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08/22/2014 10:55 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

08/22/2014 10:55 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

08/22/2014 10:55 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/22/2014 10:55 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

08/22/2014 10:55 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

08/22/2014 10:38 AM
Well, this is embarrassing
It looks like it's been a week since I posted, and peering into my crystal ball reveals that the coming week is going to be just as bad.  It's not the usual doldrums of August, but rather a thicket of unexpected activity that has kept me off the site.  A week from now and things should start getting back to normal.  (I may--may-- ...

08/22/2014 10:38 AM
What's the Big Ordeal? Oskar Blues gives the details

Once again, Oskar Blues is planning to host the annual Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal this year. And this year, they are teaming up with Draft Magazine to give away some all expenses paid Ordeal packages for some lucky winners. Here's their latest press release outlining the details for this year's 2014 OB Ordeal.

[PRESS RELEASE] LONGMONT, CO- The fourth annual Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal consists of three days of bus rides (Denver pick-up) that offer GABF-ers and craft beer lovers the chance to go backstage at ALL Oskar Blues locations during Great American Beer Festival week.

Tickets are available NOW for each of the Ordeal days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (October 1, 2, 3). Video HERE.

Also, for the first time this year, Oskar Blues is partnering with Draft Magazine to up the ante and offer three national winners a chance for an all-expenses paid for the Ordeal, which includes two days of tickets to GABF.

This on-can program is featured on eight million Dale's Pale Ale cans, which currently are available in all 35 states in which Oskar Blues beer is distributed. Anyone can sign up to WIN, at http://obordeal.com, for free, from now until September 5.

The THREE national winners will receive the following: FREE airfare for two, plus three nights of accommodations; two days of tickets to the Great American Beer Festival; and one day of Oskar Blues Ordeal bus tickets. There is an additional chance to win via the #showusyourcans CAN'd Aid Foundation program, check that out at http://obordeal.com.

For a schedule of events for each day of the Ordeal and tickets, including the one-of-a-kind GOSPEL BRUNCH at the Hops & Heifers Farm, visit http://brew.oskarblues.com/events.

Each day, Oskar Blues picks up Ordealers outside of the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver and shows them around our digs in Longmont and Lyons, and then we get all ColoRADo and spend some time hanging at our Hops and Heifers Farm.

Oskar Blues will serve up classic and specialty Oskar Blues beers all day and keep Ordealers well-fed with BBQ and Cajun-style meals. Surprises of the beer variety lurk around each corner all throughout the Oskar Blues Beery Universe.

Check out the video and images from years past via #obordeal or HERE via Oskar Blues Facebook.

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the original craft beer-in-a-can with Dale's Pale Ale in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth--packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged over 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing trailblazing craft brews to 35 U.S. states.

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08/22/2014 10:30 AM
Random Beer Roundup: The Beer Me Edition

Hoosier Beer Calendar

Events are subject to change

The Brewers

Chilly Water Brewing
Every Wednesday at Chilly Water is our “Hippy” Hour where all pints are $3.75 with food specials too. We will fill our speakers with jam band music and show DVD’s of full concerts.

Upcoming live music:Thursday Aug. 28th live jazz with Ryan Taylor and Freddie Mendoza. 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 30th Dave Grodzki 8pm
Saturday Sept. 6th David Gans who hosts the nationally syndicated Grateful dead Hour will perform a solo electric show 8pm
Upcoming tappings:Friday Aug. 22nd Two different Porters. An English Brown Porter along with a Coconut Porter
Friday Sept 5th Octoberfest 

 Daredevil Brewing
Hops & Flip Flops Craft Beer Festival is on Friday, August 22nd in Speedway. You can purchase tickets in person at both Great Fermentations locations or Lino's Speedway or online at http://hopsfest.eventbrite.com. VIP tickets are almost sold out! It's a great lineup of 20 local, regional and national craft breweries bringing some awesome hoppy beers and more which are also listed on the website. Proceeds will benefit the Speedway Lion's Club.

Looking to find our beers across the state of Indiana? We try to keep draft locations up to date on our website and post frequently to our Twitter and Facebook pages on can and draft locations across the state. If you are having trouble finding Lift Off IPA on draft or cans it could just be because the place you are at ran out. We are at hundreds of locations across the state so you can always try the handy Beer Spy site to search for a place near you. Always feel free to drop us an email, post or tweet and we will try and help.

Upcoming events:

Hops & Flip Flops Craft Beer Festival and Street Fair, Speedway, Friday, August 22nd
* Festiv-ALE, Victory Field, Saturday, August 23rd
Taste of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville, Saturday, August 23rd

Daredevil Brewing Co. | Current beers available:

Lift Off IPA: Our flagship beer available year round in cans and on draft.
A bounty of American Hops delivers the signature clean and crisp finish of a perfectly balanced West Coast style IPA.

Vacation Kölsch: A summer special release beer available on draft.
A delicately balanced, authentic Kölsch style ale brewed with the finest German malts, hops and yeast to provide a crisp, clean and refreshing match for summer relaxation.

Tin Man Brewing in Evansville

This week we will be at Beers Across the Wabash on Saturday in West Lafayette. It’s 2pm-6pm. We will bringing: Overlord Imperial IPA, Ferrous Foreign Extra Stout, Apricot Sour Ale, and Circuit Bohemian Pilsner. 

 Triton Brewing
Fieldhouse Wheat, Sin Bin Belgian Pale Ale, Four Barrel Brown, Magnificent Amber Ale, Deadeye Stout, Railsplitter India Pale Ale, Wit or Witout You, French Toast Saison, Beer Hammock Shandy, Double Deadeye Imperial Stout, 500 Sour Monks, O’Ryen-N Warrior Pale & Soul Crusher IPA
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, New Day Meadery South Cider, New Holland Oak Aged Hatter, Quaff On Java the Red, Vanberg & DeWulf Lambick X, Widmer’s Omission Lager, Widmer’s Omission Pale Ale & Wood Boat Pale Ale
Friday, August 22
Hops & Flip Flops Craft Beer Festival 2014, from 5:30-8:30pm, in Speedway. This event benefits the Speedway Lions Club. For more information:https://www.eventbrite.com/
Saturday, August 23
2-6pm the 3rd Annual Beers Across the Wabash will be at the Reihle Plaza (N. 2nd Street) in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are available at:https://www.eventbrite.com/
Join us for Festiv-Ale at Victory Field, 4-8pm! This amazing event benefits the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation. For more information:http://www.cff.org/Chapters/indiana/index.cfm?id=27013&event=27013\
Saturday, September 13
16th Annual Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest, Headwaters Park West (Fort Wayne, IN), 2-6pm. This event is about more than beer; it's about having a great time with brewers and some pretty cool beer enthusiasts! What makes this festival unique is its dedication to promoting Indiana Craft Beer! For more information, call 260-426-ALES.
Saturday, September 20
Triton Brewing Company's 3rd Anniversary Party at Triton Brewing Company! Join us 2-5pm for family friendly games and 6-10pm for the Party! Featuring music from GBR and others, food trucks, Batch One Bourbon Barrel Ale, 2014 Gingerbread Brown release and more! For more info:tritonbrewing.com.
Brews and Blues at Festival Park on the Lake (Hobart, IN) from 3-6pm. Local breweries from Indiana and beyond come together on beautiful Lake George to enjoy Duke Tomatoe and raise funds for the City of Hobart Special Events and the Hobart Parks Department. Tickets available at:brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday, September 21
Yelp’s En Blanc Dinner on Monument Circle, 4-9pm.
Saturday, September 27
Valparaiso Brewfest at Central Park Plaza (Downtown Valparaiso), 1-5pm. More than 175 craft brews to sample, great eats available for purchase and live Zydeco music. See more at: www.valpobrewfest.com.
Irvington BrewFest at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Gymnasium, 7-10pm, Come sample craft beers and ciders from 5 amazing local breweries. Grab some fabulous swag that includes a custom pint glass. Enjoy great music from Audio Diner! For more info: www.irvingtonbrewfest.org.

Noblesville Brew Fest at Forest Park Shelter #1, 3-7pm. All participants will receive a commemorative sampling glass, while supplies last. All event proceeds benefit the Friends of Central Pool which operates the beautiful Forest Park Aquatic Center. . Tickets available at www.brewsline.com/brewfest-tickets.html 

Taxman Brewing Co. in Bargersville

  • August 22 - Beer & Bluegrass Festival (Franklin) 6pm-10pm
  • August 23 - Beers Across the Wabash (Lafayette) 2pm-6pm
  • August 28 - Indy Monthly Beer Fest (Indianapolis) 6pm-8:30pm
  • September 9 - Girls Pint Out @ Taxman (Bargersville) 6:30pm- 9pm ('GPO Goes Belgian' Tickets are $10 and include tasting, appetizers and Belgian beer education) http://gpogoesbelgian.bpt.me/
  • September 10 - Sinking Ship Tap Takeover (SoBro) 7pm 

Tow Yard Brewing
Currently On Tap:
House Beers
Oompa Lupulin - You'll feel like you've just won the Golden Ticket when you drink this everlasting hop stopper. Oompa Lupulin is a fizzy lifting beer with humble malt characteristics that allow the notes of citrus, resin and earth to shine from the healthy hop additions of Simcoe and Falconers Flight. This pale ale will drive you Wonkers! 5.4% ABV 45 IBUs

​Goldie Hops - American Golden Ale​ brewed with Marris Otter, wheat, and some crystal malt. Lightly bittered with Magnum and Czech Saaz. With this combination, the beer is crisp, refreshing, and approachable to all kinds of beer drinkers. 5.2% ABV 26 IBU

Hook Up - A hybrid between a Radler and a Shandy. We call it a Shandler. It's our golden ale blended with a locally made, citrus forward soda. A delicious and refreshing beverage for a hot summer day. 4% ABV 7 IBU
Emerald Circle - Made by Northwest Hopheads, for Midwest Hopheads. This aggressive IPA is brewed with Maris Otter base malt along with Light Crystal, Aromatic and Vienna malts to add complexity to the malt bill. From here we get a bit heavy handed with our hop additions, which are early and often. The laundry list of hops includes: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Centennial. Which are added throughout the boil and then later dry hopped. 6.5% ABV 83 IBU​
Horse Power - This house beer is a Double Pale Ale which lives up to its name. Maris Otter starts out our grist, followed by some Munich, Aromatic, and Light Crystal malts. For this beer we bittered with Magnum and Centennial, followed by late kettle additions of Cascade, Crystal and Styrian Golding hops which adds a depth of flavor and complexity to this beer. 7.3% ABV 63 IBU​
Working Title Wheat - The official beer of Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson (Known as the 'Dan Patch Ale' there). Citrus dominates the front end of the nose, followed by tropical fruit in the finish. Working Title is bittered with Chinook, followed by late kettle additions of Motueka and Rakau hops from New Zealand. The mouthfeel of this beer is achieved through generous amounts of white wheat, along with European specialty malts. 5.3% ABV 50 IBU

All house beers are available for $5 growler fills on Mondays all summer long. $4 Pints of Tow Yard beers on Tuesdays.
​Guest Taps​:
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Founder's Rubaeus Raspberry Ale
Founder's Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
Founder's Dissenter Imperial India Pale Lager
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (Nitro)
Come check out the Beer and Bluegrass Festival in Franklin. The event runs from 6-10 PM and more information is available at http://www.discoverdowntownfranklin.com/#!beer-and-bluegrass-festival/c1951
We will be at Beers Across the Wabash in Lafayette. The event runs from 2-6 PM. More information and tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beers-across-the-wabash-sponsored-by-village-bottle-shoppes-tickets-11332671325
Don't miss out on Jorgstock 2014 at the Eiteljorg Museum. We will be pouring along side other local breweries. The event runs from 6-11 PM. More info found at http://www.eiteljorg.org/explore/festivals-and-events/2014/08/23/default-calendar/jorgstock---hosted-by-agave 
Come to the Indianapolis Monthly Beerfest to sample some local brews and food. Held in the City Market from 6-8:30 PM. More info at http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/beerfest/
Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Make sure your calendar is marked for the greatest beer festival in all the land. We hope to see some of you there. Ticket information available at http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/tickets/purchase-tickets/ 

Scarlet Lane in McCordsville
Our single hop McCordsville Pale Ale is now in the market at several establishments. McCordsville Pale Ale is made with a experimental Northwest hop.
Events: August 21stMacKenzie River Tap Takeover
All beers including seasonal
August 28th
Indy Monthly Party
Ticket Price $25 in Advance, $30 at door
City Market Downtown
We team with Punch Burger to create a unique burger paired with Dorian Stout
**Stay tuned for an announcement regarding a Halloween themed event with Girls’ Pint Out on October 12th!
Growler House Hours
Thur - Fri 4PM - 8PM
Sat - Sun 11AM - 3PM


The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN. On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere.
Get your tickets now, this is sure to sell out! 

New Albanian in New Albany

August 22: The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series takes place in downtown New Albany at Bicentennial Park, on the corner of Spring and Pearl – less than two blocks from Bank Street Brewhouse. On Friday from May 30 through August 22 (except July 4) there’ll be free musical performances from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Production Simple books the music, and NABC coordinates the bar. We serve the craft beer (Houndmouth, Black & Blue Grass, Naughty Girl, Community Dark and occasional surprises); River City Winery handles the wine; and Irish Exit and JR’s Pub will alternate serving mass-market beer.
Saturdays: August 23
Local Music at Bank Street Brewhouse

8:00 p.m. – ? … outside at Lloyd’s Landing
Five Foot Fish
Check out our website for more info on events.  

Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis
Thursday’s Beer:30 Release: 
When Fall rolls around, so does Jack. Provided he stays away from marauding trick-or-treaters, this bright orange gourd-like squash from the genus curcubita (Thanks Wikipedia!) finds his way into the mash of this Flat12 seasonal pale ale. A special blend of Indian(a) spices and pumpkin shine through just enough to complement this slightly sweet and malty tribute to the season of hayrides and bonfires. Flat out fantastic.
Indy Eleven Beer Update - We’ll be sharing our Indy Eleven beer name and can design this Saturday, August 23rd at the Indy 11 Craft Beer Night (pre-game, 5:30 –7:30) at Carroll Stadium. This has been a fun, collaborative effort between the fans, Indy Eleven and Flat 12. Can’t wait to share it!
Fall Events – a look at a few of the fall events that include partners like Conner Prairie, Indy Urban Acres and Girls Pint Out. More details to come. Fall (LINK)
Fuffet Double IPA
Weet Heavy
Indy 11
UniCycle IPA
Thursday Beer-Thirty Release
BlueMile Extra Pale Ale
Hinchtown Hammer Down
12 Penny Scottish Ale
Walkabout Pale Ale
Axis Hefe
Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale
Half Cycle IPA
Hello My Name is Amber Ale
Pogue’s Run Porter

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.

Thr3e Wise Men House Beers:
Two Lucy's Blackberry Wheat
Golden Zoe IPA
Centennial Martyr Double IPA
Snow Bunny Blonde
Bulldog Brown
Hubbard & Cravens Porter
Rocky Ripple Pale Ale
CASK: Bulldog brown
Thr3e Wise Men Seasonal Selection
Klinsmann's Revenge German Pilsner
Color: Golden | ABV: 4.9% | IBU: 30
Light bodied and refreshing German style pilsner. Noble hop bitterness is balanced with a light malt  profile.

Thr3e Wise Men Upcoming Seasonal
Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest - Tapped on 9.2.14
Color: Amber | ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 21
Features: A malty, medium bodied beer with a slight dry finish featuring Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts. Hopped with Spalt and Hersbrucker.

Thr3e Wise Men/Scotty's Brewhouse Promotions and Events:
Every first Friday of the month Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. and all Scotty's Brewhouse locations will be offering $5/$6 growler fills!

Scotty's 2014 Pick'em or Survivor Football Contest - Join our Free football challenges atwww.scottysbrewhouse.com/pickem . Winners picked every week to win $$! You can join any week and still win!

Devour Downtown - Monday 8/18 through 8/31. At Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown Indianapolis Location only.
2 for $30 - 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert
2 for $20 - 1 appetizer, 2 lunch menu items*
4 for $30 - 1 appetizer, 4 lunch menu items*
*lunch only, monday - friday, 11 am - 3 pm
$10 off any delivery order of $40 or more - Order at www.scottysbrewhouse.com/delivery
(delivery promotion available at our Downtown Indianapolis location only)

LIVE MUSIC at the brewery every Friday in August from 6pm-8pm. Stop by grab a pint and enjoy!

· Friday, August 22nd: Fort Wayne Zoo Brew & Wine Too
· Saturday, August 23rd: Beers across the Wabash (Lafayette, IN)
· Sunday, August 24th: DigIN (White River State Park)
· Thursday, August 28th: Indianapolis Monthly Beerfest

· Saturday, September 6th: America Multi-sport Muncie Triathlon
· Saturday, September 13th: Mad Anthony Say Oktoberfest (Fort Wayne, IN)

Thr3e Wise Men Beer on Tap
If you would like to pour Thr3e Wise Men, we will personally deliver to you in the Indianapolis area. Or, we can get to you through our distributor if outside of Indy. We offer beer education classes, free pint glasses and full craft support. Please contact Tyler Thompson at tthompson@scottysbrewhouse.com 

Cutters Brewing in Avon

News - Union Brewery & Cutters did a collaboration & produced Hardin Hoppy Wheat. 5% abv, 48 ibu. It is an american wheat brewed with white wheat, red wheat, 2 row, and pilsen. Hopped with simcoe, falconers flight, amarillo.
Full Court Double IPA is back while supplies last. Free sampling @ Cutters 9973 US HWY 36 Avon IN,
Draft list - Floyd's Folly Scottish Ale, Monon Wheat, Lost River Blonde, Half Court IPA, Full Court Double IPA, Empire Stout, Pentagon Porter, General Brown Sour, Hardin Hoppy Wheat, Knobstone Pale Ale.
Open for growler fills 3-6pm Monday-Friday, 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday.
Cutters has an updated website www.Cuttersbrewing.com - check it out! 

Upland Brewery

Upland Brewing Co announced today that its latest Side Trail Series beer, Good Miss Mosaic, will be available on tap at all Upland retail locations on August 22. Good Miss Mosaic was the 2014 winner of the UpCup Homebrew Competition. The winning beer is an American Wheat created by Michael Calvin of Columbus, Indiana. On July 25, Calvin joined our brew crew at our Bloomington brewery to brew his winning beer, Good Miss Mosaic. 
Beer Description:

Late additions of mosaic hops provide full tropical flavors with a gentle bitterness, balancing the clean and refreshing character of a grain bill that is over 50% malted wheat.

ABV: 5.3% IBU: 20 

Bars, Restaurants, Carryout, & Distributors

8/26 - Trivia Night 

Lino's in Speedway
Friday, August 22
Hops and Flip Flops Craft Beer Festival
Tickets are $25 cash and can be purchased here throughout the week.

Thursday, August 28
Kickoff with Lift Off
College football viewing party. $3 pints of Lift Off IPA

Friday, August 29
Upland Brewing Tap Takeover

Friday, September 5
Scarlet Lane Tap Takeover

Friday, September 12
New Day Meadery Tap Takeover

Friday, September 19
Tin Man Brewing Tap Takeover

Friday, September 26
Sun King Tap Takeover 

Great Fermentations 

Upcoming classes: 

Beginning Brewing Class
Saturday, August 30 @ 2PM, Indianapolis location

All Grain Brewing Class
Saturday, August 30 @ 10 AM, Indianapolis location

Taking pre-orders for fresh, local sweet cider to make hard cider. Cider will be delivered on Saturday, September 20th and Saturday, October 18th. $7.75/gallon

Taking pre-orders for juice from locally grown Traminette grapes. $15/gallon. 

Ruth's Chris Downtown and North location
Featuring Storm and Anchor beer at both  locations! 
We have 15 cases of this beer with more on a boat headed this way right now. This is one of the most highly acclaimed new breweries in all of Europe! This is the first time this beer will be available in the US and it will be exclusive to Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses only in Indiana and St. Louis! The different brews we have are:
Hoppy Brown:
Dry Hopped double Brown with a long lasting and very aromatic fruity hoppy finish with hints of tea and coffee.
Alcohol: 6.3

Citra Saison:
French Saison with Citra Hops, dry, sparkling, citrus hoppy.
Alcohol: 6.6

IBA Imperial Red:
Beer with a long aromatic fruity hoppy finish, fresh and mainly grapefruity; very dry and lightly earthy.
Alcohol: 8.1

Black IPA:
Roasted and smoked malts aroma with notes of citrus and grapefruit.
Alcohol: 7.1

Classic west coast IPA, with citrus notes and a malty backbone.
Alcohol: 6.9

Goose the Market
Have you been curious about our Beer & Cheese Club? Click here to find out more!

 Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple
As with last year, we will open early and show every match of the Premier League season. 

Papa's in Culver
Newest to our rotating 30 taps: 3 Floyd War Mullet, 3 Floyd's Back Masking, Southern Tier Harvest Ale, Flat 12 Summer Cycle, Upland Coast Buster

Check out our current lineup here:


Yogi's in Bloomington
Beer school is every Tuesday!

Patrick's Kitchen in Zionsville
We are pouring Bier's Kolsch, and their Chinookalicious...IPA, La Trappe Quadruple, Triplle de Ripple from Brugge, FFF Gumball head, Lexington Brewing's Bourbon Barrel Ale, Stone's Ruin Ten DBL IPA, Cuvee Des Jacobins Sour, Yes, that's right a sour...and Outliers American Rye.

Starlight Distribution, LLC 

From Josh:

New From Evil Twin Brewing comes 2 new exciting releases. First Femme Fatale Yuzu, this 100% Brett fermented IPA is fermented with Yuzu Fruit to give a complex, tart, fruit flavor that will knock your socks off with flavor but not with ABV...only weighing in at 6%. Limited availability statewide in bottles and on draft.
Second up is Nomader Weisse, a canned version of a classic Berliner Weisse, yes you read that correctly, a berliner weisse you can take anywhere that is can friendly, only 5%, available in limited quantities statewide in cans only!
August 22nd Hops and Flip Flops Festival in Speedway - We'll be there with our friends Country Boy, Against The Grain, Jolly Pumpkin, and North Peak Brewing.
August 26th @ 8:30pm - Trivia night at Sahm's Place with County Boy Brewing - Cougar Bait, Hefeweizen, Lazy Rye Pale Ale, and Shotgun Wedding Vanilla Brown Ale on tap.
August 27th- Local Option Tap Takeover - Sinking Ship - 7pm
September 4th @ 6:30 - Mass Ave Pub - Special tapping of Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus! Also Featuring De Proef, Prairie, and Upright on tap that night.
September 12th - 14th - La Margarite - Spontaneous Weekend! Special tappings of wild and sour beers all weekend.

Beer & Fundraising Events

GPO Beer Education:
Belgian Beer Styles
Tuesday, September 9th
6:30 pm

Join Girls Pint Out at the newly opened Taxman Brewing in Bargersville for a night of beer education!

Taxman will be running us through the paces - trying their line up of Belgian beers with an American twist.

You must have a ticket to attend this ladies only event! Your $10 ticket includes the education, your beer tasting, and appetizers!

Space is limited, so don't miss out! Get your ticket here --- http://gpogoesbelgian.bpt.me/

Festiv-Ale: A Wine and Stein Celebration
When: Saturday, August 23, 4-8 p.m.
Phone: 317-202-9210 Email: indiana@cff.org Price: Regular $60, VIP $80
Festiv-Ale: A Wine and Stein Celebration is a wine and beer festival benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! Come enjoy a relaxing, yet lively atmosphere featuring over 100 fabulous wines, over 100 micro-brews, martinis, and food samples from top-notch restaurants! Not to mention, there will be live music!
Here are just a FEW of the vendors who will be present: Weber Grill, HotBox Pizza, The Melting Pot, Sun King, Three Pints, Triton, and more! For tickets and more information call 317-202-9210 or visit indiana.cff.org/festivale

Festiv-Ale will be held at Victory Field (501 W Maryland Street) and begins at 4pm for VIP ticket holders. All other ticket holders will be admitted at 5pm.

Brew Bracket presents: Experimental IPAs

9/27/146-9 PMTomlinson Tap Room
Eight incredible Indiana brewers making a new recipe or a twist on the classic. Be the first in Indiana to taste all 8 and vote for the best! For tickets and more info, click HERE

Master of Beer Appreciation classes 
Beer MBA Classes - More Than Just a Tasting
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Take a Dream Trip to Germany where nearly everything is planned and coordinated for you. Visit the Famous Breweries and the Best Beer Bars in the World, all led and guided by Ron Smith, a recognized Beer Expert that will help explain even more about the legendary beer styles, history and cultures.  Learn more now:  Germany 2015 - Munich, Bavaria and Bamberg! 
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08/22/2014 10:15 AM
SweetWater Brewing to open Mississippi market in early September
News Wire:  (Atlanta, GA) – SweetWater Brewing Company continues to make moves westward with the announcement it will open up distribution to the Magnolia State later this summer. Shortly after the brewery’s $19 million expansion, SweetWater – ranked as one […]

08/22/2014 09:23 AM
Hill Farmstead expansion could lead to distribution in other parts of New England
Construction on the space will be completed by the end of September after which new brewing equipment will be delivered. Hill anticipates his expanded brewery will be operating at full capacity by February of 2015—something that could eventually lead to distribution outside […]

08/22/2014 09:06 AM
A Rose City by any other name tastes just as sweet
Editor’s note: Bullpen member Amy O recently went to Portland and found just a few things to write about. I know, big shock, lots of beer stories from Portland. Here’s the first article about a beer festival that’s being added to my personal beer bucket list. — Stoutmeister Welcome to the Portland International Beer Fe ...

08/22/2014 07:34 AM
Schram Vineyard & Brewery Update
Not long ago I posted a teaser about the upcoming brewing capabilities of the new Schram Vineyard & Brewery in Waconia HERE.  Aaron Schram and his brew team headed by Nick Smith and Phil Peterson have now been brewing up a storm on their tiny1.5 barrel system and are currently serving beers on site!  I finally had a chance to get ...

08/22/2014 07:08 AM
Rye Beer
Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For […]

08/22/2014 06:16 AM
For my mother
Yours for Good Fermentables is a blog about beer and wine and spirits, enjoyable accompaniments to a good life. I don't usually post on personal matters.

But, today, I will.

My mother, Genovaite Cizauskas, has died. Known affectionately as "Gene," she lived a long, rich, and adventure-filled life.

Gene loved her animals, her two faithful companions: Emma Dog (a rescue dog) and Ethel Mae (a boisterous beagle). She was never reticent to tell friends and strangers all about those two and their escapades.

So, in my mother's honor, I ask you to consider making a contribution to your local animal shelter or rescue association, or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). There is a donation page there, in Gene's memory.

Thank you.

Yours for good fementables,
Thomas Cizauskas
P.S. Gene was known to enjoy the occasional tipple. She could mix a mean martini.

08/22/2014 06:05 AM
Commemorating WW I
You know how obsessed I am with WW I and its effect on British brewing. It's odd that I hadn't come up to with something to tie in with the cetenary. Until now.

I've got an idea for a series of beers to commemorate WW I. It will require a commitment of several years from the brewer involved.

If you're interested, E-mail me.

08/22/2014 06:03 AM
What makes a beer American?
Well, she was an American girl Raised on promises She couldn’t help thinkin’ That there was a little more to life somewhere else                 - From American Girl by Tom Petty We come on the ship they call the Mayflower We come on the ship that sailed the moon We come in the age’s most uncertain […]

08/22/2014 06:02 AM
COAST to begin canning soon
Now that their expanded brewhouse is up and running, COAST is planning to expanding its packaging options as well, according to the brewery’s distributor. Sunday evening, Advintage – COAST’s distributor in SC – tweeted that the Charleston brewery would soon begin canning. No word on exactly what will be ma ...

08/22/2014 04:28 AM
Bourbon County Stout keg goes quickly in Baton Rouge Sunday
Sunday isn’t a typical day to release a single keg of a specialty beer to a market. But then again, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout isn’t a typical specialty beer. Yesterday, The Chimes East in Baton Rouge put a single keg of it on tap just in time for Sunday brunch. Fortunately, I had a heads up that this was happening, so ...

08/22/2014 03:29 AM
Down with the kids
The strand of British brewing I'm looking at in the last of my posts from Bristol is the one that mostly ignores what has gone before, taking its cues from the brewing practices of other places.

The company at the forefront of that movement is BrewDog, whose rapidly spreading pub estate eschews cask ale and cosy fittings, going for a much starker style-conscious vibe. From the couple of visits I made to BrewDog Bristol I could tell that the style is backed up with plenty of substance: the staff being more service-oriented, more knowledgeable about beer and more generally pleasant to be around than those in the vast majority of traditional pubs. Special edition beer of the moment was Vote Sepp, a thin pink 3.4% ABV thirst-quencher tinted with hibiscus flowers. There's a nice red berry flavour which gradually builds, backed by light digestive biscuit malt. It's fun for as long as it takes to drain a half-pint but I wouldn't go much further than that.

Seeking a bit more substance I switched to Clown King, BrewDog's 12% ABV American style barley wine. It's alcohol all the way here, starting with the port-like aroma and continuing with the blast of boozy heat that scorches the back of the palate on swallowing. There's lots of heavy umami in the flavour, the only light relief coming from the cherry-chocolate liqueur notes. An acrid bitterness in the background suggests that the hops have been laid on almost as heavily as the malt. It's a little bit of a mess but, like Vote Sepp at the other end of the strength spectrum, enjoyable for one. Thankfully there are plenty of good, less extreme, options on tap at BrewDog Bristol.

Moving from BrewDog to Zero Degrees was like stepping back in time. Even though the chain only dates from 2000 and the Bristol branch is four years younger again, it feels like a period piece from a time before bare wood and distressed lettering, when iconoclastic British beer meant cavernous halls, bare concrete and steel gantries. The vast brewpub is built into the side of a hill overlooking Bristol city centre, the main floor area stretching away beneath your feet when you come in via the main entrance above it.

Before pale ales were the styles that upstart British breweries made their name on, it was all lagers and wheat beers. I'd enjoyed Zero Degrees Black Lager on a visit to their London branch some years ago and was pleased to see it is still in production, but it was Zero Degrees Mango Wheatbeer that really caught my eye this time. Sadly it's a bit of a half-hearted effort, all sticky-sweet fruit syrup, lacking a decent head and proper cleansing fizz. The aroma has some nice grainy notes, but any good beer flavour has been buried under the mango goop. There was a nod to contemporary beer fashion in the form of an American Rye ale: 5.2% ABV, dark red and this time completely headless. There's a little rye grassiness but also a surprising amount of chocolate in the flavour. It seems all about the malt until the finish when a bitter and acidic bite kicks in. It's the sort of beer that reminds me why I never used to like rye as an ingredient. A serious dose of hops is needed here.

And that's where we left Zero Degrees. It wasn't short of customers so maybe it can keep doing what it's doing, but I departed with the distinct impression of a speciality beer house that no longer offers what the speciality beer drinkers -- a bigger market than ever -- want to drink. Perhaps I should have had a black lager.

For a better take on the grungy faux-industrial pub style, I recommend The Grain Barge, about twenty minutes' walk along the river from the central harbour. It is, as the name suggests, a barge, and the drinking deck commands wonderful views across the water. It's one of a number of pubs owned and operated by Bristol Beer Factory. Two of their pale ales were on cask. Sunrise is a very light gold colour, 4.4% ABV and popping with bags of grapefruit zest and lime marmalade. The pith takes a little getting used to, but it's very drinkable once you're in. Beside it was Nova, a little darker though weaker at just 3.8% ABV. The aroma is all heavy tropical fruits: chew sweets and breakfast juice. There's a definite fullness to the body which adds weight to the bubblegum fruit flavours but which also leaves the bitterness very restrained. It's not a beer that holds the attention very well, however.

Bristol Beer Factory is well known for its stouts, with the Milk Stout being the one I've heard most about. The dryness in the aroma was a pleasant surprise here and there's lots of fruit in with the milk and the chocolate, strawberries in particular. The texture is super-smooth and while it's sweet this doesn't interfere at all with the drinkability. Belgian Conspiracy is BBF's saison, a dark hazy orange colour and a massive 7.5% ABV. The hallmark saison pepperiness is there (a hallmark missing in manys a modern saison; just saying) and there's a Duvel-like gritty earthiness while a pithy hop bitterness finishes it off. It took a little while to get used to everything that was going on but I found I enjoyed it more and more the further down the glass I went, and I'm not putting all of that down to the effect of the alcohol.

Before leaving the Barge I had to try one of the guest beers, Weird Beard's Hit the Lights, just because I'd heard good things about it. It's an IPA of 5.8% ABV, arriving from the keg a bright hazy orange. It's very sweet for an IPA, with lots of pineapple and apricot (Nugget, Target and Aurora are the hops), and not too fizzy. I could quibble about the lack of bitterness, but it still has plenty of refreshment power without it.

No fashion-chasing beer hunt would be complete without a burger in a brioche bun and some mac 'n' cheese, and Spyglass at the end of King Street sorted us out for that. To wash it down there was Tiny Rebel Fubar. Like Hit the Lights, it's another tropical fruit delivery system, this time all peach and mango. Again nothing too assertive, just good drinking.

We'll finish the trip in Bath, and an excursion to the city's only brewpub, The Bath Brew House. It's a large premises, looking like it was once a rambling down-at-heel superpub but has now been given a lick of varnish, some mismatched furniture and the James Street Brewery. The beers are in fairly traditional styles but done rather well and I think the dimple glasses they serve them in are ironic young-person dimples, not anachronistic old-man dimples: an important distinction.

Gladiator is the name of the best bitter, a dark amber colour with lots of light and tannic lemon tea notes. Fantastically sinkable, packing lots of complexity into the 3.9% ABV. There's a "hoppy pale ale" too, called Emperor. This was served in an unpleasantly warm mug and was a little lifeless as well. Oranges are the main thing it has going for it: freshly squeezed jaffa in both the aroma and the flavour. There's a certain astringency which makes the first few mouthfuls nicely refreshing but which grows as it goes, resulting in a pint that's just too puckering by the end. Stick to the bitter, is my advice.

There was a house wheat beer too but I didn't get to try it. My one for the road was by Wiper & True, a 5.1% ABV kegged pale ale with the irresistible name Kiwi Lilt. I was a little disappointed to find it's not very Lilt-ish at all, being far bitterer for one thing. There's a peachy aroma and while the implied tropical fruits are present, there's lots of bitter pomegranate in with the mango, no pineapple to speak of, and an unsettling blast of coconut. "Kiwi Bounty", anyone?

And that's where this West Country adventure ends. Regardless of what genre you feel like drinking in, Bristol and Bath have you well covered. Just bring your own beermats.

08/22/2014 03:05 AM
An afternoon in Newark
Andrew took note of the taxi fare yesterday. £5.70. Exactly the same as three singles on the bus.

"We'd be crazy to take the bus into town, Dad." He has a point.

11:30 the dispatcher says is the earliest he can do me a taxi. That gives me 25 minutes to work out how to lock the front door. Pesky modern locks. After 24 minutes, I go over the road to my brother's office and tell him the key doesn't work.

"You have to lift the handle up." He says, as if to a small child.

By the time I get back over the road my small child - Lexie - has worked the mechanism out.

Unsure of where best to jump out, I randomly pick Middle Gate as our destination. Not sure why. It's a crap choice, being the other side of town and complicated to get to. Why didn't I say Balderton Gate? It comes to a bit more than £5.70. Oh well. At least we didn't have to ride in circles around Balderton on the insanely circuitous bus route.

I'm not really sure where we're heading. We walk down Kirk Gate towards the Market Place. The kids stop before we get that far, drawn towards to door of the Sir John Ardene, Newark's Wetherspoons. Resistance is useless. And it is nearly twelve. I only had a couple of Henry's beers this morning. Time for another.

I'm pleased to see the John Kimmich beer on the bar, Enraptured. I wonder if anyone in the pub knows who he is? Does anyone in Newark? Well, other than me. I'm pleased because I rather like it. I had to smile when, in a Wetherspoons in Birmingham, the barmaid serving me spilt some on her hand. "Weird. It smells like mangoes," she complained to a colleague. It's in pretty good nick. Someone else must be drinking it. Whether they're worthy of it or not.

Henry suddenly pops up at the bar as I'm ordering the kids' burgers and my steaks. I contemplated ringing him this morning asking if he wanted to come out, but assumed he wouldn't. Knowing Henry, had I called he wouldn't have been interested. Knowing the boys, Wetherspoons had been no huge guess. I knock back my double Bells and wander back to our table with him*.

Enraptured isn't one of the drink option in my steak deal so I've got a can of Sixpoint Bengali Tiger. It's OK, I suppose. The hops are a bit subdued. I think I just about deserve to drink it.

"The picture of a bloke with his finger up someone's arse is gone, Dad."

"It was a slightly odd thing to have in the family room, Andrew."

"Oh, they've just moved it over there."

"I suppose it isn't technically in the family area."

"Just visible from much of it."

After we've eaten, Henry persuades me to move on to the Prince Rupert. Woolpack, as was. I'm slightly equivocal about it's refurbishment. The exterior is a definite improvement. I suppose it could have turned out worse inside. At least there's still a multi-room feel. There's some good brewery memorabilia, including stuff from Warwick's and Holes, the last large local breweries.

Lexie disappears to look for games and Bluerays in WH Smiths. That keeps him busy for a while. Andrew finally gives up on the cola and has a pint. Three pints. One for each day underage he is. Stupid thing is, he could have drunk legally with his meal in Wetherspoons.

We have a couple more beers after Henry buggers off then stumble off for a taxi home. Sometimes life is just too exciting.

That's enough holiday tales. Except to say that there's been a big improvement at East Midlands airport. They now have cask beer air side.

* Newark Wetherspoons has thankfully never enforced the only a certain number of drinks per parent with kids rule. I'd have broken it every single visit before our food even turned up.

Sir John Ardene
1-3 Church Street,
NG24 1DT.
Tel: 01636 671334

The Prince Rupert,
46 Stodman Street,
Newark, NG24 1Aw,
Tel: 01636 918121
Email: info@theprincerupert.co.uk

08/22/2014 01:58 AM
Beer In Ads #1289: Good For You Water Skiing
Thursday’s ad is yet another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a couple gets up on water skis — “Good for you! — is apparently yelled...

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08/22/2014 01:01 AM
Gate City Brewfest
If you have a need for great craft beer, tasty wings, and a day filled with family fun, then head to the city of Nashua this Saturday for the Gate City Brewfest. My brother-in-law Sean (our fearless leader and co-2beerguys founder) is one of the organizers. Although it has been a year since I attended […]

08/22/2014 12:51 AM
Craft Beer Awards Deadline Extended
Media Release Craft Beer Awards Deadline Extended 22nd August, 2014   The deadline for the submission of entries for the inaugural Craft Beer Awards — The Best of Australian Brewing has been extended one week till the 29th of August at 5pm EST. The 2014 Craft Beer Awards Entry Form can be downloaded here. Please note that for the Entry Form to work correctly and allow for online submission it must be opened in either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. A confirmation message will appear after you click ENTER if the process has worked correctly. If you have any issues with this please email a copy of the completed form to kris.latham@australiancraftbeer.org.au The 2014 Craft Beer Awards Entry Process document can be downloaded here. The 2014 Craft Beer Awards Style Guidelines document can be downloaded here. To be held during Sydney Craft Beer Week, the Craft Beer Awards are open to all Australian breweries and brewing companies that are eligible for CBIA membership. Judging will be happening on the 21st and 22nd of October with the awards being presented at a ceremony on the 24th of October. The Craft Beer Awards will judge nine (9) categories with trophies being awarded to […]

08/21/2014 06:00 PM
Iowa Sinkhole May Be 150-Year Old Beer Cave
Last month during a routine inspection, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa bridge inspector found a suspicious looking hole in the ground. At first, he thought it might be a “potentially hazardous sinkhole near an Interstate 380 access ramp,” but as he, and others looked closer, it may actually be a...

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08/21/2014 05:55 PM
Colorado Beer News 082114
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Senior Citizens Day. Just less than a hundred years ago, if a person lived to the age of 55 or more, they were considered as having lived a long life and a senior citizen. Today, people tend live a lot longer, yet we still call people a "senior citizen" as early as 55. Celebrate this day and consider sharing a craft beer with a "senior" in your life. These days, seniors have a lot more life left in them and can probably still out-drink you. Although with craft beer, there's no need to rush. Savor it! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 21st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - In case you missed it earlier this week, Yak & Yeti just tapped their "Cinapple", a 5.1% ABV 0 IBU (yes 0) cinnamon infused apple ale. Plus, they also tapped a Barrel-aged Saison, an 8.5% 23 IBU brew aged in a Leopold Bros Whiskey barrel. Coming up this Saturday, August 23rd at 3pm is a release of their Lavender-Warrior Imperial Saison, a big 10.5% ABV 25 IBU brew infused with lavender. This was a collaboration with Shelly Blais Yoga Studio. Then, on August 30th at 3pm, Yak & Yeti will tap "Big G's Red IPA", a 5.% ABV 65 IBU brew made with Crystal 60 malt and Centennial + Cascade dry hops. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

High Plains Tap House (Littleton) - Have you discovered High Plains Tap House yet? They opened in November 2013 and have 40 beers on tap (soon to expand to 52 taps) and love to highlight local Colorado craft beers. Plus, they have over 20 different beers in bomber bottles as well. They have a full bar with mixed drinks and wine plus offer a small plates menu as well. Enjoy your drinks out on their patio. Check them out - they are at Wadsworth & Chatfield just off C470. [8176 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit F, Littleton, CO]

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

Denver Pearl Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] After only 3 months of operations the owners of the family run Denver Pearl Brewing Company, located on South Pearl Street in Denver, will change their name to avoid legal action. The re-branded brewery will open Saturday September 6th, from Noon until Midnight, with a large "Re-Naming Party" that features new beers, special barrel-aged releases, and prizes to mark the occasion. They also plan to roll out new merchandise with the new name and logo! While that name remains under wraps until September the ownership, the staff, the location and all of the beers will remain the same. The name change comes after receiving pressure from other operating brewers. One national and one local brewery threatened legal action because of the name and rather than fight to keep it, the Rankin family decided to pull back and move ahead with a new name. Attorneys representing the Pabst Brewing Company, who own the trademark for Pearl Brewing Company of San Antonio, had given notice of their issues with the name, one citing customer confusion. Chief Operating Officer Randy Rankin explains, “We researched Pearl being used in the brewing industry and found brewers using it frequently and assumed our name was different enough. Our intentions were to have our name represent this great Denver neighborhood and certainly not to confuse customers in or from Texas.” While Pearl Brewing Company closed in 2001 and no longer produces beer on site, Pabst still produces Pearl and Pearl Light beer for distribution in Texas and Oklahoma at the Miller facility in Fort Worth, TX. Additionally, one brewer from the local brewing scene threatened legal action as well, as they felt they were entitled to the sole use of the word “Denver” in craft brewing. That alone seemed simple to overcome legally, however with a pair of potential legal snares on the horizon the solution became apparent: get a fresh name and keep on brewing. Rankin added, “We did not get into the craft beer industry to spend money in court, we are here to brew and serve outstanding craft beer in the city of Denver. That is what we are going to continue to do.” Moving ahead and putting a positive spin on the legal issues is Colby Rankin, the Operating Partner of the brewery, said “Well, I guess we will just have to open fresh and throw another crazy party! We plan to throw a bigger party than our original opening day... which killed it!” - Denver Pearl Brewing Company has been named by Zagat.com as one of the “Ten Hottest Beer Gardens Across the US” and “Hottest Taprooms in Denver”. They are located in the historic Platt Park neighborhood at 1875 S. Pearl Street Denver, CO 80201.

Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Fest (Castle Rock) - Looking for a beer fest this Saturday? Why not attend the Rendezvous at the Rock hosted by Rockyard Brewing on August 23rd from 1pm to 5pm. There you will find beer from 30+ Colorado breweries. Listen to live music and enjoy some great food offerings as well. Tickets are $35 in advance at rendezvousattherock.net. Or it's $40 at the door. For you designated drivers, the cost is just $10. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - Today is another famous Firkin Thursday! By customer request, they are tapping a Coconut Rum Porter firkin today. It's like a taste of the islands. There's just 10 gallons of this batch, so hurry in. [1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - The staff loves their dog Blanca and also their white IPA. And to prove it, they are tapping a new batch of "Blanc de Blanca" in the taproom today. It's an American-Belgo IPA hopped up with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin for some white wine, lime, and spicy notes. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Get ready for the weekend with "12 Apostles" and their American Pale. Both beers are now BACK on tap in the tasting lab. Street food tonight by Tasty Eats. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Boulder Beer will be the focus of a special Boulder Beer Brewmaster Dinner tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd at the Fairways Restaurant Terrace at the OMni Interlocken Golf Club. The dinner starts at 6:30pm and will be hosted by David Zuckerman. Enjoy 5 courses, each paired with a different Boulder beer. The cost is $39 per person. Call (303) 464-3207 to make your reservations.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - A new milestone is about to be reached. Look for their very 1st liquor store distribution this weekend at South Boulder Road Liquor in Lafayette, CO. They're starting off with bottles of their Saison. Soon they will ramp up their production capacity and also boosting their hop contracts so that they can make even more beer. Perhaps soon they will stop running out of IPA. Stop in tonight for a beer and stay for the Bluegrass Jam that starts at 7pm tonight. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - The Gael will be hosting a Celtic Session tonight from 6-8pm at the Very Nice tap room. Come to listen or play-- they'll be playing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other music in the Celtic realm. Bring your fiddle, whistle, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, squeezebox, or Uillan pipes, or have a beer and listen to the jigs, reels, waltzes and airs. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today they're pouring heaps of Tap Room Rarities to help get you to the weekend - plus this year's batches of The Beast and The Kaiser too! Enjoy: Uberschwein, Bhakti Chai Brown, Tweak, Wheel Sucker Wheat, Lilikoi Kepolo, and Eremita VII. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - This Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm, join in for their Pro AM Jalapeno Cream Ale release party. Bring a dish to pair, and the best recipe will win a free Saturday PM GABF ticket! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing and Road 34 Bike Bar (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Road 34 is excited to team up with their friends at Odell Brewing once again to participate in a very unique event to celebrate the start of 2014 CSU Fall Semester. Road 34, along with several other great Campus West businesses, including The Bar, Mo Jeaux’s Bar and Grill, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Krazy Karl's Pizza, and Yum Yum/Ma’s Juice Bar will all be necessary stops in order to fill a punch card acquired at Campus West Liquor on Friday, August 22nd between 3 pm and 6 pm. Once your card has all of the required punches, you can turn your card in at Road 34 for a chance to win an Odell Brewing snowboard. Participants must be present to win and have all of the required punches. The drawing will be held promptly at 10 pm at Road 34. Road 34 will also be featuring $3 Odell Brewing pints from 3 pm until 10 pm including 5 Barrel pale ale, 90 Shilling Scotch ale, and Loose Leaf session ale. [Road 34 Bike Bar: 1213 W Elizabeth St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - High Hops' brewhouse will soon be expanding. They've recently ordered two new fermenters with a total capacity of about 2000 gallons (roughly 64 barrels). They are being shipped out starting today from California. Look for even more beer soon! [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO] '

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - It's a "Brew #2" kinda day at Verboten. Come in and chat is up with Steve over a game and grab yourself $1 off pints of their ESB. If you hand around long enough you can throw back your pint with a slice of pizza (starting at 6pm). Free slices while they last. Also, there are now limited bottles of "In Love with Summer" strawberry rhubarb wheat available in local liquor stores. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Their Outlaw beer for the week was just tapped in honor of Mortal Kombaugust and is called "Fatality", a strawberry rhubarb lager. It's billed as being light and crisp with a balance of sweetness from the strawberry. This beer will definitely keep you coming back for more. Finish him! [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - It's Thursday and that means you get $1 off pints all day today! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Tomorrow at 12pm (August 22nd) marks the Grand Opening of Snowbank Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. They'll have a variety of beers on tap and the Umami food truck on site. Come help celebrate Colorado's newest brewery! (You only get to say that for a few days in these times - right Zwei Bruder?!). [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The string of Swingline beer releases continue this week. On Friday, August 22nd, Trinity will release "Red Swingline, Wild IPA". This is the original IPA Primitif, aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels and fermented with both funky Brettanomyces and souring Lactobacillus. The result is a wild, tart and hoppy IPA (4.1% ABV 100 IBUs pH 3.6 - rare). Available in 375ml bottles starting at 5pm. Don't miss this one! [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - In the mood for an IPA? Stop by today for a pint of their Seven Wolves IPA. It's back and on the CO2 tap today - just in time for Thirsty Thursday. Plus! Mark your calendars for September 20th and their Oktoberfest celebration. Stay tuned for details. [204 Mount View Ln, Suite 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - It's almost time for Paradox's 2nd Anniversary! Soon they will be releasing a special anniversary beer called "Deux Ans" in wax-topped bottles. This is a special reserve ale that was aged in oak wine barrels and is further bottle conditioned. It will be released later this month. Get ready! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - It's a Double IPA kinda tapping day. They have 6 of them to choose from on tap. Pair one of those with a tasty Double BLT sammich. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Back on tap today is their "Two Headed Dog" Imperial IPA. This Double IPA uses 2 varieties of hops known for their citrus-like flavors and aromas - Sorachi Ace and Mosaic hops. These hops balance a hefty amount of malt and produce a higher alcohol content. Served in a snifter to boost the senses. Also available in 22oz bomber bottles. Stats: 8.5% ABV, 110 IBUs. [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Today the crew has been brewing their Lavender beer all day! It creates such a relaxing aroma with an earthy and sweet herbal smell. It's not ready yet, but be sure to join in tomorrow as they introduce their new Coconut Porter! [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - New Beer Release today! They've got a smaller small batch of their newest beer - Scottish Wee Heavy. This is a big 8.4% ABV 34 IBU brew made with Eldorado hops and plenty of pale, european light and dark caramel malts and some cherry wood smoked malt. It's a big beer to tame any seasoned lad or lass' palette. Notes of caramelized raisins and almonds up front, finishing with a kiss of smoke and brown sugar. Every sip leaving you all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus - all pints are $1 off all day too. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - New promotion starting today and every Thursday. If they have beer left in the Firkin - they'll be selling it for $3 a glass. Help them drain the Firkin before the next one is tapped! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Are you a hunter? Then you'll want to pick up one of their new camo/hunter orange logo hats. They are a popular selling items these days as no hunter will want to be without a bright orange hat for their next hunt. Stop in and get one and stock up on beer while you're at it. They suggest getting their Sour Brett Golden ale. [304 Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - There will be a special tapping this Saturday, August 23rd at 5pm for Mug Club Members ONLY - it's the last keg of their Alpine Abbey Dubbel. Not a member? Join the club for either an annual membership or a weekly one. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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08/21/2014 04:58 PM
Stone coffee milk stout #craftbeer #beertography #newbeerthrusday
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08/21/2014 04:02 PM
Heavy Seas to Release Great’ER Pumpkin
BALTIMORE, MD — The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome the 2014 edition of The Great’ER Pumpkin. This limited release will be available from September – October in all 18 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed. The Great’Er Pumpkin pours a rich, deep burnished orange color with a thick white head. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove give this brew a great aromatic complexity, while British crystal malt, brown sugar, and pumpkin add a sense of weight and body. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out its flavors with notes of [...]

08/21/2014 04:02 PM
Deschutes Brewery lands in Michigan starting October 6th with West Side
News Wire:  (Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery announced today its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo […]

08/21/2014 03:59 PM
SanTan to Release Oktoberfest this Fall
Chandler, Arizona—In celebration of SanTan Brewing Company’s seventh year anniversary, Oktoberfest Lager will hit shelves this fall. A traditional lager brewed annually for SanTan’s Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Chandler, Oktoberfest will launch for the first time ever in cans, September 1, 2014. Until now, Oktoberfest Lager was available only on tap at SanTan and other local craft beer bars. Now, fans throughout Arizona and across California and Texas will have access to this crisp fall seasonal. Brewed in the Southwestern Style, Oktoberfest Lager is a malty beer with a slight sweet aroma of caramel spice. [...]

08/21/2014 03:45 PM
Beer Institute: Domestic Tax Paid Estimate Increases 1.2 Percent in July
WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid by beer brewers. The July 2014 domestic tax paid estimate is 16,400,000 barrels. July 2013 removals were 16,200,000 (revised) for an increase of 1.2 percent. Please note the following monthly revisions from previous releases for 2013 and 2014: Month   2013   2014 Percent                                          Change Volume Change January 13,713,729 13,770,000 0.4% 56,271 February 12,926,210 13,300,000 2.9% 373,790 March 14,803,136 14,700,000 -0.7% -103,136 April 15,066,241 14,990,000 -0.5% -76,241 May 16,331,364 16,025,000 -1.9% -306,364 June 16,600,000 16,350,000 -1.5% -250,000 July 16,200,000 16,400,000 1.2% 200,000 [...]

08/21/2014 03:42 PM
Oskar Blues Ordeal Returns During 2014 GABF
LONGMONT, CO - The fourth annual Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal consists of three days of bus rides (Denver pick-up) that offer GABF-ers and craft beer lovers the chance to go backstage at ALL Oskar Blues locations during Great American Beer Festival week. Tickets are available now for each of the Ordeal days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (October 1, 2, 3).  Video HERE. Also, for the first time this year, Oskar Blues is partnering with Draft Magazine to up the ante and offer three national winners a chance for an all-expenses paid for the Ordeal, which includes two days of tickets to [...]

08/21/2014 03:37 PM
Shmaltz Brewing Releases Hop Manna 4-Packs
Clifton Park, NY – On September 1, 2014, Shmaltz Brewing Company will release Hop Manna IPA® nationwide in new 12oz 4-packs and will be available throughout our distribution footprint with a suggested retail price of $9.99 per 4-pack. Until now, the World Beer Championship Gold Medal Winner was only available on draft and in 22oz bottles. The 12oz packaging will now be available year-round due to overwhelming demand by hopheads to include Hop Manna IPA® in their regular rotation of favorite IPAs. India Pale Ale’s now make up approximately 20% of craft beer production, and there’s little indication that this style is slowing [...]

08/21/2014 03:37 PM
Brewers Association on why analysis paralysis in the beer aisle is a fallacy
A recent article in the popular press suggested that the growing number of craft beer choices might not be good for beer drinkers, arguing that for consumers, more options are confusing. More >> Brewers Association.

08/21/2014 03:11 PM
American Homebrewers Association offers chance to win free trip to GABF
Every year thousands of thirsty homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts descend upon Denver, Colo. to sample the largest selection of commercial beer in the world at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF). It’s a chance to try beer that isn’t distributed in […]

08/21/2014 01:52 PM
Midsummer Nightmare Event at iTAP CWE
[ August 23, 2014; 2:00 pm; ] Do you know what's a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer. I'm not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass.  But, there is no reason not to [...]

08/21/2014 12:56 PM
Have Enjoy By 09.20.14, The Bruery Oude Tart and AleSmith Decadence Shipped to Your Door


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08/21/2014 12:55 PM
Improving Beer Clarity and Finings : In Depth – Part 1
SONY DSCThis is the first part of my detailed series on beer clarity and finings, and is based on a presentation I did for this year’s National Homebrew Conference on the same subject. In this first part, I’m going to cover what beer clarity is, how its defined and measured and the potential causes of haze […]

08/21/2014 12:40 PM
Beer Birthday: Zambo
Today is the birthday of David Zamborski, better known to the brewing world as simply “Zambo.” He used to brew for BJs in Southern California but a number of years ago moved to San Francisco to take over the brewpub operations at 21st Amendment. Zambo’s been a welcome addition to...

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08/21/2014 12:33 PM
Iron Hill Brewery Brings Back The Great Imperial Pumpkin Ale

WILMINGTON, DE – On Friday, September 5, beginning at 5 p.m., all 10 regional Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will c…

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08/21/2014 12:27 PM
#MNStateBeer – Tweet from the Fair & Win
Wanna’ win a “Drink beer from here” shirt? We’ve got a handful of these shirts from our friends at HopCloth and it’s time we give them away! These shirts are super-soft ringspun cotton and feel really nice. …so let’s have a contest! And since the State Fair is happening, let’s celebrate our locals! #MNStateBeer We ...

08/21/2014 12:07 PM
Elysian Brewing Looking to Crown This Year’s Pumpkin Royalty

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Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Elysian Brewing Company offers you a rare opportunity to enjoy the mindless adoration of the masses. People will look upon you with envy and esteem. As Elysian’s Pumpkin Royalty, you’ll learn to endure the obsequious flattery of the sycophants groveling at your feet. Well, maybe not. But...

08/21/2014 12:06 PM
New Belgium's Tour de Fat returns to Ft Collins August 30th
2014 Tour de Fat - Fort CollinsTime once again to tune up your bikes, put on some wild outfits and have some fun on your bike in Fort Collins for the annual Tour de Fat celebration. Here are the details for this year's event coming to Northern Colorado on August 30, 2014.

Don’t miss this day of crazy costumes, eclectic entertainment and New Belgium libations.

[PRESS RELEASE] Ft. Collins, Colo., August 20, 2014 – It’s the best way to celebrate the summer, complete with costumes, bikes, music, performers, contests and beer. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is coming to Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Fort Collins-area non-profits. In total the 2013 season raised nearly $536,000, with the Fort Collins stop bringing in $90,000. This year, all funds raised in Fort Collins will go to Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins and Fort Collins Bike Co-Op.

At Tour de Fat friends, family and neighbors are all invited to come enjoy eclectic entertainment, brewing education, a bicycle revival and even a fashion show of the best Tour de Fat costumes. In the afternoon, the stages heat up with acts like The Handsome Little Devils and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

The event kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets. The parade begins at Maple and North Meldrum streets and ends in Civic Center Park, where the rest of the day’s entertainment shines from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts.

Throughout the day, kids of all ages can ride funky bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest,” which will determine the winner of a 2014 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, the year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.

“This is our 15th year of Tour de Fat and it’s been an incredible journey. This really is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday – there isn't much that can beat the fun that comes with dressing up, riding a bike, drinking beer, listening to music and just having a great day with old and new friends,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “There really is no excuse not to experience the magic yourself!”

Car-for-Bike Swap
This year, New Belgium will once again encourage one brave role model to step on stage to trade in his or her car keys and pledge to live car-free for one year. Each swapper is awarded a stipend to buy his or her own commuter bike. We’re now on the hunt for a swapper in Fort Collins. Car-for-Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels. To apply, visit: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/fort-collins.aspx.

Tour de Fat Details

Date: Saturday, August 30

Location: Civic Center Park - Ft. Collins, CO.

Registration: 9:00 a.m.

Ride Times: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Revival Stage
11:00 a.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
11:15 a.m. — The Reals Band
12:10 p.m. — The Slow Ride Race
1:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
2:35 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest – winner receives a New Belgium cruiser bike!
3:00 p.m. — Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
4:00 p.m. –– Finale

Side Show Stage
11:30 a.m. — Nigel Blackstorm
12:30 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils
1:45 p.m. — Yo-Yo People
3:00 p.m. — Lee Zimmerman

Grotto Stage
11:00 a.m. — Ambassador Wolf
12:00 p.m. — In the Whale
1:00 p.m. — Musketeer Gripweed
2:00 p.m. — Burroughs
3:00 p.m. — A. Tom Collins

Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins, & Fort Collins Bike Co-Op.

Price: Admission – FREE! Donations for non-profits are accepted. Beer – $5

You can pre-register and donate to receive a limited edition Tour de Fat license plate, bike light or sunglasses at http://bit.ly/TDF_FortCollins.

See https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat?ref=br_tf for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit an entry to swap your vehicle for a fancy new bicycle. For more on the Fort Collins stop, visit http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/fort-collins.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 nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.


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08/21/2014 11:51 AM
Winner of Two Tickets to RFT Q and Brew Beer Festival
I’m happy to announce that the winner of two tickets to this Saturday’s Q & Brew in the Lou is Dave T!  Congrats to Dave and thank you to everyone who entered. I want to once again thank the fine folks at the RFT for providing the tickets to this event. If you weren’t lucky enough to win you [...]

08/21/2014 10:40 AM
2014 Corvallis Beer Week
With September fast approaching, this means the return of Corvallis Beer Week. This year’s week of events will run from Friday, September 5th to Saturday, September 13th. Yes, nine days of celebrating the beer culture in and around the home of Oregon State University. Now in its 4th year, Corvallis Beer Week is the brainchild […]

08/21/2014 08:57 AM
Gainesville gains another brewery; First magnitude Brewing Company
A university professor with a Ph.D. in Education Administration seems an unlikely fit for founding and opening a craft beer brewery. Nevertheless, John Denny (a.k.a. Dr. John) and a group of friends are planning the opening of their Gainesville, Fla. brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company for the weekend of August, 23. The story of First […]

08/21/2014 08:33 AM
Land of 10,000 Beers Opens Today
…and so does the Minnesota State Fair, of course. Really though, we’re mostly just excited about the beer. And while the Land of 10,000 Beers Exhibit in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building isn’t the only craft beer venue at the fair, you’re definitely going to want to check it out. Our friends with the Minnesota Craft Brewers ...

08/21/2014 07:16 AM
Blue Mountain Brewery Blue Reserve

I don’t know much about Blue Mountain Brewery’s strong Belgian pale ale, Blue Reserve, except that I found a single bottle of it that I enjoyed back in late May of this year. The beer is 7% ABV and 44 IBU and is packaged in a 750ml bottle with cork and cage. Beyond that, you’ve […]

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08/21/2014 05:17 AM
New Mash Collective bubbling away
The brewers at Stone & Wood have once again joined with artists, musicians and chefs to create their fourth Mash Collective brew

08/21/2014 05:00 AM
North 45′s 6th Annual Belgian BeerFest
Many don’t think of Portland’s Northwest 21st Avenue as a strong beer destination. What is usually thought of is many partiers and revelers that hinder on the edge of binge drinking. However, North 45 has been offering up a nice bottled Belgian Beer list over the years that compliment their taplist. On Saturday, October 11th, […]

08/21/2014 04:41 AM
Lager: Bait and Switch

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08/21/2014 03:05 AM
League table of London Porters in the 1920's
If I'd realised how long this series was going to take to complete, I doubt I'd have started it. Andrew was still wearing nappies back then. Now he can legally drink.

I'm not surprised by the overall results. Porter was a drink just slipping over the edge of the cliff and about to plunge to extinction. It's own logical that a lot of it would be dodgy as falling demand had it sitting around in the cellar too long. Seventeen of the 92 samples (18.5%) were described as sour or going off. That certainly makes it sound like old beer was the problem.

The average scores are easily the worst so far. Fewer than half the breweries - five from eleven - finished above zero. The bottom three all performed dreadfully, Cannon the worst of the bunch averaging -2.56 and without a single good sample. Of the 29 samples from the three bottom-placed breweries only three were sound. You deifinitely wouldn't want to drink Porter in a City of London, Cannon or Hoare pub, The irony is that both City of London and Hoare had made their names in the 18th century as Porter breweries. The average for all Porters was negative, the first time that's happened, except for watery MA.

Whitbread and Watney have again scored well. If you take akk the beers so far into account, they're no. 1 and no. 2. Truman and Courage have also acquitted themselves well again, though Mann's performance is somewhat disappointing this time out.

Once again the beer specs are pretty simialr across the different breweries: OG 1034 - 1039, 3 - 3.9% ABV, around 70% apparent attenuation. From the relatively high finishing gravities I'd deduce that they were trying to leave some body in the beer.

Here's the main league table:

League table of 1920s London Porters by score
Brewery FG OG ABV App. Atten-uation score
Watney 1010.0 1035.0 3.24 71.28% 1.44
Whitbread 1011.9 1034.7 2.95 65.87% 1.33
Truman 1010.5 1037.0 3.43 71.62% 0.67
Lion 1009.6 1037.7 3.64 74.35% 0.63
Courage 1010.9 1037.5 3.45 70.88% 0.22
Mann 1009.2 1038.8 3.83 76.23% -0.25
Wenlock 1011.3 1034.3 2.97 66.94% -0.33
Barclay Perkins 1011.6 1037.5 3.35 68.98% -0.63
Hoare 1010.4 1034.0 3.06 69.38% -1.56
City of London 1008.9 1036.1 3.54 75.56% -2
Cannon 1009.6 1034.6 3.25 72.38% -2.56
average 1010.2 1036.1 3.35 71.60% -0.42
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Ordering it by percentage with a good flavour gives pretty much the same result:

League table of 1920s London Porters by good flavour
Brewery No. examples no. good flavour % good flavour score
Watney 9 8 88.89% 1.44
Truman 9 7 77.78% 0.67
Lion 8 6 75.00% 0.63
Whitbread 3 2 66.67% 1.33
Mann 8 5 62.50% -0.25
Courage 9 5 55.56% 0.22
Barclay Perkins 8 4 50.00% -0.63
Wenlock 9 4 44.44% -0.33
Hoare 9 2 22.22% -1.56
City of London 11 1 9.09% -2
Cannon 9 0 0.00% -2.56
average 92 44 47.83% 0.32
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Cannon's 100% bad for flavour score is impressive in a perverse way. It makes me almost want to go out and give it a try. To see if it could really always be in such poor condition.

Comparing all the styles so far, Porter is easily last, quite a way behind even MA and well below the average of 0.32.

Averages per beer type
beer type No. examples no. bright % bright no. good flavour % good flavour average score
Burton Average 138 61 44.20% 92 66.67% 0.72
Mild Average 188 112 59.57% 112 59.57% 0.16
X Average 170 104 61.18% 106 62.35% 0.23
MA Average 18 8 44.44% 6 33.33% -0.18
PA Average 167 85 50.90% 109 65.27% 0.62
8d PA Average 118 62 52.54% 76 64.41% 0.52
9d PA Average 49 23 46.94% 33 67.35% 0.88
Porter 92 44 47.83% -0.42
Average 585 258 44.10% 357 61.03% 0.32
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Once again, I'm struck by the fact that the top six breweries all survived until the 1960's, with the exception of Lion. the bottom three all left brewing in the 1920's. That surely can't be a coincidence?

08/21/2014 01:25 AM
Beer In Ads #1288: Good For You Horsing Around
Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a great jump on your horse — “Good for you! — they suggest having a...

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08/21/2014 12:00 AM
Don’t Raise Beer Taxes
The president of the Beer Institute takes issue with an editorial’s assertion that the tax on beer is too low.

08/20/2014 10:40 PM
Brew Stand Update

All the way back in January I announced that I was had acquired an old aquarium stand for a large tank. It looked like it would be perfect to become a brew stand. I posted a video about my plans and set forth thinking about how I wanted the stand to operate. I can’t believe […]

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08/20/2014 07:54 PM
Would You Believe What Prairie Artisan Ales Is Bringing to GABF?

We are gearing up hard for GABF over here at The Full Pint.  Our plan is to bring you as much info on the grandaddy of them all between n…

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08/20/2014 07:10 PM
Alaskan Brewing’s First Ever Fall Seasonal – Pumpkin Porter

Juneau, AK – Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is the newest seasonal release from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company, available i…

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08/20/2014 06:44 PM
New Holland Brewing Announces New VP of Marketing

Holland, MI – Michigan based craft brewery and artisan distiller, New Holland Brewing Company has announced their new Vice …

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08/20/2014 05:32 PM
Mac & Jack’s Beer Pairing Dinner at The Swiss

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. On Wed. Aug. 27th at 6:30 pm, The Swiss in Tacoma is hosting a beer pairing dinner with Mac & Jack`s Brewing. The menu consists of four courses and six beers, plus there will be a raffle featuring items from Mac & Jack`s. It’s not all about...

08/20/2014 05:26 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Little Creatures — Fremantle
Little Creatures is looking for a passionate and quality-driven brewer to join their team in Fremantle...

08/20/2014 04:26 PM
Jester King Beer Dinner at Olio
[ August 24, 2014; 8:00 pm; ] Jester King Brewery is blowing up in St. Louis. Not only do they have a special tasting tonight at Craft Beer Cellar, but they're also working with one of the best restaurants in St. Louis to put on a very special beer dinner. Ben Poremba's restaurant Olio has gotten some crazy good accolades and they're turning [...]

08/20/2014 04:18 PM
Seattle Cider Co Celebrates First Year and Announces Expansion Plans

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s hard to believe Seattle Cider Company is just one year old. Seriously, it’s only taken a year for the first post-prohibition cidery in city limits to so firmly establish itself in the cider market. Impressive. To commemorate the first year, Seattle Cider Company will celebrate this...

08/20/2014 03:44 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer, Stone & Wood Brewery
Northern River's Stone & Wood Brewery is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced brewer to join their brewing team.

08/20/2014 03:08 PM
Worthy Brewing Collaborates with Whole Foods on Publik Haus 12
Press Release: Bend, Oregon – 12 August 2014 - Worthy Brewing Company has released an early fall brew, bringing the classic English Pale Ale malt flavors together with the new world Northwest hop profile of Oregon craft brews. Publik Haus 12 came to life with the help of the Pacific Northwest Beer teams from Whole […]

08/20/2014 01:54 PM
Dead tech, it’s rainin 1.84mb up in here! #BusinessCampusDecay #swampsofjersey
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08/20/2014 01:45 PM
08/20/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

08/20/2014 01:38 PM
Party Like a Viking this Sunday to Benefit MS Society

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. PRESS RELEASE Party like a Viking to support the fight against MS at the 2nd Annual Odin’s Viking Fest! When: Sunday, Aug. 24, 3-7 p.m. Where: Odin Brewing Company’s Asgard Tavern, 1300 N. Northlake Way Come party like a Viking this Sunday and support the fight against...

08/20/2014 01:14 PM
Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch
Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries. The Bermuda-headquartered drinks group, best known for its work in rum and white spirits, will release several new single malt Scotch whiskies from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff and Brackla distilleries […]

08/20/2014 01:05 PM
Minneapolis Town Hall Nordeast
Fun news from The Journal – the former site of Little Jack’s in Northeast Minneapolis is going to be redeveloped into housing, and more importantly, a new project from the folks behind Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Located at 201 NE Lowry, the old Little Jack’s building is a stone’s throw from the new Fulton brewery ...

08/20/2014 12:36 PM
Spencer Devon Brewing Fund Raising
I know I posted about a craft brewery fund raising project very recently, but as the number of Virginia craft breweries grows, we'll probably see more news like this. (Remember, these aren't recommendations, I'm just reporting.) That said, this one is close to home, and that makes it of special interest. Spencer Devon Brewing, which we first learned about last December, has joined the crowd sourcing movement with a CrowdBrewed-based project. Brewer/owner Shawn Philips explains his dream in this video which is posted on his CrowdBrewed project page.

The location for the brewery in downtown Fredericksburg is just on block away from Capital Ale House, an establishment we are known to visit frequently. We certainly won't need to travel far afield to visit the brewery. 

The CrowdBrewed project runs through September 18. An October 2014 opening is currently planned. The Spencer Devon web site is under construction, but you can follow the brewery construction progress at their Facebook page.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/20/2014 12:26 PM
Anniversary Bash at Triplehorn Brewing this Saturday

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. I love breweries that have attitude. Some of the best breweries (Black Raven, Elysian, Lagunitas, Brew Dogs, etc) have personality that manifests itself in the character of the beers. Fun, daring, raucous, ass-kickin’, and a little bit dangerous, that’s how I describe Triplehorn Brewing’s attitude and its...

08/20/2014 11:45 AM
Beer Birthday: Julie Radcliffe Atallah
Today is the birthday of Julie Radcliffe Atallah, co-owner of one of the nation’s premiere beer stores, Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, North Carolina. We took a family vacation to Asheville a few years ago and got to know Julie and her husband Jason. They were great hosts and terrific...

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08/20/2014 11:22 AM
Ow! My Back!
The last couple of weeks have been hectic.

On August 2, I had to help Satan cook a birthday dinner for his Dad. On the Thursday or Friday after that, I felt a pimple on my lower back as I slid into my chair. It was a nice, pointed pain that let's you know the darned thing is about to burst.

On Saturday, I worked at Pedernales Brewing Company. What I expected to be a slow day got busy quickly. That made the day go by a lot faster. As I was going home, I  was carrying a case of employee beer, the brewmaster, fresh from an investors meeting clapped  me on the  shoulder and said, "Drinking all the profets, eh?"

I pointed to my chest. "Fox," I said. I pointed up and twirled my finger. "Henhouse."

We had a good laugh, and I went home.

I was feeling tired, so I went to bed early, around 9 pm.  When I got up the next morning, I tried to decide whether or not to visit my nephew in San Antonio. My lack of energy made my decision. I plopped down into my recliner and spent the morning watching Netflix. I cooked lunch, and decided on a nap afterwards and slept until 5 pm.  I got up, had some left overs and went back to bed, sleeping until 8 pm. I watched a little TV and went back to bed at 10 pm.

Sometime in the middle of the night, I developed a fever, and a sore spot on my lower back where I had felt the pimple a couple of days earlier. I decided not to visit Fredericksburg Brewing Company, and just rest. When I went to work Tuesday, the sore spot on my back was the size of my hand. Hard as a rock, red, and radiating heat, I went to the doctor where I learned I had a boil on my back. After picking up some antibiotics, I went back home to bed.

The fever intensified on Wednesday, and I slogged through half a day of work before giving up. I slept through the afternoon, evening and night. By Friday, all the fever was gone, and the boil began to leak. So every day for the last week has been spent changing the dressing and going to work.

Today, the oozing has stopped, and the spot itches like mad! A good sign I suppose. But I realized that I missed a couple of posts.

I am back now. Hopefully there will be more beer fun to follow!

tl;dr I got sick and missed some blog posts.

08/20/2014 11:16 AM
Unexpected Guest

I had just poured myself a beer and plopped into an Adirondack chair.

Unexpected Guest

08/20/2014 10:30 AM
Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale

Of the many samples that the Wasatch/Squatters brewing combination was gracious enough to send my way, there were only a few that I hadn’t reviewed before. The first was a chuggable lager with one thing on it’s mind. The second is Bumper Crop Honey Ale, a 5.5% ABV (15 IBUs) herbed/spiced beer. This tasty little […]

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08/20/2014 10:26 AM
Schlafly Beer Dinner at Five Bistro
[ August 21, 2014; 7:00 pm; ] Five Bistro is easily the best restaurant on the Hill. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see them put on a beer dinner with one of the best breweries in St. Louis: Schlafly. This Thursday, August 21st, Five will be putting on a five course beer dinner featuring five different beers from Schlafly. This [...]

08/20/2014 08:34 AM
Hold the lime! Corona recalled!
Before you pop open your next Corona and slip a lime wedge down the neck of the bottle, check the code printed on the neck. Packages of Corona beer imported by Constellation Brands are being recalled because bottles may have particles of glass in them. Recalled are 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack […]

08/20/2014 08:00 AM
Before Canvitational, Get To Know - Tallgrass Brewing Company

We are getting excited for the upcoming Canvitational event happening next month.  The lineup is very impressive again this year with Canvitational the only place you can get many of these beers due to their distribution. We wanted to get to know each of the participating breweries a little bit better. So, we've sent out a six pack questionnaire to each of them and we wanted to share them with you.

Tallgrass Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and has been canning their beers exclusively since 2010. Their offerings include six year round beers and several rotating seasonal beers. Look for them and the following beers at the event:

8 Bit (a personal favorite)- Highly hopped American Pale Ale
 Zombie Monkey – Autumn seasonal porter
 Ethos – A dry hopped IPA

First in our series is Garrett Paulman, head brewer at Tallgrass Brewing in Manhattan, Kansas.

1. What music is usually playing on the brew deck?
 Depends on the brewer, it ranges anywhere from Marilyn Manson to James Taylor, and an unusual amount of James Blunt.

 2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

 To brew consistently remarkable beers. We want to bring groups of people, friend and foe alike, together over a tasty beverage.

3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?

 True beards, one. The rest of us are simply posers.

 4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why? 

Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice, Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter, Lagunitas IPA, really anything Lagunitas they seem to know what they’re doing.

 5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing? A combination of Ethos and Velvet Rooster, not mixed together.

 6. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and/or your company?


What is Canvitational?

The 2nd Annual Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of Midwest – Indianapolis, IN. Located on Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 40+ craft breweries from all over America who CAN.

 On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the 2nd Annual CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sampling craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local eats provided by local food trucks and music that will be sure to get you dancing in the streets, in an urban downtown atmosphere. Tickets are available and the event will feature some familiar breweries, as well as many out of state. You can find more information about them and the event at http://canvitational.com/.

Tickets are available here.  There is a $20 discount for tickets purchased before Septermber 1st.

08/20/2014 06:12 AM
QUOTE: Beer’s Analytic Apparatus

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

“But there is a problem with beer. It is, however much CAMRA may wish it otherwise, a limited subject. Vigorous efforts are being made to endow it with a terminology appropriate to serious discussion. The [Good Beer] Guide is peppered with references to ‘lingering hoppy finish… malty flavour and burned taste… dark chocolate and malt.’ […]

QUOTE: Beer’s Analytic Apparatus

08/20/2014 06:10 AM
"From Grain to Growler": The state of 'craft' beer in the state of Virginia.
"From Grain to Growler" is a newly produced documentary 1 on the history and recent growth of 'craft' beer and breweries in Virginia.
From Grain to Growler

The film was publicly screened for the first time, on 9 August 2014, to a full house, at the Capital Ale House, in downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Crowd gathers for "From Grain to Growler."

I watched it, sitting at table with Dave Gott (l) —Vice-President of Operations for Legend Brewing Company (of Richmond, Virginia)— and Brett Vassey (c) —President of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the parent organization of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.

Gott & Vassey (01)

About forty-five minutes later, and after filmmakers Megan Troy and Aaron Stanley took their bows, a panel of five Virginia brewers discussed the film and the state of 'craft' beer in the state.

"From Grain to Growler" panel discussion (02)

On the stage, seated, left to right, were:

And, here's what they said:
In 2013, "a 52 percent annual growth in volume among Virginia craft breweries; a ranking of 15th in the nation in 2013 for the number of active breweries [82]; and the possibility to nearly double that number in the next three to five years. [...] At last year’s Great American Beer Festival, Virginia ranked fourth among all states in the number of medals won. [...] The total economic impact from craft brewing in Virginia comes to $623 million and 8,163 jobs, according to the Virginia Manufacturers Association. 2

Economic contributions of beer in Virginia 2012/2013

"From Grain to Growler" affords Legend Brewing a prominent place in the film, properly, as this Richmond brewery is the oldest extant microbrewery, that is, 'craft' brewery, in Virginia. But the film leaves several other pioneers of Virginia beer —some that preceded and some that followed— unheralded. (I address some specifics: here.) That's a lack of historical context for a "documentary chronicling the rise of Virginia craft beer." Substantial footage wasn't required (or practical), but a simple mention or slide would have sufficed.

In addition, brewers needed to be better captioned for identification: not all viewers of the film will be familiar with all Virginia 'craft' beer, and ten or more years from now, some names of brewers and breweries, unfortunately, may be forgotten. Some brewers were pictured hurriedly, without audio and without ID.

But ... all in all, "From Grain to Growler" was well-produced, with good production values, and done so, lovingly. The audience received the film enthusiastically, and there was ample beer for all to drink.

Virginia 'craft' beer, of course.

Killer Kölsch draft
On draft: Killer Kölsch, from Champion Brewing, of Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • 1 "From Grain to Growler" was produced by Take A Penny Productions, LLC, of Alexandria, Virginia, funded in part by a Kickstarter 'crowd-funding' campaign. [Full disclosure: I was a contributor.]
  • 2The Virginia Manufacturers Association provided many of the statistics on the growth of the 'craft' beer business in Virginia —both the rapid increase of the number of breweries and the growing economic impact. Read more, in an article published on 30 July 2014, in Virginia Business, written by Lee Graves, the beer columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • More photos: here.
  • A second screening is scheduled for 20 August 2014, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The filmmakers have plans to make the film publicly available: details to be announced at a later date.
  • It was appropriate timing for the film's release, as August is Virginia Craft Beer Month.

08/20/2014 05:00 AM
Hopworks & Ramses Collaborate on Go Fly A Kuyt
While we all celebrated Oregon Craft Beer Month last month, the brewers of Portland kept brewing and a few of them even collaborated with the brewers that were in town from the Netherlands. Hopworks Urban Brewery decided not to miss this opportunity to collaborate with Ramses Bier, one of the Dutch brewers that were in […]

08/20/2014 04:40 AM
The World on your Sofa

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

It can sometimes feel as if drinking anywhere but the pub is a betrayal of ‘proper beer’, but it’s actually played a huge part in developing the culture Britain has today, and has broadened the palates of many. That thought was prompted by this Tweet from Zak Avery, who runs legendary bottle-shop Beer Ritz: Nice mention for @BeerRitzLeeds in […]

The World on your Sofa

08/20/2014 03:38 AM
Traditional matters
From my previous post you might get the impression that British beer these days is all new world hops, weird ingredients and unfamiliar styles, but that's far from the case. On my few days in Bristol last month I found the home fires to be very much still burning.

The nearest pub to my hotel was The Shakespeare Tavern, a homely little traditional boozer with big screen sports sports and lager for the regulars down the back, and a cosy front parlour for tourists like me. "Shakespeare Bitter" said one of the pumpclips and I'm reasonably certain this is Greene King's House Ale, known by a number of localised names across the brewery's large estate. It's an absolutely standard twiggy brown bitter, all plums and Ready Brek. Solid if unstimulating stuff; enjoyable for the first pint but I was very happy to switch to Tribute after.

Not far away, in the redeveloped docklands, there's a Lloyd's No. 1 -- a chain which resulted from someone looking at the JD Wetherspoon model and deciding it's insufficiently drinking-barn-like. I was only in during the daytime, when the offer was indistinguishable from any JDW, and that included the beer. Ruddles Best Bitter for £1.85 a pint? Would be crazy not to. 3.7% ABV and an attractive red-gold colour. I feared more of that heavy porridgey effect I found in the Greene King one but this is actually quite thin and tannic: just how I like my old-man bitter to be. There's just enough of a jolt of vegetal bitterness to keep the drinkers' attention, though an unpleasant husky grain creeps in as it warms. At that price and that strength there should be no excuse for letting it warm, however.

Independence Ale caught my eye when I spotted it on the bar -- it's one of those semi-guest beers Wetherspoon regularly brings American brewers to Britain to make: this time it's Devil's Backbone at Banks's. 4.7% ABV, a medium gold colour and lovely wafts of sherbet and bubblegum followed by lovely flavours of honeydew and watermelon, turning even sweeter in the finish, towards canned peaches. I liked it, though it may be a bit sweet for most fans of US pale ale. I'd direct them a couple of taps over to Phoenix's West Coast, one of those classic tangy marmalade-ish English IPAs. Or a can of Sixpoint. It's all good.

So we've done Greene King, we've done Wetherspoon, that leaves one more bastion of plain English drinking, the grand-daddy of them all: Samuel Smith. We go back to King Street to find The King William Ale House, almost lost next to the other showy pubs on the stretch. It's surprisingly roomy inside and was rarely in want of customers as I was passing. But I was determined to finally have a go at their legendary Pure Brewed Lager and achieved that on a Sunday afternoon just as I was on my way to the airport. "Pure" is a valid marketing term: it's a limpid crystal gold, albeit with masses of fizz. The flavour is super crisp, all crunchy husky grains with just a handful of fun fruity extras: a bit of peach, perhaps. We're not in Munich here, nor Vienna nor Berlin, but Tadcaster will do just fine.

The range of house beers in the King William is prodigious, the illuminated cubic keg fonts stretching far along the bar. Sovereign Bitter was one I'd never seen before, though I'm sure it's hardly new. "New" isn't really a word in Mr. Smith's vocabulary. It's a rose gold colour and smells toffeeish. Malt-forward  in the flavour, but barely even that. Not a patch on the more usual Old Brewery Bitter, and even that isn't exactly a world beater. Still, the authentic 1970s vibe you only get in a Samuel Smith house is part of the English beer experience not to be missed.

I took one side trip out of Bristol during my stay, to the picturesquee town of Bath. It's not exactly crawling with fine drinking opportunities, especially for those of us who aren't fans of the ubiquitous Bath Ales. But I did have a very pleasant lunch in the upstairs room of The Raven of Bath, a poky little pub entirely in keeping with the town's cutesy vibe. Their two house beers are brewed by Blindman's Brewery. Raven Gold is a straightforward 4%-er, smelling Lucozade-like of fake fruit with a springy sherbet and mandarin zip to the front followed by a sterner bitter finish. Quality sessionable stuff. On the dark side, Raven Ale is a Hobgoblinish chocolate-driven ale, a dark garnet colour rather than raven-black and 4.7% ABV. Unexciting, perhaps, but a great match for my game pie.

We'll stay in the West Country for the next post, but don't expect anything twiggy.

08/20/2014 03:05 AM
A day in Nottingham
I warned you that I'd be boring you with more holiday tales. I've got a big backlog of this stuff. Mostly because I've been unusually busy of late. This weekend just gone there was the Kimchi Festival and the first anniversary of Butcher's Tears.

Bustling Balderton has much to offer, but after a day and a half we're in search of even more excitement, thrill-seekers that we are. Telling Lexie Chesters used to be called the Cock Inn amused him for a minute or two. He almost believed it really had been a gay bar. The choice was Newark or Nottingham. We've settled on the latter. I'm saving Newark for Tuesday. Monday is depressingly quiet in Newark. Not that a wet Tuesday is much fun, either.

Our journey starts with a bus into town. They still run a few during the day. All evening services were discontinued last weekend. There are now no buses after 6 PM. What on earth do people do if they need to travel at night? Drive or take a taxi, I guess. Another reminder of why I live in Amsterdam.

The new, miniature Newark bus station (most of the old one has been replaced by an Asda) is a walk from Castle station that's just long enough to be annoying. Lexie keeps complaining that me and Andrew are walking too fast. I've forgotten that he twisted it or something on the flight over. He's developing quite an impressive limp. If it's genuine. You can never be sure with kids.

Or adults for that matter. I practised limping for a couple of years. Invaluable experience for when I finally broke my ankles. And Dolores told me I was crazy. Who was laughing when I was in plaster?

We're quite early. Which gives Lexie plenty of time to moan about his foot before the train arrives. We've arranged to meet Henry on the train. He's catching it at Collingham, one stop before Newark. I'm surprised to see he has someone with him. A fellow teacher, it turns out. The phrase busman's holiday comes to mind. Were I a teacher, last thing I'd want to do in the summer holidays is hang around with teenagers. Even my charming offspring.

I promised the kids I'd take them to the Trip to Jerusalem. Or was that threatened? I can't remember. Hoped they'd like it, more like. Old, weird, carved out of rock and plenty of weapons to look at. Right down Lexie's street. Not that he'd want to walk down his street. His foot hasn't got any better during our sprint from the station. It's a natural reaction, accelerating the closer you get to a pub. That's what I've been telling Dolores for years. Must be true.

It starts to rain on the way. Guess we won't be sitting in the beer garden.

We settle down in one of the cave rooms until Lexie notices the wifi is rubbish. He goes off in search of decent bandwidth. Being carved out of rock doesn't seem to do wifi many favours. We eventually opt for the haunted snug, a part of the pub that's a conventional building. The haunted shit doesn't worry him. As long as he can get on Youtube. And Andrew's a cynical sceptic. He's no time for any supernatural bollocks.

I go for a Nottingham Extra Pale Ale. We're all drinking it. Well, us adults are. The kids (Andrew has four frustrating days left of being a kid) are on cola. The Extra Pale Ale lives up to its name, colour-wise. It's a Lager-like straw hue. Beautifully hopped, too, with what tastes like a stack of English hops. The first one barely touches the sides. So good I immediately get a second.

Despite having stuffed bacon sandwiches down their cakeholes just a few hours earlier, the kids are hungry. Honestly, they expect several meals a day, the greedy little bastards. They both order hamburgers. I think "What the hell." and order a pulled pork wrap.

What are pubs coming to? Pulled pork in a wrap? Shouldn't be selling anything fancier than a ham bap. And pickled eggs. I blame myself for encouraging them by buying such unnatural pub food. Why didn't I go for a traditional British hamburger?

After a third pint of Extra Pale Ale, we reluctantly leave the Trip. It really is a cracking pint. Henry suggests we try a new pub, the Crafty Crow, which just a little up the hill. Mmmm, that name is a bit worrying. The "C" word. I don't mention it to Lexie. I know exactly what his reponse to "C" word will be. We're in public. I don't want someone to say: "People like you don't deserve to have children." Again.

It's very modern looking inside. Much of the furniture is recycled pallets. Tres chic. At least there's a row of five handpumps on the bar. Even if only four of them bear clips. I get something from the trendier end of modern British brewing. It's not in great nick.

Lexie's foot is now causing him real problems. I rush off to the nearest chemist for painkillers. "Get paracetamol and codeine." Andrew suggests. I'm not going to argue with him. He's the one with the thick medical volumes. I bow to his superior expertise.

When I get back, Henry and his mate are regaling the kids with tales of the stupidity and laziness of the children they teach. It seems to amuse the boys. When they should be shocked and disappointed at the cynicism of the teaching profession. Maybe they'll realise that once they stop laughing.

As our beer isn't that great, we move on after one. To the Ned Ludd, another new pub.

"Do you know who Ned Ludd was, Andrew?"

"The bloke who smashed up machines. Though he didn't really exist." I've brought him up well.

It's reassuringly pub-like inside.

"This is reassuringly like a pub, Henry. Did it used to be one?"

"Can't remember. Might have."

He's a mine of useful information.

Less reassuringly, the bar is full of keg fonts, and the four handpumps are crowded into a small section in the middle. I order a Shipstone's Bitter from pure nostalgia. Aagh. They've served it in a dimpled mug. The world's least practical beer glass.

"I hate these glasses, Andrew. They're only useful if you want to club someone to death. That happened my first year at university."

"You have such lovely stories, Dad."

The Shippos is OK. Not sure how much it tastes like the original. We leave after one again.

Henry and his mate are getting hungry, not having eaten in the Trip. They suggest dropping by a trendy burger place. That also sells decent beer. Definitely not things that went together when I were a lad. (Or was that a lady? You forget so many things as you get older. I have always been a bloke, haven't I?)

Despite their earlier meal, the kids are keen, too. It's across the other side of the Market Square, in the Lace Market. The kids are distinctly less keen on the walk uphill. Despite it not being that much uphill. Slight incline, more than anything. Holland has spoilt them. Anything other than dead flat is a mountain in their eyes.

At Annie's Burger Shack - the name of the posh burger place - the hand pulls take pride of place on the bar. As they should do. With the evil keg pumps lurking on the sidelines where they belong. I have a pint of Dancing Duck Dark Drake, a Stout. It looks lovely: inky black with a firm tan collar of foam. It tastes pretty nice, too. And it comes in a proper glass.

It's quite different from most of the Stouts I've had lately. Which are either historical recreations or Amercian/American-influenced jobs with all the bathroom fittings, an old tin bath, the downstairs toilet and the tap in the garden thrown in as well as the kitchen sink, malt-wise. Ingredient guessing is a fools game. But I'll stick my neck out and say Dark Drake has no brown malt in it.

I see they're at the odd jam jar thing here. Next to every handpump, there's a little jam jar with a coloured liquid inside, presumably the beer issuing from that pump. I can't really see the point. I'm just about smart enough to work out that a Stout called Dark Drake isn't likely to be pale.

Handpulls apart, it's very similar in feel to the fancier end of American burger places: wooden floor, bare brick walls. The menu and service are similar to the US, too. Which is handy because it means I don't have to trail over to the bar when I need another pint. The kids both opt for bacon and cheese burgers. Henry and his mate go for a spicy variation. I have something called a James Blackmore. No idea why it's called that. It's a burger topped with pulled pork. I'm going a bit pulled pork crazy today.

The spicy burgers come with a scotch bonnet chili on a skewer. Henry doesn't want his so Andrew volunteers to eat it. They're dead impressed when he chomps the thing down whole. I really am starting to believe I've got most of this parenting stuff right.

Our final port of call is Pitcher & Piano. It's an excellent repurposing of a redundant church. Very attractive, with most of the original features, like stained glass windows, retained. The handpulls are centre stage again. My camera has gone all misty-eyed. Maybe it's trying to recreate the way I'm seeing the world. Can a camera count how many pints you drink? I wouldn't put it past modern technology.

The glasses are those dimpled monstrosities. Are these crap glasses getting trendy? Then they should save them for craft keg.

The castle is looking impressive in the sunlight as we walk back into Newark from the station. I annoy the kids by snapping away like crazy.

There's supposed to be a taxi rank (it's almost 7 PM so the last bus is long gone) opposite the Flying Circus. Not a taxi to be seen. I take the only reasonable option: go into the pub and have a pint. "We can ask the barman to call us a taxi." I say as means of excuse. I don't have a phone, so what else can I do?

It used to be called the Crown & Mitre. And before that, the Exchange Hotel. The current incarnation has a vague Monty Python theme and a garish colour scheme of red, yellow and grey-blue. Must have used a blind decorator, or at least a colour blind one. The bar has the combination of hand pulls and keg fonts I'm getting used to. Can you guess which served my pint?

I manage to get down a couple of pints before the kids complain enough for me to say:

"Call me a cab."*

Not bad going, really, as we've been out for 9.5 hours, most of it spent in pubs. Another sign of my excellent parenting skills, managing a full day of pub-crawling without serious whinging or physical injury requiring hospital treatment.

Interesting to note that the best beer was served in the most old-fashioned pub, the Trip. The second best was served in the least pub-like, Annies's Burger Shack. What does that tell us?

* I was deeply disappointed by the barman's reply of "Certainly, sir." A barman in a comedy-themed pub should surely have come up with better.

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Brewhouse Yard,
NG1 6AD.

Crafty Crow
102 Friar Lane,
NG1 6EB.
Tel: 01158371992
Email: @CraftyCrowNotts.co.uk

The Ned Ludd
27 Friar Lane,
NG1 6DA.

Annie's Burger Shack
5 Broadway,
Lace Market,
NG1 1PR.

Pitcher & Piano
The Unitarian Church,
High Pavement,
NG1 1HN.
Tel: 0115 958 6081

The Flying Circus
53 Castlegate,
NG24 1BE
Tel: 01636 302 444
Email: info@flyingcircuspub.com

08/19/2014 07:15 PM
Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI
Featured Contributor – Renee K from Ypsilanti, MI Brewery Review – Wolverine State Brewing -> Ann Arbor, MI Wolverine Brewery…comments and thoughts from Renee and BK (cupid)  We both agree that Wolverine is probably the best microbrew in the area.  Do you ever talk to someone that says something to the effect of… “I don’t like micro brewed beer, lets go somewhere I can get a Bud”.  Wolverine is a place where those picky drinkers who don’t really know about microbrews can go.  They have something…

08/19/2014 07:11 PM
We Are The Church Militant
Unless you get your news from MSNBC, you know about the genocide of Christians currently taking place in the Middle East. Recently, the exiled Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, Archbishop Amel Nona, made an impassioned plea,
Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. 
Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
Archbishop Nona's warning is chilling. Read it again. Let his unsettling warning sink into your heart. His flock is decimated. We must not allow complacency to be our end as well. Heed the warning.

See "Archbishop of Mosul: 'I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims'" for the message from the exiled leader.

Note: This sobering topic is expounded upon further over at the Gabriel Possenti Shooters blog.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/19/2014 06:33 PM
Colorado Beer News 081914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Potatoe Day. It's a day to celebrate America's 2nd most often eaten food - aka the spud, the tater, the "pomme de terre". The average American eats over 132 pounds of potatoes a year! That's a lot. It's a good source of potassium, iron, fiber and complex carbohydrates. It's also fat free (it you don't add fatty oils that is)! Cheers to that, better wash some down with a craft beer today. If potatoes aren't your thing, then you can always celebrate World Photography Day and photograph your beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Next Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm will be the 1st ever LowDown Beer Dinner at the brewery. They will be serving a tasting menu of five courses, each of which will be paired with one of their craft beers. The cost is $60 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Call to make reservations at (720) 524-8065. Limited seating available. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland realizes that man & woman can't live by beer alone, that's why they've invited a food truck to be with them each night Thursday through Sunday this week. Something new each night. Then get ready for Labor Day weekend August 28 - September 1st. All weekend long they will be offering WonderCan specials with $2 off all cans all weekend. On Friday, 8/29 for The New Classics Band wear your classic concert t-shirt and get entered into a raffle all night long. Happy Hour 3-6pm that day with $2 off pints. Saturday 8/30 they will release "Plum(b) Crazy Sour Beer" during a release party that starts at 2pm. Then on Sunday, 8/31 its a Picnic at the Brewery. Bring in a picnic and enjoy $2 off all session beers. Family, friends, kids and even your dog are all invited. Sweet Cow Ice Cream will be on hand serving up sweet treats starting at 2pm. Then on Labor Day, September 1st it's Bike to the Brewery Day. Get $1 off pints for bikin' in. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

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Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - August "Childhood Cereals" Cask Month continues this Wednesday August 20th with a tapping of "Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout". How many chocolate cereals can you think of? You'll be sure to taste some of those in this dark brew. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Their next Jagged Gives day is Sunday, August 31 for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Denver! $1 per beer sold that day will benefit YNPN-Denver. Young Nonprofit Professionals Network focuses on attracting talented people to the nonprofit sector, helping young nonprofit professionals connect with their peers, providing programs that help develop current and emerging nonprofit leaders, and advocating for the interests of young nonprofit professionals. Drink. Mingle. Network. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - There will be a special tapping of their Hydle ale this Thursday, August 21st. Then on Friday, August 22nd, they will tap Blackwater Whiskey Oak Aged Stout along with a music concert from Indigent Row and also the 12th Doctor Scottish Strong Ale. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today is growler day where you can bring in your Elk Mountain growlers for a discounted fill. Especially their Mug Club Members. And tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20th, stop in for a firkin tapping of a Toasted Coconut Alt beer. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today is Chile Tuesday. Today's beer is a Jalapeno IPA. It has just the right amount of heat. Small batch so this one will go quick. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they'll dig into the cellar and tap one of their rarest kegs, Oud Bruin! Five gallons only, first pours at 3pm tomorrow. Don't miss it! Also, for today, they still have both Grand Unified Theory and Barrel Reserve 2014 on tap! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Here is something to look forward to - "Putin on the Fritz" is going to be coming back bigger and stronger than ever at 15.5% ABV. It's being aged in a Law's Whiskey House Bourbon Barrel. Also, Putin on Cherries will also be making an appearance soon. Look for both of them around GABF time (that's early October). Betcha can't wait. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight's the night! Nightmare on Brett aged in Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrels hits the tap at 6 p.m. It's a big bad dark sour ale weighing in at 9.666% ABV. Sour lovers won't want to miss this one. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Colorado Brewers Guild (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) announced a new program, Hop the Vote. This program is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators. Voting will take place during all sessions at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) from October 2 through October 4. “The Colorado Brewers Guild works side-by-side with our state leaders on a daily basis on public policy for the industry” said Steve Kurowski, marketing director at the CBG. “Hop the Vote gives us the chance to show the Colorado community how and why we work together.” To prepare for the competition, each team will host a brew day at a local Denver brewery next week. Each team has both Democrat and Republican representatives, many whom are up for re-election this November. The Colorado State Senate team will be brewing at Dry Dock Brewing Co. on Wednesday, August 27. This team is made up of Matt Jones, Andy Kerr, Scott Renfroe, Pat Steadman, Lois Tochtrop and Rachel Zenzinger. The Colorado State House of Representative team will brew at Denver Beer Company on Friday, August 29. Team members include Joann Ginal, Chris Holbert, Polly Lawrence, Dan Pabon, Brittany Pettersen, Jonathan Singer and Spencer Swalm. During each session of GABF, team members will be pouring their beer at the CBG booth. GABF attendees will try both beers and cast a vote for their favorite brew. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. on October 4, 2014. The winning team will receive medals and bragging rights.

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's their 1st Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce Brewing. Today's firkin is a Peach Cobbler Pale Ale. It tapped at 4pm today. Come get some! [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - It's Tacos & Trivia tonight starting at 6pm. Don't forget to wear your Two22 apparel and get $1 off (beers that is). [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide has some "Demeter Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour" from their pilot system on tap now. This won't last another day cuz it's just so good. Get some now before it's gone! [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's an ad hoc small batch kind of day. They have a little bit of Sage Black Saison and Belgian IPA left. When the saison is gone then it's gone for a while. The Belgian IPA will be back on Friday - both in nitro and CO2 form. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Tonight, they have some Nitro Black IPA, brewhouse yoga and an open turntable in the Tap Room. Flex, listen to some tunes and enjoy a brew. [3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Wild Woods now offers 64oz pitchers of beer. No, not for just you - bring in a couple of friends and save a couple bucks off individual pours. Also, don't forget that it's Happy Hour all night tonight where pitchers are just $14. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Join in today after 4pm as they tap Stage 7 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye Pale Ale! This beer was brewed in celebration of the USA Pro Challenge! (The Stage 7 race is on Sunday, 8/24 and runs from Boulder to Denver.) Look for Stage 7 Ale on tap locally AND this Saturday at the Inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival! Also they'll be tapping "Cork n' Berry Blueberry Ale this afternoon as well. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week you can find a food truck at High Hops Tuesday through Sunday! On Wednesday, August 20th at 5pm there will be another firkin release. This time it will be "Apple Bottom Jeans", an apple berry wheat ale. It was made with blackberries, blueberries and apples. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's a NEW Tuesday Special starting today. Get $2 off taster trays! Stop in today and try all of their 8 options on tap or their standard 6 tray and take $2 off. Introduce yourself to their line-up of craft brews. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's On! Come by tomorrow (Aug. 20th) at 5:00pm to see the owners of Grimm take the ‪Ice Bucket Challenge‬! Russell will be doing a special ‪‎beer bucket challenge‬ (no drinkable beer will be hurt in the making of this challenge). For every pint bought between 5pm and 9pm they will be donating $1 to ALS. And don't worry, they'll have plenty of buckets of ice water if you want to take the challenge or challenge someone else! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - "Düsseldorf altbier, whazzat?" Although they're having a meet-the-brewers celebration for this beer in September, they're releasing it in the tasting room today. Come on in and give it a try -- and then come on back and meet Ryan in September! [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Please join in this Wednesday August 20th at 5:30pm for their next homebrewer collaboration beer tapping. It's an American wheat with two kinds of wheat for complexity. An ample amount of American Mosaic hops were used during the boil. More Mosaic hops used for dry hopping to enhance the tropical fruit and melon flavors they were looking for. It's well balanced and not hoppy, this beer is highly drinkable. Come on by and let Brew Brother member Randy Gingrich know what you think of his winning beer recipe. Also, new business hours! Mon-Thurs 3pm - 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 12am, Sun 12pm - 7pm. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's a list of their Brews of the Week on tap: Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, English Bob ESB, Blonde Ale, IPA Freely, Wallonian Pale (Belgian style), and Clown Nose Brown Ale. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Mark your calendars for Sat, September 20th, 2014, to celebrate the first day of Oktoberfest. They'll have sausages from Bite Me! Plus, there will be door prizes given away every hour 6-9 pm, including a chance to win two tickets to the sold-out Great American Beer Festival! Must be present to win. And as usual, there will be new beer releases staring at noon including the return of their fall seasonal, Red Oktober, a mashup between traditional German and Irish styles, with a Russian name, and Gdansk Gdansk Revolution, a Baltic Porter spiced with bay leaves, plus other beer surprises! [204 Mount View Ln, Suite 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

San Juan Brewfest (Durango) - Why wait til Saturday for the fest when you can start early at the San Juan Brewfest Pre-Party at Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange on Friday, August 29th starting at 7pm. Enjoy brews from Ska Brewing, Telluride Brewing, Marble Brewery, Upslope Brewing, Left Hand Brewing and more. At least 2 beers from each brewery. Talk to the brewery reps and get some swag! Located in the heart of downtown Durango.

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08/19/2014 05:00 PM
Flagship Ale — Grey Sail Brewing

Review by: Cory Smith Flagship.  It’s a term thrown around by breweries to describe their money-making beer.  The beer that put them on the map, the one that is available … Continue Reading →

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08/19/2014 03:45 PM

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

There’s a ghoulish glee in reading about the grotty brewing practices of the past, especially when the product in question has a catchy brand name. According to a correspondent of the Lancet in 1865, the people of South Staffordshire were particularly prone to getting legless on a by-product of brewing known as ‘klink’: In the larger breweries there […]


08/19/2014 03:26 PM
How Samuel Adams helped Brewery Rickoli brew Oats McGoats
Samuel Adams and Brewery Rickoli collaborationLast year, Brewery Rickoli of Wheatridge, Colorado won the chance to work with larger brewer Samuel Adams as part of Samuel Adams' "Brewing the American Dream" program. Now that dream has become a reality and is now playing out in reality. The following is part of a news release from both Samuel Adams and Brewery Rickoli describing this recent collaborative effort and the beer that came from it.

[PRESS RELEASE] Rick Abitbol, brewmaster of Brewery Rickoli, a craft brewery based in Wheat Ridge, CO, wasn't around when the Master Brewers Association was formed in Chicago in 1887. At that time it was decided master brewers could take on just one apprentice who would serve for two years – after which the apprentice would be issued a “brewer’s book” equivalent to a diploma. Much has changed over 127 years but the idea that a young brewer should be tutored by a master brewer is still around. And no one takes this tutoring more seriously than Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams—a third-generation master brewer himself.

Koch started The Boston Beer Company—Sam Adams Beer—in his kitchen 30 years ago using a family recipe he found in his attic. Much of what he did was self-taught because Sam Adams was a craft brewery when there were virtually no American craft breweries. Jim perfected the craft beers he and his brewers came up with—Boston Lager, Summer Ale, Oktoberfest, Rebel IPA, Seasonals, etc—and today, Sam Adams is the largest independent craft brewer in America (there are over 2,000) with Jim is largely being recognized as “the godfather” of the craft brewing industry. Which is why Jim decided to give back by helping young craft brewers get the two things he never got when he started out: advice and loans.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream is a program designed to help craft brewers (and food and beverage entrepreneurs) by giving them microloans combined with one-on-one coaching and mentoring. To date Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream has provided more than $3 million in loans to nearly 300 small businesses nationwide, creating or helping retain more than 1,800 local jobs. Many of those people are minority individuals who couldn’t get a business loan otherwise. And over the past six years Jim and his staff have coached more than 4,000 small business owners, trying to help them get on their feet.

Recently Jim added something else to Brewing the American Dream: a Brewing and Business Experienceship — a kind of 21st-century master brewer apprenticeship for young brewers like Rick Abitbol.

Rick’s vision for Brewery Rickoli was to create reduced-gluten or gluten-free beers that were still tasty. But Rick needed help. A loan from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream enabled Rick to open his doors, finish building his cooler, put in his tap system and buy kegs. Best of all, Jim and Sam Adams were so taken with Rick that they awarded him a Sam Adams Experienceship — where he was invited to come to Boston and learn first-hand from Sam Adams’ master brewers and executive team.

Not only did Rick learn (in his words, his eyes were opened wide), Rick brewed a collaboration beer with Sam Adams: Oats McGoats—a gluten-reduced American stout. Rick brewed this beer with flaked rye, oat malt and golden naked oats. The result is a full-bodied beer, accented by earthy and spicy flavors, and a hint of roasty and coffee notes.


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08/19/2014 02:43 PM
From our friends at Boulevard: Muller, Inc. to Bring Award-Winning Beers from Top Midwestern Craft Brewer in September Today, Tuesday, August 19, one of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia […]

08/19/2014 01:21 PM
The Science of Mixing Mind-Blowing Cocktails
A guide from 1948 still contains the best advice about cocktail-making – but modern mixologists use plenty of 21st-century science, too. Is all that effort worth it? David E Embury was a lawyer, cocktail enthusiast and all-round stickler. Incredulous that people thought they could serve “any haphazard conglomeration of spirituous liquors, wines, bitters, fruit juices, […]

08/19/2014 01:13 PM
BJ’s Field Day IPA Live from the Hop Farm
The beloved hop fields of the Willamette Valley are now beginning to be harvested. As these hops are harvested from the bines this means one thing, Fresh Hop beers are soon on their way. On Friday, August 22nd, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will be making a pilgrimage to harvest some hops at Crosby Hop Farm […]

08/19/2014 12:40 PM
Uh oh. Is a Santa Barbara-Style Casino Coming to Napa?
A proposed rule change by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs could lead to new casinos in California’s wine country. How would Napa Valley look with a casino and a 12-story hotel in the middle of the now-scenic horizon? That’s the nightmare the county fears if the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs goes through with […]

08/19/2014 12:02 PM
Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County
“Wearing his Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt,with a San Francisco Giants cap tucked snugly around his head, Brian Kobler freely admits that he doesn’t represent the glamour of the wine industry. Kobler’s work within the last month has been hectic and decidedly more blue-collar as he braved the mid 90-degree heat bearing down in the […]

08/19/2014 11:35 AM
Is Disaster Ahead for Malibu’s Burgeoning Wine Region?
In recent months, there’s been a lot of excitement around the burgeoning wine scene in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Coast has just been approved for its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) by the U.S. government’s Tobacco and Tax Bureau — meaning that the wines coming out of the region are unique […]

08/19/2014 09:57 AM
A brewery wedding and why you should have one

Wedding season is starting to wind down and if you’re like me, your Facebook feed is a wall of wedding ceremony/reception pics. Unfortunately, most of these weddings are going to end up the same way (woah reader, I’m not talking about divorces, you need to stop being so cynical), with a party at a hotel. Now […]

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08/19/2014 09:50 AM
Veterans United Craft Brewery grand opening set
Ron Gamble has worn many hats; he was a naval aviator, a contributor to half-a-dozen high-tech startups, a home brewer and finally a head brewer. Over the past six years, Ron has honed his skill at the brew kettle at a variety of operations and is now using his skills to open his own brewery […]

08/19/2014 07:58 AM
Black Bear Bistro
I was first introduced to Black Bear Bistro when Chef Todd offered me an Oyster and Beer Shooter during a visit to Old Bust Head Brewing. The Warrenton, VA eatery was serving food at the brewery the day I visited and I promised myself that Colleen and I would visit the restaurant soon. I followed through on that promise with an early dinner after the Old Bust Head tap room grand opening this past weekend. Interestingly, we saw several people in the restaurant who we had also seen earlier at the brewery.

Naturally, the restaurant's beer selection was my first order of business. In an admirable showing of support, Black Bear Bistro has only Virginia beers, plus one Virginia cider on draft. That's right, all eight tap handles are "native"; Starr Hill, Old Bust Head, Lost Rhino, Legend and Bold Rock Cidery were offered. There are also bottled selections listed on the menu, though I frankly paid that list no mind. Since I had just come from Old Bust Head, and had been enjoying their beer two weekends in a row, I opted to drink another Virginia beer, Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale. That particular beer also has a special place in our hearts, and I raised a silent toast to an old friend.

We perused the dinner menu for a while, and decided to start with an appetizer plate of Fried Oysters. The breaded oysters were browned on the outside and just cooked enough to not be considered raw. The meat was juicy and tender. Three dipping sauce options were offered; Regular, Habanero Bacon, and Sweet Thai. Our server used the adjectives "spicy" and "hot" for both of the first two. Undecided, we asked for both the Regular and Habanero Bacon, for research purposes. I first tasted the "regular" sauce and found it to be deliciously "warm." Next I popped an oyster dipped in the Habanero version into my mouth, and for a moment didn't notice anything. And, then. Bam! There it is. Habanero heat, and a bit of smokiness. There's some serious heat going on there, all the while still quite flavorful. After the oysters were gone, I continued dipping my bread into both sauces.

Yea, that was a whole paragraph on the Fried Oysters. They were that good. Frankly, I might just make a meal out of them someday. But not this time. For my main course I selected the Bistro Crab Cake entrée. This was a fried "pancake" of crab meat set on a serving of Wild Rice, with Broccoli Rabe on the side. The crab cake was meaty and very tasty. I had no problem cleaning my plate thoroughly. Colleen opted for a Grilled Pork Flat Iron Steak set on Mashed Cauliflower and topped with Sautéed Spinach and Mushrooms. The thick pork steak was moist and set on a heaping serving of mashed cauliflower. Colleen must have enjoyed it very much, as there was no offer to share. ;-)

We lingered over our meal for a while, enjoying time together and the delicious food. There doesn't appear to be much happening on a Sunday afternoon in Warrenton, but as it got closer to the dinner hour, the curbside parking started to fill, and folks began coming in for dinner. As we headed out for our drive back to Fredericksburg, it was clear that Black Bear Bistro was a popular place with the locals. I know for sure that we'll be back.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

08/19/2014 07:13 AM
DuClaw Brewing Neon Gypsy

DuClaw Brewing’s Neon Gypsy is a 6.5% ABV and 75 IBU IPA that’s brewed with seven hop varieties — Columbus, Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and Sorachi Ace. Suffice it to say, the beer packs a wonderfully hoppy flavor. I spent one night back in mid-May enjoying a string of IPAs and by the […]

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08/19/2014 03:38 AM
Blogging About Blogging: Speak Your Brains!

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Bad news: this is a blog post about blog posting. There’ll be a post that’s actually about beer later today. If you choose to read on, don’t say we didn’t warn you! We’ve been reflecting lately on our tendency to self-censor. We used to shelve posts quite frequently, finished and illustrated, because, at the last minute, we […]

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