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04/26/2015 03:53 PM
June 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar
2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

June 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

June starts the long 3-month summer outdoor beer festival season. There's so many events going on during the warm months that you'll never have a lack of events to go to. Here are many of the beer-related events that you can attend this month. These calendar listings are updated regularly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a few days.

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1st Annual Montrose Malt Assault Brew Festival
Saturday, June 6, 2015
In the park behind Habitat for Humanity
Montrose, CO
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
Cost: $20. VIP Dinner $20. Both $35.
It's the first ever brew festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans sponsored in part by Two Rascals Brewing Company. There will also be a VIP Dinner separate from the brewfest. For tickets and info call (970) 596-4631. Reserve seats for dinner by May 20th. Enjoy beers from over 12 local Colorado breweries and cider companies. More info on Facebook: Montrose Malt Assault.

2015 Highlands Ranch Beer Festival
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Civic Green Park - Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Time: VIP 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 6:00pm General.
Cost: $30 advance, $40 day of if not sold out. VIP $45.
Local and national breweries come to serve you their very best brews!
Highlands Ranch Beer Festival
Colorado, often called the “Napa Valley of Beer”, is home to over 160 local breweries and brewpubs. In celebration of our beer culture the HRCA proudly presents the 3rd Annual Highlands Ranch Beer Festival. Live music, local and national breweries and lawn games will be present at this event. Unlimited one ounce samples and a souvenir tasting glass is Included in the ticket pricing. Must be 21+ to partake in tastings. Individual beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Highlands Ranch Scholarship Fund. The festival is open to all ages; however, only those over 21 can consume alcohol. Proper ID required upon entry. Admission to the park is FREE! You do not need to purchase a ticket to enter the park. Only ticket holders will be allowed to sample beers at the festival. Tickets and details online.

2nd Annual Steel City Brew Fest
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Gateway park at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk
Pueblo, CO
Time: General 6:00 - 9:00pm, VIP 5:00pm.
Join us at the beautiful Pueblo Riverwalk for the 2nd Annual Steel City Brew Fest. This event is part of the 15th Annual Boats, Bands and BBQ Festival, presented by Loaf ' N Jug, an annual event that draws over 35,000 people over a two day period. Events for the festival include a KCBS BBQ competition, live entertainment, food and product vendors, Kids Fun Zone, Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wing Eating Competition, along with other special events. The Steel City Brew Fest will allow participants to sample beer from both Colorado and national craft breweries. The $30 Brew Fest ticket will provide entrance to the larger festival on the day of the event which is 10:00am to 11:00pm. Website: http://puebloriverwalk.org/steel-city-brewfest/

2014 Culture JamCulture Jam 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Left Hand Brewing Co - 1265 Boston Ave.
Longmont, CO
Time: 5pm - 10pm.
Cost: TBA (around $28)
Celebrating the rich cultural diversity in our local community, Left Hand Brewing Co. is proud to host Culture Jam for its third year! The annual concert and cultural display brings Colorado together for a family-friendly evening of world class music, dancing and community arts to benefit Intercambio Uniting Communities. Join us for a vibrant summer night at the brewery, full of great music, global fare & craft beer, and community love! - See more at: lefthandbrewing.com/events/culture-jam-2015/

4th Annual Big Ass Tap Takeover
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Parry's Pizza - 4 locations
Northglenn, CO - I-25 and 120th Ave.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Greenwood Village, CO
Castle Rock, CO
Time: 11:00am to close.
Cost: Per beer and food item.
Once again, it’s time to prepare for the BIGGEST ASS TAP TAKEOVER with Avery Brewing Co. Parry's doesn't joke around about this event because every year, it’s freaking serious! So much so that there will be four locations taking part in this year’s event. They’ll be throwing this BIG ASS party at their locations in Northglenn, Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village and Castle Rock. Show up with a full stomach, plans for a designated driver, kids and dogs being taken care of by someone other than you and a helluva good time in the sun. Avery Brewing Company reps will be at every location and a hologram of Adam Avery himself will be greeting everyone that walks through the door (not really, but he will be at their Highlands Ranch and Northglenn locations, in person.) - More info: www.parryspizza.com.

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Snowmass Town Park
Snowmass, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $55 single day Saturday pass.
Music - Brews - Chili! General admission to festival grounds in Snowmass Town Park on Saturday, June 13th. Pass includes a full day of music, the Beer Grand Tasting from 2pm-5pm with over 25 microbreweries and a souvenir tasting glass, and access to a variety of craft & food vendors. Kids 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For a full schedule of events, visit the website: www.snowmassmammothfest.com.

South Pearl Street Brew Grass
Saturday, June 13, 2015
1200 block of South Pearl Street
Denver, CO
Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: Free to attend, per beer charge.
What happens when you mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold draft beer, and some fun, funky music? You get the South Pearl Street Music Festivals. The street is closed and features a stage at the northern end of the block and farmers market vendors, craft beer brewers, and some local bluegrass bands played into the night. Entering its ninth year, the music festivals have become a neighborhood tradition and a real shindig. The question remains–is it a music festival with really good beer or a beer festival with really good music? Website: http://southpearlstreet.com/events/

3rd Annual Feast of Saint Arnold
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Chapel of Our Saviour - 8 Fourth St.
Colorado Springs, CO
Time: 12:00pm - 4:30pm.
Cost: $25 General, $75 VIP.
The 3rd Annual Feast of Saint Arnold. “Colorado’s Family Friendly Beer Festival ” showcasing the best of Colorado’s craft brewers, winemakers, and emerging distilleries. It is located on the historic grounds of the Chapel of our Savior Episcopal Church in the heart of the Broadmoor Neighborhood at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain. In addition to unlimited beverage tastings, activities include the family fun zone which is a separate area for organized kid’s activities, tours of the 1920’s era historic property and mansion, and continuous live music. Proceeds to Westside CARES, providing care and compassion for neighbors in need today, tomorrow and beyond, and the missions of Chapel of our Saviour. Website: http://feastofsaintarnold.com/.

Do at the Zoo26th Annual Do at the Zoo
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Denver Zoo - 2900 E. 23rd Ave.
Denver, CO
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm, VIP 6pm.
Cost: $175 General admission, VIP $300.
Enjoy grazing on sample dishes from over 90 of the city’s finest restaurants and bellying up to the watering hole for unlimited drinks featuring the region’s best beer, wine and cocktails, all while enjoying top live entertainment. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Valet parking is available for $10 or complimentary self-parking is available. Proceeds this year benefit Denver Zoo’s education programs. Your valuable support helps Zoo staff cultivate a passion for science and math education in young children, through both formal and informal programs at the Zoo and outreach in the community. Website: www.denverzoo.org/events/do-zoo

6th Annual Boulder SourFest
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Avery Brewing Company - 4910 Nautilus Ct.
Boulder, CO
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
Cost: Sold Out.
Join us for this celebration of truly experimental beers! All beers here are homegrown in America and feature sour or wild recipes made with bacteria and wild yeast. Pucker up, Buttercup! The Boulder SourFest is a celebration of the limitless possibilities in craft brewing, where they invite breweries from all over the country to share their interpretations and iterations of beer genres that we love dearly. All profits are donated to charities, and brewers from around the country often make a visit to Avery Brewing Co to see old friends and taste what they've created. - See more at: http://averybrewing.com/fests/#sthash.O1GR4CE8.dpuf See more at: http://averybrewing.com/fests/.

Rails & Ales BrewfestRails & Ales 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - 610 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO and La Veta, CO train stations.
Time: 10am - 5:45pm.
Cost: $39 Economy class available, all other class sold out.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s most popular event sells out earlier each year. Don’t miss your chance to experience Colorado’s most unique brew fest. Don’t wait to buy tickets, this event sells out fast and the 8th annual Rails & Ales promises to be the best yet. Ticket includes round trip train ride, access to the brewfest and a commemorative beer glass. Must bring I.D. and be over 21 years of age to receive a alcohol access wristband. Rails & Ales is considered a “special event” and in accordance with the policy, all sales are final. Due to the artist, this concert is considered a special event. Pricing for this concert is reflective of this. Complimentary ticket or tickets purchased through third parties (e.g. – Groupon and Living Social) cannot be redeemed for this event unless specified. Tickets and info at: www.coloradotrain.com/ride/rails-ales-2015/

Reds Whits & Brews 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Harry A Nottingham Park
Avon, Co
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $25 pre-sale, $30 day of, VIP $60/$75.
In the gorgeous setting of Harry A. Nottingham Park in quaint Avon, CO, the Reds, Whites & Brews Festival has evolved to become a ‘don’t miss’ event of the summer! This event will feature amazing wine & craft beer tastings, LIVE music, vendors and food! Live music on Saturday from 2-3 bands, wine tastings from Veraison Distributing, craft beer tastings from over 20 craft breweries, local restaurants and food vendors, crafts, art, and more! Tickets & info at: alwaysmountaintime.com/radiate/events/reds-whites-and-brews/

Fort Collins Beer Week
Saturday - Saturday, June 20-27, 2015
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Multiple events city-wide.
Cost: Varies by event, or per drink.
GET READY! Beer Week is coming to Fort Collins June 20-27, 2015. Fortified Collaborations is proud to present Fort Collins Beer Week in June of 2015. They’re calling it an “un-festival”—a community-wide event that will infuse a celebration of craft and community into the city’s restaurants, breweries and businesses. Fort Collins Beer week is all about enjoying craft beer responsibly and appreciating those who make it. So join us for a week-long toast to our local brewing industry! Over 13 participating FoCo breweries. Website: http://fortollinsbeerweek.com

26th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival
Saturday + Sunday, June 27-28, 2015
Civic Center Park & Washington Park
Fort Collins, CO
Time: Sat & Sun. 11:00am - 6:00pm.
Cost: TBA
An annual tradition that celebrates Colorado craft beer and live music. Friday night is a small-scale, ticketed event where guests can directly interact with brewers as they sample. The general festival on Saturday and Sunday will have alcohol service throughout the Civic Center Park and Washington Park area grounds in addition to food service, shopping at vendor booths and live entertainment on two stages. Website: http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/colorado-brewers-festival

Other June 2015 Events Expected - Details and more events coming soon.

- Great Divide Brewing Co's 21st Anniversary Party - Denver, Co - TBA.
- Lake Dillon Brew Festival - June 27 - Dillon, CO - 1-5pm - Lake Dillon Amphitheater & Marina Park.

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04/26/2015 03:45 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’.....

04/26/2015 03:45 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

04/26/2015 03:45 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.....

04/26/2015 03:45 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!

04/26/2015 03:45 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!

04/26/2015 03:42 PM
A Whale A Week: Cali Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s
A Whale A Week is my attempt to chip away at my overstocked beer cellar, while sharing some rare beers with a variety of friends over the year.  Last week we tasted the bright and peachy Peche 'n Brett from Logsdon Farmhouse Brewery in Hood River, Oregon.  This week we travel to Florida for a spiced Imperial stout... Californ ...

04/26/2015 03:18 PM
I am liking this beer. A lot.
Two beer posts in two days. You might almost think this was a blog about beer Now there’s a concept; I wonder why nobody else has ever thought of it? Conshocken Brewing Co. La Colombe Tandem is made in tandem … Continue reading

04/26/2015 01:08 PM
Beer: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Beer: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow Pittsburgh Post-Gazette At the press briefing for Pittsburgh Craft Brew Week, held at the Penn Brewery, Dana Staudi from Three Rivers Underground Brewers, which represents home brewers, pours a sample of a mead from Apis. To her left is Brian Meyer of the Pitts ...

04/26/2015 12:34 PM
Patent No. 2115335A: Can Filling Machine
Today in 1938, US Patent 2115335 A was issued, an invention of Samuel A. Hurst and Harrie A. Keck, for their “Can Filling Machine.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to an improvement in’ machines for filling cans and other...

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04/26/2015 11:52 AM
No-Li Brewhouse Releases Brass Monkey Summer Seasonal
Many know a Brass Monkey to be a good ol’ fashioned 40 of malt liquor mixed with orange juice. What’s not to like, right? Well No-Li Brewers Damon Scott and Carey Fristoe have taken this idea to a whole new level to bring the world a craft beer Brass Monkey – a strong ale brewed with orange peel for an explosion of citrus flavor.

04/26/2015 10:42 AM
Vinyl records are the secret as Atherstone watering hole named in CAMRA’s list …
Tamworth Herald Vinyl records are the secret as Atherstone watering hole named in CAMRA's list ... Tamworth Herald CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, announced their countrywide list of over 200 Local Pubs of the Year to help launch April's Community Pubs Month. And the Church Street watering hole has been put forward for its déc ...

04/26/2015 08:10 AM
Left Hand Finally Gets Some Competition in the Bottled Nitro Beer Category …
Westword Left Hand Finally Gets Some Competition in the Bottled Nitro Beer Category ... Westword More than three years after Longmont's Left Hand Brewing became the first U.S. beer-maker to bottle and sell a nitrogenated beer, a second American craft brewer has finally figured out how to do the same. The company, Utah's Wasatch Brewery ...

04/26/2015 06:13 AM
San Francisco in June
Continuing my jetset lifestyle, I'll be in San Francisco 5th - 9th June.

Obviously, the main point is to sell my book. Drink some beer and talk endlessly about beer play a part, too.

Any suggestions about what I should do and see while in the city gratefully accepted. And if you fancy setting up an event where I do my talking bollocks thing, get in touch.

I'm almost ready to reveal exactly why I'll be in California. Probably the most exciting event of 2015.

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The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

04/26/2015 05:42 AM
Longtime NM beermaker joins new-brewery stampede with Off-Kilter Brewing Co.
Albuquerque Business First (blog) Longtime NM beermaker joins new-brewery stampede with Off-Kilter Brewing Co. Albuquerque Business First (blog) Mike Campbell, former Tractor brewmaster back when it ran in Los Lunas, will bring his nearly 20 years of professional brewing experience to Off-Kilter Brewing Co. Campbell will open in a 4,00 ...

04/26/2015 04:30 AM
Non-Craft Sub-Brand
Bullard's IPA ('Craft Beer Brewed in Norwich').

In a weird inversion of the usual arrangement, a self-consciously-‘craft’ brewery has just launched a retro ‘real ale’ sub-brand. Well, sort of. If you’ve read Christopher Hutt’s 1973 book The Death of the English Pub then you’ll know the story of Bullard’s of Norwich: along with the city’s other brewery, Steward & Patteson, it was taken over by Watney’s in 1963, … Continue reading Non-Craft Sub-Brand

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

04/26/2015 03:05 AM
Houston day two
I'm still a bit knacked, even after a good long sleep. So after stuffing scrambled eggs and bacon down my throat I head back upstaitrs for a bit of a lie down.

Just as well I'm in no rush. Noel Hart is picking me up at midday to drive me out to DeFalco's, the home brew shop where I'm having an event. It's always fun watching random US TV.

I particulalry enjoy the adverts for prescription drugs. Where thye say how miraculous it is then quickly rattle through a list of side effects, including such minor things as stroke, heart attack or death. They always make me smile.

When I get to DeFalco's I realise something: all the strip malls in Houston are painted the same sand colour.

The event is in a back room. I say event, it's really just me chatting about beer and trying to sell books. That's becoming the story of my life. They've brewed up some recipes from the book so I do get to drink beer, too. There's a 19th-century Whitbread X - always love those old Mild recipes. If only because they're nothing like Mild as it's now understood.

I always enjoy a nice Scottish IPA. And 1885 Younger XP certainly plugs that hole in my dyke. It's another good style for confusing the unwary, Scottish IPA. The 1900 Grätzer proves once again what a cracking - and seriously negelected - style it is.

I'm given a rather cool Foam Rangers badge, the shape and size of a sheriff's badge.Thanks.

It's a pretty relaxed couple of hours. But my belly is calling. I'm taken to The Hay Merchant, a beer bar crammed with what mostly looked like young things. It's hard to tell when the lights are low and you're as old as me.

Maybe you can check on the photo:

Hard to tell when everyone has their back turned, isn't it?

Let's try with this one. Bit blurry, but at least a few are facing the right way:

Fairly young crowd. Look at those beards.

I get a tour of the cellar. As you can see, they have one or two draught beers:

I leave pretty early. Or rather I'm driven back fairly early hen I start nodding off and dribbling down my shirt. Still not totally at home in this time zone. Couldn't possibly be anything to do with drinking beer for hours on end.

Tomorrow it's my luxury flight to glamourous Birmingham, Alabama. Need to be at my freshest.

Defalco's Homebrew
9223 Stella link Rd.
Houston, TX 77025

The Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006.

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04/26/2015 01:02 AM
Beer In Ads #1536: Why Holland Limits Heineken To Its Closest Allies
Saturday’s ad is for Heineken, from 1966. This is sort of a nostalgic ad using imagery from wartime and specifically World War 2, which seems odd to me. The post Beer In Ads #1536: Why Holland Limits Heineken To Its Closest Allies appeared first on Brookston Beer Bulletin.

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04/26/2015 12:54 AM
Patent No. 2155947A: Bottle Opener
Today in 1939, US Patent 2155947 A was issued, an invention of Theodore H. Low, for his “Bottle Opener.” There’s no Abstract, but the description summarizes it that the “invention relates to improvements in hand decappers or openers for bottles sealed with crown...

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04/25/2015 09:13 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewers Assistant — Brewpack
Sydney's Brewpack is offering a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to train anyone willing to learn or thinking of a career in the brewing indusrty...

04/25/2015 06:17 PM
Dogfish Head Goes Extreme Again – Beer Thousand!

Quick editor’s note: we meant for this to be a video review, but due to a malfunction in our sound equipment, we have transferred our thoughts into writing.  Enjoy! 10 … Continue Reading →

The post Dogfish Head Goes Extreme Again – Beer Thousand! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

04/25/2015 04:31 PM
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – From the World’s Oldest Brewery.


The post Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier – From the World’s Oldest Brewery. appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

04/25/2015 02:48 PM
Checking out Two Roads Brewing.
I missed my chance to catch up with brewmaster Phil Markowksi at a press luncheon and tasting when Two Roads Brewing debuted in the Philly market a week or two, but sales rep Lee Porter was kind enough to send … Continue reading

04/25/2015 02:13 PM
‘Bruce Jenner Cocktails’ One of Most Inappropriate PR Pitches
For any major televised event, there are a handful of brands eager to piggyback on the national attention through everything from Super Bowl ads to wannabe-viral videos about how to dress like you’re on the Oscars red carpet. Occasionally, overzealous brands miss the world’s social cues and try to ride the wave of a far […]

04/25/2015 12:02 PM
From the Other Side of the Counter
Featured Contributor: Jamie Tierney @jamietie89 You’ve been stalking the release of that limited, overpriced, one-time release of the hippest of brewery of the month and have finally found a store that’ll be getting some bottles. You drive an hour, maybe more to this fabled super store hoping to get your hands on that bottle only to find that when you get to the counter, you’re given the run around. “Sold out” the clerk says. You get a glimpse of the bottle, possibly with a slip of paper…

04/25/2015 10:51 AM
Beer Birthday: Stephen Beaumont
Today is my good friend and colleague Stephen Beaumont’s 51st birthday. And not only a friend, but a neighbour, partner and ally, too (inside joke). In addition to his now-less-than-temporary Blogging at World of Beer online, Stephen’s written numerous books, including the recent World...

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04/25/2015 09:53 AM
13 Virtues Brewing Expands Its Beer Offerings
This past September Philadelphia’s Steaks & Hoagies went through a rebranding and name change at its Sellwood/Moreland location to now be known as 13 Virtues Brewing Company. The brewery part of this business has been going by 13 Virtues for the past couple of years after founder Steve Moore totally revamped his sandwich shop’s brewery […]

04/25/2015 07:31 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Mild Ale wort
This is a photo of a glass of wort: the solution of barley sugar and hops, boiled in a brew-kettle, that will eventually become a beer. Careful. It's hot!
Mild Ale wort

And what a splendid-looking wort sample it is.

A vivid garnet hue; the clarity of a well-produced wort; and the obvious specks of a 'hot break': proteins, carbohydrates, polyphenols, hop acids, fatty acids, and other solids from barley and hops that coagulate during the boil, and that will be left behind in the kettle when the wort is chilled and sent to a fermentation tank.

I didn't take this photo. Kristi Mathews Griner, brewmaster for Capitol City Brewing Company, did ... just after her lead brewer at the Arlington, Virginia, brewpub, Matt Ryan, had finished mashing, and separating the wort, from his recipe (23 April 2015).

In two weeks or so, after yeast has done its magic, this wort will have been transmogrified to a Ruby Red Mild, and Capitol City will serve it, in draught and cask-conditioned fashion.

The occasion will be the first-ever American Mild Month, a month-long celebration in May, when brewers and drinkers across the the United States will "indulge in mild ales," arguably, the quintessential 'session' beer style. *


  • * American Mild Month is the campaign of Alistair Reece, a blogger in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the month of May, breweries and pubs across the United States will be participating in American Mild Month. For more information, or to sign up:
  • How the (U.S.) Brewers Association defines a Mild Ale: here. How American Mild Month defines an 'American Mild': here.
  • What is an American session beer? Beer and whiskey writer Lew Bryson defines it: here.

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

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04/25/2015 05:10 AM

Commercial Description: Spitfire was originally produced in 1990 as a bottle conditioned 4.7% premium bitter as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. A full malt and hop flavour with a well balanced and lasting after taste. This ale is always readily available at Supermarkets but don’t let that put you off. [&hellip

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04/25/2015 03:22 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 25/04/2015
Breakfast Illustration: Bacon Butty.

Before you head off to the newsagents to spend your pocket money on a copy of Whizzer & Chips and a 10p-mix-up, here’s our pick of beer-related reading around the internet from the last week. → Michael ‘Sour Beers’ Tonsmeire provided a recipe for ‘Alsatian Saison’ with a reminder that home brewers have the luxury of taking some … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 25/04/2015

News, Nuggets & Longreads 25/04/2015 from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

04/25/2015 03:05 AM
Tied houses again
By 1950 the tied house system as we know it had been around for 60 years or so. But it wasn’t without its critics.

As I’ve already mentioned, it was the indirect result of government interference in the licensed trade. A shortage of potential outlets for brewers was created by making new licenses almost impossible to obtain and by aggressively delicensing existing pubs.

Before the 1880’s breweries had tied houses, but they were only a small part of their trade. The vast majority of pubs were free, though, as today, there were also loan ties.

Let’s make this clear: most pubs ended up being tied because brewers wanted to secure outlets for their beers. Bear that in mind while you read this:

Profit and the Tied House
There has been some appreciative comment upon the attempt made under the above heading last month in these columns to set out the true facts about the tied house system: what it means and why it is in being. Too often, and for too long, there have been statements and questions raised which are based upon the supposition that the tied house system exists because it is a fruitful source of revenue to the brewery. That supposition is entirely without any foundation at all, for it can be clearly demonstrated that the difference in the margin of profit to the brewery as between the beer it sells through its tied houses and the beer which it sells in the competitive free market does not, when all the factors are taken properly into account, amount to a row of pins. The tied house system came into being of sheer necessity to save the licensed house from bad times, to improve and restore it to its proper place in the service of the public which no other system could have done. It enables the vast majority of retailers to conduct their own largely independent businesses, the public to continue to enjoy the advantages of licensed houses bring in the main run by individual "landlords," and the brewery to run its long-term productive programme on lines which make for economy in costs. The tied-house system has but one serious defect—the name by which it came to be known from the outset. Its critics are too prone to jump to the conclusion that a licensee being tied means that he is bound hand and foot. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", page 13.

So the tied house system was all about breweries serving the public rather than providing profit for the brewery. Why the hell did they bother having them if they provided no profit? The argument that the profit margin was much the same as in the free trade is irrelevant. The vast majority of a brewer’s income came through beer sales in their tied pubs and off-licences. If only because that’s where most beer sales took place.

“Tied house” seems a perfectly fair description to me of a pub which is controlled by a brewery and obliged to sell its beers.

This sounds like the sort of guff pubcos come up with when trying to claim they’re wonderfully philanthropic organisations, without a thought for themselves.

“The simple fact is that the wholesale and retail sides of the trade have been on very good terms for a great many years. Within the past two years or so they have been going together into ways and means of perfecting a system of mutual consultation which shall make things work smoothly and provide recourse for the settlement of the occasional instance of individual dissatisfaction. That work has now for practical purposes been completed in the panel system which extends over the whole country. The tenant has at his disposal for the asking a 12 months' security of tenure in his house, but it is significant that a comparatively small proportion have exercised the option for a new agreement in those terms. The reason is not far to seek, for the tied tenant by and large knows perfectly well, and has known for many years, that his security is not for three months or for 12 months but that so long as he runs his business properly his tenancy will also run on as long as he wishes to remain. That is not supposition or sentiment, but the hard economic fact that it pays the brewery to leave a good tenant to carry on and to have him satisfied and content.”
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", page 13.

I’ve seen plenty or arguments between breweries and their tenants documented in newspapers. I don’t believe for a minute the rosy picture painted here. And quite a few of those related to breweries evicting tenants.

There are reasons why a brewery might want to get rid of a successful landlord. They might want to give the pub to someone else, or they might want to put in a manager, if they thought the landlord was making too much profit. Or they might just have had a disagreement with the tenant. I’d have gone before the panel and got my 12 months’ security. You can’t trust money-grabbing capitalist bastards.

I’m sure I’ll have lots more to say about tied houses.

04/25/2015 12:58 AM
Beer In Ads #1535: Asahi Anime
Friday’s ad is for Asahi, from sometime over the last decade or so. It’s hard to say since Japanese anime or manga art is often so timeless. Animation in the form of anime and manga is incredibly popular in Japan, and became increasingly so in the U.S. from the 1980s on. Beyond the...

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04/24/2015 11:05 PM
Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey open Cardiff Confessional
When a brewery expands to a new location, there are a few ways for the new venture to manifest itself. When Ballast Point and Stone Brewing Company moved to a second location, they both went the research and development route...
Lost Abbey Cardiff Confessional

04/24/2015 09:01 PM
Busy, Busy Busy.
Lots going on, including a family issue, dealing with having to opt out of a beer junket as a result (and having the folks in charge not only be understanding but offer an even better option), trying to make the … Continue reading

04/24/2015 06:09 PM
Inside The Cellar Presents: Pairing Is Caring – Craft Beer & Pizza Pairing for Charity

(Los Angeles,CA) – Our boys Daniel and Farhaad from InsideTheCellar.com are putting on a very special event that benefits t…

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04/24/2015 05:57 PM
Monkish Rara Avis brewed exclusively for The Rare Beer Club, available this month
Sponsored Post: Want two rare exclusives in one shot? The Rare Beer Club has the hook up this month with Monkish B.C.’s Rara Avis and Brouwerij Wilderen’s Tripel Kanunnik. In addition, two past exclusives and five other beers are still […]

04/24/2015 05:27 PM
Cigar City Brewing Introduces Jollie Ollie IPA

(Tampa,FL) – Hop heads rejoice! This 22oz. bottle is packed with ten different types of hops. That’s the largest number of …

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04/24/2015 04:21 PM
Crawfish Boil at Texian Brewing
Houston Beer Week is winding down. The eight day celebration of all things beer comes to close for the 2015 year on Saturday, April 25. It only makes sense to save some of the best events for last and one...
Texian Brewing

04/24/2015 03:39 PM
Preliminary Program for Brew Talks Chicago Announced
Well it's April 24, there are 100 beer industry professionals already registered to attend next Tuesday’s Brew Talks meetup and we still haven’t said a peep about the program. That changes today. Brewbound is excited to announce the first half of next Tuesday’s Brew Talks program, featuring a stellar lineup of sales & marketing experts.

04/24/2015 03:00 PM
Industry News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewing announce participation in Spokane Beer Week
Press Release

Spokane, WA…While Portland is a buzz for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, the Inland Northwest is creating a buzz of its own.  Come May 11, all roads will lead to Spokane…and the first official Spokane Craft Beer Week!
With an abundance of exciting events already slated to entertain the masses from May 11th – 17th, perhaps the most anticipated is one that brings together 13 breweries and paints a vibrant picture of craft beer in the Inland Northwest.    
On May 12th from 4pm – 7pm, 12 local breweries will unveil 6 collaboration beers at No-Li Brewhouse against the backdrop of the beautiful Spokane River. 
“This event is really indicative of how far Spokane craft beer has come,” says No-Li’s Callet Ioane.  “It’s humbling to be a part of the evolution of the beer culture here and we’re extraordinarily proud to see our local brewing community thrive.  We’re excited for the future!”
Among the participating innovators are Big Barn, English Setter, Iron Goat, Laughing Dog, MickDuffs, Paradise Creek, Ramblin’ Road, River City, Steam Plant, Twelve String, Waddell’s and Wallace.  These creative teams have promised to deliver distinct beer experiences ranging from a Belgian golden strong and a raspberry gose to No-Li’s Taylor Shellfish collaboration Oyster Stout brewed with fresh Pacific oysters.  While guests enjoy the brews, they will also be entertained by the well-known Spokane band, The Trailer Park Girls.
Beer, music, food and fire pits…all along the River.  Not bad for a Tuesday!
For more information on Spokane Craft Beer Week, visit www.spokanecraftbeerweek.com.
About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.  For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

04/24/2015 02:45 PM
AleSmith Hall of Fame: Imperial .394 Release

Originally a faint idea dreamt up by Tony Gwynn and Peter Zien, the now imperial version of their collaboration, San Diego Pale Ale .…

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04/24/2015 02:34 PM
Aquae Compositae
Drunk for a Penny. Dead drunk for twopence. Clean straw for nothing. —Sign outside a London gin shop, Circa 1700 England. 1688. James II sat ...

04/24/2015 02:15 PM
Three-year battle over 64-ounce growlers all but over
It has been a long convoluted journey, but on Friday the Florida House voted unanimously to legalize 64-ounce growlers for tap room beer sales. The size, a standard in 48 of the United States, has long been a point of contention between craft brewers and some of the state’s distributors and macro-brewers. “This day has […]

04/24/2015 02:15 PM
Berghoff Brewery Introduces Hop-Forward Pilsner and Berghoff IPA

(CHICAGO, IL) – On Tuesday, May 5, the ever-evolving Midwestern brewery Berghoff Brewery, Inc. will release two brand new year-…

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04/24/2015 02:13 PM
Speakers Brew Talks – Chicago 2015

04/24/2015 01:54 PM
In the Grip of a Cider Press
Head west from London, through suburbs lazily tapering off into farmland and forests, and you will find yourself in the West Country, the umbrella term ...

04/24/2015 01:53 PM
Sam Calagione on Beer and Music
Befitting the reputation it has built for using diverse and exotic ingredients in the brewing process, Dogfish Head has shown over the years that, as a company, it has eclectic taste in music as well. Spearheaded by founder and self-proclaimed music geek Sam Calagione, the company has made its fandom known through collaborations with the likes of Pearl Jam, the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis’ estate and, most recently, a Dogfish-sponsored live performance by hip-hop icon Tone Loc during this year’s Craft Brewers Conference.

04/24/2015 01:29 PM
Week of 04/24/15 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Argus Cidery Tepache Especial Pineapple Win, Kondrauer Hopster “Tonic”, Freigeist Kopenickiade Berliner Style Weisse, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Savior, Tallgrass Brewing 16-Bit DPA, and Urban Chestnut Schlossturm Altbier. Additional information can be found [...]

04/24/2015 01:21 PM
How To Make Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Here’s a thing that you might like to eat because it’s a tiny strawberry cup filled with super-boozy Jell-O. You will need: Strawberry Jell-O, water, strawberries, tequila, Cointreau, sugar, and a lime. And about 4 and a half hours, at least, for the Jell-O to solidify. I know, it’s the worst. Sorry. READ MORE FOR […]

04/24/2015 01:07 PM
Spinnaker Bay Brewing – 2 year anniversary party

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Quick note about the Spinnaker Bay Brewing anniversary party happening Saturday, April 25 in Seattle. Spinnaker Bay Brewing is celebrating two years of craft beer-making in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Beer drinkers of Washington State’s only 100%, women-owned brewery are invited to come and taste two new barrel...

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04/24/2015 01:05 PM
Island Brewing Lands Six Medals at Beer Competition
Island Brewing Company posted six medals at the LA International Beer Competition, judged April 18-19. A panel of certified beer judges critiqued hundreds of beers from the US and abroad in a blind-taste format covering 89 beer styles. Beers were judged against others of similar styles as defined by the Brewer's Association Style Guidelines.

04/24/2015 12:18 PM
People are ‘most attractive’ after one drink. But after two?
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol makes you appear more attractive to others, a new study has found. (duh) Research at Bristol University found that the intake of a single alcoholic drink could make people seem more attractive due to the relaxation of facial muscles, dilating pupils and flushed cheeks – indicating good physical health […]

04/24/2015 11:51 AM
Marshall Wharf Brewing forced to idle canning operation
Yesterday I heard some noise about Marshall Wharf Brewing Company shutting down their canning operation, I reached out to David Carlson, Owner at Marshall Wharf to validate this info. It turns out what I heard was true but it’s only temporary. Marshall Wharf is located right on the water in Belfast, David informed me that […]

04/24/2015 10:26 AM
Types of UK Brewery

From time to time, we feel compelled to categorise things. It never really works but, in the attempt, we usually learn something. This time, we found ourselves wondering about the many different types of brewing business to be found in the UK today and how they relate to one other. (We did something similar before, but that … Continue reading Types of UK Brewery

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04/24/2015 09:31 AM
Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA

The post, Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Breck IPA isn’t just Breckenridge Brewery’s newest year-round offering. It’s the company’s opportunity to play with relatively new ingredients, as well. Apparently, they’ve been able to get a contract on a fairly rare malt &#151 Full Pint malt. This hard-to-source ingredient is supposed to give the IPA a fullness on the palate. So, how does […]

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04/24/2015 06:00 AM
BrewLab To Assist Craft Brewers In Its Quality Assurance & Quality Control
There are currently over 3,400 total craft breweries here in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the Brewers Association states that there are an additional 2051 breweries in planning. Breweries are opening at a rate of one new opening every 16 hours. These are some astonishing numbers that may not be all that […]

04/24/2015 04:08 AM
April 24th, 2015
Good thing I buy in bulk...


04/24/2015 03:50 AM
Kona Brewing plans $15m investment in Hawaii
Kona Brewing Company has announced plans to invest $15mn for expansion of its brewery operations in Hawaii, US.

04/24/2015 03:05 AM
Houston day one
As you're probably aware, I'm just back from 10 days in the USA. All spent in the South, a part of the country I've scarcely set foot in before.

It all kicked off in Houston. I started there for a very good reason: there's a direct flight from Amsterdam. I've learned my lesson about changing planes. Way too stressful.

Talking of stressful, boarding USA-bound flights at Schiphol has become tense for me. Twice last year I was near as damnit strip searched. It's not a good way to start a journey. To calm my nerves I have a couple of Famous Grouses and a Heineken at the bar adjacent to the gate.

I needn't have worried. They don't say more than two words to me.

Flying across the Atlantic is becoming routine. Not necessarily a pleasure, but not too much of a chore, either. With my extra legroom seat and noise-cancelling headphones, I pass the journey in reasonable comfort, watching crap films to while way the time. And obviously taking fiull advantage of the free drinks on offer.

Another good reason to fly in via Houston: no ridiculous queues at immigration, unlike some airports. Before I know it, I'm in a taxi bouncing along a freeway lined by endless strip malls. Every one has a pawn shop. Can't remember seeing many of those when I lived in the US in the 1980's. Maybe I just didn't notice.

I'm stopping downtown. That's what I usually do. Preferably somewhere quite nice. I've picked the Magnolia because I liked the one in Denver so much. Nice old building, comfortable rooms, decent free breakfast. What more do you need?

This is the view from the window:

The weather is pretty crap. Wet, humid and surprisingly warm. I've deliberately come in the spring, knowing what southern summer weather is like.

I've a couple of hours to get my head straightened before meeting Noel Hart at 4 PM. He's helped organise tomorrow with his home brew club the Foam Rangers (great name).

We're headed for the Flying Saucer, a beer pub handily situated just a couple of blocks from my hotel. It's a fairly cavernous place, with a high ceiling and an enormous beer list. Loads of US beers, but equally plenty of European imports. Not that I'm going to bother with any of the latter. Just as I usually avoid American beers in Europe. Unsurprisingly, it being Friday, it's pretty boisterous inside.

We chat and drink. A few other people turn up. Until I hit a wall at about 9 pm. I think that's when it was. I didn't do that badly, when you consider it was 4 am for me. And I'd been up over 20 hours.

It's pissing it down when I leave. I wake up in bed at 1 am, fully clothed, TV on. Must have dropped off while watching something.

I sleep deeply well past dawn.

Foam Rangers and De Falco's tomorrow.

The Flying Saucer
705 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

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04/23/2015 10:27 PM
Stone hopes to sink grey imports
Stone Brewing hopes the ready availability of its beers direct from the brewery will stamp out unofficial channels.

04/23/2015 09:58 PM
White Rabbit building new brewery
Plans are underway to build a new White Rabbit Brewery in Geelong, Lion has revealed.

04/23/2015 08:46 PM
Gravity Growlers celebrates first anniversary with SweetWater tap takeover
Gravity Growlers (341 Fury's Ferry Rd., Suite 8), the CSRA's first full-fledged growler shop, is celebrating a year of serving up Augusta-area beer lovers craft beer to-go. And what better way to do...
Gravity Growlers

04/23/2015 07:10 PM
The Lovely, Sweet Jenny
Featured Contributor: Craft Brew Gal @CraftBr3wGal Let’s talk about this beer right here. Flying Jenny is a year round available extra pale ale.
 Brewed in? Westerly Rhode Island. 
Being unfiltered this little lady is a little hazy; Lite golden body with a lite caramel glow.
 This here is an Ode to Northwestern hops-Columus, Zeus, Tomahawk and…….. DRY HOPPED WITH CASCADE! (brewed also with five different malts.) Flying Jenny factoids: ABV 6 % Calories (Est) 159 IBU 54 <— I got more fruity hops character not too bitter She’s…

04/23/2015 06:42 PM
Rogue MoM Hefeweizen Returns in Time for Mother’s Day

(Newport, Oregon)  – Get MoM the gift of Roses for Mother’s Day! MoM Hefeweizen is infused with hand-picked Oregon …

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04/23/2015 06:21 PM
Chainline Brewing opens for business this Saturday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This Saturday, April 25 at noon, Chainline Brewing opens its doors in Kirkland. The brewery and tasting room is located not far from downtown in the Houghton neighborhood along the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail. In fact, there’s a lovely deck right along the trail. I snuck in...

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04/23/2015 04:19 PM
Free the Hops' Rocket City Brewfest returns to Huntsville for seventh year
The Huntsville Chapter of Free the Hops is once again giving North Alabama a top tier beer festival experience on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. with the seventh annual Rocket...
Promo photo for Rocket City Brewfest

04/23/2015 04:02 PM
Katy Sip n Stroll is back this weekend at Villagio Town Center
Wine lovers have several Houston- area events throughout the year for wine sampling and entertainment. The largest of all is only a few days away and everyone age 21 and up is invited to attend and enjoy some of the...
Katy Sip n Stroll

04/23/2015 03:41 PM
Two Big Events at Bridge Tap House
I hope you have your drinking shoes on because as the weather is warming up, we’re seeing more and more events going on around town. The Bridge Tap House has not just one, but two killer events they’re putting on in the next two weeks. Next Monday, April 27th, Bridge will be featuring a Deschutes Brewery tap takeover [...]

04/23/2015 03:16 PM
Industry Insider: To Tip, Or Not To Tip, And My Hamburger Is How Much? Part I
Has this happened to you? You’re scanning the menu at dinner, trying to decide what to eat, and you see that the restaurant is now ...

04/23/2015 03:02 PM
McMenamins Bothell project exceeds expectations – opening now scheduled

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For a long time downtown Bothell, WA was cute, small and adorably outdated. Compared to just a few years ago, downtown Bothell is rapidly growing unrecognizable. Well, except for the old Anderson School. We reported a long time ago about McMenamins and the plan to save and...

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04/23/2015 01:17 PM
Contest: Limited Sessions Tickets to 2015 Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest
The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their ninth(!) annual Beerfest, on Saturday, May 9th. In celebration of the event, Paul Hayden has given us three pairs of tickets to giveaway to the sold out 12PM-1PM limited session. Not only will you get to leisurely try a lot of great beer from all over [...]

04/23/2015 01:00 PM
Festival News: OR: Portland: North American Organic Brewers Festival returns August 13th thru August 16th
Press Release

PORTLAND, ORE – April 23, 2015 – The world’s only organic brewers festival, the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th years with a new date: the event has moved away from its traditional June weekend to August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

“Another beer promoter chose to move his Portland beer festival to our June date,” explained event founder Craig Nicholls. “Since we share the same pool of volunteers, and in many cases attendees, we opted for another date to benefit both events. The good news is August gives us a much better chance of drier summer weather!”

The NAOBF encourages brewers and beer lovers to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival serves up 50 organic beers and ciders from more than 30 different breweries. Some of the breweries are certified organic, but most brew a one-off organic batch just for the event. Styles run the gamut from Ambers to Belgians to Wild Ales, with a bit of everything in-between. (A complete list of participating breweries in included at the bottom of this release.) The event also offers live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits in a beautiful park setting.

This year’s event will also feature an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample draft beer from Pinkus, the world’s first certified organic brewery. Along with Pinkus Ur-Pils and Münster Alt on draft, the festival is introducing the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, featuring 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus in Germany and Samuel Smith’s from Yorkshire, England.

“When Samuel Smith’s opened in 1758 and Pinkus in 1816, chemical fertilizers and pesticides didn’t exist – all beer was organic,” stated Tom Bowers, district manager at Merchant du Vin. “Viewing the beer world from this historic perspective, these brewers chose to become the trailblazers of organic brewing for the modern era. By including Samuel Smith’s and Pinkus in this year’s festival, NAOBF has expanded the opportunity for festival goers to not only experience amazing beers from the world’s original organic brewers, but to taste history.”

Admission into the NAOBF is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer costs four tokens and a taste costs one token; select beers and ciders may cost double tokens. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors (and designated drivers).

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars.

The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free (donations are appreciated and support the BC to Baja Bicycle Odyssey).

Why brew organic? Today's agriculture relies heavily on chemicals and often causes erosion and depletion of soil nutrients through loss of biomass. Organic farming is a growing industry that reduces erosion, pollution, and water shortages by using natural methods to fertilize crops and to fight pests and disease. A well-established organic farm can often produce higher yields than a conventional farm. Organic farming is typically more labor intensive and provides more agricultural jobs per acre than conventional farming. Workers on organic farms are also safe from the health hazards of working with pesticides and herbicides. Using organic ingredients to make beer produces a beer with the highest possible purity and also supports the small but growing industry of organic farming.

For more information about the NAOBF, visit naobf.org.

2015 Participating Breweries
13 Virtues Brewing Co.
Agrarian Ales
Alameda Brewing Company
Beau's All Natural Brewing Co
Bison Organic Beer
Coin Toss Brewing
Eel River Brewing
Falling Sky Brewing
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Fish Brewing Company
Fort George Brewery
FOTM Brewing Co
Gilgamesh Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Kells Brew Pub
Lakefront Brewery, Inc
Lompoc Brewing
Loowit Brewing Company
McMenamins Concordia
McMenamins Crystal
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
McMenamins Edgefield
Natian Brewery
Nectar Creek Mead
PINTS Urban Brewery
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
Riverbend Brewing
Samuel Smith’s
Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.
Two Kilts Brewing Co.
Uinta Brewing Company
Vagabond Brewing
Viking Braggot Company
Widmer Brothers Brewing

04/23/2015 12:41 PM
Canadian Inventor Builds The Ultimate Beer Pong Table
Beer pong, the classic beer drinking game that has been played since the dawn of time. Legend has it, a caveman named Gorak bet his buddy Steve that if he could throw a ball of petrified mammoth crap into his glass, Steve would have to drink it with the turd inside. Gorak made the shot […]

04/23/2015 12:20 PM
Ah, those crazy Brewdog guys to launch ‘beer hotel’
The Scottish craft brewery is raising £25m from fans to expand its factory, create a sour beer brewery, and launch its own ‘beer hotel’ where the craft brew will never stop flowing. Renegade craft brewer Brewdog is launching an ambitious new crowdfunding project to raise £25m from its international fanbase. It is bringing back its […]

04/23/2015 11:48 AM
How I Celebrated Earth Day
I recycled. I put copper and lead back in to the ground.

After work Wednesday, I headed south for the Black Creek IDPA match. I hadn't been to the weekday event for a couple of seasons, so I was looking forward to shooting it again. Black Creek IDPA sets up a quick fun match, perfect for a weekday afternoon.

All the shooting this month took place on a single stage of six targets, and consisted of five strings, for a total of 36 rounds. Three center targets were set across a table from the shooter and were always engaged in tactical priority and tactical sequence. The remaining three targets were set further back and obscured by barrels to either side.

String 1: Draw and shoot the three center targets with one body shot each, followed by one head shot each, freestyle.
String 2: Same as above, strong hand only.
String 3: Pick up gun from chair, shoot as above, weak hand only.
String 4: "Neutralize" all 6 targets, with a minimum of a -0 or -1 hit on each.
String 5: Engage all targets with two hits each.

That was it. Despite the quickness of the stage — even my slow shooting times came to just 48.90 seconds total — the shoot was fun and challenging. The tactical sequence shooting still requires thought on my part after so many USPSA matches.

This quick match allows for folks to optionally reshoot with multiple guns, which I may try to do in the future. The Black Creek IDPA match is a fun mid-week diversion and I look forward to being a regular this Summer. It's a bit of a drive from Fredericksburg, as most things are. But it's not a bad drive, with 80's rock streaming from my phone...

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/23/2015 11:09 AM
Perennial Tap Takeover at Dressel’s Public House
[ April 26, 2015; 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. ] I love breakfast the same way Ron Swanson loves dark-haired women... and breakfast.  So if you're like me you're going to want to head out to Dressel's Public House this Sunday, April 26th because beginning at 10AM they're going to be featuring brunch and a Perennial Artisan Ales tap takeover. Check out the poster below for [...]

04/23/2015 10:45 AM
Meet America’s First Red-Wine Blend: How The Prisoner Wine Started a Trend that Can’t Be Stopped

More and more wineries are moving away from “simple” wines and exploring the magic of blends. According to Nielsen’s January 2015 report, wine blends (and especially red blends) have become the fastest-growing type of wine in the country. And it all started with The Prisoner, now considered by experts as “the first true American red-blend.” […]

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04/23/2015 10:27 AM
Blind Tasting for the Best Marlborough SB in the UK for under £10
New Zealand Wine are celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Week. At Drink Me, we’re never one to miss out on the party, so we’re bringing you our ...

04/23/2015 07:15 AM
Sunken City Brewing John Henry’s Hammer

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There’s really not much information available at John Henry’s Hammer, Sunken City’s imperial stout — besides the Wikipedia entry on the folk tale this beer is named after, which I hadn’t heard until preparing this review. Man vs. machine stories aside, about the only thing I can tell you about this brew is it’s ABV […]

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04/23/2015 06:29 AM
BrewDog launches £25m crowdfunding bid
The independent Scottish craft beer producer BrewDog has initiated a record £25m crowdfunding project.

04/23/2015 06:18 AM
Politicians drinking beer
Labour leader Ed Miliband enjoys a Carling This week we've seen Ed Miliband drinking a pint of Carling during a TV interview, and George Osborne visit one of my favourite breweries, Harvey's of Lewes. That's elections for you. But as usual the Aussies beat our lads at the boozing game. Here's a video of their PM downing a pint in seven seconds. Of course it's not nearly as impressive as his

04/23/2015 06:00 AM
Bailey’s Taproom 5th Annual GermanFest
As we have now had a few days to get some rest after last week’s Craft Brewers Conference events, Bailey’s Taproom returns from its triumphant week at The Drinking Lot with its 5th Annual GermanFest. This annual event brings out many various styles of beers that come from Deutschland. Taking place on Saturday, April 25th, […]

04/23/2015 05:30 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 23 - April 30
April's beer events calendar came in like a tornado and left like hurricane. After this coming week, I don't imagine that May will be any different. Plus, with May 29 and the kickoff to Philly Beer Week coming on strong, you'd have to live in a storm shelter to avoid the many different ways in which to enjoy our favorite beverage here in 2015. Keep calm and we'll all get through this just fine!

04/23/2015 04:20 AM
Saison Season Pt 3: Roobarb
Mad Hatter Rhubarb & Custard saison.

It’s surely a sign o’ the times that we were able to find two British takes on saison brewed with rhubarb for this post. It’s one of our favourite vegetables (it had honestly never occurred to us that it might be anything other than a fruit until this moment) thanks to fond childhood memories of tooth-strippingly tart … Continue reading Saison Season Pt 3: Roobarb

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04/23/2015 03:45 AM
I'm not given to amateur industry analysis but it's always pleasing to see signs of maturity in the Irish beer market: indicators that it's not all lowest-common-denominator recipes being thrown out for mass consumption, but that there are also enough interested drinkers to support a more diverse offer. And, of course, that there are brewers and breweries with the talent and resources to do such diversity well. Today's beers are both types that we haven't really seen here before and I'm delighted to have them breaking new ground.

Desperate Mile is by Galway Bay Brewery and makes much of its daring combination of hoppiness with sourness, in what seems like a reasonable 5.4% ABV half-litre package. It pours out a slightly hazy gold and smells at first just like a fresh pale ale, all juicy mandarins and pineapples to begin. But a second sniff revealed the signature nitre brickiness of top-notch Belgian lambic and suggests there's a tart treat to come. And sure enough, there on the first pull is a popping, puckering full-on sourness, but one which instantly gives way to the hop fruit. I don't know if it's the varieties chosen or if it's the extra acid loaned by the souring bugs, but the hop flavours are especially pithy here: lime and grapefruit are in the ascendant. Perhaps surprisingly the finish is quick, with neither hoppiness nor sourness sticking around for long on the thin body.

Desperate Mile launched as a limited bottle-only special, but like its predecessor Heathen, I reckoned it would work best as a down-the-hatch refreshment delivery system. I was able to put that to the test yesterday at The Beer Market, Galway Bay's newest Dublin outlet and one which takes the brave ethos to the city's on-trade. Desperate Mile may have lost a little on the hop front in the intervening weeks but still makes for a beautifully invigorating pint.

Meanwhile, Trouble Brewing has released what I think is Ireland's first triple IPA. Hop Priority is 11.1% ABV, which sounds about right to me. I caught up with it on keg in the Bull & Castle shortly after it was released.

The aroma isn't really up to much, just some light pine; I expected more from a beer that isn't shy about its all-round bigness. There's an immediate smack of hard liquor bitterness on the first sip and a waft of booze vapours up the nose. But, bizarrely, while it's heavily textured and clearly as high-octane as the ABV suggests, it's not hot as such. Instead of a warmth akin to sherry or brandy, it burns with the clean blue flame of an overclocked vodka. The knock-on effect is that it provides a perfect neutral base for bright and fresh hop flavours, so you get lots of mango, pineapple and even a dash of coconut. This sweet fruit far outweighs the bitter qualities and makes it a remarkably easy drinking beer. Served cold by the half pint it would be very easy to knock back, and that would not be a good idea. Overall a very impressive offering and a real testament to the brewers' skill.

So there, then, are a couple of new benchmarks for daring Irish beer. Beat that, everyone else.

04/23/2015 03:27 AM
Red Hill marks 10th anniversary
Mornington Peninsula's Red Hill Brewery will this weekend celebrate its 10th anniversary with some special one-off beers.

04/23/2015 03:05 AM
The Tied House System
It’s odd the sense of déjà vu as I flick through the Brewing Trade Review. Many of the same topics as today were being discussed back in 1950. Like the tied house system.

First, let’s hear from those who wanted to abolish it:

Tied House System (Motion)
MR. Bing (Hornchurch, Lab.) asked the following question during a discussion on the coming business of the House: Can my right hon. friend say, in view of the interest shown on all sides of the House in the tourist industry, and of the fact that this motion really was signed by a record number of hon. members, whether he can give any time at a convenient date in future for the discussion of a motion on tied houses which is at present standing on the Order Paper?

[That this House condemns the Tied Public House System, as at present operated, in that it deprives the customer of his freedom of choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike, tends to restrict the provision of food and accommodation, increases by monopolist practices the price of refreshments to the customer and does not furnish sufficient security of tenure to the publican; and that therefore this House calls upon His Majesty's Government to inquire into the Tied House system and other restrictive practices of brewers and to introduce, where necessary, remedial legislation.]

Mr. Morrison (Lord President of the Council): I am afraid I could not give any firm undertaking at this stage, but I do realise that this is a matter upon which there is fairly extensive interest among hon. members on all sides of the House ; but, as my hon. friend knows, after he and his hon. friends put down their motion, the brewers did offer to make a new type of agreement with their tenants. Perhaps he and his hon. Friends might consider whether we should not wait for a little while to see how it works out in practice and get some experience of it in a practical way.”
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", page 80.

The irony is, of course, that the tied house system was the direct result of government interference in the brewing industry. The limitation of the number of licensed premises was what prompted brewers to snap up every pub they could in the first place.

Like most Private Member's Bills, the one on tied houses got nowhere. The brewers had plenty of friends in parliament. Note from which side the Bill came: Labour. The party had a tradition of hostility to brewers, partly through worries about them taking advantage of and profiting from the working classes, partly from the non-conformist, temperance wing of the party.

This next quote comes from chairman’s report at Ansell’s annual general meeting. Unsurprisingly, he had a slightly more positive view of tied houses:

The Tied House System.—The past year has also seen a Private Member's Bill introduced by Mr. Bing, seeking to abolish the tied house, and, when that failed to get a Second Reading, a motion was put on the Order Paper for an inquiry into the tied house system. It is quite clear that this campaign is not based on any practical knowledge of the system under which the industry works, nor has any satisfactory alternative system been put forward.

At the same time, it is alarming to find that the tied house system, as it has come to be called, is so little understood not only by the public but by many Members of Parliament.

About a hundred years ago the system did not exist. Licensed houses were, for the most part, privately owned and somewhat squalid. The licensed trade did not enjoy a good repute. The licensed house was not a place in which a respectable person liked to be seen, let alone take his wife. These somewhat derogatory remarks are not, of course, aimed at the many fine old inns that existed then as they do to-day. I am speaking of the ordinary public house as it then was.”
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", page 84.

You should see some of the places I’ve dragged Dolores.  Just trying to think where the roughest ones were. Either Czechoslovakia or East Berlin.  I guess I’m not that respectable a person.

The line trotted out is also a familiar one: MP’s don’t understand the way the trade works. It’s always a good one. A timeless classic.

Note that at no point does he mention the reason breweries started buying pubs like crazy:

“As time went by brewery companies began to take over these places—at first by a system of mortgage, and later by outright purchase. The brewery companies, by thus ensuring a certain outlet for their products, were able to cut down on many overhead expenses and to spend money on the improvement of the promises. They were thus able to provide a good quality beer at a low price, and to afford to surrender licences in areas where there were too many, and also to build now licensed premises at high cost and with no chance of writing off the capital expenditure for a great number of years.

The policy of surrender and improvement of licensed premises pursued by Birmingham brewers prior to and immediately after the 1914-18 war—known as the "fewer and better scheme” - could not have been carried through had not the licensed houses been owned by brewery companies. Had such a scheme been carried through while the houses were individually owned, it would have meant ruin to many of the owners. Surely the benefit to the public that has resulted from this scheme in Birmingham and from a similar policy in other ports of the country is easily seen from the very high standard of licensed premises which now exist, many of which are owned by your company."
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", pages 84 - 85.

Ansells were one of the big Birmingham breweries. I remember the city well from visits to my mum’s family in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Driving through the city, it was clear that the pubs were relatively few in number but large in size. Partly it was due to when bits of the city were built. Birmingham was one of the few provincial cities to see substantial areas of new housing built between the wars. But even in the older districts, the pubs were few and big.

Many brewers had been keen on the “improved” public house between the wars. Somewhere bigger and with more facilities than a back-street boozer. Whitbread and Barclay Perkins in London, for example. But they had been frustrated by licensing authorities to a great extent. You couldn’t just rebuild or extend a pub. You needed permission from the licensing magistrates. And the teetotal twats amongst them didn’t want pubs to improve. They wanted them to be squalid so they had more reason to close them.

In Birmingham they were more practical. Brewers were allowed to build big, modern premises, if they surrendered enough licences. Obviously several, as councils were keen on whacking down the number of licences.

If I tell you the City of Birmingham had a population of 1.1 million in 1951 this next sentence won’t sound so impressive:

“So far as the tied house system limiting choice is concerned, in Birmingham alone there are houses owned by 11 different brewery companies all producing several different types of beer, though, with all modesty, we claim that the "Better Beer" is very popular in all districts where it is obtainable.

Fortunately the relationship between the wholesale and retail trade, both in the Midlands and throughout the country as a whole, has never been healthier nor happier than it is at the present time. It is only natural that the two sections of the trade, with similar but not identical interests, should from time to time have differing views. But it has been proved during this year that any differences within the trade that do exist can be settled within the trade to everyone's satisfaction, and without any need for outside interference.”
"Brewing Trade Review, 1950", page 85.

Well, at least all eleven brewed several types of beer.

That’s a dreadful selection for 1950. Though, in the Birmingham of my youth, it was two. Pretty much. The pubs were alternately M & B or Ansells. Unless you were in Aston. Just to the West of the city, in the Black Country, there were still a half dozen small brewers. But you’d never see their beer in Birmingham.

Davenports, the other brewery in Birmingham, had sold most of its pubs to invest in its home-delivery service. I can remember just one in the city centre, on Hurst Street. Where I was served the yeastiest pint of Mild I’ve ever had.

Yes, everything is wonderful. If only the government would leave us alone. That last paragraph could have come from a pubco today.

04/23/2015 03:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Three Pepper Ale
Press Release

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – ...  – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is thrilled to announce the national rollout of its award-winning Three Pepper Ale. To honor its silver medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the company has launched a chef- and brewer-inspired menu to celebrate its local brewers and chefs. Now through May 17, guests can enjoy Three Pepper Ale with a variety of new menu items created with Rock Bottom’s handcrafted brews.
Rock Bottom’s Three Pepper Ale gets its flavor and bit of heat from house-roasted, anaheim, jalapeño and poblano peppersThe seasonal ale recently claimed a silver medal at the GABF in the Field Beer category by its Arrowhead restaurant. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the U.S.
“Guests have had rave reviews about our award-winning Three Pepper Ale and its perfect balance of flavor and subtle spice. We’re thrilled to expand this offering on a national level so that all of our customers can enjoy the ale and have fun pairing it with a variety of our brewer- and chef-inspired appetizers, entrées and even desserts,” said Stan Frankenthaler, chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. 
The Brewer/Chef limited-time menu includes Beer Cheese Soup – a Rock Bottom favorite – as well as:
  • Certified Angus Beef® Tips – Certified Angus Beef top sirloin tips, grilled and simmered in ale demi-glace made in-house with portobello and button mushrooms, and served over white cheddar mashed potatoes with a crispy and green onion garnish. 
  • RB Ale Chicken – Marinated chicken breast, pan-seared and oven-roasted with portobello mushrooms and ale demi-glace made in-house, served over white cheddar mashed potatoes. 
  • Cuban Cristo – Shaved pit ham, chopped pork shoulder, sliced dill pickles and swiss cheese surrounded by sourdough bread with a thin smear of honey mustard and mayonnaise, dipped into beer batter and deep fried. Dusted with powdered sugar, served with french fries and accompanied by sweet and spicy jalapeño berry jelly.
  • Fish and Chips – Beer-battered cod served golden brown with french fries, apple coleslaw and housemade cajun remoulade. 
  • Salted Caramel and Toffee Mason Jar – Toasted graham cracker crumbs and salted caramel sauce in a mason jar, topped with two layers of creamy cheesecake custard, graham cracker crumbs, heath bar toffee bits. Topped with vanilla wafers, whipped cream and more toffee bits.
About Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Breweries are polished casual dining establishments featuring excellent service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers served in a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere. The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items ranging from classic favorites like Ball Park Pretzels and Brewery Nachos, to innovative dishes like Classic Mac ‘N Chicken, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and Bacon Cheddar Burger. Rock Bottom operates in 18 states from coast to coast.
About CraftWorks
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country with nearly 200 franchised and company-owned restaurants primarily operating under the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants and Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries brands. As a leader in the casual dining segment, CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River, and employs more than 12,000 people throughout the U.S. All of CraftWorks’ restaurant brands have innovative menus with made-from-scratch food and a vast selection of unique craft beer, as well as unbeatable service and loyalty programs that tout over a half-million active members. Based in Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks is not only committed to serving its loyal guests, but also the communities in which its restaurants operate. In 2000, the CraftWorks Foundation was formed and has contributed millions of dollars, positively impacting communities throughout the country. For additional information about CraftWorks, the foundation and its craft brewery restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.

04/22/2015 11:59 PM
Burner Control Parts List

This week a quick, but long overdue, video outlining the key fittings I used to plumb in the control valve on my brew stand. This video shows how the parts are connected together and I also outline exactly the part numbers for each part. First thing first, I used teflon tape on every joint. This […]

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04/22/2015 11:14 PM
Freshhop NZ back for 2015
Freshhop NZ is back for its second year with participating brewers this time using two varieties of hops: Motueka and Sauvin.

04/22/2015 09:04 PM
Blue Mountain Beer Dinner
On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a beer and food pairing with Blue Mountain Brewery at Capital Ale House. The beers were not ones that are usually available at the restaurant, and the food dishes were specially created for the event as well.

The Menu
Hors d'ourves
Toasted smoked Gouda and vegetable brushetta
Paired with Maggie Maibock

Wedge of romaine with almonds and dates finished with carrot ginger dressing
Paired with Steel Wheels ESB

Beer battered avocado with lime crème fraiche
Paired with A Hopwork Orange

Surf and turf of cilantro lime steak and cocoa coconut shrimp with Duchesse potatoes,
paired with Prizefighter IPA

Bacon and carrot cake truffles with vanilla cream,
paired with Local Species Belgian Pale Ale

The food was all quite tasty and the pairings worked well. The toasted smoked Gouda and vegetable brushetta that started off the evening was exceptional. A bunch of us suggested to the manager that it would make a good addition the Capital Ale House menu. I know headquarters will be getting a few emails with that same suggestion. The Maggie Maibock went well with the appetizer and was a good "easy" beer to start the evening. The salad course, though simple, was surprisingly enjoyable with the ESB.

The beer battered avocado was an unexpected treat. I wasn't sure at first how if would work, but it did. The selected beer, A Hopwork Orange, raised some questions at our table. I had the beer last year, and I recall it being candy sweet with an orange flavor. The beer poured this evening was a citrusy IPA. The brewery rep also described it has having a wheat beer base, which none of us detected.

Moving on to the main course of "surf and turf" we were treated to tender, juicy steak bits and nut encrusted shrimp. The menu noted "cocoa coconut" but the crunchy coating was all peanut flavor. The Prizefighter IPA was quite similar in flavor to the beer served in the previous course.

And finally dessert! The bacon and carrot cake truffles were either a hit or a miss with the diners. I enjoyed them but I saw some who rejected them outright. Local Species is one of my favorite Blue Mountain beers and it was a fitting finish to the meal.

The speed at which the courses came out seemed to be a bit rushed and I frequently found myself gulping down the last of my beer as the next course was being placed. Colleen noted the absence of any of the brewery's dark beers, and the last three beers were quite similar. But, overall it was a very enjoyable evening. The beers were all poured in generously sized samples, so there was plenty to go along with the food. The food was well prepared and as a whole enjoyed by all and the evening finished with smiles all around. It's been a long time since the Ale House hosted one of these events, and this one was very reasonably priced. I hope CAH does more of these events in the future.

Now, I'm off to email Capital Ale House headquarters with my menu suggestion...

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/22/2015 07:06 PM
#FreshHopNZ15 – Auckland 2015

PRESS RELEASE – 23 April 2015 Freshhop is back for its second year, the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount last year with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin. In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region. The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops […]

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04/22/2015 06:09 PM
Hop extracts available at Amazon
So now I have a better answer for the question when homebrewers ask me where they can buy various kinds of hop extract. Although there are a limited number of extracts available from homebrew stores, both local and online, they don’t equal the range of what Kalsec is selling at Amazon. There is a catch. […]

04/22/2015 03:00 PM
North American Organic Brewers Festival Returns With New Dates
Since today is Earth Day, it’s fitting that the year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival has announced its return to celebrate 11 years this summer. Now with new dates that will guarantee* perfect weather, founder Craig Nicholls has moved the festival to a later date in the summer from August 13 – 16. Best of […]

04/22/2015 03:00 PM
10 Ridiculously Good Wine Movies Every Wino Should Know
The only thing better than getting your wine on is doing it while curled up on a Friday or Saturday night with a wine-related movie. Here at Drink ...

04/22/2015 12:16 PM
Old Town Brewing and Maletis Beverage Partner to Expand Brewery Operations
Portland, Ore. – (April 22, 2015)  Old Town Brewing ® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, announced today its partnership with Oregon distributor, Maletis Beverage. Joining the well-known distributors roster will bring OTB’s award winning beers to bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout the Portland market starting in May. In anticipation of increased […]

04/22/2015 10:37 AM
Cayucos Cellars – Family Owned Winery by the Sea

Just a block from the ocean in the small beach town of Cayucos, California, Cayucos Cellars offers tastes of their wild-yeast fermented vintages, made with grapes grown in the hills above town. This is a smaller craft winery, where wines are aged between three and six years in oak barrels before bottling. Creating just five […]

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04/22/2015 10:32 AM
The Wineries of Paso Robles

Picking the best of Paso Robles wineries is not an easy task. There are nearly two hundred wineries in the area, and the bucolic hills that once fed roaming cattle, now house vineyards and tasting rooms. The sunny, dry climate, limestone-rich soil, and proximity to coastal air has given this wine region the ability to […]

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04/22/2015 10:29 AM
Rahr Malting plans major expansion
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded $610,000 in Job Creation Fund resources to Rahr Malting Corp., which will help the Minnesota company to begin its $68 million expansion and addition of 28 full-time employees. Rahr Corp.’s expansion plans include the construction of a malt house, pilot brewery and technical center, maintenance […]

04/22/2015 09:53 AM
Timothy Taylor Landlord

Commercial Description: Timothy Taylor Landlord is the classic pale ale, brewed in the traditional way from Knowle Spring water. Using only the finest Golden Promise malted barley and best possible leaf hops. This full-flavoured brew has won many awards, both at Brewers Exhibitions and Great British Beer Festivals. It is best drunk between 11°C & [&hellip

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