Monthly Archives: March 2008

Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale

By now many of you know that Peak Organic Brewing — a local Portland, Maine brewing company which contract brews certified organic beer at the Shipyard facilities — has released a new spring beer: Maple Oat Ale. The three other year-round beers from Peak don’t do too much for me (they’re not bad by any stretch, just not overly exciting) …

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The greatest LOLcat EVER

I don’t usually repost this sort of thing but I happened to see that icanhascheezburger had this evening what I think is the best LOLcat ever created: ’nuff said. [tags]Beer, LOLcats[/tags]

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Six: Beer and Food

This is part six, the final post of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four & part five) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. image by Diana Nevermind …

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Announcing The Maine Beer Writers’ Guild

I’ve been waiting to make this announcement until the website was (mostly) finished but today that happened, so here it goes: Last week, over good friends, good food and great beer — as all good ideas are born — the formation of the Maine Beer Writers’ Guild was hashed out. The Guild’s goals are simple: “to promote better beer writing …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Five: Temperature

This is part five of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. I’m the first to admit …

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Beer, It Does a Google Good

Charlie Ayers, Google’s own chef, has just released a book entitled Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef Who Fed Google in which he claims that much of Google’s success comes from an office diet of sushi and, well, free beer… Ayers told the Sydney Morning Herald that Google got top results out of it’s employees by, easing the computer engineers …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Four: Stemware

This is part four of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Part two of this series …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Three: Fresh Beer is Better Beer

This is part three of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Yes it’s true that some …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part Two: Getting the Most Out of the Glass

This is part two of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. If you’re drinking at home, …

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How to Drink Better Beer, Part One: Finding the Best Pubs

This is part one of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers. Nearly every town in the …

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Ten FIDY, One Imperial Stout

Thanks to the generosity of good friends, this evening I am able to indulge in a can of Osker Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout; a beer from a small Colorado brewery which has gained somewhat of a cult following lately, due to its scarcity (I’ve been told cans of it have been seen on eBay for $40, but I’m too …

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Skeleton of a 4,000-Year-Old Brewer Unearthed in East Kent

BBC News is reporting that a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age skeleton has been unearthed by archaeologists working in east Kent (England). What does this have to do with beer, you ask? well, the skeleton was found in a crouched position with a “beautifully decorated” pot at its feet. A pot, it is believed, the person used as a beer mug! Education …

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(Beer) Flags of the World

The Boston-based advertising agency Arnold Worldwide created this cheeky “A World of Beer” flags ad campaign for The Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Massachusetts. Belgium Brazil Japan via neatorama (thanks Wren!) [tags]beer, advertising[/tags]

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Are Self-Serve Bars a Good Thing?

Self-serve tables with their own draft taps (and metered displays) have begun popping up in European bars — Pilsen, Czechoslovakia’s new Pilsner Unique Bar and Dublin, Ireland’s 300-year old Baggot Inn, for instance — and they seem like a pretty cool idea. With them you’ll be able to sample a number of different brews, and be able to top off …

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What is Saint Patrick’s Day Really All About?

With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner (Monday to be exact), I got to wondering today what exactly St. Patrick’s Day was (other than an excuse for day-long beer drinking, that is) all about. Here is what I was able to find – a brief history and some fun St. Patty’s Day Trivia, courtesy of the History Channel. Who …

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Shave Your ‘Stache, Terrapin Finally Brewing

Way back in December I wrote about the frustration The Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens Georgia was facing as they waited for a state brewers’ license and the solidarity ’stache movement they started in protest of their wait. Well, almost a full year after they purchased a 45,000-square-foot brewery in Athens, the owners of Terrapin Beer can finally shave off …

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Saco Maine Brewpub Rumors Confirmed

There were some rumblings (here at BAB) and grumblings (elsewhere) a couple of weeks back about a new brewpub rumored to be opening in Saco, Maine. Well after today – thems ain’t rumors anymore, thanks to the Kennebec Journal. The paper reports that Geoff Houghton, the owner of the Liberal Cup in Hallowell, ME, will have his second brewery open …

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The Beer-Lovers’ Airport Guide: For the Beer-Savvy Business Traveler

I received an e-mail tip this evening alerting me to a new service from cheapflights.com called the Beer-Lovers’ Airport Guide. The guide, which is available in either PDF text or download-able podcast form, shows where to find the best brews in 15 of the country’s busiest airports. Some of the highlights from the guide include, Gordon Biersch in Terminal D …

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The Official 2008 Beer Style Guidelines: That’s a Lot of Beer

The Brewers Association has released their 2008 Beer Style Guidelines. Eleven categories were added to the guidelines this year and of the 11 new categories being introduced, five new additions were added just for barrel-aged beers. If my counting isn’t off — which, at this hour on a Sunday evening it very well might be — there are 140 different …

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The Session: Smuttynose Gets a Little Greener

First, for any new readers unfamiliar with The Session, an explanation: “The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up …

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Men Behaving Badly Star to Create the “Everyman’s Ale”

Men Behaving Badly star, actor Neil Morrissey, is launching his own brand of beer. According to MarketingWeek, the entire stunt is part of a three-part series called Neil Morrissey’s Perfect Pint, which has been commissioned by the production company Fresh One and talkbackThames. The series will follow the Morrissey and friend Richard Fox as they search for the “perfect pint …

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Maine Beer & Food Benefit Dinner at Cinque Terre March 16th

Cinque Terre will usher in the first signs of spring on Sunday, March 16th when it holds its First Annual “Eco Appetito – Good Eating for a Good Earth” event at its Portland restaurant, located at 36 Wharf Street. Scheduled for 1:00 – 4:00 pm, the festive Eco Appetito event will showcase abundant samples of local Maine food and beverages …

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Beer: It’s Not Just For Drinking Anymore

I follow the frugal living blog Wise Bread pretty closely for inspiration for my other blog RealWorldReally.com, so I was quite surprised this evening when something popped up in my Google Reader from Wise Bread which was more appropriate for this blog: Wise Bread’s 21 Great Uses for Beer. The list includes everything from: 4: Take a beer bath …Drain …

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Madonna buys London pub

What do you do when you have an extra $5 million (£2.5 million) laying around? Why, buy a British pub, of course. And that’s just what Madonna — and husband Guy Ritchie — did. The pair have bought The Punchbowl, an 18th century pub in the Mayfair section of London. Apparently, a source close to Madonna tells People Magazine, “She …

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Which Beer Mag is the Best Beer Mag?

I spent some time in Borders this afternoon checking out 2008 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides and happened across the beer section of the magazine department. To my amazement, there were six different beer-related magazines in stock (and that didn’t include either Beer Advocate Magazine or Celebrator). The magazines I saw before me included All About Beer, Draft Magazine, Beer (a …

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Local Favorite Named One of the 10 Best Beer Bars in America

The Forbes Magazine Traveler Website has just released a list of ten of the Best Beer Bars in America and guess who made the list – none other than local favorite, The Great Lost Bear. According to Forbes Traveler, These bars have one thing in common: a ‘challenging’ beer list that goes beyond Stella Artois and Blue Moon… A great …

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