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04/18/2014 11:50 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’.....

04/18/2014 11:50 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.....

04/18/2014 11:50 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!

04/18/2014 11:50 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

04/18/2014 11:50 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!

04/18/2014 11:45 AM
Ithaca Country Pumpkin
Ithaca Country Pumpkin (Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer) with 6.3 ABV by Ithaca Beer Company...

04/18/2014 11:18 AM
Craft Beer and Music Merge for Festival
NBC 7 San Diego Craft Beer and Music Merge for Festival NBC 7 San Diego What's better than a bunch of craft beer at an outdoor festival on a sunny San Diego day? Sippin' on suds while listening to live music and supporting an important organization. On Saturday, the CityBeat Festival of Beers will merge all three of those ...

04/18/2014 10:59 AM
Week of 04/18/14 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Tait from Charleville will be pouring: Charleville Barrel Aged Box of Chocolate, Charleville Box of Chocolate, Charleville Tornado Alley, Charleville Hoptimistic, and Charleville Half Wit Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog. Today, from 4PM to [...]

04/18/2014 10:46 AM
Food and Beer: Stout

There are days where lighter beers won’t do.  Where you yearn for the creamy, thick, deep flavors of a Stout.  But, with drinking comes hunger, and when you’re at a … Continue Reading →

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04/18/2014 10:39 AM
Kona Brewing Castaway IPA

Kona Brewing’s Castaway IPA has apparently been pretty popular for locals at the Hawaii pubs for quite some time and, now, it’s finally arriving on the mainland. Not only is it new to us non-islanders, but it’s also going to be part of the brewery’s year-round offerings. The 6% ABV (55 IBU) IPA uses a […]

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04/18/2014 10:26 AM
The Beer Growler to open in Charlotte’s South End
The Beer Growler to open in Charlotte's South End Charlotte Business Journal The Beer Growler has grown to seven locations, all in the Peach State, six of them owned by franchisees. A new franchisee group is leading the charge into the Queen City: Jessica King, who is from eastern Tennessee and has lived here for the past 10 ...

04/18/2014 10:21 AM
9th Annual FredFest
The month of May is right around the corner and this means the return of FredFest to Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room. Now in it’s 9th year, FredFest will take place on Sunday, May 4th. This annual event celebrates the 88th birthday of Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers. Eckhardt [...]

04/18/2014 09:54 AM
Twisted Pine Medals at World Beer Cup
Boulder, Colorado – “This is, has been, and will be one of the best beers in the country,” writes Dow Scoggins, chairman of the board governing the U.S. Open Beer Championships and editor of BeerInfo.com, in a recent article on the site.  The beer so referenced is Big Shot Espresso Stout, brewed by Twisted Pine Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and gold medal winner at last week’s World Beer Cup in Denver. The World Beer Cup is considered the most prestigious international beer competition and this year played host to over 1400 breweries from 58 [...]

04/18/2014 09:50 AM
Dominion Brewing Releases Abbey Belgian Style Ale
Dover, DE – Abbey Belgian Style Ale has taken her vows and joined the Dominion Brewing Pinup Series.  The first person to ever record the preservative powers of hops in brewing was a nun. In fact, during the Middle Ages, convents brewed beer right along with monasteries. While monks bask in all the glory these days, Abbey Belgian style ale hails the under-recognized brewers of our holiest beverage. With the help of Perle and Saaz Hops and Golden Promise, Vienna, Caramunich, and Peated malts, Abbey reaches 7.2% ABV. Recipe designer, Brewer Justin Colatrella, stated, “Each [...]

04/18/2014 09:46 AM
Boulevardia Announces Entertainment Lineup
Kansas City – Boulevardia, Kansas City’s newest beer, food and music festival, is pleased to announce the entertainment lineup. Capital Cities, the indie electro band from Los Angeles, will headline the three-day festival with a performance on Saturday night, June 14th. Other acts include The Wild Feathers and Quixotic on Friday night, and The Freddy Jones Band and BoDeans on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for each day are already on sale at boulevardia.com for $10 per day (until May 1st, when they will increase to $15 per day). Due to the urban festival grounds layout, days [...]

04/18/2014 09:33 AM
Session #87 announced: Local Brewery History
Host Reuben Gray has announced the ground rules for The Session #87: Local Brewery History: “I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way. The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local* brewery that […]

04/18/2014 09:00 AM
CYBI Terrapin Wake N Bake
Satan has a habit of making the same three beers over and over. So I sent him this recipe for him to make for me. In typical Satan fashion he ignored the recipe and came up with something he called Voodoo Ink. Since I can't depend on Satan (I can't wait to see what this line will do in a Google search), I went ahead and brewed it myself.

CYBI Wake N Bake
Imperial Stout

 


Type: All Grain Date: 4/7/2014
Batch Size: 6.00 gal Brewer: Jeff Holt
Boil Size: 7.97 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Jeff's Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes:
 
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
17.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 72.71 %
2.04 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 8.48 %
1.53 lb Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 6.35 %
1.53 lb Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 6.35 %
0.74 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 3.05 %
0.74 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3.05 %
0.74 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 22.0 IBU
0.50 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (30 min) Hops 11.4 IBU
1 Pkgs California Ale V (White Labs #WLP051) [Starter 500 ml] Yeast-Ale
 
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.085 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.080 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.022 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.29 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 9.82 %
Bitterness: 33.5 IBU Calories: 358 cal/pint
Est Color: 41.1 SRM Color:
Color
 
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 24.07 lb
Sparge Water: 3.34 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE Mash PH: 5.4 PH
 
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 30.09 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F
 
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.4
Pressure/Weight: 4.5 oz Carbonation Used: -
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 60.0 F Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F  
 
Notes
60% Costa Rican, 20% Guatamalan, and 20% Zimbabwe or blend from Jittery Joe's

[Suggested to Satan: You can soak 4 oz oak chips in Makers Mark, strain and add chips to secondary.]
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04/18/2014 07:52 AM
Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens Reopens After Remodel
Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens Reopens After Remodel Eater National After a three-month shutdown, Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens in Sorrento Mesa emerges today from $1.5 million remodel with a completely new look and floor plan. Most dramatically different is the restaurant's open design, with a single level for dining ... and more& ...

04/18/2014 07:19 AM
Harpoon Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious

Press Release BOSTON, MA (April 17, 2014) – It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers from every department were invited to brew a beer of their choosing and present it to their colleagues for a blind sampling and voting at the company’s annual gathering in […]

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04/18/2014 06:54 AM
Volunteers intend to work on Tennessee Brewery on Saturday
Volunteers intend to work on Tennessee Brewery on Saturday Memphis Commercial Appeal Organizers of Tennessee Brewery Untapped have scheduled a final community build/clean-up event for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the historic brewery building, 495 Tennessee. Tennessee Brewery Untapped is a temporary activation project intended to&nbsp ...

04/18/2014 06:00 AM
It is a "Good Friday"
Indeed.



[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


04/18/2014 05:09 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: James Sanborn
I’m James Sanborn; I live in Hebron, Maine with my wife and three children. I have been drinking craft beer since college but really started to pay attention to what I was drinking about 3 years ago. Since then I have reviewed more than 600 beers on my blog and spent countless hours at breweries […]

04/18/2014 04:38 AM
Belgian Hop Beers

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

Over the last few nights, we’ve tasted several Belgian ‘hop beers’ which we bought from the Belgian Beer Factory, a remarkably good value online beer store. As luck would have it, Joe Stange’s article on this topic appeared online at Draft Magazine on Wednesday, so we had an idea what to look out for: Whether today’s […]

Belgian Hop Beers



04/18/2014 04:05 AM
Book tarting again
I'm not just trying to persuade North Americans that they need to own my book. I'll be pestering Europeans, too.

In what might be my only UK appearance this year (I'm fast running out of holidays) I'll be at the Birmingham Beer Bash on 26th July.

It's not totally settled what I'll be doing, but I'll definitely be giving a talk about Brettanomyces in British brewing in the afternoon. Something aimed squarely at the geek crowd. In the evening I'll probably be doing a less formal, for a slightly less geeky audience. Hopefully involving drinking beer and me fielding questions. I'll be bringing along my baseball glove to make sure I don't drop any.

And, of course, at both sessions you'll have the chance to buy my book and have me scrawl something indecipherable in it. I think it's rather good, but I would, wouldn't I? So far reviewers have agreed with me.

If you can't wait to read the crystalised perfection of my prose, buy a copy now and bring it along for me to sign:

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer
http://www.amazon.com/Home-Brewers-Guide-Vintage-Beer/dp/1592538827



04/18/2014 03:05 AM
Courage Porter and Stout 1920 - 1928 (part one)
No, I hadn't forgotten about this series. Just got distracted by all sorts of other crap.

Let's start with the Porter. I've just been checking the strength of London Porter in the 1920's. There's a surprising degree of variation. At the bottom is Whitbread Porter, with a pathetic gravity of just 1028º. At the top is Mann, at 1041º. Most are between 1035º and 1038º, which puts Courage Porter at the weak end.

The degree of attenuation is pretty typical. Most of the other breweries' versions are between 70 and 75% apparent attenuation.

That's fairly decent hopping, around 1 lb per barrel, for a beer of this gravity. It's about the same as Whitbread's but 50% more than Barclay Perkins'. I'm sure that you're glad to hear that.

Courage's was a 7d Stout (8d until 1923). That is, a pint  on draught cost that much in a public bar. Most London Stouts were 1d a pint dearer and had gravities between 1050º and 1055º. Wenlock was one of the few other 7d Stouts and that also had a gravity around 1045º. There were plenty of bottled Stouts in the 1040's, especially the cheaper ones sold in quart bottles. Some were even under 1040º

Not sure why Double Stout suddenly became just plain Stout. Maybe they realised it was a bit of a cheek calling something of such a modest gravity double. Or perhaps it was just that, with only one Stout in their lineup, qualification of the name wasn't needed.


Courage Porter and Stout 1920 - 1928
Year Beer OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl boil time (hours) boil time (hours) boil time (hours) Pitch temp
1920 Double Stout 1043.8 1011.6 4.25 73.42% 7.37 1.62 1.5 1.5 1 62º
1920 Stout 1047.4 1015.0 4.29 68.42% 5.09 1.18 1.75 1.75 1 62º
1921 Stout 1043.8 1010.0 4.47 77.22% 7.14 1.56 1.5 1.5 1 61.5º
1923 Stout 1043.8 1011.4 4.29 74.05% 7.54 1.58 1.5 1.5 1 60.5º
1926 Stout 1045.4 7.34 1.36 1.5 1.5 1 62º
1927 Stout 1045.4 7.17 1.33 1.5 1.5 º
1928 Stout 1046.5 7.71 1.37 1.5 1.5 1 61.25º
1920 Porter 1029.6 1007.2 2.97 75.70% 7.12 1.07 1.5 1.5 1 61º
1921 Porter 1029.6 1007.2 2.97 75.70% 7.14 1.05 1.5 1.5 1 61º
1922 Porter 1032.7 1008.9 3.15 72.88% 6.79 1.15 1.5 1.5 1 60º
1922 Porter 1032.7 1008.3 3.22 74.58% 8.56 1.17 1.5 1.5 1 61º
1923 Porter 1032.7 1008.3 3.22 74.58% 8.29 1.18 1.5 1.5 1 60º
1926 Porter 1032.7 7.50 1.01 1.5 1.5 1 61.5º
1926 Porter 1032.7 7.34 0.98 1.5 1.5 1 61.5º
1927 Porter 1032.7 7.17 0.96 1.5 1.5 º
1928 Porter 1032.7 7.71 0.96 1.5 1.5 1 63º
Source:
Courage brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/08/251, ACC/2305/08/253, ACC/2305/08/255 and ACC/2305/08/256.

Next time wwe'll be looking at the grists.

04/18/2014 02:33 AM
5 More Things Every Home Brewer Needs

I believe we all concurred in the past post, house brewing beer gear gadgets should boost and enrich not just your homemade beer but likewise the encounter as well as enjoyment obtained from, what’s after all, your sideline. It Is crucial that you buy them for those grounds rather than only as they are the […]

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04/18/2014 12:57 AM
Beer In Ads #1164: Budweiser Is For Girls
Thursday’s ad may not be a real ad, I’m not entirely sure. It’s for a Brasserie Belden, which I can’t find any information about at all. And the nature of the ad, more like a political attack ad, makes it seem more like a spoof than a real ad that someone might have actually ran....

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04/18/2014 12:01 AM
Yazoo Deux Rouges bottles to be released at Funk Fest ’14
The bottles I waxed today and showed in the post are the single barrel un-blended version of Deux Rouges. These 200 bottles will be available for sale to attendees of Funk Fest.  It saw 3 months extra aging time in […]

04/18/2014 12:00 AM
New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility May 1 in Asheville, NC
2-Office$175 million investment, 133,000 SF, 400+ construction jobs, 140 permanent jobs, 1 great city Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Going up!New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support […]

04/17/2014 11:49 PM
Chop & Brew #23: Music City Brew Off
Chop & Brew takes a roadtrip from the Twin Cities to Nashville, TN for the Music City Brew Off homebrew competition. In this episode, we get an inside look at the inner-workings of the homebrew competition hosted by the Music City Brewers homebrew club. MCB president John Malone shares his […]

04/17/2014 11:12 PM
The Alchemist Focal Banger, Holw Cow IPA cans to be released on April 19th
Our next ‘pop up’ truck sale will be this Saturday, April 19 at Pilgrim Park and Railroad Street in Waterbury (the old station lumber site; next to the train station). More >> Alchemist blog.

04/17/2014 10:52 PM
Prairie Artisan Ales finds location for new brewery
The site is 16 beautiful acres, with a pond and a backdrop of trees. There is an existing building (the old clubhouse from Cotton Greek Golf Course) that we plan on renovating and expanding another 4000 square feet to house […]

04/17/2014 10:23 PM
Alaskan Brewing – New Canning Line, Brewhouse Expansion, Shipping to SD and MI

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaskan Brewing Company today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning…

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04/17/2014 10:20 PM
Alaskan Brewing breaks ground on expansion, adds cans, enters Michigan and South Dakota
Press Release:  (Juneau, AK) – Alaskan Brewing Company today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning line, and the beginning of distribution into South Dakota and Michigan. “It’s a huge day for us […]

04/17/2014 09:30 PM
River North IPA cans to be released on April 26
Press Release:  (Denver, CO) – River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm in the Denver taproom. In an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River […]

04/17/2014 06:41 PM
Beverage Industry’s State Of American Beer Report
The Atlantic magazine had a good round-up of the State of American Beer, based on a report from the trade publication Beverage Industry. Beverage Industry’s March issue had a series of articles on different segments, including Craft brewers’ sales growth continues, Domestic beer case...

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04/17/2014 06:33 PM
New Belgium Brewing To Break Ground On Asheville, NC Facility May 1

Ft. Collins, CO – Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery - a…

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04/17/2014 06:28 PM
Powdered Alcohol
First and for a long time, it was just liquid. Then it was whipped, solidified and not really vaporized. And now alcohol is powderized. I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. TTB approved seven versions of this powdered alcohol within the past […]

04/17/2014 06:07 PM
The official Philly Beer Week beer for 2014 (one of many, collect them all).
This email just arrived here at Liquid Diet headquarters. It is, as they say, self-explanatory. Dear valued customer and Philly Beer Week 2013 participant,   It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to the only official beer of … Continue reading

04/17/2014 05:56 PM
The Commons Limited Bottle Release for Myrtle and Biere Royale
Still fresh off their 2014 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal for Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery will be hosting a bottle release on Saturday, April 19th. This limited bottle release will be for a limited run of Myrtle and Biere Royale. The bottles will be available at the Tasting Room beginning at 2pm. Bottles will [...]

04/17/2014 05:51 PM
HIGH WATER BREWING CAMPFIRE STOUT
In a crowded market of new release beers trying to leave their mark, brewers have increasingly turned to obscure, niche, and at times experimental, ingredients & techniques. Unfortunately many of these beers fall short, that is, until you come across a bottle of High Water Brewing Campfire Stout and your belief in crazy craft concoctions Colorado Beer News 041714
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Blah Blah Blah Day. This is the dreaded day each year where you need to take care of those things on your long list of household projects and chores that people have been nagging you to do. There's no getting around it - best to just get as many of those things done today as possible. Then you can procrastinate all you want tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 17th, 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]

Please note: Many breweries, bars & restaurants may be closed for Easter this Sunday. Call ahead before you venture out.

Metro Denver

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) - The good folks at the Colorado Craft Beer Show are planning to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of their show this Saturday, April 19th with a live radio show broadcast at Lone Tree Brewing Company in Lone Tree from 12pm to 2pm. There they will unveil their anniversary beer that was brewed at Strange Brewing Company. If you can't be there in person, tune in to AM 760 Denver or listen online on iHeartRADIO (www.am760.net).

Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) - Denver is about to get a new brewery this month. Comrade Brewing Company is set to open its doors on Saturday, April 26th. They plan to have several beers on tap including: an American Blonde, an Irish Red, a Milk Stout, an IPA, an International-style Pale Ale, and a collaboration American-style Black Ale that they did with Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing. Until the opening, check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@ComradeBrewing). [7667 E Iliff Ave #F, Denver, CO]

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

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Only in Colorado... Epic is sponsoring "Dankin' Donuts" this Sunday, 4/20. $4.20 gets you a pour of one of their special, danky firkins and a FREE Voodoo Donut! Donut supplies are very limited so get there early! Kick off one of Colorado's favorite holidays (and they aren't talking Easter here) with them at 11am before you head down to Civic Center Park. And to kick off the weekend, Big Kiwi Eats will be there on Saturday 4/19 with a special 'Smoke Out' menu - just because it's 4/20 in New Zealand! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Last night, De Steeg tapped three new beers and brought back one beer from the past as well. Stop in and try one of these: Citra Dark Ale, Dry Hopped Imperial Amber, or their Belgian Red. And from the past: Alley Ale.

BrüFrou Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing Event (Denver) - BrüFrou is this Saturday, April 19th and TODAY ONLY (April 17th) you can purchase tickets for 45% OFF! Use Coupon Code "thursday45" when you purchase tickets online and save 45% off your entire ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased at: www.brufrou.com/blogfrou. There will be 70 craft breweries and eateries paired up for this special pairing festival at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

River North IPA canRiver North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm in the Denver taproom. In an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River North’s brewers will keg and can IPA less than 24 hours before the release party. IPA will join River North White in cans, providing Colorado adventure seekers with more options to fuel their outdoor endeavors. As with all their beers, the River North brewers put their own Belgian-style spin on this release, crossing pine and citrus American hops with yeast esters of white pepper and clove. The result is a Belgian-influenced red IPA like no other, coming in at 6% ABV and 55 IBU. River North will have IPA both on tap and in cans-to-go at the release. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will cost $10. (Image courtesy River North Brewery) [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Today at 3pm the brewery will tap a Super Kriek firkin. This is a big 8% ABV 15 IBU brew and won't last long. This is their World Cup gold medal winner made in the Imperial style. Have one while you watch the Avalanche hockey playoff game on their screen tonight. Game starts at 7:30pm. [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - This Friday at 5pm as a kick-off to their Easter Extravaganza weekend, they will tap "Smokin' Jo", a smoked porter al. Proceeds from this beer will go to the Westminster Burn Fund. Also this weekend, bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt at 10am Saturday. Must register your child by 9am, plus a kids coloring contest all weekend long. Open Sunday 4pm to 9pm where house beers will be $1 off. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is perfect patio drinking weather. They plan to tap a firkin of Cream Ale with green tea today at 4:00pm. They plan to be open all weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 1pm. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Today's tadpole tap has a special beer on it - a Craft Cream Ale. Perfect beer for this nice Spring day. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons) - The original home of Oskar Blues in Lyons is celebrating their 17th Anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. They will have two special groups performing: Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams and also Bonnie & The Clydes. There will be food & drink specials available, including all your favorite Oskar Blues beer all night long. The cost for attending this event is $10. Stop in and help them celebrate. [303 Main St, Lyons, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Today is a great day for the release of one of their spring seasonals, Honey Nut Blonde Ale. It was brewed with Colorado honey and aged on whole almonds. Get it today starting at 4pm! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

CHUBurger (Longmont) - Tomorrow, Friday April 18th, is DANK BEER SHOW DOWN DAY. Stop in and try 4 of the stickiest Imperial IPAs around. Ask for one who you order. [1225 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Win 2 Free Tickets!Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - The ticket giveaway continues today. Register to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the May 31st beer festival at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO fro 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the GIVEAWAYS Page on Fermentedly Challenged and sign-up to win tickets. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 25th on the blog. Many ways to earn multiple entries by visiting and following various sponsors. First drawing ends April 23rd, 2014. A pair of tickets will be given away each week now through the end of May. Sign up each week for your chance to win a pair of tickets (a $70 value). Taste beers from 40 different breweries. Several local food trucks will also be on site. Live music and more. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - New beer release today in Ft. Collins - "Blood Orange Imperial IPA". Here's how the brewery describes this beer: "Don't be fooled by the inviting reddish/ orange color, or the delicate citrus/ hop aroma. When this one hits your lips, be prepared for a flavor explosion and an all out assault on your taste buds." It was brewed with orange peel, coriander, blood oranges and plenty of American hops. Stop in and try a pint! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Don't forget that tonight the brewery is debuting their "Dr. Pat's Double IPA #12". This batch has a lot more hop aroma - twice the amount of dry hopping too. Grab a glass and join in with their Open Mic Night that starts at 5:30pm. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Craft Thursday special, Dry Dock Brewing Company Wee Heavy is just $2! The Irish Session starts around 7 pm and don't forget to buy your tickets to the Cellar Tasting happening this Saturday from 2-4 pm. They've got some incredible beers lined up, Kaelyn from MouCo Cheese Company will be pairing various cheeses with the beers, and all attendees are automatically entered into the drawing to win a bottle of Westvleteren XII! All that for just $15. Buy your tickets in person at the pub or online on Eventbrite. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Every season has its seasonals and Grimm Brothers has several seasonal beers on tap that you'll want to try if you haven't yet already. Stop in for one of these: Nitro Bastogne Red Ale, Iron John Milk Stout, Bearskin Irish Dry Stout, Gustavus Litchenhainer or Once Upon a Time 14 Flogen Flagen Bier. That plus their regular year-round brews. Prost! [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Grab $1 off pints of their "Not the Irish" Red Ale on Nitro tap tonight and watch the Avs playoff game. Pizza comes at 6pm - grab a slice while it lasts. Taproom opens at 1pm today. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - For today's Outlaw Tapping they've come up with a brew called "Cop Car". It's their Best Bitter made with Doughnuts! So tasty it should be illegal. On tap now. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - This Saturday, April 19th, Funkwerks will be releasing White - a malt beverage with spices. The brewer describes it as this: "This Belgian Style Wit is refreshing with ample character. The opaque pale color and voluminous white head results from a high percentage of raw wheat used in the recipe. Aroma is of orange zest and ginger combined with hints of chamomile and coriander. Flavors of lemon and orange citrus are complimented with a pleasant spiciness. The addition of raw oats gives the mouthfeel an interesting creaminess, yet finishes dry with a supple tartness." [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Their Amber Ale release is next Friday, and they need YOUR help in deciding a name! The winner receives a FREE growler fill to take home and a FREE pitcher to enjoy in house. Submit your name idea on Facebook, privately message them, or bring it tonight and play ‪‎Geeks Who Drink‬ at 7:30pm and your 1st PINT (when the quiz starts) IS ON THEM! Playing the trivia quiz is free, with a bunch of chances to win FREE BEER. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - There's a preview cask tapping tonight at 5pm: "de Coup" Biere de Coupage. Get $5 pints until it's gone. This yet to be released Paradox beer is made by carefully blending a one year old, Puncheon barrel aged, Golden Saison with a much younger and freshly Strisselspalt dry-hopped, Amber Saison; with both fermentations completed using their proprietary blend of house strain Brettanomyces and Farmhouse Ale yeast. The result is vibrant, complex and balanced. [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Shamrock Brewing Co (Pueblo) - Now on tap! Their "Foot Burner IPA" is now available. This 6.8% ABV brew was made to remind their brewers to pay attention. From now on this beer will be released every year in mid-April on the anniversary of the “foot incident”. This beer will showcase hop aromatics and leave the bitterness behind. After all, it is not healthy to be bitter about past incidents. [108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO]

Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs) - Come in to Rock Bottom Easter night from 7pm-9pm for a chance to win the $100 gift card raffle. Everyone that sits in the bar area will also get an Easter egg with free beer or free schwag and 1 ticket to the raffle in it! Plus, every BEER you order from 7pm to 9pm will get you another raffle ticket for the drawing! So skip the hunt and drink a beer! [3316 Cinema Pt, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - On-tap now exclusively at Pagosa Brewing Company is a collaboration beer called "We' Heavy Ale". It was brewed along with the help of Rockyard Brewing Company of Castle Rock. It's a big 8% ABV malty brew and is also available in 22oz bomber bottles. Individual draws are $5. Stop in for a pint. Also check out their other brews on tap at: pagosabrewing.com/brews/on-tap-now/ [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - While they will be closed for Easter Sunday, starting the next Sunday, April 27th, they will have extended Sunday hours from 12pm to 6pm. That way you don't have to rush over to get there before 4:30pm.
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04/17/2014 04:48 PM
Booze & Bullets? Oklahoma Gun Range Owner Applies for Liquor License
A business owner in Oklahoma is trying to get a liquor license to serve alcohol at his gun range. But is mixing booze and bullets a good idea? Co-owner of Wilshire Guns Jeff Swanson said, “We wanted to build a place where […] you could come in, shoot, enjoy the retail area and then go […]

04/17/2014 04:33 PM
Eel River Brewing releases year round American IPA: Emerald Triangle
Emerald Triangle IPA  Fortuna, California –April 17, 2014 - Eel River Brewing Company is set to release Emerald Triangle IPA May 2014 which is the start of a new lineup of high quality craft beers. This Dry Hopped, Hop-Forward American IPA has just enough malt backbone to balance its bold but incredibly enjoyable citrusy floral hop flavor and […]

04/17/2014 04:30 PM
Top 10 Most Irritating Wine Terms
This isn’t an attempt to tackle the ever-growing fruit salad of tasting note ingredients. Instead, the drinks business has picked out a number of common words – many of them perfectly valid terms in their own right – whose meaning is undermined by misuse or simply overuse within the wine trade. Read on for our selection […]

04/17/2014 04:26 PM
New Belgium to Break Ground on Asheville Facility May 1
On May 1, New Belgium Brewing Co. will break ground on its $175 million production facility in Asheville, N.C., which, when completed, will be capable of producing 500,000 barrels annually and will support up to 140 jobs on the East Coast. At 133,000 sq. ft., construction on the brewery and tasting room is expected to be finished in late 2015. “Over the last two years, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know this community and we have developed strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies and neighbors,” New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan said in [...]

04/17/2014 04:11 PM
Hangar 24 Announces Music Lineup & Headliners For Airfest & 6th Anniversary Celebration

Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Charities will bring multi-platinum rock group Everclear to the Redlands Airport to headline their two-day…

The post Hangar 24 Announces Music Lineup & Headliners For Airfest & 6th Anniversary Celebration appeared first on thefullpint.com.



04/17/2014 03:56 PM
Upslope Hosts First Annual Music Festival
Get Down LogoBoulder, Colo. – The arrival of spring’s warmer temperatures means one thing at Upslope Brewing Company – festival season. On Saturday, May 17 Upslope will join the fun by hosting the first annual ‘Upslope Get Down’ music festival. The no-charge event at the brewery’s Flatiron Park location will feature eight bands, playing continuously from 2 […]

04/17/2014 03:54 PM
Harpoon Brewery Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious
Boston, MA – It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers from every department were invited to brew a beer of their choosing and present it to their colleagues for a blind sampling and voting at the company’s annual gathering in Vermont. Each year the competition became more fierce and the entries more numerous and diverse. The Harpoon Kettle Cup was born. The winning beer would be brewed as a 100 Barrel Series beer – the Kettle Cup stakes had officially been raised. This year, out of [...]

04/17/2014 03:32 PM
Elderly Imbibing
The closer I get to old age, seemingly swifter with every passing year, the more I’ve been noticing that serious people younger than me are worried that senior citizens might be drinking a bit too much at the end of their lives. Hmm. A couple of days ago, the personification of the sheriff of...

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04/17/2014 03:31 PM
New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility
Press Release:   Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 – Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony [...]

04/17/2014 03:09 PM
California Festival of Beers: 2 Days + 200 Beers

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to gear up and get ready for one of California’s largest and longest-running beer festivals. The California Festival of Beers is set to take place on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th at the Madonna Inn Meadows in the heart of San Luis Obispo. There will... Read more »

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04/17/2014 03:00 PM
North American Organic Brewers Festival Celebrates Ten Years
Press Release: PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June [...]

04/17/2014 02:59 PM
Faust Brewing Co. Brewmaster’s Dinner
10246390_10152442730920757_7950459955636618633_nJoin us on April 29, 2014 for our Wild Game Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Historic Faust Hotel and Brewing Co. in New Braunfels, Texas! Seating is limited, and reservations are required, so give us a call today! 830.625.7791

04/17/2014 02:35 PM
Decorated Author Set To Release Book Themed Brew with Black Sky Brewery
aleofyoto2April 17, 2014, Denver, CO – 13-time award-winning sci-fi/fantasy novel The Bane of Yoto, published by FiXT, is setting its sights on beer lovin’ taste buds. Author Joshua Viola has partnered with Denver’s Black Sky Brewery to create The Ale of Yoto, a blueberry wheat beer crafted by master brewer Harry Smith. “The concept of […]

04/17/2014 02:23 PM
The Harpoon Brewery Releases 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious

Boston, MA – It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon Brewery employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers…

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04/17/2014 01:33 PM
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink and Date

The dating website PlentyOfFish.com only released a fresh study on singles and drinking, and the findings shed intriguing light how our perspectives towards booze change as we get more serious about locating a mate. The study involved 1 million singles involving the ages of 21 and 50 who have set up profiles to the relationship […]

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04/17/2014 01:08 PM
Coronado Brewing Kicks Off Wisconsin Distribution With Beer Events Starting April 23

Coronado, CA – Coronado Brewing has announced it will join the legacy of great brewers when it enters the state of Wisconsin next…

The post Coronado Brewing Kicks Off Wisconsin Distribution With Beer Events Starting April 23 appeared first on thefullpint.com.



04/17/2014 01:02 PM
Charging Hippo Spotted Near Seattle

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Charging Hippo Brewing is bent on its plan to become the first brewery in Shoreline. Not just up there, north of Seattle, but actually in the city of Shoreline. To that end, they’ve been shopping for viable commercial space for the past year and a half. As...

04/17/2014 09:19 AM
Who is the Craft Beer Drinker?

Who is the craft beer drinker? One of the wonderful things about the craft beer boom and the craft beer community in general is the diverse hodgepodge of people who … Continue Reading →

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04/17/2014 08:00 AM
Dark Matter Coffee at Dark Lord Day 2014


When Drinking Craft wrote about Three Floyd’s move from partnering with Intelligentsia Coffee to partnering with Dark Matter Coffee, the speculation began immediately in some beer circles. Would there be glassware as there had been in the past? Would the beans be available for sale at the event? I recently reached out to Kyle Hodges, Dark Matter’s “Minister of Propaganda”, to get some more details since Dark Lord Day 2014 is next weekend. He was nice enough to share a few of the details of what you can expect from Dark Matter at this year's Dark Lord Day:




Jake: You guys seem to enjoy barrel-aging the beans, but you mentioned barrel-aged iced coffee as well. What barrel-aged variants are you releasing and can you tell me what barrels were used?

Kyle: We have three variants of our Black Splash Iced Coffee:
Burundi Dukorere Ikawa aged in a Koval Lion's Pride barrel. 
Rwanda Misozi Kopaki aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel.  
Black Hole Necromancer, our Unicorn Blood Espresso blend aged in a Remy Martin Cognac barrel

We will also pulling espresso shots of Ethiopia Idido aged in a Letherbee Absinthe barrel and Unicorn Blood. The Unicorn Blood is not barrel-aged.

Jake:  I know you mentioned some glassware options. What can you tell me about the plan for those? Is everyone going to get handed one or are they strictly for sale?

Kyle: Yes, we are releasing 800 snifters split between two different colors. Not everyone will be able to get one, unfortunately, but we are still looking to release them systematically to try and be as fair as possible. We are keeping the colors a secret until Dark Lord Day. 

In addition to the snifters, we will have our classic diner mugs and an extremely badass shirt for sale. No limits per person on either of these. 

Jake: Which beans, or blend of beans, were used in Dark Lord 2014?

Kyle: This is our Unicorn Blood espresso blend, part of the DMC portfolio, aged in Remy Martin Cognac barrels

Jake: You mentioned Black Hole Necromancer. With a description like “Dark Matter Coffee introduces our Cognac Barrel-Aged Unicorn Blood espresso blend. This warlock's elixir is strong enough to summon the spirits of the dead and is sacrificially prepared for Dark Lord Day. Brewed and bottled by the hands of Dark Matter Coffee, cursed and waxed by the vikings at 3 Floyds, this limited edition coffee will be available only at Dark Lord Day. “ it sounds pretty awesome. Will you be selling bottles for carry-out at Dark Lord Day?

Kyle: There will be 800 bottles of the Black Hole for sale at DLD. They will not be opened at purchase and the customer is free to do with them whatever they want. These are not limited to one per person.

Jake: Specifically on Black Hole Necromancer, were the beans aged in barrels and then extracted or did you extract the coffee and age the liquid in barrels?

Kyle: For BHN, we aged the green beans in the barrel and then extracted. However, for the BA Dark Lord, we brewed the BHN into the barrel. 

So, there you have it coffee drinking beer folk. Go find the people from Dark Matter during Dark Lord Day. I have had their Chocolate City iced coffee. It comes in a 22oz bottle and I really enjoyed it. They take extra steps to make sure that it is shelf-stable at room temperature and are doing some really cool things to push what many coffee drinkers consider “normal”.


04/17/2014 07:37 AM
Perennial Ales Woodside

I’d heard a bunch of pretty good things being said about Missouri’s Perennial Artisan Ales over the past year or so, but it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve come across their products on shelves here in Virginia. I decided that my first introduction to the brewery would be their Woodside, a big 9.1% ABV […]

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04/17/2014 07:24 AM
#VeggieDag Thursday. It's wabbit season. No, it's asparagus season.
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

The Easter 'Wabbit' hops into action this Sunday, predicted to be carrying baskets of brightly-dyed chicken eggs, a colorful scramble of animal husbandry.



Here, along the mid-Atlantic East Coast, the month of April marks the beginning of asparagus season. The harvest runs through the beginning of June. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial vegetable, originally native to the eastern Mediterranean.

Ah, asparagus: at least this vegetarian's delight. Its tips, nutty and sweet; its spears, just ever-so slightly bitter. Buy it fresh. Eat it fresh. If you must store it, wrap with damp paper towels, and keep in the refrigerator for no more than a few days.

Roasted Asparagus


How to cook?

Asparagus is so innately flavorful that you don't have to do much (and shouldn't) to enjoy it.
  • Steaming is a simple method. (You could microwave, but why?) There's no need to peel. Simply cut off the tough, fibrous ends. (Save for vegetable broth.) In a steamer basket, steam from two to six minutes (thin vs. thick stalks). The asparagus is done when you can easily pierce a spear with a knife. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, and s/p, all to taste. Maybe a few sprigs of fresh herb (tarragon?) or a dash or two of prepared Herbes de Provence.

  • A tip from Mom: steam the asparagus in an old-school coffee percolator. (I used to do just this, that is, until the percolator was mistakenly discarded.) Tie the stalks together, add water to just below the tips, and boil, upright, for 2-6 minutes. The thicker ends get cooked thoroughly; the succulent tips, lightly steamed. A double-boiler will do, almost as well.

  • Asparagus with vegan hollandaise


  • Asparagus, roasted, develops a hint of caramelized just-so sweetness— and, again, it's simple to prepare. For example, here's my recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Mock Hollandaise Sauce. Of course, you could just serve it, as is, out of the oven, without the hollandaise, with just a spritz of lemon juice.

  • Grilling is another option. Even more sweetness and now some smokiness. To prepare, toss in olive oil. Grill removed from open flame for 5 or so minutes: just the non-side of char. Trepidatious? Here's the not-difficult procedure from The Food Network.

  • Grilling marinated veggies (01)


  • And finally, from The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, by Mollie Katzen, here's a recipe for Gingered Asparagus with Soy Caramel Sauce. Katzen was once a member of the renowned Moosewood collective.

What to drink?

Wine? Drunk with asparagus, red wines get all vegetal and metallic. Go white wine, but not oaky chardonnay: woody and vanilla are lousy companions. Try fragrant, spring-like Pinot Blancs and minerally, bracing, Grüner Veltliners.

But, without much doubt, there's beer. Grab a German-inspired Kölsch, märzen, or maibock (in order, light to full-bodied); from the U.K., a bitter (cask-conditioned, if you find it); from Belgium, a singel, Blonde/Golden Ale, or Tripel.


It's Wabbit season. No, it's Duck season.

Here, from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and the animators and writers at Warner Brothers (and voice-over artist Mel Blanc): a 1950s episode of Merrie Melodies. Enjoy with asparagus. Hold the wabbit.



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


04/17/2014 07:00 AM
Montinore Estate, Fire Mountain Brew House and EaT: An Oyster Bar To Host Annual Southern Crawfish Boil
Press Release: PORTLAND, Ore. (April 14, 2014) – On Saturday, April 26, Montinore Estate, Fire Mountain Brew House and Portland’s EaT: An Oyster Bar will be bringing a bit of Cajun flavors to the Willamette Valley in celebration of the release of Montinore’s 2013 whites wines. The talented owners behind EaT and The Parish, Ethan [...]

04/17/2014 05:27 AM
The Maine Dream Team-up Project: Eric Mihan
Eric Mihan owns Bangor Wine and Cheese, located in Downtown Bangor, Maine. BWC offers a wide variety of craft beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Website Facebook: Bangor Wine and Cheese Twitter: @Bangorwine Question 1: What is your all Maine brewery dream team-up? And why? This is my Bangor-selfish Collab: I would like to see Geaghan’s […]

04/17/2014 05:00 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 17 - April 23
You didn't think because it's Easter weekend that the beer events calendar would take a break, now did you? And, miss the annual Split Thy Skull and take the chance of missing Easter dinner the following day? Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know. Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or

04/17/2014 03:07 AM
Where all roads lead
Following on from Monday's post on the Italian beers I found last month in Rome, this one is about the foreign selection. I did try to drink local as much as possible, but some things were just too interesting to pass up.

My reasoning behind choosing Lervig's Johnny Low in Il Maltese is that I had a whole evening of talking ahead of me and wanted something I could sip safely while waiting for the event to start. A Norwegian IPA at 2.5% ABV seemed like just the ticket. It's lovely too: pale yellow with loads of lemon sherbet. Yes, the body is watery but not in a bad way -- it adds to the quenching power and drinkability. In fact, it was tough going to keep sipping it, this beer virtually pours itself down your throat.

I'd been through most of Il Maltese's draught selection by the time I got to Hoepfner Porter, exported from Baden-Württemberg. It's a wan pale red colour and very sweet, to the point of sickliness. It lays on cherries and milk chocolate without the weight of body to support the strength of the flavours. Just a mildly dry finish and a sudden sharp burst of cherry sourness rescues it, but I wouldn't be rushing back for another.

Before leaving I got a small taste of Amager's Wookie 9% ABV double IPA, before it all ran out. I can see why it's popular: pale blonde and with a super clean pithy hop flavour, unsullied by booze heat or crystal malt sweetness.

I mentioned on Monday that I found Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà in the middle of celebrating German beer. It would have been rude not to join in. Besides, turning down a Schlenkerla beer I'd never tasted before is simply unthinkable. And so a large glass of Schlenkerla Fastenbier was acquired. Funny, I thought this style was usually super-strong, but this one is a mere 5.5% ABV, arriving a rich chestnut red colour. It has a lot in common with other beers from the Bamberg brewery: bags of beechwood smoke, of course, and a little bit of the tarryness you find in the Urbock, though not as pronounced. The real genius of this beer -- I opined to myself as the glass emptied itself more rapidly than one would expect for something so powerfully flavoured -- is the finish: there's virtually none. All the action happens while it's in your mouth, and when it's gone, it's gone. Which means you have to take another mouthful. And then order another glass when the first one empties. "Moreish" barely begins to cover it.

But I'm made of stronger stuff, me, and worked my way heroically across the taps. Freigest Salzspeicher caught my eye, a 6% ABV sour raspberry porter. This squirted flatly from the tap, forming a loose-bubbled head over a black body. A wary sniff revealed something that smells like the bottom of a punnet of elderly raspberries. The flavour is fresher, but still all raspberry and hardly any porter, only a tiny touch of dark roasted grain. The sourness kind of gets buried too: while the high attenuation is tasteable, the tartness of the raspberry dovetails very neatly with the inherent tartness of the beer and it's hard to tell which contributes what. It's an interesting experiment, but after the genius that is Schlenkerla it tasted like amateur hour.

There was an English stout on the handpumps: Siren's Sweet Dreams. This has a heady cocoa aroma tempered by the acidic tang of curing tobacco. The flavour is simpler, dominated by that chocolate and nicely smooth to drink. It's unusual for a beer that's not a pale ale to be worth it just for the aroma alone, but this is one of those.

I couldn't resist a swift tot of Gänstaller-Bräu Affumicator before moving on, an all-time favourite. Magic.

Later that evening, wandering alone in the depths of southern Trastevere I popped into Birrifugio for one. There's a small but eclectic selection in this vaguely English-style neighbourhood pub, with a beer each from Adnams, Carlow Brewing, Weihenstephaner, Dark Star and Amager on tap. What caught my eye, however, was Bayerischer Bahnhof Original Gose, as far as I know the only example of this style-of-the-moment brewed in the city most associated with it: Leipzig. It arrived looking and smelling like a simple witbier: hazy straw-coloured with mild herbal aromas. Its true nature is much more apparent on tasting as the salt and coriander are right up front giving it a lip-smacking crispness and offering cold ocean-grade refreshment. I'd loved to have stayed for another, and loved even more to be in a city where this is the sort of beer you get when you ask for a beer. I could drink a lot of its simple complexity.

But that's where this trip's beers end. A big thank you to Silvia and the team at Associazione Degustatori Birra for making it all possible. I did little more than scratch my major itches regarding Rome's craft beer pubs but I'm aware there's still plenty more to explore on future visits and that the local beer scene is expanding at a phenomenal pace. Forza la rivoluzione!

04/17/2014 03:05 AM
Courage makes an acquisition
The 1920's were a great time for expansion, if you had the cash. And Courage was one that did.

There were plenty of breweries which had already been faltering before  WW I, who the 1909 People's Budget had hit hard. The war years had been anything but easy, though many brewers did see their profits rise. The downturn in trade caused by the slump in the early 1920's left many brewery owners looking to sell businesses from which they could make no profit.

Of course, in most cases the purchaser had no interest in the brewery itself. They were just after its pubs, which were still valuable assets.

"FINANCIAL NOTES AND NEWS.
ANOTHER BREWERY DEAL IN PROSPECT.
CITY OFFICE of "The Yorkshire Post,"
1 and 2. Great Winchester Street,
London, E.C.2.
Monday Evening,
We understand that Courage and Co., the well-known London brewery undertaking, has made offer to purchase the shares of the Farnham United Breweries (Ltd.). the prices offered being 25s. for each £1 Six Per Cent. Preference Share and 45s. for each £1 Ordinary Share. Farnkham United Breweries Shares have recently been advancing, especially the Ordinary, which at the end of last week were quoted about 38s., while the preference stood about 19s., so that the prices offered by Courage and Co. seem favourable to the Farnham Company's proprietors. Farnham United Breweries (Ltd.) have a share capital of £225,000, of which £100,000 is in Ordinary shares, and the balance in Six per Cent. Preference shares. The distribution to Ordinary holders has in recent years been rising, that for the twelve months ended September last being 10 per cent., or 2 per cent. more than for 1924-25. Courage and Co. are, of course, a much larger concern, with a share capital of £1,500,000, of which £1,100,000 is in Ordinary Shares. There has been a very substantial advance in profits year by year, the net figure for 1926 being £383,914, increase of £62,458 on that for the preceding twelve months. The Ordinary dividend for 1921 was 15 per cent., that for 1925 20 per cent., ; that for 1926 23 per cent. Courage Ordinary' Shares stand in the market at just over £3 per share."
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 12 April 1927, page 15.

Farnham is in Surrey, to the Southwest of London. Not far from Courage's home and in a relatively prosperous part of the country. I can understand why it would be an attractive target. Judging by the share capital of the two companies, Courage must have been at least 10 times the size of Farnham United Breweries.


I make Courage's offer worth £381,250 - or quite a bit more than the nominal value of Farnham's share capital. And a fair sum of money back in those days.

Despite that expense, Courage still made a very decent profit:

"Courage & Co.— The whole of the expenses in connection with the acquisition of the Farnham United Breweries and of the new share issue during the year have been written off profits. Profit £378,682 (against £421,914). £40,000 to rebuilding reserve account. Final dividend on Ordinary shares 16 per cent., less tax, making again 23 per cent, for year: carry forward £97,602. The premium on the new share issue, £262,500, has been placed to premium on Ordinary shares reserve account.
Dundee Courier - Thursday 23 February 1928, page 2.
And they still had half a million quid in reserve:

"Courage & Company.
As generally expected, the directors of Courage & Co., Ltd., have maintained the interim dividend at 7 per cent. The shares were little affected by the announcement, being around 67s 6d.

This concern has had a very successful career, and has paid 23 per cent, for each of the past two years, this payment being on a slightly increased capital last time.

There is a reserve fund of nearly half a million pounds, but, as the company has recently acquired two other breweries, this fund may be utilised for further purposes."
Dundee Courier - Monday 30 July 1928, page 2.


All this left Courage in a great position to expand through acquisitions and they would have been fools not to. The way the pub trade was structures, buying other breweries for their pubs was about the only way to grow rapidly.



04/17/2014 01:16 AM
Beer In Ads #1163: Biere Paillette Seagull
Wednesday’s ad is for Biere Paillette, from Brasserie Paillette in Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. This one shows a seagull swooping in for a sip of beer floating on the sea. Beautiful.

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04/17/2014 01:00 AM
A Cold One Wrapped in Plastic
Govino introduces an affordable yet classy beer glass.

04/17/2014 12:00 AM
Holy Thursday: No, It Really Is
Also known as Covenant Thursday and Maundy Thursday, it's the actual Holy Thursday. Despite my weekly jab at my own lack of church attendance it has still roared its way here for those of you out there that choose to celebrate it. I've never actually attended mass today in the 25 years I've been alive, but I will admit that my favorite personal mass is that of Good Friday. Still, I haven't been at that one in years either. On Good Friday we have to kiss the feet of a crucifix in a communion-esque fashion. The last time I did this the priest accidentally moved the crucifix as I went down to kiss the feet and I almost lost my two front teeth.

Still, Holy Thursday is to help us remember the Last Supper. I'm sure all of you have seen the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci at some point in your life.  To me, the actual today along with Easter Sunday symbolizes a weekend of fun and feasting with our families and friends.

If not the painting, then surely the Tom Hanks movie.
Obviously if you're reading this or if you've ever read anything on this blog you have a habit of pairing some good brews with some snacks and other assorted foods on the holidays throughout the calendar year. I make an annual trek to Franklin, PA on Easter Sunday to spend time with family there. I remember when I first became of age to drink legally the beer of choice had been Heneiken in my uncle's stock. That's not too thrilling, but we always did have some interesting liquor. Distilled European assortments such as Absinthe (depending on your point of view) and whiskey from Ireland.

Aside from all of that, the beer selection has improved over the last few years. Last year I remember having a Schell's sampler. Some of you might run in fear from the corn, but I embrace it. Corn isn't that bad in beer! We've also had some Great Lakes variety packs at certain points.

I have cousins that live up in Erie that sometimes come down. I've been pushing to end up with some Derailed Cherry Ale for a good while now. Cheers to indulging in some Derailed. Also, cheers to your holiday weekend however you're celebrating.

04/16/2014 10:54 PM
GABS: Get amongst the good and the gonzo
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04/16/2014 10:32 PM
The microbrewing industry in the next decade
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04/16/2014 09:20 PM
Good Beer Week set to move beer lovers
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04/16/2014 09:17 PM
Diageo bids $1.9 bln for control of United Spirits
Diageo PLC Tuesday made a $1.9 billion offer to take control of India’s United Spirits Ltd., the latest attempt by the U.K. liquor giant to forge a dominant position in the world’s biggest whiskey market. Diageo said Tuesday it made an open-market offer for an additional 26% stake in United Spirits, for 3,030 rupees (about […]

04/16/2014 09:01 PM
Wine Discovery App Drync Guzzles $2.1 Million, Now On iPad
Having a good wine and want to remember it later? A mobile app called Drync has proven handy in helping you do just that, by offering a simple way to “scan” the bottle in front of you in order to identify it, then mark it as a favorite so you can order it again or have […]

04/16/2014 08:59 PM
Black Raven Flock Party 2014 – Details Announced

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s time to get ready for the Black Raven Flock Party. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 3rd at the brewery in Redmond. Black Raven Brewing pulls out all the stops for this one, offering so many different beers that this event is kind of...

04/16/2014 07:41 PM
Charity Brew supports Australian Cancer Research Foundation
Thunder Road Brewing is holding a world record event to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Head to the brewery on May 4th to be part of a record attempt at Most People to Ever Brew a Beer...

04/16/2014 07:09 PM
Beach Party Blonde Ale Recipe

Following up on our Homebrew and Barbecue post from earlier today, we were thinking the most appropriate recipe to top it off with is this Beach Party Blonde Ale. She’s easy to brew and easy to drink, so I guess she’s just all around easy! Here’s the recipe so you can find out for yourself.

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04/16/2014 05:56 PM
Colorado Beer News 041614
Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Stress Awareness Day. This day always comes on the first workday after income taxes are due. Let's face it, doing taxes is stressful. Use this day to try to reduce your stress and ease your mind. And what better way to remove some stress than with a pint of your favorite local craft beer! Do yourself a favor and de-stress today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 16, 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

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Final inspections are happening today at this new soon to open brewery in Centennial, Colorado. If all goes well, they plan to open their doors next week. Their brewhouse has been working at full capacity and they've been busy making beer for the last several weeks. Stay tuned for official word on opening day. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at: www.bluesprucebrewing.com. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Wynkoop will hold a pre-release party for their latest beer being put into a can on Friday, April 18th at Novo Coffee on Glenarm Street. This time they are releasing their "Kurt's Mile High Malt", a vienna lager brewed with Novo coffee. The official release is on Sunday, April 20th (4/20) and can-packs will be available in local stores sometime next week. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

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

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Yesterday, the brewers along with Fire Fighters Union 4116 got together and brewed up their annual batch of "Bumper Time Ale". Look for the release of this beer in early May with a fantastic release party. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today is Discovery Beer Wednesday! At 5:00pm sharp they'll be tapping a Gose, which is a German style, unfiltered wheat beer; light, tart, and slightly salty. Easy drinking and refreshing. Plus, live music in the taproom tonight at 6:00pm and the Corner of Gourmet food truck will be outside at 5:30pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today's Wednesday special is $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to close. Plus some special beers on tap today: Noble King from Jester King, Euro Pale Ale from Station 26, Samaels from Avery, Earth Thirst from Eel River, and Dry Dock Double IPA on the Hand Pull. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Size does matter! They still have a few 2014 Mug Club memberships available. Get yours at the taproom today. Their mug club glasses are in! (Photo courtesy Arvada Beer Co. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]
Arvada Beer Mug Club mugs

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Today is Dunkelweizen tapping day. Stop in and enjoy a pint of this dark Bavarian-style hefe. No food truck today, so please carry-in or order-in.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - This week's scheduled cask tapping of "Sex on the Beach" had to be moved to April 30th. Instead, today they will tap a cask of an Herb Blonde Ale made with Lemongrass and fresh mint. It taps at 3pm. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today's Wayward Wednesday tapping is a Whiskey Barrel Quandary Quad. Also on tap today is: The Goodman Life, J. Marie, Hoppenberg, Quad on Oak, Unified Theory, Quandary, Barrel Enkel and a bit left of the Whiskey J. Marie (to be followed up by Wine Barrel J. Marie). [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's Wednesday Firkin tapping is a Double Dry Hopped IPA. This one taps at 4:00pm sharp. Be there! [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Echo Brewing is turning 2 years old! And they plan to host an Anniversary Party on Saturday, April 26th from 11am to 9pm. American Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting their show live from 12pm to 1pm. Then listen to live music from Nick O'Conner from 1-3pm. And Ben Pu and Crew will perform on the patio from 4pm to 5:30pm. And then Cat Jerky will rock the parking lot from 6pm to 8pm. Four different food trucks will be on hand serving up a variety of great food. And don't forget their beer! Plenty of it on tap to help celebrate the anniversary. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Today they will be tapping a 10 gallon batch of a Session IPA just for fun. This brew has a hoppy, citrus taste and is reportedly awesome. Stock up your growlers before Easter as they will be closed this Sunday. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Double Zero Brewery (Longmont) - A new Kickstarter fundraising project just started up this week that aims to raise funds for Cary Holt's new Barrel Project. The Barrel project will be funding Double Zero’s equipment upgrade to a barrel brew system. This will allow Cary to master full grain craft-brewing skills. The expansion of these skills and knowledge will allow Double Zero to grow into a bigger business. Future plans include expansion into a space that includes a tasting room. By creating new and exciting brews and various flavors, Double Zero will be able to get the appropriate licensing to sell their brews around the Colorado area. Double Zero’s flavors so far are unique and intriguing combinations. Some of the favorites include Orange Clove Wheat, Honey Amber ale, Hoffee IPA (a double-hopped coffee IPA), DSA (Dangerously Scotch Ale) and a Mint Porter. [No address yet, Longmont, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Help support Meals on Wheels at the taproom by bringing in five cans of non-perishable food. When you do, you'll receive a free pint of beer from Left Hand Brewing. Great Beer, Great Cause! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The weather's right for busting out that bike and enjoying some beers on their patio, so they're taking full advantage! Head over to their Flatiron Park brewery location from 2:00-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 for their Bikes & Beer event to benefit Community Cycles (they’re donating a $1 from every pint sold!) featuring friends from Team Ten20, Boulder Cycle Sport, and Butter. Bumper Crop food truck, recently voted Best Food Truck in Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder, will also be on site serving up their great grub! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - They're continuing their celebration of Big Shot Espresso Stout's recent gold medal finish at the World Beer Cup and they'd like to invite you all to the Pine for a Toast to the Roast this Friday at 6pm. You'll all get a free glass of Big Shot to toast with, plus they'll be tapping a small keg of Bourbon barrel-aged Big Shot and Gerry from The Unseen Bean will be on hand with coffee prizes to give away. Be there Friday! [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Starting today, April 16th, enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO on May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs from April 16 through April 22nd, 2014. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. There are many ways to earn multiple entries. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Odell Footprint RegionAleOdell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.” First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Stop in at The Mayor today at 4:00pm for a tapping of their collaboration beer they did with The Fort Collins Brewery called "Any Colour You Like", a Berliner Weisse. Some of the FCB crew will be on hand to talk with and answer questions. They will also have some special traditional syrups you can add to the Berliner Weisse to take some of the sour edge off the beer. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In case you missed it, stop in for a taste of their newly released Mountain Avenue Weiss (wheat beer). This will be a great beer to enjoy during patio season or at their Poolside. [#5 Olde Town Square, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Save the date for Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm. That's the date for the new City Star Taproom Potluck event. This month's food theme is Mexican. Bring a dish to share. If you happen to cook your food with a City Star beer as an ingredient you will receive a free beer! Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Come for good food, good beer and good company. In other news, the brewhouse now has a new glycol chiller up and running complete with plumbed lines and flowing glycol. They are now awaiting three new 15bbl tanks to show up later this week. More beer! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Come check out their inaugural Open Mic Music Night from 6-8 pm tonight. Sign up starts at 5:00pm and each performer gets a free pint of beer. Jam with them tonight and listen to some great local talent! While you're there, sign up for their Regulators Mug Club and start reaping the benefits. Ask your server for details. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - For Hump Day - stop in and get $2 off growler fills. Bonus on the Traveling Growler - bring in a growler from Estes Park Brewing Co and you can win a free pint. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Get your trivia team together for tonight's Trivia Night. Top 3 teams will win Broken Plow Bucks good towards beer or merchandise. The questions start flying at 7:00pm. Beer, on the other hand, starts flowing at 2pm until 9pm. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado announced today the release of Raspberry Provincial, a seasonal Belgian-Style Sour Ale. This is the second bottling of Raspberry Provincial. Funkwerks first debuted Raspberry Provincial in summer 2013. More than 160 pounds of raspberries were added to Provincial, a Berliner Weisse style beer, resulting in a tart fruit beer complete with a citrusy raspberry aroma and delicate sweet and tart finish. Alcohol by volume is 4.2%. “Last summer we brewed a test batch of Provincial, our take on a Berliner Weisse style beer and decided to have some fun with it,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “We added a heavy dose of raspberries and the end result was so delicious we decided to recreate it. Raspberry Provincial is pleasingly tart and refreshing. It’s a perfect summertime beer and pairs well with lighter fare.” Raspberry Provincial is available in limited quantities for bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Raspberry Provincial is currently being poured on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Dave the brewer is busy cooking up the Jesters Ale for the upcoming Colorado Medieval Festival. Made with seville orange, juniper berries, chamomile and coriander, with malty sweetness! They will be closed Sunday for Easter. Their Steam Beer is kegged up, and delicious. They will have some pouring this Friday. It's amber colored, malty, with subtle hop notes. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Here's a tip for you to remember for Hump Days. Bristol Brewing offers $1 off all growler jug fills between 3pm to 7pm every Wednesday. Bring in your growler and fill 'er up! Open Wednesdays 11am - 10pm. And get ready for April 24th at 5pm when they will host their Maibock Release Party. It'll be the first patio party of the year. Bristol's Maibock will be part of their Brewhouse Series. Live music, Maypole activities, live music and giveaways. [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing (Trinidad) - Progress is being made towards opening a brewery in Trinidad. They finished the electrical for their glycol chiller and they are now awaiting final inspection from the city on the buildout. And they plan to need to modify the gas lines for their brew kettles in June. The taproom is about complete. The brewhouse will be a 3 bbl system with 6 bbl fermenters and a 1/2 bbl pilot system. Federal license approval is pending and then onto getting their state license. Look for a summer opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - TRiNiTY needs some volunteers for this weekend's Saison Rendezvous. They need a few for helping breakdown the rendezvous at 5pm and a few to help pour beers. Message TRiNiTY on Facebook or Twitter if you want to help out! Limited # of tickets for the Saison Rendezvous are still available, but will sell out fast. Call (719) 634-0029 or buy online soon. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Their soon to be released April beers include 3 different barrel aged Farmhouse Ales (de Coup, Cerveza Provisional, & Ol' Drowsy's Madman) and a new dry hopped sour, Skully Barrel #9! As they anxiously await the springtime weather to arrive on the mountain, they are just as anxious for these new bottle releases. Look for them at their retail partners around the last week of April, paired with some special release parties! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - It's that time of year again! Local's Appreciation Happy Hour! Starting April 21st, if you wear a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel you will get $2 pints of their year-round beer styles from 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday. Offer runs from April 21 thru May 23, 2014. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

MOG Outdoor Fest (Grand Junction) - Join in for a fun fest featuring outdoor brands, reps, retailers & gearheads come together for this annual outdoor gear/apparel sale, bike & gear swap, and Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour. There will be a Beer Garden sponsored by Rockslide Brewery, live music, food carts, raffles, door prizes and kids activities. More info: www.mogoutdoorfest.com. [400 Main & 4th St from Main to Rood, Grand Junction, CO]

Edgewater Brewery (Grand Junction) - Their seasonal beer - Crossed Irons Irish Red is now on special for just $3 a pint - all day, everyday! Stop in and get some before it's all gone. [905 Struthers Ave, Grand Junction, CO]
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04/16/2014 01:23 PM
Beer & Women By Anonymous
Today is the birthday of the late Alan Eames, one of the first Americans who wrote extensively about beer, especially in a serious way, mining history and culture for his topics. I never met Alan, though I talked to him on the phone a few times. When he passed away a few years ago, my […]

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04/16/2014 01:22 PM
Odell Brewing Makes New Footprint
Brewery announces the return of Footprint RegionAle, with new Texas ingredient Fort Collins, CO – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. “We added a new state to our footprint this year, […]

04/16/2014 12:58 PM
The Return of Dogbolter

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When we interviewed David ‘Firkin’ Bruce last summer, he told us about his new role as Chairman of the West Berkshire Brewery. Last week, that rather belatedly triggered an idea: maybe, with a brewery at hand, he might be convinced, for the first time since the 1980s, to personally brew a beer to an original Firkin […]

The Return of Dogbolter



04/16/2014 12:34 PM
Now hiring a Controller Guy/Gal and Spreadsheet Jockey
Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a controller to join our small team. This is a full-time position, responsible for all accounting, bookkeeping and financially growing of a rapidly […]

04/16/2014 12:22 PM
Local Brewers Exhibit a “Can Do” Attitude

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today I share news of two breweries now canning beer: Schooner Exact Brewing and American Brewing. Just in time for Earth Day. Just in time for Beach Cleanup. The Washington Beer Posse will be camping at the beach this weekend. When it comes to beer, camping and...

04/16/2014 12:00 PM
Last Call | HBG Tailgate, Saturday 4/19, 4:30pm, Indy Eleven Lot A
Indianapolis's new professional soccer club, Indy Eleven, made a smashing debut last Saturday night at Michael Carroll Stadium. Over 11,000 people attended the match. The place was rocking. The Brickyard Battalion was in full voice. And while the match ended in a draw, the Boys in Blue showed well. We were there, and we had fun...lots of fun.

And you might (or might not) have noticed that we're moving our semi-annual tailgate festivities to a new venue: Indy Eleven's Lot A. We'll be tailgating there starting at 4:30pm this Saturday, April 19. And we would like you to join us. We want you to join us even if you don't plan to go to the game. Just come, hang out, share some beer and food, and chat. If you do decide to head into Carroll Stadium to see what the fuss is all about, all the better.

For full details on the event, please read this post, which includes the ground rules for the tailgate.

We hope to see you on Saturday!






04/16/2014 11:23 AM
Homebrew and Barbecue

The American Barbecue. There are various viewpoints of just what a bbq truly is, yet they all have the same important things in common; social gathering of family as well as buddies, excellent food, plus some wonderful beverages. Sharing laugh and pleasure, catching-up with outdated times, it’s soothing and all fantastic enjoyment. And what’s safer […]

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04/16/2014 10:55 AM
04/16/2014 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 and St. Charles (and also now in Wildwood!) to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their [...]

04/16/2014 10:37 AM
Win Tickets To Hopscotch Beer & Scotch Festival

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER: WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL We are giving away a pair of tickets. All you need to do to enter the drawing for a pair of tickets to this weekend’s Hopscotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival is leave a comment below and...

04/16/2014 10:35 AM
GERMAIN-ROBIN SELECT BARREL XO ALAMBIC BRANDY
In a winsome story that weaves elements of the American Dream with the romanticism of French tradition, Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO emerges as one of the greatest marriages of old and new. The fortuitous story begins with a chance meeting between Hubert Germain-Robin, the son of a prominent family of distillers in Cognac, France and Ansley Goose Island Endless IPA

Look, I’m all for the attempted resurgence of session ales as much as the next person — I could have gone for a few at the Orioles game this past Monday night — but can we stop kidding ourselves? A 5% ABV beer (Goose Island Endless IPA in this case) is not a session ale. […]

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04/16/2014 09:00 AM
Water Part 3 - Water and Beer Styles
From the third Brew Strong Water Show. I've been listening to the shows to try to help me understand water, and more importantly, understand the book Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements).

In Texas, the water has high residual alkalinity. So ideally I should brew stouts. I could add gypsum. It's all about the ratio, not the amounts of the minerals. I can dilute my water to brew a pale ale or a helles, but I would probably have to add calcium for good fermentation and yeast health.

After they covered what water works with Czech Pilsner, German Pilsner, Munich Helles, and Dortmunder Export, completely losing me in the process. I mean, I understood the overall picture. The minerals in the water make beers taste maltier, and the hops crisper. I still didn't know how to correct my water.

I opened the Water book and found a table that listed target water for several beer styles. Here's the profile for an IPA:

Bicarbonate  40 ppm
Calcium  50-150 ppm
Alkalinity  40-120
Sulfate  100-400 ppm
Chloride  0-100 ppm

Here's my water:

Bicarbonate  364 ppm
Calcium  83 ppm
Sulfate 35 ppm
Alkalinity 298
Chloride  81 ppm

I put these numbers into John Palmer's Residual Alkaliinity spreadsheet, and hit a brick wall. What did I need to do?

I Googled and found Brewer's Friend Brewing Water Calculator. I played around with it and learned that if I dilute my water 90% with distilled, and add 2g CaCO3, 6g gypsum, 1g CaCl2, and 1g epsom salt, I hit smack dab in the middle of IPA water.

Hmmmmm.

04/16/2014 07:50 AM
Ragland Road Irish Pub
The last stop during my trip to Orlando, was dinner at Ragland Road Irish Pub, located in Downtown Disney. Getting there required a ride on the free shuttle busses run between Disney properties; a ride complete with a vomiting kid who apparently overdid it at the theme park. That obstacle overcome, we arrived at our destination.

Ragland Road is a large place, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We had a table in front of the main stage. The beer menu included the expected Irish ales and a selection of American craft beer. The problem came we tried to read that menu. The area was so dark that we had to dig out our phones to use as flashlights. Now, I have not had a Guinness since our trip to Ireland. The ubiquitous Guinness just tasted so good there, it didn't have the same attraction once home. However, I decided to go with the flow, and selected the Guinness Stout as my beverage that evening.

Beer selection done, I turned my attention to the food menu. Again, out came the iPhone flashlight app. The food selection is quite extensive and my decision was a tough one. I finally decided on the Banger & Booz — Guinness & onion bangers on mash, topped with caramelized onions & beef stew. Due to the lack of lighting at our table, I really never got a good look at my meal, but I can report it was delicious. The sausage and mashed potatoes were served in a dish of hearty beef stew. It reminded me somewhat of the stew I had in Ireland. I also enjoyed some of the tender calamari appetizer shared by the table.

In an interesting twist, one of my dining companions and coworkers is a native Irishman and resident of Dublin. He busied himself with the American craft ales instead of the Irish selections. He enjoyed his Fish & Chips, though admitted he rarely ordered it back home. The musical and dancing entertainment was quite loud, and made conversation difficult, and limited to the person seated next to you. The banter from the Irish band came with such a deep brogue that it elicited one of the funniest comments of the evening when my Irish friend noted, "He's quite hard to understand isn't he?"

I started out with not high hopes regarding Ragland Road. I figured it would be a tourist trap made for Disney. The pub's draw for many is the music and dancing, with the lighting focused on the stage and the music loud. However, the food was well-done and even the Guiness was a treat. I'll go back when I am next in Orlando.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


04/16/2014 07:00 AM
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04/16/2014 06:59 AM
No beer for Passover.
It's Passover. And, during these high holy days, God has told the faithful that there will be no drinking of beer.

Foods which are acceptable —that is, Kosher— during most of the year, such as products from wheat, barley, oats, rye, and spelt —fermented, or simply made with yeast— are not permitted during Passover. Beer, therefore, is tref, that is, non-Kosher, for Passover.
And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened [without yeast] bread unto the Lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.
—Leviticus 23:6

The good news is, that for the rest of the year, beer can be Kosher.



The ingredients in beer are not unkosher. There is nothing in craft beer (water, hops, barley, yeast) that is not inherently Kosher.

However, that doesn't make beer made with these ingredients Kosher. For instance, they could have been made in the same tanks as some other non-Kosher product and the tanks may not be properly cleaned in between, or perhaps some of the ingredients were in touch with non-Kosher items before getting to the brewery.

Two other esoteric items would make them non-Kosher. One is how the yeast is grown. Redhook, the first major brand to be Kosher certified, had to change the medium in which they grew the yeast. Another is the finings that may be used to clarify the beers. Some of the fish finings come from un-kosher fish which would make the beer unkosher.

Lastly, in a bit of real trivia, for the super-Orthodox, including the chief Askenazi rabbi in Israel, beer has to be made with 'old barley' which is barley that sprouted before the second day of Passover. All Sam Adams beers shipped into Israel are made from old barley.

The bottom line is that it is not Kosher unless it is certified by a Kosher certifying agency. They usually do a pretty thorough check of the purchases, brewery etc... and spot visits one or two times a year. There are a large variety of logos of these agencies and the logo is stamped on the bottle label.

Coors/Molson is/are Kosher, Redhook is Kosher, Sam Adams is Kosher. A host of others too numerous to mention includes a lovely small brewpub in Oregon that doesn't charge Jewish customers for beers on Saturdays because the owner knows they are not supposed to carry money on their Sabbath.

All that aside, Kosher for Passover is a contradiction in terms. Beer is a fermented grain, which is our usual definition. Since fermented grains are not allowed on Passover, beer cannot be Kosher For Passover.


Steve Frank is one-half of the Brews Brothers. With Arnold Meltzer, his work has appeared in the American Brewer, Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, and other periodicals. His explanation, above, of what Kosher beer is (and why no beer is Kosher for Passover) was originally posted on DC-Beer, an on-line group of good beer partisans in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area.

In 2006, the he and Meltzer published a much lengthier article on the topic in American BrewerDivine Approval for a Divine Brew.

Divine Brew
Depending on the particular beer brand, many beers can be certified Kosher (but just not for Passover). Frank and Meltzer wrote that, generally speaking, malted barley and fresh or pelletized hops are not a concern, but things such as hop and malt extracts —and any enzymes, colorings, flavorings, or filters and filtering agents— by nature of the extracting process, might be.

Thus, to be Kosher, a beer's entire brewing process —and ingredient chain— must be specially approved by one of the more than 50 kosher-certifying organizations that exist in the U.S. One such is the Chicago Rabbinical Council. Its website has a list of Kosher and Kosher-approved beers.

By the way, wine, is Kosher for Passover —if strictures are followed. Mazel tov!

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  • All excerpts are reprinted here with permission from Frank and Meltzer. All rights reserved.
  • On a different topic, but appropriate for the season, here are two recipes for vegan (!) Matzoh Ball Soup.


04/16/2014 06:29 AM
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04/16/2014 05:38 AM
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04/16/2014 05:30 AM
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04/16/2014 04:36 AM
Oatmeal Stout Brewing Tips

Brewing a better Oatmeal Stout is an ever evolving goal of mine.  Oatmeal Stout was the second style I brewed when I first started brewing many many batches ago.  To me Oatmeal Stout should be roasty with a decidedly chocolate like lean.  It should be smooth, silky and balanced.  There should be a well perceived […]

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04/16/2014 04:27 AM
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