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07/29/2014 11:38 PM
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

07/29/2014 11:38 PM
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!

07/29/2014 11:38 PM
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.....

07/29/2014 11:38 PM
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’.....

07/29/2014 11:38 PM
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!

07/29/2014 11:26 PM
Darkness 2014 Artwork from Erica Williams
Here’s this year’s artwork for the beer that makes collector nerds sweat and eBay fiend salivate… we’re talking about this year’s artwork for Surly Darkness. This year Erica Williams takes the reigns with a harpy keeping watch over Surly Brewing Co.’s coveted Russian Imperial Stout, Darkness. (non-cropped version here) What […]

07/29/2014 11:12 PM
Meet the stars of ‘Dark Horse Nation,’ the History Channel’s new show on Dark …
Meet the stars of 'Dark Horse Nation,' the History Channel's new show on Dark ... The Kalamazoo Gazette MARSHALL, MI – The debut of "Dark Horse Nation," a new History Channel reality show based on Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall, is just days away. Information on the show, which premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, continues ...

07/29/2014 09:40 PM
Beer jobs: Sales Executive, South East Queensland
Craft and Imported Beer company requires a person with knowledge of the South East Queensland Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and retail outlets to sell their wide range of products.A good knowledge of South East Queensland is essential as well as a clean driving record and smart appearance.Wage + commission + car + phoneEnquiries and applications ...

07/29/2014 08:08 PM
North Coast Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is North Coast Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. From the North Coast Brewing Company website: “Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian I ...

07/29/2014 07:16 PM
ALERT: Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably Made In A Factory Distillery in Indiana
The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana. Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” […]

07/29/2014 06:32 PM
B2 Bomber Mach 4.0
Media releaseB2 Bomber Mach 4.0From humble beginnings in June 2005, Bridge Road Brewers has reached its ninth year of brewing in 2014.The past year has seen the brewery expand significantly, doubling our floor space with a new bottling and warehouse building. We have also continued our slow growth strategy of reinvesting funds into new techn ...

07/29/2014 06:02 PM
Saraveza’s 5th Annual IIPA Festival
One of our favorite beer festivals that celebrates the excessive use of hops is Saraveza’s IIPA Festival. Now in its fifth year, this years event will take place on Saturday, August 16th from 1:00pm to 10:00pm and Sunday, August 17th from 1:00pm to 8:00pm at Saraveza & The Bad Habit Room. There will be well […]

07/29/2014 06:02 PM
Russians want Gérard Depardieu to lead Crimean wine agency
Russian politicians are lobbying officials in Crimea to establish a new body to oversee wine production in the region and name actor Gerard Depardieu head of the group. Members of Russia’s parliament have called on Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov to set up a local agency so officials can ensure the maximum growth potential of […]

07/29/2014 05:54 PM
Colorado Beer News 072914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is the 60th Anniversary of the initial release of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". The popular tail of how a small group of Hobbits helped to save the land of Middle Earth. This story is still quite popular today with the upcoming release of the 6th movie in the series of stories from Middle Earth. So today, drink a pint in honor of J.R.R. Tolkien, watch one of the movies and enjoy! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - August brings two new beer tappings. On Wednesday, August 6th at 6pm, stop in for a taste of their "Liquid Sun" Saison. And then on Wednesday, August 20th at 6pm they'll tap "Denver Steam", a California-style Common. Get a complimentary glass of each one for the first half hour up until 6:30pm each day. [1001 16th St, Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - July's Cask Month concludes tomorrow, Wednesday July 30th, with a cask tapping of a "Vanilla Bean Mexican Chocolate Stout". With a limited quantity, this brew won't last the night. Stop in for a glass. Also, part four of their barrel aged series "Sobremesa" is scheduled to be released in wax dipped bottles next Friday, August 8th. It's a lime agave pale ale aged in tequila barrels and is a sessionable 4.8% ABV. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - Pucker up this Sunday Sour Lovers! on August 3r Barrels & Bottles is hosting "The Sour Incident" and will be pouring a wide variety of sour ales from the US and even Europe. Sour beers from 10 different breweries will be pouring including: Brouwerij Liefmans, Brouwerij Bockor, Uinta Brewing, Odell Brewing, Russian River, Crooked Stave, Trinity Brewing, Prairie Artisan Ales, The Bruery and one of their own sour ales. This event runs from 2pm to 8pm or until the beer runs out. No admission fee, just order and pay for what you like. [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - It's $2 Tuesday at Dad & Dudes! Get $2 pints and $2 slices of pizza. Choose from their Dank IPA, Peachy Keen Berliner Weisse, Toffee Porter, Ryot Amber Rye Ale, Oli's Brown Ale, Liquid Resume Pale Ale, Xylophilia Series - Oaked IPA (10oz), or a Nitro Model Citizen Golden Ale. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Bring in your Elk Mountain logo growlers today for a discounted fill (every Tuesday). Also, don't miss the special beer tappings on Friday, August 1st during the first day of their Anniversary Party. They will be tapping the Red Head RIPA at 12pm noon and the Whiskey barrel Brown at 5pm. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - A specialty keg of "Raspberry Origins", a burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels will start pouring at 6pm tonight. Brave the rain and get your sour on! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll dig into the cellar and pull out a single keg of "Rum Barrel Quandary"! In the meantime, those brave enough to beat the rain can enjoy both Barrel Reserve 2014 and Grand Unified Theory on tap! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Tapping today! Stop in and join Brewmaster Brian has he taps their "Tres Rubias", a tequila barrel-aged tripel. There's just one keg of this 8.0% ABV brew, so better get a glass early. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - On your next brewery visit, stop by the Greenhouse and check out the big sale. They've even got some 1 gallon hop plants 20% off. Tomorrow, High Hops will tap a new firkin of a Dry-Hopped Lager at 5pm. This is a sessionable India Pale Lager (IPL) and is dosed with an extra helping of citrusy, Cascade hops, but it light enough for the "non-hoppy" beer drinkers. As always, live music this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with food trucks Wednesday through Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On Friday (August 1st), The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to release its brand new fall seasonal, Oktoberfest. FCB’s Oktoberfest was brewed as a tribute to one of the most cherished recipes using old world German techniques and ingredients. A single decoction mash unleashes the complexity and depth of the Vienna, Munich and Caramel malts that create this beer’s distinct aroma and flavor. German noble hops balance this rich and malty lager with a delicate herbal and spicy bouquet of aromas. Prost! Stats: ABV 5.4%, IBU 24, SRM 7. “Our Oktoberfest is a true to style brew using 100 percent German malts and hops,” said FCB’s Lead Brewer, Adam Glaser. “We have a history of making classic German lagers, and with the commissioning of our new brew haus this past year, creating an Oktoberfest was quite enticing.” Oktoberfest will be available to FCB’s 22-state distribution through the fall season in 6-packs and on draft, along with the Brewer’s Lunch Box, a variety 12-pack. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Today their "Roll Down the Windows Dad" Smoke Lager is back on tap. Also, it's guest brewery night. John Kure from Left Hand Brewing Company will be in the Black Bottle tap room tonight. He'll be bringing some sweet swag and promos starting at 5pm. To qualify, just order their Sawtooth Ale. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - It's another Double Stamp Tuesday. Bring in your bottle card (or sign up for a new one) and when you buy a bottle of any Funkwerks beer you'll get two stamps on your card. 6 stamps = a free bottle! And FYI - they have the last bottles of Raspberry Provincial available for the season. Get them while they last. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Who ants $3 pints? Be there from 5pm to 8pm today and you'll be HAPPY you did. Come on get Happy... And don't forget, this Thursday at 6pm come get your Celtic rock on with The Stubby Shillelaghs. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This Friday brings another tasty firkin tapping. This week they're tapping a Blueberry Wheat. Start off the weekend with something Blue! [450 8th St, Suite B, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's T-Shirt Tuesday. If you stop in and buy a T-shirt you get a FREE pint! [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - There new glasses are in! They now have new 10.5oz "Poko Grande" glasses in from Libbey which they are now using for cask and bottle pours in their Tasting Room/Cellar. Stop in and test drive any of the 14 beers on their chalkboard in this curvy new model. Swirl, sniff, sip, savor, salivate, repeat. [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Today, their "Alpenglow Beery Lager" is back on tap. It's a sweet and juicy summer brew. Also, head up to Summit County next Monday for "Drinking with the Brewer" at Breckenridge Brew Pub. First Mondays the August edition is coming up next week. Join in Monday August 4th 4-6pm to sample some tasty brews and have some fun. [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO}

Steamworks Brewing CO (Durango) - Remember the classic Manhattan cocktail? Now you can have your craft beer with a Manhattan twist as Firkin Fridays continues at Steamworks Brewing Co. on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The “Firkin in the Rye” firkin cask will be tapped at 3pm. “We have just tapped the ‘Wanna Git Rye’ craft beer at the brewpub, and wanted to feature that beer, so we took the opportunity to use it as the base for the ‘Firkin in the Rye’ firkin,” said Steamworks Brewer and Certified Cicerone® Spencer Roper, describing the Wanna Git Rye as a light brown ale that uses rye malt in the mash. “We've found the rye lends a nice dry finish to the beer. It is also a fairly hoppy beer with generous hop additions for both flavor and aroma.” “For the firkin, the beer was re-fermented with oak spirals soaked in Bullet rye whiskey and sweet cherry puree,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “This creates the tweak on the classic Manhattan, with the hops representing the bitters.” [801 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing (Breckenridge) - All you bike-riding, mountain-hiking beer lovers rejoice: their crisp, refreshing Helles is back on tap to quench all of your post exercise thirsts! And for you dark beer lovers of the world, their Coconut Porter will be back on later tonight. [68 Continental Ct, Unit B12, Breckenridge, CO]

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Now on tap: Black Weiss. This is an imperial black wheat with honey and vanilla accents to a chocolate-covered graham cracker malt backbone. It was fermented on their special south German yeast for a touch of spicy cloves and banana, and then aged on fresh crushed cherries and black cherry wood chips. Yum! [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]
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07/29/2014 05:15 PM
Hamilton’s Tavern Owner Talks Rotating Handles and Purchasing Habits
We learned a valuable lesson during our recent Brew Talks event in San Diego: if you give three bar owners enough beer and ask them about the local beer scene, duck and cover. The hour-long conversation featured plenty of diatribes about competing with brewery tasting rooms, increasingly difficult buying decisions, escalating beer prices and the importance of strengthening relationships with craft suppliers.

07/29/2014 05:14 PM
Portland Brewing’s Scottish Festival & Noble Scot Release
Once again this year Portland Brewing will be hosting their Scottish Festival and Noble Scot Scottish Ale release at their lovely taproom in far Northwest Portland on Saturday, August 16th. Taking place from Noon to 4:oopm, this afternoon at Portland Brewing will feature many Scottish themed events including Scottish food, Scottish dance, bagpipe performances and […]

07/29/2014 04:58 PM
House-turned pub win CAMRA award
Rugby Observer House-turned pub win CAMRA award Rugby Observer “I am also delighted to be CAMRA's Summer Pub as we have a lot to offer and a great garden. This award should bring even more customers and we are delighted to have won it.” Rugby CAMRA members visited an extensive shortlist of venues before ...

07/29/2014 04:50 PM
Beer Birthday: Garrett Oliver
Today is Garrett Oliver’s 52nd birthday. Garrett is the head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery and has done more for the craft beer industry to promote pairing food and beer than just about any other person alive. If you haven’t picked up a copy of his book, The Brewmaster’s Table, you...

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07/29/2014 03:33 PM
Record Number of Texas Breweries at 2014 GABF
The brewery registration process was tweaked a little for this year's Great American Beer Festival to try and avoid the "race to register" process that initially locked some breweries out of attendance last year (most were eventually accommodated). Instead, of the first come, first served process, all breweries wanting to enter beer for judging were able to register and indicate if they also wanted a booth on the convention floor. After the registration period closed, the total number of competition beers each brewery was allowed to enter was determined by dividing the number of competition entries that can be judged by the number of breweries that applied. And if demand for booth space exceeded supply, booth selection would be determined by lottery for each region. 

These changes should have made sure that all breweries who wanted to enter beers in the competition were able to enter, but there may be booths from a few of your favourite breweries missing if the number of requests exceeded the maximum and they didn't win the lottery. But, these are the issues that have to be dealt with then there are now over 3,000 operating craft breweries (and almost 2,000 more in planning stages) in the country.

Perhaps due in some part to the changes in the registration process, Texas has it's largest showing of craft breweries again this year:

(512) Brewing Company Austin
903 Brewers Sherman
Adelbert's Brewery Austin
Armadillo Ale Works Denton
Austin Beerworks Austin
Big Bend Brewing Co. Alpine
Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery Austin
Branchline Brewing Co.  San Antonio
Brazos Valley Brewing Company Brenham
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Houston
Circle Brewing Co. Austin
Community Beer Co. Dallas
Cornel's Brewing Company Beaumont
Deep Ellum Brewing Company Dallas
Flix Brewhouse Round Rock
Four Corners Brewing Co Dallas
Hops & Grain Brewing Austin
Independence Brewing Co.  Austin
Kamala Brewing at the Whip In Austin
Karbach Brewing Co Houston
Lakewood Brewing Company Garland
Live Oak Brewing Company Austin
Martin House Brewing Company Fort Worth
Middleton Brewing Driftwood
No Label Brewing Co Katy
North by Northwest Austin
Oasis, Texas Brewing Company Austin
Pappy Slokum Brewing Co. Abilene
Pedernales Brewing Co. Fredericksburg
Peticolas Brewing Company Dallas
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub Austin
Rahr&Sons Brewing Co. Fort Worth
Real Ale Brewing Company Blanco
Revolver Brewing Granbury
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Houston
South Austin Brewery Austin
Spoetzl Brewery Shiner
Texas Beer Refinery League City
Texian Brewing Co Richmond
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company Austin
Twin Peaks Brewing Company  Dallas
Twisted X Brewing Company Dripping Springs
Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse Austin
Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub Fort Worth

Assuming this list is correct, there will be 47 Texas breweries this year, up from 36 in 2013, 30 in 2012 and 22 in 2011.  As a recap, the following Texas breweries won medals in the 2013 GABF competition:

Medal Beer Name Brewery Style
Gold Black Thunder Austin Beerworks German-Style Schwarzbier
Bronze Elba Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery Herb and Spice Beer
Gold Cedar Creek Belgian Style Dubbel Cedar Creek Brewery Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Gold Public Ale Community Beer Co. Extra Special Bitter
Bronze Atrial Rubicite Jester King Brewery Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
Gold Bitterama Namaste Brewing at the Whip In Herb and Spice Beer
Bronze Blind Jake Pinthouse Pizza Brown Porter
Silver Brewers Cut Altbier Real Ale Brewing Co. German-Style Altbier
Bronze Saint Arnold Weedwacker Saint Arnold Brewing Co. German-Style Wheat Ale
Silver Saint Arnold Summer Pils Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Munich-Style Helles

Good luck to all breweries who have beer entered in the competition this year and I look forward to sampling your beers on the convention floor.
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07/29/2014 02:59 PM
Stone Eliminates South Carolina in Search for East Coast Home
Despite South Carolina’s passage of the “Stone Bill,” the Palmetto State is no longer being considered as a location for Stone Brewing Co.’s planned East Coast facility. First reported by GSA Business, Stone, the country’s 10th largest craft brewery’s decision to look elsewhere was due to “logistical and geographic” reasons.

07/29/2014 02:54 PM
Vocal Minority Threatens to Shut Down Kirkland Brewery

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A new brewery is trying to open in Kirkland, Washington. Jumping through the usual regulatory hoops is challenging enough, but Chainline Brewing finds itself facing an even more formidable obstacle: a very loud, very small group of citizens determined to stop the brewery dead in its tracks....

07/29/2014 02:22 PM
NBWA Applauds Sustained Growth for Craft Beer
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America’s craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry. According to mid-year data released this week by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers enjoyed continued growth as American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of 2014. According to the BA, from January through the end of June 2014, approximately 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold [...]

07/29/2014 01:54 PM
Kicking it on Hawthorne with Kick Kick Score
Portland, OR – Kick your way through Hawthorne’s 9-hole footgolf challenge, Kick Kick Score, on Sunday, August 3rd from 11 AM – 6 PM. Come for miniature footgolf…stay to shop, dine, and explore the iconic Hawthorne Boulevard. Portland is hosting the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) All Star Game on August 6, 2014 and the […]

07/29/2014 01:10 PM
The only sign i could find either they forgot to take this one down or it’s the only one that made it through Sandy #donteattheglowingcrabs
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07/29/2014 12:42 PM
Rogue Announces Jack Joyce Scholarship Award
PORTLAND, OR- Columbia Distributing, in partnership with Rogue Ales and Spirits, is pleased to announce the first annual Jack Joyce Scholarship Award, commencing fall of 2014. This $10,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in the Fermentation Sciences Program in the department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The award was created in honor of visionary Jack Joyce, for his legacy in the Oregon community and his career founding Rogue Brewery in 1988. His vision, creativity, and innovation led Rogue to take daring risks that created [...]

07/29/2014 12:17 PM
2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Tuesday Events
Another day of St. Louis Craft Beer Week is upon us.  Hope everyone is having a fantastic time. As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a [...]

07/29/2014 12:06 PM
Now More than 3,000 Breweries in USA. Is Continued Growth Sustainable?

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Data released yesterday by the Brewers Association shows that the USA now supports 3,040 breweries, 99 percent of which are craft breweries. That is, small and independent breweries that meet the Brewers Association definition of craft brewery. Another 1,900 breweries are currently in planning. The craft beer industry...

07/29/2014 11:54 AM
Saaremaa Island Ale

An Estonian style beer journey.

Saaremaa Island Ale



07/29/2014 11:25 AM
Oregon Beer Industry Brings 1.2 Billion to State Economy

OregonOregon, the Pacific Northwest mecca of craft beer, has more breweries per capita than any other state. There Oregon beer industry currently consists of 181 operating breweries across 64 cities according to the Brewers Association.

The post Oregon Beer Industry Brings 1.2 Billion to State Economy appeared first on CraftBeer.com.



07/29/2014 11:08 AM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
New last week at Miller Liquor in North Sioux City, SD is:

07/29/2014 10:36 AM
Brewer's Alley: A Return Visit
We were up in the Frederick, MD area on Sunday to drop off our son and three of his friends at a camp they are attending this week. After three hours on the car with four active teenage boys I was ready for a beer. Last year when we made this same trip, we visited Brewer's Alley and we decided to repeat this year. Since we had more time to spend this visit, we were able to try a few more beers. Colleen ordered a pint of the Hefeweizen, while I opted for a sampler tray of six beers. The hardest part was deciding which six!



I was pleased that the beers, both the cask and "standard" servings, were served up at a nice temperature. Carbonation was low across the board as well, which made for proper tasting. First up was the Kölsch. The flavor was mild, with a grainy aspect, and little bitterness. The next beer was the India Pale Ale, served from cask. It was well balanced, with a sweet caramel base with bitter and piney hops. I enjoyed this English IPA very much, and for a moment, regretted not having a full glass to drink.

Next up, the Oatmeal Stout. This one has a nice roasted grain flavor with a lingering sweetness at the end. A smooth mouthfeel capped it off. 1634 Ale is a Rye Ale, and was next up in the rotation. Described as a "celebration ale" by the brewery, the beer had a sweet molasses base, with mild spices in the background.

New Moon Ale was another cask selection. This was a very flavorful American Strong Ale. The rich caramel sweetness at the start, was followed fruity and pine hops. There's a hint of alcohol at the end, but it didn't overwhelm the other flavors. I really could have enjoyed more of this one too.

Our final selection was Bad Old Man Gose. This beer was released to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Ransom of Frederick. The beer started off with a fruit tartness that gave way to a distinct saltiness. It was an interesting beer, that we both enjoyed, but found hard to describe.

Along with the beers, of course there was food. Colleen ordered the plate of Fish Tacos. They looked quite tasty, and the accompanying Roasted Jalapeño Salsa made a zesty dip for my fries as well. Since we were in Maryland, I went with the Roasted Jumbo Lump Crabcake Sandwich. The thick patty of lumpy crab meat, seasoned with OLD BAY® naturally, could barely hold itself together - there was little in the way of filler! Quite tasty indeed.



We lingered for a while to let the dinner and beer settle, before setting off on the three hour drive ahead of us. The drive home was pleasant, and with just the two of us in the car, the conversation was very enjoyable.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


07/29/2014 07:24 AM
Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru

Richmond’s Hardywood Park has been cranking out great beer the past couple of years. Whether it be the tasty, year-round Singel or this monstrous barrel aged Belgian-style quadrupel, the company has become one of the premiere breweries in Virginia. As stated Bourbon Cru is a big beer. Weighing in at a hefty 12% ABV, this […]

The post Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru appeared first on The Barley Blog.



07/29/2014 06:36 AM
New in Southern Tasmania — Devils Brewery
With the continued growth of the craft brewing industry in Tasmania a new player has entered the market.

07/29/2014 06:34 AM
The Craft Beer Industry Association announces the inaugural Craft Beer Awards
The Craft Beer Industry Association is proud to announce the inaugural Craft Beer Awards: The Best Of Australian Brewing.

07/29/2014 06:32 AM
Brewers Association reports sustained growth for craft
Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the US Brewers Association.

07/29/2014 06:23 AM
Cider Riot! Set To Release 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider
Cider Riot! invites you to toast tradition and the revolutionary spirit with a glass of 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider on Saturday, August 2nd at Bushwhacker Cider.  The release party will take place from 4:00 to 8:00pm with a special performance from the Bridgetown Morris Men. “1763 is our tribute to those who stand up […]

07/29/2014 06:00 AM
Hop Varieties

Are you curious about the different hop varieties and their characteristics, then take a look at this infographic. Cardinal Pine Farm has planted it’s first year hops with a variety of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Nugget.

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07/29/2014 05:47 AM
Fresh Northwest Hops to Headline 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest
With the heat of summer in full swing our regions hop crops are getting closer to harvest. This also means another season of fresh hop festivals, something we have very unique here in the Pacific Northwest. One of our favorites, Hood River Hops Fest will be celebrating their 11th anniversary on Saturday, September 27th in […]

07/29/2014 04:25 AM
The Batham’s, at Last

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

On more than one occasion, we’ve been asked, “Have you tried the Batham’s?” On answering “No,” we’ve had the distinct impression that our credibility as commentators on beer has been reduced to zero.* Of course we wanted to try it anyway, having heard from various sources, on numerous occasions, that the small West Midlands family brewery produces beers which […]

The Batham’s, at Last



07/29/2014 04:00 AM
Hops Hill Hosts Grand Opening in Brooklyn Tomorrow

As if Brooklyn wasn’t already the hipster capital of the world, the NY residents can celebrate yet another Ale House opening in the hood. This one, however, seems to be one created for the true love and passion beer snobs will enjoy. Hops Hill will be celebrating their Grand Opening tomorrow, July 30th, 2014, at... Read more »

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07/29/2014 03:05 AM
A weekend away
"I've a real treat for you Dolores."

"What is it?"

"We're going to Venice."

"Really? Where's the money coming from?"

"It's not so much the Venice as a Venice."

"You're taking me to Birmingham, aren't you?"

"You're annoyingly well informed about Britain, you know. I blame those years in Swindon."

"Yes, you've taken me to all the most romatic spots, Ronald."

"I spoil you. Most people would kill for two years in Swindon"

"I would, too. To not have to live there."

Birmingham

Birmingham, with architecture almost as special as Frankfurt's and a train station even better hidden in a shopping centre than Utrecht Centraal*. A ringing endorsement, I know.

But for all I take the piss out of Birmingham, I have a weird affection for the city. Maybe not so weird, as that's where my Mum's side of the family came from. In the 1960's and 1970's I visited the city dozens of times seeing uncles and aunts. The Brummie accent evokes all sorts of emotions. Mostly family memories. Especially of my Mum, who sounded relentlessly Brummie more than 50 years after leaving the city.

Approach in the right way, and Birmingham has much to offer. Restaurants that represent the diverse nature of the population. Great markets. Decent shopping. And the odd pub still with M & B signage.

More about Brum to come.






* That's Lexxie's official opinion. "Which do you think is the crappier station, Birmingham New Street or Utrecht Centraal."

"You've already asked me that."

"Dad has his memory lapses, you know. He's getting old."

"New Street, Dad."

"Tell me what you think of New Street in one sentence."

"Shit. . . . Oh you asked for a sentence . . . it's a good station, if it was hiding from Nazis."

"I guess you mean that they wouldn't be able to find it."

"Whatever, Dad."



07/28/2014 10:11 PM
Sydney Craft Beer Week Returns to Deliver Better Beer for the People
This October, the streets of Sydney will be flowing with Craft Beer as Sydney Craft Beer Week returns bigger, better and tastier for its fourth year.

07/28/2014 09:16 PM
Lawnmower de Saison Kit Brew Day

Summer brewing has begun and although it has taken until the end of July to kick it off, the brew day went smoothly so any fear of being rusty were unfounded. To help me ease back into it, I bought a kit from Midwest Supplies. We did a review of one last year and the […]

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07/28/2014 06:46 PM
Tour de Fat Tempe Hits Valley October 4th

The New Belgium Tour de Fat Tempe is arriving October 4th, 2014. One of our favorite craft beer events of the year, this festival packs a ton of zaniness and bicycles into one beautiful autumn afternoon. You don’t want to miss it. Tour de Fat is not your average beer fest. It’s equal parts bicycle... Read more »

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07/28/2014 05:51 PM
Terrapin Beer Entices Autumn With Pumpkinfest

Athens, GA – Breezing in with a strong autumn tailwind comes Pumpkinfest, Terrapin Beer Co.’s long-adored Seasonal …

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07/28/2014 05:32 PM
Saint Arnold Brewing Steps Up Pace Of New Beer Releases

Houston, TX – Coming on the heels of three recent new beer releases, Saint Arnold Brewing Co. will unveil it’s highly a…

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07/28/2014 05:30 PM
Harvest

Announcement: Cardinal Pine Farm will conduct our first hops harvest, scheduled for Saturday, August 2, 2014, starting at 9:30 AM – 12:00 noon. Volunteers who have signed up and attend the harvest will receive a 3 oz hop sample, pizza…

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07/28/2014 05:20 PM
Shooting and Craft Beer
Visitors to these Musings, know that we frequently follow our shooting range time with the enjoyment of good beer. In fact, we encourage it, in the right order. During our recent visit to Old Ox Brewery, we saw that the Silver Eagle Group indoor range was a neighbor of the brewery. I recently learned that the brewery and the range have teamed up to bring the opportunity to others, with a "Date Night hosted by SEG & Old Ox Brewery":
Have you been looking for the perfect excuse to hire a sitter and get some quality time with your honey? We’ve partnered with our new neighbor, Old Ox Brewery, to give you an exciting date night!  The evening will start with classroom instruction before heading to the range to practice your skills.  SEG staff will be on the range to provide assistance and recommendations.  Once everyone has built up an appetite, we’ll head across the parking lot to the tasting room at Old Ox Brewery for pizza and beer. 
Each person will get to sample four different craft beers and select a pint to enjoy over pizza. Additional pints will be available for purchase. Old Ox Brewery will only be open to date night participants so you can skip the lines and receive personal attention. 
Best targets of the night will earn the winning couple SEG swag and an additional free pint!

This event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30PM on Wednesday, August 13. Sounds like a fun evening. I hope it's successful. We once tried to organize an event at Blue & Gray Brewery after a Fredericksburg USPSA match, but there wasn't enough shooter interest to make it worthwhile.

Note: I am not connected with the brewery or the range. I'm just sharing news on what I think will an interesting event. Though if anyone wants to invite me on a "date," I might be persuaded. ;-)


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


07/28/2014 05:11 PM
Colorado Beer News 072814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1. On this fateful day in 1914, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia over the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist. Soon after more and more countries got involved. it wasn't until about 5 years later on July 28, 1919 that the Treaty of Versailles was signed formally ending the war. Take some time today to toast to all those brave soldiers who fought and died defending our country in that war. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, July 28, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Have you gotten your bottles of Dry Dock's "Bligh's Barleywine Ale" yet? Bottles are now available in stores from Ft. Collins all the way down to Colorado Springs. This is their big annual beer that was aged for 7 months in whiskey barrels. Get a bottle or two before it's all gone for another year. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - OK here's your LAST REMINDER that tickets for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) go on sale THIS WEEK! For AHA/BA members, the sale starts at 10am MDT TOMORROW, July 29th. And for the General Public, tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 30th at 10am MDT at Ticketmaster.com. Members-only session tix are $65 each, other session tix are $80 each ($75 for members). Over 3,000 beers will be tapped at this HUGE annual event in the Colorado Convention Center October 2-4, 2014. Don't get left out!

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - On August 1, 1876 Colorado joined the Union as the country's 38th state. Join in on Friday, August 1 at 38 State Brewing, to celebrate the Centennial State's 138th birthday as 38 State presents: "A Happy Firkin Birthday Party". This Firkin Party will see two brand new brews tapped in honor of 138 - a true to style Porter, as well as a unbelievable Vanilla Porter that is sure to impress even the most savvy beer connoisseurs. The party continues with a Cornhole Tourney, Big Brick Jenga, prizes, giveaways, cold brews, food from The Rolling Italian, and good times had by all! So, wear your best CO gear, shine your shoes, and prepare yourself - It's going to be one heck of a Firkin Birthday Party! [8071A S Broadway, Littleton, CO]

Beryl's Beer Co (Denver) - Announcing new hours! Starting tonight, Beryl's Beer Company is now open Mondays from 5pm to 8pm. Plus, Happy Hour is now Wednesday through Friday from 5pm to 8pm with a drink special: get two "Afternoon Delight" Summer Session Wheat beers for just $7.00. Open Mon, Wed & Thurs 5-8pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 2-10pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm. Closed Tuesdays. [3120-C Blake St, Denver, CO]

Barley's Angels (Denver & Boulder) - Attention Ladies - Barley's Angels is planning two events this week. In Denver, today at Copper Kettle Brewing at 7pm come for Beer & Voodoo Doughnuts. This event will challenged your expectation of a traditional beer pairing. And in Boulder on July 30th, meet at OB Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont for a guided trolley tour of the OB Hops & Heifers Farm. Start off with a beer & nacho bar, board the trolley to the hop farm, and then return back to the restaurant for another brew. Visit www.barleysangelscolorado.com to sign up and for more info. Plus! On August 5th at 7pm, sign up for Cupcakes and Cold Ones on Sanitas Brewing's patio and meet the Boulder Bombers roller derby team. This summer event includes your first craft brew, a cupcake pairing by The Whisk Sisters, brewery info, and games of cornhole and bocce on the patio that won Westword's "2014 Best new Brewery Patio" award.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Happy Hour happens daily Monday - Friday from 3-6pm where you can get $1 off all beers and select appetizers. Also, their Apricot Blonde took 3rd place at the Arapahoe County Fair over the weekend. Come try out this tasty brew on your next visit. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Two great weekly events are happening at Mu Brewery. Tomorrow, July 29th at 6:30pm, stop in for Mu Trivia. Then on Thursday, July 31st, bring your poker face for Texas Hold'em at 7pm. Mu Brewery is open 7 days a week. Stop by and try out their line-up of craft beers. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops in the Hangar (Denver) - From pales to stouts, flights to bombers, Wings Over the Rockies will host some of Colorado's best breweries in their 1930s Air Force hangar during "Hops in the Hangar" on Saturday, August 16th from 6pm to 10pm. Sample beer, savor delicious food from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and enjoy the soulful sounds of a Blues Brothers tribute band while surrounded by aviation history. Tickets are available for advance purchase at WingsMuseum.org. Ages 21+ only, please. Save $5 when you get your tickets in advance online over the door price. [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This week at ABC: Happy Hour everyday open to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm with $1 off pints. Tuesday (7/29) Arvada Red returns. Wednesday's Humpday Helper is $3 Arvada Red all day - plus 59'er returns. Thursday Brewers Limited Reserver is "Vanilaa 59'er. Friday marks the return of Goldline IPA, plus Free Friday Flicks in the Square at dusk (The Goonies). [1500 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Joyride Brewing CO (Edgewater) - Joyride is having a cornhole tournament tonight in their new beer garden out back, and they still have open spots for 3 more teams. There'll be gift certificates for the top two teams, and the 1st place team gets an automatic entry into the state championship Aug. 3rd in Denver. The fun starts at 6pm, so get there early to register and remember to bring your A game! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Saint Patricks' Brewing Co (Englewood) - Expansion update: The brewery will stay open in Englewood thru the middle of September. The rest of Sept. and Oct. will be used to finish up the new space at 2852 Bowles Avenue in Littleton, Colorado and install their 7-bbl brewhouse (and 16 fermenters) and brew more lager beer. They will be posting more updates soon. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Jagged Mountain has a great event coming up this Sunday, August 3rd. As part of their non-profit program, Wild Wings Environmental Education will be bringing in two owls (including Sophie the Great Horned Owl, a peregrine falcon, and an American kestrel into their taproom from 3-7pm on Sunday to help inform and educate everyone about the importance of birds of prey in the ecosystem. $1 from each beer sold that day will be donated to Wild Wings. Come on out for a great time and great cause! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Welcome back a returning beer today - Palm Tree Caribbean Lager, an island inspired sessionable Pilsner (4.7% ABV). Plus, Jeremy will be hosting Trivia tonight at 6:30pm with $20 in free beer awarded to the victors. Open at 3pm with Happy Hour til 5pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Today there's a firkin tapping right after work hours. Their man Cody is tapping "Santa Cruz Brown", a staff favorite made with Summit hops. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Stop in for Meet the Brewer Night with head brewer & co-founder Luke Smith. He will tap his citra dry-hopped lemongrass wit (aka a white IPA) tonight. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Feel like going to Sesh Fest this weekend? Anybody 21+ who stops in to Kokopelli Beer Company and signs up for their VIP mug club OR their growler club will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to this Saturday's Sesh Fest! Feelin' lucky? [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Sunday, August 3rd from 12pm to 5pm is their big "21st Anniversary Party Family Reunion" at the Avery Brewing. This will be the last Anniversary party at their old location (next year they'll be in their new Gunbarrel location). Tickets are $40 (plus Eventbrite fee) and include six beers, a commemorative glass, and live tunes from Paa Kow's By All Means Band & Liebermonster. Proceeds go to charity. There will be 70+ rare and vintage brews available - many from Adam Avery's cellar. Designated Driver tickets also available for $20. Tickets and more info at Eventbrite. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - This Saturday marks the return of one of Left Hand Brewing's biggest events of the year: LEFTAPALOOZA! Featuring 8 rockin' tribute bands. Just $10 gets you music all day long from 12pm to 10pm. Enjoy the best of the rock genre from the classic early 60s rock n' roll all the way to alternative funk. This is a fundraising event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Bands will pay tribute to The Police, The Allman Brothers, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52s, The Beatles, and The Eagles. Park offsite at Twin Peak Charter Academy. Plenty of food and beer will be available as well. Rain or shine. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Something to look forward to... Today they are kegging up their rum barrel fermented red ale. Look for this to go on tap next Friday. Meanwhile, enjoy their Baltic Porter that was recently put on tap with a slight facelift. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Northern Colorado

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Sour lovers - mark your calendars now for Saturday, August 9th. That's the day when they will release "American Graffiti", an American Sour ale. This one weighs in at 7.3% ABV, bittered with Equinox hops and is loaded with all the funk that Brettanomyces can give it. Available in bottles. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Due to their quarterly co-worker meeting today, Odell's tasting room will NOT be open today. They will re-open on Tuesday, July 29th for regular business hours. Stock up on Odell beer at your local beer store today. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Plenty of activities at City Star this week. Today is "FREE BEER MONDAY". Get a free beer with every 64oz growler fill. Tuesday brings their monthly themed Potluck Dinner. This month the theme is BBQ. Bring a dish at 6:30pm. Wednesday brings Trivia from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, plus the Oskar Blues Bonewagon will be on site from 6-9pm. Thursday is Thirsty Thursday with Happy Hour prices all day long. Plus live music 7-9:30pm and a food truck too (5:30pm - 7:30pm). Friday's live music from Monocle Band after hours 8-11pm. Saturday is Gypsy Cattle Drive live music from 7-9:30pm, and Sunday is an Old Time Jam from 6-8pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Looking for a fun activity this coming Sunday? Sign up in the taproom to join H&D on a "Beers Made By Walking" guided tour of the ‎Gardens on Spring Creek‬ in Fort Collins (2145 Centre Ave) this Sunday, August 3rd at 10am to learn about edible plants that grow wild (or not) in Colorado. [H&D is sponsoring the tour, so it's free to you]. Linsey will also be talking about her inspirations for her in-development Beers Made By Walking recipe. The beer will be tapped along with other Colorado entries at noon on October 3rd at Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver just in time for GABF (and will be available in the H&D taproom as well). [1244 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - It's Monday again! But, do not fret, Red Leg Brewing is now open on Mondays! In honor of their very first Monday being open, they are offering you ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR! That means $1 off each and every beer you purchase tonight! Also, they are very excited to have WADA WADA out front serving up their delicious Korean inspired cuisine. So come down and celebrate how much cooler Mondays just became! [4630 Forge Rd, Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - It's almost like Christmas came early at Eddyline. Today, they are taking delivery of their new brewhouse equipment. They are expecting 3 huge semi-trailers full of brewing vessels. It almost looks like they are unpacking a Saturn V rocket of those trucks. The equipment was manufactured from Newland Systems in Canada. For pics of all this equipment, check out their Facebook page. Lots more beer coming soon from Eddyline! [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Ska revealed today their new can design for their upcoming "Rudie Session IPA". This 4.5% ABV beer is due out this Friday, August 1st. Ska recognizes the popularity of hop forward, lower alcohol brews. Look for it soon in cans or on draft in a store or pub new you. Ska dares to state "Drinkin' brew for breakfast August 1st". Look for this beer to make an appearance at the upcoming Sesh Fest this weekend in Denver. (Click photo for a larger image)
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07/28/2014 04:58 PM
Brewers Association: Craft Beer Sales Up 18 Percent Through June
The Brewers Association (BA) today reported mid-year growth for the country’s small and independent craft brewers. According to the latest data, craft beer production is up 18 percent through the first six months of 2014. Through June, BA-defined craft brewers have sold about 10.6 million barrels of beer, up from 9 million barrels in 2013, the BA said.

07/28/2014 04:52 PM
Bartenders in Scotland for title of World’s Greatest Mixologist
47 of the world’s leading mixologists raise a glass at Gleneagles to celebrate the start of the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ Global Finals 47 of the world’s greatest mixologists came together at Gleneagles, Scotland today to mark the start of the sixth annual Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ Global Final 2014, the industry’s most prestigious and […]

07/28/2014 04:40 PM
Chinese taking interest in Paso Robles wineries
Chinese investors have shown increasing interest in the California wine market over the last few years and are now targeting wineries in the Paso Robles region for purchase. [KSBY] China is now the fifth largest export market for California wines. Templeton real estate broker David Crabtree said that interested buyers from Mainland China come to […]

07/28/2014 04:38 PM
Worthy Brewing Releases Local 36 Red Lager

(Bend, Oregon)- In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Local 36, a heat and frost insulators union in Portland, Oregon, W…

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07/28/2014 04:35 PM
Tampa Brewery Celebrates International Beer Day

International Beer DayTAMPA, FL – Southern Brewing & Winemaking (Southern) has brewed three beer styles from countries around the world in celebration of International Beer Day on August 1, 2014.   “Beer styles vary so widely across the world and it’s important for us to recognize how different they are while still all contributing to the craft […]

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07/28/2014 04:16 PM
Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth For Craft Brewers

Boulder, CO – Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-y…

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07/28/2014 04:01 PM
Worthy Brewing Releases Local 36 Red Lager

Local 36 Red Lager from Worthy BrewingBend, Oregon – 28 July 2014 – In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Local 36, a heat and frost insulators union in Portland, Oregon, Worthy Brewing Company’s newest release is Local 36 Red Lager.  Worthy’s founder, Roger Worthington, built a career out of representing the union’s asbestos workers, including his own father. “For over […]

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07/28/2014 03:13 PM
More “Best of Philly 2014″ beer-centric awards.
Told you about the Hartranft/Maida honors on Saturday. Now that I have the actual Philadelphia Magazine August issue in hand, here’s a bunch more. All addresses are in the city except the ones that aren’t. BEST BEER BAR – Tria Taproom, … Continue reading

07/28/2014 03:00 PM
Iron Horse 10th Anniversary Celebration, August 9th

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. When I first discovered Iron Horse Brewery, about 9 years ago, it was in the hands of its founder, Jim Quilter. He was a great guy and a skilled brewer, but when I visited him at the brewery he admitted that he didn’t much care for the...

07/28/2014 02:22 PM
Breweries & Other Small Businesses, Tonight’s Event Focuses on Helping You Succeed

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Small businesses around Seattle seeking expert advice, guidance, and ideas stand to benefit from tonight’s event. Organized and hosted by Boston Beer Company, Brewing the American Dream is a program designed to help small businesses prosper. At the heart of the program is speed coaching, where businesses...

07/28/2014 01:40 PM
DigitalPour offers Conversion Discount of No Sign Up Fee
Sponsored Press Release:  (Portland, OR) – DigitalPour, the premier provider of digital displays and POS-integrated inventory tracking for bars and restaurants, is currently offering a special opportunity for new users who are currently using a digital menu display application. For […]

07/28/2014 01:13 PM
Egrets in the Marsh #swampsofjersey
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07/28/2014 01:13 PM
Bieree: A Smart Phone RIMS Kickstarter
Leonardo Estevez has been brewing for 20 years, creating brewing machines for himself during that time. Recently, in response to friends who want more control of the system, he launched a Kickstarter project to bring his latest version, called Bieree, to market. With a target price of $99, they hope to sell you a kit that lets you use your own pots.

I am not an engineer, and I have never seen anyone use a system to make beer, so their description of the process seems a lot like magic to me. I would like to make beer automatically, so this might be something to look at.

07/28/2014 01:09 PM
Wine world breathlessly awaits. Brandi Glanville coming out with her own wine!
Brandi Glanville has decided to bring her brand and one of her favorite pastimes together by coming out with her own wine!  Brandi announced the news on Twitter and is looking for help coming up with a name for her chardonnay.  She doesn’t say exactly when the wine will be available but does mention it […]

07/28/2014 12:58 PM
Sam sees trouble ahead.
Joshua Bernstein at Bonappetit.com minutes ago : There may be no prettier place to discuss a battle than Block Island. Located off Rhode Island’s coast, the Atlantic Ocean isle is filled with bluffs, beaches, and rolling hills, such as the … Continue reading

07/28/2014 12:39 PM
Craft Beer Continues To Grow
Craft brewers enjoyed continued growth through the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data recently released by the Brewers Association, the trade group representing smaller brewers. Craft beer production increased 18 percent by volume during the first half of the year (though the new...

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07/28/2014 12:37 PM
Highland Brewing’s Schenk’s Cream Ale Returns August 1st

(Asheville, NC) — Schenk’s Cream Ale is one of the most fabled beers in Highland Brewing Company’s repertoire. Being re-rel…

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07/28/2014 11:48 AM
Craft Beer continues rapid growth in 1st half of 2014
Craft beer production shows little sign of slowing in the latest mid-year numbers released by the Brewers Association today. Check out all the latest stats on the craft beer industry for 2014 so far.

Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth for Craft

Small and independent brewers see increase in first half of 2014

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • July 28, 2014—Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year.



From January through the end of June 2014, approximately 10.6 million barrels of beer were sold by craft brewers, up from 9.0 million barrels over the first half of 2013. (Note: The 18 percent growth rate is based on the updated craft brewer definition1 and derived from comparable barrel total from the first half of 2013. Mid-year figures first reported in 2013 were based on the previous craft brewer definition).

“The sustained double-digit growth of the craft category shows the solidity of demand for fuller flavored beer in a variety of styles from small and independent American producers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Craft brewers are providing world-class, innovative products that continue to excite beer lovers and energize the industry.”

As of June 30, 2014, 3,040 breweries were operating in the U.S., 99 percent of which were small and independent craft breweries. Additionally, there were 1,929 breweries in planning. Craft brewers currently employ an estimated 110,273 full-time and part-time workers, many of which are manufacturing jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.



“Coupled with the continued rise in the number of breweries, the market growth of craft brewers highlights the ongoing localization of beer production in the United States,” added Watson. “More and more, people are enjoying the products from America’s small and independent brewers, making this country a true destination for beer.”

Note: In February 2014, the Brewers Association Board of Directors approved changes to the craft brewer definition that go into effect with the 2014 craft brewing data set.

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

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07/28/2014 11:28 AM
Brewers Association reports 18% production growth for U.S. craft brewers in first half
Press Release:  (Boulder, CO) — Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. […]

07/28/2014 11:13 AM
Left Hand Brewing Smoke Jumper

I like a good smoked porter, whether that be of the standard variety or one aged in rye whiskey barrels. There’s just something about he combination of a solid porter and a smokey char that really gets me excited. So, when I finally came across a bottle of Left Hand Brewing’s Smoke Jumper, an 8.8% […]

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07/28/2014 11:07 AM
Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth for Craft

brewery_growthSmall and independent craft brewers enjoyed sustained growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association.

The post Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth for Craft appeared first on CraftBeer.com.



07/28/2014 10:44 AM
Boundary Bay Wins 2014 Award as Washington’s Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Most of Washington’s local breweries do a lot to help non-profit organizations. Whether it be in the form of beer donations that help non-profit organizations raise funds, or greater involvement in events and causes, philanthropy and beer go hand in hand, which is just one more reason...

07/28/2014 10:30 AM
2014 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Monday Events
Good morning!  How is everyone enjoying St. Louis Craft Beer Week so far? As you know, we have over 100 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. We’ve had an awesome start, but the week is still a long way from being over.  There are still a lot of awesome events taking [...]

07/28/2014 09:30 AM
HOPSTERS HOSTS INAUGURAL LOBSTAH BOIL AND BREW FEST 8/3 (MA)
On August 3, Hopsters, Newton’s first-ever commercial brewery, will be hosting a traditional New England lobster boil with a twist – the lobsters will actually be boiled in their brew kettles on premise! In addition, Hopsters will also be serving a specialty ale on draft, brewed just for the occasion, along with steamers and various […]

07/28/2014 09:23 AM
GrassLands Brewing Co. Approaches Successful Close to Campaign

Find out more about GrassLands' membership driveTallahassee Brewery at 91% funded with 8 days remaining in crowdfunding campaign GrassLands Brewing Company, a Tallahassee, FL brewery set to open in Fall 2014, announced its first crowd-funding campaign in late June. The Grasstacular Fundathon! offers GrassLands Brewing Company supporters rewards from merchandise to tailgate/party packages to brewing experiences in exchange for a financial contribution. The […]

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07/28/2014 08:07 AM
Deutschland Downtown
Downtown Fredericksburg that is. Deutschland Downtown is a soon-to-be-opened German restaurant in Old Town Fredericksburg. Even before they open, there's a strong local following as the proprietors have been running a mobile food cart, serving German fare locally for some time now. In fact, we've been anticipating the opening of this bier garden and restaurant for a couple years.

The past two weekends, Deutschland Downtown has been hosting a "soft opening," announced via their Facebook page, in order to help train the staff. On Saturday evening, Colleen and I eagerly stopped in. There was a crowd in the dining room when we arrived, and we took one of the last available tables. They were serving a limited menu, and also had three beers on draft. There was some wine listed too, but I paid it no mind.

The beer selection this evening included two imported German beers, Warsteiner Premium Verum, König Ludwig Weiss, and an American, but German-founded beer, Yuengling Lager. I started off with the Warsteiner, a German Pilsner, served in a proper, brewery labeled, Pilsner glass. A classic Pilsner, the light bodied beer had a mildly sweet, biscuity malt with a sharp, crisp and clean hop finish. It went down easily. With my meal I tried the König Ludwig Weiss. This beer was also served in a proper Hefeweizen glass, complete with the brewery logo. The aroma is banana and wheat, with a hint of citrus. The taste is a delightful balance of sweet honey, banana, and clove backed by a yeasty malt. The mouthfeel is creamy with a dry finish. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I opted to skip the Yuengling.



For our meal, Colleen selected Wiener Schnitzel, served with Sauerkraut and Spätzle. I went with the Currywurst, which was served with Sauerkraut. I didn't try anything off of Colleen's plate, but she was very impressed with her selection. She declared each dish "very good" repeatedly and was very impressed with the Schnitzel. I heard raves about the Schnitzel on the drive home, and regretted not stealing a bite. My sausage was very tasty, although it was missing the spicy ketchup-based sauce described in the menu. The crispy Sauerkraut was well done; not overly bitter, and mixed with tiny bits of sausage. I would have liked a side of Spätzle or perhaps German Potato Salad, to go along with the meal, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

We also opted for a dessert of Apple Strudel, mine topped with a vanilla sauce, while Colleen had hers with hazelnut ice cream. Both provided a deliciously sweet finish to the meal.

We had a very enjoyable evening, doing our part to help the restaurant prepare for its opening. They have a few kinks, as expected, to work out in the service, but nothing that greatly detracted from our pre-opening dinner. The food was all quite tasty, and we're very much looking forward to experiencing the full menu. Hopefully, they will expand the German beers menu too. I predict Deutschland Downtown will be a popular addition to the Fredericksburg dining scene. And I expect I'll be raising a Maß or two in the outdoor biergarten soon.

Good news! According to a Sunday evening posting on Facebook, Deutschland Downtown will be open for business on Thursday of this week.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


07/28/2014 06:09 AM
Stone & place; Grodziskie & poppycock
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.28.14 Based only on what I read in the blogs I subscribe to and my Twitter feed Stone Brewing’s crowdfunding campaign was the worst idea since Miller Lite (Exhibit 1: Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit; Exhibit 2: On Rich and Successful People Wanting Free Money). I didn’t see a whole lot […]

07/28/2014 05:53 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 28/29, 2014
Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 28/29
7 July - 20 July 2014

  • 20 July 2014
    Forty-five years ago, the first humans walked on the Moon. Apollo 11 landed there, 20 July 1969.
    —Via Space.com.


  • 20 July 2014
    California's Stone Brewing Company to build a new brewery ... in Berlin, Germany. The large 'craft' brewery is using IndieGo Go to crowd-source one-million out of the twenty-five millions dollars expected as necessary.
    —Via Brewbound.


  • 20 July 2014
    As just one example of the rapidly increasing number of 'craft' breweries in the United States: Bristol, Virginia's first brewery - Holston Brewing - opened in May. Three more breweries have announced plans to follow, just in the town of Bristol.
    —Via TriCities.com.


  • 20 July 2014
    "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I'll get back to you." Actor James Garner —star of movies, but most well know for TV shows, "Rockford Files and "Maverick"— has died.
    —Via NBC News.


  • 20 July 2014
    A life well-played. New Orleans jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies at 103. Was still gigging at age 102.
    —Via WWLTV.


  • 20 July 2014
    A tourism official for Loudoun County, Virginia, touts the recent growth of 'craft' breweries by finding brewery visitors to be "male versions of female wine connoisseurs at a lot of our wineries."
    —Via WWLTV.


  • 18 July 2014
    Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in eastern Ukraine, killing 298. U.S. intelligence blames missile, fired from rebel-held region of Ukraine.
    —Via Washington Post.


  • 17 July 2014
    Elaine Stritch was one of Broadway's 'Grande Dames.' She has died at age 89.
    —Via Washington Post.


  • 16 July 2014
    In 2013, hops were planted in 39,000 acres in Pacific Northwest, and in 880 acres elsewhere in the U.S. The 2013-2014 Barth Report (a major hop merchant )shows that "crop year 2012 finally marked the end of the structural supply surplus of hops and alpha acid in the hop market; in other words, supply and demand are becoming increasingly evenly balanced, although demand for certain varieties may exceed supply. Planting of aroma/flavor varieties is on the increase worldwide, more than compensating for the clearance of bitter/high alpha varieties."
    —Via Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer.


  • 15 July 2014
    "One half of the book is disposable; the other is indispensable." Jeff Alworth, of Beervana, reviews "The Craft Beer Revolution", a business memoir and history of American 'craft' beer, by Steve Hindy, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery.
    —Via Beervana.


  • 14 July 2014
    The Washington, D.C. City Council passes a law allowing production breweries to sell pints at tasting rooms. [Similar to the Maryland 2013 bill and Virginia bill in 2012.]
    —Via Washington Business Journal.


  • 14 July 2014
    Brewers Association asks 'craft' brewers for their "10 Bucket List Beer Bars." [Clarendon, Virginia's Galaxy Hut selected as one.]
    —Via Craft Beer.


  • 14 July 2014
    A “spoke of the tropospheric circumpolar vortex” cools the U.S. midwest and east coast. Used to be called a "Canadian air mass," or, simply "cooler weather."
    —Via Capital Weather Gang.


  • 14 July 2014
    Cave-aged? No! Belgian lambic brewery Cantillon is maturing some its barrels in a World War II bomb shelter in Brussels.
    —Via Chuck Cook "Belgian Beer Specialist" (in USA Today).


  • 14 July 2014
    A date which lives in foolishness. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by the Unites States Congress, 30 years ago, 14 July 1984.
    —Via Wikipedia.


  • 14 July 2014
    Is a merger of liquor-and-beer importer and manfacturer Diageo ($80.4 billion) with brewing conglomerate SABMiller ($52.6 billion) in the works?
    —Via The Street.


  • 13 July 2014
    Pioneering jazz bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden has died at age 77. "I want to sound like a rain forest."
    —Via Daily Kos and Billboard.


  • 11 July 2014
    Not an ESOP fable. Harpoon Brewery to become employee-owned, as co-founder Rich Doyle steps down as CEO, and 48% of stock sold to employees.
    —Via Harpoon Brewery.


  • 11 July 2014
    "Via a thin needle inserted through the foil capsule and the cork, Coravin extracts wine from the bottle, replacing it with inert argon gas to protect the remaining wine. Theoretically, a bottle could last indefinitely." Some wine bottles have exploded upon use of Coravin, which has determined that the bottles either were defective or had been damaged previously. Company has shipped Neoprene sleeves to protect bottles while wine is being extracted. Winesearcher said of remedy: “A giant bottle ‘condom’ is all Coravin needs to be safe.”
    —Via Dave McIntyre (Washington Post).


  • 09 July 2014
    A 6-reason listical on why to ignore wine ratings.
    • Points Don't Describe Wine
    • Points Make You Miss Great Bottles
    • Points Are Routinely Misused
    • Points Aren't Forever
    • Critics Retract Points
    • A Knowledgeable Merchant Is Always A Better Substitute For Points
    —Via wine writer Rolfe Hanson (at Huffington Post).


  • 08 July 2014
    Why do 'craft' breweries charge so much for their limited runs? Because, like boutique wineries, they can.
    —Via Boak and Bailey.


  • 08 July 2014
    Louis Zamperini, Olympic long-distance runner, who, during WWII, survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after being shot down, and, after being rescued, two years as a Japanese POW during WWII, has died at age 97.
    —Via Washington Post.


  • 07 July 2014
    Compuserve was shut down five years ago, ending a a 35-year span as the first major online service.
    —Via Boing Boing.


  • 07 July 2014
    Anheuser-Busch InBev buys brewery Pivovar Samson in the Czech Republic town of Ceske Budejovice (Budweis, in German). Was the purchase a bid for the EU rights to the appellation of 'Budweis'-er?
    —Via Bloomberg.


  • 07 July 2014
    After its sale to Constellation Brands, is Corona running out of glass bottles for its beer? Owner Constellation says no, but analysts wonder.
    —Via Just Drinks.


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  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not 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 @cizauskas, YFGF's companion Twitter site.
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.


07/28/2014 04:18 AM
Samuel Adams introduces Oats McGoats beer
Samuel Adams, an American brand of beer brewed by the Boston Beer Company, has introduced a new American stout brewed with Wheat Ridge.

07/28/2014 03:33 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Bright Brewery
Bright Brewery in Victoria is seeking a brewer to join their team. If you’re an experienced or qualified brewer with a passion for quality and creativity, read on to discover this exciting job opportunity…

07/28/2014 03:32 AM
Tinkering sans frontières
The newest pair of beers from Dublin-based Brown Paper Bag Project arrived a couple of weeks ago, heralded by a barbecue and garden party out the back of L. Mulligan Grocer where projecteers Colin and Brian introduced the débutantes.

Look at that lovely head
Vlad the Baker is a lager, lagered the proper way in Vyškov, in central Moravia. American hops have been used extensively, leading its creators to badge it as an "India Pale Lager", immediately drawing a comparison with Williams Brothers Caesar Augustus. Vlad is the better of the two: the hops don't just provide a whiff of citrus on a clean lager base, they're the main act, as you would expect in an IPA. There's an almost sticky orange pith quality, aided by a generously heavy US-IPA-style toffee malt base. The aroma melds the West Coast grapefruit sharpness with a classic Czech fresh-cut-grass character: there's Columbus, Simcoe, and Summit in here, but not so much that they bury the Saaz. I'm amazed that such a weighty beer is a mere 4.8% ABV, and the bonus good news is that it comes in half litre bottles, the first Brown Paper Bag beer to do so.

The companion piece is a similar strength but couldn't be more different. Shmoake is a grätzer created at regular Brown Paper Bag haunt Hofbrouwerijke. I'd say that this smoky wheat beer is a difficult style to get right: the iodine intensity of the one Jopen brewed a few years back, which I'm sure was totally authentic, was just a bit too much for me, and it's probably very easy to go the other way and lose the whole point of the style: a refreshing summer quencher given an extra dimension by the assertive smoke. This one is lightly textured for easy drinking, and pleasantly dry, with the smoke flavours right at the centre where they should be, striking the palate immediately and lingering all the way through. But... there's something else. Something I've never encountered in my admittedly limited grätzer experience. It's a sweet fruit juiciness, like honeydew melon, utterly out of place but absolutely beautiful. Sadly, it almost disappears when the beer's lees are added to the glass, but on a clean first pour it adds a wonderful refreshing new dimension to the flavour.

An American twist on real světlý ležák and a hop-driven grätzer: that sounds like what the 'Project would be up to all right.

07/28/2014 03:05 AM
Courage Porter quality 1922 - 1923
I'm continuing my kerb crawl through some of the dingier streets of 1920's London draught beer.

So far, the beers have been almost universally crap. Just a single half-decent example. Will Courage do any better?

Courage was one of the breweries on the up between the wars. A series of acquisitions helped boost their tied estate: Camden Brewery in 1923, Farnham United Breweries in 1927, Noakes in 1930, Kidd in 1937 and Hodgson's Kingston Brewery in 1943. Hang on. Why are there no Farnham brewing records at the London Metropolitan Archives? There are ones from all the other breweries in that list.

Lets look back at Courage's performance so far. Their Mild was midddle of the table, eighth of seventeen with an average score of 0.38. They did very well with their Burton Ale, which finished joint second of fourteen, averaging 1.2. The Pale Ale did almost as well, coming fourth from fourteen and averaging 1.25. That's pretty good overall, with every single beer getting a positive score.

There's not much I can say about the beer itself. No, that's not right. Having Courage's brewing records of the period, there's plenty I can tell you. For one, that a significant amount of the gravity came from the primings added at racking time. As brewed, it had a gravity of 1032.7. It was a ton of sugar they added. In one particular example from 1922, about 19.5 quarters of malt and sugar were used in the brewing, but 4 quarters of various sugars were added at racking time. Or about 20% of all the fermentable material.

Time to look at the scores.


Courage Porter quality 1922 - 1923
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Porter 1008 1037 3.77 78.38% fair 1 6d
1922 Porter 1010.2 1037.7 3.56 72.94% poor -1 6d
1922 Porter 1008.4 1035.9 3.57 76.60% v fair 2 6d
1922 Porter 1010.6 1036.6 3.37 71.04% v fair almost good 2 6d
1923 Porter 1013.2 1043.2 3.89 69.44% fair 1 6d
1923 Porter 1012 1039.5 3.56 69.62% fair 1 6d
1923 Porter 1012.2 1036.7 3.17 66.76% nasty flavour -3 5d
1923 Porter 1011.2 1036.2 3.24 69.06% only moderate 0 6d
1923 Porter 1012.6 1035.1 2.91 64.10% poor -1 6d
Average  1010.9 1037.5 3.45 70.88%
0.22
Source:
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Now that's a bit of an improvement. There's a positive average score for a start. Not hugely positive, but still far better than we've seen so far. Only three negative scores and four positive ones.

Courage's pubs are looking a good bet when you're on a long weekend in 1920's London.

07/28/2014 02:28 AM
Beer In Ads #1264: Ski Lesson
Sunday’s ad is yet another one for Schlitz, this one from 1964. Wow, just look at that head. But it’s the actual ski lesson that sets the ad apart. “Point tips downhill. Bend knees. Go! Where? Straight to the nearest glass of Schlitz.” The post Beer In Ads #1264: Ski Lesson...

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07/27/2014 06:21 PM
120 new beers from Sierra Nevada, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Alaskan and more
Fell behind on label updates again but doing some catch-up today. Here are the 120 beers added from over the last month… Labels: Almanac Cerise Sour Blond Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Alaskan Gold Creek Ale Bell’s Jupiter, The Bringer […]

07/27/2014 02:31 PM
Flying Dog temporarily cut distribution to 26 states due to Old Bay beer’s local popularity
For about five weeks, Flying Dog shifted 65 percent of its total production capacity to focus solely on meeting Maryland’s demand for the beer. "We’re selling more Dead Rise just in the state of Maryland than we are with all […]

07/27/2014 02:11 PM
Beer Birthday: John Mallett
Today is John Mallett’s 50th birthday, John is the production manager at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a post he’s held since 2001. John has a great sense of humor and I recall a particularly side-splitting kvetching evening-long conversation with him and Fal Allen at CBC...

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07/27/2014 12:32 PM
Watch City Brewing Co. closes for good, equipment auction set for Wednesday
Quincy-based E.F. Smith & Son Restaurant Equipment has posted a notice on its website announcing a public auction for Watch City Brewing equipment. The iconic brewery, at 254 Moody St., shut its doors last month, saying it needed to repair […]

07/27/2014 10:16 AM
Colorado Beer Releases July 14-27, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
Long Live Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past 2 weeks. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. Summertime beer fests are in full swing and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - July 14-27, 2014

12 Degree Brewing - Cerberus, golden strong ale w/tart cherries - returns July 26th.

1933 Brewing - Saison - July 24th.

38 State Brewing - Bike It Off Bitter - July 23rd.

Arvada Beer Co - Strong German Dunkel (8.5% ABV) - Bbl-aged Brewer's Reserve - July 24th.

Avery Brewing - Teeeepache - Mexican-inspired pineapple ale - July 25th 5pm.
Avery Brewing - Grapeless Ape - bbl-aged red sour ale - July 27th.
Avery Brewing - 5 Monks - barrel-aged belgian-style quintupel ale - July 27th.

Baere Brewing - French Saison - July 19th initial opening.
Baere Brewing - Farmhouse Saison - July 19th initial opening.
Baere Brewing - IPA - July 19th initial opening.
Baere Brewing - Big Hoppy Brown - July 19th initial opening.
Baere Brewing - Summer Stout - July 19th initial opening.
Baere Brewing - Baere-liner Weisse - July 19th initial opening.

Barrels and Bottles Brewery - Juniperus Imperial IPA - July 23rd.

Berthoud Brewing - Farmer Aid Session Ale - mid-July.
Berthoud Brewing - Summertime Ale - July 18th.
Berthoud Brewing - Carter Cove Strawberry Cucumber Ale - firkin - July 25th 5pm.

Beryl's Beer Co - Afternoon Delight - summer session wheat - July 25th.

Big Choice Brewing - Passion of the Weiss - passion fruit hefe - July 21st.
Big Choice Brewing - Steamed Porter - test batch - July 24th.

Black Bottle Brewery/Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund - Rescue Me - Irish Blonde - July 26th.

Black Shirt Brewing - Citrus Red Farmhouse - July 27th.

Black Sky Brewery - Denver Black Sky Kolsch - July 24th.

Brew on Broadway - New Australian Brown Bitter - batch 2 - July 25th.

Bristol Brewing - Imperial IPA - cask - July 20th 12pm.

Broken Plow Brewery - Amber Waves of Grain - Amber Ale - returns July 19th.
Broken Plow Brewery - Honeybanero - honey/habenero ale - July 25th.

Cannonball Creek - Trippel Danny - Belgian-style Trippel - July 14th 3pm.
Cannonball Creek/Call to Arms - Peace & Assist #1 - hibiscus/peppercorn kettle-sour - July 26th.

Carbondale Beer Works - Razz-Berry Cream Ale - July 25th.
Carbondale Beer Works - Imperial Red - July 25th.

City Star Brewing - Rail RYEder - Belgian Rye Pale Ale - July 21st.
City Star Brewing - Grapefruit Barnhouse Beast Saison - July 23rd.

Coda Brewing - Belgian Style Wit 10 - week of July 21st.
Coda Brewing - Dogcatcher Saison - July 22nd.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Lime Agave Pale Ale - cask - July 16th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Espresso Cream Ale - cask - July 23rd.

Crabtree Brewing - Boxcar Brown - returns July 22nd.
Crabtree Brewing - Peach Habanero - firkin - July 25th 6pm.


Crazy Mountain Brewing - Old Soul Belgian Style Ale - can release - July 14th.
Crazy Mountain Brewing - Lawyer, Guns & Money Barleywine - can release - July 24th.
Crazy Mountain Brewing - Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale - can release - July 24th.
Crazy Mountain Brewing - Aged Bridge Street Holiday Ale - July 24th.

Crooked Stave - Nightmare on Brett Batch #2 - small batch - July 15th 6pm.
Crooked Stave - Blåbær of Love - Blueberry Sour Ale - July 22nd 6pm.
Crooked Stave - Double-Dry Hopped Vieille - artisanal saison - July 22nd 6:30pm.

Crow Hop Brewing - Big Water Brown - returns July 24th.

Denver Pearl Brewing - Honey Bomb Wheat - July 26th.

Diebolt Brewing - Biere de Triumph - biere de garde - July 18th 4pm.
Diebolt Brewing - Ex-Pat French Martinique - Bottled Lightning club brew - July 24th.
Diebolt Brewing - Saison Voila - new batch - July 24th.
Diebolt Brewing - Biere Thyme - experimental ale - July 25th.

Dillon Dam Brewery - Hopweizen White IPA - July 15th.

Dry Dock Brewing/Firefighter's Local 1290 - Big John Ale - sweet tea IPA - July 27th 12pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - Strawberry Pale - firkin - July 16th.

Equinox Brewing/Mayor of Old Town/You Me & Apollo - Moonhead IPA - July 15th.

Finkel & Garf Brewing - Cream Ale - July 14th opening day.
Finkel & Garf Brewing - IPA - July 14th opening day.
Finkel & Garf Brewing - Pale Ale - July 14th opening day.
Finkel & Garf Brewing - Dark Cream Ale - July 14th opening day.
Finkel & Garf Brewing - Wheat Ale - July 14th opening day.

Former Future Brewing - India Pale Lager on nitro - July 22nd.
Former Future Brewing - Golden Feather - barrel-aged sour blonde - July 26th.

Fort Collins Brewery - Benard - Belgian-style Dubbel - Malt Monsters - July 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Belgian Dark Strong Ale - draft only - July 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - For the Love of Peach - amber w/peaches - July 25th.

Front Range Brewing - Lemon Basil Witte - small batch - July 16th.
Front Range Brewing/Lafayette Homebrew Supply - Jasmine Rice IPA - small batch - July 23rd.
Front Range Brewing - Trapper Lake Tripel - bottle release - July 26th.

Gravity Brewing - Framboise - raspberry Belgian dubbel - small batch - July 22nd.

Grimm Brothers - Randolf - Gose w/coriander & pink sea salt - week of July 16th.
Grimm Brothers - Hickory - firkin - July 18th.
Grimm Brothers - Maple Bacon Snow Drop - firkin - July 25th.

Hideaway Park Brewery - Island Fever Summer Ale - mid-July initial opening.
Hideaway Park Brewery - Rye Not Try It Stout - mid-July initial opening.
Hideaway Park Brewery - Remy Dog Red Ale - mid-July initial opening.
Hideaway Park Brewery - Pocket Rocket Red - July 23rd.
Hideaway Park Brewery - BruBrew IPA - July 24th.

High Hops Brewery - Raspberry Wheat - firkin - July 16th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Habanero Honey - firkin - returns July 23rd 5pm.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Whistle Blast Honey Brown Ale - w/bacon - firkin - July 20th.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Passionate Aardvark - Imperial IPA w/passionfruit - firkin - July 23rd.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Fire Captain Irish Red Ale - July 27th 3pm.

Industrial Revolution Brewing - Dunkelweisen - July 24th.

J Wells Brewery - Honey Biscuit Amber Ale - returns July 26th.

Jagged Mountain - Voodoo Goat Barleywine - July 22nd.
Jagged Mountain - The Wilkinson Exit - tequila bbl-aged imperial porter - July 27th.

Joyride Brewing - Ice Cutter Kolsch - July 18th initial opening.
Joyride Brewing - Summer Wit - July 18th initial opening.
Joyride Brewing - Cougar Pale Ale - July 18th initial opening.
Joyride Brewing - Lil' Edge Pale Ale - July 18th initial opening.
Joyride Brewing - Antelope Amber - July 18th initial opening.

Kannah Creek Brewing - Simultaneous Saison - July 24th.

Kokopelli Beer - Blarney Stone Irish Red - July 23rd.
Kokopelli Beer - OTOGOB Dry Stout - July 23rd.
Kokopelli Beer - The Scotsman Scotch Ale (10% ABV) - July 23rd.
Kokopelli Beer - Copper Road ESB - July 23rd.

Left Hand Brewing - Sour Ale - limited batch taproom only - July 19th 12pm.

Living the Dream Brewing - Double IPA (10% ABV 140 IBU) - July 25th 3pm.

Lone Tree Brewing - Suburbia Amber Ale on nitro tap - July 22nd.
Lone Tree Brewing - Kitchen Sink Wheat - July 25th.

Loveland Aleworks - Cherry Saison - returns July 26th.

Mu Brewery - Chili Beer - small batch - July 25th 5pm.

Odd13 Brewing - Lafayette Brett - returns July 24th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Biere De Mars - Discovery Beer - July 23rd 5pm.

Oskar Blues - REEB Rye'd Rye IPA - draft only Tasty Weasel - July 14th.

Our Mutual Friend/Jax Fish House - Hibiscus & Tangerine Red Ale (Big Red) - July 17th 6:30pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Howe's It Hangin' IPA - July 23rd 5pm.
Pateros Creek Brewing - All Bark, No Bite - birch vanilla red ale - Outlaw tap - July 24th.

Phantom Canyon Brewing - Police and Thieves - India Pale Lager (IPL) - July 25th.

River North Brewery - Session Farmhouse Ale - Batch 2 - Wayward Wed - July 23rd.
River North Brewery - Grand Unified Theory - barrel aged imperial witbier - July 26th 1pm.

Rockyard Brewing - TripAdvisor - Belgian IPA (7.5% ABV) - deviation keg - July 18th 4pm.

Smiling Toad Brewery - Mole' Ole' - imperial stout w/cocoa nibs & chili - July 25th.

Storm Peak Brewing - Flare - Orange Wheat - mid-July.
Storm Peak Brewing - daBooty - Golden Ale - mid-July.
Storm Peak Brewing - I Like The Way She Moos - Milk Stout - July 23rd 2pm.
Storm Peak Brewing - Belgian-style Pale Ale - July 24th 12pm.

Trinity Brewing - Gose (5.2% ABV) - July 18th 5pm.

Twisted Pine Brewing - Audacity - Belgian Golden Strong Ale - July 19th - anniversary beer.

Upslope Brewing - Barrel Aged Brown Ale - cans - Lee Hill Series Vol 1 - July 17th 5pm.

Verboten Brewing - Love With Summer - strawberry/rhubarb wheat - returns July 26th.

Very Nice Brewing - Gruit - w/rose petals, lemon balm, yarrow, honey - around July 24th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Blackberry Midnight Wheat - seasonal - July 17th.

Wiley Roots Brewing - F**ked in the Poudre Imperial Brown - Mug Club only - July 15th 6:30pm.
Wiley Roots Brewing - Rocky Mt Hideout - bourbon-bbl aged chocolate porter - July 19th.
Wiley Roots Brewing - Coconut Chocolate Porter - July 19th.
Wiley Roots Brewing - Mango-Lime Pale Ale - July 19th.

Wit's End - David Hasselhop - imperial hefeweizen - July 25th 2pm.

Yak & Yeti - Blueberry Wheat - single keg - July 16th 4pm.
Yak & Yeti - Ginger Wheat - single keg - July 23rd 4pm.

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07/27/2014 03:05 AM
An Oatmeal Stout poisoning
Old murder cases are weirdly fascinating for me. Especially when there's some sort of beer connection.


As there is in this case. More than just a vague, oblique connection, as the poison was administered via a bottle of Oatmeal Stout.
"FAMILY POISONED
MYSTERIOUS TRAGEDY AT CROYDON.
A mysterious tragedy occurred 32, Churchill Road, South Croydon, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The house is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Beck, each aged about and their two daughters, Daisy, aged 21, and Hilda, aged 19.

32, Churchill Road, South Croydon

At supper on Saturday night they had some stout which had been fetched for them by a lodger in the house. Shortly afterwards the father and mother complained of severe pains, and the girl Daisy also felt unwell. Mr. Beck, shortly after one o'clock, made an attempt to get out of the house, apparently with the object of obtaining medical assistance, but found himself unable to so. The younger daughter, Hilda, teetotaler, who had not touched any of the stout, ran out and called in some neighbours.

Two doctors, Dr. Dempster and Dr. Baker, were summoned, but, despite all their efforts, Mr. and Mrs. Beck expired soon afterwards. The girl Daisy, however, they succeeded in bringing round, and she was conveyed Croydon Hospital, where she is stated to be progressing satisfactorily. The whole affair is shrouded in mystery, but there is no doubt that the parents' deaths and the daughter's illness were caused by poison which had by some means got into the stout.

LODGER'S CURIOUS STORY.
A remarkable turn in connection with the mysterious poisoning tragedy at South Croydon took place Monday with the arrest of a labouring man named Richard Brinkley, of Maxwell Road, Fulham. He is charged with the murder of Richard and Annie Elizabeth Beck, and with attempting to kill their daughter, Daisy Kathleen, and a lodger named Reginald Clifford Parker.

Brinkley, who is a man about fifty-three years of age, was brought before the magistrates later in the day. A lodger in the house, named Parker, has given the following account of the occurrence: "I feel sure Brinkley had no intention or desire to kill either Mr. or Mrs. Beck. I knew he was coming down to see on Saturday about a dog. I was in my room at Churchill Road — where the tragedy happened — when Mr. Beck came in with some ale, and we both had a little. Presently there was knock at the door, and Brindley came in. He took a bottle of stout from his pocket, opened it, and drank some. I thought this strange, I have known him for some years, and always believed him to be a teetotaler. He then poured some into our glasses and asked for some water, which I got for him, leaving the room for a minute. Then we went out, leaving Mr. Beck behind. The reason he went out was because he had bought a dog, and he gave me instructions about taking it over his house on the Sunday. I went back to Churchill Road afterwards to get my coat, and found Mr. Beck sitting his room. We had some ale, and then Mrs. Beck came in. I asked her what she would have to drink, and she replied, 'There isn't anything.' She asked what time I should be in to dinner the next and said I did not quite know. I left before midnight. The next I heard of the affair was when a police officer woke me up. This was about three o'clock on Sunday morning. I dressed and went to the police station, where I gave my version of the matter. I have been separated from my wife for the last several months. She lives with her mother in Water Lane, Brixton, and Brinkley knows her. mid I had some words over it. believe he came into some money a little while ago."

Dr. W. Dempster said was called to Churchill Road on Saturday, and found Mr. and Mrs. Beck lying on the floor unconscious and dying. This was one o'clock on Sunday morning, and they died a few minutes after his arrival. As far as he could judge at the time they were suffering from the effects of poison.

The girl Daisy was on the couch as if in a faint. He believed the poison was cyanide of potassium. He had examined the stout bottle, and found traces of the same poison.

John Holder, a lad of thirteen, said that on Saturdays he worked for a Mrs. Hardstone, who had an off-license house at Brighton Road. Last Saturday evening about half-past seven a man came in and asked for a bottle of oatmeal stout. Mrs. Hardstone stamped it, and the man said "it was going round the corner." She said he must leave 2d on the bottle, and he left the shop without taking it.

He came in again half-an-hour later, and asked for a bottle of stout. This time he took it and paid the 2d. That morning witness had picked Brinkley out from about ten more as the man in question.

Detective-Inspector Fowler said that, in company with Sergeant Easter, he investigated the case, and eventually went to Maxwell Road, Fulham,  on Sunday midnight, where he met Brinkley. In reply to a question, he admitted that he was Richard Brinkley. Witness told him he would be  arrested on a charge administering a poison to Parker with intent to murder him. He replied. "Well, I'm sugared." Witness then cautioned him, and he said, "I was not Croydon last night." Witness said, "You will also probably be clanged with the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Beck, who have died as a result of the drug or poison administered to them." then he said again, "Well, I'm sugared." and added, " This is very awkward, isn't it?" On the way to the station he said, "I have not seen Parker for three weeks. I have just left his wife and her mother, and come from Water Lane. We have been enjoying ourselves."

Brinkley asked if was going detained all night, and being answered in the affirmative he said, "This is Parker playing a trick on me. He is a dirty tyke."

On the way to Croydon in the morning Brinkley asked if Parker said he had done it, and then repeated "Parker is spiteful to everyone if they speak to his wife." He continued, "his wife and her mother are beautiful people; they Won't have him there. I've a good character, and am a teetotaler. If anyone says I bought beer, they have got to prove it." Brinkley made no reply when the charge was read over to him. On this evidence Brinkley was remanded to await instructions from the Treasury."
Lichfield Mercury - Friday 26 April 1907, page 2.

All very odd, don't you think? What was Brinkley's relationship with Mrs. Parker? Had he really been trying to kill Parker. If he had something going on with Parker's wife, that would seem a pretty good motive.

It's a bit rich not wanting tp pay the deposit on a bottle of beer you knew you wouldn't be returning: his plan was clearly to leave the bottle behind in the expectation Parker would drink it. While we're talking of the beer, this tale also tells me something about the Oatmeal Stout story. The very first mention of Oatmeal Stout, then the exclusive domain of a couple of small breweries, wasn't much more than a decade before this. Yet it had clearly already become a common commodity.

Never heard of the phrase "I'm sugared." before. I can't help thinkib Brinkley might have in fact said something that sounds very similar.

The moral of this tale? Never trust a teetotaler.

07/27/2014 02:15 AM
Beer In Ads #1263: Set Up The Fun
Saturday’s ad is yet another one for Schlitz, this one from 1957. It’s yet another bowling scene, back from when bowling was really popular, asking us to “set up the fun with light refreshment.” Mary or Joan (ca’t tell which) is giving some liquid courage to Dave or...

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07/26/2014 04:03 PM
Beer Geeks Season Two Indiegogo Fundraiser
The folks at Beer Geeks tried to raise money on Kickstarter for a second season, but didn't meet their goal. They've launched a new campaign on Indiegogo.

C'mon, people. If a guy can get thousands of dollars for making potato salad, surely we can get a second season of Beer Geeks!

07/26/2014 02:15 PM
Remember that nice young couple who went off to create a beer bar or something like that a while back? Whatever became of them?
From Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2014″ in the issue that hits the newsstands this coming week: Best Scene Makers: Brendan Hartranft, 35, and Leigh Maida, 38 Hartranft and his wife Leigh currently own four drinking establishments across the city … Continue reading

07/26/2014 01:25 PM
Sorry, Carolinas, no Stone for you.
Stone Brewing Co. has made a decision–well, I guess it’s more accurately a “no decision”–about where its East Coast brewery will be built… Stone Brewing won’t be coming to South Carolina and instead has shifted its focus to Ohio and … Continue reading

07/26/2014 12:50 PM
Genetically Modified Yeast on the Way
Kevin Verstrepen, a leading yeast geneticist at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the University of Leuven, Belgium, was interviewed recently in Popular Mechanics about genetically engineered yeast. Apparently, the university has several modified yeast strains in their freezers that eliminate undesirable yeast produced factors. However, public sentiment against GMOs is keeping those yeasts out of breweries.

Verstrepen said that since yeast aren't normally consumed by humans, the argument that the modification could be dangerous is a non-issue. However, some beers, hefeweizen springs to mind, does have yeast in it. And many beers are bottle conditioned, so I think the risk is higher than Verstrepen lets on.

It's the effect of the yeast on the wild population should it get out of the brewery that is the biggest concern. Verstrepen said that was the modified yeast out competing wild yeast in that even is unlikely, but something to watch out for.

I have visions of rabbits and cane toads in Australia in my head right now.

07/26/2014 09:00 AM
A Well-Stocked Beer Fridge
After our trip to the range the other day, it was time to enjoy some good beer while a delicious dinner was prepared by Colleen. Our beer fridge is kept well-stocked with a variety of beers, which doesn't make the decision any easier. It's a long-running joke here that goes something like this:
"What do you want to drink?"
"What do you have?"
"We have everything."
The "we have everything" line is a reference to hearing a waitress make the claim despite having only a full "factory beer" menu, which set up the challenge for me to prove her wrong.

"Checkered Flag" is a Hefeweizen fan, so I offered him a Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen that I knew I had in the fridge. I got Colleen's order, Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night, and headed for the basement. After the folks upstairs heard me digging through bottles for a long time, they asked "What can't you find?" "The Gordon Biersch," I replied. As I climbed the stairs, I was ribbed that apparently I didn't have everything. True, I didn't have the Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen, but I went one better, and brought up Ayinger Bräu-Weisse, an authentic German Hefeweizen. I countered the retorts with "No, but I can still fill your style request."

Yes, I know that's not the "proper" glass.

This bottle of Ayinger Bräu-Weisse from Brauerei Aying in Germany was a gift from a non-beer drinking friend. I'd actually been saving it to share with "Checkered Flag" since I knew he'd enjoy it. And enjoy it he did. Colleen and I both stole a small portion of the bottle as well. Pouring with a thick head over a cloudy body, the beer has the aroma of spice and wheat. A "thick" wheat and yeast base is suffused with banana, clove, and mild peppery spice. This is an excellent Hefeweizen. In fact, Colleen subsequently declared that we should keep this one on hand all the time. I guess I'll go beer shopping this weekend.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


07/26/2014 06:53 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: "Hello, hello .... hello?"
It wasn't a call to the bullpen. Was it a call to the beer truck? "Send ... more ... beer!"
"Hello, hello .... hello?"

As seen at the Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest, at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia, on 22 June 2014.

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07/26/2014 05:27 AM
Birmingham today
In a few minutes I'll be heading off to the Birmingham Beer Bash. At 13:30 I'll give a talk on Brettanomyces in British brewing. And the drinking some of the historic beers brewed to recipes from my book, The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer. Which you'll also have the chance to buy or get signed.

07/26/2014 05:02 AM
Thornbridge Twin Peaks 5% ABV 
Oh heavens! Yet another style of Pale Ale, this one an 'Anglo American Pale Ale', a collaboration between Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada Brewing. Hold on a second. Thornbridge and Sierra Nevada? Bring it on!

07/26/2014 04:00 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 26/07/2014

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

By the time you read this, we will be in Birmingham preparing for our turn at the Beer Bash (3 pm). Let’s hope some people turn up to see us. At any rate, through the magic of post scheduling, here’s everything of interest we’d spotted by Thursday evening, for your enjoyment this Saturday morning. → We’ve […]

News, Nuggets & Longreads 26/07/2014



07/26/2014 03:05 AM
City of London Porter quality 1922 - 1923
We're back in the cesspit of 1920's Porter. And ignoring the stench, it's proving very informative.

One significant point I had mentiooned yet. Whitbread continued making analyses of draught beers with comments on their flavour until 1925, but the last for Porter was in 1923. It seems to me that, realising Porter was a niche product in decline, they didn't think itwas worth keeping an eye. Either that or the pubs where they obtained their samples didn't sell it. Given the way Whitbread's Porter output had fallen, the latter is a distinct possibility.

City of London Brewery from the air in 1928

City of London Brewery, in the guise of Calvert Co., had been one of the large Porter brewers in the 18th century. Though the business was much, much older, having its origins in the 15th century. At the time of its closure in 1922, it was one of the oldest enterprises in London.

Let's take a look back at how City of London is doing so far. Their Mild Ale was a distinctly uimpressive last of seventeen with a rubbish average score of -1.25. They were last by quite a way, the next worst score being 0.70. They fared slightly better with Burton Ale, placing twefth of fourteen with at least a positive score - even if it was just 0.09. Surprisingly, their Pale Ale did quite weel, coming 5th of fifteen with an average of 1.

That's quite strange. Why was their Pale Ale so much better than their other beers? It amkes you wonder whether they brewed it themselves.

You'll notice that, in terms of basic specs, all these Porters are very similar. An OG in the mid-1030's, 3.5% ABV, 75% apparent attenuation. Now I think of it, they look much like modern Milds.

Let's take a look at the scores:

City of London Porter quality 1922 - 1923
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Porter 1008.8 1037.3 3.70 76.41% poor -1 6d
1922 Porter 1009.6 1035.1 3.30 72.65% quite sour -2 6d
1922 Porter 1007 1035.3 3.68 80.17% sour -3 6d
1922 Porter 1007 1034.5 3.57 79.71% sour -3 6d
1923 Porter 1012.4 1038.4 3.36 67.71% moderate 1 6d
1923 Porter 1009.6 1037.6 3.63 74.47% poor -1 6d
1923 Porter 1009.6 1037.6 3.63 74.47% poor -1 6d
1923 Porter 1009.4 1035.4 3.37 73.45% sour -3 5d
1923 Porter 1006.8 1034.8 3.64 80.46% sour -3 6d
1923 Porter 1007.8 1035.8 3.64 78.21% sour -3 6d
1923 Porter 1009.4 1035.4 3.37 73.45% sour -3 5d
Average  1008.9 1036.1 3.54 75.56% -2
Source:
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Not quite as dreadful as Cannon's Porter is about the nicest thing I can say. Seven of eleven sour is still pretty awful. It definitely sounds as if  their Porter was sitting around in the cellar too long with no-one drinking it. At least this time not all the scores are negative. There is a single positive one. But also six with the maximum negative score. The resulting average of -2 is very disappointing, as a teacher might say on a report card.

Stay away from Porter is likely to be very prominent in my pub guide to 1920's London.

07/26/2014 12:12 AM
Episode 244: Alley Time & FOCOllaboration

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