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  • What TIME got wrong about "5 beer trends you'll be seeing this summer."

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

    The Beer Snob's Beer Reviews
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    I haven’t had time for the blog in a while, and don’t see that changing any time in the near future, or perhaps at all.  So I am thinking seriously about trying to sell this domain name.   If you are interested, please email me at thebeersnob @ and put “ for sale” in […]
  • Crazy Mountain Lawyers Guns and Money Barley Wine, Old Soul heading to cans

    Press Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Press Release:  (Edwards, CO) – Crazy Mountain Brewing Company announces the release of “Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine”, a 10% ABV barleywine available in a four-pack of 12 ounce cans. To date, there have only been 4 barleywines released in cans, each for a one-time or extremely limited run. Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine cans will be packaged year-round to satisfy your hoppy cravings and is the first barleywine in a can produced in Colorado. For this special barleywine, Crazy Mountain uses an assortment of crystal malts and throws a little Belgian candi sugar…
  • A Taste for Craft Beers in Rural Texas

    NYT > Beer
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two years after producing its first kegs, Big Bend Brewing Company, based in remote Brewster County, Texas, has quadrupled production thanks to a loyal fan base.
  • Stone Tweaks Message After Concerned Feedback on IndieGoGo Campaign
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    (Escondido,CA) – World famous craft brewers Stone Brewing Co. announced this past weekend they would be opening a new craft … The post Stone Tweaks Message After Concerned Feedback on IndieGoGo Campaign appeared first on
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  • Crazy Mountain Lawyers Guns and Money Barley Wine, Old Soul heading to cans

    Press Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Press Release:  (Edwards, CO) – Crazy Mountain Brewing Company announces the release of “Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine”, a 10% ABV barleywine available in a four-pack of 12 ounce cans. To date, there have only been 4 barleywines released in cans, each for a one-time or extremely limited run. Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine cans will be packaged year-round to satisfy your hoppy cravings and is the first barleywine in a can produced in Colorado. For this special barleywine, Crazy Mountain uses an assortment of crystal malts and throws a little Belgian candi sugar…
  • Freetail Brewing Co. launches Beer Delivery Lambo campaign on Indiegogo

    Adam Nason
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    (San Antonio, TX) – With Stone Brewing Co.’s Indiegogo campaign making headlines this week, Freetail Brewing Co. renewed its efforts to crowdfund a Beer Delivery Lambo. The company was rebuffed from Kickstarter three times but successfully launched on Indiegogo on Tuesday. The campaign has raised over $500 thanks in large part to one hefty anonymous donation. Societe Brewing’s Mike Sardina is the biggest public backer to date with a $100 contribution. With the fixed funding option selected, Freetail will be unable to keep any proceeds if it feels to meet its goal of $97,991.
  • No-Li Blackfill Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout bottles coming August 23rd

    Press Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Press Release:  (Spokane, WA) – No-Li Brewhouse will release their first-ever packaged barrel-aged beer in a limited release of 22 oz bottles this August at their small batch festival on August 23rd. The brewery will release just 100 cases of 22 oz bottles, in addition to some very limited draft. The beer, “Blackfill,” is a barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout, aged in Dry Fly Distillery triticale whiskey barrels. Co-owner John Bryant comments: “No-Li’s rare beer program began with hand-filling a single, freshly-emptied whiskey barrel. It launched a passionate pursuit…
  • Deadspin: Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’m less sanguine about the sort of crowd-funding projects in which a guy who got rich selling shit to the public asks that same public to build him a new factory in which he can produce ever more shit to sell. Even when that shit is delicious Stone Brewing Company beer. More >> Deadspin.
  • Another piece on rising hops prices

    BeerPulse curator
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Citra was contracted for $10.33 per pound through the Country Malt Group for 2014, though spot prices for the hop in 2013 could hit up to 168 percent of that cost ($17.35 per pound through Hops Direct) and more before selling out. More >> CNBC.
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  • This domain name may be for sale

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

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

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

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

    25 Jan 2013 | 7:02 pm
    The beer I enjoy often depends on the season.  In the summer I like a good IPA, in the fall I tend towards a nut brown ale to a porter, but my favorite time of year for beer is winter, when I can enjoy a nice stout in front of a roaring fire.  Brooklyn Brewery […]
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  • Stone Tweaks Message After Concerned Feedback on IndieGoGo Campaign

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    (Escondido,CA) – World famous craft brewers Stone Brewing Co. announced this past weekend they would be opening a new craft … The post Stone Tweaks Message After Concerned Feedback on IndieGoGo Campaign appeared first on
  • Double Mountain Brewery Releases 2013 Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    (Hood River, OR) - Double Mountain Brewery proudly to announces the return of their Belgian-style sour Kriek ales. The limited r… The post Double Mountain Brewery Releases 2013 Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek appeared first on
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Introduces B.A.M.! Series

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    (San Diego, CA) – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce its groundbreaking collaborative Beer, Art & Music se… The post Karl Strauss Brewing Introduces B.A.M.! Series appeared first on
  • Dominion Brewing Candi Belgian Tripel Is Now Year Round

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    (Dover, DE) – Beginning the week of July 21st, 2014 Dominion Candi will become the latest year-round addition to the Pinup Series … The post Dominion Brewing Candi Belgian Tripel Is Now Year Round appeared first on
  • Modern Times Oneida

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    From Modern Times Beer - Oneida is all about the hops, which in this case are Hallertau Blanc, Cascade, and Experimental Hop 05256… The post Modern Times Oneida appeared first on
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  • The NeverEnding Cask Ale Lesson

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Cask-conditioned ale is a process that starts at the brewery and continues at the pub. Bad practices at either end yield poor cask ale. For example: How NOT to cellar and tap cask ale:Were the casks improperly conditioned (or grossly over-conditioned at the brewery)? Sure looks like it. Poor guy, but hilarious. How TO tap cask ale: Paul Pendyck —star of this video (not the first!)— is the owner of UK Brewing Supplies. Based in Pennsylvania, he sell casks, cask equipment, and traditional British pub supplies. He dispenses (pun intended) excellent advice on cask ale, and has a few more cask…
  • What TIME got wrong about "5 beer trends you'll be seeing this summer."

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

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

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

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

  • Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85

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

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

    Brad Smith and Friends
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jake Keeler from the American Homebewers Association and a former Brewing TV cast member joins me this week to talk about the changes we’re seeing in homebrewing as well as homebrew supplie. This episode was recorded directly on the expo floor at the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As to download this mp3 file Topics in This Week’s Episode (28:11) Jake Keeler from Brewer’s Supply Group (BSG) and a former cast member on Brewing TV joins me this week…
  • Caramel and Crystal Malt in Beer Brewing

    Brad Smith and Friends
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    This week we take a look at crystal and caramel malts used in home brewing and commercial brewing. Caramel malt is a staple in a wide variety of beers worldwide, and is used to add color, flavor and sweetness to beer. I’m going to discuss how caramel malt is made, as well as when and how to use it in brewing beer. Note that the terms “Crystal” and “Caramel” malts are used interchangeably. The History of Crystal and Caramel Malt Though crystal malt is strongly associated with English Ales, Stouts and Porters, it was first used in Mild ales and Strong ales, and was…
  • How to Brew Beer with Malt Extract Digital Preorder Discount Open

    Brad Smith and Friends
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    John Palmer and I are pleased to offer you “$5 off” the digital preorder for our new video “How to Brew Beer with Malt Extract”. The video will be released next Monday, the 30th of June 2014. It will also be available on DVD from Amazon and in many home brew stores in early July. It makes a great gift for anyone interested in getting into home brewing! How to Brew with Malt Extract (70 minutes) Digital Version Preorder Discount Open on Vimeo – Rent or Buy Here The video, developed for new/beginning home brewers, walks you through brewing your first batch of beer from…
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    2beerguys beer blog

  • Dan Kenary breaks down Harpoon’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) on the SBLPodcast

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Stands My Own Immaculate Taste Today?

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

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

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

    Alan McLeod
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I have had a bit of a odd bug for the last while. Not something that I would get into in great detail but for some reason this story about one aspect of the brewing in Vancouver caught my eye:The region wants bylaw changes that could force brewers to pay to deal with organic matter produced through fermentation, saying many of the new businesses are pumping out more than just great suds. "Part of making beer is the waste products are very organic and have quite a high strength from a sewage perspective," Fred Nenninger, a manager in Metro Vancouver's wastewater division, said. According to…
  • So What The Heck Was Aquavitae In 1599?

    Alan McLeod
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Another day another sixteen century reference to beer that has me puzzled. This is an excerpt from an account of the voyages of John Davis who sailed both in the eastern Arctic of what becomes Canada in the 1580s and also in the tropics on spice trade expeditions around the turn of the century. This passage describes the stay Davis and his crew had waiting in August of 1599 for a king on the island of Sumatra to decide whether to given them a cargo of peppercorns:The two and twentieth, I went to the King early in the morning, who did use me very friendly. I stayed with him foure houres or…
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    Appellation Beer: Celebrating Beer From a Place

  • When cultures collide

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

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

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

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

    Stan Hieronymus
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.14.14 The Jim Koch magic eat-yeast-and-don’t-get-drunk trick revisited. NPR’s The Salt invests a lot of time and more than 1,000 words before concluding, “we didn’t learn the ultimate trick to drinking without getting drunk, but we did enjoy monitoring our experience of intoxication.” Including the “sweet spot” for getting buzzed. (0.04 BAC if you are too lazy to read that far.) [Via NPR] “All in all, the BJCP system rewards conformity and ‘cloning’ while punishing creativity.” OK, that’s a…
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  • Fraggle

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

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

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

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

    16 Dec 2011 | 1:19 pm
    yup. here it is! the preview of the new 500 Beers book. it’s one of those gastly series of unboxing photo sets. frankly, there’s no better way to get an idea of the whole experience then to snap, snap, snap away while because it is whole thing. the LULU box is one size fits all. they made it based on the biggest thing they print spreading the cost of the box out over all the different sizes. once opened and released from the plastic I quickly turned the pages to find the mistakes that I’d made. sometimes you just can’t see these things until you see it working in the…
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  • Innocuous Fluid, 1856

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

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

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 This is the 9th in our series of really short films The Strange Rebirth of British Beer in 10 Objects. It’s about a beer festival token and the development of the modern British beer festival. With thanks to David Shipman, one of the directors of the Birmingham Beer Bash for donating the token. VIDEO: 10 Objects #9 — Token
  • News, Nuggets & Longreads 19/07/2014

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007 Boy, it sure is [rainy/sunny] out there! The perfect day to sit [inside/outside] with [a nice cup of tea/an umbrella-festooned cocktail] and read about beer and pubs! [Delete as appropriate.] → Stan ‘Hops’ Hieronymus, author of Hops, summarises the 2014 Barth-Haas Group Hop Report, and provides a hop of the hops, in relation to hops. Hops! Simcoe production was minuscule in 2007, Citra didn’t have a name and Mosaic was still in test plots… Growers planted 1,840 acres of Simcoe this year, 1,720…
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  • Wherever is Stone planning to build a new brewery?

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

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

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

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

    Jack Curtin
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Paragraphs which… will be a recurring feature at Liquid Diet from now on, as is Push Pin Wisdom. A major difference will be that the posts under that rubric will, more often  than not, be supplemented by commentary by Your Humble Host I can hear some of you moaning “why the hell aren’t you just talking about beer, dammit?,” and I understand. I will address that soon. You may or may not be pleased. Then again, this blog is all about me, innit, as is every blog and its author? Yeah, that was me. Ignore. Peek over there to the right and you will see an RSS feed for These Things…
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  • Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Saturday in Birmingham

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    I'm giving patreon a try to see if that gets me any closer to financial independence.
  • Sponsorship anyone?

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    I'm not done with Oatmeal Stout yet. I happened to comae across this advert which, though not obvious at first glance, tells us quite a bit about Oatmeal Stout.Take a look and see if you can spot anything:Evening Telegraph - Friday 02 December 1898, page 1.The most obvious point is that in a catalogue of fashionable, expensive beers, Oatmeal Stout gets top billing. Literally.Look at the price, too. It's almost as expensive as Imperial Stout and costs as much as Bass or Allsopp Pale Ale, two expensive beers. Maclay's Oat Malt Stout of 1909 had the not particularly high gravity of 1062. If this…
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    The Barley Blog

  • Off Color Brewing Scurry

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

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Gose is an un-filtered wheat beer usually brewed with coriander and salt, as well as additional lactic acid bacteria (lactobacillus) added in for good measure. It’s also a style of beer that is seeing a bit of a micro-trend in the craft beer world. That said, this bottle of Troublesome is only the second example […] The post Off Color Brewing Troublesome appeared first on The Barley Blog.
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    The Beer Nut

  • Lotta bottle

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

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

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

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

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

  • Where to Get Free Beer in Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beer Birthday: John Harris

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

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

    Jay Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Today is the 51st birthday of Fergus Carey, better known simply as Fergie. Fergie owns Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is co-owner of Monk’s Cafe with Tom Peters and is also a partner in Nodding Head Brewery. Fergie’s always a fun person to have around and... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer In Ads #1259: Taste The Moment

    Jay Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Tuesday’s ad is for Erlanger, from 1980. Erlanger was part of the Joseph Schlitz stable of brands when this ad ran, but was acquired by Stroh’s two years later. Stroh’s promptly killed the brand shortly thereafter. It’s certainly an interesting looking bottle and glass.... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
  • Beer Birthday: Travis Smith

    Jay Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Today is also the 35th birthday of Travis Smith, who’s the founder of Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego. Before that, Travis brewed at Russian River Brewing for a number of years, before moving south, where he brewed at both The Bruery and the La Jolla Brewhouse. His brewery has quickly become... [[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]
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    Hoosier Beer Geek: A Beer Blog for Indiana, from Indianapolis

  • Volunteers: Sun King Brewing's CANvitational Needs You!

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

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

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

    Hoosier Beer Geek
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hoosier Beer CalendarEvents are subject to changeThe BrewersTin Man Brewing in EvansvilleJuly 13th, 4:00pmJoin us for our Summer Saison Sunday food and beer pairing! Delight your senses with a 3-course meal focusing primarily on meats, cheeses, and seasonal vegetables that have been sourced locally. The brewers have crafted three Saison styles of beer inspired by the farmhouse beers of the Belgian region of Wallonia: a low alcohol traditional version, a modern higher alcohol offering, and a peach fruit saison. The overall flavors to be found at this event will be fresh and…
  • #HBGWeek | Hoosier Beer Geek's Favorite Things at Shoefly Public House - Wednesday, July 16

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    In the run-up to the Indiana Microbrewers Festival, we're celebrating HBG's Hoosier Beer Week. And we now have more details about one of the events for #HBGWeek.When: Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pmWhere: Shoefly Public House, 122 East 22nd Street, 317.283.5007What: Hoosier Beer Geek's Favorite Things - Come enjoy our hand-picked lineup of beers that would make the Von Trapp family envious.Featured Beers | $4 for 4 oz. and $6 for 8 oz.:Brasserie Cantillon's Iris Lambic (5% ABV)Iris is a completely original beer which, contrary to the brewery's other beers, is not brewed with 35% wheat.
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    MNBeer - Craft beer news from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond

  • Finnegans Extra Stout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Winner of VIP Tickets to the iTAP CWE Strange Invasion

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

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Perennial Artisan Ale has created a bunch of great events, but I don’t know if there is one that is more hotly anticipated than the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Dozens of breweries in attendance, many not available in Missouri. This is one of the hottest tickets in town and I’ve been told it’s almost sold out. But, I have a special treat for you.  Thanks to the fine folks from Perennial, we have a pair of tickets we’re giving away for this Saturday’s festival. This $100 value will allow you to partake in the most unique festival in St. Louis. All you need to…
  • Week of 07/18/14 Beer Tastings

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Crabbies Spiced Orange, Six Row Sunshine Slow Down, Widmer Upheaval IPA, and O’Fallon Kite Tail. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: Crown Valley Strawberry Cider, Crown Valley Whitewall IPA Crown Valley Barrel Aged Big Bison Ale, Crown…
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    Monday Night Brewing

  • Twinsies!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shooty Car Accoutrements

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

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

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

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    From the Facebook page of Father Cusick:In solidarity with victims of Christian genocide in Iraq whose houses are marked with an Arabic letter "n" for Nazarene, this is my mark and your mark, too, in witness together with them and all Christians in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Muslim Terrorists,I'm a Christian, too.Numerous sources are now reporting, that for the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is empty of Christians. Genocide has been completed:This evening, our brethren the Syrian (Syriac) Catholics and Chaldean Catholics, who worship in the language of Our Lord Jesus…
  • Nothing Significant To Report

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    It's been a long week. Work and family commitments kept us busy. No good beers were consumed. No lead was put down range. Hence, the dearth of blog posts.But, have no fear. I've got range time and brewery visits planned for the weekend. There will be fun times to report soon. [ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
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    The Brew Club

  • Celt Experience ‘Ogham Willow’ 8.8% ABV

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

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

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

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

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

  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

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

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

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

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

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

  • Colorado Beer News 072314

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

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Today is Spooner's Day. This is not a day for couples to spoon, but rather to pay homage to Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was known mostly for not saying words in the right order and transposing adjoining words. Instead of saying "cold beer", he'd say something like "bold ceer". Instead of "bitter drink", he'd say "ditter brink". You can make up your own "spoonerisms" today and transpose words. Just be careful who you say it too. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you…
  • Colorado Beer News 072114

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Fermentedly Challenged is back from vacation! During the next few days we'll get caught up once again on what's been happening in the brewing world here in the craft brew state of Colorado. Today is the 45th Anniversary of the First Man to walk on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969 and on the next day Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Here in 2014, it's been a very long time since man has returned to the moon. Back in 1969, they thought that by 2014, trips to the moon would be routine and there would be a permanent base established.
  • Colorado Beer News 071514

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Today is Be a Dork Day. It's OK to be a dork, if only for one day a year and this is that day. It's your day to be unusual. Dress as you wish, do some odd activities, become a spectacle in the strangest ways you can think of. Just remember though, you might just end up captured on social media for all time if you do. So go ahead and be a dork today, you can always blame it on the beer later on. Also, don't forget tonight is the MLB All Star Game from Minneapolis, MN. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 15th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on…
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    Hop Cast

  • Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. It’s time for some IPAs! In episode 243 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two different IPAs, one from Illinois and one from California. We’ll see how they stack up against each other and if those west coast IPAs deserve all the hype. Kicking this off Brad and Ken open one of their favorites, the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point hasn’t been in the Chicago market that long but it’s a real treat to have this beer around town, especially now that it’s in cans. This 7.0 % ABV IPA packs…
  • Episode 242: The Hop Garden Local Harvest Pale Ale & Bushel Basket IPA (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Welcome to episode 242 of the Hop Cast! On this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Steve Wyatt who brought along a couple beers from The Hop Garden. The Hop Garden is a hop farm and beer company based in Belleville, Wisconsin. They are using their own locally grown hops for the beer, which is brewed at the House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first bottles just started showing up in February so it was a real treat to try this new brewery. The first beer the guys open is the Local Harvest Pale Ale, a 5.50 % ABV American…
  • Episode 241: Saison De Wench & De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 241 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open a couple different Saisons. First up is one that The Beer Wench sent us from Bison Brewing. Saison De Wench is a 6.0% ABV botanically-inspired tribute to the beer wench. It has been years since Ashley joined Brad and Ken on the Hop Cast so having her beer is the next best thing. Next up is the De Proefbrouwerij Fifth Star, a 6.5% ABV Raspberry Rye Saison with Brettanomyces. De Proef partnered with Windy City Distributing to create this exceptional Raspberry Rye Saison for the…
  • Episode 240: Temperance Beer Company (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come…
  • Episode 239: Virtue Estate Series: Nichols & Virtue Percheron (Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski)
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Forget beer, it’s cider time! In episode 239 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two bottles from the Michigan Cidery, Virtue Cider. First up is the 6.8% ABV Virtue Estate Series: Nichols. Virtue’s Estate Series ciders are a salute to partnering farmers. Each cider represents a true expression of a single grower’s finest fresh apples, with little impact from yeast, and fermentation without barrel aging. The Nichols uses Apples sourced from Nicols Farm & Orchard of Marengo, IL. Next up is the 5.5% ABV Percheron.
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  • Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

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

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

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

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

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

  • Firestone Walker Set To Release Oaktoberfest In Bottles

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. – July 21, 2014 –Fizz, the third beer in Widmer Brothers Brewing’s 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series, was announced today. This unique, bubbly spritzer-style ale was brewed in collaboration with the brewing team at 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Ore. The release party in Portland will be at The Rookery at Raven & Rose […]
  • Roscoe’s 5th Annual All-Oregon Craft Beer Summit

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Join Roscoe’s in celebrating Oregon’s rich craft brewing culture. The 5th Annual All-Oregon Craft Beer Summit will kick off on July 25th at 2:00 PM. There will be 20 taps of great Oregon beers pouring all weekend. Some of the breweries and beers featured will include: Breakside Brewery – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pfriem Family Brewers […]
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    The Beer Babe

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

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

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

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

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

    Carla Companion
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Less than two days after a recent petition lead by a well-known food blogger, got over 44,000 signatures, both AB and Miller Coors have released their beer's ingredients - and they're decidedly not shocking.
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  • IPA Day Returns August 7th
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    On Thursday, Aug. 7, join beer enthusiasts, breweries and bars across the globe in a collective toast to one of craft beer’s most iconic styles: the India pale ale. Read More The post IPA Day Returns August 7th appeared first on
  • Reach Around IPA Now Available In Cans
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Milford, DE – Mispillion River Brewing has released brewery favorite Reach Around IPA to cans this week. Let’s face it, everyone loves a Reach Around…IPA. Mispillion’s original brew utilizes three West Coast hops, Columbus, Cascade, and Nugget, for a well-balanced bitterness. Maris Otter and two-row barley provide the golden hue and medium body. At 6% […] Read More The post Reach Around IPA Now Available In Cans appeared first on
  • NOW SERVING: Tennessee Brew Sessions
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Nashville craft brewery, Tennessee Brew Works, is releasing the first in a series of session beers that they are calling the “Tennessee Brew Sessions”.  The official unveiling of their American Pale Session Ale is occurring at their TapRoom Thursday, July 24th 2014, from 4-8PM. From the Tennessee Brew Works Newsletter: “So, you might ask, what’s a session beer? According to […] Read More The post NOW SERVING: Tennessee Brew Sessions appeared first on
  • 2013 Vintage Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek Ale Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Double  Mountain gears up for the release of their coveted Belgian-style sour Kriek ales with the strongest batches to date.  Hood River, OR- July 22, 2014-Double Mountain Brewery proudly to announces the return of their Belgian-style sour Kriek ales. The limited release of the 2013 vintage ofDevil’s and Tahoma Kriek beers will be available on draft  and in custom […] Read More The post 2013 Vintage Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek Ale Release appeared first on
  • Denver Beer Co. Third CANniversary Party
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Come party with your Denver Beer Co. friends and celebrate our 3rd ANNIVERSARY + CAN RELEASE PARTY! The party will be at our Platte Street location. Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA will be available in cans for the first time! We will shut down the 17th street stub as usual. Food trucks, bands, & lots […] Read More The post Denver Beer Co. Third CANniversary Party appeared first on
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  • How to Ship Beer

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

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

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

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

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

  • List of Breweries and Beer for Brewshed Beer Fest

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week we told you about the upcoming Brewshed Beer Fest, which benefits Washington Brewshed Alliance. The event takes place on Thursday, July 31 (next Thursday) at the Hale’s Palladium from 5:30 – 9:30. If you’re going out on a Thursday evening to have a couple beers, why not have them mean something? Why not support a worthwhile cause while drinking a nice selection of beers. Today we share the list of breweries participating in the event, as well as the beers they plan to pour. The breweries involved are all Brewshed…
  • Parkway Tavern Celebrates 79th Birthday This Weekend

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. - by Casey McLain, South Sound Bureau Chief - I haven’t been to a ton of 79th birthdays, but the one’s I’ve been to have included very few 79 year olds with beer flowing through them. Parkway Tavern’s 79th will be much different. The party will feature live music from Rusty Cleavers, barbecue from Chad’s BBQ, Tacoma staple Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt, and plenty more. If Parkway’s beer selection wasn’t enough, they always bring solid entertainment to their summer events. The beer lineup will feature several offerings from the…
  • Win Tickets to Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We now have the complete list of participating breweries (see below). Last month we told you about the Brew-Five-Three Beer & Blues Festival happening in Tacoma on August 9th. Now we’re ready to give away a pair of tickets to the event ($60 value). All you need to do is leave a comment below or on our Facebook page and tell us which brewery or breweries you’re most excited to see at the festival. We’ll announce the winner on Friday morning. Brew-Five-Three is Tacoma’s 2nd annual Beer & Blues Festival. The event…
  • New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour Stops in Seattle this Friday Night

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour stops in Seattle this Friday night. It’s simple, really. You go watch some short films at Gas Works Park while enjoying beers from New Belgium Brewing, including beers from the Lips of Faith series, and the proceeds support a local non-profit group. Craft beer aficionados know that the Lips of Faith beers can be hard to find. Not this Friday. Now in its fifth year, the Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised nearly $370,000 for local organizations, and 35,000 people have sampled beer and…
  • Silver City Brewery Dinner at The Masonry

    Kendall Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Next Tuesday, The Masonry hosts a special brewery dinner with Silver City Brewing. Located in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, The Masonry specializes in craft beer and woodfire pizza. The Silver City Brewing dinner will include five courses paired with five beers. Also, a very special toast featuring a rare treat from the Silver City Brewing cellar. We understand that Matt Storm, the owner of The Masonry, made a trip to the brewery to brew a special Berliner Weisse with brewmaster Don Spencer. The cost of the dinner is $60 per…
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    Booze News

  • Amateur rocketeers to launch beer into ‘space’ – drink it on return to Earth

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Kentucky’s bourbon renaissance shows no sign of slowing down: The state’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. That tops 2012′s production of slightly more than 1 million barrels. The 2013 production is the highest since 1970, according to the KDA. At the end of 2013, there were almost 5.3 million barrels of bourbon aging in warehouses around the state, with more on the way as distilleries continue to grow. There also are 600,000 barrels of brandy and other whiskeys. “Our historic warehouses are…
  • Age doesn’t matter when it comes to whiskey. Heretical?

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Age is just a number, so far as spirits are concerned. “Don’t get hung up on numbers,” Dave Broom, author of “The Complete Bartender’s Guide,” told Tales of the Cocktail attendees Saturday at “The Blind Truth About Aging Whisky” seminar, sponsored by Diageo. “Age just tells you how long it’s been in a cask, not how good it is.” The Tales seminar focused on Scotch whisky, but experts say that tenet also extends to other whiskeys produced around the world. It’s an increasingly important message for shoppers browsing liquor…
  • Must have accessory. Lindsay Lohan booze bracelet

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Actress Lohan posed in bikinis and short dresses with her tag in 2010 – and they could soon be coming to a court near you. New laws banning people from drinking and forcing them to wear “booze bracelets” are to be introduced. Courts will have the power to issue alcohol-monitoring ankle tags, the sort worn by Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan. Offenders can be given a limit that they are allowed to drink, or they can be banned from consuming booze. The tag measures the amount of alcohol in sweat every half-hour, with the results sent electronically to a monitoring system. The…
  • Centre for whisky excellence to be established in Tasmania

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Tasmanian whiskies have earned the highest praise around the world, but now a centre of whisky excellence is being established in the Derwent Valley to build on that reputation and take the industry to a higher level. In a world-first project, distillers are hoping a high-tech, scientific approach can convert their “liquid gold” enterprise into a billion-dollar business. The centre for excellence brings together Tasmania’s whisky industry and scientists from the University of Tasmania. The effort will fine-tune how to grow the best barley for whisky, use real-time data to…
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    Washington State Beer and Wine

  • Where in the world is Ebony tonight?

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Who knows where in the wine beer world is Ebony rocking out tonight? Where is Ebony? Look closely at the horns on her head for your clue!
  • Session Fest Returns: How low can you go?

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Naked City Tap House and Northwest Beer Guide celebrate summer with the return of summer with the return of Session Fest after a one year hiatus. Session Fest is Seattle’s only “light” beer festival. Session Fest 2014 kicks off Thursday June 26 with a brewers’  night and runs through the weekend.   Enjoying a beer session with friends. Ses-sion, Pronunciation: \?se-sh?n\ Function: noun, a meeting devoted to a particular activity; “a filming session”; “a gossip session” Function: adjective, the name of a perceived style of beer usually…
  • Five best beers you missed Friday Brewers’ Fest

    14 Jun 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Every year year, I say Friday night is the best night for beer at the Washington Brewers’ fest and I am (almost) never wrong.  If you can get off work early on a Friday, get a baby sitter for the kids and you want bragging rights to tasting some pretty special Washington beer, Friday nights are for you. Although there are fewer brewers on opening night, there were still so many that I could not make it to all of the brewer tents much less all of the brewery booths, it was closer to 20 percent. So if I missed tasting so many beers Friday night… Here is what you missed Friday June…
  • NW Wine Academy Spring Release Weekend

    12 Jun 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The Northwest Wine Academy celebrates their  new spring release June 12-14, 2014 at South Seattle Community College. Thursday, June 12th - 2-7 pm Preview day! Be among the first to taste these new Washington wines. Enjoy a leisurely and quiet tasting before the crowds come! Friday, June 12th - 2-7 pm Northwest Wine Academy Alumni Showcase! Taste the NW Wine Academy wines, plus  meet some of the alumni and taste some of their fine wines! Alumni wine makers will be pouring from 4-6pm Ancestry Cellars Cloudlift Cellars Davenport Cellars Flying Dreams Artisanal Winemaking J & A…
  • Biggest Baddest Washington Brewfest

    11 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Who is the biggest and baddest one of them all? The Washington Brewers’ Fest held every Fathers’ Day weekend! This year the Washington Brewers’ Fest runs from Friday the 13th 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Sponsored by the Washington Beer Commission, the Washington Brewers’ Fest is a weekend celebrating the craft and culture of BEER. The weekend kicks off with the adult only Friday night geared for the beer geek. Special one-off beers will make Friday night only appearances for the discerning palate. Friday night is also the best chance…
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  • Topping Off

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

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

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

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

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

  • Demand For Light Beer Is Collapsing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Carlton Draught hits slow mo

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 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

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 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

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 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

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 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

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 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

  • Beer Jobs: Sales Representative — Victoria

    Help Wanted
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    3 Ravens and Mash Brewing are seeking an energetic and highly motivated craft beer nut to join their Victorian sales team.The successful applicant must possess a sound understanding of craft beer and the beverage industry, be results driven and have an enthusiastic can-do attitude.Your primary responsibilities will be to represent and communicate the core values of both brands and maintain current account relationships whilst driving and building new on-premise business.This is a full time role with a competitive starting salary, incentive based commission and all the tools you’ll need to…
  • Nothing bitter about craft beer’s rising popularity

    Media Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Media ReleaseNothing bitter about craft beer’s rising popularityFor the first time on record, the number of Australian adults consuming craft beer in an average four-week period has increased to more than one million, defying the downward trend of local mainstream beers.The proportion of Aussies aged 18 and over who consume local craft beer in any given four weeks has quietly increased over the last five years, from 3.5% (or 592,000 people) in the year to March 2010 to 5.7% — or 1.04 million people — as of March 2014. This trend is all the more significant for bucking the overall…
  • The Brewers Choice Food Club launches this Saturday

    Media Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Media ReleaseThe Brewers Choice Food Club launches this SaturdayThe Brewers Choice Food Club will be a quarterly event where members are able to showcase their own creations along with free cooking demos, barbecues and competitions.Be sure to bring your best food / drinks recipes to share!What to look forward to in our first meeting…Watch the Brewers Choice cheese-making team demonstrating their cheese-making prowess and taste what they have made.Sausage and Jerky demonstrationBeverage demonstrations of all typesLearn how to use a smokerBring your own creations… There are prizes to be…
  • Support for Brisbane event soars

    Media Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Media ReleaseSupport for Brisbane events soarsIncreasingly Brisbane is becoming the frontrunner destination for art lovers, sporting enthusiasts and festival seekers throughout Australia.Brisbane has hosted numerous international exclusives recently including Broadway musical Mary Poppins, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s Picasso, Surrealism and Matisse exhibitions, showcase production Paris Opera Ballet, sporting matches like the Bledisloe Cup and Brisbane International and will soon host the G20 Leaders Summit.Now Brisbane can add a craft beer and cider event to its list…
  • Beer jobs: Brand ambassador, NSW

    Help Wanted
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    We are a young Melbourne-based craft beer distributor in search of a brand ambassador to establish the NSW market.We are looking for a self-motivated individual who has an interest in craft beer and a knack for establishing relationships. Your territory would be the whole state of New South Wales, and the role would involve maintaining/growing our existing customer base.Ideally this would suit someone with their own ABN (we can help with this) and another revenue stream, looking to earn some money in their spare time on a commission basis. This may not start as a full-time role but has…
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    The Jax Beer Guy

  • North Brevard Rotary club holding Craft BrewFest

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

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    When a beer-lover thinks of Ireland, a number of things come to mind; pints of the black stuff, pubs filled with lively music and beer paired with hearty Irish foods. The folks at Homebrew West, a home beer brewing supply store in Galway, Ireland also want you to know about beer festivals around Europe. Always a sucker for a fun infographic, the enthusiastic group at Homebrew West sent me the gem below with all the information you could ever want about the biggest European beer festivals. Several may make it on to my travel itinerary over the next few years! If you like the infographic, be…
  • Sierra Nevada celebrates craft beer with Beer Camp Across America

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Earlier this year, one of the craft brewing industry’s founding breweries — Sierra Nevada — announced that it had invited every craft brewery in the United States to participate in a first-of-its-kind collaboration. The event, dubbed Beer Camp Across America, is a multi-weekend traveling beer festival that begins in the brewery’s hometown of Chico, Calif. and ends at their new East Coast brewery in Mills River, NC. Along the way the Beer Camp will make five other stops throughout the country. Sierra Nevada founder, Ken Grossman, reflected on the festivals, “We’ve watched…
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    The Pittsburgh Beer Snob

  • The Session No. 89 Round-Up

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

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

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

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

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

    Press Release
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Portland, ME – An accountant and a scientist walk into a bar…and helped brew the 2014 Fluxus from Allagash Brewing Company. Two Allagash employees (and part-time farmers on the side) – Financial controller and Master Beekeeper Erin Forbes and lab and sensory scientist Karl Arnberg – collaborated to develop this year’s recipe.  Beginning in 2007, Allagash has been brewing a unique beer each year to commemorate the anniversary of their first beer sold in July 1995. “‘Fluxus’ is Latin for continuous change, and each year Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe,”…
  • Newly Launched Maine Wholesaler Challenges State Franchise Laws

    Chris Furnari
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    A new beer and wine wholesaler based in Portland, Me. is hoping to attract small craft brands with an unconventional approach to beer distribution. Vacationland Distributors, LLC., launched its first craft beer brand, Massachusetts’ Blue Hills Brewery, into the Maine marketplace three weeks ago. Vacationland’s co-founder, Jim O’Brien, said he believes it is the first wholesaler in the country to directly challenge state franchise laws by offering beverage manufacturers fixed-length contracts capable of being nullified at any time. “As beer fans, some of our favorite small craft and…
  • Karl Strauss Launches Beer, Art & Music Series

    Press Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    San Diego, CA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce its groundbreaking collaborative Beer, Art & Music series—B.A.M.! The company has a longstanding tradition of partnering with local arts and music and a commitment to give back to San Diego.  The B.A.M.! Series takes this community support to a whole new level. The idea behind the series is to curate an authentic San Diego experience that combines the best of handcrafted beer, local art, and independent music in one collaborative and entertaining event. “We can’t wait to turn people on to some of our favorite…
  • OrchestratedBEER Releases Version 3.0

    Press Release
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Portland, OR — The latest release of OrchestratedBEER™ 3.0 is the most expansive release to date with 30 different feature updates and additions, 44 new and updated brewery-specific reports and 14 new and updated print layout. New user interface
 OBeer™ 3.0 features a new user interface that provides a more colorful visualization to improve the user-experience. Although the new skin may be a small change to the appearance of OrchestratedBEER™ there are a significant number of feature updates and new functions behind the skin that takes OBeer™ 3.0 to the next level. *Note:…
  • Heavy Seas to Grow Production Capacity 250 Percent

    David Eisenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Add Heavy Seas Beer to the neverending list of craft breweries that are expanding production capabilities. The Baltimore, Md.-based beer company has secured $6 million in bank financing to install a new 60-barrel, 5-vessel brewhouse and ultimately grow its production capacity by 250 percent. According to a press release, the expansion project — which will be finished by September — will increase potential brewing capacity to 175,000 barrels. The brewery, which is currently on pace to produce approximately 45,000 barrels this year, is projecting sales of 60,000 barrels in 2015 and…
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    Drink Me Magazine


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

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

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

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

    Kendall Johnson
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple months ago we were intrigued by the announcement of the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project, a project that locates and rescues long forgotten barrels of rare whiskey then bottles and shares them with the rest of us. At the time, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company had released two variants – Barterhouse (20 year old) and Old Blowhard (26 year old), and this month adds a third discovery: Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year Old Whiskey.  The newest addition is a highly limited craft bourbon that will be progressively aged and released over the coming years – the 20-year-old…
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    Brew Dudes

  • Mixed Berry Mead Tasting

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

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

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

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

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

  • Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale

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

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

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

    Chad Lothian
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    I find myself in Belfast, Maine three or four times a year, but almost always during the winter for a trip to the Belfast Curling Club, this past weekend we decided to head down and check things out when it’s warmer and people are actually out and about. Naturally a family trip would include a stop at a brewery right? I got in touch with David Carlson at Marshall Wharf Brewing and arranged a tour for the afternoon while my wife and kids went exploring. If you’ve never been to Belfast the brewery is located right on the water, you drive down Main Street past all the shops, at the bottom of…
  • Celebrate Shipyard’s 20th with beer bash on Maine State Pier

    Chad Lothian
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The Shipyard Brewing Company is celebrating their 20th anniversary in Craft Beer by throwing a party. Saturday July 12, 2014 on the Maine State Pier from 11am-10pm will be live music, local vendors, food trucks, a health and fitness expo including registration for the Shipyard Old Port half marathon and 5k being held on Sunday and of course no Shipyard party would be complete without a beer garden. Live music starts at noon: 12:00pm – Amy Allen 1:00pm – Jason Spooner Band 2:30pm – Lady Lamb the Beekeeper 4:00pm- Model Airplane 5:30pm- North of Nashville 7:00pm – Sly Chi 8:30pm –…
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    Beer Infinity

  • Homebrew @ your library

    Beer Infinity
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Homebrew @ your library Herald Review Northern Minnesota's first legal homebrew competition was this weekend! The Annual Deer River Bar-b-que & Brew Fest took place on Saturday, July 19. Area home brewers are entered creations into the competition and offered samples. Want to get into the ...
  • Wisconsin Brewery Tour – Madison

    Beer Infinity
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We embarked upon our Summer Brewery Tour of Wisconsin by starting out from our home town of State College (Pennsylvania) and stopping overnight in Cleveland (Ohio), a mere 4 hour drive away, before making the 8 hour journey to our first brewery destination city of Madison.
  • Uffculme Music and Real Ale festival

    Beer Infinity
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Mid Devon Star Uffculme Music and Real Ale festival Mid Devon Star QUALITY music and ales to suit all make their way to the Uffculme Music and Real Ale Festival 2014 this weekend (July 18 and 19). Gates open 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday, with the music kicking off at 7pm and 2pm respectively. All ales and ciders ...
  • Lagunitas coming to Louisiana in October

    Beer Infinity
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Breaking: Lagunitas is coming to Louisiana in October. They have signed their distributor contract, and will be here soon. Hallelujah!
  • Summer brings change to Wasatch Brew Pub

    Beer Infinity
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Summer brings change to Wasatch Brew Pub Park Record The Schirf Shandy, named to honor Wasatch Brew Pub founder Greg Schirf, contains Bulleit Bourbon, lemon juice, limoncello and Wasatch Brewery's Provo Girl Pilsener beer. The third beer-tail featured gin, a violet liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup and ...
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    Travel By Brewery- Arizona Craft Beer Blog

  • Best High Gravity Brews for the Summer

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

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We’re big fans of Coachella Valley Brewing Company’s Dubbel Date Ale. Have you ever tried a date before? This delectably sweet fruit is considered a staple of the Middle East and somewhat resembles an overgrown raisin. Whereas some people find dates pair very well with a board of bruschetta, the creative minds at Coachella Valley Brewing Company decided to infuse their beer with them. The flavor really grows on you. We recently had the chance to sample some of the Dubbel Date (get it?), characterized as an Abbey Dubbel Ale and weighing in at 6.5% ABV. The ale incorporates Medjoul…
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  • What’s Wrong with Beer Marketing? –> A Beer Duet – @Sommbeer & @HopsCanary
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    I want to thank @hopscanary for contributing to this post.  I value her opinions even (especially) when they fail to agree with mine.  Please visit her website: Beer and Travel Adventures What do you think about the current marketing of beer? Sommbeer: The marketing for craft beer is almost non-existent.  Even the local brew pubs seem inept in this regard.  As for the big brewers, I think they are a mess too.  I have to turn the channel if my kids are in the room.…
  • Quick! Give me the Antidote I Accidently Drank a Bud – Beer Review – Jack Hammer from Arbor Brewing
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Just another lazy day on my back deck enjoying some “Outdoor Living” with my better half.  It snowed a lot last year, so we are going to enjoy every ounce of warmth this summer – even when it rains.  Today it’s raining and we are drinking a beer on the deck .  In fact, I’m drinking a 312 from Goose Island.  It’s a light beer that’s easy to drink, perfect for summer. My serene summer afternoon soon exploded with one question from one innocent question…
  • A Guide to Brew Pub Etiquette
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Mind your Manners! It drives me crazy when I bring someone to  “my”  brewpub and they misbehave.  It’s a place that I go to relax, it’s me refuge after a long day.  I know the menu by heart, I can even tell when they’ve slightly tweaked a recipe (leave it alone thanks).  Most important of all, I know the staff and they know me.  When I want to act like an idiot I’ll go to your brewpub not mine.  So when you are with me…
  • Time for a Gender Bender
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    When I visit my local bar or sit outdoors with my wife and enjoy a beverage I sometimes observe a repeating pattern.  Women generally drink differently from men.  No no I don’t mean straws vs. cups.  I’m talking about our drink choices. A recent data point from last weekend.  Checkout the near beer on the left.  With all the bright cartoonish colors they felt a need to state “contains alcohol” for goodness sake. Legal Notice:  While I’m not much on Political Correctness, I do live…
  • BEER RULE #0 – Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider
    31 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    See all those guys riding their bikes to work?  Some of them ride bikes because they want to, some out of necessity.  They are Bicycle riders because they got caught drinking and driving. Beer Rule #0 – Don’t Drink and Drive, Don’t Become a Bicycle Rider Here’s a Guide to help Identify a “Bicycle Rider” 1. No Spandex 2. Flower Basket with briefcase 3.  Sippy Cup not attached to bike               Check this blog out tomorrow morning, tools and beer…
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    Cardinal Pine Farm

  • Hops Harvest

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

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

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

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The hops are growing steadily at Cardinal Pine Farm. It is almost harvest time. First harvest should be around the end of July and the first of August. It’s really getting exciting around the farm with the vegetables coming off, sunflowers in bloom, hops maturing and the grapevines running up. We are in full swing trying to keep up! The post Almost Harvest Time appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
  • June 25th Hops Update

    Cardinal Pine Farm
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:26 pm
    June 25th Hops Update The tallest plant is only 1/2 ft from top. Others are within 1-2 feet from top. Most plants are around 8-10 feet and still growing. More hops are budding out. With more rain in the forecast, hopefully will increase growth. The post June 25th Hops Update appeared first on Cardinal Pine Farm.
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