July 2010

Oregon Beer Month Closes Today

An entire month to celebrate beer? Oregon’s up to it.

Today, Oregon Beer Month comes to a close with a Meet the Brewers Pub Crawl in Portland. Send the month out in style, and treat yourself to a few pints.

The Friday Mash (Model T Edition)

On this day in 1863, Henry Ford I was born. Among other things, he pioneered the assembly line for building cars. Mr. Ford was a sworn enemy of alcohol, so don’t let him know that Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, which he built during the 1920s, now serve locally-brewed craft beer.

And now…The Mash!

This is the last day to vote in TheFullPint.com’s Best IPA Poll. Currently in the lead: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.

Iowa has upped its ABV limit on beer to 12 percent. Ryan Van Velzer of Draft magazine tells us what’s on tap and what’s in the tank in the Hawkeye State.

Don Russell, a/k/a “Joe Sixpack,” takes note of the latest fresh-beer technology–namely, home draft kegs.

Trying to convert a wine lover to beer? Evan Benn offers style-by-style recommendations.

Sean Norquist, who blogs at The Hop Press, is beer hunting in Hawaii. You can find his first three posts from the Aloha State here, here, and here.

Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie plans to open his own brewery.

Finally, Maureen Ogle, the author of Ambitious Brew interviewed Beer Robot. Her “boxers or briefs” question didn’t compute.

A (Non-Beer) Geek Visits Sam Adams

Daniel Terdiman is a senior writer at CNET.com who writes a “Geek Gestalt” blog. His travels have taken him to the world’s most advanced submarine, the New York Fed’s gold stash, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. And also the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston.

Terdiman offers CNET.com readers–people are technically savvy but might not be beer geeks–a lucid and accessible description of how Sam Adams brews its beer. That said, gimlet-eyed readers of this blog might find something fishy with this sentence: “There are four main vessels used in the brewing process: a mash kettle, a mash tun, a Lauter tuna and a brew kettle.”

Video From the Oregon Brewers Festival

Here’s some footage from the parade and keg-tapping ceremony from last weekend’s Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland. Believe it or not, the city’s mayor is named Sam Adams.

Magic Hat and Pyramid to Be Acquired?

According to Beer Business Daily, North American Breweries, Inc., is about to close a deal under which it would acquire Independent Brewers United (IBU, get it?). IBU was formed two years ago by the merger of the Magic Hat Brewing Company and Pyramid Breweries, both of which are among the top ten craft breweries in sales volume.

North American Breweries, headquartered in Rochester, New York, owns the Genesee and Dundee’s brands (For years, “Genny” was brewed in Rochester) and markets a number of import brands, including Labatt, Steinlager, and Toohey’s.

“Beersage” at BeerNews.com cites several concerns about the rumored deal, including Magic Hat and Pyramid’s loss of craft-brewery status and a possible decline in quality under new corporate management.

Craft Beer in the Cayman Islands

Ale-Sharpton of Beer Connoisseur.com has been given an enviable assignment–namely, writing that site’s Island Beers Series. His first article is about the Cayman Islands–or, more precisely, the Cayman Islands Brewery, which turns out three beers: Caybrew, a German-style Pilsner; CayLight lager; and Ironshore Bock.

Ale-Sharpton sat down with the CIB’s spokesperson, Matthew Leslie, who talked about beer in the tropics, the brewery’s commitment to the environment, and what’s on tap for the future.

The Yanks Are Coming

Twenty-six American craft brewers will be sending beer to next month’s Great British Beer Festival. The beer–along with Mark Huges of Lagunitas Brewing Company and Doug Odell of Odell Brewing Company–will be found at the “USA and Rest of World” section of the festival.

For the first time, American breweries are coming to the festival under the auspices of the Brewers Association’s Export Development (EDP) Program. According to the Brewers Association, EDP participants exported more than 1.4 million gallons of beer, a nine-percent increase over the previous year.

Fur Flies Over BrewDog’s Latest Beer

Yup. You’re reading yet another story about BrewDog. The Scottish brewery describes its latest extreme beer, “The End of History,” as the “strongest, most expensive and most shocking beer in the world.”

How strong? It checks in at 55 percent alcohol, making it more potent than many whiskeys. How expensive? A bottle of the stuff will set you back $765. And how shocking? The beer is packaged–if you can call it that–inside dead animals: four squirrels, seven weasels and a hare (which, BrewDog assures us, all were roadkill).

Needless to say, animal-rights organizations aren’t happy about BrewDog’s latest offering. And so far, there’s been no reaction from Francis Fukuyama, after whose book The End of History and the Last Man the beer was named. The name, by the way, was chosen by BrewDog because, according to its website, “The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.”

Update (7/25): James Watt, BrewDog’s marketing director, fired back at his critics in a post on BeerAdvocate.com. And we do mean fired back. An excerpt:

“How many of the haters are stuck in a job they hate, working for a company that sucks, sitting on their ale soaked arses with nothing better to do than to become uber self righteous in a bid to justify their own existence?”


Follow the MI Beer Festival on Twitter

David Bardallis, who writes for AnnArbor.com, is tweeting from the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival

Follow this link to follow the festival.

The Friday Mash (Rain Delay Edition)

On July 23, 1994, the longest rain delay in Major League Baseball history–three hours, 39 minutes–occurred at Shea Stadium in New York. Ludwig hopes that there was plenty of beer on hand for rain-soaked Mets fans. Especially those who used the No. 7 Flushing Line train as their designated driver.

And now…The Mash!

Who coined the term “craft beer”? Vince Cottone, who used it in 1986 in The Good Beer Guide: Brewers and Pubs of the Pacific Northwest, has as good a claim as anybody else.

DeeDee Germain of Allagash Brewery takes us on a tour of the brewery’s Barrel Room.

The former Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is now owned by Wisconsin-based City Brewing Company. Plans are in the works to add Duquesne Beer and Narragansett Lager to its portfolio of contract-brewed beers.

Don Russell, a/k/a “Joe Sixpack,” asks this question: Can you brew a zero-calorie beer? One, that is, that actually tastes like beer and has alcoholic content? According to the experts, the answer is “yes.”

Bavaria’s ambush beer marketing scored at the World Cup. WebWord, a “social media listening tool,” found that Bavaria got 3.71 times as many blog mentions as Budweiser, the official beer of the Cup.

From the Video Department: Henrietta Lovell of The Guardian visits the Meantime Brewery at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England.

Finally, can American-style craft beers make it in Europe? Clay Risen of The Atlantic thinks it’s only a matter of time.

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