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Friday, November 30, 2007

Shipyard 2008 Brewer's Edition

PORTLAND AND KENNEBUNK, MAINE (November 30, 2007) – Each year, Brewer’s Choice features a new beer recipe created by Shipyard Brewing Company’s award-winning brew house team. Shipyard announces the release of its new 2008 Brewer’s Choice Royal IPA. This limited edition India Pale Ale will be available in January 2008 while supplies last.

Royal IPA was selected as the 2008 Brewer’s Choice customer favorite at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk and the Shipyard Brew Pub in Eliot.

Click here to read the entire release.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Can I get one in my stocking?

Check out the article I just found. I wonder what he plans to do with the bud.....I hope he just pours it out to reuse the kegs.

Dublin thief seizes 180 Guinness kegs
Lone robber seizes nearly $100,000-worth of Ireland’s trademark beer
Nov. 29, 2007

DUBLIN, Ireland - A thief made off with 180 kegs of Guinness beer after smoothly driving into the Dublin brewery, which makes the black stout and snatching a trailer load of drink, police said Thursday.
The incident took place Wednesday at the Guinness brewery on the banks of Dublin's River Liffey where Ireland's trademark tipple has been brewed for almost 250 years.
The lone raider's haul also contained 180 kegs of Budweiser and 90 barrels of Carlsberg lager, police said.
"A man drove into the yard in a truck and took a trailer containing the drink which has an estimated value of 64,000 euros ($94,770)," a police spokesman said.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Breweries fight over Summer beer - New Zealand

This is a rather odd article that I stumbled upon. It sounds like DB will have to expand their marketing team and think of new ways to market their summer offering. I highly doubt that they will win this battle.

Is this a Brand or a Style? You Decide.


Drink craft Beer, You've Earned It!!!

Nov 9, 2007 7:54 PM

New Zealand's two biggest breweries are at war over the name of a popular beer.

DB is taking legal action against rival Lion Breweries, to get its new Summer Ale pulled from the shelves.

DB's Monteith's Summer Ale has been around for almost a decade, and it is worried that Mac's Sundance Summer Ale will damage years of goodwill.

They say Summer Ale is a brand, whereas Lion Nathan says it is essentially a style of beer.

During the course of the hearing, Justice Harrison said he associated Summer Ale with the Monteiths brand, and he said he knew a lot about the beer because he had bought it for his family and enjoyed drinking it in Summer.

However, the judge said DB had tried, and failed, to get a trademark for Monteiths Summer Ale and he refused to ban the Sundance Summer brew because:

"DB has no right to exclusive protection of a generic phrase unless there is proof of deception."

The $60 million craft beer market is the new battleground for breweries and DB says Lion Nathan is trying to play catch up.

"We've invested so much in this brand over the last 10 years and it's grown to be a really, really popular brand in New Zealand so for us it was about, we didn't want consumers to be confused," says Mark Campbell from DB Corporate Affairs.

But Summer ales have existed overseas for 20 years, and beer lovers say DB was trying to stifle competition.

"It's a bit unfair to grab a generic style description like summer ale and use it as their own brand," says Stu McKinlay from the Society of Beer Advocates.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Volunteer Opportunity

Hey there beer fans, anyone interested in putting together a group to help Harpoon help out with this?

2007 Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer Locations List
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Harpoon Helps
The 4th Annual Harpoon Helps Spread Holiday Cheer mission returns for what promises to be the largest Harpoon Helps mission ever!

On Saturday, December 1st, we will be sending Harpoon Helpers (you!) to various locations throughout Boston (shelters, soup kitchens, play spaces, etc.) to put up decorations for the holiday season. Harpoon Helps has located places that could really use some holiday festiveness. This year, we will be decorating in Boston, Worcester, Hartford, Providence, Portland, Windsor, Lebanon, and Manchester (NH)


Monday, November 05, 2007

And the winner is....us!

For those of you who didn't know, Sean drove up to Nashua a couple weeks ago to drop off the brown ale that he, Andy, Tom, Ryan, and Tim brewed. Well, wouldn't you know it, the SOB won the competition in its category, American Ale! Here are the results:
10. American Ale
Sean Jansen 2 Beer Guy's India Brown Ale 1
Jim Prucha Brew Free or Die Londonderry,NH #115 2
Andrew Starsiak Weymoth,MA Sauvin Pale Ale 3
William SpiesbergerJames River Homebrewers Richmond,VA Flat Ass Tired HM
Congratulations to 2 Beer Guy's India Brown Ale, and those who slaved over the cauldron during its creation.

The complete list of winners can be found here

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sean's dream comes true

Well Sean, you always said you'd love to rub hops all over your body.... well this is pretty close!

Original FormulaTom’s of Maine created the first natural deodorant in 1976. Since then, we’ve continued to pursue innovative new natural ingredients that deliver improved odor protection. We’re excited to introduce our newest natural odor-fighting ingredient—hops (Humulus lupulus)—which we've added to our original deodorant formula!
Hops inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.The antimicrobial action of hops inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria while reducing the possibility of skin irritation.
Natural fragrance blocks odor.Gentle fragrance helps to mask odor.


What's the proper temperature for serving? - You decide

Are you satisfied with the temperature of your beer?

Generally, I am satisfied. The temperature of beer is more situational for me. For Example, after spending 2-3 hours cutting the grass, I navigate towards a very cold lager or light ale. For reviewing, we always use a non chilled class and try keep the beer around cellar temperature.

When going to the 99's restaurant, they always sever your beer in a frozen glass. Do you like it? Would you rather have it cooler or warmer?

Please comment on this post and let us know how you feel.


Drink Craft Beer, You've Earned It!!

So, what is the right temperature for craft beer? This is an even more complicated answer. Different beers are best served at different temperatures, but as a general rule of thumb ales are generally better served at warmer temperatures than lagers. That’s a broad generality, because bigger, headier beers like barley wines, imperial stouts (ales) and even dopplebocks (lagers) are best fairly warm — at around 58 to 59 degrees or so — and beers like German pilsners, a good hefeweizen, and the better premium American lagers (Full Sail’s Session, for example) should be served pretty cold, say around 40 to 42 degrees.

And, of course, there are exceptions to every guideline. I love Great Divide Brewing Company’s Samurai (a rice ale) served damned near ice-cold and specialty beers such as Unibroue’s Quelque Chose or Liefmans Gluhkriek are best mulled (heated) to upwards of 130 degrees or more depending on taste. How does a publican manage all of this? In most establishments, all of the kegs are housed in the same cooler and not individually temperature controlled so the barkeep’s got another hurdle to leap.

Link to the full article
Filed under Anchorage Press, Home Page - Bottom, Food & Drink, Brew Review, Vol. 16, Ed. 44 on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 by Author: James "Dr. Fermento" Roberts.

Is mixing your beer the new fad?

I saw this article below and thought... say it's not so.... Who's mixing there beer? Do you get a better beer if you mix a corona with a blue moon? Could you call that a Blue Corona or a Corona moon?

Sure, there's the famous black and tan, but would you order it if it didn't split the glass in half? NO, when I order one and it's all mixed together, I am rather annoyed.

If you would like to read more about this so call "fad" please continue below.


Drink Craft Beer, You've Earned It!!

Brewing up new blends

As craft beer-makers expand offerings, consumers find new ways to enjoy them, but the mixing trend comes with mixed feelings

By Mary Ellen Podmolik | Special to the Tribune
November 3, 2007

For the better part of a year, Jim Klem has played the part of a chemist, searching out the right balance of ingredients to come up with a satisfying beer.

His own recipes, yes. His own beer, no. The Waukegan resident doesn't brew beer. He drinks it, and he's looking for something different by mixing beers together.

Partaking in a thirst quencher and a growing trend, Klem will order two different bottles of beer, two glasses at a bar and do the proportioning himself. At liquor stores, faced with a dizzying selection of craft beers that continues to expand, he'll buy two six-packs, try the beer on its own and then start mixing.

Since his experiments began, his spending on beer has doubled and, he admits, only half of his combinations are drinkable. "I'm learning that you don't mix an ale with a lager," Klem said. "I've learned that most flavored beers don't mix well with others. I've learned that you only mix a few ounces of each."

Klem's activity is part of a fad picking up steam in the craft beer industry: the mixing of at least two individual beers to create a new flavor. This isn't the beer cocktail, made popular several years ago when drinkers started combining beer with non-alcoholic ingredients. This is the mixing of just two ingredients -- beer and beer -- and it's viewed as a potent opportunity to boost craft brewers' bottom lines

At the same time consumers and bartenders are mixing beers themselves to create personalized flavors, breweries are working internally or with one another to market blended beers that capture the best flavors of each.

Two small breweries, Avery Brewing Co. in Colorado and Russian River Brewing of California, this year combined and bottled their Belgian-style ales that coincidentally were both named Salvation. The resulting beer, named Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, was recommended on beer Web sites, and the brewers had to make three times as much as they had expected because of demand.

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., after hearing for a decade that customers were mixing its beers, introduced a marketing campaign at Labor Day with the tag line "What's your mix?" It includes beer coasters with recipes and a Web site for drinkers to post combinations. So far, more than 190 different submissions are on the site.

"It will create energy in our system and talk value at the bar," said Dick Leinenkugel, vice president of sales and marketing for the Miller-owned brewer. "I have no doubt it will help us sell more beer.

"There are certainly beer purists, but you listen to what the consumer is saying and doing. It's all about meeting trends," said Leinenkugel, whose favorite is a glass filled with seven-eighths Sunset Wheat and one-eighth Berry Weiss.

The efforts aren't a case of craft brewers looking to salvage sales but rather to capitalize on the good times. Craft beers recorded double-digit sales gains last year, regardless of where they were sold, and sales of craft beers are expected to top $500 million in supermarkets alone this year, according to data supplied by Information Resources to the Brewers Association, a trade group for craft brewers.

Outsiders might think that small-batch breweries committed to their suds would frown on such mixing behavior. But generally, brewers understand the quest for the perfect palate-quencher and frankly, they know they don't have the scale to satisfy everyone's taste buds.

Blending is hardly new

Meanwhile, mixers simply point to the black and tan as the granddaddy of all beer combinations. That mix, of Guinness Draught poured over the back of a spoon into Bass or Harp lager, dates back more than 100 years.

"The craft brew movement has been around for a couple decades now and these guys are pushing the envelope, looking for the next big thing," said John Hansell, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate. "On the consumer end, they like to have fun and play around. These are enthusiastic, passionate consumers who want to try new things."

And their combinations are getting some colorful names, which vary depending on the bar and location. There's Scottish Schwinn, a mix of Belhaven Scottish Ale and New Belgium Fat Tire; Greatness, a combination of Lost Coast Great White & Guinness Stout; and one of Klem's personal recipes, Darktoberfest, combining two varieties of Leinenkugel.

Goose Island Beer Co., which has 17 beers on tap, does mix for its patrons upon request and has had casual discussions about how much they should promote the practice. "I can see both sides of the debate," said Will Turner, pub brewer. "Sometimes it does make me sad when you put out a world-class beer and people are mixing it with something else."

At Palmer Place in La Grange, manager Steve Palmer increasingly sees people trying new combinations, and it's just fine by him because the trend is causing the restaurant to "absolutely" sell more beer, he said. Customers who mix two different price grades of beer are charged the higher price.

DeKalb resident Mike Ryan knows he's helping increase craft beer sales; it was a liquor store clerk that got him mixing, and he admits he and his wife have gotten "kind of nutty" about it. But he tries to be judicious, making sure the beers he buys are ones he'd drink on their own merits, just in case the mix turns into a mess.

With the number of beers on the market, the creative combinations are virtually infinite, Ryan said.

That has a master brewer like Russian River's Vinnie Cilurzo mildly concerned. "I'm all right with that but I don't want them taking something like Corona and putting it in my beer," he said.

Link to original article

Craft Brewery opening in Oklahoma

If you find yourself lost in Tulsa-Oklahoma, go check out Marshall Brewing Co. Eric Marshall will be opening a craft brewery this month. Here's his story...


Drink Craft Beer, You've Earned It!!

Marshall Brewing

Sat November 3, 2007
Old World flair draws favor for brew master

By Trisha Evans
Business Writer

Craft beer enthusiasts get ready to drink your fill. The state's third commercial brewery will begin production soon, and it's serious about flavor.

After studying brewing all over Germany, Tulsa native Eric Marshall aims to put Oklahoma on the map for craft beer.

"I decided if I'm going to do this, I'm going to do it right. I'm going to go to Germany and learn it the old-world style,” Marshall said.

Marshall has a degree in international business and is fluent in German. After doing theory work in Chicago, Marshall studied brewing in Munich and apprenticed at a few local breweries in Germany.

He fell in love with the culture of beer while studying in Germany during his junior year of college. The goal of his second trip was to learn the science of beer.

"I'm not going to be the average home brewer who takes the leap into a professional career. I'm going to learn the science of it and do it right,” he said.

He learned what lautering, grist, wort and diacetyl mean to a brewer and how to extract sugar from the barley. He also learned the correct ratio of malted barley, yeast, water and hops and how it varies according to the type. Controlling temperature is key in a consistent product, he said.

But it's not all science, there's a little math to beer making. "There's a formula for determining how much sugar you want, which in turn, determines how much alcohol is in your beer,” he said.

All in all, Marshall said he's got the job he's always wanted and he's confident the product also will be a hit.

"The beer industry on a whole is going down, but the craft beer industry has just skyrocketed. It's the fastest growing segment in the adult beverage industry,” he said.

According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales grew 31.5 percent from 2003 to 2006. So far this year, sales have increased 12 percent over 2006.

Julia Herz, spokeswoman for the association, said the industry taken off for two reasons. Craft beer is getting better, and Americans are choosing to trade-up.

"Craft beer offers different choices, different beer styles, bigger flavor, bigger mouth feel, higher in alcohol, just more diversity in the taste,” she said.

Krebs-based Choc Beer has also felt the industry spike. Business doubled last year and will nearly double in 2007, said owner Joe Prichard.

The American beer drinker is looking to craft breweries for that flavor, Marshall said, and he promised to infuse a little German flair to the Marshal Brewing Co beer.

Lagers take longer to make and are usually more delicate, but Marshall said he plans to brew lagers, too. Licenses pending, Marshall hopes to begin brewing by December, with his two first beers, a hoppy India Pale Ale and "Belgian-inspired” American wheat available by January or February.

Marketing will emphasize how the beer is local and fresh.