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08/04/2015 01:05 PM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/04/2015 01:05 PM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

08/04/2015 01:05 PM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

08/04/2015 01:05 PM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/04/2015 01:05 PM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

08/04/2015 12:42 PM
Homebrew: State Board of Ed looks to fill vacancy after tumultuous summer
The Colorado Independent Homebrew: State Board of Ed looks to fill vacancy after tumultuous summer The Colorado Independent The Colorado State Board of Education needs to fill a vacancy created by Republican Marcia Neal's June departure amid an exodus of top staffers. Eric Gorski of The Denver Post reports on “the 2015 state boar ...

08/04/2015 11:49 AM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: "Greenwood Soccer Tournament", produced by Naked City's Bryan Miller returns this weekend (8/8/2015)
Seattle, WA –  In the last two years, the Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament raised over $11,000 for the Innovators Network at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. On August 8, 150 street soccer players and an expected 4,000 spectators will donate more funds to cutting edge cancer research while enjoying the craft beer garden and over 50 family-friendly activities as part of PhinneyWood Summer Streets, including an all-day concert featuring bluegrass headliner Polecat

Naked City Brewery fermented a special batch of Betsy’s Mountain Brown Ale, a tribute beer for the inspiration behind the fundraiser, Betsy Miller. Mom of Naked City co-owner Bryan Miller, Betsy was an amazing lady who loved soccer and beer and fought terminal bone marrow cancer for ten years with the help of Fred Hutch. Naked City will donate one dollar from every pint sold on August 8th, open to close.

All games are refereed by the amazing UW Women’s Soccer players; check out the Dawgs’ upcoming 2015 season schedule here. Players compete in three divisions—Fun, Competitive, and Over-30 Competitive—for trophies and $300 in gift cards. The all day concert features kick-ass youth rock musicians trained by the School of Rock. The raffle includes fabulous prizes like a piano, a Day of Beauty spa package, and hundreds of dollars in gift cards. 

Together with major sponsors—including City ArtsVerity Credit UnionUmpqua BankCrescent BuildsElysian BrewingPhinney Market Pub & EateryAmerican MusicSporthaus SchmetzerPNA, and of course the folks who helped start it all over at The Yard Cafe—Naked City is thrilled to donate all event proceeds to the Innovators Network at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

Innovators Network (IN) is the next generation of leaders who share a commitment to Fred Hutch's mission to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. Geared toward those under 45, IN members make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to support cutting-edge research at Fred Hutch. To learn more about Innovators Network at Fred Hutch, visit fredhutch.org/in.

08/04/2015 10:58 AM
VIDEO: 1975 Covent Garden Beer Exhibition

We’re very grateful to Steve AKA @untilnextyear for pointing this clip out to us. Do any of you CAMRA veterans recognise the participants, or perhaps even yourself? The hipster in the Washington University top wouldn’t look out of place at a craft beer festival in 2015. PS. Our long article about Covent Garden ’75 features in … Continue reading VIDEO: 1975 Covent Garden Beer Exhibition

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08/04/2015 10:47 AM
Infographic: The Ultimate Pairing Guide To Lanson Champagne

08/04/2015 10:39 AM
How to Brew All Grain and Extract Summer DVD Sale – Through 15 August
AllGrainWebI’m offering the “How to Brew All Grain” and “How to Brew Extract” DVDs on sale for $14.95 when you order from Amazon Prime through 15 August 2015. This is an amazing deal on these professionally shot videos done with co-host John Palmer, author of the popular How to Brew book. The special price applies […]

08/04/2015 10:12 AM
Autumn Brew Review Tickets go on Sale at Noon
On sale Tuesday, July 28, at noon CST — $45 Purchase tickets online: http://www.tempotickets.com/abr. People have had issues getting tickets online in the past. Here are some hints. Autumn Brew Review Tickets go on Sale at Noon appeared first on Minnesota Beer Activists. Written by Andrew

08/04/2015 08:47 AM
Underrated Pubs
While Stonch is away, this blog is being written by Arthur. Recently, as Francis Urquhart might say, we've been putting a bit of stick about. So in the interests of balance and as a follow up to Stonch's recent post, today we're looking for your suggestions on pubs that are underrated and not getting the respect on the street they deserve. Here are three to get you started. Shaws Booksellers,

08/04/2015 08:07 AM
Hypocrisy Much?

Two panels pretty much sum it up. The first is the elitist seeking control over those they consider less worthy, the other seeks to kill the less desirable before they are even born. Little difference in the end.

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08/04/2015 08:00 AM
11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival Returns August 13-16
Returning a bit later in the summer this year is the 11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) taking place from August 13 to 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. NAOBF is designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living; the NAOBF serves up more than 60 organic beers and ciders […]

08/04/2015 07:36 AM
Who Drinks What
There's an old quote misattributed to Mark Twain that says it's not what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know that just ain't so. So when Gallup posted some findings on drinking patterns in the US, I clicked on through to see if it might disabuse me of any persistent old myths. One finding lined up pretty closely to wha ...

08/04/2015 07:08 AM
DuClaw Hop Continuum #2

The post, DuClaw Hop Continuum #2, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

I apparently missed out on DuClaw’s Hop Continuum #1 — Blood Orange Gypsy IPA — when it was out in the wild. I had heard pretty decent things about it from friends, so when the second release in the “Continuum” line was released I made sure to keep an eye out for a bottle or […]

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08/04/2015 06:00 AM
Hollywood Theatre Comes to Fort George Brewery for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Just in time for the 119th annual Astoria Regatta, the oldest Oregon celebration in the West Coast’s oldest city, Fort George Brewery has teamed up with the Hollywood Theatre to present a special outdoor showing of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, starring Bill Murray. So don your red caps and assemble the crew in […]

08/04/2015 05:06 AM
Podcast Episode 12 – Summer Ale & Watering Holes!
In the current instalment of the Irish Beer Snob podcast, our intrepid beer explorers talk through the latest news in the Irish Craft Beer Scene, and review Brehon Brewhouse's Summer Ale. We also opened out to our audience to give us their favourite watering holes wherever they may be to share with our audience. T ...

08/04/2015 05:00 AM
No-Li Collaborates with Bob Brenlin to Brew “Re-Fresh”ing Specialty Beer
Spokane, WA – For every revolution, there are revolutionaries. For every frontier, there are pioneers. For Washington craft beer pubs, there is Bob Brenlin. As owner of The Latona, Hopvine and Fiddler’s Inn, Bob Brenlin was ahead of his time in creating craft-centric pubs in Seattle, WA. To celebrate how far the culture of craft beer has […]

08/04/2015 04:00 AM
Pondering BrewDog Brewing Stone

When BrewDog announced that it would be brewing a version of American brewery Stone’s famous Arrogant Bastard Ale, it set us pondering. And despite what seemed to us a prickly reaction from BrewDog employees and loyalists when we said so on Twitter, we do just mean pondering — our reaction was not instinctively negative. That’s … Continue reading Pondering BrewDog Brewing Stone

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08/04/2015 03:05 AM
DDR pub etiquette
More from the distant past. This time the do's and don't's of DDR boozers.

A couple of notes on DDR pub etiquette. Everywhere is waiter service only and no standing is allowed. Unfortunately chronic staff shortages (made worse by the recent exodus of many catering personnel to the west) mean that there are often insufficient waiters to serve the whole pub. Hence the 'reserviert' ('reserved') and 'bestellt' ('booked') signs sitting on tables which remain unused all day. It's not unusual for half the tables in a pub to be out of action in this way. It's also not a good idea to start moving chairs around from one table to another without asking, as the waiters often take offence (though the recent surge of visitors from the Federal Republic seems to have helped to loosen them up a little in this respect). All of this can make it difficult to find seats (and hence get a drink), especially for a large group of people. The best way around this is to turn up at an off-peak time (i.e. not 12 - 13 or after 21). Also bear in mind that closing time means what it says - it's when the pub will lock it's doors for the night, not last orders. Don't expect to get a drink in the last 15 minutes before closing.

Most pubs and restaurants are run by HO (Handelsorganisation), a state company which runs all types of retail outlets, including shops. The rarer private pubs are generally a little cosier and more personal inside, but have the same low fixed prices as the state enterprises.

Beer prices vary from about .80 M a half litre for hell to around 1.30 M for spezial or bock beers. W. German beer is about 4.00 M a half litre. Meals vary from around 2 - 5 M in a pub to 6 - 15 M in a hotel or posher restaurant. Don't assume that the latter will always assure you higher quality. Often the small and seemingly grotty corner pubs offer much better value in terms of quality and price, though the choice of meals may be limited.

Those intending to travel by rail should note that Deutsche Reichbahn's services are notoriously slow and unreliable. However, due to the lack of a Dr. Beeching there are still innumerable branch lines, making it possible to reach many quite small villages by rail, as long as you're patient. Most stations of any size have a Mitropa or buffet where hot food and drinks (including draught beer) can be purchased. When in a strange town desperate for a beer but unable to find a pub open, the local Mitropa is usually your best bet. They open seven days a week, from the early morning until 11 or 12 at night. But be warned that it seems to be increasingly difficult to obtain bottled beer in stations, so if you want some refreshment during your journey it's best to buy in a few bottles beforehand. On the main express routes the trains often have Mitropa buffet cars selling simple food and bottled beer. On busier trains, these are good for generating despairingly long queues.

That's made me feel all nostalgic. Going to Berlin soon. Noticed that there a recreation of a HO pub called Gaststätte W. Prassnik. Must drop by. I wonder if they have "reserviert" signs? It would be a nice touch.

08/04/2015 02:30 AM
2015 Utah Beer Festival: Participating Breweries
We got our hands on the list of breweries that will be pouring their suds at this year's Utah Beer Festival. It looks like there will be over 50 different breweries pouring this year - that's defiantly a record for any beerfest in the state thus far. Conservatively that will equate to over 200 different beers that will be offered-up for the tas ...

08/04/2015 01:20 AM
Beer In Ads #1637: A Doctor’s Reasons
Monday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1904. The ads shows an interesting black and white illustration of a doctor talking with his patient, with a bottle of Schlitz and two glasses between them. The text below imagines the conversation they’re having, about Schlitz being pure and...

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08/04/2015 12:39 AM
Patent No. 6209567B1: Foam Trap For Beer Or Other Gas Propelled Liquid Dispensing Systems
Today in 2001, US Patent 6209567 B1 was issued, an invention of Robert C. Gustafson, for his “Foam Trap For Beer or Other Gas Propelled Liquid Dispensing Systems.” Here’s the Abstract: A foam trap or FOB for a gas propelled or mechanically pumped liquid dispensing system, having an...

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08/04/2015 12:20 AM
Moa finds bottle for recovery
Most of the volume produced by NZ’s Moa Brewing Company is now packaged in a new lower cost bottle, CEO Geoff Ross has revealed.

08/03/2015 11:32 PM
New beer festival for Port Macquarie
The inaugural Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival is to be held on Saturday September 26.

08/03/2015 09:00 PM
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Grand Opening August 15

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It seems like years since we first told you about the plan to open Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, the first cooperatively owned brewery in Washington. That’s because it has been years. We first reported on the plan back in 2011. But the wait is finally over. The...

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08/03/2015 06:27 PM
Two Roads Brewing Announces A Double Sequel

(Stratford,CT) – Two Roads Brewing announces a double sequel–The return of Roadsmary’s Baby Rum Barrel-Aged Pum…

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08/03/2015 05:42 PM
Zebrew Nano Brewery - Planning Stages
Zebrew originated as a word game of words Zebra Brew. Zebra is one of our favorite wild animals, which on one hand represents absolute contrast, and on the other a perfect balance, we wanted to combine traditional and modern. Officially, the name was created


08/03/2015 05:00 PM
Fyxation Leather 6 Pack Caddy
Made from full grain leather, Fyxation’s beer caddy is the perfect companion for a night out on your bike We’ve all been there before. Riding ...

08/03/2015 03:30 PM
Samuel Adams Brewers Vault Final Round of Voting
Back in May Samuel Adams unveiled sixteen beers that have been brewed and have since been retired to the vault. These sixteen beers were up for vote to see which four would advance to the final round. From the original sixteen, four beers have made the final round that consists of Black & Brew Coffee […]

08/03/2015 03:00 PM
Festival News: OR: Portland: Bazi Bierbrasserie hosts the 4th Annual The Mighty Mites Session Fest, August 16th from 11am - 7pm
Press Release

image courtesy the organizers of "4th Annual The Mighty Mites Session Fest"

Portland, OR – The 4th Annual The Mighty Mites Session Fest returns outside Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave) on Sunday, August 16 from 11 AM – 7 PM as the premier beer event of the Hawthorne Street Fair.

In a world full of Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts a hero will rise to stand up for the small, lighter, sessionable beers of equal flavor and tastiness. Featuring beers that fall under the “Session” style category as defined by being 5% ABV or below, The Mighty Mites presents a selection as varied as they are flavorful from session IPA’s to tart refreshing Berliner-Weisse’s, Ciders, and even sessionable, quaffable, poundable cans. The taplist has includes a variety of new and classic beers and ciders:

  1. 2 Towns: OutCider - Like the rugged outdoors of the Northwest, the OutCider is raw and unfiltered. 5% ABV

  1. Reverend Nats/EZ Orchards: EZ-Kin -  consists of exclusively French bittersweet and bittersharp varieties. The re-wetted pomace begins a wild fermentation for 48 hours before being pressed. The resulting juice is low in fermentable sugars but extremely high in flavor due to the extended contact time on the skins and meat of the apples. The final product is full of wild lacto flavors, high in tannins and incredibly complex. 4% ABV.

  1. Oakshire: Sun Made Cucumber Berliner-Weisse - Sun Made is a hazy golden ale with a bready aroma blended with a cool refreshing wiff of cucumber water. It begins with a mild zip of acidity that is refreshing and light. It is light bodied and low in alcohol making for a very refreshing and quaffable beer. It ends clean and refreshing with a lingering melon freshness. We owe it all to the sun, so kick back after a long day in the garden with a tall glass of Sun Made Cucumber Berliner Weisse. 4% ABV

  1. Breakside: Birra Minestra - experimental blonde ale brewed with fresh Oregon basil, Creative Growers Sungold tomatoes, and tart pluots. inspired by a dessert from legendary Portland farm-to-table restaurant Park Kitchen. 5% ABV

  1. Gigantic: Tiny Empire ISA - 4.7% ABV

  1. Upright: Lite - is made annually in the style of a classic American lager using corn, rice, and an authentic yeast strain. Think cheap beer, but fresh and crafty! 4.1%

  1. Lompoc: Cherry Bomb Smoked Red - A collaboration for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day with Burnside Brewing, 10 Barrel and Heater Allen, this red ale is crimson in color with a strong smoked flavor and aroma. Cherry smoked malt was used in the mash and in-house smoked dried cherries were added to the bright tank. There is a mild hop profile. 3.7% ABV

  1. The Commons: Petit Classique - table saison with pink peppercorns

  2. Widmer Hefe Shandy -Bright, refreshing and sessionable, Hefe Shandy is made for summer. The Original American Hefeweizen gets a bold, new citrusy aroma and flavor and lemon drop hops and natural lemonade flavor. Soak up the summer with Hefe Shandy. 4.2% ABV

  1. pFriem Session IPA - Filled with aromas of fresh strawberries and citrus, this brew has hops that fill the mouth with lemon, pine and a hint of kiwi. This IPA is begging to be enjoyed on our outdoor patio! 4.5%, 25 IBU's

  1. 12oz CAN: Firestone Walker: Easy Jack  - Brewmaster Matt Brynildson went to the mountain and returned with a vision for a different kind of Session IPA, one that would be brewed and dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America. He foresaw a beer that would deliver massive hop aromas, a signature malt balance and an empty glass before you knew what hit you. And so the newest member of our Jack IPA family was born. 4.5% ABV

  1. 16oz CAN: Breakside Kolsch - we've crafted an easy-drinking golden ale with a kiss of hop flavor and a touch of malt-driven sweetness. We've stuck close to German tradition in making this beer while also injecting it with our own Oregon twist, combining imported German malts with Willamette Valley-grown hops. Whether you're floating a river, grilling with friends, or watching the races we guarantee that this beer will satisfy all your summer drinking needs. 5%ABV

Beer and cider tasting is $10 for a cup and four tickets each good for a large 7 oz beer or cider tasters and two tickets for a full cup. Additional tickets are $2 each. Individual cans of Firestone Walker Easy Jack and Breakside Post Time Kolsch are only $4 each!

Outside in the beer garden, this family friendly event features Scoop Ice Cream and food from the Taco Pedaler. To keep the party going DJ Phil will be spinning World Music. There will also be outdoor games like Cornhole and a kiddie soaking pool to dip your toes into!

At the bar, Bazi has created a special (non-sessionable) beer cocktail for the occasion dubbed the Shandy Mighty for $5, it contains gin, honey coriander syrup, egg white, and Hefe Shandy served on the rocks. There will also be a full menu available inside Bazi with Happy Hour specials on food and drinks all day!

For more information visit www.bazipdx.com or call 503.234.8888.


If Monks lived in Portland, this would be their watering hole. Bazi brings centuries of Belgian inspired beer and food under one roof plus a premium liquor selection. Explore with a nationally recognized Bier-Cocktail or simply sip on a glass of wine. As a Euro-centric establishment we embrace bringing community together through sports. We are an official Thorns, Timbers and American Outlaws partner and showcase these and other events on our 114" HDTV with surround sound. Named “Top 100 Beer Bars in America” by DRAFT Magazine 2014, 1015 and “Top 10 Best Beer Bars in Portland” by The Oregonian. Located in the heart of the Hawthorne District, tucked away just off of SE 32nd Avenue.

08/03/2015 02:59 PM
Four Brewers | A Random Group of Belgians

Season 2, Episode 31 – This week, we’re drinking a variety of Belgian-style ales because why the hell not. It truly i…

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08/03/2015 02:45 PM
Why Did Dave Logsdon Sell Logsdson Farmhouse Ales?

(Hood River,OR) – Late last week, NewSchoolBeer.com broke the news that Logsdon Farmhouse Ales sold to Uptown Market,LLC. …

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08/03/2015 02:44 PM
Beer Birthday: Steve Donohue
Today is the 44th birthday of Steve Donohue, former brewmaster at Firehouse Grill & Brewery in Sunnyvale, California. Steve is an unsung brewer who deserves more accolades and fame. After Firehouse, He spent some time brewing at Hermitage Brewing while working on opening his own place....

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08/03/2015 02:43 PM
News from Burgundy: Heritage and new wines from the region
  With 2,000 years of vinous fame, Burgundy rarely jostles for the media spotlight. But on July 4th, the region broadcasted loud news. The headlines ...

08/03/2015 02:00 PM
Not Your Father’s Root Beer : Review
Well the name on this stuff is accurate, this is definitely Not my father’s root beer.  My father’s root beer was either Stroh’s or Miller Light depending on the day and I’m willing to bet that if my father knew I spent $17 on a six pack of root beer he would still slap me upside the head.  After drinking this stuff I think the slap would be justified.  Not Your Father’s Root Beer has been taking bottle shops by storm this summer, seems like…

08/03/2015 01:44 PM
Patent No. 3596810A: Keg-Tapping System
Today in 1971, US Patent 3596810 A was issued, an invention of Roy A. Taubenheim, for his “Keg-Tapping System.” Here’s the Abstract: A beer keg-tapping device which consists of a keg unit that is permanently attached to the keg and a coupler unit detachably connected to the keg unit....

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08/03/2015 12:54 PM
Minnesota Made: August Schell Brewing Co.
Here’s the latest episode of Minnesota Made with August Schell Brewing Co. Thanks for sharing Chris! August Schell – Episode 8 from Chris Jones on Vimeo. August Schell Brewery was established in 1860 in New Ulm, MN and is the 2nd oldest family owned brewery in the United States. They have succeeded despite dramatic historical ...

08/03/2015 12:47 PM
Ales for ALS throwdown this Thursday at Beveridge Place Pub

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Join the Washington Beer Blog, Beer Church and the Beveridge Place Pub this Thursday, August 6th for a very special, beer-fueled event that benefits Ales for ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Over 70 breweries, many of them local Northwest breweries, participate in the Ales for ALS program, which raises money for ALS...

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08/03/2015 12:26 PM
Heavy Seas set to release The Great'er Pumpkin in September
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) announced today that The Great'er Pumpkin Bourbon Barrel-aged Pumpkin Ale will be returning again this year with a release date set for September. That's right . . . Pumpkin Beer season has...
Promo images from The Great'er Pumpkin from Heavy Seas Beer

08/03/2015 12:18 PM
Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin Slated for September Return

BALTIMORE, MD — The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome the 2015 edition of The Great’er Pu…

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08/03/2015 12:11 PM
Reuben’s Brews 3rd anniversary – Saturday, August 15

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It was August 5th 2012, opening day at Reuben’s Brews (pictured at right). Time machine: see our report from that day. I remember it seemed a bit odd that a brewery would schedule it’s grand opening on Seafair Sunday, but that’s what they did, brashly announcing their existence...

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08/03/2015 11:34 AM
Home Brew Taste? – Common Beer Off Flavours

When I first started brewing I made my fair share of funny tasting beers, nothing that was completely undrinkable, just beers that weren’t quite right for one reason or another. You may of even heard people refer to a home brew flavour, this is often just used in a way to say there is something different to the taste of a home brewed beer than a commercially brewed one. These differences however are often just the result of a small fault during the brewing, fermenting or storage of a beer and it is by no means just home brew it Read more

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08/03/2015 11:23 AM
Sip of Sunshine – Best IPA in Vermont?


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08/03/2015 10:26 AM
Here Are 5 Of The Coolest Cocktail Bars in Moscow, Russia.
If you can make it past the strict ‘face control’ and avoid a Bond villain in an ill-fitting suit from simply barking “нет” as you ...

08/03/2015 10:01 AM
Six point Brewing Jammer

The post, Six point Brewing Jammer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

As with many of Sixpoint’s products, the description of Jammer is not, shall we say, all that informative. I do know that this 4.2% ABV brew is a gose — beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. At least, in concerning with what goes into this thin, tall cans I am completely ignorant. […]

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08/03/2015 09:42 AM
Hardknott Nuclear Sunset
While Stonch is away, this blog is being written by Arthur. As you may be aware this Thursday, the 6th of August, is the 70th anniversary of the American bombing of Hiroshima. The resultant nuclear explosion had a core temperature of 4000ºC, three times that of volcanic lava and led to fires that destroyed 67% of the city. The Japanese estimated a quarter of a million people were killed. It and 

08/03/2015 09:00 AM
Sierra Nevada & Brauhaus Riegele Oktoberfest Oregon Release Party
Earlier this year during a trip to Germany, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. finalized its inaugural partner, Augsburg’s Brauhaus Riegele, for a brand new Oktoberfest beer. Join Steinhaus and Sierra Nevada on Wednesday, August 5th, from 4:00 to 8:00pm for the Oregon draft release of the new collaborative Oktoberfest beer from Sierra Nevada. Family owned like […]

08/03/2015 07:16 AM
How to Calculate Your Next Grain Bill from Scratch

Lately I’ve been using brewing software less and less. Sure, it makes recipe formulation ‘simple’. But you tend to forget (or perhaps your never knew?) how to calculate a grain bill from scratch. Remember when you were in elementary school math class? Did your teacher allow you to use a calculator before you could do the calculations by hand? […]

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08/03/2015 07:00 AM
Brewery News: MA: Voting ends August 10th, in Samuel Adams' vote to bring back a classic beer, for next year's Variety Pack
Press Release

BOSTON, ...  – Over the years, the brewers at Samuel Adams have released hundreds of beer styles, and crafted more than 60 styles last year alone. Although they may not all be in current rotation, they are far from forgotten. Craft beer drinkers reach out to the brewers daily with pleas to bring back their favorite Samuel Adams styles, and beginning today they can help make that happen. Based on the input of beer drinkers everywhere, Samuel Adams brewers will pull recipes from their “vault” and ultimately choose two winning brews to be re-released nationally for a limited time. Through online and in-person voting, drinkers will determine which two brews will emerge from the Samuel Adams “vault” for national distribution in early 2016.

Here’s how craft beer drinkers can make their voices heard:
  • Starting May 11th, craft beer drinkers can visit http://www.samueladams.com/drinker-favorites to select their four favorite brews (out of 16 possible options), that they’d like to see back on shelves. Drinkers can return once a day to vote for their favorites. 
  • After voting closes on May 25th, Samuel Adams will tally the votes and brew the four beers that get the most votes.
  • The four finalist brews will be poured in July and August at the Boston Brewery and select beer festivals nationwide, and a final round of online voting will take place during the summer, where drinkers can vote for the two final winning brews.
  • The two beers that get the most votes will be declared winners and re-released in the January 2016 Samuel Adams Variety Pack.

“We’ve been brewing boundary-pushing beers for over 30 years, but with innovation comes the inevitability of having to tuck away the recipes for some our favorite brews to save for another day,” said Samuel Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch. “We hear from our drinkers nearly every day asking us to re-release their favorites, so we’re excited to make these brews available once again on a national level.”

The 16 brews from the Samuel Adams “vault” include ... :
  • Black & Brew Coffee Stout (2011*)
  • Black Lager (2004)
  • Blackberry Witbier (2008)
  • Honey Porter (2002)
  • Mighty Oak Ale (2011)
  • Pale Ale (1999)
  • Brown Ale (2005)
  • Cranberry Lambic (1990)
  • East West Kolsch® (2011)
·         Revolutionary Rye® Ale (2010)
  • Rustic Saison (2011)
  • Scotch Ale (1995)
  • Vienna Lager (2002)
  • Weiss Bier (2001)
  • Golden Pilsner (1996)
  • Hefeweizen (2003)
*First brewed

Craft beer lovers can visit SamuelAdams.com/drinker-favorites for more information and to vote for their favorite brews from the Samuel Adams “vault.”

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging, four vessel brewing, and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft brewer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visitwww.samueladams.com.

08/03/2015 05:42 AM
Monday beer links: Disclosure is not the point
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.03.15 We are on holiday (as opposed to a “beercation”) so here are links to a few stories posted by early last Friday morning. In addition, this will be the only announcement that Monday Beer Links will be totally on holiday next week. I’m sure glad Boak & Bailey promised to […]

08/03/2015 04:39 AM
Guinness Original XX 4.2% ABV
Another Guinness Stout? This one describes itself as 'The Original' and I confess to getting a little confused by all these Guinness porters.

08/03/2015 03:41 AM
Tyne gentlemen please
The first of three visits to England this summer happened in mid-July when work landed me in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a few days. I'd never been, so was very happy to be packed off. It's a tidy little city, though somewhat vertical -- three days of nipping up and down between the quayside and the upper town left my shins aching, and instilled a profound respect for anyone who negotiates those gradients, the cobbles, and Britain's Unevenest Flagstones, in high heels. Decent pubs are in plentiful supply and there's a good concentration of them around the foot of the iconic Tyne Bridge.

But, staggering blearily off the plane and metro, my first stop was breakfast at the Wetherspoon near my hotel. I was just in time for the beginning of beer service at 10am and, since I'd been up since 4.30, I figured it counted as at least lunchtime. The options, however, were less than inspiring and the only thing of any interest was 't IJ Indian Red Ale (can't see that style designation catching on somehow), one of those Wetherspoon international collaboration jobs, this one produced at Everards. It's an attractive dark burnished copper and nicely tannic in a very typical English and entirely unDutch way, with some light red fruit -- strawberries, mostly -- and then a mild piney bitterness at the end. Perfectly pintable stuff, if not exactly inspiring.

Local intelligence had it that The Free Trade Inn is one of the city's finer establishments so at the first bit of free time I had I made the trek along the north bank of the Tyne to where it sits, perched on the edge of a bluff, overlooking the sampler catalogue of bridges spanning the river. It's a smallish L-shaped pub, big on shabby-chic, but comfortable and friendly. I got the feeling that it's a genuine part of the community. But it's also a beer geek paradise with a carefully chosen selection of beers from interesting micros, mainly from the neighbouring counties.

My first choice here was a Yorkshire beer, North Riding Brewery's 4.3% ABV Mosaic Pale Ale. A pint of technical perfection: a rich dark gold colour, flawlessly clear, and retaining its head all the way down the glass without the aid of a sparkler, the tongue-tingling fizz lasting the whole way through. It showcases the bipolar nature of Mosaic beautifully too: soft and fluffy peach and mandarin flavours, twisting naughtily into sterner oily resins. The bitterness builds as it goes, becoming harsh and acidly dry, but still fantastically invigorating drinking. The sort of bad boy you can't help falling in love with.

Scottish brewery Fallen gets mentioned a lot in dispatches and I had been looking forward to trying its wares. The Free Trade was pouring Off the Rails on keg, a 4% ABV gose. In the stemmed glass it looks for all the world like a chardonnay with a head. The aroma is sharp, but softened a little by a burst of elderflower. The salty seawater effect is a big part of the flavour and it's followed by a mild tartness and a floral finish. I was looking for a palate cleanser after the previous hop assault, and this did the job nicely, without being watery or any way boring.

And lastly for the moment, Bergamot Citra Saison by Two By Two Brewing which is situated just a few bends along the river from the pub. Information was sparse but I suspect that this is a saison, brewed with Citra hops and added bergamot. It's nicely peppery though there's no escaping a soapy bubblebath effect, for which I'm blaming the citrus additive. At 5.2% ABV it's not one of those powerhouse saisons but I did find it getting a little heavy and sickly as it went. Still, it finishes cleanly and there's a kind of grapeskin tannin effect which keeps the more cloying elements in check. I probably wouldn't have had another, however. Besides, there were more pubs to explore.

Crown Posada is a Newcastle institution, its stained glass windows securing its place on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. I arrived in a bit after 5 on a Thursday evening, just as the place was beginning to fill up. And it doesn't take much filling: two small open spaces at the front and back linked by a cramped narrow corridor with the bar in it is the extent of the premises. The beer selection wasn't terribly impressive either, compared to The Free Trade and other places I'd been to by this point. I perched on the edge of a banquette with a half of Rat Brewery Anth-Rats porter. It's 4.5% ABV and very grainy, with lots of crunchy burnt cereal. There's maybe a little bit of black cherry for complexity, but otherwise I found it too heavy and sickly to be enjoyable. Sorry, Crown Posada -- I'm sure many other travellers will extol your virtues but I just wasn't feeling it on my visit.

The final two pubs for this post are both a short stumble from Crown Posada's front door. Redhouse is just around the corner to the right and is all low-hung lights and narrow passageways, like an inn in a fishing village. Again a small selection on the handpumps, but well chosen, I thought. I went for Tyne Bank's Silver Dollar, a 4.9% ABV American-style pale ale, golden in colour with a beautiful mellow sherbet lemon flavour. The malt base complements it beautifully and brought to mind Budvar, with the same sort of hop-spiked golden syrup effect. I could have drank a lot more of this if I hadn't been hurrying on somewhere else.

As an aside, I also had a pint of Tyne Bank Brown Ale at the airport on the way out. I'm guessing they're cashing in on the collapsing brand equity of Newcastle Brown Ale since Heineken moved production to Tadcaster. The Tyne Bank one is OK: plain and caramelly, but it's actually not as complex or enjoyable as Newcastle Brown Ale (the best of a bad lot in my hotel bar) which has a bonus metallic hop tang beside the burnt sugar.

But back to the pubs. My joint favourite in toon, besides The Free Trade, was The Bridge Tavern, tucked between two supporting pillars of the Tyne Bridge itself. It's a large single-room space and seems to be pitched more at an upmarket evening crowd, though it does open during the day. What separates it from any other yuppie hang-out is the brew kit lined up against the back wall.

"Tavernale" is the house brand, and the house beer of the same name is not actually brewed in-house, but at Wylam Brewery, out to the west of the city. It's a beaut, too. 3.9% ABV and bright gold, the flavour full of zingy orange barley sweets, with incense spicing on the finish. Delicious and very sessionable, but there were plenty of other tempting offers.

There was just one from their own equipment, Dark Matter, a 4.5% ABV stout. It's a very intense example of the style, absolutely roaring out the roasty coffee aromas and slipping thickly down the throat, more linctus than beer. Yet it's not hotly alcoholic, nor overly sweet; just warming and soothing. It tastes, in short, like winter, and would be the ideal beer to come in from the cold to. But I was still well able to appreciate it even with the full summer sun beaming through the pub windows. Another great example of the magical power of cask serve when applied to even simple dark beers.

Picking from the guest selection was hard but first to catch my eye was The Lights Are On, a collaboration Wylam did with the mighty Siren Brewery. It's a dark 5% ABV bitter, full of fresh yet earthy resinous hops; spicy, dry and thirst-inducing. Very much a rounded effort: neither a jangly hop dancer nor a malty marmalade comforter, but combining elements of both. Fans of the Porterhouse's Hop Head may have an idea of what I'm getting at: this very grown-up beer did a lot of the same things.

From East London Brewery, a 3.6% ABV mild called Orchid. It's the appropriate dark ruby colour and displays lots of toffee flavour, which is unfortunate because I much prefer a bit of dryness in my milds. There's a stickiness too and a sweet floral rosewater thing. Research indicates that the recipe has vanilla in it, which is probably where all these off-kilter flavours are coming from, but I wasn't able to identify it as anything other than interference. All this plays out on rather a watery body so overall not a beer for me.

And a black IPA to go out on: Zoji by Track Brewing in Manchester. It's black all right, though ruby at the edges and smells of sherbet and cabbage: not unusual in a black IPA, and not unpleasant either, at first. There's a fun hit of red fruit in the flavour, bringing cherries and redcurrants, but shortly afterwards it gets crushed by heavy ash-dry roast and acidic green bitterness. After a minute or two that's all I could taste and I got bored by the whole thing. A cask beer designed for drinking in third-pints, perhaps.

So that, broadly speaking, is what I had in Newcastle on the more traditional side of the beer spectrum, though some of the above indicates just how useless such notions are becoming. In the next post I'll cover the beers which, for the desperate want of better terminology, I'll call the craft side of the house. And I'll go to those pubs you're itching to tell me in the comments that I missed.

08/03/2015 03:36 AM
Craft Beer Tea Baggers
While Stonch is away, this blog is being written by Arthur. When I wrote about the death of Craft beer last week I was completely unaware of a product that would have made my argument even more compelling: Craft beer tea bags. Of course they're not actually tea bags. That would be ridiculous. When you take a break from slaving away at your graphic design or vegan dog food company and stick the

08/03/2015 03:20 AM
English Pubs on the Continent

In 1965, British mega-brewery Watney Mann opened a pub in Paris — the Sir Winston Churchill. According to Helga Graham in an article in the Guardian published in 1970 (‘Mild and Bitter Spoken Here’, 27/09, p.15), this started when Watney’s hired Serge Herblot, ‘a very French Frenchman in an English blazer and tie’. He was tasked … Continue reading English Pubs on the Continent

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08/03/2015 03:15 AM
Perth beer show winners announced
Competition in the 2015 Perth Royal Beer Show was the toughest in years, according to the judges.

08/03/2015 03:05 AM
Dutch Lager Styles 1870 - 1960 (part eight)
Output by style in 1929

Heineken Rotterdam production by type in 1929
type no. of brews size of brew (HL) total amount % of total
Licht 95 440 41,800 14.46%
Donker 48 770 36,960 12.79%
Bayerisch 41 295 12,095 4.19%
Pils 491 395 193,945 67.11%
Bok 21 200 4,200 1.45%
total 696 289,000
Heineken brewing record held at the Amsterdam Stadsarchief, document number 834-1754.

There’s been a massive change between 1911 and 1929, with Gerste disappearing altogether and Pils dominating production. Pils was around two-thirds of sales with Licht Lager a very distant second. It’s quite a transformation.

Heineken Rotterdam beers in 1930
Beer OG Balling FG Balling app. degree attenuation % ABV Colour kg hop/hl
Pils 12.2 3.8 68.85% 4.7 4 0.21
Licht 9.2 3 67.39% 3.5 3 0.17
Donker 9 3.2 64.44% 3.5 11 0.14
Bayerisch 13 5.45 58.08% 5 14 0.17
Bok 17.6 8.45 51.99% 7.1 15 0.19
Heineken brewing records held at the Amsterdam Stadsarchief

There are a few significant differences compared to 1911. The colour of Pils has fallen from 6 to 4, while Bayerisch has got slightly darker, going from 13 to 14. The gravity of Pils has fallen from 13.2 to 12.2 but as the FG has also fallen, attenuation and ABV remain similar. The hopping rates are pretty much unchanged.

Gerstebier has disappeared, seemingly replaced by a dark version of Lagerbier.

The sales of all types of beer went into steep decline in the early 1930’s due to the Wall Street crash. Output declined from 2,319,000 hl in 1929 to 1,609,000 hl in 1933 - a fall of 31%. This is how much sales fell at various breweries in the first five months of 1933 compared to the same months the previous year:

Fall in sales of Lagerbier and Fijnbier 1932 - 1933
Brewery Lager Fijn Total
H.B.M. (Heineken) 7.26% 12.83% 11.09%
Amstel 10.46% 16.44% 13.72%
van Vollenhoven 15.31% 15.23% 15.28%
Z.H.B. 14.54% 20.12% 17.32%
Oranjeboom 13.59% 22.52% 18.64%
Letter from Amstel to the Bond van Nederlandsche Brouwerijen held in the Amsterdamse Stadsarchief, doscument number 204 - 35.

By Fijnbier, I think they mean full-strength Lagers like Pils. Sales were falling off a cliff. How to explain that? The letter-writer suspected it was due to Lagerbier being passed off as Pils in pubs.

08/03/2015 01:41 AM
Beer In Ads #1636: Every Sip … Like A Trip To Snow Country
Sunday’s ad is for Genesee Beer, from 1970. “Every sip … like a trip to snow country,” with a cold mountain stream still filled with ice, but slowly starting to thaw. Who doesn’t want their beer to evoke that setting? Assuming, of course, the beer hasn’t actually...

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08/03/2015 12:31 AM
Coopers launches Father’s Day pack
Coopers Brewery is releasing a Thomas Cooper’s Selection mixed six pack as the perfect gift for beer loving dads.

08/02/2015 10:54 PM
Gage Roads beers ‘gain traction’
The new craft beer range from Gage Roads Brewing drove an 18 per cent sales increase for the namesake brand last quarter, the company has announced.

08/02/2015 12:09 PM
Creating an Equipment Profile in BeerSmith
BIABCreating an equipment profile for your particular brewing system is an important first step for new users of BeerSmith brewing software. The equipment profile is used throughout the program to calculate estimates of beer color, bitterness, original gravity and volumes. The profile can also be used to scale recipes found on the BeerSmithRecipes cloud or […]

08/02/2015 11:45 AM
Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015 locations announced for Sept. 19
The time is almost here! Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015 is confirmed for Saturday, September 19 and will be hitting 17 countries around the globe in some of the world's most renowned beer bars. This year's installment...
Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015

08/02/2015 07:25 AM
Maine Brewers Guild Summer Session did not disapoint
The Maine Brewers Guild had a tough task in front of them this summer, throwing down a brewfest one year after the Sierra Nevada Brewfest Across America came to town, in the same venue without all the hoopla that came along with that festival. I had confidence though, and in January I marked July 25, […]

08/02/2015 06:47 AM
Two days before DC Beer Week, it's Cask Night!
The 7th annual DC Beer Week officially begins next Sunday, 9 August ...

...but just before that, on Friday and Saturday, 7/8 August, Barrett Lauer, brewer at the District Chophouse in downtown Washington, D.C., hosts an unofficial kickoff: Cask Night & Cask Day, a two-day festival of locally-produced 'cask-conditioned' ales.
Cask Night and Day_2015

What is 'cask-conditioned' ale —often referred to as 'real ale'? CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale in the U.K.) has this handy definition:
a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide.

In the U.S., American 'craft' brewers often infuse their cask ales with non-traditional ingredients and flavorings, such as fruits, vegetables, or spices.

Several breweries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have already pledged to send a cask ale apiece to Cask Night & Day. The line-up, so far, will be twenty-four beers: nine each from breweries in the District and Maryland; and six from Virginia. Each cask ale will be served Friday evening for Cask Night, and, again, Saturday afternoon for Cask Day. Plans may change and different casks appear, and ten of the beers remain yet to be announced. I'll update this post as new details arrive.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C. (9)
    • 3 Stars Brewing (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Mike McGarvey
      • ---> Peppercorn Saison
      • Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, brewed with peppercorns; aged on cherries.
      • Specs: 6.5% alcohol-by-volume (abv); cask infused with cherries.
    • Atlas Brew Works (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Will Durgin
      • ---> TBA
    • Bluejacket (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Josh Chapman
      • ---> TBA
    • DC Brau (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Jeff Hancock
      • ---> TBA
    • District ChopHouse (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Barrett Lauer
      • ---> Cheque Please
      • Style: Czech Style Pilsner
      • Specs: 5.7% abv; 70 IBUs; cask dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc; infused with hull melon.
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Washington, D.C., downtown)
      Brewer: Scott Lasater
      • ---> TBA
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Washington, D.C., Navy Yard)
      Brewer: Travis Tedrow
      • ---> Cream Stout
      • Style: Milk Stout with lactose
      • Specs: 5.6% abv; 23 IBUs.
    • Hellbender Brewing Company (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Ben Evans
      • ---> Saison
      • Style: Hopped Saison
      • Specs: 5.9% abv; 25 IBUs; cask dry-hopped with Galaxy.
    • Right Proper Brewery (Washington, D.C.)
      Brewer: Nathan Zeender
      • ---> TBA

  • MARYLAND (9)
    • The Brewers Art (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Steve Frazier
      • ---> Birdhouse
      • Style: American Style Pale Ale
      • Specs: 5% abv; 32 IBUs; cask dry-hopped with Simcoe hops.
    • Franklin's Restaurant and Brewery (Hyattsville, Maryland)
      Brewer: Mike Roy
      • ---> Sourgarden
      • Style: Kettle Sour ale with garden herbs.
      • Specs: 5% abv; 9 IBUs.
    • Gordon-Biersch Restaurant Brewery (Rockville, Maryland)
      Brewer: Christian Layke
      • ---> ESB
      • Style: Extra Special Bitter
      • Specs: TBA
    • Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Chris Leonard
      • ---> Cross Bones
      • Style: Session IPA
      • Specs: 4.5% abv; 35 IBUs; cask infused with dried grapefruit.
    • Key Brewing Company (Dundalk, Maryland)
      Brewer: Mike McDonald
      • ---> TBA
    • Oliver Brewing Company (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Steve Jones
      • ---> One Last Laugh in a Place of Dying
      • Style: Southern Hemisphere IPA
      • Specs: 7.5% abv; 80 IBUs.
    • Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant (Bethesda, Maryland)
      Brewer: Geoff Lively
      • ---> Scottish Export
      • Style: Scottish Export
      • Specs: 5.5% abv; 19 IBUs.
    • Union Craft Brewing Company (Baltimore, Maryland)
      Brewer: Kevin Blodger
      • ---> TBA

  • VIRGINIA (6)
    • Capitol City Brewing Company (Arlington, Virginia)
      Brewer: Kristi Mathews-Griner
      • ---> Biere De Garde
      • Style: Biere De Garde with fresh ginger, and black peppercorns
      • Specs: 7.4% abv; 31 IBUs.
    • Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Roseland, Virginia)
      Brewer: Jason Oliver
      • ---> TBA
    • Fairwinds Brewing Company (Lorton, Virginia)
      Brewer: Charlie Buettner
      • ---> Howling Gale
      • Style: American Style IPA
      • Specs: 7.2% abv; 82 IBUs; cask dryhopped with Citra and Amarillo.
    • Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn, Virginia)
      Brewer: Favio Garcia
      • ---> 2200 lbs of Sin
      • Style: Barrel-aged barleywine
      • Specs: 10.5% abv; 96 IBUs; cask infused with Virginia honey, and lemon, orange, and grapefruit peels.
    • Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, Virginia)
      Brewer: Bill Madden
      • ---> TBA
    • Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant (Ballston, Virginia)
      Brewer: David Peeler
      • ---> TBA

Mr. Lauer at the tap
Cask Night host brewer Barrett Lauer is going a different route. His cask 'ale' will be a hoppy lager: Cheque Please, a 5.7% (abv) kellerbier with a bracing 70 IBUs imparted by Czech hops.

The District Chophouse & Brewery is located in Washington, D.C.'s Penn Quarter (which old-timers used to call Chinatown) at 509 7th Street NW, between E and F streets, just 1 1/2 blocks south of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop on the Red, Green, and Yellow lines.

Admission to Cask Night (or Cask Day) is $50 for unlimited tasting (within reason!), a food buffet, and a complimentary tasting glass (NOT plastic). For more information, and to purchase a ticket, call the Chophouse on (202) 347-1922 or email: district.banquets@chophouse.com.

  • DC Beer Week officially begins Sunday, 9 August, and continues through Sunday, 16 August. For more information, including events, go to the festival website: dcbeerweek.net. [But NOT 'dcbeerweek dot com.' A cyber-squatter has taken that '.com' address as financial hostage.]
  • Never post in the morning before a cup of coffee. It's the 5th year for Cask Night, but it's the 7th year for DC Beer Week. I've made the corrections!

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08/02/2015 03:05 AM
Coronation Beers
There’s nothing like a royal event for generating celebration brews. Jubilees, royal weddings and coronations have all spawned dozens of special beers.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 came just as Britain was starting to drag itself out of the gloom of the immediate post-war years. With gravities had edging up a little and restrictions easing, it must have seemed a good excuse to cut loose with a really strong beer.

But everyone was so optimistic.

A limited number of brewers are brewing high-gravity beers for the Coronation.

Most brewers would like to have a special beer available for the Coronation, but as sales  will be limited, it is not a practicable proposition, so far as many are concerned, to put through a special brew without a great deal of waste. With this in mind, and feeling that under the circumstances some breweries may wish to purchase sufficient quantities of Coronation beer from an outside source, to bottle under their own label, Messrs. Starkey, Knight and Ford, Ltd., Tiverton, Devon, offer supplies, as will be seen from their advertisement published in this issue. In point of fact, they offer supplies in bulk or bottled under customers' own labels.”
"Brewer's Guardian 1953", 1953, page 59.

Nowadays I guess you’d call that arrangement contract brewing. As most breweries had bottling lines then, I suspect most would have taken it in bulk and bottled themselves. Bound to have been cheaper.

The author takes a very pessimistic view of the opportunities for a coronation beer:

“That a large number of brewers will not be brewing a Coronation beer is due to a wide variety of considerations, but indifference is certainly not one of them. The pros and cons of producing  Coronation beer were discussed in our January issue, when "Country Brewer" the contributor of the article, left the reader in no doubt as to the technical and other problems involved. Apart from the problems dealt with by "Country Brewer" other considerations which have led to decisions against a Coronation brew include (1) Indications that certain sections of the retail trade would not welcome the handling of yet another high-priced speciality; (2) That several "strong" beers were already being marketed and that coming so soon after the production of "Festival" ales and stouts, another would be unlikely to meet with success.”
"Brewer's Guardian 1953", 1953, page 59.

Basically no-one really wanted another strong, expensive beer. The Festival beers he mentioned were ones brewed for the Festival of Britain, which took place in the summer of 1951. There were indeed beers brewed for it, though I only have an analysis of one brewed by Barclay Perkins.

Now the author has a moan about the price of a coronation beer and the costs associated with brewing it:

“Some of the Coronation beers being produced, to sell probably at 1s. 6d., 1s. 9d., or 2s. per nip bottle, will be of 80° to 90°. At those prices which, on the face of them, may seem sufficiently remunerative, there is that bewitching item of "overheads" to be added, plus the cost of nip bottles, which raises the consideration of what use they can be put to next.

The choice of materials for the production of a Coronation beer is fairly simple—they must be of the best. There is scope, however, for the choice of hops of maximum P.V., since aroma and flavour are completely masked by the other constituents of an extra heavy beer.

The excessive Duty towers above material costs, and when that has been fully considered, one can weigh the possibility of making a profit against the probability of cutting a loss.”
"Brewer's Guardian 1953", 1953, page 59.

Not sure why he thinks brewers would have to buy in nip bottles especially for their coronation beer. Lots of breweries already packaged beer in nips. And not only really strong ones. The Whitbread Gravity Book usually mentions the bottle size. These are the breweries who according to that used nips in 1952 and 1953:

Bass, Barclay Perkins, Courage, Hammonds, Ind Coope, McMullen, Watney, Wenlock, Aitchison, Aitken, Alnwick Brewery, Ballingall, Barnard, Bentley's Yorkshire Brewery, Blair, Brickwoods, Bullard, Castletown, Catterall & Swarbrick, Chester Brewery, Cobbold, Bellhaven, Ely Brewery, Everards, Felinfoel, Flowers, Friary Holroyd, Fullers, Gordon & Blair, Guinness, Harman's, Hay, Holt Bros., Hunt Edmunds, Hydes, J Fowler, James Hole, Jeffrey, John Joule, John Smith, John Wright, JW Green, Maclachlan, Masseys, McEwan, Meux, Morgans, Morgans, Morrell, Norman & Pring, Octagon Brewery, Plymouth Breweries, Rose, Russells & Wrangham, Russell's, Scarborough & Whitby, Simonds, St. Austell, Star Brewery, Steel Coulson, Steward & Patteson, Tamplin, Taylor Walker, Tennent, Tetley, Threlfalls, Tollemache, Truman, Usher, W Murray & Co, WA Smith & Sons, Wards Ltd, Whitaker & Son, Young & Co, Younger Geo., Younger Robert, Younger Wm., Youngs Crawshay & Youngs.

Looks to me like his argument about nip bottles is bollocks.

His point about it not mattering which hops you used sounds equally dubious. He’s about right about the selling price, though 2s is on the high end when I look at beers of 1080-1090º in the Whitbread Gravity Book for 1953.

Next time we’ll see how many breweries did make, or at least market, a coronation beer.

08/02/2015 12:00 AM
A Brewery’s Offerings Stretch From Beer to Yoga
An exercise class called Stretchin’ and Belchin’ is one of the attractions at the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, but the real star is the beer.

08/01/2015 06:34 PM
Blast off! Suntory whisky’s going to space!
Getting ahead of the game, Japanese booze behemoth Suntory Holdings is sending  six samples of its kickass whisky and other alcoholic beverages to the International Space Station in August. Suntory is sending up the samples for a year as it wants to check out how these samples age in zero gravity. Then, back at home assuming […]

08/01/2015 01:46 PM
Dry Dock Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Ale Returns August 6th

(AURORA, CO) — Pumpkin season is upon us! On Thursday, August 6, Dry Dock Brewing Company will release its famed Imperial Pumpkin …

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08/01/2015 12:47 PM
Pratt Street Ale House
The story begins in 1888 when 202, 204 and 206 W. Pratt Street were constructed.
At that time, the port of Baltimore was still young and the surrounding neighborhoods quickly became home to many prominent merchants who wanted to live near


08/01/2015 12:17 PM
A Wild West Weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Frontier Days (the center window is where Tom Horn confessed to murder)
Now that Cheyenne Frontier Days 2015 is over, it’s a wonderful time to spend a weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  

Not that there’s anything wrong with Frontier Days, of course.  This 119-year-old rodeo, the “Daddy of ‘em All,” as they like to say, is a bucket list event – the largest rip-roaring outdoor rodeo in the world.  And if you want to go, start making reservations now for the July 22-31, 2016 event because reservations fill up early.

That’s the challenge.  With 400,000 visitors and big-name concerts every day from Blake Shelton to Aerosmith, the huge extravaganza tends to turn Cheyenne into a 10-day boom town that buries many of the city’s simple pleasures. 

And there are many simple pleasures to enjoy.   

Old West History

Wyoming's slogan is "Forever West"
More than any other single place, Cheyenne is the center of the Old West.  Gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok got married here.  (So did Ernest Hemingway…to his third wife).

Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Luke Short and “Calamity Jane” all called Cheyenne home, and the legendary murderer Tom Horn was hanged here right downtown – the last man hanged in Wyoming (at least legally). 

The famous Deadwood Stage started in Cheyenne, covering the 300 miles to the gold fields in South Dakota in three days of bouncing on rough dirt tracks through outlaw and Indian country. 

Old West history is everywhere in downtown Cheyenne – in the western wear shops, galleries, museums, and architecture.  But make no mistake, Cheyenne knows how to have fun, too.  Wyoming was the last state to ratify prohibition and prostitution was legal until 1938. 

The historic downtown is filled with western shops
Today in compact Cheyenne, there are two outstanding breweries and a dozen bars, several with live music.  Bring the bikes and there are 37 miles of trails, many of them weaving through historic neighborhoods of great old wood mansions.  Wood houses are something you don’t see in nearby Denver; to prevent fires, until WWII all homes in Denver had to be built of brick or stone.  Cheyenne’s tree-lined backstreet neighborhoods of historic wood houses are delightful, especially in the Rainsford Historic District, where there are dozens of homes and mansions all designed by architect George Rainsford.  Rich cattle barons loved his creative porches and roofs with towers covered by decorative “fish scale” shingles. 

Wyoming is an independent place and for everyone you see in a cowboy hat and pickup truck, there will be another in dreadlocks and tattoos.  But at just about two hours from Denver, it is a world away in atmosphere with great beer, food, and Western fun. 

Some Ideas for a Great Western Weekend In Cheyenne

Catch the trolley at Union Depot plaza
Take the Trolley Tour:   Cheyenne’s history is crazy.  Seemingly every third building was a bordello or gambling hall.  On this 90-minute trolley ride you get an overview of some of the more exciting events.

When the railroad was being built across America in 1867, there was nothing here but rolling grasslands.  The chief engineer of the Union Pacific, Maj. General Grenville Dodge, decided this was as far west as the railroad could get before winter, so he picked out a place to build a fort to provide protection against Indians.  Following practices that said no liquor could be sold within four miles of a fort, he laid out a town exactly four miles away. 

Within weeks, the “town” of Cheyenne had 90 saloons and gambling halls, mostly in large portable tents, as well as  400 “ladies of the evening,” 4,000 residents and 23 hangings.  Cheyenne boosters will tell you this is where Cheyenne got its nickname, “Magic City of the Plains,” because the city just sprang up overnight like magic.  But at the time, most people referred to it by an equally descriptive name:  “Hell on Wheels.” 

The Trolley visits lovely neighborhoods like Holliday Park
When the railroad moved west in the spring, Cheyenne should have moved with it, but the Union Pacific built railroad roundhouses here and a substantial city was built around them.  Some 75-100 trains still roll through downtown Cheyenne every day. 

Later, Cheyenne became a cattle town and it was said that because of rich cattle barons, Cheyenne was the wealthiest town in the world on a per capita basis.   Many of the mansions on Cattle Baron Row still survive.  The fort grew into Warren Air Force Base, which today maintains 150 Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.  This is probably as close to 150 atom bombs as you’ll ever get.

You can hop off the history trolley at stops like the State Capitol, the Wyoming State Museum or the Cheyenne Frontier Museum, which are all worth a look, and then hop back on a later trolley.

Shop Downtown Cheyenne: 
Wyoming Home is a gigantic wonderland of western home furnishings
Downtown Cheyenne has the best collection of western stores on the Front Range.  Wrangler is the place for hats, boots and belts; Wyoming Home has western furnishings, rugs, jewelry and gifts; and Just Dandy has women’s western-wear fashions.  There are dozen other western galleries, bookstores and souvenir shops. 

Many people make a trip to Cheyenne just for the SierraTrading Post, where you can save 35-70% on closeouts and overstocks of outdoor apparel and gear from places like North Face, Columbia, Rockport, Kelty, Merril and Timberline.

Drink Downtown Cheyenne
Freedom's Edge
There are two great breweries in the downtown historic district.  Freedom’s Edge Brewing Companyhas the usual tasting room with roll up walls, patio seating and a fine selection of changing brews.  Try the 1890 IPA, a medium American IPA with citrus and grapefruit flavors.  If the High Noon Chili Ale is on tap, it’s made with Alapeno, Serrano and Habanero peppers for a spicy kick.

The Cheyenne Brewing Company has the best location in town in the 1887 Union Pacific Depot, a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest railroad stations in America.  Like Union Station in Denver, it’s been beautifully restored and today you can sample more than 20 craft beers and dine on high-quality pub food while looking out arched windows at passing trains.

Cheyenne Brewing Company
The historic 1911 Plains Hotel across the plaza has welcomed guests including Harry Truman, Ronald Regan, Ted Kennedy and Richard Nixon.  The bar in the Plains was remodeled recently, and lost some of its character, but still packs plenty of Old West charm.  Combined with the lobby, which is filled with historic Western paintings and sculptures, the Plains is a must stop.  It also features a Capitol Grille restaurant, one of the best in town.

General Western Craziness

Giant Books "are made for talking"
Cheyenne packs any number of eccentric attractions to fill a weekend.  There are 22 gigantic hand-painted cowboy boots around town.  These boots “are made for talking” – each one tells a story about Cheyenne.  Just call 307-316-0067 and enter the number of the boot when prompted to hear tales of gamblers, outlaws, and governors from Cheyenne’s past.

A “Big Boy,” the world’s largest steam locomotive, is parked in Holliday Park, which also has a beautiful lake and bike trails.  The powerful locomotive was designed to pull 3,600-ton coal trains.  There are only eight remaining in the world (one is in Denver, a second is in Cheyenne under restoration).

Another world-record train is on the second floor of the Cheyenne Depot Museum, only this one is much smaller.  Railroad modeler Harry S. Bunk of Clarkson, NE, worked on building an HO model railroad of Colorado mining towns for 30 years.  His layout became one of the most famous in the world, featured in more than 100 model railroad magazine articles, but because it was in his home, hardly anyone had ever seen it in person.  Today, the setup has been relocated and rebuilt in the Depot.  It’s a kick to see model trains pass over the Georgetown Loop and chug into incredibly detailed models of Central City, Black Hawk, and Idaho Springs.
The "Big Boy"

If you want to ride a train, one of the strangest in the world is located 7 miles south of Cheyenne on the Wyoming-Colorado border at the Terry Bison Ranch.  A custom built and very funky private train pulls passengers on standard gauge tracks across rolling grasslands to the middle of a herd of 2,500 buffalo.  There’s also horseback riding and a famous buffalo and steak house restaurant.

The downtown Nelson Museum of the West has an eclectic collection featuring everything from outfits worn by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to military uniforms, guns, Indian artifacts, saddles and a re-created Cattle Baron’s living room.  If you like what you see, you can decorate your own living room in a similar style at the Wyoming Home down the block.

There’s even a Cowgirls of the West Museum that through clothing, exhibits and historic photos tells the often forgotten story of the contributions cowgirls made in winning the West.

Where to Stay:
The Nagle-Warren 1888 B&B
The Nagle-Warren Mansion 1888 B&B is more like a small inn with 12 luxurious rooms with all the amenities (TV, air, private bath, Wifi) but sharing incredibly beautiful public rooms with ornate staircases, polished wood, and antique furnishings.  The included breakfast is worth a trip alone.  The mansion is literally the biggest home in Cheyenne, purposely built by Nagle to be the biggest (replacing the former biggest home next door that now is El Charrito Mexican Grille).  The U.S. Senator and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Francis E. Warren later bought the mansion and entertained many notable people here, including President Teddy Roosevelt. 

If you go:   www.cheyenne.org/

08/01/2015 12:14 PM
Brew Review Crew: On Tap Episode 9 – 7/31/2015

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08/01/2015 12:00 PM
Founders All Day IPA : Beer Review
All Day IPA is a session ale brewed by the good people at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids Michigan. There are many people credit this beer for popularizing the  style and leading the charge for the session ale trend.   A low ABV beer that you can drink all day and not wake up feeling like you were hit by a truck, what’s not to like?  All Day IPA also takes a lot of conventional bias’ head on.  First, although available both canned and bottled,…

08/01/2015 11:38 AM
Hemming Park to host first beer fest
Hemming Park in the core of downtown Jacksonville has been home to a number of outstanding and highly successful festivals of late. Among them are the monthly Art Walk, Gastrofest and of course One Spark. The next festival that will call the park home will be the first Hemming Park Beer Festival on Saturday, August […]

08/01/2015 10:10 AM
2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Closing Weekend
This is it! We’re in the final weekend!  Thank you all for helping to make the 7th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week our best one yet!  But it’s not over, we still have two days of great events. We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need [...]

08/01/2015 09:42 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Disrepair at historic warehouse of A. Smith Bowman Distillery.
Disrepair at historic A. Smith Bowman Distillery (01)

Dilapidated and overrun with weeds. The original warehouse of the A. Smith Bowman Distillery stands abandoned today in Reston, Virginia.

In February 1988, the A. Smith Bowman Distillery moved its operations from here, where it had operated since 1934, to Spotsylvania County, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, into a large, former cellophane plant, where operations continue today.

A decade later, in 1999, the National Park Service listed the warehouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
The original building, in what is now Reston, Virginia, was constructed circa 1892 under the guidance of Dr. C.A. Max Wiehle, a physician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who tried to establish a town and farming community known as Wiehle on 3,228 acres of land he purchased in 1882. The first floor served as the Wiehle town hall, and the second floor housed the Wiehle Methodist Episcopal church.

Abram Smith Bowman bought the building in 1927 as part of a 4,000-acre parcel called Sunset Hills. Bowman opened his eponymous distillery in 1934 on the day after Prohibition was repealed, and the building originally served as the warehouse of the distillery. The first bourbon produced by the distillery was shipped from the warehouse in 1937. Between 1934 and some point in the 1950s, Bowman's was the only legal whiskey distillery in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The primary brands were Virginia Gentleman and Fairfax County bourbon whiskeys.
Wikipedia (accessed 26 July 2015).

Photo taken 12 April 2015.

  • The warehouse stands on the east side of Old Reston Avenue, between Sycamore Drive Avenue and Sunset Hills Road. Documents list 1875 Old Reston Avenue as the address, but the address "1830" is painted on a mailbox in front of the building.
  • More photos of the historic building: here.
  • Photos from a 2015 tour of the modern facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia: here.

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08/01/2015 06:03 AM
The Week in Beer Bloggers
While Stonch is away, this blog is being written by Arthur. The modern beer scene is incredibly fast moving and hard for the lay drinker to keep up with. Fortunately we have some self-appointed community leaders who are willing to risk life and liver to ensure we're kept abreast of everything that is going down in beer town. Here's what they've been up to this week:  Stonch telling someone

08/01/2015 03:05 AM
The beers and breweries of Thuringia (25 years ago)
Here's another installment of possibly the most useless guide ever. To part of a country that no longer exists.This time it's an overview of some of the breweries and their beers.

Thank god for Peter Crombecq. I'd picked up a copy of his book "Biersmaken" when I moved to Amsterdam in 1988. My main reason for buying it was that it had a complete list of Belgian beers. But it also contained a section on objectively tasting beer. It got me intrigued in trying to describe beer flavour and prompted me to start making tasting notes. Which is why I have the brief descrptions in the text below.

The beers are all bottom-fermented, though the Schmitt brewery in the village of Singen produces a pale top-fermenting beer. Most are unpasteurised and the bottled beer will develop a sediment after 6 to 7 days. They fall into the following general categories:

Hell pale and fairly thin
Pils with a bit more body, often quite bitter
Pilsator a bit darker and more like a true Czech Pils
Spezial a premium Pils, the bottled equivalent of Pilsator
Bock a winter beer (available November to January) of about 16% Balling - can vary in colour from amber to black
Schwarz as the name suggests, a dark lager, similar in style to Czech Tmavé Pivo

The Reinheitsgebot has never been enforced in the DDR, originally due to raw material shortages in the 1950's. Currently, the ordinary pils and hell beers are brewed using about 70% malt and the spezial and bock beers using about 80%. Both use about 10% sugar. Despite this, some of the beers, especially the pilsators, are very characterful and compare favourably with some of the rather inoffensive pils-style beers of the Federal Republic. In fact, with their bitter emphasis, the DDR beers are often more reminiscent of the pale Czech lagers. With the availability of W. German beers in the DDR it is now possible to directly compare the products of the two nations' breweries. In Muhlhausen, for example, beer from Eschwege (about 30km away over the border) is on sale. After a couple of glasses of the excellent local Turmquell Pilsator I tried Eschweger Pils which, although as it proudly proclaimed brewed to the Reinheitsgebot, seemed thin and almost tasteless in comparison.

The specific beers, by brewery, in the towns described are as follows:

Vereinsbrauerei Apolda
Classic malty with a strong bitter finish

Eisenacher Brauerei
Hell a bit thin and watery
Wartburg Pils sweetish flavour with a bitterish aftertaste
Bock  amber coloured, pleasantly malty

Braugold Erfurt
Pils a good, clean, very bitter beer
Angerbrau well-balanced and bitter

J. Andreas Klosterbrauerei, Eschwege, Federal Republic
Eschweger Pils neutral flavour with a slight bitter aftertaste

Brauerei Gotha
Pils thin and bitter
Diabetiker malty aroma and bitter, slightly strange, taste
Spezial bitter aroma and bitter taste

Brauerei Jena
Pils light with a bitter aftertaste

Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei, Bad Kostritz
Schwarzbier Black, fairly sweet and malty

Muhlhausen Turmquell (bottled)
Pils light, rounded malt aroma and bitter taste
Spezial hoppy, slightly acidic flavour, with a bitterish finish
Bock slightly sweet, malty flavour with bitter finish

Muhlhausen Turmquell (draught)
Pils pale and quite bitter
Pilsator malty/fruity aroma with strong bitter finish

Brauerei Neunspringe, Worbis
Hell thin with a slight bitter taste
Pils a bit more body and a bitter finish
Pilsator slight malty/fruity aroma with a hop finish

Sternquellbrauerei, Plauen
Pils thinish but bitter
Plaunator bitter beer with a malty aroma and bitter/buttery finish
Pilsator bitter taste with a full spicy, hoppy finish
Bock sweet and dark with a slight caramel finish

Konsum-Brauerei Weimar-Ehringsdorf
Ehringsdorfer Pils thin but pleasantly bitter

Exportbier-Brauerei Wernesgrun
Wernesgruner Pils      malty aroma and bitter aftertaste

The companies listed above are all VEB (Volkseigener Betrieb) or nationalised firms (apart from the Eschwege brewery, of course), but, especially in the south, there are still several very small private breweries operating. Examples of these are the Brauerei Göpfert in Jüchsen, Brauerei Geßner in Steinach and Brauerei Schmitt in Singen (the smallest brewery in the DDR). The best bet for finding the beers from these breweries is probably to visit their home village.

Wasn't that, er, completely useless? While most of the larger breweries have closed, I was delighted to discover that the three small private breweries mentioned in the last paragraph are all still open:

Brauerei "Zur Goldenen Henne"
Queckgasse 17,
98631 Jüchsen.
Tel: 0170/ 6018260
Fax: 036947/ 50903
Email: webmaster@brauerei-juechsen.de

Privatbrauerei Gessner
Am Lindenbach 27,
96515 Sonneberg.
Email: info@privatbrauerei-gessner.de
Telefon: 03675/4079-0
Fax: 03675/4079-40

Brauerei Schmitt
Brauereiweg 1,
99326 Ilmtal OT Singen
Tel: 03629-802556
Email: info @ brauerei-schmitt.de

If you'd like to try the Schmitt beer, the fasmily runs a pub in the village:

Gasthaus Zum Singer Berg
Friedrich Schönheit Str. 4,
99326 Ilmtal.
Tel: 03629-802244
Fax: 03629-8379127


08/01/2015 03:00 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 01/08/2015

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07/31/2015 08:14 PM
The Nostalgia Series: Every Day Is April Fool’s Day (Beer Yard 2005)
Long ago and far away, when we were young and excited and could all laugh at one another, April 1 was always a special day at the Beer Yard website (as it was and still is for many others), and … Continue reading

07/31/2015 05:00 PM
Five O'Clock Friday: Stay Hydrated

Make sure you get enough water this weekend.

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07/31/2015 04:09 PM
SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum joins Cork & Cage series
As part of the Cork & Cage series, SweetWater releases The Pit & The Pendulum, a peachy take on Belgian styles, now flowing into bottle shops and beer joints. Continue reading

07/31/2015 03:45 PM
6 Wine Gadgets EVERY Wino Should Know About
Sagaform Oak Stopper Wine Carafe A proper wine carafe is a must have for any wine enthusiast. Not only do these decanters look gorgeous on a ...

07/31/2015 03:18 PM
Valholl Brewing – 5th Anniversary Party on August 8th

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Valholl Brewing is about to celebrate its 5th Anniversary with a party at the brewery on Saturday, August 8th. The event includes a beer garden, the release of a special beer, and live music. Details about the party and the beer are in the press release below. VALHÖLL...

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07/31/2015 01:09 PM
2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Friday
It’s the weekend Let’s get ready to party!  The 7th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week has been our biggest and best yet! We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over [...]

07/31/2015 11:26 AM
Beer Release – Buddy Pass, Chainline-Airways collaboration

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I spotted this new beer, a collaborative effort from Kirkland’s Chainline Brewing and Kent’s Airways Brewing, on tap last night at The Beer Junction. Keep an eye out for it. Here’s the beer release announcement from Chainline Brewing. Chainline Brewing Company and Airways Brewing Company are proud...

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07/31/2015 11:23 AM
Winner of Two VIP Tickets to 2015 Schurcipefones
I’m happy to announce the winner of the awesome VIP Schurcipefones package.  But before I do so, there is a good chance you didn’t win, so I want to remind you that a few tickets are still available at the very reasonable price of $30. Anyway, without further ado, the winner of the VIP passes is Dan [...]

07/31/2015 11:13 AM
Minnesota Made Teaser – August Schell Brewery
A friend and former coworker started Minnesota Made some time ago. Several months ago we were talking about topics and (obviously) breweries came up. Episode 8 of MNMade will feature August Schell Brewing Company. Check out the first teaser video. Full video to come. Nice work Chris! Episode 8 Preview – Cypress Blanc from Chris ...

07/31/2015 09:56 AM
Coronado Brewing 19th Anniversary Imperial IPA

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A quick search on this site will reveal that Coronado Brewing has produced some stellar IPAs in the past couple of years — including their tropical fruity 18th Anniversary. So, it’s no surprise that the company is celebrating their latest birthday with another big imperial IPA. For their 19th year in business, Coronado has combined […]

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07/31/2015 09:23 AM
Red Stripe: Another One Bites…
This morning I awakened to find yet another lawsuit about sketchy alcohol beverage labels. It sounds like Red Stripe is being sued for being a fake Jamaican, like the guy depicted off to the right. I am going to see if my colleagues John and Frank are around to liveblog this with me, this Friday […]

07/31/2015 09:20 AM
Wine zen (and beer lessons?)
Bill St. John has written his final column on wine for the Chicago Tribune. And, it's a doozy. In a valediction, he distills (wrong verb?) his experiences and what he's gained from them. Beer-makers and beer-drinkers and beer 'experts' and, ahem, beer-writers might see their reflections.
Pouring Stoller Pinot Noir

The most important thing that I learned is that wine is no big deal, that it's a part of the everyday life of millions of people — a condiment on their table, equal to salt or salsa.

By and large, we take wine and especially winemaking way too seriously. We've made of winemakers what we've made of chefs — superstars and entertainers. As Julia Child once told me, "We've let cooking get in the way of our food." We've let winemaking and so much folderol about wine — buying, storing, collecting and bloviating — get in the way of our wine.

I've learned that too many winemakers — American, French, Italian, it doesn't matter — can't keep their egos out of the bottle. They tinker with it, putting their stamp on it — too much wood, say, or a lot of phenolic extraction — because they want to make a statement with their wine about their prowess, such as it is.

Contrariwise, I've also learned that the best wines, the great wines of the world, speak of their place of origin. They have what wine writer Matt Kramer calls "somewhereness."

I've learned that, all over the globe (and in many new wild and woolly winemaking places), grape growers and winemakers have learned, to great effect, new ways of growing in the vineyard and working in the cellar. More good wine flows today than has ever before in our history as drinkers of it.

I've learned that wine is less an alcoholic beverage and more a food, and that its proper, perhaps indispensable, place is at the table with other foods. Even a little bit of it enhances a meal in a manner disproportionate to its volume.
Chicago Tribune
21 July 2015.


07/31/2015 07:47 AM
Hardknott Azimuth IPA 5.8% ABV
Azimuth is a memorable IPA, it's in your face and uncompromising. It reminds me of Brewdog's Punk IPA, and as that's one of my favourite brews, that's no bad thing.

07/31/2015 05:47 AM
The Good Beer Guide: Avoid like the plague?
While Stonch is away, this blog is being written by Arthur.  My 2011 edition signed by the man himself Roger Protz  When I moved house earlier this year I was suddenly forced to confront the accumulated accoutrements associated with a man who has spent decades of his life bumbling around his local beer scene. Shelves of half-inched pint pots, enough beer-festival polo shirts to

07/31/2015 03:32 AM
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07/31/2015 03:05 AM
Dutch Lager Styles 1870 - 1960 (part seven)
The war had a devastating effect on Dutch brewing, despite The Netherlands being neutral. The unrestricted German U-Boot campaign that began in 1917 caused havoc with international trade. Dependent on imported barley, Dutch brewers began to run out of raw materials. Despite drastic reductions in the strength of beer*, by 1918 production was down to just half of the pre-war level at 0.72 million hectolitres**.

Dutch breweries by province
1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
Noord-Brabant 241 214 191 72 65
Gelderland 42 31 27 13 10
Zuid-Holland 35 25 24 14 -
Noord-Holland 22 19 17 12 10
Zeeland 36 33 31 25 25
Utrecht 12 7 7 4 3
Overijssel 10 9 7 3 3
Friesland 2 2 2 2 2
Groningen 20 16 14 1 1
Drenthe 1 1 1 0 0
Limburg 236 216 201 77 66
Total: 657 574 522 223 198
Nederlands Etiketten Logboek, 1998 

More than half of all Dutch breweries closed: from 522 in 1910 to 223 in 1920. The majority of those that closed were small affairs in Limburg and Nord-Brabant - 243 out of 299. Many had still been top-fermenting which effectively gave a further boost to Lager brewing in Holland.

Amstel slashed their range to just two beers, Pilsener and a dark Lager***.  They also started using rice, maize, tapioca and sugar in addition to malt****.

Interwar years
During the 1920’s the Dutch brewing industry bounced back and by the end of the decade output was up by almost 1 million on the pre-war level. This despite the number of breweries having more than halved between 1910 and 1920 . The biggest fall was in the Southern provinces of Noord-Brabant and Limburg, where there had been a large number of very small breweries.

Dutch beer output 1925 - 1939
year output (hl) year output (hl)
1925 1,944,000 1933 1,609,000
1926 2,033,000 1934 1,512,000
1927 2,058,000 1935 1,373,000
1928 - 1936 1,262,000
1929 2,319,000 1937 1,298,000
1930 2,280,000 1938 1,382,000
1931 2,103,000 1939 1,508,000
1932 1,807,000
European Statistics 1750-1970 by B. R. Mitchell, 1978.

Once again international developments intervened in the form of the 1929 Wall Street Crash and the worldwide recession that followed. The gains of the 1920’s were more than rolled back and, though the situation improved in the final years of the 1930’s, Dutch beer production was about the same in 1939 as it had been in 1914.

Pils was gradually gaining ground at the expense of other styles, though breweries continued to brew the low-strength Licht (pale)and Donker (dark) Lager as well as the stronger Bayerisch Dark Lager.

* "Amstel, het Verhaal van ons Bier 1870 - Heden" by Peter Zwaal, 2010, pages 59 and 66.
** Bier in Limburg, Sef Derkx, 1990.
*** "Amstel, het Verhaal van ons Bier 1870 - Heden" by Peter Zwaal, 2010, page 59.
**** "Amstel, het Verhaal van ons Bier 1870 - Heden" by Peter Zwaal, 2010, page 66.

07/31/2015 03:00 AM
Brewery News: OR: Bend: Deschutes Brewery promotes Veronica Vega to brewmaster in research and development.
Press Release

July 29, 2015 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery has promoted Veronica Vega to brewmaster. She will work as the brewery’s research and development lead, alongside brewmaster Brian Faivre who heads the technical brewing side. Vega started out at Deschutes as a tour guide in 2006, moving into the cellar before transitioning into a production brewer role. She’s been the lead brewer at the brewery’s original pub location in downtown Bend, Oregon pub for the last three and a half years.

Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery, said, “Veronica has done a fantastic job heading up our Bend pub for the past few years, she is creative, enthusiastic and passionate about her job. Her experience with Deschutes at every level gives her a unique insight in her new role. We are very lucky to have many qualified brewers on our team, so this was a tough decision, but we’re confident it was the right one.”

Vega, who received her degree in biology from Humboldt State University, first worked as a biology field technician for the National Park Service. Even though she loved her job, she loved Bend more and decided that was where she’d like to settle. When she got the call from Deschutes Brewery, she was happy to start out in the tour department and then eventually move into a brewing role.

Vega said, “We have an extremely talented brewing department, and I look forward to working collaboratively with both our R&D and production teams to innovate on the process and experimental aspects of our brewing efforts.”

image of Brewmaster Veronica Vega courtesy Deschutes Brewery

 About Deschutes Brewery
Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work in both 2013 and 2014, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.

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