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01/26/2015 07:01 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!

01/26/2015 07:01 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.....

01/26/2015 07:01 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

01/26/2015 07:01 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!

01/26/2015 07:01 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’.....

01/26/2015 06:15 PM
Colorado Beer News 012615
Colorado Beer NewsWhat makes a Monday great? How about 70 degrees in January! It's patio weather today and you should head to your favorite brewery and enjoy a pint outdoors while it lasts! Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year and a day like today will remind you of early summer. You can watch the last of the snow piles melt too. Some breweries even have summer beers available for days just like today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, January 26th, 2015. 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

Former Future Brewing Co - Join in this coming weekend, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015, for their One Year Birthday Extravaganza! On Friday, they're releasing the pilot batch of "Cat Sabbath" (named after their ritual of playing Black Sabbath and cat videos at closing time), a >20% ABV beer, which will be used to make "cocktails" all night. Or, have it straight up. Your choice. Mile High Soul Club will join in on Saturday from 4pm-8pm so bring your fancy pants and your groovin' shoes. Firkins will be tapped all day on the hour. Need to recover? Sunday, they will be tapping four coffee beers from Corvus Coffee, and will be selling breakfast empanadas in the taproom. 90's cartoons will be shown on the projector so feel free to come in your PJs. [514 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 22nd for a special 4 Year Vertical Snowed In Brunch at Copper Kettle Brewing. Featuring food from Hops & Pie. "Snowed In" is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout with locally brewed coffee and raw cacao nibs aged in bourbon barrels. The versions vary from year to year, giving you a chance to taste different flavors profiles due to continuing recipe development and the aging process. Bitter raw cacao nibs and rich coffee appear in different stages and intensity in each of the four beers. The cost is $55 per person + an 18% online gratuity and included a commemorative glass and a complete 3-course breakfast and a vertical tasting of 4-years of Snowed In. Brunch seatings will take place at 8:00am and at 10:30am. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Nighthawk Brewery - After a last minute inspection delayed their Grand Opening by several hours, Nighthawk Brewery finally opened their doors for business on Friday, January 23rd at 5pm. Their initial beers included: Loiter Ciderweizen, Lamp Post Stout, Shakes' Wheat, Resurrection Imperial IPA and 16-Hour Dry Hopped Amber. Their regular business hours are: Mon-Wed 3-9pm, Thurs 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 11am-8pm. Come check them out and tell them Fermentedly Challenged sent you. [2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery - Sky Pond Pale Ale will be released tomorrow, January 27th, under sunny skies and 72 degree weather - January in Denver doesn't get better than this! Up next to be brewed: A Cascadian Dark Ale. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft - Coming up on Monday, February 2nd at 7:00pm, Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO) will be in the house for a "Take The Glass Night". There will be several tappings of Elevation beer and you get to take home the glass too! There will be other raffles for cool shwag. Beers expected on tap: Mustache Ride, Arete, False Summit, Frontier Mojo and Senorita. Also, join the Freshcraft Loyalty Program and start earning your way to great beer and food rewards. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (South Dock) - Tonight is 25 cent Wings at Dry Dock South Dock. It's the final power hour of the season tonight from 6pm to 7pm. Wing Hut is going all out with a special 25 cent wing special - you won't see that deal again for a long time! You can get 20 wings + ranch and blue cheese for just $5 including tax! Better pair those wings with your favorite beer! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Black Sky Brewery - Anybody got a case of the Mondays? It's a beautiful day, come grab a pint and a pie! $1 off house pints from open to close today. Pie of the week: Clams and mozzarella in a special red sauce. Beer of the week: Riff Raff Brewing Company's Plebeian Porter. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co - Happy Monday! It's that special time of the week again, that's right, it's 2 for 1 Monday. What does that mean? You buy one growler and you get another for free AND...you get two punches on your growler card, once you have ten punches you get a free growler. That's A LOT of FREE BIER! [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Sleeping Giant Brewing Company - A new dedicated contract brewery, one of the first of its kind in the Western United States, is opening in Denver this week. It plans to cater to the craft community. They offer approachable brew lengths, a variety of packaging options and a personal level of customer service unique to the industry. They already are lining up upstart breweries to brew in their facility. They have a large 70,000 square foot facility with a 50 barrel brewhouse and an initial capacity of 30,000 barrels and a future expandable capacity up to 175,000 barrels. They are already planning to ready 60,000 barrels in 2016. One of their first customers will be Open Door Brewing Company, Dad & Dudes Breweria and Backcountry Brewery. Visit them on the web at: www.sleepinggiantbrewing.com. [2500 W 5th Ave, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co - Celebrate Super Bowl week with a Super Deal! $5 for a 23 oz. Football glass of their favorite Pale Face Pale Ale. (Price good through Sunday night.) [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]


Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales & eats - Barley & Hops for Beer Lovers Dinner - Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for couples, why not celebrate your love for other things in your life (like craft beer)? It’s no secret that Beer Chef Ian Clark has a passionately serious love for food and beer and to showcase this love he has crafted a special Valentine’s Day dinner for the beer lover. Each course incorporates both barley and hops in the eats and then pairs it with one of Ian’s handbuilt ales. Highlights from the evening include a Wood Roasted Oyster with cascade smoked chorizo and malt aioli paired with his Solus Patersbier handbuilt with bitter orange and coriander or the Charred Kale Salad with malt brittle, pickled whole cone hops, citrum buttermilk dressing and shaved carrots paired with Citrum IPA handbuilt with fresh lemon zest and juniper berries. And of course we couldn't forget dessert… Ian finishes this “beer-y” romantic dinner off with a Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Puff with styrian golding pastry cream and cherry ice cream and pairs it with a His & Hers kali and blackberry golden black and tan. For more details and the full menu visit www.bruboulder.com. Seating is limited, reservations starting at 4pm on February 14th - call 720.638.5193. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Mazer Cup International - It's Colorado's biggest mead event of the year and this year they will be having a public Mead Mixer Tasting on Friday, March 20th from 7pm to 10pm at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Boulder, CO. Come join in for an evening of mead, food and fun with proceeds benefiting the COmmunity Food Share organization, helping to fight hunger in the local community. Tickets must be purchased ahead of this event and attendance is limited. Visit www.mazercup.com for tickets and more information. Beer drinkers should check out the world of mead! [500 Interlocken Blvd, Boulder, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - It's that time of year again when the brewer's minds turn to love in Loveland, CO. That's why Grimm Brothers is releasing their annual Loveland Valentine's Day beer - Bleeding Heart. This year's recipe is a coconut German porter that will knock your socks off. The launch party will happen this Saturday, January 31st. Bottles of Bleeding Heart will be sold all during the month of February in the taproom and in Loveland liquor stores and will also be available on draft in the taproom and at various local bars in Loveland. This marks the fourth year of doing a special Valentine's Day beer for the City of Loveland. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - Greeley is about to get it's newest brewery this weekend. Brix Taphouse & Brewery will open this Saturday, January 31 at 2pm. They have 60 taps and will feature Colorado craft brews from dozens of breweries plus 3 of their own taps. In that list of taps there are also 6 nitro taps! They've been doing soft openings the last couple of weeks and are now ready to open it's doors. Plans include expanding into an open patio in the Spring and having a small kitchen that offers tapas and small food items. Possible inclusion in the future to the Greeley Friday night Go-Cup district may happen once 1 more liquor licensed business starts up. Owners: Justin Hiatt and Troy Milburn. Located at: 813 8th St, downtown Greeley, CO.

City Star Brewing - Today is Free Beer Monday! Bring in your empty growler, get it filled at the regular price and get a token good for 1 free beer. You can use it then or on your next visit. Also, don't forget about this month's City Star Potluck dinner set for tomorrow, January 27th. The theme for this month's dinner is Italian. Bring a dish to share. Dinner will start at 6:30pm. And then Trivia returns on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm. Thursday brings Happy Hour all day long and live music at 7pm. And more live music on Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery - Heads up. Tomorrow night, Tuesday the 27th, Black Bottle Brewery will be closed for an annual employee/family party. They will be back for regular hours on Wednesday. Sorry, but they've gotta celebrate with their staff during the non-busy days. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - Here's what's happening this week at BBC! Tuesday open 2-9pm - get a free pint with a growler fill. Wednesday is Wing night at 5pm and Happy Hour all day 2-9pm. Thursday open 2-9pm. Friday is Firkin Friday and they'll be tapping a German Chocolate Porter. Open 2-10pm. Then live music on Saturday from 2-10pm. And come watch the Superbowl on Sunday. Open 1-9pm. Game starts at 4:30pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]


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01/26/2015 05:56 PM
Addressing the Elysian Brewing situation

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. At least one of my previous posts on this subject was, perhaps, a bit too personal and I know some people took it to be self-aggrandizing. I didn’t mean to come across that way and I’m sorry. Also, some people thought I was apologizing for Elysian Brewing’s...

01/26/2015 05:26 PM
Hibrewnation brings craft beers to Gettysburg
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01/26/2015 05:20 PM
Beer Birthday: Ralph Olson
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01/26/2015 04:57 PM
Patent No. 3558326A: Process For Isomerizing And Purifying Hop Extracts
Today in 1971, US Patent 3558326 A was issued, an invention of William J. Durant, William C. Herwig, and Donald H. Westermann, assigned to Miller Brewing, for their “Process for Isomerizing and Purifying Hop Extracts.” There’s no Abstract, but they describe it as a “hop...

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01/26/2015 04:43 PM
Bohemia Beers
We buy exceptionally good beer from small European breweries. We work with some fantastic logistics people to guarantee it’s delivered to you in top condition. We support you to ensure that each pint you serve to your customers is perfect.


01/26/2015 04:12 PM
The Three Europes: Beer, Wine & Vodka
I love maps, I does, and especially the more interesting graphic ones that go beyond just showing you point a, b and so on, especially the kind often referred to as pictorial maps. So I was excited to find out about this collection, called The Atlas of Prejudice, by Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian...

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01/26/2015 04:11 PM
Brew: Zipline Brewing enters South Dakota market
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01/26/2015 04:07 PM
Clown Shoes – Extremely Angry Beast | Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!


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01/26/2015 04:00 PM
An Interview with Roger Corder, The Incredible Wine and Health Guru
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01/26/2015 03:56 PM
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01/26/2015 03:03 PM
Rudyard's Pub schedules its first beer dinner of 2015
Some beer- themed events in the Houston area happen only once in a while and they present some great opportunities to sample new beer and meet new people. Other events happen like clockwork and can be counted on for good...
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01/26/2015 03:00 PM
Homebrewing calls to hobbyists, lovers of local food
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01/26/2015 03:00 PM
Opinion: Days later, Elysian Brewing's sale to AB\InBev has a larger human cost then you realize.
image sourced from Elysian Brewing Company's website

Like the Roman god Janus, Elysian Brewing Company ends the beginning of their private ownership, with the sale to Anheuser-Busch \ International Beverage.

I'm not going to sugar-coat this. I'm fucking pissed right now. At whom is not who you would think. I'm pissed that Anheuser-Busch, instead of competing against the Brewers Association's members, has purchased Seattle's Elysian Brewing. And I'm not going to tear Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca, and David Buhler a new asshole over this sale either. I'm sure some of you have been doing that, ever since the news was announced.  

Rather I respect (er, accept) this is their business. I have to recognize that after 20 years, an opportunity had finally come, when they're ready to move onto the next chapter. After all, many people did not realize that back in 2000 Elysian was almost purchased by (gasp) Pyramid Ales.

Yep, in 2000, after 4 years of operating in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the 3 owners met with (then CEO) Martin Kelly***, who discussed the possibility of ownership. To Joe, Dave, and Dick this wasn't the right time.  But it did inspire them to open Elysian Tangletown with it's own restaurant, bar, and brewery. Eventually they would open Elysian Fields and Elysian Bar, as well as build a production brewery in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. But that's all history, as is Elysian's status as an independent business. 

I see this transaction as a reminder that without something tangible (a child, a sibling, an interested well-established brewery), Elysian would eventually dissolve, like so many naturally-carbonated bubbles. 

Without this sale, Elysian (potentially) risks receding back into the carapace at 1221 East Pike Street, from which it's growth came from. Without this sale, Elysian could eventually be managed by 1 or more exhausted owners, looking for a way to leave peaceably, while maintaining their dignity. With this sale Dick can continue brewing. With this sale Dave can continue selling beer. With this sale Joe can continue promoting Elysian in 1 of 4 pubs. All of which has come with a social-cost.

Elysian co-founders Dick Cantwell, Dave Buhler, and Joe Bisacca, at the new production brewery. sourced from WashingtonBeer.com

Whether I like it or not, this is the reality of success. It happens in ALL sectors of industry. Just talk to someone who uses MacOS or Windows and they will tell you the pains they experience, whenever Microsoft or Apple purchases a highly regarded start-up. Or ask anyone in the United Kingdom when their beloved Cadbury was purchased. In each case there was a collective battle-cry, followed by rounds of profanity and hate - before the magazine is empty and apathy sets in. 

As someone once told me - if you want to tell someone how to run a business, start your own. Otherwise you should shut up, drink up, or go somewhere else.

I'm here to ask for cooler heads during a time when we need to support those who do not benefit extraordinarily from this sale. I'm addressing the compliment of brewers, keg washers, bottlers, keggers, servers, janitors, bussers, dishwashers, cooks, and hosts who all stand to be minimized. I'm asking that if you no longer wish to support Anheuser-Busch \ International Beverage by consuming a bottle or pint of Elysian, if you no longer wish to visit an Elysian Bar or Restaurant, that you at least shake the hand of any employee when you see them, and tell them you still support them.

As for me, I'll still provide moral support to everyone. I've made many friends in my 16 years in the Pacific Northwest. So you'll forgive me if I don't immediately tell Elysian to go fuck themselves.



Required reading if you never heard of Elysian Brewing

Registered in 1995, the Elysian Brewing Company was conceived and executed by Joe Bisacca, David Buhler, and Dick Cantwell. Hard to believe that there was around 35 breweries in the whole of Washington state, when their dream was conceived. But it wasn't until 1996, that Elysian Brewing had a home for it's beers, at 1221 East Pike Street.

Original Elysian Brewing Company logo, sourced from "fueledbybeer.wordpress.com"

Registered in 1995, the Elysian Brewing Company was conceived and executed by Joe Bisacca, David Buhler, and Dick Cantwell. Hard to believe that there were around 35 breweries in the whole of Washington state when their dream was conceived. But it wasn't until 1996, that Elysian Brewing had a home for its beers, at 1221 East Pike Street.

Starting with a 20 barrel brewery from Newland Systems*,  Dick Cantwell established the brewery's identity while working alongside assistant brewer Kelly Miess**. From the beginning, the brewery produced around 8 'house beers' while promoting approximately 8 nearby micro/craft breweries.

Not wishing to simply be a brewery, Joe recruited the talent of independent chef Melissa Flynn, to author a kitchen menu. Cooked with and paired against Cantwell's beers, the brewery inspired the neighborhood's imbibers who were gasping for something different.

The co-owners of Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co. — Joe Bisacca, left, Dick Cantwell, center, and David Buhler — are looking for a third pub in which to serve their prize-winning brews.
Elysian co-founders Joe Bisacca, Dick Cantwell, David Buhler. sourced from Puget Sound Business Journal.
Starting with the brewery's Capitol Hill neighborhood location, the owners of Elysian Brewing Company have been celebrating their dream for almost 20 years. During that time, the brewery on Pike Street has birthed a smaller restaurant & bar (Elysian Tangletown, 2106 North 55th Street), a larger restaurant and bar (Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue South), a production brewery, and a bar (1516 2nd Avenue). Through it all the brewery has taken the approach of slow and steady, during a time when many breweries sought immediate attention coupled with accelerated expansion.

Today the brewery produces 50,000 barrels annually - spread throughout restaurants, grocery shelves, sporting events, and of course Elysian's 4 eateries. Additionally the Elysian Brewery contributes to local charities like the Fisher House, through beer campaigns like their KISW Men's Room Red.

Elysian Brewing Company Inc. Founders
1995 David "Dave" Buhler: Former employee at Rogue Ales, Wyders Cider, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
1995 Joe Bisacca: Former Vice President at SeaFirst Bank, now owned by Bank of America.
1995 Dick Cantwell. Former brewer at Seattle Brewers (owned by the retired Duwamp's Cafe), Pike Place Brewing (today known as Pike Brewing), and the Big Time Brewery and Alehouse.

Starting Brewery - 1221 East Pike Street
1996 20 BBL Newland. Assisted by Kelly Miess.
1996 Elysian Brewing Company's initial core beers were Dragon's Tooth Stout, The Wise ESB, Dick's Pale Ale, and Minotaur IPA. Later the brewery released Pandora's Bock.

Kitchen Chef - 1221 East Pike Street
1996 Melissa Flynn. 

* Founded in 1990, Newlands Systems is headquartered at 602 - 30731 Simpson Road. Abbotsford, BC. Canada, V2T 6Y7. http://www.nsibrew.com/about-us.html
** Kelly Miess is former brewer at Thomas Kemper Brewing, Hart Brewing, and Pike Place Brewery. Today Thomas Kemper & Hart are known as Pyramid, while Pike Place Brewing has been updated to Pike Brewing.
*** Martin Kelly left Magic Hat / Pyramid / Portland brewing in 2010 after over 10 years.

01/26/2015 03:00 PM
Everything You Need To Know About Ojai, California In 48 Hours
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01/26/2015 02:54 PM
Contest: Two Tickets to TWCP/Side Project Merci Release Party
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01/26/2015 01:07 PM
Victory Brewing Set To Distribute Victory Helles Lager to 35 States

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01/26/2015 01:00 PM
Mocktail Recipes for All the Poor Schmoes Doing Drynuary
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01/26/2015 12:31 PM
Revisionist Wheat
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01/26/2015 12:28 PM
Whatever Happened To: Brewer Dean Stalheim
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01/26/2015 12:23 PM
“Beer Talk” at Pedernales Brewing Company - February 21
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1 pm at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail on S. US Hwy 87. (Look for the big beer bottle.) Call (830) 998-7486 for details.

01/26/2015 12:02 PM
Washington Beer Alliance descending upon Olympia today

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

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01/26/2015 11:26 AM
Victory Brewing Makes Helles Lager Available Nationwide
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01/26/2015 11:00 AM
10 Cupidly Creative Wine Gifts For Valentines Day You Can Buy Immediately!
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01/26/2015 10:42 AM
Wisconsin Brewing and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to Offer Class in Fermented Foods and Beverages
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01/26/2015 10:15 AM
Trinity Brewing To Begin Washington State Distribution
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01/26/2015 09:54 AM
Penn Brewery’s Penndemonium maibock: beauty in simplicity
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01/26/2015 09:36 AM
Harrisburg Beer Week Launches in April
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01/26/2015 09:30 AM
Meet the Brewer: Jeff Goodno, Tributary Brewing Co., Kittery, ME
The very much anticipated opening of Tributary Brewing Company, owned and operated by Todd Mott and his wife Galen, has been a huge success in a short period of time. Tributary opened its doors located at 10 Shapleigh Road in Kittery, Maine to the public on September 6, 2014. Todd Mott is of course a […]

01/26/2015 09:29 AM
Temperance Beer Company to Release First Bottled Offering
Temperance Beer Company, Evanston’s original brewery, will release its first bottled beer on Saturday, January 31, at noon. After canning three beers beginning last year, including the award-winning Gatecrasher English-Style IPA, Temperance is bottling an extremely limited number of twenty-two-ounce bottles of Barrel-Aged Might Meets Right Imperial Stout.

01/26/2015 09:13 AM
Low Hop Yields in 2014 Lead to Record Acreage in 2015
Although U.S. growers planted an additional 3,600 acres of hops in 2014, the yields dropped by 4.79 percent. An unseasonably hot July in the Pacific Northwest resulted in lighter cones and yields in some varieties that were down as much as 40 percent, said Douglas MacKinnon, CEO of 47 Hops, an international hops brokerage firm in Yakima, Wash.

01/26/2015 09:11 AM
Northumbrian Ale Week at the Finborough
Finborough been very busy this weekend so no blog, soz. The winter ale fest was a success - our busiest weekend so far. To keep the momentum going, this week we showcase beers from my favourite North Eastern breweries: Cullercoats, Anarchy and Mordue. A dozen different beers, with eight on handpump at a time (prefer not to serve beer on stillage - it's never quite as good). Do join us if you can.

01/26/2015 08:26 AM
Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve

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Gulden Draak is a beer that I have had a love/hate relationship with throughout the years — I love the way it tastes, but hate how I feel the next morning. So it was with equal measure of excitement and trepidation that I opened this promotional sample of Gulden Draak Brewmaster’s Reserve last week. Originally […]

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01/26/2015 06:00 AM
Kells Green Rain Fundraiser
PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s one of the rare times that Portlanders actually want to see umbrellas and rain. Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub has partnered with Providence Federal Credit Union for its annual “Kells Green Rain Fundraiser” to raise money for medically fragile children at Providence Child Center. From now through Feb. 24, patrons at […]

01/26/2015 06:00 AM
Four Brewers | On Location at Monkish Brewing Co.

Season 2, Episode 4 - This week, we’re on location at Monkish Brewing in Torrance, California with owner, president and br…

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01/26/2015 05:54 AM
A-B buys another craft brewery
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 01.26.15 A Single Word: The Case for Beer. At the outset of 1997, in his regularly appearing column in All About Beer Fred Eckhardt asked the question, “What is ‘craft beer’?” It was a topic discussed often by brewers that seldom showed up in print. In fact, in the first of […]

01/26/2015 05:00 AM
Roscoe’s 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit
The end of January is fast approaching and along with this time of month, our favorite beer spot in Montavilla will be at again with its monthly Beer Summits. On Friday, January 30th join Roscoes’s in celebrating its 5th Annual New Breweries of Oregon Summit. Throughout 2014 many more breweries have opened in Oregon to […]

01/26/2015 03:54 AM
Lancaster Black Ale 4.5% ABV
The flavour is a revelation! The first hit is chocolate and coffee, followed rapidly by a rush of hops… spicy, resinous and piney. The chocolate and the hops do a tango on your tongue, while black liquorice and treacle (molasses in the colonies) tap you politely on the shoulder seeking to interrupt the dance.

01/26/2015 03:42 AM
My most recent New Year jaunt was to Barcelona: the hub, I'm told, of Spain's expanding craft beer movement. And while that may be true, interesting beers are fairly tightly contained within a small number of specialist outlets, though new ones are opening all the time.

Black Lab, for instance, still smelled of paint and sawdust, having welcomed customers for the first time a few days before Christmas. It's situated in the handsome old harbourside building which also houses the Catalonian Historical Museum. In due course there will be a brewery here and the interior layout allows for prominent display of the equipment when it arrives. In the meantime, two house beers brewed at the nearby Edge brewery, plus a few international options.

Black Mirror is the session-strength stout: 4.5% ABV though a little lacking in darkness and foam for the style, I thought. It's barely carbonated and smells of cocoa and treacle while tasting of chocolate syrup and bitter coffee, the sweetness rising to an almost metallic saccharine tang with time. Perhaps a little too sweet to gulp down but I found it a reasonably pleasant sipper.

The companion piece is El Importador, a 5.5% ABV amber ale which arrived looking a nasty muddy brown colour. It was a surprise to find it's really a rather clean beer, the rye coming in strong at the start adding a huge grassy bite, then big pine hop flavours in the middle with a kind of baking soda chalkiness as well. I liked it but I'd say rye fans will appreciate it much more.

Black Lab will be a very nice little place when it's finished and pouring its own beers but it's still worth a visit now.

The first Barcelona beer pub I visited was La Resistència, a long narrow café-style establishment with minimalist decoration. It was IPAs all round here, starting with Espiga Black IPA, an 8.5% ABV whopper with a thick and creamy stout-like head. The aroma is pure fruitcake: warm baked raisins and glacé cherries in particular. There's more of a juicy mandarin thing happening on tasting, however, overlaid with a drier green bitterness and lots of dark roast but no sign of that alcohol in the flavour. This a really good, drinkable, complex powerhouse of a beer and a lot more fruity and fun than black IPAs tend to be at this sort of strength.

Ratpenat 2014 IPA is more orthodox: 6% ABV, a hazy orange colour and smelling brightly of orange and lemon zest. Unsurprisingly that's how it tastes too: a big burst of citrus with a bonus sprinkling of exotic jasmine perfume spice. It got to be a little heavy-going after a while, but nice for a small one.

Food is obviously a big part of the equation when it comes to beer in Catalonia and most of specialist bars will do good quality tapas as a minimum. Ale & Hop, in the Barri Gotic, goes further and has a proper vegetarian restaurant at the back behind the pub section. The food is very cheap and pretty decent, though small portions come with the pricetag. The veggie burger filled a hole adequately, however. To drink, more from Barcelona's own Edge Brewing.

La Sense Nom is a saison at a proper saison strength of 5% ABV. Not so proper is the blending in of apple juice which adds a sweet red-apple flavour to the coppery-gold coloured beer and quite possibly covers any saison spicing which may be present. There remains an assertive sharp bite in the finish, so while there's a slight air of alcopop about it -- especially the easy drinkability -- there's still a proper beer underneath. Slightly weaker, in strength and quality, is Edge's La Flor De La Vida, a rather watery attempt at a pale ale with the overpowering floral bitterness of tasted perfume, fading to a barely-perceptible celery greenness. The brewery claims it's English style but I don't think they've got the right angle on what English pale ale is supposed to taste like at all.

Before leaving, a go of Fort IPA, Fort being another one of the local outfits. A big 7% ABV here but all that malt just leaves a musty grainsack aroma and flavour. The hops are heavy and resinous and the whole thing tasted old and tired, all booze and bitterness. It disappeared from the blackboard soon after so I suspect I got the tail end of a keg which may well have been tapped quite a while previously. Them's the breaks.

At the opposite end of the old city from Ale & Hop we find La Cerveteca, a pleasantly bohemian corner watering hole with nine taps and a laidback acid jazz soundtrack. The first thing that caught my eye were the handpumps, one of which was pouring St Joan, a pale ale by the Agullons brewery. Now this lot have nailed the English style: all the meadowy flowers of English hops, as well as the mildly metallic bite that comes with it. There are heavier hop resins too, and a spicy sticky incense complexity. Yes, at 5% it's a little overclocked for the style, and there was a rather harsh yeast bite which they really should sort out if they're going to insist on cask dispense, but overall a surprisingly good go at the genre and a very satisfying pint of beer.

I looked for something cleansing to follow it and eschewed the German lagers in favour of Naparbier's Aotearoa Pils. That was a mistake. This hazy 4.2% ABV yellow lager is massively piss flavoured, far beyond catty and into concentrated kidney territory. Where the lovely kiwi tropical fruit should be there's a sickly peach nectar effect, though there's no quibbling with the malt base: golden syrup and crisp oatmeal biscuits. This is not a beer which does things by halves but should probably only be consumed in them.

One more foray into Edge's portfolio comes via Homo Sibaris, another neighbourly café-style beer pub. Hoptimista hits the sweet spot for amber ale, combining fresh floral hopping with rich and cakey caramel malt. The flavour is awash with marzipan and comforting sticky toffee pudding, finishing on a sharper grassy bite which balances it beautifully. It's strong at 6.6% ABV, but leaves it up to you whether you want to gulp it down and enjoy the hop refreshment, or linger longer and let the malt confectionery soothe. On this showing I can't say I was overly impressed by Edge's beers -- it's the sort of brewery that would be grand to have as your local producer, but isn't worth crossing the continent for. Hoptimista is the one possible exception to that that I found.

Taking shelter in Dunne's Irish Pub while waiting for somewhere else to open, I was offered Barcino Bogatell Blat as their one sop to Catalonian craft brewing. The specs are those of a weissbier, with wheat, Hallertau hops and "Bavarian yeast", but it poured crystal clear with a thin lagerish head. There are cloves in abundance in the flavour, but not much else. It's very one-dimensional and started to get sickly as it warmed. Definitely not a good ambassador for the region's microbrewing scene.

With all the pub-hopping I barely had time to sit in my hotel room drinking. When I did, it was Montseny Negra from a slickly branded brewery whose wares I didn't see anywhere in the on-trade. This one sold itself to me by claiming to be "following the Irish tradition". Oh yeah? A malt cocktail of barley, wheat, oats and rye bring it to 5.2% ABV and it pours an opaque brown-black, topped by a short-lived ivory head. And yes, despite the off-kilter grain bill and high-ish ABV, it does do a very good impression of quality Irish stout, balancing mineral and roasted dryness with chocolate and latte sweetness. There's even a lovely touch of creaminess in the texture, begorrah. A very well put together dark beer, all-in-all.

I just had time at the end of the trip for a couple of beers in La Cervesera Artesana, the Barcelona brewpub I first encountered back in 2002 and re-visited the last time I was in town in 2007. It's still tipping away, with a modestly ambitious range of beers, though few of those advertised were actually available. On a carefree whim I chose Boletus from the line-up, knowing only that it's something in a Belgian fashion. What I got was a hazy amber beer, heavy and warming, with a pleasant granola cereal aroma. It tastes lightly orangey and lacks the Belgian-style esters, putting me more in mind of an English strong ale. And then there's a slightly nasty gastric edge which didn't help things, or leave me any the wiser as to what the brewer was intending.

Iberian Wheat was also a strange one. It's the dark orange shade of many a weissbier but has a massive sharp and sour vinegar-and-lemon bite. Infected? Maybe, but it didn't spoil things. There was also a nice dry carbonic catch in the back of the throat and some fun fruity peachade. I can't think of anything to compare it to, but I rather enjoyed it as a novelty.

I've stuck rigidly to locally-brewed beers this post, and if you're familar with Barcelona you'll have noticed I've missed (at least) one major landmark on the bar scene. I'll come to it in the next post when I'll be looking at the foreign beers I found on the trip.

01/26/2015 03:05 AM
Adnams beers in 1890
I’m getting on with trudging through the muddy field of Adnams brewing records while I retain my enthusiasm. You never know how long it will last.

Their beers, in terms of styles brewed, aren’t a million miles away from those of London. Mild Ale, Pale Ale, Old Ale and Stout. You’ve probably spotted the big omission: Porter. That doesn’t surprise me as Porter was rapidly going out of fashion in the provinces. It was only in London that the style retained considerable popularity.

There are a couple of irritations with these particular records. The lack of a fermentation record being the biggest. Despite there being a place for it in the form. Just too damn lazy to fill it out.

At least the mashing details are recorded. Two mashes, then two sparges, if you’re interested. First mash with a strike heat of around 160º F, second at 180º F. The volume of water is much large for the first, so I doubt the second is a complete mash, more like some sort of underlet mash. Sparges at 160º F and 170º F. The volume of water is much larger for the sparges, around 27 barrels, while the two mashes between them were only 8 to 10 barrels.

I suppose I should get on with the beer details. Great to see an AK in there to add to my collection.

Here’s the table:

Adnams beers in 1890
Date Beer Style OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl hops
26th Mar SS Stout 1062.6 6.00 1.67 Altmark and Sussex
2nd Apr XX Mild Ale 1043.8 10.00 1.80 Altmark and Sussex
3rd Apr Tally Ho Old Ale 1082.5 11.05 4.16 Boornants?, Worcester and Burgundy
8th Apr XXXX Mild Ale 1059.8 9.29 2.39 Burgundy and Sussex
9th Apr SS Stout 1065.4 7.10 2.02 Altmark and Sussex
15th Apr XXXX Mild Ale 1061.5 7.86 2.06 Skinner Kent and Bavarians
17th Apr PA Pale Ale 1058.2 14.29 3.70 Worcester and Kent
21st Apr AK Pale Ale 1047.1 10.91 2.20 Worcester and Kent
23rd Apr Tally Ho Old Ale 1085.9 11.05 4.38 Worcester, Kent and Burgundy
30th Apr XX Mild Ale 1044.3 10.00 1.83 Altmark and Skinner
1st May PA Pale Ale 1060.4 14.29 3.81 Worcester and Kent
6th May XXXX Mild Ale 1060.4 7.86 2.00 Hants, Skinner and Bavarian
14th May AK Pale Ale 1046.5 10.91 2.20 Clifford Kent, Worcester
15th May SS Stout 1064.3 5.81 1.65 Altmark and Sussex
5th Jun Tally Ho Old Ale 1086.4 11.05 4.50 Worcester, Kent and Burgundy
15th Aug SS Stout 1061.5 7.32 2.26 Altmark, Clifford and Re, P.
Adnams brewing records held at the brewery.

They’re an odd set. Why? Because some have the gravity I would expect, while others are way off.

XX is very weak for an 1890’s Mild Ale. Even X Ale I’d expect to be at least 1050º. Adnams XXXX is only about the strength of a London X Ale. The Stout is very weak by London standards. Closer to a Porter, in fact.

Time for another table to show you what I mean:

Whitbread beers in 1890
Date Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl Pitch temp
19th Jul XK Ale 1069.0 1019.0 6.61 72.45% 8.02 2.46 60º
19th Jul X Mild 1060.9 1015.0 6.08 75.39% 8.02 2.18 60º
20th Oct FA Pale Ale 1054.8 1012.0 5.67 78.12% 11.01 2.73 57º
16th Jul 2PA Pale Ale 1055.4 1010.0 6.01 81.95% 11.69 2.99 57º
16th Jul PA Pale Ale 1060.1 1013.0 6.23 78.37% 11.69 3.25 57º
7th Nov KK Stock Ale 1075.3 1026.0 6.53 65.49% 14.27 4.88 57º
10th Mar 2KKK Stock Ale 1078.7 1029.0 6.57 63.14% 13.99 5.13 57º
10th Nov KKK Stock Ale 1085.6 1030.0 7.35 64.95% 14.16 5.76 57º
25th Jan P Porter 1057.1 1012.0 5.96 78.97% 9.74 2.07 60.5º
29th Jan SS Stout 1083.1 1025.0 7.69 69.92% 10.63 4.76 57º
29th Jan SSS Stout 1095.6 1037.0 7.75 61.28% 10.63 5.47 57º
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/056 and LMA/4453/D/09/084.

Adnams SS is barely stronger than Whitbread Porter. Yet Tally Ho is stronger than any of Whitbread’s Stock Ales and the PAs have almost identical gravities.

There’s something really, really fascinating in this set of Adnams records. Which is another piece in a particularly puzzling puzzle: when did Mild turn to the dark side? Something like this appears in most logs:

Judging by its position in the record, it looks like it was being added in the copper. It’s added to all the beers except PA and AK, the beers you would expect to be quite pale. Obviously it’s intended to darken the colour of the finished beer. I think this is some of the earliest evidence I have of Mild being deliberately darkened.

I doubt it was enough to turn the Milds dark brown, but enough to make them noticeably darker than the Pale Ales. Like I said, fascinating stuff.

I’ve 100 years of their records, so lots more to come.

01/26/2015 01:34 AM
Patent No. 3637117A: Keg Tapping Device
Today in 1972, US Patent 3637117 A was issued, an invention of Mack S. Johnston, assigned to Republic Corp., for his “Keg Tapping Device.” Here’s the Abstract: The device comprises a keg adapter mounted about a keg opening and a dispenser coupler releasably coupled to the keg...

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01/26/2015 01:12 AM
Beer In Ads #1446: Decoupage Bud Girl
Sunday’s ad is yet another one for Budweiser, this time from the 1970s. While the ad, or sign, is from the Seventies, I suspect that the image is most likely much older, possibly from the late 19th century. But the decoupage sign? That’s pure 1970s. Even my mom got caught up in the...

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01/26/2015 01:01 AM
Hops come out on top again in the 2014 Hottest 100
Sam Fletcher takes a look at the Hottest 100 results and confirms that hops are just as hot as ever and there's nothing passé about pale ales...

01/26/2015 12:22 AM
Straight to Ale beer dinner at Todd English P.U.B.
On Thursday, January 29 at 6 p.m., Todd English P.U.B. (2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North, Birmingham) will team up with Straight to Ale for the pub's first beer dinner of 2015.For this very...
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01/25/2015 11:47 PM
Big craft beer weekend includes debuts for Half Door Brewing and AleSmith
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is past, it’s back to business as usual for the San Diego craft beer scene, and that of course means that it’s time for another brewery...
Tap handles at Half Door Brewing Company

01/25/2015 08:00 PM
Radio Brews News: Listen Live as we count down the Hottest 100
Radio Brews News is counting down the Hottest 100 live. Listen in here...

01/25/2015 05:04 PM
Happy 18th Birthday Baroona – by Alan Knight

(the following has been reproduce here with permission of the author/brewer Alan Knight. Congratulations to Alan and Waiheke Island Brewery for 18 years) Auckland Anniversary Weekend and the City of Sails is celebrating its 175th year. But over here on Waiheke Island there’s another interesting birthday being marked. For it was eighteen years ago today that the first two kegs of Baroona Beer rolled out of the new brewery for the public to try. I’d spent three months with brewery owners John Wallace and Bill Lyttle getting the barn building lined and floored. We’d gone through the lengthy process of getting Auckland […]

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01/25/2015 04:02 PM
Yeastie Boys release share offer details

[PRESS RELEASE] Ground breaking New Zealand brewers – Yeastie Boys – have released details of their highly anticipated share offer. From 6pm on Wednesday 28th January, friends and fans of Yeastie Boys’ award-winning ales will be able to buy a piece of the brewing company via an equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe. Yeastie Boys are seeking to raise up to $500,000 to achieve the targets outlaid in their three year strategic plan (this capital represents 12.5% of the company). The capital raised will be used to replicate Yeastie Boys current New Zealand business model in Britain. Yeastie Boys are calling on […]

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01/25/2015 03:49 PM
Jester King – Provenance | Our First JK Brew!


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01/25/2015 11:15 AM
Monday Night expands like sweatpants

  We now have four new 120bbl fermenters (and one 120 bbl brite tank) taking up space in our brewery. These shiny new toys will allow us to add more than 5,000 barrels of annual capacity. What does this mean for you?  It means you need to start drinking more Monday Night. Immediately. The new tanks […]

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01/25/2015 10:48 AM
Trains and boats and planes
Planes, train and bus, really. And probably a few taxis. Walking, too, obviously.

My travel is all booked up for my Southern sojourn. Not done the hotels yet. I'll leave that stress fest to look forward to next weekend.

This is my itenerary:

Friday 10th April Houston
Saturday 11th April Houston
Sunday 12th April Birmingham
Monday 13th April Birmingham
Tuesday 14th April Atlanta
Wednesday 15th April Atlanta
Thursday 16th April Asheville
Friday 17th April Asheville
Saturday 18th April Houston

Asheville wasn't in my original plan. Which was based on practicality. But after a tempting invitation, practicality sought the window and left.

Several new states for me. Probably not including sober.

I always leave some time for social interaction. Or finding an excuse to drink in pubs, as Dolores claims. If you live in one of these towns, don't carry concealed weapons, like beer and want to buy me one, get in touch. We can meet up and I can drone on at you about beer history until your eyes bleed. Literally. It's happened before.

The whole point, obviously, is to shamelessly tart my shef durvre:

*The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

01/25/2015 03:31 AM
Hottest 100 Countdown 2014 — Results
Follow the results in the Local Taphouse's Hottest 100 Craft Beer Poll here on Australia Day, starting 12.35pm AEDT...

01/25/2015 03:30 AM
Hottest 100 Countdown Schedule
The announcement times for the 2014 poll. kicking off at 12.35pm AEDT...

01/25/2015 03:28 AM
German brewing in the 1970’s – hops
Are you getting confused? I am. That’s what happens when you try to compose three long series simultaneously. Am I in 1930’s America or 1960’s Canada today? Neither. I’m back in 1970’s Germany.

Hops. Now there’s a topic that should attract some attention. People are obsessed with the things nowadays. That’s why I’m getting so interested in barley varieties. Which I really should write about, given the things I’ve discovered recently. Maybe next week.

“Table VIII gives the average analytical values for different German hop varieties, analysed by the method of Wöllmer. These hop varieties are used not only in German breweries but also in many foreign breweries. The well-known aroma-hops, Tettnang, Spalt, Hallertau middle-early and Hersbruck show contents of alpha-acids in the range 5.6-6.0%. The so-called bitter hops (hops with high resin content such as Brewers Gold, Northern Brewer and Record) have a-acids contents in the range 8.3-10.6 % and can be distinguished from the aroma hops by the ratio of a-acids to B-resins, which is lower than 1:1 for the bitter hops. The variety Record shows the same level of cohumulone content as aroma hops, whereas Northern Brewer and Brewers Gold give distinctly higher values. There is, however, no relation between the humulone contents of these varieties.

Table VIII also shows the essential oil contents of the different German hop varieties. The total oil content ranges between 0.88-1.15% in aroma hops and between 1.42-2.15% in bitter hops; in accordance with this, bitter hops contain more myrcene than aroma hops. The different hop varieties can also be distinguished according to their content of 2-methylbutyl-isobutyrate; this ranges between 1.76-1.97% in bitter-hops, whereas pure aroma hops contain only 0.05-0.56%. The high content of posthumulene-1 and posthumulene-2 is characteristic of the variety Hersbruck and is used to identify this variety.”
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 83, Issue 1, March-April 1977, page 73.

Now isn’t that handy – a way to determine if hops are aroma or bittering without looking at alpha-acid content. Just check the 2-methylbutyl-isobutyrate level.

Here’s the table:

TABLE VIII. Bittering Substances (Wollmer Method) a-acid and Essential Oil Composition for Different German Hop Varieties (1974 Crop).
Variety Tettnang Spalt Hallertau middle early Hersbruck late hop Record Northern Brewer Brewers Gold
Total resins 17.1 17.7 17.4 17.6 19.9 21.9 19.2
a-Acids (%) 5.8 6 5.6 5.7 9.3 10.6 8.3
B-Fraction (%) 9.7 9.5 9.4 9.7 8.5 8.2 8.3
a-Acid: B-fraction 1 : 1.66 1 : 1.58 1 : 1.68 1 : 1.70 1 : 0.91 1 : 0.77 1 : 1.00
a-Acid composition
Cohumulone (%) 22.5 18.1 19.3 19.9 25.5 42.9
Adhumulone (%) 17 15.7 15.2 19.5 15.6 15.9
Humulone (%) 60.5 65.4 65.5 60.5 58.3 4.11
Total oil (% DM) 0.87 0.88 1.15 1.01 1.8 2.12 1.42
Oil composition
Myrcene (%) 24.0 21.7 20.2 21.5 24.1 34.5 36.9
B-caryophyllene (%) 5.7 6.2 8.7 8.1 9.8 8 7.6
Farnesene (%) 11.4 11.2 + + + + +
Humulcne(%) 21.3 20.5 331 126 31.9 22.1 194
Posthumulene 1 (%) 1.53 1.66 1.35 7.9 0.86 0.94 1.79
Posthumulene 2 (%) 0.55 0.55 0.39 6.4 0.34 0.29 0.32
2-MethyIbutylisobutyrate(%) 0.05 0.06 0.56 0.44 1.76 1.82 1.97
Methyl-n-octyl-ketone (%) 0.28 0.57 0.3 0.15 0.11 0.11 0.03
Linalool (%) 0.65 0.51 0.6 0.53 0.25 0.27 0.28

You’ve probably noticed that all the hop varieties in the table are still kicking around today, unlike the barley varieties we saw earlier. Why is it that barley varieties come and go within a decade, but hop varieties hang around for centuries? Could it be connected with the more direct contact between hop growers and brewers? With barley, there’s the maltster inbetween. And, as I’ve discovered recently, barley varieties are bred with the farmer rather than the brewer in mind. The emphasis is on yield per acre rather than flavour or performance in the brewhouse.

The next paragraph is frustrating and quite handy at the same time:

“All these hop varieties are used in breweries but it is unfortunate that no exact information exists on the proportions of each variety that are used in the copper as cones or as powdered products or as extracts. It is believed that, calculating the quantities of hops on the basis of their a-acid contents, 35-40% of the hops needed in West Germany are used as hop cones or as hops ground in the brewery, that half of the rest is sold as commercial hop powder and half as extract. Since in the future the whirlpool will find a wider distribution in breweries, it is expected that more and more hop products will replace the use of hop cones. The average rates in Germany, expressed as g/hl a-acids in the wort, are relatively high, e.g.

Light lager beer  (11.5% Plato) = 6-8 g/hl
Export beer  (12.5% Plato) = 8-12 g/hl
Pilsener beer  (12.0% Plato) = 12-18 g/hl
'Altbier'  (12.0% Plato) = 12-16 g/hl
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 83, Issue 1, March-April 1977, pages 73 - 74.

So they’ve no idea how the hops were actually used. At least the author is honest. Then again, it does give hopping rates. Unfortunately in form I’ve no other statistics for.

Anyone who has looked closely at a modern German beer label will know how widely used hop oils are. Annoyingly widely, as they often leave a nasty, coarse bitterness which is perfect for ruining a delicate Lager. But everywhere in the world there’s been a move away from cone hops. Many modern breweries are physically unable to handle them.

That pilsener and Alt are the most heavily hopped is pretty obvious to anyone who has tasted German beer. I’d be very interested to see what hopping rates are like today. My guess would be that the rate for Pilsener has dropped considerably.

I’ve just discovered a wonderful table of all the world’s hop varieties in Briggs. I’ll doubtless be pestering you with that soon.

01/25/2015 12:00 AM
What to Do in Denver
Bagels, beignets, a history museum and a botanic garden are unexpected highlights in the mile-high city.

01/24/2015 03:14 PM
None dare call It craft.
When John Holl left legitimate journalism and entered the strange world of beer writing a couple of years back, we all had to raise our games more than a bit. Yes, he’s that good and when he has something to … Continue reading

01/24/2015 02:40 PM
Where’s The Next Classic Cocktail? Why Isn’t There One Already?
We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing? There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend. To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders […]

01/24/2015 01:39 PM
Pope tells new cardinals no crazy partying – like grappa on an empty stomach
Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum — and keep their egos in check — when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month. In a letter written to the 20 new princes of the church published Friday in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Francis warned […]

01/24/2015 01:11 PM
Green Flash Soul Style IPA

From Green Flash Brewing – Our brewers rip—creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft bee…

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01/24/2015 12:44 PM
Is Elysian Brewing evil now that it’s part of Anheuser-Busch?

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The sky is not falling. This is not a sign that the end is near. There are still over 3,400 breweries in America that Anheuser-Busch does not own. Yesterday’s news that Anheuser-Busch and Elysian Brewing reached a purchase agreement shocked a lot of people. As craft beer...

01/24/2015 11:59 AM
A-B’s craft acquisition strategy, per Beer Business Daily.
This was Harry Schuhmacher’s evaluation in a special late addendum to yesterday’s issue of his daily newsletter: There are two common denominators underlying A-B’s strategic choice of craft brewers they purchase (and make no bones about it, there’s a strategy … Continue reading

01/24/2015 11:54 AM
Anheuser-Busch officiall announces purchase of Elysian Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I just want to make sure we’re covering all bases on this important news. Here is the actual press release from Anheuser-Busch regarding its purchase agreement with Elysian Brewing. Seattle-based brewery and four brewpubs to be included in acquisition St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) –...

01/24/2015 11:39 AM
Barrel Juntion – 9 days of barrel-aged brews

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s that time again. The Beer Junction presents its annual celebration of barrel-aged beers. The Barrel Junction starts today (Saturday, January 24) and runs until Sunday, February 1. Below we share the opening day beer lineup, the daily “headling” beer lineup, and the brewery events lineup. The...

01/24/2015 10:31 AM
Beer Glass Guide Infographic

Here's a link to a hi res version.

01/24/2015 09:41 AM
Craft Sippin' in New Britain
The New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting a very special event on Friday, February 20, 2015 - the second annual "Craft Sippin' in New Britain"! Co-sponsored by Hartford Distributors, the event offers tastings from regional...
Craft Sippin' in New Britain

01/24/2015 09:26 AM
Whittle: Number One With a Bullet
Bill Whittle fires back at the gun grabbers with facts. They hate that.

Seems to me our cities would be safer if we just outlawed Democrats.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

01/24/2015 05:10 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Heavy Seas' kettle door.
Heavy Seas kettle door

Looking at the glass door on one of the two new kettles at Heavy Seas Beer, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baltimore, Maryland-area brewery, celebrating the official launch of the brewery's new brewhouse, bottling line, and expanded production area.

The new system consists of a mash mixer, a lauter tun, two 60-barrel kettles, and a whirlpool tank. Having two kettles gives the brewers a more flexible brewing schedule. That and the larger kettle size yield a daily production capacity of two-hundred-forty barrels.

The original brewhouse was a 3-vessel system with a 50-barrel kettle. It was installed at Heavy Seas, new, in 1995, when the brewery, then known as Clipper City Brewing, began operations. The brewhouse will be dismantled and shipped to Texas, where it will get a new career, in its retirement, at a 'craft' distillery.

16 January 2015.

  • A barrel is not a physical thing. It's a unit of measurement, equal to 31 U.S. gallons. One barrel yields about 13.7 cases of 12-ounce beers. More on beer volumes and measurements: here.
  • Yes, I touched up the photo a bit, using the "radiance' feature of the online PicMonkey.
  • More photos from the ceremony: here.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas. Opinions expressed are not those of my employer.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

01/24/2015 04:03 AM
Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015 LIVE UPDATES

Good morning ladies and gents! Welcome to LIVE coverage at Manchester Velodrome, where the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has one hell of a treat in store for us. Today should be great, with over 500 beers, ciders and perries available to taste (see guzzle, knock back). And guess what? Grizzly Bear is gonna […]

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01/24/2015 03:41 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 24/01/2015
Illustration: breakfast reading.

There’s no better cure for a hangover than reading loads of blog posts and articles about beer — prose concerning the dog that bit you and all that. → Dave West was the founder of Eastenders Cash’n’Carry in Calais, where Brits could fill vans with cheap booze for (ahem) ‘personal consumption’, but just before Christmas, he was murdered … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 24/01/2015

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01/24/2015 03:05 AM
Adnams and the Local Veto Bill
There will be a lot more about Adnams in the weeks to come. I've got a lovely collection of snaps of their brewing records. It would be a shame not to start using them.

But I'll begin with a random newspaper article:

A meeting of Licensed Victuallers of Lowestoft and neighbourhood was held at the Greet Eastern Hotel, Lowestoft, on Monday, under the auspices of the Lowestoft and East Suffolk Licensed Victallers' Association, of which Mr. B. Riden is the secretary. Captain E. M. U. Adnams, the Brewery, Southwold, occupied the chair, and amongst others present were - Mr. J. J. Dunne (solicitor of the National Trade Defence Association), and about 150 representatives of the trade from all parts of North Suffolk.

The CHAIRMAN said he did not anticipate that the Local Veto Bill wonld pass, but it was impossible to disguise the dangers which confronted them. The temperance reformers for years had been strengthening their forces against the licensing trade, and their undisguised desire was entire suppression, In their own interests, publicans should band themselves together to resist the assault. It was proposed to amalgamate the several Trade Protection Associations in North Suffolk. They had held meetings on the subject at Southwold, Beccles, and elsewhere, and it was to be seen whether the publicans of Lowsetoft were in favour of the proposal. He was entirely in sympathy with it himself, and he believed that if the members of the trade were banded together in the Division of North Suffolk, under one Association, they would be able to offer a very substantial support to any political candidate who would be prepared to champion their cause. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. DUNNE dealt at length with the Local Veto Bill, which he arged, would be mischievous, would lead to mush illicit drinking, and the establishment of ill-conducted clubs. He maintaised that it was not fair that the trade should be harassed by such legislation, and he confidently relied upon the licensed victuallers of the Lowestoft Division of Suffolk offering all the opposition in their power to the Bill, which they intended, not only to "scotch," but to kill entirely. (Hear, bear.) He directed attention to the project of one Defence Association for the Division, and he was confident that if they were thus banded together, seeing that they must either sink or swim together, they could almost command the seat for North Suffolk. (Applause).

Mr. RICHARD RIDEN read a reply from Mr. H. S. Foster, M.P., in which that gentleman intimated his intention of opposing the second reading of Bills which were antagonistic to the trade, and moved, "That this meeting protests against the Liquor Traffic (Local Control) Bill, and pledges itself to prevent the passing of the same."

Mr. H. STEBBINGS seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously. The proposals for the amalgamation of the Association were ultimately adopted."
The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 18 March 1893, page 8.

The Local Veto Bill would have allowed a vote on closing pubs in a district. It was one of temperance campaigners' attempts to set off a rolling prohibition of all alcohol. This bill failed, though the Temperance (Scotland) Act of just after WWI did allow for such votes in Scotland. Some areas did initially go dry, but the hoped for snowball effect never materialised and after a while nowhere new voted for it. Thankfully, they were never daft enough to introduce similar legislation for England.

Here, as promised are some Adnams beers from a little later:

Adnams beers in 1913
Date Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl
17th Jun BS Stout 1055.0 1014.0 5.42 74.55% 5.81 1.12
18th Jun BLB Pale Ale 1044.0 1007.0 4.89 84.09% 8.29 1.22
19th Jun Tally Ho Old Ale 1081.0 1025.0 7.41 69.14% 8.00 2.25
20th Jun XX Mild Ale 1039.0 1008.0 4.10 79.49% 5.12 0.66
21st Jun X Mild Ale 1033.0 1005.5 3.64 83.33% 4.86 0.54
23rd Jun XX Mild Ale 1039.0 1008.0 4.10 79.49% 5.12 0.65
24th Jun BS Stout 1055.0 1014.0 5.42 74.55% 5.81 1.08
25th Jun XX Mild Ale 1039.0 1009.0 3.97 76.92% 5.12 0.65
26th Jun DS Stout 1060.0 1014.0 6.09 76.67% 6.35 1.34
27th Jun XX Mild Ale 1039.0 1007.0 4.23 82.05% 5.12 0.65
28th Jun Tally Ho Old Ale 1081.0 1027.0 7.14 66.67% 8.00 2.29
Adnams brewing records held at the brewery.

The low gravity of the new Mild Ales is striking. I've never seen such weak Milds before WW I. In fact X and XX look more like beers of the 1920's.

The two Stouts are also pretty weak. Neither would have counted as a Stout in London, BS being about the same gravity as Porter there.

BLB, on the other hand, is classic Light Bitter strength, in the mid-1040's, where you'd expect an AK or its like to be.

Then, just to be weird, there's Tally Ho at a fairly decent gravity.

It's all quite different from what I've seen in London. The hopping rates are also low. It's rarae to see anything with less than a pound per barrel at this date in London.

Lots, lots more to come.

01/23/2015 11:24 PM
An Interview with Elysian Brewing Founders Dick Cantwell & David Buhler on Selling the Brewery
By D.J. Paul So the beloved craft brewing industry lost another major player today when Anheuser-Busch purchased its second Pacific Northwest based brewery, Elysian Brewing. Yes, Elysian has joined 10 Barrel Brewing in the ranks of Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer division. (You can read the press release about this purchase here.) Anheuser-Busch sees these strong craft […]

01/23/2015 06:02 PM
11 Best Whiskies for Burns Night Coming Up January 25
Mark Burns Night in suitable style: with a dram of one of these whiskies, all hailing from the British Isles – with one exception for renegade celebrators. 1. Lagaluvin 16-year-old single malt: £48.50, 70cl, waitrosecellar.com The pride of Islay, Lagaluvin’s standard single malt is a consistent winner of high scores in the whisky ratings world, […]

01/23/2015 05:08 PM
Harvard Buys Up Water Rights In Drought-Hit Wine Country
Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters. The investment, which began as a bet on the grape market, has turned into a smart […]

01/23/2015 05:08 PM
Colorado Beer News 012315
Colorado Beer NewsFriday is here - celebrate Colorado craft beer lovers! It's going to be a great weekend here in the Centennial state and Fermentedly Challenged want you to know what's new in the craft beer scene for this weekend. There's a festival or two, a brewery opening and plenty of new beer releases for you to enjoy. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, January 23rd, 2015. 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

Great Divide Brewing Co - Got a case of the post-holiday blues? GDBC has the antidote—fresh beer releases! Available January through March, these are the perfect beers to get you smiling through the toughest winter months. Orabelle is brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye. This Belgian-Style Tripel is a golden beauty. Its two yeast strains, orange peel and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let Orabelle’s demure nature fool you; this is one flavorful pour. Watch out, she’s a charmer—one sip and you’ll be in love. Espresso Oak Aged Yeti A generous infusion of Denver’s own Pablo’s espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast. Also, For all of you Hibernation fans out there - this week bottles of Barrel Aged Hibernation will start hitting shelves, but they won’t stay there for long. Over 12 months in whiskey barrels has completely transformed their prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey notes before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. If you can only take one beer into your cave this winter, they strongly suggest this one. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Denver Winter Brew Fest - Tonight and tomorrow, January 23-24 - it's the annual Denver Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station. Spanning two days 7-10pm daily (VIP entry 6pm)! The Winter Brew Fest celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. craft brews and features live music, food, and other vendors. Over 50 breweries set for Friday and over 35 breweries on Saturday. Some different breweries will pour on different days so if you go both days you'll get brews you didn't get at the other session. All attendees get a souvenir glass and unlimited samples. Don't miss this winter beer fest tradition as it's a long way will the summer beer fest season! This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association. Visit www.denverbrewfest.com/winter/ for details. [2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery - Have you tried the Hoppy Amber Ale from the latest mountain series sampler pack? It's delicious and in season. ‪#‎HoppyAmberAle‬ ‪#‎MountainSeries‬ ‪#‎craftbeer‬ [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Ratio Beerworks - This brewery isn't open yet, but is already experimenting with barrel aged beer. Their first barrel-aged experiment is with some red wine barrels from Rocky Mountain Barrel Company. They brewed a saison based off of their French Saison recipe, knocked it out into the barrels and pitched two types of Brettanomyces as well as normal french saison yeast. They will see where they end up in a week or so after primary fermentation is done. They have finally brewed all of their scheduled offerings in order to open the doors! They will be announcing the Grand Opening party shortly and are pumped for everyone to see what they have been building over the years. They've also kegged their first beers. Stay tuned for opening news. Coming to: [2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Vine Street Pub & Brewery - Dolphins, Leopards, Cheetahs, oh my!!! Everyone in the Denver area come check out the Vine Street Pub & Brewery tonight for SAFARI FRIDAYS as your local DJs unleash the jams starting at 6:30pm. Sport your favorite animal in any type of flare and receive HAPPY HOUR all night! [1700 Vine St, Denver, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co - For Friday, they have India Red Ale #2014-09 coming off the canning line right today. This batch is so aromatic, juicy, and piney it's ridiculous! You'll see it on store shelves in the next few days. As with all hop-forward beers, they suggest you keep it cold and drink it fresh to experience the hop character to it's fullest potential. Enjoy! [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie - Here are today's fresh beer tappings! Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Coffee Stout from Dry Dock, Nice from Joyride, Funky Gold Amarillo from Prairie, Lugene on Nitro from Odell, Covalent Double IPA from Coda Brewing and Green Bullet from Green Flash. Pair one of those with a slice of pizza pie! The slice of the day is: Andouille Sausage, Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co - Super Bowl Sunday Potluck starts at 4PM February 1st. Feel free to bring your favorite appetizer, dip, dessert, etc. They will have pizza and of course they will have the BEER! Happy Hour @ 4pm too. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Nighthawk Brewery - Slight change in plans for their grand opening due to final inspections. Here's their official word: "BAD NEWS EVERYONE. We are so sorry, but we're not going to be open by 11 today. We sincerely apologize for getting you all psyched for this opening, but we're running into some hoops that none of us anticipated needing to jump through. At this point we are ready to go once we get the go-ahead from Broomfield, so keep an eye on this page for our actual opening time - it could be later today, it could be Monday, we just don't know yet. Again, we apologize for our opening date jumping around so much - we are so excited to meet you all and have a drink with you!" Stay tuned! [2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO]

Mu Brewery - It's Small Batch Friday. They'll be tapping their Red Hefeweizen aka “ The Mu Flu Shot “. Come get inoculated with 473cc of fun. Their trained "medical" staff will be on site to make it a fast, fun, and a pain free experience. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - Fun Fact Friday: Their fermenters are full again. Barrel Hoppy Brown and Double IPA are on tap tonight. They got a fourth Laws Whiskey House barrel and filled a French Wine Barrel with an Imperial Stout. They open at 4pm til 10pm to fill your glass and spark your mind! [320 Broadway Ste E, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co - Their Session IPA ( 4.2% abv, 65 IBU's) will be back on tap today around 2pm. 9 fresh craft beers on tap this weekend, 4 soups and a salad bar with over 35 items! Happy hour every day from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm. Come on down to Historic Olde Town Arvada! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Parry's Pizza - Today, starting at 4pm at Parry's in Castle Rock, it's Ugly Sweaters and Barrel Aged beer. Ya they know, it's not the holiday season, any longer, but you can all pretend especially when it comes to such great beers as ‪#‎BourbonCountyStout‬ ‪#‎SantasLittleHelper‬ ‪#‎AlmanacBarleyWine‬ and more! No ugly sweater? No barrel aged beer. No excuses. If that's not your game, get over to their Greenwood Village location for the fifth installment of Liberate Yourself from Crappy Beer Fest. Mile High Sports will be broadcasting live and giving away a big flat screen tv and of course, talking some sports. Don't get all deflated about this, Broncos fans. There will be some awesome beers on tap, including ‪#‎WorldWideStout‬ ‪#‎LilikoiKepola‬ ‪#‎MolotavCocktail‬ ‪#‎LaFolie‬ ‪#‎SenoritaHorchataImperialPorter‬

American Craft Beer Radio - Don't forget to head up the FM dial to 105.5 - the new home of ESPN radio - at 11:00am tomorrow morning to hear Dustin from Avery Brewing Company updating Gary V and crew on the progress of the new brewery and probably some pontification of all things craft beer! [105.5 FM Denver]

Bierstadt Lagerhaus - Internal construction is under way on this new brewery! Drain cutting began this morning! One step closer to opening! More news soon. [2875 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works - New beer alert! Sister Christian taps today. A strong Belgian Blond, she's an angry older sister to lil' dirty. Made with honey from around here, she's a delicious 8.3%. Meet her before she hitchhikes back out of town. [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Falling Rock Tap House - This Saturday, January 24th from 12pm to 5pm, Falling Rock will hold their 2015 Vintage Beer Sale. There will be vintage bottles for sale (only 2-3 of each kind of beer). All bottles must be consumed on site (no take home). Grab some food too, you're be there for a while. [1919 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery - Time for the next installment of German Gravity Keg Season. Today they will tap a 20 liter gravity keg of Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe Red Monkey Mandarina #3. It tapped at 11am so you already are on the clock for getting your glass filled. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen - They still have some amazing Barrel Aged beers from their Barrel Aged Beer Fest last weekend! They're calling these “Winter Warming Ales” since they’re HUGE in both ABV and flavor. They've still got: Magnus Magnusson - an American strong ale aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels, Lowdown 2014 Barelywine - Aged in Woodford Reserves Barrels, and an IPA aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels called “Whiskey Dick”. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - The ‪#‎Randall‬ is back on Saturday! They'll be running their Rappellin' Down Brown through roasted sweet coconut flakes. Brown + Coconut = Crazy Delicious. Oh Yeah. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Alpine Dog Brewing Co - 7 Beers on tap now including their newest release today, "Arse Over Elbows" ESB! A nice malty brew dry hopped with East Kent Goldings! Coming up next week on Thursday, January 29th is the release of their Cherry Wood Smoked Porter. [1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery - They have two non-profit days coming up over the next several days: - Sunday is benefiting Make-A-Wish America (via Denver Alumnae of Chi Omega). Tuesday is Sleep Tight Colorado's anniversary party, with a silent auction and complimentary appetizers. Jagged Mountain will donate $1/beer sold on each day to the respective organizations! Drink for a cause. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre & Brewery - It's Ilium DIPA day at OMF. A brew made with five kinds of hops and weighs in at 100 IBU - now that's a double IPA! Also, Texorado BBQ will be on site to pair your beer with food. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

12Degree Brewing - 12Degree has a brand new beer release today! Outlier is a Belgian IPA dry-hopped with Cascade, Galaxy, and Saaz. Outlier will be on tap this afternoon at 3pm. Also on tap, Sleigh Ride, a winter seasonal red saison with Brett, is yet another reason to stop into 12Degree this weekend. It is earthy, peppery, and delightful! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery - Happy Friday Boulder! They've got a killer tap lineup tonight. Start your weekend with a pint or two of beer inspired by the outdoors! Beers include: Cask Wildflower Pale w/hibiscus, rose & amarillo hops, Cherry Wheatwine, Black Smoke Imperial Stout, Roasted Root Amber, Strong Scotch Ale, Wildflower Pale, Berrypatch Wheat, Campfire Red, Treeline IPA, Ponderosa Porter, and S'mores Stout. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co - It's a beautiful day in Lafayette. The Brown Ale is back on tap. Did you miss it? Meanwhile you can now snag bottles of their Rumrunner Quad all over town at places like Union Jack, Ridge Liquor, Broadlands Liquor, Summit Wine and Spirits, and more. Go get some! [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]


City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

Real Ale Real Love Firkin Festival - Tomorrow, Saturday January 24th from 4pm to 8pm is the 1st ever Real Ale Real Love Firkin Festival in Loveland, CO at the Best Western Crossroads & Conference Center. Over 28 different Colorado breweries have come up with a wide variety of special firkins to be tapped fresh for this event. If you like smaller, more intimate beer festivals with lots of one-off beers you can't get anywhere else, this fest is for you! Food and music will round out the evening's entertainment. Tickets still available at: realalereallove.com. Come check it out - just off I-25 on US 34. [5542 E US Hwy 34, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing - Kick off your weekend with a City Star brew and come listen to live music with Ash Ganley Duo at 7pm. Masterfully nuanced Neo-Western Americana flavored with Slide guitar, Hard Folk and Delta Blues.Haunting harmony vocals, virtuoso guitar, and the assured virility of an artist who has arrived at his musical destination. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co - "Pucker Up!" Sour Brown Ale is now on tap as of last night! Tessa's giving free samples (if you ask nice), so get down to the brewery and try this newest brew smile emoticon. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - Today is another Firkin Friday at Berthoud Brewing. Today at 5pm they will be tapping a Cherry Express IPA. Uniquely good! [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Verboten Brewing - Just tapped their third hopped version of the ever popular Standup Philosopher! This time with Nelson Sauvin, a unique hop from New Zealand. A taste of tropical fruits and wine grapes. What's your favorite hop? [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing - It's Firkin Friday! The Cranberry Tart hass a blonde base brewed with pureed cranberries, fresh ground cinnamon and fresh ground cardamom. This is a unique experience of embodying a dessert within in a beer! Of course they have their $1 off teacher pints for all teachers! And BIGS BBQ SAUCE will be here to rock some BBQ for all empty bellies, so please come hungry. The tapping starts at 6pm. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Crow Hop Brewing Co - Throw-back to the garage days with their new Progression Pale Ale, tapping today! [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]


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01/23/2015 05:06 PM
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01/23/2015 04:30 PM
Four Roses Bourbon Ice Cream: Embrace the Cold
Whoever said that you can’t eat ice cream in Winter, hasn’t tried mixing it with booze. Well, I can at least admit I have tried ...

01/23/2015 04:07 PM
No-Li Brewhouse Presents 4-Pack Lineup

(Spokane, WA) – No-Li Brewhouse prides itself on brewing Spokane-Style beers with no boundaries.  That is, taking loca…

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01/23/2015 03:55 PM
Elysian Brewing latest A-B acquisition
Anheuser-Busch announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Wash., the third craft brewery (as defined by the Brewers Association) the brewing giant has acquired inside of 12 months. “For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” Elysian CEO Joe Bisacca said for a […]

01/23/2015 03:00 PM
Festival News: OR: Silverton: Oregon Garden announces news dates for the “Oregon Garden Brewfest”

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday.

“We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of the Garden,” said Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We encourage guests to grab a beer and take it with them as they explore our 80-acres, and by mid-June the Garden will look spectacular.”

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from a dozen regional bands on two stages, local food, and a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-garden-brewfest-2015-tickets-13448706443.

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public this spring.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com/Packages.htm or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Growl Movement and sponsored by Venti’s Café, Wave Broadband, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest/.

01/23/2015 02:17 PM
Anheuser- Busch to purchase Seattle based Elysian Brewing
Anheuser- Busch has announced another foray into the world of craft beer via buyout, according to an article published in the Street Insider on January 23, 2015.Anheuser- Busch has agreed to buy Elysian Brewing, a Seattle- based craft brewing...
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01/23/2015 02:10 PM
New Belgium Brewing Comments on Elysian / AB-InBev Acquisition

(Fort Collins,CO) – Today, we shared the news of craft brewery Elysian Brewing being acquired by AB/In-Bev.  For thos…

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01/23/2015 01:26 PM
The Age of Innocence is over.
Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co, it was announced today. This is an edited sentence from a story I’ve written for the upcoming issue of Ale Street News (out in early February) about what happened in 2014 and what … Continue reading

01/23/2015 01:03 PM
Day Block Brewing 1 Year Anniversary Starts Today
Day Block Brewing Co. is turning 1 and they’re not f#%&ing around! They’ve planned five days of festivities with beer releases, prizes, music, bacon flights, pickle flights, Hot Scotchies and more. Beer releases: Coffee Porter, Black IPA, Imperial Stouts and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Rye, Mocha Stout American Oak Aged Imperial Stout, French Oak Aged ...

01/23/2015 01:01 PM
Elysian Brewing Purchased by Anheuser-Busch
  So does “Corporate Beer Still Sucks“? News just broke that Anheuser-Busch has purchased another Pacific Northwest based brewery. This past October the large corporate brewer purchased Bend, OR based 10 Barrel Brewing and today it has been announced that AB has went into agreement to purchase Seattle, WA based Elysian Brewing. We have an […]

01/23/2015 12:55 PM
Breaking News: WA: Seattle: Anheuser-Busch is purchasing Elysian Brewing Company
Below is a copy of the statement from Anheuser-Busch and Elysian Brewing Company.

St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.
“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”
Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and Head Brewer added, “Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience.”
Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume.
“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The team has spent their careers brewing distinctive beers in the thriving West Coast beer community and building unique venues that celebrate beer. As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”
In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol HillElysian TangletownElysian Fields and Elysian BAR.
Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Elysian Brewing Co.
Elysian Brewing is a Seattle, Wash., based brewery founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca and David Buhler. Elysian’s first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed more than 350 beers since it opened. The brewer currently distributes its brands in 11 states: Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York, as well as internationally in Vancouver BC and Alberta, Canada; Taiwan; Australia and Japan. For more information, check outwww.elysianbrewing.com or be social at fb.com/ElysianBrewingCompany and @ElysianBrewing on Instagram and Twitter.
About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
A copy of the Press Release can also be found here. http://newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/anheuser-busch-and-elysian-brewing-announce-purchase-agreement-2/

01/23/2015 11:50 AM
A beer/two beers, please. 
En öl/två öl, tack. (Ahn ul/tfoo ul, tac)
A pint, please. 
Ett stop, tack. (At stoop, tac)

01/23/2015 11:16 AM
Monday Night Brewing turns 3. Bryan Adams rejoices.

Monday Night Brewing is officially a whiny toddler, thanks to your support. We turned 3 this August and threw a great party to celebrate it – Aptly named Tie Three On. If you weren’t able to join, here’s what you missed: Tie Three On – a 5% rye saison with Nelson Sauvin hops Craft beer […]

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01/23/2015 11:00 AM
Celebrate Scotland’s Burns Night Appropriately With Cutty Sark.
Gather ye kin and brethren round for a jolly feast of haggis, neeps, and tatties. Then salute the poet extraordinaire in true Scottish fashion: get ...

01/23/2015 11:00 AM
Festival Reminder: WA: Seattle: Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow returns February 6th - February 21st
Earlier in the month this writer updated the Happening Today calendar, to support a unique event - Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow. What I didn't do was provide clearer guidance on why.

Centered on the familiar concept (that more is better), the Hop Mob is the antithesis to any 'session' beer festival. With over 30 contributing breweries, this year's festival will be showcased at 7 different locations in Western Washington.

"To brew a good Triple IPA, brewers use a substantial amount of malted barley, which provides the elevated alcohol content. To balance-out the malty sweetness and give the beer it requisite hoppy character, brewers rely on substantial quantities of hop. In Washington, hope sare more than an ingredient; they're a way of life. The Yakima Valley produces between 75 and 80 percent of the nation's hop crop each year and some of the farms are operated by families that have grown hops for four and five generations." -Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow

Starting February 6th, the 'Road Show' visits Brouwer's Cafe (at 400 North 35th Street in Seattle, WA), to showcase over 30 different Triple IPAs. Available serving sizes are 6 or 12 ounces, along with flights upon request. The event starts at 3pm and will continue throughout the night.

Additional dates and locations are as follows:

  • Participating brewers will be at the Flagstick Pub (at 15 Lake Street in Kirkland, WA), February 8th. That Sunday, Flagstick will feature several Triple IPAs from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Thursday, February 12th, from 6pm; Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (located at 8564 Greenwood Avenue in Seattle, WA) hosts numerous Triple IPAs and brewers.
  • Saturday, February 14th, Special Brews (in Lynwood, WA at 14608 Washington 99) will sacrifice their draft space from noon to close.
  • Monday, February 16, Beveridge Place Pub (at 6413 California Avenue S.W. in Seattle, WA) hosts the next leg, from 2pm to close.
  • Wednesday, February 18th, from 11am; The Red Hot (in Tacoma, WA at 2914 6th Avenue) is your next destination.
  • Concluding Saturday, February 21st; the owners of Pike Brewing host a "festival style" event, featuring 6 (4 ounce) Triple IPAs for $18, with each additional (4 ounce) beer costing $2. Included in your $18 is 15% off of food in the pub. The "Hop Mob Finale" starts at 5pm and is located at 1415 1st Avenue in Seattle, WA.

For more information, visit http://www.wahopmob.com.  

01/23/2015 10:12 AM
It’s a Cellerbration at Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves
[ January 31, 2015; 11:00 am; ] Yes, that pun is bad. You can blame Tom Behnen from Llywelyn's Pub for using that in his subject line in the epic email he sent me. You see, Tom is a bit of a hoarder. But he's not going to be on some crap reality TV show or get an intervention. Instead you'll probably want [...]

01/23/2015 09:00 AM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Elysian Brewing & Harpoon Brewing best their breweries on the Super Bowl.
Press Release

It's a tradition among governors, mayors and other pillars of the community to place bets on the outcomes of big games. But brewers have something pretty directly related to the experience of watching sporting events, and especially the Super Bowl--beer. In keeping with friendly tradition, Elysian Brewing of Seattle and Harpoon Brewery of Boston have placed a bet on Super Bowl XLIX. In case anyone in either of those two cities has been living under a rock without cable, the Seattle Seahawks will be facing the New England Patriots in the University of Phoenix stadium on Sunday, February 1. The products of big brewers like Anheuser-Busch might dominate the ad airwaves, but it will be the beers of Elysian and Harpoon that are on the line in the bet between pioneering craft brewers.

The bet involves three kegs of beer from each brewery crossing the country in opposite directions, to be poured in the breweries' taprooms the week after the big game. The loser will be required to fly the flag of the opposing, winning team until the beer is gone. Like so much in the craft side of the brewing industry it's a friendly competition--even the losers win, by getting to drink the beer of their cross-country friends and colleagues. One of the beers Elysian is sending, in fact, is called Loser, first brewed for the 20th anniversary of Seattle's indie record label, Sub Pop.

The Patriots, of course, are no strangers to Super Bowl appearances having won three in relatively recent memory. And the reigning champion Seahawks are the first team since the Patriots roughly ten years ago to win the Super Bowl one year and make a repeat appearance the following year. It'll be the battle between an established AFC dynasty and an NFC dynasty in the making. Whoever comes out on top, the folks at both Harpoon and Elysian will be drinking excellent beer, both that of their own making and their friends from across the country.

Three-time Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Elysian Brewing Company operates four neighborhood restaurants and a production brewery in Seattle, Washington. Known both for classic styles and for flexibility and innovation, Elysian has brewed over 350 different recipes since opening in 1996. While Elysian's brewers use a variety of unusual ingredients, they are seasonally notorious for their pumpkin beers. Each year Elysian hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, where dozens of different pumpkin beers are poured, some of them from giant pumpkins. WWW.ELYSIANBREWING.COM

The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon's line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO White beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 12th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit WWW.HARPOONBREWERY.COM

01/23/2015 05:25 AM
January 23rd 2015
Always an Optimist


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01/23/2015 05:20 AM
"Diverse and inviting, The Finborough Arms is almost magical"
There's a lovely review of my new pub the Finborough Arms in the Telegraph today. Adrian Tierney-Jones is the author. Have a read of it here online. The Finborough's Winter Ale Fest starts today (Friday 23rd Jan) at 5pm and runs through to the end of Sunday. All the beers are served from our cellar via our eight handpumps and six keg taps, with changes throughout the weekend as the first beers

01/23/2015 04:52 AM
QUOTE: Arthur Ransome on Lager, 1907
'A Soho Restaurant' by Fred Taylor.

“These Soho dinners are excellently cooked and very cheap. Only the wine is dearer in England than in France. There you can get a carafon for a few pence, and good it is. But here the cheapest half-bottle is tenpence, and often disappointing. The wise drink beer. It is Charles Godfrey Leland who, in his … Continue reading QUOTE: Arthur Ransome on Lager, 1907

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01/23/2015 03:26 AM
Hindu body to file complaint against Australian brewer over offensive packaging
Hindu community is planning to approach Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), an Australian organization that investigates breaches of advertising standards, to file a complaint against Australian brewer Brookvale Union for using images of Hindu deities Ganesh and Lakshmi on its beer bottle.

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