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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 16, 2016, 02:28:00 PM »
I think the strategy may be more benign. ZX is a venture capital fund. They need to invest and make a return to impress the InBev bosses.

In the NB case, this could be as simple as an investment that the fund manager thinks will make a good return overtime. One possible strategy could be to combine NB with other businesses (more HBS or distribution businesses maybe) to make a larger venture worth more together than in pieces.  My guess is such a conglomerate would be of no real interest to InBev except as an investment they can sell for a nice return.

This could be more of a sign that the HBS market is now large enough for institutional investors to want a stake.

This seems like it's probably what's happening. I'm guessing the existing fund wanted to sell and ZX was there with the cash to buy them out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:57:02 AM »
Northern Brewer has been owned by a private equity fund since 2013. I don't know the structure of the company now, but I imagine Chris Farley didn't have final say on this sale.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Guru Notifications
« on: October 13, 2016, 02:54:09 PM »
So, does anybody know how to shut off the notifications?  I have looked and looked and looked....can't find it.  Android, just loaded ver 1.3

It can depend on your Android version. I have v6 on my phone (don't know the name) and it's in Settings --> Sound & Notification --> App notifications

I really it were inside the app

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: flaked grains and cloudiness
« on: October 01, 2016, 11:27:53 AM »
I use 50% flaked wheat in my wit and it starts out cloudy but it's usually crystal clear before I finish drinking a batch.

I did a double take on this thinking it was spam (I make $200K a year placing tiny classified ads)  :P
One weird trick to get IT in your beer!

Where's the applause smiley?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« on: September 19, 2016, 06:57:13 PM »
Bell's has an excellent brown that they only release in the fall. I saw it on tap last week, but haven't seen bottles yet.

Great read, but I don't buy the ease of distribution position.  The different rules of varying jurisdictions alone are enough to prevent some smaller operators from trying to expand to other geographic markets.  But at least one used it as a marketing edge - New Glarus "Only in Wisconsin".  And their beers are solid.

New Glarus used to distribute in Chicago, but got fed up with the distributor shenanigans and went Wisconsin only. Their Moon Man APA is excellent, I'll be stocking up next week when I'm in Madison.

All Grain Brewing / Re: ? for Denny
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:47:30 PM »
Super heat a wok over your brewing hot is good.  Cut the figs in large pieces and toss them in.  Let them caramelize a bit, then deglaze with some of the beer from primary.  Put all of that in a secondary and rack the beer on top.

Yum!  Wok on Denny, Wok on!  8)

Unfortunately, you can't use the method in southern CA becasue nobody woks in LA!

That made me groan out loud. Well done!

Stan Hieronymus posted a link to this article last week, with this counterpoint as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CaraVienne / CaraRuby help...
« on: August 27, 2016, 07:42:18 AM »
Which shop was it, l've been trying to source CaraRuby to take a shot at the Watershed recipe from Denny's book. None of my usual spots carry it.

The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: July 23, 2016, 11:24:34 AM »
I've had an earlier model of this for at least six years and it's still going strong (I seriously can't remember when I bought it).

I don't use it every day, so maybe it wouldn't last as long under heavier use.

Bert Grant tried this years ago and got shot down by the BATF

I get sad when I think that Grant's just faded away after Bert died. Grant's Perfect Porter was an early favorite of mine.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 20, 2016, 02:54:16 PM »
checked baggage safe.
I didn't know that. I can bring home beer. Nice.
That's been my favorite thing about more breweries going to cans. I can bring home plenty of beer and not worry about breakage. I've checked bombers before, but I always worry they won't make it. And soak everything else in my bag.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:27:06 AM »
Absolutely agree. I don't buy beer in bottles anymore. Only cans.
I don't go that far, too much in bottles only I like.
Wish I could can at home.

There's a newish brewpub in Chicago that does 32oz cans to go. They have a cool gadget that I'm sure cost a ton of money, but it's fun to dream. It's a lot more convenient than hauling a growler, too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Tankard Ale
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:21:30 AM »
I like the new direction Pabst seems to be taking and I hope the OLD TANKARD becomes more widely available (I have yet to see it on draft anywhere here in NJ). 
It's really good to see a big brewer making a solid effort to make distinctive, quality brews...and succeeding so well at it.

I read today about their launch of Rainier Mountain Pale Ale in the Pacific Northwest

This seems like a really good niche to try to fill. I really like the fact they're bottling in 16oz pounders. That takes me back.

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