07/30/2015 01:52 PM
Tiny Bubbles: Hawaii Beer Reads for 07/23/15
My picks of beer news from around the web that you need to read and my two cents on the topics. Most of the time it’s Hawaii beer news topics, but every once in a while you’ll find other general beer related topics. Star Advertiser – Local brewers are awesome and it’s incredibly exciting to see Oahu fin ...
07/30/2015 01:38 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
07/30/2015 01:38 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!
07/30/2015 01:38 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.....
07/30/2015 01:38 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!
07/30/2015 01:38 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’.....
07/30/2015 01:24 PM
Avondale Brewing Co. beer dinner at Todd English P.U.B.
On Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m., Todd English P.U.B. (2221 Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard N, Birmingham) will host Avondale Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) for an upscale, five-course beer dinner. For the next installment...
07/30/2015 01:21 PM
Sudwerk Rye of the Lager is “Needle in the Shelf Stack”
(Davis, CA) – With craft beer shelves dominated by IPAs, some consumers are looking for something different. That’s wh…
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07/30/2015 12:51 PM
Patent No. 533747A: Beer-Cooling Device
Today in 1895, US Patent 533747 A was issued, an invention of Otto Ritter, for his “Beer-Cooling Device.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to a beer cooling apparatus, the object of my invention being to so construct an...
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07/30/2015 12:26 PM
The Frenchest of the French – 5 Alsatians to Fall in Love With
Don’t be fooled by its long history of passbacks between France and Germany – Alsace is inarguably French. So French that French people even ...
07/30/2015 12:00 PM
Whiskey For The Craft Beer Lover
Featured Contributor Danielle Cherrick @SocialSippers There is a large following in the craft beer world and an even larger following in the world of whiskies, but the two really aren’t worlds apart. Whiskey and beer, although they are completely different kinds of alcohol, they are more similar than you may think. The fermentation of whiskey and beer are very similar, as well as the aging processes, and if you really are passionate about what goes into beer you can easily match up similar flavors. If you’re a…
07/30/2015 11:45 AM
Patent No. 3749004A: Apparatus For Crushing And/Or Compacting
Today in 1973, US Patent 3749004 A was issued, an invention of William G. Pagdin and Charles F. Constable, assigned to the Schlitz Brewing Co., for their “Apparatus for Crushing and/or Compacting.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The invention...
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07/30/2015 11:25 AM
Newest Release from Domaine M & S Ogier – 2012 Côte-Rôtie ‘Le Village’
Domaine M & S Ogier – 2012 Côte-Rôtie ‘Le Village’ Where: Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhone, France Price: $82 Stéphane Ogier wows the wine world yet again ...
07/30/2015 11:18 AM
East Albuquerque has a new brewery—Quarter Celtic Brew Pub
Albuquerque Business First (blog) East Albuquerque has a new brewery—Quarter Celtic Brew Pub Albuquerque Business First (blog) It may be hidden from the main road and away from the typical brewery corridor, but the owners of Albuquerque's next brewery say a trip off the beaten path to their new brew pub will be well worth it. Bro ...
07/30/2015 11:08 AM
Jade IPA – An Extra, or Star of the Show?
Review by: Cory Smith Sometimes when you get into craft beer, you end up getting into beer trading. If you don’t know what I mean, beer trading is two people agree to swap beers from outside of their own distribution areas in order to try things they normally could never get their hands on. When trading,
07/30/2015 11:01 AM
Beer Birthday: Tom Peters
My good friend Tom Peters, one of the owners of Monk’s Cafe and Belgian Beer Emporium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, turns 61 today. His enthusiasm for and promotion of Belgian beer has few equals. A couple of years ago, I was privileged to travel through France and Belgium with Tom, which...
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07/30/2015 10:36 AM
Patent No. 1138251A: Mash-Filter Plate
Today in 1915, US Patent 1138251 A was issued, an invention of Joseph Schaefer, for his “Mash-Filter Plate.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to mash filters adapted for use in the arts of brewing, distilling or in the...
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07/30/2015 09:00 AM
Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now ... Ghost Runners Duathlon Black IPA
VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON ... - Ghost Runners Brewery is pleased to announce the release of Duathlon Black IPA, a beautifully balanced Northwest IPA united with the tradition of Old World English Ales.
Duathlon is a dry Black IPA with a clean and bright beginning, medium mouth-feel, mild roast, and a bold hoppy finish. Duathlon incorporates a premium grain bill including Munich, Maris Otter, and Canadian Honey malts. A similar grain profile to Ghost Runners Brewery’s popular Hellacious Repeats Double IPA gives Duathlon a dramatic start. CARAFA Special Type 3, Black Patent, and Chocolate malts are added to marry the IPA with the tradition of an English Ale. To balance the multi-layered malt bill, Duathlon introduces a flavorful hop profile to include UK Magnum, NW Chinook, and Warrior hops. It’s fermented with a traditional English ale yeast. Duathlon victoriously unites the flavors of a Northwest IPA and an Old English Ale like an athlete transitions between running and cycling.
Duathlon Black IPA will be available in the Ghost Runners Brewery tap room at 4216 NE Minnehaha St, Ste. 108 in Vancouver, WA beginning Thursday July 30th and at the Vancouver Brewfest August 7th - 9th.
About Duathlon Black IPA
Distribution: Big River Distributors to SW Washington; Great Micros Wholesale to Spokane; Orcas Distributing to Seattle Metro
About Ghost Runners Brewery
Ghost Runners Brewery is a commercial craft brewery with tasting room in Vancouver, Washington, founded in 2012 by brewers Jeff Seibel and Rob Ziebell. The running inspired brewery features several handcrafted brews including 5K IPA, Boston Irish Red Ale, Negative Split Stout, Pace Breaker OPA, Hellacious Repeats Double IPA, Cross Country Red Kolsch, and Strong Leg Stout. Every exceptional creation is handcrafted with high-quality grain and premium hops and distributed throughout the state of Washington. For more information on Ghost Runners Brewery, please visit www.ghostrunnersbrewery.com or the company’s social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
07/30/2015 08:50 AM
Big News on the Beer Bottle Front
We are continuing to enjoy a pretty fine summer here on the Kenai, though we are still inundated with dipnetters. Only another week or so and then they can all trundle back whence they came and leave us to enjoy the rest of the summer in peace. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of beer news since my last blog. First off, if you didn't see my ...
07/30/2015 08:00 AM
Berliner Weisse Beer Cocktails at Stammtisch
As the American craft beer movement continues to grow it has saved a few beers styles that were once bound for extinction. One style, Berliner Weisse, was heading that way about a decade ago until it made a sharp turnaround. The first experience that I had with a Berliner Weisse was back in 2008 while […]
07/30/2015 07:21 AM
Andechs Weissbier Hell
My love/hate relationship with all things hefeweisen is well documented on this site and yet, it’s still a beer style that I seem to go out of my way to try. I think it’s more a mission to find the right one that I can thoroughly enjoy more so than a deep seated, subliminal masochism […]
07/30/2015 07:00 AM
Roscoe’s All Oregon Craft Beer Summit
Oregon Craft Beer Month will come to a close on Friday, July 31. But don’t fret as Roscoe’s is set to host its All Oregon Craft Beer Summit on Friday to help close out this beer-centric month on a high note. There’s no better way to celebrate the past 30 days of all things Oregon […]
07/30/2015 06:56 AM
Alltech to break ground on $13m distillery in US
US-based establishment Alltech will reportedly break ground on a new brewery and distillery in Pikeville, in the state of Kentucky.
07/30/2015 06:22 AM
Pelican Brewing Co. to open brewpub in Cannon Beach | OregonLive.com
OregonLive.com Pelican Brewing Co. to open brewpub in Cannon Beach | OregonLive.com OregonLive.com Pelican Brewing Co. intends to start construction soon and have a brewpub running in Cannon Beach by spring. The city's Design Review Board unanimously approved the company's request for construction of a new building July 16. But, Pelica ...
07/30/2015 05:30 AM
Thankful Thursday: Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic
I'm in a bit of a lull between book events. Unless something pops up in the next couple of weeks (which I'm not actively searching for), my next appearance will be at Bocktown Beer & Grill just outside Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 20. East End Brewing Company is hosting me on Friday the 21st and I'm working on a couple others that I can mention quite yet. The complete list is always
07/30/2015 03:52 AM
A Look Inside Old Bus Tavern, Bernal Height’s Cozy New Brewpub – Eater SF
A Look Inside Old Bus Tavern, Bernal Height's Cozy New Brewpub - Eater SF Eater SF Much like the vintage 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia for which it is named, Old Bus Tavern is full of quirky charm, with an emphasis on quality. The restaurant and bar is a labor of love from partners Jimmy Simpson, John Zirinsky and Bennett Buchanan, long ...
07/30/2015 03:52 AM
Firestone Walk With Me
I'm slightly surprised there wasn't more of a fuss made about the arrival of Firestone Walker beer in Ireland a couple of months ago. By all accounts it was quite a coup by Grand Cru beers to get them over this way. But the first ones just quietly started showing up in specialist beer bars and off licences without anyone making too much noise, in my earshot anyway. I probably shouldn't complain. And with the company now part of a large multinational I expect they may start becoming more commonplace in Europe.
Anyway, three from the mid-Californian brewery today, though only two purchased on the white market, and only the one off the shelf of an Irish offy.
This can of Pivo, the brewery's pils, was acquired for me by Chris The Beer Geek, who took pains to ensure I got a fresh one, so the beer was a smidge over three weeks in the tin before I tipped it into a glass. The first surprise was the colour: a very nondescript pale yellow. At 5.3% ABV I thought it would at least look like a quality lager. Any fears over lack of substance are banished by the texture: the malt gives it a beautiful rounded and filling feel, plus that classic Dortmunder breadiness, shading towards the sweeter end of the spectrum with a hint of candyfloss. The promised hops are present but aren't at all overdone. There's the classic waxy, almost plasticky, noble hop bitterness then a mouthwatering cut-grass and pine effect, finishing quickly and cleanly, the way good lager should. I was expecting American hop perfume but that's not what it does at all: this is pure old-world elegance, reminding me a lot of the better, fresher, hoppier pale lagers I've caned in Bavaria. I'd happily see the whole "India Pale Lager" genre replaced with this sort of thing.
The Easy Jack IPA I obtained in DrinkStore so it wasn't quite so fresh, but still less than three months out of the brewery. It's another pale one: a crystalline golden hue. The aroma is rather candystore, all lurid chewsweet and sherbet fruit, plus the promise of plentiful sugar, which is surprising as it's only 4.7% ABV. The first pull reveals it to be pure Lilt, with a huge hit of juicy mango and pineapple. The sugar arrives after it and it's similar to the candyfloss in Pivo, much more than just a malt base. You need to wait around for any kind of bitterness but when it eventually arrives, right on the finish, even it is bringing fruit in tow: limes in particular, and maybe a slight spritz of grapefruit zest. At first I was really impressed by all that juiciness, but the sugary aspect makes each mouthful a little harder than the last. It's unusual to be saying a Californian IPA is unbalanced away from the bitterness side, but I think this is.
Finally, Wookey Jack, an 8.3% ABV rye black IPA I found on tap in BrewDog's Newcastle outlet recently. It's a dense beast, pure opaque black in colour and smelling worryingly of marker pens. The first thing to hit me on tasting was the texture: it's as viscous as it looks, thick and tarry with a slick, palate-coating bitterness but not much by way of hop flavour. Instead it's all roast, the only real hop presence being a certain dankness in the aroma. A disappointing experience, all told. Not what I'm after in a black IPA and completely lacking that dry grassy bite that hops and rye do so well together.
Double Jack has also been sighted on keg around Dublin. I wasn't a fan of this super-sticky double IPA when I first met it a couple of years ago, and recent revisits confirmed it's just not for me. I think perhaps they have too loose a hand at Firestone Walker when it comes to tipping the maltsack.
07/30/2015 03:05 AM
1990 Mühlhausen pub guide
There’s a simple reason why I visited Mühlhausen several times. My wife’s sister lived there. And it was home to one of my favourite beers, Turmquell Pilsator. I was lucky enough to get inside one of the town’s two breweries in the DDR period, thanks to my sister-in-law’s husband, who knew someone who worked there.
It was heart breaking to say the inferior Eschwege Pils flood into the town after the wall fell, eventually killing off the town’s breweries. It made no sense to me. Why pay considerably more money for a beer that wasn’t half as good? Turmquell Pilsator is one of the beers I miss the most. I've cried a little every day since it disappeared.
30 km north of Eisenach, just 45 terrifying minutes away along a crumbling and treacherous road (it's not a good idea to try navigating it after dark) is the ancient town of Mühlhausen. If you happen to get thirsty on the way, the village of Mihla has three pubs. Mühlhausen is graced with a virtually complete town wall and, of more practical value, two breweries (one of which is built into said wall). Inside the old fortifications, not a lot has changed in the last few centuries. There's a maze of twisting streets and narrow alleyways all lined with half-timbered buildings leaning at disturbing angles. Unfortunately for the inhabitants, but fortunately for us tourists wishing to recapture the atmosphere of the past, most of the houses don't seem to have been modernised since they were built. A few months ago I would have added that they also didn't seem to have been painted since their construction, but, in honour of the recent influx of guests from over the border, a few of the main streets have seen their facades receive a well-needed lick of paint. I'm sure that it's dirty, dingy, generally unkempt appearance is far more in keeping with the spirit of the Middle Ages than are the antiseptically tidied and prettied up towns over the border. The town is also famous for the quality and quantity of its bakers. They produce the typical dark German rye bread in hearteningly traditional manner, without the use of the chemical additives so common in the west.
On Görmaer StraBe, just inside the wall on the way into town from the railway station, is the Hotel Grune Linde (8 - 24), selling the excellent draught Turmquell Pilsator. This is a pub/restaurant of a slightly higher class, so your table will have a tablecloth, albeit probably not very clean. The single large room is comfortable enough and the tables seem happily immune to the plague of 'bestellt' signs (the current record for these is held by the Lindenhof of Eisenach, which one evening contained eight tables, two customers and six 'reserviert' signs). On the walls, no doubt at the whim of an HO interior decorator, hang some arty and enigmatic prints of trees, totally out of keeping with the nature of the place and its customers, who don't exactly look like the type to knock around in art galleries.
Carrying on down Görmaer Straße, one of the streets recently having undergone a slight face-lift, you'll come to Wilhelm-Pieck-Platz. Pretty well directly opposite where you enter the square is the Mühlhauser Bierbar (16-23:30; Sat, Sun closed), an unassuming old building without much indication of being a pub. Inside its cramped interior, in the wonderful HO 'heritage' style (pine furniture and obviously designed folksy decoration), a variety of DDR beers are available. The selection varies, but you can usually count on Bad Kostritzer Schwarzbier and Wernesgrüner Pils, both bottled (unfortunately so in the case of the latter, which tastes much better in its unpasteurised draught form). This is the only specialist beer bar in the area and, judging by its popularity, you would think that it was the only pub in the area full stop. A word of advice: arrive closer to 16:00 than 23:30. (If you are unable to get in, nip over the road to the modern Stadt Mühlhausen Hotel, which sells Turmquell Pilsator on draught and stays open until midnight.)
You now have a chance to see the centre of town on the way to your next stop - this saves wasting too much valuable time on sightseeing. On leaving the beer bar, walk to the diagonally opposite corner of the square, up Linsenstr. then left along Herrenstr past the Marienkirche. Through the Frauentor, one of the old town gates and an impressive chunk of stonework, you'll find a fairly desolate piece of open ground. To the right of this, on Johannis Straße, is Gaststatte Drei Rosen (10-17; Sat, Sun closed). One glance and the neglected and crumbling plaster of the facade tells you that you're in for a treat and, when you enter, the austerity of the interior is no disappointment. From the rudimentary counter, bare walls and tubular steel furniture of its single square room to the outside toilets (aspiring to Czech standards of filthiness) everything is perfect. It deserves to be preserved in its pristine state as a memorial to the HO minimalist school of pub design. It's to be hoped the changing times won't see such monuments swept away. Your fellow customers are likely to be as straight-forward as the surroundings, but the atmosphere is relaxed and conducive to the quiet enjoyment of a glass or two of the Turmquell Pils which is on offer. A little further along Johannisstr., through another old gate, is the Turmquell bottled beer brewery, some of whose workers you might well rub shoulders with in Drei Rosen.
On leaving turn left, left again into Petristeinweg, then right along Petriteich following the town wall around (another chance for a quick spot of sightseeing here) until reaching Ammerstr. Turn left into here and a couple of hundred metres along, easily spotted by its distinctive green colour-scheme, is the strangely-named Ammerscher Bahnhof (10 - 20; Sun, Mon closed). Strangely-named, because not only is there no Ammerscher station in the vicinity, but no station of any description and not even a railway line. Here there's a bit more choice, with Turmquell Pilsator on draught and Gothaer Spezial and Eschweger Pils in bottles. There's a spacious dining area, a small taproom and another small dining room at the back. The higher quality wooden furniture, numerous pot plants and better standard of decoration are dead giveaways that this is a private pub. One wall has a particularly good mural of Muhlhausen, taken from an old engraving. Oddly enough, despite the visible outward signs of comfort, there's a lack of warmth in the surroundings. The grotty and Spartan Drei Rosen is actually a far more welcoming spot in which to enjoy a glass of beer and a quiet conversation. In just the same way that your local public bar is more convivial than a Berni Inn. In many respects, Ammerscher Bahnhof resembles more a W. German pub and I suppose that the cooler atmosphere goes along with that. They also use handled mugs instead of the usual straight glasses, a suspicious practice if I ever saw one, and the ceiling has fake beams.
As far as I can tell, only one of the pubs mentioned in my small guide to Mühlhausen still exists: Ammerscher Bahnhof.
07/30/2015 03:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Diamond Knot Fog Bank Fall Ale
MUKILTEO, WA – Fall may be right around the corner, but for the crew at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, the leaves may as well start falling and the crisp fall days begin. Actually, most Pacific Northwesterners would probably welcome a cool day or two with the recent heat.
Call our release of Fog Bank Fall Ale a sort of cooler-fall-day dance, a way to welcome in all that is rich and wonderful about our evergreen autumns. Fog Bank Fall Ale is definitely considered a taste of fall in a glass.
In its second year, Fog Bank Fall Ale gives a nod to that fateful day in Crescent Bay and the two-month-long marine salvage that ensued shortly after in 1947. August 13, 1947 proved unforgiving. Fog embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored on toward Seattle. The fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools, and early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking in 135 feet of water just off Port Angeles.
“This brew is a great way for us to take a moment to remember the efforts that went into the salvage of the day,” said Sherry Jennings, DK’s chief storyteller. “It’s also a simply fantastic beer. It’s beautiful to look at and the taste is memorable.
Fog Bank Fall Ale hits store shelves in 22-oz. bottles the first week in August and is on tap Aug. 1 at all three Diamond Knot locations – the Brewery & Alehouse and Production Brewery & Taproom, both in Mukilteo; and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace, as well as your favorite beer-enjoying locations through Washington and Idaho. The Fog Bank season wraps up, just as the 1947 salvage operation did, at the end of October. By then, the reddish amber color will easily reflect the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, the Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8% ABV, this seasonal is sessionable and the perfect transition from our summer Blonde Ale to our darker winter brews.
Founded in 1994, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is a privately held company and Snohomish County’s oldest continuously-operating, independently-owned brewery. Handcrafted Diamond Knot ales can be found in 12 states, British Columbia and Japan, both in bottles and on draft. Additionally, Diamond Knot operates three production breweries and two full-service restaurants in Washington; the Brewery & Alehouse in Mukilteo and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. Diamond Knot prides itself in providing exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences, as well as being charitable members of the communities in which it operates.
For more company information, visit diamondknot.com.
07/30/2015 03:00 AM
The Annafest in Forchheim I've been in London for three and a half weeks. That's ages. Time to fly again. Today I'm off to Franconia for the Annafest in Forchheim with key cronies DERRIXK, WOMBE and JACK. The four of us tried to go last year, but got trousered the night before and missed our early morning flights (we had a lovely time at Whitstable's Oyster Festival instead, though). The
07/30/2015 01:06 AM
Beer In Ads #1632: And If You Feel Like Singing …
Wednesday’s ad is for Ballantine Beer, from the 1970s. It’s a simple black and white ad showing a can of beer and a tagline enticing people to sing along. “And if you feel like singing …” is followed by their jingle that begins “Hey, get your cold beer.”...
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07/30/2015 12:37 AM
Wayward Brewing set for launch
Sydney’s Wayward Brewing is poised to open the doors to its new 150-capacity tasting room sometime late in August.
07/30/2015 12:00 AM
Backer sought for gravity fed brewery
The winners of a design competition are seeking a backer to bring to life their idea for a gravity fed microbrewery in Adelaide.
07/29/2015 09:44 PM
Thirst Friend ChillRod Supreme
The Thirst Friend ChillRod Supreme is an innovative way of keeping your cold beer colder longer. We received one set of these rods in the mail and decided to give it a go on John’s last two bottles of Harvest Lager. The basic premise with these rods is that you freeze them for at least […]
07/29/2015 09:42 PM
Cider makers protest labelling omission
Omitting cider from country of origin labelling would be devastating for the industry, Cider Australia says.
07/29/2015 08:55 PM
Beer jobs: Chef, Saccharomyces — Brisbane
A craft beer-focused venue opening in Brisbane is seeking an innovative chef or experienced cook.
07/29/2015 08:44 PM
Beer jobs: Beer disciples, Saccharomyces — Brisbane
A new beer cafe opening in Brisbane is seeking beer professionals to oversee its ten rotating beer taps.
07/29/2015 07:42 PM
Veronica Vega Named Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery
July 29, 2015 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery has promoted Veronica Vega to brewmaster. She will work as the brewery’s research and development lead, alongside brewmaster Brian Faivre who heads the technical brewing side. Vega started out at Deschutes as a tour guide in 2006, moving into the cellar before transitioning into a production brewer […]
07/29/2015 07:00 PM
Celebrity Booze! This Time It’s The Pogues Whiskey Brand
Irish band, The Pogues, collaborating with West Cork Distillers to launch The Pogues Irish Whiskey. The target market is 25 – 30 year olds. Duh. It will sell for around $47. I wonder if they are in there actually making the stuff. If not, what does it mean to have a celebrity simply put their […]
07/29/2015 07:00 PM
Industry News: Beer Serves America study confirms american breweries generated $253 billion in economic activity and support for 1.75 million jobs
WASHINGTON – A new economic study released today highlights how the U.S. beer industry – from brewers and beer importers to beer distributors to retailers – generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity, produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue and supports 1.75 million jobs.
Economic impact figures, tax contributions and job data for each state can be found here www.BeerServesAmerica.org
The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will release the Beer Serves America report during a Congressional briefing later today detailing the industry’s complete impact on the American economy. The study, based on government and industry data, examines direct, indirect and induced spending, labor and tax collection.
The report concludes:
· Overall, the beer industry contributes about $252.6 billion in economic output which is equal to about 1.5 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
· Brewers and beer importers directly employ 49,576 Americans. More than 70 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.
· The number of distributor jobs has increased by more than 20 percent in the last decade, to more than 131,307.
· Suppliers to the brewing industry – enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays, for example – generate more than $83 billion in economic activity and are responsible for more than 383,190 jobs alone.
· More than $48.5 billion in tax revenue is generated by the production and sale of beer and other malt beverages. This is equal to nearly 40 percent of the retail price paid for beer by consumers.
“It can be said that beer truly serves America. Beer is more than our nation’s favorite adult drink – it is a powerhouse in job creation, commercial activity and tax revenue,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, which released the study jointly with NBWA.
NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser said, “As independent businesses, America’s licensed beer distributors are proud to provide more than 130,000 direct jobs with solid wages and great benefits to employees at more than 3,300 facilities, located in every state and congressional district across the country. These independent beer distributors provide significant economic benefits in their communities through local business-to-business commerce, investments in local infrastructure and capital assets and tax revenue. They provide services that improve efficiency for trading partners, especially small brewers and retailers, and they ensure fair prices and a broad selection of products for consumers to enjoy.”
The Beer Serves America study was compiled by an independent economics firm, John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, Dun & Bradstreet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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07/29/2015 06:50 PM
Deschutes Brewery Names Veronica Vega Brewmaster
(Bend, Oregon) – Deschutes Brewery has promoted Veronica Vega to brewmaster. She will work as the brewery’s research and deve…
07/29/2015 06:24 PM
Bellevue Brewing teams up with KZOK
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Bellevue Brewing Company announced today a new partnership and the release of a series of KZOK-themed beers that will benefit charitable causes. In particular, the brewery announced the upcoming release of what it describes as the first of several new KZOK-themed craft beers. Bellevue Brewing releases KZOK Classic Rock Amber...
07/29/2015 05:12 PM
Modern Times Fortunate Islands With Grapefruit Zest
(San Diego, CA) – Hot damn are we ever excited about our newest special 22oz release. Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Gra…
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07/29/2015 05:09 PM
Terrapin brewing a beer based on The Walking Dead television program
The news came out last week; fans of Terrapin Beer Company and of the AMC television program The Walking Dead have something to collectively cheer about. The two have teamed up to create a companion beer to the program. The Walking Dead Red India Pale Ale will be brewed appropriately enough with blood orange peel. […]
07/29/2015 05:00 PM
Westbrook Gose – Sour, Salty and (EXTREMELY) Delicious
Featured Contributor: Craft Brew Gal @CraftBr3wGal Westbrook Brewing Co. is located in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. Their mission is, “To make the most interesting, drinkable, and generally awesome beer possible.” They are all about using new brewing techniques and incorporating new flavors and ingredients. That’s one solid mission statement in my opinion. Westbrook Gose is a 4% ABV 5 IBU traditional style German sour wheat beer; with estimated calories 120; the main ingredients in the beer being coriander and salt. German style wheat beers are brewed with souring…
07/29/2015 05:00 PM
Brewery News: CA: Paso Robles: Firestone Walker Brewing Company shares thoughts on Pivo and the growth of "domestic pilsner"
Paso Robles, CA: What a difference a few years make…
When Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched its Pivo hoppy pilsner in 2013, the market for domestic craft pilsner was uncertain and largely uncharted.
Now, two short years later, Pivo is blowing up and domestic pilsner appears on the verge of a renaissance.
“Domestic pilsner is no longer a joke,” said Brewmaster Brynildson said. “Craft brewers are taking American-brewed pilsner away from its industrial image and back to its stylistic roots.”
Brynildson noted that American-brewed pilsner began as something authentic, with immigrants moving to the United States and making pilsner beer as a familiar taste of the motherland.
“They made these beers for Germans living in the Midwest,” he said. “The style caught on as a national trend, but the beer just got dumbed down over time. There’s a rich heritage for pilsners not only in Europe, but here in America, so there’s plenty of ground to recapture.”
In other words, to quote famed beer authority Garrett Oliver, “Pilsner, the world’s most popular style of beer, was invented in Czech Bohemia, perfected in Germany, and turned into flavorless mass-market fizz in America."
Pivo was conceived as a classic Pilsner made in the German style but also with Czech and Italian influences—the brewing equivalent of going out on a limb.
“Back when we were first brewing Pivo, there were only a few American breweries at the time, like Trumer and Victory, who were producing a true pilsner on any sort of scale,” Brynildson said. “We were confident in the quality of Pivo, but we still had to wonder how much of a market there was for a beer like this.”
That question has since been answered. Demand for Pivo exceeded expectations from the start, and now, two years later, sales are still growing at a 45 percent clip.
“We can barely keep up with demand,” Brynildson said. “It’s not just a testament to Pivo, but also to the larger fact that craft beer drinkers are starting to rally around the pilsner style.”
Brynildson attributes this trend to the maturation of the collective craft beer palate.
“When a lot of people first get into craft beer, they gravitate toward the biggest flavors and go searching for the gnarliest triple IPA they can find. Over time, however, they find themselves search for something more balanced and drinkable and sessionable, and a true pilsner checks all of those marks.”
Now In Cans
This year, Pivo is being offered in cans for the first time—one more small step toward changing the perception of canned American pilsner. “Cans are just a perfect vessel for a beer like this,” Brynildson said.
To mark this somewhat ironic occasion, Firestone Walker developed a visual timeline called “The History of Pivo According to Pilsner,” which is viewable here.
07/29/2015 04:00 PM
Carry-On Cocktail Kit: Gin & Tonic
W&P Design only tackles new projects in the food and drink-iverse that they’re completely obsessed with, so you know whatever they offer up is a ...
07/29/2015 03:04 PM
Centennial IPA – Best Example of Centennial Hops?
07/29/2015 02:59 PM
Toppling Goliath PSEUDO SUE Pale Ale -Does it Live Up to the Hype?
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07/29/2015 02:31 PM
Pierre Ferrand: Cognac to Mix or to Savor Slowly
Growing up on a small farm in Southern Burgundy, Alexandre Gabriel traveled to Cognac as a business school student in 1989. The trip was one ...
07/29/2015 01:45 PM
The drought’s impact on the hop crop and the price of your pint
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Local and not-so-local news sources have been reporting what they assume will be bad news. One article I saw was titled IPA Lovers Beware: Beer Prices Could Skyrocket. Another warned Trouble Brewing: Drought-Hit Hops Crop Concerns Craft Brewers. One local television news outlet went completely hysterical, warning that Washington drought...
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07/29/2015 01:01 PM
Contest: Two VIP Tickets to 2015 Schurcipefones and Beer List
While doing our planning for St. Louis Craft Beer Week I’ve tried to emphasize our need for unique events. What keeps people interested an excited is creating experiences that they can’t get any other day of the week. Four years ago my friends at Baileys’ Restaurants came up with the Schurcipefones event. Not only providing a [...]
07/29/2015 01:00 PM
Book Release: "Beervana" releases "The Beer Bible" by Jeff Alworth and Workman Publishing
About the Book
Beer lovers of the world, rejoice! Introducing THE BEER BIBLE—the result of years of research spanning over 17,000 miles, six countries, and 52 breweries. From the publisher of The Wine Bible, this is the first truly comprehensive, style-by-style guide to the beers of the world. Complete with detailed photographs, maps, infographics, and lively writing, THE BEER BIBLE will fascinate and educate every reader, whether new to the subject or a longtime beer enthusiast.
THE BEER BIBLE (Workman, August 2015) by Jeff Alworth spans the globe from Germany to America, Japan to Scotland, and is a celebration of culture as much as it is a celebration of beer itself. At just under 700 pages, chapters deliver:
· The four beer families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—each with in-depth profiles of more than 100 styles, from IPA to lambic, porter to pilsner, sahti to saison.
· An engaging narrative format that tells the story of each beer: the influences of geography and history, the little-known lore and amusing anecdotes, the ingredients and flavors, and the brews to try.
· A helpful “if you like X, try Y” feature that directs you to new beer discoveries based on your preferences.
· Infographics to explain and illustrate essential beer knowledge: the brewing process, appropriate glassware for each beer, how to decipher a label, how to say “Cheers!” in various languages, and more.
· A primer on food pairings that includes the “three Cs”—complement, contrast, or cut.
· A guide to beer tourism, including global pub culture (and the best way to order another round in Germany) and must-visit breweries and beer festivals around the world.
· Virtual tours of 18 of the world’s most fascinating, innovative, and storied breweries.
Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage on the planet. It’s brewed in nearly every part of the globe, on both a large and small scale, industrially and at home, and it has been made in some form or another since the dawn of civilization. And now there’s a guide to help you navigate it all!
NATIONAL TOUR DATES
THE BEER BIBLE by Jeff Alworth
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
MONDAY, AUGUST 31 Powell’s Books @ 7 PM, CEDAR CROSSING, OR
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 New Belgium Brewing @ 7 – 9 PM, FORT COLLINS, CO
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Changing Hands Bookstore @ 3 PM, TEMPE, AZ
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Samuel Adams with Trident Booksellers & Cafe, BOSTON, MA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Books & Books @ 8 PM, CORAL GABLES, FL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Inkwood Books @ 7 PM, TAMPA, FL
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
07/29/2015 12:54 PM
5 Kick-Ass Eat n’ Drink Joints in Toronto
I was able to spend a long weekend doing nothing but walking around the city, eating and drinking at a few unique Toronto spots. Toronto ...
07/29/2015 12:30 PM
the Nostalgia Series: (from The New Brewer, Spring 2009)
Beginning in 2009, I have written one of the four primary articles in the annual “Industry Review” issue of The New Brewer, the bi-monthly magazine published by the Brewers Association. These stories summarize performances at all levels in the craft … Continue reading →
07/29/2015 12:16 PM
Great Divide Brewing – The Barrel Bar Opens July 31st
(Denver, Colorado) – Two years after buying a five acre space in Denver’s River North neighborhood, Great Divide Brewing…
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07/29/2015 12:00 PM
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils Now In Cans, Influencing Market
(Paso Robles, CA) What a difference a few years make… When Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched its Pivo Hoppy Pilsner in …
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07/29/2015 11:14 AM
Tasting Notes: Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
It is time to put my ol' beer reviewing hat on again, and today we will be taking a look at Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania).A few weeks ago, I reported on the Variety of...
07/29/2015 10:29 AM
Champion Brewing Killer Kolsch
Champion Brewing Killer Kolsch has been around for a little while now, but for some reason, it never made its way into my shopping cart until just this past June. Sadly to say, the can that I purchased for review has probably been around just as long — 05/13/2014 was printed across the bottom. Had […]
07/29/2015 09:55 AM
The Big Legrowlski Celebrates One Year
One of the hidden craft beer gems of Portland’s Pearl District, The Big Legrowlski is set to celebrate its 1st Anniversary on Saturday, August 15. The Big Legrowlski was founded a year ago in August when former Australian, Brendan Jones, opened his new craft beer bar located about equal distance in between Bailey’s Taproom and […]
07/29/2015 09:00 AM
Malt vs Grain Whiskeys: Where Distillers Divide
If you follow the rise and development of craft distilleries, you’ll find that those producing whiskey are often divided. Some will produce malt whiskeys while others will concentrate on grain whiskeys. The basic difference between grain whiskeys and malt whiskeys is the grains from which they are produced, explains Joe Nelson, distiller and brewer for […]
07/29/2015 08:53 AM
Is it good news or bad news for U.S. hops?
It was all coming up roses, or hops, on 9 July, when Craft Beer Business reported that the 2015 hops harvest in the U.S. would be
But then there was this, less rosy, report from NBC News, on 25 July:
On the other hand, the Barth-Haas Group was more sanguine in its Hops Report, the July 2015 version of its annual, international analysis of the hops industry.
There was wary optimism in a fourth hops report: this from Bart Watson of the (U.S.) Brewers Association, released 16 June.
And, at Appellation Beer, Stan Hieronymus reported this today:
What about all the local, small-farm, non-Pacific Northwest hops we're hearing about? Again, Bart Watson:
Wait and see, but the bottom-dollar line is that breweries should have secured their hops contracts by now. Or, as Mr. Watson suggests: "If you want to throw in a little rain dance, that would be fine too."
07/29/2015 07:08 AM
Lululemon, Stanley Park Brewing to introduce new beer in Canada
Lululemon has collaborated with Vancouver-based Stanley Park Brewing to introduce a new beer in the Canadian market.
07/29/2015 06:52 AM
Hops 2015: No bumper crop this year
The good news is that this headline is pretty stupid: “IPA Lovers Beware: Beer Prices Could Skyrocket Next Year Thanks to Drought.” The not so good news is that this one is more accurate: “Trouble Brewing: Drought-Hit Hops Crop Concerns Craft Beer Brewers.” And the story that goes with it is well reported and more […]
07/29/2015 06:36 AM
Tanks of Meantime's Brewery Fresh Lager at the Crown and Shuttle Yesterday I wrote about cans, a current craft beer fad. Cans are great, but they need to be done well. The same is true of tank beer versus keg. I've drunk Meantime Brewery Fresh Lager from big beer tanks in pubs twice recently, at the Greenwich Old Brewery and at the Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch. First, a story. When I
07/29/2015 05:39 AM
Marin Brewing expands distribution of Mt. Tam Pale Ale in US
For the first time ever, the Marin Brewing Company has expanded distribution across the United States of our best-selling flagship beer, Mt. Tam Pale Ale. The popular brew is now available canned in stores around the country.
07/29/2015 05:30 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in August 2015
After an odd, apparent lull in the events calendar in July, we're back here in August with a tick back up into the slightly more normal range...at least in terms of shear number of events. Pumpkin beers are starting to trickle out, but while you'll see them on the store shelves, I don't believe we see any events yet being thrown around this theme. At least we have that going for us! Sales of my
07/29/2015 03:05 AM
Let's Brew Wednesday - 1950 Adnams PA
But the usual images – teddy boys, rock and roll, rising living standards – all come from much later in the decade. The early years were much tougher. Rationing and shortages of almost everything were the order of the day. Beer output was falling and gravities were only just starting to creep back up a little.
Yet this beer from that time is very recognisable. It looks much like the Ordinary Bitters I remember from my youth. OG of 1036, 3.6% ABV. Glancing at the 1977 Good Beer Guide there are dozens of Bitters with similar gravities. Including Adnams. Their Bitter is listed with exactly the same gravity as this version.
It would be difficult to have a much simpler beer than this: pale malt, No. 1 invert and English hops. It looks to me like a classic drinking Bitter. Especially as it has fairly robust hopping. In short, a beer built for a session. The eight pints in two hours kind of session.
It’s so simple, I'm struggling to think of anything more to say. Other than brew this beer. I’m sure you won’t regret it.
Now over to me . . . . .
07/29/2015 12:00 AM
Juan Camilo Makes Sure Dyckman Beer Measures Up
The company founder keeps a hydrometer close by to estimate the A.B.V. (alcohol by volume) of beer in progress and adjust accordingly.
07/28/2015 07:00 PM
Diageo plans to restructure operations in South Africa and Namibia
British alcoholic beverages firm Diageo has agreed to initiate restructure talks with joint venture partners Dutch brewer Heineken and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) group of companies in South Africa and Namibia.
07/28/2015 06:58 PM
Music City Brewer's Festival falls flat, and drunk
No surprise, really. This event has become known as just an amateur drunk fest. With so many great options, such as the hugely successful new Predators Coolest Beer Festival, melting in line waiting for all the same beer...
07/28/2015 06:28 PM
Holy Mountain brews up something special for The Masonry
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Holy Mountain Brewing brewed and barrel-age a special beer for The Masonry’s 2nd anniversary. The Masonry is a beer-focused pizza place in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood (aka Uptown). The beer, named Fellowcraft, will be available exclusively at the Holy Mountain taproom and at The Masonry. More...
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07/28/2015 06:00 PM
N.W.I.P.A. 3rd Anniversary
It’s nearly been three years since partners Dan Huish, Zoe Moskovitz, and Jackson Wyatt opened their IPA themed beer bar, N.W.I.P.A. in Portland’s Foster-Powell Neighborhood. Since this time N.W.I.P.A. has been making itself known to many of the brewers throughout the Pacific Northwest that are known to use a few more hops than their counterparts. […]
07/28/2015 05:59 PM
Beer Release – Lead the Way IPA, Narrows Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tacoma’s Narrows Brewing Company just announced the upcoming release of a new beer in its lineup: Lead the Way IPA. The beer makes its debut on August 6th at a release party at the brewery. Proceeds from that party benefit The Pointe du Hoc Foundation – an...
07/28/2015 05:31 PM
SanTan Brewing featured beer at 92nd Rudyard's Beer Dinner
Beer dinners are all the rage and while they usually feature locally brewed suds, there is no reason why an out of state brewery can’t take the occasional honors. Arizona has a large and expanding craft brewery that...
07/28/2015 04:58 PM
2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Tuesday
Afternoon, all. We’re just three days into the 7th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week and there are no signs of slowing down. We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful. Over the [...]
07/28/2015 04:01 PM
Beer Release – Fog Bank Fall Ale, Diamond Knot Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s the first autumn seasonal beer I’ve heard about this year. Diamond Knot Brewing announces the release of Fog Bank Fall Ale. Information in the press release below. Diamond Knot Craft Brewing releases annual fall favorite, Fog Bank Fall Ale, this week MUKILTEO, WA – Fall may...
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07/28/2015 03:42 PM
Craft beer shows continued growth in 2015
Living in a city like San Diego, the growth in popularity for craft beer may seem quite apparent, but new numbers released by the Brewers Association on Monday show that the industry is doing quite well on the whole. While...
07/28/2015 01:09 PM
A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.”
The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?”, asks the Irishman.
Hat tip Common Sense Evaluation.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
07/28/2015 10:40 AM
Beware dodgy cans
Yes cans are better keeping oxygen out ,keeping it out during canning is a bugger Bottle conditioning still best — John Keeling (@FullersJohn) July 28, 2015 So there you have it: the Fullers head brewer shares the misgivings a lot of people have already expressed about the craft can fad. His counterpart at Thornbridge has said that he's "unconvinced that the canners towards the lower end of
07/28/2015 09:22 AM
Jennings Sneck Lifter
Commercial description:An award winning beer, a strong, satisfying ale, wonderfully warming and full of complex flavours, which create an intriguing beer of great character. Sneck Lifter was first introduced in 1990 as a winter warmer. In northern dialect sneck means door latch and a sneck lifter was a man’s last sixpence which enabled him to [&hellip
07/28/2015 09:20 AM
Beer Business Daily: Beer is 1.5% of National Gross Domestic Product
From this morning’s issue: BEER ROCKS THE NATION ECONOMICALLY As you may know, every other year the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers’ Association commission a study to show the vast economic impact the beer industry has on the … Continue reading →
07/28/2015 09:00 AM
45th Parallel Spirits: What It Takes to Handcraft Vodka
45th Parallel Spirits, LLC was never meant to be a traditional distillery. From its raw beginnings, self-taught founder and owner Paul Werni wanted to do things his way. His original idea was always to “create world class vodka with a manageable staff and facility in the Midwest where the grain is grown.” The ultimate goal? […]
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07/28/2015 08:46 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 28/29, 2015.
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
5 July - 18 July 2015
07/28/2015 08:00 AM
Featured Contributor Richard Grahn @BrewingAmerica Are Clever Craft Brewers Exploiting Your Grandmother’s Fruit Salad? I was recently pondering the proliferation of fruity-beers that seem to be taking the American craft beer scene by storm these days and this pondering has introduced a few questions in my mind. The first is obviously, who is drinking all this fruity beer? From there, I begin to wonder about the history behind this current craze and finally, I ask myself, where is all this going? The term “craft beer” is a…
07/28/2015 07:24 AM
Timberline completes two projects for Avery Brewing
Colorado-based Timberline Mechanical has completed design-build of Avery Brewing’s steam plant and chiller water plant.
07/28/2015 07:09 AM
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
I’m a big fan of dunkels and any time I happen across a new one (especially from a German brewery I haven’t encountered before), it’s usually in the cart or basket with a quickness. Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel is a brew I haven’t come across yet and as it’s billed as “the world´s oldest dark […]
07/28/2015 05:03 AM
Market consolidation: Ilkley Brewery
It'll be a good thing if and when some of the small breweries founded in the last few years start to amalgamate. It's what happened in the past, after all: the big brewing names of the 20th century came about through rounds of mergers between smaller companies over the course of many decades. In London (and, I suspect, in a few other parts of the UK) we have too many individual breweries
07/28/2015 04:15 AM
National Scotch Day: The History and Process of Scotch and Craft Scotch – Join the Celebration
Monday was National Scotch Day, and it’s a cause for celebration all week long. Scotch whiskey is created in a specific fashion, aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, with most aged considerably longer than that. Made from malted barley, Scotch was once called “usige beatha,” or the water of life in […]
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07/28/2015 04:03 AM
Beverage Camps for Adults
The days of archery camps, surf camps, and regular old summer camps where games of Capture the Flag fill the hours may be long gone, but don’t despair – there are new camps for adults in town, perfect for adults interested in wine-making, distilling, and brewing. Oenophiles have some camps that provide the ultimate wine-making […]
07/28/2015 03:05 AM
Let’s start with an obligatory part of every brewery chairman’s speech: a moan about the level of taxation on beer.
“Price of Beer
As we’ve already seen, the tax on beer rose sharply during the war, but continued to rise after its end. It fell a little in 1950 and again in 1951, but remained at the high level of 321s per standard barrel for the rest of the 1950’s. In 1939 it had been 100s (with a 20s rebate per bulk barrel).* And brewers had complained then that it was ridiculously high.
More about the post-war boom in bottled beer:
“Extensions are also being carried out to enlarge the cold rooms in the bottling stores, and also new bottling units are being installed to cope with the ever increasing demand for bottled beer.
Georges appear to have been doing better than average with their bottled beer. Or worse than average with their cask. Because despite a big increase in the proportion of bottled beer, cask still formed the majority of sales. Bottled sales had risen from less than 5% of the total in 1900 to 25% in 1939 and 35% in 1954**.
7d of tax a pint is a lot when you consider that the retail price of Georges draught IPA in 1949 was 1s 5d or 17d***. I think he’s underestimating the tax. At 343s 4.5d per standard barrel****, the tax on a beer of the average gravity for 1949 (1033.43) comes to 8.7d*****. Close to 50% of the retail price.
All the shortages and restrictions must have been at best frustrating, at worst quite depressing. Here are some more:
“Country Hotels Suffer
The Catering and Wages Act comes in for a lot of criticism from brewers. It seems to have set some sort of minimum wages. Obviously breweries, who owned lots of pubs, employed, albeit indirectly, lots of people in the catering trade.
I wonder if it was just a shortage of petrol that damaged the trade of country hotels. Or was it because no-one had any spare cash?
“The company's licensees are again to heartily congratulated on the efficient way in which they have conducted their houses, during the past 12 months, in spite of many restrictions and difficulties, which seem to increase rather than diminish. It is even more difficult than usual to forecast the future prospects of the company, as in these days of uncertainty much depends on taxation, the cost of living etc. Your directors do not consider that the output can be maintained, much less Increased, unless there is a really substantial reduction in the beer duty, already referred to; last year over £2.5 millions was paid this company in this tax alone
That’s quite a depressing message: expect sales to go down, not up. Though the impact would probably also depend on the margins on beer in different types of packaging. If they had a better margin on bottled than cask, overall revenues might have been stable. Unfortunately, I’ve no idea if that was the case.
You can tell he was really unhappy about the high beer tax. That’s the third or fourth time he’s mentioned it. I’m really glad he mentioned how much tax they’d paid in 1949. It allows me to calculate how many barrels they brewed. The calculation is slightly complicated by the fact that the tax rose halfway through Georges financial year, in April 1949. Assuming half at each rate and that their average OG was the same as the national one, I make it 232,664 bulk barrels. To put that into context, it’s 0.86% of the 26,990,144 barrels brewed in the UK in 1949******.
That's me done with Georges. I'll have to look for some more annual meeting reports. I love me a whingeing chairman.
* Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50 and Brewers' Almanack 1962, p. 48.
** "Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 330.
*** Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.
**** Finance Act 1949.
***** Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50.
****** Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50.
07/27/2015 06:09 PM
Autumn Brew Review Tickets
…go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon. Now in its 15th year, Autumn Brew Review is one of Minnesota’s oldest and largest craft beer festivals. Tickets are $45 and with any luck, you can purchase them online here: http://www.tempotickets.com/abr. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild-sponsored festival is one of my very favorite festivals and if past ...
07/27/2015 05:01 PM
The Nostalgia Series: Every Day Is April Fool’s Day (Beer Yard 2004)
Long ago and far away, when we were young and excited and could all laugh at one another, April 1 was always a special day at the Beer Yard website (as it was and still is for many others), and … Continue reading →
07/27/2015 02:52 PM
2015 St. Louis Craft Beer Week – Monday
Afternoon, all. Hopefully you had an awesome weekend and got out an had a chance to enjoy the 7th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these [...]
07/27/2015 01:51 PM
Winner of VIP Tickets to the iTAP CWE Strange Invasion II
Sorry for the delay, you’re probably eagerly awaiting to know who’s the winner of the iTAP and Strange Donuts Strange Invasion II. Without further ado, the winner of the VIP tickets to this event is Kevin Carr (who loves the iTAP Soulard location.) Congrats to Kevin and thanks to everyone who entered. We have one more contest for all of [...]
07/27/2015 11:55 AM
Craft beer showing no signs of slowing down in popularity
The Brewers Association, a trade organization dedicated to supporting and supplying information about the craft beer industry, has released its mid-year report on the health of the industry. In the first half of 2015, American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent according to the group’s press release. From January through the end of June […]
07/27/2015 11:53 AM
U.S. craft beer volume production up 16% through 1st half of 2015 to 12.2 mil bbls
The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association. Continue reading →
07/27/2015 11:45 AM
Craft beer production up 16%
The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association. American craft beer (as defined by the BA) production volume increased 16% during the first half of the year. From January through the end of June 2015, approximately […]
07/27/2015 11:18 AM
Victory Brewing Kuhl Kolsch
The Kölsch will always have a special place in my heart. As part of my wedding celebration (so many moons ago), my father-in-law brewed up a batch for friends and family. It was the perfect beer for such a warm May afternoon — and obviously part of a special day. As a result, I’m a […]
07/27/2015 10:00 AM
The Revival of Speakeasies
In case you’ve missed it (and if so, read up!), the newest trend that has most dramatically given the bar scene across the country a new lease of life is vintage-inspired speakeasies. If history buffs and nostalgic critics are quick to rave against the high prices and frills that often surrounds these posh establishments, the […]