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04/23/2014 02:56 PM
Fire Reported at Brewery
WCPO Fire Reported at Brewery 700 WLW (Trenton, Oh.)--A fire was reported early Tuesday morning at the Miller Brewing Company in Trenton, Ohio. At least five Fire Departments were called in just after 8:30 a.m. The Brewery, on roughly 1,000 acres in Butler County is located near Edgewood ... Crews extinguish structure fire at MillerCo ...

04/23/2014 02:42 PM
Report: Marinating Meat In Beer Reduces Cancer Risk
Who doesn’t love a cold beer at a BBQ on a hot summer day? Well your BBQ just got even better, because according to a new study, using it to marinate your meats before grilling can actually help reduce your risk of cancer. Studies have found that grilled meats can sometimes contain cancer-causing substances after […]

04/23/2014 02:41 PM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/23/2014 02:41 PM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

04/23/2014 02:41 PM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

04/23/2014 02:41 PM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

04/23/2014 02:41 PM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

04/23/2014 02:31 PM
Craft spirits enthusiasts know that one of life’s greatest pleasures is stumbling upon a previously unknown bottle of something truly thought-provoking. Lucky for us, this fortunate occurrence took place this past weekend with the arrival of a handsome bottle of Ransom Old Tom Gin. Introduced to us via an Oregon native, this Pre-Prohibition style gin was No-Li Brewhouse to Feature New Beer at No Boundaries on the River Small Batch Beer Fest
Spokane, WA - No-Li Brewhouse, known for their big, malt-forward, hoppy ales, will feature a new Imperial IPA, Comrade, at their No Boundaries on the River Small Batch Beer Fest (#NBOR14) on April 26th, 2014, 12-4pm, at the brewery in Spokane. Back in January, No-Li launched their “No Boundaries Small Batch Series,” featuring a new beer every 4-6 weeks. “Our No Boundaries Series is the inspiration behind this festival. The program allows our brewers to get creative each month, and our customers to keep satisfying their pallets with new flavors,” says co-owner John Bryant. Their newest [...]

04/23/2014 02:29 PM
MACCD Daddy: Summit & Karben4 Collaboration Project
Our friends at Summit embarked on their first collaborative journey earlier this month. They joined Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI to brew a hoppy red session ale specifically for Madison Craft Beer Week. Should you find yourself in Madision on May 4th, it will be released at at Merchant restraurant […]

04/23/2014 02:27 PM
Elevation Beer Co. Releases Spring Black & Double Black Series Seasonals

Poncha Springs, Colorado- Elevation Beer Company has just released it’s Third Base, a Belgian Tripel, and will be releasing…

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04/23/2014 02:24 PM
Colorado Cider Company to Host American Homebrewers Association Rally
Denver, Colorado – On May 17 from 1- 4 PM, Colorado Cider Company will host a membership rally for the Boulder, Colorado-based American Homebrewers Association (AHA). “With the growing popularity of cider making in the homebrewing community,” says AHA Director Gary Glass, “the American Homebrewers Association is excited to have Colorado Cider host the first AHA membership rally ever held at a cidery.” “In a survey we conducted of homebrewers last year,” Glass reports, “we found that 38% of our members have made cider. That percentage is up from 33% reported by members in a [...]

04/23/2014 02:24 PM
TechStructures LLC Launches Ekos Brewmaster Software
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ekos, an enterprise software company, has just made it easier for breweries to organize, manage and integrate information across their business into one easily accessible location. “Up until now, too many breweries were corralled into using over-priced and overly-complicated brewery software packages – or worse, resorting to a simple Excel spreadsheet,” said Greg Forehand, CEO of Ekos. “We were certain there had to be a better way to manage the entire business of brewing. Now with Ekos Brewmaster, that solution is here.” Ekos Brewmaster is designed for ease of use, yet still provides [...]

04/23/2014 02:19 PM
Green Flash Announces National Debut of Road Warrior
San Diego, CA –  Green Flash announces the May 2014 national debut of Road Warrior™  - an Imperial Rye India Pale Ale that is brewed and named to pay tribute to the brewery’s tireless national sales team. The hoppy recipe was derived from a popular brew from the 2013 Hop Odyssey series (simply called Imperial Red Rye). This year, Road Warrior is being introduced for the first time as one of the brewery’s three “seasonal” offerings, with availability from May through August.  With a bold flavor profile and 9% ABV, Road Warrior is not a typical [...]

04/23/2014 02:07 PM
Washington Brewers Festival 2014 – The Big Daddy Brewfest Gets Even Bigger

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The big daddy just got bigger. The three-day Washington Brewers Festival is the state’s largest beer event of the year, with dozens of breweries serving hundreds of beers to thousands of festivalgoers. This year, the annual Fathers Day brewfest is getting even bigger. In all, 88 of...

04/23/2014 02:06 PM
Odell Brewing Announces Summer Montage Variety Pack
Fort Collins, CO. – This week, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its Summer Montage Variety Pack featuring flagships 90 Shilling and IPA, the current Seasonal offering, and the newest Roots Release beer, Perle White IPA. Inspired by its small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors the brewery’s experimental brewing roots and allows folks beyond the tap room the chance to sample some of its favorites. The Perle hop shines in this latest Roots Release brew, a crisp white IPA. Hints of herbs and fruit mingle with the delicate wheat for a clean [...]

04/23/2014 02:02 PM
Odell Perle White IPA debuts in Summer Montage Variety Pack this week
Press Release:  (Fort Collins, CO) – This week, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its Summer Montage Variety Pack featuring flagships 90 Shilling and IPA, the current Seasonal offering, and the newest Roots Release beer, Perle White IPA. Inspired […]

04/23/2014 01:56 PM
Collaboration Festival
Last Saturday I attended a beer festival in Denver. A beer festival? In Denver?! Yes–another festival. They happen so frequently these days that one might wonder how it’s possible to put together a beer event that is different, special. Well, the folks behind Collaboration Festival made it happen. Collaboration Fest took place o ...

04/23/2014 01:43 PM
Green Flash Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA makes package debut in May
Press Release:  (San Diego, CA) – Green Flash announces the May 2014 national debut of Road Warrior™ – an Imperial Rye India Pale Ale that is brewed and named to pay tribute to the brewery’s tireless national sales team. The […]

04/23/2014 01:20 PM
Beer Madness: Devils Backbone Vienna Lager takes the title
Beer Madness: Devils Backbone Vienna Lager takes the title Washington Post Jason Oliver is going to need a larger trophy case. Since he became head brewer at Virginia's Devils Backbone Brewing in 2008, Oliver has collected 23 medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver and seven awards at the biannual World ... a ...

04/23/2014 01:00 PM
Stevens Point Brewery’s New IPA Variety Pack Makes A Point

Stevens Point, WI - If you are an India Pale Ale fan, make it a point to try the Stevens Point Brewery‘s four unique and adventurous…

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04/23/2014 01:00 PM
Point Spruce Tip IPA, Peach Mango IPA, White IPA and One Shot IPA debut in variety pack
Press Release:  (Stevens Point, WI) – If you are an India Pale Ale fan, make it a point to try the Stevens Point Brewery’s four unique and adventurous new IPAs, available only in a new Point IPA variety 12-pack. The […]

04/23/2014 12:58 PM
Deciding on a Fermenter for Brewing

There are two distinct types of chromium steel fermenters: plastic pails, glass carboys, and several containers to pick from. One stainless fermenter has a conical form and also the other has a contour like a glass carboy. Let’s contemplate the differences involving the various sorts of fermenters so that we are able to make an […]

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04/23/2014 12:39 PM
Green Flash Road Warrior Debuts This May

(San Diego,CA) - Green Flash announces the May 2014 national debut of Road Warrior™  - an Imperial Rye India Pale Ale that is brewed…

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04/23/2014 12:28 PM
A Craft-Beer Pub Crawl in the ‘Kitchen of Japan’
A Craft-Beer Pub Crawl in the 'Kitchen of Japan' New York Times For a long time, drinking beer in Japan meant implicitly supporting one of the country's four major producers: Asahi, Kirin, Suntory and Sapporo. But in the mid-1990s, when a law prohibiting the operation of small-scale breweries was abandoned, the ... and more »

04/23/2014 12:17 PM
New Odell Summer Montage Variety Pack Features Perle White IPA

(Fort Collins, CO.) – This week, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its Summer Montage Variety Pack featuring flagships…

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04/23/2014 12:12 PM
Chef John Howie Introduces Upcoming Brew Masters Dinners

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Not long ago we shared the announcement that Chef John Howie is opening a brewpub later this year in Bothell (read it). Today we are announcing an upcoming series of beer dinners at Howie’s SPORT Restaurant & Bar in Seattle. The first Brew Master Dinner takes place...

04/23/2014 11:53 AM
Contest: Two Tickets to the ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival
If you want to feel like you’re helping the environment all while enjoying some delicious homebrew, make sure to enter this contest for two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival. Thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, I have two tickets to give away for the event. We’ll make this an easy contest, just [...]

04/23/2014 11:42 AM
Beer Birthday: Christian Kazakoff
Today is Christian Kazakoff’s 43rd birthday. Christian is the head brewer at Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax, California. I’ve gotten to know Christian much better since we shared a room for a week in London several years ago to attend the Old Ale Festival at the White Horse...

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04/23/2014 11:32 AM
Brews Review: Take a class, raise a glass to salute home brew day
Brews Review: Take a class, raise a glass to salute home brew day NRToday.com May 3 is National Home Brew Day, an annual American Homebrewers Association event where folks get to talk, make and taste homebrewed beer. Our local club, the Umpqua Valley Brewers Guild, will be hosting a rally from 1 to 4 p.m. at Backside Brewing ... A ...

04/23/2014 11:02 AM
Enjoy Ciders from the Northwest’s Best at the PNWCA Cider Festival

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On June 5, 2014, the first-ever Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) welcomes product from 27 Northwest cideries to Seattle for the first event of its kind: a judged competition and public festival focused exclusively on the ciders of the Pacific Northwest. In all, more than 100 ciders...

04/23/2014 10:32 AM
Sweetwater Brewing Johnny Hash

Any time Sweetwater Brewing releases something from their Dank Tank line of beers, you know you’re in for a treat. The latest from this series is the 8.5% ABV double IPA, Johnny Hash. Like all of the Dank Tank products, the beer is appropriately named, as it packs some serious hop character. But there’s another […]

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04/23/2014 10:27 AM
Craft Beer maker turns to new case packer to keep up with growth
image1Craft beer brewers Southern Tier Brewing Company began operations in 2002 with a vision of reviving small batch brewing in a region that is rich in brewing tradition. Located in Lakewood, NY, southwest of Buffalo and just east of Erie, PA Southern Tier started with select varieties of small batch ales locally distributed. As word […]

04/23/2014 10:11 AM
Sliced Beer Glasses

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Every good beer needs a good glass.  We all have plenty of glassware.  It seems even if you don’t buy it, as a craft beer drinker, your beer class collection always continues to grow. I haven’t bought a glass in years yet I had over 8 cases of glassware the last time I moved.  But […]

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04/23/2014 09:46 AM
Upland Persimmon, Peach and Darksynth to be put up in next week’s lottery
Press Release:  (Bloomington, IN) – Next week, Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Persimmon and Peach fruited Lambic-style ales, and Darksynth, an Upland and New Belgium collaboration sour. Bottles […]

04/23/2014 08:30 AM
Palcohol FAQ
Palcohol is probably the biggest story in my 25 years of working with alcohol beverage law. As much or more media interest as compared to absinthe or Four Loko, or even direct shipping. Palcohol went from zero results on Google as of April 18th to more than 2 million as of this writing. By some […]

04/23/2014 08:00 AM
Deschutes Brewery’s Upcoming Releases
Deschutes Brewery has an array of new releases hitting the market. Some of these are old standbys while others are brand new to their lineup. These releases include Not The Stoic, Hop in the Dark, Twilight Summer Ale, Foray Belgian-Style IPA, and Black Butte XXVI. A few of these are available now while others will [...]

04/23/2014 07:53 AM
When Is a Cube Not a Cube?
When it's an ice "cube" produced by Suntory Whisky. The Japanese whisky maker is running a campaign featuring what are billed as 3D Printed Ice Cubes.

While the computer engineered ice is certainly attractive, I'm not sure how practical it really ice for chilling your whiskey. But, hey, it's advertising!

Aren't ice cubes 3D by definition?

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/23/2014 07:25 AM
A Brief Bashing of the Bunny

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We can’t claim to have really ‘done’ the Brodie’s Brewery ‘Bunny Basher’ festival, but here are a few observations based on popping in twice over the weekend. The beer was never less than interesting, and the atmosphere was brilliant. Like the Blue Anchor in Helston, the pub is both a tourist attraction and a local boozer. People […]

A Brief Bashing of the Bunny

04/23/2014 07:00 AM
Kona Brewing Releases Castaway IPA on Mainland
For the past one and a half decades one could only find Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA on the Hawaiian Islands. Now 14 years later Castaway IPA is available in select markets across the U.S. mainland. This self proclaimed Hawaiian-style IPA was born on the islands and is now available in both 12oz bottles and on [...]

04/23/2014 06:17 AM
Because there are a lot of ways to make bad beer
Curiously related to the question asked here Monday — Who gets to decide what is bad beer? — New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov explains the problem with what he calls “wine populism.” The same points could be made about “beer populism.” Asimov argues that that a critic’s job is not to validate the […]

04/23/2014 06:00 AM
VIDEO: Ben the Real Ale Dog, 1983

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Ben the pub dog would only drink ‘real ale’, as shown on BBC consumer show That’s Life in 1983. Also featuring Barry Malone from Shropshire CAMRA: “Yes, that is a good quality real ale, yeah.”

VIDEO: Ben the Real Ale Dog, 1983

04/23/2014 05:29 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Greg Norton
Greg Norton, along with his wife Katie, opened Bier Cellar in 2012. Greg is an experienced homebrewer, and a certified Cicerone and a BJCP recognized beer judge. Bier Cellar is an artisanal bottleshop, meaning we sell only craft beer, artisanal wine, mead and cider. We believe that to find your new favorite beer, wine, cider […]

04/23/2014 05:17 AM
Shipyard Brewing introduces new India Pale Ales range
American microbrewery Shipyard Brewing has introduced a new range of twelve pack India Pale Ales (IPA), which will be available in four varieties.

04/23/2014 04:00 AM
Kegorator Rebuild

Towards the end of last summer we had two solid weeks of very hot weather.  Normal here in the northeast we will get two or three days in a row of oppressive humid heat, followed by a little breather.  But last summer that two week stretch had my old chest freezer running pretty hard. So […]

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04/23/2014 03:50 AM
1950s Beer Mats

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We picked up these among a bundle of 16 for £4.99 inc. delivery on Ebay.

1950s Beer Mats

04/23/2014 03:05 AM
Courage Porter and Stout 1920 - 1928 (part two)
It seems like ages since the first part of my look at Courage Porter and Stout in the 1920's. That's because I wrote it a couple of weeks ago. Even though I only posted it a few days ago.

That's the way I work: way in advance, mostly. My life is so busy currently that I need to keep on top of my blog posts. I wouldn't want to miss a day.

I won't bother discussing the Porter and Stout separately because they were always parti-gyled together.

The recipes in the early years aren't a million miles away from the classic 19th-century Porter grists: a combination of pale, brown and black malts. With a small amount - less than 10% of the total - sugar thrown in. One difference with the 1800's is the proportion of black and brown malt. They would have been the other way around: 15-20% brown and 5% black.

Here are Courage's grists from the 1860's for comparison purposes:

Courage Porter and Stout grists in 1867
Beer OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl pale malt brown malt black malt
Stout 1067.31 11.43 4.42 76.78% 19.35% 3.87%
Porter 1057.06 9.38 2.37 76.26% 18.65% 5.09%
Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/275.

I'm not totally sure what they mean by black invert. It could be No. 4 invert under a different name.

The grists from later in the decade contain a couple of significant differences.  Crystal malt and oats have been added. The latter presumably because some was marketed as Oatmeal Stout, which was very popular between the wars. The quantity is considerably more than at London rivals Barclay Perkins and Whitbread. Oats made up less than 0.5% of Whitbread's grist and less than 0.25% of Barclay Perkins'. Way too little to have any noticeable effect. The 5% Courage used may well have been discernible.

It's all change with the sugars. Out go the caramel and black invert, and in comes cane sugar (West Indies and Mauritius) and proprietary sugars (CDM and Durax). Overall the sugar content rose from under 10% to getting on for 15%. This was at the expense of the roasted malts, whose combined share declined from around 20% to just 10%. Presumably the proprietary sugars were emulating the roasted malt character.

There are two consistent factors in the hopping: West Coast and English hops. Which is pretty typical for between the wars. The Alsace and Poperinge hops which pop up occasionally were cheap alternatives.

Here's the full grist table:

Courage Porter and Stout grists 1920 - 1928
Year Beer OG pale malt brown malt black malt crystal malt oats no. 3 sugar caramel black invert Duttson CDM West Indian/Mauritius Durax hops
1920 Double Stout 1043.8 68.21% 9.27% 13.91% 1.55% 7.06% Californian, Alsace and English.
1920 Stout 1047.4 72.26% 7.30% 10.22% 3.41% 6.81% Californian, Poperinge and English
1921 Stout 1043.8 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1923 Stout 1043.8 66.21% 6.90% 10.34% 6.21% 4.60% 5.75% Pacific and English
1926 Stout 1045.4 65.58% 5.58% 5.58% 5.58% 4.65% 5.89% 7.13% Oregon and English
1927 Stout 1045.4 64.71% 5.23% 5.23% 5.23% 6.54% 5.88% 7.19% Oregon and English
1928 Stout 1046.5 59.06% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 4.09% 6.61% 3.78% Oregon, British Columbian and English
1920 Porter 1029.6 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1921 Porter 1029.6 68.59% 9.01% 13.16% 1.85% 7.39% Californian, Alsace and English.
1922 Porter 1032.7 66.12% 6.91% 9.87% 4.61% 7.89% 4.61% Californian and English
1922 Porter 1032.7 66.02% 6.80% 9.71% 4.85% 8.09% 4.53% Californian and English
1923 Porter 1032.7 66.21% 6.90% 10.34% 6.21% 4.60% 5.75% Pacific and English
1926 Porter 1032.7 62.34% 6.39% 6.39% 6.39% 5.33% 5.86% 7.28% Oregon and English
1926 Porter 1032.7 65.58% 5.58% 5.58% 5.58% 4.65% 5.89% 7.13% Oregon and English
1927 Porter 1032.7 64.71% 5.23% 5.23% 5.23% 6.54% 5.88% 7.19% Oregon and English
1928 Porter 1032.7 59.06% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 6.61% 4.09% 6.61% 3.78% Oregon, British Columbian and English
Courage brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/08/251, ACC/2305/08/253, ACC/2305/08/255 and ACC/2305/08/256.

As Courage brewed a limited range of beers, we've just one set to go, Strong Ales. I'm sure I'll get around to that sometime soon.

04/23/2014 01:06 AM
Beer In Ads #1169: Pamela Britton For Blatz
Tuesday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1951. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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04/22/2014 09:26 PM
July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar
2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & EventsJuly 2014

July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

July is one of the busiest months of the year for outdoor beer festivals. You can expect to have anywhere between 1 to 4 different festivals each week as the popularity of beer festivals in this state continues to grow. More and more events will be added to this calendar as July approaches. So get out your favorite hat, put on your sun block and head outdoors for some of the best beer fests in the country. These calendar listings are updated weekly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a few days.

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Denver's Biergarten FestivalDenver's Biergarten Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
TEV Edelweiss - 17832 Hwy 8
Morrison, CO
Time: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Cost: $5 entry Fri-Sat, Sun. free. Beer extra.
This year’s Beer Garden (Biergarten) Festival will be bigger and better than ever before! They have added more music, more beer and more entertainment. Stop by on the third day (Sunday morning) to enjoy a real German Frühschoppen (brunch). Be sure to come and join us at Denver’s largest and most authentic beer garden festival! Website: www.biergartenfest.com.

Colorado Irish Fest20th Annual Colorado Irish Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
Clement Park
Littleton, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Cost: Fri $10, Sat $12 ($10 senior), Sun $10 (advance sales). At gate more.
VIP Paddy'O: $39/$44/$57/$69 or $149 all weekend.
Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2014 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment. If you thought St. Patty's was fun, imagine 3 days of non-stop celebration. Check out The Paddy'O - a private, members only area that anyone 21 years of age and older can join. The Paddy 'O is a fun, raucous place for you and your friends to relax away from the crowds. You will enjoy no lines for drinks, tickets, or the privy! Relax in a private tent providing shade, your own private viewing area of the main stage, food for purchase, and a private bar! Must be 21 yrs. or older. Tickets Limited!Website: www.coloradoirishfestival.org.

2014 Colorado Brewers Rendezvous18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Riverside Park
Salida, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $40 per person.
Over 50+ Colorado breweries will be in attendance for one of the best brewer attended festivals of the year. It's the 18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous! There will be plenty of live music, local food vendors and of course a wide variety of Colorado craft beer. Meet the brewers in a quiet intimate setting. Set in the spacious Riverside Park in Salida, Colorado. This is a major fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers' Guild and will feature some of the best craft beers in the state. Website: Click here.

German Fest Denver 20147th Annual German Fest Denver
Friday - Sunday, July 18-20, 2014
Civic Green Park - 9370 Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
Cost: $8 entry, beer extra. $2 off if you wear Bavarian wardrobe.
This is an annual family outdoor entertainment event focused on traditional German / European culture with activities for both adults and children. Here will will find all kinds of arts & crafts, culture, food & beer, customs and ethnic celebrations. Free parking. Website: germanfestdenver.com.

2014 Hops for Habitat BrewfestHops for Habitat Brewfest
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $40 Adv, $45 at the door.
Plan to join in at the Plains Conservation Center for the 10th annual fundraiser. Nearly 20 Colorado breweries will be pouring beers as well as wine from several Colorado vineyards. Listen to live music and enjoy food from several local food trucks. Enjoy wagon rides, the scenery and more. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Website: Click here.

2014 Denver Summer Brew FestDenver Summer Brew Fest
Friday - Saturday, July 25-26, 2014
Mile High Station - 2027 Old West Colfax Ave
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm to 10pm, VIP entry 6pm.
Cost: VIP $40 adv/$45 gate, General $30 adv/$35 gate. 2-day $50.
One of Denver's biggest summer beer fests with over 125+ brews from 45+ craft breweries. The festival now spans 2 days! The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association. Come hungry, they'll have some awesome food vendors selling pretzels, sausages, turkey legs, pizza & more! Limited parking - take the light rail to the fest this year. Website: www.denverbrewfest.com/summer.

Breckenridge Summer Beer FestivalBreckenridge Summer Beer Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
Breckenridge, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $30.87 General, $72.87 VIP advance price. DD $28.24.
New location for 2014! The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is one of the premiere events in Breckenridge, Colorado each year bringing over 30 breweries for tastings, FREE live music, a VIP area and wonderful food and retail vendors. All taking place in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado with amazing views of the mountains! Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival was voted one of the Best Events of the Summer by 5280 in 2010! For the 2014 event, they'll be adding more breweries (over 40) and a few other great surprises for you so stay tuned as the date gets closer. Website: Click here.

Other July Events Planned - Details and more events coming soon.

- Loveland Aleworks 2nd Anniversary - July 4th weekend, 2014 - 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.
- 2nd annual Erie Brewfest - early July 2014. Erie, CO. Date/Time/Location TBA.
- Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brew - Loveland, CO. Downtown area - Date/Time TBA.
- Twisted Pine's 19th Anniversary Party - mid-July 2014 - Boulder, CO - Date/Time TBA.
- Breckenridge Brewery's 24th Anniversary Party - Denver, CO - Date/Time TBA.

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04/22/2014 06:48 PM
Dry Dock Brewing Releases 12-packs of Apricot Blonde
Apricot_12_PackBeginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and […]

04/22/2014 06:05 PM
Colorado Beer News 042214
Colorado Beer NewsHappy Earth Day! It's the annual celebration to rally support for global environmental protection of our world. Do what you can today to help out the environment around you. Cut emissions by driving less. Recycle plastics, metals, paper and glass, or perhaps plant a tree. Attend an Earth Day event near you. Help make the Earth a better place for our children and future generations. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 22nd, 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - This week marks their 3 year anniversary. They plan on offering several new beers, hosting live music, and having some great food selections available from Thursday, April 24th to Sunday, April 27th. After the party is over, they will close for 1 day on Monday, April 28th in order to give their employees time to rest up. Check the Colorado Beer Releases page for all the beers available that weekend. [1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's finally happening! The brewery has now passed their final city inspections and will be opening later this week! Look for Blue Spruce Brewing to open its doors by the weekend. They will post a formal announcement on Facebook any day now. The brewery is also a restaurant that will feature Mazatlan style Mexican food. They plan to eventually host between 8-12 of their own beers on tap made on their own 7 barrel brewing system along with having a couple of local guest taps. [4151 E County Line Rd Unit G, Centennial, CO]

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

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Beginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and is barely bitter with 17 IBUs. This year, Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde won a silver World Beer Cup® in the fruit beer category. In 2012, the brewery took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival® for the Apricot Blonde. The beer has received six medals at the Colorado State Fair since the brewery’s inception in 2005. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Special beers are now on tap at Hops & Pie: Death by Coconut from Oskar Blues, Copper Cone from Epic, Walnut Porter from The Commons, White Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie from River North, and Raspberry Provincial from Funkwerks - ALL TAPPED! Pair that with a delicious slice of pizza pie while you're there. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Their sour red ale Tiphareth will be available in their taproom today in bottles and in stores later this week. You'll want to try it! [227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Denver's Mac Spa brings their iMovie workshop to the Epic tap room. Film a brewery tour, drink beer and learn how to edit your footage in iMovie! $20. Sign up at www.themacspa.com. Choose either April 23rd and 29th from 3-5pm. The fee includes an exclusive brewery tour, one beer or flight, and guidance on how to shoot, edit and finish a video on your iPad or iPhone. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Today they have tapped the last of their collaboration brews with 12 Degree Brewing. Coalesce Saison with Brett and Coalesce Framboise with Raspberries are both on tap today. These will go quickly. Pacific Bonsai will also be there providing Japanese/Hawaiian fusion food! 393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

South Denver Beer Festival (Littleton) - Mark your calendars for May 3rd & 4th. Those are the days set for this year's South Denver Beer Festival in Clement Park in Littleton, CO. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Featuring 120 craft beers, ciders, meads and wines. Craft spirits will be available in the VIP area. More info and link on the May Beer Fest Calendar.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Coming up on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30pm, Falling Rock will host the Brew Crew from Stone Brewing Company for a special tapping of a new beer - Spröcketbier, a black rye Kölsch-style ale. This brew will be distributed nationally starting this week. They will also be pouring Stone IPA and Stone Go To IPA. [1919 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This Friday, April 25th marks the return of their Water Tower Weisse beer. Friday only, they will offer that beer for just $2.50 a pint (that includes tax). [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Today is $2 Tuesday. Today they are pouring $2 house pints, well drinks & pizza slices. House brews today include: DANK IPA, Les Quatre Saisons, Model Citizen Golden Ale, Cinna Chai Milk Stout, Norma Jean Belgian Dubbel, Walt Wit, Man!, Diggity Dank Imperial IPA, and Nitro Milk Stout. What'll you have? [6730 S Cornerstar Way Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Starting today, Former Future will be open on Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm. One more day each week to savor their beer. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]


AHA Big Brew Day (Nationwide) - In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 3rd, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. At 11am MDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and wine for their friends and loved ones. A number of suggested homebrew recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s recipes—which consist of a pale ale, stout and dark lager—are all gold medal winners from last year’s National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition. Check your local homebrew clubs or breweries to see if they are hosting an event near you.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their 1066 English Bitter Ale is now back on tap today. Other beers on tap today include: 12 Apostles (German ale), WBC Irish Ale, Moses (Chocolate Porter), Shiva (IPA), WBC American Pale, Abel (Black IPA, almost gone!), and WBC Imperial Stout. On cask: Olde Irish Ale, Olde Moses, Olde Shiva, and Old American Pale. Plus, ask for a free half-pint taste of their Beer X beer experiment. They want your feedback on it. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Make sure to stop by FATE on Cinco De Mayo (Monday, May 5th). They will be releasing 750ml bottles of their Arta Tequila barrel aged Gose! They'll also be tapping a Mexican Style Dark Lager. Should be an awesome day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Their Colorado Sunday SMASH 2.0 is now on tap. This Single Malt, Single Hop ale is brewed with all Colorado ingredients. Chinook hops and 2-row pale malt give it a light, refreshing flavor just in time for this beautiful weather. Also, they have extended their hours for Spring & Summer, Mon-Thurs 2-9pm - Fri-Sat noon-10pm - Sunday noon-8pm. Also, don't forget tonight is Trivia Night for teams of 2-6 people. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm marks the release of their Rufus Corvus Barrel-aged Sour Ale (#19) in the Tap Room. Described as an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of their barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz. bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. Bring cash for the lineup of rare beers available on draft! But first, join in for brunch from 9-11:30am before the release! [5763 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Microbreweries for the Environment (Boulder) - The 22nd annual event is back for another year at the Boulder Theater this Friday, April 25th. This year they have 19 breweries participating and two high energy Colorado-based bands. Tickets are $23 to help benefit five local non-profit organizations. Beers will be $2 per pint. Doors open at 8:00pm. More info at www.bouldertheater.com. [2032 14th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Today is the last day - Enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO set for May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs until 11:59pm April 22nd. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Wiley Roots will be the subject of their very first Tap Takeover in honor of the upcoming UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival (April 24-26) this Thursday, April 24th at the Moxi Theater in downtown Greeley. Then again on Friday, April 25th, the Moxi Theater will tap a special Wiley Roots small batch beer that was brewed just for the festival called "One by One", a single hop, single malt pale ale. Moxi Theater: 802 9th St, Greeley, CO.

Brewery Bingo (Northern Colorado) - Brewery Bingo is coming back for another year during American Craft Beer week (May 12-18, 2014). During that week, stop by any Northern Colorado craft brewery and ask for a bingo card. Visit at least 5 different Northern Colorado breweries in Ft. Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Greeley or Berthoud that week and get stamps on your bingo card. Get a Bingo and win a special t-shirt! Details on the official Facebook page.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in tomorrow, Wednesday April 23rd for another special firkin tapping. This week they'll be tapping "Spicy Peach", a light blonde ale brewed with peaches, honey and habaneros. Nice sweetness with just enough heat. Then this Saturday, April 26th get ready for a Patio Party. Live music, food, beer releases and more. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - For today's Tuesday special, stop in for Growler and Snarler fills where you'll get $2.00 off. Don't forget to get your growler card punched to help earn free refills! This is one time where getting punched is a good thing! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Starting this Wednesday, Bike to Funkwerks on Wednesdays. In addition to becoming a zero waste brewery, Funkwerks would like to encourage bicycling during the warmer months. Bike to the taproom on Wednesdays and your second beer is one the house! Starting tomorrow. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

FoCoMX 6 (Ft. Collins) - The 6th Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) is happening this Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th at many venues across town and several Ft. Collins breweries and craft beer hotspots will be venues for many of the music events. Music will be playing all weekend (be sure to get your wristband). Some of the venues include: Equinox Brewing, Choice City Butcher & Deli, Cranknstein, The Mainline, Odell Brewing, Pateros Creek Brewing, Tap n Handle, and more! For venue and band details visit: focomx.focoma.org.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today you can get $1 off glasses of "Five Second Frencher" all day long. Also ladies, tonight is a Verboten Sisterhood group meeting at 6:30pm. $5 for a class on ESB's tonight. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's back on tap! Their "G-MAN" IPA. Stop in for a pint of this hoppy brew. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today starting at 5pm they will offer Happy Hour prices with $2 craft beers. Need another reason to visit today? [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Brewer's Republic (Colorado Springs) - Don't miss out on Colorado Springs Craft Week. Brewer's Republic will be hosting a couple events during the week of April 27th through May 4th, 2014. On Sunday, April 27th they will be hosting a Barrel Aged Beer Dinner featuring four barrel aged beers from four ‪local‬ breweries, this dinner will offer 4 beers, 4 course for $40 starting at 5pm. Beers from Great Storm Brewing, Nano 108 Brewing Company, Pikes Peak Brewing, & Bristol Brewing Company. Get your tickets now at Brewer's Republic! [112 N Nevada, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - Their new Spring business hours are now in effect. They will be open 2:00pm to 11:00pm(ish) daily Monday through Sunday. happy Hour every day 5pm to 7pm with $3.50 pints and $12 pitchers. Free live music almost every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer months. Stop in for a fresh brew when in Aspen! [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - You know it's almost summertime when they bottle their summer seasonal. Island Mesa Blonde was put into bottles for the first time today. Look for it wherever Kannah Creek beer is sold very soon.

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04/22/2014 05:50 PM
Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival
Yes, the kidlets have Chinchilla, but there’s a relatively new musical festival called BottleRock in Napa, May 30, 31 and June 1, that vibes for the wine-imbibing crew. If you can pony up three grand for the three day event, you’ll get to see the artists in the title (and those are just my favs, there’s […]

04/22/2014 05:19 PM
Brew: Alaskan to enter South Dakota
I tweeted about this a couple of weeks ago, but Alaskan Brewing Company of Juneau made their entry into the South Dakota market official via a posting on their website last week.

04/22/2014 04:41 PM
Saint Arnold Brewing To Participate In 2014 Hops For Heroes

Houston, TX - Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has signed on to participate in the collaborative…

The post Saint Arnold Brewing To Participate In 2014 Hops For Heroes appeared first on thefullpint.com.

04/22/2014 04:41 PM
Imbibe Denver and Denver Arts & Venues Present Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig
Slue-Foot-Poster-17x11-FinalEvent highlights The New West art exhibit and Colorado craft beer DENVER – April 22, 2014 - Imbibe Denver and Denver Arts & Venues have gone Western and are throwing a barn burner of a beer festival. Slue Foot Sue’s Shindig takes places on Friday, May 9 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the McNichols […]

04/22/2014 04:39 PM
New Belgium Brewing Honored as “Best for the Environment” for Sustainable Initiatives
NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorFt. Collins, Colo., April 22, 2014 –B Lab has named New Belgium Brewingto its third annual ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list for creating a positive environmental impact. The ‘B Corp Best for the Environment’ list honors 84 businesses that earned an environmental impact score in the top 10 percent of all Certified B […]

04/22/2014 04:21 PM
Beer Touring Astoria, Oregon and Beyond

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Most beer travelers around the Northwest fail to think of Astoria, Oregon as a worthwhile destination when planning their beer adventures. People imagine Fort George Brewing to be alone in the wilderness, but that is no longer the case. In fact, Astoria’s best-recognized brewery is not the...

04/22/2014 03:44 PM
DC man will become sixth American to record 10,000 beer tastings on RateBeer
Nearly 51 / 2 years and hundreds of group tasting sessions later, Bonventre soon will rate his 10,000th beer, a feat only 30 people in the world, six of them Americans, have accomplished. He is not the site’s top user […]

04/22/2014 03:21 PM
A Great American Toast: Homebrewers Across the Country Unite for AHA Big Brew
National Homebrew Day is fast approaching and takes place every year on May 7th. To help celebrate this day, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May which happens to be on May 3rd this year. This year, throughout the day on May 3, hundreds of bars, breweries, [...]

04/22/2014 03:06 PM
2nd Shift Sub-Mission Release Party at Milagro Modern Mexican
[ April 23, 2014; 11:59 am; ] What happens when delicious Mexican food and a delicious IPA meet?  Well, we're going to find out when 2nd Shift Brewing releases their collaboration with Mission Taco Joint called Sub-Mission IPA. This West Coast-style IPA was designed to pair with the awesome Mexican fare at Adam and Jason Tilford's restaurants. To celebrate this release, the Tilfords' [...]

04/22/2014 02:25 PM
Brewing for the Planet
Brewing for the PlanetMany breweries have recently become aware of the footprint that their businesses have on the planet, and they have taken conscious steps to ensure that their beer production doesn’t hurt the environment—even if it means spending a little extra to find alternatives in the brewing process.

04/22/2014 02:17 PM
The Horror!
I was drinking my Uinta XPA clone, thinking about how I had to write a post about how it tasted. I was pouring a pint, composing the opening in my head, when, suddenly, the tap began to spit furiously!

Out? No way! I thought.

I jiggled the keg.

Oh, Way. Definitely Way.

Okay. I still have some OPA left.

More spitting! Crap!

Now I'm down to two kegs, the undercabonated Rye Cream Ale, and the sour Blonde Ale.

I found a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Company Lobo Negro, and immediately went to my computer and order ingredients for two batches of beer.

I brewed one over the weekend, and I'll brew the other next weekend.

I still have Wake N Bake and Union Jack in fermenters. It will be a week until I keg the Stout, and another week until I keg the IPA. I should be able to keg Dirktastic the same day, and the other beer the week after that.

04/22/2014 01:24 PM
ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival
[ April 26, 2014; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] I love when a beer event is partnered with a good cause. It makes you feel like your beer drinking is helping the world. In this case, your beer drinking really is helping the world because the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival benefits Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, an organization that encourages planting of trees in cities and [...]

04/22/2014 12:16 PM
End Of A Dumb Idea: Feds Withdraw Approval For Powdered Palcohol
UPDATE: Don’t expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in […]

04/22/2014 11:37 AM
Dig This! Suntory Whiskey Makes Amazing 3D Printed Ice Cubes
Novelty-shaped ice cubes are nothing new, but it’s safe to say that you’ve never seen them as impressive as this before. 3D on the Rocks is the latest ad campaign for Japanese liquor company Suntory, a brand who specializes in whiskey. They collaborated with advertising agency TBWAHakuhodo to create the world’s first 3D-milled ice cubes. […]

04/22/2014 10:35 AM
Situated in the distinguished commune of le Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, the house of Salon produces only one Champagne- and a rare one at that. Created by a passionate gentleman obsessed with perfection, Salon Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs is only produced in the best vintages. In the entirety of the 20th century Supplication Sour Ale – Russian River Brewing Company


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04/22/2014 10:19 AM
Perennial Barrel-Aged Sump Release Details
I can’t even imagine what it takes to put on a beer release event.  Especially ones from Perennial Artisan Ales or Side Project Brewing. First, you’re never going to make everyone happy, no matter how much planning and time and effort you put into it, there is always someone who will be disappointed in how it’s [...]

04/22/2014 10:06 AM
Failing at the Beer Mile

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We headed for London’s Tower Bridge fully intending to tackle the now famous Bermondsey Beer Mile but got distracted by pubs on the way. Boak had previously visited the Draft House on Tower Bridge Road on her own a few weeks ago and, despite lacklustre cask ale, appreciated an atmosphere where she didn’t feel uncomfortable […]

Failing at the Beer Mile

04/22/2014 08:08 AM
Adventure Brewing Opens May 15
Fredericksburg's third craft brewery, Adventure Brewing, will open Thursday, May 15. Brewers Tim Bornholtz, Stan Johnson and John Viarella have been hard at work doing construction on the brewery and developing their beers. The Adventure Brewing website describes their vision:
As a micro-brewery, Adventure Brewing Company is primarily focused on bringing full flavored beers to the local area. Initial plans are to produce around 1,000 barrels (about 30,000 gallons) per year. Adventure Brewing's initial lineup of beers will include four year round styles and a number of seasonal or special batches. The year round styles include an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Wheat and a Stout. Specialty and seasonal batches such as Double IPA, Pumpkin Beer, Smoked Ale, Christmas lager and others will, of course, invite more adventurous tastes. We plan to serve samples and full beers in the tasting room as well as fill growlers (64 oz bottles) to take home. We are also working with distributors to ensure our beer is available at many local restaurants.

The brewery's opening schedules will be Thursday, May 15 from 6pm - 10pm; Friday, May 16 fem 6pm - 10pm; Saturday, May 17 - from 12pm - 10pm; and Sunday, May 18 from 12pm - 6pm.

The Free Lance-Star recently made an informative report on the brewery.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

04/22/2014 07:45 AM
Why do trumpets taste like hops?
Five years ago I read an article about a study at Heriot Watt university that had found different styles of music could 'improve' the flavour of wine. In a controlled experiment, wines paired with the 'right' style of music tasted 40-60% better than those paired with the 'wrong' style.

Obviously I stole the idea and applied it to beer. There's a broader range of styles and flavours to play with, and music and beer as I know them go together much better than music does with wine - both have a communality and approachability to them, with the option of going for more obscure, difficult stuff if you prefer.

I started having fun matching things by theme, season and mood, but also terroir, attitude and a slight smidgeon of taking the piss.

Eventually though, I was put in touch with neuroscientists who showed me there's much more to it than that. Neuroscience in its current form has been around for less than twenty years, because contemporary brain imaging technology, which shows us what bits of the brain light up in response to different stimuli, is very new. Incredibly, in the 21st century we are only just starting to figure our how the brain really works. And we're learning that there's much more to our so-called 'five senses' than previously thought. They overlap, support each other, and sometimes become confused or blurred. Unwittingly, I'm conducting experiments that are not too dissimilar to what's happening in the new field of neurogastronomy, or would be if I conducted them more carefully and with less mucking about.

This has set me off on an exploration of the senses and how the brain works. I never did any science subjects at school or college after the age of fourteen, and now I'm learning to love the laboratory all over again, reading up on everything from soundwaves and molecular gastronomy to the philosophy of aesthetics and the 'Proustian effect' of sense memory.

My talk on beer and music is sprouting all sorts of new tentacles. I rewrite it after every single show, taking on board what I've learned, bolting on new experiments, refining the pairings, polishing up the presentation, ditching the bits that don't work. Having gone from ditching most of the show each time and starting from scratch, it's now starting to feel pretty solid.

I've no idea where this will end up - as a book, radio show or event at the Edinburgh Fringe (all have been suggested to me) - but right now it's becoming one of my core obsessions. At the heart of it are six pairings of great beers with music tracks that I love. They go together in different ways had tell us different things about how we perceive the world around us.

Some audience members think the whole thing is rubbish. Others find it seismic in changing their perceptions. Some cynics are won over; some enthusiasts go away confused and unsure. Whatever happens, and however much you buy the central conceit, it's an enjoyable hour of great beer and great tunes, with added science, anecdote and trivia.

I'm doing my next event at Bristol Food Connections on Friday 2nd May, in front of a very special audience which you can be part of. Tickets are still available and are only £5 including beers.

The following week I'm repeating the event in London, at the Ivy House. This pub hit the headlines a couple of years ago when it was seemingly doomed to closure, but was saved when the community bought it. It's now a thriving craft beer-focused pub with a legendary musical heritage. I'm honoured to be be matching beer and music there on 8th May. Tickets have just gone on sale here.

Please come along and help me create a beer tasting event quite unlike any you've witnessed before.

04/22/2014 07:43 AM
Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout

I was in a hurry and only had time to stop in for a quick taste and purchase on a recent visit to Manassas’ Bad Wolf Brewing. The brewery had recently posted news online that their Chocolate Stout was available, so I pretty much knew what I was going to take home when I stepped […]

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04/22/2014 07:00 AM
Rogue Farms Brings Their Bees to the Bottle
INDEPENDENCE, OREGON – At Rogue Farms we know spring has arrived by watching our 7,140,286 honeybees. Our honeybees are the first to notice the blossoms that appear in our Hazelnut trees and Big Leaf Maples; and the daffodils and tulips that grow near the barn. Soon they’ll be foraging for nectar in the flowering cherry, [...]

04/22/2014 07:00 AM
Powdered Alcohol
As of April 8-21, 2014, this was approved. The federal government approved this brand of powderized alcohol two weeks ago. The reviewing agency has been TTB (not FDA, as some press accounts have said). TTB is a sub-unit of the US Department of Treasury. First and for a long time, alcohol was just liquid. Then […]

04/22/2014 05:29 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Josh Christie
Josh Christie is an independent bookseller, outdoors columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, and author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. When Josh isn’t slinging books at Sherman’s Books in Portland, he can be found lecturing about Maine’s beer history, sampling local brews, and skiing in the Maine mountains. Website: Brews and Books Twitter: @JChristie […]

04/22/2014 05:13 AM
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04/22/2014 03:33 AM
Macon Beer to increase production with new equipment
American establishment Macon Beer Company has announced plans to increase its production capacity by 400%, with the installation of new cellaring equipment.

04/22/2014 03:05 AM
Hoare Pale Ale quality 1922 - 1925
Here's another series you probably hoped I'd forgotten about: draught beer quality in 1920's London pubs.

I've still barely scratched the surface. There's a long, long way to go yet.

But first, the story of yet another brewery fire:

"FIRE AT HOARE'S BREWERY.- The greatest possible alarm was raised during Thursday night in consequence of a report being raised that the premises of Messrs. Hoare, the well-known brewers in Lower East Smithfield, were on fire. The intelligence was promptly forwarded to the brigade engine stations, and in the course of a few minutes Mr. Fogo, the foreman of the district, attended with three engines, when it was found that the outbreak had taken place in No. 13 sampling-store, but what cause could not be ascertained. Owing to the exertions of the workmen and firemen, the games were confined to that part of the premises in which they commenced, but not until a wooden closet and about 20 dozen bottles of stout, &c., were destroyed. Considering the extent of the premises the damage may be described as inconsiderable, and the business will not in the least degree be retarded by the outbreak. The firm is insured in the Sun, Union, Phoenix, and Imperial fire-offices."
London Daily News - Saturday 08 October 1859, page 7.

It's no wonder they raised a serious alarm. Brewery fires could be pretty dangerous if they got a hold - as the 1832 fire at Barclay Perkins demonstrates. Though this one doesn't appear to have been that destructive. Only a cupboard and 240 bottles of beer were lost. Bugger all, really, for a brewery of Hoare's size. In money terms, just £4 to £5.

Right, on with Hoare's Pale Ale. As a reminder, their Burton Ale came 10th of 14 with a score of 0.67.  Their Mild 9th of 17 with a score of 0.30. That's middling to poor.

This is an 8d/7d Ordinary Bitter type. The gravity is scarily close to the average of beers of this type, which is 1046º. But, because its attenuation is below the average of 80%, it has a little lower ABV.

Hoare Pale Ale quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Appearance Flavour score Price
1922 PA 1011.2 1045.7 4.48 75.49% grey v fair 2 8d
1922 PA 1013.8 1047.3 4.34 70.82% bright rather poor -1 8d
1922 PA 1012.7 1046.2 4.35 72.51% bright good 2 8d
1922 PA 1012 1047 4.54 74.47% bright v thin -2 8d
1923 PA 1014.4 1044.9 3.95 67.93% hazy unpleasant after flavour -2 8d
1923 PA 1010.8 1046.3 4.61 76.67% not quite bright poor -1 8d
1923 PA 1010.8 1046.3 4.61 76.67% not bright poor -1 8d
1923 PA 1012.2 1046.7 4.48 73.88% bright fair 1 7d
1923 PA 1012.6 1045.6 4.28 72.37% not bright poor -1 7d
1925 PA 1010.6 1047.1 4.75 77.49% brilliant v good 3 7d
Average  1012.1 1046.3 4.44 73.83% 0.00
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

What can I say except what a mixed bunch. Five out of ten were clear, which I now realise isn't too bad. But only four got positive score for flavour, which isn't very good. It's only because there were two twos and one three in the positives that the overall average is zero.

It's interesting to see that there's no correlation between clarity and quality. Two of the bright samples got negative flavour scores and one of the best for flavour wasn't bright. Not sure what to make of that.

Based on these results, I'd be pretty wary of ordering Bitter in a Hoare tied house.

04/22/2014 12:38 AM
Beer In Ads #1168: Max Gene Nohl For Blatz
Monday’s ad is for Blatz Beer, from 1948. The ad is part of Blatz’s “I lived in Milwaukee, I ought to know” series from the later Forties and Fifties that featured prominent celebrities, sports figures and famous folks from Milwaukee claiming to know “Blatz is...

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04/22/2014 12:00 AM
Along a Fence - Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale

I've been writing about it in every few posts for about the last month and a half. I've finally weeded through the backlog of beers I had to review the old way. The way I felt to be kind of drab after two plus years of doing it. I felt that changing it up would be a bit more entertaining whenever I actually get the opportunity to post during the week. I figured it would also be somewhat more interesting to look at for the approximately six or seven people that actually read this stuff. I'm not exactly trying to win a pulitzer here. Some better angles enables us to get better looks at the brews along with some intriguing labels or even cans in some cases. I'll also be trying to incorporate a classic song lyric or a movie quote at the end of each of these just for fun, too.

Quite a sweet and sour scent. Also quite yeasty and estery. Pepper, grass and lemon. This was a very, very crisp brew. Very springy. Thick and golden body. Really had some body to it. A curtain of foggy haze within the body as well.

This would be a great beer to have either sitting back on or leaning against a fence on some random farm somewhere in central/southern Pennsylvania. You know what area I'm thinking of. A perfect place to guzzle a few of these. Neil Young used to play at Farm Aid (he might even still be one of the figure heads for that, I'm not sure) almost every time it came around. I think that makes him fitting to listen to while enjoying one of these.

"Dream up, dream up. Let me fill your cup with the promise of a man." - Neil Young in Harvest

04/21/2014 09:43 PM
I'm writing a book
It will be entitled Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. And it will go part of the way to describe why I've been seemingly more quiet than usual thus far in 2014. I think I was supposed to have told you about this quite some time ago. Or, maybe not. There was no way I wanted to jinx things by talking about a deal that was not officially done at that point. While all of the fun legalese was being

04/21/2014 09:31 PM
New Hops Trellis

For many years, I had what I will call a hops growing system that involved my shed and the tree that hung over it. The strings that the hops climbed on were fastened to the top of the shed, about twelve feet up in the air.  Then, an extension of those strings were connected from […]

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04/21/2014 08:38 PM
French wine in cans? Sacre bleu!
Le vin … en canette: In a move that will raise a few perfectly arched French eyebrows, Winestar is putting premium Languedoc wine in aluminum cans. The 187-ml cans (equivalent of ¼ bottle) are oxygen- and light-resistant and packaged with an internal coating designed for wine. The first cans to hit California in June will […]

04/21/2014 07:20 PM
Colorado Beer News 042114
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Big Word Day. In an age where abbreviations are commonly used, we tend to get out of practice in using big, long words. Well today is the day to stop using short words and instead use really long, big important words to impress your friends. Don't know any big words? Try using Dictionary.com to look some up. Those who love craft beer could use such words today as: brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus or saccharomyces cerevisiae. Those are commonly used words of ingredients to brew certain types of beer. Use a BIG word today, one that you haven't used before. Your friends might just wonder if you've been reading a lot lately or wonder what you're up to. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, April 21st, 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

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Today their taproom is closed for a private employee event, but they will be back open on Tuesday, April 22nd with a new beer tapping. Stop in Tuesday at 6pm for a pouring of "Ryan and the Gosling", a Brett Pale Ale brewed with citrus. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - This Friday, April 25th at 4pm, Rockyard Brewing will be tapping another of the Jellyman's Deviation beers. This week it's "Betsy", a highly contagious sessionable pale ale. How sessionable is Betsy? It weighs in at 3% and is loaded with flavor. Enjoy it by the 20oz glass. [880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

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

Stem Ciders (Denver) - Starting on May 6th, you will be able to satisfy your cider cravings in their Tap Room on Tuesdays. Stay tuned for some cool events that they will be offering on Tuesdays. There new business hours are: Monday - Closed, Tuesday - 4-10pm, Wednesday - 4-10pm, Thursday - 4-10pm, Friday - 4-11pm, Saturday - 12-11pm, and Sunday - 12-8pm. [2811 Walnut St, Suite 150, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Progress on building the brewery continues. They started building their walk-in cooler today. When completed, it'll have over 300 square feet of space, big enough to house their 6 serving tanks plus room for expansion. Stay tuned for more news on opening day. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Join in tonight and every Monday for Homegrown Trivia tonight at 6:30pm hosted by Jeremy. And then stop back in tomorrow night for Board Game Night Part III. Their friends from Adventurers Quarter will add some killer board games to their "classic" selection in the taproom. Anyone who's gaming will get $1 off beers. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - For the AVs game tonight (starting at 5pm), wear your AVs gear down to the tasting room and watch the game with them. Anyone in AVs apparel will get Happy Hour prices all during the game. #GOAVS #WhyNotUs. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Hey all you Rickolis and Avs fans - come in tonight and receive $1 off all their regular $4.50 pints during the game. [4335 Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - It's Pilsner week at Saint Patrick's. Stop in and enjoy 1 or more of 4 varieties of pilsners: American, Czech Golden, German, or Japanese Rice. Quench your thirst! [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Good news! The sun is shining and their Watermelon Kolsch is back on draft. Stop on in! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Here's what's happening this week at City Star. Today is FREE BEER Monday. Get a free beer with every 64oz growler you fill up. On Wednesday, it's Trivia Night starting at 7:30pm to 9pm. Then on Thursday, it's Thirsty Thursday with Happy Hour all day long. Live music also from Denny Driscoll from 6pm to 9pm. Friday and Saturday also bring live music from David Richey & Jordan Ramey (Fri 6-9pm) and Carbone Family Band bluegrass and old-time tunes (Sat 6-9pm). Enjoy your week at City Star! Also, mark your calendars for their 2nd year Anniversary Hootenanny for Sunday, May 4th. New beer tappings and more! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Monday Keep the Glass Night, they are featuring New Belgium Brewing. Starting at 7pm, order a Sunshine Wheat, La Folie, Ranger or Abbey and get a free glass! [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins/Asheville, NC) - New Belgium is planning to officially break ground on their new East Coast brewing facility in Asheville, NC on May 1st. [PRESS RELEASE] This 2nd facility, second brewery will be a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2. New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area. In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] FCB Bids Farewell to 1900 Amber. The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern has officially announced plans to retire their 1900 Amber Lager, ending its production by June, 2014. While FCB’s current headquarters was being built in 2009, 1900 Amber Lager was created and introduced to the full-time lineup as a way to remember their old location at 1900 Lincoln Ave. “We started out predominantly as a lager house at our old location and 1900 was originated to really symbolize where it all began,” said FCB’s General Manager, Tina Peters. The 1900 Amber Lager has a German Melanoiden and Munich malts blend with Willamette hops to create a bright, crisp and balanced brew. 1900 received a gold medal in the 2009 US Open Beer Championship (USOBC), a bronze medal in the 2011 USOBC and placed 2nd at the Craft Lager Festival in 2012. “We’re definitely sad to see it go, but as a craft brewery that strives to always better ourselves, we felt as a company it was more important to shift focus away from 1900 and to the present and the future direction of FCB,” said Peters. As far as what craft beer drinkers can expect to see in replacement of 1900, Fort Collins Brewery remains tight-lipped. “We’re continuing to expand and create new FCB brews and we’re excited to share that with the craft beer scene in the coming months,” said Peters.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (six CO locations) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, one of Colorado’s most iconic restaurant groups, is excited to roll out a new collaborative partnership with local breweries across the Front Range, offering craft beers made specifically for the Rio Grande from purveyors that operate in five of Rio’s local markets. The Rio will now elevate the beer drinking experience for its guests by taking a more local approach and working closely with local breweries to craft beers made in partnership with the Rio food and beverage team. “As a Colorado-based company, the Rio is committed to supporting local entrepreneurs who are making our state a mecca of craft beer,” said Rio Founder Pat McGaughran. Each of the six Rio locations will feature draft beers crafted in concert with a nearby local brewery. The Fort Collins Rio has officially launched the program and features a delicious Coopersmith’s brew: a Blood Orange Wheat called Rio Trigo that will be tapped today, April 21st. Both establishments are iconic, Old Town Fort Collins institutions with decades of history—the Rio opened in 1986, and Coopersmith’s followed soon after in 1989. The Fort Collins Rio also will be serving two acclaimed Odell Brewing Company taps including: Battalion - a tequila barrel aged imperial stout brewed with dark chocolate, cinnamon, and fresh house roasted poblanos and dried chipotles. And - The Sangre de chueco - a tequila barrel aged, imperial Vienna lager brewed with agave nectar, blood oranges and limes. Four other Rio markets — Greeley, Denver, Boulder and Lone Tree– will begin rolling out their collaborations over the next month and include partnerships with Wiley Roots, Renegade, Grimm Brothers, Sanitas Brewing, Fate Brewing Co. and Lone Tree Brewing Company.

Southern Front Range

Colorado Springs Craft Week (Colo. Springs area) - What has 11 breweries, 7 coffee roasters, 2 distilleries, 3 food trucks and lots of live music? It's the Crafters' Festival set for Friday, May 2nd from 4pm to 9pm at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs, CO. It's just one of the many events set for Colorado Springs Craft Week. More info at cscraftweek.com.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New Beer Alert! Stop in and try their Sister Mary Mary Tart Cherry Saison. A Saison style ale that had 142 pounds of Tart Red Cherries added to the fermenter. Deep gold in color with ruby hints. There are fruity aromas from the cherries and the yeast derived esters. Malty flavors with hints of rye and spelt are backed with subtle cherry flavor (6.1% ABV). [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Turn your Monday into a Funday with $3 pints of their flagship beers today from 3pm to 7pm. Who says Monday's have to be a drag? [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Progress continues on opening the brewery. Their electrical inspection is scheduled for today. Then the City final inspection is scheduled for either today or tomorrow, depending on what time the electrical inspection occurs. Stay tuned for more news on their opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Good news! Progress has been made. They have been formally approved by the TTB (Feds) and are now federally licensed. Plus, they are not almost done with construction on the brewery and taproom. Their brewhouse has been built and will be on site soon - a 7 barrel system. Opening day keeps getting closer and closer. [1744 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Today at 5pm, Kannah Creek will be tapping a firkin of Carrot IPA - made with real carrots (The Easter Bunny's favorite). It's one way to get part of your daily recommended serving of veggies. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - The brewery will be open tonight! Plus, they also have new stainless growlers in stock. If you pre-ordered one - stop in and pick it up. Great day to fill up a growler with fresh craft beer. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Starting at 5pm today, they're startup their Local's Appreciation Happy Hour. Each day Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm, you can get $2 pints if you are wearing a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel. Show off your CMBC pride and drink some tasty & cheap beer. 439 Edwards Access Road, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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04/21/2014 05:26 PM
Monday Rant: It Gives You Focus
Hops. More Hops. Hop oil. Resin. Grapefruit. Sometime maybe even some orange. All are key characteristics of American IPA's that I've noticed over the three to four years that I've been indulging in the craft beer scene. Characteristics that many of you out there find appetizing and inviting. I've grown to find them overly intense, drab and boring. The race to see which brewer puts the most hops into its IPA's has not entertained me much and you're not wrong for being excited about it. It's just not my thing. It's kind of reminiscent of the multiple times the Major League Baseball home run records have been shattered since my adolescence.

Twitter has always been ablaze with the popularity of session IPA's. I've taken special notice to it with the addition of Founders All Day IPA to the craft beer spectrum (was it some time last year?). I decided to have an All Day IPA as my dinner cap on Saturday and someone almost had to mop up the puddle of drool that I left on the bar.

It was fruity and had layers of flavor other than the ones I mentioned above. It didn't appear as if it was saturated with hop oil. It was somewhere within the spectrum of being both transparent and opaque. A lovely color, too. Why don't we brew more of these session IPA's? They go down easy. The flavors seem to be more focused. You probably won't taste remnants of these brews in the ones you decide to try afterwards. The beers have a mild and bitter bite on the back, but the point is that 85 percent of the drinking experience with one of these isn't entirely on the hops. I don't think that any beer should have the main focus of the hops that are in it, but all of the ingredients that go into the brewing process. Remember that beer is quite subjective!

Then again, this is probably why I'm not a brewer somewhere in the middle portions of Pennsylvania. Still, I think it's a good thing that we are experimenting with the session brews here in the states. So many beers have hit the market that have too high ABV's and are just too complicated in the least. Whatever happened to the simple beers?

Speaking of simple, yet stunning brews...

04/21/2014 05:04 PM
The Prohibitionist Pot Calling The Brew Kettle Black
This is almost funny, an amazing press release from Alcohol Justice that is so lacking in self-awareness and irony that it’s hard not to laugh at just how truly absurd it is. Why any media outlet, anyone really, takes them seriously is a head-scratcher, especially with such a remarkable lack...

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04/21/2014 03:14 PM
Rock Bottom Brewmaster’s Cinco De Mayo Dinner
  In two weeks Cinco De Mayo will be upon us and downtown Portland’s Rock Bottom will be hosting their Brewmaster’s Cinco De Mayo Dinner. Beginning at 6:30pm, Rock Bottom will celebrate the Fifth of May with a 4 course beer dinner. The Cinco De Mayo Dinner will feature 4 seasonal beers from Rock Bottom’s [...]

04/21/2014 03:06 PM
Stone Brewing Releases First Beer in Stone Spotlight Series: Sprocketbier

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (April 21, 2014) – Last year, the Brew Crew of Stone Brewing Co. participated in an intradepartmental competition dubbed the Stone Spotlight Series, in which teams of two competed for the opportunity to have a beer they devised brewed, packaged and distributed nationally. Stone wanted to “spotlight” the talented individuals that […]

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04/21/2014 02:48 PM
Meet Wild Earth Brewing – Another New Washington Brewery

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Located about an hour east of Seattle, the tiny town of Roslyn, Washington is now home to a pair of breweries: Rosyln Brewing Company, which has been around for years, and Wild Earth Brewing, which opened just a few weeks ago. The new brewery is the brainchild...

04/21/2014 01:53 PM
What Kind Of Drinker Are You?
Here’s a fun little piece of history. In the September 2, 1947 issue of Look magazine, journeyman freelance author Don Wharton wrote an article examining the different types of drinkers one might encounter in mid-20th century America, as long as one kept to the mainstream America filled with...

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04/21/2014 12:39 PM
Turnhoutse Saison – Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest

Review by: Cory Smith No, that’s not a typo in the title.  The fact that you can’t read the name of the brewery (unless you aren’t a typical ‘Murrican) is … Continue Reading →

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04/21/2014 11:53 AM
5 Tips to Start Brewing Beer with Malt Extract

  Brewing beer is an enjoyable hobby for those that adore beer. This advice will direct you in choosing the proper fundamental brewing parts required for creating your first yummy beer.   1. Obtain a simple brewing starter kit   It are available at at on-line providers and nearby home brew stores. Several things is […]

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04/21/2014 11:14 AM
BeerCam: Drinking Empire State Brews at the NYC Craft Beer Festival
Seth escapes the frigid weather and visits the NYC Craft Beer Festival, sampling brews from across the state. This segment is brought to you by Jimmy’s No. 43. Please support those who support us!

04/21/2014 09:18 AM
Bear Republic Apex

I don’t come across too many brews from California’s Bear Republic, but that doesn’t bother me all that much — that is, until I stop seeing one of my favorites from them on shelves. Hop Rod Rye is a stellar beer and the cause for picking up any product from the company that I haven’t […]

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04/21/2014 07:07 AM
A second San Diego event

Here's early warning of a second event I'll be doing while in San Diego next month.

It's one aimed at professional brewers and will dfeature me talking about the role of Brettanomyces in British brewing. I think it's a pretty damn interesting hour or so of bug fun.

These are the details:

18:00 at The Brew Project
1735 Hancock St #1,
San Diego, CA 92101

You can find more information here.

In addition to hear my gentle East Midlands tone, you'll also have a chance to see just how dreadful my handwriting is when I (hopefully) sign lots of copies of my books. Try to get in early, as my writing doesn't get any better as the evening progresses.

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer

04/21/2014 06:17 AM
Who gets to decide what is bad beer?
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 04.21.14 The Corona Coup: How Constellation Sells So Much Bad Beer. Just a thought. It would be interesting to see the results of a blind tasting where the same people who give other Mexican beers a higher rating and rip Corona to shreds compare the two. Could they tell the difference? […]

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