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08/27/2014 09:53 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!

08/27/2014 09:53 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

08/27/2014 09:53 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.....

08/27/2014 09:53 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’.....

08/27/2014 09:53 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!

08/27/2014 09:00 AM
Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale

Along with newly redesigned packaging, Squatters also released two new brews this year. The first was Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a tasty treat of a brew. The second is Wee Peat, a 5.6% ABV and 27 IBU Scottish ale. While the overall lighter character of Bumper Crop is more suited for warmer months, Wee Peat […]

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08/27/2014 08:46 AM
Second Street’s got one sweet can!
Last week I had the opportunity to watch some awesome history in the making. Santa Fe’s Second Street canned their first beer inside their brewery. “Why is that awesome?” I hear you asking yourself. Besides the fact that we can now pick up a canned version of their Pivotal IPA and take it along on all of our outdoor adventures ...

08/27/2014 07:27 AM
Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3.


The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.


“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “These talented craft brewers bring out some amazing exotic and vintage beers to help us raise awareness about a disease that impacts nearly 240,000 men annually in the United States.”
The beer list for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI includes:
  • Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska, Alaskan Eisbock;
  • AleSmith Brewing, San Diego, Calif., 2012 Barrel Aged Grand Cru;
  • Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine, Neddles;
  • Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo., Thensaurum;
  • Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont., 2012 Barrel Aged Biere de Noel;
  • Boston Beer, Boston, Mass., Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru;
  • Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, Colo.*, 2014 Barleywine Batch #1;
  • The Bruery, Placentia, Calif., Befuddlement;
  • Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore., 2011 Tangerine Dream NW & 2013 Cerise Nouveau;
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del., Bourbon Barrel Aged WWS & Wood Aged Noble Rot;
  • Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.*, Orange Giant Barleywine;
  • Elevation Beer, Poncha Springs, Colo., Elitist;
  • Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash., The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine;
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Santa Barbara, Calif.*, The Grendel;
  • Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif., Helldorado & Tequila Merkin;
  • Fremont Brewing, Seattle, Wash.*, Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop;
  • Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore., 2007 Old Boardhead Barleywine;
  • Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C.*, Tree-to-Sea Gose;
  • AC Golden Brewing, Golden, Colo., 2012 Ctyat, Dark Kriek,  2014 Imperial Stout;
  • Grand Teton Brewery, Victor, Idaho*, Huckleberry Sour;
  • Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colo., Red Sophia;
  • Green Flash Brewing, San Diego, Calif.*, Little Freak;
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, Colo.*, The Wooden Path;
  • Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Mass., Oatmeal Pale Ale & 2011 Chocolate Stout on Brett;
  • Hogshead Brewery, Denver, Colo.*, Divine Right Russian Imperial Stout;
  • Holy City Brewing, Charleston, S.C.*, 2012 Barrel-Aged New Year’s Resolution Doppelbock;
  • Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin, Texas, Snörkel;
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich., Lupulo de Hielo;
  • Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho, 2008 Dogfather Imperial Stout;
  • Laughing Sun Brewing, Bismarck, N.D.*, 19th Amendment Stout;
  • The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, Calif., Whiskey Barrel-Aged Serpent's Stout;
  • Maui Brewing, Lahaina, Hawaii*, A'a Imperial Golden Ale;
  • Nebraska Brewing, Papillion, Neb., Attack of the 50 Foot Brunette;
  • New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo., Oscar Kissed Cherry;
  • NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C., Bourbon Barrel-Aged Olde Voyager & Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monstro;
  • NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, Austin, Texas*, Funk Jack;
  • Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, Charlotte, N.C., Bourbon Barrel-Aged Anniversary Alt;
  • Oskar Blues Brewing, Lyons, Colo., The White Buffalo West Coast IPA;
  • Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo., Barrel-Aged Sump;
  • Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs, Ok., Return of the Legend (Balcones Barrel);
  • River North Brewery, Denver, Colo., River North Oud Bruin;
  • Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore., Rogue Oregon Oak Whiskey Barrel-Aged Doppelsticke;
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif., Barrel-Aged Breakfast at Chico’s;
  • Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., 2005 Double Bastard;
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio, Cerasus Dog Flanders Style Sour with Michigan Cherries;
  • Tröegs Brewing, Hershey, Pa., LaGrave;
  • Union Craft Brewery, Baltimore, Md.*, Barrel-Aged Chessie the Barleywine & 2012 Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout;
  • Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa., Pariah​;
  • Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C., Genesis;
  • Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, Mass.*, Tart Project Flanders Red.

(* Indicates first appearance at Denver Rare Beer Tasting.)
Tickets for the event are on sale now.  VIP tickets for the event are sold out, but a limited number of general admission tickets are still available for $110 each for the 1-4 p.m. tasting.  Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in a silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles. The event will be held this year on two floors of the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave.


All ticket holders to this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be entered into a drawing for a 9-night BeerTrips.com organized tour for two of Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany. VIP ticket holders will receive three raffle tickets and general admission ticket holders will receive one ticket. Anyone wearing a Pints for Prostates t-shirt or hat to the event will receive another free entry for the drawing. Additional tickets will be available for a donation. The winner will be drawn during the event from tickets collected exclusively at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The winner and a guest will travel to Brussels, Prague, Bamberg and Cologne from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The trip includes roundtrip airfare from the continental U.S., 9 nights hotel, ground transportation, brewery tours, pub crawls, guided city tours, 9 breakfasts, 4 beer lunches and 4 beer dinners.


“Funds raised at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting are used to fund free men’s health screenings and for support groups for men and their families fighting the disease” said Lyke.  “We reach men through the universal language of beer.”


Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and all net proceeds from Denver Rare Beer Tasting go towards the group’s awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.


Sponsorship packages are available for companies that wish to support and take part in the event.


About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

08/27/2014 07:26 AM
Stop and smell the hops
It poured rain Sunday in parts of Moxee, Washington. It was rainy and cold yesterday about 60 kilometers north of Munich. There’s a chance of thunderstorms today in upstate New York. Hop harvest has begun in the northern hemisphere and my Twitter feed is full of weather information important to hop farmers. Friday I hope […]

08/27/2014 07:18 AM
New Beer Friday – Beer Camp Edition
Many of you (including me) have been screaming for the Beer Camp brews from Sierra Nevada, they're final here! but in very limited supply and locations. You can find the following Beer Camps at the Bayou and the Beer Bar. Sadly I've not had a chance to try any of these new beers. I hear good things about all of them. Beer Camp - Alt Route B ...

08/27/2014 07:12 AM
4 Pines to release limited edition medieval drop
4 Pines Brewing Company will release a limited edition medieval style beer next month, as part of the inaugural annual St Ives Medieval Faire.

08/27/2014 07:00 AM
Before Canvitational, Get to know - Cigar City Brewing

We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you.

Cigar City Brewing is a well known name in the craft beer community.  They have been making a name for themselves with hoppy IPAs, big imperial stouts, and other approachable beers for beer geeks and novices alike. Their offerings include eight year round beers and multiple special release beers along with seasonal beers. Look for them and the following beers at Canvitational:

Jai Alai (don't miss this one)- A big citrus and floral noted IPA
 Florida Cracker – A Belgian Style Wit
 Invasion - A 5% pale ale that punches well above its weight

Next in our series is Joe Burns, National Sales Manager at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida.

1. What music is usually playing on the brew deck? 

Depends on the brewer. We have two brew houses on site and the music in Brew House 1 varies by the day of the week, old rock, jazz, blues, with a culmination of Django Reinhart Friday. Its like clockwork with Brew House 1.

 2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

We are trying to highlight the Tampa culture and the Cuban culture of the area. Florida is very diverse and we want to show folks names, tastes, and the history of our area.

 3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?

 We have 65 employees, and we are mostly beardless. I just looked at our wall of employee pictures, and would say that we have about 20 guys with some type of facial hair.

 4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why?

 The folks here are the brewery have very diverse pallets. We all seem to love sours, and hoppy pale ales. I am personally a big Bells fan, with the Amber being one of my favorites.

 5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing?

 The beer of choice around here is Invasion Pale Ale. Light bodied, hop forward, low ABV.

 6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and/or your company?

 We are constantly asked to ship beer out of Florida. Truth is we sell very little beer outside of Florida, as 94+% of the beer that we produce is sold in Florida. We are very involved in the legislative side of the business and continue to try to get others as involved as we are. The brewery has 6 full time reps in Florida, two in the Tampa/St Pete/Sarasota/Ft Myers/Naples market, two in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale/Keys markets, one in Orlando/Gainsville, and one in Jacksonville/Tallahassee market. We work very hard to align ourselves with Florida institutions who do a great job of selling and marketing our products. A few examples are, Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays), Disney properties, Epcot Food and Wine, Epcot Flower and Garden Fest, Carnival Cruise Lines, Publix Supermarkets, ABC Liquors, Sloppy Joe's (Key West), Tampa Int'l Airport, to name a few. Cigar City Brewing has a brew pub located 10 miles away from the brewery which is a full service restaurant with a small 7 bbl system in it. We have the only operating/manufacturing brewery inside of an airport in the US. It is located in Concourse C (Southwest Airlines/Airtran Airlines) with a small 2 bbl system. Cigar City Cider is about to go into full production in the month of August. It will be available in cans and draft, just as our beers are. Cigar City Brewing has a great team that really believes in what we are doing.

What is Canvitational?

The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN.

 On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere. Tickets are available and the event will feature some familiar breweries, as well as many out of state. You can find more information about them and the event at http://canvitational.com/.

Tickets are available here.  There is a $20 discount for tickets purchased before Septermber 1st.

08/27/2014 06:00 AM
Lompoc Brewing Releases SaazAll Pilsner Tonight
Lompoc Brewing is all set to release their new SaazAll Pilsner today. The release party will be held at their Sidebar location in North Portland beginning at 4:00pm. For the release Sidebar will be featuring their new SaazAll Pilsner along with five other beers, including a 2009 Cheery Stout aged in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels. […]

08/27/2014 05:54 AM
Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities; All To Be Released in 6-Packs

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Frederick, MD – To decide on the lineup for Flying Dog’s 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his brewing team had to narrow down 45 beer concepts to just eight. And there was just a little pressure from fellow coworkers. Each summer, the entire brewery […]

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08/27/2014 05:50 AM
Halfway There list of brewers and participants
Tampa Bay Beer Week is pulling out all of the stops for the Halfway There Rare Beer Festival. The list of participants draws from all over Florida with guests from around the US, all coming together to pour a one-of-a-kind … Continue reading →

08/27/2014 05:00 AM
Elysian and Payette Collaborate with Huckleberries
What happens when you bring together a well established brewery from Seattle and a younger brewery from Boise? If the two respective breweries are Elysian Brewing and Payette Brewing we will be welcoming their new Huckleberry Berliner Weisse just in time for Labor Day Weekend. This inaugural collaboration between Elysian and Payette will bring a […]

08/27/2014 04:28 AM
Record Where You Drink For Posterity

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

Thank goodness for Nathaniel Newnham-Davis and his eye for detail. An early food writer — the Jay Rayner of his day — ‘The Colonel’ wrote reviews for the Pall Mall Gazette as well as several books such as Where And How to Dine in London. We are especially grateful to him for having taken the time and space to write […]

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08/27/2014 04:24 AM
Green Bench Brewing hosts Get Low: A Session Beer Festival
Florida Beer has a lot to celebrate. Green Bench Brewing has decided to celebrate low-alcohol IPAs and session beers at their Get Low Festival. From Green Bench: Dig this cats. Come celebrate the end of the summer at Green Bench … Continue reading →

08/27/2014 03:05 AM
Barclay Perkins Stout quality 1922 - 1925
We're finally on the final leg of my crawl through the cellars of 1920's London. It's been a fascinating journey. So much so, that it probably deserves a volume of its own. But what to call it? Gravity!? Or maybe Draught! Feel free to throw suggestions at me.

The 1920's was a funny period. Brewers weren't sure legislation the goivernment might throw their way, particularly with regard to pubs. The so-called local option, where inhabitants of a ward could vote for it to go dry was seen by brewers as a great threat. Pubs were their primary outlets. Whole areas becoming pub-free could seriously affect their sales. Eventually, local option legislation was only passed in Scotland and only a small number of areas there ever voted to go dry.

One of the ironies is that the temperance campaigners who argued against the bad influence of the old type of pub were opposed to them being improved. Purely on the grounds that well-run, modern pubs countered many of their crazy arguments. Buty rationality, truth and objectivity are rare companions of teetotallers. Distortions and downright lies are their stock in trade.

Here's an example of the temperance view compared to the rational view. We'll begin with sense:

The best way to defeat the prohibition and local option movements was by the improvement of the public-house, was the opinion put forward Mr E. W. Giffad presiding at the annual meeting of the Barclay, Perkins Brewery Co. in London yesterday.

The American prohibition campaign had been stated in this country, said, but the promotors were not working very much on the surface at present. Their methods were thoroughly unenglish, and they were working the same lines as they did in America. He didn't believe there was any prospect of carrying prohibition in this country, for the working man did not want it. The local option movement was another danger the trade had to face, and it could be put before working men so that they would see that it was as dangerous as prohibition.

Admiral Sir Reginald Hall, M.P., a newcomer to the Board of Directors, said that as a social reformer he had joined the Board because he realised that Barclay, Perkins were pioneers in the movement of improved public-houses. There was no stigma attaching to the presence of ladies and children in an hotel, and pubiic-house ought to be made so that working man could take his women folk and children there without risk of insult to eye or ear."
Aberdeen Journal - Tuesday 29 June 1920, page 4.

Now the nutcases:

"Public-House Improvements. At the annual meeting of the Barclay Perkins Brewery Company the chairman stated that the best way to defeat the prohibition and local option movements was by the improvement of the public-house. According to this representative of the liquor trade, the Trade can do as well or better than the Government in improving the public-houses. This deliverance is an admission that there is room for improvement of the public-houses and also that the Trade can do something for the ensuring of improvement. As matter of fact, prohibition and local option movements are making progress because the Trade has not succeeded in improving the public-houses or the conditions of the working of the liquor traffic. The Trade lavishing money on opposition to the local option movement, and this means opposition to freedom to the full majorities of citizens declaring for or against the maintenance of unimproved public-houses in their areas."
Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 29 June 1920, page 2.

The distortion? That the trade wasn't trying very hard to improve its pubs. While in many cases breweres were prevented from improving their pubs by teetotallers on licensing committees who refused their applications. The hypocritical bastards.

The prohibition and local option movements weren't really gaining ground. If anything the opposite was true. The impact of a drop in beer strength and the restriction in pub hours had gretly reduced the perception of drunkenness. Partial success had in fact weaked their cause.

Let's look at Barclay Perkins Stout now. I can see which beer it is: BS. Not sure if that still stood for Brown Stout at this point or if it had already become Best Stout. That doesn't really matter. It was their bog standard draught Stout. It terms of strength, it was a typical 9d (after 1923 8d) Stout, with a gravity in the mid-1950's. Here are the numbers in a nice table:

Barclay Perkins BS Stout in the 1920s
Date Year OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl boil time (hours) boil time (hours) boil time (hours) Pitch temp colour
7th Feb 1922 1055.1 1017.0 5.04 69.15% 9.00 2.34 2

21st Jan 1929 1053.8 1020 4.46 62.79% 6 1.26 2.25 2
61º 340
7th Jan 1929 1053.3 1018 4.67 66.22% 6 1.43 2.25 2 1.75 61º 320
Barclay Perkins brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/01/608 and ACC/2305/01/614.

Now let's take a look at the grist. There's much more fun here. Take a look:

Barclay Perkins BS Stout grists in the 1920s
Date Year OG brown malt amber malt crystal malt MA malt SA malt roast barley no. 3 sugar caramel oats flaked maize
7th Feb 1922 1055.1 4.35% 47.83% 4.35% 21.74% 17.39% 4.35%

21st Jan 1929 1053.8 5.04% 10.08% 7.56% 35.29% 12.61% 12.29% 10.08% 1.68% 0.32% 5.04%
7th Jan 1929 1053.3 5.49% 10.98% 7.32% 32.93% 10.98% 12.58% 12.20% 1.83% 0.23% 5.49%
Barclay Perkins brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/01/608 and ACC/2305/01/614.

The example from 1922 isn't typical. There's a note on the brewing record stying that it was a special all-malt brew for the yeast. It's certainly a pretty odd grist, with 50% amber malt. With less than 40% malt with disstatic power - the MA and SA malts - you have to wonder how well it would have converted.

Unless the amber malt was diastatic. The small amount of roast barley doesn't seem to make much sense, either, given the lack of dark sugar and caramel to colour the beer.

The more standard recipe is still unusual. Any amber malt is rare in weaker Stouts of this period. And over 12% roast barley is very high. The otehr oddity is the total lack of pale malt. A combination of MA (Mild Ale) and SA (Strong Ale) malts make up the base grains. But there's still around 35% coloured grains in the grist. I guess that explains the dark colour - over 300 lovibond is pretty much black.

Oh, and note the token few pounds of oats so they could sell some of it as Oatmeal Stout. A massive 42 pounds of it for 150 barrels of beer. Far too little to have any impact at all.

Time to look at the quality of BS down the boozer. You may remember that Barclay Perkins beers have mostly been pretty crap so far. Let's see how they do this time:

Barclay Perkins Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Attenuation Flavour score Price
1922 Stout 1016 1057 5.32 71.93% caramel flavour -1 9
1922 Stout 1017.6 1057.6 5.19 69.44% fair rather thin -1 9
1922 Stout 1013.6 1056.6 5.60 75.97% sour -3 9
1922 Stout 1015.4 1054.9 5.13 71.95% v poor -2 9
1922 Stout 1013.9 1055.4 5.40 74.91% v unpleasant -3 9
1923 Stout 1015.6 1058.1 5.52 73.15% fair 1 9
1923 Stout 1013.4 1057.9 5.80 76.86% going off -2 9
1923 Stout 1013.4 1053.9 5.27 75.14% going off -2 8
1923 Stout 1016.2 1053.7 4.86 69.83% Poor & thin -2 8
1923 Stout 1015.8 1055.8 5.19 71.68% unpleasant bitter -2 9
1923 Stout 1014.8 1054.3 5.13 72.74% v fair 2 8
1924 Stout 1012.1 1050.4 4.98 75.99% going off -2 8
1924 Stout 1013.4 1055.5 5.48 75.86% v poor -2 8
1925 Stout 1012.8 1054.8 5.47 76.64% good 2 8
Average  1014.6 1055.4 5.31 73.72%
-1.21 8.57
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

That's quite impressive, in  way. It's scored even worse than their Porter. Only three of fourteen smaples had a good flavour. A scary nine examples scored -2 or -3. Based on the descriptions, many had gone bad. Very disappointing. Given Stout was a better seller and higher gravity than Porter, you'd expect it to be in better condition. The overall average score of -1.21 is one of the worst so far.

Time-travelling advice? Stick to bottled Russian Stout in Barclay Perkins pubs.

08/27/2014 02:52 AM
JDub’s Brewing has a new flagship beer
JDub’s Brewing of Sarasota has announced that they are adding a new beer to their flagship lineup. From JDub’s: NEW FLAGSHIP! Our Poolside Kolsch Ale is in our tap room now and will hit a bar near you very soon! … Continue reading →

08/27/2014 02:32 AM
Beer In Ads #1294: Why Responsible Brewers Are Adopting This Symbol
Tuesday’s ad is from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. It looks like it most likely was published in a trade magazine of some type rather than a consumer periodical. But I especially...

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08/26/2014 11:50 PM
Beer Birthday: Pete Reid
Today is Pete Reid’s 51st birthday. Pete is the publisher of Modern Brewery Age. I first met Pete a number of years ago at a Craft Brewers Conference but finally got to know him much better during a trip to Bavaria a few years back, where the two of us took a side trip to […] The post...

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08/26/2014 08:00 PM
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Brookston & Porter
So you’ve probably noticed that one of the latest internet memes is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The idea involves “dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to...

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08/26/2014 07:58 PM
Cider Swig – The Greater Peninsula Cider Fest

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just learned about a new cider festival, CIDER SWIG – The Greater Peninsula Cider Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th in Gig Harbor. Below we share the details from the event organizers. At right, the founders of Seattle Cider Company, just one of...

08/26/2014 07:08 PM
Icicle Brewing Introduces Fall Seasonal Beer

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Just received word that Icicle Brewing is releasing its fall seasonal beer: Drumfire Dark Lager. Here is the press release from Icicle Brewing August 26th 2014: For immediate release Icicle Brewing Company presents its Fall Seasonal beer: Drumfire Dark Lager (Distributed) Icicle Brewing Company is proud to...

08/26/2014 05:29 PM
ANCH early bird ends soon
Early bird prices for ANHC Four will run out at midnight 31 August. Find out how to get tickets and learn what other goodies are in store...

08/26/2014 05:16 PM
Colorado Beer News 082614
Today is Krakatoa Day. On this date, 131 years ago in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, or rather blew up with the biggest explosion in the modern era. The noise was so loud it was heard over 3,000 miles away. So much debris was hurled into the atmosphere that it affected the Earth's atmosphere for many years. Let's hope that type of event won't happen again for a long time. P.S. - for you dog lovers - it's also National Dog Day. You're never drinking alone when you have your dog with you. Take your pooch to a dog-friendly taproom today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 26th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

It's FRESH HOP season! Look for your favorite brewery to start making their fresh hop beers starting this week. Scan the news for news of when they will be released.

Metro Denver

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wear your classic concert t-shirt this Friday to Wonderland Brewing and get entered into their raffle. WONDERFUL prizes are up for grabs! They'll also have Happy Hour from 3-6pm. Enjoy $2 off pints before The New Classics Band takes the stage! Also, plan to attend their Plum(b) Crazy Sour release party this Saturday (8/30) at 2pm.‬ [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce. Today's firkin keg is a Thai Chili IPA with Kafir Lime Leaves and Lemon Grass. Even though their firkin beers are not included in the daily specials, today you can also get $1 off Blue Spruce beers, all day today. The tap room opens at 11am, and restaurant opens at 3pm. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

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

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Tonight is Tacos & Trivia Night starting at 6:00pm. Come hungry and be sure to bring a friend. Put on your thinking caps and join in the fun. Enjoy a different food truck every night Tuesdays through Sundays. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

2014 Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - The 4th annual BMBW Fest will take place at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday October 3rd from 12-4pm. It's BMBW's largest festival to date, this year's event will take place during the weekend of the Great American Beer Festival. Visiting beer lovers throughout the country will get to drink in the Colorado landscape. Half of all proceeds from the festival will go to Cottonwood Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the outdoors. Advance tickets will go on sale on September 3rd at 12pm MDT. Tickets are $40 and include special glassware and unlimited access to over 30 place-based beers. They expect the event to sell out. More info at: www.beersmadebywalking.com.

LandLocked Ales (Wheat Ridge) - There's just a little over 4 days left in the fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to help raise $15,000 for doing their brewery buildout for their upcoming brewery. So far they've raised nearly $4,000 but need your help to push them over the top. Check out their perks for helping out. Perks start for as little as $25. Visit their Indiegogo site, watch their video and see if you can help bring give their brewhouse a little needed boost.

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Tuesday night is bike night! Meet at their neighbors, Yawp Cyclery, at 6:30pm for any last minute supplies. The plan is to hit the road at 7pm. The route is usually two laps around Sloans Lake, then back to the brewery where all participants get Happy Hour pricing the rest of the night. No theme this week, but if you dress up, extra high fives will be given. See you then, and Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Don't forget that this Thursday (August 28) is their first ever Hop Picking Party! Come on down and enjoy cold brews, Thursday Night Football featuring the Broncos vs Cowboys, and help 38 State produce their next great barrel of beer! The Cascade hops that you help pick will go into a signature batch of brew that will be entered in the first ever Bines and Brew Fest Competition to be held on September 20. Need another reason to swing by? How about a pair of GABF tix getting raffled off! A brew gets you a ticket, and a ticket gives you a chance. [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - In case you missed it last night, Dry Dock has tapped their 2014 GABF Pro-Am beer - Pillage and Plunder Dortmunder. This beer was brewed by Billy Beeson and was selected from The Brew Hut's homebrew competition recipe. He got to brew it on Dry Dock's system and is now available for customers to try out! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - It's that time of year again. Oktoberfests are starting up and that means you can find their Marzen bottled up and available in local liquors stores starting this week! Ask for it in a Denver store near you. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Stop in this Saturday, August 30th for Freshcraft's 4th Birthday celebration. THey'll have Iowa football on the big screen, delicious BBQ and they'll be pouring all kinds of amazing craft beers all day long. Open 11am to 2am that day. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - National Dog Day Special! Bring in your pup for a free 10oz beer (for you, not the dog). It's also Taco & Trivia Tuesday. They are also having a special sale on the Brew Dogs of Colorado book. $5 of each book sold will be donated to Denver Dumb Friend's League. El Carte 303 will be on site serving up tacos starting at 5:30pm. Geeks Who Drink trivia starts at 7:30pm. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Every Tuesday it's $2 Tuesday at Dad & Dude's where you can get $2 pints and $2 slices of cheese pizza all day long. Come taste one of their Colorado State Fair medal winning beers (3 of them). [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - The Jellyman has come up with another awesome Jellyman's Deviation beer that will be tapped this Friday, August 29th at 4pm. This time he's made "Pucker Up Buttercup", a Belgian Dark Strong Sour ale. It's a bold mahogany in color with a lacy tan head and has the aroma of molasses, cinnamon, toffee, licorice, and raison. But watch out! It has a potent tartness from their post-fermentation aging process. This one weighs in at 9% ABV and is served in a 10oz snifter glass.

Tour de Fat (Denver) - New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will stop in Denver again this year. [PRESS RELEASE] It’s the best way to celebrate the summer, complete with costumes, bikes, music, performers, contests and beer. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is coming to City Park in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Denver-area non-profits. This year, all funds raised in Denver will go to Bike Denver and The Denver Cruisers. At Tour de Fat friends, family and neighbors are all invited to come enjoy eclectic entertainment, brewing education, a bicycle revival and even a fashion show of the best Tour de Fat costumes. In the afternoon, the stages heat up with acts like The Handsome Little Devils and Lucius. The event kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets. The parade begins and ends in City Park, where the rest of the day’s entertainment shines from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can ride funky bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest,” which will determine the winner of a 2014 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series. No bike? No problem! Tour de Fat is partnering with Denver B-cycle to provide bikes to participants who are missing some wheels. For just $20, people can rent a B-cycle for Tour de Fat. The bike just needs to be returned by midnight on September 6. To take advantage of this deal, purchase an $8 membership at any B-cycle kiosk, before Tour de Fat, using the promotional code 9614. The first 100 people to take a picture with their B-cycle and then post it to Twitter or Facebook, tagging Denver B-cycle, can get a free beer token by showing off the post at the Denver B-cycle tent. Registration starts at 10am, September 6th in City Park. The ride runs from 11am to 12pm. Music and fun 12pm - 5pm.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Do you love Bluegrass and love to play it too? Join in with their Bluegrass Jam Social tonight starting at 6:30pm. Bring your instrument and join in this friendly group for an evening of acoustic bluegrass. Complimentary beverages for all participants! Then, stop back in on Saturday, August 30th for their ALS event. For every proper pint sold, Westminster Brewing will add $1 to their $100 donation to the ALS Association. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Three Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - What's going on at Three Freaks this week? Wednesday evening Brooks Smokehouse will be there with their great food. Friday, the Sandy Bear Shack will be serving up food while a few of next years Fire Fighters will be on hand to sell and sign calendars benefiting the Children's Hospital and the Burn Camp program. The 2015 Colorado Firefighter Calendar will make a great gift or a great way to figure out what day it is. Signing will take place between 4pm and 8pm. They also hope to have another IPA roll out by Friday! [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Have you tried their gluten free ginger saison yet? It's not just for those seeking gluten free alternatives, beer lovers will love this ale too! Don't forget Happy Hour is 2-5pm today and they have Irish Music later tonight! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Earlier this year the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events announced the Lovibond Series. Each beer festival in this series focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing industry. The final installment of the series, the Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival, will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Hop harvesting is an annual labor of love for many within the craft beer industry,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Fresh hop beers are exciting and unique. Fresh hop beers tend to be pale ales and IPAs, but there can also be a lot of variation with the fresh hop style.” Fresh hopped beers are defined as beers made with hops within 24 hours of being harvested. Hops play a vital role in the brewing process. Each hop flower contains lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains essential oils, bitter acids and resins that contribute to bitterness, flavor and aroma of the beer. Hops also help preserve beer’s freshness. Falling Rock Tap House has hosted the Fresh Hop Festival for nine years now. This year they have decided to partner up with the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events to expand the festival. This event will showcase beers from Colorado and the West Coast. Brewers will be producing fresh hop IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, Belgians and stouts. “We felt a festival surrounding this passion was the best way to kick off the week of the Great American Beer Festival,” said Casey Berry of Imbibe Events. “It will be a very hoppy afternoon!” Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance at http://www.imbibe-events.com/fresh-hop. Ticket includes unlimited beer tastings and snacks while they last. Ticket price will increase at the door if available. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Do you love Black Pepper? Come in and try the Painted Black Pepper Porter on tap now at the BBD tap room. If you are keeping count, Beer By Design is now producing 29 different craft beers and all are available in the BBD tap room. [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Good news! Their Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsch and their Migration Oatmeal Stout are now back on tap! Stop in and try one or both. They've also got new shirts in stock including under armour, work shirt and regular shirts. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This year during the NFL football season, Crystal Springs Brewing will open on Sundays so you can enjoy a beer with them and catch the games. [657 S Taylor, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at the Strap this week. Tonight - Trivia Night at 6:30pm and Taco Tuesday. Wednesday: Euchre Tournament & Game Night at 6pm. Saturday brings live music by Indigent Row at 5pm. Open Labor Day at 2pm with live music at 4pm. Food for sale on site Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Come thirsty! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - All night happy hour starts at 4pm til close with $3.50 pints of year round beers and $14 pitchers! Then on Wednesday, get your growlers filled and cards double stamped, and Thursday the seasonal Superflower Pale Ale returns! Get lost and then found in the Wild Woods this week! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today at their Flatiron Park location, come taste a special batch of their Imperial Rye IPA. This 11% ABV brew was make with Belma, Centennial, Citra and Orbit hops. Now on tap! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Sunday, August 31st from 9am to Noon is their annual Hop Harvest Party! Bring a friend and form a hop picking team. They'll give out prizes for the top 3 picking pairs. Fill a bucket and get a free pint. Pick a pound and take home 2oz of hops for yourself. There's also a Costume Contest. Dress in your favorite hop picking costume and get a chance to win best costume and a prize. The Hop Hut will be open at noon with music and food as usual. Plus, this Wednesday's firkin is called "Water-Logged", it's a delicious lager brewed with watermelon. Food trucks each night Tuesday through Sunday and live music Friday - Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Did you know that today and every Tuesday is T-Shirt Tuesday at Loveland Aleworks? Sure, everyone knows that. Well, did you know that you can earn a Dollar off your pints when you wear your Aleworks tee in the taproom on Tuesdays? You can also get a FREE pint if you buy a Loveland Aleworks t-shirt. How cool is that? Fashion does pay. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just a reminder that their taproom will be CLOSED on Saturday, August 30 for ‪‎Tour de Fat‬ Day. They hope to see you out & about enjoying the bike & beer culture and a ‪#‎freshtastycraftbeer‬ in downtown FoCo! If you need a taster box during the long weekend, they will be open as usual 12-6pm Sunday and Monday (Labor Day). [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today is Taster Tray Tuesday where you can try their wonderful beers and get $2 off. They are open today from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. Coming soon - "The Dame" Golden Ale, a small batch brew with organic local peaches. Details soon. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today! I'm in a Pickle, Dick - last year it was a dill pickle pale ale. This year they made a dill pickle golden ale and are releasing it today in the taproom! A limited amount is available. They used Katie's (from the Verboten Sisterhood) dill pickle recipe. Yum! Also, at 6:30pm they are having a veggie share. Bring in your extra veggies from your garden and join the Verboten Sisterhood as they taste the new beer and talk produce! Plus, if you ride your bike in, they will give you $1 off pints today! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Today is Double Stamp Tuesday! And their cooler is full of yummy beer. Plus Saison 4-packs! You can receive a stamp (or two on Tuesdays) for a 4-pack, but you can only redeem a full stamp card for a 750ml bottle. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Fieldhouse will be changing their business hours up during Monday Night Football this year. They will be closing on Tuesdays instead of Monday. Monday nights they will be open from 2pm til end of the football game. They will be doing Monday Night Squares every week. It’s the same as Superbowl Squares, but there is no buy in. People can pick a number for each team which is their guess for the last number of each team’s score. Whoever’s square wins at the end of the game will get their tab paid for by Fieldhouse Brewing Company. Bite Me Gourmet Sausages will be there for each MNF game. Also, if you have an open tab at the end of any Broncos game, they will do a drawing if Broncos win. Whoever’s tab they draw will get their tab free that night. They also have two new weekly events. Every Wednesday they are hosting Test Tap Wednesday. Each Wednesday they will release a new small batch at 5pm. Their food truck on Wednesdays, Global Grub Truck, does a special that pairs with and is often made with the test tap beer. This week is an IPA with Mosaic and Zythos hops paired with spicy Korean tacos. Also, every Thursday there's live music at 6pm.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Job Op! Trinity Brewing is currently hiring experienced wait staff. If you are an enthusiastic and hard working individual they are interested in you! THey are looking for outgoing people who are team players and great at multitasking. Open availability is preferred, as well as a sincere interest in craft beer. If this sounds like something you are interested in please bring in your resume and ask for Rikelle or Beth. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Their updated list of Brews of the Week has been posted: Red Light Blonde, Coconut Porter, Clown Nose Brown Ale, Irish Red, English Bob ESB, and IPA Freely. They are still open at their Bijou location until September 3rd. They will re-open at their new 8th Street location on September 5th. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery (Dillon) - Have your tried their brand new "Pack of Thieves" variety can 12-pack yet? It's loaded with Pug Ryan's special brand of outlaws including: Hideout Helles, Peacemaker Pilsner, and Dead Eye Dunkel. Their new 12-packs are priced at $16.50. Stop by Pug's and grab yours! Where else can you enjoy craft beer for about $1.38 a can? [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - What do brewer's do on their off days?? Brew with their friends, of course. A few weeks ago, Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending got together with RFBC head brewer, Chase Engel to brew a collab beer with 100% brettanomyces. What does a brettanomyces beer made by two well known and established brewers taste like? Come find out, Friday, 8/29 from 2p-9p at Roaring Fork Beer Co. They will be tapping their version of this collaboration at 2pm, along with music by Hell Roaring String Band at 5:30pm and food by Sabai Thai from 5:30p-Close. They won't have much of this blend for long, get it while you can! [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]


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08/26/2014 04:32 PM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
A few new beers have arrived recently:

08/26/2014 04:21 PM
Atwater Brewery Introduces Hop-A-Peel IPA

(Detroit,MI) – Looking for a new sidekick to your morning bacon? Try an ice cold bottle of the new Hop-A-Peel, an American IPA …

The post Atwater Brewery Introduces Hop-A-Peel IPA appeared first on thefullpint.com.

08/26/2014 04:08 PM
SweetWater Joins Jam Cruise 13 as Official Craft Beer Sponsor
August 26, 2014 – Jam Cruise, South Florida’s music cruise leader, announced Tuesday that SweetWater Brewery will join as the official craft beer sponsor of Jam Cruise 13. This partnership marks a long-term and ongoing relationship between the two innovative companies, who first joined forces in 2004. Having recently expanded into the South Florida market, SweetWater is one of the leading craft breweries in the Southeast, ranked among the top 20 nationwide according to the Brewers Association. Jam Cruise will embark on its 13th voyage this year, following 12 sold out sailings, featuring Pretty Lights, [...]

08/26/2014 04:07 PM
Flying Dog Shares 2015 Lineup for Brewhouse Rarities

(Frederick, MD) – To decide on the lineup for Flying Dog’s 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his brewing tea…

The post Flying Dog Shares 2015 Lineup for Brewhouse Rarities appeared first on thefullpint.com.

08/26/2014 03:54 PM
Kern River Citra Without The Lottery

So, we brewed a batch of Citra for the Great American Beer Festival and what we ended up with is not enough for a lottery release. So we a…

The post Kern River Citra Without The Lottery appeared first on thefullpint.com.

08/26/2014 03:52 PM
Flying Dog Announces 2015 Brewhouse Rarities
Frederick, MD – To decide on the lineup for Flying Dog’s 2015 Brewhouse Rarities, Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his brewing team had to narrow down 45 beer concepts to just eight. And there was just a little pressure from fellow coworkers. Each summer, the entire brewery congregates atop a historic overlook in the Catoctin Mountain Range and teams of staff – from production to accounting to sales and marketing – pitch ideas for the next year’s Brewhouse Rarities. “It’s an open forum for anyone in the company,” Brophy said. “Creativity, innovation, and passion for our [...]

08/26/2014 03:42 PM
2014 STL Hops Pinball Party!
[ September 27, 2014; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] It's time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party! This year's event will be taking place on September 27th from 6PM-10PM and will be hosted once again at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois. We will have two different ticket prices again this year, so here's the run down: The cost of the event is $20 per person [...]

08/26/2014 03:26 PM
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08/26/2014 03:16 PM
2X4 Brewing & Imports Partners with Sarene
New York, NY – Scott Fore, President of Canada’s Select Brews™ by 2X4 Brewing & Imports LLC, is pleased to announce the recent signing of the distribution agreement with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors out of New Rochelle, New York. “We are impressed with the tenacity and depth of knowledge that Sarene has shown us. We see they are passionate about what is in the bottle, and it means more to them than most. This is our common-thread as we know the beers in the portfolio will be presented with enthusiasm, credibility and focus” says Fore. [...]

08/26/2014 03:13 PM
Ace Distributing Nominated for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year
YORK, PENNSYLVANIA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) have announced that Ace Distributing of York, Pennsylvania, is a nominee for the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer.  The award will be presented October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the Craft Beer Distributor [...]

08/26/2014 02:36 PM
The Full Pint is Your GABF 2014 Headquarters

You have just entered the 2014 Great American Beer Festival Headquarters. From now until November, we will be covering this year…

The post The Full Pint is Your GABF 2014 Headquarters appeared first on thefullpint.com.

08/26/2014 01:46 PM
Beer Institute: One Brewery Job Supports 45 More in Other Industries
A new study from the Beer Institute has found that for every one job created by a brewery, an additional 45 jobs are supported in other industries, ranging from agriculture to transportation. To conduct the analysis, the Beer Institute commissioned the economic research firm John Dunham & Associations to look at the state-by-state excise tax collections on beer and compared those figures with the number of employees in any given business.

08/26/2014 01:27 PM
Want to Know What Foothills Brewing is Bringing to GABF?

We have just gotten word on what Foothills Brewing is bringing with them to the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. We know many of you …

The post Want to Know What Foothills Brewing is Bringing to GABF? appeared first on thefullpint.com.

08/26/2014 12:13 PM
Schilling Cider Co Scheduled to Open its Cider House in Seattle

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We recently received and announcement from Schilling Cider regarding its new Cider House, which is scheduled to open soon in Seattle’s Fremont neighbrohood. Here is the official announcement from Schilling Cider. Schilling Cider House To Open September 6, 2014 Schilling Cider opening Cider House near famed Fremont...

08/26/2014 11:37 AM
Morgan Street Birthday Bash and Beer Festival
[ September 6, 2014; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] I don't think people realize what the 2nd oldest craft brewery in St. Louis is.  For over 18 years, Morgan Street Brewery has been producing award winning lagers on Laclede's Landing. "Over 18 years" is the key phrase here as Morgan Street is celebrating their 19th birthday this year and is throwing a beer festival on Saturday, [...]

08/26/2014 11:17 AM
Elysian Brewing and Payette Brewing Collabeeration: Huckleberry Berliner Weisse

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just got word that Seattle’s Elysian Brewing teamed up with Boise’s Payette Brewing to concoct a new beer: Huckleberry Berliner Weisse. The beer will be released at all Elysian locations on Friday, August 29, and also at Payette Brewing on September 5. The beer made use...

08/26/2014 11:04 AM
Beer Birthday: Pete Slosberg
Today is my friend Pete Slosberg’s 64th birthday. Pete is, of course, best known for Pete’s Wicked Ales. After that he toyed with the idea of making barbecue but decided instead to make some incredible chocolates and had a small company, Cocoa Pete’s. A few years ago, I traveled...

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08/26/2014 11:00 AM
Strong Arm Brewing Beer Garden Sat. Sept. 13

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Renton’s Strong Arm Brewing invites you to join them on Saturday, September 13th for an afternoon or beer, food, music and more: a Strong Arm Beer Garden. For your enjoyment, Strong Arm plans to pour ten different beers, including two new beers and one pre-release beer. There...

08/26/2014 09:00 AM
Strike Out ALS at Deep Ellum Brewing Company - September 17
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I find the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) juvenile, and I refuse to participate. But if I were in Dallas on September 17, I think I know of a perfect way to give money to find a cure.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company will host "Strike Out ALS" party on September 17 from 6-8pm. All the proceeds will go to the the Texas Chapter of ALSA, the ALS research organization. Stay dry and warm. Drink beer.

08/26/2014 07:42 AM
Had my first Pumpkin Beer of the year, and I didn’t burst into Flames.
So last night, one week before Labor Day, and a little less than a month before the start of Fall, I had my first Pumpkin Beer of the season. Which beer it was is not all that important,  I happened to go with a Terrapin Pumpkinfest because i had not had it before. A nice […]

08/26/2014 07:40 AM
Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus

The first barrel-aged beer — more specifically that of the wild/sour variety — that I enjoyed from Avery Brewing was their Brabant. It had great flavor, but was a little tame in the wild department. That was also back in 2010. Fast forward a few years and we’ve come to Rufus Corvus, a beer that […]

The post Avery Brewing Rufus Corvus appeared first on The Barley Blog.

08/26/2014 07:30 AM
Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle

It's always interesting to see my work in print.

Northern California Hops: San Francisco Chronicle

08/26/2014 04:47 AM
2nd Annual PIKETOBERFEST – Fall Harvest Festival
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – August 25, 2014 - On Sunday, September 28 from 5:00-9:00 PM, Pike Brewing Company will host PIKETOBERFEST – a Fall Harvest Festival featuring beer, wine, spirits, cider, local artisan foods, sausage, and charcuterie. PIKETOBERFEST is a harvest festival featuring local and imported German-style food and drink. It is an opportunity to compare […]

08/26/2014 04:28 AM
Supermarket Saminess

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Having written about the benefits of drinking at home, we felt the urge to tramp to Penzance’s three out-of-town supermarkets with a simple mission: to pick up two or three interesting-looking beers we hadn’t tasted before. This, it transpired, is easier said than done. At Sainsbury’s, we found nothing that persuaded us to part with our cash. […]

Supermarket Saminess

08/26/2014 03:05 AM
Barclay Perkins financial results 1917 - 1939
That'a another real click bait title. I don't know how I conjour them up.

It was a wet weekend in Amsterdam. Very wet. Persistent rain with the odd burst of stair-rods and occasional taunting splash of sunshine. Not much to tempt me out of doors, I got stuck into some research. The hands dirty, back-breaking type of work. Looking for financial reports in the newspaper archive.

It's not what you'd call exciting. Not particularly difficult, just time-consuming and tedious. They're not hard to find. Companies issued their annual report on pretty much the same date each year. What's annoying is the inconsistency of the figures they report. Sometime the gross profit, sometimes the net profit. And sometime they'll say it's the net when it's really the gross. Sorting out which is which isn't a barrel of laughs, either.

But I think it's worth it. Because it's told me quite a lot about Barclay Perkins as a company between the wars. The most obvious is that they were financially healthy. That helps me to understand how, despite falling output during the 1920's, they managed to remain an independent company. This might help to explain, too:

"Brewery Share.
The capital of Barclay, Perkins, Co., the London brewers, was originally in Ordinary shares of £100 and Preference shares £10 each. In 1911 a reorganization had to be arranged, and the Ordinary shares were written down in nominal value to £1 and the Preference shares to £4 each. There are 10,200 £1 Ordinary shares in issue, and are mostly held privately. Occasionally a few shares come to the Stock Exchange and at the moment 20 shares are available, for which the market is asking £97 10s. per share. Last year a dividend of £8 per share was paid. This accounts for the high price asked for the shares by the market, but it should be realized that this dividend is equal to 8 per cent, on the original capital."
Western Morning News - Saturday 26 June 1926, page 9.

With a small number of shares, privately held, it would be extremely difficult for an outsider to control of the company

Here are all the figures*:

Barclay Perkins financial results 1917 - 1939
Year operating profit net profit brought in carried forward dividend Ordinary shares to contingency reserve contingency reserve to provident fund barrels brewed net profit per barrel
1917 £150,059 426,170 £0.35
1918 £295,643 247,089 £1.20
1919 £366,484 325,965 £1.12
1920 £395,511 £99,415 6% £250,000 464,033 £0.85
1921 £217,152 £99,415 £56,498 6% 393,045 £0.55
1922 £314,678 £232,003 £56,498 £34,463 8% 348,576 £0.67
1923 £235,691 £34,463 £41,592 10% 293,728 £0.80
1924 £273,327 £161,063 £36,492 £36,795 8% £8,160 303,676 £0.53
1925 £198,194 £36,795 £48,230 8% £8,160 329,464 £0.60
1926 £272,246 £48,230 £58,896 8% 317,628 £0.86
1927 £254,127 £58,896 £52,609 8% £8,160 306,682 £0.83
1928 £292,475 £224,858 £52,609 £68,267 8% £10,200 306,300 £0.73
1929 £279,504 £209,760 11% £10,000 300,569 £0.70
1930 £305,740 £63,190 11% £20,000 £8,064 394,016 £0.78
1931 £407,879 £308,359 £63,190 £66,203 11% £25,000 395,779 £0.78
1932 £303,394 £249,359 £66,297 £66,381 8% £25,000 £5,610 353,736 £0.70
1933 £272,988 £171,327 6% 312,739 £0.55
1934 £327,137 £225,705 £51,836 8% £100,000 £207,108 £5,797 348,267 £0.65
1935 £335,607 £234,640 £52,127 8% £10,000 £5,707 356,832 £0.66
1936 £349,562 £249,109 £52,127 £67,485 8% £15,000 378,084 £0.66
1937 £347,446 £251,200 £67,485 £70,626 8% £20,000 386,700 £0.65
1938 £344,645 £244,200 £70,525 8% £20,000 406,310 £0.60
1939 £213,432 £70,525 £74,580 6% £20,000 404,777 £0.53
Aberdeen Journal - Friday 22 June 1923, page 11.
Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 23 June 1927, page 10.
Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 19 June 1935, page 14.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 22 June 1929, page 11.
Dundee Courier - Monday 22 June 1936, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 23 June 1931, page  2.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 20 June 1934, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 21 June 1933, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 23 June 1926, page 2.
Edinburgh Evening News - Friday 17 June 1932, page 3.
Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 19 June 1935, page 6.
Western Morning News - Thursday 21 June 1934, page 9.
Western Morning News - Wednesday 23 June 1926, page 7.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 22 June 1928, page 17.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 23 June 1922, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 20 June 1921, page 11.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 21 June 1920, page 12.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 23 June 1924, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 23 June 1930, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 20 June 1936, page 23.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 21 June 1934, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 22 June 1939, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 21 June 1938, page 14.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 28 June 1932, page 16.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 30 June 1931, page 15.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 23 June 1937, page 16.
Document ACC/2305/1/711/1 in the London Metropolitan Archives

Intersting that the years where they made the most profit per barrel were during WW I. They'd really struggled before the war, as many brewers had. Even Snowden's 1931 emergency budget doesn't seem to have made much of a dent in Braclay Perkins' profits.

The average dividend between 1920 and 1939 was 8.2%. At a time when there wasn't really any inflation, that's a pretty good return. If you could get hold them, Barclay Perkins' shares were a good investment, with a steady, reliable return.

* After the writing down of the Ordinary share value from £100 to £1 in 1911, up until 1928 the dividends mostly look crazily high - 800 or 1,000%. I'm giving them as a %age of the original share capital as it gives a more realistic picture.

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08/25/2014 05:48 PM
Colorado Beer News 082514
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Kiss and Make Up Day. As the song goes "Let it Go, Let it Go". It's the day to forgive old grudges, apologize, kiss and finally make up with that significant other in your life. Life's too short to stay angry at someone. Take the initiative (don't wait for them that is) and be the one who takes the first step in resolving a conflict. Chances are, with a kiss and perhaps enjoying a craft beer together afterwards, today can be a really great day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 25th, 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]

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Metro Denver

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Over the weekend, Station 26 Brewing won 2 medals in the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition. They won Gold for their Belgian Blonde and a Bronze for their Citra IPA. Congrats on these wins! Not bad for their first beer competition. Coming up later this week, they'll tap a firkin of Euro Pale Ale with lemon and ginger on Thursday. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Grats to Adam Draeger and Yak & Yeti for winning two honors at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. Yak & Yeti got an Honorable Mention for their West-Coast Glutton in the Specialty Beer category and a Silver medal for their Namaste Pilsner. Also, coming up this Wednesday, August 27th at 4pm is the release of their Brown Rice & Honey Ale. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Grist Brewing had a very productive weekend at the Colorado State Fair taking home three medals in the Craft Beer Competition. They won gold in the Sour Ale category for their Berliner Weisse, another gold for "Romancing the Cobblestone Vienna Lager", and a Bronze for their Transition State Kolsch in the Light Hybrid category. Grats on these wins! [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Renegade Brewing CO (Denver) - Are you a woman who loves beer? Join Barley's Angels of Colorado tonight for an event in the Renegade taproom! They're hosting a beer and pie pairing along with some expert advise about being a beer judge. Get your tickets at: barleysangelscolorado.com. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Grats to Brian Connery for winning 3 medals at the Colorado State Fair. A Silver for Sunkissed (braggot), and two Bronze medals for Liquid Resume (American Pale Ale) and Green Street Brewligans (Mild Ale). Back at the brewery - on tap today: Dad And Dude's Breweria Dirty Chai Milk Stout, Dad And Dude's Breweria Oak Aged Oli's Brown, Comrade Brewing DEFCON Red, Woodchuck Amber Cider, Dad And Dude's Breweria Green Street Brewligans, Dad And Dude's Breweria Liquid Resume. [6730 S Cornerstar Way Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Mu Brewery has revised their business hours once again to meet customer demand. Mon-Thurs: 3pm to 10pm, Fri: 3pm to 12am, Sat: 12pm to 12am, and Sun: 12pm to 7pm. Open 7 days a week - stop in for a beer! [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Grats to the brewing team of Jeremy and Phil for their Gold medal for their "Freedom Kolsch" at the Colorado State Fair.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Dry Dock is good at winning awards. They just won 4 medals this weekend at the Colorado State Fair: Gold for Dry Dock Hefeweizen and Dry Dock Amber Ale, Silver for Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, and Bronze for Dry Dock Vanilla Porter. Keep em coming Dry Dock - grats! [15120 E Hampden, Aurora, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Jason Wiedmaier brewed up a medal winning beer and was given a Bronze medal for his Mountain Mama Helles at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. Also, it's Growler Monday where you'll save between $1 to $3 on LTBC growler refills depending on size. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Grats to Matt Hess at River North for taking home two medals in the Wood-aged Beer category. A Silver medal for Barrel Aged Avarice and a Bronze medal for Whisky Barrel Quandary. Also, coming up this Wednesday, they'll dig into their cellar and tap some B-Side Avarice. It's a single keg only, starts at 3pm. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - David Lin and Marks Lanham (brewers) won 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair including a Gold medal for DEFCON Red and a Silver medal for Superpower IPA. Grats for winning medals in your 1st year of competition! [7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - A first year win for Kokopelli Beer Co at the Colorado State Fair. Rick Holt brewed up a Silver medal for The Scotsman in the Strong Scotch Ale category. Congrats! Also, tonight is Brews and Board Games night starting at 6pm. Bring a game or play one of theirs. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - Their "Lana'i Dry Hop Lager" will be back on tap this week. This is a small batch and won't last long. Get some before it's gone. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Today's featured brew is their "Toxic Zombie Pale Ale". This brew was a collaboration with Colorado's own Zombie Hate Brigade. This is an all organic Colorado Chinook pale ale. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Heads up GDBC fans. Stock up today as their taproom will be closed all day on Tuesday for their end of summer staff picnic. They will open again on Wednesday. They apologize for the inconvenience. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Today they welcome back to the taps their Black IPA! It's one way to make a Monday better. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Tonight, join in for another fun Cornhole tournament. Get there by 6pm and sign up at the bar. The champions will win a special prize. Happy Hour pricing for all participants. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Boulder County

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Get your week started right. Join in today for a run with the Run Club at 6:30pm, then get a free taster with the purchase of a pint. Also, they are tapping Professor Hops, an India-style Saison today at 5pm. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Congrats to Echo Brewing for taking home FIVE medals at the 2014 Colorado State Fair competition over the weekend. They took Silver for their Helles and Hefeweizen and Bronze for their C.V. Stout, Amber and Razz. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Erie) - At long last! Echo Brewing's second location in Erie, Colorado will open on Saturday, September 6th. They plan to have some soft openings for the public over the next two weeks during their normal hours, while they add to their taps and menu. Their tentative hours in Erie are 3pm to 9pm. They plan to offer cask and barrel-aged beers as well. [600 Briggs St, Erie, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Bootstrap is celebrating their Gold medal at the Colorado State Fair for Stick's Boomer Brown. They plan to have this beer back on tap very soon for all to enjoy. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Come taste their Silver medal winning Saison Locale #4, a farmhouse ale. It just won at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. It's on tap now in the tasting room. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - In case you missed the news (like I did), Avery Brewing tapped "Gored" Pumpkin Ale last Friday. It's a 5.5% ABV seasonal and sessionable pumpkin brew that was spiced with nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon. Come taste the first hint of Autumn while it lasts. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Danielle Kowalski and Tim Matthews combined for a Bronze medal in the Pilsner category at the Colorado State Fair for Mama's Little Yella Pils. Grats to this team! [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Sam Scruby's Upslope Brown Ale won a Silver medal at the State Fair competition this weekend. There were 23 entries in the busy American Ale category this year. Also, they just spent part of the weekend harvesting pumpkins at Munson Farms and will be processing them for their Pumpkin Ale coming in the near future. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Brewer Justin Tilotta turn their Northstar Imperial Porter into Gold this weekend at the Colorado State Fair. Grats on winning in the Porter category. Also, look for their Cucumber Cream Ale to be tapped later this week. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - This brewery won a Bronze medal at the Colorado State Fair this weekend for their Saison. Plus their Porter, Wit, and Dry Stout got nods as honorable mentions. Plus, over the weekend they kegged up some "Evil TED". They took their original TED's Watermelon Ale and blended it with some ale, lambic and added some Brettanomyces for a funky, slightly tart, crisp brew. It goes on tap Wednesday, August 27th. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fate Brewing won a Silver medal for their Sudice American Stout. Grats to Jeff Griffith on this honor! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Don't forget to join in for the Bluegrass Jam at the brewery tonight from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Each and every Monday. Time for some pickin' and a grinnin' and some drinkin'! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Grats to Verboten Brewing for winning two medals at the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition. They took home two Golds, one for their Pure Imagination Oatmeal Stout, and the other Gold for their Bourbon Barrel Pure Imagination in the Wood-Aged Beer category. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Kyle Carbaugh (owner/brewer) took home a Bronze medal for his Deep Roots Chocolate Porter at the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer competition. Grats on winning a medal for this taproom favorite brew. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - More honors for City Star beers. They won 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair this weekend including a Gold for Rail RYEder Belgian Pale Ale and a Bronze for Mule Kick Old Ale. Also, don't forget about this month's Potluck Dinner happening this Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is "Breakfast for Dinner". Bring a dish to share. Also, The 13th annual Bums of Berthoud (BOB) community BBQ is this Saturday 8/30 in Berthoud's Fickel Park 2-7pm, complete with free barbecue, silent and live auctions, music by "The Bumkins", kids activities and more. Each year the BOB's host a FREE barbecue and fundraiser to benefit a local family in need. This year's recipient is Nevaeh Stanford... 100% off all funds raised will go to her family. To coincide with the Bums of Berthoud BBQ, City Star will donate $1/beer sold all day Saturday in the taproom to Nevaeh Stanford's family. AND - one more thing - it's FREE BEER MONDAY - get a free 12-16oz beer in the taproom with every 64oz growler fill every Monday. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - One of Ft. Collins' newest breweries wants you to stop in and try their most popular brew to date: their Colorado Red. It's an American-style red ale with notes of ripe pineapple and peach on the nose, ribbon candy and caramelized peaches on the tongue and a sweet tangerine finish. Stats: 7.0% ABV and 45 IBUs. Taproom open today 12pm until 6pm. [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The brewhouse is gaining more capacity today as they welcomed the arrival of two new 38 barrel fermenter tanks. Plus, their can labels fro The Dark One and The Honeyd One were also federally approved! [6461 State Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Enjoy the Rocky Mountain Showdown with a growler of Grimm Brothers Beer and win a Free Pint if your team wins the game. Just purchase a growler or a refill with a specially marked CSU or CU growler cap before kickoff on August 29th. Bring your cap back in all Labor Day Weekend. If it's the winning team, you get a FREE PINT. If it's the other guys, you get a free 5 oz taster. Everyone wins! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition (Pueblo) - The results are in! There were 284 craft beer & mead entries submitted into this year's Craft Beer Competition as well as 91 registered participants. Best of Show went to Full Sail Brewing Company for their Session Black Lager. Best of Show Mead went to Meadery of the Rockies for their Guinevere Semi-Sweet Mead. Check out the Complete List of winners for this years event and see if your favorite Colorado brewery walked away with any honors. Grats to all who won medals this year!

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - It was an award winning weekend for PPBC. Not only did they win 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair - Silver for Little London English Mild and Bronze fro Gold Rush Belgian Strong, but they also won Best IPA at the Governor's Cup Beer Competition at the Fight Fire with Beer Festival in Denver. Grats! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Iron Bird Brewing Co. is hiring! They need fun, knowledgeable bartenders and bar backs to join their team. If you or someone you know is interested, please email resumes to IronBirdBrewing[at]gmail.com. They'll call you for an interview to start ASAP! [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub (Salida) - It's Moonlight Monday today! They will be donating 10% of all sales today to Chaffee County Search and Rescue North. Eat pizza, drink beer for this important cause. Enjoy one of their fresh beers on tap: MoonLite Cream Ale, IPA, Pale Ale, Baltic Porter, Smoked Stout, Iris Red or Amber. [242 F Street, Salida, CO]

Amicas (Salida) - This tiny brewery in Salida managed to score two medals at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. They won Gold in the American Ale category for their Ute Trail Pale Ale, plus a Bronze medal for their Loyal Duke Scotch Ale. Try one of these on your next stop in Salida. [136 E 2nd St, Salida, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - The brewery is hiring! They are looking for a part-time packaging employee who has a passion for beer and strong work ethic. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in a production brewery. The position will wear many hats and serve as an assistant in packaging as well as helping out with any other brewing operations needed. Brewery operations are very physical. The candidate must be comfortable being on their feet for long hours and moving full sized kegs (165 lbs). This is a part-time position and all applicants must be over 21. Email chris(at)crazymountainbrewery(dot)com if you're interested in joining their team! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - It was a winning weekend for Backcountry Brewery at the Colorado State Fair. Backcountry won 3 medals at the Fair including a Gold for their Backcountry Maibock and Fix Your Heel Double IPA, and a Silver for their Li'l Tart Berliner Weisse. [720 Main St, Frisco, CO]

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Tommyknocker Brewery took home two honors at the State Fair with a Silver medal for their Butthead Bock and an Honorable Mention for their Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category. [1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Thomas Larsen and Ska Brewing won 3 medals at the Colorado State Fair including a Gold for Rudie Session IPA, and two Silvers for Pinstripe and Estival Cream Stout.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Christian Koch won 2 Silver medals for Elevation Beer Company at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. One for Little Mo' Porter and the other for Apis IV in the Belgian Strong Ale category. Apis IV also won 1st Place Judges Choice at the San Juan Brewfest in Durango as well. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Tony Simmons and Brandon Schrage (brewers) took honors for winning 3 medals at the State Fair including a Gold for their Chile Verde Cerveza, and a Silver for both Nipple Mountain Nip Barleywine and Honeymoon Bier. Way to go! [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - During the recent San Juan Brewfest, Aspen Brewing won the People's Choice Award for their Brown Bear Ale. It was a great turnout at the fest over the weekend. Thanks to all for voting for them! [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - Tonight is their Community Potluck starting at 5pm. Bring a dish to share. Get $1 off beers from 4pm to 7pm. That's a good way to finish off a Monday. [233 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Stop in tonight for the Basil IPA firkin tapping at 5pm. This beer will only be available today from 5pm to 10pm. You're gonna love it. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Gunnison Brewery (Gunnison) - Stop in for $2 Pints today! Open 2pm to 12am today Nuff said. [138 N Main St, Gunnison, CO]

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08/25/2014 04:52 PM
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08/25/2014 04:41 PM
Weeping Radish Farm Brewery
During a recent trip to the Outer Banks, we made a lunch time visit the Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery in Grandy, NC. The brewery is just a short drive from the Outer Banks. Arriving for a late lunch on a Sunday, we had about a 30 minute wait for a table. The dining area is surprisingly small given the overall size, at least in appearance, of the operation. We frustratingly stared at two large, but empty, tables. Two tables with seating for at least 8 were empty our entire wait, presumably saved for large parties. I was tempted to introduce myself to another waiting party of four to make a group to qualify for an empty table.

We passed the time looking at the display of sausages, and perusing the menu with the current beer offerings taped to the checkout counter. When we were seated, the well-tattered food and beverage menu we were handed did not have a complete beer listing. The server informed us that the Hefeweizen was not available, but offered no other information. If we had not noticed the lone 8.5x11" paper taped to the counter, we would have had little info on what beers were being served.

These initial "trials" resolved, we got our much anticipated food and beverage orders placed in short order. Colleen and I both opted for three-sausage platters, served with sauerkraut with a soft pretzel. Between our two platters we tried Bratwurst, Apple Brat, Beer Brat, and Andouille. We were left to our own devices to sort out which was which, but the flavors are unique and easily distinguished. The sauerkraut was cut very fine, and cooked to an almost creamy state, with a very sharp "sauer." It was surprisingly tart for being so thoroughly cooked. In enjoyed it, Colleen found it a tad "too much." I think I was the only one to use the accompanying Curry Ketchup, into which I dipped my soft pretzel. We all shared some spicy Lusty Monk Mustard as well. Our son and Checkered Flag both selected Grilled Bratwurst on a roll, served with fries. All of the food was delicious. The servings were quite ample, and neither Colleen nor I managed to clean our plates.

Tasty food aside, I was there to try the beer. Our first round consisted of Corolla Gold Helles LagerBitter Bee, and Ruddy Radish. The Helles that Checker Flag ordered was the only one of the three I had tried previously. It was light bodied, with mildly sweet caramel malt and a toasted cereal grain base. Colleen's Bitter Bee was one of the beers that interested me. It is described as an IPA made with tulip poplar honey from the Shenandoah Valley. The beer was very floral in aroma and flavor. The overall flavor is mild with just a hint of citrus. It was an enjoyable, if unusual flavor. I did very much enjoy the Ruddy Radish Red Ale that I ordered. I've long felt that Red Ale is an oft-ignored style, even by myself. The Weeping Radish version is predominately caramel and toffee malt flavors, with a touch of citrus.

I had finished my pint of Red Ale before I had eaten much of my meal so ordered a glass of one of Weeping Radish's classics, the Black Radish Dark Lager. It took a while to get my beer. The waitress let me know it was coming during her stop by to refill our water glasses, and I saw her speak to the bartender several times, I assumed to check on that order. She finally poured the beer herself and brought it to the table, though I was halfway through my meal by then. This was one of the first Schwarzbiers I tried, many years ago, and looked forward to revisiting it. The aroma and flavor of roasted caramel and a hint of sweetness make this a smooth and easy sipping beer. It is still my favorite from the brewery.

Beer fans with a taste for the boldness of American-style craft beer may be let down by the Weeping Radish beers, which focus on a milder European-style, but the beers are solid. My impression from this visit is that Weeping Radish is set up for the take-out customer, be it beer, sausages, or farm produce. The seating and service left a little to be desired — the lack of a beer menu was telling. The food however was excellent, so it's definitely worth stopping in for the locally produced sausages.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/25/2014 04:10 PM
It's official
I'll be in the Northwest this November:

7th – 8th November Seattle
9th – 10th November Denver
11th – 12th November Portland
13th – 14th November Vancouver
15th November Seattle

I'll be pushing my brilliant book, obviouly. And other stuff. It's not all 100% worked out. More like 0.0015%.

Er, buy my book:

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.

08/25/2014 01:19 PM
Gordon Biersch Celebratest with Second 25th Anniversary Brew

Press Release San Jose, CA (August 25, 2014) – As Gordon Biersch Brewing Company continues celebrating its 25th anniversary, the company today unveiled a new look for its collection of heritage, German-style craft beers with updated bottles and box packaging and introduced its second 25th anniversary beer, Golden Export Lager. GOLDEN EXPORT: Coming on the […]

The post Gordon Biersch Celebratest with Second 25th Anniversary Brew appeared first on The Barley Blog.

08/25/2014 12:41 PM
Earthquake rattles, doesn’t wreck Napa wineries
Near the height of annual harvesting and tourist season, California’s Napa Valley wineries were struck hard by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, but many reported surprisingly light damage. The early morning earthquake, whose epicenter was about 9 miles south of Napa, jolted residents and had winemakers scrambling to check their homes and businesses. “It was a very […]

08/25/2014 12:03 PM
Arctic Panzer Wolf – 3 Floyds Brewing Company


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08/25/2014 11:42 AM
Vacationland Distributors bringing Newport Storm to Maine
Newport Storm out of Newport, Rhode Island has signed with Vacationland Distributors. Newport Storm will debut their beers in Maine this coming weekend (Friday August 29th and Saturday August 30th) at the Portland Brew Festival. Newport Storm beer will become available to purchase in early September. The Founders of Newport Storm met while attending Colby […]

08/25/2014 10:52 AM
Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA

Stone Brewing has been on a tear lately with collaborative efforts, especially with their IPAs. Collective Distortion is a 9.3% ABV Double/Imperial IPA that came together with the help of a couple of musicians — Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident and guitarist Keri Kelli. I’m not exactly sure how much input the duo […]

The post Stone Brewing Collective Distortion IPA appeared first on The Barley Blog.

08/25/2014 06:32 AM
Green Flash West Coast IPA  8.1% ABV
The label declares the brew to be 'extravagantly hopped' and with Casacade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe hops in the mix that's extravagant both in style and volume. That said, it's well balanced, not a 'hop bomb' by any stretch of the imagination. And at 8.1% ABV it deserves to be treated with a degree of respect.

08/25/2014 06:06 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 32/33, 2014.
Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 32/33
3 August - 16 August 2014

  • 2014.08.16
    The economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million; 8,163 jobs; 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries (90); and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years.
    —Via Lee Graves (at Virginia Business)

  • 2014.08.12
    How several western-based 'craft' breweries, with new brewing plants on the East Coast, are tweaking North Carolina water to match the water of their original, western, plants.
    —Via NPR (The Salt).

    Serendipidity Ale (side label)
  • 2014.08.12
    Only one person in the U.S. government is responsible for approving the labels of all beers produced and sold in the United State. Kent “Battle” Martin of the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a section of the Treasury Department.
    —Via The Daily Beast.

  • 2014.08.12
    Actress Lauren Bacall, one of Hollywood's leading ladies, has died at age 89.
    —Via NPR.

  • 2014.08.11
    Comedian and film actor Robin Williams dead at 63 years old.
    —Via Huffington Post.

  • 2014.08.10
    "A craft brewer making lousy beer can drive fledgling craft beer drinkers permanently to other beverages, like wine or spirits. And that’s bad news for all of us. Unfortunately, there are some brewers starting up who don’t understand the importance of this, and worse yet, how to achieve it. [...] It’s not good at all for craft brewers to get smug with our success, spend too much time patting ourselves on the back, and rest on laurels, since a potential quality disaster is just around the corner."
    —Via Mitch Steele (brewmaster at Stone Brewing).

    The view from the seats
  • 2014.08.08
    The best baseball ballparks for 'craft' beer, as ranked by local beer, quality, and uniqueness.
    —Via DC Sports Bog .

  • 2014.08.08
    The World Health Organization (WHO) formally declares Ebola virus outbreak to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” The declaration means that experts have concluded that the outbreak could spread beyond the West African states where it is concentrated — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — unless nations coordinate their efforts to stop it.
    —Via Scientific American.

  • 2014.08.08
    For 'craft' beer in the United States, the word "India" of India Pale Ale (IPA) doesn't mean India. Rather, American pale ale, "saturated in flavors & aromas of American hops."
    —Via Beervana.

    Respect your (Pliny the) Elder
  • 2014.08.06
    The state of the American IPA in 2014: "Brewers will find new permutations to wiggle those three letters into their portfolios."
    —Via DC Beer.

  • 2014.08.06
    The European unmanned spacecraft, Rosetta, is the first human spacecraft to rendezvous with, not crash into, a comet: 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, 250 million miles from Earth.
    —Via Vox.

  • 2014.08.05
    Formerly scorned as a cheap adjunct used by large breweries, corn gets a new look from American 'craft' brewers.
    —Via Greg Kitsock (Washington Post).

  • 2014.08.03
    Beer brewing is inherently energy intensive, which is why some large craft breweries have made big investments in energy efficiency, heat recovery, renewable resources, waste reduction, and water use.
    —Via Green Biz.

  • 2014.08.03
    Shareholders of U.S. supermarket chain, Safeway, have approved the company’s $9.2 billion sale to rival, Albertsons. The deal will create a network of more than 2,000 stores, 27 distribution facilities and 20 manufacturing plants with more than 250,000 employees. The combined Safeway and Albertsons supermarket chain will be slightly smaller than Kroger, the largest grocery retailer in the U.S.
    —Via Los Angeles Daily News.
  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not. But all are brief, and many are re-posts from twitter.com/cizauskas.
  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

08/25/2014 06:00 AM
An Apple for Teacher Finnriver Cider Tasting
Its now back to school time and Finnriver Farm & Cidery is bringing their “An Apple for Teacher Cider Tasting” to Saraveza on Friday, September 5th. Taking place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Finnriver will be offering complimentary samples of their craft ciders, award-winning port style apple wine and healthy bites of organic, local apples. An […]

08/25/2014 05:30 AM
‘Craft’ trees in a beer forest
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.25.14 Of Pints and Prices. Oliver Gray examines the dollars and cents in the price of a pint of beer. The numbers will vary, and I don’t see packaging and marketing costs in there, but he assembles a perfect graphic reminder that there’s more to making a beer than the ingredients. […]

08/25/2014 03:50 AM
The A game
Back in June, Molson Coors Ireland held another one of their beer events for the trade and meeja at House on Leeson Street. This time, the focus was on Blue Moon and they had brought over Blue Moon's "founder" Keith Villa to introduce himself and a few of his beers. As usual, the House kitchen had done a great job of putting together food combinations to go with the beer. We started on Blue Moon's Summer Honey Wheat which I'd had at the last event and was highly unimpressed by. It was paired with a chicken dish here and that worked surprisingly well in drawing the flavour out of the beer.  Mr Villa described it as a "food friendly" beer. I'd go so far as to say food dependent.

The main act consisted of three beers from the Blue Moon Graffiti Collection: their super-premium, ultra-craft, small-batch beers made to daring recipes and not normally available on this side of the Atlantic. First of the set was Ginger Smack, a powerful 9% ABV honey and ginger wheat ale. It looks heavy and honeyish though is definitely lacking in the flavour department. The ginger is present, but there's no invigorating spiciness, rather it comes through like the ginger in ginger biscuits. All the heat is from the high alcohol quotient. It's a simple, sippable beer, but doesn't compare at all well to beers where the ginger kick is more up-front. The official notes say that there should be clover honey in both the flavour and aroma, but whoever wrote those has either a very acute palate or an overactive imagination.

Ginger Smack was followed by Pine in the Neck, a 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU double IPA made with Citra, Simcoe, Cascade and Taurus hops. And then for some reason they've added juniper berries as well. It's a dark garnet colour and smells wonderfully of fresh American hops and enticing rich toffee. The texture is full, providing an ideal platform for the hops, which start with an acidic smack and then get smoother, oilier and danker later on. The toffee sweetness provides a modest degree of balance while still letting the hops sing, and doesn't cloy or get sticky as often happens in this type of beer. I could swear I get a herbal, gin-like flavour at the very end, from the juniper berries, but this time it's entirely possible that my imagination is the one doing unnecessary overtime. Overall an absolutely cracking beer, up there with some of the best stuff produced by the like of Odell and Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure my journalist table-mates enjoyed it as much as I did, so all the more for me then.

Dessert came with Chimp, an imperial wheat ale of 9% ABV with added cherries. It's the same sort of colour as the IPA, with maybe just a little more of a reddish cast to it. This has a hot and heavy barley wine quality, reminding me a great deal of the Three Floyds/Mikkeller "wheat wine" Hvedegoop. There's lots of crisp husky cereal in the flavour underneath all the alcohol and the cherry comes through as quite a sickly sweet syrupyness that it really could have done without. The whole is a bit of a mess and quite tough to drink, I thought.

It's clear from the IPA that the Blue Moon R&D team in Golden, Colorado do have plenty of brewing ability to go with their vast resources. The other two do seem more like committee efforts, designed to look daring rather than taste good. All are worth trying -- and big thanks to Molson Coors Ireland and their PR agency for providing the opportunity -- but I think the world's independent and innovative breweries have little cause to worry about the Graffiti Collection. If anything, it will bring a broader audience to oddly-constructed beers. It's all good.

08/25/2014 03:05 AM
Imperial Stout
That's not really what this article is about. Just the title of a random advert. The one you can see below.

Why am I writing this article? Because I need to write one quickly, if I'm honest. I've been so busy felling trees in the newspaper archive forest that I've little time for writing. At least that's my excuse. A renascent social life isn't helping.

But there are other reasons. Partly it's providing evidence for the non-dominance of Guinnes Stout after WW I. I can never resist plugging away at that one.Which has just reminded me of something else I noticed. The difference in strength between post WW II British and Irish beer.

Remember the summary of WW I gravity restrictions I published a few days ago? In May 1919 average gravity in Great Britain was 1044º and 1051º in Ireland. It struck me that more recently there had been a similar difference in the average strengths. In the 1950's,average gravity in the Irish Republic was about 1046* while in the UK it was 1037º**. So an 8 ppoint difference as aopposed to a 7 point difference.

Getting back to my original motivation, I also want to show how Guinness was a very different beer in 1925. And that there were plenty of British Stouts with similar specs.

First, the price list that inspired all this:

Evening Telegraph - Thursday 29 January 1925, page 4.

Slightly confusing the way both "pints" and "Imperial pints" are specified. It implies some are reputed rather than Imperial pints, though I thought they'd dropped that nonsense by this period.

Now here are the specifications of those same beers:

Some Stouts of the 1920's
Year Brewer Beer Style package OG FG colour ABV App. Attenuation
1925 Barclay Perkins Stout Stout bottled 1053.9 1015.4 5.00 71.43%
1925 Barclay Perkins Imperial Stout Stout bottled 1060.3 1016.1 5.75 73.30%
1925 Barclay Perkins Imperial Stout Stout draught 1060.3 1020.6 5.14 65.84%
1925 Barclay Perkins Stout Stout draught 1054.8 1012.8 5.47 76.64%
1925 Barclay Perkins BS Ex Stout 1072.2 1025.5 300 6.18 64.68%
1925 Barclay Perkins BBS Ex Stout 1079.7 1029.5 230 6.64 62.99%
1925 Barclay Perkins OMS for bottling Stout 1050.9 1017.5 260 4.41 65.59%
1923 Guinness Extra Stout Stout bottled 1054.2 1016.2 4.93 70.11%
1921 Guinness Extra Stout Stout bottled 1059 1020 5.05 66.10%
1922 Guinness Extra Stout Stout bottled 1054.7 1021.5 4.28 60.69%
1923 Guinness Extra Stout Stout bottled 1054.2 1016.2 4.93 70.11%
1921 Bass No. 1 Barley Wine bottled 1094 1032 8.06 65.96%
1927 Bass No. 1 Barley Wine Barley Wine bottled 1105 1035 70 9.13 66.67%
1925 Whitbread LS Stout 1057.0 1020.0 4.89 64.88%
1925 Whitbread CS Stout 1050.9 1017.0 4.49 66.63%
1925 Whitbread S Stout 1058.1 1019.0 5.17 67.27%
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.
Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11
Younger, Wm. & Co Gravity Book document WY/6/1/1/19 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive
Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/09/118.
Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/611.

What I specifically wanted to point out was the low degree of attenuation of Guinness Extra Stout and how it's very similar to that of British Stouts of the same general type. The average attenuation of the Guinness samples is 66.75% and of the British ones 67.66%. After 1950, when Guinness Extra Stout in its modern form appeared, that shot up to around 85%, giving birth to Dry Stout.

There may be some more of this type of stuff. Depending on how rushed I am.

*1971 Brewers' Almanack, pages 102 - 103.
** 1971 Brewers' Almanack, page 45.

08/24/2014 08:57 PM
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08/24/2014 08:40 PM
Colorado Beer Releases August 18-24, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
It's the last few beer releases of Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. Summertime beer fests are in full swing, Oktoberfest season is starting up and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - August 18-24, 2014

12Degree Brewing - Pink Peppercorn Saison - returns August 22nd.
12Degree Brewing - Tigon - Belgo-American pale ale - August 23rd.

1933 Brewing - Scottish Wee Heavy - August 21st 12pm.

Arvada Beer Co - Jalapeno IPA - chili beer - August 19th.

Avery Brewing - Gored Pumpkin Ale (5.5% ABV) - August 22nd.

Berthoud Brewing - Pineapple Upside-Down Amber - firkin - August 22nd 2pm.

Beryl's Beer Co - Elsie - Saison w/Colo. honey - August 22nd.
Beryl's Beer Co - Elsie Mae - white wine bbl-aged saison - August 22nd.

Big Beaver Brewing - Goldenmember - Golden Strong Ale (11.5% ABV) - August 22nd.
Big Beaver Brewing - Cider-Beer Blend - pale ale and peach cider mix - August 22nd.

Black Shirt Brewing - American India Red Ale - Batch #2014-06 in cans - August 22nd.

Blue Spruce Brewing - Peach Cobbler Pale Ale - firkin - August 19th 4pm.

Boulder Beer - Stage Seven - bourbon bbl-aged rye pale ale - August 19th 4pm.
Boulder Beer - Cork n' Berry Blueberry Ale - August 19th 4pm.
Boulder Beer - Singletrack Rye Pale Ale - can release - August 22nd.

Breckenridge Brew Pub - Pedal Power Pale Ale - session ale - August 18th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Bee's Leaves - ExBeeriment - August 18th.

Coda Brewing/The Black Seeds - Slap the Pony Lager - music collaboration series - August 19th.
Coda Brewing - Hydle Ale - August 21st.
Coda Brewing/Indigent Row - Irish Whiskey Oak Aged Stout - August 22nd.
Coda Brewing - 12th Doctor Scotch Strong Ale - August 22nd.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout - cask - August 20th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Quit Stalin (13% ABV) - Russian Imperial Stout - cask - August 23rd.

Crooked Stave - Nightmare on Brett - bbl-aged dark sour ale - August 19th 6pm.

Crystal Springs Brewing - Naughty Marilyn - Belgian Golden - returns August 22nd.

Dry Dock Brewing - Pineapple & Thyme Blueberry Wheat - firkin - August 22nd 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - IPA - returns August 18th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Toasted Coconut Alt - firkin - August 20th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Belgian Dubbel - test tap small batch - August 20th 5pm.

Fort Collins Brewery - 24 Carat IPA - taproom only - August 22nd.
Fort Collins Brewery - This Little Figgy - brown ale w/figs - taproom only - August 22nd.
Fort Collins Brewery - For the Love of Peach - August 23rd.

Freedom's Edge Brewing - Java Jolt - coffee ale - August 18th.

Front Range Brewing - Day Hike Belgian IPA - nitro tap - August 22nd.
Front Range Brewing - Evil TED - Brett Watermelon ale/lambic blend - August 23rd.

Funkwerks - Dahlia - Belgian Style Dark Ale - August 23rd.
Funkwerks - Peach Saison - August 23rd.
Funkwerks - Tropic King w/ginger peach tea - August 23rd.

Great Divide Brewing - Demeter Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour - pilot brew - August 19th.

Great Storm Brewing - Seven Wolves IPA - returns August 21st.

Grimm Brothers - Golden Hairs Saaz - firkin - August 22nd.
Grimm Brothers - Golden Hairs Amarillo - firkin - August 22nd.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Alt-ar of Sacrifice - Dusseldorf Altbier - August 19th.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Peach Pale - firkin - August 23rd.

Left Hand Brewing - Pro Am Jalapeno Cream Ale - August 23rd 5pm.

Lowdown Brewery - Nitro IPA - August 20th.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Blanc de Blanca - American-Belgo IPA - August 21st.

Nano 108 Brewing/Randy Gingrich - American Wheat (homebrew collaboration) - August 20th 5:30pm.

Odd13 Brewing - Papa Silenus Double IPA - fresh batch - August 24th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Pacific Rim IPA - August 22nd.

Pagosa Brewing Co - Alpine Abbey Dubbel - mug club members only - August 23rd 5pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Fatality - strawberry rhubarb lager - Outlaw tap - August 21st.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Yoshi's Huevos - jalapeno peach ale - August 23rd.

Phantom Canyon Brewing - Two Headed Dog - Imperial IPA - August 21st.

Powder Keg Brewing - Up and At 'Um Coffee Amber - August 24th.

Prost Brewing Co - Marzen - August 23rd.

Renegade Brewing - Hammer & Sickle (10% ABV) - Russian Imperial Stout - returns August 24th.

River North Brewery - Rum Barrel Quandary - returns August 23rd 1pm.

Rock Bottom (Denver) - Denver Steam - California Common - August 20th 6pm.

Smiling Toad Brewing - Coconut Porter - August 22nd.

Snowbank Brewing - Inclination IPA - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Silent Snow WIPA - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Bike Trail Pale - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Moon Arete Belgian Wheat - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Pawnee Porter - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Colorado Red - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.

Strange Craft Beer - Coconut Rum Porter - firkin - August 21st.

Two22 Brew - Strawberry Basil Lemon Saison - 1 sixtel - August 24th.

Vindication Brewing - Wet-Hopped Premium Session Bold Ale - August 24th.

Westminster Brewing - 12 Apostles - returns August 21st.
Westminster Brewing - American Pale - returns August 21st.

Yak & Yeti/Shelly Blais Yoga - Lavender-Warrior Imperial Saison - August 23rd 3pm.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases Auust 11-17, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases August 4-10, 2014.
- Colorado Ber Releases August 4-10, 2014.

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08/24/2014 07:46 PM
Townshend crowned NZ’s Champion Brewery
Nelson based Townshend Brewery has been named New Zealand’s Champion Brewery...

08/24/2014 05:41 PM
2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations
2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations"Eins zwei drei veir! Lift your steins and drink some beer!"

The 2014 Oktoberfest season is here! Fermentedly Challenged is gathering a list of all of the known Colorado Oktoberfests and Harvest Festival events around the state. This list will be continually updated throughout the Summer & Fall as more events become known.

Colorado is no stranger to Oktoberfest celebrations and there are plenty of them being planned for this year in August, September and October. These are a collection of community related events. There will also be some brewery specific events scheduled and will be added later as they are announced.

Take a look below at the list of Colorado cities hosting Oktoberfests or Harvest festivals this year. Links to their official sites are given if known. Dates, times and website links are subject to change at any time. Some websites won't be updated till later this year. More events will be added as they become known.

2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations
Last updated: August 24, 2014.

Jump to Regional Listings:
Denver - Boulder/Longmont - Northern - Southeast - Mountains/Southwest

Denver Metro Oktoberfests

* Arvada - October 11, 2014 - Festival of Scarecrows - Olde Town Arvada.

* Brighton - October 18, 2014 - Octoberfest - Adams County Regional Park - Al Lesser Building - 9am - 6pm.

* Broomfield - September 19-20, 2014 - Broomfield Days.

* Castle Rock - October 4, 2014 - 9am-4pm - Festival Park (2nd & Perry St).

* Denver - September 19-21 & 26-28, 2014 - Lower Downtown at 20th & Larimer.

* Denver - September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2014 - Lowry Beer Garden - 7577 E Academy Blvd.

* Edgewater - September 20-21, 2014 - Celtic Harvest Festival - Citizens Park (22nd & Benton)

* Golden - Schuhplattlers Denver Kickers Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014 - 16676 W 50th, Golden.

* Highlands Ranch - September 20, 2014 - Town Center South. 2pm - 10pm.

* Littleton - September 12-14, 2014 - Summerset Festival - Clement Park (7306 W. Bowles Ave)

* Parker - September 20-21, 2014 - Historic Downtown - O'Brien Park

Boulder-Longmont Area Oktoberfests

* Erie - Miner's Blast (formerly Erie Harvest Fest) - October 4, 2014 - Erie Community Park.

* Longmont - September 26-27, 2014 - 4-10pm Fri - 12-10pm Sat - Roosevelt Park and Pavilion - presented by Left Hand Brewing Co.

* Nederland - Oktoberfest & Mountain Bike Race - September 13, 2014 - Guercio Ball Field - East Street 9am-9pm.

* Niwot - October 4, 2014 - Oktoberfest Niwot - Cottonwood Square - 2pm - 9pm.

Northern Colorado Oktoberfests

* Berthoud - October 4th, 2014 - 11am to 6pm - Fickel Park.

* Brush - Oktoberfest & Car/Motorcycle Show - September 26-27, 2014 - Main Street at Clayton.

* Estes Park - Autumn Gold - Bands, Brats & Beer! - September 20-21, 2014 - Bond Park

* Fort Collins - FORToberfest - September 19-20, 2014 - Old Town Square.

* Fort Collins - Stevetoberfest 2014 @ Pateros Creek Brewing Company - September 20, 2014.

* Greeley - OktoBREWfest - September 26-27, 2014 - Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 11am-9pm. Lincoln Park.

* Loveland - Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014 11am-8pm - Thunder Mountain Ampitheater.

* Steamboat Springs - OktoberWest - September 19-20, 2014 - Steamboat Mountain Village.

* Windsor - Windsor Harvest Festival - August 30 to September 1, 2014 - Eastman Park (Sat) and Main Park (Sun-Mon).

* Windsor - Volgafest - September 27, 2014 - Community Recreation Center.

Southeast Colorado Oktoberfests

* Canon City - September 27-28, 2014 - Harvest Fest - Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

* Canon City - Sept. 13 - Oct. 12, 2014 - Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest Train - 12:30pm

* Colorado Springs - September 26-28, 2014 - Security Service Field (Sky Sox Stadium).

* Colorado Springs - Pawtoberfest - September 20, 2014 - Bear Creek Regional Park.

* La Veta - October 4, 2014 - on Main Street - Beer Garden.

* Larkspur - September 13, 2014 - Autumn Harvest & Craft Fest - Community Park - 9am-4pm.

* Pueblo - Oktober Fest - September 12-13, 2014 - Pueblo Union Depot.

* Woodland Park - Rocky Mt. OktoberfestPLUS - Sept 20-21, 2014 - Ute Pass Cultural Center.

Mountain and Southwest Area Oktoberfests

* Beaver Creek - Oktoberfest - August 30-31, 2014 - Beaver Creek Plaza.

* Breckenridge - Oktoberfest - September 12-14, 2014 - 20th Annual event on Main Street.

* Carbondale - Celtic Fest / Oktoberfest - October 3-4, 2014 - downtown Main Street.

* Cedaredge - October 4-5, 2014 - Applefest - Town Park.

* Durango - Sept 27-28, 2014 - Oktoberfest Durango - Main Ave downtown betw 9th & 10th - 11am-5pm.

* Frisco - No date announced - Adventure Park.

* Fruita - September 26-28, 2014 - 100th Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival - Circle Park & Civic Center Pavilion.

* Georgetown - October 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1-2, 2014 - Oktoberfest Beer tasting trains - Georgetown Loop Railroad.

* Grand Junction - October 4, 2014 - Oktoberfest - downtown - 10am - 10pm.

* Montrose - September 27, 2014 - Centennial Plaza - downtown.

* Morrison - T.E.V. Edelweiss Club - August 23-24, 2014 - Oktoberfest - 12pm to 12am.

* Pagosa Springs - ColorFest - September 19-20, 2014 - Town Park at Hermosa St.

* Vail - Oktoberfest - September 5-7 (Lionshead) & 12-14 (Vail Village), 2014.

Some of these celebrations will be detailed in the 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events calendar listings on this site. Most city chamber of commerce web sites will have up to date information on their city's celebration.

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08/24/2014 10:11 AM
How to fail completely at social media: an object lesson from @StrongbowUK
Good marketing practice is not that difficult. It just seems that it's so much easier to screw it up.

Whenever I've been in a meeting room where marketers are discussing social media, everyone agrees unanimously that the difference between it and straightforward advertising is that it's a two-way street. Twitter and Facebook are platforms for conversations. In strategic meetings, at conferences and in marketing textbooks everywhere, everyone says they understand this.

And yet in practice, it's so very different.

Today, this tweet appeared on my timeline.

It made me quite annoyed. While I'm sure there is the equivalent of the juice from eight apples in a pint of Strongbow, by omission it very clearly implies that this is all there is. It suggests that the apples are squeezed, the juice is fermented, and that's basically it.

But this is completely untrue. Strongbow is approximately 37% apple juice . If that's the wrong figure, I'll happily correct it if anyone from Bulmers - now part of Heineken - cares to tell me the correct figure. But they won't, because they don't want you to know. Anyway, I've been told on good authority that it's 37%.

That juice has been reconstituted from concentrate, much of which is shipped in from abroad. Bulmers does use a lot of apples from Herefordshire as they claim, but there are not enough apples in Herefordshire to cater for the huge volumes it makes.

Strongbow then has more water added to bring the alcohol strength down from its natural 7-8% ABV, and lots of sugar, additives and flavourings to stop it tasting so watery.

So the tweet above is misleading, if not downright dishonest.

You can get away with that in advertising (though I will also be complaining to the Advertising Standards Authority about this tweet) but you can't get away with it in the conversation that is social media.

You might be able to make out the first response above: "that's bollocks and you know it!"

Further down the page, the responses come thick and fast:

"haven't mentioned fermented apple juice & glucose syrup,water sugar,carbon dioxide,acid:E270,E330,antioxidant:E224(sulphites)"

"how come I can't taste them then?"

"..and then bung in a load of artificial sweetener, right?"

There's even a correction to the incorrect terminology on the tweet:

"You'd probably find it easier to press them [apples] rather than squeeze."

This reminds me of the claim in another tweet from the brand which claims Strongbow is 'brewed in Herefordshire'. I'm not sure how Strongbow is made, but I do know that cider is not 'brewed'. Brewing is the heating/boiling of water with infused ingredients, such as tea leaves or hops. Cider is 'made' - at least in the method that Strongbow claims to follow here - and no brewing takes place. You'd really expect the UK's biggest cider brand to know a little bit about how cider is made.

You could argue that people who drink Strongbow don't really care about this, and there are enough 'so what?' comments on the thread to suggest you would have a point. 

But either way, what is Strongbow's response to this? How does the brand react to having its claims challenged in a conversational medium? 

It completely ignores them.

The above statements, which are potentially very damaging to the brand, remain completely unanswered. As does every other comment on the thread. The above pic was first posted on 9th August, and Strongbow UK have not responded to a single comment. 

You could argue that with regard to their critics, they simply stopped digging - but I still believe it's foolish to leave these criticisms up there, unanswered. But elsewhere in the thread there are real fans of the brand who get the same silent treatment: several people ask semi-seriously if a pint of Strongbow counts towards their five a day. One fan asks if he can blag some beer mats or other swag for his pub shed. Another asks if the tall glass featured in the shot is available to buy.

Curious, I went through a few other tweets, and its the same story every time: a mix of stinging criticism and genuine questions from passionate fans, ignored. Having looked at five or six threads, I can't find a single follow-up comment from the brand.

What a genius way to do marketing! 

Join a conversational medium and use it as free advertising space. Make outrageous claims that you couldn't get away with on TV. Then allow your critics to take potshots at you on your own timeline, leaving them there for everyone to see, making you look stupid and dishonest, and also piss off your most loyal fans by ignoring them as well.

No wonder this brand with a marketing budget running into millions has got fewer than 10,000 Twitter followers. They're actually lucky they don't have more people to watch online brand marketing commit painful suicide. 

Boys and girls of Strongbow, I'm afraid you really haven't earned it with this sad, sorry show.

08/24/2014 08:53 AM
Shooting Videos - The "Pole Cam"
Watching other shooters is a great way to learn, but watching yourself is even more beneficial. At just about shooting match, there's always a plethora of video cameras in use. I occasionally use first-person video to analyze my shooting. This viewpoint is limited in usefulness. A handheld video camera, or most often a smart phone, used to record a third-person POV is preferred but still doesn't offer the "big picture." At the recent Cavalier USPSA match I benefited from another option, which I'll dub the "pole cam." My friend Alex had his video camera mounted on a monopod with swivel mount, and a few of the shooters were using it to record each other shooting. Alex asked if I wanted to be recorded, and I eagerly accepted his offer.

With the camera mounted on the monopod, and angled down slightly, it can be raised above the shooter for a birds-eye view of the action. This allows a complete picture, from head to toe, to be captured. This is great of for seeing footwork and body positioning. Even when the course of fire has walls, the camera is easily held over the walls, all the while staying out of the shooter's and RO's way.

This point of view also makes it easy to see an entire course of fire at once, and even if not the entire course of fire, at least the surrounding targets. This is very useful especially when analyzing your movement to the next target. With all the targets in view, it's easy to see how efficiently you got the gun on target, and how you moved through the course of fire. Of course, when things aren't done smoothly, it's quite apparent as well.

During the classifier stage, Alex stood behind me, off to the side, and was able to extend the pole out to my side. This gave a point of view that would have been impossible otherwise. It was great for watching the "turn and draw" movement. Of course, for some of us, having a belly height camera at your side can present a less than flattering profile.

When Alex shared the videos with me, I was very happy he made the offer. Perhaps it's a bit narcissistic to want to watch yourself shoot, but a bit a narcissism is assumed with being a blogger. (And of course, I made my family watch them too.) But most importantly, watching yourself shoot is a great learning tool. There's no hiding mistakes or poor performance from the camera. I spent a lot of time stepping through the videos and making note of the good, as well as the things I need to work on. We all like watching the "pros" shoot, but the way to get better is to watch yourself shoot.

This may not be a new idea to many, but I don't recall seeing folks recording other than from "ground level" in the matches I've been too. Other than having a drone hovering overhead, this may be the most useful tool I come across in some time. I may have to add this to my took kit in the near future. There's still the problem of having to implore another shooter to hold the camera, but I think the offer of returning the favor, and sharing the videos, may be a sufficient bargaining tool.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/24/2014 07:59 AM
Here's to the winners of the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup!
More than fifty Virginia 'craft' breweries —out of more than eighty-two operating in the state— presented and poured their beers at this year's Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, where they competed for recognition as the best beers in Virginia. From our friends at Virginia Beer Trail comes the news.
Roseland, Va. – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the third annual Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition Saturday, August 23th at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub. There were more than 2,500 in attendance to enjoy tastings from 51 Virginia craft breweries.

This year’s competition, managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon, had 28 judges review 221 beers in 23 different categories. George Stewart, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, presented the awards for Best in Show. The winners of Best of Show and each category are as follows:

Best of Show winners 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup
American and German Lager
Vienna and Oktoberfest
Kolsch and Blonde Ale
Light and Amber Hybrid Beer
English, Scottish, and Irish Ale
American Pale Ale
American Amber and Brown Ale
India Pale Ale
Imperial IPA
German Weizen
Strong Ale
Belgian and French Ale
Belgian Strong Ale
Sour Ale
Fruit Beer
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer
  • Silver: Starr Hill – Bourbon Barrel Bandstand Barleywine
Specialty Beer
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. The Beer Institute reports the beer industry in Virginia accounts for 8,123 jobs with an economic impact of $623 million.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest

To put it all into some perspective, I've arranged the winners by the total number of gold medals won, (listing first by total gold, then by total medals overall, breaking ties alphabetically), and finally by non-gold medal winners (listed first by totals, and then alphabetically). They are:
    • Devils Backbone Outpost * (Lexington)
      3 (6 medals totals, including gold: best of show)

    • Devils Backbone Basecamp * (Rosemont)
      2 (4 medals total, including silver, bronze: best of show)
    • Apocalypse Ale Works
      2 (3 medals, total)
    • Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn)
      2 (3 medals, total)

    • Champion Brewing (Charlottesville)
      1 (3 medals, total)
    • Starr Hill (Crozet)
      1 (3 medals, total)

    • AleWerks Brewing Company (Williamsburg)
      1 (2 medals, total)
    • Blue Mountain Barrel House * (Arrington)
      1 (2 medals, total)
    • Bull and Bones Brewhouse (Blacksburg)
      1 (2 medals, total)
    • Chaos Mountain Brewing (Callaway)
      1 (2 medals, total)
    • Old Ox Brewery (Ashburn)
      1 (2 medals, total)
    • Parkway Brewing Company (Salem)
      1 (2 metals, total)
    • Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford)
      1 (2 metals, total)
    • Wolf Hills Brewing Company (Abingdon)
      1 (2 medals, total)

    • Beach Brewing Company (Virginia Beach)
      1 (1 total)
    • O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk)
      1 (1 total)
    • Three Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg)
      1 (1 total)

    • Sunken City Brewing Company (Hardy)
      3 total
    • Triple Crossing Brewing (Richmond)
      3 total

    • Blue Mountain Brewery * (Afton)
      2 total
    • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond)
      2 total
    • Old Bust Head Brewing Company (Vint Hill)
      2 total

    • Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond)
    • Capitol City Brewing Company (Arlington)
    • Center of the Universe Brewing Company (Ashland)
    • Extra Billy’s (Midlothian)
    • Legend Brewing Company (Richmond)
    • Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church)
    • Midnight Brewery (Rockville)
    • Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria)
    • Smartmouth Brewing Company (Smartmouth)
    • South Street Brewery (Charlottesville)
    • Strangeways Brewing Company (Richmond)
    • Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville)
* Considering the mutual ownership of Blue Mountain Brewery and Blue Mountain Barrel House, the combined total of those two breweries would equal one gold and four medals overall, putting them near the top of the leader board. Of course, then the totals for the two Devils Backbone facilities (Basecamp and Outpost) should be combined, as well. And they would run clear away from the rest of the pack, with five gold medals, and ten medals, overall, taking home all three best-of-show medals.


Thanks should go to the festival and competition organizer, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, and to Mark Thompson (of Starr Hill), its director. Thanks, as well, to Devils Backbone for hosting for the third time.

Congratulations to all the winning breweries. And, hearty congratulations to Jason Oliver and his entire brewing team at Devils Backbone. He, and they, hold the cup, again, of best in Virginia.

There are eight days remaining in August; eight more days of Virginia Craft Beer Month. At the pub, at the store: make it a Virginia 'craft' beer.

  • Useful tools for finding 'craft' beer and breweries in Virginia:
  • Virginia celebrates the month of August as Virginia Craft Beer Month. The back story: here.
  • The press release mentions fifty-one breweries as participating in the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. The festival website lists only twenty-five.

08/24/2014 03:05 AM
Whitbread bottled beer in the run up to WW I
Bottled beer was big business for Whitbread, even before WW I.

Which explains why I keep coming across adverts for their bottled beer from all over the country. Like this one:

Morpeth Herald - Friday 17 March 1911, page 11.

Morpeth in North of Newcastle - about as far away as you can get from London and still be in England. It imples that Whitbread's bottled beers had just about mational distribution.

I can't help wondering what Nourishing Ale was. There are only two beers that fit the bill gravity-wise: 2PA (a slightly weaker version of their PA) and X Ale. I'd be inclined toi go for the latter.

This table shows just how important:

Whitbread Draught and Bottled sales 1901 – 1938
total draught Bottling Burton
Year barrels % barrels % barrels % Total
1901 538,097 73.63% 188,525 25.80% 4,153 0.57% 730,775
1902 546,043 72.92% 198,812 26.55% 3,975 0.53% 748,830
1903 552,383 71.00% 221,651 28.49% 3,998 0.51% 778,032
1904 546,402 69.40% 237,522 30.17% 3,379 0.43% 787,303
1905 538,584 67.67% 254,373 31.96% 2,983 0.37% 795,940
1906 526,766 64.32% 289,898 35.40% 2,361 0.29% 819,025
1907 513,881 61.49% 320,140 38.30% 1,749 0.21% 835,770
1908 477,470 58.97% 330,767 40.85% 1,459 0.18% 809,696
1909 456,638 56.14% 355,212 43.67% 1,481 0.18% 813,331
1910 446,477 55.72% 353,534 44.12% 1,325 0.17% 801,336
1911 459,908 53.81% 392,899 45.97% 1,564 0.18% 854,371
1912 464,539 49.95% 463,938 49.88% 1,548 0.17% 930,025
1913 436,095 51.17% 414,661 48.66% 1,415 0.17% 852,171
1914 418,402 49.38% 427,455 50.45% 1,415 0.17% 847,272
Whitbread archive document number LMA/4453/D/02/16

By the outbreak of WW I, 50% of Whitbread's sales were in bottled form. That's a huge proportion, far, far more than the average. Which makes it all the odder that Whitbread insisted on bottle-conditioning its beers.

All that bottled beer meant that there were loads of empty bottles knocking around. Which other bottlers were only too happy to use.


An interesting case under the Merchandise Marks Act was heard before the Stipendiary (Lord Ilkeston) at the Birmingham Police Court to-day.

John Bailey, trading as Barrett’s Country Bottling Company, 240, St. Vincent-etreet, Ladywood, was summoned for selling four bottles of ale on 12 September to which a false trade description had been applied.

Mr. P. Sandlands (instructed by Messrs. Duggan and Elton) prosecuted, and the defendant was represented Mr. Simmons.

Mr. Sandlands stated that the prosecution wae taken at the instance of the Birmingham and District Mineral Water Manufacturers’ and Bottlers’ Association. On 12 September the defendant's carter delivered to Mr. Q. S. Grubb. Icknield-street, four dozen bottles of ale, and of that number no fewer than four of the bottles belonged to Whitbread and Co., brewers and bottlers. The bottles bore a special label of Barrett’s Country bottling Company, but they also had the trade mark and name of Whitbread’s impressed upon them, and stoppers bearing different brewers’ names. There was no excuse for the defendant using the bottles belonging to other people. Messrs. Whitbread spent no less than £12,000 every year renewing their stock of bottles.

Mr. Simmons admitted that a technical offence had been committed the defendant, but contended that there was no intention to defraud.

Mr. Bailey gave evidence, and said when he took over the business in 1912 he had 1,234 gross of bottles in stock, more than sufficient to carry on the business. He had given instructions to his men not to take or use bottles belonging to other firms. The label he put on the bottles did not bear the name the brewer of the beer he sold.

Another summons was heard against Mr. Bailey for selling three bottles on the same day bearing the name of R. White and Sons, mineral water manufacturer, who it was stated, spent £20,000 on renewing bottles.

A third summons was also heard in respect of the use by the defendant of stoppers belonging to R. White and Sons in bottles containing his beer. This it stated. was the first case the the kind in Birmingham.

The Stipendiary fined defendant £5 and costs on the first summons, £2 and costs on each the other two summonses, and £5 5s special costs.

Three other summonses were withdrawn on the payment of costs."
Evening Despatch - Wednesday 30 September 1914, page 4.

It must have been annoying to spend all that dosh on bottles and have someone else use them. Although there was a deposit charged, it was often less than the value of the bottle. Which means the brewer lost out if the bottle wasn't returned.

With the resurgence of proprietary bottles, it's a problem that could reapper. Except those bottles aren't usually returnable. I can only think of one returnable bottle that bears a brand: Westmalle. And that does get re-used, without complaint, by other brewers, notablt Westvleteren.

08/23/2014 07:44 PM
Green Flash

San Diego: where the palm trees wave in the breeze like giant flora beckoning and waving in to satiate your thirst for craft beer while you’re here. A rental car. Well worth the cost to experience Green Flash Brewing’s offerings right from the source. An oasis. Not a mirage, but certainly a vision: a vision ...

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08/23/2014 06:54 PM
Sam Adams Funk

  SAMUEL ADAMS A beer name synonymous with Boston and beer. But we are a long way from Boston and the east coast here in sunny San Diego. Luckily, Sam Adams made the trek out here to the west coast to share with us their KMF Grand Cru. Kosmic Mother Funk is what it stands ...

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08/23/2014 05:22 PM
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08/23/2014 04:23 PM
Brewery Incubator closes 19 months after raising $36k on Kickstarter
Indeed, I had agreed to host a naked game night: a completely private event that takes place at bars all over Houston regularly. We covered all the windows and had someone working the door. Only one thing went wrong: an […]

08/23/2014 01:58 PM
BBC 14 Kicks off with a Blast
  Our first few days of our trip to SoCal have been a whirlwind (more on that later) and the BeerBloggers Conference hadn’t even kicked off yet. Thursday we had the chance to join over a dozen other bloggers for a San Diego brewery tour hosted by APlusLimos. We met up and piled into a […]

08/23/2014 01:45 PM
Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?
SOMMBEER BEER DEBATE #2 Kid Invasion: Why Not Bring Kids to a Brew Pub?   Sommbeer: Good brew pubs have relaxing atmospheres that invite conversation and fun.  Part of this includes bringing your kids.  Heck the brew pubs often make and push root beer.  Root beer!  I loved that stuff when I was 8.  Which is precisely my point.  The brew pubs encourage comes to visit.  Many have board games and kid toys just to keep them occupied. Patti Smith: …that should be amended to adult conversation…

08/23/2014 01:17 PM
Hey, brewers, you want to know what I don’t like?
These sixpack holders are annoying and frustrating because they are difficult to detach to the point where the can gets shaken enough to foam over on opening in some instances. I wanted to drink my beer, not wrestle with it. … Continue reading

08/23/2014 06:03 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Hardywood Taproom
Hardywood taproom (02)

During Virginia Craft Beer Month, this taproom was filled with families picnicing, food trucks quesadilla-ing, beer sleeping in bourbon barrels, a brewhouse resting for the weekend, beer bloggers meeting, square dancers dancing, musicians playing.

And, oh, yes: 'craft' beer fans drinking ...

...the house-brewed beers of
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,
in the Scotts Addition neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.
9 August 2014.

Hardywood on tap

  • More photos: here.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

08/23/2014 05:13 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 23/08/2014

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08/22/2014 08:43 PM
Where can I get Viagra added to my drink? China, of course
Alcohol manufacturer allegedly adds Viagra to drinks, hopes to trigger a rise (in profits). An entrepreneurial Chinese alcohol manufacturer has been arrested for ‘improving’ his drinks with an unusual pick-me-up – Viagra. Identified only as Mr Huang, the liquor maker was unable to keep up the illegal practice after customers noticed the unusual side-effect of drinking the spirits, which […]

08/22/2014 06:13 PM
The Iciest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Ever!


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08/22/2014 06:02 PM
Colorado Beer News 082214
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Be An Angel Day. Many believe they have a guardian angel. Others wish they had one. Why not be one for somebody today? Do something kind for someone unexpectedly. It's a day designed to go out of your way to help someone else and simply try to be a better person at least one day. Who knows, the act of kindness you give to someone may also be given to you someday. Why not lift someone's spirits (pun intended) and take them out for a pint today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, August 22nd, 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

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today's new beer release is "Pacific Rim IPA". It taps at the open. This beer brings Kiwis, Koalas and Godzilla to mind and they all play nicely together in this IPA. Pair that with some Latin/Asian good from Chuey FU's. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Their business hours are changing, expanding & simplifying. Beginning in a couple weeks (sometime in September), Jagged Mountain will open at 2pm Monday through Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. They will stay open a bit longer on Sundays, but closing times will otherwise not change. They will also still open two hours before any remaining Rockies games. Come thirsty! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

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

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - TGIF! Hey Teachers! Come by for $1 off all of your pints tonight. Also, American Grind will be on site tonight serving up burgers and fries. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Tonight Big Choice has their Punk-TOBERFEST for sale in cans!. That plus Tasty Eats. On Saturday (8/23), they will offer up their Bronco Party Package Deal. Get $1 off 4-packs and Growler Happy Hour. Food truck "Chow Down" will be there from 5pm - 7pm. Then on Sunday, it's Trivia and the "Lego Movie" at 3pm. Choose Wisely. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. We are excited to announce our annual festival at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday, October 3rd, from 12-4pm MST. Now in it’s fourth year, the event showcases over 30 place-based beers to the countless beer lovers that have gathered in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. Over twenty of the beers were made specifically for this event from Colorado breweries that have collaborated with us. Each beer is inspired by landscapes in an area of the brewer’s choosing. Brewers have hiked up 14,000 foot mountains, trekked through lush canyons, camped in national parks, and strolled through community gardens to find inspiration. Additionally we will serve a series of beers that fit into the Indigenous Style Category from breweries around the country. Tickets go on sale here, on 9/3 at noon MST. Visitors will receive special glassware for the event, and unlimited access to the beers, until they run out. We are happy to announce that half of the proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottonwood Institute in Denver, a non-profit organization that inspires young people to initiate positive change by strengthening their civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills. [Wynkoop Brewing: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tap-it Tuesday is coming! Save the date for this coming Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm. That's when Crooked Stave will release "Between the Staves", a sour ale aged in Cognac barrels. This is a collaboration beer that they did with Anchorage Brewing Company of Alaska. Tasters for $5 and full pours for $10. Pucker up! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - The brewery is looking for some help canning beer this coming Tuesday the 26th and Friday 29th. They need help from 8am to about 1pm. You will be compensated for your time with beer! Please email their assistant brewer Josh at west[at]lonetreebrewingco.com if you are interested. Please leave your contact info and he will get back to you. First come first serve. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - There's always something brewing at Saint Patrick's. This week they will be bottling their Dry Hop Ginger Spice Saison, the HellEdel Helles, and their Belgian India Pale Lager. Currently in the fermenter is their Luminosity Oak Reserve and tomorrow they will begin brewing a French Barleywine. Stop in and taste what they've been up to. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Festival (Castle Rock) - Tomorrow, August 23rd, is Castle Rock's Premiere Beer Festival from 1pm to 5pm! Rockyard Brewing is opening its location to over 30 different craft breweries for this 2nd annual event. There will be plenty of great beers, live bluegrass music and a lot of awesome food outside in the parking lot. VIP ticket will get you in 1 hour early and also give you a brewers swag bag. More info and tickets at: www.attherock.net. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

T.E.V Edelweiss Oktoberfest (Morrison) - The first Oktoberfest of the season is here! Enjoy 2 Days of Oktoberfest fun on August 23rd and 24th. They will have Opening ceremonies and Oktoberfest kick off starting at 11:30 am Saturday. The first band starts at 12:00pm Die Eldesteiner, and the 2nd band starts at 5pm the Rhinelanders. They will have 2 German dance groups perform throughout the day. They will have plenty of beer from Prost Brewing Company. They will also have a special display from the German American Heritage Museum for no extra charge. There will be kids games, face painting and German food served throughout the day. For more information, visit: www.tevedelweiss.org. Saturday 11am - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm. Cost $7 admission.

Boulder County

Powder Keg Brewing Co (Niwot) - Come join in tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm for their Hop Pickin' Party. Help them pick fresh hops and have a hand in helping make their seasonal brew. The Cascade and Chinook hops are coming from Haystack Hops in Longmont. They will give you a pint for every pound of hops you pick and also coupons for $1 off when the fresh hop beer is on tap. [101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - The staff just got done dipping their first liquor store bottled beer with a gorgeous silver wax from their neighbors at Lafayette Homebrew Supply. Also, Day Hike Belgian IPA debuts on Nitro tonight. It was the favorite at their Belgian Beer Dinner with Connie from Follow the Ruel. At least until the small batch Dubbel came out. Enjoy part of your weekend with FRBC. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Boulder Craft Beer Festival (Boulder) - The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Fest is tomorrow, August 23r in West Central park - west of Broadway on Canyon Blvd. The fests runs from 12pm to 5pm. The event brings together Boulder County's best craft breweries for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder's best beer from over 20 different breweries. The festival includes live music and food from local restaurants for purchase. Join in for this first of its kind event in Boulder County! Music from Andy Hackbarth (12:30pm - 2:30pm) and The HillBenders (3pm - 5pm). More info and tickets at: www.boulderdowntown.com/events/boulder-craft-beer-festival

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Pink Peppercorn Saison is back on tap at 12Degree Brewing! Previously released on their one-year anniversary, this refreshing farmhouse ale has a mild berry sweetness and subtle pepper spice. A brand new beer will be released Saturday night! Tigon is a hybrid Belgo-American pale ale aroma-hopped with Azacca, a new American dwarf hop. At 6.3% abv, Tigon is citrusy with notes of tropical fruit. Pommy Mowgli, a barrel-aged Brett saison with pomegranate, is still on tap but going fast! 12Degree will be at the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival tomorrow. They will be pouring Pink Peppercorn Saison and Cerberus, their golden strong ale aged on tart cherries. Should be an outstanding festival! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - While you were probably busy working today, Boulder Beer was busy canning their "Singletrack Rye Pale Ale". Look for it in the Boulder Beer Pub and at local stores soon. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

NedFest (Nederland) - NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (and 3,000 ft. above) Boulder. It's happening all this weekend August 22-24th in Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball park on Easy Street in Nederland. This is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that is held the last weekend of August (before Labor Day weekend). The music featured can range from Bluegrass, Jamband, Jamgrass, and Rock to Jazz and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Friday evening there are two bands then five acts perform on Saturday and Sunday on one stage with acoustic "tweener" sets between each band. There are also "official" late night shows on Friday and Saturday at an indoor venue nearby. Plus, plenty of Left Hand, Very Nice Brewing, Redstone Meadery and Boulder Beer drinks available! Website & Tickets: www.nedfest.org.

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Crow Hop Brewing Co(Loveland) - Get ready for the weekend! Friday night beers plus live music from Starborn Sunrise playing from 6-9pm. On Saturday, wear your Broncos gear and get $1 off beers during the game. Then on Sunday enjoy pizza with your beer. Each pint sold comes with a free slice of Stout Market pizza until it's all gone. [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - The beer business is booming in Fort Collins. Snowbank Brewing Company opens TODAY officially for the 1st time. They plan to have six beers on tap for opening day today (12pm to 9pm) including: Silent Snow WIPA, Inclination IPA, Colorado Red, Moon Arete Wheat, Bike Trail Pale and Pawnee Porter! They are located close to several other breweries, and practically next door to the north of The Fort Collins Brewery. Snowbank Brewing plans to have Umami Mobile Eatery on site for the opening as well with a huge menu of food. This brewery plans to focus on innovation and the passion for the Colorado lifestyle. Stop in and check them out. [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Patrick's just hosted their Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp Across American collaboration beer tap take over last night and those 12 beers will continue to be on tap until they're all gone. On this coming Thursday, August 28th, 100% of the sales of all Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Series beers will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola Fund, an effort to help treat and stop the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. How many Beer Camp collaboration beers have you tried so far? Also available in taster flights of 6. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today they released "Goldenmember", a golden strong ale (11.5% Abv). There's just 2 kegs of this brew so don't miss out. They've also brought back their cider/beer blend. This time they're featuring their Pale Ale and Peach Cider. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Foam Fest Microbrew Tasting (Pueblo) - The Colorado State Fair is in full swing and this Saturday marks the return of Foam Fest from 6pm to 9pm. Looking to taste some great craft beer while you visit the Colorado State Fair? Stop over at Foam Fest inside the Special Events Tent. Come and taste beer from more than 20 of Colorado's craft breweries! Admission is $30 and gets you a commemorative cup and the chance to take a tasting tour of more than 40 of Colorado's best beers. You also will see the awards presented for the Fair's home-brew and craft beer competitions! Does not include the cost of admission to the Fair however. More info on the official website: www.coloradostatefair.com.

Mountains and West

San Juan Brewfest (Durango) - This Saturday, August 23rd is the annual San Juan Brew fest in Buckley Park in downtown Durango. The fest runs from 1pm to 5pm (VIP at 12pm). Around 50 breweries and 100+ different beers will be pouring beers in beautiful Buckley Park in historic downtown Durango for this annual event that benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado. Event will go on rain or shine. Kids are allowed in if they are supervised. Kids 13-20 ticket is $10, and kids 0-12 Free. There will be several food vendors available with food for purchase. VIP's get food included in the VIP lounge. More info and tickets at: sanjuanbrewfest.com. $25 gets you in to drink beer (21+). Free for Designated Drivers.

The Great Central City Beer Festival - Enjoy a beer fest in the heart of Colorado casino country on Historic Main Street in Central City, CO this Saturday, August 23rd from 1pm to 6pm. There will be over 40 breweries attending and pouring beers. Wander historic Main Street with your to-go cups, drink beer, play in the casinos and have some fun. Food and additional refreshments are available also. No pets please. Park anywhere off of adjacent streets and lots. Families are welcome. Plenty of street vendors, live music and restaurants too. Bring your ID for all drinking and gambling. More info at: www.centralcitybeerfest.com.

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08/22/2014 05:02 PM
Craft Beer Kings to hold August Cellar Sale on Sunday, 8/24 from 9am to 3pm PDT
Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced on Friday its next Cellar Sale… taking place this Sunday August 24th from 9am PDT to 3pm PDT. More below via email newsletter.

08/22/2014 05:00 PM
Five O'Clock Friday: Old Timers Bar
Four old retired men are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar – ALL drinks 10 cents.”

They look at each other and then go in, thinking this is too good to be true.

There’s a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini.

In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis shaken, not stirred and says, “That’s 10 cents each, please.”

The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can’t believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.

Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again saying,”That’s 40 cents, please.”

They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them. They’ve each had two martinis and haven’t even spent a dollar yet.

Finally one of them says, “How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?”

“I’m a retired tailor from Phoenix ,” the bartender says, “and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery Jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer it’s all the same.”

“Wow! That’s some story!” one of the men says.

As the four of them sip at their martinis, they can’t help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don’t have any drinks in front of them and haven’t ordered anything the whole time they’ve been there.

Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the Bartender, “What’s with them?”

The bartender says, “They’re retired people from Florida.They’re waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half-price, plus they all have coupons.”

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/22/2014 04:36 PM
Alaskan Pumpkin Porter graduates from Pilot Series to company’s first fall seasonal
News Wire:  (Juneau, AK) – Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is the newest seasonal release from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company, available in 12-oz bottles and on draft in the 17 states where the brewery now distributes. Introduced as a Pilot Series last […]

08/22/2014 04:01 PM
Funkwerks introduces its first four-packs
News Wire:  (Fort Collins, CO) – Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, is now packaging in 330ml bottle 4-packs. Now, Funkwerks customers can enjoy the same beloved Tropic King and the award-winning flagship Saison in a smaller, […]

08/22/2014 03:30 PM
Allagash Brewing returns to Western and Central New York after five-year hiatus
News Wire:  (Portland, ME) – Allagash beer is returning to Western and Central New York State. After an absence of 5 years, Allagash Brewing Company is partnering with distributors in the network of its current partner, Sheehan Family Companies to […]

08/22/2014 02:56 PM
Goodnight Brew: a beer geek bedtime story
Recently I received an offer from Bailiwick Press to check out a digital copy of “Goodnight Brew” by Ann E. Briated with illustrations by Allie Ogg, an adult parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon”. Having two kids I’ve read many offshoots of the book so I was interested in checking out this craft […]

08/22/2014 02:34 PM
Tipples and Travel: Great Places to Drink Beer
By Holiday Hypermarket Even though summer is winding down, that doesn’t mean that the fun is over just yet. There are still places to go and things to see, not to mention beer to drink. Whether you’re on ...

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