Drinking? If you missed it, this is a new venture with award-winning publishers Unbound, where you can crowdfund the publishing costs of a book, and in return get an exclusive edition of the book that's a bit classier than the one that will eventually go on sale as normal in bookshops and on Amazon etc, and all copies of the book will have your name in the back as…
  • How Big Lager Lost The Plot And Developed Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Pete Brown
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    As anyone who has read Man Walks into a Pub will know, my entry into the world of beer was via Big Lager. I loved lager ads when I was growing up as a teenager. Later, once I was helping make those ads, I was fascinated by the tribal loyalty people had to their favourite beer brands. If you were a group of mates in your twenties, Carling or Heineken or Carlsberg was like another one of your gang, always there when all the best times happened. In research groups you sometimes do an exercise where you ask people to imagine what brands would be like if they were people at a party. Beer…
  • Why SABMiller's acquisition of Meantime is a good thing.

    Pete Brown
    15 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    I wasn't going to write about this because I'm too busy and I don't have time. But I've read too many comments about it and I can't help myself.Just to be clear, I'm not an apologist for big, corporate brands, OK? And I'll fight with anyone who says I am.I think most people who love craft beer, good beer, real ale, interesting flavourful beer, whatever you want to call it, share a belief that mass market consumerism and the centralising of production into ever fewer, ever bigger corporations, goes hand-in-hand with cost-cutting, homogenisation, blandness, and a triumph of style over…
  • The dawn chorus, the apple, and another forthcoming book from me

    Pete Brown
    7 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    I've managed to end up working on three new books, with three different publishers. Here's a story about the second of those three.I've already talked about my new beer book, What Are You Drinking? It's a crowdfunded project with a new type of publisher that I'm doing (a) because it's a really good model for both readers and authors and (b) my ex-editor, who made my first two beer books happen, is leading the project. It's more than 50% funded. If you haven't pledged for it yet and you're kind of intending to, please do - it'll help shorten the gap for those who have already pledged before…
  • I am so fucking bored by the beer discourse of 2015

    Pete Brown
    5 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It started off odd, like a beer that tastes OK at first, then has something nagging that attracts your attention, and on the second and third sips, starts to reveal something badly wrong. Suddenly it all got legal. Then, it got nasty.When I write stuff for the consumer press about beer, I stick to the line - which I believe on good days, when the medication is working - that there's never been a better time to be a beer drinker. More brewers, more styles, more experimentation and inventiveness...And whatever your views on big brewers trying to muscle in on craft, their intense interest…
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  • Craft beer production up 16%

    Real Beer
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association. American craft beer (as defined by the BA) production volume increased 16% during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring in all regions and stemming from a mix of sources including various retail settings and a variety of unique brewery…
  • New Belgium to operate small Denver brewery

    Real Beer
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing has announced it will operate a 10-barrel brewery The Source Hotel in Denver’s River North District. New Belgium will brew on the ground floor of the Source Hotel, with barrel aging on the eight floor in a rooftop lounge, called “The Woods”, a collaboration between New Belgium and The Source Hotel. “The Woods” will serve New Belgium beers paired with small plates and will include a snack counter and bar, sit-down dining and beer garden. “After 25 years in Ft. Collins, we’re really excited to get more deeply involved in…
  • Odell Brewing chooses employee ownership

    Real Beer
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell are selling Odell Brewing Company, the Colorado brewery they started in 1989, to their employees. They announced Monday that they have sold 19 percent to a newly-formed employee stock option plan (ESOP), in which all 115 workers participate. A majority of the company’s stock has been sold to the Odells’ executive team, including Eric Smith, director of sales and marketing; Brendan McGivney, chief operating officer; and Chris Banks, chief financial officer. The Odells will retain 10 percent each as a family legacy. Wynne Odell will continue as chief executive…
  • Duvel, Firestone Walker combine US companies

    Real Beer
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Belgian-based Duvel Moortgat and California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company and have announced they will combine their two companies in the United States. FW founder David Walker and Adam Firestone and Michel Moortgat, CEO of Duvel Moortgat, signed an agreement earlier this week, and the transaction is expected to close later this year. Because it is an agreement between two private companies no financial or contractual details will be disclosed. The companies announced the deal simultaneously with press releases and by using social media. Walker and Firestone stated: “The…
  • Left Hand Brewing establishes ESOP

    Real Beer
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Left Hand Brewing announced today it has established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Under the Colorado brewery’s employee ownership plan, the brewery will contribute stock to the ESOP trust with each eligible employee receiving an annual allocation. “Our intent is to reward employees and foster an ownership mentality, encouraging team members to contribute to and participate in Left Hand’s long-term success,” Eric Wallace, co-founder and CEO, said in a company press release. Several other breweries that started about the same time as Left Hand — which first…
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    Shut up about Barclay Perkins

  • Georges still

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    More from the chairman of Georges, speaking at the company’s annual meeting.Let’s start with an obligatory part of every brewery chairman’s speech: a moan about the level of taxation on beer.“Price of Beer Successive Chancellors of the Exchequer again and again turned to taxation beer as an easy source revenue. In less than one year, an additional 1d per pint was imposed twice, and there has been only one reduction of 1d per pint in recent years. In our opinion, not nearly enough, it has proved, to make any real difference. Four and a quarter millions of this reduction had to be found…
  • Adnams LA and LBA 1947 - 1959

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    Yes, I am doing Adnams Pally Allies. I know I promised them. Sort of. And I almost occasionally come through with my promises.Throughout most of this period Adnams only brewed one Pale Ale, with the imaginative brew house name of PA. Wonder how they came up with that one? In 1947 they briefly brewed something called LA (presumably standing for Light Ale). Though as it looks much like the PA, I don’t really think it was a different beer. In the last four years we’re covering there was something called LBA (Light Bitter Ale) which had a gravity a few points lower than PA. There’s such a…
  • Dutch Lager Styles 1870 - 1960 (part six)

    26 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    Heineken’s wholesale prices  1904 – 1911That wasn’t Heineken’s complete range of beers. It looks as if there were some beers which were only produced in Amsterdam: Gerste, Münchener and Export. Heineken wholesale prices 1904 - 1914 beer type cents per litre Gerstebier 8 Lager 8 Rotterdamsche Gerste 11 Münchener 14 Export 14 Beiersch (donker) 13 Pilsner (licht) 13 Bock 15 Source: 1904-1914 - "Korte Geschiedenis der Heineken's Bierbouwerij Maatschappij N.V. 1873 - 1948" (p.218) My guess would be that the Gerste was a lower gravity version of the Gerste brewed in Rotterdam, that…
  • Thuringia in the DDR

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    I came across a dozen printed pages yesterday. One of the first thing I wrote about beer. Way back in 1990.Never been published before. Not much point publishing it now, as it's a guide to beer in Thuringia in 1990. I suppose it has some historic value, as it records an odd time. When the wall was down, but the DDR was still an independent country.And it's a few easy blog posts. No need to think up lorts of new words. I've regretted my commitment to post daily since, er, just about since I made it. I'll be able to spin at least half a dozen posts out of this old crap. Sorry, classic,…
  • Bottled Stout in the 1950’s – Strong Stout

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    This is the first of many posts about bottled Stout in the 1950’s. I hope you can contain your excitement.To make things more manageable, I’ve created my own categories based on gravity and degree of attenuation. Pretty arbitrary, I’ll admit. But this is my party and I can do what I like. Including crying. And making up styles when I feel like it.The biggest surprise is how many strong Stouts were still knocking around after WW II. There are six different brands with gravities over 1070. Kicking off with the granddaddy of them all, Barclay’s Russian Stout. Which had returned to its…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:09 am
    The post, Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m a big fan of dunkels and any time I happen across a new one (especially from a German brewery I haven’t encountered before), it’s usually in the cart or basket with a quickness. Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel is a brew I haven’t come across yet and as it’s billed as “the world´s oldest dark […] The post, Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Victory Brewing Kuhl Kolsch

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    The post, Victory Brewing Kuhl Kolsch, first appeared on The Barley Blog. The Kölsch will always have a special place in my heart. As part of my wedding celebration (so many moons ago), my father-in-law brewed up a batch for friends and family. It was the perfect beer for such a warm May afternoon — and obviously part of a special day. As a result, I’m a […] The post, Victory Brewing Kuhl Kolsch, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Long Trail Ales Limbo IPA

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    The post, Long Trail Ales Limbo IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve had a good number of Long Trail’s brews through the years and I’ve liked all of them to varying degree, but I must say that this 7.6% ABV IPA surprised me. I mean, the company has crafted a limited double IPA in the past and solid seasonal releases, but I did’t expect Limbo IPA […] The post, Long Trail Ales Limbo IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Steamworks Jasmine IPA

    23 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    The post, Steamworks Jasmine IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m not at all familiar with with Steamworks Brewing, but apparently they’ve been running the only steam-powered brewpub in Canada for the last 20 or so years — furthering their brewing capacity in 2013 with the construction of a production facility. I guess that’s lucky for me or I may not have run across their […] The post, Steamworks Jasmine IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
  • Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The post, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’ve enjoyed more than my fair share of Stone Brewing’s Ruination throughout the years. It’s a beer that delivered everything I could want in an IPA, so when the company announced that they had tweaked the recipe and production of the beer for this year, my heart sank a touch. I’m not a big fan […] The post, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Beers without borders

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    You have to admire the international outlook of Carlow Brewing. Following on from a Japanese-themed Sorachi Ace IPA earlier this summer, two new beers produced in collaboration with brewers from abroad invited to the international crossroads that is Bagenalstown.I met both beers at an event in 57 The Headline, to celebrate the visit of Virginia's Starr Hill brewery, but before those proceedings commenced I had a pint of Lublin to Dublin Milk Stout, the second in a series with Poland's Browar Pinta. Anyone expecting a janglingly sweet milk stout is in for a surprise. At 6% ABV this is…
  • Shaking my confidence daily

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Gluten-free beer seems to be where it's at these days. More and more brewers appear to be going after a slice of the intolerance dollar and, whereas once gluten-free beers were very much a compromise option not tasting convincingly like beer, more recent offerings like Wold Top Against The Grain and the quinoa beer UCC presented at Franciscan Well last Easter, have been closer to the mark. The latest exhibit is Celia, a lager brewed in Žatec with, predictably, Saaz hops. Organic barley is high on the ingredients list and no other fermentable is named so I don't quite see how the claim of…
  • Siren call

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    There are more Siren beers coming into Dublin than I can keep up with, a phenomenon which delights me. The importer is also the management of The Beer Market so that's where I've encountered most of them, including...Siren and Omnipollo Life's a Peach, a 6.4% ABV IPA which tastes like the union of a marijuana bud and a pineapple: heavy and resinous in texture and flavour, but with a breezy tropical fruit zing bursting out of the oils. It delivers a lovely fresh hop sensation which coats the palate without getting too sticky or cloying and without any trace of bitterness or harsh acidity.
  • Bags of flavour

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:04 am
    It's been a while since my last Belgian beer. Thankfully the Brown Paper Bag Project is there to scratch that particular itch with Aul Bruin Bagger, one they brewed at their usual Belgian outpost, ’t Hofbrouwerijke. They've squeezed a lot into that title: yes it's a Flemish oud bruin and there's their own name, but also that of their near-neighbours animation studio Brown Bag Films, for whom it's a 21st birthday beer. The twist on the regular style is an addition of cherries to the recipe, the alcohol content finishing up at 6.4% ABV. And how did that work out?Quite interestingly, actually.
  • Trust exercise

    13 Jul 2015 | 12:21 am
    On a number of occasions Richard has said that Lagunitas is one of the breweries he trusts enough to buy their beer without knowing anything about it in advance. And, in general, I trust Richard. Or perhaps I have an interest in proving his rule to be flawed. Either way, I bought a bottle of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.8% ABV and 102 IBUs it proclaims on the label, so it's a bit of a beast. In the small print it mentions that it's brewed using hop extract rather than real hops, for "cleaner" hop flavours with none of the vegetative mess. And from the first sniff that seems to have worked:…
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    The Brew Lounge

  • Stewart's Big Blowout Festival is tomorrow - so here's a fun look back

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Here on the eve of the 20th Anniversary Festival at Stewart's Brewing Company in Bear, Del. my tunneling around the archives of The Brew Lounge uncovered these goodies that will help get you in the proper state of mind for the party. First up, circa 2008, an interview with Ric Hoffman - brewer of roughly 15 years at Stewart's - one of the self-determined better interviews that I did over the
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 23 - July 31

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Here we go again. Closing out another month in 2015 with a solid list of events. Have at it! Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. I've got one tonight with Earth Bread + Brewery where a book purchase gets
  • Ten years of serving at The Brew Lounge, Part 6 - The People

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Back to: "TBL at 10": Part 5Forward to: "TBL at 10": Part 7 — Beer Weeks Galore It always tweaks me just a bit the wrong way when I hear, "it's just beer". Fine, making beer is not curing cancer. However, to dismiss any argument away with the scapegoat of "it's just beer" is to minimize the impact - the much growing impact - that the beer world is having on individual lives through the jobs it
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 16 - July 22

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Here in the Philly region, the rains continue to fall from the sky keeping most things growing quite nicely which is unlike some summers. Never failing, though, is the continual pouring of great beers at events all around the region. Get out there and drink 'em up. I'd mention that it'll help keep you growing, but that my suggest health benefits from drinking beer, so I'll stop now ;-) Also,
  • Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 9 - July 15

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Another week upcoming with a diverse list of beer events around the greater Philadelphia region. Remember to stay cool this summer; drink more beer! Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. I have one
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  • Strange Tales of Ale – ideal summer reading for the beach-bound beer fan

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Of all the different styles of books about beer, the old-fashioned anecdotal ramble, as exemplified by John Bickerdyke’s classic Curiosities of Ale and Beer from 1889, or Richard Boston’s Beer and Skittles from the 1970s, seems to be the rarest. I’m delighted, therefore, to be able to add to the genre with Strange Tales of Ale, a collection of 28 stories involving beer, brewing, breweries or pubs in some way. Regular readers of this blog will have come across many – though not all – of the stories in Strange Tales of Ale here over the years, as the book is a bit of a…
  • Ciao Biella: an Italian family brewery woos the bloggerati

    Martyn Cornell
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    You can hardly get fresher beer than from a bottle snatched off the production line by the managing director of the brewery, only seconds after it had been filled and capped – and, indeed, it’s excellent, cold, refreshingly flavourful and welcome, even at 10.30 in the morning. Mind, there are few or no Anglo-Saxon breweries where this would be possible, since health’n’safety barriers would be in place to prevent anyone from being able to reach across into the filling machinery and grab a passing bottle from the conveyor. However, this is Italy: while in a British brewery everybody…
  • The three-threads mystery and the birth of porter: the answer is …

    Martyn Cornell
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    One of the biggest mysteries in the history of beer concerns a drink called three-threads, and its exact place in the early history of porter. Three-threads was evidently a mixed beer sold in the alehouses of London in the time of the last Stuart monarchs, William III and his sister-in-law Anne, about 1690 to 1714. For more than 200 years, it has been linked with the development of porter: but the story that said porter was invented to replace three-threads was written eight decades and more after the events it claimed to record, and the description that the “replaced by porter”…
  • Why Meantime sold up to SAB Miller – the inside story

    Martyn Cornell
    16 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    Meantime Brewing’s surprise sale to SAB Miller, the second largest brewing company in the world, was prompted by a growing realisation at the Greenwich-based craft brewer that it did not have the resources and capability itself to move on up to the next stage of its growth journey, the company’s chief executive has revealed. Nick Miller, who joined Meantime as CEO in 2011, said that he and Alastair Hook, the company’s founder, and the rest of the board were already looking at a tie-up with a big brewer as one of the strategic options that could be followed to enable the…
  • Why Welsh beer blogger Simon Martin is a superstar in Poland

    Martyn Cornell
    10 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Two of the more than 300 bronze dwarfs to be found on the streets of Wrocław. They commemorate the surrealist anti-Communist Orange Alternative protest movement of the 1980s, whose symbol was a dwarf, and which started in Wrocław. ‘Opiłek’ means ‘metal chip’ Wandering around the Festival of Good Beer outside the football stadium in Wrocław, southern Poland last weekend with the Welsh beer blogger Simon Martin, it was quickly clear I was in the presence of a genuine superstar. A stream of young Poles – mostly male, but including the occasional female – were…
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    Brookston Beer Bulletin

  • Beer In Ads #1630: Nothing So Good … For Good Company!

    Jay Brooks
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Monday’s ad is for Carling’s Black Label, from 1955. All it took was a shirt, a bowling ball, pin and whatever the hell is on top of the ball to make an abstract person holding a bottle of beer. In the mid-1950s, bowling was huge — a very high percentage of people not only bowled,... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: John Mallett

    Jay Brooks
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Today is John Mallett’s 51st birthday, John is the production manager at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a post he’s held since 2001. John has a great sense of humor and I recall a particularly side-splitting kvetching evening-long conversation with him and Fal Allen at CBC... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Patent No. 3594995A: Hop-Picking Machine

    Jay Brooks
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Today in 1971, US Patent 3594995 A was issued, an invention of Thomas Lee Evans and Charlie J. Soules, for their “Hop-Picking Machine.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to hop-picking machines and, more particularly, to... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1629: The Goodness Of Malt & A Match

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Sunday’s ad is another one for the Barley and Malt Institute, also from 1959. This is the sixth ad I have from the now defunct trade group for barley growers. In this one a man sitting a bar, with the evening newspaper and bowl of pretzels in front of him, lights a match to fire... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Mark Ruedrich

    Jay Brooks
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today is the 64th birthday of Mark Ruedrich, co-owner, and original brewer, of North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg. Mark was a marine biologist who discovered good beer while living in England. Looking for a spot to build a brewery in Northern California, he was drawn to the tidal pools around Fort... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • In One Week! The Finale of the HBG Old Bloggers Tour at La Margarita!

    10 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    It looks like it will be a great week to be an Indianapolis area beer drinker next week.  In case you did not know, there is a little beer festival on Saturday, July 18th in Military Park.  Leading up to the festival are a series of other events, including the kick off of the HBG Old Bloggers Tour...JONNIE! COUGAR! LIVE! Ever since we saw him eating tamalas, we knew that Jim Matt was destined for great things.  He spent a lot of time in Indiana, but now he is in Cincinnati brewing some of our favorite beers for Rhinegeist Brewing.  You can't get Rhinegeist beers here…
  • In One Week! Opening Night of the HBG Old Bloggers Tour at Mass Ave Pub!

    9 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It looks like it will be a great week to be an Indianapolis area beer drinker next week.  In case you did not know, there is a little beer festival on Saturday, July 18th in Military Park.  Leading up to the festival are a series of other events, including the kick off of the HBG Old Bloggers Tour...GET OFF MY LAWN! A celebration of lawnmower/front porch/summertime beers will be at Mass Ave Pub on Thursday, July 16th, 6:30pm. Thanks to Tracy Robertson's poor choice in friends (namely, us and another group), she is letting us bring in a curated selection of beers.  Beers to be…
  • Not Dead Yet: the HBG Old Bloggers Tour

    7 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    So you may have noticed that there hasn't been much activity here at  Or maybe you haven't.  We have been asked if Hoosier Beer Geek is dead.  And our answer has been...We don't know.  As anyone who has created a popular website (in our mind) knows, it takes a lot of work to keep up and stay relevant.  When we first started, there were not a lot of outlets for those that enjoyed micro/craft/local/whatever beers.  Years later, everybody is blogging... everybody is tweeting... and our crew was challenged to stay updated on events, new beers,…
  • Into the Woods with #goodbeerbuckshot

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

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

  • Autumn Brew Review Tickets

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    …go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon. Now in its 15th year, Autumn Brew Review is one of Minnesota’s oldest and largest craft beer festivals. Tickets are $45 and with any luck, you can purchase them online here: The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild-sponsored festival is one of my very favorite festivals and if past ...
  • (Todd) The Axe Man Cometh

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    He doesn’t really look much like Lee Marvin, does he? In any case, next week our friends at Surly Brewing Company will be add a new canned beer to their lineup – Todd The Axe Man. Todd The Axe Man is a West Coast IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and plenty of Citra and ...
  • All Pints North Saturday in Duluth

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    STOP! RIGHT NOW. Drop everything. Tickets for All Pints North are still available as I write this (Wednesday night, to be published Thursday) [Edit: still available at 11am Thursday]. So drop what you’re doing, grab a ticket and head to Duluth for the weekend. (Click here to buy tickets.) Now in its 4th year, All ...
  • Congrats US Open Beer Champs

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Three Minnesota beers took home medals from the US Open Beer Championships this month. Two beers from August Schell Brewing Company and one from Badger Hill Brewing Company rose to the top of a field of nearly 4000 beers from from around the world. Schell’s took Gold in the German Hefeweizen category as well as ...
  • Tin Whiskers’ Joule Cat Release Friday

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    This Friday at 5pm, head over to Tin Whiskers Brewing Company in St. Paul for the tap release of the winning beer from their “Community Sourced Beer” competition. The contest winner was a Baltic Porter brewed Matt Mueller. Not surprisingly, the name, Joule Cat, fits right in with Tin Whiskers. (Wikipedia refresher for those of ...
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  • Beer Writer of the Year 2015 – Bartlett and Corfe

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    After my recent attention grabbing headline “Beer Writer of the Year 2015 – Martin Craig” which not only drove a large amount traffic to , but also gave me a bit of feedback to reflect on. On reflection, I admit the headline was designed to grab attention, but also brought attention to a great blog, which most people that visited got value from. Secondly I realise I was remiss not to have considered other blogs, the first of which jumps to mind is Bartlett and Corfe. This blog written by Messrs Ned Bartlett and Jonathan Corfe is in a slightly different style,…
  • Question: How much ethanol can you get from yeast slurry?

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    You may have seen DB in the news recently “saving the world” with Brewtroleum Can someone explain to me, as I’d love to know, how you get 30,000 litres of ethanol from 58,000 litres of yeast slurry? The way I understand it, there would be beer left in this slurry, lets be generous and say 50% is beer. Lets assume it is high gravity beer, pre dilution, so maybe 8% abv. 50% of 58,000 litres x 8%abv = 2,320 litres of 100% ethanol. 100% of 58,000 litres x 8%abv = 4,640 litres ethanol. How do you get 30,000 litres of ethanol? Maybe I’m wrong, and have misinterpreted the…
  • Beer Writer of the Year 2015 – Martin Craig

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:32 pm
    You should check out the new blog by beer writer Martin Craig. He only kicked this off about three weeks ago, but if he keeps writing like this he definitely deserves to be the New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year 2015. His writing is informative, thoughtful and in-depth, and he is prolific. Sign up to receive emails. It’s posts like Brewing hub plans for Upper Hutt that give you the scoop on what’s happening at a local level. Information like this you just wouldn’t know about, but thanks to Martin for writing about it.   About and Martin Craig…
  • 2015 New Zealand Hop Harvest

    17 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The 2015 New Zealand Hop Harvest was completed in the first week of April having started in the second week of February. By Doug Donelan The New Zealand Hop harvest commenced this season with the traditional northern types of Fuggle and Styrian Golding arriving into store in the second week of February. Early New Zealand varieties such as Pacifica and Motueka commenced soon after with all picking operations in full swing by the start of March and concluding with the final bales of the later varieties Rakau and Green bullet weighed across into cold storage by early April. During the growing…
  • Beervana changes hands

    16 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The ownership of New Zealand’s largest craft beer festival, Beervana, has shifted from Cryer Malt to the Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc. (WCET), the organisation that runs Visa Wellington On a Plate. The nine-year old beer festival, which runs during Visa Wellington On a Plate every August, features over 60 breweries with approximately 200 beers showcased to 10,000-plus punters and trade who visit the two-day event. Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of WCET says it made perfect sense for the organisation to buy Beervana. “Visa Wellington On a Plate serves up the best food and drink the…
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    STL Hops - A St. Louis Beer Blog

  • 2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Monday

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Afternoon, all. Hopefully you had an awesome weekend and got out an had a chance to enjoy the 7th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over the next 9 days, I’m going to detail each days events. Do your part and get out and make these events a success.   Just a couple of things to mention.  Thanks to the folks at Goose Island, we have an Untappd badge again this year, because we all love badges. Also thanks to our…
  • Winner of VIP Tickets to the iTAP CWE Strange Invasion II

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    Sorry for the delay, you’re probably eagerly awaiting to know who’s the winner of the  iTAP and Strange Donuts Strange Invasion II. Without further ado, the winner of the VIP tickets to this event is Kevin Carr (who loves the iTAP Soulard location.) Congrats to Kevin and thanks to everyone who entered. We have one more contest for all of the STLCBW fun. Stay tuned for tomorrow!
  • Midwest Belgian Beer Fest: Need to Know Info

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    With the 2015 Midwest Belgian Beer Festival kicking off tomorrow, Perennial has put together some info that you need to know about tomorrow’s festival. General: Event begins at 12:00PM. MWBBF staff may begin taking tickets, checking IDs, applying wrist bands, and providing glasses before that time, but no beer will be poured before noon. The Moto Museum is a private facility, if you are in line, not bottle sharing will be allowed, and you cannot bring beer into the event. Please note the Perennial Tasting Room is closed the ENTIRE DAY of the event 7/25. Please support other #STLCBW…
  • 2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Saturday and Sunday Events

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Good afternoon, all. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you all know that tomorrow begins the 6th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over the next 9 days, I’m going to detail each days events. Do your part and get out and make these events a success.   Just a couple of things to mention.  Thanks to the folks at Goose Island, we have an Untappd badge again this year, because we all love badges. Also thanks…
  • Week of 07/24/15 Beer Tastings

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Birra Montegioco Open Mind Ale brewed with Grapes, New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale, Great Divide Showdown Rye IPA, Perennial Collab with 2nd Shift Brewing Mon Ami, Avery Samaels Oak Aged Ale, Humboldt Brewing 500 BC Imperial IPA, and this week’s classic beer sampling will be Sunner Kölsch. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring 2005…
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  • Beware dodgy cans

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Yes cans are better keeping oxygen out ,keeping it out during canning is a bugger Bottle conditioning still best — John Keeling (@FullersJohn) July 28, 2015 So there you have it: the Fullers head brewer shares the misgivings a lot of people have already expressed about the craft can fad. His counterpart at Thornbridge has said that he's "unconvinced that the canners towards the lower end of
  • Market consolidation: Ilkley Brewery

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    It'll be a good thing if and when some of the small breweries founded in the last few years start to amalgamate. It's what happened in the past, after all: the big brewing names of the 20th century came about through rounds of mergers between smaller companies over the course of many decades. In London (and, I suspect, in a few other parts of the UK) we have too many individual breweries
  • Guest blog: Craft beer? The bubble has burst

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    I asked regular commenter Arthur Scargill to back up his assertion that the craft beer bubble has already burst, made in the discussion that followed this post. Here's his response: Craft beer is over. There, I've said it. We can now take off the lumberjack shirts and woolly hats, shave off our beards, wash the tattoos off with a big bar of soap and just get on with our otherwise meaningless
  • The Craft Beer Cycle

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Well done to American beer writer Lisa Grimm for producing this fantastic graphic. My own journey back to a common sense approach to enjoying beer has been very similar: I first took a real interest in beer when I lived in Prague (2003-4). When I got back I made sure I stuck to British beers of equivalent quality, and in practice that meant cask ale. I then started to enjoy Belgian beer, in
  • The best Adnams beer I've ever tasted

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    I have a soft spot for Marks & Spencer beers. There was a time (around 2006, I think) when most Fridays I used to pick up a bottle of their Carlow Irish Stout at lunch. If I wasn't busy I'd sup it in my office as I looked out from the 22nd floor over London. Over the years the M&S own brand beer range has got bigger and bigger. I like how the names of the actual breweries have become more and
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • The votes are in, and you elected BEER!

    Carlen Funk
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Remember that archaic time when breweries in Georgia weren’t allowed to send you home with any beer? Oh, that was yesterday? Weird. Well, folks, it’s a new era. Thanks to the tireless work of the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild, our lobbyists, brewery owners, and the countless local beer lovers who helped us pass SB63, as of July 1, we can now offer up to 72 ounces of our tasty cold snacks to go as a souvenir with the purchase of a tour. You read that right. Beer. Straight from our fermentors to your fridge. We want you to continue supporting your local retailers to buy our…
  • Ask a Brewer: Monday Night’s Peter Kiley

    Carlen Funk
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    We get asked all sorts of questions about what it’s like to make beer and work for a brewery, so today we’re sitting down with our head brewer guy, lab director, and ironic wine snob, Peter Kiley to have him answer a few of your most burning questions. Monday Night: How do you go about getting into the brewing industry? Peter Kiley: There are a few things that you can do to get into the brewing industry. The first is to learn as much as you can independently, which means homebrewing A LOT. The second is to get involved in the beer community and get in the mix. Attend beer festivals,…
  • Now Hiring Salesperson (based in Birmingham, AL)

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a seasoned salesperson to join our small team. This is a full-time position, with competitive base salary and commission offered. Position would be based in Birmingham, AL and would require frequent travel. Qualifications 2 years sales experience minimum Beer industry experience a plus, but not required Strong communication skills, both written and verbal Flexible working schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary Willing and able to lift 31.5 lbs and move 165 lb kegs Valid driver’s license and clean driving record Must be 21+ Self…
  • Brew Tunes: Spotify for Your Suds

    Carlen Funk
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Throughout history, beer and food have made a regular and likely pair. According to The Brewer’s Association, there are 3 things to consider when pairing food and beer. 1. Match strength with strength, 2. find harmonies, and 3. consider sweetness, bitterness, carbonation, heat (spice) and richness. And while we’re big proponents of pairing beer with food, we thought that we’d take a whack at harmonizing the flavors of our beer with music. Pairing beer with music is a trend that has become popular for beer lovers around the world, and it’s been said that “beer can no…
  • Tasting Room 2.0

    Carlen Funk
    6 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Our top priority is (and always has been) making awesome beer for awesome people, but creating a cool and comfortable environment where those awesome people can enjoy our brews is pretty high up there too. The Monday Night Brewing tasting room has been a beer-lovers’ mecca since we opened our own brewery just over two years ago, and while a lot of thought was put into the design of the space before we ever opened our doors, there’s always room for improvement. So, if you haven’t been by recently, here’s what we’ve done to make our tasting room even better. Shortly after we…
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    Musings Over a Pint

  • Cavalier IDPA

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:26 am
    This weekend I again made it to the monthly IDPA match at Cavalier. The temperature was in the upper 70's when I left the house Sunday morning, but had risen to the upper 80's by the time I was shooting. That's not too bad for July in Virginia, especially with the occasional breeze that passed through.The first stage was a quick stage with 6 paper targets and a couple of steel poppers. All targets were engaged from behind cover from several shooting positions. I had to take a couple make up shots on the steel, and again on the final target where I was attempting head shots. I still did okay…
  • Five O'Clock Friday: George Thorogood

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Mood music.Better yet, invite a friend. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Warping the Calendar

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The tap room at Sierra Nevada Brewing posted this to Twitter on July 21...Our new Oktoberfest is now available at the @TorpedoRoom! Come try a sample or take home a 6-Pack.— Torpedo Room (@TorpedoRoom) July 21, 2015Despite the name, Oktoberfest actually starts in September, and we're used to seeing Oktoberfest in late Summer. But, July? That's just silly.That said, I'm looking forward to trying this when it's available in stores, in August or September. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
  • Beer, Good. Frosted Glass, Bad.

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    As I walked by the hotel lobby bar during a visit to Blacksburg this week I spied three tap handles; Hardywood Park Singel, Devils Backbone Vienna Lager and Foothills Hoppyum IPA. That was the entire draft lineup. "This will be good," I thought. I knew how I'd relax at the end of the day.Late in the evening, as Colleen and I sat down for a late beer and snack, I noticed a Budweiser tap had been added but still, three out of four isn't bad. I was impressed. Then as our beers were set in front of us, we just looked at each other and shook our heads. Frosted glassware! Not just cool, but I can't…
  • Bier mit helium!

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I laughed until my face hurt...Yea, it was published on April 1, but it's too funny not to share. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Two Fingers Aurelio 4.8% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    'Aurelio' is a 'Golden Artisan Beer' from the "Two Fingers Brewing Company". Why the 'Two Fingers'? Well they donate all their profits (at least 10p (or about 15 U.S. cents) per bottle to the UK Prostate Cancer charity.
  • Cheddar Ales Hard Rock Pale Ale 4.4% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    The nose is rich and hoppy, it has apple notes, which is something I've only detected once before in a beer; those exotic hops making their presence felt. The flavour is dry, with a hint of spice, it's not obscenely hoppy but crisp and refreshing. All in all, it's a tasty, hoppy, refreshing brew, that, at 4.4% ABV, would make a fine, slightly strong, session beer.
  • Wells Bombardier 4.7% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:17 am
    'Bombardier' is Charles Wells most successful brew, it's marketed as 'the Drink of England' brewed to 4.7% ABV in bottles and 4.1% on draught.
  • Nightboat London Porter 5% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    Night Boat professes to be a London Porter, and takes its name from Madness' 1979 single 'Night Boat to Cairo'.
  • Wibblers Galaxy 4.2% ABV

    Bob the Brit
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    I’ve written before about Wibblers brewery, they’re based just outside the village of Mayland, about ten miles from my home in Essex. They not only brew a range of interesting beers, but the’ve experimented with making a spirit – ‘Journeyman’  reviewed here – and their head brewer recently cured his own bacon, from his home raised pigs. While […]
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • Angel’s Envy Rye Case, Not Going Away

    Robert C. Lehrman
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Those three little words, above (CRAFTED BY HAND), are causing a ruckus for Angel’s Envy Rye, in Judge Aspen’s court in Chicago. In the great whiskey wars commencing in 2014, Maker’s Mark had a great day, here, in May. By contrast, Angel’s Envy had a much less propitious day early this week. A federal judge in Illinois dismissed a small part of the class action fraud case against Angel’s Envy, but let big parts go forward. My friends at the Locke Lord law firm, who recently and successfully wrapped up the similar case, against Templeton, explained: The decision…
  • Blue Moon Asserts it is Plenty Craft Enough

    Robert C. Lehrman
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At long last, MillerCoors filed its response, in the Blue Moon case, on July 13. The company makes some good arguments, and to my ear, these seem best: MillerCoors is expressly authorized by state and federal law to use the Blue Moon Brewing Company trade name. The safe harbor doctrine applies where either state or federal law has blessed the conduct at issue. (Here, MC nemesis, A-B, did the former a huge favor in the form of winning the Lime-A-Rita case just in time.) The company is careful to point out that the laws and regulations, not necessarily the label approvals, create the safe…
  • Gluten-Free Labeling

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Sorry to disappoint anyone, but that’s not Attorney John Messinger over to the left. But it is John, over to the right, covering Gluten-Free Labeling for Beer, Wine and Spirits, in a recent issue of Beverage Master Magazine. The full article is here. The first few paragraphs are here: Gluten-free foods and beverages were one of the popular trends of 2014. In the past year, over 70 new alcohol beverage label approvals mentioned “gluten-free,” which is more than the combined total of gluten-free labels in 2012 and 2013. Breweries, wineries and distilleries who wish to cater to the…
  • Beer with Lots of Protein – The Moderately Mighty Squirrel

    Robert C. Lehrman
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    A couple times a year I hear about an alcohol beverage that is somehow, against all odds, “good for you.” It happened again this week and so I eagerly rushed to the Public COLA Registry to see what was new. Lo and behold, I found the squirrel. A mighty one — or so it purports to be. The press release purported this new beer to have something like 10 times the protein compared to Bud Light. The average analysis for Bud Light is above, to the right, and the one for Mighty Squirrel is to the left. The TTB-approved label shows the product to be a “Whey Beer.” Whey is apparently some…
  • Webinar: The Class Action Lawsuits

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the great honor of traveling to Chicago to co-present a webinar with Simon Fleischmann and Tom Cunningham. Tom and Simon are expert defense litigators at the Locke Lord law firm, and they have deep experience representing food and beverage companies in class action lawsuits around the country. I say it’s an honor because I have learned a huge amount about class action litigation over the past year, from Tom and Simon. For any company in a jam, I don’t think they could do better than to have these fine lawyers on their side. The webinar is entitled…
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    Examiner craft beer Channel Articles

  • Sixpoint Brewery releases 4BEANS Imperial Porter

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) will have a new offering hitting Alabama shelves this week with the release of 4BEANS Imperial Porter.The folks at Sixpoint Brewery are one-upping their wildly popular 3BEANS Porter by adding a little more...
  • World's largest pop-up pub coming to Cleveland

    Karen Bujak, Cleveland Craft Beer Examiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Deschutes Brewery is packing up the world’s largest pop-up pub and shutting down the street in Cleveland on Saturday, August 1. The ultimate craft beer block party, this 402-foot custom bar will be slinging beers from...
  • Red Seven Bar and Grill Ramps up Downtown Classiness

    Nathan Caldwell, Lafayette Beer Bars Examiner
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    In 2008, a new contemporary bar and grill was created in the Renaissance building at the corner of Main and 2nd streets in Lafayette. Red Seven seems to fit in perfectly in this location, as it is across the...
  • Urge Gastropub marks five years in Rancho Bernardo

    Don Ayres, San Diego Craft Beer Examiner
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The restaurant business can be rife with failure, so when there’s an establishment that makes it out of the danger zone of the first three years, it’s a sure sign that something good is happening. When...
  • The Walking Dead and Terrapin Beer Co. collaborate on Blood Orange IPA

    Guillermo Woolfolk, Birmingham Craft Beer Examiner
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    To file under the heading of "huge craft beer news," information has surfaced this week that Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) and The Walking Dead are officially collaborating on The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA. There is...
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    Walking and Drinking Beer

  • A Ramble in the English Countryside

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    How to Escape London and See the Cotswolds – the England of Calendars and Picture Books The Cotswolds features rolling green hills with 100 stone villagesLondon is magnificent, but it can also be big, noisy and crowded with swarms of international tourists following guides holding up umbrellas.  If you want to see the real England – or at least, the Harry Potterfantasy version of what Shakespeare called “this green and pleasant land,” you need to get to the Cotswolds.  This postcard-pretty rural area of rolling green hills and honey-colored stone villages lies just 60 miles…
  • The Spirit of Old Vallarta Still Lives on in this “Accidental” International Resort

    20 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    John Huston“When I first came here, almost 30 years ago, Vallarta was a fishing village of some 2000 souls. There was one road to the outside world - and it was impassable during the rainy season.”  So wrote American film director John Huston about his first encounter with the sleepy, isolated fishing village he was destined to change into an international mega resort.In 1962, Huston was one of the world’s top film directors.  He had hit upon a formula that worked perfectly.  In films like The African Queen and The Treasure of Sierra Madre, he placed famous stars in…
  • How Walt Disney's Love of Trains Changed the World

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Walt Disney with the locomotive created for Disneyland.Walt Disney loved trains, and because of that, the world is a better – and happier -- place.  Walt was fond of saying that his empire “started with a mouse.” And indeed, his creation of Mickey Mouse did make him a fortune.  But the idea for Mickey Mouse came to him while riding a train.It’s quite possible that if Walt was not such a railroad buff, Disneyland and none of the other 11 Disney theme parks would exist.   Certainly, if not for Walt, four old beaten-up steam locomotives that did decades of work…
  • The Great Adobe Castle of the Santa Fe Trail -- Bent's Fort

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Traders and guides on the Santa Fe Trail at Bent's Old Fort during one of their many re--enactment events.Few roads in history have conjured up romantic images like the Santa Fe Trail.  It lasted only 60 years, from 1821 to 1880, but for that short time it was America’s first international highway.  And the most colorful.  Across 900 miles of open prairie, from Missouri to Old Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became one of the most important commerce roads in the world, bringing goods from Europe -- wool, silk, iron tools and cotton cloth -- to Mexico and returning with furs,…
  • San Francisco -- the City in a Park

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    From Presidio National ParkMost cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.  Along the coast, in the bay, on the other side of the bay, and even right through the heart of the city, San Francisco is surrounded and cut by a series of national parks and monuments that have preserved the beauty and history of the area. Today, you can see an island prison that was once home to the gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly.  You stroll the wooden deck of a century old sailing…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 265: Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat & Jarrett Payton All-American Wheat Ale (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. On episode 265 of the Hop Cast, Brad and Ken crack open a couple Wheat beers. The first one they dive into is a local one from Argus Brewery, the Jarrett Payton All-American Wheat Ale. Unsure how much Jarrett Payton was involved in the making of this tasty beer but it’s very likely people are picking it up based on name recognition. Next up, the guys open the 5.0 % ABV Halcyon Wheat from Tallgrass Brewing Company. Cheers &…
  • Episode 264: Berghoff DortWunder Lager & Winter Ale (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. On episode 264 of the Hop Cast, Brad and Ken picked up a mix pack of Berghoff Brewery beers. This mix pack was perhaps a little old and on the shelf awhile since one of these beers was a Winter beer. The first beer the guys dive into is the DortWunder Lager, a 5.5% ABV Dortmunder Lager. Being a tad passed its prime, this one still felt like a solid beer. Although it was a bit old the guys could still tell this is something that would…
  • Episode 263: Fulton St. Blend & Big Red Tugboat (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In episode 263 Brad and Ken are looking for a little pick me up with their beers. The first beer the guys open is the the newest offerings from Goose Island Beer Company. Their Fulton St. Blend, a coffee Ale aged with House Blend beans from Intelligentsia. Coming in at 5.5 % ABV this is extremely light but packs a ton of flavor. If you can find this beer it’s definitely worth picking up and giving a try. Following up the Goose Island…
  • Episode 262: Lord Rear Admiral & Arcade Brewery Final Level (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    1 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In episode 262 Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Extra Special Bitters. First up is from the behemoth that is 3 Floyds Brewing; it’s their 6.5% ABV Lord Rear Admiral. Shocking enough this isn’t crazy hopped up, something you would typically  see from Three Floyds in many of their beers.Brad and Ken follow up the Lord Rear Admiral with the 6.3% ABV Final Level from Arcade Brewery. It’s great to…
  • Episode 261: Fantasyland & Dorado Double IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined by Ryan Brei to talk about IPAs with them. First up is the 6.5% ABV IPA from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co called Fanastyland. Urban Chestnut is one of the newest out of state breweries to become available here in Chicago. They have been making some great beers and in the past Brad and Ken have raved about their Zwickel. Following up the big single IPA the guys move onto the 10.0 % ABV…
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  • 2015 Great American Beer Festival Ticket On Sale

    D.J. Paul
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    The return of the Great American Beer Festival draws nearer as General Session Tickets go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 29 at 9:00am PDT. However, members of the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association can purchase tickets beginning today at 9:00am PDT. The 34th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) returns on Thursday, September 24 […]
  • Ghost Runners Brewery Releases Duathlon Black IPA

    D.J. Paul
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON July 27, 2015 – Ghost Runners Brewery is pleased to announce the release of Duathlon Black IPA, a beautifully balanced Northwest IPA united with the tradition of Old World English Ales. Duathlon is a dry Black IPA with a clean and bright beginning, medium mouth-feel, mild roast, and a bold hoppy finish. Duathlon […]
  • GoodLife Dry-Hopped Firkin Tappin’ Benefting the National Brain Tumor Society

    D.J. Paul
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    On Thursday, July 30th, The BeerMongers has teamed up with GoodLife Brewing to tap a very special firkin of Sweet As Pacific Ale. This firkin is something special as this version of Amarillo Dry-Hopped Firkin of Sweet As Pacific Ale that uses an unique blend of hops that will only be poured at The BeerMongers […]
  • Great Divide Brewing Company Releases First Sour in Bottles & Reinvents Whitewater

    D.J. Paul
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Press Release: Denver, Colorado– Great Divide recently celebrated its 21st Anniversary, and is in the midst of an exciting period of growth and development. With its current Denver expansion and the release of cans well underway, the brewery is also mixing up the beers in its portfolio. Whitewater Hoppy Wheat Ale was just released as […]
  • Brewers Association Reports Big Gains for Small and Independent Brewers

    D.J. Paul
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Boulder, CO • July 27, 2015—The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half […]
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    The Beer Babe

  • Dirigo Brewing Announced, former Bull Jagger brewer Tom Bull at the helm

    Carla Jean Lauter
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Tom Bull (ex brewer/owner of Bull Jagger) announced on a Facebook page that his beers were coming back - under the name Dirigo Brewing Company. Bull signed a lease to reside in the Riverdam Millyard in Biddeford, ME.
  • Are we reaching peak IPA?

    Carla Jean Lauter
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Quick, name the last three beers you’ve had that couldn’t be described as “hoppy.” Were you able to? The odds (and the market data) would say you couldn’t.
  • How to Pick a Beer Fest

    Carla Jean Lauter
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Every summer there are more beer festivals scheduled than the previous year, and every year it gets harder to decide which, if any, are worth attending. [Read more…]
  • A Tasting Room Walks Into A Bar

    Carla Jean Lauter
    8 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    “So, where can I get a local beer around here?” asked the forty-something when he saw me walking around the Old Port wearing a “BEER ME” shirt. “Any good bars?” I opened my mouth to answer, and then stopped mid-word as I took stock of his simple question. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what to tell him. It was that the first suggestions I thought of weren’t bars at all.
  • ‘Tis the Saison

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

  • Craft beer growth – sales numbers up, now over 3,700 breweries

    Kendall Jones
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. None of this should come as a surprise, but the craft beer industry continued to grow in the first half of 2015. Sales numbers continue to rise as does the total number of craft breweries operating in the United States (now over 3,700). Mid-year data just released by the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—reveals that American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. Also, the USA is now home to 3,739 craft breweries.
  • Beer Industry Jobs: No-Li Brewhouse seeks an experienced, pro brewer

    Kendall Jones
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. As we reported last week, tonight Latona Pub hosts a brewers dinner and brewers night event with No-Li Brewhouse. The event features the release of a special, new beer. See our previous story. No-Li Brewhouse continues to grow and expand its operations at the Spokane brewery. They’re looking to hire another experienced professional brewer to add to the team. Details about this job opportunity are below. No-Li Brewhouse of Spokane, Washington is growing and seeking an experienced professional craft brewer to add to the brewing,…
  • Beer and Burger Challenge at Brouwer’s Cafe – Sat. Aug 25

    Kendall Jones
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This event is usually scheduled during Seattle Beer Week, but Brouwer’s Cafe decided to switch things up this year and host this event in July. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 they’ll host the Beer and Burger Battle, that pits brewery against brewery in a battle royal. Each brewery devises a burger recipe to pair with one of the beers they’ll pour at the event. Each brewery will pour four or five beers at the event, including some rarities. Below is the lineup for the battle. Event website is here Brouwer’s…
  • Yoga pants and beer – Lululemon introduces Curiosity Lager

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Yoga pants and beer. No doubt, each have their unique virtues, but what do they have to do with each other? Lululemon, a self-described yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, will release a new beer on August 15th. Yep, the apparel manufacturer at the core of the yoga pants sensation is further gifting the world by offering up a beer: Curiosity Lager. Based in Vancouver, BC, Lululemon Athletica is credited with spearheading a fashion trend that nobody can complain about: yoga-inspired apparel. Women like the trend because the clothing…
  • Boxing and Brews – a beer release party at Machine House Brewery

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Since opening in 2013, Seattle’s Machine House Brewery set itself apart from the crowd by being a little bit different, focusing its energies on producing English-style, cask-conditioned beers. So it’s not surprising that Machine House is doing something a little bit different for the release of its Summer Session ale. On Saturday, August 1st Machine House Brewery releases its Summer Session Ale with a party at the brewery’s tasting room in Georgetown. Seattle’s Arcaro Boxing Team will be at Machine House offering up…
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    Booze News

  • 10 Fierce Cocktails To Celebrate National Tequila Day

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
              1. The Milagro Freshest Margarita Milagro Did you know that 91% of people prefer fresh margaritas over those made with a pre-packaged mix? If you fall in this category, “The Milagro Freshest Margarita” recipe is the perfect mix of classic cocktail with a creative twist. The Milagro Freshest Margarita Recipe 2. CRUZ Old Fashioned CRUZ Tequila CRUZ Tequila is authentic 100% estate grown blue agave tequila, handcrafted in small batches to ensure the finest quality possible. Its smooth flavor and subtle caramel notes inspire even the most novice tequila…
  • Yup, Lululemon’s makin’ beer to go with downward facing dog!

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    “Beer, it’s the new yoga pant. Wednesday, it’s the new Friday.” Strange bed partners. Or are they? Canadian yoga giant, Lululemon is getting into the beer business producing a run of 80,000 cans call Curiosity Lager in collaboration with Stanley Park Brewing in Vancouver. They’re producing it for the Seawheeze half marathon on August 15. Seems like a targeted business decision to expand their men’s yoga business. Wonder if the men’s yoga pants will feature these specs for their regular men’s pants: ABC (anti-ball crushing) engineering gives you and the…
  • Here’s a good idea! Make a Rosé Slushy!

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    I LOVE rosé so this sounds like the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity (in L.A.!) of summer. ​ This recipe comes to us from barman Jeff Banks at Atlanta’s French brasserie The Luminary. Try it! You’ll love it!       Ingredients: 1 bottle of rosè 3oz Aperol 2oz Simple Syrup 2oz Lemon Juice 4oz Water Splash of Bugey-Cerdon Rosè (or other dry, sparkling rosé) Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients together in a freezer-safe container. To achieve proper “slushy” consistency, we advise using an ice cream maker according to the…
  • You can go home again. Pabst to brew beer again in Milwaukee

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    PBR loyalists! Pabst is heading back to its old digs in Milwaukee where the company will open a microbrewery and a tasting room in the former Pabst complex. Pabst will revive discontinued brands as Old Tankard Ale, Kloster Beer and other beers made before Prohibition as well as produce some new ones. Pabst should be brewing away by summer 2016. Are you ready?!    
  • YAY! Craft Beer on Tap for California Farmers Markets

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown signing Assembly Bill 774, authored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by the CCBA. “AB 774 is an exciting development for the craft beer industry in California. This bill allows craft brewers to offer tastings at their regional Farmers Markets, allowing breweries to introduce the art of craft beer to new audiences across the state. Potential customers can sample the beers they may be purchasing for off-site…
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  • BrewHug Self-Inflating Beer Bottle Protector

    Beer Blogger
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    BrewHug Self-Inflating Beer Bottle Protector - When most of us begin our craft beer adventure, we start by exploring the beer world around home. We find our first go-to beer bar and the expand our horizons with new brews and spots. Soon this exploration turns to journeying to local and regional breweries and eventually we find ourselves traveling the country and the world to seek out new and interesting beer to enjoy. When we travel to new places, we often want to take some of that beer experience home with us. Transporting a couple prize finds home always has an element of…
  • B Cups Plastic IPA Cups

    Beer Blogger
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    B Cups Plastic IPA Cups - Beer is best enjoyed in the proper glassware. In recent years, the glassware game has been taken up a notch and researchers at places like Spiegelau have begun creating special glasses meant to really enhance the experience of particular beers. While those special glasses are great, most of us would never want to take our expensive specialty glassware out of the house, where we may risk breaking it. For an experience enhancing glass that you can take anywhere, B Cups plastic IPA cups can go anywhere and bring the best enjoyment experience with. B…
  • MiiR Tall Boy Pint Cup

    Beer Blogger
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    MiiR Tall Boy Pint Cup - Bottled or canned, craft beer should be poured into a glass for best enjoyment. This allows the beer to breathe and a good head of form, which gives the best aromatic experience. For those looking for a great drinking vessel that can go anywhere without risk of breaking, while also looking cool too, the MiiR Tall Boy Pint Cup is for you. Made from medical grade stainless steel, the MiiR Tall Boy Pint Cup is designed to look like your favorite 16oz beer can. It’s clean and sleek, with a very sturdy feel (you won’t be crushing it like…
  • Craft Beer Coolers

    Beer Blogger
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Craft Beer Coolers - Summer is here and we’re venturing out into the warm weather and enjoying much of our favorite beverage, craft beer. When heading out in the heat, most choose to pack a cooler full of tasty treats to keep them cool. While traditional coolers will get the job done, we want something as special as the beverage inside. For the coolest coolers around, Craft Beer Coolers can’t be beat. If you’re looking to carry your craft beer in style, Craft Beer Coolers are the way to do it. They’re durable and uniquely customizable. Simply send…
  • Tyranena Hop Whore

    Beer Blogger
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:29 am
    Tyranena Hop Whore - In a small Wisconsin town, just a couple minutes down the road from Madison, Tyranena has been brewing some of the best beers in the state for years.  While great year-round brews like Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge, and Chief Black Hawk Porter are deliciously available any time, occasionally they have to let brewer/owner Rob blow off some steam.  The Brewers Gone Wild series of beers features big, bold, and ballsy brews that delight.  Hop Whore is your delicious little mistress from your favorite little cones. Brewers Gone Wild beers have…
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    Beer Cartel

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:45 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 Jul 2015 | 7:45 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 Jul 2015 | 7:45 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 Jul 2015 | 7:45 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 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto…
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    Australian Brews News

  • CUB refreshes Pure Blonde

    James Atkinson
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Richard Oppy The new healthier version of pioneering low carb beer, Pure Blonde, is good news for the entire beer category, argues Carlton & United Breweries marketing director, Richard Oppy. CUB has further reduced the carbohydrate level of Pure Blonde by 30 per cent, making it now 80 per cent lower in carbohydrates than regular beer. Its calorie content has been reduced by a further ten per cent, making it 50 per cent lower in calories than wine per millilitre. It has also been transformed into a “low gluten beer”. The move comes after the Brewers Association, which represents…
  • US craft beer continues growth

    Media Release
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring in all regions and stemming from a…
  • Beer jobs: Sales, Hawthorn Brewing — Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

    Help Wanted
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Hawthorn Brewing Company (HBC), an award winning Melbourne based Craft Beer Company, requires a driven sales professional to take over the role of Sales Representative/Area Manager in the Sydney market.  The role will be responsible for continuing to grow the brand across on and off premise locations, national chains, wholesalers and various banner groups as well as maintain and build on existing accounts. Some weekend and after hours work will be required in representing HBC at trade shows and in store tastings. Skills, Knowledge and Experience: To succeed you will possess. Previous…
  • Quiet Deeds earning drinkers’ respect, says brewer

    James Atkinson
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Bobby Henry from Quiet Deeds Beer drinkers who have revisited the Quiet Deeds beers in recent months are likely to have been pleasantly surprised, according to head brewer Bobby Henry. Henry told Radio Brews News that the recipes have evolved considerably since he was first approached to join Quiet Deeds by founders Patrick Ale and David Milstein, who are also his longtime friends. “I gave them my open and honest feedback about those beers, which was that at the time, they were a little underwhelming,” Henry said. Henry, whose background is in chemical engineering, said his first priority…
  • Episode 61 — Quiet Deeds and Gladfield Malt

    Radio Brews News
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    A semi-bearded Bobby Henry from Quiet Deeds Two more great chats again this week for your weekend listening pleasure. This week we chat with Bobby Henry, brewer at contract-brewing-soon-to-be-brewery-owning Quiet Deeds and Doug and Gabi Michael from boutique maltster, Gladfield Malt. Bobby has a very frank chat about the evolution of the Quiet Deeds brand and their plans to open their own brewery, while Doug & Gabi discuss their transition from barley growers to maltsters, while teaching us about good malt on the way. Don’t forget to send us your feedback, or leave a voicemail by…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • Craft beer showing no signs of slowing down in popularity

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Graph by the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association, a trade organization dedicated to supporting and supplying information about the craft beer industry, has released its mid-year report on the health of the industry. In the first half of 2015, American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent according to the group’s press release. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately 12.2 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 10.6 million barrels during the first half of 2014. “Industry growth is occurring in all regions and stemming from a mix…
  • Team Left Hand hosting fundraiser for MS Society

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Since 2008, a group of Left Hand Brewing Company employees and friends have banded together to help put an end to Multiple Sclerosis by supporting and raising funds for several MS bicycle rides around the country. One of these supporters is Brown Distributing Company’s Carolyn Graham. A long-time Jacksonville resident, Graham has been a powerhouse in the world of craft beer for many years. Over the past few years she has used her reach within the beer industry to sponsor and help spread the word about events that raise funds to help with the vital work of defeating MS. The next event on…
  • Great American Beer Festival tickets to go on sale next week

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Photo credit: It is the time of year when all beer-lovers begin thinking about heading for the mountains. No, not the mountains referred to in the slogan for the famous macro-lager, the mountains of Denver, Colo. for the annual Great American Beer Festival. Now in its 34th year, the festival is considered by many to be the greatest in the world and with nearly 3,500 beers to taste from over 800 breweries, it is not hard to see why it has this distinction. Tickets for the festival have sold out in minutes for each of the last six year, so organizers suggest you…
  • Intuition Ale Works teaming up with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen for Southern beer dinner

    14 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Photo by Fernandina Observer. The sleepy little town of Fernandina Beach north of Jacksonville, Fla. has seen an uptick in interest lately among culinary circles. Sure, the area has been known to North Florida residents as a fun place to spend a summer afternoon at its eclectic bars and scattered eateries. It is also known as a place for a weekend of partying at the Isle of Seven Flags Shrimp Festival every year. But, aside from the posh restaurant at the nearby Ritz-Carlton, fine dining was something of a mystery to the area. So, when Chef Kenny Gilbert opened his Gilbert’s Underground…
  • Magic Hat introduces year-round IPA

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Magic Hat Brewing Company of South Burlington, Vt. has long been known as a company with a sense of humor. One only has to take a look at the company’s website to verify this fact. They have also been known for the phenomenal success of their mysterious, not-quite pale ale brew #9. Along with #9, Magic Hat boasts three other year-round brews: Dream Machine, Circus Boy and Single Chair. And now, joining these core brands is Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA. The new addition to the line up is described on the brewery’s website as, ” An electric shock. A sweet scent in the air. A…
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    Worst Beer Blog Ever

  • Randon Beer Stuff For This Wonderful Saturday!

    18 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    There are always things happening in the beer world, here are a few things you might have missed! Perhaps the biggest recent event is the merger between Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker. Two of the world’s most respected brewers are now one, that is a pretty significant development. So far, I have been pretty happy with my beloved Boulevard’s transition into the Duvel Moortgat family less than two years ago. Hopefully, we can expect more of the same from this deal. Not Your Fathers Root Beer is taking the nation by storm. While, it is not backed by a major conglomerate, I think…
  • Happy 4th Of July!

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    I hope you all have a fantastic and safe beer driven holiday! Today is my last major event as a Floridian! If you are looking for a good time, head to downtown Fort Myers for the Freedom Fest! It starts at noon and there will be great food, great music and of course great beer outside all day! Plus, an incredible fireworks show launched from the Caloosahatchee river! Also, a completely shameless plug, please follow my current project Ben’s Bottle Shop on Twitter @bensbottleshop, Facebook or check us out at it is going to…
  • Heading To Vancouver Washington!

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    I mentioned last week that I will soon be relocating from Fort Myers, Florida to Vancouver, Washington (USA, not British Columbia for those unfamiliar with the up and coming city across the Columbia River from Portland Oregon)! My last day as an on-premise account manager for Suncoast Beverage and Sales will be July 31st 2015. As my colleagues, clients and superiors know, my tenure at Suncoast and in Southwest Florida in general has been wonderful. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience working for one of the best wholesalers in the country and living in a phenomenal city. Still, the time…
  • Ben’s Bottle Shop Coming Soon To Vancouver Washington! Great Place With Great Beer!

    21 Jun 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Greetings! This almost feels like I am returning from the dead. I know I have done a great job of making my blog live up to its name (The Worst Beer Blog Ever). For that, I am very sorry. I simply, do not have the time to give my few readers the content they deserve. On top of my absurdly time-consuming, yet rewarding career as an on-premise account manager for one of the best wholesalers in the country, I have been working on a project that will change everything. In January and opportunity with a friend I met while in graduate school in Springfield, MO literally fell into my lap. So, while…
  • Old Soul Brewing

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Greetings Florida beer nerds! This Saturday (October 11, 2014)  Old Soul Brewing will open its doors to the public for the first time from 12 to 11pm. Saturday will be a day of fun, food and beer. The event encompass the street alongside the brewery (so you may want to bring a chair and possibly even sunscreen). The MOFOS food truck sell sumptuous bbq during the day and Doner Kebab King Karl will be slinging some incredible Turkish fare from 6 to 11pm. To really get things going the Naples based folk-rock band The Good Bad Kids will play from 6 to 10 pm. Aside from the…
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    Drink Me Magazine

  • How to Party like the French – A Chat with the French Consul General in San Francisco

    Adrian Smith
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
      Parisian Pauline Carmona has been serving as Consul General of France in San Francisco for a little under a year. We recently visited with her to ask for some reflections about her hometown, food and drink, and what it’s like to be French here in San Francisco. Fredric:      San Francisco is a foodie town. There’s not much that is unavailable here. But there must be things you crave that you look forward to enjoying when you are back home? Pauline:     It’s difficult to say that I miss something here because it is a wonderful place. Even foie gras now has turned legal!
  • 5 Of The Sexiest Cocktail Bars In London

    Adrian Smith
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    Not long a fan of the hotel bar, with their stuffy, uptight, over-styled and overpriced image, Alex, master dipsologist at, checks out (without checking in) some of the bars guiding the London hotel scene through a renaissance. After all, with if three of this list feature in the top eleven bars in the world, and a fourth is run by 2014’s Imbibe Innovator of the Year, they must be doing something right… Artesian in The Langham The undisputed number one – who are we to argue with three consecutive years as ‘The World’s Best Bar’? Not to…
  • The Kosmos Heart Decanter

    Tom Clark
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
      This Kosmos Heart Decanter will be sure to get your aforementioned organ racing, and in turn your taste buds tingling with its contents. Made with hand-blown borosilicate glass and holding one liter, its striking design makes for a worthy centre piece on anyone’s table. The anatomically inspired wine container looks even more spectacular when filled with wine. A dark red even gives the appearance of a real life heart containing blood, although you’ll have to drink a lot to emulate the amount the heart pumps around the body, around 70ml per beat.
  • Wise Words On Whisky: Haig Club – The Video Review

    Adrian Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    Welcome to our new series of interactive whisky reviews. This week on ‘The Wise Words on Whisky’, Rob Bruce explores the most recent ‘celebrity’ affiliated Whisky to hit the global shelves, Haig. To purchase a bottle of Haig Club visit Loch Fyne Whiskies who deliver worldwide.
  • TRIbella: The Greatest Aerator You’ll Ever Use

    Adrian Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    On my monthly search for new gadgets to hit the world of alcoholic delights, I came across a wine aerator that left a lasting impression on me. The aerator market is by no means small, there are new designs and concepts cropping up right left and center, but one component I feel is lacking in most existing products is the ability to create an aesthetically pleasing pour that also doesn’t drip. Emphasis on the “doesn’t drip” . I checked out TRIbella with a little more depth and immediately after using it decided it’s by far the best wine aerator I have ever used. Why you ask? Well,…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Jester Hops SMASH

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
    We live in incredible times for hops. More varieties every year with different characteristics. Here’s another SMASH beer review. This times its a Jester Hops SMASH! Jester hops may very well be the most pronounced example of terroir on hop growing I have ever experienced. This hop is very unique. Pungent aroma of green onion, […] Read the original article Jester Hops SMASH and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • English Ale Yeast Triangle Test

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Last week we did a blind triangle taste test comparing one wort and two yeasts. Those yeasts were the two most used classics in the White Labs catalog. This week we do it again comparing English yeast to English yeast. John didn’t think he’s ever had a beer brewed with Wyeast’s 1028 London ale yeast. […] Read the original article English Ale Yeast Triangle Test and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • WLP001 and WLP002 Triangle Taste Test

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    We’ve all had plenty of beers fermented with either WLP001 California Ale Yeast or WLP002 English Ale Yeast. We all have a general sense of what each yeast is supposed to do for you. Malt v. hops, fruitiness v. dryness, attenuation v. residual gravity. BOOM WLP001 and WLP002 Triangle Taste Test!!! My main point here […] Read the original article WLP001 and WLP002 Triangle Taste Test and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Second Batch Lambic Session

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Hard to believe that it was a year ago that John brewed his first batch of sour beer, (a lambic styled beer), but 365 days have passed and now he’s got a bucket full of dregs and it’s time to brew again! It was a pretty straightforward brew day; creating a wort using wheat dry […] Read the original article Second Batch Lambic Session and other Brew Dudes posts.
  • Craft Meister Cleaning Tabs

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Sometimes we are fortunate enough that a vendor or supply to our great hobby wants to give us some samples to test and try out. This week, we talk about Craft Meister Cleaning Tabs. It is a pretty simple concept: Craft Meister has taken the guess work out of measuring cleaning chemicals by compressing a […] Read the original article Craft Meister Cleaning Tabs and other Brew Dudes posts.
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    Beer Infinity

  • Riverbanks Zoo elephant helps pick ingredients for Conquest’s Brew at the Zoo release

    Beer Infinity
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    Here’s something you don’t see every day: Columbia’s Conquest Brewing Co. was aided by a Penny, an African elephant, from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo, in picking ingredients for a beer that will be exclusively brewed for the zoo’s upcoming Brew at the Zoo beer festival. To help pick the ingredients for the beer, Conq ...
  • Bud Finds Its Voice (follow-up)

    Beer Infinity
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    Back in February, AB InBev created an ad for the Super Bowl that mocked craft beer. It created an instant and sustained backlash among the craft types. I blogged about it at the time, taking the view that it was a good move for Bud. This remains a minority view, but Fortune magazine recently followed up on the story and more or less takes my vi ...
  • Lagunitas Brewing Officially Coming To Hawaii

    Beer Infinity
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    You did not misread the headline. Lagunitas Brewing Company will officially start distributing to Hawaii in early August. The nation’s fifth largest craft brewery has been growing like crazy with the addition of a huge new brewery in Chicago and another soon to be build one in Southern California. Lagunitas is known for it’s incre ...
  • Sierra Blanca set to make Moriarty a destination for craft beer fans

    Beer Infinity
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Now that looks like a relaxing place to enjoy a pint outdoors. Moriarty is not known as much of a tourist attraction for people in Albuquerque and beyond. The last time any group probably flocked there were when baseball scouts showed up to watch Matt Moore pitch for the local high school (he is now in the Tampa Bay Rays rotation, for you non-s ...
  • Gloucester Brewery wins best bitter CAMRA award

    Beer Infinity
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Gloucester Citizen Gloucester Brewery wins best bitter CAMRA award Gloucester Citizen Gloucester Brewery wins best bitter CAMRA award. By CitizenChip | Posted: July 21, 2015. 32525. SHARE PICTURE. Copy link to paste in your message. Exploding with fruity flavours, Gloucester Brewery's Citras has fended off the competition to be crowned ...
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    The Brew Review Crew

  • Goose Island Migration Week 2015 Recap

    Brew Review Crew
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    – Cleveland, Ohio Goose Island is one of our favorite breweries here at the BRC. Yes, yes, we know, “They sold out to AB-InBev!” – we get it. While the status of their ownership is controversial amongst craft beer lovers, it would be nearly criminal to claim that Goose Island fails to put out some of the best beer in America, if not the world. Though their more accessible brands such as 312 or Honkers may be brewed in an off-site AB-inBev facility, Goose Island is still crafting some of the most amazing beers out there. Brands such as the Bourbon County Brand Stout…
  • Upper Hand Brewery to release 906 Ale in celebration of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

    Brew Review Crew
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 906™ Ale (9.06% ABV). An Imperial Red Ale brewed in celebration of the 906 area code, the beer’s name is a tribute to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the brewery calls its home. This huge, hoppy ale features an explosive hop profile with massive aromatics and a moderate body. Deep, ruby red from specialty malts, this beer has big, lingering, juicy hop flavors and bitterness. 906 Ale’s unique hop profile comes from a combination of Equinox and an experimental varietal known only as 291. Fruit punch,…
  • Brew Review Crew: On Tap Episode 8 – 7/24/2015

    Brew Review Crew
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES SUBSCRIBE ON STITCHER RADIO This week on the Brew Review Crew: On Tap Podcast: Thanks for checking out another episode of The Brew Review Crew: On Tap Podcast! This week was absolutely slammed pack full of craft beer craziness. We just got home from a 6-state craft beer road trip, hung out at an extra-special craft beer documentary screening, and in the meantime, the world of craft beer was exploding with news! We are bringing you another week of great craft beer stories. There is a new craft brewery opening just 800 miles from the North Pole! Talk about Ice. Cold. Beer!
  • Founders Officially Rips Baby from ‘Breakfast Stout’ Logo

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
      This is an update to our story from the first episode of our podcast Founders Brewing Company officially relabels ‘Breakfast Stout’ due to a law regarding the use of images of minors on alcoholic beverage labels. Founders has removed the iconic baby from their Breakfast Stout label in light of recent controversy over the inclusion of a baby on the bottle label of the hyper-popular alcoholic beverage. Appearing on the new label is an all-too-familiar breakfast bowl donning the Founders namesake. Where the Founders baby once was, there is now a note on the refrigerator that…
  • Upper Hand Brewery Unveils New “More U.P. Focused” Logo

    Brew Review Crew
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is proud to present a brand new logo that will soon debut on all packaging and branding for the Escanaba-based brewery. Designed by Elegant Seagulls in Marquette, the brewery’s new logo is a more accurate representation of Upper Hand’s immense pride and commitment to its home, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “We got a lot of feedback since we first opened and we realized that in order to truly honor the place we call home, we wanted to be sure to represent the entire U.P. in our logo,” said Larry Bell, President and founder of Bell’s Brewery,…
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    Best Drinking Games From All Over The World

  • Go Fish Drinking Game

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Go Fish is one of the most popular card games in the world because it is so easy to understand. In order to turn it into a drinking game, all you need is liquor, plus the cards of course. If you already know how to play Go Fish, skip the less than 2 minute video below quickly explaining how the game is played. Below the video are the instructions that turn Go Fish into a drinking game. Okay so you now know how to play Go Fish. Now, the even easier part — how to play the Go Fish Drinking Game. From here on, what constitutes a drink is up to you — a drink can be a gulp of a mixed…
  • Never Have I Ever (For Two People)

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This is a game that is typically played by larger groups but we’ve adjusted the game so it can be enjoyed by as few as two people. The basis of this game is stating something that you have never done, seen or experience, and if your partner has done it before, he/she must take a drink. Alternate turns after each statement. For example, A and B are playing Never Have I Ever. A: Never Have I Ever had sex on an airplane B: **takes a shot** B taking a shot means that he/she is quite the thrill seeker because they have already done that. Instead of moving immediately to the next turn, in a…
  • Modified Flip, Sip or Strip

    31 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Do you have a coin? Of course you do. How about some alcohol and a fun partner? Yes? Good. Flip the coin and have your partner guess the result. If he/she gets it right then it’s their turn to flip the coin. But we want them to get it wrong! If their answer is wrong, flip again. If they get it wrong AGAIN, flip one more time for a maximum of 3 flips. Basically, flip until your partner gets it correct or gets it wrong 3 times in a row – whichever comes first. Actions to be done based on results are below: If your partner gets it correct on the first try, it is the next…
  • Kings Drinking Game Instructions

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The kings drinking game is definitely one of the best drinking games for large groups. Rules differ as there are several variations to the game but the rules I will be outlining are Classic Rules and the most known and used. To plays the kings drinking game, start out by placing a large empty cup in the middle of the playing surface. Next, spread a deck of cards face down. Click here or scroll to the bottom to see what I mean. Over the course of the game, each player will take turns drawing one card which corresponds to an action he, someone else or everyone must complete. The corresponding…
  • Across the Bridge

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

    John Fahrner
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Featured Contributor Richard Grahn @BrewingAmerica Are Clever Craft Brewers Exploiting Your Grandmother’s Fruit Salad? I was recently pondering the proliferation of fruity-beers that seem to be taking the American craft beer scene by storm these days and this pondering has introduced a few questions in my mind. The first is obviously, who is drinking all this fruity beer? From there, I begin to wonder about the history behind this current craze and finally, I ask myself, where is all this going? The term “craft beer” is a…
  • Hideout Brewing Bubble Gum IPA: Beer Review

    John Fahrner
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m a guy that is willing to try pretty much any beer at least once, and recently I’ve been seeing an influx of beers showing up in my neck of the woods brewed by Hideout Brewing Company.   I had heard a bit about Hideout Brewing and they were already on my expansive “to visit” list of breweries that are on the west side of Michigan, seeing their bottles starting to distribute to the east side of the state was a welcome surprise. Over the last…
  • Sommbeer: 1 Year In

    John Fahrner
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    I came to Sommbeer in August of 2014 after responding to a post on Twitter that was simply stating that this site was looking  for contributors to write about beer.  I have to admit that when I first saw the opportunity to write on Sommbeer I was a little apprehensive, not due to anything related to the site itself but I had just walked away from a site that I was writing different content for and I wasn’t sure I was willing to take the…
  • Sommbeer is no longer mine

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    I had a bad job……If you’ve ever shared a beer with me, you will hear the story about how Sommbeer got started. A bad job, a bad boss, a bad economy whatever it was I needed a diversion, so I wrote.  Then I published. I wrote and published, by myself for 7 months.  As I look back on those posts that started on a cold winter afternoon 12/29/13, I recognize that this is not when Sommbeer formed. Sommbeer was actually created 8 months later on 7/24/14 when…
  • UnPopOp Series #2: Thank You, But No Thank You

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Featured Contributor: Conrad B. @inbituinthebrew Not too long ago, I saw a “web coupon deal” for a tour with tastings for two at a local brewery for a fairly reasonable price. I told my wife and friends about the deal in an attempt to get a small group to go with – new beer with friends is always a better experience. Local brewery tour and tastings? Check. Reasonable price? Got it. Friends to drink with? Done. It was only natural that I purchase this coupon. So my…
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    Northwest Beer Guide (aka, The Pickled Liver)

  • Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Crux Better Off Red Flanders-style Red Ale

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Press Release(Bend, OR) Join Crux crewmembers to celebrate the release of our 2015 [BANISHED] Better Off Red. This year’s release is a pleasantly more tart vintage of our barrel-aged Flanders-Style Red Ale. The 2015 [BANISHED] Better Off Red will be available for sale on draught and in bottles (limit four per person).Crux will also take over the Tin Bucket taps with a selection of our favorite Crux beers, many of which don’t typically travel beyond our Tasting Room in Bend....ABOUT BETTER OFF RED (7.0% ABV, 18 IBU): Flanders Reds may be called the Burgundies of Belgium, but we age our…
  • Brewery Release: ID: Coming Soon ... Odell Piña Agria Sour Ale with Pineapple

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Press ReleaseFort Collins, CO. – On July 31, 2015, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series brew, Piña Agria, a sour ale brewed with pineapple. Offered in 750ml cork & cage finished bottles, the Cellar Series of beers are bigger and bolder brews that push the boundaries of style, ingredients, and brewing techniques. They are a showcase of the brewers’ innovation and talent, and an outlet for creativity and experimentation.Piña Agria is no exception. The recipe was inspired by Odell Brewing’s Maintenance Manager and home brewer, Matt Bailey,…
  • Brewery News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewhouse announces the 1st annual " 'KAN JamBEERee "

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Press ReleaseSpokane, Wash… Craft Beer. Food. Music. Games. Did we just describe the best day of the summer? Yup!  August 22, 2015, will be the inauguration of what No-Li Brewhouse hopes to become an annual celebration of craft beer culture in Spokane, the ‘KAN JamBEERee!I’s have been dotted, T’s have been crossed, and it’s finally time to announce the guest breweries that will be partying in the ‘KAN!·       Alameda Brewing Co. – Portland, OR·       Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland,…
  • Brewery News: OR: Portland: Hopworks Urban Brewery and New Belgium collaborate to release Organic B-Side EP Peach Sour Ale

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Press ReleasePortland, Oregon, ... - Hopworks Urban Brewery and New Belgium Brewing are getting the band back together to create their second collaboration beer, Organic B-Side EP. This Peach Sour Ale is being brewed at Hopworks with members from both companies’ brewing teams and will be released at a Rooftop Party at Revolution Hall in Portland on August 19.The name B-Side EP celebrates the B Corp Certified status earned by both sustainably-minded breweries as well as their love of bicycles and bike culture. B-Side EP is a kettle soured ale made by brewing the wort on Friday and then…
  • Brewery News: CO: Boulder: Avery Brewing celebrates 21st year with party and new beer release.

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Press ReleaseBoulder, CO — After 21 years of piecing together 6- and 8-car-garages in an industrial alley off Arapahoe Avenue, Founder and CEO Adam Avery was more than ready to build his dream brewery. In February, Avery opened the doors of his 67,000 sq. ft., $30 million brewery filled with the best brewing equipment available, including four new 850 hl fermentation tanks that nearly doubled the brewery’s capacity.The former Avery facility had buckets strategically positioned under its leaky roof—at the new brewery, Avery engineers crane the roof off to bring in new equipment. Avery…
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    CellarMonk ~ Review, Rate, Read & Revere Beer

  • July 3rd, 2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Better safe than sorry!
  • Pressure Drop Brewing

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Pressure Drop was formed in 2012 and we sold our first beers in January 2013. We're Graham, Sam and Ben, three blokes in a railway arch doing lots of cleaning and trying to make the tastiest beers we can.
  • Horse & Jockey

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Welcome to the Horse Jockey Chorlton   A family-friendly pub and restaurant in the heart of Chorlton, serving real-ales and hearty food, the Horse and Jockey boasts all of these things plus a the fine location overlooking Chorlton's leafy Green.   
  • Guardian Angel

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    May your Guardian Angel be at your side to pick ya up off the floorand hand ya another cold stout from the store. Read More...
  • Learning How To Sing Beer

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    DOH The stuff that buys me beer.  RAY The guy who sells me beer.  ME The guys who drinks the beer.  FAR A long way to get beer. 
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    Grizzly Bear Loves Kölsch.

  • The Grist: the Mad Fermentationist, Brad Smith, HomebrewDad, Jon Abernathy

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Missed ’em? Here are the best homebrewing blog posts published during the week of 20.07.2015 – 26.07.2015. The frugal brewer The Mad Fermentationist: Homebrewing is a hobby that always has a shiny new piece of gear to buy with your beer money. I remember when I brewed my first batch of beer. I was living in a small, bachelor apartment in Leeds. You know, the type that you have to bend over sideways to cook a meal on the stove? That was me a few years ago. I started because I was interested in the brewing process. And because I thought I could save some money. But because I was…
  • Book Review: Modern Homebrew Recipes: Exploring Styles & Contemporary Techniques

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    It’s not often that I pick up a new book. But when a new homebrewing book hits the shelves, I tend to get a little… well, giddy. Take Gordon Strong’s new book, Modern Homebrew Recipes: Exploring Styles & Contemporary Techniques (1 May 2015). Released soon after the 2015 BJCP style guidelines, I was interested to find out whether Modern Homebrewing Recipes represented a new, fresh look at homebrewing recipes  – or just another bookshelf filler destined to pick up dust. So, I gave in and bought myself a copy. Here’s my take on Modern Homebrew Recipes:…
  • The Grist: Brulosophy, Home Brew Talk, Jason Notte, Tom Daykin

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Here’s this week’s top 4 posts from around the home brewing / craft beer community: Shaking #$%@ up Greg Foster, writing for Brulosophy, on shaking vs directly adding o2 to aerate: I’ve been so committed to the idea pure O2 is an essential component to good beer that I’ve delayed brewing due to an empty tank. And you know what? It was worth it, my beers got better! The forum posts were right, pure O2 really did make a difference. I basked in the glory of my shiny new rig, confident I’d made a worthy investment. Or at least that’s what I thought at the time.
  • 2 Kölsch Fermentation Profiles and How to Perfect Them

    13 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Kölsch yeast is often referred to as being hybrid: a top fermenting ale yeast that can be fermented at lower temperatures. Just like a lager. Because of this interesting characteristic, brewers have adopted specific Kölsch fermentation profiles unique to the style. In this post I’ll discuss two Kölsch fermentation profiles and how you can perfect them using testable hypotheses. A classic Kölsch fermentation profile The original method for fermenting Kölsch was in an open-topped wooden fermenter. With the knowledge that lower fermentation temperatures led to a cleaner beer,…
  • The Grist: Shut up about Barclay Perkins, Elstons Beer Blog, Brulosophy, The Screwy Brewer

    12 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Welcome to the first edition of The Grist. The Grist: the top 4 home brewing blog posts I know how hard it can be to keep up on all the latest, best posts from around the home brewing community. So each week (on Sundays), I’ll publish my favourite, top 4 home brewing blog posts for your reading pleasure. Hopefully you’ll find them as interesting as I did. Here’s the top 4: 1) Beer below the (U.S.) border Ron Pattinson from Shut up about Barclay Perkins: I’ve been to a lot of breweries in the last few years. In all sorts of buildings. But never one assembled from…
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    Real Ale Review

  • Jennings Sneck Lifter

    Martin Gray
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Commercial description:An award winning beer, a strong, satisfying ale, wonderfully warming and full of complex flavours, which create an intriguing beer of great character. Sneck Lifter was first introduced in 1990 as a winter warmer. In northern dialect sneck means door latch and a sneck lifter was a man’s last sixpence which enabled him to [&hellipThe post Jennings Sneck Lifter appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Wolf Brewery Silver Fox

    Martin Gray
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Commercial description: Silver Fox from Wolf Brewery is a refreshingly zesty pale beer. Wolf Brewery Silver Fox was purchased as a present from my sister who lives near the brewery in Besthorpe in Norfolk. The Wolf Brewery has been established in Norfolk since 1995 and prides itself on producing high quality real ales made with [&hellipThe post Wolf Brewery Silver Fox appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

    Martin Gray
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Commercial description: Brewed at Samuel Smith’s small, traditional British brewery with well water, best barley malt, roasted barley, yeast and aromatic hops. Nut Brown Ale is relatively dry with a rich amber-brown colour and nutty flavour derived exclusively from small amounts of dark malt. I purchased a Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale because i absolutely [&hellipThe post Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Isis Pale Compass

    Martin Gray
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    Commercial description:  This beer has been crafted with fruity European hops to complement Crystal and golden malted barleys, then dry hopped with American citrus hops for an excellent finish. Isis Pale Ale is a transatlantic tipple that, like the best boat race crews, is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Isis Pale, named [&hellipThe post Isis Pale Compass appeared first on Real Ale Review.
  • Fyne Ales Jarl

    Martin Gray
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:08 am
    Commercial description:  A full-on citrus experience. Light and golden, a perfect ale for whiling away the hours on a sunny day. Fyne Ales Jarl is a hoppy blonde session ale which is light and golden in colour with a strong citrus and hop aroma. Based on a working farm in Achadunan at the head of Loch Fyne (from which [&hellipThe post Fyne Ales Jarl appeared first on Real Ale Review.
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  • National Scotch Day: The History and Process of Scotch and Craft Scotch – Join the Celebration

    Genie Davis
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:15 am
    Monday was National Scotch Day, and it’s a cause for celebration all week long. Scotch whiskey is created in a specific fashion, aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, with most aged considerably longer than that. Made from malted barley, Scotch was once called “usige beatha,” or the water of life in Scotch Gaelic. The earliest recorded Scotch production is indicated by a list of ingredients to create the beverage purchased in 1494. Today, the smoky whiskey has come a long way since it was first distilled at Lindores Abbey in the late 1400s. Five kinds of malt whiskey are…
  • Beverage Camps for Adults

    Genie Davis
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    The days of archery camps, surf camps, and regular old summer camps where games of Capture the Flag fill the hours may be long gone, but don’t despair – there are new camps for adults in town, perfect for adults interested in wine-making, distilling, and brewing. Oenophiles have some camps that provide the ultimate wine-making experience. At Sonoma County Grape Camp in Sonoma, Calif., a three-day camp offers wine making, tasting, cooking, and dining – in short, and a full Harvest experience. Conducted by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission and Relish Culinary School, this…
  • The Revival of Speakeasies

    Eva du Monteil
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In case you’ve missed it (and if so, read up!), the newest trend that has most dramatically given the bar scene across the country a new lease of life is vintage-inspired speakeasies. If history buffs and nostalgic critics are quick to rave against the high prices and frills that often surrounds these posh establishments, the popularity of neo-speakeasies demonstrates that they are a force to be reckoned with. During Prohibition, speakeasies replaced saloons and disguised themselves in the most atypical ways to grant access only to trustworthy patrons. These patrons would have to cross the…
  • Drink, Dine, and Learn at the 2015 International Pinot Noir Celebration

    Eric Mohrman
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Great Pinot Noirs were long known to come only from France’s Burgundy region, but today, highly regarded bottles are produced in a number of cooler climates around the globe, including Oregon. In fact, the varietal single-handedly put Oregon on the wine-growing map, and the state sent a resounding message to oenophiles everywhere that California wasn’t the only noteworthy Pinot Noir grower in the US. So, McMinnville, Oregon—surrounded by the vineyards of the Willamette Valley, the epicenter of wine production in the state—is a fitting place to host the International Pinot Noir…
  • Page Springs Cellars Vineyard and Winery – Cornville, Arizona

    Genie Davis
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Not far from Sedona’s red rocks and mystical vortexes is the small town of Cornville, Arizona, home to Page Springs Cellars Vineyard and Winery. Family owned, the winery is located along Oak Creek, a prime wildlife viewing site, and a fine spot to enjoy some of the vineyard’s Rhône style wines. Opened in 2003, as befits a winery near the New Age ambiance of Sedona, Page Springs offers some options for visitors that go beyond its winery tours, tasting room wine flights and a gourmet tasting menu to pair with its wines. On weekends, Page Springs hosts local musicians and artists; and the…
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    Home Brewers FAQ

  • Should I Add Fruit To Secondary Or Keg

    Home Brewers FAQ
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Question: I like to brew beers with flavors added such as strawberry blondes or apricot wheats but I have always wondered if it is better to add the flavoring to the secondary or straight into the keg when kegging. I have done it both ways but interested to know if there is a best practice for this? Answer: If you’re just adding extracts as opposed to juices or real fruits, keep it simple. Just add it when bottling or kegging. Maybe you’ll get less loss of flavor to fermentation and it might be easier to gauge the flavour impact for future dosages. Extract is also good to have on…
  • Steps To Bottling Homebrew

    Home Brewers FAQ
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Question: I’m getting ready to bottle my first batch of beer.  Would you have some advice on steps to bottle? I’ve seen a number of videos now, but it would be great to have a checklist of things I need to consider so I don’t mess this up. Thanks Answer: Here you go, hope this helps you! Equipment List: Bottling Bucket with Spigot 2 siphon hoses (one that fits the spigot) Racking cane or tube 54-60 bottles 54-60 bottle caps Capper 3 quart sauce pan 1 gallon pot or bowl for sanitizing Sanitizer 2 Cup measuring cup Hydrometer Corn Sugar Uncarbonated beer (about 5 gallons) The…
  • How To Make A Yeast Starter

    Home Brewers FAQ
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Question: I’m looking for an economical method for creating a yeast starter. Would you have any tips that would help?  Most of what I’ve read involves a stir plate and spending more money..  Thanks Answer: Try this method… Equipment List: Wine Bottle Wine Bottle Stopper Airlock 2 Cup Measuring Cup 2 spoons or 1 spoon and a sharp knife 1 gallon pot or bowl for sanitizing 2-3 quart sauce pan baggie rubber band tablespoon (metal) Sanitizer (One Step is preferred) Wyeast packet 1 hop pellet ¾ cup dry malt extract Ice (optional) A cold beer (preferrable a home brew, but…
  • Reusing Yeast For Another Batch

    Home Brewers FAQ
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Question: How much yeast is typically collected from the primary for reuse? Answer: I usually secondary/cask condition in a corny. Once the corny is filled, the rest of the beer and yeast and trub go into a flask and into the fridge to settle out. I get anywhere from 1.5-3 quarts of liquid, and that settles into 1-3 cups of thick slurry. I pitch 1-1.5 cups of that thick slurry into my next beer (depending on the OG and how long the yeast has been in the fridge). Using this method has given me very consistent and good results.
  • How To Improve Mash Effciency

    Home Brewers FAQ
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Question: I built my mash tun using a 56qt standard cooler. I made a bulkhead fitting, added a ball lock and I am using a home made single SS bazooka screen. I am only hitting about 60-62 percent right now and would much like to improve this. I have tried mashing at different temps “148-158″ and it all comes out to be about the same. I get a slightly better efficiency with the higher temps, just a point or two. The screen runs right down the middle of the mash tun. I was wondering would it increase my efficiency if I were to build a manifold with say two or three screens equally…
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