11/25/2014 10:06 PM
Czech-ing out a beer spa in Prague
I love beer so much that I could swim in it. I have, on occasion, washed my hair with beer; it makes for a good clarifying shampoo to remove product build up. So I was completely surprised and totally intrigued when I found out (after booking) that my hotel in Prague last month was attached to a beer spa. The next morning after we checked in I ...
11/25/2014 09:50 PM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
11/25/2014 09:50 PM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
11/25/2014 09:50 PM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
11/25/2014 09:50 PM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
11/25/2014 09:50 PM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
11/25/2014 09:14 PM
Hottest 100: Breweries list your beers
Australian craft breweries are asked to ensure that all their eligible beers are registered for the Hottest 100 poll...
11/25/2014 08:33 PM
It's a 'craft' beer world, baby!
The beginning of the end? Xerxes defeated at Salamis and Plataea?
Word came out in the last few days that the combined might of the tiny 'craft' beer industry had outsold Budweiser in 2013, 16.1 million barrels to 16 million barrels. Not all of Anheuser-Busch InBev, mind you, just one of its beers.
But not just any beer: it was AB-InBev's mighty icon, Budweiser, "the Great American Lager." According to the Wall Street Journal:
This regicide took not one, or two, or even several 'craft' breweries to accomplish. It took the entire total sales of every single one of all 'craft' breweries in America, all 2,768 combined, to dethrone this already ailing one beer, Budweiser.
To look forward, look back in history.
Did the Greeks, disparate tribes, rejoice less, in 480 B.C. because they had defeated the mightiest army and navy ever seen to that point in human history, but only as a combined effort? Uh-uh.
Mark the day. It's a 'craft' beer world, baby!
A barrel is not an actual thing, but a unit of liquid volume measurement, equaling 31 gallons. In the beer world, one barrel is the equivalent of 13.78 cases of beer (24 12-ounce bottles). Doing the math, in 2013, 220,480,000 cases of Budweiser were sold, whereas 221,858,000 cases of 'craft' beer were sold.
11/25/2014 08:30 PM
Barley’s Biggest Little Beerfest returns for 4th year Jan. 18, 2015
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville has scheduled its next multilevel Biggest Little Beer Fest for Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. The annual festival – a joint venture between Barley’s and downstairs neighbors The Trappe Door – will feature 125 beers from 40 breweries (local, national and international). Both floo ...
11/25/2014 06:54 PM
Style: Session India Style Black Lager ABV: 4.0% IBU: 60 Aroma: Oddly enough, my first thought when taking in the aroma of this beer is simply “beer.” In quite a nice way, this beer’s aroma is by no means flashy, overwhelming, or intense. Its foremost characteristic thus far is a simple, clean yeast character, followed b ...
11/25/2014 05:20 PM
Spinnaker Lounge + Schmohz Beer Pairing Dinner
The Michigan Beer Blog had the privilege of attending a beer and food pairing dinner last night hosted by the Spinnaker Lounge. This beer-infused culinary experience was presented by Spinnaker’s head chef Bill Read and Schmohz Brewing’s Chas Thompson. Both Spinnaker and Schmohz have featured events and products ...
11/25/2014 04:48 PM
Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale
Day 148: Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale from Arbor Brewing Company. Style of beer is 'Old Ale'. ABV is 8.0%.
11/25/2014 04:30 PM
Three Creeks Brewing Joins The Can Revolution in Craft Beer
Three Creeks Brewing Co. proudly joined the craft beer can revolution this month with the release of 12oz cans of Hoodoo Voodoo IPA and FivePine Chocolate Porter. To follow shortly is the can release of Knotty Blonde scheduled for this winter.
11/25/2014 03:45 PM
Maine Brewers Guild to Launch Maine Beer School in 2015
Move over Beer Camp, it’s time for Beer School. Although many might joke that they majored in beer in college, few can say they truly attended Beer School, until now.
11/25/2014 03:41 PM
Cape May Brewing to Expand Distribution to Philadelphia
On the first of December, the Philadelphia craft beer scene will get a little craftier as the beers of South Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Co. are poised to make their debut.
11/25/2014 03:36 PM
Twisted Manzanita Renames Top Seasonal
Renaming a beer can be a tricky undertaking. The beer may already have a following or it could cause confusion. Naming a beer in itself can be a time consuming affair, for Twisted Manzanita we try to find names that allude to the taste of the beer itself.
11/25/2014 03:32 PM
Santa Fe Brewing Announces 12 Beers of Christmas Series
Beginning on December 12, 2014 The Santa Fe Brewing Company will release a new beer, every day, for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
11/25/2014 03:32 PM
BridgePort Brewing Company’s 6th Annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl
Join BridgePort Brewing for their 6th annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl through Multnomah Village in beautiful Southwest Portland. As always, this tradition will undoubtedly spread the holiday cheer. Dust off your Santa hat or bust out your wacky Christmas sweater and come join the crawl on Thursday, December 4th! The Ebenezer Pub Crawl will begin at […]
11/25/2014 03:30 PM
Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
There is no shortage of great gins on the market today, so it’s difficult for any one particular expression to really stand out. Which, of ...
11/25/2014 03:22 PM
Hangar 24 to Host Pugafest
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s biggest barrel-aged beer release of the year has come to be known as “Pugafest”, taking its name from their massive bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, which makes its annual return on that day.
11/25/2014 03:17 PM
Surly Doomtree Day Details
You wanted details on Surly Doomtree Day? You’ve got Surly Doomtree Day info… As you know, Surly Doomtree Day will be a special curated bar crawl around Minneapolis and St. Paul to kickoff the Surly Doomtree collaboration and the release of the draft beer. Your friends from Surly and Doomtree will lead two busses of ...
11/25/2014 03:11 PM
Ninkasi Brewing Company Announces New Chief Marketing Officer
Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces the hire of Jon Rogers to lead the brewery’s marketing department as chief marketing officer. Since 2006, the brewery has committed to hiring experienced professionals to build teams in-house and create a competitive job market in its home-base of Eugene, Ore.
11/25/2014 03:00 PM
Brewery Release: OR: Ninkasi Brewing updates their Flagship Series 'line-up'
EUGENE, Ore.— Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting January 2015, featuring new additions paired with steadfast favorites. Started in 2006 by Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, the brewery first entered the Oregon craft beer scene with highly-hopped, Northwest India Pale Ales – beers that quickly made a name for the brewery. Since then, Ninkasi’s brewers have created a diverse offering of beer styles, including traditionally-inspired lagers; rich, complex stouts; ales brewed with experimental hops; and single-batch brews.
Released in 2014 for limited times, Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, won the admiration of beer drinkers, giving the brewery reason enough to bring on the beers full-time to its year-round Flagship Series. In 2015, these beers will join the Flagship Series lineup alongside Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.
“The 2015 Flagship Series offers something for every palate,” says Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “With these six different beers you will find our very first recipes paired with beers that were created out of our desire to experiment and challenge ourselves as brewers.”
Total Domination, IPA
In 2006, founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge spent 18-hours brewing the very first batch of Ninkasi beer. The result? Total Domination IPA – a citrusy, floral IPA and a testament to Jamie’s love for Amarillo and Crystal hops. With a great malt backbone and fresh, citrus hop flavor, this beer finishes with a desire to return to this favored IPA again and again.
Enjoyed Since: 2006 | OG: 1067 | IBUs: 65 | ABV: 6.7%
Tricerahops, Double IPA
Offering a double-dose of everything loved in an IPA, Tricerahops has acquired a cult-like following since it was first brewed in 2007. Offering a big, earthy, floral hop hit, this beer is balanced by a generous amount of malt, making for a very drinkable double IPA.
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1080 | IBUs: 100 | ABV: 8.0%
Dawn of the Red, India Red Ale (Available February – December 2015)
Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, Dawn of the Red was brewed out of a want to brew an IRA using new hop varieties. Using El Dorado and Mosaic hops, this beer has an intoxicating tropical flavor. Dawn of the Red immediately became so popular that it was advanced to Ninkasi’s Special Release Series. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was so great, that making it a new addition to Ninkasi’s Flagship Series was an easy decision, available year-round starting in February 2015.
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 75 | ABV: 7.0%
Oatis, Oatmeal Stout
Brewed in 2007 as the second winter seasonal produced by Ninkasi, a love for Oatis developed right away. Named after a brewer’s dog, the popularity of Oatis promoted its move from a seasonal brew to a year-round offering in 2008. This stout has a dry finish with a significant amount of roasted flavor upfront. Its smooth mouthfeel comes from the use of rolled oats paired with a caramel complexity and coffee flavors.
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%
Vanilla Oatis, Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla
A more decadent take on Oatis, Vanilla Oatis features the addition of whole Madagascar vanilla beans. During the brewing process of Oatis, a portion of the beer is set aside in the brite tanks where hand-cut vanilla beans are added – the same process used to dry-hop a beer. This addition of pure vanilla acts as a natural sweetener, adding a more roasted flavor upfront followed by a vanilla finish.
Enjoyed Since: 2009 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%
Lux, German-Style Helles Lager
Meaning light in German, Lux is Ninkasi’s lightest Flagship Series offering. Capturing the traditional and technical balance of the style, this Helles Lager has a toasty malt flavor balanced by the smallest amount of hops to bring about a quaffable drinkability. Allowed to ferment for a minimum of six-weeks, Ninkasi’s brewers accepted the challenge of producing a lager to the highest standards of balance.
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1050 | IBUs: 20 | ABV: 5.0%
About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers are sold throughout Oregon; Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Idaho; Washington; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.
11/25/2014 01:55 PM
Black Friday brings 2014 release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout
For many, the day after Thanksgiving — referred to as Black Friday — is a day of getting up before the rising sun, standing in lines for hours to grab great prices on electronics and other gifts meant to reside under a Christmas tree. But, for beer lovers in the United States it means something […]
11/25/2014 01:43 PM
iTAP 2014 Black Friday
[ November 28, 2014; 11:00 am; ] I've been making a push in our family for a long time to ditch the Christmas present routine. It's not that I don't enjoy buying presents for my loved ones, but I much prefer spending time with them instead. Presents will be forgotten, it's the memories that remain. That being said, I never would have ventured [...]
11/25/2014 01:00 PM
Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now (Reminder) ... Shmaltz "Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®", Jewbelation 18®, & "5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014"
|The 10hL brewhouse|
It's the only pilot brewery in the globe-spanning Diageo empire and it has the job of testing all the ingredients that arrive, be it a new crop of sorghum for use in Nigeria or a fresh batch of foam stabiliser from Kerry. One of the FVs was marked as containing a test run of Tusker, several had the last runs from the former Smithwick's brewery in Kilkenny inside.
The pilot also does recipe development. Every Diageo beer starts life on the small kit, then gets reproduced on the 10hL one. If successful, an Irish recipe graduates to the brand new main brewhouse where Guinness stout comes through 1,000hL at a time, though half-sized batches are often done for other beers and, Gearóid says, they can bring the quantity down to 350hL if they absolutely need to. And the new beers are no exception: both were scaled up through the pilot brewery but the beer you drink came from the industrial-sized facility.
|The 1hL brewhouse|
Eleven paragraphs on a brewery's marketing is not how I roll normally. But The Brewers Project fascinates me, albeit in a slightly morbid way. That said, the opportunity to look into the Diageo brewing process and see a whole new yet familiar side of brewing is something I'm hugely grateful for -- a big thanks to Julie and Ruth from WHPR for masterminding the event, and the Diageo team for showing us round. I'm hoping it's the beginning of a new era of glasnost initiated by the taciturn Dublin 8 monolith.
We did get a small taster of the two beers when we visited. My first impression of both was that they're very similar to existing Guinness products: Dublin Porter thin and crisp like Guinness Extra Stout while the caramel and mild sourness of West Indies Porter lit up the receptors in my brain which enjoy Guinness Foreign Extra Stout but left them craving the weight and complexity that Foreign Extra delivers at 7.5% ABV which West Indies lacks at a mere 6%. I had to wait until last weekend and the release of the bottles on the Irish market to get my hands on them and do a proper taste test.
Guinness special editions tasting very similar to each other is something I'm used to. Anyone who worked through the Brewhouse Series almost a decade ago may remember. But the brewers I met at St. James's Gate are adamant that all the beers are radically different from each other, even the Brewhouse Series. The amount of aroma Goldings added to West Indies Porter is off the charts for a Guinness beer enthused Gearóid, and again I believe him. I just could not smell that for myself. "Could the common taste be down to the Essence?" I asked, referring to the soured syrup that Diageo produces to give all Guinness worldwide a signature flavour. Gearóid's answer was a phrase I have never heard on a brewery tour before: "We don't talk about that."
The six 100ml glasses of 10°C beer in front of me were a uniform black with barely any difference despite the weakest being half the strength of the strongest. I figured head colour would be a dead giveaway so they were carefully poured with no foam showing. A first go through the set showed clearly which were the strong three and which the weak three, but there was nothing else obvious.
Picking the odd one out from the weaker three was almost impossible: it was just glass after glass of watery fizz. I tried drinking them in different sequences, pausing for water between them, and running through them in quick succession but it was very difficult to spot any distinguishing features. Going past the wateriness, and letting the beer warm and flatten a bit, I started getting hints of chocolate and a green vegetal complexity, just shading towards metal. This was in all three but I half-guessed that I could taste it a tiny bit less in one of the three so I marked that as Guinness Extra Stout and the other two as Dublin Porter, and I was correct.
Interestingly, as I finished off the leftovers once the challenge was over and the beers had been sitting out a while, I found that the Extra Stout got more full-flavoured as it approached room temperature: your classic large-bottle-off-the-shelf. The Dublin Porter did not, however, staying as thin and dull as when first taken from the cooler. So, if faced with a choice of just Dublin Porter and Extra Stout which to pick? I now appreciate that there is a mildly stronger flavour in cool Dublin Porter, but the emphasis is on mild there. But warmer Extra Stout was a revelation: I never would have guessed there would be such an appreciable difference between 3.8% ABV and 4.2% ABV, but that extra 0.4 really does add heft. Room temperature Guinness Extra Stout remains the company's best session-strength option.
The stronger set was easier. One of my glasses contained a hot 'n' heavy sour coffee and caramel madman, the other two a more gently sour, roastier beer with an added metallic edge. It wasn't too much of a reach to guess that the former was Foreign Extra and the latter West Indies Porter. And it's not just the alcohol difference that gave it away. I was on alert for those bonus Goldings that Gearóid had mentioned and though there was no sign at all of them in the aroma (all six smelled of damn all), there was a discernible crunchy green cabbage flavour behind the signature sour Guinnessy tang. I've tasted English hops doing that before, especially when in quantity.
I stand by my initial impression that West Indies Porter does have much in common with Foreign Extra, but this test proved that it is markedly different from it, though I wouldn't at all say that it's an improvement, apart from the bottle size. The next phase of the test should be to determine whether a half litre serving of West Indies Porter delivers more pleasure than 33cl of Foreign Extra Stout, but I think these beers have already taken up enough of my time and your screen.
All four beers are unmistakably Guinness and I think I'll have to agree to disagree with the Diageo bods on whether this is a strength or a flaw. In the microbrewing sector it's commonplace to hear of a company recruiting a brewer who has Guinness experience. While visiting James's Gate I took the opportunity to ask if the reverse happens: do brewers from Irish micros ever take jobs with them? The answer was no. While there's a certain amount of cross-pollination between the big industrial multinationals, nothing from the craft side. I think the result of this inward-looking philosophy can be tasted in these new beers, and every other Guinness brand extension where the consumer complains that it's not different enough. To the brewers and execs for whom Guinness represents archetypal porter perfection honed over centuries these variations are an audacious victory, instilling the quintessence of the brand in a radically different host body. This stout drinker thinks they should get out more.
(For more longer-than-usual blog posts about beer from a variety of authors, check in with Boak and Bailey this Saturday and follow their #beerylongreads project.)
11/24/2014 03:05 AM
Portland day two
It’s another leisurely start to the day. I quick continental breakfast downstairs followed by some lazing around my hotel room. I’m such a slob.
I’ve arranged to meet David Hauslein in the early afternoon at BeerMongers. It’s a combined bottle shop and bar in a light industrial building. David’s already there when I arrive and recognizes me. Maybe it’s the box of books I’m carrying. We cosy up to the bar and set about the serious task of getting some peeve down our necks.
It’s not a huge place. A few tables, some seats at the bar and fridges full of beer lining the walls. A smattering of customers here and there. Today’s event – at Hair of the Dog – isn’t until 4 pm, leaving me time for a decent session beforehand. Possibly too much time.
On the TV Holland are playing Mexico – and losing. Everyone is a little bemused at why I’m so happy Holland are getting stuffed. I’d even want them to lose if they were playing Arsenal, and that’s saying something. Because, to quote Terry Collier, “I hate Arsenal”.
After a couple of hours of beer and beery chat, David drives me over to Hair of the Dog. Where Alan Sprints, who’s organised the event, is waiting for me. It’s another industrial type building, half of which is dedicated to the tasting room, the other half to the brewery.
Alan gives me a spin around the shiny thing room. Though it’s not as full of those things as many breweries I’ve been to recently. No, here there are loads of wooden things. Quite a large number of oak barrels, most of which seem to be filled with one form or other of Fred.
There’s a wide variety of barrels, all around hogshead size. What look like second-hand wine or bourbon barrels, Aardbeg ones from Islay and even brand new ones stamped with the brewery’s logo. Barrel-ageing is obviously a big deal here. And by here I mean both Hair of the Dog and the USA.
Snuggling up to the oak casks are piles of dull and dented golden gate kegs in a couple of sizes. I’ve seen a lot of them this trip. I suspect that they’re being used as firkin substitutes.
The line up of beers for the event is pretty impressive:
1804 Barclay Perkins TT
1848 Barclay Perkins TT
1931 Ushers Brown Ale
2014 Blue Dot
1839 Reid’s BPA
1846 Truman XXXXK
1848 Younger 100/-
1916 Whitbread KKK
1860 Truman XXX (on cask)
All but the Blue Dot are from my book. Which I’ve started selling even before my short, impromptu talk.
It’s another decent-sized crowd and they seem to enjoy my historical blether. Not sure how long it lasts again. I can keep on going for hours if no-one stops me. I love the chance of speaking uninterrupted. I rarely get that at home.
I shift most of the books I brought. It’s a nightmare estimating how many to bring. I had to order an emergency extra box to be delivered to Vancouver. Took a bit of a hit on the shipping cost, but that’s better than running out of books with a couple of events still to go.
I hang around for a while to chat and drink. Obviously the latter. When else will I get a chance to drink KKK? I never dreamt anyone would make a commercial beer called that.
Things are getting blurry. At some point we had back to the city centre, to Bailey’s Taproom. I’m beginning to regret my early start. I polished off two bombers in my hotel before setting out. That may have been a mistake.
I suppose I walk home. It’s not far.
No need of a Laphroaig eye-closer tonight.
Tomorrow I’ve a short flight to Vancouver. Hope I remember to wake up.
Intrigued by my book? Then buy the bloody thing.
The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.
1125 SE Division St,
Portland, OR 97202.
Phone: +1 503-234-6012
Hair of the Dog
61 SE Yamhill Street
Portland OR 97214
Phone: +1 503-232-6585
213 SW Broadway,
Portland, OR 97205.
Phone: +1 503-295-1004
11/24/2014 03:00 AM
Brewery News: OR: Portland: Cascade Brewing announces the promotion of Kevin Martin to Lead Blender
11/24/2014 01:24 AM
Beer In Ads #1383: Don’t Drink The Wrong Beer
Sunday’s ad is also for Schlitz, from 1908. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, there’s no headline but it can be summed by saying “Don’t Drink the Wrong...
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11/24/2014 12:59 AM
LoneTree Cider, 2X4 Brewing partner for US distribution
Canadian establishment LoneTree Cider has entered into a distribution partnership with 2X4 Brewing & Imports for the US market.
11/23/2014 04:17 PM
Stochasticity Project’s Master of Disguise — When Stone Trolled Craft Beer
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11/23/2014 01:20 PM
Maine brewery serves up free pizzas every Friday night
It’s Friday night, you’re hanging out with friends, there’s live music, for dinner you are eating pizza and drinking craft beer. Could this friday get any better? How about if you were at the brewery that brewed the beer you are drinking and the pizza is free? Thats a pretty good Friday evening. I just […]
11/23/2014 12:39 PM
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11/23/2014 11:55 AM
More thoughts on the "market rent option" for tied licensees
On Tuesday Parliament voted to introduce a market rent only option ("MRO") in the tied pub sector. My initial response is here. I've thought about it a bit more since then. I also read and heard a lot of other people's opinions on the subject and think there's been something of an over reaction to this new measure. I'll explain why. The ability of a tied licensee to insist on MRO only kicks in
11/23/2014 08:41 AM
The best week
This has been the best week of my career as a publican. Reopening somewhere that's been closed for so long - the Finborough has been completely empty since 2012 and hadn't been a proper pub since 2001 - has been a real challenge. West Brompton/Earl's Court isn't like Clerkenwell, with offices full of boozy workers piling out at 5pm to fill the bars. The Finborough might be on a busy thoroughfare
11/23/2014 04:32 AM
(Some of) the best beer writing of 2014: The NAGBW Awards.
The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) was active from the 1980s on, but would disband in the early aughts. In 2013, beer writers Jay Brooks, Lucy Saunders, Don Russell, and others resuscitated the organization, and brought back the annual competition for beer writers, bloggers, broadcasters, and authors.
Today's post is an overdue one: honors for 2014's best beer writing were announced in ... October! Congratulations to all.
October 7, 2014 - The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors. Results of the NAGBW Awards were announced on Friday, October 3, 2014, during the Great American Beer Festival at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, CO.This year, over 140 entries, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, were submitted to the contest in eight categories. Winners represented 13 states across the U.S. and three countries. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Best Beer and Food Writing1. John Holl, “Roast Masters: Exploring the Art of Brewing Beer with Coffee.” All About Beer Magazine.2. Evan Rail, “Where What Is Brewing Is a Recipe.” The New York Times.3. Mark Dredge, Beer and Food. Dog 'n' Bone Books.Best Blog1. Oliver Gray, “Literature and Libation.”2. Bryan Roth, “This is Why I’m Drunk.”3. Jessica Miller, “Hey Brewtiful.”Best Book1. Patrick Dawson, Vintage Beer. Storey Publishing.2. Tim Webb/ Joe Stange, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium. Campaign for Real Ale Ltd.3. Evan Rail, Beer Trails: The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest. Self-published.Best Brewspaper/ Free Zine Writing1. Ken Weaver, “Getting Hopped Up -- Again.” Bohemian.2. Jonathan Shikes, “Avery Brewing’s got good taste -- and the science to back it up.” Westword.3. Randy Clemens, “Mark Jilg: The Craftsman.” West Coaster.Best Magazine Writing1. Evan Rail, “Born Again in Berlin.” All About Beer Magazine.2. Joshua Bernstein, “Of a Certain Age.” Imbibe Magazine.3. Aleszu Bajak, “Of a Certain Age.” Beer Advocate Magazine.Best Newspaper Writing (Paid Circulation)1. Ronnie Crocker, “Crafting a Houston Icon.” Houston Chronicle.2. William Bostwick, “Build a Beer Collection.” The Wall Street Journal.3. Tom Acitelli, “Rising Hop Prices Make Craft Brewers Jumpy.” The Wall Street Journal.Best Online Magazine Writing1. Gerard Walen, “The Death of Hunahpu’s Day.” All About Beer Magazine.2. Austin Ray, “Headbanger’s Brew: A History of Heavy Metal and Craft Beer Collaborations.” First We Feast.3. Christian DeBenedetti, “A Brief History of Sour Beer.” The New Yorker.Best Podcast1. Strange Brews.3. What’s on Tap.Thanks to new and returning judges representing 11 states in the U.S., two provinces in Canada and Europe. The judges for the 2014 NAGBW Awards included:Tom Acitelli, Michael Agnew, Jeff Alworth, Ray Bailey, Steve Beaumont, Jessica Boak, Erika Bolden, Jay Brooks, Astrid Cook, Ray Daniels, Christian DeBenedetti, Pat Fahey, Oliver Gray, Steve Hamburg, Stan Hieronymus, Edward Lordan, Alan McLeod, Randy Mosher, Ryan Newhouse, Josh Noel, Evan Rail, Don Russell, Zak Stambor, Heather Vandenengel, Joe Wiebe.ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN GUILD OF BEER WRITERS – The Guild has members from USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. Guild membership is open to all writers and content producers who cover beer and brewing, although industry and associate memberships are both non-voting categories. For more information, visit http://www.nagbw.org or follow on Twitter @nagbw.
11/23/2014 03:05 AM
Portland day one
Today’s flight is a little later, almost noon. But, the airport being miles away, I need to get up reasonably early. If only to catch breakfast in the hotel, which is free. No need to eat at the gate, which also saves time.
It takes me a while to find the United check in. Which is odd as Denver is one of their major hubs. Somehow I’ve missed a whole long row of bag drop offs. I blame the cold. In turns my brain to that thing that’s sort of ice and sort of water. What’s it called? . . . . . Slush, that’s it.
I’ve got something called TSA pre. It means a slightly less humiliating security experience. You don’t have to strip off quite as many pieces of clothing and disassemble your baggage. No idea why I got it, but I’m not complaining. Security checks irritate the arse off me.
With an hour or so to strangle, dismember and bury in a forest before boarding, I hunker down at the closest bar. It’s called Pour La France! and has a weird French theme. You’d never have guessed from the name.
“Double Jack Daniels, straight up.”
The bar is fringed with the like-minded. Loading spirits before boarding.
Airport bars are remarkably sociable. Knowing you’ll part soon and never meet again, why not take a punt on a chat? I don’t indulge myself this time, but watch others strike up conversations and smoke them to the fag end.
I mosey over to my gate at boarding time. Remarkably, my United flight is again on time. On my last book-flogging trip every single one was late. One very late.
This flight isn’t total sardine time, but still pretty full. I indulge in a couple of whiskies. There’s no in-flight entertainment: how else can I entertain myself in-flight?
My bag thunks onto the belt pretty promptly. Before I know it I’m cabbed and hotel-bound.
As the taxi crosses the Willamette River into downtown, I notice something odd. Portland looks like a city. A proper city, with shops and stuff. And those fleshy mammally, two-legged things I like chatting with. Human beings, that’s the word. I’m liking Portland already.
We pass a city square lined with ethnic food trucks. I’ve fallen asleep and this is all just a wonderful dream. Isn’t it?
Bags dropped, I head for a nearby shop to get water. And in this case, beer, too, as Oregon doesn’t have stupid laws. For a corner shop, the beer selection isn’t bad. The prices are a shock. In New Jersey, bombers started at $6 or $7, heading north into crazy territory, before reaching totally fucking crazy do you think I’m a complete fucking idiot land. Here I can pick one up for under $3. Robbing New Jersey bastards.
There’s a Deschutes brewpub just a few blocks away. I don’t feel like going far because it’s dead windy. On the way there I bump into a massive book shop, Powell's City of Books. It covers a whole city block. Another sign this is a cool city.
I slip in and search for the beer section. Easier said than done. The place is meganormous. But not particularly well signposted. After a few minutes of wandering I find it. Not bad at all. A stack of beer books. I’d give you a number, but do you think I’m the sort of sick obsessive that counts everything? *
Deschutes is pretty full, but I’m able to get a seat at the bar. Oh, look – they’ve got Fresh Squeezed IPA on cask. No long deliberation this time. It’s rather nice, in a citrusy US sort of way. And a bit too drinkable. Before I know it my first pint is almost gone. Just as well it’s only 6.4% ABV.
They’re missing a trick, many US brewers and publicans. People drink well-kept cask more quickly than keg beer. And drink more of it. I’d be trying to push it to boost sales volumes.
Though I notice a reassuring number of casks when I take the obligatory snaps of the shiny things**. It’s a recurring theme in breweries I’m visiting. As with oak barrels, most have some. Maybe I was a bit hasty is saying they were missing the barge.
I order an Elk burger. Never had Elk before. It’s also rather nice.
Three pints of Fresh Squeezed disappear in 40 minutes. No greater compliment than that from me. I'd happily drink another three. Which is one of the reasons I leave. Plus I’d like to visit more than one brewery today. Gotta keep to my quota.
Fat Head's Brewery is just a few blocks away. It’s a bit of an industrial barn with a pretty decent-sized brewery behind glass.
Buuut . . . . . they’ve a cask Stout. A Julie Andrews (or is it John Coltrane?) of a beer for me. It’s quite nice. Did I ever tell you of my youthful dreams of cask-conditioned Guinness Extra Stout? Not whimsical musings, things that pinged around my brain whilst sleeping.
It’s getting late, as my ramblings reveal. Time to ramble homewards, remembering to grip the camera better.
Laphroaig is my lullaby once more.
* You’ve hacked my webcam, haven’t you?
** “This is boring, Ronald. Didn’t you take any pictures of people. It’s all brewing stuff and buildings.”
Please buy my wonderful book.
The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.
Pour La France!
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St,
Portland, OR 97209.
Tel: +1 503-228-4651
Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave,
Portland, OR 97209.
Tel: +1 503-296-4906
Fat Head's Brewery
131 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: +1 503-820-7721
11/23/2014 12:55 AM
Beer In Ads #1382: Beer Keeps One Well
Saturday’s ad is also for Schlitz, from 1904. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “Beer Keeps One Well,” and in the text they note that brewer tend...
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11/23/2014 12:00 AM
Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App
A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.
11/22/2014 07:36 PM
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11/22/2014 04:50 PM
Pic(k) of the Week: Bedell & Cizauskas
This blog is about good fermentables and the folk who make them. It's a matter of internet record. It's not about me, or shouldn't be. I tell their stories. I take photos of them and their good fermentables. No selfies.
Today's an exception.
Tom Bedell is a long-time chronicler and reporter of good beer, winning two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers*, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer. He writes a blog about golf and beer. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only writer who is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the NAGBW.
He lives in Vermont; I, in the mid-Atlantic. We had never met, except through the scary wonder of the interwebs. That is, until recently.
In late October 2014, Bedell travelled to my part of the world to tour a new golf course. He contacted me (via Twitter, of course), and we would finally meet, not golfing, but beer-drinking, at Rustico Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia. That's Tom Bedell on the right; me, on the left.
To top it off, another fellow at the table that evening was Don Was. (I'm amused at being able to phrase it that way.) Mr. Was, née Weiss, is a music producer, who, in the 1980s/90s, was one-half of the 'art' dance music band, Was (Not Was), parentheses included.
We talked about golf that evening (me, not so much), music (more so), and, well, yes, beers (several of them).
The photo was taken by Doug Honker, a good beer fan, and, not coincidentally, Bedell's nephew. I've posted it here with his permission.
- * The NAGBW disbanded in the early 2000s. It was reconstituted in 2012, along with annual honors for beer writing, no longer called Quill and Tankard but simply the NAGBW Awards.
- More photos from the evening: here.
- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.
- Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.
11/22/2014 04:02 PM
Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden
I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. […]
11/22/2014 01:57 PM
Winter is coming… and so is 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat
San Francisco, CA – As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, ‘tis the season when 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Fr…
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11/22/2014 11:42 AM
Beer Birthday: Brett Joyce
Today is the 42nd birthday of Brett Joyce, President of Rogue. Joyce grew up in the brewery, which his father Jack founded when Brett was sixteen. Having gone off to college and made a name for himself working with Adidas, building their international golf shoe business from the ground up, he...
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11/22/2014 09:51 AM
Call it beer friendly, kid friendly, or just call it friendly
Yesterday The New York Times posted a story about beer garden play dates and I nudged All About Beer magazine editor John Holl on Twitter because he once wrote a story for that magazine (before he was editor) about beer gardens and of course mentioned the family friendly aspect. Later in the conversation that followed […]
11/22/2014 08:30 AM
Right Brain Brewing Naughty Girl Stout : Beer Review
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Craft beer is great for many reasons, high on that list of reasons is the ability for a brewery to think differently and experiment with new ideas and create different experiences for those willing to indulge. Right Brain Brewing is a company that is known for brewing slightly on the experimental side and their flagship CEO Stout is delightful and has won multiple awards annually honoring its overall deliciousness. Another offering in the stout line up for Right Brain is Naughty…
11/22/2014 05:47 AM
Young’s pubs sell a million pints of craft beer in six months
One fascinating statistic popped up when I was talking to Stephen Goodyear, chief executive of Young’s, this week for the day job: Young’s pubs sold a million pints of craft beer in the six months to September 29 this year. … Continue reading →
11/22/2014 03:50 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014
It’s Saturday, so here’s a gurt load of links for ‘ee. → Jack Highberger doesn’t hate pumpkin beers, and he tasted a lot of them to come up with his Pumpkin Beer Flavor Map. An interesting exercise we’re tempted to imitate with another niche style. → Saved to Pocket (that is, we haven’t read it […]
11/21/2014 11:06 PM
The ... best ... beer ... in ... the ... nation! (and in your state)
What are the best 'craft' beers in every state of the nation (and the District of Columbia)? Who are the best breweries in each state? What are America's top 'craft' beer styles? Which of the states are best for 'craft' beer?
To find out, Bryan D. Roth, at his blog, This is Why I'm Drunk, crunched October 2014 data from Beer Advocate —a crowd-sourced online beer-rating site— using the popular site's algorithm of weighted measurement for beer ranking.
He found answers —some expected, some surprising— and quantified some current trends.
THE TOP BEERS AND BREWERY FOR EACH STATETo establish a minimum quota of scores that any beer, in any given state, needed to be considered as a top beer (somewhat analogous, say, to Major League Baseball's requirement of 506 plate appearances for any player over one season to be eligible for the batting title), Roth averaged the number of ratings for every beer in that state. From there, he referenced each qualifying beer's weighted rank and came up with each state's top ten most highly rated beers.
To decide upon the top brewery in each state, Roth looked at the number of times a brewery's beers appeared in the top ten, and, in the case of a tie, chose the brewery with the higher total ratings in the top ten (or, if needed, tossed a coin).
For instance, in California, the top brewery was Russian River; in Colorado, Great Divide; in Oregon, Deschutes; in Texas, Jester King; in Pennsylvania, Tröegs; in Vermont, Hill Farmstead.
Here, in the 'DMV,' the tri-'state' home of YFGF:
- In Washington, D.C., DC Brau took top honors with seven of the ten top beers, and the number one beer, On the Wings of Armageddon, a double IPA.
- Flying Dog placed first in Maryland, with four of the top ten beers. The most highly rated beer, however, belonged to Stillwater Artisanal, for its Gose Gone Wild.
- In Virginia, the results were less cut-and-dried. Hardywood and AleWerks dominated the Commonwealth's ratings, producing four beers apiece in the top ten. Hardywood's most highly rated beer, Gingerbread Stout, placed second, while AleWerks' milk-stout, Café Royale, placed third. AleWerks, however, nudged out Hardywood as tops in the state by virtue of a higher total of weighted ratings. The number one beer was Resolute, a bourbon-barrel 'Russian Imperial' Stout, brewed by Three Brothers.
HOW EACH STATE'S NUMBER ONE BEER FARED NATIONALLYRoth ranked the top beer from each state (and Washington, D.C.) by giving each state equal status despite population (as do, by the way, our U.S. Senate and presidential Electoral College), and then using the BA's weighted rank for the top beer in each state. The top 3 beers, nationally, by state, were:
- Hunahpu (barrel-aged Imperial Stout), from Cigar City, in Florida. 11% alcohol-by-volume (abv).
- Kentucky Brunch (Imperial Stout), from Toppling Goliath, in Iowa. 13% abv.
- Heady Topper (Double IPA) from The Alchemist, in Vermont. 8% abv.
[Here, in the DMV, Stillwater's Gose Gone Wild finished at position number 21; Three Brothers' Resolute at 23rd; DC Brau's On the Wings of Armageddon at 27th.]
THE TOP BEER STYLES IN THE NATIONAgain giving equal importance to the best ten beers in each state (disregarding sales or population), Roth pie-charted the nation's top beer styles.
IPA (India Pale Ale) —at 18% of the total— is, of course, the most popular beer style; combining its percentage with that of DIPA (double IPA), the figure becomes 31% of the total. Pumpkin? At 1.5%, it's near the bottom of the heap. Well, that's not exactly fair on my part. Pumpkin beer is, after all, only seasonal —even if that season seems to run from Independence Day through Thanksgiving. There's also a catch-all "Other" category, in which there are other, less popular beers. 'Popular' might not be the correct word. Roth uses the phrase "lauded and sought after."
DOES ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE MATTER?What about the correlation between alcohol and scoring preference?
The top-25 clearly has a higher ABV against both the bottom-26 and the overall average, not to mention a rather large difference in Beer Advocate’s weighted ranking score. I was rather surprised the the bottom-26, even though it’s the “best of” what states had to offer, barely beat the “all beer” average in weighted rating.
Roth looked at the average alcohol rank of the top ten beers of each state with the average weighted rank of its top ten beers versus all other states. They seemed to correlate, but not one-to-one. The average alcohol percentage of all 506 beers Roth surveyed was 8.1%; the average of the top beers from each state was 9.65%.
California was tops in both average of alcohol percentage of its top 10 beers (11.18%) and of the average weighted rank of those beers. Delaware, 2nd in alcohol (11.174%), was 27th in weighted rank, and Alaska, while 3rd for alcohol (11.08%), was ranked 15th for the average of its top ten beers. Only those three —California, Delaware, and Alaska— had alcohol averages surpassing eleven percent. Interestingly, Vermont, while number two, nationally, in average weighted rank of its top ten beers, was only 26th in average alcohol level (8.1%).
A more pronounced alignment of alcohol and score did occur at the bottom rung of the state rankings. There, alcohol levels were markedly lower, as were weighted ranks. The lowest alcohol average belonged to South Dakota (5.21%) whose weighted rank position was 50th out of all states. Obviously, strength matters.
[Washington, D.C. was 41st among all states in average weighted rank and 43rd in average alcohol percentage: 6.17%. Maryland was 28th in average weighted rank and 22nd in average alcohol percentage: 8.035%. Virginia was 23rd in weighted rank and 12th in average alcohol percentage: 9.39%.]
HOW TO BREW THE BEST BEER IN THE NATIONWhat if a savvy brewer were to look at all these data, and want to brew a beer to conform to the prejudices of Beer Advocate's voters? Well, then, Roth has a recipe for her:
- It has to be 18 SRM [a measure of beer color], the average number for all 506 beers on the “best beers” list.
- It has to have an ABV of 8 or 8.1 percent, per the average of the list.
- It must be hopped like an IPA.
- From there, two optional aspects:
- It can be hopped like a DIPA.
- It can be barrel aged.
Get to it, brewers. Brew the ... best ... beer ... in ... the ... nation!
Roth's analyses —fascinating stuff— bring some data-driven sense back to the 'craft' beer zeitgeist. This series —a lot of work— demonstrates why Roth was deserving when the North American Guild of Beer Writers selected his blog as one the three best in the nation for 2014.
- Read the entire series: here. Roth looks at other things that could affect beer ratings, such as the color of a beer, drinkers' median incomes, and even mean temperatures(!). Follow Roth on Twitter: @bryandroth
- Crowd-sourced rating can differ dramatically from 'expert' —done under strictly defined settings, requirements, parameters, and qualifications (such as the Beer Certification Judging Program). For example, in Virginia, Devils Backbone Brewery has dominated the Virginia Craft Brewers Cup over the past few years, as well as scoring big in recent Great American Beer Festivals and World Beer Cups. But, at the Beer Advocate top 10 for the state? Nada.
11/21/2014 10:36 PM
Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo
11/21/2014 07:58 PM
Weird Beard Brew Co
Weird Beard Brew Co. consists of a couple of homebrewers with high quality facial hair and big ambitions. They brew beers with higher than the average alcohol and hop contents that go well
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11/21/2014 07:01 PM
Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.
Plymouth Gin was first distilled in 1793 on a site barely a hundred yards from the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers had set sail for America nearly two centuries before. The bottle shows the Mayflower on its label to this day. Back then, the idea of a European Union would have been laughable. Revolution raged […]
11/21/2014 05:24 PM
Colorado Beer News 112114
Today is World Hello Day. The goal of this day is to say Hello to at least 10 people today. Originally, this day was designed to show world leaders that using better communication rather than force was the best way to settle conflicts. If you have a conflict with someone, take the first step and try to talk with that person today. Say "Hello" and go from there. Who knows, you might just find a way to resolve your conflict in a mutually beneficial way. And while you're at it - take that person out for a craft beer at your local brewery taproom or bar. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, November 21st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.
[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]
Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Join in at the Bull & Bush Brewery for their annual Christmas Beer Tasting on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-10pm. They're featuring over 150 special holiday beers, winter seasonals and vintage beers in an event that is always a fun time. If there is a holiday beer tasting that has a larger selection, they don't know about it. Join us for a great evening of holiday cheer! Get tickets online. Also returning to the taps that day is The Legend of the Liquid Brain, a barrel aged imperial stout. 16.9oz bottles of the long awaited 2014 vintage will be available at the brewery. The Legend of the Liquid Brain will be available at select retailers in Colorado later in the week, December 9 is your first opportunity to purchase this highly prized, cellar-friendly, award-winning and rare Imperial Stout. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]
Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO 11/21/2014 – Copper Kettle Brewing Company is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd year of “Snowed In”, the company’s Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This seasonal bottle will release on Friday, November 28th, 2014, starting at noon when Copper Kettle’s doors open. “Snowed In”, an imperial oatmeal stout made with locally roasted coffee from Pablo’s Coffee in Denver and dark chocolate, aged in High West Distillery bourbon barrels for four months. The company increased the alcohol by volume this year to 12.1%. Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be hand wax dipping the bottles so they are perfect for aging. Also, this year the company will be releasing a four pack bomber box with all their barrel aged seasonal bottles that were released. It will included: Le Chapeau, Wine Barrel Aged Saison; Sobremesa, Tequila Barrel Aged Pale Ale w/ lime and agave; Well Bred, Bourbon Barrel Aged English Barleywine; and Snowed In, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This will be available starting on November 28, as well, and all four bombers come in a hand-made bomber box. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]
Alpine Dog Brewing Co (Denver) - They've been doing soft openings all week, including today. But on Saturday, November 22nd is Alpine Dog's official Grand Opening celebration. This brewery is located in the Capitol Hill area. Doors open at noon and the party starts ramping up around 3pm. Beers you can expect to see in the taproom include: Miss American Rye, Hogback Amber Ale, Timberline Brown Ale, Blind Sherpa Stout, Gravity Pale Ale, Alpine Dog IPA, Armada Imperial IPA, Howl at the Moon Imperial Red, Vendetta Black IPA, Alpine Monk Belgian-style Pale Ale, Notorious Monk Belgian-style Dubbel, and Casanova Monk Belgian-style Tripel. (Subject to rotation and availability) [1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO]
Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Rock Bottom has three beer releases coming up in December, one for each of the first three Wednesdays of the month. On Wed. December 3rd they'll tap "Wicked Elf", a holiday ale and also host an Ugly Sweater contest at 6pm. Winner will be chosen at 7pm. Then on Wed. December 10th they'll tap a Baltic Gnome Porter and will be pairing that with some Ginger Molasses Cookies at 5:30pm to 6pm. Then on Wed. December 17th, they will tap "43 Elbows Double IPA" at 6pm. Stop in at Rock Bottom before the Parade of Lights on December 5th too for a bite and brew prior to the parade. [1001 16th St Unit A-100, Denver, CO]
CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - Ever had a Cocoa Maple Old Ale before? Bet not. Their collaboration with World of Beer (Cherry Creek) is unleashed today! Olde And WOBbly is full of chocolate and maple notes, and at 6.6%ABV, it's a winter warmer that's sweet and easy. Mmmm...chocolatey. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO]
Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - For this weekend, they'll have 14 fresh craft beers on tap including: Old Town Brown, Ralston's Golden Ale, Arvada Red, Pool Hall Porter, Majestic View Marzen, Goldine IPA, Saison de Davis, Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Jolly Holiday Ale, Coffee Porter, Nitro Porter, Barrel Aged Schwarzweiss, and a Vanilla Porter. There's also a Lemon Shandy if you like something a bit sweeter. Also, they have 2 Black Friday deals for you, good until the end of November. Buy a gift certificate for $25 and get a free beer card. Beer for a year (growler fill a month for 12 months) for only $90 and get 2 logo pint glasses. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]
Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Today in the Canoe Room at North Dock, they released their Double Coffee Porter. This whiskey barrel-aged beer was brewed with cold-pressed Coda Coffee and is the 5th beer in their 2014 Signature Series. Available on tap and in 22oz bombers now through November 23rd. It will be available starting December 3rd at South Dock as well. Also, look for Dry Dock's Vanilla Porter to debut in cans starting Friday, November 28th. Finally, don't forget about this year's Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and Ugly Sweater Contest set for Saturday, November 29th. This year's beers will bee a Chocolate Peppermint Stout, a Roasted Chestnut Chocolate Stout, and a Pecan Pie Ale. Vote for your favorite! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]
Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - They are happy to announce that they are having their first Big House Black Friday Dock Sale. They will be selling select beers at wholesale prices right out of their brewing facility behind the pub Wednesday November 26h and on the infamous black Friday the 28th! Come stock up! [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]
Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Last call for these three limited release beers at the GDBC taproom: Just Another Autumn Lager, Colorado Fresh Hop, and Peach Cream Ale. Once they are gone they won't be back for a while. So get over there and get one before it kicks. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]
The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - Stop on over to The BoB tonight for a tapping of their Swedish Sanatorium Double Rye Double IPA at 5pm. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]
Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - It's not to late for pumpkin beer so come grab one of their Premature Jack-O-lanterns! It's a pumpkin double Lightly spiced with cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and ginger, ringing in right about 9.5 percent ABV. They've also got plenty of bombers of The Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, just in time for you holiday get togethers. Be sure to grab two cause you won't want to share! [4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO]
Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Along with the hearty meals of winter comes strong, robust seasonal beers. Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company is again set to release their popular Stock Ale, a brawny English ale fermented and aged with dried figs. “Last winter, this became a Tap Room favorite,” says Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “our Stock Ale is based on the strong, malty English ales of the late 19th century. We then ferment and mature the beer with over a pound per barrel of dried figs, a technique once used by brewers to reactivate fermentation in casks.” - Sanitas’ Stock Ale pours a dark red color with notes of dried fruits & caramel in the aroma followed by rich flavors of bread crust and a balancing bitterness. At 7.5% ABV, the English-inspired beer pairs terrifically with a variety of winter meals and desserts. Stock Ale will be available on draft in Sanitas Brewing Co.’s Tap Room starting Friday, November 21. Select Boulder & Denver bars and restaurants will also be featuring the beer on tap throughout the winter months. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]
Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Here's their Friday tap lineup: Butternut Brown, Cream Ale, Honey Nut Blonde, River Rock Brown, Wildflower Pale, Berrypatch Wheat, Treeline IPA, Campfire Red, Ponderosa Porter, & Smores Stout. Pair a pint with the smoky comfort food from Knock On Wood Smokehouse! Campfire Red with smoked mac n cheese anyone? [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]
Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Need a reason to head to Crystal Springs tonight? Here are 13: Black Saddle Imperial Stout, Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle Imperial Stout, Solano 2013 Chili Beer, Drum Rum Barrel Aged Porter, American Stout, Summertime Kolsch, Marilyn Belgian-style Golden, Butch Pale Ale, Stage Coach Bourbon Barrel-aged Black IPA, Naughty Marilyn Tripel, Pumpkin Lager, Cherry Wheat, and 13 IPA. Coming soon: an Imperial IPA, a Belgian-style Amber and a Gose. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]
Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - They've got a Black Friday treat for you! On Friday 11/28 only, their Pub will be serving a Vertical Taster Paddle of Killer Penguin Barleywine, showcasing years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. One week from today! Better not this this rare opportunity. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]
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Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Part Three of their "Best of 2014 Series" will be tapped as a firkin today at 6:00pm. Stop in tonight for a taste of their Milk Stout. This brew weighs in at 7.2% ABV and is dark, slightly sweet and has some extra body. Start off your weekend at Crabtree Brewing. Also, attention 462 Beer Club members! The next beer release that you will have first dibs on will be coming this next Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm. This is when they will release their Cezanne Saison, a wild Saison fermented with wild Weld County lambic yeast and brewer's yeast. This beer will be bottled and 462 Club Members can get their 2 bottle allotment that night, or if you can't stop in at 7pm they will have them ready for you early at 12 noon. This beer will then be released to the public on Black Friday. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - They will be releasing a new beer on Monday at 4pm in the taproom. It’s an as-yet unnamed India Pale Lager brewed with help from some of Odell’s brewing team — a definite collaboration of minds and materials that made for a fun day of brewing there in September. They and Linsey will be there for the release. The beer is delicious — hoppy effervescence brought to life. They'll also be tapping a Cranberry-Jalapeño Pale Ale firkin on Saturday, December 6th at 1:30pm, and Brewer Linsey will be on hand that afternoon to sign copies of the Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Calendar which will be on sale in the taproom. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]
Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Today is Fester's Friday at Buckhorn Brewers. Come on in for $2 off growler fills of Fester's Ale all day today. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today's Thanksgiving-themed firkin is a Cranberry Snow Drop. Get some today in prep for turkey day. Also, don't forget that tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd is the release of their "Midnight Strikes" Schwarzbier at 5pm. 10oz pours will be served for $1 with all money raised from the keg going to Make-A-Wish Colorado. The clock will strike when the keg runs dry. Midnight Strikes is the third in a seasonal lager series featuring the Girls of Grimm that currently also includes Maiden's Kiss and The Farmers Daughter. It will be available yearly during the winter months. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]
1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - One week from today is Black Friday! Take a break from holiday shopping and stop in that day and get 20% off all merchandise all day! Also, if you buy a pint, you can get $2 off a growler fill too. One day only November 28th. Currently on tap: The Dame Golden Ale, Squash Saison, The Enforcer Oatmeal Stout, The Revenuer IPA, Oktoberfest, Scottish Wee Heavy, Mexican Lager, Cerveza con sal y lima, Nut Brown Ale and a Gose (salted sour ale). [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]
Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Just in time for your weekend, Black Bottle is tapping a new beer today - "Dead Sexy", a Scottish Wee Heavy. This brew weighs in at a hefty 8.5% ABV and 18 IBUs. Tread lightly. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]
Climb Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - New product on tap today! Come try their Apple Chardonnay. You're gonna love it! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO]
Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Tonight's Friday Firkin tapping is "Peach Cobbler", a tequila barrel golden peach ale with a few added extras. Open tonight 2pm to 10pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]
Crow Hop Brewing Co (Loveland) - As if you needed a reason to swing Crow Hop on a Friday night, now you have two! Afternooner IPA is now in bombers and (per your many requests). Plus, their new Colorado flag hats are available for purchase! Stop in soon. [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]
Southern Front Range
Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Penrose Private Reserve Gift Packs are BACK! $30 gets you a lovely packaged set with a bottle of either their 1302 Belgian Golden Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, or their 1306 Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels, along with two PPBC logo snifters! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]
Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - There's something new on tap tonight at 5pm although is may not be totally clear on what style of beer it is until you try it. Come their their oddly named "You Never Even Call Me By My Name". It may just surprise you. (Psst - it's a Saison/Farmhouse Ale) [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]
Mountains and West
Big B's Hard Cider (Hotchkiss) - Big B's tasting Room and Delicious Orchards are closing down for the season by next week, they will be open until Wednesday, November 26th. There will be $10.00 growler refills till the kegs run out! Come on down and get your Thanksgiving supplies! [386 High St, Hotchkiss CO]
BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Start your weekend off right with a plate of their super tacos! With choice of chicken or pork, shredded lettuce, black beans, spicy slaw, pico de gallo and lime. Enjoy them with their smooth sippin' session porter, Martin. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]
Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s new winter seasonal, Vertical Drop, is hitting shelves next week. It will be available in 6-packs and is already on tap at bars and restaurants throughout Colorado. Vertical Drop is a complex malt driven ruby red ale balanced with a light hop bitterness. Vertical Drop has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 6.2% and an international bittering unit (IBU) of 40. “We are excited about the release of our sought after Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale,” states Kannah Creek’s Sales Director, David Boone. “The complex grain bill on top of the combination of Zeus, Challenger, and Mt. Hood hops used in this beer produces a perfect winter seasonal.” - Kannah Creek held an in-house competition to name their Winter Seasonal and received 83 submissions from employees. The name Vertical Drop was the winner and is commonly known as the distance between the summit and base of a mountain, measured straight down. Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale will be available through February. Vertical Drop joins the ranks of Kannah Creek’s three mainstay bottled beers including Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale Ale, and the Broken Oar IPA. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]
Fat Abbey Brewing Co (Delta) - BREWERY UPDATE: Yes, they are moving ahead with the brewery! They have acquired a vessel for a mash/lauter tun that will allow them to do up to 10 barrels! They also have 5 temporary fermentors that will hold up to 8 bbls each. Price quotes are being obtained from manufacturers for a 10 bbl brew kettle, and they are searching for and pricing out the rest of the equipment including a pump, hoses, bottle filler, etc. They will initially be brewing and bottling with distribution and no taproom. However, they will continue to search for and acquire a building for a taproom sometime after they begin brewing. [No address yet, Delta, CO]
Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant (Grand Junction) - They've been celebrating all year, but today is their official 20th Anniversary. Come help them celebrate tonight with $2 Platinum Blonde pints all day long. Tell them you heard about it on social media and forget your coupon, m'kay? [401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO]
Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - It's a Holiday Growler Refill Sale! Refill your growlers for Thanksgiving festivities and be the star of family. This Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25-26, refills will only be $8! They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]
Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs, CO] - There's a small batch (10 gallons) batch of "Pray-4-Snow Pale" now on tap. They used lots of Centennial and Columbus hops and hopped up their award winning pale ale. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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Old Mill Brewery
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Brew: Pass the Mash
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Pass the Mash is an occasional column of short items.
Established in 1983, Old Mill Brewery is a small independent family owned brewery, housed in an 18th century former corn mill and maltings at Snaith in East Yorkshire. It is equipped with a