10/04/2015 04:56 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
10/04/2015 04:56 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.....
10/04/2015 04:56 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’.....
10/04/2015 04:56 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!
10/04/2015 04:56 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!
10/04/2015 03:57 AM
September 2015: The Month That Was
More or less back on schedule, here’s everything we wrote in September 2015 in one handy round-up. → Brewers might not all be ‘passionate’ but they’re not all money-grubbing cynics either — most exist somewhere in-between, but tending towards the former over the latter. → We weren’t hugely impressed by Schneider’s Meine Porter Weisse, especially … Continue reading September 2015: The Month That Was →
10/04/2015 03:10 AM
Beer Lovers Compete in Homebrew Competition
KAALtv.com Beer Lovers Compete in Homebrew Competition KAALtv.com For the first time, the event offered a homebrew competition for those creating their own brews at home. There were nearly 20 participants in the competition. Organizers say the four new breweries in Rochester all started with people brewing beer at home.
10/04/2015 03:05 AM
Simonds Dark Ales 1948 – 1960
Tracing exactly how they formed is fascinating. Like watching the solar system assemble itself. You can see that takeover targets weren’t random, but were chosen carefully. You didn’t want to get too much overlap in pub estates. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t choices.
J W Green and Simonds covered much of the same territory. It’s quite possible that Whitbread could have bought Simonds and Courage J W Green. Would that have made any difference in the long term? Probably not. But it would have made the 1970’s and 1980’s somewhat different.
I’d love to know if they would have made the same brewery decisions. Meaning, would Courage have built a new brewery in Luton? Would Whitbread have replaced Simonds brewery with one outside Reading? Maybe Courage would have closed J W Green’s Luton brewery and kept open Flowers Stratford one.
Apologies for rather wandering off topic there. I’m supposed to be telling you about the Dark Ales of H & G Simonds. It shouldn’t take too long. It better hadn’t. I’ve things to do, beer to drink, mindless TV to watch.
We’re starting with Brown Ale. The table also has a Strong Ale randomly included. For no reason other than I didn’t know where else to put it. There’s something quite unusual about the first couple of Brown Ales in the table. See if you can spot it.
What’s odd? They have an OG below 1027º. That’s a very cost-ineffective way to brew. Because a beer under 1027º paid tax as if it were 1027º. Simonds paid more tax than they needed to on those beers. I suspect that they’d aimed for 1027º, but undershot.
I’m pretty sure that they’re all the same Brown Ale, despite the two names. Which makes it odd how variable they are in terms of attenuation and colour. You can see that the gravity rose between 1948 and 1960, but ironically the ABV didn’t. Very strange.
All I’ll say about the Strong Ale is that because of the crap attenuation, it wasn’t really all that strong.
Now it’s the turn of Mild Ale.
Only three examples this time. The one from 1950 isn’t properly dark. But dark enough to be easily distinguished from Bitter. The other two have quite a high ABV for their gravity, due to the high degree of attenuation. I can’t really see how the last one could be that sweet.
Pale Ales next.
10/04/2015 12:36 AM
Surly Brewing Barrel-Aged Darkness
The new golden version of the 2015 Surly Darkness label pictured below confirms that there will indeed be two versions of the beer. There will be a classic version and a rye whiskey barrel-aged version. Surly Brewing Barrel-Aged Darkness appeared first on Minnesota Beer Activists. Written by Andrew
10/03/2015 11:31 PM
Patent No. PP644P: Hop Plant
Today in 1944, US Patent PP644 P was issued, an invention of Frank J. Miller, for his “Hop Plant.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The present invention relates to definite and extensive improvements in hops of the Bohemian type. There is no...
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10/03/2015 10:08 PM
Brace yourselves for a happy dose of serious Palate Fatigue
Get your hop bomb fix, all in one place. Hop harvest season is upon us, in case you have not noticed by all the pictures of brewers stuffing their noses in mounds of fresh-picked hops that are floating around social media these days. Of course, one could argue hop season is year-round in New Mexico, judging by IPA sales remaining steady even in ...
10/03/2015 07:36 PM
Interview: Nani Moon Meadery – Owner Stephanie Krieger
Mead is a drink that has always had a mystical allure for me. It can be directly tied to the land and air of the place it is made. Much like the terroir found in wine, one can trace the roots of mead back to a direct place where natures true work horses, bees, live and produce their sweet and magical honey. That honey has a intimate c ...
10/03/2015 07:23 PM
AtG Citra Ass Down
This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as
10/03/2015 07:09 PM
Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Against The Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is Louisville's first brewer-owned brewery and, like most worthwhile undertakings, the product of dissatisfaction with the status quo. The Louisville area has had a number of quality
10/03/2015 06:05 PM
Ommegang Rare Vos
Ommegang Brewmaster's tasting notes:
Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice.
10/03/2015 05:00 PM
Santa Fe Oktoberfest: A taste of Munich in a can
In Munich, Germany, the 2015 Oktoberfest celebration is in full swing. Meanwhile, here in the States, countless breweries have released their take on the classic German-style Marzen lager. And nothing says Oktoberfest like a canned version from New Mexico, right? While that may sound strange, Santa Fe Brewing’s Oktoberfest is on shelves r ...
10/03/2015 04:22 PM
What’s Left of 2015?
A quiet dull Saturday afternoon and I found myself poking around some of my favorite brewing internet stops. I am dreaming of what’s left of 2015 and what can I make of it for myself as a brewer. I am way off my normal batch frequency, and it saddens me. Gotta make use of my […]
10/03/2015 01:53 PM
Patent No. 1928987A: Bottle Cap
Today in 1933, US Patent 1928987 A was issued, an invention of Albin H. Warth, assigned to the Crown Cork & Seal Co., for his “Bottle Cap.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: My invention relates to bottle caps, and more particularly to...
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10/03/2015 06:36 AM
CNA Classes in Pine Knot, KY (42635)
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CNA Classes in Parkers Lake, KY (42634)
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CNA Classes in Monticello, KY (42633)
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CNA Classes in Alpha, KY (42603)
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CNA Classes in Eubank, KY (42567)
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10/03/2015 05:02 AM
No Drinker's Digest today as Arthur is travelling. Instead we have a guest contribution from long-time STONCH commenter Quinno, who suggests a social media hashtag to shame murky beer: London Murky in Bermondsey I’ve read (and seen up close) a fair bit about ‘London murky’. The fact is we're increasingly being offered a ‘naturally hazy’ product when it’s nothing of the sort – it’s a crap
10/03/2015 05:00 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Socks of a brewer
The 'hose' couture of Matt Ryan, lead brewer for Mad Fox Brewing Company, in Falls Church, Virginia. This is just one of many colorful pairs in his closet.
As seen at the brewpub's 4th annual Hoppy Oktoberfest, an outdoor festival to which several mid-Atlantic-area breweries brought their Oktoberfest-style lagers, autumnal beers, and IPAs.
19 September 2015.
10/03/2015 03:41 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 03/10/2015
Here’s our pick of the most interesting beer- and pub-related writing of the last week, with a sneaky contribution to Session 104 hidden at the end. → For All About Beer, Jeff Alworth asks ‘How Wild is Your Beer?‘: Is there a difference between inoculated-wild ales and truly wild ales? There is. A Brett-aged beer will … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 03/10/2015 →
10/03/2015 03:05 AM
Light Ale in 1960
Its origins go back to the early Running Pale Ales of the late 19th century. The first Pale Ales were all Stock Ales, matured for months before sale. But after 1850 a new lighter, style emerged that was drunk fresh. Cheaper and more accessible, these beers soon picked up a following. Initially draught beers, soon bottled version began to appear under a variety of different names: Luncheon Ale, Light Dinner Ale, Dinner Ale, Light Bitter.
By the middle of the 20th century, Light Ale began to consolidate its position as the standard name for this type, though other terms did continue to be used. Including simply Pale Ale, which makes things confusing. Where does Light Ale stop and Pale Ale begin? It’s almost as impossible to define as the difference between IPA and Pale Ale. Ultimately, I usually go with the brewer’s designation.
That’s not what Which? did, as the table below will make clear. They’ve included beers with gravities almost up to 1040º, which seems too high to me. I’d have placed the cut off at around 1034-1035º. Note that none of the examples over 1035º are actually called Light Ale.
I’m surprised that the bitterness level isn’t that much lower than for bottled strong Pale Ales. They averaged 32.8 as compared to 26.33 for Light Ales. But the average gravity of the Pale Ales was much higher, 1048º. And Hammonds Prize Medal at 38 was just one point behind the most bitter bottled Pale Ale.
The two tables have many similarities. Like the price per % ABV: 6.56d and 6.58d. Remove the expensive Export Golden Mead Ale and the average price per pint is pretty similar, too: 20.0d and 20.8d. It’s odd that, despite both tables having rates of attenuation all over the shop, the average for both isn’t far from the gold-standard 75%.
I saw an American tourist drinking a bottle of Light Ale in a UK airport 20-odd years ago. He looked rather confused. I assume he’d asked for a Light Beer.
Draught Mild next.
10/03/2015 01:41 AM
Beer In Ads #1696: You Look Like I Need A Pabst
Friday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from, believe it or not 2011. It was an entry to a t-short contest, and was eventually offered as an iron-on. But it certainly looks older, and captures the spirit of Pabst’s earlier advertising nicely. The post Beer In Ads #1696: You Look Like I...
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10/02/2015 10:21 PM
Patent No. 3056436A: Filling Head For Filling Machines
Today in 1962, US Patent 3056436 A was issued, an invention of Paul R. Fechheimer and Warren H. Harlan, assigned to the Cherry Burrell Corp., for their “Filling Head for Filling Machines.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: A principal object of...
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10/02/2015 08:31 PM
Beer blogging: beating that drum to the emptiness of the universe.
The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community, begun in March of 2007 by Stan Hieronymus of Appellation Beer and Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin.
On the first Friday of every month, a pre-determined beer blogger hosts The Session: Beer Blogging Friday. He or she chooses a specific, beer-related topic, invites all bloggers to write on it, and posts a roundup of all the responses received. For more information, view the archive page.
When no potential host stepped forward to host October's edition, the 104th, The Session's co-creator, Jay Brooks, seemed to suffer an existential pang of doubt:
To the rescue came Alan McLeod —beer writer and author of blog A Good Beer Blog.
Alan, you've asked:
Well, in three words: I think not. In more words: you're foisting a false dilemma upon us. Or a claim to beer-blogging exceptionalism.
As I write this, Hurricane Joachin is bearing down on me —or maybe it isn't.
That's a C.Y.A. hoot.
To be well-prepared —for either contingency: emergency or autumn life as normal— I stocked the larder with an ample supply of batteries, pet food, toilet paper, and bottled aqueous extract of hordeum vulgare —that last item fortified psychotropicly by my friendly neighborhood brewer— minus extranea.
Before doing that, I posted a not-in-any-way-storm-related Facebook rant against corn syrup, modified corn starch, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, artificial flavor, and artificial color (aka marshmallows) as having any place in 'kraft' beer. Smores extranea. As a reward, I was quite wonderfully 'trolled':
And that's a hoot.
I'll accept the challenge. Why not?
I'll continue banging that good-beer drum into the void, confident that somewhere good-beer SETI will hear me. But better with the companionship of The Session: Beer Blogging Friday.
10/02/2015 08:18 PM
Geaghan Brothers Brewing debuts new tasting room
Geaghan Brothers Brewing has added a tasting room to their Abbot Street brewery in Brewer, Maine. The brewery has an open bay that is used for staging outbound loads and receiving inbound freight that will double as a tasting room at the tail end of each week. The back of the bay leads to the […]
10/02/2015 05:00 PM
Pick Pickering’s Gin
Edinburgh based distillery, Summerhall Distillery, is home to the multi award winning line of Pickering’s Gin. Summerhall is located at the site of an old animal hospital, which has since been split into an arts venue with a pub right in the middle with the distillery located next door. This ...
10/02/2015 04:36 PM
The Session #104 – Don’t Stop The Music
I’m starting with a plea: Please, if it doesn’t have to end, don’t stop The Session. The Session has been in existence as long as I’ve been a beer blogger, and has provided me with points of view and access to the minds of other writers and bloggers for years. You (collectively) have provided examples […]
10/02/2015 03:51 PM
Fresh Hop beers at the Horse Brass Pub
JoEllen sent this list of beers on tap and on deck at the Brass, 4537 S.E. Belmont St.; On Tap Now… Commons Brewery, Fresh Hop Myrtle Saison Ex Novo Brewing, Elliot Fresh Hop IPA Machine House, Simcoe Fresh Hop Session Ale, Cask Conditioned Ninkasi, Total Crystalation Fresh Hop IPA, (Fresh Hop Total Domination) Oakshire Brewing, […]
10/02/2015 03:40 PM
Victory Brewing Is Hoppy To Introduce Vital IPA
(Downingtown, PA) – Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is hoppy to introduce Vital IPA, a sharp looking golden IPA with rich …
10/02/2015 02:47 PM
(Some of) the best beer writing of 2015: The NAGBW Awards.
The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) announced the winners of it 3rd annual NAGBW Awards for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors, at the recent Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, Colorado.
Here is the list of the 2015 winners, with links to their winning submissions.
Congratulations to all the winners. To all others: I recommend you read what they wrote. Click on the links; they're free. Buy the books; they're enjoyable and enjoyable, and they further a good cause. Beer.
10/02/2015 02:28 PM
Listermann Brewing’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest
(Cincinnati, OH) – We saved the best for last in Listermann Brewing’s Oktoberfest! Being held October 9th and 10th at Listerma…
10/02/2015 02:25 PM
Week of 10/02/15 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: 2nd Shift / TWCP Barrel Aged VANILLA Coffee LSD (none for sale), James Pepper 1776 Barrel Aged Brown Ale in Rye Barrels, Prairie Artisan Ales 3rd Anniversary, Oskar Blues IPA, Alpha Brewing [...]
10/02/2015 02:24 PM
Space Glass Allows Astronauts To Have A Drink
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut or perhaps you already are or are in the process of becoming one and you’ve questioned how to successfully transfer a little tipple from a glass to your mouth due to the whole no gravity thing, you need not worry anymore. The ...
10/02/2015 01:09 PM
Our Greatest National Holiday — VODKA DAY YAY!
By D.R.Stewart The Fourth of July? Whatever. The Fourth of October is National Vodka Day. I wish I were present at the intense lobbying sessions with our elected officials to make this long-needed event happen. More importantly — have you decorated your house yet with lucite adornments? Wearing of clear plastic earrings? People complain that […]
10/02/2015 01:03 PM
Beer Birthday: Don Gortemiller
Today is the 63rd birthday of Don Gortemiller, former brewmaster for Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland, California. Don was making beer there since the very beginning, back in 1988, helping to put Oakland and the Bay Area on the beer map, but left under an odd set of circumstances. I believe...
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10/02/2015 12:54 PM
With Chuck Silva Out, Is Green Flash Brewing Looking to Sell?
Two days after Green Flash Brewing and Brewmaster Chuck Silva won a GABF Gold Medal for Le Freak, Chuck Silva sent out a press release…
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10/02/2015 11:55 AM
Characters abound at GABF 2015
For many, dressing to attend the Great American Beer Festival is simply a matter of pulling on a pair of jeans and slipping on a favorite brewery t-shirt. And, the majority of attendees to the festival are dressed in these mundane garments garnering little to no real attention. But, for those who crave the limelight, […]
10/02/2015 11:00 AM
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co Tonic Set
When you have a cocktail-longing ailing you, this tonic set from the proud southerners at Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. is just the prescription. With this pair of tonic bottles, you’ll have a mixer that complements most of the spirits in your liquor cabinet. The small batch tonic pairs well the ...
10/02/2015 10:46 AM
Washington Brewers Guild Hires a New Executive Director
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. The Washington Brewers Guild just announced the hire of a new Executive Director: Annie McGrath. Her background includes work with the Washington State Legislature and also the Washington Wine Institute. McGrath’s duties include overseeing the annual Washington Cask Beer Festival and the upcoming Washington Winter Beer Festival,...
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10/02/2015 10:21 AM
The Session #104: The failure of beer blogging?
Alan McLeod has stepped in at the last moment to host the 104th gathering of The Session. And he expects an answer to this question: If we just “take the philosophical approach, that the Session has run its course”* aren’t we really admitting that beer blogging is a massive failure? * That’s me being quoted. […]
10/02/2015 10:10 AM
Waitrose, Camden Town Brewery launch Britain’s first supermarket growlers
Camden Town Brewery working with Waitrose have revealed Britain’s first growler system at the latter’s Kings Cross branch. Alongside a wine bar, there are Camden Brewery beers on tap which can be used to fill a growler. The news was originally Tweeted by Camden: Our Growlers are in @Waitrose#KingsCross + our Pale Ale is on tap for
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10/02/2015 10:01 AM
Czech firm reveals PET solution for steel keg lines
Container manufacturer Petainer has launched a plastic keg system designed to run on most steel keg filling lines Known as petainerKeg Linestar, the firm says it has a host of new benefits such as increased resilience throughout the supply chain, lightweight, ergonomically designed for handling, and providing 2,800cm² of space for branding opportunities. Petainer Group Commercial
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10/02/2015 08:58 AM
Beer & BBQ Fest at Brenner's On The Bayou
It's going to be a beautiful weekend and I suggest spending Saturday afternoon outside on the grounds of Brenner's On The Bayou for their annual Beer & BBQ Fest this Saturday, October 3rd from 3pm ~ 6pm.
They'll be featuring craft beer from local, Texas and out of state breweries along side barbeque from four different regions (Texas, Memphis, Kansas City and the Carolinas). Tickets are $55 before Saturday and $70 the day of. There is also a VIP option for $110 which provides early access to the festival and a VIP room with premium selections, on-site brewery representatives and additional food options. Valet parking is $10 or you can take the shuttle service for $5 (see Parking & Info for more details).
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10/02/2015 07:00 AM
Pros & Ams, Beers & Bikes; Beer Events for October 2-8
Sidra Cider Cocktail Party 5-7 p.m. Friday Oct. 2, Barrique Barrel, 7401 N Burlington Ave.; Finnriver Cidery will showcase their limited release Sidra, Spanish Style Cider on draft and in bottles to go and they’ll be making custom cocktails with their farmcrafted ciders and fruit brandywines. Featured combinations include Artisan Sparkling Cider & Black Currant […]
10/02/2015 06:56 AM
AB InBev’s recent run of craft brewery purchases this past year hasn’t just been limited to North America. The global conglomerate recently purchased one of Brazil’s first craft breweries, Cervejaria Colorado, back in July of this year. That probably explain as to why bottles of the company’s Guanabara just started showing up on shelves as […]
10/02/2015 06:55 AM
Block 15 Hosts Its 7th Annual Bloktoberfest
For the past six years Block 15 Brewing has been hosting an annual Oktoberfest celebration with its own flair to it naming it appropriately Bloktoberfest. This year’s event returns for the seventh year held in downtown Corvallis, Oregon out in front of Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10. […]
10/02/2015 05:41 AM
Carlsberg culled by Tesco
Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain, has announced Carlsberg will be withdrawn from almost all of its stores. It's part of a drive to reduce the number of product lines across all categories to streamline the business and keep prices down. Ad industry journal The Drum has the story. Clearly, this is a big blow for Carlsberg. As a multinational brewer they have other beers on the UK
10/02/2015 03:55 AM
Why Brew Gose Instead of Mild?
This is not only old, it's really old. Please explain why British brewers are making Gose after they invented this? pic.twitter.com/wsX5nZFnsd — PrettyBeer (@PrettyBeer) October 1, 2015 There’s a simple answer to this question: because no-one in Britain actually likes mild. Of course that’s not quite true — a few people are obsessive about it, … Continue reading Why Brew Gose Instead of Mild? →
10/02/2015 03:15 AM
October 2nd, 2015
It'll brings a tear to your eye just thinking about it.
10/02/2015 03:05 AM
H & G Simonds acquisitions
Thicko that I am, I’ve only just realised that a map – or series of maps – is the best way to demonstrate how the group was assembled. I’d been fairly certain that all Simonds acquisitions were West of London and the map confirms this.
They were very active in buying other breweries, with 17 purchases between 1930 and 1954. With the exception of the war, they averaged almost one a year. In doing so, they amassed quite an estate of tied houses. In 1896 they owned 158 pubs, but by 1916 that was already up to 316. When they were absorbed into the Courage group in 1960, their estate stood at around 1,200 pubs. Or around one-fifth of the later Courage estate.
Looking at the map, something immediately struck me: a similarity with the map of the Great Western Railway I have hanging over my telly. Simonds expansion until 1950 mostly followed the Great Western mainline from Reading out towards Wales. While in the 1950’s it was in the extreme Southwest of England, in Devon and Cornwall, another branch of the GWR. Coincidence? I suspect not.
You can see why they made a very attractive takeover target for anyone wanting a presence in the West Country and South Wales. To Courage, very much centred on London and the Southeast, they offered an easy route to total coverage of the South. When John Smiths was added in 1970, pretty much all of England was covered.
Like J W Green, Simonds seem to have run out of breath in the mid-1950’s and just coasted along for a few years until themselves being gobbled up. What was the reason? Personal? Financial? Or both? I’ll need to dig a bit deeper.
These are the breweries Simonds took over in handy table form:
And here’s the map:
Black: original brewery
Green: <= 1920
Red: 1930 – 1945
Blue: 1945 – 1949
Orange: > 1950
And, what the hell, here’s another table, too:
I’ve drawn up a map of the breweries John Smiths bought. That also tells a story.
10/01/2015 11:46 PM
Roadtesting the ‘hop teabag’
Can a 'hop teabag' really turn a standard beer into flavourful craft? Zac Martin puts his scepticism aside to find out.
10/01/2015 11:08 PM
Paul Mercurio’s Nachos Extraordinaire
With two grand finals upon us, Paul Mercurio serves up the perfect dish to accompany some celebratory beers this weekend.
10/01/2015 07:02 PM
Worcester Hop Shop
Welcome to the Worcester Hop Shop, for years I have been brewing my own beer. I was however frustrated with the outragious prices I had to pay for my basic raw materials hops, yeast and grain I finally decided
10/01/2015 06:53 PM
Fort George’s Fresh IPA Returns to the Pacific Northwest
October 1st, 2015 For Freshest Release – Use Immediately Fort George’s Fresh IPA Returns to the Pacific Northwest Wet Mosaic Single-Hopped 16-oz Canned Seasonal The call came in. Fresh hops were ready. Without delay, the Fort George truck was dispatched to Yakima where it was loaded with over a ton of dank, wet Mosaics. As […]
10/01/2015 06:48 PM
New Glarus R&D 2015 Golden Ale Release Details
(New Glarus,WI) – GABF Brett Bronze Medal was brought home this past weekend by the 2015 Golden Ale. This same award winnin…
10/01/2015 06:44 PM
Melvin Brewing Wins Small Brewpub of the Year + Gold & Bronze at GABF
(Jackson, WY) – Melvin Brewing returned home from last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival with the craft brewing ind…
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10/01/2015 06:36 PM
Worthy Brewing Releases Powder Keg Winter Ale
Bend, Oregon – 1 October 2015 – As cold weather approaches, Worthy Brewing Company is again releasing their Winter seasonal, Powder Keg Winter Ale. This red-hued festive IPA is loaded with hop flavor and aroma from a double dry hopping with a Centennial/Chinook and Cascade/Columbus combo. Pine and citrus hop characters are balanced by a […]
10/01/2015 04:24 PM
Gin Farallon Needs Your Help—Be A Part Of The Next Gin-eration
Brad Plummer is the mastermind behind Coastal Spirits, a small start up with a very large future. With a successful vodka, Vodka Farallon, already out on the Californian market, Plummer is determined to see his Gin Farallon achieve the same greatness. He’s spent a year perfecting this recipe, which is ...
10/01/2015 03:57 PM
SweetWater Brewing prepares for release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) announced today that they will be releasing Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout as the latest offering in their Cork & Cage Series beginning on Monday, October 5. SweetWater Brewing is certainly...
10/01/2015 02:52 PM
The Alkalinity Kit From Project Juice
The country’s leading certified organic, non-GMA verified, cold-pressed juice and plant-based food company, Project Juice, has a new addition to their exciting line of products. The Alkalinity kit is now offered in-stores and online with pickup and delivery options available. This kit aims to bring attention on how to assist our ...
10/01/2015 02:09 PM
4 Hands Ultimate Tap Takeover at iTAP CWE
[ October 3, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Over the course of seven years, the International Tap House has done a lot of tap takeovers, but they've never done a tap takeover as big as the one they're putting on this Saturday. Beginning at 2PM, iTAP CWE and 4 Hands Brewing will be putting twenty different beers on tap. While you'll be able to [...]
10/01/2015 02:02 PM
Ten things you must know about Stockholm
2. More people are growing beards. Mostly men.
3. It's going as brewery-crazy as everywhere. Despite a hostile environment.
4. You can survive on a cooked breakfast, beer and sausages.
5. The cask at Akkurat is more than decent. (Blind Tiger, I'm looking at you.)
6. It isn't as flat as Holland.
7. A combined beer and whisky festival doesn't necessarily incite anarchy.
8. Stockholm airport and Stockholm city aren't on the same planet. Barely in the same galaxy.
9. Dark Mild is available*.
10. If you're an unhealthily pale, blue-eyed pisshead, you'll always be addressed in Swedish.
* Sadly no trams or professional Rugby League, the other requirements of a civilised society.
10/01/2015 01:42 PM
Sweetwater Brewing Announces Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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Press Release ATLANTA (October 1, 2015) – SweetWater Brewing Company announces its first barrel aged release, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, hitting shelves beginning Monday, October 5. This is the second edition from the brewery’s Cork & Cage series, a high-gravity, small-batch line-up that explores the edges of classic beer styles including barrel-aged beers, sours […]
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10/01/2015 11:11 AM
Capt'n Rolo's Raw Bar and Grill
During a recent trip to the Outer Banks, we took a drive from Kitty Hawk down towards Hatteras. It was one of the few days during the week when the sun made an appearance, so it was a very enjoyable and scenic drive. Eventually we decided to stop for lunch, and pulled into Capt'n Rolo's Raw Bar and Grill purely by chance.
Capt'n Rolo's is a small place and was quite busy when we entered. We had a seat at the bar, and soon realized that a single person was taking orders and serving food. The waitress was working hard and in constant motion, but soon got us our drinks with a smile, even taking time to offer a sample of a beer I was not familiar with.
My lunch beer choice was Double Barley Brewing Touche' IPA. This easy drinking beer has a floral and citrus aroma. The flavor leans towards citrus with a touch of bitterness. The creamy mouthfeel finishes clean with just a hint of bitterness. A moderate 6.8%ABV and well-balanced flavor made for a nice lunchtime libation.
For the food portion of lunch, I opted for a Fried Oyster Sandwich. I've ordered a lot of fried oyster sandwiches over the years. I've had some good ones, and some less than good offerings. Often I've been disappointed in the bread-to-oyster ratio. Well, the basket that was set in front of me was a sight to behold! Plump, lightly breaded oysters were piled high on the slightly toasted roll. I turned to Colleen and said, "I'm not sure how to eat this."
I put the pieces together and attacked with both hands. The sandwich tasted as good as it looked. The oysters were juicy and flavorful. Even the "salad" pieces of the sandwich were crisp and fresh. At the end, I had plenty of extra oysters left on the plate to enjoy alone. This was definitely one of the best fried oyster sandwiches, even oyster meals in general, that I've had in a long time. Colleen opted for a Caesar Chicken Wrap that was also flavorful, and huge. It reminded me, in size, of those giant California burritos we had out west many years ago. Half of her sandwich was brought home to be enjoyed later.
We finished our meals well after the mid-afternoon closing time of Capt'n Rolo's, but we were never rushed and the server was attentive, despite being busy and running the place by herself. (They reopen for dinner, BTW.) If Capt'n Rolo's wasn't about an hour's drive from where we were staying, I would have gone back for another meal. The food was delicious and served in generous proportions. We'll definitely return the next time we visit the Outer Banks.
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]
10/01/2015 11:02 AM
Sunken City Nachthexen
It’s no secret, for return readers, that I’m not a huge wheat-anything fan, but there is one style based on the grain that I actually thoroughly enjoy. The weizenbock is a variation of wheat beer that I love — Aventinus is one of my all time favorite brews. How does Sunken City’s Nachthexen stack up […]
10/01/2015 11:00 AM
The pumpkin beer debate
Featured Contributor Bill Mayeroff @bill_mayeroff Pumpkin beer is kind of like Christmas. Some people love it. Some people loathe it. Some people spend all summer waiting for it to appear on store shelves, while others can’t wait for it to be replaced by the stouts and porters of winter. And like Christmas, each year, pumpkin beer seems to arrive earlier and earlier. There are few things that generate heated debate among craft beer enthusiasts like pumpkin beer. Hate it or love it, most have strong feelings…
10/01/2015 10:56 AM
United Craft Brewers: What's going on?
This post is written by Arthur If you believe the Craftafarian dystopian vision, the end times are here. The macros have awoken. Buying up, what I think I read was, a craft brewery every five days during September alone. The implications for the market for fashionable hops, especially with the reportedly poor 2015 harvest, is yet to be discovered. Cloudwater, a highly respected new brewery
10/01/2015 10:46 AM
Upcoming Event Features 11 Beers Made by Walking
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Beers Made By Walking is an uncommon program in the beer world, one that focuses on local ingredients. Not just hops from Yakima, or even grains from local farmers, but ingredients found in the natural world surrounding us. The program invites brewers to go for a walk...
10/01/2015 10:35 AM
Oskar Blues Brewery teams up with four Alabama breweries on Hoptub Bath Machine
Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery ((Longmont, Colorado & Brevard, North Carolina) recently invited four Alabama breweries to Brevard, North Carolina to brew Hoptub Bath Machine, a collaboration beer for The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off...
10/01/2015 09:52 AM
Bonfiglio and Bread – A boutique bakery’s secret to success
How does an artist sculpting works of art from industrial pieces become a baker sculpting dough into the edible art of melt-in-your-mouth breads and croissants? Ask Bonfiglio and Bread Bakery owner Gabriele Gulielmetti (Gaby) and he says, “It’s all because of Rachel, her idea and her recipes.” Rachel Sanzone is Gulielmetti’s partner and bakery co-owner. […]
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10/01/2015 09:32 AM
CAUTION Microbrewed Beer
I wrote this commentary in 1999.It's important to know about history. These days a lot of what I recall as "current events" is being taught as history. I don't know for...
10/01/2015 06:16 AM
Flavourly’s CEO on the future of craft beer clubs
From early beginnings as a means to spread the craft beer word and to deliver superior beers to remoter parts of Britain unserved by bottle shops, craft beer clubs have evolved into an important segment of the industry. Offering the country’s rising number of brewers a targeted point of access to customers, and giving consumers
10/01/2015 06:02 AM
US’s Craft Brew Alliance enters partnership with Cisco Brewers
Craft Brew Alliance has announced it will formed a strategic partnership with Cisco Brewers, the first and only craft brewery on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. As part of the strategic partnership, the two companies are entering into a master distribution agreement and alternating proprietorship, in which Cisco Brewers will gain access to CBA’s extensive sales
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10/01/2015 05:30 AM
The First In Last Out, Hastings Old Town
I've always been tickled by unusual pub names. For this reason alone the First In Last Out in the Old Town of Hastings would be on my hit list. But it's also a brewpub; it was well-known in the pre-craft years, when such things were terribly rare. The beers are made in a separate building now, but just up the street. Sunday was my second visit to the FILO. I was in a hell of a hurry, with a
10/01/2015 03:29 AM
How Old is the Phrase ‘Lock In’?
The Oxford English Dictionary research team is asking for help identifying the origins of the phrase ‘lock in’ in relation to pubs. The earliest verifiable usage they’ve found is from as recently as 1991, which they’re sure can’t be right: The elder members of the OED’s staff know from personal experience that this practice existed before 1991, … Continue reading How Old is the Phrase ‘Lock In’? →
10/01/2015 03:20 AM
Next in line
You're not a proper craft brewer unless you do one-off beers in a sequence of related recipes or themes. Two such are the subject of today's post.
Simcoe SMASH is the fourth and allegedly final in Trouble Brewing's series of single-malt, single-hop pale ales and had been out a while before I chanced upon it one evening in 57 The Headline. Like its predecessors it's a nicely sessionable 4.8% ABV and this time the malt is Propino, the first of the series to utilise Irish grain. But the malt doesn't contribute very much to it: the colour is very pale, though beautifully clear. There's a gentle lemon sherbet aroma at first, turning to richer sweet stonefruit once the beer has warmed up a little. The first sip reveals an intensely sharp lemon tart bitterness with a strong perfume aftertaste. I'll be honest: it's not what I expected from Simcoe -- no heavy dank or resinous funk -- but I think it's a better beer for that, loud and rudely bitter, but great fun to drink.
Over at Galway Bay, meanwhile, they've brewed a sequel to their collaboration with Chicago's Begyle, Goodbye Blue Monday. But while that was a hefty IPA (and a rather good one at that), Maybe Next Monday is a dry-hopped low-strength sour beer. €6.75 a pint was the asking price and, haha, obviously I'm not paying that, so settled for a €3.90 33cl serving. The sour bits and the hoppy bits both come on very strong and obvious in this, with an end result that tastes like a soured fruit cocktail. There's an unpleasant, out-of-character, stickiness to the whole thing which, allied with the hops, makes it taste like Um Bongo or similar children's tropical juice drink, with an added lactic tang and then an oxidised cardboard twang on the end. Barry, sitting next to me, nailed the yoghurt-and-fruit effect as like a peach-flavoured Petits Filous. This is a very silly beer, and might make for a fun novelty if it wasn't for the po-faced pricetag. It definitely shouldn't command the same sort of money as a properly-made lambic.
I'll miss the Trouble SMASH series, it was a great idea and yielded some excellent results. And the growth of nouveau-sour in Ireland and abroad? I look forward to that getting better. The next one from Galway Bay, Godspeed, arrives in their pubs today.
10/01/2015 03:05 AM
Good beer in the 1950’s
The two breweries mentioned below were Bentley’s Old Brewery of Rotherham and John Richdale of Sheffield. Both pretty small concerns, with 55 and 25 tied houses, respectively. Well-established despite their modest size, the beers of these two breweries were soon swept aside.
"Both breweries closed soon after, and Tadcaster bitter was rammed down the throats of the locals without any warning; which was a pity, as Richdale in particular still had a good reputation and nostalgic following. But the spreading gospel in the brewing industry was that of central production, with breweries getting fewer and larger; it was more than an article of faith, it was dogma in the canon of the predator companies. After forty years it continues still, as strongly as ever, with its meretricious attraction."
This was generally true of the takeover mania period. The beers from the smaller breweries that the big boys devoured usually disappeared, replaced by a few favourite corporate brands. There were occasional exceptions for particularly renowned beers. Barclay’s Russian Stout, for example. Or Mackeson Milk Stout. But, in general, the purchasing company wasn’t interested in the beers or often even the breweries. Just the pubs the brewery owned.
I wouldn’t have wanted Tadcaster Bitter rammed down my throat. I never rated the beers from that brewery. I assume that’s what was later called Brew Ten. A dull Bitter I avoided whenever possible. Big breweries – I’m looking at you here Whitbread – had an uncanny knack for retaining the worst beers and discarding the best.
It sounds as if Richdale had seen much better days:
"In their day, which was the first half of the Twentieth century, the names of Richdale and Bentley's were well known in Sheffield and Rotherham. Richdale, at the last Brewers Exhibition before the Second World War, achieved a success never before or after repeated by any company, namely, they won at the same time the Champion Awards for the best draught and the best bottled beers. Richdale's brewery had been then equipped to the highest standards and with the most modern machinery - and it was only of modest size. It was sad, in 1956, to walk round it and witness the dereliction and neglect; pumps for circulating cooling brine, when dismantled, were found to be totally corroded and solid with rust. In their last years of independence both breweries cast only the shadows of former local renown."
That’s an impressive victory for a brewery with only a couple of dozen pubs.
Though Richdale’s beers weren’t all that they appeared:
"I recall walking round the brewery with Mr Morris and being astonished at the number of different draught and bottled beers produced, when the weekly output was so small. He took me aside with a "Look you, boyo" style and said they were all the same brew. First, you coloured some with a dose of caramel to darken it, so you had light and dark beers. Then you labelled some strong, some ordinary and some light bitter, and priced them accordingly - "and boyo, the customer never knows the difference". I was impressed; "Richdale's Rich Ales" indeed. Mr Morris sent indifferent beer to his best customers, the tied clubs, as a form of revenge, so there was constant aggravation; he loved it."
Quite a lot of this sort of thing seems to have gone on in the past. Using caramel to make different coloured versions of a beer was common. As was part-gyling – making more than one beer from the same mash. A combination of the two techniques allowed Barclay Perkins to market half a dozen Milds from a single basic recipe.
It still goes on today. Timothy Taylors Dark Mild is just Golden Best plus caramel. It wouldn’t surprise me if other Dark Milds were just Ordinary Bitter coloured up.
Richdale went one step further, pretending the same beer was ones of different strengths. A bit cheeky, but how was the customer to know when beer strengths weren’t made public? Short of taking a beer to be analysed, a drinker’s only clue to a beer’s strength was how quickly it got them pissed.
Plenty more tales from the brew house - and board room – courtesy of Anthony Avis to come.
09/30/2015 11:20 PM
Aldi gets into craft beer
Balmain Brewing is the first independent Australian craft beer brand to secure ranging in Aldi stores.
09/30/2015 09:12 PM
Sierra Nevada backs Gose style
Sierra Nevada is adding a Gose to its bottled range, brewery ambassador Steve Grossman revealed, when asked to name the next beer style that might take off in the US.
09/30/2015 08:45 PM
Online Homebrewing Resources
Homebrewing can be as easy or as complex as you want it to be. As homebrewing bloggers, we recognize that there is a wide variety of resources available to educate and entertain you. This week’s video we had a little chat about our most popular homebrewing web resources. John prefers to do much of his […]
09/30/2015 07:32 PM
5 must attend events during Greater Bangor Beer Week
The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau has released the schedule for the Greater Bangor Beer Week on their website, go take a peek for a full list of events. They are boasting 15 breweries, 11 businesses and 28 official events over the course of seven days, from October 18th to October 24th. I […]
09/30/2015 07:00 PM
Asahi acquires Melbourne-based Mountain Goat Brewery
Japanese brewer Asahi has acquired 100% shares of Melbourne-based microbrewer, Mountain Goat Brewery.
09/30/2015 07:00 PM
Joule's Brewery has acquired Codsall Village Pub in Shropshire
Joule's Brewery has acquired Codsall from Stonegate in an off market deal and is Joule's biggest investment to date.
09/30/2015 04:22 PM
Beer Release – 2 Winter Brews from Diamond Knot Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Here is a beer release notice from Diamond Knot Brewing: El Nino, El Scheemno! Winter has arrived at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing MUKILTEO, WA – Of course it’s still October, but there’s no date too early to begin the snow dance. The brew crew at Diamond Knot Craft...
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09/30/2015 03:00 PM
Brewery News: Deschutes Brewery raises over $79,000 for Second Harvest Heartland
Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery set up the world’s largest pop-up pub in Minneapolis earlier this month and raised a total of $79,700 for Second Harvest Heartland. On September 19, the brewery brought its 402-foot custom, transportable bar to Minneapolis’ North Loop, serving 177 kegs to approximately 12,000 people. The one-day-only event donated 100 percent of proceeds to Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation's largest and most innovative food banks.
Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, said, “Thank you to Deschutes for choosing the Twin Cities for this event and thank you for choosing Second Harvest Heartland to be the recipient of these funds. The money raised will enable Second Harvest Heartland to distribute more than 239,000 meals into the local community.”
With a soft launch in Deschutes Brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon and national stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis so far this year, the Street Pub has raised nearly a quarter million dollars for charity.
This giant bar is traveling to select locations around the country to benefit the communities where it sets up its 40 taps. Final stops for 2015 include Denver on October 17 and Sacramento on November 14.
09/30/2015 02:15 PM
Rogue Ales prepares for winter with return of Yellow Snow IPA
Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that their winter seasonal Yellow Snow IPA will be making its return to shelves and taps starting in November. Fresh off a gold medal win at the 2015 World Beer Championships, Yellow Snow...
09/30/2015 01:31 PM
The Renaissance of Hard Cider is Revolutionizing the Craft Beverage Industry
Cider was the drink that America was built on in colonial times. In the 1800s, remember the story about Johnny Appleseed who collected apple seeds from cider mills and spread them wherever he traveled creating orchards? Then, in 1920 Prohibition hit and many cider orchards and breweries were abandoned or destroyed and the cider well […]
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09/30/2015 12:14 PM
Homebrewing: the simple(ton) way
The green stuff means I used too much hops maybe? Who cares. It'll all come out in the wash. Those who engaged with my twitter feed last night will know I did a spot of homebrewing. I scalded myself twice and made a proper mess of the kitchen, but as you can see from this photo taken a moment ago, it is actually fermenting. Does it look alright? I don't know. I'm sure it'll be fine. Yesterday
09/30/2015 12:10 PM
A Busy Month at Counterbalance Brewing
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Here’s a press release about all the stuff Counterbalance Brewing has going in October. Counterbalance Brewing Company New Beer Release and October Events Friday, October 2: Counterbalance Brewing Company releases Tabletop Supernova. As the days begin to grow shorter and we find ourselves seeing more stars and...
09/30/2015 11:24 AM
Pumpkin Beer Season Kicks Off Saturday
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Elysian Brewing Company has been the subject of much discussion and scorn lately, but that did not prevent this weekend’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival from selling out quickly. So if you don’t have tickets and you want to attend a pumpkin beer festival, you’ll have to move...
09/30/2015 11:00 AM
2 Beers 2 Pops – Kids are drinking in Germany
From Sommbeer: It had been a long day and it was only 2 pm. I had walked every one of the 6 stories at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart Germany. Now I was exhausted and needed to find a place to eat. (Almost) nothing is open on Sunday in Germany. I had no car so I walked and walked trying to find anything that had food. My smartphone alerted me to something called a sports bar nearby. I had already walked 8 miles that day…
09/30/2015 10:00 AM
Zuri Wine Tasting
Using home tastings, winemaker dinners, and regional tours to introduce small, diverse wineries is what Southern California’s Zuri Wine Tasting is all about. Making wine fun – that’s Zuri’s message. With a motto of “wine is complicated, we make tasting simple,” the Zuri wine ambassadors conduct classes and offer tastings in customer’s homes and area […]
09/30/2015 09:00 AM
Gorst Valley Hops
One of the most innovative companies in the brewing industry is Gorst Valley. Dedicated to growing and providing high quality hops, Gorst Valley Hops is going for the gold in communicating with and educating Wisconsin farmers on every aspect of hops growing, and working to supply Wisconsin area brewers with locally grown, diverse hops. While […]
09/30/2015 09:00 AM
Brewery News: WA: Bremerton: Silver City Brewing responds to their Gold Medal win, for Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, at the Great American Beer Festival
Denver, CO - At 10am Mountain Time on Saturday, September 26th, in the auditorium at the Colorado Convention Center, an audience of over 5000 brewers and beer fans took their seats as Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian took the stage. Over the two hours that proceeded, covering 92 categories, the attendees sat anxiously as the winners of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® awards were announced.
Silver City Brewmaster Don Spencer and his team of brewers & brewery representatives were four of the many in attendance.
The announcement would come in the 91st category: Old Ale or Strong Ale.
"...and the Bronze goes to... 'MASSIVE! 2013', Gigantic Brewing Co., Portland, OR"
"That's fantastic! Northwest beer. Way to go!" Don happily declared, as he had for each medal awarded his regional brethren.
Next followed, "Silver: 'Innsmouth Olde Ale', Narragansett Brewing Co., Providence, RI"
With one Brewery remaining to be named, Mr. Papazian announced "...and the Gold goes to... 'Old Scrooge Christmas Ale', Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Washington!"
Hearts pounding, Don & crew made their way to the stage to claim the prize coveted by every brewer across America: a Great American Beer Festival® Gold Medal.
"It is such a great honor to be recognized by our peers at the Great American Beer Festival for any medal. Having won another Gold Medal for our Old Scrooge just feels amazing and validating for all of our fans that have enjoyed Old Scrooge throughout the years.", Don remarked.
Brewery owner Scott Houmes had this to add, "I'm so proud of our team. All of our beers that we submit for competition come straight from our production inventory, so the gold medal quality that the panel of judges at the Great American Beer Fest sampled is the same that our fans enjoyed. That's a big deal for us. Executing award winning recipes on an ongoing and consistent basis. That's what our team of brewers strives to."
This was the fourth overall GABF® medal for Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, previously winning Gold in 2009 and Silver in 2014 and 2008 within the same "Old Ale or Strong Ale" category.
An annual Silver City tradition since 1998, Old Scrooge Christmas Ale can be described as "intriguing notes of apple, cherry, and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation, and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year's release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared."
Old Scrooge Christmas Ale will see its annual release in early November, on draft and in 22oz. bottles. The season's festivities also include a vertical tasting event, where bottles of Old Scrooge that have been cellared over several years are shared with a devoted crowd of Silver City supporters and fans. The season also brings a very limited, special edition variant of Old Scrooge Christmas Ale that was aged for a year in a charred, oak barrels, formerly used by a bourbon distillery, imparting that rich whiskey character from their staves.