Monthly Archives: October 2007

Hump Day Genius Fix Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween! For this week’s Hump Day Genius Fix, being ol’ Hallow’s Eve and all, I thought it only fitting to entertain you with “Mr. After Halloween Costume Shop Salesman” (click below to listen). According to Wikipedia, the term Halloween (and its alternative rendering Hallowe’en) is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day”, also which is …

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Beer at the Table this Holiday Season

According to a press release from Flying Dog Brewery, they will soon be one of many craft breweries participating in a national program called Craft Beer and Food for the Holidays–a free program organized by the Brewers Association–which highlights the ways in which beer styles complement many traditional American holiday foods. The program (located online at www.beerandturkey.org) explores the pairings of ale with traditional American holiday favorites, …

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How Sweet it is!

I can think of no better use for Bud Light! Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, 2007 champions of the world! [images via boston.com]

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Brew Day (a Photo Parade)

It was brew day in the Livingston household. My dad I got to work in a 5 gallon Autumn Maple Wheat (brewed with 64oz of pure organic dark amber maple syrup, added at the boil at flame-out). We named the beer “World Series Wheat” due to the timing of the brew. Below are some pictures from the brewing process. If you don’t …

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Just in Case the Cubbies Losing Wasn’t Enough for the City of Chicago…

The Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois is hoping a new website will help in their fight against a beer-tax proposed by Chicago mayor Richard Daley. A tax which the group claims would make beer in Chicago one of the most heavily taxed beverages in the country. The site (which is located at www.abdi.org) gives visitors the ability to contact the city councilman that represents their district. …

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England’s Green King Brewing Releases Nation-Wide Premium Cask Ale

There has been much debate lately on the state of cask beer around the world. Some sources saying cask beer is in great decline, while others are heralding its comeback. But regardless of where you stand, this should come as good news: Greene King, the well-known English retailer & brewery, is piloting a new premium chilled cask beer called St. …

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Can Crushing Cans (an Update)

It appears as though hundreds of people have been coming to Blog About Beer in search of pictures of Luana De Faveri, the Aussie barmaid who was fined $1000 for crushing beer cans between her exposed breasts in a Western Australian pub (a story which, by now, has well permeated the internets). Thus, I saw it as my humble duty to try …

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Baltimore’s Brewpubs Drying Up

The city of Baltimore, Maryland was considered one of the up-and-coming beer Meccas in America, not too long ago, but that school of thought is quickly diminishing. Why? In the past few years, the five brewpubs once within the Baltimore city limits have dwindled to two, with one of the remaining pair seriously considering a move to the suburbs, where space is cheap and plentiful. According …

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Buy a Log Cabin, Get Free Dogfish Head

It sounds easy enough… A press release from dogfish.com: Buy the log cabin pictured here, get lots of Dogfish for free! What do we mean by lots? How does this sound: 7 cases of rare Dogfish beer, Dogfish signage and miscellaneous swag, A selection of our handcrafted spirits (Blue Hen Vodka, Dogfish Jin and our Brown Honey Rum), 12 sixtels of Dogfish Head 60 …

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Bay Area Organic Beer (and Wine) Tasting Slated for October 26th

What: CCOF’s 2nd Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting When: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Where: Ferry Building, at Market Street and Embarcadero, S.F. How much: $15 for five tastes, $25 for 10 tastes. For more information: Visit http://www.ccof.org/ccoftasting.php or e-mail Julie Rockrow at Julie@ccof.org. According to an article in today’s Contra Costa Times, Wine and beer lovers who want to both induldge and …

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Hump Day Genius Fix, Part 6

You’ve probably noticed a recurring theme of sports running throughout the Hump Day Genius posts these last few weeks–due in no small part to my obsession with baseball–but what with today being the first day of the World Series, I just couldn’t break the trend this week. That being said, click below to listen to Mr. Ceremonial First Pitch Thrower Outer …

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The Sun’s Shining on Stone Brewing Co.

According to a press release on the brewery’s website, Stone Brewing Co. has announced the upcoming installation of a 360.7kW AC (404.6 kW DC) Photovoltaic Solar System on the roof of its new brewing facility in the Escondido (California) Research & Technology Center (ERTC). The $3.2 million dollar system will supply the brewery with a significant portion of its total …

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Even Elephants Get the Munchies

In more somber news, according to a story from The Canadian Press, Six wild elephants were electrocuted in India yesterday as they got drunk went crazy after drinking rice beer brewed in India’s remote northeast, a wildlife official reported today. Apparently stuck by a severe case of the Beer Munchies, the 40-strong herd reportedly uprooted an electric pole while desperately …

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Alaskan Brewing/California Paddle Fundraiser RESCHEDULED

The beer dinner pairing craft beer from Alaskan Brewing Co. with the cuisine of Comme Ça scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, is being rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 5. The event was created as a fundraiser for California Paddle 2007, an expedition by extreme athlete Tom Jones to paddle the entire 1,250-mile coastline of California on a 12-foot board to combat …

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Big Happenings for Our Neighbors to the North

There’s big news brewing on the Canadian Beer Front, according to today’s Winnipeg Sun, A new deal between Fort Garry Brewing (Manitoba’s largest brewer and distributor) and British Columbia-based Russel Brewering will result in, “More Manitoba jobs, new beer brands on Winnipeg shelves, and possibly a larger regional profile for Manitoba-made beer,” Russell’s CEO told the Sun. Fort Garry shareholders voted …

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Good News for Dogfish Fans

First, is the announcement in today’s Washington Post that, after months of waiting, the new Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, Virginia has opened its doors. According to the Post, after months of delays and patient waiting–the restaurant and brewpub was supposed to open in February–the taps are now happily flowing. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the well-known and …

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Return a Laptop, Get Beer for Life

Remember that laptop you found the the bus yesterday? it might belong to New Zealand’s Croucher Brewing Co. and there could be a hefty reward in store for you, upon its safe return. The brewery wants its stolen laptop–which contained designs, creative work, contact details and financial information–back and is offering a lifetime supply of beer to the person who returns the …

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Full Sail Brewing Pockets Award for World’s Best Premium Lager

According to a press release, which appeared today courtesy of Full Sail Brewing Co., a panel of international beer judges, who sampled from hundreds of lagers and ales from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia and beyond to find the “Best Beers of the World”, have awarded Full Sail’s–a small employee-owned brewery from Hood River Oregon–Session Premium Lager with …

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Michigan Brewing Co. to be Run on Bio-Diesel

There certainly is environmental friendliness aplenty in the wide world of beer this week. Yesterday I spoke with Cheri Chastain about the environmental efforts of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and today the Michigan Brewing Co. has announced that their entire line will be produced using energy from bio-diesel from here on out. Wow! According to a press release from the Michigan …

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An Interview with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This evening I got to chat with Cheri Chastain, the Sustainability Coordinator at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., about their ongoing efforts to reach complete sustainability at their brewery, and to do their part to help our environment. Here is a transcript of our conversation: What do you do at Sierra Nevada? My current official title is Sustainability Coordinator; I coordinate our recycling …

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Taste Your Beer’s Beer Tasting & Hop Appreciation Kit

The good folks at tasteyourbeer.com were kind enough to send me a sample Beer Tasting kit to review, so let me start off by thanking them for their generosity. The kit–similar to popular kits designed to improve your wine tasting skills–comes with everything you need to get started identifying the many different hop varieties used in your favorite beers. The Beer Tasting …

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GABF Winners Announced

This weekend was, of course, the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. And as the festival draws to a close, the Brewers Association was kind enough to release the complete list of the 2007 winners in both PDF and drop-down search menu, both available here. They also released the following press release for your reading pleasure: — 26th Great American …

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Beer Dinner to Benefit Coastal Code & California Paddle

The Alaskan Brewing Co. is pairing up with newly opened Comme Ça Restaurant to provide a night of great food, great beer and great works. Comme Ça head chef David Myers, renowned for co-founding Hollywood hotspot Sona, has prepared a sublime menu, including wild Alaskan salmon and beef bourguignon, which will be paired with award-winning Alaskan beer. The four-course fundraiser …

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Try a Black and Boo

Looking for a creative beer combo to get you through the autumn evenings as they get chillier by the night? Why not try a Black & Boo (sometimes called a black & blumpkin). To prepare your black & boo, fill a glass 1/2-way with Shipyard Pumpkinhead ale (if Pumpkinhead isn’t readily available, any pumpkin flavored ale should do the trick), …

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Japan Takes a Bath in Beer

This story released today is just too good to pass up! Some very lucky residents of Japan can now bathe themselves in a cold beer spa. According to an article which came over the Google newswire this afternoon, in a mountainous hot spring resort just a day trip from Tokyo, a spa park is offering a bathtub, shaped like a …

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Hump Day Genius Fix Part 5

Happy Wednesday, everyone! The next few weeks–what with the ALCS & NLCS on our doorsteps, and the match-up between the undefeated Patriots & Cowboys this Sunday–are a sports lover’s dream. With that in mind, today I thought it fitting to bring you: Mr. Pro Sports Heckler Guy. So kick back, open a brew (other than Bud Light; unless of course …

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Greenpeace Study Finds Genetically Altered Rice in Budweiser

According to an articlein today’s Boston Globe, the rice used by Anheuser-Busch Co. to brew Budweiser beer is, Tainted with an experimental, genetically engineered rice strain, according to an analysis released yesterday by the environmental organization Greenpeace. Three of four samples of unprocessed rice from the beer maker’s mill in Arkansas showed the presence of the strain, Bayer LL601, Greenpeace …

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Flying Dog Brewing Co. Releases First Open Source Beer

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewing Co. has finally released their Collaborator Doppelbock, a beer many homebrewers all ready knew as the first “open source” beer to hit the U.S. market. In an innovative marketing move, Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project allowed homebrewers to offer on-going recommendations and feedback on the beer’s recipe via a website during its R+D phase. The final user-recommended recipe impressed Flying …

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Beer

As this long, holiday weekend winds down, Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrations come to a close and, here in the North East, the days VERY suddenly take a turn for the colder regions of the thermometer, I thought it fitting solace to share a list I found of 10 little-known beer facts, as compiled by Mark Jacob of the Chicago Tribune: Why did the Pilgrims …

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The Health Benefits of Beer and Nuts

On a Friday evening when most of us will undoubtedly find ourselves out at a bar in the not too distant future (I for one will be out watching the Sox clobber the Angels tonight, but maybe that’s just me), you’ll be hard pressed to find better news than what abcnews.com reported today in an article entitled Healthy Pairs: Dynamic …

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Moosehead Thieves Found

Peel Police have arrested a suspect in connection with last month’s theft of two trailers containing more than 100,000 bottles and cans of Moosehead, which we first reportedabout on September 19th. A man by the name of Pullara Calogero, 59, has been charged with two counts of possession of stolen property. One of the trailers held more than 69,000 bottles of Moosehead beer, while the other was filled …

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10 Best Beers with Balls

Just in time for autumn, the infamous blog at inventorspot.com today lists their “Top 10 Best Beers with Balls” list for 2007. The list features such brews as Tom and Athena Seefurth’s Momma-Mia Pizza Beer (coming in at number 9), The Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Smoked Porter (number 3) and many more. Click here to see the full list.

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Source of Stella Artois Tampering Uncovered

Officials from Labatt Breweries have announced that they’ve uncovered how a handful of Stella Artois bottles were filled with ethanol instead of beer and ended up in the hands of drinkers at several Canadian bars earlier this year.Working in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and bar owners across the country, the brewery found the affected bottles were meant …

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Get Draught-like Guinness From the Can

Guinness from a can will soon pour like Guinness from a tap. Thanks to a plate-shaped device called the “Surger.”Guinness wholesalers are on the verge of placing the $25 unit into bars that serve the Irish import from the bottle or can rather than from the tap. After Guinness is poured into a glass, the pint is placed on the …

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Hey College Student: Want to Work for a Brewery?

Vancouver’s latest job fair is trying to link university students with one of their favourite things… beer.For the past three years, the Labatt brewery has been recruiting UBC graduates. Up to 20 candidates from across Canada will be competing for a spot with the company’s global management trainee program. Darren Farrell is one of the first four original recruits, “With …

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Nova Scotia’s Government is Pitching In

The province of Nova Scotia likes Keith’s beer. A lot. The government is spending $4.5 million to help Labatt Breweries expand the Oland Brewery in Halifax, the only place where Keith’s India Pale Ale is produced. That represents 10% of the $45-million tab needed for restorations. Premier Rodney MacDonald called it an investment in a historic manufacturing company that would increase exports and protect the jobs for …

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Hump Day Genius Fix

This week’s Hump Day Genius Fix celebrates the first day of the MLB playoffs with Mr. Outside the Stadium Peanut Seller (click the play button below to listen). This is the post season, this is what baseball is all about, so crack open your favorite brews and remember what being a fan is all about! cheers!  Did you know: Coors Field, home …

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And the Award for Grossest Beer Goes to…

There are a lot of questionable products out there–many of which come from the country’s biggest breweries–which try and pass themselves off as beer, but I have to say that this one takes the cake. Budweiser has begun to market its own “chelada style” concoction (think Miller Chill but worse) of its own beer and Clamato (the disgusting sounding, although popular, mixture of …

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Beer & Food Dinner in Western Massachusetts

The Sherborn Inn  in Sherborn, Massachusetts is joining with the Berkshire Brewing Company for a reception and three-course dinner on Oct. 11. The dinner, prepared by Sherborn Inn Executive Chef Brian Corbley, will be paired with different Berkshire beers. Berkshire Brewing’s co-owner Gary Bogoff will be on hand to discuss each of the beers. The menu includes angus beef sliders …

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Golden Beer Celebrates 165 Years

On Friday Pilsner Urquell will celebrate its 165th anniversary as the first golden beer ever produced. “Ninety percent of beer drank now is a direct descendant of that type of style,” said Ryan Johnson, U.S. trade brewer for international brands at Miller Brewing. “Back then, as it is today, gold was looked at as being something precious.” Miller Brewing purchased …

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Oregon Celebrates the Hop Harvest with Fresh Hop Tastivals

Oregon is widely known for their hops; they down right love ’em. In fact, in the not to distant past Oregon was the world’s leasing hop producer. Craft brewing starlet the Cascade hop was even bred in a hop breeding program at Oregon State University. So, with that love of hops in mind, The Oregon Hop Commission has announced a …

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Toast Organic and Help Team in Training

(Portland, Oregon) – You are invited to ROOTS Organic Brewery on Wednesday October 3rd to help Craig Nicholls’ wife, Jeannie, raise funds for her run at the San Francisco Marathon, on October 21st. You will help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All tips and a percentage of sales for that night will go towards her fundraising goal of …

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More Beer News Tidbits…

UK-based Cobra Beer has signed licensing agreements with two breweries in the Indian provinces of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. The move is a part of Cobra’s strategy of setting up breweries and increasing distribution channels across India. The company is aiming at producing 10 million cases by 2010. Last year, it sold 0.5 million cases whereas it is planning to increase it …

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CHARR Honors Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Leadership With Award

JUNEAU, ALASKA — October 1, 2007 — The Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association (CHARR) recently presented the Alaska Spirits Award to Alaskan Brewing Co. for its leadership to improve the hospitality industry. “The hospitality industry is a very important part of Alaska’s social and economic fabric, and the people in the industry represented by CHARR care very much …

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Today’s Beer News Worth Noting…

Two groups in the city of Milwaukee are working to create a beer-themed museum. The Museum of Beer & Brewing, headed by Jim Haertel, hopes to open a museum in one of the buildings he owns at the old Pabst Brewing works. The other group, the Milwaukee Beer Museum, has a storefront on S. 5th St. Between January and August …

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Dutch bars sue Heineken over alleged price fixing, demand lower prices

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – An industry group representing Dutch bars sued Heineken NV and two other brewers on Monday, seeking damages for alleged price fixing that the EU says kept beer prices artificially high for years. Spokesman Anthony van der Klis of the Horeca association–which also represents hotels, restaurants and caterers–declined to say whether it would seek more or less …

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Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. Premieres Extreme Sports Films

On October 4, Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. (Truckee, California) will begin a month long winter film premiere series to get everyone excited and ready for the 2007-2008 season. Each Thursday throughout October, Fifty-Fifty will feature the newest, hottest films to give everyone the itch to get on some snow and ride. Capita and Autumn Line will get things started October 4 …

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Carlsberg Recalls Bottles With Glass Shards

Israel Beer Breweries, Carlsberg beer’s producer in Israel, recalled on Sunday evening all the 330ml beer bottles with an expiry date of September 11, 2008 for fear they may contain glass shards due to a malfunction at the factory in charge of producing the glass bottles. The company informed the Health Ministry on the matter and reported that it planned …

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