Monthly Archives: September 2007

Today’s Recommended Beer & Food Pairing

Looking for a great dish to make today? try a Honey Whipped Ricotta With Berries. Pair this dessert with a seasonal Belgian-style dubbel ale (such as Allagash Double). Honey Whipped Ricotta With Berries 2 cups whole-milk fresh ricotta cheese 3 tablespoons sugar, divided 4 tablespoons honey (orange blossom, preferably) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Grated zest of one lemon 4 cups mixed …

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Guinness: The Book Hits Shelves in October

Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint by Bill Yenne is being called  “A perfectly poured history of the world’s greatest beer.” It will be released on hardcover world-wide on October 5th, 2007. Sam Calagione, th owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business, Extreme Brewing, and Beer or Wine?, says of the book, …

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Taste Your Beer.com releases First Ever Beer Tasting Kit

Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 27, 2007 — Beer’s image gains a step on wine as the first ever beer tasting kit, designed to train all levels of enthusiasts how to better taste and appreciate beer, is released for the growing craft beer movement by TasteYourBeer.com.  While the concept of a wine tasting kit has been around for a long time …

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A Compelling Case for Practicing Moderation

Barcelona, Spain: One of the largest individual studies of the effects of alcohol on the risk of breast cancer has concluded that it makes no difference whether a woman drinks wine, beer or spirits (liquor) – it is the alcohol itself (ethyl alcohol) and the quantity consumed that is likely to trigger the onset of cancer. The increased breast cancer …

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Interview with the Alaskan Brewing Co.

Right on the heels of my recent interview with Jon Cadoux of Peak Organic Brewing, this evening I got to chat with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager of Alaskan Brewing Co. Here is what she had to say: What is your role at Alaskan Brewing? My role has sort of evolved over time, but currently I work in human …

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Beer News Worth Noting…

Just a few things to note as they come across the wire at lunch time: For my loyal Maine readers: October 3 – Gritty’s L/A Brew Pub is turning two years old! Celebrate the L/A Brew Pub’s second “beerthday”! The festivities kick-off from 4-6pm with a special happy hour: plenty of free munchies, lots of beer and friendly faces. But …

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Newport Beach Brewing Co. to Sue City Officials

Newport Beach officials have imposed a new set of regulations on the Newport Beach Brewing Co. after nearby residents residents complained of brewing company patrons being noisy, fighting, urinating in the parking lot, and even committing vandalism around the neighborhood. What to do has been debated for months by the planning commission and then the City Council. So, what did they …

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Hump Day Genius Fix Part Three

That’s right boys & girls – its that time of the week again. And to help you through the middle of your work week, today Blog About Beer salutes you, Mr. 80 SPF Sunblock Wearer. I thought it especially fitting given the unseasonably warm weather here in New England today. So sit back, stay cool, and enjoy (click the play …

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The New Iron City Brewing Co. Opens for Business

Iron City beer is flowing again in Pittsburgh. The new Iron City Brewing Company (ICB) has opened its doors at 3340 Liberty Ave. New owners Unified Growth Partners have given the management team a face lift as well as providing hefty financial backing (the brewery is also rebuilding its pasteurizer, cleaning the Ober Haus and replacing equipment). Formerly called Pittsburgh Brewing Company, ICB …

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Reminder: Toast to Michael Jackson This Sunday

Just a reminder that the National Toast for Michael Jackson is coming up this Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 9:00 PM EST. I know its short notice but if anyone in the Portland, Maine area would like to get together for a little impromptu toast (nothing formal) at Brian Boru, either email me or comment on this post and I’ll try and …

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An Interview with the Founder of Peak Organic Brewing

This evening I was lucky enough to sit down for an exclusive interview with Jon Cadoux, the founder of Peak Organic Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine. The pesticides used in non-organic farming have been linked to cancer, Developmental Toxicity, Reproductive Toxicity, Endocrine System Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Immune System Toxicity, and more. The good news, however, is that in the past decade, sales …

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Good News & Bad News

The bad news is that the interview I had scheduled for Friday with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager at the Alaskan Brewing Co., didn’t happen. It will, though, as it has been postponed until later this week. So look for it in the next few days (My apollogies to anyone who was expecting it today).  The good news, however, …

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Drinking a Beer Through His Nose Might Land Man on Letterman

Chris Hansen of Green Bay, Wisconsin can drink a cup of beer through his nose; a video on You-Tube shows him doing it. But, after his sister-in-law sent the video to David Letterman’s TV show, Hansen is on his way to New York where he and five others will audition next Thursday for a spot on a segment of “Stupid Human Tricks”, which airs regularly …

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Beggers CAN be Choosers

It appears that the thieves who made off with two tractor-trailers of Moosehead beer from a warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., who we reported about on Wednesday, prefer bottles to cans. Police recovered the two trailers on Friday (after they went missing on Sept 19th); however, while one trailer with 70,000 cans of Moosehead Lager appears to have been untouched, 44,000 bottles …

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President of Heineken USA Stepping Down

Heineken USA President Andy Thomas has resigned, citing differences with the Dutch parent of the U.S. importer of beer brands such as Heineken Lager, Tecate and Dos Equis. Thomas told the press, “This decision has been difficult for me… However, it has gradually become apparent that the company and I do not share exactly the same perspectives on the business. We …

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Woah, We’re Half Way There…

In case the end of the work week and a Friday night wasn’t enough, and you’re looking for another excuse to throw back a few beers this evening – today is exactly half-way to St. Patrick’s Day! So get out there and celebrate, just 182 more days. Irish colonists brought Saint Patrick’s Day to what is now the United States …

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Beer Commercial of The Day

I’m sure everyone has already seen this Guinness commercial, which aired in Ireland in January, but I discovered it this afternoon and instantly had to share it. It combines 2 of my favorite things – penguins and good beer. Enjoy: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfOlH4LOxFw[/youtube]

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Blog About Beer Celebrates Our 100th Post

That’s right, you read correctly – this right here, these words you’re currently reading, is Blog About Beer’s 100th post. In less than a month, we’ve covered everything from the apparent health benefits of Guinness, to Paris Hilton being banned from this year’s Oktoberfest Celebrations, to the environmentally friendly steps being taken by breweries like Alaskan Brewing Co., Peaks Organic, …

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Paris Hilton Banned from Munich’s Oktoberfest!

Paris Hilton has been banned from attending Munich’s Oktoberfest next week, after she “cheapened” the event in 2006. Last year, the socialite angered locals when she arrived at the event in a traditional Bavarian dress and plaits to promote a brand of canned wine. The locals slammed the organisers for making the event look ‘shabby’. One word: AWESOME!

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English Pub Celebrates 400th Anniversary

One of Oxford’s oldest pubs marked its 400th birthday with 200 people toasting the milestone. The King’s Arms, in Holywell Street, which has been serving drinkers since the time of James I, opened its doors to regulars for a special invitation only party. For more information, click here. –

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Mobil Advertising from Deschutes Brewery’s Big Barrel

Thirsty Oregonians (Oregonites?) gather around the Deschutes Brewery Big Barrel at the brewery in Bend Oregon Tuesday. The wooden-barrel-on-wheels has 16 taps serving eight Deschutes Brewery ales. The mobile beer barrel served Bend-otans (ahh I give up…) before heading to Portland; after which it will travel to Seattle, where the brewery will park at the Seattle Oktoberfest on Sept. 21. Following Seattle’s Oktoberfest celebration, the berral-mobil …

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Beer Bandits Make Off With Trailers Full of Moosehead

Thieves made off with more than 110,000 bottles and cans of Moosehead beer from a Toronto-area transport facility in the second heist to target the brewer in three years, the company said Wednesday.  Moosehead reported that the theft took place early Wednesday morning at a plant in Mississauga, Ont. Early reports indicate the thieves stole two tractors from a nearby trucking compound and then hitched …

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Drink Your Pizza!

Drinkable pizza beer? That’s right! Successfully combining two of my most favorite things, Tom Seefurth’s pizza beer (formally known as Mamma Mia Pizza Beer) will soon be coming to Chicago store shelves. The unlikely combination, heavy with tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano, will begin production at a Wisconsin brewery in the next 2 weeks and should be available by early …

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Diageo and Zagat Join Forces to Launch drinkwell(TM)

(press release) World’s First Online Consumer Guide To Quality Drinks And Service NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ — In an innovative industry collaboration, Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business with hallmark brands including Smirnoff, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, J&B, Cuervo, Captain Morgan and Tanqueray, announced today that it has joined with Zagat Survey, the world’s leading provider of consumer …

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Hump Day Genius Fix Part Deuce

Last Wednesday Blog About Beer debuted our Hump Day Genius Fix post – An MP3 of the best of the Bud Light Real Men of Genius radio ads to help you through the rest of the work week. While we support nothing about Bud Light itself, you have to admit that the radio ads are funny as hell. So sit …

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Common Phrases with Their Roots in Beer

Ever wonder where some of the most commonly used phrases in the English language come from? You’d be surprised at how many can be traced back to beer-related roots. For example: Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle …

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Coming Soon to Blog About Beer…

Blog About Beer will bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager at the Alaskan Brewing Co., this coming Weekend. The discussion will center around their beers, their involvement with the Coastal CODE program (see blogroll on the right-hand side of this page) and their on-going efforts to protect the Pacific Ocean, so stay tuned! Cheers.

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Cuban Beer comes to the UK

Cuban lager Bucanero has been launched in the UK under the name Cubanero Fuerte. The classic lager was rebranded for the UK market by UK beer importer Pierhead Purchasing because of copyright issues over the original name. Pierhead, which imported the beer in response to the growing popularity of Cuba as a holiday destination for the British, will sell Cubanero …

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The Chemistry of Making Beer

Most people know that Yeast is one of the 4 key ingredients in a beer (along with water, hops & malted barley), but do you know exactly what that yeast is doing? Unless you’re an avid brewer yourself, and you’ve done your homework (or were lucky enough to get to write a report on the topic for your college chemistry …

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Expansion of Maryland’s Oliver Ales Planned for ’08

Best known for his Wharf Rat pubs in Fells Point and near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Bill Oliver is now looking to get the craft-brewed Oliver Ales they serve into bottles and onto store shelves. After brewing beer onsite in the basement of the 107-year-old building on West Pratt Street for 15 years, Oliver is looking to open a …

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Jazz Up Your Beer, Beer Up Your Jazz

North Coast Brewing Company will join 40,000 jazz fans as the exclusive beer provider for the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2007. The festival will offer three of NCBC’s artisan beers: Red Seal Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, a beer that honors the great jazz pianist. During the 3-day event, the festival expects …

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Tour Your Way Through Maine’s Breweries

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has written an awesome article on the fast-growing trend of brewery tours and the tours offered across the state of Maine (from breweries like Shipyard, Allagash, Atlantic Brewing Co., etc.); many of which offer samples!To read the article, complete with tour times & info, click here. [image via Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram] 

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I’d Tap Dat

Siegfried & Roy (sans ferocious felines) were the honorary keg-tappers at the Oktoberfest celebration at Hofbrauhaus In Las Vegas this weekend. click here for more pictures.

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Maine’s Shipyard IPA Wins a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles County Fair

This is the 10th West Coast Award Received by Portland Maine-based Shipyard Brewing Company in 2007! PORTLAND, MAINE (September 5, 2007)­ – Shipyard Brewing Company has been honored with gold and silver awards in the prestigious Commercial Beer Competition at the 85th Annual Los Angeles County Fair. This internationally recognized fair is the largest in North America and is attended …

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Alaskan Brewing Co. Committed to Helping Pacific Coastline

The Alaskan Brewing Co. has created the Coastal CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone) to encourage everyone to keep our oceans healthy. The small craft brewery located in the coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, is committing 1% of proceeds from its newly released Alaskan IPA to the Coastal CODE Fund, created in partnership with The Ocean Foundation. This unique initiative …

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Ann Arbor Brewery Gives Homebrewers a Taste of the Big Time

Ever wanted to take your homebrew out of the basement for a slightly more mainstream audience? The Ann Arbor Michigan Corner Brewery Co.’s  “Rat Pad Project” is giving you that chance. Selected local home brewers can use a 10-gallon pilot brewing system at The Corner to create a small batch of their best homebrew, which will then be offered up on a Wednesday …

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Cobra Comes to India

Cobra Beer, founded by entrepreneur Lord Karan Bilimoria, is planning a major expansion in India with the acquisition of an existing brewery and the building of a new one. Lord Bilimoria told media on Sunday, “Talks are currently at an advanced stage for acquisition of the brewery and once acquisition process is over we will upgrade it to our specifications,”  The …

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Try a New Brew This Weekend

Need a last minute go-to this evening? How about a great, easy-to-drink beer to get you through a full day of football or Red Sox/Yankees tomorrow? Than may I suggest Black Dog Ale from Spanish Peaks Brewing Co. This English style amber ale has a rich, deep amber color–perfect for autumn–with a pleasant, but not overpowering hop aroma. Black Dog Ale …

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Carlsberg DraughtMaster Hits Shelves Later This Month

The DraughtMaster, the latest in a recent line of self-contained home beer-dispensing unit (this time from Carlsberg), hits retailer’s shelves this month and features a number of new features that help to deliver a cooler pint with the perfect head. An advanced pre-cool function and twin-speed fan allows consumers to initiate a quicker keg cooling process, so freeing up valuable fridge …

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Beer Argument Takes a Turn for the Worst

A man was killed and another seriously hurt in a drunken fight over beer that led to the pair toppling out a third-story window at a New Jersey apartment complex, police said yesterday. Albert Torres-Campo, 18, and Horaclio Ortiz-Martinez, 21, got into an argument in Torres-Campo’s apartment which escilated from a discussion about beer Thursday night, police said. The two men …

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Today’s Terrible Idea: The Cold Cavern Beer Froster

The new Cold Cavern Beer Froster may be one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard of! This beer freezer is designed to keep your beer “chilled to the optimal temperature”, which is apparently 24 degrees Fahrenheit. That is, of course, below freezing, so you’ll have a frosted bottle (and probably slushy beer) waiting for you at all times. If you’re the …

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Steve Hindy: From Beirut to Brewery

cnn.com/videos profiled Steve Hindy, co-founder and brewer at Brooklyn Brewery in NYC, this morning. Discussing his move from beat reporter for the Associated Press in Beirut, to brewer in New York City (and the striking similarities). Click here to watch.

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Win Money Writing About Beer!

The British Guild of Beer Writers is giving writers, broadcasters, photographers… well really, anyone involved in media, the chance to enter their beer-related work in a series of contests – and win a £1,000 prize. Nominations and entries are now being sought in six categories and one winner will be named the British Guild of Beer Writers‘ Beer Writer of …

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Beer Value

I just stumbled across a great guest-posting on a Personal Finance Advice blog by Al from Hop Talk, who notes, quite accurately, that life is too short to drink cheap beer. Al describes 9 ways in which you too can maximize the value of the beer you drink. if you are ready [to] slough off the misconceptions of maximizing quantity of …

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Invasion from the North

Montreal microbrewer McAuslan Brewing Inc. is taking a plunge into the ocean that is the U.S. beer market. Three popular brands from its St-Ambroise line – Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale and Apricot Wheat Ale – are scheduled to hit shelves in northeastern states by Nov. 1 and across the rest of the country early next year. McAuslan’s four-bottle cases will …

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Dogs Dig Beer, too

Canine Oktoberfest, you say? That’s right, dogs that are brought to the Bunter Hund cafe in the Austrian capital Vienna will be given special beer for canines, pretzels and traditional Bavarian veal sausage just like at the real Oktoberfest. Cafe owner Manuela Knirsch, who is from Munich, said: “We will even be giving out free beer to dachshunds, Bavaria’s favourite …

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blogaboutbeer.com now on Myspace!

That’s right, blogaboutbeer.com has joined the world of myspace! Have an account of your own? Well, be our friend and spread the love for blogaboutbeer.com! www.myspace.com/blogaboutbeer

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Organic Hops Make Making Organic Beer Tougher

Organic brew news is coming across the wire like crazy today! Domestic sales of organic food and drink grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $14 billion in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic beer still represents less than 1 percent of U.S. beer sales, but those sales doubled to $19 million between 2003 and 2005 (the …

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What’s Brewing in Maine

In case you haven’t yet figured it out by the huge number of Maine-related stories on Blogaboutbeer.com, I do in fact live in Portland Maine. And it really is one of the greatest beer cities in the United States, home to such incredible craft beer staples as Shipyard Brewing Co., Allegash Brewing, Peak Organic, Gritty McDuff’s, D.L. Geary’s, and many …

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