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10/06/2015 03:04 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/06/2015 03:04 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

10/06/2015 03:04 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

10/06/2015 03:04 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/06/2015 03:04 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

10/06/2015 02:42 AM
Beer In Ads #1699: Tennis – Golf – Baseball
Monday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from 1939. Tennis – Golf – Baseball. “Wherever there’s action — wherever people are doing things — you’ll find Miller Hight Life.” Are there any places where people aren’t doing things? But by far my favorite line...

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10/06/2015 02:01 AM
Breakside Brewery 2nd Annual Oktoberfest
Milwaukie, OR – Breakside Brewery’s 2nd annual Oktoberfest celebration takes place this Sunday October 11th, 2015 at the Breakside Taproom & Brewery in Milwaukie, Oregon. This all-ages event was a big hit with Breakside fans and the Milwaukie community last year, featuring a day of special beers, German style food, authentic glassware, games and all-ages […]

10/06/2015 01:48 AM
Patent No. 3610478A: Tapping Device For Beer Kegs
Today in 1971, US Patent 3610478 A was issued, an invention of Mack S. Johnston, for his “Tapping Device For Beer Kegs and the Like.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes only this summary: Disclosed is a novel tapping device for beer kegs and the like including...

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10/06/2015 12:38 AM
King of Country George Strait Gets Personal on ‘Cold Beer Conversation’: Album …
Billboard King of Country George Strait Gets Personal on 'Cold Beer Conversation': Album ... Billboard With a total of 60 Billboard No. 1 singles (more than Elvis Presley, more than The Beatles), George Strait has made it all seem effortless. His 29th studio album, which the singer co-produced with Chuck Ainlay, will likely add to that ...

10/06/2015 12:32 AM
American Brewing Company Acquired by Pacific Brewing and Malting

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. You will soon hear news of another brewery acquisition. This time involving two local Washington breweries. An announcement is expected Tuesday from American Brewing Company of Edmonds and Pacific Brewing and Malting of Tacoma. American Brewing of Edmonds is now owned by Pacific Brewing of Tacoma. The...

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10/06/2015 12:17 AM
Good Beer Week event proposals open
Registrations are now open for anyone wishing to host an event during Good Beer Week 2016.

10/05/2015 11:35 PM
Session #104: Reports Of The Session’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
For our 104th Session, our host is Alan McLeod, who writes A Good Beer Blog. For the topic, he’s extending the discussion I started a few weeks ago in The Monthly Session: Should It Continue Or Should We Let It Go? Twenty people weighed and cast a vote, and the ayes held the day, 15...

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10/05/2015 10:50 PM
Australian Cider Festival this weekend
The Australian Cider Festival will be held in Melbourne on Saturday October 10, featuring ciders from 21 different stallholders.

10/05/2015 10:32 PM
Lion to close Creatures Dining Hall
Lion today announced that it will not be renewing the lease for Little Creatures Dining Hall in Melbourne.

10/05/2015 10:02 PM
Cap City Beer Fest – October 10th
Downtown Baton Rouge has been in need of a beer festival for years now. Finally, it is happening this fall. The Cap City Beer Fest is taking place Saturday October 10th, from 1pm until 5pm. Cap City Beer Fest helps support the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, and will be held in the North Boulevard Town Square downtown. Tickets can be ...

10/05/2015 09:00 PM
Four Brewers | 2015 Great American Beer Festival

Season 2, Episode 40 – This week we’re drinking some GABF medal-winning beers. Every year, beer drinkers from all o…

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10/05/2015 08:55 PM
If you don’t like the Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer — you’re fucked
In the 2007 Will Ferrell comedy “Step Brothers” there was a scene depicting a business event called the Catalina Wine Mixer. The movie nailed the absurdity of people deep inside a corporate culture giving a silly marketing event religious status. Seeing that there was going to be a real Catalina Wine Mixer was a mix […]

10/05/2015 07:36 PM
Like wine? Here’s how it matches up to craft beers
Sioux Falls Argus Leader Like wine? Here's how it matches up to craft beers Sioux Falls Argus Leader Craft beer is drawing a female following that wants to know more about the different tastes beer can offer. A new favorite can be predictable, those in the industry say. If a customer likes a sweeter wine, for example, they would most l ...

10/05/2015 07:00 PM
Schubros expands distribution across California and into new four new US markets
Schubros Brewery is expanding its distribution statewide and into four new US markets in order to address increasing market demand for its beers.

10/05/2015 06:56 PM
Supplemental Brewing takes aim at the fitness market
I was contacted recently by a representative from the Supplemental Brewing Company who was looking for help spreading the word about their new kickstarter campaign. I’m not a fan of crowd funding for breweries, I’d rather not gamble on a brewery until I’ve had their beer but that’s just me, if you are so inclined […]

10/05/2015 06:10 PM
Victory Brewing Launches Hoppy Quad

(Downingtown, PA) – Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, Victory Brewing Company announces Hoppy Quad, its first e…

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10/05/2015 06:03 PM
Lost Abbey My Black Parade Bottle Sale Details

(San Marcos, CA) – In anticipation of Dia De Los Muertos and inspired by the profound flavors of Mexican Chocolate, The Lost Abbey…

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10/05/2015 05:51 PM
Coming Soon: Bubbly Buzzlepops
Now, we’ve all heard of or tried bubble tea and there was nothing more satisfying than funneling the small tapioca or fruit jelly balls through the straw for a sweet chewy treat. But, what if I were to tell you there’s soon to be an alcoholic equivalent added to the ...

10/05/2015 05:00 PM
What the Anheuser-Busch purchase of LA craft beer darling Golden Road Brewing …
Los Angeles Times What the Anheuser-Busch purchase of LA craft beer darling Golden Road Brewing ... Los Angeles Times Craft beer lovers in Los Angeles and beyond are still reeling from the unexpected news that Anheuser-Busch InBev will acquire Golden Road Brewing, L.A.'s largest craft brewer. While there are a lot of things that are st ...

10/05/2015 04:48 PM
Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Stone Brewing Co. Releases Latest Collaboration:Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – To highlight the homebrewing talent that helps foster innovation among the craft beer community, Stone Brewing Co. hosts an annual Stone Homebrew Competition & American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rally. This year’s prize-winning contender was created by Juli

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10/05/2015 04:28 PM
Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale Debuts Today

(ESCONDIDO, CA) – To highlight the homebrewing talent that helps foster innovation among the craft beer community, Stone Brewi…

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10/05/2015 03:49 PM
Beer Release – Slacker, No-Li Brewhouse

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. In the wake of recent news about craft breweries getting gobbled-up by Big Beer, No-Li Brewhouse wanted to make a beer to celebrate independent craft brewing. This Friday, October 9th, 6-packs of Slacker hit the shelves. The beer is described as being very fussy: “Creamy, slightly sweet,...

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10/05/2015 03:48 PM
Flying Saucer Houston supports breast cancer awareness
October is normally associated with fall foliage, cooler weather, and trick- or- treating but it’s also a month dedicated to health awareness. Non- profit organizations, medical professionals, government agencies, and other businesses...
Breast Cancer

10/05/2015 03:18 PM
Celebration at Ghostfish Brewing this Friday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Ghostfish Brewing, Seattle’s first gluten-free brewery, is apparently the best gluten-free brewery in the nation. That is, if you trust the judges at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the most prestigious beer competition in the country. The GABF awarded medals on September 26th in Denver. Of...

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10/05/2015 02:37 PM
Beer Birthday: Morgan Cox
Today is the 38th birthday of Morgan Cox, founder and brewmaster of Ale Industries in Concord, California. Morgan started homebrewing at an early age, and washed kegs for Dave Heist at HopTown, before brewing at E.J. Phair. AFter eight years there, he left to open his own brewery, Ale Industries,...

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10/05/2015 02:30 PM
Parish Brewing’s Neapolitan Stout
Parish Brewing is well around south Louisiana known for their Ghost in the Machine double IPA and Canebrake wheat ale. One thing they don’t have as a regular offering is a stout. While that’s not bound to change anytime soon, Parish does have a limited release stout available in their taproom right now. Neapolitan Stout is exactly w ...

10/05/2015 02:00 PM
Try This Vintage Rum From Panama
The Plantation brand has a new edition to their award-winning range of vintage rums and blended rums. Straight from Maison Ferrand’s cellar master comes Plantation Panama 2004 vintage rum. This golden rum boasts a full body of spice, alluring vanilla notes, and a light smoky flavor, before finishing with a ...

10/05/2015 01:45 PM
Introducing Ommegang Rosetta

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Family is always there for you. Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart’s desire to create a soured fruit beer wasn…

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10/05/2015 01:32 PM
Patent No. 2094869A: Drinking And Tapping Attachment For Beer Cans
Today in 1937, US Patent 2094869 A was issued, an invention of Earcy Ballard, for his “Drinking and Tapping Attachment For Beer Cans.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes only this summary: My invention relates to a drinking and tapping attachment for beer cans,...

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10/05/2015 12:43 PM
Contest: Two Passes to O’Fallon Pumpkin Festival
[ October 10, 2015; 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] I've never understood the outrage about pumpkin beers.  Don't like them? Don't drink them.  I personally do like them. And if you're a pumpkin fan, we're lucky in St. Louis that O'Fallon Brewery lead the charge on producing pumpkin beers oh so many years ago. To celebrate all thing pumpkin, O'Fallon is throwing their inaugural Pumpkin [...]

10/05/2015 12:37 PM
Yule Tide Doppelbock next up in Uncharted Water Series from Heavy Seas Beer
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) recently announced that Yule Tide Gingerbread Weizen Doppelbock aged in Rum Barrels will be released as the winter installment in their Uncharted Waters Series. Yule Tide Weizen Doppelbock aged in Rum Barrels...
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10/05/2015 11:36 AM
Top Five Booziest Booze
So you’ve been wondering what are the worlds strongest, and potentially deadliest booze? We are here to help. These five could potentially kill you. Do not attempt to drink them neat, unless your name is Keith Richards. If it is, go ahead and have a snifter-full. Navimer Pur Vodka     At ...

10/05/2015 11:23 AM
Victory Brewing Announces Hoppy Quad

The post, Victory Brewing Announces Hoppy Quad, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Downingtown, PA, October 5, 2015 – Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces Hoppy Quad, its first endeavor in the quadrupel ale style since the ever popular V Twelve, with its own whole flower-hopped twist. Intense yet approachable, the Belgian-style ale exemplifies the union of traditional fermentation and […]

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10/05/2015 11:17 AM
Allagash Century Ale

The post, Allagash Century Ale, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

There’s no denying that I love the beers that Allagash Brewing produces. I know that may come across rather fan boyish, but when the company continues to make beers as outstanding as Cuvee d’Industrail and this more recent Centure Ale, it’s hard not to gush. Brewed as a saison (with a combination of Pilsner, raw […]

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10/05/2015 10:37 AM
Double Stout

Commercial description: Double Stout is smooth and full-bodied with a refreshing hoppy aftertaste. A blend of dark malts give it a character all of its own. Black malt enriches the colour and teases the palate, and brown malt gives it the dryness. Double Stout pours very dark, almost black with a creamy, light tan head [&hellip

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10/05/2015 08:25 AM
Leave The Pumpkin Out of Beer?

  I don’t want to ruffle any feathers but I just don’t get it. It seems primarily an American tradition but it is definitely something that’s creeping over to the UK, people seem to go crazy for pumpkin beers. I’ll admit, I have brewed one myself a few years ago and in all honesty, I couldn’t tell there was any pumpkin in the beer. The recipe called for a fair amount of spices and that was what the beer tasted of. Being from the UK I have never had pumpkin pie before so I can’t really tell you if it Read more

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10/05/2015 06:35 AM
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10/05/2015 05:58 AM
The price is right
This post is by Arthur. This weekend a guest post on murky beer from long-time reader Quinno contained the following passage: "Until recently, as a Reading resident, I’ve passed this off as a London-centric thing (anyone who happily pays northwards of four quid a pint is clearly a fool anyway)." I took this to be a slightly jokey, cage-rattler of a comment, which is obiviously not something

10/05/2015 05:42 AM
Stop me before I link again, a busy week in beer reading
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 10.05.15 When you begin forgetting about your history is when you're at highest risk of selling it out. That's today's "craft" beer observation. — Roger A. Baylor (@newalbanian) September 29, 2015 Elysian, Anheuser-Busch, and the Fight for the Soul of Seattle’s Beer. A profile of Dick Cantwell. “He was the sole […]

10/05/2015 05:06 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 38/39, 2015.
Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 38/39
13 September - 26 September 2015

  • 26 September 2015
    By the numbers: the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, 24-26 September, in Denver, Colorado.
    "Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C. This year’s GABF competition saw its biggest panel of judges ever, with 242 beer experts from 15 countries."
    —Via [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • 26 September 2015
    Mid-Atlantic winners at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
    —Via YFGF.

  • Four thousand breweries in the United States.
  • 26 September 2015
    Major American beer milestone announced at the Great American Beer Festival. There are 4,000 breweries in the U.S.
    —Via [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • 23 September 2015
    He came to the big fork in the road, and he took it. Hall of Fame New York Yankees baseball catcher —and wordsmith— Yogi Berra dies at age 90.
    —Via Yahoo Sports.

  • 19 September 2015
    "We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners." Roman Catholic Pope Francis I, a native of Argentina, visits the United States for the first time as pope.
    —Via Wikipedia.

  • Prost! (01)

  • 19 September 2015
    Oktoberfest, the world's largest party began today, in Munich, Germany. To continue for 16 days until 4 October.
    —Via Oktoberfest.

  • 18 September 2015
    How hops prevent infection in beer: they cause bacteria to 'starve.'
    —Via LarsBlog.

  • 16 September 2015
    What would be the impact be on U.S. 'craft' brewers if Anheuser-Busch InBev would purchase SABMiller?
    —Not so much in the immediate future, via [U.S.] Brewers Association.

  • 16 September 2015
    Today would have been the 90th birthday for blues guitarist, singer, and composer, B.B. King, who died 14 May.
    —Via Wikipedia.

  • 14 September 2015
    The "invisible" men and women of good beer: importers.
    —Via Jeff Alworth, at Beervana.

  • 15 September 2015
    MillerCoors to close its Eden, North Carolina, brewery, which began operations in 1978.
    —Via Jay Brooks, at Brookston Beer Bulletin.

  • 14 September 2015
    National grocer Kroger to pour draft beer AND wine at several of its stores in Ohio, Georgia, and Virginia, and offer growlers (take-home resealable containers).
    —Via Craft Brewing Business.

  • 13 September 2015
    Nine reasons why there might be an upcoming 'craft' beer bubble-burst.
    —Via Mitch Stone, at The Hop Tripper.

  • 13 September 2015
    On wine reviewing, and the effects of social media on it, sanguine and not so.
    "I have read arts critics fulminating against the proliferation of “amateur” reviews and arguing that these cannot possibly carry the weight of those freighted by decades of experience and deeply relevant education. But it’s not an argument I can use when I have spent my entire working life trying to arm consumers with as much information as possible so that they can make up their own minds about individual wines."
    —Via Jancis Robinson, at Financial Times.

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not.
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

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10/05/2015 05:00 AM
Samuel Adams Upcoming Nitro Beers, Longshot Beers and Book
During the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Samuel Adams held a breakfast for media members in attendance. The breakfast was held to facilitate a few announcements and to disclose the results of two Samuel Adams sponsored competitions. Co-founder and chairman of The Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, spoke at the event and discussed […]

10/05/2015 04:30 AM
Ecliptic Brewing Celebrates Second Anniversary Intergalactic Party
Portland, Ore. (October 2, 2015) – Ecliptic Brewing is turning two, and to celebrate the Mississippi neighborhood favorite will host its annual Intergalactic Party featuring live music, food, special release beers and fun on Saturday, Oct. 24. “We’ve had an exciting second year here at the brewery and are looking forward to continuing that momentum […]

10/05/2015 04:09 AM
Barney’s Beer Sorachi Ace IPA 5% ABV
This brew is, I understand, a single hop version of Barney's popular 'Volcano IPA' brewed with the exotic Japanese 'Sorachi' hop.

10/05/2015 03:26 AM
Under the influence
For all that the UK has its own distinctive beer vernacular, UK brewers in recent years have increasingly taken on influences from abroad. This post looks at a few examples of that in action.

Among those making use of the marketing potential are London's Fourpure, whose beers are now available in Marks & Spencer. Fourpure Pils is 4.7% ABV and badged as "inspired by Munich". Not a city I'd have automatically associated with this style, but they do have pils there so fair enough. It poured a worrying hazy yellow but smelled reassuringly fresh and clean: some light crisp cereals overlaid with new-mown grass and softer stonefruit. There's a lovely smooth texture making it extremely sinkable. The fruit element is lost but the fresh grass effect infuses the whole flavour, mossy and moist to begin, with a harder acidic kick on the finish. Yes there's a slight savoury yeast buzz in there too but it doesn't spoil what's otherwise a damn decent session lager, one which I think would pass muster in Germany.

For their next trick, Fourpure has taken on New York, of all places, with Fourpure Session IPA, light even for this style at 4.2% ABV. It's murky as hell but smells gorgeous, popping with grapefruit and pineapple. And that's there in the flavour too but only fleetingly as a hollow watery character brings the hop fun to an abrupt close. The malt base peeps out a little as it warms, toffee and candyfloss, but not providing enough body to dispel the wateriness. And while I'm kicking it, there's a distinct yeast bite, adding the wrong sort of bitterness to the finish. It's not a bad beer: the attractive shapes thrown by the hops inspire a lot of forgiveness in me, but with a bit more body and a lot less yeast it could be a whole lot better, in this drinker's opinion.

Staying in M&S but switching to their own brands, I picked up this bottle of Greenwich Black IPA, brewed by Meantime "inspired by American craft beers". Hey: I like American craft beers! Maybe this will do what they do. It's 5.7% ABV and a dense, opaque black. It smells wholesome and portery: very English. And that's equally true on tasting. The hops are English hops, vegetal and metallic, balanced against dark toffee and liquorice on a creamy body. Lovely drinking but not even remotely like an American IPA. I'm happy to forgive that, though, and just settle into a pleasant traditional-style pint.

I'm not sure what to make of Haus Party by Camden Town Brewery which I found on draught at The Beer Market recently. This London brewery normally does very clean bright lagers and pale ales, and this is a murky red-brown amber ale in a vaguely American style despite the half-German name. The taste pulls in all manner of different directions at once: toffee over here, lavender this way, meadow flowers on another side. The aroma, meanwhile is an unrelated mix of spicy sherbet and citrus. A lot going on, and when it settles, a few sips in, it seems to me the lavender and sherbet which coalesce, resulting in a bathsalts effect. Very unusual and I'm not quite sure it works. Certainly the first beer of this kind that I've tasted from Camden Town.

Bringing up the rear, and taking us out of London, another US-influenced one. Bear State is an IPA from Thornbridge and was also found at The Beer Market. I came to it a little wary, having been disappointed by previous American-influenced Thornbridge beers, but this is a beaut. It arrived a perfect clear gold colour and sets up its stall with a fantastic fresh and juicy aroma, all apricot and honeydew. A pithy bitterness kicks off the flavour and then steps aside to allow the more subtle grapefruit and peach through. Above all it's light and clean -- almost lagery, in fact -- which is extra amazing given it's a massive 7% ABV. I could drink a lot of it and not be sorry. For a while.

Some really well done beers here, and the faithfulness to their origins matters not a jot. It's better than five boring takes on brown bitter, for sure.

10/05/2015 03:05 AM
John Smith acquisitions (part two)
The map of Simonds brewery purchases was so revealing, I’ve decided to do the same for John Smith.

And blow me, as soon as I looked at it, I noticed something. Again, it’s to do with major transport routes. While Simonds takeovers followed the Great Western Railway east to west, John Smiths mostly went north and south. Approximately following the A1 and East Coast mainline. Take a look:

Black: original brewery
Green: <= 1920
Red: 1930 – 1945
Orange:  > 1950

Though in addition there’s a little leakage over the Pennines to Lancashire.

I’m definitely going to continue with this. It’s so revealing.

10/04/2015 10:37 PM
The Session #104 roundup posted
Alan McLeod has posted the roundup for The Session #104 with a headline that asks “Eulogy Or Revival?” Lots of nice words in there and it would appear the answer to the question is b) Revival. If you flip on over to the lineup of Sessions past and Sessions future you’ll see five volunteers have […]

10/04/2015 05:19 PM
Zest in the West returns to west Houston
Do you love great food, beer, and wine? Most of us do, and Food & Vine Time Productions has just the event to satisfy these sometimes neglected cravings. It’s Zest in the West, back for another year and...
Zest in the West

10/04/2015 03:16 PM
Beer of the week #6
A regular Sunday feature: each week one of the team writes about the best new beer they've had on tap that week. This Sunday it's Tunameister John West himself getting his round in late doors. If you yourself have had anything new that's impressed you, let us know what and where in the comments. Southwark Bermondsey Best Two pints at the Chesham Arms, E9, Hackney 4.4% abv. £3.60/pint. A lot has

10/04/2015 10:33 AM
He's visited every brewery in Virginia; and shows you how to.
I caught up with the peripatetic Rayner (Ray) Johnson, Friday afternoon, at Port City Brewing, a production-brewery located in a light-industry-zoned area in a neighborhood at the southwestern corner of the city of Alexandria, Virginia.

We were both there, along with many others, to congratulate owner Bill Butcher, head brewer Jonathan Reeves, and the entire brewery staff of Port City. The brewery had just won Small Brewery of the Year, the previous Saturday, at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), in Denver, Colorado.*
Three medals for Port City (2015 GABF)

Bill Butcher sat down with us for a few minutes. He was soaking in the good feelings. He told his brewery staff to do the same, even though they, of course, needed no prompting. "But temper this," he said he had admonished them, "with the memory of the feelings we had last year when we won nothing" (after having won four medals in 2013, and one in 2012, the year the brewery opened).

The [U.S.] Brewers Association has determined that there are now four thousand breweries in the U.S., with nearly two opening every day. The competition will only become fiercer, Butcher added, making national victories —especially for smaller breweries like his — much more difficult to attain in the future.

As the Port City taproom began to fill with well-wishers, Ray Johnson was up and schmoozing, busy passing out complimentary copies of the November/December issue of Virginia Craft Beer magazine, for which he is the Distribution Manager for Northern Virginia. I know this because he gave me his business card.

Beer and magazine

In 2014, Johnson visited every brewery in Virginia, and had a beer at each. There were eighty-two breweries in the Commonwealth last year, give or take. This year, there are one-hundred twenty-five.

Johnson —who is better known as the long-time organizer of the annual Blue & Gray Breweriana Show, in Fredericksburg, Virginia— maintains a database of each brewery visit, and a spreadsheet of those he has yet to visit. He has a watch-list of one-hundred fifty breweries currently in planning, and, of those, forty that are scheduled to open by early 2016. It's as up-to-date as he can keep it, he told me. The rapid growth of brewery openings makes the task, well, a labor of love.

Virginia breweries spreadsheet

Writing in the current issue of Virginia Craft Beer Magazine (October/November 2015), Johnson put some order into it all, creating six 'brewery trails': highway-arranged brewery-jaunts in the state.
  • I-95 Trail (Alexandria to Petersburg)
  • I-64 East Trail (Toano to Smithfield)
  • I-64 West Trail (Richmond to Danville)
  • I-66 Trail (Arlington to Sperryville)
  • Route 7 Trail (Capital Beltway to Bluemont)
  • I-81 Trail (Winchester to Bristol: the longest of the 'trails', running over 314 miles, north to south.)
In his article, Johnson listed the breweries and brewpubs of his I-95 and Route 7 trails. He'll do the same for the remaining four in upcoming issues.

Ray Johnson of Virginia Craft Beer Magazine

There are four, more formal, brewery trails in Virginia, independent of Johnson's research, each with its own website: -----more-----
  • Kory Mohr of Virginia Beer Trail reminded me of two more 'formal' Virginia beer 'trails'. I've added them to this post, to make four. See Comments, below.
  • More photos from the celebration at Port City: here.
  • * Winning at the GABF is considered by many brewers and consumers as de facto recognition as being the best in the U.S. Host organization, the [U.S.] Brewers Association, defines 'Small Brewery' as one producing between 1,000 and 15,000 barrels of beer per year. In 2015, five-hundred eighteen breweries competed in the category.
  • A barrel is not a keg. In fact it's not even a physical thing. Instead it's a unit of measurement, equal to 31 U.S. gallons, which is the equivalent of 13.7 cases of 24-bottles of 12-ounce beer (or two 15.5-gallon kegs).
  • The Virginia Beer Trail maintains another comprehensive directory of Virginia breweries.
  • YFGF maintains a listing of breweries in Virginia, and in Maryland and the District of Columbia, which have Twitter accounts.

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10/04/2015 07:47 AM
Session Stout Recipe

The evenings here in Cornwall are starting to draw in. It’s always around this time of year that the mind turns to darker beers, something less refreshing like a pale ale and more comforting and warming. Seasonality plays an important role in beer making, I know from brewing commercially that the lighter ABV session beers start losing traction as the weather turns more autumnal. Sitting outside in the sunshine warrants a light summery beer. Now the sun is fading and making way for less clement weather a heavier, more warming beer is called for. In previous years I would be Read more

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10/04/2015 03:57 AM
September 2015: The Month That Was

More or less back on schedule, here’s everything we wrote in September 2015 in one handy round-up. → Brewers might not all be ‘passionate’ but they’re not all money-grubbing cynics either — most exist somewhere in-between, but tending towards the former over the latter. → We weren’t hugely impressed by Schneider’s Meine Porter Weisse, especially … Continue reading September 2015: The Month That Was

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10/04/2015 03:05 AM
Simonds Dark Ales 1948 – 1960
I seem to have accidentally started writing a history of the Big Six. How on earth did that happen?

Tracing exactly how they formed is fascinating. Like watching the solar system assemble itself. You can see that takeover targets weren’t random, but were chosen carefully. You didn’t want to get too much overlap in pub estates. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t choices.

J W Green and Simonds covered much of the same territory. It’s quite possible that Whitbread could have bought Simonds and Courage J W Green. Would that have made any difference in the long term? Probably not. But it would have made the 1970’s and 1980’s somewhat different. 

I’d love to know if they would have made the same brewery decisions. Meaning, would Courage have built a new brewery in Luton? Would Whitbread have replaced Simonds brewery with one outside Reading? Maybe Courage would have closed J W Green’s Luton brewery and kept open Flowers Stratford one.

Apologies for rather wandering off topic there. I’m supposed to be telling you about the Dark Ales of H & G Simonds. It shouldn’t take too long. It better hadn’t. I’ve things to do, beer to drink, mindless TV to watch.

We’re starting with Brown Ale. The table also has a Strong Ale randomly included. For no reason other than I didn’t know where else to put it. There’s something quite unusual about the first couple of Brown Ales in the table. See if you can spot it.

Simonds Brown Ale and bottled Strong Ale 1948 - 1960
Year Beer Style Price per pint d OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation colour
1948 Brown Ale Brown Ale 15 1026.3 1006.7 2.54 74.52% 40 + 8.5
1949 Brown Ale Brown Ale 15 1026.1 1008 2.34 69.35% 23 + 40
1950 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 15 1029.5 1007.3 2.88 75.25% 10 + 40
1951 Brown Ale Brown Ale 18 1029.2 1009.6 2.53 67.12% 19 + 40
1952 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 19 1032 1005.5 3.44 82.81% 5 + 40
1952 Brown Ale Brown Ale 18 1029.9 1009.7 2.61 67.56% 17 + 40
1956 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 16 1031.9 1011.9 2.58 62.70% 85
1960 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 20 1035.1 1015.7 2.50 55.27%
1953 Old Berkshire Strong Ale Strong Ale 43.5 1076.7 1033.2 5.61 56.71% 16 + 40
Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

What’s odd? They have an OG below 1027º. That’s a very cost-ineffective way to brew. Because a beer under 1027º paid tax as if it were 1027º. Simonds paid more tax than they needed to on those beers. I suspect that they’d aimed for 1027º, but undershot.

I’m pretty sure that they’re all the same Brown Ale, despite the two names. Which makes it odd how variable they are in terms of attenuation and colour. You can see that the gravity rose between 1948 and 1960, but ironically the ABV didn’t. Very strange.

All I’ll say about the Strong Ale is that because of the crap attenuation, it wasn’t really all that strong.

Now it’s the turn of Mild Ale.

Simonds draught Mild Ale 1950 - 1951
Year Beer Style Price per pint d OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation colour
1950 Ale Mild 12 1030.4 56
1951 Mild Ale Mild 14 1032 1005.5 3.44 82.81% 80
1951 Mild Dark Sweet Mild 14 1031.5 1005.7 3.35 81.90% 80
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

Only three examples this time. The one from 1950 isn’t properly dark. But dark enough to be easily distinguished from Bitter. The other two have quite a high ABV for their gravity, due to the high degree of attenuation. I can’t really see how the last one could be that sweet.

Pale Ales next.

10/03/2015 07:23 PM
AtG Citra Ass Down
This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as


10/03/2015 07:09 PM
Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is Louisville's first brewer-owned brewery and, like most worthwhile undertakings, the product of dissatisfaction with the status quo. The Louisville area has had a number of quality


10/03/2015 06:05 PM
Ommegang Rare Vos
Ommegang Brewmaster's tasting notes:

Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice.

10/03/2015 04:22 PM
What’s Left of 2015?

A quiet dull Saturday afternoon and I found myself poking around some of my favorite brewing internet stops. I am dreaming of what’s left of 2015 and what can I make of it for myself as a brewer. I am way off my normal batch frequency, and it saddens me. Gotta make use of my […]

Read the original article What’s Left of 2015? and other Brew Dudes posts.

10/03/2015 05:02 AM
No Drinker's Digest today as Arthur is travelling. Instead we have a guest contribution from long-time STONCH commenter Quinno, who suggests a social media hashtag to shame murky beer: London Murky in Bermondsey I’ve read (and seen up close) a fair bit about ‘London murky’. The fact is we're increasingly being offered a ‘naturally hazy’ product when it’s nothing of the sort – it’s a crap

10/03/2015 05:00 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Socks of a brewer
Socks of a brewer (02)

The 'hose' couture of Matt Ryan, lead brewer for Mad Fox Brewing Company, in Falls Church, Virginia. This is just one of many colorful pairs in his closet.

As seen at the brewpub's 4th annual Hoppy Oktoberfest, an outdoor festival to which several mid-Atlantic-area breweries brought their Oktoberfest-style lagers, autumnal beers, and IPAs.

19 September 2015.

  • As of the festival, Mr. Ryan had just recently accepted the lead brewer position at Mad Fox. Prior to that, he had brewed at Capitol City Brewing, in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
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10/03/2015 03:41 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 03/10/2015

Here’s our pick of the most interesting beer- and pub-related writing of the last week, with a sneaky contribution to Session 104 hidden at the end. → For All About Beer, Jeff Alworth asks ‘How Wild is Your Beer?‘: Is there a difference between inoculated-wild ales and truly wild ales? There is. A Brett-aged beer will … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 03/10/2015

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10/03/2015 03:05 AM
Light Ale in 1960
One of the up and comers, style-wise, of the post-war period was Light Ale. Benefitting from the surge in popularity of bottled beer, it became one of the most popular types of beer.

Its origins go back to the early Running Pale Ales of the late 19th century. The first Pale Ales were all Stock Ales, matured for months before sale. But after 1850 a new lighter, style emerged that was drunk fresh. Cheaper and more accessible, these beers soon picked up a following. Initially draught beers, soon bottled version began to appear under a variety of different names: Luncheon Ale, Light Dinner Ale, Dinner Ale, Light Bitter.

By the middle of the 20th century, Light Ale began to consolidate its position as the standard name for this type, though other terms did continue to be used. Including simply Pale Ale, which makes things confusing. Where does Light Ale stop and Pale Ale begin? It’s almost as impossible to define as the difference between IPA and Pale Ale. Ultimately, I usually go with the brewer’s designation.

That’s not what Which? did, as the table below will make clear. They’ve included beers with gravities almost up to 1040º, which seems too high to me. I’d have placed the cut off at around 1034-1035º. Note that none of the examples over 1035º are actually called Light Ale.

I’m surprised that the bitterness level isn’t that much lower than for bottled strong Pale Ales. They averaged 32.8 as compared to 26.33 for Light Ales. But the average gravity of the Pale Ales was much higher, 1048º. And Hammonds Prize Medal at 38 was just one point behind the most bitter bottled Pale Ale.

The two tables have many similarities. Like the price per % ABV: 6.56d and 6.58d. Remove the expensive Export Golden Mead Ale and the average price per pint is pretty similar, too: 20.0d and 20.8d. It’s odd that, despite both tables having rates of attenuation all over the shop, the average for both isn’t far from the gold-standard 75%.

I saw an American tourist drinking a bottle of Light Ale in a UK airport 20-odd years ago. He looked rather confused. I assume he’d asked for a Light Beer.

Table time.

Light Ale in 1960
Brewer Beer Price per pint d OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation Index of Hop Bitter price per % ABV
Georges Bitter Ale 18 1031.5 1006.1 3.30 80.63% 24 5.46
Ushers India Pale Ale 18 1031.6 1008.5 3.00 73.26% 25 6.00
Friary Meux Friary Ale 20 1030.6 1009.7 2.70 68.30% 27 7.40
Strong Golden Ale 20 1030.7 1006.1 3.20 80.29% 22 6.25
Simonds SB. Light Ale 20 1034.2 1009.5 3.20 72.22% 32 6.25
Fremlins Elephant Light Ale 21 1031.0 1006.4 3.20 79.52% 32 6.56
Younger, Wm. Younger's Pale Ale 22 1032.3 1006.2 3.40 80.96% 16 6.48
Hammond Prize Medal 22 1036.3 1005.6 4.00 84.57% 38 5.51
Wilson Wembley Ale 22 1036.9 1007.7 3.80 79.27% 28 5.79
Greenall Whitley Champion Pale Ale 22 1038.9 1012.6 3.40 67.61% 32 6.47
Tolly Cobblold Tolly Extra Quality Light Ale 24 1035.3 1010.6 3.20 69.97% 23 7.51
Hope & Anchor Export Golden Mead Ale 30 1037.4 1011.9 3.30 68.18% 17 9.09
Average 21.6 1033.9 1008.4 3.31 75.40% 26.33 6.56
Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.

Light Ale in 1960
Brewer Beer Price per pint d Acidity OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation colour price per % ABV
Brickwoods Light Bitter Ale 20 0.02 1031.2 1008.8 2.80 71.79% 22 7.14
Cheltenham & Hereford Brewery Cheltenham Ale 18 0.02 1032.1 1007.6 3.06 76.32% 25 5.88
Norman & Pring Pale Ale 20 0.02 1031 1003.8 3.40 87.74% 15 5.88
Starkey, Knight & Ford Tivvy Pale Ale 20 0.02 1030.5 1005.1 3.18 83.28% 28 6.30
Strong Golden Ale 22 0.02 1031.8 1006.3 3.19 80.19% 16 6.90
Stroud Brewery Allbright Ale 18 0.02 1030.9 1008 2.86 74.11% 25 6.29
Tennent Pale Ale 20 0.02 1029.9 1011.8 2.26 60.54% 26 8.84
Tomson & Wotton Allbright Pale Ale 20 0.02 1029.9 1005.8 3.01 80.60% 18 6.64
Ansell Triple Gold Light Ale 22 0.02 1039.1 1008.1 3.87 79.28% 24 5.68
Fremlin Elephant Light Ale 21 0.02 1031.5 1005.8 3.21 81.59% 23 6.54
Morland Light Ale 19 0.04 1033.6 1009.5 3.01 71.73% 27 6.31
Average 20.0 0.02 1032.0 1007.3 3.08 77.02% 22.6 6.58
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

Draught Mild next.

10/02/2015 08:31 PM
Beer blogging: beating that drum to the emptiness of the universe.
Session 104: Quick! Write... And Make It Good!!The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community, begun in March of 2007 by Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer and Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin.

On the first Friday of every month, a pre-determined beer blogger hosts The Session: Beer Blogging Friday. He or she chooses a specific, beer-related topic, invites all bloggers to write on it, and posts a roundup of all the responses received. For more information, view the archive page.

When no potential host stepped forward to host October's edition, the 104th, The Session's co-creator, Jay Brooks, seemed to suffer an existential pang of doubt:
Way back in early 2007, Stan Hieronymus had an idea, one he’d borrowed from the wine bloggers, who at the time were further along in both numbers and longevity. That idea was Beer Blogging Friday, the monthly Session that takes place on the first Friday of each month. The plan was simple. Beer bloggers from around the world would get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic each month, on the first Friday.

Lately, however, it’s been hard finding hosts and fewer and fewer people have been stepping up. For the last year or so, we’ve limped along, and we’ve been able to keep going only by the skin of our teeth. There have been more than a few months when someone stepped up just in the nick of time and offered to host. Should we keep the monthly Session going, or put it out to pasture, and declare it past its prime and no longer of any enduring interest? Certainly beer blogging has changed in the eight years since we started the Session. When I asked Stan [Hieronymous, beer blogger, writer, and co-founder of The Session] yesterday — since it’s really his baby — he wondered if we should “take the philosophical approach, that the Session has run its course,” noting that “it lasted longer than the similar wine project” that inspired it.

To the rescue came Alan McLeod —beer writer and author of blog A Good Beer Blog.
I was going to tell you to write anything you feel like whether it makes any sense or not... but then I realized that's what you do anyway. Especially you. Yes, you!! So you are going to write about this: if we just "take the philosophical approach, that the Session has run its course” aren't we really admitting that beer blogging is a massive failure? I say no. I say this is a fabulous way to cover up problem drinking with anti-social internet addictions. Maybe you know of another reason we should keep writing and try to make some sense of the beer and brewing world. Well, goodie for you. Write about it. Explain yourself. Because if you can't you are really admitting (i) you've wasted the best part of the last decade or (ii) you live in a fantasy world where think you are a beer writer and not a beer blogger and that's soooooo much more important.

Alan, you've asked:
If we just "take the philosophical approach, that the Session has run its course” aren't we really admitting that beer blogging is a massive failure?

Well, in three words: I think not. In more words: you're foisting a false dilemma upon us. Or a claim to beer-blogging exceptionalism.

As I write this, Hurricane Joachin is bearing down on me —or maybe it isn't.
The weather Sunday and Monday remains highly uncertain with heavy rain…strong gusty winds…tidal flooding and erosion remaining a concern…though it could just turn out to be a partly sunny and breezy day.
—The National Weather Service

That's a C.Y.A. hoot.

To be well-prepared —for either contingency: emergency or autumn life as normal— I stocked the larder with an ample supply of batteries, pet food, toilet paper, and bottled aqueous extract of hordeum vulgare —that last item fortified psychotropicly by my friendly neighborhood brewer— minus extranea.

Before doing that, I posted a not-in-any-way-storm-related Facebook rant against corn syrup, modified corn starch, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, artificial flavor, and artificial color (aka marshmallows) as having any place in 'kraft' beer. Smores extranea. As a reward, I was quite wonderfully 'trolled':
No one cares. But keep beating that drum to the emptiness of the universe.

And that's a hoot I'll accept the challenge. Why not?

I'll continue banging that good-beer drum into the void, confident that, somewhere, good-beer SETI will hear me. But better with the companionship of The Session: Beer Blogging Friday.

  • The troller equated actual significance with virtual Facebook 'likes.' That's an unsettling view of validation, a commentary for another day.

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10/02/2015 08:18 PM
Geaghan Brothers Brewing debuts new tasting room
Geaghan Brothers Brewing has added a tasting room to their Abbot Street brewery in Brewer, Maine. The brewery has an open bay that is used for staging outbound loads and receiving inbound freight that will double as a tasting room at the tail end of each week. The back of the bay leads to the […]

10/02/2015 05:00 PM
Pick Pickering’s Gin
Edinburgh based distillery, Summerhall Distillery, is home to the multi award winning line of Pickering’s Gin. Summerhall is located at the site of an old animal hospital, which has since been split into an arts venue with a pub right in the middle with the distillery located next door. This ...

10/02/2015 04:36 PM
The Session #104 – Don’t Stop The Music
  I’m starting with a plea: Please, if it doesn’t have to end, don’t stop The Session.  The Session has been in existence as long as I’ve been a beer blogger, and has provided me with points of view and access to the minds of other writers and bloggers for years. You (collectively) have provided examples […]

10/02/2015 03:51 PM
Fresh Hop beers at the Horse Brass Pub
JoEllen sent this list of beers on tap and on deck at the Brass, 4537 S.E. Belmont St.; On Tap Now… Commons Brewery, Fresh Hop Myrtle Saison Ex Novo Brewing, Elliot Fresh Hop IPA Machine House, Simcoe Fresh Hop Session Ale, Cask Conditioned Ninkasi, Total Crystalation Fresh Hop IPA, (Fresh Hop Total Domination) Oakshire Brewing, […]

10/02/2015 02:47 PM
(Some of) the best beer writing of 2015: The NAGBW Awards.
North American Guild of Beer Writers

The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) announced the winners of it 3rd annual NAGBW Awards for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors, at the recent Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, Colorado.
The NAGBW Awards honor the best beer and brewing industry coverage in nine categories, restructured this year to organize material by content rather than format.

The NAGBW has members from USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Costa Rica. Guild membership is open to all writers and content producers who cover beer and brewing, although industry and associate memberships are both non-voting categories.

With the formation of the NAGBW and an annual writing competition, the Guild aims to broaden the conversation about beer and brewing, raise the standards of writing and provide leadership and continuing education for practitioners of our profession, while also encouraging and supporting more participation throughout all media channels.

Here is the list of the 2015 winners, with links to their winning submissions. To be eligible, entries must have been published from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. They were then judged on these criteria:
  • Readability 25%
  • Voice and style 25%
  • Knowledge of subject/accuracy/factual content 20%
  • Creativity/originality 15%
  • Interest/newsworthiness 15%
Here's what beer writer Alan McLeod, on the judging panel, had to say about judging the contest.
This was my third year judging in the NAGBW... Or is it NABWG? I don't know if that counts as big enough a sample size but a few observations from what I've seen.

Entries numbers generally were up as far as I saw as was the average quality. There were about 25% of entries which should not have been passed on to the judges, 50% were work-person-like pieces and 25% showed actual independent creative thinking. Not bad. Not like year one.

Like last year, I got to judge writings I would not be bothered to hunt out myself and half the time I felt rewarded. Not bad. It's good that folk want to write. There's little chance of making money out of beer writing, so it's likely out of honest interest. Which is good. It's quite sad that breweries don't support good beer writing, but that doesn't change how I feel about good writing.

Congratulations to all the winners. I recommend folk read what they wrote. Click on the links; they're free. Buy the books; they're enjoyable and educational, and they further a good cause. Beer.


10/02/2015 02:25 PM
Week of 10/02/15 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: 2nd Shift / TWCP Barrel Aged VANILLA Coffee LSD (none for sale), James Pepper 1776 Barrel Aged Brown Ale in Rye Barrels, Prairie Artisan Ales 3rd Anniversary, Oskar Blues IPA, Alpha Brewing [...]

10/02/2015 02:24 PM
Space Glass Allows Astronauts To Have A Drink
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut or perhaps you already are or are in the process of becoming one and you’ve questioned how to successfully transfer a little tipple from a glass to your mouth due to the whole no gravity thing, you need not worry anymore. The ...

10/02/2015 01:09 PM
Our Greatest National Holiday — VODKA DAY YAY!
By D.R.Stewart The Fourth of July? Whatever. The Fourth of October is National Vodka Day. I wish I were present at the intense lobbying sessions with our elected officials to make this long-needed event happen. More importantly — have you decorated your house yet with lucite adornments?  Wearing of clear plastic earrings? People complain that […]

10/02/2015 11:55 AM
Characters abound at GABF 2015
For many, dressing to attend the Great American Beer Festival is simply a matter of pulling on a pair of jeans and slipping on a favorite brewery t-shirt. And, the majority of attendees to the festival are dressed in these mundane garments garnering little to no real attention. But, for those who crave the limelight, […]

10/02/2015 10:46 AM
Washington Brewers Guild Hires a New Executive Director

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The Washington Brewers Guild just announced the hire of a new Executive Director: Annie McGrath. Her background includes work with the Washington State Legislature and also the Washington Wine Institute. McGrath’s duties include overseeing the annual Washington Cask Beer Festival and the upcoming Washington Winter Beer Festival,...

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10/02/2015 10:21 AM
The Session #104: The failure of beer blogging?
Alan McLeod has stepped in at the last moment to host the 104th gathering of The Session. And he expects an answer to this question: If we just “take the philosophical approach, that the Session has run its course”* aren’t we really admitting that beer blogging is a massive failure? * That’s me being quoted. […]

10/02/2015 10:10 AM
Waitrose, Camden Town Brewery launch Britain’s first supermarket growlers

Camden Town Brewery working with Waitrose have revealed Britain’s first growler system at the latter’s Kings Cross branch. Alongside a wine bar, there are Camden Brewery beers on tap which can be used to fill a growler. The news was originally Tweeted by Camden: Our Growlers are in @Waitrose#KingsCross + our Pale Ale is on tap for

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10/02/2015 10:01 AM
Czech firm reveals PET solution for steel keg lines

Container manufacturer Petainer has launched a plastic keg system designed to run on most steel keg filling lines Known as petainerKeg Linestar, the firm says it has a host of new benefits such as increased resilience throughout the supply chain, lightweight, ergonomically designed for handling, and providing 2,800cm² of space for branding opportunities. Petainer Group Commercial

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10/02/2015 08:58 AM
Beer & BBQ Fest at Brenner's On The Bayou
It's going to be a beautiful weekend and I suggest spending Saturday afternoon outside on the grounds of Brenner's On The Bayou for their annual Beer & BBQ Fest this Saturday, October 3rd from 3pm ~ 6pm.

They'll be featuring craft beer from local, Texas and out of state breweries along side barbeque from four different regions (Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and the Carolinas). Tickets are $55 before Saturday and $70 the day of. There is also a VIP option for $110 which provides early access to the festival and a VIP room with premium selections, on-site brewery representatives and additional food options.  Valet parking is $10 or you can take the shuttle service for $5 (see Parking & Info for more details).

  • Karbach Brewing Co. – Houston, TX
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Houston, TX
  • Independence Brewing Company – Austin, TX 
  • Cedar Creek Brewery – Seven Points, TX
  • Bayou Teche LA 31 Brewing – Arnaudville, LA
  • SweetWater Brewing Company – Atlanta, GA
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company – San Diego, CA
  • Boulevard Brewing Company – Kansas City, MO
  • Boston Beer Company – Boston, MA
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10/02/2015 07:00 AM
Pros & Ams, Beers & Bikes; Beer Events for October 2-8
Sidra Cider Cocktail Party 5-7 p.m. Friday Oct. 2, Barrique Barrel, 7401 N Burlington Ave.; Finnriver Cidery will showcase their limited release Sidra, Spanish Style Cider on draft and in bottles to go and they’ll be making custom cocktails with their farmcrafted ciders and fruit brandywines. Featured combinations include Artisan Sparkling Cider & Black Currant […]

10/02/2015 06:56 AM
Colorado Guanabara

The post, Colorado Guanabara, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

AB InBev’s recent run of craft brewery purchases this past year hasn’t just been limited to North America. The global conglomerate recently purchased one of Brazil’s first craft breweries, Cervejaria Colorado, back in July of this year. That probably explain as to why bottles of the company’s Guanabara just started showing up on shelves as […]

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10/02/2015 05:41 AM
Carlsberg culled by Tesco
Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain, has announced Carlsberg will be withdrawn from almost all of its stores. It's part of a drive to reduce the number of product lines across all categories to streamline the business and keep prices down. Ad industry journal The Drum has the story. Clearly, this is a big blow for Carlsberg. As a multinational brewer they have other beers on the UK

10/02/2015 03:55 AM
Why Brew Gose Instead of Mild?

This is not only old, it's really old. Please explain why British brewers are making Gose after they invented this? pic.twitter.com/wsX5nZFnsd — PrettyBeer (@PrettyBeer) October 1, 2015 There’s a simple answer to this question: because no-one in Britain actually likes mild. Of course that’s not quite true — a few people are obsessive about it, … Continue reading Why Brew Gose Instead of Mild?

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10/02/2015 03:15 AM
October 2nd, 2015
It'll brings a tear to your eye just thinking about it.



10/02/2015 03:05 AM
H & G Simonds acquisitions
I am indeed continuing my Courage theme. Or rather, my theme of how the Courage group coalesced. And what better way to do that than with a table and a map?

Thicko that I am, I’ve only just realised that a map – or series of maps – is the best way to demonstrate how the group was assembled. I’d been fairly certain that all Simonds acquisitions were West of London and the map confirms this.

They were very active in buying other breweries, with 17 purchases between 1930 and 1954. With the exception of the war, they averaged almost one a year. In doing so, they amassed quite an estate of tied houses. In 1896 they owned 158 pubs, but by 1916 that was already up to 316. When they were absorbed into the Courage group in 1960, their estate stood at around 1,200 pubs.  Or around one-fifth of the later Courage estate.

Looking at the map, something immediately struck me: a similarity with the map of the Great Western Railway I have hanging over my telly. Simonds expansion until 1950 mostly followed the Great Western mainline from Reading out towards Wales. While in the 1950’s it was in the extreme Southwest of England, in Devon and Cornwall, another branch of the GWR. Coincidence? I suspect not.

You can see why they made a very attractive takeover target for anyone wanting a presence in the West Country and South Wales. To Courage, very much centred on London and the Southeast, they offered an easy route to total coverage of the South. When John Smiths was added in 1970, pretty much all of England was covered.

Like J W Green, Simonds seem to have run out of breath in the mid-1950’s and just coasted along for a few years until themselves being gobbled up. What was the reason? Personal? Financial? Or both? I’ll need to dig a bit deeper.

These are the breweries Simonds took over in handy table form:

H & G Simonds acquisitions
year brewery address tied houses closed
1919 George Crake Tamar Bry Plymouth 28 1975
1919 Mackeson & Co. Ltd. Hythe 1929
1920 South Berks Brewery Ltd. West Mills Brewery and Atlas Brewery Newbury 150/200 1920/1930
1930 Ashby’s Staines Bry Ltd Staines 185 1931
1930 Wheelers Wycombe Brys Ltd High Wycombe 148 1931
1931 Newbury Bry Co Ltd Newbury
1935 W J Rogers Ltd Bristol 1952
1938 Cirencester Bry Ltd Cirencester 90 1937
1937 Lakeman’s Bry Brixham 50 1950
1938 R H Stiles Bridgend 27 1937
1939 J L Marsh & Sons Ltd Blandford Forum 8
1945 R B Bowly & Co Ltd Swindon 41 1945
1947 John May & Co Ltd Basingstoke 90/100
1948 East Africa Brys Nairobi, Kenya
1949 Phillips & Sons Ltd Newport 125 1968
1951 R Grant & Sons Torquay
1951 South Devon Brewery Ltd plus C W Blundell (Plymouth) 25 1948
1953 Pool & Son Ltd Penzance 1953
1954 Octagon Bry Ltd Plymouth 50 1970
"The Brewing Industry a Guide to Historical Records” by Lesley Richmond and Alison Turton, 1990, page 298.
"A Century of British Breweries plus" by Norman Barber, 2005, pages 3, 5, 22, 24, 25, 34, 35, 39, 45, 46, 118, 131 and 158

And here’s the map:

Black: original brewery
Green: <= 1920
Red: 1930 – 1945
Blue: 1945 – 1949
Orange:  > 1950

And, what the hell, here’s another table, too:

Simonds tied houses 1839 - 1916
year tied houses
1839 37
1872 79
1896 158
1916 316
"The Brewing Industry a Guide to Historical Records” by Lesley Richmond and Alison Turton, 1990, pages 297 - 298.

I’ve drawn up a map of the breweries John Smiths bought. That also tells a story.

10/01/2015 11:46 PM
Roadtesting the ‘hop teabag’
Can a 'hop teabag' really turn a standard beer into flavourful craft? Zac Martin puts his scepticism aside to find out.

10/01/2015 11:08 PM
Paul Mercurio’s Nachos Extraordinaire
With two grand finals upon us, Paul Mercurio serves up the perfect dish to accompany some celebratory beers this weekend.

10/01/2015 07:02 PM
Worcester Hop Shop
Welcome to the Worcester Hop Shop, for years I have been brewing my own beer. I was however frustrated with the outragious prices I had to pay for my basic raw materials hops, yeast and grain I finally decided


10/01/2015 03:57 PM
SweetWater Brewing prepares for release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) announced today that they will be releasing Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout as the latest offering in their Cork & Cage Series beginning on Monday, October 5. SweetWater Brewing is certainly...
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10/01/2015 02:09 PM
4 Hands Ultimate Tap Takeover at iTAP CWE
[ October 3, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Over the course of seven years, the International Tap House has done a lot of tap takeovers, but they've never done a tap takeover as big as the one they're putting on this Saturday. Beginning at 2PM, iTAP CWE and 4 Hands Brewing will be putting twenty different beers on tap. While you'll be able to [...]

10/01/2015 02:02 PM
Ten things you must know about Stockholm
1. I was there last week doing a bit of judging.

2. More people are growing beards. Mostly men.

3. It's going as brewery-crazy as everywhere. Despite a hostile environment.

4. You can survive on a cooked breakfast, beer and sausages.

5. The cask at Akkurat is more than decent. (Blind Tiger, I'm looking at you.)

6. It isn't as flat as Holland.

7. A combined beer and whisky festival doesn't necessarily incite anarchy.

8. Stockholm airport and Stockholm city aren't on the same planet. Barely in the same galaxy.

9. Dark Mild is available*.

10. If you're an unhealthily pale, blue-eyed pisshead, you'll always be addressed in Swedish.

* Sadly no trams or professional Rugby League, the other requirements of a civilised society.

10/01/2015 01:42 PM
Sweetwater Brewing Announces Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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Press Release ATLANTA (October 1, 2015) – SweetWater Brewing Company announces its first barrel aged release, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, hitting shelves beginning Monday, October 5. This is the second edition from the brewery’s Cork & Cage series, a high-gravity, small-batch line-up that explores the edges of classic beer styles including barrel-aged beers, sours […]

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10/01/2015 11:11 AM
Capt'n Rolo's Raw Bar and Grill
During a recent trip to the Outer Banks, we took a drive from Kitty Hawk down towards Hatteras. It was one of the few days during the week when the sun made an appearance, so it was a very enjoyable and scenic drive. Eventually we decided to stop for lunch, and pulled into Capt'n Rolo's Raw Bar and Grill purely by chance.

Capt'n Rolo's is a small place and was quite busy when we entered. We had a seat at the bar, and soon realized that a single person was taking orders and serving food. The waitress was working hard and in constant motion, but soon got us our drinks with a smile, even taking time to offer a sample of a beer I was not familiar with.

My lunch beer choice was Double Barley Brewing Touche' IPA. This easy drinking beer has a floral and citrus aroma. The flavor leans towards citrus with a touch of bitterness. The creamy mouthfeel finishes clean with just a hint of bitterness. A moderate 6.8%ABV and well-balanced flavor made for a nice lunchtime libation.

For the food portion of lunch, I opted for a Fried Oyster Sandwich. I've ordered a lot of fried oyster sandwiches over the years. I've had some good ones, and some less than good offerings. Often I've been disappointed in the bread-to-oyster ratio. Well, the basket that was set in front of me was a sight to behold! Plump, lightly breaded oysters were piled high on the slightly toasted roll. I turned to Colleen and said, "I'm not sure how to eat this."

I put the pieces together and attacked with both hands. The sandwich tasted as good as it looked. The oysters were juicy and flavorful. Even the "salad" pieces of the sandwich were crisp and fresh. At the end, I had plenty of extra oysters left on the plate to enjoy alone. This was definitely one of the best fried oyster sandwiches, even oyster meals in general, that I've had in a long time. Colleen opted for a Caesar Chicken Wrap that was also flavorful, and huge. It reminded me, in size, of those giant California burritos we had out west many years ago. Half of her sandwich was brought home to be enjoyed later.

We finished our meals well after the mid-afternoon closing time of Capt'n Rolo's, but we were never rushed and the server was attentive, despite being busy and running the place by herself. (They reopen for dinner, BTW.) If Capt'n Rolo's wasn't about an hour's drive from where we were staying, I would have gone back for another meal. The food was delicious and served in generous proportions. We'll definitely return the next time we visit the Outer Banks.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/01/2015 11:02 AM
Sunken City Nachthexen

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It’s no secret, for return readers, that I’m not a huge wheat-anything fan, but there is one style based on the grain that I actually thoroughly enjoy. The weizenbock is a variation of wheat beer that I love — Aventinus is one of my all time favorite brews. How does Sunken City’s Nachthexen stack up […]

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10/01/2015 11:00 AM
The pumpkin beer debate
Featured Contributor Bill Mayeroff @bill_mayeroff Pumpkin beer is kind of like Christmas. Some people love it. Some people loathe it. Some people spend all summer waiting for it to appear on store shelves, while others can’t wait for it to be replaced by the stouts and porters of winter. And like Christmas, each year, pumpkin beer seems to arrive earlier and earlier. There are few things that generate heated debate among craft beer enthusiasts like pumpkin beer. Hate it or love it, most have strong feelings…

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