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04/23/2014 05:06 AM
Thousands of real-ale enthusiasts visit Margate’s Winter Gardens for the ninth …
Thousands of real-ale enthusiasts visit Margate's Winter Gardens for the ninth ... Kent Online Thousands of pints were pulled and downed by real-ale enthusiasts at a beer festival last weekend. The Thanet branch of Camra hosted the ninth Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival at Margate's Winter Gardens where connoisseurs tasted cask-condit ...

04/23/2014 04:45 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/23/2014 04:45 AM
April Beer Club Selection
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

04/23/2014 04:45 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
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.....

04/23/2014 04:45 AM
Store update 19th May
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, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/23/2014 04:45 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
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 of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

04/23/2014 04:14 AM
HopCat Indianapolis next up for expanding craft beer bar chain
HopCat Indianapolis next up for expanding craft beer bar chain Mlive Kalamazoo According to a release from BarFly Ventures, a holding company for the various bars owned by Grand Rapids restaurateur Mark Sellers, the next HopCat will open at 6280 N. College Ave. in the Indianapolis, Ind., Broad Ripple Village cultural district. Massive ...

04/23/2014 03:50 AM
1950s Beer Mats

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04/23/2014 03:14 AM
Brew pub soon could open in Sault
Sault This Week Brew pub soon could open in Sault Sault This Week Depending on which news media you follow, the Sault could have a genuine brew pub at 350 Queen St. (between Elgin and Bruce streets) any day. And I give this credit to Art Osborne who passed on the information, which was first mentioned on CBC's ...

04/23/2014 03:05 AM
Courage Porter and Stout 1920 - 1928 (part two)
It seems like ages since the first part of my look at Courage Porter and Stout in the 1920's. That's because I wrote it a couple of weeks ago. Even though I only posted it a few days ago.

That's the way I work: way in advance, mostly. My life is so busy currently that I need to keep on top of my blog posts. I wouldn't want to miss a day.

I won't bother discussing the Porter and Stout separately because they were always parti-gyled together.

The recipes in the early years aren't a million miles away from the classic 19th-century Porter grists: a combination of pale, brown and black malts. With a small amount - less than 10% of the total - sugar thrown in. One difference with the 1800's is the proportion of black and brown malt. They would have been the other way around: 15-20% brown and 5% black.

Here are Courage's grists from the 1860's for comparison purposes:

Courage Porter and Stout grists in 1867
Beer OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl pale malt brown malt black malt
Stout 1067.31 11.43 4.42 76.78% 19.35% 3.87%
Porter 1057.06 9.38 2.37 76.26% 18.65% 5.09%
Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/275.

I'm not totally sure what they mean by black invert. It could be No. 4 invert under a different name.

The grists from later in the decade contain a couple of significant differences.  Crystal malt and oats have been added. The latter presumably because some was marketed as Oatmeal Stout, which was very popular between the wars. The quantity is considerably more than at London rivals Barclay Perkins and Whitbread. Oats made up less than 0.5% of Whitbread's grist and less than 0.25% of Barclay Perkins'. Way too little to have any noticeable effect. The 5% Courage used may well have been discernible.

It's all change with the sugars. Out go the caramel and black invert, and in comes cane sugar (West Indies and Mauritius) and proprietary sugars (CDM and Durax). Overall the sugar content rose from under 10% to getting on for 15%. This was at the expense of the roasted malts, whose combined share declined from around 20% to just 10%. Presumably the proprietary sugars were emulating the roasted malt character.

There are two consistent factors in the hopping: West Coast and English hops. Which is pretty typical for between the wars. The Alsace and Poperinge hops which pop up occasionally were cheap alternatives.

Here's the full grist table:

Courage Porter and Stout grists 1920 - 1928
Year Beer OG pale malt brown malt black malt crystal malt oats no. 3 sugar caramel black invert Duttson CDM West Indian/Mauritius Durax hops
1920 Double Stout 1043.8 68.21% 9.27% 13.91% 1.55% 7.06% Californian, Alsace and English.
1920 Stout 1047.4 72.26% 7.30% 10.22% 3.41% 6.81% Californian, Poperinge and English
1921 Stout 1043.8 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1923 Stout 1043.8 66.21% 6.90% 10.34% 6.21% 4.60% 5.75% Pacific and English
1926 Stout 1045.4 65.58% 5.58% 5.58% 5.58% 4.65% 5.89% 7.13% Oregon and English
1927 Stout 1045.4 64.71% 5.23% 5.23% 5.23% 6.54% 5.88% 7.19% Oregon and English
1928 Stout 1046.5 59.06% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 4.09% 6.61% 3.78% Oregon, British Columbian and English
1920 Porter 1029.6 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1921 Porter 1029.6 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1922 Porter 1032.7 66.12% 6.91% 9.87% 4.61% 7.89% 4.61% Californian and English
1922 Porter 1032.7 66.02% 6.80% 9.71% 4.85% 8.09% 4.53% Californian and English
1923 Porter 1032.7 66.21% 6.90% 10.34% 6.21% 4.60% 5.75% Pacific and English
1926 Porter 1032.7 62.34% 6.39% 6.39% 6.39% 5.33% 5.86% 7.28% Oregon and English
1926 Porter 1032.7 65.58% 5.58% 5.58% 5.58% 4.65% 5.89% 7.13% Oregon and English
1927 Porter 1032.7 64.71% 5.23% 5.23% 5.23% 6.54% 5.88% 7.19% Oregon and English
1928 Porter 1032.7 59.06% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 4.09% 6.61% 3.78% Oregon, British Columbian and English
Courage brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/08/251, ACC/2305/08/253, ACC/2305/08/255 and ACC/2305/08/256.

As Courage brewed a limited range of beers, we've just one set to go, Strong Ales. I'm sure I'll get around to that sometime soon.

04/23/2014 02:18 AM
‘Beer wars’ come to Tallahassee as craft brewers fight bill
Examiner.com 'Beer wars' come to Tallahassee as craft brewers fight bill Tbo.com Current law allows brewers to make and sell their own beer from tasting rooms next to their brewhouses, but does not allow a 64-ounce “growler” — the glass or ceramic jugs that craft beer often is sold in after being drawn from a tap. The ...

04/23/2014 01:22 AM
Craft Brewery-Killing Bill Advances In Senate
Craft Brewery-Killing Bill Advances In Senate Miami New Times (blog) In 47 states, beer drinkers can happily purchase and imbibe from 64-ounce growlers, the glass jugs commonly sold at smaller or craft breweries. In Florida, Prohibition-era laws have kept the size illegal, prompting a years-long effort by Sunshine State ...

04/23/2014 01:06 AM
Beer In Ads #1169: Pamela Britton For Blatz
Tuesday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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04/22/2014 09:26 PM
July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar
2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & EventsJuly 2014

July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

July is one of the busiest months of the year for outdoor beer festivals. You can expect to have anywhere between 1 to 4 different festivals each week as the popularity of beer festivals in this state continues to grow. More and more events will be added to this calendar as July approaches. So get out your favorite hat, put on your sun block and head outdoors for some of the best beer fests in the country. These calendar listings are updated weekly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a few days.

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Denver's Biergarten FestivalDenver's Biergarten Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
TEV Edelweiss - 17832 Hwy 8
Morrison, CO
Time: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Cost: $5 entry Fri-Sat, Sun. free. Beer extra.
This year’s Beer Garden (Biergarten) Festival will be bigger and better than ever before! They have added more music, more beer and more entertainment. Stop by on the third day (Sunday morning) to enjoy a real German Frühschoppen (brunch). Be sure to come and join us at Denver’s largest and most authentic beer garden festival! Website: www.biergartenfest.com.

Colorado Irish Fest20th Annual Colorado Irish Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
Clement Park
Littleton, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Cost: Fri $10, Sat $12 ($10 senior), Sun $10 (advance sales). At gate more.
VIP Paddy'O: $39/$44/$57/$69 or $149 all weekend.
Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2014 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment. If you thought St. Patty's was fun, imagine 3 days of non-stop celebration. Check out The Paddy'O - a private, members only area that anyone 21 years of age and older can join. The Paddy 'O is a fun, raucous place for you and your friends to relax away from the crowds. You will enjoy no lines for drinks, tickets, or the privy! Relax in a private tent providing shade, your own private viewing area of the main stage, food for purchase, and a private bar! Must be 21 yrs. or older. Tickets Limited!Website: www.coloradoirishfestival.org.

2014 Colorado Brewers Rendezvous18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Riverside Park
Salida, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $40 per person.
Over 50+ Colorado breweries will be in attendance for one of the best brewer attended festivals of the year. It's the 18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous! There will be plenty of live music, local food vendors and of course a wide variety of Colorado craft beer. Meet the brewers in a quiet intimate setting. Set in the spacious Riverside Park in Salida, Colorado. This is a major fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers' Guild and will feature some of the best craft beers in the state. Website: Click here.

German Fest Denver 20147th Annual German Fest Denver
Friday - Sunday, July 18-20, 2014
Civic Green Park - 9370 Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
Cost: $8 entry, beer extra. $2 off if you wear Bavarian wardrobe.
This is an annual family outdoor entertainment event focused on traditional German / European culture with activities for both adults and children. Here will will find all kinds of arts & crafts, culture, food & beer, customs and ethnic celebrations. Free parking. Website: germanfestdenver.com.

2014 Hops for Habitat BrewfestHops for Habitat Brewfest
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $40 Adv, $45 at the door.
Plan to join in at the Plains Conservation Center for the 10th annual fundraiser. Nearly 20 Colorado breweries will be pouring beers as well as wine from several Colorado vineyards. Listen to live music and enjoy food from several local food trucks. Enjoy wagon rides, the scenery and more. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Website: Click here.

2014 Denver Summer Brew FestDenver Summer Brew Fest
Friday - Saturday, July 25-26, 2014
Mile High Station - 2027 Old West Colfax Ave
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm to 10pm, VIP entry 6pm.
Cost: VIP $40 adv/$45 gate, General $30 adv/$35 gate. 2-day $50.
One of Denver's biggest summer beer fests with over 125+ brews from 45+ craft breweries. The festival now spans 2 days! The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association. Come hungry, they'll have some awesome food vendors selling pretzels, sausages, turkey legs, pizza & more! Limited parking - take the light rail to the fest this year. Website: www.denverbrewfest.com/summer.

Breckenridge Summer Beer FestivalBreckenridge Summer Beer Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
Breckenridge, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $30.87 General, $72.87 VIP advance price. DD $28.24.
New location for 2014! The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is one of the premiere events in Breckenridge, Colorado each year bringing over 30 breweries for tastings, FREE live music, a VIP area and wonderful food and retail vendors. All taking place in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado with amazing views of the mountains! Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival was voted one of the Best Events of the Summer by 5280 in 2010! For the 2014 event, they'll be adding more breweries (over 40) and a few other great surprises for you so stay tuned as the date gets closer. Website: Click here.

Other July Events Planned - Details and more events coming soon.

- Loveland Aleworks 2nd Anniversary - July 4th weekend, 2014 - 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.
- 2nd annual Erie Brewfest - early July 2014. Erie, CO. Date/Time/Location TBA.
- Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brew - Loveland, CO. Downtown area - Date/Time TBA.
- Twisted Pine's 19th Anniversary Party - mid-July 2014 - Boulder, CO - Date/Time TBA.
- Breckenridge Brewery's 24th Anniversary Party - Denver, CO - Date/Time TBA.

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04/22/2014 06:48 PM
Dry Dock Brewing Releases 12-packs of Apricot Blonde
Apricot_12_PackBeginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and […]

04/22/2014 06:05 PM
Colorado Beer News 042214
Colorado Beer NewsHappy Earth Day! It's the annual celebration to rally support for global environmental protection of our world. Do what you can today to help out the environment around you. Cut emissions by driving less. Recycle plastics, metals, paper and glass, or perhaps plant a tree. Attend an Earth Day event near you. Help make the Earth a better place for our children and future generations. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - This week marks their 3 year anniversary. They plan on offering several new beers, hosting live music, and having some great food selections available from Thursday, April 24th to Sunday, April 27th. After the party is over, they will close for 1 day on Monday, April 28th in order to give their employees time to rest up. Check the Colorado Beer Releases page for all the beers available that weekend. [1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's finally happening! The brewery has now passed their final city inspections and will be opening later this week! Look for Blue Spruce Brewing to open its doors by the weekend. They will post a formal announcement on Facebook any day now. The brewery is also a restaurant that will feature Mazatlan style Mexican food. They plan to eventually host between 8-12 of their own beers on tap made on their own 7 barrel brewing system along with having a couple of local guest taps. [4151 E County Line Rd Unit G, Centennial, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Beginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and is barely bitter with 17 IBUs. This year, Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde won a silver World Beer Cup® in the fruit beer category. In 2012, the brewery took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival® for the Apricot Blonde. The beer has received six medals at the Colorado State Fair since the brewery’s inception in 2005. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Special beers are now on tap at Hops & Pie: Death by Coconut from Oskar Blues, Copper Cone from Epic, Walnut Porter from The Commons, White Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie from River North, and Raspberry Provincial from Funkwerks - ALL TAPPED! Pair that with a delicious slice of pizza pie while you're there. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Their sour red ale Tiphareth will be available in their taproom today in bottles and in stores later this week. You'll want to try it! [227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Denver's Mac Spa brings their iMovie workshop to the Epic tap room. Film a brewery tour, drink beer and learn how to edit your footage in iMovie! $20. Sign up at www.themacspa.com. Choose either April 23rd and 29th from 3-5pm. The fee includes an exclusive brewery tour, one beer or flight, and guidance on how to shoot, edit and finish a video on your iPad or iPhone. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Today they have tapped the last of their collaboration brews with 12 Degree Brewing. Coalesce Saison with Brett and Coalesce Framboise with Raspberries are both on tap today. These will go quickly. Pacific Bonsai will also be there providing Japanese/Hawaiian fusion food! 393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

South Denver Beer Festival (Littleton) - Mark your calendars for May 3rd & 4th. Those are the days set for this year's South Denver Beer Festival in Clement Park in Littleton, CO. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Featuring 120 craft beers, ciders, meads and wines. Craft spirits will be available in the VIP area. More info and link on the May Beer Fest Calendar.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Coming up on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30pm, Falling Rock will host the Brew Crew from Stone Brewing Company for a special tapping of a new beer - Spröcketbier, a black rye Kölsch-style ale. This brew will be distributed nationally starting this week. They will also be pouring Stone IPA and Stone Go To IPA. [1919 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This Friday, April 25th marks the return of their Water Tower Weisse beer. Friday only, they will offer that beer for just $2.50 a pint (that includes tax). [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Today is $2 Tuesday. Today they are pouring $2 house pints, well drinks & pizza slices. House brews today include: DANK IPA, Les Quatre Saisons, Model Citizen Golden Ale, Cinna Chai Milk Stout, Norma Jean Belgian Dubbel, Walt Wit, Man!, Diggity Dank Imperial IPA, and Nitro Milk Stout. What'll you have? [6730 S Cornerstar Way Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Starting today, Former Future will be open on Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm. One more day each week to savor their beer. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]


AHA Big Brew Day (Nationwide) - In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 3rd, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. At 11am MDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and wine for their friends and loved ones. A number of suggested homebrew recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s recipes—which consist of a pale ale, stout and dark lager—are all gold medal winners from last year’s National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition. Check your local homebrew clubs or breweries to see if they are hosting an event near you.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their 1066 English Bitter Ale is now back on tap today. Other beers on tap today include: 12 Apostles (German ale), WBC Irish Ale, Moses (Chocolate Porter), Shiva (IPA), WBC American Pale, Abel (Black IPA, almost gone!), and WBC Imperial Stout. On cask: Olde Irish Ale, Olde Moses, Olde Shiva, and Old American Pale. Plus, ask for a free half-pint taste of their Beer X beer experiment. They want your feedback on it. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Make sure to stop by FATE on Cinco De Mayo (Monday, May 5th). They will be releasing 750ml bottles of their Arta Tequila barrel aged Gose! They'll also be tapping a Mexican Style Dark Lager. Should be an awesome day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Their Colorado Sunday SMASH 2.0 is now on tap. This Single Malt, Single Hop ale is brewed with all Colorado ingredients. Chinook hops and 2-row pale malt give it a light, refreshing flavor just in time for this beautiful weather. Also, they have extended their hours for Spring & Summer, Mon-Thurs 2-9pm - Fri-Sat noon-10pm - Sunday noon-8pm. Also, don't forget tonight is Trivia Night for teams of 2-6 people. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm marks the release of their Rufus Corvus Barrel-aged Sour Ale (#19) in the Tap Room. Described as an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of their barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz. bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. Bring cash for the lineup of rare beers available on draft! But first, join in for brunch from 9-11:30am before the release! [5763 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Microbreweries for the Environment (Boulder) - The 22nd annual event is back for another year at the Boulder Theater this Friday, April 25th. This year they have 19 breweries participating and two high energy Colorado-based bands. Tickets are $23 to help benefit five local non-profit organizations. Beers will be $2 per pint. Doors open at 8:00pm. More info at www.bouldertheater.com. [2032 14th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Today is the last day - Enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO set for May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs until 11:59pm April 22nd. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Wiley Roots will be the subject of their very first Tap Takeover in honor of the upcoming UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival (April 24-26) this Thursday, April 24th at the Moxi Theater in downtown Greeley. Then again on Friday, April 25th, the Moxi Theater will tap a special Wiley Roots small batch beer that was brewed just for the festival called "One by One", a single hop, single malt pale ale. Moxi Theater: 802 9th St, Greeley, CO.

Brewery Bingo (Northern Colorado) - Brewery Bingo is coming back for another year during American Craft Beer week (May 12-18, 2014). During that week, stop by any Northern Colorado craft brewery and ask for a bingo card. Visit at least 5 different Northern Colorado breweries in Ft. Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Greeley or Berthoud that week and get stamps on your bingo card. Get a Bingo and win a special t-shirt! Details on the official Facebook page.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in tomorrow, Wednesday April 23rd for another special firkin tapping. This week they'll be tapping "Spicy Peach", a light blonde ale brewed with peaches, honey and habaneros. Nice sweetness with just enough heat. Then this Saturday, April 26th get ready for a Patio Party. Live music, food, beer releases and more. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - For today's Tuesday special, stop in for Growler and Snarler fills where you'll get $2.00 off. Don't forget to get your growler card punched to help earn free refills! This is one time where getting punched is a good thing! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Starting this Wednesday, Bike to Funkwerks on Wednesdays. In addition to becoming a zero waste brewery, Funkwerks would like to encourage bicycling during the warmer months. Bike to the taproom on Wednesdays and your second beer is one the house! Starting tomorrow. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

FoCoMX 6 (Ft. Collins) - The 6th Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) is happening this Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th at many venues across town and several Ft. Collins breweries and craft beer hotspots will be venues for many of the music events. Music will be playing all weekend (be sure to get your wristband). Some of the venues include: Equinox Brewing, Choice City Butcher & Deli, Cranknstein, The Mainline, Odell Brewing, Pateros Creek Brewing, Tap n Handle, and more! For venue and band details visit: focomx.focoma.org.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today you can get $1 off glasses of "Five Second Frencher" all day long. Also ladies, tonight is a Verboten Sisterhood group meeting at 6:30pm. $5 for a class on ESB's tonight. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's back on tap! Their "G-MAN" IPA. Stop in for a pint of this hoppy brew. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today starting at 5pm they will offer Happy Hour prices with $2 craft beers. Need another reason to visit today? [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Brewer's Republic (Colorado Springs) - Don't miss out on Colorado Springs Craft Week. Brewer's Republic will be hosting a couple events during the week of April 27th through May 4th, 2014. On Sunday, April 27th they will be hosting a Barrel Aged Beer Dinner featuring four barrel aged beers from four ‪local‬ breweries, this dinner will offer 4 beers, 4 course for $40 starting at 5pm. Beers from Great Storm Brewing, Nano 108 Brewing Company, Pikes Peak Brewing, & Bristol Brewing Company. Get your tickets now at Brewer's Republic! [112 N Nevada, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - Their new Spring business hours are now in effect. They will be open 2:00pm to 11:00pm(ish) daily Monday through Sunday. happy Hour every day 5pm to 7pm with $3.50 pints and $12 pitchers. Free live music almost every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer months. Stop in for a fresh brew when in Aspen! [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - You know it's almost summertime when they bottle their summer seasonal. Island Mesa Blonde was put into bottles for the first time today. Look for it wherever Kannah Creek beer is sold very soon.

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04/22/2014 05:50 PM
Weezer, The Cure and Camper Van Beethoven headline Napa Valley music/wine festival BottleRock
Yes, the kidlets have Chinchilla, but there’s a relatively new musical festival called Bottle Rock in Napa that vibes for the wine-imbibing crew. If you can pony up three grand for the three day event, you’ll get to see the artists in the title (and those are just my favs, there’s a ton more) along with: […]

04/22/2014 05:39 PM
Upland Brewing to Hold Lottery for Sour Ales
Bloomington, IN – Next week Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Persimmon and Peach fruited Lambic-style ales, and Darksynth, an Upland and New Belgium collaboration sour. Bottles will be limited to one bottle per style per winner.

 The lottery, at www.uplandsours.eventbrite.com, will open at noon EDT on Tuesday April 29th and close at noon May 7th. Either the Brew Pub in Bloomington or the Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple must be specified as the preferred pick-up location at the time of entry, and [...]

04/22/2014 05:19 PM
Brew: Alaskan to enter South Dakota
I tweeted about this a couple of weeks ago, but Alaskan Brewing Company of Juneau made their entry into the South Dakota market official via a posting on their website last week.

04/22/2014 05:01 PM
Pacifico Named Beer Sponsor of ASP World Championship Tour
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce Pacifico as the official beer sponsor of the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) for the U.S., participating in elite tour events at Huntington Beach, Lower Trestles, Honolua Bay and the Banzai Pipeline. “We’re very pleased to announce the ASP’s partnership with Pacifico,” Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. “Pacifico is a brand that is synonymous with the enjoyment and celebration of beach culture and a partnership with the world’s best surfers is a very good fit. We’re excited to have Pacifico sign on as the official [...]

04/22/2014 04:41 PM
Saint Arnold Brewing To Participate In 2014 Hops For Heroes

Houston, TX - Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has signed on to participate in the collaborative…

The post Saint Arnold Brewing To Participate In 2014 Hops For Heroes appeared first on thefullpint.com.

04/22/2014 04:41 PM
Imbibe Denver and Denver Arts & Venues Present Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig
Slue-Foot-Poster-17x11-FinalEvent highlights The New West art exhibit and Colorado craft beer DENVER – April 22, 2014 - Imbibe Denver and Denver Arts & Venues have gone Western and are throwing a barn burner of a beer festival. Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig takes places on Friday, May 9 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the McNichols […]

04/22/2014 04:39 PM
New Belgium Brewing Honored as “Best for the Environment” for Sustainable Initiatives
NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorFt. Collins, Colo., April 22, 2014 –B Lab has named New Belgium Brewingto its third annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list for creating a positive environmental impact. The ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list honors 84 businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B […]

04/22/2014 04:34 PM
New Belgium Named ‘Best for the Environment’ by B Lab
Ft. Collins, Colo. –B Lab has named New Belgium Brewing to its third annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list for creating a positive environmental impact. The ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list honors 84 businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment. The list honors micro, small, and mid-sized businesses. New Belgium became a Certified B Corporation in 2013 and just six months [...]

04/22/2014 04:21 PM
Beer Touring Astoria, Oregon and Beyond

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Most beer travelers around the Northwest fail to think of Astoria, Oregon as a worthwhile destination when planning their beer adventures. People imagine Fort George Brewing to be alone in the wilderness, but that is no longer the case. In fact, Astoria’s best-recognized brewery is not the...

04/22/2014 04:09 PM
Sierra Nevada Adds Updated Packaged-On Dates to Bottles and Cans
Chico, CA—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. continues its work to promote beer freshness with an updated “packaged-on” date printed on year-round and seasonal 12 and 24 ounce bottles and all cans. This easily readable date code helps better inform wholesalers, retailers and consumers of the freshness of Sierra Nevada beer, ensuring only the highest quality product is in the marketplace. “Beer is best consumed fresh,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We work hard to build great flavors in all of our beers—especially hop flavor—but that complex and vibrant character can fade over time. We want [...]

04/22/2014 04:01 PM
Shipyard Brewing Company Releases New Variety IPA 12-Pack

Portland, ME - Shipyard Brewing Company has released a collection of its award-winning India Pale Ales. This year-round twelve…

The post Shipyard Brewing Company Releases New Variety IPA 12-Pack appeared first on thefullpint.com.

04/22/2014 03:44 PM
DC man will become sixth American to record 10,000 beer tastings on RateBeer
Nearly 51 / 2 years and hundreds of group tasting sessions later, Bonventre soon will rate his 10,000th beer, a feat only 30 people in the world, six of them Americans, have accomplished. He is not the site’s top user […]

04/22/2014 03:32 PM
American Homebrewers Association Big Brew Day returns on May 3rd
Sponsored Post:  (Boulder, CO) – The American Homebrewers Association has announced that this year’s AHA Big Brew, a celebration of National Homebrew Day, takes place on May 3rd. More below… — WHAT: In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls […]

04/22/2014 03:21 PM
A Great American Toast: Homebrewers Across the Country Unite for AHA Big Brew
National Homebrew Day is fast approaching and takes place every year on May 7th. To help celebrate this day, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May which happens to be on May 3rd this year. This year, throughout the day on May 3, hundreds of bars, breweries, [...]

04/22/2014 03:19 PM
Sonoma Cider Adds Eight New Markets
Healdsburg, CA – Sonoma Cider’s market presence continues to expand rapidly as evidenced by eight new distribution agreements signed in the last month, bringing the total to 24 partners in 14 markets since the brand launched in November 2013.  The company has recently added the following distributors in new states: Hensley & Company in Arizona; Elite Brands in Colorado; Bernick’s in Minnesota; and Johnson Brothers in Wisconsin.  Plus additional partners have been added in California: Markstein Beverage in Sacramento; Figueroa Mountain Brewery in Santa Barbara; Haralambos Beverage in Los Angeles; and Craft Beer Guild in [...]

04/22/2014 03:18 PM
Fort Collins 1900 Amber Lager to be retired in June
Press Release:  (Fort Collins, CO) – The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern has officially announced plans to retire their 1900 Amber Lager, ending its production by June, 2014. While FCB’s current headquarters was being built in […]

04/22/2014 03:07 PM
Alpine Beer Co. could add new location, releases Green Flash-brewed edition of Nelson
(Alpine, CA) – The latest from Alpine Beer Company, courtesy of the company’s Monday email newsletter. — New info has come my way and it seems appropriate to share some of it with you. So……… here goes. We have an […]

04/22/2014 03:06 PM
2nd Shift Sub-Mission Release Party at Milagro Modern Mexican
[ April 23, 2014; 11:59 am; ] What happens when delicious Mexican food and a delicious IPA meet?  Well, we're going to find out when 2nd Shift Brewing releases their collaboration with Mission Taco Joint called Sub-Mission IPA. This West Coast-style IPA was designed to pair with the awesome Mexican fare at Adam and Jason Tilford's restaurants. To celebrate this release, the Tilfords' [...]

04/22/2014 02:56 PM
Wisconsin Brewing Co. signs distribution deal with OneIllinois’ Chicago Cluster
Press Release:  (Chicago, IL) – OneIllinois’ Chicago Cluster is proud to announce the exclusive introduction of Wisconsin Brewing Company into the Chicagoland market. Wisconsin Brewing Company’s craft beers will appear during Chicago Craft Beer Week, May 15-25, 2014, joining in […]

04/22/2014 02:25 PM
Brewing for the Planet
Brewing for the PlanetMany breweries have recently become aware of the footprint that their businesses have on the planet, and they have taken conscious steps to ensure that their beer production doesn’t hurt the environment—even if it means spending a little extra to find alternatives in the brewing process.

04/22/2014 02:17 PM
The Horror!
I was drinking my Uinta XPA clone, thinking about how I had to write a post about how it tasted. I was pouring a pint, composing the opening in my head, when, suddenly, the tap began to spit furiously!

Out? No way! I thought.

I jiggled the keg.

Oh, Way. Definitely Way.

Okay. I still have some OPA left.

More spitting! Crap!

Now I'm down to two kegs, the undercabonated Rye Cream Ale, and the sour Blonde Ale.

I found a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Company Lobo Negro, and immediately went to my computer and order ingredients for two batches of beer.

I brewed one over the weekend, and I'll brew the other next weekend.

I still have Wake N Bake and Union Jack in fermenters. It will be a week until I keg the Stout, and another week until I keg the IPA. I should be able to keg Dirktastic the same day, and the other beer the week after that.

04/22/2014 02:00 PM
The Barrel Parallel: Sourcing Craft Beer’s Chosen Vessels
Sourcing Craft Beer'sWith today’s "rage to age" in the craft beer world, developing direct relationships with barrel suppliers is becoming more and more advantageous for breweries.

04/22/2014 01:24 PM
ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival
[ April 26, 2014; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] I love when a beer event is partnered with a good cause. It makes you feel like your beer drinking is helping the world. In this case, your beer drinking really is helping the world because the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival benefits Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, an organization that encourages planting of trees in cities and [...]

04/22/2014 12:42 PM
3 Floyds Tweaks Dark Lord Recipe – Now With UNICORN BLOOD

(Munster,IN) – We are less than a week away from 3 Floyds famous (or infamous) Dark Lord Day 2014. Each year, beer enthusiasts…

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04/22/2014 12:23 PM
Upland Brewing & New Belgium Collaboration Release Parties

Bloomington, IN – Today Upland Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing Company announced their two collaboration sour ales,…

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04/22/2014 12:16 PM
End Of A Dumb Idea: Feds Withdraw Approval For Powdered Palcohol
UPDATE: Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in […]

04/22/2014 11:37 AM
Dig This! Suntory Whiskey Makes Amazing 3D Printed Ice Cubes
Novelty-shaped ice cubes are nothing new, but it’s safe to say that you’ve never seen them as impressive as this before. 3D on the Rocks is the latest ad campaign for Japanese liquor company Suntory, a brand who specializes in whiskey. They collaborated with advertising agency TBWAHakuhodo to create the world’s first 3D-milled ice cubes. […]

04/22/2014 10:39 AM
Sea Dog Sunfish Bottled and Shipped Nationwide

(PORTLAND, ME)  – Sea Dog Brewing Company’s customer favorite, Sea Dog Sunfish, is now available nationwide in bottles and…

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04/22/2014 10:35 AM
Situated in the distinguished commune of le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, the house of Salon produces only one Champagne- and a rare one at that. Created by a passionate gentleman obsessed with perfection, Salon Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs is only produced in the best vintages. In the entirety of the 20th century Supplication Sour Ale – Russian River Brewing Company


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04/22/2014 10:19 AM
Perennial Barrel-Aged Sump Release Details
I can’t even imagine what it takes to put on a beer release event.  Especially ones from Perennial Artisan Ales or Side Project Brewing. First, you’re never going to make everyone happy, no matter how much planning and time and effort you put into it, there is always someone who will be disappointed in how it’s [...]

04/22/2014 10:06 AM
Failing at the Beer Mile

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007

We headed for London’s Tower Bridge fully intending to tackle the now famous Bermondsey Beer Mile but got distracted by pubs on the way. Boak had previously visited the Draft House on Tower Bridge Road on her own a few weeks ago and, despite lacklustre cask ale, appreciated an atmosphere where she didn’t feel uncomfortable […]

Failing at the Beer Mile

04/22/2014 08:08 AM
Adventure Brewing Opens May 15
Fredericksburg's third craft brewery, Adventure Brewing, will open Thursday, May 15. Brewers Tim Bornholtz, Stan Johnson and John Viarella have been hard at work doing construction on the brewery and developing their beers. The Adventure Brewing website describes their vision:
As a micro-brewery, Adventure Brewing Company is primarily focused on bringing full flavored beers to the local area. Initial plans are to produce around 1,000 barrels (about 30,000 gallons) per year. Adventure Brewing's initial lineup of beers will include four year round styles and a number of seasonal or special batches. The year round styles include an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Wheat and a Stout. Specialty and seasonal batches such as Double IPA, Pumpkin Beer, Smoked Ale, Christmas lager and others will, of course, invite more adventurous tastes. We plan to serve samples and full beers in the tasting room as well as fill growlers (64 oz bottles) to take home. We are also working with distributors to ensure our beer is available at many local restaurants.

The brewery's opening schedules will be Thursday, May 15 from 6pm - 10pm; Friday, May 16 fem 6pm - 10pm; Saturday, May 17 - from 12pm - 10pm; and Sunday, May 18 from 12pm - 6pm.

The Free Lance-Star recently made an informative report on the brewery.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/22/2014 07:45 AM
Why do trumpets taste like hops?
Five years ago I read an article about a study at Heriot Watt university that had found different styles of music could 'improve' the flavour of wine. In a controlled experiment, wines paired with the 'right' style of music tasted 40-60% better than those paired with the 'wrong' style.

Obviously I stole the idea and applied it to beer. There's a broader range of styles and flavours to play with, and music and beer as I know them go together much better than music does with wine - both have a communality and approachability to them, with the option of going for more obscure, difficult stuff if you prefer.

I started having fun matching things by theme, season and mood, but also terroir, attitude and a slight smidgeon of taking the piss.

Eventually though, I was put in touch with neuroscientists who showed me there's much more to it than that. Neuroscience in its current form has been around for less than twenty years, because contemporary brain imaging technology, which shows us what bits of the brain light up in response to different stimuli, is very new. Incredibly, in the 21st century we are only just starting to figure our how the brain really works. And we're learning that there's much more to our so-called 'five senses' than previously thought. They overlap, support each other, and sometimes become confused or blurred. Unwittingly, I'm conducting experiments that are not too dissimilar to what's happening in the new field of neurogastronomy, or would be if I conducted them more carefully and with less mucking about.

This has set me off on an exploration of the senses and how the brain works. I never did any science subjects at school or college after the age of fourteen, and now I'm learning to love the laboratory all over again, reading up on everything from soundwaves and molecular gastronomy to the philosophy of aesthetics and the 'Proustian effect' of sense memory.

My talk on beer and music is sprouting all sorts of new tentacles. I rewrite it after every single show, taking on board what I've learned, bolting on new experiments, refining the pairings, polishing up the presentation, ditching the bits that don't work. Having gone from ditching most of the show each time and starting from scratch, it's now starting to feel pretty solid.

I've no idea where this will end up - as a book, radio show or event at the Edinburgh Fringe (all have been suggested to me) - but right now it's becoming one of my core obsessions. At the heart of it are six pairings of great beers with music tracks that I love. They go together in different ways had tell us different things about how we perceive the world around us.

Some audience members think the whole thing is rubbish. Others find it seismic in changing their perceptions. Some cynics are won over; some enthusiasts go away confused and unsure. Whatever happens, and however much you buy the central conceit, it's an enjoyable hour of great beer and great tunes, with added science, anecdote and trivia.

I'm doing my next event at Bristol Food Connections on Friday 2nd May, in front of a very special audience which you can be part of. Tickets are still available and are only £5 including beers.

The following week I'm repeating the event in London, at the Ivy House. This pub hit the headlines a couple of years ago when it was seemingly doomed to closure, but was saved when the community bought it. It's now a thriving craft beer-focused pub with a legendary musical heritage. I'm honoured to be be matching beer and music there on 8th May. Tickets have just gone on sale here.

Please come along and help me create a beer tasting event quite unlike any you've witnessed before.

04/22/2014 07:43 AM
Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout

I was in a hurry and only had time to stop in for a quick taste and purchase on a recent visit to Manassas’ Bad Wolf Brewing. The brewery had recently posted news online that their Chocolate Stout was available, so I pretty much knew what I was going to take home when I stepped […]

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04/22/2014 07:00 AM
Rogue Farms Brings Their Bees to the Bottle
INDEPENDENCE, OREGON – At Rogue Farms we know spring has arrived by watching our 7,140,286 honeybees. Our honeybees are the first to notice the blossoms that appear in our Hazelnut trees and Big Leaf Maples; and the daffodils and tulips that grow near the barn. Soon they’ll be foraging for nectar in the flowering cherry, [...]

04/22/2014 07:00 AM
Powdered Alcohol
As of April 8-21, 2014, this was approved. The federal government approved this brand of powderized alcohol two weeks ago. The reviewing agency has been TTB (not FDA, as some press accounts have said). TTB is a sub-unit of the US Department of Treasury. First and for a long time, alcohol was just liquid. Then […]

04/22/2014 05:29 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Josh Christie
Josh Christie is an independent bookseller, outdoors columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, and author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. When Josh isn’t slinging books at Sherman’s Books in Portland, he can be found lecturing about Maine’s beer history, sampling local brews, and skiing in the Maine mountains. Website: Brews and Books Twitter: @JChristie […]

04/22/2014 05:13 AM
Beervana ticket sales open tomorrow
Visa pre-sales of Beervana open at 9am, Wednesday 23rd April

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04/22/2014 03:33 AM
Macon Beer to increase production with new equipment
American establishment Macon Beer Company has announced plans to increase its production capacity by 400%, with the installation of new cellaring equipment.

04/22/2014 03:05 AM
Hoare Pale Ale quality 1922 - 1925
Here's another series you probably hoped I'd forgotten about: draught beer quality in 1920's London pubs.

I've still barely scratched the surface. There's a long, long way to go yet.

But first, the story of yet another brewery fire:

"FIRE AT HOARE'S BREWERY.- The greatest possible alarm was raised during Thursday night in consequence of a report being raised that the premises of Messrs. Hoare, the well-known brewers in Lower East Smithfield, were on fire. The intelligence was promptly forwarded to the brigade engine stations, and in the course of a few minutes Mr. Fogo, the foreman of the district, attended with three engines, when it was found that the outbreak had taken place in No. 13 sampling-store, but what cause could not be ascertained. Owing to the exertions of the workmen and firemen, the games were confined to that part of the premises in which they commenced, but not until a wooden closet and about 20 dozen bottles of stout, &c., were destroyed. Considering the extent of the premises the damage may be described as inconsiderable, and the business will not in the least degree be retarded by the outbreak. The firm is insured in the Sun, Union, Phoenix, and Imperial fire-offices."
London Daily News - Saturday 08 October 1859, page 7.

It's no wonder they raised a serious alarm. Brewery fires could be pretty dangerous if they got a hold - as the 1832 fire at Barclay Perkins demonstrates. Though this one doesn't appear to have been that destructive. Only a cupboard and 240 bottles of beer were lost. Bugger all, really, for a brewery of Hoare's size. In money terms, just £4 to £5.

Right, on with Hoare's Pale Ale. As a reminder, their Burton Ale came 10th of 14 with a score of 0.67.  Their Mild 9th of 17 with a score of 0.30. That's middling to poor.

This is an 8d/7d Ordinary Bitter type. The gravity is scarily close to the average of beers of this type, which is 1046º. But, because its attenuation is below the average of 80%, it has a little lower ABV.

Hoare Pale Ale quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Appearance Flavour score Price
1922 PA 1011.2 1045.7 4.48 75.49% grey v fair 2 8d
1922 PA 1013.8 1047.3 4.34 70.82% bright rather poor -1 8d
1922 PA 1012.7 1046.2 4.35 72.51% bright good 2 8d
1922 PA 1012 1047 4.54 74.47% bright v thin -2 8d
1923 PA 1014.4 1044.9 3.95 67.93% hazy unpleasant after flavour -2 8d
1923 PA 1010.8 1046.3 4.61 76.67% not quite bright poor -1 8d
1923 PA 1010.8 1046.3 4.61 76.67% not bright poor -1 8d
1923 PA 1012.2 1046.7 4.48 73.88% bright fair 1 7d
1923 PA 1012.6 1045.6 4.28 72.37% not bright poor -1 7d
1925 PA 1010.6 1047.1 4.75 77.49% brilliant v good 3 7d
Average  1012.1 1046.3 4.44 73.83% 0.00
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

What can I say except what a mixed bunch. Five out of ten were clear, which I now realise isn't too bad. But only four got positive score for flavour, which isn't very good. It's only because there were two twos and one three in the positives that the overall average is zero.

It's interesting to see that there's no correlation between clarity and quality. Two of the bright samples got negative flavour scores and one of the best for flavour wasn't bright. Not sure what to make of that.

Based on these results, I'd be pretty wary of ordering Bitter in a Hoare tied house.

04/22/2014 12:38 AM
Beer In Ads #1168: Max Gene Nohl For Blatz
Monday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1948. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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04/22/2014 12:00 AM
Along a Fence - Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

I've been writing about it in every few posts for about the last month and a half. I've finally weeded through the backlog of beers I had to review the old way. The way I felt to be kind of drab after two plus years of doing it. I felt that changing it up would be a bit more entertaining whenever I actually get the opportunity to post during the week. I figured it would also be somewhat more interesting to look at for the approximately six or seven people that actually read this stuff. I'm not exactly trying to win a pulitzer here. Some better angles enables us to get better looks at the brews along with some intriguing labels or even cans in some cases. I'll also be trying to incorporate a classic song lyric or a movie quote at the end of each of these just for fun, too.

Quite a sweet and sour scent. Also quite yeasty and estery. Pepper, grass and lemon. This was a very, very crisp brew. Very springy. Thick and golden body. Really had some body to it. A curtain of foggy haze within the body as well.

This would be a great beer to have either sitting back on or leaning against a fence on some random farm somewhere in central/southern Pennsylvania. You know what area I'm thinking of. A perfect place to guzzle a few of these. Neil Young used to play at Farm Aid (he might even still be one of the figure heads for that, I'm not sure) almost every time it came around. I think that makes him fitting to listen to while enjoying one of these.

"Dream up, dream up. Let me fill your cup with the promise of a man." - Neil Young in Harvest

04/21/2014 09:43 PM
I'm writing a book
It will be entitled Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. And it will go part of the way to describe why I've been seemingly more quiet than usual thus far in 2014. I think I was supposed to have told you about this quite some time ago. Or, maybe not. There was no way I wanted to jinx things by talking about a deal that was not officially done at that point. While all of the fun legalese was being

04/21/2014 09:31 PM
New Hops Trellis

For many years, I had what I will call a hops growing system that involved my shed and the tree that hung over it. The strings that the hops climbed on were fastened to the top of the shed, about twelve feet up in the air.  Then, an extension of those strings were connected from […]

Read the original article New Hops Trellis and other Brew Dudes posts.

04/21/2014 08:38 PM
French wine in cans? Sacre bleu!
Le vin … en canette: In a move that will raise a few perfectly arched French eyebrows, Winestar is putting premium Languedoc wine in aluminum cans. The 187-ml cans (equivalent of ¼ bottle) are oxygen- and light-resistant and packaged with an internal coating designed for wine. The first cans to hit California in June will […]

04/21/2014 07:20 PM
Colorado Beer News 042114
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Big Word Day. In an age where abbreviations are commonly used, we tend to get out of practice in using big, long words. Well today is the day to stop using short words and instead use really long, big important words to impress your friends. Don't know any big words? Try using Dictionary.com to look some up. Those who love craft beer could use such words today as: brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus or saccharomyces cerevisiae. Those are commonly used words of ingredients to brew certain types of beer. Use a BIG word today, one that you haven't used before. Your friends might just wonder if you've been reading a lot lately or wonder what you're up to. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, April 21st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Today their taproom is closed for a private employee event, but they will be back open on Tuesday, April 22nd with a new beer tapping. Stop in Tuesday at 6pm for a pouring of "Ryan and the Gosling", a Brett Pale Ale brewed with citrus. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - This Friday, April 25th at 4pm, Rockyard Brewing will be tapping another of the Jellyman's Deviation beers. This week it's "Betsy", a highly contagious sessionable pale ale. How sessionable is Betsy? It weighs in at 3% and is loaded with flavor. Enjoy it by the 20oz glass. [880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Stem Ciders (Denver) - Starting on May 6th, you will be able to satisfy your cider cravings in their Tap Room on Tuesdays. Stay tuned for some cool events that they will be offering on Tuesdays. There new business hours are: Monday - Closed, Tuesday - 4-10pm, Wednesday - 4-10pm, Thursday - 4-10pm, Friday - 4-11pm, Saturday - 12-11pm, and Sunday - 12-8pm. [2811 Walnut St, Suite 150, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Progress on building the brewery continues. They started building their walk-in cooler today. When completed, it'll have over 300 square feet of space, big enough to house their 6 serving tanks plus room for expansion. Stay tuned for more news on opening day. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Join in tonight and every Monday for Homegrown Trivia tonight at 6:30pm hosted by Jeremy. And then stop back in tomorrow night for Board Game Night Part III. Their friends from Adventurers Quarter will add some killer board games to their "classic" selection in the taproom. Anyone who's gaming will get $1 off beers. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - For the AVs game tonight (starting at 5pm), wear your AVs gear down to the tasting room and watch the game with them. Anyone in AVs apparel will get Happy Hour prices all during the game. #GOAVS #WhyNotUs. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Hey all you Rickolis and Avs fans - come in tonight and receive $1 off all their regular $4.50 pints during the game. [4335 Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - It's Pilsner week at Saint Patrick's. Stop in and enjoy 1 or more of 4 varieties of pilsners: American, Czech Golden, German, or Japanese Rice. Quench your thirst! [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Good news! The sun is shining and their Watermelon Kolsch is back on draft. Stop on in! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Here's what's happening this week at City Star. Today is FREE BEER Monday. Get a free beer with every 64oz growler you fill up. On Wednesday, it's Trivia Night starting at 7:30pm to 9pm. Then on Thursday, it's Thirsty Thursday with Happy Hour all day long. Live music also from Denny Driscoll from 6pm to 9pm. Friday and Saturday also bring live music from David Richey & Jordan Ramey (Fri 6-9pm) and Carbone Family Band bluegrass and old-time tunes (Sat 6-9pm). Enjoy your week at City Star! Also, mark your calendars for their 2nd year Anniversary Hootenanny for Sunday, May 4th. New beer tappings and more! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Monday Keep the Glass Night, they are featuring New Belgium Brewing. Starting at 7pm, order a Sunshine Wheat, La Folie, Ranger or Abbey and get a free glass! [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins/Asheville, NC) - New Belgium is planning to officially break ground on their new East Coast brewing facility in Asheville, NC on May 1st. [PRESS RELEASE] This 2nd facility, second brewery will be a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2. New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area. In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] FCB Bids Farewell to 1900 Amber. The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern has officially announced plans to retire their 1900 Amber Lager, ending its production by June, 2014. While FCB’s current headquarters was being built in 2009, 1900 Amber Lager was created and introduced to the full-time lineup as a way to remember their old location at 1900 Lincoln Ave. “We started out predominantly as a lager house at our old location and 1900 was originated to really symbolize where it all began,” said FCB’s General Manager, Tina Peters. The 1900 Amber Lager has a German Melanoiden and Munich malts blend with Willamette hops to create a bright, crisp and balanced brew. 1900 received a gold medal in the 2009 US Open Beer Championship (USOBC), a bronze medal in the 2011 USOBC and placed 2nd at the Craft Lager Festival in 2012. “We’re definitely sad to see it go, but as a craft brewery that strives to always better ourselves, we felt as a company it was more important to shift focus away from 1900 and to the present and the future direction of FCB,” said Peters. As far as what craft beer drinkers can expect to see in replacement of 1900, Fort Collins Brewery remains tight-lipped. “We’re continuing to expand and create new FCB brews and we’re excited to share that with the craft beer scene in the coming months,” said Peters.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (six CO locations) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, one of Colorado’s most iconic restaurant groups, is excited to roll out a new collaborative partnership with local breweries across the Front Range, offering craft beers made specifically for the Rio Grande from purveyors that operate in five of Rio’s local markets. The Rio will now elevate the beer drinking experience for its guests by taking a more local approach and working closely with local breweries to craft beers made in partnership with the Rio food and beverage team. “As a Colorado-based company, the Rio is committed to supporting local entrepreneurs who are making our state a mecca of craft beer,” said Rio Founder Pat McGaughran. Each of the six Rio locations will feature draft beers crafted in concert with a nearby local brewery. The Fort Collins Rio has officially launched the program and features a delicious Coopersmith’s brew: a Blood Orange Wheat called Rio Trigo that will be tapped today, April 21st. Both establishments are iconic, Old Town Fort Collins institutions with decades of history—the Rio opened in 1986, and Coopersmith’s followed soon after in 1989. The Fort Collins Rio also will be serving two acclaimed Odell Brewing Company taps including: Battalion - a tequila barrel aged imperial stout brewed with dark chocolate, cinnamon, and fresh house roasted poblanos and dried chipotles. And - The Sangre de chueco - a tequila barrel aged, imperial Vienna lager brewed with agave nectar, blood oranges and limes. Four other Rio markets — Greeley, Denver, Boulder and Lone Tree– will begin rolling out their collaborations over the next month and include partnerships with Wiley Roots, Renegade, Grimm Brothers, Sanitas Brewing, Fate Brewing Co. and Lone Tree Brewing Company.

Southern Front Range

Colorado Springs Craft Week (Colo. Springs area) - What has 11 breweries, 7 coffee roasters, 2 distilleries, 3 food trucks and lots of live music? It's the Crafters' Festival set for Friday, May 2nd from 4pm to 9pm at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs, CO. It's just one of the many events set for Colorado Springs Craft Week. More info at cscraftweek.com.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New Beer Alert! Stop in and try their Sister Mary Mary Tart Cherry Saison. A Saison style ale that had 142 pounds of Tart Red Cherries added to the fermenter. Deep gold in color with ruby hints. There are fruity aromas from the cherries and the yeast derived esters. Malty flavors with hints of rye and spelt are backed with subtle cherry flavor (6.1% ABV). [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Turn your Monday into a Funday with $3 pints of their flagship beers today from 3pm to 7pm. Who says Monday's have to be a drag? [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Progress continues on opening the brewery. Their electrical inspection is scheduled for today. Then the City final inspection is scheduled for either today or tomorrow, depending on what time the electrical inspection occurs. Stay tuned for more news on their opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Good news! Progress has been made. They have been formally approved by the TTB (Feds) and are now federally licensed. Plus, they are not almost done with construction on the brewery and taproom. Their brewhouse has been built and will be on site soon - a 7 barrel system. Opening day keeps getting closer and closer. [1744 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Today at 5pm, Kannah Creek will be tapping a firkin of Carrot IPA - made with real carrots (The Easter Bunny's favorite). It's one way to get part of your daily recommended serving of veggies. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - The brewery will be open tonight! Plus, they also have new stainless growlers in stock. If you pre-ordered one - stop in and pick it up. Great day to fill up a growler with fresh craft beer. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Starting at 5pm today, they're startup their Local's Appreciation Happy Hour. Each day Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm, you can get $2 pints if you are wearing a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel. Show off your CMBC pride and drink some tasty & cheap beer. 439 Edwards Access Road, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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04/21/2014 05:26 PM
Monday Rant: It Gives You Focus
Hops. More Hops. Hop oil. Resin. Grapefruit. Sometime maybe even some orange. All are key characteristics of American IPA's that I've noticed over the three to four years that I've been indulging in the craft beer scene. Characteristics that many of you out there find appetizing and inviting. I've grown to find them overly intense, drab and boring. The race to see which brewer puts the most hops into its IPA's has not entertained me much and you're not wrong for being excited about it. It's just not my thing. It's kind of reminiscent of the multiple times the Major League Baseball home run records have been shattered since my adolescence.

Twitter has always been ablaze with the popularity of session IPA's. I've taken special notice to it with the addition of Founders All Day IPA to the craft beer spectrum (was it some time last year?). I decided to have an All Day IPA as my dinner cap on Saturday and someone almost had to mop up the puddle of drool that I left on the bar.

It was fruity and had layers of flavor other than the ones I mentioned above. It didn't appear as if it was saturated with hop oil. It was somewhere within the spectrum of being both transparent and opaque. A lovely color, too. Why don't we brew more of these session IPA's? They go down easy. The flavors seem to be more focused. You probably won't taste remnants of these brews in the ones you decide to try afterwards. The beers have a mild and bitter bite on the back, but the point is that 85 percent of the drinking experience with one of these isn't entirely on the hops. I don't think that any beer should have the main focus of the hops that are in it, but all of the ingredients that go into the brewing process. Remember that beer is quite subjective!

Then again, this is probably why I'm not a brewer somewhere in the middle portions of Pennsylvania. Still, I think it's a good thing that we are experimenting with the session brews here in the states. So many beers have hit the market that have too high ABV's and are just too complicated in the least. Whatever happened to the simple beers?

Speaking of simple, yet stunning brews...

04/21/2014 05:04 PM
The Prohibitionist Pot Calling The Brew Kettle Black
This is almost funny, an amazing press release from Alcohol Justice that is so lacking in self-awareness and irony that it’s hard not to laugh at just how truly absurd it is. Why any media outlet, anyone really, takes them seriously is a head-scratcher, especially with such a remarkable lack...

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04/21/2014 03:53 PM
Fast and Furious Tour Through Faith and Flower Downtown LA
Faith and Flower’s ribeye recently made the ThrillList’s top ten new steaks of LA, and they were mentioned in a New York Time’s article about a precocious 15-year-old LA chef, despite being open just 3 weeks. This BoozeNewser was lucky enough to get a tasting dinner there, and found that ribeye everything it was hyped […]

04/21/2014 03:14 PM
Rock Bottom Brewmaster’s Cinco De Mayo Dinner
  In two weeks Cinco De Mayo will be upon us and downtown Portland’s Rock Bottom will be hosting their Brewmaster’s Cinco De Mayo Dinner. Beginning at 6:30pm, Rock Bottom will celebrate the Fifth of May with a 4 course beer dinner. The Cinco De Mayo Dinner will feature 4 seasonal beers from Rock Bottom’s [...]

04/21/2014 03:06 PM
Stone Brewing Releases First Beer in Stone Spotlight Series: Sprocketbier

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (April 21, 2014) – Last year, the Brew Crew of Stone Brewing Co. participated in an intradepartmental competition dubbed the Stone Spotlight Series, in which teams of two competed for the opportunity to have a beer they devised brewed, packaged and distributed nationally. Stone wanted to “spotlight” the talented individuals that […]

The post Stone Brewing Releases First Beer in Stone Spotlight Series: Sprocketbier appeared first on The Barley Blog.

04/21/2014 02:48 PM
Meet Wild Earth Brewing – Another New Washington Brewery

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Located about an hour east of Seattle, the tiny town of Roslyn, Washington is now home to a pair of breweries: Rosyln Brewing Company, which has been around for years, and Wild Earth Brewing, which opened just a few weeks ago. The new brewery is the brainchild...

04/21/2014 01:53 PM
What Kind Of Drinker Are You?
Here’s a fun little piece of history. In the September 2, 1947 issue of Look magazine, journeyman freelance author Don Wharton wrote an article examining the different types of drinkers one might encounter in mid-20th century America, as long as one kept to the mainstream America filled with...

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04/21/2014 12:39 PM
Turnhoutse Saison – Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

Review by: Cory Smith No, that’s not a typo in the title.  The fact that you can’t read the name of the brewery (unless you aren’t a typical ‘Murrican) is … Continue Reading →

The post Turnhoutse Saison – Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

04/21/2014 11:59 AM
Go Dutch at Bazi to Celebrate King’s Day
On Saturday, April 26th, celebrate the Netherlands King’s Day at Bazi Bierbrasserie from 5:00 to 11:00pm. Bazi will be pouring La Trappe and Urthel to ring in King’s Day. At the end of April every year, the Dutch will now celebrate their King during Koningsdag. Originally known as Queen’s Day, now King’s Day is a [...]

04/21/2014 11:53 AM
5 Tips to Start Brewing Beer with Malt Extract

  Brewing beer is an enjoyable hobby for those that adore beer. This advice will direct you in choosing the proper fundamental brewing parts required for creating your first yummy beer.   1. Obtain a simple brewing starter kit   It are available at at on-line providers and nearby home brew stores. Several things is […]

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04/21/2014 11:30 AM
Seattle Beer Week Pick: Black Raven Brewing Beer Supper

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. See all our posts about Seattle Beer Week 2014. Below, Seattle Beer Week event information.* If there is anything to complain about when it comes to Seattle Beer Week, it is that there is too much to do. And that leads to another inevitability: it gets expensive...

04/21/2014 11:14 AM
BeerCam: Drinking Empire State Brews at the NYC Craft Beer Festival
Seth escapes the frigid weather and visits the NYC Craft Beer Festival, sampling brews from across the state. This segment is brought to you by Jimmy’s No. 43. Please support those who support us!

04/21/2014 11:08 AM
Head to the Coast for a Beer Fest this Summer

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We originally posted a story about this event a back in March, as a call to action for any breweries that might be interested in participating. Event organizers have now secured some breweries and we have more information to tell you about the “Keeping it Coastal” Brewfest...

04/21/2014 11:01 AM
Beer Birthday: Steve Parkes
Today is the birthday of Steve Parkes. Steve owns and runs the American Brewers Guild, which trains brewers. I’ve known Steve for a number of years now and he’s one of my favorite Brits in the industry. I had the pleasure of writing a profile of him for Beer Advocate magazine a few...

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04/21/2014 09:18 AM
Bear Republic Apex

I don’t come across too many brews from California’s Bear Republic, but that doesn’t bother me all that much — that is, until I stop seeing one of my favorites from them on shelves. Hop Rod Rye is a stellar beer and the cause for picking up any product from the company that I haven’t […]

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04/21/2014 07:07 AM
A second San Diego event

Here's early warning of a second event I'll be doing while in San Diego next month.

It's one aimed at professional brewers and will dfeature me talking about the role of Brettanomyces in British brewing. I think it's a pretty damn interesting hour or so of bug fun.

These are the details:

18:00 at The Brew Project
1735 Hancock St #1,
San Diego, CA 92101

You can find more information here.

In addition to hear my gentle East Midlands tone, you'll also have a chance to see just how dreadful my handwriting is when I (hopefully) sign lots of copies of my books. Try to get in early, as my writing doesn't get any better as the evening progresses.

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

04/21/2014 06:17 AM
Who gets to decide what is bad beer?
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.21.14 The Corona Coup: How Constellation Sells So Much Bad Beer. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see the results of a blind tasting where the same people who give other Mexican beers a higher rating and rip Corona to shreds compare the two. Could they tell the difference? […]

04/21/2014 06:03 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 14/15, 2014.
Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 14/15
30 March - 13 April 2014

  • 2014.04.13
    Joseph Bramah was born 266 years ago on 13 April 1748. Considered the 'father' of hydraulic engineering, Bramah would patent several inventions, including the 'beer engine': the hand-pump used to dispense cask-conditioned ale. Via Wikipedia.

  • 2014.04.12
    The recently concluded 2014 World Beer Cup awarded medals in 94 beer styles. If all the sub-styles were added in, the total sytle count would come to 174. That, and the winners, via YFGF.

  • 2014.04.09
    A serious security flaw called Heartbleed is attacking OpenSSL, the security infrastructure of the internet. The vulnerability may affect at least a half a million servers, worldwide. Via Chicago Tribune.

  • 2014.04.08
    Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on 8 April 2014. The operating system and program will become vulnerable to hacking and security intrusion. Via PC World.

  • 2014.04.08
    The current state of beer journalism, and how to improve it. Via Heather Vandenengel (for The Session: Beer Blogging Friday).

  • 2014.04.08
    "American craft brewing has become a pathetic nation of followers." Beer/whiskey writer Lew Bryson disputes the authenticity of many of the current rash of 'session' beers from U.S. 'craft' breweries. Via The Session Beer Project.

  • Belgian flags fly at Maxs (02)
  • 2014.04.07
    Belgium asks the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize its beer culture as a "global cultural heritage." Via NPR.

  • 2014.04.07
    "Life is Too Short." Famous Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93. Via Washington Post.

  • Heurich Wholesome Home Brew
  • 2014.04.07
    7 April 1933 did NOT mark the end of Prohibition. Rather, it was the day that Congress' redefinition of "intoxicating" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beer_Day_(United_States_of_America) the sale and manufacture of beer of 3.2% alcohol by weight (abw) or less. The day has recently become to be known as National Beer Day and as Session Beer Day.

  • 2014.04.05
    Is U.S. 'craft' beer's 'hop-bursting' a new brewing technique? (Via Beervana.) Or is it late-kettle hopping? (Via Zymurgy)

  • 2014.04.05
    Microbiologists track the genomic ancestry of the first known pure lager yeast strain —Saccharomyces carlsbergensis— comparing it to another pure lager strain —Weihenstephan WS34/70. Via the G3 Journal (at Brookston Beer Bulletin).

  • 2014.04.05
    Following Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium Brewing, Stone Brewing Company (of Escondido, California) plans to open a brewery on the East Coast. Candidates, in the state of Virginia, include the city of Norfolk and Albemarle County.

  • 2014.04.05
    New York City rediscovers its brewing past, then demolishes it. The former site of Jacob Ruppert’s Knickerbocker Brewery, in Manhattan, to be a 35-story apartment building. Via New York Times.

  • 2014.04.03
    David Letterman to retire in 2015. The late-night television host has had three decades on the air -the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history- since "Late Night" was launched at NBC in 1982. Via SF Gate.

  • 2014.04.03
    Carlsberg, Bitburger, Warsteiner, and other brewers found guilty of beer price-fixing in Germany. Via Just Drinks.

  • Mash man
  • 2014.03.30
    The U.S. Brewers Association says that the rules on spent grains proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create onerous burdens for small breweries and farms.

  • 2014.03.30
    Almost 30% of U.S. adults "consume" their news on Facebook. Via Pew Research (at Mashable).

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories not necessarily posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from twitter.com/cizauskas.
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

04/21/2014 05:29 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Gene Beck
Welcome to Nocturnem Draft Haus. Our mission is to serve our guests the finest beers from Maine, the US and abroad paired with some artisan-style, simply prepared, locally sourced food. We are not pretentious. We are down to earth. We are not beer snobs. We are adventurers. We are a collection of many walks of […]

04/21/2014 03:44 AM
Courage Imperial Russian Stout – 10% ABV
Courage Imperial Stout, pours blacker than night, possibly the darkest brew I’ve ever sipped, there's not much head, and no noticeable lacing, but the nose more than makes up for it, it's rich and tarry.

04/21/2014 03:18 AM
Always something new
I've lost track of the number of times I've been to Brussels over the last 12 years. I'm sure it's into double figures by now. And while fixtures like A La Bécasse (right) and Toone are still favourites and oft returned to, there's always somewhere new. Occasionally new to the city, but mostly just new to me. Reuben and I were over on Beoir business earlier this month and as well as the above mentioned fixtures, and several others, I also got to drop in to Café Monk, a beautiful tiled bar near Place Sainte-Catherine, and pay my first visit to The Hoppy Loft, an oasis of calm and good beer above the pandemonium that is Impasse de la Fidelité on a Friday night.

And then there's the beers. In my advancing years I'm finding it harder and harder to pass by old favourites on the beer menus in favour of new ticks, but I try to strike a balance, for you, dear reader.Yes, there was Rodenbach, yes there was Zinne Bir, yes there was Guinness Foreign Extra. But there was also...

Buffalo Bitter, one of many Belgian IPAs I drank while in-country. I discovered this while basking in the sunshine outside Le Lombard. It's 8% ABV, highly fizzy and sharply bitter. Other than that, standard Belgian IPA rules apply: a warm candy-sugar sweetness rests uneasily beside the hops. Still, it was better than Buffalo Stout which is a percentage point stronger and a worrying pale reddish colour. Like lots of continental stouts it has that unpleasant burnt caramel, though not as strongly as some, and there's also a strange sour quality. It's quite plain fare and might even pass for refreshing if it weren't so damn fizzy.

Keeping things strong, dark and outside Le Lombard, there's LeFort by the Bockor brewery near Kortrijk. 8.5% ABV and a garnet colour that's only a little paler than the stout. I have a feeling the the strength alluded to in the name refers not only to the ABV: this stuff is hot. You get caramel fudge and marker pens, and more than an air of tramp-juice syrupyness. It's hard going. The same brewery also makes Vanderghiste oude bruin, a much more palatable dark beer: 5.5% ABV and just lightly sour but mostly balanced and refreshing.

One of the best dark beers of the trip came from NovaBirra, a brewery south of Brussels, near Waterloo, which has been going since 2008. Big Mama is another 9% ABV stout using entirely Alsatian hops which give it a fantastic floral, lavender-and-bubblegum flavour, set against the smooth chocolate from the malt. There was more lavender in Moeder Fucker 3, a heavily hopped saison produced for, and found in, Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Resin on the nose and thick, heavy granny's-bathroom perfume and lavender soap. This sweary beer won't have a problem if someone tells it to wash its mouth out.

Hops are very much in vogue in Belgium at the moment, and among the hop-forward beers I encountered was the aggressively-named Hop Verdomme by Kerkom, on tap in Bier Circus. Again there's that orange boiled sweet effect in place of clean hop freshness, with an exotic incense spicing as well. It's a little sticky despite being a mere 7% ABV, but I detected a hint of sourness about it, a waft of salt and vinegar crisps. Odd, and not the intense hop experience the name promised. While I was drinking this, Reuben chanced his arm on Kameleon Ginseng, a dry hazy blonde beer which tastes powerfully of ginseng: all the herbal, earthy, rooty punch of it. It's a ginseng beer for people who want their ginseng beer to taste unmistakeably of ginseng. It's not for the rest of us.

Back to the hops, and Gandavum was one of the better ones. This is the house beer of Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, encountered when we stopped off in Ghent on the way back to the airport. They advertise it as a dry-hopped blonde but it shows many of the Belgian IPA qualities, better than in some bona fide Belgian IPAs, in fact. Yes there's that candy sweetness, a a Belgian yeast spicing, but there's a lovely simple juicy peachiness as well.

It seems the big boys are well aware of the hop trend, and chasing their own hop-driven La Chouffe brand extensions, Duvel also now make Vedett IPA, the stripy label adapted to the colours of the Indian flag. Having ordered it out of morbid curiosity, I was very surprised to discover it's actually quite tasty. Warm for a beer that's just 6% ABV, and there's the usual Belgian yeast thing going on, but it's a cleaner flavour profile than most, making it possible to pick out a definite citric tartness and soft thirst quenching nectarine flavour as well. This is wonderfully complex in a way I'd never expect a Vedett beer to be. Meanwhile the dunce cap goes to Palm for Palm Hop Select made, it says on the Internet, using hops grown at the actual brewery. Well, maybe they should leave things to a professional grower in future, because this is a dull sweaty mess.

From the odd-but-inevitable file comes this one by Hof Ten Dormaal: Oak Aged Jenever Barrel. So enamoured by their cleverness on jumping aboard the barrel-ageing bandwagon with a native low countries gin cask that they seem to have forgotten about the beer which goes inside. Once you separate out the mild herbal tang imparted by the jenever and the vanilla from the wood you're left with really a rather plain Belgian ambrée.

We'll finish this post back in Ghent, where we ended up at the Trollekelder, a rather fun knockabout multilevel boozer north of the city centre. Among the beers vying to be Ghent's official one is Gentse Strop ("Ghent Noose"), even though it's brewed some distance away in Oudenaarde. The gallows-shaped display stand is ubiquitous around town. It's a pretty straightforward blonde: as clean and clear as you like, with a lovely crisp celery bite. Trollekelder also had a gueuze that was new to me: De Cam Oude Lambiek: spendy at a tenner a bottle, but I was on my way home and still had money in my pocket. I don't know that it's much better than all the other old lambics out there. It has maybe a bit more of a pronounced barrel flavour and is smooth rather than sharply sour. Best of all it's packed with that brick-cellar and gunpowder nitre spice that I love in the style.

So that's what was new and (mostly) exciting. In the next post we'll see how I fared going back to a handful of breweries and brands that I knew of old.

04/21/2014 03:05 AM
I've taken my eye off the ball. Too many distractions, would be my excuse. But that's no excuse for missing what's going on in my home town.

New breweries are sprouting like the wild garlic close to my work; savagely ploughed, but throwing up the odd leaf and quick flower nonetheless. In Amsterdam, I mean. More in the last 12 months than in the other 24 years I've lived in Amsterdam.

I'd love to say that I'd noticed myself. A couple were served up to me at the Kimchee Festival last year. Then Dolores found a map. For someone who'd imagined he had his finger up the arse of the Amsterdam pub scene, it was an unexpected piss shower.

Now the kids have entered a less crazy phase (thank you, prescription drugs) me and Dolores have the chance for a little us time. Obviously after she's done the shopping, cleaning, cooking and all manner of other gerunds.

"Do you fancy sussing out Troost?"

As always, I had an ulterior motive. I'd tell you what it was, but my memory isn't what it . . . . er . . . was. Getting pissed. Normally the reason. Let's assume that.



The address of Troost sounded vaguely familiar. A former abbey in De Pijp. The 5 euro cents dropped when I saw a photo. My old Job Centre.

Despite my many skills, I've had the odd bout of unemployment. This particular Job Centre was during the most persistent. I remember plonking down 50 job applications when called in for interview. To show I really was trying to find work. They were pretty reasonable and sympathetic.

Unlike the bastards at the dole office. Who on two different occasions "lost" my application for benefits. "Try not to misplace my forms this time." I suggested the third time I signed on.

Where was I? In a pub with my beloved. Let's forget about past annoyances.

"Tram 2, then 12."

Was the concise answer of Dolores to my question: "How will we get there?"

"Amsterdam, Amsterdam, I live there with my mam." Despite repeated application of a cattle prod, the kids refuse to sing my reworking of a Dutch song.

The sun was shining, birds singing and trams rumbling by when we arrived at Troost. Great for my clicky, clicky photography thing.

Troost is like a virgin. Shiny and new.

The windows onto the inner courtyard tell me these used to be classrooms. I've seen the inside of enough Amsterdam schools to recognise the architecture. More surprised that they kept some of the furniture. The metal/plywood chair I'm shuffling my arse around on in a futile attempt to attain bottom nirvana looks like school issue. It's a discomfort I thought I'd waved goodbye to in 1975.

Ten taps. That's what you nerdy thing wanted to know. Only three different beers, mind.

New German brewpubs. Mostly shit. With their unholy trinity of Helles, Dunkles and Weizen. All green, cloudy and generally unappetising. Sometimes the Dunkles can be worked down without gagging. With a nose clip and determination.

Dolores has a Weizen. I'm more interested in the waitress in leather kecks, but give it a try. Banana, clove: it flicks foam into all the right boxes. Not a bad try at all.

I pick IPA. There are loads of explanations I could give. Not a fan of Blond Ales, Weizen not really my thing unless it's Schneider. Let's give honesty a try: the IPA was the strongest. 

It was on a bit of a hiding to nothing. In the last few weeks I've had some cracking IPA-ey things. Two Hearted, Flower Power, All Day IPA and the De Molen/Het Ij Double IPA. There's nothing wrong with it: clean, bitter and perfectly drinkable. I'd have preferred more hop aromas, but I'm a picky bastard. And they've only just started. Perfecting recipes takes time.

04/20/2014 09:47 PM
Colorado Beer Releases April 14-20, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 210+ breweries here in Colorado. Spring has sprung and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to emerge. Don't put away those dark, strong beers just yet, the snowiest time of the year is still upon us. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - April 14-20, 2014

1933 Brewing - Dry Hopped Bird Dog Brown - April 14th.
1933 Brewing - Scottish Wheat - w/citrus peels & grains of paradise - April 14th.

4 Noses Brewing - Bareback Blonde - April 17th 5pm @ Brothers BBQ (Broomfield).
4 Noses Brewing - Proboscis Pale Ale - April 17th 5pm @ Brothers BBQ.

Avery Brewing - MuRveR - Rum barrel-aged Belgian-style Quad - April 18th.

Barrels & Bottles - Hoppy Peeps - ESB made with Easter Peeps - April 20th.

Big Beaver - Porker Porter - high ABV - returns April 20th.

Big Choice Brewing - Session IPA - 10 gallon batch - April 16th.

Boulder Beer - Barrel-aged Cold Hop British-style Ale - April 15th 4pm.

Breckenridge Brew/Sweetwater Brewing Pub - O'Tay -buckwheat barleywine - April 19th.

BREW Pub & Kitchen - Jesus - Double IPA - w/yarrow - April 20th.

Buckhorn Brewers - Steam Ale - April 18th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Black Pepper Gose - ExBeerimental ale - April 18th.
CAUTION: Brewing - Hippity Hops IPA - April 20th.

City Star Brewing - Chili The Kid - chili pale ale - returns April 14th.

Coopersmith's - Mountain Avenue Weiss - April 15th.

Copper Kettle - Herb Blonde Ale - w/lemongrass & mint - cask - Apr. 16th 3pm.

Crabtree Brewing - Serenity Amber on rye bourbon oak chips - firkin - April 18th 5pm.

Crow Hop Brewing - Sacrifice Rye - American Rye ale - April 14th.

De Steeg Brewing - Citra Dark Ale (6.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Dry Hopped Imperial Amber (8.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Belgian Red (6.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Alley Ale (8.7% ABV) - returns April 16th.

Dry Dock Brewing - Golden Porpoise - Blonde ale - April 14th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Dry Hopped Bier De Garde - firkin - April 18th 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - Cherry Wheat - April 14th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Double Dry Hopped IPA - firkin - April 16th.

Fort Collins Brewery/The Mayor of Old Town - Any Colour You Want - Berliner Weisse - April 16th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Tongue Slapper West Coast IPA - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Beekeeper's Braggot - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - American Pale Ale - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Wallace Wee Heavy - Malt Monsters - April 19th 11am.

Freedom's Edge Brewing - Blood Orange Imperial IPA - April 17th.

Front Range Brewing - Hibiscus Saison - returns April 16th.

Funkwerks - White - malt beverage with spices - April 19th.

Golden City Brewery - IPA - new batch April 18th.

Grimm Brothers - Rose Petal Odds and Ends Pale Ale - firkin - April 18th.

Großen Bart Brewery - ESB - April 18th.

Hall Brewing - IPA aged in simi chardonnay barrels - cask - April 18th.

High Hops Brewery - Archer's Ale - oak-aged IPA - firkin - April 16th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Dr. Pat's #12 - Double IPA - April 17th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Brewclass Blonde - homebrew class blonde ale - April 18th 5pm.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Almost Summer Ale - English-style ale - April 17th @ Mayor of Old Town.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Hose & Dragon Stout - year-round stout- April 17th @ Mayor of Old Town.

J Wells Brewery - The Session - unfiltered American wheat - April 18th.

Kokopelli Beer Co - Smokin' Joe Porter - April 18th.

Lone Tree Brewing - Dunkelweizen - dark wheat - April 16th.

Mountain Toad - Craft Cream Ale - tadpole tap - April 17th.

New Belgium Skinny Dip - returns April 18th.

Odd13 Brewing - Oatmeal Stout - returns April 17th.

Odell Brewing - St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale - seasonal returns April 18th.
Odell Brewing - Footprint RegionAle - returns April 19th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Gose - salted German-style wheat - April 16th 5pm.

Pagosa Brewing/Rockyard Brewing - We' Heavy Ale - draft & bottle - April 17th.

Pateros Creek - Cop Car - Best Bitter with doughnuts - April 17th.

Pikes Peak Brewing - Split Rail Pale Ale (4.8% ABV) - April 18th.

Pumphouse Brewery - Mocha Stout - seasonal - April 14th.
Pumphouse Brewery - Brass Pole Pale Ale - seasonal - April 14th.

River North - Whiskey Barrel Quandary Quad - small batch - April 16th.
River North - White - fresh batch - returns April 18th.

Rockyard Brewing - Panthor - black raspberry Merlot Munich Helles firkin - April 18th 4pm.

Sanitas Brewing - Déluge - brett barrel saison - April 19th.

Shamrock Brewing - Foot Burner IPA - April 17th.

Station 26 Brewing - Double IPA - batch #2 - April 15th.
Station 26 Brewing - Foreign Extra Stout - April 16th.
Station 26 Brewing - Cream Ale w/green tea - firkin - April 17th.

Strange Brewing - Super Friek - Imperial Kriek - firkin - April 17th.

Twelve Degree - Bruce Lychee - farmhouse ale w/Sorachi Ace + lychee fruit - April 18th.

Twisted Pine - Bourbon Barrel-aged Big Shot Espresso Stout - small keg - April 18th 6pm.

Verboten Brewing - Thinking of Something Orange - honey wheat bottle release - April 15th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Honey Nut Blonde Ale - seasonal - April 17th.

Wynkoop Brewing - Kurt's Mile High Malt - w/coffee - can release - April 20th.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases April 7-13, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases March 31 - April 6, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases March 24-30, 2014.

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04/20/2014 01:28 PM
Two things.
The Easter Buddy and I went out for a walk this AM, which was nice. The winter snows precluded doing that very often in recent months and he is not always up for the effort of late. He is suffering … Continue reading

04/20/2014 11:38 AM
A Pot-Infused Brewing How-To in Honor of 4/20

Based On reddit user brad1775′s post in the COBeer subreddit, brewing beer combined with a little Mary Jane results in some “brilliant tasting stuff”. Until you’re a homebrewer who’s reading this from a place where marijuana is legal, do not try this at home (had to say it). If you do not homebrew and you’d […]

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04/20/2014 11:01 AM
Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood – a BRC and BeerGaggle Review

  Review by: Our very own Ron Degregorio, and  BeerGaggle’s Matt “The Engenear” and Justin “The Brewer” We collaborated with BeerGaggle in the past to review Dale’s Pale Ale, and … Continue Reading →

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04/20/2014 10:28 AM
Happy Easter!

We here at The Brew Review Crew hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter and a terrific Spring season! Here are two amazing beers (one that you need … Continue Reading →

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04/20/2014 10:26 AM
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04/20/2014 09:40 AM
Triumph Over Evil
AND in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid. And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you. And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples. And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet, and adored him. Then Jesus said to them: Fear not. Go, tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, there they shall see me. --Matthew 28:1-10

It's Easter. This is the fulfillment of Our Lord's promise of eternal life. It is the ultimate triumph over evil. We are reminded that our struggles are not for nought, that our final reward is eternal. The evil one refuses to give up. He knows that if we give in to despair we won't experience the promise of the Resurrection. He fears that we might reject his tricks and lies. He hungers for us to join him in his eternal torment. With his continual attacks on our faith, attacks on our freedoms, attacks on the sanctity of life, he continues in a battle that he's already lost.

So on this most glorious of days, we are reminded that we must continue to face oppression and persecution head on. Satan is hard at work in this world. His minions do his bidding willingly, if naively, deceiving with false promises, twisting the truth until evil passes for good. We are led to believe that evil doesn't exist, and that material happiness outweighs the value of human life. Government fiat replaces personal responsibility. We are tempted to live like there's no tomorrow. But today, the empty tomb reminds us otherwise. The promise of Easter gives us the strength to persevere.

Here's wishing you a blessed and joy-filled Easter. May the joy of the Resurrection remain in your life all year long.

Jesus' final resting place, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
Photo by C. Turley, 2010

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/20/2014 09:00 AM
Dirktastic 5
With all this water knowledge under my belt, it's time to put it to use. Today, I am going to brew Dirktastic.

American Pale Ale


Type: All Grain Date: 4/20/2014
Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer:
Boil Size: 7.97 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.80 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 61.52 %
4.20 lb Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM) Grain 23.92 %
1.36 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 7.72 %
0.60 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 3.42 %
0.60 lb Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 3.42 %
0.88 oz Centennial [7.70 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
0.30 oz Warrior [16.00 %] (60 min) Hops 13.3 IBU
0.30 oz Chinook [12.20 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 11.2 IBU
0.60 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
0.60 oz Simcoe [11.90 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
0.30 oz Simcoe [12.00 %] (20 min) Hops 6.0 IBU
1.22 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [12.20 %] (10 min) Hops 14.7 IBU
0.61 oz Northern Brewer [5.70 %] (10 min) Hops 3.4 IBU
0.41 oz Centennial [7.70 %] (1 min) Hops 0.4 IBU
0.30 oz Simcoe [11.90 %] (1 min) Hops 0.4 IBU
1.20 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.60 tsp Gelatin (Secondary 5.0 hours) Misc
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [Starter 1000 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.063 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.38 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 49.5 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 6.7 SRM Color:
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 17.56 lb
Sparge Water: 5.39 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 21.95 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2) Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 21.6 PSI Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F  
Add the hops loose when the airlock appears to stop bubbling. Added hops Wednesday night (2/18) about 8:15 pm.
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04/20/2014 08:33 AM
A change in the habits of the people
In old newspapers you sometimes find items which are clearly adverts, but not marked as such. Come to think of it, that's not so different from newspapers today.

If I'm honest, I'm not quite sure what is being advertised. What is a Golden Ale Tablet? Some form of handheld computer?

"The problem to provide a wholesome, stimulating, and satisfying drink that will not intoxicate has at last been solved. This long-felt want has been met by Messrs. Brodrick's, of Dudley, whose Gold Medal Patent Golden Ale and Nourishing Stout Tablets recall the days when our forefathers brewed their own ale. These delightful home-brewed beers are indistinguishable from the best bottled beers, and are perfectly pure and wholesome; being made from the finest malt and hops, which, by Brodrick's patent processes, are rendered non-intoxicating, while preserving all the essential virtues, thus making an ideal beverage for meals. The reference made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his notable Budget Speech to the "remarkable decline that has taken place in recent years in the consumption of alcohol" shews the increasing need for such non-alcoholic beers as those produced Messrs. Brodrick's Patents. We are, indeed, as Mr. Austen Chamberlain went on say, "witnessing a change the habits the people." This is only natural and wise when the means satisifying the taste and palate are available at practically one-fourth the usual cost; while the same time the genuine beverage we have long been accustomed to is obtainable in this more desirable form. In addition to the Golden Ale and Nourishing Stout, Messrs. Brodrick manufacture Tablets of Concentrated Wine, and their Compressed Hop Tablets are invaluable in the house for making poultices, compressions, infusions, etc. Samples are obtainable from most grocers and chemists, redirect from Messrs. Brodrick's Patents, Dudley."
Lichfield Mercury - Friday 30 June 1905, page 3.
Just another weird, random old reference to Golden Ale.

04/20/2014 07:16 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Tom Madden
Madden Beverage was founded in December 2003 and carries over 850 craft beers from all corners of the globe. Madden Beverage is a family run business that is staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable hop-heads. They offer mixed six packs, kegging equipment, home brewing supplies, and bring in all the limited release products they can get […]

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