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02/27/2015 02:02 AM
Brewing jobs — Part-time role, inner-city Melbourne
Brewer Required – Part Time Role Inner City MelbourneA Melbourne-based brewery is seeking a part-time assistant brewer (approx. 2.5 days/week). We are looking for someone who has a real passion for beer and good knowledge of craft brewing. They will assist in the production of existing recipes and help to refine the production process ...

02/27/2015 01:35 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!

02/27/2015 01:35 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.....

02/27/2015 01:35 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

02/27/2015 01:35 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!

02/27/2015 01:35 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’.....

02/26/2015 11:53 PM
Wankers, stand down.
Here we go again. Somebody somewhere said something mean about craft beer. Now the internet is in an uproar.

02/26/2015 11:34 PM
Smartphone apps put beer in your pocket
Whether you want to track all of the craft beers that you’ve tried, find nearby breweries or simply learn more about a specific beer style, all the information you need is just a tap away. Smartphone users have hundreds of beer-related apps to choose from, but not all apps are created equal. If you’re not sure where to begin, here a ...

02/26/2015 09:08 PM
Portland’s Favorite IPA
The Oregon Hophouse has recently been running a little experiment.  They invited patrons to try a flight of twelve IPAs and vote on their favorites.  In a certain sense, the free market functions as a way of determining patrons' favorite beers, too.  But in that case, people may be influenced by price, ad campaigns, the image of ...

02/26/2015 06:58 PM
Wylam Stephenson’s Rocket
Day 241: Wylam Stephenson's Rocket from Wylam Brewery. Style of beer is 'Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)'. ABV is 5.0%.

02/26/2015 06:42 PM
Patience, young Grasshopper, the beers are starting to arrive
Rio Rancho finally has another hometown beer. If you have ever doubted the demand for craft beers in “The City of Vision,” just keep reading. Blue Grasshopper features one of their own beers and others from around the state. The Blue Grasshopper has been serving local beers from other breweries and their own wood-fired pizza since t ...

02/26/2015 05:37 PM
ChristophBräu GmbH
We are a down to earth brewery with the aim to bring closer the production of beer in brewery tours to promote regional beer culture, the interested beer connoisseur or novice beer.
 
Our hotel offers a total of 200 guests for

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02/26/2015 05:31 PM
Colorado Beer News 022615
Colorado Beer NewsTis the season for Winter seasonal beers. But Spring beers are already making their debut. Enjoy this cross-over period between the cold, the dark and the lighter Spring brews. You're almost to the weekend! If you just can't wait till then - you should read today's Colorado Beer News to see what's new and tapping around the Front Range. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, February 26th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Bull & Bush Brewery - Some of the staff from Bull & Bush Brewery will be featured on the American Craft Beer Radio show this Saturday, February 28th - broadcast live from the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Denver. Listen in to host Gary V and company as they talk all things craft beer. Tune in to 105.5 FM ESPN Denver from 12pm to 1pm MST. Come watch them do their show live - there will be some swag given away. Or just come down to the brewery and have a pint or two. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing - Fans of their 10,000 Summers Saison will want to come to the brewery this Sunday, March 1st and get some of the first 16oz 4-packs of this new into cans beer. The 4-packs will sell for $9 each. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - Come celebrate St. Patty's Day a bit early starting on March 14th. On that day you'll be able to drink your fill of their Dry Dock Irish Stout and also their Irish Red. There'll be Celtic Step dancers, an Irish band and a food truck serving up corned beef burritos. That's for your Saturday, March 14th at South Dock. In the meantime, Friday's firkin is a Double Chocolate DoppleDock. And on Saturday at North Dock they'll tap a Chocolate Hefeweizen. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] On Wednesday, March 4, Living the Dream Brewing Company in Littleton will donate 20 percent of sales from all pints sold from 6-8pm to the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). The event is one of many initiatives the brewery has taken on during its first year to give back to the community. In addition, companies like the Alamo DraftHouse, Starbucks, Rock Wood Fire Kitchen, and Murdoch’s have contributed items to the silent auction to raise funds that will be going towards the NSCD’s scholarship fund. NSCD athletes and volunteers will also be on-hand to share their experiences and accomplishments in NSCD programs. Living the Dream Brewing Company opened in July of 2014 and is located near Santa Fe and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Carrie Knose, an owner of Living the Dream Brewing Company, was connected to the NSCD, particularly their winter programs, as she volunteered with a program similar to the NSCD in the Lake Tahoe area prior to moving to Colorado to start the brewery. The NSCD provides outdoor therapeutic offerings to over 3,000 people with disabilities year-round. Based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the NSCD helps athletes with almost any type of disability learn new sports and set goals. The event is put together by Confluence, a consulting firm that helps businesses and communities connect more strategically to generate greater positive impacts and winning relationships. For more details about the event, please visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/421423134674962. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Mu Brewery - Come for Kill the Keg Thursday today. They'll tap a single keg of Cranberry Pilsner. Get $1 pints and/or $2 32oz growler fill or $4 64oz growler fills of that brew. Some new brews are waiting for this keg to get killed - so drink up! To the person who Kills the Keg tonight you'll receive a pair of free tickets to see Big Fish at the Aurora Fox. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - Don't let the snow get you down! They've got a freshly kegged batch of their Barrel Hoppy Brown (Batch 3) up on tap as well as plenty of Imperial Stout left over. They will be open from 5pm to 9pm tonight.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project - When a beer gets ready a bit earlier than expected then they'll put it on tap! Why wait?! So tonight at 6pm they will tap their "L'Brett d'Pluot", a golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with pluots (plum/apricot hybrid). Get a full glass for $12 or a taster for $4. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co - Tomorrow (Friday Feb. 27th), Westminster Brewing Co will host a can release for their 12 Apostles German-style Kolsch Ale. Get some early before they hit stores next week. They'll be offering discounts on 6-packs ($7 - limit 2 6'ers per person). Plus, live music and wood fired pizza and all-day happy hour Friday! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co - Want to get warm and toasty? Stop by and try their new beer "Le Bruit du Diable", a farmhouse ale. Also, Brook's Smokehouse will be on site serving up tasty food. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Declaration Brewing - Snow Day Special - 20% Off All Beers - All Day Today! Plus, Jessie's Smokin' NOLA is on site today with some awesome food. [2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co - In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Led Zeppelin double album Physical Graffiti, Joyride will be hosting a double beer release tomorrow. The first beer is Emerald Irish Stout (on nitro tap), and also Czech the Rhime, a Czech-style Pilsner (their first lager). Make plans to Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

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Boulder County

Oskar Blues Brewery - GUBNA IMPERIAL IPA returns with new hop bill chosen by O.B. staff - [PRESS RELEASE] Oskar Blues' spring seasonal, GUBNA Imperial IPA, rolls out in March with a new hop bill featuring some of the most exciting and aromatic hops, all of which were sniffed out by Oskar Blues staff at concurrent hop selection panels at both breweries. Each year GUBNA is reinvented, taking the season's highest quality hops and creating a formidable and complex Imperial IPA. Coming in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this inimitable beer is an IPA unlike any other. Available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs, this hop grenade joins the diabolical Oskar Blues roster from March until July each year. Mash-hopped with whole-leaf Galena hops, our brewers then kettle hop with Columbus and Sorachi Ace, which spikes GUBNA 5.0 with spicy, blackcurrant notes and lemon zest overtones. The brewing is then finished with more Galena hops in the whirlpool to accent these aromas. These colossal hop varieties fuel a serious assault on the senses, balanced by the satisfying warmth of 10 percent ABV. The 2015 GUBNA is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops. These hops create a dank, dense nose and unique blend of grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and herbs, while finishing clean and bitter, but smooth. The GUB sits on a base of Rye, North American Pale, and Munich malts, which offers a smooth and flavorful backbone to support the gargantuan load of hops. In honor of the GUBNA, Oskar Blues North Carolina Brewery will host a release party on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Oskar Blues invites all governors, whether of states or television/comic book series, to attend and quaff a GUBNA. The 2015 release party will offer specialty barrel-aged and firkin varieties of GUBNA 5.0, along with CHUBurgers from the CHUBwagon, free brewery tours, a giant Nintendo 64 to play, and live music from indie rock Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show. The Longmont Tasty Weasel will release the 2015 GUBNA on Friday, February 27, accompanied by live music from bluesy duo Boa & Jodi. (Image courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery) [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Mountain Sun Breweries - It's the last 3 days of Stout Month! Today they are releasing two more stouts. Their friends at Avery Brewing sent over a keg of Avery's Tweak imperial coffee stout (17.8% ABV). And also, the Mountain Sun team brewed up "Totally Stoked Stout", a smoked malt brew with vanilla extract and aged on oak spirals and then aged further in Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels (8.3% ABV). Find Totally Stoked tapped over at their Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse location. Friday it will tap at Vine Street Pub (Denver) and Saturday at Southern Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder). Also, check out their Facebook page and find out about their Mutton Chop Competition that starts today. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co - Starting next week (March), Boulder Beer Company will release a brand new spring seasonal beer - Emergent White IPA. Join in at the brewery and pub on March 6th at 4pm for the first tapping of this new brew. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

The Post Brewing Co - Think you've got a winning homebrew recipe? Enter the "Lil' Brewer Buddy 2015" Homebrew competition. Drop off your best homebrew to the brewery by April 15, 2015 2pm. The best beer will win a day with The Post Brewmaster - Bryan Selders. The winner will collaborate, create and brew a beer on The Post's brew system. [105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO]

Upslope Brewing - Available Next Week! 12-packs of Upslope's Craft Lager will start hitting store shelves the 1st week of March. 1% of all Craft Lager can sales will be donated to local Trout Unlimited chapters in the state where the beer is purchased. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Big Beaver Brewing Co - Come to a special Silent Auction at Big Beaver Brewing this Saturday, February 28th from 3-7pm. They are trying to raise money for Staci Wynn in her fight against cancer. Items for auction include gift certificates to local bars and restaurants, gift baskets, alcohol, raffle prizes, guitar, snow blower, jewelry and more. You do not need to be present to win auction items. Also, a big portion of Big Beaver's sales that day will be donated as well. Then stop back on Sunday, March 1st for Bingo at 4pm. Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of play, or $2 per game. Games run from 4:30pm - 6pm. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - In yesterday's blog post, you learned about the 5 winter seasonal beers they have on tap now. Back in the brewhouse, things are expanding! They are awaiting the arrival of a new 20 bbl fermentor in late Spring that will increase their brewing capacity by 50%. Their barrel aging program is also expanding with the addition of 32 oak barrels from regional and national distilleries. This has doubled their cellaring capacity. They will be releasing their first barrel aged Tripel next week to kick off the new project. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

New Belgium Brewing - New Belgium expands distribution to Kentucky [PRESS RELEASE] Fans of New Belgium Brewing no longer have to cross the border into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee. Starting March 2, New Belgium Brewing will begin distributing in Kentucky, expanding the brewery’s distribution to 38 states. New Belgium will offer the brewery’s flagship beer Fat Tire, along with year-round releases Ranger IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Seasonal releases, along with Rampant Imperial IPA, Trippel Belgian-Style Ale and New Belgium’s variety packs will also be available in 12-ounce packages. “We've been eyeing Kentucky for quite a while, so it’s exciting to officially open up the state,” said New Belgium Brewing’s Sales Co-Pilot, Brian Krueger. “The glory of college basketball is upon us and the Derby isn't too far off, so we’re arriving at a pretty fun time in the state.” [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - Come listen to live music from The Burroughs tonight from 7-9pm for their bi-weekly jam session. Plus food outside from Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on hand. Plenty of beer on tap today. Stop in to enjoy some. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co - Something new on tap you'll want to try - Trina's Mint Chocolate Stout. It might just remind you of a certain mint chocolate cookie. They made enough to last til April. Growler fills also available. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

WeldWerks Brewing Co - You might have seen their doors open already over the last week, but it's time to do it right. Their official Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, March 7th all day from 2pm til 11pm. Enjoy live music, food, and delicious beer from Greeley's newest craft brewery. Located at the corner of 8th Ave and 5th Street in downtown Greeley. [508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - Today's Outlaw Tap is a tribute to Bill Withers who made the song "Ain't No Sunshine" famous. This Kolsch-style beer with the same name as the song was made along with Rooibos Strawberry Sunshine tea from Happy Lucky's Teahouse. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]


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Other Colorado Breweries

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] Edwards, Colo. – On February 27th Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is teaming up with Pink Vail, the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer, and throwing a keg tapping party for Pink Vail Fruit Ale from 5-8 PM. This delightfully fruity beer features raspberry, pomegranate and red currant flavors yielding a slight sweetness complimented by a tangy zest. Stop by for a pint of this antioxidant rich beer that is light and crisp on the palate. Crazy Mountain Brewery will be offering $2 Pints of our specialty Pink Vail Fruit Ale and live music by the Trevor G. Potter Band. If patrons sign up to be on a Pink Vail team, during the party, they will receive one free pint. Last year Pink Vail was able to raise over 500,000 dollars to support their spirit of survivor program and Crazy Mountain Brewery is proud to partner with Pink Vail on even more successful fundraising endeavors in 2015. Pink Vail Fruit Ale will be available on draft and in 6 pack cans throughout the Vail Valley starting February 27th. For more information on Crazy Mountain Brewing Company or our events, please call 970-926-3009 or email Drink@CrazyMountainBrewery.com.

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02/26/2015 05:29 PM
World’s Craziest Bar Concepts. Actually, They’re Pretty Neat!
The next time you’re looking for a good place to grab a drink, skip the standard spots and instead make your way to one of these unique bars. Located all across the world, these spots not only serve up alcohol and bar food, but they give you an entire themed experience. From weirder concepts, such […]

02/26/2015 05:27 PM
Mispillion River Brewing Releases Holy Crap Red Ale
Mispillion River Brewing is releasing their imperial red ale, Holy Crap!, in cans in March 2015.

02/26/2015 05:27 PM
Brauereigasthof Schöre
Rustikal, familiär und gemütlich – seit 1906 ist der Betrieb in Familienbesitz und auch heute noch dürfen wir Sie herzlich willkommen heißen.
 
Die herrliche Lage der Schöre lädt zu einer gemütlichen Zwischenstation für Ausflüge ins Allgäu oder an den nahe gelegenen

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02/26/2015 05:24 PM
Upslope Releases 12-Packs of Craft Lager
Upslope Brewing Company announces the release of Craft Lager 12-packs for the first time, hitting shelves next week. This year-round style has become a staple for Colorado craft beer fans and river enthusiasts alike and has been benefitting coldwater fisheries and watersheds through their 1% for Rivers campaign since 2011.

02/26/2015 05:12 PM
New Belgium Expands Distribution to Kentucky
Fans of New Belgium Brewing no longer have to cross the border into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee. Starting March 2, New Belgium Brewing will begin distributing in Kentucky, expanding the brewery’s distribution to 38 states. New Belgium will offer the brewery’s flagship beer Fat Tire, along with year-round releases Ranger IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA and Snapshot Wheat on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Seasonal releases, along with Rampant Imperial IPA, Trippel Belgian-Style Ale and New Belgium’s variety packs will also be available in 12-ounce packages.

02/26/2015 04:40 PM
Patent No. 1992261A: Pulp Or Fibrous-Mass Breaker
Today in 1935, US Patent 1992261 A was issued, an invention of William F. Traudt, for his “Pulp or Fibrous-Mass Breaker.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description Traudt explains that his “invention relates to improvements ‘in breakers or disintegrators for fibrous...

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02/26/2015 04:33 PM
Brew Talks Boston Recap: M&A Activity and Building a Beer Culture
Brewbound kicked off its 2015 slate of Brew Talks events this week at Harpoon Brewery’s beer hall in the seaport district of Boston, Mass., where more than 130 people filed in to catch industry heavyweights from the city sound off on issues both local and national in scope. Kicking things off, a panel comprised of Jean-Claude Tetreault, co-owner of neighboring Trillium Brewing, Peter Burke, national sales director of Cisco Brewing on the island of Nantucket, and Megan Parker-Gray, the bar manager of beer hotspot Row 34, tackled the myriad elements shaping the city’s emerging beer culture.

02/26/2015 04:30 PM
Brew Talks 2015: San Diego and Chicago Venues Announced
Brewbound is pleased to announce the next two stops on the 2015 Brew Talks nationwide tour. Brew Talks — a free, traveling meetup series for beer industry professionals – will visit Coronado Brewing in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday March 10 and Revolution Brewing in Chicago on Tuesday, April 28.

02/26/2015 04:29 PM
Winter Beer Fest 2015 lands in Grand Rapids this weekend
For the craft beer aficionado this Friday and Saturday could be the best weekend of the year. The Michigan Brewers Guild’s 10th Annual Winter Beer Festival takes place February 27 and 28 in Grand Rapids. The festival...
Ice bar

02/26/2015 04:19 PM
Granite City Food and Brewery expands to a new Schaumburg location
In the bustling Woodfield Mall area of Schaumburg, beer enthusiasts and fans of New American cuisine have a new restaurant option with the opening of Granite City, food and brewery. This Midwestern based eatery seamlessly blends in-house brewed...
Granite City Food and Brewery shines in Schaumburg

02/26/2015 03:26 PM
8th Wonder Brewery 2nd Anniversary Party Celebr8tion set for March 21, 2015
What does it mean to turn 2 years of age? In human terms, it means nothing more than a continuation of the toddler phase and greater expectations to speak, walk, and think like the bigger kid you have become. But...
8th Wonder Anniversary Party

02/26/2015 03:08 PM
Beer Birthday: Art Larrance
Today is the 71st birthday of Art Larrance, co-founder of the Oregon Brewers Festival, and also a co-founder of Portland Brewing, too. Art later started the Raccoon Lodge, in 1998, and more recently launched the Cascade Barrel Brewing House to concentrate on sour beers. In 2012, Art was named...

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02/26/2015 02:53 PM
Brew: Peace Tree plans 5th anniversary bash
Knoxville, IA – Five years ago, Peace Tree Brewing Company set out to save the world, one beer at a time.

02/26/2015 02:46 PM
Hammerton N7
A refreshing pale ale with six different hops from the US and New Zealand giving a complex citrus aroma. The subtle sweet malt flavour balances the fresh bitterness. Our friend the brewing legend JK (James Kemp) formally Head

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02/26/2015 02:45 PM
5 Most Delicious Complimentary Wine Tastings In Sonoma
Sonoma, one of the true icons of Californian wine. I’ve travelled far and wide across the hills, valleys and mountains of Sonoma and tried some ...

02/26/2015 02:40 PM
Inaugural BAGBYFEST – March 28, 2015

San Diego, CA – We are super excited to announce the very first BAGBYFEST! Please join us on Saturday, March 28th 2015 from n…

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02/26/2015 02:19 PM
New Belgium Brewing Expands Distribution to Kentucky

(Ft. Collins, CO)  – Fans of New Belgium Brewing no longer have to cross the border into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee. Starting M…

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02/26/2015 01:16 PM
Summit Hop Silo Tasting Notes
Here’s a fun little video with Eric and Gabe from Summit Brewing and some Hop Silo. Enjoy.

02/26/2015 01:04 PM
Double Mountain Molten Lava Hits Distribution This Week

(Hood River, OR) —Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases their seasonal Molten Lava Imperial IPA. A taproom favorite s…

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02/26/2015 12:54 PM
First visit to Counterbalance Brewing

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Earlier this week I we reported that the brewery and tasting room was open, but I didn’t visit until yesterday. I arrived at Counterbalance Brewing in Georgetown just a few minutes after the taproom opened on a Wednesday afternoon and joined four fellas sitting at the bar....

02/26/2015 12:48 PM
New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA

From New Belgium Brewing – Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, …

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02/26/2015 12:24 PM
Patent No. 200744A: Improvement In Ale Or Beer Measures
Today in 1878, US Patent 200744 A was issued, an invention of Thomas Millee, for his “Improvement in Ale or Beer Measures.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description Millee explains that the “object of my invention is to provide a ready and convenient means of ascertaining...

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02/26/2015 12:11 PM
Surly Brewing – Iowa Expansion, Doomtree + Art Contest

(MinneapolisMN) – Surly Brewing has dropped a few pieces of news worthy info this week, including distribution into Iowa, D…

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02/26/2015 11:28 AM
Pop & Stop Ends the Horror of Wasted Beer!
Joe Hackel, a Denver area rocket scientist aeropace engineer, has come up with Pop and Stop--a 3D printed, silicone combination bottle opener and stopper. This device could end Beer Abuse around the world.

He's started a Kickstarter to finance production of the device, so head over there and donate, already!

Or you could just buy the BottleTool here. Either way...

02/26/2015 10:01 AM
The BeerMongers Celebrates 2000 Days in a Row
One of our favorite stops to catch up on the latest craft beer releases is to swing in to see Sean Campbell, aka John Beermonger, at The BeerMongers. Only opening its doors over 5 years ago, The Mongers has become a Southeast Portland beer institution. Today The BeerMongers celebrates an impressive milestone of being open […]

02/26/2015 09:27 AM
Russian River Flows at the Green Dragon
On Monday, March 2nd, Russian River Brewing Company will be pouring a wide array of beers at the Green Dragon. The Dragon will be tapping all six Russian River beers all at once including the much-hyped Pliny the Younger. This event runs from 5:00 to 11:00pm. Green Dragon is pre-selling 100 tickets to this Russian […]

02/26/2015 09:25 AM
Beer Cap Maps

Beer Cap Maps - CraftBeerTime.com

Craft beer drinkers are collectors. We collect massive […]

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02/26/2015 08:38 AM
Maine’s newest brewery opening this Friday
I headed out to Amherst, Maine last night to check out Square Tail Brewing Company before their grand opening, the last time I went they were still under construction. Since my last trip they’ve finished the brewhouse and completed the tasting room which has an outdoors theme. A short bar with a half dozen stools, […]

02/26/2015 07:16 AM
The bier-oyster connection seldom spoken
You dont see newspaper leads like this any more. It appeared in the Nashville Union and American in 1871, and was taken from the Cincinnati Gazette (no date given): It is the custom of the world to honor great inventors and discoverers with a meed of praise proportionate to the importance of that to which […]

02/26/2015 07:00 AM
Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Hale's Bill'sner Pils
Press Release

Seattle, WA ... - Pilsners are back!  The beer style your dad, and probably his dad, so enjoyed is receiving new attention from craft brewers and craft beer lovers all over the region.

And, with the release of Bill'sner Pils, Hale's Ales Brewery is excited to be part of the Northwest resurgence of this old world beer style, this time locally made and fresh!


Bill (left) sampling his new pilsner with lead Hale's brewer, "Guapo."
Hale's Bill'sner Pils is named after a long time Hale's employee, Bill Preib, who, along with other Hale's crew members, developed a growing appreciation for the crisp, cool taste of a pilsner, especially as an alternative to the ubiquitous strong and assertively hopped India Pale Ales so prevalent in the NW craft beer scene.  "Strike that from the bucket list," said Preib, "...a beer with my name on it. If only mom could see me now!"

Pilsner is a new direction for Hale's, the longest running independently owned brewery in the Northwest with a 32 year history of brewing primarily English style ales.

Master brewer Lincoln showing off
some pilsner malt imported from Heidelberg, Germany.




Hale's Bill'sner Pils is brewed using an imported pilsner malt produced by Best Malts in Heidelberg, Germany.  Hale's is the only brewery in the region using this particular malt.  "We experimented with many different malts," said Hale's head brewer Lincoln Zmolek, "but this one gave us the clean, flavorful pils we were looking for."


Bill'sner Pils will be released in March in both kegs and 22 oz. bottles.  Hale's will brew this new beer throughout most of the summer.  Look for Bill'sner Pils at your favorite pub or bottle shop!
Hale's Bill'sner Pils to be released March 1st 2015.
Hale's Bill'sner Pils Description:

 Straw in color and true to the pilsner style-- clean, light, crisp, finishing dry.  Made with Czech pilsner yeast and 100% Heidelberg pilsner malt.  Hale's is the only brewery in the region using Heidelberg pilsner malt for a production beer!  Hopped with Czech Saaz and American Tahoma.  

5.1% ABV, 15 IBUs. 

Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub is located at 4301 Leary Way NW Seattle, WA 98107. 

For more information on Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub, please visit us online at halesbrewery.com or check out our FacebookGoogle +Pinterest, or Twitter pages.


02/26/2015 07:00 AM
The ISIS Shooting Drill
I got a chuckle over this picture making the rounds on Facebook recently.


The target on the right is a popular design, and one we use often. I found the picture below, taken during a range trip last fall.


With just a few more props we could run an "ISIS Drill." You never know when it might come in handy


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


02/26/2015 06:56 AM
South Street Brewery Virginia Lager

The post, South Street Brewery Virginia Lager, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

After cracking open the decent Satan’s Pony, I was looking forward to what South Street’s Virginia Lager has in store for me. Well, to put it bluntly, I didn’t like what it had to offer. Virginia Lager starts off well enough, with a decent aroma and solid malt backbone on the palate. The problem is […]

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02/26/2015 05:00 AM
StormBreaker Brewing Presents Brewstillery Festival
With the revival of the brewing industry here in the United States it has also brought with it the strong upswing of craft distillers. Both industries are now a solid part of what makes up Portland’s strong culture of imbibing. It seems as more and more breweries open there are a solid amount of new […]

02/26/2015 04:13 AM
London-centricity & Blogs Around Britain
Pie & Mash shop, East London.

Our post on under- and over-exposed UK breweries prompted a comment from Tandleman suggesting London breweries get unfair attention. In subsequent comments and on Twitter, others enthusiastically agreed. Is there something in what he says? Numb3rs There are now almost 80 breweries in London (about 6 per cent of the total number in the UK) but, when we … Continue reading London-centricity & Blogs Around Britain

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02/26/2015 03:24 AM
Imperial realm
Two imperial stouts from the realm of New Zealand today.

Moa Imperial Stout has some classy presentation, though the black-on-black label is quite difficult to photograph. This is 10.2% ABV and, enticingly, is aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The flavour begins with quite orthodox coffee and sweet caramel -- all very pleasant. But soon afterwards, the barrel drops into the middle of it all, adding a massive, jarring, sap-and-sawdust effect. Behind this lurks the wine, distinctively grapey and adding a sickly sweetness that doesn't fit at all well with the residual sugars from the malt. It's frustrating and tantalising to be able to taste a superb imperial stout utterly ruined by poor secondary brewing techniques.

This bottle of Epic's Epicurean Coffee & Fig Imperial Oatmeal Stout arrived courtesy of Reuben's deep pockets (€25!). A modest 8% ABV and it does pretty much what it would say on the tin, if there was a tin. Figs? Yes, a generous sweet dark fruit element infuses the whole thing. Coffee? Definitely present, though not overpowering -- it's still the dark malts which provide the roastiness and warmth. And oatmeal? That's there too, adding a richness and smoothness. Everything melds together quite beautifully into a gemstone-like perfection. The only thing that's missing is the wow factor. Like other expensive drinks -- wine and whiskey, for instance -- balanced smoothness is where your money is going, not distinctive flavours.

It's clear that a lot of skill, imagination and hard graft went into creating both of these, but tastewise I don't think it pays off in either.

02/26/2015 03:05 AM
Cask beer in the 1950’s – primings
As promised, here’s the stuff on primings.

Adding primings was very common amongst British breweries, and I’m sure it must still go on. It’s fascinating which pieces of equipment were insisted upon.

“Priming
Before an attempt is made to dissolve priming or syrups of any kind, it is as well for a brewer to make himself acquainted with the conditions required by the Excise. The necessary notice for dissolving and the quantity to be used must be entered in the Excise book. Not less than three vessels must be brought into use when the priming solution is prepared, and they should be a dissolving vessel, a cooling vessel (refrigerator), and a collecting vessel. All of them are required to bear the usual distinguishing marks, and must also have been duly entered in the brewing inventory. The collecting vessels must, in addition, have been gauged in order that the contents can be checked for duty charge. It must be noted that priming, like brewing sugar, may only be stored in vessels and departments specially entered in the brewing inventory for this purpose. On no account will the Excise allow the addition of priming to beer when in the cellars of licensed premises, although dispensations can be obtained in regard to bottling stores and other depots in responsible control.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 245.

All the bits of kit demanded are basically concerned with tax collection. The excise wanted to be able to see what was going on with the sugar. Because tax was charged of the gravity of the wort before fermentation. And the same was true of primings, tax was payable on their gravity. And the excise was particularly against any type of sugar being in a pub cellar. Too easy for a dodgy publican to water his beer and cover it up by adding sugar.

These are the relevant bits of kit in an illustration from the book:

"Priming soon develops a spontaneous fermentation, especially during hot weather, and it is essential to use it when fresh and new. It should be made frequently in small quantities, rather than less often in larger amounts. Priming is a very penetrating solution, and on that account, wood is an unsuitable material from which to make a collecting or storage vessel. Everything must be kept particularly clean and sterile.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 245.

That’s not the sort of spontaneous fermentation Lambic undergoes. He just means that it starts fermenting without the addition of extra yeast.

Here’s the point of priming:

“The real objects for using priming are twofold. First to promote the development of cask condition, and secondly, to impart an additional fullness to the palate of the beer. In order to achieve these objects, many primings have been introduced by various firms under different names, some of which differ in only a small degree. We are not going to mention any by name, but leave it to the brewer to choose and use one which he considers most suitable for his class of beer. The fashionable palate of the district where the beer has to be sold should of course be borne in mind. No difficulty should be experienced in obtaining from the makers of any priming a full analysis, showing particularly the extract given, the proportion of fermentable and unfermentable sugars, the amount of ash and mineral matters. It is important to have particulars of all these features.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 245.

The first purpose is pretty obvious. The alternative to priming would be to leave enough fermentable material in the beer to achieve cask condition. A much trickier feat than fermenting the beer all the way down then adding back in the required amount of fermentable material for cask conditioning.

Different primings were used for different types of beer:

“First consideration must be given to the flavour which the priming will impart. The brewer must also not lose sight of the class of beer for which the sugar is required. It is obvious that to use a priming consisting mostly of dextrins for a running beer intended for quick consumption is to defeat the object of the sugar. It would nevertheless add some palate fullness. On the other hand, little benefit would be derived from the use of a priming containing a low proportion of malto-dextrin with beers which are to be stored for ten days or a fortnight. The effects of such a priming would undoubtedly have worn off, especially if it was added at the time of racking. In some districts where beers are preferred to drink very sweet, priming made from sugar-candy gives the desired results. Unfortunately it is not a sweetness which lasts for any length of time, as this sugar ferments rapidly.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, pages 245 - 246.

It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to prime with anything too fermentable if you were going to have the beer sit around in the brewery for a couple of weeks.

Not just the type of primings but when they were added was important:

“It will therefore be gathered that the problem of selecting the most suitable priming is one which needs careful consideration. Equally important is the correct time at which the priming should be added. For running beers we prefer to add it at racking time, preferably in the racking back where it can be easily distributed. The risk of infection by handling small quantities while measuring out is also eliminated. For beers intended for comparatively short storage we prefer to add half the quantity at racking time, and the remainder just before the beer leaves the brewery. This procedure must never be adopted, however, if the beer is inclined to fret or be turbid, as the trouble would only be intensified. Indeed, it should be a strict rule that priming must never be added to beer under such conditions. These remarks should also apply to stock ales, because the primary yeast will probably have been exhausted, and will be unable to keep in check any secondary or wild yeast, which priming may revive. As a final recommendation with regard to priming, we advise daily microscopical examination of all priming to be used, and the rejection of any about the soundness of which there is the slightest doubt.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 246.

Again, all pretty logical stuff. I can certainly see the advantage of priming the beer in bulk rather than fiddling around adding adding a couple of pints to each barrel.

And here’s something about the priming rate:

“Priming solution is generally made to a gravity of 53 lb. (sp.gr. 1148) and added at the rate of 1 to 3 pints per barrel. Occasionally for sweet mild ales which are to be drunk quickly, up to 4 pints are used. (Calculations for the quantities of sugar and liquor required are given on p. 63.)”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 246.


I can check this with Barclay Perkins records as they clearly state what primings were added. Here are some examples:



They were adding 1 to 4 quarts per barrel. Rather more than Jeffery suggests. You can see though that the gravities, at 1144º and 1150º were pretty much as stated in the book.

Interestingly, not all their beers were primed. The Milds and K Ales were. The Porters and Stouts weren’t. The Pale Ales weren’t, either, with the exception of the Export version of their PA.

Fining next.

02/26/2015 02:34 AM
Beer In Ads #1477: The Health Of The Farmer
Wednesday’s ad is another one for Anheuser-Busch’s “Malt-Nutrine,” also from 1908. Malt-Nutrine was promoted not as a non-alcoholic beer, but as a “pure malt tonic” and sold by druggists and grocers. “The Health of the Farmer” that the ad is touting...

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02/25/2015 11:18 PM
Patent No. 1054119A: Apparatus For Picking Hops
Today in 1913, US Patent 1054551 A was issued, an invention of Emil Clemens Horst, for his “Apparatus For Picking Hops,” and his second patent to be issued today. There’s no Abstract, but the description states he’s “devised a complete system for mechanically picking...

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02/25/2015 11:10 PM
Try-It Thursday Feb 26, 2015
This week's Try-It Thursday features a well-respected US-inspired Pale Ale that Pete Mitcham hopes will attract less attention than the last one attracted.

02/25/2015 10:20 PM
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale

Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale is a gorgeous IPA with a rocky head, passionfruit aroma, and all the fun of gummi bears packed into a bottle of beer.

The post Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale appeared first on Beers & Bacon.



02/25/2015 08:00 PM
Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Festival for Beer Autism Hope
Monday, February 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) Beer Autism Hope (a registered 501(c)3 charity) and All About Beer Magazine announce the inaugural Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Festival set for Saturday, April 25th at the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The festival is a craft beer celebration unlike any other with the biggest names in […]

02/25/2015 07:58 PM
Cellared Cranberry Cider

We recently tasted a couple fresh ciders that we had made towards the end of 2014. Fermenting freshly pressed apple juice is how many generations before us preserved that valuable food item. Fortifying the beverage certain must have made for some good times in back in colonial times. Packed with vitamins cellared ciders probably help […]

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02/25/2015 06:04 PM
Colorado Beer News 022515
Colorado Beer NewsA Snowy Hump Day for the last Wednesday in February! Do your best to stay warm. One place you'll always stay warm at is at your favorite local Colorado craft brewery taproom. Lots of specials on today. Pick a spot and hunker down for a while. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, February 25th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Odyssey Beerwerks - There's a new Discovery Beer release today - Dubbel Dragon. This is their Dubbel Down that was infused with Dragon Fruit Green Tea. The brew will be tapped at 5pm (4pm for all Adventure Club members). Also, outside today is Bubba Dukes BBQ. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery - The chain of 5 consecutive weeks of having a beer release continues with the release of Wolfpack Black Saison - it tapped last night. It joins the other 2015 recent tappings: Quickdraw Kolsch, Grizzly Peak Session Porter, Sawatch IPA and Sky Pond Pale Ale. You need a break for Hump Day! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

FERMÆNTRA - Fans of their Belgian Dubbel "Canticle" rejoice! The brew returns to the tapline today. Stop in for a glass. [1715 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing - To help continually improve their beer at De Steeg, they have just acquired several new stainless fermenters. The newest batches will be coming out of them very soon. They opened early today - drop on by. [4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co - The snow is falling once again so when you head indoors, head to Rockyard Brewing. Tonight is Ladies Night, happy hour prices on beer and well drinks. Grab some food there while you're at it. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Locavore Beer Works - Thursday brings a favorite back on cask. Come try their "Tooth 'n Ale ESB" for Live Ale Thursday. Also, 5th Season pale Ale will be flowing too. [5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co - For Firkin Wednesday, they have a Chocolate Hazelnut Peanut Butter Brown Ale tapped. For a truly unique food pairing - have one with a Strawberry Shortcake doughnut from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts. [1338 S Valentia St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Two22 Brew - Since it's supposed to snow again, drop by tonight to fill up your growlers and get $1 off on fills. You can also get some snacks from the Happy Hour Market. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Declaration Brewing - Something new is in the taproom and is just waiting for you to try it. Come check out their new foosball table and have a beer or two. They are open until 8pm tonight. Mike and Greg will be giving tours tonight at 6:30pm as well. [2030 S Cherokee St, Denver, CO]

Stout Street Social - Mark your calendar for next Wednesday, March 4th from 6-8pm. That's the day that Riff Raff Brewing of Pagosa Springs will be releasing two new beers at Stout Street Social. One is Weapon of Self Destruction Russia Imperial Stout and the other is a 99 Shilling Scottish Ale. This Denver locale is one of the first Denver restaurants to offer Riff Raff beers. [1400 Stout St, Denver, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - Here's some new beer releases you'll want to try: Dunkel Eddie, South Island Wit, and an experimental Belgian Pale (taps Thursday). And don't forget their "Wax N' Pint Night" tonight. Get your skis or board waxed and have a pint. For only $15, Eskimo Ski & Board shop will get your gear ready for the mountain while you enjoy a delicious beer. It's not like you really need an excuse to come to the brewery on a Wednesday but now you have one. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

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Boulder County

West Flanders Brewing Co - Here's a beer special that's controlled by Mother Nature. When the temperature outside reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below then it's Happy Hour! Expect that to happen a lot this week. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co - Today is Free Pint Wednesday. Get a free pint with the purchase of any growler fill. Then this Saturday, February 28th at 1am in the Tasting Room, Left Hand Brewing will tap the first keg of Great Juju, their imperial ginger beer. Time to get your juju voodoo! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

J Wells Brewery - Stop in this Friday, February 27th for the release of their latest offering: Bergstaat Dunkelweiss. Start your weekend off at J Wells! [2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing - Good news! As of today, their "Walter's White" is back on tap. There's also two guest beers on tap this week: Crooked Stave's Surette and Saison DuPont (farmhouse ale). [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery - Guess who's coming back? This Friday, February 27th, the Gubna Imperial IPA will return. This years batch has got an excellent mix of hop varieties in it. Stop by the Tasty Weasel Taproom and have a glass. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing - New Belgium is already prepping for this year's Clips of Faith Beer & Film Tour and are asking everyone to submit short films for consideration for this event. The tour will go to over 20 cities nationwide and your film could be shown there. Submissions are open now for a short time. For more information, check out their official website.

Black Bottle Brewery - Let's get Luckin' Crazy! Last night, Black Bottle Brewery tapped their Shameless Dry Irish Stout on the nitro tap. This beer plus the next couple of weeks should help to get you ready for St. Patrick's Day coming up soon! Get your Irish on now! [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Zwei Brüder Brewing - In an article posted today in the Coloradoan, it is reported that Zwei Brüder Brewing is being legally forced to change their name in order to avoid a lawsuit by Two Brothers Brewing Company in the Chicago, Illinois area. Zwei Brüder means Two Brothers and apparently it is too darn close to the other brewery's name. So starting around the end of May, Zwei Brüder Brewing will change it's name to simply "Zwei Brewing". They plan to roll out a new logo soon. Seems like almost every name in the dictionary is taken for beer these days. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery - It's almost time for members of their Plowshares club to renew for 2015. If you're not currently a member of the Plowshares club and wish to be added to the waiting list, then stop by the brewery on Monday, March 2nd to see if you can join for this year. Don't forget Trivia is tonight at 7pm and also Bingo! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

WeldWerks Brewing Co - The brewery is open today from 4pm to 10pm. They have 4 beers on tap including a Coffee Stout, a Red Ale, an IPA and a Hefeweizen. Come taste why Greeley is Colorado's newest craft beer destination. [508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Today's special is $4 off growler fills of their Midnight Strikes Black Lager. And get $2 off growler fills of their other beers. What will you fill your growler with today? [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery - FCB is hosting a "Farm to Fork Dinner" at their Tavern this Sunday, March 1st from 6pm to 8pm. The cost is $25 per ticket and includes a full dinner, an FCB beer and live music. Procedes from this event help Friends of Happy Heart Farm. For tix and reservations call (970) 682-2260. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing - How about this for a firkin! Verboten is tapping a firkin of their Killer Boots infused with Whoppers malted milk balls. That, plus they have 11 beers on tap. Come in out of the snow and into the taproom. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - Have you tried Loveland Aleworks' seasonal ales yet? They've got five of them on tap right now including a Belgian Golden Ale, an American Sour with Black Currants & Strawberries, a Sorachi Ace IPA, a collaboration beer "For The Love of Stout" they did with neighbor brewery Crow Hop Brewing, and Brendan's Scottish Strong Ale. And soon, they will tap another collaboration beer they did with Greeley's brand new brewery Brix Taphouse & Brewery - "Brix-Works Black Ale". It's a dark & hoppy brew that's lower in ABV for sessioning. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]


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02/25/2015 05:34 PM
Don't complain!
I came across this photo of a British craft beer bar on Facebook. I don't know where it was taken. It's hard to imagine a more aggressively stated policy toward customer complaints about iffy looking pints. I can only assume it happens to them a lot. The specific issue the blackboard addresses, of course, is the resistance of many consumers to being served cloudy beer. The point the bar owner

02/25/2015 05:16 PM
Getting Wild: Join Us As We Explore The Pays d’Oc
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02/25/2015 05:13 PM
Victory Brewing Company promotes Victory Helles Lager to full distribution
Thanks to a rising demand for craft lagers, Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has decided to expand distribution of regional favorite Victory Helles Lager to all 35 states in the brewery's distribution footprint. Victory...
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02/25/2015 04:22 PM
Beer Release: Bill’sner Pils, Hale’s Ale Brewery

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Hale’s Ales is pleased to announce a Limited Release of Bill’sner Pils 2015. Seattle, WA – February 25th 2015 – Pilsners are back!  The beer style your dad, and probably his dad, so enjoyed is receiving new attention from craft brewers and craft beer lovers all over the region....

02/25/2015 03:42 PM
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02/25/2015 03:28 PM
Beer Release: Molten Lava Imperial IPA, Double Mountain Brewery

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Double Mountain Molten Lava Imperial IPA Returns Hood River, OR—February, 25th, 2015 —Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases their seasonal Molten Lava Imperial IPA. A taproom favorite since 2008, this aggressive IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown...

02/25/2015 02:50 PM
Everything You Need To Know About Napa’s Yountville Appellation & The Best Wineries To Visit
Boasting the very first vineyards in the Napa Valley, planted by George Yount in the mid-1800s, Yountville became an appellation in 1998. Although relatively small, ...

02/25/2015 02:46 PM
Acadian Farms and Brewery shuts down, moves on

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Last summer we reported that Skamania County was threatening to shut down Acadian Farms and Brewery. Eventually the owners, Benton and Nicole Bernard, came to terms with the County, but apparently the resulting compromises helped to make the business unsustainable. The couple recently decided to sell both...

02/25/2015 01:43 PM
Ninkasi Brewing explores music and beer collaboration

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. When done well, both beer and music serve as forms of expression for the creative soul. Sure, there is skill, science, and technology involved in the production of both music and beer, but at the core they are each a manifestation of the individual’s artistic vision. Ninkasi...

02/25/2015 01:04 PM
A craft beer to 'root' for: Coedo’s sweet potato lager, Beniaka
Sweet potatoes: they’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Now available from Japan’s Coedo Brewery comes Beniaka, a slow-aged premium lager made from sweet potatoes. “Sweet potatoes?” you say. Well, why not? In today...
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02/25/2015 12:42 PM
DUI, Part III: Evaluation
Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate […]

02/25/2015 11:44 AM
The 5 Hottest Alcohol Trends of 2015
Last year saw a plethora of acquisitions, led by Suntory’s acquisition of Beam, which was only exceeded in the surprise stakes by Emperador’s acquisition of Whyte & Mackay. Less surprising was Diageo’s strengthening of its position in tequila with a series of acquisitions, including giving up its Bushmills Irish whiskey brand and gaining a majority […]

02/25/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing solidifies support for local artists with "Ninkasi Studios"
Press Release


EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 24, 2015— Ninkasi Brewing Company believes crafted, independent beer and music is a winning combination. Since the beginning Ninkasi has supported local artists in a variety of ways, all organized by James Book, Ninkasi brand and experiential marketing director. With the opening of its new Ninkasi Studios this past June, the brewery announces its first original musical offering— the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP,” available on Ninkasi’s website this March.
Since 2009, Ninkasi has supported artists including music production, engineering and recording from iterations of the brewery’s in-house recordings studio, album pressing sponsorships, assistance in tours and bookings, and opportunities to showcase their music at Ninkasi signature events. Book has been at the helm of the studio operation, bringing a wealth of experience in the music industry to the brewery’s marketing mix.

Image of Ninkasi's "Dawn of the Red Compilation EP" available March 2015, courtesy Ninkasi Brewing


“Coming from a 20-year career in both recording and touring in music before craft beer, it’s rewarding to be able to help new artists reach their aspirations and help them navigate some of the chasms we had to cross without the support of sponsors,” explains Book. “The opening of Ninkasi Studios will enable us to support up-and-coming artists at no cost to them.”
The release of the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” celebrates the addition of the brewery’s Dawn of the Red India Red Ale to its year-round Flagship Series. Working with five artists, ranging in sound and style, each band was directed to use “Dawn of the Red” as a focal lyric and to interpret the phrase however they choose. The outcome: a diverse offering of five different genres, some literal in meaning, some metaphoric, all inspired by craft beer.
“Just like craft beer, the opportunities for creative collaboration and shared successes are nearly unlimited in terms of craft beer helping to drive new music awareness and vice-versa,” says Book. “Completing our first album was a blast, and we can’t wait to share the creations of these artists with craft beer and music lovers alike.” 
The compilation will be available for download from Ninkasi’s website (www.ninkasibrewing.com) in March.  Artists include:
  • Track 01: Vokab Kompany + Kraddy – San Diego, CASelf-described as two MC/singers backed by a four-piece “band of awesome,” Vokab Kompany has been friends of Ninkasi since 2013, providing live music for festivals like the annual Whiteaker Block Party in Eugene.  Produced by Kraddy of famed The Glitch Mob, “Dawn of the Red” by Vokab Kompany + Kraddy offers a hip-hop recap of a zombie apocalypse set within a pulsating EDM esthetic.
  • Track 02: Gayle Skidmore – San Diego, CASince 2011, Ninkasi has proudly sponsored artist Gayle Skidmore including the release of her album “Zombie Heart” in 2012. Named the Best Singer Songwriter by the 2013 San Diego Music awards, Gayle’s early love for music is evident – a songwriter since the age of eight. Gayle’s interpretation of “Dawn of the Red” offers a soulful look at a relationship.
  • Track 03: Sapient – Eugene, ORFor 15 years Sapient has been perfecting his trade as a hip-hop artist in the Northwest. Beyond a family man, Sapient is also an accomplished videographer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and graphic designer. “Dawn of the Red,” produced and recorded by Sapient, is an exploration of the word “red” tied together by heavy heating beats and captive melodies.
  • Track 04: Black Beast Revival – Bellingham, WAA highly-energized rock and roll band hailing from Bellingham, Black Beast Revival was deemed “a grungy Black Keys” by the Eugene Weekly. In 2013, the band played at Ninkasi’s SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas, “scaring” the locals.  As one of the first bands to record in the new Ninkasi Studios, the band laid down its “Dawn of the Red” track while between cities on it West Coast Tour.
  • Track 05: Tyler Fortier – Eugene, ORWinner of Eugene Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” in 2010, singer-songwriter and most recently, producer, Tyler Fortier joined Ninkasi’s first SXSW showcase in 2011 and has been a powerful force in local Americana. Bringing a melodic, acoustic track to the compilation, “Dawn of the Red” by Tyler Fortier enters “a city on fire.”
Look for a free download the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP” online this March at www.ninkasibrewing.com. Consumers can also look forward to opportunities to win limited edition 12-inch vinyl copies on Ninkasi’s social media channels.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

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


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Deschutes Teku Keep the Glass Night at iTAP Soulard
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02/25/2015 10:00 AM
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02/25/2015 09:19 AM
South Street Brewery Satan’s Pony

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Charlottesville’s South Street Brewery was just recently re-opened in 2014 under the watchful eyes of Mandi and Taylor Smack — founders of Blue Mountain Brewery. The duo apparently spent some time working at the location in the early 2000’s and decided it was important to keep the institution alive and well. The first brew that […]

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02/25/2015 08:34 AM
Ninkasi Studios Unveils “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP”
EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 24, 2015— Ninkasi Brewing Company believes crafted, independent beer and music is a winning combination. Since the beginning Ninkasi has supported local artists in a variety of ways, all organized by James Book, Ninkasi brand and experiential marketing director. With the opening of its new Ninkasi Studios this past June, the brewery announces […]

02/25/2015 07:30 AM
Surly Doomtree Cans Debut Today
Fans of Surly and/or Doomtree take note: Surly Doomtree cans will be available for the first time in Minnesota later today at The Depot Tavern as part of Doomtree’s First Avenue pre-party event. If you were fortunate enough to get your hands on tickets to tonight’s sold-out show, you’ll also be able to drack open ...

02/25/2015 07:00 AM
Stay Holy With Drink
Some Lenten advice.


Translation:
Who drinks, sleeps
Who is sleeping, do not sin
Whoever does not sin, is holy
Therefore, he who drinks is holy.



[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


02/25/2015 05:49 AM
Book review: Mastering Homebrew
How many homebrewing books do you really need to own? In the foreword to “Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer” Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch writes, “This book might just be the only brewing book most homebrewers will ever need.” For personal reasons, I hope that most homebrewers don’t take that […]

02/25/2015 04:18 AM
Londorval & Landlorval
Caps from Timothy Taylor Landlord, London Pride and Orval.

Last night, we blended funky Trappist pale ale Orval with two classic British best bitters, Fuller’s London Pride and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. Our thinking was that mixing beers with somewhat similar characteristics — pale malts, old-school European hop varieties –would add complexity through subtly harmonies. We poured around three-quarters of a pint of each British beer and topped up … Continue reading Londorval & Landlorval

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02/25/2015 04:13 AM
Batemans Orange Barley

Danger!!! Batemans Orange Barley is 6.2% and unbelievably drinkable! Tasting Notes: A lovely orange barley beer that does exactly what it says on the tin, it has a lovely orange aroma, and a great citrus taste, very very pleasing. You could all too easily sink a few of these, and the volume would sneak up [&hellip

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02/25/2015 04:13 AM
Why Greene King doesn’t care that the haters hate its IPA
Hard luck, haters: Greene King knows you don’t like its IPA, you think it’s too bland, “not a real IPA” at 3.6% abv, and it doesn’t care at all. Not the tiniest drop. In fact it’s probably quite pleased you … Continue reading

02/25/2015 03:05 AM
Let's Brew Wednesday - 1911 Heineken (Rotterdam) Gerste
Look at this. A Let's Brew Wednesday on . . . . a Wednesday.

This is another recipe I've knacked together for another project. Why waste it? Even though I doubt many of you will ever brew such a deeply unfashionable beer as this. Despite it being an extinct style. Doubtless peach and coffee infused versions will be appearing soon "inspired by" Gerste.

Who am I kidding? This beer ticks all the wrong boxes. Not that strong. Dark. Lightly hopped.


Gerste is an oddball beer from the early days of bottom-fermentation in Holland. It was originally a top-fermenting style, but Heineken used the name for a cheap and cheerful type of Dark Lager. It was incredibly popular. There's a fair amount of sour grapes in how Baartz, of rival Oranjeboom in Rotterdam, described Gerstebier in 1884:

"although a bottom-fermented beer, it is of a low gravity and not lagered, and is a beer quick to make for a significantly lower price" ("een weliswaar ondergistend bier, maar van licht gehalte en geen Lagerbier, maar een bier van snelle confectie en tot belangrijk lager prijs").
"Korte Geschiedenis der Heineken's Bierbrouwerij Maatschappij N.V. 1873 - 1948", by H. A. Korthals, 1948, page 96.

Bottom-fermented, but not really a Lager. Presumably that's how Heineken could bang it out on the cheap. This shows you how much cheaper:


Heineken retail prices in 1895
Beer per bottle (cents)
Export 20
Münchener 20
Pilsener 18
Gerste 12
Tafelbier 9
Source:
Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad 22nd February 1895, page 4.

It's only when you look at the specs of the beers that you realise how good value Gerste was:

Heineken Rotterdam beers in 1911
Bier OG Balling FG Balling app. degree attenuation % ABV Colour kg hop/hl
Pils 13.2 4.15 68.56% 4.8 6 0.2
Lager 9.8 3.3 66.33% 3.4 9 0.16
Gerste 12 5 58.33% 3.7 13.5 0.18
Beiersch 13.1 5.3 59.54% 4.2 13 0.18
Bok 16.7 7.5 55.09% 5 14 0.2
Source:
Heineken brewing record held at the Amsterdam Stadsarchief, document number 834-1752.

Not not that much lower in ABV than Beiersch, but less than half the price. The obvious choice for the cost-conscious boozer. Which is reflected in the sales figures:

Heineken Rotterdam production by type in 1911
type no. of brews size of brew (HL) total amount % of total
Lager 226 270 61,020 36.13%
Gerste 356 220 78,320 46.37%
Beiersch 28 200 5,600 3.32%
Pils 107 200 21,400 12.67%
Bok 17 150 2,550 1.51%
total 734 168,890
Source:
Heineken brewing record held at the Amsterdam Stadsarchief, document number 834-1752.

It was almost half of what they were brewing, in the Rotterdam brewery at least. A really important product for Heineken.

One last technical note. Heineken had two yeast strains. The posh beers like Pils and Beiersch were fermented with the posh A strain. Gerste was brewed with second-division Heineken’s D strain..

Almost forgot. In Dutch "gerste" means barley.





Over to me . . . . ..





1911 Heineken Gerste
pilsner malt 2 row 10.00 lb
Carafa III  0.40 lb
Hallertau 60 mins 1.50 oz
OG 1048
FG 1019
ABV 3.84
Apparent attenuation 60.42%
IBU 24
SRM 17.5
Mash double decoction
Boil time 90 minutes
pitching temp 48º F
Yeast WLP830 German Lager




02/25/2015 03:00 AM
Manchester
I've been to Manchester twice. The first time was in 1998 with uni pals in the break between Hilary and Trinity. I remember we had this amazing, revelatory doner wrapped in a naan. It was the best kebab I'd had to date. Six years later I went again to see England play Iceland in a warm-up match before Euro 2004. That night we went out to a place by some canals where there were some people

02/24/2015 11:45 PM
Seminar Brewing Citrocity

Seminar Brewing Citrocity has a hop flavor and bitterness balance many IPA drinkers search for.

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02/24/2015 07:45 PM
This Is A Shock. French Vodka Exports Overtake Cognac
Vodka has overtaken Cognac as the most exported French spirit by volume, as the sector continues to struggle against China’s on-going campaign of austerity. According to recent figures released by the Federation of Wine and Spirits Exporters (FEVS), exports of French spirits dropped once again in 2014 as brands battled a “difficult” economic environment and “intensified” […]

02/24/2015 07:19 PM
The World’s Next Big Wine Regions
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02/24/2015 05:59 PM
Colorado Beer News 022415
Colorado Beer NewsEnjoy this mini-thaw while you can because another round of snow comes in tomorrow. Better stock up on beer to get you through the cold nights ahead. Several Colorado breweries have new tappings and some fun events coming up. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [CO Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Dad & Dude's Breweria - New beer alert! Last night they tapped "Dos Generations", an Imperial Agave Blonde Ale. It's big at 10% ABV - $6 for a 10oz pour. This brew was aged well in Tequila barrels. Available in bomber bottles and on draft. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co - Want to work in a brewpub kitchen? Kokopelli Beer Company is hiring for an experienced cook. Job is part-time 28-32 hours a week. Weekend are required. Kitchen experience is a must. If you also have pizza making experience you get bonus points. Contact them at (303) 284-0135 with your qualifications. Meanwhile, Geeks Who Drink Trivia starts tonight! Runs 6:45pm to 8:45pm. Free to play. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co - During a test run on being open on a Monday, they've decide to continue being open on Mondays going forward. So... expect to see them open at 3:00pm every Monday from now on. Also, there will be a food truck on site Wednesday through Saturday this week. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co - Epic Brewing's 2014 Growth Report [PRESS RELEASE] Epic Brewing Company, now approaching its fifth year in operation, has continued to grow rapidly by increasing craft beer sales by 54% in 2014. Epic Brewing sold a total of 16,840 barrels of beer between its three breweries, up from 10,950 in 2013. With this increase in sales Epic Brewing is now designated as a Regional Craft Brewer by the Brewer’s Association. Epic’s beers were recognized with eight domestic and international awards in 2014, with each of the following beers winning gold medals: Hop Syndrome Lager at the San Diego International Beer Festival, Smoked Porter at the LA International Beer Competition and Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale at the North American Brewers Association. The Denver brewery continued its planned expansion with the addition of three 80 barrel and two 40 barrel fermenters, along with a 40 barrel brite tank, in the early summer of 2014. In late January of this year they added an additional three 120 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank, as well as a second 20 Barrel kettle to the brew house. A further two additional 180 barrel fermenters and a corresponding brite tank are planned for delivery in the late summer of 2015. The Denver Brewery also installed a canning line and began packing several beers in 12 oz. cans. Current offerings include the popular Escape to Colorado IPA, which was brewed in celebration of Epic’s expansion to the East side of the Rockies and features Mosaic hops. The second beer to be canned was the 2012 and 2013 Silver Medal Session Beer winner, Hop Syndrome Pils-Lager, which would subsequently win gold at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Hop Syndrome will return this June and become a year- round offering. Epic also introduced Element 29 Pale Ale, an all-Amarillo-hopped American Pale Ale, in October, as a fall seasonal. In February of this year Epic released Lil’ Brainless Raspberries: a 5.2% ABV canned version of its award winning Brainless Raspberries, Belgian-Style Ale, bringing the total offering of 12 oz. canned beers to four. Taking advantage of its growth to meet the demand for Epic beers in other craft-centric regions, Epic opened 4 new major domestic markets in Wisconsin, Montana, Texas and Indiana. This brings Epic’s total number of national markets to 19. In 2015 Epic plans to continue opening new markets in Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri, as well as extend market reach in Texas and California. Epic continued creating jobs and investing in its skilled workforce, and now employs 115 people in Utah and Colorado, with a team of ten sales representatives supporting their 38 distribution partners nationally. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO & Salt Lake City, UT]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - Drop in tomorrow, on Wednesday February 25th to get your skis or board waxed and have a pint. For only $15, Eskimo Ski & Board shop will get your gear ready for the mountain while you enjoy a delicious beer. It's not like you really need an excuse to come to the brewery on a Wednesday but now you have one. They also have a tasty new Dunkel on tap! And also, mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm. They are doing a fundraiser and silent auction where 20% of any drink purchased will go towards supporting a disabled sports facility in Winter Park. There will be a chance to win 2 tickets to Winter Park. Just guess the number of bottle caps in the carboy. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

38 State Brewing Company - Visitors to the taproom today will have their choice between 6 beers on tap. Choose from their Pound Town Brown, Two Buttes IPA, Black Saison, Single White Female Blonde, Belgian IPA, and a Smoked Porter. Taster trays of all 6 are available! Trivia is on Wednesday at 7pm. Denver Poker Tour is there on Thursday at 7pm. [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - Something new on the nitro tap. Stop in for a pint of their Sugar Daddy Brown Ale. With nitro, this brew is one smooth operator. Also, their S.S. Flyer hoppy wheat beer returns to the taps today. Crisp & smooth. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co - [Newsletter] Going into March, one of the first awesome things they're starting is a special on the Beer of the Week. Every Tuesday, Wonderland Brewing will announce which one of their brews will be a $1 off on Tuesday only! So, stay tuned. The Beer of the Week this week is Cold Weather Friend! Have you seen The Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Calendar hanging in the tasting room? Notice Miss March? Their very own Social Butterfly was featured in this year's calendar and because she's in a fantastic mood, she's decided to lower the price to just $15.99 during the month of March! If you catch her in the tasting room, she'll even sign your calendar - get one this Sunday! Been hearing about the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that's up for release next? It's official - they are tapping this special craft beer this Sunday, March 1st! Be one of the first to get a fresh glass. More is to come in March, like Crafty Yogis Brewhouse Yoga and another Beer and Cheese Pairing. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse - For a limited time, Factotum Brewhouse is selling memberships in their Local 303 club. For the $495 membership fee, you'll get a free brew session, your first beer every day the taproom is open will be FREE, a beer-cation for members only, and first dibs on extra festival tickets/events. Memberships this year will run through May 1, 2016 so you'll get a few extra months for this first year. If you have questions about the Local 303 club please email them at factotumbrewhouse[at]gmail.com. Enrollment closes May 1st or when they run out. [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co - Love Girl Scout Cookies? Then you'll want to drop in next Monday, March 2nd for a special Girl Scout Cookie & Beer pairing night. They've picked out 5 Girl Scout Cookie brands and will pair them with 5 different Renegade beers all for $10. The pairing starts at 6pm that night. First come, first served til the cookies run out. Inquire in the taproom. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

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Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery - It's the last week of stout month and they've released a very special beer - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout. This brew was aged for months in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels. The beer was made back in the Fall of 2013 and aged for a full year. Get a snifter full for $8 or a sampler for $4.75. Also check out: Brett Stoudt American Wild Stoudt (8.2% ABV), The KRÄKEN light smoked & spiced stout. Available at all five locations. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Asher Brewing Co - Today they will release a special tapping of "Peace of Porter" in their Gunbarrel tasting room. This beer is described as roasted and chocolaty. Stats: 5.5% ABV and 25 IBU. They opened at 2pm today. [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery - Tonight you will get Happy Hour prices on beer all night. Plus, double stamps on all growler fills on Wednesday, February 25th. Then on Thursday, they will release their Barrel Aged Butternut Brown ale. Come taste beers inspired by the great Colorado outdoors. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery - Their Soul Patch Porter is once again back on tap - just in time for Ladies Night tonight. Ladies get $1 off pints every Tuesday from 4pm til close. [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

3rd Annual Hops & Handrails - Beer Fest & Rail Jam - On Saturday, March 28th from 12pm-5pm Left Hand Brewing is bringing the mountain to the people, with 50 of their brewery friends! Back for its third year, Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, returns to Longmont, Colorado. The hybrid winter event will feature a 50 craft brewery fest alongside a 40’ high snowboard ramp & rail jam competition. Join in for 5 hours of unlimited tasters from the best breweries across the USA while watching Colorado’s best riders do flips & tricks off the ramp! Plus: live music, Kid’s Riglet Park, Food & more! Doors: 11:30am | Beer Fest: 12-4:45pm | Rail Jam: 1:45-5pm | Award Ceremony: 5pm. Location: Roosevelt Park - 700 Longs Peak - Longmont, CO.


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Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing - [PRESS RELEASE] Warning: Outlaw on the Loose! Keep a look out for Outlaw, the first in City Star Brewing's barrel aged series and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Outlaw will be released at the City Star taproom in Berthoud, Colorado on Saturday, March 7th. Outlaw weighs in at 13.25% alcohol by volume and has spent 1 year "doing time" in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels waiting for the chance to bust out. While incarcerated Outlaw mellowed nicely and includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey. Outlaw is a rare limited release (only 970 bottles) specialty beer and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Each 22oz bottle has been sealed in red wax and individually numbered. Outlaw will be available for purchase exclusively in City Star Brewing's taproom starting Saturday, March 7th at 12pm. Bottles will be sold for $18 each (plus tax) with a one case (12 bottles) limit per person. Catch this Outlaw before it escapes again and put it where it belongs... in your belly. City Star Brewing co-owner and head brewer John Way says, "We've been barrel aging beers since year one and we are excited to have Outlaw be our first bottled beer. The imperial stout base beer used for Outlaw is amazing on its own, and then we introduced this big, delicious brew to age in whiskey oak barrels for one year. The barrels impart a very complex dark chocolate and charred oak body with a very bold whiskey aroma that turned this phenomenal beer into something very special that can be aged for years to come.” [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

New Belgium Brewing - Progress is coming along at their Asheville, NC location. [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium’s Asheville fermentation vessels and bright beer tanks are scheduled to arrive at their east coast home by mid-March. Two dozen FVs and a half dozen BBTs departed from ZIEMANN in Bürgstadt Germany in January and arrived to the Port of Charleston, SC, in early February. New Belgium is building an east coast location with an expected capacity of 500,000 barrels. The oversized vessels require rolling road closures and NC Department of Transportation approved routing and police escort, as they arrive to New Belgium Asheville. The vessels are currently scheduled to arrive during daylight hours between Monday, March 9 and Saturday, March 14, pending weather delays. They will travel in pairs with a minimum of 30 minutes between arrivals. Installation of the vessels will also begin this week. The two dozen FVs have varying sizes between 32 and 52 feet tall with net volumes between 547 and 1860 hectoliters or up to 49,000 gallons. They house the process where yeast ferments wort into beer and allow the liquid to condition and mature. The six BBTs, which store beer before packaging, are approximately 55 feet tall with net volume of 2090 hectoliters, equivalent to about 55,000 gallons. New Belgium’s 200 hectoliter brewhouse system arrived seamlessly and on schedule in January with support from NC DOT, the districts along the route, Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, and the Asheville Police Department. Public hiring for the Asheville location kicked off last month, with two dozen positions filled as of February 2015. New Belgium anticipates brewing beer in Asheville by the end of 2015.

High Hops Brewery - There's a new firkin that'll be tapped this Wednesday at 5pm. Stop by to try their Vanilla Barn Owl, an American-style Hefeweizen with vanilla beans and aged 6 months on cherrywood. Then coming up on Thursday, February 26th will be the release of "License to 'IL, an India Lager weighing in at a hefty 8.25% ABV. Live music this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday too. Food trucks also on site Thursday through Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - On Wednesday night, February 25th from 6pm to 8pm, Snowbank Brewing will be hosting the first Ft. Collins Community Night for Gociety. Meet with other fellow outdoor enthusiasts, drink some beers and plan some new adventures. The first beer is on Gociety and get $1 off any more beers after that. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Why spend just an hour to get happy? At Grimm Brothers tonight you can get Happy Hour for 3 solid hours starting at 5:00pm. Come on, be happy now. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery - Tuesdays bring their weekly Growler Special. Get $2.00 off all growler fills and refills. Make the Plow one of your stops after work today. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co - Today Kate is filling up your growlers for just 1/2 price! Get your jugs filled at the Beav. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]


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02/24/2015 05:15 PM
Enrique Fonseca: A Story About The Man Who Changed Tequila
This guest post was written by Lance Cutler They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that where Enrique Fonseca’s story began: with ...

02/24/2015 04:08 PM
Allagash Brewing hosts first event celebrating 20 years of beer
My wife and I have been looking forward to a weekend in Portland ever since I got the E-vite from Allagash Brewing Company asking if I’d attend their customer appreciation event. I had planned on writing about all the breweries we visited along the way, and we did visit a few but that part of […]

02/24/2015 03:50 PM
Correcting Low Original Gravity in All Grain Brewing
grains_webHave you ever missed your original gravity (OG) target when brewing all grain beer? Its not an uncommon problem for beer brewers, particularly when you start all grain brewing or change you equipment setup. This week we’re going to examine some of the possible causes of low OG and also how to mitigate them. Predicting […]

02/24/2015 02:21 PM
Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun


02/24/2015 02:20 PM
Dave Bailey’s Bridge Celebrates Five Years
Sometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I wake up and years have passed. Wasn’t it just 2010? How is it already 2015? Granted, this isn’t a terrible thing. Watching as the world keeps changing is certainly fascinating. But time can definitely sneak up on you. What’s more surprising to me is not finding out the [...]

02/24/2015 11:58 AM
This is the Droid I'm Looking For: Keg-a-Droid
Keg-a-Droid is made by a veteran robot manufacturer, SuperDroid Workshop. It consists of a wheeled platform with a modified, half barrel keg on top, and a tap tower, complete with CO2. Put a 1/6 bbl keg, or one of your Cornie Kegs, into the modified keg, full with ice and attach to the tap. A remote control system will bring your beer to you, not the other way around!

Finally!

It is a tad pricey, though. You need to pony up $2100 on their Kickstarter page to get your own Keg-a-Droid complete with a charging station (which I imagine to look like something Seven of Nine used on Star Trek: Voyager).

02/24/2015 11:56 AM
Boulevard Bully! Porter
The intense flavors of dark-roasted malt in Boulevard’s rendition of the classic English porter are perfectly balanced by a generous and complex hop character. Bully! Porter’s robust nature makes it the ideal companion to a variety of foods, from seafood to

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02/24/2015 11:31 AM
2015 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival
[ February 26, 2015; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. February 27, 2015; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. February 28, 2015; 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The passion for beer in St. Louis has been absolutely insane.  It seems like every time you turn around, you're seeing another dinner or festival.  This is truly a great time to love beer in the St. Louis area.  It's good to know that even the chill of late February doesn't keep people from putting [...]

02/24/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... New Belgium La Folie, New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek, & New Belgium Cocoa Molé
Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo. – ... New Belgium Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet, heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa Molé will be out through March, or while supplies last.

image courtesy New Belgium BrewingLa Folie, French for “the folly” and New Belgium’s earliest sour beer release dating back to 1997, returns yet again to offer this year’s sour delight. A wood-conditioned brown ale, La Folie ages one to three years in French oak foeders formerly used in wine production. The result? A smooth oaky nose and delightfully tart finish. This one-of-a-kind sour brown ale is sharp like a lambic, sour in the finish, and full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany.

La Folie is 7 percent ABV and available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

Transatlantique Kriek offers another dose of sour that’s crisp and effervescent. The 2015 edition of Transatlantique Kriek began life in the oaken vessels of Gert Christiaens’ Oud
Beersel brewery, deep in Belgium’s Senne Valley. After it wood aged, Oud Beersel’s lambic was blended with tart cherries and shipped across the pond to New Belgium Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. In concert with Oud Beersel’s cherry lambic ale, Bouckaert created a full golden brew to blend in and round out this kriek. The result is an intense cherry nose leading to a pleasing sweet-tart flash finish across the palate.

Transatlantique Kriek is 8 percent ABV and is available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

For a behind the scenes look at the release party for these sours check out the “epicness” from the Lost in the Woods party here. To learn more about the history of New Belgium’s sour program click here.

The third, Lips of Faith release is Cocoa Molé, a spiced chocolate porter. The beer combines chocolate, cinnamon and chilies for a sweet and spicy burst of fun. Brewed with deep caramel and dark chocolate malts, plus a healthy dash of chocolate rye, it pours midnight dark with a subtle, reddish hue and pillowy, burnished head atop. Starting on the tongue with the sweet chocolate and finishing with a fine-spun heat of peppers, Cocoa Molé is a worldly contrast in a glass – olé.

Cocoa Molé is 9 percent ABV and is available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.


02/24/2015 08:11 AM
DUI, Part II: Investigation
Last year my life was forever changed. I was arrested for DUI as I was driving home from a beer festival. As a long-time beer blogger and advocate of knowing when to say when, this was devastating. Over the next few weeks, I will be telling my story in hopes that my experience will resonate […]

02/24/2015 07:23 AM
DuClaw Brewing Devil’s Due

The post, DuClaw Brewing Devil’s Due, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Folks, what we’ve got here with Devil’s Due is a blend of two other DuClaw Brewing products. I’m not sure of how much of which product, percentage-wise, is present, but this 11% ABV brew is comprised of the company’s Devil’s Milk and Retribution. The former is a pretty decent, if somewhat tame barleywine. The latter, […]

The post, DuClaw Brewing Devil’s Due, first appeared on The Barley Blog.



02/24/2015 07:00 AM
Drink More Coffee
The report of the government's 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is good news for caffeine addicts. Coffee, and lots of it, might be good for you.
Not only can people stop worrying about whether drinking coffee is bad for them, according to the panel, they might even want to consider drinking a bit more. 
The panel cited minimal health risks associated with drinking between three and five cups per day. It also said that consuming as many as five cups of coffee each day (400 mg) is tied to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 
"We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits," said Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University and one of the committee’s members. "Specifically when you're drinking more than a couple cups per day."

The emphasis is mine. The committee's report concludes that three to five cups of coffee a day is considered "moderate" consumption. Reports indicate most American probably drink much less than that. My own intake might be a bit above average some days.

Combined with the reported health benefits of beer, I'll happily continue to take my medicine. You might want to drink your coffee while sitting though.


[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


02/24/2015 03:53 AM
Growing Hops in Cornwall
Detail from a map of Cornwall, 1780s.

We had somehow formed the impression that Cornwall isn’t natural beer country, in large part because hops aren’t grown here. Because of an article we are working on, however, we needed to know for sure whether hops were commonly available in the 18th and 19th centuries, and so got digging. In the stacks at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth … Continue reading Growing Hops in Cornwall

Growing Hops in Cornwall from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007



02/24/2015 03:05 AM
Cask beer in the 1950’s – secondary fermentation
I’m continuing my look at the handling of cask beer in the 1950’s. There are a few surprises.

Secondary fermentation is extremely important for cask beer. It’s where it gets its carbonation. But appears much more complicated than I imagined.

Secondary Fermentations
There are two kinds of secondary fermentation. One is a healthy one, due to me breaking down of the sugars passed on from the primary fermentation by healthy yeast. The other is the result of wild yeast. If the beer was not encouraged to develop a certain amount of movement in the cask, it would provide a very dead and insipid drink. It is the condition, mostly derived from fermentation while in the cask, which imparts that sting and sharpness on the palate. Together with a satisfactory flavour, these points are those most appreciated in beer. Even with running ales some attempt should be made to encourage a movement, by priming with a solution consisting mainly of fermentable sugars. Some malto-dextrin, is, however, necessary to carry on the development of condition. The casks should be rolled as frequently as possible before being sent out, provided that violent condition is not set up. Once beer, of whatever gravity, is saturated with its naturally developed gases, it can stand variations of temperature with comparative impunity. Here again, as in many instances with beer, the seasons have to be carefully considered. It would be dangerous to send a cask out in the broiling sun of summer if it was already charged with gas to the limit of its pressure resistance. Its head would probably be blown out during transit, or the staves would bulge and crack, thus losing much beer. Great difficulty would, of course, be experienced in getting the beer quiet and in saleable condition, when it reached the public-house cellar. On the other hand, if the beer has attained its full condition, it could, during the winter, be placed in the open and exposed to many degrees of frost without harm, provided that the temperature of the cellar in which it is subsequently placed is higher than that of the temperature prevailing outside. The temperature should not, however, be too unreasonably high.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, pages 243 - 244.

This is an interesting redefinition of secondary fermentation. Fifty years earlier, by definition secondary fermentation wasn’t the result of normal yeast. It was the result of Brettanomyces, which you can argue is wild. Back then what’s been described would have been called an extended primary fermentation. Of course, Brettanomyces is very different from just any old yeast or bacteria.

Do you really need malto-dextrin for conditioning. Is the idea that it would be consumed slowly by the yeast rather than in a full-blast fermentation?

Does carbonated beer really handle temperature changes better?I’ve no idea. Leaving the beer outside in the winter reminds me of the piles of Bass Pale Ale stacked up outside the brewery in the 19th century. Was that being protected by carbonation? Or was it just as touch as old boots?

Now some good stuff about Stock Ales:

“Stock ales are brewed with the object of a certain amount of malto-dextrin being carried forward into the casks. The malto-dextrin has to be broken down gradually by the few remaining healthy yeast cells which should also be present. It is therefore necessary to encourage a slow fermentation in order to achieve the object. Sometimes the fermentation will develop spontaneously. As soon as it is noted a porous peg should be inserted in the cask in order to ease the pressure of gas. Immediately the pressure has slackened a hard peg must be substituted or the beer may flatten to a degree from which it might never recover. Generally, one fret in the brewery cellar is sufficient for ordinary beer, but for extra strong ales which are stored for many months, two or even three frets in the cask may be necessary. If any difficulty is experienced in bringing them into action, a vigorous rolling coupled with a slight rise in cellar temperature, and if necessary the addition of a small amount of priming, will generally have the desired effect. The use of priming at this stage is not advised with confidence, since it might well result in rousing wild yeast to action, with troublesome turbidity as a result. It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the correct manipulation of both hard and porous pegs has a very great effect on all cask fermentations.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 244.

So I was right about the malto-dextrin. It was providing slow food for the yeast. (You can tell I hadn’t properly read this before I started writing.)

By ‘fret’ he means an active fermentation. Interesting that a beer stored for longer could have several. And how much active attention the beer demanded, like beer in a pub cellar. All that fiddling with spiles sounds labour-intensive.

Here’s another subtle dig at the cellarmanship of publicans:

“One other point is important in connection with secondary fermentations. Brewers should always endeavour to arrange them to take place in a brewery or store cellar, rather than in that of a public house. Very few licensees know how to manage a cask fermentation. Some are even alarmed at it, and at once imagine that the beer is defective. We have heard of many cases when beer fermenting in casks has been returned to the brewery without even waiting to see the result of the cask movement.”
"Brewing Theory and Practice" by E. J. Jeffery, 1956, page 244.

I’m amazed a brewery would even consider letting maturation take place in the pub. Though I’m surprised Stock Ale is even mentioned. I thought it was pretty much dead by then, with the exception of a few survivors like Russian Stout.

Priming next time.

02/24/2015 03:00 AM
Brewery Release: ID: Coming Soon ... Odell Brewing's Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale
Press Release

Fort Collins, CO. – In early March, Odell Brewing will release Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale. Part of the brewery’s Cellar Series, Brazzle is an oak aged golden ale brewed with golden raspberries.

image sourced from Odell Brewing's website“We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,” said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!”

The base beer in Brazzle is a crisp golden ale that was aged and soured in former Woodcut barrels for a little over two years. 300 pounds of raspberries were added before and after the barrel aging process, giving the beer both a puckering tartness and a hint of raspberry sweetness.

Brazzle is offered in 750 ml, cork and cage finished bottles, and will be available within the brewery’s eleven state distribution area this spring. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Brazzle in the Tap Room February 27th – March 1st. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, and live music on Sunday afternoon. A special Welsh Rabbit cheese pairing plate will also be available for purchase (while supplies last). For more details on the beer and the Tap Room release party, please visit the brewery’s blog.

About Odell Brewing - Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® - gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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