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09/16/2014 07:05 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

09/16/2014 07:05 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

09/16/2014 07:05 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

09/16/2014 07:05 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

09/16/2014 07:05 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

09/16/2014 06:48 AM
The Week Ahead in Beer State Edition: Grand finale
Greetings, New Mexico craft beer lovers. Stoutmeister here with the second half of the now-divided Week Ahead in Beer. This edition covers all the breweries outside of Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties. From Taos to Santa Fe to Farmington to Las Vegas in the north, to Portales, Artesia, Silver City, and Las Cruces in the south, this edition will ...

09/16/2014 06:11 AM
Beer Review: Stone Brewing Co. Coffee Milk Stout
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Stone Brewing Co. is known for making big beers with big flavors.  Most of the Stone stouts that come out through the year, such as their Imperial Russian Stout or Woot Stout, stick to the big flavor big ABV and big bottle trend that the brewery is known for.  Coffee Milk Stout (much like Go To IPA earlier this year) bucks the trend and the result is a success. Stone’s Coffee Milk Stout is a modern spin on a…

09/16/2014 06:00 AM
CouchTrippin’ To NOLA with Lagunitas Brewing at Doug Fir Lounge
Lagunitas Brewing is traveling the United States and going CouchTrippin‘ all the way to New Orleans. This leg kicks off in Portland on Friday, September 19th at the always entertaining Doug Fir Lounge. The Portland stop on the CouchTrippin’ tour will feature Little Hurricane and Possessed by Paul James. Best of all tickets are free […]

09/16/2014 05:12 AM
30 Words: Stuck
Gossamer strings of light  shimmer, fluttering slowly in the humid afternoon breeze  No sign of habitation, an empty and waiting home  Or a wicked trap for the unwary flying traveler...   This week's 30 Word Thursday picture was taken in my backyard one fine sunny afternoon.  I took lots of shots but ...

09/16/2014 05:00 AM
The Wedge Returns on October 4th
The Wedge will make its annual return to Portland on Saturday, October 4th. Once again The Wedge will be held out in front of the Green Dragon with a VIP Hour beginning at 11:00am and general admission from Noon to 5:00pm. The Wedge is an event for all ages that will feature artisan, specialty and […]

09/16/2014 04:34 AM
Shepherd Neame Double Stout 5% ABV
I recently reviewed Shepherd Neame's IPA, it's one of the cornerstones of their new 'classic' collection that includes today's brew, a 5% 'Double Stout'.

09/16/2014 04:13 AM
British Bottled Porters, Part 1

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007

Porter has been much on our minds lately with the arrival of Guinness’s new effort and our rediscovery of Samuel Smith’s sublime example. When we asked if (i.e. tentatively declared that) the latter might be the best bottled porter in the UK, various people suggested other candidates, namely Fuller’s London Porter, Kernel Export and Redemption Fellowship. That […]

British Bottled Porters, Part 1

09/16/2014 03:40 AM
Louisiana Brewers Bash – September 24th
Louisiana Craft Brewers Week returns this year September 22nd through 28th. In conjunction with that, fellow food and beer blogger Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze is teaming up with all 9 south Louisiana breweries to host a Louisiana Brewers Bash. The event will be held at The Irish House in New Orleans on Wednesday, September 24th from 6-9PM ...

09/16/2014 03:05 AM
Westphalian and Hessian Lagerbier 1879 - 1893
Had my obsessive side passed you by, the current flood of Lager might have surprised. A regular reader would expect the unrelenting tsunami of tables. If such a beast as a regular reader exists.

Let's begin with doubt. I'm not sure what these analyses teach us. Just as well that's not my main reason for publishing them. It's mostly to do with identifying the regional groupings.

In the source, there's a heading to identify beers of a certain region. I don't have that luxury. Each beer is a row in a spreadsheet that I sort into all sorts of different orders. You can forget headers. The rows get shuffled all over the place.

Sorry to bother you with this. Me finding handy places to park stuff I don't want to lose.

When you have as much crap as I do - writings, research material, photos - you have to keep in some sort of order. To be able to find it back. That's why my self-published books exist. So I can keep track of what I've written.

Now I've got that out of the way, on with the beers. First those from Westphalia. As you can see, they're mostly from Dortmund.

Westphalian Lagerbiers 1879 - 1893
Year Brewer Beer Style Acidity OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation
1879 Unknown Dortmund Dortmunder Lagerbier 1049.1 1015.1 12.21 4.40 69.25%
1884 Unknown Marienborn bei Sigen Lagerbier 2 bis 3 Monat alt Lagerbier 0.184 1051.0 1011.3 12.66 5.16 77.84%
1884 Barmer Aktien-Brauerei Barmen-Rittershausen Lagerbier Lagerbier 0.161 1053.0 1019 13.13 4.40 64.15%
1887 Westfalia-Brauerei Münster Lagerbier Dunkel Dunkles 0.317 1053.0 1015 13.13 4.94 71.70%
1893 Löwenbräu Dortmund Lagerbier Lagerbier 0.27 1055.0 1012.0 13.60 5.60 78.18%
1884 Gebr. Meininghaus Dortmund Lagerbier Lagerbier 0.02 1056.0 1013.8 13.84 5.49 75.36%
1887 Westfalia-Brauerei Münster Lagerbier Hell Helles 0.302 1056.8 1013 14.03 5.70 77.11%
1884 Victoria-Brauerei Dortmund nach bömisches Art Lagerbier 0.118 1059.0 1017.5 14.54 5.39 70.34%
1884 Victoria-Brauerei Dortmund goldfarbig Lagerbier Helles 0.152 1062.3 1019 15.31 5.62 69.50%
Average 0.191 1055.0 1015.1 13.61 5.19 72.60%
Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel by Joseph König, 1903, pages 1102 - 1156

My guess would be that most were pale in colour. The one described as "nach böhmisches Art" almost certainly is.

In terms of gravity, they mostly look right for Export, though the source describes them as Lagerbier. I'd expect 13º to 14º Plato, which is what most of them are, with the average 13.6º Plato. At 72%, the attenuation is better than for most of the Lagerbiers we've looked at. Odd, because you'd expect attenuation to be worse in the stronger Export. The high gravity and relatively high level of attenuation mean that the average ABV is the highest so far, 5.19%

At almost 0.2%, the level of lactic acid is again rather high. Two samples have acidity over 0.3%. That's the sort of level you'd expect in a Stock Ale or aged Stout. I'm still trying to get my head around levels like that being in Lager.

Now the Hessian Lagerbiers. They're sort of from Hessen. Or they were back in the 1890's. But today Schmalkalden is in Thuringia. I must confess that I didn't notice. Dolores pointed it out to me when I asked if she knew where it was. She does, because she grew up not that far away. It's weird that so many samples are from Schmalkalden. It's not a huge town - the population now is only 20,000. Yet from the much larger Kassel, there's only one.

Hessian Lagerbiers in 1893
Year Brewer town Style Acidity OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation
1893 Bühner Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.211 1044.5 1012 11.11 4.21 73.03%
1893 H. Wiegand Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.137 1045.1 1013.2 11.26 4.14 70.73%
1893 Messerschmidt Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.262 1045.4 1012.5 11.33 4.26 72.47%
1893 Kaufmann Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.271 1045.5 1012.0 11.35 4.35 73.63%
1893 C. Wolff Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.137 1045.9 1014 11.45 4.14 69.50%
1893 Falk Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.218 1046.0 1013.3 11.47 4.24 71.09%
1893 Cramer Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.232 1046.3 1013.7 11.54 4.23 70.41%
1893 Wwe. Köhler Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.152 1047.1 1014 11.74 4.29 70.28%
1893 Ritter Sauer Hersfeld Lagerbier 1048.1 1011.3 11.97 4.79 76.51%
1893 G. Wolff Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.270 1048.3 1011.0 12.02 4.85 77.23%
1893 Hessische Aktien-Brauerei Cassel Lagerbier 0.185 1048.3 1012 12.02 4.71 75.16%
1893 Rückert-Siemen Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.179 1050.0 1018 12.42 4.14 64.00%
1893 Lederer Marburg Lagerbier 0.14 1051.4 1015.5 12.76 4.65 69.84%
1893 Wwe. Lesser Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.232 1051.5 1014.2 12.78 4.84 72.43%
1893 A. Wiegand Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.148 1051.7 1009.8 12.83 5.46 81.04%
1893 W. Engelhardt Hersfeld Lagerbier 0.179 1052.6 1015.7 13.04 4.79 70.15%
1893 Missomelius Marburg Lagerbier 0.21 1057.0 1013.2 14.07 5.70 76.84%
1893 Kühn Schmalkalden Lagerbier 0.137 1060.3 1017 14.84 5.63 71.81%
1893 Missomelius Marburg Lagerbier 0.097 1060.6 1015.0 14.91 5.94 75.25%
Average 0.189 1049.8 1013.5 12.36 4.70 72.70%
Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel by Joseph König, 1903, pages 1102 - 1156

The Hessian Lagerbiers have a much lower average gravity than the Westphalian ones - more than 5 points lower. Though they share a similar degree of attenuation, about 72%. Though the average seems about right for Lagerbier, some at the bottom end are a bit weak and the top two far too strong. Again, the average acidity is on the high side.

The table fun just doesn't end today. I've put together a table to compare the average values for Lagerbiers from different areas.

Bohemian, German and Austrian Lagerbiers
Beer OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation lactic acid %
Bohemian Dark Lagers 1890 - 1895 1044.4 1014.2 11.09 3.91 68.13% 0.172
Bohemian Lagerbier 1876 1046.2 1013.3 11.51 4.26 71.25% 0.130
Bohemian Pilsener 1880-1890 1049.0 1013.6 12.18 4.59 72.09% 0.212
Bohemian Pale Lagerbier 1880-1890 1049.2 1014.9 12.22 4.44 70.06% 0.140
Hessian Lagerbiers in 1893 1049.8 1013.5 12.36 4.70 72.70% 0.189
Dresden Lagerbiers 1878 - 1880 1052.0 1013.4 12.90 5.01 74.37%
Lower Austrian Lagerbier 1876 1053.3 1017.0 13.20 4.70 68.17% 0.140
Hannover region Lagerbier 1878 - 1891 1053.4 1015.6 13.22 4.90 70.81% 0.134
Nürnberg Winterbier 1887 1053.6 1016.4 13.28 4.82 69.30% 0.232
Westphalian Lagerbiers 1879 - 1893 1055.0 1015.1 13.61 5.19 72.60% 0.191

You can see that the Hessian ones slot in just above the Bohemian ones. They're quite a bit weaker than any of the other German ones. While Westphalian Lagerbiers are, on average, the strongest. Not sure what the table tells us, other than that gravities were low in Bohemia.

Not sure what's next. erfurt, maybe.

09/16/2014 02:04 AM
Past home brew competition winner gives advice to budding brewers
south west michigan Past home brew competition winner gives advice to budding brewers south west michigan A past winner of Bell's Brewery Home Brew Competition tells what worked for him. Jeremy Martin has the story. Bell's Brewery will open its doors to homebrewers from across the area Saturday Sept. 13 as the 5th annual Home Brew Comp ...

09/16/2014 12:32 AM
‘Probably’ the best (real ale) pub in Wales!
'Probably' the best (real ale) pub in Wales! ITV News It was an instant hit with locals and real ale fans and six months later The Mumbles Brewery was started from the back of the premises. They have developed their own range of ales that includes Mumbles Mile, Mumbles Gold, Lifesaver and Oystermouth Stout.

09/16/2014 12:27 AM
Beer In Ads #1314: Those Grilled Steaks
Monday’s ad is another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, again from 1944. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, but after World War II began. This one is part of an award-winning series of ads they did during the war to help boost morale on the home...

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09/15/2014 10:55 PM
Harvest Lager Recipe

What do you do when you have nearly a pound of fresh, homegrown whole hop cones in your possession?  Well, you try to figure out how to brew with them. These photos are of one of the bags at weigh in. I have three more just like it and more on the way:   I […]

Read the original article Harvest Lager Recipe and other Brew Dudes posts.

09/15/2014 09:56 PM
Victory Brewing Co. announces Nevada as its 35th state for distribution
News Wire:  (Downingtown, PA) – Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is rolling the dice and betting big craft beer fans of Nevada will fully embrace Golden Monkey, DirtWolf, Prima Pils and all the delicious whole-flower hopped seasonal and core beer brands […]

09/15/2014 09:34 PM
ElbowSkin Presents From Beer to Eternity
Melbourne musical comedy duo ElbowSkin present a journey through the history of beer with their new show, From Beer to Eternity...

09/15/2014 07:47 PM
Resistance is Futile: AB Inbev Will Assimilate SABMiller

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Saturday, Heineken announced that it rejected an overture from London-based beer giant SABMiller. One of those merger-acquisition things you hear about on TV that seems alien to our world of small, privately owned craft breweries. The overture was intended to help SABMiller fend off a possible...

09/15/2014 07:22 PM
Cider reigns at annual Australian Cider Festival
Cider Australia is busily brewing up the best mix of cider, food and entertainment for its up-coming festival...

09/15/2014 07:11 PM
SURGE is Back!

Before I ever tried my first beer, I was infatuated with another drink, SURGE.  Ron might chalk this one up to my “addictive personality”, but I like to say that I … Continue Reading →

The post SURGE is Back! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

09/15/2014 07:02 PM
Washington Breweries Bring Home Medals from International Beer Cup

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The winners of the 2014 International Beer Cup were announced on Saturday. Two Washington breweries brought home hardware: Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact Brewing. The International Beer Cup, held each year in Yokohama, Japan, attracts more than 600 beers from 25 countries. The beers are judged by...

09/15/2014 06:43 PM
Photo Essay: Raff Distillerie
We spent the day with Carter Raff, of Raff Distillerie, as he prepared a batch of his absinthe. He also hand crafts small batches of ...

09/15/2014 06:40 PM
Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity

The post, Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (Sept. 15, 2014) – Another unique and nearly unpronounceable Stochasticity Project beer will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide beginning this week. Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity is a Belgian-style strong ale infused with hibiscus flowers and orange peel. “On a warm […]

The post, Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

09/15/2014 06:35 PM
Fairly certain that this is the main course in hell. thanks Chad….
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09/15/2014 06:35 PM
Colorado Beer News 091514
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Make a Hat Day. This is a day that celebrates the age old tradition of hat making. These days, most of our hats are manufactured oversees and are mass produced, but some locals still practice the art as crafters - making anything from beanies, cowboy hats or woven hats. Hats can be anything from plain and simple like a baseball hat or stylish and old-fashioned looking like a bowler, fedora or a top hat. Celebrate this day by wearing a hat of your choice. Doesn't matter what kind is it - simply wear what you have. And why not enjoy a craft beer today while wearing your hat. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 15th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Please join in this Saturday, September 20th, 12-8pm to celebrate Wit's End Brewing's 3rd year anniversary! They are featuring over 13 different beers on tap, these include old favorites and some awesome new concoctions. There will be raffles throughout the day for schwag, beer, and a set of the coveted Saturday afternoon GABF tickets! Also, this year they are featuring two food trucks, Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks and Bakin’ Bakery! Details can be found on Facebook. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today another new beer goes on the taps. It's their "Mountain Jim Dark Mild". Stop in and enjoy a dark pour. They are now open with some new opening hours - open now Monday - Friday at 2pm. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Today is Anarchy Monday at 4 Noses. Get $2 off anarchy mugs, and $1 off pints. Burgersmith will also be on site today. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Brewery (Boulder) - This Wednesday 9/17, each of thei four locations will release two very special beers upon opening. They are both products of their barrel-aging/blending cellar at their Vine St. Brewery in Denver. Use Your Illusion #1, a blended sour ale, medium in body, garnet in color and with aromas of bourbon from the barrel and funky & tart flavors. This weighs in at 9.4% ABV. And also - Use Your Illusion #2, a blended sour with a light body, effervescent fruity aromas from raspberry and funkiness from the secondary fermentation. This one is 11.3% ABV! Also on Saturday 9/20, in honor of the start of Oktoberfest, each of their four locations will release their annual batch of Oktoberfest which has been fully lagered for several months - Headybrah Oktoberfest (6.3% ABV)

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Whether you were one of the lucky few to grab tickets to this year’s GABF or are just looking to imbibe in special craft beer events during the festivities BRU handbuilt ales & eats will be bustling with mouthwatering beer and food events from September 29th to October 5th. It all kicks off on September 29th with The Art of Pairing Beer and Food where Beer Chef / Owner Ian Clark will share his extensive beer and food knowledge for a beginner lesson of beer and food tips and tricks. Then on September 30th they will tap the limited LOCH Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (pouring at the GABF). October 1st brings back the 2nd Annual Steins and Staches event as facial hair enthusiasts go head to head for the “best stache” while those competing and the more inclined-to-shave onlookers sip on $8 stein fills. Then on October 2nd they share a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary Ale (pouring at the GABF) and a complimentary handbuilt ale for GABF ticket holders. Looking to take a breather from the festivities in Denver? Join them on October 3rd for an intimate Beer Dinner in the brewery with 3 delicious courses paired with their hand built ales all served family-style. Then on October 4th they tap their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale made from Ian's backyard hops. And to finish it all off they’ll be having a special Hangover Brunch on October 5th with an entree and two handbuilt ales or beer cocktails for $22. Don’t forget – Wear your BRU gear to the Great American Beer Festival for a complimentary pint at BRU. Just post a pic in your BRU gear roaming the halls of GABF with the hashtag #BRUatGABF. Stop by booth k4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Just a reminder that Sanitas Brewing is now open on Monday's with Happy Hour all day long. As a double bonus, they also have a special event going on tonight with their friends from Zeal Optics in the taproom tonight at 6pm. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Loveland Oktoberfest (Loveland) - Less than 5 more days til the big 2014 Loveland Oktoberfest celebration on September 20th from 11am to 5pm at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater complex next to Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson. This is a family friendly event with music, fun and plenty of craft beer from nearly every Loveland brewery and a few more craft brewers. There will be pretzel necklace making, a stein hosting competition, an Oktoberfest Best Dressed Contest, live music, a kid's coloring contest, and plenty of food available. The event is FREE to attend. Then, after the Oktoberfest is over, make plans and get tickets now for the big after-concert at the amphitheater area. Three bands will perform including: The Epilogues, Proverbial and The Flobots. Gates for the paid concert open at 4pm and the show lasts til 10pm. For more info on this event and concert tickets, visit: lovelandoktoberfest.org. [Thunder Mt. Amphitheater: 4250 Byrd Dr, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Earlier this year, a film crew from The Travel Channel showed up and did a piece on this small Loveland-based nanobrewery. Starting today, The Travel Channel's web site will begin debuting their web-based series entitled "Microbrew Madness". If you'd like to get a preview of the segment on Verboten Brewing, check out this link: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/in-loveland-with-nano-brewing - This segment plus dozens of others are available online at the Microbrew Madness page: http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/microbrew-madness. Microbrew Madness is a spirited journey across America to discover some of the nation’s best craft breweries. Each of the 16 six-minute webisodes on tap features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (TravelChannel.com’s "Girls Gone Bayou"), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (TravelChannel.com’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (TravelChannel.com’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”). The Travel Channel also featured Avery Brewing Company of Boulder, CO and 14 other craft breweries. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Fortoberfest (Ft. Collins) - This Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, the 2nd annual Fortoberfest celebration hits downtown Fort Collins. Since the city’s cultural gifts include more than beer, Fortoberfest is a unique fall celebration. Fortoberfest beer lovers will be able to visit the Fort Collins Brewery District tent (named for the city’s recently created beer-making district) and purchase “build your own” sampler flights of seasonal beers. The samplers are $6 and hold four 4-oz servings of beers from the Fortoberfest beer lineup. Fortoberfest beers will be from a dozen of the sixteen breweries now in Fort Collins, including New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Coopersmith’s Brewery & Pub, Black Bottle and others. Two Fort Collins breweries that opened this summer - Zwei Bruder Brewing and Snowbank Brewing Company - will make their Fortoberfest debut at the event. The 2nd annual Fortoberfest celebration takes place Friday, September 19th (5 -10:30 PM) and Saturday, September 20th (11 AM -10:30 PM) at the Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Colorado-based Tour de Fat stops in Ft. Collins and Denver raised a combined total of more than $200,000 for local non-profits. Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised more than $113,000 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, August 30 – up 25 percent from last year – and raised more than $100,000 in Denver on Saturday, September 6 – up 30 from last year. About 25,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Civic Center Park for the Fort Collins stop and 18,000 showed up in City Park in Denver. Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - This week at City Star: Today is FREE Beer Monday. Get a free 12-16oz beer with every 64oz growler fill. Tuesday - stop in for the FLood Hound Ale taproom release at 2pm. It's their Red Necktar aged 6 months in Spirit Hound Distillers rum barrel. Wednesday night is Trivia Night at 7:30pm to 9pm. And Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) [PRESS RELEASE] This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week. 180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops, and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. Odell Brewing got its start in 1989, just after Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle. Doug had been an active homebrewer, strongly influenced by the northwest brewing pioneers, so the two decided to take his passion commercial. Doug’s sister, Corkie, was living in Fort Collins and scoped out a location to start the brewery. Shortly after their move, Corkie joined Doug and Wynne in opening the brewery in an old converted grain elevator. It was just the second packaging craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins. During the first five years, the popularity of Odell’s hand-crafted draft only ales caught on. In fact, they became so popular that a larger facility was needed to handle the increasing demand. Thus a whole new brewery was built in 1994 at the current location. In 1996, a packaging line was installed, and the brewery introduced bottles for the first time. After many years, several brewery expansions, and a packaging re-brand, Odell Brewing expects to produce around 100,000 barrels of beer this year. It currently employs just over 100 people, and sells a diverse portfolio of delicious and innovative beers across eleven states. Odell Brewing will also commemorate its 25th year with a special collaboration beer brewed with Boulevard Brewing later this fall. Boulevard also got its start 25 years ago (and just one day before Odell Brewing). The Boulevard/Odell collaboration will be released in mid-November with a series of events and celebrations across the breweries’ collective distribution areas. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - While Black Bottle Brewery is known for tapping their own awesome beers, they also put up some of the best guest beers in town. Coming up tomorrow, September 16th, Black Bottle will play host to two of Stone Brewing Company's most tasty rare beer offerings. Stop in BBB starting at 5:30pm for a glass of these beers: Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels, and Stone Reason Be Damned Abbey Style Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels. Hard to get brews will be on tap for just a very short time (one night). Hurry in! [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at BBC: Wednesday is Wings on Wednesday from 2-9pm featuring Origins Catering dry-rub wings with different sauces. Happy Hour that day 3-6pm. Thursday is "Bring Your Own Vinyl" from 2-9pm. They'll play an album side from your disk and take $1 off your drinks. Friday 9/19 they'll be tapping a firkin of Harvest Pumpkin Wheat at 5pm. Open Saturday 2-10pm. And of course, Sunday is Broncos Sunday - wear your Broncos gear. They'll have great food on site for the game as well. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The new FCB Happy Hour and Tapas Bar is now open at the brewery featuring 15 different hand crafted tapas as well as full flights of FCB brews. Open Mondays - Saturdays 4-8pm. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pike's Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - This year's version of Pikes Peak Brewing's Local 5 Pale Ale is being tapped today in the taproom and at Jack Quinn's downtown Colorado Springs. This beer will help commemorate this year's Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. Look for this beer to be on tap around town and in 4-packs at various stores. The beer was brewed along with the help of members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 5. Proceeds from the sale of this beer will help assist the families of Local 5 members attend funerals of fallen heros. Also - don't forget that this week is Monument Beer Week thru September 20th. Something special going on daily. Today there's some special chocolates available in the taproom that was made from their Gold Rush Belgian Strong. And tomorrow, September 16th PPBC is hosting a tap takeover featuring the local CO breweries who also opened in 2011. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Last Friday, Trinity released their Farmhouse Blue Saison featuring huckleberries. And - this Saturday, Trinity is going to release Farmhouse Red Saison, this one made with Colorado chokecherries. It's a lightly fruity and unique brew and weighs in at 7.2% ABV. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - There are now 67 Colorado breweries signed up to pour at the annual All Colorado Beer Festival set for Saturday November 1st. Check out ticket info and all the pertinents at: www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come to their Oktoberfest event this Saturday. Among other beers, they'll be tapping their Mint Chocolate Chip Stout. A high gravity and sweet stout, brewed with Colorado Springs grown spearmint leaves and fair trade cocoa nibs. Chocolaty, slightly minty, smooth and creamy. 9% ABV. That and several other releases too. [204 Mount View Ln, Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Hitting store shelves this week is their annual wet hop IPA - Hoperation Ivy #24. It's a hop bombshell made with fresh hops from High Hop Farms in Paonia, CO and malt from Colorado Maling Co in Alamosa. It's for distribution ONLY in Colorado. Stop by the tapping party at Ska HQ tomorrow, September 16th from 5-8pm. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

National News

2014 Great American Beer Bars - Now more than ever, bars across the U.S. showcase the wide array of offerings from the more than 3,000 breweries in operation throughout the country today. To help navigate the nation for some of the best places to imbibe, CraftBeer.com — the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—surveyed its audience for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition. More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized. Colorado regional winners include: Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver), Falling Rock Tap House (Denver), Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont), and The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins). Grats to our local Colorado businesses! Falling Rock Tap House was also one of 5 beer bars voted as best overall.

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09/15/2014 06:30 PM
Oh, what the hell, here’s some news of my own.
From today’s Craft Business Daily: Pennsylvania-based, top 30 craft brewer Victory Brewing Co. has just announced it will hit its 35th state of distribution this month: Nevada. Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada will take it there. “Nevada has a … Continue reading

09/15/2014 06:30 PM
Opportunities to volunteer at the Craft Beer Awards
The Craft Beer Industry Association is holding the inaugural Craft Beer Awards and need some help from passionate beer lovers...

09/15/2014 06:24 PM
And then the flood gates opened….
I suppose that the last post, my supposed “Facebook friendly” character flaw aside, mostly proves that both Richard Ruch and I are old farts who are out of the loop. Or maybe not, who cares? In any case, that post … Continue reading

09/15/2014 06:09 PM
Mother’s Old School Oktoberfest returns
NewsWire:  (Springfield, MO) – Mother’s Brewing Company has released Old School, a seasonal Oktoberfest beer. The amber lager is produced in anticipation of the fall season and to celebrate the fall harvest. Old School is characterized by a smooth malty […]

09/15/2014 05:58 PM
Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse Opens
The Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse is a newly opened, creative space where the brewers develop, make and share small, fresh batches of Napoleone cider and beer...

09/15/2014 05:48 PM
Beer Birthday: Larry Horwitz
Today is also the birthday of Larry Horwitz, who is an award-winning regional brewer with Iron Hill Brewery, headquartered at their West Chester location. Larry was at Manayunk Brewery before joining the Iron Hill team ten years ago, in 2004, having gotten in his professional brewing start while in...

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09/15/2014 05:40 PM
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales special offer just announced by The Rare Beer Club
Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club has announced a brand-new special offer featuring the phenomenal beers of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Note that this offer is only for Rare Beer Club members so you would need to obtain a membership ASAP […]

09/15/2014 05:34 PM
Italian police foil attempt at ‘world’s greatest wine fraud’
Officers seize over 165,000 litres alleged scammers planned to sell as renowned Brunello. Italian police foiled an attempted scam aimed at passing off over 165,000 litres of cheap red wine as one of the country’s most famous, which usually sells for between €35 and €500 a bottle. Finance police recently blocked the intended “sting” and […]

09/15/2014 04:45 PM
The Craft Beer Boom Discussion at The Green Dragon
Over the coarse of the past 30 years the state of Oregon has been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution that is taking place across the globe. As of today there are 188 breweries that call Oregon home and this number seems to be growing every month. With all of this growth there […]

09/15/2014 04:39 PM
Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War
A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and […]

09/15/2014 03:56 PM
Princess Cruises Partners with Strike Brewing to Create New “Seawitch” Craft Beer Line
SANTA CLARITA, CA – Princess Cruises is pouring a new craft beer to toast its upcoming 50th anniversary. The “Seawitch” West Coast IPA beer – playfully named for the company’s iconic logo – was developed exclusively for Princess Cruises, in partnership with award-winning Strike Brewing Company, and is the first in the line’s new series of craft beers. The brew will be introduced aboard Regal Princess when the cruise ship debuts in Florida for a season of Caribbean cruises this November. “We know our guests love distinct experiences and authentic flavors so we’re excited to [...]

09/15/2014 03:43 PM
Portland Brewing Donates to Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Brewing has announced a donation to the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council for the sum of $3,000. The donation was a result from a portion of sales of ZigZag River Lager sold this year in July — also known as Oregon Craft Beer Month — one of the highest months for beer sales in Oregon. The partnership began earlier this year when Portland Brewing announced that its ZigZag River Lager would be available year-round. “We thought that the Sandy River Basin Watershed council would be a fantastic partner, because they specifically take [...]

09/15/2014 03:39 PM
Fullsteam Tree to Sea Gose, Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze now featured in The Rare Beer Club
Sponsored Post: Monday is the LAST day to order this month’s featured beers from The Rare Beer Club and have them delivered for October. This month’s featured beers include the Pints for Prostates Benefit Brew, Fullsteam Tree to Sea Southern […]

09/15/2014 03:26 PM
Boulevard and Brewery Ommegang Collaborate on Spiced Saison
Kansas City – There is no sibling rivalry between Duvel Moortgat’s US-based Boulevard Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang. The sister craft breweries recently partnered on Boulevard’s newest edition of its Collaboration series. Collaboration No. 4 is a Spiced Saison, which will be distributed in 750mL bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs throughout Boulevard’s distribution network later this month (Kansas City distribution begins on September 22nd for draught and September 23rd for bottles; other markets to follow soon after) . Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart traveled to Kansas City in July to make the beer alongside Steven Pauwels, brewmaster at Boulevard [...]

09/15/2014 03:08 PM
25 Years of Odell Brewing
From our friends at Odell: Brewery celebrates anniversary with week of tap room events!  Fort Collins, CO – This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver […]

09/15/2014 03:06 PM
Brewbot allows you to download, brew & drink beer right in your own home
It’s not easy getting that same craft beer experience at home as it is from a bar or a brewery. Your choices are pretty much buying some craft beer in a six-pack or installing a fancy schmancy set of taps in your house, which isn’t cheap. Neither of these options really capture the flavor and […]

09/15/2014 03:02 PM
News, the old-fashioned way: Iron Hill shifts LaPierre to Chestnut Hill, Walter to Maple Shade
From Richard the Ruch, received just now: Jack, since I am not Facebook friendly and I know you are, you’re probably are aware of the brewing change at Iron Hill’s Chestnut Hill brewpub. But if you’re not, apparently Chris LaPierre … Continue reading

09/15/2014 02:56 PM
Anheuser-Busch InBev seeking finance for SABMiller acquisition, per WSJ
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is talking to banks about financing what could be a roughly £75 billion ($122 billion) deal to buy global beer rival SABMiller PLC, according to a person familiar with the matter. More >> WSJ.

09/15/2014 02:55 PM
Berkeley Bar Proposes Not Serving Alcohol
Talk about your non-story. A new Kava bar set to open in Berkeley is planning on not serving alcohol and you’d think they had re-invented the light bulb. Between the bar’s own application claiming it “aims to be Berkeley’s first and only alcohol-alternative bar” and Alcohol...

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09/15/2014 02:46 PM
CraftBeer.com’s 2014 Great American Beer Bars
This past month CraftBeer.com asked its readers to vote for their favorite craft beer bars in their annual Great American Beer Bars competition. Eugene, Oregon’s The Bier Stein won top honors in the Pacific region and Portland’s APEX Bar and Seattle’s The Pine Box also finished in the region’s top 5 finalists. CraftBeer.com, the Brewers […]

09/15/2014 02:40 PM
Beachwood Brewing Releases Sadie
Long Beach, California – Carefully aged in bourbon barrels for one year, Beachwood Brewing announces the release of SADIE. SADIE marks the third beer in Beachwood Brewing’s 2014 series of barrel-aged beers. Rich accents of caramel and vanilla are carefully intertwined with delicate notes of oak and toasted oats. This inspired beer is remarkably adventurous and delightfully spirited—just like its namesake. “People are really excited about Beachwood’s barrel-aged program,” says co-owner Gabriel Gordon. “It’s been so rewarding to see SADIE develop over the last year.” As Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago explains, “We’re thrilled to [...]

09/15/2014 02:07 PM
A-B Reportedly Trying to Finance SABMiller Deal
The rumor mill knows little downtime. After a few short months of relative inactivity, the mill’s blades are spinning again with the Wall Street Journal reporting that global beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev is actively seeking financing for a possible takeover of SABMiller Plc. A source close to the matter told the website that A-B is waiting to secure financing for the deal, valued at roughly $122 billion, before it starts any formal discussions with SABMiller.

09/15/2014 01:37 PM
Here they are -- the 'Best' Beer Bars in America for 2014 -- as you voted for them.
"I don't mean to interrupt," one says, just before one does just that. I don't really go for these popularity-contest shenanigans, but, today, I will.

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. For the past few years, the BA has organized a nation-wide vote for the 'best' beer bars, by region, and overall. and the results for 2014 are in.

Congratulations to all, but in particular to those in the home territory of this blog: Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The first two of those jurisdictions didn't place, but the last one certainly did! Blue 5 Restaurant, in Roanoke, The Birch Bar, in Norfolk, and Mekong, in Richmond. In fact, Mekong, now a three-time winner, by the number of votes for it, could be considered one of the five best beer bars ... in the nation. It's a question of organizing your base, like politics, getting out the vote. And these folk did.

And, of the three Virginia bars, I've been to Mekong, located just outside the city limits of Richmond. So, I'll concur with the vote. An Bui, a Vietnamese restaurateur, years ago, recognized the value of good beer with his native food, and for his bottom line. He tells visitors to his establishment that "beer is the answer." And apparently, it has been. He has just opened a brewpub, called The Answer, next door to Mekong. Open, but not yet brewing.
The Battle of the Bars

CraftBeer.com’s 2014 Great American Beer Bars 

Boulder, CO • September 15, 2014—Now more than ever, bars across the U.S. showcase the wide array of offerings from the more than 3,000 breweries in operation throughout the country today. To help navigate the nation for some of the best places to imbibe, CraftBeer.com —the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers— surveyed its audience for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition.

More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized.


CraftBeer.com asked readers to help choose the winners for the annual Great American Beer Bars competition. Readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bars in the country; one bar from each of the five designated regions. Craft beer fans cast more than 3,400 nominations, which were narrowed down to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of these five regions. Over 19,000 votes were cast in total. Voting was conducted from August 15 to September 5.

Regional Winners (listed in alphabetical order)

Mountain West

·         Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe*, Denver, CO
·         Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO
·         Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO
·         The Attic*, Phoenix, AZ
·         The Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins, CO

·         Bulls Head Public House*, Lititz, PA
·         Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ
·         Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe*,  Nanuet, NY
·         The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, VT
·         The Ruck, Troy, NY

North Central
·         Ashley's, Ann Arbor, MI
·         HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI
·         Lizardville Beer Store & Whiskey Bar*, Bedford Heights, OH
·         The Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL
·         The Cellar Peanut Pub*, Oskaloosa, IA

·         38 Degrees Ale House & Bar*, Alhambra, CA
·         APEX Bar, Portland, OR
·         Beer Stein Bottle Shop & Pub, Eugene, OR
·         Prospectors Pizzeria & Alehouse, Denali National Park, AK
·         The Pine Box, Seattle, WA

·         Blue 5 Restaurant*, Roanoke, VA
·         Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA
·         The Birch Bar, Norfolk, VA
·         The Porter Beer Bar*, Atlanta, GA
·         The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

*Represents newcomer to Great American Beer Bars competition finals

2014 Great American Beer Bars (Overall)
(receiving the most votes out of each respective region and listed in alphabetical order)

·         Beer Stein Bottle Shop & Pub, Eugene, OR
·         Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ
·         Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO
·         HopCat, Grand Rapids, MI
·         Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA

  • Read the full press release from the BA: here.
  • I'd also like to mention The Bulls Head Public House, in Lititz, Pennsylvania. A first-time winner, it's owned and operated by Paul Pendyck, who, as the long-time owner of UK Brewing Supplies, has been, and continues to be, a tireless promoter of good and proper cask-conditioned ale in the United States. A visit to his Bulls Head Public House would be a delicious demonstration of that.

09/15/2014 01:14 PM
Mead Making with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #88
PodNew200Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me to discuss how you can make mead with the same equipment you are using now to brew beer. Michael walks us through the entire mead making process and provides some great tips along the way! Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File […]

09/15/2014 01:12 PM
New craft beer web series launched by Travel Channel
If you like learning about microbreweries around the country, but do not want to invest a lot of time, the Travel Channel has a new web series you should check out. “Microbrew Madness” episodes are only six minutes long each, but the producers pack a plethora of information in each. There are 16 episodes currently […]

09/15/2014 11:48 AM
Beer Birthday: Lars Larson
Today is the 48th birthday of Lars Larson, brewmaster of Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California. Larsen studied brewing in Germany and was the prefect person to recreate Trumer Pils in the United States, one of the best pilsners made in California, or indeed anywhere, foreign or domestic. I got to...

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09/15/2014 11:21 AM
Bellingham Beer Week: Beer Dinner at The Local

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Bellingham Beer Week officially kicked off last Friday and runs through Sunday, September 21st. All five of Bellingham’s breweries, along with regional breweries, beer bars, restaurants, and retailers, are hosting events. Now in its third year, the object of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate the city’s...

09/15/2014 10:53 AM
New Belgium Brewing Announces New President
  Ft. Collins, Colo. –  New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Christine Perich, to the position of President. Perich, who started as CFO with New Belgium in 2004, has overseen all aspects of operations since 2009. At the end of 2012 she guided […]

09/15/2014 10:29 AM
Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel

The post, Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Unlike their standard Three Chopt Tripel, Lickinghole Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel is an ugly beer. It pours a murky, muted light brown in color. The head is rocky and full, but that liquid looks like could have been pulled right from the muddy creek that gives the company its name. Beyond that, this […]

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09/15/2014 10:04 AM
Odell Brewing Turns 25 This Month

Fort Collins, CO – This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of even…

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09/15/2014 08:35 AM
Boulevard Double-Wide Double IPA Review
Until something new hits the shelves, this will be the last of the Boulevard reviews. Double-Wide is what I would call a classic styled Double IPA. I found it to be close in taste to Dogfish Heads 90min IPA. For me the big difference is that Double Wide is sweeter by a fair bit, which […]

09/15/2014 08:12 AM
Thirty Years!
September 15, 1984. That's the day, thirty short years ago, that Colleen and I made our promise before God that we would spend the rest of our lives together. And it's been a wonderful and amazing thirty years. We've had our share of both joy and sadness. We've gone through times of plenty, as well as the inevitable lean periods. But whether we are experiencing immense happiness, or unimaginable sorrow, we have had each other to lean on.

I cannot imagine my life without this beautiful lady. No matter what trials life may bring, I am thankful she is by my side. When life brings joy, I am thankful that she is there to share it. I thank God every night for her presence in my life. I give thanks again every morning that He put us together, and gave us the son we have raised.

In trying to write this post, through multiple drafts, I came to realize that there is little I can say that doesn't sound cliché. It also made me think about how true and lasting love, and (real) marriage itself, has become cliché and even passé in our culture. Thats too bad. To my shame I am often better at describing a beer than expressing my undying love for my wife. I am, nonetheless, forever blessed by the commitment we began those thirty years ago.

The photos may fade, but love grows stronger with time. Happy Anniversary Colleen. I love you and look forward to the next thirty years.

 But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. --Mark 10:6-9

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/15/2014 08:02 AM
Two casks in August

Bad pull.

"What's this," I asked the bartender, looking at a murky glass of sour beer dregs he had set in front of me. "Why, that's the best part of the cask," replied the bartender. "I tilted it so I could pour the beer for you." "I thought you said this was a cask-conditioned pale ale," I said, accenting the word "pale.' "It is," he replied, missing any irony. I asked for something else. He continued to pour the cask for others.

Good call.

"What's that?" asked the brewer, as he walked past me, seeing a murky pint in front of me. "That's your cask-conditioned pale ale," I replied. "No," replied the brewer, "I apologize. You should never be served a pint that looks like that." After turning to talk (quietly) to the bartender, he removed the nearly empty cask from service. The bartender returned to offer me a different (bright) pint, on the house. He did the same for several other customers.

Cask ale is not to be cloudy, flat, sour, or warm. If yours is, send it back. Tell them I, and many others, say so.

Between those two, I did not travel far in the DMV. And, even though brewer #2 acquitted himself well, both names have been redacted to protect the culpable. I think it better to assist than shame.

09/15/2014 08:00 AM
Before CANvitational, get to know Sierra Nevada!

Sierra Nevada is joining us for CANvitational once again. We're sure there is no need for an introduction. We've been enjoying their beers for quite some time, and they have a passion for beer that keeps us coming back for more! They'll feature their Pale Ale and Torpedo Extra IPA at CANvitational.

Head brewer, Terence Sullivan, answered a few questions for us so you could get to know them a little better.

1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? 
Hippie Music. 
2. What's your brewing mission...what are you trying to accomplish with your beer? 
 Quality, Quality, Quality… And throw in some consistency.
3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day? 

Brewers Dozen (13)
4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? 

Fresh Local Beer, Sours… Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, then I would be telling Ken Grossman what to do.
5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day at the brewery? 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
6. Anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your company? 

We produce/harvest ~70% of all our energy needs from the Sun.

What is Canvitational? The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.

09/15/2014 07:00 AM
Four Brewers | None More Black

Season 1, Episode 16 - This week, we go to the dark side and are baptized in the blackest of beers. [Player above not working? Downlo…

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09/15/2014 06:29 AM
Heineken rejects SABMiller takeover offer
Heineken has turned down SABMiller’s offer to acquire the its company and said it intends to remain independent. SABMiller’s bid was rejected by the family that controls Heineken, Bloomberg News reported. The offer, made in the last two weeks, would have made the family one of the combined company’s largest holders, one source said. “For […]

09/15/2014 05:47 AM
What if New Belgium had beat Bud Light to Crested Butte?
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.05.14 What Happens When Bud Light Takes Over Your Town for a Weekend. After all the hoopla before Bud Light’s “Whatever, U.S.A.” takeover of Crested Butte, Colorado, I was disappointed in the days after the event by the lack of stories about how it went (other than the one, repeated over […]

09/15/2014 03:34 AM
El ratolí que va rugir
#dammisdead squeals the label on the back of my dinky bottle of Revolution IPA, a product of Molta Birra in Girona, on the doorstep of the Catalan brewing giant. It's a 6.5% ABV pale amber beer, one I poured very carefully having noticed the thick gobs of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, all the while worrying about the slightly sour aroma it was giving off. Nothing severe, just... worrying. The yeast hasn't been too busy as it's rather flat. 70 IBUs are claimed, but they must be theoretical, to the point of aspirational. It's quite watery and there's very little sign of the Apollo and Simcoe hops billed on the label. Mildly spicy resins and a light acidic bitterness are your lot, hopwise. Not that it's a sticky malt bomb either, with just a minimal amount of caramel. The wateriness means the finish is quick, and the 200ml serving means I didn't spent much time contemplating its faults. On to the next.

MoltaBirrAS black IPA slips the ABV up a notch to 7.5% and the IBUs to 80. It's also in a more orthodox 330ml bottle, with more enthusiastic carbonation, fizzing up with ivory foam before falling back to a thin blanket of retained head. The aroma is all about the dark grain: burnt toast and coffee with maybe a suggestion of vegetal greenness behind it. The hop combination is a strange one: Vanguard, Amarillo, Citra and Fuggles, and it's the middle two I'd be looking for the action from, but I think the lower alpha varieties are doing the heavy lifting. Tangy rather than bitter, with some cheery soft peach flavours, but none of the big citrus one might expect from the specs. And those hops are very much masked by the malt again: the first sip reveals this to be a smooth and creamy stout, a milky coffee smoothness being its most prominent feature. It's a perfectly decent beer though I wonder if it's what the brewer intended. I imagine it has disappointed a hophead or two in its time.

Both of these bottles were relatively fresh, I should add, consumed less than two months after I bought them at the Alltech festival in February. While I was at the stand I tried Molta Birra's other exhibit L'Arrosa, another beer that promises big (Ahtanum, Simcoe, Citra) and there's also rice, discernible from the turbid milky appearance. I don't know what the rice contributes other than opacity, but the hops are present, giving it a nice light zesty quality. It's an unfussy, fun beer but, like the others, not one to keep the Damm execs from sleeping soundly under their FC Barca duvets.

09/15/2014 03:05 AM
Wenlock Stout quality 1922 - 1925
I have to admit that this marathon swim through the Whitbread Gravity Book has been very instructive. Particularly with regard to the finances of brewing companies.

The Wenlock Brewery emerged from the difficult decade leading up to WW I in pretty good shape. Many breweries had to revalue their shares after 1910 when the value of their assets, principally pubs, fell after extra burdens were put on the trade in the 1909/1910 budget. They found themselves in the unenviable position of not having enough assets to cover their capital. A decline in pub values was kicked off by an earlier Licensing Act which made it easier for magistrates to refuse licence renewals.

That didn't stop the brewery chairman having a good moan. It's a common feature of Edwardian annual brewery meetings, the chairman complaining about government policy driving them towards ruin.

Sir John Bell, presiding at meeting in London of the Wenlock Brewery, spoke of the great difficulties the trade laboured under owing the very heavy rates, and he hoped this would be borne in mind when the new London County Council came to be elected next year. He also complained of the war tax being still kept on. The effect of the war tax, the tax on sugar, and the compensation claims was to take an account which would be sufficient to pay 4 per cent on the capital of the company. Referring to the deputation of the trade which waited upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chairman stated that the Prime Minister, who was present, said he would not lift his hand against clubs. He also said he would not interfere with teetotalers sitting on the Licensing Committees, but he would not allow the brewing interest to be represented. This he (the Chairman) considered most unjust. He did not think that Government would dare confiscate their property as had been threatened."
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 07 December 1906, page 9.

If you're wondering why the hostility to clubs, brewers saw them as unfair competition for their own tied houses. He does have a point about temperance campaigners being allowed to be part of Licensing Committees but no-one connected with the brewing trade.

He was still moaning two years later. Though he did let slip one really handy piece of information:

Presiding at the annual meeting the Wenlock Brewery Company in London yesterday. Sir John Bell complained of the 1s. a barrel war tax, which made a difference them during the past year of £4,337. Malt had been exceedingly high in price, while rates and taxes were a very heavy item.  The brewers, he said, would always lend their support furthering real temperance, but the Licensing Bill was mere confiscation. He advocated dealing drastically with grooers and clubs. The most gratifying feature of the year was the increase in the barrelage, and the improvement had continued since the end of October. Malt was not likely to fall in price, but their hop position was favourable. The report was adopted."
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 16 December 1908, page 12.

Did you spot it? He let slip the barrelage of the brewery. An extra shilling a barrel tax had cost them £4,337. Just multiply that by 20 and you have how many barrels they brewed in 1908: 86,740. Which puts Wenlock somewhere in the Second Division of London brewers, quite a way behind First Division outfits like Barclay Perkins, Whitbread, Truman and Watney. This is how much they brewed that year:

Largest London breweries in 1908
Brewery barrels
Barclay Perkins 527,716
Whitbread 808,237
Truman 355,110
Mann 625,130
Watney 906,026
The British Brewing Industry, 1830-1980 T. R. Gourvish & R.G. Wilson, pages 610-611
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Let's take a look at Wenlock Brewery's financial results from 1899 to 1939:

Wenlock Brewery profits and dividends 1899 - 1939
Year net profit brought in carried forward dividend Ordinary shares to reserve reserve fund write down properties and loan account
1899 £6,089 10% 15,000
1900 £51,857 £6,089 £4,357 10% £20,000 £110,000
1901 £50,055 £4,356 £2,555 10% £20,000 £130,000
1902 £46,851 10% £15,000
1903 £4,416 10%
1904 £36,673 £4,416 £4,173 10% £130,000
1905 £2,101
1906 £32,515 £2,101 £2,015 10% £3,000
1908 £970
1909 £23,993 £970 £2,494 5% £4,000
1913 £22,726 £2,696 £2,922 5% £5,000
1914 £30,100 £2,921 £10,521 5% £5,000
1915 £29,650 £10,521 £15,671 6%
1916 £29,489 £15,671 £11,660 8%
1918 £45,358 £17,858 10%
1920 £46,882 £16,569 £14,382 10%
1921 10%
1922 10%
1923 £62,365 £36,478 10% £15,000
1924 £72,105 £36,478 £51,083 10% £25,000
1925 £84,198 £51,083 £52,731 10% £50,000
1926 £112,986 £52,731 £83,267 10% £50,000
1927 £119,201 £73,267 £97,469 15% £50,000
1928 £122,047 £97,469 £118,266 17.5% £50,000
1929 £109,343 £118,266 £126,359 17.5% £50,000 £475,000
1930 £109,649 £126,359 £134,758 17.5% -£50,000
1931 £90,527 £134,758 £127,388 15% £45,397
1932 12.5%
1933 £58,108 £118,649 £112,842 14% £13,166
1934 £75,179 £122,841 £110,120 15% £25,401
1935 £88,437 £110,120 £113,321 17.5% £25,236
1936 £87,049 17.5%
1937 17.5%
1938 £76,105 16.25%
1939 £113,904 15% £22,640
Aberdeen Journal - Tuesday 08 December 1925, page 11.
Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 07 December 1927, page 10.
Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 10 December 1924, page 11.
Birmingham Daily Post - Thursday 07 December 1916, page 7.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 09 December 1929, page 9.
Dundee Courier - Friday 18 July 1930, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Monday 09 December 1935, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Monday 11 December 1939, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Monday 19 November 1900, page 3.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 10 December 1938, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 27 November 1937, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 06 December 1928, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 06 December 1934, page 4.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 08 December 1932, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 23 November 1899, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 08 December 1936, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 19 November 1901, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 10 December 1924, page 2.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 26 November 1902, page 3.
Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 22 December 1920, page 6.
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 10 December 1931, page 8.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 16 December 1915, page 2.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 08 December 1914, page 3.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 09 December 1913, page 4.
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 14 December 1909, page 5.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 26 November 1903, page 11.
Western Daily Press - Thursday 10 December 1931, page 9.
Western Daily Press - Wednesday 08 December 1926, page 10.
Western Morning News - Monday 09 December 1935, page 9.
Western Morning News - Thursday 08 December 1921, page 6.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 25 November 1904, page 10.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 26 November 1906, page 18.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 11 December 1930, page 14.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 12 December 1918, page 9.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 19 November 1901, page 10.

It's a shame that a few years are missing, but you can see the general trends. The profits fell up until 1913, after which they started to pick up. The dividend started to fall sometime after 1906, which is what you'd expect. It only started rising after the outbreak of the war. In 1916 things were going so well that they retrospectively issued a 2.5% dividend for each of the years 1914 and 1915.

After 1901 they weren't able to add to their reserve, instead starting to write down the properties and loans account. This could be the reason they didn't get into real trouble in 1911 - 1913. They'd started early, before the trade really started to be hit by government legislation. Added to this, at £250,000, their capital was relatively modest.

Which has got me thinking. I always saw WW I as being a disaster for the brewing trade. Whereas in reality it was the saviour of many brewers. After a decade or so of falling profits, brewers started to make decent profits again. Without it, many would surely have gone bankrupt.

By 1918, the dividend was back to the 10% level of before 1906. The 1920's, were very good for the Wenlock Brewery with net profit rising to over £100,000 and the dividend hitting 17.5% by the end of the decade. With large surpluses, they were able to stack away a considerable sum in reserve, with it reaching almost half a million by 1929.

Though profits were lower in the 1930's, Wenlock still managed to pay a dividend greater than 10% every year. Even Snowden's disastrous emergency budget of 1931 didn't reduce the dividend by much, 12.5% being the lowest paid. It's clear that while the 1930's were challenging times for brewers, they were nothing like as bad as the period 1904-1914.

Time to look at Wenlock's draught Stout. All but one example is of the weaker 8d (7d after 1923) type of Stout. Which makes it difficult to compare with most of the other breweries examples. It does have one very obvious feature: a low degree of attenuation. Were they leaving the FG deliberately high to give it more body? The low OG and high FG leave it with an average ABV of less than 4%. Not very Stout at all.

Let's see how the scores went:

Wenlock Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Stout 1018.2 1044.2 3.35 58.82% fair 1 9
1922 Stout 1017.9 1044.9 3.48 60.13% good 2 8
1922 Stout 1014.2 1055.2 5.33 74.28% poor -1 8
1922 Stout 1017 1046 3.75 63.04% v good for price 3 8
1923 Stout 1015.6 1045.6 3.88 65.79% compares well with the others at 9d 2 8
1923 Stout 1013.4 1041.4 3.62 67.63% fair 1 8
1923 Stout 1015 1046 4.01 67.39% good 2 7
1923 Stout 1018.2 1045.7 3.55 60.18% good compared with others @ 9d pint 2 8
1923 Stout 1016.1 1043.6 3.55 63.07% v fair 2 7
1923 Stout 1017.6 1045.1 3.55 60.98% v good for the money 3 8
1925 Stout 1014 1045 4.01 68.89% poor & thin -2 7
Average  1016.1 1045.7 3.83 64.56% 1.36
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Nine of the eleven examples get positive scores, which is pretty good. Ironically one of the two bad scores is for the stronger 9d type of Stout. Two 3's and 5 2's leave it with the very respectable average score of 1.36.

Stout-drinking time-travellers should head directly to a Wenlock pub. They just need to remember to order the cheaper Stout.

09/15/2014 01:05 AM
Beer In Ads #1313: Picnics In Birch Grove
Sunday’s ad is another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, also from 1944. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, but after World War II began. This one is part of an award-winning series of ads they did during the war to help boost morale on the home...

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09/15/2014 12:03 AM
Colorado Beer Releases September 8-14, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
September is here and the Fall beers are are making their debuts! Look for Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Fresh Hop beers to be prevalent. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. If you look around, some of the last Summer brews are still around, but won't be for long. Plenty of festivals still around. Look for these beers on tap at a brewery, bar or fest near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - September 8-14, 2014

3 Freaks Brewery - Freaks Amber - September 11th.

Arvada Beer Co - Chipotle Alt - chile beer - September 9th.
Arvada Beer Co - Triple IPA (11.1% ABV) - September 12th.

Asher Brewing - Green Dream Fresh Hop - September 11th.

Avery Brewing - Fall Day IPA - IP w/spruce tips - September 12th 5pm.

Baere Brewing - Ginger Bug Weisse - week of September 8th.
Baere Brewing - Dark Saison - September 11th.

Beer By Design Brewery - Coconut Porter - returns for limited time - September 9th.

Berthoud Brewing - Country Sunrise Peach Agave - firkin - September 12th.

Beryl's Beer Co - Paper Moon Pale Ale - September 12th.

BierWerks Brewery - AltBier - 100th batch - September 12th.

Big Beaver Brewing - Dark Ryeder - Black Rye Saison - September 13th 6:30pm.

Big Choice Brewing - Red on nitro - single keg - September 12th 2pm.

Black Bottle Brewery - Juanita Brown Ale - in memory of their squirrel - September 11th.

Blue Spruce Brewing - Fresh Hopped Red - firkin - September 9th 4pm.

Bonfire Brewing - 2014 Man of the Cliff Wood Splitter Pilsner - bottle release - September 12th.

Boulder Beer - fRYEd Fresh-hopped Rye Pale Ale - September 12th.

Breckenridge Brew Pub - Pineapple Express - Belgium Double IPA - September 13th.

BREW Pub & Kitchen - Ophelia - American IPA w/lemongrass + yarrow - September 12th.
BREW Pub & Kitchen - Jane - Farmhouse Ale - September 13th.

Butcherknife Brewing - Morningside Porter - September 9th 3pm.
Butcherknife Brewing - Morningside Coffee Porter - breakfast porter - September 14th 9am.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Galaxy Single Hop Ale - single hop series - September 9th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Brown IPA - beertender contest winner - September 10th.

Chain Reaction Brewing - Oatmeal Brown Ale - fall seasonal - September 11th.

City Star Brewing - Altoberfest - Oktoberfest Ale - September 8th.
City Star Brewing/Spirit Hound Distillers - Flood Hound Ale - bbl-aged red ale - Sept 13th.

Compass Cider - Wassail - hot mulled hard cider - September 12th.

Comrade Brewing - Coconut Chocolate Porter - firkin - September 11th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Raspberry Rye Saison - cask - September 10th.

Crabtree Brewing - Saison d'etre - firkin - September 12th 6pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Rocky Mountain High Pumpkin Pie Ale - September 11th.

Crooked Stave - Blackberry Dark Origins - dark sour aged in whiskey bbls - Sept. 9th 6pm.

Denver Beer Co - Hey! Pumpkin - can release - September 13th 2pm.

Diebolt Brewing - Wethers Weizenbock (7.4% ABV) - September 12th 4pm.

Dry Dock Brewing - Half Moon Pumpkin Ale - September 9th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Oak Aged Double IPA - firkin - September 12th 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - Cherry Wheat - September 11th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Black IPA - September 12th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Elktoberfest - Oktoberfest - September 13th 12pm.

Epic Brewing - Oak Aged Brainless - Belgian Golden w/cardamom firkin - Sept. 10th.
Epic Brewing - Blackberry Mt Hood Hopped Wit - firkin - September 10th.

Equinox Brewing - Night Ryder Munich Dunkel - w/peppers & peaches - firkin - Sept. 11th 12pm.

Fate Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - fall seasonal - September 10th.
Fate Brewing - Chocolate Raspberry Porter - September 11th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Heather Tips & Rose Hips Dark Saison - test brew - September 10th.

Fort Collins Brewery - Doppel Bock - seasonal - returns September 12th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Autumn Saison - Colorado only only - September 12th.
Fort Collins Brewery - American Pale Ale - Colorado only - September 12th.

Funkwerks - Oud Bruin - BBL-aged Flemish-style ale - draft & bottle - September 13th.

Grimm Brothers - Kiwi Baron - Berliner Weisse w/kiwi - firkin - September 12th.
Grimm Brothers - The Baron - Berliner Weisse - September 13th.

Grist Brewing - Scotch Ale - September 11th 4pm.

High Hops Brewery - Spongebob Saison Pants - pineapple saison - firkin - September 10th 5pm.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Alt-ar of Sacrifice - Dusseldorf Altbier - September 13th.

J Wells Brewery - Farmers Bane - very small batch - September 12th.
J Wells Brewery - Darjeeling Ale - September 12th.
J Wells Brewery - Brett Defiance - September 12th.

Lone Tree Brewing - Vienna Lager - September 10th.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Dirt Bike Dunkleweiss - Oktoaderfest ale - September 11th.

Mu Brewery - Uber Umber Amber Ale - w/spices - September 12th 5pm.

New Belgium - 2014 Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale - Lips of Faith brew - returns September 11th.

Odell Brewing - Gramps - Oatmeal Stout - seasonal in variety packs - September 8th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Palisade Peach Pilsner - Discovery Beer - September 10th 5pm.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Double Coffee Stout - small batch on nitro tap - September 12th.

Oskar Blues - High & Dry IPA - flood anniversary beer - September 13th @ VIVA Lyons event.

Paradox Beer Co - Bretts' Hop Farm - bbl-aged Colorado Farmhouse Ale - September 11th.

Powder Keg Brewing - Haystack Hopback Fresh Hop Pale Ale - September 9th.

Renegade Brewing - Consilium Pale Ale - new can packaging - September 9th.
Renegade Brewing - Hiatus - cold coffee infused oatmeal ale - September 11th.

River North Brewery - Cascade dry-hopped River North White - wayward Wednesday - Sept. 10th 3pm.
River North Brewery - Barrel Blonde - bourbon bbl aged - September 13th 1pm.

Roaring Fork Beer - Fresh Hop IPA - September 12th.

Rockyard Brewing - FNSM - Cognac Aged Alt with Jalapeno - deviation - September 12th 4pm.

Station 26 Brewing - Belgian Blond w/Palisade Peaches - firkin - September 11th 4pm.

Steamworks Brewing - Barley Legal - barleywine - 18th anniv. beer - Sept. 14th.

Strange Craft Beer - Pumpkin Porter - 1 barrel - September 10th 3pm.

Telluride Brewing - Wet Hopped American Summer - annual release - September 9th 4pm.

Trinity Brewing - Farmhouse Blue - w/Brett & huckleberries - September 12th.

Verboten Brewing - Half A Million - wet hopped India Brown Ale - September 11th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Peachy Wheat - small batch - September 11th.

Wiley Roots Brewing - Green Lite IPA - small batch w/green tea - September 11th.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases September 1-7, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases September 1-7, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases August 18-24, 2014.

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09/14/2014 07:36 PM
Here comes fall #pumpkin #fall #jackOlantern
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09/14/2014 07:24 PM
DESTIHL Brewery Is Bringing Many Beers to the Great American Beer Festival

DESTIHL Brewery of Bloomington Illinois has quite the lineup of beers set for this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The…

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09/14/2014 07:00 PM
Fate Brewing Company Shares GABF 2014 Lineup

Fate Brewing Company of Boulder Colorado has shared their Great American Beer Festival 2014 lineup for both the festival floor and …

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09/14/2014 06:29 PM
#pumpkinale sort of :) #carton #o-dub #njcb #drinklocal #craftbeer #beertography #fall #pumpkin #077XX
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09/14/2014 06:10 PM
Add Bohemian Brewery to the List of Breweries Going to GABF 2014

The countdown to GABF 2014 continues  here at The Full Pint. Find out what Bohemian Brewery of Midvale, UT is bringing to arguably …

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09/14/2014 04:06 PM
What I am doing at this very moment, which is drinking beer. Who could have guessed?
(This post is an exact duplication of a Facebook post I did this afternoon except for the part where it isn’t). After finally putting the finishing touches on a story for Ale Street News earlier, I’m watching football games I … Continue reading

09/14/2014 12:20 PM
Season's First Oktoberfest Bier
Even though they've been on the shelves for more than a few weeks, I had not yet opened any of the usual "fall seasonal" beers, the Harvest Ales, the Pumpkin Ales, and the Oktoberfest Bier. Colleen and I headed down to Deutschland Downtown Saturday evening to enjoy dinner in the Biergarten and to start the Oktoberfest tasting season. The restaurant's Facebook page noted they had "a few Oktoberfest biers that just arrived from Germany" and I was looking forward to enjoying a few Märzens with my dinner. Unfortunately, the European kegs need a special adaptor to hook up to the restaurant's tap system. That problem will be fixed soon I'm told. The only Oktoberfest beer on hand was the classic Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen. So that's what we ordered, it's not like that's a bad option anyway.

Yes, we poured them into glasses.

We were told the Biergarten had not yet been dried out from the afternoon's rain so we opted for a table indoors. Colleen ordered her favorite, Schnitzel, with Sauerkraut, substituting a dumpling with gravy for the Spätzle — just to try something different. I opted for Weisswurst with Sauerkraut and German Potato Salad. Both dishes were, as always, very enjoyable. We lingered over another round of Paulaners while we debated our dessert choices.

The dessert selections for the evening included Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake) and Bavarian Chocolate Puffs. We opted to order one of each. The Bavarian Puffs were served with whipped cream on the side and were enjoyable. The Black Forest Cake was a surprisingly delicious treat. I often find this sort of dessert to be a tad too rich for my tastes. However, I was continually reaching across the table to snare another fork full off of Colleen's plate. The moist cake with cherry topping and fresh whipped cream made a fine finish to the meal. Perhaps we'll need to order two next time.

We enjoyed our time dining inside but we both agreed that we prefer the open Biergarten over the small dining room. We're looking forward to getting back soon, and often, before the weather turns for the worse.

I see that the post about our previous visit is listed just a few stories down. I expect the frequent report trend just might continue for a while, as there are wursts and German beers, and desserts, yet to be enjoyed in the Biergarten at Deutschland Downtown. And I'm looking forward to seeing what other German beers will make an appearance!

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/14/2014 10:56 AM
Guide to Austin Area Breweries
Austin Eater Just published a guide to Austin area breweries. It shows the breweries o n a map and also lists their tour and tasting information.

09/14/2014 03:05 AM
Hannover region beers 1878 - 1891
I bet you're starting to wish I'd never come across this book. If you're sick now, just think how you'll be feeling in a few months time when I'm still slowly crawling my way through the coal seam of data.

This time we're looking at beers from the Hannover region. So the north central bit of Germany. Once again, they're divided into Lagerbier and Schenkbier. That's a very rough division. Amongst the Lagerbiers there are Dunkles and Pilseners.

I'll say this straight up: these beers confuse the hell out of me. I can't see any clear division between the Schenkbier and Lagerbier. The average OG of the supposedly weaker Schenkbier is only 0.3 points lower than Lagerbier's average OG. That makes absolutely no sense. In terms of ABV, it's even worse. The average ABV of Schenkbier is a little higher than that of Lagerbier.

The Pilsensers, apart from the Städtisches Brauerei one, look pretty much what you expect: a gravity of 12º Plato and 75% attenuation. At least there's something normal in this set.

Only the first four Schenkbiers actually look like the real thing. Most look like Lagerbier, but some are even too strong for that and are wandering off into Bock country. It looks to me like a lot of beers have been misclassified

Hannover region Schenkbier 1878 - 1879
Year Brewer OG FG OG Plato ABV App atten-uation
1879 Harmuth & Worbs (Celle) 1040.6 1012.8 10.18 3.60 68.47%
1879 Achilles (Celle) 1042 1010.8 10.51 4.05 74.29%
1879 A. Schilling (Celle) 1044.7 1010.1 11.16 4.50 77.40%
1878 Bückeburger 1046.6 1014.9 11.62 4.10 68.03%
1879 Nienburger 1049.6 1015.6 12.33 4.40 68.55%
1879 Hannoverische Actien-Brauerei 1050.2 1017 12.47 4.30 66.14%
1878 Schilling (Celle) 1050.8 1012.9 12.61 4.92 74.61%
1879 Hannoverische Actien-Brauerei 1052.1 1015.1 12.92 4.80 71.02%
1878 Anderten (Schaale) 1052.4 1013.5 12.99 5.05 74.24%
1879 Hannoverische Actien-Brauerei 1052.4 1012 12.99 5.26 77.10%
1878 Vlothoer Brauerei 1052.6 1013.4 13.03 5.09 74.50%
1879 Mindener (Brettholz & Denken) 1053.4 1018.6 13.23 4.50 65.17%
1878 Union (Hannover) 1053.5 1015 13.25 5.00 71.96%
1878 Wülfel (Fontaine) 1053.9 1014 13.35 5.18 74.03%
1878 O. Bornemann 1057.5 1011.5 14.19 6.00 80.00%
1878 Osnabrück. Actien-Brauerei 1057.8 1017 14.26 5.29 70.59%
1878 Hannoverische Actien-Brauerei 1058.1 1015 14.33 5.60 74.18%
1878 Leidenroth 1058.1 1015 14.33 5.60 74.18%
1878 Hannoverische Actien-Brauerei 1058.6 1015.5 14.45 5.60 73.55%
1878 Osnabrück. Actien-Brauerei 1058.9 1014 14.52 5.85 76.23%
1878 Oeynhauser 1060.1 1020.8 14.80 5.09 65.39%
1878 Brande & Mayer 1065.3 1019 16.00 6.02 70.90%
Average 1053.1 1014.7 13.16 4.99 72.30%
Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel by Joseph König, 1903, pages 1102 - 1156

The Lagerbiers at least look to be mostly in the right gravity range. The first two area little light, and a couple at the top end a bit heavy, but they are somewhere in the general neighbourhood of where they should be. Compared to Czech Lagerbiers, the average gravity is about four points higher. While it's generally comparable to the average gravity of Lagerbier from the Dresden area and Lower Austria. The level of acidity is one of the lowest we've seen so far, though still not great by modern standards.

Hannover region Lagerbier 1878 - 1891
Year Brewer Beer Style OG FG OG Plato ABV App atten-uation lactic acid %
1884 Schaumburg Brauerei in Stadthagen Lagerbier Lagerbier 1045.8 1015 11.43 3.99 67.25% 0.127
1879 Schilling (Celle) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1045.9 1015.1 11.45 3.99 67.10%
1878 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1050.5 1015.8 12.54 4.50 68.71%
1884 Union-Brauerei in Hannover nach Pilsener Art Pilsener 1050.7 1013.1 12.59 4.89 74.16% 0.136
1891 National-Aktien-Brauerei Pilsener Pilsener 1050.7 1015.2 12.59 4.60 70.02%
1891 Aktien-Brauerei Streitberg Pilsener Pilsener 1051.3 1009.9 12.73 5.40 80.70%
1884 Vereins Brauerei Herrenhausen bei Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1051.9 1015.8 12.87 4.68 69.56% 0.118
1891 National-Aktien-Brauerei Lagerbier Lagerbier 1051.9 1013.6 12.87 4.98 73.80%
1884 Hannoversche Aktien-Brauerei Lagerbier Lagerbier 1052.3 1014 12.97 4.98 73.23% 0.1711
1878 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1052.4 1016.6 12.99 4.64 68.32%
1884 Schlombs-Brauerei Ahlten bei Lehrte Lagerbier Lagerbier 1052.4 1015 12.99 4.85 71.37% 0.141
1879 Einbecker Lagerbier Lagerbier 1053.1 1014.6 13.16 5.00 72.50%
1878 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1053.2 1014.5 13.18 5.03 72.74%
1878 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1053.6 1018.1 13.27 4.60 66.23%
1884 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1053.7 1015.1 13.30 5.01 71.88% 0.132
1884 Hasenburg bei Lüneberg Lagerbier Lagerbier 1054.4 1017 13.46 4.85 68.75% 0.137
1884 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover nach Pilsener Art Pilsener 1055.2 1014 13.65 5.36 74.64% 0.147
1891 Aktien-Brauerei Streitberg Lagerbier Lagerbier 1055.5 1012.5 13.72 5.60 77.48%
1884 Union-Brauerei in Hannover nach Münchener Art Dunkles 1056.5 1019 13.96 4.85 66.37% 0.147
1884 Lindener Aktien-Brauerei Lagerbier Lagerbier 1057.5 1017.1 14.19 5.24 70.26% 0.132
1879 Herrenhauser Lagerbier Lagerbier 1057.8 1016.2 14.26 5.40 71.97%
1878 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Lagerbier Lagerbier 1058.9 1015.8 14.52 5.60 73.17%
1884 Städtisches Brauerei in Hannover Doppeltlagerbier Lagerbier 1062.9 1026.2 15.45 4.74 58.35% 0.091
Average 1053.4 1015.6 13.22 4.90 70.81% 0.134
Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel by Joseph König, 1903, pages 1102 - 1156

I would do some Schenkbier comparisons, were they to make any sense. But they don't, because this set looks wrong.

Westphalen next time, I think.

09/13/2014 08:38 PM
New phone, new wallpaper
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09/13/2014 03:46 PM
A Few New Chop & Brew
We’ve fallen a bit behind on posting new Chop & Brew episodes — so here’s a quick update for the homebrewers out there! Episode 28 “AHA Wort Rally Beer Tasting Notes” features a taste panel on four very different beers made from the same Double Black IPA wort donated to homebrewers by Lucid Brewing Company ...

09/13/2014 09:55 AM
Oktoberfest infographic tells all
It’s that magical time of the year when men don their lederhosen and women doll up in their dirndls. Yes, Oktoberfest draws near and the folks at Home Brew West in Ireland have put together an infographic that provides you with all you could ever want to know abut the world’s largest festival. Visit Home […]

09/13/2014 09:20 AM
TTB Funding
I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems […]

09/13/2014 09:00 AM
Before CANvitational, get to know WISEACRE Brewing Co.!
WISEACRE Brewing Company is joining us for CANvitational this year! Brothers Davin & Kellan Bartosch have been on an extensive quest procuring top-notch experience from around the globe to deliver the best brewery possible in their groovy hometown of Memphis, TN. The brewery name comes from a term of endearment/scolding their grandmother used on the young troublemakers. So cute.

You can look forward to enjoying the following WISEACRE beers at this year's CANvitational: 
  • Tiny Bomb, American Pilsner
  • Ananda, IPA
  • Tarasque, Saison
We asked the Brewmaster, Davin Bartosch, the following questions so you could get to know them better. 

1. What music is usually playing on the brew deck?  

All kinds of stuff.  60's and 70's country, Metallica, Memphis rap, occasionally Katy Perry.

2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

Our mission is to educate. Helping people understand good beer and understand that there is some beer for everybody.  Also, its vital that people don't get too fussy about beer.  We worry about beer all day long.  But not everyone needs to do that.  Sometimes you just need to poke a hole in that precious IPA and drink it in one gulp. If its that kind of day.  Of course, we will always be willing to wax philosophically about the particular characteristics of hops and yeast strains and do some "beer matching."

3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?  

3 usually.  Sometimes it swells to 4 in the winter.

4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why?

I love Gossamer from Half Acre.  I love Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I am so glad that it is so accessible. Here are some other beers we love.  http://wiseacrebrew.com/culture/meet-the-team/  I don't wish I came up with any beers.  But I am glad that we have such a long history of brewing and so many pioneers (Sierra Nevada) who came before us.

5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing?

Tiny Bomb.  

6.  Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and/or your company?

http://wiseacrebrew.com/culture/our-journey/  I think this map says a lot of what I would like folks to know about us. Mostly that we really took our time doing this and gathered lots of experience all over the place.  Its been an awesome 1st year!

Sun King Brewing's CANvitational is on Saturday, September 20! Purchase your tickets before 9/20 to receive a $10 discount.

09/13/2014 05:54 AM
Pic(k) of the Week. Ducks on a rock.
Two ducks enjoy an end-of-summer afternoon reverie, a few warm weeks before they may decide to fly south for the winter ... or not.

Ducks on a rock

On the banks of the Potomac River, near

Belle Haven Marina
Fairfax, Virginia.
10 September 2014.

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

09/13/2014 03:05 AM
Truman Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Just the three W's to go after today. It's been an endurance test, I know. But finally the shore of the shit stream is in sight.

I try to vary the stuff i put in this preliminary preamble. Sometimes financial results, others random newspaper articles. Occasionally more detail about the beers themselves. This time it's the latter.

Sadly, though there's pretty much a complete set of 19th-century records, there's nothing after 1914 for Brick Lane. Pretty annoying. I wonder where all the brewing books went. Derek Prentice knows someone who has one of the 1920's ones. Presumably any that still exist are in private hands.

But there are various other records from Truman which tell us quite a lot about their beers. Mostly documents to do with costs. Using them I've been able to piece together quite a lot about the recipes. It's yet more information I've not had time to fully extract yet. This seemed like a good excuse to make a start. And to provide you with lots more lovely tables.

As I'm sure you know, Truman had been one of the big Porter brewers back in the 18th century. No surprise then that they not only brewed Stout, but made several of them. It's another indication of how little, despite the assertionsof some, Guinness dominated the British Stout market.

Here's an overview of the different Stouts Truman brewed between 1925 and 1933:

Truman Stouts 1925 - 1933
1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
Stock IDS 1083.7 1083.6 1095.4
BS 1058.4 1058.5 1058.3 1058.4 1058.7 1058.8 1059.0 1053.7 1053.7
St. 1050.1 1050.2 1050.2 1050.2 1050.3 1050.1 1050.5
St. 8d 1047.8 1047.8
St. 7d 1040.9 1040.9
CS Town 1044.8 1047.1 1046.7 1046.3 1048.5 1049.1 1049.0
CS Country 1044.3 1045.4 1045.3 1045.3
CS B 1038.9 1038.9
R 1037.4 1037.5 1037.5 1037.4 1037.2 1037.2 1037.1 1035.3 1035.3
SS 1054.5 1054.7 1054.6 1054.4 1054.5 1054.8 1054.8 1050.3 1050.3
RDS 1044.5
Document B/THB/C/256c held at the London Metropolitan Archives

You can see that the range varied, but they always had at least five, and sometimes as many as seven, Stouts. Counting Porter in amongst the Stouts, because that's what R is: Running Porter. St. 8d and St. 7d are clearly beers introduced after Snowden's 1931 emergency budget, beers with reduced gravities so they could be sold at the same retail price after the tax increase. BS, presumably standing for Brown Stout or Best Stout looks like Truman's standard Stout. IDS must be Imperial Stout. I see that didn't last long after WW I.

Despite brewing several Stouts, the type's importance for Truman was falling during the 1920's and 1930's. Both in real and relative terms, their output of Stout was falling:

Truman Brick Lane Ale and Stout output 1924 - 1940
Ale Stout Total Brick Lane
year barrels % barrels % barrels
1924 188,026 70.91% 77,134.5 29.09% 265,160.5
1925 217,775 71.56% 86,531 28.44% 304,306
1926 224,057 72.39% 85,475 27.61% 309,532
1927 231,040 73.91% 81,574 26.09% 312,613.5
1928 232,685 73.26% 84,910 26.74% 317,595
1929 227,432 74.45% 78,060.5 25.55% 305,492
1930 258,659 77.14% 76,666 22.86% 335,325
1931 256,063.5 79.43% 66,306 20.57% 322,369
1932 274,183 83.11% 55,732.5 16.89% 329,915.5
1933 240,208 84.58% 43,804 15.42% 284,011.5
1934 280,984 85.87% 46,241 14.13% 327,225
1935 300,169 86.77% 45,775 13.23% 345,943.5
1936 319,721.5 88.05% 43,383.5 11.95% 363,105
1937 324,352 88.69% 41,358 11.31% 365,710
1938 342,062 89.80% 38,868 10.20% 380,930
1939 344,291 90.69% 35,342 9.31% 379,633
1940 344,475.5 91.17% 33,373.5 8.83% 377,849
Document B/THB/C/256c held at the London Metropolitan Archives

The proportion of Stout fell from almost 30% in 1924 to less than 10% in 1940. In terms of volume, the decrease was from 86,000 barrels in 1925 to just 33,000 barrels in 1940.

Here's that information in the form of a graph:

Now let's take a look at the grists of Truman's Stouts. This is all taken from a single parti-gyle of 8th April 1929:

Truman Stout grists 1929
Beer OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl pale malt brown malt crystal malt roast barley black sugar cane sugar hops
BS 1055.7 6.7 1.44 81.38% 3.08% 3.08% 4.84% 4.47% 3.15% Pacific and Worcester
St 1046.8 6.7 1.21 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
CS. T. 1046.8 6.7 1.21 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
CS. T. 1045.7 6.7 1.18 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
CS. C 1046.8 6.7 1.21 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
CS. C 1042.7 6.7 1.10 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
R 1033.8 6.7 0.87 78.78% 2.98% 2.98% 4.68% 7.52% 3.05% Pacific and Worcester
Document B/THB/C/256c held at the London Metropolitan Archives

There's nothing too surprising in the combination of pale, brown and crystal malt plus roast barley and sugar. Though the proportion of dark malts is quite low. It looks like a lot of colour is coming from the black sugar. Interesting that there's no flaked maize in the grist. Especially as Truman did use it their Brick Lane Ales and the beers they brewed in Burton.

Now on to the their draught Stout. I think it's clear that there are two types in the table. The first is a weaker 8d (7d after 1923) Stout It's probably the beer called St. The others are the 9d/8d type. And they're doubtless either BS or SS. In terms of specs, the stronger samples are very close to the overall averages, except the attenuation and ABV are lower.

What about the scores?

Truman Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Stout 1014.2 1048.2 4.41 70.54% good for the price 2 8
1924 Stout 1018.8 1051.1 4.17 63.21% fair 1 8
1924 Stout 1020 1056.5 4.72 64.60% poor -1 8
1925 Stout 1017.2 1058.2 5.32 70.45% good 2 8
Average  1017.6 1053.5 4.66 67.20% 1.00
Average last 3 1018.7 1055.3 4.74 66.09%
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

It hasn't done badly at all, though the sample size is pretty small. Three of four got positive scores, two of which were twos. The single negative score was only a -1.

When I'm back in London for the Wall Street Crash long weekend, I'll be happy to take my chances with Truman's draught Stout.

09/13/2014 02:57 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 13/09/2014

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From the dew-soaked hedge creeps a crawly caterpillar, when the dawn begins to crack. It’s all part of our autumn almanac. There’s been some interesting reading around the blogoshire and beyond in the last week. Here are our picks. → This is yet another fantastic post from Lars Marius Garshol, who’s been Alan Lomaxing his way […]

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09/12/2014 06:04 PM
Hop Selection 2014

I’ve just spent the week in Yakima, Washington, USA during hop harvest time. This is the third season I’ve visited specifically to immerse myself in all things that were happening with hops in the region at this time.  It has been a busy week visiting hop farms, talking to hop growers, attending Hopunion’s Hop & […]

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09/12/2014 05:28 PM
Colorado Beer News 091214
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Video Games Day. Embrace your inner nerd today and break out your old video games and have some fun. Play them on your phone, your tablet, your PC or even on your big screen TV with a console. Whether they be the latest 3D super realistic kind or a retro 8-bit classic, have some fun with them today along with your favorite craft beer. After all, video games aren't just for kids. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 12th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - In case you missed it last week, their new tasting room, Canoe Room at ‪#‎NorthDock‬, is now open to the public! Check out the new digs and their production facility on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. They've even got their Imperial Pumpkin on tap there! While they may have just 4 beers on tap, it's a huge production facility. Located at: [2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO]

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Get ready for the Denver Beer Co Canworks Harvest Party! It's this Saturday, September 13th from 2pm to 6pm. They will be releasing their "Hey! Pumpkin Harvest Ale" in cans that day and will have a full Fall beer line-up available. There will be bluegrass bands, comfort food trucks, a pig roast, and will host tours of their new DBC Canworks! The cost is $30 for all you can drink beer and a chunk o'pig. There will be games like "Dunk the Brewer", "Pumpkin Slingshot Launch", Corn Hole and more. Bike riders can meet at Denver Beer Co's Platte Street location and ride over to the Canworks party with the Bike Gang, or just come on your own. Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com. Canworks location: [4455 Jason St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

3 Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - Just tapped last night - Freaks Amber, a new brew filled with malty goodness. Start your weekend off with one of these. [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Today they'll be releasing their Uber Umber on this small batch Friday. An amber ale spiced with cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. It's the perfect fall time beer for this fall like weather. They'll be tapping this beauty at 5pm sharp. Also, Bill's Original Syracuse Sausage, LLC will be out front serving up delicious home made sausages. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Today at 4pm, Jellyman will be releasing another one of his famous Deviation tappings. This time it's "FNSM", a Cognac-aged Alt with jalapeno. This one weighs in at 6% ABV and has just a little bit of heat at the end. [880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Big Choice will be putting up a single keg only of their Red on nitro today starting at 2pm. This is a "drink til it's gone" kinda keg. #choosewisely [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - The Colorado hop harvest for their fresh hop beer just happened. They picked 160 pounds of locally grown Cascade and Chinook hops and with 12 hours off the bine were putting them into their Colorado Fresh Hop Rye. Look for this brew later near the end of the month. Meanwhile, plenty of other beers on tap and a food truck tonight. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Its been one year since they escaped to Colorado. All next week they are celebrating and asking you to join them! Epic Brewing is kicking off with a Utah Party on Sunday, September 14th from 2-8pm. Eat and Drink like they do in Salt Lake. They'll have the Utah Classic Series available (bottles only, of course!) and Big Kiwi will be here making paninis like our brewery in Utah. Enjoy a free jello buffet (did you know Utahans eat more jello than any other state?!). Utah attire encouraged! Stay tuned, they've got events happening all week long, including opportunities to win a brew day at Epic! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Beryl's Beer Co (Denver) - Today is the day they tap their 1st ever hop-forward beer - Paper Moon Pale Ale. Stop in soon to try one. [3120-C Blake St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Announcing Boulder Beer Co's "2014 fRYEd Fresh-hopped Rye Pale Ale". This 2014 hop harvest special release is fresh-hopped with Chinooks from the Still Wind Hop Farm on Colorado's Western Slope imparting tropical fruit notes to its flavor and aroma. Generous amounts of toasted rye add complexity with a spicy, nutty flavor. Brewed with fresh off the bine wet hops! This provides a unique hop experience with a more complete hop flavor and aroma. Pub tapping is today - Friday, September 12! Also, coming soon - Slope Style Winter IPA. If you're into full-bodied red ales with a big, piney hop kicker at the finish - they like your style! Whatever your altitude you can drink-in Colorado with Slope Style Winter IPA. It's red in color with a perfect blend of five quality malts and a blast of Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather IPA that's off the rails! Look for Slope Style in bottles and draught the first week of October! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Longs Peak Pub (Longmont) - Long's Peak Pub is nearly ready! They are currently hiring all positions and will be doing interviews Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 1pm. The Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries are opening a Longmont location and will be conducting interviews for servers and line cooks Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 1pm at the Long's Peak Pub. If interested in applying, please bring a resume and cover letter to Long's Peak Pub, 600 Long's Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501 (corner of Main and Long's Peak) at 1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16th. Must have 2+ years experience, be seeking full time employment, and be available full-time for the next six months. Benefits include shift meals and beers. They are a dynamic, fun, growing business which uses a team system where all tips and work are shared. They seek applicants who will maximize the positive impact they can have on and for the team and their guests. Must have an infectious attitude, self- awareness, a charitable mindset, optimism, trust, and compassion. They believe in enlightened hospitality so our servers and cooks must have a passion for the service industry and a non-compromising outlook that will lead them toward creative interactions with their guests. [600 Long's Peak Ave, Longmont, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Their upcoming Oktoberfestbier is coming along and is almost ready to go. They made some changes to the recipe this year and they believe this is turning out to be one of their best beers they've brewed to date. It'll tap next week on September 20th for their Oktoberfest party. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Recently, Upslope paid a visit to Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, CO for some local hops for the Up, Up, Up, Up collab Honey Pale Ale they'll be debuting during GABF week! They're working with Upstate Brewing Company using their local honey, Upland Brewing Company for hops from Indiana, Upright Brewing for hops from Oregon, and are going with 100% CO malt from Colorado Malting Company. Get ready to try this one on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Falling Rock Tap House! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Just a reminder that Twisted Pine will be closed all day Saturday, September 13th because their GM is getting married and the entire staff will be attending the wedding. Sunday will be back to business as usual. Congrats to Jody and Thomas. [3201 Walnut St, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Have you tried their recently tapped West 10th Imperial IPA yet? It's a powerful 8.9% ABV hop-loaded brew that measures 213 IBUs! It's powerful and served only in a 10oz tulip glass. That's just one of 11 different beers on tap right now. Stop in for live acoustic music tonight from Travis Houle from 7-9pm. Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on hand tonight as well serving up wood fired pizza and calzones. Also, look for Broken Plow at the upcoming Greeley Oktobrewfest in Lincoln Park on September 27th. [4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Odell Brewing is celebrating their 25th (Silver) Anniversary this month and they are the subject of an episode on Beer Geeks TV. Catch their episode with Odell Brewing on www.ora.tv with episodes starting September 18th. Check out the episode guide at http://beergeeks.tv/episode-guide/season-1/episode-17/. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Dang those thieves! You've seen their infamous taxidermied squirrels at beer fests and in their taproom. A year or so ago, someone made off with Carlos their famous bird-flippin' squirrel. Everyone missed Carlos, so they created Juanita - another bird-flippin' squirrel. Well sad to say that someone has now stolen Juanita and now they are left with no flippin' squirrels. In memory of Juanita, they have brewed up a beautiful brown ale and they tapped it last night. If you happen to spot a bird flippin' squirrel let BBB know. They plan to activate the homing beacon inside it as well as the camera mounted inside and track down the culprit and bring them to squirrel justice. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Today's Friday Firkin tapping is Country Sunrise Peach Agave. From early tastings, this one might just finish early. So get some while it lasts. Open today from 2pm to 10pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Yes, they realize it's 7 months late, but they're hosting their "7 Month Late Grand Opening + Oktoberfest Party" coming up on Saturday, September 27th from 12pm to 5pm. They will be tapping their Oktoberfest beer release, having a Beer Garden atmosphere, hosting some games + prizes, and offering some live music including The Stubby Shillelaghs, Robert Cline Jr and more. There will be many other unique, quality craft 1933 Brewing Co beers on tap too. Plus, grab some German sausages and more from Rocky Mountain Sausage Grill. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Ft. Collins) - Put this on your pre-GABF event list for Monday, September 29th. Join Owner and Head Brewer Fred Karm and the crew from Hoppin Frog Brewery as Choice City welcomes them for a night of dinner and great beers! B.O.R.I.S the crusher, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin and their 10th year collaboration Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged Stout, along with others will be tapped! All perfectly paired with dinner. RSVP 970-490-2489! $55 per person (+tax/tip). First beer at 6:30pm and first course at 7pm. [104 W Olive St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tomorrow brings the return of The Baron. Their traditional Berliner Weisse sour ale. Low in alcohol with a tart almost lemony finish. They even have the syrups, raspberry and woodruff, that you can add. Want to try it early? They just tapped their Kiwi Baron firkin. Only 10 gallons so stop by soon. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - [PRESS RELEASE] Pikes Peak Brewing Co. is very proud to have been chosen to brew the Local 5 beer again in 2014. This “Pale Ale with a purpose” is brewed with and for the members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 5. The proceeds from the sale of Local 5 Pale Ale assist the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters with arranging travel for Local 5 members to attend the funerals of our heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty across the nation. As host for the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, the Local 5 welcome firefighters from around the country each fall for a celebration of this ultimate sacrifice and service. The Local 5 Pale Ale will be released at Jack Quinns as a part of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial gathering in Colorado Springs on Monday, September 15. Local 5 will be available on tap at multiple restaurants and bars and in local liquor stores shortly after. Pikes Peak Brewing Company’s Monument taproom will have a local celebration of the release, during Monument Beer Week on September 17 at 7:00pm. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Mountains and West

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - Missed this tidbit from last night but worth passing along. If you stop in on Thursdays at Horsefly Brewery and order any burger - you can receive your first beer for only a penny! Not bad eh? Plan to stop in next Thursday. [846 E Main St, Montrose, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Just tapped - Ophelia, an American IPA brewed with lemongrass and locally grown yarrow. Pair it with some tasty food today! [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Two beer tappings this weekend. THeir Wood-Splitter Pilsner gets tapped tonight and the Hop Eater IPA later this weekend. Try one or both on your next visit. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

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09/12/2014 05:18 PM
Loveland prepares for this year's Oktoberfest
2014 Loveland OktoberfestLoveland Oktoberfest on Sept. 20, Combines Traditional German Flair with Colorado Style Entertainment and Beer

Tickets still available for event’s evening concert featuring Flobots, Proverbial and The Epilogues at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre.

[PRESS RELEASE] LOVELAND, Colo. – Sept 11, 2014 – Loveland’s signature Colorado style Oktoberfest is just around the corner with a great new venue and high-profile entertainment lineup. Set for Sat. Sept. 20 at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, Loveland Oktoberfest will feature a free community festival with Colorado craft beer, food, contests, and live music, followed by nationally recognized and chart topping entertainment by the Flobots, Proverbial and The Epilogues.

The event, put on by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Visit Loveland, Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, kicks off with a free family-friendly community festival from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring 10 local craft breweries, a large assortment of food vendors, artisan and craft vendors, live music, German style contests and fun activities for the entire family.

Gates to the Main Stage open at 4 p.m. for the evening concert. Denver indie rockers The Epilogues kick off the night and then Proverbial takes the stage, bringing its relentlessly diverse musical palette of funk, rock, reggae and hip-hop. The Flobots, a rock and hip-hop band that has climbed the charts with hit singles “Handlebars” and “Rise”, brings its beats to Loveland for the first time.

Tickets for the evening concert are now on sale and start at $15 for students, $18 for presale tickets and $20 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, all Loveland and Fort Collins King Soopers locations, the Loveland Visitors Center, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse or online at LovelandOktoberfest.org. Presale tickets purchased through Thunder Mountain Harley‐Davidson, the Loveland Visitors Center and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will include a voucher for one free beer redeemable at Loveland Oktoberfest*.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit Colorado Youth Outdoors, a unique nonprofit located in Northern Colorado that aims to connect children and parents through hands‐on outdoor experiences.

For more information, including vendor applications, volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please visit LovelandOktoberfest.org or contact Ingrid Bush at ingrid[at]lovelandoktoberfest.org.

*Offer applies only to those 21 years of age and older.

About Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is the oldest craft brewery in Northern Colorado specializing in German‐style Lagers and Ales brewed in the traditional manner, but with innovative American freedom. Grimm is proud to be Loveland’s first craft brewer and is a two‐time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice award winner three years in a row. Learn more at grimmbrosbrewhouse.com.

About Thunder Mountain Harley‐Davidson

Thunder Mountain Harley‐Davidson is located just off I‐25 South and Crossroads Blvd. in the heart of Northern Colorado, just a short ride North of Denver. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Thunder Mountain Harley‐Davidson is Colorado’s largest Harley‐Davidson dealership, with more than 300 new and used motorcycles and huge selection of apparel and parts and accessories available every day. Join the experience today and learn more at thundermountainharley.com.

About Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media + Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media + Entertainment leverages its multiplatform assets, as well as, its vast infrastructure and relationships to create one‐of‐a‐kind events, innovative national and local promotions and ground‐breaking technology and products. Learn more at ClearChannel.com.

About Visit Loveland

Visit Loveland is the tourism management and marketing organization for the city of Loveland, Colo. In the heart of northern Colorado is a small city that beats to the rhythm of adventure: Loveland, Colorado. Whether visitors are looking to paint their destiny in an arts mecca, to feel the rock beneath their feet as they hike in a recreation haven, toast with family and friends at one of our award-winning breweries, dance the night away during a summer concert or channel their inner cowboy with an authentic western experience, Loveland has everything you love. Create your own adventure now at VisitLovelandCO.com.

For media inquiries, contact:

Ingrid Bush | Event Producer for Loveland Oktoberfest | ingrid[at]lovelandoktoberfest.org
Rose Schlosser | Marketing Director for Grimm Brothers Brewhouse | rose[at]grimmbrosbrewhouse.com
Jill Almirall | Marketing and Events Manager for Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson | JillA[at]tmharley.com


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09/12/2014 05:00 PM
Five O'Clock Friday: Beer For Cold Nights
As the weather turns cooler, it's time to recall the sage advice of Cliff Clavin.

Have a wonderful weekend. And stay warm.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/12/2014 01:44 PM
Aardwolf to celebrate one year of great beer
It seems like just yesterday rumors began flying around the local craft beer scene that Michael Payne, the mastermind behind Pinglehead Brewing Company, and Preben Olsen, formerly the beer byer or Grassroots Market in Five Points were collaborating on a brewery. In those days the thought was something of a dream; two great beer minds […]

09/12/2014 12:43 PM
Keg Types: Sanke vs. Corny Kegs

Sanke vs. Corny Kegs - what are the differences? How do these kegs work? I answer these in the video above. If you're thinking about building a kegerator, make sure to check out my keezer build. Leave a comment below if you found the video helpful. Cheers!

09/12/2014 12:37 PM
What the Maine beer scene still needs
I spend a lot of time talking with people about the beer scene in Maine, and all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Every once and a while, the topic of “what’s missing” comes up, and I’ve finally collected thoughts from many beer-fueled conversations. Here is a list of seven things that I’ve come up with.

09/12/2014 12:27 PM
Julie Watkins posts first ‘Beercast’
You might remember Julie Watkins from her 15 years as a meteorologist on Jacksonville, Florida’s Action News on WTEV channel 4. Or you might know her from her activist group Girls Gone Green. Or, maybe you saw her on ‘I Know Jax,’ a local entertainment program that airs on Jacksonville’s CW17. Where ever you know […]

09/12/2014 11:40 AM
4 Hands Beer Dinner at Quincy St Bistro
[ September 18, 2014; 7:00 pm; ] There are few restaurants in St. Louis that get more regular business from me than Quincy Street Bistro. Chef Rick Lewis turns out some tasty comfort food and has a pretty great selections of beers as well. What more can one ask for? How about a beer dinner with a tasty local brewer? Next Thursday, September 18th, QSB [...]

09/12/2014 11:30 AM
Before Canvitational, get to know Piney River Brewing!
We are pleased to have Piney River Brewing join us for Canvitational this year. Joleen and Brian Durham founded the brewery in 2010 in South Central Missouri. It started as a nano brewery (in a barn!) and has grown quickly. Their award winning beer is only distributed in Missouri and Arkansas, make sure you stop by to sample their brews and say hello!

Get to know Piney River Brewing:

1. What music is usually playing on the brewdeck? 
We listen to a WIDE range of music from Led Zeppelin to Nickel Creek. There's really no telling what you might hear playing in the brewery on any day, but I know Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jack White, Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers have their very own pre-programmed Pandora stations.
2. What's your brewing mission...what are you trying to accomplish with your beer? 
 Our mission is to make high quality craft beer that celebrates the Ozarks.
3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day? 
Everyone has a beard with differing density and location depending...
4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? 
We enjoy almost all well crafted beers--enjoying each for its own style. We love our hops, and we've got quite a few sours in our cellar right now.
5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day at the brewery? 
Bronzeback Pale Ale
6. Anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your company? 
Joleen & Brian Durham founded Piney River Brewing in 2010 in a 75 year old barn on our farm. We were homebrewers that loved local craft beer. We started out brewing on a 10-gallon system and grew to a 7-barrel brewhouse and related equipment in 2011. We were also the first microbrewery in Missouri to can our beer at our brewery (in November 2011); since we are in the heart of the Ozarks, we have always been committed to brewing beer that was portable in nature. Piney River Brewing has been growing rapidly since the brewery's inception. We won a gold medal for our Old Tom Porter at the GABF in 2013 and a Gold for our Float Trip Ale at the World Beer Cup in 2014 (both will be poured at Canvitational). We are planning to at least double our production capacity in 2015 with a new brewhouse and related equipment. Our goal remains to continue to brew great craft beer in the Ozarks.

What is Canvitational? The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.

09/12/2014 10:37 AM
Heretic Evil Twin Clone 2
This recipe requires hop extract, and the only place I've been able to find it is Northern Brewer. Two HopShot vials give you 100 IBUs, so you can focus on the aroma hops. So I went to Northern Brewer to order the ingredients. Turns out, if I add grains, hops and yeast to the order, I can only have it shipped second day UPS for $76! But, if I only get the hop shot, I can get $7.99 flat rate shipping.

So I checked the hop selection at Austin Homebrew Supply, but they didn't have Apollo hops. Thank goodness for Beer, Beer and More Beer! They had Apollo hops, and even though the total was few dollars higher, the shipping is free!

I had good luck the last time I brewed this, but I didn't adjust the water. I can't wait to see how this will turn out!

Heretic Evil Twin 2
Imperial IPA


Type: All Grain Date: 9/19/2014
Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt
Boil Size: 7.97 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
17.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 94.44 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 2.78 %
1.27 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.70 oz Apollo [18.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
0.95 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
1.27 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.63 oz Apollo [18.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
1.63 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
2.17 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops -
0.11 oz Hop Extract (Boil 5.0 hours) Misc
0.50 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 2.78 %
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [Starter 1000 ml] Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.067 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.83 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 0.0 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 5.9 SRM Color:
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 17.50 lb
Sparge Water: 4.60 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 21.88 qt of water at 161.4 F 150.0 F
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 4.5 oz Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F  
Use 10 mL of Hop Shot from Northern Brewer (two syringes) to acheive 100 IBUs

dilute my water 90% with distilled, and add 2g CaCO3, 6g gypsum, 1g CaCl2, and 1g epsom salt to the mash
Created with BeerSmith

09/12/2014 10:30 AM
Random Beer Roundup: The Pumpkin Spice Edition

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

The Brewers

Chilly Water Brewing

On tap now….

We currently have Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, New Speedway IPA, Oktoberfest, PeterPaul Coconut Porter, After Midnight Mild on Nitro and Captain Trips American Wheat on tap. Upcoming we have Breakfast in America Oatmeal Stout and Harvest Moon Autumn Ale along with a Hoppy Red.

Friday night, 9/12 8pm -  Eric Lambert is playing. Eric plays in and around Chicagoland and he brings his flatpickin tle to CWBC.
On Saturday, 9/13 8pm - The Half Step Sisters are playing.

 Daredevil Brewing
Daredevil Lift Off IPA now will be available at Lucas Oil Stadium for Indianapolis Colts games. Starting with the home opening game on September 15th you will be able to find Lift Off IPA at eight craft beer stations in the stadium. It's a great day for craft beer enthusiasts and Colts fans and we are happy to provide Lift Off IPA for all of you.

We also will be helping to host the kick of of the all around town Indy Jazz Fest events the week of September 14th. Jazz Fest comes to Speedway will be held at the 1200 block of Main Street, Speedway in front of the Dallara Indy Car Factory onSunday, September 14th so come out for a good time and great music.

Looking to find our beers across the state of Indiana? We try to keep draft locations up to date on our website and post frequently to our Twitter and Facebook pages on can and draft locations across the state. If you are having trouble finding Lift Off IPA on draft or cans it could just be because the place you are at ran out. We are at hundreds of locations across the state so you can always try the handy Beer Spy site to search for a place near you. Always feel free to drop us an email, post or tweet and we will try and help.

Upcoming events

Indy Jazz Fest, Dallara IndyCar Factory, Speedway, Sunday, September 14th, 1 to 8 pm.
* Pints and Pins, Woodland Bowl, Friday, September 26th, 4 to 6 pm. Join us as we pair up with New Belgium Brewing for a joint event.
Great American Beer Festival, Denver, Colorado, October 2nd to 4th.

Daredevil Brewing Co. | Current beers available

Lift Off IPA: Our flagship beer available year round in cans and on draft.
A bounty of American Hops delivers the signature clean and crisp finish of a perfectly balanced West Coast style IPA.

Rip Cord Double IPA: A limited release beer available on draft.
An abundance of American hops balanced with a hint of malt to produce an exhilarating experience of intense hop flavors and aromas of citrus, floral and resin that combine to provide a satisfying crisp finish.  

 Triton Brewing
Fieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Wit or Witout You, French Toast Saison, Beer Hammock Shandy, O’Ryen-N Warrior Pale, Nitro Soul Crusher IPA & Hometown Hero
Country Boy Shotgun Wedding, New Day Meadery South Cider, Scarlet Lane Dorian Stout, Vanberg & DeWulf Lambick X, Widmer’s Omission Lager, Widmer’s Omission Pale Ale & Wood Boat Pale Ale

Saturday, September 13
16th Annual Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest, Headwaters Park West (Fort Wayne, IN), 2-6pm. This event is about more than beer; it's about having a great time with brewers and some pretty cool beer enthusiasts! What makes this festival unique is its dedication to promoting Indiana Craft Beer! For more information, call 260-426-ALES.
Saturday, September 20
Triton Brewing Company's 3rd Anniversary Party at Triton Brewing Company! Join us 2-5pm for family friendly games and 6-10pm for the Party! Featuring music from GBR and others, food trucks, Batch One Bourbon Barrel Ale, 2014 Gingerbread Brown release and more! For more info:tritonbrewing.com.

Brews and Blues at Festival Park on the Lake (Hobart, IN) from 3-6pm. Local breweries from Indiana and beyond come together on beautiful Lake George to enjoy Duke Tomato and raise funds for the City of Hobart Special Events and the Hobart Parks Department. Tickets available at:brownpapertickets.com.
Sunday, September 21
Yelp’s En Blanc Dinner on Monument Circle, 4-9pm.

Wednesday, September 24
Maggiano’s Little Italy (3550 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis) Triton Brewing Company Beer Dinner, 6-10pm. Four courses paired with your favorite Triton beers! For more information, call 317.814.0700.

Thursday, September 25
New Belgian Brewing Company and Triton Brewing Company Tap Takeover, 6-10pm, The Pint Room Bar (Carmel, IN). Join us and our friends from Fort Collins as we socialize together! Triton will have more than 15 beers on tap!
Saturday, September 27
Valparaiso Brewfest at Central Park Plaza (Downtown Valparaiso), 1-5pm. More than 175 craft brews to sample, great eats available for purchase and live Zydeco music. See more at: www.valpobrewfest.com.
Irvington BrewFest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Gymnasium, 7-10pm, Come sample craft beers and ciders from 5 amazing local breweries. Grab some fabulous swag that includes a custom pint glass. Enjoy great music from Audio Diner! For more info:www.irvingtonbrewfest.org.
Noblesville Brew Fest at Forest Park Shelter #1, 3-7pm. All participants will receive a commemorative sampling glass, while supplies last. All event proceeds benefit the Friends of Central Pool which operates the beautiful Forest Park Aquatic Center. . Tickets available atwww.brewsline.com/brewfest-tickets.html
Brew Bracket: Experimental IPA at Tomlinson Tap Room (222 E, Market Street, Indianapolis), 6-9pm! Come try our experimental IPA and tell us what you think! Join the ‘Brackets’ and vote for your favorite! 

Taxman Brewing Co. in Bargersville

Below is the information on our fall seasonal to be released on Monday, 9/15.

deFallt is our autumn seasonal rendition of the Belgian Bière de Garde style, brewed as “beer to keep” over the summer for fall release. Smooth and spicy French oak flavors blend with cinnamon and Indiana Hunter's Farm wildflower honey to create your ‘deFallt’ choice of the season.

General notes:
- French oak provides a warm, silky spice note with vanilla tones - less obvious and 'woody' than American oak. Beer is autumn amber in color and on style.
- Low hop flavor (~22 IBU)
- Alcohol (7%) is typical of style; high alcohol traditionally helped preserve beer through the summer
- Notable ingredients: Wildflower honey, cinnamon, Belgian medium candy sugar, aged in French oak

Mashcraft Brewing

In addition to a Hefeweizen and a Wet-hopped Scottish in the works, here is what MashCraft has on the horizon.

Sept. 18th - 1st MashCraft Family Night - Starting on Sept. 18th, we will open every Thursday night to all ages with food provided by a nearby restaurant. Join us on the 18th as we team up with the folks from City Barbeque, who are bringing pulled pork and pulled chicken for your enjoyment with our beers.

Sept. 19th - MashCraft Oktoberfest Tapping - 2 p.m.

Sept. 21st - Kegs and Eggs - Who is interested in coming to MashCraft for a Sunday breakfast, where we will team up with Bee Coffee to have a variety of local, coffee-infused beers on tap along with eggs, bacon, and b&gs to eat? Yep...it's happening. Join us from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 9/21 as we fill our bellies before the Colts and Jaguars.

Tow Yard Brewing
House Beers Currently on Tap:

Who's That? - Inside outside come around...Who's that?? Browwwwwwwwn. Who's That highlights all the classic characteristics of a Southern English Brown Ale that include toffee, nutty, bready, and roasty notes. This session Brown Ale, clocking in at 4.7% ABV, is an easy drinker for the Fall season. 4.7% ABV 22 IBU

Oompa Lupulin - You'll feel like you've just won the Golden Ticket when you drink this everlasting hop stopper. Oompa Lupulin is a fizzy lifting beer with humble malt characteristics that allow the notes of citrus, resin and earth to shine from the healthy hop additions of Simcoe and Falconers Flight. This pale ale will drive you Wonkers! 5.4% ABV 45 IBUs

​Goldie Hops - American Golden Ale​ brewed with Marris Otter, wheat, and some crystal malt. Lightly bittered with Magnum and Czech Saaz. With this combination, the beer is crisp, refreshing, and approachable to all kinds of beer drinkers. 5.2% ABV 26 IBU

Hook Up - A hybrid between a Radler and a Shandy. We call it a Shandler. It's our golden ale blended with a locally made, citrus forward soda. A delicious and refreshing beverage for a hot summer day. 4% ABV 7 IBU​

Emerald Circle - Made by Northwest Hopheads, for Midwest Hopheads. This aggressive IPA is brewed with Maris Otter base malt along with Light Crystal, Aromatic and Vienna malts to add complexity to the malt bill. From here we get a bit heavy handed with our hop additions, which are early and often. The laundry list of hops includes: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Which are added throughout the boil and then later dry hopped. 6.5% ABV 83 IBU​

Horse Power
- This house beer is a Double Pale Ale which lives up to its name. Maris Otter starts out our grist, followed by some Munich, Aromatic, and Light Crystal malts. For this beer we bittered with Magnum and Centennial, followed by late kettle additions of Cascade, Crystal and Styrian Golding hops which adds a depth of flavor and complexity to this beer. 7.3% ABV 63 IBU​

Working Title Wheat - The official beer of Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson (Known as the 'Dan Patch Ale' there). Citrus dominates the front end of the nose, followed by tropical fruit in the finish. Working Title is bittered with Chinook, followed by late kettle additions of Motueka and Rakau hops from New Zealand. The mouthfeel of this beer is achieved through generous amounts of white wheat, along with European specialty malts. 5.3% ABV 50 IBU

All house beers are available for $5 growler fills on Mondays. $4 Pints of Tow Yard beers on Tuesdays!

​Guest Taps​:
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Burn 'Em Brewing 3:33 Black IPA
Scarlet Lane Silas Farmhouse Ale
Scarlet Lane Humble Peach
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (Nitro)


We will be pouring along side some of Indiana and the nation's best breweries at the Valpo Brewfest. This fest takes place from 1-5 PM. More information can be found at http://valpobrewfest.com/main.html.

Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Make sure your calendar is marked for the greatest beer festival in all the land. We hope to see some of you there. Ticket information available at http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ 

Broad Ripple Brewpub

We have three events over the next three weeks all on Thursday evenings.
9/18 from 5:30-8:30pm, we’ll be hosting a free jazz concert featuring Indy’s premier jazz singer, Cynthia Layne. The concert is part of Pub Creep, which in turn is part of this year’s Jazz Fest.
9/25, 6-9pm, will be our second Tails & Ales event of the month, and there will be two more in October.  

Scarlet Lane in McCordsville
We will be releasing two new beers:
  • Dorian “in the buff” will be sent to the market next week. This is our Dorian Stout naked
  • In two weeks we will release the Paeonia Farmhouse (Peony Flower beer). This beer took silver at Brewers’ Cup

Taste of Hancock we will be pouring select beers September 13th from 4pm - 10pm

Yelps Dinner En Blanc Downtown Circle September 21st Pouring beers from 4pm - 8:30pm

Tap Takeover with New Holland and Urban Chestnut at Flashbacks September 25th from 6pm - 9pm

Grand Opening and McCordsville/Fortville Chamber of Commerce support party at the brewery September 27th 6pm-9pm (tickets can be purchased here)

Best of Mutt show in McCordsville at the Grill2 on September 27th. Beers for sale during the event from 12pm - 4pm

Noblesville BrewFest September 27th 3pm - 7pm

Colts Tap Takeover at Tavern on South September 28th from 10am - 6pm 

  • CAN’d Art Reception, Sept. 19th at 7pm-9pm at the Arts Garden - Kick off Canvitational weekend and get some culture!
The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.
Get your tickets now, this is sure to sell out!  

Tin Man Brewing in Evansville
We have released Barleywine on tap in the Tasting Room:

Barleywine: 10.6% ABV, 84 IBU
A rich, malty, nuclear flavor bomb, our Barleywine is a well-balanced interpretation of the American Barleywine style. A deep ruby color and sticky, cream colored head make for an enticing visual. Smells of raisin and toffee, with hints of caramel, dominate the nose, while the flavor tends to be a delectable blend of strong raisin and robust maltiness. This focus on sweetness is beautifully balanced by the generous use of Galena hops, creating an earthy bitterness across the palate to balance the cloying qualities found in such a big beer. The alcohol warmth is present, yet not overpowering, which makes this beer an excellent choice for pairing with rich dishes like our Beef Manhattan or Cheesecake Du Jour.


September 13th at 11am - Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest in Fort Wayne, IN. Saturday,
Saturday, September 13th at 12:30pm - 5th Annual Hoosier Hops and Harvest Festival at the Story Inn in Nashville, IN.
Saturday, September 13th at 8pm - Oranje Beer Garden at Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. 

Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis
Thursday’s Beer:30 Release
Joe Brahma Coffee Brown Ale - A Brown Ale/Milk Stout hybrid with a dose of java from Stone Cutter Cafe and Roastery.
- Lactose added to balance the acidity of the coffee
- Smooth and easy going down just like your favorite morning cup of Joe.

Louisville Craft Beer Week Kick-off at NABC Pizzeria and Public HouseAll Day
Rocketship Comedy w/ Stewart Huff HI-Larious!
8:30 pm
Mad Anthony Oktobeerfest2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Indy 11 v FC Edmonton: Tailgate/Kroger Craft Beer Night We’ll be there, BYB Pale Ale in tow.
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Shamrock Cycles - OVCX Cyclocross, Brookside CupAll Day
Indy JazzFest - Pub Creep Joel Tucker Band performs.
5:30 pm
Heroes Pay it Forward Friday w Greta Speaks
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm


Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.
Thr3e Wise Men House Beers:
Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat
Golden Zoe IPA
Centennial Martyr Double IPA
Snow Bunny Blonde
Bulldog Brown
Hubbard & Cravens Porter
Rocky Ripple Pale Ale
CASK: Bulldog Brown
Thr3e Wise Men Seasonal 
Klinsmann's Revenge German Pilsner
Color: Golden | ABV: 4.9% | IBU: 30
Light bodied and refreshing German style pilsner.
Noble hop bitterness is balanced with a light malt  profile.

Thr3e Wise Men  Seasonal
Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest - Tapped on 9.2.14
Color: Amber | ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 21
Features: A malty, medium bodied beer with a slight dry finish featuring Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts. Hopped with Spalt and Hersbrucker.

Events and promotions:

NEW Scotty's Brewhouse Menu! - Tuesday, September 9th All Scotty's Brewhouse Locations launched a new menu. Make sure to stop by and try our several new favorites - Mexican Fiesta Salad, Bar-b-q pulled pork slaw sandwich, or the Totchos (Yep tater tot nachos)!

Thr3e Wise Men Pizza of the Month! Spicy Pigskin Pizza - hand-tossed dough, made thin and crispy with our Golden Zoe IPA, covered in spicy bar-b-q sauce, ham, spicy Italian sausage, and chopped bacon. Perfect for your pigskin weekends.

Online contest - Show us your man or lady cave - post on instagram with the hashtag #brewhousemancave - best “cave” wins $100 in catering at Scotty’s Brewhouse! - entries must be submitted by September 30th

Scotty's 2014 Pick'em or Survivor Football Contest - Join our Free football challenges at www.scottysbrewhouse.com/pickem. Winners picked every week to win $$! You can join any week and still win!

September Events:
· Saturday, September 13th: Mad Anthony Say Oktoberfest (Fort Wayne, IN)
· Saturday, October 4th: American Multi-sport Muncie Triathlon

Thr3e Wise Men Beer on Tap
If you would like to pour Thr3e Wise Men, we will personally deliver to you in the Indianapolis area. Or, we can get to you through our distributor if outside of Indy. We offer beer education classes, free pint glasses and full craft support. Please contact Tyler Thompson at tthompson@scottysbrewhouse.com 

Cutters Brewing in Avon

Sept. 25th - Fall Purse Bingo, Avon Washinton Township park Pavilion Center, 7-9pm Must be 18 to play Bingo
Sept. 27th - Farm to table, 1900 E Main St, Danville, Indiana 5-10pm Cartlidge Barn of Hendricks County on the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex
Oct. 11th - Sahara Mart 2611 E 3rd St Bloomington, IN. Free Beer & wine tasting
Oct. 17th - BEERFEST 2014, presented by Best Beers. Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center 6-9pm
Oct. 18th - Munster Ale Fest Centennial Park, 900 N Centennial Dr Munster, IN 12-5pm
Cutters has an updated website www.Cuttersbrewing.com - check it out! 

Ram Downtown and Fishers

Oktoberfest is now on tap! Also on tap we have an Hansel (an American Wheat), Ger-main Guy (a German Pils), and RAMmsteam (a California Common). 
Looking for a place to watch the game and get some tasty food and a few brews? Be sure to stop by either of our location this football season and root for you favorite team (hopefully the Colts, although we will allow fans of any teams...).

If you decide to stay in and watch the game(s) don't forget that you can get carryout beer at the RAM everyday, even on Sundays!!(Downtown only on Sundays)

Many of you may have already heard, but my Assistant Brewer Nathan Scruggs has moved on to be the Head Brewer at Rock Bottom College Park. We wish Nathan the best in his new position, and all his future endeavors.
My new Assistant Brewer is Mike Freeman, formerly of Great Fermentations. Mike has been an avid homebrewer and wine maker (including time as a professional winemaker at a small boutique winery) for 10 plus years and was a chemist in his previous career. I'm excited to have him on board and look forward to teaching him and learning from him as well! 

Upland Brewery

Teddy Bear Kisses will be available for wholesale on draught and in 4-packs on September 15 and on tap at Upland locations on September 19.
Beer Description: A dark and robust beer brewed in the traditional stout method. Teddy Bear Kisses features an abundance of dark malts and high alpha hops for a powerful impact of roast, chocolate, and sweet bitterness. The lucky few who cuddle up to a warming session with Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses, can sense the velvety malt character, balanced bitter intensity, and soothing chocolate notes created by long aging on fair trade cocoa nibs. This tasty brew is then aged in bourbon barrels giving it subtle vanilla and oak notes to warm you through the cold winter season. ABV: 10.2 IBU: 7.6 SG: 21 SRM: 47.1
Harvest Ale will be available on draught and in 4-packs starting in early October.
Beer Description : An American Pale Ale by design with a hop back of freshly harvested Citra hops. Expect huge wafts of tropical fruit notes, balanced by a moderate bitterness and light tasted malt character. A showcase for one of our favorite ingredients and a delight for all the hopheads. ABV: 5.5 IBU: 62 SG: 14 SRM: 13

Bars, Restaurants, Carryout, & Distributors

We tapped our first Oktoberfest Keg (Left Hand) & will be dedicating a line to it until early October.

Trivia Nite is 9/30 start time is 7 PM

On 10/22 at 4:00pm -We are hosting an all ages Pumpkin Carving evening on our patio sponsored by Lexington Brewing Company. $10 gets you a carving pumpkin & a glass of their Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale, must pre-register via email by 10/17 (shoeflyindy@gmail.com) so we know how many pumpkins to get, runs from 4 pm until it's too dark to carve. 

Lino's in Speedway
Friday, September 12
New Day Meadery Tap Takeover

Friday, September 19
Tin Man Brewing Tap Takeover

Friday, September 26
Sun King Tap Takeover 

Great Fermentations 
Brew with Blichmann Day: Sept. 20th from 11-12
The Blichmann boys are taking the BrewEasy on the road and their first stop is Great Fermentations Indianapolis on Saturday, September 20th from 11-12. This is a Julia Childs style brew demo with three BrewEasys set up to show you each of the brewing steps in quick succession. The BrewEasy is a revolutionary new ultra-compact and economical all-grain brewing system that uses one heat source and two kettles to make the transition from extract to all-grain brewing easy and approachable. See the gas fired and electric BoilCoil versions of the BrewEasy in action and get expert advice from the innovators themselves.

Union Jack Pub Broad Ripple
Tuesday, September 16: Quaff On Tap Takeover during Pub Feud. We will be giving away tickets to Quafftoberfest to the winners! http://www.quafftoberfest.com/
PUMPKIN BEER FEST tickets now on sale! Learn more about the event, what beers we have (continually being updated), as well as purchase tickets here: http://unionjackpub.co/events/pumpkin-beer-fest/

Ruth's Chris Downtown and North location
Featuring Storm and Anchor beer at both  locations! 
We have 15 cases of this beer with more on a boat headed this way right now. This is one of the most highly acclaimed new breweries in all of Europe! This is the first time this beer will be available in the US and it will be exclusive to Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses only in Indiana and St. Louis! The different brews we have are:
Hoppy Brown:
Dry Hopped double Brown with a long lasting and very aromatic fruity hoppy finish with hints of tea and coffee.
Alcohol: 6.3

Citra Saison:
French Saison with Citra Hops, dry, sparkling, citrus hoppy.
Alcohol: 6.6

IBA Imperial Red:
Beer with a long aromatic fruity hoppy finish, fresh and mainly grapefruity; very dry and lightly earthy.
Alcohol: 8.1

Black IPA:
Roasted and smoked malts aroma with notes of citrus and grapefruit.
Alcohol: 7.1

Classic west coast IPA, with citrus notes and a malty backbone.
Alcohol: 6.9

Goose the Market
Have you been curious about our Beer & Cheese Club? Click here to find out more!

Papa's in Culver
Newest to our selection of 30 draft beers: Beachwood/Heretic/Stone Unapologetic IPA, Dark Horse FF Dekoorc Eert, Bell's Amber, Brooklyn Lager, Flat 12 Summer Cycle,

On Deck: Danny Boy Beer Works Miss Ginger Witte, People's/New Albany Collaboration: People's Republic of New Albania, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, Stone 18th Anniversary IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, 3 Floyd's Moloko, 3 Floyd's Arctic Panzer Wolf,

Check out our current full lineup here: indianasbestpizza.com/beer 

Yogi's in Bloomington
Thursday Sept 18th: Yogi's 22nd Birthday Party

We're tapping Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Moloko and Arctic Panzer Wolf at 6pm
Live Trivia 8pm
The Band Sweeney takes the stage 10pm (No cover before 9, $3 cover after 9)
Party runs until last call (3 am)
Beer School Schedule, Tuesdays at 7pm:
  • 9/16 New Belgium
  • 9/23 Oktoberfest
  • 9/30 Bloomington Brewing Company
  • 10/7 Sun King
  • 10/14 Pumpkins
  • 10/21 Upland

Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville
We are pouring Bier's Kolsch, and their Chinookalicious...IPA, La Trappe Quadruple, Triplle de Ripple from Brugge, FFF Gumball head, Lexington Brewing's Bourbon Barrel Ale, Stone's Ruin Ten DBL IPA, Cuvee Des Jacobins Sour, Yes, that's right a sour...and Outliers American Rye.

Starlight Distribution, LLC 

From Josh:
September 12th - 14th - La Margarita - Spontaneous Weekend! Special tappings of wild and sour beers all weekend. Including a keg of Tilquin Gueze.

Beer & Fundraising Events

Defining "Drink Local"
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Thursday, September 25th

"Drink local" is a common rallying cry for craft beer drinkers, but how does one define "local"? Bill Jimerson, Indy Beer News, and Amanda Wishin, Girls Pint Out, will moderate a panel to discuss defining local and the positives and negatives associated with sourcing locally.
Panelists will be:
Jeff Evard - Herr Station Malt, Ryan Hammer - Three Hammers FarmsMatthew L. Bochman - Indiana University, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry ("yeast scientist"), Rob Caputo - Flat 12 Director of Brewery Operation.s
This discussion will be live-recorded for an Indy Beer News podcast. In conjunction, for Beer:30 Flat 12 will tap a beer that exemplifies "drink local" made with local ingredients.

Check out our Facebook page for more details! Get your tickets here or at the door...only $10 and many local breweries will be represented.

Blood, Beer, & Burgers
Scarlet Lane Brewing Co.
Sunday, October 12th

6:30- 10:30 pm

Welcome the Halloween season with Scarlet Lane, Girls Pint Out, Punch Burger, Cornival Popcorn, and our favorite beers organized through Zink Distributing!

The October anthology classic Trick R' Treat will be played on the big screen on the brewery lawn and will be paired with select beers. Along with beers from Scarlet Lane, unique beers from Ninkasi Brewing, Urban Chestnut, and Arcadia will take you through the full movie experience. Your $35 ticket price includes a custom pint glass, beer, popcorn, Punch Burger meal, and movie.
What You Need: blanket/lawn chair, good attitude, and an ID showing 21+
RAIN OR SHINE (event will be indoors if needed)
Seats are limited, but good company will be plentiful.
For more details and tickets: http://bloodbeerburgers.eventbrite.com/ 

Brew Bracket presents: Experimental IPAs

6-9 PM
Tomlinson Tap Room
Eight incredible Indiana brewers making a new recipe or a twist on the classic. Be the first in Indiana to taste all 8 and vote for the best! For tickets and more info, click HERE

Master of Beer Appreciation classes 
Beer MBA Classes - More Than Just a Tasting
This is a unique opportunity for people at all knowledge levels to learn more about the World's Classic Beer Styles. As we sample each beer, we'll briefly discuss its origin, history and what makes it unique. This is a fun experience. Don't miss it!
  • Designed for Everyone (must be 21 years of age)
  • Flexible Schedule - Take Any Class in Any Order (after attending a Class 1)
  • Take All 3 Classes and Get Your "MBA Certificate"
Only $50 per 3-hr Class (includes free samples of all beers)
Discounts available: Sign up for all 3 classes for $135 total! Call for group discounts.  More info on Facebookgive us a like!
Class 1 – Sat, August 23
Class 2 – Sat, September 13
Class 3 – Sat, October 4
Beer Vacations Follow the link to learn more.
Guided Beer Vacations to Belgium and Germany
Take a Dream Trip to Germany where nearly everything is planned and coordinated for you. Visit the Famous Breweries and the Best Beer Bars in the World, all led and guided by Ron Smith, a recognized Beer Expert that will help explain even more about the legendary beer styles, history and cultures.  Learn more now:  Germany 2015 - Munich, Bavaria and Bamberg! 
Be sure to sign-up for our email list so we can notify you of our upcoming trips and classes. For any additional information, don't hesitate to contact us atBeerMBA@MarketWiseSolutions.com or call 317-564-4898 and ask for Ron Smith.
Fall Beer MBA Classes start Aug 23rd (see http://beermba.com/classes.php ).

BJCP Study Group for this year starts Oct 8th (see http://beermba.com/bjcp.php ).

AND Germany Beer Trip for Summer 2015 (see http://beermba.com/germany-beer-vacations.php ).

09/12/2014 09:07 AM
Mikkeller Spontanframboos

The post, Mikkeller Spontanframboos, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

So far, I’ve had two of Mikkeller’s “Spontan-” beers — their Spontankriek and Spontanwildstrawberry. Both were interesting beers, but both also carried a distinct medicinal character that I just couldn’t get past. I knew, in picking up this bottle of their Spontanframboos, that the possibility of encountering that off trait was high, but I succumbed, […]

The post, Mikkeller Spontanframboos, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

09/12/2014 05:24 AM
Comment about indigenous beer; win a book
Earlier this week, Boak & Bailey pointed to a couple of other posts and offered a thought and a question about “Native or Local?” First, the thought. “It seems that native style, then, might be a more important idea than local manufacture.” Second, the question. “Thought experiment: if you were to visit Berlin, would you […]

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