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08/21/2014 06:02 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

08/21/2014 06:02 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/21/2014 06:02 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

08/21/2014 06:02 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/21/2014 06:02 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

08/21/2014 05:46 AM
Coppertail Brewing hits distribution soon
Coppertail Brewing is hoping that their long days journey into production is about over. Tampa’s long up-and-coming craft brewery is about to hit a new milestone: their beer will be sent to distribution this week. According to Coppertail owner Kent … Continue reading →

08/21/2014 05:17 AM
New Mash Collective bubbling away
The brewers at Stone & Wood have once again joined with artists, musicians and chefs to create their fourth Mash Collective brew

08/21/2014 05:00 AM
North 45′s 6th Annual Belgian BeerFest
Many don’t think of Portland’s Northwest 21st Avenue as a strong beer destination. What is usually thought of is many partiers and revelers that hinder on the edge of binge drinking. However, North 45 has been offering up a nice bottled Belgian Beer list over the years that compliment their taplist. On Saturday, October 11th, […]

08/21/2014 04:41 AM
Lager: Bait and Switch

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By Bailey (edited by Boak) How easy is it to tell one standard lager from another? And how much are we influenced by packaging and ‘brand values’? After a rocky start, we’ve very much embraced St Austell Korev as our go-to lager. It is straightforward but tasty, and very good value in cans, which is why […]

Lager: Bait and Switch

08/21/2014 04:14 AM
3 Daughters Brewing to begin canning soon
Back in May, 3 Daughters Brewing of Saint Petersburg began to talk about canning their beers. That talk is coming closer to reality as the brewery released can designs and a timeline for distribution. The 3DB newsletter says to “Watch … Continue reading →

08/21/2014 03:05 AM
League table of London Porters in the 1920's
If I'd realised how long this series was going to take to complete, I doubt I'd have started it. Andrew was still wearing nappies back then. Now he can legally drink.

I'm not surprised by the overall results. Porter was a drink just slipping over the edge of the cliff and about to plunge to extinction. It's own logical that a lot of it would be dodgy as falling demand had it sitting around in the cellar too long. Seventeen of the 92 samples (18.5%) were described as sour or going off. That certainly makes it sound like old beer was the problem.

The average scores are easily the worst so far. Fewer than half the breweries - five from eleven - finished above zero. The bottom three all performed dreadfully, Cannon the worst of the bunch averaging -2.56 and without a single good sample. Of the 29 samples from the three bottom-placed breweries only three were sound. You deifinitely wouldn't want to drink Porter in a City of London, Cannon or Hoare pub, The irony is that both City of London and Hoare had made their names in the 18th century as Porter breweries. The average for all Porters was negative, the first time that's happened, except for watery MA.

Whitbread and Watney have again scored well. If you take akk the beers so far into account, they're no. 1 and no. 2. Truman and Courage have also acquitted themselves well again, though Mann's performance is somewhat disappointing this time out.

Once again the beer specs are pretty simialr across the different breweries: OG 1034 - 1039, 3 - 3.9% ABV, around 70% apparent attenuation. From the relatively high finishing gravities I'd deduce that they were trying to leave some body in the beer.

Here's the main league table:

League table of 1920s London Porters by score
Brewery FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation score
Watney 1010.0 1035.0 3.24 71.28% 1.44
Whitbread 1011.9 1034.7 2.95 65.87% 1.33
Truman 1010.5 1037.0 3.43 71.62% 0.67
Lion 1009.6 1037.7 3.64 74.35% 0.63
Courage 1010.9 1037.5 3.45 70.88% 0.22
Mann 1009.2 1038.8 3.83 76.23% -0.25
Wenlock 1011.3 1034.3 2.97 66.94% -0.33
Barclay Perkins 1011.6 1037.5 3.35 68.98% -0.63
Hoare 1010.4 1034.0 3.06 69.38% -1.56
City of London 1008.9 1036.1 3.54 75.56% -2
Cannon 1009.6 1034.6 3.25 72.38% -2.56
average 1010.2 1036.1 3.35 71.60% -0.42
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Ordering it by percentage with a good flavour gives pretty much the same result:

League table of 1920s London Porters by good flavour
Brewery No. examples no. good flavour % good flavour score
Watney 9 8 88.89% 1.44
Truman 9 7 77.78% 0.67
Lion 8 6 75.00% 0.63
Whitbread 3 2 66.67% 1.33
Mann 8 5 62.50% -0.25
Courage 9 5 55.56% 0.22
Barclay Perkins 8 4 50.00% -0.63
Wenlock 9 4 44.44% -0.33
Hoare 9 2 22.22% -1.56
City of London 11 1 9.09% -2
Cannon 9 0 0.00% -2.56
average 92 44 47.83% 0.32
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Cannon's 100% bad for flavour score is impressive in a perverse way. It makes me almost want to go out and give it a try. To see if it could really always be in such poor condition.

Comparing all the styles so far, Porter is easily last, quite a way behind even MA and well below the average of 0.32.

Averages per beer type
beer type No. examples no. bright % bright no. good flavour % good flavour average score
Burton Average 138 61 44.20% 92 66.67% 0.72
Mild Average 188 112 59.57% 112 59.57% 0.16
X Average 170 104 61.18% 106 62.35% 0.23
MA Average 18 8 44.44% 6 33.33% -0.18
PA Average 167 85 50.90% 109 65.27% 0.62
8d PA Average 118 62 52.54% 76 64.41% 0.52
9d PA Average 49 23 46.94% 33 67.35% 0.88
Porter 92 44 47.83% -0.42
Average 585 258 44.10% 357 61.03% 0.32
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Once again, I'm struck by the fact that the top six breweries all survived until the 1960's, with the exception of Lion. the bottom three all left brewing in the 1920's. That surely can't be a coincidence?

08/21/2014 02:46 AM
Mumbles micro-pub to launch at Swansea Camra real ale festival
Southwales Evening Post Mumbles micro-pub to launch at Swansea Camra real ale festival Southwales Evening Post Real ale fans must wait until August 29 to visit the Dunns Lane pub, but in the meantime they can sample more than 170 different brews at the Swansea Camra (Campaign for Real Ale) festival at the Brangwyn Hall next Thursday, F ...

08/21/2014 01:25 AM
Beer In Ads #1288: Good For You Horsing Around
Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a great jump on your horse — “Good for you! — they suggest having a...

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08/21/2014 01:12 AM
Craft beer lovers to tap Folsom Friday night
News10.net Craft beer lovers to tap Folsom Friday night News10.net Twenty five craft breweries will be pouring samples during the four-hour event. Nationally renowned brewers, such as Ballast Point, Dogfish Head, Anchor, New Belgium, Ommegang, Avery and Bear Republic will be joined by local favorites Mraz Brewing ...

08/21/2014 12:00 AM
Don’t Raise Beer Taxes
The president of the Beer Institute takes issue with an editorial’s assertion that the tax on beer is too low.

08/20/2014 11:44 PM
Prince Harry stuns ale enthusiasts by mingling with fancy dress crowd at Great …
Mirror.co.uk Prince Harry stuns ale enthusiasts by mingling with fancy dress crowd at Great ... Mirror.co.uk Prince Harry mingled almost unnoticed among drag artists and fancy dress Druids at the Great British Beer Festival. The 29-year-old embraced the real ale celebration's hat theme and went incognito by pulling a baseball cap down ...

08/20/2014 10:40 PM
Brew Stand Update

All the way back in January I announced that I was had acquired an old aquarium stand for a large tank. It looked like it would be perfect to become a brew stand. I posted a video about my plans and set forth thinking about how I wanted the stand to operate. I can’t believe […]

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08/20/2014 05:32 PM
Mac & Jack’s Beer Pairing Dinner at The Swiss

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Wed. Aug. 27th at 6:30 pm, The Swiss in Tacoma is hosting a beer pairing dinner with Mac & Jack`s Brewing. The menu consists of four courses and six beers, plus there will be a raffle featuring items from Mac & Jack`s. It’s not all about...

08/20/2014 05:26 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Little Creatures — Fremantle
Little Creatures is looking for a passionate and quality-driven brewer to join their team in Fremantle...

08/20/2014 04:26 PM
Jester King Beer Dinner at Olio
[ August 24, 2014; 8:00 pm; ] Jester King Brewery is blowing up in St. Louis. Not only do they have a special tasting tonight at Craft Beer Cellar, but they're also working with one of the best restaurants in St. Louis to put on a very special beer dinner. Ben Poremba's restaurant Olio has gotten some crazy good accolades and they're turning [...]

08/20/2014 04:18 PM
Seattle Cider Co Celebrates First Year and Announces Expansion Plans

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s hard to believe Seattle Cider Company is just one year old. Seriously, it’s only taken a year for the first post-prohibition cidery in city limits to so firmly establish itself in the cider market. Impressive. To commemorate the first year, Seattle Cider Company will celebrate this...

08/20/2014 03:54 PM
Worthy Brewing Collaborates on New Beer with Whole Foods
Bend, Oregon – Worthy Brewing Company has released an early fall brew, bringing the classic English Pale Ale malt flavors together with the new world Northwest hop profile of Oregon craft brews. Publik Haus 12 came to life with the help of the Pacific Northwest Beer teams from Whole Foods Markets. Their team stopped by the brewery for a day of education and brewing and ended up with a delicious new brew to stock shelves. Publik Haus 12, a hybrid pale ale is available now in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft. “The Whole Foods Specialty [...]

08/20/2014 03:44 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Stone & Wood Brewery
Northern River's Stone & Wood Brewery is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced brewer to join their brewing team.

08/20/2014 03:30 PM
Boulevard Brewing Founder to Speak at Dec. 4 Brewbound Session
Brewbound is pleased to announce its first speaker for the upcoming Winter Brewbound Session, being held in San Diego on Thursday Dec. 4: Boulevard Brewing founder, John McDonald.

08/20/2014 03:08 PM
Worthy Brewing Collaborates with Whole Foods on Publik Haus 12
Press Release: Bend, Oregon – 12 August 2014 - Worthy Brewing Company has released an early fall brew, bringing the classic English Pale Ale malt flavors together with the new world Northwest hop profile of Oregon craft brews. Publik Haus 12 came to life with the help of the Pacific Northwest Beer teams from Whole […]

08/20/2014 01:54 PM
Dead tech, it’s rainin 1.84mb up in here! #BusinessCampusDecay #swampsofjersey
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08/20/2014 01:45 PM
08/20/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

08/20/2014 01:42 PM
Heineken House Returns to 2014 US Open
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Heineken®, the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, will bring back the Heineken House to the 2014 US Open in its 23rd year of sponsorship.  Located above the food village, the destination will provide an interactive retreat at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with live screenings of the biggest matches, entertainment, activities and ice-cold Heineken.  New for 2014, tennis fans can enjoy sandwiches created exclusively for Heineken House by chef Mario Carbone of the critically acclaimed NYC restaurant Parm and have the chance to compete in “Legend Setter”, an interactive competition [...]

08/20/2014 01:38 PM
Party Like a Viking this Sunday to Benefit MS Society

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. PRESS RELEASE Party like a Viking to support the fight against MS at the 2nd Annual Odin’s Viking Fest! When: Sunday, Aug. 24, 3-7 p.m. Where: Odin Brewing Company’s Asgard Tavern, 1300 N. Northlake Way Come party like a Viking this Sunday and support the fight against...

08/20/2014 01:14 PM
Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch
Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries. The Bermuda-headquartered drinks group, best known for its work in rum and white spirits, will release several new single malt Scotch whiskies from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Brackla distilleries […]

08/20/2014 01:05 PM
Minneapolis Town Hall Nordeast
Fun news from The Journal – the former site of Little Jack’s in Northeast Minneapolis is going to be redeveloped into housing, and more importantly, a new project from the folks behind Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Located at 201 NE Lowry, the old Little Jack’s building is a stone’s throw from the new Fulton brewery ...

08/20/2014 12:37 PM
Hydro Flask Named to Inc. 500 List
Bend, OR  –Hydro Flask—the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks—has joined Inc. Magazine’s elite group of 500 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Bend, Oregon-based company, which was established in 2009, has grown to 31 employees and has increased its annual revenue by 1,891% in the last 3 years. By making number 244 on the Inc. 500 list, Hydro Flask joins recipients such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, and Zappos.com.  “From the beginning we simply set out to make consumers’ on-the-go drinking experience more enjoyable,” said Hydro Flask CEO, Scott Allan. “I truly believe [...]

08/20/2014 12:36 PM
Spencer Devon Brewing Fund Raising
I know I posted about a craft brewery fund raising project very recently, but as the number of Virginia craft breweries grows, we'll probably see more news like this. (Remember, these aren't recommendations, I'm just reporting.) That said, this one is close to home, and that makes it of special interest. Spencer Devon Brewing, which we first learned about last December, has joined the crowd sourcing movement with a CrowdBrewed-based project. Brewer/owner Shawn Philips explains his dream in this video which is posted on his CrowdBrewed project page.

The location for the brewery in downtown Fredericksburg is just on block away from Capital Ale House, an establishment we are known to visit frequently. We certainly won't need to travel far afield to visit the brewery. 

The CrowdBrewed project runs through September 18. An October 2014 opening is currently planned. The Spencer Devon web site is under construction, but you can follow the brewery construction progress at their Facebook page.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/20/2014 12:34 PM
Chris Banker Stone Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout Details

(Escondido,CA) – Stone Brewing Co. is releasing their annual AHA Homebrew rally contest winning beer in a few weeks, and by t…

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08/20/2014 12:26 PM
Anniversary Bash at Triplehorn Brewing this Saturday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I love breweries that have attitude. Some of the best breweries (Black Raven, Elysian, Lagunitas, Brew Dogs, etc) have personality that manifests itself in the character of the beers. Fun, daring, raucous, ass-kickin’, and a little bit dangerous, that’s how I describe Triplehorn Brewing’s attitude and its...

08/20/2014 12:13 PM
GP Analytics Announces Two New Craft Partnerships
SEATTLE – GP Analytics LLC, a cloud-based software solution for craft brewers, today announced two new partnership agreements with Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Roseland, VA and Lewis & Clark Brewing Company of Helena, MT. These two new partnerships not only expand GP Analytics client base but increase their reach from west coast to east coast. GP Analytics’ cloud-based software provides solutions for craft brewers with the primary focus being on extremely accurate forecasting, production management and supply chain logistics. The software is managed by a GP Analytics team member who works directly with the [...]

08/20/2014 11:45 AM
Beer Birthday: Julie Radcliffe Atallah
Today is the birthday of Julie Radcliffe Atallah, co-owner of one of the nation’s premiere beer stores, Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, North Carolina. We took a family vacation to Asheville a few years ago and got to know Julie and her husband Jason. They were great hosts and terrific...

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08/20/2014 11:22 AM
Ow! My Back!
The last couple of weeks have been hectic.

On August 2, I had to help Satan cook a birthday dinner for his Dad. On the Thursday or Friday after that, I felt a pimple on my lower back as I slid into my chair. It was a nice, pointed pain that let's you know the darned thing is about to burst.

On Saturday, I worked at Pedernales Brewing Company. What I expected to be a slow day got busy quickly. That made the day go by a lot faster. As I was going home, I  was carrying a case of employee beer, the brewmaster, fresh from an investors meeting clapped  me on the  shoulder and said, "Drinking all the profets, eh?"

I pointed to my chest. "Fox," I said. I pointed up and twirled my finger. "Henhouse."

We had a good laugh, and I went home.

I was feeling tired, so I went to bed early, around 9 pm.  When I got up the next morning, I tried to decide whether or not to visit my nephew in San Antonio. My lack of energy made my decision. I plopped down into my recliner and spent the morning watching Netflix. I cooked lunch, and decided on a nap afterwards and slept until 5 pm.  I got up, had some left overs and went back to bed, sleeping until 8 pm. I watched a little TV and went back to bed at 10 pm.

Sometime in the middle of the night, I developed a fever, and a sore spot on my lower back where I had felt the pimple a couple of days earlier. I decided not to visit Fredericksburg Brewing Company, and just rest. When I went to work Tuesday, the sore spot on my back was the size of my hand. Hard as a rock, red, and radiating heat, I went to the doctor where I learned I had a boil on my back. After picking up some antibiotics, I went back home to bed.

The fever intensified on Wednesday, and I slogged through half a day of work before giving up. I slept through the afternoon, evening and night. By Friday, all the fever was gone, and the boil began to leak. So every day for the last week has been spent changing the dressing and going to work.

Today, the oozing has stopped, and the spot itches like mad! A good sign I suppose. But I realized that I missed a couple of posts.

I am back now. Hopefully there will be more beer fun to follow!

tl;dr I got sick and missed some blog posts.

08/20/2014 11:16 AM
Unexpected Guest

I had just poured myself a beer and plopped into an Adirondack chair.

Unexpected Guest

08/20/2014 10:30 AM
Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale

Of the many samples that the Wasatch/Squatters brewing combination was gracious enough to send my way, there were only a few that I hadn’t reviewed before. The first was a chuggable lager with one thing on it’s mind. The second is Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a 5.5% ABV (15 IBUs) herbed/spiced beer. This tasty little […]

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08/20/2014 10:26 AM
Schlafly Beer Dinner at Five Bistro
[ August 21, 2014; 7:00 pm; ] Five Bistro is easily the best restaurant on the Hill. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see them put on a beer dinner with one of the best breweries in St. Louis: Schlafly. This Thursday, August 21st, Five will be putting on a five course beer dinner featuring five different beers from Schlafly. This [...]

08/20/2014 08:34 AM
Hold the lime! Corona recalled!
Before you pop open your next Corona and slip a lime wedge down the neck of the bottle, check the code printed on the neck. Packages of Corona beer imported by Constellation Brands are being recalled because bottles may have particles of glass in them. Recalled are 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack […]

08/20/2014 08:00 AM
Before Canvitational, Get To Know - Tallgrass Brewing Company

We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you.

Tallgrass Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and has been canning their beers exclusively since 2010. Their offerings include six year round beers and several rotating seasonal beers. Look for them and the following beers at the event:

8 Bit (a personal favorite)- Highly hopped American Pale Ale
 Zombie Monkey – Autumn seasonal porter
 Ethos – A dry hopped IPA

First in our series is Garrett Paulman, head brewer at Tallgrass Brewing in Manhattan, Kansas.

1. What music is usually playing on the brew deck?
 Depends on the brewer, it ranges anywhere from Marilyn Manson to James Taylor, and an unusual amount of James Blunt.

 2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

 To brew consistently remarkable beers. We want to bring groups of people, friend and foe alike, together over a tasty beverage.

3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?

 True beards, one. The rest of us are simply posers.

 4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why? 

Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice, Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter, Lagunitas IPA, really anything Lagunitas they seem to know what they’re doing.

 5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing? A combination of Ethos and Velvet Rooster, not mixed together.

 6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and/or your company?


What is Canvitational?

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. Tickets are available and the event will feature some familiar breweries, as well as many out of state. You can find more information about them and the event at http://canvitational.com/.

Tickets are available here.  There is a $20 discount for tickets purchased before Septermber 1st.

08/20/2014 06:12 AM
QUOTE: Beer’s Analytic Apparatus

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“But there is a problem with beer. It is, however much CAMRA may wish it otherwise, a limited subject. Vigorous efforts are being made to endow it with a terminology appropriate to serious discussion. The [Good Beer] Guide is peppered with references to ‘lingering hoppy finish… malty flavour and burned taste… dark chocolate and malt.’ […]

QUOTE: Beer’s Analytic Apparatus

08/20/2014 06:10 AM
"From Grain to Growler": The state of 'craft' beer in the state of Virginia.
"From Grain to Growler" is a newly produced documentary 1 on the history and recent growth of 'craft' beer and breweries in Virginia.
From Grain to Growler

The film was publicly screened for the first time, on 9 August 2014, to a full house, at the Capital Ale House, in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Crowd gathers for "From Grain to Growler."

I watched it, sitting at table with Dave Gott (l) —Vice-President of Operations for Legend Brewing Company (of Richmond, Virginia)— and Brett Vassey (c) —President of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the parent organization of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

Gott & Vassey (01)

About forty-five minutes later, and after filmmakers Megan Troy and Aaron Stanley took their bows, a panel of five Virginia brewers discussed the film and the state of 'craft' beer in the state.

"From Grain to Growler" panel discussion (02)

On the stage, seated, left to right, were:

And, here's what they said:
In 2013, "a 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries [82]; and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years. [...] At last year’s Great American Beer Festival, Virginia ranked fourth among all states in the number of medals won. [...] The total economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million and 8,163 jobs, according to the Virginia Manufacturers Association. 2

Economic contributions of beer in Virginia 2012/2013

"From Grain to Growler" affords Legend Brewing a prominent place in the film, properly, as this Richmond brewery is the oldest extant microbrewery, that is, 'craft' brewery, in Virginia. But the film leaves several other pioneers of Virginia beer —some that preceded and some that followed— unheralded. (I address some specifics: here.) That's a lack of historical context for a "documentary chronicling the rise of Virginia craft beer." Substantial footage wasn't required (or practical), but a simple mention or slide would have sufficed.

In addition, brewers needed to be better captioned for identification: not all viewers of the film will be familiar with all Virginia 'craft' beer, and ten or more years from now, some names of brewers and breweries, unfortunately, may be forgotten. Some brewers were pictured hurriedly, without audio and without ID.

But ... all in all, "From Grain to Growler" was well-produced, with good production values, and done so, lovingly. The audience received the film enthusiastically, and there was ample beer for all to drink.

Virginia 'craft' beer, of course.

Killer Kölsch draft
On draft: Killer Kölsch, from Champion Brewing, of Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • 1 "From Grain to Growler" was produced by Take A Penny Productions, LLC, of Alexandria, Virginia, funded in part by a Kickstarter 'crowd-funding' campaign. [Full disclosure: I was a contributor.]
  • 2The Virginia Manufacturers Association provided many of the statistics on the growth of the 'craft' beer business in Virginia —both the rapid increase of the number of breweries and the growing economic impact. Read more, in an article published on 30 July 2014, in Virginia Business, written by Lee Graves, the beer columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • More photos: here.
  • A second screening is scheduled for 20 August 2014, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The filmmakers have plans to make the film publicly available: details to be announced at a later date.
  • It was appropriate timing for the film's release, as August is Virginia Craft Beer Month.

08/20/2014 05:00 AM
Hopworks & Ramses Collaborate on Go Fly A Kuyt
While we all celebrated Oregon Craft Beer Month last month, the brewers of Portland kept brewing and a few of them even collaborated with the brewers that were in town from the Netherlands. Hopworks Urban Brewery decided not to miss this opportunity to collaborate with Ramses Bier, one of the Dutch brewers that were in […]

08/20/2014 04:40 AM
The World on your Sofa

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

It can sometimes feel as if drinking anywhere but the pub is a betrayal of ‘proper beer’, but it’s actually played a huge part in developing the culture Britain has today, and has broadened the palates of many. That thought was prompted by this Tweet from Zak Avery, who runs legendary bottle-shop Beer Ritz: Nice mention for @BeerRitzLeeds in […]

The World on your Sofa

08/20/2014 03:38 AM
Traditional matters
From my previous post you might get the impression that British beer these days is all new world hops, weird ingredients and unfamiliar styles, but that's far from the case. On my few days in Bristol last month I found the home fires to be very much still burning.

The nearest pub to my hotel was The Shakespeare Tavern, a homely little traditional boozer with big screen sports sports and lager for the regulars down the back, and a cosy front parlour for tourists like me. "Shakespeare Bitter" said one of the pumpclips and I'm reasonably certain this is Greene King's House Ale, known by a number of localised names across the brewery's large estate. It's an absolutely standard twiggy brown bitter, all plums and Ready Brek. Solid if unstimulating stuff; enjoyable for the first pint but I was very happy to switch to Tribute after.

Not far away, in the redeveloped docklands, there's a Lloyd's No. 1 -- a chain which resulted from someone looking at the JD Wetherspoon model and deciding it's insufficiently drinking-barn-like. I was only in during the daytime, when the offer was indistinguishable from any JDW, and that included the beer. Ruddles Best Bitter for £1.85 a pint? Would be crazy not to. 3.7% ABV and an attractive red-gold colour. I feared more of that heavy porridgey effect I found in the Greene King one but this is actually quite thin and tannic: just how I like my old-man bitter to be. There's just enough of a jolt of vegetal bitterness to keep the drinkers' attention, though an unpleasant husky grain creeps in as it warms. At that price and that strength there should be no excuse for letting it warm, however.

Independence Ale caught my eye when I spotted it on the bar -- it's one of those semi-guest beers Wetherspoon regularly brings American brewers to Britain to make: this time it's Devil's Backbone at Banks's. 4.7% ABV, a medium gold colour and lovely wafts of sherbet and bubblegum followed by lovely flavours of honeydew and watermelon, turning even sweeter in the finish, towards canned peaches. I liked it, though it may be a bit sweet for most fans of US pale ale. I'd direct them a couple of taps over to Phoenix's West Coast, one of those classic tangy marmalade-ish English IPAs. Or a can of Sixpoint. It's all good.

So we've done Greene King, we've done Wetherspoon, that leaves one more bastion of plain English drinking, the grand-daddy of them all: Samuel Smith. We go back to King Street to find The King William Ale House, almost lost next to the other showy pubs on the stretch. It's surprisingly roomy inside and was rarely in want of customers as I was passing. But I was determined to finally have a go at their legendary Pure Brewed Lager and achieved that on a Sunday afternoon just as I was on my way to the airport. "Pure" is a valid marketing term: it's a limpid crystal gold, albeit with masses of fizz. The flavour is super crisp, all crunchy husky grains with just a handful of fun fruity extras: a bit of peach, perhaps. We're not in Munich here, nor Vienna nor Berlin, but Tadcaster will do just fine.

The range of house beers in the King William is prodigious, the illuminated cubic keg fonts stretching far along the bar. Sovereign Bitter was one I'd never seen before, though I'm sure it's hardly new. "New" isn't really a word in Mr. Smith's vocabulary. It's a rose gold colour and smells toffeeish. Malt-forward  in the flavour, but barely even that. Not a patch on the more usual Old Brewery Bitter, and even that isn't exactly a world beater. Still, the authentic 1970s vibe you only get in a Samuel Smith house is part of the English beer experience not to be missed.

I took one side trip out of Bristol during my stay, to the picturesquee town of Bath. It's not exactly crawling with fine drinking opportunities, especially for those of us who aren't fans of the ubiquitous Bath Ales. But I did have a very pleasant lunch in the upstairs room of The Raven of Bath, a poky little pub entirely in keeping with the town's cutesy vibe. Their two house beers are brewed by Blindman's Brewery. Raven Gold is a straightforward 4%-er, smelling Lucozade-like of fake fruit with a springy sherbet and mandarin zip to the front followed by a sterner bitter finish. Quality sessionable stuff. On the dark side, Raven Ale is a Hobgoblinish chocolate-driven ale, a dark garnet colour rather than raven-black and 4.7% ABV. Unexciting, perhaps, but a great match for my game pie.

We'll stay in the West Country for the next post, but don't expect anything twiggy.

08/20/2014 03:05 AM
A day in Nottingham
I warned you that I'd be boring you with more holiday tales. I've got a big backlog of this stuff. Mostly because I've been unusually busy of late. This weekend just gone there was the Kimchi Festival and the first anniversary of Butcher's Tears.

Bustling Balderton has much to offer, but after a day and a half we're in search of even more excitement, thrill-seekers that we are. Telling Lexie Chesters used to be called the Cock Inn amused him for a minute or two. He almost believed it really had been a gay bar. The choice was Newark or Nottingham. We've settled on the latter. I'm saving Newark for Tuesday. Monday is depressingly quiet in Newark. Not that a wet Tuesday is much fun, either.

Our journey starts with a bus into town. They still run a few during the day. All evening services were discontinued last weekend. There are now no buses after 6 PM. What on earth do people do if they need to travel at night? Drive or take a taxi, I guess. Another reminder of why I live in Amsterdam.

The new, miniature Newark bus station (most of the old one has been replaced by an Asda) is a walk from Castle station that's just long enough to be annoying. Lexie keeps complaining that me and Andrew are walking too fast. I've forgotten that he twisted it or something on the flight over. He's developing quite an impressive limp. If it's genuine. You can never be sure with kids.

Or adults for that matter. I practised limping for a couple of years. Invaluable experience for when I finally broke my ankles. And Dolores told me I was crazy. Who was laughing when I was in plaster?

We're quite early. Which gives Lexie plenty of time to moan about his foot before the train arrives. We've arranged to meet Henry on the train. He's catching it at Collingham, one stop before Newark. I'm surprised to see he has someone with him. A fellow teacher, it turns out. The phrase busman's holiday comes to mind. Were I a teacher, last thing I'd want to do in the summer holidays is hang around with teenagers. Even my charming offspring.

I promised the kids I'd take them to the Trip to Jerusalem. Or was that threatened? I can't remember. Hoped they'd like it, more like. Old, weird, carved out of rock and plenty of weapons to look at. Right down Lexie's street. Not that he'd want to walk down his street. His foot hasn't got any better during our sprint from the station. It's a natural reaction, accelerating the closer you get to a pub. That's what I've been telling Dolores for years. Must be true.

It starts to rain on the way. Guess we won't be sitting in the beer garden.

We settle down in one of the cave rooms until Lexie notices the wifi is rubbish. He goes off in search of decent bandwidth. Being carved out of rock doesn't seem to do wifi many favours. We eventually opt for the haunted snug, a part of the pub that's a conventional building. The haunted shit doesn't worry him. As long as he can get on Youtube. And Andrew's a cynical sceptic. He's no time for any supernatural bollocks.

I go for a Nottingham Extra Pale Ale. We're all drinking it. Well, us adults are. The kids (Andrew has four frustrating days left of being a kid) are on cola. The Extra Pale Ale lives up to its name, colour-wise. It's a Lager-like straw hue. Beautifully hopped, too, with what tastes like a stack of English hops. The first one barely touches the sides. So good I immediately get a second.

Despite having stuffed bacon sandwiches down their cakeholes just a few hours earlier, the kids are hungry. Honestly, they expect several meals a day, the greedy little bastards. They both order hamburgers. I think "What the hell." and order a pulled pork wrap.

What are pubs coming to? Pulled pork in a wrap? Shouldn't be selling anything fancier than a ham bap. And pickled eggs. I blame myself for encouraging them by buying such unnatural pub food. Why didn't I go for a traditional British hamburger?

After a third pint of Extra Pale Ale, we reluctantly leave the Trip. It really is a cracking pint. Henry suggests we try a new pub, the Crafty Crow, which just a little up the hill. Mmmm, that name is a bit worrying. The "C" word. I don't mention it to Lexie. I know exactly what his reponse to "C" word will be. We're in public. I don't want someone to say: "People like you don't deserve to have children." Again.

It's very modern looking inside. Much of the furniture is recycled pallets. Tres chic. At least there's a row of five handpumps on the bar. Even if only four of them bear clips. I get something from the trendier end of modern British brewing. It's not in great nick.

Lexie's foot is now causing him real problems. I rush off to the nearest chemist for painkillers. "Get paracetamol and codeine." Andrew suggests. I'm not going to argue with him. He's the one with the thick medical volumes. I bow to his superior expertise.

When I get back, Henry and his mate are regaling the kids with tales of the stupidity and laziness of the children they teach. It seems to amuse the boys. When they should be shocked and disappointed at the cynicism of the teaching profession. Maybe they'll realise that once they stop laughing.

As our beer isn't that great, we move on after one. To the Ned Ludd, another new pub.

"Do you know who Ned Ludd was, Andrew?"

"The bloke who smashed up machines. Though he didn't really exist." I've brought him up well.

It's reassuringly pub-like inside.

"This is reassuringly like a pub, Henry. Did it used to be one?"

"Can't remember. Might have."

He's a mine of useful information.

Less reassuringly, the bar is full of keg fonts, and the four handpumps are crowded into a small section in the middle. I order a Shipstone's Bitter from pure nostalgia. Aagh. They've served it in a dimpled mug. The world's least practical beer glass.

"I hate these glasses, Andrew. They're only useful if you want to club someone to death. That happened my first year at university."

"You have such lovely stories, Dad."

The Shippos is OK. Not sure how much it tastes like the original. We leave after one again.

Henry and his mate are getting hungry, not having eaten in the Trip. They suggest dropping by a trendy burger place. That also sells decent beer. Definitely not things that went together when I were a lad. (Or was that a lady? You forget so many things as you get older. I have always been a bloke, haven't I?)

Despite their earlier meal, the kids are keen, too. It's across the other side of the Market Square, in the Lace Market. The kids are distinctly less keen on the walk uphill. Despite it not being that much uphill. Slight incline, more than anything. Holland has spoilt them. Anything other than dead flat is a mountain in their eyes.

At Annie's Burger Shack - the name of the posh burger place - the hand pulls take pride of place on the bar. As they should do. With the evil keg pumps lurking on the sidelines where they belong. I have a pint of Dancing Duck Dark Drake, a Stout. It looks lovely: inky black with a firm tan collar of foam. It tastes pretty nice, too. And it comes in a proper glass.

It's quite different from most of the Stouts I've had lately. Which are either historical recreations or Amercian/American-influenced jobs with all the bathroom fittings, an old tin bath, the downstairs toilet and the tap in the garden thrown in as well as the kitchen sink, malt-wise. Ingredient guessing is a fools game. But I'll stick my neck out and say Dark Drake has no brown malt in it.

I see they're at the odd jam jar thing here. Next to every handpump, there's a little jam jar with a coloured liquid inside, presumably the beer issuing from that pump. I can't really see the point. I'm just about smart enough to work out that a Stout called Dark Drake isn't likely to be pale.

Handpulls apart, it's very similar in feel to the fancier end of American burger places: wooden floor, bare brick walls. The menu and service are similar to the US, too. Which is handy because it means I don't have to trail over to the bar when I need another pint. The kids both opt for bacon and cheese burgers. Henry and his mate go for a spicy variation. I have something called a James Blackmore. No idea why it's called that. It's a burger topped with pulled pork. I'm going a bit pulled pork crazy today.

The spicy burgers come with a scotch bonnet chili on a skewer. Henry doesn't want his so Andrew volunteers to eat it. They're dead impressed when he chomps the thing down whole. I really am starting to believe I've got most of this parenting stuff right.

Our final port of call is Pitcher & Piano. It's an excellent repurposing of a redundant church. Very attractive, with most of the original features, like stained glass windows, retained. The handpulls are centre stage again. My camera has gone all misty-eyed. Maybe it's trying to recreate the way I'm seeing the world. Can a camera count how many pints you drink? I wouldn't put it past modern technology.

The glasses are those dimpled monstrosities. Are these crap glasses getting trendy? Then they should save them for craft keg.

The castle is looking impressive in the sunlight as we walk back into Newark from the station. I annoy the kids by snapping away like crazy.

There's supposed to be a taxi rank (it's almost 7 PM so the last bus is long gone) opposite the Flying Circus. Not a taxi to be seen. I take the only reasonable option: go into the pub and have a pint. "We can ask the barman to call us a taxi." I say as means of excuse. I don't have a phone, so what else can I do?

It used to be called the Crown & Mitre. And before that, the Exchange Hotel. The current incarnation has a vague Monty Python theme and a garish colour scheme of red, yellow and grey-blue. Must have used a blind decorator, or at least a colour blind one. The bar has the combination of hand pulls and keg fonts I'm getting used to. Can you guess which served my pint?

I manage to get down a couple of pints before the kids complain enough for me to say:

"Call me a cab."*

Not bad going, really, as we've been out for 9.5 hours, most of it spent in pubs. Another sign of my excellent parenting skills, managing a full day of pub-crawling without serious whinging or physical injury requiring hospital treatment.

Interesting to note that the best beer was served in the most old-fashioned pub, the Trip. The second best was served in the least pub-like, Annies's Burger Shack. What does that tell us?

* I was deeply disappointed by the barman's reply of "Certainly, sir." A barman in a comedy-themed pub should surely have come up with better.

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Brewhouse Yard,
NG1 6AD.

Crafty Crow
102 Friar Lane,
NG1 6EB.
Tel: 01158371992
Email: @CraftyCrowNotts.co.uk

The Ned Ludd
27 Friar Lane,
NG1 6DA.

Annie's Burger Shack
5 Broadway,
Lace Market,
NG1 1PR.

Pitcher & Piano
The Unitarian Church,
High Pavement,
NG1 1HN.
Tel: 0115 958 6081

The Flying Circus
53 Castlegate,
NG24 1BE
Tel: 01636 302 444
Email: info@flyingcircuspub.com

08/20/2014 12:45 AM
Beer In Ads #1287: Time For A Breather
Tuesday’s ad is yet another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, again from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on all of these. “Beer has its own wonderful way of...

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08/19/2014 11:30 PM
Couch Trippin’ Contest
Lagunitas Brewing, my local down the street, is having a fun contest to win a a party in your home. That is, they’ll bring the Lagunitas Couch Trippin’ party to your home. What could be simpler? So it is pretty simple, just do the following: Snap a photo of your couch & Lagunitas...

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08/19/2014 10:42 PM
CANFEST Returns for Sixth Annual Canned Beer Festival

CANFEST Partners with Las Vegas-based Joseph James Brewing Company to Present its Sixth Annual Canned Beer Festival It seems like …

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08/19/2014 07:15 PM
Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI
Featured Contributor – Renee K from Ypsilanti, MI Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI Wolverine Brewery…comments and thoughts from Renee and BK (cupid)  We both agree that Wolverine is probably the best microbrew in the area.  Do you ever talk to someone that says something to the effect of… “I don’t like micro brewed beer, lets go somewhere I can get a Bud”.  Wolverine is a place where those picky drinkers who don’t really know about microbrews can go.  They have something…

08/19/2014 07:11 PM
We Are The Church Militant
Unless you get your news from MSNBC, you know about the genocide of Christians currently taking place in the Middle East. Recently, the exiled Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, Archbishop Amel Nona, made an impassioned plea,
Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. 
Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
Archbishop Nona's warning is chilling. Read it again. Let his unsettling warning sink into your heart. His flock is decimated. We must not allow complacency to be our end as well. Heed the warning.

See "Archbishop of Mosul: 'I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims'" for the message from the exiled leader.

Note: This sobering topic is expounded upon further over at the Gabriel Possenti Shooters blog.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/19/2014 06:33 PM
Colorado Beer News 081914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Potatoe Day. It's a day to celebrate America's 2nd most often eaten food - aka the spud, the tater, the "pomme de terre". The average American eats over 132 pounds of potatoes a year! That's a lot. It's a good source of potassium, iron, fiber and complex carbohydrates. It's also fat free (it you don't add fatty oils that is)! Cheers to that, better wash some down with a craft beer today. If potatoes aren't your thing, then you can always celebrate World Photography Day and photograph your beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 19th, 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

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Next Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm will be the 1st ever LowDown Beer Dinner at the brewery. They will be serving a tasting menu of five courses, each of which will be paired with one of their craft beers. The cost is $60 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Call to make reservations at (720) 524-8065. Limited seating available. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland realizes that man & woman can't live by beer alone, that's why they've invited a food truck to be with them each night Thursday through Sunday this week. Something new each night. Then get ready for Labor Day weekend August 28 - September 1st. All weekend long they will be offering WonderCan specials with $2 off all cans all weekend. On Friday, 8/29 for The New Classics Band wear your classic concert t-shirt and get entered into a raffle all night long. Happy Hour 3-6pm that day with $2 off pints. Saturday 8/30 they will release "Plum(b) Crazy Sour Beer" during a release party that starts at 2pm. Then on Sunday, 8/31 its a Picnic at the Brewery. Bring in a picnic and enjoy $2 off all session beers. Family, friends, kids and even your dog are all invited. Sweet Cow Ice Cream will be on hand serving up sweet treats starting at 2pm. Then on Labor Day, September 1st it's Bike to the Brewery Day. Get $1 off pints for bikin' in. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - August "Childhood Cereals" Cask Month continues this Wednesday August 20th with a tapping of "Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout". How many chocolate cereals can you think of? You'll be sure to taste some of those in this dark brew. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Their next Jagged Gives day is Sunday, August 31 for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Denver! $1 per beer sold that day will benefit YNPN-Denver. Young Nonprofit Professionals Network focuses on attracting talented people to the nonprofit sector, helping young nonprofit professionals connect with their peers, providing programs that help develop current and emerging nonprofit leaders, and advocating for the interests of young nonprofit professionals. Drink. Mingle. Network. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - There will be a special tapping of their Hydle ale this Thursday, August 21st. Then on Friday, August 22nd, they will tap Blackwater Whiskey Oak Aged Stout along with a music concert from Indigent Row and also the 12th Doctor Scottish Strong Ale. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today is growler day where you can bring in your Elk Mountain growlers for a discounted fill. Especially their Mug Club Members. And tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, stop in for a firkin tapping of a Toasted Coconut Alt beer. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today is Chile Tuesday. Today's beer is a Jalapeno IPA. It has just the right amount of heat. Small batch so this one will go quick. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll dig into the cellar and tap one of their rarest kegs, Oud Bruin! Five gallons only, first pours at 3pm tomorrow. Don't miss it! Also, for today, they still have both Grand Unified Theory and Barrel Reserve 2014 on tap! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Here is something to look forward to - "Putin on the Fritz" is going to be coming back bigger and stronger than ever at 15.5% ABV. It's being aged in a Law's Whiskey House Bourbon Barrel. Also, Putin on Cherries will also be making an appearance soon. Look for both of them around GABF time (that's early October). Betcha can't wait. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight's the night! Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrels hits the tap at 6 p.m. It's a big bad dark sour ale weighing in at 9.666% ABV. Sour lovers won't want to miss this one. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Colorado Brewers Guild (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) announced a new program, Hop the Vote. This program is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators. Voting will take place during all sessions at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) from October 2 through October 4. “The Colorado Brewers Guild works side-by-side with our state leaders on a daily basis on public policy for the industry” said Steve Kurowski, marketing director at the CBG. “Hop the Vote gives us the chance to show the Colorado community how and why we work together.” To prepare for the competition, each team will host a brew day at a local Denver brewery next week. Each team has both Democrat and Republican representatives, many whom are up for re-election this November. The Colorado State Senate team will be brewing at Dry Dock Brewing Co. on Wednesday, August 27. This team is made up of Matt Jones, Andy Kerr, Scott Renfroe, Pat Steadman, Lois Tochtrop and Rachel Zenzinger. The Colorado State House of Representative team will brew at Denver Beer Company on Friday, August 29. Team members include Joann Ginal, Chris Holbert, Polly Lawrence, Dan Pabon, Brittany Pettersen, Jonathan Singer and Spencer Swalm. During each session of GABF, team members will be pouring their beer at the CBG booth. GABF attendees will try both beers and cast a vote for their favorite brew. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. on October 4, 2014. The winning team will receive medals and bragging rights.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's their 1st Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce Brewing. Today's firkin is a Peach Cobbler Pale Ale. It tapped at 4pm today. Come get some! [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - It's Tacos & Trivia tonight starting at 6pm. Don't forget to wear your Two22 apparel and get $1 off (beers that is). [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide has some "Demeter Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour" from their pilot system on tap now. This won't last another day cuz it's just so good. Get some now before it's gone! [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's an ad hoc small batch kind of day. They have a little bit of Sage Black Saison and Belgian IPA left. When the saison is gone then it's gone for a while. The Belgian IPA will be back on Friday - both in nitro and CO2 form. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Tonight, they have some Nitro Black IPA, brewhouse yoga and an open turntable in the Tap Room. Flex, listen to some tunes and enjoy a brew. [3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Wild Woods now offers 64oz pitchers of beer. No, not for just you - bring in a couple of friends and save a couple bucks off individual pours. Also, don't forget that it's Happy Hour all night tonight where pitchers are just $14. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Join in today after 4pm as they tap Stage 7 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye Pale Ale! This beer was brewed in celebration of the USA Pro Challenge! (The Stage 7 race is on Sunday, 8/24 and runs from Boulder to Denver.) Look for Stage 7 Ale on tap locally AND this Saturday at the Inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival! Also they'll be tapping "Cork n' Berry Blueberry Ale this afternoon as well. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week you can find a food truck at High Hops Tuesday through Sunday! On Wednesday, August 20th at 5pm there will be another firkin release. This time it will be "Apple Bottom Jeans", an apple berry wheat ale. It was made with blackberries, blueberries and apples. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's a NEW Tuesday Special starting today. Get $2 off taster trays! Stop in today and try all of their 8 options on tap or their standard 6 tray and take $2 off. Introduce yourself to their line-up of craft brews. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's On! Come by tomorrow (Aug. 20th) at 5:00pm to see the owners of Grimm take the ‪Ice Bucket Challenge‬! Russell will be doing a special ‪‎beer bucket challenge‬ (no drinkable beer will be hurt in the making of this challenge). For every pint bought between 5pm and 9pm they will be donating $1 to ALS. And don't worry, they'll have plenty of buckets of ice water if you want to take the challenge or challenge someone else! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - "Düsseldorf altbier, whazzat?" Although they're having a meet-the-brewers celebration for this beer in September, they're releasing it in the tasting room today. Come on in and give it a try -- and then come on back and meet Ryan in September! [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Please join in this Wednesday August 20th at 5:30pm for their next homebrewer collaboration beer tapping. It's an American wheat with two kinds of wheat for complexity. An ample amount of American Mosaic hops were used during the boil. More Mosaic hops used for dry hopping to enhance the tropical fruit and melon flavors they were looking for. It's well balanced and not hoppy, this beer is highly drinkable. Come on by and let Brew Brother member Randy Gingrich know what you think of his winning beer recipe. Also, new business hours! Mon-Thurs 3pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 12am, Sun 12pm - 7pm. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's a list of their Brews of the Week on tap: Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, English Bob ESB, Blonde Ale, IPA Freely, Wallonian Pale (Belgian style), and Clown Nose Brown Ale. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Mark your calendars for Sat, September 20th, 2014, to celebrate the first day of Oktoberfest. They'll have sausages from Bite Me! Plus, there will be door prizes given away every hour 6-9 pm, including a chance to win two tickets to the sold-out Great American Beer Festival! Must be present to win. And as usual, there will be new beer releases staring at noon including the return of their fall seasonal, Red Oktober, a mashup between traditional German and Irish styles, with a Russian name, and Gdansk Gdansk Revolution, a Baltic Porter spiced with bay leaves, plus other beer surprises! [204 Mount View Ln, Suite 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

San Juan Brewfest (Durango) - Why wait til Saturday for the fest when you can start early at the San Juan Brewfest Pre-Party at Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange on Friday, August 29th starting at 7pm. Enjoy brews from Ska Brewing, Telluride Brewing, Marble Brewery, Upslope Brewing, Left Hand Brewing and more. At least 2 beers from each brewery. Talk to the brewery reps and get some swag! Located in the heart of downtown Durango.

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08/19/2014 05:00 PM
Flagship Ale — Grey Sail Brewing

Review by: Cory Smith Flagship.  It’s a term thrown around by breweries to describe their money-making beer.  The beer that put them on the map, the one that is available … Continue Reading →

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08/19/2014 03:45 PM

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There’s a ghoulish glee in reading about the grotty brewing practices of the past, especially when the product in question has a catchy brand name. According to a correspondent of the Lancet in 1865, the people of South Staffordshire were particularly prone to getting legless on a by-product of brewing known as ‘klink’: In the larger breweries there […]


08/19/2014 03:26 PM
Jester King Holding Court at Craft Beer Cellar
[ August 20, 2014; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] A while back I was peering at the cooler shelves at my favorite watering hole and I was amazed to see beers on the shelves that I never thought we'd see in St. Louis in quite some time. Anchorage Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin, Upright Brewing, and of course Jester King Brewery out of Austin, TX. All [...]

08/19/2014 03:26 PM
How Samuel Adams helped Brewery Rickoli brew Oats McGoats
Samuel Adams and Brewery Rickoli collaborationLast year, Brewery Rickoli of Wheatridge, Colorado won the chance to work with larger brewer Samuel Adams as part of Samuel Adams' "Brewing the American Dream" program. Now that dream has become a reality and is now playing out in reality. The following is part of a news release from both Samuel Adams and Brewery Rickoli describing this recent collaborative effort and the beer that came from it.

[PRESS RELEASE] Rick Abitbol, brewmaster of Brewery Rickoli, a craft brewery based in Wheat Ridge, CO, wasn't around when the Master Brewers Association was formed in Chicago in 1887. At that time it was decided master brewers could take on just one apprentice who would serve for two years – after which the apprentice would be issued a “brewer’s book” equivalent to a diploma. Much has changed over 127 years but the idea that a young brewer should be tutored by a master brewer is still around. And no one takes this tutoring more seriously than Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams—a third-generation master brewer himself.

Koch started The Boston Beer Company—Sam Adams Beer—in his kitchen 30 years ago using a family recipe he found in his attic. Much of what he did was self-taught because Sam Adams was a craft brewery when there were virtually no American craft breweries. Jim perfected the craft beers he and his brewers came up with—Boston Lager, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest, Rebel IPA, Seasonals, etc—and today, Sam Adams is the largest independent craft brewer in America (there are over 2,000) with Jim is largely being recognized as “the godfather” of the craft brewing industry. Which is why Jim decided to give back by helping young craft brewers get the two things he never got when he started out: advice and loans.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream is a program designed to help craft brewers (and food and beverage entrepreneurs) by giving them microloans combined with one-on-one coaching and mentoring. To date Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream has provided more than $3 million in loans to nearly 300 small businesses nationwide, creating or helping retain more than 1,800 local jobs. Many of those people are minority individuals who couldn’t get a business loan otherwise. And over the past six years Jim and his staff have coached more than 4,000 small business owners, trying to help them get on their feet.

Recently Jim added something else to Brewing the American Dream: a Brewing and Business Experienceship — a kind of 21st-century master brewer apprenticeship for young brewers like Rick Abitbol.

Rick’s vision for Brewery Rickoli was to create reduced-gluten or gluten-free beers that were still tasty. But Rick needed help. A loan from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream enabled Rick to open his doors, finish building his cooler, put in his tap system and buy kegs. Best of all, Jim and Sam Adams were so taken with Rick that they awarded him a Sam Adams Experienceship — where he was invited to come to Boston and learn first-hand from Sam Adams’ master brewers and executive team.

Not only did Rick learn (in his words, his eyes were opened wide), Rick brewed a collaboration beer with Sam Adams: Oats McGoats—a gluten-reduced American stout. Rick brewed this beer with flaked rye, oat malt and golden naked oats. The result is a full-bodied beer, accented by earthy and spicy flavors, and a hint of roasty and coffee notes.


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08/19/2014 02:43 PM
From our friends at Boulevard: Muller, Inc. to Bring Award-Winning Beers from Top Midwestern Craft Brewer in September Today, Tuesday, August 19, one of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia […]

08/19/2014 01:21 PM
The Science of Mixing Mind-Blowing Cocktails
A guide from 1948 still contains the best advice about cocktail-making – but modern mixologists use plenty of 21st-century science, too. Is all that effort worth it? David E Embury was a lawyer, cocktail enthusiast and all-round stickler. Incredulous that people thought they could serve “any haphazard conglomeration of spirituous liquors, wines, bitters, fruit juices, […]

08/19/2014 01:13 PM
BJ’s Field Day IPA Live from the Hop Farm
The beloved hop fields of the Willamette Valley are now beginning to be harvested. As these hops are harvested from the bines this means one thing, Fresh Hop beers are soon on their way. On Friday, August 22nd, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will be making a pilgrimage to harvest some hops at Crosby Hop Farm […]

08/19/2014 12:40 PM
Uh oh. Is a Santa Barbara-Style Casino Coming to Napa?
A proposed rule change by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs could lead to new casinos in California’s wine country. How would Napa Valley look with a casino and a 12-story hotel in the middle of the now-scenic horizon? That’s the nightmare the county fears if the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs goes through with […]

08/19/2014 12:26 PM
Contest: Two Tickets to RFT Q and Brew Beer Festival
Q & Brew in the Lou is taking place this Saturday and you were probably looking to buy some tickets. What if you could win them instead? Well today is your lucky day, as I’m giving away a set of passes to Saturday session of this celebration of smoke and hops. This $50 value will allow you to [...]

08/19/2014 12:02 PM
Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County
“Wearing his Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt,with a San Francisco Giants cap tucked snugly around his head, Brian Kobler freely admits that he doesn’t represent the glamour of the wine industry. Kobler’s work within the last month has been hectic and decidedly more blue-collar as he braved the mid 90-degree heat bearing down in the […]

08/19/2014 11:40 AM
Cider Summit Seattle, September 5th and 6th

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. This year’s Cider Summit Seattle is just a few weeks away. The event takes place at South Lake Union Discovery Center (corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue) on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. This year the event welcomes 43 ciders producers pouring more than...

08/19/2014 11:38 AM
Beers Made By Walking Festival at 2014 GABF
Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. We are excited to announce our annual festival at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday, October 3rd, from 12-4pm MST. Now in […]

08/19/2014 11:35 AM
Is Disaster Ahead for Malibu’s Burgeoning Wine Region?
In recent months, there’s been a lot of excitement around the burgeoning wine scene in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Coast has just been approved for its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) by the U.S. government’s Tobacco and Tax Bureau — meaning that the wines coming out of the region are unique […]

08/19/2014 11:19 AM
Find Out What Naked City Brewery is Sending to GABF 2014!

With so many breweries attending the Great American Beer Festival this year, where do you begin in regard to planning out what beers …

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08/19/2014 10:56 AM
Boulevard Brewing Expands Distribution to Jersey/Philly Region

(Kansas City,MO) – In the coming weeks, craft beer fans will start to see Boulevard beers line shelves and hit taps in Northern New …

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08/19/2014 09:57 AM
A brewery wedding and why you should have one

Wedding season is starting to wind down and if you’re like me, your Facebook feed is a wall of wedding ceremony/reception pics. Unfortunately, most of these weddings are going to end up the same way (woah reader, I’m not talking about divorces, you need to stop being so cynical), with a party at a hotel. Now […]

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08/19/2014 09:50 AM
Veterans United Craft Brewery grand opening set
Ron Gamble has worn many hats; he was a naval aviator, a contributor to half-a-dozen high-tech startups, a home brewer and finally a head brewer. Over the past six years, Ron has honed his skill at the brew kettle at a variety of operations and is now using his skills to open his own brewery […]

08/19/2014 07:58 AM
Black Bear Bistro
I was first introduced to Black Bear Bistro when Chef Todd offered me an Oyster and Beer Shooter during a visit to Old Bust Head Brewing. The Warrenton, VA eatery was serving food at the brewery the day I visited and I promised myself that Colleen and I would visit the restaurant soon. I followed through on that promise with an early dinner after the Old Bust Head tap room grand opening this past weekend. Interestingly, we saw several people in the restaurant who we had also seen earlier at the brewery.

Naturally, the restaurant's beer selection was my first order of business. In an admirable showing of support, Black Bear Bistro has only Virginia beers, plus one Virginia cider on draft. That's right, all eight tap handles are "native"; Starr Hill, Old Bust Head, Lost Rhino, Legend and Bold Rock Cidery were offered. There are also bottled selections listed on the menu, though I frankly paid that list no mind. Since I had just come from Old Bust Head, and had been enjoying their beer two weekends in a row, I opted to drink another Virginia beer, Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale. That particular beer also has a special place in our hearts, and I raised a silent toast to an old friend.

We perused the dinner menu for a while, and decided to start with an appetizer plate of Fried Oysters. The breaded oysters were browned on the outside and just cooked enough to not be considered raw. The meat was juicy and tender. Three dipping sauce options were offered; Regular, Habanero Bacon, and Sweet Thai. Our server used the adjectives "spicy" and "hot" for both of the first two. Undecided, we asked for both the Regular and Habanero Bacon, for research purposes. I first tasted the "regular" sauce and found it to be deliciously "warm." Next I popped an oyster dipped in the Habanero version into my mouth, and for a moment didn't notice anything. And, then. Bam! There it is. Habanero heat, and a bit of smokiness. There's some serious heat going on there, all the while still quite flavorful. After the oysters were gone, I continued dipping my bread into both sauces.

Yea, that was a whole paragraph on the Fried Oysters. They were that good. Frankly, I might just make a meal out of them someday. But not this time. For my main course I selected the Bistro Crab Cake entrée. This was a fried "pancake" of crab meat set on a serving of Wild Rice, with Broccoli Rabe on the side. The crab cake was meaty and very tasty. I had no problem cleaning my plate thoroughly. Colleen opted for a Grilled Pork Flat Iron Steak set on Mashed Cauliflower and topped with Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms. The thick pork steak was moist and set on a heaping serving of mashed cauliflower. Colleen must have enjoyed it very much, as there was no offer to share. ;-)

We lingered over our meal for a while, enjoying time together and the delicious food. There doesn't appear to be much happening on a Sunday afternoon in Warrenton, but as it got closer to the dinner hour, the curbside parking started to fill, and folks began coming in for dinner. As we headed out for our drive back to Fredericksburg, it was clear that Black Bear Bistro was a popular place with the locals. I know for sure that we'll be back.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/19/2014 07:13 AM
DuClaw Brewing Neon Gypsy

DuClaw Brewing’s Neon Gypsy is a 6.5% ABV and 75 IBU IPA that’s brewed with seven hop varieties — Columbus, Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and Sorachi Ace. Suffice it to say, the beer packs a wonderfully hoppy flavor. I spent one night back in mid-May enjoying a string of IPAs and by the […]

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08/19/2014 03:38 AM
Blogging About Blogging: Speak Your Brains!

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

Bad news: this is a blog post about blog posting. There’ll be a post that’s actually about beer later today. If you choose to read on, don’t say we didn’t warn you! We’ve been reflecting lately on our tendency to self-censor. We used to shelve posts quite frequently, finished and illustrated, because, at the last minute, we […]

Blogging About Blogging: Speak Your Brains!

08/19/2014 03:05 AM
Trouble at Whitbread
1866 was an eventful year at Whitbread. Two incidents at the Chiswell Street brewery hit the papers within a few months.

The first wasn't that unusual. Breweries were always catching fire. There probably wasn't a brewery which didn't have a fire at some point in their history. That's why so many of them had their own fire engines. Maybe this is what prompted Whitbread to get theirs:

On Thursday morning, between three and four o'clock, a fire was discovered to have broken out in Chiswell-street, Finsbury, in the premises belonging to Messrs. Whitbread, the brewers. The discovery was made by a watchman, who noticed smoke issuing from the ale tun room and the boiling back room, a building about 45 by 30 teet, in the highest part of the brewery. Underneath were the stables, and at one time it was feared that the fire would extend to them. The escape conductors and others got about 30 horses out, and by the time this was accomplished, the flames shot through the roof and illuminated the whole district. Nine land steam fire-engines and one manual power machine attended, and the mains of the New River Company affording a bountiful supply of water, three land steamers and one manual power were set to work. Some thousands of gallons of water were thrown upon and into the burning premises, and in about hour and half the fire was extinguished, but not until the ale tun room, the boiling back room, and the roof were nearly destroyed, and a considerable quantity of ale the coolers seriously damaged by water. The misfortune will not interfere with tbe business of the firm."
West Middlesex Advertiser and Family Journal - Saturday 28 July 1866, page 3.

This image shows why having your own fire engine was a good idea:

Whitbread's Chiswell Street brewery in 1953

The brewery is in the centre forground with steam coming out of it. Note the total destruction around it. Because they had their own fire engine, Whitbread could protect their brewery from the icendiaries that caused most of the damage.

The next is much odder. Though it does involve a regular killer in breweries: CO2. Usually the deaths were accidents. But not this time.

On Thursday forenoon inquiry was held by Mr Richards, deputy coroner, at the Green Gate Tavern, City Road, London, relative to the death of Wm. Ward, aged 30 years, who committed suicide. The deceased was employed as a labourer at Whitbread's brewery, in Chiswell Street, St Luke's. He was of a gloomy and morose temper. Within the last few days he was suspended for using violent language to a foreman — but on his promising better behaviour he was placed on again. He appeared to converse with his brother, with whom he lived at 20 Rose Street, St Luke's, principally upon the best way of getting rid of oneself. He frequently said to him that he would like to know the best way to get rid of himself, for he was tired of life — but he did not know what to do. His brother and his landlady tried to joke him out of his state of mind. The manner of his suicide was deposed to by Daniel Freeman, a 'leather holder,' a person whose duty it was fill casks with beer from the vats by means of leather pipes. On Tuesday morning at nine o'clock he was underneath vat No. 19, which was empty of beer, but was filled with carbonic acid gas. He heard a lucifer match struck at the top of the vat, which was 27 feet high, and called out twice, but received no answer. He ran up to the top of the vat, and there he found a light burning, and the name 'W. Ward' chalked on the beam over the vat in large letters. He raised alarm, and the deceased was seen lying the bottom of the vat quite dead. No one dared enter the vat, and drags had to be employed to get deceased out. Dr Yarrow said that was called in to the deceased, and found him quite dead. His face was distorted and the body swollen. He had been killed by carbonic acid gas, and death must have been instantaneous. A light was instantly extinguished when lowered into the vat, which was 27 feet deep, and was filled with the deadly gas to within foot or two of the top. It was stated that the deceased, who had been long employed at the brewery, was perfectly acquainted with the nature of the gas, and that, without doubt, he knew well what he was doing when he jumped into the vat. Latterly he had complained of not feeling as he ought, and said he wished to end his life. The coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict 'That deceased committed suicide by leaping into vat filled with carbonic acid gas at Whitbread's Brewery, whilst in state of unsound mind.'
Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser - Saturday 03 November 1866, page 3.

There are worse ways to top yourself. You'd be unconscious pretty quickly.

That aside, the article does tell us something of the workings of the brewery. Like that a "leather holder" racked beer from vats to casks. I knew leather pipes were used - bet they were fun to keep hygienic - but was unaware of that particular trade. Sounds awfyully specialised.

A 27 foot high vat - that's almost 9 metres - was in all probability used for maturing Porter. That's a pretty large size. Just as well Ward did himself in in the 1860's. If hed waited a few more years the vats would have been gone. Whitbread, like most London brewers, dropped Keeping Porter in the eaarly 1870's and ripped out all their large vats.

08/19/2014 02:56 AM
Holgate announces new national sales manager
Independent Victorian craft brewer Holgate Brewhouse announces the appointment of a new National Sales and Marketing Manager.

08/19/2014 02:48 AM
Smart ideas for Beervana
Have you started your pilgrimage to Beervana yet? Here's some smart ideas to help you on your way...

08/19/2014 02:26 AM
Beer In Ads #1286: Best Part Of The Day
Monday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on all of these. “Beer has its own way of making this the...

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08/19/2014 12:20 AM
Molson Coors to distribute Heineken beers in Canada
Molson Coors Brewing and Heineken have extended their marketing partnership in Canada, wherein the former will distribute five additional Heineken brands across the country.

08/18/2014 08:47 PM
Black Raven Brewing La Petite Mort Release Tomorrow

Redmond, WA - Limited annual release from Black Raven Brewing. “La Petite Mort” means “a little death…

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08/18/2014 08:34 PM
Beer and Food Pairings for The Craft Beer Football Fan
Featured Contributor - John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan It’s mid August and football season is upon us once again.  Football is a great game not only for the sport and the tradition, but for many people like myself it’s an event that provides the opportunity for social gatherings.  With Social gatherings comes serving of great food and of course enjoyment of great beer!  This clearly is an opportunity to make sure that you, and possibly your guests, are getting the most out of your food and beer…

08/18/2014 05:48 PM
Colorado Beer News 081814
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bad Poetry Day. We are all poets and we don't even know it. This is a day where you are encouraged to write some poetry of your own. It doesn't matter whether you write good or bad poetry, the idea is to simply try. Go ahead and be creative with your poetry. You can use rhyme or meter or alliteration or whatever you wish. It can be a limerick, a verse expressing love or even an ode to your favorite things (like craft beer). What will you write today? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 18th, 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

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - The brewery has two Assistant Manager jobs available. One for their Platte Street tap room and one for their Canworks tap room. Check out their job postings on their website if you believe you have what it takes to help run a taproom. Visit: denverbeerco.com/contact/careers/ for more info. [1695 Platte St (Taproom) 4455 Jason St (Canworks), Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - You know the drill. Today is Growler Monday! Just because it's Monday doesn't mean you can't have fun. Bring in your LTBC growler today and get it filled at a cheaper price than any other day of the week. Also, be aware that tomorrow (Aug. 19th) at 5pm, they will close so that they can take all of their employees to the Rockies game for some fun. So stock up now and plan ahead. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

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

Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton) - Their new facility construction on the Littleton farm is coming along nicely and already they've begun moving fermenters into place well before the roof has been put on. Check out their Facebook page for all of the pictures, but here is one shot showing their progress on the new building. If all goes well, this building will start operating later this year. [Current building: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO] (Photo courtesy Breckenridge Brewery).

Something Brewery (Thornton) - The city of Thornton, Colorado will soon be getting a new brewery. Something Brewery is a joint effort between David Allegrezza, Dustin Christopher, Brian Castillo and Ryan Meier. They plan to open sometime in the next 7 months (around Spring 2015). They currently list their address as: 2224 E 128th Avenue in Thornton, Colorado, but that is a temporary office location. Stay tuned for more news on this upcoming location.

Fight Fire With Beer Festival (Denver) - In 2014 Firefighter Appreciation Week will be observed in Colorado from August 17th – 23rd. Coloradans from across the state will celebrate firefighters and their families during the week long tribute. The week culminates with thousands of residents showing up to participate and support firefighters in the family friendly, 3rd annual, Fight Fire With Beer Festival. The festivities will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at Sculpture Park in downtown Denver from 2pm to 6pm. Come and celebrate to say "Thank You" to our brave firefighters. $35 for unlimited pours or $5 for single pours. Tickets on Eventbrite. Tickets at Eventbrite. [Champa St & N Speer Blvd, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - It's Wine Beer Week at De Steeg Brewing. On Wednesday, August 20th, they will be putting out the last keg of all their wine beers on tap. Try one of their tasty wine-beer hybrids including: Gewurztraminer Ale (white wine, rice beer and sake yeast), Pinot Ale (Pinot Noir wine with bold malty beer), Zinfandel Ale (Red Zinfandel wine with barleywine beer), and Belgian Quad Malbec (Malbec red wine and Belgian Quad - oak aged). Just 1 keg of each and they will run out quickly. Sorry, no growlers on these. [4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver/Lakewood) - They've got a great week of beer lined up! New ExBeeriment, an exclusive small batch release at East, and the return of Bee's Leaves are all in the lineup. Don't forget Geeks Who Drink trivia tomorrow evening (August 19th) at West! Compete for prizes and beers. Use your brain to win! ‪#‎partywithcaution‬ [East: 12445 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO & West: 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - August 18th - 24th is Prost's 2nd Anniversary Celebration. Today, get 2-for-1 growler fills. Listen to German rock music, new games in the tap room and a food vendor (Corner Gourmet). More specials daily all week. Read each day for more. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - This Wednesday is 1 Barrel Wednesday and OWL Benefit (Open World Learning). This Wednesday, August 20th from 5pm to close, Strange Craft will donate $1 from every pint sold to OWL. This money will help provide local kids with an after school technology program. [1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery announced today it will re-release Rum Barrel Quandary, the brewery’s quadruple ale aged in fresh rum barrels. The second batch will debut this Saturday, August 23rd at 1pm at River North’s taproom. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party, and the brewery will also have a limited amount of last year’s vintage on tap. Sweet, spicy and decadent, Rum Barrel Quandary balances the sweet malts of a Belgian-style dark ale with the sharp kick of new world spirits. At 10.2% ABV, River North recommends you enjoy a bottle amongst friends over a good meal. “High quality rum barrels can be hard to come by when you’re based in Colorado,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “I can't say for sure whether we'll be able to release this beer every year, but if we can find the barrels, we’ll keep brewing it.” In total, the brewery bottled 135 cases. Colorado stores will receive Rum Barrel Quandary the week after the release party. A limited amount will also make it to the Kansas City area for River North’s September 16th kickoff week. [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - New beer release tonight! Stop in for a pint of their "Indulgence Chocolate Stout". It goes great with surliness from their #Trivia host Jeremy. Plus there will be delectable food available from Roaming Bull Brasserie. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Good news IPA fans. THeir IPA is now back on tap starting tonight. They know you all missed having it. If you stop in tonight between 5-6pm, you can take advantage of their Happy Hour too. What's your Monday motivation? [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Friday is Marilyn's 90th birthday! To celebrate, they've declared Friday to be "Dress like Marilyn" day in the taproom. THey'll have prizes for those who dress the most like Marilyn, Naughty Marilyn will be back on tap, and more. Details to follow. Don't miss it! Open today 4pm to 9pm. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Left Hand's Tasting Room would like to invite you to join them for the release of their 2014 Pro Am beer - Jalapeno Cream Ale on Saturday, August 23rd at 5:00pm. What is the Pro Am? Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Pro-Am entries are brewed by professional craft brewers based on award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members. Homebrew recipes are scaled up and brewed at a craft brewery for submission into the competition. The beer will tap at 12pm and there will be a food pairing contest that begins at 5pm. Bring in a dish to pair with Left Hand Brewing’s 2014 Pro-Am beer (a Jalapeno Cream Ale). You do not need to include the Jalapeno Cream Ale (or jalapenos for that matter) in the recipe, but we can only imagine that including the beer and/or jalapenos would help your chances of creating the best beer and food pairing. All dishes must be received by the bartenders by 5PM to be eligible to win. Andrew Ayers, the winner of this year’s Pro AM, will be one of the judges selecting the winning food dish to pair with his beer. The winner of the food pairing contest will win a Saturday PM Session GABF ticket! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Hunters Moon Meadery (Severance) - Congrats to Hunters Moon Meadery who just won 3 medals for their meads at the recent "Mead Free or Die Competition" in New Hampshire. Gold for Mountain Berry, Silver for Moon Dance Cherry, and Bronze for Howling Moon Coffee. In the last 4 years, their meads have won 7 medals from 4 different competitions. Grats! [404 Immigrant Trail, Severance, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Every month around the last Tuesday, City Star hosts a Potluck dinner. This month's potluck is set for Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is "Breakfast for Dinner". Bring something to share. If you prepare a dish with City Star beer as an ingredient you'll be given a Free beer! Plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. All are welcome to join in! Also, stop in for live music this Thursday at 7pm with Erik "The Viking" Oftedahl. And always plenty of beer on tap. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Don't let Monday get you down. Stop in and enjoy $1 off pints all day long (3pm to 8:30pm). They have FREE wifi, 2 large flat screen TVs, board games and cards, chips and salsa, Nita crisps and cheese, 9 great beers on tap, homemade non-alcoholic ginger ale on tap, and lots of space for you and your friends. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Over the weekend, Wiley Roots tapped not 1, but two beers. The first was the return of their popular Haystack Kolsch. And the second was their #34 Oatmeal Stout. These two beers fit opposite ends of the beer color spectrum. Stop in and try either one or perhaps both! Coming up on Wednesday nights, bring in your favorite vinyl record between pm and 11pm and Wiley Roots will play 1 entire side of that album for you as part of their Wednesday Night Listening Party. Open Wednesdays through Sundays. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Viva Lyons (Lyons) [PRESS RELEASE] As the one year mark of Colorado's devastating 100 Year Flood draws near, City Star Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers are teaming up to release a very special collaboration brew: Flood Hound Ale. Last September the St. Vrain River flooded, devastating the small town of Lyons, Colorado, which included Spirit Hound Distillers. Once flood waters receded and the craft distillery was restored their surviving rum barrel was bottled and Mountain Bum Rum was released. Affectionately dubbed "Flood Rum" by locals, Mountain Bum Rum quickly sold out and the empty barrel made its way to Berthoud, Colorado where City Star Brewing filled it with Red Necktar, an American style red ale. Though Berthoud escaped the majority of the wrath of Colorado's 100 Year Flood, the City Star crew felt the effects of the natural disaster. One employee was displaced permanently and five others, including brewery owners John and Whitney Way, were displaced from Lyons for six weeks in the flood's aftermath. The connection between the two small towns of Berthoud and Lyons is strong, and the choice for Spirit Hound to send their "Flood Rum" barrel to City Star was easy to make. Flood Hound Ale, the collaboration rum barrel aged ale, was named by Lyons residents on a community Facebook page and will be released in Lyons on September 13th during the Cyclists 4 Lyons and Viva Lyons benefit. City Star Brewing will pour four beers at the event, including Flood Hound Ale, alongside Spirit Hound Distillers and their selection of high quality craft spirits. City Star Brewing co-owner Whitney Way says, "We are honored to collaborate on Flood Hound Ale with our friends at Spirit Hound Distillers, and even more so to give this beer back to the community of Lyons. This surviving rum barrel is a reminder of the devastating flooding, but also symbolic of Lyons' amazing sense of community and perseverance. We look forward to pouring this beer in Lyons on September 13th in reflection of the past year and also keeping in mind that there is still a lot of hard work to be done in recovery from this disaster." For additional event information visit http://oskarblues.com/press/first-annual-viva-lyons-to-take-place-on-saturday-september-13/ and http://c4lyons.org/.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The Loveland Running Club will be in the taproom from 5-7pm tonight. If you sign up and follow their 5K course and complete it tonight you can enjoy $2 Raspberry Sour Ales afterwards. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - What's happening at FBC this week? On Wednesday 8/20 it's Test Tap Wednesday with the release of a Belgian Dubbel at 5pm (1 night only). Then stop back for live music on Thursday and Saturday night. [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Stop in to the Bristol Tap Room tonight between 3pm - 7pm and get $1 off all flagship pints. Your Monday just got a bit better. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Tomorrow (August 19th) is their Cutting Peaches party for their upcoming beer "Drink a Peach IPA". If you want to help make their beer delicious by cutting up fresh Palisade peaches, reply to their Facebook post or call them at (970-926-3009 and come to the brewery at 12:45pm tomorrow (the peaches set out schedule!). They'll be cutting peaches til 7pm. Each volunteer gets free beer all day and take-home beer too! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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08/18/2014 04:35 PM
As we have been surmising…
..it’s either Ohio or Virginia for the new Stone Brewing East Coast plant. At least, that’s the word from today’s Craft Business Daily: On Friday, Stone winnowed the scope of speculation surrounding its imminent second location. “We have narrowed the … Continue reading

08/18/2014 02:23 PM
Brew: New Holland to enter Iowa, Nebraska markets
New Holland Brewing Company announced Friday via its website that it is entering the Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas markets.

08/18/2014 02:06 PM
Bent Brewstillery Taproom Opens Thursday
Doesn’t that look nice? Thursday is your chance to check it out. As you might remember, when Bent Brewstillery and Pour Decisions merged, the taproom was closed for renovation. Now, not only is the taproom back, but their distillery is up and ready make some beautiful spirits. Thursday, August 21st, 2pm. Check it out! Special ...

08/18/2014 01:16 PM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
Three new beers from Deschutes and one from Sierra Nevada have recently landed at Miller Liquor in North Sioux City, SD.

08/18/2014 12:55 PM
Old Bust Head Brewing Taproom Grand Opening

This past weekend (Friday through Sunday) saw the grand opening of Old Bust Head Brewing’s freshly completed taproom. The company has actually been open to the public for several months now, bringing craft beer to Fauquier County. The event also served to announce the release of their Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout. With the promise […]

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08/18/2014 11:45 AM
Colorado Beer Releases August 11-17, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
Long Live 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 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 11-17, 2014

12Degree Brewing - Enkidu - cherry Brett golden strong ale - returns August 15th 3pm.
12Degree Brewing - Soleil Saison - returns August 15th 3pm.

300 Suns Brewing - Colorado Sunday - SMASH beer shandy w/orange-aid - August 14th.

AC Golden Brewing - Colorado Native IPL - India Pale Lager - August 15th.

Arvada Beer Co - Anaheim Altbier - chili beer - August 12th.

Baere Brewing - Pale Ale (5.6% ABV) - August 14th.
Baere Brewing - Double India Pale Ale (9% ABV) - August 14th.

Barrels & Bottles - Wanda Mae's Peach Pie - brown ale w/peaches + pie spices - August 11th 4pm.
Barrels & Bottles - Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Beer (3.3% ABV) - lacto wheat ale - August 11th 4pm.

Berthoud Brewing - Summertime Ale - cream ale w/fresh mint and lime - firkin - August 15th.

Big B's Hard Cider - Harvest Apple - semi-sweet hard apple cider - can release - August 11th.
Big B's Hard Cider - Cherry Daze - hard apple cider infused w/cherries - can release - Aug. 11th.

Big Beaver Brewing - Vanilla Porter - homebrew collaboration - August 16th.

Black Shirt Brewing - 2014 Red Evelyn - imperial red rye ipa - draft & bottles - August 16th.

Boulder Beer - Dragonhosen - Oktoberfest lager - returns 2nd week of August.

Breckenridge Brewery - Regal Double Pilsner - small batch series bottles - August 13th.

Broken Compass Brewing - Chocolate Coffee Stout - August 14th.
Broken Compass Brewing - Belgian Wit - August 15th.
Broken Compass Brweing - India Brown Ale - August 15th.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Rosemary Sourdough Saison - August 12th.

City Star Brewing - Coconut Bandit Brown - August 11th.

Comrade Brewing - Strawberry Hefeweizen - firkin - August 14th.

Copper Club Brewing - Cherry Pale Ale - August 11th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Cinnamon Toast Crunch Wheat Ale - cask - August 13th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Saison w/Brett - cask - August 15th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Sunday with Helles - returns August 17th.

Crazy Mt Brewery/Interns - Hitcher's Ginger - ginger wheat - August 15th.

Crystal Springs Brewing - Wuerzburger Helles Bock - Original Series - August 16th.

De Steeg Brewing - Gewurtztraminer Ale - beer/wine hybrid w/sake yeast - August 13th.

Denver Pearl Brewing - Platt Park Porter - coffee porter - August 13th.

Diebolt Brewing - Diebolt's International Ale (DIA) - IPA - August 15th.

Dillon Dam Brewery - Tettnang Sage White IPA - 5 gallons only - August 12th.

Dry Dock Brewing - The River Rye - rye ale - August 13th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Garam Masala Pub Ale - firkin - August 15th 3pm.

Elevation Beer - Wild Flowers - Imperial Saison Ale - returns mid-August.

Equinox Brewing - Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclipse Brown Ale - firkin - August 14th 12pm.

Fate Brewing Co - Mesquite Honey Porter - August 14th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Cherry Wheat - test tap small batch - August 13th 5pm.

Fort Collins Brewery - FCB's Blonde - taproom only - August 15th.

Freedom's Edge Brewing - Cream Ale - returns August 14th.

Front Range Brewing - Golden Strong Ale w/honey - small batch - August 13th.

Funkwerks - Remi's Rye - Pro-Am Rye Saison - draft + bottles - August 16th.

Golden City Brewery - 2nd Degree Irish Stout - August 11th.

Grimm Brothers - Little Red Cap Falconer's Flight - firkin - August 15th.
Grimm Brothers - Farmer's Daughter - Oktoberfest lager - returns August 16th.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Morgan's Savvy Golden Peach Ale - August 15th.

Industrial Revolution Brewing - Double IPA - August 15th.

Iron Bird Brewing - Belgian Wit - August 16th Grand Opening.
Iron Bird Brewing - Rye Ale - August 16th Grand Opening.
Iron Bird Brewing - Propaganda IPA - August 16th Grand Opening.
Iron Bird Brewing - Steelhead Red - August 16th Grand Opening.
Iron Bird Brewing - Black Auger Stout - August 16th Grand Opening.

J Wells Brewery - Jr. Haze (6% ABV) - new batch - August 14th.

Left Hand Brewing - WTF archived bbl-aged sour imperial stout - August 13th.
Left Hand Brewing - Safety Round (Round 3) - American Pale Ale - August 15th.

Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Belgian Patersbier - August 11th pre-opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - German Kolsch - August 11th pre-opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Colorado Red Ale - August 11th pre-opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Blackberry Sour - August 11th pre-opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Belgian IPA - August 16th grand opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Saison - August 16th grand opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Hefeweizen - August 16th grand opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Chipotle Lime Blonde - August 16th grand opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Robust Porter - August 16th grand opening.
Liquid Mechanics Brewing - Palisade Peach Saison - August 16th grand opening.

Lone Tree Brewing - Pilsner - August 13th.

Loveland Aleworks - Elaine's Coconut Porter - returns August 15th 12pm.

Mountain Sun (4 locations) - Ciel Sauvage - dry-hopped sour ale - August 12th.

Odd13 Brewing - Peach infused Dr. Cougar - August 16th.
Odd13 Brewing - Hollywood - bbl-aged Flemish-style sour red ale - bottles - August 17th 12pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Sweet Sin - caramel apple red ale - small batch - August 12th.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Have An Ice Day - mint porter - August 14th.

River North Brewery - Apricot & Mango infused J. Marie - 5 gallons - August 13th 3pm.

Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs) - Silver Mullet - August 12th.

Sanitas Brewing - Nitro Stout - August 12th.
Sanitas Brewing - Rio Common - common-style lager - returns August 14th.

Station 26 Brewing - Red X - German-style Red - firkin - August 14th 4pm.

Storm Peak Brewing - Belgian Dubbel - pilot batch - August 14th.

The Old Mine - Sweet Tart Cider - sour hard apple cider - August 12th.

Two22 Brew - Patio Peach - August 17th.

Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) - Summer Herbal Ale - gruit ale - August 14th 6pm.

Verboten Brewing - Mountain Man - bourbon bbl-aged Imperial Dark Rye Ale - bottles August 16th.

Wild Woods Brewery - River Rock Brown - returns August 14th 4pm.

Wiley Roots Brewing - Haystack Kölsch - returns August 15th 3pm.
Wiley Roots Brewing - #34 - Oatmeal Stout - August 16th.

Yak & Yeti - Roasted Hatch Pepper Wheat - single keg - August 13th 4pm.
Yak & Yeti - Cinapple - cinnamon apple ale - returns August 14th.
Yak & Yeti - Imperial Barrel-aged Saison - Leopold whiskey bbl - August 14th.

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08/18/2014 10:25 AM
Old Bust Head Tap Room
Old Bust Head Brewing celebrated the grand opening of their new tap room this weekend. Even though I had visited the brewery just last week, Colleen and I made plans to go see the new tap room, as well as enjoy the good beers. We initially thought about going on Saturday, but I arrived home later than planned, and very tired, from Saturday's USPSA match, so we postponed our visit until Sunday. That was fortuitous, as I later learned that the crowd Saturday was so large they were turning people away! Sunday at the brewery was crowded as well, but we had no problem getting seats or beers.

The Old Bust Head tap room is huge, with seating for 200 plus people, as well as a small stage. Seating is at heavy wooden benches and tables. Outside tables are also available. There are hooks at the large walnut bar for purses, a feature that Colleen always looks for, so I suspect they will eventually provide seating at the bar as well. And there's free Wi-Fi too. It's immediately obvious that Old Bust Head is set up to deal with large crowds. There is an exceptionally long line of tap handles behind the walnut bar, as well as multiple chalk boards listing the current beers on tap. Even though the line was long, both times I stood in it, the wait was surprisingly short. It reminded me of an airline check-in line, you waited in one line for the next available agent server, and moved forward when your turn came. Of course, the reward at the bar was much more pleasant than what awaits at the airport line.

Since I had tried most of the beers last weekend, I opted for a glass of Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout, a beer that was released for the grand opening. As an added treat, the Stout was served on nitro. Colleen opted for a flight of four beers; Bust Head Old English Pale Ale, Chukker Pilsner, Wildcat IPA, and Chinquapin Chestnut Porter.

The Gold Cup Stout was exceptionally well-done. The bittersweet chocolate and espresso flavors made a rich-flavored beer, with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A mild roasted bitterness stayed behind on the palate. The 10% ABV was masked and not noticeable in the flavor. I enjoyed this beer very much, but opted to have just one. I enjoyed a pint of the lower ABV Shorthorn American Pale Ale while Colleen continued on her flight tasting. As I was last week, Colleen was very enamored with the Chestnut Porter.

We had plans to enjoy dinner at Black Bear Bistro in Warrenton before heading home, so after we finished our beers we headed out, but not before Colleen won an Old Bust Head koozie in one of the free raffles. I expect we'll be making regular visits to Old Bust Head, the beers are excellent and the drive not that long.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/18/2014 09:09 AM
Wasatch Last One In Lager

A couple of weeks ago, I received a generous package from the Wasatch/Squatters brewing group (embedded tweet below). Just arrived: @utahbeers samples. pic.twitter.com/h6iDwfx1K7 — The Barley Blog (@barleyblog) August 5, 2014 Many of the samples I had already reviewed prior to this package — Hop Rising, IPA, Polygamy Porter, Apricot Hefeweizen, Devestator, Ghost Rider White […]

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08/18/2014 04:44 AM
L’Affligem Blonde 6.8% ABV
It’s rare for me to find a new, or should I say different, Belgian Abbey beer, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a pack of ‘Affligem’ bottles on a recent supermarket trip, Affligem was a new one on me, but a ‘double fermented’ Abbey style beer is always worth investigating. Affligem Abbey was first […]

08/18/2014 04:41 AM
‘It’s at the centre of everything’
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 08.18.14 The villagers who bought their beloved local pub to save it from closure. Reading this story might make you feel as good as you will all week, no matter how great your week is. (No, really, I hope you have a wonderful week.) “It’s much more than a pub, it’s […]

08/18/2014 03:08 AM
King for a day
King Street is a cobbled stretch of central Bristol, linking two of the waterfronts in this inland maritime city. It is exceedingly well-pubbed, enough to warrant a mention in the opening chapter of Boak & Bailey's recent Brew Britannia as an example of the radical changes currently happening in British beer. But there's even more than that: King Street is a veritable microcosm of British pub life, from shooters to schooners and everything in between.

I spent a few days in Bristol in July and managed to darken the doors of several of the varied establishments of King Street.

The central draw for me was The Beer Emporium, essentially the cellar of an off licence with a vaulted bar and a solid range of British beers on cask and keg. Proceedings here kicked off with Soul Train from the Box Steam brewery in neighbouring Wiltshire. It's an innocent pale gold colour but exhibits intense bitter orange peel and pith. Biscuit malt flavours form a background, but no more than that. A straightforward clean and enjoyable introduction.

Hawkshead's NZPA is along similar lines only with more of everything, including alcohol at 6% ABV. A candy sweet aroma kicks it off but the flavour is all about palate-scorching high-alpha hops. Once acclimatised, one can detect notes of grass, mangoes and grapefruit. The first of these takes ultimate control of the flavour profile in the finish, as a sort of nettle juice greenness. Fun stuff, but strictly in small doses for me.

Switching to keg for one, I liked the look of Siren's Liquid Mistress, a red IPA of a modest 5.8% ABV. It's a very dark red colour with a dense off-white head and features one of my favourite beer flavour analogues: Turkish Delight. I assume it's achieved by some combination of floral hops and roasted malts and I normally find it in porters but it's here in a big way: all the rosewater and all the chocolate. There's a lot of fizz, which spoils the effect to some extent, but it's still a gorgeous beer. Whatever you say, Mistress.

Back to the beer engines to finish, and some Bleddyn 1075 by Celt Experience. This is a 5.6% ABV IPA, red-gold in colour with rich and exotic flavours of spicy sandalwood, bitter myrrh and peppery rocket. The body is full and the beer complex and satisfying.

So no quibbles about quality on emerging blinking into the daylight again. When I first came to The Beer Emporium it was lunchtime and the bar hadn't opened yet. I asked for a recommendation from the beery smorgasbord that is King Street and the off licence staff suggested Small Bar across the street.

We're definitely in craft territory here. Small Bar looks like a front room that's had a war through it, all dangling bulbs and partially exposed brick. Design is minimalist to the point of absence, with knitting-needle-thin handles on the beer engines and keg taps hidden completely out of sight below the bar. Magic Rock Ringmaster was on the blackboard so I figured I'd start with that. A lunchable 3.9% ABV, assisted by the pub's no-pint policy, it arrived looking a little sad -- all wan and headless. There's a vague dankness in the aroma and the texture is thin, like it's not really trying. It picks up a little on tasting, with some grown-up herby flavours: sage, eucalyptus, thyme, but overall it's not especially interesting and was disposed of quickly.

Having been in the West Country for hours and not had any Wild Beer Co. products yet, I followed it with a glass of Rubus Maximus, their collaboration with London's Beavertown. As billed, this is blood red, topped by pink foam. It smells decidedly girly, of sweet raspberries, and while this is present in the flavour it's buried under a massive steaming pile of dirty brettanomyces, honking like a spooked farmyard in front of any subtleties. Imagine a fresh punnet of raspberries dropped in manure. Imagine durian as a beer. Imagine... but think carefully before ordering.

Let's leave King Street for a few minutes and take a wander down the Avon. Steve had suggested a pub called the Bag of Nails and I'm delighted he did. Quirky doesn't cover this little place: festooned in plants, scattered with vintage toys, infested by tumbling kittens and operating a strict vinyl-only music policy. It has a definite community vibe, though still felt incredibly welcoming. To drink, a pint of Towles' Independents APA,  in vintage glassware, natch. It's not terribly impressive, with simple melon and pear flavours before a butterscotch finish. At a big 5% ABV it doesn't represent great value for the alcohol. Arbor's Hoptical Delusion did a much better job. This is 3.8% ABV and quite resinous, with oily vegetal hop flavours, just shading towards dank. Stimulating stuff.

Before leaving I couldn't pass up the chance to try Dorset Brewing Company's Castaway Coconut Rum Ale, despite an intense fear that it could resemble something by Innis & Gunn. It's a clear dark red-brown and tastes pleasantly of muscovado sugar: sticky, and slightly burnt. Not much rum or coconut to speak of, but on the whole it could have been a lot worse.

Back to King Street, then, and The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, aka The Volly. A big and quite foodish pub, decorated in classic minimalist gastro style, all painted wood and leather sofas. Picking randomly from the beautifully modernist beer board I sat down with a pint of Wiper & True Mosaic Pale Ale. A sumptuous deep orange and served beautifully cold from the cask, the hop flavour blends sharp pith and savoury dank notes so fresh I could almost taste the bursting colours: synaesthesia in a glass. Behind this some quenching tannic astringency and sandalwood spices, all set on a body that's full and warming: a magnificent paradox in such a refreshing beer. An absolute virtuoso performance.

Dragging myself off King Street and back to the hotel for a quick palate-cleansing nightcap. Freedom Four lager was pouring so I gave that a go, and it was perfect for the occasion. Very crisp, dry and cereal-driven it makes for an excellent reset button.

So that's the beginning of my Bristol beer adventure. More to follow, on King Street and beyond...

08/18/2014 03:05 AM
Whitbread Porter quality 1922
The day has finally arrived. I'm at the end of the Porter analyses. When did I start this? Was it 1984 or 1985?

I'm going to structure things slightly differently this time. Because I have the relevant brewing records of Whitbread Porter from 1922. Funnily enough, they make things more rather than less confusing. A quick comparison of the gravities in the two tables will explain what I mean.

Clearly Whitbread's Porter wasn't being sold as brewed. The gravity of the pub sample is six points higher than when it went into the fermenter. There are two possible explanations. Either it was primed like hell at racking time, or it was blended with another beer. The jump in gravity seems far too high for primings to be the explanation. I'd be inclined to go for the blending option. And there is an obvious candidate: CS, Country Stout, which had a gravity of 1046. A 50 - 50 blend of the two would get you aroungd the gravity of the pub sample.

There's just one slight problem with that theory. As the Porter was already being parti-gyled with CS, why not just get the gravity right before fermentation? The only reason I can think of not to do this is if the weaker version was being sold straight somewhere. I'm really a bit stumped with this one.

As you can see, this is an Oatmeal Porter. Though with the laughably small amount of oats typical of London brewers. At less than 1% of the grist, its flavour contribution must have been nil. Not that it was marketed as Oatmeal Porter. The oats are in there for COS, Country Oatmeal Stout, one of the beers in the parti-gyle. It was, in fact, exactly the same as Country Stout.

Whitbread Porter 1922
Date Year OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl boil time (hours) boil time (hours) Pitch temp colour
18th May 1922 1027.9 1007.0 2.77 74.95% 6.99 0.85 1.5 1.83 64º 14.5 brown 1 red
7th Apr 1922 1028.1 1008.0 2.66 71.52% 6.93 0.84 1.5 1.75 64º 14 brown 1 red
7th Jul 1922 1027.8 1007.0 2.75 74.78% 7.39 0.88 ? 1.75 64º 14 brown 1 red
17th Jul 1922 1028.0 1007.0 2.78 75.00% 7.42 0.93 1.5 1.75 64º 13 brown 1 red
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/09/115 and LMA/4453/D/09/116.

Whitbread Porter 1922
Date Year OG FG pale malt brown malt black malt no. 3 sugar oats
18th May 1922 1027.9 1007.0 63.96% 13.58% 13.58% 8.30% 0.57%
7th Apr 1922 1028.1 1008.0 63.12% 14.11% 14.11% 7.92% 0.74%
7th Jul 1922 1027.8 1007.0 63.96% 14.15% 13.02% 8.30% 0.57%
17th Jul 1922 1028.0 1007.0 63.96% 14.15% 13.02% 8.30% 0.57%
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/09/115 and LMA/4453/D/09/116.

The grist is pretty simple and quite like a late 19th-century one: pale, brown and black malt plus No. 3 invert sugar. About the only unusual feature is the high percentage of black malt. It's odd to see as much black as brown malt. Typically, the quantity of brown malt would be considerably greater than that of black malt. That was certainly the case at Whitbread before WW I.

Time to review Whitbread's performance so far. Whitbread had two Milds in the ring, full-strength X Ale and watery MA. Surprisingly their MA scored quite well, finishing fourth of seventeen with an average of 0.67. While X Ale was a disappointing twelfth, averaging -0.2. Their Burton performed very well finishing first of fourteen and averaging 1.33. Their Pale Ale did even better, coming first of fifteen with an average of 2.25. Though it should be noted that the sample sizes were much smaller for Whitbread's beers.

Let's take a look at how their Porter did:

Whitbread Porter quality 1922
Year Beer FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation Flavour score Price
1922 Porter 1012.2 1034.7 2.91 64.84% exceptionally good 3 6d
1922 Porter 1010.2 1033.7 3.04 69.73% thin, sound -1 6d
1922 Porter 1013.2 1035.7 2.91 63.03% v . fair 2 6d
Average  1011.9 1034.7 2.95 65.87% 1.33
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

They got the only perfect three score of any of the Porters. Only one of the samples was a bit duff and got a negative score, leaving a good average of 1.33. But there were only three samples, leaving plenty of room for distortion.

Next time I'll be rounding up Porter with a look at the full league table. That'll be fun. Well, probably not, but I have to remain upbeat, no matter how achingly dull my posts are.

08/17/2014 05:21 AM
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08/16/2014 10:09 PM
August Cavalier USPSA Match
Fifty-five degrees. That's what the dashboard thermometer read as I started my drive down towards Montpelier, VA for the Greater Richmond Blasters USPSA match at the Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club. Hmm, better check the calendar, it is August, correct? The temps did eventually get into the 80's but still, there were no complaints about the weather. I took an even more rural route to the range than I did last month, but got there in about the same time, and avoided any roadway that was wider than two lanes. (And I probably couldn't tell you how I got there.) Some of my squad mates arrived late due to traffic on the abomination that is I-95.

The first stage our squad shot, Stage 5, started with the shooter's hands on the edge of a wall that divided the stage. After engaging some paper targets and steel poppers that were strategically placed behind barrels, you had to retreat back up range, around the wall and engage similar targets from the other side. New shooters were cautioned about muzzle awareness while retreating up range.

Stage 6 had the shooter starting on the left side in mid-bay, and engaging four paper targets while backing up range. The right side of the course consisted of a zig-zagging path downrange, stopping mid-course to push open a door, through which more targets were engaged. A quick squeeze around another wall and the course ended with a quick finish engaging four close range targets.

Stages 1 and 2 shared the end of the club's rifle range. Stage 1 was a quick stage with 4 paper targets engaged from one side of a barricade, then from the opposite side, two forward falling steel poppers and 2 more paper targets. Stage 2 was the classifier, CM-03-11 "El Strong & Weak Pres."

Stage 3 was a simple stage, offering many options of engagement. A barrel stack was positioned at the center of two walls in a wide "V". The barrels partially obscured 5 pepper poppers, along with 6 paper targets with varying amounts of hard and no-shoot covering. A couple of outlying targets on either side were engaged from the start position up range. Most shooters were assured of a standing reload at the barrels — the decisions came mostly with the steel targets — engage some of the steel from near the start position, or from near the barrel, and from what side? For a seemingly simple stage, the options were many.

The final stage we shot was probably the most fun, and quite unusual. The shooter started seated in a chair, facing up range. The unloaded gun, along with all ammunition to be used, was placed on a table behind the shooter. At the start, the shooter rounded the barrels behind him, loaded whatever magazines he needed onto his belt, loaded the gun, and ran the course. My plan had me shooting ten rounds between reloads, which meant shooting to slide lock. All reloads were planned on the move, so that wasn't a time loss issue. My problem came after my first reload, when I had a feed issue and had to run the slide to get the gun back in battery. Fortuitously, I had decided at the last moment to take the time to pick up an extra mag off the table, which I now needed due to losing a round here. The stage finished with five close and fast targets, four of which were mostly obscured behind a barrier, forcing shots over the wall for two and then a drop to the knees to shoot under for the last two.

It was a fun match with some interesting challenges. I didn't shoot as well as I would have liked, finishing 14th out of 28 Production shooters. Still, it was a great time shooting with some old friends, and meeting a few new ones as well. I'm looking forward to next month already. Perhaps I'll even settle on the right country roads for the best route. I've now gone to the Cavalier USPSA match twice, and have not managed to take the same route in either the drive to or from the range. I think I've now found my preferred route to take, so perhaps next month there will be no stress, at least for the drive.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/16/2014 12:28 PM
How to Build a Kegerator Infographic

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08/16/2014 12:16 PM
Cheboygan Brewing Co. – Brewery Review Part 1 of 2
“Up North” at Cheyboygan Brewing Company Every year I travel with my family “Up North” to Cheboygan, MI.  I love Cheboygan, it’s the perfect place to unwind. In year’s past we would run to the local Walmart as soon as we arrived to load up on all the steaks, chips and dip we needed for the week. My wife’s goal was to avoid shopping, I wanted to avoid people (‘cept for my family of course). Then a few years ago a local brewery opened up…

08/16/2014 11:29 AM
Westvleteren XII (Westy 12) – #1 Beer on the Planet


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