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10/01/2014 02:04 PM
Caldera Brewing Company Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Caldera Brewing Company Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale - Brewed with Rose Petals and Rose Water Added. From the Caldera Brewing Company website: “Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale is like a party at Grandma’s house ...

10/01/2014 01:47 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!

10/01/2014 01:47 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’.....

10/01/2014 01:47 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!

10/01/2014 01:47 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

10/01/2014 01:47 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.....

10/01/2014 12:46 PM
New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer

The post, New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Ft. Collins, Colo., October 1, 2014 – New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is out now through December 31, 2014. This collaboration is the result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty […]

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10/01/2014 12:34 PM
The Dribs and Drams of the end of Oktoberfest
If you haven’t heard, Daredevil is moving to downtown Speedway. press release The Beer Barons preview the Taxman Brewing Co. of Bargersville. link They have a Biere de Garde and a Belgian IPA. You definitely must check out Bank Street Brewhouse’s Indiana Statutory Compliance Restaurant Menu. see it here and decide if you want your ...

10/01/2014 11:43 AM
10/01/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

10/01/2014 11:23 AM
Beer Review: North Peak’s Red Oak Hoptober
Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Story: North Peak Brewing Company caught my eye the day after I moved to Traverse City, mostly because I read the sign on the building as “North Perk” and thought it was a coffee shop. (While I am in probably a beer snob, I am indeed a coffee addict.) When I became a contributor to this site, I knew it was the first brewery I wanted to check out. First I went to their website (http://www.northpeak.net) to get some info…

10/01/2014 11:11 AM
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10/01/2014 11:00 AM
Fall Beer Festival at Scion Dupont and Crios Modern Mexican
Scion Restaurant and Crios Modern Mexican are excited to announce the 3rd annual Fall Beer Festival! Join us from Thursday, October 16th to Sunday, October 19th at both Scion Restaurant locations, as well as sister restaurant Crios Modern Mexican.    Fans of pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests do not want to miss this 4-day-celebration of a ...

10/01/2014 09:37 AM
Drinking, Again: DC Brau's Oktoberfest.

"What are you drinking here today," he asked, saying hi.

"I'm checking out the Oktoberfest lagers," I replied.

"Why," he asked, somewhat bemused. "Why aren't you drinking the IPAs?"

"Well, I can get IPAs anyday," I explained. "I appreciate the skill needed in lager-brewing; I like the the interplay of sweet malt and dry finish in märzen/Oktoberfests. Brewers brought different interpretations of the style here, today."

He shook his head. "No, I'll stick to the IPAs."


It was a sunny, early autumn, afternoon, outside at Mad Fox Brewing Company, in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The theme was Hoppy Oktoberfest, a smart move by the brewpub, understanding that a majority of 'craft' beer drinkers prefer hops, no matter what; that a minority prefer malt; but that a plurality enjoy both.

Here's a description of the märzen/Oktoberfest beer style, culled from the The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford University Press, 2012):
Much of the base malt is called Munich malt, a highly aromatic malt with a color rating of 3 to 10 degrees Lovibond. As a result märzen and Oktoberfest beers tend to be primarily (golden) amber in color, showing sweet, almost toffee-like maltiness, combined with biscuit and bread flavors, as well as plenty of mouthfeel.

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) adds this:
  • Aroma: Rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). A light to moderate toasted malt aroma is often present. Clean lager aroma with no fruity esters or diacetyl. No hop aroma. Caramel aroma is inappropriate.
  • Appearance: Dark gold to deep orange-red color. Bright clarity, with solid, off-white, foam stand.
  • Flavor: Initial malty sweetness, but finish is moderately dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness often includes a toasted aspect. Hop bitterness is moderate, and noble hop flavor is low to none. Balance is toward malt, though the finish is not sweet. Noticeable caramel or roasted flavors are inappropriate. Clean lager character with no diacetyl or fruity esters.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. Smooth. Fully fermented, without a cloying finish. ABV [alcohol by volume]: 4.8 – 5.7%

Among several tasty specimens at Hoppy Oktoberfest, I found one märzen that I was impressed with in particular ... that is, drank a couple samples of.

The Oktoberfest from the Washington, D.C.-based brewery, DC Brau.

DC Brau Oktoberfest

Brewer Mike McCarthy told me the beer was 5% alcohol-by-volume, brewed with 'Munich' malt from Wyermann Maltings, in Germany. That was evident. The malt imparted a depth of melanoidal flavor, characteristic of the style, avoiding the caramel flavors of caramel malts, often used by American craft brewers in their Oktoberfests. Untraditionally (but successfully), DC Brau also added Belgian 'Abbey' malt to the grist. 'Abbey' malt can also be called 'brumalt' or 'honey malt.'
Malt sweetness and honey like flavour and aroma make it perfect for any specialty beer. The closest comparison is a light caramel, but Honey Malt has a flavour of its own: sweet and a little bit nutty. Made by restricting the oxygen flow during the sprouting process, Honey Malt is essentially self-stewed. When the oxygen is cut off, the grain bed heats up, developing sugars and rich malt flavours. The malt is lightly kilned for a color color profile of 25 SRM and is devoid of astringent roast flavors.

DC Brau's Oktoberfest. Dark orange hue. Sweet malt nose, with herbal notes in the background. Toasted biscuity malt body and dry finish. Less sweet than others, deep in malt character, but not cloying. What wasn't to like? I didn't miss the hops.

P.S. I did also enjoy a very hoppy 'wet-hopped' India Pale Ale that afternoon.

  • More images from Hoppy Oktoberfest: here.
  • DC Brau offers their Oktoberfest in draft only, but does 'can' several of its other beers. I was delighted to later find it on tap at Nationals Park..
  • The original Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany concludes this year on Sunday, 5 October 2014.
  • Drinking, Again is a series of occasional reviews of beer (and wine and spirits). No scores; only descriptions.
  • Graphic created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

10/01/2014 09:24 AM
Power of Sour at Lost Rhino
Sour fans rejoice! From an email: We have been waiting for months but finally we can start sharing our sour beers!    Favio Garcia (Head Brewer) and Jasper Akerboom (Brewing Scientist) will present the current line-up of Genius Loci beers that we will release during the event, and do a formal food pairing with our chef Michael Taylor. ...

10/01/2014 09:00 AM
Alewife to occupy former Riverside Liquor space
Alewife is a craft beer bottle shop and tasting room in Riverside’s Five Points neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Owners Kelly Pickard and Jamie Burket will bring a unique craft beer experience to the Jacksonville community by creating a one stop shop for purchasing, tasting and learning about American craft beer.

10/01/2014 08:51 AM
A Beer at the Plaza
Metropolitan Diary: A distinguished hotel’s take on a fancy-looking beer that came all the way across the East River.

10/01/2014 08:45 AM
Odell Brewing Releases Woodcut No. 8

The post, Odell Brewing Releases Woodcut No. 8, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Fort Collins, CO – On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor […]

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10/01/2014 07:57 AM
A Draft Line of Immense Proportion
Here's a pipeline that I could get behind. Or under.
The Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to build a pipeline which will funnel beer underneath its famous cobbled streets.

Locals and politicians were fed up with huge lorries clattering through the cobbled streets and tiny canal paths of the picturesque city and decided to connect the De Halve Maan brewery to a bottling factory 3.2km (two miles) away.

It is estimated that some 500 trucks currently motor through Bruges each year on their way to the brewery, which is a famous tourist attraction.

Now they will be kept out of the city limits, as the pipe pumps 1,500 gallons of beer per hour. Construction is set to begin next year.

I suspect the beer will travel better in underground pipes than being pumped in and out of trucks being driven around a crowded city.

H/T to Borepatch.

See "Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city."

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/01/2014 07:50 AM
Best in Show: The Standouts of GABF 2013
coloradobeergirl:And here are my choices for Best in Show from GABF 2013 Originally posted on coloradobeergirl: This year I entered the hall of the Great American Beer Festival at approximately 5:45, ready to try as many of the beers/breweries on my list as I possibly could before 10 p.m. It’s always a fun challenge, and I did stop by a ...

10/01/2014 07:31 AM
Gordon Biersch Festbier

The post, Gordon Biersch Festbier, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

When I first received the package from Gordon Biersch and glanced over the offerings, I knew immediately that I’d be saving their Festbier and Marzen for the last two reviews. Well, I knew that by the time I got to them, the weather would be cooling off and they would be more seasonally appropriate. The […]

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10/01/2014 06:00 AM
Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am
Returning for its second year is Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am. This unique beer event is where a home brewer pairs up with a professional brewer to release a beer for all of us to sample and to judge. This years event is switching venues to Zarr Studios in Southeast Portland and will take place on […]

10/01/2014 05:00 AM
Elephants Delicatessen Brewer’s Dinner with Burnside Brewing
Portland’s phenomenal deli, Elephants Delicatessen will welcome Burnside Brewing for a four-course beer dinner at their flagship Northwest Portland location. The dinner will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30pm. Burnside Brewing Co. shares Elephants goal of using indigenous and handcrafted ingredients. They focus on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the […]

10/01/2014 04:30 AM
Bloktoberfest at Block 15 in Corvallis
The 6th Annual Bloktoberfest returns to the street under the big top tent in front of Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery this weekend. Once again Block 15 will transform Jefferson Avenue in front of their pub into an Oktoberfest tent celebration! Block 15 will have live music, great food & beer, games, and a festive […]

10/01/2014 04:29 AM
SweetWater Brewing divests minority stake to equity firm TSG
US-based SweetWater Brewing has divested minority stake to private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners.

10/01/2014 04:26 AM
Miller Brewing relaunches Miller Lite
Miller Brewing Company has relaunched Miller Lite with the similar original look on all packaging and across all marketing materials as part of its effort to remind beer drinkers that it is the only brand brewed to be a great tasting beer that just so happens to also be less filling.

10/01/2014 04:00 AM
Culturing Belgian White Ale Yeast

Not ever satisfied with mediocre beer John tried his hand again at brewing a Belgian White Ale. However, he ordered the wrong yeast strain when he purchased the fine kit from Northern Brewer. Facing a potential failure before he even started a new plan was devised. Culture up some bottle dregs and brew that White […]

Read the original article Culturing Belgian White Ale Yeast and other Brew Dudes posts.

10/01/2014 04:00 AM
Worthy Brewing Releases Powder Keg Winter Ale
Press Release: Bend, Oregon - As cold weather approaches, Worthy Brewing Company is releasing their Winter seasonal, Powder Keg Winter Ale. This red-hued festive IPA is loaded with hop flavor and aroma from a double dry hopping with a Centennial/Chinook and Cascade/Columbus combo. Pine and citrus hop characters are balanced by a generous dose of […]

10/01/2014 03:55 AM
Beer Wish-List, Q4, 2014

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Though we try to enjoy what’s at hand — we drink a lot of St Austell in the pub — there are a few exotic out-of-town beers we can’t help daydreaming about. 1. Pabst’s take on Ballantine IPA. Since reading Mitch Steele’s excellent book on IPA, we’ve been dying to go back in time and try this highly influential beer. […]

Beer Wish-List, Q4, 2014

10/01/2014 03:32 AM
Not set in granite
It was a bit of a nostalgia trip to go back to Aberdeen as a guest of BrewDog in August. At the turn of the millennium I was a student in the city and while it's still the charmingly grey tangle of streets it always was, the beer scene is definitely somewhat different.

BrewDog's own bar, for starters, I remember as being a terrifying out-of-the-way dive that not even the slummiest student pub crawl would dare venture into. Now, of course, it's open and bright and cheery, all trendy bare brick with varnished pine highlights. From the guest beers I just had time to gulp a quick taste of Cool as a Cucumber, the Fyne Ales and Wild Beer collaborative saison. A gulp is all that's needed too, I reckon. It's not the most complex of beers, being all cucumber and not much else: intensely green, in fact, like chewing cucumber skins. It's only 2.9% ABV and there's some mint in it as well, so the refreshment power is considerable, as long as you don't mind being slapped about the chops by a giant cucumber at the same time.

Just across the way from BrewDog Aberdeen is the Aberdeen footprint of Six Degrees North, another local brewery. They've settled on a Belgian theme for their beers, though the bar is far from being a brown café, kitted out starkly in grey concrete and steel. I started with Six Degrees North Bière de Table which arrived an unattractive opaque custardy yellow colour. And, unsurprisingly, the yeast utterly dominates the flavour. Not in a warming fruity Belgian fashion, either: more of an unpleasantly gritty dreggy thing. Yes there are big grapefruit hop notes shouting loudly from inside the flavour, but they're struggling to be heard. It could be I got the tail end of the keg, or it could be that this needs a bit more time in the bright tank. I wasn't impressed either way.

The house pale ale, Hopocrisy, was rather better, if not a whole lot clearer. Though a mere 4.6% ABV there's lots going on in here: sourness at first, followed closely by a big hit of juicy pineapple fruit. When those two settle down a little, there's more of a rustic grain vibe to it, a certain charming roughness around the edges. The big fizz makes it difficult to quaff, and the daft insistence on two-third measures means that doing so wouldn't be any fun anyway, but there are good intentions and brewing skills here. I'd like to have stayed to try the rest of the range.

Dinner at Musa was followed by a trip to Casc: a very swish beer and cigar bar in a basement around the corner. I was heading for 19 hours awake at this stage, with about eleven of those spent drinking beer, so the wobbles were definitely setting in. But not so wobbly that I couldn't identify a beer from my to-drink list on the blackboard, slur out an order for it and scribble together some tasting notes. It's Buxton Jaw Gate IPA, sole sassanach beer of the trip. 5.6% ABV and a dark orange-amber, pouring perfectly clear from the keg. While it looks like it belongs on the heavy and resinous end of the scale I found it quite enlivening, all tart and zesty citrus pith. Much as it revived me I reckoned discretion was the better part of valour and when the Beer O'Clock Show's Steve made a bid for the exit, I wisely followed. Thanks for getting me back to the hotel, Steve: your tactic of navigating there worked so much better than my plan of just staggering about hoping the Hilton would simply hove into view.

But we didn't come to Aberdeen to sleep, so it was back to the bar with Steve, Ian, Wayne and me before 7.30 the next morning. The airport bar, that is. The cask selection was fairly uninspiring, though there was Barley Brown's Black IPA. "That'll do me!" I thought, completely failing to spot that this collaboration was brewed at the Caledonian Brewery. Ugh. Entirely as expected it's a mess of sickly brown sugar: thick, cloying, and definitely not what I'm looking for in a breakfast IPA. Yes, there's a bit of a bitter sharpness, but the beer still doesn't amount to more than Caley 80 with a handful of extra hops. I had to cleanse my palate with a Sweet Action immediately after. If for some reason you want to hear what we talked about around the table that morning, Ian caught it all on his reel-to-reel tape machine and has posted it here. Caveat audiens.

And that's where it all ended. Cheers once again to the BrewDog team for inviting us all to play in their backyard for a day.

10/01/2014 03:05 AM
Final league table of breweries
We're very nearly done. I'm starting to get a bit impatient myself for it all to be over.

Everything but the final pieces of text are in place. The covers are designed - I'll be announcing the winner of the front cover typography contest soon - I even have the isbn number. It seems like forever since I last issued a book. That reminds me that I have two unfinished volumes: Newark! and Malt!. I must get around to finishing them.

Don't worry - there are still plenty of tables to come. They're one thing I never tire of. That could explain why I've come up with not one but two league tables. One is based on the overall average score, the other on the position in the individual style tables. The results aren't identical. Where to start? Let's go with position.

Ranking of breweries by position
Brewery Burton Mild PA Porter Stout Average
Whitbread 1 4 1 2 1 1.8
Watney 8 2 2 1 4 3.4
Mann 3 1 10 6 6 5.2
Truman 9 6 3 3 5 5.2
Wenlock 6 3 9 7 3 5.6
Courage 2 8 4 5 12 6.2
Huggins 11 10 6 2 7.25
Meux 4 11 7 8 7.5
Lion 7 7 12 4 7.5
Hoare 10 9 11 9 7 9.2
Cannon 14 5 14 11 9 10.6
Barclay Perkins 13 15 8 8 10 10.8
City of London 12 17 5 10 11
Charrington 5 16 15 11 11.75
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

In this Whitbread are clear winners. Unsurprising when they were never lower than fourth and had three top positions. But caution is required because the sample sizes were so small. And it was Whitbread doing the sampling. Where did they get their samples? If it was the brewery tap, then the contest is clearly unfair.

Mann, Truman and Wenlock all did pretty well, while Courage were let down by a poor Stout. Not sure if this means anything, but the top four breweries were all still around in the 1970's. And all but Whitbread were in the Watney group. It's odd how rubbish Charrington's beers were. The brewery was large and doing well between the wars. Were its beers really always that poor? Cannon, Barclay Perkins and City of London.  weren't much better. Was it the fault of poor cellarmanship or did beers leave the brewery in poor condition?

We'll move on now to the league table based on average score.

League table of breweries by score
Brewery average score
Watney 1.36
Whitbread 1.23
Wenlock 0.66
Truman 0.65
Huggins 0.58
Mann 0.57
Lion 0.45
Courage 0.29
Meux 0.21
Hoare -0.10
Charrington -0.38
Barclay Perkins -0.48
City of London -0.54
Cannon -0.57

You'll see that Watney tops this table with an impressive 1.36 average. Whitbread is not far behind on 1.23. Only two breweries achieved positive scores for every style: Watney and Huggins, though there was no Porter from the latter. Quite a way behind were Wenlock, Truman, Huggins Mann and Lion. Charrington isn't bottom this time, but is still one of the five breweries with a negative average score.

Barclay Perkins have the unfortunate distinction of having four out of five styles with negative score. I can only warn time-travellers to steer clear of their pubs. In fact I'd avoid all those with averages below zero.

I'm still not quite ready to let you off the hook. I'll be finishing with a look at each brewery's scores in more detail.

10/01/2014 01:52 AM
Goodbye Brussels. Hello Buffalo.
Iconic Brisbane venue, the Belgian Beer Café announces closure, American export Buffalo Bar is set to open in the premises late November.

10/01/2014 12:57 AM
Beer In Ads #1329: Did Christopher Columbus Discover Beer In America?
Tuesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1951. This a series of ads they did in 1951 using a Q&A format aimed at highlighting different positive aspects of beer and the brewing industry. Q Did Christopher Columbus discover beer in America? A Yes, in...

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09/30/2014 11:38 PM
Well Hello, Societe Brewing Is Pouring at GABF 2014!

One of the most popular breweries in all of San Diego will be pouring a handful of beers that don’t make it out of county lines, l…

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09/30/2014 08:37 PM
Beer Birthday: Jesse Friedman
Today is also the birthday of Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co.. I first got to know Jesse when he was writing his beer and food blog, Beer & Nosh, but he’s since gone on to partner with Damian Fagan to create “Farm-to-Barrel” beers in 2010. They currently make...

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09/30/2014 07:37 PM
King of the Ohio IPA: Get Ready!

A long, long time ago I can still remember when that Pale Ale Used to make me smile. And I knew if it had more hops I could make my tastebuds pop … Continue Reading →

The post King of the Ohio IPA: Get Ready! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

09/30/2014 07:35 PM
Oktoberfest at The Local Taphouse
Come to The Local Taphouse for their take on the famous 16 day beer festival from Bavaria featuring some the official beers, Australian beers brewed to the Oktoberfest style and German food...

09/30/2014 07:17 PM
Upland Brewing Will Have 6 Beers + Sour Ale Expo at GABF 2014

Those who have been interested to try Upland Brewing’s famous Sour Ales might want to read on. They will be bringing a solid li…

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09/30/2014 07:00 PM
West Sixth Brewing Is All Set for The Great American Beer Festival

West Sixth Brewing is all set for the Great American Beer Festival at the end of this week. Are you? If you aren’t The Full Pint i…

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09/30/2014 06:47 PM
Colorado Beer News 093014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Ask a Stupid Question Day. This day is sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September and was created as a way for teachers to get students to ask more questions. Whether questions be silly, not well thought out, or just plain stupid - everyone is encouraged to go out today and ask questions about anything. For adults, we can ask questions too. Why is fizzy yellow beer supposed to be ice cold? Why is craft beer more expensive than regular beer? Whatever question you have, perhaps the answer may inspire you to keep asking questions. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Dad & Dude's will be pouring 10 beers both at the GABF and in their brewpub this week. Stop by Booth 131 and check them out. Dude’s Brews, the packaged beer division for the brewpub, is now releasing a pair of new canned goods as of August -- Leaves of Lemongrass Wit and Riot Rye Ale -- in 16-oz cans. These join Dude’s first canned beer, the cult-favorite Dank IPA. The canned beers are produced through a new and clever alternating proprietorship with Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, CO. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Tomorrow in the Wynkoop taproom, their seasonal "Pumpkin Ale" will be released. It will be on tap at Wynkoop and they will also have 12oz cans available to take home. Embrace the Fall with this spiced brew. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - Some new events are coming soon to Platt Park Brewing. Look for special "The 11th Tap Project" tappings that feature classic and experimental beers in pins and firkins in the near future. They just got in their new firkins and small batch kegs. In the meantime, stop in for their regular lineup of brews and play Trivia tonight at 7pm. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery is planning to tap a special experimental beer on Friday at 6pm. Stop in and try "Somewhere Around Barstow", an IPA brewed with cantaloupe and grapefruit. You'll enjoy this one cover to cover (aka sip to sip). [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - The first of five beer releases this week is now on tap (if just for a limited time): Barrel-Aged First Descent Old Ale (15.5% ABV, 50 IBU) - it was one of Denver Westword's top 2013 Colorado beers, and featured in VISIT DENVER's 2014-2015 Denver Beer Trail! Plus, there's an even bigger beer being released tomorrow. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Come watch the A's vs. Royals wild card game tonight. They'll have a Rum Barrel aged beer on tap too - so come on by and try it! [8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - 4 Noses Brewing is releasing something new everyday this week! It may be a pin, it may be a firkin, it may be something that has been hibernating in a barrel and it may even be an entirely new beer. Tonight they will be releasing "Reciprocal" KY Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. They will be tapping no more than 1 x 5 gallon keg of this each night until it is gone! [8555 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Call to Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - This yet to open brewery will be hosting their 2nd GABF event tonight at Star Bar in Denver where they will be tapping their Peace & Assist No. 1, a collaboration brew they did with Cannonball Creek Brewing of Golden. Call to Arms will be doing a $2 raffle for two tickets to the Avery/Euclid Hall Midnight Breakfast also. [Star Bar: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery is kicking off GABF week right with a special collaboration brew they did with Black Sky Brewery. Stop in for a glass of Fresh Hop IPA. It's as fresh as it gets. More tappings daily through Friday. Food trucks on site nightly. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - The brewery will be open at 2pm all week long for GABF. Today, in celebration of the return of fall and all the rad things it brings, they are proud to announce the return of their Pumpkin Ale. It had roasted pumpkin and brown sugar in the mash with spices added post fermentation. 7% ABV, 100% rad. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Element 29, their newest beer will be available in the tap room on Thursday, October 2nd. Coming in at 5.2% ABV, this Amarillo pale ale is easy drinking and is best enjoyed watching a Colorado sunset. Also available in cans. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Station 28 Brewing Co (Denver) - They're opening at noon this week, and have lots of awesome beer to drink! Wed - Sweet Potato Pie Porter at noon, Comfortable Food Truck at 4:00pm. Thu - Double IPA at noon, Lemongrass Ginger Cream Ale firkin at 1:00, Wet Hop Centennial Pale Ale firkin at 3:00, Session IPA sixtel tapping at 5:30, Farm to Truck at 4:00pm. Fri - Pacific Rim Saison firkin at 1:00, Wet Hop Dry Hop Wet Hop(!) Centennial Pale Ale firkin at 3:00, Big Kiwi Eats at 4:00pm. Sat - BARREL AGED DAY! Tripel at noon, Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel at 1:00, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter at 3:00, Basic Kneads Pizza all day. Sun - BLUEGRASS BRUNCH AT 11:00! Beer, live bluegrass, donuts, and barbecue. Black IPA and Red X at open. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - They have two new delicious beers for you for Wednesday, October 1st! 1) Their much requested Imperial Pumpkin Ale is back at 11% ABV and smooth as silk. No spices, this is no Pumpkin Pie beer. 2) Their highly anticipated Tequila Aged Agave Tripel. Light with beautiful Belgian esters. The tequila comes through on the nose and develops on the palette over time. You must try it! [4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - There's going to be daily beer tappings from October 1st through the 5th for GABF week. Wednesday - Apple Whiskey Barrel Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong, Thursday - Bourbon Barrel Flanders Red, Friday - Rum Barrel Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong, Saturday - Barrel Aged Brett Mendacious, and Sunday - Barrel Aged Brett Extra Special Bitter (ESB). Plus, they will be doing a month-long Oktoberfest celebration. Extended hours during GABF week. Come see them at GABF at booth G26 Mountain Region. [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - GABF Week has arrived and the Avery Tap Room is planning to host special tappings daily Wednesday through Saturday in Boulder. Look for special tappings daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. These will include rare, seasonal and hard to find beers. Tomorrow's tappings include: Pump[KY]n at 1pm, Rumpkin at 3pm and Eremita VIII at 5pm. Then on Thursday: Drew's Fuzzy Peach and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar at 1pm, Bad Karma at 3pm and Raven and Eremita IV at 5pm. On Friday: Mephistopheles '13 and Eremita V at 1pm, Eremita VII at 3pm, and Sour 10 lb Strawberry and Twelve (Anniversary Ale) at 5pm. Then rounding it off on Saturday: Papa Sour and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Trogdor at 1pm, The Preacher and The Beast '10 at 3pm, and The Czar '12 and The Kaiser '12 at 5pm. And that's just what they're doing at home. They're also heavily involved in events around the Denver metro area for GABF. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Here's what's tappening at 300 Suns for GABF Week. Today they tapped their "Trail Marker Imperial IPA" (8.5% ABV and 100 IBUs). Happy Hour from 2-6pm. On Wed. Oct 1st - Happy Hour 2-6pm, Ladies Night all day, $1 off pints, and a tapping of a cask of ESB. On Fri. Oct. 3rd - a tapping of a Ginger ESB, plus Shopey's Sandwiches on site 5-8pm. Then on Sat. Oct 4th - Dubs Grub w/Wings 5-8pm. And on Sun. Oct. 5th - get $1 off growler fills all day long. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The time has finally come... Today's their Pumpkin Ale Release Party at their Flatiron Park tap room (5-9 pm) with live music from Alex Maryol (6-8 pm) & Heirloom food truck! Taps are flowin' now! They're also tapping their Plum & Cardamom Saison collab brewed with Hops & Pie! Can't make the trip to Boulder? Head over to their spot in Denver TONIGHT & get a taste. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Many reasons to stop by today! Today they tap a Gin barrel aged Tropical Paradise IIPA (11% ABV with Citra & Amarillo hops & fresh mangoes and ginger aged in a Roundhouse spirits gin barrel), there's a 5 beer & cheese pairing with The Cheese Course starting at 6p, and it's happy hour all night! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co (Boulder) - They have been waiting for the perfect time to release their OAK AGED IMPERIAL RED. Well... it's the week of GABF, so what better time? It will be released TOMORROW (Oct 1) in the tap room! [5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base with notes of dried fruit that mingle with hints of toasted coconut, vanilla and turbinado sugar from the new oak. Slightly warming and sweet, the beer boasts delicate crème brûlée character that will evolve and mellow with age. Woodcut No. 8 will be available in the brewery’s tap room beginning October 1st, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival® visitors. Woodcut No. 8 is offered in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the breweries 11 state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Don't forget! Tonight is their monthly taproom potluck dinner starting at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is Oktoberfest! Also, for GABF week, they are tapping their 2013 Mule Kick Strong Ale. There's just a few gallons of this so enjoy while you can! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] From their home at 1020 E. Lincoln Ave. Fort Collins, Colo. The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to release the newest addition to the FCB full time beer lineup, 1020 Pale Ale. 1020 Pale Ale has a citrus aroma with underlying tones of pine and grapefruit zest that inhabit the flavor, while a smooth, light body and crisp, clean bitterness from the Magnum, Cascade and Chinook hops leave your palate both refreshed and liberated. Stats: 5.3% ABV, 12 SRM, 40 IBU. “With our 10 year anniversary coming up in October we had a great opportunity to reflect and plan for the next 20 years. It was through that process that 1020 was born,” said Operations Manager, Thomas Barnett. “We’re very excited to add an easy-drinking pale ale to our year-round brands.” To celebrate the occasion, FCB announced October 20th as 1020 Day. Throughout the day, FCB is encouraging consumers to post creative photos to their own Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts of the number 1020 with the #1020 for a chance to win a customized gift basket. 1020 Pale Ale will be available year-round to FCB’s 22-state distribution territory. 1020 is purchasable in draft and 12 oz. bottles sold in 6-packs and FCB’s Brewer’s Lunchbox, a variety 12-pack.

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - This Saturday, October 4th is our next "Drink-In Movie". Join them in the evening for a private, after hours showing of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. As always, come in costume and get a free pint. Bring your chairs, blankets and friends, movie starts when it gets dark (6:45-7:00pm-ish). [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - GABF is almost here and it's time to celebrate ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ style! Today they tap Randolf, their German style gose. This is a tart beer with salt and coriander adding complexity and flavor. It tapped at 1pm and they only have a small amount available. Stop by and try it today. More new beer tappings daily through GABF week. Tomorrow they bring out some stashed away Bleeding Heart Raspberry Porter. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This October High Hops is taking a break from their "Firkin Hump Day" to release unto the world something dark and sinister, beers they discovered in the depths of Windsor, brews so Evil that they are not sure that that small town is ready for them. They bring you "Ales from the Crypt." Every Wednesday at 5pm they'll introduce one of the brews and on the night of All Hallows Eve they will end the month will a special release to "appease the demons!" Try them all if you dare! This Wednesday, October 1st - get ready for "The Raven", an Ales From the Crypt release of a blackberry pilsner. Then coming up on Thursday, Oct. 2nd, High Hops will release "The Dead One", an Imperial India Brown Ale weighing in at 10.5% ABV. Then, this Saturday, there will be a third beer release - "Sweet Pepper Wheat", very low heat with a kiss of honey. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Snowbank Brewing's official ‪#‎GABF‬ week begins tomorrow! They have a LOT of specialty kegs going on tap - one or two new brews every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Here's a little preview: Roasted Peach Infused Colorado Red, Lemony Moon Arete, Blue Skies Winery collaboration: Malbec-Oaked Moon Arete, Cranknstein collaboration: Coffee Bike Trail Pale, Nuance Chocolate collaboration: Ghana Chocolate Pawnee Porter, Green Chile Bike Trail Pale, Coffee Pawnee Porter, and Cocoa Coffee Porter. The taproom is open today until 8pm. Come on in for a pint and start warming up for the exciting week ahead! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Tomorrow, October 1st, Broken Plow will tap their Okotoberfest Der Pflug Lager. Meanwhile, stop in and play Trivia tonight. Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on site Wednesday and Friday. And live music Friday night from Meraki. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Their ‪#‎GABF‬ week small-batch tappings continue today with a Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale - on tap now! This deliciousness won't last long, so come and get it! ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - After a long week of closing the doors in light of the loss of a family member and business partner, they are excited to announce that they will be open tomorrow October 1st! Come hang out and support their re-opening. Tomorrow is Test Tap Wednesday and they will be tapping an Imperial Chocolate Orange Stout paired with smoked-duck egg rolls and orange dipping sauce from Treehouse BBQ. Be there at 5pm! Let's sell out the tap and truck tomorrow! Thursday they'll have the Packers vs Vikings game on the mega screen. Friday is live music and Run N' Grub KC BBQ. Sunday come watch the Broncos and if they win some lucky open tab will get paid off for free! [521 S Tejon, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Here's what's going on at Red Leg Brewing during GABF Week: Thurs. Oct 2nd - play Beer Trivia at 7pm. Prizes for the winners. On Fri. Oct 3rd - they're tapping a new beer at 5pm: "Alpha Company", a single hopped pale ale with Apollo hops. THen on Sat. Oct. 4th - another new beer tapping: "Scottish Tattoo", a Scottish ale at 3pm. [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - There will be a tapping today of their "Red", a cask ale. Treehouse BBQ will also be on hand tonight serving up food you'll want to pair it with. On a sad note, all of their 7 barrels of pumpkin beer is now completely gone. But never fear, another batch will be ready by next Tuesday. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Today they tapped their "Hot Shot Green Chili Ale". Serving it up for you all night til close. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Mountains and West

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09/30/2014 06:44 PM
Bine & Vine 3rd Anniversary Ale, Brewed By Alpine Beer Company

(San Diego, CA) – Bine & Vine is celebrating our 3rd anniversary in October and I’m pleased to announce Alpine Bee…

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09/30/2014 05:35 PM
Two Beers Brewing introduces new seasonal beer – Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Two Beers Brewing announced today the pending release of a new seasonal beer: Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale. Before you set yourself to thinking that Two Beers Brewing brazenly invented a new style—dark pale ale—consider the reality that pale ales come in many different forms. The Beer Judge...

09/30/2014 04:49 PM
Avery Events GABF Week
Saw this on the Avery Mash e-newsletter today: Special Tappings & Brewery Tours at the Avery Tap Room Wed. Oct 1 – Sat. Oct 4 Brewery tours at noon, 2pm, and 4pm & daily special tappings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm! WEDNESDAY 1pm – Pump[KY]n 3pm – Rumpkin 5pm – Eremita VIII THURSDAY 1pm – […]

09/30/2014 04:44 PM
New Brewery Roll Call – Gull Dam Brewing & Maple Island
The title of “newest brewery in Minnesota” is once again in another breweries’ happly little hands. We’re happy to see that not one, but two new breweries (maybe more?) open or have scheduled grand openings. First, Stillwater’s Maple Island Brewing Co. opened the other day. They’ll be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-10pm and Friday ...

09/30/2014 04:31 PM
5 Rabbit Cerveceria Vida y Muerte In Bottles

Bedford Park, IL – You asked for it, and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is bringing it! Märzen-style with dulce de leche and cinammon, V…

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09/30/2014 03:05 PM
Worthy Brewing Releases Powder Keg Winter Ale
Bend, Oregon — As cold weather approaches, Worthy Brewing Company is releasing their Winter seasonal, Powder Keg Winter Ale. This red-hued festive IPA is loaded with hop flavor and aroma from a double dry hopping with a Centennial/Chinook and Cascade/Columbus combo. Pine and citrus hop characters are balanced by a generous dose of crystal malts. This “winter warmer” will be an aggressive, yet balanced favorite for the colder months. Powder Keg Winter Ale comes in at 7.1% ABV with 65 IBUs. The October to January release of 22-ounce bottles and kegs will be distributed by [...]

09/30/2014 03:01 PM
Strike Brewing Launches Bay Area Taproom & Brewery
SAN JOSE, CA – Strike Brewing Co. is launching its Bay Area warehouse taproom and brewery on Friday, October 4th.The warehouse taproom is an authentic way to taste beer and see how it’s made in the same place. The event will feature the Strike Brewing Co. year-round lineup (Blonde, Brown, IPA & Imperial Red) plus four seasonal additions (Oktoberfest, Chin Music, Double IPA & Porter). And will feature Bay Area food truck, Melts My Heart. The San Jose based company is partnering with the US Pain Foundation, an organization that brings support to those living with [...]

09/30/2014 02:58 PM
Odell Releases Woodcut No. 8
Fort Collins, CO – On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base with notes of dried fruit that [...]

09/30/2014 02:20 PM
Kroger to carry wine-cola in a can. Huh?
Wine with cola in the same drink? Chardonnay mixed with vanilla? It’s coming soon to a Harris Teeter near you. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., which entered the Washington region when it agreed to purchase Harris Teeter in 2013, has signed a deal with Sonoma County, California-based Truett-Hurst Inc. to exclusively sell its ready-to-drink craft wine beverages. […]

09/30/2014 02:13 PM
Study shows your gym days are also your booze days. Cheers!
Do you work out hard and then party hard as well? Join the club. People tend to exercise more than usual on the same days they drink more alcohol than usual, according to a new study published this month in Health Psychology and funded by the National Institute on Aging. Researchers had 150 participants between 18 […]

09/30/2014 02:12 PM
Grand opening party – Fremont Brewing’s new Urban Beer Garden

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. If you’ve spent any time around Fremont Brewing lately you know that big changes are brewing at the Urban Beer Garden. Fremont is expanding, remodeling, and generally upgrading the UBG  in every way and direction. Happily, this includes the addition of a lot more taps. On Saturday,...

09/30/2014 01:49 PM
Saint Archer Expands Throughout Bay Area
Though a partnership has been in the works for two years, Saint Archer Brewing is now finally set to expand distribution throughout the San Francisco Bay area with DBI Beverage Inc. Beginning October 6, the San Diego brewery’s four core offerings will be made available throughout San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Truckee, Chico, Ukiah, Stockton and Napa in the canned 6-pack format as well as in 22-ounce bottles.

09/30/2014 12:34 PM
Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8
From Amanda at Odell: Brewery Releases Oak Aged Barleywine Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that […]

09/30/2014 11:48 AM
Weeping Radish OBX Beer

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I’ve been visiting the Outer Banks with family for several years now, but it wasn’t until a trip this past June that I finally got around to sampling anything from brewing pioneers, Weeping Radish. A big reason for this late encounter is that I never noticed any of the brewery’s products on shelves in stores […]

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09/30/2014 11:14 AM
Beer Birthday: Alan Atha
Today is the 64th birthday of Alan Atha, co-founder and brewmaster of Baeltane Brewing in my former hometown of Novato, California. I first met Alan when he was a nanobrewery in planning, and he’s taken the experimental spirit of homebrewing and transitioned beautifully to commercial brewing,...

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09/30/2014 11:00 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in October 2014
These first days of October, don't be surprised if you can't track down your favorite local brewery's owner, rep, or brewer. Chances are they're looking to get their Rocky Mountain high on with some award-winning beers at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. But, as you'll see below, many have stayed home to keep the home parties burning with great beer as they do year-round. Be sure to keep

09/30/2014 10:57 AM
CraftFund Launches Investment Crowdfunding Platform in Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI — CraftFund LLC has announced that it is piloting its investment crowdfunding platform in Wisconsin, positioning the state as a pioneer in growing national movement to democratize capital investment. Focused on craft beer, food and place makers, CraftFund is a platform for local companies to showcase products and projects and raise capital by turning passionate local residents into owners and advocates. Decades old securities laws have made it difficult for the general public to invest in local businesses. Wisconsin recently became one of the first states to pass an intrastate crowdfunding law that [...]

09/30/2014 10:47 AM
Oktoberfest comes to Jacksonville’s Memorial Park
Returning to Jacksonville once again for this event is Oompah band The Swinging Bavarians. The traditionally dressed band, made up of musicians mostly from the same family, provide rousing German music, yodeling, toasts, slap dancing and authentic ambiance.

09/30/2014 10:43 AM
Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2
Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material […]

09/30/2014 10:27 AM
Strong Arm Brewing announces a collaborative gin barrel program

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Strong Arm Brewing of Renton, Washington announced today a collaborative partnership with Captive Spirits. Based in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Captive Spirits describes itself as the city’s only gin company, “Pumpin’ the gin since 2010.” The company’s flagship product is Big Gin. The collaboration with Strong Arm Brewing...

09/30/2014 10:10 AM
Brewery Review: Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company
Featured Contributor Vanessa  @BibleBeerBabies Colorado may be known as a mecca for all things craft beer, but head North and just over the border in Cheyenne, Wyo. you’ll find a hidden gem. Just a couple years old, Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company is quickly becoming a favorite among the locals – known for its friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, and most importantly good beer. Though they originally opened in the historic Tivoli Building in the middle of downtown, this year saw their taps move around the corner into the…

09/30/2014 09:51 AM
New t-shirt designs, compliments of you

We’ll keep this page updated with your submitted t-shirt designs. Leave a comment if you’ve got one! Cassie Gooding Michael Rickman

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09/30/2014 09:44 AM
Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer pretzels and mustard
You know the person who wears a string of pretzels around their neck at a Brewfest? I’m not that person, I’ve never done that and I never will, it looks like amateur hour to me but that’s cool, do what you do. I’m the guy you’ll find before (and probably after) the Brewfest having a […]

09/30/2014 09:12 AM
Hops and Grain PorterCulture Debut

09/30/2014 07:50 AM
A Sign of Not Practicing Enough
How can I tell I'm not getting to the range enough? It's not only by reviewing my match scores. It's made quite apparent by the spider that's built a web against my range box.

That green box holds the pasters, staplers and other supplies I take to the range. Obviously it's not been moved recently.

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09/30/2014 06:00 AM
Three Creeks Brewing to Release Bulletproof Coffee Stout
Now with six years of brewing behind them, Three Creeks Brewing of Sisters, Oregon is preparing to introduce their first beer in their new Desperado Series of beers. The Desperado Series will be a quarterly release of specialty beers starting with Bulletproof Coffee Stout, brewed with Sisters Coffee, that will be available in 22 oz […]

09/30/2014 03:55 AM
Watney’s on Objective Tasting

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The Watney’s Quality Control manual we’re currently digesting not only contain instructions for brewing but also sets out how to manage a beer tasting session. “You want me to take advice on tasting beer from Watney’s!?” our older readers might cry at this point. The fact is, it’s hard to read the QC tome without gaining a certain respect […]

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09/30/2014 03:05 AM
Style League table
The season is finally at an end and the champion can be crowned. Who will it be?

I'll warn you that this isn't the end. There's still a detailed analysis by brewery to come. But I thought I'd put you out of your misery first. I know you've been waiting for these results.

You're going to have to wait a little longer for the brewery rankings. First we're going to compare the different styles. Even before putting together the table I had a pretty good idea of the winners and losers.

Burton comes out on top overall with an average score of 0.72. It's no surprise to me. There are a few things going for it. It was relatively strong and expensive. Plus reasonably popular - it made up around 9% of Whitbread's production in the 1920's. Their PA sold a little better, but not by a huge amount. An impressive two thirds had positive scores for flavour, though fewer than half were bright.

Next is PA. If 9d PA (Best Bitter) is split out, it comes above Burton with an average of 0.88. Though oddly it has the second fewest examples bright, after Burton. It's a clear indication that clarity and quality didn't necessarily go hand in hand. Even with 8d Ordinary Bitter mixed in, PA still comes second with an average of 0.62. And clarity crawls up to just over 50%.

I'm surprised Stout is so far behind in third place. It's another fairly strong one and it was even more popular than Burton. At Whitbread, London Stout and Country Stout accounted for around 18% of output in the 19320, though I don't know what proportion of that was draught. Being very dark, Whitbread didn't bother analysing its degree of clarity. On the other hand, almost three quarters of the samples had positive flavour scores. Which implies a large number of goodish, but few outstanding, examples.

Averages per beer type
beer type No. examples no. bright % bright no. good flavour % good flavour average score
9d PA 49 23 46.94% 33 67.35% 0.88
Burton 138 61 44.20% 92 66.67% 0.72
PA 167 85 50.90% 109 65.27% 0.62
8d PA 118 62 52.54% 76 64.41% 0.52
Stout 110 64 72.35% 0.29
X 170 104 61.18% 106 62.35% 0.23
Mild 188 112 59.57% 112 59.57% 0.16
MA 18 8 44.44% 6 33.33% -0.18
Porter 92 44 47.83% -0.42
Average 695 258 52.33% 421 60.58% 0.27
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Mild comes fourth, not that far behind Stout, especially if you strip out watery MA, the 1028º Mild. The stronger Milds may have an average of 0.23 with almost two thirds of examples with positive scores. MA, weak and not produced in huge quantities, does poorly in every respect: clarity, flavour and score.

It's no surprise that the season ends with relegation for Porter. It has a very poor average of -0.42 and fewer than half of the examples were good flavour-wise. It was going out of fashion and sales were collapsing.

On average, the time traveller has a 6 in 10 chance of getting a decent-tasting pint, but only a 1 in 2 chance of a clear one. Is that better or worse than your odds with cask beer in London today? My advice for those headed back to the 1920's is to develop a taste for Burton.

09/30/2014 02:19 AM
Beer jobs: Event Manager — Beverage
An opportunity to join an organisation responsible for delivering some of Melbourne’s most iconic food and beverage awards.

09/30/2014 01:32 AM
Beer In Ads #1328: What Products, Besides Beer, Come From The Brewing Industry?
Monday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1951. This a series of ads they did in 1951 using a Q&A format aimed at highlighting different positive aspects of beer and the brewing industry. Q What products, besides beer, come from the Brewing Industry? A...

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09/30/2014 12:55 AM
Beer jobs: Chef De Partie, Dining Hall — Fitzroy
The Little Creatures team is now looking for a Chef De Partie to join the expanding kitchen leadership group at The Dining Hall in Fitzroy.

09/29/2014 11:16 PM
Giveaway: Oktoberfest Brisbane passes
We are giving two lucky readers the chance to win passes to Oktoberfest Brisbane...

09/29/2014 10:47 PM
WLP940 Mexican Lager Yeast Strain

Read An Article – Try a Yeast Strain After reading an article in Brew Your Own magazine (BYO), I was convinced that I needed to use the WLP940 strain for my harvest lager. From the “out of stock” messages on many of the big online homebrew shops, I am guessing many others wanted to try […]

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09/29/2014 10:06 PM
Colorado Beer Releases September 22-28, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
September is nearly done and the Fall beers are out in full force! Look for Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Fresh Hop beers to be prevalent. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 250+ breweries here in Colorado. If you look around, some of the last Summer brews are still around, but won't be for long. Plenty of festivals still around. Look for these beers on tap at a brewery, bar or fest near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - September 22-28, 2014

1933 Brewing - Oktoberfest - September 27th 12pm Oktoberfest Party.

3 Freaks Brewery - Lil' Hansel's German Wheat - September 23rd.
3 Freaks Brewery - Lucky Clover's Red - September 24th.

38 State Brewing - Barrel-aged Smoked English Old Ale - September 28th.

300 Suns Brewery - Sunscorched Smoked Porter - September 24th.

4 Noses Brewing - Oktoberfest Marzen Lager - September 23rd.

Arvada Beer Co - Oktoberfest - September 26th.

Aspen Brewing - Double Conundrum Red - Fresh Hop beer - September 24th.

Avery Brewing - Rumpkin - bbl-aged imperial pumpkin ale - bottles - September 28th 1pm.

Berthoud Brewing - Chai Porter - firkin - September 26th 5pm.

Big Choice Brewing - Hemlock - Imperial India Pale Ale - draft - returns September 22nd.

Black Bottle Brewery - Shushen Ze Mouthen - Oktoberfest ale - September 25th.

Bootstrap Brewing - Niwot Homegrown Pale Ale - SMASH beer - September 22nd 6pm.

Bull & Bush Brewery - Ghoul Fuel 2014 - pumpkin ale - September 24th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Fresh Hop Honky - wet hopped pale - late September.

City Star Brewing - Fresh Hop 6 Shooter - wet hopped pale ale - September 22nd.

Copper Club Brewing - 18 Road IPA - bottle release - September 25th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Tequila Sunrise Imperial Pilsner - bbl-aged cask - Sept. 24th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Merienplatz Marzen - Oktoberfest bier - September 26th.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Sticky Fingers Fresh-Hopped Ale - September 25th 5pm.

Crooked Stave - Sentience - Wild Quadrupel - September 23rd 6pm.
Crooked Stave/Mr B's - Batonnage Classic - white wine barrel-aged sour ale - September 27th.
Crooked Stave/Mr B's - Batonnage Dry Hopped & Zested - w/Motueka hops + kumquat/tangerine zest - Sept. 27th.
Crooked Stave - Autumn Surette - Provision Saison - oak bbl aged & bottled - September 29th.

Dillon Dam Brewery - Oktoberfest - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - The Continental - Fresh Hop Double IPA - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Hop Weizen - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Here's Your Dam IPA - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Chili Lager - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Black Weiss - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Hoporter - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Buh Bye Barleywine - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Whiskey Barrel Aged Hoporter - secret stash - September 26th.

Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Red's Red Ale (5.5% ABV) - September 25th.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Mexican Chocolate Porter (5.9% ABV) - September 25th.

Dry Dock Brewing - Bartender's Choice - firkin - September 26th 3pm.
Dry Dock Brewing - Oktoberfest Lager - September 27th 11am (Docktoberfest).

Epic Brewing - Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout - batch 32 - draft & bottle - September 24th 6pm.

Fiction Beer - Vitality of Illusion Wit - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Autumn Stars - Belgian Farmhouse - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - The Dreamer - IPA - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Old Bums and Beat Cowboys - Pale Ale - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Feely Effects - Stout - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Are Red Heads Supernatural? - seasonal ale - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.

Fort Collins Brewery - Barnaby Barley Wine - Malt Monsters series - September 26th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Hop Head Squared - Colorado only - September 26th.

Front Range Brewing - Mississippi Mud Pie Brown Ale (nitro) - small batch - September 24th.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing - Barrel Rolls Oktoberfest Lager - September 25th 5pm.

Gravity Brewing - Heisenberg-Oktoberfest Marzen - September 27th.

Grimm Brothers - Rhubarb Little Red Cap - firkin - September 26th.

High Hops Brewery - Cherbocka - cherry lager - firkin - September 24th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Dr. Pat's #16 IPA - w/Crystal & Cascade hops - September 26th.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Perambulation Ale #1 - Beers Made By Walking - September 25th.

Joyride Brewing - Edgewater Double IPA - September 22nd.

Kannah Creek Brewing - Fresh Hop Chinook - firkin - September 22nd.

Kokopelli Beer - Sea Otter Brown Ale - September 25th.

Lost Highway Brewing - Golden Ghost - Belgian oat pilsner - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Longest, Wickedest Wit - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Grave Robber Fraud Quad - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Belghost IPA - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - District 6 Pils - German-style pilsner - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - September 26th Grand Opening.

Manitou Brewing - Gourd Hoarder's Pumpkin - September 24th.

New Belgium/Mayor of Old Town - Dark Side of The Prune - Belgian quad w/prunes - Sept. 24th 6pm.
New Belgium - Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout - September 28th.

Odell Brewing - 180 Shilling - 25th Anniversary Beer - September 23rd.
Odell Brewing - Bobby - Kolsch - limited anniversary release - September 23rd.
Odell Brewing - Woodcut No. 08 - Barleywine Style Ale - bottles - September 26th.
Odell Brewing - Oktoberfest - September 28th 11am.

Oskar Blues - Death By Coconut - Irish Porter - tap only Tasty Weasel - September 23rd.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Snowy River Vanilla Porter - late-Sept.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Pyrite Fresh Hop Pilsner - September 27th.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Bourbon wood-aged City Park - September 28th.

Pug Ryan's - ESB2 - w/local CO hops - September 25th.

Red Leg Brewing - Raspberry Brown - firkin - September 26th 3pm.

River North Brewery - J Maria (Tequila Barrel Age) - bottles - September 27th.

Trinity Brewing - Houdini Hopper - Fresh Hop IPA - September 26th.

Upslope Brewing - Saison - aged in a red wine barrel - September 24th.

Verboten Brewing - Bourbon BBL-AGED Crossroads - Scottish Wee Heavy - Sept. 26th 3pm.
Verboten Brewing - Rye Whiskey BBL-AGED Crossroads - Scottish Wee Heavy - Sept. 26th 3pm.

Wild Woods Brewery - Raging River Rock Imperial Coffee Brown - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Honey Nut Blonde - w/honey + toasted almonds - Sept. 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Palm Tree Pale - w/toasted coconut - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Oktoberfest Lager - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Big Bonfire - 1st Anniversary ale aged 1 year - Sept. 27th 1pm.

Wynkoop Brewing - Salted Caramel Apple Cider - hard cider - September 23rd.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases September 15-21, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases September 8-14, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases September 1-7, 2014.
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09/29/2014 09:53 PM
Colorado Beer News 092914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Confucius Day. Confucius was born in 551 BCE and was a famous highly quoted Chinese teacher. He was credited for writing many classic Chinese texts including all of the Five Classics. He was a master of philosophers, a gatekeeper of highest wisdom, and solver of great riddles. Today while you enjoy a craft beer ponder this quote from Confucius: "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." - In our case, when we drink we study our glass and typically don't think and get wasted. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Get in out of the rain and enjoy some Brews and Board Games tonight starting at 6pm. BYO game or play one of theirs. Ask to join a game with others. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) - Come by Tuesday at 6:30pm to pick up the 2nd edition of the Craft Beer Pin Up Calendar. Meet the lovely ladies of the brew world and get this years copy signed. Also, on the opening day of GABF (October 2nd), Colorado Plus will have over 22 different specialty beers on tap from nearly as many Colorado breweries, beers that you don't normally see. Beers like: Avery Pumpkyn, Black Bottle's Sparkles Shimmers Shines, Dry Dock RYE-zing Sun Saison, Odell Comes and Gose and many more. They'll be pouring all day long. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Rainy days call for beer. Good thing they have lots on tap. Plus, at 6pm Almanac Beer Co is joining Crooked Stave for Collaboration Brewers Night. Almanac will be bringing at least 5 of their beers. Should be a tasty evening. Plus, Crooked Stave's Autumn Surette is now available at the taproom. This batch was brewed with Ceylon cinnamon, Thai chili peppers, star anise, all spice and roasted squash. Bottles go for $8 each. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - This week inside at the GABF, Bull & Bush will be pouring an astounding 12 different beers! And back at their taproom in Denver, they will be pouring 35 different beers including several vertical tastings and some rarities. They will even have bottles of 5 select beers available in the taproom as well. Variety is the spice of life and Bull & Bush certainly has it this week. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - The 50th brewery to open in Colorado this year is Fiction Beer Company of Denver, CO. Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick opened their book-themed brewery on Saturday, September 27th at 7101 E Colfax Ave. They are on the 1st floor of an apartment building. Even their bar is made of books and the beers are book themed! They have regular business hours on Wednesdays through Sundays, open at 2pm and stay as open as late as 10pm normally and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They're pouring several beers including a Wit, a Belgian Farmhouse, an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Stout and a seasonal ale called "Are Red Heads Supernatural?". Come open a "book" with them!

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's the event line-up for GABF week at BSB. Wednesday, Oct 1st is Bring Your Own Vinyl night from 5-10pm. There will be a special beer tapping of a Bbl-Aged Sour Red Saison too. Thurs. Oct 2nd brings a tapping of a Belgian Red Strong Ale that was aged in steel for 9 months. Then Fri. Oct 3rd - they'll tap a Guava Red Saison (2-10pm). On Saturday, Oct. 4th they'll re-tap more Sour Red Saison (2-10pm). On finally on Sun. Oct. 5th they'll tap a special Red Beet Saison (2-7pm). Live music Fri. & Sat. Food trucks on hand on most days. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Lost Highway Brewing Company (Denver) - Good things come to those who wait. The brewery you thought would never open finally has! Last Friday (September 26th), Lost Highway Brewing Company opened their doors for business at 520 E Colfax Ave in Denver, CO. They started off with 6 beers including: Golden Ghost (Belgian Oat Pils), Longest Wickedest Wit, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Belghost IPA, District 6 Pils, and a Pumpkin Ale. They are open 7 days a week. GABF special hours this week then regular hours start next Monday. They also host a deli counter with breads, meats and cheeses to pair with your beer. Check em out! [520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Welcome 2014 GABF Attendees! Wit's End Brewing will be holding special hours during GABF week. Their taproom will be open every day during the week of September 29th: Monday through Thursday 2pm to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday 12pm to 8pm. They will have special tappings throughout the week, including some of our rare beers like Sorry I’m Not Sour, Dim Mak, Big Willie Style and others! Check out our Facebook page for updates. Slow beer for fast times. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Stop in on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:00pm for a tapping of their Devil's Thumb Belgian Ale. They'll be giving out a free glass of this brew from 6pm to 6:30pm that day to wet your whistle. It makes a perfect warm up brew for GABF. Then two weeks later, they'll be tapping their Pumpkin Smasher Ale on October 15th at 6pm with the same great free tasting offer til 6:30pm. [1001 16th St, Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery is tapping some great beers this week; even busting out some barrel aged beers on Saturday in case you missed them over their anniversary weekend. Wed. Oct 1st - Mariposa Firkin w/Fuggle dry hop, Thur. Oct 2nd - Special B (Biere de Garde), Fri. Oct 3rd - Honey Hibiscus Saison, and Sat. Oct 4th - Bourbon A Votre Sante - and - Gin A Votre Sante - and - Gin/Oak Saison Voila. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - It's that time of year! Their Harvest Pumpkin Ale will be back on tap on Wednesday, October 1st. Taste the season! [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales and eats (Boulder) - This week during GABF, BRU has several events you'll want to check out. Tonight it's "The Art of Pairing Beer & Food" at 6pm. On Tuesday (9/30) it's a special tapping of their Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. On Oct 1st it's the 2nd Annual Steins & Staches contest at 7pm - plus a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary ale and a complimentary ale for GABF ticket holders at 6pm. Then on October 3rd at 7pm join in for a 3-course beer dinner. On Sat. Oct 4th at 6pm they'll do a special tapping of their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale. And finally on Sun. Oct 5th it's the GABF Hangover Brunch from 9:30am to 3pm - call (720) 638-5193 for reservations. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Avery Brewing will be busy with events during GABF week. In their Tap Room, October 1st through the 4th they will have special tappings and brewery tours. Daily tappings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Brewery tours at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Then on Thursday, Oct. 2nd join in at Euclid Hall in Denver for the annual Midnight Breakfast starting at 11pm. You'll get 7 courses and 14 rare beers! Then on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 8:30pm at the Fox Theatre in Boulder it's the Great Avery Boulder Fest. Get some of their tap room exclusives and cellar rarities on tap along with some live music. And on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 10pm at Star Bar it's Avery's Robe One Out event. Slip into something more comfortable and Robe One Out with them after the GABF session! A limited number of plush Avery robes will be available to buy at Star Bar, and they'll have rare hardcore & softcore Avery brews on tap! [Taproom: 5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Come down to 12Degree Brewing on Wednesday, October 1st from 4 7pm to enjoy some delicious beer and cheese pairings and mingle with some very friendly, goofy goats! This collaborative pairing event will showcase the delicious and age-old relationship between beer and cheese. The event will include a taster flight of five 5-oz Belgian-inspired 12Degree beers and a large spread of selected handcrafted cheeses from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. And the goats will be joining the party, too! As you enjoy your beer and cheese pairings, you can pet and watch these playful, cheeky tricksters. It is sure to be an extremely tasty and memorable experience. Tickets cost $22 per person and can be purchased in the taproom or online at twelvedegree.com/goats. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - In honor of GABF this weekend we will be tapping a sixer of our Ginger Saison on Wednesday and then a sixer of the "Make It So Earl Grey IPA" on Saturday. First come first serve! (Or is that Last come, least served?) [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - GABF week is here! They can't wait to participate in their first ever GABF. If you aren't headed to GABF, they have some very special tappings back at the brewery to celebrate! Lineup: Wed: Unoaked American Barleywine, Thu: Spicy McHaggis, Dry Irish Stout, with brett and Fri: Small batch sour ales. ‪#‎drinkoddbeer‬ [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - They have some special barrel releases this week for ‪GABF: bourbon barrel aged black IPA and Drum (rum barrel aged porter). Come by and take a sip of these potent brews! ‪#‎crystalspringsbrewing‬ ‪#‎barrelaged‬ [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (Longmont) - Mountain Sun's newest addition to their pub family - Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse - is now open in Longmont. They'll feature many of the beers made from their Boulder and Denver locations. Happy hours regularly. Hours are 4pm to 12am. [600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's GABF at Grimm Brothers and they will be tapping something different each day this week. Today's tapping is "Bookends: A Story of World Beverage", a black sour ale aged in bourbon barrels. It will also be available in bottles only at World Beverage. On Tuesday, they tap "Randolf Gose", a sour salted beer. On Wed, Oct 2nd, they'll open up some cellared Bleeding Heart Raspberry Porter. Then on Thursday, they'll tap some 2 year old Big Bad wolf Schtick Alt. Then on Friday, Oct. 3rd come try their Magic Mirror, an imperial Kottbusser ale. And finally, on Saturday, stop in for their "Wooden Path Latzenebier". Something that every German beer lover will enjoy. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The culture of the Great American Beer Festival is much more than the tasting sessions in Denver; it encompasses the entire state of Colorado. In this spirit City Star is celebrating in their Berthoud taproom by pulling some of their favorite specialty beers out of the archives for tapping throughout the week (very limited supply). City Star's GABF week schedule: TUE - 2013 Mule Kick Strong Ale (2013 GABF Bronze Medal) tapping at 2pm, Oktoberfest Potluck 6:30pm. WED - Vaquero Tequila Barrel Aged Golden tapping at 2pm, GABF trivia 7:30pm. THU - 2013 Chai Watchman Chai Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Seth Phillips 7pm. FRI - 2013 Widow Maker Imperial Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Jeff Brinkman 7pm. And SAT - Country Pumpkin tapping at noon (growlers welcome!), and a late night show with aka Laser Bunny 8-11pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Starting at 1pm tomorrow (Sept. 30th), you can pick up 1 to 2 of their 22oz bottles of Night Has Fallen, a barrel aged American sour. They have just 13 cases bottled this time around so get them soon! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Fans spoke and New Belgium has listened. They are bringing back their 2 Below Ale as the Winter Revival Beer in their upcoming Folly Packs. Look for it soon! [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Out of State Brewery Events in Colorado

Stone Brewing Co (California) - Look for Stone Brewing to be involved in multiple events during GABF in Colorado. Tuesday 9/30 - Paramount Cafe Beer Festival 5-8pm in Denver, also San Diego Tuesday @ Tap n' Handle in Fort Collins, and Brewers' Karaoke at 8pm @ Star Bar in Denver. On Wednesday, Oct. 1st - Stone Tapping @ Lyons Fork in Lyons at 5pm, also World of Beer Barrel-Aged Beer Competition from 5-8pm in Cherry Creek, a rare beer dinner @ The Populist in Denver at 7pm, and a Stone tapping @ Federal Bar & Grill in Denver at 7pm. More events later in the week.

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09/29/2014 09:49 PM
Partners in Housing's Brains & Beer 4 | 10/12/14, 6 - 11pm

Long time readers may remember our late, dear friend Chris Maples. Chris founded this blog in 2006 and went on to serve the community in other ways besides spreading the word about craft beer. Before his untimely passing earlier this year, Chris was the Director of Advancement for Partners in Housing, a local non-profit devoted to providing housing and social services for the homeless in Indianapolis. Needless to say, we miss Chris terribly and heartily support PiH's great service to Indianapolis.

Not only did Chris share a love of craft beer with us, he also was into the zombie craze that leapt into America's public consciousness with the debut of AMC's acclaimed series, The Walking Dead. So for the last three years, Chris and Partners in Housing held an ingenious fundraiser for PiH: Brains & Beer. The event provided zombie fans with a venue to watch The Walking Dead Season 2 finale and Seasons 3 and 4 premiere while enjoying pints of craft beers and contributing funds to a great cause.

The event has been so successful that on Sunday, October 12, from 6 to 11 p.m., Partners in Housing will stage Brains & Beer 4 at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company for the long-awaited Season 5 premier of The Walking Dead. We are very proud to be one of the event's sponsors, and we encourage you to come. Thr3e Wise Men's taps will be flowing for your drinking pleasure. In addition, there will be a zombie costume contest, free psychic readings, and, perhaps best of all, Sammy Terry will be the event's host. You can find full details about the event here.

09/29/2014 08:00 PM
It’s beer festival season … is your event using Eventbrite? (video)
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09/29/2014 07:29 PM
Pale 31 — Firestone Walker

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09/29/2014 07:29 PM
BREW Seattle beer fest – ticket giveaway, promo code, and more

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. People sometimes accuse me of being a homer when it comes to beer. I don’t deny it. I’ve lived here all my life, I am a child of the Craft Beer Revolution, and  I happily carry the flag for my hometown breweries (among others). That’s why I...

09/29/2014 03:09 PM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
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09/29/2014 02:32 PM
Surly Devil’s Work Porter
On Wednesday at the Triple Rock Social Club, Surly Brewing Co. debuts a new draft-only beer, The Devil’s Work Porter in honor of the UK’s Uncle Acid and the deadbeats who play their first ever show in Minnesota that evening. The Devil’s Work is a robust Porter brewed with blackstrap molasses, star anise and dry hopped ...

09/29/2014 01:30 PM
Finally, A Useful Language Lesson
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09/29/2014 12:23 PM
The End of Bottles?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glass Is Life for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Before I was of legal age to drink, I worked in a grocery store that sold beer. We sold a lot of beer in long neck cases with lids. The cases were made from a thick, waxed cardboard with the brewery logo on the side. When a customer came into the store, he or she would put their case of empties in a large basket before buying their next case. Part of my job was to cart those empty cases into an storage area at the side of the store, and sort the cases by brand name for the distributors to pick up. We did the same thing for soda companies (although their cases were wooden).

When craft breweries began popping up in the late 1990s, one of the selling points was that it was packaged in glass bottles which, the upstart brewers assured us, protected the precious liquid within from light. The big brewers weren't using bottles, and sometimes that affected the flavor of the beer.

I agreed. I only bought beer packaged in bottles because it tasted better. I still think beer tastes better out of a bottle.

Today, most craft breweries are slowly moving away from glass.

After being told that glass was better for beer for twenty-something years, I'm a little confused by this move. Glass is a natural product that we've been using for millenia, and we're replacing it with less degradable things. It just doesn't make sense to me.  I can't imagine what Pliny the Elder, my favorite beer, would taste like out of a can. I certainly wouldn't be able to see what it looks like!

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09/29/2014 11:00 AM
The Philadelphia region goes to Denver for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival
I suppose I'm stretching the "Philadelphia region" just a bit farther than you might expect. To accommodate my purposes here, let's go (roughly) with eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and all of Delaware. The annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver is upon us once again, scheduled this week from October 2-October 4. GABF means different things to different people, from

09/29/2014 10:31 AM
Pliny the Elder – Production Moving to Paso Robles

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This is not an announcement that Russian River Brewing is increasing production of Pliny the Elder. Nor is it an announcement about some kind of merger. Sadly, it does not signal the return of Pliny to Washington. Simply put, Firestone Walker Brewing is going to brew some...

09/29/2014 10:28 AM
Left Hand Brewing Nitro Sawtooth

The post, Left Hand Brewing Nitro Sawtooth, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Just because I like two things — in this case IPAs and brews on nitro — doesn’t mean I’m going to like them when combined. Nitro doesn’t just alter the mouthfeel of a beer. It can dramatically redefine the flavors held within, as well. Such was the case with this bottle of Left Hand Brewing […]

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09/29/2014 10:05 AM
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09/29/2014 08:02 AM
Feast of the Archangels
September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels — St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and St. Michael. These are trying times for Christianity. Governments around the world, our own included, our creating laws to restrict the free practice of religion. The satanic forces of islam are attacking and killing Christians around the world, including right here at home. There's no more important time implore the intercession of these powerful warriors. We should asked especially for the protection of St. Michael the Archangel.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

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09/29/2014 06:01 AM
A lot about beer, written in a lot of places
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.29.14 Last week Jeff Alworth, Boak & Bailey and Alan McLeod posted thoughts on beer writing, interesting on their own and further provoking interesting comments. Then McLeod followed that up with a must read. (Really, go read it.) Most of the time, the links I post here are to stuff I […]

09/29/2014 04:54 AM
Highland Brewing to expand production in US
US-based Highland Brewing has announced plans to expand its production facility, in a move to increase its production capacity by 60,000 barrels annually.

09/29/2014 03:56 AM
Best of Beerylongreads & Next Time

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

Starting last September, we’ve prompted four rounds of ‘beerylongreads’ in which we and others aim to produce something longer and more in-depth than usual. The next is scheduled for Saturday 29 November (details below). In the meantime, of the 50-odd posts that have emerged, these are some of our favourites, in no particular order. Leigh Linley on Wells’s […]

Best of Beerylongreads & Next Time

09/29/2014 03:40 AM
It's the sense of energy that is my lasting impression from visiting the BrewDog brewery: a relentless dynamism and a restless drive towards change and improvement in all things. I'm used to breweries as being cold and quiet spaces but BrewDog is hot and -- with two simultaneous bottling lines running -- very loud. The brewhouse is enormous but densely packed with brewkit, the fermentation vessels spilling beyond the walls and roof into the back yard. The plant runs 24 hours a day, five days a week and even though it's mostly dedicated to the production of a single beer, Punk IPA, there is change everywhere. More tanks are on the way; a corner of the warehouse has been set aside for a still; the endless parade on one Punk bottling line was showing the new pale blue livery, the other the tail end of the classic version. Co-founder Martin Dickie brought our group around and everywhere was action, activity, energy. Employees over 40 are thin on the ground.

Adjoining the brewery is DogTap, a recent addition to the complex which includes a bar, giftshop and even a 1000L pilot brewkit, though the whirlwind of change had yet to blow through here and commission it. For a pub situated in a remote Scottish industrial estate, DogTap was doing quite a bit of trade. Normal people too, not like the group of 17 writers the company had invited to its Aberdeenshire locations for the day. And it was a normal people's beer that was my first choice to drink.

Fake Lager is a mainstay in BrewDog's chain of pubs, designed I suspect for the reluctant member of the party who was dragged in by more enthusiastic friends. I held out a little hope that some of the BrewDog magic had been sprinkled over it, but it's really quite average: golden, a little grainy, showing more than a touch of diacetyl butteriness and without any of the high notes that can make good pilsner really stand out. The name is only half joking, I reckon. And of course no sooner than I'd finished my pint, the beer was retired permanently. I haven't tried its replacement -- This. Is. Lager. -- but it talks a good game.

The other new tick on the DogTap bar which I needed to scratch was Magic Stone Dog, a three-brewery collaboration where San Diego meets Huddersfield in Ellon. It's a bright and happy gold and has an approachable 5% ABV. I did zero research into what sort of a beer it is before lifting the glass and was a little surprised to find the estery aromas of a Belgian blonde ale. They say there's some saison pedigree in here but it was all luscious sweet fruits for me: apricots and honeydew melons in particular, making me think of a junior edition of Flying Dog's magnificent Raging Bitch. Lots of fun and very pintable.

We were summoned from the bar back to the meeting and media room in the administrative wing of BrewDog HQ. Here, James and Martin took us through a selection of their beers, beginning with Punk, of course. The newest addition to the brewery's "Headliners" family is Brixton Porter. It's quite a dry offering, even a little ashen, and would have little difficulty passing for an Irish-style stout. The grain bill includes chocolate, brown and amber malts but I was unable to detect much by way of coffee or chocolate flavours in here. A more severe liquorice sharpness is the only real complexity. It's good that there's a dark malt-forward beer in the core line-up, but why couldn't it have been Zeitgeist? That's the downside of running business in a constant state of renewal: old farts like me want stuff you don't make any more.

Presented, oddly, before Brixton was Black Eyed King Imp, an 11.8% ABV imperial stout which started out as a test batch of Cocoa Psycho before getting two years in two different whisky barrels. It's thick and smooth and luscious, as all the best of this sort are. The aroma strongly suggests that some autolysis has been going on: it's a savoury umami air, with a pinch or two of salt. While not tasting of oak per se, there's a slightly tannic red wine edge to it, but the main act is a huge hit of Irish coffee: extra creamy with lots of brown sugar and a billow of boozy fumes up the back of the nose. It tastes a lot stronger than it is, so very much a sipper. When the tasting broke up I mineswept what was left on the tables and session-sipped my way through as much as I could. The autolytic Bovril quality does build as it goes but it's still a magnificent example of how complex recipes and expensive processes can leave wonderful results.

We reassembled down in Aberdeen itself at BrewDog's city bar, standing room only at 6.30 on a Friday evening. I grabbed a very quick Blitz, one of a series of Berlinerweisses with added fruit, this time redcurrant. It's a lot cleaner than any Berlinerweisse has a right to be with a clear, sharp, puckering acidity singing out and not a trace of wateryness, despite a piffling 2.6% ABV. The currants are more than an afterthought, adding a very distinct summer fruit flavour to the whole. Beautifully refreshing and I could drink a lot.

But a lot wasn't an option. We were off to the third BrewDog establishment of the day, their restaurant Musa. Here we were treated to a fantastic beer-paired tasting menu of pig's cheek, salmon, grouse and whatnot, again with Martin and James doing the intros and musical-chairing around the tables so everyone got spoken with.

New beers in the line-up included Russian Doll IPA, part of a four-pack of sequential brews using the same ingredients but in different quantities to create four different styles of ascending strength. At 6% ABV the IPA is second from the bottom of the pecking order but still gets full value out of its Simcoe, Citra, Cascade and Centennial, particularly the first two. A big grapefruit bitterness opens its account, followed quickly by a rich and funky dankness. I guess it's supposed to be appreciated next to its dollmates but it works perfectly well by itself.

A baltic porter to finish, the new BrewDog / Victory collaboration U-Boat. This black lager is a massive 8.4% ABV but, like its namesake, is very good at concealing the danger. Baltic porters can be a bit severe with their liquorice bitterness and chewy malts but this is a much lighter and sweeter affair with milk chocolate at its centre, plus bitterer cocoa powder at the edges. It's no Black Eyed King Imp but it is a very nicely nuanced dark beer.

A big thanks to James, Martin and the rest of the crew of the BrewDog mothership for letting us get in their way for a day. And a special thanks to Sarah who put in all the hard work organising and herding a ragtag bunch of misfit beer writers. Thanks also to said ragtag bunch of beer writers for adding to the fun and allowing me to tick off a few more entries in my I-Spy Book of Beer Bloggers.

09/29/2014 03:05 AM
Danish brewing in 1960 - lagering and packaging
It's a sad day. My little series on Danish brewing is drawing to a close. We'll be lookingh at the final phases of the brewing process.

Starting with one of my favourite processes, lagering. I've seen a fair bit of discussion on homebrewing fora about how long you need to lager and even whether there's any point in bulk lagering at all. I won't claim to understand the science, but from my experience drinking beer, a proper long lagering definitely helps. All the Franconian beers I love get at least two months.

"Lagering.—The green beer was racked to the lager cellar by pumping. The yeast had usually compacted firmly on the floor of the fermenting vessel and it was not appreciably disturbed during racking, so that a retaining collar was rarely necessary. Much mixing of gyles took place in order to obtain a consistent product and also, where the method was in use, to mix yeast types. At this point in the process precipitating agents such as tannic acid were sometimes added.

Cellars were maintained at about 32° F. and the beer was allowed to reach this temperature naturally, standing in tanks which were bunged about a day after filling, either column-wise or singly. Many cellars were vast underground refrigerated passages, but new installations above ground enclosed the tanks in cold rooms, leaving the ends accessible from a working passage at room temperature. Enamelled iron, aluminium and stainless steel were used for lager tank construction, with aluminium now predominant. Pressures were allowed to rise to about 4 lb. per sq. in., which is lower than in Germany where subsequent carbonation is not allowed, and the average storage time was up to 3 months for Pilsner types and 6 months for very strong beers."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, pages 497 - 498.

Blending gyles is typical of big industrial breweries who want to maintain absolute consistency of flavour. For me part of the charm of some beers is that there are slight variations from batch to batch. Makes life more interesting.

The lagering process sounds pretty traditional: gradual cooling to about freezing point and bunging the lagering vessels to allow the beer to carbonate. Though obviously they didn't solely rely on natural carbonation as the Germans did. Funnily enough I know from documents in the Barclay Perkins archives that Harp Lager was bunged and naturally-carbonated in the early 1960's

Now filtration, a vital part of Lager production.

"Filtration and bottling.— In 14 of the 16 breweries visited in Denmark and Germany, the final polishing filtration was given by a pure cotton cellulose pulp filter of the Enzinger type. Pulp polishing was considered essential for stability of the finished beer, in spite of the disadvantage of regenerating and sterilizing the pulp and the possible loss of beer quality. Four of the Danish breweries used a battery of centrifuges for rough filtration, with additional cooling equipment between the centrifuges and the pulp filter; they were not so efficient as kieselguhr rough niters and they thrust more load on to the polisher. For example, a 50-plate pulp filter used after a centrifugal pre-filter passed about 300 brl. before choking whereas 400 brl. were passed after prefiltration by kieselguhr. The sludge from the lager tanks was usually filtered through a cloth filterpress, and the beer recovered was led through the main filtration plant and metered into fresh bright beer."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, page 498.

I've included that for information purposes only I can't claim to understand hardly any of it. My knowledge of filtration methods is close to zero. Not anything I ever bothered with when home brewing. Very efficient of them to recover the beer in the yeast sludge. Better than the disgusting practice of some British breweries of reusing returned beer.

Now they're fizzing the beer up.

"Carbonation took place just before the pulp filtration, and bright-beer tanks were usually glass lined. Two large breweries had a rigorous check on dissolved air before bottling, and any excess over 2 ml. per litre was scrubbed out by bubbling carbon dioxide through the tank. The extent of carbonation was standardized and chill-proofing agents were sometimes added. Bottling lines were always well laid out, with hot water spray pasteurization in bottle commonly applied; the usual practice of a 20-min. hold at 143° F. for a 0.33-litre bottle seemed rather drastic."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, page 498.

I can't really say much about this either. Other than that large breweries were clearly concerned about oxidation and that pasteurisation seems to have been standard. Though that was also true of British bottled beer at the time, with just a handful of exceptions.

Finally, draught and canned beer.

"Keg beer constituted a proportion of the home trade of some breweries, and here pasteurization by complete immersion was favoured for thorough heat transfer and so that leaking kegs could be detected. Export beer in bulk was flash pasteurized. Canning was rather the province of the major concerns, but it was obviously on the increase and at least one firm was preparing to raise its output of canned beer extensively. Standards of stability for beer in bottle were high. Vibration and forcing tests were regularly carried out with, e.g., one type of beer being expected to withstand a temperature of 140° F. for 3 months without throwing an appreciable haze."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, page 498.

I can remember being shocked during my first visit to Copenhagen back in the 1980's at the almost total absence of draught beer. Even in largish city-centre pubs, draught beer was rare, except in British or Irish pubs. It was the only real beer-drinking country where bottles so completely dominated the pub trade. That's one of the many aspects of the Danish brewing scene which have compltely changed. Now draught beer is everywhere.

It sounds as if not all breweries really bothered with draught in 1960, but some did. But presumably between 1960 and 1980 even those gave up on it.

Next we'll be looking at German brewing in 1960.

09/29/2014 02:51 AM
Thornbridge L’Eroica Britannia Pale Ale 4.3% ABV
L'Eroica beer was described by Thornbridge as "A crisp and refreshing pale ale that provides a great showcase of aromatic English hops."

09/29/2014 01:55 AM
Beer In Ads #1327: How Does The Brewing Industry Compare In Size To Other Industries?
Sunday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1951. This a series of ads they did in 1951 using a Q&A format aimed at highlighting different positive aspects of beer and the brewing industry. Q How does the Brewing Industry compare in size to other...

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09/28/2014 08:59 PM
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09/28/2014 08:59 PM
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09/28/2014 03:42 PM
FDA Backs Down on Spent Grain Rule Change
Most breweries sell their spent grain to farmers for feed and compost. Earlier this year, the FDA announced that the spent grains should be packaged to make it safe for the animals to eat, and therefor safe for humans to eat the animals.

There was a tumultuous uproar from brewers--From giant ABInbev all the way down to tiny Eola, Texas, home of Eola School and Bright Brewing.  It was an unprecedented display of industry cooperation.

The FDA has revised the rules to exclude spent grain. Since the breweries are already compliant with human food standards, the spent grain well be considered compliant with the animal food standards. This change means that breweries of any size do not have to spend thousands of dollars complying with the rules.

09/28/2014 02:00 PM
St. Wenceslaus, Patron Saint of Brewers
Reprinted from September, 28, 2012

Today is the feast day of St. Wenceslaus, who is regarded as a patron Saint of Czech brewers.
St. Wenceslaus, duke of Bohemia, was born about the year 907 at Prague, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was killed in battle when he was young, leaving the kingdom to be ruled by his pagan mother. Wenceslaus was educated by his grandmother, Ludmilla, also a saint. She taught him to be a Christian and to be a good king. She was killed by pagan nobles before she saw him king, but she left him with a deep committment to the Christian faith. 
Throughout his life he preserved his virginity unblemished. As duke he was a father to his subjects, generous toward orphans, widows, and the poor. On his own shoulders he frequently carried wood to the houses of the needy. He often attended the funerals of the poor, ransomed captives, and visited those suffering in prison. He was filled with a deep reverence toward the clergy; with his own hands he sowed the wheat for making altar breads and pressed the grapes for the wine used in the Mass. During winter he would visit the churches barefoot through snow and ice, frequently leaving behind bloody footprints. 
Wenceslaus was eighteen years old when he succeeded his father to the throne. Without regard for the opposition, he worked in close cooperation with the Church to convert his pagan country. He ended the persecution of Christians, built churches and brought back exiled priests. As king he gave an example of a devout life and of great Christian charity, with his people calling him "Good King" of Bohemia. 
His brother Boleslaus, however, turned to paganism. One day he invited Wenceslaus to his house for a banquet. The next morning, on September 28, 929, as Wenceslaus was on the way to Mass, Boleslaus struck him down at the door of the church. Before he died, Wenceslaus forgave his brother and asked God's mercy for his soul. Although he was killed for political reasons, he is listed as a martyr since the dispute arose over his faith. This king, martyred at the age of twenty-two, is the national hero and patron of the Czech Republic. He is the first Slav to be canonized.
According to BeerHistory.com, the Saint's protection of local hops earned him much regard.
Because Bohemian hops were so valued, Wenceslas ordered the death penalty for anyone caught exporting the cuttings and obviously endeared himself to the local hop growers and brewers. He became the patron saint of Bohemia and Czechoslovakia and his crown became the symbol of nationalism for the Czechs. By extension he became a patron saint of Czech brewers.
King Wenceslaus is the inspiration for the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas.

So let's raise a glass of fine beer to the Good King, Saint Wenceslaus.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/28/2014 03:05 AM
League table of London Stouts in the 1920's
Almost time for a final look back at the overall results. But first it's the final style league table.

As a stronger style - it was usually the strongest draught beer in a pub - you'd expect Stout to score reasonably well. At least better than its sibling Porter, for which only five of the eleven breweries could muster a positive average score.

London seems to have been out of step with the rest of Britain in terms of styles. By the 1920's draught Porter had pretty much disappeared elsewhere and draught Stout was following a similar path to extinction. But in London it was still going strong through WW II and into the 1960's. Why was that? Probably simply because they were styles with their origins in the capital.

The vast majority of the Stouts analysed were of the 9d (8d after 1923) per pint type. The price implied a gravity in the low 1050's, which is where most of these beers are. Wenlock and Courage were the odd men out with a weaker 8d (7d after 1923) per pint Stout. They fared quite differently, though.  Wenlock's was one of the weakest, but scored surprisingly well. While Courage's was crap.

In the Mann and Meux samples, a few of the cheaper Stouts seem to be mixed in, but which were sold for the higher price. I would have been easy enough for a dodgy landlord to pass off a weaker Stout as a more expensive one, if the punters weren't paying too much attention. Some Charrington landlords went one better, passing off Porter as Stout, an old WW I trick. Gravities under 1040º are a dead giveaway.

I think it's time to look at that league table:

League table of 1920s London Stouts by score
Brewery FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation score
Whitbread 1014.8 1055.3 5.27 73.32% 2.00
Wenlock 1016.1 1045.7 3.83 64.56% 1.36
Watney 1013.4 1054.9 5.40 75.55% 1.13
Huggins 1018.5 1062.1 5.67 70.27% 1.09
Truman 1017.6 1053.5 4.66 67.20% 1.00
Mann 1012.0 1054.5 5.54 78.05% 0.43
Meux 1014.7 1054.9 5.23 73.29% 0.18
Hoare 1017.9 1054.2 4.70 67.06% 0.10
Cannon 1014.9 1049.5 4.49 70.05% 0
Charrington 9d only 1013.3 1052.5 5.10 74.70% -1.00
Charrington 1012.9 1049.7 4.78 73.73% -1.09
Barclay Perkins 1014.6 1055.4 5.31 73.72% -1.21
Courage 1011.6 1046.3 4.51 74.98% -1.67
all Stout 1014.8 1053.8 5.06 72.35% 0.29
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

There are a couple of points of interest there. And a least one depressing one.

Only two of the traditional Porter breweries manage a top five finish: Whitbread and Truman. Oddly, the top three all have names beginning with a "W". And the bottom five all begin with  a "B" or a "C". The table is almost in reverse alphabetical order. At least eight breweries managed an average positive score, with one averaging zero and three negative scores.

The top five all did pretty well. Any average over 1 is good. Whitbread came out especially well, but the sample size - three - was very small. Once again, Watney is in the top three. They really do seem to have been one of the top breweries for quality before the war. Where (and when) did it all go wrong?

Charrington, Barclay Perkins and Courage are all dreadful. It saddens me to see how crap Barclay Perkins beer was. No wonder their sales fell off so much in the 1920's. As this table shows:

Barclay Perkins output 1920 - 1929
year barrels
1920 464,033
1921 393,045
1922 348,576
1923 293,728
1924 303,676
1925 329,464
1926 317,628
1927 306,682
1928 306,300
1929 300,569
Document ACC/2305/1/711/1 in the London Metropolitan Archives

Time for one final league table. This time ranked by the percentage with good flavour:

League table of 1920s London Stouts by good flavour
Brewery No. examples no. good flavour % good flavour score
Whitbread 3 3 100.00% 2.00
Huggins 11 9 81.82% 1.09
Wenlock 11 9 81.82% 1.36
Watney 16 13 81.25% 1.13
Truman 4 3 75.00% 1.00
Mann 14 9 64.29% 0.43
Hoare 10 6 60.00% 0.10
Meux 11 6 54.55% 0.18
Cannon 2 1 50.00% 0.00
Barclay Perkins 14 3 21.43% -1.21
Charrington 11 2 18.18% -1.09
Courage 3 0 0.00% -1.67
Total 110 64 58.18%
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Not that different from the other league table.

Just a few steps left now in our journey. I'll be finishing with a roundup of all the styles and a final definitive league table. I can't wait.

09/28/2014 12:00 AM
Everywhere You Look at the Craftsman Ale House, Brews and Batter
A convivial beer bar in Harrison has eight varieties of beer on tap every day, and more than 130 available in bottles or cans.

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