Monthly Archives: October 2008

Can Beer Lovers Spot Other Beer Lovers?

I was in a Trader Joe’s in Darien Connecticut this morning picking up a few items for lunch — minding my own business and not talking to anyone — when an old man stopped me and said, “I got the word (nodding towards his wife), help with the groceries or I won’t get any beer!” Very confused, I responded with …

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Get Yourself a Hooker: a Tour of Thomas Hooker Brewing

I was lucky enough to be able to pay a visit to the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield Connecticut this past week and it was definitely a trip well worth the while. One I can recommend to anyone who finds themselves in the greater-Hartford area. Outside the brewery Thomas Hooker — which began in 1997 as the brewing arm of …

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Sam Adams Chocolate Bock is Back

There’s certainly an influx of beer-and-chocolate news ’round here over the last few days, but that’s certainly nothing to complain about. Headlining the latest choco-news is the announcment that Samual Adams Chocolate Bock will once again be on store shelves this November. The Chocolate Bock is my personal favorite Sam Adams beer and is described as, After using a centuries …

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Try Beer & Chocolate this Halloween

Just in time to begin celebrations for the candy holiday, Charlie Papazian — possibly the country’s most famous homebrewer and author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing — wrote today in his Beer Examiner blog about the delicious and complex pairing of real, good, dark chocolate and real, good (often dark) beer. Papazian explains, The story of chocolate making is …

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Shipyard to Introduce a Barleywine-Style Ale

In a very rare deviation from all things decent-but-safe-ho-hum-ales, Shipyard Brewing Co. has announced¬† an addition to their lineup of otherwise traditional English-style ales, a Barleywine-style brew. The Shipyard Barelywine will be the first brew in the new Pugsley’s Select (named after Shipyard co-founder and brewmaster, Alan Pugsley) series. The beers in the series will be released in 22-ounce bomber …

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Winners of the 2008 GABF Announced

The Winners of the 2008 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) were announced today and for those of us who were unable to attend, it’s a pretty jealousy-inducing list. The major winners included: For “Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year”: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. & Doug Muhleman For “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the …

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U.S. Beer Drinking by Volume

I always knew that we Americans drink an awful lot of beer annually, but I never really realized how much we really consumed. That is until reading a prett neat (or scary, depending on your point of view) recent blog post on sloshspot.com (thanks to Wren for the head’s up). According to the article, we drink Some 200 million barrels …

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Mainers, Meet Stone & Victory Brewing Companies

That’s right – after many years of waiting to be able to buy the beers of both Victory Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing in Maine, the time has come. You’ll already find some of Victory’s beers on the shelves of Whole Foods, Downeast Beverage, etc. and Stone’s beers are soon to follow. According to BeerAdvocate, the official launch of draught …

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Peak Organic Announces New Fall Brew

Portland Maine’s own Peak Organic Brewing announced today that they’ve released their new fall seasonal brew: Espresso Amber Ale. The Espresso Amber Ale is brewed with Maine-roasted, organic fair trade espresso in collaboration with Coffee By Design. The beer is in partnership with Transfair, a non-profit that works to ensure that farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods …

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