05/04/2015 02:06 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
05/04/2015 02:06 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
05/04/2015 02:06 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
05/04/2015 02:06 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
05/04/2015 02:06 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
05/04/2015 02:01 AM
Beer In Ads #1544: This Family Brews Beer Better
Saturday’s ad is for Falstaff, from 1970. Featuring soul singer James Brown, whose birthday is today. He did an ad for Falstaff in which he’s shown belting out a song in a dozen sequential photos on a black background. Below there’s a simple photos of a glass of Falstaff beer with...
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05/04/2015 01:00 AM
Alehouse News: WA: Seattle: Bell + Whete announces events during Seattle Beer Week, May 7th–May 17th
Starting May 7th and running throughout Seattle Beer Week (May 7th thru May 17th), Bell + Whete encourages guests to check them out.
Every Day of Seattle Beer Week, aka May 7th through May 17th
Bottle of Rince Cochon with Rince Cochon goblet paired with Tete de Cochon (head cheese); $15. Will run the duration of Beer Week or until supplies last.
Friday, May 8: Green Flash Behind the Craft Night, 7 p.m.
Director of Beer Education, Dave Adams, will be leading a fun and interactive class on the most popular beverage in the world, beer! He'll also be bringing delicious Green Flash beers to pair with Bell + Whete fare. $25 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are encouraged and can be made at www.bellandwhete.com or at 206-538-0180.
Beer selection (subject to change):
Saturday, May 9: Redhook + Westland Distillery Pairing, 7 p.m.
Redhook and Westland Distillery pair speciality ESB variations with Westland whiskey.
Monday, May 11: Lost Abbey Night with Brewmaster Tomme Arthur, 7 p.m.
Meet world-famous brewmaster Tomme Arthur, buy a hard-to-find Lost Abbey beer and get a take-home glass; $12. Meet and greet starts at 7 p.m.
Beer selection (subject to change):
About Bell + Whete
Much like the Normans, Bell+Whete (pronounced like wheat) is fascinated with the familiar and the forgotten. It serves modern interpretations of old world dishes, such as braised short rib, house made sausages, fresh egg pasta, rotisserie chicken, seafood stew, and house-ground steak burger. Its bar is stocked with over 20 local and 40 international draft lagers and ales, over 30 wines by the glass, and over 100 small batch and traditional gins and whiskeys.
05/04/2015 12:54 AM
Small brewery update – Queensland
The recent collapse of a brewing equipment supplier set back a number of Australian breweries, among them, Barrier Reef Brewing Co.
05/04/2015 12:22 AM
Homebrew: Windows shattering, bullets flying, books being flung by Front Range …
The Colorado Independent Homebrew: Windows shattering, bullets flying, books being flung by Front Range ... The Colorado Independent The case of the literary litterbug has been solved: “Glenn Pladsen says he isn't sure how long he has been dumping books along U.S. 287 on his way to work in Longmont. He just knows he couldn't figu ...
05/04/2015 12:15 AM
Little Creatures reimagines The Dreadnought
Little Creatures has launched 'Return of the Dread' as its first seasonal small-batch beer.
05/03/2015 11:00 PM
Alehouse News: WA: Seattle: Events at Watershed Pub & Kitchen during Seattle Beer Week
The folks at the Watershed Pub & Kitchen would like you to know about some events, happening during Seattle Beer Week (May 7th thru May 17th)
Saturday May 9 (All day) "Island Brewery Luau" - We’re teaming up with three of our favorite “island” breweries—Island Hoppin’, Flyers and Bainbridge—to bring you a Hawaiian-style luau, complete with a pig roast, a special new collaboration IPA, a live DJ, hula dancers, tiki beer cocktails, aloha shirts and leis. PLUS New Orleans' own ukulele duo The Little Things (http://www.katyandshanece.
Monday May 11 (6pm) "Sierra Nevada Brewers Dinner" - Join Head Brewer Steve Dresler for a 4-course dinner paired with both new and classic selections from the iconic west coast craft brewery . Advance tickets at the pub—$50 each, tax and gratuity included. First beer at 6PM, dinner at 6:30PM.
Wednesday May 13 (6pm) "Charging Hippo Brewers Dinner" - Join Head Brewer/Kirby Krackle Frontman Kyle Stevens for a 5-course dinner paired with Charging Hippo’s strong, unique beers and a solo acoustic performance by Kyle himself. Advance tickets at the pub—$50 each, tax and gratuity included. First beer at 6PM, dinner at 6:30PM.
Thursday May 14 (5pm) "Grab Our Cans" - It’s all fun and games with four breweries on the forefront of the new canned beerrevolution– Oskar Blues, Hopworks Urban Brewery, 21st Amendment and Hop Valley. Beer cans and games on the patio and some very special kegs on tap.
Saturday May 16 (All day) "Brewshed® Takes Over the Watershed" - All 18 beer taps will be occupied by Brewshed® Alliance Partner breweries, mostly from Washington. From open to close we’ll be donating $1 per Brewshed® Partner beer sold to Washington Wild, plus the brewery partners will be matching it. That's right for each beer $2 will be donated to keeping Washington wild, green, and full of great beer!
05/03/2015 11:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewing announces release of Defacto Imperial Black IPA & the return of “No Boundaries on the River 3.0 Small Batch Festival”
Spokane, WA…Just in case drinking 12 new specialty beers along the Spokane River wasn’t enough excitement for one day, No-Li Small Batch Festival guests will be able to purchase the first bottles of No-Li’s newest barrel-aged series beer…Defacto.
“Defacto is an Imperial Black IPA…sort of,” says Damon Scott, No-Li’s Brewery Operations Manager. “It’s essentially a blend of Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey and Triticale Whiskey barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout and Jet Star Imperial IPA.” No-Li Lead Brewer, Carey Fristoe added, “The result is a robust black beer with complex layers of American hop character, dark roasted malt flavors and sweet whiskey notes.”
This glorious 22oz will be available to the general public at select locations across the Northwest starting the week of May 18th.
And now for a peak at the wonders to come at the No Boundaries on the River Small Batch Beer Festival 3.0!
6 beers being featured at NBoR 3.0:
1. Madagascar Mocha: vanilla & chocolate infused Rise & Grind
2. Island Hopper: mango & pineapple infused Poser
3. Crony a l’Orange : orange peel Randallized Crony NW Brown Ale
4. Fruit Uppercut: Belma & El Dorado dry-hopped Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale
5. Orange Dreamsicle: vanilla infused Brass Monkey
6. Defacto: Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey and Triticale Whiskey barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout/Jet Star Imperial IPA blend
About No Boundaries on the River 3.0 Small Batch Festival
Saturday, May 16th from 11am – 3pm, the No-Li pub patio will allow attendees to bask in the sun along the Spokane River while enjoying twelve rare, barrel-aged, experimental and infused beers.
Festival tickets are on sale now at the Pub, on No-Li’s Facebook page through the Shop Now button or on BeerFests.com (https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/smallbatchbeerfest/).
Tickets are $20 and include a commemorative tasting glass and five 5 -oz drink tickets. Limited tickets remain available!
About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.
05/03/2015 09:50 PM
Crowdfunding campaign launched for Growler Haus’ Fountain Inn location
Growler Haus’ recently announced Fountain Inn location now has a crowdfunding campaign set up to help support the company’s third Upstate location. With shops already established in Anderson and Spartanburg, Growler Haus is now planning to open another store in the city of Fountain Inn. The company held a St. Patrick’s Da ...
05/03/2015 09:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Bellingham: Find Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen beers and brewers during Seattle Beer Week
Seattle Beer Week is back and filled with even more beers and events than ever before. The 7th annual Seattle Beer Week starts on May 7th and continues until the 17th. Chuckanut Brewery is happy to join in this year’s week packed with activities celebrating craft beer in the Northwest. Chuckanut beers will have a total of four appearances during the week with the tapping of several award winning Chuckanut Lagers.
Chuckanut Brewery’s Dunkel Lager will start out the week at Naked City Taphouse on May 9th from 1-3 pm where brewery reps will put their own little twist on the timeless TV gameshow "Hollywood Squares". With their own version of the game called Barleywood Squares brewers and beer reps answer questions revolving around craft beer on a life-size tic-tac board just like the original show. Enjoy dozens of special and collaboration beers on tap while brewers go head-to-head trying to out smart guests with true and false answers to craft beer questions.The fun continues on May 11th with the 4th annual Women in Beer event at Pike Brewing Company from 6-9 pm. Chuckanut Vienna Lager will be served up at this big fundraiser. The annual event celebrates women and their influence on today’s craft beer.
Gordon Biersch Lager-Fest will be celebrated on May 13th at Gordon Biersch Seattle where they will be serving Chuckanut Baltic Porter and Vienna Lager. This event starts off at 5 pm and continues into the evening. Chuckanut’s last event during Seattle Beer Week happens on May 15th at Mammoth’s Lagerfest in Eastlake. What better pairing of Chuckanut beers than the multi-award winning Dunkel Lager and Vienna Lager. This Lager-Fest will start at 5 pm and features 20 lagers from 10 local breweries.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, was awarded the National Small Brewpub of the Year 2009 and National Small Brewery of the Year 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. The full service “Kitchen” serves an eclectic fresh local menu for all ages starting at 11 am every day. Monday $3 Pint night, Kolsch NightTuesday’s, and Taco Tuesdays are some of the specials offered at the “Kitchen”. Check out more about Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at www.
05/03/2015 07:24 PM
Hops & Crops Homebrew Competition
The Neighborhood Farm Initiative welcomes entries for its Fifth Annual Hops 'n' Crops Local Brew Competition. All proceeds will benefit the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, a DC-based nonprofit with a focus on residential and smallscale food production in Washington, DC. Any fermented beverage may be submitted, including but ...
05/03/2015 07:23 PM
Craft beer trade event at GABS Melbourne
The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) has announced its first ever trade session.
05/03/2015 07:00 PM
Beer jobs: Venue Manager — White Rabbit
White Rabbit Brewing requires a dedicated, dynamic and reliable Venue Manager to take control of their new cellar door operation in Geelong.
05/03/2015 06:06 PM
Patent No. 2630311A: Apparatus For Drying Hops
Today in 1953, US Patent 2630311 A was issued, an invention of Verlin A. Bloxham, for his “Apparatus For Drying Hops.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that the “invention relates to an apparatus for drying hops. The apparatus commonly employed...
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05/03/2015 05:49 PM
Neshaminy Creek Churchville Lager
Day 307: Neshaminy Creek Churchville Lager from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Vienna Lager'. ABV is 4.9%.
05/03/2015 04:52 PM
How To Spot Bad Science
Longtime readers of the Bulletin know that I’m constantly examining and finding fault with questionable studies used by the modern prohibitionist groups using them to promote their agenda. I’m often amazed at some of the studies that make it into peer-reviewed journals. Apparently...
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05/03/2015 04:50 PM
CAMRA members vote for a more inclusive campaign
Southport Visiter CAMRA members vote for a more inclusive campaign Southport Visiter More than 1,200 CAMRA members attended the conference in Nottingham between April 18-19 and debated and voted on 20 motions about issues affecting the beer and pub industry, as well as CAMRA's future campaigning. Decisions were taken to support .. ...
05/03/2015 04:15 PM
This is not a Maibock…but it should be.
Right about now on the first Sunday in May I am obligated by tradition and desire to be quaffing a pint or three of Sly Fox “Named After Whatever Goat Won the Race” Maibock, along with thousands of other spectators. … Continue reading →
05/03/2015 12:37 PM
First visit to Fermentaria.
After my usual Saturday morning visit to the Beer Yard yesterday, I drove up Lancaster Pike (not recommended at all, terrible traffic, use the back roads, trust me) to Ardmore to visit Fermentaria, the recently opened new production brewery and … Continue reading →
05/03/2015 12:18 PM
Blue Moon lawsuit cites ‘craft beer' deceptive claim: Elves making cookies next?
A Blue Moon Beer drinker has filed a class-action lawsuit against MillerCoors after finding out that the Blue Moon Beer, which is marketed as a craft beer, is not at all a craft beer by definition. The class-action...
05/03/2015 12:13 PM
Beer Release: Defacto Barrel-Aged, No-Li Brewhouse
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Beer Release notice from No-Li Brewhouse: 2000 BOTTLES OF BARREL-AGED BEER ON THE WALL No-Li Brewhouse Release New Barrel-Aged Series Beer and Announces 6 Small Batch Brews Spokane, WA…Just in case drinking 12 new specialty beers along the Spokane River wasn’t enough excitement for one day, No-Li ...
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05/03/2015 11:47 AM
Patent No. 2468840A: Heater For Wort Kettles
Today in 1949, US Patent 2468840 A was issued, an invention of Robert C. Schock, for his “Heater For Wort Kettles.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description it states that the “invention relates to means and methods of heating wort prior to its use in the making of...
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05/03/2015 11:15 AM
The Tap Mobile brings the beer to the people
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The Hop Shop, located in Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood, describes itself as a small, neighborhood-friendly Craft Beer Dispensary that also offers wine, champagne, and port in an atmosphere as comfy as home. Now, it’s taking the show on the road. The company recently introduced a mobile tap...
05/03/2015 09:13 AM
Flying Dog Numero Uno
Flying Dog Brewery. This beer was originally released last June as part of the Brewhouse Rarities series. I didn't realize I'd had it before until I started drinking it and then I had the "flashback" to last year. As previously, although it isn't the type of beer I'd normally drink, I did enjoy it.
The beer pours a bright golden yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is that of grain with lemon and lime zest. The overall flavor is toasted malt with a refreshing citrus twinge. It finishes dry and clean.
This might also be a good beer to keep on hand to share at those summer cookouts with your less than adventurous friends. It's much more flavorful than the popular swill that requires a lime wedge (or salt) to be palatable.
At just 4.9% ABV, Flying Dog Numero Uno Summer Cerveza would make a good beer for those warm summer afternoons. It's light bodied and goes down easily. I cracked this one open as we sat down for a family movie night, and I think I finished it before the opening credits were done.
The beer reviewed here was a promotional sample from the brewery. My impressions are provided of my own free will.
05/03/2015 09:08 AM
Black Willow Winery: Wine is Just the Beginning
Black Willow Winery is unique in that it does more than just make first-class wine. The winery also sells meads and a number of cooking oils and vinegar. Owner and winemaker Cynthia West-Chamberlain says the decision to expand started for financial reasons but ended up being about much more than just that. “About three years […]
05/03/2015 09:00 AM
5am Saint Brewdog
Commercial Description: 5am Saint Brewdog – Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back. Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and Dark Crystal Malts Hops: Cascade, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops. 5am Saint Brewdog [&hellip
05/03/2015 07:28 AM
Blue Moon lawsuit: Blue Moon is deceiving us, not a 'craft' beer, says lawsuit
A lawsuit filed against Blue Moon Brewing Co. claims that the maker of the orange-garnished ale is trying very hard to make itself a microbrewing, artisan craft beer, but that it's nothing more than a thespian in...
05/03/2015 03:05 AM
Imported bottled Lager in the 1950's
Continuing with my look at the beers on sale in Britain in the 1950’s, I’ve come to imported Lager. Back then there were only two types of beer imports: Stout from Ireland and Lager from the Continent. Lager brewing was still in its infancy in Britain, at least outside of a few specialists like Tennent’s, Barclay Perkins and the Welsh Lager Brewery. Only towards the end of the decade did other brewers start dipping their toes in the Lager pool.
Once again, I’ve arbitrarily divided the beers into random groups, this time with highly scientific names: watery stuff (1030-1035º), not quite to watery stuff (1035-1040º), normal-strength stuff (1040-1050º) and strong stuff (>1050º). The groups are just for my own convenience and have no real significance.
The origins of the beers is revealing. Holland delivered the most samples, but almost a third came from Scandinavia. Germany scores quite poorly, though that could be a lingering effect of the war. I don’t believe the American samples were on general sale. The lack of a price is a sign. The one which did have a price was listed as being sold on a US base.
Here’s that information in a handy table form:
Let’s start with the watery stuff. These all look like beers specifically brewed for the UK market. The Dutch ones for sure, as all domestic Dutch Pilsners were 5% ABV. Carlsberg and Tuborg were both over 4% in Denmark. Foreign brewers weren’t always that keen on making such weak beer, but it was largely what the UK market demanded. Partly because Continental-strength beers would be too expensive.
Even these watery beers were eye-wateringly expensive, averaging over 3 bob a pint. A pint of draught Mild – about the same in terms of strength - would cost just 12-14d. The high rate of attenuation of some of the lowest-gravity examples seems designed to wring as much alcohol out as possible.
Moving on to the slightly less watery, the next group also looks like beers solely for the UK market. With the exception of Pilsner Urquell. That beer looks like the 10º version. Something that would have been on sale back home, unlike the others. That so many foreign brewers were prepared to brew something just for the British market a demonstration of the money to be made.
I’m surprised Heineken is in this group. Because I know from their brewing records of the early 1950’s that the version for the UK was brewed to 8º Plato, or 1032. They must have beefed it up during the decade.
A few of these beers – Heineken, Carling and Stella – are currently big players in the UK Lager market.
The price is even more scary for this set – 4 shillings a pint for Carling and Urquell. You’d need plenty of cash to get pissed at that price. They must have been fairly exclusive drinks. Lager continues to be more expensive than Ale in Britain, though the price differential has become much smaller. Price was one of the reasons I never drank Lager. It seemed like just throwing money away for no good reason.
I have my doubts about the colour given for Black Label. It wasn’t ever a Dark Lager, was it?
We now get to beers which do look like standard domestic versions, what I’ve called normal-strength stuff. Again, there are a couple of familiar beers: Stella, Fosters, Holsten, Miller and Pabst.
You’ll notice that prices are fairly random. Some beers in this set are the same price or cheaper than ones in the watery group. It’s a trick that’s easy to pull when drinkers have no idea of your beer’s strength. It seems any strength of Lager cost 3 to 4 shillings a pint. There’s a simple explanation why Miller High Life is an exception: that was sold on a US base .
Note the very high degree of attenuation of these samples. Only a couple are under 80%.
The final group would have been pretty strong by UK standards in the 1950’s. These, too, look like Continental-strength beers. Though the Löwenbräu Bock looks a bit weak. I thought Bock had to have a gravity of at least 16º Plato by German law. That’s about 1064º.
Tuborg are most confusing. They were selling both a watered down version and a full-strength one. And the stronger one was actually cheaper. Weird. How would drinkers have been able to work out what was good and what was bad value? Impossible, unless you had the beers analysed.
Maybe Brown Ale next. But it’s a long set and I’m very lazy.
05/03/2015 01:22 AM
Beer In Ads #1543: Living Beyond Your Means Again?
Saturday’s ad is for Lowenbrau, from 1984. It’s a fairly simple ad showing two bottles of Lowenbrau, one of which was poured into a glass, at a time when it was sill considered a “premium” import, which seems laughable by today’s standards. The post Beer In Ads #1543:...
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05/02/2015 07:00 PM
Saturday Range Time
A friend sent a text Friday evening inviting me to join him and another friend at the range Saturday morning. My first thought was to decline in order to get some chores done. But I soon came to my senses and agreed to meet them for some early morning shooting fun.
When we arrived, we had the range to ourselves and quickly got to waking the Boy Scouts who were camping across the road. I didn't have anything specific planned to work on, but I did bring the extra mags for my EDC and spent a lot of time shooting it. I was reminded once again just how well the compact Sig P239 "fits" and shoots. It may be a heavy gun, but it's a fine shooter. I think I'll bring it out for to the new Compact Carry Pistol division in IDPA soon.
One of the guys had a FN Five-seven with him and offered to let me shoot it. The natural point of aim for me was high, but once I really concentrated on keeping the front sight down, I was hitting where I aimed. It was a fun gun to shoot and I was happy to get the chance to shoot something new.
We spent some time at the 25 yard line too. I don't do that much, but I've been wanting to refresh my distance shooting. Usually I'll shoot a single mag from the back of the bay, but this time I went through about 50 rounds "stressing" myself. It was stress since there was no way I was seeing the holes in the target at that distance, and relied on "calling the shot" as it went off. Although there were no tight groups, I pleased to keep the shots mostly in or near the A zone.
I fired more rounds this morning than I have in one outing in a long time, at a match or in practice. But it was a blast to enjoy the camaraderie of friends doing something fun, and after a cool, rainy week, the weather couldn't have been nicer. The other two guys headed over to the shotgun range to break some clays, but I opted to go home and tackle the chores, with the cleaning of two guns now added to my list.
05/02/2015 06:20 PM
Sunday Beer Baby Steps: Sunday Growler Sales
Exciting news for craft beer in Minnesota – on Friday, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that allows Sunday growler sales at breweries and brewpubs. While it’s not a full-on repeal of bans on Sunday sales, it’s a positive step toward changes to old laws that have been on the books for years – laws ...
05/02/2015 03:19 PM
Slumbrew: A unified body of individuals
Webster defines Community as ‘a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood), a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc., a group of nations.’ My favorite, community: a unified body of individuals. Slumbrew embodies this definition. I have enjoyed beers in Jeff […]
05/02/2015 12:46 PM
BRC Exclusive Mug Rugs [Giveaway!]
Hey Crew! We wanted to reach out and say thank you for all of the people who have taken the time to read and respond to our blog and videos. … Continue Reading →
05/02/2015 12:04 PM
Watershed Pub and Kitchen SBW events
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Here’s what’s happening at the Watershed Pub and Kitchen during Seattle Beer Week. From the pub: Saturday May 9 (All day) “Island Brewery Luau” – We’re teaming up with three of our favorite “island” breweries—Island Hoppin’, Flyers and Bainbridge—to bring you a Hawaiian-style luau, complete with a...
05/02/2015 11:34 AM
Colorado’s New Belgium Micro-Brewery
If New Belgium’s staff rides their bikes to work, well it’s no wonder. Not only is this micro-brewery dedicated to sustainability and eco-friendly activities, but one of their best-known signature brews is Fat Tire Amber Ale. Named to commemorate co-founder Jeff Jordan’s past bike trip through Europe, this Belgian ale has a deliciously malty flavor […]
05/02/2015 10:08 AM
Barleywine, A Deceptive Name for a Delicious Beer
It’s a vast understatement to say that craft beer is a wide and varied medium of styles and substyles. Sure, you know all about the IPA, the Russian Imperial Stout, and the Amber Ale, but what about some of the more obscure styles? You may have heard the term “barleywine” being uttered at a bar […]
05/02/2015 09:46 AM
Big Brew for National Homebrew Day: Beer lovers celebrate with an ice-cold brew
Have you heard the latest buzz? If an ice-cold brew sounds pretty good to you right about now, go grab your biggest glass. According to a Jacksonville Florida-Times Union report published on May 1, thirsty folks around...
05/02/2015 07:31 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Stillpoint hopyards wait for hops.
At the end of April, the acre of hopyards at Stillpoint Farm, in Mt. Airy, Maryland, were still 'un-bined' by hops. * That won't be for long.
When Carol McConaughy and Tom Barse first planted their hops only a few years ago, Stillpoint Farm became the first commercial hop farm to operate in Maryland since the 1870s. There are now several small-scale hop farms in Maryland.
In addition to hops, Stillpoint Farm raises sheep and horses, keeps bees and makes honey, and produces ... beer.
In 2012, the Milkhouse Brewery, then under construction on the farm, was the first brewery in Maryland to be granted a farm-brewery license. This 'Class 8' license allows a brewery (normally considered industrial) to operate on rural land and have a public taproom. The brewery must use ingredients grown on the farm (the amount or percentage not stipulated). The Milkhouse Brewery, of course, uses Stillpoint Farm hops: Cascades.
Mt. Airy, Maryland.
26 April 2015.
05/02/2015 03:30 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 02/05/2015
This is a scheduled post that we wrote on Thursday, by which time we already had a crazy number of interesting links in our stash. → First, an update on a story from a couple of weeks ago: the developers who illegally demolished the Carlton Tavern in London’s Maida Vale earlier this month have been ordered to … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 02/05/2015 →
05/02/2015 03:05 AM
Birmingham day two
I’m stopping in quite a nice hotel downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler. But the free breakfast buffet has paper plates and plastic cutlery. I’ve come across this a few times in the US. It looks really, really crap.
Stuart Carter picks me up after brekkie with his toddler son, Jamie. We head off on a slow ramble around Birmingham’s beery spots.
On the way to our first stop, Stuart explains the geography of Birmingham. Railway tracks run approximately East to West, slicing the town in two. With the Southside to the South and the Northside to the East. (Little pop culture reference there.) Most of the breweries are in the Southside, which makes sense as it’s the more industrial half of the city.
We start at Hop City, a bottle shop and growler filling station. It’s quite an impressive selection, including lots of beer from the UK and the rest of Europe. Even better, all those draught taps mean we can enjoy a glass of beer while we watch it piss down with rain outside. The weather continues to be dreadful.
Our second stop in North of the tracks. It’s still raining when we get there and I rush inside quickly to avoid a right soaking. You find some odd combinations in the US. Bottle & Bone is certainly one: restaurant, butcher and bottle shop. And I mean a proper butcher that makes its own bacon and sausages. There’s draught beer, too. A little Spartan, but the meat looks dead, dead good. A shame it isn’t quite time for lunch yet.
Back over the tracks again, the rain has finally stopped for a while as we pull up outside Avondale Brewing. A brewery Stuart tells me has been pivotal in revitalising what had been a very run-down part of town. I’m surprised to spot a room full of open fermenters as we enter. For their sour beers, Stuart tells me.
We chat to a bearded (aren’t they all) brewer a little but he’s very busy. The brewing crew is leaving for the CBC tomorrow and they have lots to finish up. I’m intrigued by one of their beer names: Brothel Brown. It seems the building used to house a seedy bar with a house of ill repute upstairs.
Remaining Southside, Trim Tab, another brewery, is next on the list. Quite a barn of a place is some sort of former workshop. Stuart recommends their ESB, but there’s only the very bottom of a keg left. The brewer squeezes a little out. It’s past its best but still nice. (Excuse the over-technical beer descriptions. I’ve left my thesaurus at home.)
We decant to the taproom, where we can sample cask. Always my first choice, if I believe it’s been looked after. It’s an Old Ale, dark and full. It’s another space untouched by luxury. Like the Lucha libre-themed art.
Eating. I find it’s a good idea to indulge in it a couple of times a day. Barbecue seems a good idea. We try Saw's Soul Kitchen, just a few doors away. But it’s packed. Waiting in a small, crowded place for an indeterminate time with a toddler doesn’t seem a great idea.
The rain is now gone, though the streets are drenched and every step challenges to engulf your shoe in red mud. We head for the final brewery in the set of four Birmingham breweries, Good People. I’ve already tried their beer.
The brewery is cavernous, industrial and opposite Regions Field, home of Birmingham Barons baseball team. There seems to be something going on there as part of the road is closed and people are milling about inside.
Stuart recommends Snake Handler IPA. Seems they shift as much as they can brew of it. I settle for an alternative IPA. But luckily once I’ve downed that, the Snake Handler IPA is back. And very nice it is, too, in a alcoholy way. It’s a sessionable 9.3%.
We finish in in J. Clyde, an Englishy-style pub that has cask beer. The Trim Tab Old Ale. It’s still raining.
I won’t tell you the horrors of trying to find somewhere to eat later. Let’s just say the Paramount was closed and I ate in my hotel.
Hop City Beer & Wine Birmingham
2924 3rd Ave S,
Birmingham, AL 35233.
Bottle & Bone
2311 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N #200,
Birmingham, AL 35203.
201 41st St S,
Birmingham, AL 35222
Trim Tab Brewing
2721 5th Ave S,
Birmingham, AL 35233
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
1908 11th Ave S,
Birmingham, AL 35205.
Good People Brewing Company
114 14th St S,
Birmingham, AL 35233,
The J. Clyde
1312 Cobb Ln,
Birmingham, AL 35205
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05/01/2015 06:31 PM
Kayaking with Fremont Brewing – how you can jump aboard
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05/01/2015 06:16 PM
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05/01/2015 05:20 PM
Weekend on the Hops: 4 West Coast IPA’s For Lovers of the Hops
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05/01/2015 04:41 PM
Introducing the Clip-On Series…
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05/01/2015 04:09 PM
Massachusetts Craft Beer Distributor Charged in Pay-to-Play Investigation
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It’s true. You’re never a hero in your own back yard.
From today’s Craft Beer Daily email newsletter: REHOBOTH BEACH BOARD SHOOTS DOWN DOGFISH’S PLAN FOR NEW RESTAURANT What local darlings? Dogfish Head Brewing is “stunned and disappointed” with the denial of their plans to build a new larger restaurant in … Continue reading →
05/01/2015 03:00 PM
Kitchen on San Marco combines great beer with great food
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Victory Anniversary 19 Session IPA
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05/01/2015 02:06 PM
How to fool a wine snob…or anyone! Try this simple trick
If you want to trick your guests into thinking the cheap wine you’re serving is a special vintage, simply lie to them about how expensive it it. Research has found that people rate wine better if they are told it is pricey. And the experts said so-called ‘price prejudice’ can blind people to the actual […]
05/01/2015 01:29 PM
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05/01/2015 01:20 PM
Just In Case You Thought Your Wine Was Vegan
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05/01/2015 01:18 PM
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05/01/2015 01:13 PM
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05/01/2015 12:01 PM
Get Classy This Race Season With Grey Goose’s Exclusive Kentucky Derby Cocktails.
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Saison, A Funky Farmhouse Ale for all Occasions
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05/01/2015 11:21 AM
May 1st, 2015
In honor of Big Brew Day tomorrow!
This is accurate...(has 10 gallons of homebrew in basement).
Meme made by Bryan Roth. See
05/01/2015 11:15 AM
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05/01/2015 11:13 AM
SweetWater Expands Distribution to Pittsburgh
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05/01/2015 10:42 AM
Maui Brewing Company: Keeping It Green in Hawaii
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05/01/2015 10:25 AM
Homebrewing a rewarding labor of love
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05/01/2015 10:20 AM
The audacity of Mild!
The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community, begun in March of 2007 by Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer and Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin.
On the first Friday of every month, a pre-determined beer blogger hosts The Session: Beer Blogging Friday. He or she chooses a specific, beer-related topic, invites all bloggers to write on it, and posts a roundup of all the responses received. For more information, view the archive page.
For May 2015, Alistair Reece —at the blog Fuggled— is the host of the 99th iteration of The Session. He also is the organizer of the first ever American Mild Month, celebrated this month, across the U.S. His topic is "Localising Mild."
First thing first. What exactly is a Mild Ale?
According to British beer historians Martyn Cornell and Ron Pattinson, milds of a hundred and more years ago tended to be sweet, but, then again, could also be highly hopped and/or very strong.
The trend toward darker milds, as we know them today, began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The decrease in alcohol began in the early 20th century, and accelerated rapidly, for reasons such as tax laws and wartime restrictions.
The ur-characteristic of Mild Ale, in almost all of its permutations, was fresh, young beer.
Modern MildToday, the standard for Mild Ale might be as defined by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), in the U.K.
Compare that to these specifications from American Mild Month:
Tasting MildLet's skip the zymurgy, and go straight to gustation.
Mild Ales are not intemperate. They are not harsh, severe, sharp, spicy, or bitter.
Mild Ales are pleasant comrades. They are low enough in alcohol so that two can be enjoyed in sobriety; they are mild enough to disdain extreme flavors, again so that two can be enjoyed without satiation; they are flavorful enough so that the triad of ale flavor —hops, yeast and malt, and especially the last— can be easily discerned by a drinker with pleasure and without 'expert' pretense. Dark? Maybe. Fruity? A tad. Hoppy? In the background.
And I'll call out those beer drinkers who say Mild Ales have no more-ishness. Stand up! WakeUp! Be audacious! Use your taste buds like a man (or woman). * Hopped-up hop-juicers are not the only beers of good character. Mild Ales might be mild-mannered, but they do not lack sinew, even if hidden. They are quintessential 'session' beers.
Localizing MildMr. Reece hosted this "The Session: Beer Blogging Friday" by asking us to discuss "localizing milds." (My apology. I've American-ized his spelling).
My response derives from the very description of Mild Ale itself. Historically and in present times, Mild Ales have been young, fresh ales. Just as a chef wouldn't (or couldn't) package the aromas of just-cooked food, a brewer wouldn't (or shouldn't) destroy the evanescence of her Mild Ale by shipping it far afield, over days or week. Youth ages and freshness stales. Mild Ale is, indeed, quintessentially local ale. Drink it close to the source.
Mild AfterthoughtsLike porter before it, Mild Ale has been a disappearing drink in the U.K. And, here in the U.S., it's a notch above nil.
The name itself might be an impediment. Mild? What's that? Weak beer? A local brewer told me of the time, a decade ago, his Mild Ale was not selling well at the brewpub. He put the beer on the 'stout gas' line and renamed it "Nitro Monkey." It became a hit.
Almost 60 breweries, out of 3,400, in the nation are participating in this inaugural celebration. You might find it difficult to find an American Mild Ale. But ...
A friend returned from the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Portland with three observations. More female participation; more beards on men; more lower-alcohol beers. I'll take categories one and three for $500, Alex!
... The time might be ripe for a Mild Ale bump. After all, this is only year one for Mild Ale Month, and the celebration's organizer — Alistair Reece of Fuggled— is already plotting for next year, with some big names on board. And what can you do? Politely challenge your local brewery and local brewpub to brew a Mild Ale. The craft brewery movement should be community up, not conglomerate down.
Partake in the audacity of mild this May. Make it a Mild Ale.
05/01/2015 10:03 AM
Stone Delicious IPA: Beer Review
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05/01/2015 09:00 AM
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05/01/2015 08:30 AM
Victory Brewing Kirsch Gose
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05/01/2015 07:00 AM
Walking Man Brewing Releases Emily’s Perle Pale
Two years ago Walking Man Brewing’s head brewer James Landers began brewing the brewery’s new single hop series. This single hop series was a result from brewing Pale Strider Pale Ale over the past 15 years. From each 17 BBL batch this beer takes on a new life. The latest version is Emily’s Perle Pale named […]
05/01/2015 06:00 AM
10th Annual American Craft Beer Week: May 11-17, 2015
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05/01/2015 05:00 AM
Bear Republic Brewing Company Releases New Seasonal: Mach 10
Today Sonoma County’s Bear Republic Brewing Company releases it latest seasonal beer for this year, Mach 10. This limited run Double IPA is said to offer a “deliciously unique hop profile that will tantalize your taste buds.” Mach 10 is brewed with English Crystal Malt and First Gold Hops as well as American 2-row and […]
05/01/2015 04:28 AM
Session #99: Making mild local
Session #99 host Allstair Reese has asked us to write about localizing mild ale on the first day of American Mild Month. His question: “How would you localise mild? What would an Irish, Belgian, Czech, or Australian Mild look like? Is anyone in your country making such a beer? For homebrewers, have you dabbled in […]
05/01/2015 03:11 AM
We're all mild now
"Localising mild" is the subject that Al, of Fuggled and American Mild Month, wants us to tackle for this month's Session. If America can develop her own sort of mild then why can't everywhere else? It's at this point that I go all historically pedantic and point out that almost every beer we drink nowadays is mild. Originally, the term just meant ready to drink immediately rather than requiring ageing. But, to put a bit more of a specification on the task Al has set, I went looking for Irish beers that fulfil the basic promise of mild: unfussy straightforward beers designed to provide the basics of refreshment without too much by way of sensory bells and whistles. By coincidence, I had two potential candidates in the fridge, both from the Kildare brewery Kelly's Mountain.
So, to begin, Revolution (not to be confused with the red ale of the same name from Big Hand). It's a little higher on the ABV scale than normal for the style, 4.8% ABV, but no harm there. The colour is a perfect dark copper, a nod sideways at the English bitter in which Irish red's roots lie. There's summer fruit in the aroma but it's somewhat drowned out by a sickly tang, all harsh metals and stomach acid. And that's what comes out in the flavour too, though to a less shocking extent. There are enough strawberries for it to pass as a sweet Irish red, and also enough dry tannins to bring brown bitter to mind also. It only takes a minute of warming for the beer to soften, with gentler roasted notes soothing the jangling harshness. By the time I was half way through I realised I had something quite complex on my hands, but at the same time it's not one I'd be running back to: that metallic saccharine tang never quite goes away.
To follow, Revenge ("best served cold" - arf!) a 4.5% ABV ruby porter. Of course, until well into the 19th century*, the idea of a mild porter would have been nonsensical, but since I doubt this porter has spent much time in giant oak vats I think it's fair game. Ruby? Oh my, yes. Flawlessly crystalline and a deep blood red. The aroma offers up some lovely dark chocolate while it tastes... well, it tastes like dark mild. There's that glorious plummy damsony tartness with just enough wholesome cereals set on a carefree light body and gently carbonated. Thirst-slaker or pinky-out sipper, you can take your pick. You can do both. But it's not a beer to drink only one of, and if that isn't a hallmark of proper mild, I don't know what is.
My only beef with Revenge is that it's one of those beers that adds fuel to the myth that dark mild and porter are somehow historically related. On this evidence, however, I couldn't be happier that these days our porters are mild.
*ninja edit, prompted by Ron's comment below.
05/01/2015 03:05 AM
Van driver cleared of drink charge
I can't remember what I was searching for when this spilled out. Probably "Light Ale". Just checked. It was actually "Mild Ale".
There's something I've noticed about prosecutions for drink driving back in the day. Unless the accused was seen by several witnesses to knock back a couple of bottles of whisky they almost always got off. Even in cases when it was pretty obvious they had been totally smashed.
The problem seems to have been lack of hard evidence. It was only in 1967, with the introduction of the breathalyser and a legal limit on the amount of alcohol drivers were permitted to have in their blood, that convictions increased. Before then, drivers had a pretty good chance of getting away with drink driving. It's a scary thought. And the increasing number of accidents caused by drunks was what prompted the change in the rules.
What do you think: was Mr. Doyle pissed?
"Van driver cleared of drink charge
Sounds as pissed as a rat to me.
It's interesting that Mild and Light Ale were mentioned specifically. Presumably because they were known to be low in alcohol. Odd that he couldn't remember which, seeing as one is a draught beer and the other a bottled one. Maybe he'd too many to remember properly.
05/01/2015 12:49 AM
Beer jobs: The Drink Cabinet — Melbourne
Australia’s leading on premise training specialists The Drink Cabinet® are looking for a beer enthusiast to share their passions throughout Melbourne and wider Victoria. We are looking for a Melbourne based person who is passionate about raising standards of knowledge and awareness of great service surrounding both ales and lager categories. The role is very flexible, offers incredible growth opportunities, fabulous rates all within a very positive and dynamic culture. Please send through an updated CV prior to a formal interview. The successful applicant will be tailored, trained, put through The Drink Cabinet Finishing School and be groomed towards a brighter future. We look forward to hearing from you. Applications to Dylan@thedrinkcabinet.com
04/30/2015 08:40 PM
Fort Collins Brewery: Lunch Box (12-Pack Sampler)
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04/30/2015 07:27 PM
Super Fun Mixology Competition Ahead Go! Watch! Drink!
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04/30/2015 04:08 PM
Once again, a quick IDPA match down at Black Creek provided a fun mid-week diversion. As I walked down to the range I spotted an array of targets profusely obscured by non-threat targets. "Oh great," I thought. Then I heard something said about strong hand and weak hand only shooting. "Oh great," I thought again. And that's exactly what it was — Great!
Match Director Anton does a remarkable job of putting on a fun and challenging match in limited space. This week the array of six targets and 4 non-threats were used to offer three stages of shooting goodness. For the first stage we were seated with the loaded gun on the table for three strings of fire. Each target got one hit freestyle, then strong hand only, and finally weak hand only. After looking at the target array, I decided I was going to go for head shots only for the entire match.
For stage two we moved back a couple yards and started facing up range hands on a barricade. The gun was downloaded to six rounds. At the start we turned and engaged each target with one round each, reloaded from slide lock and put one more shot on each target. To add to the challenge, the course description required at least one shot on each target to be a head shot.
The final stage started behind the barricade and required at least 6 shots from either side, and a minimum of two shots on each target. After the debacle last weekend on the barricade stage, I was pleased with my shooting this time. Granted the targets were half the distance away, but the available target area was cut down by about half too.
At the end, I had two hits on non-threats, and (I think) 13 points down, including a couple misses. It was a very fun match and a great practice session on accurate shooting. As I remarked to a friend afterwards, when you're shooting through a crowd, accuracy is important.
04/30/2015 02:26 PM
Big Craft Brewery, Oskar Blues, Buys Small Craft Brewery
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04/30/2015 02:20 PM
Undercover Coat Hanger: Good Hangovers
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Re-live A Little Margarita History With Cointreau: 10 Cinco De Mayo Cocktails Across The USA
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Winners of Tickets to 2015 Microfest!
Weather is looking perfect for the 2015 St. Louis Microfest. And thanks to the organizers from Lift for Life, we have a few sets of tickets to give away! Without further ado, the winners are: VIP Tickets (Good for any session) – Phillip Tran Friday Night Tickets – Mary Pentecost Saturday Afternoon Tickets – Bruno Debeljuk Saturday Evening Tickets – Sara Naughton Thanks [...]
04/30/2015 10:15 AM
Founders Brewing Company honored with beer dinner at Whole Foods Jacksonville
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04/30/2015 09:00 AM
28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival News
It’s never too early to begin planning your summertime activities, including this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival. Taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival will run from July 22nd – 26th. If you want to participate in the 9th annual Oregon Brewers Brunch mark your calendars for Friday, May 1st […]
04/30/2015 07:12 AM
The Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale
Back in March of 2014, the family and I took a long weekend trip to Baltimore over the kid’s Spring break from school. We hit up the aquarium that we’ve always loved and took the kid to her first professional baseball game at Camden Yards. Needless to say we had a good time. It also […]
04/30/2015 07:00 AM
Green Dragon & The Unipiper Release UnipIPA
Portland sure has its icons and one of the more notable ones, The Unipiper, will be releasing his first beer. Yes, The Unipiper makes unannounced appearances at various events in town arriving on his unicycle and playing his flame throwing bagpipes all while wearing a Dark Vader mask. Now this true Portland icon, Brian Kidd, […]
04/30/2015 04:06 AM
Saisons Pt 4: Big Names
For this week’s saison-tasting session, we decided to tackle two beers from breweries with heavy reputations: BrewDog and Burning Sky. We were sent both as samples by the breweries but… BrewDog Electric India — 5.2% ABV, 330ml, £1.80 at their online store (when it’s in stock). Burning Sky Saison à la Provision — 6.7%, 330ml, at, e.g., Beer Gonzo for … Continue reading Saisons Pt 4: Big Names →
04/30/2015 03:05 AM
Birmingham day one
The Alabama, not West Midlands one. I'm sure you're aware of that, but just making sure.
I have to be up reasonably early as my flight is just after 10 AM. And I've a couple of bags to check in. After loading up of eggs and bacon, I check out and get a cab.
Boucing around in the back, I notice a disconcerting sign: "Concealed weapons prohibited". Does that mean unconcealed weapons are OK? It must, otherwise surely it would just say "Weapons prohibited".
I've splashed out on a first class ticket, which means I get two free checkin bags. May as well take advantage. I've also got the TSA express thing, which means I can leave on some of my clothing during the seciurity check. I had this last time I was in the US, too. No idea why, but I'm not complaining.
George Bush internationalis a funny place. A big, international airport, but few eat/drink/shop opportunities. Very odd. Most airports nowadays are like shopping centres with an auxiliary transport function.
I'm looking for a bar. There's a breakfasty type place, but, significantly, the seats at the bar are all tilted forward. Looks like it isn't open yet. I eventually find somewhere more bar-like, only to be told they serve me a beer yet. This is as bad as Totonto airport. Even in Britain you can get a beer airside at 8 AM. I have a coffee instead.
Having a first class ticket, I can board early. I've got seat 1A, another perk of flying first class. It's coveniently close to the galley. Something that's very handy during the flight. Dead easy for me to ask for another whisky, which I do several times during th flight.
I'm collected at the airport by Nick Hudson, a member of the homebrewing club the Carboy Junkies.
"Do you want to go straight to your hotel or have a beer first?"
It's a principle of mine never to turn down a beer. Ever. We head for Paramount, which is downtown, not far from my hotel.
It's one of those odd places that combines beer, food and old arcade games.We order a very good hamburger and I shovel down a few beers.
As you can see, it's very light inside. I quite like the place.
I've just about time to check in before it's time to head over to Cahaba Brewing, the location of today's event.
With a 3.5 barrel brewhouse, they're at the small end of production breweries. It looks like they've still plenty of room to expand. The brewing revival is very recent here, partly due to crazy alcohol laws, like a ceiling on ABV. And a ban on home brewing. That's all by way of explanation of the fact that, although Cahaba was only founded in 2011, they're one of Alabama's older breweries.
The taap room is smack bang in the brewery. Which I'd find disconcerting were I a brewer. But I've seen it more often in newer breweries, for example in Seattle.
It a simple, unpretentious place:
Carboy Junkies have set up a small bar, serving six historic beers:
- 1855 Barclay Perkins EI Porter
- 1879 Younger No. 3
- 1914 Fullers AK
- 1924 Barclay Perkins RNS "Royal Navy" Stout
- 1952 Lees Best Mild
- 1955 Whitbread Double Brown Ale
I'd like to say, all beers from my book. But only the Younger's No. 3 is. Double Brown was in, but got cut for space reasons. It's a good spread of styles, with only a Pale Ale and a Strong Ale missing.
I chat merrily with club members about all things beer history and enjoy the occasional beer. That Lees Mild recipe is a cracker. Been very popular with home brewers. Why didn't I include it in the book? I remember: it's Kristen's recipe.
Someone presses a badge into my hand. At first I think it's a club badge, like the one I was given in Houston. Then I see the anchor and the words "Barclay Perkins". It was given to William Thomas Jackson to celebrate 21 years service. Wow. I don't know what to say. It's a wonderful gift.
One of the club members I chat with is Scotsman Stuart Carter. He's taking me on a brewery crawl tomorrow. Can't wait.
200 20th St N,
Birmingham, AL 35203
Cahaba Brewing Company
2616 3rd Ave S,
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
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The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer
04/30/2015 03:05 AM
Work sent me to Cork for the day last Thursday. I was determined to make the most of it, which meant pizza in the back yard of Franciscan Well for lunch and after-office pints and chat in The Bierhaus, where I happened on Alain from Radik Ale. More on what he's up to soon. I stopped in at No. 21 on the way to the station for some transit beers, including the latest from Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne: Bitter Sable.
I'll say from the start it wasn't cheap: €4.49 for a half litre. My last pint in The Bierhaus cost a fair bit less than that. It's a black IPA and part of a recipe exchange with Weasel Boy brewery of Ohio. There was barely a hiss as the cap came off and indeed the carbonation proved pleasantly low. There's a lot of olde sweete shoppe about the aroma: humbugs and liquorice. It doesn't taste like an American black IPA. It tastes like a jolly nice porter, all tart dark fruit, Christmas cake and high-cocoa chocolate. There's a bitter tang from the hops but it rushes in late to the flavour, looking harried and blaming the bus driver. The party goes on regardless and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Discovering half way down that something this suppable is SEVEN per cent ABV was a shock, but I'm not complaining: a US black IPA that happens to have convergently evolved into a 19th century British stout is absolutely fine with me. It's all good.
There was a bit of buzz in The Bierhaus about the imminent release of Eight Degrees's latest beer, Oxymoron, a Kiwi wit, and a name which demonstrates that, frankly, Hiberno-Australian wit has little to feel superior about. Happily it was on its way from Cork to Dublin before I was and I managed to grab a pint early on Friday afternoon, while blending in with the youngsters at the bar of the Generator hostel in Smithfield.
Oxymoron is opaque, even by witbier standards, and is rather stronger than you'd expect for the style at 6.2% ABV. But it's definitely a wit: look there's that punchy lemon zest in the aroma and the foretaste. It takes some funny turns right after that, however. For one thing, the ABV is very apparent from the texture: much heavier than a witbier normally is, and missing the refreshment power as a result. The New Zealand hops aren't shy either, starting with a little peach and mango, but then growing into a powerful bitterness: hard, harsh and acidic, adding a raw and resinous grass flavour that lasts long into the finish, though softened slightly by some granny's-bathroom talc and lavender. I know the hops are meant to be the main act here, and they certainly live up to their billing, but Oxymoron is just another one of those beers that hits my delicate palate with its bitterness just a little harder than I like.
In summary: not enough hops in the IPA; too many in the witbier. There's just no pleasing some people.
04/30/2015 12:30 AM
Commercial Description: Just like Badger, the wily poacher takes inspiration from the countryside’s bounty. This rich, ruby beer has a softly spiced sweetness and a fruity damson aroma. Its gutsy character is well matched with hearty game pie or a tangy mature cheese. My Review: Poachers Choice is a badger Ale bought as part of [&hellip
04/29/2015 11:30 PM
Tasting Vienna Lager
John is quickly mastering the Vienna Lager style. His efforts have won him first place a couple times regionally in New England. Now he heard that he won seance place with Vienna at the MCAB (Master competition of amateur brewers). Its a malty and robust brew to lead us out of the winter and into […]
04/29/2015 10:24 PM
Not The Onion. California Man, “Beer Aficionado,” Alleges He is Last to Know Blue Moon is Coors and Not a Real Craft Beer. Sues.
Yet another lawsuit about beverage labeling. This time it’s Blue Moon beer. The class action lawsuit (Parent v. MillerCoors LLC) was filed April 24, 2015 in state court, in San Diego. It alleges that MillerCoors is tricking consumers about whether Blue Moon is craft beer. There are now literally dozens of class action lawsuits, filed […]