Monthly Archives: November 2008

Homebrewing on Boing Boing

As I was finally sitting back down to my computer this afternoon, after a few much needed days off, to get re-acquainted with the Internet’s beer happenings, the last place I expected to come across anything Beer was Boing Boing but in fact, there it was – a great post on homebrewing and what makes it such a genuinely special …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! May you have all that you’re thankful for around your dinner table today. Good friends, good family, good times & good beer. Peace and happiness, Luke

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Events in Portland Tonight

Hey Portlanders, I know it’s last minute but here are a few head’s up which were too good not to pass along: First, off Rob Todd and the guys from Allagash will be tapping one of only a handful of casks of Allagash Black out right now at Vignola in the Old Port. The keg will be tapped right around …

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Britain to Ban The Happy Hour?

Apparently, in an effort to curb binge drinking among the younger folk in England, health officials there are considering a nationwide ban on what are commonly known as “happy hour” discounts at pubs and restaurants. The ban proposal comes amid worries that a rise in liver-related deaths among young people in the United Kingdom may signal a future epidemic. According …

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Extreme Beer & Dogfish Head in The New Yorker

You know craft beer has gone big time when there is a feature-length exposé about it in The New Yorker. Well, that just happened. And what better way to ring Better Beer into the world of what’s what than a talk with Dogfish Founder Sam Calagione. The Article — entitled A Better Brew: The rise of extreme beer by Burkhard …

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Don’t Forget the Beer this Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday looms near here in the states, the Interwebs are abuzz with stories  about what best to do with your beer during your holiday festivities. First, the Dallas Morning News released a list of what beers to drink and when during a holiday party. First, Aperitif: As guests arrive, hand them something crisp and cold, light as …

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Homebrewer Invents Hugely Helpful Brew Hauler

Tom Raich, a 53-year-old pharmacist from Michigan, who is a longtime homebrewer has created a gadget called the Brew Hauler, which — thanks in no small part to the increasing popularity of homebrewing in general — seems to really be taking off. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Raich had struggled hauling his five-gallon carboy, a large glass container used to …

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Allagash Brewing One of Men’s Fitness’ Top 10

The Men’s Fitness Magazine website posted an article today entitled Pub Crawl: America’s 5 best beer bars for beer lovers. While the list — which was comprised of Freakin’ Frog in Las Vegas, The Map Room in Chicago, Kennedy School’s Courtyard Restaurant in Portland, Ore., Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn, N.Y. and The Brickskeller in Washington, D.C. — was made up …

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Index Your Beer Experiences with Idunware Beer

I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Idunware Beer recently and have been having a good deal of fun trying it out. Idunware Beer is a download-able computer program which allows users to index all of their past beer experiences (good and bad) – specific beer they’ve bought, breweries they’ve visited, stores they’ve bought from, and so …

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Reader Mailbag: Recommend a Beer of the Month Club

I recieved the following email yesterday from a reader who, for obvious reasons, will remain nameless. I don’t however have any experience personally with any Beer of the Month Clubs myself so I’m turning to you guys for help. Can you recommend any BOTM Clubs (good, bad or otherwise) for her? Please leave a suggestion in the comment field or …

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Happy Election Day!

Happy Election Day to all the U.S. readers! I hope each and every one of you got out today and voted. If not, there’s still time to do so – go perform your patriotic duty. If you don’t vote, you don’t deserve a beer tonight! History is truly being made today in this country, I hope you’re a part of …

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Once in a Lifetime Trappist Event at Novare Res

I just recieved word of a very special, very private event being held at Novare Res next Tuesday, November 11th, The Trappist Bier Tasting will feature 2 ounce pours of 21 beers from all seven Trappist Breweries (yes, even Westvleteren). According to Novare’s owner, Eric Michaud, Tickets are $60 a piece for this once-in-a-lifetime event and there are only 40 …

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November Means New Beers

Sorry it’s been a slow bloggin’ week but it’s been a busy real-life week. I hope a happy Halloween was had by all, though! Just wanted to give a few heads ups and a few reminders. First, The Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale has hit store shelves nationwide. I picked up a 4-pack for about $7 at my local Whole …

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