Monthly Archives: January 2009

What I’ll be Drinking During the Super Bowl (How ‘Bout You?)

As I’m sure you all know, tomorrow night is the Super Bowl (the 43rd to be exact) — the biggest televised event in America and one of the best publicly-supported drinking events of the year. But while Budweiser, Miller and Coors may be the ones dominating commercial air time, many of us have picked up (or picked out) some extra-special …

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I’m Back (and Other, More Beer-Related News)

First off, I wanted to thank everyone for the generous outpouring of support after the loss of my mom. The letters of condolence I received here, on Facebook and via email were all very touching and very much appreciated. Needless to say, I have an awful lot of catching up to do — both online and in the real world. …

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Raise Your Glass and Sing the Praises of a Fallen Soul

At 11:56 this morning, just about the time that Yo Yo Ma was beginning to belt out “Simple Gifts”, my loving mother lost her four year battle with breast cancer. I guess she thought she was leaving the country in more capable hands and, just about the time that Barack was getting ready to take over, she was finally able …

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New Belgium Releases First Official Sustainability Report

New Belgium Brewing Co. — the third largest craft brewer in the country — has officially released their 2007-2008 “Sustainability Report” outlining the results of New Belgium’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to business using metrics and data gathered over a five-year period. The “Triple Bottom Line” measurement looks at the environmental, economic and social effects of the brewery. The report …

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The World’s First (Reported) Communal Twitter Beer Tasting

This Saturday January 17th will mark a great day in the growing emergance of craft beer on the popular microblogging & social networking platform Twitter. At five o’clock PST (that’s 8:00pm for those of us here on the East Coast), beer and Twitter enthusiasts the world-over will gather at Twitter Taste Live — a site originally launched to do real-time …

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Lessons in Homebrewing: Temperature

When it comes to homebrewing, you learn something new with every batch. And that’s just what happened to me the last few days. This past Saturday I brewed the Bourbon Barrel Porter extract kit from NorthernBrewer.com and everything seemed to go just fine with the brew. I used dry yeast but re-hydrated it before pitching (and had done so according …

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UPDATED: Lots of January Maine Beer Events

Temperatures may be down (waaaay down) in Portland, but the beer events seem to be up (waaaay up). First, Gritty’s has developed a small-batch porter to support the Portland Pirates hockey team.  Named after the Pirates’ mascot, Salty Pete Porter is available at Gritty’s Portland brew pub only, and only for a limited time. According to the official press release, This porter is …

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Win a Case of Kate The Great

Yeah, you read that right. Looks like The Portsmouth Brewery will be giving away an entire care (and then some) of their famous Kate The Great Imperial Stout (the beer which was named the number two beer in the world by BeerAdvocate last year) on the next “Kate Day” which will take place on Monday, February 9, 2009, at precisely …

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Upcoming Dogfish Head Beer Dinner in Lewiston, Maine

YPLAA (that’s Young Professionals of the Lewiston/Auburn Area to you) is hosting a Beer Tasting Dinner at Fuel Restaurant on Lisbon St. in Lewiston, Maine on January 20th. The dinner, hosted by Allen Reitz of Dogfish Head Brewery, will be a 5 course meal professionally paired with a variety of beers from Dogfish Head Brewery. Reitz will be explaining the …

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How To Make Bottle Cap Magnets

Some breweries have some pretty damn cool bottle caps and it’s always a shame to just toss them in the garbage after every beer. So I’ve decided to turn a few of my favorite caps (or favorite breweries) into a little art project so I can continue to show them off, well after the beer is gone: Bottle Cap Magnets. …

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Find Other Beer Fans on Twitter with Just Tweet It

Beer folks are all over Twitter these days — @beersage is working on An Intro to Craft Beer on Twitter and @chipperdave mused a few weeks ago that Twitter is in fact the “New Beer Pub”. Hell, even I’m an active Tweeter. So when I saw a brief write-up of a new service called Just Tweet It on Mashable.com this …

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Happy 2009 Everyone

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all had a safe but delicious, beer-filled New Year’s Eve. I just wanted to take a second and thank the thousands of you who visited blogaboutbeer.com during 2008; thank you for coming, for reading and for your on-going support. General readership and especially RSS subscribers continued to climb at an impressive clip all …

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