Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Hops Shortage is Realized

The media has been flooded in the past 3 months or so with stories about the world-wide hops shortage – if you don’t know about it by now, you’ve been living under a rock; beer drinker or not – so I don’t want to beat a dead horse but I think this afternoon was the first time it’s really hit …

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If you’re in Portland Tonight – GLB is the Place to Be

From the Great Lost Bear: The Sebago Brewing Company has become the New England Patriots in the frequence of winning the “big one” in our Annual Brew Pub Cup competition. This Thursday January 31 (TODAY) we are opening up the proceedings to the beers of Sea Dog, Sunday River Brewing Co, Bray’s Brew Pub, Federal Jack’s and of course Gritty …

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Beer on the Taxing Block in Maryland

I understand the importance of taxes and know that without the revenue they produce for states and for this country, virtually nothing would be able to function. But that being said, the proposed Senate Bill 232 in the state of Maryland seems a little absurd! According to a snippet of the bill here, Increasing the State tax rates for alcoholic …

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What’s in Your Super Bowl Cooler?

As Monday draws to a close, the Super Bowl looms near (it’s this coming Sunday, February 3rd, for those who may have been living under a rock). Even for someone — like myself — who isn’t a huge football fan, the Super Bowl is still a television event not to be missed. But what really makes or breaks the day …

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Grassroots Alabama Group Calls for Boycott of Anheuser-Busch

Did you know that there is legislation in place banning most craft beer from Alabama? Yeah, me either. But now there’s a group who is trying to do something about that. And, to get their voices heard, they’re calling for a Birmingham-wide boycott of Anheuser-Busch products! Free The Hops / Alabamians For Specialty Beer, is a grassroots consumer group working …

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Brazilian Brewery Makes First Yerba Mate Beer Ever

Brazilian brewery Dado Bier has created a new brew — Dado Bier Ilex — using one of the oldest and most traditional elements of South American culture: Yerba-maté tea. The result? An innovative mixed brew which brings the flavor and characteristic aroma of yerba-maté to a surprising beer. According to the company’s press release, Inspired by this tradition, Dado Bier …

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ANOTHER Classy Beer “Cafe” Coming to Portland!

First, thanks to reader “Shel” for the lead on this story! It appears that yet another classy beer “cafe” is coming to Portland (it was never my intent to make blogaboutbeer.com all about Maine but with the huge influx of Maine-beer-news over the past few weeks, it’s tough not to). A company calling themselves Novare Res, LLC went before the …

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A $400 Pint of Carlsberg

Carlsberg claims it has made “probably the best beer in the world” and they’re backing it up with a price tag to match. According to bloomberg.com, The brewer, Scandinavia’s biggest, introduced a beer today that costs 2,008 Danish kroner ($396.47); the price being based on the year of its introduction. The Vintage No. 1 brew will be sold at three …

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Maine Beer Briefs for January 24th

Hi all; hope you like the new layout (thoughts?) Just a few things from around the state o’ Maine to report. First, it’s not too late to sign up for ‘Enhancing Beer Appreciation 101’ at Kennebec Homebrew Supply in Farmingdale. Beer Appreciation 101 is a two-part class “designed to expand knowledge of the world’s beer styles and give an introduction …

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A Year of Beer Adventure

Chris Nelson and his wife Merideth Canham-Nelson of Carmel Valley, California were at the annual Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival this past weekend in Anchorage, Alaska. So what, you ask? The Nelsons are two self-prescribed “beer geeks” who have proclaimed 2008 The Year of Beer and are thus spending the year traveling the world in search of “great …

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Please Nominate me for Best Portland Blog!

Just a quick side-note to beg for your nomination for best Portland Blog in the The Portland Phoenix’s Best of Portland competition. Nominations are open now through February 14th (when the actual voting begins). Just visit: http://thephoenix.com/theBest/portland/ and click on the “City Life” section. Thanks for your support!

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3Tides Brewery Making Waves in Coastal Maine

You may have seen this already this morning over at A Good Beer Blog, but Villagesoup.com wrote a piece today about the 3Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewery, a new Maine Microbrewery upda coast in Belfast, profiling brewery owner David Carlson and brewmaster Dan McGovern. Villagesoup.com describes the 3Tides beers as, “homemade and tasty, and they reflect a national movement toward …

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BrewersSpot.com: Social Networking for Home Brewers

I recieved the following press release this afternoon and was too intriqued not to share it: BrewersSpot.com, a new social networking and resource site for home brewers and beer lovers, has announced the launch of their website, allowing users to gain access to this revolutionary social networking site. BrewersSpot will serve as a unique networking resource to home brewers by …

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Vignola Beer & Cheese Tasting: A Recap

By 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon I was pretty convinced that I had in fact died and gone to heaven. If you missed out on the 2nd Annual Beer & Cheese Tasting at Vignola in Portland yesterday, I’m really quite sorry and it really is in your best interest not to let that happen again next year. The event featured 15 different Belgian and …

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What Beer Will Make it to the Super Bowl?

Just in time for the conference championship games tomorrow, RealSimple Magazine today announced a list of beers to correspond with each team in the NFL. Why? So that at your Super Bowl party you can, give your guests a selection of beers that reflect the names, the mascots, or the hometowns of the competing teams. Click here for a rundown …

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I’ll be at the Beer & Cheese Dinner at Vignola, Will You?

Just a reminder that the Beer & Cheese Dinner at Vignola in Portland is this Saturday the 19th. I just found out this afternoon that I have a couple of press passes to the event, so look for a complete re-cap after the fact. It’s not too late to get tickets yourself – they’re only $25 but must be purchases …

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Even More Upcoming Beer Events in Portland!

With another 14 fresh inches of snow falling on Portland today alone, news like this certainly warms the cold soul. First, more details about the upcoming beer & cheese event at Vignola which was announced a few days ago (from the restaurants’ PR firm): Rob Tod from Allagash Brewing will be on hand, as well as folks from Wicked Wine.  They’ll …

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A New Belgian Brewpub and Cafe Portland-Bound? Please Say Yes!

Thanks to Russ — a good friend and regular reader — for the tip on this. Of course, at this point nothing can be confirmed (it was found in a BA discussion forum) but I’ll keep everyone updated as more details roll through. For now: The Pannepot Brewpub and Cafe — a new Belgian Brew Pub, Cafe, and Beer Emporium — will reportedly …

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Beer & Cheese Event in Portland

Just a quick note to all the Maine readers out there: Vignola, which is located at 10 Dana St. in Portland’s Old Port is hosting its second annual Belgian Beer & Cheese Tasting party on Saturday January 19th from 2:00-5:30pm. Come experience 30 Belgian and Belgian-style Beers perfectly paired with 25 artisan cheeses from around the world. The event is …

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Changing of the Guard at Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang, a personal favorite of mine, is sad to see one of its veterans moving on, but is excited about the changes to come. According to a statement released by the company today, Randy Thiel, Ommegang Brewmaster since 1997, is heading home to his native Midwest. In February, 2008, he will become Director of Quality Control at the New …

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Popular BeerTender Kegerator Crossing the Pond

The BeerTender, a beer storing-and-pouring product made by Heineken in conjunction with appliance manufacturer Krups, has long been a favorite across Europe but hasn’t ever succesfully made the trip stateside. That is, until now. Krups announced today in a press release that, “San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc. will begin offering the BeerTender March 1, and other stores nationwide will have it April 1.” …

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Can Modelo Be a U.S. Success?

Can a beer cherished by Mexican-Americans become a hit in the general U.S. market? That’s the question Crown Imports, importer of Modelo Especial, is hoping will be answered with a resounding “yes”. Crown plans to advertise the wildly popular Mexican lager to a general American audience for the first time. The company will run ads in male-oriented magazines such as …

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Thank You Celebrator!

Just a quick thank you to Adare and the folks over at the beer news magazine Celebrator for including BlogAboutBeer.com as one of the first to be listed on the industry blogs page of their newly revised (and snazzy-looking) website. They even called me an enthusiast! It’s the little things like this that make blogging so much fun. Cheers.

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A Great Barleywine on a Great Winter Day

Today marked the beginning of Maine’s oft-annual January Thaw and temperatures reached 41 degrees (and they say it should read 50 on Tuesday). To celebrate, we got up early and headed to Shawnee Peak for a down-right perfect day of hitting the slopes. The conditions were excellent and we returned home this evening sore in all the right ways. To cap …

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Mayflower Brewing Company: Taste the History

People of Massachusetts rejoice – According to an official press release, Mayflower Brewing Company, a self-distributing microbrewery located in Plymouth, Massachusetts is all set and ready to brew. Director of Brewing Operations, Matthew Steinberg told the press, “We have spent nearly 4 months building our brewery and we are excited to get things started.”  Firing up the kettle is exactly …

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Which Candidate Would You Rather Have a Beer With?

The Washington Post announced today that the National Beer Wholesalers Association is putting that very question to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina via a new Web site the beer lobby created — www.whodoyouwanttohaveabeerwith.com. So far, Barack Obama is winning the overall beer vote with 13% of the vote, followed closely by Rudy Giuliani at 12%. John McCain and Ron Paul are …

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Beer Can Patio Furniture, Circa 1936

[image via boingboing.net] There was a great photo posted on boingboing earlier today that I couldn’t help but repost here. According to the source, the image is of a beer can table and chairs made from 420 soldered-together tin cans, created by Bernard Dier of Chicago. The image originally appeared in the August 1936 issue of Science and Mechanics magazine …

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New Belgium’s Fat Tire is for the Fishes

New Belgium Brewing made a lot of news in 2007 — from their wildly popular Fat Tire Amber Ale, to their on-going efforts to make brewing sustainable. Well 2008 seems to be no different. The famous Colorado brewery’s flagship beer suddenly has another characteristic: It’s now a key ingredient in an environmentally friendly form of fish food.  According to Wyoming’s Casper …

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And the Winner of the Shipyard Brewing Giveaway is…

First off, let me thank everyone who entered the drawing – the turnout was fun. Check back throughout 2008 as I plan to do my best to have more drawings (Shipyard has already promised more goodies… who says “goodies” anyway?) and award more prizes. Everyone likes prizes, right? Alright, enough with the suspense. A few minutes ago, I wrote everyone’s …

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Win Free Stuff: A Friendly Reminder

I hope you’re all enjoying the first day of 2008. Here in Maine we’re currently snowed in with what should amount to a fresh foot of snow (on top of the over two feet on the ground already) and a pint of beer – not a bad way to begin the year. Remember: Today is the last day to enter …

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