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10/20/2014 10:01 PM
2nd Annual McMenamins Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest
For over the past 30 years, McMenamins has produced many brewers that continue to make great beer for them as well as a few brewer that have moved onto starting their own breweries. On Saturday, November 8th, from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. McMenamins 2nd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest will take place at the […]

10/20/2014 10:01 PM
Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest

It’s the name of my new novel – Dry Hopping and the Diacetyl Rest. Do you think it will sell? Probably not as well as The Joy of Homebrewing. The title of this post is more of a mashup of what I did with my harvest lager last week and this past weekend. In lager […]

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10/20/2014 09:41 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!

10/20/2014 09:41 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

10/20/2014 09:41 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!

10/20/2014 09:41 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’.....

10/20/2014 09:41 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.....

10/20/2014 08:32 PM
Allagash Curieux Anniversary and Rarities at ChurchKey
From an email: Join us next Tuesday at ChurchKey as we celebrate and toast the 10th anniversary of Curieux, the Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel by Allagash! A decade ago, this beer was Allagash’s first foray into barrel aging…and what a first attempt it was! Curieux has set the bar for barrel-aged Tripels and we are ecstatic to ...

10/20/2014 08:22 PM
Maritime Pacific Brewing releasing its fresh hop XPA this Wednesday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A couple years ago I posted a story about the first fresh hop beers of the season. Specifically, which breweries would be first out of the gate with fresh hop ales. Seemed like important info for hop hounds like me. Someone commented on that post and said,...

10/20/2014 07:39 PM
Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Day 112: Samuel Adams Cream Stout from The Boston Beer Company. Style of beer is 'Sweet Stout'. ABV is 4.9%.

10/20/2014 07:32 PM
Stone Brewing Co. Debuts Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

The post, Stone Brewing Co. Debuts Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 20, 2014) – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide. “Since […]

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10/20/2014 07:19 PM
Beer Review: Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream
Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Confession: I am a complete White Girl when it comes to pumpkin spice; candles, lattes, coffee beans, and (of course) beer!  I need it all! My issue with pumpkin beers is that they are usually wheat beers, which I’m not the biggest fan of. So when I saw Magic Hat’s pumpkin ale at the grocery store, I grabbed it like a little kid going for their first pieces of Halloween candy! The Beer: Upon my first sip of this beer…

10/20/2014 07:04 PM
Beer jobs: Packaging Line Operator — Palmyra WA
Packaging Line Operator (Casual Position)Rapidly expanding brewery in Palmyra WACasual positions availableEntry level position with great career opportunitiesGage Roads Brewing Company, based in Palmyra, is experiencing strong brand growth and has recently secured multiple contract brewing opportunities. As a result we are rapidly expanding ...

10/20/2014 06:37 PM
Limited edition skeleton t-shirt? Priceless.

Well, technically not priceless. $20 to be exact. Our own Duck Duckett brought the heat with this one – a death-metal inspired skelelogo with an ominous twist on our rallying cry, “Weekends are overrated.” We only made a few. You too can be a lucky owner. Buy one here!

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10/20/2014 06:02 PM
Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 4
clarityThis is the fourth and final part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity in the mash and the boil. Today we’re going to discuss fermentation finings and […]

10/20/2014 05:53 PM
Keep Moving For The Next Session
For our 93rd Session, our host is Brian Devine, who writes The Roaming Pint, along with Maria Scarpello, and the pair “have been traveling around in their 29-foot RV, named Stanley, since August 2010 seeking out all kinds of great beer destinations.” For their topic, they’ve...

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10/20/2014 05:51 PM
Colorado Beer News 102014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. That PC, laptop, cellphone, tablet or other personal electronic device used to be brand new and clean. Now, it's full of old icons, apps, files and God knows what. Some of those things you've probably not used for years. Today is the day to take the time to clean up your devices and remove the old unwanted files. Just be careful, the files and data you remove might be important - so back up your device before purging anything. Otherwise, you might just need a craft beer to ease the pain of a device that no longer works properly. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, October 20th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing South Dock (Aurora) - During the weekend, Dry Dock tapped their Coffee Milk Stout at their South Dock location. Plenty of it - come fill your growlers. Open today 12pm to 9pm. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today is Happy Growler Monday - especially after a Broncos win! Bring you your LTBC growler and receive a discount when you fill it on Mondays. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Every give a big Happy 3rd Birthday to Arvada Beer Company today. They will be tapping several special beers this week to honor the occasion. Today (10/20) they're tapping a Chipotle Red ale. On Tuesday 10/21 try the Chile Golden Ale. On Wednesday 10/22 it's IPA Day with $3 pints all day. On Thursday 10/23 they'll tap a Baltic Porter. On Friday 10/24 they'll put up a Barrel aged Winter Schwarzweiss. And finally on Saturday 10/25 it's the return of the Colorado Craft Beer Show - doing a live radio remote. Plus, tappings of a Dopplebock and a Barleywine. Special soups available every day of the week too. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Here's what's happening this week at Big Choice Brewing. Tonight is this Menu Monday featuring Stalefish Steamed Porter. Tuesday 10/21 brings Buy One Get One Free Pint day when you wear your Big Choice gear and bring in a friend. On Thursday 10/23 you'll get $1 off 4 packs and Growler Happy Hour pricing from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Saturday, 10/25 is their 2nd Beer Brunch starting at 10am featuring Steamed Porter with Coffee on cask. And on Sunday, 10/26 they will host a Pumpkin Carving Contest. Winner will get 6 FREE pints. They'll also tap a small batch of a pumpkin pie porter. #choosewisely [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Denver) - Events for this week at 38 State Brewing: Wed. 10/22 - Trivia starting at 7pm, plus La Casita food truck at 4pm. Thursday 10/23 - Denver Poker Tour (free to play) starting at 7pm. Friday 10/24 - live music at 7pm and Capt'n Crabby food truck at 4pm. Saturday 10/25 - Trivia starting at 8pm with B&B Smokehouse food truck at 4pm. And on Sunday 10/26 - a Chili Cook-off starting at 2pm with live music. [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Mockery Brewing (Denver) - One of the next breweries to open in Denver will be Mockery Brewing. They've set the date for Friday, November 7th at 3pm to open their doors. They've been busy brewing beers on site since October 10th. One of their beers expected on tap will be a vanilla porter. More details should be forthcoming soon. The River North area is getting tastier! [3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Tonight is another in a series called "Night with the Brewers". Every third Monday of the month from 5-7pm the brewers will be speaking about a selected brewery topic. Tonight's topic is Yeast. Come learn all about yeast and its role with beer. Also, Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks will be on site for the 1st time tonight. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Vindication Brewing Co (Boulder) - Monday's got you down? Fear not! It's always a Happy Monday at Vindication Brewing. Stop in today and get $1.50 off pints all day long. Then on Tuesday, bring in your favorite music on vinyl and they'll spin your records. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - There's a new seasonal limited bomber bottle release that started over the weekend. Look for their Sasquash Roasted Pumpkin Porter either at BRU or in select liquor stores. This brew was made with pumpkin, molasses, ginger and spice and is perfect for this fall season. Check out their Beer Locator to see where its available. [5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Today they are tapping their new Jim's English Bitter Ale. This beer was inspired by an old homebrew recipe from their Chief of Brewing Operations - Chris Coyne's father. This beer is described as earthy, crisp and sessionable. As always, it's Happy Hour all day on Mondays.

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Ladies! During November’s Ales4Females presentations (Nov 3rd & 17th), they will be focusing on beer and food pairing combinations. To help explore our pallets, they will be combining four Left Hand Brewing beers (Polestar, Sawtooth, Black Jack and Stranger) with hops, fruits, spices and other fresh ingredients using Dogfish Head Brewing’s Randall Jr. The intention of this presentation is to explore everyone’s individual pallets, identify pairings that work, pairings that don’t work, and search for a perfect beer and food synergy. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Here's what's happening this week: Today you can earn a FREE beer token with the purchase of any 64oz growler fill. Tuesday 10/21 - Raspberry Bandit tapping. Wednesday 10/22 - Trivia Night starting at 7:30pm. Thursday 10/23 - Come watch the Broncos take on the Chargers showing in the taproom. Friday 10/24 - Live music from Hotfoot 7pm to 9:30pm. And Saturday 10/25 - Live music from Johnny Johnston & The Po' Boys from 7pm to 9:30pm. Plus, lots of great beer always on tap. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Announcing Medical Mondays at The Plow. For all medical workers, show your medical ID and get $1 off pints all day Monday - every Monday! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Still pumped up from that awesome Bronco win yesterday? Bet you're out of beer. Good thing you can get $2 off a growler fill today - all day long. Open today 12pm to 11pm. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Monday's are Keep The Glass night. Tonight's featured brewery is Wiley Roots Brewing Company and their Apumpalyptica Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Get a great logo'ed snifter glass with your beer purchase. The tapping will start at 7pm. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Coming up this week: 10/22 Wing Wednesday plus Back 40 Stout is on tap. Thursday 10/23 - Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 7pm. Friday 10/24 - Firkin Friday - Aztec Chocolate Stout taps at 5pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Please join in tonight from 3:00pm to 11:00pm for the Jason Fields Memorial Fundraiser. They will be tapping two new beers (Spiced Rum Barrel Aged Session IPA and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Robust Porter) so come out and enjoy yourself. Proceeds to benefit the wife and three children of Jason Fields (Travis Fields of Fieldhouse Brewing's partner and brother). Donations will be excepted as well as their donations from beers sold. Please consider helping the family and supporting craft beer in Colorado Springs. Vladi's European Street Food will be there serving up delicious food as well. Come out to support the event. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Come play Monday Night Squares with Fieldhouse tonight. Come in and buy a pint before MNF halftime to get a square. Entries close at the 2 min warning at halftime. The open tab at half and at the end of the game with the winning square gets their tab paid for! Bite Me Gourmet Sausage will be there about 5pm. Also, from 3-11pm tonight, the benefit week continues at Nano 108! Don't forget your punch card! Also, this Wednesday Oct. 22nd brings another beer on the test tap. Check out their Oak Aged IPA at 5pm. This Saturday, Oct 25th is the Benefit Week Closing Party at Fieldhouse Brewing from 12-10pm. Rub N' Grub KC BBQ, Treehouse BBQ, and Merken food trucks will be there, live music in the evening from Smith House Music. College football on the MEGA screen during the day. [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Ute Pass Brewing Co (Woodland Park) - They recently obtained all of their final licenses and have been brewing their own beer! They served their Live the Dream pale Ale for the recent Woodland Park Oktoberfest and will be serving their Kick Back irish Red Ale for the All Colorado Beer Festival on November 1st. Come check them out! They've been open as a pub/restaurant for over a year but now can officially be called a brewery! Cheers! [209 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Colorado Hard Cider Festival (Paonia) - Less than 2 weeks away from the 3rd Annual Colorado Hard Cider Festival on Sat. November 1st 11am-7pm. The fest will be serving Hard Cider from Stem Cidery, Colorado Cider Co, Santa Cidre, Snow Capped Cider, Compass Cider, Branch Out Cider, and Big B's Hard Cider. Music starts at 11am with the Solar Brothers, then they have Finders and Youngberg and closing it out with Kipori Woods. There will be Children's activities, great BBQ, fresh apple pressing, free camping and a bunch of happy people. Get out there and drink some hard cider! Location: Delicious Orchards Farm Market. [39126 Hwy 133, Paonia, CO - 1 mile west of town]

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Their new 40oz stainless steel double-walled insulated growlers now come in either orange or blue (Bronco colors). Fill 'em up with your favorite Elevation beer. Open today 2pm to 8pm. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing (Breckenridge) - Potluck Monday is finally here. Whip up your favorite dishes to share and bring them by Broken Compass at 6:30pm tonight for food, fun and of course, beer. First place dish gets a free 64 oz. growler, second place a 32 oz. and third a free pint! [68 Continental Ct, Unit B12, Breckenridge, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Their annual Pumpkin Carving Party is this Sunday from 4:30-8pm. As usual, we'll provide a bunch of pumpkins, patterns, and sharp implements. Plus, we're releasing our Harvest Brown -- brewed with squash donated from our customers. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

Amicas Pizza & Microbrewery (Salida) - Plenty of daily specials. Their current beer line-up is: Bomber Blonde Ale, Headwaters IPA, Rex's Amber Ale, Weekender Imperial Red Ale, Loyal Duke Strong Scotch Ale, Big S Brown, and the Raspberry Porter. Stop in soon for a beer or a bite. [136 E 2nd St, Salida, CO]

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Ken and the brewing crew has just bottled some of their Backside Stout and you can get some to take home. This beer won a Gold medal in 2010 and this year won a Bronze medal in the Oatmeal Stout category at the GABF. Taste what is one of the best stouts in America. [801 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Come to the Zombie Pub Crawl this Friday 10/24 at RFBC starting at 6pm. THey will have $4 Zombie Pub Ale's or Zombie IPA of your choice if in Zombie attire! This is an awesome kick off to Halloween, come play Friday! Dress up for drink specials. Meet at Sopris Park at 8:30pm for a thrilling Zombie Bike Ride. [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Imagine how good Chocolate Banana Bread would taste. Now imagine that taste in a beer. They will be tapping their Bavarian Dunkel firkin tonight at 5pm and your don't want to miss out on this one! [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

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10/20/2014 05:32 PM
Celebrate 20 years of one of Portland’s favorite brewpubs, the Lucky Lab, this … – The Oregonian
Celebrate 20 years of one of Portland's favorite brewpubs, the Lucky Lab, this ... The Oregonian - OregonLive.com He still brews on the system at the brewpub, as he has for 20 years. Before they opened a larger brewery at the Northwest Portland location in 2006, he was doing as many as 250 brews a year: however you do the numbers, Stile ...

10/20/2014 05:12 PM
Brewing jobs: Experienced Brewer — Palmyra WA
Experienced Brewer Exciting Australian Brewery Vibrant small management team Outstanding career opportunities within the Brewing Industry Gage Roads Brewing Company is experiencing strong brand growth and has secured multiple contract brewing opportunities. As a result, our business is growing rapidly and we have a fantastic career opportunity for an energetic person with a passion for craft brewing and beer. Gage Roads Brewing Company has an opportunity for an experienced Brewer to be involved in all aspects of commercial craft and contract brewing. The position requires practical hands on approach with a large physical component. It also comprises shift work. The following skills and attributes are essential for the selection of the successful applicant: • A passion for brewing and beer! • A good work ethic and positive attitude • Strong learning and problem solving ability • Previous experience working in a commercial brewery Duties include, but are not limited to, raw material handling, wort production, CIP processes, production records, housekeeping, cellar/filter-related operations, yeast and handling, dissolved oxygen and CO2 checks, packaging operations amongst others. The following attributes will be an advantage for the selection of the successful applicant. • Forklift ticket • OHS training • Tertiary qualification in brewing or […]

10/20/2014 04:46 PM
The Return of Yule Tide: New 2014 Edition
The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome a new edition of Yule Tide. This limited release will be available from November - January in all 18 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed.

10/20/2014 04:45 PM
Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey
The Teeling Whiskey Company, one of Ireland’s rare independent whiskey companies, has just released a new bottling of Single Malt Irish whiskey. Single Malts (previously recognized ...

10/20/2014 04:43 PM
Urban Family Brewing ready to open its new Magnolia location

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just received news that Urban Family Brewing is almost ready to open its new tasting room in Magnolia. The official opening is this Friday, October 24th. Details below. The brewery originally opened in downtown Ballard back in 2012, brewing in the back of its pub on...

10/20/2014 04:20 PM
Stone to Release Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel
ESCONDIDO, CA – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide. “Since 2006, we’ve done experimental cask creations with Stone Smoked Porter and discovered how well it pairs with a broad range of ingredients, from chipotle peppers to vanilla beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “When trying out different combinations for this specific limited release, I was really [...]

10/20/2014 04:17 PM
Villicana Winery & RE:Find Distillery
This small, family-owned, boutique winery might not make the top destinations on your next Central California Coast wine tasting tour except for the fact that ...

10/20/2014 04:14 PM
Helm’s Brewing to Host PetBox for Howl At Helm’s
San Diego, CA – Helm’s Brewing Company announces that they are the official host for the Howl-At-Helm’s event put on by PetBox on October 25th 2014. PetBox encourages the public to bring their canine friends for HOWL at Helm’s and to celebrate Howl-o-Ween in their favorite costumes. There will be raffles, gourmet food truck, special cask beer, a doggy costume contest and more. All proceeds from the PetBox booth will benefit Second Chance Dog Rescue San Diego in order to support homeless dogs. “We are excited and honored to host an event that not only encourages [...]

10/20/2014 04:03 PM
Welcome Narrows Brewing Company – our newest sponsor

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today we’d like to welcome Narrows Brewing as our newest blog sponsor. The brewery has been open at the Narrows Marina since July of 2013. When five friends in Tacoma teamed up to open the brewery, one of the smartest decisions they made was to hire an...

10/20/2014 03:56 PM
Brew Talks Austin: Live at The Chive TOMORROW, Oct. 21
Brewbound will travel to Austin, TX tomorrow to host Brew Talks, a traveling meetup series for beer industry professionals. The event -- which will be hosted at the world headquarters of popular entertainment website, The Chive – will feature two discussions on entrepreneurship and the business of beer.

10/20/2014 03:16 PM
Washington Winter Beer Fest – tickets now on sale

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tickets are now on sale for the Washington Winter Beer Fest. One of the most popular beer events of the year, Winter Beer Fest takes place on December 5 and 6, 2013 in Seattle. If you’ve been in the past, the location will be familiar: Magnuson Park’s...

10/20/2014 02:51 PM
Calling Victor
I accidentally deleted your message. Please get in touch again so I can send you the book.

10/20/2014 02:24 PM
The 2014 Return Of Heavy Seas Yule Tide

Baltimore, MD – The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome a new edition of Yule Tide. This limit…

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10/20/2014 02:00 PM
Foyston Fest at The BeerMongers on Tuesday
Our friend and mentor John Foyston started writing about beer for The Oregonian newspaper back in 1994. His blog The Beer Here is the main inspiration behind the inception of Brewpublic.com over six years ago. Not only has John’s multifaceted writing work been such an inspiration to us, but we consider him one of our […]

10/20/2014 01:50 PM
Golden Eagle Announces Week of Ninkasi Launch Events in Arizona
Tucson AZ — Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., a state-wide beer distributor has begun distributing Ninkasi Brewing Company in Arizona. An Oregon based craft brewery, Ninkasi is expanding its seven state distribution footprint to now include Arizona. This week, Golden Eagle along with brewery reps, will introduce Ninkasi to Arizona beer consumers at numerous events throughout the state. Several signature events are planned including a Meet the Brewer Breakfast for members of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild featuring Ninkasi co-founder, Jamie Floyd. On Thursday October 23rd, Ninkasi will be featured at an exclusive acoustic performance by [...]

10/20/2014 01:42 PM
Beer Birthday: Sean Paxton
Today is the 42nd birthday of Sean Paxton, a.k.a. The Homebrew Chef. Sean is a mad alchemist in the kitchen and puts on some wonderful food and beer spectacles. Plus he’s a terrific homebrewer, an even better human being and a great friend. Join me in wishing Sean a very happy birthday. At...

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10/20/2014 01:06 PM
Heavy Seas to Release Yule Tide
Baltimore, MD — The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome a new edition of Yule Tide. This limited release will be available from November – January in all 18 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed. The 2014 edition is a very different style from last year’s Imperial Red Ale. Aged for 8 weeks in Jamaican Rum barrels, this year’s German-style Weizen DoppleBock offers a full malt body dominated by biscuit, caramel, raisin and chocolate notes.  Rum barrel aging imparts a rich buttery rum character along with oaken vanilla notes.  Banana- [...]

10/20/2014 12:55 PM
Freetail Brewing Company's Production Brewery
Freetail Brewing Company's production brewery will be opening in a few weeks, and the San Antonio Current has teased us with information about the new brewery.

Located on South Presa, the brewery will produce three beers in cans (Bat Outta Helles, a German-style lager; Third Coast IPA; and a seasonal beer) and two in 22 ounce bottles (Witicus double witbier and Freetail Ale, which is a little stronger and hoppier than the version at the pub). There will be a tasting room, and it will be open Thursday and Friday, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, 2-9 p.m.

10/20/2014 12:38 PM
Coming soon to downtown Tacoma – Odd Otter Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. - Story by Lynn Sherk, Washington Beer Blog Correspondent-at-Large  – Here in Seattle, we beer lovers have been spoiled by the frequent openings of new breweries around the city. Now it’s the south end’s turn to feel the love. Tacoma, get ready to meet Odd Otter Brewing...

10/20/2014 10:55 AM
Wild Wolf Brewery
Colleen, Checkered Flag and I head down to Nelson County on Saturday to take in the scenery, and breweries on Route 151. I had heard that the fall leaf viewing season was underway, so we expected crowds, and indeed they were there. When we drove past Blue Mountain Brewery, the first brewery on the "trail," we were shocked by the number of cars, but since we had other plans, we continued on. In addition to the expected fall foliage sight seers, it seemed every stop we made had wedding party celebrants in house.

We made this same trip last year, so this time were focused on the places we did not stop last time. Our first stop was Wild Wolf Brewery for lunch. Despite the lunch time crowd, it took no time at all to get a table in the outdoor seating area.

Naturally, the first decisions were regarding beer. I've only had a couple Wild Wolf beers, and they had at least 12 on tap this day, so I was a bit fraught with indecision, and I didn't want to try a bunch of tiny samplers. Eventually I settled on the Wee Heavy, and out of curiosity added a taster of Folktoberfest, the brewery's seasonal Oktoberfest beer. Colleen went for the Blonde Hunny, while Checkered Flag selected the Dry Stout.

For food, we all ended up going the BBQ route; a BBQ platter for Colleen, the House Smoked BBQ Ribs for Checkered Flag, while I strayed off the traditional path a bit with Pulled Pork Tacos.

The Folktoberfest beer was created as the official beer of the annual Richmond Folk Festival. It's a classic German Oktoberfest beer with the addition of Columbus hops, giving a crisp finish to the beer. The Wee Heavy was especially delicious and flavorful. At only 5.7% ABV, it's a mild Wee Heavy but quite enjoyable. The aroma brought forth caramel malt and dark fruit. The flavor was slightly sweet,  a little earthy and nutty, and finished with a pleasant smokiness. It was a fitting accompaniment to the BBQ Pork and spicy jalapeños in the tacos.

My dining companions shared sips of their beers as well. The Blonde Hunny is a Belgian style Blonde Ale. The refreshing unfiltered ale has some honey sweetness, along with a mild citrus and pepper spice kick to it. The Dry Stout is also quite good. It's got roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with a pleasant bitter and dry roasted finish.

All of the beers we enjoyed at Wild Wolf were very well-done. Also, the food was great. The house-smoked BBQ, in all forms, was quite tasty. We enjoyed ourselves very much sitting outside, enjoying the good food, great beer, and beautiful Autumn air. We had other stops planned, and a lot of driving to do, or I probably could have lingered at Wild Wolf for quite some time. We do look forward to going back.

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10/20/2014 10:50 AM
Victory Brewing Moving Parts 02

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Back in July of this year, Victory Brewing released the debut offering in their Moving Parts series of beers. The first round of Moving Parts (Batch 01) used a variety of American, English and Czech hops to create a well rounded and universally flavored IPA. With Batch 02, the brewery has decided to create an […]

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10/20/2014 10:45 AM
Top 10 Rich Autumn Beers
It’s never a bad time for a good session beer, but when the temperature begins its inevitable seasonal drop, few things are as comforting as ...

10/20/2014 08:25 AM
It’s Harvest Season: Cracking open a Sixpoint Sensi Harvest
This year it seems I have completely skipped over pumpkin ales. At the point of this writing I have had 2 pumpkin ales and one sample. I am just not in the mood yet for one of them.  But never fear, if you are not a fan of pumpkin or if you want something else, […]

10/20/2014 07:00 AM
Four Brewers | Great American Beer Festival

Season 1, Episode 21 - This week on the show, we’re all up in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. [Player above not working? Download here.] The Great American Beer Festival is America’s largest beer festival, and is held once a year in Denver, Colorado. Greg and John were up there for the festivities this year, […]

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10/20/2014 06:30 AM
Rock Out With Your Octo Out
What an opening weekend we had for Killer Beer Week. We kicked things off with a huge bang at Roscoe’s Killer Beer Summit on Friday. When Saturday arrived dove straight into Killer Pumpkin Fest as did all of you. The lineup of pumpkin beers was huge, just as the lines to get these gourdgeous beers. […]

10/20/2014 05:59 AM
Is beer as good as it’s going to get?
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 10.20.14 How I pick the links to include here: – Wednesday morning I received a press release about chef David Chang’s bit of silliness in GQ about “fancy beer.” Friday morning I received a press release about Garrett Oliver’s response, also in GQ. No need to bother with this pissing match. […]

10/20/2014 04:22 AM
Hitachino Nest Nipponia 6.5% ABV
The flavour? Well, it's very exotic, as well as the pineapple and honey, there are hints of satsuma in there, vanilla, nutmeg and bread. Each sip reveals something different. But bear in mind, this is like an exotic cocktail, under the tropical fruit and spice there's a 6.5% ABV backbone, but there's a hop bite in there to remind you.

10/20/2014 03:53 AM
That was a lot of lager and weissbier last week, eh? What about this wave of foreign styles that's destroying traditional German brewing and replacing it with the same sort of beer you get everywhere else these days? I could have told you before I left the house that no such thing is actually happening, but that's not to say that there aren't plenty of German breweries offering something different. You just need to put a bit of work in to find it.

One such outlet is Café Abseits in Bamberg. I mentioned it last week as the main place to find beer from the Weyermann maltery's pilot brewery. There's an impressive menu of other speciality beers as well. I'd spotted Weithaler Hoptimum Pale Ale on the menu of Hütt'n in Nuremberg but it was out of stock then. Happily here it was in Bamberg and it's a cracker. There's a classic lagery golden syrup malt base balancing a serious teeth-squeaking, jaw-pinching bitterness. The aroma is all pithy spritzy jaffa and the flavour blends in herbs and sandalwood spices. At €3 for a 33cl bottle in the pub I could see this being a regular beer for me if I didn't live 1,000 miles away.

Hamberg's Kreativbrauerei, meanwhile, have a 7.5% ABV IPA, single hopped with new high-alpha German variety Polaris. The brewery claims SHIPA Polaris has mint or menthol aromas but I didn't get that, just lots of weedy dank and perhaps a light apricot fruitiness. It's dark, rich and sweet, reminding me of BrewDog's 5am Saint in particular, and it got to be tough drinking after the first few mouthfuls. Not a candidate for my go-to German ale, then.

From Berlin comes Schoppe Bräu XPA, another strong dark one, this time using all American hops. Even though it was a few days past date, the aroma was still excellent, all orange sherbet. It was somewhat  lacking in flavour, however, just a mild kind of jaffa cake orange and chocolate thing and hardly any bitterness.

Top pick at Café Abseits was Backbone Splitter by Bavarian rockstar brewer Hans Müller, released on his Hanscraft label and described as a "West Coast IPA". Bet you didn't know Bavaria even had a west coast. 6.6% ABV, 60 IBUs and utilising Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Horizon -- all helpfully set out on the label. There's a stylistically spot-on aroma of grapefruit and sharper pine resin while the flavour is perfectly balanced between refreshing mandarin juice and a tougher, chewier oiliness, sprinkled generously with jasmine perfume. Beautifully put together, all-in-all.

The last leg of the journey brought us to Munich where, as well as a few old favourites, top of my hitlist was the new Camba Bavaria pub Tap House. In keeping with modern craft beer bar chic this place is kitted out in Nordic industrial style, all rough-hewn wood, riveted metal and concrete. A long bar with 40 numbered taps leads up a large bottle fridge at the top of the room. The draft selection was mostly German, with a few token Belgian and American offerings. And, of course, lots of beer from Camba Bavaria itself. To put even more distance between themselves and local custom, most beers arrive in either an American shaker pint or a teku-esque stemmed glass.

The only guest German beer I drank was Ratsherrn Pale Ale, a 5.6% ABV job with a vaguely weedy aroma and not much hop action in the flavour either: some orange barley candy fruit flavour but  it's otherwise dominated by sweet malt. Camba IPA is pictured next to it, a dark red-gold colour and smelling of sherbet and sweat. It's another malt-forward one, but this time the sweetness is better balanced by spicy resinous incense and candied citrus fruit. It's a little bit Christmassy, with touches of lemon drizzle cake, but good fun to drink.

I probably should have realised that Camba Amber Ale was going to be even sweeter. It even smells sticky and toffee dominates the flavour, with just a tiny bit of hop complexity, adding notes of red apple and strawberry for something closer to an Irish red than an amber ale.

Matters improved when I moved on to Camba Saison, all of 8% ABV but hiding that extremely well. It's a clear gold colour and has a lovely funky sour aroma. The flavour mixes wheaty grain and banana esters with a sour candy green-apple chew kind of oddness. Deliciously stimulating, if somewhat different to your typical saison.

Staying funky, Camba Nelson Weisse is a pale wheat beer that smells of grape must and has a beautiful rounded white wine flavour, with notes of cantaloupe, kiwi and flint. Traditional weissbier flavours are almost absent but I didn't really miss them, though the base beer provides a great full-bodied base for the hops. I'm glad they serve this by the half litre.

Two strong and dark ones to finish. Camba Imperial Stout is a huge 9.8% ABV with a very dry, burnt aroma plus traces of coffee. It tastes harshly phenolic in a marker pen sort of way with just a trace of dark chocolate. It's a beer that demands much of the drinker but has little to offer in return.

And then there was Camba Imperial Black IPA. It's the same inky black as the stout and 8.5% ABV. The aroma mixes thick molasses with piquant orange sherbet and the texture is every bit as heavy as the smell suggests. I was really not prepared for the taste: a palate-shaking blast of lavender, rosewater, tar and green cabbage, finishing with a waft of well-hopped booze up the back of the nose. It's an intense and very grown up beer: you'd need to like big bitterness without so much of the hoppy fruit. It turns out I do. Who knew?

Obviously the new wave of foreign-influenced German beers are a mixed bunch, as you would expect. But there's plenty of absolute gold in there. Long live diversity!

10/20/2014 03:45 AM
Bewildered by Coffee

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Our experience in a smart independent coffee shop in Falmouth this weekend gave us a glimpse into how many people must feel when they enter a craft beer bar. We like coffee, but (as with whisky, wine, cheese) we don’t know very much, having not chosen to expend any mental energy reading on the subject, or […]

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10/20/2014 03:05 AM
German brewing in 1966
I've been poking around the Journal of the Institute of Brewing abd I've found more stuff about postwar German brewing. They fit in nicely with my current Lager kick.

There are articles from the 1960's and the 1970's. I'll be starting with the former purely for reasons to chronology. The article we'll start looking at today was written by Professor Dr. L. Narziss of Weihenstephan. I'd like to hope he knows what he's talking about when it comes to German brewing.

First something about German drinking habits.

"During the last 15 years the change in drinking habits has had the effect of transferring much of the beer consumption from the public house to the home, and at the same time causing a change from cask beer to bottled beer. Beer outlets now include sales from off-licence and supermarket, direct delivery from the brewery to the home and sales in the factory canteen. All this has resulted in a considerable increase in the possible time interval between the beer leaving the brewery and being drunk by the consumer. It is none the less taken for granted that the beer will survive this increased distribution interval even though it may repeatedly move from cold to warm rooms and finally may spend several weeks behind the bar. It is expected by the public that the beer will remain bright and without deposit and at the same time retain its character and freshness. Despite the restrictions of the German beer law, which is based mainly on the Bavarian Purity Law dating from the year 1516, the brewer has the task of providing a beer with good biological stability and an extended flavour stability."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 72, Issue 1, January-February 1966, page 13.

The move from pub to domestic consumption is ongoing in Britain, while in Germany it happenbed several decades eaarlier. The point he makes about the supply chain being longer for take home beer is one I'd never consider, but it makes a lot of sense. In turn this means that brewers need to make their beers more stable to cope with rougher handling. Does he mean pasteurisation? Which, of course, is perfectly fine according to the Reinheitsgebot.

Now here's something about the types of beer breweed in Germany:

"Types of Beer Brewed

Although light, bottom-fermentation beers with original gravities of 11-5 to 14% (46-57°) form the basis of most requirements, flavour preferences in the various areas may be quite different. In Bavaria the light, full-bodied, mild lager beer of 11.5 to 12% original gravity (46-48°) is mainly preferred whilst the famous dark beer, once in great demand, continues to be pushed more and more into the background. The dark, strong beers of 18-20% (74-84°) are generally welcome only at certain times of the year. The other two types are basically the Pilsener (up to 12.5% O.G. with 240-400 g. of hops per hl.) and the pale strong export beer (up to 14% O.G. with 180-270 g. of hops per hl.). At the same time, there are many variations between the two types and it is quite possible that a beer known as Pilsener in the Wurttemberg area may be less bitter than an export beer in the Rhine Ruhr area.
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 72, Issue 1, January-February 1966, page 13.

I love the way he calls Helles "mild lager beer". I've always thought of it aas the Lager version of Light Mild myself. Nice to know such an eminent brewing scientist agrees with me. You'll remember from my earlier writings that Dunkles was Munich's favourite beer until WW II, after which it was replaced by Helles, which remains the most popular style.

Bock remains mostly a seasonal style, usually sold in the colder months. Or, in the case of Maibock, in spring. Though he only seems to be talking of Doppelbock. Standard Bock would have an OG between 16.5º and 17.5º Plato.

How handy that he's given hopping rates. Because we can compare them with ones from the late 19th century:

19th-century hopping rates
Beer OG Plato gm hops per hl
Bohemian Lagerbier  12.5° 420 - 500
Bohemian Export  13.5° 450 - 550
Munich Summer Bier 12.5-14.5° 200 - 300 
American Handy Book of Brewing , Malting and Auxiliary Trades byWahl & Henius, Chicago 1902, pages 780-792.

It's clear that hopping rates had declined, though the styles and regions aren't an exact match.

Next time it will the turn of top-fermenting styles.

10/20/2014 01:39 AM
Beer In Ads #1348: Cool It With The Friendmaker
Sunday’s ad is for Reading Premium Beer, my hometown beer, from 1969. It’s an interesting package they’re selling, 16 oz. pint size bottles in a six pack, but notice they refer to them as “glass cans.” In the 1950s they adopted my favorite ad slogan of all-time:...

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The Great British SpecTAPular
The Local Taphouse bars will be showcasing the best of British craft beers at the Great British SpecTAPular on Saturday October 25th in Sydney and Melbourne...

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Beer Birthday: John Tucci
Today is also the 47th birthday of John Tucci, who until it closed not too long ago, was the brewmaster for the San Francisco Gordon Biersch brewpub. John’s one of Gordon Biersch’s best and most senior brewers, especially his one-offs that he brewed at that location. He’s also a...

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10/19/2014 06:45 PM
A Love Story: Brewing Yeast & Fruit Flies
There was an interesting story posted on Popular Science, specifically their BeerSci series. They did a great job of spinning the story as a love story, albeit an unusual one between fruit flies and brewer’s yeast, especially since the original title of the study they’re reporting on...

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10/19/2014 11:20 AM
The Label from Hell
Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues […]

10/19/2014 10:00 AM
Newburyport Fall Beer Fest
People appreciate transparency and honesty, right? Well, the purpose of this blog post is to shamelessly promote our upcoming Newburyport Fall Beer Fest. It is Saturday, November 8 from 1:00-4:00 at Nicholson Hall, 9 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA. $25; $30 day of event. Tickets can be found here. Whew! With that out of the way, […]

10/19/2014 08:32 AM
Session #90 roundup: Gloves come off (again)
It took Jake Scholan more than a while to get around to posting the roundup for The Session #90: Beer Flight Club, and he explains why. When I pointed to the original announcement I suggested that the premise was that the gloves would come off. They did once again for the roundup. There is a […]

10/19/2014 03:05 AM
Brewing in WW II (part two)
This time we'll be looking at malting during WW II. I  must say that there have been some surprises for me.

"Imported barleys were not allowed to be malted for use in brewing, and so when stocks of Californian barley in the hands of malsters or brewers were exhausted, no more was available. Since the end of 1940, therefore, no Californian malt has been used in brewing. This order also applied to barleys from the Mediterranean ports, and barleys from Central Europe ceased to be available. Brewers, therefore, have had to depend entirely on malts made up from English barleys throughout the greater part of the war years.

It is customary for maltsters to begin the malting season with Californian barleys and continue malting these until November, when it is held that the English barleys are in a condition to steep. During the war period it has been necessary to start the malting season with English barleys and to steep early in September. If these barleys are held over from the previous season they will of course malt quite satisfactorily, but there have been some seasons when the quantity available was insufficient or the quality was too poor to enable the malting of these to be carried on long enough to ensure satisfactory growth from the new barleys when they were steeped, and the quality of the malt has consequently suffered. Past experience has shown that after kiln drying, barleys require a rest before they will grow evenly and modify satisfactorily. This is due to a state of dormancy in the grain from which it only recovers after kiln drying or sweating and a period of storage. Dormancy is much more pronounced in barley which has not been kiln-dried, and it consequently requires a much longer period of storage to recover and become fit for malting. The very poor results obtained with many of the early made malts can be explained in this way."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, pages 117 - 118.

It makes sense that barley from the Mediterranean and Central Europe would be unavailable - these wre areas under enemy control but California? It was all about shipping capacity. As this was limited, certain goods got priority. It was the British governemt, not the Germans, who stopped the importation of Californian barley

It's news to me that Californian barley was the first to be malted each season. Was it just because it was harvested earlier than British-grown barley? I also hadn't realise the quality problems of tyhe malting industry during the war.

"Such being the circumstances it was unfortunate that out of the six years under review there were only two in which the barleys were of good quality, and even these were not considered exceptional. The 1939 crop was one, but while the nitrogen content was on the low side, the grain was not well ripened, it was variable and was only considered to be of medium quality. The other was the 1943 crop, which was harvested in good weather conditions and was of good medium quality. It gave a high yield and the nitrogen content was low, and it made up into sound malts. The quality of the 1940 crop varied considerably, over 80 per cent, was tough and steely, the amount of good quality being comparatively small. The yield was low and the nitrogen was on the high side. It was rather difficult to modify and the bulk of the malts were of indifferent quality."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 118.

Only two good barley crops? That's pretty bad. And it must have put all sorts of pressure on both the brewing and malting industries. In peacetime, I assume the solution to a poor harvest would have been to import more malt. Of course, that wasn't an option during the war.

So even the good years weren't great. Then there were the bad years:

"In 1941 the harvest was persistently wet and the condition of the barley crop was pronounced to be the worst on record. The yield was poor and the nitrogen high. There were a number of combine harvesters in use that year, and owing to the high moisture content, many of the barleys harvested in this way suffered damage in the sack or by unskilful drying on farm dryers. Malts were generally poor in quality, showing variable modification, the majority being no better than second grade mild ale quality. Owing to the poor yield an appreciable bulk of very low grade barleys were made up, and as malting operations were carried on well into the summer that also had its effect on quality, generally resulting in inefficient modification."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 118.

You know what's odd? 1941 was a disastrous year both for the barley crop and for malting. And remember that it wasn't possible to import barley and Britain never imported malt. But the amount of barley produced increaased:

UK barley production 1930 - 1950 (cwt)
Year ended Dec. 31. Acreage. production (cwt.) yield per acre (cwt.) Average Price per Quarter.  Barley. Imports. (cwt.) % imported
1930 1,129,000 16,680,000 14.77 7 11 15,208,000 47.69%
1931 1,119,000 16,960,000 15.16 7 11 15,243,000 47.33%
1932 1,031,000 16,680,000 16.18 7 7 10,178,000 37.90%
1933 813,000 13,780,000 16.95 7 11 15,985,000 53.70%
1934 959,000 16,400,000 17.10 8 8 15,476,000 48.55%
1935 871,000 14,700,000 16.88 7 11 17,097,000 53.77%
1936 894,000 14,640,000 16.38 8 3 18,294,000 55.55%
1937 906,000 13,160,000 14.53 10 11 18,176,000 58.00%
1938 988,000 18,080,000 18.30 10 2 19,876,000 52.37%
1939 1,013,000 17,840,000 17.61 8 10 13,740,000 43.51%
1940 1,339,000 22,080,000 16.49 18 2 9,146,000 29.29%
1941 1,475,000 22,880,000 15.51 24 0 1,277,000 5.29%
1942 1,528,000 28,920,000 18.93 45 8 0 0.00%
1943 1,786,000 32,900,000 18.42 31 5 0 0.00%
1944 1,973,000 35,040,000 17.76 26 5 0 0.00%
1945 2,215,000 42,160,000 19.03 24 5 2,037,000 4.61%
1946 2,211,000 39,260,000 17.76 24 3 2,195,000 5.29%
1947 2,060,000 32,380,000 15.72 24 0 2,257,000 6.52%
1948 2,082,000 40,540,000 19.47 26 10 15,618,000 27.81%
1949 2,060,000 42,580,000 20.67 25 10 9,223,000 17.80%
1950 1,778,000 34,220,000 19.25 27 11 15,289,000 30.88%
1971 Brewers' Almanack, page 61.

The answer is simple: the acreage dedicated to barley had increased dramatically. You can see how the amount of land dedicated to barley doubled between 1939 and 1945. If that hadn't happened British brewing would have been buggered.

Because in the second half of the 1930's around 50% of barley had been imported. When impoorts dwindled to nothing growing more barley domestically was the only option. It seems to have worked pretty well, with barley production more than doubling during the war years. It's interesting that the yield per acre also rose, with the exception of 1941 and 1944.

Clearly the war years were good for British barley growers. Output continued to rise through the 18950's and 1960's and by 1969 had reached 170,540,000 cwt - about 10 times the 1939 level. Imports never again reached their pre-war level.

Also remarkable is how stable the price of barley was during the war years, actually falling in 1943, 1944 and 1945. Only 1942 seems to have been a problem year. This price stability is a good indication that barley supplies were sufficient.

Not quite done with barley and malting yet.

10/18/2014 02:18 PM
SommBeer’s 7 Beer Rules
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AleSmith Decadence 2014

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10/18/2014 12:10 PM
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10/18/2014 11:48 AM
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10/18/2014 10:30 AM
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10/18/2014 10:21 AM
Friday Night at Adventure Brewing
Each Friday evening there's a special treat in store at Adventure Brewing. It's Randall night! Dave, who also frequently tends the bar at Capital Ale House, dons an Adventure Brewing t-shirt and pours one of the Adventure beers infused with special ingredients. This weekend, we finally had a free Friday, so Colleen and I, along with Checkered Flag, spent it at the brewery. We arrived right at opening time, even before Dave, and listened as just about every one asked, "Where's Dave?" as they entered. This is apparently a popular and anticipated event.

This evening's special was Sweet Innocence Stout, which is Adventure Stiletto Stout pushed through vanilla beans. While we eagerly awaited that, I enjoyed one of my Adventure favorites, Second Ascent Double IPA. And food, of course we needed food too. Fat Mike's Gourmet Grub was set up outside, offering a variety of delicious fare. I opted for a Cheeseburger topped with Fried Pickles, and a side of Jalapeño Poppers. It was the perfect combo to stand up to the Double IPA.

The Randall set up, we eagerly waited as the Stiletto Stout steeped in the vanilla beans. Dave took frequent "test sips" to see if the flavors were ready. Eventually the pours began. The aroma and flavor of the vanilla, combined with the coffee and chocolate flavors of the Stout, made for a tasty and quite enjoyable drink. As the evening wore on, Dave tweaked the set up, a little more bean, more or less steeping time. We also tasted a sample later in the evening and noted the vanilla flavor, while more noticeable, had taken on a "softer" tone.

On previous Fridays, they've served Super Power Pale Ale through varied ingredients such as Cucumber, Jerky, Hops or Jalapeños. They've done an IPA with fresh hops, and Stiletto Stout with habanero and coconut. Who knows what tasty combinations will show up next!

We had a very enjoyable evening, chatting with the Adventure folks, and other friends who happened to stop by. Each time we visit Adventure, I'm struck by the "neighborhood" feel, and the friendly atmosphere to go along with the good beer. We have a bit of a trek to get to the brewery, but it's always been worth the drive.

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10/18/2014 07:25 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Wine Contemplations
Wine contemplations

As seen at a wine café and market, only latterly opened: two, in seeming wine reverie.

Bistro 360
Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginia
17 October 2014.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
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10/18/2014 03:58 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/10/2014

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“Ha ha, bacon, ha ha, all the bacon, ha ha, it’s funny how people keep mentioning bacon! Bacon o’clock! Hahahahahahahaha! BACON! Hrr, hrr. Bacon. Yeah. Bacon.” Yeah, hilarious. Here are some links. → A potentially interesting development: Justin Mason and Ed Razzall have been working together on a beer guide for East Anglia. → Ten Inch Wheeler, who is handy […]

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10/18/2014 03:05 AM
German brewing in 1960 - packaging
Now were at the glamour end of the brewing process: filtering and bottling. Not that I agree with any of that, obviously, as a 100% committed CAMRA member.

I've nearly finished this short series. It's helped to plump up "Decoction!" a treat. I've just passed the 500 page mark. Is there anyone else writing about Lager history? Not that I can see. "Decoction!" is becoming a great little source. I'm sure it will used as a source by many. Now if only I could be arsed to translate that early 19th-century text describing the Munich method of decoction.

"Filtration and bottling.— Little home beer was pasteurized and the commonest procedure was to pre-filter by kieselguhr and polish by pulp, giving a life of up to 6 weeks: this could be increased to 3-6 months for export beers by pasteurizing. In some cases, sterilization of bottles was attempted by flushing with sulphur dioxide gas, and bottles for home trade were often manually closed with swing-top stoppers, crowning being reserved for export."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, page 500.

This sounds much like the situation in the Czech Republic in the 1980's. Czech beer was almost never pasteurised and bottled beer would start throwing a sediment after a few weeks, presumably because it had only been roughly filtered. My guess is that they only did the kieselguhr filtration. A short shelflife wasn't a huge problem for Czechs. They never left beer lying around for long anyway.

It's good to be reminded how recent the domination of the crown cork as a beer bottle stopper really is. Swing-tops had been the standard in Germany before WW II and were clearly still very popular. They've been making a comeback in the last ten years by brewers striving to cultivate a traditional image. I quite like them myself. No bottle opener is required and you can reseal the bottle. Which can be handy when you're travelling.

"The sale of filtered beer in pressure casks corresponds to the English draught beer trade, and in the Dortmund area the sale of this type amounted to over half of the total trade. Until recently all casks were wooden and lined with pitch or wax, which was melted out and renewed for each filling. This practice was still observed in all breweries, but aluminium kegs were gaining popularity and these too were often pitched, particularly for the American trade. Beer filled into cask was often kieselguhr pre-filtered and plate-pasteurized in bulk."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, page 500."

Keg beer is what he means. It's a shame bayerischer Anstich isn't mentioned. I'm sure it was still quite common at the time in Bavaria. But even in the Rhineland there must have been some. It's still not rare today to serve Alt and Kölsch directly from a barrel. The percentage of draught beer is much lower now. The proportion of draught is now way lower than 50%:

German beer production by package type (%)
Year Draught Returnable bottles Nonreturnable bottles and cans
1993 23.25 61.31 15.5
1994 22.7 60.3 17.1
1995 21.7 59.6 18.7
1996 21 60 19
1997 19.9 59.9 20.1
1998 19.5 58.8 21.7
1999 19.3 57.9 22.8
2000 19.6 55.2 25
2001 19.5 53.4 27.1
2002 19.3 51 29.7
2003 19.52 64.81 15.7
2004 19.9 62.14 18
2005 19.34 63.5 17.2
2011 15.0 74.0 11.0
Deutscher Brauer-Bund, Bonn
"Beer Statistics 2012 edition", the Brewers of Europe, page 10.

While I'm doing tables I may as well put in another at this point: beer sales by type.

German beer production by beer type (%)
Beer type 1968 1970 1976 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2001 2002 2005 2006 2009 2010
Pils 19 25 41 64.1 66 68.1 67.8 67.9 66.9 68.6 61 60.3 55.2 55.1
Export/Edel/Spezial 57 50 32 10.1 9.7 8.8 8.8 9 9.5 7.3 12.4 12.5 10.1 9.8
Weizen 4.5 4.8 4.9 5.3 5.7 6 6.3 8.5 8.7 7.9 7.9
Hell 4.5 4.4 3.7 3.7 3.4 3.2 2.9 4.5 4.6 4.5 4.5
Alt 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.9 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.2
Kölsch 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2 1.9 1.7 1.7
Malz 2.1 2 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.8 2.6 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.2
Alcohol free 3.7 3.4 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.6 3.3 3.7
Leichtbier 1.7 1.4 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6
Schwarzbier 1 1.3 1.6 1.6
Bock 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5
Diet 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
1968, 1970, 1976: Die Biere Deutschlands, 1993.
1992-2001: Brauwelt Brevier 2003
2002-2006: Deutscher Brauer-Bund, Bonn
2009-2010: Deutscher Brauer-Bund, Bonn

This is just take home, not the on-trade. I find that a confusing picture. Pils is clearly in decline but there's no obvious winner. With numbers two and three - Export and Weizen - also in decline. Bizarrely pretty much all the styles in the table are in decline. I wonder when IPA will start showing up in these figures?

"Most bottling halls employed the Seitz type of filling head in which contamination of the beer with air was largely avoided. Carbon dioxide top pressure could be employed to feed the filling reservoir which was permanently filled with beer, and return air and beer from the bottle passed up a tube to a separate collecting tank, the recovered beer being returned for subsequent processing. Reports on hot-bottling were obtained from the Dortmund area. This process involved plate pasteurizing to about 143° F. and filling pressures were of the order of 100 lb. per sq. in. using the Meyer type of filling system; no after-cooling was employed. Canning was well established in the larger breweries."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 66, 1960, pages 500 - 501.

I'm surprised about the canning comment. Cans have never been very popular in Germany the last figures I have - for 2011 - show their market share as 4%*. I've not really anything more to say about that.

I've just about mined out this article. Unless you're interested in Danish and German brewing laboratories.

 * "Beer Statistics 2012 edition", the Brewers of Europe, page 10.

10/17/2014 07:49 PM
Good question. Is booze making you fat? Not necessarily
Despite its reputation for unhealthiness, the link between alcohol and weight gain is far from certain, writes Ross Edgley. For years alcohol has been portrayed as your waistline’s arch enemy. Considering it’s a close second to dietary fat in terms of its calorie density — roughly seven calories per gram — it’s easy to see […]

10/17/2014 07:00 PM
Brewery News: OR: Portland: Ecliptic Brewing celebrates their 1st year, starting October 23rd
Press Release

Portland, Ore. – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will this month mark its first birthday. In celebration, iconic brewer and owner John Harris – together with executive chef Michael Molitor – will host events including an eclipse viewing party and live bands, complete with an exclusive anniversary-themed menu.
“We’ve had a truly stellar first year at Ecliptic,” said John Harris. “We hope our fans will join us at the brewery for our celebration, and that people who have yet to try Ecliptic will come check us out.”
Thursday, Oct. 23: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Ecliptic Brewing unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. With such, the brewery regularly brings its fans together for astronomical observances. From 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, Portland will see a partial solar eclipse with more than 50 percent of the sun blocked. Ecliptic will host a viewing party in the parking lot, complete with the brewery’s regular food menu paired with special seasonal beers.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Intergalactic Hoedown and First Anniversary Celebration
The Saturday of Ecliptic’s birthday week, the brewery will debut its Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale and Oort Imperial Stout, as well as other special beers from its vault. The restaurant will feature anniversary ribs from chef Molitor, and newly designed Ecliptic t-shirts will be available for sale. Harrris will also host complimentary brewery tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Several bluegrass-style bands will entertain throughout the day, including:
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Roadopossum, Harris’ band
  • 4 – 5:30 p.m.: Erin’s Off the Cuff
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Vlad and the Hats
  • 7 – 9 p.m.: Jack Straw
Ecliptic Brewing is located at 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227. For more information on the anniversary events or brewery, please call 503.265.9002 or visit www.eclipticbrewing.com.
About Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale
ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 31, GRAVITY: 13 °P
Rigel sparkles in the late autumn sky as the brightest star in the constellation Orion. Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale takes its light orange color from Pale, Munich and light crystal malts, which also lead to a nice, creamy mouth feel. Crystal hops impart a slight fruity hop flavor and low bitterness. Rigel contains one percent fresh pressed Riesling juice from the TesoAria Winery, used to increase its fruity-ester profile. Rigel drinks crisp like a good sparkling wine.

About Oort Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.5% IBU 71, GRAVITY: 21 °P
Named for the Oort Cloud, a spherical region surrounding the planetary system, Ecliptic’s Oort Imperial Stout is brewed to be aged in Bourbon Barrels. A limited number of non-Bourbon kegs were saved and aged throughout the past four months for a special showcase at Ecliptic’s anniversary. This will be the first time the stout has been poured.
About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonlly inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Hefepils, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Extra Red Ale and Arcturus IPA. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

10/17/2014 06:03 PM
Surly Brewing… Darkness Day Cometh!

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10/17/2014 05:55 PM
Episode 248: beer Hoptacular

10/17/2014 05:18 PM
Friday 5ive: MNBeer Musicians
I’m coming off of a looooong Thursday and Friday setting up an event for my day gig, so we’ll keep this brief. My original intention was to throw together a craft beer supergroup, but I just wasn’t happy with how it was coming together, so instead, I give you music (past and present) from 5ive ...

10/17/2014 05:06 PM
Colorado Beer News 101714
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Wear Something Gaudy Day. If you're like most folks, there's something really extravagantly bright or showy or a somewhat tasteless article of clothing sitting in your closet or dresser. Today would be the day to bring that item out, put it on and go out and let the world see it. Sure, you're going to get some looks, possibly some comments, but you've got an excuse today. So go ahead and be a bit garish, glaring, glittery or ostentatious - who knows, you might just start a new trend. Worst case, you can all laugh about it over a beer later. And Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 17th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget! Tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th starting at 1pm, they will host their release party for their Big City Quad. This is a big 13.7% ABV quadruple ale with 75% aged in rye whiskey & vermouth barrels. It's the biggest beer they've made to date! Be sure to get there early for a glass. Bomber bottles also available for purchase for $15 each (limit three). [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - Tonight at 6:00: tapping their American Amber, "The Farmlight." Brewed with all Colorado ingredients. This beer is dry like a Colorado summer and amber like our fall harvest. It's easy drinking and hoppy. Start off your weekend with a little good Fiction. [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Barley's Angels Colorado (Denver & Boulder) - Here are a couple of upcoming events for the ladies that will be of interest. On Sunday, October 26th at 12pm - Learn about Colorado History and Craft Beer. Colorado's rich brewing history has its roots in more than a century of brewing that took place as miners populated the western frontier. Barley's Angels, a group devoted to providing beer education and social events for women, is exploring this history with an event in Golden that features Beer Historian, Dave Thomas, and his book "Of Mines and Beer, A History of Brewing in 19th Century Colorado." The event includes lunch, beer taster samples, and a trip across the street to visit AC Golden on the MillerCoors campus. Tickets are very limited, and men are invited if they are the guest of a female attendee. Their next event is for Boulder County Beer Lovers where ladies can create a Holiday Brew at J Wells or 300 Suns. This year, give Colorado craft beer it's place at your holiday table. Create a beer with one of the Front Range's professional brewers and bring it to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, to a holiday party, or just to share with friends. Each ticket provides for a planning session, brew day, and tasting event. The 300 Suns brew begins Monday night (Oct. 20th at 7pm) and they're starting early so that the beer can be ready for Thanksgiving. There are just 3 tickets left for this brew. The J. Wells brew begins on Monday night Oct. 27 at 6:30. They will likely be brewing a bold, English style ale, and there are just 5 tickets left for this brew. Details on the program, info on types of brewing opportunities at both breweries, and links to purchase tickets, are available at www.barleysangelscolorado.com.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - CKBC just tapped the last of their S'Mores Porter! Don't miss this smooth and creamy blend with a hint of sweetness! (ABV 5.7%) Plus tonight, a new food truck, Satay By Jorge is out tonight so swing by for some awesome new food! [1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Just tapped today! Stop in and try their "Thin Air ESB". This Extra Special Bitter weighs in at 5.4% ABV and 45 IBUs. It's on draft exclusively at their Arvada brewpub location. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern (Arvada) - If you want to get some of their 3 Degrees of Awesome, a strong ale, then you'd better hurry. They only have so many bottles of it available. [5610 Yukon St, Arvada, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Gabe just unveiled the 2014 edition of his Stolz Premium Lager! This Proud Session Beer is always highly anticipated by all the beer fans around here. Come start your weekend off right by tipping a couple back. They also have a couple new guest taps on, Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, La Guillotine and a French Saison from our friends over at De Steeg Brewing. [4700 E Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - This brewery is planning to open on November 15th at 12pm, however, they've got a lot of empty wall space in their taproom that they'd love to fill with local artists' work for display and sale. If you are a local artist and would like to display some of your works contact Jen via email at: jen [at] locavorebeerworks.com. Get ready for some great beer Littleton! [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Fall is in full swing and the smoked hatch Chile amber ale is now on tap and ready for you to enjoy. A perfect blend of chilies roasted then smoked to give a balanced spice bouquet that will warm the mouth and tickle your taste buds. Come try this fan favorite while it's fresh. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO] ‪

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - The first anniversary of their Louisville location and taproom is coming up the end of this month and they're planning to celebrate big time. They'll have some special happenings during the week: October 28 (actual anniversary date): they will release an Imperial Red. It is also Trivia night and, of course, there’ll be some fun questions around the history of Crystal Springs (the old and the new). Winners will receive special prizes this night, so be sure to get your team together and don’t miss this one. And - Kristy will have some other special surprises. October 29: Cornhole! They hold their cornhole in the brewery, so you can play amongst the yeast turning wort into beer. October 30: Thursday night fun run. Join in for a fun run around the CTC. Runners each receive a beer on the house. October 31: They'll have a costume party on Halloween with special prizes for the winners. November 1! (which also happens to be “Day of the Dead”): their “official celebration day.” They will be offering several very special beers: 2014 Black Saddle Imperial Stout, the 2nd release of Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle, this year's Solano (chili beer), an Imperial IPA, and they're pulling out a few cases of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Saddle (#1, #2, #3 and #4) and several bottles of their 2012 Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Nitro Fest (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] Left Hand Brewing is proud to present Nitro Fest - the first exclusively nitrogenated beer fest this November 15th from 3-7pm at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. Nitro Fest will feature 21 of the best breweries from across the US pouring rare, never-before-seen nitro styles in celebration of Left Hand’s 21st birthday. Nitro Fest will be a lavish evening, pairing smooth & creamy ales with live performance art and fresh fare. Tickets are $50 for 4 hours of all-you-can drink nitro craft beers from the best breweries across The States. Event proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. Famous for their Nitro series including Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand is eager to showcase a wide offering of nitrogenated beer from the craft community. Nitro Fest guests can sample hard to find styles from out of state breweries including Founders, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, Victory, Green Flash, and more. “Some of these beers will be nitrogenated for the first time, and many do not make it out of their home brewery tap room. This will be a truly unique opportunity for craft beer fans to get their hands on exclusive styles from widely acclaimed breweries.” comments Josh Goldberg, Community & Event Manager. Representing the Colorado front, will bring local presence from Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, New Belgium, Odell and more. The first annual Nitro Fest will also commemorate Left Hand’s 21st birthday, inviting guests to imbibe under a vast tent with live performance art including fire dancers, stilt walkers and aerial artists. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - Plan to attend in costume on Halloween Night (Fri. October 31st) from 6pm to 10pm. They will hold a costume contest and give away some fun prizes. They're dying to see you there. [285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today's 5pm Bad Friday Special Tappings are Bad Karma, their soured Belgian Pale Ale, and Bad Apple, their soured Belgian Pale Ale barrel-aged with Granny Smith apples. It's deliciously tart and decidedly bad. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - The winter Folly Packs (variety 12-pack bottles) are coming starting in early November and one of the beers in their Folly Packs will be a revival of their 2° Below Ale, a winter warmer. Also, starting November 9th, as the holiday season draws near, you'll be able to start sipping on New Belgium's Frambozen, a raspberry brown ale made just for the holidays. Plus, look for their Accumulation White IPA to hit store shelves in early November as well. The changing of the seasonals is always a fun time. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today at 5pm marks the annual release of their "Owl Canyon Fresh Pumpkin Ale". They make this brew with real pumpkins from the Osborn Farm in Larimer County. They bake them and toss them into the brew along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg to create a pumpkin pie in a glass. This brew will also be available in 6-pack cans from the tap room for the very first time. There's just a limited amount on tap and in cans so hurry in to grab yours. Also tonight is more party game fun for horrible people - it's an MC'ed version of Cards Against Humanity night from 7-9pm. Plus, live music on the next three Sundays from 4-6pm (no cover charge). [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Following the release of Little Red Cap in cans this April, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced that they will be releasing their 2013 GABF winning beer, The Fearless Youth, in cans available this October. The 12oz cans will be sold in 6 packs in Colorado and Nebraska. “The Fearless Youth marks our second beer available in cans, and we’re excited to be able to offer our customers another alternative to glass” Says Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers. “We’ve had a lot of success with our first canned beer, Little Red Cap, and this was a natural progression.” Easily transported and eco-friendly cans are becoming a more popular form of packaging for many breweries. The Fearless Youth, a clean tasting, malty Munich Dunkel Lager, is available year round as part of the Legend series. Perhaps best known for a 2013 Bronze medal at Great American Beer Festival, The Fearless Youth has a loyal customer following. Other Legend series beers include 3 Golden Hairs, Snow Drop, Little Red Cap, and Master Thief. Plans are already in the works to can the remaining Legend beers starting next year. To kick off the release Grimm Brothers will be having a Fresh Can Friday party at their taproom on October 24th from 5-8 PM. The party will feature chances to win prizes with each can sold, Fearless Youth beer brats from Rocky Mountain Sausage Grill, a free can with a brat purchase, and $1 cans for sale. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's Chocolate Friday again! Tonight at 5pm they'll be tapping the latest of their collaborations with Nuance Chocolate and Old Town Spice Shop - Ghana Cacao Vanilla Porter. They've taken our Pawnee Porter and infused it with Ghana cacao husks and nibs and Madagascar vanilla bean. Only 5 gallons of this is available and, as usual, it will go fast! Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be there starting at 3:30pm to serve up some of the best spicy beef tacos and piping hot Philly cheesesteaks that you can find in the state. The taproom is open until 9pm tonight. Come hungry. Come thirsty. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Get ready to get Yachty! Rocky Mountain Hideout, a bourbon barrel aged Deep Roots Chocolate Porter makes it's limited return tonight, alongside a new ‪‎collaboration creation‬ with The Blue Mug Coffee Bar: Blue Mug Coffee Milk Stout! The new beers start flowing at 6:30pm tonight. Be there! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Today their Friday Firkin is a BRANDY OAK STOUT! This is another of the comeback series with their oatmeal stout that has been fermented with small batch brandy soaked oak chips. And Dave threw in a vanilla bean for some added depth and good measure! This lovely beer is 7.6% ABV and will be tapped at 6pm. And don't forget about good ole TEACHER FRIDAY. Teachers start your weekend off right with $3.75 pints all day (with a valid teacher ID). [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - They have a special day planned to end the work week. Today they are tapping Snowy Tale Weissebier. It has a sweet base with a wheaty tang. It's really good! Today, they will have $3 pints and $2 off of growler fills of Snowy Tale. Come by, unwind and have a pint or two. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The brewery will host a pumpkin carving contest on Tuesday October 21st from 5pm to 10pm. Bring in a pumpkin and tools, carve, and get your 1st beer on the house. (Kids will get a free root beer). Prizes to include a hoody and more. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fossil Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Colorado's next brewery to open will be Fossil Brewing Company. They're finally able to open the doors for their Grand Opening! Their first day opening to the public will be next Friday, October 24th from 2pm to 10pm! They'll have liquid-goodness flowing through all 8 of their taps, with one non-alcoholic beverage and 7 of their beers for you to enjoy! They'll be offering pints, beer flights, boston rounds to-go, glasses and t-shirts. There will also be a food truck setting up to provide some local cuisine. They'll be posting more details on food and beer as the date gets closer, but they hope to see you there to celebrate with them! [2845 Ore Mill Rd, Unit 1, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - It's Friday, and for some reason, we feel like celebrating. So they are tapping a Special Cask today: "Salty Nibs" Hell for Stout with Organic TCHO cacao nibs and sea salt. It taps today at 4pm in their Tasting Cellar. [106 E Village Terrace, Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Fall Back Beer Fest (Estes Park) - It's almost time to turn the clocks back for the upcoming season and this festival commemorates this time with a great setting for a beer festival. The Fall Back Beer Fest is set for Saturday, November 1st from 1pm to 5pm (VIPs at 12pm) at the Estes Park Events Center Pavilion (1125 Rooftop Way). Held each year on the weekend we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. With 100+ beers being poured by the brewers themselves from 30+ Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it. FBBF also coincides with the American Homebrewers Associations Annual Learn To Homebrew Day. To help celebrate, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch. With seminars from beer glass experts, food pairings from certified cicerones, demonstrations from homebrewing equipment fabricators, samples from hop farms, seminars from yeast labs, giveaways from local homebrew supply shops, and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone. Also, FBBF is family-friendly! Taking part in the celebration of brewing are Colorado craft soda breweries. They will be pouring for festival guests of all ages. Plus, for everyone's entertainment, live music from Colorado bluegrass and rockabilly bands throughout the day! Still looking for more? Check out the official website at www.fallbackbeerfest.com to see what else will be at Fall-Back Beer Fest 2014!

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Open Sky Yoga will be offering a free beginner yoga class at the brewery this Sunday, October, 19 from 9:30 - 10:30 am. No experience necessary, just an open mind and a playful heart. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. After, stay for a beer and some football. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Palisade Brewing Co (Palisade) - Today's the day for the release of their Porter of Love (P.o.L). Stop in and get this. Also available in cans too! [200 Peach Ave, Palisade, CO]

Riff Raff Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Time for a bit of Fall cleaning and repairs. Stop in this weekend and stock up on your favorite Riff Raff beers because from Wed. October 22nd through Thurs. October 30th they will be closed to patch things up a bit. They'll be open again on Halloween Day. [274 Pagosa St (Hwy 160), Pagosa Springs, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Announcing Fork Founders Club and Bottle Reserve Memberships! A membership to the Fork Founders Club and Bottle Reserve are the ultimate ways to experience the Roaring Fork Beer Company & Tasting Room. Both memberships can be renewed on an annual basis, and each comes with unique and special benefits for its members to enjoy. Sign up with the bartenders today, spaces are limited. Membership drive ends 11/18 so sign up today to secure your spot. Benefits include: custom 2L swing top glass growler (only available to members) with 1st growler fill free, a 22oz custom mug where normal 16oz beers will be poured into these (only full), a 16oz tulip glass where normal 10oz pours will filled to the top, $10 off all dry goods and to-go beer purchases, Tuesday Founders Night with $1 off fills, yearly Founders Party with complimentary food and drink, 1st right of refusal for future member programs, in 2015 you can opt out of getting new glassware and membership fees will be $65. Fork Founders Club Membership Cost: $100 a year starts November 17th, 2014. Also, they'll have a Bottle Reserve Membership. Limited to only 40 spaces and this will sell out. Once a month their brewer’s will brew a special brew on the pilot system and bottle it just for you. Your one-year bottle reserve membership will include 12 different seasonal brews to be released throughout the year. These 22 oz. bottles are exclusively for bottle reserve members and will not be available for purchase in our taproom or at retail. One bottle per member and you get to be the coolest kid on the block. *Bottle Reserve Membership Cost: $100 a year. Starts 12/1/14* [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Statewide and National

Learn to Homebrew Day (Nationwide) - [PRESS RELEASE] On November 1st, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates the 15th annual Learn to Homebrew Day. The day provides an opportunity for homebrewers to draft their non-brewer friends and family to learn one of the most rewarding and emergent hobbies: homebrewing. Through beer making, demonstrations, tastings and other educational efforts, participating in Learn to Homebrew Day is as easy as finding a local event on the AHA website. Individuals can also organize their own event, register it online, invite friends and brew at home. This year, over 300 events are expected to take place at homes, homebrew shops, breweries and club gatherings both in the U.S. and abroad. “Homebrewing is at the very heart of the craft beer revolution,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Learn to Homebrew Day encourages people everywhere to be a part of the ever-growing movement and become familiar with the brewing process—the basics of which are much simpler than many think.” Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org.


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10/17/2014 03:39 PM
Left Hand Brewing Intoduces Nitro Fest

Longmont, CO – Left Hand Brewing is proud to present Nitro Fest – the first exclusively nitrogenated beer fest this No…

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10/17/2014 03:00 PM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
Cleaning up the notepad of some recent beer-ish arrivals in Siouxland.

10/17/2014 02:21 PM
Killer IPA Fest at N.W.I.P.A. on Sunday
There are no India Pale Ales quite like those from the motherland. Here in Cascadia where we grow the most hops on the continent and some of the most unique and aromatic varieties on earth, one pub is set out to give hopheads a hearty dose of what us craft beer lovers direly desire. And what […]

10/17/2014 02:06 PM
Why Does Beer Smell So Delicious?
Scientists have discovered why beer smells so good — and it has nothing to do with us. Beer, that living, breathing elixir, smells the way it smells to appeal to a totally different species. A pair of Belgian researchers (where else could they be from, right?) has accidentally stumbled on the answer to a question […]

10/17/2014 02:00 PM
Killer Washington Fest at Old Ivy Taproom on Sunday
Vancouver, WA is just a stone’s throw across the river from North Portland, but what a different world it is. Literally, a “different state” when it comes to beer, The ‘Couve’s original hot spot for top notch craft beer is the Old Ivy Taproom, where great beer you won’t find in Oregon can be found. […]

10/17/2014 01:30 PM
The 404 Hotel, Nashville, TN
The 404 is an urban oasis, built inside a former mechanic’s garage, it is a hideaway in plain sight. Featuring five king rooms appointed with ...

10/17/2014 01:00 PM
Beer News You Can Use, 10/17/2014
Another summertime casualty of my crushing book research workload was the weekly news update that I put in front of you each week. They tended to be the second most popular item here at The Brew Lounge behind the unstoppable beer events calendar. I don't claim to have the early scoop on all beer-related news, so as we head into the weekend I'm going to begin once again sharing with you some

10/17/2014 12:49 PM
The Science of Skunky Beer (and how to prevent it)
With October just a few days away, beer lovers are buzzing in anticipation. But there’s bad news: Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked. Although many think that “skunking,” or the phenomenon of beer developing a putrid taste and smell, is caused by heat, it’s actually caused by light […]

10/17/2014 12:26 PM
Autumn Cocktails: SALTY BEAR

10/17/2014 11:35 AM
Founders Brewing Co. Hop Harvest 2014
Ever been to a hop harvest? If not, Founders Brewing has produced an excellent video documenting their visit to the Yakima Valley 2014 hop harvest. Found this on their YouTube channel through the Founders newsletter: Published on Oct 10, 2014 Every year during the hop harvest we visit our hop growers out in Yakima Valley, Washington, […]

10/17/2014 10:48 AM
Week of 10/17/14 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Scott Snyder will be pouring: Hof Ten Dormaal No.2 – Cognac Barrel, No.3 – Madeira Barrel, No.5- Sherry Barrel. Also, there will be a bonus tasting tomorrow from 2PM-4PM featuring New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar. Additional [...]

10/17/2014 09:26 AM
Chesapeake Real Ale Festival 2014
Baltimore Beer Week 2014 began last Friday, 10 October. It ends this Sunday, 19 October. (Yes, that's a ten day week.)

Before it all ends, the Pratt Street Ale House and the Baltimore chapter of the Society for the Preservation for Beer from the Wood (SPBW) present the 11th annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, this Saturday, at the brewpub, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Jones vs. the firkin
Festival host brewer, Steve Jones, of Oliver Brewing.

There will be at least forty-one casks of real ale (and one 'real' lager) at the festival. And, what is 'real ale'?

Also known as cask-conditioned ale, 'real ale' is beer brewed from traditional ingredients; matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed; served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide; presented unfiltered, yet 'bright' not cloudy; served at cool 'cellar' temperature, approximately 50 - 56 °F, at which point the subtleties of flavor become prominent. It's the beauty of beer at its freshest.

The festival takes place both inside and out the Pratt Street Alehouse. Outside, no problem. The weather forecast for Saturday is for good autumn weather. Or, as some might say, good cask ale weather. And, the festival is a bargain. For one admittance fee, a festival go-er can drink unlimitedly (within the bounds of supply and good and decorum), without the nuisance of purchasing drink tickets. Food, however, is not included, but can be purchased off the pub's menu, in the dining rooms or at the bar.

Here's the line-up of casks: some TBDs (to be determined), some MIAs, and, as always, some yet-to-be-named guest beers.

Brewery Location Beer Cask Additions Alcohol %
Blue Mountain Afton, Virginia Double Oat IPA Centennial hops 8.4
Breckenridge Colorado Oatmeal Stout Salted caramel and coffee beans 4.9
Brewers Alley Frederick, Maryland IPA ... 5.8
The Brewer's Art Baltimore, Maryland Proletary Brown Ale ... 5.3
The Brewer's Art Baltimore, Maryland Apres Saison Citra hops 5.3
DC Brau Washington, D.C. Stone of Arborath Scotch ale Gin-soaked oak chips, rosemary, thyme 8
DuClaw Baltimore, Maryland Neon Gypsy IPA Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook hops 6.5
Evolution Salisbury, Maryland Lot 3 IPA ? hops 6.8
Flying Dog Frederick, Maryland The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale vanilla 9.0
Flying Dog Frederick, Maryland The Truth Imperial IPA ... 8.7
Flying Fish New Jersey Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA Citra hops 8
Flying Fish New Jersey Red Fish Amber Ale Simcoe hops 7
Frey's Mount Airy, Maryland Pussy Pilot Parade Black Rye IPA ... 5.9
Full Tilt Baltimore, Maryland Hop Harbor IPA Mosaic hops 8.3
Gordon-Biersch Baltimore, Maryland Heather Mel Scotch Ale (aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels) 7.5
Harpoon Massachusetts IPA El Dorado hops ...
Heavy Seas Baltimore, Maryland Plank III (Wood-aged tripel) ... 8.5
Jailbreak Laurel, Maryland The Carrot Cake Conspiracy (Amber Ale, with roasted carrots and spices) ... 6
Milkhouse Farm Brewery Mt. Airy, Maryland IPA ... 6
Monacacy Frederick, Maryland Riot Rye Amber Ale ... 6.2
New Belgium Colorado 1554 (Black Lager) Fuggles hops 5.6
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland Bizarre Gardening Accident (Anglo-American Brown Ale) ... ...
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland The Black Code #2 Black IPA ... 7
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland ESB ... 6
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland Modern Life is Rubbish Porter ... 5.9
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland My Monkeys Gone Sour (Oak-aged, soured barleywine) ... 10.5
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland Pink Torpedo Raspberry Saison ... ...
Oliver Brewing Baltimore, Maryland There's A Fine Line Between Stupid And Clever (Smoked Black 'Pseudo' Lager) ... ...
Pub Dog Brewing Westminster, Maryland Imperial Dog IPA ... 6.5
Pub Dog Brewing Westminster, Maryland Pumpkin Ale ... 6.66
Oskar Blues Colorado/North Carolina Dales Pale Ale mangos 6.5
Oskar Blues Colorado/North Carolina Old Chub Scotch Ale coffee, vanilla 8
Real Ale Revival Cambridge, Maryland Nanticoke Nectar IPA Citra, Cascade hops 6.0
Sly Fox Pennsylvania Chester County Bitter ... 4.5
Sly Fox Pennsylvania Hop Project #05256 #05256 hops 6.1
Terrapin Georgia Midnight Monk Black IPA ... 9.8
Union Craft Baltimore, Maryland Hampden on Rye Ale coriander 5.9
Weyerbacher Pennsylvania Last Chance IPA Simcoe hops 5.9
Weyerbacher Pennsylvania Last Chance IPA Centennial hops 5.9
Yards Pennsylvania Presidents Peculiar Bitter Ale ... 5
Yards Pennsylvania Brawler English Mild French Aramis Hops 4.2

Pratt Street Ale House


10/17/2014 09:00 AM
Alehouse Event: WA: Seattle: North Sound Gin barrel-aged Pale Ale release & Reuben's Brews dinner at The Sixgil
image sourced from The Sixgill's Facebook page

Thursday (October 30th) and Monday (November 10th), The Sixgill will be hosting two exciting events.

Starting Thursday, October 30th, owners Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly release an exclusive barrel-aged Pale Ale. Aged in Gin barrels, the Pale Ale from North Sound Brewing is a collaboration between The Sixgill, the brewery, and Captive Spirits. The party starts at 6:30 and both Captive Spirits and North Sound will be in attendance.

On Monday, November 10th, The Sixgill is happy to host Ballard's Reuben's Brews for dinner. Titled "English Supper with Reuben's Brewing", this $80 per person event will feature menu items like:
  • Terrine, house jam & watercress paired with Reuben's Cream Ale
  • Fall Squash Soup with acron & delicata squash, pumpkin seed oil & pumpkin seeds paired with Reuben's Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Mushrooms on Toast with locally foraged mushrooms, rye toast, egg yolk & horseradish paired with Reuben's Crikey India Pale Ale
  • Ox Tongue with roasted ox tongue, carrot puree, parsley sauce paired with Reuben's Russian Imperial Stout
  • Lamb with roasted leg of lamb, minted peas, & "Bubble & Squeak" paired with Reuben's Roasted Rye
  • Bread and Butter Pudding with baked bread pudding, golden raisins & butterscotch paired with Reuben's American Rye
Seating is limited for the Reuben's Brews dinner. Call The Sixgill at (206) 466-2846

Old world-inspired ales. Small batch, unfiltered frothy goodness! ( beers on tap that are always changing.Off Memorial Highway in West Mount Vernon.

With distilling in our blood, & the restaurant industry under our belts, we are proud to create spirits that fully embody what we see as superb and distinctive. Stop by the distillery and say hello, or track us down by any other means. We love meeting follow ginners.

Ben Capdevielle is a third-generation distiller who grew to appreciate the art of distillation at the early age of twenty. After twelve years of bartending, fishing & an all-around life-enjoying schedule, Ben & business partner Todd Leabman came together with a solid plan for Captive Spirits. 

Creating a legacy, making quality & consistent products for gin-lovers & straight up enjoying the game is what Captive Spirits is all about.

We are a small, family owned and operated brewery located in Ballard in Seattle, WA. We have a cozy taproom open Thursday through Sunday where you can meet with friends, sample and learn about our beers, and pick up a growler to enjoy elsewhere.  As a small, craft brewery operating on an artisan scale, we can’t guarantee broad distribution of our seasonal brews.

At The Sixgill, we bring you the awesomeness of the Pacific Northwest ~ 36 roatating taps, killer cocktails, fabulous food and nautical reference guides for you to explorer the Puget Sound and beyond. Whether you've grown with us for the last 4 years at The Noble Fir, or this is your first visit, we know you'll be right at home at The Sixgill. If we haven't had the pleasure of hosting you yet, we hope we will soon ... 

Our back patio is open for the Summer and is pet friendly!

~Cheers, Rick and Ellen

10/17/2014 07:51 AM
Sweetwater Brewing Hop Hash Double IPA

The post, Sweetwater Brewing Hop Hash Double IPA, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

When Sweetwater Brewing first announced Hop Hash to their year-round offering, I was curious if this was jus their Johnny Hash repurposed. They assured me that it’s not and based on what I experienced sampling this latest release, I can fully agree. This 7.8% ABV double IPA using a similar method of employing hop hash […]

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10/17/2014 07:39 AM
Coaster Critique: Uinta Brewing Company Tinder
Name: Tinder Brewed by: Uinta Brewing Company Style: Rauchbier (Smoked Lager) ABV: 6.5% ABV Tinder pours a bright gold-copper color with a frothy, bone white head that holds on for the entire glass. The beer is crystal clear, a steady carbonation is visible rising through the beer to keep the head alive. The nose is […]

10/17/2014 06:57 AM
Q&A: Sean Lewis, ‘We Make Beer’
There has been discussion of late about the need to find different ways to write about beer. I could be wrong — happens all the time — but it suspect it will be interesting to compare “We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America’s Craft Brewers” and “The Brewer’s Tale: A History of […]

10/17/2014 05:32 AM
Brew Hub to install MicroStar keg solution
US-based establishment Brew Hub will install new keg solution by MicroStar, in a move to cater to its increasing keg needs.

10/17/2014 04:38 AM
Porter Tasting: Batch 4 — Taste of London

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The purpose of this exercise, for those who missed the previous posts, is to find a beer that suits us, with a view to selecting finalists for a ‘taste-off’ before buying a case to see us through the winter. It’s not ‘the best’ but something much more floaty and subjective. In recent years, a distinctive London […]

Porter Tasting: Batch 4 — Taste of London

10/17/2014 04:03 AM
Remembering the victims of the Great London Beer Flood, 200 years ago today
Wherever you are at 5.30pm this evening, please stop a moment and raise a thought – a glass, too, if you have one, preferably of porter – to Hannah Banfield, aged four years and four months; Eleanor Cooper, 14, a … Continue reading

10/17/2014 03:11 AM
Into the forest
I left you yesterday in the pleasant surrounds of the Achhörnla brewpub in Forchheim, choking down their massively less-than-pleasant lager. We're staying in Forchheim today to see what the town offers that's actually worth drinking.

It was a quiet Monday afternoon when we strolled into the pretty village marketplace. Not much was happening on the streets but there was plenty of buzz in the front parlour of Brauerei Neder. It's one of those community-centre-style pubs, a hub for the retired and unemployed to share scandal, weather predictions and opinions on FC Nuremberg over beers. We got clay mugs of Neder Fassbier; most people had theirs from their personal glass, kept in a cupboard above the bar. Nothing so gauche as custom engraving, of course -- the majority looked like they came straight from the FC Nuremberg fan shop. The beer is one of those ones I enjoy massively but are really annoying when it comes to sitting down in front of a blank screen to write about. Honey, bread, smoothness. That's it. That's all there is to say about it. It's not one to sip and consider, it's one to chug down over a chat about something else, then set your mug on its side so the server can see you're ready for another.

I first heard of Forchheim via Ron's accounts of Annafest, the town's annual festival held in late July and early August each year. On my visit it was hard to imagine what the place is like when thronged with visitors. All the Annafestbier was gone but I did find Neder's year-round Schwarze Anna back in Nuremberg. It's another simple beer, a 5.2% ABV cola-coloured lager with lots of lovely fresh herbal hops and barely tastes dark at all. Good though.

Drinking at Neder was something of a beery Dian Fossey experience, where you quickly realise you're observing something you're not really a part of. I left a paltry €4 to cover the two beers and a tip and we moved on. We had a destination, after all.

But before that (and after lunch in the Forchheim establishment I mentioned yesterday), we stopped in at Greif-Bräu. After several days of drinking in inns that happen to have a brewery somewhere out back, it was very strange to arrive at a brewery that happens to have an inn up front. Amid the crates and kegs of the yard we sat down with a couple of halbes of Greif-Bräu, er, Bier. It was served beautifully clear from the oak barrel propped up at a serving hatch between a corridor and the brewery offices. It's a plain simple beer but, annoyingly again, nothing like the sublime Fassbier at Neder. The hop levels are low and there's a tiny trace of diacetyl, but it's really more boring than flawed, a lesser sin.

The main reason for coming to Forchheim was the Kellerwald, a hilly forest park rearing up behind the town with two dozen beer gardens of various sizes nestled between the trees. In contrast to Annafest, and probably any Sunday during the summer, it was quiet this Monday, and very atmospheric. Almost all of the establishments were shuttered up, though the brewery banners and party posters still hung from the trees, visual echoes of what this part of nature is normally for.

There was a small crowd gathered in the Glocken-Keller near the summit of the hill, perched on the bench under the eaves of the tiny shack which serves as a kitchen, office and rainy-day saloon. The beer garden tables occupy what must be a rare level surface and at the far end is the keller itself. Down a few steps the spritely old kellermeister pours Wolfshöher lager from wooden barrels into clay mugs. When I went down to take a picture of the arrangement he invited me in to see the rest rest of the cellar, tunnels stretching hundreds of metres deep into the rock, packed with kegs and casks and crates of beer, all at the perfect serving temperature, whatever the weather.

Wolfshöher itself is an extremely nettley beer and not without a dash of butter, but the two just manage to hold each other in check. The noble greenness is perhaps just a little too intense for comfortable drinking, resulting in something that bit too close to cabbage water, but that it's packed with authentic German flavour is not up for debate.

We stopped at another establishment on the way back down the hill, the multilevel Hebendanz-Keller. It had passed from afternoon into evening and a few families were beginning to file in for their evening meal. In the Hebendanz-Keller there is Hebendanz Kellerbier to drink: a surprisingly spicy, fruity, Christmas cake of a beer, yet not heavy or even especially sweet. One of those lagers you can enjoy as a casual quencher and a complex sensory experience simultaneously. We stayed for another before heading back to the station.

I'm sure Bavaria is packed with unspoilt little towns like Forchheim, serving amazing beer costing buttons in beautiful surrounds. I'm happy just to have seen one of them.

10/17/2014 03:05 AM
Brewing in WW II (part one)
This is from another really useful artilce in the Journal of the Istitute of Brewing that I somehow forgot about. Which is incredible given its subject. Oh well, better late than never, I suppose.

"While it cannot be denied that the brewing industry has gone through a very difficult and trying period it is to its credit that it has been able to surmount these difficulties, probably not always with complete success, but the output of beer has nevertheless been maintained and there has certainly been no difficulty in disposing of it.

In the war of 1914-18 the brewing trade was continually harassed by frequent restrictions, cuts in materials, increases in duty, the rising price of materials, and finally a drastic reduction in output and the regulation of gravities and prices, while in addition to all these was added the threat of State purchase. At the outbreak of the second war, the Government, profiting by their previous experience and in anticipation of a long drawn-out struggle, formulated a definite policy which has been very little altered throughout the whole 6 years.

The decision that beer was essential to maintain the morale of the country was a happy one as it disposed once for all of the bogie of prohibition. It would have made it much easier for everyone concerned, however, if brewing had been listed as an essential industry. It was fortunate that brewing was treated as a "willing" industry and that harmonious relations were established between the Brewers' Society and the Ministry of Food which prevented the imposition of arbitrary orders and regulations that might have been difficult to carry out, and brewers were afforded an opportunity of adapting those which were found to be necessary."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 117.

The author is right to highlight the difference in the government's attitude to the brewing industry in the two world wars. There had been considerable friction between the industry and the Liberal government in the years leading up to WW I. Many in the Liberal party, including chancellor Lloyd George were teetotallers and generally hostile to the brewing trade.

Temperance campaigners saw the war as a great excuse to push through prohibition on the pretext of alcohol weakening the war effort and had some support for their view withing government. Lloyd George, for example, said that drink was a greater threat than the Germans. Total bollocks, of course. Workers saw things quite differently. Harvest worker threatened to strike if they didn't get beer, which was a long-standing custom. But that didn't stop many anti-alcohol measures being introduced, including a drastic reduction in opening hours.

The situation in WW II was quite different, especially after WInston Churchill becamne prime minister in 1940. He recognised that a steady stream of beer was vital for morale. But the temperance movement had changed, too. Its successes in WW I ended up undermining its campaign. With reduced gravities and consumption after the war, drunkenness was not perceived as the same threat it had been before the outbreak of hostilities.

It's fascinating to see how, though beer tax increased greatly during both wars, the different way that happened:

Beer tax in WW I
Year tax per standard barrel % change
1914 7s 9d
1915 23s 196.77%
1916 23s 0.00%
1917 24s 4.35%
1918 25s 4.17%
1919 50s 100.00%
1920 70s 40.00%
1921 100s 42.86%
change 1914 - 1921 1190.32%
1928 Brewers' Almanack

Beer tax in WW II
Year tax per standard barrel % change
1939 80s
1940 80s / 104s 30.00%
1941 135s / 165s 29.81%
1942 165s 22.22%
1943 240s 7.5d 45.83%
1944 281s 10.5d 17.14%
1945 286s 5.5d 1.63%
change 1939 - 1945 258.07%
1955 Brewers' Almanack

In WW I, there were massive increases at the start and end of the war, with very little change in 1916, 1917 and 1918. While in WW II the increases were smaller but happened in every year of the war. In percentage terms the increase in WW I was much greater - almost 1200% - compared to just 250% in WW II.

Brewers had one big advantage in WW II when it came to beer quality. During WW II

"With the rationing of food early in the war came the rationing of brewing materials. The amount of malt each brewer was allowed to use was not to exceed the amount he used in the year immediately previous to the war, while the amount of sugar was also restricted. Brewers were obliged to reduce the average gravity of their beers by 20 per cent, of the pre-war strength, mainly with a view to conserving materials as much as possible, and this of course was strictly enforced."
Journal of the Institute of Brewing Volume 52, Issue 3, May-June, 1946, page 117.

The British government learned well from WW I in terms of food policy. Unlike the Germans who hoped for a quick war, Britain assumed from the start that it would last many years and planned accordingly. This early planning definitely benefitted Britain's war by making sure no resources were wasted. Which meant there was never a crisis simialr to that in 1917, when for a while it looked as if Britain might run out of grain.

Next time we'll be looking at malting during the war.

10/16/2014 09:36 PM
Almanac Beer Co – Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry Sour


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10/16/2014 08:25 PM
Foundation brewer returns to Lead Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Long-serving Murrray’s head brewer, Shawn Shherlock, will be finishing up with Port Stephens-based Murray’s Craft Brewery today. He will be replaced by Murrays’ foundation brewery Graham Mahy. Details in the media release today. Shawn advises he has plans to start his own small brewery in Newcastle, with further details to follow “fairly shortly”. “I have nothing but positives to say about Murray’s and my time here,” Shawn said. “After eight-and-a-half years it’s time to move on and and I have long wanted to run my own set up.” Media Release Foundation brewer returns to Lead Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. Murray’s Craft Brewing Co’s founding brewer, Graeme Mahy, has returned to lead the next phase of growth of the rapidly expanding Australian craft brewer. Graeme was Murray’s original Head Brewer when the company launched in 2006 – ironically then based at The Pub With No Beer in the tiny hamlet of Taylors Arm (population 50) on the NSW North Coast. Within three years, the brewery outgrew the property and relocated to its current home at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens. Since this time the craft brewery has grown significantly. “Australians are embracing the trend towards drinking better beer. Consumers are profoundly interested […]

10/16/2014 08:09 PM
Brewing jobs: Head Brewer, 3 Ravens
3 Ravens is looking for an experienced brewer with management experience to lead the brewing team...

10/16/2014 06:00 PM
Colorado Beer News 101614
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Boss' Day. It may be time to suck up to the Boss today and do something nice for the one who has power over you (job wise). Sure, bosses can be tough to deal with sometimes, but don't pass up an opportunity to do something nice for them if not but for one day a year. Why not offer to take them out for a beer later on. You can always butter them up for a raise later. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 16th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Their "Sour Cherry Ale" returns to the tadpole tap today. It's bright, light and mimicking the leaves in the autumn air. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - Their Facebook post from yesterday must have sent some kick-in-the-pants vibes out there as they are now officially stamped by the city to go ahead and complete their build out! Things should start happening REAL fast now! Special thanks goes to Shane at Arrow B Architecture for tirelessly advocating on their behalf. Stay tuned for further updates. [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Stapleton Tap House (Denver) - Their OKTUMPKINFEST lineup has changed numerous times since kicking off last month, so here's an update of their current seasonal offerings: Pikes Peak Brewing's Oktoberfest, Grist Brewing Company's Oktoberfest, Bristol Brewing Company's Red Baron Octoberfest, Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Company's Pumpkin Patch Ale, Tommyknocker Brewery's Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale, and Wynkoop Brewing Co.'s Salted Caramel Apple Tart. Seasonal offerings arriving soon: CAUTION: Brewing Co.'s Tim! Curry Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Crabtree Brewing Company's Chunkin' Pumpkin, Trinity Brewing's Emma's Pumpkin Saison, and Epic Brewing Co (Denver) Fermentation Without Representation Imperial Pumpkin Porter. In addition to these seasonal selections they always fill out their tap list with some of the best ‪‎Colorado craft‬ around! [8296 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525, Denver, CO]

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - What used 2200 pounds of grain + 4 pallets of roasted pumpkins and Pumpkin Pie Spice from Savory Spice Shop> It's their upcoming first Belgian Pumpkin Dubbel! Stay tuned for the release date of this huge handmade beer. This will soon hit shelves in 22 oz bombers and on tap at the taproom. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Parry's Pizza (Greenwood Village) - Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25th starting at 11am. This is the third installment of Parry's, "LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM CRAPPY BEER FEST" and it's gonna be loaded with crafty drafts from Avery Brewing Co. Explore some tap room only offerings that are sure to shore up any doubts you may have had about Avery Brewing, if any. Green Wood Village location. [5970 S Holly St, Greenwood Village, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Just a reminder that if you're planning a visit to the brewery this Saturday, they will be closed from open to 8pm for a private event. They will reopen our doors at 8pm. Open today 4pm til 10pm. Friday 2pm to 11pm. Saturday 8pm to 11pm (this week only), and Sunday 2pm to 8pm. Also, their English IPA "Dandyman" will return this weekend. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co (Littleton) - Get infused! Their coconut brown ale is tasting amazing. Their keeping this infusion beer on tap today and tomorrow (10/16 & 10/17) so you better hurry if you want to experience it. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Two barrels of their 2014 Pumpkin Release are down, and two barrels left to go. This Mesoamerican inspired brew is being transferred into new bourbon casks with chili peppers and cacao nibs! Get excited! [5450 W 120th Ave. Broomfield, CO]

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - What's on tap tonight (5-9pm) at Baere Brewing? Here's their list: Rose Hip Saison, Spiced Saison, Farmhouse, Pale, IPA, Double IPA, Big Hoppy Brown, Dry Stout, and Baere-liner Weiss. They've also got Happy Leaf Kombucha Cranberry Lavender available as well. Remember, they now also have Friday hours from 4pm to 10pm. [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - It's going to be a good weekend now that their Battlecat Stout is back on tap! It will be available when the taproom opens today at 3pm! Open til 11pm tonight. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Fresh off the bottling line! Bottles of their Pumpkin Ale were packaged today and will be in stores and at their bar tomorrow. Get "Pump"'ed. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Hey hop heads! Cans of their newest deliciousness (aka Sanita IPA) are now available at B town wine + spirits in Boulder, CO. Sanitas IPA will be hitting more store shelves in the coming days, but you can get it at B town now. Available in 12oz 6-pack cans. Or you can always get some on tap at Sanitas Brewing. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (Longmont) - It's official! Longmont is home to the newest Mountain Sun Pub! If you haven't been by to check out the new space, come on down. At Longs Peak Pub, they offer the same great pub menu and 21 wonderful taps of scrumptious beer, including at least 16 Mountain Sun ales at a time. In addition, Longs Peak Pub is pouring seven wines on tap. They even saved a tap for their World Famous Mountain Sun Margaritas. Longs Peak Pub is home to one of the greatest patios in the company, complete with corn hole and shaded picnic tables. They currently open every day at 4pm and serve food until 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. [600 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO]

Southern Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Halloween's shaping up to be a huge day at the Southern Sun Pub and Brewery. It all starts at 4:20pm with a very rare release of a collaboration ale we brewed with Odell Brewing. Come try Mutual Respect, a Belgian coffee imperial stout. Don't be late. Supplies will not last. Then at 10pm, get ready to boogey. Boulder's own Sixty Minute Men will be hosting their CD release party, and as always, it's a FREE show, and they'll be pouring $5 World Famous Mountain Sun Margaritas. Don't forget to wear your costume. At 11:30pm, they'll be hosting a costume contest with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. [627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Today they were busy bottling their Barrel Aged Black Saddle Imperial Stout in 22oz bombers. That will be released or their 1 Year (Louisville) Anniversary Party starting on October 28 - November 1st. Also, tomorrow, they will can their "13" India Pale Ale and will put that on local store shelves Friday afternoon. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - From now until October 24th, when you bring in and donate 3 non-perishable food items for their food drive for OUR Center, you'll receive a free pint! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Freshly Tapped Beers - ATTENTION hop lovers: Papa and Zed have entered the building! These hoppy superhero's are itching for you to come in and pay 'em a visit. Papa Silenus is on now, Zed the Zorcerer will be tapped at 5pm!. ‪#‎beersuperheros‬ - Plus their limited release Chainsaw T-shirts are in. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research! [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - On 10/25 Loveland Aleworks along with Crow Hop brewing and other downtown loveland businesses are hosting a downtown Loveland Zombie Crawl. Patrons dressed up in their finest zombie attire will receive discounts at participating locations. $1 off pints for Zombies at Loveland Aleworks. The event begins at dusk. On 10/31 Loveland Aleworks will have it's 3rd annual Spooktacular. Costume Contest with prizes. Darkest Day Chocolate Coconut porter will be released. Double Loyalty points this evening.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's a new Outlaw tap being put on at 2pm today. This week they are bringing you an Almond Joy Porter, a chocolaty brew with almonds and coconut. Perfect for these fall warmer days. Don't forget to sign up for the Zombie crawl there at PCBC by 8pm Friday. Or you can sign up in Old Town Square the day of the event. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Wiley Roots Brewing is now officially distributing their beer! Check out these fine Greeley/Loveland retail establishments to get your fix for APUMPALYPTICA 22 oz. bombers: Gordan's, Bittersweet Liquor, Midnight Liquor, Coral Bay, West Lake, Mardis Gras, Liquor Max, 34 Liquor, and Warehouse Liquor! Or stop down to the brewery taproom and ask for bottles while they last. This year's batch is even better than ever! [625 3rd St, Greeley, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Today's $3 pint is their Never Summer's Wit in honor of this great weather that's sticking around. They opened at 3pm - so go get some and enjoy! [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Thursday fun! THey will have free pizza tonight! Come by to grab a slice or two of pizza and watch the Jets vs Patriots game with Chris. Pizza is there at 6pm! Even better join the Verboten Brewing Group Run at 6 p.m. tonight, led by running coach and beertender Steve Folkerts. After run beers are $3 for their runners! Come work on your PR, train for a race or just have fun with fellow runners. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Stay tuned for more news from this area in tomorrow's update.

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Elevation Beer has a new Black Diamond Series seasonal beer coming out later this month. Get ready for Arête, a single hop Barleywine. This brew will be packaged in 750ml bottles and will be available in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado - Their Poblano Amber is on tap tonight. Join the brewer and assistant brewer as they roll out their first rotator between 4pm - 8pm. If you can't join them in Fairplay, you can enjoy the Ranchhand or the Milk Stout at Apres in Breckenridge - 130 S. Main. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Join in on Monday, November 3rd at the brewery for their next monthly firkin fundraiser benefiting Grand Valley Pets Alive! They will tap the firkin keg at 5pm and 100% of the firkin sales will go directly to GVPA. GVPA is a local nonprofit with the purpose of saving the lives of all homeless companion animals, strays and feral cats in the Grand Valley. GVPA promotes and advocates for the adoption and implementation of programs proven to save the lives of animals. You get to drink a firkin beer and help out a great local cause! It is a win-win. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

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