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02/01/2015 12:06 PM
Union Township approves ‘fresh and local’ brew pub for Brinton Lodge
Union Township approves 'fresh and local' brew pub for Brinton Lodge Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers The Union Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a letter to the Zoning Board supporting the craft beer designation as a “good use” on the application to operate a brew pub at Brinton Lodge Haunted House, 180 ...

02/01/2015 11:50 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

02/01/2015 11:50 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....

02/01/2015 11:50 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....

02/01/2015 11:50 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!

02/01/2015 11:50 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen

02/01/2015 09:40 AM
Anheuser-Busch’s Purchases Elysian
Another one down: St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington.... Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder [...] will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of har ...

02/01/2015 09:11 AM
I Needed That
It was one of those weeks. Late nights at work. Early mornings at work. Little time for anything else, except sleep. By Thursday evening I was running on fumes, but I managed to meet Colleen and our friend Checkered Flag for dinner at Park Lane Tavern. My energy level peaked a bit when I saw the top listing on the pub's rotating draft menu — Heavy Seas Winter Storm. One of my old long-time favorites!

It's been a while since I've enjoyed this excellent Extra Special Bitter-inspired beer. And it was on draft even! I used to pick up a case each winter when it came out but haven't for a couple years. I sipped my pint slowly, savoring the roasted and caramel malt flavors, and the citrus hops at the finish. Park Lane has added a few new menu items recently, and I opted for the new jalapeño burger topped with sriracha sauce and pepper cheese. The Winter Storm was a perfect foil to the flavorful and very spicy sandwich.  

I've often said that a pint of ale is a great pick-me-up after a tiring day. This evening was no exception, and soon I was feeling revived. Unfortunately the invigorating effect is not cumulative, so I enjoyed just one pint of this old favorite before heading home for a brief rest to prep for another day.

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02/01/2015 08:53 AM
If you really want to get on the smash, a drinking culture where beer is consumed in measures of around a third of a pint doesn't really work. And so when Dennis and Boon McGowan are in Uerige in Düsseldorf, they just snatch the whole tray of beers and crack on. You can watch the scene here. I visited Uerige myself on Wednesday for the first time. For me, it had less to do with beer, and more to

02/01/2015 07:12 AM
Boulevard Beers Hitting the Canning Line
Boulevard Brewing’s twitter handle @boulevard_beer just announced that some of their beers will start hitting the canning line in 2015. Those pictured are Pop-Up Session IPA, Radler, Heavy Lifting IPA, and their Wheat Beer. Here’s the post from their website: Boulevard Beer in Cans January 23, 2015 It’s often said that brewer ...

02/01/2015 04:36 AM
Mead Review – Leaky Roof Meadery – The Berry Picker
Mead Review: Leaky Roof Meadery – The Berry Picker Style: Mead (Melomel) ABV: 6.5% We decided to step away from the craft beer for about 10 minutes to dive into the wonderful world of mead. Although uncommon around these parts, we, at Arkansas Beer Blog, are very familiar with the great flavors that mead can offer (as seen here in ou ...

02/01/2015 03:47 AM
The Month That Was: January 2015
Beer Fest sign, Exeter, January 2015.

Coming back from Christmas full of vim and vigour and writing resolutions we managed a pretty decent number of posts this month. → We kicked off the year with our predictions for 2015. (On a related note, here’s Richard ‘Beercast’ Taylor’s list of breweries to watch in the next 12 months.) → Our contribution to … Continue reading The Month That Was: January 2015

The Month That Was: January 2015 from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

02/01/2015 03:05 AM
Norwich, barley and malt
I told you I’ve been busy. So busy I’d neglected to report a fascinating trip to East Anglia a couple of weeks back.

I’d been invited by some of the folks from Goose Island to tag along on a visit to a barley breeder and a maltster. I was dead excited because of the type of barley to be discussed: Chevallier.

The most exciting news (well, beer-related news) I heard last year was of the revival of Chevallier barley. At last, there was a chance  to fix something that had been troubling me for a while.

I’ve noticed that, the more I’ve got into historic brewing and recreating historic beers, I moved from just replicating the recipe as well as possible with modern ingredients. I’ve taken one more step to look at older malting and brewing techniques. And old barley varieties.

Beer’s ingredients are weird. While there are plenty of new hop varieties, older ones still soldier on. Goldings and Fuggles walk side by side with Chinook and Nelson Sauvin. But with barley, it’s a different matter. The oldest variety regularly grown, Maris Otter, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Most varieties come and go within a decade. It’s frustrating, as it limits how far you can go into the past with full authenticity.

Until now. Because Chevallier is back. The favourite barley variety not just of Victorian Britain, but the whole world. My trip to East Anglia would tell me how and why.

Chevallier was first selected in 1820 by a Mr. Chevallier. It became incredibly popular and for a century was the most widely-grown type of malting barley. Its demise was brought about by the work of Beavan, amongst others, in breeding new crosses. With their improved yield per acre, these quickly supplanted Chevallier. But even when it was in decline, Ckevallier was loved by brewers – much like Maris Otter today – and beers brewed using it continued to win prizes.

Early Friday morning I met the Goose Island lads at Norwich station. Two people from the John Innes Centre were also there and they whisked us off to, er, the John Innes Centre. Where the plant breeding was going on.

Soon there we were. In a meeting room, two sheaves of barley decorating the table in the presence of the man responsible for the return of Chevallier barley, Chris Ridout.

It was Chris who had the idea of plucking a handful of Chevallier seeds from a seed bank and starting to build up enough to plant it commercially. There were two purposes. First to bring back Chevallier into production, but also to investigate its disease resistance.

They don’t want to grow Chevallier for the sake of it. They want to make sure they produce good malt and ultimately good beer. Which is why Crisp the maltsters have also been involved.

But the first challenge was learning how to grow Chevallier. It may sound stupid, but one strain of barley isn’t like every other. And the qualities of Chevallier are different enough that it requires different farming techniques. Ones which have been forgotten in the century since Chevallier was last grown.

First there’s Chevallier’s size. It’s 50 cm taller than modern varieties and tends to fall over. So it’s treated with a chemical that limits the growth of the stalk

Chevallier is also a nitrogen scavenger, which means it requires less fertiliser than modern varieties. Getting the amount of fertiliser right is essential if the nitrogen and protein content in the barley are to suitable for brewing.

It took a few years to get enough seed to grow a usable amount of barley. In 2012 a half acre was grown at the John Innes centre. It was malted at Crisp and used by Chris to brew a beer at his own Stumptail Brewery, Heritage IPA.

In 2013 about 500 kg of Chevallier was available for malting. In 2014 5 hectares were planted, producing 15 tonnes of grain, of which 4 tonnes was malted, the rest being used for seed. But 2015 is the year when the amounts start getting serious. Three farmers will be sowing it soon and they’re expected to harvest around 200 tonnes.

Wonderful news. But it gets even better. They’re looking at other heritage barley varieties to revive. There was one name that caught my eye. It shows just how nerdy I am. A name I recognise from brewing literature: Hanna, one of the classic central European barleys. Authentic 19th-century Pilsener anyone?

02/01/2015 02:08 AM
Couple receive CAMRA honour
Doncaster Today Couple receive CAMRA honour Doncaster Today Ian and Alison Blaylock, have been running their Doncaster Brewery and Tap pub for only 12 months and said they were amazed at the accolade they received from CAMRA. The couple, who mainly sell their own brews and brew their beers in a micro ... Campaigners in plea to sa ...

02/01/2015 01:05 AM
Beer In Ads #1452: That Woman Is Real Competition
Saturday’s ad is yet another one for Budweiser, from 1956. “That Woman Is Real Competition.” DOn’t worry, she’s not being catty, the woman whispering in the ear of her friends qualifies her statement. “As a hostess, I mean.” Not only does she have...

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01/31/2015 10:45 PM
Didn't take long for this to come true.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
-- H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

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01/31/2015 10:04 PM
Patent No. 4071160A: Insulated Beer Keg Container
Today in 1978, US Patent 4071160 A was issued, an invention of Carl J. Vick, assigned to Keg-Tainer, Inc., for his “Insulated Beer Keg Container.” Here’s the Abstract: A container adapted to receive a beer keg includes a cup-like top section fitting telescopically into the upper...

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01/31/2015 07:00 PM
The Holiday Leftovers Cocktail Series
Let’s face it, we all have those bottles hidden in the back of our pantry. You know, the ones that have been collecting dust since ...

01/31/2015 04:38 PM
March 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar
2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

March 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

March is one of the coldest and snowiest months in Colorado. Beer festivals remain indoors and thoughts turn towards Spring and Spring Break. There will be several special Saint Patrick's Day events, beer dinners for two, special tasting events and even music and beer celebrations. These calendar listings are updated regularly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a few days.

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2015 Frozen Dead Guy Days
Friday - Sunday, March 13-15, 2015
Nederland, CO
Time: All day - 3 Days.
Cost: Per item/event.
Celebrating its 14th year in 2015, Nederland, Colorado’s Frozen Dead Guy Days is known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in the country and continues to be a world-renowned spectacle. The home-grown frosty fest pays homage to Bredo Morstol who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland. Thousands of adventurous, life enthusiasts come annually to participate in and view the events along with local, national and international media and entertainment. Get some tasty craft beers in the Re-Animate or Brain Freezer tents. Colorado’s “most frigidly fun festival” features outrageous events like the Blue Ball, coffin races, costumed polar plunge, ice turkey bowling, frozen T-shirt and brain freeze contests, snowy beach volleyball, a parade of hearses and the frozen salmon toss. It all takes place amid an incredible free music festival featuring Colorado’s most talented acts in an “eccentric cross between morbid and hilarious that permeates the weekend’s atmosphere.” - Visit: frozendeadguydays.org.

4th Annual Fort Collins Beer Pairing
Friday, March 13, 2015
CSU Lory Student Center Ballroom 350
Fort Collins, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Cost: $40 Alumni Assoc members, $50 non-members.
Enjoy unlimited samples from 15 Colorado breweries paired with gourmet small plates. Brought to you by the Colorado State University Alumni Association and the Fort Collins Ram Network. Event sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, Black Bottle Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, The Fort Collins Brewery, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, High Hops Brewery, Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Loveland Aleworks, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing Co., Pateros Creek Brewing Co., Summit Hard Cider, Verboten Brewing. More info at: CSU Alumni Website.

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Week of March 17, 2015
Statewide - Many Venues
Colorado and Nation-wide.
Time: All Day - some all week.
Cost: Per beer or per event.
It's one of America's biggest drinking holidays of the year! St. Patrick's Day may be only 1 day a year, but many Colorado breweries and beer bars celebrate the occasion all week long! Stop by your favorite local watering hole and ask for their St. Patrick's Day beer special. While you may want to avoid the green beer and stick to the good stuff - no matter where you celebrate - this is truly a beer holiday to commemorate. Look to the daily Colorado Beer News postings for word on upcoming events at local Colorado breweries.

2015 Mazer Cup Mixer
Friday, March 20, 2015
Omni Interlocken Hotel - 500 Interlocken Blvd.
Broomfield, CO
Time: 8:00-10:00pm General, 7pm-10 VIP.
Cost: $60 General, $100 VIP.
Sample some of the finest Mead from around the world. Savor canapés that highlight the layers of flavor in the meads you sample. Get to know people who make of the best Mead in the world.
Don’t delay! Purchase your tickets and support the Community Food Share. Entry includes entry with a complementary Mead Mixer tasting glass, many different meads that are not widely available in the USA, chance to talk with new and established meaderies, Gourmet canapés crafted to enhance your tasting experience, and a detailed program guide (Mead Passport) with meadery and sponsor listings. If you haven't experienced the world of mead then you need to check this out! Website: www.mazercup.com/mcimc_meadmixer_nfo.html

Collaboration Fest
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver, CO
Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Cost: $50 General, $75 Fanatic.
Collaboration Fest was crafted by a group of like minded folks looking to create the ultimate showcase event to kick off Colorado Craft Beer Week. The goals for this event were lofty. The organizers dreamed of an event that not only showcased the rarest of beers, but most importantly, an event that captures the true nature of the craft beer industry. Luckily, the mentality of collaborating has forever been a part of the scene. So they built an event around it! Each beer featured at Collaboration Festival is created by at least one Colorado Brewers Guild member, with other participating breweries coming from near and far. The other breweries are from both in and out of state and some collaborations involve more than five breweries! The out-of-state brewery involvement is an exciting element for Colorado Craft Beer Week. Tickets and info at: www.collaborationfest.com.

KSPN's Blitzenbanger Winter Brew-Au
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Aspen Highlands, CO - base of ski mountain.
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm.
Cost: $25 Advanced, $30 at the door.
The tradition is back! Let’s ski, have fun & win prizes with Blitzenbanger 2015! Join us for one of the oldest community-wide celebrations Aspen – Blitzenbanger – KSPN-FM’s Birthday Bash! Once again, KSPN will celebrate their birthday with the Blitzenbanger Winter Brew-AU – a Beer Fest & Luau Party!! The event will be held in Aspen Highlands again this year. This year Blitzenbanger will once again be even bigger with a beer fest & winter luau décor plus a kids area! This festival will bring locals and visitors alike to the base of Aspen Highlands for an on-mountain scavenger hunt starting at 9 a.m. (must have lift ticket or pass to participate), unlimited beer tastings from 15+ local & regional breweries, live music and fun! Come out & ski or ride in the morning and participate in the on-mountain scavenger hunt starting at 9 a.m. Find numbers hidden on the mountain & bring them to the KSPN-FM tent to redeem your prize. All lift tickets are sold separately by Aspen Ski Company. Lift tickets are not included in any Blitzenbanger pricing. Blitzenbanger tickets are solely for the beer tastings from 12 – 5 p.m. at the base of the mountain. Website: www.blitzenbanger.com.

2015 Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Left Hand Brewing Co - 1270 Boston Ave.
Longmont, CO
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm.
Cost: TBA
Craft beer + Rail jam: It’s a match made in Colorado heaven! Back for its third year, Left Hand Brewing is excited to announce the return of Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, on March 28th in Longmont, Colorado. The hybrid winter event will feature the finest craft breweries alongside a 25’ high ski ramp at Left Hand Brewery. Hops & Handrails will bring the best Colorado has to offer in a family friendly winter wonderland loaded with snowboards and craft beer! Schedule: Rider Registration 11am | Beer Fest: 12-4pm | Rail Jam: 1-5pm | Award Ceremony: 5:15pm. (All times subject to change). More info at: lefthandbrewing.com/events/hops-handrails-2015/.

3rd Annual Western Colorado Craft Beer Celebration
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Edgewater Brewery - 905 Struthers Ave.
Grand Junction, CO
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
Cost: TBA.
Join in for a beautiful spring day of great Western Slope craft beer and music! THey are still working on all the details but this is an awesome beer festival you don’t want to miss. More details at: www.kannahcreekbrewingco.com/event/3rd-annual-western-co-craft-beer-celebration/

Other March 2015 Events Expected - Details and more events coming soon.

- Colorado Craft Beer Week - March 21-29, 2015 - Many events at many breweries statewide.

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01/31/2015 03:22 PM
Patriot Fans: Your Game Day Cocktail Awaits

01/31/2015 02:49 PM
Buxton Tap House

Find us on George Street, Buxton, in the Old Court House, slap bang in the middle of Buxton’s cafe quarter. Only a stone’s throw from the Opera House The Dome.


01/31/2015 12:51 PM
Sweetheart Swirl – Valentine’s Day Brewmaster Dinner at Hale’s

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Hale’s Ale Brewery is hosting a Valentine’s Day beer dinner: The Sweetheart Swirl Brewmaster Dinner.  Here is the info directly from the source: Grab your sweetheart and join us in Hale’s Ale’s Double Decker Room (upstairs from the pub) for a romantic evening of music, food and,...

01/31/2015 12:11 PM
Na zdravje!
A beer/two beers, please. 
Pivo/dve pivi, prosim. (PEE-voh/dveh PEE-vee, PROH-seem)
A pint, please. 
Veliko pivo, prosim. (veh-LEE-koh PEE-voh, PROH-seem)

01/31/2015 12:02 PM
The World
Jeder sieht ein Stückchen Welt, gemeinsam sehen wir die ganze.

01/31/2015 12:01 PM
The Music
Jeder hört die Musik anders aber der gemeinsame Tanz ist wunderbar.

01/31/2015 11:55 AM
Church and Ale
But if at church they give some ale
And a pleasant fire for our souls to regale

01/31/2015 11:30 AM
Patent No. 4801462A: Copper Heat Exchange Tubes
Today in 1989, US Patent 4801462 A was issued, an invention of Arthur Tonna, assigned to The Stroh Brewery Company, for his “Copper Heat Exchange Tubes.” Here’s the Abstract: Wort, heated to boiling in a brew kettle, is continuously withdrawn from the brew kettle and passed...

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01/31/2015 09:02 AM
Irish Fisherman
It was raining hard and a big puddle had formed in front of an Irish pub.
An old man stood beside the puddle holding a stick with a string on the end and jiggled it up and down in the water. A curious gentleman asked what he was doing.

‘Fishing,’ replied the old man.

‘Poor old fool’ thought the gentleman, so he invited the old man to have a drink in the pub.

Feeling he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whisky, the gentleman asked, ‘And how many have you caught?’

‘You’re the eighth.’

H/T Common Sense Evaluation

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01/31/2015 05:26 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Unhappy in the Snow
Unhappy in the snow

A 'Greeky' armless statue appears to be displeased with the snow.

Rosslyn, Virginia.
7 January 2015.


01/31/2015 03:05 AM
German brewing in the 1970’s – low-alcohol beer
Here’s another test of your patience – a look at low-alcohol beer. Always a favourite among drinkers.

The first sentence is certainly true:

“Although in West Germany there is a trend to produce beers with lower original gravity, it is not expected that hop consumption will decrease. This trend has been caused by the new laws requiring a lower blood alcohol concentration but it has also been recognized that people will consume higher quantities of liquids to gain a particular blood alcohol concentration. It has been seen that in Great Britain people accept beers with original gravities as low as 8.5-9.5% Plato and after the introduction of the new traffic laws some breweries tried to put on the market the so-called 'Schankbiere' with an original gravity of 7-8% Plato. These efforts were not very successful. This comment also applies to trials to reduce the alcohol content of normally produced beers from 3.8 % (w/w) to 1.5 and 0.5 % (w/w) alcohol by various means. The following procedures are available to reduce the alcohol content of beer:

(a) Boiling of the fermented beer under atmospheric pressure.
(b) Removal of alcohol from the fermented beer by vacuum distillation at temperatures around 50°C.
(c) Use of reverse osmosis, whereby it is possible to dealcoholize the beer totally without heating.

The last-mentioned procedure has the least effect on other beer constituents, because no increased temperature is needed and the resulting product has an acceptable taste. With the two procedures first mentioned the content of hydroxymethylfurfural and other intermediates of the Mail lard reaction is increased, caused by the use of higher temperatures. None of these products is expected to have much success on the market.”
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 83, Issue 1, March-April 1977, page 74.

Though the first sentence is true not in the way the author intended. Pretty sure he’s talking about a trend towards low-alcohol types of beer. Whereas what I’ve observed is a lowering of gravities which offsets an increase in attenuation, leaving the ABV the same. Meaning German beers are getting drier and more highly-attenuated.

The quantities of Schankbier are tiny and falling. The vast majority of it is Berliner Weisse, a style which is under threat. There are a few low-gravity Hefeweizens around, but the amount brewed of these beers isn’t significant.

I’m trying to think if I’ve ever had an alcohol-reduced beer that tasted good. Or even like beer. Can’t recall one. Then again, I rarely drink them. In fact it’s ages since I drank one voluntarily - the last ones were while judging competitions.

Let’s see what Briggs has to say about low-alcohol beer:

"The production of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beers has a long history and patents on the processes involved go back over 100 years. Marketing and sale of these beers has varied in intensity throughout this period. Low-alcohol beers were produced in considerable volume at the time of the First and Second World Wars as a result of the shortage of raw materials and prohibition in the USA from 1919 to 1933 stimulated production. There has been renewed interest, since about 1978, because of legislation relating to the driving of motor vehicles and health considerations leading to some beliefs in the advantages of drinking less alcohol. There is also a trade in the export of non-alcoholic beer to Islamic countries where the sale of alcohol is banned. These situations lead to the development of a healthy market and most major brewers included low-alcohol and alcohol-free beers in their product portfolios. The market for these beers has recently come under pressure both from aggressive marketing from soft drink companies and from so-called `alcopops' in which alcohol is mixed with some type of fruit extract. This has led to brand losses and there are now fewer types of beer available. However the competition has resulted in marked flavour improvements in those brands which have survived. In 1992, in Europe, the market for low-alcohol beer was 4% of the total alcoholic drinks market but it has shown no growth since this time."
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 582.

Briggs lists seven methods of alcohol reduction rather than three:

Vacuum distillation
In this process (Regan, 1990), the beer to be de-alcoholized is heated to 50º C (122º F) in a plate heat exchanger and is then de-esterified under high vacuum.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 582.

Vacuum evaporation
This process (Attenborough, 1988; Narziss et al., 1992; Regan, 1990) has developed from considering the difficulties of vacuum distillation. The temperatures used are lower than with vacuum distillation and the residence time under evaporation is less.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 583.

In this method (Attenborough 1988; Niefind, 1982; Regan, 1990) the alcohol is removed by pumping beer through a membrane at a pressure of just over 2 bar (30 lb./in.2). The membrane is normally a hollow fibre with a very thin wall.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 583.

Reverse osmosis
This process uses filtration at high pressure (30 to 60 bar) through a semipermeable membrane. The membranes are made of cellulose acetate, nylon or other polymers and allow the passage of small molecules such as water and ethanol and hold back the larger molecules. The high pressure used forces the water and alcohol against the natural osmotic pressure of the beer through the membrane.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, pages 583 - 584.

Control of mashing
Clearly, if mashing can be performed to produce a wort of low fermentability then there is the possibility of fermenting this wort to yield a beer of low alcohol content (Muller, 1990). These methods were formerly associated with intensely `worty' flavours in the resultant beers which were cloying and not `moreish'.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 584.

Control of fermentation
The essence of these methods is to lower ethanol production by restricting fermentation. This can be done by stopping yeast activity before fermentation is complete, by using a special strain of yeast, by temperature control, or by controlling contact time of the yeast with wort.”
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 584.

Use of spent grains
These methods (Attenborough, 1988) utilize spent grains to produce worts of low fermentability. The grains can simply be extracted with water or by acid hydrolysis or can be extrusion cooked. Fermentation is normally at a gravity of 8ºP (32º Sacch). Again, these beers require long maturation times (at least 14 days) to yield acceptable flavours.
"Brewing Science and Practice" by Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens, 2000, page 585.

Not sure I fancy beer that’s been through any of those processes. Using spent grain sounds particularly cheap and nasty.

Wort production next.

01/31/2015 01:46 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 31/01/2015
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It’s Saturday morning and time for our usual round-up of beer-related news and links from around the internet. → Are pubs closing because there are more Muslims in Britain? Patrick Worrall at Channel 4 News’s ‘Fact Check’ reckons, on balance, probably not: [A] rising Muslim population would only affect the national pub industry if it … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 31/01/2015

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01/31/2015 12:53 AM
Beer In Ads #1451: It’s The Little Things That Make Life Friendly
Friday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, from 1941. So if you thought Budweiser advertising with a puppy was a recent phenomenon, your were wrong, as demonstrated by this World War 2-era ad. And not just one, but five adorable puppies. The ads end with this gem. “And there’s...

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01/30/2015 11:06 PM
Patent No. 3713839A: Fermentation Process
Today in 1973, US Patent 3713839 A was issued, an invention of Cavit Akin, Jacques J. Delente, Erik Krabbe, and Elmer Lueckerath, for their “Fermentation Process.” Here’s the Abstract: The process of handling fermenting medium such that the carbon dioxide released during...

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01/30/2015 10:42 PM
Events to Watch for in 2015
With 2015 well underway, it’s time to start planning for things to come! The best way to plan for the future is to look to the past. So, let’s take a quick look back at some of the event highlights from 2014 and start saving some dates for 2015. Seattle Wine and Food Experience One […]

01/30/2015 09:44 PM
NC-VA Regional Hops Conference

Looking for a conference to attend, take a look at this one!  Please join us : NC-VA Regional Hops Conference: Bringing Hop Growers and Brewers Together NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program at NC State University Friday, March 13, 2015…

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01/30/2015 06:09 PM
#MNCleanPint 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, fire up your beer glasses and your smartphones and get your hashtags ready! February 1st us upon us and that means you’ll see #MNCleanPint tagged across the social media spectrum. And what, you ask, is all the fuss about? #MNCleanPint celebrates “beer clean” glassware. Beer clean glassware is free from contaminants, residue ...

01/30/2015 05:48 PM
The non-profit pub that's uniquely Portland
Portland is well-known for both its craft beer scene and socially conscious citizenry. Not only is Portland home to the most craft breweries than any other city in America, but it also plays host to more non...
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01/30/2015 05:48 PM
Colorado Beer News 013015
Colorado Beer NewsFriday's here at last! There's plenty of Colorado craft beer waiting for you to start your weekend and Fermentedly Challenged wants to help you guide yourself to the best beer available. It's the last work week day of the month for many and it's time to unwind and enjoy the weekend. Where will your beer journey take you? Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Friday, January 30th, 2015. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Bull & Bush Brewery - Time for the final installment of tappings in their German Gravity Beers series. Today's 20 liter gravity keg is a Lowenbrau Buttenkeim Kellerbier. It tapped today at 11am and will run kill it's kicked. Come get a taste of the old world. [4700 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co - Tonight 38 State Brewing hase live music and BBQ! Alex Williams will be playing at 7pm and B&B Smokehouse will be cooking up some awesome food. And of course, plenty of fresh craft beer to choose from. Also - attention soccer fans - Come in early on Saturdays, watch some EPL, have a pint or three and start your day off right! 8AM is Manchester United vs Leicester, and 10:30am is Chelsea vs Manchester City. [8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Black Sky Brewery - Stout month is upon us and we have some awesome treats in store for you! Stout Month Tap List: Chocolate Mint Stout, Pistachio Stout, Chocolate Blackberry Stout, Oatmeal Stout, and Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Porter. They will be tapping them throughout the month so stop by and check 'em out. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Ratio Beerworks - [PRESS RELEASE] Ratio Beerworks, located at 2920 Larimer St. in Denver, will be hosting its grand opening party on Saturday, February 14th. The new brewery, which includes a 1,500 square foot taproom and 4,000 square foot production facility, will open its doors at 12pm in the RiNo™ Arts District of the historic Five Points neighborhood. Ratio Beerworks plans to offer a lineup of five (5) meticulously crafted flagship beers, including an Extra Pale Ale, Dark Scotch Ale and its French-American Saison among others. Normal bar service and an onsite food truck will be available until midnight. Consistency and creativity are primary goals as Ratio plans to open amongst many of its peers in the area. The eclectic taproom will occupy over 80 craft beer enthusiasts with an additional standing area on the side patio, which will be developed to approximately 4,000 square feet of outdoor space in the spring. Ratio Beerworks normal operating hours will be Tuesday through Thursday from 3pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturdays from 12pm to 12am and Sundays from 12pm to 10pm. The brewery will be closed on Mondays. More information and general grand opening happenings will be posted to the breweries Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as the celebration gets closer.

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co - They've got a full tap wall today with 9 different beers including: Crenshaw Imperial Red, Mindbender IPA, Solid Gold Belgian Golden, Victorville Red, Salvius Belgian IPA, Featherweight Pale, Brickyard Porter, Pere Noel (Belgian Strong Dark Ale), and Aslan Imperial Stout. Come and get them! They are open today 12pm to 11pm. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Hops & Pie - Just in time for your weekend - new beer tappings! Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock, Hoperation Overload from Destihl, La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin, ScareCity from Lagunitas, Symposium from Green Flash, Japanese Green Tea from Stone and Imperial Stout from Dry Dock on the Hand Pull. Pair one with a slice of pizza pie! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Barrels & Bottles Brewery - They have a special keg on tap today! A beer dry hopped with Blue Juniper Berries and Glacier hops, barrel-aged in State-38 Distilling Agave Based Gin Barrel, their "Gin Juniperus Imperial IPA" is one not to miss! Have it alongside their Tomato Basil soup. [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Rockyard Brewing - Don't miss this weeks deviation from the one and only Jellyman. "Touch This, Midas" is a golden ale with Riesling, honey and white peppers. Jellyman says this one tastes cornucopia of citrus and spice. The keg taps at 4pm and pours until it's gone. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co - Been waiting for that English IPA to tap? Wait no more! Muggle Trubble English IPA will be on tap this evening. Don't miss out on a fun night of live music with Dave Connelly, Musician, Acoustic Performer, Looping Artist and food from Fig's Catering, LLC! Coming soon - an Imperial Stout! [5450 W 120th, Broomfield, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co - Happy Friday! They're tapping a brand new beer today. Juicy Banger IPA is loaded with Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic hops. Come try a pint and let them know what you think! Big Kiwi Eats is there tonight with new menu items from 4 to 9pm. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Mockery Brewing - Just tapped today! Come try their new Double IPA (8.5% ABV 94 IBU). If hops were an aphrodisiac, this beer would require a prescription! Loaded with 4 different hop varieties, dry English ale yeast, Bohemian dark pilsner malt, dried orange and lemon peel. [3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Brewpub - Don't forget that Yoga at the YAK is again this Sunday at 10:30AM. $15 gets you one hour of yoga with Nikki at Still Motion Yoga & Massage and your first beer is free afterwards. BYOM.(mat) [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Fiction Beer Co - Some of you have really been missing their Green Tea Milk Chocolate Stout ... so they are extra excited to announce that "Feely Effects" is back on tap! Start your Friday night out with some Fiction. [101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co - Tart Cherry Blonde is now on tap for a limited time. Also, come grab some Ritual Rivers Coffee Porter in cans before the Superbowl. The Comfortable Food Truck is in tonight. Follow your nose! [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co - While the Broncos didn't get to the Superbowl, that won't stop Diebolt Brewing from throwing a Super Bowl party anyway. Check out these Sunday specials: Predict the combined score for both teams correctly, win a Diebolt Brewing t-shirt and beanie. Half-time raffle for a bottle of The Commodore our Russian Imperial Stout (look for bottles of The Commodore in liquor stores near you). Every time Tom Brady throws a TD pass, BOGO pints of our GABF silver medal winning Brown Ale. Every time Russell Wilson throws a TD pass, BOGO pints of our Porter. Beer Specials: $1 off French Ale pints and $2 off Growlers all day long. Plus, $5 bowls of chili from Bakin’ Bakery during the game. Open at Noon on Sunday. Must be present to win prizes. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery - This February will be the 22nd Annual Stout Month at all five Mountain Sun locations: the Mountain Sun, Southern Sun and Under the Sun in Boulder, the Vine Street Pub and Brewery in Denver and their newest location in Longmont, the Longs Peak Pub and Taphouse. Now in its 22nd year, Stout Month has become an anticipated event among local beer connoisseurs. During the month of February, most of Mountain Sun pubs’ taps will fade to black with House and Colorado versions of the rich, thick and dark ale. Nearly 600 kegs in all! This is a once-a-year opportunity to try some of the region’s best stouts, side-by-side, and on tap. This year's House Stouts: 48 Smooth Chai Stout, Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Addiction Coffee Imperial Stout, Brett Stoudt American "Wild" Stout, Casual Friday Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Dip Stout, Chocolate Thunder Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, Coconut Cream Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Dropkick Stout, Girl Scout Stout, Korova Cream Stout, Megatron Imperial Stout, Mutual Respect Coffee Stout brewed with Odell Brewing, Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout, Norwegian Wheat Stout, Oatimus Prime Oatmeal Stout, Old School Dry Irish Stout, Sharkbite Foreign Stout, Space Odyssey Stout, Stoked Oak Stout, Totally Stoked Stout, Thunderhead Stout, Trickster Stout, and Yonder Mountain Oatmeal Stout. Not only those, but they've got a huge list of Guest Stouts as well: Avery Mephistopheles' Stout, Backcountry Brewery Breakfast Stout, Big Choice Brewing #42 Poblano Stout, The Brew on Broadway Social Club Coffee Milk Stout, Cannonball Creek Brewing Almond Chocolate Stout, Crabtree Brewing Oatmeal Stout, Diebolt Brewing The Commodore Russian Imperial Stout, Fate Brewing Sudice American Stout, Gravity Brewing Oort Cloud Oatmeal Stout, High Hops Brewery The Dark One Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout, Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Odyssey Beerwerks Seething Cauldron Belgian Stout, Pagosa Brewing Soaker's Oatmeal Stout, Renegade Brewing Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout, River North Brewery Avarice Belgian-Style Imperial Stout, Sanitas Brewing Cinnilla Stout, Strange Brewing Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout, Telluride Brewing Ski-In-Ski-Stout, TRVE Brewing Stout O))), Upslope Brewing Foreign Stout, Wild Woods Brewery S'mores Stout, Wonderland Brewing Vaderade Irish Stout, and Yak & Yeti Chai Milk Stout. With so many stouts, it's impossible to say when your favorite will be debuted on their tap boards, so make sure you visit the pubs often in February so you don't miss out on any of these exceptional offerings. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co - For the IPA fans that don't get their newsletters - The good news is they are adding a third rotating IPA to their lineup. The bad news is they have to cut off growlers of it again. They'll have more in the tank and a couple kegs left. Should be able to just barely make it. Still available by the glass tonight while you enjoy the musical stylings of Brian Parton. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Echo Brewing Co - Pizza - Beer - Friday... a great combination. Come on out to the tap room tonight for great pizza from Rocky Mountain Slices and an Echo beer! [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co - This Sunday, Feb 1st, the tap room will be closed for the unofficial national holiday known as the Super Bowl. THey hope you enjoy the game and they can be with you in cans at your parties. Keep an eye out for Finkel & Garf 6-packs at you local liquor store. You can find them at the following liquor stores and many many more: Three Rivers Wine & Spirits, Hover Crossing Wine and Spirits, Lucky's Market Longmont, North Boulder Liquor, Boulder Wine Merchant, Baseline Liquor, Alfalfa's Market, Bottles Wine & Spirits, Boulder Wine & Spirits, Hazel's Beverage World, Liquor Mart, Superior Liquor, Total Beverage Westminster, Union Jack Liquor, Mile High Wine Cellars, and of course in the Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. taproom. [5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Powder Keg Brewing Co - A reminder that they are releasing "Pride of Palisade" on draft and in bottles today in the taproom. This farmhouse-style ale is brewed with palisade peaches, honey and brettanomyces. They opened at 2pm and stay open til 10pm tonight. [101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO]

Oskar Blues - Tasty Weasel Taproom - They've got another rad specialty beer at the Weasel - Shipwrecker Circus - their BrewDog collaboration beer. This one has Crystal, Munich, and Special B malts, hopped and dry hopped with Chinook, Centennial, and Galaxy. Stats: 12.43% ABV, 66.6 IBU’s. Risk it for the biscuit! They've even can some for ya! [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co - They've got football on the brain at Twisted Pine. Getting all geared up for the big game on Sunday! Join us for specials like: - $3 Bloody Billy's or Big Shot pints, $10 pitchers of any core beer, and Delicious food specials. Are you ready for some football?! [3201 Walnut St, Ste A, Boulder, CO]


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Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing - Their cooler is stocked, come get your bottles! They have one or two Mountain Mans left and a few Night Has Fallens. Limit 1 per person on each of those. Dizzying Intellect I & II are also available. Limit 2 of each per person. They have roughly 8 cases of Vol. I (apricots) and 6 cases of Vol. II (dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin). Come get them while they last! Also tapped "Little Surprises," a Belgian style quad for your Friday afternoon drinking pleasure. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing - Firkin Friday! It's everyone's favorite day of the week! Their firkin tonight is an Oatmeal Stout brewed with vanilla beans and raspberries. Weighing in at an ABV of 7.6% this is surely to be a dark treat for a chilly January evening! And while BIGS BBQ will not be able to make it for the next two weeks, they welcome all food you may bring in to enjoy with your beers and behind the bar they have a book of Greeley delivery places that will bring your dinner to you! Teacher Friday is all day! ($3.75 beers for all teachers with a valid ID) - And they have their Summer Slam special with $3.50 Head Turner Blonde pints and $7.00 Blonde growler fills! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - Friday is here! Snowbank Brewing is excited to be releasing their newest seasonal today - Snow Squall Black IPA - 7.6% ABV, 80 IBUs with aromas of toast and earthy hops, resiny hop bitterness with a touch of roast and coffee, and a crisp finish with a lingering hint of balanced citrus hop character. They released this new brew at noon today! Feeney's Weenies will be back from 4pm until close serving up Chicago-style hot dogs and hot Italian beef sandwiches! Purchase anything from the truck and get a dollar off pints of 47½ Stout. At 5pm they're releasing their newest Nuance Chocolate collaboration brew - La Red Stout - 47½ Stout infused with Nuance's newest single origin Dominican Republic La Red cacao husks and nibs. At 6:30pm they'll be having a screening of the movie The Art of Flight courtesy of Red Bull Media House Films. Come in and live vicariously through the snowboarders on screen before heading up to the slopes tomorrow. The taproom is open today from noon until 9pm. Come hungry. Come thirsty. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co - For Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st you can enjoy this beer special: Buy or Fill a Growler and get 1/2 off a pint of beer. Stock up for the big game. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery - Get ready for your weekend! Tonight brings Ethan Stephenson's live music at 7pm. Enjoy dinner with Elements Wood Fired Oven - now including brats! On Saturday, 1/31 it's the debut of Karaoke Night! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - Beginning February 12th (and coinciding with the last Celebration of Dark Beer Release), members of The Burroughs will be playing from 7-9 PM every other Thursday! Get ready for some great soul music paired with some great ‪#‎craftbeer‬! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing & Climb Hard Cider - Valentine releases are out! At Big Beaver enjoy their new Sweet Cherry Milk Porter. And down the hall in Climb Hard Cider Co they're pouring a Cherry Cider. Now all on tap! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]


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01/30/2015 05:42 PM
Brewers Association Defines “Quality Beer”
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01/30/2015 05:06 PM
TTB: Understating Alcohol Content Biggest Labeling Issue
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Left Hand Expands in New England
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Left Hand Brewing Expands Distribution to New England

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01/30/2015 01:04 PM
Distribution Roundup: Kraftig Grows at Home; Braxton Signs First Wholesaler
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Full Sail Brewing Adds Double Bock To Pub Series

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01/30/2015 12:31 PM
Calculating Original Gravity for Beer Recipe Design
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01/30/2015 11:54 AM
2SP Brewing Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania
Bob Barrar, one of the most decorated and celebrated brewers in the country, has announced that he is building a new brewery in his native Delaware County (Delco) with the gents from Two Stones Pub. Barrar, known for his sincerity and modesty as well as his 19 Great American Beer Festival and 10 World Beer Cup medals while with Iron Hill Brewery in Media, says he is both “excited and nervous to start this new chapter. It’s exciting to have my own brewery, but will the people like it? I sure hope so!”

01/30/2015 11:41 AM
Swept by Fire

Made for SF Beer Week.

Swept by Fire

01/30/2015 11:17 AM
For 2 Weeks Only, Experience Whiskey In London Like Never Before.
Burns Night may have passed, but the celebrations are still very much alive in the city of London. Keeping up with the culture and tradition, Rocco ...

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DoohicKey Beer Bottle Opener

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Aaaah beer bottle openers.  Those great little tools th […]

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01/30/2015 08:00 AM
There's this little trip to Belgium next week
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Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout

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01/30/2015 07:19 AM
Because the Internet never forgets, including craft beer
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A Tale of Two Dark Beers
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Excluded From the Party

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01/30/2015 03:56 AM
Up Andorra
Drinking in a micronation: is there any sweeter feeling? My New Year trip to Barcelona incorporated a day in Andorra, a grey little country perched high in the Pyrenees, three hours by bus from the Catalan capital. This particular Shangri-La charges no duty or VAT on anything so tends to be thronged by the neighbours filling up on cheap booze and fags. It's weird going to a place which is plainly designed with the wealthy in mind, but where the prices of things are comically low. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Liechtenstein.

There is but one brewery in the country, and one specialist craft beer outlet in the capital city Andorra La Vella.

La Birreria is technically an off licence, but it also has taps and tables and serves snacks, much like Dublin's own Probus Wines. I started on the house beer which is not, in fact Andorran, but brewed in Ibiza. Up in the mountains that feels a lot further away than it actually technically is. The beer was a Christmas porter called Trapella, 6% ABV and brewed with carob beans. It's a murky homebrew-ish brown colour and smells of nothing. The flavour is fun though: proper Christmassy, with spiced brown sugar overlaid with fresh herbal pine. A slight burnt-pudding edge finishes it off. The carob doesn't contribute a whole lot, but even before I read it was there I could detect the faint presence of a fake chocolate flavour, which makes sense. Decent stuff, if a little rough around the edges.

Cereveses Alpha brewery is on the ground floor of an apartment building some way north of the city. I didn't venture out to it, but you can have a wander through the dinky brewhouse, shop and bar on Google Streetview if you fancy.

Sant Corneli is the pale ale, strong at 6.4% ABV, looking hazy and leading to an almost Belgian IPA kind of flavour: lots of sweet honeydew fruit and jasmine spice from the hops but also a pillowy texture and a contribution of tasty warming esters from the yeast.

La Font del Bisbe also claims to be a pale ale, albeit a torrado (toasted) one. Heavily toasted, it turns out: it's a dark russet colour in the glass. More Belgian goings on in the aroma: alcohol heat, caramel and figs, like a strong dubbel. And yet all that disappears on tasting and you get a clean, highly attenuated beer, with lemon sherbet at the front of the flavour and not much behind it. It's a very strange effect. I would drink more of it, though.

The winter ale is a 7.5% ABV job called La Dama de Gel and is infused with cacao and whisky. It's a deep brown colour with a vinous aroma, and muscat in particular: the sweet and quite perfumed white grape. That comes out even stronger in the flavour where it's joined by a little hint of jaffa orange and a chalky minerality. It's another strong one without much by way of residual sugar and I found myself warming to this house style.

And now things get a little weird. Alpha makes a smoked beer called Fums, 6.2% ABV, headless, and a clear brown colour. I'm not at all sure I would spot that it contains smoked malt if it wasn't flagged on the label because it doesn't really taste smoky. The single, resounding, unambiguous flavour here is silage: that funky green stench of farmyards in winter. Perhaps it should be surprising that more beers don't taste like this. Like silage, beer is essentially fermented grass. Anyway, Fums is very odd, but not unpleasant, to me anyway.

The last remaining Alpha beer on the shelf was Full Fusion, a concoction containing ginseng, guarana and taurine. And I would say there's lots of taurine in here: it's the same blinding pale yellow as an energy drink and has exactly the same sickly artificial-candy-lemon smell and taste. It's very unbeery -- no sign of any malt or hops -- but perfectly drinkable. While I was doing that I got to wondering if the brewers had simply pitched yeast onto a bucket of Red Bull. I'd imagine that would end up something like this.

It's great that Andorra has its own beer brand, and an accessible specialist bar. Sadly, because I spent pretty much the whole day in it I can't tell you very much else about the country. But definitely drop by La Birreria if you're passing.

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01/30/2015 03:05 AM
American brewing in the 1930’s – tax and costs
You’re in for a real number fest today. The original text has several tables to which I’ve added a few more of my own. There aren’t going to be a great number or words. Personally, I think words are greatly overrated.

We’ll start with tax.

“The Internal Revenue receipts for malt liquor taxes for the calendar year 1935 were as follows:—

Dollars. £ Sterling.
Licence fees paid to the Government by brewers, wholesale and retail dealers 4,412,701.84 900,551
Tax paid by brewers to U.S. Government 226,119,065.81 44,105,932

230,531,767.65 45,006,483
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 42, Issue 5, September-October 1936, page 416.

40-odd million quid sounds like a lot of tax. Until you put it into context. Guess how much tax British brewers paid in 1936? £55,451,926*. But they taxed the hell out of beer back then. Still do, now I come to think about it.

Now onto costs:

“Cost of Beer in America.—According to a study made by the United States Brewers' Association of costs at forty-four breweries, the following figures are typical but do not include State Revenue taxes, delivery costs, interest or discounts:—

Approximate per English barrel.

Dollars American barrel £ s. d.
Cost of production 3.932 1 2 6
Selling 1.440 8 3
Administration 0.834 5 0
Federal tax 5.0 1 8 6

11.206 £3 4 3

Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 42, Issue 5, September-October 1936, pages 416 - 417.

One handy feature of brewing records of the interwar period is the inclusion of prices and costs. Courage lists costs particularly well, even calculating the cost per barrel:

Production cost (including tax) of Courage beers in January 1936
Beer OG cost
KKK 1072.8 £6 11s 7d
XXX 1053.1 £4 9s 10d
X 1031.1 £2 8s 11d
C 1027.8 £1 19s 6d
Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/262.

The beer we need to concentrate on is XXX as that’s the closest in strength to American beers. If we just take the cost of production and tax for the American beer, it comes to a total of £2 11s. Or not much more than half the cost of XXX. The difference is even bigger as the Courage figures don’t include labour costs, just materials and tax. It’s clear that beer was far cheaper to produce in the USA.

Why? The materials costs may give us a clue

“The cost of the principal brewing materials are lower than in this country, figures from
market reports in December, 1935, being as follows, with approximate British equivalents:—

American prices. British equivalents.
Barley 60-80 c. per bushel, 48 lb. 23s.-30s. 448 lb.
Malt 1$ per bushel, 34 lb. 40s. per quarter
Hops (American) 10-20 c. per lb. 46s.-92s. cwt.
(imported) 50 c.- 1$ lb. £11-23 cwt.
Corn sugars 2.5-3.5 $ 100 lb. 11s. 6d.- 15s.6d.cwt
Grits 1.85-2.5 $ 100 lb. 8s.- 11s. 6d. cwt.
Rice 2.5$ 100 lb. 11s. 6d. cwt.
The import duty on hops is 24 cents per lb. or about £5 10s. per cwt., and that on
malt 14 cents per bushel of 34 lb. or about 6s. per quarter.”
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 42, Issue 5, September-October 1936, page 417.

How much cheaper were raw materials in the US? Lots.

UK materials costs in 1936
PA malt 59s-68s per quarter
UK hops 225s - 261s per cwt
flaked maize 8s per cwt
invert sugar 29s - 30s per cwt
Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/621.

Malt was 50% cheaper, sugar and hops less than half the price. Only maize was oddly slightly more expensive in the US. Don’t understand that one.

“A rough average price for beer is $15 per American barrel or about 80s. per British barrel, while beer retails in 12-oz. bottles at 3 bottles for 25 cents or about 1s.”
Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 42, Issue 5, September-October 1936, page 417.

Let’s see how that stacks up with British prices:

Wholesale price of Whitbread draught beers in 1936
Beer gravity price
Porter 1029.9 94s
Stout 1046.9 134s
Light Ale 1028.4 76s
X Ale 1035.6 94s
Pale Ale 1048.2 134s
33 1060.6 140s
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/102 and LMA/4453/D/09/125.
Whitbread wholesale price list.

The closest in gravity to American beers are Stout, Pale Ale and 33 – which 56s to 60s more.

The retail prices of bottle beers show the exact opposite:

Retail price of Whitbread bottled beers in 1936
Beer gravity price 3 X 12 oz (cents)
London Stout 1046.9 24
India Pale Ale 1037.6 21
Double Brown 1053.3 27
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/102 and LMA/4453/D/09/125.
Whitbread wholesale price list.

Bizarrely, British bottled beer was only about a third of the price of US equivalents. British beer, despite being more expensive to produce and more heavily-taxed, was only slightly more expensive than US equivalents. Why should that be? I think it’s because the retailer’s profit margin in Britain was tiny.

Next time we’ll be looking at the beers being brewed in the US.

* 1955 Brewers' Almanack.

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01/29/2015 07:55 PM
First visit to STOUT – Capitol Hill’s new brew & food spot

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01/29/2015 07:53 PM
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01/29/2015 06:02 PM
Colorado Beer News 012915
Colorado Beer NewsWish it were Friday? Don't we all. Perhaps if you buy a Colorado craft beer, sip on it and close your eyes and imagine it was Friday that might help. Or if you drink one near midnight tonight it will be Friday before you know it! Just don't forget to set your alarm clock tomorrow morning. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, January 29th, 2015. 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

Hops & Pie - Today Hops & Pie has two new tappings of special beers side-by-side. The first is Melvin's 2x4, a quadruple pale ale. And the other beer is none other than Russian River's Pliny the Elder, another great Imperial IPA. Stop in soon if you want to get a glass of these big brews. They'll go fast once they tap at 11:30am TODAY. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - Head to Costco in Parker tomorrow, January 30th for Super Bowl Specials throughout the store. Sample beer with Steve from Dry Dock and pick up a free Dry Dock pint glass or koozie with your Dry Dock beer purchase. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Ratio Beerworks - Announcing the Grand Opening of Ratio Beerworks - set for Valentine's Day (February 14th) at 12pm! They will be the newest brewery in the Denver RiNo Arts District of the historic Five Points neighborhood. Look for further opening day celebration details coming up very soon. They are located at: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO.

FERMÆNTRA - Have plans for Super Bowl Sunday? FERMÆNTRA does! Come down and enjoy ALL DAY Happy Hour with $1 off all full pours! Matt's Snack Shack will be there at noon serving up some amazing wings, sandwiches, brats, and other game day goodies. Open at noon until the game ends! [1715 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO]

Nighthawk Brewery - Some exciting news from Nighthawk. They will have their first food truck there THIS FRIDAY, January 30th! Knock On Wood Smokehouse will be out front from 4pm-8pm, so if you haven't stopped by the taproom yet and have a hankering for some awesome BBQ then this Friday will be your lucky day! [2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO]

Renegade Brewing Company @ The Yard on Santa Fe - Their brand new facility at The Yard on Santa Fe is finally open! They are celebrating by starting their first round of brewery tours on February 6th and 7th. Tours on Friday 2/6 will be from 4:00-7:00pm and Saturday 2/7 will be from 1:00-4:00pm. Located between First Ave and Ellsworth in the old Stark Lumber Yard - about 8 blocks south of their 1st location. Look for lots more Renegade beer to be flowing near you. [918 W 1st Ave, Denver, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - Just released! "Why Ask Why Farmhouse Dry" hit the taps today. Made with 2 Belgian yeasts and weighs in at a big 8% ABV. This brew ought to help you get to Friday. [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Voss Farms Colorado - Hop plant rhizomes will be available in March and April. They'll have rhizomes for $3 each or 4 for $10 or $10 for $20: Centennial, Nugget, Willamette, Chinook. To reserve yours, send them an email (vossfarmscolorado[at]yahoo.com ) ... include your name, quantity and type desired and they'll inform you when they will be available for pick up at the hop yard in Arvada. They can mail quantities over 40 with an extra shipping charge.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (WEST) - Do you like retro video games? Do you like getting $1.00 off beers? If you answered Yes to one or both questions, you should stop by CAUTION tonight for retro gaming night & happy hour pricing. #partywithcaution [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria - Can't decide which craft brew suits your mood today? Try a flight of beer! Choose from Dank IPA, Ryeot Rye Ale, Leaves of Lemongrass, Oaked Ryeot, Coconut Vanilla Porter, Nitro Dirty Chai, Liquid Resume, Diggity Dank, Oli's Brown Ale, or Model Citizen! Have a whole lot of TAKE IT EASY day! [6730 S Cornerstar Way Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado - Hey Breckenridge and Never Summer Industries fans! Are you in town for the SnowSports Industries America tradeshow? They brewed a beer especially for Never Summer. Check out their limited edition "NS Pale Ale" at select Denver bars over the weekend (Blake St Vault, World of Beer Blake St, Tarantula Billiards, Cheeba Hut, and Shag Lounge). Get there quick! When it's gone, it's gone. [471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co - Whose ready for a ‪#‎thirstythursday‬ ‪#‎firkin‬ tapping! Today's firkin is an Irish Stout with vanilla beans and orange peel! They opened up at 3pm so make sure to come get some while it lasts! [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]


Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co - [PRESS RELEASE] Music fans who follow Umphrey’s McGee will soon find a new way to connect with the band, with the release of a custom craft-beer called Nothing Too Fancy everyday ale. Much like the band’s music, the ale will be smooth and easy on the surface, yet complex and layered at its core. “We designed it to be drinkable all day, every day,” said the band’s guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss. Nothing Too Fancy will become available in Colorado this July. The team behind the beer is Rock Brothers Brewing, who have previously released custom craft beers with Hootie & The Blowfish, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Have Gun Will Travel. Kevin Lilly from Rock Brothers said the Umphrey’s McGee beer is a sessionable American Wheat with generous amounts of fruity hops, producing a big, juicy hop aroma and a flavor that will be truly unique. Rock Brothers routinely partners with Cigar City Brewing in Tampa on recipe development, but will also involve Boulder Beer Company in Colorado for the Umphrey’s McGee brew. The band members are looking forward to a beer that balances the rock and roll energy of an Umphrey’s live show with the chilled-attitude of a warm summer day and a six-pack on ice. Nothing Too Fancy will be brewed and packaged at Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s first craft brewery. Established in 1979 in Boulder, CO, Boulder Beer was a pioneer in the craft beer movement and is known for brewing classic styles with an innovative twist. “We are super stoked to be teaming up with Rock Brothers Brewing, Umphrey's, and Cigar City Brewing to bring this special brew to several of our key markets,” said Jeff Brown, President of Boulder Beer Company. “When the Rock Brothers approached us with the idea of working together, we didn't have to think twice. Culturally it is such a great fit for us and the entire brewery staff is very excited to launch this brand.” - The beer will be released in association with the following performances: Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO - July 2 and also at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO - July 3. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co - They've moved their weekly Run Club event to Thursdays! The Longmont Sole Mates (Left Hand Brewing and Shoes & Brews) will be hosting a partnered run club each Thursday at 6PM. The run starts and finishes at Shoes & Brews (63 S Pratt Pkwy, Unit B, Longmont, CO). All participants receive a free pint from Left Hand Brewing Co plus a chance for giveaway prizes from Shoes & Brews. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

300 Suns Brewing - The brewery will be celebrating Valentine's Day right with cake, beer and fun photos. Yum! Yum! Sweets & Treats is baking up their YumCakes with ganache made from 300 Sun's Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout and sea salt. They will be serving them with a set of 4 tasters for $10 (they'll suggest, but can be anything you want) Reserve one today by visiting 300sunsbrewing.com/bemine. Also a fun photo booth so you can take pics, or use their camera and they'll email one to you! And get ready for 300 Suns' 1st Anniversary Party coming up on February 21st! [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Gravity Brewing - Moonraker Strong Scotch Ale Tapping was tapped last night. This big brew weighs in at 7.8% ABV, 34 IBU. Brewed w/ Peated/Smoked Barley. It's got Smoky/Malty Goodness! Also RIPA is back! Kriek Tapping today too w/ ‪#‎JazzRam‬! [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co - Every Monday and Thursday join in for a live bluegrass jam. Bring your instrument to play or just grab a seat to listen. They recommend grabbing a beer in either situation. Also, through the end of February receive a free hour of parking when you join West Flanders for lunch. Just park in the Spruce Street garage and bring your parking stub in with you and you'll get a one-hour validation stamp. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]


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

Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing - Here's what you need to know about Friday's bottle releases of "Dizzying Intellect - Special Release Sour Series" Vol I and II. First, the stats! Vol I: Aged on Apricots. Aroma - Sweet apricots with earthy notes. Flavor - Funky farmhouse with sweet apricots, and a delicate tart, wild finish. Vol II: Dry Hopped with Nelson Sauvin: Aroma: Funky farmhouse, hops impart a vinous quality. Flavors: Fruity pineapple, grapefruit, earthy wine grapes, and a dry tart finish. Folks, these are not to be missed! They are their first-ever Brett beer release and each one is delicious! Taproom is open 1pm to 5pm today and closing early for their anniversary dinner. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Brix Taphouse & Brewery - The countdown is almost done towards the official opening of Brix Taphouse & Brewery in the heart of downtown Greeley. While their small 3-barrel brewhouse isn't quite finished yet, they've been busy brewing some of their own beer at Echo Brewing Company. They will offer 60, yes 60 different Colorado craft beers on tap, 6 of which will be nitro taps. Also coming soon will be a small kitchen that will serve appetizers and tapas. Plus, large coolers with bottled and canned beers (to be consumed on premises). They have been doing soft-openings yesterday, today and tomorrow. The grand opening will be on Saturday, January 31st in the early afternoon. They will offer guest brewers from other breweries around the nation to stop in and brew beer on their system. Even homebrew clubs will be welcome to brew bigger batches on site. They plan to have up to 3 of their own beers on tap. The first of which is "Boots & Socks", a collaboration beer with Echo Brewing that's billed as a Winter Warmer Porter. Colorado breweries wishing to have one of their beers on tap should contact Troy Milburn or Justin Hiatt at (970) 397-6146. [813 8th St, Greeley, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co - Today's new #‎OutlawTap‬ is Spruce Bringsteen - A spruce tip infused hoppy ale. TONIGHT at 7pm! - Bring your $5 (cash only) for Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes themed quiz. Tonight's theme: Friends. You know, the 90's show about broke 20 somethings who live in Manhattan? Totally realistic. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co - Bring Back Summer Slam! The taste of summer the last few days has inspired them at the brewery to try to keep the sunshine around for a little while longer. To encourage Spring they are offering $3.50 pints of their Head Turner Blonde Ale! If you can't stick around for a pint, take a growler home of the Blonde for $7.00 growler refills! This light, crisp, refreshing beer gives you a taste of summer, even when the snow returns. Join in celebrating a bit of summer in January by putting summer into a pint! Plus, they now have new gift cards available - perfect Valentine's Day gift. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing - City Star will be showing the Super Bowl this Sunday in the taproom with Happy Hour on beers during the game and they will be having 25% off ALL Growlers so you can be the king of your own Super Bowl party. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]


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01/29/2015 05:34 PM
RIP Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, You Will Be Missed

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01/29/2015 03:16 PM
10 Barrel Brewing’s new Easy Black IPA
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01/29/2015 02:55 PM
Elysian Brewing Comments on Post-Acquisition Future

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01/29/2015 02:18 PM
Return of the 2nd Annual Victoria Beer Week
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01/29/2015 02:11 PM
Cahaba Brewing Company set to launch cans of American Blonde Ale
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01/29/2015 01:23 PM
New beer bar, STOUT, opens tomorrow in Seattle – Capitol Hill

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Summit Hopvale Organic Ale
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01/29/2015 12:18 PM
Victoria Beer Week 2015 – March 7 through 15

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01/29/2015 11:19 AM
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Schlafly Coffee Stout

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01/29/2015 04:53 AM
#VeggieDag Super Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.

Forget 'deflate-gate.' Today is the day for VeggieDag Thursday's obligatory nod to Super Bowl snacking.

In 2014, 112.2 million television viewers watched the championship game of the National Football League (despite it being a snoozer of a rout), and they ate while they watched the game. They ate a lot. In fact, only Thanksgiving exceeds Super Bowl Sunday in terms of total food consumption.

During the 2013 Super Bowl, here is how much Americans snacked (as compiled by The Street).
  • 1.23 billion chicken wings
  • 79 million pounds of avocados
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips
  • 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
  • 4.3 million pounds of pretzels
  • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn
  • 2.5 million pounds of nuts
Yes, six of those seven are technically 'vegan.' 'Pigging out' isn't limited to animal-eaters.

Super Bowl XLIX (49):
New England Patriots (AFC) vs. Seattle Seahawks (NFC).



Eighteen snacking recipes (equally valid for occasions other than the Super Bowl).
  • Vegetarian 'Haggis'
    Since this past Sunday was the anniversary of Robbie Burns' birth, why not haggis, but vegetarian, keeping the intestines of free-romping sheep intact. The recipe is basically split peas, oatmeal, pearl barley, and Marmite - that last one, the 'intestines' of yeast, if you will.
    — Via The Guardian Food.

  • Vegetarian Chili
    Sorry, Texas: lots of beans. *
    — Via YFGF.

  • Veggie Hot Dogs in beer (2)
  • Veggie Dogs
    If you must go with 'faux' meat: steam some Field Roast Frankfurters in beer.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Tempeh 'Burgers'
    Less faux.
    — Version 1 (grated tempeh patties), via Vegan Dad.
    — Version 2 (baked, marinated tempeh rectangles), via Slate.

  • Cauliflower Hot Wings
    Baked with a chickpea flour batter. Your choice of hot sauce.
    — Via Evolve Vegan.

  • Deviled 'Eggs'
    Hummus-filled potatoes.
    — Via Happy Herbivore.

  • Hoppy hummus
  • Hoppy Hummus
    For those 'eggs.'
    — Via YFGF.

  • Guacamole
    To be one with those 79 million pounds of avocados.
    — Via Washington Post Food.

  • Salsa
    Basic, de rigueur, and easy.
    — Via Vegan Living Today.

  • Kepta Duona: step 7
  • Kepta Duona
    With that hummus, guac, and salsa, try these Lithuanian fried garlicky-bread strips. (Really internationalizing it!)
    — Via YFGF.

  • Pretzels
    For true 'Bavarian'-style pretzels, don't omit the ... lye!
    — Via NPR Food.

  • Smoked Paprika Oven Fries
    A starchy day, but without the grease.
    — Via Washington Post Food.

  • Black Pepper Beer Bread (02)
  • Black Pepper Beer Bread
    An easy, no-yeast recipe.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Black Olive Tapenade
    Lots of garlic.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Green Bean Paté (03)
  • Kasvipasteija
    Green bean paté.
    — Via YFGF.

  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
    No dairy or tofu. Beans provide the 'creaminess.'
    — Via Oh, She Glows.

Finally, with permission from the author, here's a recipe for Beet Sliders with Avocado Cream, from the cookbook. Dinner in the Beer Garden, by Lucy Saunders, author of several books on cooking-with-beer.
These sliders are inspired by the infamously spicy beet sliders from Gatsby's Diner [unfortuantely, now closed] in Sacramento, California. The original recipe, by chef and co-owners Chuck Caplener and Jared Nuttall, uses 8 arbol chiles for a super-spicy beet. This recipe is moderate in heat, as the hops in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale [Saunders' suggested beer pairing] will accentuate the chiles. To save time, I suggest cooking the whole beets and the avocado spread ahead of time, and sear and assemble the sliders right before serving.

Beet sliders (recipe)
Click on the graphics for larger, printable versions.

Avocado Cream (recipe)

And (not that you might need reminding), don't forget the beer, itself a fine vegetarian foodstuff.

But, what to have?

The game will feature the American Football Conference champions, the New England Patriots, taking on the winners of National Football Conference, the Seattle Seahawks. So, one wonders, should the beer choices be Boston Beer vs. Anheuser-Busch?

  • * Kristin Capps of The Atlantic takes all of us to task about putting beans in chili (that's stew, not chili, she says), and, by implication, the exclusion of meat. Published on-line by Slate, January 2015: here.
  • Dinner in the Beer Garden is available for purchase at the webstore of the Master Brewers of the Americas (MBAA). Read YFGF's review: here.

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  • Why the name VeggieDag Thursday? Here.
  • Read all the VeggieDag posts: here.
  • Follow on Twitter with hashtag: #VeggieDag.
  • Suggestions and submissions from chefs, writers, and home-cooks welcomed! Contact me: here.

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01/29/2015 03:30 AM
Rooster’s in Cans
Rooster's Fort Smith in can.

Yorkshire brewery Rooster’s, founded by Sean Franklin in the 1990s but now run by the Fozard brothers, has just started canning three of its beers. We’ve generally enjoyed Rooster’s beer on draught but have had mixed results with the bottled versions which we’ve put down to that scourge of the microbrewery — contract bottling. None … Continue reading Rooster’s in Cans

Rooster’s in Cans from Boak & Bailey's Beer Blog - Over-thinking beer, pubs and the meaning of craft since 2007

01/29/2015 03:05 AM
Adnams beers in 1878 – 1879
I told you there would be lots more Adnams stuff. Barely scratched the surface so far.

I realise that I’m doing this rather illogically. Chronologically would have been a better idea. Must remember to do that from here on in.

Adnams have only two logs from the 19th century, 1878-9 and 1890. The earlier one, which we’ll be looking at today, seems to have been the personal brewing book of E.U. Adnams, the company founder. At least he’s written his name at the start of the book. See:

E.U., or Ernest Adnams was one of the two brothers who bought the Sole Bay Brewery in 1872. Meaning this is from the very early days of the business. Clearly Ernest was involved on the brewing side.

At the time, is was a pretty tiny operation. The longest brew length in this book is just 11.25 barrels. My guess is that they were brewing 2,000 – 3,000 barrels per year. Not much bigger than a large brewpub. They couldn’t have been supplying more than a dozen or so pubs.

That’s a little background. Now on with the beers themselves:

Adnams beers 1878 - 1879
Date Year Beer Style OG lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl Pitch temp pale malt black malt saccharine
2nd Jul 1878 AK Pale Ale 1044.3 11.67 2.82 65º 67.74% 32.26%
6th May 1879 PA Pale Ale 1060.9 24.29 7.56 63º 66.67% 33.33%
23rd Oct 1878 SS Stout 1066.5 13.33 4.86 62º 67.79% 9.61% 22.60%
10th Jul 1878 SS Stout 1074.8 9.14 3.72 65º 66.08% 7.49% 26.43%
5th Mar 1879 X Mild Ale 1030.5 14.67 2.00 º 65.22% 34.78%
7th May 1879 X Mild Ale 1037.4 14.67 2.58 65º 67.74% 32.26%
16th Jul 1878 IA Mild Ale 1044.3 11.67 2.67 º 67.74% 32.26%
21st Aug 1878 IA Mild Ale 1052.6 12.50 3.12 º 67.74% 32.26%
17th Jul 1878 XX Mild Ale 1048.5 8.57 2.79 65º 69.23% 30.77%
29th Feb 1879 XX Mild Ale 1054.0 16.00 3.64 65º 69.23% 30.77%
2nd Jul 1878 XXXK Stock Ale 1063.7 11.67 4.06 64º 67.74% 32.26%
21st Aug 1878 XXXK Stock Ale 1072.0 12.50 4.27 64º 67.74% 32.26%
29th Oct 1878 XXXX Mild Ale 1065.1 11.25 4.09 63º 71.43% 28.57%
23rd Apr 1879 XXXX Mild Ale 1072.0 12.67 4.44 63º 67.74% 32.26%
11th Feb 1879 Tally Ho Old Ale 1090.0 12.67 5.80 65º 75.00% 25.00%
Adnams brewing records held at the brewery.

First some general observations. Adnams were brewing to a wider range of gravities: 1030º to 1090º. Wider than you would see in London, where the odd Table Beer excepted, nothing below 1050º was brewed. At least in the large breweries whose records I’ve looked at.

The next thing to strike me is the hopping. Pretty much everything is hopped at more than 10 lbs per quarter. Not so unusual for Stock Ales or Pale Ales, but a lot for Mild Ales. The weakest beer, an X Ale of just 1030º, has 2 lbs of hops per barrel. A shit load for such a weak beer. Their Pale Ale, with 24 lbs per quarter and 7.5 lbs per barrel is hopped like a Burton IPA.

Then there’s the sugar content. It averages about a third of the grist, which is very high. A maximum of 15% is more usual. I can’t help thinking that some of the weaker Milds must have been quite thin with all that sugar.

Now compare and contrast time, as usual using Whitbread as the benchmark. Why do I mostly use Whitbread, you may ask? Because I’ve brewing records of theirs for every year from 1805 to 1973.

Whitbread beers in 1878 - 1879
Date Year Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl Pitch temp
20th Sep 1879 FA Pale Ale 1055.1 1009.1 6.08 83.42% 11.09 2.96 58º
18th Oct 1879 PA Pale Ale 1060.1 1013.9 6.12 76.96% 14.41 4.16 58º
8th Aug 1879 P Porter 1056.5 1017.2 5.20 69.61% 7.86 2.01 61º
6th Mar 1879 XPS Stout 1071.1 1019.9 6.76 71.93% 14.13 5.01 56º
6th Aug 1879 SS Stout 1077.8 1024.9 7.00 67.97% 10.98 4.37 59º
3rd Dec 1879 SSS Stout 1095.3 1037.7 7.62 60.47% 8.60 4.33 59º
6th Jan 1879 X Mild 1062.3 1017.5 5.94 72.00% 6.08 1.69 61º
18th Mar 1879 XL Mild 1070.4 1015.8 7.22 77.56% 6.00 1.80 61º
17th Nov 1879 XX xpt Mild 1075.3 1023.0 6.93 69.49% 26.65 6.03 58º
4th Dec 1879 KK Stock Ale 1078.4 1027.7 6.71 64.66% 21.84 5.10 58º
28th Jan 1878 KKK Stock Ale 1085.6 1031.3 7.18 63.43% 15.04 6.11 57º
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/043, LMA/4453/D/01/044, LMA/4453/D/01/045, LMA/4453/D/09/073 and LMA/4453/D/09/074.

Whitbread grists in 1878 - 1879
Date Year Beer Style OG pale malt brown malt black malt sugar
20th Sep 1879 FA Pale Ale 1055.1 76.92% 23.08%
18th Oct 1879 PA Pale Ale 1060.1 75.58% 24.42%
8th Aug 1879 P Porter 1056.5 83.41% 10.62% 5.97%
6th Mar 1879 XPS Stout 1071.1 63.51% 17.40% 4.87% 14.22%
6th Aug 1879 SS Stout 1077.8 69.75% 18.83% 3.77% 7.65%
3rd Dec 1879 SSS Stout 1095.3 68.94% 18.61% 3.72% 8.72%
6th Jan 1879 X Mild 1062.3 99.24% 0.76%
18th Mar 1879 XL Mild 1070.4 100.00%
17th Nov 1879 XX xpt Mild 1075.3 75.05% 24.95%
4th Dec 1879 KK Stock Ale 1078.4 73.73% 26.27%
28th Jan 1878 KKK Stock Ale 1085.6 86.50% 13.50%
Whitbread brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers LMA/4453/D/01/043, LMA/4453/D/01/044, LMA/4453/D/01/045, LMA/4453/D/09/073 and LMA/4453/D/09/074.

Let’s work our way through, starting with the Pale Ales. The two PAs are very similar in terms of gravity. But Adnams’ version has almost double the hops of Whitbread’s. Interestingly, Adnams’ running Pale Ale, AK, is hopped almost as heavily as Whitbread’s Family Ale (FA), despite being a good bit weaker. You’d expect a Pale Ale to have a fair amount of sugar in the grist to help keep the colour pale. Both have quite a lot, but Adnams’, at a third of the grist, is very high.

Note that even this early there was no Porter in Adnams’ lineup, just one Stout. Though that does closely resemble Whitbread’s SS in terms of gravity and hopping. The big difference is in the grist. Adnams got all their colour from black malt and there’s no brown malt in the grist. This what you tend to see, provincial brewers dropping brown malt and simplifying their Stout grists to just pale and brown malt. While London brewers remained faithful to brown malt until the bitter end. Whitbread still included it in their grists in 1973.

Adnams brewed a much larger variety of Mild Ales than Whitbread, especially in terms of gravity. I’m not so sure Whitbread XX Xpt is really a Mild Ale. The hopping looks way too high. Which leaves just X and XL, the L presumably standing for “London”. Adnams X, IA (I think it stands for Intermediate Ale) and XX are all considerably weaker than Whitbread X Ale. Even XXXX is only a little bit stronger and about the same as Whitbread XL.

The hopping shows a huge difference. Adnams’ Milds are hopped at about double the rate of Whitbread’s per quarter. This is reflected in the hops per barrel, which are higher than Whitbread’s despite some of the beers being considerably weaker.

Note that Whitbread’s Milds, along with Porter, are their only beers to contain no sugar. You may find that odd, these being their cheapest beers. But you have to remember that sugar wasn’t necessarily a cheap alternative to malt and that its use was often for flavouring or colouring purposes.

Finally the strong Ales. Tally Ho looks very similar to KKK, the strongest Ale in Whitbread’s portfolio. Though it does contain about double the proportion of sugar. For once it’s the Whitbread beer that’s more heavily hopped, even if it is by a fairly minimal amount.

That was tiring. Best I don’t think about how much more of this I’m going to put us through.

01/29/2015 02:40 AM
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom partners with Left Hand Brewery, Allegro Coffee to create Coffee Ale
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a casual dining restaurant known for its expansive selection of craft beers, has collaborated with Left Hand Brewing Company and Allegro Coffee Company to bring a variety of flavors to its guests.

01/29/2015 02:22 AM
Capital Brewery postpones expansion plans in Wisconsin
Capital Brewery is delaying its expansion project in Sauk City, in the US state of Wisconsin for at least three to six months.

01/29/2015 02:12 AM
Firestone Walker Core Lineup Set For Release In Cans
After introducing its 805 Blonde in 12oz cans last year in May, Firestone Walker Brewing is now ready to launch Union Jack IPA, Easy Jack Session IPA and Pivo Hoppy Pils in six pack, 12oz cans beginning in mid February. Known for doing things its own way, Firestone Walker took its time to make sure […]

01/28/2015 08:33 PM
Washington Cask Beer Festival – tickets on sale, more info

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog.

Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Press Release: The Washington Brewers Guild presents 2015 WASHINGTON CASK BEER FESTIVAL Saturday March 28, 2015 12-4pm & 6-10pm Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (Seattle, WA) January 8, 2015- The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 28 at the Seattle...

01/28/2015 07:54 PM
Try-It Thursday Jan 29, 2015
In the wake of the seventh Local Taphouse Hottest 100 Australian Craft Beers, Pete Mitcham sneaks a taste of a seasoned 'veteran' of beer list 'favourites'.

01/28/2015 06:02 PM
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01/28/2015 05:05 PM
Colorado Beer News 012815
Colorado Beer NewsHappy Hump Day! Another glorious warm January day here in Colorado and there's plenty of fresh beers being tapped this week. Head into your favorite local craft brewery and check out what's new. In case you need some ideas on where to head - read about all the latest on Fermentedly Challenged. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, January 28th, 2015. 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

Epic Brewing Co - Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day? We have a super cool event at Alamo Drafthouse Denver. A four course meal paired with Epic beers including a Brainless Firkin with Strawberries. They will also be watching the movie: Shaun of the Dead. Get your tickets at: Alamo Drafthouse website. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing - Tonight they will have their Disconnected Red on the nitro tap! Come on by and get some while it lasts. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co - It may not be 70 degrees out today, but the sun is still out. Stop in today and try their Rendezvous in Prague India Brown Ale along with the fine eats from Street Frites. Plus, they have Toots' Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout on the nitro tap today. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

2015 Collaboration Fest - The 2015 Collaboration Fest will be Saturday, March 21st from 3-7 PM at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Collaboration Fest is entering its second year in 2015. The first year of the festival boasted over 50 collaborative beer projects with contributors from as far away as Sweden providing limited edition, exclusive brews. The second annual Collaboration Fest seeks to expand not only in size, but number of beer projects and types of collaborations. The organizers are excited to take over an incredible venue unique to Denver. Not quite convinced? Check out the ever-growing list of collaborating breweries: The Bruery • Devil’s Backbone • Stone • Freetail • Beavertown • Starr Hill • Cigar City • Blind Tiger • SKA • Strange Craft • Our Mutual Friend • CAUTION • Black Bottle • FATE • Breckenridge • Elevation • Dad & Dude’s Breweria • Cannonball Creek • Renegade • Front Range Brewing Company • Oskar Blues • Epic • Station 26 • TRVE • Sanitas • Odell • Copper Kettle • BJ’s BrewHouse • Kokopelli • The Bakers’ Brewery • Left Hand • Boulder Beer • Former Future • Crooked Stave • Big Choice • Bootstrap Brewing • Wit’s End • Twisted Pine • Horse & Dragon • Hall • Dry Dock • Zwei Bruder • Scrumpy’s Cider • Verboten • Trinity • BRU • Wild Woods • 12 Degree • Echo • Gravity • Crystal Springs • Dillon Dam • The Bakers’ Brewery • Vindication • Pateros Creek • Broken Compass • Pug Ryans • Backcountry • Wonderland • 4 Noses • Bootstrap • Wynkoop • Barrels & Bottles • Colorado Cider Company. Get tickets online.

Tipsy's Liquor World - For those of you not able (or willing) to drive up to Fairplay to stop at South Park Brewing Company, there's good news! Now you can get South Park Brewing's Milk Stout and Ranch Hand Ale in bombers at Tipsy's Liquor World in Littleton, CO. Grab a bomber or two today. [5869 S Alkire St, Littleton, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver - Coming up NEXT Wednesday, February 4th - a special pairing of Rock Bottom beer and Helliemae's Caramels at 5:30pm. This will be a very fun and tasty learning experience! Helliemae’s Caramels is a locally owned business and the salted caramels are phenomenal. The staff will be pairing two Rock Bottom beers with two different Helliemae’s caramels. Visit the website at www.helliemaes.com – you might get some good Valentine’s Day ideas. And then on the next Wednesday, February 11th will be the return of their Fire Chief Ale and promotion. From 11am-1 pm Denver Fire Fighters will be serving lunch AND the Colorado Fire Fighters Calendar organization will be selling calendars! At 5:30 pm Denver Fire brings down their “bucket truck” to give rides to any brave soul who wants to see the city from seven stories high. THen at 6pm it's the tapping of Fire Chief Ale – serving a complimentary glass until 6:30 pm. A portion of proceeds from our four week Fire Chief Ale promotion will benefit the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation. [1001 16th St, Unit A-100, Denver, CO]

Two22 Brew - Get your Valentine the gift of Brushes & Brews - a fun painting and beer drinking event set for Monday, February 16th at Two22 Brewery. The $35 fee includes all painting materials (you get to keep your painting too) and your first beer. The painting class starts at 6:30pm. Sign up at: www.thepaint-cellar.com or call (720) 328-9038 for more info. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Hops & Pie - It's $2 Craft Can Night tonight from 5pm to Close, Come get some! New Beers on Tap: Pliny the Elder from Russian River, Red Dawn from Comrade, Brainless from Peaches from Epic, and Turkish Delight from Evil Twin are all TAPPED! [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Platt Park Brewing Co - This weeks fun includes bringing your skis/snowboards in for a $15 wax, light edge and pint of HOUSE BEER. As well as, a Super Bowl Sunday POTLUCK! Bring in your skis or snowboard on Saturday, January 31st from 4pm to 8pm and get a Ski Wax and a Pint for $15. This includes a wax and a light edge tune and a pint of house beer. Then stop back the next day, Sunday, February 1st for a Super Bowl Potluck. Bring your own appetizer or dessert or what ever. They'll be pouring the beer and serving pizza. Happy Hour starts at 4pm. Game starts around 4:30pm. [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO]

Stem Ciders - Looking to drink something a bit different? Come check out their hard ciders in LoDo. They're taking advantage of this warm weather with hard ciders out on their porch and hot 'za from The Walnut Room. Plan ahead to also be there on Thursday, January 29th for ‪‎Bluegrass Thursdays‬ with Nick Dunbar and Randy McSpadden of Silverplume. Also, they are proud to be serving their hard cider at the UllrGrass Beer Festival this weekend in Golden, Colorado. Tickets are still available for $25, and include bottomless tastings from 1-6pm, an Ullrgrass Tasting Goblet and sticker, and access to the Parfet Park Mainstage area where live music will be playing. [2811 Walnut St, Ste 150, Denver, CO]

2015 Northwest Beer Fest - The 2nd Annual 2015 Northwest Beer Fest is this Friday, January 30, 2015 from 8:00 pm - Midnight at the Oriental Theater in Denver. Enjoy generous beer and wine samples from local breweries and wineries. Brought to you by NW Denver parents, the Northwest Beer Fest benefits North High School and Skinner Middle School, both Denver Public neighborhood schools located in Northwest Denver. Once again they are partnering with the Highlands Street Fair (Saturday, June 20, 2015) in presenting a Battle of the Bands. Local bands will battle it out on the Oriental’s stage to win a coveted spot performing at the Highlands Street Fair. Samples from over 15 local breweries and wineries including: Joyride Brewing Company, Bonacquisti Wine Company, Colorado Plus Brewpub, Lost Highway Brewing Company, Rykers Cellar, Diebolt Brewing Company, Green Flash, Epic Brewing, Dry Dock, Glider Cider, Firestone Walker and more. Tickets and info at the Oriental Theater website.

Black Shirt Brewing Co - Come by tonight to see some amazing artwork in the taproom and talk to the guy who created it! Kyle Duce will be there hanging out, showing his work and sipping red ales. Speaking of which, here are the beers on tap this week: Farmhouse Red Rye, CO Red Ale, American Red Saison, Pale Red Rye, India Red Ale, American Red Porter, Imperial Red Porter, and (SBS Members Only - must wear your shirt) Barrel-Aged Sour Red Saison. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Prost Brewing Co - Just a few more days until the ‪#‎SuperBowl‬. Come on down, they have a new 70" TV and many 50" TV's, cold bier, tasty food and of course ‪#‎FOOTBALL‬! Play in the football pool, win prizes, like ‪FREE BEER. Even if you don't like the teams, come watch it for the commercials (and the beer of course). [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen - You've made it half way through the week, which means you deserve a Hump Day treat from Lowdown Brewery! Come in for their Happy Hour tonight from 4-7pm for $1 off full pours of any handcrafted Lowdown beer and $5 small plates! With this beautiful weather, bring it outside on their patio and soak up some sun while it's up! [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks - ‪#‎DiscoveryBeer‬ alert: Luda Meets Hopocalypse IPA! Yep, this is what you think it is - the mildly famous "Ludicrous Speed" Imperial IPA from long ago joins forces with their current IPA, Hopocalypse, to create a hop-bomb of grand proportions. Sure to move fast, they'll be tapping it at 5:00pm today (4:00 for Adventure Club). What goes great with a fantastic IPA? Barbeque from Bubba Duke's BBQ!!! He'll be there around 5:00 too. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (WEST) - Tonight's the last chance you have to pre-qualify for their February Sound Master Entertainment Karaoke Competition! Come in and be sure to sign up before 8pm for your chance to win. If you don't wanna compete, come in to sing anyways & take advantage on Happy Hour after 7pm! #‎partywithcaution #always ‬[1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO]

Baere Brewing Co - On tap tonight starting at 5:00pm - Rye So Much Wheat. See what rye can do for a wheat beer. Come get your fill! [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Mockery Brewing - Coming up this Friday, January 30th is a new beer release - a Double IPA. This brew includes 4 varieties of hops and dried lemon & orange peel. "If hops were an aphrodisiac, this beer would require a prescription". Stats: 8.5% ABV, SRM 7, IBU 94. [3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co - Want a chance to show off your random knowledge? Then come by tonight and play trivia which starts at 7pm. Lots of beer on tap to quench your thirst for knowledge. Tony Guacamole food truck will be cooking up some delicious food starting at 4pm. Then stop back tomorrow, Thursday, for the Denver Poker Tour (free to play) starting at 7pm. Live music Friday and Saturday at 7pm too. [8071 S Broadway, Ste A, Littleton, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing - Hurray for Wednesdays! Today's Firkin is a Hazelnut Coffee Amber, taps at 4:00pm! There isn't a food truck tonight, please bring your favorites with you or ask for the menu book and order in! Coming Monday nights starting February 9th - Trivia Night - every Monday from 6-8pm. Hosted by Mile High Music Patrol. Get your team assembled! [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

TRVE Brewing - Coming next week. Crimson Death - a sour ale aged on raspberries and boysenberries. Their first new general release sour in a long while. Details on the release coming soon. Open today 4pm to 11pm. [227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO]

Barrels and Bottles Brewery - Back on tap, but in rare limited form, is their Cin-Ful Porter on Nitro! It's creamy, silky texture lends to coffee and chocolate notes with a fluffy white head. Get some! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co - Hey! Their brew "Helluva Caucasian Stout" is back on tap today. Get into the taproom before it sells out again. It pairs well with ice cream I'm told. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]


Boulder County

Sanitas Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] Boulder’s sour beer fans rejoice. Sanitas Brewing Company has announced the introduction of their Wild and Sour project, a collection of beers featuring extensive oak barrel aging with wild yeast and bacteria. The last Monday of each month, the east-Boulder brewery will release an incredibly exclusive beer from the project. Guests can purchase the unique offerings by the glass in Sanitas’ Tap Room for a limited time. “We've had the Wild and Sour Project up our sleeve for a while now,” explained Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “a lot of people have tried our canned offerings. I’m excited to introduce them to what we've been working on behind closed doors for over 18 months now.” - Sanitas Brewing Co., who will celebrate their second anniversary this September, has been building an extensive library of over 20 oak barrels used for aging and wild fermentation. A few “sneak peek” beers have been released from the program over the past few months. Future releases include sour fruit beers, wild farmhouse ales, and other offerings featuring exotic ingredients and aging processes. Immure, the beer set to kick off the monthly release program, is an Imperial Brett Saison. This big farmhouse ale was aged 12 months in California red wine barrels with a rare strain of brettanomyces, a wild yeast lending mildly sour, funky, and fruity notes to the beer. Immure will be released to the public in Sanitas’ Tap Room Monday, January 26th when they open at 3pm. Customers are encouraged to visit Sanitas Brewing Company sooner rather than later as the highly limited beer is sure to sell out fast. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Powder Keg Brewing Co - [PRESS RELEASE] Powder Keg Brewing Company launches their second bottled offering. Pride of Palisade is a farmhouse­-style ale fermented with honey, peaches and Brettanomyces. “I have family ties to Palisade and it’s really special to me to be able to use fresh­ picked, whole Palisade Peaches in this beer,” says Brewmaster Phil Joyce. “My grandmother grew up in Palisade and packed peaches during the summers. I remember the pride she took in being the fastest packer and earning the nickname ‘Peaches’. Palisade Peaches are the best peaches I have ever eaten and every time I bite into one I think of her. This beer is a way of preserving that memory and spirit for me.” The beer pours a golden honey color with abundant peach aromas and flavors. As the beer warms, tartness and subtle white pepper phenolics present themselves. “It really develops in the glass and unique flavors and nuances present themselves over time” Phil says. Take your time and enjoy this beer with good company and conversation. Phil is proud to have sourced all the ingredients for this beer from Colorado. Barley and wheat came from the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, clover honey from the Colorado Honey Man in Longmont, and 600 pounds of Palisade peaches from Ela Family Farms. Pride of Palisade will be available on draft and in bottles for take­out in the Niwot taproom beginning Friday, January 31st. [101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO]

Fate Brewing Company - If you're looking to fill your growlers for the Super Bowl this Sunday, get over to Fate Brewing before 5pm for their all day Super Bowl Growler Happy Hour. Get a free Fate beer with each growler fill. They will close at 5pm that Sunday, so get there ahead of time to stock up for the big game. Plus, coming up next week on Wednesday, February 4th is their Two Years of Beer celebration. They will host a beer release of their 2nd Anniversary Ale, plus some imperial core beer releases (different style released each day of that week), food & drink specials and festive surprises. Also, don't forget - Fate is open for Brunch 10am to 4pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Kids eat free before noon those days. Fate is also considered Boulder's Breakfast Beer HQ during Brunch. Lastly, back in the brewhouse - their Phase One brewery expansion is now complete. Eight new tanks are now in place and the investment increases their production capacity by over 80%. The process of getting the tanks in the building, standing and positioned was reportedly nerve wracking, but exciting. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co - You're invited to an exclusive Happy Hour on Tuesday, February 3rd from 5pm to 8pm at their Flatiron Park location. They are celebrating Upslope Brewing being a winner in the Uber Colorado Battle of the Breweries. Uber Colorado is buying everyone TWO FREE PINTS per person (excludes some beer styles, while supplies last). There will be live music and a food truck on site as well that day. Who doesn't like FREE BEER? Be there next Tuesday. Rides home available from Uber too. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Atom Brewing Co - Good news! The Town of Erie Board of Trustees has finally approved Atom Brewing Company's license! Now the Atom Brewing team can get back to the business of building a brewery and making some beer. Stay tuned for more news on this upcoming brewery. [Erie, CO]

Echo Brewing Co - There's a special firkin tapping today at both their Frederick and Erie locations. Stop in and try their Mango Jalapeno Red. Sweet with a bit of heat. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co - This Friday Left Hand Brewing is breaking into their beer archive! Join in at 5pm for a limited release of a two year aged St. Vrain Tripel! Light in color and lightly hopped using Celeia hops, a touch of malt sweetness contrasts the warm spiciness hidden within. [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co - Better drink this before the wind blows it away. Today's small batch is a Lemongrass IPA. Then on Friday, they're going to add a small keg of vanilla nut brown on nitro.

Boulder Beer Co - In honor of Boulder's Winter Bike to Work Day (TODAY), they're giving away free pints! Lock up your bike and bring in your helmet and your first pint is on the house. Cheers! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery - It's BYOVinyl Night with DJ Lee-Stash! They will be laying down your requests! Rummage through your garages and sheds and bring in that old box of glorious vinyls and let's throw down! Vinyl night runs from 6-10pm on Wednesdays. [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]


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Odell Brewing Co - Fans of Odell's Myrcenary Double IPA take note! The brewery has announced an upcoming release of a new barrel-aged version called "Myrcenario". It's a brew aged in Jose Cuervo Tradicional barrels. Odell describes the beer as follows: "Myrcenario is the result of barrel exchange with our friends just south of the border. We age sure mercenary IPA in Jose Cuevo Tradicional barrels. In return, the folks at Jose Cuervo aged Tradicional in our beer barrels. The brew boasts a spicy, tropical hop character that balances the toasted oak with a surprisingly smooth finish." This beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles. No announced release date yet (but soon). [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks - This Sunday, February 1st, Loveland Aleworks will be hosting a Super Bowl of Chili Contest in the taproom. Contest is limited to the first 20 entries (sign up ASAP). Minimum 1 gallon of chili (normal crockpot size). Get your chili there on Sunday by 4:00pm. Please provide your own ladle. The brewery will provide bowls, spoons, fritos, cheese, sour cream and serving space. Voting will be conducted by other patrons starting at kickoff and ending at half-time. Winners will be announced by the end of the game. Prizes to the top 3 finishers. Must be present to win. Be sure to try their new Belgian Golden Ale - now on tap. Coming soon - Brendan's Wee Heavy, and Sorachi Ace IPA. Brewery Fun Fact: This week their shopping list included 2,280 pounds of malt for next week - oh and 1 bag of pretzels. Brewers gotta eat something! [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing - Plan to bring your friends tonight and team up for City Star Trivia at 7:30pm. The winning team gets pride, high-fives and $20 in City Star beer tokens. The beer will help jog your memory for those tidbits of info that will make you win. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co - The 2015 Celebration of Dark Beers continues this Thursday with the release of not 1, not 2, but 3 special dark small batch beers. Stop in at 6:30pm Thursday, January 29th for these tappings: 1) Braggot (mead/beer hybrid), 2) Apple Wood Smoked Porter, and 3) a Russian Imperial Stout. There are still 6 more beers scheduled to be released over the next 2 weeks. The Dark Beer celebration continues through the week of Valentine's Day! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Got the urge to do something horrible? Good! Cuz you're the perfect candidate to play "Card Against Humanity" during their upcoming game night next Wednesday, February 4th at 6:00pm. Bring your sense of humor and join in for a game night in their community room. Players will receive $1 off beers all night. Winner of each game gets a free beer. No cost to play. And if you like games, then you'll want to stop back on Sunday, February 15th from 2pm to 6pm for the Heroes and Horrors Board Game Takeover. It'll be a full afternoon of fun in the taproom. Drink specials for all gamers that day. Bring in your favorite board game or play one of theirs. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co - Wings, beer, nearly 60 degree January weather, what could be better?? Oh Yeah! It's Happy Hour ALL DAY! Stop in after work or just leave work early! Wings available after 5pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co - Tomorrow, January 29th, they have their first beer dinner ever at Wapiti Colorado Pub in Loveland! There will be five courses made with and paired with Snowbank brews, starting with a social beer at 5:30pm. If you haven't yet, call for tickets before they're all gone - (970) 635-1985. They'll also be having Mountain Meets the Sea at the taproom tomorrow playing live music starting at 6pm. There's no cover charge so just bring your dinner and your friends and relax with some great music. The brewery is open from 2pm until 8pm tonight. Take cover from the winds and hunker down with a pint! [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing - Sorry all, but CooperSmith's will be CLOSED on Superbowl Sunday. So plan ahead accordingly. [5 Old Town Sq, Ft. Collins, CO]

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01/28/2015 05:00 PM
Industry News: WA: Seattle: Growl64, a 64-tap draft house is seeking investments through Indiegogo.
Press Release

Seattle, Wash., January 21, 2015 – Local Seattleite Loren Klabunde left his healthcare career in search of his true passion: beer. The result of Klabunde’s quest for beer became an exhausting expedition as he found many of the local craft breweries are geographically spread out. After navigating through Seattle’s infamous traffic it dawned on him: Why not host all the best local craft brews in one central location? Thus marked the beginning of Growl64, Klabunde’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for the perfect solution.

“I have been a craft beer drinker since 1990 and bought my first growler from Snoqualmie Brewery back in 2002. During the last boom in the 1990’s, I could be found drimking Mac & Jacks, Portland Brewing Company and Alasking Brewing amongst others. It has been great to see this amazing resurgence in the number of breweries and all of the new beer. The thing is, I know I have missed out on a lot of new beers and it’s because I have to drive all over Puget Sound to visit many of my favorite local breweries,” recounted Klabunde. “When you have a 3-year-old daughter, brewery tours don’t always make the priority list and I end up with whatever the grocery store has available.”

With Growl64, Klabunde aims to provide Capitol Hill with the perfect and convenient solution for all the craft beer drinkers needs. Featured at the to-be location will be 64 taps full of local craft beer sourced within 100 miles. Growl64 will also be an efficient and sustainable operation with minimal waste from bottles, electricity, or other operational byproducts by focusing on reusable growlers.

“Culture change is risky but believe it’s an achievable goal due to the incredible interest in craft beer. Similar to farm-to-table, craft brewing encompasses ‘buy local’ at its core. By becoming part of their communities, breweries should experience longevity, similar to small European community breweries,” Said Klabunde.

Hosted on the popular crowd-funding site Indiegogo, Klabunde aims to raise $100, 000 to build Growl64. Fundraisers will have the option for exciting donation packages including:

$10.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy, a beer cozie for a pint glass.
$50.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy and 3 free growler fill certificates.
$100.00: Receive Growl64 branded growler, brewzy and 5 free growler fill certificates.
$500.00: Receive a GrowlTap, a Growl64 branded growler, Growl64 branded growler cooler, a brewzy and 10 free growler fill certificates.
$1,000.00: “A beer for a year!” Receive a growler fill every week for 52 weeks, 2 Growl64 branded growlers, a GrowlTap, Growl64 branded cooler bag and a brewzie.
$5,000.00: Have a private event for 15 people prior to grand opening. All attendees will be provided with a Growl64 branded growler, a fill to go and 5 free growler fill certificates, catered food, and hosted by owner Loren Klabunde.


01/28/2015 04:13 PM
Equinox Hops SMASH

The third in out series on SMASHing with the newer hop varieties. This weeks contestant is Equinox Hops!!! John said that this was the most dynamic and unique smelling hop pellet he’s ever had right out of the baggie! Check out the video and lets us know about your experience (or lack of…) with Equinox […]

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01/28/2015 02:53 PM
Oskar Blues’ new beer, Pinner, gives a shout out to cannibus
If you’ve ever popped opened a beer and smelled hints of marijuana, there’s a horticultural reason for that. Just ask Dale Katechis (he of Dale’s Pale Ale fame), who founded Colorado favorite Oskar Blues Brewery in 1997. “Like a lot of our beers, the hop character and the aroma has always reminded people of cannabis,” […]

01/28/2015 02:33 PM
Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend
A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. […]

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