Monthly Archives: November 2007

Shipyard Brewer’s Choice a Royal IPA

Portland’s own Shipyard Brewing Co. officially announced today that their Brewer’s Choice beer — a yearly limited edition recipe created by the brewing teams at Shipyard and Federal Jack’s — for 2008 will be what the brewers are calling a Royal IPA. The beer, which will be available for a limited time beginning in January, will be released nation-wide in 6-packs, …

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Hump Day Genius Fix part 9

It’s the time of year where families are starting to get their Christmas trees up – sometimes they hike into the forest in search of the perfect tree, other times they hike to the parking lot of the local “closed for the season” ice cream shop in support of the local Rotary Club and sometimes, like in this “Real Men …

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Build Your Own Beer Brewing Bender

This week’s release of Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, a direct-to-video feature-length movie which is believed to be a vanguard for a revived FuturamaTV series, is cause for celebration for uber-geek Simon Jansen. And what did Jansen do to celebrate? Why, he build a life-sized Bender robot, complete with built-in homebrew kit, of course. This incredible wood-and-fiberglass statue exceeds even fanboy standards. Unsatisfied with a mere super-accurate Bender …

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All New RateBeer Facebook Application

Not to be left out of the Web 2.0 revolution, web guru Jonathan Kelly recently created his very own Facebook application, which works in conjunction with ratebeer.com. Facebook users can download the application and rate any beer in the RateBeer catalog on a scale of 1-10 stars; the application then appears on the user’s profile with a random selection of 5 of the …

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Pawtucket Patriot Ale Becomes a Reality

The beer which has become a staple of Quahog and many a Family Guy episode will soon be a reality. Brandweek announced recently that, In an example of reverse product placement, the Rhode Island-based microbrew will be dubbed Pawtucket Patriot Ale after show patriarch Peter Griffin’s libation of choice. It’s scheduled to appear in liquor stores and specialty outlets next …

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The Koozie Kaller

There seems to be a brash outpouring of beer-themed inventions lately, but this latest one certainly doesn’t disappoint: It’s a beer koozie with a built-in beeper. Can’t remember where your beer is? Use the included remote to page it and the koozie responds with a burping noise (yeah, like that makes it stand out from the crowd). The beer koozie is a …

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Maine Brewing Supply Opens its Doors

Mainers throughout the Portland Metro rejoice – after years of having to travel to Gray or the internet to locate homebrewing supplies, we finally have a shop right here in our own backyard. Rob Zimmerman, a homebrewer of 10 years, was tired of facing the same problem so, to remedy this situation, he decided, along with his wife, Gaylin, to open …

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Hump Day Genius Fix, Thanksgiving Edition

After a few week hiatus, Blog About Beer’s weekly Hump Day Genius Fix is back, and back with a bang. Due to the timeliness of the post, I thought – what better way to celebrate than with “Mr. Frozen Turkey Helpline Guy” (click below to listen). And, did you know that a turkey can drown if they look up when its …

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Beers to Bring to the Table this Holiday Season

I spent this Thanksgiving Eve Eve doing my own Beer & Holiday Food Pairing research, so I thought I’d do everyone else a favor and compile my findings in one place, so your search is more easily answered. I’ll start with an excerpt I found from Garrett Oliver’s–the Brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewing Co.–book, The Brewmaster’s Table, which I think perfectly …

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Alaskan Barley Wine by the Bottle for the First Time

My friends at the Alaskan Brewing Co. have alerted me to the fact that they will offer a limited release of their award-winning Alaskan Barley Wine in 22-ounce bottles for the first time ever in January 2008. According to a press release from the brewery, Alaskan Barley Wine is produced in small batches each year. Typically this higher alcohol beverage …

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My Results at New England Regional Homebrew Competition

The results from the 2nd annual New England Regional Homebrewers Competition, which took place on November 3rd, 2007 at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester, NH are in. The competition was hosted by New Hampshire homebrew club Brew Free or Die & the Maine homebrew club Southern Maine Homebrewers and the competition was sponsored by Portland’s own Gritty McDuff’s. The most exciting part about the …

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Shipyard Prelude Will Stick it Out Through Long Maine Winter

Something I couldn’t be more excited about, Shipyard Brewing Co. has announced that their seasonal favorite, Prelude Special Ale (which had previously only been available for a very short season right around the holidays),  has been named the brewery’s official winter beer and will now have a place on shelves across the country from November through January. Prelude’s packaging has …

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Widmer & Redhook Unite

After many years of working together (*The Roodhook brewery in Portsmouth, NH was the official east coast brewery of Widmer’s flagship Hefeweizen, for instance), two American craft brewing giants – Redhook Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. have finally agreed to join forces, under a new company called Craft Brewers Alliance. According to the official press release, The companies see the merger as …

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Three Thousand Year Old Chocolate Beer Discovered in Central America

A study released today claims that natives of Central America were drinking beverages made from cacao (the seeds which chocolate comes from) even before 1000 BC, 500 years earlier than previously thought. What’s so important about that to a blog all about beer, you ask? According to a report on the study, These early cacao beverages were probably alcoholic brews, or beers, made …

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10 Gods of Beer

Dionysus, the Greek God of Intoxicating DrinksThe guys over at hop-talk.com blogged about this earlier in the week so forgive me for poaching, but it was just too good to pass up. Socyberty.com has compiled a list of ten Ancient Gods of Beer, from across a wide range of ancient mythology. The list includes such notables as Dionysus (pictured above), who “is …

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Try an Ommegang Ale

Tonight I was lucky enough to have my first bottle of Ommegang Abby Ale (available, for you Portland locals at The Pepper Club for $9 for a 25oz bottle) and I can tell you, it certainly won’t be my last. The Ommegang Brewery‘s website describes the ale as, Ommegang, our first brew, was inspired by the centuries-old brewing practices of the Belgian …

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Spring House Brewing Co. Coming Soon to a Pennsylvanian Home Near You

Five years, one failed plan for a brewpub, a $350,000 investment, and the refurbishing of a 2,200 square-foot barn (circa 1794)  later, homebrewer-turned-entrepreneur Matt Keasey is finally living the dream all of us homebrewers have – he is opening his very own micro-brewery, in the Lancaster County town of Conestoga, PA. Keasey’s Spring House Brewing Co. will open very soon in …

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This weekend: Drink Beer, Think Clean Snow

A weekend long “Get Snowed In” event at Seattle’s Pyramid Brewering Co. this weekend will benefit The Snowrider Project (“an offshoot of  the ocean-centric Surfrider Foundation, Snowrider focuses on keeping snow and mountains clean so as not to pollute our waterways”; think Coastal Code, but on snow). The party will run Friday and Saturday nights with two great music acts on …

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A Call to Arms for the Maine Brewers’ Guild

A post on A Good Beer Blog today alerted me to the release of the  Ontario Craft Brewer’s Discovery Pack, a six pack that is now becoming available throughout Ontario featuring beers from six separate breweries. A truly brilliant idea, in my opinion, and a fantastic way to showcase a region’s microbrews. Its good for the breweries involved, good for the …

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The Beer Formally Known as Stella

A beer that was once both respectable & fashionable, Stella Artois has no doubt lost some of its glamour. But Britain’s Telegraph reports today, in an effort to reclaim its glory, the beer will soon be undergoing a major change – before long, the beer will be known simply as Artois (and then simply as some weird symbol after that). According to the …

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Move Aside Plain Ol’ Kegerator…

One of the dorkiest most amazing gaming systems to appear in years has just been unvailed (for now via eBay only): The Gamerator. A full-scale arcade-style gaming system, The Gamerator is loaded with 187 classic games… AND a refrigerated interior that can hold a pony-keg of beer. The system includes realistic joysticks, buttons, and trackball – all reminiscent of the arcade systems …

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Good News for Craft Beer: Sales of Imports Plumeting

In some good news for Good Beer Advocacy nation-wide, after years of biggering and biggering, it appears that sales of imported beer are on the decline. According to Brandweek, Constellation Brands, Fairport, N.Y., which handles Corona and other Modelo products via the Crown Imports joint venture, did not, as usual, disclose exact figures last month, but CEO Robert Sands did …

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Maine Brewers Festival: a Recap

To usher in “Drink Maine Beer” month, last night (Saturday November 3rd) the girlfriend and I made our way through the remains of Hurricane Noel to the 14th annual Maine Brewer’s Festival, with a whopping 15 breweries present. And suffice it to say that the only letdown was the absence of Allagash Brewing (due, apparently, to a “scheduling conflict”). Even though there is …

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A Beer After the Game is Good for Your Health

According to an article which appeared in England’s Telegraph today, having a beer after playing a game of football, a long run, or a strenuous round of golf can be good for the body, scientists are now reporting. In a bit of good news for those who enjoy their brew, Spanish researchers have announced that their findings suggest that beer can help someone who is dehydrated …

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Foster’s Releases Internet-Only Ads

Fosters (you know, that Australian word for ‘beer’) has just released its first ever Internet-only ad, entitled Stubby Symphony. Why has Foster’s decided its Stubby Symphony ad is best on the web? It’s the medium of choice for its target market. According to an article from Austrailia’s Daily Telegraph, Foster’s group marketing manager for their Victoria Bitter brand (commonly known as VB) Ben …

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