Monthly Archives: December 2007

Happy New Year (And Don’t Forget You Can Still Win FREE STUFF!)

I just wanted to wish everyone a very safe & happy New Years Eve. I hope it is a fun-and-beer-filled one for all of you. 2007 was a great year (especially since it saw the launch of www.blogaboutbeer.com in August) and I can only hope 2008 is that much better. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to win …

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Predictions for Beer in the New Year

2007 was certainly a big year for the beer world. Small, independent brewers have experienced tremendous growth across the country (while, thankfully, sales at the “big three” have remained relatively flat); there has been an explosion in the “green” and organic brewing sector; the popularity of homebrewing continues to rise; on a much sadder note – beer lost one of …

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Beer in 2008: A New Years Resolution (Part Two)

This is part two in my Beer in 2008: A New Years Resolution series. Click here for Part 1.  For me, 2008 will be the Year Of The Homebrew. Although I don’t think I’ll be going all-grain anytime soon (I simply don’t have the space for it), I want to ramp up my production quite a bit. After a brief hiatus, I returned to …

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Shipyard Give-Away Update: It’s a (post) Christmas Miracle!

The Shipyard give-away which was announced here yesterday has just gotten a little sweeter. I sent an email last night to the PR director at Shipyard alerting them to the give-away and arrived home on my lunch break this afternoon to the following reply, Hi Luke, We can donate a t-shirt and a few other small, easy to mail items …

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Beer in 2008: A New Year’s Resolution, Part One

5 beers I need to try in 2008: 1. St. Bernardus Abt 12 I know, it’s a damn shame I haven’t gotten around to trying this brew yet; but that’s why its on the list! This way 2008 won’t end without some progress made… According to the St. Bernardus website, Abt 12 is, the absolute top quality in the hierarchy …

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It’s Beer 101 at The University of King’s College

The University of King’s College in Nova Scotia will offer Brewing Science: The history, culture and science of beer to all students for the first time starting in January, 2008. The course will be a seminar/lecture format and will also feature field trips to local breweries. Although the professor, Gordon McOuat, is under strict orders not to provide beer in …

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A Very Beery Christmas

I’m sitting here, nursing a Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale and reflecting on the beer-filled holiday that was. It began last night, Christmas Eve, with my first ever bottle of Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers Ale, which my dad and I split over dinner. Due to other family member’s travel obligations this afternoon, my family and I had our big Christmas Dinner …

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Cancer Fighting Antioxident Found in Hops

There’s no question that the holidays are a joyous time of festivities and merry-making but, on a much darker note, it’s also the time of year that I find myself reflecting on loved ones lost (or sick) the most. There has been an amazing amount of cancer in my life, especially in the last few years – my mom and …

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Berkshire Brewing’s Drayman’s Porter

It’s yet another snowy evening in Maine (there are already waist-high plowbanks like the winters of my childhood; it’s going to be a helluva winter); the perfect setting for a bomber of Berkshire Brewing Co.’s Drayman’s Porter. The Berkshire Brewing website describes this porter, which weighs in at a manageable but respectful 6.2% ABV, as, A full bodied dark Ale with pleasant …

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The Hump Day Genius Fix is Back

After a couple-week-long hiatus (sorry about that!), the Hump Day Genius Fix is back. In case you’re just tuning it, it was a a weekly series I had been doing every Wednesday (“Hump Day”) where I delivered a funny and often timely Bud Light Real Men of Genius radio commercial to all who cared to listen. While I in no way indorse anything …

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Shipyard Prelude Winning Big & Small

You know by now that I am always excited when any Maine beer garners positive attention, so when this story about Shipyard Prelude (one Maine beer in particular that is quickly ascending my good list) came across the wire this morning, I had to pounce on it. The Brew U Panel, a group of beer enthusiasts who write for www.savannahnow.com, compared …

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A Beer for the Ladies

It was widely reported last month that figures showed beer sales in pubs across the UK at their lowest level for 70 years with sales supposedly down 49 per cent since they peaked in 1979. But one young entreprenuer is doing her part to change all of that. That’s right, I said “her”. Harriet Easton, 19, unveils Harry’s Beer tomorrow, …

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Solidarity ‘Stache

As the Terrapin Beer Company, which opperates out of Athens, Georgia, continues their long wait for a state brewing license (the company signed a lease for a 45,000-square-foot brewery in March!), frustration among brewers and fans alike is growing. But now the Terrapin team has an answer for those looking to show solidarity: grow your ‘stache! According to the company’s website, It started …

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Sam Adams Utopias Auctioned to Benefit The Leary Firefighters Foundation

Jim Koch, the founder of Samuel Adams, has teamed up with Denis Leary and The Leary Firefighters Foundation to create a very unique package of items to be auctioned off on eBay, just before the holidays. Included in the package is the first bottle of the limited edition 2007 batch of Samuel Adams Utopias autographed by Jim Koch, a custom made Samuel Adams Utopias snifter; …

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Keeping Costs Down: Gritty McDuffs Adds Grain Silo

There have been reports in every news outlet you can think of over the past few months about the raising costs of two of beer’s chief ingredients – both hops and barley malt. But what are breweries doing to combat the increased costs without doing too much damage to their pockets or ours? One Maine brewery, Gritty McDuffs, has taken …

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Beer Madness Head-to-Head Beer Tournament

While aimlessly passing time at work today in an attempt to do no actual work to speak of, I stumbled upon (under my own power, without the aid of a search engine by the same name) an interactive beer thingy challange on the Washington Post‘s website, which appeared in a recent Sunday Source section of theirs. Apparently the paper, under …

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Flying Dog Flies it Colorado Coop

Eric Warner, president and CEO of Flying Dog Brewing, announced today that as of January 2008, Flying Dog will close the doors on its Denver, Colorado brewery and move all of its production to its state-of-the-art brewery in Frederick, Maryland. Rather than invest the $1 million needed to renovate the Denver location, Flying Dog decided to move everything to Frederick, where …

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The Modern Day IPA Heard ‘Round the World

Three months ago British beer writer Pete Brown ( author of Man Walks into a Pub and Three Sheets to the Wind) brewed himself an IPA and set sail, destined to travel around the Cape of Good Hope and into India, in order to recreate the trips IPAs used to make from London breweries to the British colonies in India …

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No New Brewery for Boston Beer Co. After All

Some of you may remember the report which surfaced here in August about the Boston Beer Co. (the makers of Samual Adams) purchase of 52.6 acres of land in Freetown, Massachusetts for $5.95 million. Well, the plans for that proposed brewery have apparently come to a screeching halt. According to the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, The Boston Beer Co. has …

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Today’s Beer News Briefs

Today’s New York Postfeatures a great profile of Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at New York’s Brooklyn Brewery. In the interview Oliver discusses a wide range of topics, including his chief responsibilities as brewmaster. He says his responsibilities are, Basically I’m responsible for the liquid. It’s pretty much that simple. I’m responsible for all the beer from start to finish, from the …

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Are you Smarter Than a Beer Coaster?

The newest installment of what seems like a weekly occurance now — rediculous fun new beer-related gadgets and inventions — is the Smart Beer Coaster from Redwood City, CA company Sentilla. The company, which develops “new and innovative ‘smart’ designs”, has created a beer coaster which, according to Sentilla’s website, can,  The coasters know when a drink is placed on top …

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Rogue to Celebrate the Fall of Communism with XS Imperial Red

According to a press release just published by Oregon’s Rogue Ales, the brewery is commemorating the decision of the Soviet Union’s President Mikhail Gorbachev that the Communist Party give up its 70-year long monopoly of political power — which happened on February 7th, 1990 — Rogue is releasing its very own Imperial Red on February 7th, 2008. Rogue XS Imperial RedImperial Red is …

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Do Yourself a Favor, Have a Cadillac Mountain Stout

This evening I was lucky enough to try my very first Cadillac Mountain Stout (I know, I know, I live in Maine and I’m just now getting around to it? Sorry…), the offering from the famed Bar Harbor Brewing Co. which has been consistently ranked as one of the top 50 beers in the U.S., is the top-rated American-style Stout on BeerAdvocate.com and, as …

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A Trip to Portsmouth New Hampshire for Beer Enlightenment

Yesterday I — and 25 accomplices — hopped in the car (post-brunch at Portland’s The Good Egg) and made our way across the border to the town of Portsmouth, NH in search of some much-needed beer enlightenment. Our quest first brought us to the Smuttynose Brewery, which is located in a small warehouse hidden in an industrial park on the outskirts of town. …

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