Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Pub INSIDE a Tree!

Talk about having a beer in unique places! It appears that a bar literally inside the trunk of an enormous and ancient (estimated to be 7,000 years old; older than the Pyramids of Egypt) Baobab tree has tourists flocking from far and wide just to drink a cold beer in the amazing pub (which is complete with a dart board, …

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The Mother of all (Beer) Blog Contests: A Call for Prizes

This September I’ll be launching the mother of all beer blog contests (or so I hope). Why? Because contests are fun, silly. Anyway, I don’t want to let the cat too far out of the bag yet – especially because I haven’t yet hashed out all of the dirty, hairy details – but expect the requirements for entry to be …

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A Drinking Club With a Running Problem

My dad emailed me the link to a video on CNN.com today detailing a running club from Tuscon, Arizona who have planned a “30 Pack Marathon” in which every runner must “run a lap, drink a beer; run a lap, drink a beer…” Despite what you may think, the group is actually comprised of serious athletes who simply are looking …

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Win a Free Kegerator from Kegerators.com

What’s one thing every homebrewer (or really, every beer enthusiast) wants? Their own kegerator, obviously. Well, thanks to Kegerators.com, soon that will be a reality for one lucky homebrewer. All you need to do to win is “Make a funny, shocking, cool, stupid or impressive video showing what you would do for a free kegerator”. Then submit your video to …

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Anheuser-Busch Breaks its Silence

An update on the InBev/A-B take over is expected to be released tomorrow, as the company will release a statement claiming that second-quarter profits fell (causing Anheuser-Busch to sell itself off) because of rising costs for barley and packaging materials, according to Bloomberg.com. For more info on the take-over (for those readers who don’t like to read), check out the …

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2008 Sam Adams Beer Lovers Choice Contest

Each year since 2005, Sam Adams — you know, the largest American-owned & operated brewery in the world — has created a beer called the “Beer Lover’s Choice” to be included in their “Brewmasters’ Collection” 12 packs. In 2005 it was their Brown Ale, in 2006 the Honey Porter, and in 2007 the Irish Red. So what will 2008’s Beer …

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Around the Web in Beer: NBC

I don’t know if it’s in light of recent events (i.e. the A-B takeover) or if the folks over at NBC Universal just have a new-found interest in beer, but there seem to be an awful lot of sudsy stories popping up at CNBC and MSNBC. CNBC is airing a show tomorrow (Thurs July 17th) at 9pm EST called American …

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Recapping the July Meeting of the MBWG

Last Wednesday saw the July meeting of the Maine Beer Writers’ Guild. This month’s meeting was at Portland’s newest beer destination (they’re spreading like wildfire, aren’t they?), Prost! International Taphouse. The meeting was preceded by the 2nd weekly “Beer 101” class at Prost!, each of which was run by me and Jason (co-founder of the MBWG and author of beerbloggers.com). …

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Good Bye Stone Coast

I received word today that one of Maine’s most iconic beer brands will be closing their doors on August 1st. Stone Coast Brewing Co. — which first opened its doors here in Portland in 1995 — sited money (mainly taxes) problems as the reason for the closure. Although their beers were never some of my favorites, it is still sad …

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Budweiser: The Great Belgian Lager

It’s official: Anheuser-Busch agreed on Sunday night to sell itself to the Belgian brewer InBev — The makers of brands such as of Stella Artois, Bass and Brahma — for $70/share, or about $52 billion; putting control of the nation’s largest beer maker and a fixture of American culture into the hands (and wallets) of a European rival. The New …

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Around the Web in Beer

I’ll start by apologizing for the utter lack of posting around here lately; things have been extremely busy these last few days. But I guess that’s part of what Summer in Maine is all about. but its left me with very little time for posting, and even less time for research. So I figured I’d just share with you (those …

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Don’t Forget: Dogfish Head Night at Novare TOMORROW

Hey Portland! Don’t forget that tomorrow (Tuesday July 8th) Sam Calagione and all of the other owners, brewers, assistant brewers, managers, sales folks, distro guys, and anyone else who has any ties at all to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware will be on hand at Novare Res pouring some rare Dogfish brews, answering questions and giving away tons of …

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Big News, Big Beers from Redhook

Some big news coming across the wire today in the world of beer. One of America’s biggest “craft brewers” Redhook Brewery announced the launch of a new limited release program to begin in the Fall of 2008, and what better way to kick it off than the return of one of the beers that really put Redhook on the “better …

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