11/30/2015 07:48 AM
April Beer Club Selection
Our Beer Club selection for April has now been sent out to all online customers. For those living in Sydney you can still pick these up from our store. The April Beer Club selection includes: Samuel Adams, Black Lager Bridge Road Brewers, Australian Ale William Bull, William’s Pale Ale Morland Brewing, Old Speckled Hen
11/30/2015 07:48 AM
Store update 19th May
So Sydney is on a roll with its awesome beer drinking weather this week and this weekend looks good to go. Growlers Currently we have Young Henry’s Hop Ale. This beer harks back to classic English style IPAs. Hefty malt backing meets every type of hop in our cool-room, added to all stages of the process. The all Australian hop flavour is not aggressive in its bitterness, but is evident in flavour and aroma and slowly asserts itself with a lengthy, lingering and thoroughly enjoyable palette. $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Dr’s Orders Brewing Plasma. Plasma, a White IPA is yet another emerging trend that we’re happy to embrace and present a Doctor’s Orders Brewing twist on. Judicious hop use dominates Plasma’s aroma, backed up with a balanced mouthfeel defying its alcoholic payload before delivering an extremely long lingering bitterness. A deceivingly addictive prescription. The grist for Plasma is practically identical to our Zephyr (Double White Ale) which explains the appearance. However the lack of botanicals, a different yeast strain and excessive hop use deliver an ale that is Zephyr’s polar opposite. In other news Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
11/30/2015 07:48 AM
A thought for the brewers and people of Christchurch
When I was a young lad of 18 years of age I packed my bags and travelled from the North Island of New Zealand to the city of Christchurch in the South to begin my university education. The move to Christchurch was a no brainer for me – I had lots of family who lived in the “Garden City” and I had been there many times before, always leaving with fond memories. Christchurch is a very special city with significant character – it is the New Zealand city that most closely resembles Melbourne with old stone buildings, a tram line and a beautiful river, the Avon. The city also has a number of other great gems including the Port Hills for excellent scenery and mountain biking, as well as the port suburb of Lyttleton, reached after travelling through one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels. If there is one word I would give to Christchurch it would be ‘beautiful’.....
11/30/2015 07:48 AM
Beer store update 5th May
So Sydney has had cracker beer drinking weather this week and it’s set to continue this weekend – sweet! Growlers Currently we have Moa Breakfast beer. A cracker of a lager with rich cherries, very easy drinking. Check out the review for it below: “The aroma is stunning with hints of dry wheat and cherry’s. The carbonation is lively, which works for a crisp summer beer. The taste has a serious hit of wheat and yeast, washing through with all those bubbles and a touch of cherry.” Joel Macfarlane – brewnation.co.nz $28 for a Growler fill Once this is gone we’ll be moving onto Mikkeller Citra Single Hop IPA probably early in the week Latest beers Murray’s No 6 2011 Anniversary Ale – the last available anywhere (limit 1 per person) Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale Barley wine Rich is in the shop today, Geoff is onto his 2nd table for the tasting room, while Will is in training for a 9km soft sand running event. Store hours 11am-3pm today, 8:30am-6pm Mon-Fri. 1300 808 254 Cheers!
11/30/2015 07:48 AM
Carlton Draught hits slow mo
Australia’s alcohol advertising regulations are strict, as a result advertisers continually look for new ways to promote the brand – albeit without specifically promoting the product! Check out Cartlon Draught’s latest ad – the slow mo…and a few other old classics.....
11/30/2015 06:30 AM
2016 Oregon Beer Calendar by Matt Mioduszewski
Capturing a killer photograph of a beer is a task that many craft beer fans indulge in, sometimes successfully and artistic, others times not so much. One Oregonian has taken this a step further with his first professionally produced calendar. Matt Mioduszewski is set to release the 2016 Oregon Craft Beer Calendar in December 2015. […]
11/30/2015 06:27 AM
Inveralmond Brewery unveils whiskey cask-aged brew
Inveralmond Brewery and Glenturret Distillery, has delivered the region’s first tipple to be aged in former whisky casks. Launching Ooskabeer Batch #1 at a wintery Perth’s St Andrews Day Festival Market at the weekend, spirits from both the Brewery and the Distillery were in fine mettle to brave the winter weather as both producers stood
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11/30/2015 06:23 AM
Hogs Back Brewery expands sales with lidl deal
Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery continues to grow its off-trade presence with new listings in Lidl for two of its existing bottled ales and a new winter beer brewed exclusively for the retailer, as well as providing hops from its recent harvest for a Lidl meat rub. Lidl is stocking 500ml bottles of both Hogs Back’s Hop Garden
11/30/2015 06:08 AM
Homebrew crypto in Telegram hangout app full of holes, say security pros
Homebrew crypto in Telegram hangout app full of holes, say security pros The Register “Telegram is error prone, has wonky homebrew encryption, leaks voluminous metadata, steals the address book, and is now known as a terrorist hangout,” OpSec expert The Grugq concludes in a damning assessment of the technology. “I coul ...
11/30/2015 05:00 AM
2015 Washington Winter Beer Fest Returns December 4 -5
The Washington Brewers Guild returns with its annual Winter Beer Festival on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at the Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle. This winter beer fest features a wide array of winter seasonal beers from 54 Washington Guild member breweries that will be serving over 160 beers. Winter […]
11/30/2015 04:14 AM
Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 46/47, 2015.
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
8 November - 21 November 2015
11/30/2015 03:49 AM
Two nights at The Headline
Dublin's premier destination for beer Irish beer launches™, 57 The Headline, staged special nights for two breweries on consecutive Thursdays recently. Both involved beers I'd never had before so of course I was in attendance.
The first tap takeover was by Rye River, bringing a bunch of the specials it had at the Irish Craft Beer Festival last August, plus a couple of new regulars. I'd missed the Keeping Ale at the festival and it was presented here in oak-aged form. It's 6.5% ABV and dark red in colour. Strawberry is the main flavour I got from it, then some milk chocolate and a sort of rubberiness which I suspect may be the oak at work. It has a woody, cola-nut aroma and the texture is smooth. I don't think it quite works: the base beer is undoubtedly well made, but rather boring after the first few sips, and the oak ageing hasn't done anything to improve it.
The following week, Trouble Brewing were front and centre, occupying ten taps and launching three new beers. I started on #TeamTrouble, an amber ale designed and assisted by the Ladies Craft Beer Society of Ireland. First impressions are of something very pale for an amber ale, and there's no sign of the rich malt sweetness that I'd regard as its hallmark. What you get instead are fruity front bits -- blackberry in particular -- and then a very sharp waxy finish. It rounds out a little as it warms and there's a pleasant buzz of jasmine spice adding interest, but it never quite loses its harshness. Perhaps you need several pints for your palate to adjust, but of course that wasn't an option when there were more beers to try.
Schwarzbier is one of those styles sorely neglected by Irish brewers so it was exciting to discover Trouble have made one, and at a nicely sessionable 4.5% ABV, by the name of Black Flag. Once again, though, I think the nuances of the style have been missed. It does have a good dark roasted crispness, and a subtle bitterness in a green, celery or courgette, sort of way. But there's a lot of sweetness all through it, a streak of caramel and a dusting of raisins. Not unpleasant in and of themselves but it left me hankering for a drier beer. A schwarzbier, in other words. Consensus among the commentariat was that this is more a Munich dunkel than a schwarzbier but I think it lacked the metallic liquorice bitterness they often have, and similarly with regard to Czech tmavý, before you ask. Black Flag is good clean fun but I'd love to see some of the sugar knocked out of it.
From black lager to black IPA, and Dead Ringer, one of the lightest examples of the style I've met, at just 4.3% ABV, but tasting convincingly stronger. I think it's because of the texture: thick and tarry with a majorly harsh, burnt component in the foretaste. The hops have their say in the aroma more than anywhere: gorgeously fresh honeydew melon, totally out of place in such a severe beer, but also providing a welcome softness. A small peach note appears in the aftertaste as well. It's a funny arrangement but it does work, in its own odd sort of way, though it's not quite in the same league as previous dark 'n' hoppy Trouble ales, Oh Yeah! and Fallen Idol.
The Headline being The Headline, there were other beers from other breweries to try on both nights. The autumn special from Jack Cody's rejoices in the name Curly Hole, a red ale brewed with sour cherries and apricots. I didn't know the fruit was there when I bought my pint and completely failed to identify them. Instead, I found a smooth and toffee-laden dark red ale with a strange sort of corky mustiness, which I'm now guessing may have been down to the cherries. It's little more than a slightly intensified version of plain Irish red ale and rather underwhelming.
Finally, Carrig Brewing's Grand Soft Day pale ale has been around since the summer but it wasn't until I was sitting about waiting for Trouble to take over the taps that I actually got to try it. And it's definitely a suitable summer sessioner (4.2% ABV) but works just as well on a dark November evening. It begins with a tasty spritz of satsuma and then settles back into a more serious resinous bitterness. That's all it does but it's enough to create something quaffable with sufficient complexity to hold the drinker's interest.
Cheers to Máire, Geoff, all the crew of The Headline and the guys from Trouble and Rye River for two excellent evenings.
11/30/2015 03:40 AM
Stumbling Upon The Four Thieves, Battersea
We couldn’t resist following an official-looking brown tourist information sign pointing to ‘Brewery & Distillery’. Having set out with no particular plan in mind other than to find (a) beer we can’t get in Penzance and (b) somewhere to enjoy lunch with baby-laden friends we trusted Clapham, in south west London, to provide. The sign actually … Continue reading Stumbling Upon The Four Thieves, Battersea →
11/30/2015 03:36 AM
Uinta Cutthroat+ (Plus)
What's that? Another new version of Cutthroat you say? Bring it on! It looks like Uinta is continuing to breath new life into their tried and true flagship brand. This newest incarnation of appears to be called Cutthroat+ (plus). It uses Cocoa Nibs, Orange Peel & Cayenne Pepper in it's recipe. Sounds like a peppery Chocolate Orange sti ...
11/30/2015 03:05 AM
Random Dutch beers (part three)
More of this stodge. You'll have noticed I'm no Beer Nut.
Don't expect any particular logic to the selection of beers. It's just whatever caught my eye at Ton Overmars. I attempt a bit of variety. Tempting as it is to just get a crate of Abt and a half crate of Prior every Saturday.
Christoffel Nobel 8.7% ABV
Dry-hopped strong pale beer., it's described as. It's a slightly hazy gold. Looks quite pretty, especoially with the foamy, almost Duvel-like head. Ever had a strong Dutch Lager? Bavaria 8.6, Grolsch Het Canon, that sort of thing? It's similar to those, but bitterer. Has the same underlying malty warmth. I could imagine necking a can or two of this on the top deck on an NS train on the way to Bodegraven. Three cans more like. It takes the best part of an hour. Even better than Gordon's Platinum. And that's journey-shortener supreme.
"Like some of the beers from Butcher's Tears. The ones I don't like." Dolores comments in her usual, brutally-honest way. She does really like some of their beers. Green Cap, in particular.
Next - a beer from Butcher's Tears.
La Condition Humaine IV Forgotten in Space 6% ABV
Erik likes odd names. Not sure what the name means. I've read the book. In French. (During my long only reading French period. That left me better read in French literature than English.) Can't remember bugger all about it, other than it's set in 1920's China. Not sure what relevance that has. It's golden, a bit hazy - I did buy it just 45 minutes ago at Ton Overmars.* Smells sort of fruity. In a good way. Yeah. Gently punches some spot. Wish I'd poured it a bit clearer.
Another Butcher's Tears beer:
The Last possession 5% ABV
Darker, this one. Just about amber in colour. Smells a bit spicy. Damn that's bitter. Really bitter. No. Don't really like this one.
"Andrew, try this."
"What is it?"
"A beer from Butcher's Tears."
He takes a sip.
"It's OK. Similar to what I've tasted before from those kinds of breweries."
* "You're paying for his retirement." Dolores always says.
11/30/2015 01:31 AM
Beer In Ads #1744: When Do 300 Lb. Lineman Say Budweiser?
Sunday’s ad is another one for Budweiser, also from the late 2000s. Although it’s a recent ad, it has a more vintage feel, and is part of a series that was created for college market newspapers. This one shows a football player’s head up close, and the thoughts in his head that...
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11/30/2015 01:02 AM
Belfast Beer and Cider Festival goes flat for drinkers as ale pumps run dry
Belfast Telegraph Belfast Beer and Cider Festival goes flat for drinkers as ale pumps run dry Belfast Telegraph "We have a small but rapidly growing number of independent brewers who offer real ale in cask form and they are unable to offer large quantities of beer on a sale or return basis if at all," he said. "This is coupled with the ...
11/30/2015 12:50 AM
Radio Brews News — Episode 70 — Chris Herring
This week we catch up with Chris Herring from Mount Tamborine's Beard & Brau brewery a Farmhouse Brewery that has started using added enzymes to create gluten-reduced beers.
11/30/2015 12:26 AM
New barcade The Grid features modern arcades, live music, and local craft brews
Gamers living in the Valley may be excited to learn that a new establishment has recently opened, which hopes to cater to a wide array of the gaming community. The Grid: Games and Growlers, located in Mesa, Arizona is a...
11/29/2015 10:30 PM
Meet Jennifer, the real ale enthusiast opening Bournemouth’s first brewery
Bournemouth Echo Meet Jennifer, the real ale enthusiast opening Bournemouth's first brewery Bournemouth Echo REAL ale enthusiast Jennifer Tingay is hop-ing to open her own brewery right in the centre of Bournemouth. Her company Southbourne Brewing Limited has been up and running for two years and she has eight beers on sale in various ...
11/29/2015 08:31 PM
Patent No. 6968773B1: Vessel And Wort Processing Method For Producing Beer
Today in 2005, US Patent 6968773 B1 was issued, an invention of Kurt Stippler and Klaus-Karl Wasmuht, assigned to Anton Steinecker Maschinenfabrik Gmbh, for their “Vessel and Wort Processing Method for Producing Beer.” Here’s the Abstract: A vessel and a method for thermally treating...
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11/29/2015 07:56 PM
New craft brewery, restaurant opens in north Peoria
Phoenix Business Journal (blog) New craft brewery, restaurant opens in north Peoria Phoenix Business Journal (blog) Two years after it started, Peoria Artisan Brewery is finally getting a location in Peoria. The craft brewery is opening up a second location at Lake Pleasant Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway, expanding on what the company ...
11/29/2015 05:48 PM
Beer Birthday: Darron Welch
Today is the 48th birthday of Darron Welch, brewmaster at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon. Darron has something like a gazillion awards for his beers, including “Brewer of the Year” seven times (at GABF in 2000 and 2005 for small brewpub and in 2006 and 2014 for large...
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11/29/2015 01:32 PM
Patent No. 2138529A: Hop Separator
Today in 1938, US Patent 2138529 A was issued, an invention of Edouard Thys, for his “Hop Separator.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: This invention relates to separators and especially to a machine for separating leaves and like foreign...
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11/29/2015 12:15 PM
The Circle of Time
After I posted the pic of my glass of Sierra Nevada Celebration yesterday, I was looking through old Musings and found an interesting coincidence. Last year on the same date, November 28, I also shared a post about the same beer.
In an another similarity, last night's glass of this seasonal favorite was also the first I enjoyed this season. And perhaps a tradition is born.
11/29/2015 04:36 AM
CNA Classes in Oshkosh, WI (54906)
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CNA Classes in Bancroft, WI (54921)
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11/29/2015 04:35 AM
British Pathé was a producer of newsreels and documentaries from 1910 until 1970. In 2014, resuscitated as an archival company, Pathé placed its entire film library on YouTube.
Here, from 1933: "Brewster's Magic," an instructional video on beer featuring some fantastic time-lapse views of hops, barleycorns, and yeast.
11/29/2015 03:51 AM
TMTW: November 2015
‘The Month That Was’ is a regular round-up of all our recent blog posts. → We reported on batches of bottled mild from the Midlands, Cambs/Lincs/Essex and a couple of strays from Wales and Sussex. → The Pasglas was used for communal drinking games and Dutch artists of the 17th century loved to paint them. … Continue reading TMTW: November 2015 →
11/29/2015 03:05 AM
Hammonds international collaboration
But a lack of investment in the 1940’s had left many with far from optimal bottling arrangements. Once restrictions on building works were lifted, ambitious breweries like Hammonds were keen to put that right. Where would you go for the latest bottling expertise? Surprisingly, Denmark was a good choice.
There was a big shift to bottled beer in Denmark in the early 20th century. Something similar happened in many countries, but in few as dramatically as in Denmark. Draught beer became very scarce, even in pubs. That situation still prevailed when I first visited Copenhagen in the late 1980’s. The resurgence of draught beer in Denmark has gone hand in hand with a renewed interest in beer in general.
This gives an idea of the importance of bottled beer in Denmark:
So no surprise that Hammonds looked to Carlsberg and Tuborg to help them out with their bottling plant:
"The way was now clear to consider serious and extensive changes to the brewing and bottling resources of the Hammonds' group of companies. Bottling was the first priority, being carried out in several locations in old buildings and with outdated equipment. The directors had a connection with the Danish brewery companies of Carlsberg and Tuborg, and through them engaged a Danish consultant engineer. Visits were made to Copenhagen and Elsinore to see modern bottling plants, and the consultant began work on designs. Unfortunately, he did not come up to expectation and an approach was made to Hammonds' friends at Ind Coope & Allsopp for assistance."
Elsinore is normally called
11/29/2015 02:26 AM
Beer of the week #13
Every Sunday we offer you a beer of the week. The rules of engagement are simple: it's a draught beer enjoyed, in a pub or elsewhere, in the last seven days. Budvar Dark Cherry Four halves at Cask, Manchester £2.20 a half pint I was a pensive mood when I visited Cask, a bar in the historic Castlefield district. It was dark and, this being Manchester, pissing it down with rain. The pub's a
11/29/2015 01:51 AM
Beer In Ads #1743: When Do Cheerleaders Say Budweiser?
Saturday’s ad is for Budweiser, from the late 2000s. Although it’s a recent ad, it has a more vintage feel, and is part of a series that was created for college market newspapers. This one shows a cheerleader’s head up close, and the thoughts in her head that lead her to drink a...
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11/28/2015 08:29 PM
With a 23 - 20 win over rival Virginia, the Hokies continue the streaks! We're finally relaxing after a long day Charlottesville and this seemed liked fitting libation to cap off the day.
It was a nail-biter of a game and great send off for Coach Beamer.
11/28/2015 04:08 PM
Black Lodge Brewing
Elemental Brewing. Collaborative Project. MicroBrewery. Tap House. Music. Opens 4.12.15.
11/28/2015 03:27 PM
Brrrrrrrrrrring on Winter Brew Fest
It’s time for Winter Beer Fest, big malty, spicy beers and the annual fundraiser for the Washington Brewers’ Guild. Start the your season with robust winter warmer Washington brews at the festive Winter Brew Fest 2015. Winter Brew Fest extends over three separate sessions December 4, 2015 -December 5, 2015 at Magnuson Park. Walk into […]
11/28/2015 02:09 PM
Risk Free Drinking
This post is by Broggers, who is on twitter here. Our man's a reformed beer geek: he used to mad buy into all that stuff but grew out of it and now just drinks solid cask beers and nice Czech lager. He works in the City and lives in Metroland. A lovely pint of Oakham at the author's local. No #murkshaming required. Beer is expensive. That's a nailed on truth as far as I'm concerned, yet
11/28/2015 12:37 PM
Captain Lawrence Holiday Beer Release & Bottle Share
A special holiday beer release and bottle share is on tap for Sunday, December 13 at New York's Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Known for their raucous bottle shares and well-attended (to put it mildly) rare beer releases...
11/28/2015 10:00 AM
Top 10 Beers of the Year
Featured Contributor: Beth Pickard @brewcitybiker1 It’s been a good year of beer. This list compiles the most memorable, and highest Untappd rated brews, I tried in 2015. Some of these beers make the list because they are simply fantastic and others because they come with stories and memories. Many of the beers that made this list I had the opportunity to try because of friends sharing them with me. Beer is better shared with friends. That’s why on my birthday, I opened the granddaddy of them…
11/28/2015 04:10 AM
Pic(k) of the Week: Beer books in boxes
Pictured, packed for moving: a library of books-on-beer, collected over nearly thirty years. I couldn't bring myself to write "curated."
Two more boxes not pictured.
16 November 2015.
11/28/2015 03:45 AM
News, Nuggets & Longreads 28/11/2015
Here’s the writing from beer blogs and elsewhere that’s most entertained our brains in the last week. → For Vice Sophie Pilgrim paints a portrait of Le Carillon, the Paris dive bar that was once her local, and which was targeted by terrorists last week: It wasn’t hard to feel at home at Le Carillon. The … Continue reading News, Nuggets & Longreads 28/11/2015 →
11/28/2015 03:05 AM
Random Dutch beers (part two)
More beers I just happen to have drunk recently. Not sure what interest any of this crap is to you. Or me, fo that matter.
Zwarte Piet Bitterzoet 5.5% ABV
Here's a controversial beer, as the label should tell you. Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is Sinter Klaas's helper. But, unfortunately for modern sensibilites, he's portrayed by someone white blacked up a la Black & White Minstrels. There's nothing on the label to say where or by whom it was brewed. Probably just as well. It tastes like watered-down Bok (it's 5.5% ABV). With added sweetener. Very metallic. Weird vegetable aroma. Not at all nice. Soon it will be making acquaintance with my sink. Then I'll give my Chimay glass a good rinse and pour myself a well-deserved Abt.
Sinterklaas Bier 7.5% ABV
Rather less contentious, this one. A nice spicy aroma.
"What are you smelling, Dad?"
"Try it, Lexie."
"It's like pepernoten*."
"I guess that's the idea."
"You know that he's Turkish, Dad, Sinter Klaas?"
Bit thin, but OK. Wonder who brewed it?
Hertog Jan Grand Prestige 10% ABV
Used to be the strongest beer brewed in Holland. And something special. But Dutch beer has moved on. Will the years have been kind to this grand old lady? Smells nice and strong. Rum-soaked raisins or some such bollocks. Sweet, bit spicy, some bitterness, liquorice. OK. Just banged out more of the carbonation and it's much better. Rich and bittersweet.
"Try this Dolores"
"It looks like one of those horrible dark beers."
Drinks tentatively, nose withdrawn, face tensed. Then suddenly relaxes.
"A bit watery."
"It's 10% ABV."
"Tastes watery to me."
* A sort of spiced small biscuit the Dutch eat for Sinterklaas.
11/27/2015 05:00 PM
Relax This Holiday Season With The Christmas Mulled Cup
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth doesn’t take off for the holidays. Is he a Grinch? Not in my book. Thanks to his hard work, your festive party can easily get the passing grade. Just add this Christmas Mulled Cup and sugar to a fruity wine, and bring in a little heat. Just ...
11/27/2015 04:55 PM
Black Friday Range Time Too!
After a good range practice session yesterday, I returned this morning to join a couple of friends for some shooting fun. We got an early start to beat the crowds that were sure come later. The time was spent "just shooting" and enjoying friendly conversation. In fact, we probably spent as much time chatting as shooting, but that's the way it should be when you're just out to have fun.
I got to shoot a gun I hadn't shot before, and I also spent some time shooting my usual carry gun. I don't shoot it as often as a I'd like, mostly because it means cleaning it right away before I carry it again. Interestingly, I had last cleaned this gun less than a month ago, yet when I fired the first shot, I watched a clump of lint float away from the back of the slide. Note to self: Keep an eye on that, especially since it's sweater season now.
It was a treat to hit the range two days in a row, spending time with friends doing what we love to do, on another unseasonably warm day. And I'm pretty sure we had more fun than the folks fighting the crowds at the stores.
11/27/2015 03:52 PM
Darkness all around — and that’s a GOOD thing: beer events for the week of November 27
Black Beer Friday Fundraiser 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Friday Nov. 27, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.; Forget about conspicuous consumption and the mall – hang out instead at the Green Dragon, where they’re pouring two dozen different CDAs, stouts, porters, and more. Better yet, part of the proceeds go to help my friend Angelo […]
11/27/2015 03:28 PM
Four Brewers | Sour Beer, Wine, and Whiskey with Almanac Beer Co.
Season 2, Episode 47 – This week we’re hanging out with Jesse Friedman, co-owner and brewer at San Francisco’…
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11/27/2015 03:24 PM
Four Brewers | A Fetish, a Cart, a Crux, and a Yard.
Season 2, Episode 46 – This week, beers from two of Los Angeles’ best breweries, Highland Park Brewery and Monkish B…
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11/27/2015 02:45 PM
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club Black Friday / Cyber Monday promo is live
Sponsored Post: The Rare Beer Club announced a Black Friday limited offer this week including three new deals for gift (or non-gift) orders. Here are the three usual BeerPulse coupon codes: BEERPULSE10 – $10 off ANY Beer Club Membership (2-month […]
11/27/2015 02:00 PM
These Cork Stem Glasses Will Get Guests Talking
Put a cork in it! Usually that will get your party guests to quiet down. But when you put a cork in a glass—literally—like with this glassware, the exact opposite happens. Everyone talks about these glasses. That’s because the inclusion of the cork into the design is so unique. This ...
11/27/2015 01:53 PM
Bootlegger’s Brewery Holiday Drive
(Fullerton,CA) – Our Bootlegger’s holiday drive this year will focus on supporting a local 6 year old girl named Katherin…
11/27/2015 01:30 PM
Black Friday Sale – Steve Austin’s Broken Skull IPA Pre-Sale + Free Shipping on 6+ Items
Our friends over at InsideTheCellar.com have a helluva deal for you and your Black Friday Shopping needs. If you order any six items …
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11/27/2015 11:56 AM
Backwoods Brewing is Moving the Brewery
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Backwoods Brewing just announced that it is moving the brewery from Carson to Stevenson. Don’t despair, the pub will remain at the current location; it’s just the brewery that is moving. The primary reason for the move is space. The new space offers more room to grow,...
11/27/2015 10:09 AM
A Visit To The Goose Island Barrel Warehouse As It Releases Its Bourbon County Brand Stout Today
Located two miles west of Goose Island’s Production Brewery sits the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse, also knows as the Staviary. This is where all of the barrel aging magic happens to finish creating its masterpieces known as Bourbon County Brand Stout. Goose Island BCBS inception took place in 1992 when Greg Hall at the then […]
11/27/2015 09:39 AM
Oatmeal Pale Ale Tasting
(Here is the recipe for the Oatmeal Pale Ale) Putting a twist on styles and getting to grips with different ingredients is what home brewing is all about. You can experiment as much as you desire and the payoff can be great, other times you may miss the mark. At the end of the day it doesn’t make too much difference as long as you enjoy the process and learn with each batch. After all there is no pressure to recoup expenses like a commercial brewery has to do. This Oatmeal Pale Ale recipe has only a small twist on Read more
11/27/2015 09:00 AM
Bad Brew Series #4 – Bud Chelada
From David I had a tremendous feeling of accomplishment the day I drank that Kirkland light. I had overcome my fears and trepidation for the the first “Bad Brew Series” and it was a rush. I grimaced when I cracked that Kirkland, but I did it and my mind was pushing me to do it again. Do it again, do it again but this time even bigger worse. It didn’t take long for my Twitter-verse to guide me to what I knew was inevitable – Bud Clamato. I drove to…
11/27/2015 07:23 AM
Limited Edition Imbibe-Filled Advent Calendars
The weather is beginning to get a heck of a lot colder as we turn to a cheeky tipple some for extra warmth… what are we kidding?! We just like to drink… As December 1st fast approaches, parents and singletons alike run out to buy their kids, nieces, nephews and ...
11/27/2015 07:00 AM
N.W.I.P.A. Hosts de Garde Brewing Bu Rice Release featuring Nevor Shellfish
On Saturday, November 28, N.W.I.P.A. will be switching gears a bit on its normal hop forward beers that this beer bar is well known for as it welcomes de Garde Brewing from Tillamook, Oregon for its Bu Rice release from 2:00 to 5:00pm. N.W.I.P.A. will be hosting the Portland release of de Garde’s Bu Rice […]
11/27/2015 05:05 AM
November 27th, 2015
I normally don't like math, but this equation I understand.
11/27/2015 03:58 AM
Hop Shortage Already Biting
Pete Brown wrote this week about the likely impact of a shortage of American hops: This year, the global hop harvest is on average between 30-40% down on what it should be. Every day, Charles Faram gets a call from another UK craft brewer asking for Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Nelson Sauvin, because those are … Continue reading Hop Shortage Already Biting →
11/27/2015 03:05 AM
Strong Ale in 1960
Only two posts away from the, er, finishing post on this one. Quickly rattle through this and I’m almost done. Almost.
The Which? report didn’t include a huge number of Strong Ales. Just five in total. But do you know the weird thing? I’ve brewing records for three of them: the two Younger’s beers and Final Selection. Though not for this exact year.
The one beer in the set that I’ve drunk, the legendary No. 3, is shockingly poor value. Especially if you compare it to Younger’s other Strong Ale. No. 1 (King of Ales) is just 2d more a pint, but around 50% stronger. I know which one I’d have been drinking.
Actually, that wasn’t quite right when I said No. 3 was the only one I’d drunk. Pretty Things brewed a very tasty version of Younger’s No. 1 based on the 1949 recipe. Really very nice. It was amusing too read geeks saying it was a typical Scotch Ale when the recipe bore no resemblance to the style guidelines. Not a single person spotted the secret ingredient: lactose.
I’m surprised at the relatively low level of bitterness. Especially in Final Selection as I know that it contained more the 2lbs of hops per barrel. Double the amount in King of Ales and triple the amount in No. 3.
Once again, I didn’t have enough examples from 1960 in my collection so have also used ones from 1959 and 1961. I hope you don’t mind.
As you can see, they’re all over the place in terms of strength. From the sublime Royal Toby to the ridiculous Hancock’s Strong Ale. Clearly Strong Ale was a pretty vague concept and being strong wasn’t an essential requirement.
Colour is also hugely variable, from the shade of a pale Bitter (Treble Gold) to near-black (King & Barnes Strong Ale). With most of the colours between those two extremes also represented. Though the average of just over 80 is about the shade I would expect a Strong Ale to be – dark brown.
Mansfield’s Golden Drop is spectacularly poor value – around a third more expensive than the average. While Stroud’s Charter Brew manages to be almost as cheap as Treble Gold, the only draught beer in the set. The very high degree of attenuation helps.
We’ll be finishing with Lagers in the final instalment.
11/27/2015 03:00 AM
Brewery News: OR: Portland: "Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza" returns, November 30th, from 4pm to 11pm
PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Monday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 11PM at Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N Williams Ave.
This year's lineup of holiday seasonals includes 8 Malty Nights, Blitzen, Brewdolph, C-Sons Greetings, Cherry Christmas, Jolly Bock, Old Tavern Rat and Whores & Amateurs. A detailed description of each beer is provided below.
All beers will be available at the four other Lompoc pubs beginning Dec. 2, including Lompoc Tavern on NW 23rd Ave, Oaks Bottom Public House on SE Bybee Blvd, Hedge House on SE Division St, and Fifth Quadrant on N Failing and Williams. C-sons Greetings is also available in 22 ounce bottles.
Oregon Live recently did a blind taste test of 20 Oregon-brewed winter beers, and the top pick was C-Son’s Greetings. According to the posting, the panel found the beer “reasonably hearty and able to stand up to winter’s chill without burning too hot with spruce, pine and dried fruit characteristics.” Another voter noted, “It’s like an IPA and a winter ale had a baby.” (http://www.oregonlive.com/
About Lompoc Brewing
A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, not Lom-Poke) creates seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com
BEER DESCRIPTIONS8 MALTY NIGHTS: Dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops, this chocolate rye beer features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. Raise a glass and toast l’chaim to Portland’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5% ABV
BLITZEN: A bright straw colored holiday favorite, Blitzen is dry-hopped with Centennial hops, dried lemon peel and coriander. The hops and lemon peel combine for a citrusy aroma and flavor while the coriander gives a slight spice at the back end. 4.6% ABV
BREWDOLPH: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, it boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV
C-SONS GREETINGS: Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this beer features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich, caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence complement its full hop flavor. 8.0% ABV
CHERRY CHRISTMAS: This red ale was aged for two years in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels on 45 pounds of sour cherries. It has a malty body, a strong oak aroma with hints of cherries, and finishes tart. 6.2% ABV
JOLLY BOCK: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV
OLD TAVERN RAT: This dark amber-colored barleywine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV
WHORES & AMATEURS: Aged in bourbon barrels for six months, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Brownish red in color, this winter warmer has a big malt presence with notes of oak, raisins, toffee and coffee. Ladies of the night and rookies should steer clear of this awesome beer. 6.5% ABV
11/26/2015 10:08 PM
New cause-based beer brand launches
A new craft beer company has launched, pledging to brew beers that help support uniquely Australian causes.
11/26/2015 09:26 PM
Brewing jobs: Brewer — Australian Brewery, NSW
The Australian Brewery in north western Sydney is looking for a brewer to join its small team making some of the country's best craft brews.
11/26/2015 07:00 PM
Heineken increases stake in UBL with $5.91m worth share purchase
Beer producer Heineken International has increased its stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL) after buying shares worth Rs 394.79m ($5.91m) in open market.
11/26/2015 07:00 PM
Brewery Release: OR: Portland: Coming Soon ... Baerlic Woodworker Iniquitous Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
PORTLAND OREGON - Friday, December 4th at 2pm Baerlic Brewing Co. releases the newest beer in their WoodWorker barrel-aged bottle series, Woodworker Iniquitous Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
The Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout weighs in at 8.5% ABV. This devilishly drinkable imperial stout bursts at the seams with bitter chocolate, bourbon spice and vanilla and finishes rich, roasty and dry.
Taproom Bottle Release Party
A taproom bottle release party will be on Friday, December 4th starting at 2 p.m. This party will include a special tapping of the WoodWorker Iniquitous at Baerlic’s Southeast Portland Taproom is located at 2235 SE 11th Ave.
Bottle and Draft Sales
A limited run of 500 ml bottles that are hand bottled, wax-dipped will go on sale for $12 each at 2 p.m. on Friday Dec 4th. Customers can purchase bottles to go with a 3 bottle limit per person. Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout will also be available on draft.
The Beer Here is Near & Dear
Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout is the Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged version of Baerlic’s Iniquitous Imperial Stout – an amped-up version of the brewery’s year-round Noble Oatmeal Stout. The name, which means “grossly unfair and morally wrong,” refers to the fact that “It’s just not right that so much epic flavor should be packed into just one beer,” says brewery co-owner Ben Parsons.“ Adding six months aging in Elijah Craig Bourbon barrels, definitely pushes it deep into the dark side,” adds co-owner Rik Hall
About Baerlic's WoodWorker Series
Baerlic’s WoodWorker Barrel-Aged Series are higher-gravity beers aged in a variety of repurposed spirits and wine barrels. Previous WoodWorker beers include Old Blood & Guts (Dry-hopped barleywine in Kentucky Bourbon barrels), Mountain of Gold (Tart Belgian-style golden strong ale in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels) and Thunderbolt Porter (Imperial Oatmeal Porter aged in both Kentucky Bourbon and Oregon Pinot Noir barrels.) The WoodWorker name reflects the owners’ love of carpentry and commitment to craftsmanship.
About Baerlic Brewing Company
Founded by longtime friends Ben Parsons and Rik Hall, Baerlic Brewing opened its doors on June 28, 2014. Parsons and Hall grew up together in Boise, Idaho and reconnected in Portland, where they began obsessively homebrewing together. After years of basement brewing and winning numerous awards in amateur competitions throughout the region the two gave in to the voices in their head and opened their 10-barrel production facility and taproom in SE Portland’s Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood.
Baerlic’s Taproom, with 12 taps of Baerlic beer, is open seven days a week and Baerlic beer can be found on tap at more than 120 bars/restaurants throughout the Portland metro area.
Baerlic (pronounced “bear-lick”) is an old-English term translating to “of barley.” The name reflects Parsons’ and Hall’s passion for brewing considered, honest and approachable beers that are guided, but not constrained by, historic styles and techniques. The brewery’s core brands include Cavalier Classic Cream Ale (a cream ale brewed with Himalayan Basmati rice), Primeval Hoppy Brown (a hoppy Northwest style brown) and Eastside Oatmeal Pilsner (a German pils brewed with oats for a silky mouthfeel). Baerlic also brews Invincible IPA, Noble Oatmeal Stout and a rotating selection of seasonal and specialty ales and lagers.
11/26/2015 06:19 PM
Ballantine Burton Ale revived by Pabst Brewing Co. ahead of holiday season
Pabst Brewing Company, the world’s largest American-owned brewer, announced today its revival of the legendary Ballantine Burton Ale in limited quantities. Continue reading →
11/26/2015 05:36 PM
ThirstyBear Cellar Series Barley Wine 2012 to be released on Black Friday
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery releases Cellar Series: Barley Wine 2012, joining the ranks of top West Coast breweries mastering the art of aging barley wines. Continue reading →
11/26/2015 05:35 PM
Breckenridge Twenty Five: Imperial Vanilla Porter Aged in Rum Barrels now available
Breckenridge Brewery caps off this monumental year with a very special anniversary beer, aptly named Twenty Five: Imperial Vanilla Porter Aged in Rum Barrels. Continue reading →
11/26/2015 05:02 PM
Thanksgiving Range Time
While enjoying my coffee Thanksgiving morning, relaxing after Mass and a big breakfast, I started thinking about some range time. I've only gotten out to shoot once in about the last six weeks. Looking through old Thanksgiving-related Musings posts, I noted that I had been to the range previously on Thanksgiving day, and had the range to myself. I figured why not try again?
Sure enough, the park was empty except for a lone fisherman. I took my place near one of the wider berms and set up a couple of IDPA targets. The ground was covered in leaves and pine needles, so I also set out a small tarp to catch brass (at least some of it anyway.)
I eventually spread the targets apart further and spent some time working on transitions between the two. Shooting on the move and head-only shots got some practice too. After the requisite visit from the RO, and no admonishments, I snuck in some close in, and fast, multiple shot, point shooting.
It was a beautiful afternoon, and I greatly enjoyed the time shooting, being thankful for the freedom to do so. I was surprised to have the range to myself on a 60° November day, but grateful for that as well. It was a wonderful addition to the holiday celebration.
11/26/2015 04:09 PM
Highland Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout release set for Black Friday
Highland Brewing Company will release Black Watch, the second brew of its high-gravity, limited release Warrior Series on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Continue reading →
11/26/2015 04:03 PM
A new opening in Manchester's Northern Quarter throws up a surprise: a Krusovice tankovna. The two 880-pint tanks of unpasteurised Czech beer sit directly above the bar in Cottonopolis. It's served in tall, unpretty branded mugs with minimal head. This is in contrast to the more traditional presentation of tank Pilsner Urquell across town at Albert's Schloss. Krusovice is, to my palate,
11/26/2015 03:00 PM
This Bathtub Gin Will Ace Your Taste Test
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth brings the goods with this magnum size bottle of bathtub gin. The professor could school other distillers with this award-winning bottle, which has collected accolades from the likes of the International Spirits Challenge, the International Wine & Spirits Competition, and the World Gin Awards. How did this ...
11/26/2015 02:05 PM
My new best friends at Ninkasi made sure I will be a welcome guest this day of thanks. And therefore thanks to them.
These arrived on my doorstep in a big, big box yesterday afternoon (accompanied by, I should note, a smaller box carrying two 12oz bottles of Widmer Brothers Brrr, a seasonal red ale, which I enjoyed with dinner last night). The … Continue reading →
11/26/2015 02:00 PM
Folding Wine Glass and Decanter Drying Rack
Convenient and stylish! Those two words sum up this kitchen furnishing. You can use this drying rack in a utilitarian way to dry your glassware so that each glass stays perfectly clear, free of smudges. It’s also simple to store, and easy to prop up and down between uses. For ...
11/26/2015 01:20 PM
Celebrate “Giving Tuesday” with Beer
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Three local breweries teamed up with Washington Wild to create a way for beer lovers to celebrate Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) by drinking beer. Everyone knows about Black Friday, and you probably know about Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday as well. We now have three days dedicated...
11/26/2015 11:24 AM
Brew Dog finally crack Clerkenwell
This is going to be a BrewDog bar BrewDog have been trying to get a site in Clerkenwell, London, for yonks. It's where I live so I've watched with some interest. First they applied for a licence at the former restaurant adjoining the Betsey Trotwood. Local LibDem councillor and anti-nightlife campaigner George Allan kaiboshed their plans, raising a number of objections. James Watt went
11/26/2015 08:07 AM
To all my friends and family, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. As we in the United States set aside a day to give thanks and be grateful for all of our many blessings, please take some time to reflect on the meaning of the day.
Today, as every day, I give thanks for my loving family, my faith and the freedom to practice it, my health, for my friends, and for all the freedoms I enjoy as an American. In these perilous times we should be especially conscious of our freedoms, as we are reminded frequently just how tenuous they are. We should pray that the oppressors of our freedom, those within our borders and enemies abroad, are quickly conquered.
11/26/2015 05:07 AM
Le Jour de Merci Donnant
Art Buchwald was a political columnist and humorist of the 20th century. In the 1950s, while living in Paris, France, he wrote about his expat adventures in that city for the New York Herald Tribune.
In 1953, he wrote a column explaining Thanksgiving to the French: the Pilgrims (Pèlerins) and native Americans (les Peaux-Rouges) in the New World (le Nouveau Monde). For decades afterward, the Washington Post (for whom Buchwald would later write) would reprint the column on Thanksgiving Day (Le Jour de Merci Donnant). Considering recent events, I felt that reprinting it here today might be an appropriate thanks-giving to France, the first ally of the United States. And it's still worth a good chuckle.
11/26/2015 03:11 AM
A few days in beertown
I left you last time in Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels's ticker heaven. The other beer I had there before moving on to the cask Cantillon lambic, was L'Amer des Moeders, brewed for the house by Jandrain-Jandrenouille. It's a golden ale of an approachable 5% ABV, pale and slightly hazy with a sugary perfumed nose. This resolves on tasting into a weighty Belgian blonde with spicy jasmine up front and quite a dry finish. It's good, as pretty much everything the brewery produces is, though it's also a little severe, especially if it's intended for repeat purchase.
There's a new geek bar in town next to Centraal station: the first Belgian outpost of the BrewDog chain. It occupies a cavernous space, with oddly less seating than I'd have expected. There are also signs that this is a licensed franchise rather than part of the main operation as the staff don't seem to have the precision customer service expertise that's a hallmark of the UK branches. The menu is a mix of the core BrewDog range and a well chosen selection of mostly unusual Belgian guests. To wit:
Monkey Monk is a new Belgium-based brewing operation founded by Finnish ex-pats. The beer I had was a 6.5% ABV IPA called API and it's all rather simple and tasty, with that orangey hard candy taste common to many Belgian and Belgian-style IPAs, plus a dusting of light spices. Straightforward, no gimmicks; clean and well-made.
I followed it with Mont des Cats, a newish trappist brand, brewed under licence at Chimay. It's 7.6% ABV, a pale orange-brown colour, and smells enticingly of rum, rasins and bananas. The flavour is very much that of a strong dark trappist, with more raisins and a great deal of crusty brown bread, though the texture isn't as heavy despite the substantial strength. I kept expecting some tripel-style spicing, but that doesn't feature. Decent stuff and a pleasant change away from your Chimays and Westmalles while staying broadly within the genre.
That's all there was time for before dinner, hosted by Brussels's most renowned cuisine à la bière establishment, Restobières. Eccentric chef-patron Alain kept thrusting bottles of his house beer at us: ForMi Diable, a blonde ale complete with extensive punning ant cartoons on the label. The use of coriander and orange peel at 6.5% ABV make it something like a souped-up witbier, though the savoury herbal effect is more reminiscent of clean Belgian blondes like Duvel and makes it a better food beer. Which is the point, I guess. Anyway, a nice dinnertime conversation beer, though I'm still none the wiser about why the ants.
Also being passed around was a limited quantity of 2009 De Cam Framboise. I'm new to this gueuze brand, but have always enjoyed it so far. This red one is 6% ABV and very funky: lots of brett, traces of vinegar and just a tiny wisp of residual raspberry fruit. The most distinguishing feature was the sharp acidity, making it pure heartburn in a bottle. Fun to try, but a sip is plenty for my unrefined tastes.
For afters, a trip around the corner to Pin Pon, which I mentioned on Monday. As well as the house beer, I also had a go of St Feuillien Grisette Fruit des Bois, much to the bemusement of my companions. And the bar staff, actually. We're used to grisette as very much a craft style -- so craft that I don't think anyone in Ireland has made one yet -- but I suppose in Belgium this light saison still carries the less romantic associations of its industrial past. And especially when a load of purple syrup is dumped into the vat. The end result is 3.5%, bright pink and very sweet. The flavour is that of a forest fruit yoghurt, all fruit gunk and not much beer behind it, just a kind of vague stale mustiness. I'd be interested in trying the naked version of this, but it scratched my sweet fruit beer itch for a while.
A pub crawl on a different evening began with dinner in La Lombard, washed down with Petrus Aged Pale, a beer which, from what I've read lately, did rather well out of its sponsorship at the 2015 European Beer Bloggers' Conference. This is a whopping 7.3% ABV and features an odd aroma of candycanes and vinegar. It falls somewhere on the spectrum between proper Belgian sour beer and the high-volume industrial gueuzes, a properly bitter tartness sits next to quite a heavy sugariness. A simple flavour, with no woody or bacterial complexity, it's accessible and drinkable, despite the strength. And the good news is that importation to Ireland is imminent.
Dessert was Troubadour Imperial Stout. A little disappointing, this. I was expecting bigger and better but instead I got something which called ancient memories of chocolate-flavoured Ready Brek to mind: that fine sawdust wheatiness and sweet milk chocolate. A metallic hop kick in the finish and a light pepperiness adds a modicum of complexity, but that's your lot: just because something is from one of Belgium's best brewers and is 9% ABV doesn't mean it will alter your perception completely.
The last event of the trip was a reception the EBCU held for politicians and the drinks industry, in celebration of the group's 25th birthday. Member organisations had shipped in beer from their homes so there was a veritable buffet of varied European beers -- special thanks at this point to Carlow Brewing for providing Beoir's contribution to the party. I was only around for the set-up of the event so had time to sample just two of the beers on offer. One was Visioen, an 8% ABV stout from Dutch brewer 7de Hemel. It's a perfectly classical example of a strong stout: roasty and creamy at first and finishing with an assertive dry bite. The other, also a stout, was East London's Quadrant. This includes oatmeal and gets the benefit of its smoothing effect. But there's plenty of roast too and a certain sourness as well. Very drinkable and it would have been nice to compare both of these to Leann Folláin, which I'm told was very popular on the night.
But I had to make my excuses and depart, shoplifting as much as I could carry from behind the bar. Posts about my ill-gotten gains will follow in due course.
11/26/2015 03:05 AM
Random Dutch beers
Being a lazy, lazy git, I'm returning to sort of beer-reviewing. Sort of, because, let's face it, my descriptions are pretty crap.
Sell yourself in the first paragraph, that's what they say. That should have ensured I've got this post to myself. Other people are grossly over-rated. Nice to be able to relax in my undercrackers.
What's happening to the world? A Heineken Lager brewery making an IPA? I guess it will be an Imperial Stout next. Be interesting to know a couple of things. Is it top-fermented? Is it brewed in the Brand brewery? The aroma is oddly savoury and quite subdued. In the mouth it's like bitter marmalade. Very bitter marmalade. I wonder what the hops are? They don't taste particularly New World. A nice enough beer, though I wonder who its target market is.
St. Christoffel Blond
Brewed at the Proefbrouwerij according to RateBeer. Good spicy hop aroma. Grassy in the mouth and pleasantly bitter at the end. A decent drinking Lager. Pretty label, too.
Hertog Jan Weizener
Another attempt by one of the Big Boys (the Biggest Boy, in fact) to brew a non-native style. RateBeer calls it a Witbier, even though it appears to be in the German style. At least from the name. I spotted a vague whiff of cloves. Either it's not particularly strong or I'm coming down with a cold. I did just sneeze, so it could well be the latter. The label says it contains orange peel and coriander. So a Witbier, I guess. I wonder where it's brewed? Really in Arcen?
Off to peel off the labels now.
11/26/2015 02:00 AM
Pub Entertainment, 1926
Looking for one thing, we found another: an essay by H.V. Morton entitled ‘Pub Crawlers’, published in The Nights of London in 1926. In this context, the crawlers are not drinkers as in modern usage but hawkers relying on ‘human nature in its most expansive moments’, (i.e. pissed, in the pub) to earn a few pennies selling … Continue reading Pub Entertainment, 1926 →
11/25/2015 11:13 PM
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Wine Pairings
For the last couple of years, Wine Beer Washington has written about traditional Thanksgiving food and wine pairings. One of our writers recently came across a recipe for a Butternut version of Turduckhen and posted it on her Facebook page. The recipe looked tasty and it inspired me to try it as the centerpiece for […]
11/25/2015 07:00 PM
Industry News: WA: Vancouver: Visit Vancouver to get your "Brewcouver Passport".
Vancouver, WA — Portland might get all the love, but a craft beer scene is brewing and growing just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.
To that end, the Brewcouver Passport—Vancouver’s first-ever brewery map and passport—will introduce craft beer fans to breweries throughout Vancouver starting Nov. 27, 2015.
Nine Vancouver-based breweries are spotlighted on the passport. They are:
● Trap Door Brewing
● Rail Side Brewing
● Ghost Runners Brewery
● Fortside Brewing
● Loowit Brewing
● Mt. Tabor Brewing
● Old Ivy Brewery
● Heathen Brewing
● Trusty Brewing, set to open in downtown Vancouver in early 2016 (The Trusty Brewing stamp is already included as a bonus on all passports)
Beer fans who collect seven of the nine possible stamps may redeem their passport for an exclusive Brewcouver beer glass; fans who collect all nine stamps receive both the beer glass and an exclusive Brewcouver growler. Prizes can be redeemed at Brickhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Vancouver.
Other prizes include discounted food and pints, as well as a free growler, at partner outlets throughout Clark County.
Passports will be available at the aforementioned Vancouver breweries, as well as taprooms and growler fill stations, including Northwest Liquid Gold, Thirsty Sasquatch and Growler Rush.
Michael Perozzo, founder and partner of ZZoom Media, the Vancouver-based marketing firm that started the passport as a 'passion project', is excited to launch the program after months of planning. “I love this city and the brewery scene here,” he said. “And we're excited to showcase the brewers and beers that make it such an exciting community.”
The Brewcouver passport is the third passport featuring Southwest Washington breweries to launch this year. The Breweries in the Gorge Alliance developed a passport program showcasing Columbia River Gorge breweries in February, and the Lower Columbia Hop Stop Brewery Trail began promoting breweries along the Lower Columbia River in August.
You can follow Brewcouver for up-to-date beer releases and special events from Vancouver's breweries at Facebook.com/Brewcouver, Twitter.com/Brewcouver and Instagram.com/Brewcouver.
About ZZoom Media
ZZoom Media is a Vancouver, Wash.-based marketing agency that launched in 2009. The company offers interactive marketing, strategic advertising, and creative branding to clients in 13 states, including Pelican Brewing Company, Alameda Brewing Co., Backwoods Brewing Company and Pizza Schmizza.
11/25/2015 07:00 PM
PicoBrew unveils new Pico offerings
PicoBrew has launched new models of their award-winning Pico craft beer brewing machine on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
11/25/2015 05:19 PM
Dogfish Head Hoo Lawd – “Hoppiest Beer Ever Documented”
(Milton,DE) – Dogfish Head has created another boundary-pushing off-centered ale. This time, it just so happens to be the h…
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11/25/2015 03:37 PM
Goose Island Sour Sisters Beer Dinner at EdgeWild
[ December 1, 2015; 6:00 pm; ] EdgeWild Bistro in Creve Couer has teamed up with Goose Island to put on a very special beer dinner. On Tuesday, December 1st, EdgeWild will be presenting a Sour Sisters Dinner. This four-course dinner will feature nothing but Goose Island's Belgian-style wild ales including Gillian, Halia, Juliet, and Lolita. It will also feature Goose Island brewmaster Patrick Reisch. This [...]
11/25/2015 03:00 PM
Brewery News: WA: Tacoma: Three Magnets Brewing celebrates 1st anniversary with 4 beer releases.
OLYMPIA, ... – Three Magnets Brewing Company will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the opening of their brewpub by releasing their 1st Anniversary Ale, a blend of bourbon and port barrel aged strong ales, and Old Skook in the Woods, their GABF Award winning barleywine Old Skook, aged in bourbon barrels. Also newly for sale in the bottle is the Big Juice IIPA and the 2015 Wreathing Havoc.
About The Event
During the release party, all single bottle sales will be 10% off, and all case sales will be 20% off. Special guest beers will be on tap from friends of the brewery, and the Three Magnets/Salish Sea Organic Liquors/Wingman Brewers collaboration, an Herbal Saison, will also make it’s Olympia debut on tap. You will also be entered in a raffle for each bottle purchased. Winner will receive a prize package of a Three Magnets shirt, hat, branded growler, two branded pint glasses, and a $100 Three Magnets gift card.
Bottles for Sale
Supoorters Club Presale
Supporters Club members get first dibs on the bottles, with an exclusive presale from noon to 2pm. The presale will be catered with snacks by the Three Magnets chef.
2016 Supporters Club Signup Begins
2016 Supporters club memberships go on sale at the pub at the 1st Anniversary and Bottle Release Party starting at 2pm. Preorder your membership on the website: http://www.
About Three Magnets Brewing Company
Three Magnets Brewing Company is a 15 barrel brewery and restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Olympia, that self-distributes all kegged product,and packaged product to the Olympia Market. Packaged product is distributed in the Seattle/Tacoma markets by Alpha Distributing. Three Magnets is owned and operated by Sara and Nathan Reilly, owners of Darby’s Café.
11/25/2015 02:34 PM
Optimism Brewing Set to Open Saturday, December 5
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Located at the corner of Broadway and Union Street in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood, Optimism Brewing plans to open next Saturday, December 5th, the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. I was there yesterday for a sneak peek. To begin with, local beer fans will immediately...
11/25/2015 12:01 PM
Blind Porter Tasting
Our dark beer saga continues with an English Brown Porter tasting. This week, John puts three beers in front of me to try blindly. A commercial porter (Taddy Porter), his home roasted malt Brown Porter from the Brew United Challenge, and his newest Brown Porter made from traditionally roasted malts. John put the these three […]
11/25/2015 11:39 AM
BeerSmith Black Friday Sale – Great Deal on BeerSmith Software, Malt Mill, Videos, Books
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11/25/2015 11:00 AM
Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Big Time Brewery's Old Wooly Barleywine Ale returns December 1st, from 11am.
Since its humble beginnings, under the watchful eye of founding brewer Ed Tringali, Old Wooly has remained Seattle's oldest Barleywine. With the passage of Thanksgiving and the arrival of Christmas on the horizon, it's important to take time for welcome distractions.
Starting at 11am, December 1st, the Big Time Brewery and Alehouse will release a local favorite - Old Wooly Barleywine Ale.
Personalized by head brewer - Nick Kannarr - this year's is a little lighter compared to the previous year. Those who are anxious may review the breakdown of ingredients, that make this year's barleywine just as unique as its predecessors.
2015 Old Wooly Barleywine Ale
City of Seattle
Galena: Excellent high alpha variety with balanced bittering and aroma characteristics; mainly used for bittering, but finding favor as a dual purpose variety. Aroma: Spicy, blackcurrant and citrus (grapefruit) tones. (source, Hopunion)
Ahtanum: Used for its aromatic properties and moderate bittering qualities. Aroma: Floral, earthy, citrus and grapefruit tones (source, Hopunion)
Centennial: Very balanced, sometimes called a super Cascade. Aroma: Medium intensity floral and citrus (lemon) tones. (source, Hopunion)
Cascade: An aroma variety with well-balanced bittering potential, good for dry hopping. Aroma: Medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones. (source, Hopunion)
2 Row: ... is a light-colored base malt made from a blend of American 2-Row barley varieties. (source, BSG Craft Brewing)
Munich: ... deliver rich malty flavor to your traditional German lagers, or any beer that benefits from increased malty flavor. (source, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.)
Crystal: ... light golden color and a subtle sweet, malty, mild caramel flavor ... and deep red color and a complex strong caramel and dark-toffee flavor. (source, Great Western Malting)
Alcohol by Volume:
Look for draft and 22 ounce editions of this beer, available at the Big Time Brewery.
About Big Time Brewery
The Big Time is the oldest brewpub in Washington State having opened its doors on December 7th 1988 ... serving quality craft beer to beer aficionados in the University District of Seattle. 4133 University Way, Seattle 98105
11/25/2015 10:54 AM
Goose Island Beer Dinner at Cellar House in Oakville
[ December 2, 2015; 7:00 pm; ] The Cellar House in Oakville is a hidden treasure for those of you looking for craft beer in South County. And if great beer wasn't enough, they've begun doing regular beer dinners as well. Next Wednesday, December 2nd, Cellar House is putting on a beer dinner featuring Goose Island Brewing Company. This five course meal begins at [...]
11/25/2015 09:30 AM
Flying Dog Cranberry IPA and Lemon Sugar Cookie Pairing
The post, Flying Dog Cranberry IPA and Lemon Sugar Cookie Pairing, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
I’ll be honest, this pairing wasn’t one that I was particularly looking forward to when the package of Flying Dog beer and Otterbein’s cookies arrived the other day. Cranberry-anything in beer and I haven’t had the best of relationships and sugar cookies aren’t my favorite style, as pointed out in previous reviews. But, still I […]
The post, Flying Dog Cranberry IPA and Lemon Sugar Cookie Pairing, first appeared on The Barley Blog.
11/25/2015 05:30 AM
Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 25 - November 30
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11/25/2015 03:00 AM
What year did a whiskey bottle walk in the Thanksgiving Day Parade?
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11/24/2015 07:41 PM
Malt’s time to shine, says brewer
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11/24/2015 05:16 PM
Big Time Brewery – Old Wooly’s 25th Anniversary
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Old Wooly Barleywine is a holiday tradition around here. The Big Time Brewery cut the ribbon in 1988 and became the first brewpub to open in Seattle since Prohibition. Two years later, in 1990, Big Time brewed its first batch of Old Wooly Barleywine. In other words,...
11/24/2015 02:06 PM
Round Table Hops Kickstarter
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