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I'm honestly surprised that the BA hasn't been more involved in all this, thankfully the Brewer's Association of MD has also stepped up to get word out. throughout this whole mess.
To clarify, on state issues facing local craft brewers, the Brewers Association supports positions taken by the state's brewers guild takes. 

The Brewers Association has very strong relations with the Brewers Association of Maryland and we have sent out action alerts to our members at the guild's behest in the past.  If the guild request support in this case, we'll be there to help.

Thanks for clarifying that. Likely a better system, but without knowing that it just seemed strange only seeing info from one source.

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The Pub / Distributors vs. Craft Beer/Consumers...it's about to go down...
« on: February 05, 2019, 11:02:21 PM »
If you haven't been paying attention to the fight that's been happening here in MD, you need to wake up and pay attention.

A politician (allegedly backed by distributors) in a nearby county is filing to strip our state Comptroller of his authority over road use fuels, tobacco, and alcohol.

http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0219/comptroller-franchot-responds-to-senate-bill-703-introduction.html

Franchot has done much to try and improve things for the craft beverage industry. It was expected that the distributors would try and make a move this session, but this isn't what I expected. From what I can tell, it's pretty much a move directly in response to Franchot's attempts to reform craft beer laws in our state.

Hopefully this doesn't count as political...it is, but it's craft beer related. I'm honestly surprised that the BA hasn't been more involved in all this, thankfully the Brewer's Association of MD has also stepped up to get word out. throughout this whole mess.

Oh yeah, and all this comes at the start of MD's official craft beer month...what a way to support the brewing industry here...

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All issues with monopolies and the SEC aside, let's focus what AB/Inbev does controls the majority of: Distribution.

I'm sick and tired of seeing everyone get the pitchforks out over who owns NB and why, while giving the more real threat a blind eye.

Here in MD, the distributors are the ones running the show. Sure, there's likely money from Ab/Inbev, MillerCoors, etc. helping fund things, but that matters little. They've come very close passing legislation that would have had ALL breweries selling beer to them. No self distribution, buy your own beer back from the distributor for your taproom. If they have the power to do that, they've got the power to make home brewing illegal. Or taxed to the point that it isn't feasible. Think about THOSE ramifications, and tell me I should care who owns NB.

Not saying that there aren't reasons to be concerned about AB/Inbev's intentions, but they're pulling your attention from the real threat.

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Classifieds / Re: For sale: Blichmann Top Tier burner
« on: January 26, 2019, 03:57:53 PM »
I tried making a low country boil last year. Even though are shrimp aren't as fresh as they are down by the Gulf, it still turned out awesome.

Still adamant that blue crabs should never be boiled though, washes out too much of the crab flavor...but I may concede the point on shrimp.

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The Pub / Re: There goes another one...
« on: January 26, 2019, 03:48:50 PM »
Martyn Cornell's take on this sale. Well thought out.
http://zythophile.co.uk/2019/01/26/asahi-makes-massive-vote-of-confidence-in-future-of-cask-ale-with-250m-purchase-of-fullers-beer-business/
Thanks for pointing this out.  A very optimistic take, but I still would think it should be observed that Asahi can make the same ROI much faster through international branding, at which point they may not take as keen a  interest in maintaining the domestic cask production.   I hadn't even thought about the value of the land under the brewery, but now wonder just what options on it might have been included.   That was the final nail in Young's coffin of course.  Hope the optimists are right.  And that the product we finally get over here will be true to the original.

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This invites more PU comparisons, honestly. From what I can tell, under Asahi Pilsner Urquell has started a line of bars in the US where you can get fresh PU poured in the three Czech ways. I'm sure PU/Asahi don't own them being what the laws here are, but they're still behind a more traditional Czech experience there.

Why not follow a similar pattern with Fullers? I'd love to see them find a way to get cask Fuller's stateside. PU already has a fully refrigerated fast shipping setup...

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Classifieds / Re: For sale: Blichmann Top Tier burner
« on: January 26, 2019, 01:12:16 AM »
You're in Alabama...save if for blue crabs and crawfish?

I've got a morebeer tippy dump all setup for when I resume brewing, but kept the old top tier for steaming crabs...

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The Pub / Re: There goes another one...
« on: January 26, 2019, 12:57:27 AM »
Am I missing something about Asahi brewing?

It's been about a year since I bought it last, but Pilsner Urquell hadn't then changed under their ownership. Who's to say they'll do similar with Fullers? Seems a similar sort of brand: old historic beer, that with the proper marketing and shipping could stand on it's own feet.

Plus, Asahi Super Dry is pretty fantastic, when fresh of course.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hofbrau Keg Coupler Help
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:57:07 AM »
Well it's definitely leaking from the coupler/keg connection, and the beer is noticeably stale already. (Not surprising considering it's age.)

Nobody has any ideas?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer glass cleaner question
« on: January 24, 2019, 05:15:58 PM »
Dishwasher for the "general use" glasses, all logo/etched/painted glasses get hand washed.

Nothing I've every tried on the hand wash glasses ever cleans as reliably as the dishwasher. Always end up with bubbles somewhere.

Another point on using the dishwasher for beer glasses.  I had some old Bud Light shaker pints that a distributor gave us at a restaurant one evening (before I stopped drinking the stuff).  We used to put them in the dishwasher and in addition to becoming etched, they picked up a lasting odor from the dishwasher detergent that would not go away.  It most likely became entrenched in the etching in  the glass.  I could always smell it whenever I used the glasses to get a beer out of the tap.  That cured me from using the dishwasher for beer glasses.  And oh yes, I threw those glasses away!

I have noticed this sometimes, but it's not a usual issue. Typically it can be attributed to the detergent and the amount of it used, rinse aid, how the glass was dried, and so on.

Even if it was a consistent issue, it still wouldn't keep me from running my everyday glasses through the dishwasher. I'm not running each beer I drink through a full sensory analysis, and I don't usually notice any residual aromas/flavors in my drink ware anyway. Maybe a good yardstick would be to put filtered tap water in a drinking glass that's been through the wash, and see what you notice in that.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hofbrau Keg Coupler Help
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:29:12 AM »



Side rant: Do distributors save the old beer for consumers or something? I'm not going to share the "drink by" date, but suffice to say it's well in the past for this keg...still drinkable though.

Can't help you with the main question Phil, but thought of you and your ongoing crusade when I saw this, shared by Boak and Bailey a few days ago:
https://twitter.com/BlackSheep_DSP/status/1084755819663708162


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Seems the government-mandated middlemen of multiple countries share the same number or scruples...if we're going to have to live with a three-tiered system, that middle tier needs some accountability.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Hofbrau Keg Coupler Help
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:32:01 PM »
So I recently purchased an "S" style coupler and a keg of Hofbrau Dunkel to christen it with...

...but I seem to have an issue. Lost a botle of CO2, which is a rarity for me these days. Upon closer inspection, the coupler isn't able to rotate to the fully to seal up. You can depress the handle and it doesn't leak beer and dispenses fine, but it's about a 20o turn from the bumps on the coupler touching the stops on the keg.

Multiple sources list it as being an "S" type keg:
https://www.kegworks.com/blog/keg-coupler-list/
https://www.micromatic.com/keg-couplers/beer-brand-/-keg-taps-couplers-listing?letter=h#couplers

The coupler I purchased:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FXLZHZO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Side rant: Do distributors save the old beer for consumers or something? I'm not going to share the "drink by" date, but suffice to say it's well in the past for this keg...still drinkable though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer glass cleaner question
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:18:53 PM »
Dishwasher for the "general use" glasses, all logo/etched/painted glasses get hand washed.

Nothing I've every tried on the hand wash glasses ever cleans as reliably as the dishwasher. Always end up with bubbles somewhere.

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But where does AB InBev ever publicly acknowledge owning these businesses? They keep it under wraps by owning them through a shell company and they never promote the fact that they are involved with homebrew.

Edit: we are people who take an unusually high interest in beer. That is why we know. Most beer drinkers have no idea.

Considering the way many craft beer drinkers view AB/Inbev, and Macro beer in general, can you blame them? As a community we're brutal even on the good Macro breweries like Guinness, let alone shadier ones like AB/Inbev who've directly tried to raise our ire.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:51:40 PM »
Something I've come to realize via checking dates is how seasonal some beers are here.

Yuengling cans sell like made through the summer and fall, then kinda trail off some through the winter/spring. Still sells enough to be available reasonably fresh though. Bottles are just about always fresh.

Sam Adams Boston Lager sells really well through the fall/winter, stale stock usually is all there is to be had spring/summer.

SNPA is decidedly a spring/summer beer here. Those packs canned in May? They'll likely be on shelves till March/April. Must be a popular cookout beer, because outside of summer good luck finding it fresh.

Guinness Draft, of course, is easiest to find fresh about middle January through the end of March.

What I've been universally unable to find fresh lately is anything from Dogfish Head, Bells, Victory, Firestone, Sweetwater, Hofbrau, Weihenstephaner, Stone, Fat Tire, and the list goes on. Seems to all prove that the fresh beer goes to the area around DC, and that distributors are pulling old stock off the shelves there an selling it here.

I get it, it's not like this area is known for it's taste in good beer. Budweiser is still so popular here that we're the only place that gets it in 10oz. cans. (Which is a brilliant idea, but I digress) But there's still enough interest in craft beer that we deserve fresh stuff.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:53:20 PM »
There's another good Virginia rye that's made by Copper Fox. They also make a "scotch", but it's definitely quite smoky.

You have the opposite taste in Scotch from me, as I find it the smokier the better. If I don't want a smokey Scotch, I'll have Irish.

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