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11/23/2014 10:06 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...

11/23/2014 10:04 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...

11/23/2014 10:02 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...

11/23/2014 10:00 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...

11/23/2014 09:58 AM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Stone & Wood
Stone & Wood is an Australian success story in the emerging international beer market.  After humble beginnings in 2008 our range of beers, led by the flagship Pacific Ale, has ignited consumer interest in the marketplace to a point where we are now operating two breweries to meet demand. The original brewery at Byron Bay has been r ...

11/23/2014 09:42 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

11/23/2014 09:42 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.....

11/23/2014 09:42 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’.....

11/23/2014 09:42 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!

11/23/2014 09:42 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!

11/23/2014 08:41 AM
The best week
This has been the best week of my career as a publican. Reopening somewhere that's been closed for so long - the Finborough has been completely empty since 2012 and hadn't been a proper pub since 2001 - has been a real challenge. West Brompton/Earl's Court isn't like Clerkenwell, with offices full of boozy workers piling out at 5pm to fill the bars. The Finborough might be on a busy thoroughfare

11/23/2014 04:32 AM
(Some of) the best beer writing of 2014: The NAGBW Awards.
The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) was active from the 1980s on, but would disband in the early aughts. In 2013, beer writers Jay Brooks, Lucy Saunders, Don Russell, and others resuscitated the organization, and brought back the annual competition for beer writers, bloggers, broadcasters, and authors.

Today's post is an overdue one: honors for 2014's best beer writing were announced in ... October! Congratulations to all.
NAGBWOctober 7, 2014 - The North American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors. Results of the NAGBW Awards were announced on Friday, October 3, 2014, during the Great American Beer Festival at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, CO.
This year, over 140 entries, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, were submitted to the contest in eight categories. Winners represented 13 states across the U.S. and three countries. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Best Beer and Food Writing
1. John Holl, “Roast Masters: Exploring the Art of Brewing Beer with Coffee.” All About Beer Magazine.
2. Evan Rail, “Where What Is Brewing Is a Recipe.” The New York Times.
3. Mark Dredge, Beer and Food. Dog 'n' Bone Books.
Best Blog
1. Oliver Gray, “Literature and Libation.”
2. Bryan Roth, “This is Why I’m Drunk.” 
 3. Jessica Miller, “Hey Brewtiful.” 

Good Beer Guides (to Belgium) on sale in Washington, D.C.

Best Book
1. Patrick Dawson, Vintage Beer. Storey Publishing.
2. Tim Webb/ Joe Stange, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium. Campaign for Real Ale Ltd.
3. Evan Rail, Beer Trails: The Brewery in the Bohemian Forest. Self-published.
Best Brewspaper/ Free Zine Writing
1. Ken Weaver, “Getting Hopped Up -- Again.” Bohemian.
3. Randy Clemens, “Mark Jilg: The Craftsman.” West Coaster.
Best Magazine Writing
1. Evan Rail, “Born Again in Berlin.” All About Beer Magazine.
2. Joshua Bernstein, “Of a Certain Age.” Imbibe Magazine.
3. Aleszu Bajak, “Of a Certain Age.” Beer Advocate Magazine.
Best Newspaper Writing (Paid Circulation)
1. Ronnie Crocker, “Crafting a Houston Icon.” Houston Chronicle.
2. William Bostwick, “Build a Beer Collection.” The Wall Street Journal.
3. Tom Acitelli, “Rising Hop Prices Make Craft Brewers Jumpy.” The Wall Street Journal.
Best Online Magazine Writing
1. Gerard Walen, “The Death of Hunahpu’s Day.” All About Beer Magazine.
3. Christian DeBenedetti, “A Brief History of Sour Beer.” The New Yorker.
Best Podcast
Thanks to new and returning judges representing 11 states in the U.S., two provinces in Canada and Europe. The judges for the 2014 NAGBW Awards included:
Tom Acitelli, Michael Agnew, Jeff Alworth, Ray Bailey, Steve Beaumont, Jessica Boak, Erika Bolden, Jay Brooks, Astrid Cook, Ray Daniels, Christian DeBenedetti, Pat Fahey, Oliver Gray, Steve Hamburg, Stan Hieronymus, Edward Lordan, Alan McLeod, Randy Mosher, Ryan Newhouse, Josh Noel, Evan Rail, Don Russell, Zak Stambor, Heather Vandenengel, Joe Wiebe.
ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN GUILD OF BEER WRITERS – The Guild has members from USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. Guild membership is open to all writers and content producers who cover beer and brewing, although industry and associate memberships are both non-voting categories. For more information, visit http://www.nagbw.org or follow on Twitter @nagbw.


11/23/2014 03:05 AM
Portland day one
Today’s flight is a little later, almost noon. But, the airport being miles away, I need to get up reasonably early. If only to catch breakfast in the hotel, which is free. No need to eat at the gate, which also saves time.

It takes me a while to find the United check in. Which is odd as Denver is one of their major hubs. Somehow I’ve missed a whole long row of bag drop offs. I blame the cold. In turns my brain to that thing that’s sort of ice and sort of water. What’s it called? . . . . . Slush, that’s it.

I’ve got something called TSA pre. It means a slightly less humiliating security experience. You don’t have to strip off quite as many pieces of clothing and disassemble your baggage. No idea why I got it, but I’m not complaining. Security checks irritate the arse off me.

With an hour or so to strangle, dismember and bury in a forest before boarding, I hunker down at the closest bar. It’s called Pour La France! and has a weird French theme. You’d never have guessed from the name.

“Double Jack Daniels, straight up.”

The bar is fringed with the like-minded. Loading spirits before boarding.

Airport bars are remarkably sociable. Knowing you’ll part soon and never meet again, why not take a punt on a chat? I don’t indulge myself this time, but watch others strike up conversations and smoke them to the fag end.

I mosey over to my gate at boarding time. Remarkably, my United flight is again on time. On my last book-flogging trip every single one was late. One very late.

This flight isn’t total sardine time, but still pretty full. I indulge in a couple of whiskies. There’s no in-flight entertainment: how else can I entertain myself in-flight?


My bag thunks onto the belt pretty promptly. Before I know it I’m cabbed and hotel-bound.

As the taxi crosses the Willamette River into downtown, I notice something odd. Portland looks like a city. A proper city, with shops and stuff. And those fleshy mammally, two-legged things I like chatting with. Human beings, that’s the word. I’m liking Portland already.

We pass a city square lined with ethnic food trucks. I’ve fallen asleep and this is all just a wonderful dream. Isn’t it?

Bags dropped, I head for a nearby shop to get water. And in this case, beer, too, as Oregon doesn’t have stupid laws. For a corner shop, the beer selection isn’t bad. The prices are a shock. In New Jersey, bombers started at $6 or $7, heading north into crazy territory, before reaching totally fucking crazy do you think I’m a complete fucking idiot land. Here I can pick one up for under $3. Robbing New Jersey bastards.

There’s a Deschutes brewpub just a few blocks away.  I don’t feel like going far because it’s dead windy. On the way there I bump into a massive book shop, Powell's City of Books. It covers a whole city block. Another sign this is a cool city.


I slip in and search for the beer section. Easier said than done. The place is meganormous. But not particularly well signposted. After a few minutes of wandering I find it. Not bad at all. A stack of beer books. I’d give you a number, but do you think I’m the sort of sick obsessive that counts everything? *

Deschutes is pretty full, but I’m able to get a seat at the bar. Oh, look – they’ve got Fresh Squeezed IPA on cask. No long deliberation this time. It’s rather nice, in a citrusy US sort of way. And a bit too drinkable. Before I know it my first pint is almost gone. Just as well it’s only 6.4% ABV.


They’re missing a trick, many US brewers and publicans. People drink well-kept cask more quickly than keg beer. And drink more of it. I’d be trying to push it to boost sales volumes.

Though I notice a reassuring number of casks when I take the obligatory snaps of the shiny things**. It’s a recurring theme in breweries I’m visiting. As with oak barrels, most have some. Maybe I was a bit hasty is saying they were missing the barge.

I order an Elk burger. Never had Elk before. It’s also rather nice.


Three pints of Fresh Squeezed disappear in 40 minutes. No greater compliment than that from me. I'd happily drink another three. Which is one of the reasons I leave. Plus I’d like to visit more than one brewery today. Gotta keep to my quota.

Fat Head's Brewery is just a few blocks away. It’s a bit of an industrial barn with a pretty decent-sized brewery behind glass.


Buuut . . . . . they’ve a cask Stout. A Julie Andrews (or is it John Coltrane?) of a beer for me. It’s quite nice. Did I ever tell you of my youthful dreams of cask-conditioned Guinness Extra Stout? Not whimsical musings, things that pinged around my brain whilst sleeping.

It’s getting late, as my ramblings reveal. Time to ramble homewards, remembering to grip the camera better.

Laphroaig is my lullaby once more.



* You’ve hacked my webcam, haven’t you?
** “This is boring, Ronald. Didn’t you take any pictures of people. It’s all brewing stuff and buildings.”







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Pour La France!
B Gates
Center Core
(303) 317-9472

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St,
Portland, OR 97209.
Tel: +1 503-228-4651
http://www.powells.com/locations/powells-city-of-books/


Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
210 NW 11th Ave,
Portland, OR 97209.
deschutesbrewery.com
Tel: +1 503-296-4906
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/locations/portland


Fat Head's Brewery
131 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: +1 503-820-7721
http://fatheadsportland.com/

11/23/2014 12:00 AM
Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App
A company called Brewbot is aiming to market a 4-foot-tall machine that allows amateurs and professionals to brew craft beer, and to even devise their own recipes.

11/22/2014 07:36 PM
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11/22/2014 04:50 PM
Pic(k) of the Week: Bedell & Cizauskas
This blog is about good fermentables and the folk who make them. It's a matter of internet record. It's not about me, or shouldn't be. I tell their stories. I take photos of them and their good fermentables. No selfies.

Today's an exception.

Tom Bedell is a long-time chronicler and reporter of good beer, winning two first place Quill and Tankard awards for his writing from the North American Guild of Beer Writers*, and was a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Beer. He writes a blog about golf and beer. To the best of his knowledge, he is the only writer who is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the NAGBW.

He lives in Vermont; I, in the mid-Atlantic. We had never met, except through the scary wonder of the interwebs. That is, until recently.

Bedell & Cizauskas

In late October 2014, Bedell travelled to my part of the world to tour a new golf course. He contacted me (via Twitter, of course), and we would finally meet, not golfing, but beer-drinking, at Rustico Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia. That's Tom Bedell on the right; me, on the left.

To top it off, another fellow at the table that evening was Don Was. (I'm amused at being able to phrase it that way.) Mr. Was, née Weiss, is a music producer, who, in the 1980s/90s, was one-half of the 'art' dance music band, Was (Not Was), parentheses included.

We talked about golf that evening (me, not so much), music (more so), and, well, yes, beers (several of them).

The photo was taken by Doug Honker, a good beer fan, and, not coincidentally, Bedell's nephew. It's posted here with his permission.

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  • * The NAGBW disbanded in the early 2000s. It was reconstituted in 2012, along with annual honors for beer writing, no longer called Quill and Tankard but simply the NAGBW Awards.
  • More photos from the evening: here.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.


11/22/2014 04:02 PM
Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden
I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. […]

11/22/2014 03:45 PM
Brown Recluse: Is Ginger Wine Ready for Its Closeup?
As British traditions go, drinkable ginger is just about as prominent as Yeoman Warders or afternoon tea.  In addition to ginger tea and ginger beer, ...

11/22/2014 01:57 PM
Winter is coming… and so is 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat

San Francisco, CA – As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, ‘tis the season when 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Fr…

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11/22/2014 11:42 AM
Beer Birthday: Brett Joyce
Today is the 42nd birthday of Brett Joyce, President of Rogue. Joyce grew up in the brewery, which his father Jack founded when Brett was sixteen. Having gone off to college and made a name for himself working with Adidas, building their international golf shoe business from the ground up, he...

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11/22/2014 10:45 AM
Urban Putt, San Francisco
The occasional fire truck double-parked outside this former mortuary at South Van Ness and 22nd Street isn’t responding to an incident. The precinct firefighters are ...

11/22/2014 10:42 AM
Central Michigan University Now Offers a Certificate in Fermentation Science
MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2014 — Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology is brewing a certificate program in fermentation science by combining scientific knowledge with hands-on experience in modern brewery production processes. The brewing of a malt beverage is very scientific and can be understood by dividing the process into six distinct […]

11/22/2014 09:51 AM
Call it beer friendly, kid friendly, or just call it friendly
Yesterday The New York Times posted a story about beer garden play dates and I nudged All About Beer magazine editor John Holl on Twitter because he once wrote a story for that magazine (before he was editor) about beer gardens and of course mentioned the family friendly aspect. Later in the conversation that followed […]

11/22/2014 08:30 AM
Right Brain Brewing Naughty Girl Stout : Beer Review
Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan Craft beer is great for many reasons, high on that list of reasons is the ability for a brewery to think differently and experiment with new ideas and create different experiences for those willing to indulge.  Right Brain Brewing is a company that is known for brewing slightly on the experimental side and their flagship CEO Stout is delightful and has won multiple awards annually honoring its overall deliciousness.  Another offering in the stout line up for Right Brain is Naughty…

11/22/2014 07:03 AM
Firestone Walker Earns Top Honors at European Beer Star Competition
Paso Robles, CA—Brewmaster Matt “Merlin” Brynildson and his team of brewing magicians at Firestone Walker Brewing Company have done it again, racking up top honors for the third consecutive year at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition. Indeed, Brynildson was on hand in Germany to accept the competition’s award for “Consumers’ Favourite in Gold” for […]

11/22/2014 05:47 AM
Young’s pubs sell a million pints of craft beer in six months
One fascinating statistic popped up when I was talking to Stephen Goodyear, chief executive of Young’s, this week for the day job: Young’s pubs sold a million pints of craft beer in the six months to September 29 this year. … Continue reading

11/22/2014 04:40 AM
Incredible Lulu books offer still on
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11/22/2014 03:50 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014
Illustration: breakfast reading.

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

It’s Saturday, so here’s a gurt load of links for ‘ee. → Jack Highberger doesn’t hate pumpkin beers, and he tasted a lot of them to come up with his Pumpkin Beer Flavor Map. An interesting exercise we’re tempted to imitate with another niche style. → Saved to Pocket (that is, we haven’t read it […]

News, Nuggets & Longreads 22/11/2014



11/22/2014 03:05 AM
Denver day two
This was always going to be a quiet day. I've arranged to meet up with Todd around midday, leaving me the morning to myself.

I'm feeling a bit knacked, but need to get before 9:30 for breakfast. As it's free and includes bacon, no way I'm missing out on that. Fed, I go back to bed for another couple of hours kip. Why make life hard for yourself?


Todd messages me that he can't get away from work until later - can I meet him I Hogshead at 4 pm? No problem. I'm sure I can amuse myself for a few hours. What to do in Denver? I consult Google Maps and BeerAdvocate, then remember Falling Rock. It was mentioned last nigh as the town's top beer bar. And I'd spotted it from my airport taxi. Not that far away, lots of beer - a total no-brainer.

I notice something when I leave my hotel. It's effing freezing. It feels like it's about to start snowing. I though the cold weather wasn't due to sweep in until after I'd left. Evidently not. Wind, there's lots of that, too. I'm starting to wish I'd listened to Dolores and brought warmer clothing.

What's that hitting my face? Snow. It's bloody snowing! Brilliant. When I arrive at Falling Rock, I'm frozen.


"Hello, Ron." Someone says as I walk through the door. Which is slightly disconcerting. It's the owner. He was at my talk yesterday. Thankfully. Not some random crazy.

I settle into a seat at the bar and we chat a little. He notices me looking admiringly at a Hammonds Ales sign.

"It's one of only two in the US." He tells me. "Michael Jackson was impressed when he was here. He used to drink Hammonds beer when he was starting out as a reporter. He recorded an interview here and insisted on having the sign in the background."

It's a cosy enough bar. The bar counter runs the whole length of one wall and the rest of the space is filled with booths. Breweriana is everywhere. Mostly in the form of bottles and tap handles, but there are also sign, mirrors and trays. I can never get enough of that stuff.


Some random dudes wander in and order beers.

"What about some shots?"

"Yeah, why not?"

Why not, indeed? It is effing snowing outside. I'd join you, but I left my crazy head back in the hotel. I'm stuck with the vaguely sensible head.

For once on this trip, I'm taking notes. Here goes:

Odell's IPA
A classic US IPA - citrus, lemon zest, lemon, grapefruit. Slips down very easily for 7% ABV.

Comrades Super Power IPA
Similar flavours to the Odell's, but bitterer and just 7.6% ABV. Bit more grapefruity.

Boulder Shake Porter
Looks like it's on nitro. It really does taste like a chocolate milkshake, as the barman said. Slightly weird, but drinkable.

Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti
This stuff is effing black The head is pretty dark, too. A stack of roast going on - fairly acrid. Some hops going on, too, but the bitterness mostly seems to come from the malt.

After a couple of beers, I need some food. I'm split between the buffalo burger and the Texas burger on a bed of jualapenos. In the end I go for the buffalo burger and ask for it with a bed of jualapenos. They're happy to oblige.

My favourite item on the menu is the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo.

"Two 1/2 pound patties cooked rare, topped with bacon, American cheese, 1/3 pound of pastrami, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, a fried egg guacamole & mayo on a big-ass bun. Served  with onion rings, fries and a defribillator. Price overinflated, just like Elvis. $46.40."

After a few hours, I head back to my hotel. It's now snowing way harder than is pleasant. More like specks of ice. Whipped by the wind makes them prick my face like needles. Lovely. I'm not used to this sort of weather. It didn't freeze last winter in Amsterdam. Which is why there were so many bloody mosquitoes this year.


It takes ages to get a taxi to go to Hogshead. Probably the change in the weather. It's caught a few people unawares. I see someone on a bike wearing shorts and another strolling down the street in a tee-shirt. Must be a random Geordie.


Todd, Steve and I share a few pints of cask beer. They sold two firkins of the Lovibond Mild yesterday. Not bad at all considering the size of the pub and the fact that they were selling several other cask beers. We get talking with a young baker. She's here because of her name, which is the same as one of the beers they brew: Julie Brown. We chat a while about the dreadfulness of American factory bread. She tells me of the revival in bakeries making proper bread. There are many parallels with the beer scene.

After a couple of hours Steve heads home and me and Todd drop by Lucky Pie for dinner. It's a combined pizzeria and beer joint. That sort of odd combination doesn't seem odd anymore in the US. Good beer is popping up all over the place. Like Copenhagen.


My hotel is within walking distance. But frostbite is nibbling at my grillox when I get there. I warm up in the hotel bar which, of course, also has plenty of beer options.

Tomorrow is just a travelling day, with Portland as my destination. Can't wait.







This is the reason I was in the US: to sell my book.

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.














Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St,
Denver, CO 80202.
Phone: +1 303-293-8338
http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/


Hogshead brewery
4460 W 29th Ave,
Denver, CO 80212.
http://www.hogsheadbrewery.com


Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse
1610 16th Street Mall,
Denver, CO 80202.
Phone: +1 303-825-10
http://luckypiepizza.com/

11/22/2014 12:36 AM
Beer In Ads #1381: The After-Effects
Friday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1906. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “The After-Effects,” and in the text they talk about spending “more...

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11/21/2014 11:06 PM
The ... best ... beer ... in ... the ... nation! (and in your state)
What are the best 'craft' beers in every state of the nation (and the District of Columbia)? Who are the best breweries in each state? What are America's top 'craft' beer styles? Which of the states are best for 'craft' beer?

To find out, Bryan D. Roth, at his blog, This is Why I'm Drunk, crunched October 2014 data from Beer Advocate —a crowd-sourced online beer-rating site— using the popular site's algorithm of weighted measurement for beer ranking.

He found answers —some expected, some surprising— and quantified some current trends.

THE TOP BEERS AND BREWERY FOR EACH STATE

To establish a minimum quota of scores that any beer, in any given state, needed to be considered as a top beer (somewhat analogous, say, to Major League Baseball's requirement of 506 plate appearances for any player over one season to be eligible for the batting title), Roth averaged the number of ratings for every beer in that state. From there, he referenced each qualifying beer's weighted rank and came up with each state's top ten most highly rated beers.

To decide upon the top brewery in each state, Roth looked at the number of times a brewery's beers appeared in the top ten, and, in the case of a tie, chose the brewery with the higher total ratings in the top ten (or, if needed, tossed a coin).


For instance, in California, the top brewery was Russian River; in Colorado, Great Divide; in Oregon, Deschutes; in Texas, Jester King; in Pennsylvania, Tröegs; in Vermont, Hill Farmstead.

Here, in the 'DMV,' the tri-'state' home of YFGF:
  • In Washington, D.C., DC Brau took top honors with seven of the ten top beers, and the number one beer, On the Wings of Armageddon, a double IPA.
  • Flying Dog placed first in Maryland, with four of the top ten beers. The most highly rated beer, however, belonged to Stillwater Artisanal, for its Gose Gone Wild.
  • In Virginia, the results were less cut-and-dried. Hardywood and AleWerks dominated the Commonwealth's ratings, producing four beers apiece in the top ten. Hardywood's most highly rated beer, Gingerbread Stout, placed second, while AleWerks' milk-stout, Café Royale, placed third. AleWerks, however, nudged out Hardywood as tops in the state by virtue of a higher total of weighted ratings. The number one beer was Resolute, a bourbon-barrel 'Russian Imperial' Stout, brewed by Three Brothers.

HOW EACH STATE'S NUMBER ONE BEER FARED NATIONALLY

Roth ranked the top beer from each state (and Washington, D.C.) by giving each state equal status despite population (as do, by the way, our U.S. Senate and presidential Electoral College), and then using the BA's weighted rank for the top beer in each state. The top 3 beers, nationally, by state, were:
  • Hunahpu (barrel-aged Imperial Stout), from Cigar City, in Florida. 11% alcohol-by-volume (abv).
  • Kentucky Brunch (Imperial Stout), from Toppling Goliath, in Iowa. 13% abv.
  • Heady Topper (Double IPA) from The Alchemist, in Vermont. 8% abv.
At the bottom, at number 51, was Pile of Dirt (porter) from South Dakota's Crow Peak Brewing (6% abv). But remember, using these metrics, that beer is still 'better' than 90% of the top ten beers in the other forty-nine states, plus D.C. See the full list: here.

[Here, in the DMV, Stillwater's Gose Gone Wild finished at position number 21; Three Brothers' Resolute at 23rd; DC Brau's On the Wings of Armageddon at 27th.]


THE TOP BEER STYLES IN THE NATION

Again giving equal importance to the best ten beers in each state (disregarding sales or population), Roth pie-charted the nation's top beer styles.


IPA (India Pale Ale) —at 18% of the total— is, of course, the most popular beer style; combining its percentage with that of DIPA (double IPA), the figure becomes 31% of the total. Pumpkin? At 1.5%, it's near the bottom of the heap. Well, that's not exactly fair on my part. Pumpkin beer is, after all, only seasonal —even if that season seems to run from Independence Day through Thanksgiving. There's also a catch-all "Other" category, in which there are other, less popular beers. 'Popular' might not be the correct word. Roth uses the phrase "lauded and sought after."


DOES ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE MATTER?

What about the correlation between alcohol and scoring preference?
The top-25 clearly has a higher ABV against both the bottom-26 and the overall average, not to mention a rather large difference in Beer Advocate’s weighted ranking score. I was rather surprised the the bottom-26, even though it’s the “best of” what states had to offer, barely beat the “all beer” average in weighted rating.

Roth looked at the average alcohol rank of the top ten beers of each state with the average weighted rank of its top ten beers versus all other states. They seemed to correlate, but not one-to-one. The average alcohol percentage of all 506 beers Roth surveyed was 8.1%; the average of the top beers from each state was 9.65%.

California was tops in both average of alcohol percentage of its top 10 beers (11.18%) and of the average weighted rank of those beers. Delaware, 2nd in alcohol (11.174%), was 27th in weighted rank, and Alaska, while 3rd for alcohol (11.08%), was ranked 15th for the average of its top ten beers. Only those three —California, Delaware, and Alaska— had alcohol averages surpassing eleven percent. Interestingly, Vermont, while number two, nationally, in average weighted rank of its top ten beers, was only 26th in average alcohol level (8.1%).

A more pronounced alignment of alcohol and score did occur at the bottom rung of the state rankings. There, alcohol levels were markedly lower, as were weighted ranks. The lowest alcohol average belonged to South Dakota (5.21%) whose weighted rank position was 50th out of all states. Obviously, strength matters.

[Washington, D.C. was 41st among all states in average weighted rank and 43rd in average alcohol percentage: 6.17%. Maryland was 28th in average weighted rank and 22nd in average alcohol percentage: 8.035%. Virginia was 23rd in weighted rank and 12th in average alcohol percentage: 9.39%.]


HOW TO BREW THE BEST BEER IN THE NATION

What if a savvy brewer were to look at all these data, and want to brew a beer to conform to the prejudices of Beer Advocate's voters? Well, then, Roth has a recipe for her:
  • It has to be 18 SRM [a measure of beer color], the average number for all 506 beers on the “best beers” list.
  • It has to have an ABV of 8 or 8.1 percent, per the average of the list.
  • It must be hopped like an IPA.
  • From there, two optional aspects:
    • It can be hopped like a DIPA.
    • It can be barrel aged.

Get to it, brewers. Brew the ... best ... beer ... in ... the ... nation!

Roth's analyses —fascinating stuff— bring some data-driven sense back to the 'craft' beer zeitgeist. This series —a lot of work— demonstrates why Roth was deserving when the North American Guild of Beer Writers selected his blog as one the three best in the nation for 2014.

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11/21/2014 07:01 PM
Plymouth Gin Abandons Its ‘Geographic Indication’. Interesting.
Plymouth Gin was first distilled in 1793 on a site barely a hundred yards from the spot where the Pilgrim Fathers had set sail for America nearly two centuries before. The bottle shows the Mayflower on its label to this day. Back then, the idea of a European Union would have been laughable. Revolution raged […]

11/21/2014 05:24 PM
Colorado Beer News 112114
Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Hello Day. The goal of this day is to say Hello to at least 10 people today. Originally, this day was designed to show world leaders that using better communication rather than force was the best way to settle conflicts. If you have a conflict with someone, take the first step and try to talk with that person today. Say "Hello" and go from there. Who knows, you might just find a way to resolve your conflict in a mutually beneficial way. And while you're at it - take that person out for a craft beer at your local brewery taproom or bar. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, November 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

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Join in at the Bull & Bush Brewery for their annual Christmas Beer Tasting on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-10pm. They're featuring over 150 special holiday beers, winter seasonals and vintage beers in an event that is always a fun time. If there is a holiday beer tasting that has a larger selection, they don't know about it. Join us for a great evening of holiday cheer! Get tickets online. Also returning to the taps that day is The Legend of the Liquid Brain, a barrel aged imperial stout. 16.9oz bottles of the long awaited 2014 vintage will be available at the brewery. The Legend of the Liquid Brain will be available at select retailers in Colorado later in the week, December 9 is your first opportunity to purchase this highly prized, cellar-friendly, award-winning and rare Imperial Stout. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO 11/21/2014 – Copper Kettle Brewing Company is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd year of “Snowed In”, the company’s Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This seasonal bottle will release on Friday, November 28th, 2014, starting at noon when Copper Kettle’s doors open. “Snowed In”, an imperial oatmeal stout made with locally roasted coffee from Pablo’s Coffee in Denver and dark chocolate, aged in High West Distillery bourbon barrels for four months. The company increased the alcohol by volume this year to 12.1%. Copper Kettle Brewing Company will be hand wax dipping the bottles so they are perfect for aging. Also, this year the company will be releasing a four pack bomber box with all their barrel aged seasonal bottles that were released. It will included: Le Chapeau, Wine Barrel Aged Saison; Sobremesa, Tequila Barrel Aged Pale Ale w/ lime and agave; Well Bred, Bourbon Barrel Aged English Barleywine; and Snowed In, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This will be available starting on November 28, as well, and all four bombers come in a hand-made bomber box. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Alpine Dog Brewing Co (Denver) - They've been doing soft openings all week, including today. But on Saturday, November 22nd is Alpine Dog's official Grand Opening celebration. This brewery is located in the Capitol Hill area. Doors open at noon and the party starts ramping up around 3pm. Beers you can expect to see in the taproom include: Miss American Rye, Hogback Amber Ale, Timberline Brown Ale, Blind Sherpa Stout, Gravity Pale Ale, Alpine Dog IPA, Armada Imperial IPA, Howl at the Moon Imperial Red, Vendetta Black IPA, Alpine Monk Belgian-style Pale Ale, Notorious Monk Belgian-style Dubbel, and Casanova Monk Belgian-style Tripel. (Subject to rotation and availability) [1505 Ogden St, Denver, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Rock Bottom has three beer releases coming up in December, one for each of the first three Wednesdays of the month. On Wed. December 3rd they'll tap "Wicked Elf", a holiday ale and also host an Ugly Sweater contest at 6pm. Winner will be chosen at 7pm. Then on Wed. December 10th they'll tap a Baltic Gnome Porter and will be pairing that with some Ginger Molasses Cookies at 5:30pm to 6pm. Then on Wed. December 17th, they will tap "43 Elbows Double IPA" at 6pm. Stop in at Rock Bottom before the Parade of Lights on December 5th too for a bite and brew prior to the parade. [1001 16th St Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - Ever had a Cocoa Maple Old Ale before? Bet not. Their collaboration with World of Beer (Cherry Creek) is unleashed today! Olde And WOBbly is full of chocolate and maple notes, and at 6.6%ABV, it's a winter warmer that's sweet and easy. Mmmm...chocolatey. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - For this weekend, they'll have 14 fresh craft beers on tap including: Old Town Brown, Ralston's Golden Ale, Arvada Red, Pool Hall Porter, Majestic View Marzen, Goldine IPA, Saison de Davis, Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Jolly Holiday Ale, Coffee Porter, Nitro Porter, Barrel Aged Schwarzweiss, and a Vanilla Porter. There's also a Lemon Shandy if you like something a bit sweeter. Also, they have 2 Black Friday deals for you, good until the end of November. Buy a gift certificate for $25 and get a free beer card. Beer for a year (growler fill a month for 12 months) for only $90 and get 2 logo pint glasses. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Today in the Canoe Room at North Dock, they released their Double Coffee Porter. This whiskey barrel-aged beer was brewed with cold-pressed Coda Coffee and is the 5th beer in their 2014 Signature Series. Available on tap and in 22oz bombers now through November 23rd. It will be available starting December 3rd at South Dock as well. Also, look for Dry Dock's Vanilla Porter to debut in cans starting Friday, November 28th. Finally, don't forget about this year's Ho Ho Ho Slapdown and Ugly Sweater Contest set for Saturday, November 29th. This year's beers will bee a Chocolate Peppermint Stout, a Roasted Chestnut Chocolate Stout, and a Pecan Pie Ale. Vote for your favorite! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - They are happy to announce that they are having their first Big House Black Friday Dock Sale. They will be selling select beers at wholesale prices right out of their brewing facility behind the pub Wednesday November 26h and on the infamous black Friday the 28th! Come stock up! [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Last call for these three limited release beers at the GDBC taproom: Just Another Autumn Lager, Colorado Fresh Hop, and Peach Cream Ale. Once they are gone they won't be back for a while. So get over there and get one before it kicks. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - Stop on over to The BoB tonight for a tapping of their Swedish Sanatorium Double Rye Double IPA at 5pm. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - It's not to late for pumpkin beer so come grab one of their Premature Jack-O-lanterns! It's a pumpkin double Lightly spiced with cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and ginger, ringing in right about 9.5 percent ABV. They've also got plenty of bombers of The Bourbon Peach Strong Ale, just in time for you holiday get togethers. Be sure to grab two cause you won't want to share! [4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Along with the hearty meals of winter comes strong, robust seasonal beers. Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company is again set to release their popular Stock Ale, a brawny English ale fermented and aged with dried figs. “Last winter, this became a Tap Room favorite,” says Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “our Stock Ale is based on the strong, malty English ales of the late 19th century. We then ferment and mature the beer with over a pound per barrel of dried figs, a technique once used by brewers to reactivate fermentation in casks.” - Sanitas’ Stock Ale pours a dark red color with notes of dried fruits & caramel in the aroma followed by rich flavors of bread crust and a balancing bitterness. At 7.5% ABV, the English-inspired beer pairs terrifically with a variety of winter meals and desserts. Stock Ale will be available on draft in Sanitas Brewing Co.’s Tap Room starting Friday, November 21. Select Boulder & Denver bars and restaurants will also be featuring the beer on tap throughout the winter months. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Here's their Friday tap lineup: Butternut Brown, Cream Ale, Honey Nut Blonde, River Rock Brown, Wildflower Pale, Berrypatch Wheat, Treeline IPA, Campfire Red, Ponderosa Porter, & Smores Stout. Pair a pint with the smoky comfort food from Knock On Wood Smokehouse! Campfire Red with smoked mac n cheese anyone? [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Need a reason to head to Crystal Springs tonight? Here are 13: Black Saddle Imperial Stout, Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle Imperial Stout, Solano 2013 Chili Beer, Drum Rum Barrel Aged Porter, American Stout, Summertime Kolsch, Marilyn Belgian-style Golden, Butch Pale Ale, Stage Coach Bourbon Barrel-aged Black IPA, Naughty Marilyn Tripel, Pumpkin Lager, Cherry Wheat, and 13 IPA. Coming soon: an Imperial IPA, a Belgian-style Amber and a Gose. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - They've got a Black Friday treat for you! On Friday 11/28 only, their Pub will be serving a Vertical Taster Paddle of Killer Penguin Barleywine, showcasing years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. One week from today! Better not this this rare opportunity. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Part Three of their "Best of 2014 Series" will be tapped as a firkin today at 6:00pm. Stop in tonight for a taste of their Milk Stout. This brew weighs in at 7.2% ABV and is dark, slightly sweet and has some extra body. Start off your weekend at Crabtree Brewing. Also, attention 462 Beer Club members! The next beer release that you will have first dibs on will be coming this next Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm. This is when they will release their Cezanne Saison, a wild Saison fermented with wild Weld County lambic yeast and brewer's yeast. This beer will be bottled and 462 Club Members can get their 2 bottle allotment that night, or if you can't stop in at 7pm they will have them ready for you early at 12 noon. This beer will then be released to the public on Black Friday. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - They will be releasing a new beer on Monday at 4pm in the taproom. It’s an as-yet unnamed India Pale Lager brewed with help from some of Odell’s brewing team — a definite collaboration of minds and materials that made for a fun day of brewing there in September. They and Linsey will be there for the release. The beer is delicious — hoppy effervescence brought to life. They'll also be tapping a Cranberry-Jalapeño Pale Ale firkin on Saturday, December 6th at 1:30pm, and Brewer Linsey will be on hand that afternoon to sign copies of the Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Calendar which will be on sale in the taproom. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Today is Fester's Friday at Buckhorn Brewers. Come on in for $2 off growler fills of Fester's Ale all day today. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today's Thanksgiving-themed firkin is a Cranberry Snow Drop. Get some today in prep for turkey day. Also, don't forget that tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd is the release of their "Midnight Strikes" Schwarzbier at 5pm. 10oz pours will be served for $1 with all money raised from the keg going to Make-A-Wish Colorado. The clock will strike when the keg runs dry. Midnight Strikes is the third in a seasonal lager series featuring the Girls of Grimm that currently also includes Maiden's Kiss and The Farmers Daughter. It will be available yearly during the winter months. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - One week from today is Black Friday! Take a break from holiday shopping and stop in that day and get 20% off all merchandise all day! Also, if you buy a pint, you can get $2 off a growler fill too. One day only November 28th. Currently on tap: The Dame Golden Ale, Squash Saison, The Enforcer Oatmeal Stout, The Revenuer IPA, Oktoberfest, Scottish Wee Heavy, Mexican Lager, Cerveza con sal y lima, Nut Brown Ale and a Gose (salted sour ale). [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Just in time for your weekend, Black Bottle is tapping a new beer today - "Dead Sexy", a Scottish Wee Heavy. This brew weighs in at a hefty 8.5% ABV and 18 IBUs. Tread lightly. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Climb Hard Cider Co (Loveland) - New product on tap today! Come try their Apple Chardonnay. You're gonna love it! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 3, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Tonight's Friday Firkin tapping is "Peach Cobbler", a tequila barrel golden peach ale with a few added extras. Open tonight 2pm to 10pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Crow Hop Brewing Co (Loveland) - As if you needed a reason to swing Crow Hop on a Friday night, now you have two! Afternooner IPA is now in bombers and (per your many requests). Plus, their new Colorado flag hats are available for purchase! Stop in soon. [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Penrose Private Reserve Gift Packs are BACK! $30 gets you a lovely packaged set with a bottle of either their 1302 Belgian Golden Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, or their 1306 Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels, along with two PPBC logo snifters! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - There's something new on tap tonight at 5pm although is may not be totally clear on what style of beer it is until you try it. Come their their oddly named "You Never Even Call Me By My Name". It may just surprise you. (Psst - it's a Saison/Farmhouse Ale) [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Big B's Hard Cider (Hotchkiss) - Big B's tasting Room and Delicious Orchards are closing down for the season by next week, they will be open until Wednesday, November 26th. There will be $10.00 growler refills till the kegs run out! Come on down and get your Thanksgiving supplies! [386 High St, Hotchkiss CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Start your weekend off right with a plate of their super tacos! With choice of chicken or pork, shredded lettuce, black beans, spicy slaw, pico de gallo and lime. Enjoy them with their smooth sippin' session porter, Martin. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s new winter seasonal, Vertical Drop, is hitting shelves next week. It will be available in 6-packs and is already on tap at bars and restaurants throughout Colorado. Vertical Drop is a complex malt driven ruby red ale balanced with a light hop bitterness. Vertical Drop has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 6.2% and an international bittering unit (IBU) of 40. “We are excited about the release of our sought after Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale,” states Kannah Creek’s Sales Director, David Boone. “The complex grain bill on top of the combination of Zeus, Challenger, and Mt. Hood hops used in this beer produces a perfect winter seasonal.” - Kannah Creek held an in-house competition to name their Winter Seasonal and received 83 submissions from employees. The name Vertical Drop was the winner and is commonly known as the distance between the summit and base of a mountain, measured straight down. Vertical Drop Robust Red Ale will be available through February. Vertical Drop joins the ranks of Kannah Creek’s three mainstay bottled beers including Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale Ale, and the Broken Oar IPA. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Fat Abbey Brewing Co (Delta) - BREWERY UPDATE: Yes, they are moving ahead with the brewery! They have acquired a vessel for a mash/lauter tun that will allow them to do up to 10 barrels! They also have 5 temporary fermentors that will hold up to 8 bbls each. Price quotes are being obtained from manufacturers for a 10 bbl brew kettle, and they are searching for and pricing out the rest of the equipment including a pump, hoses, bottle filler, etc. They will initially be brewing and bottling with distribution and no taproom. However, they will continue to search for and acquire a building for a taproom sometime after they begin brewing. [No address yet, Delta, CO]

Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant (Grand Junction) - They've been celebrating all year, but today is their official 20th Anniversary. Come help them celebrate tonight with $2 Platinum Blonde pints all day long. Tell them you heard about it on social media and forget your coupon, m'kay? [401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO]

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - It's a Holiday Growler Refill Sale! Refill your growlers for Thanksgiving festivities and be the star of family. This Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25-26, refills will only be $8! They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs, CO] - There's a small batch (10 gallons) batch of "Pray-4-Snow Pale" now on tap. They used lots of Centennial and Columbus hops and hopped up their award winning pale ale. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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11/21/2014 05:14 PM
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11/21/2014 04:42 PM
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11/21/2014 03:12 PM
Nielsen: Hispanic Millennials Present Big Opportunity for Craft
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11/21/2014 02:08 PM
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11/21/2014 01:22 PM
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11/21/2014 12:24 PM
Video Coverage of Brew Talks Connecticut is Now Available
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Bacardi Launches National Distribution of Hatuey
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Junkyard Brewing Taproom Grand Opening Today
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Center of the Universe Brewing Barrel Aged Scotchtown

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11/21/2014 09:50 AM
Lew Bryson Hits Pittsburgh This Weekend with “Tasting Whiskey”
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11/21/2014 09:25 AM
30% off my Lulu paperbacks, 50% off my hardbacks
The 30% discount on paperbacks has been extended until the end of Monday (24th November) with this code:

FLASH30

But there's an incredible 50% off hardbacks over the same period with this code:

HC50

That's an amazing deal. I'd advise not just getting Porter! but the whole Mega Book Series: Mild! plus, Bitter! and Strong!.


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11/21/2014 09:00 AM
Friday 5ive: High School Me Picks Five
I grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1993. I hung out with some of the “weird kids,” kids in accelerated classes and the high school swim team. Though traditional “cool” probably wasn’t seeping out of my pores, I managed to have a good time and had arguably okay taste ...

11/21/2014 08:06 AM
Insight Brewing Grand Opening
Do you remember when we only had something like seven breweries in Minnesota? It really wasn’t that long ago. Today we add another to the tally, Insight Brewing Company. Their taproom opens at 4pm today (Friday) at 2821 East Hennepin in Minneapolis. O’Cheez food truck will be there and The Dead Pigeons will be playing ...

11/21/2014 06:00 AM
Passion Fruit Flavor in Hops

This weekend, the plan is to get some of the one gallon, SMaSH hop explorations underway. These are the hawt new varieties that we have wanted to learn more about and brewing up small batches is a low-risk way to get that knowledge. If I were to brew five gallon batches and I don’t like […]

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11/21/2014 05:00 AM
Lompoc Brewing announces annual Holiday Beer Extravaganza with 8 Holiday Beers
PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4pm to Midnight at the newly renovated Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N […]

11/21/2014 03:05 AM
Denver day one
I've tried to make this tour as easy as possible. Which is why my flight is at the very reasonable hour of 11 am. Why make myself get up in the middle of the night if there's no need to?

Though I've already got my boarding card printed, I show up pretty early at the airport. Why? General paranoia - I had a bad experience checking in with United at O'Hare airport in Chicago - and I plan getting breakfast there. There's always somewhere serving breakfast in an airport.

Once past security, I check a map to see what my dining options are. There's something called a grill that looks my best bet. But that's at another set of gates which is a train ride away. I'd rather stay closer to where I'm going to board, so I check out the nearby options. None sound very promising. First one I get to has a sign outside saying "Breakfast being served". A glance at the tables confirms that they have the egg and bacon style stuff I crave.

It's called Africa Lounge. That's why I hadn't been very hopeful of finding a fry-up. The name seems to only refer to the décor, which is kitschily African. I don't give a toss as long as I get my bacon fix. What to drink with it? Coffee, obviously, to wake me up. Orange juice for some vitamins. A double Jack Daniels because, well, I can. And that's what I usually tuck into in US airports. I order a second when I'm half-way through my food.

The plane is packed. I'd already had emails offering me $250 if switch to a later flight. No chance. At the gate they asked again a few times. The flight is uneventful so I liven it up with a couple of whiskies. I realise now how far out of my way Denver is - it's a 3.5 hour flight.


I've been to Denver before, back in 1989 when I was still working in the airline industry. The airport doesn't look familiar. Then again, afer racking my brain for many minutes, all I can remember of the city is a steak house close to my hotel where I ate in a couple of times. It was much like the one where Homer Simpson attempts a steak-eating challenge. A 24 oz steak - did I really eat that? I was a strange person when younger.

As my taxi bumps along the freeway towards town I realise it's a different airport. This one is much further out of town. Not that I expect I would have recognised the old one. I've been through so many recently that they're all blurring into one.

The weather isn't bad. A pleasantly mild 15º C.

I'm stopping at what looks like a pretty nice hotel, the Magnolia. It's right downtown, in a former bank. Sadly, the city centre is as bland and dismal as I remember it.

After opening my room door I pause for a while, jaw scraping the carpet. I've got a suite. It's bigger than most of my friends' Amsterdam flats. The kitchen is double the size of the one I have at home. Unfortunately, I don't have much time to appreciate it. It's already 4 pm and today's event is at 6. I've just time to nip to the 7 Eleven to buy some water and to discover that ordinary shops don't sell beer in Colorado.


Hogshead is already pretty full when my taxi drops me off outside. So full, that there are punters seated on the patio. It's warm enough for that. They've brewed a couple of my recipes: 1865 Lovibond XX, some of it in a wooden firkin, and a cask-conditioned Stout based on Barclay Perkins 1928 OMS.

Jake Gardner and Englishman Steve Kirby greet me when I enter. How did they know it was me? When I see my handsome face smiling out from a poster advertising the event, I understand why.

I'm impressed by the number of handpulls - seven in total. Steve tells me that 60% of their beer is sold in cask form. Or is "proper beer" as he calls it. I'm not going to disagree with him. I love me some cask. So I get stuck into some straight away. Really good stuff - properly conditioned, served through a sparkler and not too cold. I could drink it all night. Sorry, I do drink it all night.

After a while Todd Alström turns up with a pile of BeerAdvocate magazines. It's good to see him again. We always have a good laugh. There's a decent crowd again - must be at least 50.


By the time it's showtime, I've had time for a few pints. I speak better with a properly wetted throat. We attempt to use a PA, but it's picking up a radio signal that annoyingly chatters away behind me, like an unappreciative audience. It's a small, if crowded, room, so I do it the old-fashioned way: shouting.

After my 20-minute spiel (or was it 30? I find it hard to estimate, I get so caught up in the sound of my own voice) about the beers and historic brewing in general, it's time to get down top the serious business of selling books. Pretty quickly they're all gone and my money box is overflowing with dosh.

They've a food truck and I tuck into a barbecue sandwich. Just what I needed. I've had nothing to eat since my whiskey-accompanied breakfast.

A few of us stay behind after closing, shooting the shit and supping the cask. It's all great fun.

Tomorrow I've a free day in Denver. Todd has offered to share a few beers. Can't say no to that






This is where I either beg or order you to buy my book. You can choose which you want to listen to. Please buy my book. Buy my book you tight bastard.

The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer.















Africa Lounge
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,
17801 International Blvd.,
Seattle, WA 98158.


Magnolia Hotel
818 17th Street,
Denver, CO 80202.
http://www.magnoliahotels.com/denver/magnolia-hotel-denver.php


Hogshead brewery
4460 W 29th Ave,
Denver, CO 80212.
http://www.hogsheadbrewery.com

11/21/2014 02:58 AM
Unibroue launches seasonal beer Éphémère Canneberge
Unibroue, one of the most highly awarded breweries in North America, with world-renowned brands including La Fin du Monde, Blanche de Chambly, 17 Grande Réserve, Terrible and Maudite, has introduced its latest seasonal release, Éphémère Canneberge, a unique beer enhanced with the refreshing tartness of ripe cranberries.

11/21/2014 01:40 AM
Beer In Ads #1380: We Spend More
Thursday’s ad is for Schlitz, from 1907. The ad is part of a series from that time highlighting different aspects of the beer’s process, its healthfulness and other factors. In this one, the headline is “We Spend More,” and in the text they talk about the...

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11/20/2014 11:51 PM
Anheuser-Busch slashes jobs in US over sales decline
Belgian brewing major Anheuser-Busch InBev is reducing its workforce and consolidating its sales division in the US, citing slump in sales volume.

11/20/2014 11:08 PM
#VeggieDag Thursday: An animal-free kugel. (Sorry, Nana!)
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

Kugel is a hearty, stick-to the ribs, potato pudding —'soul food' for Eastern Europeans, and Americans like me of their descent, whether Ashkenazy, pagan, or Christian. For Thanksgiving, this year, I'm going to try again to successfully concoct a completely vegetarian kugel. No eggs, no milk, no cream, no butter, and no pig parts, of course. Just potatoes and accoutrements.

Here's the recipe of my grandmother, Nana Ambraziene, a first generation Lithuanian-American. In the past, I've substituted for her eggs and cream with silken tofu and soy or almond milk. (Recipe: here.) Good enough, but not worthy of Nana's kitchen. So this year, trying again, but with a few new tricks, I'll either do it and succeed, or fail and respect the original.

Potato Kugel (03)

Have a happy Thanksgiving next week. Enjoy the squashes, crucifers, cranberries, nuts, legumes ... and the potatoes.

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11/20/2014 08:41 PM
James Squire releases new seasonal ale
Lion's James Squire brand has released a limited release beer, Close Shave Summer Ale...

11/20/2014 07:49 PM
Abita Brewing’s New Wrought Iron IPA

Abita Springs, LA – This week, the Abita Brewing Company launched a brand new Louisiana IPA, Wrought Iron IPA. Named after …

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11/20/2014 07:36 PM
Down in the Cellar

In Northern Michigan

Down in the Cellar



11/20/2014 07:02 PM
Cascade Brewing promotes Kevin Martin to lead blender
Brewery known for its NW style sour ales hires on a number of new employees, expands location

11/20/2014 07:00 PM
Brewery Release: OR & WA: Coming Soon ... Avery Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer
Press Release
image courtesy Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.

Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”

Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is. “You could start the day with a coffee mug of Tweak and your boss would never know.”

Cold brewed coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in cold water, but Avery’s brewers went a step further and soaked the beans in the beer itself. “We didn’t want to dilute the flavors,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “You can definitely taste the coffee and will still taste the malt and the vanilla, coconut, and charred oak notes from the barrels.”

Avery added 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer. “Ozo’s roastery is just a few blocks from our brewery and they make incredible coffee,” says Parker, “so we went to them and asked for a ton of beans. They gave us this ridiculously smooth roast that’s caramelly and chocolatey.”

The 17.81% alcohol by volume adds another layer to this highly complex beer. Says Parker, “Alcohol is a flavor component of every beer you've ever had and we’re purposely using that component to make new styles of beer.”

...

Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which allows Tweak to reach store shelves around Colorado and in AR, AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY. Tweak is the newest member of Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Pump[KY]n pumpkin porter aged in Bourbon barrels.


11/20/2014 06:51 PM
Ninkasi Brewing Announces 2015 Flagship Series Lineup

Eugene, OR – Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting Jan…

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11/20/2014 05:58 PM
Colorado Beer News 112014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Name Your PC Day. Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computers or personal electronic devices. In many cases, we spend more time with our devices than we do with our friends and family. Ever stop to wonder why? If we spend so much time with something, shouldn't that something have a name? What do you call your favorite electronic device? (Other than a swear word when it doesn't work right that is). Let's just hope they don't become self-aware anytime soon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, November 20th, 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

Freshcraft (Denver) - Tonight is a special Dogfish Head Tapping and Keep the Glass night starting at 7pm. They will tap a few special kegs including 120 Minute IPA, Bitches Brew, and 90 Minute IPA. Brewery reps will be on hand to pass out glassware and other shwag. Then, coming up on Monday, November 24th at 7pm will be a fun tapping event from Left Hand Brewing Company. They will pour one of the last kegs of the year of Warrior, Fade to Black and also the new release of Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. Brewery staff will be on site with cool shwag to raffle off. [1530 Blake St, Ste A, Denver, CO]

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Get your dog all cleaned up and ready for a photo shoot. Bring in your dog this Sunday, November 23rd from 11am to 3pm for "Santa Paws". New Day Animal Allies, in conjunction with DiTirro Pet Photography and Grist Brewery, is hosting its Inaugural "Santa Paws" Holiday Portrait Event. Time and talent from these businesses are being donated for this event. Your $20 donation will go directly to help the animals. Sessions are limited to dogs only; no cats please! The sessions may be of one or multiple dogs and may include owners/families, if desired. They will have Santa Claus available for photos to or you can simply utilize their winter background scene. Props will also be available including reindeer ears, Santa hats, and wrapped presents. Electronic imaged will be emailed directly to participants. Reserve your spot today. Appointments set every 1/2 hour starting at 11am. Call (727) 260-2352 or email mary[at]newdayanimalallies.org. Beer will also be pouring during the photo shoots. [9150 Commerce Ctr Cir #300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Odyssey will be hosting their 2nd Annual Odyssey Beer'dwerks event in the taproom on Saturday, November 29th. The Facial Hair competition begins around 6:00pm, but they'll be raising money all day long. And Odyssey Beerwerks will be donating $1 from each pint sold from open to close (12:00pm - 11:00pm). This year's categories include: Best Mustache, Best Beard, Laziest/Worst facial hair, Ladies Showcase (wear your best fake/real facial hair), Judge's Fave (Best in Show) and maybe other awards if the mood strikes. Costumes are encouraged to showcase the overall hirsuteness! Prizes: beer, in sort of container. And maybe some Odyssey merch. Potential fame and fortune once photos hit the interwebs. Registration is from 5:00 - 6:00pm, day of the event, and there is no fee to enter (although they highly encourage donations). Judging begins at 6:00pm. The Facial Hair Club of Boulder will be helping out, and there will be energetic rockabilly music from Jim Jamm Jimmy. Plus the Barbed Wire Reef food truck will be on hand. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - OMF is throwing a big 2nd Anniversary Party on Friday, December 12th from 2pm to midnight. They will be doing a bottle release of their American Wild Ale collab with the Populist (200 or so bottles corked and caged) as well as tapping: Chocolate Oak aged Brown ale collab with Ritual Chocolate, American Wild Ale collab with the Populist, Belgian Strong Golden Ale Collab with Baere Brewing, Barreled & Bretted Chinook Red Ale
Barleywine, All Colorado Malt & Hop Pale Ale, All Colorado Malt & Hop Chinook Red Ale, Farmhouse Ale, Brown Ale, Novo Coffee Stout, Proletariat, and an India Pale Ale. Food by Texorado. Live music & DJs. Free shirts and beer and all kinds of other cool stuff. They are also about to upgrade to a 7 bbl brewhouse and preparing to get their new hop and adjunct garden going in the spring. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Renegade Brewing launches in Kansas. Renegade Brewing Company, located in Denver, will be starting out-of-state sales in December by launching distribution to Kansas. The brewing company, which opened in June 2011, just started distributing to the entire state of Colorado in October. Previously the small brewery was self-distributed along the front range where it grew recognition for beers such as Redacted Rye IPA and Elevation Triple IPA. After signing on with Elite Brands of Colorado, they proceeded to increase their presence in Colorado. For the last 5 months Renegade has been renovating a 15,000 square foot production space at 1st and Santa Fe. This compound once housed Stark Lumber yard who is vacating the space after 120 years of business. A project by the Sherman Agency, the space will be renamed "The Yard" and will house a number of local storefronts. Renegade is moving fermentation and packaging to the new space on 1st and Santa Fe and will soon offer tours. Their current home on 9th and Santa Fe will continue to house the tasting room that is open 7 days a week. The increased production capacity of the new project has allowed Renegade to look beyond their home state and consider outside markets. Neighboring Kansas will be their first step in interstate commerce. Renegade has signed on with Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Lexena, KS. Worldwide currently distributes other Colorado breweries such as Avery, Great Divide, Left Hand, and Twisted Pine. Product has already been shipped to the Worldwide warehouse in Lexena and will hit taps and store shelves the 1st of December. ### [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - There are some new artwork prints up on the walls at Baere Brewing from Andrew Hoffman. Plus, there is a new beer release today - "A Dark Belgian". It hits the taps at 5pm tonight. Plus, Dead Dog Chocolate is also in the house tonight to celebrate their Fall Stout collaboration. [320 Broadway Ste E, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - There will be a beer release tomorrow (Friday, November 21st). Stop in to try their "Starry Night Cascadian Dark", a black IPA. This one is a mighty good one too they tell me. Choose wisely. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Josh's Sorachi Saison paired with Jesse's art! Both can be yours tonight! Enjoy this amazing experimental Saison with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops which impart a strong lemon tartness to a clean, dry finishing French Ale. While you're diggin' that, you can win a radical painting made right in front of you! Music and art starts 5pm. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Today the staff was busy installing brand new beer lines for their taps. Therefore, the taps are closed today and tomorrow, but you can still come get beer in cans and bottles to go. Never fear. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - A Thursday tapping is now available - 2nd Runnings Pale. Plus, tonight's food truck is Brook's Smokehouse. Visit Strange at the Chef n' Brew this weekend at Exdo Center. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - It's that time of year again! They've brought back their Superfly Oatmeal Stout and it's now on tap. Stop in for a pint or two. Certified organic brew! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co (Boulder) - A new beer release is set for tomorrow, Friday November 21st. Stop in and order their new Brown Ale. Dark and creamy good. [5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today, November 20th, the Tapping and Tasting event benefiting Ram Strength will be held from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Zwei Brüder. They will be closed to the general public during this time unless you present a ticket at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Campus West Liquor Depot, Taps Sports Bar, The Fort Collins Fitness Club & there at Zwei Brüder. $25 ticket price. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - It's Movember at City Star Brewing. Join in on Saturday, November 22nd for some tasty craft brews in a celebration of fine moustachery and awareness of men’s health issues. City Star is donating $1 from every beer sold to the Movember Foundation. 5pm is the Mo Contest (Sign in from 4-5pm).... rock your best moustache, impress the panel of judges and take home a free City Star growler and other prizes from Studio Boom Salons. They will also have Bedrock BBQ from Loveland on hand to help keep your facial hair moistened with delicious BBQ Sauces. 6 categories including: Au Natural, Freestyle Mo, Ghost Stache, More than a Mo', Lady Stache, and Best of MO'. Must be 21+ to enter. Free to enter. No before/after pics required. Live music from Deadwood Duo starting at 6:30pm too. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today they just tapped a firkin of their Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout that was conditioned with coffee from Forest Coffee Trading Company. That ought to keep you going! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - They tallied all the votes across the social media boards (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and the winner of their Friday Nuance Chocolate collaboration beer is Cinnamon Truffle Porter by four votes! Come celebrate with them and Umami Mobile Eatery today from noon until close. They're bringing a fresh batch of pumpkin curry that pairs perfectly with their Smirking Lantern Pumpkin Ale. Purchase anything from the truck and get a dollar off your first pint. The taproom is open from noon until 8pm tonight. Bike over and join us for a brew! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Here's a deal - FREE pizza starting at 6pm tonight while it lasts. And get $1 off pours of Angry Banjo all day. They also just tapped the last of their In-Famous, an American Dark Lager. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Last weekend the weather was cold and ugly which wasn't very welcoming for their new IPA, Freshy! So with the nicer weather, and it being Thursday, today's $3 pint is Freshy! Doors open at 3pm today. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Something new! Come try their Winter Spiced Saison. It's their popular Saison infused with lots of different spices. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It may not be Christmas or Thanksgiving just yet, but this beer on tap today sure tastes like it. Come try their latest Outlaw tap: "Drunken Uncle Gingerbread Kolsch". That should ease you into the Thanksgiving mode. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today they tapped their Cranberry Copper Ale, their newest release! Stats: 5.7% ABV and 17 IBUs. Just the perfect beer in time for Thanksgiving. Open today 3pm to 8pm. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - What's better then Warren Miller Entertainment at the Pikes Peak Center? How about Happy Hour pricing for owning a 2014-2015 ‪Colorado Ski Pass‬ or your day pass from any of the ‪Colorado Ski Resorts‬! Lift tickets valid for one week after issue date and must be 21+ to qualify. [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - As they promised, today marks the return of their Pumpkin Stout! This weekend's tap list also includes Red's Dirty Secret (a red lager) and Blue Lake Pale Ale. Thursday's hours are 2:00pm to 8:00pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Nano 108 Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The first of their eleven beer tapping's over the next seven days is now available starting at 4pm. Come taste their American Standards Rice Lager. It's highly sessionable at 4.7% ABV. [2402 Waynoka Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Come on down for a special beer release tonight! At 5pm they are tapping 1812, a maple porter! They will be serving this delicious brew on CO2 and nitrogen! Bite Me Gourmet Sausage is there all evening serving up their delicious sausages. [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Three Barrel Brewing Co (Del Norte) - The brewery has moved to a new location and is now OPEN for business! Check out their specialty sour ales - Hermano, Chimayo, and Morada. Open today 10:30am to 9pm. Stop by and check out their new location at: [475 Grand Ave, Del Norte, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - You know what makes today great at World Headquarters? You can get $2 Modus Cans and $3 Main Line Pints - All Day! Join in this evening for ‪#‎TBT‬ as The Container Restaurant serves up some delicious Mole´ Stout Lamb Chili. And live music from Shagbark Hickories! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]
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11/20/2014 05:31 PM
Ninkasi Brewing adds two beers to Flagship Series
Starting next year, two beers will be added to the Ninkasi Brewing "Flagship Series" and will be made available year-round in all Ninkasi distribution areas. Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, will join Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.

11/20/2014 03:54 PM
The big One Thousand from Bridge Road
Bridge Road Brewers was established in 2005 in a residential shed in Beechworth, Victoria. Since then we have relocated, expanded and brewed more than 50 different styles of beer. We have continued to innovate and continually tweaked our recipes to create an exciting range of craft beer. To celebrate our 1000th brew we have created our first ever Imperial Stout. This challenging beer combines much of what we have learned from brewing the previous 999 beers. One Thousand is a huge beer with rich aromas and flavours, combined with multiple layers of complexity. Visually this beer is a thing of beauty with its oily black appearance and rich creamy mocha head. The complex flavours are a melding of roasted and caramelized malts mixed with the strong influence of aromatic hops.

11/20/2014 03:52 PM
How to Convert a Fridge to a Kegerator
Maybe you don't want to build a keezer. After all, it is more expensive and you have to do a little woodworking - not everyone's cup of tea. Plus a lot of guys have an old fridge in the garage just itchin' to be turned into a kegerator. Like my buddy Forrest. Watch the video below where us knuckleheads convert his fridge into a kegerator.

11/20/2014 03:52 PM
Wicked Weed Peach Apricot Saison


11/20/2014 03:00 PM
Old Scrooge is flying off the shelf this year

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It seems this year’s version of Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge is a big hit. People are raving about the classic winter brew from Silver City Brewing and bottles of it are flying off the shelf. I don’t mean that literally, thankfully. Below I share some information about...

11/20/2014 01:00 PM
Brewery Release: WA: Spokane: Coming Soon ... No-Li Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale
Press Release

Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse continues to bring Spokane-Style innovation to the Pacific Northwest with its newest Barrel Aged Series beer – Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale. As a small batch, limited release, Van Lambert will hit select local stores on December 16th and other northwest locations the week of Christmas.
The brewery will release just 185 cases of 22oz bottles, as well as limited draft exclusively available at the brewpub and select festivals. For those looking to get a sneak peak, Van Lambert will start pouring at No-Li on Saturday, December 13th!

About the Beer

Van Lambert features 900 lbs. of cherries (500 lbs. hand-picked by the No-Li team!) from Bodacious Berries in Green Bluff, Washington – just 15 miles north of the No-Li brewery. Starting in a sour kettle, lactobacillus, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a vibrant base that covers the spectrum of fruitiness.

Sweet and tart cherry flavors mingle with the alcohol as it ages for 3 months in Townsend Cellars wine barrels to provide a champagne-like essence. The French and American wine barrels add a tannin-like structure to the beer with an oaky finish.

With the release of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry 4-packs coming just a week before Van Lambert, No-Li continues to innovate in the realm of fruit infused beer recipes and bring a distinctive, Spokane-Style perspective to this exciting category.

No-Li has also been growing their barrel-aged program over the last year and currently holds over 50 barrels from local distillery and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about our beers, brewery & the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com.

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolibrewhouse; and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolibrewhouse.


11/20/2014 12:34 PM
Beer: Discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich of The Alchemist
From time to time during my endless research into homebrewing I come across a gem like this:


This discussion with Q&A from John Kimmich is extremely informative. You also can get a good background into The Alchemist's Heady Topper. Also go check out Chop & Brew by Chip Walton. A great find and I can't wait to watch the rest of his videos!




11/20/2014 11:58 AM
Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014
Brew Britannia signing.

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

We’ll be at Tap East, the microbrewery and bar in the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London, from 2-4 pm this Saturday, 22 November. We’ll have a few books to sign and sell  but we’ll also be delighted to sign copies people bring with them, whether well-read, or brand new and intended as Christmas […]

Brew Britannia Signing, London, 22/11/2014



11/20/2014 11:48 AM
Beer Birthday: Craig Cauwels
Today is the 48th birthday of Craig Cauwels, who started brewing at Schooner’s in 2003, when his longtime friend Shawn Burns needed his help, and he continuing brewing there until after Burns sold the brewpub to a new owner. He’s currently brewing at E.J. Phair brewing, and recently...

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11/20/2014 11:12 AM
Know your beer glasses, a new infographic
Glassware is just as important to the craft beer experience as the beer itself. I haven long been an advocate of using the proper glassware to accentuate and showcase beer to its fullest extent. And, if you think about it, serving beer in a glass that helps to capture a beer style’s distinct nuances is […]

11/20/2014 10:20 AM
Super Secret 2nd Shift Celebration at Perennial Next Saturday
[ November 29, 2014; 5:00 pm; ] So, I need you guys to keep a secret.  I know, me posting this on the internet seems like it's in direct conflict with trying to keep a secret.  I'll explain to you in a little bit why this secret should hopefully work. Believe it or not, we've had 2nd Shift Brewing and owner/brewer Steve Crider [...]

11/20/2014 10:15 AM
Food: Puerto Rican Bistec Encebollado (Steak and Onions)
I married a lovely Puerto Rican woman. What does that mean? On top of everything else I absolutely love about her, the cuisine that comes along with her heritage is AMAZING. The first taste of this cuisine was when her mother made the rice. Oh man, this rice. I can't even describe how amazing it is. Just look at it...


I haven't even attempted this yet. There's a science to it. Not too wet, not too dry. The perfect amount of seasoning. My next taste was when I went to her grandmother's house and had the pork WITH this rice. It was ridiculously amazing. THEN we went to Puerto Rico and it was just too much to handle. Mofongo, Fried Plantain, Empanadas (on the beach), Medalla Light (beer), Magna (beer) and so much more. 


Then I had Bistec Encebollado. Only people that have had it can describe it. So what do? Make it when I get home. I've been making it for a couple of years now and keep trying different cuts of meat to see which ones we like. Last night we tried bottom round and it was delicious. Perfect texture for this meal. I first based my recipe off of this recipe.


Total Time: 4-24 hours
Prep: 5 minutes
Inactive: 4-24 hours
Cook: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients
1 lb steak (I've tried many. The "bad" cuts are always the best and most tender)

1 large yellow onion sliced
1 packet sazon (white)
1 packet sazon (yellow)
1 tablespoon adobo
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
2 tbsp garlic minced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt


Directions
Prepare all ingredients and place in a ziploc bag with the steak. Set in fridge for 4 hours or over night to marinate. **If you're short on time you can skip this step**

Dump all ingredients into a heavy pan and cook until boiling. Once boiling turn heat to low, cover and cook for 40 minutes or so. Once done meat will be very tender.


Side note:
The New England 1020 IPA is fermenting like crazy! When I left the house this morning there was an extremely thick layer of krausen in the carboy! Super excited. 

 


11/20/2014 09:39 AM
Place-based beer, a world-wide local movement
I gave a presentation in Denmark to a conference called to discuss “Ny Nordisk Øl” – “New Nordic Beer” – on “Beer and terroir from an international perspective” on Friday November 7. This, slightly tweaked, expanded in a couple of … Continue reading

11/20/2014 09:00 AM
Throwback Thursday #2 - Brewing in London
Every week at 2pm on Thursday I link to a few old posts from the archives. As regular readers will know I started this blog on January 3rd 2007 and kept it going until its third birthday before taking a five year break. While I've been busy running, selling and opening pubs, the brewing scene in London has changed beyond recognition. According to the London Beer Guide website, there are

11/20/2014 07:55 AM
Capital Ale House



11/20/2014 07:23 AM
Heavy Seas Plank III

The post, Heavy Seas Plank III, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

I’m pretty sure that I have had Heavy Seas’ Plank or some version of it in years past, but according to this here website, I didn’t publish a review for it. So, here we go. Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, Plank III is a Belgian-style tripel that’s been aged on Jamaican Allspice wood. Despite the […]

The post, Heavy Seas Plank III, first appeared on The Barley Blog.



11/20/2014 07:00 AM
Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Sierra Nevada 2014 Harvest Wild Hop IPA. An IPA to showcase Neomexicanus hops
Press Release

image sourced from Sierra Nevada Brewing

Chico, CA—...—For the finale of its five-bottle 2014 Harvest series, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is showcasing the wild Neomexicanus hop for the first time on a national stage. Originally found during a backcountry quest in the foothills of Taos, New Mexico, the bizarre cones of the Neomexicanus hop produce multiple heads—aptly nicknamed Medusa—and Harvest Wild Hop IPA boasts their vibrant melon, apricot and citrus aromas. The 24-ounce bottles ship to distributors starting this week and will be available through January 2015. 

Quick stats on Harvest Wild Hop IPA:
  • ABV—6.5%
  • BU—55
  • Hop(s)—Neomexicanus
  • Malts—Two-row Pale, Caramel

“There’s a fun sense of adventure in our final Harvest beer of the year,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “The Neomexicanus hop was a lucky find by a rogue hophead combing the wild landscape, and he’s essentially gifted it to craft beer. We’re always looking for new aromas and flavors, and when they’re unexpected, it’s all the more exciting.”   

Throughout 2014, the inaugural Harvest series explored newly developed hop varieties and different hopping methods: single hop (Yakima 291 and Equinox), fresh hop (Southern Hemisphere Harvest®), wet hop (Northern Hemisphere Harvest®), and wild hop. Sierra Nevada will reimagine the Harvest series for 2015, with the first release slated for February. 

Tied to the Harvest series and its celebration of hops, Sierra Nevada last month hosted its second annual Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival in Chico, Calif. More than 50 brewers from across the country celebrated the annual hop harvest, pouring a selection of their beers that included at least one single hop, fresh hop, wet hop or wild hop beer. “With arguably the greatest brewers in the country setting up camp next to the newly harvested hop fields,” said the Chico News & Review, “it’s pretty much the perfect beer experience.”

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.


11/20/2014 07:00 AM
Brewery Release: BC: Vancouver: Granville Island Brewing & "Chocolate by Gaya" collaborate to make chocolate.
Press Release

Vancouver, B.C. – In preparation for the holidays, Granville Island Brewing’s (GIB) brewmaster Vern Lambourne brings a different kind of small batch to the taproom with Chocolate by Gaya. The chocolate bursts with infused beer flavours from GIB’s winter seasonal, Lions Winter Ale, holiday small batches – Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout and Barley Wine, and Hey Day Hefeweizen from GIB’s Under The Bridge series. The local collaboration makes for the perfect stocking stuffer, table dessert for good company and midnight snack this December.
 
“These four full-flavoured beers stand up to the sweetness of the chocolates, and offer complex flavour profiles to complement Gaya's creativity as a chocolatier,” says Vern. “Our beer-infused chocolates are locally-made, handcrafted and tasty – I even ate some for breakfast!”
 
Dreamed up by Vern and chocolatier Gaya Davidson, the four beer-infused flavours are:
 
Lions Winter Ale: Liquid caramel with hints of vanilla in a milk chocolate shell
Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout: Dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell
Barley Wine: Flavours of mulled wine in a dark chocolate ganache held by a dark chocolate shell
Hey Day Hefeweizen: White chocolate passionfruit ganache in a white chocolate shell
 
“With some experimenting, we found the perfect balance of beer and chocolate flavor, and created four recipes that appeal to different taste preferences,” said Gaya Davidson. “This was the first time I’ve ever experimented with beer in chocolate - it proved to be an incredible pairing!”
 
The GIB and Chocolate by Gaya collaboration hits the GIB retail store on December 1 for $8 plus tax.
 

About Granville Island Brewing (GIB) 
Established in Vancouver, BC in 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada's first microbrewery offering a variety of award-winning beers. GIB is dedicated to crafting only the finest premium beers to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of its West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager and Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast – the “left coast” as we like to call it. And with the changing of the seasons, GIB offers tastes that reflect the changing beer fan, with its seasonal False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Winter Ale and Ginja Ninja. For more information, visit www.gib.ca.
image sourced from "Chocolate by Gaya"'s Facebook page 

About Chocolate by Gaya
Chocolate by Gaya is a local and independent chocolate boutique, solely run by Chocolatier Gaya Davidson. For four years, Chocolatier Gaya has produced handcrafted chocolates for the Vancouver community, and shared her talents through chocolate donations to support The Bliss Project, a non-profit organization. With a background in baking and pastry arts, Chocolatier Gaya specializes in chocolate to give her the artistic license she craves. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/13A65t0.


11/20/2014 06:00 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 20 - November 30
Let's get this month of November closed out with a solid 11 days of beer events to be thankful for. When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning. Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

11/20/2014 04:59 AM
Agostino Arioli at the Finborough
Last night's Birrificio Italiano tap takeover earned us a full house at the Finborough on a cold November evening and introduced dozens of new people to this reborn pub. For us it was nothing less than a dream come true: I've loved Birrificio Italiano beers since 2007 when I first found Tipopils in Rome, and was inspired by my visit to the brewery in 2013; Finborough bar manager Leo used to be

11/20/2014 03:56 AM
Pondering Beers of the Year
Beer of the Year laurels.

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

As Golden Pints season draws near, we’ve found ourselves wondering how we go about choosing a ‘beer of the year’. Should it be the one we’ve just declared the best beer in the world? Surely that must also be the best beer we’ve had this year? Maybe it ought to be the beer that gave us the most […]

Pondering Beers of the Year



11/20/2014 03:31 AM
Gone wild
Fuller's Wild River was introduced as the brewery's summer seasonal in 2012, pitched at the whitewater rafters of Chiswick. A batch of just-past-date bottles showed up at DrinkStore a while back and as I'd never tasted it before at all I grabbed one for the princely sum of €1.

"Zesty" and "bursting with citrus flavours" promises the label, though the cap sent a more disturbing message: something very unhelpful appears to have been growing under there. Still, nothing off about the aroma, and yes there's citrus even if it's more casually dropping in than bursting -- a mannerly mild lemon and grapefruit pithiness. The hop flavour is a tang rather than anything more involved: gentle citrus sets the mouth watering, there's some rounded orange, and finishing on a slightly off-putting metallic note. Under this there's a lot of sugary malt, putting the whole thing much more in the English golden ale category than US-style pale ale.

And the significantly-less-than-a-million dollar question: worth a quid? Yes, I think so.

11/20/2014 03:00 AM
Brewery Release: WA: Coming Soon ... Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale & Silver City 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge
Press Release



Bremerton, WA - ... Silver City Brewery announces the 2014 release of their most decorated award winning beer, Old Scrooge Christmas Ale.Old Scrooge Christmas Ale, this year's Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner in the Old Ale/Strong Ale category has won more national & international accolades than any other Silver City Beer (Fat Scotch Ale is a close second). 

Silver City Old Scrooge Christmas Ale is a small batch beer in the brewery's Limited Release series which also includes Silver City's Imperial Stout, Fat Woody: Oak Aged Scotch Ale, Liquid Sunshine: Belgian Style Tripel, The Giant Made of Shadows: Belgian Dark Strong Ale, and Citra Wet Hop Ale. 

Each beer is brewed & released only once per year and are released alternating months starting with Imperial Stout in January and finishing with Old Scrooge in November. Old Scrooge will be available in limited 22oz bottles around Western Washington & at very select locations on draft.

Silver City is also expanding their barrel aging program to allow distribution of some of
image courtesy Silver City Brewing



their most coveted limited release offerings, starting with Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge. 

Vintage 2013 Old Scrooge Christmas Ale was aged for a year in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels then bottled for a limited 22oz release. Only 60 cases will be made available for distribution in Western Washington late November. Bottles are now available at Silver City Brewery's Taproom.

locate stores that will carry 2013 Old Scrooge Christmas Ale.

Silver City Brewery in Bremerton will host their annual Old Scrooge Vertical tasting party on Monday December 8th at 5pm, where attendees will enjoy multiple vintages of Old Scrooge & Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge and will be the first to have the opportunity to purchase the coveted Old Scrooge 4-pack. The 4-pack includes vintage 2011, 2013, 2014, & 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Scrooge as well as a commemorative glass. Tickets for the tasting are $25, which includes a reception beer, tastings of each vintage & accompanying holiday snacks. 

The Scrooge Packs will retail for $39.99 & will be highly limited. To purchase tickets to the tasting please contact daniel@silvercitybrewery.com or call 360-813-148

Old Scrooge Christmas Ale
This rich and malty ale provides intriguing notes of apple, cherry and apricot that occur naturally as a result of its unique fermentation and extended aging.

Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malt: NW Pale, British Pale, Caramel, Munich
IBU: 60
ABV: 8.5%

Old Scrooge Christmas Ale Accolades
2014 Great American Beer Festival: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale
2012 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal Winner: Old/Strong Ale
2012 North American Beer Awards: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

2011 North American Beer Awards: Gold Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

2010 North American Beer Awards: Gold Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale
2009 Great American Beer Festival: Gold Medal WinnerOld/Strong Ale
2008 Great American Beer Festival: Silver Medal Winner Old/Strong Ale

About Silver City Restaurant & Brewery

Silver City Brewery, located on the Kitsap Peninsula, is the West Sound's premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers. Silver City Brewery is a NW pioneer with deep roots in Washington States brewing history. Silver City brewers pride themselves on making the dynamic and diverse, the experimental and the traditional, award winning & local favorites and everything in between.

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

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

Silver City's selection of Northwest-inspired food and handcrafted beers have resulted in more than 50 local, national and international awards including numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals at the prestigious World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival and the North American Beer Awards. Silver City is also the recipient of Evening Magazine's "Best of Western Washington - Best Brew Pub" Award four years in a row (2007-20011 & 2013) and was voted Western Washington's Best Brewery in Evening Magazines 2013 Brewery Battle.

For more information on Silver City Restaurant & Brewery, please visit us online at silvercitybrewery.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.



11/20/2014 12:00 AM
Beer for Me, Apple Juice for Her
Beer gardens are booming nationally, as they provide a go-to destination for family outings, play dates and toddler birthdays.

11/19/2014 11:55 PM
EU seeks easy access to Japanese beer market
The European Union (EU) is planning to talk to Japan on opening the latter's beer market to the European countries prior to the signing of a free trade deal in 2015.

11/19/2014 11:13 PM
"Cheeses fight with dry wines," says the Wine Spectator. "Try beer," I say.
Wine Spectator_Encyclopedia of Food

If you had turned to page 132 of the Wine Spectator's The Encyclopedia of Food "With Exclusive Wine Matching Advice," in September 2005, and read the chapter on cheese, you would have seen this:
Cheese and wine have long stood at the top of the gourmet pyramid.

But then, on the very next page, you would have seen this:
The mouthcoating texture of soft cheeses can make red wines taste thin and tough, but the sparkle of Champagne cuts through beautifully. Crisp, aromatic whites such as German or Austrian Riesling also do well, especially if they have a bit of sweetness.

And, of blue cheese and wine?
Many people find that the moldy flavors of these cheeses fight with dry wines. Their creaminess is especially tough on reds. Sweet wines are the answer.

And, with washed-rind cheeses, which the Wine Spectator refers to as "extreme cheeses"?
Over-the-top flavors make these cheese irresistible to some, but few wines can retain much personality when paired with them. [...] As much fun as these cheeses are to eat, in most cases only very sweet or fortified wines can hold their own against them.

To be fair, the Wine Spectator did, with no hesitation, praise the pairing of red wines with hard cheeses like Cheddar, and of Sauvignon Blancs and fruity reds like Zinfandel with goat and sheep's-milk cheeses. But, with the other great cheeses of the world —soft cheese (like Brie), blue cheese (like Stilton), and washed-rind cheese (like Meadow Creek's Grayson)— the magazine struggled to find gastronomically logical pairings, relying on sweeter dessert wines and their antithesis, tart Champagnes.

Even though this 'bible' of the wine world didn't suggest beer as a mate for cheese (now, really, would it?), it is indeed beer which is the answer.

Beer doesn't 'fight' with cheese; and vice-versa. The flavors of the two complement each other: fermentation character, spices and herbs, fruits and fungi, and the flavors of the kitchen and cooking. And, both share a unique affinity. Wine is like fruit jam slathered on the cheese, but beer, made from grains (such as barley and wheat), is like the cracker served with the cheese, already there, liquid in the glass.

Storm King & Stilton

Some combinations of beer and cheese might be more delightful than others —goat cheese with a pilsner, washed rind cheese with an abbey ale or an American IPA, blue cheese with a stout or barleywine (no 'fight' there!), cheddar with a pale ale or brown ale— but one would be hard-pressed to find a poor pairing of the two. Simply apply the the first rule of serving cheese-with-beer: there are no rules, only enthusiastic suggestions.

And remember that Wine Spectator suggestion of Champagne with soft cheese? It's all about bubbly texture and acidity, to cut through the milkfat. Why not, next time, with your Camembert, drink a tart/funky gueuze-lambic instead? Same idea, only with more flavor in the beer. Or why not try that same funky gueuze but with a stinky (in a good way) Epoisses? Or ... so it goes. This is such an easy and rewarding thing to do with beer.

As Stephen Beaumont and Brian Morin wrote, in 2009, in their gorgeous —not coffee table book; kitchen counter book?— The BeerBistro Cookbook:
Any honest wine professional will admit that the motto in the grape trade is "taste with bread, sell with cheese." [...] Beer and cheese, on the other hand, well, that's just a match made in gastronomic heaven. [...] So put away your corkscrews and break out the beer the next time cheese is on the menu. You may get a curious sideways glance from the wine snobs in the crowd, but everyone else will likely enjoy themselves immeasurably more.

Hold the cracker. Hold the wine. "Cheeses fight with dry wines," says the Wine Spectator. "Try beer," I say. (And, how about an update?)

11/19/2014 08:51 PM
Try-it Thursday
In this week's regular section, 'Try-it Thursdays' Pete Mitcham uncaps a classic and one that kick-started the 'second wave' of craft in Australia.

11/19/2014 07:34 PM
Acetaldehyde Off Flavor Tasting In Home Brewed Beer

I recently brewed up an English Best Bitter. I enjoy these session style pale ales quite a bit. English bitters in general have plenty of malt character balanced by earthly slightly spicy English hops. My favorite is the classic East Kent Goldings. Brewing English beers is fairly straightforward the trickiest part is managing the fermentation. […]

Read the original article Acetaldehyde Off Flavor Tasting In Home Brewed Beer and other Brew Dudes posts.



11/19/2014 06:58 PM
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11/19/2014 06:18 PM
Colorado Beer News 111914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address which commemorates Lincoln's famous speech at the Gettysburgh battlefield. Today is the 151st anniversary of that address which began with "Four score and seven years ago...". The infamous battle was less remembered than the speech where Lincoln stated that "... all men are created equal". Let's salute to the memory of the fallen soldiers of the American Civil War and toast to these famous words that we will always remember, well maybe not word for word, and especially not after having a couple of craft beers... Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, November 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

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Today their 12 Apostles (Light German Ale) and their American Pale Ale are both back on tap today along with plenty of other beer including: 1066 ESB, Irish Red Ale, Sir Walter Pale, 4 Horses American IPA, Shiva English IPA, and Smokin' Wiccan (a smoked pumpkin). [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

ACBR Holiday Beer Bash (Denver) - Just cuz it's November doesn't mean there aren't any beer festivals. There's one this Friday, November 21st starting at 5pm (right after work) at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. It's the American Craft Beer Radio's 2nd Annual Holiday Beer Bash. Tickets are still available! Over 35+ breweries will be pouring with unlimited sampling. Plus, local chefs will be serving sample food offerings. Tons of prizes will be given away to some lucky attendees. VIP entry is 5pm and General Admission is at 6pm. Get tickets online at Eventbrite. [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Today they just tapped a brand new beer! Set sail the USS New Ironsides. It's an all Colorado beer. They used Colorado Pale Malt and locally grown Nugget hops. This pale ale is light, fresh and crisp. It comes in at 4.8% ABV and has 25 IBUs. Grab one at South Dock. Meanwhile at North Dock, they will do a bottle release of their Double Coffee Porter this Friday, November 21st. Part of their Signature Series. [South Dock: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - The brewers are stoked to announce that today they are releasing their first offering in an experimental series of ales dedicated to the never ending pursuit of the perfect IPA. Project Alpha #1 features prominent notes of peach, passion fruit and pink grapefruit. This beer finishes dry with a moderate hop bitterness. Hop varietals include Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. Come try one! [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Tomorrow, November 20th is their annual Paintin' and Pickin' going on from 5-10pm. Jesse Crock will be there painting 4 beautiful images that 4 lucky folks will be going home with! For $5 cash you get 1 ticket or $20 cash for 5 tickets to increase your odds! They will have a delicious Sorachi Saison on tap and the groovy Lookout Mtn Boys playin' live tunes! [90 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Tis the season - for beer! Holiday 2 packs are available at the brewery. Get 22oz bomber bottles of their Stand-Up Double IPA & the same beer aged in bourbon barrels for just $10. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - There's a new beer on tap today - American Red Ale, brewed with Cascade, Chinook and Galaxy hops and weighing in at a big 7.0% ABV. Enjoy some tonight and play Trivia with Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes. Welkome to the party comrade. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Yesterday in this blog you were told of 7 new upcoming bottled beer releases at Crooked Stave coming by the end of the year. Well today is the 1st of those 7 to be released starting with Origins. There's a limit of 12 bottles sold per person and each bottle is $12. You won't want to miss this one sour lovers. Barrel-aged sour goodness. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's some new tappings you'll want to come in for: Woodside Trippel from Perennial, Dual Artisanship from Perennial & Prairie, Prairie Ale, and HMS Bounty from Dry Dock on the handpull - all TAPPED! It's also $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to close. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - It's Vinyl Night at the IRBC from 4pm til 10pm. Bring in your favorite vinyl record or flip through their collection and choose your favorite to play while you enjoy a beer. [285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - It's the perfect HUMP day to come enjoy their Strip-Teaser Pale Ale! Stats: 6.4% ABV & 50 IBU's. They also have their Double Dry Hopped Chin Curtain IPA, Anker Beard Amber, and Fu Manchu Foreign Stout on tap! Doors open at 4pm-12am! PROST! [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Today's small batch release is a Cider Saison, made with sorghum. Uniquely tasty! [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Announcing their first "Very Nice Vinyl" night! They will be making this a regular Wednesday thing. They started their collection from the Rollinsville antique and knick knack store. Come in and bring an album if you would like. If you want, they'll even trade a beer for an album to put into their collection. They'll have a sign up sheet so everybody gets a turn to play what they want. One album side per person, unless the other side needs to be played by popular demand! [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

Brix Taphouse & Brewery (Greeley) - One of the three breweries planning to open in Greeley is one big step closer to opening. Today they received their final liquor license approval from the city of Greeley. This was the last big hurdle before opening before the end of the year. Look for this taphouse and brewery to not only offer plenty of great craft beer on tap from around Colorado and the region, but they will also have a small brewhouse where guest brewers will be invited to brew on their system and put up their beers on tap on premise. They are located in the heart of downtown Greeley at 813 8th Street. Stay tuned for word on when they plan to open.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Stop by for trivia tonight! They always welcome new trivia teams at Broken Plow! They have great questions and music, fun round prizes and delicious beer and lots of fun every week. So if you've never played live trivia with Quizmaster Entertainment, get your friends together and get into Broken Plow tonight to see what everyone is talking about! And try to form your team before December 3rd because they will have a special holiday-themed night every Wednesday in December. Last week, NERD HERD, TOO COLD FOR THE WIVES and HIGH PRIESTS OF FENG SHUI took home over $90 in prizes and Plow Bucks. Wish you had a piece of this pie? Get in there at 7pm TONIGHT! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Just tapped today on the Nitro tap: Walking the Parapet, a bourbon barrel-aged Killer Boots (porter). It's so smooth on nitro. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - What are your empty growlers doing these days? Bring them into Grimm Brothers today and get $2 off growler fills all day. Plus, they'll fill your growler with Farmer's Daughter for just $10. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - A reminder that they will be open next Wednesday, November 26, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm (Thanksgiving Eve). They will be offering a growler and growler fill special that day (growlers $6.00 (regular price: $8.00) and growler fills $10.00 (regular price $12.00). They will be closed on Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving day). Regular hours are planned for the remainder of Thanksgiving weekend (Friday & Saturday: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Sunday: Noon to 6:00 PM). Stock up for the long holiday weekend! [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - They've been soaking bacon in bourbon for a week. Why? For ‪Test Tap Wednesday‬ tonight! They're tapping a Bourbon Bacon Brown Ale paired with a thin crust pizza topped with candied bacon and drunken onions from Treehouse BBQ. It's all goin' down at 5pm! Don't be late. This beer won't last long! [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Guys - hope you've been growing your mustache out this month because this Saturday, Nov 22nd is Crazy Mountain's Mustache November Celebration! They are partnering with Eagle River Fire District, Pints for Prostates and JB Tees to throw a party to raise money for Shaw Cancer Center's prostate cancer program. $15 gets you a sweet t-shirt featuring a celeb with an awesome 'stache and TWO pints of beer! There will be live music and a mustache contest with some great prizes. The party is from 4-8pm this Saturday, so come early to get your t-shirt - supplies are limited. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Casey Brewing and Blending (Glenwood Springs) - Today they were busy labeling bottles for their upcoming release of "East Bank", a new farmhouse ale brewed with fresh Glenwood Springs wildflower honey. These bottles will be available starting December 6th. [3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO]

The Bakers' Brewery (Silverthorn) - Great news! The State of Colorado issued their liquor license last Friday and the brewing equipment showed up this Monday and Tuesday! Stay tuned for more updates as they prepare to open for business. [531 Silverthorn Ln, Silverthorne, CO]

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery (Dillon) - Today they've got 11 beers on tap including a Nitro Stout, an ESB, a Jalapeno Stout, a Saison and several more. Come hungry, come thirsty and come with friends. [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Keep the cold at bay and belly up for an Elephant Rider Imperial Pale Ale, on tap now at the brewpub! Stats: 9.5% ABV & a whooping 120 IBU's. This unfiltered Imperial IPA is full of Centennial hops. Get some while it lasts! [801 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO]
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