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07/06/2015 11:04 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!

07/06/2015 11:04 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.....

07/06/2015 11:04 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!

07/06/2015 11:04 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’.....

07/06/2015 11:04 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

07/06/2015 10:26 AM
Minnesota Craft Distilleries Begin Direct Sales of Bottles to Consumers
“People were shocked when they came to our distilleries and learned that they couldn’t buy what we made,” said Shanelle Montana, co-owner of Du Nord and president of the Distillers Guild, “thankfully, state leaders agreed that this outdated law needed to change.” Minnesota Craft Distilleries Begin Direct Sales of B ...

07/06/2015 10:04 AM
Did Someone Say Ice Cream Whisky?! Ice Dream Drams A Surprising Delight
“Would you like ice with that sir/madam?” It’s a question we’ve heard a thousand times, especially when ordering a whisky. But I bet you’ve never ...

07/06/2015 10:02 AM
Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery: A Long Tradition

This boutique winery has quite a history. In 1865, Zina, the patriarch for whom the winery is partially named, moved to Mendocino County and began producing unfiltered, unrefined wine. The Anderson Valley and Boonville were the headquarters of his small, prestigious winery, and until recently the tasting room remained in bucolic Boonville. Now, it’s moved […]

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07/06/2015 10:01 AM
Colorado Brewers’ Festival Welcomes Big Crowds
The 26th edition of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival (COBF), held June 26-28, 2015 in downtown Fort Collins, welcomed large crowds, popular new features, shorter lines, and a more beer-minded focus.

07/06/2015 10:00 AM
Bainbridge Organic Distillers: Why Organic Spirits Rule

Bainbridge Organic Distillers is one of the few all-organic distilleries in the United States. Producers of the “best vodka in the world” according to the recent World Drinks Award (London) and lovers of traditional production techniques, Bainbridge is changing the way we think of craft drinks. We talked to Keith Barnes, proprietor and distiller at […]

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07/06/2015 09:53 AM
Diamond Knot Releases Beach House Blonde Ale
When firefighters from the Mukilteo Fire Department approached Diamond Knot Craft Brewing about helping to raise funds for a potential benevolent fund, it was easy to say “absolutely!”

07/06/2015 09:49 AM
No-Li’s All Star-Golden Ale Available at Avista Stadium
No-Li Brewhouse’s All-Star Golden Ale will be on tap at Avista Stadium beginning on Saturday, July 4th!

07/06/2015 09:45 AM
Breckenridge Brewery Joins World of Beer’s Summer WOBTrip Lineup
World of Beer is headed to the Rockies for a midsummer #WOBTRIP to toast Breckenridge Brewery’s 25th anniversary and its new brewery location in Littleton, Colorado.

07/06/2015 09:05 AM
My Berliner Weisse talk
The slides from my Ttalk on Berliner Weisse, give as part of the Carnevale Brettanomyces.


07/06/2015 09:00 AM
Tennent's in Carrara
This time last week I was just beginning the descent into Carrara via a steep, uncertain and overgrown path. Wherever there was a gap in the trees I could see the blinding white of the marble quarries. I'd followed CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) trail 40 from Monzone in Lunigiana, across the Apuan Alps and down to the Tuscan coastal plain. The trek was no more than 20km as the crow flies but,

07/06/2015 08:19 AM
Independence Weekend Range Time
After shooting two IDPA matches in the past week, the only shooting-related activity I had planned for the Independence weekend was gun cleaning. But then a friend texted Thursday evening asking if I wanted to hit the range Friday morning. As much as I prod my friends to practice, I really wasn't in a position to say "no."

We met early in the morning, and except for someone shooting what sounded like a cannon on the rifle range, we had the place to ourselves. No range officers to tell us we're shooting too fast, or remind us about target rules. (The latest decree from on high is that "Targets supported by wooden fabricated stands are less acceptable because of the debris that might be left.") We set up our "less acceptable" stands and had a couple hours of fun and good practice.

The end result of a good practice

Most of our range time consisted of drawing from the holster and firing one, two, or three hits on the target. After each mag's worth of shooting we moved to shoot a different distance, to mix it up a bit; shoot at 7 yards, move to 15, to 10, to 20, etc  That's about as much "training" we're allowed to do there. Despite the limits, we both still considered it a beneficial practice, and fun.

This was also chance to get more feel for shooting without my (now incorrect) prescription shooting glasses. It's a little odd to not see the targets and other distant objects clearly, but at the same time, it's quite thrilling to see the sights in sharp focus. With the old mono-focus prescription, I did need to squint the non-dominant eye when shooting from beyond 12-15 yards. Without any Rx, that's not necessary. Even with the out-of-focus targets, at 25 yards I was able to put 8 of 10 shots in the down 0 zone, with the remaining two in -1. (Disclaimer: Results in practice are no indication of future results in competition.)

I think I was able to shoot as accurately and as quickly, if not more so, than with the prescription inserts. Perhaps I've been forcing the issue in trying to see both distant and close up through my shooting glasses. Without my glasses I can see in the distance well-enough to find targets, and recognize people, although I wouldn't drive a car without them. Even fairly close in, I couldn't pick out the holes appearing in the target, but I was also usually aware when I pulled shot. I'm looking forward to more shooting and experimentation with vision and sight picture. (Fixed it.)

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/06/2015 07:58 AM
10 brewery visits, 10 days, no shaving – NEO’s Best Craft Brewery tour
cleveland.com (blog) 10 brewery visits, 10 days, no shaving – NEO's Best Craft Brewery tour cleveland.com (blog) CLEVELAND, Ohio – Before embarking on our NEO's Best Craft Brewery tour, where we visited all 10 of our brewery finalists in 10 days, I decided to stave off shaving and grow a beard. My version of a playoff beard ...

07/06/2015 07:04 AM
Postmodern beer, *that* root beer & The Murky
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.05.15 The Good, the Bad & the Murky — Brew Britannia: One Year On. Boak & Bailey are taking off the rest of July after posting this epic (11,000 words) look at the British beer world since their wonderful book, “Brew Britannia,” came out last year. If you find sentences like […]

07/06/2015 07:00 AM
BackPedal Brewing Is Now Open in Portland
The latest brewery in Portland to serve its beers is BackPedal Brewing. Located in Portland’s Pearl District and boldly directly next door to 10 Barrel Brewing, BackPedal is now serving its first beers at the home base of BrewCycle Portland. BackPedal took over the spot that once housed The BrewStop, BrewCycle’s first venture into serving […]

07/06/2015 06:55 AM
Should I Bottle Or Keg My Beer?
Question: I’m new to home brewing and wondering if you can give me some advice or benefits on why I should bottle or keg? Thanks Answer: There are a lot of home brewers that bottle their beer and there are a lot that kegs beer. I’ve done both and currently keg beer after several years […]

07/06/2015 06:19 AM
Radio Brews News — Episode 59 — Ben Kraus turns 10
This week we catch up with Ben Kraus from Beechworth's Bridge Road Brewers, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

07/06/2015 06:07 AM
Beer jobs: Hospitality professionals, Perth
Several job vacancies are now open at an exciting new Perth craft beer bar.

07/06/2015 06:04 AM
United Kingdom: Your Top 5 White Wines For This GORGEOUS July Sun!
The hottest July days that the UK have ever seen!!? We’re a responsible bunch. We don’t want anyone to dehydrate through lack of drinking. We ...

07/06/2015 06:00 AM
Ecliptic Brewing Releases UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale and Aurora Crimson Saison in Bottles
The latest in bottle releases from Ecliptic Brewing brings us a few our more recent memorable beers that we have had on tap. These two new bottles releases will be for Aurora Crimson Saison and UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale. “We’ve had a lot of fun creating these two new summer releases, both of which are […]

07/06/2015 05:53 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 22/23, 2015.
Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 22/23
24 May - 6 June 2015

  • 2015.06.06
    American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win racing's Triple Crown in 37 years.
    —Via CNN.

  • 2015.06.04
    One sign of the 'maturing' of 'craft' beer business: a job carousel. Karl Ockert —for 20 years, brewer and then brewmaster for Bridgeport Brewing, in Portland, Oregon— to become Head of Brewery Operations, at Deschutes Brewery, in Bend, Oregon.
    —Via Jeff Alworth, at Beervana.

  • 2015.06.04
    Another sign of the 'maturing' of 'craft' beer business: another job carousel. Scottish 'craft' brewery, BrewDog, snags Anheuser-Busch InBev's international regional director for Asia to lead BrewDog's international sales.
    —Via Just Drinks.

  • 2015.06.02
    Sepp Blatter to resign as president of FIFA —Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the world soccer’s governing body— days after winning reelection (after 17 years in the position), as law enforcement officials in the United States confirmed that he was a focus of a federal corruption investigation.
    —Via New York Times.

  • 2015.05.28
    Maryland brewery Flying Dog pulls out of a project to build a farm-brewery in Loudoun County, Virginia. A hops facility on the same farmland —which was christened in November 2014 by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and will receive grant money from the state and county— is not affected by the change and will go ahead as planned.
    —Via Loudoun Times-Mirror.

  • 2015.05.28
    Anheuser-Busch temporarily halts beer production in its Georgia plant, and converts to producing canned water for victims of recent severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.
    —Via NBC News.

  • 2015.05.25
    The first Memorial Day was called Decoration Day, and was observed on 30 May 1868.
    —Via fold3.

  • 2015.05.24
    U.S. mathematician John Nash, 86, renowned for his work in game theory, winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, died in a car crash, with his wife, Alicia. Nash's breakthroughs in math —and his struggles with schizophrenia— were the focus of the Oscar-winning 2001 film, "A Beautiful Mind."
    —Via BBC News.

  • 2015.05.24
    'Craft' beer's pandemic of quality un-control?
    —Via YFGF.

  • 2015.05.24
    Calm. Cut. Contrast. Complement. A guide to pairing beer and food.
    —Via Jollity Magazine.

  • 2015.05.24
    A list of the the oldest brewery in each of the fifty states in the United States, and Washington D.C. The breweries are either very old or very new, due to Prohibition, post-Prohibition consolidation, and the rise of 'craft' breweries since 1981.
    —Via Thrillist.

  • 2015.05.24
    The majority of tweets about beer that are sent from the United States originate in the middle of the country; on the coasts, there are more tweets on wine than beer.
    —Via CNBC.

  • Clamps and Gaskets is a bi-weekly wrap-up of stories  not posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.com. Most deal with beer (or wine, or whisky); some do not.
  • YFGF has been remiss: Clamps and Gaskets has fallen several weeks behind the calendar. Until things are set right, there will be a weekly —not bi-weekly— Monday update.

  • The Clamps and Gaskets graphic was created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.
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07/06/2015 05:31 AM
New World Saison introduces Desert Island Series
Heavy Seas Beer is pleased to introduce the fourth beer in its draft-only program, the Desert Island Series. This program features“one-off” releases of beers designed by individual members of the Heavy Seas brewing team.

07/06/2015 05:28 AM
2015 Utah Beer Festival
This year will see the 6th Annual Utah Beer festival return to downtown Salt Lake City. Every year this festival (put on by The City Weekly) gets bigger and bigger with more beer and entertainment and food options. The beer list has not yet been put together, but there will easily be over a hundred different beers and ciders to sample from ...

07/06/2015 03:35 AM
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 7.5% ABV
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is derived from their 'West India Porter', which was first brewed in 1801 with a higher alcohol and hop content to better enable it to survive the journey to the Caribbean. West India Porter was shipped beyond the West Indies, reaching the United States in 1817 and Africa in 1827. It was renamed 'Foreign Extra' in 1849.

07/06/2015 03:05 AM
Freewheeling in Frisco
No need for breakfast angst today. Plenty of congealed barbecue in the fridge.

This is my last day in San Francisco. Tomorrow I’m off to San Diego for three nights. With a side order of Mexico. When did I last visit a new country? That’s a good question. Almost three years ago when I went to Canada for the first time.

What’s plan for the day? According to my itinerary document, I’m free until 6 PM. I just have to fill my time until then. If only I could think of something to do. I know – maybe I could drink beer in a bar. That would make a change.

My itinerary also has a list of beery pubs not too far from my hotel. Most I’ve either already visited or don’t open until too late. Leaving a single candidate: Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen. Which supposedly has 18 draught beers. That’ll do. I put on my walking shoes* and head East.

It’s nicely overcast and not too hot. Lovely weather for a walk. Partly through what I call the Piss Quarter. Dodgy hotels with grand names and liquor stores line its streets. People sit on its pavements. I wouldn’t, given the smell. I’m even tempted to hose down the soles of my shoes on return. A dazed girl with matchstick legs seems to be making a drug deal with two well scummy blokes. I love this city.

Jasper’s isn’t at all what I’d expected. Much more modern and upmarket. And rather bland. All the excitement of a 1960's airport bar. The dullest sort of modernity imaginable. As drab as John Major in monchrome.

I’ve no excuse. I could easily have checked on the internet. It’s on the ground floor of a hotel. Rather swanky looking, in fact. Well, swanky in comparison to the piss palaces I’ve just passed.

As usual, I park my fat sorry arse at the bar. It’s pretty quiet, despite being midday. A solitary suited gent to my right, a middle-aged couple to my left. All drinking wine. Not a great sign. At least I don't have to look at the sorry seating from here. In front of me is a proud army of spirits.

The friendly young bearded barman (aren’t they all nowadays) tells me it’s Taco Tuesday, they’re tasty and cheap. Mr. suit to my right seems to agree. He’s tucking enthusiastically into a row of three. “Maybe later,“ I tell him, “I need to work up an appetite first.” I start on that straight away.

Pine Street Atom Splitter $7

Ah yes! Here’s the murk! Hazy copper. Not much aroma. A subdued citrus thing going on. Like music played several doors away. I guess it’s a PA rather than an IPA (the internet confirms this). OK, but nowt special. What Do I care? I just want something wet and alcoholic to fill the afternoon.

Looking at the prices here, I realise Toronado is dead cheap. I could have gone there again today, but it’s a bit of a walk. I’m getting a bit tight as I try to pay for everything with cash from my book sales. I only spent $30 yesterday and had two pints of Pliny!

There’s a Golden Corral ad on the TV. It makes me want to vomit. Literally. Bad associations from last year. Best have another beer.

Anchor Zymurgy Luxardo $8 6% ABV
Reasonably clear, very dark amber colour. Smells a bit like it’s got Goldings in it. But ingredient guessing is a mug’s game. Not so keen on this. Has a boiled sweet flavour and a weird caramel twang**. Luckily I’ve a side order of Buffalo Trace. That’s really nice: sweet, spicy and with a touch of lemon. Dead good.

Last night with Brian was dead cool. We chatted away like crazy all night He’s a great guy and brews brilliant beer. Odd how you can only meet someone a couple of times but become good friends.

Stone Enjoy By 9.4% ABV
Pale yellow, clear (once you wipe away the condensation). Yippee!. Smells absolutely fucking lovely. Every sort of citrus. That’s what I call an American IPA*** – juicy as a sexually aroused lemon.

I do believe my appetite has just walked through the door. It was worth waiting for him. I get a taco. $# and pretty damn good. Especially with a good dousing of hot sauce. I’m tempted to get another.

I’m a lucky git. Getting to visit all sorts of places and meet all types of people. Even though this trip isn’t working out exactly as planned, I’m having all kinds of legal (and morally acceptable) fun. Not travelling every other day is relaxing. I’ve had chance to look around and get to know San Francisco a little. Not that I’ve seen any of the sights. Other than Toronado and the Haight.

Stone Enjoy By 9.4% ABV
Again. Say what you like about Stone, they brew some dead good beer. And I don’t say that just because I’m meeting one of their brewers tomorrow. I hope. The whole San Diego thing has gone pretty much tits up. But, hey, if you don’t try failure is inevitable.

I’m a bit buzzed. Unsurprisingly after those Double IPAs and bourbon. Time to walk home and have a bit of a lie down.

A bloke sat next to me at the bar in Toronado complimented me on still writing on paper. Is it really any different from writing on a computer? I’m not convinced. I think I write the same whatever the medium. Except with handwritten stuff I sometimes can’t read it all. I guess I am more honest in my notes. Some stuff I’ll never publish. Like . .

[Redacted section]

Luckily the walk back is pretty flat. Except for the last chunk of Sutter street. No getting around that. Next time I’ll try to find a hotel that isn’t on the top of a hill.

21st Amendment, the brewpub location of tonight’s event, is downtown. I get a cab with what I think is plenty of time to spare. Except I have to cross the Financial District. And it’s rush hour. We inch from one traffic light to the next. I’ve barely time to grab a beer before the fun starts.

I’ve been invited by Chris Cohen to speak to the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild. A, er, home brewers’ club. About brewing historic beer. It seems I’m an expert on the topic. How did that happen?

The brewer talks a little before I’m on. He’s miked up. Just as well because it’s loud. We’re in a small first floor section, while below in the main bar a raucous after work crowd roars and bellows, glasses clink and chairs rumble.

It’s always a bit odd, these few minutes before I go on. Especially for unscripted chats like tonight’s. What exactly am I going to say? “Hello, I’m Ron Pattinson, beer historian. Buy me a beer.” Once I start, the words are always there, somehow. But there are always a few moments of doubt before.

How long do I speak for? 30 minutes? 45 minutes? I’ve no idea. I genuinely completely lose track of time. That’s how much I enjoy listening to my own voice. Home brewers are a good audience because they ask good questions. OK, there’s the occasional annoying smart arse, trying to show off how much he knows. Thankfully not tonight.

I shift a few books and chat beer when my talk is done. I don’t stay too late. My flight tomorrow is at 10:15 AM. Meaning I’ll need to be checked out by 8 AM. A couple of beers keep me company until it’s time to put out my lights. Something that takes little effort. Especially after Mr. Laphroaig has paid his nightly visit.

* My only pair of shoes. Not just the only pair I have with me, but the only pair I own.
** Actually it contains Maraschino cherries. Could explain the sweetness.
*** According to Stone it’s a Double IPA.

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen
401 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
Open  6:30 am – 12:00 am

"Brewer's Loft" at 21st Amendment brewery
563 2nd St,
San Francisco, CA 94107

The San Francisco Homebrewers Guild

07/06/2015 03:01 AM
Northern brewers
You'll only find one entry on RateBeer for my home town of Armagh. Hardly surprising as whatever the opposite of a beer Mecca is, Armagh is one. There isn't even a brewery in the county, though quite rightly its cider industry appears to be thriving and on my last trip I was very pleased to see MacIvor's making great in-roads to the on-trade.

That solitary beacon of hope on RateBeer is The Wine Store, an off licence attached to the sprawling Emerson's supermarket. I rarely get a chance to drop in but did so on my last visit, grabbing everything I'd never had before from the considerable selection of Northern Irish beers.

I opened the Hopburst IPA from Farmageddon almost immediately. This is 6.2% ABV and a nice clear dark orange, despite the cheeky advice on the label that "it may be cloudy - harden up - it's craft beer." There's a certain tart sourness in the aroma, redolent of lime marmalade. Malt drives the flavour but there's more of that lime too, all sharp and rather oily. I guess it's really a classic English-style IPA at heart, reminding me of the marmalade-on-wholegrain-toast effect I always enjoy in White Shield, but it's been given just an extra citrus twist in line with modern tastes and it all works rather well. The last Farmageddon beer I encountered was undrinkable so Hopburst has gone a long way to restore my faith in the brewery.

Next up, Crann, the first in a collaboration series between west Ulster breweries Poker Tree and Inishmacsaint with the former doing the brewing while the latter handled the bottling process. It's a 6.6% ABV bière de garde, pouring a gorgeous clear honey colour and smelling crisp, sherbety, and with maybe just a mild sourness too. A look at the label tells me that cranberries, raisins and spruce tips have been added to the recipe, and it's the first of these which really shines out: that refreshing tartness combined with sweet juicy fruit is a winning combination. There's a slightly harsh and vegetal bitterness in the finish, which could be either the hops or the spruce, or a combination of both, but it doesn't interfere with the main act. They've marketed this as a winter beer, but I found it worked just as well on a warm day. It's a wonderful accomplishment and I look forward to many more daring collaborations like it.

Hillstown is a brand new brewery to me, based on a farm in Co. Antrim. First up, a red ale with the suitably farm-y name of Massey Red. The label makes claims of sessionability but at 5.2% ABV we're dealing with a bit more booze than is usual for the style. It's a relatively clear copper colour, which is a pleasant surprise, and the texture is light and the carbonation low. Flavourwise I get a generous dose of milk chocolate, a decent amount of roast cereal, and then lots and lots of balsamic strawberries. Strawberry isn't unknown in the Irish red flavour profile, but the balsamic bit suggests to me that this hasn't turned out quite as the brewer intended. The acid sourness is very apparent in the aroma too, adding an unpleasant gastric tang. Homebrewish and all that it is, it's still drinkable. I doubt I'd be on for a session, however, especially not if letting it get any way warm is on the cards.

We move to smaller bottles for the next ones. Horny Bull stout is 7% ABV and looks handsome in a half pint glass, topped by a rock-steady tan-coloured head. There's more of that balsamic in the aroma plus the promise of lots of dark malt. There's a lot of vinegar in the flavour. "Fruity hops," says the label, "chocolate and coffee": no, not really. There's a strong Flemish Oud Bruin vibe, the heavier sort with those HP Sauce molasses and tamarind qualities. It's tough going to drink and again I don't think this is how it's meant to taste. These two bottles suggest to me that the brewery doesn't have its hygiene protocols nailed down. So how about a third, then?

Last up from Hillstown is The Goat's Butt, a wheat beer with added rye. It's certainly carbonated in keeping with the style spec, ie up the wazoo. The first pour gave me a lightly hazy pale yellow glassful, made only slightly more opaque when I topped it off after the foam subsided. There's a farty sulphurous aroma which I've encountered in microbrewed wheat beers before, generally when they're very young and I suspect that's the case with this one. It's not off-putting, though. Beneath it there's a rather crisp and plain witbier, the light texture hiding 5.3% ABV very well indeed. I get a touch of juicy jaffa, though from the hops I assume, as no orange is listed in the ingredients. This is simple, refreshing and, gloriously, not infected.

Hillstown's heart seems to be in the right place with these recipes but the execution needs a bit of polishing. Mind you, the same could once be said of every other brewery featured here so there's good reason to be hopeful.

07/06/2015 02:56 AM
Homebrew: Station manager pulls plug on Tancredo, hosts quit
The Colorado Independent Homebrew: Station manager pulls plug on Tancredo, hosts quit The Colorado Independent Three conservative talk-radio hosts at KLZ 560 AM jumped ship in protest of higher ups' freeze on Tom Tancredo as a guest, reported Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post. Station manager Don Crawford Jr. said he wanted to get a read ...

07/06/2015 02:45 AM
coronado brewing company bursting at the seams
It was a gloomy day over San Diego when I arrived at Coronado Brewing Company located at 1205 Knoxville St. just off Morena Blvd. Parking had been a bit of a struggle as everything on the street is limited to...
Coronado Brewing Company

07/06/2015 12:24 AM
Can Craft Beer Survive AB InBev?
Bloomberg Can Craft Beer Survive AB InBev? Bloomberg After 19 years of running Elysian Brewing, a craft beer maker in Seattle, Chief Executive Officer Joe Bisacca was ready for a change. He was tired of worrying about making payroll, feeling guilty about the company's miserly 401(k) plan, and trying to ...

07/05/2015 08:41 PM
AIBA – behind the awards
With the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards done for another year, Pete Mitcham takes us on a backstage tour of the awards to take a sneak peek at the machinations behind the cataloguing, judging and follow up of almost 1700 entries.

07/05/2015 08:05 PM
Patent No. 3259265A: Reseal For Tab Opening Cans
Today in 1966, US Patent 3259265 A was issued, an invention of Edward P Stuart, assigned to the Crown Cork & Seal Co., for their “Reseal for Tab Opening Cans.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to seals, and...

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07/05/2015 04:24 PM
Desperation Propaganda
The ink was barely dry on my last post about Alcohol Justice’s tenuous grasp on honesty where they claimed Craft Brewers Just Don’t Care when they did it again, with this tweet: The funniest part of their tweet is the claim that the Carlsberg Group, the fourth largest beer company in...

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07/05/2015 03:40 PM
Patent No. PP8824P: Hop Plant Named “H87203-1″
Today in 1994, US Patent PP8824 P was issued, an invention of Gene Probasco, assigned to John I. Haas, Inc., for his “Hop Plant Named ‘H87203-1.'” It’s almost identical to the previous patent for the hop plant named H87207-2. Here’s the Abstract for this one: A new variety...

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07/05/2015 03:29 PM
Patent No. PP8823P: Hop Plant Named “H87207-2″
Today in 1994, US Patent PP8823 P was issued, an invention of Gene Probasco, assigned to John I. Haas, Inc., for his “Hop Plant Named ‘H87207-2.'” Here’s the Abstract: A new variety of hop plant (H87207-2) originating as the result of a controlled cross pollination between...

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07/05/2015 03:22 PM
Craft Brewers Just Don’t Care
Nobody can piss me off faster than Alcohol Justice, the self-styled do gooders and self-proclaimed “watchdogs” of those of us in the evil alcohol empire. I just noticed this yesterday, but for at least the last week, they’ve been tweeting this inaccurate and misleading message...

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07/05/2015 12:24 PM
Dirigo Brewing Announced, former Bull Jagger brewer Tom Bull at the helm
Tom Bull (ex brewer/owner of Bull Jagger) announced on a Facebook page that his beers were coming back - under the name Dirigo Brewing Company. Bull signed a lease to reside in the Riverdam Millyard in Biddeford, ME.

07/05/2015 11:46 AM
Left Hand Brewing Co. Mountain Mixer Variety Pack – Beer Review
Rick Fenwick  Rick@fenwickkoller.com I found a 12-pack Mountain Mixer Variety Pack brewed by Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, CO. Their logo is a graphic of a left hand that appears on all of their products. They also use the word “balanced” in describing a lot of their beers and this was a good description. There are no overwhelming tastes with any of these beers. Included in the 12 pack was 4 different types of beer: Sawtooth Ale Nitro, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Milk Stout, and…

07/05/2015 06:47 AM
How Can I Tell If Fermentation Has Started?
Question: I am making my first home brew and have added the yest granules to the fermentation bin. I opened it today, 1 day later and can’t see anything happening. The yeast seems to be floating on top. No bubbles or anything. what should it look like? I have a feeling that my mix was […]

07/05/2015 05:59 AM
Truffle beer
I passed through Pisa Airport on my way from Lunigiana to Clerkenwell yesterday. The Tuscan regional train timetable meant I arrived a couple of hours before my flight so had plenty of time to kill. What that always means, of course, is lots of browsing the terminal's shops, before buying precisely nothing. Of course they have some lovely wines, but they're laughably overpriced. The artisanal

07/05/2015 03:05 AM
Let's Brew posts views
I noticed that the some of the recipes I've posted get far more hits than others. Time to take a closer look.

And put together a table:

year beer style views date posted
1868 1868 William Younger No. 3 Export Strong Ale 4737 08/02/2012
1914 1914 Courage Imperial Stout 4323 29/02/2012
1859 1859 Barclay Perkins EI Porter 4268 22/11/2012
1952 1952 Lees Best Mild Mild 3727 28/07/2010
1923 1923 Courage Stout Stout 2932 14/11/2013
1811 1811 Whitbread Porter Porter 2810 05/01/2011
1967 1967 Eldridge Pope Hardy Ale Strong Ale 2744 13/03/2013
1945 1945 Tetley's Mild Mild 2542 16/01/2014
1987 1987 Boddington's Bitter Pale Ale 2540 02/05/2012
1890 1890 Truman Export Stout Stout 2527 06/01/2010
1936 1936 Mackeson Stout Stout 2513 07/10/2010
1935 Fullers OBE Strong Ale 2345 09/06/2010
1879 1879 William Younger No.1 Strong Ale 2334 18/01/2012
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins IPA IPA 2253 18/11/2010
1839 1839 Barclay Perkins XXX Mild 2248 24/03/2010
1909 1909 Maclay's Oatmalt Stout Stout 2035 13/06/2012
1909 1909 Beer Style Guide Courage Imperial Stout recipe correction Stout 1951 16/02/2012
1965 1965 Courage Light Ale Light Ale 1804 07/10/2009
1868 1868 Younger XP IPA 1734 15/09/2011
1943 1943 Whitbread Oat Mild Mild 1722 28/01/2010
1962 1962 Harp Lager Lager 1719 30/09/2009
1923 1923 Courage KKK Strong Ale 1679 07/11/2013
1896 1896 Eldridge Pope AK Pale Ale 1669 17/01/2013
1868 1868 Younger No. 3 Strong Ale 1669 28/09/2011
1934 1934 Kidd XXX Strong Ale 1633 13/04/2011
1911 1911 Russell AK Pale Ale 1606 24/08/2011
1987 1987 Oldham Mild Mild 1540 10/05/2012
1804 1804 Barclay Perkins Table Beer Table Beer 1519 04/11/2010
1971 1971 Whitbread Tankard Pale Ale 1513 04/12/2013
1945 1945 Tetley's Bitter Pale Ale 1510 05/02/2014
1834 1834 St. Stephen's Porter Porter 1510 14/01/2010
1885 1885 Younger XP IPA 1493 25/10/2013
1834 1834 Vassar Double Ale Ale 1487 12/10/2012
1955 1955 Whitbread Forest Brown Brown Ale 1463 04/03/2009
1885 1885 Usher's IP Pale Ale 1440 09/11/2011
1914 1914 Fullers AK Pale Ale 1408 18/08/2011
1923 1923 Courage X Mild 1366 21/11/2013
1987 1987 Boddington's Mild Mild 1338 16/05/2012
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins KK (bottling) Strong Ale 1337 18/03/2010
1930 1930 Whitbread AK Pale Ale 1285 03/08/2011
1972 1972 Whitbread Gold Label Strong Ale 1278 25/12/2013
1913 1913 William Younger No. 3 Strong Ale 1232 21/03/2012
1885 1885 Usher's PA Pale Ale 1224 16/11/2011
1913 1913 William Younger No. 1 Strong Ale 1220 28/03/2012
1923 1923 Barclay Perkins XLK Pale Ale 1216 02/02/2011
1879 1879 William Younger No.3 Strong Ale 1212 02/02/2012
1942 1942 Barclay Perkins KK Strong Ale 1205 02/03/2011
1923 1923 Fuller's XK Pale Ale 1200 07/02/2013
1883 1883 Truman Export Pale Ale Pale Ale 1192 13/07/2011
1823 1823 Devenish Porter Porter 1191 12/02/2014
1953 1953 Ben Truman Pale Ale 1164 22/04/2010
1867 1867 Courage Double Stout Stout 1142 08/08/2012
1948 1948 Portsmouth and Brighton United Breweries Pompey Royal Pale Ale 1142 27/06/2012
1933 1933 Barclay Perkins KKKK Strong Ale 1135 22/12/2010
1877 1877 Whitbread XPS Stout 1133 25/05/2011
1941 1941 Barclay Perkins IBS Stout 1130 11/02/2010
1959 1959 Watneys Brown Ale Brown Ale 1106 29/04/2015
1900 1900 Amsdell Porter Porter 1083 14/11/2012
1941 1941 Whitbread Strong IPA IPA 1080 15/10/2009
1955 1955 Fullers X Mild 1078 07/06/2012
1877 1877 Whitbread KKK Strong Ale 1064 09/07/2009
1833 1833 Vassar Pale Double Ale Ale 1055 01/11/2012
2000 Zum Uerige Alt Alt 1041 05/11/2014
1868 1868 Tetley's X3P Stout Stout 1032 15/08/2012
1955 1955 Whitbread XXX Mild 1028 03/03/2010
1895 1895 Truman Export Stout Stout 1026 25/07/2012
1921 1921 Truman XXX Mild 1018 28/05/2014
1952 1952 Mackeson Stout Stout 998 01/11/2010
1840 1840 Truman Export Stout Stout 990 07/07/2011
1942 1942 Barclay Perkins XX Mild 982 17/03/2011
1868 1868 William Younger DBS Stout 980 26/10/2011
1890 1890 Truman Imperial, Double and SS Stout Stout 974 28/04/2010
1924 1924 Barclay Perkins RNS Stout 960 11/07/2012
1971 1971 Whitbread Brewmaster Export Pale Ale 955 11/12/2013
1915 1915 Noakes Double Stout Stout 927 01/08/2012
1987 1987 Boddington's ELM Mild 915 23/05/2012
1879 1879 Whitbread XX Export Strong Ale 878 30/06/2011
1951 1951 Lees "C" Ale Strong Ale 872 25/07/2010
1933 1933 Kidd AK Pale Ale 867 06/04/2011
1962 1962 Barclay Perkins Sparkling Beer Lager 865 26/09/2012
1962 1962 Fullers ELP, LP, PA, LA Pale Ale 844 29/07/2009
1896 1896 Eldridge Pope LTS Stout 832 23/01/2013
1934 1934 Kidd PA Pale Ale 830 28/04/2011
1923 1923 Whitbread IPA IPA 826 16/04/2014
1938 Starkey, Knight and Ford Bitter of some sort Pale Ale 823 10/12/2014
1910 1910 Fuller's Porter Porter 821 28/02/2009
1868 1868 Younger 60/- Scotch Ale 819 13/10/2011
1934 1934 Barclay Perkins Draught Lager Lager 811 29/08/2012
1868 1868 William Younger 140/- Scotch Ale 809 05/10/2011
1950 1950 Whitbread Exp PA Pale Ale 807 20/07/2011
1971 1971 Whitbread Final Selection Strong Ale 796 19/12/2013
1868 1868 Younger Table Beer Table Beer 779 20/10/2011
1942 1942 Barclay Perkins XLK Pale Ale 778 11/03/2011
1949 1949 William Younger XXPS IPA 762 11/04/2012
1915 1915 Courage X Mild 751 11/03/2009
1864 1864 Lovibond XXXX Strong Ale 713 24/12/2014
1909 1909 Maclay PI 60/- Pale Ale 711 18/12/2013
1934 1934 Barclay Perkins Ale 4d Mild 702 12/01/2011
1911 1911 Heineken (Rotterdam) Gerstebeer  Lager 689 25/02/2015
1868 1868 William Younger Bg Porter 689 21/09/2011
1894 1894 Usher's Stout Stout 688 07/12/2011
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins IBS Stout 671 01/12/2010
1913 1913 Adnams XX Mild Mild 658 06/05/2015
1885 1885 Usher's 40/- Scotch Ale 657 24/11/2011
1958 1958 Lees Best Mild Mild 656 04/08/2010
1943 1943 Whitbread XXXX Mild 649 09/06/2009
1954 1954 Whitbread XXX Mild Mild 646 03/06/2015
1949 1949 William Younger DBS Stout 635 26/04/2012
1868 1868 William Younger 120/- Scotch Ale 633 03/11/2011
1938 1938 Starkey, Knight and Ford Milk Stout Stout 623 03/12/2014
1924 1924 Barclay Perkins Export PA Pale Ale 620 11/05/2011
1921 1921 Barclay Perkins BS S Irish Stout type Stout 614 10/03/2010
1936 1936 Barclay Perkins KKKK Strong Ale 607 01/07/2009
1962 1962 Fullers Nourishing Stout Stout 603 04/08/2009
1923 1923 Whitbread IPA IPA 596 02/03/2009
1919 1919 Barclay Perkins X Mild 594 19/01/2011
1890 1890 Adnams XX Mild 569 13/05/2015
1868 1868 William Younger No. 2 Strong Ale 565 22/02/2012
1936 1936 Barclay Perkins DB Brown Ale 559 25/06/2009
1925 1925 Barclay Perkins Dark Lager Lager 540 25/03/2015
1955 1955 Fullers Old Harry Brown Ale 538 08/04/2015
1952 1952 Strong XXX Mild Mild 536 27/05/2015
1920 1920 Fullers XX Mild 534 18/12/2009
1923 1923 Barclay Perkins XLK Pale Ale 519 08/12/2010
1959 1959 Watneys XX Mild Mild 517 20/05/2015
1871 1871 Carlsberg Mild Mild 507 22/05/2015
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins Export PA Pale Ale 503 14/10/2010
1962 1962 Fullers OH Brown Ale 503 22/07/2009
1894 1894 Usher's PA Pale Ale 500 16/12/2011
1911 1911 Heineken Bok Lager 499 04/03/2015
1911 1911 Heineken Pils Lager 488 11/03/2015
1957 1957 Robert Younger Export Pale Ale 464 22/04/2015
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins Ale 4d Mild 454 11/11/2010
1938 1938 Starkey, Knight and Ford FA Mild 451 17/12/2014
1928 1928 Barclay Perkins Export Lager 438 18/03/2015
1941 1941 Whitbread weak IPA IPA 432 21/10/2009
1953 1953 Lees Stout Stout 419 29/09/2010
1954 1954 Lees Golden Brew Strong Ale 417 15/04/2015
1932 1932 Barclay Perkins Draught Lager Lager 417 01/04/2015
1939 1939 Barclay Perkins Sparkling Beer Lager 406 21/02/2015
1953 1953 Truman No.7 Mild 401 27/01/2011
1921 1921 Barclay Perkins PA Pale Ale 398 24/02/2010
1950 1950 Whitbread Best Ale Mild 397 13/05/2009
1849 1849 Barclay Perkins EI Porter 389 27/02/2009
1923 1923 Whitbread Mild Mild 388 01/03/2009
1864 1864 Christmas beer Strong Ale 381 24/12/2009
1920 1920 Fullers PA, AK, XK Pale Ale 360 06/05/2009
1952 1952 Strong Black Bess Stout Stout 355 17/06/2015
1909 1909 Maclays 54/- PI Pale Ale 303 19/08/2009
1920 1920 Fullers XX Mild 296 22/02/2009
1917 1917 Whitbread GA and 1918 Whitbread MA Mild 295 01/04/2009
1918 1918 Whitbread IPA IPA 268 15/04/2009
1860 1860 Truman XXX Mild 268 23/02/2009
1917 1917 Whitbread IPA IPA 256 07/04/2009
1918 1918 Courage X Mild 251 18/03/2009
1914 1914 Ushers 48/- and 54/- Pale Ale 246 23/09/2009
1917 1917 Whitbread X Mild 245 25/03/2009
1950 1950 Whitbread Mild Mild 237 09/03/2009
1923 1923 Whitbread 1923 PA Pale Ale 234 03/03/2009
1936 1936 Barclay Perkins KKKK Strong Ale 226 02/07/2009
1918 1918 Barclay Perkins GA Mild 211 04/02/2010
1942 1942 Barclay Perkins KK Strong Ale 201 05/06/2009

I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my old favourites, Younger's No. 3, top the list. And that there were two Milds in the top 10, Lees and Tetley. Though several home brewers have told me how much they like the Lees Best Mild and how the regularly make it.

That Harp Lager fell just outside the top 20 is quite a shock. Then again, Harp is a beer that weqirdly fascinates me.

If I'm honest, many of the results baffle me. Why the lack of love for Lees Stout? And how come Devenish Porter beats Ben Truman?

Sorry being a bit lazy today.

07/04/2015 04:39 PM
Irony. And Oppression.
I have some fired brass to ship off to an ammo supplier for credit. So on the day we celebrate our Nation's independence I headed to the local post office to pick up a few Flat Rate boxes to prepare the shipment. I found it ironic, and extremely irritating, that in order to support an interest that is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment, I must give up that very same Constitutional right.

During the drive I was thinking about the people who promote, pass, and enforce limitations on the our liberties, especially the 1st and 2nd Amendments, and how they have willfully and consciously made a decision to ignore the Constitution of the United States. Their motives should worry free men.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/04/2015 04:25 PM
UPDATE: Chicago Brewery renames Trump beer, “F*ck Your Hair”
UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS POST: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria dumped Trump over recent comments about Mexican immigrants even though it meant losing business. The brewery was making a house beer for Trump Tower’s Rebar but wouldn’t think of continuing to do business with the ignoramus under the circumstances. The owners of the brewery are Latin American and […]

07/04/2015 02:31 PM
Brew Review Crew: On Tap Podcast Episode 5 – 07/04/2015

This week was another doozy in the world of craft beer! This week On Tap: Donald Trump Lambasted by Latino Libation Creators The Little Red Riding Hoods of Craft Beer … Continue Reading →

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07/04/2015 12:34 PM
Vacationland Distributors Brings Farnham Ale & Lager To Maine
The team at Vacationland Distributors, LLC. proudly announce the U.S. launch of Farnham Ale & Lager, a craft beer made just across the border in North Farnham, Quebec. The Portland launch party will be at The Thirsty Pig on Friday, July 10th, and at Blaze in Bangor on or about Thursday, July 23rd.

07/04/2015 09:54 AM
Mood Music
Getting into the spirit of the day.

A little slow, but a noble effort.

I began my Independence weekend celebration at the range. The sounds were music to my ears, though they couldn't be described as melodic. 

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/04/2015 09:48 AM
Happy 4th Of July!
I hope you all have a fantastic and safe beer driven holiday! Today is my last major event as a Floridian! If you are looking for a good time, head to downtown Fort Myers for the Freedom Fest! It starts … Continue reading

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07/04/2015 06:37 AM
When Should I Harvest Hops?
Question: Could you tell me when I should harvest some hops I have grown and what I can do with them to turn them into beer. I grew these and forgot to find out what I need to do next! Answer: Hops are ready to harvest when the cones feel dry to the touch.  If […]

07/04/2015 05:25 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: American Independence Day
Flag Day 2014

In 1776, John Adams —Constitutional Convention delegate from Massachusetts and future President— believed that it would be the 2nd of July, not the 4th, that would be celebrated as American Independence Day. *
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

Why 2 July?

Because it was on 2 July 1776 that the Second Continental Congress voted for independence. It would not be until two days later, on 4 July 1776, that Congress would approve an actual Declaration of Independence. And, it would not be until 2 August 1776 that the Declaration would actually be signed by delegates.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  • * Story of John Adams and Independence Day from: The Independent, 2 July 2015.
  • Full text of the Declaration of Independence: here.
  • Pictured is the Blue and Gray Building, in Falls Church, Virginia. It is the oldest surviving building in this small municipality, ten miles west of Washington, D.C., erected by a Willson Clover in 1797.

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

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07/04/2015 03:05 AM
The Haight
No breakfast worries this morning. My doggy bag of BBQ contains more than enough for the rest of my stay in San Francisco. Possibly enough for the rest of the month.

With my taxi bill cosying up to Dolores and threatening to kick me out of my home, I decide to walk.

I should tell you where I’m going, I suppose. Or maybe why first. Or when. Or how.

Why? Because it’s in walking distance (see previous comment about taxi bill). And I’m getting the hang of getting about in San Francisco: don’t walk up a hill unless you have to.

When? Just before midday.

How? To the right. I’ve only ever turned left on leaving the Majestic so far.

I should have explored more. There’s an offie much closer on turning right. And more. Japantown.

Whenever I travel, I have you’re a fucking idiot Ronald moments. This is one. I could have eaten here rather in that spookily-empty Chinese.

I’m learning about the history of the city, as well as of my own stupidity. My hotel I know predates the earthquake and fire.  Lots of the houses look Victorian. Then I find one with a date: 1878. Doesn’t look like the fire troubled this hill.

Almost forgot. Where am I going? Hippy central.

Having read the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers as a small child, and the classic “Needle Sharing on the Haight” as a sociology student, I couldn’t drop in San Francisco without dropping by its old hippy heaven. And Toronado. A legendary boozer.

The sun is shining almost as much as the arse of my kecks. That’s a bad thing. Not a huge fan of hot and sticky. Unless it’s a barbecue sauce.

Drugs Free Zone? Confiscating pensioners’ prescriptions are they? What total shite is that? You may as well declare an Air Free Zone or Dirt Free Zone. Ain’t never going to happen.

Despite the uphill section at the end, the walk is quite fun. In a sweaty really wishing I could afford a taxi sort of way.

Not sure what I expected of Haight Street. Fat Freddy, probably. He was always my favourite. The sort of chav to suck down suds with in a dive bar.

I’m surprised by how small an dive-bary Toronado is. That’s a pleasant surprise. The barman, a sort of burned out old hippy, is convincingly surly in his service. I’m warming to this place already. This is my natural habitat, gut leaning on the bar, my mind freewheeling. Nothing to do but drink and watch and listen. I love pubs.

Now isn’t that a coincidence? There are several Moonlight beers in their extensive cask list. The owner, Brian Hunt, is a friend. And a shit-hot brewer. Whom I'll be meeting later. I start with one of his classics:

Moonlight Death and Taxes $4
Nearly black, tanish head. Just noticed they have two cask Moonlight beers. Damn. Oh well, I wanted to try this again, anyway. Slightly metallic, smoke coffee and toffee. Chocolate, too.  This is nice. Fucking nice. Have a second pint nice.

Bum, bum, bum. I just filled my camera’s memory card. And I can’t work out how to delete images, old technophobe that I am.

God it’s cheap in here. Even cheaper than the prices on the menu. Must be some sort of happy hour because there’s a dollar off all the draughts. Cash only, mind you. Pay as you go. I do the leaving the change on the bar thing that I picked up when living in New York.

Time for another beer.

Moonlight Twist of Fate Bitter (cask) $4
Pretty dark for a Bitter. Just about in Dark Mild country. Fairly decent head and it’s in reasonable condition. I was a bit worried about that. Biscuity malt, a pleasant undertone of bitterness, carbonation as soft as a wimp’s handshake. Very drinkable.

Moonlight Bombay by Boat (cask) $4
Much paler than the last beer. More hoppy, unsurprisingly, similar carbonation soft as fresh puppy shit. Bit of citrus. Nice tasting bitterness again. Very nice. Again. Brian really can brew.

Pliny the Elder $5
Very pale yellow, fuck all head. I can smell it from here. Has than lemon washing up liquid thing going on. That is nice. Loads of hop flavour. I can see why people go so crazy over it.

It’s been a bit like a Brian tribute session – all his beers except Pliny. And that has a connection with him, too. It’s what he brought over for me last time he visited Amsterdam.

The barman is pretty cool in a Big Lebowski sort of way. Just asked him if they have Guinness American Lager. They don’t, so I’ve made do with another Pliny. That shows the power of advertising – I’ve seen TV ads for Guinness Lager.

I really like this place. The barman is starting to warm to me, even chatting a little. So different from the full-on trendiness of the Mikkeller Bar. And with much lower prices. 5$ for a US pint of Pliny – how reasonable is that?

I bravely return by foot. By a flatter route. I’m getting the hang of this San Francisco walking lark. In a boring, illogical European city, the streets would follow the contours of the land. And avoid unnecessary inclines.

Back in my room, I quickly unload images from camera card to flip flop. Want to do a bit of snapping tonight. I’ve a dinner date. With Brian Hunt. I couldn’t visit the Bay Area without seeing him. A cool bloke and talented brewer. As today has proved.

The traffic has him running a bit late. I don’t mind. The evening air is cool outside the hotel. And my mind can freewheel with no obligations other than having a good time.

Brian is as bearded, opinionated and fun as ever. We bumble back Haight-wards in his van. This time the venue is that Magnolia.

A very nice young lady gives us a tour of the brewery in the cellar. It’s pretty cramped, as you’d expect.

As I noticed yesterday, Magnolia is big on cask. Thinking about it, most of the places I’ve been to in the US in the last year or so have been. But perhaps that’s self-selecting. Brewers of English-style cask Ales are more likely to get in touch with me.

We sink a few pints, eat and chat. Mostly the latter, as I’m trying to keep my belly from resembling a hippo’s. And Brian has to drive home.

I pick up another couple of Racer 5s as a nightcap. To wash down my eye-closer Laphroaig. Sleep rushes towards me like a runaway train full of drunken soldiers.

Tomorrow I’ve an event with home brewers. Should be able to shift some books there, shouldn’t I?

547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States
Open  11:30 am – 2:00 am

Magnolia Brewery
1398 Haight St,
San Francisco, CA 94117


07/03/2015 04:51 PM
Oregon Craft Beer Month Events and New Brewmaster at Rock Bottom Portland
Located in the heart of downtown and still one of two breweries in Portland’s business district, Rock Bottom is set to host four events over each of the upcoming Thursdays in July. This also happens to be the last month of that current Brewmaster Charlie Hutchins will be leading the brewhouse. It has been announced […]

07/03/2015 02:38 PM
Wikeeps: The Best of Wine Anytime
It’s the middle of the work week — #winewednesday, in fact – and you’ve earned a glass of wine for making it this far. And ...

07/03/2015 01:07 PM
Diamond Knot releasing beer to benefit local firefighters

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Diamond Knot is releasing Beach House Blond Ale with a celebration to benefit the Mukilteo Fire Department Benevolent Fund. The press release with all the info is below. Mukilteo, WA – When firefighters from the Mukilteo Fire Department approached Diamond Knot Craft Brewing about helping to raise...

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07/03/2015 01:02 PM
A Glimpse Inside Italy’s Wine Regions: The Wines of Montalcino & Gorizia

Italy is a popular travel destination that attracts thousands of wine lovers each year. In 2014, Italy ranked second next to France in wine production. According to the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), Italy holds the record as the world’s largest wine producer in the past decade. With thousands of wine varieties from […]

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07/03/2015 12:57 PM
Sloop Brewing Grows from a Nanobrewery to a Rising Microbrewery in the Hudson Valley

As the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” For co-founders of Sloop Brewing Company, Adam Watson and Justin Taylor, this certainly holds true. Adam started home brewing in the bathtub about 15 years ago with his dad, David, who manages Sloop’s finances. Justin’s dad, Jim, has been home brewing since 1989. […]

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07/03/2015 12:49 PM
Boulevard Beer West Coast Launch with Pop-Up Bar Events

To celebrate the west coast launch of Boulevard Beer and the last stop on Boulevard’s VW bus road trip, a pop-up bar – BLVD on the P…

The post Boulevard Beer West Coast Launch with Pop-Up Bar Events appeared first on thefullpint.com.

07/03/2015 12:23 PM
Session beers are taking over the craft world. Maybe?
This is counter-intuitivity at is finest: With rising health awareness and concern about binge drinking driving sales of low and non-ABV beers among consumers, it seems counter-intuitive that innovation in strongly alcoholic beers should be rising. But new research from … Continue reading

07/03/2015 12:11 PM
Week of 07/03/15 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Jen from Oskar Blues will be pouring: Oskar Blues Dales Pale, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, Oskar Blues Old [...]

07/03/2015 11:32 AM
These Old Eyes at the IDPA Match
I've written about my experiences with vision correction and shooting previously. It's been just over a year since I last updated the lenses in my shooting glasses and a regular eye exam about 3 months ago showed no significant change in my vision. However, recently I've begun see a less than sharp view of the sights when using the prescription inserts. Earlier this week during some dry fire it became abundantly clear (heh) that I wasn't seeing the front sight in focus. I wrote it off as being due to low room light, and I found the practice session went a lot better not wearing the Rx glasses.

At this Wednesday’s Black Creek IDPA match as I did a few practice draws in the safe area, even in the filtered sunlight, it was still difficult to see a outline of the front and rear sights. Removing the prescription insert from my glasses allowed a very sharp sight picture. I finally decided to shoot the match without the Rx inserts. Sure the targets were blurry, but they’re supposed to be with a proper sight picture, right?

The match went pretty well for me. As always, the match director made good use of the single shooting bay by using the same targets in multiple stages, and shooting them from different positions and with different requirements. Stage 1 started with the gun on a barrel, shooting six shots through a tunnel created by a sideways barrel and barricade combo, to a target with only the center portion available. One miss and one low shot left me 6 down. The narrow and blurred target zone gave me a good feeling of the vision challenge to expect on the rest of the match.

The next two stages involved shooting four targets from cover behind stacks of barrels and wooden wire spools. Each of the targets required 3 hits each. The shooting order and gun start location changed between the stages. There were options on how you engaged the targets, and most of the views were fairly limited.

The fourth and final stage made use of the entirety of targets and props that made up the first three courses of fire. There was an added twist of requiring a varied number of hits on the targets. We started at the first stage, and put a minimum of two hits on the narrow target through the barrel. Next, we advanced toward the positions used for stages 2 and 3. The right two targets required 3 hits each, and the last two on the left required 4 hits each. Positioning was interesting as there were numerous ways to shoot the stage, all the while keeping in mind cover and engagement order. I lost track of my shot count at the last position, between a reload and a quick malfunction clearance, so ended up putting extra shots on the targets. It all worked out in the end as I finished the stage down 0. 

It was a fun, but hot, match. I didn’t have time to shoot a second gun this time, but after the clean finish on the last stage it was good to stop while I was ahead! The lack of focus in the distance didn’t appear to have much of an effect, and by the end of the match, I didn’t really notice. I couldn’t see my hits on the targets but they say you should “call your shots” anyway and not look for the holes in cardboard. I’ve talked to some other shooters with distance correction who just accept the blur of targets in the distance when shooting. I’ll wait a bit before deciding if I need to update my prescription. I do especially like the idea of not looking through a double layer of lenses, and I found I didn't need squint my left eye to pick out the front sight. I recently switched to a fiber optic on the front sight which also helps in finding that front post.

Sometimes the limitation in shooting is the equipment, not the store-bought stuff, but the parts we are born with.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/03/2015 10:39 AM
Happy 1st Birthday to Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin
Burleighs Gin began as just a dream for Phil Burley. He envisioned a craft distillery located in his home county of Leicestershire. Fate would approve ...

07/03/2015 10:14 AM
Oregon’s 4th of July Weekend Beer Events
So it’s now Friday and we made it to the extended holiday weekend for many of us. Normally the 4th of July Weekend is not known for a plethora of craft beer related events but for this year things have kicked up a bit. There are quite a few events to consider over this three […]

07/03/2015 10:12 AM
Monkey's Uncle Imperial IPA next up in cans from Straight to Ale
Straight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) announced recently that Monkey's Uncle Imperial IPA will find its way into cans for the first time this summer. Do you remember when you were a kid and your favorite uncle visited...
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07/03/2015 09:59 AM
Matthew’s Restaurant to feature Left Hand Brewing Company beer dinner
: Matthew Medure is something of a local legend in Jacksonville. As half of the famed Medure brothers restaurateur and chef dynasty, he and his brother David own Matthew’s and Medure’s fine dining restaurants as well as the popular M Shack burger joints. On Wednesday, July 22, Matthew will apply his talents to a beer […]

07/03/2015 09:25 AM
Harpoon releases 54th 100 Barrel Series beer: Nordic Saison
Holding Brewing Permit #001 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is something of a big deal. It means that Harpoon Brewing Company was the first brewery in Boston. In the early day, the brewery, owned by three friends — Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti — was founded in 1986 after Kenary and Doyle returned from […]

07/03/2015 09:00 AM
Festival News: OR: Portland: White Owl Social Club hosts Lagerfest July 11th
Press Release

image courtesy White Owl Social Club

Portland, OR ...  - The 3rd annual LagerFest, a benefit for XRay.fm takes over the White Owl Social Club's spacious bar and back patio on Saturday July 11th with the largest selection of lagers in the state, perhaps the country!

The White Owl is excited to host the third annual giant patio party that celebrates the almighty but often overlooked LAGER! 50+  international and craft brews will be out on the legendary White Owl patio, and the beers will be flowing harder than Aesop Rock while riding the back of Damian Lillard dunking over Dwight Howard from the top Multinomah Falls during a Red Fang versus Lord Dying heavy metal deathmatch battle royale extravaganza!

Ok maybe not that hard, but we mean business! We spent a lot of careful time cherry picking lagers from all over the industry, and we took great pains to fill the line up with a variety of colors and flavors that span the entire Lager horizon! That ended up being a lot of beer, and it’s not going to drink itself, so check out the lineup, get in the shade with us, put up your feet and enjoy these tasty Lager brews!!

image courtesy White Owl Social Club


  1. Airways Brewing: Pre-Flight Pils.
  2. Arch Rock Brewing: Gold Beach Lager.
  3. PINTS Brewing: Schwarzbier.
  4. Snipes Mountain: La Somara.
  5. Anchor Brewing: (still unnamed brew).
  6. Ballast Point Brewing: Longfin Lager.
  7. Bridgeport Brewing: Mettle & Mash.
  8. Cascade Lakes: Paulina Lake Pils.
  9. Deschutes Brewery: Trees of Doom.
  10. Elysian Brewing: Zephyrus.
  11. Full Sail Brewing: Cascade Pilsner.
  12. Georgetown Brewing: Eddie .
  13. Hacker Pschorr: Munich Gold.
  14. Rogue: Irish Lager.
  15. Sierra Nevada: Nooner.
  16. Stone Brewing: Murder She Rotte.
  17. Base Camp Brewing: Hop in the Pool.
  18. Coalition Brewing: Bulletproof Tiger.
  19. Green Flash Brewing: Ristretto.
  20. Leavenworth Brewing: Bakke Hill.
  21. Seven Brides Brewing: Hazelbock.
  22. Victory Brewing: Prima Pils.
  23. 10 Barrel Brewing: Seasonal Depression.
  24. Bouy Brewing: Buoy Helles.
  25. Burnside Brewing Co: Couch Select Lager.
  26. Commons Brewery: Baltic Porter.
  27. Ecliptic Brewing: Double Dry Hopped Spica Pilsner.
  28. Fort George Brewery: Booy's Back.
  29. Hop Valley Brewing: Light Me Up.
  30. Lompoc Brewing: El Commandante.
  31. Oakshire Brewing: Reclamation.
  32. Pelican Brewing: PelicaÑa extra.
  33. Uinta Brewing: Baba Black Lager.
  34. Widmer Brothers: Norlander Pils.
  35. Birra Del Borgo/Dogfish Head: My Antonia.
  36. Caldera Brewing: Dark Lager.
  37. Double Mountain Brewery: Swihart's Summer Lager.
  38. Einbecker: Winterbock.
  39. Epic Brewing: Hop Syndrome.
  40. Everybody's Brewing: Helicoptor Parent.
  41. Fat Heads Brewing: Ultra Pils.
  42. Laurelwood Brewing: Dos Excellente.
  43. pFfriem Family Brewers: Helles.
  44. Plank Town Brewing: Springfest.
  45. Schlenkerla: Maerzen.
  46. Terminal Gravity Brewing: Wallowa Lake Lager.
  47. Upright Brewing: Engelberg Pilsener.
  48. Walking Man Brewing: Flip Flop Pils.
  49. Woodland Empire: Kristof.
  50. 13 Virtues Brewing: Baltic Porter.
  51. Block 15 Brewing: Black Knight.
  52. Heater Allen Brewing: Coastal Lager.
  53. Orlison Brewing: Roast House Stout.
  54. Rusty Truck Brewing: Blacktop.

Event Date: Saturday July 11th, 2015
Location: White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Event Time: 2PM - 10PM
No pre-sale tickets - first come first serve at the door!
Extra Drink Tickets:
Cup + 5 tickets for $10 • 6 tickets for $10 • 3 tickets for $5 • 1 ticket for $2
Live Music by: COUNTRY TRASH
(First set at 5pm - Second Set at 10pm)


07/03/2015 07:54 AM
How Do I Use A Hydrometer
Question: Being a total novice at home brew, I would like to know how to properly use a hydrometer. The instructions that came with the one that I bought are difficult to understand, to say the least. Do I just bung the hydrometer into the bin of fermenting lager – and what should I be […]

07/03/2015 05:00 AM
July 3rd, 2015
Better safe than sorry!


07/03/2015 04:43 AM
The Only Brewery to Drink From this 4th of July – 21st Amendment

This 4th of July, it is our wish for you, readers of the Brew Review Crew, that you are surrounded by friends, family, and thine fellow countrymen to commemorate our nation’s independence … Continue Reading →

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07/03/2015 03:10 AM
All about the content
Session logoEverything but the beer is the preferred topic for The Session this month. Host Jack is asking us to look at the odds and ends that go with: beermats, bottle caps and the like. One brewery with a very distinctive look to its packaged beers is Stone of San Diego and it's one of theirs that's the subject of my contribution.

This bottle of Xocoveza was kindly donated by Chris and Merideth on their recent visit to Ireland. There's nothing too unusual about the shape of the bottle: it's your standard American 650ml bomber. But they've made great use of the space it affords to tell the convoluted story of this beer.

Its roots lie in Stone's annual home brewing competition which in 2014 was won by Chris Banker, so that's his name you see emblazoned across the top of the main printed space. His recipe is an 8.1% ABV milk stout brewed with added coffee and spices, intended to recreate the effect of Mexican hot chocolate. The dense wording on the back introduces the drinker to everything they're about to experience, with quotes from the creator as well as Mitch Steele from Stone and the brewer at Cerveceria Insurgente, the Tijuana outfit which also participated in the brew.

The beer itself is heavy on the nutmeg, with a real Christmas-cookie effect, made extra sweet by the lactose sugar. Bitterness from the dark chocolate and strong coffee is fleetingly perceptible behind it. The only other pieces of entertainment it affords are the luxuriously smooth texture and a cheeky pinch of chilli in the aroma. It's not a subtle beer, nor as multifaceted as the list of additional ingredients on the front might imply, but it's fun to drink if you don't take the grimacing gargoyle on the neck too seriously.

And if you have a complaint, you'll find ways to contact the brewery on the underside of the bottle cap:

07/03/2015 03:05 AM
Dutch Lager Styles 1870 - 1960 (part three)
The first Dutch Lagers
The Lagers initially brewed in Holland were called Beiersch and were in the Munich Dark Lager style. Munich beers were the prototypical Lagers and it was only when bottom-fermenting techniques spread outside Bavaria that Lagers began to be brewed in other hues.

Dutch  Beiersch was roughly the equivalent of a Munich Sommerbier or Lagerbier. It had a gravity higher than Pilsener – 13º to 14º Plato, was less lightly hopped and more poorly attenuated than Lager of the Pilsener type.

Gerstebier was originally a top-fermenting style, but Heineken used the name for a cheap and cheerful type of Lager.  Baartz, of Oranjeboom in Rotterdam, described Gerstebier in 1884 as "although a bottom-fermented beer, it is of a low gravity and not lagered, and is a beer quick to make for a significantly lower price" ("een weliswaar ondergistend bier, maar van licht gehalte en geen Lagerbier, maar een bier van snelle confectie en tot belangrijk lager prijs").*

Though this may well just be sour grapes on the part of Mr. Baartz. From other sources it seems that Gerste Bier was lagered.

Gerste Bier was brewed with Heinieken’s D strain of yeast, while the posher beers were brewed with their A strain, the one they still use today.

Beers called Vienna or Wiener – both Amstel and Heineken brewed one at some point – were presumably amber in the Austrian style.

Culmbacher, named after the Franconian town of Kulmbach, was a style brewed in several countries when Lager first began to spread from Central Europe. It was a very dark, almost black, Lager which was hopped at three times the rate of Munich Lagers.

Hopping rate per 100 pounds of beer
place beer lbs hops
Munich Sommerbier 4
Munich Winterbier 2.3
Bamberg Sommerbier 8
Bamberg Winterbier 4.4
Kulmbach Sommerbier 12
Kulmbach Winterbier 4
Karlsruhe Sommerbier 7
Karlsruhe Winterbier 2.9
Bohemia Sommerbier 3.3
Bohemia Winterbier 2.2
Prague Sommerbier 4.4
England Porter 12
England IPA 32
Scotland Ale 12
Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für öffentliche Gesundheitspflege, Volume 2, 1870, page 276.

Dortmunder, or Export, was originally slightly higher gravity than Pils and not as heavily hopped.

The Culmbacher and Vienna styles didn’t last that long in Holland.

Early Pils
The first mention I can find of Dutch-brewed Pilsener is from 1879. It wasn’t brewed in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, but in Amersfoort:

Het Nieuws van den Dag, 15-10-1879, page 4.

The first advert for their Pilsener I can find is dated 5th March 1879.

* "Korte Geschiedenis der Heineken's Bierbrouwerij Maatschappij N.V. 1873 - 1948", by H. A. Korthals, 1948, page 96.

07/03/2015 01:44 AM
YourBeer – An Exclusive Look at a New Craft Beer Smartphone App

We love our smartphones. While Cory and I differ on which phone is more dominant (I’m an iPhone guy, while he…is less intelligent than I) we both love mobile technology … Continue Reading →

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07/03/2015 12:45 AM
Tasting Notes: Starr Hill Brewery's Northern Lights IPA, New vs. Old
Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) recently announced that they have reformulated their flagship Northern Lights IPA. For a little change of pace, I am going to go back to my reviewing roots by comparing the new and old versions...
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07/03/2015 12:12 AM
Go Fish Drinking Game

Go Fish is one of the most popular card games in the world because it is so easy to understand. In order to turn it into a drinking game, all you need is liquor, plus the cards of course. If you already know how to play Go Fish, skip the …

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07/02/2015 09:48 PM
Boilermakers gathering steam
The traditional pairing of whisky and beer is continuing its ascension in Australia, with a recent Bottled Lightning Co event putting 4 Pines beers alongside spirits from Diageo.

07/02/2015 08:25 PM
Ecliptic Brewing UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale & Aurora Crimson Saison Bottles

(Portland, OR) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, has released the …

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07/02/2015 08:12 PM
Odell Brewing and The Real Dill Collaborate to Create Myrcenary Pickles

(Fort Collins, CO) – On July 10, 2015, Odell Brewing and The Real Dill will celebrate the release of their co-creation, Myrcenary …

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07/02/2015 08:00 PM
Fat Yak births Lazy Yak; CUB revises craft beer strategy
CUB has announced its first brand extension for the Fat Yak range establishing it as a new franchise, while signalling a change in its craft beer strategy...

07/02/2015 06:46 PM
The Beer Junction celebrates 5 year anniversary

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Starting today, The Beer Junction celebrates its 5th Anniversary. Events are listed below. Just over five years ago, I met Morgan Herzog at the small retail space that would become The Beer Junction. I thought the space was too small, but knowing how desperately West Seattle needed...

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07/02/2015 06:07 PM
Pressure Drop Brewing
Pressure Drop was formed in 2012 and we sold our first beers in January 2013. We're Graham, Sam and Ben, three blokes in a railway arch doing lots of cleaning and trying to make the tastiest beers we can.

07/02/2015 05:03 PM
6 Essential Things You Need to Know before the Boil

Sometimes, the boil can come as a relief. It’s a time when you can kick back, crack a home brew and maybe, just maybe get some cleaning done. After all, the boil isn’t as complicated as the mash. Hell, all you have to do is crank up the heat and let’er get on with things … […]

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07/02/2015 04:55 PM
Never Have I Ever (For Two People)

This is a game that is typically played by larger groups but we’ve adjusted the game so it can be enjoyed by as few as two people. The basis of this game is stating something that you have never done, seen or experience, and if your partner has done it …

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07/02/2015 04:54 PM
Icon Interview: Ken Lewis: Retail Guru Turned Craft Distiller
  Ken Lewis is regarded as a master marketer who helped to reshape the liquor retailing business and reinvented himself along the way. His creation, ...

07/02/2015 04:11 PM
Jester King Brewery’s 2015 Vernal Dichotomous

(Austin, TX) – Jester King Craft Brewery is pleased to introduce 2015 Vernal Dichotomous – a blend of mature barr…

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07/02/2015 03:48 PM
D4th of July & Surly #’Merica
Before craft beer entered my life, there was punk rock. And one fine day in central Minnesota twenty (?!?!) years ago, Dillinger 4 entered my life. D4 played my hometown of Fergus Falls to a mixed crowd. By and large, none of us really knew what to expect of this young band from the Twin Cities, ...

07/02/2015 03:27 PM
Love Wimbledon? Enjoy it with a cocktail right out of tennis ball. Win!
London restaurant, Holborn Dining Room, serves this novel champagne cocktail. Try it! Hey, at least it’s not out of tennis shoe! Break Point cocktail Cumber infused Stolichnaya Elit Vodka (or your choice) Fresh cucumber juice Lanson white label champagne (or your choice) A squeeze of fresh lime juice Then, make a hole in the top […]

07/02/2015 01:58 PM
Rapid All Grain Beer Brewing – Part One – Brewing
TimerPFWe’re all incredibly busy these days and many of us are short on time to brew. So this week in part 1 I take a look at ways to shorten your all grain brewing session so you can brew more beer in less time. In part 2 we’ll take a look at ways to speed […]

07/02/2015 01:23 PM
Los Angeles Times Announces Event Schedule for The Taste
      Los Angeles Times Announces Event Schedule for The Taste Tickets on sale now for The Times’ annual food and wine festival over Labor Day weekend The Los Angeles Times announced the schedule for The Taste, its annual celebration of Southern California’s vibrant, influential culinary scene, returning to Paramount Pictures Studios’ iconic backlot […]

07/02/2015 01:19 PM
Crooked Stave – Nightmare on Brett (Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged) Release Details

(Denver, CO) – Crooked Stave will hold a special limited release of Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey Bar…

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07/02/2015 11:39 AM
Horse & Jockey
Welcome to the Horse Jockey Chorlton
A family-friendly pub and restaurant in the heart of Chorlton, serving real-ales and hearty food, the Horse and Jockey boasts all of these things plus a the fine location overlooking Chorlton's leafy Green. 

07/02/2015 08:53 AM
Isis Pale Compass

Commercial description:  This beer has been crafted with fruity European hops to complement Crystal and golden malted barleys, then dry hopped with American citrus hops for an excellent finish. Isis Pale Ale is a transatlantic tipple that, like the best boat race crews, is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Isis Pale, named [&hellip

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07/02/2015 08:48 AM
A Month Off

We’re taking a month off and will be back in August. As per our own advice, we need to recharge our beer blogging batteries and concentrate on some non-beer-related projects for a few weeks so we’re not going to post anything here at all. The 11,000+ word essay we’ve just put up is about equivalent to a month’s-worth … Continue reading A Month Off

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07/02/2015 08:30 AM
The Good, the Bad & the Murky — Brew Britannia: One Year On

This piece is 11,000 words long so you might want to consider downloading it to read on your tablet or smartphone via Pocket, Instapaper or another offline reader. It is also available as a free e-book in various formats via Smashwords. Contents Introduction A London Particular – why everyone is talking about ‘murky’ beer I Can I … Continue reading The Good, the Bad & the Murky — Brew Britannia: One Year On

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07/02/2015 08:00 AM
Project Pabst Returns To Portland July 18th and 19th
Late last summer Pabst Brewing Company set up shop on Portland’s South Waterfront in the currently vacant Zidell Yards to host the inaugural Project Pabst, a two day music fest that brought Portland a diverse musical lineup that wowed the masses. Once again Pabst and its promotional partner Superfly are proud to announce the return […]

07/02/2015 07:48 AM
Sterilizing New Brew Equipment
Question: I’m a new to home brewing I bought a starter kit last week. The question I have is, even though I have not brewed beer before, do I still need to sterilize my bucket and keg before brewing? and if so what do I use? Answer: There are a lot of products out on the […]

07/02/2015 07:46 AM
Harpoon unveils ‘Nordic Saison’ Collaboration
Harpoon is proud to introduce the 54th installment of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series: Nordic Saison. Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing, Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company, and Jaime Schier of Harpoon Brewery created this effervescent golden Saison using local honey and cranberries, rosehips, yarrow, and heather flowers.

07/02/2015 06:59 AM
Lagunitas Equinox

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Lagunitas first brewed Equinox back in 1995. I’m not sure if it was under the same moniker or even 100% the same recipe, and honestly, I don’t care. I’m just glad that they made this tasty 8% ABV imperial pale ale. Equinox is brewed with pale oat which gives it a smooth texture on the […]

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07/02/2015 05:46 AM
Bear Republic introduces Café Racer 15
Racing back in July, Bear Republic Brewing Company fan favorite Café Racer 15™ is arriving at a store near you. A summer seasonal release, Café Racer 15™ is one of our premium offerings with considerably limited production and distribution.

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