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08/31/2015 11:00 AM
Chilgrove Dry Gin
  Surrounded by woodlands and situated in a corner of rural and historical England, Sussex hamlet of Chilgrove gives birth to Chilgrove Dry Gin. Gaining ...

08/31/2015 10:48 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

08/31/2015 10:48 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

08/31/2015 10:48 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/31/2015 10:48 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

08/31/2015 10:48 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/31/2015 10:30 AM
BrewBQ was HOT!!
We went to the BrewBQ at the 17th street farmers market in Richmond on Sunday and experienced the BBQ and beer the capital had to offer. Virginia was offering it's signature heat, but it was bearable with cold, delicious beer in hand. With a load of options for food and drink, we had to try a little bit of everything. Here are our favorites. ...

08/31/2015 08:51 AM
Wild time in store for guests to Brew at the Zoo
For nine years, the Wild Things, the Jacksonville Zoo’s Young Professionals group, has been throwing a party at the zoo billed as the “wildest food and drink festival in town.” Indeed, over the years, Brew at the Zoo has grown to become one of the premiere events of its kind in Northeast Florida. Attendance seems […]

08/31/2015 08:34 AM
"Empty Nest” Weekend
Technically, we’re not empty nesters, we're just adjusting to our son being away at college. However, I was curious what the first weekend would bring us. It was pretty much the same as any other weekend. The weekend's highlights...

  1. Coffee and read the paper
  2. Breakfast
  3. Coffee
  4. Coffee
  5. Mow the lawn
  6. Exercise
  7. Lunch
  8. Clean guns
  9. Movie date with Colleen! (Okay, that’s different — first one in 19 years)
  10. Dinner
  11. Netflix and Hopsecutioner IPA
  1. Coffee
  2. Breakfast
  3. Coffee
  4. Mass
  5. Coffee (I’m sensing a pattern.)
  6. Dry fire practice
  7. Phone call with son!
  8. Mid-afternoon brunch and award winning Rocko’s Milk Stout at Spencer Devon Brewery (More to come on that.)
  9. Another Netflix movie
In other words, just old married folk.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/31/2015 08:00 AM
Snowbird’s 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Yup! Believe it or not it's Oktoberfest time. Snowbird's Annual Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors and has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Our beloved Oktoberfest was also voted one of America's 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men's Journal Magazine. Every Saturday and Sunday noon - 6:30pm, from Aug. 15 through Oct. ...

08/31/2015 08:00 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in September 2015
And, just like that, we're back to school. Time to lament where the summer went, how the kids got another year older, and how time just generally flies too quickly. Luckily you've got this here lil beer calendar to soothe your mental anguish. Sales of my new book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic is continue to hum along quite nicely. You'll see below how I'm participating in the annual Beer Yard,

08/31/2015 07:55 AM
Green Flash Treasure Chest Fest brings Polynesia to San Diego
Philanthropy in the craft beer industry is a fairly common thing, as most people have an issue that inspires passion. While many companies partner up with a charity because they believe in the cause, personal involvement in the fight can...
Green Flash Treasure Chest Beer

08/31/2015 07:46 AM
Hardywood Vinalia Urbana

The post, Hardywood Vinalia Urbana, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

My mind isn’t always operating on all cylinders all the time. Such was the case when happening across this new brew from Hardywood Park. My first thought was, “Why the Hell would anyone brew a beer with Vidalia onions!?” Thankfully, my puddle of gray matter sorted itself out and I added Vinalia Urbana to the […]

The post, Hardywood Vinalia Urbana, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

08/31/2015 07:00 AM
So You Wanna Be a Brewer?
During my time at Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Oregon, my colleagues and I had a saying that we would use sarcastically on those days our jobs were anything but the popular over-glamorized view of working in a brewery — “So you wanna be a brewer”. For example, on those mornings your un-insulated warehouse is barely […]

08/31/2015 06:38 AM
The Hourglass Brewery announces new brewers
The Hourglass Brewery announces the departure of founding brewer, Sky Conley, and the elevation of Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell as co-brewers.

08/31/2015 06:17 AM
New Belgium Brewing to introduce products in Hawaii
Colorado based New Belgium Brewing has announced that the company will start shipping its products to Hawaii next year.

08/31/2015 06:02 AM
Authenticity and the future of Belgian beer
MONDAY BEER LINKS, MUSING 09.01.15 First the important stuff Declare your #hopslove for a chance to win a book by @StanHieronymus! Contest details here –> http://t.co/Rl66mkN0Uk pic.twitter.com/IYPD8kkgPQ — CraftBeerdotcom (@craftbeerdotcom) August 28, 2015 Meantime stretches authenticity of London Lager. [Via Beer Insider] #EBBC15 – Belgian Family Brewers and the Future of Belgian Beer Culture. [Via […]

08/31/2015 06:00 AM
Lardo Oktoberfest with Occidental Brewing
Lardo is back at it once again when it will turn its Southeast Portland location into an Occidental Brewing Pop Up Pub just in time for its week long Oktoberfest celebration. Beginning on Wednesday, September 16 and running through Wednesday, September 23, Lardo will host its Oktoberfest featuring Occidental Brewing beers on all 12 of […]

08/31/2015 05:32 AM
A Sour, a Porter, and an IPA Walk Into a Book Signing…
On Friday, I had the great pleasure to visit Book Passage, a fantastic independent bookstore in Corte Madera (Marin County), just north of San Francisco for a Beer Bible-related event. And thanks to their wonderful pre-planning, I learned something incredibly valuable. Pouring Beatification.To make it a fun and memorable event, they had arra ...

08/31/2015 03:45 AM
Meet the Hebrews
Tom is a beer geek from Israel, currently seconded to a work project in Dublin. Back in June he offered to bring some beers over from home for a tasting. A group of us got together in the Bull & Castle one quiet Sunday afternoon to get an idea of what's happening in the Israeli craft beer scene.

Under Tom's direction we started, perhaps unusually, with an Oak Porter from Negev brewery. It's only 5% ABV but smells a lot stronger. It doesn't look great in the glass, all murky and opaque. The wood has been laid on very thick with massive amounts of vanillin and a sharper lactic quality too. The heavy-handed ageing means any trace of the porter that used to be here is now gone.  Even drinking a small sample was tough going and I can't say I enjoyed it. Shapiro Oatmeal Stout was a much better proposition. 5.2% ABV and again smelling hot, this time with a kind of acetone quality, it's actually smooth and sweet on tasting with no off-flavours at all. There's lots of lovely chocolate and cream, to match the texture. Alexander Black is a more orthodox (not, not that way) stout: 7% ABV and looking clear, pure, but most definitely black, in the glass. It smells oily, like strong coffee, and has an almost Caribbean brown-sugar sweetness. That's about all it delivers, however.

From stout to black IPA and Ha'Dubim Paradox is next, another nasty-looking murky one. It has the spicy vegetal aroma which I'm coming to regard as one of the hallmarks of the style and makes excellent use of its hops. A beautiful chocolate and fresh mandarin flavour opens it up and there's a sharp biting bitterness in the finish. An absolute classic, this, and packing a lot of complexity into 5.6% ABV.

There were two more from Ha'Dubim ("The Bears") and we followed Paradox with Kodiak, badged as an "IPW", so what generally gets called "white IPA", then. It's yellow and cloudy and the aroma is all over the place: a little bleachy, a lot sugary and with added plasticine notes as well. It gels together a bit better on tasting with the sweetness dominating, creating a strong impression of drinking vanilla ice cream, helped along by the creamy texture. The hops arrive late, adding a pithiness to the finish. It's an odd beer and I'm not sure I'd want to investigate it further.

The inevitable Grizzly is Ha'Dubim's special edition double IPA: 9% ABV yet a rather wan and hazy witbier-yellow colour. The aroma is gorgeous, pelting out bittersweet mandarin spritz. The strength is immediately apparent on the first sip, but it's a clean heat, not heavy or boozy, reminding me a little of Trouble Brewing's Hop Priority triple IPA. But it's not all alcohol; the hops are working very hard in here too with an oily dank base cheered up by bursts of citrus zest. Double IPA wouldn't be my favourite beer style but then not many of them are as well executed as this one.

More IPAs next, starting with Pressure Drop by Ha'Shakhen. This 6%-er claims to be an "Extrememly hoppy craft beer" and I'll grant that hops play a big part in how it tastes. Onions on the aroma; mango, papaya and lime rind in the flavour: that's all hops. But there's a lot of caramel in here also and the whole is just a bit too sweet to be enjoyable. We had it next to one of the original Israeli IPAs and one considered to be among the best still: Srigim Brewery's Ha'Hodit Ha'Mekhoeret, "The Ugly Indian". 6.5% ABV, a brownish-orange colour (murky again) but smelling lovely, simultaneously sweet and spicy with lots of citrus promised. The flavour is very unsubtle, being big on bitterness but there's enough malt body to carry it. The murk lets it down a little however, allowing a savoury yeast coating dull the otherwise bright and fresh flavours. This one could do with a little polishing but is still perfectly enjoyable for what it is.

A couple of odd ones to finish. Dictator Irish Red has, for some reason, been blended with Laphroaig whisky, and plasters this fact across the label in huge letters. It's a pale murky orange and smells massively peaty. Peat is there again on the first sip but goes away quickly leaving a fresh, soft, peachy hop flavour. The old peat 'n' peach one-two is not something I've ever experienced in a beer before and it's not at all unpleasant. Shapiro's Jack's Winter Ale has also been liquored-up, this time with the addition of Jack Daniel's oak chips. They impart lots of oaky vanillins but no real whisky booze effect. Instead, this 8.2% ABV ale is big on warming toffee malt, all smooth and mellow. Even in the eastern Med, they like something for the fireside, it seems.

Overall impressions? Israeli craft beer is a little rough around the edges and not all of its experiments are worthwhile ones from the drinker's point of view, but there's some real talent on display in this lot. The beer fan certainly won't get bored. Thanks to Tom for the insight.

08/31/2015 03:05 AM
Draught Bitter in 1960
Table time again. The words are still rationed, owing to me having spoken too much last weekend. I don’t have an infinite supply of these things, you know.

Having obtained some fresh, juicy numbers, courtesy of Boak and Bailey, I thought I’d do something with them. As 1960 marks the end of the period I’m currently focussing on, it seems a good excuse to take a look at the state of British beer then.

Boak and Bailey’s data came from a Which? Report into beer from 1960. It’s hard to imagine how much in the dark drinkers were about the strength of the beer back then. Brewers were very secretive about how strong their beer was. With good reason. Their reflex reaction to tax increases  had long been to cut gravities. By not telling their customers about gravities, they hoped they might not notice their beer was getting weaker.

This report and the occasional newspaper article were the only times beer strengths were ever detailed. I know kicking CAMRA is a modern sport, but it was they who dragged beer gravities out into the open. In the late 1970’s, as brewers wouldn’t say how strong their beers were, CAMRA had them analysed themselves. And published the results in the Good Beer Guide. Once the information was out in the open, some brewers started to publish their gravities. Eventually legislation obliged them to include it on beer labels.

But back in the dark days of 1970, the only way to get an idea of the strength of a beer was its name and price. Though those indicators weren’t 100% reliable. There are plenty of examples of Best Bitter in the tables below that aren’t very best. They range from 1032º to 1048º. As average gravity was around 1037º at this time, I would expect a Best Bitter to be stronger than that.

You’ll notice that several beers appear in both tables. I’m reassured that the prices mostly match, as do the gravities to within a few percentage points.

The bitterness number which appears in the Which? Table is something called “Index of Hop Bitter”. Not sure exactly what that is, but it doesn’t look far off an IBU number to me. Perhaps a touch lower. It amuses me that one of the beers with the highest bitterness is From William Younger, a Scottish brewery. Weren’t they supposed to use almost no hops in Scotland?

There’s a huge variation in value for money, as indicated by the final column, which gives the price in pennies of 1% ABV.  I’m pleased to see that the winner of this particular race, by a whisker, is Carlisle State Management. A nationalised brewery. And it’s reassuring to see that by far the worst value for money is a keg beer, Flowers Bitter. You’ll note that the average price per % ABV is very similar for both tables, 4.21d and 4.22d.

That’s me done. I’ll leave you with the lovely tables.

Draught Bitter in 1960
Brewer Beer Price per pint d OG FG ABV atten-uation bitterness price per % ABV
Ansells Bitter 17 1045.3 1010.7 4.50 76.38% 31 3.78
Worthington  "E" 18 1041.8 1006.5 4.60 84.45% 28 3.91
Bass Red Triangle 18 1043.1 1008.5 4.50 80.28% 34 4.00
Carlisle State Management Bitter 14 1038.2 1008.2 3.90 78.53% 28 3.59
Charrington India Pale Ale 19 1044.9 1013.25 4.10 70.49% 37 4.63
Courage & Barclay Bitter 17 1040.3 1010.25 3.90 74.57% 40 4.36
Flowers Keg Bitter 22 1039.1 1012.8 3.40 67.26% 33 6.47
Fremlins Best Bitter 21 1044.7 1009.3 4.60 79.19% 34 4.56
Friary Meux Bitter 13 1034.9 1007.2 3.60 79.37% 28 3.61
Georges Bitter 13 1030.9 1004.75 3.40 84.63% 24 3.82
Greenall Whitley Bitter 14 1034.4 1005.95 3.70 82.70% 40 3.78
Greene King Bitter 15 1037.0 1006.25 4.00 83.11% 33 3.75
Hammond United Best Bitter 16 1035.5 1004.05 4.10 88.59% 20 3.90
Ind Coope Bitter (BB) 15 1037.7 1008.4 3.80 77.72% 36 3.94
John Smiths Best Bitter 16 1036.8 1010.55 3.40 71.33% 40 4.71
Tennant Best Bitter 16 1038.3 1006.05 4.20 84.20% 30 3.81
Tennant Queen's Ale 18 1041.7 1008.6 4.30 79.38% 35 4.18
Thwaites Bitter 16 1035.8 1006.6 3.80 81.56% 32 4.21
Truman Bitter 16 1037.6 1007.6 3.90 79.79% 30 4.10
Ushers Bitter 13 1031.9 1008.75 3.00 72.57% 25 4.33
Vaux Best Bitter 15 1034.8 1005.6 3.80 83.91% 22 3.95
Watney Special Bitter 19 1043.1 1014.5 3.70 66.36% 33 5.14
Whitbread Bitter 17 1037.4 1009.65 3.60 74.20% 35 4.72
Wilson Bitter 15 1036.1 1006.1 3.90 83.10% 35 3.84
Younger, Wm. Bitter 18 1043.9 1010.8 4.30 75.40% 40 4.19
16.44 1038.6 1008.4 3.92 78.36% 32.12 4.21
Which Beer Report, 1960, pages 171 - 173.

Draught Bitter in 1960
Brewer Year Price per pint d OG FG ABV atten-uation Colour price per % ABV
Bass Bitter 21 1044 1009.8 4.45 77.73% 19 4.72
Beasley Bitter 15 1034.3 1004.5 3.72 86.88% 35 4.03
Blatch Brewery Bitter 14 1031.8 1003.9 3.49 87.74% 20 4.01
Burt & Co. Best Bitter 13 1032.6 1004.5 3.51 86.20% 20 3.70
Charles Wells  Bitter 18 1034.4 1006.6 3.48 80.81% 18 5.18
Charrington  Ordinary Bitter 14 1033.8 1008 3.35 76.33% 18 4.18
Charrington  Best Bitter 19 1044.5 1012.9 4.10 71.01% 24 4.64
Clinch Bitter 13 1034 1006.1 3.49 82.06% 20 3.73
Courage & Barclay Directors' Bitter 24 1048.8 1008.4 5.27 82.79% 26 4.56
Courage & Barclay Bitter 17 1040.4 1009.1 4.07 77.48% 23 4.18
Courage & Barclay Alton Pale Ale 17 1040.4 1009.4 4.03 76.73% 25 4.22
Dunmow Brewery Bitter 14 1033.6 1006.6 3.37 80.36% 25 4.15
Flowers Bitter 19 1040.6 1008.8 3.97 78.33% 24 4.78
Fremlin XXX Bitter 14 1035.5 1005.7 3.72 83.94% 26 3.76
Friary Bitter 14 1033.8 1005.2 3.57 84.62% 20 3.92
Friary Meux Treble Gold 18 1042.3 1008.9 4.18 78.96% 23 4.31
Fullers London Pride 20 1042.3 1010.5 4.13 75.18% 24 4.85
Fullers Ordinary Bitter 16 1032.2 1005.3 3.50 83.54% 24 4.58
Garne & Sons Best Bitter 17 1042.9 1009.5 4.18 77.86% 30 4.07
Garne & Sons Bitter 13 1031.2 1004.3 3.36 86.22% 21 3.87
Gibbs Mew Blue Keg Bitter 18 1036 1007.6 3.55 78.89% 25 5.07
Gray's Bitter 13 1033.6 1006.1 3.44 81.85% 21 3.78
Greene King Abbot Ale 22 1051.3 1007.9 5.43 84.60% 20 4.06
Greene King Best Bitter 15 1038.4 1007.4 3.88 80.73% 20 3.87
Greene King Ordinary Bitter 13 1033.9 1005.7 3.53 83.19% 26 3.69
Harvey's Bitter 14 1033.8 1006.1 3.46 81.95% 22 4.04
Ind Coope Double Diamond 19 1040.2 1010 3.92 75.12% 22 4.85
McMullen Best Bitter 16 1041.1 1010.8 3.79 73.72% 25 4.22
McMullen Ordinary Bitter 15 1037 1008 3.63 78.38% 22 4.14
Mew Langton Best Bitter 18 1037 1008.6 3.55 76.76% 19 5.07
Morland Bitter 14 1035.6 1006.1 3.69 82.87% 18 3.80
Morrell Best Bitter 15 1035.3 1005.3 3.75 84.99% 23 4.00
Morrell Light Bitter 12 1030.7 1005 3.21 83.71% 17 3.74
Rayments Best Bitter 14 1035.7 1006.4 3.66 82.07% 22 3.82
Rayments Bitter 12 1030.3 1004.1 3.27 86.47% 18 3.66
Ridley Best Bitter 21 1047 1007.8 4.90 83.40% 22 4.29
Ridley Ordinary Bitter 14 1034.2 1009.8 3.05 71.35% 19 4.59
Simonds Best Bitter 19 1042.3 1007.5 4.35 82.27% 17 4.37
Simpson & Co. Bitter 15 1036.2 1008 3.53 77.90% 24 4.26
Star Brewery SPA 17 1039.5 1005.8 4.21 85.32% 22 4.04
Star Brewery Bitter 12 1029.5 1003.3 3.28 88.81% 20 3.66
Tamplin Bitter 14 1034.3 1006 3.54 82.51% 24 3.96
Tetley Bitter 16 1037.9 1003.7 4.28 90.24% 20 3.74
Tollemache Bitter 16 1033.3 1003.4 3.74 89.79% 20 4.28
Truman Best Burton Bitter 18 1042.7 1009.7 4.29 77.28% 19 4.20
Truman Ordinary Burton Bitter 16 1037.4 1007.6 3.87 79.68% 20 4.13
Usher Ordinary Bitter 13 1032.5 1007.3 3.15 77.54% 18 4.13
Usher, Trowbridge Best Bitter 18 1043.6 1010 4.20 77.06% 21 4.29
Watney Special Bitter 19 1044.2 1009.6 4.50 78.28% 26 4.22
Wells & Winch Bitter 16 1036 1010.3 3.21 71.39% 12 4.98
Wenlock Bitter 16 1035 1008.7 3.41 75.14% 26 4.69
Whitbread Bitter 17 1038.5 1011 3.56 71.43% 20 4.77
Young & Co Best Bitter 20 1048.4 1011.5 4.61 76.24% 24 4.34
Young & Co Ordinary Bitter 15 1037.5 1006.6 3.86 82.40% 19 3.88
16.15 1037.7 1007.4 3.818 80.52% 21.81 4.22
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

I’ve a few other types of beer to plough through. Unless I get distracted.

08/31/2015 03:00 AM
"Fish guts"
@jeffreyjohnbell They definitely do the job, don't get me wrong. Just to lots of people, fishguts in the beer seems odd/unnecessary. — Kew Brewery (@KewBrewery) August 27, 2015 Whenever someone calls finings - the things that help cask beer to settle and clear - "fish guts" you know they're protesting too much. The truth is a lot of brewers don't like finings because they introduce a new way

08/31/2015 02:58 AM
Alpine begins SC distribution
Following its acquisition by Green Flash nearly a year ago, California’s Alpine Beer Co. will begin limited distribution in South Carolina starting this week. In November 2014, San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. announced it had reached a mutual agreement with Alpine that would allow the neighboring California brewery to brew se ...

08/31/2015 01:12 AM
Beer In Ads #1663: Picnic Time Is Guinness Time
Sunday’s ad is still another one for Guinness, this time from 1957. Two fit couples relaxing at the beach with tomatoes, eggs, oranges and bread … and, of course, Guinness. But look in the background. What the hell is that blow-up horse? The post Beer In Ads #1663: Picnic Time Is...

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08/31/2015 12:28 AM
Help fund the Golden Triangle’s first brewpub
Beaumont Enterprise (blog) Help fund the Golden Triangle's first brewpub Beaumont Enterprise (blog) Since the idea was hatched a couple years ago, we've written a lot about Neches Brewing Company, the forthcoming brewery and brewpub currently under construction on Port Neches Avenue. Why are we so excited about the possibility of a Mid ...

08/31/2015 12:15 AM
New look lager from Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood Lager grew volumes by 80 per cent last year, and the brewer has announced tweaks to the product to further capitalise on the trend.

08/30/2015 09:43 PM
Balter’s the real deal: Scott Hargrave
It might be backed by some of the world’s top surfers but there’s nothing gimmicky about Balter Brewing, promises head brewer Scott Hargrave.

08/30/2015 09:40 PM
Barrels on Bonna: BOBFest

Yup, another beer festival.

But for Indy, it is not just another beer festival.

It is a festival dedicated to barrel aged beers.  And that excites me.  If you know me (and some of you do), you know how much I love beers aged in barrels.  Festivals that are dedicated to styles or variations (like Upland's Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest) are a much needed addition to our beer festival scene.  And I am happy that Black Acre Brewing is taking it on.

You can find the details at BarrelsonBonna.com, but here is the breakdown...

Date and Time: Saturday, October 10, 2015; 1pm-5pm

Location: Black Acre's production brewery at 5543 Bonna Avenue in the Irvington neighborhood.

Participating Breweries: 20+ Indiana breweries plus select national breweries

Tickets: $50, capped at 800 tickets

Food: Available from Beast food truck and another vendor TBD

Music: Audio Diner, Marc and Friends, the Lightweights, the Blue Alchemy Trio

Beneficiary: All profits go to Friends of Irving Circle, a 501(c)3 in Irvington that focuses on urban beautification and programming (it should be noted that I am a board member of Friends of Irving Circle; the board is all volunteers and there are no paid staff or administrative costs)

08/30/2015 07:57 PM
A long time favorite surpassed
It’s been a week since I got home,  but It wouldn’t have been a trip to Vermont without bringing back some Heady Topper, I picked up my four pack at the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, just across the street from the Prohibition Pig where The Alchemist Brewpub used to be before Hurricane Irene. Since the […]

08/30/2015 07:00 PM
Four Brewers | The w00tstout Vertical

Season 2, Episode 35 – This week, we’re drinking three vintages of the Stone Brewing Co. collaboration beer, w00ts…

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08/30/2015 07:00 PM
Diageo trials non-alcoholic beer in Indonesia
British multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo is trialling non-alcoholic beer Guinness Zero in Indonesia.

08/30/2015 01:28 PM
Patent No. 4767640A: Light Stable Hop Extracts And Method Of Preparation
Today in 1988, US Patent 4767640 A was issued, an invention of Henry Goldstein, Patrick L. Ting, Etzer Chicove, Gary Goetzke, and John M. Cowles, assigned to Miller Brewing Company, for their “Light Stable Hop Extracts and Method of Preparation.” Here’s the Abstract: A method of...

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08/30/2015 12:31 PM
Reflecting on beer and life, and Michael Jackson.
The great beer writer Michael Jackson died today in 2007, at the age of 65. During his career, Jackson, a journalist by trade, 'beer-hunted' the world, brought world attention to Belgian beer, told the birthing stories of America's beer renaissance, wrote on malt whisky, and single-handedly promulgated the concept of 'beer styles' when there had been no such thing.

In the September 2013 issue of All About Beer Magazine, past editor Julie Johnson selected her ten favorite columns written by Jackson for that magazine.
  • Calagione”: September 1999, Vol. 20, No. 4.
    Long before Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and founder Sam Calagione gained national fame, Jackson spent a day with Sam in Delaware, talking literature and tasting what he called “extraordinarily adventurous beers.”

  • Finally, the Kiss of Magic Malt”: January 2000, Vol. 21, No. 1.
    This tour of Moravia is a perfect example of Jackson on the road—part history, part travelogue, with brewery visits and brief but tempting tasting notes.

  • Tasting Beer Under the Sea”: November 2000, Vol. 21, No. 6.
    In a PR exercise to promote his Great Beer Guide to a group of booksellers, Jackson hosts an all-day beer tasting on a train as it travels from London, under the Channel and on to Belgium.

  • Just Words”: January 2001, Vol. 22, No. 1.
    A playful exploration of the origins of words used in brewing, with the help of a friendly priest.

  • Blue Collar Brews”: May 2001, Vol. 22, No. 3.
    Jackson recalls his immigrant background and working-class roots, and the English beer styles formulated to slake the thirst of laboring men.

  • Celebrating a Great 21st … But This is not Kansas City”: September 2002, Vol. 23, No. 5.
    At the 21st Great American Beer Festival in Denver, he recalls the visit of its founder, Charlie Papazian, to the Great British Beer Festival years earlier and the role of that meeting in launching the GABF.

  • Farewell, Father … It’s Beer War”: November 2002, Vol. 23, No. 6.
    Readers love lists, but woe betide the writer who omits a favorite beer from one titled The Ten Best Belgians.

  • My Tribute to The Coach” July 2005, Vol. 26, No. 4.
    A touching remembrance of a favorite publican in a portrait of the pub he tended and the community that gathered there.

  • The Silence of the Ram”: September 2006, Vol. 27, No. 5.
    A rare flash of anger over the closing of a venerable brewery.

  • Did I Cheat Mort Subite?”: September 2007, Vol. 28, No. 5.
    Jackson’s final essay for All About Beer, published after his death.
In that same 2013 issue, Stan Hieronymous —a writer on beer, excellent in his own right— wrote about the Michael Jackson Collection at the Oxford Brookes University library: an archive of 1,800 books, the contents of 29 filing cabinets, and countless handwritten notes.

Michael Jackson, 28 March 1995.

Jackson's spoken voice was a firm Yorkshire tang delivered sotto voce, and often punctuated by an oft-repeated "but I digress," as many would sit, entranced by yet another wonderful story.

What did Jackson's written voice sound like?

Here he is, from "A Twist on Tradition: The Right Beer, Dish by Dish," a 1983 Washington Post byline (his first for that paper) on choosing beer, not wine, for the American tradition of the Thanksgiving meal.
The most dismal Thanksgiving I can imagine is the one detailed by Dale Brown in his definitive work "American Cooking": "A glass of spring water stood at each place. No wine here, not ever - except perhaps when the men drank it in the barn." So what should it be next week: A little Seawright Spring Water, from the Blue Ridge Mountains? Or, to be moderately more chic, a glass of Perrier - while the men drink Zinfandel in the garage?

Water taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody, as Mark Twain observed. Those watery celebrants, however, were guilty of what Twain termed "intemperate temperance." There is an idea, whose time has surely gone, that, because they were Puritans, the Pilgrims did not drink alcohol. I have heard of poor souls in New England who, in glorification of this myth, affect to enjoy glasses of cranberry juice with their Thanksgiving meal.

To give thanks is a matter of joy; should that be confined by excessive sobriety? Better still, Thanksgiving is an annual opportunity to refresh old friendships and make new ones, in which matter both the ritual and effect of a shared glass is the best tie.

Wine should be more than acceptable at this feast, for even the most ordinary meal without the grape is, proverbially, like a day denied sunshine. Unless, of course, you prefer beer.

Eight years ago, Michael Jackson died of complications related to Parkinson's Disease.

Today, consider contributing to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, in Jackson's name. Or, at no cost, link your PC or Mac into Folding@Home, a distributed computing campaign run by Stanford University: a network of thousands of home computers working to find a cure to Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and many cancers.

Tonight, to the man who described himself as "sometimes the quiet, courteous, friendly Lithuanian Jewish Yorkshire Englishman," I say, in fractured Lithuanian: Labanaktis, Ponas Jackson. (Good night, Mr. Jackson.)

  • The Beer Hunter —Jackson's nom de beer— is a website maintained to this day on Jackson and his writing: here.
  • An obituary of Michael Jackson from fellow British beer writer Roger Protz: here.
  • The Amazon page for Mr. Jackson: here.
  • What I've written on Mr. Jackson and his legacy: here.
  • Thanks to Joseph Marunowski —past Director of Brewing Operations for Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland), among other breweries in his career— for pointing me to this collection of Jackson essays.

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08/30/2015 10:24 AM
Cannabis Labeling
Is it just a matter of time before TTB is scutinizing cannabis labels — for sneaky references to — wine? I hope so. That would be great. This article about cannabis beer got me to thinking about all manner of cannabinoid-related issues. Did TTB approve the label yet? Not that I can see. I don’t […]

08/30/2015 10:20 AM
Truman’s Brewery

Until the late 1980s beer in East London was synonymous with Truman’s brewery until the company folded and disappeared from our pubs. It was thought that the black eagle on the pump clips would never been seen again until 2013 when in Hackney Wick they started brewing once again. Theirs is a story just like any

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08/30/2015 06:00 AM
Beer of the week
A new regular Sunday feature for the STONCH blog: each week one of the team will write about the best new beer they've had that week. Tinnies and bottles have their place - most notably on trains and sofas - but STONCH is about enjoying pints in pubs, so the beer of the week will always be on tap, and we'll always quote the price (we all need to do our bit to keep pubs - particularly craft beer

08/30/2015 03:48 AM
Michael Jackson 1942 – 1981
As regular Brewclub readers will know, August 30th marks the passing of Michael Jackson, 'The Beer Hunter'.

08/30/2015 03:05 AM
Colbitzer beers
Here’s another DDR brewery and its beers. This is so much fun. A way of using all those DDR labels I recently picked up.

Colbitz is in Sachsen-Anhalt, about 10 km North of Magdeburg. The brewery was founded as the Colbitzer Brauerei in 1879 by Friedrich-Christoph Ritter. In 1959 it was partially nationalised and in 1972 fully nationalised. In 1991 it was returned to the family that formerly owned it. The brewery is still active.

There’s a little on their website about the beers brewed in the late 19th-century. I’m pretty sure they’ve got the top- and bottom-fermented beers the wrong way around. It reckons these were top-fermented: helles Lagerbier, Doppelmärzen, Doppelmärzen-Bock and Malzbier. And these bottom-fermented: Weißbier and Braunbier “Puparsch-Knall”.

Jumping forwards more than 100 years, this is their current beer range:

Cannewitzer beers in 2015
Beer style OG Plato ABV
Colbitzer Pils Pilsner 11.2 4.90%
Colbitzer Bock Bock 16.8 7.10%
Colbitzer Dunkel Dunkles 11.25 4.90%
Colbitzer Edel Helles 11.25 4.90%
Colbitzer website http://www.colbitzer-heidebrauerei.de

Next are their beers from the DDR period, in the form of labels. Unsurprisingly, Bock and Pilsner are constants:

08/30/2015 02:13 AM
Beer In Ads #1662: A Guinness Page For Coronation Year
Saturday’s ad is yet another one for Guinness, this time from 1953. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned queen in 1952 aftwer her father died, and the coronation was held in June of 1953. That same year, Guinness published this poster of trivia loosely related to the coronation and, of course, to...

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08/30/2015 12:48 AM
Patent No. 3687340A: Tapping Device For Beer Kegs
Today in 1972, US Patent 3687340 A was issued, an invention of Remes E. De La Hunt, for his “Tapping Device For Beer Kegs.” Here’s the Abstract: A keg tapping device is provided in which a pressure hose and a liquid discharge hose are connected to a common connector member connectable...

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08/29/2015 08:17 PM
Bad Brew Series – Part 1 – Kirkland Light
I can drink macro beer, I can. I can, I can, I can do it.  In fact, a lot of us in the craft beer industry have a favorite closet macro.  I often hear a lot of craft beer folks exclaim their love for PBR, Yuengling, Rolling Rock even gasp Bud.  These types of beers are good on a hot day or when your boss hands you his favorite beer.  They tend to be cheap, light, limited on flavor, smell like corn and remind me…

08/29/2015 07:48 PM
Cartoon Madness
Okay, here’s a subject near and dear to my heart, and one that royally pisses me off when it’s spun this way. Eater had an article earlier this month entitled The Boozy Underbelly of Saturday Morning Cartoons, whose unfortunate title Alcohol Justice gleefully tweeted, since it plays...

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08/29/2015 05:04 PM
If a monk is chatty, where might he go?
Apparently, Phoenixville.

08/29/2015 04:18 PM
Four Brewers | Breweries From Colorado

Season 2, Episode 34 – Natalie DeNicholas joins us for another round as we drink a variety of beers for the great state of Col…

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08/29/2015 09:45 AM
Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewery – Beer Review
When my buddy John reviewed Soul Style from Green Flash I was excited to read his opinion on that beer.  We seem to have the same likes/dislikes when it comes to beer so his reviews give me the chance to “virtually” try a lot of beers.  When he dislikes a beer, I save money.  When John likes a beer I try to find it.  He liked Soul Style but what really got me excited was the response from the brewery. You’ve heard it from me…

08/29/2015 08:42 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: With a beer, he waits.
With a beer, he waits (02)

A man waits at The Ornery Beer Company.

But not for his beer. The Virginia brewpub began serving its own beers (and food) on 17 August 2015.

A few days later, this gentleman was the first customer for the day in the brewpub's biergarten, a large space with long communal-seating tables, whose garage-style doors can be opened to the outside on a pleasant day ... which they were, on that day, Friday, 28 August 2015.

Notice his glass of beer. The stem allows him to hold the beer without warming it. The slight tulip bulb concentrates aromas. The glass has capacity for a foam-head and for 16-ounces of beer. There are no standard 'mixing' pint glasses at the pub.

Located in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County, Virginia, Ornery Beer is, in fact, the first brewpub in that county.


08/29/2015 03:41 AM
Drinker's Digest
This post is written by Arthur and the views expressed are his. It's a long weekend! Balancing your responsibilities (you do have some...right?) with a series of ever severer hangovers, culminating with a real skull-breaker on the day you return to work. Brilliant stuff. Anyway, enough on your depressing future here's a guide to what's been going down in beer town. The week in "beer

08/29/2015 03:05 AM
DDR Beer Styles
I just came across this dead handy document I’d forgotten I had. It’s TGL 7764: the official DDR standard document for beer.

One of the useful bits of information is something on beers styles. A little table documenting the characteristics of each type of beer. It’s rather longer than the table in Kunze and includes some styles I never came across. Things like Lagerbier Dunkel, Lagerbier Spezial and Dunkel.

It doesn’t include ABV, so I’ve calculated it from the OG and rate of attenuation. I’ve used the middle of the gravity range and either the middle of the attenuation range or the minimum value. What it shows is quite a narrow range of ABVs, with the vast majority of styles between 3.5 and 5%.

I’d been wondering about Doppel-Karamelbier. It always specifies Vollbier on the label, but I was fairly certain it was low ABV. The fact no rate of attenuation is specified implies to me that it’s very low. And that it’s one of those weird German styles with a normal OG, but minimal amount of alcohol. Consulting Kunze*, I see that it had an ABC of 0.63% to 1.5%. So hardly fermented at all.

Another odd feature is the number of Pilsner styles: four in total. I’m not sure why Deutsches Pilsator and Deutsches Pilsner Spezial get separate entries as their specifications seem identical. As do Lagerbier Hell and Lagerbier Spezial, Lagerbier Dunkel and Lagerbier Dunkel Spezial.

It’s handy that there’s an indication of bitterness, though I’m not sure how that relates to IBUs. It does indicate the relative bitterness of the types, at least.

You'll notice that every DDR label has TGL 7764 on it somewhere.

Here you go:

DDR beer styles 1987 - 1990
Type OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation CO2 Content Isohumulon Content EBC colour
% % % % min. Mg/l
Dunkel (Einfachbier) 5.7 - 6.2 1.84 55 - 65 0.35 3 - 11 min 79
Alkoholfreies Bier 6.5 - 7.0 10 - 15 0.42 22 - 28 max 12
Weissbier 7.0 - 8.0 2.90 min 75 0.60 nothing specified 9 - 15
Extra 8.5 - 9.0 3.41 min 75 0.45 22 - 34 max 12
Hell 9.5 - 10.0 3.82 min 75 0.40 16 - 26 max 14
Edel-Bräu Hell 10.5 - 11.0 4.23 min 75 0.42 16 - 28 max 14
Dunkel (Vollbier) 10.0 - 10.5 4.02 min 75 0.40 16 - 26 min 79
Doppel-Karamelbier 11.7 - 12.2 0.63 - 1.5 nothing specified 0.42 3 - 10 min 93
Schwarzbier 11.7 - 12.2 4.12 60 - 70 0.42 20 - 34 min 160
Deutsches Pilsner 10.5 - 11.0 4.23 min 75 0.40 22 - 34 max 12
Diabetiker-Pils 10.0 - 10.5 0.42 22 - 34 max 13
Lagerbier Hell 11.5 - 12.0 4.65 min 75 0.42 20 - 34 max 31
Lagerbier Dunkel 11.5 - 12.0 4.65 min 75 0.42 14 - 26 min 40
Lagerbier Spezial 11.5 - 12.0 4.65 min 75 0.42 20 - 34 max 31
Lagerbier Dunkel Spezial 11.5 - 12.0 4.65 min 75 0.42 14 - 26 min 40
Deutsches Pilsator 11.5 - 12.0 4.83 min 78 0.42 26 - 39 max 12
Deutsches Pilsner Spezial 11.5 - 12.0 4.83 min 78 0.42 26 - 39 max 12
Spitzenbier 12.0 - 12.5 4.86 min 73 0.45 28 - 40 max 18
Märzen 13.5 - 14.0 5.13 min 70 0.42 20 - 34 max 110
Weißer Bock oder Bockbier Hell 15.0 - 15.5 5.86 68 - 75 0.40 14 - 26 21 - 43
Dunkler Bock oder Bockbier Dunkel 15.0 - 15.5 5.62 65 - 72 0.40 10 - 25 min 83
Deutscher Porter 17.5 - 18.0 6.10 min 64 0.42 35 - 50 min 160
TGL 7764

* "Technologie für Brauer und Mälzer" by Wolfgang Kunze, 1975, page 422.

08/29/2015 02:30 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 29/08/2015

Here’s our pick of the most interesting, entertaining or eye-opening beer-related reading of the last week. → Glynn ‘Beer Insider’ Davis gave us a proper bit of journalism digging out the truth behind Meantime having a proportion of its London Lager brewed in Holland. → Saved to Pocket this week: Jess Mayhugh’s long piece for All About … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 29/08/2015

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08/29/2015 02:29 AM
Rogue Nation President Big Al Hits the Road in RV Force One
Over the next couple of weeks Rogue Nation President Big Al will hit the long, dark road and travel across the United States in RV Force One. His mission is to spread the Revolution at various outposts and to bring the spirit of Rogue Nation with him. Prior to Big Al’s big adventure across the […]

08/28/2015 09:53 PM
Full slate of beer festivals on Saturday in San Diego
It might be about time to flip the calendar pages to September, but summer is still in full swing for the San Diego craft beer scene. While many summer weekends are usually occupied with at least one brewery-sponsored event...
Treasure Chest Fest

08/28/2015 08:33 PM
Friday Night Basement Brewery Tour

Summer is winding down my friends. These Brew Dudes have been busy squeezing in the last drops of summer we can get. Family vacations and back to school planning occupies much of the days. Oh and we still have to work too. Anyway, I got nothing special for you this week. I just thought I’d […]

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08/28/2015 07:00 PM
Brewery News: MA: Boston: Samuel Adams announces the return of the Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition
Press Release

BOSTON ... – Football. Foliage. Flannel. These are classic images that make us think of fall.  But over the past five years Sam Adams has added the sight of shaky-armed competitors at bars across the country, holding one-liter glass steins of OctoberFest beer, to that list. Started in 2011, the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition is comprised of local events at participating bars and restaurants across the U.S., and at larger Oktoberfest gatherings like the annual America’s Oktoberfest event in Cincinnati. Competitors are required to hoist a one-liter glass stein filled with Samuel Adams OctoberFest, with a straight arm, for as long as possible. If you sip, spill, or bend your arm, you’re out!

“We started our national Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition to pay homage to the more than 200-year-old German Oktoberfest celebration, which itself is the inspiration for our award-winning and highly sought after OctoberFest beer,” said Jim Koch, Samuel Adams founder and brewer. “We’re thrilled to offer craft beer lovers our 2015 batch of OctoberFest and to celebrate our Stein Hoisting Competition’s fifth anniversary in a big way.”

This year marks the first time that craft beer lovers across the country will have the opportunity to witness the final round of the competition in a unique way: via ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. On October 13th, ABC’s hit late-night show will host the first-ever national Stein Hoisting Competition finals, where two winners – one male and one female – will each receive a Grand Prize trip for two to the 2016 Oktoberfest celebration in Munich.

Samuel Adams OctoberFest, one of the brewery’s most award-winning beers, is a deep red amber, medium-bodied märzen style lager with a rich malt complexity, a light Bavarian Noble hop note, and a smooth, sweet finish. First brewed in 1989, it is a perpetual drinker favorite with classic roasted malt character and sweet notes of caramel and toffee. To find local stein hoisting events near you, visit http://www.samueladams.com/steinhoisting.

How to get your hands on the Samuel Adams OctoberFest:

·         To find where Sam  Adams brews are sold near you, visit: http://www.samueladams.com/find-a-sam


The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

08/28/2015 05:10 PM
Celebrate Bellingham Beer Week Aboard the Schooner Zodiac

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just received word of a special Bellingham Beer Week beer cruise offered by the Schooner Zodiac, a 160-foot sailing ship (a two-masted gaff topsail schooner, to be exact). The event takes place on Thursday, September 17th. Celebrate Bellingham Beer Week Aboard the Historic Schooner Zodiac BELLINGHAM,...

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08/28/2015 03:30 PM
Ironfire Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration THIS SUNDAY

(Temecula,CA) – Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary at Killarney’s Irish Pub in Tem…

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08/28/2015 03:20 PM
Innis & Gunn releases White Oak Wheat Beer as newest seasonal
Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland) announced this week the release of a new fall seasonal, White Oak Wheat Beer. Known for their award-winning oak-aged beers, Innis & Gunn is experimenting with something a little different for their...
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08/28/2015 03:00 PM
Ox Horn Old Fashioned Whiskey Tumblers
Raise the bar with Sir Jack’s double old fashioned ox horn whiskey tumblers handcrafted in England from natural horn selected for its durability and exquisite ...

08/28/2015 01:58 PM
Beer Release – Nothing but Flowers, Black Raven Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Black Raven Brewing is about to release its seasonal, sessionable IPA: Nothing but Flowers. Here’s the release announcement. Nothing but Flowers SIPA (Session IPA Series) Release date: Tuesday, September 1st @3PM This is the next beer in our session IPA series. Built on a simple malt base,...

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08/28/2015 01:21 PM
Have Prairie Pirate Noir, Anchorage Mosaic Saison and Maui CoCoNut Porter Shipped to Your Door!

We got some tasty treats to offer this week from our friends at InsideTheCellar.com.  We have the rare Prairie Pirate Noir, the rus…

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08/28/2015 01:02 PM
QUOTE: Pub Perfume

“Before opening time there is a beautiful, virgin aroma of freshness, an inimitable pub-perfume mixture of hops and malt, spirits and polish with perhaps a faint touch of violet-scented air-freshener. This is my boyhood nostalgia. Spilt ale, dried and sugar-sticky.” Adrian Bailey in an essay for Len Deighton’s London Dossier, 1967.

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08/28/2015 12:42 PM
Full Sail Brewing Releases Draft Only Fresh Hop Pilsner

(Hood River, Oregon) – Located in the heartland of hops, every year the Full Sail brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for hop h…

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08/28/2015 12:42 PM
Week of 08/28/15 Beer Tastings
Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Avery Perzik Saison, Great Divide 21st Anniversary American Sour, Great Divide Lasso IPA CANS,  Summit Unchained Make it So ESB with Earl Grey Tea, 4 Hands Resurrected IPA, and this week’s classic beer sampling will [...]

08/28/2015 12:33 PM
Two Beer Releases from Silver City Brewery, Oktoberfest and Le Fat

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Silver City Brewery announces the return of Oktoberfest Lager for the fall season and the 2015 release of Le Fat: Oak Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Scotch Ale. Oktoberfest Lager Celebrate the season with tradition and authenticity. This classic amber lager presents rich malty sweetness and spicy hop...

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08/28/2015 12:19 PM
Beer Release – Bellingham Beer Week 4, Fremont Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Not to be confused with the official Bellingham Beer Week brew (read about it), Fremont Brewing is releasing it’s annual Bellingham Beer Week Beer. It is currently on tap at the brewery and they’ll release bottles on Labor Day weekend. Here’s the release info from the brewery:...

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08/28/2015 11:36 AM
Winner of Two Tickets to Craft on Tap
I’m happy to announce the winner of two tickets to the Craft on Tap event taking place tomorrow is Jonathan “Chuck” McGuire! Congrats to Chuck and thank you all for entering.  Also big thank you to the City of Clayton and Craft Beer Cellar for offering up tickets to the festival. A few tickets are still available for tomorrow’s event, which [...]

08/28/2015 11:00 AM
Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey
Discover the wonders of Japanese whiskey with Dekantā’s comprehensive collection of rare whiskey all the way from Japan! In our spotlight from the depths of ...

08/28/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery Release: OR: Bend: Deschutes Brewery raises over $69,000 for Great Lakes and local schools
Press Release

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery set up the world’s largest pop-up pub in Chicago last weekend and raised a total of $69,762.82 for Alliance for the Great Lakes and local schools. On August 22, the brewery brought its 402-foot custom, transportable bar to Chicago’s Logan Square, serving 150 kegs to approximately 8,500 people. The one-day-only event donated 100 percent of proceeds to the Alliance and neighborhood schools.

With a soft launch in Deschutes Brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon and three national stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago so far this year, the Street Pub has raised more than $160,000 total for charity.

This giant bar is traveling to select locations around the country to benefit the communities where it sets up its 40 taps. Next stops include Minneapolis on September 19, Denver on October 17 and Sacramento on November 14.
For more information visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com/streetpub or follow the conversation at #StreetPub.

08/28/2015 09:33 AM
Brews Up Homebrewing Conference
There was lots of drinking, laughing and general silliness and a bunch of support for a community I love. This year’s National Homebrewing Conference was held in San Diego. It was my first American Homebrewers Association event and it was a fascinating experience. Truth be told, the conference was much different than I had expected. Why? I didn’t think Wil Wheaton would be there. Then again, that guy likes to homebrew. He seemed surprised (as I was) over the level of fun and sincerity the homebrew…

08/28/2015 08:16 AM
Full Sail Brewing Celebrates the Hop Harvest with Fresh Hop Pilsner
Hood River, Oregon – Located in the heartland of hops, every year the Full Sail brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for hop harvest and the chance to celebrate by brewing  fresh hop beers. When the hops are at their peak, the Full Sail brewers truck out to the hop fields to collect the aromatic bounty. […]

08/28/2015 08:03 AM
St. Augustine, Patron Saint of Brewers
August 28 is the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the patron Saints of Brewers. Now considered a Doctor of the Church, Augustine led a life of debauchery until, through the ardent prayers of his mother, St. Monica, he converted to Christianity. He died in 430 A.D.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. 
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"
Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life. 
He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. 
 Today we'll raise a toast in honor St. Augustine and persistent, loving mothers too!

Catholic Online has more on St. Augustine's life, teachings and great influence on the Church.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/28/2015 07:54 AM
Homebrew Battle For The Columbia River
Columbia River Brewing Company and Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership have teamed up to host Homebrew Battle for the Columbia River on September 26, 2015. Homebrew Battle for the Columbia River will take place at Columbia River Brewing from 1:00 to 7:00pm, and the community is invited to come and help vote for top homebrew. Your […]

08/28/2015 07:08 AM
Delirium Argentum

The post, Delirium Argentum, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Delirium Tremens was one of, if not the first, Belgian ale that I crossed paths with so many years ago. I remember distinctly sipping on it and wondering how this could be beer — and instantly falling in love. So when I got wind of Delirium Argentum, the 25th anniversary celebration of the Delirium brand, […]

The post, Delirium Argentum, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

08/28/2015 03:42 AM
I went to Brighton on spec to look at (and possibly purchase) a pre-owned, well-priced green bezel Submariner my pal Eddie had spotted there. He was working by the coast yesterday, touring pubs, bars and restaurants and pressing flesh with managers on behalf of the brewery he works for. We'd arranged to meet at the end of his working day. As it turned out, my late departure from London and a

08/28/2015 03:05 AM
Cannewitzer beers
Some more DDR fun, this time in the form of some old labels. Yes, you've guessed it. I can't be arsed to write anything and this is an easy cop out.

Cannewitz is a tiny place which is part of Grimma, a small town to the Southeast of Leipzig. Surprisingly, since the brewery closed in 1999, there are still beers available under the Cannewitzer name. They're brewed at the Glückauf brewery, around 100 km further south, but Still in Saxony.

This the current beer range:

Cannewitzer beers in 2015
Beer style OG Plato ABV
Cannewitzer "Nerchauer Pumpernickel" Schwarzbier 11.7º 4.9%
Cannewitzer Pilsner Pilsner 11.5º 4.9%
Cannewitzer Bock Bock 16.2º 5.9%
Cannewitzer "Gold Quell" Hell Helles 11.7º 4.9%
Wurzener Ringelnatz Pils 11.5º 4.9%
Cannewitzer "Wilder Robert" Pilsner Pils 11.5º 4.9%
Cannewitzer „Disco Cola“ Cola - 0%
Cannewitzer website http://www.cannewitzer.de/.

Looks to me like there are only really four beers as the three Pilsners look remarkably similar. Who wouldn't want to drink something called Disco Cola?

This is what they usede to brew:

Three beers have the same name as DDR-period brews. Though the Nerchauer Pumpernickel has transformed itself from Pilsator to Schwarzbier.

I may continue this series. Depending on how easy it is. And if there's some audience interest. Though the latter is optional.

Klaus Fruchtsäfte & Cannewitzer Biere
Apfelweg 11,
04808 Wurzen.
Tel: (0 34 25) 81 35 95
Fax: (0 34 25) 81 66 97

Hauptstraße 176,
09355 Gersdorf.

08/28/2015 03:00 AM
Industry News; OR: Salem: Oregon Fruit Products LLC annouces release of Oregon Speciality Fruit purees
Press Release

... SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Fruit Products LLC today announced the company’s 14th addition to its Oregon Specialty Fruit purees made for the craft beer market.  The new grapefruit puree adds a touch of tart, citrus flavor to a variety of fruit beers, ciders, meads, and other fermented beverages.  The velvet-smooth puree consists of 100% Ruby Grapefruit juice and grapefruit pulp, with no added sugar, preservatives or additives.

“We’re seeing strong growth in our fruit puree business, all fueled by craft brewers who are seeking innovation with new flavor profiles,” says Chris Sarles, CEO of Oregon Fruit Products.  “Because our purees are made with the highest quality fruit and processed into aseptic packaging, brewers are finding it a very convenient and more consistent alternative to fresh or frozen fruit.”

Aseptic products are flash heated at ultra-high temperatures for a very short time to minimize microbes in the fruit puree.  The product is cooled quickly to maintain the best fresh fruit flavor and color.  The entire process is closed, with the package filled and capped in a sealed environment, without letting any contamination enter the system.  The majority of Oregon Specialty Fruit purees have a shelf life of 18 months in ambient temperature.

Oregon Fruit’s grapefruit puree is already inspiring some creative brews across the country:  White Street Brewing Company in Wake Forest, North Carolina has created a Session IPA dubbed “Grapefruit I-Plié,” made with Mandarina and Mosaic hops and fermented with grapefruit puree.   In Nashville, Indiana Big Woods Brewing Company now has a “Kemosabe Session IPA” full of hop and citrus bitterness.  Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina is using Oregon Fruit’s puree for a Grapefruit/Honey Gose-inspired Ale to be released late 2015, while sour beer consumers will look forward to trying the barrel-aged grapefruit beer next year that Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Petersburg, Florida is crafting.

“When one of our brewers asked me to source a grapefruit puree, I immediately made the call to Oregon Fruit,” said Dan Kopman, founder of Schlafly - The Saint Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri.  “We add purees to our fermentations, and the real grapefruit puree developed by Oregon Fruit gave our Dry-Hopped Grapefruit IPA a distinctly fruity taste without adding unwanted sweetness.”

Oregon Fruit Products’ grapefruit puree is now available in 42 lb. bag-in-box, 425 lb (55 gallon) drums, and 2,300-lb. totes.  The product is certified Kosher, made in the U.S.A., non-GMO, gluten-free and vegetarian.  Oregon Fruit Products does not use, nor does it allow, any of the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat) in the products or processing areas.

Oregon Fruit Products LLC
Founded in 1935, Oregon Fruit Products offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators and ingredient sales.  The company is located in Salem, Oregon and can be found on the web at www.oregonfruit.com and www.fruitforbrewing.com.

08/28/2015 01:38 AM
Ranking America's 10 Best-Selling Beers: What Tastes Best?
According to VinePair, these are the 10 best-selling beers in America, listed from least to most popular: Heineken, Busch, Michelob Ultra, Busch Light, Natural Light, Corona Extra, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Coors Light, and Bud Light.


Submitted by Jay Theriot

08/27/2015 10:34 PM
Episode 65: Crowd funding taps and Scott Hargrave
This week we take a look at the latest crowd-funding campaign, this time to pay for a new venues taps and also speak with brewer Scott Hargrave about his soon-to-open Gold Coast brewery.

08/27/2015 10:21 PM
Southern Westchester Music Festival offers fun for the whole family
Come out to the Southern Westchester Music Festival (SOWE) on Saturday, September 19 in Mamaroneck for a day of music, food trucks, crafts, beverages, and family fun!According to the producer of the event, Rich Baumer, the event initially began...
SOWE Music Fest

08/27/2015 07:00 PM
Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now ... Silver City Le Fat Oak Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Scotch Ale
Press Release
image courtesy Silver City Brewery

A batch over two years in the making, 2015 Le Fat was a scotch ale, but is a scotch ale no more. Belgian influences from a host of micro-organisms sour the once-sweet Fat Scotch Ale. Hints of fig, plum, and cherries occur naturally as a result. Over time the ale softens and mellows while gaining refinement and character through extended aging in oak barrels once used for winemaking.

Le Fat will be the first-ever Silver City Brewery beer to be released in 500ml packaging, a new standard for the barrel-aged series. Finished with a foil seal and a pearlescent label, the understated elegance is matched to the delicate nature of the flavors contained within.

A passion project for Silver City Brewery, brewmaster Don Spencer had this to say about Le Fat, "Each release of Le Fat is a true labor of love for the brew team and myself. There are so many man hours, components, and steps that go into the process of creating this sour ale." He added, "To see Le Fat in its beautiful bottle, prepared for presentation after the long development process is personally very exciting. We've anxiously waited months, even years, and and are pleased to finally share this unique creation with our fans!"

Le Fat: Oak Barrel Aged Belgian Sour Scotch Ale

Hops: Nugget, Cascade
Malts: NW Pale, Munich, Caramel, Peated, & Black
IBU's: 30
ABV: 9.9%

Additional Info:

For most in the Puget Sound, when you look west at the Olympic Mountains you're looking right at the "Silver City". The convergence point right before you jump off into the wilderness of the Olympic National Forest on your way to the Pacific Ocean, resting between the edge of the Puget Sound and the base of the Olympic Mountains, rests Silver City. This Urban-Suburban experience is a sweet brewer's mash of Seattle city life and breathtaking outdoor adventure, all within ones reach. Beer, well made, brings the people of the "Silver City" together in celebration of having it all.

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery
is the Kitsap Peninsula's premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment.

Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery's handcrafted beers are available on draft, in 22oz bottles, and 12oz bottle & aluminum can 6-packs around the Western Washington area in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Silver City Brewery's production facility & brewery taproom is located at 206 Katy Penman Ave. in Bremerton, WA. Silver City Restaurant is located in Silverdale at 2799 NW Myhre Rd

08/27/2015 06:20 PM
Hayseed has an identity crisis
On our return trip from Vermont this past weekend we decided to take a route that would bring us to Freeport, Maine so we could finish up some schools shopping for my oldest who’s heading to Kindergarten. My wife suggested we make a detour to stop at Hayseed in Hampton, New Hampshire for lunch, sounded […]

08/27/2015 05:00 PM
Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now ... Silver City Oktoberfest
Press Release

image courtesy Silver City Brewery

Celebrate the season with tradition and authenticity. This classic amber lager presents rich malty sweetness and spicy hop character. In Washington, we love the fall season; football kicks off, the weather starts to cool and an extensive variety of seasonal beers blow through like so many multi-colored leaves. In this storm of Pumpkin beers, Harvest Ales and other autumn-themed brews, Silver City Oktoberfest stands apart as one of the few proudly traditional styles of the season. No tradition is done right without the highest quality ingredients and process. That's exactly what Silver City Brewmaster Don Spencer and his brew team insists upon when crafting Silver City Oktoberfest.

Combine Don's 20 plus years of professional experience brewing lager beer styles, his extensive "research" trips to Germany including Munich's Oktoberfest, Silver City's new, state-of-the-art brew system, and the finest hops and specialty malts from around the world and you have one of the highest quality, consistent, coveted and downright delicious fall offerings in the NW. Prost!

Oktoberfest Lager

Hops: German Hersrbucker
Malts: Pilsner Malt, NW Pale, Caramel, Munich, Carafa
IBU's: 21
ABV: 6.3%
Additional Info:
For most in the Puget Sound, when you look west at the Olympic Mountains you're looking right at the "Silver City". The convergence point right before you jump off into the wilderness of the Olympic National Forest on your way to the Pacific Ocean, resting between the edge of the Puget Sound and the base of the Olympic Mountains, rests Silver City. This Urban-Suburban experience is a sweet brewer's mash of Seattle city life and breathtaking outdoor adventure, all within ones reach. Beer, well made, brings the people of the "Silver City" together in celebration of having it all.
Silver City Restaurant & Brewery 
is the Kitsap Peninsula's premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment. 
Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery's handcrafted beers are available on draft, in 22oz bottles, and 12oz bottle & aluminum can 6-packs around the Western Washington area in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.
Silver City Brewery's production facility & brewery taproom is located at 206 Katy Penman Ave. in Bremerton, WA. Silver City Restaurant is located in Silverdale at 2799 NW Myhre Rdor most in the Puget Sound, when you look west at the Olympic Mountains you're looking right at the "Silver City". The convergence point right before you jump off into the wilderness of the Olympic National Forest on your way to the Pacific Ocean, resting between the edge of the Puget Sound and the base of the Olympic Mountains, rests Silver City. This Urban-Suburban experience is a sweet brewer's mash of Seattle city life and breathtaking outdoor adventure, all within ones reach. Beer, well made, brings the people of the "Silver City" together in celebration of having it all.

08/27/2015 04:48 PM
2015 Midsummer Nightmare at iTAP CWE
[ August 29, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Do you know what's a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer. I'm not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass (though, there isn't anything wrong with that.) [...]

08/27/2015 04:39 PM
Bale Breaker Brewing Announces Expansion Plans

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. We just learned about expansion plans at Bale Breaker Brewing Company. The expansion will add 16,200 square-feet of space to the brewery, more than doubling the size of the existing 11,000 square-foot facility. This on the heels of the young company’s second anniversary. According to a report...

The post Bale Breaker Brewing Announces Expansion Plans appeared first on Beer News.

08/27/2015 04:22 PM
Texas Breweries at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival
The 2015 Great American Beer Festival begins in less than a month, so it's a good time to take a look at the Texas breweries that will be attending this year.

Last year there was 47 Texas breweries with booths on the festival floor which was the largest turnout ever. It's down slightly to 45 this year, but that probably has more to do with the space limitations in the convention hall and how the booth space is assigned due to the record number of craft breweries now operating. According to the GABF website, the following breweries will be representing Texas this year:

(512) Brewing Co
903 Brewers
Austin Beerworks
Bitter Sisters Brewing Company *
Black Star Co-op
Blue Owl Brewing *
Bluebonnet Beer Co *
Round Rock
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Circle Brewing Company
Community Beer Co
Deep Ellum Brewing Co
Flix Brewhouse - Round Rock
Round Rock
Fredericksburg Brewing Co
Freetail Brewing Co
San Antonio
Freetail Brewing Co - Brewpub *
San Antonio
Hops & Grain Brewing
Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewery
Independence Brewing
Lakewood Brewing Co
Live Oak Brewing Co
Martin House Brewing Company
Fort Worth
Middleton Brewing Co
San Marcos
No Label Brewing Co
North By Northwest Restaurant and Brewery
Oasis Texas Brewing Company
Panther Island Brewing Company *
Fort Worth
Pedernales Brewing Co
Peticolas Brewing Co
Pinthouse Pizza
Rahr and Sons Brewing Co
Fort Worth
Real Ale Brewing Co
Revolver Brewing
Saint Arnold Brewing Co
South Austin Brewery
Southerleigh Brewing *
San Antonio
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas Beer Refinery
Texian Brewing Co
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co
The Collective Brewing Project *
Ft Worth
Tupps Brewery *
Twin Peaks Brewery
Twisted X Brewing Co
Dripping Springs
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Zilker Brewing Co*
* Denotes first time attending GABF
This is another great turnout from Texas and includes quite a few new breweries. Hopefully this will result in another great medal showing after Texas breweries took home 16 medals last year and 10 the previous year. 

Good luck to all the breweries who have beer entered in the competition this year and I look forward to sampling your beers on the convention floor.
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08/27/2015 04:21 PM
Bell’s Homebrew Competition 2015 — Winner Goes to GABF!

On September 19th, 2015, the 6th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition Kick-off and Expo at Bell’s beautiful Eccentic Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI.  This is a chance for homebrewers to take a Bell’s base beer, and add their own personal touch on it. There is no registration fee; however, in order to enter the competition you must use

The post Bell’s Homebrew Competition 2015 — Winner Goes to GABF! appeared first on The Brew Review Crew.

08/27/2015 04:03 PM
GALLERY: ‘You Ought to Know Whose Beer You’re Drinking’

These two leaflet were among the lovely pile of ephemera Steve ‘Beer Justice’ Williams sent us when he moved house. The Young’s leaflet is dated 1979 and the Fuller’s one, we guess, is of about the same vintage. Most notable is Young’s rhetoric — ‘You Ought to Know Whose Beer You’re Drinking’, ‘We don’t go … Continue reading GALLERY: ‘You Ought to Know Whose Beer You’re Drinking’

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08/27/2015 03:51 PM
Sixpoint Brewery releases Higher Volume BOOMBOXES as variety 12-packs
Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) announced this week the release of their new Higher Volume BOOMBOX, a mixed variety 12-pack.Rocking some of the best packaging design I have seen lately, the Sixpoint Higher Volume BOOMBOXES bring you the...
Promo image for Higher Volume BOOMBOXES from Sixpoint Brewery

08/27/2015 03:00 PM
Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Tray
A Titanic Addition to Anyone’s Freezer Iceberg, right ahead! With the Gin And Titonic Titanic Ship Ice Cube Tray Molds you can make ice in the ...

08/27/2015 02:28 PM
Contest: Two Tickets to Craft on Tap Festival
The City of Clayton partnered with Craft Beer Cellar to put on the Craft on Tap taking place this Saturday, August 29th from 1PM to 5PM. Our friends at CBC have provided us two tickets to this event for a super-fast contest. This $70 value will allow you to partake in this fun new festival. All you need to [...]

08/27/2015 02:12 PM
Asheville’s Brewgrass Festival announces brewery lineup
In the 19 years since its inception, the Brewgrass beer festival in Asheville, N.C. has made quite a name for itself. The combination of exceptional craft beers, bluegrass music and clear, cool mountain air makes it a magical experience for all who attend. And, as is often the case with beer festivals, the proceeds benefit […]

08/27/2015 01:42 PM
Manchester here I come!
Doesn't have quite the same ring as California here I come! But this year's travel budget is almost up. Can't afford anything too expensive.

I'll be in Manchester for the weekend. Any recommendations for good pubs in the city centre? They have to sell cask Bitter (a requirement of Dolores) and preferably pub-like.

Suggestions for curry houses would be welcome, too.

08/27/2015 01:30 PM
Jeff Alworth, beer writing, Magnolia Brewing and a return to balance
This post is written by Arthur (follow him on Twitter) and the views expressed are his. I've always had a soft spot for old hippies. An affection that becomes more conceited as I slowly turn into one. Perhaps that's why I was so taken by this article by Jeff Alworth on Dave Mclean and Magnolia, though I'd argue it was a bit more than that. Dave looks like a great lad (Photo credit Jeff

08/27/2015 11:30 AM
Evil Twin Sour Bikini

The post, Evil Twin Sour Bikini, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Normally, I try and start off these reviews with an anecdote or some background information about the beer in focus. This time, I’m just going to lead with the fact that I really, really liked Evil Twin Sour Bikini. I mean, the beer beer is packed with lemony tartness and weighs a mere 3% ABV […]

The post, Evil Twin Sour Bikini, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

08/27/2015 11:09 AM
Quick, Name an Australian Beer(?)
Who did not see this coming but should have? Hey Christopherson, who says beer and wine are closely related/un-related for trademark purposes? Hey Messinger thanks for telling me about this. It is common knowledge that the beer field is crowded, when it comes to trademarks. But many steps further, even the beer-fish-trademark field is crowded, […]

08/27/2015 11:00 AM
Bath Time: Bathtub Gin
A fabulous pair of gins with quite a funny, or perhaps suggestive name, Bathtub Gin offers two different varieties to get your night flowing. Both ...

08/27/2015 09:55 AM
Here is the Bare
Here is the bare minimum anyone in the beer business should know — about beer trademarks. Click below to see a video, from yesterday, by Dan Christopherson, a trademark lawyer at Lehrman Beverage Law in the Washington, DC area. Go ahead and fire away with any additional questions, and I will try to cajole Dan […]

08/27/2015 07:39 AM
Modern Times releases Fruitlands Cherry Gose
Our newest 22 oz. special release is fresh off the bottling line, and coming at you just in time to help smooth the transition from Summer to Fall. Fruitlands, our seriously refreshing cherry gose, is as uniquely complex and satisfying as a freshly solved Rubix cube.

08/27/2015 05:30 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: August 27 - August 31
Not too shabby for the last five days of August, eh? Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. Labor Day weekend will find me at The Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. with a table full of books along side of some great

08/27/2015 03:55 AM
Pre-festival festivals
The biggest event in the Irish beer calendar kicks off this evening at the RDS in Dublin. I understand there'll be about 40 Irish breweries at the 2015 Irish Craft Beer Festival and we've been promised lots of new and special editions. And we're more likely to actually find them too, since the event has been sensibly reduced to a three-day run. But it's far from the first beer festival we've seen in these parts this summer. Earlier this month there were a couple of preliminaries.

To the Harbour Bar in sunny Bray, first, which held a two-day event at the beginning of the month, inviting a handful of local breweries (and one cider-maker) to set up stall in the yard. Wicklow Wolf is a mere keg roll from the Harbour so they were present and correct, showing off the new Belgian Brown Ale. I was expecting something sweet and fruity but it's been fermented with a saison yeast so it resembles more an oude bruin: very dry with a tangy tamarind and vinegar foretaste. The dark grain comes out in the finish where there's an almost stout-like roasted quality. The aroma is also very big on coffee notes. It's certainly complex and mixing up some flavours that aren't normally seen together. And at a modest 5.5% ABV it's relatively sessionable too, if the tang is to your taste.

Further along the bar I snagged the first ever pint of Rascal's new pilsner. Rain Czech is number four in the World Hop Series and employs Saaz and Sladek hops, late and in quantity. It's 5% ABV and a hazy gold. The low carbonation gives it a wonderful creamy texture and my first thought on sipping it was of genre leader Keesmann Herren Pils. It's maybe not quite as polished but it does a lot of the same things. The aroma is gently grassy but the flavour is much more assertive, all moist, fresh grass backed by popcorn and candyfloss. The bitterness is maybe a little on the low side for a pils but there is still a proper bite in the finish. The classic Czech diacetyl is missing but certainly wasn't missed by your correspondent. This is one to drink as soon as you see it: I can't imagine those beautiful hop flavours will hang around for ever.

Less than a week later the second Big Grill Festival took over Herbert Park. Irish beer was well represented and, hey, Rascal's were back with new beer already. Chardonnay Saison is and does exactly what it says on the tap badge. It's 6% ABV but the base beer is one of the lighter and cleaner sorts of saison. This provides a perfect platform for the wine to shine. You get beautiful fresh juicy grape notes with a melon-skin effect that's much more reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay. The wood comes through to an extent, but it's very much a subtle dryness, not the big honking oak-and-butter that blighted my Chardonnay years. An absolute stunner of a beer this, and perfect garden drinking. I understand that the last of it will be making an appearance at the RDS this weekend. Do not miss.

Rascal's still provides the brewing facilities for the Brewtonic brand and their new one for Big Grill was a 4.5% ABV wheat beer called Raspberry Beeret. A lot of raspberries went into this, says sometime Rascal's co-conspirator Rossa. But they're doing a great job in there, really imparting a pure essence-of-raspberry flavour, like chewing the seeds. And, of course, turning the beer bright pink. Perhaps surprisingly, it's only lightly tart, and the wheaty base gives it a lovely pillowy softness making for excellent drinkability. Lurid-coloured fruit beers that aren't just in it for the gimmickry are all too rare.

The Porterhouse also brought a new beer to Big Grill. Hopped to F#¢k is the veteran Dublin brewer's first go at a double IPA. I'm generally not a fan of double IPAs at the best of times but this one really reminded me of why that is. While it's a perhaps modest 8% ABV it lays on the malt in a big hot-and-heavy way. While it starts out zesty enough when its cold, the booze warmth increases with the temperature, turning to marmalade and then becoming full-on toffee by the end. There's a powerful hop acidity which I guess is provided for balance but I found it just made the beer harder to drink. Fans of Hophead may enjoy the opportunity to try something bigger but along the same lines, but I'm happier with the less intense option.

Franciscan Well ran a competition a couple of months ago to name their new saison but the barman running their stall (on behalf of parent Molson Coors, I assume) couldn't tell me what the final decision was. Later research revealed that Beast from the Yeast is the name they went for. I rather enjoyed it too: 5% ABV and another light and gently fruity saison, this time it's more of an appley vibe, perhaps sailing a little close to acetone nail varnish remover if it's allowed to get warm. But there's no need to let it warm: there's a wonderful lagerish crispness to it which makes for very easy drinking, and a dry roasted complexity from, I'm guessing, the dark grain which gives it that mahogany red colour. And regardless how long you leave it when wandering around the park blathering to people it never turns completely sickly, which is more than I can say for a lot of modern saisons, so a definite thumbs-up from me.

And finally to Kinnegar, which has released a gooseberry-flavoured sour beer called, obviously, Geuzberry. It's soured in the kettle with a yoghurt strain rather than wild yeasts so it's all quite subtle, a bit like a Berliner wiesse, though rather stronger at 5.2% ABV. At its heart it's a very simple and grainy wheat beer: clean, fizzy and refreshing. The sour tang is understated but it's definitely present and is essentially the same lactic flavour you'll find much more loudly in good Belgian lambic, without any of the vinegary qualities you sometimes get. As such, it may well be an ideal sour beer starter for a newcomer to this end of the beer world. I noted a white grape tannin effect on the finish and it's just occurred to me that that may be the gooseberries at work: I'm used to wine tasting of gooseberries but this may be the first time gooseberries have made me think of wine flavours. Anyway, this is a lovely beer and tremendous fun to drink.

That wraps it up for this pair of bijou beer festivals. The real action starts at 5.

08/26/2015 11:21 PM
Father’s Day Gift Guide
Father's Day is fast approaching and Australian Brews News has you covered with the best gift ideas for beer loving Dads.

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