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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:
"Budweiser volumes have declined in the U.S. for 25 years, from its nearly 50-million-barrel peak in 1988 to 16 million barrels last year."

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
Short’s Nightwheeler
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'
Press Release
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. 

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.  

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"

Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY -- ... -- Break out the latkes, gelt, Chanukah candles, and He'brew Beer®, it's time to start prepping for the holidays! This month, Shmaltz Brewing Company rolls out three limited-edition releases straight from their newly expanded brewery in Clifton Park, NY. First up is the debut of Shmaltz's long awaited homage to the 8 crazy nights: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®, a Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and 8% ABV. Next in line is the Anniversary beer, Jewbelation 18® (18 malts, 18 hops, and a highly sessionable 12.4% ABV), which marks the birth of an entirely new take on the Award-Winning Jewbelation® series. Last, but certainly not least, the 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® hitting stores this Thanksgiving. Candles Won't Be The Only Thing Getting Lit this holiday season!

Please see the information below for specific details on each of this year's He'brew® holiday releases: 

Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®
After only 18 years in business, America's largest, most award-winning and still only Jewish themed Craft Brewery, Shmaltz Brewing Company is proud to debut Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®. Destined to become the official chosen beer of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® is a luscious Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and heats up at 8% ABV. 8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Its cultural/religious significance runs the gamut with several holidays spanning 8 days (Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot), a bris (circumcision) taking place on the newborn's 8th day, and Seinfeld running for 8 years (for more deep shtick, see the 4-pack label). As latkes are frying and the battle royale of dreidels are spinning, Shmaltz lends some much needed light to the impending winter darkness with Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® launching nationally in 12 oz bottles in 4-packs starting on November 1, 2014, as well as in theHe'brew Gift Pack® 2014.

Jewbelation 18®
Over the last decade, Shmaltz Brewing has boldly elevated each year's Jewbelation® with increased amounts of malts, hops, and ABV -- in 2004, they debuted Miraculous Jewbelation® with 8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV and continued through last year's Jewbelation Reborn® (17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV). Jewbelation 18® features a brand spankin' new craft beer category, Black Session Barleywine.

When asked about this year's Jewbelation®, Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan says, "So many friends have inquired about when will we stop upping the ante with the level of malts, hops, ABV, and my response has been 'Never... well, um, I mean now!' Witness our newborn Black Session Barleywine. 18 malts, 18 hops, and now available in a sessionable 12.4% ABV so we can ship to allll our states again. Jewbelation is now in session. L'Chaim!"

Jewbelation 18® will hit the national market just before Thanksgiving in 22 oz bottles, on draft at select bars, and included in the soon to be released 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®

5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014
Shmaltz's 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®, a showcase of 8 of He'brew's most sought after beers, is sure to add cheer this holiday season and will light up any cold winter night. The eight pack of 12 oz. bottles includes the 18th Anniversary Jewbelation 18® Black Session Barleywine, and the brand new Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® Dark Ale (8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV). It also includes the rare, barrel-aged sour beer, 2014's Funky Jewbelation®, the Gold Medal winner Rejewvenator®, plus the unique collaboration beers with Terrapin Brewing (Reunion Ale '14 - A Beer For Hope®) and Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny's -- The Immaculate Collaboration®). The only Chanukah themed Beer Gift Pack on any shelf this season is rounded off with year-round favorites Death of a Contract Brewer® Black IPA (7 malts, 7 hops, 7% ABV) and World Beer Championship Silver Medal winning Messiah Nut Brown Ale®.

The Gift Pack® features a custom glass, Chanukah candles and a beautifully hand-painted "Build Your Own" Beer Menorah portrait by local Ballston Spa, NY painter Jennifer Maher (www.yourtoyportrait.com; please see the attached portrait below). Transform each of the 8 iconic bottles, plus one Shamash bottle (0 malts, 0 hops, 0% ABV), into your very own beer menorah. Snap a photo and enter your masterpiece in the 5th Annual "Build Your Own Beer Menorah" Facebook competition for a chance to win a chosen prize!

Detailed information regarding Shmaltz's set of national events taking place at 18 Chosen Bars will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Ranked in 2013 as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the "Distinguished Business Award" by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies" by San Francisco Business Times.
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother's Volvo. He'brew® now sells across 37 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany's capital district. Shmaltz's new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

11/25/2014 12:33 PM
Black Raven and Watershed converge for special beer & food event

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Tonight (Tues. Nov. 25) at Watershed Pub and Kitchen in Seattle, join Black Raven Brewing for a special beer + food pairing event. This is the third installment in the pub’s Convergence Series of events. Things get rolling at 6:00 P.M. The Oxford English Dictionary defines convergence...

11/25/2014 12:30 PM
A Week in South Africa: Pt. 1
It’s impossible to overstate the sheer physical grandeur of South Africa, the beauty of the scenery that, at various moments throughout the day, forces you ...

11/25/2014 10:30 AM
Beer Belly, Los Angeles
Beer Belly bar has been filling guts with LA’s craft beer and crafty food since 2011. Sourcing most of its brews from greater Los Angeles, married ...

11/25/2014 09:54 AM
Norton Brewing Company

Norton Brewing is being developed by Halton Community Services to provide employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental illness, and autism, through the operation of a micro-brewery, situated in the grounds of Norton Priory

11/25/2014 08:58 AM
Five Critical Tools for Beer Recipe Design
barley_beer_webDesigning a recipe from scratch can be a challenge for new brewers or those who are transitioning from brewing with kits to making their own beer recipes. I’ve written before about my approach to designing recipes, but this week I thought I would explain the critical “dials” brewers use when building a new recipe. First, […]

11/25/2014 08:40 AM
Certifications and Beer Writing
Calligraphic illustration: "...certifies that..."

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

Last week, American beer writer and blogger Chad Polenz contacted us to ask our views on beer certifications — the Cicerone programme and BJCP accreditation in particular. It’s not something we have strong views on but we did our best to answer and he used what we gave him alongside responses from a slew of […]

Certifications and Beer Writing

11/25/2014 08:11 AM
Science. Why we spill coffee more often than beer.
Transporting a round of beers from the bar to your table is an achievable task, but you probably wouldn’t want to carry three cups of coffee without lids. Scientists at Princeton and NYU are explaining why: When it comes to beer, we have the bubbles to thank, the Smithsonianreports. Using high-speed cameras, the researchers recorded […]

11/25/2014 07:12 AM
Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey

The post, Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

I’d been on the look out for Strangeways Brewing products in the NOVA area for a while now, but it wasn’t until visited a friend in Richmond a few months ago that I finally found some to purchase — snagging more than a couple of bottles in the process as seen below. Finally picked up […]

The post, Strangeways Brewing Albino Monkey, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

11/25/2014 05:29 AM
American Beauty Beer will “set you right”
I enjoy looking at old advertising for beer, the images, the wording, the direction they take in marketing all peak my interest. I started looking through old newspaper archives and found a couple holiday advertisements for beer that I thought were worth sharing. The first advertisement I found was printed in The Herald Republican out […]

11/25/2014 04:19 AM
NW Winter Beer Taste
Ivar’s 4th Annual NW Winter Beer Taste is December 4th 6-9 Being at Ivars, this beer event is about the BEER AND FOOD. You will have the opportunity to taste beer from your favorite brewers like: ~ Chuckanut ~ Diamond Knot ~ Elysian ~ Fremont ~ ~ Georgetown ~ Hales ~ Maritime ~ Pike ~ Pyramid ~ Red Hook ~ […]

11/25/2014 04:02 AM
SABMiller to enter Brazilian beer market
Global brewing major SABMiller has agreed to expand its product presence to Brazil, under a partnership with Grupo Petropolis.

11/25/2014 03:44 AM
Getting a rise
Yesterday's post was about Diageo's attempt to take advantage of Ireland's growing appetite for new beers. It's far from the only major player in the country to do so. In fact, they're all at it. Forever nipping at Diageo's heels is Heineken, and the Dutch behemoth has taken a very different approach with its latest offering.

While the new Guinness porters were released with huge fanfare and saturation marketing, Rising Road Pale Ale is almost a stealth beer. Only for the fact that it seems to mostly show up in bars where Heineken has a foot firmly in the door -- the places that have Tiger and Paulaner on tap already -- there's no way of even beginning to guess where it comes from.

My first impression on ordering a pint is that it's not "pale" by any stretch of the imagination, but is resolutely copper coloured. Tastewise it has a lot in common with its Diageo lookalike Smithwick's: a similar crispness and the slightly metallic tang of English hops. At the centre there are lots of very clean and quenching tannins, and hiding behind this a toffee base that gradually comes out of its shell as the beer warms.

The low-level hopping, and flavour generally, is certain to disappoint those drinkers who have just started associating the phrase "pale ale" with bold citrus bitterness. It certainly disappointed me. That said, it's technically flawless and perfectly potable. Though if it's priced higher than Smithwick's on the same bar, on account of being a pale ale dontcherknow, it's not worth paying the premium.

11/25/2014 03:05 AM
Vancouver day one
My flight is quite early, at 10.30 am. Thankfully the airport isn’t as far out of town as in Denver. Twenty minutes is all I need to get there.

I’ve got TSA pre again. Yippee! Not that I’m complaining, but I still wonder why. Is it a lottery or is there some sort of rational procedure?

I’m doing the eating brekkie close to the gate thing again. This time at a brewery-owned pub: Rogue Ales Public House. But I’m foregoing my usual side of Jack Daniels. I don’t even have a beer.  The relatively early hour isn’t the only reason. I’m not feeling too great. Too many strong beers over too long a period yesterday.

Breakfast is a standard two eggs and bacon-centred dish. Bacon is exactly what I need at a time like this. And lots of coffee. Lots and lots.

The weather has turned vile: cold, windy and a little snow. Great. I’ll be making the hop to Vancouver in a little propeller aircraft which means I have to walk over the tarmac. It isn’t pleasant.

For the first half of the journey, cloud veils the ground. It suddenly clears and a knife-sharp view of the coastal plain, backed by the Cascade Mountains, emerges. For once I’ve a window seat and I snap merrily away.  As we near Vancouver, clumps of timber clot every waterway. Never seen that before.

The airport is fairly central and I’m soon at my hotel, Auberge Vancouver. It looks very posh. When I open my room door, my flabber is once again gasted: I’ve got another suite. Even nicer than the last in Denver, with its ridiculous views of the harbour and city. And there’s my box of books sitting on the counter. What more could I ask for?

My talk isn’t until 7 pm but Jeff Longland, one of the home brewers who helped organise it, is picking me up at 1 pm. We’re visiting a few breweries before kickoff.

We head for a part of town that used to be called Brewery Creek and is once again home to several breweries. We start at Main Street Brewing which, appropriately enough, is housed in a former brewery building.

The tasting room is simple, but functional: plain white walls and wooden tables with a bar area separating it from the brewery. It looks brand new, which in pretty much is, having been open less than a year. I'm excited to see four beer engines. (It's sad what gets you excited at my age. I found some fascinating turnips yesterday.) I opt for a Sessional IPA from one of them. I’m not making the same mistake as yesterday: too strong for too long.

The hate shit-balls thrown at Session IPA baffle me. Tasty beers you can enjoy drinking without fear of permanent brain damage. I'm as big a pisshead as the next bloke. And he's Josef Stalin. (Or is it Winston Churchill? I often get those two confused.) But sometimes a change of pace is a good idea. Or a liver transplant.

We have a quick tour of the brewery, which is shinily impressive and was made not far away. They’ve already had to buy more fermenters to keep pace with demand. No oak barrels this time but lots of lovely new firkins. I'd take one home with me, but it wouldn't fit in my bag.

A few more people turn up, including Tak who’s recently started brewing at Parallel 49, the town’s biggest brewery. After Molson.

We’re soon heading down the road to Brassneck, which is only a few blocks away. It’s quite a different sort of place, though also quite new at just about a year old. The tasting room is very much about growler fills, which make up a big chunk of sales. There is no bottling.

Seating is at the rear, a separated from the brewery by a collage wall of scrap wood. Great look.

In the brewery at the side and rear, things are much more cramped than up the road. And it isn’t filled – though filled it is – with the usual stainless kit. They’re three open fermenters and a wooden vat. Dead cool. I’ve seen neither in a North American brewery before.

The odd firkin lazes between the fermenters. In the cold room there’s one filled with 1987 Boddington’s ELM and another with 1923 Courage Stout. Wonder where they got those recipes?

Before trawling up at The Cobalt, where I'm eventing, we drop by Pizzeria Farina, conveniently located right next door. It’s a classy and simple, pizza joint. Not bad pizza at all. And they sell decent beer. What more could you ask?

The Cobalt is an old hotel with a colourful past, having long been home to "exotic" entertainment. It's now a grungy pub/music venue. It reminds me a bit of the Esplanade in St. Kilda, though without the glue-like residue masquerading as a carpet.

The event is in a side room called the Boxcar. It doesn't look quite finished. And isn't heated. On the upside, there is a screen and a projector, which is all I need. And three pins of beer. Two versions of Barclay Perkins East India Porter and one of Boddington's ELM.

When it's time for me to do my talking thing there's a pretty good crowd - 60 or 70 - which packs the place out. It's an easy talk to give. I've done it a few times before. And I wrote it out of my head. I bounce off on a couple of tangents not really part of the talk as written. I usually do that, when I have time. I've a stack of good beer-history stories.

A few of us continue on to the Alibi Room for more beer and a bite to eat. I'm surpised that my hotel is close enough to walk to. Which is what I do when they throw us out.

A Laphroaig is again my late-night travelling companion to the land of dreams.

Buy my book.

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.

Rogue Ales Public House
7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, Oregon.
Phone: +1 503-282-2630

Auberge Vancouver
837 West Hastings Street,

Main Street Brewing
261 E 7th Ave,
BC V5T 0B4.
Phone: +1 604-336-7711

Brassneck Brewery
2148 Main St,
BC V5T 3C5.
Phone: +1 604-259-7686

Pizzeria Farina
915 Main St
BC V6A 2V8.
Phone: +1 604-681-9334

Cobalt Hotel
917 Main St,
Phone:+1 604-685-2825

Alibi Room
157 Alexander St
BC V6A 1B8.
Phone: +1 604-623-3383

11/25/2014 03:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale
Press Release

image courtesy 21st Amendment Brewing
SAN FRANCISCO (November, 2014) – As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, ‘tis the season when 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan welcome the limited time re-release of Fireside Chat. Available now throughout the holiday season in six packs and on draft, this traditional English style strong ale features a festive blend of spices capturing warming aromas and flavors of fall and winter.

As in past years, the duo’s goal was to create a beer reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inspiring evening broadcasts during the Great Depression, aptly named “Fireside chats.” Freccia explains, “FDR’s depression-era radio addresses were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time. In the same vein, Fireside Chat is a bold balance of flavors with a punch, quickly followed by a smooth finish.”

“Fireside Chat is our early winter strong ale brewed like a Winter warmer but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices that I change slightly every year to match the spirit of the holidays,” O’Sullivan says.
Fireside Chat compliments stronger holiday dishes such as meat stews, turkeys and creamy rich risottos. With its unique holiday spices it’s also great with holiday desserts such as apple crumb pie, pumpkin cheesecake and tiramisu. Perfect to enjoy with friends and family.

Fireside Chat (7.9% ABV, 45 IBU) is 21st Amendment’s early winter seasonal brew, available on tap and in cans now through December. Look for packaging with the picture of the FDR, smoking and sharing a laugh with an elf by the fireplace. Fireside Chat is distributed in CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH,MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA, ME, RI, NV and NC. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.

In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 20 states.

11/25/2014 02:26 AM
Thanksgiving Wine and Beer
Under and around the mounds of food on your Thanksgiving table, what will you be offering or bringing to drink? Wine is often the first choice, but it doesn’t have to be the only choice. Just for fun, I whipped up a mock Thanksgiving dinner and put a number of wines and two beers to the […]

11/25/2014 02:12 AM
Hastings Brewery; or, this is how I choose beers for my pub
Hastings Brewery of East Sussex came to my attention when they sent me an email before I opened the Finborough. I got a lot of emails like that. I responded to them all with the same basic message: if you think I'm going to pay you so much money that I have to sell your beer at £3.95 a half, you can piss right off. I didn't set up this pub to scalp people who are new converts to good beer (

11/25/2014 12:29 AM
Beer In Ads #1384: The Ammunition Is Being Passed
Monday’s ad is for Budweiser, from 1943. A World War 2 ad, it’s a play on the poplar song “praise the lord and pass the ammunition,” written the year before. It’s also a very patriotic ad, and mostly soft sell, just celebrating the technology of the navy during the...

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11/24/2014 11:18 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Malt Shovel Brewery
The Malt Shovel Brewery is looking for a Craft Brewer to join its team at Camperdown...

11/24/2014 09:59 PM
BIAB Series – Mosaic SMaSH Ale

Home brewing plans take time to come to be. Maybe in 2015 I will learn to execute quicker. The thoughts for the SMaSH beers as a part of the BIAB Series were put forth in July! Better late than never – some plans never see the light of day. Saturday night I had the time […]

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11/24/2014 07:51 PM
Brewers Announced For 19th Annual Holiday Ale Festival

Portland, OR – Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, taking place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer C…

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11/24/2014 07:08 PM
Brewing Jobs: Master Distiller, Young Henrys
Young Henrys is looking for a Master Distiller to join their team...

11/24/2014 05:09 PM
Review: Allagash Red Howes Stout
You might be a little skeptical of a beer made with cranberries any time of the year, but recommend this beer during Thanksgiving… and you ...

11/24/2014 04:43 PM
Colorado Beer News 112414
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. Everyone has one, whether you know it or not. That one thing you do that no one else can, it's your unique talent. Be proud about that special thing that you do and show it off. Whether it be singing, sculpting, painting, designing, memorizing or even yodeling - be proud of what you can do. Take time to find out what others' talents are as well. Then you can all go out and celebrate with a craft beer. And if you can't figure out what your talent is, you can always celebrate the start of National Game & Puzzle Week. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, November 24th, 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

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Crooked Stave has just recently acquired a lot more space at their old Barrel Cellar location on 46th Avenue and will be moving their brewhouse back to that location by early December. Their square footage at the Barrel Cellar is increasing from 3,000 to 12,000 sq. ft. This will free up their Tasting Room at The Source to expand to more seating and allow Crooked Stave to have more room for barrel aging and producing more beer. Barrel Cellar location: [1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO]

Lambics Against Leukemia (Denver) - There's a fundraiser going on right now aimed at benefiting a member of the craft beer community. Matt Meyer, the beer manager at Freshcraft has a young son, Owen, who's battling leukemia. Owen's going through a 3-year treatment plan to fight B Cell All Leukemia. To help fund Owen's lengthy and costly treatment, a series of raffles has been put together called Lambics Against Leukemia. Basically, for every $10 dollars given, donors receive an entry into a raffle to win beer. The beer has been generously donated from both private cellars, and multiple breweries including Crooked Stave, Casey Brewing and Blending, Dry Dock, and others. There's also a listing of the beers that'll be given away and there's pretty insane offerings up for grabs. The last day to donate and get entered into the raffle is Friday, November 28th. For more information on how you can contribute and enter the raffle, see the official details on Brewtally Insane's beer blog.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Dock Brewing Company is releasing its beloved Vanilla Porter in canned 6-packs. Celebrate the latest addition to the brewery’s canned offerings at the beer’s release party at Dry Dock’s new tasting room, Canoe Room at North Dock, on Friday, November 28 from 12pm to 6pm. Vanilla Porter was created by Dry Dock co-owner Kevin DeLange and first brewed in 2006 on the 7-barrel brewhouse in the original 800 square-foot tasting room and brewery, known to many now as “South Dock.” This beer is a classic English-style brown porter with more than a quarter pound of Madagascar vanilla beans added per barrel. It was an immediate hit— After winning a Gold Medal at the Colorado State Fair, Vanilla Porter was one of the first Dry Dock home fleet beers made available year-round. Dry Dock will celebrate the release of Vanilla Porter in cans on Friday, November 28 at Canoe Room at North Dock from 12pm to 6pm. Guests who purchase 6-packs to go will receive free Vanilla Porter koozies. Beginning in December, Dry Dock Vanilla Porter will be available in 6-packs, in 22-ounce bombers, and on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout Colorado. Vanilla Porter stats: 5.4% ABV, 33 IBU. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Growler Monday is happening all day long so come get those growlers filled for your Thanksgiving festivities. LTBC will close for the Thanksgiving holiday starting on Wednesday night at 6:00pm and will open again on Friday, November 28th. Check out their Facebook page for their December events and food truck schedule being posted today. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Locavore Beer Works (Littleton) - Hey Locavores - due to Thanksgiving, their Live Ale Thursday will be on Wednesday this week. They'll be tapping casks of Tooth n Ale and Pullman Porter. Pullman is a robust porter made for the whiskey barrels, but they saved a little for casks and nitro. Additionally, they'll be open late to accommodate your pre-turkey beer needs, and the School of Rock crew will be playing around 8pm. [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a fun week ahead at the tap room. Tuesday & Wednesday is hand turkey craft night. Participation is free and highly encouraged. Wednesday they will also have a bottle sale with unbeatable prices so you can stock up for your Thanksgiving dinner. Plus that day, they will release this year's batch of Elder Brett (batch 6) along with a limited release of last years (batch 4). Get them both with a neoprene bag for a special price. They will be closed on Thursday. Then on Friday they will have a Black Friday merchandise sale (1 day only). All week long - have fun on their typewriter telling them what you are thankful for.[3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Call to Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - Progress is being made towards opening this new brewery. After 3 and a half months of setbacks, they finally have submitted their Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) application form. Now it's the waiting game. Look for them to open sometime in 2015. Stay tuned. [4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Don't forget! On Black Friday, November 28th, stop in and help them celebrate their 2nd Anniversary at Brewery Rickoli. They will be hosting a "Turkey Leftover Potluck" that day. Bring in a dish to share. Plus, they also have open slots in their Rickstar Club. Memberships cost $100 and are limited. Ask your server for details. [4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - The staches are coming in strong on the Joyride Movember team. If you're rocking a stache for Movember, join in today for Movember Monday, where you'll get Happy Hour pricing all day. They'll have Rolling Dough Pizza truck here for food. Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - They will be hosting their first ever Brewligan Street Team meeting on November 30th at 3pm. If you are interested in earning some sweet perks and priceless fun with us, come on in. They require all reps to be 21+ per requirements of our liquor licensed clients. All participants will receive a complimentary PINT or Flight just for coming in and listening to them blab for 30 minutes. If you are not interested, but know someone who might be, please SHARE THIS info with friends of yours. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Get Festive. Instantly. If you're lucky enough to find one of their Christmas Ale coasters at your favorite bar or restaurant, just hold one at arms length in front of a friend until it looks like a sweater! Take a picture and post it with ‪#‎Instasweater‬. They might just post it up and send you a present! Must be 21 years of age or over. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's a holiday treat! Their "Salted Caramel Apple Cider" is not back on tap! Happy Thanksgiving! [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Don't forget about their Thanksgiving Special starting today! Now through November 26th, get 2 WonderGlasses & 2 WonderCans for just $15. Stock up for Thanksgiving day! Also, Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes is on tonight at 7:30pm and Wheels on Fire Pizza Truck will be your chefs for the evening! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Put down the shopping bags and join them on an imperial stout journey this Friday, November 28th. They're tapping eleven (yeah, eleven) variations of their 11.5% Dark Star Imperial Stout throughout the day. 1:00pm - Dark Star, Firkin Dark Star, and Whiskey Coffee Dark Star. 2:00pm - Belgian Chocolate Dark Star, German Chocolate Dark Star, Mexican Chocolate Dark Star. 3:00pm - Thanksgiving Dark Star (cranberry, rosemary, thyme), Raspberry Dark Star. 4:00pm - Kopi Luwak Coffee Dark Star. And 5:00pm - Gingerbread Dark Star, Rum Raisin Dark Star. It's going to be epic, and you should be there for it! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - This Saturday November 29th 12pm-2pm Chain Reaction Brewing Company will have the Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) live broadcasting from the brewery and will be hosting a showdown between 2 beers! They brewed 2 collaboration beers (1 with Turk's wife Stacy, the other with the despondents Turk, Tebo and Mike Nelson), $1 from each pint sold will go to that brews chosen charity, the brew that sells the most pints will be deemed the winner and the other brew will match the donation to their charity. This will be a blast of an event so please attend! [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Oskar Blues has recently expanded their distribution. As of November 10th, they are now distributing to Missouri. This brings the count of states they ship to up to 36 plus Washington, DC. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Looking for that perfect craft beer to match your Thanksgiving feast? Beer Chef Ian Clark's recommendation - OBITUS American Brown Ale handbuilt with dates and caramelized sugar. "This roasty, malty beer pairs perfectly with the rich flavors of Thanksgiving." Grab a bottle at BRU or at a local Boulder liquor store. AND don't forget to fill your growlers early for the big feast as they will be closed on Thanksgiving. Don't forget, BRU also serves Sunday Brunches every Sunday from 9:30am to 3pm. [5290 Arapahoe, Unit I, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - During their recent 1st anniversary party they premiered several new beers and are now rotating them through their taproom - Imperial Red, Imperial IPA, American Stout, Belgian style amber (South of Marilyn). They also have their popular Cherry Saison (Chaisson) on tap right now. They just finished fermenting their first Gose (pronounced go-sah, like Rosa), a German style saline and sour beer brewed with salt, coriander and sour mash. It's somewhat tart, with lemony notes, a slightly salty finish and is amazingly refreshing. Today they are brewing this year’s holiday beer, 12, which they plan to release on 12/13/14. THey will also soon have Docs Porter and South Ridge Amber available again. Also on 12/13/14 they will be having a celebration at the brewery. They plan to release two beers that day: 12, their December Holiday Beer and 14, an Imperial IPA – so they’ll have 12, 13 and 14 on tap on 12/13/14. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at the Strap this week: Today - Open Mic Night at 6pm and Hoppy Hour prices all day. Tuesday 11/25: Trivia at 6:30pm and food from Niwot Market. Wednesday 11/26: Euchre Tournament at 6pm. Stock up with growlers because they will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Friday 11/28: Business as usual, wraps for sale. And Saturday 11/29: GutUrGoat Extravaganza at 5pm with the goat, the dog, and the cats. Food for sale from Niwot Market. [ 6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

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Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Look for a new beer in their Garage Series to be on draft only. New Belgium recently released "Black is the New Wit", a dark wheat beer made with coriander and orange peel. This is a limited release and you won't find it in bottles. Ask for it at your favorite beer bar. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just as one expansion ends, another begins. Odell Brewing has plans to add 8 new 6,500 barrel fermenters to their tank farm by early December. Look for cranes to be hoisting those 10,000 pound vessels into place very soon. Their fermentation capacity will jump from 110,000 to 155,000 barrels. Their total brewhouse capacity will then hit 300,000 barrels per year. Also, by the end of 2015, they plan to take over and move into the recently acquired Monument & Stone company next door and create a whole new wood cellar and expanded offices. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - You asked for it and now you're gonna get it. Back by popular demand, but for just 2 kegs only, is their Beaver Patch Ale. Come on in to get your fix before it's all gone. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Climb Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - There's TWO chances this week to stock up on your favorite ‪#Climb‬ ciders! A server will be there filling to-go bottles only from 2 to 9pm on WEDNESDAY (11/26), and 11am to 7pm on THURSDAY (11/27). Cruise on over and see them! Try their new Apple Chardonnay! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Lots happening this week! Tuesday 11/25: New beer release - Stand Up Philosopher, a double IPA dry hopped with only Simcoe hops. Wednesday 11/26: Come for their very 1st Firkin Tapping. At 3pm they'll tap a Cinnamon Cranberry Thinking of Something Orange. Happy Hour 3-6pm with $1 off pints too. Thursday 11/27: Closed for Thanksgiving. Friday 11/28: Open 12pm to 9pm with $4 off all Verboten apparel. Free donuts while they last and Beer Mimosas and Beer Bloodies. Then Saturday 11/29: it's Buy Local Saturday and their Movember Wrap-up Party. $4 off Verboten apparel all day and the party starts goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with all sorts of fun planned, including a Beard and Moustache contest! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at Berthoud Brewing: Wednesday 11/26: Wings are back! Open 2-9 with Happy Hour gets you $1 off beer all night. Thursday 11/27: closed for Thanksgiving. Friday is Firkin Friday with a tapping of Gingerbread Man Porter. Saturday brings live music. And Sunday features the Bronco game at 6:30pm. Join in for their "Anything but Leftover Turkey" Potluck too that starts just prior to the game. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Thanks to the collaboration of Linsey (H&D) and Jay, Katie, Phil & Kevin of Odell Brewing Company - they will be pouring their "25 200 India Pale Lager" starting today at 4pm in the Horse & Dragon taproom. Open today 12pm to 6pm. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Just in time for Thanksgiving, Funkwerks will be releasing two beers this Wednesday. 1) Crimson, a wild cherry Belgian-style Dubbel (7.0% ABV), and 2) Blanka, a double Belgian-style Witbier (6.8% ABV). Both available in 750ml bottles too. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Join Grimm Bros on Saturday, November 29th from 12pm to 9pm for the release of Cucumber Christmas, a Cucumber Pilsner and their tribute to the Christmas Pickle tradition. The Christmas pickle is a Christmas tradition where a decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune for the following year. It's the perfect counterpart to all the dark, big ABV beers available this time of year. Fruity, cool and refreshing, you'll have visions of the spa dancing in your head. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New beer tappings tonight at 4:00pm. Stop in and try their "Oatmeal Chocolate Stout" and their "Oatmeal Coffee Chocolate Stout". They also tapped a Weizenbock yesterday. It's the perfect weather for some stout. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Good news! Their Nitro Moos (milk stout) and their 40 West Amber Ale are both back on tap. All ten of their taps of now flowing with beer! Open today 2pm to 8pm. [1744 N Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Have you visited BREW for Nitrovember yet? Better hurry it's almost over. Be sure to try a "Martin", a rich, earthy, session brown porter - poured from the nitro tap with a smooth roasted malt body. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Today stacks and stacks of empty cans arrived for their upcoming canning run tomorrow of their Mistress Winter Wheat. Look for the bright yellow and blue cans soon on store shelves near you. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

Casey Brewing & Blending (Glenwood Springs) - The next big beer release day is Saturday, December 6th from 11am to 5pm. They've got 3 new bottled beers to release this month! Grape Fruit Stand is made with fresh, whole Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Palisade ($20/bottle - limit 2). East Bank Farmhouse Ale - brewed with fresh Glenwood Springs honey. Has notes of sweet honeycomb along with our house farmhouse yeast flavors ($16/bottle - no limit). And - Brett Loves Citra - This is their version of the collaboration brew with Roaring Fork Beer Company. 100% Brettanomyces oak fermented hoppy farmhouse ale made with Citra hops. Tastes like straight pineapple juice ($15/bottle - limit 6). They also have new blends of Montmorency Cherry Fruit Stand and Blackberry Fruit Stand. [3421 Grand Ave, Ste E, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Their award-Winning Baltic Porter & Alpine Abbey Blonde is available NOW on-tap for Mug Club Members (annual or weekly.) Join the Club! These beers will then be available to the general public starting Thursday, Thanksgiving in Growlers & Squealers. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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11/24/2014 04:17 PM
Dry Dock Brewing Vanilla Porter Now in 6-Packs

AURORA, CO — Dry Dock Brewing Company is releasing its beloved Vanilla Porter in canned 6-packs. Celebrate the latest addition t…

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11/24/2014 04:01 PM
Bottle Logic Brewing’s Head Brewer Kyle Manns Resigns

(Anaheim,CA) – The Full Pint got word this weekend that Kyle Manns, head brewer of Bottle Logic Brewing, has resigned from …

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11/24/2014 03:03 PM
Sometimes the most unlikely places are hidden gems for craft beer
I try not to be the guy who judges a book by it’s cover, but more often than not that’s what I do, and in my defense I’m right more often than not, but occasionally my snap judgments fail me. I recently encountered one of those moments when I judged unfairly. I took the family […]

11/24/2014 02:13 PM
Beer Church Turkey Bowl raises $5,200 for West Seattle Food Bank

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. For the past 16 years, Beer Church has organized and hosted Turkey Bowl. By its simplest definition, Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. Each year we take over all 32 lanes at West Seattle Bowl for a big food drive, fundraiser and...

11/24/2014 01:55 PM
Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning
There is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs […]

11/24/2014 01:40 PM
Anchor Christmas Day 2014
Time was when today, the Monday before Thanksgiving, was the traditional day on which Anchor’s Our Special Ale — a.k.a. their Christmas Ale — was released each year. Every year since 1975 the brewers at Anchor Brewery have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is now available from...

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11/24/2014 12:52 PM
Black Friday for Beer Lovers

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. When it comes to Black Friday, either you love it or you hate it. Either you think it is a glorious celebration of bargains or you think it is an ungodly display of consumer-driven vomitus. Personally, I choose not to participate in the Black Friday commotion. I...

11/24/2014 12:44 PM
UCBC Launch Party at 33 Wine Bar
[ November 25, 2014; 3:30 pm; ] Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is feeling festive. To put you into the holiday mood, UCBC has put together a new variety pack featuring four beers never bottled by UCBC, three of which are brand new beers. To celebrate this new holiday variety pack, Urban Chestnut is heading out to 33 Wine Bar on Tuesday, November 25th [...]

11/24/2014 11:51 AM
There’s a black market for beer. And it’s bad for drinkers
Your next specialty beer could cost you a lot more. High demand for craft beers is creating a black market for some small batch brews, and unauthorized dealers are selling the beers underground (or online) for inflated prices up to 20 times above retail. “Whether it’s a top-rated brew or one with new or seasonal […]

11/24/2014 11:45 AM
SOUTH at SF JAZZ, San Francisco
Since it’s right inside the SF JAZZ building, you might assume you have to be attending a concert to venture in South. But everybody’s welcome ...

11/24/2014 10:32 AM
Beachwood Eight Double IPA Brewed in Honor of Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach’s 8th Anniversary

(Seal Beach, CA)  – 8 years of impeccably curated craft beer and finely smoked eats – calls for a festive celebration. Join th…

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11/24/2014 10:12 AM
Can you stay off the booze for a month?
New research by the University of Sussex has found, giving up alcohol completely during January reduces harmful drinking all year round. The results of a new study have been published to coincide with the launch of the Dry January campaign, revealed that six months after completing Alcohol Concern’s annual booze-free campaign for social drinkers – […]

11/24/2014 09:01 AM
Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock

The post, Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

It was cold this past weekend. Damn cold. And standing along the sidelines — cheering on the kid in her first ever soccer tournament — dressed in multiple layers to stave off the early morning cold can make a man think. A nice, malty brew would make this two-game stretch that much more bearable. Perhaps […]

The post, Gordon Biersch WinterBock Doppelbock, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

11/24/2014 08:17 AM
The best beer photo of 2014 might be yours.

Alan McLeod of A Good Beer Blog has announced the Xmas Beer Photo Contest for 2014. At least that's what he's calling it now. In years past, he has elongated the name as the deadline approached: Yuletide Christmas Hanukah Hogmanay Kwanza and Festivus Beery Photo Contest.

Christmas tree 2012

Send Mr. McLeod five of your best photos of beer(s) by Friday, December 12, before 4 pm eastern time zone North America.

Email to beerblog@gmail.com.

If Mr. McLeod judges your images worthy (should we call them photographs anymore?), you'll win his published acclaim, and some beery prizes. He'll reveal what those goodies are as breweries and beery folk actually donate them. Attention: breweries and beery folk!

In years past, there have been grand prize winners, runner-ups, and honorable mentions. This was 2013's winning entry:

You could do that, couldn't you?

Hint: Do NOT enter photos of beer-with-food. McLeod doesn't much care for them; he really doesn't.
Your food is still no better looking than your dog. Sorry to break the news. And beer and food pairing has failed. It's so past it that it's still done in Toronto...still! Unless the photo is really good.

FYI: McLeod has recently published three books, each and all available, ahem, for purchase.
Have fun. Good luck. Snap!

  • Read all the rules at A Good Beer Blog. As McLeod posts pertinent updates (such as rules, prizes, etc.), I'll update here.
  • A Good Beer Blog in general, is a great read: witty, sometimes snarky, often almost philosophical, and usually a generator of interesting commentary. McLeod maintains a companion Facebook site and Twitter feed (@agoodbeerblog).
  • For reasons unbeknownst to me, the photo above, of my mother's Christmas tree in 2012, which I then posted to Flickr, has recently received quite a few hits. There is a beer connection, if scant. The gnome on the tree skirt is a whimsy of the Brasserie La Chouffe brewery in Belgium.

11/24/2014 06:26 AM
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11/24/2014 06:00 AM
Place-based beer, a global roundup
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 11.24.14 Place-based beer, a world-wide local movement and Place-based beers and 13-year-old Special Brew. The first link is to the transcript of a talk about “beer and terroir from an international perspective” Martyn Cornell gave in Denmark, and the second is about what he found while he was there. They are […]

11/24/2014 05:00 AM
TRiNiTY BREWiNG Garners Notable Awards
Colorado Springs’ TRiNiTY BREWiNG has recently hit the national and international stage again with some notable awards and humbling mentions. Earlier this month TRiNiTY BREWiNG was awarded two Silver medals at Chicago’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) and has also been listed as one of the Top 25 beers in the world for 2014 […]

11/24/2014 04:00 AM
Celebrate the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland with Stone Brewing Co.
ESCONDIDO, CA (Nov. 20, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. will celebrate Portland, Oregon’s Holiday Ale Festival from December 3 to 7 with events throughout the city featuring special-release and one-off beers, as well as appearances by Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham and Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak. Here’s what the San Diego County […]

11/24/2014 04:00 AM
Beers of Convenience in London
Tap East American Pale Ale.

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

A weekend in London meant seven hours of trains and replacement buses, 48 hours of dashing about on DLR, tube and suburban services, and another seven hours back. Running from one bit of family business to another, our beer choices were dictated largely by convenience. Nevertheless, at Tap East dropping off books, and then again for our […]

Beers of Convenience in London

11/24/2014 03:24 AM
Palma Louca 4.5% ABV
I’ve been so busy of late exploring great British beers for The Brewclub that I’ve neglected the beers of the wider world.  Of course that’s also due in part to me having not spotted many ‘new’ beers on the shelves of my local stores and brewmongers. I did, however, stumble across ‘Palma Louca’ the other […]

11/24/2014 03:19 AM
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
I can't help but feel that Diageo have fashioned a rod for their own backs with The Brewers Project. It's easy to read it as promising things that it was never really intended to deliver, and that's just going to annoy people.

My experience of it began back in early September when the company invited a small group of bloggy types to St. James's Gate to learn about the Project, the first time they have ever done so. As everyone is doubtless aware at this stage the Project has been launched with two new beers: Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter. In answer to my obvious  "Why now?" question, Nick the Innovation Marketing Manager, leading the group, said that the rise in diversity on the Irish beer scene had not gone unnoticed at Diageo. They saw it as an opportunity to play a little, to try something that wouldn't have worked before but could be worth a go. Those of us still lamenting the premature death of the St. James's Gate beers know all about Guinness projects that were tragically ahead of their time.

There are two principal features of the new venture, explained to us when we left the plush surrounds of the Director's Dining Room and donned our protective goggles for entering the pilot brewery: one is that the pilot plant itself plays a central role in creating the beers; the second is that the Guinness archive is also pivotal, providing inspiration for the brewers designing the beers. These are the messages we see again and again in the marketing surrounding the new products: brewers given freedom to create, and a taste of authentic history. The problem is that both concepts are paper thin and disintegrate disappointingly after a mere moment's scrutiny.

Let's take the historical side of things first. An archivist was on hand to show us the logs which were directly relevant to the two new beers, or rather, how they're marketed. One log was from 1796, the earliest to show porter being brewed by Guinness. The other was dated 1801, when Guinness began brewing porter for export, a recipe which evolved into today's Foreign Extra Stout. Gearóid, one of the brewers gathered round  with us, pointed to the figures for hopping, saying that they were much higher than you'd have today. I've read enough Ron to know that's par for the course, but also that no 1796 porter would be anywhere near as weak as the 3.8% ABV of the new one. So what gives? It's an influence on the recipes, say the men from Diageo, an inspiration. But where did the basic specs come from, the original gravity and so on? Oh they were just handed down from above, same as every beer. These porters conform rigidly to modern Guinness ingredients and methods.

I'm not having a go at Diageo for not making Pattinsonian clones of beers in their logs. They are entitled to make what they like. I do, however, think presenting them as any way historically associated was a mistake -- something that will mislead most customers and just irritate the ones who look a bit further into it.

It's all neatly illustrated by the posters which began to appear a couple of weeks ago, ahead of the launch of the beers in Ireland. Try Our New Beer From 1796 / 1801 they exclaim. You have to look at your feet to spot the small print:
That's a lot less fun and I wonder what the point of the whole thing is. A beer that sort-of has some influences from an older one isn't a thrilling window into the past, but nor is it an exciting new recipe. It looks like a brewery wanting my attention but offering nothing to hold it.

The 10hL brewhouse
And then there's the pilot brewery itself. You'll have noticed it on your way along James's Street, its delivery shutter two storeys up the wall on the outside. There are a pair of brewhouses inside: a one hectolitre, fanciest-homebrew-kit-you've-ever-seen, and a ten hectolitre kit, originally installed in the late 1990s to brew the "St. James's Gate" range of proto-craft beers but still very shiny and well looked after. It could be the brewery of any small-to-medium microbrewery, except there's a cereal cooker at the start for adjuncts, and a pasteuriser at the end: St. James's Gate is a totally sterile plant, no beer leaves alive, not even the made-for-destruction test batches.

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
I've seen several references to The Brewers Project as "craft beer", or an attempt thereat, by the makers of Guinness. Everyone I met inside St. James's Gate denied that this is what it's supposed to be, and I completely believe them that their intention isn't to fake small-batch, artisan Guinness. But they can't possibly not have noticed that, with all the mention of the pilot kit and the men who work there, and the emphasis on the human input into the product design while totally ignoring the economic aspect, that "craft Guinness" was a perception bound to result. And again that anyone who saw the details of what's actually happening would be disappointed.

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."

And so down to business. A blind triangle tasting of both beers and what I regard as their respective close cousins. Could I tell them apart, and which are better?

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.

The BeerMongers
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

Bailey's Taproom
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

Press Release

image sourced from Cascade Brewing Barrle House

PORTLAND, Ore. – ... – Cascade Brewing announced ... the promotion of Kevin Martin to lead blender. Martin, who has been with Cascade since early 2012 and has served as cellarmaster for the past two years, will now oversee putting all sour blends together, including stewarding the live barrels in the brewery’s popular Tap It Tuesday program.

“Kevin has been a huge asset to the blending program at Cascade since taking the reigns,” explained Ron Gansberg, brewmaster and blendmaster for the company. “We are excited to promote him to this position and allow him the freedom to further express his creativity.”

As lead blender, Martin will work closely with Gansberg to develop components of each blend, overseeing ratios and percentages and providing creative input. He will also steward the blends for Tap It Tuesday, a weekly event at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House that features exclusive one-off limited blends from the cellar, with the contribution of Cascade personnel.

Martin got his start in the wine industry in 2007, working multiple harvests in a number of wineries. A homebrewer, he chose to segue into beer and attended the American Brewers Guild Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering program from 2011 to 2012. Originally from Lancaster, Penn., he came to Portland for its vibrant beer and wine culture, securing a brief internship with Laurelwood Brewing Co. before settling in at Cascade.

Cascade has added a number of other recent new hires as well, including Mike Starzec as general manger of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House; Robby Roda as director of sales, distribution and marketing; and Chris Doggett as senior accountant.

Starzec, who originally hails from Anchorage, Alaska, oversees all operations at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. He has worked as a restaurant manager in Portland for the last 15 years, with the last six years focused primarily in brewpubs. Most recently he spent five years managing the Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House.

Roda, a Portland native, oversees all accounts in the Northwest, as well as acting as the liaison with Cascade’s national distributors and helping grow the brand. He most recently worked in sales with Incline Beverages, a craft beer distributor in Southern Calif. He has also worked with a number of beer bars and breweries in Calif., including The Bottle Room in Whittier, Monkish Brewing In Torrance and Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles.

Doggett is a native Oregonian who graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Doggett manages all in-house accounting, and is also overseeing the company’s transition to new ERP software. He has previously worked at Xerox and SDRI.

Cascade Brewery, which makes a number of traditional style ales but is known worldwide for its NW sour style beers, has recently expanded into a 23,000 square foot warehouse in SW Portland that will headquarter all of its blending, aging, packaging and distribution. The Cascade Blending House currently holds 1,300 barrels filled with its sour beer, plus an additional nine foudres (giant wooden barrels that typically hold around 1,800 gallons of beer). The company is in the process of moving all operations out of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House; in the near future, it will expand that space into a larger pub and tasting room.

About Cascade Brewing
Established in 1998, Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the NW style sour beer movement. Under the ownership of Art Larrance and the direction of brewmaster Ron Gansberg, the Portland, Ore. brewery eschewed the “hops arms race” of the Northwest and instead chose to focus on sour ales, employing local fruit and barrels from the region. Today they have grown from several oak wine barrels to more than 1,300. They also produce a number of non-sour beers in their SW Portland brewery. Cascade Brewing has two pubs, the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in SW Portland (www.raclodge.com) and the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in SE Portland (www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com). The brewery currently distributes its bottled sour beers in Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York.  For more information, visit www.cascadebrewing.com.

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...

[[Click through to the Bulletin for full content]]

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

You sit down to watch a video on YouTube, maybe you’re checking out your favorite craft beer review channel, maybe just a video of an adorable kitten, and you look … Continue Reading →

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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.
NAGBWOctober 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 Writing
1. 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 Blog
1. Oliver Gray, “Literature and Libation.”
2. Bryan Roth, “This is Why I’m Drunk.” 
 3. Jessica Miller, “Hey Brewtiful.” 

Good Beer Guides (to Belgium) on sale in Washington, D.C.

Best Book
1. 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 Writing
1. Ken Weaver, “Getting Hopped Up -- Again.” Bohemian.
3. Randy Clemens, “Mark Jilg: The Craftsman.” West Coaster.
Best Magazine Writing
1. 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 Writing
1. Gerard Walen, “The Death of Hunahpu’s Day.” All About Beer Magazine.
3. Christian DeBenedetti, “A Brief History of Sour Beer.” The New Yorker.
Best Podcast
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!
B Gates
Center Core
(303) 317-9472

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
#brooklyn #black #chocolate #stout #bottleporn #bottleshare #craftbeer #winter #2014
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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.

Bedell & Cizauskas

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
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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 […]

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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.


To 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.


Roth 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.
At the bottom, at number 51, was Pile of Dirt (porter) from South Dakota's Crow Peak Brewing (6% abv). But remember, using these metrics, that beer is still 'better' than 90% of the top ten beers from all the other forty-nine states, plus D.C. See the full list: here.

[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.]


Again 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."


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%.]


What 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.


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


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
Colorado Beer NewsToday 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]

Metro Denver

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]

Boulder County

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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Northern Colorado

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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