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AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/10/11
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:06:35 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 10, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Beer-Battered Cod
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A glimpse behind Anchor
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"These people changed the world, and now that I'm no longer the owner I can brag a little more about them." That was one of craft beer legend Fritz Maytag's opening statements yesterday as he addressed Arizona State's "Cultural and Chemical History of Beer" class at Taste of Tops in Tempe, Ariz. For roughly 40 minutes, Maytag, now former owner of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing, took the students through a whirlwind historical overview of the brewery, and how it evolved from producing unintentional sour beer to shining examples of the craft. "We have the world by the tail. The world doesn't know it yet, but we do," Maytag used to tell his staff. With his grandfatherly tangential stories, Maytag was simply captivating and candid.

The Craft Brewing Renaissance - -
In 1976, there were two craft breweries in America. Today,  that number is closer to 1,600. This phenomenon has been dubbed "The American Craft Brewing Renaissance." The sudden revival in Americans' taste for well-crafted beer created a sizeable market for brew pubs, micro breweries, and amateur home brewing equipment.

New Planet's beer lineup eschews wheat and barley, wins accolades - -
When Pedro Gonzalez first learned that he had celiac disease, the diagnosis presented both a challenge and a sense of relief. "On one hand I didn't know how to deal with it, but it was also great news because I was finally able to figure out what was wrong with me," he says.

New home-brew shop to open in Grand Rapids
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Whether you're a newbie or an experienced home-brew veteran, Ben O'Connor hopes you'll walk though his door. On March 19, the Grand Haven native will open the doors to O'Connor's Home Brew Supply store at 613 Lyon St. NE, around the corner from Martha's Vineyard wine shop in the Heritage Hill neighborhood. The shop will sell equipment and ingredients to make beer, wine, mead and cider.

Government Affairs>>
Kerry, Crapo introduce legislation to help small brewers
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Senators John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat, and Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, today introduced legislation to help small brewers, by seeking to reduce beer excise taxes, Kerry's office said in a statement. The Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief (BEER) Act will help create jobs at more than 1,600 small breweries nationwide, which collectively employ nearly 100,000 people, said Kerry. Massachusetts is home to approximately 38 small breweries, including Northampton Brewery, Haverhill Brewery, and Sam Adams, the country's largest small brewery.

Colo. lawmakers say beer wars need to end - -
Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce legislation allowing convenience stores and grocery stores to sell full-strength beer, after rules on the sale of low-strength beer were changed to make it easier for restaurants and liquor stores to offer those brands. Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, said Tuesday there was a perception of favoritism after the state Department of Revenue approved emergency rules this month that helped brew pubs sell low-strength beer.

Merkley-Wyden Bill Would Boost Brewers - -
Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden cosponsored legislation Wednesday that will encourage job growth by reducing the beer excise tax on American small brewers. "Oregon's brewers are a valuable part of our state's economy and culture," Merkley said. "They employ thousands of Oregonians and brew beers recognized the world over for their quality and flavor. This bill is an opportunity to create jobs while supporting Oregonians who take immense pride in their craft and brew a darn good pint of beer."

Craft beer bridges partisan divide in Senate - -
Move over, Sam Adams: Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) want to make it easier for craft breweries to produce more beer. On Wednesday afternoon Kerry and Crapo introduced the Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief (BEER) Act, which would cut taxes for microbreweries and on the production of smaller quantities of beer barrels. "The craft beer revolution started right here in Massachusetts and they've been going toe to toe with multi-national beer companies ever since," said Kerry. "This bill will help ensure that these small businesses keep people on the payroll and create jobs even during tight economic times."

Legislature approves liquor law changes - -
The Utah Legislature has passed reforms to the state liquor laws that will make more licenses available for bars, eliminate daily drink specials and beef up enforcement. "This bill is not anyone's 'perfect,' but it is the compromise bill that everyone has come around to support," said Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper. SB314 would transfer 40 tavern licenses - where establishments can only serve beer - to restaurant alcohol licenses. Restaurant chains had complained since last year that the state had reached its cap for liquor licenses and they wouldn't open establishments without one. "Alcohol consumption in restaurants makes more sense than bars and taverns," said Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, the bill's sponsor.

Bill on 'beer ties' is welcomed by Burton pub giant
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A BURTON-based pub company has responded to a new bill that has been discussed in Parliament. The Tied Public Houses (Code of Practice) Bill was presented by MP Martin Horwood after Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons yesterday. The bill, defeated under what is known as the 10 minute rule, tackles the issue of the 'beer ties', which are operated by many large pub companies, in which publicans are restricted to particular beers, making them unable to buy beers and other products from other breweries. If introduced, the bill would allow leasees to serve guest beers and give them the option to become 'free-of-tie', which would be accompanied by an open market rent review.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/9/11
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:01:18 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 9, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Aged Cheddar-Beer Soup
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American Craft Beer Week coming to your neighborhood
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If you're a beer enthusiast of ANY type put these dates on your calendar: May 16-21, 2011 is American Craft Beer Week.  Check out all the events, resources, activities, celebrations, videos, resources on This is a week that highlights the celebrations of American craft brewers and their beers. Celebrations that happen 365 days a year. American Craft Beer Week, tagged The Mother of All Craft Beer Weeks, by the Brewers Association has spawned hundreds of local and regional craft beer weeks throughout the United States.  It's all about celebrating local, small, craft and the beer enthusiasm of America's responsible beer drinkers.

Today in Food: Beer madness
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It's bracket time. A handful of local beer enthusiasts have been hand-picked from a field of over 300 applicants to help the Post's panel of experts blind taste 64 American craft brews. The event was held at the Logan Circle beer temple Birch & Barley. Watch the Beer Madness video, and fill out your own bracket.

Hey beer man! The top 10 brews available at big league ballparks - -
But what would make a list of the top-10 beers available for purchase and consumption at MLB ballparks? I've compiled my own listicle below, giving extra credit for beers that are produced locally and discounting beers that are brewed and sold by massive corporate entities.

The Impact Of Texture On Taste Perception - -
On Food Navigator, there was an interesting short interview with Matthew Patrick, VP of R&D for TIC Gums where he suggests that "food and beverage product developers spend a shockingly low amount of time examining how texture may impact a finished product." In beer, of course, texture is more often referred to as "mouthfeel." And while when judging beer, mouthfeel is a consideration it's usually not the primary one. Honestly, I'm really not sure how often brewers tinker with their recipes specifically to get a particular mouthfeel though it's clear that many beers have great ones and many otherwise solid beers suffer for having a less than pleasant or ideally suited mouthfeel.

Government Affairs>>
Help Advance Homebrewing Legislation in Oregon
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Thanks to all of you who contacted the members of the House Business and Labor Committee. Your efforts have once again paid off. After hearing testimony from Oregon Home Brewers Alliance (OHBA) member Ted Hausotter and others, the committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 444 on to the full House for a vote. The bill must be passed by the full House before it can be sent to the Governor to sign into law. The bill aims to expand the rights of homebrewers, who are limited under current law to brewing and serving homebrew only at their residence. The House vote on SB 444 could come at any time now. We ask that you contact the Representative for your district and urge him/her to vote in favor of SB 444. Contacting your legislator is quick and easy (if you call, you will most likely speak with one of their staff members), and each contact from a constituent has an impact.

What's worse: Alcohol tax or education cuts? - -
When the opponents of an increase in Maryland's alcohol tax got an opportunity to make their case before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week, their message was clear: Anything that increases the price of beer, wine and liquor will cause consumers to buy less of it, and that will cost the state jobs. But what was curious about their argument was that they admitted that if the tax increase were enacted, they would effectively exacerbate the impact by increasing the final retail price by much more than the extra tax they pay.

Marble City Brewing Company Beer to Hit Knoxville Soon! - -
Last week we brought you the news that Marble City Brewing Company would not have their beer hitting the Knoxville market as soon a planned, due to a lawsuit filed against them by Albuquerque's Marble Brewery. Well, tonight, it seems, the issue may have been resolved - not in court, but over a couple of beers. The Bearden Beer Market has just posted on its Facebook page: "Major Development!! Marble City and Marble Brewery just had a Summit at BBM!! They have decided to co-exist in Knoxville! Marble City is now READY TO START ROLLING OUT BEER!!!!!!!!!!" We put in a call to Marble City's Johnathan Borsodi, who confirmed that after meeting tonight, Marble Brewery's Jeff Jinnet had agreed to let Marble City sell their beer in Knoxville without changing the name, although obviously no legal paperwork has yet been signed.

Patrons may pay more for their locally brewed suds
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A pint of locally brewed suds could rise in price due to a global shortage of brew-quality malt. Flooding lowered the quality of the latest barley crops in Canada and Australia, leaving some unsuitable to turn into malt, the germinated barley product used in beer. The price of malting barley is expected to jump by one-third this July, said an official with the Canadian Wheat Board. This increase will likely hit the small breweries the hardest because they use fewer ingredients compared to larger operations.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/8/11
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:56:58 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 8, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Dry Stout Shepherd's Pie
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Dry Stout serves as the perfect backbone for this Shepherd's Pie from The Hungry Housewife. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Dry Stout, a favorite spring seasonal, with this recipe.

Brew 'n' stew: How to cook with beer - -
Beer has always done a good job of washing down certain comfort foods. But cooking with beer? That's a different story. "Beer is tricky," says Michelle Foik, general manager at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee in Logan Square. "You really can't cook a lot with hoppy beers. If you reduce the beer during the cooking process, it gets closer to its natural state of hops, which is bitter."

Celebrate Fat Tuesday! New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp - -
Celebrate Fat Tuesday! Chef Haley Bittermann, corporate executive chef for the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, shares tasty recipes for barbecue shrimp and double chocolate bread pudding from "Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook."

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Abita Brewing Company
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Fat Tuesday, the crown jewel of Carnival season, is finally here. Most famously celebrated in the U.S. by the city of New Orleans, the holiday serves as a final day of celebration before the beginning of Lent. With visions of king cake and crawfish etouffee dancing in our heads, we're celebrating by sharing some background and a video about Abita Brewing Company.  Located just 30 miles from New Orleans, their first seasonal of the year is of course dedicated to Carnival, the Abita Mardi Gras Bock.

The Great Coors Craft Beer Taste Off
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What do AC Golden Brewing Co.'s Colorado Native, Blue Moon Brewing Co.'s Spring Blonde Wheat, and Batch 19 have in common? If you guessed MillerCoors, you know your beer trivia. The brewing magnate with roots in Golden has ratcheted up its small-batch brewing operation (check out David Port's article in the March issue) in recent years, producing a bevy of unique offerings that don't look a thing like the Silver Bullet, which got us wondering just how well these beers stacked up, taste-wise, against the stiff competition from Colorado's craft beer industry. We enlisted the help of five Front Range chefs who pull double duty as homebrewers to help us figure out just how close Coors has come in quality during a five-flight blind tasting on Wednesday. Turns out, the gap is getting narrow.

Shattering Beer's Glass Ceiling: The Rise of Women Brewers - -
Last month employees from three breweries met in Cambridge, Massachusetts to cook up a beer. That's nothing special: these days any brewery worth its hops is involved in at least one collaboration project. What made this brew session notable were the people involved: Cambridge Brewing's Megan Parisi, Victory Brewing's Whitney Thompson, and Stone Brewing's Laura Ulrich-three women working in an industry long defined as the manliest of male domains. Women have been a part of the craft beer renaissance since its beginnings in the 1980s-most notably Carol Stoudt, who founded and still helps run Stoudt's Brewing Co. in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. But it's only in the last decade that women have gone from being a novelty presence to a regular sight on the brewery floor. And it's only in the last few years that they've been building a collective identity as women brewers, and not just "one of the boys."

Government Affairs>>
Samuel Adams hopes to put end to SanTan glass
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More craft beer legal battles... Boston Beer Co. is going after SanTan Brewing for allegedly copying the design of its special glass. Boston Beer Corp. says Peter Sciacca, a glass importer, and Anthony Canecchia, owner of SanTan Brewing Co., are infringing on its patents. Boston Beer has asked the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., to halt the importation and sale of the di Sciacca heavy-base Pilsner glass, saying it's too similar to the Samuel Adams Boston lager glass. Though the glasses appear to look pretty similar, Sciacca's attorney says that BBC's patents protect the functionality, not the design. Michael Gerity of Phoenix, Sciacca's intellectual-property attorney, said Samuel Adams has only design patents, not a utility patent. He said its design patents, which cover only ornamental features, are invalid.

House reviews 3.2 beer change - -
Days after Gov. John Hickenlooper's sudden reversal of a regulation affecting the sale of low-strength beer, lawmakers are convening a special hearing to determine why the change was made. Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, chairman of the House Economic and Business Development Committee, and Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, chairman of the House Finance Committee, will hold a rare joint hearing of their committees today. Liston said lawmakers want to understand how the rule change occurred and for what purpose.

Will Excise Tax On Small Breweries Dry Up? - -
Beer Industry Supports Nearly 60,000 Jobs In NY – Cutting Taxes On 65 Small Brewing Operations Will Allow Small Breweries Across New York State To Hire More Employees, Expand Their Business. Schumer: Bill Will Help Breweries Create Jobs, Revitalize Downtown Communities

Baltimore Sun editorial throws its might behind wine shipping - -
The Baltimore Sun editorial board made clear Monday what side of the wine-shipping debate it's on. A member of the group Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws couldn't have expressed his/her views any better than Monday's editorial in support of the proposed legislation that also took to task the opponents and lobbyists for trying to cripple the bill. It finished with this: Legislators need to refrain from their usual inclination to cut backroom deals, appease those with political clout or "go slow" with policy changes. Instead, they ought to act in the interests of their constituents and allow Maryland consumers a chance to buy directly from wineries and retailers and have it shipped to their door, as wine drinkers in the vast majority of states can already."

Jackalope Brewing Company
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What do you get when you mix a lawyer with a passion for beer, a business woman, a brew kettle, and a rabbit with antlers together in Music City? Jackalope Brewing Company of course! Bailey Spaulding and Robin Virball, who met seven years ago while studying abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland, are in the final stages of preparation to open Tennessee's first completely female-run brewery.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/7/11
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:27:54 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 7, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Let them eat cupcakes -- and beer
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Local baker Misty Birchall's PubCakes, blending beer and batter into uniquely flavored cupcakes, have earned her an audition for the Food Network's new show, "Cupcake Wars." Birchall, whose brew-infused treats have already made it onto coffee carts at UCSD, targets her audience. Nothing like a cup of coffee and a hint of beer in the morning to get college students ready for midterms.

Beer Braised short ribs - -
Smear the chile paste over the short ribs, Arrange the ribs in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix together 1/4 C of the regular soy sauce and 1/2 C of the beer, pour over the ribs. Turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight ...

Philly Artist Combines Paint and Brew
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Like many 30-year-old urban dwellers, Kevin Margitich is taken with quality art. And like many of his peers, Margitich also enjoys a good brew. Starting Friday evening, Margitich, a resident of Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood, will combine his passion for both art and beer at the opening reception to his month-long exhibit at Narberth's Sweet Mabel Folk Art and Fine Craft Gallery. "The Trail to Manatawny: An Evening of Art and Ale" will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, the start of Margitich's first exhibit of 2011. "I paint and brew beer," Margitich said, explaining his decision to combine the two in a gallery exhibition.

Presentation to look at beer brewing history
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The South Dakota State Historical Society is offering a free program on Sunday examining the history of beer brewing. State Historical Society staffer Chris Nelson will give a presentation during "The Great Beer & History Session." Beer artifacts from the society's museum and archives collections will be on display. Those in attendance will also be able to taste samples from four local home-brewers. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Lady homebrewers break into male-dominated hobby
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Two years ago, Sandy Beal was a trauma surgeon at Sacred Heart Medical Center. But when it came time to retire, Beal ditched the scrubs and for some thirst quenching suds. "I've been homebrewing for two years now," said Beal. "Before I brew, I sit down and write out exactly what I expect in terms of specific gravity, temperatures and volumes." A true scientist at heart, Beal follows a detailed and carefully calculated recipe for her style of homebrew beer. Beal is one of five female brewers who shared their tricks of the trade at the second annual Women Teach Women to Brew Beer event at Oakshire Brewing in Eugene. The event is sponsored by the Cascade Brewers Society.

Affordable Kits Bring Out the Inner Brew in Polk's Ale Lovers - -
Last summer in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and arguably the beer cradle of Europe, Ron Clark caught the bug. Upon his return, the Lakeland lawyer started researching how to go about making beer. It's not exactly rocket science, he reasoned. After all, there's really only four ingredients -- water, hops, barley malt, yeast. "There are no secrets," he said, "it's so simple." Simple is purchasing a six-pack at the corner grocer. Clark's idea of simple is altogether different, starting with a weekend of cooking a five-gallon batch of wort.

Home Is Where the Brew Is - -
Gone are the days when beer enthusiasts, tired of the same old factory lagers in their grocery stores, had to make their own suds out of sheer necessity. One would think the availability of great craft beers throughout the country would make brewers lazier, but it seems to have only ramped up the competition. Estimates for the number of brewing hobbyists in North America now vary between 750,000 and 1.2 million. Here in Brooklyn there has been something of a beermaking explosion since 2009, when brewing supplies suddenly started appearing in flea markets and kitchen-supply shops.

Government Affairs>>
Wisconsin Historian Compares Current State Politics To Prohibition
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Here's an interesting op-ed piece by Wisconsin historian John Gurda entitled Smashing 'Demon Government' in which he examines the many parallels between the current political climate in his state and the temperance movement that led to Prohibition.

An Update on Massachusetts Small Brewers Legislation - -
Rob Martin, President of Ipswich Ale Brewery updates us on the Massachusetts Small Brewers Legislation, and how the Massachusetts Brewers guild ties into it. Maybe some of you have seen the local papers lately and read about our small brewers legislation. If not, here is a short synopsis of what the Massachusetts Brewer's Guild is working on: Representative Alice Peisch (D) From Wellesley introduced House Bill 2759 for consideration this year. This bill addresses the inequities of the current small brewer/wholesaler relationship and will give small brewers the freedom to market their products through the wholesalers who they feel will do the best job promoting, selling and growing their brands.

Thirst for Craft Beer Is Keeping Business Bubbling and Jobs Brewing
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At New York City's Brooklyn Brewery, where beer output and new hires are on the rise, there is no better example of how the appetite for craft beers pours strong, despite a flat economy. Based in an old brick warehouse in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, just across the East River from Manhattan, the brewery cooks, ferments and sells more than 110,000 barrels of lager, ale and other craft beers every year. This includes beer the company brews at another facility upstate in Utica. The specialty suds are sold in kegs of all sizes along with bottles and cans -- the equivalent of between 1.5 and 2 million cases was poured in 2010. The company says the production will grow far larger when an expansion project is complete.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/4/11
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:10:50 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 4, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Recipe: Beer and Honey Bread
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In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, yeast and salt. Mix to combine these dry ingredients. Add the honey, butter and beer and mix to form a dough. ...

Recipe: Quick Beer Pizza Dough - -

Beer Dinners at Lyon Hall - -
Beer dinners have been growing in prevalence and popularity in the area as the number of beer-inspired restaurants and bars continue to build. Pizzeria Paradiso, Birch and Barley, and Meridian Pint have all played host to beer-pairing dinners, and you may now add Lyon Hall of Clarendon to the mix. Tuesday saw their first beer dinner since opening just under a year ago, and I was lucky to attend as a guest of the restaurant's beer director, David McGregor. He's long planned to do the pairings, which will occur on the first Tuesday of every month, and finally had the opportunity to start this week.

The Akron Art Museum presents Art and Ale
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Art and Ale will return to the Akron Art Museum's Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby on Friday, March 11, from 6-9 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy handcrafted beers from Ohio brew-makers and tasty treats from regional food purveyors. In addition to the beer and food tastings, experts will be available to discuss visitors' own brewing successes and troubles at the home beer making demonstrations.

Bread and Brew: humble ingredients yield long-loved staples - -
Bakers learn the art of bread making at King Arthur Flour in Norwich. The similarities between bread and beer are the subject of a weekend of classes at King Arthur and the brewhouse at the Norwich Inn March 4-6, 2011. A bit of coarsely ground grain and water. Some yeast, maybe what wafted in naturally from the air. Some water. And a bit of time. From these humble beginnings grow two ancient staples: bread and beer. But what's old is new for participants at this weekend's Bread and Brew weekend in Norwich. Archaeologists have found that cooks in ancient Egypt were using yeast as early as 4000 B.C., probably in bread and in beer. ... Attendees of this near sell-out event can choose among a beer and cheese tasting today; visits to the inn's brewhouse where Brew Master Jeremy Hebert will be working up a special spring batch; bread-baking classes at King Arthur Flour; and a Brewer's Banquet that will feature the breads made in those classes Saturday. Hebert says the food and drink are close relatives.

Beer Birthday: Jay Brooks
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Today (March 3) is my 52nd birthday, and I've again been overwhelmed by an embarrassment of riches from well-wishers sending me notes via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. My sincere thanks to one and all. As it's usually me posting embarrassing photos of my friends and colleagues, for the third year in a row, here's some howlers of me from over the years.

Obamas Hop Into Beer Brewing - -
The Obamas turned heads in the beer world when word broke that they'd served something called White House Honey Ale at their White House Super Bowl party. It turns out that ale was indeed brewed by White House chefs, using homebrewing equipment the Obamas bought out of their own pockets and honey from the White House beehive, the Obama Foodorama blog reports. And there's more to come. "It is very safe to assume that there will be more White House beer in the future," said a spokesman for the East Wing. The chefs have even considered planting hops in the White House vegetable garden. "Believe me, I've thought about it," says one assistant chef. As far as historians can tell, this represents the first time beer has ever been brewed at the White House.

Beer Birthday: Tonya Cornett - -
Today is Tonya Cornett's 42nd birthday. Tonya is the brewmaster of Bend Brewing in Oregon, Bend's 2nd largest brewery. I've only met Tonya a couple of times, but she's a great brewer and, of course, being born 1 day and ten years after me makes her a terrific human being, too. Join me in wishing Tonya a very happy birthday.

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Many restaurants offer wine and beer selections. A few recommend certain drinks to complement selections on the menu. But the staff at Pairings take the service a step further by offering diners a wine and beer market attached to the restaurant. The restaurant also has sommeliers on staff to recommend several wines or beers to complement a diner's meal and enhance the taste of the beverage, and patrons may continue their dining experience in the wine and beer market next door.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/3/11
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:06:16 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 3, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Brewmasters converge on Ybor City
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More than 30 Florida breweries will be represented at the annual Beerfest in Ybor City on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Florida Brewers Guild, has been a sellout for the past three years. "It's becoming a very intense and popular event; we had more than 1,700 attending last year," says David Doble, brew master at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. In addition to Florida breweries there will be at least 10 out-of-state breweries represented, says Madison Roane, of the Brewers Guild.

Art of Beer at NACC on Friday - -
Like the foam in an ice cold glass of brew, the Art of Beer celebration Friday is expected to be very satisfying to beer lovers and aficionados. "It's going to be a beer lover's paradise," said Bob Drozdowski, director of operations at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and co-chairman of the event, which has grown every year since its inauguration five years ago. "The neat thing I hear constantly from people is that there is a very good cross section of people that come, both young and old," said Drozdowski. "We get a lot of the beer aficionados, and we actually even have dump buckets like there are at wine tastings for those who like to swirl and spit."

Details on the Obama White House homebrewed beer
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The craft beer and homebrewing communities got quite a surprise on Super Bowl Sunday. No, not Adrien Brody crooning in the Stella Artois commercial. It was the news that the White House Super Bowl party offered up a homebrewed ale along with beers from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The Obama Foodorama blog broke the story about White House Honey Ale, made with a homebrewing setup purchased privately by the Obamas, and brewed with a pound of honey from the recently installed White House beehive.

On tour: The 'stainless wonders' of a local brewery - -
A mistake is not necessarily a mistake when brewing beer at the local Diamond Knot Brewery Co. In 2005, a brewer messed up when making a batch of Diamond Knot's IPA.  As tasty as it was, the beer was not the company's flagship beer, so it was sold as the Front Street Bitter, after the location of its original brewpub on Front Street. "It was fantastic beer, and people loved it," said Diamond Knot Brewmaster Pat Ringe.  "I had to go back and try to figure out exactly what screwed up, so we could reproduce it." Diamond Knot, with about 24 other breweries across the state, opened its doors on Feb. 26 for the first Washington Beer Open House, sponsored by the Washington Beer Commission. The open houses allowed beer lovers an opportunity to experience all the "stainless wonders" of the Mukilteo brewery – and, of course, taste some of its beers.

Government Affairs>>
Md. bill meant to lure brewery
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Maryland Sen. Richard Colburn says Wicomico County's alcohol laws must be tweaked in order to attract the big fish that got away: Evolution Craft Brewing Co. "We're doing everything we can to make sure everything is in place to allow them to locate in the city of Salisbury," said Colburn, R-37-Dorchester. Just shy of reaching its second year of operation, the Delmar, Del., microbrewery has grown so rapidly that its owners, the Knorr brothers, are shopping around for a larger facility. Tom Knorr says they're interested in moving to the former Reddy Ice plant on Elmwood Drive in Salisbury, then converting the spacious facility into a restaurant/microbrewery. Colburn has introduced legislation that would increase from three to five the number of Class B alcohol licenses -- the types used at restaurants -- that the holder of either a pub-brewery or microbrewery license can have. Knorr said the change would open the door for moving Evolution to Salisbury.

Senate passes bill to change Utah liquor laws - -
The Utah Senate passed a bill that would change liquor and beer service time, increase the number of restaurant liquor licenses and eliminate mini-kegs in Utah liquor stores, amongst a variety of other changes. Senate Bill 314, which cleared the Senate on Friday afternoon, is designed to make people eat when they consume alcohol, said the bill sponsor, Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem. Utah has one of the fastest-growing restaurant industries in the nation, according to the Utah Restaurant Association. The bill would add 15 new full-liquor service licenses and 25 beer and wine licenses. The bill would also allow an unlimited amount of beer-only licenses for restaurants that only want to serve beer. No additional licenses would be given for bars or clubs in the new bill. However, it makes liquor licenses transferable, so when a bar or tavern is purchased, the liquor license could be included with the purchase.

Beer industry faces off against health advocates over food labels - -
OTTAWA - Allergy and health groups are asking the Conservative government to press ahead with new food-labelling regulations even as the beer industry asks to pull out of them. The proposed regulations, published July 2008, would require manufacturers and importers to clearly note potential allergens on labels - an important indication for those with serious or life-threatening allergies. In an open letter to the prime minister this week, those fighting for the new regulations questioned the position of brewers who are asking for an exemption.

Changing Lanes: Filmmaker to Beer Brewer
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How many careers does the average American worker have in a lifetime? ... For Garrett Oliver, brewmaster and one-time aspiring filmmaker, the mental processes behind creating beer and making films are not all that different. "Both require half-technical and half-artistic inspiration," says Oliver. "If you have lots of inspiration but not enough technical ability, you end up with something like a first student film-filled with passion, but you look at the screen and there's not a whole lot there. It's about having both sides of your brain working." The two sides of Oliver's brain currently work overtime at Brooklyn Brewery, in (where else?)

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/2/11
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:00:43 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 2, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Craft brewers get in on food-pairing game
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A forthcoming dinner at Woodberry Kitchen won't be like the many others the restaurant serves on a weeknight. Sure, there will be six courses, including Snow Hill oysters, a slow-roasted ham, braised shank with potatoes and carrots. But there will also be beer, and lots of it. That ham? It will be glazed with an American pale ale. The dinner was organized by Flying Dog Brewery to show off its inventory. The Frederick company and other brewers say craft beer can be as compatible with fine dining as wine, and sometimes more versatile.

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The more famous beer-based dishes, like Belgian Carbonnade and Welsh Rabbit (aka "rarebit"), are from regions that produce little wine. Necessity - perhaps in the form of plentiful stale beer and expensive, imported wine - probably mothered the inventions. Yet in the Germanic Alsace region of France, which produces excellent wine and good beer, a classical dish is Poulet la Biere. Arguably the top beer dish, Carbonnade is a richly flavored beef and onion stew from the Flemish regions of Belgium. Its traditional ingredient is dark, but lightly hopped, ale.

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In the case of bratwurst, beer and mustard, sometimes three's a crowd; brew and the canary condiment get along just fine on their own. "You need a liquid to bring dry mustard to life," says Barry Levenson, founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis. "Many mustards use vinegar or, in the case of French mustard, verjus, but beer has been used for years, mainly in England. There are some great beer mustards being made now." Here, Levenson shares his three favorites:

Local Brewery Making a Difference One Beer at a Time
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SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA-Howe Sound Brewing proudly announces the second beer in their "Ales for Change" series that will contribute a portion of beer sales' profit from this special initiative to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society for marine and wilderness conservation in B.C. "We are thrilled about this series of beers "Ales for Change", as it is a way of giving to environmental and community endeavours creating positive change, while focusing on relevant local and environmental issues. Our brewery has been in the forefront of brewing special beers for environmental, sports, and special causes," says Leslie Fenn, co-owner of Howe Sound Brewing. "Through the partnering with CPAWS-BC, our second beer, "Rockfish Red", will help support marine conservation in Howe Sound and around B.C. – a vital connection in maintaining B.C.'s wild ecosystem."

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Tour operator Zephyr Adventures announced it will offer a six-day Hike, Bike & Beer Adventure in the areas of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 9-14, 2011. The guided tour includes hiking and biking activities during the early part of the day and then focuses on visiting local craft breweries, ale houses, beer fests, and hop growers in the late afternoons. The tour visits six breweries in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. ... Yet the idea of "beer tourism" where people visit an area for its beers and breweries has not really taken off yet, except for a few tours to places like Belgium. Zephyr Adventures, a Montana-based tour company that also runs the Beer Bloggers Conference  (, is out to change that. Figuring that beer lovers might also enjoy an active vacation, they have created their first-ever active beer tour, a six-day hiking and biking vacation in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that will feature excellent local scenery, activities, and breweries.

Brew Your First Beer with Confidence
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Great news, The Homebrew Academy training program is reopening. I'm Billy Broas and I've been where you are: * You want to get into homebrewing but don't know where to start * There are so many beer kits on the market – how do you pick the right one? * How do you brew great beer without screwing it up? As a beginner, it can be pretty darn frustrating to get that first beer brewed. That's why I created The Homebrew Academy. The Homebrew Academy is an online training course that will show you how to brew your first beer at home, and I promise it will turn out great.

Government Affairs>>
Proposed legislation will make voters cry in their beer
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One of the reasons I love economic freedom is the high degree of correlation between the level of economic freedom and prosperity. Senate Bill 64 and House Bill 258 - both now moving through the 2011 legislative process - will further codify into law what is commonly called and actively promoted by its industry beneficiaries as "The Three Tier System" of beer distribution. It would make it illegal for producers of beer to have any ownership interest in a distributor. If enacted, this bill will deal a severe blow to economic freedom in Missouri. How? Please allow me to introduce my explanation with a little illustration: No matter how you dress it up, if something still looks like a duck and still waddles like a duck and still quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. And, no matter how you dress up the quack economic theory of the beer distributors who claim that customer choice is maximized, that there are cost efficiencies enjoyed by the consumer and that monopolistic practices are prevented, all as a result of the quasi-monopolistic Three Tier System created with the force of law - it is still quack economic theory.

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The sale of stronger beer and wine is the hot topic at the Oklahoma capitol.  A bill in Oklahoma that would allow grocery stores and gas stations to sell strong beer and wine has been put on hold.

Draught Beer Quality Manual
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Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Manual Prepared by the Technical Committee of the Brewers Association April 2009 Download complete PDF (2.7 MB)

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The Breckenridge Brewery is finally old enough to drink its own beer, and to celebrate it has started selling its beers in Massachusetts. The Colorado brewery celebrated its 21st birthday last month and, in addition to Massachusetts, started selling its beers in Maryland, New Hampshire and New York. The brewery was started in 1990 by Richard Squire, said brewmaster Todd Ursy. "He was a ski bum and he was a homebrewer, and he got the ball rolling there," Ursy said. Squire started the brewpub in the ski town of Breckenridge but the popularity quickly grew, and they opened up a brewery in downtown Denver, Colo., in 1992. They quickly outgrew that brewery, and moved to another larger brewery, also in Denver.

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New Belgium Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary of brewing beer with a nearly yearlong celebration called the Joy Ride campaign and includes a June release of a New Belgium Super Cru - a new twist on the company's Fat Tire beer. The brewery will celebrate its two decades in business by paying homage to its signature beer Fat Tire with long-time employees posting some of their fondest memories about their time at the brewery on the company's website. The brewery also will invite fans of its beer to post photos and videos on the site starting around Memorial Day weekend. In one of the first videos posted on the website as part of the Joy Ride campaign, New Belgium, CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan comments on Fat Tire and her work cultivating the company's brand.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 3/1/11
« on: March 10, 2011, 06:56:12 PM »
Recent Headlines: March 1, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Dix Hillian to Teach Beer 101 Class
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The Cortland, Bay Shore's newest craft-beer bar, will launch "Sunday School," a six-class Beer 101 course on March 6.  The course will culminate on May 22 to coincide with Long Island Craft Beer Week. To be taught by Dix Hills resident Alan J. Wax, who wrote about beer for Newsday and other publications, along with guest speakers, the class is meant to be both educational and fun.  Participants will learn about the history of beer, how it is made and about different styles of beer from around the world. It is open to anyone 21 and over.

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Beer in St. Louis is the topic of KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" episode on Tuesday morning. Hip Hops will participate in the discussion, led by host Don Marsh. Other panelists include Dan Kopman of St. Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beer, and Florian Kuplent of the new Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. You can tune in to 90.7 FM or listen live online during the broadcast from 11 a.m.-noon.

Government Affairs>>
Year later, brewers raise a glass to beer law
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Millstream Brewing Co. is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Iowa's high-proof beer law by unleashing its double India pale ale, Hop², to retailers in Eastern Iowa. It is its first bottled batch of a high-alcohol style brew, which breweries such as Millstream can now not only make but sell by the bottle to retailers -- a no-no under Iowa's old law. "It's great. It's really broadened my ability to brew. It's increased our range of product, opened up the recipes we can use, and even improved some of the beers we made already," Millstream brewmaster and co-owner Chris Priebe said. One year after it was signed into law last March, Iowa breweries are taking advantage of the new high-proof beer rules with a new range of products to pique the interest of beer connoisseurs. Iowa brewers say the law has opened doors for their craft competitively and creatively.

Brewing firm's recipe for a great place to work includes free beer, free bikes and open books
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Free beer, free bikes and open books. That's just part of Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Co.'s recipe for creating a great place to work. It takes more than a menu of generous benefits."One thing I hear more than anything that makes us special is, 'I get to come to work and be myself,' " Kim Jordan, CEO of the craft brewer that makes Fat Tire Amber Ale, said in an interview last week. "It's OK to ask questions. It's OK to suggest hare-brained ideas and not get a demerit." Jordan spoke at Iowa State University last week, and I asked her advice on creating a unique culture. ... New Belgium has sold its beer in Iowa for three years, and it has become one of the top three best sellers of craft beer in central Iowa, said Mike Brewington, president of Iowa Beverage Systems in Des Moines.

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KHS has developed a compact keg washing and racking machine for small and medium sized brewers and other beverage makers. The German filling and packaging company claims that the new Innokeg Till CombiKeg is both compact and flexible. At a viewing at its plant in Kriftel, Germany, KHS said brewers were impressed that a machine of such size can wash kegs inside and out and rack them as well. The company added that media tanks, controls and conveyors are integrated into the machine so nothing has to be done outside the machine. It can be just put where it is needed on the factory floor and plugged in to start production. In terms of size, KHS told this publication that the machine is small enough to fit entirely in a container so that it can be easily delivered overseas.

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In the battle between beer in a can and beer in a bottle, glass gets all the respect. But a new batch of small brewing companies - including Midvale's Bohemian Brewery - are helping make cans a contender. "We took canning on because it's better for the beer and better for the environment," said Pete Petras, who co-owns Bohemian along with his parents Joe and Helen. Bohemian, at 94 E. 7200 South, was among the first U.S. brewers to join the beer-in-a-can revolution. In 2005, when the small brewery first packaged its signature Czech Pilsener in aluminum, there were fewer than 10 U.S. breweries using cans, Petras said. Since then, Bohemian has added the Viennese Lager and the Cherny Bock Schwarzbier to its canned offerings. All three beers are sold in major grocery stores.

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NORTHEAST OHIO -- Ben Franklin said "beer is proof that ...God loves us and wants to make us happy." But tests of draft beer at local restaurants and bars show beer lovers have good reason to be sour. Industry insiders say there's a dirty, little secret that needs to be exposed. The problem they say is dirty beer lines, the lines connect the keg to the tap. "It's one of the big, big problems in the industry," Luke Purcell, of Great Lakes Brewing said. Purcell said he has seen beer lines in some places that are so dirty "it was actually surprising beer could actually flow through it." By law, beer lines must be cleaned once every two weeks.

The View from Abroad: Foreign Perceptions of the U.S. Craft Brewing Scene
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It's no secret that the American craft brewing movement is on fire here in the U.S., but what is the perception overseas? As American brewers expand their markets abroad, more people are able to experience the flavor and diversity of American craft beer. But are all the reviews positive, especially from the hallowed brewing grounds of Belgium, England and Germany? The New Brewer contacted individuals in various foreign countries (brewers, U.S. craft beer importers, beer aficionados and event organizers) and asked them to write a mini-essay on their perception of the U.S. craft brewing scene, including what brewers in their country can learn from American craft brewers, and vice versa. Here are their perceptions, in their own words.

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In quasi-answer to I Am A Craft Brewer, Britain's Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has released a video of their own: Proud of British Beer. It's very well produced, and I like that they included not just brewers, but also farmers, publicans and salespeople to show the entire chain from farm to glass. It was also great seeing so many familiar faces. Of course, the original video was made for a trade conference, whereas SIBA's effort seems aimed directly at consumers, and especially those that might be on the fence about whether or not to support Britain's beer industry. I love the end, because it goes after the wisdom of more and more taxes on beer, a situation similar to what's happening in America, too.

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James Smith examines how the fairer sex are taking over the world, one brew at a time. ... Beer was beer. And it was drunk by men. And only men. But it's a reality that's changing. Just as the beer landscape has changed from a few years ago, with sales of major brands falling and dozens of new microbrewed beers appearing, so has the relationship between women and beer. Across Victoria, you will find women running breweries and dedicated beer bars, brewing beer, educating people on it and drinking it in greater numbers. The far greater choice of both local and imported beers has played a major role, says Roxy Boubis, who runs beer tastings at Sabroso in Seddon. "Females like beers with big flavours, not the standard, mass-produced lagers," she says. "And there's more interesting, flavoursome ones available now." For her, the change is such that "with my partner, often he'll be drinking wine while I'm drinking beer". But if the arrival of beers boasting tropical hop aromas, chocolate and vanilla notes or a mix of spices and fruits has changed perceptions and opened a new market, so has the rise of a new style of bar. "There are some amazing venues providing an environment that's attractive for women to enjoy beer," Kirrily Waldhorn says.

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John Bryan, head brewer at Oakham Ales in Peterborough, talks beer, brew kits and Michael Buble. How did you become a brewer? Ever since I was young I have been interested in pubs and beer. On reaching 16 and still being too young to drink, I took up home brewing. This eventually led to my appointment at Oakham Ales and it has been downhill ever since! When did you have your beer epiphany? ...

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It is the smell that hits you first. The heady mix of malt and hops signals the presence of Sambrook's Brewery from several streets away. "We only had one complaint just after we started, and since then nobody has complained," says Duncan Sambrook, the brewery's 32-year-old founder. The burghers of London's Battersea are long used to power stations and heavy industry, he explains. Just three years ago, Sambrook was climbing the corporate ladder as an assistant director in the capital markets group at Deloitte. As a qualified accountant, he was part of the team that helped smaller companies float, primarily on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market. ... The "light-bulb moment" came at a beer festival. "I had grown up in an area [Salisbury] where there were lots of microbreweries, but I suddenly thought there were hardly any in London, except perhaps for Fuller's," says Sambrook. "You're in the biggest population density in the country with the highest number of pubs. Surely, there's an opportunity to replicate in London what's going on in the country?" But much had changed by the time the company was formed in June 2008. The smoking ban came into effect in the summer of 2007, pubs started closing in their droves and, a year later, the economy fell off a cliff.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 2/28/11
« on: March 01, 2011, 04:27:30 PM »
Recent Headlines: February 28, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Boston Beer Braised 'Fighter' Mussels
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Oscar night eats - Boston Beer Braised 'Fighter' Mussels - Recipe: Boston Beer Braised 'Fighter' Mussels (recipe)

Ticket Pre-Sale Begins March 1
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SAVOR ticket pre-sale begins at 10:00 am MST on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. A limited quantity of pre-sale tickets will be available to a select list of loyal supporters, including previous SAVOR attendees and members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association. Those eligible to participate in the pre-sale will receive additional information by email in late February and on March 1. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 10:00 am MST on Thursday, March 3, 2011. 2011 ticket prices and more information are here.

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Last year, tickets to SAVOR-Washington, DC's premier beer and food festival-were snapped up within ten minutes of going on sale, all 1,700 of them. This year, the Brewers Association, which stages the annual event, is seeking to double your chances of getting a ticket by holding two sessions, to take place Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street NW. Just be ready on March 3 when the tickets are made available to the general public.

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It's billed as an event where "Craft Beer Meets Fine Food," and this year's AleFeast has beefed up its culinary cred to back up the claim. The 3rd Annual AleFeast - to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave. in Dayton - will feature five new food providers this year, including Jay's Restaurant and the Sinclair College Culinary Club, and the returning restaurants and other vendors are all serving new dishes, according to Joe Waizmann, AleFeast's organizer. In total, there will be 16 food stations, each one adjacent to a craft beer station that will pour samples of 50 craft beers from 30 breweries from around the world. Some of the food items will include a dram or two of craft beer, including stout floats created by the Culinary Company, Waizmann said.

Chatting with Charlie Papazian #1
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I made an interview (or better said I had a long chat) about some hot topics with Charlie Papazian for the 4th number of MoBI magazine. The paper version has been released during Sapore in Rimini while the electronic one is forthcoming. This is the English version. Since the interview is quite long I will break it in some chapters. Here's the first one.

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Another hot topic in Italy are prices. Italian beers are very expensive and the difference in respect to Belgium or Germany seems not fully justified by higher taxes and smaller dimension of the breweries in the eyes of the consumers. Moreover, there is an effort to carry beers to the haute cuisine and the quality restaurants where high prices can be justified more easily. The first time I went to the USA I was positively impressed seeing excellent and fairly priced regular beers (typically APA's or American IPA's) abreast of more pricy and elaborated productions. ...

See page 9, for the English version.  Charlie Papazian does not need much introduction to beer lovers and insiders. Founder and president of the Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association, creator of the Great American Beer Festival  and the World Beer Cup, writer of some classic homebrewing handbooks, Charlie is in a few words the founder and living spirit of the American beer renaissance as well as one of the most recognized personality in the craft beer world. The way of making, offering, explaining and judging beers is changing quickly in later years and, as for many other trends, very often news come across the Atlantic, new approaches that spark off red-hot debates on the web. I got in touch with Charlie stating him different points of view and asking him his authoritative opinion together with some considerations about present Italian beer scene. It came out a genuine and very interesting talk in my opinion.

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Here's another odd duck, a promotional film created in the early 1970s by the National Association of Convenience Stores. It was apparently made by students at Kansas State in association with several sponsors, who also provided grant money for it, including the NACS, the Southland Corporation (7-11) and Falstaff Brewing. It also had the cooperation of four state alcohol agencies, from Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio, along with the United States Brewers Foundation.

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Thor Cheston of Brasserie Beck is the first publican I've ever known to yank a beer off-line because it was pouring too clear. Brabo Pils, a house brand made for Robert Wiedmaier's restaurants by the Huyghe Brewery in Melle, Belgium, is supposed to be a Keller Pils, an unfiltered pilsner with a hazy gold hue and a bready, yeasty flavor to augment the hops. What I tasted on Feb. 2 was perfectly crisp and clean and drinkable, but more akin to a Stella Artois or Bavik than what Cheston had in mind. The pils has been placed on indefinite hiatus. "The quality and consistency of the beer was too much of a problem for us to continue with the project," said Cheston, who added that he is in negotiations with a different Belgian brewery to take over the brand. When I tried the Brabo Pils I was seated at a table with Ray Daniels, who for the past 18 years has been brewing beer, writing and editing publications about beer, and organizing beer festivals. Daniels was at Brasserie Beck to host a farmhouse ale beer dinner. He was also in town to administer a beer certification program that he founded four years ago.

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I need a beer. It's a phrase uttered by many contemporary workers after a long day at the office, but new research shows that ancient cultures were probably using the alcoholic beverage to treat much more than the stress of everyday life. Anthropologists have found that thousands of years before the 1928 discovery of penicillin, people in ancient Nubia were using beer as an antibiotic to treat everything from gum disease to infected wounds. It has been known for some time that the kingdom of Nubia, located south of Egypt in present-day Sudan, valued its brewers. More recently, however, scientists began to suspect that Nubian beer may have been brewed to contain more than just alcohol. The suspicion arose after archeologists unearthed some unusual physical evidence. In 1980, George Armelagos, an anthropology professor at Emory University in Atlanta, led a team that discovered what seemed to be the antibiotic tetracycline in nearly 2,000-year-old Nubian bones.

Phil Farrel Wins 2011 Beerdrinker Of The Year - -
In his fourth trip to the Beerdrinker of the Year finals, Cumming, GA commercial pilot Phil Farrell landed the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year title. More John Elway than Jim Kelly, Farrell finally won his dream title today in a 2-hour finals event held before a standing-room-only crowd at Denver, Colorado's Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Government Affairs>>
Simon Backs 'Surly Bill'
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For the second time this session, Hopkins Rep. Steve Simon (DFL- District 44A), of St. Louis Park, finds himself grappling with a significant liquor bill. Two weeks after proposing a bill that would allow liquor stores to sell their own branded merchandise, Simon and his House colleagues are now considering a bill that would give breweries the ability to sell glasses of their own beer on-site. The House bill was introduced Thursday, three days after the legislation was proposed in the Senate.

Creator of Moonshot caffeinated beer unsuccessfully pleads with FDA to reverse its ban - -
The Food and Drug Administration, as you may know, essentially banned New Century's Moonshot caffeinated beer in November as part of a crackdown on Four Loko (and Massachusetts regulators quickly followed with their own, more definitive ban). Apparently, too many crazy kids were losing control and doing stupid things while drunk on Four Loko because the caffeine in that drink made them lose track of just how drunk they were. So I was disappointed to get the latest email from Rhonda Kallman, the owner of Cohasset-based New Century, a few days ago. In that message, she describes how she traveled to College Park, Md., to plead with the FDA to reconsider its ruling that Moonshot beer is not safe to drink. Apparently, her pleas fell on deaf ears.

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At this moment Texas brewers are attempting to pass two important pieces of legislation, one of which could have a direct impact on our brewpub. The first, House Bill 602, would allow microbreweries like St. Arnolds, which is sponsoring the initiative, to "give" a case of its bottled beer to people that pay a higher price for a tour. The second, more pertinent initiative, House Bill 660, would allow Texas brewpubs such as Black Star Co-op to:

Brewing a legislative fix Bill would allow transport of homemade beer, wine - -
Home brewers and amateur winemakers throughout Oregon should lift a glass to the Oregon Senate this week, which unanimously endorsed a bill that would rewrite state law to allow homemade beer and wine to be transported and consumed outside the makers' homes. The right to transport homemade beer and wine was long taken for granted in Oregon - until last year, when the state Department of Justice determined that state law, dating to the Prohibition era, barred the consumption outside the home of homemade alcoholic beverages. Home brewers didn't sit around crying in their lager. They worked with one of their own, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, to craft Senate Bill 444, which gives home brewers the right to transport their work.

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Successfully brewing and selling Texas beers requires the right recipe and lately a little bit of lobbying. "The only place I can sell my product is right here, at this location; no place else," said Davis Tucker, who owns North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery in Northwest Austin. Under Texas law, you only can buy his beer where it is brewed. That is true for every restaurant/brewery in Texas. Brew-pubs from outside Texas, though, are allowed to ship their beer to the Lone Star State. They can then sell it at grocery and convenience stores. "You can walk into your local HEB and get their beer, but you cannot get mine," Tucker said.

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In the past few years, the nation-wide trend of craft brewing has developed a following of aficionados as zealous, finicky and committed as its counterpart in the wine world -- if a little scruffier. The trend has led to an explosion in the number of breweries operating nationwide, up nearly 20 percent in the last five years alone, according to the Brewers Association. ... But a recent federal court decision has thrown craft brewers into a tussle with beer distributors and massive conglomerates, in a battle that will play out in the state legislature this month. The dispute began when Anheuser-Busch, now a subsidiary of the Belgian mega-corporation InBev, made a rather audacious business move.

Surly brewer takes on vintage alcohol law - -
The Surly Brewing Co.'s president and founder, Omar Ansari, wants to attach a bar and restaurant to a $20 million, 60,000-square-foot brewery he plans to build somewhere in the Twin Cities. But he is facing opposition from some of the same bars and liquor store owners who enjoy selling his beer. The opposition matters because Ansari needs the Minnesota Legislature to change a decades-old law that prevents production breweries from selling alcohol on site.

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It takes guts to open a small business these days. Prospective business owners face a variety of challenges to get off the ground, hope a solid customer base gains traction, and there's enough capital to stay afloat in lean times. Wentzville resident Jeff Britton thinks he has a unique idea for a business in the county. Britton wants to open a pub called Exit 6. This bar wouldn't serve the garden-variety beer. Only locally crafted beers, including some brewed by Britton, would be served. ... During the St. Peters Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday, Britton was denied the use of a special permit he'd obtained from the city to open Exit 6 in the Promenade Center just south of Mexico Road and east of Devondale Place. Despite gaining approval from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, aldermen voted 7-0 - Dave Thomas, Ward 1 abstained - against the opening of the pub.

U.S. Brewery Count Passes 1700
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The Brewers Association's Membership Coordinator and Brewery Detective Erin Glass keeps an eye on brewery openings, closings, transitions and breweries in planning. With so much interest in craft brewing today, there is a lot more detective work and a large number of calls and emails to breweries in planning, those on the cusp and those recently opened. Many startups join the Brewers Association during the planning phase to access our resources and the expertise of the network and remain members after becoming operational. U.S. operational brewery membership is now at 1,218. Total brewery membership, when international breweries, contract brewing companies and breweries in planning are added, is 1,619.

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Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has named The Country Malt Group as a new, authorized distributor of its entire line of brewing ingredients effective immediately. "We're excited about this partnership and what it means to the American craft brewing industry," stated Briess Vice President of Sales & Marketing Robert O'Connell.  "In a relatively short period of time, The Country Malt Group has grown into a respected and trusted full service distributor by staying focused on the customer's needs.

Beer with a caffeine shot offering at Sydney Royal Fine Food Show
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FORGET low carbs, "coffee-infused" beer which packs a caffeine punch is the latest fad to push the flavour boundaries of the common coldie. Australia's growing band of craft brewers have broadened the taste experience at this year's Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, offering up everything from the Longshot coffee-infused dark ale to a chocolate porter and a "Christmas beer" brewed with a mix of dried fruit and spices, reported The Daily Telegraph. Brewer and judge of 12 years Brad Rogers was very excited at the quality of the 98 entrants yesterday, saying that while the local craft beer industry was still young, there are some amazing brews on offer. "There's so many good beers being made," he said. "I think for us it's about experimenting, pushing the boundaries, it really is just exploring."

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A fight between a brewer and the taxman over whether a brew made from stinging nettles is a beer or an alcopop could decide who has the right to set rules on alcoholic drinks – the British Government or the European Union.  Foodswild, which makes Cornish Stingers, had its entire stock seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in January after it ruled than under EU law it was not a beer but a "made wine" and that he owned them £10,000 in unpaid taxes. But Miles Lavers, who runs the company that produces the 4.5 per cent alcohol drink near Helston, has submitted new evidence that under British rules it is a beer and production should be allowed to continue.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Recent Headlines for 2/18/11
« on: February 22, 2011, 04:02:16 PM »
Recent Headlines: February 18, 2011 (Compiled by the Brewers Association)

Beer is for Baking
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I like to bake with my beer. This fine secondary function not only expands my reasons for purchase, but also when I have a 22oz bottle I can split it in half essentially. One half for the loaf, and the other for the cook. This week, due to a coworkers birthday and the desire to have a loaf at home I tried two different beers. ... Last recommendation for beer breads. Use extra butter along the top prior to cooking.

Great Arizona Beer Festival events begin this weekend
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There is something big brewing in the Valley this spring; the 23rd annual Great Arizona Beer Festival is on its way and kicking off its celebration this weekend with the inaugural Craft Beer Competition. Organized and conducted by DRAFT Magazine, this nationally sanctioned competition will involve more than 60 brewers with the first round of judging being today, Feb. 18 at Taste of Tops in Tempe. Finalists will compete for the top honor next Friday, Feb. 25 at Sun Devil Liquors.

Beer Birthday: Teri Fahrendorf
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Today is brewer Teri Fahrendorf's 29th birthday again. That number is pure conjecture, but it sure seems right for a woman who recently spent a year or so on the road, criss-crossing the United States twice visiting friends and colleagues in the brewing world. Sadly, I was out-of-town when she passed through the Bay Area that year. Teri was the brewmaster for the Steelhead Brewing chain for nearly two decades before leaving last year on her odyssey. She also founded the Pink Boots Society, an organization celebrating women in the brewing industry. You can follow along with her Road Brewer adventures. Join me in wishing Teri a very happy birthday.

'Beer Genius' Helps You Find Your Favorite - -
El Bait Shop offers close to 300 beer choices, and now offers an easy way to find your favorite with its new "Beer Genius." "It's the most handles on the planet for American micro-brewed beer," said Jeff Bruning, El Bait Shop bar owner. "I always feel bad about the customer who may not have made a choice if they just had a little more knowledge about it." Bruning teamed up with a couple tech-savvy German brothers to help customers make their choices. "We grew up with beer and in Germany it's considered sort of a basic food if you will," said Stefan Hansen, who designed the Beer Genius (See Demo Video). He and his brother run Fresk Interactive.

School of stout: Lifelong Learning offers courses in beer appreciation - -
While flipping through the Boulder Valley School District`s Lifelong Learning course catalogue a few years ago, Jeff Mendel noted that there were cooking classes, a wine-tasting class and even a cheese-making class among the non-credit course offerings for adult continuing education, but nothing about beer. "I thought 'Here we are in Boulder, a beer mecca, how come nobody is teaching anything about craft beer?" he says. So Mendel, a former director of the Brewers Association Institute for Brewing Studies and a founding partner of Tabernash Brewing Company in Denver, which later merged with Left Hand Brewing Company, worked with Lifelong Learning to develop a beer appreciation class that would give students an intimate look at the craft-beer industry from brew house to glass.

Government Affairs>>
Legislature faces latest brew battle
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Efforts by convenience stores in Colorado to allow them the exclusive franchise to sell low-alcohol beer fell flat this week when the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee voted 4-1 to approve Senate Bill 60. Sponsored by Sens. Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood and Jean White, R-Hayden, the bill would allow restaurants, as well as all liquor-license holders, the ability to sell the low alcohol beer for consumption on their premises. The legislation was favored by the Colorado Restaurant Association, which had lobbied committee members extensively. But lobbying against the bill, primarily by owners of convenience stores in the state, was equally as fierce.

Small Brewers Want to Tap Into a Little of the Action - -
If you want to sample Scott Metzger's Old Bat Rastard brew, you will have to travel to San Antonio, sit down at his pub, Freetail Brewing Company, and order a frothy glass from the tap or ask for a half-gallon growler to go. Pub owners like Mr. Metzger would love to sell their brews in retail stores, bars and restaurants, but state law prohibits it. So he and other owners have formed Texas Beer Freedom, a nonprofit lobbying organization, to push for legislation that would allow brewpubs to get their beer out beyond the bar.

Texas small brewers battling odds and big money - -
Earlier today the New York Times (Small Brewers Want to Tap Into a Little of the Action)and The Texas Tribune(Small Texas Brewers Want to Tap Into Bigger Market) both ran the same story about small brewers trying to "overcome some opponents with big names and deep pockets: the powerful beer distribution lobby". The issues were discussed in my last week's post Texas craft brewers fight for self distribution & brewery tour beer.  Texas State Representative Mike Villarreal filed House Bill 660 which has created two opposing sides, one supporting and one opposing.

Alloway Introduces Legislation to Make Tax Credits Available to Small Breweries - -
Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) introduced legislation this week that would make tax credits available for capital improvements at Pennsylvania's small breweries. Senate Bill 275 would create a permanent Malt Beverage Tax Credit of up to $200,000 for small breweries for the purchase of equipment and machinery. The tax credit would only be available to small breweries producing less than 1.5 million barrels of beer per year, and the credit could not exceed the amount of qualifying capital expenditures in a given year. A similar tax credit was created in 1974, but it expired in 2008. "Pennsylvania's small breweries are an important part of our communities and a significant contributor to our state and local economy, and restarting this tax credit program will play an important role in helping these small businesses thrive and grow," Alloway said.

Bill that would extend taproom hours tabled - -
It's a question of two hours, but  proponents and opponents of Senate Bill 202 say its implications would extend beyond time on the clock. The legislation, which was tabled in the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee Thursday, would amend current law to shift the hours that Montana breweries are allowed to serve samples from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to between noon and 10 p.m. It would not alter the amount of beer - 48 ounces - the establishments can legally serve an individual on any given day. People would have until 11 p.m. to finish consuming their beverages.

Despite Initiative Defeat, Costco Still Pushing Liquor Privatization - -
Washington voters defeated not one, but two liquor privatization measures last fall -- one of them sponsored by Costco. But a key lawmaker says that's not stopping the Issaquah, Washington-based warehouse chain from continuing to push the issue in Olympia. Currently in Washington hard alcohol is sold only through state and contract stores. Costco wants to offer spirits alongside its current beer and wine selection -- as it does in the majority of states where it operates.

Kan. Senate panel to vote next week on liquor bill - -
The chairman of a Kansas Senate committee expects the panel to vote next week on a bill to let grocery and convenience stores sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor. Salina Republican Pete Brungardt said he's scheduled a debate by the Federal and State Affairs Committee for Tuesday. The measure allows grocery and convenience stores to start selling full-strength beer and wine on Jan. 1. They're now allowed to sell so-called cereal malt beverage, also known as weak or low-point beer. The bill also phases in liquor sales in grocery and convenience stores by 2015.

Bill seeks to tweak Utah liquor law service hours -,0,3838426.story -
A proposed overhaul of Utah's liquor laws would reduce the hours for beer service across the state. Republican Sen. John Valentine of Orem unveiled a bill today that emphasizes the Legislature's goal of encouraging eating with alcohol consumption. Senate Bill 314 seeks to allow all liquor service to begin at 11:30 a.m. Current law allows beer sales starting at 10 a.m. but bans wine and liquor service before noon. Under the bill, restaurants with a liquor license would need to have 70 percent of their revenues from food service instead of 50 percent. The bill also bans beer containers larger than two liters. Two Utah microbreweries recently started selling miniature beer kegs with about five liters of beer.

Debate brewing over Mississippi's liquor laws - -
Vendors and beer enthusiasts are busy setting up at the Coast Coliseum Convention Center for Saturday's Top of the Hops Beer Festival. There's also debate brewing about a proposal to update the liquor laws in Mississippi. Many beer lovers and beer makers want the state to increase the allowable alcohol content from the current five percent to eight percent. They say the lower limit restricts residents from purchasing many craft beers, which exceed the alcohol limit. Members of the organization "Raise Your Pints" point out that that means about a third of the world's beer styles, some of them very high quality, are outlawed in Mississippi.

How to build a career in beer
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Matt Hall majored in business administration at Bloomsburg University, but even in college, he knew there was only one thing he wanted to do: brew beer. Traditionally, the world of craft brewing has been small and insular - like a hidden pub on a back alley. But in Philadelphia, where the roster of upscale gastropubs is ever growing and Philly Beer Week is fast becoming a civic holiday, opportunities to launch a successful full-time career in beer-making are expanding as quickly as the head of a carelessly poured pint. Which is why Hall, 25, of Richboro, got a job as an assistant brewer at Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia this month.

Brewing beer with Oakland's Linden Street Brewery - -
Perched above a steaming stainless steel cauldron, Adam Lamoreaux rhythmically stirs the contents with a large metal oar. Inside, a thick amber-colored concoction of cracked grains and hot water simmers. As he continues to stir, a sweet malty smell fills the air. Lamoreaux looks down into the vat and studies his mixture, then says, "For the first two years of my daughter's life, she thought I made oatmeal." Lamoreaux is working on the first step of making beer, called mashing--and basically it is just like making oatmeal. "It's grain and hot water," Lamoreaux says as he stirs. "I'm making sure there's no dough balls, making sure it's all mixed up." It's San Francisco Beer Week this week, meaning hundreds of events that showcase Bay Area beer, and as the owner of Linden Street Brewery--the only production brewery in Oakland--Lamoreaux is stretched thin. Between attending tastings, contests and Q&A sessions, Lamoreaux also has to keep brewing beer.

Drinking in a little history - -
Jennifer Yuengling's great-great-great-grandfather may have brewed your great-great-great-grandfather's beer. Her family has been brewing beer for your family ever since. She is the sixth generation of the Yuengling family to run America's oldest brewery, which was founded in Pottsville in 1829. She'll was in Bethlehem on Wednesday to preside over a Yuengling Beer Dinner at St. James Gate in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The daughter of current president Dick Yuengling Jr., Jennifer says she oversees operations and production with the help of her Lord Chesterfield Ale-style personality. She explains, "It's a bit different, can pack a punch and be a little feisty."Although she wasn't born and brewed to spend her life beside the brew kettles, she seems to be a natural. Like a good bartender, she easily taps into her knowledge and experience to talk about the family's beers and where they fit into today's expansive beer market. "We're not your routine mainstream brewers. We're bigger than the craft and microbreweries but we're much smaller than the mega-brewers. Our niche is in the middle. We're not as 'out there' as some craft brews can be. Ours is a regional brewery with a line to appeal to any beer drinker," she says.

Toast the Royal Couple With 'Kiss Me Kate' Beer
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An English brewery is paying tribute to the royal wedding with a beer named in honor of the future princess. Nottingham's Castle Rock Brewery has created a commemorative brew called "Kiss Me Kate," to be released at the end of March. Head brewer Adrian Redgrove says the drink will be "elegant, tasteful and British to the core." Which is fitting, since that's exactly how we'd describe Miss Middleton. Unfortunately, the beer will only be available in Britain. But ladies on this side of the pond can enjoy the male equivalent a little closer to home. "Prince William's Porter" will be sold at Moose's Tooth Pub in Anchorage, Alaska. Bottoms up!

General Homebrew Discussion / Special Occasion Brews?
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:35:44 PM »
Hi All,
I am writing a short article about homebrewing for a new magazine called Colorado Brew and Pub. I am interesting in hearing stories of beers brewed for a special occasion.  Have you brewed a celebratory beer for your friend's wedding? How about a beer brewed specially to commemorate the birth of a child? 

If so, why did you choose the style that you did? Were there any bumps in the road of the production of this special brew?  What did you name the beer? Did you cellar any of the beer for future enjoyment? How was the beer received?

Please respond to me directly and include your full name. With your approval, some of your responses may appear in the article.

Ryan Farrell
Brewers Association

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