09/03/2015 10:45 AM
Adroit Theory This Time You Should Believe the Hype
The post, Adroit Theory This Time You Should Believe the Hype, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
I’ve got a buddy at work that is a member of Adroit Theory’s Black Heart Society — limited access to one-off brews and stuff like that. He’s not a huge IPA fan, though he’s been drinking more of them. So when this 10% ABV imperial IPA with the name of “This Time You Should Believe […]
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09/03/2015 10:45 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
09/03/2015 10:45 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
09/03/2015 10:45 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
09/03/2015 10:45 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
09/03/2015 10:45 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
09/03/2015 09:22 AM
Wisconsin School of Business helps Capital Brewery tap into craft beer markets
University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business helps Capital Brewery tap into craft beer markets University of Wisconsin-Madison The craft beer market is booming, which is good news for Capital Brewery, one of Wisconsin's first craft breweries and an iconic Madison brand. But the craft scene shifts quickly, and to keep up ...
09/03/2015 08:31 AM
It's been a couple of months since I've been out to practice at my local outdoor range. However, the past couple weeks I've made an effort to get out and focus on particular skills to supplement the dry fire work. I head to the range on the way home from work, with 100 rounds of ammo, and a plan.
Last week I went with the purpose of focusing on longer shots. After dropping a lot of points on the 20 yard shots on Stage 3 of the IDPA classifier recently, I felt I needed to work on concentrating on the sights and trigger press. On that trip I shot exclusively from the 25 yard line. My eyes are such that I can see the sights sharply, but any targets beyond 15 or so yards are blurred. I have to aim at the blurry brown blob against the blurry brown berm. As I was checking my hits, it occurred to me that in the excitement of a match, I tend to rest on the center of that blob. That was the years of USPSA shooting habits coming through. The "down zero" zone on the IDPA target is located in the upper portion of the target so I needed to adjust where I indexed on the target. Let's hope that epiphany sticks in the next match!
For this week's trip, the practice focused on strong and weak-hand only shooting. The IDPA rules state:
6.19 No “strong-hand only” strings of fire may require the shooter to engage targets more than ten (10) yards (9.1 meters) distant.I decided to do the SHO shots at 15 yards, and the WHO shots at 10. I figured if I can hit them from those ranges, the match distances should feel easy. (One can hope!) The right handed shots were hitting well, but I was initially shooting to the right when using my left hand only. There are many opinions on the best stance when shooting one handed; for me the best position seems to be standing squared to the target with the gun mostly vertical. By the end, I was fairly satisfied with the hits I was getting. (I'm aware that last month's Area 8 USPSA match had WHO shots at something like 18 yards, but that's just silly.)
It was another quick, but I think beneficial, practice session. After 50 strong hand and 50 weak hand shots, I found a couple dozen extra rounds in my range bag and did some shooting just for fun. I did feel the effects of all those one-handed shots later in the evening.
After shooting, there was still time for a good exercise session as well. The two activities made for a complete "workout Wednesday" and an excellent diversion from the work week.
09/03/2015 07:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... No-Li Copper Donkey Winter Warmer
Spokane, WA…It’s time to put on your ugly sweaters and grab the newest seasonal selection from No-Li! Hello, Copper Donkey!
Following a 'funky monkey' is not an easy feat, but this twist on a classic Moscow Mule more than rises to the occasion! Brewed with fresh ginger and Equinox hops to accentuate notes of lime and lemon, Copper Donkey will continue No-Li's play off of well-known citrus cocktails and replace Winter Warmer as their winter seasonal.
Damon Scott, No-Li’s Brewery Operations Manager, says, "Winter Warmer has always been well received, but we really want to push the boundaries with our seasonal brews. Brass Monkey definitely got people excited, and we're stoked to continue to experiment with unique flavors in our newest beers."
Copper Donkey will offer balanced flavors of ginger and lime at 8% ABV and 20 IBUs. With a slight sweetness from the malts and flaked rye to emphasize the spiciness of the ginger, this copper-cupped spin-off will to be a lighter, more refreshing winter brew.
Keep an eye out, because Copper Donkey starts shipping on September 22nd.
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 sixteen 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.
09/03/2015 06:56 AM
Will Craft Beer Have Its Day in Low-Point States?
CSPnet.com Will Craft Beer Have Its Day in Low-Point States? CSPnet.com Need evidence that the craft-beer market is maturing? Look no further than New Belgium Brewing. The 24-year-old brewer has created a 3.2%-alcohol-by-weight—or low-point—version of its most popular beer, Fat Tire, meaning it can be sold in ... Joe S ...
09/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Edgewood, IL (62426)
Do you want to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant? Do you want to know how much does a certified nursing assistant makes each year? Being a certified nursing assistant or a CNA in Edgewood Illinois 62426 is a very lucrative career indeed. Certified nursing assistants may also be known as Caregivers, Supported […]
09/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Dieterich, IL (62424)
Do you want to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant? Do you want to know how much does a certified nursing assistant makes each year? Being a certified nursing assistant or a CNA in Dieterich Illinois 62424 is a very lucrative career indeed. Certified nursing assistants may also be known as Caregivers, Supported […]
09/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Casey, IL (62420)
Do you want to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant? Do you want to know how much does a certified nursing assistant makes each year? Being a certified nursing assistant or a CNA in Casey Illinois 62420 is a very lucrative career indeed. Certified nursing assistants may also be known as Caregivers, Supported […]
09/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Brownstown, IL (62418)
Do you want to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant? Do you want to know how much does a certified nursing assistant makes each year? Being a certified nursing assistant or a CNA in Brownstown Illinois 62418 is a very lucrative career indeed. Certified nursing assistants may also be known as Caregivers, Supported […]
09/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Dundas, IL (62425)
Do you want to pursue a career as a certified nursing assistant? Do you want to know how much does a certified nursing assistant makes each year? Being a certified nursing assistant or a CNA in Dundas Illinois 62425 is a very lucrative career indeed. Certified nursing assistants may also be known as Caregivers, Supported […]
09/03/2015 06:00 AM
Laurelwood Brewing Embraces Fresh Hop Season With Six Fresh Hop Beers
One of the first breweries to release multiple fresh hop beers for the 2015 season is Laurelwood Brewing. Last week the Northeast Portland brewery tapped the first of its two flagship beers using fresh hops when it tapped Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA followed by Fresh Hop Free Range Red this week. These two fresh hop […]
09/03/2015 05:30 AM
New Belgium Brewing to Tweak Abbey and Trippel Recipes
Ft. Collins, Colo., September 2, 2015 – Two of New Belgium Brewing’s longest running beers, Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale, are being reimagined and updated for a new era. Both beers started life as homebrew recipes more than 25 years ago and new developments in hop and malt manufacturing have been […]
09/03/2015 05:00 AM
No-Li Brewhouse New Winter Seasonal: Copper Donkey
Spokane, WA – It’s time to put on your ugly sweaters and grab the newest seasonal selection from No-Li! Hello, Copper Donkey! Following a ‘funky monkey’ is not an easy feat, but this twist on a classic Moscow Mule more than rises to the occasion! Brewed with fresh ginger and Equinox hops to accentuate notes […]
09/03/2015 04:45 AM
Spinnaker Bay Brewing to Sponsor Boat Race Against Breast Cancer
Hillman City, Seattle, Wash. – Spinnaker Bay Brewing, the single solely women-owned brewery in Washington, is honored to donate their craft as the official beer of the 4th Annual Pink Boat Regatta fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research. The main event, which will be held on September 13 at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle, is […]
09/03/2015 04:24 AM
Beer Shorts Catch a Buzz Amid Nasty Hangover for Brewery Stocks
Bloomberg Beer Shorts Catch a Buzz Amid Nasty Hangover for Brewery Stocks Bloomberg The case for shorting beer stocks, according to Markit Ltd. analyst Relte Stephen Schutte, hinged at least partially on a "weaker" macroeconomic outlook. This is a dubious claim for many reasons but none more obvious than the simple fact that everyone . ...
09/03/2015 04:12 AM
Equity for chumps
This post is written by Arthur and the views expressed are his. In May this year, James Watt and Martin Dickie, co-founders of BrewDog and ostensibly grown adults, pretended to steal a helicopter and drop taxidermy "fat cats" in parachutes over the City of London*. The reason for these dull theatrics was to celebrate raising £5 million in the first 3 weeks of the Equity for Punks 4 (EFP4)
09/03/2015 03:05 AM
Bottled Stout in the 1950's - Standard Stouts 65-70% attenuation
As we gradually move our way down the attenuation scale, you’ll see the FGs rise and ABVs fall. Which is only logical. Though we’ve still got a way to go down that particular road.
There’s a considerable variation in price, not always that directly related to strength. The cheapest, Greenall’s Oatmeal Stout was just 21d – 8.75p in modern money – while the dearest, Mackeson cost 32d (13.33p). That’s almost 50% more, despite there being little difference in ABV. AAs national, heavily-advertised brand, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Mackeson demanded a premium price. The same seems to be true to a lesser extent of Charrington’s Punch Stout.
Just 5 of the 48 examples have the word “sweet” or “glucose” in their name. Almost as many, 4, are Oatmeal Stouts. More surprisingly, there are two Oyster Stouts. How modern.
There’s a reason why there are four analyses of Jubilee Stout. It was another widely available Stout which Whitbread presumably saw as a rival to their own Mackeson brand. A beer which was incredibly important for the company in the 1950’s.
There’s a very good geographical spread of breweries, from Scotland down to Southwest England, with pretty much every region inbetween represented. Including my hometown of Newark-on-Trent, in the form of Holes Castle Stout.
I can’t think of anything else to say. So here’s the table.
09/03/2015 01:50 AM
NYS Fair foods: Scotty’s Homebrew Soda, Poultry-Dairy Row (2015 review)
Syracuse.com (blog) NYS Fair foods: Scotty's Homebrew Soda, Poultry-Dairy Row (2015 review) Syracuse.com (blog) What I thought of it (1 poor to 5 excellent): 1 Tastes like weak ginger syrup with coloring. Hardly any carbonation. Second item I tried was: Orange zippy. Price: $3 refill. What I thought of it (1 poor to 5 excellent): 1 Mor ...
09/03/2015 01:27 AM
Beer In Ads #1666: Why? “To Keep The Girlish Figure”
Wednesday’s ad is for Miller Lite, most likely from 1987 or 88. When comedian Joe Piscopo left Saturday Night Live in 1984, after four seasons, he did a few films — I did like Johnny Dangerously — and around 1987 and 1988 did television and print ads for Miller Lite. In this one, the tagline...
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09/02/2015 11:16 PM
Door County Brewing introduces a new autumn beer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Door County Brewing introduces a new autumn beer Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Downstairs in the stone-walled basement of Door County Brewing, John McMahon and his brewer son, Danny open a bottle of L'automne, a seasonal farmhouse ale. The first sip is rich even before the malt spices hit the back of the tongue. ...
09/02/2015 09:00 PM
Hemingway’s Brewery coming to FNQ
Construction has begun on a new microbrewery, bar and restaurant that is slated to open in Port Douglas, Queensland in May 2016.
09/02/2015 08:32 PM
The Largest Seattle-Only Beer Fest of the Year: BREW Seattle
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A few years ago the nice people at Seattle magazine contacted me about a big beer festival they wanted to organize in Seattle. In short, they wanted my advice. At that time there were 30-something breweries in Seattle so I told them that, since they’re Seattle magazine,...
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09/02/2015 08:30 PM
Rock ‘n Roll Beer – Five Bands/Five Brews
The days of shouting “sell-out” at your television while a Rolling Stones or Bog Seger tune play during a commercial are evidently over. Furthermore, a popular band slapping their name on the side of a case of beer has not only arrived, but many bands are affiliating themselves with either extremely reputable breweries, extremely savvy […]
09/02/2015 08:03 PM
Motueka Hops SMASH
John keeps on finding time and new hops to run throug his one gallon SMASH beer brewing process. This week we dig into Motueka hops from New Zealand. To review the basic recipe and process: 1 gallon batch 2-pounds American two row 0.25oz of hops are added at 60min,15min, Flame out and then at dry […]
09/02/2015 08:02 PM
A chat with the History on Tap winner about an uncommon beer
Back in July the Central Street Farmhouse was collecting submissions for the History on Tap Homebrew Competition. This collaborative effort between the Bangor Historical Society and Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company asked homebrewers to brew a beer with traditional ingredients, methods or in historical styles. The winning entry would win a $100 Gift Card to Geaghan’s […]
09/02/2015 08:00 PM
My first encounter with an Arrogant Bastard
... was like looking in a mirror. My first encounter with the Californian beer of the same name, however, was the subject of a blog post here in August 2007. Apparently Brew Dog and Stone - who make Arrogant Bastard - are about to do some sort of transatlantic link-up. I don't follow these things so have no details, but thought republishing this might be topical. The conclusion's a nice soundbite
09/02/2015 07:45 PM
Top California Cabernets
With California Cabernet considered one of the top selling, most-liked red wines in the nation, it’s no surprise that there are a number of contenders vying for the top. California’s Cabernets are a product of the state’s warm climate and the bountifully rich and full-bodied grapes the weather produces. In fact, there are over 75,000 […]
09/02/2015 06:24 PM
High Water Brewing Presents Central Valley Breakfast Sour
(Pittsburg,CA) – The time has come and the solution to the age old mornin question of, “what beer should I drink today?…
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09/02/2015 05:07 PM
Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Returns This Fall
(Brevard, NC) — Oskar Blues Brewery’s award-winning Imperial Stout, Ten FIDY, makes its return to shelves and water…
09/02/2015 04:07 PM
Speculation over craft beer ‘definition’ rises amid countdown to UCB launch
Speculation is rising that the newly formed United Craft Brewers association could introduce a set of formal guidelines to define craft beer in the UK during its launch this month.
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09/02/2015 04:03 PM
Beer Release – Arc Flash ISA, Paradise Creek Brewery
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. From the eastern reaches of the state comes word of a new, seasonally inspired beer from Paradise Creek Brewery. The brewery, located in Pullman, just announced the release of its Arc Flash ISA. Here’s the release notice. Paradise Creek Announces Seasonal Release of Arc Flash I.S.A. Seasonally...
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09/02/2015 03:38 PM
Interview: Euroboozer’s Martyn Railton on bringing US craft beers to the UK
Growth figures released by the US Brewer’s Association earlier this year underlined that the potential export market for the country’s craft beer is vast and growing. Meanwhile, the UK’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for new and different beers is making it a top export target for the country’s thousand of brewers.
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09/02/2015 03:24 PM
Sempli Cupa-Vino Glasses
Sempli’s hand-blown wine glasses were created after Swedish designer, and Sempli owner, Daniele Semeraro realized that the stem on a traditional glass was aesthetically and ...
09/02/2015 03:16 PM
McMenamins Delivers the Fresh Hops For Thundercone
It’s the beginning of September so it’s the start of fresh hop season here in the Pacific Northwest. Once again McMenamins Breweries join in on the seasonal harvest with its annual Running of the Brewers with yesterday’s early morning hop run to Sodbuster Farms in rural Salem, Oregon. While at Sodbuster Farms, seven brewing team […]
09/02/2015 03:13 PM
Calling online home brewing supplies, er, suppliers. I've a partnership opportunity.
It's all part of a dramatic development - possibly the most cataclysmic event ever - here at SUABP. Get in touch via the gadget thing if you're interested.
09/02/2015 03:08 PM
Patent No. PP14127P2: Hop Plant Named “VGXP01” (a.k.a. Amarillo)
Today in 2003, US Patent PP14127 P2 was issued, an invention of Paul A. Gamache, Bernard J. Gamache, and Steven J. Gamache, for their “Hop Plant Named ‘VGXP01.'” Here’s the Abstract: The new hop plant variety named ‘VGXP01’ is notable for its unique, pleasant aroma and relatively...
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09/02/2015 03:06 PM
London brewers look to the past for beer’s future
09/02/2015 02:00 PM
Your Glassware and Drink Just Got Engaged: Diamond Drinking Glasses
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but this specific diamond’s best friend is whichever liquid you decide to bestow within its unique ...
09/02/2015 01:15 PM
Harpoon Brewery & Desalitech Announce “Charles River Pale Ale”
(Boston, MA) – Boston-based craft brewer Harpoon Brewery and Desalitech, an innovative water treatment company based in N…
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09/02/2015 01:15 PM
A-B to host Oktoberfest at six breweries
Oktoberfest is the Holy Grail of beer festivals to many beer enthusiasts around the world. Each year millions of revelers make the pilgrimage to Munich, Germany to eat, drink and be merry under massive beer tents. If a trip to Europe is not feasible for you, Anheuser-Busch is bringing an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration to […]
09/02/2015 01:05 PM
Spinnaker Bay Brewing and the Pink Boat Regatta
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just learned that Spinnaker Bay Brewing of Seattle will serve as the beer sponsor for the Pink Boat Regatta, a fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research. It’s a natural pairing. Spinnaker Bay Brewing is Washington’s only solely women-owned brewery and, as the name might suggest, it...
09/02/2015 01:05 PM
The Rare Barrel 2016 Ambassadors of Sour Enrollment Details
(Berkley,CA) – The Rare Barrel shares details on their upcoming 2016 Ambassadors of Sour beer club. Much like beer clubs fro…
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09/02/2015 01:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Piketoberfest returns October 4th, from 4pm - 8pm. Tickets on sale now.
09/02/2015 12:49 PM
New Belgium Brewing Tweaks Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel & Trippel Belgian Style Ale
(Ft. Collins, CO) – Two of New Belgium Brewing’s longest running beers, Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style A…
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09/02/2015 12:23 PM
New Belgium tinkering with Dubbel, Trippel recipes
New Belgium Brewing announced today that the recipes of several of their beers will be reimagined. Two of their longest running beers — Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale – will undergo several changes to update them “a new era.” According to the brewery’s official press release, “Subtle recipe tweaks will allow […]
09/02/2015 11:50 AM
Beer Release – September Releases from Foggy Noggin
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Foggy Noggin Brewing has several beer releases planned for September this year. Here are the release notes. Saturday – September 5th (noon-5pm) – Foggy Noggin Brewing will be releasing George Tire Biter (GTB) this is a hoppy Amber Ale that will make its debut to our beer...
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09/02/2015 11:36 AM
Beer Release – Christmas Vacation Series, Fish Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Fish Brewing Company and BevLink plan to release a Christmas Vacation series of beers inspired by Clark Griswold, Cousin Eddie, and the rest of the National Lampoon’s Vacation clan. The Christmas Vacation series includes a Gingerbread Stout, Imperial Brown Ale, and an Imperial IPA. Details in the...
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09/02/2015 11:25 AM
Taste The Adventure: Whitley Neill
This African inspired and London distilled delight delivers the heart of Africa in a bottle. Whitley Neill is a London Dry Gin crafted at ...
09/02/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery News: British Columbia: Central City Brewers + Distillers announces pending release of Patrick O’ Pumpkin Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale & Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Surrey, B.C. – A new fiery character-based beer smashes through the season with Patrick O’ Pumpkin. A seasoned and embittered lawman who has fallen to the dark side, Patrick O’ Pumpkin is as ruthless as they come, squashing even the scariest jack-o’-lanterns with no tricks or treats, confronting Detective Saison.
In a city where corruption and crime rule all, justice is brewing…
“Our Central City storyline has been a fun way to showcase our seasonal (character) beers,” says Tim Barnes, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Central City Brewers + Distillers. “Patrick O’ Pumpkin spices things up as our latest offering taking from the rich fall harvest, satisfying craft beer fans who appreciate a spicy strong brew.”
Patrick O’ Pumpkin Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a full-bodied spiced pumpkin ale that has been barrel-aged in bourbon barrels with a dark amber orange colour. This robust, strong ale is rich and flavourful with a spicy attitude that has been brewed for the seasoned craft beer drinker.
“We added a bit of twist to our pumpkin ale with an Imperial strength barrel-aged beer with bourbon and vanilla essences and some coffee and roasted flavours to make it a wonderful drinking experience,” says Gary Lohin, Central City’s brewmaster.
And back by popular demand, Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale also makes a return as a seasonal limited release. It is an amber ale with added spices and malty flavour reminiscent of pumpkin pies to make for a rich and full seasonal ale fit for any holiday feast.
Patrick O’ Pumpkin (8% ABV) and Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale (5% ABV) are available in 650 ml bottles and will be in liquor stores in BC by late September.
About Central City Brewers + Distillers:
Central City is a craft brewery in the business of developing, producing and selling international award-winning premium craft beer and high quality distilled spirits brewed without compromise. Based in Surrey, British Columbia, CCBD was voted Canada’s Best Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Its Red Racer brand has become a cult icon among craft beer enthusiasts throughout North America. Founded in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, CCBD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 with the grand opening of a brand new, 68,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive. It opened a second restaurant in downtown Vancouver, Red Racer Restaurant on Beatty Street in 2015. www.centralcitybrewing.
09/02/2015 09:56 AM
Dahlia's Pour House
Dahlia's Pour House, in the King Street Beer District of historic Riverside, has one of the largest selections of draft craft beers in Jacksonville.They offer 85 rotating drafts and an abundance of bottles and cans...
09/02/2015 09:00 AM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Spinnaker Bay Brewing announces sponsorship of "4th Annual Pink Boat Regatta"
Hillman City, Seattle, Wash. - Spinnaker Bay Brewing, the single solely women-owned brewery in Washington, is honored to donate their craft as the official beer of the 4th Annual Pink Boat Regatta fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research.
The main event, which will be held on September 13 at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle, is expecting to see over 50 boats in the race and several hundred participants, to include breast cancer survivors and supporters. For the second year, a sister race was held in Bellingham on August 30.
“Boating has been a part of our entire lives and is even the main theme of our brewery. This event really gives our community an excuse to get on the water and support a worthy cause,” says Janet Spindler, head brewer and owner of Spinnaker Bay Brewing in Hillman City, Seattle. “And as the only, 100 percent woman-owned brewery in the state, we’re honored to offer our support toward a cure for breast cancer.”
Last year the event raised nearly $69,000, almost doubling the previous year, and the goal for 2015 is set at $100,000. According to the Pink Boat Regatta website, 100 percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who between 2014 and 2015 plans to award $47 million in annual grants to hundreds of scientists from top universities and medical institutions globally. An additional $11.6 million has been committed to the international Founder’s Fund project focused on metastasis, according to the site.
"As a survivor of a rare appendix cancer, this event is a great way to give back to the cause that showed me support in my time of need," says Elissa Pryor, chief financial officer and co-owner of Spinnaker Bay Brewing. "I had no support group and no one to turn to, but the breast cancer community reached out to me with free services I wouldn't have received otherwise. I’m thrilled that we can share our beer to help in return."
The public is invited to celebrate the cause at Shilshole Bay Marina, 7001 Seaview Ave NW in Seattle, on the night before the event for cocktails and dinner aboard the historic Steamship Virginia V. “With special guest Peg Mastrianni, Deputy Director of BCRF, you'll hear from long time grant recipients Julie Gralow, MD and Mary-Claire King, PhD and learn the story of The Pink Boat Regatta from president and founder Ashley Bell, and will have the opportunity to raise the paddle towards these important efforts,” according to the Pink Boat Regatta invitation.
Guests are also invited to watch the main event from the historic Steamship Virginia V with special guest Peg Mastrianni, Deputy Director of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For tickets and more information about the Pink Boat Regatta, visit pinkboatregatta.org.
For more about Spinnaker Bay Brewing, visit spinnakerbaybrewing.com, or follow them on Twitter @SBBrewing and like the Spinnaker Bay Brewing Facebook page.
About: Spinnaker Bay Brewing, founded in 2012 by Janet Spindler and Elissa Pryor, is currently Washington state’s only 100% woman owned microbrewery. Located in the Hillman City neighborhood of Seattle, we create big flavorful beers with attitude.
09/02/2015 08:29 AM
Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké - Victim of Islam
On August 29, a brave Christian warrior moved one step closer to Sainthood when the Church beatified Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké. Bishop Malké was martyred in 1915 for refusing denounce his Christian faith and side with the "religion of peace." From National Catholic Register...
Bishop Malké will be beatified Aug. 29, the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom, during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Lebanon. It is expected that thousands of Syrians and Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State will attend the beatification.Of course, we are well-aware that muslim persecution of Christians and other non-muslims continues unabated today. May Blessed Flavien-Michel Malké intercede for victims of islam the word over.
Update: YouTube video of the Divine Liturgy, in the Syriac Catholic Rite, for the Beatification of Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké.
09/02/2015 07:15 AM
Southern Tier Gemini
Southern Tier Gemini is a beer I’ve had in the past, but hadn’t seen it in quite some time. Apparently the brewery had retired it back in 2012, only having resurrected a revised version of the brew last year. Fans of the beer should note that this is not the same Gemini as back then. […]
09/02/2015 07:00 AM
Brewery News: OR: Bend: Deschutes Brewery selects artist Taylor Rose for this year's Jubelale bottle art
Bend, Oregon – ... – Deschutes Brewery’s winter seasonal, Jubelale, will start showing up on shelves and tap handles next month to help herald in the cooler days of fall. Inside the bottle, fans will find the warm spiciness, dried fruit and a hoppy finish they’ve come to love. Outside the bottle, this year’s packaging features a detailed illustration by artist Taylor Rose featuring a wintery hiking scene along a trout-filled riverbank.
Taylor said, “I wanted this illustration to be all about the beauty of adventuring on a cold snowy night. It’s called ‘First Tracks First Cast’ because there’s nothing more special than fresh snow, cold waters, and good company. I’m so honored to be amongst such a fantastic family of Jubelale artists.”
Taylor Rose, who is now based in Bend Oregon, grew up in a small New Hampshire town and spent a childhood immersed in the nature that now inspires her art. In her work, she is constantly rediscovering her inner child to portray a world that beautifies nature and embraces the imagination process. The 2015 Jubelale artwork is no exception. A detailed portrayal of a couple and their dog walking along a snow covered trail, peering into a trout-filled river, captures the beauty and wonderment that the outdoors offer anytime of the year.
She continued, “To create this piece I used a process of ‘pencil, ink, watercolor, digital.’ Everything starts with a pencil drawing, is then inked with a calligraphy brush, and lastly scanned into the computer to be painted digitally with high resolution scans of watercolor brushes/markings.”
The release of this year’s Jubelale will be celebrated in Bend at the brewery’s downtown pub at 1044 NW Bond Street on Monday, September 28th. Taylor Rose will be attending the event to sign posters from 5-8 p.m.
This year marks the 28th bottling of Jubelale, the first beer that Deschutes Brewery ever bottled. For the last 21 years, a different local artist has been chosen to create an original piece of art for the label. This “winter warmer” is always a favorite for the holiday season. Jubelale will be available everywhere Deschutes Brewery beer is sold, starting in September. 6.7% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 International Bitterness Units (IBUs); 12-ounce bottles and draft.
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.
09/02/2015 04:08 AM
Does it Work and is it Worth a Tenner?
Schneider’s Meine Porter Weisse is, as the name suggests, a cross-breeding of English porter and Bavarian wheat beer — an idea intriguing enough to convince us to part with £9.99 for 750ml. Our first guess was that this would have something to do with Brooklyn Brewery but, no: publicity materials suggest that Georg Schneider conceived this … Continue reading Does it Work and is it Worth a Tenner? →
09/02/2015 03:14 AM
I'd only gone to DrinkStore for one specific beer but forgot it had been a few weeks since I was last in, so there was lots of new and previously untasted Irish beer to try. The purpose of my visit was Crossroads, an IPA from Kinnegar which rebadges a one-off called Roadtrip brewed exclusively for McHugh's off licences earlier this year. To my shame I've never been to either McHugh's branches, but was still kinda glad that the re-release has saved me an excursion to the northern suburbs. Crossroads pours an autumnal burnt ochre colour and smells quite caramelly, though there's definitely a citrus hop element to the aroma as well. The malt and hops blend rather well on tasting: it's smooth, heavy and warming with lots of toffee, and tasting every bit of its 6.2% ABV. But the hops sing out as well, sharply assertive with lemon and pine at the front and oily resins coating the lips. Then at the back of the palate there's a softer mango and papaya fruitiness melding playfully with that sweet toffee. It's a big beer for sure, but a rewarding one to take time over.
Little Fawn is a session IPA from White Hag, and properly session at 4.2% ABV. It's a lagery dark gold colour and gives up most of its aromatic secrets as it pours: grapefruit, pine and a juicier mango backing. A sniff once it's in the glass reveals a more serious dank, so this hits all the classic new world hop notes before it's even sipped. It's a little less complex on tasting, however. That low ABV results in a certain hollow and watery sensation that I found took the shine off it. The hops burn acidly and possibly a little harsh for me, but fans of roaringly fresh American IPA will definitely get their jollies here. There's even a bit of malt balance: a hint of Rich Tea biscuit behind the intensely perfumed flavour, quickly drowned by a long, long piney finish. In summary: hops; and a beer that I found more enjoyable to sniff than to taste.
The latest from Jack Cody's is Lunasa, badged as a "summer saison". It's 5.4% ABV and a cheery clear copper colour in the pint glass, the first time I think I've ever had to pour myself a half litre of saison. The classic saison crispness is a large part of what it does, and that suits me perfectly: no hot and fruity esters, but a gentle pepperiness and a fun wisp of smoke at the end. While it's as prickly as the next dry beer, the carbonation is low which makes it incredibly drinkable -- ideally suited to the casual summer drinking it's designed for.
I finally caught up with the second offering from Derry's Northbound: 08, a Kölschalike at 5% ABV. Perhaps it was a bit too warm when I drank it (hence all that foam) but I got a lot of greasy, esters and jangling sugar or even saccharine. The aroma has a kind of sickly syrupy thing, though the crisp graininess of proper Kölsch is lurking down there as well. It's not terrible, there is a proper spinachy noble hop bitterness and flavour, but the marker pen residue it leaves behind really spoils it. If you're going to drink 08, drink it damn cold. It was much better on keg at the RDS last weekend, for example.
Last one from the haul is Rowlock, a new IPA from Clearsky Brewing which uses Hilden's facilities. It's 4.5% ABV and pleasingly pale, the pour dispelling all fears of it being a heavy, sticky malt bomb as too many Northern Irish IPAs recently have been. There's a worrying haze but that doesn't seem to interfere with the flavour. My first impression on tasting is coconut, in the classic, oily, Sorachi Ace sense. The label gives us no more clue than "interesting hop flavours" so I don't know what's actually producing the effect. Behind it, some light and floral orange blossom and jasmine, oh and there's the yeast bite, but only a small one. In a reverse of the norm, it's more malt than hops in the aroma: a rather unpleasant musty grainsack thing, but again this is a mere peccadillo. Overall, it's an interesting and fun pale ale, designed to be accessible, but sufficiently interesting to keep any drinker entertained. More actual information on the label in place of the marketing nonsense about "simple pleasures" and "trading stories" would be helpful. Is anyone actually convinced by that stuff?
A quick dash to the pub before we go, and last month saw Roscommon's Black Donkey Brewery celebrating its first birthday in 57 The Headline with a tap takeover and a new addition to the line-up. Beyond is a rye ale, 4.8% ABV and dark red. Like the first edition of Buck-It, a neutral ale yeast has been used and also like the first edition of Buck-It it leaves the beer rather harsh: a dry-grass sharpness imbues the whole thing, with a weird strawberry jam sweetness on top. I feel it would benefit from having a few of the edges knocked off, but the brewery probably thinks the same about me. Scythe remains my favourite of the Black Donkey range.
And on the tap around the corner, a new one from Trouble: Ripcord red ale. It being Trouble I wasn't expecting a standard Irish red, but that's pretty much what this is, unfortunately. In the absence of bolder flavours a nasty yeasty bite opened it up and just sat on the watery texture refusing to move. As it warmed there was some lighter red fruit added but nothing to make the beer interesting. The spec says there's supposed to be a US twist here, Cascade and Centennial, but it completely passed me by.
I'll have to award this round to the bottled beers, but draught will be making a comeback when I get to writing about what I found at this year's Irish Craft Beer Festival last weekend. Coming soon. Ish.
09/02/2015 03:07 AM
America On Tap Presents: Saratoga Harvest Festival 2015
Even as many of us are still trying to hang onto the bright, sunshiny days of summer, as the calendar flips into September we are confronted with the overwhelming desire to pumpkin-spice all of the things. Ready or...
09/02/2015 03:05 AM
Let's Brew Wednesday - 1955 Flowers IPA
To show the full range of beers coming out of a brewery in the 1950’s. In some cases, it’s surprisingly few. Not at Flowers. They brewed at least nine beers 4 Pale Ales, and one each of IPA, Mild, Brown Ale, Strong Ale and Stout. Though, a bit like many modern English brewers, they had several Pale Ales of fairly similar gravities. One of which we’re looking at now: IPA.
I don’t know if this was a draught beer as well as bottled. But it looks very similar to a type I sometimes call “Southern IPA”. A couple of London brewers, at least, made one. Like Whitbread. Theirs from 1955 has the same gravity as this, 1034º, but is more highly attenuated and more heavily hopped*. Barclay Perkins brewed this type of low-gravity IPA, too. Though I’m not sure if it survived as long as 1955.
Talking of hopping, this is the most heavily hopped of Flowers Pale Ales, in terms of pounds per quarter. Which is the best way, as it takes gravity out of the equation. 7.5 lbs in the case of IPA, 7.25 lbs for Green Label and OB, 6 lbs for PX and LA. It’s not a huge difference, but it is there.
The recipe is uncomplicated: pale malt, sugar, malt extract and Goldings. Not a huge amount I can say about that, is there? No. 1 is a guess, as the log just says “invert”. There’s a touch of some sugar called DSI, too. No idea what that is.
Er, that’s it. Nothing left but to pass you over to me for the recipe . . . . . .
* Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/01/122
09/02/2015 02:18 AM
Dear Mum, craft beer is...
This post is by John "Jesus John" West, with any opinions unintentional. Follow him on twitter. Text from my mother. Boy, what a can of worms she's opened! #craftbeer pic.twitter.com/DdHZ3mPCjE — John West (@jwestjourno) August 31, 2015 Dear Mum, First off, you're in decent company thinking this a real head-scratcher. The week kicked off with a beer blogger brouhaha over an email from a
09/02/2015 01:28 AM
Beer In Ads #1665: Welcome To The Inns Of Britain
Tuesday’s ad is from the English brewer’s “Beer is Best” campaign, from 1951. The campaign began in 1933, and ran for 30 years, and this one shows an idyllic country pub — The Axe and Compass — with a conspicuous church spire behind it. It almost appears that they’re trying to either...
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09/02/2015 12:12 AM
Coopers Father’s Day giveaway
Win your Dad a Thomas Cooper’s Selection mixed six pack, courtesy of Coopers and Australian Brews News.
09/01/2015 08:26 PM
Young Henrys pops up in Barangaroo
Starting this Sunday, Young Henrys will be running two beer bars and a gin station at Sydney's new Barangaroo Reserve.
09/01/2015 07:31 PM
The Growth of Cicerone As A Profession
The industry of craft beer is growing by leaps and bounds, and with it the number of employments opportunity increases – and the cicerone is the hottest thing in the beer world right now. With a spectacular number of new beer brands, brews, and even limited editions, flavors combinations are seemingly endless – unless you […]
09/01/2015 07:22 PM
Ballast Point San Diego Brewing
The word ballast refers to stability, and Ballast Point Brewing is one of the most stable and expansive craft brewers in California. Begun as a home brewing venture, today Ballast Point offers a wide range of beers including a gold-winner IPA, as well as spirits such as spiced rum and a crisp gin. Ballast Point […]
09/01/2015 07:15 PM
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the 2015 Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
We all love to relax with a brew or two during Labor Day weekend, but if you’re in Galveston, Texas, you can kick back with more than 400 craft beers. From September 4 through 6, 2015, it’s the sixth annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. The three-day event is hosted on over 240 acres of natural […]
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09/01/2015 06:59 PM
I’ve been chasing Rheinaroons
While looking at old beer advertisements recently I tripped and fell down the Rheingold Beer rabbit hole and found myself chasing Rheinaroons. That sound a bit crazy I know, but I haven’t lost it, I assure you. Rheingold Beer was introduced in 1883, brewed by S. Liebmann’s Sons Brewing Co. in New York, New York, […]
09/01/2015 06:22 PM
As the Crow Flies
Mama’s CrowBar, a popular watering hole on Portland’s Munjoy Hill, will serve its last beer this Labor Day. Owner Tricia Pryce Henley will be hitting the road this fall in a refurbished camper, nicknamed “Honey,” leaving her beloved city of Portland to visit friends, family and fellow poets while figuring out what’s next.
09/01/2015 05:00 PM
A New Fall Favorite: Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy
With the anticipation of fall with all the reds, oranges, and yellows filling the trees, sweater weather, and the holiday seasons, we also enter the ...
09/01/2015 04:30 PM
Untapped Houston coming to Discovery Green Park
Fall is a popular season for beer festivals. Oktoberfest events are the most common type of autumn brew fest, but they are certainly not the only type, as the fall calendar is often overflowing with beer themed celebrations. One warm...
09/01/2015 02:59 PM
Booze Sales Soar After Weed Legalization Contrary to Industry Fears
Ha. The alcohol industry was worried that legalizing marijuana would cut into its market. No such thing happened. In fact, booze sales took off cause who doesn’t want some alcohol with their weed? Anyway, both industries are doing very well thank you.
09/01/2015 02:24 PM
The Birdie Carafe Set
Created by Boris, the Birdie Carafe Set includes a carafe and two tumblers made from beautiful borosilicate glass which is stronger than conventional glass. Their ...
09/01/2015 02:04 PM
Coronado Brewing Senor Saison
Of the many recent trends in beer the past couple of years, there’s actually one that I am pretty fond of — recipes that utilize chili peppers. Whether it be a rich stout with chipotle peppers or a serrano-infused saison, I have found many beery experiments to enjoy. So far, the only pepper that I […]
09/01/2015 01:24 PM
Starr Hill Brewery celebrates anniversary with Hopfetti Triple IPA release
The month of September marks the sixteenth anniversary for Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia), and the brewery plans to celebrate this milestone with the release of Hopfetti Triple IPA and several other rare beers. To celebrate being the second...
09/01/2015 12:50 PM
Patent No. 325316A: Beer-Faucet
Today in 1885, US Patent 325316 A was issued, an invention of Edward A. Byrne, for his “Beer-Faucet.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: Our invention comprises a novel construed of those faucets having air-inlets, and which are employed more...
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09/01/2015 11:45 AM
Jesus John joins the Stonch team
So that makes us four: the fearless band of hardy, incorruptible bloggers at your Super Soaraway STONCH has a new member. Depending on your point of view, this makes Britain's number one beer blog even better, or simply adds another head to the hydra. Let me introduce you to "Jesus John". It's a moniker he adopted in the years following graduation from Cambridge, now a bit embarrassing for a man
09/01/2015 11:00 AM
Trophy Beers, Are They Worth It?
Let us hunt! Chasing trophy beers, it’s arguably the most annoying trend that accompanies craft beer and we see it all the time. People on social media pestering random liquor store accounts demanding that things be held for them. People lining up outside a bar creating a wait that can last hours due to some “rare” tapping. Beer is meant to be enjoyed not fought over like a mid 90’s tickle me Elmo found on Black Friday. I’m lucky enough to get my hands on…
09/01/2015 08:41 AM
Spencer Devon Rocko's Milk Stout
As I often do when I'm headed out to enjoy good beer, I contemplated my beer selection during the drive downtown for Sunday brunch at Spencer Devon Brewery. In this instance, my choice was going to be easy. At last week's Virginia Craft Brewers Cup, the Fredericksburg brewery was awarded a Bronze medal in the Stout category for its Rocko's Milk Stout. I had realized that was the one Spencer Devon beer I had never ordered. There's no specific reason for that oversight, other than I'm typically an IPA or Pale Ale kind of guy.
Rocko's Milk Stout pours a very dark brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma is mild, with roasted malt and a touch of sweet chocolate. The flavor profile brings crisp toasted malt and dark coffee. A bit of chocolate sweetness in the background smooths it all out. The mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied. The finish is very clean, leaving behind a hint of dark, slightly bitter coffee.
I sort of regretted not trying this one in the past. To make up for that, I enjoyed a second pint with my delicious Blackened Catfish Po'boy topped with Cajun Remoulade & Pickled Jalapeño Slaw. The slightly spicy sandwich and flavorful beer made for a delightful meal on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
09/01/2015 06:28 AM
If Punch pulls through, it's good news for the pub industry
True, a 0.3% rise in net income might not seem terribly impressive, but for shareholders and creditors of Punch Taverns it's finally something to celebrate. The Morning Advertiser has the story. I think those of us who love pubs should be pleased too. The problems of Britain's number two pubco have been well documented and need not be recounted here. Between early 2009 and late 2014 I leased a
09/01/2015 03:26 AM
Hardknott Nuclear Sunset 4.7%
on to the beer, which was inspired by a Japanese wheat beer. The beer was to be brewed with the regulation orange peel and coriander, but to include orange juice and nutmeg. The Japanese inspiration was fermented with Sake yeast, while Hardknott chose an American ale yeast.
09/01/2015 03:05 AM
DDR Beer Styles (part two)
We’ll be looking at some of the more technical aspects. Such as which ingredients, and in which quantities, were required for each style. And stuff like packaging, shelflife and pasteurisation.
Beginning with the ingredients, I can now see a difference between Deutsches Pilsator and Deutsches Pilsner Spezial: the latter contained slightly more malt. Unsurprisingly, low-alcohol beers like Einfachbier and Doppel-Karamelbier have minimal hopping, considerably lower than even Berliner Weisse. The Pilsners and Porter had the heaviest level of hopping. Again, not really a surprise.
The other ingredients are more intriguing. Quite a bit of white sugar in Doppel-Karamelbier. Sugar colouring – I guess some sort of caramel – in Einfachbier, Doppel-Karamelbier and Porter. Plus artificial sweetener in Einfachbier. Don’t think the latter is a particularly DDR thing. They did exactly the same in the West in that class of beer. Unlike in the West, Berliner Weisse had to contain at least 30% wheat malt in the DDR.
I can’t believe this is the first time that I’ve noticed the bit about Dekkera bruxellensis (another name for Brettanomyces bruxellensis) in Porter. In "Leitfaden für den Brauer und Mälzer" (Dickscheit , 1953) has a description of Porter brewing that includes a secondary Brettanomyces fermentation in wood. It says this isn’t necessarily how Porter was brewed in the DDR, but was the proper method for the style. That caveat had me doubting whether Brettanomyces was ever used. This seems to confirm that it was.
Now some mostly packaging-related stuff. I love the way labels were colour-coded by style. If you think this is just a totalitarian thing, try taking a look at some modern beer labels. Pilsner ones are often green.
The life expectancy of bottled beer was pretty short. I can remember Eisenacher Hell being particularly unstable. Best to drink it on the way back from the shop. It didn’t matter too much because most beer was consumed close to where it was produced. And, as in the Czech Republic, people didn’t leave beer lying around at home.
The exception to this were the types that were pasteurised. And Berliner Weisse, for which there was no sell by date. As a naturally-conditioned beer, it could last pretty much forever. I’ve had bottles that were over 30 years old and still perfectly drinkable.
The lagering times look very short to me. Though I’m sure they’re longer than most industrial breweries now bother with. 30 days doesn’t seem long for Bock. Personally, I’d go for at least double that, preferably four times.
Finally, I love this little note about what couldn’t go on a label:
"Fantasy names, which suggest a higher quality, such as:
Edel, Doppel (with the exception of Doppel-Karamelbier), Extra, Exquisit, das Feinste, aus bestem Malz und Hopfen bereitet, are not allowed."
"Technologie für Brauer und Mälzer" by Wolfgang Kunze, 1975, page 426.
There are lots of labels today that would fall foul of that rule.
09/01/2015 03:03 AM
Somewhere Between Passion and Greed
We stick by the idea that most brewers, or most craft brewers — cut it how you like — are motivated more by passion than greed. But let’s unpack that word ‘passion’ a bit: it doesn’t necessarily mean gibbering, cultish fervour. How many people are really passionate about what they do to pay the rent? But plenty … Continue reading Somewhere Between Passion and Greed →
09/01/2015 01:03 AM
Beer In Ads #1664: Daisy, Daisy
Monday’s ad is another one for Guinness, this time from 1937. This is an odd little ad. A couple — who to my eyes look almost identical except for their clothing — had to stop while bicycling through the countryside. While he tried to fix the bike, she sensibly fixed lunch. Yet he seems...
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09/01/2015 12:00 AM
Builders and Brewers Honor Brooklyn’s Beer Heritage
In the 20th century, Brooklyn breweries dominated the industry. Now, developers are paying tribute to the borough’s heritage, and new breweries are seeking to revive its stature.
08/31/2015 09:47 PM
Pale Ale trademark showdown looms
CUB, Lion, Asahi and Thunder Road have opposed a bid by Coopers to trademark ‘Original Pale Ale’.
08/31/2015 04:21 PM
Mexican Cake – Best Spiced Stout!?
08/31/2015 01:39 PM
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2015 as fabulous as ever!
What a fabulous event! Where else can you sample extraordinary food from extraordinary restaurants all in one place, all in one night? Add to that a ton of wineries and you have yourself an incredible evening of food and drink. The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival took over Grand Avenue in DTLA and rolled […]
08/31/2015 12:15 PM
Episode 114 – Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout
Beer: Stone Brewing Company Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout
08/31/2015 12:15 PM
Nano-Brewery Startup Tips with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #110
John Blichmann, President of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss starting a nano-brewery including equipment options as well as many of the business considerations that come into play with starting a beer brewery on a shoestring. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and […]
08/31/2015 08:51 AM
Wild time in store for guests to Brew at the Zoo
For nine years, the Wild Things, the Jacksonville Zoo’s Young Professionals group, has been throwing a party at the zoo billed as the “wildest food and drink festival in town.” Indeed, over the years, Brew at the Zoo has grown to become one of the premiere events of its kind in Northeast Florida. Attendance seems […]
08/31/2015 08:34 AM
"Empty Nest” Weekend
Technically, we’re not empty nesters, we're just adjusting to our son being away at college. However, I was curious what the first weekend would bring us. It was pretty much the same as any other weekend. The weekend's highlights...
08/31/2015 08:00 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in September 2015
And, just like that, we're back to school. Time to lament where the summer went, how the kids got another year older, and how time just generally flies too quickly. Luckily you've got this here lil beer calendar to soothe your mental anguish. Sales of my new book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic is continue to hum along quite nicely. You'll see below how I'm participating in the annual Beer Yard,
08/31/2015 07:55 AM
Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest brings Polynesia to San Diego
Philanthropy in the craft beer industry is a fairly common thing, as most people have an issue that inspires passion. While many companies partner up with a charity because they believe in the cause, personal involvement in the fight can...
08/31/2015 07:46 AM
Hardywood Vinalia Urbana
My mind isn’t always operating on all cylinders all the time. Such was the case when happening across this new brew from Hardywood Park. My first thought was, “Why the Hell would anyone brew a beer with Vidalia onions!?” Thankfully, my puddle of gray matter sorted itself out and I added Vinalia Urbana to the […]
08/31/2015 06:38 AM
The Hourglass Brewery announces new brewers
The Hourglass Brewery announces the departure of founding brewer, Sky Conley, and the elevation of Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell as co-brewers.
08/31/2015 06:17 AM
New Belgium Brewing to introduce products in Hawaii
Colorado based New Belgium Brewing has announced that the company will start shipping its products to Hawaii next year.