04/18/2015 10:43 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
04/18/2015 10:43 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
04/18/2015 10:43 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
04/18/2015 10:43 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
04/18/2015 10:43 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
04/18/2015 09:12 AM
Eight per cent of British craft brewers have PhDs and other dubious statistics
I have a new book out, A Craft Beer Road Trip Around Britain, with snapshots of 40 of Britain’s top small breweries from Scotland to the South West. Don’t rush to try to buy it from Amazon/your favourite independent bookseller, … Continue reading →
04/18/2015 08:58 AM
A Whale A Week: Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett
A Whale A Week is my attempt to make a dent in my beer cellar, while sharing these rare beers with friends who will take the time to help me judge and appreciate them. Last week we tasted the wonderful Lift Bridge Silhouette. This week we take a trip to the farm: Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Peche 'n Brett Logsdon is a brewery he ...
04/18/2015 06:51 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Pink blossoms, yellow door.
'Tis the season for bloomin' pastels.
And the pink wasn't limited only to Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin.
Here, a street scene, in suburban...
12 April 2015.
04/18/2015 06:22 AM
The Lost Abbey Brewing Company Track
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is The Lost Abbey Brewing Company Track #10 - Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels With Coffee and Cacao Nibs Added. From the The Lost Abbey Brewing Company website: “From the Ultimate Box Set: “A fresh track, Tr ...
04/18/2015 03:55 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/04/2015
Here’s what’s been what in the world of beer in the last seven days. → It’s been well shared but, just in case you’ve missed it, for the Morning Advertiser, Pete Brown took a balanced view of the question of UK craft beer pricing, arguing that though a big price tag on imports might be justified, … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 18/04/2015 →
04/18/2015 03:46 AM
Welcome Balter Brewing!
The Knoxville beer scene has literally exploded with new breweries these past few years with double that in the planning phase. Is is possible that we might become the Asheville of Tennessee?? Coming around the bend in the next year or so the beer laws will change to make it much more beneficial and legal for existing breweries to ...
04/18/2015 03:05 AM
British-brewed bottled Lager in the 1950's
And you know me and my relationship with British Lager. Never drink the stuff, but keep writing about it. This is a fascinating period for Lager in Britain. When it starts breaking into the mainstream. That’s very evident from a glance at the brewers in the table.
Some are the pre-war pioneers, who went out on a limb to build specialist Lager plant as a time when demand was very limited. I’m thinking here of Tennent, Barclay Perkins and Red Tower. Graham’s probably belongs in that list, too, as I’m pretty sure that was being made at the Alloa Brewery at this point.
Then you’ve got Charrington and Flowers, large regional breweries clearly keen to get in on the Lager act with their own branded products. I’m not so sure either had the equipment to properly bottom ferment at this point.
Carling Black Label is an example of another trend, an emerging national group bringing in a foreign brand. Despite billing itself as Canadian Lager, the example in the table was brewed in Sheffield.
Once again, the examples neatly divide themselves into two groups: 1030º - 1037º and 1040º - 1050º. Interestingly, the whole group comes out with an average OG about identical with the average for all beer consumed in the UK: 1037º.
It’s hard to say much about attenuation, other than that the ones specifically called Pilsner tend to be more highly attenuated.
In terms of value for money, Lager was very poor. The average OG for this set is about the same as Ordinary Bitter, 1037. But that averaged just 16.8d per pint, as opposed to 36.7d per pint for Lager. Even taking into account the difference in price between bottled and draught beer, Lager was still way more expensive than Bitter.
The very low level of acidity is a dead giveaway that these beers were pasteurised. And dead as a door nail in the bottle. Um, yummy boiled sweets flavour.
Imported Lager next, perhaps.
04/18/2015 02:49 AM
Beer In Ads #1528: Drink Sober-Up
Friday’s ad is for a soft drink called Sober-Up, from 1945. While not a beer, the idea that they’d call it “Sober-Up” is too funny, and given my week at CBC in Portland coming to an end, appropriate. Apparently, “It’s A Lifesaver,” and it’s also...
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04/18/2015 01:16 AM
Sanctuary in Iowa City Hosting Spring Home Brewers Share Event April 25th
I received the following information from the Sanctuary Pub in Iowa City. Sounds like a great opportunity to taste and talk with some of the truly great home brewers we have in the area. Tickets are $10 and available at the Sanctuary. Cheers! Spring Home Brewers Share event… Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City Saturday April 25th @ 3pm. ALL proceed ...
04/18/2015 12:34 AM
Charleston BrewHaHa: A craft beer festival with some locally brewed laughs
If you're in the Charleston area this weekend and in need of two of the more important things in life -- a beer and a good laugh -- you're in luck, because, as fate would have it, the...
04/17/2015 10:44 PM
Craft Chronicles: Get Yours Now!
It’s patio weather in Denver! Do you enjoy craft beer? Do you like a great deal? Now through May 31, Imbibe’s Craft Chronicles allows Denverities the opportunities to explore Breckenridge Brewery, Denver Beer Co., Epic Brewing and Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre and Brewery like never before. How does Craft Chronicles work? Purchase a ...
04/17/2015 08:01 PM
Want to help out Friends of Acadia and drink free beer?
Saturday, April 25th marks the 16th year the Friends of Acadia have gathered together and set out to clean the roadsides around Mount Desert Island and Trenton. The Earth Day Roadside Cleanup event is volunteer based, everyone is welcome to join in the effort. Atlantic Brewing Company and Maine Girls Pint Out have both committed to helping […]
04/17/2015 07:53 PM
Photos from Craft Brewers Conference Week 2015 (Portland Oregon)
04/17/2015 07:13 PM
Cantillon highlights Craft Beer Kings’ Online Cellar Sale this Sunday, April 19
Sponsored [Paid] Post: Craft Beer Kings announced its next Cellar Sale which will take place this Sunday, April 19th at 9am PDT. More details and a list of beers below the dotted line. Won’t be at your computer or phone […]
04/17/2015 05:13 PM
Brew Talks CBC: Joe Bisacca On Selling Elysian to Anheuser-Busch
When we initially booked our special CBC edition of Brew Talks at 10 Barrel Brewing’s Portland brewpub, we wanted to start the afternoon with a dialogue between Joe Bisacca and Dick Cantwell, two of the three founding partners at Elysian Brewing. The goal was simple: have a conversation about succession planning and the circumstances that led Elysian to explore a sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev.
04/17/2015 04:32 PM
Visit the tasting room at Atlas Brew Works for pints, flights, and fun
The tasting room at Atlas Brew Works has been serving pints and flights since 2013. Craft beer lovers can stop by on Friday evenings and weekends to enjoy Atlas's flagship beers -- Rowdy, District Common, and Home Rule...
04/17/2015 03:50 PM
Oak Street Draft House
04/17/2015 03:09 PM
Episode 109 – Imperial Founders
Beer: Founders Porter, Founders Dirty Bastard, Founders Imperial Stout, Founders Black Rye
04/17/2015 02:55 PM
Take A Long, Deep Breath In: WIN A Menu Wine Breather
Sleek with a laboratory flask flare, the Menu Wine Breather looks little like its intended task. An oval, disc like base attached to a long ...
04/17/2015 02:44 PM
A Bullshitter’s Guide To Scotch Whisky
GQ meets up with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, to talk through the do’s and don’ts of Scotch whisky. First things first. To call itself a scotch whisky, a potential scotch whisky has a few hoops to jump through before it earns the moniker. It must be made from malted barley, it […]
04/17/2015 01:45 PM
Houston Beer Week begins tomorrow!
Houston’s craft beer scene continues to grow. More breweries open up each year, more creative beers are brewed by local operations, and more craft beers from other cities show up on retail shelves and bar room taps. The...
04/17/2015 01:08 PM
Sundog Cider – Hand crafted and Powered by the Sun in the Hudson Valley
How does an installer of solar panels and a manufacturer of magnetic products come up with the idea to make hard cider? For Jody Rael, who had been making fruit wines for many years, a light bulb went off when he discovered a bottle of his wine underneath his bed that had been there for […]
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04/17/2015 01:05 PM
Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves: An Old Boutique Winery with a Twist
Ready for a new experience when it comes to wine? Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves is part of a growing trend: wineries that store their wines in caves. Bella’s horseshoe-shaped cave was dug right out of the hillside, and it now serves as a storage facility for up to 500 barrels of wine. Why a […]
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04/17/2015 12:29 PM
Boulevard Brewing Announces Upcoming Tell-Tale Tart
(Kansas City,MO) – When we first shared our 2015 release calendar back in December, we indicated that we were planning to bre…
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04/17/2015 12:29 PM
Valley wine ‘pioneer’ Joseph Phelps dead at 87
Joseph Phelps — who more than four decades ago put his faith in the future of Napa Valley wine in launching a second career — died Wednesday at his St. Helena home at the age of 87. In the late 1960s, Joseph Phelps was running the largest construction companies in Colorado founded by his father […]
04/17/2015 11:51 AM
The 5 Best Scottish Gins We’ve Come Across
Scotland is a country forever associated with whisky, and many assume the Scots drink nothing but Scotch. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, ...
04/17/2015 11:48 AM
Award-Winning Brewer Devon Randall Moves to Arts District Brewing
When Blue Palms’ Brian Lenzo announced that he would be teaming up with Cedd Moses’ 213 Nightlife group to open Arts Distri…
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04/17/2015 11:46 AM
Beer Release: Peanut Butter Wolf, Hi-Fi Brewing Company
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. From the brewery: Peanut Butter Wolf, our new peanut butter brown ale, debuts Saturday, April 18th. It features peanuts up front in the aroma, and the flavor brings a little graham cracker and just a faint hint of chocolate to the party. This isn’t one of those...
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04/17/2015 11:40 AM
Patent No. 189795A: Vent Attachments For Beer-Barrels
Today in 1877, US Patent 189795 A was issued, an invention of Freidrich Schtultz, for his “Improvement In Vent Attachments For Beer-Barrels.” There’s no Abstract, but according to the description, the “invention relates to a device for admitting air into beer-barrels, in...
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04/17/2015 11:20 AM
Election night at the Finborough
On election night we'll be open all night at the Finborough, with a late licence covering us right through until 6am the next day. The event in conjunction with PoliticalBetting.com, Britain's most read political blog. Here's the announcement over on that site. I've been a reader of PoliticalBetting since it started back in 2004. I'm pleased to be hosting this and looking forward to seeing
04/17/2015 10:34 AM
Craft beer is no stranger to collaboration. Frequently […]
04/17/2015 10:28 AM
Week of 04/17/15 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: Cathedral Square Repent Rye, Cathedral Square Holy Moly Stout, Cathedral Square Belgian White, and Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog. Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues [...]
04/17/2015 09:49 AM
An American Reinheitsgebot
Featured Contributor: Andrew Newton @DrinkMeLocal In Andrew Gavrin’s recent article he talked about the need to better define what exactly craft beer is. In the end he laid out his own definition, including that craft beer should not contain any adjuncts. This level of brewing ‘purity’ sounds an awful lot like an American Reinheitsgebot, our own twist on the so-called Bavarian Purity Law that restricted brewers to malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. The reality is that the Reinheitsgebot is an idealized and romantic notion; more…
04/17/2015 08:50 AM
Sweetwater Brewing 420 Fest Double IPA
There’s no denying that Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing now how to handle some hops (whole cone, pelleted or hash). Hell, one search for the company on this site will find a plethora of reviews on their pale ales and IPAs. The latest brew in their Dank Tank series, 420 Fest Double IPA, certainly follows suit in […]
04/17/2015 07:06 AM
Parkgate brewery launches new beer
Honoring the glass bottle manufacturer Beatson Clark, Rotherham based Parkgate brewery has launched Chantry Brewery Teaser in the UK.
04/17/2015 04:20 AM
April 17th, 2015
I tend to be really, really confident on the weekends.
04/17/2015 03:05 AM
War and austerity
I’ve been getting a good impression of the crap brewers had to deal with in the late 1940’s. As I’ve finally got around to looking at some of the post-war Brewing Trade Review volumes I bought in an IBD auction.
I’m quoting an article about the “The Report of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the year ended 31st March, 1949”. It’s basically a load of statistics. Just my sort of thing. But the text says a lot about the problems brewers faced just after the war.
As so often, the tax on beer was increasing:
“Beer.—The basic Excise duty on beer before April, 1948, was £7 19s. 9d. per barrel plus 5s. 11d. per degree. The Budget raised the duty to £8 18s. 10d. per barrel up to a gravity of 1027 degrees, plus a surtax of 6s. 7.5d. per degree above that strength. Corresponding changes were made in the Customs duties on imported beer. The increase in duty was approximately equivalent to 1d. per pint on beer of average strength.”
That price increase put up Mild from 11d to 12d per pint. Quite a large percentage rise.
Raw materials were no easier to get hold of in peacetime:
“The shortage of cereals and other brewing materials made it necessary to continue during 1947-48 the control imposed by the Ministry of Food on 1st May, 1946. Up to 31st December, 1947, the permitted rate of output of each brewer was equivalent in terms of standard barrels to 85% of production in the year ended 31st March, 1946. In order to save sugar the permitted rate of output was further reduced to 82% on 1st January, 1948. Owing to an uneven demand for beer during the summer months a redistribution of production was necessary and this was achieved by reducing from 1st January, 1949, the permitted level of production of each brewery to 78% of its standard barellage in the corresponding period of 1945-46 and arranging centrally for the balance of 4% to be allocated to brewers who could not meet their demand within 78%.”
Note that they were restricting beer output to a percentage of the 1945 figure. Which itself would have been fixed as a percentage of production in the last peacetime year. It must have been depressing for brewers to have their output still limited years after war’s end.
Unsurprisingly, there was a considerable fall in the amount of beer drunk:
“As a result of all these factors the quantity of home-produced beer retained for consumption in the United Kingdom in 1948-49 amounted to 27.05 million bulk barrels compared with 30.01 million barrels in 1947-48, the average strength being about the same as in the previous year. The quantity and strength of imported beer changed very little between the two years; imports from Continental countries continued during 1948-49 and substantial supplies continued to come from Eire.”
The accompanying tables tell us something about the strength of the beer imported and exported. Because they list both bulk and standard barrels. Meaning it’s simple to work out the average gravity.
First imported beer:
The vast majority of that was Guinness from Ireland, especially during the war years. Post-war, increasing amounts of Lager from the Continent came into Britain.
Note that the average OG of exports and imports were quite similar at the outbreak of the war, but by 1949 the OG of exports was 5 points higher. Both were still higher than the OG of beer brewed and consumed in the UK, which was 1041º in 1939 and 1033º in 1949.
Some more tables next, I think.
04/17/2015 02:58 AM
Beer In Ads #1527: The Invalid
Thursday’s ad is another one for Pabst, from 1897. The Invalid in the title refers to those not drinking Pabst, with its “tonic” qualities where “it lifts, strengthens, builds, is vivifying, life-giving, gives vim and bounce — it braces.” The post Beer In Ads #1527:...
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04/17/2015 02:20 AM
Patent No. PP9511P: Hops Named “Furano No. 18″
Today in 1996, US Patent PP9511 P was issued, an invention of Tokio Tanikoshi, Yasunori Arai, Yutaka Itoga, Masanobu Goto, and Narushi Suda, assigned to Sapporo Breweries Limited, for their “Hops Named ‘Furano No. 18.'” Here’s the Abstract: A new and distinct variety of...
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04/16/2015 11:32 PM
A Sydney Beer opportunity
Wanting a bit of work in the beer biz without having to sell or cart around large bags of malt? This gig might be just the thing.
04/16/2015 10:58 PM
Coopers Vintage to be scarcest in years
The newly developed Melba hop will make its debut in Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2015, which will be scarcer than previous years.
04/16/2015 10:00 PM
The Hop Concept releases second offering in Hop Freshener series
While many people in the San Diego craft beer industry are busy glad-handing in Portland, Ore. for the Craft Brewers Conference, there’s still beer news to be made in America’s Finest City. Since the annual...
04/16/2015 08:57 PM
Love the label on this. #boylan #seltzer
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04/16/2015 07:52 PM
Clark's Ale House
04/16/2015 07:39 PM
GABS ticket sales ‘strongest ever’
Tickets are selling fast for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular 2015, the organisers have warned.
04/16/2015 07:00 PM
Episode 49: GABS and Vale
This week we catch up with Steve Jeffares to talk things Spectacular, and Tim Collin who with his brothers has recently taken full control of Vale Brewing...
04/16/2015 06:54 PM
#weyerbacher #bier #bottleshare #craftbeer #njcb #tartenouveau #followthejester
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04/16/2015 05:08 PM
CBC 2015: Marc Sorini Tackles Franchise Reform
One of the biggest issues facing the craft brewing industry as it continues to evolve is that of franchise laws, the rules that contractually bind manufacturers to their wholesaler partners. Across the country, brewers are trying to find more latitude in how they bring beer to market.
04/16/2015 04:38 PM
Highland Brewing hosting several Jacksonville events in May
Highland Brewing Company has been a staple in Asheville, NC for more than 20 years where they have created beers that they describe as a, “Wee bit different.” The brewery along with their local Jacksonville distributor, Brown Distributing Company, has recently announced several fun and exciting events scheduled to highlight their exceptional brews. The first […]
04/16/2015 04:13 PM
Odell St. Louis Crew Drive All Next Week
We all have our own beer-related pet peeves. For those that know me closely, they know that my A #1 pet peeve is how people continually screw up Odell Brewing Company. O’dell, O’Dells, etc. The owner’s name is Doug Odell. No apostrophe. Whew, I feel better. Anyway, I don’t think people realize how lucky we are to have [...]
04/16/2015 04:08 PM
Jester King Presents Cerveza Sin Frontera, Collaboration With Crooked Stave and Brasserie Trois Dames
(Austin,TX) – We’re excited to introduce Cerveza Sin Frontera, a three part collaboration between Jester King, Crook…
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04/16/2015 02:02 PM
Don’t Miss The 3rd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival April 26, 2015
Enjoy the sunny Los Angeles weather as we take over the parking lot at Link N Hops and 55 Degree Wine to bring you live entertainment, o…
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04/16/2015 01:46 PM
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin NOW IN CANS!
(San Diego,CA) – There are a lot of smiling faces around the brewery this week. The Padres are winning, spring has set in, an…
04/16/2015 01:34 PM
The 5 Best Local Dishes In Napa
We all know famed Napa Valley restaurants Per Se and Meadowood, and boy do we love them. But our local pockets (as much as we ...
04/16/2015 01:30 PM
Seattle Cider Company expands into Minnesota
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Seattle Cider Company continues its march towards world domination. Not really, but they are continuing to expand into new markets across the country. Here is a press release about the introduction of Seattle Cider to Minnesota. Seattle Cider Company to Bring Uniquely Dry Ciders to Minnesota Beginning...
04/16/2015 01:18 PM
Beer Release: Wildeornes Wild & Barrel-aged beers, Odin Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Beer release info from Odin Brewing: ODIN BREWING CO. LAUNCHES WILDĒORNES WILD AND BARREL-AGED PROGRAM Wildēornes No. 1 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Release Event, Thursday April 23rd at the Odin Brewing Taproom in Tukwila. The Wildēornes is the place of self-willed beasts – a realm without...
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04/16/2015 12:59 PM
Guess Who’s Making Beer? Ben and Jerry’s! Yes, They Are.
First, a public service announcement for those who live anywhere near a Ben and Jerry’s: Today is their 26th annual Free Cone Day, which, if you are unfamiliar with it, involves every Ben and Jerry’s store in the country handing out free ice cream cones to anyone who shows up. We continue to be shocked that it […]
04/16/2015 12:58 PM
Today BREWPUBLIC and Alebriated Distribution present Beers of Enchantment
We are all set for one of today’s top 2015 Craft Brewers Conference events when BREWPUBLIC and Alebriated Distribution team up for Beers of Enchantment at The BeerMongers. This special New Mexico craft beer tasting will take place today from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The New Mexico breweries to be featured during Beers of Enchantment include […]
04/16/2015 12:57 PM
Spokane Beer Week & 6 Collaboration Beers
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The brewery scene around Spokane has expanded a lot in recent years. We’ve reported before on the Inland Northwest. See our previous posts about the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. Now we share news that Spokane and the surrounding area will celebrate the first-ever Spokane Beer Week from...
04/16/2015 12:52 PM
The Re-Emergence of Barrel Aged Beers
Barrel-aged beers are something of a trend among micro-brews these days, offering a host of interesting flavors to a market ripe for exploration. Barrel aging is a return to the past, when beers were aged in wooden barrels and brewed and fermented that way, too. Labor intensive to clean, and slow to age the beer […]
04/16/2015 12:49 PM
Hyatt Regency Brewhouse Hosts 4 Hands Beer Dinner
[ April 22, 2015; 5:30 pm; ] It's like Mr. Rogers once said, "Neighbors kick ass.*" And without a doubt, 4 Hands Brewing Company is always trying to be a good neighbor. What better way to be a good neighbor than a collaboration of food and beer? Next Wednesday, April 22nd, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be hosting a beer dinner with their lovely neighbor [...]
04/16/2015 12:43 PM
The Vineyards of West Texas
Along Highway 290 near Fredericksburg, Texas, the heart of Texas Hill Country’s wine region is proudly beating. Although Texas itself ranks number five among wine-producing states in the nation, the Hill Country is booming with happy oenophiles. Winemakers at stellar vineyards are crafting bold red Malbec and Merlot, and dry Rieslings and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. […]
04/16/2015 12:36 PM
Neot Semadar Winery: A Desert Oasis in Israel
The Negev Desert could be considered Israel’s last frontier: thousands of miles of red-brown dirt and stunning mesas, interrupted only by a cluster of date-palms here or an abandoned ruin there. Its exuberant sunsets are matched only by its overpowering noontime heat. In the arid, lonesome strip of land between the desert cities of Beer […]
04/16/2015 11:38 AM
Infographics: 11 Wine, Beer & Spirits Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
This week we bring you more weird and whimsical facts about wine, beer and spirits for all of your alcoholic learning needs. Learn about the ...
04/16/2015 10:46 AM
Winners of Four Tickets to the Schlafly Ibex Lazy Ballerina Launch Party
I’ve got some good news and bad news for you. And frankly the good news is only good for two people. I’m pleased to announce that the two winners for two tickets to the Schlafly Ibex Series Launch Party are Sidney Rehg and Ruth Mueller! Congrats to Sidney and Ruth, I hope they have a great [...]
04/16/2015 10:41 AM
Patent No. 401406A: Construction Of Beer Engines
Today in 1889, US Patent 401406 A was issued, an invention of James Amasa Bigelow, for his “Construction Of Beer Engines.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states the following. “My invention relates to apparatus for drawing beer or other liquids from a receptacle in...
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04/16/2015 10:25 AM
A Proper 88th Birthday Celebration
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his birthday Bavarian-style today at his residence in the Vatican today.
Happy Birthday Your Holiness!
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04/16/2015 10:08 AM
Ponte Vedra eatery to feature craft beer
Food and craft beer go together like, well like food and craft beer. It seems like more an more new restaurants are catching on to that simple fact. With the soon-to-open Supper Food & Brew downtown, Kitchen on San Marco and now Trasca & Co. Eatery in Ponte Vedra, craft beer is proving to be […]
04/16/2015 09:26 AM
Dave and Diane Alexander honored by Brewers Association.
Every year since 1987, the Brewers Association (and its predecessor the Association of Brewers) presents the Brewers Association Recognition Award "to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the brewpub and microbrewery movement" in the United States. The selection is announced during the Craft Brewers Conference.
The first award was given to influential beer writer, Michael Jackson. Last year, the award went to pioneering brewer Teri Fahrendorf, founder of the Pink Boots Society, "empowering women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education."
Yesterday, at the CBC, in Portland, Oregon,, the BA recognized 'DA': Dave and Diane Alexander, the husband wife team that for many years brought good beer to the Washington, D.C. area, as co-owners of the venerable beer tavern, the Brickskeller, and later, R.F.D.
The Alexanders organized tastings and appearances at the Brickskeller with brewers across the United States, and Europe. (Some of the evenings quite infamous!) The couple was doing this years before such things became commonplace and accepted as the norm, as they are now.
A dive bar appear in appearance, the Brickskeller Down Home Saloon would achieve national and international renown. Its beer list boasted over one-thousand choices (on paper, if not always in the cupboard). After over fifty years of operation, the Brickskeller was sold in 2010. (R.F.D. remains open.) But its legacy lives on: many of the attendees at the Brickskeller's events, and many of the drinkers who poured over the beer menus, were inspired enough to become some of the next generation(s) of good-beer brewers.
Congratulations to Diane and Dave. Well-deserved!
04/16/2015 07:36 AM
The Chesham Brewery Shop
On Monday I took a ten mile walk from Rickmansworth station to Chesham along the Chess Valley. Both towns are served by the Metropolitan Line. It's probably the best country yomp you can do without leaving the London Underground network. The early section is far from pretty, but once you pass over the M25 you're quickly in a beautiful valley. Diversions are possible to the perfect villages
04/16/2015 07:06 AM
Perry’s Brewer Preview/Unboxing
Full Disclosure: Recently Perry’s Brewer sent me a one gallon beer making kit and the accompanying stout beer ingredients. By recently, I mean way back in January. (My apologies go out to the crew at Perry’s Brewer for the delay.) Like the rest of my blog and unfortunately my brewing hobby, it’s been kind of […]
04/16/2015 07:03 AM
Perennial Ales Vermilion Barleywine
It looks like I was on a bit of a Perennial Ales micro-run with this and the last post. And while the Fete de Noel was tasty, this 10.5% ABV barleywine is heads and shoulders above it. Vermilion is a rich beer that has a dynamic flavor profile and “cellarability” that I look for in […]
04/16/2015 06:34 AM
#VeggieDag Thursday. Beer and food pairing with Lucy Saunders.
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.
Spring-like weather is here, it being spring and all that. Seemed like a long winter.
The bounty at farmers' markets is growing more bountiful. Here's a timely YouTube upload from Lucy Saunders, author of several beer-in-food cookbooks, including her most recent, Dinner In The Beer Garden.
Saunders likes her grilled meats and her barbeque (and has written about those in prior books) but it's fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, herbs, and grains that are the stars of Dinner in the Beer Garden, which she has written for people who "love craft beer, who love cooking with fresh produce, and who love sharing meals in sociable garden spaces."
"Brewers are a lot like chefs," Saunders says, "in that they take ingredients and transform them." For the drinker and home-cook, "building bridges with beer and food" is pairing the flavors of beer ingredients and food ingredients, whether together in the recipe, or together at table (or in a beer garden).
04/16/2015 05:58 AM
Blue Moon to open new brewery in Denver, US
Blue Moon Brewing plans to build a new brewery in Denver’s River North Art District, US.
04/16/2015 05:30 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 16 - April 22
I've only got a few nickels to rub together after yesterday's tax man came a-callin', so I'm going to find some good beer amongst the typically full weekly list of beer events below and have myself a good time. Hope you do too. As my unofficial analysis goes, I'm not sure that this weekly calendar has ever been such a diverse regional showcase of beer. The list tends to lean inward toward Philly
04/16/2015 04:29 AM
Saison Season Pt1: Lemonheads
This first batch of UK-brewed saisons in our new series of tastings are connected loosely by their inclusion of lemon, or lemongrass, and all three just happen to be from London. They were purchased from Ales by Mail: Partizan Lemongrass (pictured above) — 3.8%, 330ml, £2.09. Partizan Lemon & Thyme — 3.9%, 330ml, £2.09. Brew by Numbers 01/08 … Continue reading Saison Season Pt1: Lemonheads →
04/16/2015 03:41 AM
So slow is my transference of drinking experiences to this blog that it's possible to follow the evolution of individual beers, whole styles even, in single posts. Camden Town's Indian Summer was an exciting prototype on its second annual outing when I found it on tap in The Black Sheep in the middle of last year.
It arrived looking like a kristall weiss, clear gold in a tall Germanic pint glass, topped by a generous head. The aroma was unequivocally that of an IPA, all grapefruit, lime and mandarin. But it tasted like lager: crisp, fresh and with little aftertaste. While it certainly had plenty of hop oils lurking in there, the tropical fruit flavours took primacy over the bitterness just the way I like. The end result was a complex but very refreshing and drinkable beer, expertly hiding its hefty 6.4% ABV.
I looked forward to seeing more of it but it seems Camden Town weren't prepared to leave well enough alone and you can follow the transformation in more detail on Mr Curtis's blog here. Next thing I'm walking out of DrinkStore with a 33cl can of something called India Hells Lager.
Obviously it's almost impossible to compare Indian Summer meaningfully with its successor, a beer that seems to have become the brewery's flagship, or at least the product that gets talked about most. The golden colour and pillow of foam are repeated, though I got more sweet tropical fruit in the aroma: some pineapple in with your grapefruit. I think, however, that the lager element is lost in the flavour. There's a massive fresh cut-grass bitterness, almost peppery, and then the grapefruit, lime and all the rest of that. But this time the alcohol is very apparent, even though it's a smidge lower at 6.2% ABV: the texture is heavy, thick even, very much like a warm-fermented IPA. This isn't a bad thing, and really the residual sugar provides a stage for the big hops to act out their roles expansively. But I miss the clean, crisp quaffability of the original and found the intense lime pith of IHL just a bit too much like hard work to drink.
The lager gods have answered the prayers of hopheads and while I don't want to be one of those irrelevant old fossils bleating on about balance, I do prefer my superhopped bleeding-edge lagers to be a bit more, well, lagery.
04/16/2015 03:05 AM
Old Ale in the 1950’s
It’s Easter weekend but I’m, chained to my keyboard, trying to pump out enough posts to cover for next week when I’m in the US. This week, when you’re reading this. That’s what I get for insisting on having a new post every day.
This is getting repetitive, but it’s true. Old Ale is yet another beer designation which is used in an arbitrary way. Stronger ones could easily be called Barley Wine. Weaker ones could be just Strong Ale. There’s no way I can think to define them other than what the brewer called them.
I realise that there are many who prefer the world of beer styles to be neater. But it isn’t. Especially not in the UK, where inconsistencies go back 150 years or more.
At one time I wouldn’t have been so reticent. I’d have said pale colour = Barley Wine or Strong Ale, dark colour = Old Ale. I realised a while ago that wasn’t really true. Though Old Ale is mostly dark, there are also dark Barley Wines. In fact in the 1950’s, as we’ve already seen, most Barley Wines were dark.
And, just to make everything complicated, there’s one beer clearly labelled “Old Ale” that’s pale, M & B Amba Pale Old Ale. It’s a bit awkward with the colour because Whitbread changed system. The older ones are in Lovibond, red and brown cells. The later ones are EBC. I’ve done a sort of rough conversion to EBC and I get an average colour of 82.5 EBC. Which is dark brown. The Gale’s and JW Green examples are significantly paler than the others.
In terms of strength, diverse is all I can say. Gravities range from 1045º to 1090º and the ABV 4.25% to 11%. Though the vast majority are over 1060º, which was pretty strong for the day.
My guess is that many recipes were just beefed up versions of the brewery’s Dark Mild. That’s certainly what Fullers did. Their Old Harry was parti-gyled (OG 1052º) with Hock (OG 1032º). I’m sure they weren’t the only ones. Which reminds me. I really should put together some recipes to go with this series.
By this time Old Ale didn’t really mean an aged beer. I doubt many of this set were aged. Though there’s one obvious exception: Prize Old Ale. With attenuation of over 90%, looks to me like Brettanomyces had been time for a leisurely meal. That was possibly also the case with Steward & Patteson’s.
That’s me done for now. I think I might go for Brown Ale next time. Or at least one sort of Brown Ale.
04/16/2015 02:01 AM
Woodinville Reserve: A White and Rosé Affair
Herald spring this weekend in Woodinville with a wonderful wine and food event to welcome the warmer weather. Join in on Woodinville Reserve: A White and a Rosé Affair on Sunday April 19th at Novelty Hill Januik Winery. You’ll enjoy delicious bites by James Beard Award-Winning chefs as you partake in two distinct levels of […]
04/16/2015 12:48 AM
Exploring Portland’s beer scene
With the global beer industry descending on Portland this week, James Atkinson reflects on his recent visit to the city dubbed 'Beervana'.
04/15/2015 07:55 PM
Sommbeer’s Favorite IPA’s
As a beer loving community the Sommbeer crew has decided to do a series of collaborative post’s that we will be calling “Sommbeer’s Favorites”. The purpose of these posts are just to give a brief look at some of each contributors favorite brews are of a particular style. This post is dedicated to Sommbeer’s favorite IPA’s Alex: I am a big fan of Boulevard Single Wide IPA. This is the beer I got my start in craft beer with. It is a nice crisp beer.…
04/15/2015 06:47 PM
“a woman walks into a bar…” Floating and Cocktailing in Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber
Who would have thought? First of all, that I’d be flying in a blimp, but a Flying Cucumber? Let me tell you, it was pretty amazing. How much gin did it take to come up with this very cool promotion of flying around the country in a cucumber shaped blimp? I would love to have […]
04/15/2015 06:44 PM
Down Under IPA Tasting
Hops Hops Hops. We continue to talk about hops. Hop methods and hop varieties. We finally get down to tasting some hops. This week we quaff down some mighty fine double IPA loaded up with Australian and New Zealand Hops! One of the best IIPAs we can get around here in the Northeast is Heady […]
04/15/2015 06:28 PM
Earthbound's Earthfest returns to Avondale Brewing Co. to celebrate Earth Day
Avondale Brewing Co. (201 41st Street South, Birmingham) welcomes Earthbound back to the brewery on Saturday, April 18 from 2 p.m. to sundown for their annual Earthbound's Earthfest, an outdoor concert that acts as a fundraiser for...
04/15/2015 05:33 PM
CBC 2015: BA Encourages Self-Reflection, Looks to Future
Addressing thousands of beer industry professionals this morning at the convention center in Portland, Ore., Charlie Papazian, the president of the Brewers Association, detailed the significance of craft brewery self-reflection.
04/15/2015 04:31 PM
Ben and Jerry’s collaborates with New Belgium to create tasty new brew
What happens when one of the best loved ice cream makers in the United States gets together with the nation’s third largest craft brewer? All sorts of dessert-flavored beer goodness, that’s what! And, to top it off, the proceeds from sales of the brew will go to charity! Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream of Vermont […]
04/15/2015 03:51 PM
Where To Find The 5 Best Whisky Selections In London
From the neighborhood pub with a surprising collection of whiskies, to an Indian restaurant which eschews the frosted bottle of Cobra for a wee dram ...
04/15/2015 03:19 PM
Columbia Distributing Signs Almanac and Crooked Stave
Columbia Distributing has bolstered its portfolio of craft offerings, signing agreements with two high-end beer makers from California and Colorado. he MillerCoors-aligned wholesaler, which operates branches in Oregon and Washington, today announced it has signed distribution agreements with Almanac Beer Co. and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project for coverage throughout the Pacific Northwest.
04/15/2015 01:22 PM
Session Ale – Beer Review
Featured Contributor: Nick Campellone Session Ale Manayunk Brewing Company This ale is by Manayunk Brewing Company and it is Session Ale. Session is a Belgian Style Blonde Ale and is a type of beer most breweries are trying and putting out in the market. Manayunk is a local brewery in Philadelphia. They are right on the outskirts of the city and are right next to the Schuylkill River. I try to have a local brewed beer every once in a while to see what is…
04/15/2015 12:12 PM
Brew Bus rolls in to Jacksonville April 24
In cities around the country craft beer is becoming a force to be reckoned with. More and more, cities are realizing that craft beer can be a source of pride to residents and a means for advancing tourism. At the same time, beer enthusiasts are always looking for ways to enjoy several beers from several […]
04/15/2015 11:20 AM
Turnkey Brewery & Restaurant Consulting Group Night at Bottles
The craft beer minds behind Turnkey Brewery & Restaurant Consulting Group will be hosting an open house this evening at Bottles in Northeast Portland. Beginning at 6:00pm tonight, Turnkey will be bringing in some of its clients in the craft beer industry for an open house. Tonight’s event will feature beers from Dru Bru, Ghostfish […]
04/15/2015 11:07 AM
Central Oregon Beer Week Announces 2015 Plans
Annual celebration of craft brewing will take place Friday May 22 thru Sunday May 31, 2015 Bend, OR— April 13, 2015 – Central Oregon Beer Week (COBW) announces their annual event will take place Friday May 22 to Sunday May 31, kicking off Memorial Day Weekend and continuing throughout the remainder of the month. Now […]
04/15/2015 10:44 AM
Brewers Dinner with Oakshire and 3 Floyds at Urban Farmer
Oakshire Brewing and 3 Floyds are teaming up with Urban Farmer to host a four course tasting dinner with three beers from each brewery! This unique and one of a kind dinner that will include members of each brewery’s brewing team will take place on Thursday, April 16th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm This […]
04/15/2015 10:09 AM
VIDEO: How Cans are Made
If, like us, you remained fascinating by cans (they’re so space age!) then this video by Bill ‘Engineer Guy’ Hammack is a must-watch, not least because of the wonderful jargon — ‘seaming chuck’ is our favourite. (There are going to be craft beer marketing people everywhere looking at those impractical spherical and cuboid cans and thinking, … Continue reading VIDEO: How Cans are Made →
04/15/2015 09:50 AM
Ted Cruz: "The 2nd Amendment is not for hunting."
Although I sure know who I won't support in the next presidential election, I've not made any decision on where my support will go. I do however, like what Ted Cruz says here.
"When it comes to Constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says, it doesn't matter what might be popular at the moment."Watch the whole thing.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]