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07/24/2014 02:02 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

07/24/2014 02:02 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

07/24/2014 02:02 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

07/24/2014 02:02 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

07/24/2014 02:02 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

07/24/2014 01:12 AM
LoveBeer, LoveFood: A daytrip to Rockmill Brewery
WCPO LoveBeer, LoveFood: A daytrip to Rockmill Brewery WCPO When we arrived at the brewery, which very much still feels like a farm, we were beckoned by a quaint sign pointing us to the tasting room. We walked down the stone pathway and found ourselves in a lovely farmhouse full of charming art and warmth.

07/24/2014 12:51 AM
Stone Brewing Co. makes wholesale changes to Indiegogo campaign (video)
(Escondido, CA) – We will post more about the Stone Brewing Co. Indiegogo campaign this week but, for now, the company made wholesale changes to it that you can read more about below… — Thanks to your awesome support, we’ve […]

07/24/2014 12:18 AM
4 Hands Volume 2 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale to be released next week
Press Release:  Volume #2 Released during St. Louis Craft Beer Week (St. Louis, MO) – 4 Hands Brewing Company, located in St. Louis Missouri, is excited to announce the release of Volume #2 on Wednesday, July 30th during St. Louis […]

07/23/2014 11:50 PM
Upslope Brewing names Sam Scruby new Head Brewer, Violette to start own brewery
Press Release:  Former head brewer Alex Violette leaves to pursue international endeavor (Boulder, CO) – Upslope Brewing Company proudly promotes Sam Scruby to head brewer. Scruby is filling the shoes of Alex Violette, who is leaving Upslope to open Pasteur […]

07/23/2014 11:38 PM
What the Ale: Dead Armadillo has a Tulsa location for new brewery
What the Ale: Dead Armadillo has a Tulsa location for new brewery Tulsa World (blog) For more than a year, Dead Armadillo, dabrewery.com, has brewed at Roughtail Brewing Company in Oklahoma City. Dead Armadillo was able to brew only three times a month because Roughtail was at its brewing capacity. So after searching for two years  ...

07/23/2014 11:29 PM
Star Trek’s Klingon Warnog beer set to make first contact in U.S.
Press Release:  (Columbia Falls, MT) – Klingon Warnog beer is the result of ‘Colla-BEER-ation’ by The Federation of Beer and Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Company, the first in a series of Star Trek(TM)-themed alcoholic beverages to be released in the […]

07/23/2014 11:15 PM
Knee Deep Brewing expands distribution to New York with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors
Press Release:  (New York City, NY) Sarene Craft Beer Distributors LLC today announced that they have signed a distribution agreement with Knee Deep Brewing Company for New York City and northern New York. Founded in 2010, Knee Deep has been […]

07/23/2014 10:54 PM
Mixed Berry Mead

We take mead to the next level with this mixed berry mead. Making mead is fairly straightforward and easy once the basic techniques are mastered. Despite the simplicity in process, the flavor profiles achievable can be tremendous and complex. John’s mixed berry mead is is just that. Rivaling some of the better red wines I […]

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07/23/2014 10:20 PM
Beer Jobs: Sales Representative — Victoria
Liquid Distributors, distributors of 3 Ravens and Mash Brewing, is seeking an energetic and highly motivated craft beer nut to join their Victorian sales team.

07/23/2014 10:16 PM
List of Breweries and Beer for Brewshed Beer Fest

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last week we told you about the upcoming Brewshed Beer Fest, which benefits Washington Brewshed Alliance. The event takes place on Thursday, July 31 (next Thursday) at the Hale’s Palladium from 5:30 – 9:30. If you’re going out on a Thursday evening to have a couple beers,...

07/23/2014 10:12 PM
MicroBrewers Festival – Strategies to make the most of a beer event!
It's that time again! Tomorrow is the third and biggest major Indiana Beer Fest associated with the Brewers of Indiana Guild. The 19th Microbrewers Festival starts at 3:00 for general admission and is likely sold out by the time you read this but check here or Big Red Liquors locations. We don't pretend to believe 'we know best' how to visit a ...

07/23/2014 10:08 PM
Parkway Tavern Celebrates 79th Birthday This Weekend

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. - by Casey McLain, South Sound Bureau Chief - I haven’t been to a ton of 79th birthdays, but the one’s I’ve been to have included very few 79 year olds with beer flowing through them. Parkway Tavern’s 79th will be much different. The party will feature...

07/23/2014 09:52 PM
Nothing bitter about craft beer’s rising popularity
For the first time on record, the number of Australian adults consuming craft beer in an average four-week period has increased to more than one million, defying the downward trend of local mainstream beers.

07/23/2014 09:24 PM
The Brewers Choice Food Club launches this Saturday
The Brewers Choice Food Club will be a quarterly event where members are able to showcase their own creations along with free cooking demos, BBQs and competitions.

07/23/2014 08:53 PM
Topping Off

When you need to fit every last drop.

Topping Off

07/23/2014 08:42 PM
Stony Creek Brewery Breaks Ground in Connecticut
NBC Connecticut Stony Creek Brewery Breaks Ground in Connecticut Brewbound.com BRANFORD, Conn., July 17, 2014 Stony Creek Brewery has broken ground for construction of a new craft brewery, to be located on the waterfront in Branford CT at 5 Indian Neck Avenue. “Aggressively laidback beer is coming to Branford!” says Edward ...

07/23/2014 08:17 PM
Support for Brisbane event soars
The Beer InCider Experience, to be held on 20 and 21 September, will showcase more than 35 breweries, 130 beers and ciders, gourmet food, live music and burlesque.

07/23/2014 07:37 PM
Lakefront Eastside Dark
Day 23: Lakefront Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery. Style of beer is 'Schwarzbier (Black Beer)'. ABV is 5.6%.

07/23/2014 06:50 PM
Coaster Critique: Oak Pond White Fox Ale
Name: White Fox Ale Brewed By: Oak Pond Brewery Style: IPA ABV: ? (Not listed on label)   White Fox Ale pours a bright copper color with golden highlights, vigorous pour produced a short white had that fell to a thin layer that lasted the remainder of the glass. Aroma is malt heavy, reminds me […]

07/23/2014 06:40 PM
Volunteers: Sun King Brewing's CANvitational Needs You!
Hello Indiana beer fans! Hoosier Beer Geek has a pretty sweet volunteer opportunity for you: Sun King CANvitational 2014!

When: Saturday, September 20
Time Commitment: 10am-6pm 
Where: Pan Am Plaza and Georgia Street

-Shirts, a box meal, and beverages will be provided
-All volunteers must be 21+ 
-Volunteers must check in at the start of the festival and check out at the end of the festival. We're not asking much here, folks! 

If you do not have a valid Indiana server's permit, we would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out an application for a temporary permit. 

2. Read everything over; ensure you meet the requirements.
3. If you're good to go, fill out the application and hit print!
4. Sun King will pick up the $5.00 fee, so don't worry about that. 
5. Get the application sent in! You can drop it off at Sun King, scan and email the application to hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com, or mail it: HBG, 266 S. Audubon Rd, Indy, 46219.
6. Please have your application submitted by 8/23. 

Also important!
There will be no beer going home with any volunteers after the festival. All beer that is leftover will be provided at the Volunteer Party on Wednesday, September 24 at Sun King. Yay! If you're found packing up and taking beer with you at the end of the festival, you will be banned from future events. No exceptions. Got it? And the more beer we have for the Volunteer Party, the better! 

We may eventually need volunteers to help with setup and teardown of the festival. We'll let you know if these opportunities arise, but right now we're just looking for volunteers for the day of the festival. 

Please keep it mind that our volunteers work, and they work hard! If you're up for making CANvitational one of the top beer festivals in Indiana, we're the volunteer opportunity for you! If you just want to enjoy the free beer, keep on movin' on. 

We highly recommend that you sign-up to volunteer soon! As soon as we hit our magic number, volunteer registration will close. And, please feel free to email us at hoosierbeergeek@gmail.com with any questions you may have. 

We look forward to making CANvitational 2014 the best beer festival yet, and we hope you'll be a part of it.

Thank you, and cheers!


07/23/2014 05:59 PM
2013 Vintage Devil’s and Tahoma Kriek Ale Release

2013 Kriek BottlesDouble  Mountain gears up for the release of their coveted Belgian-style sour Kriek ales with the strongest batches to date.  Hood River, OR- July 22, 2014-Double Mountain Brewery proudly to announces the return of their Belgian-style sour Kriek ales. The limited release of the 2013 vintage ofDevil’s and Tahoma Kriek beers will be available on draft  and in custom […]

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07/23/2014 05:41 PM
Newly Launched Maine Wholesaler Challenges State Franchise Laws
A new beer and wine wholesaler based in Portland, Me. is hoping to attract small craft brands with an unconventional approach to beer distribution. Vacationland’s co-founder, Jim O’Brien, said he believes it is the first wholesaler in the country to directly challenge state franchise laws by offering beverage manufacturers fixed-length contracts capable of being nullified at any time.

07/23/2014 04:45 PM
Colorado Beer News 072314
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Mosquito Day. It's a day to pay respect to this winged pest and to remind everyone that here in Colorado the mosquito is known to carry the West Nile virus. Don't forget to put on some insect repellent before you head outdoors in areas that mosquitos are in abundance. Some studies have shown that drinking a beer increases your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes. There's something in the chemistry of beer that attracts them. Also, did you know that the mosquito is considered by many to be the real state "bird" of Minnesota? if you don't wish to celebrate Mosquito Day, you can always geek out for Batman Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This Sunday, July 27th from 2pm til close brings another edition of Hops & Pie's famous "Littlest Big Beer Fest". This month, they are bringing in the beers of Louisville, Kentucky's "Against The Grain Brewery". Expect to see a full line-up of Against The Grain beers including: Citra Ass Down, Cutty Can't Hang, Kentucky Ryed Chicken, The Brown Note, Killewitte and 35K. Bringing these beers into Colorado was made possible through Crooked Stave Artisans. Flights and full pours will be available. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today marks another Discovery Beer tapping. This week, they have a Biere De Mars that will tap at 5:00pm. They brewed this on their pilot system and will be available today only. Food truck tonight is Corner of Gourmet. Coming up next week on tap: The Super Ghost Drifter. Also in other news, effective immediately, Tivoli Distributing will handle all sales and distribution of Odyssey Beerwerks products in all Colorado markets west of the Front Range and also includes the Golden and Boulder markets. As a result of this partnership, Odyssey Beerwerks brands will immediately be more broadly available in more Colorado markets and retailers will experience great product availability, timely delivery, and overall customer service. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

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Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Join in today, Wednesday (July 23rd) for their first ever Irish Music pub practice session from 6:30-close! Local Irish Folk musicians from around the Metro area will be gathering at the Tasting Lab to play their style of music. If you are a fan or an avid performer of the style, come on in for a great time and play with old friends, make some new ones and enjoy the sounds of the Emerald Isle AND delicious WBC beer! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Coda has put Dogcatcher Saison on tap as of last night. This is a small batch hop forward red saison that won't be around for long. Stats: 5.5% ABV and 48 IBU. Made with Orange Blossom Honey. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Last night, not only did they host a bottle release of Blåbær of Love, but they also released their new seasonal - a double dry-hopped Vieille Artisanal Saison. Bottles of this saison are available to take home for $8 each (while they last). [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - Yesterday, The BoB just kegged up their New Australian Brown Bitter batch 2, and it is reportedly absolutely delicious. They will launch that brew this weekend. Also, a test batch of Oatmeal Rye Brown was just brewed for the impending autumn season. Get jazzed up for all the new BoB beers coming soon! [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today's Hump Day Helper beer special is their Water Tower Wheat. You can get pints of it all day for just $3 each. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Today they've just tapped their "Bike It Off Bitter", a nice Ordinary Bitter with slight fruit flavors and a touch of malty sweetness. Stick around for Trivia, and a gourmet dog or brat from sand Bear Shack. [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Sandlot Brewery (Denver) - Spotify and Blue Moon Brewing Co. are hosting The Follow the Moon Tour, a 5-city nationwide music tour, coming to The Sandlot in Denver on Friday August 8th with Australian band, The Temper Trap. The free event will bring together fans and our artist across music, food and visual art for an artfully crafted evening under a full moon sky. Blue Moon brewmasters Keith Villa and John Legnard will be there to meet guests. Food from Big Kiwi's Gourmet Eats and art by Patrick Beery will also be featured. Tickets are now open, but space is limited. Fans should visit FollowTheMoonTour.com for more information and to RSVP to the festival. Must be 21+. [2161 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Kokopelli now has 4 new beers on tap starting today. They are: Blarney Stone Irish Red, OTOGOB Dry Stout, The Scotsman Scotch Ale (10% ABV), and Copper Road ESB. Tonight they also have Ladies Night from 6-9pm. Ladies buy one drink get one half off (includes wine too!), and their local businesses are The Cookie Brewer and Barley's Angels. This Saturday they are hosting a fundraiser for Almost Home Adoptions, a cat shelter nearby the brewpub. There's also a new 2014 Growler Club offer. For $100, you get a 1-year membership with a free logo glass, 1 free 64oz Kokopelli growler, 1 free 64oz growler fill of your choice every month (beers below 7.5% ABV), and invites to special tappings and events. It's a $193 value. Ask at the brewpub. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Barrels and Bottles Brewery (Golden) - Today the brewery is introducing their Juniperus Imperial IPA. It's dry-hopped with Glacier hops and infused with juniper berries giving a piney, citrus character with a smooth hop resin finish. Try one! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - The brewery is now introducing Happy Hour! Get $3.00 Pints on Wednesday's, Thursday's, and Friday's from 4pm to 6pm. The IRBC will also be tapping a new beer tomorrow, a Dunkelweisen, so be sure to stop in when you can! [285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Better hurry. They've got a limited quantity of their Framboise Raspberry Belgian Dubbel on tap in the beer parlor. It won't last long! [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Oskar Blues / Tasty Weasel Taproom (Longmont) - There are tons of specialties and collaboration beers available over at The Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont. Come get some ‪‎Tickled Pink‬, ‪‎REEB Ryed Rye IPA‬, ‪‎Freedom Tickler‬, the BrewDog collab ‪‎Shipwrecker Circus‬ Barley Wine, the Fremont Brewing Company collab ‎Simultaneous Release‬, the Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams collab ‎Honky Tonk Ale‬ & their Two Brothers Brewing Company collab ‪‎Foxy Knuckles‬. Get these cans before they're gone! ‪#‎CraftCANs‬ [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Grossen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Before they have even opened, there's a concern about the location of this soon to open brewery in Longmont being in close proximity to the Saint Vrain Community Montessori school. School leaders were complaining to a city council meeting that students would have to walk by the brewery's driveway during business hours. The brewery plans to open by 3:00pm on weekdays and the school lets out daily at 3:30pm. Concerned parents want Grossen Bart to delay their opening until about 4:00pm each day to help avoid exposing children to brewery activities. While Grossen Bart intends to comply with their wishes Monday through Thursday, but plan to open even earlier on Fridays to offset lost business. The brewery plans to open sometime this fall.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - On Saturday, July 26th - The Lafayette Marketplace is coming together to bring you Beer, Bacon, and BBQ. Lunada, Bistro 503, and The Gourmet Cheese and Pantry Shoppe will be making a variety of bacon themed dishes including bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon wrapped jalapenos, BLT tacos and more. There will be fun activities for the whole family, raffles, and live music from Many Mountains. Front Range Brewing Company is tying this event in with a bottle release of the new Tripel. This beer will be available in 22oz bomber bottles in a very limited supply. Get them while you can and age them for a while. Then on Sunday, July 27th - come for Beer, Bingo and Relay! Front Range Brewing Company is hosting a bingo night as an homage to the old Bingo Mine, whose space they now occupy. 25% of all proceeds will be donated to East Boulder County Relay for Life. Grab your favorite dobber, set up your lucky charms, and may the drum drop ever in your favor. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - For those planning to attend Avery's 21st Anniversary event, they will be pouring 5 different versions of their Eremita sour ales: I, II, IV, V & VI. Tickets are still available for this big party set for August 3rd from 12pm to 5pm. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today get $2 off growler fills all day long. Also, stop in this Saturday morning, July 26th at 11am as they celebrate Grimm Brothers' 4th Year anniversary. They will be tapping two new beers including a Gose and Hoppeweizen. Burgers and Brats from local butcher Bull and Boar, Putt Putt Golf, live music, and the chance to win beer for a year. All to support the local Kiwanis club and children everywhere. Be sure to get your limited edition glass 4th anniversary stein. Due to lack of entries, they will NOT be hosting a BBQ competition. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Fall Harvest Brewfest (Ft. Collins) - Early bird pricing has been extended through Sunday, July 27th for this year's Fall Harvest Brewfest set for Friday, September 5th at the Lincoln Center in Old Town Ft Collins. Get $5.00 off both GA & VIP tickets. Buy them in person at Animal House, Wilbur's Total Beverage or the Lincoln Center and avoid those pesky online fees. More info at: www.fallharvestbrewfest.com.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Good news! Their Boxcar Brown is now back on tap! Also makes a good growler fill. Stock up! Don't forget that tonight is Trivia Night at 7pm. They'll also have your favorite pizza truck parked outside to fee the masses. In addition, they have just bottled their Dearfield Ale in the new returnable bottles. Plus, new logo shirts are now in! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - If you've been waiting for a delicious Irish red ale with a great big heart: launching Sunday, July 27th at 3pm in the taproom with Rick "Vandy" Vander Velde of the Poudre Fire Authority on deck to tell us about the cause, here's a beer with a big backstory - "Fire Captain Irish Red Ale". $1 of every pint sold in the taproom will go to the Firefighter Community Compassion Fund. Today, they are tapping a firkin called "Passionate Aardvark" to honor the 1 year habitation of their brewery building. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Just because they have a tap open TODAY, City Star will be serving their Grapefruit Barnhouse Beast Saison, a Belgian Saison brewed with rye and infused with grapefruit peel, lending this beer just a hint of citrus and bitterness. City Star brews Barnhouse Beast exclusively for Beast + Bottle in Denver's Uptown neighborhood. This farm to fork restaurant is a foodie must! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's Growler Wednesday! Today's special is $2 off growler fills so come and grab yours today. The Belgian's Maibock and the Barrel Runner IPA have been kicked BUT frown not! The Belgian's Maibock will be back on tap next week!THey used a different type of honey this time, still from their local friends at Copoco's, that is just simply delightful!They should be tapping their Saison tomorrow! Tomorrow, July 24th, they will be brewing the salt & lime pilsner! Open today from 3pm-8:30pm. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - It took over 41 years and 3 different beers, but they pulled it off. "Maduro Robusto", a dark smoky Spanish Cedar Sour went into bottles today. It will be available the 1st Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August, depending on location. [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Today you can get a growler fill of your favorite Bristol beer for $1 off all day today. Never too early to stock up for your weekend. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Their new milk stout "I Like The Way She Moos" is now available on tap! Stop in and give one a try. Open today from 2pm to 10pm. [1744 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Tonight's new TV episode of "Brew Dogs" on the Esquire Network will feature Ska Brewing and the Durango area. Ska will host a Viewing Party tonight starting at 6pm. The episode will air at 9pm. They'll also have some delicious appetizers and beer specials during the showing. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - This next Thursday, July 31st from 4pm to 8pm, Crazy Mountain Brewing will be hosting an Ice Cream Beer Float Party. They'll offer up beer floats and beer float flights as well as just plain ol' ice cream for the kiddos. A float flight cost $10 and a 16oz beer float is $5. Beer floats include: Neomexicanus Native Pale Ale with Guava Sorbet, Scenic Route Kolsch with Blueberry Lemon Swirl Sorbet, Emotional Rescue Double IPA with Double IPA Ice Cream, Cara de Luna Black Ale with Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream, and Hookiebobb IPA with Peach Gelato. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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07/23/2014 04:41 PM
Karl Strauss Brewing Introduces B.A.M.! Series

(San Diego, CA) – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce its groundbreaking collaborative Beer, Art & Music se…

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07/23/2014 04:23 PM
Dominion Brewing Candi Belgian Tripel Is Now Year Round

(Dover, DE) – Beginning the week of July 21st, 2014 Dominion Candi will become the latest year-round addition to the Pinup Series …

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07/23/2014 04:16 PM
Denver Beer Co. Third CANniversary Party

canniversary_7-16-14Come party with your Denver Beer Co. friends and celebrate our 3rd ANNIVERSARY + CAN RELEASE PARTY! The party will be at our Platte Street location. Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA will be available in cans for the first time! We will shut down the 17th street stub as usual. Food trucks, bands, & lots […]

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07/23/2014 04:07 PM
Denver Beer Co.’s Third CANniversary Party

canniversary_7-16-14Come party with your Denver Beer Co. friends and celebrate our 3rd ANNIVERSARY + CAN RELEASE PARTY! The party will be at our Platte Street location. Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA will be available in cans for the first time! We will shut down the 17th street stub as usual. Food trucks, bands, & lots […]

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07/23/2014 03:57 PM
Karl Strauss Launches Beer, Art & Music Series
San Diego, CA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce its groundbreaking collaborative Beer, Art & Music series—B.A.M.! The company has a longstanding tradition of partnering with local arts and music and a commitment to give back to San Diego.  The B.A.M.! Series takes this community support to a whole new level. The idea behind the series is to curate an authentic San Diego experience that combines the best of handcrafted beer, local art, and independent music in one collaborative and entertaining event. “We can’t wait to turn people on to some of our [...]

07/23/2014 03:40 PM
Best High Gravity Brews for the Summer

Just because it’s the dead of summer doesn’t mean that you have to be drinking Hefeweizen and Kolsch. There are some great high gravity brews you can enjoy during the summer without feeling overwhelmed or too heavy. Here are my suggestions. Old Chub – Oskar Blues This Scotch Ale clocks in at 8% (ABV) and... Read more »

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07/23/2014 03:30 PM
OrchestratedBEER Releases Version 3.0
Portland, OR — The latest release of OrchestratedBEER™ 3.0 is the most expansive release to date with 30 different feature updates and additions, 44 new and updated brewery-specific reports and 14 new and updated print layout. New user interface
 OBeer™ 3.0 features a new user interface that provides a more colorful visualization to improve the user-experience. Although the new skin may be a small change to the appearance of OrchestratedBEER™ there are a significant number of feature updates and new functions behind the skin that takes OBeer™ 3.0 to the next level. *Note: Select OrchestratedBEER™ [...]

07/23/2014 03:00 PM
Karl Strauss Launches B.A.M.! Celebrating Handcrafted Beer. Local Art. Independent Music.

BAM-Poster-2014-07_lgSan Diego, CA – July 23, 2014– Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce its groundbreaking collaborative Beer, Art & Music series—B.A.M.! The company has a longstanding tradition of partnering with local arts and music and a commitment to give back to San Diego. The B.A.M.! Series takes this community support to a whole […]

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07/23/2014 02:52 PM
Sun King 2nd Annual CANvitational

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 22, 2014) – In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. Sun King will host the 2nd CANvitational canned craft beer festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 on the west block of Georgia Street, located in downtown Indy.   The […]

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07/23/2014 02:48 PM
Win Tickets to Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We now have the complete list of participating breweries (see below). Last month we told you about the Brew-Five-Three Beer & Blues Festival happening in Tacoma on August 9th. Now we’re ready to give away a pair of tickets to the event ($60 value). All you need...

07/23/2014 02:36 PM
Heavy Seas to Grow Production Capacity 250 Percent
Add Heavy Seas Beer to the neverending list of craft breweries that are expanding production capabilities. The Baltimore, Md.-based beer company has secured $6 million in bank financing to install a new 60-barrel, 5-vessel brewhouse and ultimately grow its production capacity by 250 percent. According to a press release, the expansion project — which will be finished by September — will increase potential brewing capacity to 175,000 barrels. The brewery, which is currently on pace to produce approximately 45,000 barrels this year, is projecting sales of 60,000 barrels in 2015 and the expansion will help [...]

07/23/2014 02:16 PM
Modern Times Oneida

From Modern Times Beer - Oneida is all about the hops, which in this case are Hallertau Blanc, Cascade, and Experimental Hop 05256…

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07/23/2014 01:49 PM
Beer Birthday: Fergus Carey
Today is the 51st birthday of Fergus Carey, better known simply as Fergie. Fergie owns Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is co-owner of Monk’s Cafe with Tom Peters and is also a partner in Nodding Head Brewery. Fergie’s always a fun person to have around and...

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07/23/2014 01:23 PM
Kentucky bourbon distillers filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013
Kentucky’s bourbon renaissance shows no sign of slowing down: The state’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. That tops 2012′s production of slightly more than 1 million barrels. The 2013 production is the highest since 1970, according to the KDA. At the end of 2013, there were almost […]

07/23/2014 01:03 PM
Age doesn’t matter when it comes to whiskey. Heretical?
Age is just a number, so far as spirits are concerned. “Don’t get hung up on numbers,” Dave Broom, author of “The Complete Bartender’s Guide,” told Tales of the Cocktail attendees Saturday at “The Blind Truth About Aging Whisky” seminar, sponsored by Diageo. “Age just tells you how long it’s been in a cask, not […]

07/23/2014 12:48 PM
Get Hopped Up: Celebrate National IPA Day At Iron Hill

Wilmington, DE – On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations in…

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07/23/2014 12:35 PM
Important Update on Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – October 3 – 4, 2014

(Seattle, WA) – Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (The Granddaddy of Them All) to Seattle Center this year turned out to be one of th…

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07/23/2014 12:24 PM
Get beer delivered to your home Denver
DrizlyThere's an app for just about everything these days. From the latest BJCP Beer Styles, to the latest beers on tap at your favorite tap house and now an app to get your favorite beer, wine and liquor delivered right to your door in about 30 minutes. The Denver area now has access to a new "lifestyle" app called "Drizly" and locals in the Denver area can now get booze delivered to their door (provided you prove you are at least 21 and have a valid drivers license). Here's a press release that details out this new app and service. Read the following release and chime in on how successful you think this new service will be.

[PRESS RELEASE] Drizly, the premier smartphone app for fast, convenient alcohol delivery, today announced expansion to its fifth major American city, as it unveiled service in Denver, Colo.

The Mile High City joins Boston, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles as the cities experiencing the magic of Drizly alcohol delivery. Beginning today, Denverites can get their favorite beer, wine and liquor delivered in just 20-40 minutes, for the same price that they pay for products in the store.

Neighborhoods where Drizly is available at launch include Downtown Denver, East Highlands, Lodo, Five Points, City Park, Congress Park, Cherry Creek, Washington Park, South Park Hill, Capitol Hill, RiNo, and Lincoln Park. Additional areas will be added and announced in the near future.

Powered by a partnership with Denver-area retail store Argonaut Liquor, Drizly offers consumers a choice of more than 3,000 wine, beer and spirits products right from their smartphone, all delivered within 20-40 minutes. Whether it’s watching the Broncos with friends, hosting a dinner party, or office happy hour, Drizly always makes having a good time more convenient.

"Consumers are demanding convenience in every area of their life, and the smartphones we carry have become the tool of choice to deliver that convenience," said Nick Rellas, Drizly co-founder and CEO. "Denverites can spend more time having fun with family, friends and co-workers when they let Drizly take care of securing the beer, wine and liquor.”

Drizly is available for download on iPhone and Android. As a special welcome to Denver drinkers, new Drizly members can enter WELCOMEDENVER at checkout for free delivery (normally $5) on their first order made before July 31. They can also follow @DrizlyDenver on Twitter for the latest local updates, events and promotions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Drizly to offer unparalleled convenience to our customers,” said Ron Vaughn, Argonaut Liquor co-owner and COO. “By bringing Argonaut’s inventory of more than 3,000 products to Drizly’s beautifully designed app, we’re not only delivering product, but the also the Argonaut shopping experience in a new and innovative way.”

The Drizly apps can be downloaded here:
• iPhone: http://driz.ly/ios
• Android: http://driz.ly/android

1. Download Drizly to your iPhone or Android phone.
2. Sign up and add your favorite beer, wine and liquor to your cart.
3. Check out, enter discount codes, pay (same prices as in the store) and tip your driver, all right from the Drizly app.
4. In less than one hour, you'll have your alcohol.

Drizly is a mobile lifestyle app that is the most convenient way for smartphone users to get beer, wine and liquor. Consumers of legal drinking age simply download the app to their smartphone and with a few taps of the finger, the consumer's favorite beer, wine or liquor is on its way, in just 20-40 minutes. Delivery drivers then authenticate and validate IDs using proprietary Drizly technology. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $4.8 million to become the premier alcohol delivery service in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City (Manhattan and Brooklyn), the Hamptons and other cities across the United States.


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07/23/2014 11:55 AM
Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases
Some PR from the folks at Iron Hill: GET HOPPED UP: CELEBRATE NATIONAL IPA DAY WITH SPECIAL SELECTIONS AND SAMPLERSFROM ALL 10 IRON HILL LOCATIONS On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with […]

07/23/2014 11:48 AM
New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour Stops in Seattle this Friday Night

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour stops in Seattle this Friday night. It’s simple, really. You go watch some short films at Gas Works Park while enjoying beers from New Belgium Brewing, including beers from the Lips of Faith series, and the proceeds support a...

07/23/2014 11:20 AM
07/23/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

07/23/2014 11:01 AM
Must have accessory. Lindsay Lohan booze bracelet
Actress Lohan posed in bikinis and short dresses with her tag in 2010 – and they could soon be coming to a court near you. New laws banning people from drinking and forcing them to wear “booze bracelets” are to be introduced. Courts will have the power to issue alcohol-monitoring ankle tags, the sort worn […]

07/23/2014 10:30 AM
Centre for whisky excellence to be established in Tasmania
Tasmanian whiskies have earned the highest praise around the world, but now a centre of whisky excellence is being established in the Derwent Valley to build on that reputation and take the industry to a higher level. In a world-first project, distillers are hoping a high-tech, scientific approach can convert their “liquid gold” enterprise into […]

07/23/2014 10:27 AM
Mispillion River Releases Reach Around IPA in Cans
Milford, DE – Mispillion River Brewing has released brewery favorite Reach Around IPA to cans this week. Let’s face it, everyone loves a Reach Around…IPA.  Mispillion’s original brew utilizes three West Coast hops, Columbus, Cascade, and Nugget, for a well-balanced bitterness. Maris Otter and two-row barley provide the golden hue and medium body. At 6% ABV, Reach Around goes down easy. El Presidente, Eric Williams, stated, “We are super excited about these cans.” Reach Around will be available year-round and may be purchased in Delaware. About Mispillion River Brewing aims to be recognized by its [...]

07/23/2014 09:35 AM
Flying Dog Brewing Pearl Necklace and CAO Mx2 Pairing

Today we have the third of four beer and cigar pairings courtesy Flying Dog Brewing and CAO Cigars (first pairing and second here). I’ve enjoyed Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace in the past, but this is my first experience with CAO’s Mx2 — a cigar that visually looks right up my alley. The cigar has the […]

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07/23/2014 08:28 AM
Shooty Car Accoutrements
These came by way of a Kickstarter project. Figured I'd put them on the car for the drive to last weekend's match.

.40 S&W.  And now my vehicle is illegal in D.C.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/23/2014 08:05 AM
Going pro
I'm giving patreon a try to see if that gets me any closer to financial independence.


07/23/2014 07:37 AM
When cultures collide
Meant to post this photo taken last month at Festiwal Birofilia in Zywiec right after returning home from Poland, but failed. It was a hoot eavesdropping on the conversation, all in Polish and pretty much none of which I understood except the part where the person selling beer tried to teach this fellow how to […]

07/23/2014 06:00 AM
Firestone Walker Set To Release Oaktoberfest In Bottles
Paso Robles, CA: It’s time to dust off your stein and get a jump on German tradition as Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release Oaktoberfest in bottles, marking the first-ever packaged release of this “Paso Märzen Bier.” “Oaktoberfest is a real quaffer,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It’s mellow and rounded with this gorgeous […]

07/23/2014 04:36 AM
Sponsorship anyone?
You know what would be great? If I could finally get on with researching full-time.

There's only one teeny-weeny problem. A little thing called cash. The money I currently earn isn't enough to feed and clothe me, let alone the rest of my family.

What I need is a sponsor. Or several sponsors. To pay me the equivalent of a salary so I can on with doing what I do best: researching and writing. I think my work is a service to the whole beer world. But if I'm to continue at my current level, I need support.

So if you feel like contributing, get in touch. Obviously I'd be be prepared to give something back in return.

07/23/2014 04:30 AM
Second thoughts on the mysterious origins of AK
There are times when the honest historian has to put his hand up and say: forgive me, for I was wrong. Prompted by a sharp dig from Ron Pattinson, I’ve finally withdrawn a piece I wrote six years ago about the origins of the beer designation AK, in part because research by Ron has made … … Continue reading

07/23/2014 03:05 AM
Expensive Oatmeal Stout
I'm not done with Oatmeal Stout yet. I happened to comae across this advert which, though not obvious at first glance, tells us quite a bit about Oatmeal Stout.

Take a look and see if you can spot anything:

Evening Telegraph - Friday 02 December 1898, page 1.

The most obvious point is that in a catalogue of fashionable, expensive beers, Oatmeal Stout gets top billing. Literally.

Look at the price, too. It's almost as expensive as Imperial Stout and costs as much as Bass or Allsopp Pale Ale, two expensive beers. Maclay's Oat Malt Stout of 1909 had the not particularly high gravity of 1062. If this Oatmeal Stout were of a similar strength it would be dreadful value for money.

I find it very odd that with the amounnt of bigging up the advert gives to Oatmeal Stout, it doesn't mention the brewer. It seems as if the fact that it's an Oatmeal Stout is more impor5tant tahn the identity of the brewer. You would never see a Burton Pale Ale advertised without the brewer's name.

Overall this advery demonstrates a trend with beer styles. When they're new and all the rage, they're poor value for money: Pale Ale and Lager a re good examples of this phenomenon. Over time, as a style stops being the latest must-have item, the price premium is eroded.

Jsut thought I'd throw in a little of my evolutionary theory of beer styles. I must write it all down properly sometime. I've reams of hand-scribbled notes on the topic somewhere. Amongst all my piles of stuff. You'll be the first to know, should I miraculously unearth it.

07/23/2014 12:54 AM
Beer In Ads #1259: Taste The Moment
Tuesday’s ad is for Erlanger, from 1980. Erlanger was part of the Joseph Schlitz stable of brands when this ad ran, but was acquired by Stroh’s two years later. Stroh’s promptly killed the brand shortly thereafter. It’s certainly an interesting looking bottle and glass....

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07/22/2014 11:02 PM
Finnegans Extra Stout
Cool news from the gang at Finnegans – this fall they’ll be rolling out a limited release Extra stout, Dead Irish Poet, in October. I love the name! This beer is designed for the cold months and will feature dark chocolate and stone fruit notes not unlike stouts found in […]

07/22/2014 08:47 PM
A Wine App That Shows What Sommeliers Like to Drink
Delectable Wine Lets Users Photograph Labels, Upload Notes and Look at Notes of Others. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the top sommeliers in New York are drinking during their nonworking hours, or perhaps even while they’re still on the floor, there’s an app that will help you find out. The Delectable Wine app […]

07/22/2014 07:33 PM
Beer Birthday: Travis Smith
Today is also the 35th birthday of Travis Smith, who’s the founder of Societe Brewing Co. in San Diego. Before that, Travis brewed at Russian River Brewing for a number of years, before moving south, where he brewed at both The Bruery and the La Jolla Brewhouse. His brewery has quickly become...

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07/22/2014 05:59 PM
Kermit the Hop is Back!
From our friends at Bison: Bison releases 2nd batch of its award-winning Double IPA! BERKELEY, Calif. (July 22, 2014)––It might come as a surprise, but Bison’s brewmaster Daniel Del Grande didn’t intend to brew his popular Double IPA, Kermit the Hop, again until next year. But popularity and success have a funny way of shaking things […]

07/22/2014 05:03 PM
Colorado Beer News 072214
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Spooner's Day. This is not a day for couples to spoon, but rather to pay homage to Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was known mostly for not saying words in the right order and transposing adjoining words. Instead of saying "cold beer", he'd say something like "bold ceer". Instead of "bitter drink", he'd say "ditter brink". You can make up your own "spoonerisms" today and transpose words. Just be careful who you say it too. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Cask Month continues every Wednesday in July. This week's firkin is an "Espresso Cream Ale". This brew will be tapped on July 23rd and goes until it's gone. Put a little espresso kick into your beer! [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Starting August 1st, you will be able to find cans of Dude's Brews at local liquor stores and restaurant taps. Back on June 30th, Dude's Brews canned 3 of their beers: Dank IPA, Leaves of Lemongrass Belgian-style Witbier, and Riot Red Rye Ale. These have been available at Dad & Dude's, but now will be distributed out to stores and taps in the area. Dude's Brews has an alternating proprietorship with Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock to help them keep up with the demand for packaged beers. By the end of the year, Dude's Brews plans to start distributing outside of Colorado as well. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

2nd Annual Fermentation Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] On August 9th and 10th at Denver’s Highlands Masonic Center, Fermentation Experts from across Colorado will gather to share their knowledge with the eager ears of attendees at the 2nd Annual Fermentation Festival & Market. The event will feature unlimited tastings from craft brewers, distillers, sauerkraut makers, Kombucha brewers and much more. Education is the main goal of the organizers with home fermentation classes offered on every subject from lacto-fermented veggies to how to make sake. Nowhere else will you find this many fermentation gurus gathered at one event. This is not your typical festival. The event is open to all ages with fun activities for kids as well. Debuting this year is a fermentation “petting zoo” where kids will be encouraged to experience fermentation with all their senses - think Halloween where grapes turn into eyeballs and spaghetti noodles act as worms. Back this year is the ever popular pickle toss, where contestants will fling, toss and throw pickles into their teammates’ mouths from varying distances for a chance to win serious bragging rights, a gallon of pickles and $50 cash. Guests from all walks of life will have the opportunity to eat, drink and experience fermentation at its finest. This year’s event will benefit First Descents, a non-profit who offers young adult cancer survivors and fighters a free outdoor adventure experience designed to help them climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. More info: www.fermentationfestival.com.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - As anticipated, Jagged Mountain will release their 10.9% ABV "Voodoo Goat Barleywine" today when they open. Coming up later this month, look for their "Wilkinson Exit 30-Year Old Tequila Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter" to tap this Sunday, July 27th and their "BrettBagger Barrel-Aged Brettanomyces Imperial White IPA on Tuesday, July 29th. They also have an Imperial Stout, a Redpoint Belgo-American Red Rye Double IPA and a Barking Marmot Belgo-American Black IPA in the works. Look for them in the weeks to come. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Get ready for the "LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM CRAPPY BEER FEST NO. 1" this Saturday, July 26th all day starting at 11am. At Parry's, they give the craft beer enthusiast many reasons to liberate themselves from crappy beer. On July 26th, they're proving it - the proof is in the beer. This is the first of many, Liberate Yourself from Crappy Beer Fests they'll be throwing throughout the year. Keep an eye out for future collections of spectacular offerings such as these: Pliny The Elder & Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company, Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co., and Samael's Ale from Avery Brewing Company and more. [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - The brewery is counting down the days 'til their 4th Anniversary Party on August 1st and 2nd. In the meantime, stop in today for Growler Tuesday with discount growler fills. Tomorrow will be Firkin Wednesday (TBA). This Friday night, Elk Mountain will be pouring their beers at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp event in Denver at Civic Center Park. Live music Saturday night and Open Mic Night on Sunday. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Arapahoe County Fair Craft Brew Fest (Aurora) - The Craft Brew Fest is new this year on Friday, July 25th, featuring more than 10 of the top brewers in Colorado. For $10, fairgoers 21+ get unlimited tastings. Buy your tickets online till July 23 or during the Fair at the main gate or Event Tent. Featuring craft brews by: The Brew on Broadway, Dry Dock Brewing Company, Two22 Brew, Three Freaks Brewing Co., Mu Brewery Inc., Dad and Dudes Breweria, Coda Brewing Company, Living the Dream Brewing Company, Blue Spruce Brewing Company, and Grand Lakes Brewing Co. Located at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. [25690 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - There's always something new on tap at Hops & Pie. Today they've tapped these brews: "4.0 GPA" from Bull & Bush, "Imperial Biscotti Break" from Evil Twin, "Cellar Door" from Stillwater, "Summer Pale Ale" from Port Brewing, and "Ol' One Eye" from City Star Brewing. Pair one of those with their Slice of the Day: "Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese". [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Along with their regular stock of house brew and 12 guest brews, the staff has been busy making some new brews. They've just put their Porter in whiskey barrels yesterday for some aging. They are now brewing up their Pale Ale and will next brew up their Oktoberfest beer (yes it's getting to be that time of year). It's "Two Buck Tuesday". Get $2 off all Blue Spruce beers today til close. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Another brew to look forward to... today the brewers were mashing in the first of 2 batches of Red Evelyn, their annual Imperial Red Rye IPA that they brew to honor their grandma. Look for this beer mid August (draft and 22-oz bombers this year). Plenty of beer on tap until then. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Beer Camp Across America (Denver) - Are you ready for Beer Camp this Friday?

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Don't forget! They tap their "Blåbær of Love" specialty one-off keg of blueberry sour TONIGHT at 6pm. Pucker up at The Source! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Stop in this Saturday, July 26th at noon for a tapping and bottle release of a collaboration beer they brewed with Call to Arms Brewing Company called "Peace & Assist #1", a hibiscus & peppercorn kettle-sour beer. Only 175 bottles will be releases with a limit of 2 per person. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Be sure to stop on down to the brewery this Saturday, July 26th from 12pm to 2pm. That's when the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be doing their live remote broadcast of their radio show. Host John Turk and company will have lots of special guests and will be doing some cool giveaways during the show. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll pour Batch Two of their session Farmhouse ale. Two versions: same yeast strain, fermented at different temperatures! In the meantime, today they have fresh J. Marie farmhouse ale kegged yesterday! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - What's bigger and bolder than a quad, but less than a sextupel? That would be Avery's upcoming barrel-aged release of "5 Monks", a quintupel. This MASSIVE brew weighs in at an astounding 19.4% ABV! Five Monks will be released at the Tap Room this Sunday, July 27th at 11am. It's #22 in their barrel-aged brews. Each 12oz bottle will sell for $12 each (limits per person will apply). Get there early to ensure you will get an allotment of this brew. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Want to Win a Trip for two to the Great American Beer Festival this October in Denver? In celebration of their 35 years in beer, Boulder Beer Co is sending two lucky folks to the GABF! (This includes airfare, hotel stay and tickets to the fest for two nights.) All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter by answering a few simple questions and you are entered to win! The lucky winners will be announced in September. Good luck! Enter at: boulderbeer.wishpond.com/win-a-trip/

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] About 1,000 people came out to sample beers and enjoy films at New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film Tour stop in Boulder, Colo. on Friday, July 11. The event raised $9,917 for Community Cycles. The non-profit organization of bicycle enthusiasts educates and advocates for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable mode of transportation and recreation for entire communities. “This year’s Clips stop in Boulder was a ton of fun,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manger. “We ended up with beautiful weather after some rain earlier in the day and raised almost $10,000 for an awesome nonprofit. Last year we were rained out, so we’re thrilled that we had such a great turnout this year.” This was the seventh city stop for the national tour, now in its fifth year. The tour will travel to 21 cities this season, showcasing amateur films while pouring hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and popular New Belgium classics. Each stop features an outdoor screening of the selected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers, food from local vendors and other fun activities.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - For this week's Wednesday firkin, High Hops is bringing back their popular Habanero Honey Ale. This brew will tap promptly at 5pm July 23rd. As always, you can find a food truck on site Wednesday through Sunday evening. Plus, live music Friday (6pm), Saturday (5pm) and Sunday (3pm). Special: If you buy a High Hops t-shirt you'll get a free flagship pint of beer. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today it T-Shirt Tuesday at 1933 Brewing. Buy a t-shirt from them today and you'll get a FREE pint of any of their brews today. They will be open from 3pm to 8:30pm today. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Berthoud's first social run is this Thursday, July 24th starting at City Star 6pm. Enjoy a 2 or 4 mile run followed by a hard earned beer. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Today is T-Shirt Tuesday at the Aleworks. Wear your Loveland Aleworks shirt into the taproom and score $1 OFF every pint you drink today. And, if you buy a new shirt today they'll treat you to a free pint on the house. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Can't wait for the weekend to stock up on beer? Drop by and get $2 off on growler fills at Freedom's Edge today. [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Yee ha! The new fermenters are in and that can only mean one thing. Funkwerks is once again expanding their production. Look for even more beer heading your way very soon. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today you can get 1/2 price to-go fills all day long. It's a great time to stock up on Big Beaver brews! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tickets are now on sale for their Trinity Brewing 6th Anniversary Dinner and Horizontal Swingline Pairing set for Sunday, August 24th at 8pm. An RSVP is required and just 20 seats are available. Expect this to sell out fast. Not only will there be 6 food pairings, but there will be 6 different & new Swingline beer variations for you to try including: Super Juice Solution Session Sour IPA, Session Swing American Session IPA, Red Swingline IPA Primitif, Easy Swinger Wild IPA, Swing Se Pliser Sour IPA, Double Swingline DIPA Primitif, and Passion Swing American Fruited IPA. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - One of Summer's best beer festivals is happening this Saturday, July 26th up in Breckenridge. This annual beer fest runs from 1pm to 6pm at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center. There will be over 40 craft breweries pouring along with live music, food and retail vendors. There's a VIP area too. This year they moved it to the base of the Breck Ski Resort. If you stop in on Friday at Park Avenue Pub between 6-8pm you can enjoy the beerfest mug pickup party and get your mug and wristbands early. Come on up to Summit County and enjoy beer and the beautiful mountain view! Tickets available online thru Friday.

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Recently in the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Aspen Brewing took home a Silver medal for their "This Season's Blonde". The medals just keep on coming! Stop in when you're up in the area and try this brew. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

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07/22/2014 04:56 PM
Silver City Brewery Dinner at The Masonry

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Next Tuesday, The Masonry hosts a special brewery dinner with Silver City Brewing. Located in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, The Masonry specializes in craft beer and woodfire pizza. The Silver City Brewing dinner will include five courses paired with five beers. Also, a very special toast...

07/22/2014 04:52 PM
Sun King 2nd Annual CANvitational
From our friends at Sun King: Indianapolis, Ind. (July 22, 2014) - In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948.  Sun King will host the 2nd CANvitational canned craft beer festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 on the west block of Georgia Street, located in […]

07/22/2014 02:02 PM
Chillpod Wine Bottle Quickchiller
Over at ThinkGeek.com, they have a Chillpod Wine Bottle Quickchiller. While they lament that beer geeks get all the cool toys and this one is for wine, I can see a bomber of Pliney the Elder slipping into one of these.

07/22/2014 01:01 PM
Beer Birthday: Steve Grossman
Today is the 62nd birthday of Steve Grossman, the Beer Ambassador at Sierra Nevada, and co-founder Ken Grossman’s older brother. “Steve grew up in Southern California, where he and his younger brother Ken learned about the art of home brewing. Steve continued to homebrew throughout...

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07/22/2014 11:56 AM
North Brevard Rotary club holding Craft BrewFest
The Space Coast of Florida is nearing the dog days of summer, but the Rotary Club of Titusville want to help beer lovers relax and cool down. Their answer to oppressive Florida summer heat? A beer festival, of course! The North Brevard Craft BrewFest will help raise funds for the clubs philanthropic efforts such as […]

07/22/2014 11:36 AM
Framboise Fermentation

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Framboise Fermentation

07/22/2014 11:25 AM
Stone expanding to Berlin
For over 200 years the United States has been taking its brewing ques from Germany. It was the influx of German immigrants that saw the rise of the big beer companies of today. But, as the country turns back to more flavorful, more pure beers it is the Germans that are taking note. And with […]

07/22/2014 10:58 AM
Sour Beer Brewing with Michael Tonsmeire – BeerSmith Podcast #85
PodNew200Michael Tonsmeire joins me this week to discuss his new book “American Sour Beers” which was just published by the brewer’s association. Michael shares some great tips on brewing sour beers including both ingredients and techniques. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – Right Click and Save As […]

07/22/2014 10:28 AM
Contest: Two Tickets to the 2014 Midwest Belgian Beer Festival
Perennial Artisan Ale has created a bunch of great events, but I don’t know if there is one that is more hotly anticipated than the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Dozens of breweries in attendance, many not available in Missouri. This is one of the hottest tickets in town and I’ve been told it’s almost sold out. [...]

07/22/2014 09:19 AM
Old Ox Brewery
We headed to Ashburn Sunday afternoon, our targeted destination was Old Ox Brewery. Opened just three weeks now, I've been seeing many references the brewery on various social media and wanted to check them out. We made our way to Ashburn, the "back way," to avoid the interstate. Arriving in an industrial park full of non-descript and similar looking buildings, we drove around for awhile before finding the brewery. Old Ox is located at the end of the street, and is not easily visible until you arrive in front of it.

The Old Ox facilities are quite spacious. There's a large brewing area visible behind the tasting room. Seating is provided both indoors and out. Old Ox is located next to the W&D Trail, and we saw numerous bike riders taking a short break before continuing on their ride.

The brewery offers three serving sizes; 2 ounce toasters, as well as half and full pints. That's a great option I'd like to see at more brewery tasting rooms. Four beers were on tap this day, so Colleen and I both opted to start out with flights of tasters. Our friend "Checkered Flag" made his final beer decision right away and opted for a pint of a Saison.

The first beer in the flight was Alpha Ox, a "session" IPA. This IPA checks in at just 4.5% ABV. At the first sip I struck by the "green" hop bitterness and slightly oily mouthfeel. I asked at the counter and got confirmation that the beer was dry-hopped with Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops. The dry-hopped profile is quite evident. I enjoyed this IPA, though my companions found it too bitter.

Moving on to the next beer, Golden Ox, a Belgian Blonde. At 6.5%, this was the "biggest" beer of the flight. The flavor is mild with a pleasing Belgian yeast and sweet malt profile. Despite a more conservative profile than the previous beer, the crisp flavor refreshed the palate and made itself known even after the bitterness of Alpha Ox.

Black Ox, a Rye Porter was next in the lineup. The 6.0% ABV, the Porter has a slight cereal graininess to it. It's smooth with a mild roasted malt base. We all enjoyed this one very much, and especially after it had warmed it evoked exclamations of "Ooh, that's good" from us and others around us.

Finally I moved on to the Saison d'Ox, which "Checkered Flag" had already been enjoying. He was very enamored with the beer. Colleen had also "tasted ahead" and liked it. When I got to my sample, I was impressed as well. Easily drinkable at 5.7% ABV, it had a wild yeast flavor along with a fresh citrus tang. Despite my affection for IPAs, this one was my favorite of the four.

When all the preliminary tasting was said and done, Colleen and I both opted to enjoy a full glass of Saison d’Ox. A half pint for her, a full pint for me. The tasting room sells snack sized bags of chips and pretzels. No other food is served, though delivery from some local food places is available. I grabbed a couple bags of chips for us to munch on while we all enjoyed the Old Ox Saison. One of those snacks was a very spicy, red pepper flavored chip that the beer cut through nicely and made for a very simple but enjoyable pairing.

We had a great visit at Old Ox Brewery and were impressed with all of the Old Ox beers. I look forward to trying more from them when I get a chance. We also appreciated that the beers were all relatively low in ABV.  Perhaps that's a nod to all the bicyclists stopping in for a refreshment during their ride. :-) Even on a Sunday afternoon, there was a steady flow of folks stopping by for a beer, as well as growler fills. Last call came at 6:00PM and that's when we headed out in search of dinner before beginning the trek home.

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07/22/2014 07:00 AM
Coalition Brewing Set To Open New Tasting Room
After a brief hiatus, Coalition Brewing Co. is ready to open their doors back up for business. This re-opening will not be where their old pub was located. This space is now occupied by Tap That. What Coalition Brewing has in store is a brand new tasting room located in their production brewery across the […]

07/22/2014 06:00 AM
Drake’s Portland Fly By at The BeerMongers
Drake’s Brewing is making the the trip from San Leandro, CA to hit up Portland in style this week. While in Portland, Drake’s will be pouring their new pale West Coast-style IPA, 7×70 IPA at the Oregon Brewers Festival. But since they’re in town, they’ve decided to up the ante with a few more treats […]

07/22/2014 04:25 AM
Coals to Newcastle?

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There has been an interesting reaction to the news that influential American brewery Stone are opening a brewery in Berlin. ‘Craft beer’ cheerleaders are whooping; cynics are… well, cynical. Instinctively, it does seem arrogant (though ‘on brand’) to attempt to evangelise about beer in Germany, of all places. But we can’t help thinking of the mid-19th century when Germans* […]

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07/22/2014 03:05 AM
Barclay Perkins Porter quality 1922 - 1923
"Thank you, Ronald," I can hear you saying. "Thank you for continuing your series on draught beer quality in 1920's London.

We've now got as far as Porter. If I'm honest, the Porter analyses are the most revealing about what was happening in the London pub trade. It gives some clues as to both the state Porter and why it was in decline. You could call it the Mild Effect.

What's that? Let me explain. In the 1970's, Mild sales were falling. Dramatically falling in some regions. This decline kicked off a vicious circle. A low volume of sales, meant that it was often too old and in bad condition. Which deterred drinkers from buying, leading to even lower sales and even poorer beer quality. Eventually it wasn't worth the landlord's while to sell it any more.

The comments on flavour in the Whitbread Gravity Book tend to confirm this. To put it bluntly: there was a lot of crap Porter about in the 1920's. Why do I think poor sales were to blame? Because I can see the decline that Porter went into after WW I quite clearly in Whitbread's production figures by type.

Here's what happened with their Porter 1910 - 1929:

Output of Whitbread Porter 1910 - 1929
year barrels brewed Total Port Total Ale & Porter % of Porter/Stout % of total
1910 108,166 361,847 850,828 29.89% 12.71%
1911 101,934 368,953 907,173 27.63% 11.24%
1912 111,239 386,734 988,981 28.76% 11.25%
1913 127,838 378,629 901,807 33.76% 14.18%
1914 123,085 382,984 900,636 32.14% 13.67%
1915 65,216 314,169 762,438 20.76% 8.55%
1916 80,298 369,130 777,127 21.75% 10.33%
1917 8,493 286,163 578,502 2.97% 1.47%
1918 7,136 110,695 413,112 6.45% 1.73%
1919 21,602 117,284 565,624 18.42% 3.82%
1920 24,910 234,413 10.63%
1921 15,688 238,623 675,647 6.57% 2.32%
1922 16,562 192,717 576,118 8.59% 2.87%
1923 14,165 169,977 505,097 8.33% 2.80%
1924 15,948 178,192 551,616 8.95% 2.89%
1925 14,943 163,932 527,977 9.12% 2.83%
1926 13,511 168,513 512,528 8.02% 2.64%
1927 10,708 149,725 462,250 7.15% 2.32%
1928 10,105 142,153 488,357 7.11% 2.07%
1929 5,558 85,779 443,888 6.48% 1.25%
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/075, LMA/4453/D/01/076, LMA/4453/D/01/077, LMA/4453/D/01/078, LMA/4453/D/01/079, LMA/4453/D/01/080, LMA/4453/D/01/081 LMA/4453/D/01/082, LMA/4453/D/01/083, LMA/4453/D/01/084, LMA/4453/D/01/085, LMA/4453/D/01/086, LMA/4453/D/01/087, LMA/4453/D/01/088, LMA/4453/D/01/089, LMA/4453/D/01/090, LMA/4453/D/01/091, LMA/4453/D/01/092, LMA/4453/D/01/093, LMA/4453/D/01/094, LMA/4453/D/01/095,
LMA/4453/D/09/104, LMA/4453/D/09/105, LMA/4453/D/09/106, LMA/4453/D/09/107, LMA/4453/D/09/108, LMA/4453/D/09/109, LMA/4453/D/09/110, LMA/4453/D/09/111, LMA/4453/D/09/112, LMA/4453/D/09/113, LMA/4453/D/09/114, LMA/4453/D/09/115, LMA/4453/D/09/116, LMA/4453/D/09/117, LMA/4453/D/09/118, LMA/4453/D/09/119, LMA/4453/D/09/120, LMA/4453/D/09/121, LMA/4453/D/09/122 and LMA/4453/D/09/123.

Whitbread's Porter was in surprisingly good health leading up to WW I, with sales increasing. The war put a stop to that and output of it almost dried up after 1916. It bounced back a little in 1920, then went into a steady decline.

It also seems that many Porter drinkers switched to Stout. During the war, often the Porter and Stout on offer in a pub were the same beer, the only difference being the price. After the war, standard draught Stout was similar in gravity to pre-war Porter, in the range 1052 - 1056. Switchching to Stout is exactly what I would have done, if I had been able to afford it.

On with Barclay Perkins' Porter. Remember that they had been one of the great Porter breweries, and had brewed Porter for over 150 years. It's fairly typical in terms of gravity and ABV. Let's take a look at the details:

Barclay Perkins Porter quality 1922 - 1923
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Porter 1013.2 1040.2 3.49 67.16% Poor & thin -2 6d
1922 Porter 1011.5 1035.5 3.10 67.61% v fair 2 6d
1922 Porter 1010.5 1034.5 3.11 69.57% v poor -3 6d
1923 Porter 1012 1037.5 3.30 68.00% fair 1 6d
1923 Porter 1010.8 1035.8 3.24 69.83% fair 1 5d
1923 Porter 1012.5 1038 3.30 67.11% going off -2 6d
1923 Porter 1012.8 1039.8 3.49 67.84% moderate 1 6d
1923 Porter 1009.8 1038.8 3.76 74.74% v poor -3 6d
Average  1011.6 1037.5 3.35 68.98% -0.63
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

One thing I forgot to mention. For Porter and Stout there's no mention of clarity, presumably because of their dark colour. As you can see, the quality wasn't great. Only half get a positive score and only one of those scores higher than 1.

I can see why drinkers shunned Porter in the 1920's. It was often pretty crap. The lowered gravity wouldn't have helped. If only I had some similar information from before the war to confirm that its quality had declined. Oh well, you can't have everything.

07/22/2014 02:51 AM
Beer In Ads #1258: Real Gusto
Monday’s ad is another one for Schlitz, this time from 1977. In the ad, a stadium beer salesman wearing all white is pouring two bottles of Schlitz into paper cups — remember paper cups? The post Beer In Ads #1258: Real Gusto appeared first on Brookston Beer Bulletin.

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07/22/2014 02:22 AM
Beer jobs: Brand ambassador, NSW
A young Melbourne-based craft beer distributor in search of a brand ambassador to establish the NSW market.

07/21/2014 10:08 PM
Wedding Mead Bentonite Results

I think the heading of this post should have a question mark at the end of it, or maybe have the word results in quotation marks. What would you think if you had experimented with a certain clarifying agent and had had dramatic results as a conclusion of that experiment but when you followed the […]

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07/21/2014 08:39 PM
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07/21/2014 07:00 PM
SurePure announces production of cider for craft brewing market
SurePure, Inc., a global leader in liquid photopurification, has, in conjunction with a Cape Town, South African craft brewer, announced the successful application of the patented photopurification process to the production of cider.

07/21/2014 06:23 PM
Colorado Beer News 072114
Colorado Beer NewsFermentedly Challenged is back from vacation! During the next few days we'll get caught up once again on what's been happening in the brewing world here in the craft brew state of Colorado. Today is the 45th Anniversary of the First Man to walk on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969 and on the next day Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Here in 2014, it's been a very long time since man has returned to the moon. Back in 1969, they thought that by 2014, trips to the moon would be routine and there would be a permanent base established. Well, times changed quickly and man hasn't been back for over 42 years. Perhaps one day we will. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, July 21st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Denver gained another new brewery over the weekend. For now, Baere Brewing Company will just be opened on Saturdays, but as things progress and more of their equipment arrives they should be adding more days and hours. As of now, they will open each Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. According to their website, they plan to offer 2 Saisons, an IPA, a Stout, a Berliner Weisse, and a Big Hoppy Brown. The brewery used Colorado Malting Company malts for the vast majority of their grain bill and also several hops from Colorado as well. Located next to Dunkin Donuts on Broadway. Look for them to be pouring also at the upcoming Sierra Nevada Beer Camp in Denver on July 25th. [320 Broadway, Suite E, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Company (Edgewater) - On Friday July 18th at noon, the west side of Denver got a new brewery in the Edgewater area called Joyride Brewing Company. They are located at the corner of West 25th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard near Sloan's Lake. Beers on tap at the opening included: two Pale Ales, a Witbier, an Amber ale and a German-style Kolsch. Coming soon is an IPA. Co-owners are Dave Bergen (head brewer), Brent Smith and Grant Babb. They are situated in an old 1910-era grocery store building with huge garage doors. This is reportedly Edgewater's first brewery. The owner's themed this brewery after their desire to slow things down and enjoy life's ride. They are open 7 days a week. Visit them soon and "Hop On"! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Beer Camp Across America (Denver) - Don't forget that this Friday, July 25th is the first ever "Beer Camp Across America" in Civic Center Park in Denver, CO from 5pm to 10pm. There will be over 200 breweries pouring over 400 different beers in this one-of-a-kind one-time only beer festival put on by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Denver was one of just seven cities selected across the nation to host one of these "Beer Camp" events. Tickets are still available online at www.sierranevada.com/BeerCamp for $65 each. This is going to be a massive don't-miss event. [Civic Center Park - 101 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Nowadays any brewery worth their malt experiments with barrel-aged beers. But River North Brewery has taken it a step further, filling barrels that previously held classic cocktails - and now the first is ready for release. Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels, will debut Saturday, July 26th at 1pm in the River North taproom. “We jumped at the chance to get these barrels,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “I try to push flavor boundaries with our barrel-aged brews, and cocktail-aging is the next step in redefining what beer can taste like.” Straight bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur lend Grand Unified Theory a spicy citrus note that is the perfect complement to its robust wheat backbone. The result is a unique and unforgettable brew unlike anything you've tasted before. Both bottles and draft pours will be available at the July 26th release party. Bombers will cost $15 with a 3-bottle limit. More will arrive on store shelves throughout Colorado following the release. River North has two other cocktail-aged brews in the works. Big City Quad will be a quadrupel aged in Manhattan barrels, and Barrel Blonde will be aged in a blend of whiskey, Boulevardier and Manhattan barrels. The latter was a taproom-only experimental brew which will now be released in bottles. Look for both these beers in late summer. [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Set your calendars for Friday, August 8th at 9:00pm for the Bull & Bush 43rd Anniversary celebration with musical group "The Samples". This event will likely sell out quickly, so get your tickets online soon (free of service charges) at $19.71 each! Beer, music and 43 years of cheers! [4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - On August 1, 1876 Colorado joined the Union as the country's 38th state. Join in on Friday, August 1, to celebrate the Centennial State's 138th birthday as 38 State presents: "A Happy Firkin Birthday Party!" This Firkin Party will see two brand new brews tapped in honor of 138 - a true to style Porter, as well as a unbelievable Vanilla Porter that is sure to impress even the most savvy beer connoisseurs. The party continues with a Cornhole Tourney, Big Brick Jenga, prizes, giveaways, cold brews, food from The Rolling Italian, and good times had by all! So, get your CO gear to the cleaners, shine your shoes, and prepare yourself - It's going to be one heck of a Firkin Birthday Party! [8071A S Broadway, Littleton, CO]

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Members-Only ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 AM MDT (Noon EDT, 11:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM PDT). The general public ticket sale opens Wednesday, July 30, also at 10:00 AM MDT (Noon EDT, 11:00 AM CDT, 9:00 AM PDT). American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members will receive their 11-digit offer code (case-sensitive) via email on July 23 to participate in the pre-sale. Not a member? Join or renew by July 20 (12:00 AM PDT) to enjoy access to the member per-sale. Tickets will only be available via Ticketmaster.com. Don't forget: The Great American Beer Festival has sold out each year for the past six years, and tickets sold out in a matter of minutes in 2013. Buy your tickets early to ensure you can enjoy the largest beer tasting event in the world.

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Renegade Publik House, which opened its doors April 2013, will be sold at the end of July. Brian O'Connell, owner and founder of both Renegade Brewing Company and Renegade Publik House, has decided to hand over the location on University and Evans to focus more on the growth and expansion of the 3-year-old brewing company. Renegade Brewing Company recently started an expansion project that will offer the brewery five times the production space of their original 9th and Santa Fe location. This expansion will allow the brewery to can two more year-round beers and offer more seasonal cans. At the same time the demands of expansion grew, an offer to purchase the Publik House was brought to the attention of O'Connell. "As much as I have loved starting the Publik House and seeing it grow into a new community of craft beer in the DU neighborhood, I knew this was an opportunity to focus more on what Renegade does best, brewing beer," says O'Connell. The last day of business for the Renegade Publik House will be Tuesday, July 29. The new owners will take over on August 1st. While the space with improvements will be sold, the location will not be under the name, Renegade Publik House.

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Starting tomorrow, July 22nd, you can get their new "6 Paddle" taster trays in the taproom. Guaranteed to leave a smile. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO] (Picture courtesy Wonderland Brewing's Facebook page.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - If I'm not mistaken, their "Passion of the Weiss" is now on tap, a passion fruit infused hefeweizen. Then on Thursday, they've got a small batch of a Steamed Porter for you to try. #choosewisely [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Good news! Their "Patty's Chile Beer" is now available in cans! Stop by the brewpub for your 4-pack and a snack. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - The brewery just received their TTB license! Another big step towards opening a brewery at 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd in Littleton, CO.

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - It's been a crazy July. They've been brewing almost constantly and are slowly catching up. The new fermentation tanks have helped. South Ridge and Summertime are back on the shelves at your favorite stores and they've canned "13" again this past Friday, July 18th. They finished brewing another batch of Wuerzburger last Thursday, so look for that soon. For those of you who love their chili beer, Solano, the last batch from this year's harvest went out last last week. [657 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - The dragon is coming back! No, not Smaug - but rather "Dragonhosen". Late at night in the dark cellar or among the rows of towering vessels at Boulder Beer, if you listen carefully you can hear the eerie sound of the Dragonhosen. With a rich, full-bodied malty flavor, Dragonhosen begins as a traditional Oktoberfest lager, then stealthily breathes fire with 9% alcohol by volume. If you find yourself at Boulder Beer, listen closely and beware... if you hear a scratching and scraping coming your way, the bite of the Dragonhosen is sure to follow! Dragonhösen will be available near you the second week of August. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Ermagerd! Is it getting to be Oktoberfest time already? Yup! And on Friday, August 1st, Left Hand Brewing will welcome back their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager to the Tasting Room starting at 5pm. Time to start dusting off the lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for the harvest season! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) - Tonight is Ladies Night where ladies get $1 off all full-sized pours. Tuesday is Open Mic Night starting at 6pm. Wednesday brings a small batch tapping of their "Jasmine Rice IPA" and is a collaboration with Lafayette Homebrew Supply. Thursday is a Bluegrass Jam at 7pm, Friday brings Wild Mountain Honey at 6pm. Saturday is their Trapper Lake Tripel bottle release along with a beer and BBQ celebration starting at noon. And on Sunday, it's their Beer, Bingo and Relay from 5-8pm. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Northern Colorado

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - On April 4, 1888, James H. Howe fatally wounded his wife, Eva, with a knife. Howe was arrested and brought to jail but did not survive to see a trial. He was brought to justice by the public and hanged in the courthouse yard the night of the murder. And Pateros Creek has created an IPA "dishonoring" this event. This uber-hopped IPA won't keep your tastebuds hanging for more. This brew will tap on Wednesday, July 23rd at 5pm. Get a free taster between 5 and 5:15pm. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern is excited to announce their annual partnership with local nonprofit, FoCo Cafe. For every FCB Haus Brew Black IPA purchased at Gravity 1020, $1 will be directly contributed to the cafe. FoCo Cafe, Feeding Our Community Ourselves, is the first nonprofit restaurant in Fort Collins, set to open in September. “As a restaurant focused on providing our customers with the freshest ingredients, we believe in the value of a healthy meal and wanted to contribute to the Cafe and its mission in whatever way possible,” said Gravity 1020 and FCB’s General Manager, Tina Peters. Gravity 1020 is also collecting donations onsite for the Phil is Running So Others Can Roll campaign. A 148-mile run starting at 8 a.m. in Silverthorne, Colo. on July 25th and ending at the future site of FoCo Cafe on July 26th with a goal of raising funds for the construction of FoCo Cafe’s handicapped accessible ramp. “We’re excited to partner with FCB and Gravity 1020. The community keeps making it happen, not one or a small group, but when the Cafe opens, hundreds will have already invested in this restaurant,” said Co-founder of FoCo Cafe Kathleen Baumgardner. FoCo Café, expected to open in September, is a nonprofit that allows customers to purchase meals on a pay-what-you-can basis or by volunteering to work, in exchange for each meal. Located on 225 Maple St. FoCo Cafe will be open Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information visit fococafe.org or call 309-368-1659.

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Brewer/owner Dave Currie wants everyone to know that the brewery is still alive and growing. They have recently opened their backyard beer garden and have cornhole, washer toss, and Bocci games back there. Feel free to bring your own yard games or a picnic when you visit. They now have 10 beers on tap. Food trucks are available on weekends. They plan to expand their business hours soon. Currently they are open late on Fridays and Saturdays. This Saturday, July 26th will be "Big Lebowski" night in the backyard. Get your 2nd beer free if you dress the part. The film starts at dark. Open Thursdays through Sundays. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Their Belgian Maibock is now kicked, but fear not, they've got more coming in about a couple weeks. Also, they will be tapping their very first Saison this week. Stop back for word on when that will tap. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star now has their Belgian Rye Pale Ale now on tap - Rail RYEder! The brew is "Chris approved" so you know it's good. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Did you miss their Sunday Imperial IPA cask tapping yesterday? No worries, they are planning another IPA release on Thursday, July 31st at 5:30pm. Stop in for a taste of their "RyePA". It'll be released that day. Look for Bristol Brewing to be at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America and Breckenridge's Summer Beer Fest this week. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Hideaway Park Brewery (Winter Park) - This new brewery in Winter Park quietly opened the week after July 4th up in Winter Park. They use a 3 barrel mash tun and have several fermenters and offer around 4 different brews including Rye Not Try It Stout, Island Fever Summer Ale and Remy Dog Red Ale. Coming this weekend is an IPA and a hoppy red ale. This brewery along with The Library and Moffat Station bring the brewery total in Winter Park up to 3. Stop in and check out their brews. [78927 US Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO]

Moffat Station Restaurant & Brewery (Winter Park) - Despite ceasing brewing operations and firing their brewer back in 2013, Moffat Station is reportedly brewing beer once again as of early this year. They have a new brewer, Chris Kirk, who started working for the business under new management since January. The place looks the same, but the beers are now quite different and reportedly tasty. Kirk used to work at Great Divide Brewing Company. Moffat Station has some irregular hours these days, but if you call ahead, (970) 726-6331, you can ask when they are open. They have food as well, but the beers are what you should be asking for. [81699 US Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] Kannah Creek Brewing Company is the recipient of the Colorado Brewers Guild’s (CBG) 2014 Director’s Award. Kannah Creek was recognized by the CBG at their annual meeting held prior to the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida on July 12. Kannah Creek has been growing in recent years with the addition of a new production facility built in Grand Junction in 2013. The new facility includes a 30 barrel brewhouse, four 60 barrel fermentation tanks, and a state-of-the-art bottling line. Kannah Creek now distributes to almost 250 liquor stores and are on tap or in bottles at over 120 bars and restaurants throughout the state of Colorado. CBG, founded in 1995, is a non-profit trade association advocating on behalf of Colorado brewers. The CBG represents more than 95% of craft beer production in the state. The Director’s Award was given to Kannah Creek Brewing Company for their fundraising efforts for CBG including the Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration held during Colorado Craft Beer Week. This year the event raised over $2500 for the guild. The guild also considered Kannah Creeks continued support of brewers at the annual Southwest Arbor Fest. "It’s breweries like Kannah Creek that define the Colorado craft beer community,” states Steve Kurowski, Colorado Brewers Guild Marketing and Communications Director. “Kannah Creek Brewing Company helps keep our community together, especially on the western slope.” Kannah Creek Brewing Company has two restaurant locations in Grand Junction, Colorado. They currently distribute the Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale Ale, Broken Oar IPA, and a seasonal the Island Mesa Blonde.

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07/21/2014 05:14 PM
Widmer Brothers and 10 Barrel Brewing Collaborate with Fizz
PORTLAND, Ore. – July 21, 2014 –Fizz, the third beer in Widmer Brothers Brewing’s 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series, was announced today. This unique, bubbly spritzer-style ale was brewed in collaboration with the brewing team at 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Ore. The release party in Portland will be at The Rookery at Raven & Rose […]

07/21/2014 03:36 PM
Roscoe’s 5th Annual All-Oregon Craft Beer Summit
Join Roscoe’s in celebrating Oregon’s rich craft brewing culture. The 5th Annual All-Oregon Craft Beer Summit will kick off on July 25th at 2:00 PM. There will be 20 taps of great Oregon beers pouring all weekend. Some of the breweries and beers featured will include: Breakside Brewery – Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pfriem Family Brewers […]

07/21/2014 01:18 PM
Stone Brewing Groundbreaking Collaborations: The Campaign for Cross-Planetary Brewing

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – Today, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is launching its first ever crowd-participation campaign on Indiegogo, and inviting fans to join them in a craft beer revolution by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed at the newly announced Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once it’s operational. Stone […]

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07/21/2014 01:12 PM
Stone Brewing to Open Production Brewery and Destination Restaurant in Berlin

Press Release ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co., today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 […]

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07/21/2014 12:56 PM
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07/21/2014 11:58 AM
Hops Harvest

Cardinal Pine Farm, located in Wilson, NC, is excited to announce our first hops harvest in the coming weeks of August. We are looking for volunteers to help with the harvest and enjoy a few craft beers. Volunteers will also…

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07/21/2014 11:13 AM
July Beer Dinner at Rudyard's Pub Featuring Independence Brewing
This month's beer dinner at Rudyard's Pub will be featuring beer from Independence Brewing of Austin, TX. Joe Apa, formerly of T’afia and Plum Easy Kitchens, will be carefully crafting 5 courses paired with 5 different Independence beers, including White Rabbit, Stash IPA, Austin Amber, Convict Hill Stout and the recently released Hell or High Lager (brewed to commemorate their 3,000 batch of beer). This month's dinner is also a pet food drive for a local homeless pet shelter, so please bring along a bag or a few cans of pet food so the animals can eat too.

The dinner takes place on Thursday, July 24th at 7:00pm and tickets are available online for $50 each or you can contact Rudyard's at (713) 521-0521 for more info.
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07/21/2014 11:10 AM
Cavalier USPSA Match
For the second weekend in a row, I headed off to a new (to me) USPSA match. On Saturday I shot the monthly match put on by the Greater Richmond Blasters, at the Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club in Montpelier, VA. The trip to the range took just over an hour, with most of the drive being on tree-lined country roads. I attended an IDPA match at Cavalier a couple years ago and don't recall the drive being as easy. I'm guessing I had better directions this time.

The first stage we shot consisted of a short winding path past groups of targets, many of which partially covered by white no-shoots. At the end of the path was a Texas Star that was partially obstructed by a wall.

And No-Shoots

Another fun stage started with the shooter's hands on a barrel in the center of the free fire zone, and required moving to both sides of the course at the start to engage targets while leaning around walls. A Y-split in the course tempted the shooter into a corner to engage falling steel. In what was a common theme at the match, even on shorter courses of fire, there were many options on how to engage the targets.

And No-Shoots

The next stage was a long L-shaped course with target arrays strategically placed behind vision barriers. On this course too, the theme of copious no-shoots continued. I succumbed to the allure of the "hoser stage" and ran the course a little too fast. Although I avoided all the penalty targets, I dropped too many shots into C zones.

And No-Shoots

Next up was a fun stage that began with hands on a wall on either side of the course. The stage finished with the shooter taking a knee or squatting to engage the final targets under a wall.

The final bay held both a "speed shoot" and a Classifier. The former consisted of three steel poppers, one of which activated a drop turner and a popup target. Both were disappearing targets, so any misses meant points not earned, but there was no added penalty for the miss. I was first up on this stage, and even though I had seen the action of the targets once during the walkthrough, I was surprised just how much time one had to make the shots once I was behind the gun. I rushed my shots on the first target and found myself waiting for the second target to appear. If I had it to do over, I would have shot the targets in a different order and taken more time for better hits.

The last stage was the Classifier CM 13-02, "Down the Middle." Shooting last this time, I saw lots of folks get hits on the black, so I prepared myself to make carefully aimed shots. And I got decent hits on this one, but a light primer strike on the first shot cost me time for remedial action. Still, this stage saw my best stage finish of the match, placing 4th out of 18. Yet, as in the last match, the high stage finish on the Classifier was still not good enough to help my overall classification. And, that's misfires on the last two Classifiers I've attempted. As of this posting, my gun is in the hands of my friendly neighborhood gunsmith for a long overdue refurbishing.

This was a very fun match. Despite the generous use of no-shoots by the course designers, I walked away from the match with no penalties or misses, and a 9th place finish. I've been hoping to get to the Cavalier USPSA match since they started up last year. I'm glad I finally made it. The match is well-run, fairly close by, and held on a Saturday. A Saturday match is a plus in my book. The (hopefully) temporary suspension of events at Walnut Ridge, a match I enjoyed very much, has left a gap in the calendar. Another Saturday match, even closer to home, is a welcome addition. Next month's match is loaded into my calendar. I look forward to going back to Cavalier soon.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

07/21/2014 09:07 AM
Off Color Brewing Troublesome

Gose is an un-filtered wheat beer usually brewed with coriander and salt, as well as additional lactic acid bacteria (lactobacillus) added in for good measure. It’s also a style of beer that is seeing a bit of a micro-trend in the craft beer world. That said, this bottle of Troublesome is only the second example […]

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07/21/2014 07:09 AM
Beer history according to John Laffler
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 07.21.14 Guinness, Pilsner Urquell and the beer spectrum. Chris Hall writes, “On some imaginary sliding scale of corporateness and craftness, with Guinness at the corporate end, and a microbrewery that started yesterday at the craft end, Pilsner perhaps sits closer to, say, Sierra Nevada or Brooklyn Brewery.” In the comments section, […]

07/21/2014 06:20 AM
What TIME got wrong about "5 beer trends you'll be seeing this summer."
When a mainstream publication takes note of a trend, it's a good bet that that trend has long gone to a 'been there, done that' stage ... or that the observations aren't quite correct. As is the case in TIME's online listicle, recently posted by its Money subdivision: 5 Beer Trends You’ll Be Seeing This Summer.

  • 1) The Craft Beer Motel

    Dogfish Head Brewing has opened a 16-room Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. The actual production brewery isn't exactly across the street: it's located six miles away, in the town of Milton, and the original brewpub is eleven miles away, in Rehoboth Beach.

    This is a fun thing, but it's one such thing, hardly a trendy trend. And, it's been done before. For example, the now-sold, legendary Brickskeller in Washington, D.C was a good-beer bar, restaurant, and an inn; or this Pensylvania cask-ale pub with an inn next door. Not to mention such establishments in Europe.

    UPDATE: Maybe I'm wrong! Bon Appetit has posted a slideshow listing "10 Great Beer Lover's Hotels Across America, from Vermont to California." Just one problem: I can click through the pretty pictures, but not the sidebar descriptions. I don't know where and what these beer-lover hotels are. Maybe that's incompatibility with the Chrome browser. And, then there's the the irritating nature of slideshows, but's that's a gripe for another day.

  • 2) Beer Camp

    Sierra Nevada has hosted brewers, beer writers, and other industry folks to Northern California for an intensive two-day retreat known as Beer Camp.

    Yes, Beer Camp might be a cool thing, but it's not a new thing: the first Beer Camp was held in 2008. As with the first 'trend', it's one event, not a zeitgeist tendency.

    Brad Tuttle, the author of this TIME Money piece, observes that Sierra Nevada is currently shipping 12-packs of beers called Beer Camp, beers that it has brewed 'collaboratively' with other 12 breweries, nationwide. Such collaboration beers have been with us, in a frenzy, for a decade or so. That would have been a better choice for a trend, even if a dated one, not new for the summer of '14.

  • 3) We’ve Got Monks Who Brew, Too

    Mr. Tuttle states that there are eleven extant Trappist monastery-breweries. He's incorrect. According to the very authority that licenses these things —the International Trappist Association— the number is ten.
    Ten trappist beers carry the ATP-label : the beers of Achel (BEL), Chimay (BEL), La Trappe (nl), Orval (BEL), Rochefort (BEL), Westvleteren (BEL), Westmalle(BEL), and the beers of Stift Engelszell (GER), Zundert (NL), and Spencer (USA).

    A “Trappist” has to satisfy a number of strict criteria proper to this logo before it may bear this name:

    The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision. The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should witness to the business practices proper to a monastic way of life.

    The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture. The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need.

    Mr. Tuttle may have been confused by the inclusion of Mont de Cats Trappist beer. If he had investigated just a wee bit further, he would have found that the beer is NOT produced at the Mont de Cats monastery. According to the 2014 edition of the Good Beer To Belgium, Monts de Cats beer is brewed for the monastery under contract by the monks at Chimay, which itself is a brewing Trappist monastery.

    So, to repeat, there are only ten Trappist brewing-monasteries, worldwide, and one of those —as Mr. Tuttle notes correctly, and with pride— is indeed found here in the U.S.: St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The monks have been officially designated since 2013.

    Tuttle then compounds his error with a sin of omission: he overlooks the other American monastery-brewery. While not of the Trappist order (yet related), the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert have been brewing in New Mexico since 2006.

    Our products are brewed on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, New Mexico and also under special agreement in Moriarty, New Mexico [at Sierra Blanca Brewing]. At both breweries, Abbey Brewing Company [controlled by the monastery] directly controls all aspects of the brewing process including the formulations and brewing process details. Abbey Brewing Company is directly responsible for sourcing all ingredients and packaging materials at both breweries. The brewing equipment on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert is entirely owned by Abbey Brewing Company. At the brewery in Moriarty, some of the major brewing equipment, such as the fermenting vessels, bright tanks, kegs, and hop storage freezers, as examples, are owned by Abbey Brewing Company.

    Brothers, forgive him!

  • 4) Sour Beers

    Although sour beers have been with us since beer was first brewed millennia ago, modern production has long relegated them to a specialist niche. And, although, Belgium and Germany (and Africa and Central and South America) have been producing sour beers in more modern history, it is only recently that U.S. 'craft' brewers and drinkers have given 'sours' widespread attention.

    I'll 'give' Mr. Tuttle this one, with a proviso. He quotes one sour beer description as "horse butt dabbed with vinegar and blue cheese." Sour beers are, to be expected, tart; but they are not all funky (although they might be). Reading one of the sources he links to —the Brewers Publications' American Sour Beers— might have been helpful.

  • 5) The Sad (But Righteous) Decline of Light Beer

    I'll give him this one, too.
    Any beer nerd worth his salt wouldn’t bother talking about a pathetic pale American "beer" like Coors Light or Bud Light Platinum. [...] Light beer sales have been declining for years, as has the market share for big beer brands in general, but lately the drop must put the world’s biggest brewers in an especially bitter mood. Businessweek recently cited data indicating that light beer sales fell 3.5% last year, including a 19% dip for Bud Light Platinum, and that domestic light brew sales will hit a 10-year low in 2015. And in beer-crazed places such as Oregon, more than half of the draft beer served is now craft product that’s brewed in the state.

    But, please, TIME. Ditch the misuse of quotation marks as "emphasis" 'emphasis.' And, please check your facts. That's your paid job; I do this gratis.

07/21/2014 04:35 AM
Celt Experience ‘Ogham Willow’ 8.8% ABV
Rather than an 'Imperial' IPA, the brewery describes this brew as 'Majestic' and I confess I'm inclined to agree. This is indeed a ‘majestic’ brew.

07/21/2014 03:58 AM
The State of Our Taste 2014

Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Writing about beer and pubs since 2007

This is nothing more significant than an attempt to take stock of our own feelings about beer as of 2014. We’ve tried to be honest with ourselves — to consider our actions and reactions rather than ‘ideology’: what, when push comes to shove, do we order at the bar, or take from the fridge? What […]

The State of Our Taste 2014

07/21/2014 03:47 AM
The week that's in it
We had a couple of goings-on of beery significance in Dublin last week. Thursday saw 57 The Headline host the local launch of St. Mel's Brewing. St. Mel's in Longford Town may be a very new operation but it's helmed by Liam Hanlon, previously the head brewer at Carlow and the creator of the beers that went on to become O'Hara's IPA and Leann Folláin. He's operating on a 15hL Irish-built brewkit now, producing three bottle-conditioned beers to begin with.

Funny thing, bottle conditioning. Staff at The Headline were handing out the half-litre bottles with a 33cl glass -- perfectly normal practice in the Irish pub, but not ideal when you have beers that work best in a single careful pour. The samples at the event were in small tasters and after the first round I thought somebody might have to take the brewmaster aside for a talk about quality control. It seems just to have been an unlucky pour of concentrated dregs, however. Another taster later on was much better, and enough to convince me to trade up to drinking entire bottles. So what's in the range?

Interestingly, St. Mel's have opted for a Brown Ale over a red or stout, possibly the only one in permanent production in the country. It's a substantial 5.2% ABV though the texture is light and the taste crisp, prickled by quite a busy fizz. The centre is all chocolate, of the dry cocoa-powder variety. It's also dry-hopped, which lends it not so much a fruitiness as a green vegetal bitterness which lasts long into the finish. St. Mel's Brown one of those quite serious, solid beers, but very enjoyable for all that.

St. Mel's Pale Ale is a little lighter at 4.8% ABV and pours a clear shade of deep orange-gold. Cascade hops are doing the heavy lifting here, imparting a gentle flavour of ripe juicy peaches and some light herbal grassy spicing. Its best feature is the texture: a pillowy softness with a sherbet effervescence which leaves it exceedingly drinkable. Overall a well put-together and accessible pale ale.

Finally for the first round of releases there's St. Mel's Helles Lager. Not exactly Munich-grade, but there's a wholesome grainy flavour and some pleasant fruit ester sweetness. Plenty for lager drinkers to enjoy here.

Liam says that distribution of draught beer is likely to remain mostly local once that's up and running, but bottles should hopefully be easy enough to get hold of all around the country.

Also on Thursday, The Porterhouse kicked off a ten-day festival of pale ales across the chain. The line-up includes much to like from British and American luminaries Thornbridge, Camden, Founders, Sierra Nevada, and the promised first appearance of Magic Rock beer in this country. The centrepiece, however, is a new permanent addition to the Porterhouse range: Dublin Pale Ale, essentially a re-working of last year's Pale Face special edition brew. (I'm probably the only one sad enough to note that the name "Dublin Pale" has been used previously, being the cask bitter produced briefly by Messrs Maguire in the late '90s). Dublin Pale is on keg, at least for now, and is 4.2% ABV, hopped with Admiral and Styrian Goldings. The flavour is unsurprisingly very English: big thirst-quenching tannins at the front and a coppery tang in the finish. The crisp bitterness reminds me a lot of its cask sibling TSB. For those occasions when TSB is absent and Hop Head would be just a hop too far, this is a welcome addition.

Among the early guest beers in Porterhouse Temple Bar was the new black IPA from Eight Degrees. It's named after the single variety of Australian hop it uses, Vic Secret, and is 6% ABV. It arrived a dense black colour, showing hints of red at the edges, and density is a theme. It's very thick and extremely tarry, with lots of bitter roast coating the palate. Set against this is a gaudy galah of bright tropical flavours, starting with mango and pineapple in the aroma, bursting out into bitter grapefruit and concentrated peach nectar on tasting. It's an incredible experience and it's hard to believe that all that colour comes from just one hop variety. The finish is long and bitter, and I honestly couldn't say if that's a result of the big hops or the roasted grains, or both. Either way, it's another hoppy winner from the Mitchelstown brewery.

And there's yet more new Irish beer to come later in the week.

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