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09/02/2014 01:59 PM
Climax Packaging to Unveil CanDo Packer
Hamilton, Oh- Today, Climax Packaging Machinery, a leading packaging machine manufacturer, announced that they will unveil the new CanDo packer at the PMMI Pack Expo show in November. Recent success in building innovative Rainbow Systems has led Climax Packaging to develop can cartoning machines to serve the beverage industry. For the last ten years of an almost one hundred year history Climax Packaging Machinery has been building “Rainbow Systems” for customers. Their unique approach to each and every project gives Climax Packaging Machinery a clear advantage over the competition. Climax Packaging has a NEW “Rainbow [...]

09/02/2014 01:42 PM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

09/02/2014 01:42 PM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

09/02/2014 01:42 PM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

09/02/2014 01:42 PM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

09/02/2014 01:42 PM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

09/02/2014 01:29 PM
Jimmy Choo shoes inspire cocktails at the Ritz, of course
We’ve heard of sipping champagne from a woman’s shoe, but creating cocktails inspired by shoes is something altogether different—and we like it. Thanks to Hong Kong’s world-class mixologist Lewis Tsang, a fourth-generation member of a winemaking family, The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, will serve two fashion-worthy creations throughout the month of […]

09/02/2014 01:14 PM
The Coppertail is unleashed in the Tampa area
On a sunny and humid Florida evening in Ybor City, just as the sun is setting over nearby Tampa Bay, rays of fading light touched on an elusive creature housed in a warehouse off of 2nd Avenue. This creature has … Continue reading →

09/02/2014 01:00 PM
Three hair follicle-deprived gentlemen trying to look like tough guys have got a deal for you.
NEWS RELEASE When three of Philadelphia’s most talented brewers are also friends with brewpubs located within four miles of each other, collaboration is inevitable. The three men, Paul Rutherford of Iron Hill Brewery Chestnut Hill, Scott Morrison of Barren Hill … Continue reading

09/02/2014 12:56 PM
Bagby Beer Almost Open
A little over a week ago I was in San Diego to take part on a panel at the Beer Bloggers Conference. After my participation was over, I was keen to see the progress Jeff and Dande Bagby were making on their new brewery, Bagby Beer Co., so I drove out to Oceanside to see […] The post Bagby...

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09/02/2014 12:53 PM
Llywelyn’s Pub Bottle Share for a Cause
[ September 3, 2014; 6:00 pm; ] Sometimes a few of us, myself included, forget that beer is meant to be drank and enjoyed with friends. Sometimes the beer sits in our cellar as we look for a good excuse to crack open a special bottle. You know what's a good excuse? A good cause. Tomorrow, September 3rd, Llywelyn's Pub in Webster Groves is [...]

09/02/2014 12:07 PM
Pike Brewing 25th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 17

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s hard to imagine the Seattle skyline without the Space Needle and it is equally hard to imagine the Seattle beer scene without Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. The founders of Pike Brewing are omnipresent ambassadors of craft beer and for 25 years the tireless two have...

09/02/2014 11:54 AM
No-Li’s “12″ Small Batch Festival Fuels Sold-Out Attendance
Spokane, WA… Attendees at No-Li’s sold out “12” Small Batch Festival, held along the banks of the Spokane River on August 23, 2014, enjoyed rare barrel-aged, experimental and infused beers, live music and small plates. The festival depicts Spokane’s growing craft beer culture, and drew customer’s from three surrounding states. The festival featured 12 rare beers. Attendees also enjoyed the first taste of No-Li’s first-ever bottled barrel aged beer, Blackfill, a triticale whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Only 1200 bottles were packaged and distributed around the Pacific N.W. “Our small batch festivals are about more than just [...]

09/02/2014 11:50 AM
MillerCoors Names New Tenth and Blake CEO
Coors Distributing Company president Scott Whitley has been tapped as the new CEO of MillerCoors’ craft and import division, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the company announced last week. Effective Oct. 1, Whitley will replace outgoing CEO Tom Cardella, who is retiring at the end of the year. In a note to employees, MillerCoors CEO Tom Long describes Whitley as a “uniquely qualified” veteran with more than 33 years in the beer industry. “As president of Coors Distributing Company in Denver since 2008, Scott has gained invaluable experience in growing a diverse portfolio of craft [...]

09/02/2014 11:38 AM
New Beer Friday: Green Flash Edition
  Big news before we get to New Beer Friday. Yesterday it was announced that That our own Uinta Brewing Company has sold a percentage of their business to The Riverside Company, a private equity firm.  Uinta is keeping the terms of the deal under their hat but Uinta's owners wants to stress that the Utah management will retain a sig ...

09/02/2014 11:36 AM
Heavy Seas and UK Brewing Introduce the Caskerator
Baltimore, MD — Fans of cask conditioned beer can hopefully look forward to seeing more taverns serving cask ale in the months to come. Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Beer has collaborated with Paul Pendyck of UK Brewing to develop a “caskerator” conversion kit available for purchase. “Cask beer is extremely delicate and really needs to be served at a slightly higher temperature than regular draft,” said Sisson.  “Another issue is having the beer spoil if not dispensed quickly. Working with Paul to develop this ‘caskerator’ – basically a conversion kit for a standard kegerator [...]

09/02/2014 10:57 AM
Ninkasi Protects Local Watershed with Rooftop Garden
Eugene, OR - Ninkasi Brewing Company’s administrative building, opened in Eugene this summer, featuring a rooftop garden. A living, planted roof was installed as part of a plan to green the entire facility. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System was selected for the green roof system, which was installed this summer. The living roof reduces the total amount of stormwater runoff and filters pollutants that would otherwise be deposited in local streams, lakes, and rivers. Additionally, the green roof will moderate the temperature of runoff water, which minimizes its effect on local aquatic life. “We strive [...]

09/02/2014 10:10 AM
Brew pub planned near Waco traffic circle
Brew pub planned near Waco traffic circle Waco Tribune-Herald If he does begin brewing — under the name Bare Arms Brewing LLC — by his November goal, his would be the only brew pub doing business in Waco. Bosque Brewing Co., which operated on Sixth Street in the late 1990s, is no longer active, according to ...

09/02/2014 09:00 AM
Drink Craft Beer's 5 Rules to Rare Beer
Drink Craft Beer posted an editorial about how people should act around rare beer. I tend to obey all those rules, especially #s 1 and 2. When I see the latest Divine Reserve at the local honey hole, I symptomatically assume someone will be in after me, so I only buy 1 six pack. If it's there next week, though, it's fair game. And I never put it up on eBay.

Beer of Tomorrow posted an article further exploring #3, and the chase card mentality that is too often on display around these beers:

"Ironically our consumer culture has wired us to amass and hoard instead of simply consuming, and I would urge you to think about what you are more interested in having: a closet full of expensive and rare beers, or memories of drinking and sharing a wide variety of beers with your buddies. Every bottle in your cellar is a bottle of beer that you didn’t enjoy. Certainly don’t cellar a beer that you’ve never tried!"

I have a friend who travels a lot, and is always bringing great beer home to share with us, and if we can't be there to share, she'll wait until we can all get together. For her, the sharing of the beer is the most important part.

What do you think?

09/02/2014 08:36 AM
BBC14 Ultimate Liveblogging: The Return
Preparing for the speed drinking madness that awaited us The Beer Blogger's Conference, held this year in San Diego, is a heady, um, brew of beer geeks, beer geek enablers, free beer, lots of information, and then also some beer. While I will be providing a more complete overview, I wanted to start out with the most intense (and my favorite) e ...

09/02/2014 07:52 AM
Another Virginia Brewery
This one isn't new, and you probably won't be getting any beers from it. 
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia — College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it. 
The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.  
School officials say the discovery near the Wren Building will allow them to tell a broader story about campus life in the Colonial era that involved the interaction of slaves, Native Americans, faculty and students.

The brewery is believed to have provided beer for students and faculty at the school during the Colonial era. It's well-known that low alcohol beer was a common replacement for the often unsafe drinking water during that period. The brewery probably existed until the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, the brewery remains were found just a foot below a frequently trafficked area of the campus.

Founded in 1693, the College of William and Mary is the second oldest institute of higher learning in the United States.

See "Remains of 18th century brewery found on Va. campus at College of William and Mary" for pictures and more on this interesting find.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/02/2014 07:15 AM
Champion Brewing Missile IPA

One benefit to growth in numbers of Virginia breweries is the likelihood that the chance of you snagging a pretty darn freshly packaged brew is going to be high. Such was the case when I picked up a sixer of Champion Brewing’s Missile IPA back on June 3rd — the brews had a canned date […]

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09/02/2014 07:02 AM
Phat Matt’s Brewing Company Porter Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Phat Matt's Brewing Company Porter Ale. Commercial description: “At 7% ABV and 64 IBU’s the late hop additions contribute floral and pine aroma’s that make this Matt’s personal favorite ...

09/02/2014 04:58 AM
Magic Hat Brewing introduces new pumpkin ale
The Magic Hat Brewing Company has introduced Wilhelm Scream, it's first-ever pumpkin ale that's named for the iconic scream sound effect that’s been used in over 200 movies.

09/02/2014 04:18 AM
Heineken introduces BrewLock draught technology for cruiselines
Heineken Global Duty Free has introduced new 100% recyclable draught technology BrewLock for supply in cruiselines and ferries.

09/02/2014 04:08 AM
VIDEO: Hop Harvest, 1965

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From the fabulous British Pathé archive on YouTube, this short film, made in 1965, is entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Beer’ and shows cockney hop-pickers at work in Kent. Apart from the groovy music and barbecue, it could have been shot at almost any time in the last 150 years. On a related note, Kent Green Hop Beer […]

VIDEO: Hop Harvest, 1965

09/02/2014 03:05 AM
Lagerbiers from around Dresden 1878 - 1880
More from the wonderful tables of "Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel" from 1903. It's undoubtedly the best single source of 19th-century beer analyses I've found.

This is an interesting set, having been collected in one area over just a couple of years. I recognise some of the names: Waldschlösschen,  Feldschlösschen and Radeberg. Though, given the range of gravities, I don't believe these are all really a single type of beer.

Unfortunately, only in a couple of cases is there any mention of the colour. I wouldn't like to guess what the colour of the others was. If it was 20 or 30 years later, I'd assume most were pretty pale. But the 1870's is a bit early for Pale Lager. That was still mostly a product of Bohemia and Austria, with the Viennese or Munich styles most popular elsewhere in Europe. There are two examples whose colour I'm prepared to guess: the bömisch is pale and the Bavaria dark. The rest are anybody's guess.

The most identifiable type is bömisch. The two examples are some of the weakest and it looks like bömisch is the equivalent of Výčepní Pivo. The gravities are very low for German bottom-fermenting beers. The weakest Helles seems to fit in with the bömisch stylistically. All three have relatively high degrees of attenuation.

While I'm on the topic of attenuation, you'll note that it's a good bit higher than in the Winterbier and Sommerbier from Nürnberg we looked at. Sommerbier averaged 71.17% and Winterbier 69.30%, as opposed to 74.37% here. That could be connected with their generally higher gravity: Sommerbier averaged 1058 and Winterbier 1053.6.

Of course, modern Lager have much higher degrees of attenuation, more like 85%. Which explains why, though the gravities are higher than today, the ABV, at 5%, is very similar to today's equivalent beers.

The next identifiable group is Dunkles, though they both come from the same brewery, Waldschlösschen. They're both around what I would call Export strength of around 15º Plato. While we're talking about strength, Waldschlösschen has the largest range of gravities, supplying both the highest and lowest. The strongest, Bavaria, is up in Bock territory and approaching Doppelbock land.

Lagerbiers from around Dresden 1878 - 1880
Date Year Brewer Beer Style FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation
1878 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier bömisch Lagerbier 1008 1037.9 3.89 78.89%
Aug 1879 Nöthnitz Lagerbier Lagerbier 1010 1042.4 4.19 76.42%
Nov 1879 Nöthnitz Lagerbier Lagerbier 1009.9 1042.5 4.23 76.68%
1878 Radeberg Lagerbier bömisch Lagerbier 1008 1044.0 4.69 81.82%
1878 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier Hell Helles 1010 1044.7 4.51 77.63%
1878 Hofbrauhaus (Dresden) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1011 1045.5 4.49 75.82%
1878 Reisewitz Lagerbier Lagerbier 1014 1048.6 4.49 71.19%
1878 Medingen Lagerbier Lagerbier 1012 1049.8 4.91 75.90%
Dec 1879 Felsenkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1013.4 1050.4 4.80 73.41%
1878 Felsenkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1014 1050.5 4.74 72.28%
1878 Plauenscher Lagerkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1012 1050.5 5.00 76.24%
Jan 1879 Meissener Felsenkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1012 1050.5 5.00 76.24%
Jul 1879 Feldschlösschen Lagerbier Lagerbier 1013 1050.5 4.88 74.26%
1878 Radeberg Lagerbier Lagerbier 1012 1050.8 5.05 76.38%
Sep 1879 Bayerisches Brauhaus Lagerbier Lagerbier 1011 1050.9 5.20 78.39%
1878 Bayerisches Brauhaus Lagerbier Lagerbier 1015 1051.2 4.69 70.67%
Feb 1880 Plauenscher Lagerkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1014.1 1052.6 5.00 73.19%
1878 Gambrinus Lagerbier Lagerbier 1012 1053.0 5.34 77.36%
Nov 1879 Gambrinus Lagerbier Lagerbier 1013.6 1053.3 5.16 74.48%
1878 Felsenkeller Lagerbier Lagerbier 1016 1053.6 4.88 70.15%
Feb 1880 Elsterwerda Lagerbier Lagerbier 1018.2 1053.9 4.63 66.23%
Feb 1880 Reisewitz Lagerbier Lagerbier 1016 1054.2 4.95 70.48%
1878 Feldschlösschen Lagerbier Lagerbier 1013 1054.4 5.39 76.10%
1878 Hofbrauhaus (Dresden) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1019 1054.8 4.63 65.30%
Jan 1879 Hofbrauhaus (Dresden) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1019.5 1054.8 4.56 64.42%
Jul 1879 Hofbrauhaus (Dresden) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1014.2 1055.5 5.36 74.39%
Feb 1879 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier Hell Helles 1012.3 1056.2 5.71 78.09%
1878 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier Dunkel Dunkles 1013 1057.6 5.81 77.43%
Feb 1880 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier Dunkel Dunkles 1015.2 1061.1 5.98 75.12%
1878 Hofbrauhaus (Dresden) Lagerbier Lagerbier 1019 1063.0 5.71 69.84%
1878 Waldschlösschen Lagerbier Bavaria Lagerbier 1014 1072.1 7.61 80.58%
Average 1013.4 1052.0 5.01 74.37%
Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel by Joseph König, 1903, pages 1102 - 1156

There are some examples which are clearly versions of the same beer. For example, the Felsenkeller at 1050, Gambrinus at 1053, Hofbrauhaus at 1055 and Nöthnitz at 1042. And you can see some breweries had a range of beers at different gravities: Hofbrauhaus at 1045, 1055 and 1063; Feldschlösschen at 1050 and 1054; Felsenkeller also at 1050 and 1054.

One odd thing. If I remove the extremes at either end - all the beers with gravities below 1048 and above 1058 - the averages for the remaining beers come to almost exactly the same as for the whole group.

There's loads more Lager fun in "Chemie der menschlichen Nahrungs- und Genussmittel". Just a lot of work extracting it all. Expect more dribbles regularly.

09/02/2014 03:03 AM
More pours
Day two of catching up on Ireland's recent new and special release beers in honour of Irish Craft Beer Week 2014.

Usually ahead of the game for such things, The Norseman in Dublin was an early adopter of Smokey Bacon, a new special edition strong ale from Bo Bristle. This arrived a murky brown-amber colour and exhibits lots of Belgian-esque alcoholic warmth from its 6.8% ABV. The smoke makes its presence felt right from the start: a harsh and heavy acridity. Lots of caramel malt comes in behind it and the two elements battle it out for control of the palate, well into the long finish. While I'm sure it'll have its fans, it just didn't work for me, lacking in the balance and cleanness I enjoy in German rauchmalz-based lagers and also in the fun flavours found in peated dark beers. Reddish ales with a minority percentage of smoked malt just don't float my boat.

Beoir's 2014 AGM happened in Kilkenny a month ago and coincided with the first appearances of a new local beer brand, Costellos. Mr Costello himself invited us along to Billy Byrne's pub after the meeting to try it out. Diageo recently closed the landmark Smithwick's brewery in the city and this is an attempt to bring the local element back into Kilkenny beer, though for the moment it's brewed two counties over at Trouble. Still, a 3.8% ABV red ale can't but attract parallels with Smithwick's, and it does combine several of that beer's better elements, showing lots of lemon-tea-like tannins for superior thirst-quenching power. As it warms there's a sizeable amount of buttery diacetyl added to the mix, which wasn't to everyone's taste but which I thought sat quite comfortably with the cleaner parts of the flavour.

Thanks to Gerald and the team at Costello's for the hospitality, and check out Billy Byrne's if you're in Kilkenny: the Bula Bus kitchen parked out back does excellent street food.

"No new Galway Bay beer yet?" I hear you cry. Of course there is. Before the brewery packed up and shipped itself across town to a new standalone facility it produced a 6.6% ABV IPA called Goodbye Blue Monday, in collaboration with Begyle Brewing of Chicago. It's got oatmeal in it. I don't know why and I couldn't detect any effect it had, but I thought I should mention that it's in there. It is thickly textured, but so are lots of non-oatmeal IPAs so I doubt that's oatmeal alone. The colour is a bright copper and its flavour is immensely complex from just the hops: spicy and greenly bitter; weedy and dank, but also zesty and juicy. Basically it's a walking tour of new world hop flavours. Malt? Keep walking, stranger. If you want something with a bit more impact than Full Sail but smaller than Of Foam & Fury, here it is. But otherwise I don't really see the point of trading up or down from either of those perfectly enjoyable beers.

Last month there was much fooferaw around the launch plans of Sligo's first brewery, The White Hag, at the Fleadh Cheoil. What got lost in the kerfuffle about licensing and strongarm tactics and whether craft beer is a fad was any mention of the beer. White Hag's first release was a special edition created specifically for the event: Fleadh Ale. Fortunately a stray keg managed to roll as far as L. Mulligan Grocer where I got to try it. I'll admit I'm a little prejudiced when it comes to the beer from new rural Irish breweries. "Safe" is a word I may throw out from time to time, and no criticism is implied in it. But Fleadh Ale is not safe. Quite the opposite, I think. It's the clear dark red of an amber ale and starts with an innocent aroma of toffee and oranges. Mandarins flash past on the first sip, then stronger hop resins and incense spicing leading to thumping great dank earthy pine flavours set on a thick toffee stickiness. That hop-blasted chewiness is an effect I associate most with big US double IPAs and I'm not sure I entirely believe the Hag's claim that this is a mere 6.8% ABV. It is a stunning beer and though brewed for a summer music festival it would make a magnificent winter warmer. I hope we'll see it again.

A second new Connacht brewery to finish on: Black Donkey from Roscommon. They've daringly opted for a saison as the first release and the official east-coast launch took place in 57 The Headline recently. Sheep Stealer is the latest of a growing sub-genre of quite sweet Irish saisons, packed to the gills with mouth-watering orangey fruit. There's some level of dryness and spicing in here too, in both flavour and aroma, but they're more akin to the kind of thing you'd find in a witbier rather than a continental saison. I get a definite poke of coriander in the aroma especially, though as far as I know, no spices have been used in the recipe. The lack of sharp edges makes Sheep Stealer an insanely drinkable beer, as witnessed by the first keg being drained on the night in about 40 minutes.

Another round of new Irish beers tomorrow? Ah go on then...

09/02/2014 01:01 AM
Beer In Ads #1300: The Beer Industry … It Helps Support A Million Families
Monday’s Labor Day ad is another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, again from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. An unseen figure, the disembodied personification of the beer industry, holds a beer tray in his hand...

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09/01/2014 10:16 PM
Happy Labor Day: Beer Creates Jobs
Happy Labor Day everybody. I thought this was a good day to highlight a press release from the Beer Institute about “how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside. From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work.” It’s...

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09/01/2014 07:33 PM
Beery things you might have missed over the long weekend
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.01.14 #beerylongreads. The latest round of posts resulting from Boak & Bailey’s request for bloggers to “go long” resulted in to some excellent narratives. Set aside a little time. [Via Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog] Sister Doris: Europe’s last beer-making nun. “Sister Doris is living proof that women are destined for […]

09/01/2014 05:47 PM
Silver City Brewery Announces 2014 Fall Lineup

(Bremerton, WA) –  Silver City Brewery announced the release of their 2014 Fall Beer Line-up. This includes the return of …

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09/01/2014 05:35 PM
Against The Grain Brewery Brings Back Bo & Luke

(Louisville,KY) – It’s that time of the year again! Bo & Luke have arrived and we’re ready to party! “B…

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09/01/2014 02:12 PM
Some @dogfishbeer 90min IPA down the shore. #craftbeer #ipa #wildwood #njcb
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09/01/2014 10:39 AM
Happy Labor Day, and thank you for the beer!
This way to Beltway beer

According to the Beer Institute, not only does the American beer market directly and indirectly employ around 2,000,000 people, but one job in a brewery or wholesaler supports 45 jobs outside of it -- and not just because the people in those jobs go to the bar after work.

The recent study -- which took into account years of economic data and required drinking/looking at lots of beer -- also concluded that the brewing industry generates around $246 billion for the US economy and earns $79 billion for the folks working within it, and proposed a sort of "Beer Ripple Effect", where a single brewery job can create positions in agriculture, distribution, retail, and lots of other industries.
Thrillist, 27 August 2014.

The beery contributions of the state of California lead the nation: 241,640 jobs, $11.1 billion in wages, and $34.2 billion in total economic input.

Virginia is 15th, where beer produces 51,830 jobs, $2.2 billion in wages, and $7.3 billion in economic contribution. Maryland is at the 21st position, with 34,670 jobs, $1.2 billion in wages, and $3.1 billion in economic contribution. The city of Washington, D.C. is 48th — 3,590 jobs, $106 million in wages, and $296.9 million in total economic contribution —but it beats out three actual states, with Wyoming finishing last. 1

Bob Kittrell at Sisson's (1997)

Beer might be a commodity, but labor is not. It's a right, enshrined by international law 2. And, it's the fruits of brewers' labors at breweries that are gifts to us all. So, thank you, brewers and brewery workers, and beer distributors and drivers, and beer store employees and publicans. Thank you all for your labors.

Today, Labor Day 3, may be a federal holiday, but chances are those brewers won't have the day off. Yeast never sleeps.

  • 1 Statistics compiled by The Beer Institute, in 2012.
  • Read the entire press release from the Beer Institute: here.
  • 2 "The right to work is the concept that people have a human right to work, or engage in productive employment, and may not be prevented from doing so. The right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948 [and signed by the United States]." As part of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights —itself part of the International Bill of Human Rights, ratified world-wide in 1976— the right to work is now protected by international law. As of 2014, the United States has signed, but not ratified, the Covenant.
  • 3 More on Labor Day and its history, and on beer's economic contribution: here.

09/01/2014 09:52 AM
Sessions Beers: Delicious, or Drainpour? [Poll]

      You’ve heard us mention it in the past, some breweries are taking beers too far.   They’re either so hoppy that you can’t taste your next meal, … Continue Reading →

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09/01/2014 08:11 AM
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09/01/2014 08:09 AM
Virginia Beer Month Tally
As promised, I did manage to limit my beer choices to Virginia-brewed beverages for most of Virginia Craft Beer Month. However, a week spent vacationing on the Outer Banks, meant a week focused on North Carolina beers. The weeks prior to vacation were naturally extra busy, which also limited my time for "exploration." Nonetheless, I had no trouble sticking to Virginia craft beers in the time I had.

While the list wasn't extensive, nine of the sixteen were new to me. That's a successful Craft Beer Month in my book.

  • O’Connor El Guapo Agave IPA
  • Port City Optimal Wit
  • Parkway Get Bent Mountain IPA
  • Champion Missile IPA *
  • Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale
  • Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red
  • Old Bust Head English Pale Ale
  • Old Bust Head Chukker Pilsner *
  • Old Bust Head Wildcat IPA *
  • Old Bust Head Shorthorn Pale Ale *
  • Old Bust Head Vixen Irish Red *
  • Old Bust Head Chinquapin Chestnut Porter *
  • Old Bust Head Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout *
  • Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale
  • Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver *
  • Lickinghole Creek Til Sunset  *

* Denotes a beer tried for the first time during Virginia Craft Beer Month.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/01/2014 07:00 AM
Four Brewers | Matt’s Blending Bonanza

Season 1, Episode 14 - This week, a show four years in the making. Matt shares four different sours that he brewed in 2010, along with a …

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09/01/2014 06:46 AM
Father’s Day at Goma with Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood will be pouring fresh beers on the lawn at Goma for Fathers Day. Drop by during the day or book in for a special beer and food tasting with the Jamie and Ross and GOMA's Exec Chef...

09/01/2014 06:14 AM
Ballarat Beer Festival Father’s Day special
Check out the latest news from the 2015 Ballarat Beer Festival, including a Father's Day gift pack offer...

09/01/2014 05:00 AM
Lompoc Oktoberfest Release Party
September has arrived and with the new month comes the release of many Oktoberfest beers. Lompoc Brewing is getting involved and are hosting their Oktoberfest release party at their Lompoc Tavern outpost on NW 23rd Avenue on Wednesday, September 3rd. Taking place from 5:00pm to Midnight, Lompoc Brewing is welcoming in autumn with a release […]

09/01/2014 03:54 AM
The Month That Was August 2014

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

It seems we were among those ‘covering the office’ while the Blogoshire went on summer recess. Here are the highlights of our 22 proper posts from the last month: → Our most commented-on post ever, bizarrely, was this piece highlighting something interesting Matt ‘Total’ Curtis had said about Wetherspoon’s American collaboration brews. → The pub isn’t everything: drinking […]

The Month That Was August 2014

09/01/2014 03:48 AM
Shepherd Neame IPA 6.1% ABV
I’ve explored a number of different styles of beer recently for The Brewclub that claim to be variations of  ‘IPA’ , after decades in the doldrums (did you see what I did there?) IPA has once again become an essential brew in any brewery’s repertoire. The blend of (usually pale) malts and rich hoppiness seem to offer an […]

09/01/2014 03:24 AM
No rest for the ticker
Irish Craft Beer Week is upon us once more as the nation girds its collective loins for the craftquake that is the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival, now in its fourth year at the RDS Industries Hall, from Thursday.

To whet your appetite for that I thought I'd run through a few of the recent releases from Irish breweries. Bear with me: this may take a while.

The Porterhouse's Pale Ale Festival ended in late July but nobody seems to have told Eight Degrees who had yet another beautiful hop monster on tap at the Temple Bar branch -- and several other pubs besides -- shortly afterwards. Simcoe Rye Ale is the latest in their single-hop series, 6% ABV once again. It's a hazy dark amber colour and the aroma offers a heady cocktail of grassy rye and weedy, spicy hops for the overall effect of a summer meadow on steroids, or getting your head stuck in a pile of damp lawn cuttings. First in the queue on tasting is a dry and punchy bitterness, sharp at the front and then with a longer resin finish, plus just a modest burst of juicy mandarins coming into it as it warms slightly. Behind these is a dense crystal malt base, though the caramel sweetness is felt more than tasted, if that makes any sense. It's a sort of heavy smoothness and brings balance and drinkability to what's an unmistakeably intense hop-forward beer.

International booze behemoth C&C invited me to the launch of their first Irish beer, Clonmel 1650, brewed at the plant best known for turning out the world's supply of Magners. They rented the entirety of swish Dublin superpub The Church and packed it to capacity, adding insanely loud music for extra atmosphere. Still, two free pints is two free pints. First impression of the first pint was of a very dry lager, the flavour evolving into an earthy, mushroomy, dusty, musty unpleasantness. I guess that's why they gave us two. The second was better, with more of a fruity estery vibe, though still pretty dry. Already in C&C's portfolio there's Tennents, Staropramen, Heverlee, Stella Artois and Beck's Vier. Regular drinkers of any of those will find little to surprise them here.

Clonmel 1650 will not be available at the RDS this weekend.

Before the 1650 gig I dropped into the nearby Twisted Pepper to try a new house beer in their Brewtonic series. I missed the first one, brewed last year at 5 Lamps, and this new one came from Rascal's (here's the official making-of blog post). It's a golden ale utilising Magnum, Summit and Cascade, and they've called it Relax the Cacks, for summer and that. It arrived very cold, which I was glad of that particular July evening, showing a slight craft haze in the gold. There's a sweet nectarine aroma, powerful enough to almost pass for Belgian. You get a massive whack of tropical fruit on tasting: peaches mostly, some pineapple, a bit of mandarin. The body is full enough and there's sufficient alcohol heat to keep the Belgian thing in mind, with definite elements of the first-rate sort of Belgian blonde ales. I got the impression it might start to get a little sticky if allowed to warm but there was little chance of that on this occasion.

The Brewtonic guys also had a bar at the first Big Grill barbecue festival which happened in Herbert Park a couple of weeks ago. As well as imported beers, it was serving some welcome leftovers of another one-off that Rascal's did for them, for a different event earlier this summer. Brewtonic Belgian Wit, said Rascal Emma, is a close relation of their own Wit Woo but utilises a little extra Munich malt. Wit Woo is fairly big on the citrus orange notes and while there are definite echoes of that here, this one drops the bitterness levels and adds in masses of extra soft and fleshy tropical fruit, mangoes in particular. There's a small burn of sulphur and the coriander spice levels are low, but they're really not missed with all the juice action going on. An ideal outdoor summer beer, this, and the festival wasn't long in being cleaned out of it. Brewtonic's boss says they're planning a brown ale next. It has a tough act to follow.

Rascal's doesn't have the monopoly on house beers for yoof-oriented Dublin pub chains. The Cassidy's/P. Mac's/Blackbird group have commissioned their own from Trouble Brewing, a 5.5% ABV pale ale called Vietnow. I explored it sitting among the junkshop furniture on Blackbird's terrace. This hazy dark orange beer smells very dank with heavy sandalwood notes as well. Expecting a dense resinous affair I was very pleasantly surprised to get a burst of mandarin on the first pull followed by a dankness that only comes from fresh hops in quantity. There's a thick mouthfeel and lots of that incense-like spicing. While a certain amount of resin lingers late, most of its hop action happens right up front. It was created as a cheaper alternative to Punk IPA, though at €5.40 a pint in Rathmines it's not exactly going for a song. Much as I enjoyed it, I felt my fiver in the Twisted Pepper above was better spent.

Meanwhile, under their own brand, Trouble have released Oh Yeah!, badged as an "American Black Ale". It's an inky black-brown colour with a fairly sedate aroma of spiced oranges and crunchy green veg. It's lightly textured with lots of prickly fizz, something that complements the spicy bitterness which is the centrepiece of the flavour. There's little by way of fruit complexity, in marked contrast to Eight Degrees's recent Vic Secret, instead it's veg and spice all the way. The dark malt contributes a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of roast, but not huge amounts (in the keg version at least; on cask it's understandably smoother and richer). At 5.8% ABV my liver felt somewhat cheated by the lack of complexity, but it's still a very tasty beer, and at just €5.10 in Against the Grain, my wallet was of the opinion that my liver could shut the hell up.

More pint action tomorrow, including a couple of brand new breweries.

09/01/2014 03:05 AM
Charrington Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Charrington was one of the big successes of the interwar years. But even they had to be realistic.

First, the good news. They got 30 of the 80 pubs Whitbread got from the Notting Hill Brewery:

"Interesting Brewery Deal.
It is stated that negotiations have been completed for the sale some 80 public-houses belonging the Notting Hill Brewery Company to Whitbread and Company (Limited), and that some 30 of these have been resold to Messrs. Charrington's Brewery. The deal is said to involve quarter of million sterling, Whitbread and the Notting Hill Brewery are purely London concerns, but Charrington and Co. (Limited) own a business at Burton-on-Trent as well one in London. The Notting Hill Company does not publish its accounts, but Whitbreads and Charrington's securities are held by the public, and reports are issued. Dividends on Whitbread Ordinary Shares have recently been 7 per cent., free of income-tax, while Charrington and Co. distributed 9 per cent, respect of 1918."
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 11 October 1920, page 12.

80 pubs for a quarter of a million quid: I make that an average of £3,125 per pub. Which doesn't seem that much. Though it is 125,000 pints (or 434 barrels) at 6d a pint.

Interesting that Whitbread is reported to be an exclusively London business. I think they're really referring to just the pub trade because I've seen adverts for Whitbread's bottled beer from all over the country. Charringtons didn't keep their provincial trade much longer:

Messrs. Charrington and Co., Ltd., the well. brewers, have decided to sell the public houses in various parts of the provinces, and they will concentrate on their London business. Altogether 87 licensed properties will submitted for auction. There are 53 fully-licensed houses, 23 on-beer licences and 11 off-licences, with contiguous properties, as well the Abbey Brewery, Burton-on-Trent, with offices, maltings, cooperage, railway sidings, houses, stores, etc.

In Derby the properties are: Dog and Duck, Haarlem-street, and cottage adjoining: off licence, 61, Church-street; Bedford Arms, Bedford-street Coach and Horses, Mansfield road; Lamb Inn Park-street, and adjoining premises; Boar Tavern Cockpit Hill; and Station Inn, Midland-road."
Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 06 January 1926, page 4.

It was probably the brewery that they really wanted to get rid of, but the pubs would have been uneconomical to supply from their London brewery. None of the London brewers seem to have made a huge success from their Burton breweries. I don't think Truman's ever operated at full capacity.

On with the beer itself. It looks a bit on the weak side compared to the average for a 9d (after 1923 8d) Stout. But the two samples in the 1030's are clearly Porter and not Stout. I think some Charrington's publicans were being a bit naughty and passing off the much cheaper Porter as Stout. I've produced a second set of averages with those two removed.

Now how did it score?

Charrington Stout quality 1922 - 1925
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Stout 1011.4 1034.9 3.04 67.34% fair, rather thin -1 9
1922 Stout 1010.6 1050.6 5.21 79.05% poor -1 9
1922 Stout 1013.8 1056.3 5.53 75.49% too sweet -1 9
1922 Stout 1011.2 1039.2 3.63 71.43% v poor -2 9
1923 Stout 1012.6 1050.1 4.87 74.85% fair 1 9
1923 Stout 1013.4 1050.9 4.87 73.67% going off -2 9
1923 Stout 1013.4 1052.9 5.13 74.67% gone off -3 8
1923 Stout 1013.6 1053.6 5.20 74.63% poor -1 9
1923 Stout 1014.6 1050.6 4.67 71.15% poor -1 8
1923 Stout 1012.6 1052.6 5.20 76.05% sour -3 8
1925 Stout 1015 1055 5.20 72.73% good 2 8
Average  1012.9 1049.7 4.78 73.73% -1.09 8.64
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Averages without the Porters:

FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation
1013.3 1052.5 5.10 74.70%

Pretty poorly. Only two of the eleven examples received a positive score. Some of them sound pretty bad. Unsurprisingly, one of the Porters masquerading as Stout was described as "thin". The average score of -1.08 is pretty bad.

Once again, I'm disappointed by Charrington's performance. Only their Burton Ale has done well so far. I'd definitely advise any time traveller to avoid their pubs.

09/01/2014 01:33 AM
Beer In Ads #1299: I Buy My Beer From A Foundation Member … Do You?
Sunday’s ad is still another one from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, also from 1939. This was well before the “Beer Belongs” series, and just before World War II. In some ways, this is a strange one, asking consumers to care if the brewers’ beer they’re...

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09/01/2014 12:22 AM
Moonlighting At Moonlight: The Hop Harvest 2014
For a number of years, the winding down of summer brings one of my favorite traditions: hop harvest. Brian Hunt, from nearby Moonlight Brewing — the best brewer you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re from the Bay Area — has a quarter-acre of hops planted on his brewery property,...

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08/31/2014 04:18 PM
A campaign to make Pisco Punch SF’s official cocktail
When visiting San Francisco, there are three things you must do: Ride a cable car, watch the sunset through the Golden Gate Bridge, and drink a Pisco Punch. It’s a colloquial saying that’s never been attributed to a specific person or an era. But since New Orleans’ official drink is the Sazerac and Washington, D.C. […]

08/31/2014 03:23 PM
Colorado Beer Releases August 25-31, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
It's the last few beer releases of Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. Summertime beer fests are in full swing, Oktoberfest season is starting up and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - August 25-31, 2014

1933 Brewing - Ginger-infused Golden Ale - August 29th.

Arvada Beer Co - Chili Golden Ale - August 26th.

Beer By Design - Painted Black Pepper Porter - August 26th.

Berthoud Brewing - Raspberry LemonAid Session - firkin - August 29th 2pm.

BJ's Brewhouse (all locations) - BJ's Studio Session IPA - August 27th.

Black Shirt Brewing/Old Major Restaurant - Lemongrass Red Farmhouse - August 27th.

Black Sky Brewery - Demonblood IPA (7% ABV) - August 28th.

Blue Spruce Brewing - Thai Chili IPA w/ kafir lime leaves & lemongrass - firkin - August 26th.

Bootstrap Brewing - Wreak Havoc - Imperial Red - returns August 27th.
Bootstrap Brewing - Double Dry Hopped IPA - w/Mosaic hops - August 27th.

Breckenridge Brew Pub - Bourbon Barrel-aged Pumpkin Stout - August 27th.
Breckenridge Brewery - Regal Double Pilsner - small batch series bottles - August 13th.

Brewery Rickoli - Quicher Bichen - mellow strong golden ale - returns August 30th.
Brewery Rickoli - The Authoritah! - Colorado-style red ale - returns August 30th.
Brewery Rickoli - Oats McGoats - rye stout - returns August 30th.

Bristol Brewing - Red Baron Octoberfest - August 28th 5:30pm.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Black IPA - returns August 25th.

Carver Brewing - Munich Dunkel - European-style Dunkel - August 28th.

CAUTION: Brewing (East) - Working Girl Grisette - returns August 29th.

Chain Reaction Brewing - Saison - August 28th 3pm.

Coda Brewing - Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsch - returns August 26th.
Coda Brewing - Migration Oatmeal Stout - returns August 26th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Apples & Cinnamon Blonde Ale - cask - August 27th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - White IPA - Belgian yeast w/Citra & Zythos hops - returns August 29th 12pm.

Crabtree Brewing - Dearfield Ale - returns August 25th.
Crabtree Brewing - Magna Carta IPA - August 25th.

Crooked Stave/Anchorage Brewing - Between the Staves - Cognac bbl-aged sour ale - August 26th 6pm.

Crow Hop Brewing - Nooner IPA - fresh batch - returns August 29th.

Dillon Dam Brewery - Peach Pilsner - Bohemian-style pilsner - August 27th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Mexican-style Chili Lager - August 27th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Whiskey Barrel Aged Black Saison - Brewer's secret stash - August 27th.

Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Miner Extra Pale Ale - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Long Pond - India Pale Ale - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Blue Lake Pale Ale - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Wee Heavy Scottish Ale - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Coffee Porter - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Pumpkin Stout - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Huajatolla Milk Stout - August 28th grand opening.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Wheated Ordinary Bitter - August 28th grand opening.

Dry Dock Brewing - Pillage and Plunder Dortmunder - GABF Pro-Am beer - August 25th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Signature Series Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout - bottles - August 27th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Chocolate Orange Peel Imperial Stout - firkin - August 29th 3pm.

Echo Brewing - Frank - Pro-Am Belgian Dark Strong Ale - August 28th.

Epic Brewing - Pomme Baril - apple brandy barrel-aged apple ale - August 30th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Mosaic & Zythos hops IPA - test tap - August 27th 5pm.

Former Future Brewing - Flyby - Black Project #1 - golden amber ale w/Brett - August 25th.
Former Future Brewing - Gadabout - dry-hopped India Pale Lager - August 28th.

Great Storm Brewing - Spoonful - Cream Ale - August 29th.

Grimm Brothers/Crow Hop Brewing - California Common - late August.

Grist Brewing - Double Dry Hopped Staple IPA - w/Fuggle, Cascade & Pilgrim hops - August 29th.

Iron Bird Brewing - Black Auger Stout - cask version - August 29th.
Iron Bird Brewing - Steelhead Red - cask version - August 29th.
Iron Bird Brewing - Rye Ale - cask version - August 29th.
Iron Bird Brewing - Propaganda IPA - cask version - August 29th.

Joyride Brewing Co - Edgewater IPA - returns August 28th.

Kannah Creek Brewing - Basil IPA - firkin - August 25th 5pm.

Kokopelli Beer Co - Gluten Free Ginger Saison - August 26th.

Loveland Aleworks - IPA - fresh batch - August 28th.
Loveland Aleworks - Anniversary Amber - fresh batch - August 28th.
Loveland Aleworks - Hefeweizen - fresh batch - August 28th.
Loveland Aleworks - Baltic Porter - PRO-AM beer - August 29th 5pm.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Ginger Wheat - tadpole tap - August 28th.

Mu Brewery - Raspberry Red Ale - experimental small batch - August 27th.
Mu Brewery - Thyme After Thyme - small batch beer - August 29th.

New Belgium - Hop the Pond - Double IPA - August 31st.

New Belgium - Pumpkick - pumpkin ale - special release - August 31st.

Odd13 Brewing - Professor Hops - India-style Saison - returns August 25th 5pm.

Odell Brewing/Old Chicago - Comes & Gose - salted & sour wheat beer - August 25th.

Pikes Peak Brewing - Podwójny IPA - Pro-Am beer for GABF - August 28th.

Red Leg Brewing - Firkin Howie - vanilla brown firkin - August 29th 3pm.

River North Brewery - Quandary Quad - fresh batch - August 26th.

Roaring Fork Beer/Casey Brewing & Blending - Sour Collaboration w/Brett - August 29th 2pm.

Rockyard Brewing - Pucker Up Buttercup - Belgian-style Dark Strong Sour - August 29th 4pm.

Saint Patrick's Brewing - Lana'i Dry Hop Lager - returns August 25th.

Sanitas Brewing - The Elephant IPA (7% ABV) - dry-hopped - August 28th.

Station 26 Brewing - Euro Pale Ale w/lemon & ginger - firkin - August 28th 4pm.

Twisted Pine Brewing - Cucumber Cream Ale - August 25th.

Upslope Brewing (Flatiron Park) - Imperial Rye IPA (11% ABV) - August 26th.

Verboten Brewing - I'm in a Pickle, Dick - dill pickle golden ale - August 26th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Superflower Ale Ale - seasonal - returns August 28th.

Wit's End Brewing - Dubbel Impact (7.1% ABV) - returns August 29th.

Wonderland Brewing - Plum(b) Crazy Sour Beer - August 30th 2pm.

Yak & Yeti - Brown Rice & Honey Ale - August 27th.
Yak & Yeti/Gary Dyer - Big G's Red IPA - August 30th 3pm.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases August 18-24, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases Auust 11-17, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases August 4-10, 2014.

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08/31/2014 08:22 AM
Chief O'Hara, Turn on the Bat Signal
The Penguin is afoot! According to reports,
Police are still on the lookout for a man dressed up as a penguin. The New York Daily News reported on Monday that a man dressed in a “fancy penguin onesie (that’s a mascot-like costume to you and me)” took it upon himself to enter into a northern England convenience store early this week and steal 10 cans of beer.
Give the cartoon thief credit though. Unlike the Budweiser thief, this entrepreneur stepped it up a bit and walked off with a case of Stella Artois lager.

See "Thief dressed in a 'fancy' penguin suit steals 10 cans of pseudo-fancy beer" for more on this caper.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/31/2014 03:50 AM
Beery Long Reads, August 2014

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These are all the responses to our call to ‘go long’ that we know about so far. If we missed yours, comment below, and we’ll add any stragglers to this list and when we find out about them either in the comments below or through Twitter. A Brief History of Bulimba Gold Top by Drunken […]

Beery Long Reads, August 2014

08/31/2014 03:05 AM
Charrington Prince's Ale
You may have heard of King's Ale, the beer King Edward VII "brewed" at Bass in 1902. Hell, I've even got to try it. And I've heard of the 1929 Prince's Ale brewed at Bass in 1929. But not a Prince's Ale brewed at Charrington in London.

It was brewed in 1932 and made the newspapers: 

Surprise Visit to East End Woman
The Prince of Wales spent over four hours in the East End of London.

The Prince began his tour by making a two hours visit to Messrs Charrington's brewery in Mile End Road, where he saw many of the processes of beer making.

He then drove to West Ham Town Hall, where he was received by the Mayor, Alderman Scolding. Afterwards the Mayor, Town Clerk, and the Prince set out on tour of West Ham.

The first call was at Park Place, a quiet little street off the busy Stratford main road. The Prince got out of his car, went over to one of the little old cottages, and knocked at the door. A woman opened it and the Prince said, "May I come in, please ?"

The woman drew back and the Prince entered, to see the occupier of the house, Mrs Livesey, sitting by the fire nursing her baby and washing her feet.

A Little Talk.
"Immediately I knew it was the Prince of Wales," Mrs Livesey told a reporter."I was never so surprised in all my life. I could do nothing, because I was washing my feet, so I asked the Prince if he would go upstairs. He went up and looked all over the upper floor. Then he came down and had a little talk with me."

After seeing the conditions in the old parts of West Ham, the Prince was taken to the council's Manor Road housing scheme.

"He was surprised by some of the things we showed him," the Mayor told a reporter. "The visit originated in a conversation I had with the Prince when we saw some boys in boxing competition in West Ham last year. He told me then that he wanted to see something of how our people lived. " At the end of his tour I asked him what he thought, and he replied, "'I have seen exactly what I wanted to see."""
Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 16 March 1932, page 9.

You can see from this map of the 1890's that Park Place was no more than an alley:

This aerial photo from 1952 gives an idea of what the area looked like. The corner next to Park Place has been demolished and replaced by some sort of yard:


Here are a few more details about the Prince at Charrington:

Beer which was brewed by the Prince of Wales during a visit London brewery will be Jealously guarded for over 30 years, and may be worth £60 a bottle.

The beer was brewed by the Prince when he paid an informal visit to Charringtons Brewery in Mile End Road. E. He consented to "mash" a special brew, and, watched by number of employees, operated the controls which started the "mashing."

This special brew will probably be put away mature for a long time. It will then be bottled, and some will be sent to the Prince. Other bottles will be distributed privately. The beer may become as famous the "King Beer" which was brewed by King Edward when he visited Burton-on-Trent in 1902, and some of which, when auctioned for charity, realised £60 a bottle."
Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 16 March 1932, page 8.

£60 a bottle was a huge amount back in those days, when you could get a pint of Mild for 6d.

Now here's a bold claim:

The "Prince's ale "— brewed by the Prince of Wales when he visited Messrs. Charrington’s Brewery, Mile End Road, E., on March 15 - has turned out a great success.
It is classed one of the strongest beers ever brewed, and already has the smoothness characteristic of high-class English ales.

The brew is not for sale, and will be matured for at least another two years before any of it is available for privileged consumers.

So is the gravity that it is estimated that the duty will amount to £13 or £14 barrel."
Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 27 May 1932, page 11.

I felt obliged to work out the gravity based on the duty. In 1932, the duty on a standard barrel (36 Imperial gallons with an OG of 1055) was £6 14s. According to my calculations, duty of £13 a barrel would mean a gravity of 1107 and of £14 1115. So pretty damn strong. Though obviously not so much by modern standards, where beers can be over 20% ABV.

If they really let it mature for two years of more, the Prince of Wales would have almost been king by the time it was released. When his father died in 1936, he was briefly king before abdicating. Maybe that's why I've not heard of this beer.

08/30/2014 02:04 PM
Remembering Michael.
Michael Jackson left us seven years ago today, leaving a gaping hole in craft beer culture that is yet to be filled. I have marked this sad anniversary a couple of times in the past by posting my story of … Continue reading

08/30/2014 12:17 PM
Beer Review: Founders Dissenter Imperial IPL
Featured Contributor - John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Founders Brewing Company is a company that is truly unique in the best possible way, they’re the only company that has never made a beer that I did not absolutely love.  Dissenter, the tenth addition to the back stage series of beer, and marks Founders first lager to be produced by the company in over 12 years.  Dissenter is a Imperial IPL  that packs an 8.7% ABV yet is remarkable crisp, clean and refreshing.  Dissenter is loaded with both tropical…

08/30/2014 12:15 PM
Kannah Creek Brewing Expands Distribution to Arizona

(GRAND JUNCTION, CO), — One year ago Kannah Creek Brewing Company started bottling and distributing their beers throughout Col…

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08/30/2014 09:00 AM
Beer and Hymns at Pedernales Brewing - First Saturday of Every Month
Come by Pedernales Brewing Company one mile south of Fredericksburg, Texas, at 97 Hitchin' Post Trail, for a pint and some singing. Beer & Hymns will be held on the first Saturday of each month beginning March 1, 2014 from 5 to 6 pm. Beer will be $4 a pint, no entrance fee and no purchase necessary. Regular tour hours on Saturday are 1 - 5 pm.

08/30/2014 07:33 AM
Michael Jackson ‘The Beer Hunter’ (27 March 1942 – 30 August 2007)
It’s astonishing to think it’s seven years today, August 30th since we lost Michael Jackson, ‘The Beer Hunter’ and accepted ‘father’ of the Beer Renaissance. Nearly 25 years ago, in ‘The Beer Companion (1991)’,  Michael wrote: “No one goes into a restaurant and requests ‘a plate of food, please’. People do not simply ask for […]

08/30/2014 06:31 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Brunch with Gueuze
Before "Brunch with Gueuze," three things.
  • 1. Gueuze (pronounced almost like "grr zəh") is
    a blend of two or more lambics of different ages [one and three-year-old], with the younger beer providing the sugars needed for refermentation [sparkle] in the bottle. [...] The traditional gueuze flavor is dry, sharp, and earthy, close to that of of unblended lambic, but bottle-conditioning and the resulting carbonation give it perhaps even greater complexity and finesse. 1

  • 2. Lambic is a type of beer brewed
    in the Pajottenland region of Belgium, southwest of Brussels and in Brussels itself. Unlike conventional beers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer's yeasts, lambic is produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Zenne [River] valley. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, usually with a sour aftertaste. [...] After the fermentation process starts, the lambic is siphoned into old port or sherry barrels (of chestnut or oak) from Portugal or Spain (some of the brewers prefer used wine barrels.) The lambic is left to ferment and mature for one to two or even three years. It forms a "velo de flor" of yeast that gives some protection from oxidation, in a similar way to sherry; but the barrels are not topped up. 2

  • 3. A Gueuzestekerij, or "gueuze tapper," is a company that —rather that brewing its own beer— purchases stocks of lambic, and matures those in barrels, blending and bottling when ready, similar to the traditional manner of French négociants with wine in Bordeaux and Burgundy. Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest extant Gueuzestekerij in Belgium, sitting in an "old farm in the now urban village of Dworp, south of Brussels." 3

Now, on to that brunch, home-cooked, several thousand miles west of Brussels, in the mid-Atlantic U.S.A.

Breakfast with gueuze

It was a sunlit Sunday morning in August, remarkable for its unclammy comfort. Served for brunch, outside, were Hanssens Oude Gueuze, scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, and, of course, bagels (whole wheat).

Other folk at table had hens' eggs and pigs' bacon, and mimosas of gueuze and orange juice. The photographer preferred his brunch, non-'animaled,' and his beer, un-fruited. All were pleased.


08/30/2014 03:24 AM
Mellow Brown vs. the Amarillo Kid?

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The tension between new world and old school is being played out at Spingo Ales in sleepy Helston, Cornwall, but which side has the upper hand? A brewery has operated from the rear of the Blue Anchor, a rambling granite-built pub on Helston’s main drag, since at least the turn of the 20th century, and to say […]

Mellow Brown vs. the Amarillo Kid?

08/30/2014 03:05 AM
Cannon Brewery Stout quality 1924
Not long to go now. Especially when there are as few analyses as for Cannon Stout.

I've always imagined Cannon as a relatively small brewery. I may have to review that after seeing how profitable they were. During the 1920's, their profits were larger than Whitbread's of Barclay Perkins, who brewed around 500,000 and 300,000 barrels respectively. Either they were making a huge profit per barrel, or they were brewing a couple of hundred thousand barrels a year. I'd be inclined to go for the latter.

In the table below I've fiddled slightly with the dividend percentage. This is why:

"Brewery Capital Repaid.
Here is further evidence of the prosperity of the brewery trade. In 1910 the capital of the Cannon Brewery was written down from £3,000,000 to £2,350,000, and now it is proposed to restore to the former figure by the capitalisation £650,000 of undivided profit. This will give holders of the Preferred Ordinary one new £2 10s for every share held, and holders of the £25 Deferred three new £25 shares for each Deferred share held. Profits at £420,930 compare with £352,170, and the available balance is £605,533, against £509,712. The Deferred shares, which are privately held, receive a dividend and bonus of 36 per cent., tax free — the same as for each of the previous four years."
Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 21 March 1929, page 13.

The official percentages given from 1919 to 1928 are on the reduced value of the shares, which was 25% of their original value. I've given then as this figure divided before, so that it reflects the original share capital. It makes the figures clearer.

Cannon Brewery profits and dividends
Year net profit brought in carried forward dividend Ordinary shares to reserve reserve fund
1904 £253,450 £2,045 10% £10,000 £130,415
1919 £280,849 £54,588 £57,269 9% £10,000
1920 £276,694 £57,296 £60,958 5% £10,000
1921 £262,785 £60,958 £67,449 4% £10,000
1922 £281,480 £67,449 £71,216 8% £10,000
1923 £295,485 £71,216 £80,197 8% £20,000
1924 £316,542 £80,198 £105,190 9% £30,000
1925 £309,295 £129,830 £105,190 9%
1926 £338,043 £129,831 £157,542 9% £50,000
1927 £352,170 £157,542 £184,603 9% £50,000
1928 £420,930 £184,603 £205,714 9%
1929 £410,480 £205,714 £50,973 9% £100,000
1930 £340,849 £50,972 £76,146 12.50%
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 09 February 1905, page 10.
Gloucester Citizen - Saturday 13 March 1920, page 7.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 22 March 1921, page 9.
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 22 March 1922, page 2.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 14 March 1923, page 11.
Dundee Courier - Friday 21 March 1924, page 2.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 24 March 1925, page 14.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 01 April 1926, page 2.
Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 23 March 1927, page 11.
Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 21 March 1928, page 11.
Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 21 March 1929, page 13.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 19 March 1930, page 15.
Western Morning News - Saturday 28 February 1931, page 11.

The owners obviously decided to cash in, because in 1930 Cannon Brewery was sold to Taylor Walker. I can see why they'd have been keen. The place was a gold mine. It must have remained profitable because it didn't finally close until 1955, decades after the takeover*.

That's enough financial crap. On with Cannon's Stout. It's a bit weak for an 8d Stout (9d until 1923), coming in about 4 points below the overall average of 1053, and 0.5% below average ABV. How did it score? Take a look:

Cannon Brewery Stout quality 1924
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1924 Stout 1016.1 1051.9 4.64 68.98% good 2 8
1924 Stout 1013.6 1047.1 4.34 71.13% v poor -2 8
Average  1014.9 1049.5 4.49 70.05% 0 8
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Not much I can say about such a small sample size. One pretty good one, the other pretty crap. They perfectly cancel each other out, leaving an average score of zero. Which was typical of the overall standard of Cannon Stout? Was it the good one or the bad one.

Time-travelling advice: plumping for Cannon Stout is at your own risk. I can't make any further recommendation.

* "A Century of British Brewers Plus" by Norman Barber, 2005, page 83.

08/29/2014 09:48 PM
Chomolungma – Jackie O’s

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08/29/2014 05:04 PM
Colorado Beer News 082914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is According to Hoyle Day. It's a day to "get carded" (so to speak). Edmund Hoyle is the man who is credited with inventing the modern day 52-card playing deck back in the mid-1700s. His rules for card games became a standard. Today, there are hundreds of card games using the same 52-card deck. And even more card games that have created their own decks - like Magic the Gathering, Cards Against Humanity and more. So the next time you're playing cards today, no matter what kind - give a toast to Mr. Hoyle. Loser buys the next beer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, August 29th, 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]

Remember - Don't Drink and Drive this Holiday Weekend! The Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement will be beefing up their DUI Checkpoints this weekend. Use a Designated Driver!

Metro Denver

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Start off your Labor Day weekend at WBC! Happy Hour starts at 3pm today with $2 off pints! Live music from The New Classics Band will be there tonight and they'll be raffling off some WonderPrizes if you wear your classic concert t-shirt. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - It's Rocky Mountain Showdown FRIDAY! Swing by tonight for cold brews and tasty wings from Golden Flame Hot Wings. Be sure to also represent your favorite in-state squad for tonight's big game - The Rocky Mtn. Showdown. Whether you're a Ram or a Buff fan - bring your passion for football down to 38 State Brewing Company and cheer your team on to victory! It's a great day to be a Coloradan. Now rough 'em up!

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Just a heads up - Crooked Stave will be closed on Labor Day to give their employees a well deserved day off. They will be open Saturday 12pm - 11pm and Sunday 12pm to 8pm. Plan ahead and stock up! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood & Denver) - The long weekend is finally upon us! Come get your growlers filled, big or small, and have a blast this weekend. Working Girl Grisette is back on tap at East, and they have 14 brews pouring at West. Hang out with us and enjoy the last big weekend of summer! #partywithcaution [12445 E 39th Ave, Denver & 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Friday is finally here and they're celebrating with a small batch of Double Dry Hopped Staple IPA. Fuggle, Cascade & Pilgrim hops were all used in this labor of love. Their tap room is opens from 2pm til 11pm Gristers! [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - This weekend Epic Brewing is releasing Pomme Baril, an apple ale aged in apple brandy barrels. It'll be on tap tomorrow, August 30th (or maybe even later today!). Stop in this weekend and celebrate the holiday weekend. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Each and every Friday, Mu Brewery releases another small batch beer. This week's beer is Thyme After Thyme. They'll be tapping it at 5pm so better be on THYME cause this one will sell out fast. THYME to hurry on down to Mu Brewery. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Green and Gold or Black and Gold, Who's side are you on? Come watch the CU/CSU battle it out tonight at 7pm. $1 off first pint if you wear your school colors. They will have the always amazing CFTDenver - Comfortable Food Truck serving dinner. It is also teacher happy hour, $1 off all pints/all night. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - September starts with a Bring Your Own Barbecue Party on Labor Day, Monday September 1st. Copper Kettle will supply the grill outside on their patio and patrons can bring their own food to grill up and share if they'd like. Other tap releases for the month of September at Copper Kettle include a Double Pilsner with Colorado Wildflower Honey on September 5th and September 19th brings Copper Kettle’s Pumpkin Porter Release. The Pumpkin Porter is an English style porter with pumpkin pie spices and will be served to the first 50 patrons in baby pumpkins! [1338 S Valentia St, Suite 100, Denver, CO]

Asbury Provisions (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] New DU bar, Asbury Provisions, is slated to open its doors on Monday, September 1st with a grand opening party planned for Friday, September 5th. The establishment, which takes the place of the previous Renegade Publik House, has entirely recreated the look and feel of the building and has rebranded entirely to offer the DU neighborhood a new drinking experience. Asbury Provisions will offer 25 craft beers on tap, handcrafted cocktails made with house-infused liquors and a finely curated wine list. In addition, a full menu will be available in order to elevate the drinking experience. Chris Topham and Jason Ladd, owners/ operators are bartenders who know and love the libations they serve and relay that enthusiasm to the guest. The grand opening party is open to the public and is scheduled to begin on Friday, September 5th at 4pm with an all-day happy hour and other specials. Asbury Provisions will begin with the following hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-12am, with plans to open for lunch in the near future. [2043 S University Blvd, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Blue Spruce Brewing will be closed on Labor Day Monday, September 1st. Beginning on Thursday, September 4th, they will extend their business hours on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays to accommodate all the football games and fans. Enjoy a beer, a bite and watch a game on one of their many TVs. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - The Cougar Pale Ale may be out for now, but their Edgewater IPA and Ice Cutter Kölsch are back on tap! Their Summer Wit is running low, and when it's out, it's gone til next summer - so get some soon. Rolling Smoke BBQ will be there all day, so come hang out with Joyride Brewing next to Sloan's Lake! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - There's going to be a "BBQ & Beer" event this Saturday, August 30th at Diebolt Brewing. Come enjoy THE BIG O BBQ take-over of the Bakin Bakery food truck all day Saturday. Diebolt Brewing has two new CORNHOLE sets, Ping Pong, Ladder Ball, all kinds of games and of course BEER! It's Labor Day Weekend, enjoy the fruits of your labor at Diebolt Brewing Company this Saturday. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 ESPN FM Denver) - REMINDER: the ACBR show will be live at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 30th) from 11am-12:30pm and is airing on 102.3 ESPN! Gary V's guests (and featured taps at HRC) are Comrade Brewing Company, CAUTION: Brewing Co., and Hogshead Brewery. Tune in to hear what's going on in their brewhouses!

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) - Please join John Turk and company and support one of their sponsors that has been with them since day one. This Saturday, August 30th from 12-2pm on AM 760 they broadcast live from Freshcraft for their 4th anniversary party. Lots of specialty beers and BBQ.

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Happy Friday staycationers! Wit's End will have normal hours this holiday weekend. Also, they are excited to announce the return of not 1, but 2 beers -Messenger Porter and Dubbel Impact! Their man from Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks will be serving sammies around 5:30 as well. Taproom open today from 2-8pm. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit #13, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Announcing the Great Avery Boulder Fest - a celebration of local music and local rare beer. This fest is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd starting at 8:30pm til late at The Fox Theater in Boulder. Featuring live music from The Magic Beans and guest Analog Son. It's during the biggest beer week of the year the they want to celebrate in Avery's hometown and feature a local venue, local bands, and local beer. They're bringing rarities from the Avery Tap Room like Lilikoi Kepolo, barrel-aged beers like Pump[KY]n (their brand new Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter), and gems from Adam Avery's cellar! Tickets went on sale TODAY online for $20!

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Got plans for Labor Day? How about $4 pints and $2 off growler fills all day long! Plus, they're opening at 2:00pm and will have live music at 4:00pm by Flynn and Co. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Mountain Sun Pubs (Boulder & Denver) - Planning to attend the Phish concert this weekend? Then visit any of the Mountain Sun Pubs on the day of the show, present your Phish ticket and get a FREE pint. Deal good at Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Vine Street Pub and Under the Sun. This deal will extend to brunch as well. Enjoy the weekend! [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Join in tonight for their official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4pm! They also have Chow Down food truck rolling in at 4pm and live music from Taylor Radio starting around 7-ish. In brewery news, they kicked off their 10 barrel batch of Fresh Hop Red Ale today. They are using 53 lbs. of fresh hops picked by hand yesterday in Paonia, CO from Rising Sun Farms. Look for this brew in September. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

Pro-Am Craft Beer Fest (Boulder) - This Saturday at 2:00pm at Coalesce Design & Fabrication will be a special festival / fundraiser featuring nothing but Pro-Am beers from local Boulder-area breweries. A $35 donation to Water For People gets you all you can drink, eat and dance. Breweries include: Avery, Fate, Mountain Sun, Upslope, Boulder Beer, Asher Brewing, Oskar Blues, Sanitas Brewing and Mountain Man Brewing Co. Enjoy live music from Moonshiners and Modern Whiskey Market. Fest located at: 1930 Central Ave, Boulder, CO.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Who's ready for the Rocky Mountain Showdown tonight?! Upslope has gotta go with their home team, CU, but they're looking forward to a great game. Wear your team's gear to either tap room (Flatiron or Lee Hill) & get Buy one, Get one FREE! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Don't forget this Sunday, August 31st from 9:00am to Noon - it's the annual High Hops Hop Harvest. Bring a partner and compete in their hop picking contest. Prizes for the top 3 picking pairs. Fill a bucket and get a free pint. Pick a pound and take home 2oz of hops. There's also a costume contest with a prize for the best costume. The Hop Hut will be open at noon with music & food as usual. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing & Blown Spoke Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - Both Big Beaver and Blown Spoke will have the CSU vs. CU game on tonight starting at 7pm. At Blown Spoke, enjoy $1 off each pint of hard cider during the game. At Big Beaver enjoy 1/2 price pitchers during the game. Cheers! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Wilbur's Total Beverage (Ft. Collins - Liquor Store) - ENTER TO WIN TODAY! Wilbur's is giving away two New Belgium Brewing bikes right before Tour de Fat Ft. Collins! You must be present to win and the drawing is at 6pm tonight. They are also doing a beer tasting today from 3pm to 6pm with Blue Paddle, Trippel, Tour de Fall and La Folie (with valid ID). [2201 S College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Their biggest ever New Belgium Tour de Fat is tomorrow, August 30th in Fort Collins, and they've got parade deets, schedule and the beer list right here. Last year they had 25,000 people get down with some bikes, beer and bemusement. This year you should be one of them, and don't forget your bike and costume. Registration starts at 9am and the parade begins at 10am at Civic Center Park. Then party down til 4pm! [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crow Hop Brewing (Loveland) - Their brewer's namesake IPA is back on tap! Stop in for a fresh pint of Nooner IPA. This American IPA, named after our head brewer Mike Noonan, is light gold in color with a medium-full body. Beginning notes of citrus, tropical fruit and slightly sweet caramel are initially balanced by a floral and grassy bitterness, which is followed by a hint of grapefruit. This is a long-finishing beer that lasts for days. Stats: 6.5% ABV and 86 IBUs. [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Don't forget! Today marks the release of Loveland Aleworks' Baltic Porter today. This is their Pro-Am beer that will be entered into the GABF in October. It's a phenomenally rich and full-bodied porter that was made with the help of homebrewers Abe and Laura Pilato. The Satori Grill will also be on site serving up tasty food. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Zwei Bruder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - German Bier and American Football on Tap at Zwei Brüder Tonight! College Football is underway and they'll have the Rocky Mountain Showdown between CSU and CU playing live in the tasting room this evening. Beer is their focus, but they're sports fans, too, so they made sure to have some TVs around so you don't miss these important games! Enjoy their beers along with a snack from the Taps Sports Bar food truck parked in front of our brewery every day. Catch NFL, NHL and NBA games later this fall, too. [4612 S Mason St, Suite 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing CO (Ft. Collins) - Let's Go Rams! Should be a fun game tonight against CU. They'll have it on in the taproom tonight at 7pm and you'll get 20% off your pints tonight when you wear your CU or CSU gear! [242 N College Ave Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Get ready for Monument Beer Week September 13-20, 2014. Each day at Pikes Peak Brewing Company they will host a special activity. On Sat. September 13th stop in for Oktoberfest including a Craft Crawl, live Oktoberfest Music, a firkin tapping, traditional German games and more. On Sun. September 14th 1-5pm it's the 2nd Annual Whimsy County Frog Festival including a show of classic conveyances, live music, games, crafts, food, beer & prizes. On Tues. September 16th it's the Class of 2011 Tap Takeover. Sample beers from other Colorado breweries who also had their start in the year of 2011. On Wed. September 17th, celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day with a Celtic rock band, Guinness on Nitro, Irish style food and more. Plus more activities to be announced soon. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today marks Trinity's 6th Anniversary, but also the final beer release in the series of Swingline variations available in 375ml bottles. Today Trinity releases "Double Swing, DIPA Primitif". This is a bigger version of Red Swingline, an imperial version that clocks in at 8.2% ABV and 150 IBUs. Come check it out and take some home with you! Also, last few days to get $4 off all 750ml bottles during the entire month of August. Plus, tomorrow August 30th brings 2 bands and a 30 cellar beer tapping for their Anniversary Party. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The best new Friday hangout is right there at the Iron Bird! They have replenished the cask inventory! They will be tapping a Stout, a Red ,a Rye and IPA firkins tonight! Perfect opportunity to taste the CO2 and cask equivalent of our flagship beers! Plus, Merken is there tonight with amazing Chilean sandwiches and just overall charm. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Happy FINAL FIRKIN FRIDAY! Can't believe it's almost September? Ring in the end of an amazing summer with their very limited release of Firkin Howie, a vanilla brown ale! The firkin will be tapped at 3pm today and will be flowing until it's gone! They've got Gypsy-Pizzeria with them there all evening, so bring that hunger with you. Please note: Red Leg Brewing will be closed on Monday September 1 in observance of Labor Day. [4630 Forge Rd Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - A release party like this only comes along every decade - or two. Come on out Monday, Sept. 1st for their Double Decade Saison Release Party and BBQ! Join them in the Bristol Fermentation Room for a group birthday toast, a specially-paired birthday cake, and $8 burgers and brats hot off the grill, accompanied by a side. Stick around for a balloon drop and win fabulous swag. Special 20th Anniversary glassware will be also available for purchase. Join in as they say cheers to 20 years! [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Durango Brew Train (Durango/Silverton) - Tomorrow, August 30th is another run of the famous Durango Brew Train on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. All five Durango breweries (Carver Brewing, Steamworks, Ska Brewing, Durango Brewing and BREW Pub & Kitchen) will be participating in this fun beer ride. Once at the Cascade Canyon Wye deep in the wilderness of the San Juan National Forest, you'll have two hours to taste more offerings from the five breweries, listen to the fine bluegrass music of Sugar Creek and have your palate satiated with the exceptional food provided by one of Durango’s top catering companies, Durangourmet! Each brewery will tell their own story about their history and brewing process and will keep you engaged and wanting to know more. Also during your stay at Cascade Canyon you can enjoy many photo opportunities, a stroll along the river and over the footbridge by Cascade Creek, and yard games will also be available. Relax with desserts and coffee that will be served on the return trip to Durango. The train boards in Durango between 9:30am - 9:45am, but you can choose to drive your own vehicle and meet the train at the Rockwood Station if you like a later departure. More info at www.durangotrain.com.

Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant (Grand Junction) - Tonight get $2.00 pints from 10pm til 1am. Come get your dance on with DJ Trizz. They will also have Red Bull shot specials. [401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO]

Hideaway Park Brewery (Winter Park) - Hideaway Park Brewery will release it's first Fresh Hop Ale on Friday, September 5th. TOADally Fresh IPA was brewed with all Colorado Cascade hops picked in Palisade, CO. With over 20 pounds of fresh hops, picked Wednesday afternoon and brewed Thursday morning. Come hide away and enjoy in Winter Park! [78927 US Hwy 40, Winter Park, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - The collaboration beer between Casey Brewing & Blending and Roaring Fork Beer Company has been tapped today. This is a brettanomyces fermented sour pale ale that was brewed with Citra hops. It's citrusy, tart, and wild. [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

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08/29/2014 04:48 PM
Maui Brewing Co. is the Official Beer of Hawaiian Airlines

Lahaina, HI – Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde Lager will be offered on international routes on September 1, 2014, an…

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08/29/2014 04:35 PM
Brewing Lagers with John Bolton, Dave Carpenter – BeerSmith Podcast #87
PodNew200John Bolton and Dave Carpenter join me from Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to talk about brewing lagers. We cover the major procedures and techniques needed to brew a good lager including considerations like refrigeration, starter size and avoiding off flavors. Subscribe on iTunes to Audio version or Video version Download the MP3 File – […]

08/29/2014 02:48 PM
10 Barrel Brewing Releases Big Ol’ Pumpkin
Fall is in the air here in the Pacific Northwest and with this slight change in the air 10 Barrel Brewing is set to release Big Ol’ Pumpkin. This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is Beer No. 4, the latest in 10 Barrel’s ultra-rotational 22oz bottle series. Big Ol’ Pumpkin is a 9.3% Imperial Pumpkin Ale that […]

08/29/2014 01:11 PM
‘Going long’ with Goose Island and hops
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08/29/2014 11:59 AM
County Threatening to Shut Down Acadian Farms Brewery – You Can Help

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Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Acadian Farms in Carson, Washington offers a rare, bucolic beer-drinking experience. It relaxes your weary soul to sip a saison with grass beneath your feet, as goats and chickens serenade you. Sadly, if you’ve yet to visit the farm, you may never get the chance. Largely because...

08/29/2014 11:39 AM
Week of 08/29/14 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Kerkom Kriek, Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru, and Cambridge Sgt Pepper Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will [...]

08/29/2014 11:03 AM
Redemption – Russian River


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08/29/2014 10:00 AM
Random Beer Roundup: The Back To School Edition

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

The Brewers

Chilly Water Brewing

On tap now….Built To Last Pilsner, Sweet Revenge Pale, Captain Trips American Wheat, After Midnight Mild (Nitro), Walloon Belgian Blonde, Hey Porter and PeterPaul Coconut Porter. 
In keeping with our commitment to making lagers, look for a dopplebock in September!
Every Wednesday at Chilly Water is our “Hippy” Hour where all pints are $3.75 with food specials too. We will fill our speakers with jam band music and show DVD’s of full concerts.

Upcoming live music:
Saturday Sept. 6th David Gans, who hosts the nationally syndicated Grateful dead Hour, will perform a solo electric show 8pm
Menu update: We have added salads in addition to our paninis.

 Daredevil Brewing

Looking to find our beers across the state of Indiana? We try to keep draft locations up to date on our website and post frequently to our Twitter and Facebook pages on can and draft locations across the state. If you are having trouble finding Lift Off IPA on draft or cans it could just be because the place you are at ran out. We are at hundreds of locations across the state so you can always try the handy Beer Spy site to search for a place near you. Always feel free to drop us an email, post or tweet and we will try and help.

Daredevil Brewing Co. | Current beers available:

Lift Off IPA: Our flagship beer available year round in cans and on draft.
A bounty of American Hops delivers the signature clean and crisp finish of a perfectly balanced West Coast style IPA.

Vacation Kölsch: A summer special release beer available on draft.
A delicately balanced, authentic Kölsch style ale brewed with the finest German malts, hops and yeast to provide a crisp, clean and refreshing match for summer relaxation.

 Triton Brewing
Fieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Wit or Witout You, French Toast Saison, Beer Hammock Shandy, Double Deadeye Imperial Stout, O’Ryen-N Warrior Pale, Soul Crusher IPA & Hometown Hero
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, New Day Meadery South Cider, New Holland Oak Aged Hatter, Quaff On Busted Knuckle, Vanberg & DeWulf Lambick X, Widmer’s Omission Lager, Widmer’s Omission Pale Ale & Wood Boat Pale Ale
Friday, August 29
Heorot Pub and Draught House Tapping, 7-10pm, Muncie, IN. Join is for two cask conditioned ales: Grand Citra Station IPA and Soul Crusher IPA and three Triton Beers on tap!
Saturday, September 13
16th Annual Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest, Headwaters Park West (Fort Wayne, IN), 2-6pm. This event is about more than beer; it's about having a great time with brewers and some pretty cool beer enthusiasts! What makes this festival unique is its dedication to promoting Indiana Craft Beer! For more information, call 260-426-ALES.
Saturday, September 20
Triton Brewing Company's 3rd Anniversary Party at Triton Brewing Company! Join us X-Xpm for family friendly games and 6-10pm for the Party! Featuring music from GBR and others, food trucks, Batch One Bourbon Barrel Ale, 2014 Gingerbread Brown release and more! For more info:tritonbrewing.com.
Brews and Blues at Festival Park on the Lake (Hobart, IN) from 3-6pm. Local breweries from Indiana and beyond come together on beautiful Lake George to enjoy Duke Tomatoe and raise funds for the City of Hobart Special Events and the Hobart Parks Department. Tickets available at: brownpapertickets.com.
Sunday, September 21
Yelp’s En Blanc Dinner on Monument Circle, 4-9pm.
Thursday, September 25
New Belgian Brewing Company and Triton Brewing Company Tap Takeover, 6-10pm, The Pint Room Bar (Carmel, IN). Join us and our friends from Fort Collins as we socialize together!
Saturday, September 27
Valparaiso Brewfest at Central Park Plaza (Downtown Valparaiso), 1-5pm. More than 175 craft brews to sample, great eats available for purchase and live Zydeco music. See more at: www.valpobrewfest.com.

Irvington BrewFest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Gymnasium, 7-10pm, Come sample craft beers and ciders from 5 amazing local breweries. Grab some fabulous swag that includes a custom pint glass. Enjoy great music from Audio Diner! For more info: www.irvingtonbrewfest.org.
Noblesville Brew Fest at Forest Park Shelter #1, 3-7pm. All participants will receive a commemorative sampling glass, while supplies last. All event proceeds benefit the Friends of Central Pool which operates the beautiful Forest Park Aquatic Center. . Tickets available at www.brewsline.com/brewfest-tickets.html

Taxman Brewing Co. in Bargersville

  • September 9 - Girls Pint Out @ Taxman (Bargersville) 6:30pm- 9pm ('GPO Goes Belgian' Tickets are $10 and include tasting, appetizers and Belgian beer education) http://gpogoesbelgian.bpt.me/
  • September 10 - Sinking Ship Tap Takeover (SoBro) 7pm 

Tow Yard Brewing
Currently On Tap:
House Beers
Oompa Lupulin - You'll feel like you've just won the Golden Ticket when you drink this everlasting hop stopper. Oompa Lupulin is a fizzy lifting beer with humble malt characteristics that allow the notes of citrus, resin and earth to shine from the healthy hop additions of Simcoe and Falconers Flight. This pale ale will drive you Wonkers! 5.4% ABV 45 IBUs

​Goldie Hops - American Golden Ale​ brewed with Marris Otter, wheat, and some crystal malt. Lightly bittered with Magnum and Czech Saaz. With this combination, the beer is crisp, refreshing, and approachable to all kinds of beer drinkers. 5.2% ABV 26 IBU

Hook Up - A hybrid between a Radler and a Shandy. We call it a Shandler. It's our golden ale blended with a locally made, citrus forward soda. A delicious and refreshing beverage for a hot summer day. 4% ABV 7 IBU
Emerald Circle - Made by Northwest Hopheads, for Midwest Hopheads. This aggressive IPA is brewed with Maris Otter base malt along with Light Crystal, Aromatic and Vienna malts to add complexity to the malt bill. From here we get a bit heavy handed with our hop additions, which are early and often. The laundry list of hops includes: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Which are added throughout the boil and then later dry hopped. 6.5% ABV 83 IBU​
Horse Power - This house beer is a Double Pale Ale which lives up to its name. Maris Otter starts out our grist, followed by some Munich, Aromatic, and Light Crystal malts. For this beer we bittered with Magnum and Centennial, followed by late kettle additions of Cascade, Crystal and Styrian Golding hops which adds a depth of flavor and complexity to this beer. 7.3% ABV 63 IBU​
Working Title Wheat - The official beer of Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson (Known as the 'Dan Patch Ale' there). Citrus dominates the front end of the nose, followed by tropical fruit in the finish. Working Title is bittered with Chinook, followed by late kettle additions of Motueka and Rakau hops from New Zealand. The mouthfeel of this beer is achieved through generous amounts of white wheat, along with European specialty malts. 5.3% ABV 50 IBU

All house beers are available for $5 growler fills on Mondays all summer long. $4 Pints of Tow Yard beers on Tuesdays.
​Guest Taps​:
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Founder's Rubaeus Raspberry Ale
Founder's Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Founder's Dissenter Imperial India Pale Lager
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (Nitro)
10/2-10/4 - Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Make sure your calendar is marked for the greatest beer festival in all the land. We hope to see some of you there. Ticket information available at http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ 

Scarlet Lane in McCordsville
Our single hop McCordsville Pale Ale is now in the market at several establishments. McCordsville Pale Ale is made with a experimental Northwest hop.
Growler House Hours:
Thur - Fri 4PM - 8PM
Sat - Sun 11AM - 3PM
October 12th 6:30-10:30- Blood, Burgers, and Beer! Join Girls Pint Out at the brewery for some of our favorite beers organized through Zink Distributing, as well as Punch Burger, and Cornival Popcorn. For more details and tickets: http://bloodbeerburgers.eventbrite.com/

The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.
Get your tickets now, this is sure to sell out! 

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.

Thr3e Wise Men House Beers:
Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat
Golden Zoe IPA
Centennial Martyr Double IPA
Snow Bunny Blonde
Bulldog Brown
Hubbard & Cravens Porter
Rocky Ripple Pale Ale
CASK: Bulldog brown
Thr3e Wise Men Seasonal 
Klinsmann's Revenge German Pilsner
Color: Golden | ABV: 4.9% | IBU: 30
Light bodied and refreshing German style pilsner.
Noble hop bitterness is balanced with a light malt  profile.

Thr3e Wise Men  Seasonal
Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest - Tapped on 9.2.14
Color: Amber | ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 21
Features: A malty, medium bodied beer with a slight dry finish featuring Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts. Hopped with Spalt and Hersbrucker.

Thr3e Wise Men/Scotty's Brewhouse Promotions and Events:
Every first Friday of the month Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. and all Scotty's Brewhouse locations will be offering $5/$6 growler fills!

Scotty's 2014 Pick'em or Survivor Football Contest - Join our Free football challenges atwww.scottysbrewhouse.com/pickem . Winners picked every week to win $$! You can join any week and still win!

Devour Downtown - Monday 8/18 through 8/31. At Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown Indianapolis Location only.
2 for $30 - 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert
2 for $20 - 1 appetizer, 2 lunch menu items*
4 for $30 - 1 appetizer, 4 lunch menu items*
*lunch only, monday - friday, 11 am - 3 pm
$10 off any delivery order of $40 or more - Order at www.scottysbrewhouse.com/delivery
(delivery promotion available at our Downtown Indianapolis location only)

September Events:
  • Saturday, September 6th: America Multi-sport Muncie Triathlon
  • Saturday, September 6th: Penrod Art Fair
  • Saturday, September 13th: Mad Anthony Say Oktoberfest (Fort Wayne, IN)
Thr3e Wise Men Beer on Tap
If you would like to pour Thr3e Wise Men, we will personally deliver to you in the Indianapolis area. Or, we can get to you through our distributor if outside of Indy. We offer beer education classes, free pint glasses and full craft support. Please contact Tyler Thompson at tthompson@scottysbrewhouse.com 

Cutters Brewing in Avon

News - Union Brewery & Cutters did a collaboration & produced Hardin Hoppy Wheat. 5% abv, 48 ibu. It is an american wheat brewed with white wheat, red wheat, 2 row, and pilsen. Hopped with simcoe, falconers flight, amarillo.
Full Court Double IPA is back while supplies last. Free sampling @ Cutters 9973 US HWY 36 Avon IN,
Draft list - Floyd's Folly Scottish Ale, Monon Wheat, Lost River Blonde, Half Court IPA, Full Court Double IPA, Empire Stout, Pentagon Porter, General Brown Sour, Hardin Hoppy Wheat, Knobstone Pale Ale.
Open for growler fills 3-6pm Monday-Friday, 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday.
Cutters has an updated website www.Cuttersbrewing.com - check it out! 

Upland Brewery

Teddy Bear Kisses will be available for wholesale on draught and in 4-packs on September 15 and on tap at Upland locations on September 19.
Beer Description: A dark and robust beer brewed in the traditional stout method. Teddy Bear Kisses features an abundance of dark malts and high alpha hops for a powerful impact of roast, chocolate, and sweet bitterness. The lucky few who cuddle up to a warming session with Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses, can sense the velvety malt character, balanced bitter intensity, and soothing chocolate notes created by long aging on fair trade cocoa nibs. This tasty brew is then aged in bourbon barrels giving it subtle vanilla and oak notes to warm you through the cold winter season. ABV: 10.2 IBU: 7.6 SG: 21 SRM: 47.1
Harvest Ale will be available on draught and in 4-packs starting in early October.
Beer Description : An American Pale Ale by design with a hop back of freshly harvested Citra hops. Expect huge wafts of tropical fruit notes, balanced by a moderate bitterness and light tasted malt character. A showcase for one of our favorite ingredients and a delight for all the hopheads. ABV: 5.5 IBU: 62 SG: 14 SRM: 13

Bars, Restaurants, Carryout, & Distributors

9/23 - Trivia Night 

Lino's in Speedway
Friday, August 29
Upland Brewing Tap Takeover

Friday, September 5
Scarlet Lane Tap Takeover

Friday, September 12
New Day Meadery Tap Takeover

Friday, September 19
Tin Man Brewing Tap Takeover

Friday, September 26
Sun King Tap Takeover 

Great Fermentations 

Upcoming classes: 

Beginning Brewing Class
Saturday, August 30 @ 2PM, Indianapolis location

All Grain Brewing Class
Saturday, August 30 @ 10 AM, Indianapolis location

Taking pre-orders for fresh, local sweet cider to make hard cider. Cider will be delivered on Saturday, September 20th and Saturday, October 18th. $7.75/gallon

Taking pre-orders for juice from locally grown Traminette grapes. $15/gallon. 

Ruth's Chris Downtown and North location
Featuring Storm and Anchor beer at both  locations! 
We have 15 cases of this beer with more on a boat headed this way right now. This is one of the most highly acclaimed new breweries in all of Europe! This is the first time this beer will be available in the US and it will be exclusive to Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses only in Indiana and St. Louis! The different brews we have are:
Hoppy Brown:
Dry Hopped double Brown with a long lasting and very aromatic fruity hoppy finish with hints of tea and coffee.
Alcohol: 6.3

Citra Saison:
French Saison with Citra Hops, dry, sparkling, citrus hoppy.
Alcohol: 6.6

IBA Imperial Red:
Beer with a long aromatic fruity hoppy finish, fresh and mainly grapefruity; very dry and lightly earthy.
Alcohol: 8.1

Black IPA:
Roasted and smoked malts aroma with notes of citrus and grapefruit.
Alcohol: 7.1

Classic west coast IPA, with citrus notes and a malty backbone.
Alcohol: 6.9

Goose the Market
Have you been curious about our Beer & Cheese Club? Click here to find out more!

 Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple
As with last year, we will open early and show every match of the Premier League season. 

Papa's in Culver
Newest to our selection of 30 draft beers: Beachwood/Heretic/Stone Unapologetic IPA, Dark Horse FF Dekoorc Eert, Bell's Amber, Brooklyn Lager, Flat 12 Summer Cycle,

On Deck: Danny Boy Beer Works Miss Ginger Witte, People's/New Albany Collaboration: People's Republic of New Albania, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, Stone 18th Anniversary IPA, Green Flash West Coast IPA, 3 Floyd's Moloko, 3 Floyd's Arctic Panzer Wolf,

Check out our current full lineup here: indianasbestpizza.com/beer 

Yogi's in Bloomington
Beer school is every Tuesday!

Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville
We are pouring Bier's Kolsch, and their Chinookalicious...IPA, La Trappe Quadruple, Triplle de Ripple from Brugge, FFF Gumball head, Lexington Brewing's Bourbon Barrel Ale, Stone's Ruin Ten DBL IPA, Cuvee Des Jacobins Sour, Yes, that's right a sour...and Outliers American Rye.

Starlight Distribution, LLC 

From Josh:
September 4th @ 6:30 - Mass Ave Pub - Special tapping of Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus! Also Featuring De Proef, Prairie, and Upright on tap that night.
September 10th @ 6pm - The Pint Room in Carmel - Over 8 lines of North Peak and Grizzly Peak beers will be on tap plus a few taps of Jolly Pumpkin.
September 12th - 14th - La Margarita - Spontaneous Weekend! Special tappings of wild and sour beers all weekend. Including a keg of Tilquin Gueze.

Beer & Fundraising Events

GPO Beer Education:
Belgian Beer Styles
Tuesday, September 9th
6:30 pm

Join Girls Pint Out at the newly opened Taxman Brewing in Bargersville for a night of beer education!

Taxman will be running us through the paces - trying their line up of Belgian beers with an American twist.

You must have a ticket to attend this ladies only event! Your $10 ticket includes the education, your beer tasting, and appetizers!

Space is limited, so don't miss out! Get your ticket here --- http://gpogoesbelgian.bpt.me/

Defining "Drink Local"
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Thursday, September 25th

"Drink local" is a common rallying cry for craft beer drinkers, but how does one define "local"? Bill Jimerson, Indy Beer News, and Amanda Wishin, Girls Pint Out, will moderate a panel to discuss defining local and the positives and negatives associated with sourcing locally.
Panelists will be:
Jeff Evard - Herr Station Malt, Ryan Hammer - Three Hammers FarmsMatthew L. Bochman - Indiana University, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry ("yeast scientist"), Rob Caputo - Flat 12 Director of Brewery Operation.s
This discussion will be live-recorded for an Indy Beer News podcast. In conjunction, for Beer:30 Flat 12 will tap a beer that exemplifies "drink local" made with local ingredients.

Blood, Beer, & Burgers
Scarlet Lane Brewing Co.
Sunday, October 12th

6:30- 10:30 pm

Welcome the Halloween season with Scarlet Lane, Girls Pint Out, Punch Burger, Cornival Popcorn, and our favorite beers organized through Zink Distributing!

The October anthology classic Trick R' Treat will be played on the big screen on the brewery lawn and will be paired with select beers. Along with beers from Scarlet Lane, unique beers from Ninkasi Brewing, Urban Chestnut, and Arcadia will take you through the full movie experience. Your $35 ticket price includes a custom pint glass, beer, popcorn, Punch Burger meal, and movie.
What You Need: blanket/lawn chair, good attitude, and an ID showing 21+
RAIN OR SHINE (event will be indoors if needed)
Seats are limited, but good company will be plentiful.
For more details and tickets: http://bloodbeerburgers.eventbrite.com/ 

Brew Bracket presents: Experimental IPAs

6-9 PM
Tomlinson Tap Room
Eight incredible Indiana brewers making a new recipe or a twist on the classic. Be the first in Indiana to taste all 8 and vote for the best! For tickets and more info, click HERE

Master of Beer Appreciation classes 
Beer MBA Classes - More Than Just a Tasting
This is a unique opportunity for people at all knowledge levels to learn more about the World's Classic Beer Styles. As we sample each beer, we'll briefly discuss its origin, history and what makes it unique. This is a fun experience. Don't miss it!
  • Designed for Everyone (must be 21 years of age)
  • Flexible Schedule - Take Any Class in Any Order (after attending a Class 1)
  • Take All 3 Classes and Get Your "MBA Certificate"
Only $50 per 3-hr Class (includes free samples of all beers)
Discounts available: Sign up for all 3 classes for $135 total! Call for group discounts.  More info on Facebookgive us a like!
Class 1 – Sat, August 23
Class 2 – Sat, September 13
Class 3 – Sat, October 4
Beer Vacations Follow the link to learn more.
Guided Beer Vacations to Belgium and Germany
Take a Dream Trip to Germany where nearly everything is planned and coordinated for you. Visit the Famous Breweries and the Best Beer Bars in the World, all led and guided by Ron Smith, a recognized Beer Expert that will help explain even more about the legendary beer styles, history and cultures.  Learn more now:  Germany 2015 - Munich, Bavaria and Bamberg! 
Be sure to sign-up for our email list so we can notify you of our upcoming trips and classes. For any additional information, don't hesitate to contact us atBeerMBA@MarketWiseSolutions.com or call 317-564-4898 and ask for Ron Smith.
Fall Beer MBA Classes start Aug 23rd (see http://beermba.com/classes.php ).

BJCP Study Group for this year starts Oct 8th (see http://beermba.com/bjcp.php ).

AND Germany Beer Trip for Summer 2015 (see http://beermba.com/germany-beer-vacations.php ).

08/29/2014 09:58 AM
BridgePort Brewing Completes Their Trilogy
Still in the midst of celebrating their 30th Anniversary, BridgePort Brewing is set to release their third beer in their Trilogy series of beers. Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, a Collaboration with Oregon State University, begins shipping this week. This is the third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series. For the final beer in this […]

08/29/2014 09:48 AM
Walking Man Brewing’s Hoptoberfest Returns September 13th
Stevenson, WA – Walking Man Brewing will host the return of Hoptoberfest Saturday, September 13th from noon to 10pm.  This 21 and over event will take place in the field adjacent to the brewery and in the pub beer garden. Traditional festival food, live music and lawn game competitions will be offered throughout the day. […]

08/29/2014 09:00 AM
Maritime Pacific & Coronado Brewing Collaborate on Ketch of they Day
Press Release: Coronado, CA — Coronado Brewing Company Head Brewer Ryan Brooks took to the tarmac to visit Seattle’s Maritime Pacific Brewing Company & brew up a Kolsch-Style Ale with brewer Matthew Schumacher early in July. The collaboration of the two breweries was a natural fit between the two well- established West Coast breweries. “I […]

08/29/2014 08:41 AM
Coronado 18th Anniversary IPA

2013-2014 was a big year for Coronado Brewing — a GABF medal, a couple awards from the World Beer Cup and their 18th anniversary. So what better way to celebrate those achievements than by unleashing a big IPA? Using a potent combination of Citra, Mosaic, Nugget and Simcoe varieties, the brewery has crafted themselves a […]

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08/29/2014 07:26 AM
World Beer Style Guide 1901

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

The diagram above is a representation of text from a 1901 book called One Hundred Years of Brewing publish by H.S. Rich & Co. of Chicago as a special supplement of The Western Brewer. The passage in question is most interesting as a reflection of how things looked at the time — which types of beer had […]

World Beer Style Guide 1901

08/29/2014 03:05 AM
Ill-conceived twaddle
You find weird stuff in the letters pages of newspapers. Sometimes the assertions they contain are, well, total bollocks. You wonder why on earth they ever got printed.

This is a good example of that category.
"Sir.—I read in your issue of the 23rd inst. a letter from Mr. J. Simpson, of the Yorkshire Brewers' Association, and have some idea that all has not been stated. Recently I read in your columns the speeches of the brewers on the occasion of their meeting in Leeds. Financially it was inferred that things were in a bad way, but remarkably enough. I read in the same paper that Messrs. Whitbreads had paid a dividend of 25 per cent, and added considerably to their reserve funds. This led me to consult the share market column, and it is perhaps truthful to say that, judging front the price of brewery shares, there is no industry in this country which pays so well and regularly as breweries. They are making money "hand over fist" as the saying goes.

Day by day the prices of shares rise, and if anyone is a bit sceptical on the point, let him look at the share market and find the price of a £1 share. If a "free house" is for sale, most extravagant prices are offered by breweries for its purchase. To restore dilapidated public-houses large sums can readily be found. Corner sites in new building areas are secured and permitted to lie dormant for years awaiting the time when a licence is possible.

Some breweries advertise that their beer is brewed from pure malt and bops: others do not commit themselves. No brewer, however, advertises that his beer brewed from British malt and hops. Truth tell. South American barley and Continental hops find their way into the brewery vat. The distillers recently sent a protest to the Chancellor and promised that if he would reduce taxation on whisky they would use 30 per cent. British malt. The position appears to be that there is nothing British in our stimulants except the water.

The cost of brewing a gallon of beer is under 1.5d., and the price at which this gallon is unloaded on the tied landlord ensures that whatever comes or goes, the brewery will reap its tremendous and customary profit. This is why there are no poor brewers in this country. The "tied" landlord demands our help, not the brewer. Heavily rented and rated, with a large sum to provide for a licence, it is remarkable how he survives.—Yours, etc., P.E.H."
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 26 April 1932, page 6.

He makes three points: that breweries were making huge profits; that British beer was brewed almost exclusively from foreign ingredients; that beer cost 1.5d per gallon to brew.

I'll concede that breweries some breweries were making reasonable profits. But the number of takeovers of long-established firms in the 1930's reveals that others were struggling. The claim that Whitbread declared a 25% dividend in 1932 just isn't true. The dividend on the Ordinary Shares was 14%. A pretty decent return, but nowhere near 25%.

British beer hadn't been brewed from 100% British ingredients for getting on for hundred years, WW I excepted. There was a simple reason: British agriculture couldn't produce the quantity of malt and hops required by the brewing industry. That said, the majority of ingrendients were still home grown. The proportion of malt made from foreign barley was rarely more than 20% of the grist.

The last claim is particularly crazy. And demonstrates how little the author knew of the industry. Luckily I've plenty of material to back me up. Because some brewing records include costs. Let's take a look at one, shall we?

This is from a Courage brew of 1st January 1932. It's a parti-gyle of Burton and Mild Ales.

Costs of a Courage brew of 1st January 1932
beer OG cost per gallon cost per barrel (pence) barrels gravity points shiilngs pence
KKK 1072.8 55.3056 1991 98.5 2580.7 165 11
XXX 1047.8 39.0833 1407 161.25 2773.5 117 3
MC 1041.7 30.6944 1105 231 3465 92 1
XXX 1032.0 23.1944 835 1026 11799 69 7
Average 1037.8

1,516.8 20,618.2
Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/259.

All the beers of the parti-gyle averaged a gravity of 1037.8 and there were 1,516 barrels in total. As well as the price per barrel of each beer, the costs are also broken down by ingredients and tax:

Costs of a Courage brew of 1st January 1932

total pence pounds shillings pence
malt 115,368 480 14 0
sugar 51,354 213 19 6
hops 4,134 17 3 18
sundries 954 3 19 6
total ingredients 171,810 713 55 30
duty 1,712,609 7,135 17 5
total ingredients + duty 1,884,419 7,848 72 35
ingredients price per barrel 113.28
ingredients price per gallon 3.15
duty price per barrel 1129.13
duty price per gallon 31.36
ingredients + duty price per barrel 1242.41
ingredients + duty price per gallon 34.51
Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/259.

The ingredients alone came to more than 3d per gallon. If you include the duty, which is surely part of the cost of brewing, the price jumps up to more than 34d per gallon. So the letter-writer was wrong by more than a factor of twenty. And that's for a beer several points below the average gravity of 1042.5*.

I can also see whence the ingredients used in this batch came from. The only identifiably foreign material are 18 quarters of malt from Californian barley. That's from a total 178 quarters, so just about 10%.

So pretty much all bollocks, that letter.

08/28/2014 09:47 PM
An ‘Exhibition’ of Australian Craft Beer
After ten days of introducing craft beer to the visitors to this year's 'Ekka', Pete Mitcham takes a look at lessons learned and opportunities offered.

08/28/2014 08:21 PM
#3floyds #fff #bottlecap #craftbeer #beertography
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08/28/2014 07:00 PM
Firestone Walker to launch Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout in September
US-based Firestone Walker Brewing will launch its new barrel-aged oatmeal stout known as Velvet Merkin in September this year.

08/28/2014 05:41 PM
Colorado Beer News 082814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is I Have A Dream Day. 51 years ago on this day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, DC. While some progress has been made in racial equality since that day, there's still a lot of work to be done to bring that dream to reality. Toast to Dr. King's memory and dream today. I have a dream also. It involves drinking a craft beer after work today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 28th, 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

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Happy thirsty Thursday everyone! CRBC is excited to have their friends from The Wing Wagon Grill coming to sling you some tasty grilled wings to pair up with your craft beers. They will also be tapping something real special this evening that you won't want to miss out on. (Hint: Its a new saison that is reportedly off the wall and insanely delicious). Come see if your agree. Open today from 3pm to 8pm. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Yes, they will be open for limited hours on Labor Day Monday. They'll open from 11am to 2pm for all your growler fill needs. Tonight, the Pasta Cart will be on site for your hunger pangs while you enjoy a pint or two. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

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

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - The honor of being their 500th batch of beer falls to their new Fresh Hop IPA. They're brewing it up today. This beer will be loaded with an abundance of Cascade hops. Look for this beer to appear soon in September. Trivia Thursday is tonight at 6pm. It's your chance to win a growler - 2 rounds! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland will be celebrating Bike To Brewery Day on Labor Day. All those who bike in on Labor Day will get $1 off pints. Are you ready to ride? [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today the brewery kegged off thei collaboration beer with Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. and Dragonmead Brewery: BrettBagger Barrel-Aged Brett Imperial White IPA! They're really excited how it turned out, and they're tapping it on Tuesday, September 2. They'll also be tapping the last keg of PeakBagger that day, so you can compare the beers side by side. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Hey hop heads! They've tapped their Demonblood IPA today. This is a hefty 7% ABV 57 IBU beer brewed with organic grown Chinook and Cascade hops from Rising Sun Farm in Paonia, CO. Want some? [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is Firkin Thursday! They're tapping a Euro Pale Ale with lemon and ginger today at 4:00pm. Enjoy a pint! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Living the Dream Brewing Co (Littleton) - This Friday, August 29th is their FREE fantasy football league draft party! They are hosting fantasy football leagues at the brewery and are serving up free beer to the poor soul who pulls the last draft pick, free beer for the weekly winners and discounted pints in between! The party starts at 7pm this Friday. [12305 Dumont Way, Littleton, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - The GABF is coming and TRVE Brewing along with 3 Floyds Brewing of Munster, Indiana are planning a big GABF After Party at The Summit Music Hall in Denver on October 2nd, 2014 from 6pm to 11:45pm. This is a big music party featuring the bands EYEHATEGOD and VALIENT THORR. Plenty of good beer and music for those not attending the GABF or who get out of the GABF a bit early. Tickets and info.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Fans of brett beers take note. Today Crooked Stave was busy bottling up something special. Their Batch 100 Wild Wild Brett Centennial is a barrel fermented brew made with Centennial kumquats and dry-hopped with Centennial hops. Not sure if this is for the reserve group or at stores, but if you can get some of this - GRAB 'EM QUICK! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Who's ready for another Broncos game?! The game starts at 6pm. Come in 2 hours before the game for $1 off 64 oz growler fills, $0.50 off 32 oz growler fills, $2 off NEW growler purchases! Their food pairs well with a Broncos game as well and if you come in wearing Broncos gear they'll give you $1 off house ales! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Their brewmaster is on his way to Paonia to pick up supplies for their wet hop IPA they'll be making tomorrow! He'll be picking Nugget and Chinook hops right off the vine. Tough job Mr. Brewmaster. In other hop news, our Edgewater IPA is back on tap! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - How many pounds of hops in their upcoming Fresh Hop Rye? 160 pounds of fresh Colorado Chinook and Cascades! Look for their Fresh Hop Rye brewed with all Colorado malt and all Colorado hops to hit the tapwall in about three weeks! [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Are you a ginger? Even if you're not, you'll want to come in and try their latest Tadpole Tap - Ginger Wheat. It's mighty tasty! [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - If you're a fan of American IPAs, you're bound to love their new dry-hopped version of Gadabout, an India Pale Lager. Dry-hopped with Summit and Cascade. Super drinkable and dank, yo. But still with balance. They've never made a beer quite like this. And they think you'll love it. Open today 4pm to 10pm. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Oskar Blues is Back in Black! Don't miss Oskar Blues' "Black Fidy Friday Vertical Party" tomorrow, Friday August 29th - all day long at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room. They will be pouring side-by-side verticals of Ten Fidy Imperial Stout from 2012, 2013 and 2014. Plus, try their Rum Barrel Aged Ten Fidy and a Maker's Mark Barrel Aged Ten Tidy. Crowlers? Maybe, if we're lucky. [1800 Pike Rd, Unit B, Longmont, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Come join in for Gravity Brewing's 2 Year Anniversary Celebration next Saturday, September 6th from 12pm to 10pm. They will be offering special barrel aged and small batch beer tappings, a special food menu from Worldwide Vittles, and live music from The Longest Day of the Year (1:30pm - 4:30pm) and Full Belly (6-9pm). The special tappings will come every hour - on the hour. Look for: Rum Barrel Aged Mendacious Golden Strong, Apple Whiskey Barrel Aged Mendacious, Brett Barrel Aged Mendacious, Brett Barrel Aged IPA, Brett Barrel Aged ESB, Barrel Aged Coffee Stout, Flanders Red, and more! [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Looking for a Sunday meal idea? Why not try their Sunday Brunch from 9:30am to 11:30am. Or get Sunday Dinner to go with their Pizza and a Growler special - just $20. Stop in for Lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm. Get a pizza and a beer for just $10. If you're looking for the full beer/food experience, plan to attend their "End of Summer BBQ Beer Dinner" on Tuesday, September 9th. 3 courses each paired with a beer for $35 per person. Call (720) 638-5193 for reservations. [5290 Arapahoe, Unit I, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - They've got the next step in their evolution of the IPA on tap. It's 7% ABV and dry hopped with an uncommon Southern Hemisphere hop variety you've probably never tasted. Citrus, Pine, Grass, Dank. The Elephant IPA. [3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Have you been noticing the wonderful smell around the brewhouse today? That's their new wet hop brew being created. Their Quad Hopped Harvest Pale Ale will be ready to drink in September. It's full of fresh hops from High Wire Hops of Paonia, CO. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo Brewing Company is proud to announce the tapping of their Pro-Am beer "Frank", a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Stop in today for Happy Hour 4-6pm and try a different style of Echo! "One fine beer followed by another". [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Loveland Aleworks Celebrates Labor Day Weekend with ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Special Events all Weekend. Starting August 29, 2014, Loveland Aleworks will be celebrating Labor Day weekend with a party to release their Pro-Am beer, Baltic Porter. This phenomenally rich and full-bodied porter was brewed with award-winning home brewers, Abe and Laura Pilato, as a PRO-AM beer for the Great American Beer Festival. At the party, Satori Grill food truck will be providing food for customers to purchase. The event will run from 5pm - 12am. On August 30th, Loveland Aleworks will be serving free hot dogs on the patio for customers. In addition to the hot dogs, they will be supporting their neighbor, Cosmic Dog, who is having a dog adoption event from 11am - 3pm. On August 31st, Loveland Aleworks will be offering half-priced growler fills of their American Sour Ale with Raspberries. All other beers in their lineup will be discounted for growler fills as well. In addition, Bottle Cap BBQ will be serving food from their food cart in front of the brewery. Finally, on September 1st, 2014, Loveland Aleworks will be serving homemade ice cream infused with their Coconut Porter, Imperial Stout, and Baltic Porter. Aleworks will be offering both beer and root beer floats made with this ice-cream. This one of a kind indulgence will only be available on Labor Day. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Road 34 Bike Bar (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Aspen Brewing is coming to Road 34! Road 34 is stoked to welcome some of the fine folks from Aspen Brewing Company to Fort Collins on Tuesday, September 2nd from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. The crew will stop in for Tuesday 2 for 1 sandwiches and talk about their acclaimed brews. Road 34 will be featuring $3 half-pints of their World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning Saison, and $5 pints of their highly acclaimed Independence Pass IPA. The event is free and open to the public, and the sandwich special starts at 6 pm. They hope to see you there! [1213 W Elizabeth St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Happy Hour all day on Thirsty Thursdays and Tunes with Taggart & Silas at City Star TONIGHT 7pm! Americana, rock and folk... this duo does it all and they have become one of our Berthoud staples. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Want to get an early start to your long Labor Day weekend? Stop in today and get $1 off pints! That just might convince you to take the next day off and have a 4 day weekend. [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Snowbank Brewing WILL be open on Labor Day featuring all of their fresh beers on tap, plus Umami Mobile Eatery will be back at the brewery serving up their gourmet Asian fusion cuisine! Come and celebrate the extended weekend with them and bring your appetites! Pairing menus will be available to help you make the difficult decision of which pint to sip with which dish. [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today is Happy Hour Every Hour once again! Come and get $1 off pints all day from Noon to 9:00pm. Earlier today, the brew was busy creating their upcoming Oktoberfest beer. Look for that beer to debut soon in September. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - The Broncos game will be on at the brewery tonight; Hoppy Meals and 1/2 price pitchers are a hell of a deal! It's also 1/2 price pints for ladies from 2-9pm, and Geeks Who Drink starts at 7:30pm! Come join in. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 9, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - This Monday, Labor Day, they will be releasing a collaboration beer with Crow Hop Brewing Company (Loveland) called "Uncommon Sweetheart", a California Common. This beer combines both American and German style. Come by Grimm Brothers as they toast the release at 3pm and then head Crow Hop where they will toast their release at 5pm. Afterwards, they will go to Pourhouse Bar and Grill where they will have both beers on draft. Mark your calendars! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Uber (Ft. Collins) - Another great way to get around FoCo launched today. Check out www.uber.com to register yourself, download the app, and request a ride whenever you might need one! Get $25 off your first ride (which will surely be less than $25 if you're staying in FoCo) with the code HORSEDRAGON. Happy to see this service launching in Fort Collins! Never drive drunk - use Uber!

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Today is the Grand Opening for Dodgeton Creek Brewing Company. They plan to start things off today from 2:00pm to 8:00pm with 8 beers on tap. These beers include: Scottish Ale, Coffee Porter, India Pale Ale, India Pale Lager, Wheated Bitter, Extra Pale Ale, Milk Stout, and a Pumpkin Stout. Most beers are $4, the Pumpkin Stout is $6. You can get a taster Flight of four 4oz beers for $4 also. Growlers are $8 and Growler Fills are $12. They have a limited number of snacks available and glassware and t-shirts for sale too. Initial offerings will be available as a kegged draft product to bars, taverns and restaurants in Las Animas, Huerfano and Pueblo counties, and through direct sales at the brewery's tap room in Trinidad. Expansion plans include addition of a canning line in the third year of operation, which will allow for distribution throughout Colorado and into New Mexico. Stop in on your way down to New Mexico - just off I-25 near the El Moro Rd exit (Exit 18). [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Dont' forget to check out their Hop Pickin' Party this Sunday, August 31st. The hops you help pick will go into this year's "America the Pale Wet Hop Pale Ale". Also, now on tap - PPBC's GABF Pro-Am beer "Podwójny IPA" (Polish for Double). For this year's GABF Pro-Am beer we selected an Imperial IPA brewed by Mike Bordick. It is a delicious show case for hops that we don't usually use (Summit, Brewers Gold, Amarillo and Simcoe). Bright citrus flavors dominate this beer. This will be entered into the largest beer competition in the country, the Great American Beer Festival. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Iron Bird is the place to be tonight for the #cstweetup social gathering. Come network with locals. Potato Potato will be on site serving up food, plus the Photo Love Bus. Starts after work today. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Cheers to something new! They're releasing their Red Baron Octoberfest tonight at 5:30pm. Stats: 5.8% ABV, 26 IBUs. And, they're releasing their Double Decade Saison on Monday (Labor Day) and hosting a BBQ in the Fermentation Room! Special 20th Anniversary glassware will be available. Join in for samples, food and a great time and help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary! [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Gold Camp Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - A request from the owner: "If anyone has nothing to do on September 3rd at about 8:30am and wants to show up at Colorado Springs City Council chambers to voice support for our Conditional Use Permit, we would love you forever. There will be at least one person voicing opposition, so anyone willing to voice support would be fantastic!" [Future brewery location: 1009 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Carver Brewing Co (Durango) - Today they just tapped this year's edition of their 2013 GABF Gold Medal winning European-style Dunkel - Munich Dunkel. Das ist gut! [1022 Main Ave, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] One year ago Kannah Creek Brewing Company started bottling and distributing their beers throughout Colorado. They have now expanded distribution into Arizona by partnering with Young’s Market Company of Arizona. The first beers shipped on August 2 and were available in select locations starting the week of August 11. Kannah Creek’s three mainstay beers will be distributed in Arizona including the Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale Ale, and Broken Oar IPA. The breweries rotating line of seasonal offerings will also be available including the current offering Island Mesa Blonde Ale. These beers are available in 6-packs at liquor stores and in kegs for on draft at bars and restaurants. “At Young’s Market of Arizona craft beer is a way of life,” states Beer Portfolio Manager, Wayne Wriston. “Here at Young’s the right fit is an important factor and not everyone we consider makes the grade. We have a rich history with Colorado breweries and are looking forward to more progress here in our home market of Arizona with Kannah Creek.” Kannah Creek Brewing Company has been brewing beer on a 7 barrel system at their brewpub based in Grand Junction since 2005 but with the addition of a new 30 barrel brew house and production facility Kannah Creek started distributing their beers throughout Colorado in August 2013. Arizona is now the second state to carry Kannah Creek beer. “We chose to distribute to Arizona because it is a similar sized market as Colorado,” states Co-Owner and Head Brewer, Jim Jeffryes. “Plus we are a neighboring state which puts them (Young’s Market) close to us for easy support.” [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

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08/28/2014 03:13 PM
The Wonderful Team Readership Award: And the Winners Are…
Originally posted on Head Over Beers:
A great reader is not afraid to ask questions and add to the conversation. I’d like to thank Brian from Love, Food & Beer for nominating HeadOverBeers for the Wonderful Team Readership Award. It’s great to see all of my fellow bloggers out there supporting one another. If you’re…

08/28/2014 02:01 PM
Toronado Seattle Grand Opening This Saturday, a Bilingual Explanation

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Saturday, August 30 the brand new Toronado Seattle celebrates its grand opening. What does that mean? I am going to explain it in two different languages. First, I’ll say it in Seattle Beer Snobbese: Bonney opened a Toronado in Seattle. The new Toronado moved into one...

08/28/2014 01:02 PM
Adventure with Friends introduces Colorado Active Beer Tours for GABF 2014
Sponsored [Paid] Post by Colorado Active Beer Tours: After traveling abroad and leading many tours to other states and countries, I’m reminded daily why I enjoy returning to Colorado after every trip. The combination of over 300 sunny days, stunning […]

08/28/2014 12:51 PM
August 2014 Sunday Funkday at iTAP Soulard
[ August 31, 2014; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let's be honest, funky beers aren't a trend, they're the original beers. Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from [...]

08/28/2014 10:16 AM
Governor Inslee Signs Cider Proclamation

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s official. September 4th thru 14th is Washington Cider Week. Governor Jay Inslee officially signed a proclamation. For ten days cider will flow at events all across the state. Seattle Cider Summit, the state’s largest cider festival, takes place in Seattle next weekend (September 5th and 6th)....

08/28/2014 09:30 AM
A New Brewery In Salado Seeking Law Changes
Graydon Hill recently relocated to Salado, Texas, and wanted to open a brewery.

Hill led a successful petition drive to turn Partially Dry Salado into Wet Salado. In Texas, partially dry areas do not sell hard liquor off premise. This law prevented anyone from opening a liquor store in Salado. Now, Salado is wet, and that means he can start the licensing process for his brewery.

Yes! Another man doing the Lord's work.

08/28/2014 08:35 AM
Full Moon Brewery
Located in the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island, the Full Moon Café & Grill, and Brewery, is a hidden craft beer destination on the Outer Banks. We first visited last year, and declared it a "must stop" during our vacation this year. After a tour of the nearby Elizabethan Gardens, we stopped at Full Moon for lunch. The café itself is quite small, and there actually seems to be more outdoor patio seating than indoor. We did choose to dine inside and were seated right away.

Rather than sample a flight of beers, we opted to focus on full servings of a single beer. Interestingly, we all selected beers that we did not try in our initial visit last Summer. Glasses of Lost Colony English Brown Ale for Checkered Flag, Charon Stout for Colleen, and Over Time Pale Ale for me soon appeared on our table. The English Nut Brown Ale was well done, with a slightly nutty flavor and a mild chocolate hint. Colleen's Irish Stout was equally enjoyable. The bitterness of roasted malt and caramel predominated, with a hint of smoke. The beer finished bitter and slightly dry.

The Over Time Pale Ale seems to be a newer addition to the lineup. Golden amber with a thin white head, the beer has a mild citrus aroma. The flavor leans towards grapefruit citrus, with a touch of pine. It was a well-balanced Pale Ale that finished clean with little aftertaste. I rather enjoyed it, and when my glass was empty, instead of changing beers mid-meal, I opted for a repeat pint.

I started my meal with a cup of a very thick crab bisque. Full of crab meat, and flavor, the soup was a fitting accompaniment to my first glass of Over Time Pale Ale. For the main part of my meal, and to go along with that second beer, I enjoyed a Hunter Wrap — chunks of grilled angus ribeye along with onions, tomatoes, and a white cheddar and horseradish sauce. The wrap was served with tortilla chips and a very spicy salsa. The Pale Ale was a fitting, and cooling, foil for the spice of the wrap and the salsa.

If the Full Moon Café and Brewery was just a bit closer to where we were staying in Southern Shores, I am positive we would have eaten more meals there. The combination of fresh craft beer, tasty food and fast, friendly service is hard to beat. It's become one of my favorite stops in the Outer Banks. We'll be back again the next time we're in the area.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/28/2014 08:06 AM
#VeggieDag Thursday: Quick Links for August 2014.
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on issues of an animal-free diet, ecology, and the environment.


Quick links for August 2014

  • 27 August 2014:
    The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization is drafting voluntary guidelines for "responsible investment in agriculture and food systems." Responsible investments, according to the draft guidelines, will increase "sustainable production ... of safe, nutritious, diverse, and culturally acceptable food," which is defined as "food that corresponds to individual and collective consumer demand and preferences, in line with national and international law."
    —Via NPR.

  • 27 August 2014:
    Due to changes in FDA regulations, shipments to the U.S. of French Roquefort, and other blue cheeses, may diminish sharply this year.
    —Via Planet Cheese (Janet Fletcher).

  • Pizza Pie @Rustico
  • 27 August 2014:
    "Quantification of Pizza Baking Properties of Different Cheeses, and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality," or the science of why mozzarella melts and blisters better than most other cheeses.
    —Via Journal of Food Science (as reported by NPR).

  • 20 August 2014:
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to a natural gas boom. However, many local governments are attempting to limit or ban the practice due to concerns over its effect upon health and the environment, such as water contamination and increased seismic activity.
    —Via Diane Rehm Show (WAMU, Washington, D.C.).

  • 17 August 2014:
    The worst drought in the California's recorded history is hitting farmers in the Central Valley hard, threatening beef cattle, and crops of fruit, vegetables, and winter wheat. Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the region’s periodic droughts — are being pumped away at rates that scientists say are both historic and unsustainable.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 14 August 2014:
    Virtually every adult on the planet consumes too much salt, Tufts University researchers have determined, with an average of 3.95 grams of sodium consumed per person per day--nearly double the two grams daily recommended by the World Health Organization. Nearly 10 percent of all deaths from cardiovascular causes --heart disease and stroke-- were attributed to excess sodium intake.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 12 August 2014:
    "A BBC poll has revealed that fewer than one in 10 Brits know when some of the UK's most well-known fruit and vegetables are in season, and supermarkets do little to help." Some reasons for (and against) 'seasonal' eating.
    —Via The Guardian.
    —Via Wise Bread, a nice rundown, month-by-month, of vegetables (and fruits) in season, in North America.

  • 6 August 2014:
    The 12 'best' vegan dishes in the Washington, D.C. area, including:
    • Tempeh Panini at Busboys and Poets
    • Piyaz (Turkish bean salad) at Zaytinya
    • Vegan Linguine Puttanesca at Maple
    • Plai Moana Chien (Cambodian-style stir fried pineapple with ginger) at Doi Moi
    —As chosen by DCist.

  • 3 August 2014:
    The 21 'best' vegetarian restaurants in the United States.
    (In Washington, D.C., the choice was Elizabeth's Gone Raw.)
    —As chosen by Thrillist.



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  • Suggestions and submissions from chefs, writers, and home-cooks welcomed! Contact me here.

08/28/2014 07:21 AM
Heritage Brewing American Expedition

Just about every brewery I’ve ever encountered has some sort of seasonal rotation — something malty and big for Winter, something light and refreshing for warmer months and so on. As with their cold weather themed Battle of White Marsh, Manassas’ Heritage Brewing also has their Summer seasonal in American Expedition. This 4.5% ABV wheat […]

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08/28/2014 06:21 AM
Secrets from a Craft Beer Insider: Sommbeer Interviews Liz Crowe
We’re here today, talking with Liz Crowe.  Liz has an intriguing background as both a pioneer in the craft beer industry and author.   Her passions run deep and are as diverse as soccer to well …… craft beer. SommBeer:  Tell me about your beer background Liz Crowe:  Let’s see…long about 2008 I was selling real estate (check your historical records, it was a shite year for it but I was doing well. I’ve been told I could sell ice to an Eskimo or a…

08/28/2014 03:56 AM
Samuel Adams expands beer range with new Kosmic Mother Funk
Samuel Adams, an American brand of beer brewed by the Boston Beer Company, has expanded its beer range with the introduction of new Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru.

08/28/2014 03:17 AM
House of Orange
I'm a complete sucker for new-wave German hops, mainly because we pretty much never see them here. But I did genuinely enjoy the handful of beers I've had using them, and Mandarina Bavaria particularly sticks out as a good variety. So obviously I leapt at Nøgne Ø Mandarina IPA when it appeared in DrinkStore, in a way that I don't normally leap at spendy Nøgne Ø beers.

This is 7.5% ABV and is dark orange with an almost reddish cast to it, topped by an off-white head. The aroma is a unique mix of Christmas spices, biscuits, gunpowder, jaffa, chocolate and herbs: one hell of a noseful. The flavour is calmer, smoother, based on the malt backbone coming through as light caramel and milk chocolate. Joyously, the carbonation is gentle and doesn't interfere with any of the flavours -- that wasn't always the case at Nøgne Ø.

But what of the hops? They're actually rather restrained. I think I was expecting more of a New World bitter bang but instead that herbal spiciness dominates, reminiscent of several Kiwi varieties and a reminder that many of them, too, have their origins in German breeds. There's a mildly oily resinousness as well, and then just enough of a citric punch on the end to make it worth the hophead's while. But overall it's smooth, complex, tasty and very very drinkable.

I should have been careful what I wished for with regard to a New World bitter bang as shortly afterwards there was the arrival of Nøgne Ø's Two Captains double IPA to the taps at Farrington's (now The Norseman, obvs -- this post has been in draft for a long time). I wandered along for a looksee. And y'know, I wasn't that impressed.

It's a clear innocent pale orange and starts with a hard jarring bitterness. This softens slightly after a moment, into more innocent sherbet lemons and light toffee; mandarin and a touch of dank resin, but overall just a bit too waxy and harsh for my liking. It reminded me a bit of Of Foam and Fury, and specifically of why that beer really is up there with the best.

Nøgne Ø's strength has always been its dark beers, I reckon, and these two, while perfectly palatable according to their own style, show little reason to change that opinion. And on that subject, a late coda of the dark beer variety:

I recently assisted Brian with a couple of his video podcasts and he brought along some beers to drink as we talked. The one that has the Norwegian segment in it went with a Nøgne Ø beer I'd never tasted before, an Imperial Rye Porter, brewed in collaboration with Terrapin Beer of Athens, Georgia. A huge 9% ABV, it's as heavy and sticky as you might expect, smelling powerfully of liquorice and tasting of unctuous coffee dregs. But there's also a gorgeous hop effect, delivering fresh raw cabbage in the aroma and a spicy, grassy vegetal flavour. And, like the Mandarina IPA, the carbonation is absolutely spot-on, leaving it rich, smooth and with almost a sherbet effervescence. Only the strength and the hugely complex flavour keep it from being an easy quaffer. Cheers Brian!

08/28/2014 12:57 AM
James Squire’s Brisbane Brewhouse now open
Brisbane's James Squire Brewhouse, The Charming Squire, opens today...

08/28/2014 12:44 AM
Beer T-Shirt Club now featuring Netherlands’ Vandestreek Bier as August brewery
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08/28/2014 12:20 AM
Town of Crested Butte mixed over proposal to be transformed for Bud Light’s “Whatever” campaign
The "Are You Up for Whatever" Bud Light campaign calls for bringing more than 1,000 up-for-anything revelers from around the country to a town that will be made over into a fantasy Bud Light-drinking community called "Whatever." More >> The […]

08/28/2014 12:04 AM
Heretic Brewing hits Philadelphia in September through Bella Vista Beer
We are officially announcing the distribution agreement that has been signed a couple weeks ago between Bella Vista Beer and Heretic Brewery from Fairfield, CA. Heretic was started by famous home brewer turned pro, Jamil Zainasheff, and has been turning […]

08/27/2014 11:55 PM
Left Hand Brewing returns to UK market
News Wire:  (Boulder, CO) – Left Hand Brewing Company is strengthening its commitment to the United Kingdom. This September, the Colorado-based brewery will expand supply across the UK with distribution partner James Clay. In addition, Left Hand has established its […]

08/27/2014 09:20 PM
Drift Session IPA – 3 Brothers

Review by: Cory Smith A couple of weeks ago, Richard Hartogs of Better Beer Authority invited us to do a live blind beer tasting with two other reviewers and himself. … Continue Reading →

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08/27/2014 08:42 PM
Episode 56: Developed in the Bottle (Part 1)
Mike and Jason share a bottle from Zipline Brewing Co. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The beer featured is the Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter, which is aged for 10 months in Silver Oak Cabernet wine barrels. Beers Zipline Brewing Oak Aged Oatmeal Porter American Porter, IBU Unknown, ABV 6% Reviews on Untappd and BeerAdvocate Timeline 00:00 – […]

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