Monthly Archives: February 2008

Harry Potter Loves His Belgians

Some of you may remember a few months ago (November, 2007 to be exact) when the story of the The Trappist monks at St. Sixtus monastery and their famous Westvleteren beer vaulted to everyday stardom, thanks to this story in the Wall Street Journal. Well, apparently their mystique has caught the attention of another high profile star – Harry Potter. …

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Try Your Hand at Beer Jeopardy

This is a guest post by Wren Schultz of BlogDuWren  I’m a pretty avid fan of Jeopardy. Last night, when a category about beer came on, I couldn’t help but want to share it. In poking around a little, I realized that our friend beer isn’t so uncommon a topic. If you had to go up against Alex on these, …

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Despite Everything, Craft Beer Sales Continue to Skyrocket

Information Resources, a Chicago company that tracks the sale of beer, has announced that sales of craft beer in America rose 16.7% (from $493 million in 2006 to $575 million in 2007) in 2007, marking the second straight year of double-digit increases. So, what regions saw the greatest increases? The Great Lakes Region — which includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and …

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Why Isn’t Beer & Wine Delivery Legal Already?

I read an article from the associated press today which reported that Maine state senator Lynn Bromley has sponsored a bill (which was up for review today) which would legally allow adults in Maine to have wine shipped to their homes. I was really astonished and annoyed… that this wasn’t already legal! Apparently this is the fourth time in the …

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Beer Barrel R2D2

I just thought this would be a fun way to wind down the work week: I found in my aimless Internet travels this morning an image of an R2D2 model the artist amoebabloke made from an old wooden beer barrel. image via deviantart.com The artist would like to see the piece go to someone “with a genuine love for this …

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Magic Hat Brewing is Biggering & Biggering

For those of us in the North East, Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewery is a familiar face. Their many mixed twelve-packs line grocery and package store shelves and their Number 9 is on tap at even the smallest of bars. But, craft beer fans in the South and Midwest are about to be able to enjoy a lot more Magic Hat …

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How Many Taps is Too Many Taps?

There is a new bar opening here in Portland sometime in March called the Oktoberfest International Taphouse and they’re promising to have over 350 beers on the menu, including 100 beers on tap.This got me thinking yesterday: not that I know a whole lot about the behind-the-scenes work of draft beer but I do know that there are separate containers …

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Four Points by Sheraton Hires World’s First Chief Beer Officer

Twenty-eight-year-old Scott Kerkmans recently beat out nearly 8,000 applicants for the position of CBO: Chief Beer Officer for national hotel chain The Four Points by Sheraton. Yes, you read that correctly. The University of New Mexico grad has landed what is truly his (and beer lovers the world over) dream job. Kerkmans told National Public Radio, “At first, I thought …

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Beer event in Brunswick – Feb 20th

If you’re a local in search of something to do tomorrow night (Wednesday Feb 20), try the first night in what appears to (hopefully) be a series of events – the Beer Showcase Series at Frontier Cafe Cinema & Gallery in Brunswick. According to the Frontier, at the Beer Showcase Series you’ll be able to, Explore The World of Beer, …

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From Kettle to Keg: Brewing in St. Louis, 1908-1909

…Is the title of one of the current exhibits at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, running now through July 4th 2009. Throughout the exhibit, visitors can see how the history of beer in St. Louis is related to the city’s industry, inventions and immigration. The exhibit features 150 artifacts including beer trays, bottles, steins, advertisements, signage and historic …

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New Brewpub Coming to Saco, ME

There had been rumors circulating of a new brewpub coming to Brick Island in Saco, Maine for some time. First it was scheduled to open by January, then February then maybe not at all. But, according to Russ from Beer, Maine & Me, I was very happy to read that Geoff Houghton, owner of the Liberal Cup in Hallowell, will …

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Sam Adams Gives Small Breweries a BIG Valentine

Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co. — makers of Samuel Adams — announced yesterday that he had a VERY BIG Valentines Day present for small breweries around the country. He told the members of the Brewers Association that Boston Beer will sell 20,000 pounds of hops that otherwise — due to rationing and market share as a result …

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Pair

When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Roses; chocolate; diamonds; Hallmark; sappy love songs? Of course. But Beer? No? Well, it should! As “The Beer Goddess” Stacey Faba — owner of Pauly’s Specialty Bottle Shop in Lowell — Michigan explains, “Jolly Pumpkin Brewery’s brown ale with its cocoa and spices is fantastic with a raspberry truffle… I’ll …

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Harpoon Firth of Fourth: With Love From Scotland

Scottish brewer Steve Stewart visited the Harpoon Brewery in Boston Massachusetts yesterday to celebrate (and bottle) the completion of a beer he helped brew from more than 3,000 miles away. That beer is the 22nd installment of Harpoon’s famous 100 Barrel Series and is graciously named “Steve Stewart’s Firth of Forth Ale”. According to BostonNOW.com, The story of Harpoon’s Steve …

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Who Drinks the Most Beer?

A good friend pointed this wikipedia entry out to me this morning – a list of the top countries by beer consumption in the world. I’m not sure which surprised me more – that countries like Mexico and Brazil ranked so low, or that countries like Austria, Slovenia, and Slovakia ranked higher even than the ol’ U.S. of A. Come …

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Allagash Brews Spontaneously Fermented Beer

Anyone who is familiar with the Allagash Brewing Co. here in Portland, Maine knows their quirky (or extreme, or adventurous, or whatever you’d like to call it) tendencies and quirkier brews. Well, now they’re taking that experimental habit one step further – last month Allagash brewed a 100% spontaneously fermented beer in the tradition of the Belgian Lambics. According to …

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The OTHER Beer

This post was guest written by Wren Schultz from Blog du Wren. Back in the colonial days, when a diverse range of beverages was hard to come by and people had that pre-“DIY” do it yourself spirit, root beer was invented. Okay, well maybe not “invented” per say, because there have been beveragey-challenged cultures with creative people throughout history, but …

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Sarget Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Beer

This year marks Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in the U.K. To celebrate, Cains Beer –based in Toxteth, Liverpool — plans to produce 250,000 bottles of their Best of British Lager featuring a Union Jack with the signature of artist Sir Peter Blake. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, another one of his works of art might – the …

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A Big Week for Shipyard Brewing Co.

Some big news was forwarded to me today from the folks at Shipyard Brewing Co. First, their Royal IPA (shipyard “Brewer’s Choice” spring seasonal for ’08) received a 5 check-mark review (the highest honors) from Modern Brewery Age. The review reads: Amid a rising tide of West Coast-inflected American IPAs, Shipyard’s Alan Pugsley hews to the British Ale-brewing tradition. This …

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Brewery in The Other Portland Going Green

Nipping at the heels of the announcement for the topic for the March Session, the news surfaced today that The Lucky Lab Brew Pub in the other Portland (anyone who doubts that Portland, OR is the other Portland – remember that it was named after Portland, Maine!) is now brewing solar beer. The brewpub has installed a solar panel thermal …

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The Next Portland Beer Dinner: February 23rd at Bull Feeney’s

Click to enlarge I know those of you living in the Portland Metro Area have been deprived of great beer-and-food-opportunities lately (ahem…) so I figured I’d pass along the news of another one: On February 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm join Bob Cannon (the bald, woolly brewmaster from the Sam Adams commercials) and Lee Gardiner, Bull Feeney’s chef, “on a culinary journey …

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Schlitz Ad: Some Day All Beer Cans Will Open This Easy!

A co-worker of mine sent me the following ad this morning and it was too good not to share. A Schlitz ad from the 1930s featuring the “the new aluminum Softop can”! …Some day all beer cans will open this easy! [tags]beer, advertising, beer ad, Schlitz[/tags]

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Sunday Beer Briefs

Just a few briefs to get you through the painstakingly slow hours between now and the game tonight. For starters, Jay Brooks at the Brookston Beer Bulletin has posted a link to a map of the USA made from beer labels, each representing the state of its origin. While some of them are hard to decipher, it’s fun to try. …

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Vitamin B Enhanced, For Your Drinking Pleasure

Philippine inventor Billy L. Lalang has created a beer which he is marketing as one which “takes some of the guilt out of drinking” (which confused me because I certainly never feel guilty having a pint!) – a beer he is claiming is the first Vitamin Beer. While that claim isn’t actually true (case in point, dated almost 2 years …

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My First Session

Today is the day of the February Session (round 12 if you’re keeping track at home) – I made it one of my (blogging) New Year’s Resolutions to be better about taking part in The Session this year so, although I missed out on January, I’m going to try and do my part from here on out. Since I’ve never …

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