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12/20/2014 12:01 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

12/20/2014 12:01 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’.....

12/20/2014 12:01 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!

12/20/2014 12:01 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.....

12/20/2014 12:01 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!

12/19/2014 11:18 PM
Bosque has no plans to slow down in 2015 even after a wild 2014
Greetings everyone, Stoutmeister here with the third post in the Look Back/Look Ahead Series for 2014-15. Our La Cumbre story ran last week and our Kaktus story debuted Monday. As the year draws to a close, rather than just write up a single summary review of the last 12 months in beer, I decided to take what free time I have and go talk in per ...

12/19/2014 09:50 PM
Google released their "year in search" today, which charts the trends in every conceivable area of interest.  That includes a top ten list for beers searched, but it isn't particularly illuminating.  They also have an interactive tool that allows you to plug in search terms and see how they've performed over time--and using that, we c ...

12/19/2014 09:13 PM
31 Beers of December – Day 19: Fremont
@Fremontbrewing @99bottles @ 99pours To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, […]

12/19/2014 09:00 PM
Industry News: Brewie meets $100,000 Indiegogo goal and introduces new perks to meet "stretch goal"
Press Release

image courtesy Brewie

Until now, making your own craft beer has been difficult, cumbersome and expensive. That’s all about to change — thanks to Brewie, the world’s first fully automated home-brewing machine.

We’ve reached our funding goal on Indiegogo in only 10 days, collecting $100,000 worth of pledges from almost 200 funders. This means that Brewie will become a reality for all our backers, including everyone who pledges before the campaign ends on Jan. 31, 2015.

With an award-winning design, Brewie lets you make your own craft beer at the push of a button. You can use our ready-made recipes or experiment with 23 different parameters, such as temperature, time or water amount. Brewie's smartphone app monitors the whole brewing process for you.

We’ve introduced new perks, such as Brewie Pads that contain all the ingredients you need to brew your own beer, and 5-liter (1.3-gallon) kegs where you can store your brew as it ferments.

As soon as our Indiegogo campaign reaches our new stretch goal of $200,000, we will add a new feature to all Brewies that will allow you to add hops at four times in the brewing process rather than only twice!
image courtesy Brewie

12/19/2014 08:52 PM
Looked better in person, but I loved how the sun was breaking through the clouds.
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12/19/2014 08:31 PM
Day 19 – Beers of Auckland – Epic Armageddon IPA

Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 19 – Imperium by Epic Brewing Company BOTTLE: Armageddon IPA BREWED: Steam Brewing Company ABV: 6.66% HOPS: Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus I didn’t get home till after midnight so missed doing the blog on the 19th. Team Epic visited a few craft beer bars in the lower CBD yesterday afternoon/evening. (16 Tun, Sky […]

The post Day 19 – Beers of Auckland – Epic Armageddon IPA appeared first on Luke's Beer.

12/19/2014 08:29 PM
Looked better in person, but I loved how the sun was breaking through the clouds.
from Instagram http://ift.tt/1zefdRy via IFTTT

12/19/2014 08:20 PM
Brewsday Tuesday: A new homebrew club in Mid-City is looking for members
bestofneworleans.com (blog) Brewsday Tuesday: A new homebrew club in Mid-City is looking for members bestofneworleans.com (blog) Members of the Far Fighter 400, l-r: Bert Swafford, Jeff Roland, Devin Villegas, and Matthew Morgan. Back in 2011, neighbors and homebrewers Bert Swafford, Kevin Muggivan, and Jeff Roland decided that “ ...

12/19/2014 06:44 PM
Atlas Brew Works to Debut Cans
Starting this Friday, you'll be able to get your hands on cans on two of Atlas Brew Works' flagship beers, District Common and Rowdy.  From a press release: “We are thrilled to offer our customers Atlas beer in cans!” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “Atlas drinkers will be able to enjoy our beer in many places that just aren&r ...

12/19/2014 05:22 PM
A Year of Deals Has Popular Craft Retailer Restocking Its Shelves
Effective the first day of the New Year, Craft Beer Cellar, a small chain of craft-centric retailers headquartered in Massachusetts, will no longer exclude beers from its shelves based solely on who owns the brand. Since its inception in 2010, the company has sold only beer that fits the Brewers Association’s (BA) definition of craft beer.

12/19/2014 05:21 PM
Sapporo Premium Beer
Day 172: Sapporo Premium Beer from Sapporo Breweries. Style of beer is 'Premium American Lager'. ABV is 5.0%.

12/19/2014 04:56 PM
Flying Dog Plans to Launch Experimental “Farmworks” Brewery in Virginia
As breweries in the craft beer sector continue to flourish, established companies, like the 25-year-old Flying Dog, are doubling down and looking to further capitalize on growth with entirely new brewery ventures. The Frederick, Md. beer company yesterday announced plans to launch Farmworks Brewery, a self-described “unique farm brewery destination” located in Lucketts, Va.

12/19/2014 04:43 PM
Episode 253: Accumulation & Dark Horse 4 Elf

12/19/2014 04:28 PM
Bold City and Aardwolf featured on WJXT news prior to Jags game
Jacksonville brewery representatives from Bold City Brewing and Aardwolf Brewing appeared on WJXT, the local CBS affiliate last night prior to the nationally-boradcast, prime time airing of Thursday Night Football from Everbank Field. In the interview Brian Miller of Bold City and Preben Olsen of Aardwolf answered questions about the craft beer movement and why […]

12/19/2014 03:00 PM
Industry News: WA: Seattle: Now open for business "The Bergschrund" in Ballard
From General Mercantile to metal-fueled tavern, postal address 4818 17th Ave NW, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, has hosted many types of businesses.

Constructed in 1907 on the corner of Leary Way and 17th Avenue N.W. the two story building was originally home to a General Mercantile, before transitioning into "John's Offshore Tavern". Eventually the 'Tavern would change ownership in 1963, renaming itself to Bit Shagaths (later renamed to The Bit Tavern). The Bit Tavern name would remain, until its sale in 1999. Renamed as The Bit Saloon, the new bar owner upgrade its liquor permit to support hard liquor (aka, spirits). In 2010 the former General Mercantile building would experience another ownership change, as the new owners took over and renamed the building to "2 Bit Saloon". Unfortunately the owners of the "2 Bit Saloon" were forced to close their doors in October of 2014. 

Today, the cavity left by "The 2 Bit Saloon" has been filled by "The Bergschrund", a beer-themed bar, in Ballard's 'brewery district'

Co-owned by Northwest Peaks Brewery owner Kevin Klein, The Bergschrund will showcase Northwest Peaks beers, in a family friendly setting. On top of local beers, the bar will provide guests with pizza (for purchase) or allowance of outside food (from nearby food trucks, delivery, or takeout).

As it turns out, the new agreement will allow NW Peaks' Klein to recover the tasting room, expand production, and (in the near future) upgrade the hospitality area for visiting guests.

For the time being The Bergschrund will be open Thursday and Friday (from 4pm to 10pm), Saturday (from 2pm to 10pm), and Sunday (from 12pm to 8pm). For more information visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theBergschrund or stop by during regular business hours.

The Bergschrund is located at 4818 17th Avenue NW in Seattle, WA.

12/19/2014 02:26 PM
Sockeye Brewing Aiming To Brew 18K BBLS and Increase Distribution
(Boise,ID) – Sockeye Brewing from Boise, Idaho began distributing its flagship Dagger Falls IPA in cans during November of …

12/19/2014 02:14 PM
Mother Road Brewing Third Anniversary Bottle Release TODAY
(Flagstaff,AZ) – Come in and get your bottle of Third Anniversary Ale. This release is limited to 750 22 ounce bomber b…

12/19/2014 01:20 PM
Upland Teddy Bear Kisses
From Upland Brewing – A dark and robust beer brewed in the traditional stout method. Teddy Bear Kisses features an abundan…

12/19/2014 01:00 PM
Festival News: WA: Port Townsend's Strange Brewfest returns for an 11th year
image sourced through Creative Commons from fruittrees' Flick account.
Next January, the town of Port Townsend will host an annual event, unique to Port Townsend.

On Friday (January 23rd) and concluding Saturday (January 24th), Strange Brewfest returns to the local American Legion Hall. So far the event has 'strange' contributions from over 60 breweries.

Strange Brewfest is fast approaching! We've decided to turn Port Townsend upside down, by turning all of our amps up to 11 this year!

We're celebrating 11 years of bringing wildly creative potations to the peninsula. Our goal has been, and always will be, to exceed your festival expectations!

Unlike previous years, the festival organizers are expanding the amount of space available.

$30 gets you a souvenir tasting glass, 4 tasting tokens, and a wristband to get you in for both days. Additional tasting tokens $1.50

To purchase tickets or learn more about Strange Brewfest, goto http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

12/19/2014 12:58 PM
The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop Grand Opening on Saturday
Portland’s Westside has been underserved over the years when it comes to craft beer. The last dedicated taproom with a heavy emphasis on the total craft beer experience west of the Willamette was Bailey’s Taproom. This has now changed with the opening of The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop near Providence Park. The Civic will celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, December 20, 2014 with some fantastic events.

12/19/2014 12:45 PM
I just picked at random a selection of California cabs from my cellar. Here’s what I found: Stag’s Leap Cask 73: 14.5% alcohol; Nickel and ...

12/19/2014 12:33 PM
Florida lawmakers file bills to change growler laws, optimistic change will happen in 2015
The push to get Florida’s archaic and restrictive craft beer growler laws are heating up again. Two representatives, Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and Rep. Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor – both Republicans — filed bills earlier this week that would allow Florida breweries to sell their beer in 64-ounce, refillable bottles known as growlers. […]

12/19/2014 12:00 PM
Launch of WhiskyBack Red at Coalition Brewing
With the maturing of the craft beer industry, many of us craft beer drinkers look elsewhere to enlighten our libations that we consume. One of the more popular explorations is into another malt based beverage, whisky. Tomorrow, Saturday December 20th, Coalition Brewing will be providing such assistance. Taking place from 5:00 to 8:00pm, Coalition will […]

12/19/2014 11:58 AM
Ithaca to Release Daydreamer
Ithaca Beer Co. kicks off its 2015 Seasonal offerings with Ithaca Daydreamer, an American style Kolsch. Originating from Cologne (Köln), Germany, the Kölsch style was historically only brewed along the Rhine (Rhein) River and fairly light in alcohol at 4.5-5.5% abv.

12/19/2014 11:42 AM
Week of 12/19/14 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Founders Dark Rye, Le Coq Imperial Russian Stout, Alvinne Gaspar, Anchorage Whiteout Wit, Nogne Imperial Rye Porter. Additional information can be found at their blog. Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting [...]

12/19/2014 11:32 AM
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
The Line is a colorful design-driven hotel set in the heart of LA’s buzzing Koreatown. Boxy guest rooms are smartly-designed with a centerpiece bed and ...

12/19/2014 11:00 AM
Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children's Cancer Association MusicRx program
Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.

Heated tents, coupled with mild temperatures outside, provided so much warmth that the coat check took in a record number of garments – great news for the Children’s Cancer Association. All the proceeds brought in from the coat check, the Crater Lake Root Beer Garden, a raffle, and sales of the festival’s classic pin up girl posters and temporary tattoos are annually earmarked for the non-profit. At the festival’s conclusion, organizers count all the funds, round up to the nearest $1,000, then double it, and double it again. Festival organizers are excited that this year’s donation will make an immediate impact on the holiday needs of the Music Rx program.

The Northwest’s only outdoor winter beer festival featured 54 beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, all of which were made or blended specifically for the event, or were vintage offerings not commonly served in the region. The event is billed as an opportunity for brewers to connect with their fans, and this year’s lineup did not disappoint.

While all the products were well received, a few rose to the top in terms of popularity, including Hopworks’ The Incredible Abominable of the Enchanted Barrel Forest (Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale), Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion (Double IPA), Fort George’s Santa’s Dinner Jacket (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale), Old Town’s Bluth’s Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen (Chocolate Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen) and Finnriver’s Stone & Pome Cider (Barrel Aged Plum and Peach Cider).

Three of the most talked about beers were Eel River’s Gargantua II (Whiskey Barrel Vanilla Imperial Strong Ale Blend), McMenamins Edgefield’s Lord of Misrule (Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Mocha Stout), and Feckin’s Top O’ The Feckin’ Mornin' (Imperial Espresso Milk Porter).

The festival also featured nearly 40 specialty kegs throughout the event, including a six-year vertical of The Abyss by Deschutes Brewing, and a 2009 cask of JW Lees & Co Harvest Ale. There were two separate meet-the-brewer events, the first with Stone Brewing’s Kris Ketcham and Dr Bill Sysak; and the second with Bear Republic’s Peter Kruger and Roger Herpst.

Attendees were treated to the aroma of fresh roasted nuts from Family Tree Nut Co., and hearty fare from Urban German Grill and Bunk Sandwiches. The 11th annual SundayBeer Brunch, a separate ticketed event held at the festival site on Sunday morning of the event, was a sold out affair featuring vintage beers not in the festival and special large format bottles paired with a European style buffet.

The Holiday Ale Festival is a five-day event that annually starts the Wednesday following Thanksgiving. Dates for next year are Dec. 2 through 6. For more information, visit www.holidayale.com.

12/19/2014 10:57 AM
Strange Brewfest 2015. These go to 11

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s time to make plans for the 11th Annual Strange Brewfest. The celebration of quirky beers happens on January 23rd and 24th in Port Townsend. This year, the event takes place on Friday night and Saturday, and they decided to skip the Sunday session. Now that I...

12/19/2014 10:54 AM
Bell’s Expands Southern California Footprint
Bell’s Brewery has announced plans to expand its presence in southern California in early 2015 per a partnership with Craft Brewer’s Guild of Los Angeles, a wing of L. Knife and Son’s national craft wholesale network. Beginning Feb. 23, all of Bell’s products will be available throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, depending on their release dates.

12/19/2014 10:27 AM
Friday 5ive: Winter’s Coming
The cold is settling in. Winterblot is at the Triple Rock on Saturday and Surly’s new facility opens today, so it would feel out of place today to feature anything but heavy metal from northern climates. Conveniently, Scandinavia is full of metal bands past and present, as illustrated by this map that made the internet ...

12/19/2014 10:06 AM
December 19th, 2014


Holiday Beer

With just a few days and a wake-up to go until "Jolly" old St Nick arrives, we just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone


12/19/2014 09:35 AM
Craft beer to bring to holiday parties
For a long time, the standard host/hostess gift has been a nice bottle of wine. With the surge in craft beer, a large-format bottle of beer is also a good option. This holiday season, many local Northern Virginia...
Holiday craft beer

12/19/2014 09:27 AM
DuClaw Brewing Colossus

The post, DuClaw Brewing Colossus, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Colossus isn’t just one of the one of the more limited-release products from Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing, it’s also one of the most appropriately named. This American strong ale is a mammoth brew, weighing in at 17.3% ABV. The only problem is that’s where it’s giant persona ends. There’s just not much hear on offer besides […]

The post, DuClaw Brewing Colossus, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

12/19/2014 09:05 AM
It's that time of year again. Just before Santa is due to call, comes my annual pilgrimage to Essen for the Kerstbierfestival.

I love the Kerstbierfestival. One of my absulute favourites. Not too much time wasted trudging around a hall to fetch beer - the one bar design is a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I. A reasonable number of seats - a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I.And they have all the Belgian winter seasonals in one convenient spot - a great idea for the old and slightly infirm such as I.

Give me a yell if you spot me there tomorrow. There's no prize, other than have me slobber over your jacket. Not really a prize that, is it?

As Dolores is coming along, I may even remember some of the event this year. She tends to make sure we leave at a sensible time.

12/19/2014 09:00 AM
Top 10 Sakes to Pair with your Holiday Cheese Platter
Many of us will eat plenty of cheese this holiday season. Though cheese isn’t a traditional Japanese food, sake actually makes an excellent pairing with ...

12/19/2014 07:00 AM
Brewery News: MA: Beecher's Cheese & Samuel Adams collaborate for the holidays
Press Release

BOSTON, November 19, 2014– Craft beer and artisanal cheese each have a large and loyal fan base on their own and this holiday season two worlds will collide with Samuel Adams and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, an award-winning New York City and Seattle-based cheesemaker, who are uniting craft beer and cheese through unique do-it-yourself cheese soaks, recipes and pairings. The brewers at Samuel Adams worked closely with Beecher’s founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier to infuse Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese with Samuel Adams Boston Lager and developed dishes and pairings that any foodie or craft beer lover can replicate, bringing the experimentation with Samuel Adams beer and Beecher’s cheese to homes nationwide.

Cheese and craft beer lovers will be able to replicate Beecher’s DIY Samuel Adams soaked cheese, which showcases Boston Lager’s piney, citrus and herbal notes and adds complexity to a rich cheese like Dulcet, a double-cream cheese with clean, lightly tangy and creamy character. Soaking the cheese, which involves immersing it in beer and other ingredients for three days, imparts unique, complex flavors, and is an easy way to spice up holiday get-togethers. For easy holiday entertaining, Dammeier and the Samuel Adams brewers also developed a series of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Winter Lager -infused recipes, as well as a cheese pairing guide for each brew in the Samuel Adams Winter Favorites Variety Pack, which is just hitting shelves for the holiday season and currently available nationwide.

Jennifer Glanville, Samuel Adams Brewer and Director of Brewery Programs shares her thoughts on craft beer and cheese:
“Craft beer is a versatile companion for artisanal cheese, whether it’s infused into the cheese, added to a cheese-based recipe, or paired with it as an appetizer. There are thousands of flavor compounds from the hops, malt and yeast used in Samuel Adams Boston Lager which provide a variety of flavors when combined with different types of cheese. Boston Lager creates a wonderful marriage of flavor when featured in recipes or infused into cheese, enhancing the richness of the cheese with its subtle Noble hop character and beautiful piney, citrus and herbal notes. Our Winter Favorites brews also pair wonderfully with Beecher’s delicious offerings. These pairings and cheese creations will easily elevate entertaining to another level this holiday season.”

What Kurt Beecher Dammeier, Beecher’s Founder has to say about the similarities between brewing and cheesemaking:
“Brewing and cheesemaking are both ancient arts and I think of them as cousins of the culinary world. They are both derived from our earliest attempts to preserve food and drink, and they require high levels of skill, precision and the best ingredients possible to create a quality product. Today’s brewers and cheesemakers are aided by advanced machinery, but at the heart of their endeavors they are utilizing the same techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Craft beer and artisanal cheese is a natural and delicious combination.”

How to create your own Samuel Adams Boston Lager-soaked cheese:
Kurt Beecher Dammeier has crafted recipes for four different varieties of Samuel Adams Boston Lager-soaked cheese.  These “washes” not only add complex flavor to the cheese but are also visually appealing and range from deep purple to pink. These recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining or casual get-togethers with friends.

For each soaked-cheese, boil 32 ounces of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and respective sweetener (honey or maple syrup) to a simmer for five minutes, add the remaining ingredients, and cool the mixture before adding in Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese to soak for three days, stored in a refrigerator. For more information and complete recipes, visit www.samueladams.com.

·         Variety #1: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Blueberry Juice (16 oz.), Vanilla Extract (.5 tbsp.), Almond Extract (.5 tbsp.), Honey (1 tbsp.)
·         Variety #2: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Pomegranate Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Hazelnuts (1.5 tbsp.)
·         Variety #3: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Cranberry Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Pecans (2 tbsp.)
·         Variety #4: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Apple Cider (16 oz.), Maple Syrup (6 oz.), Whole Black Peppercorns (.5 tsp.), Rendered Bacon Bits (.5 cup)

For easy and impressive holiday entertaining, Samuel Adams Winter Favorites Beers and Beecher’s Cheese Pairing Notes:
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager + Beecher’s Flagship
    • On its own, Flagship showcases a tangy sharpness, which becomes softer and mellower when paired with Boston Lager. Caramel malt flavor from Boston Lager goes well with similar caramel flavors in the cheese. Hints of nut and brown butter are also apparent on the palate.
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager + Beecher’s Flagsheep
    • Winter Lager enhances the flavor of Flagsheep. The cheese’s round, butterscotch notes and dry texture go well with the winter spices in the beer.
  • Samuel Adams White Christmas + Beecher’s Flagship Reserve
    • This pairing is an explosion of flavor, with Flagship Reserve bringing the crisp flavor and winter spices of White Christmas to the forefront. The beer and cheese are complementary, coming together to provide beautiful citrus flavors.
  • Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale + Beecher’s No Woman
    • The spicy, savory flavor of No Woman really pops when paired with Old Fezziwig Ale. The jerk spices in No Woman linger on the palate.

Winter Lager Beecher's No Woman Cheese Fondue

1 cup Samuel Adams Winter Lager
8 ounces ​​Beecher’s No Woman cheese, shredded
8 ounces ​​Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey

In a heavy saucepan or fondue pot, bring the beer to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low so the beer is gently simmering.
Combine the shredded cheeses with the cornstarch. With the heat on low, add cheese mixture, Dijon mustard and honey to the beer all at once, whisking continuously until the cheese is smooth. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately.

Learn more:
·         For additional information and to locate a Samuel Adams retailer visit www.samueladams.com
·         For more information on Beecher’s Handmade Cheese visit: http://www.beecherscheese.com/

Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, and Old Fezziwig are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen.  Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America.  That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit.  Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer.  It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients.  Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market.  The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

Founded in 2003, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is an urban cheesemaker operating out of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and New York City’s Flatiron District. Visitors to Beecher’s glass-walled cheesemaking kitchens witness first hand the crafting of their signature favorite, Flagship cheese, as well as many of the other award-winning cheeses Beecher’s has to offer. By starting with fresh, pure milk from local farms, and applying the traditional methods used by cheesemakers for thousands of years, Beecher’s cheeses are free of artificial ingredients making them just as delicious as the milk they are made from.

Everything produced by Beecher’s, from the handcrafted cheeses to the delicious side dishes and crackers, is free of all artificial preservatives, coloring and flavor enhancers.  Beecher’s is part of the Sugar Mountain family of businesses whose mission is to “Change the Way America Eats.” To that end, one percent of all sales is donated to the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation (www.purefoodkids.org), founded by Beecher’s in 2004, empowering kids to make healthy food choices for life.

Beecher’s products are available through its website, cafés and New York City restaurant (The Cellar), and at retailers nationwide. For more information, visitwww.beecherscheese.com.


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12/19/2014 06:30 AM
The taste of downtown Grand Rapids
Meet Jason Heystek. His business card identifies him as head cellarman and lead guitar at Founders Brewing. He’s also the guy in charge of barrels at Founders, the Michigan brewery that stirred up the Internet this week by announcing a it would sell a 30 percent of its company to a Spanish brewery. In a […]

12/19/2014 05:33 AM
Coaster Critique: Ridgeway Brewing Reindeer’s Revolt
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12/19/2014 05:00 AM
Roscoe’s 8th Anniversary
The day after Christmas will bring in the 8th year of Roscoe’s. Yes, on Friday, December 26th Roscoe’s will be celebrating their 8th year of bringing the Montavilla neighborhood great craft beer paired with mouth watering food. There is no better way to celebrate than bringing you a phenomenal tap list with some of Roscoe’s […]

12/19/2014 03:44 AM
Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children’s Cancer Association
PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families. Heated tents, coupled with mild […]

12/19/2014 03:42 AM
Pre-WWII US IPA and a Euro-Mashup
Smuttynose/Stone Cluster's Last Stand and BrewDog/Weihenstephan India Pale Weizen.

We tasted two beers from our end of 2014 wish list last night: BrewDog’s collaboration with Weihenstephan, India Pale Weizen, and a recreation of the fabled Ballantine IPA. Well, sort of. The latter was not the recent effort released by Pabst, which we’re still desperate to try, but an entirely different beer produced as a collaboration between … Continue reading Pre-WWII US IPA and a Euro-Mashup

Pre-WWII US IPA and a Euro-Mashup from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

12/19/2014 03:22 AM
Baerlic Brewing Wood Worker Barrel Aged Series Bottle Release
Baerlic Brewing will release their first barrel aged beer on Saturday, December 27th beginning at 3:00pm. The first release of Baerlic Brewing’s WoodWorker Series, an ongoing series of barrel aged beers is Old Blood & Guts Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Old Blood & Guts Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine – an American style barleywine ale with […]

12/19/2014 03:05 AM
European beers in 1929
Not much this time. Just a table of analyses.

It's in the Wahls' book, but they had borrowed them from someone else:

"Composition of various European beers, according to Prof. Dr. H. Luers, Munich, in "Grafe Handbuch Der Organischen Warenkunde", Volume III, 1929."

It's mostly Bavarian breweries, speiced with a few exotics from Prague and Britain:

European beers in 1929
Year Brewer Town country Beer OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation OG Plato
1929 Pschorr Munich Germany Dunkles 1054.26 1019.2 4.53 64.61% 13.43
1929 Hofbrau Munich Germany Dunkles 1057.58 1020.2 4.75 64.92% 14.21
1929 Weihenstephan Freising Germany Dunkles 1057.16 1017.2 5.16 69.91% 14.11
1929 Spaten Munich Germany Dunkles 1053.83 1021.4 4.19 60.25% 13.33
1929 Tucher Nuernberg Germany Dunkles 1053.45 1017.8 4.59 66.70% 13.24
1929 Kulmbacher Sandlerbraeu Kulmbach Germany Dunkles 1062.61 1015.8 6.05 74.76% 15.38
1929 Dortmunder Union Dortmund Germany Export 1055.15 1012 5.55 78.24% 13.64
1929 Schultheiss brauerei Berlin Germany Maerzenbler 1053.75 1012.3 5.09 77.12% 13.31
1929 Erste Pilsener Actienbrauerei Pilsen Czech Republic Pilsener 1046.99 1011.6 4.56 75.32% 11.71
1929 Burgerliches Brauhaus Pilsen Czech Republic Pilsener Urquell 1048.17 1013.4 4.51 72.18% 11.99
1929 Dreher Kleinschwechat Austria Wiener Maerzenbier 1058.95 1016.9 5.44 71.33% 14.53
1929 Unknown Berlin Germany Berliner Weissbier 1036.68 1007.1 3.84 80.64% 9.23
1929 Barclay Perkins London UK Porter 1087.61 1022.9 8.40 73.86% 21.06
1929 Bass Burton UK Pale Ale 1060.80 1018.8 6.28 69.08% 14.96
Beer from the Expert's Viewpoint by Arnold Spencer Wahl and Robert Wahl, 1937, page 166.

I've no idea what that Barclay Perkins beer is. Obviously some sort of Stout. But it doesn't match any they brewed in the 1920's: BBS Ex had an OG of 1079º and IBS Ex 1103º*. I suspect the analysis is really from before WW I.

The Bass Pale Ale has an OG that looks right for the export version, but the FG looks far too high. Don't quite understand that one.

Moving on to the Munich beers, they still have the high OG and poor attenuation of the 19th century.

The Kulmbcher has a surprisingly high gravity  - though didn't we just read something saying it had a bock-like OG? - and reasonable attenuation leaving quite an alcoholic beer.

The Pilseners look . . . very much like modern Pilsner Urquell in terms of OG and ABV. It seems a very unchaging beer in terms of strength. More so than any other individual beer I can think of.

Told you there wasn't much this time. That's it.

* Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/614.

12/19/2014 02:46 AM
A visit to La Mesa's Bolt Brewery
As the San Diego County brewery count slowly creeps towards the century mark, it’s becoming much more difficult for new breweries to stand out in a very crowded field. Some may choose to stand out by giving their...
A visit to La Mesa's Bolt Brewery

12/19/2014 01:34 AM
Beer In Ads #1408: Yuletide Pabst
Thursday’s holiday ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from 1935. According to the ad, during the Yuletide season “It’s time for Pabst.” Happy Holidays! The post Beer In Ads #1408: Yuletide Pabst appeared first on Brookston Beer Bulletin.

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12/18/2014 11:01 PM
Jungle Jim's Barrel Aged Beer Bash, 2015
Take great craft beer, in particular the dark ones, place them in various barrels that have been used by other liquids such as bourbon, sherry, wine, or whiskey. Now age them for a few months and then pour the results...

12/18/2014 10:53 PM
Cincy Winter Beer Fest 2015 is coming very soon
In less than two months, the beer fest that started the revival in the Cincinnati area will be held. The 2015 installment for the Cincy Beer Fest will be held on February 13 & 14 in the Duke Energy Center...

12/18/2014 08:31 PM
Drunk nation; winter months bring higher average levels of inebriation
Beer, as everyone knows, is an alcoholic beverage and as such, if consumed too heartily, can lead to inebriation. For a serious beer-lover, one who enjoys the flavors of a well-crafted beer along with the company of good...
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12/18/2014 07:32 PM
No-Li Van Lambert Sour Cherry Ale, sneak peek this Saturday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I just learned that this Saturday No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane will release a limited number of bottles of its Van Lambert Sour Cherry Ale. Here’s the announcement from the brewery. Santa has come a bit early this year! With the holidays just around the corner, No-Li will...

12/18/2014 07:00 PM
Mahou San Miguel acquires 30% stake in Founders Brewing
Spain-based Mahou San Miguel has acquired 30% stake in US-based Founders Brewing for an undisclosed amount.

12/18/2014 05:08 PM
Manhattan Beer’s Windmill Acquisition has New York Bodegas, Beverage Centers Fearful
Two of the largest beer wholesalers in New York City are working to consolidate, creating one company that will control approximately half of the city’s beer market -- but not everyone is happy about it. In a note to suppliers, Manhattan Beer Distributors announced Tuesday that it has entered into a formal agreement with Windmill Distributing (Phoenix\Beehive Beverage Distributors), to acquire the company’s beer brand distribution rights.

12/18/2014 04:40 PM
Momotaro, Chicago
Momotaro, a multi-level mecca of Japanese food and design, offers myriad dining experiences: The first floor, devoted to izakaya—a cocktail, whiskey, and sake bar with elevated ...

12/18/2014 04:24 PM
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man
My face when people argue about bottles or cans in the shower.   [...]

12/18/2014 03:47 PM
Holiday Ale Festival raises $20k for Children’s Cancer Association

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I don’t like to get involved in the “us versus them” thing. Seattle is a great beer town and Portland is a great beer town. I don’t like to waste time pondering which is better. That said, there’s no denying that Portland kicks Seattle’s butt when it...

12/18/2014 03:44 PM
Flying Dog Set to Make Farm Brewery Destination in Lucketts, VA
Frederick, MD – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand at Shadow Farm, a 53-acre farm in Lucketts, Va., last month for a histori…

12/18/2014 02:49 PM
Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery Destination in Virginia

The post, Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery Destination in Virginia, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Frederick, MD – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand at Shadow Farm, a 53-acre farm in Lucketts, Va., last month for a historic announcement on plans for Lucketts Mill Hopworks, the State of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic’s first commercial-scale hops production and processing facility. Building on that announcement, Flying Dog Brewery out […]

The post, Flying Dog Announces Plans for Farmworks Brewery, a Unique Farm Brewery Destination in Virginia, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

12/18/2014 02:41 PM
Winter months bring highest average level of inebriation study says
Beer, as everyone knows, is an alcoholic beverage and as such, if consumed too heartily, can lead to inebriation. For a serious beer-lover, one who enjoys the flavors of a well-crafted beer along with the company of good friends, drunken stupor is not the goal. Nonetheless, during the months of December through March, becoming legal […]

12/18/2014 02:00 PM
Top 12 Spirits Reviews: Winter Round-Up
With winter waving at us with its chilly fingers, it’s the time of year to sit by a fireplace while sipping on a cozy cocktail. ...

12/18/2014 01:34 PM
Gift For the Home Brewer
Saccharomyces cerevisiae from Giant Microbes. Only $9.99!

12/18/2014 01:29 PM
Iron Hill Brewery’s Bottled Reserves/Bedotter Cans Make Terrific Holiday Gifts!
WILMINGTON, DE – This holiday season, smart gift-givers will flock to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (11 locations across D…

12/18/2014 12:48 PM
President Obama – now a member of the American Homebrewers Association

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. A couple years ago, the world learned that the White House kitchen staff was brewing its own beer at the behest of President Obama. We reported on that story in 2012 (read it). Sam Kass, a chef at the White House and the Senior Policy Adviser for...

12/18/2014 11:58 AM
Beer: The New England 1020 (Update)

It's that time! I bottled the New England 1020 IPA last night and it tasted delicious. The FG got down to 1.010 which is better than I expected. Overall it's a solid 5.8% ABV IPA. I had hoped for a lot higher but lack of attention to detail during mashing results in lower efficiency. I'll post tasting notes once it's done bottle conditioning! 

12/18/2014 10:52 AM
Friday Funny - December 12, 2014

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12/18/2014 09:53 AM
Stealing the Flying Dog Glass
Tuesday evening the Flying Dog RV was spotted outside Capital Ale House. The occasion was a Flying Dog "Steal the Glass" night, featuring four Flying Dog beers served in an attractive etched glass. How could we resist going in?

The four beers featured were Bloodline IPA, Hoppy American Wheat, Kujo Coffee Stout and Gonzo Imperial Porter on Nitro. All excellent beers that we've had before. I opted for the Bloodline Blood Orange IPA and Colleen selected Hoppy American Wheat.

Bloodline IPA seemed to be the most popular selection, based on comments I heard at the bar. It's a bright, citrusy IPA that's quite refreshing. I posted a full review of the beer previously. Equally enjoyable was the Hoppy American Wheat. A blend of a bitter IPA and a wheat beer, this member of the Brewhouse Rarities series is a unique take on the traditional wheat beer. More info can be found in this previous review.

Flying Dog beer peddlers Adam and Pete were there to talk about the beers. I got a chance to chat with them a bit about Flying Dog's plans for the upcoming year. Let's just say I'm looking forward to enjoying some interesting beers from the brewery in 2015.

And those cool etched logo glasses? We decided we really needed a set of four, so we enjoyed another round of our selected beers with Capital Ale's tasty, and huge, Lamb Gyro Burger. It was a fitting finish to a fun day that included a fun visit to the range.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

12/18/2014 09:35 AM
Recipe: Beer-Soaked Grilled Cheese
On a cold winter's day there is nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of tomato soup and the traditional grilled cheese accompaniment. But, what if you could amp that grilled cheese up a bit with one of the world's other sublime pleasures: beer?

12/18/2014 09:18 AM
31 Beers of December – Day 18: SoMe Brewing Cinnamon Toast
@SoMeBrewing @Chaddah To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will […]

12/18/2014 09:09 AM
4 Elf – Dark Horse – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/18

Day 18 of our 25 Days of Beers and Cheers is upon us, and today I’m sampling a special beer from a one-of-a-kind brewery; today I’m going to try out … Continue Reading →

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12/18/2014 09:00 AM
Throwback Thursday #6 - my favourite pubs, in no order
Every week at 2pm on Thursday I link to a few old posts from this blog's archives from 2007-2009. On May 13th I sent a text to Jack and Eddie - who, together with Derek, have been my principal drinking companions of 2014 - listing "my favourite pubs in no order". I don't remember sending it, let alone what the lads did to deserve this missive. What I do know is, in a sentimental, shitfaced

12/18/2014 08:34 AM
Queens brewery produces high-wattage brews
Big Alice Brewing is one of several small breweries popping up in the rapidly-gentrifying Vernon Street neighborhood

12/18/2014 07:30 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 18 - December 24
Not much left to this holiday season except some last-minute beer purchases. Plenty to hold your interest as this year of 2014 quickly runs out. As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events

12/18/2014 07:19 AM
Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014

The post, Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

I originally had Heavy Seas (Clipper City) Holy Sheet back in the Spring of 2007. I’m not sure if the brewing/aging process for the beer has changed or if this particular bottle for 2014 is a one-off, but this is not the same beer I first encountered those many years ago. It appears as though, […]

The post, Heavy Seas Holy Sheet 2014, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

12/18/2014 06:15 AM
“Taking a Break from the IPA”
Featured Contributor – EdWhoLikesBears @TheOnlyFeed “Taking a Break from the IPA” If you’re anything like me (and let’s all hope you’re not) there’s nothing better in this world than when you find a new beer you like. Food tastes better. The sun shines brighter. That thing that you hate about yourself doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But the problem is that somewhere along the line I stopped trying new and different beers and only started trying new and different IPAs. In my defense, it’s because…

12/18/2014 05:36 AM
Coaster Critique: SoMe Brewing Cinnamon Toast
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12/18/2014 04:28 AM
Why J D Wetherspoon's is fast becoming my favourite craft beer bar
In eight years of blogging and writing articles and columns about beer, I think everything I've written about JD Wetherspoon splits pretty evenly between "This is amazing" and "This is absolutely appalling."

Wetherspoons is a mixed bag. Remarkably, nothing about it is simply OK - that mixed bag contains both the best and worst of British pubs. But recently, the balance for me is shifting. I'm becoming a 'Spoons denizen.

Now is the time to make your jokes about being pissed by 10am and shouting randomly at strangers. Done that? Good, let's carry on.

It started in the summer, when 'Spoons started selling cans of craft beer imported from the US at the ridiculous price of £1.99 each.

Sixpoint is a good brewery, and Bengali Tiger in particular hit the spot over a long, hot summer. But 'Spoons remained a distress purchase, a bedraggled, sad pub chain without soul that just happened to sell a few good beers.

But the chink in my anti-'Spoons armour had been opened. 'Spoons was now a place I would consider going. And the more I've been, the more I've liked it. 

There was a day back in October when I needed to get out of the house with a manuscript and a red pen to try to sort out a sample chunk of a new book I'm writing. I like doing this kind of work in pubs - it focuses me and, perhaps counter-intuitively, gets rid of distractions. I went to a local craft beer pub - the kind of place I still remain overjoyed about, in theory, counting myself lucky that I live within walking distance of several such places. 

I ordered a pint of cask beer and it wasn't good. I hate these situations. It wasn't that the beer was off; it wasn't displaying any recognisable faults, it just hadn't been kept with love and care and simply wasn't pleasant. So I thought that for my next pint, I'd move on to keg. BrewDog Dead Pony Club - perfect at 3.8%, an increasingly mainstream beer that wasn't strong enough to make me lose focus on my work - £5.20 a pint. They also had Beavertown Gamma Ray IPA, one of my beers of the year, brewed just a couple of miles from where I was standing - £6.50 a pint. And I just thought, that's too much for those beers. I don't like the quality of the cask, and I'm not prepared to pay that for a keg beer, and so I left.

Stuck for where to go next, I ended up in my local Wetherspoon's, the Rochester Castle on Stoke Newington High Street. And there, I found Devil's Backbone - an American IPA from a celebrated brewer - brewed under license in the UK, admittedly - for less than three quid a pint.

And so I asked myself, why should I pay £6.50 a pint for something I can get yards away for less than £3?

The arguments in answer to this came pretty quickly. But I found myself knocking each one of them back.

Yes, but it's a one off, this isn't a 'proper' craft beer bar.
Oh no? I'll admit the range will always consist of what is becoming known as 'mainstream craft', but those are the kinds of beers I prefer to drink anyway. As well as Devil's Backbone, there's a range of bottled craft beers including BrewDog, Goose Island and Lagunitas. They'll keep me happy for a session, at half the price of the nearby craft beer bar.

But Wetherspoons outlets are so soulless. There's no atmosphere there.
Yes, Wetherspoons are often big, echoey hangars, and the lack of music gives the air an odd hue. But most craft beer bars are sparse and spartan and echoey too, and the music they play is often shit, chosen by the staff to show how hip they are rather than to create the appropriate atmosphere for the space. Some of the buildings Wetherspoons have taken over and preserved are beautiful, and there's always a nod to its history in the decorations on the walls.

Wetherspoons aren't 'proper' pubs. They're managed outlets just like a McDonald's.
So are most craft beer pubs I know, whether they're part of a small branded chain or not.

The staff don't know what they're doing. They're disinterested.
I beg to differ. Wetherspoons staff may be trained to be just like their counterparts in chain restaurants, but in the Roch at least, I find the service to be polite and professional, with none of the sneering attitude I sometimes (to be fair, rarely) encounter in hip bars. I'm used to having to argue with the bar staff if I have to take a pint of beer back because it's off. In Spoons, I've had the best service I've ever encountered in this situation.

The quality of the beer is shit/they buy short-dated stock.
Wrong. Most Spoons pubs have Cask Marque. Their cellar standards are excellent. And I have it on very good authority that the short-dated thing is an urban myth.

Fine, but look at the kinds of people you have to drink with. They're awful!
My local Spoons has some dodgy characters, it's true. Especially the guys who sit by the window. They're casualties of life, the people who do turn up and start drinking at breakfast time, the people who have been forced out of the pubs they used to drink in by gentrification and £6.50 a pint. Some of them are shouty. Some of them smell a little ripe. There's no getting away from that. But inside, my local Spoons is a true community pub. It's where all the local posties gather when they've finished their shifts. There are always big tables of council workers and teachers, and a smattering of students. And no hipsters. None. I'm not having a go at hipsters, but I live in a multicultural, multifaceted community, and Spoons is one of the only pubs that reflects that. Some of the negative attitude about 'Spoons drinkers is snobbery, pure and simple.

Add to this the free wifi, cheap meals (with calorific content of each dish clearly displayed - where else does that?) the bi-annual real ale and cider festivals that include unique collaborations with craft brewers from around the world flying to the UK to brew here, and you have a proposition that would be celebrated by every beer writer and craft beer geek in the country if it wasn't 'Spoons doing it.

I'm not going to defend everything about the place, and I'll accept that standards vary across the estate an I just might have a good one on my manor, but increasingly, in many areas, J D Wetherspoon is setting standards for more 'serious' bars to live up to.

I never thought I'd see the day.

*Amended at 10am - I previously said that Devil's Backbone was imported. It isn't, and JDW don't make that clear. Thanks to Boak and Bailey for the clarification. Read their take on the crafting of 'Spoons here.

12/18/2014 04:15 AM
Jack's Abby Brewing to ramp up production with new brewery in Massachusetts
US-based establishment Jack's Abby Brewing is planning to build a new brewery in downtown Framingham, Massachusetts.

12/18/2014 04:00 AM
Eye Candy Beer Blogs

Words are great, but sometimes, pictures are better. As part of what is turning into a series, here’s a collection of show-not-tell beer- and pub-related blogs you might want to add to your reader (we use Feedly these days) or just bookmark for a slow Friday afternoon in the office. 1. Oh Beautiful Beer White Labs … Continue reading Eye Candy Beer Blogs

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12/18/2014 03:24 AM
Hitting the ground running
Two late-2014 additions to the Irish brewing scene in today's post, both coming out of the traps with a prodigious range of first-run bottled beers.

Co. Monaghan's first brewery (for a while, anyway) opened recently, calling itself Brehon Brewhouse. I was pleasantly surprised to find an early release, their straight-up Irish red, in my local supermarket. Killanny Red Ale is 4.5% ABV and pours a lot darker than one might expect -- almost brown, depending on the light. I'm guessing a generous amount of roasted barley has gone in here as it smells very crisp and grainy, tasting dry to the point of being burnt. Yes there's a little summer berry, but it's a tartness which, combined with the ashen dryness, makes me wonder if something is happening fermentationwise that is not as the brewer intended. I'm not normally the sort to go out of my way to drink Irish red but I'd prefer a bit more fruit and toffee than I'm getting in this.

Keeping to the more timid styles, Brehon Blonde is next, a modest 4.3% ABV. There's an attractive reddish cast to its blondness and the bottle conditioning produces lots of fizz but I poured carefully and a clear glass was my reward. Lots of raisin-rich garibaldi on the nose, though a distinct musty oxidised staleness too. And all of that is there in the flavour too: dry, mouldy sackcloth to begin, a flash of citrus and then more dust and dry rot on the end. A clean, light blonde seems to be a bit beyond the brewing skills of Brehon at this stage.

The range starts to liven up with Stony Grey India Pale Ale. Surprisingly, this is the first beer I can think of named in honour of one of Ireland's many many piss artist poets and is a fitting 6% ABV. A ring of orange rust around the bottleneck was an initial cause for concern but the aroma put me at ease: zesty satsuma and pungent spicy liquorice. There's less punch in the flavour and more of a caramel sweetness, plus a weird savoury meat-like edge. The lightly citric hops arrive late creating an overall sensation of... of... well, of duck à l'orange. This beer tastes of duck à l'orange. That's a first.

Last and darkest and strongest from Brehon is Shanco Dubh, a bruiser of a porter at 7.7% ABV. I came across this at a pre-Christmas tasting hosted by Bord Bia where it was poured by James of the Vanguard Beer Collective. That musty thing is back, but here it works more as a feature than a bug. There's a huge amount of coffee, caramel and dark chocolate behind it and it helps dry them out, while accentuating the roast elements. The end result is highly complex, but balances out on the enjoyable side of odd.

Mullahinsha, Drummeril, Black Shanco-
Wherever I turn I see
In the stony grey soil of Monaghan
Dead loves that were born for me.

Cheery stuff. Let's move on, shall we?

Wicklow Wolf is based in Bray and very soon after opening the doors had five different beers on the market.

Possibly the most intriguing of the range is Locavore Blonde, a 4.8% ABV ale made using only fresh hops from the brewery's own farm. It's at the dark end of the colour scale and while its hop aroma reflects the amount of sunlight and warmth the plants probably got (not much), it's not all golden syrup and cereal: there's a hint of lemons and herbs in there. The lemon element is very pronounced on tasting, even to a puckering extent, with a more serious waxy bitterness behind it and a smattering of spices. Overall this is a pretty decent blonde ale -- it could stand to be smoother, but there's not a thing wrong with it. That it's all done with Irish-grown hops is pretty impressive. Comparisons with the other Irish hop beer, White Gypsy's Emerald, are inevitable but they're very different creatures. Though stronger, Emerald is lighter and zestier, with lots of bittersweet apple in with the lemons. It's refreshing quenching and easy drinking while Locavore is a thinking drinker's blonde. Importantly for the local ingredients movement, both stand on their own as beers, not mere novelties.

In place of a red there's Wicklow Wolf American Amber, discovered on draught at The Norseman last month. Once again I'm out with my colour charts and declaring this more brown than red while also noting a worrying lack of aroma. It's 5% ABV and very thin with it, failing to deliver the rich fruity candy thing that I expect from the style. The hops are all hiding in the flavour, but they present as more of a herbal element, with a powerful bitterness, followed quickly by traditional Irish red notes of crystal malt toffee and dry roast. It's all a bit severe for my taste, especially for a style that should be fun and accessible. I'm not doubting the quality of the hops used, nor their quantity, but this beer just isn't put together the way I like.

On to 57 The Headline to find the next draught one: Wicklow Wolf Kentucky Common. No kvetching about style here as it's the first and only Kentucky Common I've ever met. It's 4.8% ABV and a dark murky brown with red highlights. After a sip I'd place it somewhere on the schwarzbier to brown ale spectrum: it has the gassy dryness and clean lagery finish of the former with the sweeter coffee of the latter. Elements of Bavarian dunkel creep in as it warms: a growing liquorice aroma and a sweet-sour liquorice taste in the finish. It's certainly interesting, but again I found it a little stark and uncompromising for my taste.

The final two I bought in bottled form from DrinkStore. Wicklow Wolf IPA is a hefty beast at 6.3% ABV. Injudicious pouring put an overly large head on my glass, and underneath it a red-amber coloured beer, awash with quite large floaty bits. There's no messing about with the aroma: a big, fresh, lemon-and-lime juice burst, almost enough to make your eyes water. The Simcoe and Cascade combine nicely with the lightly caramelised malt on tasting to create a citric and grassy finish to the flavour profile, but before that reward it's necessary to stand still and let the acrid bitterness slap your palate around a bit. There are some earthy, clangy ferric notes in here as well, but at least the yeast is kept out of the picture. It's intense stuff, the napalm hopping made extra effective by a thick unctuous mouthfeel. Not one for hop lightweights, or those who demand girly tropical fruit flavours or American-style toffee sweetness. Instead, it's a classically no-nonsense grown-up IPA, and I quite enjoyed it for that.

We finish on Black Perle Porter, this one a more modest 4.8% ABV. It looks wholesome as it pours: thick, dark and forming a dense tan head. The nose is full-on espresso, shading towards moccha but the flavour is all cocoa to begin: the bitterness of very dark chocolate and even that faintly powdery feel. The roast comes into play later, turned up to a somewhat charred, black-toast-like degree, but not unpleasantly so. There's no indication on the bottle of where the name comes from, but I'm guessing that Perle hops were involved somewhere along the way, not that there's much of a hop taste in this one. Overall another very good effort, balancing complexity with drinkability rather well.

I guess the lesson from this lot is that dark beers and IPAs are the way to go. Maybe breweries will stop making substandard reds and blondes when people stop buying them. Always drink responsibly.

12/18/2014 03:05 AM
German and English Beer Types Compared in the 1930’s
In case you hadn’t guessed, this is more from the Wahls. Where they compare British top-fermenting beer with German bottom-fermenting beer.

I love this sort of stuff. These were the two main families of beer at the time. Still are today, really. And the USA was one of the few places in the world where they were both brewed in large quantities.

But first a quick overview of each group:

“The continental lager beers are termed bottom fermentation beers because the yeast settles to the bottom of the fermenting vat while the English beers are termed top fermentation beers because the yeast works to the top where it is removed by skimming. This skimming is generally done with the aid of what is called a parachute, a funnel that can be rotated, raised or lowered with a pipe connection extending through bottom of open vat through which the yeast passes into the yeast vat. Another method is by cleansing, that is, the yeast is allowed to work out of the bung hole at the top of the cask. In the case of unions holding usually about four American barrels they are provided with a curved tube, a so-called swan neck. Through these the yeast works from the bung hole into a common trough running along the upper side of the casks.”
"Beer from the Expert's Viewpoint" by Arnold Spencer Wahl and Robert Wahl, 1937, pages 155 - 156.

It’s one of the few times I’ve ever seen cleansing mentioned in an American document. It seems to have been dropped very early in US Ale-brewing. Having seen how much of a head bottom-fermenting yeast throws, cleansing probably wouldn’t be out of order in Lager-brewing, too. Though I suppose lagering and filtering took care of yeast removal.

Now some more detail:

German and English Beer Types Compared
German beers are all of the so-called lager beer type undergoing cold storage in artificially cooled cellars whereas the English beers, like ale, porter, stout, are produced without any refrigeration of cellars whatever. They are either put out directly after fermentation as are the mild "1 day ales and porters" of London or are stored for a considerable period in casks as are the stock ales and stouts which are heavily brewed for high sugar content in the wort and are consequently highly alcoholic and heavily hopped. Two pounds of hops are brewed in per barrel for stock ale; besides, these stock ales are further dry-hopped in the storage tanks. The stouts are heavily hopped in brewing but are not dry-hopped.”
"Beer from the Expert's Viewpoint" by Arnold Spencer Wahl and Robert Wahl, 1937, pages 154 - 155.

Again, I think the Wahls were discussing British beer from before WW I. Not many British beers were being brewed in Stock form in the 1930’s. Just a few very special Strong Ales and Stouts. Everyday Stouts were not aged before sale and weren’t particularly high in alcohol.

Here are Barclay Perkins beers as proof:

Barclay Perkins Ales 1928 - 1931
Year Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl dry hops (oz / barrel) colour
1928 Ale 4d Mild 1028.8 1006.5 2.95 77.43% 7.43 0.90 34
1928 X Mild 1042.9 1011.0 4.22 74.35% 5.50 0.94 42
1929 DB Brown Ale 1040.6 1009.0 4.18 77.82% 7.50 1.20
1928 IPA bottling IPA 1045.8 1012.0 4.47 73.80% 8.00 1.44 3.00 15
1928 PA Pale Ale 1052.7 1013.0 5.25 75.32% 6.49 1.36 3.00 20
1931 PA (trade) Pale Ale 1052.6 1014.5 5.04 72.43% 7.50 1.57 3.00 23
1929 PA export Pale Ale 1058.9 1017.0 5.55 71.15% 8.89 2.00 4.00 21
1931 XLK Pale Ale 1044.6 1008.5 4.78 80.95% 8.00 1.47 3.00 22
1931 KK Strong Ale 1055.7 1014.0 5.52 74.86% 9.00 1.98 3.00 88
1928 KK bottling Strong Ale 1069.4 1021.5 6.34 69.04% 11.00 2.99 8.00 96
1928 KKKK Strong Ale 1079.0 1024.0 7.27 69.61% 11.00 3.44 4.00 120
Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/614.

Barclay Perkins Porters 1928 - 1929
Year Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl dry hops (oz / barrel) colour
1929 TT Porter 1033.0 1012.0 2.77 63.58% 6.00 0.81 240
1929 IBS Stout 1060.7 1022.5 5.05 62.93% 8.00 1.95 290
1928 OMS Stout 1050.9 1017.0 4.48 66.57% 6.50 1.36 220
1928 RNS Stout 1054.5 1017.5 4.90 67.91% 8.00 1.80 320
1929 SBS Stout 1054.7 1019.0 4.72 65.24% 7.50 1.68 260
1928 IBS Ex Stout 1102.8 1042.0 8.05 59.16% 14.19 6.75 10.66 680
1928 BBS Ex Stout 1080.0 1027.5 6.94 65.62% 15.00 5.15 8.00 320
1928 BS Exp Stout 1071.6 1022.0 6.56 69.27% 14.00 4.29 8.00 240
Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/614.

I’ve used Barclay Perkins and not Whitbread for a reason: the former includes dry-hopping details and the latter doesn’t. I believe only these six were aged: IBS Ex, BBS Ex, BS Exp, KK bottling, KKKK and PA export. Unsurprisingly, they also have the highest level of dry-hopping.

You can see that Stock Stouts were both very heavily hopped in the kettle and dry-hopped, despite the claim of the Wahls. Though running Stouts were, indeed, without dry hops. Most of Barclay Perkins Stock Beers had considerably more than two pounds of hops per barrel. As the Wahls are probably talking in US barrels, which are smaller than imperial ones, you need to knock about 25% off the value in the tables. Which still leaves most of the examples way over 2 lbs per barrel.

Next time we’ll be looking at storage of British and German beers. Where I think there’s a huge howler in the Wahls’ text.

12/18/2014 03:02 AM
Day 18 – Beers of Auckland – Citra Jnr

Beers of Auckland Advent Calendar 2014 DAY 18 – Citra Jnr by Liberty Brewing Company TAP: Citra Jnr BREWED: The Beer Fountain ABV: 4.5% This was my opportunity to try a beer at Vultures Lane, as I was having a lunch meeting there. Again it was a little hard choosing an Auckland brewed beer. I’m still to decide […]

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12/18/2014 02:49 AM
Beer In Ads #1407: Hammering The Rheingold Wreath
Wednesday’s ad is for Rheingold Beer, from 1943, and features Miss Rheingold from that year, Sonia Gover. Holding a hammer in her hand, she’s presumably just hung the wreath. Nice job. Was “The Season’s Greetings” already painted on the wall? The post Beer In Ads...

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12/18/2014 01:47 AM
Big Rock Brewery announces quarterly dividend
Big Rock Brewery has announced that a dividend of $0.20 per common share will be paid on January 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as at December 31, 2014.

12/17/2014 10:16 PM
Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout Kit

This week Johns quest for brewing a good stout takes us to the Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout Kit. Brewing kits is becoming an easier way to explore styles with a proven recipe and John knocks it out of the park with this one. Smooth rich dark chocolatey goodness sums up this kit. This kit starts […]

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12/17/2014 08:53 PM
31 Beers of December – Day 17: Anchor Brewing Our Special Ale
@AnchorBrewing @pairbeer To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the fourth annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. During the 31 days of December, we will […]

12/17/2014 07:11 PM
Try-It ThursdayS
With summer apparently in full swing around the country, Pete Mitcham's Beer of the Week is a classic award-winning thirst quencher which offers more than a lager ever could.

12/17/2014 04:28 PM
Homebrewers Association gives Obama lifetime membership
The American Homebrewers Association has given special lifetime gift memberships to President Obama and outgoing White House chef Sam Kass. The president made history when he purchased a homebrewing kit and — along with Kass — headed the effort to brew White House Honey Ale, the first beer known to have been brewed in the […]

12/17/2014 03:42 PM
Abita Christmas Ale – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/17

Welcome to the December 17th edition of our 25 Days of Beers & Cheers Series! Today’s Christmas/Holiday themed brew comes from the Abita Brewing Company out of the great state … Continue Reading →

The post Abita Christmas Ale – 25 Days of Beers and Cheers 12/17 appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

12/17/2014 02:51 PM
#TryJanuary, not dry January
These people would have a shit month in January, if it weren't for the fact they're just models on an assignment and will probably be drinking alcohol responsibly like the rest of us. No-one I'm friends with gives up alcohol in January, but then I avoid getting chummy with melts. However I am aware that "dry January" is a thing. So it's a resounding cheers to the Morning Advertiser who have

12/17/2014 02:43 PM
Spaceballs, oh shit, there goes the office.
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12/17/2014 01:38 PM
More Christmas Ale
Some stuff I found in the newspaper archive.

First a heartwarming story of philanthropy:

"Terling —Colonel Strutt's Benevolence.— Although Col. has been living at Bath upwards two years in consequence of ill health, he is continually doing good amongst the poor of this parish. the November in every year (being Col. Strutt's birthday) a number of blankets are delivered out on loan to the poor children during the winter months; and bread has been distributed to fifteen families every Sunday morning regularly for the last two years, taking the families alphabetically. Lately the Colonel ordered two shillings and sixpence to be given to each aged person on the first of every month, which has been continued, and besides this several infirm persons receive weekly allowances, &c.- —On Christmas eve there was distributed Col. Strutt's annual gift to the poor: two bullocks, five sacks of flour baked into half peck loaves, and flannel to the widows; in addition to which this year a large sum of money was also distributed amongst them in silver, many reiceiving as much five shillings each family. Besides this Col. Strutt ordered breakfast on Christmas day at the White Hart Inn, Terling. which was provided by Mr. Smith, the landlord, for the ringers, and also a good hot dinner at five o'clock of roast beef, plum pudding, &c. and a plentiful supply of old Christmas ale, for the tradesmen and of this this parish."
Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 29 December 1843, page 3.

Now a typical tale of drunkenness:

"William Francis, a labourer, of Purleigh, was on Monday last charged before Joseph Pattisson, Esq. by police constable (41) Smith, with being drunk and disorderly, on Saturday night, about twelve o'clock, in Purleigh street. It appeared that a party had been making free with Mr. Harris's old Christmas ale, at the Bell public-house, and a quarrel arising in the house they were put into the street. A pugilistic combat followed, on which the police interfered, but Francis refused to leave, abused the police, and was eventually lodged in the cage. Dr. Baker, however, spoke highly of his previous character, in consideration of which he was discharged, on paving 8s. dd. expenses.
Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 06 January 1843, page 3."

Finally something much mastier:

"AFFRAY WITH POACHERS. At a late hour on Monday night last, two gamekeepers in the employ of Mr. Wilton Harlingscone, of Fell wood Hall, near Strunfield, were returning to their homes from the hall, where they had been partaking of their worthy master's hospitality. On arriving at a secluded lot of plantations called the "Dells" they came suddenly upon a party of four men- three ef whom had guns, whilst the fourth carried a large and apparently well-filled sack. On perceiving the game, keepers the three men presented their guns, and warned the others to keep off, at the same time calling to the man who carried the sack to lun, upon which he immediately made off with his burden. One of the keepers then called out, as though they had assistance at hand, " Here they are, come on my lads," when the poachers, thinking, doubtless, that a strong party was upon them, turned and retreated with all possible expedition, closely followed by the keepers, who being strong, active fellows, and moreover somewhat elevated by the liberal quantity of old Christmas ale they had been imbibing, dashed after the poachers, shouting at the top of their voices, and haviug no other weapons save a couple of stout cudgels. After a chase of several hundred yards the keepers succeeded in overtaking the man who carried the sack, whom they seized, upon which the man shouted to his companions for assistance, calling out that there were but two of them, meaning the keepers, and one of the poachers returned to the spot, and presenting his gun swore that he would blow the keepers' brains out if they did not instantly quit their hold of tbe captured man ; but tbe keepers, thrusting the fellow they held before them so as to cover themselves from the effects of the poacher's fire, told him to fire away and shoot his confederate. The man then dropped the muzzle of his piece, and, clubbing the firearm, dealt the keeper nearest him a heavy blow with tbe but-end, which, lighting on the back of the other's neck, brought him to the ground. Upon this the other keeper quitted the grasp on the man he held, and springing on the poacher with the gun, seized him round the waist whilst in the act of aiming a blow at him (the keeper), and threw him down. The gun exploded in the fall, and part of the contents lodged in the poacher's back, upon which the wounded man calling out that he was shot, his companion immediately took to flight. The keeper who had been struck down recovered, and as no further attempt at attack or rescue was made, the two keepers carried the wounded man between them to the nearest habitation, and sent off for medical advice, the man complained of great pain from his wound. It was nearly two hours before a surgeon could be procured, and it was then ascertained that the spine was severely shattered by the shot. He remains in a very precarious state. The poachers were probably aware of the " merry-making" at the hall, and calculated on the absence of the keepers. Upwards of 30 head of game were found in the sack."
London Standard - Thursday 30 December 1841, page 4.

I really should get on with mylife rather than spending my evening looking for refeerences to Christmas Ale.

12/17/2014 01:27 PM
The Bergschrund set to open in Ballard this Friday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Because liquor laws are so frequently governed by bizarre pretzel logic, we can’t actually declare this new Ballard drinking establishment to be what it actually is. Instead of saying exactly what it really is, I must tell you it is something else. So here it goes. The...

12/17/2014 12:34 PM
How old are Christmas beers?
I've been prompted by Boak and Bailey's post about Christmas beers. Not being all that old.

You know me by now. I've ridiculous piles of information. If you'd been around mine you'd realise just how literal the piles are. I was sure I had older examples of beers specifically labelled "Christmas".

Being labels, it makes more sense to do this visually:

My guess is that they are all from the 1950's.

These I have from the Whitbread Gravity Book:

1956 Well's & Winch Christmas Ale 4.97%
1950 Younger, Geo. Gordon Xmas Ale (bottled in Antwerp) 7.58%

These from brewing records:

1902 Fuller, Smith & Turner XK for Xmas 5.83%

This is a Lovibond record from 1864:

The beer, coincidentally, will feature in our special Christmas Eve Let's Brew.

12/17/2014 09:32 AM
Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock

The post, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Flying Dog’s Doppelbock is the lastest from the company’s Brewhouse Rarities limited run of beers for 2014 — it also marks the last release in the series for the year. The 8.3% ABV doppelbock may be under the Rarities moniker, but it’s probably one of the more faithful-to-style products they’ve let loose upon the wild […]

The post, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

12/17/2014 09:18 AM
Founders Brewing sells 30% share to Spanish brewery
Founders Brewing Co. in Michigan, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, has announced a partnership with Mahou San Miguel. The Spanish brewery will take a 30 percent stake in Founders. A press release state that the partnership “will help Founders grow through Mahou’s international distribution network to access the emerging craft beer […]

12/17/2014 09:16 AM
Founders Brewing sells 30% minority stake to Mahou San Miguel
Press Release:  Spain’s Leading Brewer Invests in Founders with Shared Commitment To Build Long-Term Growth in Craft Beer Industry (Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with Mahou San Miguel, who is coming on as a […]

12/17/2014 08:44 AM
Lunchtime Smoke & Noise
Astute readers would rightly assume by the dearth of posts recently that my time for "fun stuff" has been painfully limited. Being unable to enjoy any trigger time since my range trip on Thanksgiving Day has been especially frustrating. In search of relief, Tuesday afternoon I decided to head up to the Indoor Range in Stafford during my lunch hour. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get in; I had the same idea last Friday, but when I arrived I saw 16 cars in the parking lot, at a 14 lane range, and gave it a pass! On this day, I was in luck as there were only a few other folks there.

I spent about 30 minutes shooting at various distances and speeds. Even with the light turned on above the bench, the shooting booths are still dark. Seeing my black sights against the black target was difficult at times, but it was fun and I was pretty pleased with the holes in the paper.

Given the lack of range availability at the local outdoor club, I'll probably start making the indoor range a regular stop. I am not a fan of being unable to see what's going on in the other bays, but it beats not shooting at all. The range is close enough to my office that I can get there, shoot, and be back at my desk in an hour. (Well okay, a padded hour.)

Smoke, noise, muzzle flash. It all makes for a fun lunch break.

And brass at my feet.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

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