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BREW NEWS

11/29/2014 12:00 AM
Budget Problems? Kentucky and Elsewhere Find Answer in Bottle
The alcohol industry is booming in many states, fueled by a growing taste for whiskey and craft beer, and changes to regulations and tax policies.

11/28/2014 11:52 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!

11/28/2014 11:52 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

11/28/2014 11:52 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!

11/28/2014 11:52 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’.....

11/28/2014 11:52 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.....

11/28/2014 11:36 PM
Beachwood Eight Double IPA to help mark original Beachwood BBQ’s anniversary
Press Release:  (Seal Beach, CA) – November 24th, 2014 – 8 years of impeccably curated craft beer and finely smoked eats – calls for a festive celebration. Join the festivities as the original Beachwood BBQ’s marks its 8th anniversary with […]

11/28/2014 11:22 PM
The One Growler to Rule Them All…
Yes, the precious will be on sale for Black Friday at Kettlehouse on Myrtle and Northside, starting at 1:00 p.m. What is the precious you ask? Well, it's mine! Okay, let's get serious. Kettlehouse is doing something similar to a project they last did in 1999 that involved some coveted pint glasses, but more on that in a minute. This Friday t ...

11/28/2014 10:25 PM
SweetWater Spinnerbait Belgian Red Ale joins Catch & Release lineup
Press Release:  (Atlanta, GA) – SweetWater Brewing Co. wants folks to dodge catching a cold this winter and instead cast lines to catch an all-new coldie – . The new seasonal sipper makes its debut in the winter slot of […]

11/28/2014 09:58 PM
Year old #dragonsmilk #stout #bourbon #barrel #barrelaged #beertography #beer #bottleshare #bottleporn #craftbeer #newholland
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11/28/2014 09:55 PM
Brewers’ Intent – a bottle affair: FiftyFifty Brewing Co. adds new bottle club
Press Release:  (Truckee, CA) – FiftyFifty Brewing Co. has just announced their new bottle club: “Brewers’ Intent: a bottle affair”. This bottle club, designed for true beer lovers, will include limited edition and exclusive bottles, shipped within California or available […]

11/28/2014 09:52 PM
Could a Drought End California’s Craft Beer Dominance?
Men's Journal Could a Drought End California's Craft Beer Dominance? Men's Journal The decision comes as the California-based craft brewery, best known for its Racer 5 IPA, struggles to satisfy surging demand amid a historic drought. In announcing the news, CEO Richard Norgrove noted that pulling out of Massachusetts would help the&nbs ...

11/28/2014 08:22 PM
Crooked Stave Moves Its Brewery Equipment Out of the Source, Will Keep Tap …
Crooked Stave Moves Its Brewery Equipment Out of the Source, Will Keep Tap ... Westword (blog) When Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opened its showplace tap room inside the urban-chic Source market a year ago, owner Chad Yakobson planned to start brewing there right away. But for month after month, his shiny new equipment sat empty a ...

11/28/2014 07:32 PM
Ninkasi Brewing Co. hires former LucasFilms exec, Jon Rogers, as new CMO
Press Release:  (Eugene, OR) – Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces the hire of Jon Rogers to lead the brewery’s marketing department as chief marketing officer. Since 2006, the brewery has committed to hiring experienced professionals to build teams in-house and […]

11/28/2014 07:17 PM
Alaskan Smoked Porter Vintage Pack, Double Black IPA now available
Press Release:  (Juneau, AK) – It’s coming just as sure as the days are getting shorter – Black Friday is upon us, and Alaskan Brewing is recommending three new releases to combat the craziness. With the release of Double Black […]

11/28/2014 06:50 PM
Does Freshness Matter?
A quicky follow-up on my two-part series at All About Beer on staling.  Some folks pointed out that a few styles do age well and some improve.  I did acknowledge that in the second post, and it's definitely something worth noting. The problem is that this truth seems to have overwhelmed the far bigger truth that most beers don't impro ...

11/28/2014 06:15 PM
A Trip to Chicago & a Piece of Heaven at Wollensky’s Grill
Jen and I just got back from celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary in Chicago. While there we visited some amazing breweries that I will discuss in a future post and a few you will see during our 31 Beers of Christmas. We also had the opportunity to have lunch at Wollensky’s Grill right on the Chicago River […]

11/28/2014 05:22 PM
Former owner of Tap It Homebrew opening Hammonton brewery
Press of Atlantic City Former owner of Tap It Homebrew opening Hammonton brewery Press of Atlantic City Shawn Grigus, who recently closed his Tap It Homebrew Supply Shop in Egg Harbor City, will open Tomfoolery Brewing here with his bride of about two weeks, Hammonton native Gayle D'Abate.

11/28/2014 04:35 PM
Now It's Really the Holiday Season
Thanksgiving Day traditionally marks the start of the Holiday Season. But for me, like many craft beer fans, there's another marker of the season. It's that first glass of Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. I had mine a few days before Thanksgiving.



Celebration Ale pours an attractive glowing orange color with a thick cream-colored head. The aroma of grapefruit and pine preps the palate. Grapefruit and orange pithiness hits the taste buds first, followed by just enough breadiness in the malt to round it all out.

This Winter release is one we look forward to each year. It's one of our favorite beers and "this is so good" is my frequent comment as I'm sipping. We'll be enjoying a lot of it in the coming months.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


11/28/2014 03:47 PM
Beer Birthday: Wil Turner
Today is the 47th birthday of Wil Turner, brewer at Goose Island Brewery. Wil’s originally from California — or at least that’s where I first met him — but moved to Chicago to brew at the Clybourn Goose Island brewpub, eventually moving to the production side. Since the sale of Goose...

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11/28/2014 02:59 PM
Colorado Beer News 112814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Black Friday. It's the craziest and most hectic shopping day of the year. Or at least it used to be before businesses decided to break tradition and start doing sales before Thanksgiving. If you've been up since the crack of dawn waiting in line for an early opening to get the best deals of the year then you're going to need to unwind with a craft beer later today. There's even some doorbuster deals at your local Colorado breweries today. That should make the loss of sleep well worth it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, November 28th, 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

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Today is the day they celebrate their 2nd year anniversary party - all day long. Come get your party on at their house! There will be free giveaways, and a raffle. Bring your leftovers for a potluck. Renew your Rickstar memberships too. [4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - They have 2 Black Friday deals for you, good until the end of November. Buy a gift certificate for $25 and get a free beer card. Beer for a year ( growler fill a month for 12 months) for only $90 and get 2 logo pint glasses. Get yours today! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood & Denver) - After a long day of shopping your weary feet will want to relax with a beer. Regular hours at both tap rooms and their Thanksbeering Potluck event is tonight! Bring pre-heated leftovers and they all share with endless beer flowing from their taps. You get one free beer for bringing over food as well! Come hungry, come thirsty. [East: 12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO. West: 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - It's ‪#‎SNOWEDIN‬ bomber and draft release day from noon to 10pm. They only have 50 custom hand made bomber boxes for your Black Friday shopping needs at $70 (15% off today only) which includes all four barrel aged beers: Sobremesa, Le Chapeau, Well Bred (if you didn't get it before it sold out this year) and Snowed In, their Imperial Oatmeal Stout made with Pablo's Coffee, raw cacao nibs and aged for 6 months in High West Distillery bourbon barrels! Taste of Texas BBQ here for your non turkey needs. [1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today their "Gingerbread Old Ale" goes on tap! Plus, Jessie's Smokin' NOLA will be there at 5pm with their yummy Cajun inspired food to replenish the energy you've spent shopping today. Ted Loughry / Guitarist Singer will kick off the tunes at 6pm. And their 25% select apparel starts today, so let's get some of your holiday shopping out of the way! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - They are back to normal business hours today! Your feet might be sore from all that shopping or you may just now be coming out of your food coma. Either way come on down 12-10pm and enjoy some craft brews and the beautiful Colorado weather! Amore pizza truck will be there today as well so take a break from the turkey and grab a few slices. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Looking for a gift idea, or perhaps something for yourself? Stop in and get one of their black flat bill hats - now on sale at 2pm. They're $20 each. There might be Red Evelyn available on tap as well. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Join 38 State in celebrating a holiday tradition unlike any other - Black Friday! Swing by the brewery today and take 20% off all 38 State apparel and glassware. That's 20% off: t-shirts, zip-up hoodies, hats, beanies, pint glasses, goblets, and tasters! Get your holiday shopping done early and done right! Cheers! (*limited to in-stock selection*) [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Lost Highway Brewing Co (Denver) - Black Friday special - purchase a $40 gift card for someone on your list and get a $10 gift certificate for yourself! Available only in the taproom today. [520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Today their Dopplebock will be back on tap. This darker version of a typical bock beer has a rich, malty backbone and aroma. The flavor comes across with caramel toasted notes, with a slightly chocolate finish. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Have you had a chance to try all 12 of their beers? If not, check out a full flight! It IS Friday and they opened early! Basic Kneads Pizza is there tonight, so you can get some R&R after cooking all day yesterday! Patrick Keating is back with live music at 7pm. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - It's their First Anniversary Weekend - come celebrate with WBC! Happy Hour all day! Plus, Tony Guacamole Food Truck will be there tonight! Get $5 proper pints all day. Door prizes. Free cake and cupcakes. Win prizes. Live music from Big Paddy. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Just tapped in time for Black Friday today: Double Stout from Green Flash, Radiator from Renegade, Saison Dolores from Almanac, and Harvest Dance from Boulevard. Unwind from yesterday and today. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Tasting room is open today at 4pm and they are tapping Ex-Pat: Pieds Noir, an Algerian Biere de Garde brewed with a sweet Algerian Curry, palm sugar and figs. You don't want to miss this one! [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Time for Avery's Black Friday and upcoming Cyber Monday Deal! Get 10% off Avery gear on Black Friday in the Avery Tap Room. Plus, get 10% off gear + free shipping on orders over $75 on Cyber Monday in their online Gear Shop. Use the code: "hopfreak10" to save. Stop in today to their Tap Room for Black Friday rare beers including: Drew's Fuzzy Peach, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Trogdor, Raven, The Preacher, Eremita I, Eremita VI, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar, Hangin' with the Boysen, Ratman 10,000, '13 Mephistopheles, '12 The Czar, '10 The Beast, and '08 The Beast. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo is very excited to announce that they've begun canning their Balefire Red to compliment their "Bombers" of both Red and Nocturnal. Look for a can release date coming soon. Stop in tonight, Figs Italian Food Truck is scheduled 5-9pm. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Vindication Brewing Co (Boulder) - Come join them tonight for some great beer and an evening with The Prairie Scholars! Its their final show of the year. Also, if you haven't had any, Vindication's new First Crop IPA is a beauty! [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Black Saison on tap for Black Friday. Free beer with the purchase of one or more hat, shirt, hoodie, or stainless growler starting at 11am. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Are you out searching for the best Black Friday deals? Skip the lines and snag a $50 gift card to West Flanders Brewing Company, or The Sink and get $20 to use for yourself. A great gift to give and receive? Bonus! [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Don't forget! Today only, they're serving up vertical taster paddles of Killer Penguin Barleywine showcasing years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014! Don't miss this Black Friday Cellar Sale! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Today's Black Friday Deal - purchase a gift card for $50 or more at BRU handbuilt ales & eats and get a complimentary pint of one of their house ales. Offer good today only (Nov. 28th). Happy Hour today 3pm to 6pm. [5290 Arapahoe, Unit I, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Left hand opened early today for Black Friday. Buy 2 t-shirts and get a bomber of their Warrior IPA. Plus, they're tapping an archive keg of Wake Up Dead at 5pm. Promo only available at their Tasting Room. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Avoid the craziness of Black Friday....drive on up to the mountains and find great shopping in their little town of Nederland. They have great gifts in the tap room. You won't have to deal with the crowds up here, just the wind! Check out their: t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeve t-shirts, work shirts, baseball caps & beanies, pint glasses, BrewDogs books, 32 or 64oz stainless steel growlers and bombers of their Phunkin' Monster. Also, ask about their beer and chocolate pairings available today. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Black Friday crowds can be as stressful as Thanksgiving when your in-laws, weird uncle and 50 cousins raided your house. Eat your leftovers, then head to the tap room for a few pints and to catch up with the friends and family that you didn't see yesterday. You can still take advantage of Black Friday by using their free WIFI and shop online... with a beer in hand. They are open today from 3pm - 11pm. WongWayVeg will be in their courtyard today, which is perfect because you probably ate too much meat yesterday! [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today for Black Friday they are hosting a One Day Only Sale at the brewery. Get 20% off all merchandise and/or buy a pint and get $2 off a growler fill! They opened early and will stay open til 8pm. Stop by to relax a bit while you're out with the crowds. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - 462 Beer Club members got it on Wednesday, now starting today everyone can try their new Black Friday beer release - Cezanne Saison. It's a slightly wild and funky version of their Saison that used wild Weld County yeast in the fermentation. Available on draft and in 22oz bottles. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Black Friday doesn't need to be stressful. City Star Brewing has got a deal for you! With every $25 spent on merchandise or gift cards receive a FREE beer or beer nickel. Deal goes all weekend! Great beer and live music tonight with Steve Manshel 7pm. Stop on in after your shopping spree. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - For ONE DAY ONLY (today) - they have their Barrel-Aged Grand Cru available in the taproom. Plus, a Black Friday bonus - get 10% off your Aleworks apparel purchase. Free logo pint glass with $25 gift card purchase. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In addition to tapping their 2014 Midwinter Warmer, today they are also tapping Borealis Winter Ale! Come enjoy your Friday with some special winter beers! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - BLACK FRIDAY at Broken Plow started at 2:00pm! They are releasing brand new beer label design posters! Get a 4 poster set! Get 25% off everything from 2-3pm. 20% off from 3-4pm and 15% off from 4-5pm. Drink beer and get additional discounts!! ONLY 3 HOURS FOR THESE DEALS! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Join in at Grimm Brothers today for Adult Day Care. While the others in your family are out shopping, have them drop you off at the taproom and they'll take care of you with $1 off pints all day long. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Black Friday special on apparel today AND tomorrow - get $4 off regular prices. Open today til 9pm. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today's Outlaw tapping is "Brewducken", a bourbon cranberry pumpkin ale. Even John Madden would approve. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - It's a stout and porter takeover at the taproom for Black Friday, with Pumpkin Stout, Milk Stout, Coffee Porter, Just. Stout. and Mexican Chocolate Porter all on tap today! So, once you get sick of the Black Friday hustle and bustle, come out to relax and gab a pint (or growler). They will be open till 10:00pm. As always, you are welcome to bring in your own food. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Not everything about Black Friday sucks, after all, their Chilly Water Baltik Porter released at noon today! ‪#‎killthepintglass‬ [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery (Dillon) - Remember - Beer makes a great gift! Don't forget their great gifts for the craft brew lover in your life! T-shirts, hoodies, gift cards, growlers, and more. You can also shop online: http://pugryans.com/shop/ [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - For Black Friday (today) all of their Black Diamond Series bottles are on sale to-go for just $8. One day only sale! Extended hours today until 8pm. Plus, word has it that their Oil Man Imperial Stout will be coming out on Friday, December 12th. Stay tuned for release details. [115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO]
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11/28/2014 01:52 PM
5 Craft Alternatives to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
As most diehard beer enthusiasts drive around town from liquor store to liquor store looking for the coveted Goose Island Bourbon C…

11/28/2014 12:43 PM
Sriracha Beer Is Coming!
Finally. Just in time for Christmas, Oregon-based Rogue Ales plans to release Sriracha Beer. Though it’s likely to be available in only limited quantities, the beer flavored with the world’s favorite hot sauce will likely be offered nationwide. According to a post on the company’s Facebook page, the official release is slated for sometime in December. Further […]

11/28/2014 12:39 PM
Yule Logs!! competition!!
Ever wondered what brewing logs look like?

No obviously not. Unless you're a wierdo like me. And I'd like to hope you're fairly normal. Otherwise I'm a goner.

They've a beauty that transcends their functionality. Not just the flambouyant copperplate of the early 1800's, but also the clinical numbers of the early 1900's.

What about a competition? A little puzzle. With a prize, of course.

It's pretty simple. You have to tell me everything you can understand in one of the brewing logs featured in the book. It's from Whitbread and I think, Table Stout. See what you can make of it:


The entry with the most details wins a copy of the book. But, you have to have a minimum of these details:

ingredients, type and quantity
OG
racking gravity
volume of TS in barrels

Extra points for yield per quarter and gyle volumes and gravities.  And Kristen - you're not allowed to enter.

Send in your entries via the "get in touch" form at the top left hand corner of this page. Or via the email link you'll find on my website:

http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/

It's hard. But that's the point.


Almost forgot the prize: my strange book.


Buy my strange book! Think up your own reason. Do you expect me to do everything for you?




11/28/2014 12:30 PM
Standing Stone Brewing Co., Ashland, Oregon
Standing Stone Brewing Company, located in quaint, green downtown Ashland, stands out as down to earth in the predominantly Shakespeare-themed town. At the bi-level brewpub, which ...

11/28/2014 12:26 PM
Black Friday Fun
…shouldn’t necessarily involve shopping. Here are a few beery options for Black Friday and American Express Small Business Saturday. Friday: Tickets for Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest are on sale as of 10am. Not to be missed. Friday: The Happy Gnome just tapped (11am) a taproom exclusive from Lakefront, Black Friday on, well… Black Friday. ...

11/28/2014 11:52 AM
Black Friday 5ive: Five Bands Named Black… Something or Other
So it’s Black Friday today. And instead of shopping, you’re here… and we’re rocking. Let’s do this: Black Flag – Rise Above, Damaged. Buy it… (and support MNBeer) Black Francis – Threshold Apprehension, Bluefinger. Buy it. Ballerina Black – Microphones in the Mattress, Cattle Arithmetic. Buy it. Big Black – Bad Penny, Songs about Fucking. ...

11/28/2014 11:51 AM
Why consumers buy drinks brands that reflect well on them
Andy Barrington, managing director at creative agency The Minimart, tells us how the consumer’s personal brand is affecting drinks marketing. Many now choose drinks brands based on how it can boost their own brands – think about the drinks selfie, Barrington says. SOURCE

11/28/2014 08:52 AM
You Are On Your Own
I purposely have avoided writing on the breakdown of civilized society in Ferguson, MO and elsewhere. Frankly, anything I start to write, quickly turns into a rant of vile disgust at what we have witnessed. But, I would like to make one point. (Calming breath now.) If Ferguson teaches us anything, it's the fallacy of "The police will save me" and "Just dial 911" mindset so many people have when it comes to self-defense. The past few days should make it plainly clear that you are on your own when society breaks down. You are your own "first responder."

The riots in Ferguson were not a surprise. That violence was eminent was known for weeks leading up to the grand jury decision. Federal and local law enforcement were put in place. The night of the announcement, we saw pictures of police in riot gear standing at the ready. And what happened? For two days there was widespread rioting, looting and arson. Unimpeded rioting, looting and arson.

Sure there were a few arrests, but look at the pictures of the city now. It's very obvious that peace keepers were unable to prevent the widespread destruction. Indeed it now appears the lack of protection for citizens may have even been by design. In the aftermath of an unexpected event, like a natural disaster, or even another politically or racially charged crime, the violence would likely be far more widespread and be met with the same lack of resistance.

Watching TV Monday evening, we saw first hand just how fast the breakdown in civilized society happened. We are constantly reminded that the violence was from a small minority of citizens. But numbers and percentages mean little to those in danger. If law enforcement cannot protect a small area when the violence is planned openly in advance, how effective will it be when unexpected trouble arises, or spreads over a wider area?

Indeed, when citizens stand in defense, violence can be averted. That's been proven in the past. But we live in a time when many in government are openly hostile to the right of self-defense and few people are prepared to protect their property, themselves, and their families. We should certainly be asking "WHY" the violence in Ferguson and elsewhere was allowed to happen. But the more important concern is "WHAT" are we as private citizens going to do to avoid being victims of the same sort of violence in the future?


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


11/28/2014 08:46 AM
Yuengling Traditional Lager Beer Review
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Yuengling Traditional Lager is a beer that I was introduced to on a vacation.  A buddy of mine told me that he found a beer that was not only really enjoyable and flavorful but also totally affordable.  To be honest I went into trying this beer feeling kind of skeptical about it, surely a craft lager that comes in a 12 pack costing only $10 would let me down right? Far from it, in fact the beer is so…

11/28/2014 07:45 AM
News, Nuggets and #Beerylongreads 28/11/2014
Illustration: breakfast reading.

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

Don’t be alarmed: you haven’t lost track of the day of the week or time of day. Because tomorrow has been set aside for our #Beerylongreads post about Adnams, we’re springing our weekly round-up of news a day early. → Hop merchants Charles Faram have published their 2014 hop report for the northern hemisphere: ‘The crop has […]

News, Nuggets and #Beerylongreads 28/11/2014



11/28/2014 06:50 AM
Maine Brewers Guild Presents: Beer School
The things in life I truly appreciate are the things I’ve spent the time to understand, many of these things were not taught in school and educating myself has been an extracurricular, a voyage of self improvement through learning, Beer is one of those things. The things I’ve learned about beer didn’t come from grade […]

11/28/2014 03:47 AM
Heineken Canada to serve beers at Silver Star Mountain Resort
Heineken Canada is pleased to announce that it has signed a new 3 year partnership agreement with Silver Star mountain resort combining the strengths of Canada's number 1 Import Premium Beer with BC's third largest ski resort.

11/28/2014 03:42 AM
Alaskan Brewing to launch three new dark beers
US-based establishment Alaskan Brewing is set to launch three new dark beers, just in time for Black Friday.

11/28/2014 03:05 AM
Seattle day four
It’s my last bit of a day in the US. I don’t feel too bad despite the late-night whisky session. Just as well, as I need to be up reasonably early for breakfast.

This isn’t one I want to miss. Steve and Marissa have promised me home-made bacon and sausage, black pudding, crumpets and English tea. Sounds like heaven to me. They’re making me feel right at home. It's one of the best meals of my trip.


Dolores would love a garden as large as their 1.25 acres. That’s big enough to count as a farm here in Holland. Being that far away from neighbours does make it eerily quiet.

Breakfast done it’s time to go to the airport. Don’t want to cut things too fine. It’s another beautifully sunny day as Steve drives me along the motorway.

Once I’ve checked in my bag, toiled through security and snapped up some duty free, I park my arse at the closest bar to my gate. As usual, everyone around is in a chatty mood. I get a double Jack Daniels with a side of Deschutes Porter.

 There’s the Norwegian bloke going back for his father’s funeral. He doesn’t look that upset: “He was 93. His passing wasn’t exactly unexpected.”  And a young American woman, who, it turns out, is on the Amsterdam flight, too. She gets a text message from Delta: the flight will be leaving 17 minutes earlier than scheduled. Never had that happen to me before. Just as well I was sitting next to her.

I’ve had some interesting conversations in airport bars recently. And received some good advice about long flights: take your own food, get to sleep as quickly as possible, have a few drinks before getting on the plane. OK, I didn’t need to be told that last one.

I pick up some sushi for the flight. At least I’ll have something resembling food to nourish me.

The flight is as exciting as any overnight international flight. Boozed and sushied, I doze reasonably well.

Thankfully my bag appears quickly. I’m soon in a taxi heading for home. After a quick shower and change of clothes, I get the bus to work. What a fun day this will be.











I can't miss this last chance: buy my book!

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.
















Dungeness Bay Seafood House
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA),
17801 International Blvd,
Seattle, WA 98158.
Phone: +1 206-787-5388

11/28/2014 12:56 AM
Beer In Ads #1387: Perfection In Brewing Is Reached In America
Thursday’s ad is another one for Pabst, again from 1897. The ad shows the Mayflower — Happy Thanksgiving — and is using that, I think, to suggest that since Europeans arrived in America, that now, 400+ years later, brewing perfection has been achieved through Pabst Malt Extract. Let’s...

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11/27/2014 05:00 PM
Elysian Super Fuzz Pale Ale
Elysian Super Fuzz Pale ale. Seattle, Washington 5.4% Orange Crush color, funkadelic label, outstanding combination of blood oranges and hops. Some pine tree with your ...

11/27/2014 04:30 PM
Top 9 Rieslings You Can Buy Now For Under $20
As the nation’s love of spicy food continues to grow, so too does our love for a good Riesling. But you needn’t confine these bottles ...

11/27/2014 03:44 PM
#bottleporn #bottleshare #beertography #beer #craftbeer #bruery #saison #rue #saisonrue #thanksgiving
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11/27/2014 01:42 PM
What?! Buccaneers stadium sells tinted water as tequila
Visitor to Florida venue says ‘tequila’ shots he bought were plain old H2O with a dash of dye as concession spokesman calls it ‘an honest mistake’. As yet another Josh McCown pass sails over the head of a receiver and into the clear blue Florida sky, most Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans would be forgiven for […]

11/27/2014 12:43 PM
Beer Birthday: Matt Brynildson
Today is the 43rd birthday of Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewery. I’ve known Matt for some time, though I got to know him a lot better when I traveled with him to Burton-on-Trent in England to do a guest brew at Marston’s. And a few years ago, we both were in Chile...

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11/27/2014 12:35 PM
#captain #lawrence #winterale #winter #beertography #bottleshare #bottleporn #craftbeer #beer
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11/27/2014 12:31 PM
Record early sales of Yule Logs!!
Double figures already!*

I'm delighted with sales so far, qua collectable value. And the five copies I've bought and inscribed:

"This is the personal copy of the author."

Or was that ten?

Tea is almost ready. I need to sign out.

It's a weird book, none of my usual dazzling wit and repartee**. Just photos - of varying legibility - of brewing logs.

Here's a crazy bonus - the first to ask me to sign a copy of Yule Logs!!*** will get an exclusive Barclay Perkins mug - for free!!.

Buy my weirdly pointless book! I'll get back to you later with a reason why.








* Remember I work in binary.
** F_ck off, you red-nosed c_nt.
*** In person, with a copy of the book for me to sign.

11/27/2014 12:09 PM
Reserve Your Spot at the Brewbound Session Welcome Reception on Dec. 3
Brewbound is pleased to invite all Brewbound Session attendees to the official Brewbound Session welcome reception on Wednesday Dec. 3, the evening before Brewbound’s bi-annual business conference at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Moss Adams LLP, this year’s welcome reception will be hosted at Modern Times Beer, located at 3725 Greenwood St., San Diego, Calif.

11/27/2014 11:44 AM
#beertography #trappist #craftbeer #bottleporn #bottleshare #Spencer #beer #thanksgiving
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11/27/2014 11:04 AM
Tactica One – A Precision Tool For Your Beer
A group of Melbourne industrial designers have created the perfect precision tool for premium beers. TACTICA One uses a high tech m…

11/27/2014 10:40 AM
Hermit Thrush Brewery

Belgian inspired ales, made responsibly. Wood pellet boilers, beer tasting room, and growler fills to-go just a short walk off Main St in Brattleboro, VT!



11/27/2014 10:06 AM
Happy Thanksgiving
To my American readers, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. To the rest of you, well, happy Thursday. No matter where you are, or what your beliefs, it's good to take time to reflect on the meaning of the day.

Today I am thankful for my loving family, my faith and the freedom to practice it, for my health, for my friends, and for all the freedoms I enjoy as an American. Even though it seems so often that we're barely hanging on to those freedoms. In these troubled times we are reminded frequently just how tenuous they are. Let's not forget those who serve us at home and abroad.

I hope that the meaning of this day is not forgotten or lost in the hunt for good deals at the big box stores. If shopping is your thing this holiday, take time to think about why you are able to do that. In the days leading up to this holiday, it always strikes me how we hear little about Thanksgiving, only about "Black Friday.

I won't be shopping for "deals" this holiday weekend. I look at these days as a time to relax and enjoy life, before the hectic Christmas season arrives. I do have hopes to hit the range and a local brew pub. Maybe I'll even write some long-overdue blog posts. I hope everyone is able to spend time with family and friends, and doing what you enjoy.

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me 'to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'"
-- George Washington, National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789


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11/27/2014 10:00 AM
Press Clips: Bud Looks to Attract Craft Loving Millennials
Perhaps the most startling fact from the Wall Street Journal’s recent report on the state of Budweiser is that, by Anheuser-Busch InBev’s own admission, nearly half – 44 percent – of 21- to 27-year-old drinkers have never even tried the beer. To bring young drinkers back to the brand, A-B InBev, the article adds, plans to trot out some “distinctly un-Budlike” marketing in the next year to appeal to the highly sought after millennial demographic.

11/27/2014 09:18 AM
Beere, the Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.
The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, by Jennie A. Brownscombe

There's a famous passage from a 17th century collection of recollections by Pilgrim leaders William Bradford and Edward Winslow that's often quoted in reference to Thanksgiving:
That night we returned again a-shipboard, with resolution the next morning to settle on some of those places; so in the morning, after we had called on God for direction, we came to this resolution: to go presently ashore again, and to take a better view of two places, which we thought most fitting for us, for we could not now take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beere, and it being now the 19th of December [1619].
[emphasis mine]

That debunks a late November landing, in time for what we know call 'Thanksgiving.' And, that part about the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock because they had run out of beer? Not so fast, says beer historian Bob Skilnik. 1 That's not exactly what transpired.
Land was sighted on November 9 [1619] but [the Pilgrims] didn't attempt to set out a landing party until days later, when they also realized they were no where near the Virginia Colony but instead were off Cape Cod. By December 4, they knew they had to quit being picky about where they were and settle down. Cold weather and disease were starting to take their toll. After an armed run in with some more Indians, the Mayflower headed south and another expedition found "running brooks," cornfields, and after sounding the depth of the harbor, realized this was about as good as it could get in the middle of December and the dead of winter. Despite what looked like prime territory, they took yet another look around, finally resolving that it was time to make a decision, pick a spot and start a settlement.

That was some seriously unfortunate dithering by the Pilgrims.
So what we have here, my friends, is NOT a party of starving Pilgrims who simply pulled up to Plymouth Rock because they were out of beer, had no water and no "victuals" on hand. No, what has been described instead was a group of naive individuals who called a little bit too much on God for direction, failed to heed the philosophy that "God helps those who help themselves," took too long to pick a spot to settle down, even if it was to only to be for the winter, and as a result of indecision, watched as more than half of them died through the winter.

Despite this, the Pilgrims would survive. That they, passionate Christians, prized their supply of beer as an essential foodstuff, that they did indeed drink beer, stands in contrast to some less-tolerant modern-day religious views of alcohol.

By the way, the ship's crew —hired hands— had not run out of their beer. The crew had stored a stash for their return trip to England, after winter storms had abated. It was not for the passengers. Water was not always a healthy drink in those days; sanitation was far from pristine. Beer could be a potable substitute. On shipboard, however, that beer would not be low-alcohol or 'small' beer, as has often been reported. It was 'Ship's Beer', which, according to Skilnik, was "brewed to a high alcoholic content in order to keep it viable during a prolonged sea passage."

It wouldn't be until two years later, in 1621, that the Pilgrims would first unofficially observe a Thanksgiving, celebrating the colony's first successful harvest, with the Wampanoag, the local Native American tribe. In the ensuing decades, several local governments would proclaim days of thanksgiving, and, then, over a century later, President George Washington would declare a national day of Thanksgiving, in 1789. Several succeeding presidents would, as well.

Vintage Thanksgiving Day Postcard

Advocacy by Sarah Josepha Buell Hale —a supporter of women's rights, a co-founder of Vassar College, an influential 19th century literary critic, and the author of Mary Had A Little Lamb— would convince President Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War, to officially declare the fourth Thursday of November 1863, as Thanksgiving, a national holiday. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt would sign a bill legally stipulating the holiday to fall on the fourth Thursday of November. 2

Be safe in your travels this Thanksgiving ... and, once you get there, stay put, give thanks, and enjoy your beer(e).

I'm not shopping on Thanksgiving Day

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  • 1 Bob Skilnik is the the author of a history of American beer and food (now unfortunately out-of-print: Beer & Food: An American History.
  • Skilnik's website is still up, but is not fully functional. It no longer links to his full essay on the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving. (I wrote an earlier version of this post, in 2007, when his website was still active.)
  • The late William Brand of the Oakland Tribune wrote a good synopsis of Skilniks' research. Here, from 2007.
  • 2 My references for the history of Thanksgiving is from Wikipedia. Not rigorous, I know, but sources are given for the data.
  • The painting at the top of the page, "The First Thanksgiving," is by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850–1936), "an American painter, designer, etcher, commercial artist and illustrator. Brownscombe studied art for years in the United States and in Paris. She was a founding member, student and teacher at the Art Students League of New York. She made genre paintings, including revolutionary and colonial American history." Wikipedia (again!).
  • "To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?" How Michael Jackson, the British beer writer, saw American Thanksgiving: here.


11/27/2014 09:00 AM
Throwback Thursday #3 - Smoking in pubs
Every Thursday at 2pm I delve into the this blog's archive of posts and bring a few out to see how they look today. "The Last Drag" (by James Sakal) Now here's one for the craft beer kids: when I started writing this blog you could smoke in pubs. The ban on smoking in enclosed workplaces - including pubs - came into force on 1st July 2007. I spent the last night before the smoking ban

11/27/2014 08:16 AM
Sierra Nevada releases first national beer with wild hop
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has long been an innovator in the craft beer industry. Founded in 1980, the company is unarguably one of the forefathers of the entire movement. In keeping with their pioneering attitude, the brwery is the first to use a newly-discovered wild hop variety — the Neomexicanus hop — in a nationally-released brew. […]

11/27/2014 08:00 AM
Bier Battered’s Holiday Gift Guide 2.0
Wow a whole year has gone by.  At this point I hope everyone has slept off their Thanksgiving day gorging, if not stop back later we will still be here. This year I am going to forgo the usual suggestions of T-shirts. There are so many great makers these days, just take your pick, Craft […]

11/27/2014 03:58 AM
When Did ‘Pairing’ Beer With Food Begin?
Expensive scotch egg.

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In a new piece for All About Beer magazine, Tom Acitelli, author of a well-regarded history of the US craft beer movement, makes a carefully worded and very specific claim on behalf of the late Michael Jackson: On Nov. 16, 1983… readers of The Washington Post awoke to an essay, meandering over four pages, on which beers to […]

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11/27/2014 03:50 AM
Brown out
I don't know if it's entirely fair to be including the fourth-biggest brewing multinational in this week's series. C&C recently set up their own brewery at headquarters in Clonmel where they're currently pumping out the rather lacklustre Clonmel 1650 lager. But before that, they took an almost-total stake in the 5 Lamps microbrewery in Dublin, a two-hander run by Brian and William, which appears to have complete freedom to brew what they like.

With the lack of diktats comes a lack of logistical support, I guess, which is why the tap badge in The Norseman for The Tenters Brown Ale, their latest, was a circle of paper sellotaped to the keg font, with the name picked out on a portable label printer. Now that's craft. The Tenters is everything you want from a brown ale: a crisp dry bite of roasty grain husk next to lusciously smooth milk chocolate and slightly salty caramel. Like their Blackpitts Porter, it's a solid, no-frills drinking beer with plenty of flavour.

The Tenters is easily the best of the beers I've reviewed this week and while I think corporate structure rarely if ever correlates to beer quality, the method of production here may just contain a wee clue, a signpost, for any of the other big brewing concerns interested in breaking into this new and possibility lucrative market segment, Beer For People Who Enjoy The Taste Of Beer.

11/27/2014 03:17 AM
Big Rock Brewery launches Colaborador Espanol
Big Rock Brewery has launched its first international collaboration, Colaborador Espanol.

11/27/2014 03:05 AM
Seattle day three
I’ve an early start. A very early start. I’m taking the train to Seattle and it leaves at 6.30 am.

But, as it’s an international train, I need to be at the station an hour before departure. I ask for a 4.15 am wake-up call.

I buy myself a sandwich, drink and bag of crisps. That’ll do as breakfast. I get a Canadian history magazine for Andrew as well.

Once through US immigration, I settle into my assigned seat. It’s still dark when we pull out of the station. It takes longer than I anticipated – about two hours – until we reach the US border. Just before we get there, I spot two bald eagles sitting in a tree by the trackside.


At the border, we’re told to remain in our seats while border guards come around the train to check passports and collect our customs declaration forms. It doesn’t take long – not more than 15 minutes.

The train mostly hugs the coast, a vista of wooded hills and mirror-calm water slowly unfolding beyond the window. Occasionally the tracks dart inland, across flat, fertile plains of farmland. Its one of the most scenic train rides I’ve had in a while.


We get to King Street station on time and Jim Jamison is there to collect me. I’ve an event in his brewery, Foggy Noggin, in Bothell this evening.


“Do you want to get some lunch?” He asks.

My sandwich has long since worn off: “Sure.”

We go a place just around the corner, an Irish pub called Fado. I order a Lagunitas IPA and corned beef hash. Both are rather pleasant. Though the IPA comes in a jam jar. A Lagunitas-branded jam jar. Not quite sure why they serve beer in things like this. What’s wrong with a proper glass?


I ask Jim if we can stop by a supermarket. “I need to get cookie mix and Kool Aid for my son.” Jim is slightly bemused by Alexei’s request.

When we’re at the checkout the woman in front of us asks if we’re getting the Kool Aid to dye hair. “Four packets of the Dark Cherry in boiling water. That’s how I dyed this.” She says, pointed to a red highlight. Urm – should Alexei really be ingesting something that dyes hair like that?


Jim has one of the oddest breweries I’ve come across. Somehow he’s got permission to have a brewery and tasting room at his residential address. The fact that he has a 2.5 acre plot probably helps. But it’s still on a very quiet residential street.

Jim’s daughter is pulling beers for a few punters in the tasting room – it’s a double garage, really – and when we go to the brewery in the back garden his son Matt is brewing. It’s very much a family business. It's a tiny setup - just half a barrel, which is about as small as a commercial brewery can be. I've seen bigger home brew systems.

The plan is for me to hang around the bar to chat and sign books for a few hours. Later, for the event itself, I’ll be talking about each of the eight recipes from my book Jim has brewed. I get stuck into his Dark Mild in the meantime.

There’s a steady enough stream of punters, quite a few of whom have my book and some of the self-published ones) for me to sign. It’s no hardship for me to scribble a few illegible lines and chat a while. I really do enjoy meeting my readers. I hope it’s mutual.

I have a fascinating chat with a geologist. “Geology is just as bad as beer for misinformation.” He informs me. And there I was thinking it was an objective science. He has some scary stories about exploring abandoned mines. Sounds like a good way of getting yourself killed. Or worse, buried alive.

Steve Nolan and his wife Marissa turn up. He’s an English expat who lives on the same street. In fact, that’s where I’ll be staying tonight as he’s kindly offered to put me up. They’ll also be providing some of the food – home-made pork pies and sausage rolls – for tonight’s event.


At four everyone is cleared out and the garage door closes. Which is a relief as I was starting to freeze my grillox off. It’s unseasonably cold. Bloody arctic vortex. At least it isn’t raining. That’s what it would usually be doing at this time of year, evidently.

The few books I have left are soon gone. At least I won't be carrying any home with me. But I regret not having brought more.

Kickoff is 6 pm. It’s a relatively small crowd – the size of the room dictates that – but an enthusiastic and knowledgeable one. Jim has brewed four pairs of beers – two beers in the same of similar styles from different periods – which we sample together.

Scotch Ale
1933 Younger No. 3 Pale
1879 Younger No. 3

Mild Ale
1950 Whitbread Best Ale
1868 Tetley XX

Porter
1886 Barclay Perkins Hhd
1821 Barclay PerkinsTT

Russian Stout
1941 Barclay Perkins IBS
1924 Barclay Perkins IBS Ex

I explain what the differences are between the beers and why the style changed over time. And lots of other random beer history stuff. It’s more tangent than arc this time.



In all, I‘m on for around two hours, which is knackering. Even I get fed up of listening to myself talk eventually. I think I’ve educated and entertained the audience a little.

Jim and his family, me and the Nolans stay on after kicking everyone out for more beer and more talking. After a while I forget how exhausted I am. Maybe because I’ve finally time to drink some beer.


It ends up being very late. I stay up talking to Steve and drinking Lapghroaig until after 3 am. By which time I’ve been up almost 24 hours. I honestly don’t know how I do it. I just know it’s been a really fun day. One of the best of the trip.









Fado Irish Pub
801 1st Ave,
Seattle, WA 98104.
Phone: +1 206-264-2700
http://www.fadoirishpub.com/seattle/


Foggy Noggin Brewing
22329 53rd Ave SE,
Bothell, WA 98021.
Phone: +1 425-486-1070
http://www.foggynogginbrewing.com/

11/27/2014 02:49 AM
Beer In Ads #1386: Had Been Sick
Wednesday’s ad is for Pabst, from 1897. The ad tells the tale, sort of, between a brave Native American warrior and the famed Pocahontas. Apparently he’d been sick, but no more, thanks to Pabst Malt Extract, “The ‘Best’ Tonic.” The post Beer In Ads #1386: Had...

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11/27/2014 01:00 AM
Black Beer Friday at Green Dragon
Has Black Friday already gotten you down? Well disembark from the masses this Friday and head on down to Green Dragon for the 4th Annual Black Beer Friday! Held now on the 4th consecutive year during the busiest shopping day of the year, relax and take in some of the regions best hoppy Cascadian Dark […]

11/27/2014 12:15 AM
Episode 57: Developed in the Bottle (Part 2)
Mike and Jason continue their conversation on aging various styles of beers while sharing a bottle of Evil Twin Brewing’s Double Barrel Jesus. Beers Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus American Imperial Stout, IBU Unknown, ABV 12% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Show Links Evil Twin Brewing Mikkeller Recorded May 25, 2014 in Ankeny, Iowa Intro […]

11/26/2014 08:32 PM
Try-It Thursday
This week's Try-It Thursdays beer is one of the country's most awarded and most respected. Pete Mitcham pops the cap and pours a glass of award winning hop-driven gold, as described by some pretty decent beer writers.

11/26/2014 08:01 PM
Fresh English Brown Ale

It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so first a cheers to you and your family. We hope you are drinking homebrewed beers or ciders. Pairing your favorite dishes with your best creations. What better beer could there be for me at thanksgiving? That’s right English Brown Ale!!! First of this beer remains largely unchanged since I […]

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11/26/2014 06:13 PM
What’s an XPA?
A new beer style is making its way into fridges around the country. Pete Mitcham lifts the lid on a few examples of home-grown XPAs.

11/26/2014 06:11 PM
A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 1 – dining in, swearing in
  “I mean, I’m a grown man, and I still cry at the end of Toy Story 3, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.  And it ended just right. Why would they make a fourth? I don’t know if I can emotionally make it through that.” “The way they print the letter ‘D’ totally looks like […]

11/26/2014 05:59 PM
Colorado Beer News 112614
Colorado Beer NewsToday is a wake up call that there is just Four Weeks Left to do Holiday Shopping. This is Thanksgiving week and the end of year holiday's are now less than a month away. Have you gotten your shopping list figured out yet? If you have a craft beer lover in your household (other than yourself) just remember that a gift certificate to their favorite brewery taproom, beer bar or homebrew shop is always a welcome idea. Help support your local craft breweries and businesses this holiday season. Most breweries are closed Thursday, so stock up for the holidays today! Stuck with the in-laws for Thanksgiving? Bring them to a brewery taproom! That should liven up things a bit. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, November 26th, 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - November's "Happy Thanksgiving"-themed Cask Month tappings are drawing to a close tomorrow (Wed. November 26th) with a tapping of a Pecan Pie Brown Ale. It tastes as good as it sounds. Bring in your out of town guests for a pre-Thanksgiving warm-up. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Don't forget today they kick off their 1 year anniversary celebrations with the tapping of "Forbidden Fig Stout"! It's their anniversary beer that has been aged 3 weeks on figs. Today in the tasting lab they are doing free 4oz samples of it from 4-6pm and happy hour prices on all growler fills. Then on Friday Nov. 28th, take a break from Black Friday and come get a free breakfast burrito with the purchase of a beer. They will be open at 10:00am and will happy hour prices all day long on beers and free breakfast burritos while supplies last. Burritos from Tony Guacamole. Saturday is the BIG Anniversary party! They will be open 1:00pm and have cornhole tournaments, $5 proper 20 oz pints, prizes all day and music at night by Big Paddy! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - Wednesday night is Karaoke night and happy hour from 7-11pm. Don't head to dinner tomorrow empty handed. They're having Super Special Hour growler fills at West from 4-6pm today, $10 for a 64oz fill, $5 for a 32oz fill! They'll have glass growlers on hand for $6 as well if you need one! They will be closed for Thanksgiving and then open back as usual on Friday with their ThanksBeering event at both locations from 4-8pm. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - It's almost Thanksgiving and everyone is excited! They have their Thanksgiving Eve party tomorrow (November 26th) and the release of the Vanilla Caramel Porter on Friday November 28th! Fill your growlers before the holiday, they will be closed on Thanksgiving. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Taproom favorite The Mile High Grub returned to the taproom this week. Stop by for a pint. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - They were not kidding about the deals at their Big House Dock Sale! They have been brewing in "the big house" for 1 year as of today, come see them between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday November 26th to stock up on Rockyard for the holidays! Dog House Red (12 – 22oz) - $90/case. Pumpkin Ale (12 – 22oz) - $50/case. Double Eagle American Wheat Ale (24 – 12oz) - $25/case. New Memphis Chili Gold (24 – 12oz) - $25/case. Lil Bro Session IPA (24 – 12oz) - $25/case. Don't forget that if you can't make it Wednesday, you can escape the Black Friday madness and still get someone a great gift during the same hours Friday, November 28th. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Since it's Turkey-day Eve, they are doing $1 off pours from open to close! Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks will be cooking up the cheesesteaks (obviously). Today's tap list: All-CO Proletariat, Farmhouse, IPA, Brown, All-CO Chinook Red, and Novo Coffee Stout. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Living the Dream Brewing Co (Littleton) - Get $2 off ‪#‎Growler‬ fills today (Wednesday) - then share the love on ‪#Thanksgiving‬. They open at 1pm! [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

3 Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - Please stop by the brewery this week with your friends and family. They'd love to meet them and show them around. Tours available upon request. This weeks schedule: Wednesday - The Wing Wagon Grill (remember to pick up a growler to enjoy with your turkey). Thursday - CLOSED (time to enjoy that growler you got on Wednesday). Friday - Tony Guacamole Food Truck & Live music from Soul Patch Brothers
Saturday - The Wing Wagon Grill. Sunday - $1 off all pints during the Broncos game. They suggest you bring in left over turkey or better yet, order in! [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Chain Reaction Brewing Company will be open Wednesday 11/26/2014 at 3pm till they decide to close. THey are not normally open on Wednesdays but have had a high volume of customer requests for it so they want to give the customer what they want. This means customers get the chance to bring friends and family into their local brewery to do some pre thanksgiving celebration and it will also give customers the chance to fill up some growlers to pair with the succulent turkeys that will be cooking. They will also be offering a special on growler fills and will be tapping a very special very limited rare brew that they brewed up just for Thanksgiving! [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] The beer you've been waiting for has finally arrived! The first of their Ex-Pat Series to hit the big system is ready, just in time for the holidays. What's the Ex-Pat Series and what's an Algerian Biere de Garde? Their Ex-Pat Series explores French colonialism past and present through indigenous ingredients. They choose a colonial entity, select interesting or unique ingredients from this area and incorporate them into French beer styles like Biere de Garde, Saison or Grisette. Pieds Noir means Black Foot and refers to people of French and other European ancestry who lived in North Africa particularly Algeria. This Ex-Pat features a sweet Algerian curry, palm sugar and figs which give it the color of the Saharan sands, the heady, spiced aroma of an outdoor bazaar and the figgy flavor of the cradle of civilization. The beer will be available when the tasting room opens at 4pm Friday the 28th. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - Today for one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, they are doing $12 growler fills so you can take some beer home with you to Thanksgiving dinner. Stock up! [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Tapping today: Citra dry-hopped Wit. A session white IPA. 2 kegs only of this (now very popular) experimental elixir. Also large growlers now available. 10 beers total on tap. ‪#‎aleswhatcuresyou‬ [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - They are open today with normal hours (Noon-9:30), bring the family by. Don't have anything to bring for Thanksgiving? How about growlers of Comrade Brews. They'll be closed Thursday to spend that quality with family and friends. Escape the madness of Black Friday and come by to enjoy the release of their Russian Imperial Stout at noon. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Bard's collaboration brew, Copper Penny Double Red Ale, is a hit, but "King of the Kegs" may be taking it a little too far! This caramelly gem with a malty backbone is nicely balanced, and perfect for fall quaffing. Try a pint today. Take it easy friends! Need some beer for your Thanksgiving crowd? Take home a quad pack of Dank IPA or Ryeot Rye Ale,or get your growler filled with any of their craft brews. [6730 S Cornerstar Way Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver/Littleton) - Progress continues on building their new brewery facility in Littleton. And they have a date for you to put on your calendar for next summer. Reserve July 18th, 2015 to come to their new home for a big party. They will be celebrating their 25th anniversary and hosting their very first big party, aka a Hootenanny, at the new Farmhouse brewery location. Meanwhile, stop by one of their many locations in Denver, Breckenridge, and Grand Junction. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Hey Denver! Just cause they love you so much they're tapping reserve kegs of Hey! Pumpkin today on Platte St. No growler fills please, but they do have 6 packs of Pumpkin available to go for tomorrow's feast! ‪#‎thanksgiving‬ ‪#‎heypumpkin‬ [1695 Platte St, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Worried about showing up empty-handed to another holiday party because your cooking skills are just that bad? Great Divide has you covered. Their Peach Grand Cru is back for a limited time and is a perfect beer to pair with food. This Belgian-style ale, brewed with 1600 pounds of fresh Palisade peaches per 50 barrel batch, became a fast favorite when they released it in bottles last year. Bring this along to any holiday party and you'll immediately be forgiven for burning the baby quiche. Try it with stuffed mushrooms, smoked chicken quarters, roasted baby artichokes, buttermilk blue cheese, or even grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream. For those of you with loaded social calendars, mix up your offering with one of their other winter seasonals. Fresh Hop, Hibernation, and Oak Aged Yeti are available through December 31st. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight at 6:00pm they will be releasing bottles of "Nightmare on Brett". It's a powerful sour ale aged in Leopold Whiskey barrels. Price is $12 per bottle with a 12 bottle per person limit. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - They're open today with normal hours (2-10pm) and they're tapping a keg of Cherry Milk Stout because they feel like it. Don't forget to fill your growlers for Thanksgiving! They're closed Thursday to eat and drink too much with family and friends, but they're back at it on BLACK FRIDAY. Put down the shopping bags and join them in the taproom, where they're tapping eleven) variations of their Dark Star Imperial Stout. You do not want to miss this! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - They just filled an 84 oz. FLASK with their beer. You heard that right, an 84 oz. FLASK. They fill all kinds of growlers in a day, but this was a first. Most importantly, thank you all for coming out to support the Louisville Turkey Trot pre-party today and donate food for Sister Carmen. Every bit helps. They will continue collecting food in the tasting room for those in need. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

FATE Brewing Co (Boulder) - FATE Brewing Company is expanding. Their new expansion project will include a new barrel aging room, improved production facilities and nearly 100% production capacity increase. Construction is scheduled to begin in December and be completed by early 2015. Just a reminder, they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Fresh from the fermenters this week is Skuld Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Plus, their Tequila Barrel Aged Uror Gose is back in bottles and is on sale at the brewery. They just tapped their Ryedorado Extra Pale Ale. Also, they will be opening early on Saturday, November 29th at 9am for pre-game fun as CU Buffs take on Utah. Pedicab trips to Folsom Field begin two hours before kickoff and return trips run immediately following the game. Tips are encouraged but the trip is on them. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Today's special release is a bourbon barrel-age Lig Ts Out Stout. This monster weighs in at 11% ABV, but there's just 10 gallons of it. They also put some in 22oz bottles for $12.50 each. Get some while it lasts! [2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Every month Beer Chef / Founder Ian Clark of BRU handbuilt ales & eats showcases his passion for all things food and beer with a monthly beer dinner. For the month of December he has paired up with neighbors Wilds Woods Brewery for a festive dinner. Inspired by Wild Woods owners, Jake and Erin Evans’ vegetarian lifestyle he created a menu that shares the deliciousness of all things vegetarian! Jake and Ian also brewed a special beer just for the occasion, a Winter Warmer with cranberries, mace, clove, bitter orange, and honey. The evening will also highlight delicious dishes like a Beet Latke with parsnip sauerkraut paired with BRU’s Gabe & The Giant Peach sour mash golden ale or Butternut Brown Toffee Pudding with roasted squash and creme fraiche ice cream and paired with Wild Woods Butternut Brown Ale. For more details and the full menu visit www.bruboulder.com. Seating is limited for the December 8th 7pm event, for reservations call 720.638.5193. Cost: $45/pp. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Just in time for Thanksgiving, they have some fresh cans of the ‪#‎GABF‬ Silver Medal winning ‪#‎DeathByCoconut‬ at The Tasty Weasel. All OB locations (Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Lyons, CO, CHUBurger, Cyclhops & Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina) are closed tomorrow, so come by today and stock up before it's gone! [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - At 5PM on Friday, Left Hand will be releasing the “Forgotten Wake Up Dead” keg. This keg was part of the Oak Aged Wake Up Dead program, but was not blended with non-oak aged Wake Up Dead. As a result, this is lusciously dense, and is likely to go quickly. This beer will be available in taster glasses ($3) to help everyone have a chance to try this beer. Come early to make sure you have a chance to try this rare brew! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - It may still be November, but now's the time to start thinking about making your New Year's Eve plans! Come ring in the New Year 1920's style at FCB starting at 6pm December 31st! Dress up in your best 20's outfits and spend an evening playing fun casino games and win fabulous FCB prizes. Your $65 per person entry fee gets your FCB brews, hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast and $50 in fun casino chips to start off with that you can use to play all night with. There will be a Costume Contest at 8:00pm, so dress to impress! For more info or to make reservations call (970) 682-2260 or visit fortcollinsbrewery.com. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - This week and this week only! Purchase a 22 ounce bottle of Apumpalyptica Imperial Pumpkin along with an Apumpalytpica tulip glass for $15! Get yours while they last! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star is still accepting non-perishable food items in the taproom this week for Food Bank for Larimer County. In special need: canned yams, canned sweet potatoes, canned green beans, and stuffing. Thanksgiving week taproom hours: Wednesday 2-10pm, trivia at 7:30pm. Thursday - closed, Berthoud Social Run 8am. Friday 2-10pm, live music w/Steve Manshel 7pm. Saturday 12-10pm, live music w/Ashleigh Caudill 7pm. And Sunday 12-9pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - The night before Thanksgiving is THE night to party! Stop by Broken Plow tonight for a few cold ones, mingle with your fellow trivia friends and stick around for some super fun trivia! They'll have the best prizes in town and certainly the most fun. Questions kick off at 7pm. And stay tuned for their exciting festive holiday promotions, "Wise Men Wednesdays" in December. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - They're open today 12-6pm for you to fill up with great growlers of ‪#‎freshtastycraftbeer‬. They will be closed tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, and sending you good wishes for great gatherings with family and/or friends. They'll re-open on Friday and on through the month of December (except Dec. 25th) from 12-6 p.m. Stop in for some holiday cheer! [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Loveland Aleworks just released their newest seasonal brew, Dunkelweizen, this past weekend, and they're tapping an American Sour Ale with Cranberries today! Take some home in a growler, and you'll have the perfect drink to wash down all that turkey! Please remember to get your Thanksgiving Day growlers filled by tonight (11/26). The taproom will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. THey are stoked to share their Barrel-Aged Grand Cru with you this coming Friday! This is a special, single barrel release, and they will ONLY pour this beer on Friday. (If you're one of those unfortunate souls who won't be there to join in, perhaps you can find a friend to get a growler filled, so you won't have to miss out on this treat entirely!) They're also offering some Day-After-Turkey-Day deals on all Loveland Aleworks' apparel (including our brand new gear) and gift card purchases. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Today High Hops is hosting a Can Release Party for their newly canned "The Honeyed One" and "The Dark One". Now they have 4 of their beers available in cans. Take home any 6 pack for just $8 and share them with family and friends this Thanksgiving. Also, they saved one keg of "Sweetie Pie" from last year and will be tapping it today as well. They will also go a growler fill of it for $35! After this keg is gone, Sweetie Pie will be completely gone, so send it off by sharing it. They will be closed for Thanksgiving. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today's the day to come by 1933 Brewing and fill your growlers for Thanksgiving! Some great choices for the holiday could be the Squash Saison, Nut Brown, Cranberry Copper Ale, or Oktoberfest! Or any of their 12 brews on tap would be great for the holiday! They will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving, but will open EARLY (10am) on Friday so come in for their ONE DAY BLACK FRIDAY SALE! [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Come hang with Ashley & Kate (yes, she's back!) tonight for Mug Night; bring in your Beaver mug or mason jar and get your 1st fill on the house! If you can't make it down tonight to get your growlers filled, KatiLyn will be here from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. You're welcome to enjoy a pint with her while you're there. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Friday, November 28th, is the release date for this year’s Midwinter Warmer. The 500ml bottles are $10 each. Also, they have a limited number of gift boxes with cellared bottles of 2012, 2013 and this year’s barleywine available, $38 for a 3 year vertical set! Get a winter logo glass for $4 with the set, normally $8. The boxes will go fast. Come in and ask them how they make each year special, unique and delicious! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tapping today on Wednesday, November 26th will be a special Test Tap of their "White Chocolate Wheat, a Dunkelweizen made with a pound and a half of white chocolate in it. Pair that with food from Treehouse BBQ. They will be closed today and Thanksgiving. Then on Saturday, November 29th, they will tap two new beers: a Gluten Free Milk Stout and also "Brinner", a maple nut brown ale. [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's their beer tap list for this week: Irish Red, Pale Ale, Blonde Ale, Orange Blossom IPA, Amber Ale, Vanilla Porter, Wallonian Ale, Bob's Your Dunkel, and announcing the return of their Imperial Stout! Enjoy some food from Bite Me Gourmet Sausage tonight. They WILL be open on Thanksgiving Day from 1pm to 6pm too! [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Get your growlers and Peak Cans filled today, for they won't open til 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and you don't want to be out of beer for those football games on Thursday. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Set your calendars for Wednesday, December 3rd from 6-8pm and drop by Old Chicago at 3190 New Center Point in the Springs. Buy a pint of "Give! Black Lager", one of Bristol’s Community Ales, and 100% of the profits will go to the 2014 Give! campaign and the 75 nonprofits it benefits this year. Here’s the fun part: For every pint of Give! Black Lager you enjoy, $2 will be earmarked for the Give! nonprofit of your choosing. Just make your selection on the ballot you get with your pint and leave it with your server. Come celebrate beer philanthropy with us! In the meantime, drop by for a pint at their taproom. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - [PRESS RELEASE] Elevation Beer Company and Monarch Mountain Ski Area are excited to announce their recent partnership making Elevation the ‘Official Brewery of Monarch Mountain’. “Elevation has been a close partner with us since they opened in 2012,” says Monarch Mountain CEO, Rich Moorhead, “Elevation is a best seller in our Sidewinder Saloon, and we’re excited to have Monarch’s closest brewery as a partner.” Elevation and Monarch will team up to promote not only their great relationship, but also the fantastic valley they both call home. “A locally owned world class microbrewery and a locally owned world class ski resort teaming up to promote Chaffee County and the fantastic products we offer...” Says Elevation Co-founder and Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante. "What can be better than that?" Monarch will feature 8 Second Kölsch, First Cast IPA, Little Mo’ Porter (named after the run at Monarch Mountain) and a rotating Elevation handle all ski season. Elevation and Monarch will also team up for events across Colorado, Texas, and Arizona in 2015 so keep an eye out for some of the fruits of their fantastic partnership. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - Last Day for their Holiday Growler Refill Sale. Refill your growlers for Thanksgiving festivities and be the star of the day! Today is the last day that Refills will be only $8! Get them now, for they will be closed Thanksgiving day. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Enjoy 20% markdowns of all black-colored merchandise and dark draft beers all day this Friday, November 28th. Only at World Headquarters in Durango! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Next Monday, December 1st is a BIG firkin fundraiser at Kannah Creek! The 23 Mesa County nonprofits participating in a collaboration for this years CO Gives Day will be the recipients! They will be tapping a Canadian Red firkin at 5pm, and there will be door prizes. THey hope to see a lot of you at the brewpub for this one! [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing (Breckenridge) - Broken Compass will be closed tomorrow for ‪#‎Thanksgiving‬ so come get your Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Stout growlers filled while you can! Happy Thanksgiving! [68 Continental Ct, Unit B12, Breckenridge, CO]

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Don't forget to stop by the Dam today to get your beer for your Thanksgiving feast as we are closed tomorrow! Get your growler filled or buy some 6 packs or 22 oz. Bombers of Oktoberfest, Dam Gogh, Black Rye-PA, Marzen and lots more! [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co (Glenwood Springs) - What's on tap this week? They will have their Forest Hollow Pumpkin Ale on through Thanksgiving. Dos Rios Vienna -Style Lager will also continue through Thanksgiving. They are looking forward to releasing their Storm King Dunkel Lager once turkey day is over. The Storm King Dunkel is an amazing example of the Munich Dunkel style. It appears dark brown in color with a garnet tint. It has a rich Munich malt sweetness with hints of chocolate, nuts, and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by rich complex Munich malts and Melanoidins, reminiscent of bread crusts. We balanced the sweetness out with Noble hops but this beer is definitely a malty lager! [402 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO]
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11/26/2014 02:44 PM
Black Raven Brewing annouces special release of Wisdom Seeker

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11/26/2014 02:25 PM
Alaskan Brewing to Release Beers for Black Friday
It’s coming just as sure as the days are getting shorter – Black Friday will soon be upon us, and Alaskan Brewing is recommending three new releases to combat the craziness. With the release of Double Black IPA, 2014 Smoked Porter, and the Smoked Porter Vintage Pack, Alaskan gives craft beer fans dark beers for the dark winter nights ahead.

11/26/2014 02:05 PM
Funky Buddha to bottle beers
Beer lovers in South Florida have known that the beers at Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha were remarkable from the brewery’s inception in 2010. But, in order to taste the beer, they had to go to a the brewery taproom or visit a bar with their beers on tap. In just a few weeks that will […]

11/26/2014 01:34 PM
Crux Fermentation Project 2014 [BANISHED] TOUGH LOVE Release Details
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11/26/2014 01:10 PM
Commons Brewery 3rd Anniversary on December 6th
Back in the summer of 2010 Mike Wright took the leap from home brewing to open one of Portland’s first nano-breweries, Beetje Brewing. Setting up shop in the garage of his Southeast Portland home, Wright began brewing on his not so quite 1.5 barrel system. Having found an appreciation for Belgian style beers, Wright took […]

11/26/2014 01:05 PM
Mims Distributing Donates 18 Turkeys to North Carolina Foodbank
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11/26/2014 01:00 PM
Wine Reviews: Autumn Roundup
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11/26/2014 01:00 PM
Festival News: WA: Seattle: 12/5 & 12/6: Washington Brewers Guild "Winter Beer Fest" returns for another year of warmth and beer.
Press Release

(Seattle, WA) ... - Washington Brewers Guild will present the annual Winter Beer Fest. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the BIG beer lover with additions of sugar and spice and everything nice!
Featuring a wide variety of winter and holiday inspired beers.
·         Big winter warmers such as Seattle local Stoup Brewing’s English inspired Winter Warmer or Kulshan Brewing’s Kitten Mittens Winter Ale from Bellingham.
·         Dark and hearty brews with Imperial Stouts from Boundary Bay, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Georgetown Brewing, Oharov Russian Imperial Stout, 7 Seas, Chili Pepper Imperial Stout and more.
·         Wood aged beers make a showing with Frosty Frog of Issaquah, aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels, Sound Brewing of Poulsbo with their Whiskey Barrel Mayan CaveBear and Hilliard’s of Seattle with Fino Countdown a sherry barrel aged Industrial Porter.
·         Some lighter seasonal, sour and spiced beers are well represented including Snipes Mountain’s Winter Valley a cranberry and apple wheat saison from Sunnyside, Big Al’s Hopped Farm House Ale brewed with brettanomyces, Bing from Naked City in Greenwood, their take on an English Old Ale with cherries and spice or how about a Cinnamon Coconut Porter from Scuttlebutt in Everett.
·         A complete list of 2014 Winter Beer Fest Participating Breweries and Beers is available online at http://washingtonbrewersguild.org/Events.html.
The Winter Beer Festival will host one session on Friday, December 5 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and two sessions on Saturday, December 6 from Noon to 4:00PM and5:30 to 9:30PM. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if tickets are still available. Advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional tokens may be purchased for $1.50 each. Tickets are available online atwwww.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select ticket outlets. This is a 21-and-over-only event.    
  
WASHINGTON BREWERS GUILD 2014 WINTER BEER FEST
DATE:   
Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th

HOURS:               
Friday Session 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Saturday, Session 1: 12:00PM to 4:00PM, Session 2: 5:30PM to 9:30PM
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins.
Taps close 30 minutes before closing each session. Separate tickets required for each session.

LOCATION:        
Hangar 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington

ADMISSION:       
$25 advance tickets or $30 at the door, if still available. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional sampling tokens available for $1.50. Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted.  Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only. 
Tickets sales are online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select outlets.

FOOD:
Several Food Trucks will be on site to satisfy and compliment the hearty beers.

Theo Chocolates, www.theochocolate.com, will be sampling chocolate. These rich winter brews pair exceptionally well with the deep and intense flavors of Theo’s hand crafted confections.

Taylor Shellfish Farms, www.taylorshellfishfarms.com, will be sampling oysters during the festival. Stouts and Porters with their dark roast flavors have been a traditional accompaniment to these briny delicacies.  

BENEFICIARY:
Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of brewers, promote the quality of craft beer in Washington and protect the interests of brewers and beer drinkers.


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11/26/2014 11:15 AM
Pedernales Brewing Company Extended Holiday Hours
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I won't be there on those because I will be at my day job. Darnit!




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11/26/2014 10:57 AM
Yule Logs!!
The season of gluttony and excess is almost upon us - time for my December-only, different every year, Yule Logs!!

Yes, I know it isn't quite December. I was trying to be ahead of the game this year. It was a dreadful rush last time, with Andrew nagging in my ear: "Daaad, just finish it. Don't have another Abt, get on with it. It won't be ready until January at this rate."

I hope the five extra days will boost sales into triple digits*. For anyone wanting to make fortune (in the unlikely event of me being collectable at some point), this is the book to invest in. My set will be Dolores's widow's pension. The illegible 2012 edition - I've the only copy - should see both kids through college.

Ramble, wander, ramble. You can tell I've already broken the seal on the floor (I'd call it my beer cellar, but that would be pretentious and not strictly true), the words are tumbling out like rats from a sewer.  I'm supposed to be convincing you to buy another of my wordless books.

It's odd that, as someone who thinks he knows his way around a sentence, two of the books I'm most proud of contain none. Sentences, I mean. And precious few words.

Yule Logs!!, my annual tribute to Norse responsible consumption, has a total of 249 words. (I said to Dolores: "My payment per word has just shot up. You won't believe how much I getting for this book.") I'm now going to bollox that up by giving them away for free:


Yule Logs!!
by
Ron Pattinson

Copyright © 2014 Ronald Pattinson

The right of Ronald Pattinson to be identified as the author of his work has been asserted by him in
accordance with the


COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT OF 1988

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition being imposed upon the subsequent purchaser.

3rd edition

Published in  December 2014 by

Kilderkin
171 hs Warmondstraat, Amsterdam, Noord- Holland

ISBN 978-94-90270-23-0


Contents


1805 Barclay Perkins BST
1813 Whitbread Table Stout
1826 Truman Keeping
1832 St. Stephens X
1848 William Younger sheet 1
1848 William Younger sheet 2
1858 Tetley XX 4 top
1858 Tetley XX 4 bottom
1868 Medway Porter and X
1870 Simmonds XX sheet 1
1870 Simmonds XX sheet 2
1886 Hodgson XX sheet 1
1886 Hodgson XX sheet 2
1890 Hodgson Bitter Ale sheet 2
1899 Fullers AK sheet 1
1899 Fullers AK sheet 2
1904 Whitbread IPA
1906 Barclay Perkins KK
1917 Kidd LPA
1915 Drybrough sheet 1
1915 Drybrough sheet 2
1922 Camden PA
1930 Russell 6d Ale
1939 Maclay SA and PA 6d
1941 Barclay Perkins IBS and LS
1954 Whitbread DB
1962 Barclay Perkins Export Lager
1965 Beasley IPA
1964 Truman P1 and P2
1972 Whitbread Final Selection

I can see I'm not really selling the book. Which is the idea, if I want Dolores to have a merry widowhood.

If you have to, purchase my rubbishy, word-free book sometime over the next five weeks, if you can be arsed.





* I'm an assembler programmer. My digits are binary.

11/26/2014 09:56 AM
Thanksgiving eve is a party night. Be prepared!
Look, we love all of you so don’t do something stupid and get yourself killed. We all know that there will be DUI stops all over Pittsburgh. Don’t try to […]


11/26/2014 09:44 AM
The Row at Tetherow Launches Monthly Local Craft Brewery Beer Infused Dinners
With the upcoming Mt. Bachelor winter sports season on the horizon, Tetherow Resort in beautiful Bend, Oregon is hosting a daily beer infused dinner that features a different local craft brewer each month. The month of November will feature Cascade Lakes Brewing. The Row, Tetherow’s upscale Scottish-style pub, is partnering with local craft breweries to […]

11/26/2014 09:40 AM
Ribstone Creek Brewery

The Ribstone Creek Brewery is an investor-owned 'craft’ style brewery located in the village of Edgerton in east-central Alberta.



11/26/2014 09:21 AM
Beers With a Pinch of Place
Acai Fruits. (Photo by Kate Evans for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR))

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

For as long as we’ve been pondering what ‘local’ means in terms of beer, we’ve also been interested in beers made with ingredients that evoke the place of their origin. In the last year, others have crystallised that into a conversation across various blog posts and articles, of which there have been a particular flurry in […]

Beers With a Pinch of Place



11/26/2014 08:26 AM
Widmer Brothers Collaborates with Deschutes & New Releases in 30 Beers For 30 Years Series
Widmer Brothers Brewing is at once again with quite a few new releases to close out 2014. The brewery is in the midst of the next round of six releases in their ambitious 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. If this is not enough, Widmer is also set to release their six and final beer […]

11/26/2014 08:25 AM
Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring

The post, Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I had finally gotten the opportunity to purchase a few Strangeways Brewing products while on a trip to Richmond this past August (I enjoyed these beers shortly after). The first was a pretty solid Albino Monkey. The second is Martian Spring, a 7.35% aBV wine-barrel aged, Biere de Garde. As you […]

The post, Strangeways Brewing Martian Spring, first appeared on The Barley Blog.



11/26/2014 07:58 AM
Gulf-coast brewery opens new taproom
More proof that Florida is becoming a craft beer powerhouse popped up last week when Grayton Beer Company opened its new taproom. Grayton, founded in 2011, is a locally owned and operated brewery on the Northwest Florida Coastline with over 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities to brew classic, contemporary beers. Grayton Beer Company brews its […]

11/26/2014 07:18 AM
0 (zero) tips for serving beer with Thanksgiving dinner
Nothing to see here folks. Have a good holiday.

11/26/2014 07:00 AM
Brewery News: BC: Vancouver: "Steamworks Brewing Company Raises Over $10,000 for BC Firefighters Burn Fund"
As tribute to BC Firefighters and to raise both awareness & funds, local craft brewery Steamworks Brewing Company brewed a robust and flavourful Heroica Red Ale for its 2014 fall release.  In keeping with Steamworks' whimsical brand designs, this particular label featured Burnaby Heights Landmark Helen Arnold the swinging girl as a damsel in distress being rescued by a Steampunked firefighter.  Throughout October, all Steamworks Heroica Red Ale 650mL bombers, Fall Mash-Up 12-pack mixers, and pints sold at liquor stores and restaurants throughout BC were partially donated to Burnaby Firefighters charities.


"Giving back to our community is important to Steamworks and we were honoured to partner with the Burnaby Firefighters to help raise money for their Charitable Society, and in particular the BC Burn Fund," says Walter Cosman, President Steamworks Brewing Company.   Steamworks' Owner Eli Gershkovitch adds "I often joke that my job at Steamworks is signing cheques; last night my job was a pleasure signing this "BIG" cheque issued to the Burnaby Firefighters for the BC Burn Fund." 

The $10,156.50 cheque was presented to the Burnaby Firefighters last evening at the Steamworks Brewery & Taproom during a Heroica Night at the Brewery, which was attended by community partners, neighbours and supporters of the benefit brew.   In true beerhall fashion, Bratwurst and Chili cooked by Burnaby Local 323 was enjoyed by a packed room, while music played and full brewery tours were led.

"On behalf of the Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 and the British Columbia Professional Firefighters we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Steamworks Brewing Company for their outreach to firefighters by producing a beer in support of our Charitable Society. Heroica Red Ale is a tribute to Firefighters and it is just another example of Steamwork's understanding and commitment to serving their community as all proceeds of this partnership will go to the Burn Fund."  Jeff Clark, Vice President Burnaby Firefighters

 Pictured Above: 
Jeff Clark & Paul Rushton - Burnaby Firefighters, Erik Vogal - B.C.P.F.F.A. Burnfund
Marnie Burnett, Eli Gershkovitch & Walter Cosman - Steamworks Brewing Company
About Steamworks Brewing Company
Steamworks Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Eli Gershkovitch. The brewpub in Vancouver's Gastown District is a local institution that brews beer using pure steam, directly from the famous city central steam line. Steamworks opened its new production brewery and tasting room in Burnaby in November of 2013. Steamworks beer is available throughout the Province of British Columbia along with four other Canadian provinces and several American states.


11/26/2014 07:00 AM
Restaurant News: WA: Seattle: Café Pettirosso launches "Monday Evening Dinner Series"
This past Monday, the staff of "Café Pettirosso" hosted Epic Brewing to kick off their monthly "Monday Evening Dinner Series". Developed and designed to showcase the harmony between your favorite alcoholic beverage and the menu of Pettirosso, the first dinner was well received.

Listed below is a sample of the beers and cocktails, featured during the dinner.

Epic Brewing

  • Sour Apple Saison
    (sweet, yet dry and tart Farmhouse style ale. Features apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.)
  • Epic Brainless Belgian Style IPA
    (this IPA pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of innovative brewers. The fruity Belgian yeast and powerful American hops relentlessly tease your pallet. A perfectly balanced beer.)
  • Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout
    (a big bold Imperial Stout using cocoa nibs and dark roasted coffee. A seasonal best seller and something not to be missed.)
Cocktails
  • Bols Barrel Aged Genever Bijou
    Bols Barrel Aged Genever, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, orange bitters
  • Dutch PunchDamrak gin, Bols elderflower liqueur, lemon, cinnamon syrup, Epic Brewing Sour Apple Saison
  • De Bloem
    Bols Genever, ginger, allspice dram, grapefruit, Epic Brainless Belgian Style IPA

Stay tuned in the next few weeks, when Café Pettirosso announces the next set of distillers, vintners, breweries, or cideries; featured at the dinner.

About Café Pettirosso

Located at 1101 E Pike St, at Café Pettirosso we are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8am ‘til 2am Tuesday through Sunday. On Mondays, we are open from 8am until 3pm for our Monday Bake Sale, featuring a plethora of sweet and savory baked things.

Café Pettirosso was founded in the 90’s by Robin Wright, as a coffee cart. Eventually finding a permanent space as a café on the corner of 11th and Pike, it was later taken over and remodeled by Yuki and Miki Sodos, and reopened on October 30th 2012 as a full service café and bar. At Pettirosso we pride ourselves on offering a little something for everyone. Bring us your vegans, gluten intolerant, or serious carnivores, we’ll make sure they leave happy (and full!). 


11/26/2014 06:19 AM
SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait

The post, SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release ATLANTA (November 25, 2014) – SweetWater Brewing Co. wants folks to dodge catching a cold this winter and instead cast lines to catch an all-new coldie – Spinnerbait. The new seasonal sipper makes its debut in the winter slot of the brewery’s Catch & Release lineup from December to February. Brewers lured in […]

The post, SweetWater Debuts New Winter Seasonal – Spinnerbait, first appeared on The Barley Blog.



11/26/2014 06:15 AM
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Beer Review
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Bell’s Brewery is one of the most successful and well respected craft breweries in the country and their reputation is well earned.  Although Oberon takes the prize as their most well known beer Two Hearted Ale is the first beer I think of when talking about this brewery.  Throughout the year Bell’s releases a ton of seasonal and specialty beers that are highly sought after but when it comes to Bell’s I always end up coming home to Two…

11/26/2014 06:07 AM
Metz Beer “all first-class places have it”
This is the second blog post this week on old beer advertising around Thanksgiving, this one comes from the Omaha Sunday Bee in Omaha, Nebraska, printed November 24, 1912. The advertisement is for Metz Beer, with a fine looking image of a bottle of Metz that could only be outdone by a turkey chugging a […]

11/26/2014 04:28 AM
To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?
To give thanks is a matter of joy. Should that be confined by excessive sobriety?

That was how Michael Jackson, a British beer writer, commented upon American Thanksgiving, in A Twist on Tradition: The Right Beer, Dish by Dish, a 1983 Washington Post byline on choosing beer, not wine, for the Thanksgiving meal.

That would be the 'other' Michael Jackson, the ungloved one, the Beer Hunter, the beer author, who, in his long career, set a very high bar for modern beer writing, across all borders. That I feel it necessary to identify which Jackson I mean pushes me into 'kids-these-days' territory.

As quotidien as the idea of good-beer-with-good-food may appear today, three decades ago, it was an epicurean epiphany, a "twist" against the style-makers. Jackson didn't personally conjoin this companionship of taste, but he did certainly nurture it.

'Serious' meal?

Tomorrow, with the Thanksgiving meal, I will open a bottle of cider, gueuze, or Trappist ale; maybe a barleywine with pie. I will attempt to avoid excessive sobriety.

-----more-----
  • Read Jackson's entire essay: here, at BeerHunter.com. (The Washington Post link above is a pay-to-read archived item.)
  • Another post, germane for the day: Beere, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.


11/26/2014 04:00 AM
2014 Washington Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest
The Washington Brewers Guild will present their annual Winter Beer Fest on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the […]

11/26/2014 03:54 AM
Barrel of laughs
Quite a convoluted back story comes with the new one from Franciscan Well. The four-pack their PR people sent me was accompanied by a leaflet explaining the concept of the chaser. The beer, Jameson Aged Pale Ale, has not only been aged in whiskey barrels but is also recommended to be served alongside a shot. Creative playfulness or a cynical joint effort by Molson Coors and Pernod Ricard to sell each other's products? Not that it matters.

What matters is the beer: 33cl bottles beautifully presented in Jameson's dark green and gold livery. It pours a flawless pale amber colour and smells rather sticky: Lucozade and hard candy, with maybe a mild whiskeyish air. The texture is very light for a 6% ABV beer with lots of prickle from the carbonation.

It's not very strongly flavoured and anyone looking for a big hit from the Cascade hops will be disappointed, but there's a different sort of complexity at work, mostly malt-related. There's more of that candy, a gorgeous brown bread crusty dryness and then an intense honeyish sweetness with mild wood overtones which I'm guessing is the Irish whiskey at work.

The recommendation, of course, is to drink this with a Jameson. "The biscuit and malt of the pale ale balance perfectly with the vanilla that is peppered with spicy wood and and hints of sweet sherry" it says here. Sadly, my house whiskey is Power's rather than Jameson, but sure it all comes from the same place. And I can't say I'm convinced -- the two flavours just disappear into each other and I can't tell if the honey is coming from the beer or the whiskey. If anything, the subtle complexities in the beer are scorched into oblivion by the hot spirit on my palate next to it.

Franciscan Well Jameson Aged Pale Ale is a nice beer for free and the idea behind it is a fun gimmick. But the ceremony is not to be taken seriously.


11/26/2014 03:24 AM
Founders Brewing secures funds for $40.4m expansion
Founders Brewing in the US has secured funds from the Michigan Business Development Program for its $40.4m expansion plan.

11/26/2014 03:00 AM
Alehouse News: OR: Portland: 12/2 The Waypost Tavern hosts Stormbreaker Brewing, as next "Brewer of the Month"
Press Release

North Portland's Waypost Tavern will continue its popular “Brewer of the Month” series in December with a focus on the beers from Portland's Stormbreaker Brewing. The month-long celebration of Stormbreaker beers will kick off with a meet-the-brewer reception Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4-7. The team from Stormbreaker Brewing will be on hand to discuss the beer and brewery and there will be three Stormbreaker beers on tap. For the rest of December, The Waypost will dedicate three taps to Stormbreaker beers – meaning when one keg of Stormbreaker blows, a new Stormbreaker beer will take its place.

Rob Lutz and Dan Malik opened Stormbreaker Brewing in February of this year in the Mississippi Ave. space that formerly housed Amnesia Brewing. Lutz, the head brewer, had been a brewer for Amnesia for several years before he and Malik took over the space. They chose the name Stormbreaker as a tribute to Mount Hood, which has been referred to as “the stormbreaker” in local lore.

For the opening event, The Waypost will pour Stormbreaker's Total Rekolsch, a light, crisp, golden Kolsch, Cloud Ripper IPA, a bright, citrus India Pale Ale and Fall of the Iron Curtain Baltic Porter, a dark, smooth, silky porter fermented with a lager yeast.

“I've been super impressed with what Rob has done in such a short time at Stormbreaker. The breadth and quality of his beers is pretty incredible,” says Jim Parker, manager at The Waypost who devised the Brewery of the Month project. “I'm excited to introduce a wide range of his beers to our customers.”

The opening night event will coincide with the opening of The Waypost's December art exhibit by Jen Reynolds an will be followed by music from Chadwick Fergusson, KLX, Jai Milx and August Gunderson.

The following Tuesday, The Waypost will begin a four-week focus on the ciders of North Portland's Swift Ciders with a meet-the-cidermaker night with Swift's Aiden Currie.

Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, Tom Burkleau of New Deal Distillery will be on hand for a meet-the-
distiller night to kick off a four-week New Deal showcase.

“The Waypost has always been focused on showcasing artists of all sorts, so with these brewer, cidermaker and distiller months, we can also highlight fermentation and distilling arts,” said Parker.

All the events will start at 4 p.m.


11/26/2014 12:46 AM
Beer In Ads #1385: The ‘A And Eagle’ Has Learned To Fly
Tuesday’s ad is for Budweiser, also from 1943. Another World War 2 ad, it’s again a very patriotic ad showing the Anheuser-Busch eagle soaring with wartime airplanes, or more specifically gliders, which were apparently helped along by A-B’s refrigeration division making parts for...

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