03/31/2015 07:00 PM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
03/31/2015 07:00 PM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
03/31/2015 07:00 PM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
03/31/2015 07:00 PM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
03/31/2015 07:00 PM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
03/31/2015 06:32 PM
Atwater Brewery Expands Distribution to North Carolina Via Craft Central
(Greensboro, NC) – Craft Central, a dedicated craft beer distributor in North Carolina, announces the addition of Atwat…
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03/31/2015 06:12 PM
Dundee India Pale Ale
Day 274: Dundee India Pale Ale from Dundee Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'American IPA'. ABV is 6.3%.
03/31/2015 06:07 PM
Spring Harvest Beer Dinner at Seatown, with Stoup Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tom Douglas Restaurants announces its first-ever beer dinner at Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie. Believe it or not, some stuff is ready for harvest this time of year and Chef Sam Burkhart knows what to do with them: create tasty dishes to pair with beer from one of...
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03/31/2015 05:39 PM
Two Roads Brewing Launches Distribution In Philadelphia Area
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Two Roads Brewing is bringing their “road less traveled” philosophy to the greater Philadelphia area …
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03/31/2015 05:30 PM
Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014
The US Brewers Association today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the US...
03/31/2015 05:14 PM
Oskar Blues is coming to town
Soul Rebels at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Colorado Hey y'all - sorry to drop a press release on you and run, but I'm jammed with deadlines and the Brooklyn Mash happening this week. But the awesome thing is, can pioneer and Colorado brewery Oskar Blues is hitting town in April! Oskar Blues Brewery, creator of the first American craft ...
03/31/2015 05:01 PM
Double Mountain Bottles Gypsy Stumper IPA
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases bottles of their much loved Gypsy Stumper IPA. An instant taproom favorite from it's debut last year, this complex IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River.
03/31/2015 04:38 PM
Stillhouse Moonshine: An Interview With White Whiskey Pioneer, Brad Beckerman
Corn whiskey is one of the great spirits of North America. But for a long time it was more or less exclusively associated with moonshine ...
03/31/2015 04:37 PM
Anchor Brewing Releases Anchor IPA In Cans
(San Francisco, CA) – Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Anchor IPA in cans; a new package for the adventuro…
03/31/2015 03:51 PM
Bull City Off Main
Not another mainstream cider. Off Main hard cider is the perfect blend of local apples, gluten-free yeast and amazing! A refreshingly crisp, easy drinking cider… NO BULL!
03/31/2015 03:50 PM
Craft Brew Alliance Extends Partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery
Building on its strategic partnership with North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountain Brewing (AMB), Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) today announced it has signed an agreement to become the company’s master distributor. The new agreement will give the smaller brewer access to CBA’s nationwide network of Anheuser-Busch wholesalers in exchange for an undisclosed per-case distribution fee.
03/31/2015 03:46 PM
Bull City Ciderworks
Creating the finest handcrafted cider & spirits in a sustainable format from locally & regionally sourced ingredients. Durham, NC.
03/31/2015 03:39 PM
Brewers Association Releases 2014 List of Top 50 U.S. Breweries
The Brewers Association today released its annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. craft breweries, based on 2014 sales volumes. This year’s list, however, had two glaring differences from prior versions. Four previously-excluded companies, including the top brewer, Yuengling, made the list in 2014 after the BA altered its definition of what it means to be a “craft brewer” last March, dethroning longtime leader Boston Beer Company for the title of “largest U.S. craft brewery.”
03/31/2015 03:25 PM
3 Craft Beer Events Hit LA on April 4
To the average craft beer fan, the coming of spring doesn’t just mean light and refreshing seasonal brews…it means ev…
03/31/2015 03:07 PM
The top 50 craft breweries in the USA
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Washington’s brewing industry contributes roughly $1 billion to the state’s economy each year (read it). Still, none of the USA’s top 50 craft breweries (listed below) are based in Washington. Although Washington ranks second in the nation in terms of total number of breweries, and 8th in...
03/31/2015 03:02 PM
The 20 largest breweries, 50 years later
The Brewers Association has released its lists of the nation’s largest brewing companies and the largest companies it classifies as craft breweries. Those are 50 deep, and you can find them many places, including the BA website. There they also list what brands are made by each company, like that Craft Brew Alliance includes includes […]
03/31/2015 03:00 PM
Schell’s Stag Series No. 9
The 9th beer in Schell’s Stag Series, is a nod to the 155 year old company’s 19th century brewing traditions. The limited edition offering is a dark lager aged in American whiskey barrels and stored in the brewery’s original lagering caves below the brewery. The lagering caves date back to the 1860s, an era that ...
03/31/2015 02:56 PM
First Key Launches Beat the Brewmaster
First Key, a leading consultancy to the brewing industry, announces the launch of Beat The Brewmaster, a new website designed to build even stronger relationships between craft brewers and their drinkers. Beer enthusiasts can test their sensory skills on Beat The Brewmaster by comparing their ratings to those of the brewmaster who actually created the beer.
03/31/2015 02:52 PM
10 Techniques for Sustainable Brewing
This article originally appeared at CustomMade.com and was written by Abby Quillen. The folks at that website thought my readers might be interested and asked if i would repost here. There is some really interesting information about brewing green that you may really enjoy here. In the craft beer world, solar panels and ambitious recycling […]
03/31/2015 02:47 PM
Lakefront Brewery Releases Barrel-Aged Version of its Barley Wine
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. announced it will release a whiskey barrel-aged version of their Beer Line Organic Barley Wine in April. The Brewery claims it is the first USDA-certified Organic barrel-aged barley wine in the United States.
03/31/2015 02:44 PM
Anchor Brewing Launches IPA in Cans
Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Anchor IPA™ in cans; a new package for the adventurous brew in Anchor’s core lineup of distinctive, hand-crafted beers.
03/31/2015 02:42 PM
One-Eyed Betty’s welcomes spring with a midnight Oberon release
FERNDALE — It’s 12:01 a.m. and the Emperor of Oberon has been named, crowned and caped thanks to a lucky raffle draw. Most importantly, he has also been handed the first official glass of the infamous Bell’s Brewery craft beverage. To the eager crowd, Oberon means no more winter, and with that first sip, bar patrons collective ...
03/31/2015 02:35 PM
The IRS Is Back: Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Every early spring, thanks to Stone Brewing, millions look forward to the annual encounter with the IRS—the Stone Imperial Russian Stout, at least. As regular ...
03/31/2015 02:32 PM
Double Mountain Brewery Releases Gypsy Stumper IPA
(Hood River, OR) — Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases bottles of their much loved Gypsy Stumper IPA. An instant tapr…
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03/31/2015 01:47 PM
Abraxas Night at Perennial Artisan Ales
[ April 7, 2015; 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] I'm a stat nerd. I love things like infographics and maps. Lists showing numbers and facts are like catnip for me. So when I ran across the top-rated beers by state according to Untappd users, it definitely gave me a happy feeling. As I perused through the list, it didn't come as any surprise that the [...]
03/31/2015 01:38 PM
Brewers Association lists 50 largest craft breweries
The Brewers Association has released ts annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the United States. Because the BA rewrote its definition of what constitutes a craft brewery last March, Boston Beer Co. was bumped from the top spot by Yuengling. “The companies on this list include the vanguard of […]
03/31/2015 01:36 PM
Patent No. 4653388A: Small Scale Production Brewing
Today in 1987, US Patent 4653388 A was issued, an invention of Noel R. Wilkinson, for his “Brewing” process, though specifically more of a “small scale production plant.” Here’s the Abstract: An improved brewing unit in which energy is saved by providing a mash tun,...
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03/31/2015 01:18 PM
Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014
Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹. “The companies on this list […]
03/31/2015 01:06 PM
The Top 50 Annotated 2014
This is my eighth annual annotated list of the Top 50, skipping last year because the BA provided that information then, so here again you can see who moved up and down, who was new to the list and who dropped off. So here is this year’s list again annotated with how they changed compared...
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03/31/2015 01:02 PM
I want a feast – I want a Bean Feast (Black Bean Soup)
OK: Spring is here, and it is more or less not soup weather, but I have the Song stuck in my head, and was thinking about this (if you want it to be) one pot soup. Now I have no idea of what I am doing cooking wise, I just know its filling cheap, and […]
03/31/2015 01:00 PM
Brewing a Kölsch
Previously in this series of articles on How to brew different Styles of Beer? we covered Brewing a Dunkels Weissbier, this time the Beer Style comes from Category 5: 'Pale Bitter European Beer' in the BJCP 2014 Guidelines and is the style of a Kölsch.
03/31/2015 12:25 PM
An Investor’s Insight into the Alcoholic Beverage Industry
Overview The beverage industry can be classified into nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverage categories. According to Beverage Marketing Corporation, the carbonated soft drink is the key nonalcoholic beverage category with a market share of 33.1% of the total US beverage market volume. Alcoholic beverages, primarily beer, also form a dominant part of the US beverage market. […]
03/31/2015 12:06 PM
Beer Birthday: Dave Buhler
Today is Dave Buhler’s 56th birthday. Ironically, like Dick Cantwell, whose birthday was yesterday, Dave is also a co-founder of Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Washington. Join me in wishing Dave a very happy birthday. Fal Allen and Dave Buhler at OBF. Dave and Celebrator publisher Tom Dalldorf...
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03/31/2015 12:06 PM
Goose Island to reopen Wrigleyville brewpub on opening day
Crain's Chicago Business (blog) Goose Island to reopen Wrigleyville brewpub on opening day Crain's Chicago Business (blog) The shuttered Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub is set to reopen on the Cubs' opening day. Owner John Hall announced in a statement last week that the brewpub at 3535 N. Clark St. will reopen April 5, about six mon ...
03/31/2015 12:02 PM
Patent No. 4653290A: Beer Keg Ice Sleeve And Method Of Making Same
Today in 1987, US Patent 4653290 A was issued, an invention of Shelley R. Byrne, for his “Beer Keg Ice Sleeve and Method of Making Same.” Here’s the Abstract: An ice sleeve cooler for beer kegs or other beverages comprising a slip-over ice sleeve open at the bottom and open at the...
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03/31/2015 11:50 AM
Top 50 Craft Breweries For 2014
The Brewers Association just announced the top 50 craft breweries in the U.S. based on sales, by volume, for 2014, which is listed below here. For the seventh year, they’ve also released a list of the top 50 breweries, which includes all breweries. Here is this year’s craft brewery...
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03/31/2015 11:31 AM
Trending Brews: Is Marrying Beer with Coffee & Sriracha Sauce a Good Idea?
One of the latest trends in craft beer making is the chemical marriage between beer and some other form of addictive substance. One flavor finding its way into a lot of beer is coffee. But another one that...
03/31/2015 11:03 AM
Latona Pub prepares for a busy April that includes a tribute to a local legend
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. As we prepare to charge into April, Latona Pub has a full docket of beer events planned. Details about all of the month’s events are below. Of course the annual Earth Week celebration, with multiple events planned, is on the calendar again this year, as is the...
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03/31/2015 11:00 AM
Royale Brewing One Year Birthday Party at Wilder Bar Cafe
Portland's Royale Brewing is approaching one year old and to capture this moment the brewery will be hosting a birthday party at Wilder Bar Cafe in Northeast Portland on April 1st beginning at 4:00pm.
03/31/2015 10:34 AM
The Food Lover’s Guide: 5 Of The Best Local Dishes In San Francisco
Mourad Mourad opens recently in the Fidi, it’s 1 of the hottest restaurant and bar in town. Chef Lahlou, is the owner of the 1 ...
03/31/2015 10:12 AM
Beer Release: MLK Alt, by Foggy Noggin Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Foggy Noggin Brewing is releasing a very limited seasonal beer this Saturday – April 4th (noon-5PM) at our tasting room in Bothell, WA. This beer is in very limited and will have a very short run cycle. Only brewed one day each year, MLK day in January....
03/31/2015 09:54 AM
Hops On Tap
Thanks to the Wilson Times Newspaper for another great article on Cardinal Pine Farm. The article Hops on Tap in ENC was published this past weekend in the “My Wilson Grow” section. Here is just a blurb, but you can…
03/31/2015 09:48 AM
Adroit Theory Tenebris
While I’ve only had a few of their beers, I’ve been a big fan of Adroit Theory’s label artwork and naming convention. Tenebris, most likely a play on “tenebrous,” references Medieval folklore surrounding the crow and the despair, gloom that its shadow casts. I’m not sure how that really relates to a highly-hopped barleywine, but […]
03/31/2015 09:00 AM
The London Spa
I've lived just around the corner from Exmouth Market for over a decade. In that time I've seen plenty of businesses along the strip open and close. The Exmouth Arms has been transformed from murderous postie boozer to a somewhat brash craft beer pub. My old favourite Al's Bar became Caravan, a posh cafe and coffee roastery. During all of that time, what was once the street's biggest pub - the
03/31/2015 08:41 AM
Summit Hopvale Organic Ale is Here!
Back in January, we told you about Summit’s latest offering, Hopvale Organic Ale. Yesterday, Summit announced that this beer will be rolling out shortly with a series of release events. Hopvale will be available for your imbibing pleasure starting the first week of April on draught and in 16 oz. 4-pack cans. Summit describes the ...
03/31/2015 08:38 AM
Craft beer fans can be passionate about their beer preference, but even factory beer drinkers have standards it seems.
Clarence Sturdivant, 64, shot his 66-year-old neighbor, Walter Merrick, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
The beer showdown occurred Saturday afternoon (March 7) at a complex of single-story apartment buildings in the 1500 block of Esther Street in Harvey. Merrick told investigators that he and Sturdivant were chatting in the parking lot when Sturdivant asked for a beer, a Sheriff's Office incident report said.
See "Budweiser or Busch: Argument over beer brands ends with shotgun blast" for more on this beer debate among friends.
03/31/2015 06:00 AM
The F-Bomb! Fort George Brewery & Finnriver Cidery Tap Takeover at Saraveza
On Thursday, April 16th when Saraveza Bottle Shop and Pasty Tavern brings together two of Cascadia’s finest local fermenters Fort George Brewery of Astoria, Oregon and Finnriver Farm & Cidery of Chimacum, Washington.
03/31/2015 05:30 AM
Ecliptic Brewing Partners With Dogfish Head For Power Lunch During Craft Brewers Conference
As part of its participation in the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), which visits Portland from April 14 through 17, Ecliptic Brewing will on April 16 at noon host a power lunch in collaboration with Dogfish Head.
03/31/2015 03:51 AM
Unlike some (Melissa Cole, p6; Mark Dredge), we don’t object to the use of the terms ‘malty’ and ‘hoppy’ as over-arching descriptors, but one thing does bug us: ‘malty’ shouldn’t just mean ‘not hoppy’. Malt flavour is a positive addition to the flavour of a beer, giving it another dimension. The best hoppy beers — … Continue reading Malty →
03/31/2015 03:05 AM
Draught IPA in the 1950’s
So I’ve gone for IPA instead. I’ve only a handful of analyses of those. So I can be done quickly.
First an advert that tells us something about the effect of the war on brewing. And IPA:
“The Bristol United Breweries, Ltd.
What’s revealing is how long after the war – more than five years – before IPA was brought back. Though why it was out of the picture quite so long, I’m not sure. At 16d a pint it couldn’t have had a gravity of much more than 1035º. While their Bitter probably didn’t scrape past 1030º.
Let’s have that table now:
Only three different beers there, so quite a limited set. Even so, there are clearly two types: a strong one, with a gravity at the top end of Best Bitter; and a weak one. Confused? Wait until I show you the bottled examples. They’re all over the shop.
The stronger ones would have been some of the strongest beers available on draught. Only things like KKKK, not usually available all year, would have been stronger.
Average attenuation is similar to the Bitters we saw earlier. The colour though is quite a bit darker – the Bitters averaged 21-22. As they are at the strong end, that’s not so surprising. Except to modern geeks.
I’ve no idea of the bitterness levels. Though I’d be surprised if they were much different from Bitters of a similar strength. The term IPA wasn’t used with any precision. A brewers could just as easily have called these beers Best Bitter or Special Bitter.
Almost forgot to mention. I drank that Charrington IPA in the 1970's. A not that interesting Best Bitter is how I would class it.
Maybe I really will do Mild next.
03/31/2015 02:02 AM
NSW & Qld craft beer sales representatives
Experienceit Beverages is continuing to expand, and needs the help of two experienced and motivated sales professionals, to join our team of hop heads to help share our passion and spread the word about real craft beer! 2 positions are available, one full time role in NSW and one initial part time role in Qld. This is a rare opportunity to work with one of Australia’s leading craft beer distributors, a rapidly growing business that is focused on developing the highest quality international and national portfolio of premium craft beers and wines. With a range already recognized as one of the best in the country with premium brands from North America, Europe and Australia. Our focus is delivering the best of global craft, in the best possible condition with a focus on continual improvement to deliver a premium level of service to our customers. So about these roles: Title: NSW Sales Territory Manager Based at Experienceit Head office on the Northern Beaches. Car included Management of all on and off license venues Co-ordination of event activity in the state Title: Qld Business Development Initial part time paid role, building as business increases with potential for full time. Management of all on and off license venues - driving ALM sales. Co-ordination of event […]
03/31/2015 12:38 AM
Cahaba Brewing Oka Uba Night coming to Mellow Mushroom FIve Points
On Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m., Cahaba Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) will head over to Mellow Mushroom - Five Points (1200 20th Street South, Birmingham) for Oka Uba Night featuring four versions of the brewery's ...
03/30/2015 10:57 PM
Anniversary in Review: Brouwer's Cafe - looking back on 10 years
A curved steel structure hangs from the ceiling of the two-story hall occupied by Brouwer’s Café. Inspired by a programmatic need for ample seating, this suspended mezzanine animates the large volume of the old workshop building. The dramatic gesture is echoed in a steel-clad oculus that brings natural light to the mezzanine and a seventy-foot beer bar below. The geometric forms and unadorned materials recall an old-world beer hall, giving the space a rough-hewn elegance that complements the hundreds of craft brews served on the premises. -BjarkoSerra Architects
As a child, growing up in the Bay Area (during the waning of San Francisco's "Sound" ), Matthew Vandenberghe was raised by a family that immigrated from Belgium (a generation prior). While his grandfather grew up Flemish, Matthew's father grew up in California and his mother in Louisiana. Shortly after marriage, Matthew's father would start a career in construction, which has matured into a successful property management business. But his father never forgot about his Flemish roots, as it related to a complex drink, as evidenced by his love of wine.
Leading up to the 80's, the quantity of breweries in the United States was less than 50. Back in those days, the closest thing to "craft beer" was Fritz Maytag's Anchor Brewing, in San Francisco. Unfortunately for Matthew's father, as someone who had experienced complex (some might say inspiring) beers from Belgium, he found comfort in bottles of wine. This comfort would later germinate into the collecting of bottles upon bottles, to rest in his cellar. Looking back, Matthew would admit that he wasn't interested in wine, save for the occasional bottle of White, purloined from this father's nest.
Matthew would eventually get his taste of "legal" ale, at the age of 17, when he would escape with cousins (in Belgium) to visit a nearby pub. Over time he started taking notes of the beers he was trying. Over time he developed an understanding for beers that he would later purchase as a business owner.
After graduating high school, Matthew moved away from his birthplace of Oakland (California) and took up English studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Like many would-be students, Matthew preferred the solitude of a nearby coffee shop, over a dorm bed or library table. If pressed he might admit that time in the cafes of Eugene, sipping on coffee, inspired his 2nd business venture.
Eventually Matthew, migrated from Eugene to Seattle, with the idea of working in a brewery. Having started homebrewing, Matthew applied for a job with Liberty Malting, in the Market. After being denied an opportunity to work near Pike Brewing, he submitted an application to work in the tasting room of Martime Pacific. It was here that he would meet Matt Bonney and collaborate on the 1st business, Bottleworks.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Matt Bonney was first turned onto beer, because there was plenty of it. Between the occasional can of Leinenkugel, or Milwaukee's Best, Matt found an appreciation for imported beers, like Guinness Stout. As it turned out, he was the only one in his roommates who appreciated 'dark beers', given the lack of initiative his fellow housemates took (when confronted with a bottle of Guinness).
After high school Matt moved out to Humboldt County (California), to accept an opportunity at Lost Coast as a keg washer. Earning a decent wage, Matt was energized by working in a brewery. When compared to previous jobs (e.g. restaurant manager, cook, etc.) the work felt more aligned with his interests. Save for a short stint as an ill-fated package loader at a doll factory back in Wisconsin, which temporarily interrupted his brewery career, Matt worked at Lost Coast for over 2 years. During those 2 years, Matt was continually promoted, eventually receiving the role of Assistant Brewer. Unfortunately his time as Assistant Brewer was short-lived, due to his wife moving to Seattle in 1997.
Shortly after arriving in Seattle, during a discussion at Redhook Brewery's "Trolleyman Pub", Matt pondered the next brewery job. Some might say it was fateful to be sitting across the street from what would later be Brouwer's Cafe.
A week later, Matt took a role at a brewery in Ballard called Maritime Pacific Brewing. Owned by George and Jane Hancock, Matt was employed as a keg washer. A short time later he was promoted to Assistant Brewer. Early on, Matt worked under head brewer Joe Curilla. Midway through his time at the brewery, Joe resigned to work in Sunnywide at Snipe's Mountain Brewing, and Chris Hemminger assumed the responsibility of head brewer. During this time Bonney was promoted repeatedly and performed various responsibilities, before assuming a pseudo-Operations Manager role. Prior to the conclusion of his work at Maritime Pacific, Matt met Matthew Vandenberghe, who, as a prior homebrewer, was looking to engage in brewing.
Over the next few months, Matt Bonney and Matthew Vandenberghe became friends, both in and out of the brewery. This interest was mostly out of a mutual appreciation for beer, with Bonney showing support for breweries in the West Coast and Vandenberghe championing imported beers. Through this exchange of ideas Matt Bonney learned to enjoy Belgian beers (like Westmalle Triple, Orval, and Chimay), while Vandenberghe learned more about India Pale Ales. Towards the end of 1998 Matthew decided he wanted to open a bottleshop, given one didn't exist in the area. Shortly afterwards, Matt Bonney would join his friend, his first employee and manager, in opening Bottleworks in Wallingford.
Looking back, Bonney and Vandenberghe recall visiting places like Pike Street Market, to learn more about what beer drinkers wanted. But they remember the most striking thing about running a beer store, was the bewilderment from brewery representatives whenever Bonney or Vandenberghe declined an offer to 'stock the shelf'. In fact, the preference was to unpack the beer themselves.
Shortly into Bottleworks' opening, Matthew enlisted in some Business and Economics classes at nearby University of Washington. But unlike those he sat side-by-side with, he only took a few 101 courses, to help him better promote Bottleworks.
In 2003, between trips to Belgium and a fateful visit to San Francisco's Toronado, Matthew determined that Seattle needed a unique place where beer was the attraction. Given this would be Matthew's 2nd business, he wanted to find a location that would allow him autonomy from the floor to the ceiling. As he described it once, 'anyone can purchase a building and assume maintenance. I wanted a place that I could design, literally from the ground up'. With the assistance of a realtor he settled on an old brush factory, strangely enough across from Redhook's old brewery and Bjarko-Serra's offices.
From the beginning, Brouwer's Cafe was designed to fulfill Matthew Vandenberghe's vision, of a place where people can relax and enjoy beer. Taking cues from Belgium, San Francisco's Toronado, and even college, Matthew focused on every detail. In fact he made it a point of getting both the skylight installed and the cold room finished, before starting in on developing the upstairs. He even recognized a necessity to support people's other vices, which is why he promoted the upstairs as a smoking section, complete with a cigar room.
Recognizing the menu needed something more than cheeseburgers and french fries, Matthew suggested Vandenberghe hire Craig Danter as its 1st chef. Shortly afterwards Daysha Amster assumed the role of head chef (who was instrumental in organizing the kitchen and the menu), followed by Eric Draper (2007-2010), and Chef Bobby. Today the menu remains as unique as the day it was created.
With Matt Bonney's prior brewing experience, the draft system was designed with the intent to support individual regulators. Unlike traditional pubs, Brouwer's Cafe had a large complement of regulators that allowed each beer to be poured with a specific amount of carbonation. Coupled with the fact that each keg change resulted in the amputation of the draft line from the keg to the tap, and you had some of the cleanest tasting beer. As Matt Bonney put it, he would 'take the "Pepsi Challenge" with any other bar' based on truest representation of that brewery's beer.
In April of 2005, Brouwer's Cafe opened to mixed reviews but remained undeterred in their mission to make beer "sexy again". During that time, the management (along with its owner Matthew Vandenberghe) have made changes in how they promote beer. It began with the Pacific Northwest's 1st Barleywine festival and continues today with events like Sour Fest, Hopfest, as well as numerous Brewers' Nights.
Taking further reflection Brouwer's Cafe has not only promoted beer paired with great food; but has also inspired countless employees to grow beyond Brouwer's Cafe. Some have gone on to careers working for breweries, others have continued their college education, and others have moved onto owning their own businesses. In fact, Matt Bonney has since left Brouwer's Cafe to start his first business, as a co-owner of Toronado (located in Seattle).
Through it all, Brouwer's Cafe made it a point of never forgetting where they came from, by continuing to inspire locals and tourists to rethink beer's position at the dinner table.
03/30/2015 10:42 PM
Beer ratings sites a double-edged sword for brewers
Beer ratings websites should allow more of an opportunity for brewers to reach out to amateur critics and deal with beer quality concerns, according to a North American brewer...
03/30/2015 08:58 PM
Bridge Road launches “extremely limited” wet hop beers
Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers will once again be releasing two one-off 100% wet hop beers in 2015, The Harvest and The Dark Harvest made with three different research hop varieties from Rostrevor Hop Gardens. Bridge Road founder Ben Kraus said this will be the eighth year the brewery has released a wet hop beer. “Please note that these beers are 100% wet hopped, with no additions of dried or pelletised hops, perhaps two of only a handful in Australia being brewed this way,” he said in a memorandum. “Our most anticipated beer of the year, ‘The Harvest’ is due to be released and we are current allocating stock, some kegs have already rolled out the door. This beer shows amazing ‘wet hop’ character that easily leads the pack in this new trend in Australian craft brewing.” “Our second wet hop beer, The Dark Harvest, is the result of a collaboration between Mikkeller of Denmark and ourselves. This is a wet hop beer with a difference, perhaps the only dark wet hop beer in Australia, it combines the silky smooth malt profile of Mikkeller with big Aussie Hop aroma and flavour.” Krauss said Mikel of Mikkeller brewed Dark Harvest with Bridge Road in […]
03/30/2015 07:00 PM
Malteurop launches Craft Master Malt for North American craft brewers
Malteurop North America, a leading malt supplier for the brewing industry, has launched its new product line brand, Craft Master Malt.
03/30/2015 06:41 PM
Join North Jetty Brewing for an anniversary celebration
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. If you’ve been looking for something to provide that last little bit of motivation to make the long drive (for most of us) to the Long Beach Peninsula, perhaps this will get you rolling. It was just about a year ago that we visited the brand new...
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03/30/2015 04:22 PM
DUI, Part VI: Representation
Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate […]
03/30/2015 04:22 PM
Bourbon Bandits: A Booty that Betters with Age
Bourbon is the most sought after whiskey in the world. And as demand grows, supply continues to dwindle. And while there are many uncertainties in ...
03/30/2015 03:19 PM
Freetail Brewing expands distribution to Houston
Freetail Brewing, the San Antonio- based brewpub turned full- fledged brewing operation, has expanded into the Houston area. Silver Eagle has taken control of distribution duties and will begin delivery of Freetail beer today, March 30, 2015...
03/30/2015 02:38 PM
And in Liver News: Coffee and Booze Are Friends
Moderation plays a crucial role in keeping our alcohol levels in check to protect various organs in our bodies especially our liver. So, how much and how frequent? Three drinks of alcohol can kill you says an international panel that already determined how much alcohol can actually damage the liver. Alcohol drinking causes at least […]
03/30/2015 02:32 PM
Going Back into the Dark: Eximo Sipping Rum
The dark ages are coming! Primed to replace whiskey as the next biggest trend, the Spirits Quarterly reports dark aged rum is on track to ...
03/30/2015 02:10 PM
If Napa wineries have to limit visitors, how will they sell their wines?
Napa Valley is once again debating how to strike a proper balance between its core identity as an agricultural region specializing in wine and its alter ego as a glitzy tourist destination. The Napa County Board of Supervisors and the county’s Planning Commission met March 10 to discuss potential limits on new wineries and the […]
03/30/2015 01:21 PM
Study: Lesbians handle booze better than straight women
London: A new study has revealed that lesbians drink far better than straight women even after having a hazardous relationship with alcohol. The study conducted by Britain’s leading LGBT mental health charity, PACE found that 31.9 percent of straight women engaged in problematic drinking as compared to 37.1 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, but […]
03/30/2015 12:09 PM
Sweetwater Brewing IPA
I’ve been lucky enough in the past few years to sample some truly tasty IPAs from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing. This, however, is the first time that I’ve come across their standard, flagship IPA. It’s not as dynamic or as full-flavored as some of it’s canning/bottling line brethren, but it’s still a beer that goes down […]
03/30/2015 09:15 AM
EVENT: 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival 5/16 & 5/17 (MA)
The 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival Pairing the best local craft barbeque and beer with live local blues. LOCATION Fletcher Park, 1557 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 Home of the Lexington Farmer’s Market, and the Hosmer House DATES AND TIMES Saturday, May 16, 2015: 11am-7pm. Sunday, May 17, 2015: 12pm-6pm. ADMISSION $5 (ages 13+) PARKING […]
03/30/2015 08:42 AM
The Salisbury Hotel
You hear a lot of chat about micropubs these days. For sure it's a lovely concept, but let's be honest: the emergence of the micropub tells us a lot of the decline in the importance and grandeur of drinking establishments in Britain. Our pub culture has been marginalised as never before. In the late Victorian and Edwardian periods we were building truly massive boozers befitting of the capital
03/30/2015 08:32 AM
Adventure Blazing Trail IPA
We spent a pleasant weekend afternoon at Adventure Brewing in Stafford County. Sunday afternoons at this local brewery are a great time to relax with good beer and good company. The brewery currently has 10 beers on tap so there's something for every taste. Our choice for the afternoon was Blazing Trail IPA.
Adventure Brewing Blazing Trail IPA is made with all Virginia-grown hops. (I've seen the name listed as both Blazing Trail and Blazing Trails.) The beer pours marmalade in color with a pleasant citrus aroma. A thin head leaves behind moderate lacing. The Virginia-grown "west coast" hops give a fresh citrus pithiness to the flavor. A earthy malt base completes the flavor profile. This IPA is hop-forward but does not kill the tastebuds. And at a moderate 5.6%, it's well-suited for Sunday afternoon enjoyment.
Adventure Brewing food truck regular, STEVE-O's BBQ, Burgers & BACON was on hand to provide food to go along with the ale. We opted for Steve's signature bacon cheeseburger and tater tot side. It made for a tasty pairing.
One goal for the visit was to pick up some bottles of the barrel-aged Wicked Nymph Imperial Stout that was released on Saturday. Colleen and I had a tiny taste a couple weeks ago, and were excited to pick up a few bottles for ourselves. The brewery obtained three barrels from the Bowman Distillery which had aged bourbon since 2005, 2009, and 2010. The bottles from the 2005 barrel were sold out, but we picked up some from the other years. I haven't decided if we'll be enjoying them soon, or letting them age. Stand by....
03/30/2015 06:23 AM
Loading up the Beer Ark with this week’s links
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 03.30.15 Two by two … Highland Park Brewery brews Yard Beer from backyard ingredients. On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome. Foraging for brewing ingredients in southern Illinois or in the middle of North Carolina is relatively easy to imagine. But in Los Angeles? That’s why Bob Kunz at highland Park Brewery […]
03/30/2015 06:22 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 10/11, 2015.
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
1 March - 14 March 2015
03/30/2015 04:31 AM
Choosing a Lager in the UK
The arrival of a new beer from Sweden on the UK market has made us wonder about the hierarchy of packaged lagers available in the UK. The graphic below isn’t a league table, exactly. Rather, we imagined that someone was offering to buy us an entire case of lager, and then played the options of … Continue reading Choosing a Lager in the UK →
03/30/2015 03:42 AM
Out for a couple
Wet night. Push the heavy front door of Alfie Byrne's. Across the threshold and down the steps. The back-and-forth buzz of conversation. And ping-pong. The bar glows at the centre of the dim room, beckoning. A new beer from a well-respected English micro was touted earlier on Twitter. There it is, minimalist design on the tap badge. But due diligence first: a glance across the other options, over and then down to... the handpump. Chalked on the blackboard Gate Crasher Bitter by Trouble Brewing. Thought I'd missed it, and certainly didn't think I'd see it on cask. A pint, please.
Settling in the handled jug to a dark amber, though not quite brown. And not quite clear, either. First pull: yeast, gritty and bitter. Behind it, tannins and floral spices. All that jasmine. Classic English bucolics and the potential for greatness, let down by poor handling. For shame.
Still chasing rumours, out into the night again, across St Stephen's Green south, past Sir Benjamin's Palladian mansion and Joyce's alma mater. Skirting by Cuffe Street flats and around the corner to Against the Grain. Busier here. Crowded by the bar. A glance at the taps, a scan of the blackboard, and back to the taps. There. Dortmunder. Galway Bay aren't known for lagers. A brave step. A pint, please.
Husky and hazy. A wan orange hue and orange marmalade-flavoured. Biting bitterness sits atop the full grainy body, its texture the only nod to real Dortmund Export. Debate: does the assertive hopping take away from the style, or an improvement, a stage in its evolution? No matter. Good beer. Enjoyable drinking.
We're a long way from Dortmund. Is that a stout on cask? A pint, please.
03/30/2015 03:16 AM
Brewdog Brixton Porter 5% ABV
Brixton Porter is Brewdog's 21st century interpretation of a classic 18th century brewing style, the twist being that the relatively low alcohol content (for a porter at any rate) should make it suitable as a dark session ale.
03/30/2015 03:05 AM
Random Berliner Weisse stuff
“SUNDAY IN A GERMAN WAR HARBOUR.
What have we learned? That Berliner Weisse was popular with the ladies. And also that it was being served far from Berlin – Kiel is 350 km away.
But what really caught my attention was the reference to Berliner Weisse being drunk with raspberry syrup. I’d thought that this didn’t become a common practice until after WW I. Clearly it dates from before that.
Here’s a somewhat older article:
“EASTER ON THE CONTINENT.
Doesn’t sound like they were very keen on Berliner Weisse, even when it was made into soup.
Funny about the Easter-egg hiding tradition. We did it with our kids. Then again, it was Dolores’s idea and she is German.
03/30/2015 01:48 AM
Made in China: ‘Aussie Beer’ creator fined by ACCC
Australia’s consumer watchdog has meted out a $10,200 fine to Independent Liquor Group (ILG), creator of a product called ‘Aussie Beer’ that was actually made in China. Aussie Beer was a private label product developed by NSW-based wholesaler ILG for sale to its trade customers, which include pubs and retailers that belong to its own Little Bottler and Super Cellars banner groups. “From March 2014 to August 2014, ILG supplied a product named ‘Aussie Beer’, with labelling that incorporated the statement ‘100 per cent owned’ within a map of Australia and the statement ‘Australia’s finest malt’,” the ACCC said. “The packaging also featured green and gold colours, which are colours closely associated with Australian sporting teams.” “The ACCC considered that, by its packaging and labelling, ILG represented that its ‘Aussie Beer’ product was a product made in Australia when in fact the product was made in China.” The ACCC said it had reasonable grounds to believe that ILG had made false or misleading representations about the country of origin of Aussie Beer, in contravention of Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The prosecution follows last year’s reprimand for Carlton & United Breweries for making false or misleading representations about the Byron Bay Pale […]
03/29/2015 08:53 PM
Oskar Blues Brewery acquires Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Co.
Oskar Blues Brewery announces the acquisition of Perrin Brewing Company, a Comstock Park, Michigan native brewery. Continue reading →
03/29/2015 06:51 PM
The SommBeer Team
A Tribute to the Sommbeer Team Contributors – We’ve grown so much since that first contributor dared to write for this site (@hopscanary 7/24/14). In a very short period of time, we’ve grown into a beer community and now boast a full team of contributors. Let’s keep growing, I’m enjoying the ride. – David Adam McIntosh @The1MacAttack Adam is a craft beer and mustache aficionado who majored in philosophy to implore the nature of craft beer. He is also an avid Detroit sports fan and…
03/29/2015 05:30 PM
Everybody Loves a Craft Beer Fest
Melbourne, FL – March 29, 2015 – I never miss a change to get outside and enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities the Space Coast has to offer. So when I learned about the Brewmaster’s Invitational, I...
03/29/2015 05:16 PM
When Mom Needs a Quick Pick-Me-Up
Because it would be crass to drink directly from one of those single serving wine bottles.
03/29/2015 03:15 PM
Are you transporting your growlers in a legal way?
This is a protect yourself blog post, I’ve done quite a bit of reading in regards to Maine liquor laws and at some point I ended up looking at the open container laws and realized that I’ve been in violation without even knowing it. I’m not talking about drinking and driving here either, that’s a separate […]
03/29/2015 02:55 PM
How to Store Your Homebrew Supplies – Infographic
Over the past few years, homebrewing has become a popular hobby as beer lovers everywhere are trying their hands at creating their own signature brews; in fact, our good friend … Continue Reading →
03/29/2015 12:16 PM
Now you can order an IPA in Ho Chi Minh City.
I once again dropped off the face of the earth for several weeks and am not going to go through the charade of apologizing again because I have done that all too often, so let’s just agree I will post … Continue reading →
03/29/2015 11:35 AM
Episode 260: Modern Times Beer Monsters’ Park
03/29/2015 10:49 AM
Washington, D.C. news organization rewrites local beer history.
Washington, D.C. brewery, DC Brau, will celebrate its fourth birthday next month. It was April 2011, when the brewery would deliver its first ever keg of beer —The Public, a hoppy, yet firmly malted pale ale— to a local restaurant. And, a big celebration, that day became.
WTOP —a Washington, D.C. all-news radio station and website— honored the upcoming anniversary with a story that began:
Well, yes to DC Brau, but hell, no, to that comment about "no breweries in DC [...] since 1956." It's just plain wrong.
Nearly nineteen years before DC Brau ever even began operations, the Capitol City Brewing Company —a brewery within a restaurant— would open, in August 1992, in downtown Washington, D.C., making it the first brewery to operate in the city, brewpub or otherwise, since the Heurich brewery shut down in 1956.
It would be a solitary one until a few years later when joined by Dock Street Brewing Company, John Harvard's, District Chophouse, and Gordon-Biersch. All were brewery-restaurants. Several of their resident brewers would go on to brew elsewhere, some still in the area, and some with great success.
Why ignore them?
To gloss over the history and beers of these breweries solely because they were also restaurants (albeit without distribution) seems capricious. In fact, both Right Proper (opened 2013) and Bluejacket (opened 2013) — both mentioned in the WTOP article as new breweries— are themselves brewery/restaurants. 2
To be fair, at the end of the article, WTOP adds a qualifying comment. But it's appended with an asterisk, as if the reporter or her editor had added it, cover-your-arse-like, after the story had first been posted.
This isn't the first time that the Washington, D.C. non-beer press has re-written local-beer history. Take for example, a July 2013 story in the Washington City Paper. The writer, in rooting for the quality of the 'food scene' in Washington, D.C., managed to explicitly 'disappear' all three brewpubs then operating in the city (District Chophouse and both Gordon-Bierschs).
Now, nothing against DC Brau. In fact, for me, just the opposite. I was there that day in 2011, and I continue to enjoy DC Brau's beers today. I applaud their upcoming fourth anniversary 3 , and I wish them continued good fortune.
But "facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." 4 Whether writing on beer or something less profound, reporters for news organizations (forget about us bloggers!) shouldn't be so cavalier.
As fact-checking assistance for any future local-beer story, WTOP, I offer this for the record: today, there are ten breweries in our Nation's Capital.
And, that's worth reporting.
UPDATE: I reached out to Rachel Nania, the author of the piece, for comment, via Twitter, and she responded:
I stand by my comments. Re-read those first two paragraphs of Ms. Nania's story, as quoted at the top of this piece. There's no "packaging brewery" modifier, and, in fact, there is none in the entire story until the conclusion, asterisked. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, “A brewery's a brewery, no matter how small,” or even if it's in a restaurant.
03/29/2015 10:09 AM
Farage - beyond the (Camden) Pale?
Ed Miliband doesn't like beer and pubs at all. David Cameron's idea of a nice afternoon at his local involves, by all accounts, bottled ersatz cider and child abandonment. There's no denying that polarising politician Nigel Farage is the only one of our party leaders who's regularly pictured with a beer. Usually he's gurning over a flat pint of Greene King IPA, but whoever set up this photo for
03/29/2015 09:23 AM
10 Biggest Fails of the Craft Beer Movement
Who knew 30 years ago that there would be so many problems associated with having SO MANY new beers and beer styles to choose from? Yet here we are:10. Is it Craft? Is it Micro? Is it Nano? Does...
03/29/2015 06:31 AM
QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon
“Roy Bean gave cold-blooded killers, cattle rustlers, and horse thieves no mercy. ‘Court’s in session,’ he would announce, and then delivered his sentence without pausing: ‘To be hanged by the neck until dead.’ As each trial ended, he would serve up cold beer all around; his courtroom was also his saloon.” From The American West by Dee … Continue reading QUOTE: His Courtroom was also his Saloon →
03/29/2015 04:07 AM
March 2015: The Month That Was
Despite being all over the place running real-life errands, we managed to turn out a respectable number of posts in March, a couple of which were accidental epics. → There was a good batch of #BeeryLongReads from across the Blogoshire including insights into the politics of keg lines in bars and a profile of a South … Continue reading March 2015: The Month That Was →
03/29/2015 03:05 AM
Brewing in the 1950’s – where to put your brewery?
I’m returning to Jeffery’s "Brewing Theory and Practice" to look at a short passage that greatly intrigued me. It’s all about suitable – and unsuitable – locations for a brewery.
It warns something I’d never considered: contamination from neighbouring businesses.
“Contamination by impure air is a great danger, especially to beers of low alcoholic content. A district should be selected which is free from factories emitting noxious fumes, and in which such factories are unlikely to be erected. It is inadvisable to build a brewery in close proximity to farm buildings, as dust from hay and chaff is highly infectious. The authors know more than one instance where considerable trouble has been experienced owing to the introduction of bacteria from such a source. It is an interesting commentary on the weak and non-resisting low gravity beverages of to-day that not very long ago farmers used to brew their own beers on farm premises under conditions which to-day would be definitely impossible. The reason for their success was, of course, that the high alcoholic content acted as an antiseptic and preservative.”
I can think of lots of breweries that were located close to factories. In fact a particular example comes to mind from South London. Not all that far from Barclay Perkins’ Park Street brewery:
As you can see, the Black Eagle Brewery was surrounded by other industries, most of them pretty filthy. There were loads of tanneries is the part of London. And slightly further to the east there’s a vinegar works. The railway lines behind are the approach to London Bridge. The same bit of railway whose arches house the Kernel.
The Black Eagle Brewery was owned by Noakes and Co. It was bought by Courage in 1930, which is why I have photos of some of their brewing records.
But what I find most interesting about this passage is the references to farmhouse brewing. And how modern, low-gravity beers could easily be contaminated. Mmm. Thinking of farmhouses, wasn’t the Batemans brewery originally a farm?
There were other potential contamination hazards:
“Flour mills should also be carefully avoided. It is only necessary to look at the roof of a mill near the outlet from the dust ventilator to obtain some idea of the dangers lurking for breweries in the district. Another dangerous neighbour is a fruit orchard. Not only is decaying fruit a prolific source of infecting organisms, but many varieties of so-called 'wild yeast' abound in the air around orchards. Many of these organisms can develop in wort and beer with undesirable results. Overhead expenses involved in the transport both of raw materials and of finished beers play an important part. Proximity to a railway, canal, or river is of the utmost value. There is no need to remark that, in view of the high cost of transport it is most desirable that a brewery should be situated as near as possible to the bulk of licensed houses which it serves. Where this is not possible, stores and depots should be established as near as possible both to the licensed houses and to the transport centres.”
I suppose if you’re a Lambic brewery being close to an orchard isn’t such a bad idea.
The transport options listed are also striking: there’s no mention of road transport. I’m sure most beer is shipped by road today. Having your brewery close to your pubs is pretty damn obvious. Though several London brewers had breweries off in Burton, far away from the bulk of their tied estate.
And once again taxation is poking its nose in:
“In these days of heavy taxation it is natural that much thought should be given to assessments and local rates. Unfortunately, local taxation is irregular and liable to unexpected increases. At the same time, it is usually possible to form some idea of the probable future development of a district.”
Those bastard politicians, eh, putting up the rates without warning.
I’ll be plucking some more gems from the book. Coolers next, just because I get so fed up with people calling them “coolships”.
03/28/2015 08:44 PM
28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit
It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the […]
03/28/2015 04:50 PM
Yes, There’s Arsenic In Your Cheap Wine. Now Relax
Wow. So apparently a class action lawsuit has been brought against makers of low-price-point California wines that have been found to contain nightmarishly-high levels of arsenic. First, here is the list of implicated wines. Do you drink these wines? Scary? Scary! This suit has touched off a high profile volley of wine-pundits and scientists, both […]
03/28/2015 04:15 PM
Bell’s Oberon Beer Review
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 Here in the state of Michigan we endure a lot with out winters. Frigid temperatures, snow storms, the Detroit Lions, horrid road conditions and all kinds of other annoyances that encompass our winters. Lucky for us there is no shortage of amazing stouts and ales to help keep us warm through the winter the as we trudge on until just after St, Patrick’s day for one of the most festive days in Michigan, Oberon day! Oberon of course is the seasonal…
03/28/2015 04:15 PM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2015
Time to get outside and play kids. No excuses. The calendar says April and your beer glass is empty. Go fill it up at any of the following events that are sure to help you usher in spring in grand fashion. Plus, farther abroad, Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week does its thing from April 17-26, Harrisburg Beer Week has its own party from April 24-May 2, and Ommegang BCTC tickets go on sale April 1. As
03/28/2015 03:00 PM
Industry News: Esquire Network's Brew Dogs April 1st and "Best Bars in America" return April 1st
LOS ANGELES - ... - Esquire Network continues its quest to celebrate the spirit of men, and the spirits they drink. Tour the world's most notable drinking destinations when new episodes of BEST BARS IN AMERICA return Wednesday, April 1st at 9/8c, followed by an all-new hour of craft beer anarchy with the season premiere of BREW DOGS at 10/9c.
Inspired by Esquire magazine's annual run-down, season two of BEST BARS IN AMERICA follows comedians, best friends, experienced cocktail connoisseurs and hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton as they celebrate our country's greatest watering holes. Alongside some raucous and famous friends, this season's cross-country bar crawl hits San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; Southern California coast; Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI. Especially themed episodes revealing the best speakeasies, bar food and games are featured throughout the season.
Meanwhile, James Watt and Martin Dickie, founders of the fastest growing brewery in the UK, makers of the world's strongest ale, and evangelists of the craft beer movement return for a third season of craft beer chaos. New this season, the BREW DOGS are taking it global to celebrate distinctive craft beers by creating locally-inspired draft in major cities throughout the world. The brewing anarchists take over the following meccas across the globe: Aberdeen, Scotland; Brooklyn, NY; Louisville, KY; Michigan; Berlin, Germany; Belgium; Vancouver, Canada; Baja, Mexico; Nashville, TN and Miami, FL.
BEST BARS IN AMERICA is produced for Esquire Network by Magical Elves and executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz. BREW DOGS is produced by Custom/Redtail Partners LLC, with Steve Stockman, Chris Burke and Jared Cotton as executive producers.
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03/28/2015 12:53 PM
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