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10/02/2014 12:00 PM
Press Clips: Craft Beer Black Market Returns; Perrin Challenges Peers
File Under: Crazy. Remember back in December when a Vermont woman was charged with illegally selling five cases of Heady Topper, the highly touted Alchemist-brewed double IPA, on Craigslist, netting nearly $1,000? Remember?

10/02/2014 11:57 AM
Heritage Brewing Releases Two Flagship Beers in Cans

The post, Heritage Brewing Releases Two Flagship Beers in Cans, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Manassas, VA — October 1st, 2014 — Heritage Brewing Co., a veteran owned and operated Virginia based brewery is introducing two of its flagship beers in 12 ounce cans (6-packs). Just 9 months in operation, Heritage Brewing Co. has enjoyed rapid growth through great distribution partnerships and a strong line of Flagship brands. […]

The post, Heritage Brewing Releases Two Flagship Beers in Cans, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

10/02/2014 11:24 AM
Sierra Nevada’s New Snowpack Variety 12 Pack
One of the originals in craft brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., continues to amaze our palates. This year has been a very busy year for the brewery from Chico, California. After a successful launch of a new brewery in North Carolina along with their seven city tour of Beer Camp Across America, Sierra Nevada now […]

10/02/2014 11:18 AM
Edinburgh Beer Weekly 29/09 – 05/10
The post Edinburgh Beer Weekly 29/09 – 05/10 appeared first on The BeerCast.

10/02/2014 11:13 AM
Oktoberfest events in Bangor
Oktoberfest in Bangor kicks off this Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Nocturnem Draft Haus. Lasting 3 days, (October 2nd, 3rd and 4th) the Haus is celebrating Oktoberfest in true German fest tradition. The menu will be special and the beer list will include many Oktoberfest favorites and the debut of Oktoberfest von Nacht a traditional […]

10/02/2014 11:08 AM
Festival News: WA: Seattle: BREW Seattle announces more breweries, cideries, and a draft list
Local publication, Seattle Magazine, is happy to announce progress for their 2nd annual "BREW Seattle" beer festival.
Located at the Fremont Foundry (154 N. 35th Street), BREW Seattle is happy to confirm the following breweries and their respective draft choices.

Big Al Brewing
  • Time Capsule July ’14 Summer Farmhouse
  • Time Capsule August ’14  Hopped Farmhouse
Big Time Brewing Co.
  • Fat Katt Kolsch
  • Citra S.M.A.S.H 
Bluebird Brewing
  • Habañero Pumpkin Porter
  • Elliott Bay
  • Hellmouth IPA
  • Mashing Pumpkin
  • No Doubt Cherry Stout
Epic Ales
  • Fleur de Ble  (Wheat beer made with orange blossoms. 4.3 abv, 20 ibus)
  • Fungal Pale Ale(IPA brewed with mushrooms. 6.5 abv/ 60 ibus)
Fremont Brewing Company
  • Interurban
  • Bonfire
  • Wandering
  • Eddie IPL
  • Georgetown Porter
  • Tomtober
Hale’s Ales
  • Fresh Hop Ale
  • O’Brien’s Harvest Ale
Hilliard’s Beer
  • Amber Ale
  • Saison
  • 12th Can
Lantern Brewing
  • Tripel, Abbey-style golden ale
  • Dubbel, Abbey-style brown ale
  • Blanche Cydonienne, Belgian-style wheat beer with quince 
Machine House Brewery
  • Machine House Bitter
  • Machine House Mild
McMenamins Queen Anne
  • Bad Influence ESB
  • Stagger Lee Imperial IPA
Naked City
  • Crossfire IPA
  • Boo Radley Pumpkin Ale
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • VeloHoptor Imperial IPA
  • 'announced at the event
  • Populuxe
  • Beer Snob
  • Pyramid Snow Cap
  • Pyramid IPL
  • Chai Wheat
  • Apricot Ale
Schilling Cider
  • Dry Hopped Cider
  • Oak Aged Cider
  • Ginger Cider
  • Spiced Cider
Schooner Exact
  • 'announced at the event'
Seapine Brewing
  • Seapine IPA
  • North West Pale Ale
Seattle Cider Company
  • Dry
  • Semi Sweet
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Three Pepper
Spinnaker Brewing
  • High Heel Imperial IPA
  • Black High Heel CDA
  • Don’t Panic! Robust Porter
  • Keel Over Scotch Ale
Standard Brewing
  • West Coast IPA
  • Imperial IPA
Stoup Brewing
  • Harvest Ale
  • II IPA
  • Robust Porter
Two Beers Brewing Co.
  • Trailhead ISA
  • Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale
  • Evo IPA
  • Pumpkin Spice Ale
More on BREW Seattle's mission to support East African Center (EAC)

Part of the proceeds from BREW Seattle benefit the East African Center (EAC). Founded in 2002, the EAC is a community-based organization that provides education and health programs to several villages on Kenya's coast.

The EAC’s mission is to help communities eradicate poverty by empowering themselves, by improving literacy for women and children, and by improving the communities’ overall health status. The organization currently operates a variety of successful programs, including one of the area’s highest performing nursery and primary schools, a health services outreach program via a team of Community Health Workers (CHWs), and an HIV/AIDS education program.

10/02/2014 11:00 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/02/2014 11:00 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

10/02/2014 11:00 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

10/02/2014 11:00 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

10/02/2014 11:00 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

10/02/2014 10:16 AM
Beer Birthday: Don Gortemiller
Today is the 62nd birthday of Don Gortemiller, former brewmaster for Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland, California. Don was making beer there since the very beginning, back in 1988, helping to put Oakland and the Bay Area on the beer map, but left under an odd set of circumstances. I believe...

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10/02/2014 10:06 AM
Saint Arnold To Conduct Weddings at GABF for Second Year Straight

(DENVER, CO) – Hundreds of couples are expected to walk down the aisle at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this week – t…

The post Saint Arnold To Conduct Weddings at GABF for Second Year Straight appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/02/2014 10:03 AM
Horny Toad Brewing Open House this Weekend
I got this email from Mike, over at Horny Toad Brewing Company:

We just wanted to let everybody know that our next Open House is scheduled for Saturday the 4th of October from 2-8pm. There will be six delicious hand-crafted ales on-tap to include the Mesquite Bean Brown Ale, and an Oktoberfest beer brewed by my freind and associate, Dave.  Also, Darren Morrison of San Angelo will be entertaining the crowd with live music on the patio, so come on down and celebrate Oktoberfest Rowena-style!
Naturally, I can't go because I have volunteered at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg this weekend. Next month is out because I am working at Pedernales Brewing Company's tasting room. May I can save the first weekend in December...

(For the record, Mike has the coolest looking t-shirt!)

10/02/2014 09:42 AM
Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. Tonight’s featured beer is Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos Amber Ale. From the Brewery Ommegang website: “Ale Brewed with Orange Peel, Grains of Paradise, Coriander. Belgian-Style Café Ale. Mellow, Fruity, Spicy. Every day we race towards some ...

10/02/2014 09:15 AM
How It’s Made
Posters of whiskey, beer, and wine might conjure up an image of a collegiate dorm room, walls papered with bikini-clad bombshells offering up alcoholic beverages ...

10/02/2014 09:00 AM
Goose Island hops things up in new seasonal IPA
For the past two years, Elk Mountain Farms has been planting, growing and harvesting hops of exceptional quality for Goose Island beers.

10/02/2014 08:10 AM
A taste of the Owatonna Art Center HomeBrew Review
Southernminn.com A taste of the Owatonna Art Center HomeBrew Review Southernminn.com He will be just one of the 12 brewers serving samples at the Owatonna Arts Center for the first year of the HomeBrew Review on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during which time attendees can taste beer from local brewers ...

10/02/2014 07:57 AM
Just Plinking
After seeing how nature was taking over my range supplies, it was obvious that I was overdue for some range time. So after work yesterday, while the rest of the family was busy with other activities, I made a quick visit to the range. I happened to notice that it had been exactly one month to the day since I was last out practicing.

Given the increasing and ever changing restrictions at the range, I hadn't really been motivated to get over there. When I go to the range, it's mostly for the relaxation and diversion from work, with the bonus of practicing skills needed for the USPSA matches. Dealing with curmudgeons and "floating" restrictions spoils my mood and wrecks the practice time. So for this trip, I left the competition belt at home — just a leather holster and an extra magazine holder for convenience — and decided to simply enjoy putting some rounds downrange.

For most of the time I just stood and shot, but I did work on drawing from cover a bit. I was recently made aware of needing a bit more work on that maneuver. I also went through a few magazines while shooting on the move, before I started wondering if doing so, combined with the cover garment, counted as "tactical shooting," which is also a prohibited action.

Fortunately, even just standing and shooting is beneficial, especially with good concentration on trigger, or finger, control. Though keeping the hits in the A zone, my groups were tending a bit to the left. Since doing anything towards the left is anathema to me, I decided to drill on this even more. I spent most of my time standing at the 25 yard line while concentrating on the sight alignment and trigger press. Shooting both controlled pairs and single double action trigger pull shots, I ended up quite pleased with the results at the end.

It was a fun range session, despite the limitations placed by folks who, it appears, just don't want the ranges used. ("We're a conservation club, not a shooting club.") But, just plinking can be beneficial too. And it's certainly a great way to let off the stress of the work day.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/02/2014 07:23 AM
Goose Island The Muddy

The post, Goose Island The Muddy, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

The Muddy is the third release in Goose Island’s Imperial Series, serving as an homage to Chicago’s early blues scene and musicians. According to the bottle label, this imperial stout weighs in at 9% ABV and 32 IBU — though the press sheet that accompanied the samples read 10.1% ABV and 40 IBU. It’s made […]

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10/02/2014 06:42 AM
Gnarly dudes at the Bulldog I was a bit out of commission yesterday, but as I rest up for New Orleans On Tap tomorrow (I'm one of the judges for the homebrew competition so I need to be there early with a well prepared palate!) I wanted to post the schedule for wrapping up Louisiana Craft Brewer Week this weekend. Looking forward to all the ...

10/02/2014 06:21 AM
Such Great Heights
Manchester Ridge Vineyard and the “Island” AVA “This road is littered with winemakers who have tried to make wine here,” says Greg La Follette, careening ...

10/02/2014 05:14 AM
Exciting New Blog!
I wanted to alert you to a new project of mine.  Once a week, I'll be doing a blog over at All About Beer.  My debut post dropped today (every time people are trying to hype something, they say it "dropped) and you can find it here.  It begins: Every beer-drinking country has a particular relationship to the beer it brews. Germ ...

10/02/2014 05:00 AM
Portland Fresh Hop Beer Fest Returns on Friday and Saturday
Get set for the return of the Portland Fresh Hop Beer Fest on October 3rd and 4th held once again at Oaks Amusement Park. Set under a large tent, this year’s Fresh Hop Beer Fest will feature the best in fresh hop beers from our great state of Oregon. Festivities will kick off on Friday, […]

10/02/2014 04:00 AM
Celebrate National Vodka Day: Go FIGure
  *Fig puree:  5-6 figs + 4 oz. coconut water + 1 1/2 oz. meyer lemon juice Instructions: Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until thoroughly combined.

10/02/2014 03:55 AM
100 WORDS: Yes, That Must Be It

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We drank it on the wrong day, in the wrong way, in the wrong place. We drank it too cool, too warm, too soon, too late. We got a bad bottle, from a bad batch, from a bad source. Our glasses were dirty, our palates fatigued. The moon was full, an east wind was blowing, and there was an […]

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10/02/2014 03:05 AM
Munich Winterbier in 1843
Here's something else I'm glad I was pointed in the direction of: all the Munich Winterbiers as of 24th January 1843.

There are 42 entries in the table, though, as Hofbräuhaus has both a Weissbier and a Doppelbier, there are only 41 breweries. Only. That's still a fair few. Sadly, most are long gone. I've never heard of the majority

You should by now remember that Winterbier was the name given to a lower gravity bottom-fermenting beer which was served in the winter. It had a shorter lagering time and a lower hopping rate than the stronger Sommerbier, which was brewed to last through the summer.

Munich Winterbier in 1843
Year Brewer Beer OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation
1843 Utzschneider-Brauerei Winterbier 1043.0 1016.5 10.76 3.42 61.65%
1843 Gilgenrainerbräu Winterbier 1043.7 1015.8 10.92 3.60 63.83%
1843 Prüglbräu Winterbier 1044.0 1022.4 11.00 2.78 49.12%
1843 Bacherbräu Winterbier 1044.4 1018.0 11.10 3.41 59.49%
1843 Lodererbräu Winterbier 1044.4 1019.2 11.10 3.25 56.79%
1843 Zacherl, Vorstast Au Winterbier 1044.5 1018.2 11.11 3.39 59.08%
1843 Hallerbräu Winterbier 1044.7 1016.8 11.17 3.61 62.44%
1843 Hallmeyrbräu Winterbier 1045.1 1018.5 11.25 3.43 58.95%
1843 Hascherbräu Winterbier 1045.6 1016.7 11.37 3.73 63.35%
1843 Löwenbräu Winterbier 1046.4 1015.1 11.56 4.05 67.43%
1843 Ober-Ottlbräu Winterbier 1046.4 1020.1 11.58 3.40 56.83%
1843 Singelspielerbräu Winterbier 1046.5 1018.6 11.59 3.60 59.99%
1843 G. Pschorr, Neuhauserg. Winterbier 1046.7 1019.6 11.65 3.50 58.07%
1843 M. Pschorr, Sendlingerg. Winterbier 1047.2 1018.5 11.75 3.70 60.77%
1843 Löwenbräu, Buttler Winterbier 1047.4 1019.1 11.81 3.65 59.72%
1843 Probstbräu Winterbier 1048.0 1016.7 11.95 4.05 65.21%
1843 K. Hofbräuhaus Weissbier 1048.4 1017.2 12.04 4.03 64.45%
1843 Ober-Spatenbräu Winterbier 1048.6 1016.7 12.10 4.13 65.66%
1843 Faberbräu Winterbier 1048.7 1020.2 12.12 3.68 58.54%
1843 Zengerbräu Winterbier 1048.9 1021.9 12.17 3.48 55.24%
1843 Augustinerbräu Winterbier 1049.0 1019.9 12.18 3.75 59.36%
1843 Wagnerbräu Winterbier 1049.1 1018.7 12.22 3.93 61.94%
1843 Kapplerbräu Winterbier 1049.3 1019.8 12.26 3.81 59.94%
1843 Eberlbräu Winterbier 1049.4 1015.6 12.29 4.38 68.44%
1843 K. Hofbräuhaus Doppelbier 1049.5 1018.9 12.30 3.95 61.80%
1843 Thorbräu Winterbier 1049.9 1016.3 12.41 4.35 67.36%
1843 Leistbräu Winterbier 1050.2 1018.0 12.48 4.17 64.17%
1843 Kreutzbräu Winterbier 1051.8 1022.6 12.84 3.75 56.33%
1843 Gebhardtbräu Winterbier 1051.8 1017.9 12.84 4.38 65.41%
1843 Stubenvollbräu Winterbier 1052.1 1021.1 12.92 4.00 59.50%
1843 Sterneckerbräu Winterbier 1052.4 1020.5 13.00 4.12 60.90%
1843 Dürnbräu Winterbier 1053.3 1023.2 13.21 3.88 56.49%
1843 Oberkandlerbräu Winterbier 1053.7 1018.1 13.30 4.61 66.30%
1843 Metzgerbräu Winterbier 1054.0 1020.6 13.38 4.32 61.88%
1843 Hirschbräu Winterbier 1054.5 1020.1 13.48 4.44 63.10%
1843 Menterbräu Winterbier 1054.5 1019.4 13.49 4.54 64.41%
1843 Büchlbräu Winterbier 1055.1 1019.7 13.62 4.57 64.23%
1843 Högerbräu Winterbier 1055.2 1026.3 13.65 3.71 52.35%
1843 Maderbräu Winterbier 1057.0 1022.1 14.08 4.51 61.25%
1843 Schleibingerbräu Winterbier 1058.1 1021.9 14.34 4.68 62.33%
1843 Schützbräu Winterbier 1059.6 1026.0 14.67 4.32 56.34%
1843 Unterkandlerbräu Winterbier 1061.0 1022.6 15.00 4.96 62.93%
average 1049.8 1019.4 12.38 3.93 61.03%
Über quantitative Analyse durch physikalische Beobachtungen by Carl August von Steinheil, 1843, page 706.

There are a couple of points which immediately jump out at me. First the wide range of gravities, from 1043 to 1061. That's a fair old spread. Though the vast majority - exactly two thirds - were between 11º and 12.99º Balling. There were just three examples between 14º and 14.99º and one over 15º. The average gravity of all samples was 12.38º. That's pretty low for 19th-century Munich.

gravity no. examples %
10-10.99º 2 4.76%
11-11.99º 14 33.33%
12-12.99º 14 33.33%
13-13.99º 8 19.05%
14-14.99º 3 7.14%
15-15.99º 1 2.38%
total 42

The second obvious point is the poor attenuation. Not a single example manages 70% apparent attenuation. While 16 samples - almost 40% - are below 60% attenuation. The average is a mere 61%. It looks particularly crap if you compare it with the attenuation of British IPA from a few years later.

British IPA 1851 - 1852
Year Brewer Beer OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Attenuation
1851 Allsopp Export IPA 1057.1 1008.8 14.10 6.32 84.59%
1851 Allsopp Export IPA 1060.8 1008.6 14.96 6.84 85.86%
1851 Bass Domestic IPA 1064.0 1012.8 15.70 6.69 80.00%
1852 Bass Domestic IPA 1073.7 1019.2 17.93 7.11 73.95%
"The Lancet 1852, vol.1", 1852, page 474

Or if you compare them with modern Munich beers. Here's a random selection:

Munich Lagers in 2014
Year Brewer Beer Style OG FG OG Plato ABV App. Atten-uation
2014 Paulaner Münchner Hell Helles 1046.11 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
2014 Paulaner Münchner Urtyp Amber Lager 1050.32 1008.2 12.5 5.50 83.70%
2014 Paulaner Münchner Dunkel Dunkles 1050.32 1011.85 12.5 5.00 76.45%
2014 Paulaner Münchner Hell Leicht Helles 1030.42 1005.8 7.7 3.20 80.93%
2014 Paulaner Oktoberfestbier  Festbier 1055.41 1009.5 13.7 6.00 82.85%
2014 Paulaner Salvator Dioppelbock 1075.34 1015 18.3 7.90 80.09%
2014 Paulaner Premium Pils Pilsener 1046.11 1008.5 11.5 4.90 81.57%
2014 Löwenbräu  Urtyp Spezial 1049.90 1008.5 12.4 5.40 82.96%
2014 Löwenbräu  Original Helles 1047.37 1007.5 11.8 5.20 84.17%
2014 Löwenbräu  Triumphator Dioppelbock 1074.89 1016.8 18.2 7.60 77.57%
2014 Löwenbräu  Oktoberfestbier Festbier 1055.41 1008.7 13.7 6.10 84.30%
2014 Löwenbräu  Dunkel Dunkles 1050.32 1008.2 12.5 5.50 83.70%
2014 Löwenbräu  Weisse Hefeweizen 1047.37 1007.5 11.8 5.20 84.17%
2014 Spaten Münchner Hell Helles 1046.95 1007.1 11.7 5.20 84.88%
2014 Spaten Oktoberfestbier Festbier 1055.41 1010.2 13.7 5.90 81.59%
Average 1052.11 1009.46 12.90 5.57 82.03%
Paulaner website
Löwenbräu website
Spaten website

The average OG is a little higher for the modern beers but the average attention is much higher: 82% compared to 61%. It's even more impressive when you consider that there are two Doppelbocks in there.

Low attenuation is an obvious feature of early Lagers. I don't really know why that was. Was it the quality of the malt? The mashing techniques employed? The yeast of the fermentation process? I've really no firm information.

Almost forgot to mention the style of these beers. With the exception of the Hofbräuhaus Weissbier, all would have been dark. So a type of Dunkles, really.

10/02/2014 01:01 AM
Beer In Ads #1330: Were There Any Brewers Among America’s Founding Fathers?
Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1951. This a series of ads they did in 1951 using a Q&A format aimed at highlighting different positive aspects of beer and the brewing industry. Q Were there any brewers among America’s founding fathers?...

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10/01/2014 07:42 PM
3 Daughters Begins Canning
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – 3 Daughters Brewing, a bold new player in the craft beer scene, is launching two of its top selling beers in 12 oz. cans. With the introduction of the St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale and Bimini Twist IPA, the fast growing brewery can bring their handcrafted beers to a much wider audience. “The next logical step was for us to launch our unique beers in cans,” says Mike Harting, CEO of 3 Daughters Brewing. “For us cans are ideal because they offer portability, superior freshness protection and are used many places [...]

10/01/2014 07:35 PM
Upland Releases Easy Chair Amber Ale
Bloomington, IN — Upland Brewing Co. announced today that Easy Chair Amber Ale will be released on draught and in six packs on October 15th. Beer Description: Our amber ale has a malt to hop balance that is nearly even, slightly leaning toward malt. Nutty, light caramel, toasty, and biscuity describes the malt flavors of this easily approachable beer. Low yet perceptible English hop character round out the flavor which ends with a Medium dry finish. ABV: 5.25    IBU: 22 Other Upland Beers: VinoSynth Red (Gold and Best in Show 2014 Indiana State Fair, Malefactor (Gold Indiana State Fair), Sour [...]

10/01/2014 07:32 PM
Fort Collins Brewery Releases 1020 Pale Ale
Fort Collins, Colo. — From their home at 1020 E. Lincoln Ave. Fort Collins, Colo. The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to release the newest addition to the FCB full time beer lineup, 1020 Pale Ale. 1020 Pale Ale has a citrus aroma with underlying tones of pine and grapefruit zest that inhabit the flavor, while a smooth, light body and crisp, clean bitterness from the Magnum, Cascade and Chinook hops leave your palate both refreshed and liberated. •  ABV: 5.3% • SRM: 12 • IBU: 40 “With our 10 year anniversary coming up in [...]

10/01/2014 07:27 PM
Viva Lyons Generates $60,000 for Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation
LYONS, COLORADO-Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a special performance by Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band The Infamous Stringdusters, the inaugural VIVA LYONS was an event of remembrance, marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods that caused severe damage throughout Colorado’s Front Range. The September 13th celebration, saluting the resilience and rebuilding efforts of hard-hit towns like Lyons, took place in Lyons’ Bohn Park. Governor John Hickenlooper declared September 13 as a statewide day of service to support the many communities still recovering from the widespread flooding that took place in September 2013. Colorado United Day [...]

10/01/2014 07:15 PM
The Full Pint is Your GABF 2014 Headquarters

UPDATED (10/1): GABF weekend has officially kicked off. @FrannyFullpint has landed in Denver and has hit the ground running. Chec…

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10/01/2014 07:00 PM
Anheuser-Busch to shutdown Russian brewery
Belgian brewing major Anheuser-Busch InBev's subsidiary Sun InBev has announced plans to close its brewery in Angarsk, East Siberia citing higher taxes and tightened regulations.

10/01/2014 06:38 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Batch Brewing
The guys at Batch are looking to hire a professional brewer to join their small, but growing, team.

10/01/2014 06:28 PM
Craft Beer Hound Celebrates One Year In Business – Donates Anniversary Month Proceeds To Operation Homefront
Craft Beer Hound, a specialty retailer of gifts and gadgets for beer lovers, is pleased to announce a special celebration of its first year in business that will support Operation Homefront. October 1, 2014 (Boulder, Colorado) – Craft Beer Hound, a specialty retailer of gifts and gadgets for beer lovers, kicked off a month-long celebration […]

10/01/2014 06:12 PM
Colorado Beer News 100114
Colorado Beer NewsWelcome to October and the final countdown to the #GABF. The focus for this month is the wrap up of the Oktoberfest season, the change over to fall and winter seasonals (after all it is snowing up in the mountains already) and the approach of Halloween at the end of the month. Several breweries, brewpubs and beer bars have started their pre-GABF festivities. Get ready for a great month of craft beer in Colorado! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 1st 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

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - This week's Jellyman's Deviation beer tapping is "Hop Tarts", a soured Double IPA. It has the appearance of an unfiltered hot mess (but that's OK). The aroma is of tropical citrus and rich maltiness. The taste is a flavorful cornucopial experience of chewy malts, chunky hops, and a grip of Sweet Tarts. It taps on Friday, October 3rd at 4pm and goes til it's gone. Savor this 7% ABV brew by the Tulip glass. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Strange Craft Beer Co (Denver) - This week, the brewery once again packaging its beers in bottles and is releasing three of its flagship beers in bombers. Look for their Cherry Kriek, Breakfast Grapefruit IPA, and their Le Bruit du Diable Belgian Farmhouse in bottles to take home with you. Available at the brewery and in select stores. There will be a release celebration today at 2pm. Also coming soon to bottles is their Dr. Strangelove Barleywine. [1330 Zuni St, Ste M, Denver, CO]

Grandma's House (Denver) - Here's a brewery with a unique name and beer to go along with it: Grandma's House. This is the newest brewery to celebrate their Grand Opening and it's today! Their doors open for the first time at 2:00pm. They're starting off with a limited tap list. What they lack in variety they make up for it with gusto. In addition to their own beers, Grandma's House will allow other aspiring breweries the opportunity to create their beers on their brewing system and sell them through their taproom. Grandma's House is all about craft in many ways, including their theme (cross stitch). Come check them out. Parking available in the lot next to Corvus Coffee Roasters. [1710 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - Welcome to October. They're long awaited return of their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager is today! It will be both on tap and in 22oz bomber bottles. Stop by their taproom and enjoy a pint of it or two and take some home with you. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - During GABF week, Crooked Stave is planning some special releases. Today, October 1st at 5pm, they will be releasing "Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie", a burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels with sour cherries. This one will be on draft AND available in bottles. Chad Yakobson will lead a toast. Bottle sales start at 5pm (limit 1 case per person - $15 per bottle) and on tap at 6pm. Then at 6pm they will also be tapping their collaboration beer with Firestone Walker Brewing called "Plum on Plum", a sour ale aged in oak barrels with plums. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - The first session of the GABF starts tomorrow! They've released the official beer list now. Check it out at: http://bit.ly/1uUrGE5 - Also, download the "My GABF" app for your phone or tablet. It's got a map of the festival floor, lists of beers broken into categories and a whole lot more. Updated for 2014. See you at the GABF! [Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - On Saturday, October 11th, 4pm til close LTBC is hosting a breast cancer survivors night! If you or someone you know has been effected by breast cancer please come to the brewery to show your support! They will have pink growlers, glasses and koozies for sale, and they will be giving away pink koozies for any group that has a tab of $100 or more! (limit 6) They are excited to support all of the amazing people who have fought or are currently fighting this disease! [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Today they ramp it up, with Wayward Wednesday GABF-style! Now pouring five versions of J. Marie: classic, whiskey-aged, Chardonnay-aged, tequila-aged and red-wine-aged with Brett! Matt's Snack Shack is also out front with a brat bar and pulled pork sandwiches! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is the day to pick up your Bourbon Barrel Prim & Porter bottles. They open at 4pm. And those will go fast! ‪#‎GABF‬ ‪#‎handcrafted ‬[1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Stapleton Tap House (Denver) - GABF TICKETS! They have one more pair of tickets to give away for the GABF Saturday evening session. Stop in the Tap House today or tomorrow for details. They also have a pair of tickets for Thursday evening and a pair for Saturday Afternoon (that's the Members Only Session) for sale for face value plus ticketmaster fees. If you're interested, please email Michael[at]StapletonBrewing.com. [8286 E Northfield Blvd, Unit 1525, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Happy Hump Day. To help you get over the hump, Goldline IPA is just $3 a pint (includes tax) all day today! [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Boulder County

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Monday they tapped an Organic Pale Ale. Last night, they tapped their Cascadian Dark Ale as their second of five daily beer releases. These are 1 barrel batches so they go fast! Next up, Mango Hefeweizen (today), Belgian Abbey, Chipotle Lime Kolsch, and Imperial Porter. They also just installed a new 70" TV. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Stop on in this weekend at J Wells and at the GABF, they will be pouring some Hop Haze Imperial IPA, Lisa Red Ale and Chocolate Milk Stout (English Style). You might just find some Lig ts Out Imperial Stout as well. [2516 49th St, Ste 5, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - While you're out visiting breweries this week for GABF week plan to stop in at Upslope Brewing at their Flatiron Park location for some special tappings. Today they will be tapping their 4-brewery collaboration beer called "Up 4 It", a whole-cone hopped honey pale ale that they did along with UPland, UPstate and UPright breweries. Also, they will be tapping a collaboration beer they did with Freshcraft - a Nitro Blonde Ale. Then tomorrow, Oct. 2nd, they will tap a Coconut Brown Ale firkin. Then on Fri. Oct 3rd they have a firkin of a dry hopped IPA with Ella hops. And finally on Saturday, Oct. 4th they'll tap a firkin of a Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin ale. And that doesn't even cover what they're doing around Denver at various locations. They'll be special Upslope taps at Falling Rock Tap House, Hops & Pie, Freshcraft, Hyatt Regency, World of Beer LoDo, Pizza Republica, Cheba Hut, Grand Hyatt, and Russell's Smoke House. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) and Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) are teaming up on October 4th and 5th to release their collaboration beer "Chainsaw Princess of Karate", a charity beer that will support The Susan G. Komen Foundation and their drive to fight breast cancer. The subtitle of this beer is "Saving Boobs One Kick at a Time". It will release at Odd13 on Oct. 4th and at Big Choice Brewing on Oct. 5th. $1 per pint of this beer and all profits from t-shirt sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. [Odd13 Brewing: 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO] [Big Choice Brewing: 7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Today is the annual "Steins & Staches" event. If you bring in your own stein (any size) you can have it filled for $8 with one of their select ales all day long. Then at 7pm tonight they will judge the "Best Stache in Boulder" for best facial hair. Prizes for the top 3 places. If you wear your BRU gear to the GABF and post a pic of yourself at the GABF using hashtag #bruatgabf you'll get a free pint at BRU. Stop by the GABF booth K4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card. [5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Notice: their Beer, Cheese & Goats Event has been postponed due to rain. Did you know goats absolutely DETEST the rain? So out of respect for these adorable animals and due to forecasted afternoon thunderstorms, they had no choice but to reschedule their event. It will now be next Wednesday, October 8th from 4 - 7pm at 12Degree. Tickets are still available in the taproom or twelvedegree.com/goats. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Visit them at the GABF! Find West Flanders Brewing Company in the Brewpub Pavillion in the festival hall. Or, head down to Pearl Street in Boulder to try their special beer tappings including Cherry Trippel, Tres Rubias and Quad Hopped Harvest Pale Ale. They are pouring Third Kingdom IPA, Canniption Pale Ale, Angry Monk, Tres Rubias, and medal winner Saison Locale #4. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - There's a special tapping today in honor of ‪#‎GABF‬ week. Oso Caribe. Imperial Brown Ale. This brew was aged 12 months in Jamaican Rum Barrels. Rare and decadent, just like you. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Treat yourself to a Chocolate Cherry Quad at Front Range Brewing today. They've got one just waiting for you. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Today they're tapping Bob's Raspberry Stout! Bob went spelunking through the thorns and vines to harvest all those fresh berries. It's delicious and there's only 1 keg so you better get here fast before it's gone! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

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Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Ian is back with a special Great American Beer Festival week edition of TRIVIA at 7:30pm! Their special beer tapping today is Vaquero, a tequila barrel aged golden ale. There's just a limited supply of that brew and it starts pouring at 2pm today. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Who says you have to celebrate Oktoberfest in September? Broken Plow is releasing their Oktoberfest Der Pflug Lager today when their doors open at 2pm. They'll also be hosting Live Trivia tonight at 7pm. Sorry, no food truck tonight - they had to cancel. Let the spirit of Oktoberfest season last all October! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - October is here and so is the list of October releases. Today in the taproom, come try "Trends", a blended barrel aged sour dry hopped black IPA they did with Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins). Also starting today and running all month, if you buy one of their Brewers Lunchbox packs they will include a 2013 version of their Double Chocolate Stout (cellar series). Then on October 10th, they will release three beers: "Dark Side of Pumpkin" - a draft only pumpkin stout, 2014 Double Chocolate Stout (8.1% ABV), and Big Shot Hazelnut Brown Ale. Plus, this year's Halloween Party is set for October 31st from 5pm to 10pm in their parking lot. Details coming soon. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Proves the Best Way to Have Dessert is Poured. This creamy stout leaves a lingering, warm finish, perfect for fall weather. New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is out now through December 31, 2014. This collaboration is the result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty brands manager, and the team at Perennial. This latest addition to New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series is a full-bodied beer that’s perfect for the cooler weather ahead. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout combines roasted barley and caramel malts to create a stout with a dark pour and tan head atop. Belgian yeast paired with a chocolate addition inspires rich aromas to complement a coffee tone. The beer has a hint of tobacco and dried fruit, along with a touch of mild salt, which boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is 9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs. It’s available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Come down and join Grimm Bros ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ today as they have a limited amount of their 2014 Bleeding Heart. Each year they release a new Bleeding Heart around Valentines Day and this year's batch was fantastic. A Raspberry Porter that blends well with the fruit and chocolate notes. ONLY available today and in the taproom, so make sure you stop by for a taste. Tomorrow they tap a 2 year old Big Bad Wolf Schtick Alt, Friday a batch of Magic Mirror, and Saturday some Wooden Path Latzenebier. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - They won't let a little downpour spoil their beer release today. At 5pm today they will release this year's batch of Chunkin' Pumpkin. They will only have the pumpkin in pints and growlers to go this year. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Scrumpy's Hard Cider (Ft. Collins) - It's Wednesday! Come on in and enjoy $3 pours on any Summit Cider. Take your pick between our Blueberry Lavender, Dry, Calypso, Hopricot, Tart Cherry,Peach Cobbler, Raspenero, and their new Sour Crabby Neighbor; hand picked by their very own Scrumpers! [215 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Need some help getting ready for GABF to kick into high gear? Well come on down and enjoy $1 off Cutter Wit all night paired with a delicious sausage from Bite Me Gourmet Sausage! Tomorrow 10/2 - Beer Trivia at 7pm - come test out your beer geekdom! Free to play and prizes for the winners! Friday 10/3 - Alpha Company release at 5pm! A single hopped pale ale featuring Apollo Hops! Saturday 10/4 - Scottish Tattoo release at 3pm! A delicious Scottish Ale! Also, brewery tours at 3PM, 5PM and 7PM! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - For those of you not able to get to their taproom today but are in Denver, you can taste 6 of their beers on tap at Pub 17 today during their pre-GABF event. You can get such beers as: Cherry Bourbon Barrel Brown and Prickly Peach until 5pm tonight.

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10/01/2014 05:45 PM
More cans & bottles coming: Maine brewers increase their packaged beer
A few weeks ago, I lamented that I wished more breweries in Maine bottled or packaged their beer for bringing home. I stand by this – it’s less expensive for the consumer per beer, and there are times in which I just don’t feel like being social or bumping elbows with everyone at a packed bar. Seems like a few breweries were thinking along the same lines – and have begun to get in on the action

10/01/2014 05:44 PM
2014 Jester King Funk n Sour Fest

Austin, TX – 2014 Jester King Funk n Sour Fest will be from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday, October 30th during Austin Beer Week. For th…

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10/01/2014 05:30 PM
Good Beer Week Event Registrations now open
Registrations for Good Beer Week, the festival described as "the best beer week in the world" have opened...

10/01/2014 05:24 PM
Mother Earth Brew Co. Launches Love Your Cans, Love Your Mother Campaign

(Vista, CA)  – Mother Earth Brew Co. announces their launch into cans with their popular flagship Cali Creamin’ – Vani…

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10/01/2014 04:18 PM
Details on Drake’s Jolly Rodger 2014

(San Leandro,CA) – Drake’s and Blue Bottle Coffee are joining forces for Drake’s next seasonal Jolly Rodger 2014, …

The post Details on Drake’s Jolly Rodger 2014 appeared first on thefullpint.com.

10/01/2014 03:35 PM
Improving Beer Clarity and Finings: In Depth – Part 3
Beer GlassesThis is the third part of my four part series on improving beer clarity. In the previous sections we discussed how to measure clarity, causes of poor clarity, proteins and tannins and how to control and improve beer clarity through ingredient selection. Today we’re going to discuss both techniques you can use to improve clarity […]

10/01/2014 02:47 PM
A Little History of How Beer Shaped Our Past and Current Worlds
“Thirst rather than hunger may have been the stimulus behind the origin of small grain agriculture.” —Jonathan Sauer, 1953 “Man cannot live on beer alone. … Are we to believe that the foundations of Western Civilization were laid by an ill-fed people living in a perpetual state of partial intoxication?” —Paul Mangledorf, 1953 Doing field […]

10/01/2014 02:45 PM
Holy Mountain Brewing is ready to hit the market, launch event planned for Oct. 14

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. It’s been a long time coming, but at last Holy Mountain Brewing finds itself ready to begin distributing beer. Seattle’s newest brewery plans to introduce itself with a kickoff event at the Pine Box on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00 pm. The wait is something that Holy...

10/01/2014 02:14 PM
Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10

We’re excited to bring back the Westside 10, a 10K/10-mile run (you choose) completely in Westside Atlanta. The race ends at the brewery, so that ain’t too bad. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 13. Register now – we sold out last year and odds are we will sell out again this year. From Oct […]

The post Run Atlanta’s Westside – Register for the Westside 10 appeared first on Monday Night Brewing.

10/01/2014 12:46 PM
New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer

The post, New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Ft. Collins, Colo., October 1, 2014 – New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is out now through December 31, 2014. This collaboration is the result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty […]

The post, New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ Collaboration Beer, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

10/01/2014 11:43 AM
10/01/2014 Llywelyn’s Pub Presenting a Brew You Never Knew
While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that [...]

10/01/2014 11:23 AM
Beer Review: North Peak’s Red Oak Hoptober
Featured Contributor Katie  @PunkRockPoet84 The Story: North Peak Brewing Company caught my eye the day after I moved to Traverse City, mostly because I read the sign on the building as “North Perk” and thought it was a coffee shop. (While I am in probably a beer snob, I am indeed a coffee addict.) When I became a contributor to this site, I knew it was the first brewery I wanted to check out. First I went to their website (http://www.northpeak.net) to get some info…

10/01/2014 11:11 AM
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10/01/2014 09:37 AM
Drinking, Again: DC Brau's Oktoberfest.

"What are you drinking here today," he asked, saying hi.

"I'm checking out the Oktoberfest lagers," I replied.

"Why," he asked, somewhat bemused. "Why aren't you drinking the IPAs?"

"Well, I can get IPAs anyday," I explained. "I appreciate the skill needed in lager-brewing; I like the the interplay of sweet malt and dry finish in märzen/Oktoberfests. Brewers brought different interpretations of the style here, today."

He shook his head. "No, I'll stick to the IPAs."


It was a sunny, early autumn, afternoon, outside Mad Fox Brewing Company, in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Saturday, 27 September 2014, the brewpub had invited local breweries (mostly) to submit Oktoberfest-style lagers and India Pale Ales (IPAs) for its beer festival, Hoppy Oktoberfest. That was a smart move on its part, understanding that a majority of 'craft' beer drinkers prefer hops, no matter what; that a minority prefer malt; but that a plurality enjoy both.

Here's a description of the märzen/Oktoberfest beer style, culled from the The Oxford Companion to Beer (Oxford University Press, 2012):
Much of the base malt is called Munich malt, a highly aromatic malt with a color rating of 3 to 10 degrees Lovibond. As a result märzen and Oktoberfest beers tend to be primarily (golden) amber in color, showing sweet, almost toffee-like maltiness, combined with biscuit and bread flavors, as well as plenty of mouthfeel.

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) adds this:
  • Aroma: Rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). A light to moderate toasted malt aroma is often present. Clean lager aroma with no fruity esters or diacetyl. No hop aroma. Caramel aroma is inappropriate.
  • Appearance: Dark gold to deep orange-red color. Bright clarity, with solid, off-white, foam stand.
  • Flavor: Initial malty sweetness, but finish is moderately dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness often includes a toasted aspect. Hop bitterness is moderate, and noble hop flavor is low to none. Balance is toward malt, though the finish is not sweet. Noticeable caramel or roasted flavors are inappropriate. Clean lager character with no diacetyl or fruity esters.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. Smooth. Fully fermented, without a cloying finish. ABV [alcohol by volume]: 4.8 – 5.7%

Among several tasty specimens at Hoppy Oktoberfest, I found one märzen that I was particularly impressed with ... that is, that I drank a couple samples of.

The Oktoberfest from the Washington, D.C.-based brewery, DC Brau.

DC Brau Oktoberfest

Brewer Mike McCarthy told me the beer was 5% alcohol-by-volume, brewed with 'Munich' malt from Wyermann Maltings, in Germany. That was evident. The malt imparted a depth of melanoidal flavor, characteristic of the style, avoiding the caramel flavors of caramel malts, often used by American craft brewers in their Oktoberfests. Untraditionally (but successfully), DC Brau also added Belgian 'Abbey' malt to the grist. 'Abbey' malt is also called 'brumalt' or 'honey malt.'
Malt sweetness and honey like flavour and aroma make it perfect for any specialty beer. The closest comparison is a light caramel, but Honey Malt has a flavour of its own: sweet and a little bit nutty. Made by restricting the oxygen flow during the sprouting process, Honey Malt is essentially self-stewed. When the oxygen is cut off, the grain bed heats up, developing sugars and rich malt flavours. The malt is lightly kilned for a color color profile of 25 SRM and is devoid of astringent roast flavors.

So: DC Brau's Oktoberfest.

Dark orange in hue. An aroma of sweet malt, with herbal notes in the background. Toasted biscuity malt body and dry finish. Less sweet than others: deep in malt character, but not cloying. What wasn't to like? I didn't miss the hops.

P.S. I did also enjoy a very hoppy 'wet-hopped' India Pale Ale that afternoon.

  • More images from Hoppy Oktoberfest: here.
  • DC Brau offers their Oktoberfest in draft only, but does 'can' several of its other beers. I was delighted to later find it on tap at Nationals Park..
  • The original Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany concludes this year on Sunday, 5 October 2014.
  • Drinking, Again is a series of occasional reviews of beer (and wine and spirits). No scores; only descriptions.
  • Graphic created by Mike Licht at NotionsCapital.

10/01/2014 09:00 AM
Alewife to occupy former Riverside Liquor space
Alewife is a craft beer bottle shop and tasting room in Riverside’s Five Points neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Owners Kelly Pickard and Jamie Burket will bring a unique craft beer experience to the Jacksonville community by creating a one stop shop for purchasing, tasting and learning about American craft beer.

10/01/2014 08:51 AM
A Beer at the Plaza
Metropolitan Diary: A distinguished hotel’s take on a fancy-looking beer that came all the way across the East River.

10/01/2014 08:45 AM
Odell Brewing Releases Woodcut No. 8

The post, Odell Brewing Releases Woodcut No. 8, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Press Release Fort Collins, CO – On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor […]

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10/01/2014 07:57 AM
A Draft Line of Immense Proportion
Here's a pipeline that I could get behind. Or under.
The Belgian city of Bruges has approved plans to build a pipeline which will funnel beer underneath its famous cobbled streets.

Locals and politicians were fed up with huge lorries clattering through the cobbled streets and tiny canal paths of the picturesque city and decided to connect the De Halve Maan brewery to a bottling factory 3.2km (two miles) away.

It is estimated that some 500 trucks currently motor through Bruges each year on their way to the brewery, which is a famous tourist attraction.

Now they will be kept out of the city limits, as the pipe pumps 1,500 gallons of beer per hour. Construction is set to begin next year.

I suspect the beer will travel better in underground pipes than being pumped in and out of trucks being driven around a crowded city.

H/T to Borepatch.

See "Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city."

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

10/01/2014 07:31 AM
Gordon Biersch Festbier

The post, Gordon Biersch Festbier, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

When I first received the package from Gordon Biersch and glanced over the offerings, I knew immediately that I’d be saving their Festbier and Marzen for the last two reviews. Well, I knew that by the time I got to them, the weather would be cooling off and they would be more seasonally appropriate. The […]

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10/01/2014 06:00 AM
Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am
Returning for its second year is Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am. This unique beer event is where a home brewer pairs up with a professional brewer to release a beer for all of us to sample and to judge. This years event is switching venues to Zarr Studios in Southeast Portland and will take place on […]

10/01/2014 05:00 AM
Elephants Delicatessen Brewer’s Dinner with Burnside Brewing
Portland’s phenomenal deli, Elephants Delicatessen will welcome Burnside Brewing for a four-course beer dinner at their flagship Northwest Portland location. The dinner will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30pm. Burnside Brewing Co. shares Elephants goal of using indigenous and handcrafted ingredients. They focus on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the […]

10/01/2014 04:30 AM
Bloktoberfest at Block 15 in Corvallis
The 6th Annual Bloktoberfest returns to the street under the big top tent in front of Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery this weekend. Once again Block 15 will transform Jefferson Avenue in front of their pub into an Oktoberfest tent celebration! Block 15 will have live music, great food & beer, games, and a festive […]

10/01/2014 04:29 AM
SweetWater Brewing divests minority stake to equity firm TSG
US-based SweetWater Brewing has divested minority stake to private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners.

10/01/2014 04:26 AM
Miller Brewing relaunches Miller Lite
Miller Brewing Company has relaunched Miller Lite with the similar original look on all packaging and across all marketing materials as part of its effort to remind beer drinkers that it is the only brand brewed to be a great tasting beer that just so happens to also be less filling.

10/01/2014 04:00 AM
Culturing Belgian White Ale Yeast

Not ever satisfied with mediocre beer John tried his hand again at brewing a Belgian White Ale. However, he ordered the wrong yeast strain when he purchased the fine kit from Northern Brewer. Facing a potential failure before he even started a new plan was devised. Culture up some bottle dregs and brew that White […]

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10/01/2014 03:55 AM
Beer Wish-List, Q4, 2014

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Though we try to enjoy what’s at hand — we drink a lot of St Austell in the pub — there are a few exotic out-of-town beers we can’t help daydreaming about. 1. Pabst’s take on Ballantine IPA. Since reading Mitch Steele’s excellent book on IPA, we’ve been dying to go back in time and try this highly influential beer. […]

Beer Wish-List, Q4, 2014

10/01/2014 03:32 AM
Not set in granite
It was a bit of a nostalgia trip to go back to Aberdeen as a guest of BrewDog in August. At the turn of the millennium I was a student in the city and while it's still the charmingly grey tangle of streets it always was, the beer scene is definitely somewhat different.

BrewDog's own bar, for starters, I remember as being a terrifying out-of-the-way dive that not even the slummiest student pub crawl would dare venture into. Now, of course, it's open and bright and cheery, all trendy bare brick with varnished pine highlights. From the guest beers I just had time to gulp a quick taste of Cool as a Cucumber, the Fyne Ales and Wild Beer collaborative saison. A gulp is all that's needed too, I reckon. It's not the most complex of beers, being all cucumber and not much else: intensely green, in fact, like chewing cucumber skins. It's only 2.9% ABV and there's some mint in it as well, so the refreshment power is considerable, as long as you don't mind being slapped about the chops by a giant cucumber at the same time.

Just across the way from BrewDog Aberdeen is the Aberdeen footprint of Six Degrees North, another local brewery. They've settled on a Belgian theme for their beers, though the bar is far from being a brown café, kitted out starkly in grey concrete and steel. I started with Six Degrees North Bière de Table which arrived an unattractive opaque custardy yellow colour. And, unsurprisingly, the yeast utterly dominates the flavour. Not in a warming fruity Belgian fashion, either: more of an unpleasantly gritty dreggy thing. Yes there are big grapefruit hop notes shouting loudly from inside the flavour, but they're struggling to be heard. It could be I got the tail end of the keg, or it could be that this needs a bit more time in the bright tank. I wasn't impressed either way.

The house pale ale, Hopocrisy, was rather better, if not a whole lot clearer. Though a mere 4.6% ABV there's lots going on in here: sourness at first, followed closely by a big hit of juicy pineapple fruit. When those two settle down a little, there's more of a rustic grain vibe to it, a certain charming roughness around the edges. The big fizz makes it difficult to quaff, and the daft insistence on two-third measures means that doing so wouldn't be any fun anyway, but there are good intentions and brewing skills here. I'd like to have stayed to try the rest of the range.

Dinner at Musa was followed by a trip to Casc: a very swish beer and cigar bar in a basement around the corner. I was heading for 19 hours awake at this stage, with about eleven of those spent drinking beer, so the wobbles were definitely setting in. But not so wobbly that I couldn't identify a beer from my to-drink list on the blackboard, slur out an order for it and scribble together some tasting notes. It's Buxton Jaw Gate IPA, sole sassanach beer of the trip. 5.6% ABV and a dark orange-amber, pouring perfectly clear from the keg. While it looks like it belongs on the heavy and resinous end of the scale I found it quite enlivening, all tart and zesty citrus pith. Much as it revived me I reckoned discretion was the better part of valour and when the Beer O'Clock Show's Steve made a bid for the exit, I wisely followed. Thanks for getting me back to the hotel, Steve: your tactic of navigating there worked so much better than my plan of just staggering about hoping the Hilton would simply hove into view.

But we didn't come to Aberdeen to sleep, so it was back to the bar with Steve, Ian, Wayne and me before 7.30 the next morning. The airport bar, that is. The cask selection was fairly uninspiring, though there was Barley Brown's Black IPA. "That'll do me!" I thought, completely failing to spot that this collaboration was brewed at the Caledonian Brewery. Ugh. Entirely as expected it's a mess of sickly brown sugar: thick, cloying, and definitely not what I'm looking for in a breakfast IPA. Yes, there's a bit of a bitter sharpness, but the beer still doesn't amount to more than Caley 80 with a handful of extra hops. I had to cleanse my palate with a Sweet Action immediately after. If for some reason you want to hear what we talked about around the table that morning, Ian caught it all on his reel-to-reel tape machine and has posted it here. Caveat audiens.

And that's where it all ended. Cheers once again to the BrewDog team for inviting us all to play in their backyard for a day.

10/01/2014 03:05 AM
Final league table of breweries
We're very nearly done. I'm starting to get a bit impatient myself for it all to be over.

Everything but the final pieces of text are in place. The covers are designed - I'll be announcing the winner of the front cover typography contest soon - I even have the isbn number. It seems like forever since I last issued a book. That reminds me that I have two unfinished volumes: Newark! and Malt!. I must get around to finishing them.

Don't worry - there are still plenty of tables to come. They're one thing I never tire of. That could explain why I've come up with not one but two league tables. One is based on the overall average score, the other on the position in the individual style tables. The results aren't identical. Where to start? Let's go with position.

Ranking of breweries by position
Brewery Burton Mild PA Porter Stout Average
Whitbread 1 4 1 2 1 1.8
Watney 8 2 2 1 4 3.4
Mann 3 1 10 6 6 5.2
Truman 9 6 3 3 5 5.2
Wenlock 6 3 9 7 3 5.6
Courage 2 8 4 5 12 6.2
Huggins 11 10 6 2 7.25
Meux 4 11 7 8 7.5
Lion 7 7 12 4 7.5
Hoare 10 9 11 9 7 9.2
Cannon 14 5 14 11 9 10.6
Barclay Perkins 13 15 8 8 10 10.8
City of London 12 17 5 10 11
Charrington 5 16 15 11 11.75
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

In this Whitbread are clear winners. Unsurprising when they were never lower than fourth and had three top positions. But caution is required because the sample sizes were so small. And it was Whitbread doing the sampling. Where did they get their samples? If it was the brewery tap, then the contest is clearly unfair.

Mann, Truman and Wenlock all did pretty well, while Courage were let down by a poor Stout. Not sure if this means anything, but the top four breweries were all still around in the 1970's. And all but Whitbread were in the Watney group. It's odd how rubbish Charrington's beers were. The brewery was large and doing well between the wars. Were its beers really always that poor? Cannon, Barclay Perkins and City of London.  weren't much better. Was it the fault of poor cellarmanship or did beers leave the brewery in poor condition?

We'll move on now to the league table based on average score.

League table of breweries by score
Brewery average score
Watney 1.36
Whitbread 1.23
Wenlock 0.66
Truman 0.65
Huggins 0.58
Mann 0.57
Lion 0.45
Courage 0.29
Meux 0.21
Hoare -0.10
Charrington -0.38
Barclay Perkins -0.48
City of London -0.54
Cannon -0.57

You'll see that Watney tops this table with an impressive 1.36 average. Whitbread is not far behind on 1.23. Only two breweries achieved positive scores for every style: Watney and Huggins, though there was no Porter from the latter. Quite a way behind were Wenlock, Truman, Huggins Mann and Lion. Charrington isn't bottom this time, but is still one of the five breweries with a negative average score.

Barclay Perkins have the unfortunate distinction of having four out of five styles with negative score. I can only warn time-travellers to steer clear of their pubs. In fact I'd avoid all those with averages below zero.

I'm still not quite ready to let you off the hook. I'll be finishing with a look at each brewery's scores in more detail.

10/01/2014 03:00 AM
Themed Event: WA: Seattle: 10/6 & 10/7 The Pine Box hosts "Fresh Hop Festival"
Next Monday through Tuesday (October 6th and October 7th), The Pine Box is dedicating 2 (consecutive) days to hops. Starting on Monday the bar will featuring 33 different fresh-hopped / wet-hopped beers and ciders. Following Monday, The Pine Box will featuring Fremont Brewing's Universale through 12 different Randall's. 

Participating breweries (and cideriers) include: 

  • 10 Barrel
  • Amnesia
  • Anacortes
  • Backwoods
  • Bainbridge
  • Ballast Point
  • Beer Valley
  • Bellevue
  • Black Diamond
  • Black Raven
  • Breakside
  • Brickyard
  • Deschutes
  • Double Mountain
  • E9
  • Eliot Bay
  • Elysian
  • Fort George
  • Fremont
  • Gigantic
  • Hales
  • Holy Mountain
  • Hopworks
  • Machine House
  • Naked City
  • Oakshire
  • Pelican
  • Pike
  • Ruebens
  • Schooner Exact
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Snipes, Sound
  • Stoup
  • Worthy


  • Anthem

More from The Pine Box

Monday October 6th at 3pm we will be pouring around 40 Fresh Hops- all on draft. For the first time ever we’ve had to break out our 12 tap Jockey Boxes to accompany our 33 taps in order to accommodate all of the glorious Fresh Hop Beers.

On Tuesday October 7th, from 5pm to 10pm, we’re pulling out our 12 Randalls. All 12 will pour Fremont Brewing’s Pale Ale, each featuring a different Hop Varietal. Ever wonder just what Simcoe or Mosaic hops taste like? Now’s your chance to find out.  Not to mention, we’ll still have plenty of those Fresh Hop drafts flowing.
We’re pretty sure this is one of, if not the largest, Festival of Fresh Hop Beers outside of Yakima.

Pine Box is located at 1600 Melrose Avenue, in Seattle's Capitiol Hill Neighborhood.

10/01/2014 01:52 AM
Goodbye Brussels. Hello Buffalo.
Iconic Brisbane venue, the Belgian Beer Café announces closure, American export Buffalo Bar is set to open in the premises late November.

10/01/2014 12:57 AM
Beer In Ads #1329: Did Christopher Columbus Discover Beer In America?
Tuesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1951. This a series of ads they did in 1951 using a Q&A format aimed at highlighting different positive aspects of beer and the brewing industry. Q Did Christopher Columbus discover beer in America? A Yes, in...

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09/30/2014 08:37 PM
Beer Birthday: Jesse Friedman
Today is also the birthday of Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co.. I first got to know Jesse when he was writing his beer and food blog, Beer & Nosh, but he’s since gone on to partner with Damian Fagan to create “Farm-to-Barrel” beers in 2010. They currently make...

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09/30/2014 07:37 PM
King of the Ohio IPA: Get Ready!

A long, long time ago I can still remember when that Pale Ale Used to make me smile. And I knew if it had more hops I could make my tastebuds pop … Continue Reading →

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09/30/2014 07:35 PM
Oktoberfest at The Local Taphouse
Come to The Local Taphouse for their take on the famous 16 day beer festival from Bavaria featuring some the official beers, Australian beers brewed to the Oktoberfest style and German food...

09/30/2014 06:47 PM
Colorado Beer News 093014
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Ask a Stupid Question Day. This day is sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September and was created as a way for teachers to get students to ask more questions. Whether questions be silly, not well thought out, or just plain stupid - everyone is encouraged to go out today and ask questions about anything. For adults, we can ask questions too. Why is fizzy yellow beer supposed to be ice cold? Why is craft beer more expensive than regular beer? Whatever question you have, perhaps the answer may inspire you to keep asking questions. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 30th, 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

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Dad & Dude's will be pouring 10 beers both at the GABF and in their brewpub this week. Stop by Booth 131 and check them out. Dude’s Brews, the packaged beer division for the brewpub, is now releasing a pair of new canned goods as of August -- Leaves of Lemongrass Wit and Riot Rye Ale -- in 16-oz cans. These join Dude’s first canned beer, the cult-favorite Dank IPA. The canned beers are produced through a new and clever alternating proprietorship with Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, CO. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Tomorrow in the Wynkoop taproom, their seasonal "Pumpkin Ale" will be released. It will be on tap at Wynkoop and they will also have 12oz cans available to take home. Embrace the Fall with this spiced brew. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co (Denver) - Some new events are coming soon to Platt Park Brewing. Look for special "The 11th Tap Project" tappings that feature classic and experimental beers in pins and firkins in the near future. They just got in their new firkins and small batch kegs. In the meantime, stop in for their regular lineup of brews and play Trivia tonight at 7pm. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery is planning to tap a special experimental beer on Friday at 6pm. Stop in and try "Somewhere Around Barstow", an IPA brewed with cantaloupe and grapefruit. You'll enjoy this one cover to cover (aka sip to sip). [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - The first of five beer releases this week is now on tap (if just for a limited time): Barrel-Aged First Descent Old Ale (15.5% ABV, 50 IBU) - it was one of Denver Westword's top 2013 Colorado beers, and featured in VISIT DENVER's 2014-2015 Denver Beer Trail! Plus, there's an even bigger beer being released tomorrow. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Come watch the A's vs. Royals wild card game tonight. They'll have a Rum Barrel aged beer on tap too - so come on by and try it! [8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - 4 Noses Brewing is releasing something new everyday this week! It may be a pin, it may be a firkin, it may be something that has been hibernating in a barrel and it may even be an entirely new beer. Tonight they will be releasing "Reciprocal" KY Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. They will be tapping no more than 1 x 5 gallon keg of this each night until it is gone! [8555 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Call to Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - This yet to open brewery will be hosting their 2nd GABF event tonight at Star Bar in Denver where they will be tapping their Peace & Assist No. 1, a collaboration brew they did with Cannonball Creek Brewing of Golden. Call to Arms will be doing a $2 raffle for two tickets to the Avery/Euclid Hall Midnight Breakfast also. [Star Bar: 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery is kicking off GABF week right with a special collaboration brew they did with Black Sky Brewery. Stop in for a glass of Fresh Hop IPA. It's as fresh as it gets. More tappings daily through Friday. Food trucks on site nightly. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - The brewery will be open at 2pm all week long for GABF. Today, in celebration of the return of fall and all the rad things it brings, they are proud to announce the return of their Pumpkin Ale. It had roasted pumpkin and brown sugar in the mash with spices added post fermentation. 7% ABV, 100% rad. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Element 29, their newest beer will be available in the tap room on Thursday, October 2nd. Coming in at 5.2% ABV, this Amarillo pale ale is easy drinking and is best enjoyed watching a Colorado sunset. Also available in cans. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Station 28 Brewing Co (Denver) - They're opening at noon this week, and have lots of awesome beer to drink! Wed - Sweet Potato Pie Porter at noon, Comfortable Food Truck at 4:00pm. Thu - Double IPA at noon, Lemongrass Ginger Cream Ale firkin at 1:00, Wet Hop Centennial Pale Ale firkin at 3:00, Session IPA sixtel tapping at 5:30, Farm to Truck at 4:00pm. Fri - Pacific Rim Saison firkin at 1:00, Wet Hop Dry Hop Wet Hop(!) Centennial Pale Ale firkin at 3:00, Big Kiwi Eats at 4:00pm. Sat - BARREL AGED DAY! Tripel at noon, Tequila Barrel Aged Tripel at 1:00, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter at 3:00, Basic Kneads Pizza all day. Sun - BLUEGRASS BRUNCH AT 11:00! Beer, live bluegrass, donuts, and barbecue. Black IPA and Red X at open. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - They have two new delicious beers for you for Wednesday, October 1st! 1) Their much requested Imperial Pumpkin Ale is back at 11% ABV and smooth as silk. No spices, this is no Pumpkin Pie beer. 2) Their highly anticipated Tequila Aged Agave Tripel. Light with beautiful Belgian esters. The tequila comes through on the nose and develops on the palette over time. You must try it! [4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - There's going to be daily beer tappings from October 1st through the 5th for GABF week. Wednesday - Apple Whiskey Barrel Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong, Thursday - Bourbon Barrel Flanders Red, Friday - Rum Barrel Mendacious Belgian Golden Strong, Saturday - Barrel Aged Brett Mendacious, and Sunday - Barrel Aged Brett Extra Special Bitter (ESB). Plus, they will be doing a month-long Oktoberfest celebration. Extended hours during GABF week. Come see them at GABF at booth G26 Mountain Region. [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - GABF Week has arrived and the Avery Tap Room is planning to host special tappings daily Wednesday through Saturday in Boulder. Look for special tappings daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. These will include rare, seasonal and hard to find beers. Tomorrow's tappings include: Pump[KY]n at 1pm, Rumpkin at 3pm and Eremita VIII at 5pm. Then on Thursday: Drew's Fuzzy Peach and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar at 1pm, Bad Karma at 3pm and Raven and Eremita IV at 5pm. On Friday: Mephistopheles '13 and Eremita V at 1pm, Eremita VII at 3pm, and Sour 10 lb Strawberry and Twelve (Anniversary Ale) at 5pm. Then rounding it off on Saturday: Papa Sour and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Trogdor at 1pm, The Preacher and The Beast '10 at 3pm, and The Czar '12 and The Kaiser '12 at 5pm. And that's just what they're doing at home. They're also heavily involved in events around the Denver metro area for GABF. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Here's what's tappening at 300 Suns for GABF Week. Today they tapped their "Trail Marker Imperial IPA" (8.5% ABV and 100 IBUs). Happy Hour from 2-6pm. On Wed. Oct 1st - Happy Hour 2-6pm, Ladies Night all day, $1 off pints, and a tapping of a cask of ESB. On Fri. Oct. 3rd - a tapping of a Ginger ESB, plus Shopey's Sandwiches on site 5-8pm. Then on Sat. Oct 4th - Dubs Grub w/Wings 5-8pm. And on Sun. Oct. 5th - get $1 off growler fills all day long. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The time has finally come... Today's their Pumpkin Ale Release Party at their Flatiron Park tap room (5-9 pm) with live music from Alex Maryol (6-8 pm) & Heirloom food truck! Taps are flowin' now! They're also tapping their Plum & Cardamom Saison collab brewed with Hops & Pie! Can't make the trip to Boulder? Head over to their spot in Denver TONIGHT & get a taste. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Many reasons to stop by today! Today they tap a Gin barrel aged Tropical Paradise IIPA (11% ABV with Citra & Amarillo hops & fresh mangoes and ginger aged in a Roundhouse spirits gin barrel), there's a 5 beer & cheese pairing with The Cheese Course starting at 6p, and it's happy hour all night! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co (Boulder) - They have been waiting for the perfect time to release their OAK AGED IMPERIAL RED. Well... it's the week of GABF, so what better time? It will be released TOMORROW (Oct 1) in the tap room! [5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base with notes of dried fruit that mingle with hints of toasted coconut, vanilla and turbinado sugar from the new oak. Slightly warming and sweet, the beer boasts delicate crème brûlée character that will evolve and mellow with age. Woodcut No. 8 will be available in the brewery’s tap room beginning October 1st, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival® visitors. Woodcut No. 8 is offered in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the breweries 11 state distribution footprint. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Don't forget! Tonight is their monthly taproom potluck dinner starting at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is Oktoberfest! Also, for GABF week, they are tapping their 2013 Mule Kick Strong Ale. There's just a few gallons of this so enjoy while you can! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] From their home at 1020 E. Lincoln Ave. Fort Collins, Colo. The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to release the newest addition to the FCB full time beer lineup, 1020 Pale Ale. 1020 Pale Ale has a citrus aroma with underlying tones of pine and grapefruit zest that inhabit the flavor, while a smooth, light body and crisp, clean bitterness from the Magnum, Cascade and Chinook hops leave your palate both refreshed and liberated. Stats: 5.3% ABV, 12 SRM, 40 IBU. “With our 10 year anniversary coming up in October we had a great opportunity to reflect and plan for the next 20 years. It was through that process that 1020 was born,” said Operations Manager, Thomas Barnett. “We’re very excited to add an easy-drinking pale ale to our year-round brands.” To celebrate the occasion, FCB announced October 20th as 1020 Day. Throughout the day, FCB is encouraging consumers to post creative photos to their own Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts of the number 1020 with the #1020 for a chance to win a customized gift basket. 1020 Pale Ale will be available year-round to FCB’s 22-state distribution territory. 1020 is purchasable in draft and 12 oz. bottles sold in 6-packs and FCB’s Brewer’s Lunchbox, a variety 12-pack.

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - This Saturday, October 4th is our next "Drink-In Movie". Join them in the evening for a private, after hours showing of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. As always, come in costume and get a free pint. Bring your chairs, blankets and friends, movie starts when it gets dark (6:45-7:00pm-ish). [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - GABF is almost here and it's time to celebrate ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ style! Today they tap Randolf, their German style gose. This is a tart beer with salt and coriander adding complexity and flavor. It tapped at 1pm and they only have a small amount available. Stop by and try it today. More new beer tappings daily through GABF week. Tomorrow they bring out some stashed away Bleeding Heart Raspberry Porter. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This October High Hops is taking a break from their "Firkin Hump Day" to release unto the world something dark and sinister, beers they discovered in the depths of Windsor, brews so Evil that they are not sure that that small town is ready for them. They bring you "Ales from the Crypt." Every Wednesday at 5pm they'll introduce one of the brews and on the night of All Hallows Eve they will end the month will a special release to "appease the demons!" Try them all if you dare! This Wednesday, October 1st - get ready for "The Raven", an Ales From the Crypt release of a blackberry pilsner. Then coming up on Thursday, Oct. 2nd, High Hops will release "The Dead One", an Imperial India Brown Ale weighing in at 10.5% ABV. Then, this Saturday, there will be a third beer release - "Sweet Pepper Wheat", very low heat with a kiss of honey. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Snowbank Brewing's official ‪#‎GABF‬ week begins tomorrow! They have a LOT of specialty kegs going on tap - one or two new brews every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Here's a little preview: Roasted Peach Infused Colorado Red, Lemony Moon Arete, Blue Skies Winery collaboration: Malbec-Oaked Moon Arete, Cranknstein collaboration: Coffee Bike Trail Pale, Nuance Chocolate collaboration: Ghana Chocolate Pawnee Porter, Green Chile Bike Trail Pale, Coffee Pawnee Porter, and Cocoa Coffee Porter. The taproom is open today until 8pm. Come on in for a pint and start warming up for the exciting week ahead! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Tomorrow, October 1st, Broken Plow will tap their Okotoberfest Der Pflug Lager. Meanwhile, stop in and play Trivia tonight. Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on site Wednesday and Friday. And live music Friday night from Meraki. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Their ‪#‎GABF‬ week small-batch tappings continue today with a Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale - on tap now! This deliciousness won't last long, so come and get it! ‪#‎GABFLoveland‬ [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - After a long week of closing the doors in light of the loss of a family member and business partner, they are excited to announce that they will be open tomorrow October 1st! Come hang out and support their re-opening. Tomorrow is Test Tap Wednesday and they will be tapping an Imperial Chocolate Orange Stout paired with smoked-duck egg rolls and orange dipping sauce from Treehouse BBQ. Be there at 5pm! Let's sell out the tap and truck tomorrow! Thursday they'll have the Packers vs Vikings game on the mega screen. Friday is live music and Run N' Grub KC BBQ. Sunday come watch the Broncos and if they win some lucky open tab will get paid off for free! [521 S Tejon, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Here's what's going on at Red Leg Brewing during GABF Week: Thurs. Oct 2nd - play Beer Trivia at 7pm. Prizes for the winners. On Fri. Oct 3rd - they're tapping a new beer at 5pm: "Alpha Company", a single hopped pale ale with Apollo hops. THen on Sat. Oct. 4th - another new beer tapping: "Scottish Tattoo", a Scottish ale at 3pm. [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - There will be a tapping today of their "Red", a cask ale. Treehouse BBQ will also be on hand tonight serving up food you'll want to pair it with. On a sad note, all of their 7 barrels of pumpkin beer is now completely gone. But never fear, another batch will be ready by next Tuesday. [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Today they tapped their "Hot Shot Green Chili Ale". Serving it up for you all night til close. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Mountains and West

The breweries up in the mountains were all getting ready for GABF. More news from them tomorrow!

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09/30/2014 05:35 PM
Two Beers Brewing introduces new seasonal beer – Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Two Beers Brewing announced today the pending release of a new seasonal beer: Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale. Before you set yourself to thinking that Two Beers Brewing brazenly invented a new style—dark pale ale—consider the reality that pale ales come in many different forms. The Beer Judge...

09/30/2014 04:49 PM
Avery Events GABF Week
Saw this on the Avery Mash e-newsletter today: Special Tappings & Brewery Tours at the Avery Tap Room Wed. Oct 1 – Sat. Oct 4 Brewery tours at noon, 2pm, and 4pm & daily special tappings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm! WEDNESDAY 1pm – Pump[KY]n 3pm – Rumpkin 5pm – Eremita VIII THURSDAY 1pm – […]

09/30/2014 04:44 PM
New Brewery Roll Call – Gull Dam Brewing & Maple Island
The title of “newest brewery in Minnesota” is once again in another breweries’ happly little hands. We’re happy to see that not one, but two new breweries (maybe more?) open or have scheduled grand openings. First, Stillwater’s Maple Island Brewing Co. opened the other day. They’ll be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-10pm and Friday ...

09/30/2014 02:20 PM
Kroger to carry wine-cola in a can. Huh?
Wine with cola in the same drink? Chardonnay mixed with vanilla? It’s coming soon to a Harris Teeter near you. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., which entered the Washington region when it agreed to purchase Harris Teeter in 2013, has signed a deal with Sonoma County, California-based Truett-Hurst Inc. to exclusively sell its ready-to-drink craft wine beverages. […]

09/30/2014 02:13 PM
Study shows your gym days are also your booze days. Cheers!
Do you work out hard and then party hard as well? Join the club. People tend to exercise more than usual on the same days they drink more alcohol than usual, according to a new study published this month in Health Psychology and funded by the National Institute on Aging. Researchers had 150 participants between 18 […]

09/30/2014 02:12 PM
Grand opening party – Fremont Brewing’s new Urban Beer Garden

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. If you’ve spent any time around Fremont Brewing lately you know that big changes are brewing at the Urban Beer Garden. Fremont is expanding, remodeling, and generally upgrading the UBG  in every way and direction. Happily, this includes the addition of a lot more taps. On Saturday,...

09/30/2014 12:34 PM
Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8
From Amanda at Odell: Brewery Releases Oak Aged Barleywine Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that […]

09/30/2014 11:14 AM
Beer Birthday: Alan Atha
Today is the 64th birthday of Alan Atha, co-founder and brewmaster of Baeltane Brewing in my former hometown of Novato, California. I first met Alan when he was a nanobrewery in planning, and he’s taken the experimental spirit of homebrewing and transitioned beautifully to commercial brewing,...

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09/30/2014 11:00 AM
Beer Calendar: What To Do in October 2014
These first days of October, don't be surprised if you can't track down your favorite local brewery's owner, rep, or brewer. Chances are they're looking to get their Rocky Mountain high on with some award-winning beers at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. But, as you'll see below, many have stayed home to keep the home parties burning with great beer as they do year-round. Be sure to keep

09/30/2014 10:47 AM
Oktoberfest comes to Jacksonville’s Memorial Park
Returning to Jacksonville once again for this event is Oompah band The Swinging Bavarians. The traditionally dressed band, made up of musicians mostly from the same family, provide rousing German music, yodeling, toasts, slap dancing and authentic ambiance.

09/30/2014 10:43 AM
Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2
Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material […]

09/30/2014 10:27 AM
Strong Arm Brewing announces a collaborative gin barrel program

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Strong Arm Brewing of Renton, Washington announced today a collaborative partnership with Captive Spirits. Based in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Captive Spirits describes itself as the city’s only gin company, “Pumpin’ the gin since 2010.” The company’s flagship product is Big Gin. The collaboration with Strong Arm Brewing...

09/30/2014 10:10 AM
Brewery Review: Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company
Featured Contributor Vanessa  @BibleBeerBabies Colorado may be known as a mecca for all things craft beer, but head North and just over the border in Cheyenne, Wyo. you’ll find a hidden gem. Just a couple years old, Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company is quickly becoming a favorite among the locals – known for its friendly staff, laid-back atmosphere, and most importantly good beer. Though they originally opened in the historic Tivoli Building in the middle of downtown, this year saw their taps move around the corner into the…

09/30/2014 09:51 AM
New t-shirt designs, compliments of you

We’ll keep this page updated with your submitted t-shirt designs. Leave a comment if you’ve got one! Cassie Gooding Michael Rickman

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09/30/2014 09:44 AM
Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer pretzels and mustard
You know the person who wears a string of pretzels around their neck at a Brewfest? I’m not that person, I’ve never done that and I never will, it looks like amateur hour to me but that’s cool, do what you do. I’m the guy you’ll find before (and probably after) the Brewfest having a […]

09/30/2014 09:12 AM
Hops and Grain PorterCulture Debut

09/30/2014 07:50 AM
A Sign of Not Practicing Enough
How can I tell I'm not getting to the range enough? It's not only by reviewing my match scores. It's made quite apparent by the spider that's built a web against my range box.

That green box holds the pasters, staplers and other supplies I take to the range. Obviously it's not been moved recently.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

09/30/2014 03:55 AM
Watney’s on Objective Tasting

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

The Watney’s Quality Control manual we’re currently digesting not only contain instructions for brewing but also sets out how to manage a beer tasting session. “You want me to take advice on tasting beer from Watney’s!?” our older readers might cry at this point. The fact is, it’s hard to read the QC tome without gaining a certain respect […]

Watney’s on Objective Tasting

09/30/2014 03:05 AM
Style League table
The season is finally at an end and the champion can be crowned. Who will it be?

I'll warn you that this isn't the end. There's still a detailed analysis by brewery to come. But I thought I'd put you out of your misery first. I know you've been waiting for these results.

You're going to have to wait a little longer for the brewery rankings. First we're going to compare the different styles. Even before putting together the table I had a pretty good idea of the winners and losers.

Burton comes out on top overall with an average score of 0.72. It's no surprise to me. There are a few things going for it. It was relatively strong and expensive. Plus reasonably popular - it made up around 9% of Whitbread's production in the 1920's. Their PA sold a little better, but not by a huge amount. An impressive two thirds had positive scores for flavour, though fewer than half were bright.

Next is PA. If 9d PA (Best Bitter) is split out, it comes above Burton with an average of 0.88. Though oddly it has the second fewest examples bright, after Burton. It's a clear indication that clarity and quality didn't necessarily go hand in hand. Even with 8d Ordinary Bitter mixed in, PA still comes second with an average of 0.62. And clarity crawls up to just over 50%.

I'm surprised Stout is so far behind in third place. It's another fairly strong one and it was even more popular than Burton. At Whitbread, London Stout and Country Stout accounted for around 18% of output in the 19320, though I don't know what proportion of that was draught. Being very dark, Whitbread didn't bother analysing its degree of clarity. On the other hand, almost three quarters of the samples had positive flavour scores. Which implies a large number of goodish, but few outstanding, examples.

Averages per beer type
beer type No. examples no. bright % bright no. good flavour % good flavour average score
9d PA 49 23 46.94% 33 67.35% 0.88
Burton 138 61 44.20% 92 66.67% 0.72
PA 167 85 50.90% 109 65.27% 0.62
8d PA 118 62 52.54% 76 64.41% 0.52
Stout 110 64 72.35% 0.29
X 170 104 61.18% 106 62.35% 0.23
Mild 188 112 59.57% 112 59.57% 0.16
MA 18 8 44.44% 6 33.33% -0.18
Porter 92 44 47.83% -0.42
Average 695 258 52.33% 421 60.58% 0.27
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001

Mild comes fourth, not that far behind Stout, especially if you strip out watery MA, the 1028º Mild. The stronger Milds may have an average of 0.23 with almost two thirds of examples with positive scores. MA, weak and not produced in huge quantities, does poorly in every respect: clarity, flavour and score.

It's no surprise that the season ends with relegation for Porter. It has a very poor average of -0.42 and fewer than half of the examples were good flavour-wise. It was going out of fashion and sales were collapsing.

On average, the time traveller has a 6 in 10 chance of getting a decent-tasting pint, but only a 1 in 2 chance of a clear one. Is that better or worse than your odds with cask beer in London today? My advice for those headed back to the 1920's is to develop a taste for Burton.

09/30/2014 02:19 AM
Beer jobs: Event Manager — Beverage
An opportunity to join an organisation responsible for delivering some of Melbourne’s most iconic food and beverage awards.

09/29/2014 10:47 PM
WLP940 Mexican Lager Yeast Strain

Read An Article – Try a Yeast Strain After reading an article in Brew Your Own magazine (BYO), I was convinced that I needed to use the WLP940 strain for my harvest lager. From the “out of stock” messages on many of the big online homebrew shops, I am guessing many others wanted to try […]

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09/29/2014 10:06 PM
Colorado Beer Releases September 22-28, 2014
Colorado Beer Releases
September is nearly done and the Fall beers are out in full force! Look for Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Fresh Hop beers to be prevalent. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 250+ breweries here in Colorado. If you look around, some of the last Summer brews are still around, but won't be for long. Plenty of festivals still around. Look for these beers on tap at a brewery, bar or fest near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - September 22-28, 2014

1933 Brewing - Oktoberfest - September 27th 12pm Oktoberfest Party.

3 Freaks Brewery - Lil' Hansel's German Wheat - September 23rd.
3 Freaks Brewery - Lucky Clover's Red - September 24th.

38 State Brewing - Barrel-aged Smoked English Old Ale - September 28th.

300 Suns Brewery - Sunscorched Smoked Porter - September 24th.

4 Noses Brewing - Oktoberfest Marzen Lager - September 23rd.

Arvada Beer Co - Oktoberfest - September 26th.

Aspen Brewing - Double Conundrum Red - Fresh Hop beer - September 24th.

Avery Brewing - Rumpkin - bbl-aged imperial pumpkin ale - bottles - September 28th 1pm.

Berthoud Brewing - Chai Porter - firkin - September 26th 5pm.

Big Choice Brewing - Hemlock - Imperial India Pale Ale - draft - returns September 22nd.

Black Bottle Brewery - Shushen Ze Mouthen - Oktoberfest ale - September 25th.

Bootstrap Brewing - Niwot Homegrown Pale Ale - SMASH beer - September 22nd 6pm.

Bull & Bush Brewery - Ghoul Fuel 2014 - pumpkin ale - September 24th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Fresh Hop Honky - wet hopped pale - late September.

City Star Brewing - Fresh Hop 6 Shooter - wet hopped pale ale - September 22nd.

Copper Club Brewing - 18 Road IPA - bottle release - September 25th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Tequila Sunrise Imperial Pilsner - bbl-aged cask - Sept. 24th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Merienplatz Marzen - Oktoberfest bier - September 26th.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Sticky Fingers Fresh-Hopped Ale - September 25th 5pm.

Crooked Stave - Sentience - Wild Quadrupel - September 23rd 6pm.
Crooked Stave/Mr B's - Batonnage Classic - white wine barrel-aged sour ale - September 27th.
Crooked Stave/Mr B's - Batonnage Dry Hopped & Zested - w/Motueka hops + kumquat/tangerine zest - Sept. 27th.
Crooked Stave - Autumn Surette - Provision Saison - oak bbl aged & bottled - September 29th.

Dillon Dam Brewery - Oktoberfest - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - The Continental - Fresh Hop Double IPA - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Hop Weizen - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Here's Your Dam IPA - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Chili Lager - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Black Weiss - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Hoporter - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Buh Bye Barleywine - bottle release - September 24th.
Dillon Dam Brewery - Whiskey Barrel Aged Hoporter - secret stash - September 26th.

Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Red's Red Ale (5.5% ABV) - September 25th.
Dodgeton Creek Brewing - Mexican Chocolate Porter (5.9% ABV) - September 25th.

Dry Dock Brewing - Bartender's Choice - firkin - September 26th 3pm.
Dry Dock Brewing - Oktoberfest Lager - September 27th 11am (Docktoberfest).

Epic Brewing - Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout - batch 32 - draft & bottle - September 24th 6pm.

Fiction Beer - Vitality of Illusion Wit - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Autumn Stars - Belgian Farmhouse - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - The Dreamer - IPA - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Old Bums and Beat Cowboys - Pale Ale - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Feely Effects - Stout - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.
Fiction Beer - Are Red Heads Supernatural? - seasonal ale - September 27th Grand Opening 2pm.

Fort Collins Brewery - Barnaby Barley Wine - Malt Monsters series - September 26th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Hop Head Squared - Colorado only - September 26th.

Front Range Brewing - Mississippi Mud Pie Brown Ale (nitro) - small batch - September 24th.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing - Barrel Rolls Oktoberfest Lager - September 25th 5pm.

Gravity Brewing - Heisenberg-Oktoberfest Marzen - September 27th.

Grimm Brothers - Rhubarb Little Red Cap - firkin - September 26th.

High Hops Brewery - Cherbocka - cherry lager - firkin - September 24th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Dr. Pat's #16 IPA - w/Crystal & Cascade hops - September 26th.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Perambulation Ale #1 - Beers Made By Walking - September 25th.

Joyride Brewing - Edgewater Double IPA - September 22nd.

Kannah Creek Brewing - Fresh Hop Chinook - firkin - September 22nd.

Kokopelli Beer - Sea Otter Brown Ale - September 25th.

Lost Highway Brewing - Golden Ghost - Belgian oat pilsner - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Longest, Wickedest Wit - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Grave Robber Fraud Quad - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Belghost IPA - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - District 6 Pils - German-style pilsner - September 26th Grand Opening.
Lost Highway Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - September 26th Grand Opening.

Manitou Brewing - Gourd Hoarder's Pumpkin - September 24th.

New Belgium/Mayor of Old Town - Dark Side of The Prune - Belgian quad w/prunes - Sept. 24th 6pm.
New Belgium - Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout - September 28th.

Odell Brewing - 180 Shilling - 25th Anniversary Beer - September 23rd.
Odell Brewing - Bobby - Kolsch - limited anniversary release - September 23rd.
Odell Brewing - Woodcut No. 08 - Barleywine Style Ale - bottles - September 26th.
Odell Brewing - Oktoberfest - September 28th 11am.

Oskar Blues - Death By Coconut - Irish Porter - tap only Tasty Weasel - September 23rd.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Snowy River Vanilla Porter - late-Sept.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Pyrite Fresh Hop Pilsner - September 27th.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Bourbon wood-aged City Park - September 28th.

Pug Ryan's - ESB2 - w/local CO hops - September 25th.

Red Leg Brewing - Raspberry Brown - firkin - September 26th 3pm.

River North Brewery - J Maria (Tequila Barrel Age) - bottles - September 27th.

Trinity Brewing - Houdini Hopper - Fresh Hop IPA - September 26th.

Upslope Brewing - Saison - aged in a red wine barrel - September 24th.

Verboten Brewing - Bourbon BBL-AGED Crossroads - Scottish Wee Heavy - Sept. 26th 3pm.
Verboten Brewing - Rye Whiskey BBL-AGED Crossroads - Scottish Wee Heavy - Sept. 26th 3pm.

Wild Woods Brewery - Raging River Rock Imperial Coffee Brown - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Tropical Paradise Imperial IPA - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Honey Nut Blonde - w/honey + toasted almonds - Sept. 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Palm Tree Pale - w/toasted coconut - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Oktoberfest Lager - September 27th 1pm.
Wild Woods Brewery - Big Bonfire - 1st Anniversary ale aged 1 year - Sept. 27th 1pm.

Wynkoop Brewing - Salted Caramel Apple Cider - hard cider - September 23rd.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases September 15-21, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases September 8-14, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases September 1-7, 2014.
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09/29/2014 09:53 PM
Colorado Beer News 092914
Colorado Beer NewsToday is Confucius Day. Confucius was born in 551 BCE and was a famous highly quoted Chinese teacher. He was credited for writing many classic Chinese texts including all of the Five Classics. He was a master of philosophers, a gatekeeper of highest wisdom, and solver of great riddles. Today while you enjoy a craft beer ponder this quote from Confucius: "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." - In our case, when we drink we study our glass and typically don't think and get wasted. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 29th, 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

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Get in out of the rain and enjoy some Brews and Board Games tonight starting at 6pm. BYO game or play one of theirs. Ask to join a game with others. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge) - Come by Tuesday at 6:30pm to pick up the 2nd edition of the Craft Beer Pin Up Calendar. Meet the lovely ladies of the brew world and get this years copy signed. Also, on the opening day of GABF (October 2nd), Colorado Plus will have over 22 different specialty beers on tap from nearly as many Colorado breweries, beers that you don't normally see. Beers like: Avery Pumpkyn, Black Bottle's Sparkles Shimmers Shines, Dry Dock RYE-zing Sun Saison, Odell Comes and Gose and many more. They'll be pouring all day long. [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Rainy days call for beer. Good thing they have lots on tap. Plus, at 6pm Almanac Beer Co is joining Crooked Stave for Collaboration Brewers Night. Almanac will be bringing at least 5 of their beers. Should be a tasty evening. Plus, Crooked Stave's Autumn Surette is now available at the taproom. This batch was brewed with Ceylon cinnamon, Thai chili peppers, star anise, all spice and roasted squash. Bottles go for $8 each. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - This week inside at the GABF, Bull & Bush will be pouring an astounding 12 different beers! And back at their taproom in Denver, they will be pouring 35 different beers including several vertical tastings and some rarities. They will even have bottles of 5 select beers available in the taproom as well. Variety is the spice of life and Bull & Bush certainly has it this week. [4700 Cherry Creek Dr South, Denver, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - The 50th brewery to open in Colorado this year is Fiction Beer Company of Denver, CO. Ryan and Christa Kilpatrick opened their book-themed brewery on Saturday, September 27th at 7101 E Colfax Ave. They are on the 1st floor of an apartment building. Even their bar is made of books and the beers are book themed! They have regular business hours on Wednesdays through Sundays, open at 2pm and stay as open as late as 10pm normally and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. They're pouring several beers including a Wit, a Belgian Farmhouse, an IPA, a Pale Ale, a Stout and a seasonal ale called "Are Red Heads Supernatural?". Come open a "book" with them!

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's the event line-up for GABF week at BSB. Wednesday, Oct 1st is Bring Your Own Vinyl night from 5-10pm. There will be a special beer tapping of a Bbl-Aged Sour Red Saison too. Thurs. Oct 2nd brings a tapping of a Belgian Red Strong Ale that was aged in steel for 9 months. Then Fri. Oct 3rd - they'll tap a Guava Red Saison (2-10pm). On Saturday, Oct. 4th they'll re-tap more Sour Red Saison (2-10pm). On finally on Sun. Oct. 5th they'll tap a special Red Beet Saison (2-7pm). Live music Fri. & Sat. Food trucks on hand on most days. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Lost Highway Brewing Company (Denver) - Good things come to those who wait. The brewery you thought would never open finally has! Last Friday (September 26th), Lost Highway Brewing Company opened their doors for business at 520 E Colfax Ave in Denver, CO. They started off with 6 beers including: Golden Ghost (Belgian Oat Pils), Longest Wickedest Wit, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Belghost IPA, District 6 Pils, and a Pumpkin Ale. They are open 7 days a week. GABF special hours this week then regular hours start next Monday. They also host a deli counter with breads, meats and cheeses to pair with your beer. Check em out! [520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Welcome 2014 GABF Attendees! Wit's End Brewing will be holding special hours during GABF week. Their taproom will be open every day during the week of September 29th: Monday through Thursday 2pm to 8pm, and Friday and Saturday 12pm to 8pm. They will have special tappings throughout the week, including some of our rare beers like Sorry I’m Not Sour, Dim Mak, Big Willie Style and others! Check out our Facebook page for updates. Slow beer for fast times. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Stop in on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:00pm for a tapping of their Devil's Thumb Belgian Ale. They'll be giving out a free glass of this brew from 6pm to 6:30pm that day to wet your whistle. It makes a perfect warm up brew for GABF. Then two weeks later, they'll be tapping their Pumpkin Smasher Ale on October 15th at 6pm with the same great free tasting offer til 6:30pm. [1001 16th St, Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery is tapping some great beers this week; even busting out some barrel aged beers on Saturday in case you missed them over their anniversary weekend. Wed. Oct 1st - Mariposa Firkin w/Fuggle dry hop, Thur. Oct 2nd - Special B (Biere de Garde), Fri. Oct 3rd - Honey Hibiscus Saison, and Sat. Oct 4th - Bourbon A Votre Sante - and - Gin A Votre Sante - and - Gin/Oak Saison Voila. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - It's that time of year! Their Harvest Pumpkin Ale will be back on tap on Wednesday, October 1st. Taste the season! [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales and eats (Boulder) - This week during GABF, BRU has several events you'll want to check out. Tonight it's "The Art of Pairing Beer & Food" at 6pm. On Tuesday (9/30) it's a special tapping of their Loch Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. On Oct 1st it's the 2nd Annual Steins & Staches contest at 7pm - plus a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary ale and a complimentary ale for GABF ticket holders at 6pm. Then on October 3rd at 7pm join in for a 3-course beer dinner. On Sat. Oct 4th at 6pm they'll do a special tapping of their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale. And finally on Sun. Oct 5th it's the GABF Hangover Brunch from 9:30am to 3pm - call (720) 638-5193 for reservations. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Avery Brewing will be busy with events during GABF week. In their Tap Room, October 1st through the 4th they will have special tappings and brewery tours. Daily tappings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Brewery tours at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Then on Thursday, Oct. 2nd join in at Euclid Hall in Denver for the annual Midnight Breakfast starting at 11pm. You'll get 7 courses and 14 rare beers! Then on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 8:30pm at the Fox Theatre in Boulder it's the Great Avery Boulder Fest. Get some of their tap room exclusives and cellar rarities on tap along with some live music. And on Fri. Oct. 3rd at 10pm at Star Bar it's Avery's Robe One Out event. Slip into something more comfortable and Robe One Out with them after the GABF session! A limited number of plush Avery robes will be available to buy at Star Bar, and they'll have rare hardcore & softcore Avery brews on tap! [Taproom: 5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Come down to 12Degree Brewing on Wednesday, October 1st from 4 7pm to enjoy some delicious beer and cheese pairings and mingle with some very friendly, goofy goats! This collaborative pairing event will showcase the delicious and age-old relationship between beer and cheese. The event will include a taster flight of five 5-oz Belgian-inspired 12Degree beers and a large spread of selected handcrafted cheeses from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. And the goats will be joining the party, too! As you enjoy your beer and cheese pairings, you can pet and watch these playful, cheeky tricksters. It is sure to be an extremely tasty and memorable experience. Tickets cost $22 per person and can be purchased in the taproom or online at twelvedegree.com/goats. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - In honor of GABF this weekend we will be tapping a sixer of our Ginger Saison on Wednesday and then a sixer of the "Make It So Earl Grey IPA" on Saturday. First come first serve! (Or is that Last come, least served?) [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - GABF week is here! They can't wait to participate in their first ever GABF. If you aren't headed to GABF, they have some very special tappings back at the brewery to celebrate! Lineup: Wed: Unoaked American Barleywine, Thu: Spicy McHaggis, Dry Irish Stout, with brett and Fri: Small batch sour ales. ‪#‎drinkoddbeer‬ [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - They have some special barrel releases this week for ‪GABF: bourbon barrel aged black IPA and Drum (rum barrel aged porter). Come by and take a sip of these potent brews! ‪#‎crystalspringsbrewing‬ ‪#‎barrelaged‬ [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (Longmont) - Mountain Sun's newest addition to their pub family - Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse - is now open in Longmont. They'll feature many of the beers made from their Boulder and Denver locations. Happy hours regularly. Hours are 4pm to 12am. [600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's GABF at Grimm Brothers and they will be tapping something different each day this week. Today's tapping is "Bookends: A Story of World Beverage", a black sour ale aged in bourbon barrels. It will also be available in bottles only at World Beverage. On Tuesday, they tap "Randolf Gose", a sour salted beer. On Wed, Oct 2nd, they'll open up some cellared Bleeding Heart Raspberry Porter. Then on Thursday, they'll tap some 2 year old Big Bad wolf Schtick Alt. Then on Friday, Oct. 3rd come try their Magic Mirror, an imperial Kottbusser ale. And finally, on Saturday, stop in for their "Wooden Path Latzenebier". Something that every German beer lover will enjoy. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The culture of the Great American Beer Festival is much more than the tasting sessions in Denver; it encompasses the entire state of Colorado. In this spirit City Star is celebrating in their Berthoud taproom by pulling some of their favorite specialty beers out of the archives for tapping throughout the week (very limited supply). City Star's GABF week schedule: TUE - 2013 Mule Kick Strong Ale (2013 GABF Bronze Medal) tapping at 2pm, Oktoberfest Potluck 6:30pm. WED - Vaquero Tequila Barrel Aged Golden tapping at 2pm, GABF trivia 7:30pm. THU - 2013 Chai Watchman Chai Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Seth Phillips 7pm. FRI - 2013 Widow Maker Imperial Stout tapping at 2pm, live music with Jeff Brinkman 7pm. And SAT - Country Pumpkin tapping at noon (growlers welcome!), and a late night show with aka Laser Bunny 8-11pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Starting at 1pm tomorrow (Sept. 30th), you can pick up 1 to 2 of their 22oz bottles of Night Has Fallen, a barrel aged American sour. They have just 13 cases bottled this time around so get them soon! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Fans spoke and New Belgium has listened. They are bringing back their 2 Below Ale as the Winter Revival Beer in their upcoming Folly Packs. Look for it soon! [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Out of State Brewery Events in Colorado

Stone Brewing Co (California) - Look for Stone Brewing to be involved in multiple events during GABF in Colorado. Tuesday 9/30 - Paramount Cafe Beer Festival 5-8pm in Denver, also San Diego Tuesday @ Tap n' Handle in Fort Collins, and Brewers' Karaoke at 8pm @ Star Bar in Denver. On Wednesday, Oct. 1st - Stone Tapping @ Lyons Fork in Lyons at 5pm, also World of Beer Barrel-Aged Beer Competition from 5-8pm in Cherry Creek, a rare beer dinner @ The Populist in Denver at 7pm, and a Stone tapping @ Federal Bar & Grill in Denver at 7pm. More events later in the week.

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09/29/2014 09:49 PM
Partners in Housing's Brains & Beer 4 | 10/12/14, 6 - 11pm

Long time readers may remember our late, dear friend Chris Maples. Chris founded this blog in 2006 and went on to serve the community in other ways besides spreading the word about craft beer. Before his untimely passing earlier this year, Chris was the Director of Advancement for Partners in Housing, a local non-profit devoted to providing housing and social services for the homeless in Indianapolis. Needless to say, we miss Chris terribly and heartily support PiH's great service to Indianapolis.

Not only did Chris share a love of craft beer with us, he also was into the zombie craze that leapt into America's public consciousness with the debut of AMC's acclaimed series, The Walking Dead. So for the last three years, Chris and Partners in Housing held an ingenious fundraiser for PiH: Brains & Beer. The event provided zombie fans with a venue to watch The Walking Dead Season 2 finale and Seasons 3 and 4 premiere while enjoying pints of craft beers and contributing funds to a great cause.

The event has been so successful that on Sunday, October 12, from 6 to 11 p.m., Partners in Housing will stage Brains & Beer 4 at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company for the long-awaited Season 5 premier of The Walking Dead. We are very proud to be one of the event's sponsors, and we encourage you to come. Thr3e Wise Men's taps will be flowing for your drinking pleasure. In addition, there will be a zombie costume contest, free psychic readings, and, perhaps best of all, Sammy Terry will be the event's host. You can find full details about the event here.

09/29/2014 08:00 PM
It’s beer festival season … is your event using Eventbrite? (video)
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09/29/2014 07:29 PM
Pale 31 — Firestone Walker

Review by: Cory Smith It was late, the Beer Temple closed in under an hour, and I was in a hurry to get to my friends house since he was … Continue Reading →

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09/29/2014 07:29 PM
BREW Seattle beer fest – ticket giveaway, promo code, and more

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. People sometimes accuse me of being a homer when it comes to beer. I don’t deny it. I’ve lived here all my life, I am a child of the Craft Beer Revolution, and  I happily carry the flag for my hometown breweries (among others). That’s why I...

09/29/2014 03:09 PM
Brew: New beers for Siouxland
New at the HyVee Wine and Spirits' Gordon Drive location in Sioux City are:

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