Monthly Archives: April 2008

Magic Hat Plans to Purchase Pyramid: What it Means to Us

By now the news has begun to permeate the Interwebs but in case you missed it – Burlington, Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Co. has declared its intent to buy Seattle’s Pyramid Breweries and merge the two companies. The closing of the proposed transaction is expected to occur not later than August 31, 2008. From the official press release, The board …

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Smuttynose Maibock

I finally got around to trying the spring installment of the Smuttynose big beer series — “big beers in big bottles, released seasonally in very limited quantities” — the Maibock, over the weekend. First, some background for people unfamiliar with the style (which included me, before yesterday): according to Wikipedia, a Maibock (or Helles bock), is a pale version of …

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BrewPoll WordPress Plugin from Hop Talk

Al from Hop Talk has created a WordPress plugin which integrates a BrewPoll “vote” button into every blog post. BrewPoll  — the latest social networking site to hit the Interwebs — is a digg-like site where users share content from around the web with one another and “vote” on the articles they like the best. The posts and sites with …

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Beer & Cheese Pairing Going Mainstream

For anyone who missed it, I wanted to point you in the direction of a wonderful piece which appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun-Times about why beer (not wine!) and cheese make an ideal match; it makes for a great Friday-afternoon-when-you-want-to-be-anywhere-but-the-office read. To quote the article a bit, It’s a preference borne of passion, but there is a strong scientific basis …

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Long Trail Brewing Co., Now Powered by Cow Shit

Vermont’s Long-Trail Brewing Co. made one heck of an Earth Day announcement – it appears they have signed a contract to become the largest commercial customer of Cow Power, a program from Central Vermont Public Service Corp. that produces electricity from cow manure. Long Trail’s Brian Walsh told the Burlington Free Press, “We actively seek ways to reduce the impact …

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The Canned Craft Beer Revolution?

They’re portable – perfect for tailgating, camping, golf (ball, or Frisbee), the beach or the kid’s lunch box (I kid, I kid); they’re 100% recyclable; and they block sunlight and oxygen better than bottles. I’m talking about cans, of course. But canned beer carries a very negative stigma with it – when canning beer became a popular option in the …

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Maine homegrown Hops Rhizomes Available Soon

Any Maine homebrewers wanting to grow their own hops (not a bad thought, in light of recent world hops shortages): I just received an email from Rick at Paris View Farm in Paris, ME (near Oxford Hills, for those that don’t know) letting me know that he’ll be digging and cutting hops rhizomes (the roots of the hops plants which …

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New at Blogaboutbeer.com

I hope by now that you’ve noticed the new look & feel of blogaboutbeer.com (if you only read through a RSS reader every day, definitely click through and check out the changes!) – it’s my attempt to make everything a little more attractive and user-friendly. I’d love to hear some feedback on the new look, including the new logo. Also, …

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Shipyard and Sea Dog Win Big. Again.

The Maine Beer news reader is beginning to sound a bit like a broken record – the medals just keep on comin’ for the Shipyard Brewing Co. (and sister brewery Sea Dog). Each brewery took home a medal at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) in Melbourne, Australia this past weekend. To put it in a bit more context …

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Fueled by Beer, 101 Year Old Man Runs Marathon

Buster Martin completed the London Marathon this past weekend in just about ten hours. The 101 year old man set a new record for the oldest person to ever complete the marathon. So, what did he do to celebrate? Have a beer, of course. While it would be logical to assume that, since Martin appears in such great health, he …

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Announcing the Maine Grains & Grapes Festival

What looks to be the first Maine brew fest of the summer, the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce and Gritty McDuff’s present the first ever Maine Grains & Grapes festival at The Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, June 21 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. This two-session event will feature breweries and wineries from around the State of Maine, including Shipyard, Gritty’s, Stone …

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Hop! Hop! Hooray

image by Luigi FDV Finally some fantastic news. There are reports coming out of Yakima Washington — the country’s largest hop-producing state– today that hop production is back up – way up! Growers are feverishly reconditioning yards and adding new land at an unheard-of pace. Growers are receiving multiple-year contracts with prices front-loaded to help them shoulder the estimated $6,000-per-acre …

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Sometimes I wish I lived in Vermont

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maine and the beer and bar scene around the state; there’s nowhere I would rather call my beer home. That being said, there are a number of things I wish my town did more like the town of Burlington, VT. Vermont seems to embrace their home grown beer like none other. From programs like …

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Build Yourself a Heineken Fort

Square Heineken bottles from the 1960’s. Because what better to do when you’ve emptied too many bottles of Heineken than build a (glass) fort?! source: neatorama (thanks Wren!) [tags]beer, Heineken, fun stuff[/tags]

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The Sam Adams Bottle Recall

By now I’m sure most of you know about the bottle recall from Sam Adams which was issued today. The Boston Beer Company, the 4th largest brewer in the U.S., has voluntarily recalled select 12 ounce glass bottles of its beer. Company officials say the brew could contain small bits of glass. According to the Associated Press, The Boston-based brewer …

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75 Years of Beer (and Local Celebrations)

“I think this would be a good time for a beer” – Franklin Roosevelt, April 7, 1933 While Prohibition officially ended on December 5, 1933, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, something that is often overlooked happened earlier that year — newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took steps to fulfill his campaign promise to end the national ban on …

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The April Session: My Brother Mike

Today is the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time once again for The Session. This month’s “Beer Blogging Friday” is hosted by Stonch of Stonch’s Beer Blog. The topic – beer people. According to Stonch himself: Choose someone you know personally. That person might be a brewer, a publican, someone who sups at your local, or maybe …

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Flying Dog Garde Dog: On Garde Old Man Winter

This evening I find myself sitting with my first bottle of Flying Dog’s new spring offering – Garde Dog. Garde Dog is a Bière de Garde-style brew. Bière de Garde, or “keeping beer”, is a style of ale traditionally brewed in the Pas-de-Calais region of France. These farmhouse-style beers were usually brewed in the winter and spring, to avoid unpredictible …

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