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01/27/2015 07:45 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

01/27/2015 07:45 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!

01/27/2015 07:45 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!

01/27/2015 07:45 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’.....

01/27/2015 07:45 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.....

01/27/2015 06:44 PM
Blackberry Farm Brewery | A Shiny New Brewery!
It was late one evening as a few of us gathered in the back of The Market in Maryville. The store was closed, but we had been invited to a private tasting. Scattered about the tables of the Beer Den were several bottles, some with polished labels and some marked by hand with markers; test batches of varying degrees. Roy Milner explained ea ...

01/27/2015 06:02 PM
Hop contracts cover homebrewers, too
Before I finish a more complete report from last week’s American Hop Convention and the Hop Growers of America annual statistical report one quick bit of calming news for homebrewers. You will be able to buy hops this year and next and the one after. Really. It appears there were some shockwaves when I reported […]

01/27/2015 05:56 PM
Wasatch Brewery / Squatters Craft Beers Grew 18% in 2014

(Salt Lake City,UT) – Utah’s pioneer craft brewers Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers annual production rose 18 perce…

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01/27/2015 05:27 PM
Tasting Whiskey: back in the saddle
The Tasting Whiskey book tour has started again! I was did an Irish whiskey tasting in Westport, Conn., at the Luxe Wine Bar on Sunday 1/25 -- that's right, an Irish whiskey tasting on Burns Day, I live for the iconoclastic. Let me tell you, folks: I realized right there that I let you down by not doing more publicity, because the place, the whiskeys (great selection of six!), the cocktails, the beer, the people...first-rate. If you're ever in Westport, be sure to stop in.

That's why I'm here now: to let you know about the great places I'm going to be coming up! Here we go, starting with New York City this weekend. When you come to these events, bring cash; the line moves a lot faster when you bring cash.

THURSDAY, 1/29, 7:30-9:30 -- CHAR #4, BOTTLED IN BOND TASTING! Char #4 has a great American whiskey selection, but we're focusing tightly on this very special category: bonded whiskey! We'll be tasting some of these 100 proof beauties because 1)I love 'em; and 2)Char #4's GM Dave Escovitz loves 'em; and 3)I love 'em. Yup, that's about right. And by the time we're done, you'll love 'em too! You might want to grab some of their fine, fine barbecue as well. Come on out, buy a book, and get bonded!

FRIDAY, 1/30, 6-8 -- KINGS COUNTY DISTILLERY, TASTING, TALK, SIGNING! Join me at Brooklyn's oldest distillery (true, no matter how you look at it) in the historic naval yard; we're going to drink craft whiskeys and talk craft whiskeys and then probably drink some more craft whiskeys! Get a drink, get a book, and have some fun.

SATURDAY, 1/31, 1-3 -- JIMMY'S NO. 43, CRAFT WHISKEY TASTING AND PIG EATING! Jimmy's No. 43, the renowned craft beer bar, got their spirits license, and we are going to break that paper in proper. High West is joining us, and we'll be tasting some of their excellent products, then moving on to the amateur pork cooking contest, which, you know, goes well with whiskey. And whiskey books, so buy one.

SUNDAY, 2/1, 4-6 -- 92ND ST. Y, TALK AND TASTING! Look, Ma, I'm at the 92nd St. Y! Very proud to be featured at this NYC cultural institution. We'll sample some fine whiskeys of a variety of types, and I'll talk about how they're made, how they're different, and how to taste them. A great chance to come out and get your copy of Tasting Whiskey signed!

And then...

I'll be heading back to where I grew up, Lancaster County, Penn., for four events.

FRIDAY, 2/6, 6-8 -- FATPIGS AT THE BRICKYARD, TALK AND TASTING! Fatpigs has a big pig on the wall, labeled "FETTYWOOTZ," and if you know what that means, you'll know why I was so happy to do an event here! Kat contacted me and we had it set up in record time; the negotiations were simple: "Yes. Yes. Yes. I'd love to!" So we're going to have a good time: drinking whiskey, eating pigmeat, and you buying books and me signing them!

SATURDAY, 2/7...actually, I have two private events on Saturday; a tasting at my fraternity at Franklin & Marshall College, and then a whiskey dinner for the local chapter of the alumni association. If you belong to either of those, don't miss these events! Otherwise, you have to wait till Sunday...

SUNDAY, 2/8, 5 till we're done -- GENERAL SUTTER INN, BIG WHISKEY DINNER! -- The General Sutter is home to one of my favorite bars anywhere, the Bulls Head Pub, and Paul Pendyck has asked me back to do another whiskey dinner: I happily agreed! The excellent five-course menu is here, and you'll have to agree, it's value for the money. There's a chance we may have some special guests, too; real American whiskey royalty, can't say more than that. Still some seats left! 

WHAT ELSE? Well, there's a panel discussion of craft beer and whiskey back at Jimmy's No. 43 with my very good friend, the hilarious and sterling palate'd Amy Zavatto, on February 22nd, during NY Beer Week. That's just going to be flat-out fun, so plan your week around it!

March 7, I'll be in Louisville, hosting a dinner at Bourbons Bistro, but that's all I can tell you at this point. Stay tuned...

01/27/2015 05:19 PM
Craft Beer Pioneer Charles Finkel Comments on Elysian Brewing Acquisition

(Seattle,WA) – The craft beer community was stunned to learn last week that Seattle beer favorite Elysian Brewing was the …

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01/27/2015 04:48 PM
Colorado Beer News 012715
Colorado Beer NewsWhile the East Coast shivers in the blizzard, we folks here in Colorado are basking in the sun and enjoying 70 degree temperatures in January. Can't beat that, or can you? No matter how things are, you can always make it better by visiting your favorite local craft brewery and enjoying a freshly crafted beer. Fermentedly Challenged has some ideas on where you might wish to head along the Front Range. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - January Coffee Beer Cask Month concludes this Wednesday with the release of a Coffee Black IPA cask on January 28th. Dark, roasty with a full coffee aroma and flavor - this brew is sure to please. Also that day, Truck Yeah Food Truck will be on site for your hungry needs. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing - Something for the ladies. On Saturday, February 7th, Big Choice will be hosting a fun shopping experience for all who love to shop and drink beer. Join in between 11am - 2pm to shop the top styles at reasonable prices from Rag's Boutique. This is open to the public. Also, sign up for "Beer & Brushstrokes" set for Valentine's Day, February 14th from noon to 3:30pm at Big Choice. For $45 per person, you'll get painting instruction, supplies and 2 beers. Tickets can be purchased in the tasting room. [7270 W 118th Pl, Unit A, Broomfield, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - Nature's Educators will be joining in at the tasting room tonight from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Stop by to see some of their amazing animals and enjoy a cold beer. All of your purchases help this small organization to continue their important mission of educating the public about these amazing wild creatures. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria - [Press Release] Dad & Dude’s Breweria, one of Colorado’s smallest brewpubs and breweries, enjoyed an impressive amount of annual growth and brewing progress in 2014. The company’s total beer production for 2014 was 1,016 barrels, a 116% increase over its 2013 production. That production included an expanded list of extra-small-batch, draft-only beer handcrafted on the brewpub’s 1.5-barrel “nano” system. Despite this tiny system and heavy on-site demand from its customers, the brewpub made 10 year-round beers, 14 seasonals and one-off beers, and 8 barrel-aged beers. Dad & Dude’s 2014 production also included about 700 barrels of the company’s canned flagship beer -- Dank IPA – and two new canned beers, Leaves of Lemongrass Wit and Ryeot Red Ale. In 2014 Dad & Dude’s also solidified an alternating proprietorship with Rockyard Brewing Company (Castle Rock, CO) that enabled the brewery to quickly increase production of its canned goods. The brewery’s 2014 progress was led by Brian Connery, Dad & Dude’s Director of Brewing Operations and a former brewer for Dogfish Head who joined Dad & Dude’s at the beginning of 2014. “In 2014,” Connery says, “we also introduced a nitro program, a weekly oaked-beer program, and expanded our number of barrel-aged beers from one to eight. Instead of a one seasonal beer for each season, we made four.” To celebrate 2014 and start 2015 with a bang, Dad & Dude’s is now releasing a trio of new, ultra-limited-release, 22-oz bottled beers at its brewpub. There are only 72 bottles of each of these beers, which were produced in 3-barrel batches. These beers are: Lion Heart Barley Wine, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Lionheart Barley Wine and Zinful (beer/wine hybrid). [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub - Grats to Yak & Yeti for taking 2nd place in the German Pilsner category for their Namaste Pilsner in the National Craft Beer "Best of Craft Beer Awards" 2015. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Hops & Pie - Stop in for their Tuesday Night 23 special from 5pm to close. Get an 18" 2-topping pizza and 2 drafts for $23. Plus, check out today's fresh tapped beers: Volta from Gigantic, Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Hazelnut Brown from Dry Dock, Gilpin Black Glod from Hogshead, Salvation from Avery, Bomb from Prairie, and Sucaba from Firestone Walker. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden - It's ‪#POKER NIGHT‬! Come test your luck. Signups start at 6:30pm and the game will begin at 7:00pm. Nightly prizes will be awarded to the top finishers! [4995 Argonne St, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing CO (South Dock) - Have you had their Bunny Gruit before? This year's batch was brewed with rose hips, yarrow, rosemary, fresh ground ginger root, and Spanish orange peel instead of hops. This beer was fermented in French oak red wine barrels with Belgian Saison 1 (565) & Brettanomyces (Brux) yeasts. It taps on February 1st for International Gruit Day. ‪Also, the results are in! As of January 24, 2015 Dry Dock Brewing Company has filled 5,107,774 cans of its home fleet beers at its North Dock production facility. Congrats to Aisha Drera who guessed 5,088,807 cans. Aisha is the winner of Free Dry Dock Beer For A Year! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

UllrGrass Beer Festival - There will be an outdoor beer festival this Saturday, January 31st in Parfet Park in Golden, CO from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. For $25 get unlimited samplings from your 3oz tasting glass and listen to live bands all afternoon. Buy tickets from Mountain Toad Brewing, on location at the fest or online at UllrGrass.com. Beers from over a dozen local breweries will be on tap. Wear your Viking hat! [Washington Ave & 10th St, Golden, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co - Trivia is tonight! The topic is retro video games - Atari, Nintendo, arcade games, etc. Test your knowledge and enjoy delicious Italian food from Gifs. Prizes for the top three teams. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery - There's two big reasons - other than the fantastic weather - for you to stop by their taproom today: Their first beer release of 2015: Sky Pond Pale Ale! And, Sleep Tight Colorado's Four-Year Anniversary Party from 6-8pm that includes appetizers (donation suggested), a silent auction, and $1/beer sold today being donated to them! Providing sleeping bags to the homeless. Complimentary appetizers to be provided with a cash bar. Free event to attend, but a donation at the door is encouraged. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery - [PRESS RELEASE] River North to Celebrate 3rd Birthday with 17.2% Anniversary Ale Next month, River North Brewery will celebrate its third anniversary with a four-day extravaganza! Continuing in the tradition of pushing boundaries with their anniversary beers, River North’s brewers have crafted their strongest offering yet. Anniversary Ale #3, a 17.2% ABV Bière de Garde, will kick off River North’s birthday party Friday, February 13th at 1pm! “There aren’t many ways to spin this. We wanted to push our limits,” Founder and Brewmaster Matt Hess said. “Bière de Garde is such a beautiful, balanced beer style. And while Anny 3 may test the definition of balance, it’s certainly a thing of beauty.” Bursting with notes of stone fruit and complemented by undertones of anise and citrus, Anniversary Ale #3 finishes with a pleasant warming sensation. The beer will serve as the centerpiece for a weekend-long gauntlet of rare tappings. Events include: Friday, Feb 13th: Anniversary Ale #3 kickoff tapping! Both draft pours and bottles-to-go will be available starting at 1pm. Bombers will cost $15 with a half-case limit, and the beer will remain on tap all weekend. Saturday, February 14th: Side-by-side-by-side tapping of Anniversary Ales for Valentine’s Day! Anniversary #1 (12.5% Stout), Anniversary #2 (10.2% Golden Strong Ale), and Anniversary #3 kegs will all tap at 1pm. Both of the previous year’s vintages are the last keg in the brewery. Roaming Bull Brasserie, a local food truck, will also join the party. Sunday, February 15th: Cellar sale! River North will dig through their reserves and sell rare bottles from the past year, starting at 1pm. An official list and format will be released later, but look for beers from the past two years to be included. The taproom will also host a beer and donut pairing from local bakers Bronuts. Monday, February 16th: Since it’s Presidents’ Day, the taproom will open early at 1pm, and the brewery will continue to tap rare kegs throughout the day. While Anniversary Ale #3 will be on tap all weekend, River North also has a reserve of specialty kegs like Barrel Reserve 2013 & 2014, Whiskey Barrel Quandary 2013 & 2015, Big City Quad, Oud Bruin and J. Marie Barreled & Bretted. Follow the brewery on social media for tappings as they happen. Many of these kegs are the last of their kind. More bottles of Anniversary Ale #3 will hit store shelves in Colorado following the release party. The high-alcohol nature of the beer makes it ideal for aging. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing - [PRESS RELEASE] Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) had a huge 2014, growing its number of artisan beer brands to 80 and expanding its portfolio of unique ciders, as well as forging a new distribution relationship with Dallas-based Sublime Imports. Over the last year, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) brought in craft beers from over 10 states and 15 countries. The brands new to CSA in 2014 include: Fremont Brewing (Seattle, WA), Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR), Almanac Beer Company (San Francisco, CA), Breakside Brewing (Portland, OR), Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX), Westbrook Brewing (Mount Pleasant, SC), Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR), Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR), Magnolia Brewing (San Francisco, CA), Green Bench Brewing (St. Petersburg, FL), Off Color Brewing (Chicago, IL), Against the Grain (Louisville, KY), Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA), Brasserie Blaugies (Belgium), and Brasserie de la Senne (Belgium). Through a new distribution relationship with Sublime Imports (Dallas, TX), Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing added unique offerings from two breweries in Israel – Malka Brewery and Alexander Beer – as well as several breweries from Spain including Mateo & Bernabé and Friends, Premium Beers from Spain, and Cervezas la Cibelas. Seeing a gap in the local market, CSA made a push over the last six months to bring in artisanal ciders never before seen in Colorado. By the end of December 2014, CSA’s cider portfolio reached 12 brands, including farmhouse offerings from L'Hermitère (France), ice ciders and cider aperitifs from Eden Ice Cider Company (West Charleston, VT), as well as a still table cider from Argus Cidery (Austin, TX). Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing also added meads from Celestial Meads (Anchorage, AK) and Green River Ambrosia (Greenfield, MA) to its portfolio. At the end of the year, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing branched out beyond the realm of fermented beverages, adding Denver-based The Real Dill’s Bloody Mary Mix to its line-up. “Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing is the accumulation of sincere interest and dedication for fermented products and hand-crafted consumables,” says CSA Buyer, André DiMattia. “With a hope of representing the craft of fellow minded creators, we at Crooked Stave Artisans wish to curate a portfolio of interesting and memorable beer, cider, mead, and spirits, as well as a range of independent Colorado businesses. Artisans distributing artisans is what we strive for at CSA and we only hope to grow that dedication in 2015.” While CSA will continue to focus on bringing exceptional beer, cider, and mead to the Denver market in 2015, the distribution company also plans to enter the wine and spirits categories. Expect offerings from Portland-based New Deal Craft Spirits including handcrafted vodka, gin and unique flavored liqueurs including coffee and ginger in the spring. CSA expects to start carrying wine from small producers and vintners in the fall of 2015.

Odyssey Beerwerks - ‪‎New Beer‬! Tapping today: Seething Cauldron Stout (on Nitro!!). They skipped the Eye of Newt in their Cauldron, but there are still some dark secrets to discover. Belgian yeast esters meet roastiness tempered with sweetness. It's also week #2 in their Odyssey Adventure Game. You have a chance to win your spot in their game on 3/3 with each beer you buy!. Winner and friends get a private party in the brewery!!
Open at 3:00pm, closing around 9:00pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Two22 Brew - Tacos are off for another week but Spudwhackers Food Truck will be over tonight. Plus, there's trivia tonight from 6-8pm. [450 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Alpine Dog Brewing Co - Growlers are back! They sold out of these bad boys for a hot minute but they are available again for your beer carrying delight! [1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project - It's Tap-it Tuesday! Tonight at 6PM they're tapping a special keg of Blåbær of Love, a blueberry sour. $12 full or $4 taster. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co - Here is the firkin line-up for this Saturday's 1 firkin per hour Anniversary celebration. 3pm - PB&J Salted Caramel Porter. 4pm - Double Oatmeal Stout. 5pm - Grapefruit Dandyman English IPA. 6pm - Almond Chocolate Salted Caramel Porter. 7pm - Chilehouse Ultra Cream Ale. 8pm - Putin on Le Pitz Cherry Belgian Imperial Stout. 9pm - Jumpseat, a sneak peak of their next Black Project Spontaneous Ales. The anniversary celebration starts Friday from 2-11pm with the release of Cat Sabbath a 20% ABV super high gravity ale. Sunday wraps up the celebration with the release of 4 different Corvus Coffee beers. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats - Join in today for Tuesday All Day Happy Hour - every Tuesday. Get $3 ales, $4 wine and delicious eats. Their restaurant will be closed on Superbowl Sunday, but they will be open from 10am-2pm that day to fill growlers for the big game. You can also find bomber bottles of BRU beer in local stores. Click here for bottle locations. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery - Tonight is Ladies Night at Großen Bart Brewery. Ladies get $1 off pints from 4pm to close every Tuesday! [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co - Trivia Tuesday is tonight - don't miss it! Doors open at 3:00pm and the trivia starts at 6:30pm. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co - Stop in the tasting room today for a brew that will brighten your Tuesday. Try their firkin of Black Jack Porter aged in rum barrels! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Avery Brewing - Rest in Peace Avery Alley - August 1, 1993 to February 9, 2015. Join the staff in saying a bittersweet farewell to their beloved Avery Alley! Their last day of the Avery Tap Room at 5757 Arapahoe Ave. will feature live music and appearances behind bar by your favorite former Avery Tap Room employees! They will also be tapping rare beers every day from Thursday February 5th til closing day on Monday February 9th. Stay tuned for the schedule. Save the date: The Grand Opening of their new brewery at 4910 Nautilus Ct. in Boulder is February 16, 2015!

Front Range Brewing Co - Brewery news! Their building has been sold, but fear not, they have a 4 year lease and don't plan to go anywhere. They recently hired an assistant brewer. This will help them sustain their torrent pace of beer batch releases. They also have a 15 bbl tank coming in from Mark's Tanks in Oregon. There will also be some changes to their beer lineup. They'll be adding a Berliner Weisse to the mix. Also adding a rotating third IPA variant to the mix. First up will be a return of the Maintain Shadow Black IPA. There will be seasonal versions too. A Quadrupel should be coming out again in a couple weeks. This will be the last batch of that until May. Then in a couple weeks, they'll be bring their Trappers Lake Tripel - a favorite. Then on Valentine's Day they'll be doing a special chocolate pairing, including bringing out their Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO]


City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery - Get over the workweek hump this Wednesday and enjoy a pint from their weekly firkin tapping at 5pm. This week High Hops will be offering up "Old Banquet Ribbon", a crisp, refreshing lager made with locally-grown & malted barley and Cascade hops from their fields. Their next beer release will be on February 5th - Hinterwälder Lager: A lager made with locally grown grain that was malted by Hinterwälder Malting Company based in the Front Range of Colorado. Food trucks on site Wednesday through Sunday in the evenings. Plus live music on Friday & Saturday as always. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Rally King Brewing - Progress is being made towards opening up this new brewery in Fort Collins. This week they received all of their brewing equipment. They will place this into storage until the time that their brewhouse is ready for installation. More updates on this new brewery in progress as it is announced. [Fort Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing - A reminder about tonight's Potluck Dinner in the taproom at 6:30pm. This month's theme is Italian. Bring a dish to share - the rest will be there. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - Join them today for Charity Tuesday. Every dollar of every pint sold goes to support Meals on Wheels. Get in there and get charitable! Also tonight is Cards Against Humanity & Wing Shack wings. Wings available all day. Cards run from 7-9pm. Learn all about your friends horrible tendencies. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Have you got your entry into the Chili Competition this Saturday turned in yet? Top 3 entries take home cash prizes and bragging rights. All chili styles accepted. The 3rd Annual Grimm Brothers Chili Competition takes place this Saturday, January 31st at 2:00pm. 15 competitors will square off. Cost is $15 to compete - all chili styles accepted. See taproom staff for entry form. Winners get CASH prizes. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

The Tavern at St. Michael's Square - Join in tonight for a Funkwerks Tap Takeover at The Tavern tonight in Greeley. If you missed out on getting a spot for the Beer Dinner tonight, don't worry. There are a couple food specials going including the Buffett burger and a chorizo, roast garlic, and portobello pizza. [2918 67th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - This new hotspot will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5pm this week before their official Grand Opening Saturday, January 31st at 2p. On Saturday, they will have hourly beer specials, merchandise giveaways and a pizza truck. They would love to have you join them in drinking good beer! 60 beers on tap including 6 nitro taps! [813 8th St, Greeley, CO]

Choice City Butcher & Deli - The Ratebeer Top Places To Have A Beer In the World results are in! Choice City is the #1 restaurant in Colorado for beer and top 5 restaurants for beer in the entire United States! Celebrate with them this Wednesday, January 28th for beer & slider night! Tapping Russian River's Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, and Consecration! Every Wednesday $1 off beers and $1 specialty or classic sliders @ 5pm.

1933 Brewing Co - The staff is excited for this Thursday when Fort Collins' newest food truck will be at 1933 Brewing Company. Come try some of Austin Taco's food and sign up for open mic night. Or just come and be in the audience and enjoy. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - Announcing the release of their Belgian Golden Ale. It's a golden-colored Belgian Ale featuring fruity aromas, subtle spicy flavors and a clean finish. Stats: OG 1.070 / ABV 7.6% / IBU 20. Stop in soon for a taste. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery - Join in on Sunday, March 22nd from 3pm to 6pm for FCB's first American Homebrewers Association Rally. You'll enjoy sampling FCB beers, take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA, a backstage pass to meet the brewers and AHA staff. There's also a VIP brewery tour. Mingle with local homebrewers, again they will provide beer samples. Win some great FCB shwag. Plus, an AHA chili competition. Tickets available at: www.homebrewersassociation.org. New members welcome and current members can renew! [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks - Now you can buy Deceit in 4-packs! Just in time for Double Stamp Tuesday. But six bottles or 4-packs and get one free. Deceit pairs well with half-hearted apologies. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]


Mountains and West

Ska Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] It’s official! Ska Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. will be brewing a beer together this Friday, January 30 at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station. This beer will be one of the 50 once-in-a lifetime beers available at Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest is the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week and takes place on March 21 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204). “Collaboration Fest is such a great event and really highlights the community within the craft beer industry,” said Dave Thibodeau, founder of Ska Brewing Company. “Ska has been working with Stone for years and being able to show off our relationship on a stage like this is the best anniversary party.” Ska and Stone’s relationship goes back more than a decade. The two breweries currently distribute each other’s beer in their home regions and have similar goals and values. When Ska asked Stone to collaborate on this beer it was an easy sell, or it may have just been a ploy to hangout with some friends at the beach. Sean McKesson, a former Stone brewer, had recently joined the Ska team and had an idea for a collaboration beer, a Tripel Tripple brewed with Bagstonge Belgian Ale yeast. Coming up with a name was easy, “The Mighty Mighty Bastogne.” The idea for this beer has been set. The next steps, brewing, will take place on a 10-barrel brewhouse located at Stone’s second restaurant and brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego this Friday, January 30. Tickets for Collaboration Fest are on sale now at CollaborationFest.com. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

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01/27/2015 04:38 PM
A beer/two beers, please. 
Jedno pivo dva piva, molim. (YEHD-noo PEE-voh dvah PEE-vah, MOH-leem)
A pint, please. 
Jednu kriglu, molim. (YEHD-noo


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Wild Turkey Master Distiller’s Son To Follow In His Footsteps
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01/27/2015 04:24 PM
Tapping Change
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01/27/2015 04:13 PM
Have Lost Abbey Track 10 + The Freshest El Segundo Hop Bombs Delivered to Your Door

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01/27/2015 04:12 PM
Edinburgh Beer Weekly 19/01 – 25/01
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01/27/2015 04:05 PM
A beer/two beers, please. 
Једно пиво/два пива, молим. Jedno pivo/dva piva, molim. (YEHD-noh PEE-voh/ dvah PEE-vah, MOH-leem)
One more, please. 


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01/27/2015 01:50 PM
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[ January 29, 2015; 6:00 pm; ] I don't know if I can describe this event at The Royale better than the folks at the Royale, so I'll let them do the heavy lifting on this one: It has become a commonplace for beer lovers to remark upon the embarrassment of riches we enjoy here in St. Louis. We have more breweries than [...]

01/27/2015 01:38 PM
Tapping into the homebrew boom
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01/27/2015 01:25 PM
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01/27/2015 01:00 PM
Brewery Release: WA: Lacey: Get It Now ... Top Rung Lacey Lager
Press Release

... Top Rung first started to release this beer on a limited basis through distribution to some accounts that desired a Lager for their patrons and we are ready for it to make its debut in the tap room. The Lacey Lager is crisp and clean with a nice finish. A true blue collar beer, the Lacey Lager was designed for those looking for an easy drinking beer for those entering the craft beer scene. A great bridge beer. ABV—4.5%, IBU—24 

Like our Lacey Dark Lager, this beer celebrates our home town and recognizes the hard working people of Lacey, WA. Along with the Lacey Dark Lager this will be Top Rung’s second lager release. 

Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility. Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered. Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

01/27/2015 12:59 PM
Short’s Brewing Grew 51% in 2014

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01/27/2015 12:53 PM
Gainford Belgian Saaz Blonde
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01/27/2015 12:14 PM
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01/27/2015 11:31 AM
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01/27/2015 11:02 AM
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01/27/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … Victory Helles Lager

Press Release

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, January 26, 2015 – In response to growing consumer demand and appreciation for a crisp-tasting lager beer, Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is excited to share their best-kept secret with full distribution of Victory Helles Lager to 35 states. Long held as an extremely popular favorite in the Philadelphia region because of the area’s longtime love affair with lagers, Victory Helles Lager is made in traditional German style creating a full-bodied golden brew with unsurpassed balanced flavors.

Originally known as Brandywine Valley Lager when it made its debut in 1996, this lager paid homage to Victory’s pristine water source, one of the four crucial ingredients in beer. The brand transformed into Victory Lager and is now rebranded as Victory Helles Lager marrying the preservation of the traditional German style and the critical water source. Historically, helles lagers have relied on high-quality, pure ingredients to excite the senses. This flavorful brew does just that with its straw-blond coloring and lingering notes of Victory’s trademark whole flower hops that results in a delicious beer that is something of a refreshing throwback to when American brewing was largely inspired by Germany. Victory Helles Lager has an ABV of 4.8% and is available year-round in bottles and on draft.

Victory Helles Lager is available at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint. It’s suggested retail price for a six-pack is $9.99, however varies slightly upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

“Having trained in Germany, Ron and I are devoted to the balanced flavors of Helles Lager as it emphasizes our quality, imported ingredients.” Traditionally, the Philadelphia region has been home to some of the best lagers in the country and as this brand rose in popularity locally, we decided it was time to share our passion for Victory Helles Lager with all our fans and expand into full distribution.” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski.

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 35 states and 10 countries with

innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company, visit www.victorybeer.com.

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Bellingham brewers night at The Sixgill

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01/27/2015 08:22 AM
Adventure Bobsled Winter Ale
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Brewed with orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, Bobsled Winter Ale pours a bright copper-orange color with a thin white head. The aroma gives a hint of the flavor to follow, though a subdued hint. Even in the taste, the "winter spices" are balanced, giving the beer a bit of zing but not overwhelming. The spice and a mild bitterness lingers in the finish. At 5.7% ABV with a light body, this tasty ale is well fit for a Sunday afternoon of sipping.

We may have laughed at the sight of the curling broadcast, but soon enough we were enthralled by the "drama" between the women from China and the United States. Ironically, at the same time I was checking on the progress of an east coast winter storm headed our way, despite the 50 degree and sunny weather outside. As Colleen noted, "It's Winter in Virginia."

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01/27/2015 07:55 AM
No-Li Releases Rise & Grind, Born & Raised, and Mosh Pit in 4-Packs
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01/27/2015 07:17 AM
Lost Coast Winterbraun

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You don’t see too many Lost Coast products on Virginia shelves all that often. In fact, I believe the last time I came across any of the California brewery’s work, it was back in 2011 with their 8 Ball Stout. Over three years later, I came across a bottle of their cold weather seasonal, Winterbraun. […]

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01/27/2015 06:21 AM
The Great Craft Beer Swindle
Adapted from Wheel of Fortune by BuzzFarmers, via Flickr, under Creative Commons.

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01/27/2015 04:17 AM
We’re Stumped – Help!
Carlsberg, Northampton. (Detail from 'Grey Day' by Sarah Horrigan, via Flickr, under Creative Commons.)

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01/27/2015 03:05 AM
Brewing in 1960’s Canada – fermentation

I’ve been asking myself one question as I plod through “Brewing in Canada”. Will I make it all the way through or get distracted by some new shiny thing? My enthusiasm and attention are still intact, so perhaps I will.

We’ve got as far as fermentation in the brewing process:

“Fermentation: The wort is now moved to the fermenting vessels, and yeast, the jealously guarded central mystery of the ancient brewer's art, is added on the way. It is the yeast, these living, single-cell plants, which takes the sugar in the wort and breaks it down to carbon dioxide and alcohol.

There are many kinds of yeast, but that used in making beer is the Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. The brewer uses two types of this yeast, and depending on which is chosen, he produces ale or lager. One yeast type which rises to the top of the liquid at the completion of fermentation is used in brewing ale and stout. The other, which drops to the bottom of the brewing vessel, is used in brewing lager.”
"Brewing in Canada", Brewers Association of Canada, 1965, page 32.

I don’t there were any surprises for us there. Pretty basic stuff, really. Were they really always top-fermenting beers labelled as Ale? It wouldn’t surprise me if they were bottom-fermented at breweries whose main focus was Lager.

This tells us a couple of things:

“In all modern breweries, elaborate precautions are taken to ensure that the yeast remains pure and unchanged. Through the use of pure yeast culture plants a particular beer flavor can be maintained year after year.

During the fermentation, which usually lasts seven days, the yeast may multiply tenfold, and in the open tank fermenters used for brewing ale a creamy, frothy head may be seen on top of the brew. When the fermentation is over the yeast is removed — by skimming off when it is a top fermentation (ale) or by pumping off the beer when it is a bottom fermentation (lager). Now, for the first time, the liquid is called beer.”
"Brewing in Canada", Brewers Association of Canada, 1965, pages 32 - 33.

Namely that brewers used pure yeast cultures. Something that even today isn’t always the case in Britain. Adnams, as I found out last week when I was at the brewery, pitch two strains, both of which are needed to get the right flavour profile and the right degree of attenuation.

Seven days doesn’t sound right for either top- or bottom-fermentation. It’s too long for an Ale and too short for a Lager. If they were fermenting it at the right temperature. A week implies it was being fermented quite warm.

Finally something about the Canadian tax system:

“It is at the end of fermentation that the Canadian government makes its "excise dip" to determine the number of gallons on which taxes must be paid. The beer still has some weeks to go before it reaches the market, but the taxes must be paid immediately.”
"Brewing in Canada", Brewers Association of Canada, 1965, page 33.

This looks like the US system – a flat rate based solely on quantity, not on strength.

The system is still in use, but with a sliding scale for the first 75,000 hl.:

Excise Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-14)

•    170. (1) There shall be imposed, levied and collected on every hectolitre of beer or malt liquor the duties of excise set out in Part II of the schedule, which duties shall be paid to the collector as provided in this Act.
•    Marginal note:Wastage allowance
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where beer or malt liquor is produced by a person licensed under section 168 to carry on the trade or business of a brewer, an allowance prescribed by the regulations shall be made for loss in production based on the duty assessed on the beer or malt liquor produced, but the allowance shall not exceed five per cent thereof.
Marginal note:Reduced rates — production
•    170.1 (1) With respect to the first 75,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada per year by a licensed brewer and any person related or associated with the brewer, there shall be imposed, levied and collected on each of those hectolitres the duties of excise set out in Part II.1 of the schedule, which duties shall be paid to the collector as provided in this Act, and section 170 does not apply to those hectolitres.

These are the duty rates which currently apply:

•    1. On the first 2,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada,
o    (a) if it contains more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $3.122 per hectolitre;
o    (b) if it contains more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume but not more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $1.561 per hectolitre; and
o    (c) if it contains not more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $0.2591 per hectolitre.
•    2. On the next 3,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada,
o    (a) if it contains more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $6.244 per hectolitre;
o    (b) if it contains more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume but not more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $3.122 per hectolitre; and
o    (c) if it contains not more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $0.5182 per hectolitre.
•    3. On the next 10,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada,
o    (a) if it contains more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $12.488 per hectolitre;
o    (b) if it contains more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume but not more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $6.244 per hectolitre; and
o    (c) if it contains not more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $1.0364 per hectolitre.
•    4. On the next 35,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada,
o    (a) if it contains more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $21.854 per hectolitre;
o    (b) if it contains more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume but not more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $10.927 per hectolitre; and
o    (c) if it contains not more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $1.8137 per hectolitre.
•    5. On the next 25,000 hectolitres of beer and malt liquor brewed in Canada,
o    (a) if it contains more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $26.537 per hectolitre;
o    (b) if it contains more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume but not more than 2.5% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $13.269 per hectolitre; and
o    (c) if it contains not more than 1.2% absolute ethyl alcohol by volume, $2.2024 per hectolitre.

This is a big change from the system in place at the start of the 20th century, when tax was levied on malt, not beer.

Next time we’ll be in the cellar.

01/27/2015 02:54 AM
Finch's to offer beers in Rexam cans
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01/27/2015 01:52 AM
Ninkasi Brewing’s Dawn of the Red IRA Now Available Year-Round
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Beer In Ads #1447: Great Ballplayers Drink Lite
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01/26/2015 11:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewhouses announces 4-pack editions of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale, Born & Raised IPA, and Rise & Grind.

Press Release

image courtesy No-Li Brewhouse

Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse prides itself on brewing Spokane-Style beers with no boundaries.  That is, taking local, fresh and distinct ingredients from the Pacific Northwest and creating innovative recipes that serve as a remedy for the redundancy that has flooded the craft beer industry.  Their 4-pack line up is no exception.

Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale allows drinkers to experience a 100% all natural fruit beer without artificial flavorings, preservatives or adjuncts.  The balanced sweet and tart flavors are courtesy of cherries and cranberries grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Rise & Grind milk stout features Gemelli  coffee freshly roasted less than 2 miles from the brewery.  Born & Raised IPA builds its bold flavors and aromas solely from Yakima Valley hops.

With No-Li’s 4-packs serving as a canvas to showcase the diversity, uniqueness and exceptional quality of Northwest ingredients, it makes perfect sense that the landscape of the Inland Empire will serve as home to No-Li’s new brewery.

“No-Li was Born & Raised in Spokane and it’s humbling to be a part of the evolving craft beer culture here,” says John Bryant.  “No-Li is a platform for exploration in beer creation and we need to make more to explore!  With each success we have, we see it as an opportunity to highlight what our hometown has to offer.  Building Spokane's first independent, regional brewery since Prohibition would be our way of paying homage to our roots while looking ahead to the future.”

As No-Li realizes their dream of a new brewery, one 4-pack at a time, one thing remains certain: Spokane-Style beer will continue to feature the best of the Northwest to break down the boundaries of redundancy and reinvigorate beer!

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.  For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

01/26/2015 07:00 PM
Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing adds Dawn of the Red India Red Aleto its year-round Flagship Series.

Press Release

EUGENE, Ore.—Jan. 26, 2015Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the addition of Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to its year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, an experimental small-batch series, Dawn of the Red was first brewed out of a want to offer an IPA using new hop varieties, including El Dorado and Mosaic hops. The beer immediately became a favorite, advancing itself to the Ninkasi Special Release Series in 2014. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was undeniable, making it an easy decision to add it to the 2015 Ninkasi Flagship Series.

“The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable, hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt-flavor into the finish,” explains Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd, who had been wanting to brew an IRA for some time.

Ninkasi’s Flagship Series lineup offers a full spectrum of beer styles, including the brewery’s first Flagship beer – Total Domination IPA – alongside Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and a year-round German-Style Helles Lager, Lux.

Find all Ninkasi Flagship Series beers, here: www.ninkasibrewing.com/delicious/beers.

Join a Dawn of the Red Zombie Pub Crawl, February 13 & 14!
Ninkasi will be hosting zombie pub crawls in 18 cities across the west, February 13 and 14. Participants will get the first taste of this beer before its official release on February 15. Locations and details can be found online at www.ninkasibrewing.com/ninkasi-events. Costumes are encouraged.

Dawn of the Red Stats
An IRA bursting with tropical notes, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. After one taste, it’ll leave you wanting more. It doesn’t take brains to know this IRA is a delicious choice any time of year!

Style: India Red Ale
Series: Flagship Series
Available: February 15-December 31, 2015
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 75
Starting Gravity: 1072
Malt: 2-Row Pale, CaraRed, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Black
Hops: Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Mosaic
Packaging: 12oz. 6-pack, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, 22oz. Variety 4-Pack, Draft
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ninkasi Dawn of the Red flagship release shoot- Behind the Scenes

Tasting Notes: Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness up front. Sustained by a subtle malt flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer.

Food Pairings Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Spicy Cuisine like Thai or Mexican, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

01/26/2015 07:00 PM
Brewery News: OR: Portland: Lompoc Brewing hosts “Chowder Challenge” February 21st

Press Release

image courtesy Lompoc Brewing

PORTLAND, Ore. – A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 9th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 21 from Noon to 4 pm. The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year’s participants are Ds Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Breakside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Fifth Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern, RingSide Fish House, Wild Wood Cafe, Widmer Brothers Pub and Year of the Fish.

Two-ounce samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from each of the participants are served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People's Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards are also given for second and third place. There is no charge to attend the event, but to taste the chowders, attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10.

The festivities also feature live music, a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event.

The reputation of the New Old Lompoc’s clam chowder was the motivation behind holding the Chowder Challenge. The New Old Lompoc won the inaugural Chowder Cup in 2006; the Morrison Hotel stole it away in 2007, but it was wrested back by the New Old Lompoc at the next five events. In 2013, with the New Old Lompoc out of the competition while being rebuilt, the Ice Axe Grill swooped in and took the cup. In 2014, the New Old Lompoc – revived as the Lompoc Tavern – returned the cup to its original hands.

All net proceeds are donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure. For more information about the event, visit www.lompocbrewing.com.

01/26/2015 06:15 PM
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Colorado Beer NewsWhat makes a Monday great? How about 70 degrees in January! It's patio weather today and you should head to your favorite brewery and enjoy a pint outdoors while it lasts! Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year and a day like today will remind you of early summer. You can watch the last of the snow piles melt too. Some breweries even have summer beers available for days just like today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, January 26th, 2015. 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

Former Future Brewing Co - Join in this coming weekend, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015, for their One Year Birthday Extravaganza! On Friday, they're releasing the pilot batch of "Cat Sabbath" (named after their ritual of playing Black Sabbath and cat videos at closing time), a >20% ABV beer, which will be used to make "cocktails" all night. Or, have it straight up. Your choice. Mile High Soul Club will join in on Saturday from 4pm-8pm so bring your fancy pants and your groovin' shoes. Firkins will be tapped all day on the hour. Need to recover? Sunday, they will be tapping four coffee beers from Corvus Coffee, and will be selling breakfast empanadas in the taproom. 90's cartoons will be shown on the projector so feel free to come in your PJs. [514 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 22nd for a special 4 Year Vertical Snowed In Brunch at Copper Kettle Brewing. Featuring food from Hops & Pie. "Snowed In" is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout with locally brewed coffee and raw cacao nibs aged in bourbon barrels. The versions vary from year to year, giving you a chance to taste different flavors profiles due to continuing recipe development and the aging process. Bitter raw cacao nibs and rich coffee appear in different stages and intensity in each of the four beers. The cost is $55 per person + an 18% online gratuity and included a commemorative glass and a complete 3-course breakfast and a vertical tasting of 4-years of Snowed In. Brunch seatings will take place at 8:00am and at 10:30am. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Nighthawk Brewery - After a last minute inspection delayed their Grand Opening by several hours, Nighthawk Brewery finally opened their doors for business on Friday, January 23rd at 5pm. Their initial beers included: Loiter Ciderweizen, Lamp Post Stout, Shakes' Wheat, Resurrection Imperial IPA and 16-Hour Dry Hopped Amber. Their regular business hours are: Mon-Wed 3-9pm, Thurs 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 11am-8pm. Come check them out and tell them Fermentedly Challenged sent you. [2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery - Sky Pond Pale Ale will be released tomorrow, January 27th, under sunny skies and 72 degree weather - January in Denver doesn't get better than this! Up next to be brewed: A Cascadian Dark Ale. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft - Coming up on Monday, February 2nd at 7:00pm, Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO) will be in the house for a "Take The Glass Night". There will be several tappings of Elevation beer and you get to take home the glass too! There will be other raffles for cool shwag. Beers expected on tap: Mustache Ride, Arete, False Summit, Frontier Mojo and Senorita. Also, join the Freshcraft Loyalty Program and start earning your way to great beer and food rewards. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (South Dock) - Tonight is 25 cent Wings at Dry Dock South Dock. It's the final power hour of the season tonight from 6pm to 7pm. Wing Hut is going all out with a special 25 cent wing special - you won't see that deal again for a long time! You can get 20 wings + ranch and blue cheese for just $5 including tax! Better pair those wings with your favorite beer! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Black Sky Brewery - Anybody got a case of the Mondays? It's a beautiful day, come grab a pint and a pie! $1 off house pints from open to close today. Pie of the week: Clams and mozzarella in a special red sauce. Beer of the week: Riff Raff Brewing Company's Plebeian Porter. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co - Happy Monday! It's that special time of the week again, that's right, it's 2 for 1 Monday. What does that mean? You buy one growler and you get another for free AND...you get two punches on your growler card, once you have ten punches you get a free growler. That's A LOT of FREE BIER! [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company - A new dedicated contract brewery, one of the first of its kind in the Western United States, is opening in Denver this week. It plans to cater to the craft community. They offer approachable brew lengths, a variety of packaging options and a personal level of customer service unique to the industry. They already are lining up upstart breweries to brew in their facility. They have a large 70,000 square foot facility with a 50 barrel brewhouse and an initial capacity of 30,000 barrels and a future expandable capacity up to 175,000 barrels. They are already planning to ready 60,000 barrels in 2016. One of their first customers will be Open Door Brewing Company, Dad & Dudes Breweria and Backcountry Brewery. Visit them on the web at: www.sleepinggiantbrewing.com. [2500 W 5th Ave, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co - Celebrate Super Bowl week with a Super Deal! $5 for a 23 oz. Football glass of their favorite Pale Face Pale Ale. (Price good through Sunday night.) [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]


Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales & eats - Barley & Hops for Beer Lovers Dinner - Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for couples, why not celebrate your love for other things in your life (like craft beer)? It’s no secret that Beer Chef Ian Clark has a passionately serious love for food and beer and to showcase this love he has crafted a special Valentine’s Day dinner for the beer lover. Each course incorporates both barley and hops in the eats and then pairs it with one of Ian’s handbuilt ales. Highlights from the evening include a Wood Roasted Oyster with cascade smoked chorizo and malt aioli paired with his Solus Patersbier handbuilt with bitter orange and coriander or the Charred Kale Salad with malt brittle, pickled whole cone hops, citrum buttermilk dressing and shaved carrots paired with Citrum IPA handbuilt with fresh lemon zest and juniper berries. And of course we couldn't forget dessert… Ian finishes this “beer-y” romantic dinner off with a Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Puff with styrian golding pastry cream and cherry ice cream and pairs it with a His & Hers kali and blackberry golden black and tan. For more details and the full menu visit www.bruboulder.com. Seating is limited, reservations starting at 4pm on February 14th - call 720.638.5193. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Mazer Cup International - It's Colorado's biggest mead event of the year and this year they will be having a public Mead Mixer Tasting on Friday, March 20th from 7pm to 10pm at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Boulder, CO. Come join in for an evening of mead, food and fun with proceeds benefiting the COmmunity Food Share organization, helping to fight hunger in the local community. Tickets must be purchased ahead of this event and attendance is limited. Visit www.mazercup.com for tickets and more information. Beer drinkers should check out the world of mead! [500 Interlocken Blvd, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - It's that time of year again when the brewer's minds turn to love in Loveland, CO. That's why Grimm Brothers is releasing their annual Loveland Valentine's Day beer - Bleeding Heart. This year's recipe is a coconut German porter that will knock your socks off. The launch party will happen this Saturday, January 31st. Bottles of Bleeding Heart will be sold all during the month of February in the taproom and in Loveland liquor stores and will also be available on draft in the taproom and at various local bars in Loveland. This marks the fourth year of doing a special Valentine's Day beer for the City of Loveland. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - Greeley is about to get it's newest brewery this weekend. Brix Taphouse & Brewery will open this Saturday, January 31 at 2pm. They have 60 taps and will feature Colorado craft brews from dozens of breweries plus 3 of their own taps. In that list of taps there are also 6 nitro taps! They've been doing soft openings the last couple of weeks and are now ready to open it's doors. Plans include expanding into an open patio in the Spring and having a small kitchen that offers tapas and small food items. Possible inclusion in the future to the Greeley Friday night Go-Cup district may happen once 1 more liquor licensed business starts up. Owners: Justin Hiatt and Troy Milburn. Located at: 813 8th St, downtown Greeley, CO.

City Star Brewing - Today is Free Beer Monday! Bring in your empty growler, get it filled at the regular price and get a token good for 1 free beer. You can use it then or on your next visit. Also, don't forget about this month's City Star Potluck dinner set for tomorrow, January 27th. The theme for this month's dinner is Italian. Bring a dish to share. Dinner will start at 6:30pm. And then Trivia returns on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm. Thursday brings Happy Hour all day long and live music at 7pm. And more live music on Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery - Heads up. Tomorrow night, Tuesday the 27th, Black Bottle Brewery will be closed for an annual employee/family party. They will be back for regular hours on Wednesday. Sorry, but they've gotta celebrate with their staff during the non-busy days. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - Here's what's happening this week at BBC! Tuesday open 2-9pm - get a free pint with a growler fill. Wednesday is Wing night at 5pm and Happy Hour all day 2-9pm. Thursday open 2-9pm. Friday is Firkin Friday and they'll be tapping a German Chocolate Porter. Open 2-10pm. Then live music on Saturday from 2-10pm. And come watch the Superbowl on Sunday. Open 1-9pm. Game starts at 4:30pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]


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01/26/2015 05:56 PM
Addressing the Elysian Brewing situation

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. At least one of my previous posts on this subject was, perhaps, a bit too personal and I know some people took it to be self-aggrandizing. I didn’t mean to come across that way and I’m sorry. Also, some people thought I was apologizing for Elysian Brewing’s...

01/26/2015 05:20 PM
Beer Birthday: Ralph Olson
Today is Ralph Olson’s 64th birthday. Ralph was the general manager/co-owner of HopUnion, a co-op that supplies hops to many of the craft breweries. Ralph’s pretty much retired but can still be seen at occasional beer events throughout the country. He’s been a good friend to and...

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01/26/2015 04:57 PM
Patent No. 3558326A: Process For Isomerizing And Purifying Hop Extracts
Today in 1971, US Patent 3558326 A was issued, an invention of William J. Durant, William C. Herwig, and Donald H. Westermann, assigned to Miller Brewing, for their “Process for Isomerizing and Purifying Hop Extracts.” There’s no Abstract, but they describe it as a “hop...

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01/26/2015 04:43 PM
Bohemia Beers
We buy exceptionally good beer from small European breweries. We work with some fantastic logistics people to guarantee it’s delivered to you in top condition. We support you to ensure that each pint you serve to your customers is perfect.


01/26/2015 04:11 PM
Brew: Zipline Brewing enters South Dakota market
LINCOLN, NE -- Monday, January 26th, 2015 -- Zipline Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of South Dakota distribution in partnership with Global Distributing Inc.

01/26/2015 04:07 PM
Clown Shoes – Extremely Angry Beast | Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!


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01/26/2015 04:00 PM
An Interview with Roger Corder, The Incredible Wine and Health Guru
When it comes to the mysterious health benefits of wine, no one has pioneered the way quite like British wine expert Roger Corder.  Author of ...

01/26/2015 03:56 PM
Episode 42 — 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown
The podcast of our first ever live broadcast, of the 2014 Hottest 100 Countdown.

01/26/2015 03:03 PM
Rudyard's Pub schedules its first beer dinner of 2015
Some beer- themed events in the Houston area happen only once in a while and they present some great opportunities to sample new beer and meet new people. Other events happen like clockwork and can be counted on for good...
Rudyard's British Pub

01/26/2015 03:00 PM
Everything You Need To Know About Ojai, California In 48 Hours
The sprawl of Los Angeles puts a quick small-town getaway in the “easier said than done” category. But enter Ojai, California, just 80 miles from ...

01/26/2015 02:54 PM
Contest: Two Tickets to TWCP/Side Project Merci Release Party
As the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club.  Last year TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has [...]

01/26/2015 01:00 PM
Mocktail Recipes for All the Poor Schmoes Doing Drynuary
Blog by: Troy Patterson is Slate‘s writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column. I gather that some of you are taking the first month of the year off from drinking, and I think that’s cute. This practice—known by the cumbersome portmanteau Drynuary—has gained sufficient popularity to rate as a kind of ritual, and […]

01/26/2015 12:23 PM
“Beer Talk” at Pedernales Brewing Company - February 21
The brewers at PBC will host a discussion with home brewers or others interested in beer.  There is no charge for the event and if you like talking about beer with a beer in your hand, you will be able to purchase pints from the adjacent tasting room.

1 pm at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail on S. US Hwy 87. (Look for the big beer bottle.) Call (830) 998-7486 for details.

01/26/2015 12:02 PM
Washington Beer Alliance descending upon Olympia today

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today is day 15 of the 2015 regular session of the Washington State Legislature. It is also the Washington Beer Alliance’s hill climb day. Members of the state’s beer industry are in Olympia visiting with elected officials today, voicing their opinions, and drumming-up support for the issues...

01/26/2015 11:26 AM
Victory Brewing Makes Helles Lager Available Nationwide
In response to growing consumer demand and appreciation for a crisp-tasting lager beer, Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is excited to share their best-kept secret with full distribution of Victory Helles Lager to 35 states. Long held as an extremely popular favorite in the Philadelphia region because of the area’s longtime love affair with lagers, Victory Helles Lager is made in traditional German style creating a full-bodied golden brew with unsurpassed balanced flavors.

01/26/2015 10:42 AM
Wisconsin Brewing and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Offer Class in Fermented Foods and Beverages
This spring semester, students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will have a new opportunity – and given its uniqueness and subject matter, there’s a good chance it will fill up in record time! The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Wisconsin Brewing Company are partnering to teach a Fermented Foods & Beverage laboratory class with real world applications.

01/26/2015 10:15 AM
Trinity Brewing To Begin Washington State Distribution
Colorado’s latest brewery to begin distribution to the state of Washington is Trinity Brewing Company from Colorado Springs, CO. Trinity Brewing is proud to announce its launch in the Evergreen State with new distributor partners, Alpha Distributing. This new arrangement will bring Trinity’s full portfolio of harvest driven Saisons, Barrel-aged projects, and provocative beers for […]

01/26/2015 09:36 AM
Harrisburg Beer Week Launches in April
The first­ ever Harrisburg Beer Week will run April 24 through May 2, 2015 throughout the greater Harrisburg area. The event, the brainchild of local craft beer blogger Tierney Pomone of Stouts and Stilettos, is organized by four local women.

01/26/2015 09:30 AM
Meet the Brewer: Jeff Goodno, Tributary Brewing Co., Kittery, ME
The very much anticipated opening of Tributary Brewing Company, owned and operated by Todd Mott and his wife Galen, has been a huge success in a short period of time. Tributary opened its doors located at 10 Shapleigh Road in Kittery, Maine to the public on September 6, 2014. Todd Mott is of course a […]

01/26/2015 09:29 AM
Temperance Beer Company to Release First Bottled Offering
Temperance Beer Company, Evanston’s original brewery, will release its first bottled beer on Saturday, January 31, at noon. After canning three beers beginning last year, including the award-winning Gatecrasher English-Style IPA, Temperance is bottling an extremely limited number of twenty-two-ounce bottles of Barrel-Aged Might Meets Right Imperial Stout.

01/26/2015 09:11 AM
Northumbrian Ale Week at the Finborough
Finborough been very busy this weekend so no blog, soz. The winter ale fest was a success - our busiest weekend so far. To keep the momentum going, this week we showcase beers from my favourite North Eastern breweries: Cullercoats, Anarchy and Mordue. A dozen different beers, with eight on handpump at a time (prefer not to serve beer straight from the cask on stillage - it's never quite as good).

01/26/2015 08:26 AM
Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve

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Gulden Draak is a beer that I have had a love/hate relationship with throughout the years — I love the way it tastes, but hate how I feel the next morning. So it was with equal measure of excitement and trepidation that I opened this promotional sample of Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve last week. Originally […]

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01/26/2015 06:00 AM
Kells Green Rain Fundraiser
PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s one of the rare times that Portlanders actually want to see umbrellas and rain. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub has partnered with Providence Federal Credit Union for its annual “Kells Green Rain Fundraiser” to raise money for medically fragile children at Providence Child Center. From now through Feb. 24, patrons at […]

01/26/2015 05:54 AM
A-B buys another craft brewery
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 01.26.15 A Single Word: The Case for Beer. At the outset of 1997, in his regularly appearing column in All About Beer Fred Eckhardt asked the question, “What is ‘craft beer’?” It was a topic discussed often by brewers that seldom showed up in print. In fact, in the first of […]

01/26/2015 05:00 AM
Roscoe’s 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit
The end of January is fast approaching and along with this time of month, our favorite beer spot in Montavilla will be at again with its monthly Beer Summits. On Friday, January 30th join Roscoes’s in celebrating its 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit. Throughout 2014 many more breweries have opened in Oregon to […]

01/26/2015 03:54 AM
Lancaster Black Ale 4.5% ABV
The flavour is a revelation! The first hit is chocolate and coffee, followed rapidly by a rush of hops… spicy, resinous and piney. The chocolate and the hops do a tango on your tongue, while black liquorice and treacle (molasses in the colonies) tap you politely on the shoulder seeking to interrupt the dance.

01/26/2015 03:42 AM
My most recent New Year jaunt was to Barcelona: the hub, I'm told, of Spain's expanding craft beer movement. And while that may be true, interesting beers are fairly tightly contained within a small number of specialist outlets, though new ones are opening all the time.

Black Lab, for instance, still smelled of paint and sawdust, having welcomed customers for the first time a few days before Christmas. It's situated in the handsome old harbourside building which also houses the Catalonian Historical Museum. In due course there will be a brewery here and the interior layout allows for prominent display of the equipment when it arrives. In the meantime, two house beers brewed at the nearby Edge brewery, plus a few international options.

Black Mirror is the session-strength stout: 4.5% ABV though a little lacking in darkness and foam for the style, I thought. It's barely carbonated and smells of cocoa and treacle while tasting of chocolate syrup and bitter coffee, the sweetness rising to an almost metallic saccharine tang with time. Perhaps a little too sweet to gulp down but I found it a reasonably pleasant sipper.

The companion piece is El Importador, a 5.5% ABV amber ale which arrived looking a nasty muddy brown colour. It was a surprise to find it's really a rather clean beer, the rye coming in strong at the start adding a huge grassy bite, then big pine hop flavours in the middle with a kind of baking soda chalkiness as well. I liked it but I'd say rye fans will appreciate it much more.

Black Lab will be a very nice little place when it's finished and pouring its own beers but it's still worth a visit now.

The first Barcelona beer pub I visited was La Resistència, a long narrow café-style establishment with minimalist decoration. It was IPAs all round here, starting with Espiga Black IPA, an 8.5% ABV whopper with a thick and creamy stout-like head. The aroma is pure fruitcake: warm baked raisins and glacé cherries in particular. There's more of a juicy mandarin thing happening on tasting, however, overlaid with a drier green bitterness and lots of dark roast but no sign of that alcohol in the flavour. This a really good, drinkable, complex powerhouse of a beer and a lot more fruity and fun than black IPAs tend to be at this sort of strength.

Ratpenat 2014 IPA is more orthodox: 6% ABV, a hazy orange colour and smelling brightly of orange and lemon zest. Unsurprisingly that's how it tastes too: a big burst of citrus with a bonus sprinkling of exotic jasmine perfume spice. It got to be a little heavy-going after a while, but nice for a small one.

Food is obviously a big part of the equation when it comes to beer in Catalonia and most of specialist bars will do good quality tapas as a minimum. Ale & Hop, in the Barri Gotic, goes further and has a proper vegetarian restaurant at the back behind the pub section. The food is very cheap and pretty decent, though small portions come with the pricetag. The veggie burger filled a hole adequately, however. To drink, more from Barcelona's own Edge Brewing.

La Sense Nom is a saison at a proper saison strength of 5% ABV. Not so proper is the blending in of apple juice which adds a sweet red-apple flavour to the coppery-gold coloured beer and quite possibly covers any saison spicing which may be present. There remains an assertive sharp bite in the finish, so while there's a slight air of alcopop about it -- especially the easy drinkability -- there's still a proper beer underneath. Slightly weaker, in strength and quality, is Edge's La Flor De La Vida, a rather watery attempt at a pale ale with the overpowering floral bitterness of tasted perfume, fading to a barely-perceptible celery greenness. The brewery claims it's English style but I don't think they've got the right angle on what English pale ale is supposed to taste like at all.

Before leaving, a go of Fort IPA, Fort being another one of the local outfits. A big 7% ABV here but all that malt just leaves a musty grainsack aroma and flavour. The hops are heavy and resinous and the whole thing tasted old and tired, all booze and bitterness. It disappeared from the blackboard soon after so I suspect I got the tail end of a keg which may well have been tapped quite a while previously. Them's the breaks.

At the opposite end of the old city from Ale & Hop we find La Cerveteca, a pleasantly bohemian corner watering hole with nine taps and a laidback acid jazz soundtrack. The first thing that caught my eye were the handpumps, one of which was pouring St Joan, a pale ale by the Agullons brewery. Now this lot have nailed the English style: all the meadowy flowers of English hops, as well as the mildly metallic bite that comes with it. There are heavier hop resins too, and a spicy sticky incense complexity. Yes, at 5% it's a little overclocked for the style, and there was a rather harsh yeast bite which they really should sort out if they're going to insist on cask dispense, but overall a surprisingly good go at the genre and a very satisfying pint of beer.

I looked for something cleansing to follow it and eschewed the German lagers in favour of Naparbier's Aotearoa Pils. That was a mistake. This hazy 4.2% ABV yellow lager is massively piss flavoured, far beyond catty and into concentrated kidney territory. Where the lovely kiwi tropical fruit should be there's a sickly peach nectar effect, though there's no quibbling with the malt base: golden syrup and crisp oatmeal biscuits. This is not a beer which does things by halves but should probably only be consumed in them.

One more foray into Edge's portfolio comes via Homo Sibaris, another neighbourly café-style beer pub. Hoptimista hits the sweet spot for amber ale, combining fresh floral hopping with rich and cakey caramel malt. The flavour is awash with marzipan and comforting sticky toffee pudding, finishing on a sharper grassy bite which balances it beautifully. It's strong at 6.6% ABV, but leaves it up to you whether you want to gulp it down and enjoy the hop refreshment, or linger longer and let the malt confectionery soothe. On this showing I can't say I was overly impressed by Edge's beers -- it's the sort of brewery that would be grand to have as your local producer, but isn't worth crossing the continent for. Hoptimista is the one possible exception to that that I found.

Taking shelter in Dunne's Irish Pub while waiting for somewhere else to open, I was offered Barcino Bogatell Blat as their one sop to Catalonian craft brewing. The specs are those of a weissbier, with wheat, Hallertau hops and "Bavarian yeast", but it poured crystal clear with a thin lagerish head. There are cloves in abundance in the flavour, but not much else. It's very one-dimensional and started to get sickly as it warmed. Definitely not a good ambassador for the region's microbrewing scene.

With all the pub-hopping I barely had time to sit in my hotel room drinking. When I did, it was Montseny Negra from a slickly branded brewery whose wares I didn't see anywhere in the on-trade. This one sold itself to me by claiming to be "following the Irish tradition". Oh yeah? A malt cocktail of barley, wheat, oats and rye bring it to 5.2% ABV and it pours an opaque brown-black, topped by a short-lived ivory head. And yes, despite the off-kilter grain bill and high-ish ABV, it does do a very good impression of quality Irish stout, balancing mineral and roasted dryness with chocolate and latte sweetness. There's even a lovely touch of creaminess in the texture, begorrah. A very well put together dark beer, all-in-all.

I just had time at the end of the trip for a couple of beers in La Cervesera Artesana, the Barcelona brewpub I first encountered back in 2002 and re-visited the last time I was in town in 2007. It's still tipping away, with a modestly ambitious range of beers, though few of those advertised were actually available. On a carefree whim I chose Boletus from the line-up, knowing only that it's something in a Belgian fashion. What I got was a hazy amber beer, heavy and warming, with a pleasant granola cereal aroma. It tastes lightly orangey and lacks the Belgian-style esters, putting me more in mind of an English strong ale. And then there's a slightly nasty gastric edge which didn't help things, or leave me any the wiser as to what the brewer was intending.

Iberian Wheat was also a strange one. It's the dark orange shade of many a weissbier but has a massive sharp and sour vinegar-and-lemon bite. Infected? Maybe, but it didn't spoil things. There was also a nice dry carbonic catch in the back of the throat and some fun fruity peachade. I can't think of anything to compare it to, but I rather enjoyed it as a novelty.

I've stuck rigidly to locally-brewed beers this post, and if you're familar with Barcelona you'll have noticed I've missed (at least) one major landmark on the bar scene. I'll come to it in the next post when I'll be looking at the foreign beers I found on the trip.

01/26/2015 03:05 AM
Adnams beers in 1890
I’m getting on with trudging through the muddy field of Adnams brewing records while I retain my enthusiasm. You never know how long it will last.

Their beers, in terms of styles brewed, aren’t a million miles away from those of London. Mild Ale, Pale Ale, Old Ale and Stout. You’ve probably spotted the big omission: Porter. That doesn’t surprise me as Porter was rapidly going out of fashion in the provinces. It was only in London that the style retained considerable popularity.

There are a couple of irritations with these particular records. The lack of a fermentation record being the biggest. Despite there being a place for it in the form. Just too damn lazy to fill it out.

At least the mashing details are recorded. Two mashes, then two sparges, if you’re interested. First mash with a strike heat of around 160º F, second at 180º F. The volume of water is much large for the first, so I doubt the second is a complete mash, more like some sort of underlet mash. Sparges at 160º F and 170º F. The volume of water is much larger for the sparges, around 27 barrels, while the two mashes between them were only 8 to 10 barrels.

I suppose I should get on with the beer details. Great to see an AK in there to add to my collection.

Here’s the table:

Adnams beers in 1890
Date Beer Style OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl hops
26th Mar SS Stout 1062.6 6.00 1.67 Altmark and Sussex
2nd Apr XX Mild Ale 1043.8 10.00 1.80 Altmark and Sussex
3rd Apr Tally Ho Old Ale 1082.5 11.05 4.16 Boornants?, Worcester and Burgundy
8th Apr XXXX Mild Ale 1059.8 9.29 2.39 Burgundy and Sussex
9th Apr SS Stout 1065.4 7.10 2.02 Altmark and Sussex
15th Apr XXXX Mild Ale 1061.5 7.86 2.06 Skinner Kent and Bavarians
17th Apr PA Pale Ale 1058.2 14.29 3.70 Worcester and Kent
21st Apr AK Pale Ale 1047.1 10.91 2.20 Worcester and Kent
23rd Apr Tally Ho Old Ale 1085.9 11.05 4.38 Worcester, Kent and Burgundy
30th Apr XX Mild Ale 1044.3 10.00 1.83 Altmark and Skinner
1st May PA Pale Ale 1060.4 14.29 3.81 Worcester and Kent
6th May XXXX Mild Ale 1060.4 7.86 2.00 Hants, Skinner and Bavarian
14th May AK Pale Ale 1046.5 10.91 2.20 Clifford Kent, Worcester
15th May SS Stout 1064.3 5.81 1.65 Altmark and Sussex
5th Jun Tally Ho Old Ale 1086.4 11.05 4.50 Worcester, Kent and Burgundy
15th Aug SS Stout 1061.5 7.32 2.26 Altmark, Clifford and Re, P.
Adnams brewing records held at the brewery.

They’re an odd set. Why? Because some have the gravity I would expect, while others are way off.

XX is very weak for an 1890’s Mild Ale. Even X Ale I’d expect to be at least 1050º. Adnams XXXX is only about the strength of a London X Ale. The Stout is very weak by London standards. Closer to a Porter, in fact.

Time for another table to show you what I mean:

Whitbread beers in 1890
Date Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl Pitch temp
19th Jul XK Ale 1069.0 1019.0 6.61 72.45% 8.02 2.46 60º
19th Jul X Mild 1060.9 1015.0 6.08 75.39% 8.02 2.18 60º
20th Oct FA Pale Ale 1054.8 1012.0 5.67 78.12% 11.01 2.73 57º
16th Jul 2PA Pale Ale 1055.4 1010.0 6.01 81.95% 11.69 2.99 57º
16th Jul PA Pale Ale 1060.1 1013.0 6.23 78.37% 11.69 3.25 57º
7th Nov KK Stock Ale 1075.3 1026.0 6.53 65.49% 14.27 4.88 57º
10th Mar 2KKK Stock Ale 1078.7 1029.0 6.57 63.14% 13.99 5.13 57º
10th Nov KKK Stock Ale 1085.6 1030.0 7.35 64.95% 14.16 5.76 57º
25th Jan P Porter 1057.1 1012.0 5.96 78.97% 9.74 2.07 60.5º
29th Jan SS Stout 1083.1 1025.0 7.69 69.92% 10.63 4.76 57º
29th Jan SSS Stout 1095.6 1037.0 7.75 61.28% 10.63 5.47 57º
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/056 and LMA/4453/D/09/084.

Adnams SS is barely stronger than Whitbread Porter. Yet Tally Ho is stronger than any of Whitbread’s Stock Ales and the PAs have almost identical gravities.

There’s something really, really fascinating in this set of Adnams records. Which is another piece in a particularly puzzling puzzle: when did Mild turn to the dark side? Something like this appears in most logs:

Judging by its position in the record, it looks like it was being added in the copper. It’s added to all the beers except PA and AK, the beers you would expect to be quite pale. Obviously it’s intended to darken the colour of the finished beer. I think this is some of the earliest evidence I have of Mild being deliberately darkened.

I doubt it was enough to turn the Milds dark brown, but enough to make them noticeably darker than the Pale Ales. Like I said, fascinating stuff.

I’ve 100 years of their records, so lots more to come.

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01/25/2015 04:02 PM
Yeastie Boys release share offer details

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01/25/2015 03:49 PM
Jester King – Provenance | Our First JK Brew!


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01/25/2015 11:15 AM
Monday Night expands like sweatpants

  We now have four new 120bbl fermenters (and one 120 bbl brite tank) taking up space in our brewery. These shiny new toys will allow us to add more than 5,000 barrels of annual capacity. What does this mean for you?  It means you need to start drinking more Monday Night. Immediately. The new tanks […]

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01/25/2015 10:48 AM
Trains and boats and planes
Planes, train and bus, really. And probably a few taxis. Walking, too, obviously.

My travel is all booked up for my Southern sojourn. Not done the hotels yet. I'll leave that stress fest to look forward to next weekend.

This is my itenerary:

Friday 10th April Houston
Saturday 11th April Houston
Sunday 12th April Birmingham
Monday 13th April Birmingham
Tuesday 14th April Atlanta
Wednesday 15th April Atlanta
Thursday 16th April Asheville
Friday 17th April Asheville
Saturday 18th April Houston

Asheville wasn't in my original plan. Which was based on practicality. But after a tempting invitation, practicality sought the window and left.

Several new states for me. Probably not including sober.

I always leave some time for social interaction. Or finding an excuse to drink in pubs, as Dolores claims. If you live in one of these towns, don't carry concealed weapons, like beer and want to buy me one, get in touch. We can meet up and I can drone on at you about beer history until your eyes bleed. Literally. It's happened before.

The whole point, obviously, is to shamelessly tart my shef durvre:

*The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

01/25/2015 03:28 AM
German brewing in the 1970’s – hops
Are you getting confused? I am. That’s what happens when you try to compose three long series simultaneously. Am I in 1930’s America or 1960’s Canada today? Neither. I’m back in 1970’s Germany.

Hops. Now there’s a topic that should attract some attention. People are obsessed with the things nowadays. That’s why I’m getting so interested in barley varieties. Which I really should write about, given the things I’ve discovered recently. Maybe next week.

“Table VIII gives the average analytical values for different German hop varieties, analysed by the method of Wöllmer. These hop varieties are used not only in German breweries but also in many foreign breweries. The well-known aroma-hops, Tettnang, Spalt, Hallertau middle-early and Hersbruck show contents of alpha-acids in the range 5.6-6.0%. The so-called bitter hops (hops with high resin content such as Brewers Gold, Northern Brewer and Record) have a-acids contents in the range 8.3-10.6 % and can be distinguished from the aroma hops by the ratio of a-acids to B-resins, which is lower than 1:1 for the bitter hops. The variety Record shows the same level of cohumulone content as aroma hops, whereas Northern Brewer and Brewers Gold give distinctly higher values. There is, however, no relation between the humulone contents of these varieties.

Table VIII also shows the essential oil contents of the different German hop varieties. The total oil content ranges between 0.88-1.15% in aroma hops and between 1.42-2.15% in bitter hops; in accordance with this, bitter hops contain more myrcene than aroma hops. The different hop varieties can also be distinguished according to their content of 2-methylbutyl-isobutyrate; this ranges between 1.76-1.97% in bitter-hops, whereas pure aroma hops contain only 0.05-0.56%. The high content of posthumulene-1 and posthumulene-2 is characteristic of the variety Hersbruck and is used to identify this variety.”
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 83, Issue 1, March-April 1977, page 73.

Now isn’t that handy – a way to determine if hops are aroma or bittering without looking at alpha-acid content. Just check the 2-methylbutyl-isobutyrate level.

Here’s the table:

TABLE VIII. Bittering Substances (Wollmer Method) a-acid and Essential Oil Composition for Different German Hop Varieties (1974 Crop).
Variety Tettnang Spalt Hallertau middle early Hersbruck late hop Record Northern Brewer Brewers Gold
Total resins 17.1 17.7 17.4 17.6 19.9 21.9 19.2
a-Acids (%) 5.8 6 5.6 5.7 9.3 10.6 8.3
B-Fraction (%) 9.7 9.5 9.4 9.7 8.5 8.2 8.3
a-Acid: B-fraction 1 : 1.66 1 : 1.58 1 : 1.68 1 : 1.70 1 : 0.91 1 : 0.77 1 : 1.00
a-Acid composition
Cohumulone (%) 22.5 18.1 19.3 19.9 25.5 42.9
Adhumulone (%) 17 15.7 15.2 19.5 15.6 15.9
Humulone (%) 60.5 65.4 65.5 60.5 58.3 4.11
Total oil (% DM) 0.87 0.88 1.15 1.01 1.8 2.12 1.42
Oil composition
Myrcene (%) 24.0 21.7 20.2 21.5 24.1 34.5 36.9
B-caryophyllene (%) 5.7 6.2 8.7 8.1 9.8 8 7.6
Farnesene (%) 11.4 11.2 + + + + +
Humulcne(%) 21.3 20.5 331 126 31.9 22.1 194
Posthumulene 1 (%) 1.53 1.66 1.35 7.9 0.86 0.94 1.79
Posthumulene 2 (%) 0.55 0.55 0.39 6.4 0.34 0.29 0.32
2-MethyIbutylisobutyrate(%) 0.05 0.06 0.56 0.44 1.76 1.82 1.97
Methyl-n-octyl-ketone (%) 0.28 0.57 0.3 0.15 0.11 0.11 0.03
Linalool (%) 0.65 0.51 0.6 0.53 0.25 0.27 0.28

You’ve probably noticed that all the hop varieties in the table are still kicking around today, unlike the barley varieties we saw earlier. Why is it that barley varieties come and go within a decade, but hop varieties hang around for centuries? Could it be connected with the more direct contact between hop growers and brewers? With barley, there’s the maltster inbetween. And, as I’ve discovered recently, barley varieties are bred with the farmer rather than the brewer in mind. The emphasis is on yield per acre rather than flavour or performance in the brewhouse.

The next paragraph is frustrating and quite handy at the same time:

“All these hop varieties are used in breweries but it is unfortunate that no exact information exists on the proportions of each variety that are used in the copper as cones or as powdered products or as extracts. It is believed that, calculating the quantities of hops on the basis of their a-acid contents, 35-40% of the hops needed in West Germany are used as hop cones or as hops ground in the brewery, that half of the rest is sold as commercial hop powder and half as extract. Since in the future the whirlpool will find a wider distribution in breweries, it is expected that more and more hop products will replace the use of hop cones. The average rates in Germany, expressed as g/hl a-acids in the wort, are relatively high, e.g.

Light lager beer  (11.5% Plato) = 6-8 g/hl
Export beer  (12.5% Plato) = 8-12 g/hl
Pilsener beer  (12.0% Plato) = 12-18 g/hl
'Altbier'  (12.0% Plato) = 12-16 g/hl
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 83, Issue 1, March-April 1977, pages 73 - 74.

So they’ve no idea how the hops were actually used. At least the author is honest. Then again, it does give hopping rates. Unfortunately in form I’ve no other statistics for.

Anyone who has looked closely at a modern German beer label will know how widely used hop oils are. Annoyingly widely, as they often leave a nasty, coarse bitterness which is perfect for ruining a delicate Lager. But everywhere in the world there’s been a move away from cone hops. Many modern breweries are physically unable to handle them.

That pilsener and Alt are the most heavily hopped is pretty obvious to anyone who has tasted German beer. I’d be very interested to see what hopping rates are like today. My guess would be that the rate for Pilsener has dropped considerably.

I’ve just discovered a wonderful table of all the world’s hop varieties in Briggs. I’ll doubtless be pestering you with that soon.

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What to Do in Denver
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01/24/2015 03:14 PM
None dare call It craft.
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01/24/2015 01:39 PM
Pope tells new cardinals no crazy partying – like grappa on an empty stomach
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01/24/2015 12:44 PM
Is Elysian Brewing evil now that it’s part of Anheuser-Busch?

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01/24/2015 11:59 AM
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01/24/2015 11:54 AM
Anheuser-Busch officiall announces purchase of Elysian Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

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01/24/2015 10:31 AM
Beer Glass Guide Infographic

Here's a link to a hi res version.

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01/24/2015 09:26 AM
Whittle: Number One With a Bullet
Bill Whittle fires back at the gun grabbers with facts. They hate that.

Seems to me our cities would be safer if we just outlawed Democrats.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

01/24/2015 05:10 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.
Heavy Seas kettle door

Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area.

The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels.

The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It was installed at Heavy Seas, new, in 1995, when the brewery, then known as Clipper City Brewing, began operations. The brewhouse will be dismantled and shipped to Texas, where it will get a new career, in its retirement, at a 'craft' distillery.

16 January 2015.

  • A barrel is not a physical thing. It's a unit of measurement, equal to 31 U.S. gallons. One barrel yields about 13.7 cases of 12-ounce beers. More on beer volumes and measurements: here.
  • Yes, I touched up the photo a bit, using the "radiance' feature of the online PicMonkey.
  • More photos from the ceremony: here.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas. Opinions expressed are not those of my employer.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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