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11/24/2014 08:00 PM
Report Shows Iowans Buying More Craft Beer Than Ever Before
Siouxland Matters Report Shows Iowans Buying More Craft Beer Than Ever Before Siouxland Matters Report Shows Iowans Buying More Craft Beer Than Ever Before. Rachael Krause. 11/19/2014 05:52 PM. 11/19/2014 06:44 PM. Whether its at the bar or the store, more Iowans are buying craft beers. It's the largest growing type of alcoholic bevera ...

11/24/2014 07:56 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!

11/24/2014 07:56 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!

11/24/2014 07:56 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’.....

11/24/2014 07:56 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

11/24/2014 07:56 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.....

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

11/24/2014 06:24 PM
Still Waitin’ On The Snow
So here we are in the second half of November with still zero snow on the ground in southcentral Alaska.  Meanwhile, it's snowpocalypse in the Lower 48. Buffalo just got an entire winter's worth of snow in 24 hours. So let's continue to enjoy the relatively warm temperatures and snow and ice free roads for as long as we can. Looks like we ...

11/24/2014 05:33 PM
Heavy Seas Announces Slew of New Offerings
Heavy Seas Beer is pleased to announce several new additions to its beer portfolio for 2015. A session IPA, an English-style porter, a double IPA, and a summer ale are among the new year-round and seasonal offerings.

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 04:48 PM
Ipswich Ale Brewery Hires New Director of Sales and Marketing & Brewer
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com Ipswich Ale Brewery Hires New Director of Sales and Marketing & Brewer Brewbound.com ipswich-ale-320 Ipswich, Massachusetts — The Ipswich Ale Brewery is excited to announce the hire of two employees in the wake of their recent brewery expansion. Husband and wife duo Carla and Tom Villa have mu ...

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 03:39 PM
Florida Calls for Dismissal of Growler Suit
Florida’s Office of the Attorney General has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that calls into question the constitutionality of the state’s long held and controversial ban on 64 oz. growlers. Currently, 32 and 128 oz. growlers are legal in the state, but 64 oz. packages, which are most commonly used for sales of take-home draft beer, are prohibited, something that many argue is harmful to the burgeoning craft beer industry.

11/24/2014 03:14 PM
Lakefront Brewery Releases Black Friday
Brewbound.com Lakefront Brewery Releases Black Friday Brewbound.com lakefront black friday MILWAUKEE – For the fourth year in a row, Lakefront Brewery, Inc. celebrates the return of the notorious holiday shopping season with its “Black Friday” event, featuring a limited-edition beer. The exclusive brew, Black Friday . ...

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 02:37 PM
Dry Dock Brewing Releases Vanilla Porter in Canned 6-Packs
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.

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 01:44 PM
Beer Town: Take the Beer & Food Course for the holidays
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) Beer Town: Take the Beer & Food Course for the holidays Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) Last month, the Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade group of small and independent American brewers — published the Beer & Food Course. Chef and BA culinary consultant Adam Dulye ...

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 10:12 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 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.

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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 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 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, 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, sometimes almost philosophical, and is a generator of lot 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 03:30 AM
Roscoe’s 5th Annual Holiday Beer Summit
Roscoe’s 5th Annual Holiday Beer Summit will be celebrating all of the flavors and beer styles that are perfect for the holiday season. Some of the beers will be fresh, like Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom Cask Fa La La La and super-fresh stone enjoy by 12.26.14 IPA, but many will be rare vintage kegs! […]

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 01:24 AM
Beer In Ads #1383: Don’t Drink The Wrong Beer
Sunday’s ad is also for Schlitz, from 1908. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, there’s no headline but it can be summed by saying “Don’t Drink the Wrong...

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11/24/2014 12:59 AM
LoneTree Cider, 2X4 Brewing partner for US distribution
Canadian establishment LoneTree Cider has entered into a distribution partnership with 2X4 Brewing & Imports for the US market.

11/23/2014 10:11 PM
Ecliptic Brewing Hosts Holiday-Inspired Lunation Dinner
  Portland, Ore. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will celebrate the holidays this month by hosting a seasonally inspired Lunation Dinner. Executive chef Michael Molitor’s delicious menu will feature the best of the region’s bounty paired with specialty beers crafted by brewmaster John Harris. Ecliptic […]

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
Get my Lulu hardbacks for half price
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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
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11/23/2014 12:55 AM
Beer In Ads #1382: Beer Keeps One Well
Saturday’s ad is also for Schlitz, from 1904. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “Beer Keeps One Well,” and in the text they note that brewer tend...

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11/23/2014 12:00 AM
Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App
A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.

11/22/2014 07:36 PM
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11/22/2014 04:50 PM
Pic(k) of the Week: Bedell & Cizauskas
This blog is about good fermentables and the folk who make them. It's a matter of internet record. It's not about me, or shouldn't be. I tell their stories. I take photos of them and their good fermentables. No selfies.

Today's an exception.

Tom Bedell is a long-time chronicler and reporter of good beer, winning two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers*, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer. He writes a blog about golf and beer. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only writer who is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the NAGBW.

He lives in Vermont; I, in the mid-Atlantic. We had never met, except through the scary wonder of the interwebs. That is, until recently.

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. It's posted 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 03:45 PM
Brown Recluse: Is Ginger Wine Ready for Its Closeup?
As British traditions go, drinkable ginger is just about as prominent as Yeoman Warders or afternoon tea.  In addition to ginger tea and ginger beer, ...

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 10:45 AM
Urban Putt, San Francisco
The occasional fire truck double-parked outside this former mortuary at South Van Ness and 22nd Street isn’t responding to an incident. The precinct firefighters are ...

11/22/2014 10:42 AM
Central Michigan University Now Offers a Certificate in Fermentation Science
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2014 — Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology is brewing a certificate program in fermentation science by combining scientific knowledge with hands-on experience in modern brewery production processes. The brewing of a malt beverage is very scientific and can be understood by dividing the process into six distinct […]

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 04:40 AM
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11/22/2014 03:50 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014
Illustration: breakfast reading.

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

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 […]

News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014

11/22/2014 12:36 AM
Beer In Ads #1381: The After-Effects
Friday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1906. 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 “The After-Effects,” and in the text they talk about spending “more...

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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 in 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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11/21/2014 05:14 PM
Kannah Creek Brewing’s New Winter Seasonal – Vertical Drop

Grand Junction, CO – Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s new winter seasonal, Vertical Drop, is hitting shelves next week. It …

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11/21/2014 04:42 PM
Old Mill Brewery

Established in 1983, Old Mill Brewery is a small independent family owned brewery, housed in an 18th century former corn mill and maltings at Snaith in East Yorkshire. It is equipped with a


11/21/2014 03:52 PM
Fifty Fifty Brewing Introduces Brewers’ Intent Bottle Club
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. has just announced their new bottle club: "Brewers' Intent: a bottle affair". This bottle club, designed for true beer lovers, will include limited edition and exclusive bottles, shipped within California or available for in-house pick up, as well as other perks.

11/21/2014 03:12 PM
Nielsen: Hispanic Millennials Present Big Opportunity for Craft
It’s hardly news that craft beer is incredibly popular among the millennial demographic. But it can be hard to market to them armed with that information alone. As such, the bulk of Thursday’s “Power Hour” conference call, hosted by the Brewers Association, was spent further dissecting this demographic, specifically highlighting the untapped potential there is in the Hispanic population of young drinkers.

11/21/2014 03:00 PM
AVIV is a mesmerizing potion, and the only vodka in the world that is distilled from this unique collection of kosher ingredients: wheat, barley, olives, figs, ...

11/21/2014 02:45 PM
Brew: Pass the Mash (copy)
Pass the Mash is an occasional column of short items.

11/21/2014 02:45 PM
Brew: Pass the Mash
Pass the Mash is an occasional column of short items.

11/21/2014 02:15 PM
STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Update
Tomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats. I’m very excited that we were able to [...]

11/21/2014 12:18 PM
The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing

Welcome to The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing!  Autumn is here and while we wade through the sea of seasonal beer off…

The post The Full Pint Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairing appeared first on thefullpint.com.

11/21/2014 11:03 AM
STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party Tickets Winner
Drumroll please! So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is Neil Joellenbeck! Congrats to Neil and thank you everyone for entering. It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only [...]

11/21/2014 10:00 AM
Junkyard Brewing Taproom Grand Opening Today
Our friends from Junkyard Brewing in Moorhead are celebrating tonight from 4pm to midnight. Over the course of about a year, they’ve moved from a tiny brewery in the corner of a woodshop to a brand new brewery and taproom. Should you find yourself in Moorhead, be sure to stop by. They’ll hold a ribbon-cutting ...

11/21/2014 09:53 AM
Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown

The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

I haven’t had Center of the Universe Brewing’s base Scotchtown, but this barrel-aged version sat in A. Smith Bowman whiskey barrels for a bit. The base brew is made with eight different malts so you know it’s going to be as malt-forward as they come. The impact the wood has on the brew is evident […]

The post, Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

11/21/2014 09:50 AM
Lew Bryson Hits Pittsburgh This Weekend with “Tasting Whiskey”
Don’t let the cold and traffic chaos get you down this weekend. Warm up at one of these events.

11/21/2014 09:00 AM
Friday 5ive: High School Me Picks Five
I grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1993. I hung out with some of the “weird kids,” kids in accelerated classes and the high school swim team. Though traditional “cool” probably wasn’t seeping out of my pores, I managed to have a good time and had arguably okay taste ...

11/21/2014 08:06 AM
Insight Brewing Grand Opening
Do you remember when we only had something like seven breweries in Minnesota? It really wasn’t that long ago. Today we add another to the tally, Insight Brewing Company. Their taproom opens at 4pm today (Friday) at 2821 East Hennepin in Minneapolis. O’Cheez food truck will be there and The Dead Pigeons will be playing ...

11/21/2014 06:00 AM
Passion Fruit Flavor in Hops

This weekend, the plan is to get some of the one gallon, SMaSH hop explorations underway. These are the hawt new varieties that we have wanted to learn more about and brewing up small batches is a low-risk way to get that knowledge. If I were to brew five gallon batches and I don’t like […]

Read the original article Passion Fruit Flavor in Hops and other Brew Dudes posts.

11/21/2014 02:58 AM
Unibroue launches seasonal beer Éphémère Canneberge
Unibroue, one of the most highly awarded breweries in North America, with world-renowned brands including La Fin du Monde, Blanche de Chambly, 17 Grande Réserve, Terrible and Maudite, has introduced its latest seasonal release, Éphémère Canneberge, a unique beer enhanced with the refreshing tartness of ripe cranberries.

11/20/2014 11:51 PM
Anheuser-Busch slashes jobs in US over sales decline
Belgian brewing major Anheuser-Busch InBev is reducing its workforce and consolidating its sales division in the US, citing slump in sales volume.

11/20/2014 11:08 PM
#VeggieDag Thursday: An animal-free kugel. (Sorry, Nana!)
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

Kugel is a hearty, stick-to the ribs, potato pudding —'soul food' for Eastern Europeans, and Americans like me of their descent, whether Ashkenazy, pagan, or Christian. For Thanksgiving, this year, I'm going to try again to successfully concoct a completely vegetarian kugel. No eggs, no milk, no cream, no butter, and no pig parts, of course. Just potatoes and accoutrements.

Here's the recipe of my grandmother, Nana Ambraziene, a first generation Lithuanian-American. In the past, I've substituted for her eggs and cream with silken tofu and soy or almond milk. (Recipe: here.) Good enough, but not worthy of Nana's kitchen. So this year, trying again, but with a few new tricks, I'll either do it and succeed, or fail and respect the original.

Potato Kugel (03)

Have a happy Thanksgiving next week. Enjoy the squashes, crucifers, cranberries, nuts, legumes ... and the potatoes.


Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving

  • Recipes for'vegan' kugels.
  • 25 Reasons to Host a Vegan Thanksgiving This Year. + Recipes.
    Via Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Preparing for Vegan Thanksgiving (60+ Plant-Based Recipes)
    Via Happy Herbivore.
  • Big or small, vegetarian dishes worth Thanksgiving centerpiece status.
    Via Joe Yonan (Food editor of Washington Post).
  • A vegetarian Thanksgiving.
    Via YFGF.
  • Why the name VeggieDag Thursday? Here.
  • Read all the posts: here. Follow on Twitter with hashtag: #VeggieDag.
  • Suggestions and submissions from chefs, writers, and home-cooks welcomed! Contact me here.

11/20/2014 08:41 PM
James Squire releases new seasonal ale
Lion's James Squire brand has released a limited release beer, Close Shave Summer Ale...

11/20/2014 07:49 PM
Abita Brewing’s New Wrought Iron IPA

Abita Springs, LA – This week, the Abita Brewing Company launched a brand new Louisiana IPA, Wrought Iron IPA. Named after …

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11/20/2014 07:36 PM
Down in the Cellar

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11/20/2014 07:00 PM
Brewery Release: OR & WA: Coming Soon ... Avery Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer
Press Release
image courtesy Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.

Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”

Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is. “You could start the day with a coffee mug of Tweak and your boss would never know.”

Cold brewed coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in cold water, but Avery’s brewers went a step further and soaked the beans in the beer itself. “We didn’t want to dilute the flavors,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “You can definitely taste the coffee and will still taste the malt and the vanilla, coconut, and charred oak notes from the barrels.”

Avery added 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer. “Ozo’s roastery is just a few blocks from our brewery and they make incredible coffee,” says Parker, “so we went to them and asked for a ton of beans. They gave us this ridiculously smooth roast that’s caramelly and chocolatey.”

The 17.81% alcohol by volume adds another layer to this highly complex beer. Says Parker, “Alcohol is a flavor component of every beer you've ever had and we’re purposely using that component to make new styles of beer.”


Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which allows Tweak to reach store shelves around Colorado and in AR, AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY. Tweak is the newest member of Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Pump[KY]n pumpkin porter aged in Bourbon barrels.

11/20/2014 06:51 PM
Ninkasi Brewing Announces 2015 Flagship Series Lineup

Eugene, OR – Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting Jan…

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11/20/2014 05:58 PM
Colorado Beer News 112014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Name Your PC Day. Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computers or personal electronic devices. In many cases, we spend more time with our devices than we do with our friends and family. Ever stop to wonder why? If we spend so much time with something, shouldn't that something have a name? What do you call your favorite electronic device? (Other than a swear word when it doesn't work right that is). Let's just hope they don't become self-aware anytime soon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, November 20th, 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

Freshcraft (Denver) - Tonight is a special Dogfish Head Tapping and Keep the Glass night starting at 7pm. They will tap a few special kegs including 120 Minute IPA, Bitches Brew, and 90 Minute IPA. Brewery reps will be on hand to pass out glassware and other shwag. Then, coming up on Monday, November 24th at 7pm will be a fun tapping event from Left Hand Brewing Company. They will pour one of the last kegs of the year of Warrior, Fade to Black and also the new release of Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. Brewery staff will be on site with cool shwag to raffle off. [1530 Blake St, Ste A, Denver, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Get your dog all cleaned up and ready for a photo shoot. Bring in your dog this Sunday, November 23rd from 11am to 3pm for "Santa Paws". New Day Animal Allies, in conjunction with DiTirro Pet Photography and Grist Brewery, is hosting its Inaugural "Santa Paws" Holiday Portrait Event. Time and talent from these businesses are being donated for this event. Your $20 donation will go directly to help the animals. Sessions are limited to dogs only; no cats please! The sessions may be of one or multiple dogs and may include owners/families, if desired. They will have Santa Claus available for photos to or you can simply utilize their winter background scene. Props will also be available including reindeer ears, Santa hats, and wrapped presents. Electronic imaged will be emailed directly to participants. Reserve your spot today. Appointments set every 1/2 hour starting at 11am. Call (727) 260-2352 or email mary[at]newdayanimalallies.org. Beer will also be pouring during the photo shoots. [9150 Commerce Ctr Cir #300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Odyssey will be hosting their 2nd Annual Odyssey Beer'dwerks event in the taproom on Saturday, November 29th. The Facial Hair competition begins around 6:00pm, but they'll be raising money all day long. And Odyssey Beerwerks will be donating $1 from each pint sold from open to close (12:00pm - 11:00pm). This year's categories include: Best Mustache, Best Beard, Laziest/Worst facial hair, Ladies Showcase (wear your best fake/real facial hair), Judge's Fave (Best in Show) and maybe other awards if the mood strikes. Costumes are encouraged to showcase the overall hirsuteness! Prizes: beer, in sort of container. And maybe some Odyssey merch. Potential fame and fortune once photos hit the interwebs. Registration is from 5:00 - 6:00pm, day of the event, and there is no fee to enter (although they highly encourage donations). Judging begins at 6:00pm. The Facial Hair Club of Boulder will be helping out, and there will be energetic rockabilly music from Jim Jamm Jimmy. Plus the Barbed Wire Reef food truck will be on hand. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - OMF is throwing a big 2nd Anniversary Party on Friday, December 12th from 2pm to midnight. They will be doing a bottle release of their American Wild Ale collab with the Populist (200 or so bottles corked and caged) as well as tapping: Chocolate Oak aged Brown ale collab with Ritual Chocolate, American Wild Ale collab with the Populist, Belgian Strong Golden Ale Collab with Baere Brewing, Barreled & Bretted Chinook Red Ale
Barleywine, All Colorado Malt & Hop Pale Ale, All Colorado Malt & Hop Chinook Red Ale, Farmhouse Ale, Brown Ale, Novo Coffee Stout, Proletariat, and an India Pale Ale. Food by Texorado. Live music & DJs. Free shirts and beer and all kinds of other cool stuff. They are also about to upgrade to a 7 bbl brewhouse and preparing to get their new hop and adjunct garden going in the spring. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Renegade Brewing launches in Kansas. Renegade Brewing Company, located in Denver, will be starting out-of-state sales in December by launching distribution to Kansas. The brewing company, which opened in June 2011, just started distributing to the entire state of Colorado in October. Previously the small brewery was self-distributed along the front range where it grew recognition for beers such as Redacted Rye IPA and Elevation Triple IPA. After signing on with Elite Brands of Colorado, they proceeded to increase their presence in Colorado. For the last 5 months Renegade has been renovating a 15,000 square foot production space at 1st and Santa Fe. This compound once housed Stark Lumber yard who is vacating the space after 120 years of business. A project by the Sherman Agency, the space will be renamed "The Yard" and will house a number of local storefronts. Renegade is moving fermentation and packaging to the new space on 1st and Santa Fe and will soon offer tours. Their current home on 9th and Santa Fe will continue to house the tasting room that is open 7 days a week. The increased production capacity of the new project has allowed Renegade to look beyond their home state and consider outside markets. Neighboring Kansas will be their first step in interstate commerce. Renegade has signed on with Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Lexena, KS. Worldwide currently distributes other Colorado breweries such as Avery, Great Divide, Left Hand, and Twisted Pine. Product has already been shipped to the Worldwide warehouse in Lexena and will hit taps and store shelves the 1st of December. ### [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - There are some new artwork prints up on the walls at Baere Brewing from Andrew Hoffman. Plus, there is a new beer release today - "A Dark Belgian". It hits the taps at 5pm tonight. Plus, Dead Dog Chocolate is also in the house tonight to celebrate their Fall Stout collaboration. [320 Broadway Ste E, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - There will be a beer release tomorrow (Friday, November 21st). Stop in to try their "Starry Night Cascadian Dark", a black IPA. This one is a mighty good one too they tell me. Choose wisely. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Josh's Sorachi Saison paired with Jesse's art! Both can be yours tonight! Enjoy this amazing experimental Saison with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops which impart a strong lemon tartness to a clean, dry finishing French Ale. While you're diggin' that, you can win a radical painting made right in front of you! Music and art starts 5pm. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Today the staff was busy installing brand new beer lines for their taps. Therefore, the taps are closed today and tomorrow, but you can still come get beer in cans and bottles to go. Never fear. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - A Thursday tapping is now available - 2nd Runnings Pale. Plus, tonight's food truck is Brook's Smokehouse. Visit Strange at the Chef n' Brew this weekend at Exdo Center. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - It's that time of year again! They've brought back their Superfly Oatmeal Stout and it's now on tap. Stop in for a pint or two. Certified organic brew! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co (Boulder) - A new beer release is set for tomorrow, Friday November 21st. Stop in and order their new Brown Ale. Dark and creamy good. [5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today, November 20th, the Tapping and Tasting event benefiting Ram Strength will be held from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Zwei Brüder. They will be closed to the general public during this time unless you present a ticket at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Campus West Liquor Depot, Taps Sports Bar, The Fort Collins Fitness Club & there at Zwei Brüder. $25 ticket price. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - It's Movember at City Star Brewing. Join in on Saturday, November 22nd for some tasty craft brews in a celebration of fine moustachery and awareness of men’s health issues. City Star is donating $1 from every beer sold to the Movember Foundation. 5pm is the Mo Contest (Sign in from 4-5pm).... rock your best moustache, impress the panel of judges and take home a free City Star growler and other prizes from Studio Boom Salons. They will also have Bedrock BBQ from Loveland on hand to help keep your facial hair moistened with delicious BBQ Sauces. 6 categories including: Au Natural, Freestyle Mo, Ghost Stache, More than a Mo', Lady Stache, and Best of MO'. Must be 21+ to enter. Free to enter. No before/after pics required. Live music from Deadwood Duo starting at 6:30pm too. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today they just tapped a firkin of their Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout that was conditioned with coffee from Forest Coffee Trading Company. That ought to keep you going! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - They tallied all the votes across the social media boards (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and the winner of their Friday Nuance Chocolate collaboration beer is Cinnamon Truffle Porter by four votes! Come celebrate with them and Umami Mobile Eatery today from noon until close. They're bringing a fresh batch of pumpkin curry that pairs perfectly with their Smirking Lantern Pumpkin Ale. Purchase anything from the truck and get a dollar off your first pint. The taproom is open from noon until 8pm tonight. Bike over and join us for a brew! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Here's a deal - FREE pizza starting at 6pm tonight while it lasts. And get $1 off pours of Angry Banjo all day. They also just tapped the last of their In-Famous, an American Dark Lager. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Last weekend the weather was cold and ugly which wasn't very welcoming for their new IPA, Freshy! So with the nicer weather, and it being Thursday, today's $3 pint is Freshy! Doors open at 3pm today. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Something new! Come try their Winter Spiced Saison. It's their popular Saison infused with lots of different spices. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It may not be Christmas or Thanksgiving just yet, but this beer on tap today sure tastes like it. Come try their latest Outlaw tap: "Drunken Uncle Gingerbread Kolsch". That should ease you into the Thanksgiving mode. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today they tapped their Cranberry Copper Ale, their newest release! Stats: 5.7% ABV and 17 IBUs. Just the perfect beer in time for Thanksgiving. Open today 3pm to 8pm. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - What's better then Warren Miller Entertainment at the Pikes Peak Center? How about Happy Hour pricing for owning a 2014-2015 ‪Colorado Ski Pass‬ or your day pass from any of the ‪Colorado Ski Resorts‬! Lift tickets valid for one week after issue date and must be 21+ to qualify. [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - As they promised, today marks the return of their Pumpkin Stout! This weekend's tap list also includes Red's Dirty Secret (a red lager) and Blue Lake Pale Ale. Thursday's hours are 2:00pm to 8:00pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The first of their eleven beer tapping's over the next seven days is now available starting at 4pm. Come taste their American Standards Rice Lager. It's highly sessionable at 4.7% ABV. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Come on down for a special beer release tonight! At 5pm they are tapping 1812, a maple porter! They will be serving this delicious brew on CO2 and nitrogen! Bite Me Gourmet Sausage is there all evening serving up their delicious sausages. [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Three Barrel Brewing Co (Del Norte) - The brewery has moved to a new location and is now OPEN for business! Check out their specialty sour ales - Hermano, Chimayo, and Morada. Open today 10:30am to 9pm. Stop by and check out their new location at: [475 Grand Ave, Del Norte, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - You know what makes today great at World Headquarters? You can get $2 Modus Cans and $3 Main Line Pints - All Day! Join in this evening for ‪#‎TBT‬ as The Container Restaurant serves up some delicious Mole´ Stout Lamb Chili. And live music from Shagbark Hickories! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

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11/20/2014 03:54 PM
The big One Thousand from Bridge Road
Bridge Road Brewers was established in 2005 in a residential shed in Beechworth, Victoria. Since then we have relocated, expanded and brewed more than 50 different styles of beer. We have continued to innovate and continually tweaked our recipes to create an exciting range of craft beer. To celebrate our 1000th brew we have created our first ever Imperial Stout. This challenging beer combines much of what we have learned from brewing the previous 999 beers. One Thousand is a huge beer with rich aromas and flavours, combined with multiple layers of complexity. Visually this beer is a thing of beauty with its oily black appearance and rich creamy mocha head. The complex flavours are a melding of roasted and caramelized malts mixed with the strong influence of aromatic hops.

11/20/2014 03:52 PM
How to Convert a Fridge to a Kegerator
Maybe you don't want to build a keezer. After all, it is more expensive and you have to do a little woodworking - not everyone's cup of tea. Plus a lot of guys have an old fridge in the garage just itchin' to be turned into a kegerator. Like my buddy Forrest. Watch the video below where us knuckleheads convert his fridge into a kegerator.

11/20/2014 03:52 PM
Wicked Weed Peach Apricot Saison

11/20/2014 03:00 PM
Old Scrooge is flying off the shelf this year

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It seems this year’s version of Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge is a big hit. People are raving about the classic winter brew from Silver City Brewing and bottles of it are flying off the shelf. I don’t mean that literally, thankfully. Below I share some information about...

11/20/2014 01:00 PM
Brewery Release: WA: Spokane: Coming Soon ... No-Li Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale
Press Release

Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse continues to bring Spokane-Style innovation to the Pacific Northwest with its newest Barrel Aged Series beer – Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale. As a small batch, limited release, Van Lambert will hit select local stores on December 16th and other northwest locations the week of Christmas.
The brewery will release just 185 cases of 22oz bottles, as well as limited draft exclusively available at the brewpub and select festivals. For those looking to get a sneak peak, Van Lambert will start pouring at No-Li on Saturday, December 13th!

About the Beer

Van Lambert features 900 lbs. of cherries (500 lbs. hand-picked by the No-Li team!) from Bodacious Berries in Green Bluff, Washington – just 15 miles north of the No-Li brewery. Starting in a sour kettle, lactobacillus, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a vibrant base that covers the spectrum of fruitiness.

Sweet and tart cherry flavors mingle with the alcohol as it ages for 3 months in Townsend Cellars wine barrels to provide a champagne-like essence. The French and American wine barrels add a tannin-like structure to the beer with an oaky finish.

With the release of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry 4-packs coming just a week before Van Lambert, No-Li continues to innovate in the realm of fruit infused beer recipes and bring a distinctive, Spokane-Style perspective to this exciting category.

No-Li has also been growing their barrel-aged program over the last year and currently holds over 50 barrels from local distillery and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about our beers, brewery & the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com.

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11/20/2014 12:34 PM
Beer: Discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich of The Alchemist
From time to time during my endless research into homebrewing I come across a gem like this:

This discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich is extremely informative. You also can get a good background into The Alchemist's Heady Topper. Also go check out Chop & Brew by Chip Walton. A great find and I can't wait to watch the rest of his videos!

11/20/2014 11:58 AM
Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014
Brew Britannia signing.

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

We’ll be at Tap East, the microbrewery and bar in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London, from 2-4 pm this Saturday, 22 November. We’ll have a few books to sign and sell  but we’ll also be delighted to sign copies people bring with them, whether well-read, or brand new and intended as Christmas […]

Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014

11/20/2014 11:12 AM
Know your beer glasses, a new infographic
Glassware is just as important to the craft beer experience as the beer itself. I haven long been an advocate of using the proper glassware to accentuate and showcase beer to its fullest extent. And, if you think about it, serving beer in a glass that helps to capture a beer style’s distinct nuances is […]

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