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10/31/2014 02:01 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

10/31/2014 02:01 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/31/2014 02:01 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

10/31/2014 02:01 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/31/2014 02:01 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

10/30/2014 11:38 PM
SweetWater sends old favorites and a new beer to Florida
Press Release: SweetWater Brewery is reeling in a few fresh catches on the fly rod this fall. The Georgia-based brewery announces the return of Festive Ale this October, followed by a brand-spankin’ new haul – Spinnerbait, a Belgian red ale … Continue reading →

10/30/2014 10:10 PM
Beer Community gives itself a well-deserved pat on the back
Last Friday night the ‘stars’ came out for the inaugural Australian Craft Beer Awards in Sydney. As well as being an opportunity for the craft beer community to get together and share a beer, it was also a chance to reflect on how far the craft beer scene has come since the inception three years ago of its steering body. The CBIA has come to be recognised almost universally as a worthy representative association for those who brew, sell and drink beer in Australia. In terms of education and public awareness of better beer, the CBIA has done much to promote what we inside ‘the bubble’ know to be a good thing. Through the recently launched website the CBIA has created a portal for the novice to begin their beer journey while events such as the second Craft Brewers Conference held in May has also managed to seamlessly unite the many different – and sometimes disparate – elements of the brewing scene. The first Australia Craft Beer Awards, rather than being an ‘alternative’ or ‘breakaway’ awards route in opposition to the other state-based and national awards, was the chance to celebrate what makes craft beer different to the mainstream by […]

10/30/2014 10:04 PM
Fulton voters decide on beer, liquor Tuesday
Fulton voters decide on beer, liquor Tuesday Jackson Clarion Ledger The ballot in Fulton asks voters to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of higher alcoholic content. Either or both ballots can be ...

10/30/2014 08:34 PM
Australian craft beer booms as industry raises a bottle to the best performers
ChronicleLive Australian craft beer booms as industry raises a bottle to the best performers The Guardian (blog) Po' boys, Denver omelettes and boss dogs are the public face of Australia's artery-hardening love affair with edible Americana. Australia's beer scene, too, is taking its cues from across the Pacific, catching onto a boom in ...

10/30/2014 08:20 PM
Beer T-Shirt of The Month Club now featuring Hogshead Brewery
Sponsored [Paid] Post by Beer T-Shirt of the Month Club: The nights are getting longer, the sweaters are getting cozier, and the beers are getting darker. Put something a little more interesting under that jacket by joining the Beer T-Shirt […]

10/30/2014 07:51 PM
Turkey Hill Sweet Melissa’s Strawberry Ale
Well, this is where the story begins. It started with cooking classes taught by the brewmaster’s wife (Susie) and three kindergarten teachers as her students.

10/30/2014 07:50 PM
Turkey Hill Palmetto Pilsner
This is named in honor of the Palmetto State (South Carolina), since Andrew (owner) and Donny (brewmaster) both went to the University of South Carolina.

10/30/2014 06:31 PM
North Sound Brewing bringing special beers to Noble Fir tonight

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just received word of an event happening tonight at that The Sixgill in Fremont. “Thursday, October 30, at 6:30 we’ll be tapping a Pale Ale from North Sound that was aged in a Big Gin Barrel from Captive Spirits – both the Captive and the North Sound...

10/30/2014 05:56 PM
Schell’s Snowstorm 2014: Grand Cru
I always look forward to Schell’s annual Snowstorm beer. I love that they change up the style year after year, and as far as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed the offerings. This year, Snowstorm is a Belgian-style Granc Cru. The folks at Schell’s brewed it with 2-Row Pilsner, Red Wheat, Red X, Special Roast, ...

10/30/2014 05:53 PM
Colorado Beer News 103014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Devil's Night /Mischief Night. The night before Halloween is a night to make mischief. Play pranks on your friends and neighbors. have fun, but not too much fun. After all, we want everyone to stay safe during this fall holiday season. Just remember, what goes around comes around. The prankster can easily become the pranked! Then once your mischief is over, enjoy the night preparing for Halloween tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 30th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - On Friday, Halloween, they are opening a bit early for a School of Pharmacy costume contest. Come dressed up in your best costume and ask for a pint of their award winning Sleepyhead Passionfruit Imperial Kolsch (last keg) and also their experimental Elixir Pumpkin Saison (single keg only). [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Get excited about this one! Their American IPA is now on tap. Come try their "4 Horses IPA". It weighs in at 6.1% ABV and 75 IBUs. If you try it today between 4pm and 6pm you'll receive a free 4oz taster of it! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing CO EAST (Denver) - Are you ready to party at CAUTION: East? Tonight's the night! They're giving away a VIP Growler to the winner of their costume contest along with other fabulous prizes! The party starts at 4pm and goes until they're done. Scotch Of All Trades, Toaster Bat Black, and a special raspberry IPA firkin to be released! Also - When is a beer like a wine? Their ‪#‎ExBeeriment‬ this week is a Cabernet Saison! They brewed a farmhouse ale fermented w/cabernet sauvignon grape must. And it's purple-ish. Available at both tap rooms! [12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO]

Cerebral Brewing (Denver) - Here's a follow-up to the breaking story from earlier this week. [Newsletter] Cerebral Brewing has a home! It has been a long time coming, but this is the spot they've been pursuing the entire time. Located at the corner of Colfax and Monroe, in the Bluebird District, the old Galaxie Auto Body has laid dormant for several years. New ownership has decided to give it a much needed facelift, and they're very excited about the direction things are headed. Cerebral Brewing will occupy 4,000 square feet of space on the Monroe side (east facing), with two other tenants on the Colfax side. Both of these tenants will be an eatery of some sort. Cerebral Brewing will be surrounded by established businesses like Denver Biscuit Company, Sprouts Market, The Bluebird Theater, and the PS Lounge. With these types of neighbors, this stretch of Colfax is full of history and new potential. Not to mention the fact that the closest brewery is Vine Street Pub at a little over 1.25 miles away. If everything goes according to plan, they'll be on track for a Summer 2015 opening! Things are going to start moving pretty quickly now as they plan out their remodel, file for brewery licensing, and continue to work on recipe development. Also, below is a conceptual look at what they have planned for an outdoor patio. [1477 N Monroe St, Denver, CO]

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they'll be tapping two new brews starting at 5pm. Rye So Much Wheat? - a spicy Belgian, and Pas De Nom - one which cannot be named, also a Belgian. All tips tonight go to Colorado Jobs with Justice! Come on down. Tomorrow on Halloween: They tap the Whiskey Barrel Aged Big Hoppy Brown at 5pm. Be IN Costume! [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Costumes + Candy + Craft Beer = Awesome. Today they kick off ‪‎Halloween‬ weekend with the release of the ‪#Dia De Los Muertos‬ Bride & Groom's wedding beer, the "I do brew", a Belgian ‎dubbel‬. Tomorrow, they continue the celebration of darkness with their ‎Black IPA‬ release. Who will the Toad turn you into? [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - South Dock (Aurora) - The next two Signature Series beers, the Double Brown Ale and Double Hazelnut Brown Ale, will be available at South Dock tomorrow! Join in for these special barrel aged beer releases! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Announcing the return of a fan favorite. Stop in and get a pint of their Belgian White Ale. Just right for these warm Fall days. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This Saturday, November 1st, Crystal Springs Brewing will be celebrating the first anniversary of their Louisville location and would like to cordially invite everyone to be there. The party starts at 1:00pm and will go until 9:00pm that evening. They will be releasing several new and seasonal beers and pulling out some beers from their beer cellar. There will be BBQ from Lulu's, lots of other beers on tap and great people. Also, they'll have the CU Buffs on the big screens too! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - This Friday, Odd13 Brewing is hosting their second annual Halloween costume party. Come ready for a great night of costumes, live music, beer and prizes! They will have 3 categories for the costume contest: Best overall, best Odd13 superhero, and best couples costume. Winner's will receive a gift card or free beer! Party starts at 7pm and will go until 11pm. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Vindication Brewing Co - Ready for a spooky fun time? Come party with Craig Cornett and the Phast & Wreckless at the Vindication Brewing Company’s Halloween Party, Friday October 31st at 5:30pm! There will be a costume contest so wear your coolest costume! The party starts when you get there – the tap room is open at 2pm - and the music will start by 6pm. The Vindication now has the Edge of Town Brown on tap as well as their many standard premium brews and Chow Down will provide the food. [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Plans for Halloween yet? Come on down to the taproom. They'll have classic horror films streaming on the big screen, and they'll be awarding free beer coins to those donning extra awesome and creative costumes, especially those inspired by one of their beers. Think Pink Panther, Rolling Gnome, Tigon, Foxx Rougge, Walter's White…so much possibility! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - FCB is excited to announce the start of Brewery Yoga, a new wellness program benefiting local nonprofit FoCo Cafe, beginning on Sunday, November 2nd from 9am to 10am. On the first and third Sunday of each month, FCB will host a power yoga class in their Community Room. For $15, participants will engage in an hour-long session, finishing with a complimentary FCB brew or Bloody Mary at Gravity 1020. Classes will be limited to the first 15 registrations via an online signup at fortcollinsbrewery.com/yoga/. More than half of registration revenue will go directly to FoCo Cafe, which stands for Feeding Our Community Our Selves. Set to open in November, FoCo Cafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today's Outlaw Tap is a caramel vanilla porter called "Trick or Treat". [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - It's a Halloween Party at Crabtree! They haven't worked out all the details yet, but they are planning on having a big Par-Tay and Everyone is invited! They will be tapping a Halloween Firkin at 6pm - "TRICKY-TREAT ALE", an American Amber ale brewed with GHOST chilies and COCOA nibs. Come in costume for their Costume Contest. Prizes for Most Original, Best Beer Themed and Best Fictional Character costume. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Join in for the Halloween Social Run. Meet up with the Berthoud Social Run crew for a festive jaunt around town. Meet at the taproom before 5:45pm and then burn some calories to prep for a weekend of stealing your kid's candy. Dress in costume for the run and your first beer is on City Star. The taproom will get a little funky on Halloween as they have DJ ShackOlove spinning for the annual Halloween party all night. Costume contest at 9pm with prizes for winning Costumes. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Your favorite Imperial Saison, Tropic King, is now available in single serving 12oz bottles! Now there's no need to share (unless you want to). [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - With your help, they're trying to make room for yet another new beer. Today's special $3 pint is Jester's Ale. As soon as that is gone, they will introduce Fester's Ale, a darker, spicier take on their festival beer. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Get into the Halloween (er Sci Fi) spirit. They just tapped a firkin of Darth Vernal Dunkelweizen conditioned with Candy Corn! Happy Halloween Eve! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM DCBC! Is your costume ready? Theirs are! For everyone who shows up at the Tap Room on Friday IN COSTUME, you will receive $1.00 off each pint, and will be entered into a drawing to win a t-shirt and a pint glass. Pumpkin Stout is on tap too! A reminder of their hours: Thursday 2pm - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 2pm - 10pm, and Sunday Noon to 6pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Fossil Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - They're staying open til 10pm tonight, and SuppenBar is currently setting up in front of the brewery. There's also 2 new small-batch beers on tap today, their Trilobite Tripel and Wet Hop SMaSH! [2845 Ore Mill Rd, Unit 1, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - Halloween is going to be great with plenty of great beer, live music from "Let Them Roar", and a costume contest for prizes. Stop on in. Open Monday through Thursdays 4pm - 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays 11:30am to 12am and Sundays 11:30am to 11pm. ]647 Main St, Carbondale, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Just one more day until the launch of their "Night of the Living Brews" Halloween Party. There will be big prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in their costume contest. They're staying open late and SILO will be open for food service to soak up those Zombie infusions. Ghoul out to the music from DJ Benny 6:30pm to 9:30pm. [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - For Halloween Horsefly Brewery is going to be pouring some Blood Red Blonde beer along with their Pumpkin Ale. The kitchen boys are working on some ghoulish looking dishes and the Johnson County Coroners will start playing their style of music at 7pm. Come down and enjoy happy hour prices all day for those in costume. [846 E Main St, Montrose, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Today and Halloween Day anyone who comes in 21 years or older wearing a Halloween costume, your first pint of Ranch Hand Ale is on the house. Want to try some South Park beer but can't get up to the mountains? No problem. East Denver/DIA folks can now easily have their beer. Ranch Hand Ale now on draft at Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden in Denver. Please check them out and have a pint! [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

7 Hermits Brewing Co (Eagle) - Guess what beer is back on tap? Yup, their popular "The Bruiser IPA". Stop in, have a pint and get your hop on. [717 Sylvan Lake Rd #B-1, Eagle, CO]

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Drink with the Brewer First Mondays is just a few days away. Join in on Monday, November 3rd from 4-6pm for a free tasting of SIPL-Social India Pale Lager and engaging beer chats and fun with Brewer Greg. [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO]

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10/30/2014 05:14 PM
Black Raven Brewing Releases Festivus on November 8, 2014

(Redmond,WA) – Black Raven Brewing Co. is set to release Festivus on November 8, 2014 at the brewery. The Festivus is our annu…

The post Black Raven Brewing Releases Festivus on November 8, 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/30/2014 04:58 PM
Contest: Tickets to the STL Brewers Guild Harvest Festival
There is a chill in the air and an extra spring in some of our steps. It’s fall and it’s a great time for a beer festival in St. Louis. To celebrate this great time of year, the St. Louis Brewers Guild is throwing a festival showcasing beers made with freshly harvested hops, pumpkins, and [...]

10/30/2014 03:24 PM
Coaster Critique: Funky Bow Brewing – So Folkin’ Hoppy
Name: So Folkin’ Hoppy Brewed By: Funky Bow Brewing Company Style: IPA ABV: 6.5%   So Folkin’ Hoppy appears hazy in the glass with a shadowy amber color that glows red when held to the light and raises a short, pure white head. Nose is hop forward a mild pine aroma followed by a pleasant […]

10/30/2014 02:51 PM
Blue Hills Releases Two New Beers
Canton, MA — Blue Hills Brewery is happy to announce the release of two new canned beers this week, just in time for Halloween. First, craft beer fans can now enjoy Black Hops in 12 oz six packs. Black Hops is our popular ale that’s a hybrid of a schwarzbier and a pale ale. It’s roasty and slightly hoppy with an ABV of 6.75%. Also new to cans is our Imperial Red IPA, which will be featured in 16 oz four packs. This beer is a well balanced red India Pale Ale that weighs in [...]

10/30/2014 02:44 PM
“I just find it too bitter.”

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

Discussing the relaunch of Let There Be Beer today reminded us of just how often we hear the statement above uttered by people who dislike beer. We ought to bear in mind every time we catch ourselves complaining that mainstream beers are bland or that, say, Sharp’s Doom Bar is too sickly sweet, that, for some, those beers are probably still too bitter. We’re quite […]

“I just find it too bitter.”

10/30/2014 02:20 PM
Yes, You Can Drink Charcoal! 3 Halloween Cocktails Prove It
If you want to create a black-hued cocktail, the go-to colorant is squid ink. That’s fine if you’re okay with a salty, briny cocktail (like this ebony take on a martini). But if you want, say, a black-as-night gimlet, you probably don’t want the flavor of the ocean to take over your fresh, limey drink. […]

10/30/2014 01:58 PM
Lagunitas Brewing proves that fresh is as fresh does

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week I received an email from Lagunitas Brewing about Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale. The point of the message was to inform me that the brewery planned to send me a bottle of beer. Surprisingly, this beer would arrive via UPS Next Day Air. They...

10/30/2014 01:56 PM
What’s Old Is New Again – The Mixed Pack

A great way to introduce new craft beer drinkers to a wide variety of beers is to present the mixed pack of beers. I recall as a young m…

The post What’s Old Is New Again – The Mixed Pack appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/30/2014 01:52 PM
Why Do Fruit Flies Love Beer?
Fruit flies love beer!

Actually, they love yeast aromas. That's why I sometimes find drowned fruit flies in my fermenter airlocks.

The fruit flies are attracted to the almost fruity aroma of yeast. Bioengineer Kevin Verstrepen published a paper in Cell Reports. In it, he demonstrated that if he turned off the yeast gene that produces the fruit smell, more fruit flies are attracted to the fruitier smelling yeast. They eat the yeast, and the yeast sticks to their legs. When the flies leave, they spread the yeast to other environments. After all, yeast don't have legs.

10/30/2014 01:41 PM
Schlafly Beer Dinner at the Four Seasons
[ November 13, 2014; 6:30 pm; ] Schlafly has partnered with Four Seasons St. Louis to put on a beer dinner next Thursday, November 13th beginning at 6:30PM. This meal will be five courses and will run you $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included.) Reservations can be made by calling 314-881-2105.

10/30/2014 12:18 PM
Sawtooth to Celebrate Third Anniversary
Ketchum, ID — Sawtooth Brewery is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary November 8 with the biggest party of fall slack!  The party, which runs from noon to 11pm, will feature three bars: the tap room, a beer garden in the Bellemont Inn parking lot, and behind the tap room with live music from 5pm-10pm.  Food vendors will also be available throughout the party. The highlight will be the 38 Sawtooth Brewery Beers on tap!  The line up at the three bars will include: Tap Room Bar, 13 taps: All  flagship, seasonal and 3 Free Solo beers [...]

10/30/2014 12:17 PM
Long Trail Brewing Introduces Sick Day IPA and Flyin Ryan IPA This Winter

(Bridgewater Corners,VT) – The leaves have put on their annual color show and the flocks of peepers have come-and-gone as we …

The post Long Trail Brewing Introduces Sick Day IPA and Flyin Ryan IPA This Winter appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/30/2014 12:00 PM
Laphroaig Trick or Treat?
With Halloween on the mind, Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit with a new addition to their popular #OpinionsWelcome campaign. Featuring candid, real-life opinions of ...

10/30/2014 11:59 AM
Saint Archer Releases New Variety 12 Pack

San Diego, CA – Saint Archer Brewing Co. is proud to announce another way to enjoy their beers: The new 12-Can Variety Pack. In…

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10/30/2014 11:55 AM
NYC Brewers Guild Announces New York City Beer Week
New York, NY – Following the incredibly successful fundraiser “Blocktoberfest”, the New York City Brewers Guild is thrilled to announce the “7th Annual New York City Beer Week 2015” taking place within all five boroughs from Friday, Feb. 20 – Sunday, March 1, 2015. New York City Beer Week 2015 brings together 20 of NYC’s premier Guild craft breweries, standout nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 300 NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for 10 days of craft beer madness. For up-to-date information, please visit: www.nycbeerweek.com. Last year’s sold-out Opening Bash 2014 at Vanderbilt [...]

10/30/2014 11:35 AM
Saint Archer Releases New Variety Pack
San Diego, CA — San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing Co. is proud to announce another way to enjoy their beers: The new 12-Can Variety Pack. Inside, loyal fans of Saint Archer—or craft beer fans looking to explore the range of a new brewery—can experience much of the taste spectrum that has spurred the brewery’s incredible growth.  The new Variety Pack contains the following 12 oz. beers: 3 IPA 3 White Ale 3 Blonde Ale 3 Double IPA “The Variety Pack is the ONLY place consumers will find our Double IPA in a can,” says Yiga [...]

10/30/2014 11:19 AM
Figueroa Mountain Plans German Production Facility, Further Expansions at Home
Figueroa Mountain Brewing, one of California’s faster-growing, but relatively unknown, craft breweries, has announced a slew of expansion plans that include a new international presence, adding three new taprooms and turning over distribution rights to a local beer wholesaler. The company plans to start contract brewing in Germany within six months while it searches for a location to build its own facility in the Bavarian region of the country.

10/30/2014 11:08 AM
Let There Be Beer? Let's start again.

This weekend sees the re-launch of the marketing campaign formerly known as Let There Be Beer. After the disappointment of the last campaign, can it redeem itself?

Disclosure and disclaimer: I have been paid for my time to act as a sounding board for the development of this campaign and to say a few words at the launch event. I have not been paid to endorse it in any way and would not risk my reputation by writing anything about it that I did not believe.

There was never any doubting the intent, or that it was a good idea on paper: a generic campaign that promotes all beer, that seeks to get people who have stopped drinking beer and stopped going to pubs, people who turn their noses up at beer and think that wine - any wine - is intrinsically better than beer - any beer - people who think that beer is just lager and lager is just for football hooligans - to think again about beer, to reappraise it, to question their bias.

It was a great idea in principle. It's just a crying shame that the first attempt at executing such a campaign, funded by a collaboration of the world's biggest brewers, was so disappointing. 

The big-budget launch ad was a let-down, and it just went sharply downhill from there. By the time the ad was banned from TV thanks to a coordinated campaign by neo-prohibitionist twats, it was almost a mercy killing.

Let There Be Beer has been carrying on in the background, and some of the low-level PR stuff has been quietly improving, selling beer on its diversity and getting promoted features in national press pushing beer as an accompaniment to various activities and events. But mostly the campaign was keeping its powder dry, having a rethink, bringing on board new executives and new agencies, chucking the money that couldn't be spent on the old ad into the pot for a new approach that wasn't going to be launched until it was right.

Along with representatives from CAMRA and the big brewers, I was invited in at various stages to see work in progress. Immediately, the difference in approach was obvious. The thinking last time had been that people who were walking away from beer just needed to be reminded how great it was, and if Big Lager was pretty much the only product featured, well, Big Lager was paying the bills.

But consumer research and industry comment both pointed out that people hadn't simply forgotten about beer. How could they when it's still being promoted so hard in the pub, at the supermarket and on the telly? 

Beer had become commoditised, boring, taken for granted. The last thing people needed was to be reminded of what they already thought. They needed their perceptions changed.

So the new campaign set out to get people to think again about beer by focusing on beer's variety, its quality and its versatility as a drink. You could write books on this - and many beer writers have - so it was decided that a simple way to launch this approach was to focus on beer's suitability with food. 

This doesn't tell the whole story because that's an impossible task for one ad campaign. But it's a great place to start - anyone who's taken part in a beer and food matching dinner knows what a powerful way this is of changing opinions. More and more alcohol is drunk with food these days. And it's classic wine territory - even when people start off drinking beer, they switch to wine when the food comes out simply because they think That's What You Do. And when beer has managed to alienate 50% of the population by being boorish and sexist in its advertising for decades, meals are a great way to make it seem more refined and suitable for everyone.

So, once again, the theory is great. How do you make sure the execution works this time? By hiring one of the best film directors in the country, and persuading him to make his first ever ad.

Michael Winterbottom (24-Hour Party People, The Trip) can shoot people brilliantly, food wonderfully, and he loves beer. Here's what he did.

It's real and naturalistic, and avoids all the cliches of the first film. It's warm. And it does that thing that's so hard to do - show modern Britain in all its brilliant diversity without seeming forced or contrived. 

Trainspotters can sit and pick up the different beer styles in each scene. We can go online and discuss a particular scene and whether the Beer For That really is a wheat beer, or maybe it's a pilsner or a pale ale, and I'm sure many of us will. You can argue they should have mentioned more beer styles by name, or should have shown more shots of pubs, or more hipsters, or fewer hipsters.

But you have to look at the broader takeout here. Most people won't take away specific beers from this campaign, whether we're talking Carling Zest or Weihenstephan weissbier. What they will hopefully take away is that beer is part of the cultural fabric of our lives, that's it's versatile and rewarding, that it can be everyday or special, craft or mainstream, ale or lager, big or small, and that however much you think you know about it, it's always got something new to offer.

The target audience for this ad is people like my wife's friends who still think I'm eccentric for being a beer writer, who smile indulgently and ask if I've ever thought of writing a 'proper' book, and who always, always choose wine - because That's What You Do. I can imagine then watching this ad, then asking hesitantly, "So... what beer DO you think I might like with my Chow Mein?"*

And the best thing is, if anyone thinks they have an idea to make it better, the framework is now there for us all to input, for people who know about beer to pool their knowledge so it can be communicated more widely. There's a massive social media element to the campaign that will be launching over the next few weeks, and Tim Lovejoy will be nowhere near it. Instead, beer writers and beer sommeliers will be providing beer match suggestions to hundreds of dishes on Twitter, and hosting live social media 'beer clubs' on classic styles. (I'm doing Belgian beers on 28th November). If you think you can do better than what's out there, the nice thing is that, this time, they'd love to hear from you and for you to get involved.

For me, this campaign puts right pretty much all of what was wrong with the last one. It's what I hoped the last one was going to be. The timing of it is perfect. I believe people are open for this kind of message right now, and think 'There's a Beer for That' will capture, solidify and amplify the current excitement around beer.

You'll always be able to pick faults in a campaign like this, that has to go through careful research validation and approval by committee. But it's a bold and extraordinary move on the part of the big global brewers to celebrate so much of beer, so far beyond the core of mainstream lager. This isn't a campaign to promote craft beer or real ale or mainstream lager; it's a campaign to promote all beer.

I like it. I hope you do too. Whatever your tastes, this is a good thing for beer.

*OK, they don't really eat Chow Mein. We live in Stoke Newington.

10/30/2014 11:00 AM
Brewery (RE)Release: NW: Coming Soon Fort George Java the Hop. A Single Bean (Gichuna) Single Hop (Simcoe) Coffee IPA
Press Release

Single Bean + Single Hop = Java the Hop.
Fort George Co-Owner Chris Nemlowill and brewer Mike Frankowicz
That was the concept when Fort George Brewery and Coava Coffee Roasters collaborated on last winter’s seasonal.  The goal was to create an IPA with huge coffee aromatics, yet without the roastiness and dark color of your typical coffee beer.  And starting this week, Java the Hop is back – with a new coffee bean, a different hop, and the same signature 16-oz can with the burlap backround.

Single Bean – Gichuna
From Kiambu East District, Kenya, the Gichuna coffee beans grow on a family farm that has been passed down for multiple generations.  They wet mill, ferment, and wash on site, then dry the beans on raised beds.  Expect hints of caramel, molasses, and carob mixed with notes of rhubarb, hibiscus, and currant.  The Gichuna beans are imported and roasted exclusively by Coava Coffee.

Single Hop – Simcoe
First bred by Yakima Chief Ranches, Simcoes are a unique American hybrid with a strong Northwest flavor.  Passionfruit, apricot, and intense pine and woodsy aroma add to the fresh, youthful vigor of this complex hop.

Don’t let the radiant orange hue fool you.  As you raise a pint to your nose there is absolutely no doubt what you are getting: a coffee IPA.  Java the Hop is a limited run seasonal, available in 16-oz cans and draft while supplies last.  Grab a pint or a case at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, or check the Fort George beer finder at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/beerfinder/ for a Northwest location near you.

10/30/2014 11:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Full Sail 27 Wheatwine Ale
Press Release

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company has released a special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” brewed with 100% Wheat Malt to celebrate their 27th anniversary.

“As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million gallons of water a year and as a brewer there is nothing more sustainable than reducing our water use impact. Not only does it save lots of water but it also lets us brew some very tasty and unique beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.

According to Emmerson, Full Sail’s 27th Anniversary Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, but contains no barley malt, instead, it is mashed and brewed with 100% Wheat Malt. The beer has a rich golden hue and is brewed with Wheat and CaraWheat Malts and hopped with a blend of UK and NW hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. “Doesn’t that sound like a great reward for being good or what? And for turning 27,” added Emmerson. (ABV 9.5% IBU 53.5)

“On September 27, 1987 we opened our doors to living the dream, a dream to open a small brewery that focused on quality, creativity, and authenticity. A brewery that we would run with respect for our employees, the environment, and our community. A brewery that reflected our deep respect for the art and science of brewing. So here we are 27 years later. Very humbled, grateful, and amazed that we got here in one piece. Still a mix of beer geeks and boardheads. Still independent. Still trying to find that perfect balance between art and commerce, work and play, inspiration and perspiration. We are very grateful to our fellow employee owners, our distributors, and our retail partners, all who helped to make our dream real and thriving for 27 years. And mostly, we are deeply grateful to every one of our customers who have toasted, celebrated, quenched their thirst, and enjoyed our beers over the last 27 years. We thank you all for living the dream along with us. “Next time you’re in Hood River, stop by for a beer, sit out on our deck, enjoy the amazing view, and toast to another great year in beer,” added Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO & Founder.

About Full Sail Brewing Company: 
Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 27 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 140 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view

10/30/2014 10:44 AM
November Events at Cicero’s
[ November 1, 2014; November 3, 2014; 7:00 pm; November 4, 2014; 7:00 pm; ] These first few weeks of November are the last chance to really sink your teeth into some beer events until the craziness of the holidays tries to catch you. Cicero's knows this and has scheduled some really cool events over the next week to keep your November busy. Here's the line up: Saturday, November 1st Celebrate your [...]

10/30/2014 08:22 AM
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Craft Beer Dinner Featuring Full Pint Brewing
Free beer. Free food. We've got you covered!

10/30/2014 07:25 AM
Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter

The post, Karl Strauss Peanut Butter Cup Porter, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

The peanut butter and chocolate combination has been a successful one throughout candy history. But how does it translate to beer? I’ve only encountered the combination one time before, with DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus. I described that beer as gimmicky, but still tasty. Karl Strauss’ Peanut Butter Cup Porter also falls in the gimmick bin, […]

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10/30/2014 07:00 AM
Horse Brass Pub’s 38th Anniversary on Saturday
Beer lovers of Portland are going to be able to kick off the month of November with a bang! We here at Brewpublic are still recovering from Killer Beer Week but beer events keep rolling in and still must be attended. On Saturday, November 1st, all one needs to do is set their sights on […]

10/30/2014 06:00 AM
Oakshire’s 8th Anniversary & National Learn to Homebrew Day
Gearing up to celebrate their 8th Anniversary this weekend is Eugene’s Oakshire Brewing. On Saturday, November 1st, Oakshire will be celebrating their 8th year of brewing at their Public House with a special beer release, Oakshire 8. As with their past few anniversaries, Oakshire is releasing a rare bottle release to coincide with this milestone. […]

10/30/2014 05:10 AM
Siren’s blast
Back in August last year, after encountering Siren Craft Brew’s American IPA at the London Craft Beer Festival, I promised: “I shall definitely be drinking more Siren.” Since then I’ve drunk the brewery’s beers whenever I find them, and I’ve … Continue reading

10/30/2014 05:00 AM
The Commons Brewery Takes Over the Taps at Handsome Pizza
The taps have just been installed at Handsome Pizza in North Portland and the taps will be flowing for the first time with some beers from The Commons Brewery. Tonight, October 30th, The Commons will be the first beers to pour through the new draft system here at this popular pizza food cart on North […]

10/30/2014 04:42 AM
Let There Be Beer 2.0

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

Last year, big players in the beer industry banded together to run a campaign called Let There Be Beer. Its ostensible aim was to raise the profile of beer in general terms but, in practice, it ended up being a series of excruciatingly bald product placement opportunities for those who’d provided the funding, e.g. Carlsberg. As […]

Let There Be Beer 2.0

10/30/2014 04:00 AM
Full Sail Brewing Releases “27” Wheatwine Ale for their 27th Anniversary
Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company has released a special beer, “27 Wheatwine Ale,” brewed with 100% Wheat Malt to celebrate their 27th anniversary. “As a brewer that believes deeply in environmental responsibility, Full Sail made the decision several years ago to invest in a mash filter. This investment saves over a million […]

10/30/2014 03:05 AM
German brewing in 1966 - malting
Now we've got barley out of the way we can turn to the business of turning it into malt.

First some general stuff:

"Many German breweries, particularly in the south, have their own maltings. The increasing demand is being filled by existing commercial maltings.

The five-day week has forced maltings to adjust to a 7-day germination period, and malting methods must be adjusted accordingly. A germination period of 8-9 days was normal some years ago and for dark malts it was even longer. However, as a day was usually lost after casting the steep before the barley began to grow, we really only had a 7-day germination period in an 8-day malting period."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 72, Issue 1, January-February 1966, page 15.

Narziss keeps moaning about the trouble the introduction of a 5-day, 40-hour working week. As if it were the work of the devil.

I think it's much rarer now for German breweries to have their own maltings, as in the UK. Come to think of it, about the only place I can think of where this does still happen is the Czech Republic. In the 19th century all the famous Burton and Edinburgh brewers had their own maltings. This was understandable as they specialised in Pale Ales, beers where the quality and colour off the malt was paramount. But gradually they moved over to buying in all their malt during the first half of the 20th century. Presumably because it was of reliable quality.

Now steeping:

"Steeping.—As a result of a fundamental change in the concept of steeping, we have achieved a position whereby a well-modified, completely satisfactory malt can be produced in a 7-day germination period. A shorter steeping period is now possible by making use of methods such as warm-water steeping (14-18° C), frequent dry steeping, periodic removal of CO2 by suction, sprinkling of the steeped barley, and re-circulation of the barley two or three times during the steeping period. By means of these methods less damage is done to the barley and the steep is cast with the barley visibly germinating and even at times showing two or three rootlets. This results in increased utilization of the germination plant. With warm-water steeping, it is essential to main tain an even temperature throughout; the steep room has to be controlled accordingly and, when using higher temperatures, a punctual CO2 removal must be carried out, preferably controlled by a clock. If cold air is sucked into the steep this will result in delayed water absorption and uneven germination."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 72, Issue 1, January-February 1966, page 15.

Steeping was a huge deal in Britain when malt was taxed. Because it was taxed on the volume when it came out of steeping. As this could be manipulated through the moisture content, there were strict rules about what, and for how long, maltsters were allowed to do.

I haven't the foggiest idea of steeping temperatures, so I looked it up in a modern British brewing manual. Here's what it says:

"The steep-water temperature should be controlled. At elevated temperatures water uptake is faster but microbial growth is accelerated and the grain may be damaged or killed. The best temperature for steeping immature (partly dormant) grain is low (about 12 ºC, 53.6 ºF). For less dormant grain a value of 16-18 ºC (60.8-64.4 ºF) is often used."
"Brewing: science and practice", by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2004, pages 14 - 15.

That seems pretty much in line with what Narziss derscribes. Briggs also describes CO2 extraction:

"Air rests are used between steeps. After a steep has been drained air, which should be humid and at the correct temperature, is sucked down through the grain. Such downward ventilation, or `CO2 extraction', assists drainage, provides the grain with oxygen, removes the growth-inhibiting carbon dioxide and removes some of the heat generated by the metabolizing grain. In consequence, and in contrast to traditional practice, barley leaving the steep has usually started to germinate."
"Brewing: science and practice", by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2004, page 15.

Now something about moisture content:

"A number of investigations have shown that a sufficient moisture content of the barley is absolutely essential. It is possible to reduce germination time even when a very high degree of steeping is used, provided steps are taken to avoid subsequent drying out of the barley. Formerly moisture contents of 45-46% were used only when steeping dark malts but now this level of moisture is not unusual even for pale malts. By improving the degree of steeping on the 1964 season barleys (which were of low extract and enzymically poor) results shown in Table I could be obtained."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 72, Issue 1, January-February 1966, pages 15 - 16.

Why would you have a greater moisture content in dark malts?

Here's that table.

Effect of Steeping on Analysis

Degree of steeping

43% 46%
Moisture content 4.60% 4.80%
Extract (dry) 80.10% 80.80%
Coarse/fine grind difference 2.70% 1.70%
Protein content 11.90% 11.70%
Degree of protein modification 33.80% 35.40%
Colour (E.B.C.) 2.2 2
Conversion (min.) 10.15 10.15
Malting loss 9.50% 12.70%
Germination loss 4.70% 4.10%
Steeping time (hr.) 62 74

Want to know how British malt compares? Briggs reckons the dry extract of pale malt is 77-83%*. The German malt is smack in the middle of that range. For darker British malts the extract was lower, 75-78%**. Briggs states that malting losses account to 6.5% - 14%, but breaks them down differently to Narziss:

"Malting losses can be defined in several ways. If they are defined in terms of the losses in dry weight, which occur when cleaned barley entering the steep is recovered as kilned malt and has been de-culmed (dressed), then the losses sustained in making conventional malts are usually in the ranges: steeping losses, 0.5 - 1.5%; germination losses, 3.5 - 7.5%; rootlets, 2.5 - 5.0%. These divisions are artificial, since some respiration and growth occur in the steeping phase and in the initial stages of kilning."
"Brewing: science and practice", by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2004, page 17.

That leaves the German losses right at the top end, or a little beyond, of the British range.

More about malting and malts next time.

10/30/2014 01:44 AM
Bibendum Wine merges with drinks importer PLB Group
UK-based Bibendum Wine has merged with wine and beer importer PLB Group to form the Bibendum PLB Group.

10/30/2014 01:06 AM
Beer In Ads #1358: No Wonder It’s … Again
Wednesday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, also from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for...

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10/30/2014 12:46 AM
Sixpoints of separation
Sixpoint founder Shane Welch spent some quality time in Australia this week and, as Pete Mitcham observes, made plenty of friends.

10/30/2014 12:32 AM
JDRF Ride for a Cure Type 1 Diabetes
Fellow beer connoisseurs: I am doing either the 47 or 107 mile JDRF Ride for a Cure in Tuscon at the end of November to help raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 used to be a disease that primarily affected young children but now anyone can become Type 1 diabetic […]

10/29/2014 08:31 PM
Icicle Brewing introduces a new beer to it regular lineup

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Winter will soon descend upon the lovely little town of Leavenworth, Washington. When it does, Icicle Brewing Company will be ready for it. The brewery announced today the return of it’s popular winter seasonal beer, Dark Persuasion German Chocolate Cake Ale. However, this time it’s returning for...

10/29/2014 08:01 PM
AleSmith Brewing Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout Sale 11/10

(San Diego,CA) – Yes, your wishes have finally come true! Our legendary Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout with Vietnamese Coffee …

The post AleSmith Brewing Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout Sale 11/10 appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/29/2014 07:02 PM
Harvest Lager Dry Hopping

Every year John plans a new brew to use up his homegrown hops. This year he chose to brew a lager beer to put some of his hops into. We’ve discussed the success he has had in competition brewing beer and using homegrown hops despite not knowing the exact alpha acid content of his hops. […]

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10/29/2014 07:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Two Beers celebrates their 7th Anniversary, November 8th, with a limited edition sou and Imperial Porter
Press Release
image courtesy Two Beers Brewing

SEATTLE – On Saturday, November 8, Two Beers Brewing invites craft beer lovers everywhere to join them from 1-7pm at their SoDo tasting room to celebrate seven exhilarating years in business. Entering into its most exciting year yet, Two Beers Brewing Co. is celebrating with not only the release of two limited edition beers, but the signing of the lease on a brand new space, allowing the growing brewery to expand its production and tasting room size. 
“Every year, I’m both amazed and honored by the support we see from craft beer lovers all over the Pacific Northwest, especially our home market,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “We’re excited to bring them even more in 2015.” 
Two Beers Brewing’s brand new tasting room - being built out in the space right next door - will be double the size of the current tasting room, offering more than 24 taps, seating for nearly 100 people, an outdoor space, and games such as pool, skeeball and more. In turn, the current tasting room will be converted to additional production space. The new tasting room, to remain known as The Woods, is scheduled to open March 2015.  
To mark such an exciting expansion, Two Beers Brewing is releasing a limited release 7th Anniversary American Sour Ale. A golden sour aged in white wine barrels for 15 months, this rare and delicious beer features aromas of apricot, cherry and cranberry, alongside herbal notes of cedar and hay. Tart, funky and clean on the palate, a full-bodied oak expression underlines the whole experience. Offering a 10 percent ABV and 20 IBUs, the Two Beers Brewing Co. 7th Anniversary Sour Ale will be available in 375ml cork-and-caged bottles, with only 400 available for purchase at the tasting room for $10.
November 8 will also mark the release of the final beer in Two Beers Brewing’s coveted Alta Series. Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter – available in 22-ounce wax-dipped, screen printed bottles ($14 each) – is a uniquely boozy beer perfect for fall, aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. Brewed with Cascade hops, this limited edition beer offers a 12.9 ABV and 60 IBUs. 
Attendees of the expanding brewery’s seventh anniversary party – taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, November 8 – will enjoy $4-$5 pints of Two Beers Brewing’s year-round offerings, plus seasonal brews including bourbon barrel-aged Jive Espresso Stout, Nitro Jive Espresso Stout, the new Frontier American Strong Ale, IPA X5, Mango Peach Marigold-infused Evo IPA and bottle pours the past year’s Alta Series offerings. Offerings from Seattle Cider Company will also be on tap. Food will be available for purchase from popular food truck How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, accompanied by live music from &Yet and Pete Jordan of Cloud Person. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win Two Beers Brewing swag, a mug club membership and more. New glassware, growlers, posters and Two Beers Brewing apparel will also be available for purchase. Please note this is a 21+ event.
For more information about the upcoming anniversary party, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter (@twobeersbrewing) and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing). For more information about Two Beers Brewing, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of Evolutionary IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday - Thursday from 3-9 pmFriday from 3-10pmSaturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 - 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com. 

10/29/2014 06:45 PM
This Saturday is Learn to Homebrew Day!

This Saturday, November 1st, is National Learn-to-Homebrew Day! Find a Learn-to-Homebrew event near you! Established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage homebrewers to introduce their non-brewer … Continue Reading →

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10/29/2014 05:06 PM
Colorado Beer News 102914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Cat Day. Today's the day to honor our feline friends. There are always plenty of cats waiting to be adopted out there. If you love cats, consider visiting your local animal shelter and adopt a cat. Or, if you have a cat, do something nice for it today. While they probably won't show gratitude, they will at least know that you are someone worth keeping a closer eye on. Take time to spend some time with a cat today. If they stare at you while you drink a beer then they are simply pondering "I can haz beer?" - Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 29th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Come on down to try their first ever Firkin release this Saturday, November 1st at 3pm! They took their tap room favorite Northern English Mild and tossed it into a firkin then added more than a few generous handfuls of Colorado grown Habanero peppers! This will be a wild combo that you don't want to miss out on. Firkins don't last long in this beer thirsty town so make sure you are at the brewery ready! Plus you'll get to watch them swing that big hammer and drive the tap into the firkin. Then on Sunday, November 2nd from 12:30pm to 5pm it's Customer Appreciation Day. They wanted to do a little something different this week to show you all just how much they appreciate you coming in and drinking their beers. During that time on Sunday, they will be serving up free hamburgers and hot dogs to who ever comes through the door to enjoy some beers. Yep, they are providing the food this Sunday! So come down let them treat you to lunch or dinner, drink some beers and watch the Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Tonight get $1 off growler fills. Come in and grab one so you can watch Game 7 of the World Series with a craft beer. They'll also have some tasty cheese curds from Cream City Market for you to enjoy. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

WOBtoberfest (Denver) - World of Beer is partnering up with ESPN to bring you WOBtoberfest, the most interactive beer festival connecting people through sports, and great craft beer! Join in Thursday, Oct. 30th from 5:30pm to midnight (yes Thursday) at the Mile High Station for sports, passion and beer. This is the only beer festival that combines live music, sports, and an endless flow of craft beer. A variety of interactive games will be spread throughout the venue that are both physically and mentally stimulating for all guests, you will have local craft beer celebrities, including celebrity athletes and cheerleaders participating in the games and festivities! VIP tickets are available and include early entrance, exclusive access to rare beers, celebrity guest speakers, gift bags, awesome food trucks and many more surprises. Tickets and info at: www.thebeerfest2014.com. [2027 Old West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - On Friday, October 31st at 6pm Crooked Stave will be celebrating Halloween with a tapping of a special keg of Nightmare on Brett aged in Port Barrels. This is one beer you sour lovers won't want to miss. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Don't miss their special firkin tapping tonight at 4pm. They combined their Kolsch with oranges and came up with "The Bro Mosa". Plus, Gusto's Kitchen will be there on site tonight for your food needs. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - ESB fans! Today Odyssey is tapping a small batch of their Brick Lane ESB at 5:00pm (4pm for Adventure Club members). This batch won't be back for a while so don't miss it this time around. Also, Duke's BBQ will be there today also. Taproom open 3pm to 9pm with Happy Hour til 5pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - American Red Porter (Track # 2014-04) hits the aps when they open today at 5pm. Come enjoy a couple pints, carve some pumpkins, and bring your vinyl - they'll spin it! They have 12 pumpkins and all the knives and such needed to carve them up. The staff-selected best pumpkin will win prizes. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Shine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Shine Restaurant and Brewery is gearing up for some good old spooky fun with Boulder's Best Halloween Dance Party this Friday Night starting at 8pm! Come get your booooooogie on! Costume Contest, Prizes, Flash Mobs, DJ's and a good time guaranteed by all. AND its FREE! Just cause they love ya. Eat.Drink. DANCE.Shine. [2027 13th St, Boulder, CO]

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Everyone is invited to a special Halloween Party at Asher Brewing this Friday from 2pm to close. Along with all their great beer, they will be hosting a Costume Contest winners will be announced at 7:30pm. There will be awards for Best Costume, Best Interpretation of one of their Beers, Best Duo, Couples or Group Costume! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Tonight is Euchre Night at Very Nice Brewing. Come play some cards and drink some beer. Euchre night is held every other Thursday night. The cards will be in action from 6pm to 8pm tonight. While you're there - check out these premium beers: Fuggly Pumpkin, Porter de los Muertos, and Chiller Clogger Red IPA. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There's a lot going on this week with FCB. Thursday (10/30) is their Cheese Pairing Dinner with the awesome folks at The Denver Bicycle Cafe at 7pm, get your tickets online. On Friday they'll be having their annual Halloween Party from 5-9 pm in the parking lot and giving out great prizes for the best costumes, and malt monster costume! Bring a non-perishable good to donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County! Saturday, November 1st they roll into two great festivals, Fall Back Beer Fest and All Colorado Beer Festival! Sunday, they unwind with their first Brewery Yoga session! Learn more about it: www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/yoga/. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Join 1933, Black Bottle and Zwei Brüder on Thursday, October 30th for their combined Halloween celebration! Kids can trick or treat from 3pm - 5pm. Everyone over 21 is eligible to win a free beer if they visit all three breweries between the hours of 3pm - 8pm. And... if you can "find the brewer" between the hours of 3pm - 8pm at all three breweries you will be entered into a raffle and possibly win some sweet prizes. How do I play "find the brewer" you may be wondering? Find out more details at their website. Beers on tap now: Hell Munich-style Golden Lager, Pils, Dunkel, Weißbier, Weizenbockenspiel (strong wheat beer), Eins IPA, Wilhelm II IPA, Zwickle Lager, Keller Helles Lager, Amerika APA, and Braun (brown ale). Prost! [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Bring out the artist in you and have a couple beers while you're at it. Tonight in the taproom from 6:30pm to 8:30pm have fun painting pumpkins and drinking beer. For $30 you'll get all the art supplies you need to paint images of pumpkins (instruction included) and 2 beers. Plus you get to take your art piece home with you afterwards. Sign up and pay at the door. Drink a Chunkin' Pumpkin while you paint! Painters under 21 allowed, but they can't drink beer. Also for the rest of you - it's Double Punch Growler Day! Get two punches for each fill on your Growler card. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - This winter, IBUs will accumulate like Colorado snow with New Belgium's Accumulation White IPA, hitting shelves and taps now. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white beauty falling from the sky, but a direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter. Their fans loved this beer so much last year they brought it back for another season. Get it before it melts away. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Get $2 off growler fills all day today 1pm to 9pm. And for todays special they'll be filling growlers of their California Common, Uncommon Sweetheart brewed in collaboration with Crow Hop Brewing Co for only $10. Also - Who wants to play Halloween Bingo? We're offering a chance to win a variety of prizes and teaming up with our neighbors at Loveland Laser Tag and Harrington Arts Academy. Stop by the taproom to pick up your playing card and start collecting stamps. Runs until Nov 2nd. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Here's what's happening at H&D! Tough Enough to Drink Pink? Stop in on Friday, October 31, 12-6pm for a new release in the taproom: Betakölsch, a Kölsch-style ale that is subtly flavored (and not-so-subtly colored!) with fresh beets from Native Hill Farms. This beer's aroma and flavor both definitely hint at good things from the earth but the beer is not a beet-sweet beverage; it remains true to its Kölsch-style roots. Horse & Dragon Brewing Company will be donating $1 to Touchstone Health Partners for every pint of Betakölsch sold in our taproom from Halloween through the month of November. SHAVIN’! Movember: October 31st at 5pm, TimCo (one of Horse & Dragon’s owners) will be shaving his beard in honor of Movember, an international effort to raise awareness of and research funds for men’s health issues (in particular, prostate and testicular cancer and mental health) by growing one's ’stache during the month of November. People of all facial-hair-preferences are invited to come raise a pint (hot pink or other) to toast a clean-shaven TimCo. Thanksgiving Thankful Notes: During the month of November, write a note about what you’re thankful for when you stop in the taproom and place it in the cornucopia on the bar. They’ll be posting one each day on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Come by the brewery for a pint of thei new Smirking Lantern Pumpkin Ale to make the time go faster - Gentle notes of caramelized pumpkin on the nose, sweet caramel, burnt sugar and a hint of pumpkin pie spice flavors with a smooth finish. This brew clocks in at 6.5% ABV.
Umami Mobile Eatery is arriving at 2pm today to serve up their delicious Asian fusion cuisine. Purchase anything from the truck and get a dollar off a pint of Silent Snow WIPA to pair. The taproom is open until 8pm tonight. [225 N Lemay Ave Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Today's Test Tap is a Caramel Apple Amber paired with sweet pork burritos and baked apple fries from Treehouse BBQ. It goes on tap at 5pm. This beer is the kickoff to their fall beers. The first two to release are their Cranberry Saison and Pumpkin Porter. Both of these beers have GF counterparts that will go on tap at the same time. Tapping will be Sunday, November 2nd starting at 12pm. Broncos game on the MEGA screen at 2:25pm and new beers to fill out their taps! [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - The ACBF is this Saturday November 1st! November's biggest beer festival is back for a 8th year. They expect to have from 60-70 Colorado-only breweries participate in the biggest ever event in Colorado Springs. There will be two sessions of tasting at 1pm and 6:30pm with options to get in early with VIP or Early Entry passes. Designated Drivers can attend for $10. There will be a special VIP zone where ticket holders can sample food and beer pairings and additional beers not available to the General audience. Tickets are still on sale. And for the first time, Oskar Blues will bring their famous Silent Disco to the All Colorado Beer Festival. More information and tickets at: www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com. Located at: Freedom Financial Services Expo Center [3650 N Nevada Ave, Colo, Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Fall Back Beer Fest 2014 (Estes Park) - Held each year on the weekend we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. With 100+ beers being poured by the brewers themselves from 30+ Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it. FBBF also coincides with the American Homebrewers Associations Annual Learn To Homebrew Day. To help celebrate, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch. With seminars from beer glass experts, food pairings from certified cicerones, demonstrations from homebrewing equipment fabricators, samples from hop farms, giveaways from local homebrew supply shops, and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone. Also, FBBF is family-friendly! Helping with the celebration of brewing are Colorado craft soda breweries pouring samples for guests of all ages! Plus, for everyone's entertainment, live music throughout the day! Tickets and info: www.fallbackbeerfest.com. Located at: Estes Park Events Center & Pavilion [1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO]

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Coming back this Friday, October 31st just in time for Halloween - come grab a pint of their Cocoa Porter - on draft! Also, still time to enjoy a Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale too. [1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO]

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - There's going to be a Double Halloween Party in Fruita, Colorado on Halloween night. The fun starts over at The Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria on Mulberry Street from 6-9pm and then follows up over at Copper Club Brewing from 9pm til the ghouls come home. There's also a two-part costume contest with prizes. Live it up in Fruita this Halloween! [233 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - We all know beer and food go well together, but beer and comic books? Ska Brewing is releasing their very own comic book - "Tales of The Legion of Ska" and are putting it inside their Mixed 12 can packs. Check out their latest Press Release for all of the details. Also, look for their seasonal bomber release of "Dementia Aged & Confused", a bourbon bbl-aged Euphoria Pale Ale - coming soon to a store near you! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

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10/29/2014 05:00 PM
Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival announces contributing brewers
Press Release

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, taking place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland. The popular event will feature 53 big, bold ales in the main festival, plus another two dozen rare, vintage and specialty beers that will be tapped at various times throughout the event — including a vintage draft J. W. Lees 2009 Harvest Ale barleywine to be tapped at the start of the event.

This year’s participating breweries are 10 Barrel, 13 Virtues, 2 Towns, Alameda, Baerlic, Base Camp, Bear Republic, Burnside, Cascade, Coalition, Deluxe, Deschutes, Dick's, Dogfish Head, Drakes, Eel River, Elysian, Ex Novo, Fearless, Feckin, Finnriver, Fort George, Gigantic, Gilgamesh, Golden Valley, Hopworks, Kells, Lagunitas, Lompoc, Mazama, McMenamins Edgefield, Migration, Natian, Nectar Creek Honeywine, New Belgium, Ninkasi, No-Li, Oakshire, Old Town, Payette, Portland, Rock Bottom, Rogue, Rusty Truck, Santiam, Seven Brides, Sixpoint, Slanted Rock, Stickmen, Stone, Vertigo, Viking Braggot and Widmer. (For a complete list of beers, visit http://holidayale.com/the-beers-standard-release.php; a list is also pasted in below.)

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state, underscoring the event's reputation as one of finest gathering of winter beers anywhere in the nation. These top tier breweries are supported by some of the nation’s most passionate beer appreciators who have the good fortune to be able to celebrate all their favorite breweries in one location.

A small sample of the lineup includes Cascade Brewing’s Gingersnaps, a NW style sour blend of red, spiced red and spiced quad ales aged in Bourbon and rum barrels for up to two years on spices; Eel River’s Gargantua II, an imperial strong ale aged on Bourbon vanilla beans and blended with a strong ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels for six months; Dogfish Head’s Rasion d’Etre, a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast that is rarely seen in the Northwest; and Stone Brewing Liberty Station’s New Desecrator, a black barleywine with nearly the same profile as Stone Old Guardian, but surrounded by de-husked darkness.

Beer alternatives include two ciders: 2 Towns Bourbon Barrel Aged Nice & Naughty, a specialty cider fermented with dark meadowfoam honey and aged in Bourbon barrels with spices; and Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, a Bourbon barrel aged plum and peach cider. There is also a Triple Brett barrel aged sour session mead from Nectar Creek Honeywine, and Aurora Amber Braggot from Viking Braggot Co, with juniper berries, spruce tips and local blackberry honey.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. Advance ticket packages are available now through 11:00am PST on Dec. 3 at http://holidayale.com/advance-tickets.php; advance general admission tickets cost $35 and include the tasting mug, 14 taster tickets and express entry all five days. Advance VIP tickets cost $80 and include the tasting mug, 30 taster tickets, bottled water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings), VIP only vintage bottles and/or draft, and express entry all five days. (Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2014 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity.) Door prices are the same, but do not allow for expedited entry.

A full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs will not be filled.

Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $10, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay (DDs are not allowed to consume alcohol).

Holiday Festival hours are 11am to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany beer festivals, the recommended days for attendance are WednesdayThursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

Attendees stay warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association. For more information, visit www.holidayale.com.


10 Barrel Brewing Co., TBA, Double Black Ale with Black Licorice
13 Virtues Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged MAX Stout, Imperial Stout
2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty, Cider
Alameda Brewing Co., Admiration IPA, American IPA
Baerlic Brewing Company, The Great Bear, NW Red Ale aged on Beechwood
Base Camp Brewing Company, Dunkelrauch Weizenbock, Imperial Grätzer
Bear Republic Brewing, Do You Want to Build A Snowman?, Golden Barrel Aged Blend
Burnside Brewing, Jingleberry, Imperial Stout aged on Fresh Cranberries
Cascade Brewing, Gingersnaps, NW Style Sour Strong Ale
Coalition Brewing, Big Maple, Imperial Maple Porter
Deluxe Brewing Company, Dunkel the Halls...With Beer & Jolly, Dunkel Bock
Deschutes Brewery, Scarlet Flame IRA, India Red Ale
Dick's Brewing Company, Black Friday Stout, Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Belgian-style Brown Ale
Drake's Brewing Co., Jolly Rodger 2014, Imperial Coffee Stout
Eel River Brewing, Gargantua II, Whiskey Barrel Vanilla Imperial Strong Ale Blend
Elysian Brewing Company, Knock on Nelson, IPA with Nelson Sauvin
Ex Novo Brewing Co., TBD, Mexican Chocolate Baltic Porter
Fearless Brewing Company, Ichabod, Pumpkin Ale, Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Feckin Brewery, Top O' The Feckin' Mornin', Imperial Espresso Milk Porter
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, Barrel Aged Plum and Peach Cider
Fort George Brewery and Public House, Santa's Dinner Jacket, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale
Gigantic Brewing, Red Rider BB Gun, Saison with Cranberries
Gilgamesh Brewing, Eastside Bandit, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Golden Valley Brewery, Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Tannen Boom, Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Strong Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery, The Incredible Abominable of the Enchanted Barrel Forest, Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale
Kells Brew Pub, MIC Stout AKA Boom Roaster, Milk Imperial Coffee Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Scare City, Wheatwine
Lompoc Brewing, Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, Belgian Strong Ale
Mazama Brewing Co., Noel Rouge, Imperial Wit
McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Lord of Misrule, Rum Barrel Aged Habanero
Migration Brewing, Frankie Claus, Belgian Imperial Stout
Natian Brewery, Irish Water, Imperial Golden Ale
Nectar Creek Mead, Triple Brett, Barrel Aged Sour Session Mead
New Belgium Brewing Company, La Folie, Sour Brown Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Co, Doppelbock, Doppelbock
No-Li Brewhouse, Whiskey Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, Winter Warmer
Oakshire Brewing, Prestidigitation, White Chocolate Milk Stout
Old Town Brewing Company, Bluth's Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen, Chocolate Bavarian-style Hefeweizen
Payette Brewing Company, Bandito, IPA with Agave and Tequila Soaked Oak Chips
Portland Brewing, 2014 Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout with Coffee
Rock Bottom, Yul Brynner, Santo Poco style Strong Ale
Rogue Ales, BIG ASS BARREL Maple Doppelbock, German Style Doppelbock
Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Santaweizen, Weizenbock
Santiam Brewing, Golden Sultan, Belgian Golden Strong
Seven Brides Brewing, The 503, Barleywine
Sixpoint Brewery, Lump of Coal Porter, Robust Porter
Slanted Rock Brewing Company, Cordial Tease, Spiced Winter Ale
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery, Big Chocolate Banana, Dunkelweizen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, New Desecrator, Black Barley Wine
Vertigo Brewery and Taproom, Busted Head Red, Imperial Red Ale
Viking Braggot Company, Aurora, NW Amber Braggot
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Frosty The Munchieman, Porter

10/29/2014 03:49 PM
Lake Tapps Brewing now open in Sumner

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Very quietly, while we were all enjoying one of the loveliest Washington summers on record, a new brewery opened in Sumner, Washington. In late August, Lake Tapps Brewing Company began pouring beer at its taproom. Today we’d like to officially welcome them to the Washington beer scene...

10/29/2014 03:41 PM
Monks offer neomexicanus hops for sale
Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico will soon offer neomexicanus (almost native American) hops for sale. These will only be available in quantities suitable for brewing at home, as opposed to commercially (except at nano size), and as whole cones rather than pellets. Barring complications, orders may be placed at the Holy […]

10/29/2014 03:21 PM
Ska Brewing to release their own comic book
And now for something completely different - a brewery releasing their own comic book! This colorful publication tells the entire tale of how Ska Brewing came to be. And you can get it in special mixed can 12 packs! Here's the latest Press Release from Ska Brewing detailing this venture.

Ska Brewing to Release Comic After 20 Years in the Making

DURANGO, Colo., (October 28, 2014) — Twenty years after the story began, Ska Brewing is releasing the entire comic book chronicling their naïve yet epic struggle against Rotgutzen International Beverage Corporation and its quest for world domination.

The complete 34-page tome tells the tale of Ska’s humble beginnings, how they’ve overcome challenges such as increasing their selling to drinking ratio, and have ultimately come out on top as the largest and only brewery in Durango, Colorado’s Bodo Park. Tales of the Legion of Ska is part David vs. Goliath, part Archie and Veronica, and part influential business book.

“I think Volume 01 of The Tales of The Legion of Ska will find its place among the annals of our generation’s greatest business books, alongside such titles as Roberts’ Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun, and Calagione’s Brewing Up a Business,” says Ska Co-founder Bill Graham.

More likely, the Legion of Ska comic will be given away in specially marked 12-packs of Mixed-Up cans, and included for free with select merchandise orders off of Ska’s web site.

The road to the release of the Ska comic has been a long and grinding one, with only bits and pieces of the story making their way onto Ska’s beer labels and packaging over the brewery’s 20-year history.

“It’s great to have validation for our work against Rotgutzen’s “beer-like” substance,” says Graham, “but it’s only by standing on the shoulders of Ben Grimm, Peter Parker, The Tick, and the other giants that have come before us, that Good has been allowed to prevail.”

The Ska Boys will be signing copies of the comic at the official release party on Halloween at the Ska Brewing World Headquarters from 4:00-7:00 pm. The Skalloween Happy Hour/Comic Release will also feature pint glass giveaways and beer specials.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Ska was the second brewery in the U.S. to can its craft beers, and nine Ska beers are now widely available in cans: Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, four Seasonal Stouts and the summer and winter seasonals Mexican Logger and Euphoria Pale Ale. For more information, current offerings, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

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10/29/2014 02:45 PM
Peter Mondavi Sr., An Interview
Peter Mondavi Sr., patriarch of one of the most storied wine families in the world, has arguably witnessed and impacted more of California’s wine history ...

10/29/2014 02:25 PM
New menu brewin’ at Tap House Grill

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last night I visited the Tap House Grill. In particular, I was at the downtown Seattle location, where I sampled several items from the new food menu along with a few tasty beers. For those of you who don’t know, there is also a Tap House Grill...

10/29/2014 02:23 PM
Nanoscience is making your wine better. Here’s how!
One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine. When wine […]

10/29/2014 02:11 PM
There’s something for every beer geek during Portland Beer Week
I spent an hour looking over the events planned for Portland Beer Week, and it appears to me that they have teamed up with brewers from around the state to punch November straight in the face with craft beer. Portland Beer Week kicks off on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and runs through Friday, November 7, […]

10/29/2014 01:53 PM
Top 10% US Drinkers Make Up More Than Half Of Alcohol Sales
What Does It Take Be In In The Top 10? Who would you say is alcohol’s biggest customer? Based on glitzy commercial and magazine spreads, it would seem to be either the glamorous professional grabbing after dinner drinks or the carefree 20-something catching up with friends every weekend. According to a recent study, it seems […]

10/29/2014 01:15 PM
TOP 10 reason’s why you should attend BBC15
I’ve been thinking long and hard over the past month or so about what kind of post BBC14 blog I would write. I’ve read great pieces from so many bloggers that came back from BBC14 inspired about all things beer. I too am inspired each time I sit at a conference table, learning about some […]

10/29/2014 01:09 PM
Brew: Entrepreneurs planning to open 'farmhouse' brewery
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When you look through the glass into the actual brewery area of a brewpub or taproom, everything in there is all shiny stainless and whiteness and lab-like. That's beca…

10/29/2014 01:00 PM
Event Reminder: OR: Portland: 10/31 Burnside Brewing's "Night of the Living Ales" & "Day of the Living Ales" are not to miss!
Press Release

Portland's premiere Halloween and Craft Beer extravaganza - Night of the Living Ales - comes together over two days this year kicking off with an adults-only fete on Halloween night October 31st and continuing with an all-ages friendly fall and pumpkin fest during the day November 1st

Night of the Living Ales
Friday October 31st 6pm - Midnight 21+
7th & E. Burnside, Portland, Oregon

Night of the Living Ales on Halloween features the amazing acrobatics of the Wanderlust Circus and music from DJ Pippen as well as costume contests and a Jim Beam hosted cocktail bar. Tickets are available now for $20 and include 2 drink tickets and also at the door starting at 6pm.


NOTLA will feature special rare beers and ciders like a special Pumpkin Stout with roasted peppers and smoked malts from Burnside Brewing and an award winning Belgian beer with Pears from Pelican Brewery as well as more approachable "Couch" light lager.

Day of the Living Ales
Saturday November 1st 11am - 6pm ALL-AGES
7th & E. Burnside, Portland, OR

The day of the living ales features more unique beers on tap both for fans of pumpkin ales and those not. We will be pouring extremely rare kegs like 10 Barrel Brewing's Jamaican Me Pumpkin and Neapolitan as well as exclusive like "Bloody Orange" from Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead. Meanwhile for the kids there will be a face painter from Noon to 4pm and a coloring contest. Also look for pumpkin pie and a full food menu in the Burnside Brewing Co. pub.
  1. Burnside: The Dapper Skeleton - pumpkin ale 
  2. Burnside: Dapper Skeleton Stout - a special stout version of our chili infused and smoky pumpkin ale
  3. Burnside Brewing: Couch - lager
  4. Pelican Brewery: Poire Du Pélican - Belgian-style with Pears
  5. Oakshire: Big Black Jack - chocolate pumpkin stout
  6. Hi-Wheel: Bloody Orange - a fizzy wine with flavors of Mandarin.
  7. 2 Towns Cider: Cidre Bouche
  8. Pelican: Bochabock - a doppelbock with 150lbs of roasted bocha squash
  9. 10 Barrel: Jamaican Me Pumpkin - Rum barrel-aged Pumpkin Strong Ale.
  10. 2 Towns Cider: Cidre Bouche
  11. 10 Barrel: Neapolitan - Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla.

10/29/2014 12:58 PM
Drink: Syrah Wine Adventure
I received a text from my brother a little while ago that went something along the lines as, "Dude... I just bought a ton of grapes. The logistics of me doing this myself isn't going to work". I offered my services. We got the flight figured out and before I knew it, I was in Seattle. 

Next challenge, how do we get these grapes? We didn't have a truck. How do we get, A TON, of grapes? Finally, Joe squared away a vehicle. This...

A 24 foot diesel box truck.

Good thing touring and moving has prepared me for that. So next up, the 3 hour drive to Yakima Valley to get the grapes! It was an amazing drive with great views most of the time so I didn't mind. We got to Red Mountain AVA and picked up our NOW 1.5 tons of Syrah and Petite Syrah grapes. 

We get back to Seattle and get stuff ready for the next day of wine making. In between all of this we went to some amazing restaurants, I got to drive a Porsche, and we drank copious amounts of beer. Fast-forward to the next day and we start! We started extremely early with the sanitizing with some good ol' Star San and PBW. If you don't have these things, get them. I think we cracked our first beer before 9AM. 

It was a blast and if we didn't have the equipment we had, I think it would've been the most miserable experience of my life. We definitely need to figure out some of the logistics next year to simplify carrying 1.5 tons of grapes. I also didn't have to worry to much about the science behind it because my brother and his wife had that covered. 

I was never a huge wine fan until this weekend. It opened my eyes (taste buds I guess) up to a whole new world. I wish I could help out with all of the other steps along the way, but my brother has that covered. He will be racking to French Oak barrels for about 9 months before bottling. The Syrah has fermented much faster than the Petite Syrah. I think he is shooting for a 16.5% ABV on the Syrah and about 14.5% on the Petite Syrah. It's supposed to yield around 140 gallons of wine. We'll see! I'm very excited to taste this once it is done. It's supposed to yield around 140 gallons of wine.

10/29/2014 11:39 AM
Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold

Exciting news from Atlanta, via Denver. Our Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale won a 2014 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer category. We’re humbled. Ecstatic. Scrumptrulescent. Want some more exciting news? Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is making another appearance this year – look for it starting in early […]

The post Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt wins GABF Gold appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.

10/29/2014 11:09 AM
10/29/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

10/29/2014 09:30 AM
Riesling Resurrected
A summer saunter northwest from Detroit to Traverse City needn’t have a purpose other than reveling in the tree-lined drive, the enchanting twists and turns ...

10/29/2014 08:38 AM
Sierra Nevada Canfusion

The post, Sierra Nevada Canfusion, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

And the Sierra Nevada Beercamp Across America train keeps on chugging. Up next is Canfusion, a collaborative endeavor with the good folks at Oskar Blues Brewing. This 7.2% ABV and 45 IBU bock is packed to the rim with a solid amount of rye and citrusy hops. With the array of flavors that this beer […]

The post, Sierra Nevada Canfusion, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

10/29/2014 08:25 AM
Oktoberfest Beer Tally
Oktoberfest officially ended a few weeks ago, but that didn't stop our enjoyment of Oktoberfest-style beers. I decided this year I would concentrate on trying as many Oktoberfests as I could. I didn't drink them exclusively, but I did look for them when I was at a pub, and also picked up a selection to stock the beer fridge.
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
  • Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Legend Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen (draft)
  • Bell’s Octoberfest (draft)
  • Weihenstephaner Festbier (draft)
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest
  • Blue & Gray Baron von Stueben Oktoberfest (draft)
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest
  • Sly Fox Oktoberfest
  • Harpoon Octoberfest
  • Shiner Oktoberfest
  • Schlafly Oktoberfest 
  • Wild Wolf Folktoberfest (draft)
  • Brooklyn Oktoberfest
  • Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
  • Dominion Octoberfest
The American brewers do a great job with the style, even when they apply their own interpretations. As much as I look forward to the Oktoberfest beers each year, and enjoy them very much, I admit now that I've grown tired of them. For a while anyway. It's time for some IPAs!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/29/2014 08:19 AM
Would it hurt?
Last night a customer at the Finborough asked whether we had a bottle of Peroni. I replied "well, you see, we only really do craft beer here" and offered the alternative of a big fat bottle of Augstiner Edelstoff. She had three so in the end we had a happy customer. I couldn't help feeling embarrassed about my initial reply, though, and it set me to thinking: would it hurt bars that specialise in

10/29/2014 07:00 AM
Block 15 Announces Figgy Pudding Bottle Release and New Brewery & Taproom
With word that Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery has broken ground on their new production brewery and taproom in south Corvallis with a tentative opening date of June 2015, the brewery also has set the date for their next highly coveted bottle releases. On November 22nd, Block 15 will release Figgy Pudding, Framboise Black, and […]

10/29/2014 06:08 AM
mike's HARDER launches new offering
mike's HARDER has introduced its newest seasonal flavor, mike's HARDER Apple Firebomb.

10/29/2014 04:32 AM
Corners of Europe
Borefts without a Thornbridge bar was strange -- I understand they're the first brewery in history to have turned down an invitation to the event -- but there were plenty of new English faces filling in. So much so that I barely troubled the Kernel at all, grabbing just a swift London Sour Cherry because Evin told me it was running out. Such a salesman, that guy. 3% ABV and a happy bright red topped with pink foam. It's not especially sour and not especially cherryish but definitely has elements of both, perfumed lightly with floral rosewater. It's one of those beers I could happily drink by the gallon.

I also only visited Gadd's once, but then they only really brought one beer: their Green Hop Ale and a half-strength radlerised version of the same. The full beer is 4.8% ABV, a bright gold colour and has a powerful perfume aroma. Crispness is the key feature here, a cleanness in both the grain and hop elements. The latter brings lots of the classic English marmalade flavours to the table. Definitely more interesting than I'd expect a session-strength East Kent Goldings beer to be, but whether that's down to the quantity or quality of the hops I couldn't say.

There was no question of only paying one visit to Magic Rock since they brought loads of beers. Top of my hitlist was Cannonball, having enjoyed one of its stronger iterations a couple of years ago. This one is no lightweight at 7.4% ABV, arriving a clear pale orange and quite headless. It's an exceedingly dry beer, the massive hop flavour being centred on a flinty mineral quality. The high alcohol is very apparent but that hop complexity balances it beautifully. A low level of residual sugar means the end product is still very drinkable and surprisingly thirst quenching. Limes and damp cut grass make for a beautiful final flourish to a majestic beer.

Their other IPA on my list was Villainous, a more modest 6.5% ABV and made with all Vienna malt. So, biscuits then. Lots of sweet, crunchy -- roasty, even -- biscuits, deftly balanced by mango fruit and lime citrus. Of the 45 beers I drank samples of at Borefts, this was the one that left me craving a pint.

I didn't drink these back-to-back, but I've just noticed from my notes that there's something of a lime theme with the Magic Rock beers. Their radler (every brewer was asked to bring one) was made with lemon and lime and was a bit strong for the style at 4.5% ABV. Appropriate, then, that they named it Pith Head. The base is a saison, providing an almost neutral base for huge fresh citrus flavours, bringing the same sort of intensity you get with very old-fashioned lemonade. Somewhat oily, in fact. Lip-smackingly tasty and I could feel my scurvy clearing right up.

And if this is too strong for you, there was also a Berlinerweisse: Circus of Sour, 3.5% ABV and aged in white wine casks. I wasn't a fan of this. It's unsubtly sharp, with a white vinegar kick followed by a buzz of stale cardboard.

A new English brewery for me was Burning Sky from Sussex. Their Plateau bitter was on cask: just 3.5% ABV and an odd bright shade of pale yellow. It packs a lot of pithy punch into that small package. I guess it's one your palate adjusts to when consumed in greater quantity, but I was quite taken aback by my sampler. Devil's Rest IPA was an altogether more rounded experience: just as stimulating in its bitterness, throwing extra resinousness into the mix, but at 7% ABV the hops were much better balanced by the malt counterweight.

Burning Sky Monolith was billed in the programme as a "sour black ale" at 7.4% ABV but was a bit of a mess, I thought. The roast flavour is the stale sweaty sort, like bad hotel coffee, with added cardboard, set on an unpleasantly watery texture. There is some nice floral complexity and a little bit of mild bretty funk, but not enough of either to rescue the beer.

That just leaves Saison L'Été to clean up. This is another one of those cloudy lemonade jobs, magically refreshing and quaffable too at just 4.2% ABV. The addition of elderflower and gooseberry adds a meadowy mellowness to the spicy base. A perfectly executed summer beer.

Just one Spanish brewery in the line-up this year, in the form of Laugur from the Basque country, bringing two very interesting twists on established styles. The IPA was called Hopzale and is 9.2% ABV but doesn't taste anything like it. In place of a malt base there's bags of spritzy citrus, building to the hot sharpness of accidentally tasted perfume which lingers long on the palate. Kiskale is just the antidote to all that acid, a 7.5% ABV chestnut-red brown ale mixing in warming sticky toffee and treacle with herbal, medicinal hops: menthol and wintergreen. Beautifully smooth and soothing.

Finally for this post, the usual Italians were present and correct. Toccalmatto's radler was a 9% ABV beast called Yellow Monster. Still extremely refreshing for all the alcohol, however. It has more of that fresh lemonade zest but is more sweet than bitter. There's a lovely herbal bath salts quality to it too, adding a dry alkaline touch for extra drinkability.

Next to them stood Brewfist and I made use of the opportunity to try a few of theirs that have been around for ages but I've never tasted. Like Spaceman: 7% ABV and, oh, more bath salts, on top of a dry lemony bitterness. If there weren't lots of dry citric beers at the festival already I'd have been impressed, but it ran the risk of being mistaken for another radler. That's not likely to happen with Spaghetti Western, Brewfist's coffee imperial stout. It pales a bit next to what De Molen were pouring, but it's a solid sweet and creamy stout at 8.7% ABV, throwing in a touch of dry roast for balance though not really showing off its coffee credentials.

There was one other Italian brewery, returning to Borefts after a year away, but I'll come to them next.

10/29/2014 03:26 AM
Doug & Dinsdale, Pub Preservationists

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

Some friends recently moved into a house near a Victorian pub on a London back street. “Everyone thinks we’re lucky,” says our friend, “but I went once and wasn’t made welcome.” The rumour is that someone wanted to turn it into a gastropub like all the others in the area, but the family of gangsters who own it said […]

Doug & Dinsdale, Pub Preservationists

10/29/2014 03:05 AM
Brewing in WW II (part seven)
We're back in the middle of a WW II hop field.

And in the middle of the war. I wonder how thins are going?

"The 1942 crop was of uniform good quality and was considered to be the best for 10 years. The quantity picked, however, was still short of brewers' requirements, and they were only able to obtain 80 per cent, of what they had asked for. A new disease of the hop plant, which had made its appearance a few years previously in the Kent hop gardens, had become virulent that year. It was the virus disease, Verticillium Wilt, which attacked the plant, causing it to wither away, and was having an adverse influence on the yield in some gardens. Although investigations were then extensively being carried out at East Mailing into its cause, the only method of combating it was by grubbing. The hop crop in 1943 was of fair average quality, although it tailed off towards the end of the picking. The yield was higher than in the previous two years, although it was barely sufficient to supply the brewers' requirements. The yield: of the 1944 crop was again short, and brewers had to be content with a 20 per cent, reduction in their allocations, while the quality was rather below the average."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 123.

A new hop disease is the last thing anyone needed. Especially if the only cure was grubbing up the bines.

Why don't we take a look at hop usage during the war?

Hop usage in WW II
year hops prep-arations of hops hop substitutes bulk barrels qtrs. malt lbs hops per qtr lbs hops per barrel
1938 277,846 145 29 24,339,360 4,307,776 7.22 1.28
1939 285,715 113 13 25,691,217 4,536,400 7.05 1.25
1940 265,512 132 108 24,925,704 4,176,167 7.12 1.19
1941 251,354 186 166 28,170,582 4,447,843 6.33 1.00
1942 223,007 246 71 29,584,656 4,490,029 5.56 0.84
1943 231,589 250 96 29,811,321 4,555,652 5.69 0.87
1944 243,900 277 137 31,380,684 4,731,148 5.77 0.87
1945 244,822 714 139 31,990,334 4,896,364 5.60 0.86
1946 226,197 1,414 168 31,066,950 4,644,176 5.46 0.82
1947 217,759 1,423 191 30,103,180 4,187,780 5.82 0.81
Brewers' Almanack 1955, page 62.

Hopping rates did indeed fall. By 1945, the average amount of hops per barrel was 33% lower than in the last full year of peace, 1938. In terms of hops per quarter of malt, it was 22.5% lower. The latter figure is important as it takes beer gravity out of the equation.

"Before the war most brewers endeavoured to hold about 6 months' stock of hops above their year's requirements, but the disaster of 1940 practically wiped this out, and the principal difficulty ever since has been to maintain a sufficiently high hop rate with the reduced quantity of hops available, especially in those years when the quantity and quality was low. The agreed average price for the hops of the 1944 crop was £20 per cwt, a little more than double the price at the beginning of the war."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 123.

Here are the production and prices of hops during the war:

Hop production, imports and exports 1938 - 1947
Year ended 31st Dec. Acreage Estimated Produce Yield per acre Average Price of English Hops per Season, Sept. to Dec. Imports: Less Re-Exports Exports: British Hops Consumption Years ended 30th Sept. following shortfall / surplus
Cwts. Cwts. £ s. d. Cwts. Cwts. Cwts. Cwts.
1938 18,460 257,000 13.9 9 0 0 45,287 12,580 286,716 2,991
1939 18,812 288,000 15.3 9 10 0 7,840 16,050 265,512 14,278
1940 18,592 270,500 14.5 12 0 0 14,675 26,830 251,354 6,991
1941 18,158 262,800 14.5 15 0 0 31 17,209 223,007 22,615
1942 18,420 261,900 14.2 17 10 0 2,963 30,673 231,689 2,501
1943 19,131 285,200 14.9 18 0 0 198 24,941 243,900 16,557
1944 19,603 253,900 13 20 0 0 0 26,525 244,822 -17,447
1945 19,957 282,900 14.1 21 0 0 574 32,337 226,197 24,940
1946 21,163 257,451 13.4 22 10 0 29,243 35,056 217,759 33,879
1947 22,142 289,908 13.2 23 10 0 7,716 31,661 231,470 34,493
Brewers' Almanack 1955, page 63.

The price was indeed £20 per cwt. in 1944. You can see that the price of hops, in contrast to that of malt, rose every year of the war and continued to rise after its end. And you can see from the shortfall/surplus figure (production plus imports minus exports and usage) that there was no room to build stocks, with only tiny surplus or even, as in 1944, a deficit. It did indeed look serious in 1944. The shortfall wiped out the surplus of the previous two years.

Brewers must have been the only people disappointed by the USA's entry into the war:

"Naturally attempts were made to remedy the very serious position in 1941, but the entry of America into the war cut short any prospect of importing from that source, and Continental hops were out of the question. Lupulin, which was little more than kiln dust, was offered from America, but the quantity which reached this country was small, later quite a useful hop concentrate was imported from the United States, but the quantity available was limited. It had a preservative value equal to from five to seven times that of hops and was a slight help in improving the situation. It has a strong American flavour, however, and the proportion that could be used had in consequence to be limited."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 123.

Because it ended hopes of getting American hops. You can see from the first table that the quantity of preparations of hops - which is where I think Lupulin belongs - was indeed tiny.

Picking hops wea still causing problems, too:

"The difficulties the growers had experienced in getting their whole crop picked and the delay that often occurred before it could all be obtained before it was over ripe and turned brown, again brought the question of picking machines into prominence. Some of the growers have been experimenting with these machines and necessary improvements have been made so that with the prospective increased costs of labour in the future it is likely that picking machines will be used in larger numbers."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 123.
There was also something I skipped about the introduction of combine harvesters during the war because of labour shortages. Their use was one reason much of the wartime crops were damaged after harvesting. It seems the war gave the mechanisatoin of agriculture a big push.

It seems supply problems continued after thge war:

"The present position with regard to the supply of hops at the end of 6 years is causing considerable anxiety as stocks held at the outbreak of war disappeared after the destruction of so large a proportion of the 1940 crop, and although hop rates have been reduced to the lowest possible limit, not sufficient hops are now being grown to meet brewers' requirements, and the amount available this year represents a shortage of from 6 to 8 weeks in a full year, which will become more serious next year. Although the Ministry of Agriculture has given permission to plant up a further 2,500 acres of hops it has been impossible to convince the Hops Marketing Board of the seriousness of the position and of the certainty that a much larger quantity than is at present being grown would be readily absorbed, even should there be a drop in the output of beer in the near future. Unless something can be done to obtain alternative supplies, therefore, the serious prospect of restricting the output of beer may become a reality."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 123.

If you look at the table above you can see that it isn't true that insufficient hops were being grown to meet demand. Even after exporting 30,000 cwt there was still a surplus. Not a huge one, but it was there. Beer output did indeed fall after war's end. It didn't start increasing until 1959 and didn't get back to the 1945 level until the end of the 1960's*.

Next time we'll be looking at brewing itself.

* 1971 Brewers'Almanack, page 54

10/29/2014 01:25 AM
Beer In Ads #1357: No Wonder It’s …
Tuesday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular, though in case I’m a little glad it’s in black and white. In this ad for Schlitz,...

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10/28/2014 06:58 PM
SawTown Tavern: the tentacles of Scoats expand their reach.
A post this evening on The Book of Face by a guy named Troy Everwine about who I know diddly-squat: Now that the public notice has been posted, I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend Scoats Mike Scotese (owner … Continue reading

10/28/2014 05:08 PM
Colorado Beer News 102814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Chocolate Day. A day that chocolate lovers relish every year (or make that every day). And since Halloween is around the corner, just about everyone has some chocolate in the house. It's OK to indulge in chocolate for just one day. And you know what pairs great with chocolate? How about a porter or a stout? The combo makes a great pairing. Try it and see. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 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

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Seeing how the holidays are not too far off, Arvada Beer is busy brewing up this year's batch of Jolly Holiday today. This big beer will be ready around November 21st, just in time for the start of the holiday season. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - This Thursday, October 30th from 6pm to 11pm - come help support the Keep A Breast Foundation, a rad organization dedicated to empowering and educating young people about breast health and early detection. They'll get $1 for every pint sold that night. Let's crush some beers for boobies! [227 Broadway, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Halloween will bring lots of activities to Odyssey Beerwerks from 2pm to close including a Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Costume Contest, and an Art Reception & DJ Party. Drop off your entry for the pumpkin carving before Friday 10/31 to help them decorate the taproom. Judging will take place during the party. Wear your costume to Odyssey and get your photo taken for the costume contest. They'll review all entries over the weekend and announce best costume prizes on Monday, November 3rd. Scott Trask is their October Artist and will help DJ the party starting at 9:30pm. Plus, stay for the special Halloween beer tapping of their "Fluffy Pumpkin Porter". [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - For their final October "Pumpkin" Cask tapping of the month, Copper Kettle will tap their Pumpkin Saison on Wednesday, October 29th. There's always something new on cask each Wednesday there at the brewery. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - It's never too early (or too late) to start planning your Halloween Friday Night! - 38 State has a great evening planned including: A costume contest (complete w/ prizes), a live DJ, delicious eats from The Pasta Cart, and ghoulish games to keep the party rockin' all night long! Spread the word and trick or treat at Littleton's finest. [8071A S Broadway, Littleton, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - The release of their Orchard Place Caramel Apple Stout is now set to release on October 31st at 6pm. The brewer just blended and tasted it today and it turned out better than planned - you won't want to miss it! Wear your Halloween costumes that night for $1 off regular pints. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight at 6pm they're tapping a specialty keg of Raspberry Origins! This Burgundy sour ale aged in oak on fresh raspberries packs a tart punch to warm you on this chilly day. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - The Wynkoop now has their C.andy Brown English Ale back on the nitro tap. Enjoy it in a pint or mixed in the Candied Bananas beer cocktail. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's the list of freshly tapped beers at Hops & Pie today: Russian River's Supplication, Barrel Aged ODB from Oskar Blues, Strange's 1000 Barrel, Odell's Gramps and Victory at Sea from Ballast Point. Have a couple of those along with their Tuesday Night 23 special - get a 2 topping 18" pie and 2 drafts for 23 bucks. Get some 5pm to close. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Coming up this week: Tonight is Taco Tuesday and Buy One Get One Free Pint when you wear your Big Choice gear! Friday: Halloween - wear your costumes and get Happy H our pricing on pints. PLUS - they are going to offer Wagon Growlers. Get $5 off growler refills all night! Sunday November 2nd - Open at noon and will have $1 off 4-packs until 2pm and Happy Hour during the Broncos game. Trivia and Family Movie at 3pm. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Today from 4-10pm is another in their long line of "Keep The Glass" days. Today lucky glass #13 debuts and was designed by Dylan Fowler. Also, Five Points Pizza will be on site selling pies and slices. Always plenty of beer to go round. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Last night it was the Pumpkin Carving contest. Tonight they'll host "Pictionary Against Humanity" starting at 6:30pm. To keep up with the Halloween theme, they'll also have Zombie Target Practice Night. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget Jagged Mountain's One Year Anniversary party this Saturday, November 1st from Noon til 11pm. They'll tap 4 different rare beers, one each at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm (2 barleywines, an imperial stout, and an Old Ale). Plus, Truck Yeah food truck will be there. Giveaways throughout the day. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Cerebral Brewing (Denver) - At long last, the owners have finally found a location for their brewery. The new spot will be at: 1477 N Monroe Street in Denver, CO in the old Galaxie building just off Colfax. This is a 4,000 square foot area that they will transform into a brewery and taproom.

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Firkin Tuesday is back! Today's $3 firkin pint is their Citrus Medly. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Come join in for their Day of the Dead celebration and raise a beer to honor those no longer with us on Saturday, November 1st starting a 7pm. Plus, get some extra mileage out of your Halloween costume and win some prizes while your at it. Undead beats by DJ P-Cuz rocking the brewhouse at 7pm. Food truck: Mobile Meltz truck. Serving 6-9ish. And the return of the dreaded Graveyard Ale, their signature beer blend. Don't be scared of Cerveza De Los Muertos! [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Stop by on Tuesdays for All Day Happy Hour at BRU. Get $3 ales, $4 wine and delicious eats. Also - Join BRU on Halloween night for Trick or Treating for the kids, a complimentary pint for parents, and $3 pints for those in costume. Plus, BRU is serving Sunday Brunch weekly from 9:30am to 3pm along with Brunch Happy Hour 9:30am - 11:30am. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Grossen Bart Brewery is getting into full swing! They plan on opening their doors to the public November 10th! Their scheduled ribbon cutting for with the Longmont Chamber of Commerce will be on Friday, November 14th. And their "official" Grand Opening party is set for Saturday December 13th! Each of their beers will be associated with a different style of facial hair. You can expect to see everything from their Balbo Berliner Weiss, Anchor Amber, Imperial Whiskey Stout, Chin Curtain IPA, Soul Patch Porter, Friendly Mutton Chop Marzen, Dali Dunkelweizen, Chevron Dry Irish Stout, Horseshoe Hefeweizen, Five 0'Clock Kolsch, Regent Whiskey Brown, Garibaldi Black IPA, Fu Manchu Cider, Chevron Coffee Cream Stout, and Strip-Teaser Pale Ale! [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at Bootstrap this week: Trivia tonight starting at 6:30pm along with Enchiladas by Niwot Market. Wednesday 10/29: - Euchre tournament at 6:00pm. Friday 10/31: Halloween Party starting at 5pm. Happy Hour prices for all in costume, plus live music as well. And Saturday November 1st brings live music from Watersong at 5pm. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - It finally feels like Fall is in the air, and it's a great time of year to drink craft beer! Today two seasonal favorites are back - River Rock Brown (a smooth brown ale brewed with hot rocks) and Honey Nut Blonde (a blonde ale with honey and toasted almonds). It's also Happy Hour all night, every Tuesday! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Today's the day! They will be celebrating their 1st year of business in Louisville and will be cracking open their new Imperial Red just for the occasion. They will also have some rare tasty Imperial Stouts too. Come on down, the fun starts at 4:00pm. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

The Post Brewing Co (Lafayette) - On November 6th at 6:30pm they are taking over the taps at The West End Tavern in Boulder, CO. Enjoy great conversation with Bryan Selders & Nick Tedeschi, good music by Flynn & Co and even better ‪‎craft beer‬. The first 48 people to buy a Post craft beer that night will get a free Post can glass! [The Post Brewing: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - You asked for it and they're delivering. Tweak will be bottled and released on Sunday, November 16th at Avery Brewing. They aged this big 17.81% ABV stout in bourbon barrels and added heaps of Ozo Coffee Co's Organic Espresso Isabelle for the perfect combination of alcohol and caffeine. The bottle release happens at 1pm. More details coming soon. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's Tap Tuesday! Today's beer release is a Raspberry Rye. Rye grain imparts a grainy, bittersweet, subtle spiciness to beer. The added fresh raspberries adds just the right amount of fruitiness and sweetness, and gives the beer a reddish hue. This is a small batch. Happy Hour today is 4:30pm to 5:30pm with $1 off pours. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Starting Saturday November 1st, Broken Plow will have new business hours for Fall & Winter. Mondays - Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 2-11pm, and Sundays 2-8pm. Stop in tomorrow (Wednesday) for Trick or Drinking at 7pm. Drink some spooky beer-tails and play trivia. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - For this spooky week, High Hops will be tapping a special Ales From The Crypt firkin on Wednesday at 5pm - it's a Pumpkin "EYE"PA. Then plan to attend Halloween @ High Hops on Friday. They'll have a special beer release of "Snick Or Treat Porter". Think of a candy bar with peanuts and caramel in a porter. They'll also host a costume contest with prizes for best costumes. Live music Friday and Saturday night too. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Don't forget! Tonight is their "Creepy Food"-themed Potluck Dinner tonight at 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Bring a dish to share. Cook with a City Star beer and receive a FREE beer! They'll supply paper plates, napkins and silverware. While you're there, be sure to give brewery owners Whitney and John Way a big CONGRATS on their expecting a baby in March! 10 beers on tap today including their newest - Fall Back IPA. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Whatever your costume, wear it into Grimm Bros this Friday and get $1 off your beers all day. They will have a Mummy Wrap Competition at 7pm and a Costume Contest at 8pm for both group and individual. Also try the special Bloody Mary Little Red Cap firkin beer. Plus, plenty of Halloween beads and candy. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The beer gone viral is going to be tapped this Thursday! Come try their new beer "Cerealiously Count Chocula" - they cleared out two entire grocery stores of Count Chocula to make it. It taps at 5pm on Thursday. Rumor has it that Count Chocula himself will be on hand for the release. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - New brews are being released this week! They'll be tapping a Nut Brown Ale and a Gose (sour salted ale) later this week. More details soon. Open today from 3pm to 8pm. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Here's another brewery starting up their Christmas beer batches. Yesterday they brewed up a batch of their Christmas Lager. This beer will be ready by mid-December. Also, get your Halloween costume ready for their Halloween Party this Friday. Details on their party coming out later this week. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Manitou Brewing Co (Manitou Springs) - They're bringing back Taco Tuesday today at 3pm til close. Get 3 tacos + a pint of MBC beer for $9. ALso, FREE 3 hour parking Monday through Thursday now through Spring, just remember to still use the parking kiosk and choose "3 hrs free" for the tickets. Then, Friday, HALLOWEEN NIGHT 6-9pm, they'll be giving away prizes {beer, gift certs, glassware, mugs, t-shirts, etc}, everyone has a chance to win, chances improved if you're dressed in a costume, and even better chance if it's a beer themed costume! [725 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's this week's Beer Menu: IPA, ESB, Amber, Lavender, Chili Lime, Wallonian Pale, and a Vanilla Porter. Plus more beer styles coming soon! Plus, every Tuesday they have Bite Me Gourmet Sausages on site serving up Rubens, Frankfurters, Green Chili Soup and more. [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Wear your Halloween costume to the brewery on the 31st from 3pm on. They'll offer great drink deals from 3-6pm as well as giving away some prizes. Also - Heads up! Their upstairs seating area will be closed off all this week October 27 through November 2nd in order to repair the subfloor and install new carpeting. Then they will be completely closed on November 3rd & 4th to install carpet in the downstairs. They'll be fully back open on Wednesday, November 5th. Come check them out - the carpet is reportedly very unique! [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Casey Brewing and Blending (Glenwood Springs) - New releases this weekend! Saturday, November 1st from 11am-5pm. The new blends of Saison, Peach Fruit Stand and Plum Fruit Stand are all tasting great. Come get some bottles! [3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Hard Cider Festival (Paonia) - Just a little reminder Cider Fest is fast approaching this Sat Nov. 1st. It's free to attend and there are 3 great bands starting at 11am to 7pm. They will be hosting 7 different hard cider companies from the Rocky Mountain Cider Association. There are still some really good apples for picking, Haunted Orchard maze and great food. Weather forecast is calling to be in the 70's and should be an amazing day. It's all happening out at Delicious Orchards in Paonia. [39126 Hwy 133, Paonia, CO]

Revolution Brewing (Paonia) - There is now fresh "Stout Ol' Friend" 6-pack cans available. Look for them in a local liquor store near you. So shiny, so delicious. [325 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO]

Dolores River Brewery (Dolores) - What's happening at the brewery for Halloween? Beer. Plus Wayne "the Train" Hancock will be performing honky tonk. There will be a costume contest, & boot skootin' fun. Cover is $10. Show starts at 9pm. [100 South 4th, Dolores, CO]

Upcoming Colorado Brewery Openings

- Mockery Brewing - Denver - November 7, 2014.
- Großen Bart Brewery - Longmont - November 10, 2014.
- Locavore Beer Works - Littleton - November 15, 2014.
- FERMÆNTRA - Denver - November 15, 2014.
- Alpine Dog Brewing Co - Denver - November 15, 2014.

See a complete list of all known Colorado breweries in planning.

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10/28/2014 03:43 PM
Spooky Halloween Tap Takeover at Eclipse
[ October 31, 2014; 7:00 pm; ] 'Tis the season for delicious beer, it's also the season for delicious themes. In this case, Eclipse Restaurant in the Loop has put together quite a spook tap takeover for your Halloween fun. Eclipse has lined up six beers to make your Halloween a bit more ghoulish: Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale Founder's Dark Penance Double Black IPA Game of [...]

10/28/2014 03:01 PM
48 Hours in Victoria, Canada
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10/28/2014 01:54 PM
In the Grip of a Cider Press
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10/28/2014 01:50 PM
Beer: Hoppy Brown (Disaster) Ale
A while ago I tried a beer by Banner Beer Company called "Run to Equinox". What is it? A hoppy brown ale. It was pretty good. It didn't blow me away, but it was pretty good. So what did I do? Go on the search for some more hoppy brown ales. The search was, well, not that successful. The only other that I found in the area was Smuttynose's "Durty" which is now called "Mud Season". So what does a homebrewer do if they cannot find the beer they want to drink? Find or formulate a recipe and brew it.

After much research, everyone seemed to base their recipe off of Janet's Hoppy Brown Ale. Must be good then right? So I did the same thing. Tweaked a couple of things but overall kept it close to the same.

We called it the "Hoppy Brown Disaster" because pretty much every step of the way, something went wrong. When draining into the fermentation bucket, the hops blocked the drainage. When fermenting, the temperature somehow jumped to 82°F even thought it was cool out. When transferring from secondary to the bottling bucket, the hops clogged and broke the auto-siphon wand. You get where I'm going. It was a disaster. Other than the fruity esters from the high temps, it came out great! 

The only difference from this recipe and the final is that the OG was 1.069 and the FG was at about 1.009 after the yeast went insane cause of the high temperature. So the final ABV was around 7.9%. I was okay with that. I also decided to use whole cone dried hops last minute to try them out. Needless to say, I wasn't a huge fan because I didn't account for water consumption. You live and learn!





AmountFermentablePPG°LBill %
10 lbAmerican - Pale 2-Row371.864.5%
1 lbAmerican - Caramel / Crystal 40L34406.5%
1 lbAmerican - Chocolate293506.5%
1 lbAmerican - Wheat381.86.5%
1 lbGerman - Carapils351.36.5%
1 lbRice Hulls006.5%
0.5 lbAmerican - Smoked Malt3753.2%
15.5 lbTotal
1 ozNorthern BrewerPellet7.8Mash5.78
0.5 ozCentennialPellet10Boil60 min18.59
1 ozNorthern BrewerPellet7.8Boil60 min29
1 ozNorthern BrewerPellet7.8Boil15 min14.39
1.5 ozCascadePellet7Boil10 min14.15
1.5 ozCascadePellet7Boil0 min
1.5 ozCentennialPellet10Dry Hop7 days
Mash Guidelines
4.5 galBrings it to 150FSparge165 F60 min
3.5 galBrings it to 175FSparge212 F10 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
1 tspGypsumWater AgtBoil60 min
Danstar - Nottingham Ale Yeast
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
57 - 70 °F
Fermentation Temp:
72 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P)
110 B cells required

10/28/2014 01:42 PM
Coming Soon: City Acre Brewing in Houston
Well, soon  might be a relative term. City Acre Brewing won't be open until 2015. It will be at 3421 Folger Street, north of downtown off of U.S. Highway 59. They will serve their own beer, plus some other Texas craft beers, and serve food made from their garden.

Matt Schlabach and his wife Meredith Borders are the owners of City Acre Brewing. Mat has been brewing for over ten years, about as long as they've been dreaming of opening a brew pub.


10/28/2014 12:05 PM
Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation raises $1M in 1st year
Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid FoundationIn their first year alone, Oskar Blues' CAN'd Aid Foundation has raised over $1 milloon. Oskar Blues Brewery matches every dollar donated.

"Without this program and funding from CAN'd Aid, more than 200 children in our county would go without Christmas. The grant means those kids will be able to shop with our officers and pick out a gift for themselves." - Moody Noreda, Cops for Kids Program.

[PRESS RELEASE] Longmont, CO, & Brevard, NC--The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation has developed national partnerships in a variety of focus areas, including outdoor recreation, arts and music, and environmental sustainability, although the Foundation's initial focus in the first year was maximizing fundraising efforts for the expedited distribution of monies to the communities of ColoRADo that experienced massive devastation because of severe flooding that struck the Front Range in September 2013.

Lyons, ColoRADo, is still home to the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. When Oskar Blues Soul Founder Dale Katechis learned of other local businesses that suffered damage, some so severely that they were in jeopardy of closing their doors permanently, he jumped into action. Starting with a personal donation of $150,000, Dale reached out to the craft brewing industry and fans of Oskar Blues, and issued a matching challenge through the end of 2013. In just three months, CAN'd Aid raised and distributed $515,000 for flood relief and recovery efforts, directly assisting 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations.

While CAN'd Aid continues to work directly with the Town of Lyons to support flood-related projects, the Foundation's focus has expanded to include the original concepts that Dale had in mind pre-flood.

The Foundation focuses on "Grassroots Grants"--a concept that celebrates the little guy with a big idea. By incorporating specific program areas, Tunes (music, arts & culture); Towns (disaster relief); Treads & Trails (outdoor pursuits/health & wellness); Love Yer Mama (sustainability & recycling); and throwing in a wild card, Total CANarchy (anything goes). One year after its launch, CAN'd Aid Foundation has emerged as a funky, unique and utterly atypical nonprofit organization.

"As our official transportation sponsor, CAN'd Aid makes it possible every day for 160 kids and teens from all over our county to travel to our Club by bus. The funds enabled us to expand our bus fleet, allowing kids faster and safer access to our programs, including outdoor excursions focusing on healthy and fit lifestyles, community service opportunities, and arts & music instruction," says Jackie Witherspoon of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

"Love Yer Mama" offers recycling-specific grants to groups interested in starting sustainable recycling programs and incorporates education about the benefits of aluminum packaging over glass or plastic. A national recycling initiative, which the foundation kicked off in June with help from The Alcoa Foundation, Ball Foundation and Novelis, is gaining momentum and will soon incorporate OB-centric recycling hubs in both Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC.

In addition to the $700,000 CAN'd Aid has given for ColoRADo flood recovery efforts, an additional $150,000 has gone toward grassroots community projects all over the U.S. Oskar Blues Brewery matches every dollar raised by CAN'd Aid, and people are starting to notice. ColoRADo Governor John Hickenlooper has repeatedly applauded the Foundation's work and recently cited CAN'd Aid as being instrumental in helping Lyons rebuild. Boulder-based eTown, a nationally syndicated radio program, recently awarded Dale and the Foundation their E-chievement award for giving back and having a tremendous impact in that community. (To hear Katechis' video interview with e-Town hosts Nick & Helen Forster, visit www.etown.org). The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club and Rockies Foundation have also supported CAN'd Aid generously, and Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer recently named CAN'd Aid as his charity of choice, resulting in a $7500 gift from Chevrolet through his Roberto Clemente Award nomination.

As CAN'd Aid enters year two, there is no sign of slowing down. Big focus areas will include partnering with nationally touring bands to fund "TUNES" programs and working with groups like Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and bike-centric companies to increase funding for "TREADS & TRAILS" programs.

For more information about the Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, to make a donation or to get involved, visit www.foundation.oskarblues.com.

About CAN'd Aid Foundation
The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation was formed as an immediate response to the massive flooding that devastated our hometowns of Lyons & Longmont, CO, in September 2013. To date, CAN'd Aid has donated $700,000 for flood recovery and an additional $150,000 to charitable causes focused on outdoor recreation, child and family advocacy, arts and culture, and sustainability initiatives. Shakin' things up in the world of non-profits, the public charity features funky, fractured, grassroots grants to fund worthy projects from coast to coast. By putting our own spin on what charitable giving looks like, we're able to stay nimble, respond quickly and stay true to our roots. Every dollar raised by the CAN'd Aid Foundation is matched by Oskar Blues Brewery-doubling the "do-goodery" and maximizing the reach.

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 120,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 36 U.S. states.

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10/28/2014 11:27 AM
Clueless Shooters Shorten Another Range Trip
Regular readers are aware I shoot at a semi-unsupervised range conservation organization. There are RO's that pop in regularly to enforced the latest iterations of the range rules, and I've been told numerous times the rules are to keep the "less safe" shooters under control. My response has always been, if they can't be safe and can't follow the rules, kick them out!

Sunday afternoon my friend Greg and I were at the range getting in some practice. We were having a fun time and enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon. At one point we turned back up range from pasting targets to see three new arrivals setting their gear on the bench, AND handling and setting out firearms while we were down range. I look at Greg and asked, "You done?" to which he replied in the affirmative. We proceeded to police our brass and pack the gear, but as we were loading our gear into our cars the new arrivals began shooting — without a warning. We were caught off guard when as we had taken off our ear protection.

After getting our ear protection on quickly, we watched them for a short time. I remarked to Greg that I was glad to find he was as anti-social as I was when it comes to shooting with people I don't know. I prefer unsupervised ranges, but only when it's just me and folks I know. We watched as they continually swept each other with firearms. I get really nervous when I see someone unholster a firearm while standing directly behind another person at the line. Apparently maintaining muzzle awareness is difficult with a cigarette in your hand.

Over the years, I've found that shooting enthusiasts are by far the most friendly, safety conscience, and courteous folks I've met. That's why incidents like this are so exasperating. There's been chatter lately about limiting or even ceasing the range use at the club. In fact the hours they are open have already been reduced. It's because of people like this. When I take new shooters to the range, I make sure they understand they have a dangerous weapon in their hands. Unfortunately even some long-time shooters seem to forget that when they head out to the range. Just because it's fun doesn't you can ignore the safety rules.

And unlike the time we were admonished for shooting at three targets instead of just two, there wasn't an RO to be seen.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/28/2014 10:28 AM
Beer Fermentation with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #91
iTunesAudio200Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss beer fermentation, fermenters, temperature control and how to get the most out of your fermentation. Chris provides some great advice on the equipment to use, methods, and control of your home brewed fermentation. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download […]

10/28/2014 07:15 AM
Birrificio Italiano
Looking back over my photos from 2013, this one always makes me laugh. The quality isn't great (I'd had a bev, innit) but it looks like Giacomo - an ex-Gunmakers barman from Milan - is coming to start some aggro with me. I was in the bar of Birrificio Italiano's restaurant in Lurago Marinone, Lombardy. The brewing equipment used to sit in that exact spot 17 years ago when Agostino Arioli (

10/28/2014 06:00 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in November 2014
Seems like it's right around this point each year where I comment something to the effect of how difficult it is to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Beer festivals are ebbing, Beer Weeks have come and gone, and you're either cheering or bemoaning the segue from pumpkin beers to "Christmas beers". By past monthly standards, this list feels just a bit light. As always, if I'm

10/28/2014 05:10 AM
Gretz Beer installs energy efficient lighting in distribution center in US
Independence LED Lighting, the award-winning U.S. manufacturer of LED high bay fixtures and LED tubes, announces today the completed delivery of its energy saving LED lighting for the Gretz Beer Company at 2801 Township Line Rd. in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

10/28/2014 04:48 AM
Those Who Rate

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This Tweet triggered a conversation on which we eavesdropped with interest: is it me, or when you read a brewer saying that they don't care for ratings websites, oft means beers have been flamed on there? — Phil Lowry (@PhilLowry) October 20, 2014 Follow up responses seemed to suggest that Ratebeerians as know enough to […]

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10/28/2014 03:05 AM
German Helles in 2014
Right, time to start making some use of all this information I've been wasting my evenings collecting. My only accompaniment the quiet sobbing of my negected wife and kids.

I suppose I should make this clear at the start. What I mean by Helles, isn't any old sort of pale Lager that isn't Pils. I should really use the full name of the style I'm discussing today: Helles Lagerbier or Lagerbier Hell. I'm using the shorthand of Helles because I can't be arsed to go and change the style on hundreds of table entries.

It's a very popular style amongst the breweries I'm looking at. No surprise, as most are from Bavaria. Where Helles is the most popular style. There were only more examples in my set of two styles: Pils and Hefeweizen. Those are, unsurprisingly, the three most popular styles in Germany.

Oh, I suppose I should tell you how I split apart Helles Lagerbier and Helles Export. Some of the latter were identified by the brewery as Export. With others it wasn't clear what, if anything, the brewery considered their style. So I used something mentioned in the Deutscher Brauer-Bund website style descriptions: that Export has a minimum gravity of 12 Platoº.

It seems like a good enough dividing line, so that's what I've used. Though it is pretty arbitrary. I'll classify a beer of 11.9º Helles and one of 12º Export. You have to draw the line somewhere, but I'm not claiming my classification is perfect.

I suppose I should show you the beers now:

German Helles in 2014
Brewer Town Beer OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation bitterness (EBU)
Paulaner Munich Münchner Hell Leicht 1030.4 1005.8 7.7 3.20 80.93%
Göller Zeil am Main Hausbrauerbier 1044.9 1011.7 11.2 4.30 73.92%
Püls-bräu Stadtsteinach Weismainer Urhell 1046.1 1010.8 11.5 4.60 76.69%
Bürgerbräu Hersbruck Hersbruck Lagerbier 1045.3 1009.9 11.3 4.60 78.13%
Ammerndorfer Bier Dorn Bräu Ammerndorf Hell 1045.7 1010.3 11.4 4.60 77.46%
Privatbrauerei Kesselring Marktsteft Hell 1046.1 1010.0 11.5 4.70 78.31%
Zum Löwenbräu Flair Hotel Adelsdorf Vollbier Hell 1047.4 1011.2 11.8 4.70 76.36%
Brauerei Windsheimer Gutenstetten Vollbier 1047.8 1011.6 11.9 4.70 75.73%
Forschungsbrauerei Munich Münchener Vollbier Hell 1044.0 1007.9 11 4.70 82.05%
Arnsteiner Brauerei Seinsheim Ernte Hell 1044.4 1007.6 11.1 4.80 82.90%
Brauerei Gasthof Wiethaler Lauf an der Pegnitz Lagerbier Hell 4.80
Brauereigasthof Winkler Berching  Lagerbier Hell 1045.7 1008.8 11.4 4.80 80.74%
Klosterbrauerei Andechs Andechs Vollbier Hell 1046.1 1009.2 11.5 4.80 80.05%
Braugold Erfurt Braugold Hell 1046.1 1009.2 11.5 4.80 80.05%
Holsten Hamburg Altona Edel 1044.9 1007.3 11.2 4.90 83.73% 23
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach Kulmbacher Feinmild 1045.3 1007.7 11.3 4.90 82.99%
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach Mönchshof Bayerisch Hell 1045.3 1007.7 11.3 4.90 82.99%
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach EKU Hell 1045.7 1008.1 11.4 4.90 82.27%
Brauhaus Leikeim Altenkunstadt Hell 1045.7 1008.1 11.4 4.90 82.27%
Paulaner Munich Münchner Hell 1046.1 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach Kulmbacher Lager Hell  1046.1 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach Mönchshof Lager 1046.1 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
Gasthof Gundel Kammerstein Urhell 1046.1 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
Brauerei Weller  Erlangen 3x11 1044.0 1006.5 11 4.90 85.35%
Kitzmann-Bräu Erlangen Helles 1046.5 1008.9 11.6 4.90 80.87%
Kitzmann-Bräu Erlangen Kitzzz 1046.5 1008.9 11.6 4.90 80.87%
Brauerei Hermann Sigwart Weißenburg Hell 1046.5 1008.9 11.6 4.90 80.87%
Schübel Bräu Stadtsteinach a fränkisch 1047.4 1009.7 11.8 4.90 79.52%
Strauß Karl Brauerei Treuchtlingen Wettelsheimer Helles 1047.4 1009.7 11.8 4.90 79.52%
Göller Zeil am Main Hell 1047.4 1009.0 11.8 5.00 81.00%
Hacker-Pschorr Munich Münchner Hell 1046.1 1007.8 11.5 5.00 83.19%
Schwechater Vienna Schwechater Bier 1046.1 1007.8 11.5 5.00 83.19%
Kulmbacher Brauerei Kulmbach Original 1046.5 1007.5 11.6 5.10 83.99% 21
Weihenstephan Freising Original 1046.5 1007.4 11.6 5.10 84.10% 21
Spaten Munich Münchner Hell 1047.0 1007.1 11.7 5.20 84.88%
Löwenbräu  Munich Original 1047.4 1007.5 11.8 5.20 84.17%
Average 1045.6 1008.7 11.4 4.8 81.01% 21.7
Brewery websites.

As you can see, there's not a huge amount of variation. And the average does look like the spec of a tyopical Helles: 11.5º Plato, 4.8% ABV, 80% apparent attenuation. The biggest varition is in the degree of attenuation, which ranges from 74% to 85%.

Though by limiting the gravity to 11.9 º Plato, I did, of course, dictate that the beers would be generally similar.

Pils next time.

10/28/2014 01:51 AM
Beer In Ads #1356: Pointing The Way To Pleasure
Monday’s ad is for Drewrys, from 1950. This is from a series of billboard ads from around the same time I stumbled upon, though I’m sure the originals in color are more spectacular. In this ad for Drewrys Beer and Ale, they’re advertising their Canadian association using a...

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10/28/2014 12:17 AM
This happened. A GoPro was strapped to a liquor bottle at a wedding
For anyone who has been to a wedding – the coming together of two people deeply in love, on their special day, is actually all about sharing alcohol with friends and family. As this very accurate GoPro footage will attest. If this isn’t the right way to use a GoPro – you know, outside of […]

10/27/2014 10:18 PM
King of Ohio IPA — Northwest Ohio Winners

Before I write anything else, I need to thank our readers for their votes and feedback.  Polls like this only work with a good voter turn out, and even though … Continue Reading →

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10/27/2014 10:01 PM
Mead Wedding Favor

If you are looking to give away a great favor at your wedding, consider mead. You could buy a large number of bottles from a commercial meadery, which is a option I support. Another choice is to make or have someone make a mead for you – a unique gift for you special day. I […]

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10/27/2014 09:21 PM
Convert a Sanke Keg to Ball Lock

Want to convert sanke keg to ball lock? Doing so allows you to use your ball lock quick disconnects with both commercial sanke kegs and homebrew cornelius kegs.

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